A group whose focus is to wipe expressions of religion from the public square in the U.S. is attempting to stop Cullman County Schools in Alabama from conducting a prayer caravan that includes school district leaders stopping to pray at each school in early August. The atheist and "free thinkers" group is also asking the district to stop daily recitation of the Lord's Prayer over the schools' loudspeaker every morning.
Cullman County Schools Superintendent Billy Coleman was contacted by a lawyer from the Freedom From Religion Foundation with a letter which stated that the prayer caravan should be canceled and the daily prayer should stop because both are considered by the group to be unconstitutional.
Coleman said they've been doing the caravan for three years without any issues, according to WAFF.com. more >>
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) stirred up a crowd of thousands on Wednesday at the Christians United for Israel Annual Summit in Washington, D.C., as he criticized President Obama's foreign policy as one of "weakness" and "appeasement" while stressing the need to maintain a strong alliance with Israel.
"I commend everyone here for respecting the biblical admonition to stand with Israel," he said, praising their "commitment to speak the truth in an era when so many believe they know better than eternal truths." "The alliance between the United States and Israel must remain completely and entirely unshakeable."
Cruz sent a strong message to the Obama administration, saying what the United States needs are leaders who "clearly understand that America and Israel are not what's wrong with the world." more >>
The head of the 85-million member worldwide Anglican Communion has officially sent his congratulations to the royal family over its most recent addition. The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, sent out the message Monday after news of the birth was released by Buckingham Palace.
"I am delighted to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the arrival of their baby boy," said Welby. "Along with millions here and around the world, I share in their joy at this special time. May God bless this family with love, health and happiness in their shared life ahead."
Throughout the weekend, the world was anxiously awaiting the news of the pending arrival of the child of Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. On social media, the phase #royalbaby trended across the world on Twitter while news organizations streamed live footage from the Palace waiting for the results. more >>
A Wisconsin-based secular group has sent a letter to an Ohio city promising legal action should a recently approved Holocaust Memorial design be built at a government building.
Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison has sent correspondence to Columbus' Ohio Statehouse noting their opposition to the memorial over its inclusion of a Star of David symbol.
In a letter sent to those determining the design for the memorial last month, FFRF co-presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, argued that the Star of David in the winning design was too religious. more >>
Several Christian college leaders agreed with a recent op-ed by Arizona Christian University's president that reminded readers about the Christian heritage of the oldest and most prestigious schools in the United States, which were founded as Christian seminaries, but have since lost their faith tradition.
"Regardless of denomination, from the beginning, American colleges were founded to inculcate a religious culture," said Dr. David Whalen, provost and professor of English at Hillsdale College, in a Thursday interview with The Christian Post, agreeing with Arizona Christian University's Len Munsil.
Munsil wrote in an op-ed posted Wednesday in The Huffington Post about the Christian heritage literally etched in stone at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Amherst. "The consistent connection between these academically prestigious universities is the strong foundation each had in Jesus Christ and in preparing Christian leaders for service in the world," he wrote. more >>
An upcoming "Nontheist" book and talk show aimed at promoting discussion between faiths and supporting a spiritual brand of atheism has drawn criticism from an acclaimed Christian apologist.
Apologist and professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary, Douglas Groothuis, attacked the inconsistencies of education adviser and coach Mark W. Gura's position in his book Blind Faith Virus Vaccine, due to hit Amazon.com on September 1 and the airwaves in October. In the book, Gura calls for open dialogue among different faiths, but argues that worship of Jesus Christ may separate one from the inner peace only found in atheism and Buddhist meditation.
"The atheist says that the universe is just here," Groothuis explained in a Thursday interview with The Christian Post. But Gura "is trying to sneak in some kind of purpose to a universe that can't have any purpose, given atheism, and he's trying to find a subjective spiritual meaning – hope – apart from a personal, moral, God, which cannot be done either." more >>