A retail giant that sued the federal government over the Department of Health and Human Services' mandate that requires religious employers to cover emergency contraceptives that can cause early abortion has asked the United States Supreme Court to review the case.
Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. sent a petition on Monday to the highest court in the land agreeing with the federal government's request for appeal regarding a lower court decision.
Although Hobby Lobby recently won an exemption from the mandate before the full court of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the company believes that the Supreme Court should weigh in on the matter. more >>
WASHINGTON – A prominent economist argued that the success of the great empires of the past was tied to their support for religious freedom and economic systems similar to Jesus' teachings on charity and hard work.
"Religious freedom is very important for the power and stability of the greater society," Tim Kane, chief economist at the Hudson Institute and co-author of Balance: The Economics of Great Powers from Ancient Rome to Modern America, told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday. He urged Christians to stand up for their rights and to defend America's heritage – from Jesus Christ to Abraham Lincoln.
"There has developed in America an intolerance for Christians and a mocking of people of faith," Kane argued. He also attacked the "negative light" in which many teachers and entertainers allegedly put America's history and heritage. more >>
The highest appellate court in France has upheld a 2009 ruling against the Church of Scientology wherein the controversial sect had to pay a fraud fine of about $822,000 (€600,000).
The Cour de Cassation upheld a ruling that the Scientology leadership was guilty of fraud that involved taking advantage of followers through various practices.
In contrast to the United States, French law has different standards for religious groups, with entities that are classified as cults being given fewer rights than entities classified as religions. more >>
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) declared victory in a Christmas music case following a public outcry against a Wisconsin school board's alleged attempt to limit religious songs in school performances. The Master Singers, Wausau West High School's elite choir, which formed the center of the debate, resumed practice on Tuesday.
"The courts have never thought [of religious songs in schools as] a problem because there's obvious secular reasons for them in concerts," Rory Gray, ADF litigation counsel, told The Christian Post on Tuesday. Gray argued for the cultural and educational value of traditional religious songs, mentioning that many traditional carols involve "complex music, written by masters."
The controversy arose early this month when Phillip Buch, director of Wausau West High School's choral programs since 1981, told the Wausau Daily Herald that Wausau School Distrcit administrators gave him three restricting options for Christmas music: include five secular, nonreligious songs for every faith-based carol; hold a concert without any Christmas music; or postpone concerts in December. more >>
Tennessee's Republican Party has sent a letter to school superintendents denouncing an earlier letter from a civil liberties group expressing opposition to prayer at high school football games.
Tennessee GOP Chairman Chris Devaney sent the letter to superintendents last week in response to an American Civil Liberties Union letter sent earlier this month.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – America no longer has a Judeo-Christian basis and it is up to Christians to help re-establish the nation's foundation before freedom is completely lost, said prolific author and theologian Dr. Norman Geisler.
"We are losing our freedoms because we are losing our Judeo-Christian basis for the freedoms in America," Geisler said in a recent interview during the National Conference on Christian Apologetics hosted by the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, N.C. "The founding fathers all, without exception, showed an inseparable unity between integrity and liberty, between virtue and our freedoms.
"Now that we no longer have a Judeo-Christian basis for our country we are realizing that we are losing all our freedoms along with it," he explained. "Our job is to speak to the culture and help re-establish our Judeo-Christian basis or our freedom is going to be swept away." more >>