An atheist's effort to promote separation of church and state by putting up a Satanic cross outside a Florida city hall has been countered by a Christian by setting up a regular cross beside it.
Chaz Stevens, an atheist, was outraged by the nativity and menorah displayed in front of the Hallandale Beach City Hall in Florida during the holidays that he put up an upside down cross on the lawn with the words "In Chaz We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" written on it. The Satanic cross, which lights up in red when the sun goes down, symbolizes his protest at the government's involvement in religious activities, according to the Daily Caller.
In an interview with the Sun-Sentinel, Stevens said the government should not meddle in religious events. While he admits that his Satanic cross is tacky, he said it only serves to deliver his statement to the public and he plans to take it down before weekend, Raw Story reports. more >>
Two religious ministries who help former inmates with substance abuse issues can continue to receive state funds, ruled a Florida judge who rejected a New York-based atheist group's lawsuit.
Circuit Court Judge George Reynolds of the Second Judicial Circuit for Leon County ruled Wednesday that Prisoners of Christ and Lamb of God Ministries can receive payment from the Department of Corrections.
An atheist activist has placed a satanic cross on a Florida city's public property in reaction to there being a manger scene and a menorah present during Christmas and Hanukkah.
Hallandale Beach's City Hall now displays an upside down black cross placed there by secular activist Chaz Stevens.
Peter F. Dobens, spokesman for Hallandale Beach, told The Christian Post that this was the first time a satanic display had ever been placed at their town hall. more >>
A school district in Arkansas is planning to add an academic course on the Holy Bible for its public system, in keeping with a recently passed state law.
Westside Consolidated School District is hoping to have a curriculum in time for a course to be taught during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Westside Superintendent Bryan Duffie told The Christian Post in an interview that the idea for a Bible course was mentioned during the school board's December meeting. more >>
Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, spoke at the Free to Believe broadcast event on Saturday, on National Religious Freedom Day, urging the Church in America to do three things in the face of the threat to religious freedom: seek the Lord, reach the lost and engage the culture.
"The secularization of America has done so much to disrupt American Christianity," Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in Arkansas, said at the event in Washington, D.C., on practical ways to advance faith, family and freedom in local communities. "Initially, it tried to make us become extinct … unsuccessfully. And then it attempted to neutralize us … and to some degree, a little successful. And now, the attention has turned toward silencing the church."
Floyd added, "That's one thing we cannot let happen." more >>
Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson prompted a new social media campaign on Facebook, encouraging believers to post photos of themselves holding a sign that reads "In God We Trust."
"Change your profile picture to you holding a 'In God We Trust' sign if you believe God should remain a core principle of our nation," Carson wrote in a Facebook message on Tuesday.
The original photo of Carson holding such a sign has received close to 100,000 likes in less than 24 hours, and prompted a lot of discussion in the comments section. more >>