Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian nonprofit organization, has sent a legal letter to a Michigan School District assuring them that it's OK for students to engage in prayer at the conclusion of football games, after the American Civil Liberties Union made an attempt to stop the practice.
"There's no legitimate basis for public school officials to shut down students' private religious speech," wrote ADF Litigation Counsel Rory Gray. "Students who express their faith before, during, or after the school day are exercising their constitutional freedoms. Atheist groups are attempting to browbeat schools into believing otherwise."
In February, the ACLU sent a letter to Superintendent Robert Glass and Lahser High School Principal Charlie Hollerith, telling them that it is against the law for a football coach to lead his footballers in Christian prayer at the end of home games. more >>
A vast majority of Americans say that a Christian photographer should be able to deny a same-sex couple's wedding request, internet polling company Rasmussen Reports has found.
Eighty-five percent of adults said "yes" to the question, "Suppose a Christian wedding photographer has deeply held religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage. If asked to work a same-sex wedding ceremony, should that wedding photographer have the right to say no?" Only 8 percent said "no," and 6 percent sat on the fence. The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted July 7-8, 2013.
More Republicans (96 percent) than Democrats (77 percent) agreed with the photographer's right to deny a gay wedding request. Ninety-seven percent of evangelical Christians and 92 percent of weekly churchgoers said the same. But even 88 percent of atheists agreed that the photographer has the right to say no. more >>
The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a motion to intervene on behalf of a group of Indiana churches being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union for a proposed display of crosses on public property.
Filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the motion was filed for 10 churches located in the Evansville area.
Bryan Beauman, an ADF allied attorney involved in the case, told The Christian Post that with the paperwork filed a hearing for the ACLU lawsuit has been scheduled for Thursday. more >>
Christians are being treated like second-class citizens, says a black pastor, who says he didn't become a Christian to fight like he did as an African American in the Civil Rights Movement over again.
Author, former NFL linebacker and senior pastor of Seattle's Antioch Bible Church, Ken Hutcherson, told The Christian Post, "Here I am now, again as a Christian, being looked down upon for my views, as a conservative, as a constitutionalist. It seems we're the only ones that it's right to discriminate against, and no one calls it discrimination or racism."
"I did not become a Christian today to fight all over again the things I went through as a black person to get my equal civil rights," he declared. more >>
The California Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request by Prop. 8 proponents to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
"Although we would have preferred for the California Supreme Court to issue a stay so that the state's marriage amendment would be respected sooner rather than later, the proponents of Proposition 8 will continue to urge the court to uphold the rule of law," said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Austin R. Nimocks. "We remain hopeful that the court will recognize that Prop. 8 remains the law of the land in California and that county clerks must continue to enforce it."
Prop. 8 is a 2008 California voter-approved amendment that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. more >>
The United States Senate may be considering a bill that would lift the Federal Emergency Management Agency's ban on providing aid to houses of worship.
Sponsored by Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, the bill was introduced last Thursday.
"A church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other house of worship, and an otherwise eligible private nonprofit facility operated by a religious organization, shall be eligible for contributions under paragraph (1)(B), without regard to the religious character of the facility or the primary religious use of the facility," reads the Senate bill in part. more >>