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 >>
A Sunday school program for at-risk youth can resume meeting in a public park in East Baton Rouge, La., said a religious liberty law group on Friday after a ruling on a lawsuit it filed last year was made public.
Alliance Defending Freedom says the East Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission had thrown the program out due to a ban on religious activities. As part of a settlement of the lawsuit, the commission has now amended its policy to permit the school program.
"Faith-based groups have the same constitutionally protected freedom as any other community group to hold activities at a public park," said Senior Legal Counsel Joel Oster. "We commend the commission for recognizing that such groups shouldn't be singled out for discrimination – especially a group like this that has provided such selfless service to at-risk youth and their parents for many years." more >>
Attorneys representing the official proponents of Proposition 8, a California voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, asked the state's Supreme Court Friday to order county clerks to enforce the state's marriage amendment, essentially asking to stop the state's same-sex weddings.
Alliance Defending Freedom says that the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry did not rule on Proposition 8's constitutionality, and the district court's 2010 injunction does not apply statewide.
"Our current lawsuit asks the California State Supreme Court to affirm and enforce the rule of law – declaring that in light of the Supreme Court's decision not to address the validity of Prop 8, that constitutional amendment remains the voter-approved law of the land," ADF stated shortly after announcing its petition to California's high court. more >>
The American Civil Liberties Union and an Ohio school district have reached a tentative agreement on the fate of a portrait of Jesus Christ that hung in a local public high school.
While neither the ACLU nor the Jackson City School District offered details about the agreement, what is known is that the handwritten agreement was created last week.
U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley issued an order Thursday giving the two sides 90 days to reach a settlement on the ACLU lawsuit. more >>
Christians in Egypt are suffering from intensified violence against them after the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi in what the BBC called "the largest political event in the history of the world."
Middle East and Islam expert Raymond Ibrahim believes that one big reason why Egyptian Christians are being targeted is because the Muslim Brotherhood's top leader, Muhammad Badie, has publicly blamed the Coptic Pope for supporting the military's decision to remove Morsi from power. The attacks on Christians is seen as revenge for the betrayal of Morsi, said Ibrahim, author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians.
"When Islamists did not rule, they attacked Copts for whatever reason," he noted to The Christian Post. Then when the Muslim Brotherhood came to power through Morsi, they used legal means, such as hiding behind blasphemy allegations, to attack Christians. more >>
A Florida courthouse added an Atheist monument on June 29, right across from their monument of the Ten Commandments outside their building. Now both sides are calling it a victory.
The newly erected monument is a bench with an attached pillar that is etched with quotes from the perhaps one of the best known Atheists, Madalyn Murray O'Hair along with Biblical punishments for breaking the Ten Commandments.
According to The Record, the monument, created by the group American Atheists, is the first Atheist monument on government grounds. more >>