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 >>
Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C., and a voice of BreakPoint radio, discussed his latest book 7 Men And The Secret of Their Greatness with The Christian Post this week. He shared the need for authentic biblical manhood, his efforts in promoting the life of faith in New York City, and guidelines for a discussion on gay marriage.
"There's a crisis of manhood in the culture," Metaxas said, "and it is at the heart of many of our problems." His new book emphasizes seven role models to reintroduce a positive view of manhood.
He opened by criticizing the notion that men and women are in a "battle of the sexes" for jobs and social leadership. The world views strength as a selfish tool "to aggrandize myself and to keep others down, which, of course, is the opposite of God's plan," he said. Since the world views strength as negative, it advocates a great equalization – women should be stronger and men weaker. more >>
A group of military chaplains concerned about the loss of religious freedom within the armed forces is embarking on a campaign to provide resources for military personnel in order to ensure their rights are protected, the group announced Tuesday.
"We continue to receive reports from military personnel who are concerned their religious liberties are being infringed, even as they offer their lives to protect the religious liberty of all Americans," said Chaplain (COL) Ron Crews, USAR retired, executive director for Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. "To ensure our men and women in uniform are able to exercise their sincerely held religious beliefs, we are making 'Religious Liberty Palm Cards' available to chaplains and all service men and women. The cards outline what service members' constitutionally protected religious liberties are and what to do if they believe their freedoms are being threatened."
The alliance believes it's important to inform military personnel of their God-given, constitutionally protected religious liberties. more >>
WASHINGTON – A coalition of conservative groups, activists, and Congressmen gathered Tuesday to advocate for an amendment to defense legislation that would secure religious liberty for military personnel.
The group held a press conference in favor of a Religious Liberty Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Those present at the House Triangle who spoke included Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), who sponsored the amendment; Ron Crews, Ch. (Col.) USAR (Ret.), executive director for the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty; and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council.
Tony Perkins, president of the FRC and one of the speakers, told The Christian Post that his organization's involvement in this effort stemmed from personal experience. "It goes back to when I was disinvited to speak at the Andrews Air Force Base because of my religious beliefs on marriage," said Perkins. more >>
The Egyptian armed forces ousted Mohammed Morsi and replaced him with a temporary civilian government on Wednesday, in response to huge demonstrations and a petition boasting the signatures of 22 million demanding his removal. Christian communities played a large role and face significant risk in what the BBC called "the largest political event in the history of the world."
Coptic Christians and "the other Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox communities, they'll tell you their status was more beleaguered and more fearful than it ever had been," said Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, author of A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot's Fight to Save His Faith and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. He recounted speaking to these marginal Christian groups during a February visit.
"They played a significant role in raising the masses," he said. He also predicted that Egypt's historic Coptic community and "some of the women's groups" will "play a huge role" in the political movements going forward. more >>
A public high school located outside of Detroit, Mich., has ended its 11-year tradition of holding a student-led team prayer after each football game following a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union earlier this year.
According to Dan Loria, head football coach at Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills, players from his team and the opposing team gathered in the middle of their school's field after every game for the past 11 years to give thanks to God for another game completed safely.
Media outlets covering the story nicknamed the postgame prayer as "Tebowing" after the NFL's New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow, as it represents his classic stance of taking one knee and bowing one's head in prayer. more >>