A secular group has filed a motion of contempt against a Mississippi school district for allegedly having Christian prayers at an awards ceremony for students in April.
The American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center filed the motion Wednesday against the Rankin County School District in U.S. District Court.
Monica Miller, attorney with the legal center, told The Christian Post that the AHA became aware of the awards ceremony after being contacted by a student attendee. more >>
Religious groups have expressed approval for the recent United States Supreme Court decision in the case Town of Greece v. Galloway that allows prayers to be spoken at government meetings.
The Rev. Rob Schenck, president and lead missionary with the group Faith and Action in the Nation's Capital, told The Christian Post that he was "delightfully surprised" by the Court's ruling.
"Even if [the decision] did uphold prayer in public legislative sessions, I wasn't sure how clear that would be. This is crystal clear," said Schenck. "I would say, from reading the opinion, this is going to give very clear guidance in the future and it's going to frustrate a lot of people who will attempt to get prayer at legislative sessions or any kind of public gathering shut down." more >>
A lawsuit seeking to remove a Jesus statue from a ski slope in Montana will be heard before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Known as the "Big Mountain Jesus" and located in Whitefish, briefs were filed by multiple parties to the Ninth Circuit, which will then schedule oral arguments for the case.
The lawsuit was brought by the Madison, Wisconsin-based group the Freedom From Religion Foundation. more >>
The United States Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a New York town that held Christian prayers before the start of their town meetings.
In Town of Greece v. Galloway, the highest court in the land ruled 5 to 4 on Monday that Greece could select Christian ministers to pray before their town meetings.
Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the opinion of the Court, and was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito, with Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas concurring. more >>
A Wisconsin-based atheist organization is claiming success after an Oklahoma public school district agreed to bar coach-led prayers at baseball games.
Owasso School District responded to a letter of concern sent by the Freedom From Religion Foundation regarding reports of pre-game prayers being held by a baseball team head coach.
Texas Governor Rick Perry was baptized in Little Rock Creek near the city of Independence in a small ceremony last month.
Perry, 64, who has governed the state since 2000, was baptized in the same waters as Sam Houston, the first elected president of the Republic of Texas.
"Gov. Perry has a deep and abiding faith in God," Perry spokesman Felix Browne said in a written statement. "Like many people of faith, the governor wished to reaffirm his commitment in a way that holds great personal meaning." more >>