Churches would win a case against the Internal Revenue Service if the government agency revokes their tax-exempt statuses for political speech, National Religious Broadcasters President Jerry Johnson predicted amid news that the IRS has agreed to investigate churches that engage in political talk.
"Let's just say theoretically that the IRS does revoke the 501(c)(3) status of some church because of political speech, let's just say that happens. I'm just certain that the church would, I hope, challenge that in the courts and it would go all the way to the Supreme Court," Johnson, who is a pastor and also heads an organization representing many non-profit media groups, told The Christian Post.
"I think right now it would be a 5-4 decision," added Johnson regarding a Supreme Court decision. "It's impossible to predict, but when you look at how this court, let's say in the Hobby Lobby case, when you look at how this court treats religious liberties and these kinds of issues, you got a count, a 5-4 decision. So right now the IRS would lose," he predicted. more >>
WASHINGTON — An education expert has argued that United States public schools can benefit immensely from reading the Bible in literature classes and having prayer in schools.
William Jeynes, senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute and an education professor at California State University, made these arguments in a presentation Wednesday at the Family Research Council.
Titled "Putting the Bible and Prayer Back in the Public Schools," Jeynes said there are many benefits to keeping the Bible in public schools and drawbacks from when, during the 1960s, courses were taken out. more >>
For the first time since the 1959 Revolution, the Republic of Cuba will allow for a church to be constructed in the Communist state.
Cuba's Communist government has approved a permit for the building of a Catholic church building in Santiago de Cuba, the island's second largest city.
The demand for a new facility came after Hurricane Sandy destroyed an older building, reported Katherine Backler of the United Kingdom publication The Tablet, a Roman Catholic weekly. more >>
A judge has ruled against a Ten Commandments display located in a New Mexico city hall, deciding in favor of a lawsuit brought by two Wiccans.
U.S. District Court Judge James Parker ruled last week that Bloomfield City Hall must remove the Ten Commandments display as it violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
"The Ten Commandments monument is government speech regulated by the Establishment Clause because the Ten Commandments monument is a permanent object located on government property and it is not part of a designated public forum open to all on equal terms," wrote Parker. more >>
Long the domain of church and state officials, in Indiana the solemnization of marriages now can be overseen by people who profess to have no religion at all.
Indiana has opted to not try to delay a decision from a three-judge panel of the Chicago-based United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals allowing for non-theists to officiate weddings. more >>
A manager of the North Carolina diner that recently dropped its occasional 15 percent discount to customers who pray in public is speaking out on the threats of a lawsuit this week.
Mary's Gourmet Diner made international headlines after a customer shared her "praying in public" discount on Facebook, garnering thousands of likes and shares. However, the Winston-Salem, N.C. restaurant has already ended the deal after coming under legal fire. On Thursday, The Christian Post spoke with a manager at Mary's, who chose to go unamed, that described his disappointment in the controversy surrounding the discount.
"Our community has very strong individuals who have done nothing but support us and we give nothing but thanks to them. The ones that really have been harassing us are out of state individuals and not individuals that live in our community," said the manager, who wished to remain anonymous. "We are strong individuals, we have taken all of this in, and we appreciate everyone's support and unfortunately the bad has overruled the good." more >>