The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on whether or not the sectarian prayers offered at a New York town's meetings are constitutional.
The highest court in the land will hear an appeal from a lower court decision regarding Greece, N.Y.'s practice of having explicitly Christian prayers open town meetings.
Known as Galloway v. Town of Greece, the lawsuit was filed by two residents of Greece who felt the sectarian prayers made them feel excluded from the public affairs of the town. more >>
An Alabama-based Catholic television station has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over its controversial mandate that requires religious employers to cover contraceptives, including those that can cause early abortion.
Eternal Word Television Network, whose station in Irondale brings programming to more than 145 million homes across the globe, filed the suit on Monday.
Brought before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, EWTN is being represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and has the aid of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange. more >>
A school district in New Jersey that already excludes the word "Christmas" from its calendar of events for December is banning religious Christmas music during winter concert performances at its elementary schools, according to a religious freedom advocacy group.
Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter Monday to the Bordentown Regional School District after administrators pointed to a New Jersey court ruling that states religious music should not be a part of elementary school programs.
"Schools should not have to think twice about whether they can allow students to perform Christmas carols," said ADF Legal Counsel Matthew Sharp. "Courts have unanimously upheld their inclusion in school productions – even when songs deal with Christian themes that are naturally a part of the holiday." more >>
A bill that would require Pennsylvania public schools to put the national motto "In God We Trust" on display was passed by a committee in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday.
The legislation, called the National Motto Display Act, passed the House Education Committee by a vote of 14 to nine on Wednesday. State Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny/Washington), who sponsored the bill, hopes that displaying the motto in schools will inspire patriotism and also help educate students on part of the state's heritage, according to a press release.
James Pollock, who was a governor of Pennsylvania in the 1850s, was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to serve as the director of the U.S. Mint, the bill states. Although "In God We Trust" was a phrase already known from Francis Scott Key's "Star Spangled Banner," it was Pollock who pushed for the motto's appearance on U.S. currency. In 1864, Congress approved the phrase to be included on two-cent pieces. more >>
Almost 6 million young people are "disconnected," neither working nor in school, according to a new study by The Opportunity Network coalition. The coalition shared its efforts to address this problem, and a Christian economist argued that followers of Jesus Christ should work to create opportunities for young people to find work.
"The idea of everyone having a chance and opportunity very much aligns with the teaching of Christ," Russell Krumnow, managing director of Opportunity Nation, told The Christian Post on Tuesday.
He explained that 16 percent of Americans, ages 16 to 24, neither have a job nor are pursuing a degree. "Obviously that's a problem for them, but it's also a problem for the country," Krumnow said. more >>
While many may find spiritual edification or profound religious messages in the pages of former Director of the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives Joshua DuBois' recently released book about his daily devotionals for President Obama, one church-state watchdog group has expressed concern.
DuBois recently had a book published titled The President's Devotional: The Daily Readings That Inspired President Obama.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based organization, has taken issue with the possibility that DuBois wrote the devotional while "on the clock" at the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives. more >>