The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a motion to intervene on behalf of a group of Indiana churches being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union for a proposed display of crosses on public property.
Filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the motion was filed for 10 churches located in the Evansville area.
Bryan Beauman, an ADF allied attorney involved in the case, told The Christian Post that with the paperwork filed a hearing for the ACLU lawsuit has been scheduled for Thursday. 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>