A bill that would allow Ohio public schools to provide a credit option for religious instruction outside the school has passed the lower house of the state legislature.
Ohio's House of Representatives voted last week overwhelmingly in favor of House Bill 171, which if enacted will modify the Revised Code on education matters.
"To enact section 3313.6020 of the Revised Code to permit public school students to attend and receive credit for released time courses in religious instruction conducted off school property during regular school hours," reads HB 171's summary. more >>
Today, people across the United States will remember and pay homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream of an equal America.
A civil rights icon whose nonviolent resistance helped mainstream the cause of racial equality, Dr. King is a figure much admired in the modern day.
So admired is Dr. King by Americans that many groups invoke him when advancing their respective causes in the public sphere. more >>
Three Christian churches in Murfreesboro, Tenn., are tackling the stigma that accompanies mental illness through their Celebrate Recovery programs by offering support to members of their churches and community who suffer from unstable mental health.
Those with mental disorders have found the group meetings to be a safe haven where they can shed their shame and feel embraced.
"There is always reluctance among most to share their issues of life," said Bill Peters, ministry leader for Celebrate Recovery, and who spoke on behalf of the churches. "Denial is at the heart of our American culture because we have been brought up to believe that we can be independent of others." more >>
Christians in the United Kingdom challenged the idea that homosexuality is innate and immutable, opposing a ban on all Sexual Orientation Change Efforts – referred to by detractors as "gay-to-straight therapy." They organized a conference this week to discuss the issue and allowed the author of the SOCE ban bill to speak.
"Gay conversion therapy [starts with the idea] that being gay or lesbian is some sort of illness or moral disorder that requires treatment or correction – that isn't a sensible premise in my view," declared Geraint Davies, Labour MP for Swansea West and proponent of the bill to regulate psychotherapy and ban SOCE.
Mike Davidson, director of the Christian charity CORE Issues Trust, disagreed with his view and called for open debate on gay therapy. more >>
A school district in Arizona is considering adding invocation prayers at their board meetings, pending the result of a United States Supreme Court decision on a similar matter.
Officials at Gilbert Public Schools met Tuesday to discuss the possibility of including prayer on the agenda for board meetings.
Jack Keegan, superintendent of Gilbert Public Schools, told The Christian Post that various details had yet to be hammered out as to how the invocation would operate. more >>
WASHINGTON — A group of Christian leaders addressed the United States budget as a moral issue, claiming that the programs which lead the federal government to go into debt constitute an "idol" for churches and people alike and hurt the poor and future generations.
"Idolatry is at the heart of this problem," Josh Good, program manager for the Values & Capitalism initiative at the American Enterprise Institute, declared in a Thursday panel discussion hosted by The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. "We need to be careful, it seems to me, about centrally planned solutions that originate here," Good urged. He encouraged people and government "to push solutions out to more local levels where people who are relationally connected to the poor can lead the way."
Jay Richards, distinguished fellow at the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics, declared that "essentially, what we're dealing with on the national debt is an externality where the benefit is in the present and the cost is for someone else in the future." Richards insisted that it is always wrong to saddle future generations with debt in order to get a short benefit in the present. He argued for a non-governmental safety net, in order to avoid national debt and achieve more effective charity. more >>