The nation's largest atheist group is demanding that a Pennsylvania school cancel its planned field trip to the Creation Museum in Kentucky, claiming that such a trip is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Big Beaver Falls Area School District denouncing the field trip, scheduled for May 20. Addressed to District Superintendent Donna Nugent and authored by Madeline Ziegler, the letter labeled the planned trip "unconstitutional" since the Museum "promotes the religious doctrine of creationism."
"Scheduling a trip to this type of sectarian establishment excludes non-Christian and non-religious students," wrote Ziegler to Nugent. "The fact that participation or attendance on this field trip is voluntary is not a valid safeguard, Courts have summarily rejected arguments that voluntariness excuses a constitutional violation." more >>
America is in imminent danger due to its mockery of God and gross immorality, said the Rev. Franklin Graham in an op-ed this month for Decision magazine.
Graham warned in his commentary that the nation is on the precipice of spiritual disaster. " … America is in deep trouble and on the verge of total moral and spiritual collapse — unless God intervenes," he wrote.
The theologian asserted that there is a growing chasm between believers and those who no longer fear God. "Never before have I seen such a sharp rift in the moral and spiritual fabric of our country," he said. "The Cross of Christ has become the deep divide between a growing segment of our population that no longer fears God and those who follow Christ as Lord and Savior." more >>
Is there an increasing hostility to Christian values and religious freedoms in our country today?
Here are seven representative examples, all from the last few weeks. Judge for yourself.
The U.S. military doesn't have a compelling interest in preventing service members from displaying Bible verses at their desk, Family Research Council's Travis Weber told The Christian Post after hearing oral arguments in a federal appeals court.
The case involves United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling, who was court-martialed for disobeying an order to remove three signs from her office desk that quoted the Bible. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces heard oral arguments Wednesday morning in the United States v. Sterling case.
Colorado's highest court declined to hear an appeal from a Christian baker who was found guilty of discrimination for refusing to service a same-sex wedding ceremony.
The Colorado Supreme Court decided Monday to not hear an appeal from Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Inc., who had been found guilty of discrimination by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
"Upon consideration of the Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Colorado Court of Appeals and after review of the record, briefs, and the judgment of said Court of Appeals, IT IS ORDERED that said Petition for Writ of Certiorari shall be, and the same hereby is, DENIED," read the decision. more >>
In a message tailored to leaders within the local church, North Point Community Church senior pastor Andy Stanley cautioned attendees of Catalyst Cincinnati against putting theology above ministry, encouraging them to keep people first and to be good neighbors in their communities, loving enemies in order to "be the generation to awaken the culture to the wonder of God."
Seeking to help church leaders leverage their ministries, Stanley explained that rigid ministry systems and "lines in the sand" on cultural issues often "bump" people out rather than win them over. "There are no one-size-fits-all ministry rules," he said at the inaugural Cincinnatti event on Friday.
Stanley reminded the audience of 2,500 of how Jesus Christ disregarded status and appearances when he walked among the people, instead putting their needs first. "If Jesus was worried about guilt by association, he would've stayed in Heaven," Stanley said. The pastor added that the Church can have greater impact when it follows Christ's example of putting the needs of the people first. more >>