The CEO of an electric company in Florida has filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services over the "preventive services" mandate, making it the 50th such suit filed against HHS.
Thomas Beckwith, CEO of Beckwith Electric of Largo, filed the suit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division.
"This is a case about religious freedom," reads the first point under the "Nature of the Action" section of the 48-page suit. more >>
The first spiritual town hall meeting initiated by Christian apologist Alex McFarland, aimed at reviving a Christian worldview in America, was held Tuesday evening and broadcast over the Internet from First Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C.
"Awaken – America's Spiritual Town Hall" was considered a success by McFarland, who is the director for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at the Christian Worldview Center of North Greenville University in Greenville, S.C.
"The spiritual town halls are off and running. We had attendees come from hours away and questions emailed from across the country," he said. "I believe that God is raising a segment of the population who love God and country with a love similar to the love of freedom held by our founders. God is raising a people who are committed to prayer and to doing everything possible to preserving our freedom." more >>
A seminary in Pennsylvania has filed a motion to intervene on behalf of two Texas universities suing the Department of Health and Human Services over their "Preventive Services" mandate.
Westminster Theological Seminary of Glenside filed the motion Friday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Houston Division.
"Westminster claims an interest in the transaction that is the subject of this action. Westminster is a graduate level theological seminary which adheres to the historic Reformed understanding of the Christian faith," reads the motion in part. "As such, it is resolutely opposed, on biblical and First Amendment grounds, to the federal agencies' mandate being challenged here that requires it to provide its employees health insurance coverage for, and thereby encourage its employees to use, abortifacient drugs." more >>
Christian apologist Alex McFarland says that in order for America to survive there needs to be a revival of Christianity. He plans to host a spiritual town hall meeting tonight (Tuesday evening) in Charlotte, N.C., to address the position that a Christian worldview in America needs to be re-established.
"We encourage people everywhere to get serious about prayer, get serious about living out their Christian faith because I personally believe that to save America, to preserve our Constitution, we have to again in this culture reassert and proclaim and even defend the Christian worldview," McFarland recently told The Christian Post. more >>
Members of a Jewish advocacy organization founded in 1906 have written a response to an editorial by The New York Times supporting a bill that would provide FEMA aid to houses of worship.
Bobby Lapin, chairman of the American Jewish Committee's legal committee, and Marc D. Stern, general counsel for the AJC, wrote a column published Wednesday regarding the matter.
"Disaster relief is an expression of social solidarity with victims, not a sophisticated method of transferring responsibility for sustaining religious institutions from the collection plate to the tax collector, the core point of separating church and state," wrote Lapin and Stern. more >>
Leaders at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship look forward to submitting statements to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights about incidents where universities have attempted to restrict the religious liberties of student groups in the name of non-discrimination, the organization said Thursday.
Over the last several years, some colleges have tried to, and in some cases successfully, implemented policies that call for religious student groups to not use religious criteria in leadership selection. The Civil Rights commission announced last month a briefing to be focused on reconciling non-discrimination policies with religious liberties scheduled for later this month.
"We're very excited and very pleased that the commission is looking into this issue," Intervarsity National Field Director for the Northeast Greg Jao told The Christian Post. "For universities to suggest that leaders don't need to hold their beliefs imposes a very foreign theology on these groups. A theology that says leadership requirements don't matter. more >>