Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's decision to veto a religious freedom bill was a "craven capitulation," "cowardly" and discriminatory toward Christians, according to social conservatives.
The Republican Governor announced at a press conference on Monday that he planned to veto House Bill 757 after many companies and celebrities claimed the bill was anti-LGBT.
David French, an attorney and columnist, wrote in an opinion piece published by the National Review that Governor Deal's veto was a "craven capitulation" on religious liberty. more >>
"God's Not Dead 2" actress Melissa Joan Hart said that one of the reasons American Christians are interested in the upcoming film is because they feel their faith is being trampled on.
Hart also reflected that in her early TV days she was criticized by some Christians for playing a teenage witch, but is now receiving criticism from the other end of the spectrum for playing a strong Christian woman who stands up for her faith.
"For the longest time, while I played a witch on television [on 'Sabrina, The Teenage Witch'], the Christian community attacked me for popularizing the magic aspects on that secular TV show," Hart said in an interview, according to Chicago Sun Times. more >>
Pontius Pilate is inextricably linked to the trial and crucifixion of Christ, and this Easter New Jersey-based megachurch Liquid Church is drawing parallels between the ancient political figure and the current presidential election cycle in the hopes of helping congregants learn how to discern godly leadership.
"As Christians we want our faith to inform our politics, not the other way around," said Liquid Church lead pastor Tim Lucas. In a humor-laced message this week dubbed The Politics of Pilate, Lucas defined "Pilate politics" as when leaders cater to special interests first, calling ancient political figure Pontius Pilate the posterchild for failed leadership and a symbol for what not to do as a public official. Lucas highlighted how the Roman governor's "political compromises" altered the course of history.
"Pontius Pilate really is the perfect politician to represent this moment in American history," said Lucas. "He is cynical, he is calculating and he is under pressure from a bloodthirsty base." more >>
A school district in Colorado will soon distribute a collection of satanic and atheist literature at their high schools and middle schools in response to complaints from atheist groups.
Delta County School District will place literature provided by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers, and the Satanic Temple on April 1.
In a statement released Thursday, FFRF explained that their demands were made in response to the passive distribution of Gideon Bibles during the school day. more >>
A Detroit politician is defending his religious freedom rights against critics after he posted a prayer on social media following the Brussels terror attacks Tuesday.
On March 22, Rick Stathakis, a Shelby Township supervisor, wrote in a message on Facebook: "Mighty God, Shine your radiance into every corner of this dark and fallen world. Send your angel armies into Brussels, and heal the land. Hear the prayers of those who call to you, calm them with Your peace, and soothe the souls of those who lost loved ones in this attack. Amen."
The local politician also included in his post Psalm 46:1-2, which reads: "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." more >>
A group representing India's Christian minority recently issued a statement to a religious publication pleading for protection during Holy Week.
The Global Council of Indian Christians sent a statement to Fides News Agency declaring that "protection is necessary during Holy Week" in light of rising violence against Christian communities in the South Asian nation.
"The community fears an organized attack against Christian faithful and churches during Holy Week. As Christians, participating in the liturgies of the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we ask for protection and security for our defenseless community," stated the GCIC. more >>