An Oregon Christian couple have paid the state-ordered $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple for refusing to bake a wedding cake for their same-sex ceremony earlier this year.
The Oregonian reported on Monday that Aaron Klein, the former co-owner of the now defunct Sweet Cakes by Melissa, handed over a check of $136,927.07 to the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries' Portland office for the damages and accrued interest.
Aaron and Melissa Klein had initially said that they will not be paying the money to Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, the lesbian couple they refused to bake a cake for in 2013. The Kleins have explained that their objection to participating in same-sex weddings stems from their religious belief that traditional marriage is defined as a union between one man and one woman. more >>
An atheist organization continued its legal effort to have a large cross removed from a memorial in the state of Maryland.
The American Humanist Association filed an appeal in federal court Monday before the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to overturn a lower federal court decision allowing for the cross to remain on public land in Bladensburg.
Monica Miller, senior counsel for the AHA's Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said in a statement that the Bladensburg Cross must be removed from its present location. more >>
As humanists are going to courts to force schools to teach atheism, Britain's Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said schools are allowed to give priority to the views of established religions over atheism, and must teach pupils that Britain is a Christian country. Amid Britain's debate on multiculturalism, the number of home educated children is also rising, pointing to possible indoctrination efforts by islamist extremists.
Morgan issued new guidelines, which state that schools are not under obligation to give non-religious beliefs "equal parity" with religious beliefs, and that they have to teach pupils that the country's religious traditions "are, in the main, Christian," according to The Telegraph.
This comes after a high court, petitioned by the British Humanist Association, ruled last month that the U.K. government had unlawfully excluded non-religious views from the curriculum, saying that the content of the religious studies program could not fulfil all of a school's religious education obligations. more >>
A Catholic parish in Massachusetts will soon file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court in the hopes of keeping open their church, which was closed several years ago by the Archdiocese.
Members of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church of Scituate have until March to send a writ of certiorari to the highest court in the land.
Jon Rogers, a spokesperson for the group Friends of Saint Frances, which is trying to keep the church from being closed, told The Christian Post that this is their latest legal effort out of many. more >>
A British court has ruled that a mother, who was arrested at an airport while making an unsuccessful attempt to fly her family to Turkey to eventually reach Syria to allegedly help her children join the Islamic State terror group, can have the custody of the kids.
"I am left suspicious of what the mother was really up to but I am unable to conclude that the local authority has proved any part of its case." Liverpool High Court judge Sir James Munby said, according to Liverpool Echo.
The mother, her four children, their grandmother and an uncle were detained at a U.K. airport in March as they were getting on a plane to Istanbul with 13 torches, three power packs, five mobile phones, emergency blankets and tools in their luggage. Council social workers took the kids into care, suspecting their mother's intention. more >>
The nation's largest atheist group has filed an appeal in court to remove a Ten Commandments display from a Pennsylvania public high school.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation filed the appeal earlier this month before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals against the New Kensington-Arnold School District.
At issue in the appeal was a lower court ruling that allowed for a Ten Commandments display at Valley High School to remain on the public grounds because the judge found the complaint "moot." more >>