The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a Louisiana school district, claiming the district participated in religious harassment and pushed Christian beliefs on students. It pointed specifically to a local science teacher who discussed her Christian faith freely in class and said those who don't believe in God are "stupid."
The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of plaintiffs Scott and Sharon Lane, as well as their three children, in the U.S. District Court in Shreveport on Wednesday. The lawsuit alleges that the Sabine Parish School District, which oversees 11 public schools including Negreet High School, practiced religious harassment against its students and blatantly imposed Christian beliefs in the public school system.
The lawsuit specifically mentions as defendants the Sabine Parish School Board, Superintendent Sara Ebarb, Negreet High Principal Gene Wright and science teacher Rita Roark. According to the Lane family, one of their children, a Buddhist of Thai descent, suffered harassment at Negreet High for his non-Christian beliefs, specifically from Roark. more >>
Pop singer Justin Bieber's arrest in Miami Beach for allegedly drag racing while intoxicated has prompted some Christians on Twitter to suggest that the Canadian singer's pastor, Judah Smith, and close friend Carl Lentz of Hillsong NYC may need to get involved. Meanwhile, the teen's fans of faith are using the hashtag #PrayforJustin to rally support for the 19-year-old star.
Bieber, arrested in the early morning hours Thursday, was charged in court later in the day with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license. The pop star, who was grinning ear to ear in his mug shot, showed no trace of a smile or amusement during his on-camera court appearance.
His run-in with the law comes after months of other troublesome incidents for Bieber, who was recently investigated for an egging incident and illegal spray painting, and scrutinized for an alleged fisticuff incident with a photographer. Bieber's arrest has prompted fans to wonder if it's time for an intervention, and if perhaps Christian pastors Judah Smith and Carl Lentz should step in. more >>
President Obama has invoked Dr. King's powerful phrase-the fierce urgency of now-as a spur to get his troops in line for the takeover of health care. They achieved their purposes to the extent that they rammed through Congress a monster of a bill-around the corner, over the walls, and parachuting down the chimney, if necessary, as an entranced Speaker Nancy Pelosi gushingly told us. They knew they had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make it happen. And they did.
What Dr. King's "fierce urgency of now" referred to was the centuries-long deferred promise of American life, that all of God's children could live together in peace and justice, that freedom would ring from the red hills of Georgia to the California redwoods. Dr. King cried out in the voice of the prophet. And the nation heeded. It was then that the great Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were passed. This was the greatest advance for equal justice under law since the victorious Union ratified the Civil War era amendments to the Constitution.
We can embrace a fierce urgency of now, too. We have a cause every bit as compelling as that of President Obama and Nancy Pelosi. Where they want to shackle every American to the government, we want our people to be free. Where they want to force every American to participate in the slaughter of innocents, we believe every one deserves a birthday. more >>
Incest is now being touted as romance and entertainment? Society seems to play a game of "Can you top this?" Or really "How low can you go?" Hollywood often leads the way, but there are many that follow.
It seems that things acceptable today would have been unthinkable a decade ago and not even on the radar screen a half-century ago and a criminal offense 100 years ago, in many cases.
Lifetime television has brought to the small screen, Flowers in the Attic, dealing with incest apparently as a romance---based on a popular 1979 novel. more >>
A Florida jury has ordered the Florida Baptist Convention to pay $12.5 million to a man who was sexually abused by a Southern Baptist church planter as a boy, but the attorney representing the religious group insists the judgement will be overturned once he files an appeal.
While the jury's verdict came on Saturday, Jan. 18, Gary Yeldell, the attorney representing the Florida Baptist Convention, said on Tuesday that his client plans to appeal the Lake County jury's decision because the church planting pastor was working independently and not under the supervision of the organization at the time of the crime.
Convention spokesman Barbara Denman further explained that the abusing pastor, Douglas W. Myers, worked in the capacity as a church planter "who assisted in starting churches and received a stipend from the church," and that official hiring was done by the respective churches. more >>
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WASHINGTON – A member of the United States Congress has declared that the pro-life movement is winning the fight over abortion. New Jersey Republican Congressman Chris Smith told the many thousands gathered Wednesday at the National Mall for the annual pro-life rally that their side was gaining the upper hand.
"By the grace of God and because of you … we are winning," declared Smith, whose House Bill 7, or the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," will soon be up for a vote in the House of Representatives. more >>