The University of North Carolina–Wilmington goes on trial Monday charged with retaliation against one of its professors for his political and social views after he converted from atheism to Christianity.
"Universities are supposed to be a marketplace of ideas, not a place where professors face retaliation for having a different view than university officials," says Litigation Staff Counsel Travis Barham of Alliance Defending Freedom, which filed a lawsuit against the university on behalf of Dr. Mike Adams, a criminology professor.
The ADF contends that the university refused to promote Adams because his nationally syndicated opinion columns espoused religious and political views and ran contrary to the opinions held by university officials. more >>
A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction against Tennessee's same-sex marriage ban, asking the state to recognize three gay couples' out-of-state weddings pending a final decision on the constitutionality of the state's ban.
"At this point, all signs indicate that, in the eyes of the United States Constitution, the plaintiffs' marriages will be placed on an equal footing with those of heterosexual couples and that proscriptions against same-sex marriage will soon become a footnote in the annals of American history," U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger wrote in Friday's decision.
The couples – Dr. Valeria Tanco and Dr. Sophy Jesty of Knoxville; Army Reserve Sergeant First Class Ijpe DeKoe and Thom Kostura of Memphis; and Matthew Mansell and Johno Espejo of Franklin – moved to Tennessee after getting married in states where their unions were recognized. more >>
Sherry West, a former employee at Kermit Gosnell's West Philadelphia abortion clinic, was sentenced Thursday to serve five to 10 years in prison for her role in a patient's death at the facility.
West pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and conspiracy, and admitted that on Nov. 19, 2009, she administered some of the Demerol overdose that killed Karnamaya Mongar, 41, at Gosnell's Women's Medical Society abortion clinic, which he owned and operated for 40 years.
The Canadian Supreme Court is set to decide whether teachers at private religious schools in the province of Quebec will be allowed to share their faith with students, in a case concerning a Catholic high school that is being forced to teach students in an ethics and religious course that all religions are the same.
"It is the same thought process that has been the genesis for prohibitions on blasphemy in other jurisdictions. The whole idea behind blasphemy laws in some parts of the world is that you don't want to offend different religions, and so what they (the Quebec government) do is argue that they promote tolerance and understanding, but rather they want to control what is said," Gerald Chipeur, Q.C., of the Canadian firm Miller Thompson LLP, told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Wednesday.
Chipeur is one of 2,300 attorneys allied with Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit legal organization that filed a brief on Monday with the Canadian Supreme Court in defense of Loyola High School, the Jesuit Roman Catholic school in question. more >>
Conservative members of the United Methodist Church have expressed disappointment over a bishop's refusal to punish a clergyman who violated church rules by officiating his son's gay wedding.
The Rev. Dr. Thomas Ogletree, former dean of Yale Divinity School, officiated at the same-sex wedding of his son in 2012. A complaint was filed against him and a church trial was originally scheduled for March.
Bishop Martin D. McLee of the UMC New York Conference reached an "Agreement for a Just Resolution" where no trial will be held. Further, McLee called on a cessation of all church trials for UMC clergy who had presided over gay unions. more >>
A Louisiana man who spent close to 30 years on death row was allowed to walk free on Tuesday after new evidence surfaced supporting his innocence. Some have pointed out that 64-year-old Glenn Ford, who is black, was sentenced to death by an all-white jury.
"I was locked up almost 30 years for something I didn't do. It's resentment, not feeling bitter," Ford shared with CNN affiliate WAFB upon his release on Tuesday.
"We are very pleased to see Glenn Ford finally exonerated, and we are particularly grateful that the prosecution and the court moved ahead so decisively to set Mr. Ford free," said Gary Clements and Aaron Novod, attorneys for Ford from the Capital Post Conviction Project of Louisiana. more >>