A Native American group is preparing to file a federal lawsuit against the Cleveland Indians baseball team, requesting they change their "offensive" name and mascot, describing them as disparaging toward Native American populations. The lawsuit comes after five Native Americans won a trademark lawsuit against the Washington Redskins regarding its name.
Robert Roche, leader of the group People Not Mascots, told NBC News that his group will be filing a federal lawsuit challenging the Cleveland Indians' name and mascot, Chief Wahoo. The lawsuit is expected to be filed by late July, and contends that the mascot that includes a red face, large smile, and feather, be changed out of sensitivity for the Native American culture.
"It's been offensive since day one," Roche, a member of the Chiricahua Apache tribe, recently told NBC News. "We are not mascots. My children are not mascots. We are people." more >>
The interdenominational Christian Federation of Malaysia has warned that believers in the country face "serious negative consequences" after the Supreme Court again confirmed that a Catholic newspaper is not allowed to use the word "Allah" to refer to God.
"We continue to support that the decision of the Court of Appeal, upheld by the Federal Court, is seriously flawed in many respects. According to Justice, many erroneous and inaccurate observations had to be corrected. Now there will be serious negative consequences for the religious freedom of Christians in Malaysia," the group said, according to Fides News Agency on Monday.
The long-standing case concerns the Catholic weekly newspaper "Herald," which was initially told in 2007 by Malaysian authorities to stop using the word "Allah." While in 2009 a lower court defended the newspaper's right to use the term, in October 2013 chief judge Mohamed Apandi Ali ruled that "the usage of the word 'Allah' is not an integral part of the faith in Christianity," and that it would "cause confusion in the community." more >>
Several Christian and persecution watchdog groups are hailing the release of imprisoned Christian mother Miriam Ibrahim as a "huge victory for religious liberty," but said that the government of Sudan still needs to be held accountable for its treatment of the woman and her children.
"We are thankful for her release, but our work is not done. It's time to bring Meriam and her American children home to America. It's time to grant her asylum so that she can worship and raise her children without fear, here in the land of liberty," the American Center for Law and Justice said on Monday in a news release.
The ACLJ and other groups had started campaigns for Ibrahim's release, calling on the American government to help the mother who was initially sentenced to 100 lashes and death for marrying a Christian man. more >>
A church in Arizona facing the possibility of foreclosure due to owing money on a tax it claims was illegal has raised about $68,000 to remain open.
Church of the Isaiah 58 Project was given a $50,000 tax bill from La Paz County that the congregation argues it does not have to pay.
Three reporters from the Al Jazeera media network have been sentenced to prison in Egypt, sparking an international outcry from family members and groups like Amnesty International, who call the sentencing a "sham."
An Egyptian court sentenced the three Al Jazeera journalists to seven years in prison, each on terrorism charges related to the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
The court determined the three defendants, Australian Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohammed, were guilty of showing bias for Morsi during civilian protests and his ousting from power last year. Along with the seven-year sentence, Mohammed, a producer for the Al Jazeera network, received an additional three years for a second charge. more >>
A private academic institution based in Colorado was granted an injunction from the Department of Health and Human Services' birth control mandate.
Colorado Christian University will not have to pay a fee for refusing to provide certain types of birth control effective July 1, ruled a Denver federal judge.
Filed last Friday, District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn concluded that Colorado Christian University could be unnecessarily burdened by the HHS mandate of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," and that CCU will likely win its suit against the Obama administration. more >>