A school district in Fayette, Missouri has settled a legal dispute brought on by a secular group last year regarding alleged Christian prayers being held on campus.
Fayette High School, located in mid-Missouri, recently reached a settlement decree with the American Humanist Association, which filed a lawsuit against the school back in November 2013. The lawsuit alleged that the school district had violated the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment by showing favoritism to Christianity. The lawsuit argued that Fayette's former math teacher, Gwen Pope, participated in a weekly, Christian-themed prayer with her students in her classroom. Additionally, it alleged that such prayer meetings were announced on the school intercom by former Principal Darren Rapert, and the prayer gatherings were allowed to meet before school, even though other student-led clubs did not have the same privilege.
The agreement reached between Fayette High School and the American Humanist Association states that the school will amend its 2014 Student Teacher Handbook to explicitly outline the rules dictating a separation of church and state at public schools. The handbook will clearly state when student groups can meet and how teachers may participate in student-led religious expression. more >>
A federal judge "reluctantly" put same-sex marriages in Wisconsin on hold on Friday, a week after she struck down the state's gay nuptial ban as unconstitutional allowing nearly 600 licenses to be issued.
"After seeing the expressions of joy on the faces of so many newly wedded couples featured in media reports, I find it difficult to impose a stay on the event that is responsible for eliciting that emotion, even if the stay is only temporary," wrote U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb, who struck down the 2006 ban on same-sex marriage in a June 6 order without staying the ruling or clarifying if it takes effect immediately.
As a result, nearly 600 same-sex couples were granted marriage licenses in 60 counties in Wisconsin in the past week, according to USA Today. Another 12 counties declined to issue licenses. more >>
A former Muslim man turned Christian alleging that his life was placed in danger after an Oklahoma church publicized information about his conversion online has filed a lawsuit against the church.
The man, identified as John Doe in court documents, is suing First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa and its pastor, Rev. James Miller, after he was abducted and nearly killed by radical Muslims during a trip to his native Syria. Doe claims that his captors found out about his conversion and were about to behead him when he escaped, killing a man in the process.
"We understand the skepticism toward the claim but his injuries and all the allegations are well documented," said Doe's attorney Keith Ward, according to Tulsa World. more >>
"Thou Shall Not Move," a group dedicated to preserving a Ten Commandments display at a Pennsylvania public school against legal action from an atheist organization, held a rally Monday in support of the monument.
Pastor Ewing M. Marietta from Liberty Baptist Church in Uniontown, the group's organizer, told The Christian Post that "a good number of people" showed up to their rally earlier this week.
"We do these once a month at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Connellsville on the third Thursday," said Marietta, regarding rallies held in favor of the monument. more >>
Former United States Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum will be speaking at the second annual March for Marriage event in Washington, D.C. next week.
The National Organization for Marriage, a group advocating for marriage being only legally recognized as between one man and one woman, is organizing the march.
A U.S. District Court has ruled in favor of an evangelical student, who was barred from preaching on campus without prior approval, ruling that outdoor areas of a Virginia Community College System comprising 23 college campuses are "venues for free expression."
The VCCS has consented to the court order that prohibits it from enforcing unconstitutional speech policies and zones, said Alliance Defending Freedom, whose attorneys represented the student, Christian Parks, of Thomas Nelson Community College.
The policy changes affect all 23 of the system's schools, the ADF said in a statement Friday. more >>