A federal appeals court has ruled that police officers in the Muslim hotbed of Dearborn, Michigan violated the free speech rights of a group of Christian street preachers when authorities forced the evangelists to leave an Arab-American festival in 2012 after an angry crowd of Muslims began throwing objects at the them as they preached.
The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Wednesday, by a narrow 8-7 margin, that Wayne County, Michigan and two deputy police chiefs violated the constitutional rights of 12 evangelizing street preachers called the Bible Believers. The police officers kicked the evangelising group out of the 2012 Arab festival in Dearborn after a mob of Muslims grew enraged with the preachers, who held signs condemning Islam and also carried a severed pig's head.
One of the street preachers, Ruben Israel, a street preacher from Los Angeles who has evangelized for over 30 years, told The Christian Post last October that the preachers held up signs that stated that Islam is a "false religion." more >>
The Washington high school football coach who has become the center of a national discussion on the religious freedoms of public school employees has been placed on leave by the Bremerton School District after he defied district orders and continued to pray on the 50-yard line following football games.
According to Fox News, Bremerton High School assistant coach Joe Kennedy was placed on administrative paid leave Wednesday by Superintendent Aaron Leavell and was told he is no longer allowed to participate in any football-related activities with the Knights.
Kennedy has been under investigation by the school district since September when a complaint was issued about his post-game prayers. more >>
City Harvest Church founder Sun Ho was officially ordained as a pastor at the church only days before her husband, Pastor Kong Hee, and five other CHC leaders were found guilty of funneling millions into her popstar career.
Yahoo News Singapore posted pictures and a video shared by Kong of the ordination, which apparently took place on Oct. 19.
"The 2-minute clip shows Ho being ordained by someone who appears to be Michael Scales from New York's Christian College, as well as her husband Kong, who was one of the six church leaders declared guilty for misappropriating church funds to finance Ho's singing career," the article states. more >>
Forty-seven members of Congress have signed onto a joint letter to the Bremerton School District in Washington explaining that Bremerton High football coach Joe Kennedy has the constitutionally guaranteed right to kneel and pray on the 50-yard line after games.
The school district is currently reviewing Kennedy's job status after the Christian coach defied school district orders and continued his tradition of praying at midfield following the conclusion of games.
Although Kennedy never forces students to join in his prayer, many students choose to join him in prayer. The school district has warned Kennedy that he needs to wait until students leave the stadium until he can pray or else that would violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. more >>
A former employee of the Methodist LGBT advocacy group Reconciling Ministries Network has withdrawn his legal complaint for discrimination and wrongful termination.
Andy Oliver, who was formerly the director of Communications for the Chicago, Illinois-based organization, opted to voluntarily withdraw his complaint last month accusing RMN of wrongful firing and "gender identity discrimination."
A former employee of Presbyterian Church (USA) who sued the denomination over claims of defamation has filed an appeal.
The Rev. Roger Dermody, former deputy executive director for mission at the Presbyterian Mission Agency, filed the appeal last week before the Court of Appeals of Kentucky, according to Presbyterian News Service.
In April of 2010, Dermody accepted the position of deputy executive director for mission. He had previously served as executive pastor of Bel Air Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles, a 3,000-member congregation with an annual budget in 2010 of approximately $9.8 million. more >>