Oral arguments in a lawsuit by an atheist organization against the placement of the "World Trade Center cross" at a museum on government property will take place later this week.
American Atheists will present their case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, arguing that the WTC cross does not belong in a museum on government leased property.
Two days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, construction workers found a cross beam among the wreckage of the Twin Towers. more >>
Two clerks in the Commonwealth of Virginia have recently filed appeals in response to a judge declaring the state's marriage amendment unconstitutional.
Clerks for the Prince William County Circuit Court and the Norfolk Circuit Court have sent appeals to the Richmond-based Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Their actions come after the Thursday, Feb. 13 decision by United States District Judge Arenda Wright Allen declaring Virginia's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police officers may now enter and search a home without a warrant if one occupant of the home has given consent after an objecting occupant leaves the premises.
Even if another resident of the home had previously objected to the warrantless entry, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Tuesday that police officers can still proceed, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
The decision, Fernandez vs. California, stemmed from a 2009 Los Angeles Police Department arrest. The Court expanded the powers of police officers to search homes without the need for a warrant even if there is no emergency. more >>
Reacting to a federal judge's ruling Wednesday that deems Texas' ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional, Republican Gov. Rick Perry said it's not the role of the federal government to overturn the will of his state's citizens.
"Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in our Constitution, and it is not the role of the federal government to overturn the will of our citizens," Perry said in a statement shared with The Christian Post Wednesday afternoon.
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia said in his decision that the state's ban on same-sex marriage "conflicts with the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process." And because it denies "homosexual couples the right to marry," it also "demeans their dignity for no legitimate reason." more >>
I don't venture too much into politics in my writing… or even in my own personal thought life. I really just don't care; which is probably due to my young age and my ignorance about the political terminology being thrown around in the news. But the recent talk of Arizona's SB1062 and other changes in legislature regarding gay marriage (and the twitter warfare among a few high profile Christians surrounding them all) has finally got me thinking on these things.
As I've seen people (Christians) like Kirsten Powers and Jonathan Merritt advocating against SB1062, and others advocating in favor of SB1062 (the more popular Christian response to these issues), I've tried to step back and objectively see things from both perspectives. And as I've done that, I've found that I sympathize with both sides.
From a secular worldview, which does not adhere to Christian doctrine or Christian morality, it would most certainly be discriminatory to be denied service based on sexual/relational gender preference. Because based on this worldview, sexual/relational gender preference is morally neutral. more >>
An atheist group has filed a lawsuit against a Maryland government agency over the placement of a 40-foot cross on government property.
The American Humanist Association filed suit Tuesday in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland against the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which oversees the property in Bladensburg, where the cross is located.
In addition to the AHA, named plaintiffs include two AHA members who live in the area and a third resident from nearby Beltsville. more >>