A Federal district court has ordered the Internal Revenue Service to hand over data and information concerning the several conservative and tea party nonprofit organizations the nation's tax collecting agency targeted for unfair scrutiny.
The United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit Court instructed the IRS Tuesday to provide the court with a list of all the organizations that the agency mistreated because of its political bias so those affected can file a class-action lawsuit and seek damages from the IRS.
Although a federal district court had already ordered the IRS to disclose the list, the agency contended that it could not release the information because of a general rule that states "returns and return information shall be confidential." more >>
The federal government has the authority to force churches to comply with Obamacare regulations that force employers to provide contraceptive and birth control coverage to their employees, the Obama administration's top lawyer argued Wednesday before the United States Supreme Court.
Although churches and other houses of worship are exempt from having to comply with the Health and Human Services contraception and abortion-pill mandate, religious nonprofits and colleges are not exempt from having to comply with an accommodation to the mandate that forces them to notify the government of their religious objections so that the government can insure that the issuers of their health plans still provide the objected coverage under their plans.
Should the organizations not comply with the accommodation, they would be forced to pay upwards of $100 per employee in fines, which for many of the organizations would result in the loss of millions of dollars. more >>
A court in Malaysia issued a landmark ruling Wednesday allowing a Muslim man who was converted to Islam by his parents at the age of 10, to officially renounce Islam and legally embrace Christianity, according to a local news outlet.
The Borneo Post Online, the largest English news site in Borneo, reports that Justice Yew Jen Kie of the Kuching High Court has allowed 41-year-old Rooney Rebit, formerly known as Azmi Mohamad Azam Shah, to be identified as a Christian.
In making his decision, Yew cited Article 11 of the Malaysian Constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that will determine whether or not an order of Catholic nuns and over 30 other religious nonprofits will have to comply with an Obamacare contraception mandate that the organizations claim will make them complicit in violating their religious beliefs.
At the forefront of Zubik v. Burwell is the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns who care for the elderly, which holds that it is in violation of the Catholic faith to abide by the Obamacare contraceptive mandate to supply abortion inducing drugs and birth control coverage in the insurance plans of their employees.
As fines upwards of $70 million could be levied on the Little Sisters for not complying with the mandate, the nation's highest court must address whether or not the contraceptive mandate violates the religious liberty of the organizations and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. more >>
As part of a protest against the Bible, an atheist group is soliciting money to pay for a billboard next to the entrance to the Ark Encounter theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky, that reads "Genocide & Incest Park ... celebrating 2,000 years of myths."
The Tri-State Freethinkers atheist group based in Union, Kentucky, created an Indiegogo fundraising page this week to pay for anti-BIble billboards near the entrance of the Ark Encounter, a life-size Noah's Ark exhibit spearheaded by Creationist Ken Ham, president and CEO of Answers in Genesis, that's slated to open July 7.
In its promotional video soliciting donations, Jim Helton, president of the Tri-State Freethinkers, which represents Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, is seen thowing a Bible while proclaiming that the book of Genesis is "immoral and highly inappropriate for children." more >>
David A.R. White, the actor and producer behind the upcoming "God's Not Dead 2" film, has responded to accusations that the movie is full of so-called fake Christian persecution, by asking atheists why they are "so offended" by it if they feel it's not real.
"It's an interesting thing, because, if it wasn't real, why do they get so offended by it? I don't think it would annoy people if it wasn't true," White told TheBlaze earlier this week.
"At the end of 'God's Not Dead 1′ and even part two, we throw up about 50 different court cases that are dealing with similar issues right now," he added. more >>