A Christian woman who was forced by DMV staff in Alabama to remove a headscarf she wore as a symbol of her faith in order to take a photo to renew her driver license is now suing local officials for violating her religious freedom rights under the U.S. and state constitutions.
The ACLU announced on Tuesday that it had filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Christian woman, Yvonne Allen of Tuskegee, asking the court to order DMV officials to allow her to retake her driver license photo with her headscarf intact.
"Today, the ACLU and ACLU of Alabama filed a federal lawsuit on Ms. Allen's behalf, arguing that Lee County's refusal to provide a religious accommodation to Ms. Allen violates her rights under the Alabama Constitution and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit asks the court to order Lee County officials to allow Ms. Allen to retake her driver license photo with her headscarf," the ACLU said. more >>
Controversial Pastor David E. Taylor of Joshua Media Ministries International in Florissant, Missouri, claimed last Thursday that he raised a woman from the dead through a message sent to her on Facebook.
"Raised from the Dead! David E. Taylor Commands Her to Live Through Sending a Text Message Through Facebook — Releasing the Supernatural Resurrection Power of God! She Lives!" declared Taylor in an announcement on his Facebook page with a photo of an unidentified elderly woman who appeared to be getting some form of medical treatment.
A message that was sent by the woman's daughter, according to Taylor, also indicated that not only was she raised from the dead but she was also healed of diabetes. more >>
A 16-year-old German-Moroccan girl was indicted by a German court on Monday on charges of attempted murder and supporting the Islamic State terror group, after she stabbed a police officer in Hannover.
Deutsche Welle reported that the girl, identified only as Safia S., was inspired by the Islamic extremists to carry out a "martyr operation" in Germany, where she lived. The attack on the police officer reportedly occurred on Feb. 26 at a train station, though the officer survived and is recovering from his wounds.
A federal probe into the girl's motives for the attack found that she had "embraced the radical jihadi ideology of the foreign terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria." more >>
A Maryland school official who recently stirred controversy for saying that transgender students should be allowed to bunk on school-related trips with the gender group of their choice, told The Christian Post that the students "get it" when it comes to transgender acceptance.
Bob Mosier, chief communications officer for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, told CP on Friday that the district has long respected the rights of students regardless of their race, religion, sex, cultural background, or gender identity, among other labels.
A civil racketeering lawsuit that has dogged former Mars Hill Church Pastor Mark Driscoll since he was forced to resign from the now dissolved church in 2014, was dismissed by a U.S. District Court judge on Thursday.
"I am grateful to God for the dismissal of these false and malicious allegations," Driscoll, now senior pastor of Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, told The Christian Post on Friday. "I remain steadfast and committed to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am forever humbled and thankful for the prayers and tremendous support of family, friends, and fellow pastors."
The four plaintiffs named in the 42-page lawsuit against Driscoll didn't have the money to pursue the case and never served Driscoll or former chief elder Sutton Turner, who was also named as a defendant, with the necessary documents, according to The Seattle Times. As a result, the case was dismissed. more >>
Persecuted Christians in India have been given hope for justice concerning the 2008 massacre in Orissa, where close to 100 Christians were killed in a riot, after the government revealed earlier this month that it will reopen 315 cases of violence.
Fides News Agency reported on Thursday that the Supreme Court of India has ordered the government of Orissa state to review all cases that were reported to the police at the time, but were not adequately investigated.
The violence on Aug. 25, 2008, against Christians in Kandhamal sparked by Hindu radicals who accused Christians of converting other Hindus to their religion, led to the destruction of 5,600 homes, along with 300 churches and other places of worship. more >>