Two African-American churches that have served their urban Texas community for decades are fighting for survival as the city of Houston has made plans to bulldoze one of the church buildings and condemn the other church's properties in order to clear space for a new urban renewal project.
The Liberty Institute, the legal group representing Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and Latter Day Deliverance Revival Center in the city's Fifth Ward, filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to prevent the city government from "stealing" the church properties through eminent domain.
The city has planned to procure four parcels of land in the Fifth Ward, which all are located on one city block, and include both the Christian Fellowship church building on New Orleans Street and three properties owned by Latter Day that are used for community gatherings and also serve as youth centers, rehabilitation ministries, food pantries and other important ministries. more >>
A group of pastors have filed a lawsuit against a Texas city mayor whose administration refused to allow a referendum on a controversial transgender rights ordinance.
The Houston Area Pastors Council, being represented by attorney Andy Taylor, filed the suit against Mayor Annise Parker on Monday over her administration's refusal to put the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance on the ballot.
Former sportscaster Craig James has filed a lawsuit against Fox Sports in a Texas court over their firing him in 2013 because of comments he made criticizing homosexuality.
Filed in Dallas County District Court on Monday, James accused Fox Sports of dismissing him over expressing his sincere religious beliefs on the matter of sexual ethics.
"Through the actions of its executives, including its president and vice president of communications, Fox Sports hired Craig James as a sportscaster, then terminated him for his religious beliefs — religious beliefs he expressed before working there, more than a year prior," read the suit, in part. more >>
A bill has been introduced in the Senate that would protect the freedom of religious organizations, institutions and businesses that believe an Affordable Care Act mandate, or "accommodation," requiring the coverage of contraception and abortion-inducing drugs in employee or student health insurance plans violates their religious beliefs.
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla. announced Tuesday morning that he and 13 other senators have introduced the Health Care Conscience Rights Act in the Senate to go along with a similar bill introduced in the House by Reps. Diane Black, R-Tenn., Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., and John Fleming, R-La. in February.
The act would provide an exemption to the "burdensome" Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," Department of Health and Human Services mandate to religious businesses, schools, charities, and other organizations and would ensure that those institutions are not forced to choose between following the law and compromising their religious beliefs on issues like birth control and abortion-inducing drugs. more >>
As the result of a court settlement between a Colorado school district and a disgruntled Jewish teacher, an evangelical church is now banned from hosting its Sunday services at a high school that the congregation has paid over $20,000 to worship in for over three years.
In late May, Robert Basevitz, a Jewish teacher at Florence High School in Fremont County, filed a lawsuit against his employer school district claiming that school administrators were promoting Christianity and violating his civil rights.
The lawsuit explains that the teacher was told to "use the side door" upon complaining that large prayer gatherings around the school's flagpole 30 minutes before the start of school each morning affected his ability to enter through the front entrance of the school. The lawsuit also claims that Basevitz was transferred to an elementary school about a month after issuing his complaint. more >>
A Kansas-based congregation that voted to disaffiliate from the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country has lost a legal battle over the church property.
The property of Presbyterian Church of Stanley, located in Overland Park with an estimated value of $4.4 million, belongs to the mainline denomination Presbyterian Church (USA), ruled Judge Kevin Moriarty earlier this month.