A new court ruling has determined that churches can no longer rent public school facilities. Churches in New York City can be evicted from the schools. Despite the good they do in the community, they could be out in the cold.
Writing for Facts & Trends, Bob Smietana observes, "The 2-1 ruling from the Second Circuit Court is the latest twist in a long-running legal battle between the Bronx Household of Faith and the Board of Education of the City of New York."
Indeed, this is not new. This is the latest decision in an on-going battle that the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has been fighting for years. In fact, I can remember interviewing Rev. Bob Hall, the church's founding pastor, as far back as the 1990s on this case for a religious freedom TV special, hosted by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy. more >>
Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen has offered that the many distractions Millennials face in life is one of the main reasons why the younger generation seems to be growing less and less religious.
Osteen said in a Fox News interview on Thursday that it was "disappointing" to read the latest State of the Bible survey from the American Bible Society which shows a decline of faith in young adults.
"I do think there are more influences today, distractions, and it's a different day than we grew up in," said the pastor of America's largest church, with more than 52,000 weekly worshipers. more >>
Jon Stewart poked fun at religious conservatives unhappy with Darren Aronofsky's Noah on Tuesday night in a segment called "Haters of the Lost Ark."
After showing a Fox News montage with commentators asking why Hollywood had paid scant attention to Christians and Biblical stories, Stewart noted dryly: "That's how you show respect for religion. You get in there, you churn some s--- out."
The Comedy Central star then suggested that because the movie had made $200 million in its first two weeks of release, "religious filmgoers must have something to cheer about," before juxtaposing his remarks with clips of Glenn Beck calling it "awful" and film critic Kevin McCarthy on Fox News informing the audience that Noah "is definitely not a documentary." more >>
An inspector general's report has revealed that Russia withheld important information relating to the radical-Islam background of one of the Boston Marathon bombers, that could have potentially prevented the attack that killed three people and injured over 260 in April 2013.
One of the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was a "follower of radical Islam and a strong believer" and had "changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country's region to join unspecified underground groups," the Russian government shared with the FBI in 2011, two years before the attack.
Russian officials then declined several requests for additional information, however, which could have prevented the bombing, according to law enforcement agencies, the report said, according to The New York Times. more >>
This week two sex scandals - one involving a national political figure and one a prominent pastor - are making national headlines. Sadly, it's not the first time nor will it be the last we will see these types of stories surface. But as a Christian and a journalist, I am asking myself how I should view and report them.
As I write this column, Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) and pastor Bob Coy of Florida both have stories on the main page of The Christian Post and other national media sites highlighting their sins and moral failures. McAllister, a married congressman, for a leaked video of him kissing a staff member at a Christmas party and Coy has resigned because of past "moral failures" that appears to be a sexual affair.
In the interest of full disclosure, I understand exactly how these two men feel. more >>
In the contraceptive mandate case Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby-argued Tuesday, March 25th-the government asserts that corporations can't exercise religion because they're not people – and that the people who own corporations can't exercise religion through them because they aren't corporations. Did you follow that? Me neither. But it's true.
As a result, I expect many more people creating their own LLCs in order to do things that would be wrong for them to do as individuals: "It wasn't me, honey -- it was the corporation!"
I kid. But the government isn't kidding: it's demanding that Hobby Lobby and its owners, the Green family, represented by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, pay half a billion dollars a year for not covering four emergency contraceptives in its insurance plan. Just to be clear, the government has for political reasons exempted innumerable plans providing these and other drugs (to keep the President's promise that "if you like your plan, you can keep it"). But accommodate the Green family's faith-based moral objections? No way. more >>