A school district in New Jersey that already excludes the word "Christmas" from its calendar of events for December is banning religious Christmas music during winter concert performances at its elementary schools, according to a religious freedom advocacy group.
Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter Monday to the Bordentown Regional School District after administrators pointed to a New Jersey court ruling that states religious music should not be a part of elementary school programs.
"Schools should not have to think twice about whether they can allow students to perform Christmas carols," said ADF Legal Counsel Matthew Sharp. "Courts have unanimously upheld their inclusion in school productions – even when songs deal with Christian themes that are naturally a part of the holiday." more >>
Halloween is a holiday known for its haunted houses, costume parties, kids trick-or-treating, and various scary imagery on screens big and small. The final day of October is also a time associated with darker ideas, like the Occult, witchcraft, and other unexplained phenomenon.
Many of these images dominate movies and television programs during late October, showcasing to mainstream America spiritual notions known as the "paranormal." According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, when something is paranormal it is "very strange and not able to be explained by what scientists know about nature and the world." The term involves a fairly diverse group of activities and entities, including the Occult, psychics, spirits, and other supernatural phenomenon.
So, should Christians believe in paranormal activity? more >>
A conservative advocacy group concerned about inflation has suggested a new game plan for the GOP that could revive social issues as an asset for the party. The group, American Principles in Action (APIA), challenges the GOP's fear of losing on social issues, restating the importance of issues like abortion as part of an economic vision focused on restoring the middle class family.
A new AIPA analysis released late last week also encourages the GOP to stop framing issues from an employer's viewpoint in favor of speaking to issues that affect employees, such as cost of living and wages.
"The consultant-driven conventional wisdom is that social issues are distracting voters from the GOP's winning economic message; therefore candidates are encouraged to mute the social issues," Frank Cannon, president of APIA, said in a press release for the report. more >>
Every October, as leaves and temperature fall, a certain festive change takes place across the United States.
Spooky decorations mark houses and other buildings, scary movies dominate primetime television, and candy sales skyrocket. It is the season of Halloween, a holiday known for its haunted houses, costumes, trick-or-treating, and creepy imagery.
Yet where did such a modern holiday come from? more >>
Christian rapper Amisho "Sho" Baraka Lewis recently led a discussion with fellow recording artist Kareem Manuel and minister D.A. Horton in which they offered Biblical responses to racial and social injustices for an online panel organized by the Urban Youth Works Institute.
Baraka, covered by The Christian Post earlier this year for controversial tracks on his new album Talented 10th, kicked off the hour-long live chat that touched on disparities in the public education system and the U.S. prison system.
"When we talk about racial injustice, the first thing I want to clarify is that race is not a scientific term, a lot of people know that, a lot of people understand that," said Baraka before delving into the discussion. "When we talk about identity one of the things we have to be clear about is that God has communicated that we're all His children. In Peter, how we see that we're all His priesthood, a royal nation. So race is a construct that was created for the intention to identify people. more >>
Georgetown University, a Jesuit college located in Washington, D.C., has decided to allow a student group to distribute condoms on campus. This move differs from a previous decision made by Georgetown's sister Jesuit school, Boston College, to stop the promotion of safe sex on campus because it went against the university's religious values.
Georgetown, the oldest and first Jesuit university in the nation, announced that it will not be stopping H*Yas for Choice, an independent student group advocating pro-choice and pro-safe sex, from distributing condoms to students on campus. The student group offers an online form to fellow students seeking to have condoms distributed at their party or event; the students then may either pick up their condoms or have them delivered.
"H*yas for Choice is not an organization with access to university benefits and does not use university resources," Rachel Pugh, director of media relations at Georgetown, said in a statement. "We respect the rights of our students to join outside groups as individuals and believe this activity falls within that context." more >>