Chinese Christians recently took to the streets in the southeastern city of Wenzhou – also known as China's Jerusalem and home to China's largest Christian community – to protest against the removal of church crosses in what they describe as "an evil" government campaign where some 1,200 crosses have already been removed from public buildings.
In an open letter in July, Catholic officials described the dismantling of crosses on churches as "an evil act" by the Chinese government that has "caused great resentment and anger among clergy and believers," according to U.K.-based The Guardian. The newspaper also reported that activists say more than 1,200 crosses have been removed from churches in Zhejiang province, where Wenzhou is located. Wenzhou is a city with roughly 1 million Christians among its 8 million residents.
About 20 Catholic leaders staged a rare public demonstration in the city in late July, including 89-year-old Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang, according to the Catholic news source UCANews.com. Witnesses say Chinese police monitored the two-hour peaceful protest but did not break it up. more >>
A Middle Eastern Christian community has demanded that immigration officials release 20 Iraqi Christian refugees being held at a detention center in California.
Around 30 demonstrators from San Diego held a prayer service outside the walls of the Otay Detention Center last Thursday on behalf of the Chaldean Christian refugees detained inside.
Mark Arabo, a spokesman for the San Diego area Chaldean community and an attendee of the service, told The Christian Post via email that Thursday's demonstration "was our way of telling our Christian brothers and sisters that they will not be forgotten." 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 >>
A white Maryland Episcopal priest tells of an encounter with police officers that he, his black wife, also a priest, their bi-racial son and his wife's brother experienced during a recent road trip in a Facebook post that has captured public attention.
The priest, the Rev. Peter Schell of Calvary Episcopal Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, claims that two police officers traveling in an "undercover car," in this case a white dodge charger, stopped their vehicle during a road trip to Florida.
Schell states in his Facebook post that one officer separated him from his family, pelted with him questions about drugs, and suggested that his wife, the Rev. Rondesia Jarrett Schell, was not really his spouse. more >>