A group of Christian students at Louisiana State University who make it a tradition before football games to paint their bodies in school colors along with small crosses on their chests received an apology Monday from college officials who digitally erased the crosses from a photo. However, a statement from LSU suggests that any photo having a religious or political symbol will no longer be considered for any of its communications having to do with promoting the college.
Prior to the apology, LSU stood firm in its decision to send the photo minus the crosses in an e-mail about the LSU vs. South Carolina game on Oct. 13. The featured group of LSU students is known as "The Painted Posse."
"LSU Athletics attempts not to imply any particular religious or political message in any of its correspondence with fans," Herb Vincent, who is the Vice Chancellor for Communications, told CampusReform.org last week. "Thus the crosses were edited out of the photos." more >>
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has sent a letter in protest against a Minnesota apartment complex that allegedly would not allow a tenant to openly express her religious beliefs.
In their remarks, the ADF cautioned Osborne Apartments of Spring Lake Park on Friday about their apparent ban on religious expression in the commons area of their facilities.
At issue was the claim made by tenant Ruth Sweats that she was told she could not pray or talk about her faith in the commons area. According to Sweats, this was due to the apartment complex being subsidized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). more >>
The Roman Catholic Church is petitioning voters to support Proposition 34 in California - a bill seeking to end the death penalty in the state; arguing that "all human life is precious, even flawed life."
"There are both public policy reasons and moral reasons to pass Prop 34," Carol Hogan, Pastoral Projects and Communications Director of the California Catholic Conference, shared in an email with The Christian Post.
The Conference made their position on capital punishment clear in 2005 when they issued a statement titled "A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death", where they highlighted two main points in opposition to the death penalty: more >>
A federal appeals court ruled in favor of a Missouri town's ordinance that restricts funeral picketing such as the controversial practice by Westboro Baptist Church. For several years prior to Tuesday's ruling, Westboro has been primarily protected in courts that cite the First Amendment.
Eleven members of 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the city of Manchester's law that basically bars protests at funerals was constitutional because it was narrowly written and offered picketers the opportunity to demonstrate in other ways, according to The Kansas City Star.
City attorney Patrick R. Gunn said lawyers were pleased "and maybe a bit surprised, given the history of this litigation," the Star reported. more >>
Dr. Ron Sider, a long time evangelical voice for social justice, has announced that next year he will be stepping down from his position as president of Evangelicals for Social Action.
Sider, who has authored several books including the influential 1977 Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger, stated on Tuesday that he would be retiring effective June 2013.
In 1973, Sider organized the "Thanksgiving Workshop on Evangelical Social Concern," which resulted in the creation of the "Chicago Declaration of Evangelical Social Concern." more >>
A Gallaudet University official who was put on leave for signing a petition to hold a referendum on marriage definition will be reinstated by the academic institution.
Dr. Angela McCaskill, chief diversity officer at Gallaudet and the first deaf African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. at the University, was told that she is welcomed to return to her position. In a statement released on Tuesday, Gallaudet President T. Alan Hurwitz said that McCaskill could return to the university as chief diversity officer.
"I am sending this communication to indicate forcefully that Gallaudet University would like to work with its Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Angela McCaskill, to enable her to return to the community from her administrative leave," said Hurwitz. more >>