A North Carolina town has finally thrown in the towel on a years-long court battle by agreeing to remove a veterans' memorial statue from its central park that featured a praying soldier kneeling before a cross and a Christian flag.
After spending approximately $50,000 in legal fees to help preserve the memorial at King Central Park, and willing to spend no more, the King City Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday to agree on a settlement with the plaintiff, a former U.S. Army soldier, that would force the city to remove the statue and take down the Christian flag.
The city council vote took place in front of a room of about 60 of the town's residents and many of them shook their heads in disapproval as the board announced the settlement. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that a few residents interjected with notions such as: "What else are you going to give up next?" more >>
Rising star David Oyelowo, who portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma," admitted to hearing God calling him to the role several years before it happened.
In theaters across the U.S. on Friday, "Selma" follows the months of Dr. King's life leading up to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Although the South was desegregated with the Civil Rights Act, discrimination was still rampant, making it nearly impossible for African Americans to register to vote. In the role of Dr. King in the film, Oyelowo's impeccable performance sheds light on the pastor's fight for suffrage despite violent opposition. The actor said that preparation for the enormous role started with hearing God's voice over seven years ago.
"This journey started for me in 2007 when I first read the script, and the brutal truth is I felt God tell me that I was going to play this role in this film," Oyelowo told The Christian Post. "That was how it started on the 24th of July, 2007. I heard God tell me that." more >>
Catholic League President Bill Donohue has responded to criticism he received for saying that "Muslims are right to be angry" over the controversial prophet Mohammed cartoons by French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which led to a terrorist attack that killed 12 people, by arguing that the cartoonists "abused freedom" with the highly offensive material they chose to publish.
"My position is this: the murderers are fully responsible for what they did and should be treated with the full force of the law. Nothing justifies the killing of these people. But this is not the whole of this issue," Donohue wrote on Thursday in a statement.
"The cartoonists, and all those associated with Charlie Hebdo, are no champions of freedom. Quite the opposite: their obscene portrayal of religious figures — so shocking that not a single TV station or mainstream newspaper would show them — represents an abuse of freedom." more >>
A claim against a Missouri middle school teacher of religious intolerance against a Christian student has been determined to be baseless, according to one school official.
The parents of 12-year-old Loyal Grandstaff accused a teacher from Bueker Middle School of attacking their son's religious convictions after the teacher reportedly stopped the student from reading the Bible during some free time.
A New Jersey school district broke the law when it fired a substitute teacher after he gave a curious middle school student a Bible for academic purposes, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in a mid-December decision released to the public this week.
The federal agency ruled it was an act of discrimination for Phillipsburg School District to fire substitute teacher Walt Tutka in 2013 after he gave a Bible to an interested student who had approached him privately and asked to be shown where in the Bible the saying "the first will be last and the last will be first" is written.
Tutka, who spoke with Fox News, said that the incident started during in October of 2012 when he held the door open for the line of students exiting his classroom on their way to lunch. As the last student walked out the door, Tutka told the student, "just remember, the first will be last and the last will be first." more >>
With two House Republicans introducing a bill on Tuesday that would ban legal abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the GOP has wasted little time in introducing pro-life legislation that is likely to be voted on in the Senate with Republicans now controlling both houses.
The bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Ted Franks, R-Ariz., and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and is similar to a bill of the same name that passed the House last year, which also banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy but stalled in the Democrat-contolled Senate.
"More than 18,000 'very late term' abortions are performed every year on perfectly healthy unborn babies in America," Franks asserted in a statement to Life News. "These are innocent and defenseless children who can not only feel pain, but who can survive outside the womb in most cases, and who are torturously killed without even basic anesthesia," more >>