An atheist state lawmaker in Arizona has been barred from offering a prayer at the beginning of legislative sessions after being told that prayers on the house floor must be directed toward God.
According to TusconNewsNow, in the Arizona House of Representatives for many years, lawmakers or other individuals issue an invocation to kick off every session.
But when Democratic state Rep. Juan Mendez, a self-proclaimed atheist from Tempe, requested an opportunity to issue the prayer, he was informed in a memo issued by Republican House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro to all state representatives that no one will be allowed to lead the traditional prayer unless they intend on calling on a deity. more >>
A high school principal in Georgia returned to work on Monday after he was suspended in January for issuing Facebook posts that were critical of Muslims, the LGBT movement and the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
Gary Davison, the principal at Lambert High School, which is about 40 miles north of Atlanta, was placed on administrative leave on Jan. 28 after school district officials scrutinized his personal opinions posted on his Facebook page.
Most of the posts in question were from the fall and summer of 2015. According to the Forsyth Herald, Davison called Islam a violent religion and warned that Georgia should not be accepting Syrian refugees. more >>
Over 10,000 people have signed a petition calling on Washington state to repeal a recently passed "first-of-its-kind" statewide regulation that makes it illegal for businesses and institutions to prohibit transgender individuals from using the bathrooms and changing areas designated for the opposite biological sex.
The Washington Human Rights Commission clarified the state's human rights code by passing WAC 162-32 in December mandating that all places of public accommodations provide access to sex-assigned bathrooms, shower facilities, locker rooms and other changing areas to individuals based on their gender identity and gender expression.
Since the regulation also prohibits places of public accommodation from asking "unwelcome questions about an individual's sexual orientation," opponents of the rule argue that the rule makes it easier for pedophiles and sex abusers to access women's bathrooms and put women and girls in danger. more >>
NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, has been accused of censoring religious speech among its Christian employees, including banning the name Jesus.
The JSC reportedly told employees last year that the name "Jesus" could not appear in newsletters pertaining to the Praise and Worship Club that meets during the lunch hour.
"NASA has a long history of respecting the religious speech of their employees, including defending, in court, the astronauts who read the biblical account of creation while orbiting the moon. That tradition should continue here," said Liberty Institute Senior Counsel Jeremy Dys to The Christian Post in an interview Tuesday. more >>
Two homeschooling families in Ohio could face hefty fines and many years in prison for failing to properly fill out notices of intent with their local school districts.
"Both families said they felt blindsided by these charges after they had taken steps to correct minor paperwork issues, which the school district did not bring to the families' attention for weeks," said attorney Peter Kamakawiwoole with the Home School Legal Defense Association to The Christian Post Tuesday.
"As this litigation is on-going, we are hesitant to discuss their situation in significant detail, beyond saying that the families are preparing for their criminal trials, which were originally scheduled for later this month." more >>
An Australian Christian missionary who was kidnapped by an al-Qaeda affiliate in the African nation of Burkina Faso last month has been released, however, her husband still remains detained.
Jocelyn Elliott and Dr. Ken Elliott were kidnapped in mid-January by militants associated with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb in the town of Djibo, which is near the Mali border.
The Christian couple, who are both in their 80s, have lived in the Djibo since the 1970s and operate a 120-bed medical clinic in the town where Dr. Elliott is the only surgeon. The Elliotts' clinic is the only one located within hundreds of miles of the location. more >>