South Carolina's House has passed the bill that will remove the Confederate battle flag from its capitol grounds following an emotional speech by a descendent of Jefferson Davis.
Legislators voted Tuesday evening to pass the bill following the remarks of Republican Representative Jenny Horne, whose district includes Charleston.
A three-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has heard oral arguments in an atheist group's lawsuit against a statue of Jesus Christ located on a Montana ski-slope.
At the center of the lawsuit was a statue known as "Big Mountain Jesus," which was put on the slope in Whitefish by a chapter of the Knights of Columbus.
The Knights are being represented by the Washington, DC-based legal group the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. more >>
A Sudanese court has ruled that a young Christian woman must pay a fine or serve a one month jail sentence after she and 11 other girls were accused of violating Shariah law by wearing trousers and skirts while walking home from a church function in the nation's capital of Khartoum.
According to Sudan Tribune, only one of the 12 Christian girls who were arrested on their way home from a church service at El Izba Baptist Church in Khartoum on June 25 was ordered to pay a fine of 500 Sudan pounds, which is the equivalent to about $83. The judged stated that if she was unable to pay the fine she would be imprisoned for one month.
As previously reported, the women were stopped by police on their way home, arrested and taken to the local police station where two of them were freed without charge, while the other 10 were forced by officers to strip out of their clothes. The officers claimed they needed the women to strip so that they could inspect the clothes to determine if they were in violation with the law, an explanation that many believe is "hypocritical." more >>
A debate has erupted over whether Oregon's labor commissioner actually placed a "gag order" on Christian bakery owners who refused to serve a same-sex wedding after he issued a final order telling the couple to "cease and desist" from speaking publicly about their Christian conviction to refuse serving same-sex weddings.
As previously reported, the Commissioner of Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries, Brad Avakian, ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of the now-closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham, Oregon, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer because they refused to bake a cake for their commitment ceremony in 2013.
In Avakian's final order, he demands the Kleins to "cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying … any communication, notice, advertisement or sign of any kind to the effect that any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities, services or privileges or a place of public accommodation will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination will be made against, any person on account of sexual orientation." more >>
The governor of Oklahoma has said that a Ten Commandments monument on government property recently declared in violation of the state constitution will remain on the state capitol grounds during the appeals process.
Governor Mary Fallin released a statement Tuesday noting that the Decalogue will remain on public property during an appeals process following a state supreme court decision concluding that the display violated Oklahoma's constitution.
"The monument was built and maintained with private dollars. It is virtually identical to a monument on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol which the United States Supreme Court ruled to be permissible," stated Gov. Fallin. more >>
A controversial story in which an anonymous pregnant grad student set up a website asking pro-life supporters for $1 million or she would abort her baby has turned out to be a publicity stunt to promote a book.
The website, called ProLifeAntiWoman.com, posted a story two weeks ago attributed to a 26-year-old pregnant woman who supposedly gave the "157 million Americans that identify as pro-life" the chance to save her unborn baby from being killed if they could collectively donate $1 million in three days starting from July 7 to July 10.
"On July 7 I will start accepting donations on this page. I will accept donations for 72 hours, the same amount of time this state currently requires a woman to wait after a consultation with a doctor until she can have an abortion," the post said, seeking to raise awareness for "extremely restrictive abortion laws" that require women to wait three days after their first clinic appointment before having an abortion. more >>