The debate over the U.S. Air Force Academy's recent removal of the words "So help me God" from oaths and making the phrase instead optional for cadets has intensified as a chaplains religious liberty group is calling for the military branch to explain why the action was taken, and activists have stepped up their campaign against expressions of Christian faith within the academy located in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty said in a statement received by The Christian Post on Tuesday that it is receiving calls from concerned parents of Air Force Academy cadets about the Academy's removal of the phrase based on its decision made last month from the Cadet Oath, the Officer Oath, and the Enlisted Oath in the Academy Contrails Cadet Handbook.
"The removal of this phrase is a disservice to the countless men and women who wish to include it as a solemn reminder that they are pledging their fidelity to God and their country," said Chaplain (COL) Ron Crews, USAR retired, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. "This phrase is a deeply rooted American tradition which George Washington began as the first president of the United States, and many who take an oath of service to our country still state it." more >>
ARLINGTON, Va. – A legal expert and head of a conservative law firm has stated that government actions against religious groups over same-sex marriage and abortion are "red lines of liberty" being crossed.
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, told The Christian Post while part of an event in the Washington, D.C.-area on Monday that these red lines involve coercion on the part of government.
"These red lines of liberty are coming very rapidly. They're not just issues that are contrary to Christian values that you can coexist with," said Staver. "These are issues where the government is seeking to force you to affirm ideas and values that are completely contrary to your Christian faith." more >>
A former Navy chaplain turned conservative social commentator is working to suspend the YouTube Account of a Progressive organization's watchdog group.
Gordon "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt, speaker with The Pray in Jesus' Name Project, has filed multiple copyright infringement complaints against Right Wing Watch.
His efforts have resulted in YouTube taking down RWW's account earlier this month. At present, RWW is appealing the video website's decision. more >>
The New York Police Department (NYPD) is investigating a series of attacks targeting Jews in Brooklyn, and one Jewish advocacy group has found what it calls surprisingly high numbers of American adherents of the Hebrew faith fearing anti-Semitism in the United States.
"They're playing a game: 'knockout.' 'Knock out the Jew,' maybe," Brooklyn Rabbi Yaacov Behrman told CBS Local News. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly estimated a total of eight attacks since September, and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) released a poll this week finding 81 percent of American Jews consider anti-Semitism a problem in the U.S.
A pair of pro-LGBT organizations have demanded that a Texas school allow a transgender student born female to wear a tuxedo for her yearbook photo.
The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Human Rights Campaign have told La Feria Independent School District to allow a high school transgender student to have a photo in the yearbook wearing a tuxedo.
Alesdair Ittelson, staff attorney at the SPLC, wrote the school board on Wednesday arguing that Jeydon Loredo be allowed to have the photo published alongside her peers. more >>
National pro-life organization Personhood USA established an affiliate in New York City this week, intentionally aiming to frustrate the goals of Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, which, they say, follow the eugenics mindset of Margaret Sanger.
"This is where Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood and where Planned Parenthood targets women in minority neighborhoods," Josh Craddock, Personhood NY spokesperson and board member, told The Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday. "We know that the political climate in New York is hostile to life and hostile to personhood legislation, so we hold education as a goal."
The spokesman explained that personhood legislation "would protect human life from beginning to natural end," and announced the organization's plans to submit such laws in order to open dialogue about pro-life issues. Craddock praised the resurgence of Christianity in "the Big Apple" and said Personhood NY prioritizes church outreach to galvanize support for pro-life laws. He recalled a forum Tuesday night involving New York City clergy. more >>