Religious groups have expressed approval for the recent United States Supreme Court decision in the case Town of Greece v. Galloway that allows prayers to be spoken at government meetings.
The Rev. Rob Schenck, president and lead missionary with the group Faith and Action in the Nation's Capital, told The Christian Post that he was "delightfully surprised" by the Court's ruling.
"Even if [the decision] did uphold prayer in public legislative sessions, I wasn't sure how clear that would be. This is crystal clear," said Schenck. "I would say, from reading the opinion, this is going to give very clear guidance in the future and it's going to frustrate a lot of people who will attempt to get prayer at legislative sessions or any kind of public gathering shut down." more >>
A religious freedom legal group is coming to the aid of a fifth grade student from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who says his First Amendment rights were recently violated when his teacher told him he could not read the Bible during a classroom free-reading period.
The Liberty Institute, a legal group dedicated to defending religious liberty in the U.S., recently sent a letter to Broward County Public Schools, located in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., imploring the school district to revise its policies and offer an apology to Giovanni Rubeo, a fifth grade student at Park Lakes Elementary School who was allegedly told by his teacher that he couldn't read the Bible during a classroom free-read time.
Earlier in April, Rubeo's teacher, Swornia D. Thomas, reportedly told the student that he couldn't read his Bible during the classroom-designated 90 minute free read time. Rubeo's father had previously told his son that if a teacher asked him to put away his Bible, he should tell them "no" and call his father. more >>
A lawsuit seeking to remove a Jesus statue from a ski slope in Montana will be heard before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Known as the "Big Mountain Jesus" and located in Whitefish, briefs were filed by multiple parties to the Ninth Circuit, which will then schedule oral arguments for the case.
The lawsuit was brought by the Madison, Wisconsin-based group the Freedom From Religion Foundation. more >>
The United States Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a New York town that held Christian prayers before the start of their town meetings.
In Town of Greece v. Galloway, the highest court in the land ruled 5 to 4 on Monday that Greece could select Christian ministers to pray before their town meetings.
Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the opinion of the Court, and was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito, with Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas concurring. more >>
Ellen Page, most commonly known as Juno, burst out of the closet in her emotional speech at a Human Rights Campaign event supporting LGBTQ youth in February. I watched her speech a few days later. She was bold… yet vulnerable. It truly was emotionally stirring. For years Ellen lived in the spotlight of Hollywood, but made note to keep her attraction to women out of that spotlight. If I remember her speech correctly, she said she felt she needed to "be" a certain way in order to attain a successful acting career, etc. But over time hiding this part of herself grew to be a tiresome ordeal…. and on February 14th, in front of multitudes, she came out as gay.
I remember my own coming out. I remember the tremendous amount of freedom that came with the release of my biggest, darkest secret. The secret that I had always been so ashamed of. The secret that I had sworn to myself I would never let be discovered. Like Ellen Page, I eventually got to a point where I was just beyond done hiding this part of myself. I was done with pretending to like girls. I was done with trying to date girls. I was done with overanalyzing every conversation and interaction I had that I thought could lead to someone questioning my sexuality. Coming out was the best thing that I ever did in the first 20 years of my life. To this day, I am glad I came out. I believe I am where I am today in part, because I decided to be real with myself and everyone else about who I really was.
About a month after Ellen's coming out speech, she shared on her twitter account that while on a plane, a pastor slipped her a little note. The note said, "While God thinks it's lovely that you stood up for your beliefs, perhaps you've never had the loving arms of a father." And then he signed it, "Your Heavenly Daddy."…..lol. He really did. more >>
"The 700 Club" host and conservative Christian leader Pat Robertson has expressed opposition to arguing with atheists on social media about the existence of God.
On the Thursday edition of "The 700 Club" program's "Bring It On" segment, Robertson got a question from a viewer named Christine regarding online debates with atheists.
"Whenever I post something on social media about my faith, many atheists comment that what I believe is wrong and try to argue about God's existence," wrote Christine. Should I argue back and try to prove His existence or should I just ignore it?" more >>