An atheist is scheduled to give a secular invocation for the beginning of a council meeting in a South Dakota city.
Amanda Novotny, president of the Siouxland Freethinkers, will give the invocation Tuesday evening at the Sioux Falls City Council meeting.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Novotny explained that the inspiration for doing the invocation came courtesy of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Town of Greece v. Galloway. more >>
Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher who led a standoff against the government, said recently that the battle was more than man versus man, but was a spiritual battle between good and evil.
"The Lord told me … if [the local sheriff doesn't] take away these arms from federal agents, we the people will have to face these arms in a civil war. He said, 'This is your chance to straighten this thing up,'" Bundy told a crowd gathered at an Independent American Part in St. George, Utah on Saturday.
"If the standoff with the Bundys was wrong, would the Lord have been with us? Could those people that stood [with me] without fear and went through that spiritual experience have done that without the Lord being there? No, they couldn't," Bundy said. more >>
A UK fitness coach fired after telling a gym member that yoga would allow "evil" into her body, has won a payout from his former employer.
Maciej Grochowski, who is a Jehovah's Witness, was fired from a Virgin Active gym back in 2012 after a series of complaints about his religious views, however, a Manchester court ruled that he was unfairly dismissed, according to Daily Mail UK.
Grochowski, 38, received three formal warnings about sharing his religious opinions on issues like Halloween and Satanism, prior to his firing. Staff and gym members at Virgin reportedly complained about his "unwelcome" religious discussions on various occasions which prompted the warnings. more >>
A month after a law restricting abortion clinic protests was struck down by the U. S. Supreme Court, Massachusetts passed a new law meant to replace it.
Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill into law Wednesday that will allow police to disperse any pro-life protests seen as impeding access to an abortion clinic, with said person or persons being barred from being within 25 feet of a clinic for a period of eight hours.
This contrasts from the old law that the Supreme Court found unconstitutional, which had a constant 35-foot buffer zone for abortion clinics that included public areas like side walks. more >>
The Westboro Baptist Church is preparing to host a new protest, this time in Silicon Valley and against media outlets such as Facebook, Google, and Apple. The "God Hates the Media Tour" will begin on Aug. 12 and seek to promote awareness of the "sinful" role media plays in society.
"God hates the media in all its forms," a press release from the WBC said. "God did not set these social media networks in place to facilitate perverts pursuing their divers[e] filth; nor do they exist for pedophile grooming, spreading sodomite agenda, other wicked political propaganda or propagating mountains of false doctrine. On the contrary, all these media platforms have one purpose; to spread the gospel far and wide. Though you labor in vain to demonize and stop the words we speak; you only succeed causing more people to see, hear and be convicted."
The WBC claims to promote God's will for the world and has become famous for protesting the funerals of fallen soldiers and organizations. Churches and members of the general public have often attempted to prevent the WBC from protesting or those being targeted from hearing the WBC's words. There have been several clashes between the WBC and public, often caught on film. more >>
WASHINGTON – At a Wednesday House committee hearing, experts debated whether or not a special counsel should be appointed to investigate claims that the Internal Revenue Service was unlawfully targeting conservative groups.
The House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary heard testimony Wednesday from three experts on the matter, with one calling the current efforts by the Justice Department a "faux investigation."
Testimony was given by Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, Professor Ronald Rotunda of Chapman University, and Professor Charles Tiefer of the University of Baltimore School of Law. more >>