A Wisconsin-based secular group has sent a letter of complaint to a Tenn. school district, arguing that a student led prayer before high school football games is unconstitutional.
Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the letter Wednesday to Marion County schools arguing that the "Meet Me at the 50" prayer event was unconstitutional.
While many considered the new prayer policy for the games to be a compromise, FFRF staff attorney Rebecca Markert argued that it was a "serious and flagrant violation of the First Amendment." more >>
It's a battle of Christians versus Christians in Brandon, Miss. where city officials oppose efforts by a prominent church to erect a giant cross because it violates a zoning ordinance. But the pastor of the church said elected officials are also afraid the cross might offend Muslims.
The First Baptist Church of Brandon petitioned the city to install a 110-foot tall cross on its property alongside Interstate 20. The project is sponsored by "Crosses Across America," a non-profit group that builds giant crosses along the nation's highways.
"They were led by the Holy Spirit to seek a location in Mississippi," Pastor Scott Thomas told Fox News. "92,000 cars a day travel along the Interstate 20 corridor. Those are people who need hope, who need inspiration." more >>
Speaking publicly for the first time since gay activists forced a shutdown of their bakery because they refused to bake a wedding cake for two lesbians, Christian couple Aaron and Melissa Klein said their business was killed with "mafia tactics."
"There's a lot of closed-minded people out there that would like to pretend to be very tolerant and just want equal rights," said Aaron Klein as he held hands with his wife, Melissa, in an interview with KATU from their home this week.
"But on the other hand, they've been very, very mean-spirited. They've been militant. The best way I can describe it is they've used mafia tactics against the business. Basically, if you do business with Sweet Cakes, we will shut you down," he said. more >>
Not only are the churches, monasteries, and institutions of Egypt's Christians under attack by the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters-nearly 100 now have been torched, destroyed, ransacked, etc.-but Christians themselves are under attack all throughout Egypt, with practically zero coverage in Western media.
Days ago, for example, Copts held a funeral for Wahid Jacob, a young Christian deacon who used to serve in St. John the Baptist Church, part of the Qusiya diocese in Asyut, Egypt. He was kidnapped on August 21 by "unknown persons" who demanded an exorbitant ransom from his impoverished family-1,200,000 Egyptian pounds (equivalent to $171,000 USD). Because his family could not raise the sum, he was executed-his body dumped in a field where it was later found. The priest who conducted his funeral service said that the youth's body bore signs of severe torture.
In fact, kidnapping young Christians and holding them for ransom has become increasingly common in Egypt. Last April, 10-year-old Sameh George, another deacon, or altar boy, at St. Abdul Masih ("Servant of Christ") Church in Minya, Egypt, was also abducted by "unknown persons" while on his way to church to participate in Holy Pascha prayers leading up to Orthodox Easter. His parents said that it was his custom to go to church and worship in the evening, but when he failed to return, and they began to panic, they received an anonymous phone call from the kidnappers, informing them that they had the Christian child in their possession, and would execute him unless they received 250,000 Egyptian pounds in ransom money. more >>
Many Americans were shocked to hear the report by Todd Starnes that "A family-owned Christian bakery, under investigation for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, has been forced to close its doors after a vicious boycott by militant homosexual activists."
But why should we be surprised? Bullying and intimidation have been standard operating procedures for many gay activists for more than 60 years. Why should they change their approach now?
In the early 1970's, gay activists became famous for their "zaps," which were strategically timed, carefully-staged, hit-and-run protests meant to humiliate and intimidate their opponents. According to gay historian David Eisenbach, zaps were used successfully by gay activists to push TV executives to portray homosexuality sympathetically and positively: "TV executives discovered they could avoid zaps and bad publicity by having gay activists review scripts that dealt with homosexuality before they were aired." more >>
A Catholic academic institute based in Pennsylvania has decided to disinvite Geraldo Rivera after the mustachioed reporter posted a "selfie" on Twitter.
Duquesne University made the decision late last week after Rivera posted a "selfie," or a mostly nude photo of himself, on the social media site.
Bridget Fare, spokesperson for Duquesne, told The Christian Post that initially Rivera had been invited to the campus to be part of an event focused on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. "The conference is 'Passing the Torch: An International Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy'," said Fare. more >>