Talking about Jesus Christ on French Quarter's Bourbon Street in New Orleans is allowed, at least for the moment, because a federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of a year-old city law that prohibits preaching at night in the area famous for its revelry.
Attorneys say that there is a good chance that two separate cases, one involving a group of Christians who were arrested during Southern Decadence, an annual gay lifestyle celebration, and another involving a New Orleans pastor who was threatened with an arrest on a different occasion after 30 years of street preaching, will be consolidated into one case prior to an Oct. 1 hearing by a judge.
Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Pastor Paul Gros of Vieux Carre Assembly of God Church in the French Quarter, filed a lawsuit and a motion for preliminary injunction Thursday against the City of New Orleans for criminalizing religious speech on Bourbon Street. more >>
Chick-fil-A has cleared up rumors that it has revised its charitable donation policy to exclude "anti-gay" groups. The fast-food chain's president told Fox News host Mike Huckabee that it has not made any "concessions" and remains committed to strengthening families.
"There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago," Cathy told Huckabee. "That is incorrect. Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been."
On Wednesday, Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno – along with a gay rights group known as The Civil Rights Agenda – publicly declared victory that he had gotten Chick-fil-A to change its corporate giving policy. Moreno then announced he would "allow" the chain to build a restaurant in Chicago after a period of negotiations. The Chicago alderman had earlier threatened to block the chain from coming to his ward in protest of Cathy's "homophobic" comments. more >>
Controversial advertisements decrying "Jihad," or holy war, are due to be posted in the New York City subway system on Monday, Sept. 24. The posting of the advertisements comes at a sensitive time, as Muslims around the world have been protesting an anti-Islamic film.
The controversial advertisement, which reads "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad," will be posted in 10 subway stations throughout New York City's borough of Manhattan.
Conservative blogger Pamela Geller, executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, is sponsoring the ad campaign. more >>
The nation's largest privately held fast-food chicken restaurant is not responding to claims by a Chicago-based gay rights organization that it has changed its policy of donating to organizations that support traditional marriage.
A group known as the The Civil Rights Agenda released a statement based on comments from a letter Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno apparently received from Chick-fil-A's director of real estate, saying it would no longer donate to "anti-gay" organizations.
On their website, TCRA says their mission "is to maintain and increase individual rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer citizens in Illinois." more >>
The controversy surrounding the Department of Justice in collusion with the non-profit, liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America shows few signs of slowing down as the list of reporters and conservative activists targeted by employees of both organizations continues to grow.
The saga began in December 2011 when The Daily Caller requested under the Freedom of Information Act emails between the DOJ and Media Matters. Federal law dictates that a government agency has 20 days to comply with a request, but information was not delivered until August 30, 2012.
One of those who was mentioned in email exchanges between DOJ Public Affairs Director Tracy Schmaler and Media Matter staffers was Judson Phillips, who heads up Tea Party Nation. Like other Tea Party leaders, Phillips has been critical of the department's handling of Fast and Furious, the gun running program that gained notoriety after a U.S. Border Agent was killed by one of the guns allowed to cross the border. more >>
Portraits of Texas megachurch pastor Joel Osteen and other evangelical Christian leaders have been removed from a public library in Grayson, Ga., after a complaint by a Jewish woman over the exclusively Christian nature of the paintings, all done by a Christian artist.
The portraits were part of an art showing, where local painters were allowed to exhibit their work for a select period of time at the public library. Last Friday, however, Lawrenceville artist Ralph Beach, who painted the portraits, was contacted by the Grayson Branch Library and informed that a Jewish woman complained that the sketches were "not inclusive enough" and made the library seem too Christian. His art was then removed from the library.
"We have worked with Mr. Beach before and he has exhibited with us before. We love his work," expressed Barbara Spruill, branch services director with the Gwinnett County Library System. "However, we felt the scope of this particular exhibit was a little too narrow for the broad public audience that we have. This represented a singular point of view and we did have to respond to that – as well as to ensure that the artwork that is on display does not make anyone uncomfortable in the library." more >>