A Colorado college is banning all locker room nameplates in its gym to avoid allowing people to include Bible verses on the plates, despite perviosuly allowing phrases like "Give 'em Hell" and "Take your whiskey clear."
Colorado School of Mines in Golden was sued last year when it refused to allow a donor to include references to Colossians 3:23 and Micah 5:9 on a nameplate.
Last Friday the Alliance Defending Freedom, which sued the school over the censorship of the Bible references, officially withdrew its legal action against the School of Mines. more >>
While the country of Georgia is preparing to introduce a "blasphemy bill" that would make insults against religious feeling punishable by heavy fines, some Church and faith representatives have said that is not needed and will target minorities.
"This law is not going to protect anyone; at least not the minorities, and will be a powerful tool against freedom of speech," said Rusudan Gotsiridze, an evangelical Baptist bishop, according to Liberali.ge.
The controversial bill has already been approved on the committee stage, Eurasianet.org reported, and will now be debated on the parliamentary floor. more >>
Just in times for Valentines Day, writer and novelist Nicholas Sparks released his latest love tale, "The Choice." The popular author believes that faith is a central theme in the choices made throughout the film and maintains that all of his stories often illustrate the pursuit of God's will and the power of one's free will.
"I wanted to do a novel that was somewhat similar in structure to "The Notebook" in that it's a story that describes what happens to a couple after the honeymoon ends," said Sparks to The Christian Post. "Stories like those seem to add an additional authenticity to the story and it was an area that I wanted to explore in while being entirely different than "The Notebook.""
Critics are slamming the film for it's similarities to his stories in the past. Sparks admits that although similar in some ways there are a couple of original ideas behind "The Choice." The Lionsgate movie follows Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker) who is a ladies' man that thinks a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle. Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) is a feisty medical student who's preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend (Tom Welling). Fate brings the two together as Gabby moves next door to Travis, sparking an irresistible attraction that upends both of their lives. As their bond grows, the unlikely couple must decide how far they're willing to go to keep the hope of love alive. more >>
A small county in Mississippi has been forced to remove its Ten Commandments display from the local courthouse after receiving legal threats from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Itawamba County officials released a statement this week saying they have decided to remove the framed Ten Commandments after being told it was a violation of the separation of church and state.
"The supervisors of Itawamba County have been notified that the present display of the Ten Commandments by itself is a violation of U.S. Supreme Court ruling," the statement reads, in part. "After consulting with legal counsel, the present display of the Ten Commandments will be replaced with the national motto the United States of America, 'In God We Trust,' adopted by Congress July 30, 1956. The county is considering adding additional educational displays in the future." more >>
BET hosted an #AllVotesMatter livestream at the end of January that featured Louisiana rapper Dee-1 on the stage alongside GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson for a unique discussion on Carson's policies, faith, family and education.
Christian rapper Dee-1 made several appearances on hip-hop mainstream platforms last year with the release of his album 3's Up. BET then chose the outspoken New Orleans native to be a voice for the people during the #AllVotesMatter livestream event. Joining Carson and Dee-1 for the discussion was Chris Prudhome, president of Vote America Now.
While Dee-1 agreed with Carson on many of the points discussed throughout the unconventional sit-down, what they were at odds about was how someone can work toward financial independence. more >>
Residents in Pittsburg, Kansas have placed over 1,000 "God Bless America" signs throughout their town after a national atheist organization ordered the local post office to remove a banner with the same phrase.
The Pittsburg Post Office had installed a large "God Bless America" banner hanging outside of its building after the 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
Recently, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation demanded the small town government building remove the banner, arguing that it violated a separation of church and state. more >>