Christian ministry leader Dawn Martinez was told she could no longer hold the twice-a-week Bible studies she has taught for homeless people for the last two years inside a McDonald's in Camden, N.J. A night manager at the fast food restaurant told her last week that a customer had filed a complaint. Martinez wonders if it could have been because of the topic briefly discussed at one point last Monday – the Muslim faith.
The 33-year-old, who began the ministry to transients and drug addicts two years ago, describes the Bible study group's last meeting on Monday. more >>
The Ohio Supreme Court agreed this week to hear the case of a teacher who was fired for allegedly injecting religion into the classroom.
John Freshwater was officially dismissed from Mount Vernon Middle School in January 2011 and the termination by the district board was upheld by a local judge in October. The Rutherford Institute appealed the case to the state high court, arguing that teachers' rights of free speech and free exercise are threatened.
"This Court must intervene if students and teachers in America's public schools are to remain free to engage in open, respectful dialogue about competing academic theories and their respective merits," the institute stated in its appeal. more >>
With the celebration of Independence Day in the U.S. and less than one week after the Supreme Court's decision to uphold Obamacare, The Christian Post asked Christians in the context of current events, "What does freedom mean to you this 4th of July?"
The decision by the high court last Thursday caused many conservative and Christian leaders to question the future of individual and religious liberty.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins warned last week, "Today's Supreme Court decision will do serious harm to American families. Not only is the individual mandate a profound attack on our liberties, but it is only one section among hundreds of provisions in the law that will force taxpayers to fund abortions, violate their conscience rights, and impose a massive tax and debt burden on American families." more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross case Monday, paving the way for California's lower courts to make a decision before any other legal action is taken in the dispute over religious symbolism on government land in San Diego County.
"While we are disappointed the Court did not accept this case for review at this time, we are hopeful we can find a solution that will allow this veterans memorial to remain where it has stood for over half a century," said Allyson Ho, lead counsel for the co-defendant, the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association.
The memorial cross honoring the sacrifices and service of U.S. veterans has been on government property atop Mount Soledad near La Jolla, Calif., since 1954. more >>
The Christian Institute and the National Secular Society are speaking out on behalf of an 89-year-old atheist who claims he was threatened with arrest for posting in the window of his home a sign suggesting religion is a fairy tale. The organizations see the case as an example of why Britain's Public Order Act needs to be revised.
In a case that has many Britons in shock, John Richards is claiming that when police became aware of the sign hanging in a window of his home in Lincolnshire County in East England, they told him he could be arrested if it drew any complaints. The sign Richards placed for passersby to see reads: "Religions are fairy stories for adults."
"I am an atheist and I feel people are being misled by religion. I wanted to show people that if they thought they were alone there was at least one other person who thought that," Richards told local publication the Boston Standard last week. more >>
A Christian-based legal defense alliance has filed a lawsuit against Texas A&M University, claiming the college showed discrimination for choosing not to help fund a student conservative group's plans to host pro-life and political activist Star Parker at a speaking event.
Alliance Defense Fund attorneys say they filed the lawsuit against the university to challenge a policy that unconstitutionally denies funding to political and religious student organizations while providing funds to many other student groups.
"Student groups should not be singled out for discrimination because of their political or religious views," said ADF Legal Counsel David Hacker. "Universities are supposed to be the marketplace of ideas, not a place where funding earmarked for student groups only goes to the ones the university prefers. ADF has successfully litigated similar cases because the Constitution requires that political and faith-based student organizations not be targeted for discrimination based upon their viewpoints." more >>