An attempt was recently made to vandalize a war memorial at an Oregon park at the center of a church and state controversy with an improvised explosive device.
An unknown individual detonated the IED near the memorial, located at Mingus Park in the City of Coos Bay, sometime late night between last Thursday and last Friday.
Rodger Craddock, city manager for Coos Bay, told The Christian Post that police are still trying to apprehend the vandal. more >>
A federal judge has entered a final order permitting the display of pro-life signs at a Michigan Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.
U.S. District Judge Gershwin A. Drain of the Eastern District of Michigan issued his order last week on behalf of Paul Dobrowolski in his suit against the city of Ann Arbor.
In the order, Ann Arbor agreed to pay Dobrowolski $50 in compensation for the fine he received for his display plus $7,000 in legal fees. more >>
The Supreme Court of New Mexico ruled Aug. 22 that the First Amendment does not protect a Christian photographer's ability to decline to take pictures of a same-sex commitment ceremony -- even when doing so would violate the photographer's deeply held religious beliefs. As Elaine Huguenin, owner of Elane Photography, explained: "The message a same-sex commitment ceremony communicates is not one I believe."
But New Mexico's highest court, deciding an appeal of the case, agreed with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission and ruled against Elane Photography, concluding that neither protections of free speech nor free exercise of religion apply.
Elaine and her husband Jon, both committed Christians, run their small photography business in Albuquerque, N.M. In 2006, she declined the request to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony. In 2008, the New Mexico Human Rights Commission ruled that by declining to use its artistic and expressive skills to communicate what was said and what occurred at the ceremony, the business had engaged in illegal discrimination based on sexual orientation. more >>
George Washington would not be welcome in the modern U.S. military. Neither would Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin, according to Department of Defense training documents that depict the Founding Fathers as extremists and conservative organizations as "hate groups."
The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute training guide was obtained by Judicial Watch under a Freedom of Information Act Request. It was acquired from the Air Force but originated from the Pentagon.
"This document deserves a careful examination by military leadership," Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told Fox News. "Congress needs to conduct better oversight and figure out what the heck is going on in our military." more >>
The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Christian photographer who declined to photograph a same-sex union violated the state's Human Rights Act and one justice warned the photographers were "compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives."
In 2006 Vanessa Willock asked Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin, owners of Elane Photography, to photograph a same-sex "commitment ceremony" in the town of Taos.
Huguenin and her husband declined the job because their Christian beliefs were in conflict with the message communicated by the ceremony. more >>
The American Civil Liberties Union has sent a letter to school districts in Kentucky, once again threatening legal action if they continue to allow the distribution of bibles to students through the group The Gideons International.
The letter, sent by the state's ACLU staff attorney, William Sharp, on Aug. 19, warns legal action against the school districts for allowing The Gideons International, an evangelical group, to distribute bibles on campus to students. The ACLU argues that the state's school districts do not possess a uniform code regarding off-campus organizations, and therefore some teachers and principals have allowed The Gideons International into classrooms to hand out bibles, when other organizations haven't been given that opportunity.
"The Kentucky's public school officials have, at best, suffered from inconsistent adherence to clearly established First Amendment limits upon government endorsement of religion in the classroom," read the letter issued to the public schools Monday. more >>