The U.S. Air Force republished a chaplain's devotional article to a base website after an official initially removed it in response to a complaint about its reflections on the famous quotation "There are no atheists in foxholes," often attributed to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In early July, a devotional article by Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes (USAF) was posted on the website of the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in the Chaplain's Corner titled "No atheists in foxholes: Chaplains gave all in World War II."
Shortly after the publication of the devotional, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation requested that the Air Force remove it off the base website and formally discipline Reyes, claiming it insulted those with no faith, according to WND. more >>
The actor and writer most known for his commercial pitching of the supposed wonder product ShamWow has given words of caution for Leah Remini over her decision to leave Scientology.
Vince Offer, known to many as "the ShamWow Guy," said in an interview with the celebrity gossip site TMZ earlier this week that while he respected Remini he could not comment further. "That's why I can't really talk about it…I want to be around," said Offer, a former Scientologist who called Remini's decision to leave "pretty brave."
Offer also told the off-camera TMZ reporter that he would not get into details since he had an agreement with the Church of Scientology that he would leave them alone if they left him alone. "Otherwise it wouldn't be you following me it would be something different. You know what I am saying?" said Offer to the TMZ reporter. more >>
The mounting animosity against those of us who believe not only in the traditional definition of marriage but the authority of Scripture has reached a feverish pitch with the introduction of a new ordinance being debated by a city council in Texas.
The city council of San Antonio has introduced a bill that is patently more discriminatory against Christians than anything I have ever seen before. Like many non-discrimination policies, the council is proposing to add words like "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the long list of other identifiers on their list, which is based on Title VI of the Civil Rights Voting Act of 1964.
The proposed ordinance states that "No person shall be appointed to a position if the City Council finds that such a person has, prior to such proposed appointment, engaged in discrimination or demonstrated a bias, by word or deed, against any persons, group or organization on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age or disability." more >>
Donnie McClurkin, award-winning and internationally celebrated gospel recording artist and Christian minister, has claimed that he was uninvited from a MLK Memorial concert on Saturday in Washington, D.C. because Mayor Vincent C. Gray heeded the demands of gay rights activists who wanted him dropped from the event marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. McClurkin has previously shared that he believes God delivered him from the "sin of homosexuality" and that people with unwanted same-sex attractions can change.
McClurkin, pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, N.J., stated in a Socialcam video: "The mayor of D.C. uninvited me from a concert that I was supposed to headline today in the Washington (National) Mall commemorating...this 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. I was asked not to attend although I'm considered the headliner of the concert, and advertisements had been circulated and the churches as well as the community are prepared to come out by the tens of thousands into the Washington Mall (area)."
The New Jersey minister went on to reveal that he had received a phone call while on his way to the airport the night before the event and was told that he was "not welcomed and uninvited," according to promoters who had reportedly received word from Mayor Gray's office. more >>
An estimated combined total of 5,000 people met to pray at all 29 Cullman County School District campuses in Alabama and participate in a prayer caravan Saturday. Hundreds more gathered for a prayer rally at the county fairgrounds in the evening. Spurred on by the threat of legal action from a Wisconsin-based atheists group citing "separation of church and state" to stop the event, the third annual caravan attracted as many as 1,000 people at one high school.
"The great state of Alabama is blessed to have been targeted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation," rally organizer Brent McDonald told The Christian Post Sunday. "By them doing so, it has sparked an awakening like no other and Christians are coming together and standing as one. Thank you FFRF and may every single one of you see God through this."
What may have become an awakening, started as a controversy when the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group focused on wiping out expressions of religion from the public square in the U.S., threatened Cullman County schools and Superintendent Billy Coleman with a letter from its lawyer. more >>
Writes Ladar Levinson owner and founder of Lavabit on the Lavabit blog:
"My Fellow Users, I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what's going on–the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests."
Lavabit was reportedly the email service of choice for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. more >>