U.S. Army Chaplain Capt. Joseph "Joe" Lawhorn has been wrongly disciplined for offering spiritual guidance, including biblical references, during a suicide prevention meeting, said 24 senators and representatives in a letter.
"We are concerned that this disciplinary action violated First Amendment free speech protection that are undergirded by state reflected in the FY2013 and FY2014 NDAAs, along with the accompanying DoD regulations," states the letter from the senators, sent to Army Secretary John McHugh.
"In fulfilling his duties as chaplain, Captain Lawhorn shared both his personal struggle with depression as well as biblical references and materials in accordance with the views of his endorsing agency and complementary to personal convictions." more >>
The school board of Orange County, Florida voted on Tuesday to ban the distribution of Bibles and all other religious materials at its public schools in order to prevent The Satanic Temple organization from handing out Satanic coloring books to students.
WFTV reported that board members voted 7-1 to amend school policy and ban all religious materials. The move is in response to The Satanic Temple attempting to offer coloring books and fact sheets to students in the Fall of 2014, after another group, World Changers of Florida, had offered Bibles.
The Liberty Counsel, which is representing the Christian group, argued that the school blocking the distribution of religious material is unconstitutional, and it may decide to sue. more >>
Grammy-nominated bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent, who was deemed the "new queen of bluegrass" by The Wall Street Journal in 2000, shared in a recent interview how she stood up to an atheist who made a mockery of her gospel music.
The 52-year-old Vincent sat down for an interview with The Blaze over the weekend and shared a time when she and her band were touring in Canada and her faith and integrity were put to the test by a trying atheist who obnoxiously made a mockery of a gospel song that she was singing, a song that she had held so sacred in her heart.
"The most challenging time that I ever had with my faith, we played up in Canada at a folk festival, I think it was the Calgary Folk Festival or Edmonton Folk Festival. They put us on a stage on a Sunday morning with four other artists and we would alternate. To me, it was a Sunday morning service. I did a gospel song, then the next group did one, and the next group did one." Vincent explained. "Then a guy came up and he was an atheist. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. He started making fun of us." more >>
Former Senator Rick Santorum, who is exploring a run for president in 2016, gave a rousing interview on Wednesday, warning Christians that they will face persecution for standing up for Christ.
Santorum gave the interview after the screening of "One Generation Away," a new docudrama that suggests Americans may be only one generation away from facing religious persecution. In it, he addressed the situation future American Christians may be dealing with for living their lives for Christ.
"I know how these stories end," Santorum told CNS News, "and if you're a believer you all know how it ends. And we know the good guys win, truth wins. And so your job is to just focus on being faithful, standing by the truth, fighting for the truth, understanding the world is broken, and that they will hate you and persecute you because you stand for Him and what He taught. And that's a great blessing, not something to be avoided but something to be embraced." more >>
Fox News and Glenn Beck have both come under fire for airing photos and footage of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned alive by the Islamic State terror group.
"Tonight, we are going to show you some of the images ISIS has put out," Fox News anchor Bret Baier told viewers on Tuesday night. "We feel you need to see it. The images are brutal. They are graphic. They are upsetting. You may want to turn away. You may want to have the children leave the room right now."
However, despite the warning, the channel came under attack and was heavily criticized for its decision to air the photos. Other networks took a different point of view and stood firm in their decision not to air any of the images but instead either verbally describe the photos or just refer to them in general. It's important to note that Fox News host Shepherd Smith and Catherine Herridge, chief intelligence correspondent for the network, also described the video and images but didn't show them on air. more >>
Anglican Archbishop the Most Rev. Justin Welby has said that Christians shouldn't attack atheist actor Stephen Fry, who recently called God "utterly evil" and "monstrous" for designing a world in which children get bone cancer, and suffer other diseases.
"It is as much the right of Stephen Fry to say what he said and not to be abused improperly by Christians who are affronted as it is the right of Christians to proclaim Jesus Christ," Welby said, according to The Telegraph.
"That is his freedom to choose that is given to us in creation." more >>