An atheist delivered the invocation at a Michigan city's public meeting, performing a part of the proceedings that generally includes a prayer.
Steven Belstra delivered the invocation Monday at the Grandville City Council meeting, with his planned remarks being published in advance by the Grand Rapids Press.
"I request from the council and our community that we don't turn towards faith or religion to guide government decisions but rather good will towards all people in our community," said Belstra. more >>
Over 700 protesters with the Black Lives Matter activist group are planning to gather Wednesday at Minnesota's Mall of America despite a judge's ruling that granted the mall restraining orders against three of the group's organizers.
Minnesota Judge Karen Janisch granted Mall of America representatives temporary restraining orders against three organizers of the Black Lives Matter activist group, including Kandace Montgomery, Miski Noor and Michael McDowell.
The mall, the largest in America, had requested restraining orders against eight major organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement, hoping to prevent a protest planned for the shopping center on Wednesday evening. more >>
Reconciliation negotiations between Wheaton College and a professor who was suspended for asserting that Muslims and Christians worship the same God have reached an impasse as the school has reportedly attempted to strip her tenure for at least two years.
Political science professor Larycia Hawkins, who was placed on administrative leave last week after she stated "we worship the same God" in a Dec. 10 Facebook post calling for solidarity with Muslims, told The Chicago Tribune on Tuesday that talks between her and the school have stalled and it looks like the school is moving toward terminating her employment.
The 43-year-old Hawkins, who is the first and only tenured African-American professor at the Illinois Evangelical higher-education institution, explained that she cannot accept the college's reconciliation proposal. Although the proposal would have allowed her to return to the classroom next fall, it would also remove the professor's tenure status for at least two years. more >>
The nation's largest atheist group has filed an appeal in court to remove a Ten Commandments display from a Pennsylvania public high school.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation filed the appeal earlier this month before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals against the New Kensington-Arnold School District.
At issue in the appeal was a lower court ruling that allowed for a Ten Commandments display at Valley High School to remain on the public grounds because the judge found the complaint "moot." more >>
A Wheaton College professor who was suspended last week for asserting that Muslims and Christians worship the same God argued Monday that her claim has been affirmed by the church for centuries and also affirmed by other Evangelical scholars.
After Wheaton political science professor Larycia Hawkins posted on her Facebook Dec. 10 that she was going to wear a hijab throughout the Advent to show solidarity with Muslims, adding, "we worship the same God," the school placed the tenured professor on paid administrative leave on Dec. 15 as her comments appear to have violated the Evangelical institution's statement of faith.
Hawkins addressed her Facebook post in an interview with Chicago's public television WTTW on Monday in which she proclaimed that her post was in not a "theological treatise" and was really meant to be just a call for solidarity. more >>
The Mall of America in Minnesota is seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent Black Lives Matter protesters from gathering at the shopping center the day before Christmas Eve.
The Black Lives Matter movement, an activist group, recently announced it would be holding a protest on Wednesday at the largest mall in the United States to protest the recent death of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old African-American man who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police on Nov. 15.
The circumstances surrounding Clark's death remain disputed, as police officers argue the man was preventing officers from responding to a domestic violence call. Protesters, however, believe Clark was shot after he was handcuffed by police. Officers refute that claim, stating that Clark was not handcuffed when he was fatally shot in the head. more >>