The nation's largest atheist group is demanding that a Pennsylvania school cancel its planned field trip to the Creation Museum in Kentucky, claiming that such a trip is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Big Beaver Falls Area School District denouncing the field trip, scheduled for May 20. Addressed to District Superintendent Donna Nugent and authored by Madeline Ziegler, the letter labeled the planned trip "unconstitutional" since the Museum "promotes the religious doctrine of creationism."
"Scheduling a trip to this type of sectarian establishment excludes non-Christian and non-religious students," wrote Ziegler to Nugent. "The fact that participation or attendance on this field trip is voluntary is not a valid safeguard, Courts have summarily rejected arguments that voluntariness excuses a constitutional violation." more >>
The annual National Day of Prayer is expected to be larger than ever, with an estimated 47,000 local events taking place across the United States.
For the 65th year in a row Americans will observe the National Day of Prayer, which is held on the first Thursday of May and is centered on praying for the wellbeing of the country.
Dion Elmore, chief communications officer for the National Day of Prayer Task Force, told The Christian Post that the theme this year is "Wake Up America." more >>
Leadership for the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s Presbyterian Mission Agency has approved a 15 percent budget cut for 2017 and 2018.
PMA's board approved the 2017-2018 budget last Thursday and will allocate about $63.5 million for 2017 and 2018, which is about $11 million less than this year.
Tony De La Rosa, interim executive director for PMA, told The Christian Post the budget decrease was part of an overall restructuring of the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination. more >>
At about noon on Saturday, shocked residents of the Boscobel, St. Mary community on the Caribbean island of Jamaica stumbled upon the bound and lifeless body of missionary Randy Hentzel, 48.
On Sunday, at about 4 p.m., they found the body of Hentzel's colleague, missionary Harold Nichols, 53. His head was reportedly bashed in.
The last time anyone saw them alive, according to the Jamaica Observer, was on Saturday morning when the two men, who worked as missionaries for Pennsylvania-based TEAMS for Medical Missions, were heading out on a trail in the Albion Mountain area of the island. Police say they rented motorcycles in Ocho Rios prior to the fateful trip. more >>
Actress and former Church of Scientology member Leah Remini recently defended the decision of Ron Miscavige to write a tell-all book about the current head of the controversial sect.
Titled Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me and slated for release in May, the book was coauthored by Dan Koon.
In an interview with ABC News, Remini argued that Ron Miscavige "has a right to tell his story" even if it offends Scientology's leadership. more >>
Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently found himself rebutting a tweet from a self-described atheist who mocked a pro-faith message he had posted earlier on the social media site.
The conservative Republican leader had tweeted on Tuesday an image of Uncle Sam praying in a church, with a message calling upon others to do likewise.