An Alabama-based nonprofit civil rights group has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against a Mississippi town for its refusal to approve a license to open up a gay bar.
The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the town of Shannon on Tuesday in the Northern District of Mississippi, Aberdeen Division.
Defendants named in the suit include the members of the Board of Aldermen who voted down the request for a business license by lesbian businesswoman Pat Newton. more >>
Christian leaders have called on the faith community to help the United Nations and its partners maximize efforts in the Millennium Development Goals initiative meant to eradicate extreme poverty, reduce child deaths and ensure environmental sustainability within the next two and a half years.
"We must celebrate the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, but realize there is much more to be done to reach the targets we have set ourselves," said World Vision President Rich Stearns, according to a press release. "The church can play an important role in galvanizing action."
Stearns made the remarks Wednesday at the "Church Leaders Praying and Acting to End Extreme Poverty" event at The Church Center near the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, meant to coincide with the annual meeting of the world's leaders. more >>
The faith-based relief organization, Convoy of Hope, is making a stop in Omaha, Neb. on Saturday to offer $1 million worth of free goods and services including groceries, haircuts, dental check-ups, health services, workforce development services, and more to residents in need.
"The overall objective is to touch the lives of people in need, people living below the poverty line. We want to touch them with food and services but also touch them with the love of Christ and connect them to a local church," said Jeff Nene, national spokesperson for Convoy of Hope.
The organization expects up to 5,000 to attend the giveaway event dubbed as a "community celebration" that will give nearly 2,000 local community volunteers the opportunity to "share hope and tangible help with neighbors in a spirit of honor and dignity." more >>
A Maryland-based Roman Catholic religious order has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over the federal government's controversial preventive services mandate.
The Little Sisters of the Poor, an order that oversees multiple homes for the elderly, filed suit Wednesday in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
In the class action complaint, the Sisters argued that they cannot comply with the final rules of the mandate due to their religious views regarding "contraception, sterilization, abortifacients, and related education and counseling." more >>
A state bill that would have stripped the Boy Scouts of America of its tax exempt status if passed has been tabled by the California Legislature.
State Senate Bill 323, a proposal that would have amended the state tax code, was tabled by lawmakers on Thursday. Introduced by State Senator Ricardo Lara in February, SB 323 adds "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to the list of groups that a youth organization cannot discriminate against when determining membership.
"Notwithstanding any other law, an organization organized and operated exclusively as a public charity youth organization that discriminates on the basis of gender identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, or religious affiliation shall not be exempt from taxes imposed by this part," reads SB 323's amendment to the current state tax code. more >>
Focus on the Family will be cutting additional staff this year, keeping with a recent trend found with the Colorado-based pro-family organization.
Monica Schleicher, director of public relations for the Colorado Springs ministry, told The Christian Post that part of the cuts were due to a new business partnership.
"We've…decided to partner with the Ambassador Advertising Agency to syndicate and distribute Focus radio products. This impacts our in-house agency, Briargate Media, and as of Oct. 1, 2013, Briargate will no longer distribute Focus radio products," said Schleicher. more >>