A New Jersey-based atheist organization has filed a lawsuit calling for the removal of a 2,000 pound Ten Commandments display from the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol in Oklahoma City.
American Atheists filed the suit Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma against the Oklahoma State Capitol Preservation Commission that placed the monument at the capitol in 2012.
"This action challenges the constitutionality, under federal law, of the state of Oklahoma's placement of a massive monument displaying an abridgement of a portion of religious text originating from a Hollywood movie director's rendition of one of many versions from the Bible," reads the suit in part. more >>
An ordained minister who was once a Satanist, but now seeks to evangelize to those involved in the occult, has applauded the Roman Catholic Church's training of new exorcists.
Jeff Harshbarger, author and head of Refuge Ministries, told The Christian Post that he approved of the increased emphasis on dealing with those "demonically possessed."
"I do believe there is a tremendous need for trained exorcists; be it by the Catholic church or the Protestant church," said Harshbarger. "The Catholic church has had an awareness of dealing with the demonically possessed. That has waned recently, but they have been made aware and are responding." more >>
Kristine McGuire, a wife and mother, became intrigued with ghost hunting and witchcraft and attempted to blend the occult with her Christian faith until she encountered a demonic spirit.
McGuire and her husband, Tom, explained in an interview with CBN that Kristine had become so deeply involved in witchcraft that she had become a witch, and was ignoring the biblical teachings of her youth.
"Basically, I ignored what the Bible said and read the rest of it to be what I wanted it to mean and folded it into witchcraft," Kristine explained. more >>
A Satanic Temple holiday display at the Florida Capitol featuring Satan descending into the fires of hell has been rejected by the Department of Management Services for being "grossly offensive."
"The Department's position is that your proposed display is grossly offensive during the holiday season," read an email by DMS Administrative Assistant Sherrie K. Routt shared by Tallahassee.com on Wednesday.
The display is a kiosk decorated as the pits of hell, with an angel seemingly descending into the fires. It features the Bible verse Luke 10:18, which reads: "And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven;" as well as Isaiah 14:12: "How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!" more >>
A Satanic religious group has expressed an interest in erecting a monument next to a Ten Commandments display in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The New York-based Satanic Temple recently declared an interest in doing this, with spokesman Lucien Greaves writing a letter to Oklahoma officials about his group's intentions.
Halloween may have come and gone this year, but a re-publicized 2009 Pew Research Center study suggests that it may remain to be seen whether any supernatural beings got the message.
According to researchers, nearly 20 percent of American adults claim that they've seen a ghost. What's more, 29 percent of the country claims that they have communed or felt in touch with someone that's already dead.
"Most American adults in the 21st Century say that they believe in life after death and in the devil," Claude Fischer, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, wrote recently on his blog. "Over one-third say that they believe in the spirits of the dead coming back; about that many also say they believe in haunted houses." more >>