An atheist group is threatening to sue a California town for hosting a 12-hour prayer rally on the steps of city hall the day after a 6-year-old girl was shot last week and for planning to host a town hall meeting at a church facility.
The American Humanist Association, a Washington D.C.-based legal group, sent a warning letter to Stockton, California, Mayor Anthony Silva last Thursday on behalf of the Stockton Area Atheists and Freethinkers informing him that he violated the Constitution by holding and organizing a prayer rally last Monday on city property.
Before the 6-year-old girl was shot and wounded during a senseless drive-by shooting last Sunday, Silva had already been organizing a "Prayer Rally for Stockton" in hopes of uniting the community, promoting peace and ending homicidal violence that has claimed at least 40 lives in the city this year. more >>
RICHMOND, Va. — The Benham Brothers have said that being pro-life is a vital position to hold and one that requires more than just opposing abortion.
At a gala held Thursday in honor of a pro-life facility called the Pregnancy Resource Center, Jason and David Benham stressed the importance of the pro-life movement in national politics.
Before over 500 attendees at the Richmond Marriott, the brothers called on Christians "to be lightning bolts" instead of "lightning bugs" when it comes to witnessing, adding that "where you stand on life is where you stand on everything." more >>
The Church of England has warned of a "chilling" effect on free speech, after leading U.K. cinemas refused to show an ad for the Lord's Prayer, citing it could offend people of other faiths or no faith.
"This advert is about as offensive as a carol service or church service on Christmas Day," The Most Rev. Justin Welby said, according to BBC News.
"Let the public judge for themselves rather than be censored or dictated to," he added. more >>
A school board in Tennessee's Unicoi County says it will continue to display a Christian flag at all their meetings despite complaints by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which claims it's a violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Unicoi County Board of Education Chairman Tyler Engle said the board has no plan to remove the flag.
"I'm unsure as to how long the flag has been displayed here, you know its not something that is intentionally brought out at every meeting, it is here in the room even when the board doesn't meet," Engle told WJHL. more >>
Kentucky's outgoing Democratic governor, Steve Beshear, told a court that while the marriage licenses altered by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis due to her religious beliefs do not meet the state's legal requirements, they should still be considered valid.
The new licenses from the Christian clerk's office do not comply with state law because they do not contain her name, signature or the name of the county, and are instead issued by a notary public pursuant to a federal court order, Gov. Beshear agreed in a court filing, but added that he will recognize those licenses as "legally effective," according to The Associated Press.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning, who had ordered Davis to resume issuing marriage licenses after her refusal to do so for two months, asked Beshear last month whether the altered licenses are valid under state law. more >>
A former Cuban prisoner of conscience who was imprisoned for opposing the Communist regime of Fidel Castro and used his own blood to write poetry throughout his 22-year detention will be honored as the 2016 recipient of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's highest honor.
Armando Valladares, a former Cuban government worker who was arrested in 1960 for refusing to put a sign at his desk stating "I'm with Fidel," kept his faith in the Lord despite suffering from years of atrocious and torturous conditions during his detention.
Valladares, 78, who was released in 1982 thanks to the intercession of French President Francois Mitterand, suffered from relentless beatings, survived a number of hunger strikes that left him wheelchair-bound for years, spent eight years naked in solitary confinement in a mosquito-infested cell where guards often threw buckets of human waste on him. more >>