The debate over the U.S. Air Force Academy's recent removal of the words "So help me God" from oaths and making the phrase instead optional for cadets has intensified as a chaplains religious liberty group is calling for the military branch to explain why the action was taken, and activists have stepped up their campaign against expressions of Christian faith within the academy located in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty said in a statement received by The Christian Post on Tuesday that it is receiving calls from concerned parents of Air Force Academy cadets about the Academy's removal of the phrase based on its decision made last month from the Cadet Oath, the Officer Oath, and the Enlisted Oath in the Academy Contrails Cadet Handbook.
"The removal of this phrase is a disservice to the countless men and women who wish to include it as a solemn reminder that they are pledging their fidelity to God and their country," said Chaplain (COL) Ron Crews, USAR retired, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. "This phrase is a deeply rooted American tradition which George Washington began as the first president of the United States, and many who take an oath of service to our country still state it." more >>
ARLINGTON, Va. – A legal expert and head of a conservative law firm has stated that government actions against religious groups over same-sex marriage and abortion are "red lines of liberty" being crossed.
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, told The Christian Post while part of an event in the Washington, D.C.-area on Monday that these red lines involve coercion on the part of government.
"These red lines of liberty are coming very rapidly. They're not just issues that are contrary to Christian values that you can coexist with," said Staver. "These are issues where the government is seeking to force you to affirm ideas and values that are completely contrary to your Christian faith." more >>
An Ohio school district voted to remove a painting of Jesus from a high school after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened a federal lawsuit.
The painting, which had depicted Jesus in a field with lambs, had hung in John Glenn High School since 1971 to commemorate a teacher who had passed away in front of her class. The painting, which hung in the school office, was not visible from the front counter, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
East Muskingum school district Superintendent Jill Johnson defended the painting, saying that it had not hung in the school to promote religion but was there to remember "the life of an individual spent educating students." more >>
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the United Kingdom's first-ever Minister of Faith and also its first Muslim cabinet member, has demanded a greater international response to the religious persecution of Middle East Christians, specifically those in war-torn Syria. Warsi called religion-based segregation, discrimination and violence "the biggest challenge we face in this young century."
"Across the world, people are being singled out and hounded out simply for the faith they follow or the beliefs they hold," said Warsi, adding that various faiths "are falling victim to the new sectarianism that is breaking out across continents."
However, the U.K. politician, who also serves as Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, went on to highlight Christianity, "a religion which is suffering particularly in the wake of changes to the Middle East." more >>
A former Navy chaplain turned conservative social commentator is working to suspend the YouTube Account of a Progressive organization's watchdog group.
Gordon "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt, speaker with The Pray in Jesus' Name Project, has filed multiple copyright infringement complaints against Right Wing Watch.
His efforts have resulted in YouTube taking down RWW's account earlier this month. At present, RWW is appealing the video website's decision. more >>
The American Atheists group is appealing against a federal district court's decision to keep a cross fashioned by two steep beams recovered from the Twin Towers' collapse at the 9/11 memorial museum, while the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has filed an amicus brief in support of the decision, criticizing the attempt to "literally rewrite history."
"As the district court correctly held, it is entirely appropriate and lawful for the curators of a museum to acknowledge the Cross's actual, historic role by placing it in the September 11 Memorial Museum," said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ.
"A museum has the freedom to display religiously-themed artifacts of historical or artistic significance without running afoul of the Constitution. We urge the appeals court to affirm the decision of the district court which rejected this bizarre legal challenge." more >>