If Wednesday's oral arguments are an indication, Abercrombie & Fitch will likely lose in a Supreme Court religious freedom case involving a Muslim job applicant wearing a head scarf.
The case, EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch, has united a wide range of groups concerned about the religious freedom implications in the case. Christian, gay rights, Jewish and Muslim groups have all filed "friend of the court" briefs on the side of the Muslim job applicant.
In a Wednesday interview with The Christian Post, Eric Baxter of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, who was at the oral arguments, said he was optimistic that the court would rule against Abercrombie & Fitch. more >>
Members of the Islamic State terrorist organization who were involved in the kidnapping of as many as 150 Christians in Syria this week, are claiming that the hostages are "safe" and will be released in a few days, according to the Assyrian International News Agency.
AINA reports that an Assyrian man, who's not a member of ISIS but knows many ISIS fighters, was told by ISIS members that the hostages, who were kidnapped during the Islamic State's raids on 35 Christian villages along the Khabur River near the town of Tel Tamer, are in "good condition" and are expected to eventually be released.
Although the news agency's source, an Assyrian named Matthew, was told the captives will be released, he's skeptical that the militant group will actually free the Christians, since ISIS has become notorious for its publicized hostage execution videos. more >>
The wife of a Lisbon, North Dakota, pastor who immigrated with her family to the United States from Liberia to find a better life has alleged that her religious freedom is being violated after she was fined for praying too loud on city sidewalks.
Law enforcement in the small town has warned Martha Nagbe, wife of United Methodist Church pastor, Juwle Nagbe, that she needs stop praying in downtown Libson and area neighborhoods or pray more quietly.
Even after appearing in court twice and being fined $150 for making "unnecessary noise" she has refused, declaring that she will trust God for her right to pray openly in the streets, according to Valley News Live. more >>
The seven Arkansas homeschool children who were removed from their Christian parents' home last month by state and local authorities for undisclosed reasons, were returned home for a four-hour visit last Friday, where they were allowed to pray and worship in their own home for the first time since being taken into custody.
After the students' father, Hal Stanley, told The Christian Post last week that his family was being victimized by "Christian persecution," because they weren't even allowed to pray during their limited visiting hours with their children, he told CP on Monday that his kids were excited to return home to pray and participate in devotions for the first time since Jan. 12.
"We just had a wonderful time. I saw some light again in my childrens eyes," 73-year-old Stanley said. "They told us that we could worship anyway we wanted to. Yes, we had a wonderful visit and the fact is the worship got so long that they hardly had time to eat, but then they had to rush them back to jail." more >>
The horror in Libya could have come from a Hieronymus Bosch painting of hell: 21 knife-wielding figures hacking the heads off 21 young men in orange jumpsuits along the shoreline, blood staining the surf red. But this was no imagined scene — it was the mass execution of Egyptian Copts who had been kidnapped by Islamic State terrorists.
The killers may have aimed to exploit sectarian hostilities — as they have in Iraq and Syria — and splinter Egyptian society. Paradoxically, however, this blatantly anti-Christian attack may finally lead to the easing of Christian-Muslim tensions in Egypt.
This week, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Sisi responded to the beheadings with acts that unequivocally recognized the Copts as "innocent victims" and true sons of Egypt. He declared a week of national mourning, dispatched envoys to appeal to the United Nations and ordered air force bombers to "deliver swift justice in retribution." more >>
After a judge ruled last week that Washington florist and Christian grandmother Barronelle Stutzman violated the law when she refused to provide arrangements for a same-sex wedding, Stutzman rejected a tempting settlement offer that would have spared her from losing her home and business, because it would have forced her to turn her back on God.
As Stutzman was found guilty of violating Washington's non-discrimination law last Wednesday for declining to service the wedding of Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed in 2013 due to her Christian belief of marriage, Stutzman runs the risk of losing not only her business but her house and life savings once a summary judgement is reached.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson offered the 70-year-old Stutzman, the owner of Arlene's flowers, a settlement on Thursday that would have spared Stutzman the high, bankrupting legal costs that she could incur as a result of the summary judgement. more >>