Students at a high school near St. Louis, Mo., reportedly arrived on campus Thursday carrying their Bibles as a form of protest after two students claimed a teacher banned them from reading the Bible while they walked down a school hallway.
The incident began when Angela English, mother of 15-year-old Kiela English, took to Facebook to express her dismay after her daughter was reportedly reprimanded by a teacher at Potosi High School for reading her Bible to herself in a school hallway. Kiela had reportedly been walking down the hallway with a friend, the two of them silently reading a Bible passage and then discussing its content with each other, when a teacher stopped them, telling them they could not be "pushing their religion" while at school.
"A teacher called them over and told them that they had to put it away – that this wasn't the place – that they can't be pushing their religion on people. They weren't pushing religion. They were just discussing it privately," English told the Daily Journal Online. more >>
For many years now, publishers have been releasing books that claim that the Bible does not oppose committed homosexual relationships. That is nothing new. But it is a sad and shameful day when a major Christian publisher releases such a book and claims that it is a solid evangelical publication. This is abhorrent, disgraceful, and terribly misleading. And it needs to be addressed and exposed.
But first, the background to the story.
In 2012, a young man named Matthew Vines, who professes to be a "gay Christian," released a video of his talk about the Bible and homosexuality, and it quickly went viral. His demeanor was engaging and his appeal to the Scriptures very serious, but for those who know the Word well, there was nothing in the least bit persuasive in his presentation. In fact, it underscored just how impossible it is to use the Bible to justify any form of homosexual acts or to sanctify intimate homosexual relationships. more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice has successfully aided students from a New York-area high school in expressing their religious freedom through an after-school Bible study.
Concerned parents contacted the legal group after learning that the superintendent of an unnamed high school in Amsterdam, N.Y., had told a senior female student that she could not hold her student-led, after-school Bible study club without first purchasing an insurance policy to use the campus after school hours.
The superintendent made his request of the Bible study club even though other student-led clubs were not required to obtain an insurance policy. After being contacted by concerned parents and students, the ACLJ reportedly provided parents information about "relevant legal principals regarding religious clubs' access to school facilities," coming to the conclusion "that the Bible club must be given the same privileges as any other student-led club." more >>
Thomas Nelson Community College along with its umbrella organization, the Virginia Community College System, has agreed to suspend its policy on "free speech zones" in response to a lawsuit brought by a student who wants to preach on campus.
Last month, Christian Parks brought a lawsuit before the Eastern District of Virginia Newport News Division, alleging that TNCC violated his freedom of speech when campus officials stopped him from preaching in an on-campus plaza area.
According to the lawsuit, Parks was prohibited from preaching due to the college's policy, which states that students can only stage demonstrations if they belong to a student group and get permission four days in advance. more >>
Mormons will share the stage with atheists Wednesday as part of a joint panel held in Salt Lake City, Utah, to discuss and dispel the myths and stereotypes that are believed about the two groups.
In a statement released last week, American Atheists President David Silverman explained that the panel will "challenge how atheists and religious people think of each other."
He continued: "It's true that many atheist Utahans are ex-Mormons, but many atheists around the country have very little direct experience with Mormons. And many Mormons have very little real-world experience with or knowledge of atheists. We want to fix that because a better understanding of where we're all coming from is needed to share political and social space." more >>
A year ago, I transitioned from my staff position in a Nashville church to go full-time in serving the wider body of Christ. Writing regular news commentaries and hosting a weekly lecture series on the hot-button issues impacting our nation, my God-given assignment is to raise awareness and help awaken Christians to the "impending distress" (I Cor.7:26).
After four decades in ministry, God called me to say farewell to salary, pension and security guarantees. It's scary, but in light of our nation's rapidly decaying cultural landscape and what many perceive as church leaders succumbing to a "spiral of silence"-especially on issues of homosexuality, abortion and religious liberty-I don't believe I have the luxury of sitting on the sidelines anymore.
These words from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak to me daily: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." more >>