"God is not done with America yet," Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said as he announced his candidacy for president at Liberty University on Monday.
Cruz was introduced by Liberty president Jerry Falwell, who said he was proud to have the senator speak at the school. However, he was cautious to note that Liberty University was not endorsing Cruz but merely offering him a platform.
"God bless Liberty University," Cruz said upon arriving onstage. "I am thrilled to join you from the largest Christian university in the world. Today, I want to talk to you about the promise of America," he said before describing his mother's childhood and successes as a woman in America. He then spoke of his father's upbringing in Cuba and eventual escape to America in 1957. more >>
The New York City mayor's office recently announced their plan to allow private pre-kindergarten schools that receive taxpayer funding to have prayer breaks and a flexible calendar schedule.
By the start of next school year, pre-K schools, including religious ones, will be allowed to have time for prayer and religious instruction during the day.
NEW YORK — A former Pakistani parliamentarian advocating for equal treatment for religious minorities back home claims life is sometimes hell for the Islamic Republic's Christian minorities, who are often victimized by blasphemy laws and bear the brunt of public resentment against Western nations like the United States.
"Due to our faith, we are persecuted. People are killing us, people are burning us, and people are putting us in jail. And (the) state (has) failed to protect the rights (of Christians) and (have failed in) their responsibility," said political and human rights activist Pervez Rafique. "The state doesn't have any solid and concrete policy and agenda and plan to protect marginalized and persecuted Christians and other non-Muslims in Pakistan."
Rafique, a former minority member of parliament representing the Pakistan People's Party in Punjab, worked alongside Shahbaz Bhatti, the Christian minorities minister who was assassinated in 2011, as a chief coordinator for All Pakistan Minorities Alliance. At the time of transition prompted by Bhatti's murder, a clash with the former leader's family members forced Rafique and supporters to leave the organization he had served for more than 10 years. Since then, Rafique has helped found another group, with a similar name, the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance-Founders, which in combination with the PAK Christian Fellowship, represents around 25,000 people, he told The Christian Post. more >>
The Liberty Institute is accusing the U.S. Navy of violating federal law when it refused to grant religious accommodation to Navy chaplain, Wes Modder, who is facing potential discharge after complaints were filed over him voicing his Christian beliefs on homosexuality and premarital sex during counseling sessions with sailors.
After the commander of Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Capt. Jon R. Fahs, sent a Feb. 17 memo to Navy Personnel Command suggesting that Modder be relieved of his duties, removed from the Navy promotion list, and possibly discharged, Modder and his attorneys at the Liberty Institute filed a request asking the Navy to grant Modder religious accommodation during his counseling sessions.
However, the request was denied on Tuesday in a letter sent by Fahs, which rejected the claim that Modder was being targeted because of his religious expression. more >>
Balance and fairness for all, not a war between absolutes, is a more sure way for our pluralistic democracy.
Last week's passage of groundbreaking legislation in Utah that combines protections for religious expression and exercise while also protecting discrimination against LGBT people in housing and employment has sparked a national debate.
While being widely praised as a potential pathway for other states in a years-long and intractable culture war, it has also been criticized by some on the Left and Right, as was the case in a recent opinion column in The Christian Post by Dr. Russell Moore and Andrew Walker titled, "Is Utah's Religious Liberty Bill Good Policy?" more >>
A wedding videographer in Ohio could face legal action after she declined to shoot a lesbian couples' wedding ceremony because it would have conflicted with her biblical understanding that marriage should only be between one man and one woman.
When Jenn Moffitt and her partner Jerra Kincely were searching in February for a videographer to film their wedding, they sent an email inquiry to a local video production company called Next Door Stories in Bexley, Ohio, a town in the Columbus suburbs.