The YouTube account for a progressive group's watchdog project has once again been suspended in response to the ongoing complaints filed by a former Navy chaplain.
Right Wing Watch, a project of the People For the American Way, had its suspension briefly lifted earlier this week only to have it again removed Thursday due to the efforts of Gordon "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt.
A second public school has ended ties with Franklin Graham's Operation Christmas Child after an atheist group threatened a lawsuit. However, angered by the developments, parents at the Colorado-area school have stated their commitment to continue raising funds for Operation Christmas Child independently of the school, and they also held a "Religious Rights Rally" outside of school on the public sidewalk on Wednesday afternoon.
SkyView Academy, a charter elementary school located in Douglas County, Colorado, announced last week that it will be ending its participation with Operation Christmas Child, a program of Franklin Graham's evangelical relief organization Samaritan's Purse that provides needy children around the world with Christmas presents during the holidays. Students at SkyView had been participating in the program for the past two years as part of their community service project, and their efforts included raising donations for the program and assembling shoe boxes to hold the gifts for each needy child.
Both Skyview Academy and East Point Academy in West Columbia, South Carolina recently received letters from the American Humanist Association threatening lawsuits if the schools continued to participate in the program. more >>
A Christian children's organization responsible for running more than 20 religiously themed after-school programs in the Tacoma, Washington-area will not receive nearly $7,000 from a county council member after the move generated complaints and criticism nationwide.
Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), a non-profit whose website states its mission as "dedicated to seeing every child reached with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ," had been set to receive funds that Pierce County Council Member Jim McCune had set aside as part of a measure meant to fund youth violence protection. The ordinance allows county council members to split the total amount of 1/10th of 1 percent sales tax among themselves and elected officials are given discretion over what organizations they can fund.
CEF State Director Jeff Kiser did not express bitterness in a statement about the decision reversal. more >>
There's an old joke that says: How do you describe an atheist at his funeral? "All dressed up with no place to go."
Now, all jokes aside, there is a place atheists can go on Sundays. There's a new type of "atheist church" that has been founded by a couple from England, and apparently it's taking off.
Writing for the Associated Press, Gillian Flaccus penned an article called, "Atheist 'mega-churches' are now a thing in the U.S as popularity spreads from U.K." These groups, write Flaccus, are "people bound by their belief in non-belief." They have had large gatherings in Los Angeles, "San Diego, Nashville, New York and other U.S. cities." more >>
Andrew Koppelman, a long time supporter of gay rights and gay marriage, argued that those who disagree with him should have the freedom to live according to those beliefs.
"I've worked very hard to create a regime in which it is safe to be gay. I would also like that regime to be one in which it is safe to be a religious dissenter," Koppelman said to the applause of a group of mostly conservative lawyers.
Koppelman, professor of law and political science at Northwestern University School of Law, was speaking on a panel, "Religious Liberty & Conflicting Moral Visions," at The Federalist Society's "2013 National Lawyers Convention." more >>
The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the firing of a middle school teacher by a public school district over the religious images that the teacher had in his classroom.
In a four to three decision, the Court decided that Mount Vernon City Schools had the right to fire science teacher John Freshwater for the various religious displays he had in his classroom.
These included a poster of the Ten Commandments, a poster of George W. Bush and Colin Powell praying with a Bible verse inscribed, and the Bible on Freshwater's desk. more >>