The Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin, is now lobbying an Oklahoma School District to remove a painting by artist Donald Zolan because it suggests that "real American children pray." The district, however, has refused to comply with the secular group's request.
"It is our information and understanding that in the Kenneth Cooper Middle School office hangs a religious poster with an image entitled, 'Faith in America' by Donald Zolan. The image features two children with their hands clasped in prayer, with an American Flag background. The meaning could not be more clear, real American children pray," noted staff attorney Andrew L. Seidel in an Oct. 2 letter to Fred Rhodes, superintendent of Putnam County Schools in Oklahoma City.
The letter further claims that even if the children in the painting aren't really praying and just clasping their hands, it would be in violation of the First Amendment and requested that the painting be removed. more >>
A Muslim inmate is expected to prevail in his lawsuit for the right to grow a beard, an expert told The Christian Post after hearing arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The arguments were heard Tuesday regarding Gregory Holt, an inmate serving life in an Arkansas prison, who was denied permission by correctional officials to grow grow a short beard in accordance with his strict Muslim beliefs.
Also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, Holt had legal representation from Professor Doug Laycock at the University of Virginia Law School and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which recently prevailed in another religious freedom case involving Hobby Lobby, a craft store chain owned by an Evangelical Christian family. more >>
A couple in Florida will be allowed to keep statues of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary on their property after initially being told by a homeowners' association that they could not.
Enock and Ines Berluche of Kissimmee will not have to remove the statues, after being told by the Shingle Creek Reserve at the Oaks Homeowners' Association that they had to do so.
The Berluches were given legal help by the Orlando-based conservative law firm the Liberty Counsel, which was founded by Mat Staver. more >>
A New York high school could face legal action after refusing to renew a Christian student organization this year.
Ward Melville High School of East Setauket received a letter from a New York City-based law firm demanding that they continue to recognize the group, Students United in Faith.
The Williamson County School Board in Tennessee is debating whether it will replace a moment of silence at its regular meetings with a prayer, despite warnings that such invocations might be unconstitutional.
During its Monday meeting, the board's policy committee discussed replacing its moment of silence with a prayer that would follow the call to order and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Bill Squire, the school board's attorney, told members that a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit prohibits the school board from holding a prayer. more >>
Recently, my colleague Eric Metaxas told you about how the city of Lynn, Massachusetts, no longer will allow student teachers from Gordon College to teach or mentor inner city students.
Why? Because Gordon's president dared to sign a letter to the President requesting that religious institutions be exempt from federal gay rights laws. The city's outrageous and shortsighted action brings more harm to its inner city students, who are now without mentors, than it does Gordon College. But the same cannot be said about the latest challenge the college is facing in fallout from the letter.
In late September, the higher education committee of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the body that accredits Gordon, met to consider whether Gordon's inclusion of homosexual acts as a "forbidden practice" ran afoul of the Association's standards for accreditation. Note that the Gordon statement requires all students to adhere to sexual behavior standards. There's no singling out of same-sex attracted folks, nor are there any prohibitions against admitting students with same-sex attraction. The stance has to do with sexual behavior, which falls in line with two millennia of Christian teaching. more >>