WASHINGTON — While giving a keynote address at the 11th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning, Texas Governor Greg Abbott asserted that "now, more than ever," is the time for Americans to start praying for the protection of religious liberties in the United States.
As religious liberties have come under fire from secularists and LGBT advocates trying to use the judicial system to promote their political agenda and infringe on First Amendment rights, the 57-year-old Abbott, a conservative Roman Catholic who became a paraplegic after a tree fell on his back in 1984, stated that he is one of many proofs that God really does answer prayers.
"Let me just start by making a very simple point. My very being here today is proof that prayers do work," Abbott told those in attendance at the Marriott Marquis hotel. more >>
President Barack Obama is focusing his attention on religious liberty in this year's National Day of Prayer proclamation, stating that when "women and men of all backgrounds and beliefs" can "practice their faiths without fear or coercion, it bolsters our religious communities and helps to lift up diverse and vibrant societies throughout our world."
Obama's proclamation, which was issued the day before the national observance, went on to note that "we celebrate the religious liberty we cherish here at home, and we recommit to standing up for religious freedom around the world."
"Millions of individuals worldwide are subjected to discrimination, abuse, and sanctioned violence simply for exercising their religion or choosing not to claim a faith. Communities are threatened with genocide and driven from their homelands because of who they are or how they pray," continued the Obama in the emailed proclamation that was emailed to The Christian Post by the White House Press Office. more >>
The Chinese province of Zhejiang is set to ban all rooftop crosses from Protestant and Catholic churches, and has already removed hundreds of such crosses despite mass protests from Christians.
"The authorities have attached great importance to this religious symbol," pastor Zheng Leguo from Zhejiang told The Associated Press. "This means no more prominent manifestation of Christianity in the public sphere."
While the draft for the ban is yet to be approved, authorities have removed nearly 400 crosses from the rooftops of churches since early 2014. Officials have claimed that these crosses violate government building codes, but the growing Christian community in China has said that it is being persecuted and is seen as a threat to the Communist Party. more >>
Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson has officially entered the 2016 presidential race for the Republican Party. Carson is well-known for his medical accomplishments such as separating conjoined twins, but he is also as well-known for his religious beliefs. The Seventh-day Adventist has relied upon his faith from a young age and continues to do so today. Here is a look at six key elements and issues related to Carson's faith.
1. Carson is a twice-baptized Seventh-day Adventist.
While he was baptized at a young age, Carson asked to be baptized by a different pastor when he was 12, stating that he didn't fully understand the importance of his infant baptism, he wrote in Gifted Hands. more >>
A Missouri woman belonging to the Satanic Temple is demanding that she get an abortion without the state-mandated 72-hour waiting period because it violates her religious convictions.
Identified only by the name "Mary," the woman has told local media and a healthcare provider that her satanic beliefs mandate that she forgo a waiting period.
Police in Egypt recently arrested five Coptic Christian children after angry Muslim mobs accused them of blasphemy for being featured in a circulated prayer video with their Coptic teacher that showed them making fun of the Islamic State terrorist organization.
In a report published Tuesday by Fox News on how Christians have become the target of Muslim extremists in the Minya Governorate in northern Egypt, it was reported that Muslim mobs in the village of Nasreya in Minya gathered around the residences of five Christian students and chanted that they had "insulted" Islam.
The angry Muslims claimed that the students and their Coptic teacher were guilty of blasphemy, which is a crime in Egypt, because their video mocked ISIS, a barbaric Islamic terrorist group that has claimed chunks of territory in Iraq and Syria and also has affiliate groups located in Egypt and Libya. more >>