The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to hear the Little Sisters of the Poor's religious freedom case against the intrusive accommodation to the Obamacare contraception mandate, a case the Department of Health and Human Services doesn't want the Court to take.
After the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down in September the legality of an HHS Affordable Care Act mandate accommodation that requires religious objectors to allow the government to pay health care providers to provide contraception and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees as part of their health plans, HHS sent a brief to the Supreme Court on Sept. 30 urging the court to resolve the question of whether the accommodation violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Although HHS admits that the Supreme Court should settle the RFRA issue, as there are seven related cases currently pending before the court, the Becket Fund accused HHS of trying to "hand-pick" its own opponent for the case in a reply brief submitted to the court on Tuesday. more >>
A Syrian priest who was kidnapped by the Islamic State terrorist organization in May was finally released Saturday, allowing him to conduct his first mass since his abduction the following day in the Homs province.
An unidentified church source told AFP that Father Jacques Mourad, the prior of the Mar Elian Monastery, has been released and is now taking shelter in a town about 3 miles from the city of Homs.
Although the 1,600-year-old monastery was destroyed by IS in August when the militant group took over the town of Quaryatayn and kidnapped over 230 people, including 60 Christians, Mourad was abducted months before the demolition when IS militants took over the ancient town of Palmyra in late May. more >>
The Episcopal Church continues to experience losses in both church attendance and membership, according to recently released numbers from the denomination's Office of the General Convention.
From 2013 to 2014, active baptized members in domestic dioceses went from 1.866 million to 1.817 million, representing a loss of nearly 50,000 members.
YouTube sensation and Christian author Jefferson Bethke hopes to re-spark the faith of millions of millennials who feel Christianity has failed them with his new book, It's Not What You Think: Why Christianity Is About So Much More Than Going to Heaven When You Die, which examines first century Church practices and demonstrates how they can reinvigorate the Body of Christ in today's society.
Bethke cemented himself as a mouthpiece for millennial Christians with his 2013 viral spoken word YouTube video Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus, which led to an accompanying New York Times best-selling book, titled Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough.
By delivering Christian Orthodox views in a seemingly rebellious and fresh way, Bethke has sent shockwaves throughout the Evangelical world and attracted a loyal following of young people. more >>
A South Carolina grandmother is giving all her praises to God after she and her grandson were saved by a giant cross after they nearly drowned in the midst of severe flooding that killed as many as 19 others throughout the state last Sunday.
Clara Gantt of Blythewood, South Carolina, told Columbia's NBC affiliate, WIS-TV, that she was driving to church last Sunday morning when she and her car were washed away by the raging flood waters.
Gantt explained that although it was dark and raining extremely hard as she prepared to leave for her church, which is located about 20 miles from her house, at around 6 a.m. on Oct. 4, she underestimated the strength of the storm. more >>
Leading evangelist Franklin Graham has taken to Facebook to speak out against an atheist organization that is threatening to file a lawsuit against a Kentucky town if it fails to remove a cross from atop a community water tower, which is located on the campus of a private Christian university.
On Sept. 29, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation's largest atheist organization, sent an email to the mayor of Wilmore, Harold Rainwater, demanding that the town remove the Christian cross placed atop the water tower located on the campus of Asbury University, explaining that the cross creates the perception that the town officially endorses Christianity over other religions or no religion.
Although the water tower was originally built by the school, it is now owned and operated by the town and also has the town's name written across the side of the structure. Additionally, pictures of the water tower and the cross are posted to the town's official website. more >>