A federal appeals court has ruled that police officers in the Muslim hotbed of Dearborn, Michigan violated the free speech rights of a group of Christian street preachers when authorities forced the evangelists to leave an Arab-American festival in 2012 after an angry crowd of Muslims began throwing objects at the them as they preached.
The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Wednesday, by a narrow 8-7 margin, that Wayne County, Michigan and two deputy police chiefs violated the constitutional rights of 12 evangelizing street preachers called the Bible Believers. The police officers kicked the evangelising group out of the 2012 Arab festival in Dearborn after a mob of Muslims grew enraged with the preachers, who held signs condemning Islam and also carried a severed pig's head.
One of the street preachers, Ruben Israel, a street preacher from Los Angeles who has evangelized for over 30 years, told The Christian Post last October that the preachers held up signs that stated that Islam is a "false religion." more >>
The Washington high school football coach who has become the center of a national discussion on the religious freedoms of public school employees has been placed on leave by the Bremerton School District after he defied district orders and continued to pray on the 50-yard line following football games.
According to Fox News, Bremerton High School assistant coach Joe Kennedy was placed on administrative paid leave Wednesday by Superintendent Aaron Leavell and was told he is no longer allowed to participate in any football-related activities with the Knights.
Kennedy has been under investigation by the school district since September when a complaint was issued about his post-game prayers. more >>
Christian actress Candace Cameron Bure has defended a Maryland bride who presented her father with a "certificate of purity" signed by her doctor during her wedding reception as a way to prove that she maintained her virginity until marriage.
Twenty-two-year-old Brelyn Bowman, who pledged to God when she was 13 years old to remain celibate until she got married, was one of the topics of discussion on Thursday's episode of ABC's daytime television talk show "The View."
Bowman, who posted a picture Instagram last week from her wedding that featured her posing in her weddings dress with her father, who's a pastor, holding the purity certificate has become the center of a social media storm. more >>
Forty-seven members of Congress have signed onto a joint letter to the Bremerton School District in Washington explaining that Bremerton High football coach Joe Kennedy has the constitutionally guaranteed right to kneel and pray on the 50-yard line after games.
The school district is currently reviewing Kennedy's job status after the Christian coach defied school district orders and continued his tradition of praying at midfield following the conclusion of games.
Although Kennedy never forces students to join in his prayer, many students choose to join him in prayer. The school district has warned Kennedy that he needs to wait until students leave the stadium until he can pray or else that would violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. more >>
A public high school quarterback in upstate New York was penalized for raising his right hand toward the sky to thank God after he scored a long touchdown run to put his team down by one point at a crucial moment in the game.
In the final minutes of the first half of Mexico High School's regular season finale at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High, Mexico junior quarterback Dante Turo, a devout Christian, exploded through the middle for a 73-yard run for a touchdown that brought the Tigers within one point of tying the game going into halftime.
As Turo crossed the goal line to give him his second touchdown of the game, he pointed toward the sky for a couple seconds to give honor to God for giving him the ability to make such a play. Soon after, the referee in the end zone threw more >>
While recounting the struggles and highlights of their old NFL playing days on a Washington, D.C. ESPN sports talk radio show Tuesday evening, two former Washington Redskins fan favorites agreed that former head coach Jim Zorn "lost the locker room" because he criticized players who didn't pray and didn't live their lives the Christian way.
During his weekly visit on "The Drive" AM radio show with co-hosts Chris Cooley — a former Redskins tight end — Steve Czaban and Al Galdi, former Redskins running back Clinton Portis explained the difference between hall-of-fame head coach Joe Gibbs and the failed Zorn, who finished with a 12-20 record during his two seasons with the Redskins.
When asked if current Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is in danger of losing the confidence of his players after his first season with the franchise ended with a 4-12 record and his second season has begun with a 2-4 record, Portis responded with a resounding "no" because Gruden still has the support of his locker room. more >>