A religious freedom law firm is demanding an apology from a California school district on behalf of two students who were reportedly told by teachers that they couldn't pass out "coins" with inscribed biblical messages while at school.
Freedom X, a nonprofit law firm that seeks to protect the religious rights of Christians and conservatives, sent a letter to the Apple Valley Unified School District earlier in March demanding that the district apologize to its clients, the Peterson family, for reprimanding students Steven and Patrick after the two boys passed out the coins at school.
Steven, a third grader, and Patrick, a fourth grader, are two of five children of Allen and Kelly Peterson, who retained the Freedom X law firm after learning their sons had been reprimanded by teachers at Desert Knolls Elementary School. One side of the fake coin reads the Bible verse John 3:16, while the other side reads: "Where will you spend eternity?" more >>
While applauding young evangelicals who have taken up causes such as opposition to injustice regarding the poor, the orphaned, and the enslaved, and who have helped increased awareness of such issues as sex trafficking and world starvation, Pastor David Platt said he is concerned about the lack of enthusiasm among some Christians on other issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.
"I'm concerned for lack of zeal, not exclusively, but particularly among young evangelicals on social issues that are just as, if not in some ways much more important like abortion and sexual immorality, and so-called same-sex marriage," Platt, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., preached at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on Thursday. "On some of these issues, younger evangelical Christians [and] prominent church leaders are often strangely quiet."
Platt observed, "We live in a day that we can be passionate in our stand against poverty and slavery, injustice that we need to stay passionately against, but issues that don't bring us into conflict with the culture around us." more >>
When Conservative Students for a Better Tomorrow asked professors at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., to participate in a Creationism debate modeled after the Ken Ham-Bill Nye event last month, the professors not only refused, but allegedly mocked the idea on social media. A student reported that a professor even threatened the group via email for reporting what the students saw as "bullying."
Warning his colleague Bryan Bibb against appearing in the debate, Religion professor Roger Sneed commented on Facebook: "They're seeking you to give legitimacy to a completely [expletive laden rant redacted] load of foolishness." English professor Margaret Oakes advised him similarly, and said, "Don't dignify the stupidity by acknowledging it."
Lauren Cooley, a CSBT advisor, told The Christian Post on Thursday that as soon as the professors heard the group's plans to invite Answers in Genesis lecturer Terry Mortenson, they attacked his ideas and the students' desire to invite him to campus for a debate. more >>
A Pennsylvania pastor supports the legalization of medical marijuana that could benefit one of his church members by significantly reducing the multiple seizures she suffers every day.
Brett Hartman, senior pastor of New Covenant Fellowship Church in Mechanicsburg, Pa., believes that medical marijuana, given in an oil form low in THC, could be the solution for Anna Knecht, 11, who has dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy.
"Anna's condition isn't getting better and so we're kind of like, 'let's make sure our representatives know this. Let's make sure that maybe we don't have to go through all the bureaucracy,'" said Hartman, reports Fox 43 News. more >>
HealthSourceRI, Rhode Island's health insurance exchange for the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," has launched a campaign encouraging mothers to sign up for sexting sites such as Snapchat, Tinder, and OkCupid to "nag" their children to sign up for health insurance. Critics have attacked this move as "desperate" and "inappropriate."
"We're playing with the idea that kids don't want to sign up for health insurance, they don't really want to talk about it, and they don't want to be nagged by their moms," Dara Chadwick, communications director for HealthSourceRI, told Buzzfeed. "So the idea was, we would set out to find what they wanted less."
"If you're young, from Rhode Island, and don't have health insurance, look out: That potential hot date on Tinder might just be your mom," Buzzfeed's Evan McMorris-Santoro warned in a report on the "Nag Toolkit." The article describes a two-pronged approach: Facebook ads warning young people that if they do not buy health insurance their parents will nag them on dating sites, and ads directing moms to the "Nag Toolkit," which gives them the tools to stalk their children. more >>
A Calif. school district has agreed to accept a third grader's donation of the Bible to the school library with the help of a Christian legal group.
Advocates for Faith & Freedom recently announced that it has successfully helped Victoria Nelson, a third grade student of the Temecula Valley Unified School District in California, submit a Bible to her school's library as part of the "Birthday Book Program."
The Christian legal group had previously gained national media attention by helping other students in California, including Brynn Williams and Isaiah Martinez, fight for their religious freedom rights at their public elementary schools. more >>