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 >>
The 19-year-old son of deceased Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan traveled to Texas Tuesday to be by his father's side because he felt called by God to visit his sick dad.
At a Tuesday press conference at Dallas' Wilshire Baptist Church, Karsiah Duncan told the media "I just came down here because I felt God was calling me to come see my dad even though I got school still going on."
Karsiah left college and traveled to Dallas to visit his father inside the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where Duncan was being held in isolation since he was diagnosed with Ebola. However, he was unable to see him. more >>
The Jehovah's Witnesses have a silent epidemic of child abuse that was recently brought to public attention again after four alleged victims filed lawsuits against the organization.
There are over 7 million Jehovah's Witnesses across the globe, according to the group's website. However, there have been numerous accusations and cases brought against elders and leaders of the organization, alleging child abuse of both young men and women, dating back at least 30 years. Four reported victims brought a lawsuit against the Jehovah's Witnesses and Watchtower Organization in Connecticut.
"This is an insidious problem, an epidemic problem with child sex abuse within this organization that so far seems more concerned about protecting its reputation from scandal than about the children," attorney Irwin Zalkin said at a press conference in Connecticut. more >>
Members of a Seattle congregation are holding daily public prayers to protest against a new marijuana shop that has opened a few blocks away from their church.
Over 100 people, including many from Mount Calvary Christian Center in Seattle, Washington, rallied on the sidewalk in front of Uncle Ike's Pot Shop, a marijuana dispensary that opened last week.
"We've done everything we can to let them know we're not pleased with the absolute disrespect and disregard toward the institute of church," said Rev. Reggie C. Witherspoon, senior pastor of Mount Calvary Christian Center to King5 News. "You have three youth organizations within a stone's throw and somehow they let these people do this. Shame on Seattle!" 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 >>