In The News
♦ What Voters Will Remember About Abortion in November
August 24, 2012
On November 7, we may well look back at this week's events and see that this was the week that President Obama lost the presidency - because of the abortion issue.
♦ Obama's 'Alert Observation' of Anti-Christian Violence Must End
August 21, 2012
As Nina Shea discussed below, Pakistani authorities have incarcerated a 12-year-old Christian girl, who is believed to suffer from Down's syndrome, because she allegedly burned pages of the Koran. The Washington Post reported that "as many as 600 Christians have fled their colony bordering the capital, fearing for their lives, officials said, after a mob last week called for the child to be burned to death as a blasphemer."
♦ Study: U.S. Hostile to Religious Liberty
August 20, 2012
A new survey conducted by two conservative groups reveals proven hostility toward Christianity in the U.S.
♦ Photog Who Refused Same-Sex Wedding Assignment Gets Day in Court
August 20, 2012
The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to review the case of an Albuquerque photographer forced to pay nearly $7,000 for declining to use her artistic expression to help two women "celebrate" a same-sex "commitment" ceremony.
♦ Obamacare Begins Child Sterilization, Without Parental Consent
August 16, 2012
With back-to-school season in full swing across the nation, parents in Oregon have more to worry about than shopping for sweaters and purchasing pencils. In the state of Oregon, the Obamacare mandate, which went into effect on August 1, 2012, provides free sterilizations to girls as young as fifteen. Now, your daughter, your high school freshman, can choose, without your consent, to be permanently sterilized.
♦ Re: Democrats, Marriage, and Religious Freedom
August 14, 2012
Full repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, which the platform language calls for, also means that all states have to recognize same-sex marriages contracted in other states. It puts the party in opposition to letting states decide the issue, which is the current rhetorical posture of the president.
♦ Don't Be a Chicken! Register and Vote!
August 13, 2012
We cannot let elected officials take away freedom of speech by threatening to deny business licenses to those that disagree with them! Register and vote today at www.RegisterVote.org. (To download the Champion the Vote video, click here.)
♦ Valley Woman Told She Could Not Hand out Free Bottled Water in Summer Heat
August 13, 2012
PHOENIX - The City of Phoenix could face a lawsuit if the city doesn't apologize to a Valley woman for telling her she could not hand out free bottled water to people in the summer heat.
♦ School Stands Firm on 'God Bless America'
August 10, 2012
An atheist organization is demanding that a Massachusetts high school band stop playing "God Bless America" at school functions because it violates separation of church and state.
♦ Bible Study Lands Arizona Pastor in Guantanamo Bay-Like Jail
August 6, 2012
Pastor Michael Salman is serving his 60-day sentence for holding a home Bible study in Tent City Jail, a prison compound in Maricopa County, Ariz. The Phoenix pastor's attorney describes conditions there as similar to the infamous Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba.
♦ Why Is the West Ignoring Saudis' Persecution of Christians?
August 6, 2012
Saudi Arabia's deportation of 35 Christian Ethiopian workers last week for holding a private prayer in advance of Christmas in December 2011 has brought the anti-Christian violence of the Saudi regime back into the public eye.
♦ Bakery Faces Boycott for Refusing to Make Gay Wedding Cake
July 30, 2012
The owner of a Colorado bakery has been accused of violating the civil rights of a gay couple after he refused to bake their wedding cake - and now gay rights advocates are calling for a boycott.
♦ Judge to Let Arizona Abortion Ban Take Effect
July 30, 2012
PHOENIX - A federal judge is allowing Arizona's new ban on abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy to take effect.
♦ Arizona Supreme Court Denies Rutherford Institute's Request to Intervene
July 23, 2012
PHOENIX, Ariz. - The Arizona Supreme Court has denied a petition for a writ of habeas corpus filed by attorneys for The Rutherford Institute on behalf of a Phoenix man who is serving a 60-day jail sentence and was fined more than $12,000 for using his private residential property to host a weekly Bible study, allegedly in violation of the city's building codes.
♦ BBC Olympics 2012 Website Omits Jerusalem as Capital of Israel
July 23, 2012
The British Broadcasting Company's Olympic website purposely omitted Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Israeli page of the 2012 Olympic website states, "Seat of government Jerusalem, though most foreign embassies are in Tel Aviv." Furthermore, the website lists "East Jerusalem" as the "Intended seat of government" of "Palestine," even though there is no nation recognized as "Palestine."
♦ Chick-fil-A President: Gay Marriage is 'Inviting God's Judgment on our Nation'
July 18, 2012
Dan Cathy, the president and chief operating officer of popular fast food chain Chick-fil-A, said in a radio interview this week that legalizing same-sex marriage is "inviting God's judgment on our nation."
♦ Arizona Pastor Arrested, Jailed for Holding Bible Study in His Home
July 11, 2012
Bible study leader Michael Salman is sitting in jail today after his home was raided earlier this week by more than a dozen Phoenix, Ariz. police officers and city officials. His offense? The city says people aren't allowed to hold private Bible studies on their own property.
♦ Episcopal Bishops OK Trial 'Gay Blessing' Prayer
July 10, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - Episcopal bishops have approved an official prayer that blesses same-sex unions.
♦ Atheist Annoyed by Churchgoers, Files Complaint
July 10, 2012
A legal representative is "incensed" that an atheist man has filed a discrimination lawsuit against a family-owned restaurant in Pennsylvania for offering discounts to churchgoers.
♦ General Mills Earns Spot on Boycott List
July 10, 2012
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has formally launched a boycott of General Mills for its opposition to Minnesota's Marriage Protection Amendment.
♦ Spencer: Christian 'Radicalization' is Fiction
July 10, 212
A bestselling author and expert on terrorism finds it ridiculous that a Democratic member of Congress is calling on members to hold hearings on "radical Christianity."
♦ Introducing the Religious Freedom Tax Repeal Act
July 10, 2012
In the House of Representatives today, Tennessee congresswoman Diane Black and Wisconsin congressman James Sensenbrenner, two Protestant lawmakers, are introducing the Religious Freedom Tax Repeal Act, seeking to repeal the fine on faith the Obama administration's abortion-inducing drug, contraception, and sterilization mandate imposes.
♦ A 'Severe...Confiscatory' Tax on Religious Freedom
July 10, 2012
"Sebelius's taxman is coming. Sebelius's taxman is coming." That was the rallying cry of Jim Sensenbrenner on Tuesday in the House of Representatives, where along with his chief co-sponsor Diane Black, he announced the Religious Freedom Tax Repeal Act, meant to be "a follow-on" to the recently concluded Fortnight for Freedom called for by the U.S. Catholic bishops, focusing on prayer and education about religious liberty.
♦ Pro-Life? Obama Administration Considers You a Terror Suspect
July 6, 2012
Pro-lifers have one more reason to be suspicious of the Obama Administration. The same domestic terrorism report that considered those who are "reverent of individual liberty" and "suspicious of centralized federal authority" to be part of the "extreme right-wing" terrorist group also singles out pro-lifers.
♦ Marriage Amendment Switcheroo
July 6, 2012
Traditional marriage groups in Minnesota are upset with the title chosen for a marriage amendment that will be on the state's November ballot.
♦ California Bill Would Allow a Child to Have More Than Two Parents
July 2, 2012
Beaver had June and Ward. Ricky had Ozzie and Harriet. Mom and Dad, same-sex couples or blended families, California law is clear: No more than two legal parents per child. When adults fight over parenthood, a judge must decide which two have that right and responsibility - but that could end soon.
♦ Speak Up: Pulpit Freedom Sunday
The future of religious freedom depends on a free pulpit to communicate fundamental, biblical principles to congregations across America. Join a growing movement of bold pastors preaching biblical Truth about candidates and elections from their pulpits on October 7, 2012.
♦ Mayor Plans to Keep God in Government
June 28, 2012
Despite legal threats from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Georgia mayor says he plans to continue to live out his faith publicly.
♦ Local Governments - Take Note
June 28, 2012
A California attorney says the country's local governments should learn a lesson from an incident where officials of a Golden State city shut down a home Bible study.
♦ Liberty Counsel Asks Court to Dismiss International Lawsuit Against U.S. Pastor
June 27, 2012
Springfield, MA - Liberty Counsel has filed a 109-page motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Sexual Minorities Uganda ("SMUG") against Rev. Scott Lively, a United States citizen, in a United States district court. In the suit, SMUG alleges that Rev. Lively committed "crimes against humanity" in violation of "international law," simply by sharing his Biblical views on homosexuality during a 2009 visit to Uganda. "There are at least nine independent grounds that require a dismissal of this lawsuit," Liberty Counsel told the court in its written legal argument.
♦ NC Police Chaplains Banned from Invoking Jesus
June 22, 2012
Volunteer chaplains in North Carolina's Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Police Department have been ordered to stop using the name of Jesus in their prayers at official ceremonies.
♦ County Officials Force Georgia Church Underground
June 22, 2012
Rockdale County is allegedly discriminating against a Georgia church, effectively forcing it underground. Rockdale County refused the small church access to several properties for its worship services because the properties are less than three acres. The restriction does not apply to non-religious groups. The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has filed a lawsuit.
♦ TX Resident Complains About Prayer He's Never Heard
June 20, 2012
Liberty Institute has gone to the aid of a Texas county over a lawsuit that challenges freedom of religious expression. Jeff Mateer, an attorney with Liberty Institute, explains why a resident -- just one -- is offended.
♦ 7th-Graders Suspended Over In-Class Porn
June 20, 2012
A family advocate says an incident involving pornography at a California middle school shows how entrenched the porn culture is in society.
♦ 'Teavangelicals' Ushering in a New Great Awakening
June 18, 2012
When the Tea Party started its political rise, the clear focus was economic- specifically the U.S. deficit, taxes and spending. Social issues took a back seat, but that didn't stop Christians from joining and strengthening this new movement.
♦ Study: Two Dads Are Not Better than One
June 18, 2012
For the last few years, proponents of same-sex marriage have pointed to several scientific studies that concluded homosexual families are just as nurturing and healthy-or even better-for children as traditional families. But last week, a sociologist at the University of Texas at Austin published a study that blows holes in that theory and raises questions about the quality of parenting in same-sex families.
♦ State Dept. Drops Religious Freedom from Human Rights Reports
June 10, 2012
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should be grilled about why her department has removed the sections on religious freedom from its Country Reports on Human Rights, which are statutorily required.
♦ Keep Your Religion to Church on Sunday
June 8, 2012
♦ Artist Fined for Refusing to Photograph Same-Sex Ceremony
June 5, 2012
A Christian photography company was found guilty of "sexual orientation" discrimination under New Mexico state anti-discrimination laws for declining to photograph a same-sex "commitment ceremony."
♦ The Unbearable Straightness of Being
June 3, 2012
♦ Catholic Bishops Sound Battle Cry For Religous Liberty
May 24, 2012
Liberals are waging a war on Christianity. This is the real reason why the Catholic bishops this week filed lawsuits against the Obama administration's contraception mandate. The Catholic church realizes religious freedom is at stake. If the courts don't overturn President Obama's authoritarian regulations, America will slide toward secular tyranny.
♦ Pastor Speaks Biblical Truth, Gets Legal Attention
May 23, 2012
Americans United for Separation of Church and State is upset with a Kentucky pastor who expressed an interest in seeing President Barack Obama ousted from the White House.
♦ Should Evangelicals Be Post-Partisan?
May 23, 2012
Young Evangelicals are increasingly challenging the church over its role in politics and its perceived Republican bias. Should Evangelicals be less politically engaged? I used to think so, and I was wrong.
♦ Mother Theresa Wouldn't Qualify as 'Religious' Under Obamacare Rule
May 21, 2012
(CNSNews.com) - Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., said in an open letter on Monday and in a videotaped message that the Obama administration would not have considered the work of Mother Teresa as "religious" and thus would not have exempted her charitable organizations from a new federal regulation, issued under Obamacare, that will force Catholics to act against their faith.
♦ Court Places Strange Restriction on Prayer Meeting
May 17, 2012
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit struck down a New York town's prayer policy but upheld the right of other towns to engage in such prayers before public meetings.
♦ Florida Church Defies Town's Order to Move Produce Stand Indoors
May 9, 2012
A Florida town is ordering a church to move a produce stand where the needy can get free food grown by the faithful, saying its location violates zoning laws.
♦ Cut Ten Commandments Down to 6?
May 8, 2012
Could the Ten Commandments be reduced to six, a federal judge asked Monday. Would that neutralize the religious overtones of a commandments display that has the Giles County School Board in legal hot water?
♦ Paul Ryan's Cross to Bear
April 30, 2012
Paul Ryan shocked the gentle souls at Georgetown University when he traveled up to their campus last Thursday and said: "We believe that Social Security legislation, now billed as a great victory for the poor and for the worker, is a great defeat for Christianity. It is an acceptance of the idea of force and compulsion." The Wisconsin Republican went on to lament that "we in our generation have more and more come to consider the state as bountiful Uncle Sam," and that citizens justify what they get from the state by saying, "We got it coming to us."
♦ Planned Parenthood Launches Pro-Abortion "40 Days of Prayer"
April 10, 2012
Six Rivers Planned Parenthood of Eureka, California, has launched a campaign called the 40 Days of Prayer: Supporting Women Everywhere, which lists 40 different prayers for those committing abortions: the mothers, the escorts, the abortionists, and everyone involved except the unborn children.
♦ Teaching the Bible, Closing the Education Gap
April 9, 2012
Researcher highlights link between strong faith and academic achievement among minorities.
♦ California Pastor Still Facing Charges
April 3, 2012
One California attorney says a judge's refusal to dismiss a case against Christians arrested for reading the Bible should serve as a "wake-up call" for believers (see earlier story). A Riverside trial court judge has refused to dismiss a case involving Pastor Brett Coronado and Mark Mackey of Calvary Chapel Hemet, who were arrested February 2, 2011, on misdemeanor charges.
♦ Nadarkhani Still Alive
April 2, 2012
According to a U.S. attorney, rumors of an Iranian pastor's execution are false (see earlier story).
♦ Atheists Offer Porn in Exchange for Bibles
April 2, 2012
A small group of students at the University of Texas at San Antonio spent two days last week sitting in the middle of campus next to bright red signs covered in large black letters.
♦ Unchurched Could Carry Obama to Victory
March 29, 2012
President Obama could lose the Catholic and Protestant vote in the fall election and still sweep to victory if he dominates among non-religious voters, according to projections released Thursday by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.
♦ Vanderbilt Catholic Refuses to Sign Nondiscrimination Policy
March 28, 2012
Vanderbilt Catholic, one of the largest religious groups at the Nashville, Tenn., university, will not comply with the school's new nondiscrimination policy, joining at least four evangelical protestant groups in an exodus from campus.
♦ State Dept. Spokesman Refuses to Say Whether Jerusalem is the Capitol of Israel
March 28, 2012
There was an amazing exchange today at the State Department press briefing when the press secretary refused to say that Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Israel. "We are not going to prejudge the outcome of those negotiations, including the final status of Jerusalem," State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said in response the question.
♦ Lesbian Mayor Sees Rising Tide of Christian Backlash
March 28, 2012
Steve Riggle, the megachurch pastor who wrote a letter to Houston Mayor Annise Parker, is throwing some fuel on the fires of public backlash against the lesbian official.
♦ Suit Based on International Law Filed Against Christian Pastor for Speech on LGBT
March 22, 2012
Washington DC - Liberty Counsel has agreed to represent Rev. Scott Lively, an evangelical pastor who was sued in a Massachusetts federal court by a foreign group called Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG). The premise for this lawsuit is based upon the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). The ATS provides a cause of action for violations of international laws that are "specific, universal, and obligatory." Courts have found torture, cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment; genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity; summary execution, prolonged arbitrary detention, and forced disappearance to be actionable under the ATS.
♦ Florida Church Responds to 'Unblessing' of Highway
March 19, 2012
An associate pastor at a Florida church is questioning the washing away of a blessing placed upon a local highway by a religious group, saying the organization is "desperate for a little attention" for its cause.
♦ Church A Victim of 'Stupid Majority Vote Thing'
March 17, 2012
Attorneys who say that a northern Mississippi town is discriminating against a church are taking the case to an appeals court. Opulent Life Church wants to use a downtown building for services, but Holly Springs officials say no.
♦ Government Finds Backdoor to Tax Churches and Nonprofits
March 16, 2012
While the federal government and the Catholic Church wrestle over health-care provided contraception and abortions, city and county governments may have found a rather unique method of backdoor taxation on nonprofits. They simply double the water bill for all churches and schools. In a court case that is being carefully watched by churches and nonprofits across the nation, an Oregon judge will soon decide if the practice is valid.
♦ Baptist Church in Bethlehem Declared Illegitimate by Palestinian Authority
March 13, 2012
A week after Prime Minister Salam Fayyad told an audience of Evangelical Protestants from across the world that his government respected the rights of its Christian minorities, officials from the Palestinian Authority have informed Bethlehem pastor Rev. Naim Khoury that his church lacked the authority to function as a religious institution under the PA.
♦ God Controls the Climate, Not Humans, Suggests Sen. Inhofe
March 12, 2012
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) quoted Scripture in a recent radio interview to refute global warming theory, the liberal blog Think Progress reported on Monday.
♦ David Coppedge, Ex-NASA Worker, Claims in Lawsuit that Agency Axed Him for 'Intelligent Design' Views
March 11, 2012
LOS ANGELES - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has landed robotic explorers on the surface of Mars, sent probes to outer planets and operates a worldwide network of antennas that communicates with interplanetary spacecraft.
♦ Australian Ethicists Argue the Right to Kill Babies After They're Born
March 2, 2012
An article entitled "After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?" was recently published in the London-based Journal of Medical Ethics, advocating that if abortion is allowed, then society also has the right to kill a newborn child. This outrageous deduction by Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva takes abortion to its logical conclusion.
♦ The Pro-Life, Pro-Infanticide Consensus
February 29, 2012
Via a particularly excellent Best of the Web column today, I learned that a prominent group of "ethicists" at Oxford University has concluded that, in the words of the Telegraph: "Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are 'morally irrelevant' and ending their lives is no different to abortion."
♦ Christians Should Go to Least Holy Places
Nashville- San Diego megachurch pastor Miles McPherson is calling on Christians to move beyond their church walls to go to the least holy places and help those in deep spiritual need.
♦ Fur is Murder. Also, Murder is Murder
February 23, 2012
♦ Iranian Court Issues Final Order for Pastor Nadarkhani Execution
February 23, 2012
People from all over the world poured into the street when convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal faced execution (since reduced to life in prison). Will we see a similar reaction to Iran's apparently pending execution of Youcef Nardarkhani for the "crime" of converting to Christianity?
♦ Guess Who Decides What FBI Agents Get to Learn About Islam?
February 22, 2012
While we're on the subject of the Muslim Brotherhood, this February 16 report from Steve Emerson at the Investigative Project on Terrorism will be an eye-opener. As I mentioned in my column over the weekend, the FBI - following the administration's lead - is purging its training materials of publications that are deemed offensive to Muslims (you know, crazy stuff like claims that passages in the Koran and Hadith promote violent jihad, Islamic supremacism, killing of apostates, oppression of women, etc.). So what are the criteria the Bureau uses to figure out what materials are offensive? And who decides?
♦ Persecuted Ugandan Christian Aided by Israel
February 22, 2012
Today - Ash Wednesday - I spent a couple of hours at an Israeli hospital with a man who does not need to put ashes on his forehead to commemorate Lent: Half of his face was burned off by an attack with acid a couple of months ago. He is a Ugandan pastor, a convert to Christianity from Islam, and his outspoken Christian witness has not been well received by Muslim radicals.
♦ School Censors Second Grader's John 3:16 Message
February 21, 2012
What was meant to be a sweet holiday left a bitter taste in the mouth of second grader Dexter Thielhelm.
At a Valentine's Day "friendship party and chocolate celebration," James Madison Elementary School officials confiscated Thielhelm's gifts of candy-filled water bottles with a typewritten note that included the message "Jesus Loves You" and the text of the Bible verse John 3:16. The Sheboygan, Wis., school's principal only allowed the gifts to be distributed after his message was removed.
♦ Ayaan Hirsi Ali Breaks the Media Silence on Anti-Christian Persecution
February 7, 2012
Best-selling author, film director, women's-rights advocate, former Dutch parliamentarian, Islamist death-threat survivor, refugee from a Somalian forced marriage, and a fierce champion of individual freedoms - that of others as well as her own - Ayaan Hirsi Ali has demonstrated her courage once more. In the cover story she penned for the current issue of Newsweek, entitled "The War on Christians," which is excerpted in The Daily Beast, Hirsi Ali gives a tour d'horizon of the most politically incorrect subject of all human-rights reporting: the ongoing religious persecution of Christians in the Muslim world. It makes heartbreaking reading.
♦ Appeals Court Rules Against Christian Counselor
February 7, 2012
A federal appeals court has upheld the firing of a Christian counselor who lost her job at the Centers for Disease Control for refusing to advise a woman in a homosexual relationship.
♦ Ninth Circuit to 7 Million California Voters: You Are Irrational Bigots
February 7, 2012
In a breathtaking exercise in ill-natured illogic, a divided Ninth Circuit ruled 2-1 that because Prop 8 does not take away civil-union benefits for same-sex couples, it's an unconstitutional exercise in irrational animus towards gay people.
♦ SUNY Buffalo Demands InterVarsity Revise Constitution
February 3, 2012
The InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapter at the State University of New York at Buffalo has three weeks to come into compliance with the school's nondiscrimination policy or risk losing its status as an official campus group.
♦ Parochial Schools and Peyote: How Illegal Drugs and Christian School Teachers are Related
February 1, 2012
Back in 1990, the Supreme Court decided that laws prohibiting use of the hallucinogenic drug peyote did not violate the freedom of religion of Native Americans who ingested it as part of their religious ceremonies. Many outside of the legal community thought this was the right result because of concerns that drug abusers might pretend to have religious beliefs in an attempt to circumvent bans on illegal drugs.
♦ Pastor Not Inclined to 'Meaningless Prayer'
January 26, 2012
While Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (D) pushes for gambling expansion, a pastor is being criticized for trying to use prayer to help encourage lawmakers to make decisions that are consistent with God's "eternal character and truth."
♦ Alaska Airlines Retiring Meal tray Prayer Cards
January 25, 2012
SEATTLE - After 30 years of giving passengers spiritual words to reflect on while they eat their meals, Alaska Airlines is retiring the prayer cards from meal trays.
♦ Court Ruling Aids 'Dumbing Down'
January 5, 2012
The Alliance Defense Fund is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to review Idaho's ban on the use of books deemed "religious," even if they are the classics of Western civilization (see earlier story).
♦ Hawaiiian Churches Denied Exemption
January 4, 2012
A court in Hawaii has refused to exempt churches from being forced to allow their property to be used for civil union ceremonies.
♦ The Welfare State's War on Religious Liberty
December 29, 2011
The case for limited government is becoming increasingly inseparable from the case for religious liberty. Yesterday, the New York Times published a lengthy article on the battle between the Catholic Church and various arms of the leviathan welfare state.
♦ 'Stinging Rebuke' of ECUSA Head
December 27, 2011
The Episcopal Church of Sudan has turned thumbs down to the head of the church in America. Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori had been invited there, but the Episcopal Church of Sudan has now disinvited her, citing the American church's "flagrant disregard" for biblical teaching. Jeff Walton of the Institute on Religion & Democracy tells OneNewsNow the invitation retraction was specifically because the Episcopal Church USA has strayed from biblical teaching on human sexuality.
♦ Court Rules in Georgia Case on Student's View of 'Gays'
December 20, 2011
ATLANTA - A federal court has upheld a ruling that Augusta State University in Georgia was within its rights to require a graduate school counseling student to keep her biblical views on homosexuals to herself.
♦ Study: Christian Population Shifts from Europe
December 19, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Christian population has shifted dramatically over the last century away from Europe to Africa, Asia and the Americas, yet Christians overall remain the largest religious group in the world, according to a new analysis released Monday.
♦ How Obama's 'Other Half' Lives
December 16, 2011
Census data shows 48 percent of Americans are either "poor" or "near poor," the Associated Press reported yesterday, perplexing everyday people and delighting the nation's harshest critics here and abroad.
♦ Student Sues School District & Teacher After being Punished for His Religious Beliefs
December 15, 2011
The Thomas More Law Center filed a federal lawsuit yesterday afternoon against the Howell Public School District located in Howell, Michigan, and teacher, Johnson ("Jay") McDowell, for punishment and humiliation heaped on a student after he expressed his religious belief opposing homosexuality when asked by the teacher during class. (copy of lawsuit)
♦ Married Couples at a Record Low
December 13, 2011
The proportion of adults who are married has plunged to record lows as more people decide to live together now and wed later, reflecting decades of evolving attitudes about the role of marriage in society.
♦ Illinois Bed and Breakfast Answers Gay Discrimination Claims
December 7, 2011
A central Illinois bed and breakfast is fighting for the right not to host "civil unions" at its facilities. TimberCreek Bed and Breakfast has responded to complaints filed against it with the state's Human Rights Commission.
♦ U.S. Military to Rescind Policy Banning Bibles at Hospital
December 2, 2011
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center said they are rescinding a policy that prohibits family members of wounded military troops from bringing Bibles or any religious reading materials to their loved ones.
♦ Young People's Attitudes Toward Abortion and Same-Sex Marriage
December 2, 2011
During the past couple days there has been some good commentary on NRO about the diverging political trajectories of abortion and same-sex marriage. One aspect of this debate that deserves more attention is the opinions of young adults. The overall trends in public opinion are interesting. However, what is especially encouraging for both pro-lifers and same-sex marriage proponents is not only the gains they are making in the court of public opinion, but also the fact that these gains are more pronounced among young people.
♦ OK to Discriminate Against Christians, Says Law, Vandy
December 1, 2011
Four Christian groups at Vanderbilt University are "under a serious threat" from the legal and cultural climates and may soon be booted from the campus because of a new university policy that says they must accept anyone and everyone into their organizations.
Without Marriage, 'Everything else is Weakened'
November 21, 2011
A spokesman for the Family Research Council (FRC) says his organization's new study on the family should shock the nation.The Marriage and Religion Research Institute's annual "Index of Family Belonging and Rejection" shows that only 45 percent of American children reach their 17th year with both their biological parents married (since before or around the time of their birth), while 55 percent do not.
♦ Mayor Threatens Pastors with Felony Charges over Recall
November 19, 2011
A group of churches and pastors in El Paso, Texas, are in a legal battle with the city's mayor, who has cited a state election law he says would make their distribution of recall petitions against him a third degree felony. Now Jesus Chapel and its pastor, H. Warren Hoyt, with the help of attorneys from the Alliance Defense Fund, are asking a federal court to strike down the election law Mayor John Cook is citing as unconstitutional censorship of free speech.
♦ Help Stop the Senate Attack on Marriage Law
November 10, 2011
Today the Senate Judiciary Committee passed S.598, Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) bill that would completely eradicate the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the protections it affords taxpayers and the majority of state's voters who have decided to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
♦ The Grinch is Here: Obama Imposes Christmas Tree Tax
November 8, 2011
Yes, you read that correctly. President Obama has imposed a new tax on all fresh Christmas trees, just in time for the holiday season. Why is the tax necessary? To pay for a big fancy government marketing campaign about....Christmas trees.
♦ Something Missing from WWII Memorial
November 8, 2011
In spite of the objections from the Obama administration, Republican lawmakers and conservative activists are working hard to have prayer added to a memorial in Washington, DC. Before he took to the airways as allied forces were landing on the beaches in Normandy on the morning of June 6, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed with the nation: "Almighty God, our sons, pride of our nation this day have set upon the mighty endeavor, have struggled to preserve our republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity."
♦ Evangelicals Prepare for 2012
November 7, 2011
Will evangelicals sustain their traditionally high level of support for Republicans in next year's election, despite Evangelical Left exertions to peel away some evangelicals on issues like poverty and the environment? Long-time Religious Left activist Jim Wallis is the chief cheerleader for shifting evangelicals leftward and has aired some of his talking points in recent debates with conservatives, including Southern Baptist leaders Al Mohler and Richard Land, plus Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute.
♦ A Majority of Democrats Seldom or Never Go to Church, Says Gallup
November 7, 2011
A majority of Democrats-52 percent-say they seldom or never go to church, according to Gallup data published Monday. That result is based on Gallup's daily tracking polls conducted between June 1 and Aug. 31 of this year.
♦ Air Force Shoots Down Christmas Charity
November 4, 2011
The Air Force Academy has apologized for sending an email to cadets that read, "As the holidays approach, we have the opportunity to provide the joy of Christmas to impoverished Children around the world. . . . PLEASE, PLEASE CONSIDER SPENDING SOME OF YOUR VALUABLE TIME AND MONEY TO LOVE ON A KID AROUND THE WORLD!!" Why? Because Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation complained that promoting charity for impoverished children through Operation Christmas Child, run by Franklin Graham of Samaritan's Purse, is a constitutional violation.
♦ Obama Administration Opposes FDR Prayer at WWII Memorial
November 4, 2011
Republican lawmakers and conservative activists are expressing outrage after the Obama administration announced its objection to adding President Franklin Roosevelt's D-Day prayer to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The objection was noted during a congressional hearing on Rep. Bill Johnson's, R-Ohio, bill -- the "World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2011."
♦ Billy Graham's Sermons, Speeches Go Online
November 4, 2011
A few days before Billy Graham's birthday, his evangelistic association has delivered a present for posterity. It comes in the form of hundreds of audio files of Graham sermons, speeches and comments that stretch back six decades - all available with the click of a mouse at www.tulsaworld.com/billygraham.
Christian Churches Read Quran from Pulpits Across America
October 31, 2011
How would you feel if your pastor stood in the pulpit this past Sunday opened what you believed to be his Bible and then started to read passages completely unfamiliar to you. Then in the midst of the reading you hear him say Allah instead of God and you realize he is reading not from his Bible, but from the Quran.
♦ Subcommittee Hearing on "The State of Religious Liberty in the United States"
October 27, 2011
Rep. Trent Franks, as Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, held a hearing this week on "The State of Religious Liberty in the United States."
♦ Shariah Law Being Used in U. S. Courts to Decide Cases
October 25, 2011
Warnings about Shariah law being applied in America are too late, if the U.S. courts' assimilation of Islamic religious law is any indication, according to an extensive report on the dispute. A recent Center for Security Policy study called "Shariah Law and American State Courts: An Assessment of State Appellate Court Cases, confirms it's already here, and outlines dozens of cases in which it has been applied.
♦ WWII Memorial May Get Booted From National Forest
October 24, 2011
The Knights of Columbus (KOC) has been ordered by the United States Forest Service to take down a World War II Memorial that includes a statue of Jesus erected in 1953 in the Flathead National Forest.
♦ Muslim Students at Catholic University of America Complain that Christian Symbols Make Them Uncomfortable When They Pray in Empty Classrooms
October 20, 2011
Crucifixes? At a Catholic university? How about that.
Of course, at the heart of this complaint is the hope of establishing a Muslim prayer space on the campus that would be subject to different standards than the rest of the university -- a little enclave of Islamic law where its ban on the display of crosses would be "respected."
♦ Does Sex Ed Undermine Parental Rights?
October 18, 2011
Imagine you have a 10- or 11-year-old child, just entering a public middle school. How would you feel if, as part of a class ostensibly about the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, he and his classmates were given "risk cards" that graphically named a variety of solitary and mutual sex acts? Or if, in another lesson, he was encouraged to disregard what you told him about sex, and to rely instead on teachers and health clinic staff members?
♦ Watchdog Group Targeting Pastor's Rights
October 13, 2011
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked the IRS to investigate First Baptist Church of Dallas and its pastor for posting videos that endorse a presidential candidate, but the pastor isn't concerned about it.
♦ Accuracy vs. Readability
October 5, 2011
According to a new study, American Bible readers prefer word-for-word translations of the original Greek and Hebrew text over paraphrased or thought-for-thought versions.
♦ Military BibleStick Receives Support from Varied Sources All Across America
October 3, 2011
Since Faith Comes By Hearing began their Military BibleStick project in 2008, the world's largest Audio Bible ministry has provided more than 140,000 digital Audio New Testaments (BibleSticks) to over 800 chaplains serving America's active duty military. The project has been entirely free of charge to chaplains and troops, largely as a result of generous gifts from partnering churches, individual donors and Christian radio listeners responding to on-air campaigns.
♦ Where a Roman Catholic Deacon Ponders the World
October 2, 2011
Since this is Respect Life Sunday, and the beginning of Respect Life month, I wanted to talk about one woman who did respect life - and her choice has made a difference in the life of virtually every person in this church.
Billboard Battle Rages in Toledo
September 30, 2011
The I-75 corridor through Toledo, Ohio, has become a battleground for the homosexuality debate. Two churches with opposing views on the issue are in a clash of dueling billboards to get out their messages.
♦ 86 percent of pastors shouldn't regulate sermons
September 23, 2011
NASHVILLE - A new survey conducted by the Alliance Defense Fund and LifeWay Research has found that nearly nine out of 10 Protestant pastors believe that the government should not regulate their sermons. The survey asked the pastors about their agreement with the statement, "The government should regulate sermons by revoking a church's tax exemption if its pastor approves of or criticizes candidates based on the church's moral beliefs or theology." Eighty-six percent disagreed with the statement, including 79 percent who strongly disagreed.
♦ "Jobs Bill" Attacks Charitable Deductions in Favor of Bigger Government
September 19, 2011
Washington, DC - President Obama's proposed "American Jobs Act" will repeal charitable tax deductions for certain taxpayers. Eliminating tax deductions would allegedly raise approximately $400 billion to support Obama's government stimulus bill and would, in turn, significantly decrease the amount of charitable donations, while increasing government glut. Charities play a significant role in the every-day functioning and survival of Americans nationwide, and Obama is essentially seeking to replace those charities with more government.
♦ Evangelical Pastors Heed a Political Calling for 2012
September 10, 2011
Reporting from Ames, Iowa - For most of his two decades as a preacher, Iowa pastor Mike Demastus eschewed partisanship, telling colleagues and congregants that "religion and politics don't mix."
♦ 9/11 Services Fall Flat on Their Faith
Septmember 7, 2011
To commemorate 9/11, the National Cathedral is hosting "A Call to Compassion." But considering the program, it ought to be named "A Call to Confusion." As part of its 10th Anniversary events, the White House is helping to organize the interfaith prayer vigil, scheduled to coincide with Sunday's tolling of the bells.
♦ Hunter, Gatherer of Signatures
September 7, 2011
Just because President Obama says homosexuals can openly serve doesn't mean others can't openly object--not if Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) can help it. Over the next two weeks, the fellow Marine veteran will be sprinting to beat the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal with a bill that would protect the troops' right to free speech.
♦ Texas successful in defunding abortion group
Septmeber 4, 2011
Planned Parenthood is closing some clinics and merging others in Texas after Governor Rick Perry signed into law a measure defunding the abortion giant.
♦ Bachmann, God, and the press
September 1, 2011
In June of 2008, Presidential candidate Barack Obama delivered a speech in Minnesota in which he said, "... I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment ... when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal." And he meant it. Newsweek reporter Evan Thomas declared him God-like. Comedians pronounced him too profound ... too brilliant to make jokes about.
♦ Abortion Increases Risk of Women's Mental Health Problems 81%
September 1, 2011
A new study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry by leading American researcher Dr. Priscilla Coleman of Bowling Green State University finds women who have an abortion face almost double the risk of mental health problems as women who have their baby.