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Who should be allowed to pray for Obama?

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It seems preposterous, but there’s a major debate over who is worthy to invoke the presence and blessing of the Almighty on the leaders of this land we love! So, who is qualified to pray for the President of the […]

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Do parents have a say in what schools teach?

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Should a Hindu foundation be allowed to finance yoga instruction in California grade schools – despite vehement parental objections? Should a student production featuring cross-dressing and gender confusion go ahead in Utah despite protests from furious parents? Should Massachusetts teens […]

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Should worshipers be allowed to arm themselves?

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Bring guns to church? Pastor Ken Pagano provoked a firestorm when he invited members of Louisville, Kentucky’s New Bethel Church to celebrate the 4th of July and their 2nd Amendment rights by bringing their firearms to church. The national news media […]

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Challenges to faith, tradition swirl in Britain

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Is political correctness running amuck in Great Britain? Officials have decided to forbid British schoolchildren from having best friends. The government says it will back a ban on employees wearing crucifixes or any other Christian symbol. A court says UK […]

Texas town turns other cheek, helps atheist who threatened their nativity scene

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Turning the other cheek seems to be working in little Athens, Texas. It seems a big-city atheist heard that they had a nativity scene on the courthouse lawn last winter, according to MSNBC News. So, he called Athens officials five hours away to threaten that […]

Texas, Alabama, Arizona groups ignore threats from Wisconsin atheists

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Thousands of Texans, including the state attorney general and the governor, presidential hopeful Rick Perry, have sent a clear message to Wisconsin atheists who enjoy intimidating small towns into removing nativity scenes. The message is the same from an American […]

Air Force base will keep its nativity scene

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Travis Air Force Base in California has decided it will not ban a nativity scene and menorah from a showcase of 24 Christmas displays along one of the base’s main thoroughfares — in spite of threats from the atheist Military […]

High schooler sues, says Constitution allows him to defend Christian morality in class

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A Michigan high schooler has filed a suit saying his Constitutional rights were violated when an Economics teacher kicked him out of class for disagreeing with the teacher about the homosexual lifestyle. The Thomas More Law Center has filed a […]

Washington Post: Will Knights of Columbus have to remove ski slope’s Jesus statue?

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A statue of Jesus on a Montana ski slope is under attack — although its patch of U.S. Forest Service land has been leased for the last 58 years by local members of the Knights of Columbus. The Forest Service was worried somebody […]

Pastors nationwide defy IRS regulation, address politics on “Pulpit Freedom Sunday”

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Hundreds of preachers across America were politically disobedient Sunday, following in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as they publicly defied a 1954 law that gags them from preaching about politics. The law was authored by […]

Kazakhstan clamps down on religious expression, prohibits churches in private homes

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Long antagonistic to a wide spectrum of religious faiths, the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan passed new regulations that critics are calling a blow to religious freedom. The Kazakh house of parliament approved the bill Thursday. Backers say it will help combat religious extremism. […]

Teacher punishes student for responding “God bless you” to a friend’s sneeze

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Saying “God bless you” when a classmate sneezed got an unnamed student a reduced grade at William C. Wood High School in Vacaville, Calif. this week.    Blessing sneezers is particularly annoying to heatlth teacher Steve Cuckovich, who told KTXL […]

British police give partial apology, say cafe owner can play Bible videos

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Cafe owner Jamie Murray says British police have given a partial apology for telling him that his displaying Bible verses on a TV screen was a breach of public order. Police questioned the café owner Tuesday at the peak of the […]

Washington Post: Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Faces Potential Execution Today

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From Jordan Sekulow’s blog Religious Right Now at The Washington Post’s “On Faith”: Just days after Iran released two Americans accused of spying, an Iranian court has upheld the apostasy conviction and executionsentence of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Pastor Youcef will be […]

British cops won’t apologize for intimidating cafe owner into shutting off Bible video

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British police are claiming they did nothing wrong when they questioned a cafe owner for almost an hour until he turned off a video displaying Bible verses. Jamie Murray, owner of the Salt and Light Cafe in Blackpool, 240 miles northwest of […]

Tennessee football coaches told not to bow their heads during student-led prayer

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The football coaches at Westmoreland Middle School in Sumner County, Tenn., got into trouble for bowing their heads during a student-led prayer before a recent game. According to local NBC affiliate WSMV, the unnamed coaches didn’t say anything aloud themselves, but bowed their […]

Texas high schooler suspended for saying “being a homosexual is wrong”

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A Christian high school student has been punished by his school this week for saying he believes “being a homosexual is wrong.” Student Suspended for Saying Gay Is Wrong: MyFoxDFW.com Fort Worth 14-year-old Dakota Ary was sent to the principal’s […]

Only the rebellious dare to declare their Christianity?

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Declaring one’s Christianity has become a sign of cultural rebellion in these politically correct times, writes Anthony Bradley in World magazine. “The most radical, counter-cultural, rebellious thing a young adult can do in America today is join a Christian church […]

Jerusalem Post: Syrian rebels poke fun on YouTube, rally support on Twitter, Facebook

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Technology is defying censorship in Syria as rebels mock their tenacious dictator on YouTube and summon crowds into the streets using Twitter, Facebook and other local social media. On YouTube, an Arabic-language cartoon shows Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad picking up the phone […]

Their heritage guides the Sekulow family’s fight to protect America’s religious freedom

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  by Jordan Sekulow Special to Beliefnet When interfaith prayer is too controversial[1] for a memorial service in New York, it’s worth asking: how has America’s treatment of public religion changed? “Hundreds and thousands of families turned to God more […]

Arab officials monitor mosque sermons, ban some topics, OK others

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“Whether as a conduit for government policy or the headquarters for insurgencies, mosques have always played an important political role in political events,” writes David E. Miller in the Jerusalem Post. “But the Arab Spring is playing havoc with the […]

CNN: Banned by Communist government, churches in China “at a critical moment,” pastor says

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By Eunice Yoon, CNN Beijing, China – The congregants were seated in rows of folding chairs, clasping their hands in prayer or studying passages in their Bibles. The choir was sitting up front ready to sing on cue. A cross […]

Harvard University: Arab governments tracking down dissident bloggers

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Arab dissidents who have used the internet to organize street protests have encountered “astounding” levels of intimidation and arrest since the onset of the Arab Spring, according to a study by Harvard University. Researchers also found that new regimes, such as […]

Students encouraged to challenge “evolutionary dogma”

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Students have a right to question “evolutionary pseudo-science” and “evolutionary dogma,” according to the “Question Evolution” campaign and should be encouraged to do so, says Louis Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition. The coalition is offering  brochures, caps and t-shirts announcing kids’ opposition […]

Jay Sekulow: 9/11 cross faces lawsuit in yet one more atheist attack

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“Here we go again,” writes Beliefnet’s Jay Sekulow. “An atheist organization files a federal lawsuit. They are offended. This time the target: a Cross placed at the World Trace Center Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero. It is unbelievable that […]

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars: Politically correct CNN exposes USAF Christianity

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“In a breathless expose , CNN has revealed the shocking news that the U.S. Air Force has used the faith practiced by four out of five Americans to teach ethics to U.S. airmen,” reports Beliefnet’s On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars. […]

North Carolina county officials will fight court order to stop praying in Jesus’ name

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Seven of eight Forsyth County, North Carolina, commissioners say they will accept an offer from group of Christian attorneys to fight this week’s ban on praying in “Jesus’ name” all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Commissioners Dave Plyler, Everette Witherspoon and Richard […]

Truth leaks out on China’s social networks, Beijing officials watch nervously

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China’s estimated 485 million Internet users include 195 million Twitter “tweeters” and other social network “microbloggers,” reports Caixin Weekly, a Chinese business magazine. But how long will the government — which tightly controls Chinese society — allow such freedom of expression? […]

Jay Sekulow: Pittsburgh to repeal ordinance banning pro-life leaflets

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Beliefnet’s Jay Sekulow reports that Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is about to overturn a controversial city ordinance. Sekulow, the chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, has been fighting the law and writes: I wanted to bring you an update […]

Princeton Review: Kids won’t hear pro-gay lectures at Wheaton College

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Wheaton College  in Chicago’s west suburbs has been ranked for the second time in three years as the least “LGBT-friendly college” in America, according to the Princeton Review. LGBT means “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual.”  Wheaton also made the publication’s list of […]

Judicial Watch founder to file $50 million defamation case against MSNBC, Rachel Maddow

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Attorney Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, says he will seek $50 million in damages from MSNBC and commentator Rachel Maddow on behalf of rock singer Bradlee Deans. The suit, which Klayman says will be filed in the […]

NBC apologizes to Congress for censoring “under God” out of pledge

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By JACK JENKINS Religion News Service WASHINGTON — NBC has issued a formal apology to more than 100 members of Congress for omitting the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during a patriotic montage that aired last month. The […]

British commission says judges have been too tough on UK Christians

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By AL WEBB Religion News Service LONDON – A government-funded watchdog panel said British judges have erred in supporting employers who try to fire Christian workers for wearing crosses or refusing to offer sex counseling to gay couples.     The Equality […]

Cisco Systems employee fired after co-worker “outs” him for authoring book against political correctness

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Political correctness did in a Cisco Systems leadership instructor after it was discovered he wrote a book blasting the tyranny of political correctness. “The American-based multinational corporation Cisco Systems, a company that touts its ‘inclusion and diversity’ strategies, has come […]

Homosexual internet campaign pressures TOMS shoes founder to denounce Christian ministry

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by Catherine Snow Gay activists didn’t like that a popular shoe company was sharing the work it does with a Christian ministry that affirms biblical marriage. So, they set off an online firestorm — and ultimately pressured the founder of […]

Why are Christian ministries being smeared as “hate groups”?

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Why would anybody accuse 13 Christian organizations, including the American Family Association and Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council, of practicing “hate?” Why would anybody apply intense pressure this weekend until TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie apologized publicly for having anything to […]

Why would the Florida State Attorney tell a staff lawyer to shut up?

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Her boss, Florida State Attorney Robert “Skip” Jarvis, didn’t like the speeches KrisAnne Hall was making. He gave her a choice — quit accepting speaking engagements or lose her job as an assistant state attorney in Jarvis’ office. She refused […]

Atheist blogger: Georgia License Plates Will Not Have ‘In God We Trust’ on Them

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Hemant Mehta, writing on “The Friendly Atheist” blog, reports that: “Church and State will remain separate on Georgia’s license plates thanks to all of you. Earlier this week, I mentioned that Georgia was having an online vote to decide it’s new license plate. […]

Houston National Cemetery defies judge, bans “God bless you” from veterans’ funerals

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Three national veterans groups have filed a 26-page complaint in federal court that officials at the Houston National Cemetery have defied the court’s order to quit censoring prayer and banning the words “God” and “Jesus” from funeral services. Despite a Memorial […]

“Heaven” ignites atheist uproar

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By Jordan Sekulow ~ from The Washington Post’s On Faith New York City has chosen to honor the memory of seven fallen heroes – firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11 – by naming the street that their fire […]

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