A Ten Commandments monument that has graced the landscape of a Pennsylvania high school for decades is the latest target of the atheist attack group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). The group has filed suit in U.S. District Court to have the granite display, erected by a local organization years ago, removed from the front of Valley High School in the community of New Kensington.
Shane and Marlene Roessiger face a fine of $250 a day from Venice, Florida, after city officials determined that the couple were conducting an unauthorized “house of worship” at their residence because of the Bible study that brings six to ten individuals there each Friday night.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is facing allegations that it hid hundreds of cases of child molestation on the part of Scout leaders from the 1970s to the 90s, and even helped admitted offenders cover their tracks, allowing them to cite other reasons for suddenly resigning from their leadership positions.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched an initiative it claims is aimed at strengthening religious freedoms in South Carolina schools. But conservative legal advocacy groups that have battled the ACLU for years over First Amendment issues argue that the strategy is focused more on barring religious expression.
As America offered its official farewells in a memorial service September 12 to Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, the second man on the moon, Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin, was no doubt recalling that first lunar mission in mid-July 1969. And among the recollections of the event that have been resurrected by the media over the past few days was Aldrin's decision to mark the historic occasion in perhaps the most appropriate way possible: by taking a few moments to worship God through communion, partaking of the emblems of Christ's body and blood.
The Communist Chinese policy of birth control by coerced abortions to reduce the birth rate of couples to one child is a very real and grim fact. It has now come to light that the U.S. company Apple is helping with that policy by allowing forced pregnancy screenings of its female employees in Apple's Chinese facilities.
For the past 50 years the Friday night football games at Haralson County High School in Tallapoosa, Georgia, have started the same way, with prayer, most recently offered by the team's chaplain, a local minister. But on September 7 the tradition of reverence and faith came to a screeching halt as the school district's superintendent caved in to the intimidation of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which demanded that the school stop allowing prayer over the football stadium's PA system.
But while the FFRF has succeeded in silencing the sanctioned prayers of schools across America in its campaign to sanitize the nation of faith, it has not yet found a method of stifling citizens themselves. Thus, at the beginning of the Haralson County Rebels' first home game, students, parents, and others in attendance used the “moment of silence” that replaced the forbidden prayer to recite the Lord's Prayer in unison.
Nudity on television increased by over 400 percent during the 2011-2012 broadcast season compared to the previous year, announced the Parents Television Council (PTC), citing its latest research. The TV watchdog group, which monitors network programming for objectionable content, found that on shows running from September 1 to May 31, there were no less than 76 incidents of full nudity on 37 shows, compared to 15 incidents in 14 shows the previous year — an increase of an astounding 407 percent.
Shoving aside countless hours of research, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention that before birth control was legalized women were unlikely to finish school and had life expectancies not much higher than the age of 50.
As California prepares to implement a ban on “reparative therapy” for minors struggling with same-sex attraction, New Jersey is gearing up to pass its own prohibition against the counseling therapy. The Los Angeles Times reported that California's state legislature passed its ban on “sexual-conversion therapy for minors,” and on August 30 sent the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature, which would make the state the first to restrict minors from such options.