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Archive for April, 2010

-Supreme Court: Mojave Memorial Cross Can Stay

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

(Image by Chazz Layne via Flickr) The US Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the Mojave Desert memorial cross can stay. The cross has been covered since 2002. In a 5-4 vote the justices said: “the constitution does not oblige government to avoid any public acknowledgment of religion’s role in society.” They also said that […]

“We refuse to be Muslims by force” say Two Egyptian Teenagers

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

(Image via Wikipedia) “We refuse to be Muslims by force” -replied two Christian Egyptian twin brothers after losing a court case which ruled that they were legally Muslims since their father converted to Islam. According to Egyptian law, when a father coverts to Islam the children automatically become Muslim whether they want to or not. […]

-The ‘In the Year of our Lord’ Diploma Controversy

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

(Image via Wikipedia) Last week came the news that a group of students at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas  petitioned the administration to remove the words “in the year of our Lord” from the school’s diplomas. Senior Sidra Qureshi, a Muslim student, started the petition in order to assure diversity at the school: “A […]

-President Obama Visits Billy Graham and Prays for Him

Monday, April 26th, 2010

President Obama stopped by for a visit on Sunday with 91 year old Evangelist Billy Graham at his home in North Carolina. They discussed  a number of things including their wives, golf and Chicago. It is the first time that a sitting president has visited Graham at his home. Billy gave the President two Bibles, […]

-Islam vs. Christianity on the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

(Image via Wikipedia) One of the earliest and most essential teachings of Christianity is that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, dead, and buried  under Pontius Pilate and rose from the dead on the third day. Read my short article comparing the very different teachings of Christianity and Islam on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. […]

-Will Gay Employment Bill Trump Religious Freedom?

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

The U.S. Congress will vote soon on a gay rights employment bill called- the Employment Non-Discrimination Act or ENDA. The measure will create special protections for gays and forbid employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Churches and allied religious groups are concerned that ENDA could end up overriding religious […]

-Federal Court: Church Bells are Constitutional

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

(Image via Wikipedia) WASHINGTON (RNS) A federal court ruled on Monday (April 19) that a Phoenix, Arizona ordinance limiting the sound of church bells was ‘an unconstitutional impingement on religious expression’. Neighbors complained about the ringing bells of Christ the King Cathedral in Phoenix in 2007 claiming that it violated a city noise ordinance. The […]

-South Park Cave-in: The End of ‘Free-Speech’ When it Comes to Islam?

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

(Image via Wikipedia) The TV show “South Park” is famous for picking on everyone but the Comedy Central network has chosen to censor their current story line because of Muslim threats. Last week in the show’s 200th episode they depicted the Prophet Muhammad hidden from view in a bear costume with a story line that […]

-Indonesia: Local Official Stops Church Building and Services After Muslims Protest

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

. Image via Wikipedia JAKARTA, Indonesia, April 20 (CDN): A local government official in Bekasi, West Java last week forbid all worship of the Filadelfia Huria Kristen Batak Protestan Church (HKBP) in Jejalan village. Regent Sa’duddin on April 12 ordered a halt to all activities of the church, including worship services that have been held […]

-NCAA Bans Eye Black Messages

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

The National Collegiate Athletic Association recently banned the use of eye black with messages. A practice made famous by former University of Florida star quarterback Tim Tebow who used to display Bible verses like John 3:16 on his eye black. The new policy was approved last Wednesday by the NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel. Beginning […]