Christian Company Does Not Have to Make Gay Pride T-Shirts, Kentucky Appeals Court Rules

Michael Gryboski The Christian Post A Kentucky-based Christian business does not have to make T-shirts for a gay pride event, declared a three judge panel of the state’s court of appeals. A three judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on Friday that Hands On Originals could not be forced to make T-shirts for an event its owner was morally opposed to on … Continue reading Christian Company Does Not Have to Make Gay Pride T-Shirts, Kentucky Appeals Court Rules

Alongside Catholic leaders, President Trump signs executive order on religious liberty, health care

Michael O’Loughlin America Magazine President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that instructs the Internal Revenue Service not to enforce a rule that bars churches from engaging in partisan politics and addresses concerns from some Catholic organizations about rules in the Affordable Care Act regarding contraception coverage. Before the signing ceremony at the White House rose garden, Mr. Trump was scheduled to meet in … Continue reading Alongside Catholic leaders, President Trump signs executive order on religious liberty, health care

Donald Trump hoping to use first foreign trip to unite religions against extremism

Ruth Sherlock
The Telegraph

Donald Trump will travel to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican later this month on a mission to unite three of the world’s most prominent religions against intolerance, terrorism and Iran.

Speaking from the Rose Garden during an event dedicated to religious liberties, Mr Trump said he would use the trip – his first foreign foray since becoming president – to build cooperation between Muslims, Christians and Jews for fighting terrorism.

“Our task is not to dictate to others how to live,” Mr Trump said.  “But to build a coalition of friends and partners who share the goal of fighting terrorism and bringing safety, opportunity and stability to the war-ravaged Middle East.” Continue reading “Donald Trump hoping to use first foreign trip to unite religions against extremism”

Religious Freedom: Trump targeting IRS rule on churches

AP

After promising to “utterly destroy” the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits churches and tax-exempt groups from endorsing political candidates, President Trump is planning to sign an executive order asking the IRS to use “maximum enforcement discretion” over the regulation. Though some consider this a first step for religious freedom, others believe it to be “very weak tea.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump is seeking to further weaken enforcement of an IRS rule barring churches and tax-exempt groups from endorsing political candidates, in a long-anticipated executive order on religious freedom that has disappointed some of his supporters.

As he marks the National Day of Prayer at the White House Thursday, Trump is planning to sign an executive order asking the IRS to use “maximum enforcement discretion” over the regulation, known as Johnson Amendment, which applies to churches and nonprofits. Continue reading “Religious Freedom: Trump targeting IRS rule on churches”

Bible reading not allowed before class, professor tells student

FOX News

It’s apparently okay to read history books at Northern Arizona University, but not the Good Book.

Mark Holden, a 22-year-old history major, tells me he was ordered to leave a lecture hall after his professor objected to him reading the Bible before the start of the class.

Holden alleges that Professor Heather Martel ordered him to put away the Good Book around six minutes before a scheduled history class. It’s unclear why she objected to the reading of God’s Word.  Continue reading “Bible reading not allowed before class, professor tells student”

Pope Francis and Coptic pope agree not to re-baptize

Joshua J. McElwee
National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis‘ trip to Egypt was marked Friday, April 28, by a significant step forward in ecumenical relations between the Roman Catholic and Coptic Orthodox Churches.

In a joint declaration signed April 28 by Francis and Coptic Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria during Francis’ visit to the Orthodox St. Mark Cathedral in Cairo, the two churches agreed that they would not hold baptisms for members of one church wishing to join the other.

“We, with one mind and heart, will seek sincerely not to repeat the baptism that has been administered in either of our Churches for any person who wishes to join the other,” the two popes said in the declaration. “This we confess in obedience to the Holy Scriptures.” Continue reading “Pope Francis and Coptic pope agree not to re-baptize”

Pacifist Jehovah’s Witnesses now banned in Russia as “extremists”

John Burger Aleteia The pacifistic religious group known as Jehovah’s Witnesses has been declared an “extremist group” in Russia and forbidden to carry out public activities. Russia’s Supreme Court on Thursday accepted a request from the justice ministry that the Jehovah’s Witnesses be considered an extremist group and ordered its national headquarters in St. Petersburg and all 395 local churches closed. It banned all their activity … Continue reading Pacifist Jehovah’s Witnesses now banned in Russia as “extremists”

Churches shouldn’t endorse candidates, even if the law allowed

CRUX

President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress are considering changing legislation to allow religious organizations to endorse political candidates. But is that a good idea? Churches will divide congregations, give tacit approval to immoral activity, and weaken their moral voice if they get in the political endorsement game, according to Father Matthew P. Schneider.

A new tax bill working its way through Congress might change the way religious institutions can engage in politics.

President Donald Trump, at the National Prayer Breakfast in February, said, “I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.”

Now, a little history: The Johnson Amendment was passed in 1954 to prevent nonprofits from endorsing or opposing specific political candidates. It applies to 501(c)3 organizations which include most churches, schools, amateur sports leagues, and works of charity helping the poor or otherwise disadvantaged. Continue reading “Churches shouldn’t endorse candidates, even if the law allowed”

College Reinstates Suspended Christian Student

Kiley Crossland Christian Headlines UPDATE: Rollins College has reinstated Marshall Polston, the Christian student suspended last week over conflict with a Muslim professor. His attorney said he plans to return to school next week. “A student’s freedom of speech and expression are the cornerstones of liberty in a free society,” attorney Kenneth Lewis said in a statement March 30, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Lewis … Continue reading College Reinstates Suspended Christian Student

Pope: ‘We Are Called to Free Ourselves From the Prejudices’

Zenit ‘All of us are well aware that the past cannot be changed. Yet today, after fifty years of ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Protestants, it is possible to engage in a purification of memory’ “We are called to free ourselves from the prejudices,” and for the Pope, research is a way to do so… Pope Francis stressed this while addressing the International Conference of Study … Continue reading Pope: ‘We Are Called to Free Ourselves From the Prejudices’