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Mayor Allows Religious Services in Public-School Buildings
"Grace Fellowship Church, which meets at Public School 150 in the Sunnyside section of Queens, was one of about 30 churches facing eviction after a U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision earlier this month upheld the city's right to bar them from worshiping in public schools on weekends." (Wall Street Journal)
Christians Form Human Shield Around Church in China's 'Jerusalem' -
Thousands of Chinese Christians have mounted an extraordinary, round-the-clock defence of a church in a city known as the 'Jerusalem of the East' after Communist Party officials threatened to bulldoze their place of worship. (The Daily Beast)
Religion Clause: Religious Non-Profits Win Injunction Against Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Opt-Out Rules
A Georgia federal district court permanently enjoined the government from requiring Catholic Education of North Georgia and Atlanta Catholic Charities to execute and deliver a self-certification form to the third-party administrator of their health care plans. (Religion Clause)
Idaho rep tackles faith healing after child deaths - WorldWide Religious News
After several recent child deaths, an Idaho lawmaker wants to follow Oregon's lead and require parents to seek medical help for kids suffering from potentially fatal conditions — even if their religion frowns on it.
Unclear how Ohio religious-freedom bill fits with church-state divide | The Columbus Dispatch
"If the U.S. Constitution is the highest law of the land, can a state law rise above it?"
SkyView Academy cuts ties with Christmas donation program after lawsuit threat
Students wanted to do Operation Christmas Child. The American Humanist Association threatened to sue (The Denver Post)
Supreme Court rules firing justified for teacher accused of advancing religion in classroom
But the court held that the district’s orders that he put away the personal Bible he kept on his desk violated his First Amendment rights of freedom of religion and therefore would not have been sufficient cause to fire him. (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Oh.)
German Catholics can only remain in the Church if they pay membership tax, rules court
Germany's Roman Catholics can only remain part of the Church if they pay a membership tax, a court has ruled. All Germans who are officially registered as Catholics, Protestants or Jews pay a religious tax, worth an extra 8-9% of their income tax bill.
Leonard Kerpelman, Who Led School Prayer Case, Dies at 88
Mr. Kerpelman successfully argued a landmark Supreme Court case in 1963 that led to a ban on state-supported prayer in public schools. (The New York Times)
The Religious Dorm at the Public University
At Troy University in Alabama, a new residence hall caters to students who want an experience infused with religion, but some scholars see a conflict with the Constitution. (The New York Times)
Top Story April 24, 2014
You Probably Love (or Hate) 'Heaven Is For Real' for All the Wrong Reasons
You Probably Love (or Hate) 'Heaven Is For Real' for All the Wrong Reasons
It's not a travel guide. And Colton Burpo isn't the first Christian to have an ecstatic experience.
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