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Ky. rejects $18M in tax incentives for Noah's Ark park
A proposed Noah's Ark theme park in northern Kentucky has been turned down for around $18 million in state tax incentives amid concerns that it will promote religion and violate the separation of church and state. Answers in Genesis — says it is considering legal action in federal court.
The Protestant Mainline Goes to Washington | Religion & Politics
When the Johnson Amendment passed in 1954—the amendment that was the target of the recent Pulpit Freedom Sunday—it was in the context of the political mobilization of mainline Protestants, not evangelicals.
Christian group fights for identity against Cal State policy
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship members say they just want to spread the word, to provide a welcoming space for believers and non-believers alike on college campuses that sometimes can seem cold and isolating (Los Angeles Times)
Government officials ask church and strip club to stop fight (Coshocton Tribune, Oh.)
"The protests are becoming more personal and more problematic, so we felt the need to plead with both sides to at least stop for a while."
In Germany, Many Believers Balk at Tweak to Church Tax : Wall Street Journal
So far this year, the number of Germans leaving the country's Protestant and Catholic churches has reached its highest level in 20 years, twice last year's level—a surge many clergy and finance experts blame on the changes in how the tax is levied.
Separation between church and... plate? Restaurants land in hot water over religion-related discounts
The North Carolina restaurant made the national news over the weekend after a picture of a receipt showing the diner's prayer discount went viral. (Deseret News)
Putin wants monasteries, church rebuilt inside Kremlin
Putin has cultivated strong ties with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, adopting more conservative policies and prompting some critics to suggest the line separating state and church has become blurred. (Reuters)
Supreme Court will hear Gilbert church-sign case
Gilbert's prolonged legal battle with a small Presbyterian church over religious signs is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, with oral arguments likely to start later this year. (AZCentral)
CRIMEA: Old and new place of worship problems, Greek Catholic clergy restrictions - 27 June 2014
Crimean officials deny that a decree which will lead to a substantial rise in the rent the Kiev Patriarchate Ukrainian Orthodox Church pays on its nearly 20-year-old cathedral in the Crimean capital Simferopol is a targeted move. Sevastopol's Roman Catholic community is less optimistic since March about being able to regain its historic church. It lodged a European Court of Human Rights case over earlier denials in 2001. Greek Catholic priests from elsewhere in Ukraine can serve in Crimea only for three months in any four. All 1,546 religious communities with Ukrainian registration will have to re-register under Russian law.
A City Split Over the Mixture of Church and Sausage
An innocent Wisconsin brats festival has turned into a dispute over abortion and evangelicals. (The New York Times)
God’s Defense Attorney
God’s Defense Attorney
Millionaire lawyer Mark Lanier moonlights as a Sunday school teacher.
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