Alaska Christian College (ACC) will no longer receive funding from the federal government, the U.S. Department of Education announced in October. The department suspended an unspent 2005 federal grant of more than $431,000. The department agreed with the Freedom from Religion Foundation that ACC does not adequately differentiate between its religious and secular activities. ACC attorney Derek Gaubatz told Covenant News that if the Department of Education applied this reasoning to other Christian schools, none "could ever get any government money, because anything that such a school does would be 'tainted' by its religious mission."
The Bush administration decided in October that faith-based community-service organizations and religious schools affected by Hurricane Katrina can receive federal aid. Buildings used primarily for worship will not be eligible.
Police in Punjab state, India, jailed several Christianssupposedly to protect them from Hindu extremistsbut instead beat them, Compass Direct reports. About 40 Christians were praying at a home in Maloud on September 29 when a mob that included Hindu extremists stormed the house. The mob threatened some Christians, who called the police. In police custody, two Christians sustained serious injuries. The police superintendent has called for an investigation.
Marilyn Hickey's Happy Church in Denver can claim damages from the Colorado Department of Transportation for erecting a 30-foot-high retaining wall that prevents travelers on Interstate 25 from seeing the church. In October, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled for the church, which is seeking $1.9 million. A trial-court commission will decide how much the department must pay the church. ...1
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