The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents two non-profit organizations that operate numerous pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in New York City, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take a case in which a federal appeals court has upheld portions of a New York City law that targets pro-life pregnancy centers, making it difficult for them to exercise their First Amendment rights.
A new study that analyzed available data from the University of Chicago's General Social Survey suggests that increases in college education and the use of the Internet have resulted in a significant drop in religious affiliation of Americans over the last two decades.
The proportion of Americans who say they have no religious preference has increased from 8 percent in 1990 to 18 percent in 2010, according to the study conducted by Allen Downey, a computer scientist at the Olin College of Engineering in Mass.
Rhetoric is escalating in Washington as the March 25 date draws near for Hobby Lobby to plead its First Amendment case at the U.S. Supreme Court against the Obama Administration’s mandate that all new health plans cover contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. As a private business, Hobby Lobby does not fall under the narrow religious exemption of the mandate, so it would be required to include such coverage when its health plan renews or potentially face crippling federal fines of $1.3 million per day for its refusal to comply.
Iran is calling the recent shackling of American Pastor Saeed Abedini a "mistake."
Abedini's case in Iran took a turn for the worse as a result of continual beatings in the country's Rajai Shahr prison.
Saeed has been imprisoned in Iran for his faith since September 2012.
More than a week ago he was moved from his jail cell at Rajai Shahr prison to a private hospital for treatment. That treatment stopped on Tuesday.
Pastor Saeed was shackled and refused medical care and hospital doctors said he must leave and return to prison.
On Thursday, the American Center for Law and Justice said the international outcry over Pastor Saeed's treatment made Iran remove the shackles.
The ACLJ is currently meeting with world leaders at the United Nations office in Geneva on behalf of Saeed.
BY KATHERINE WEBER, CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
A Southern California mother has agreed to remove the roadside cross memorializing her dead son after receiving pressure from an atheist organization.
Ann Marie Devaney placed a white Christian cross near an on-ramp to Highway 15 inLake Elsinore, Calif., after her 19-year-old son Anthony was struck and killed by a car while crossing the street there in May 2012. After two years, Devaney has agreed to remove the cross after the American Humanist Association pressured the city of Lake Elsinore, reportedly on behalf of an atheist resident who argues the cross' presence on government-owned highway is unconstitutional.
Author Kathi Lipp offers encouragement to moms as she describes how they can work through struggles with guilt, shame and the illusion of perfection and being in control. (Part 2 of 2)
Author Kathi Lipp offers encouragement to moms as she describes how they can work through struggles with guilt, shame and the illusion of perfection and being in control. (Part 1 of 2)
Focus on the Family President Jim Daly and his wife, Jean, offer advice and encouragement to couples as they describe how they worked through their differences in the early years of their marriage. They also offer insights from their new couples devotional, The Best Year of Your Marriage.
Renewing Your Mind
Celebrating 20 Years
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”