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December 2006

Students keep free speech -- even in school talent show

A federal court has issued an order that will prevent a New Jersey school from censoring students' Christian musical selections in future talent shows. The Alliance Defense Fund said the order comes down in favor of an elementary school student who, when she was a second-grader in May 2005, had been chosen to participate in the competition, and then picked "Awesome God," made famous by the late singer-songwriter Rich Mullins, to perform. Officials at Frenchtown Elementary School denied her permission, a decision endorsed by the board of education, citing not only the song's religious content but its "proselytizing" nature.

August 2006

Court favors Christian literature on campus

A federal court of appeals unanimously struck down a Florida school board policy barring students from distributing religious literature on campus. Represented by the public-interest group Liberty Counsel, student Michelle Heinkel of Cypress Lake Middle School in Fort Myers had sought permission to distribute religious and pro-life literature about the "Day of Remembrance," set aside to remember unborn children killed by abortion.

University refuses Christian groups

University of Wisconsin officials are being warned their refusal to recognize Christian student groups is illegal. In recent weeks, the University of Wisconsin-Superior has denied recognition of the school's InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison has derecognized the Knights of Columbus. The officials allege the groups violate school's "anti-discrimination policy" by not allowing non-Christians to serve in leadership positions, according to the Arizona-based public-interest legal group Alliance Defense Fund, which notes non-recognized groups are denied access to campus facilities and student funding.

Movie raters: Christian themes won't be factor

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The movie ratings board run by Hollywood's six top studios is back-pedaling from a process that reportedly used to target movies for PG ratings if they carried an evangelical Christian message, WorldNetDaily has learned. The move by the Motion Picture Association of America followed controversy over a rating for Sony Provident Films' "Facing the Giants," which was given the PG tag after officials told the movie's makers it was because it was so Christian. "The scene that caught the association's attention was an exchange between a coach and a player," said Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission in an op-ed piece published this week. "The coach assures the player that following Jesus Christ is a decision everyone makes for himself, but, if he accepts Christ, it will change his life."

May 2006

Net neutrality makes for strange allies

File this under the old adage, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” The current net neutrality debate in the U.S. Congress has the Christian Coalition of America allied with rock stars Moby and R.E.M. The Christian Coalition, in a news release, said it is concerned that large broadband providers will block content that they don’t agree with. Some providers could block antiabortion Web sites, said Roberta Combs, the group’s president. Without a net neutrality provision, “there is nothing to stop the cable and phone companies from not allowing consumers to have access to speech that they don’t support,” she said in a statement.

April 2006

Can a Christian be a Liberal?

Can a Christian be a liberal? Short answer: no. There is no way a Christian can buy into neo-liberal ideology and be faithful to the bigger-than-Dallas teachings of the scripture and expect to continue enjoying his hard-won religious liberties.

February 2006

Intern fired for sharing faith

A former graduate student who lost an internship for discussing her Christian faith with co-workers has filed a federal lawsuit. Jacqueline Escobar was completing a master's degree in social work at California State University Long Beach when she interned with the Department of Children and Family Services, or DCFS.

Christian college to nix 'Crusader' mascot?

An evangelical Christian college in Idaho is considering dumping the nickname that has identified the school for decades – the Crusaders – because it is considered insensitive and inappropriate. ()() I don't see a problem with it. It reminds us how dangerous Islamofascists are to this country.

70% of evangelicals see global warming threat

A poll released today shows 70 percent of American evangelical Christians see global warming as a "serious threat" to the future of the planet. Conducted by Ellison Research, the survey indicates a majority of evangelicals agree with 85 Christian leaders who signed an Evangelical Climate Initiative unveiled Feb. 8 that calls for government action to deal with so-called global warming. The initiative includes a campaign of newspaper, TV and radio ads.

Christians counter homosexual 'Day of Silence'

High-school students nationwide will take part in a "Day of Truth" to counter homosexual activism and peacefully express a Christian perspective. During school hours, students will wear "Day of Truth" T-shirts and pass out cards, said the Arizona-based public-interest group Alliance Defense Fund, which is sponsoring the April 27 event.

The DaVinci Challange

45 Christian writers respond to the claims made in "The DaVinci Code."

December 2005

Christian Carnival: Christmas Edition 2005

It was the week before Christmas and I was using my mouse while surfing the web to buy a new house. My apartment was placed on an ad-space with care with the hopes that some buyer would pay something fair when upon reading an article at Jeremy’s site I was reminded that I was hosting the Carnival tonight!

University rejects Christian student group

Association can't exclude homosexuals, non-believers as members A state university in California refuses to recognize a Christian student organization because it requires members to live according to the group's religious faith.

Banned 'Jesus Dancers' file federal suit

Removed from city 'Holiday Festival' due to Christian message Six girls barred from performing in a city's holiday show because they wore "Jesus Christ Dancers" shirts filed a federal lawsuit in San Diego today.

Christian 'megapastor' blasts believers on Dec. 25 dispute

With many large churches across the U.S. announcing they won't be open on Christmas Day, some pastors are defending their decision to stay closed, even going so far as to blast those who question their motives.

News from Agape Press

A Christian attorney says recent acts of censorship indicate Christmas is under attack in public schools across the United States. One Ohio high school principal, for example, recently renamed the school's Christmas tree and concert a "holiday tree" and a "holiday concert." Similarly, a Missouri school superintendent informed fine arts teachers in his district that an upcoming winter assembly may not include "direct references to Christmas or the birth of Jesus," and a Wisconsin school district has banned all Christian Christmas songs.

Christmas carols banned, but Hanukkah songs OK

Religious-liberty attorneys have contacted a Wisconsin school district that consistently forbids Christian Christmas carols from being sung in music programs but finds nothing wrong with Hanukkah songs.

November 2005

Christmas tree history

The fir tree has a long association with Christianity, it began in Germany almost a 1000 years ago when St Boniface, who converted the German people to Christianity, was said to have come across a group of pagans worshipping an oak tree. In anger, St Boniface is said to have cut down the oak tree and to his amazement a young fir tree sprung up from the roots of the oak tree. St Boniface took this as a sign of the Christian faith. But it was not until the 16th century that fir trees were brought indoors at Christmas time.

October 2005

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