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  • Supreme Court Upholds Freedom to Pray at Public Meetings

    05/05/2014 7:45:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The U.S. Supreme Court on May 5 upheld the practice of voluntary prayer before public meetings by a 5-4 ruling, drawing praise from those who said such prayers are a long American tradition that avoids censoring religion. “Opening public meetings with prayer is a cherished freedom that the authors of the Constitution themselves practiced,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel David Cortman said May 5. “Speech censors should have no power to silence volunteers who pray for their communities just as the Founders did.” Cortman said the Supreme Court “affirmed that Americans are free to pray.” “In America, we tolerate a...
  • NC Football Coach Ordered to Cease Leading Team Prayers Following Atheist Complaint

    02/09/2014 7:51:42 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 87 replies
    Christian news network ^ | February 1, 2014 | Heather Clark
    MOORESVILLE, N.C. – A high school football coach in North Carolina has been ordered to cease leading his team in prayers following a complaint by a prominent atheist activist organization. Officials with the Mooresville Graded School District recently told Mooresville High School football coach Hal Capps to stop leading the Blue Devils in prayer, and Capps has agreed to discontinue to the practice. The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) had contacted the district last fall after learning of Capps’ practice and asserted that the prayers were unlawful. According to reports, a parent of a student had complained to...
  • Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Constitutionality of NY Town's Public Prayers

    11/04/2013 11:58:11 AM PST · by Center2Right · 21 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | November 4, 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on whether or not the sectarian prayers offered at a New York town's meetings are constitutional. The highest court in the land will hear an appeal from a lower court decision regarding Greece, N.Y.'s practice of having explicitly Christian prayers open town meetings. Known as Galloway v. Town of Greece, the lawsuit was filed by two residents of Greece who felt the sectarian prayers made them feel excluded from the public affairs of the town. Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens, the two plaintiffs, are being represented by the Washington, D.C.-based group...
  • Tired of being told they couldn’t, school board OKs student-led prayer

    10/09/2013 10:42:45 AM PDT · by xzins · 32 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | October 09, 2013 | Bob Kellogg
    Even though they were warned there could be trouble, a Kansas school board nevertheless voted to allow student-led prayers and even use of the school's public address system to do so. At its meeting on September 23, the school board in Liberal voted unanimously (7-0) to allow student-led prayers at all school activities and to provide access to the school's public address system. According to the Leader & Times newspaper, the item was added “spontaneously” to the agenda near the end of that meeting. “We do live in a democratic society, and I personally feel like our community would support...
  • Anti-Religion Group Blasts Teen Valedictorian’s Prayer

    06/07/2013 5:50:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation blasted what it called the “open defiance” of a valedictorian who delivered The Lord’s Prayer during a high school graduation ceremony last Saturday in South Carolina. Roy Costner, a senior at Liberty High School in Pickens, created national attention when he ripped up his pre-approved graduation speech and instead led the crowd in a recitation of The Lord’s Prayer. A video of the speech was posted on YouTube and has since gone viral. It shows the 18-year-old setting aside his speech. “I think most of you will understand when I say, ‘Our Father, who art...
  • Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signs bill for student-led school prayer

    03/14/2013 4:01:18 PM PDT · by WKB · 9 replies
    Gulflive.com ^ | 3.14-13
    JACKSON, Mississippi -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill that could lead to student-led prayer over school intercoms or at graduations or sporting events. The American Civil Liberties Union says the law is likely to prompt a lawsuit.
  • Student defies ACLU at graduation, leads public prayer

    05/21/2011 2:20:41 PM PDT · by Ira_Louvin · 110 replies · 2+ views
    <p>A student who objected to prayer being part of Bastrop High School's 2011 graduation ceremonies enlisted the help of the American Civil Liberties Union. However, another student whose role was to call for a moment of silence during Friday's ceremony led the audience in prayer despite the ACLU objections.</p>
  • Unbelievable… Seniors Not Allowed to Pray Before Meals at Nursing Home (WAKE UP FOLKS)

    05/10/2010 5:02:06 AM PDT · by blueyon · 93 replies · 3,033+ views
    Gateway Pundt ^ | 5/10/10 | Jim Hoft
    This is unbelievable… Now they won’t allow our seniors to pray before meals. When did America become a communist regime? Senior citizens are no longer allowed to pray before meals at the Port Wentworth’s Ed Young Senior Citizens Center near Savannah, Georgia. Local officials say the meals are now provided with federal money and therefore the seniors are not allowed to pray before meals.
  • Calif. Council To Allow Prayer Before Meetings

    10/03/2009 3:23:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 469+ views
    <p>The city of Lodi is facing a possible lawsuit after the City Council voted to support a policy of saying prayers before council meetings.</p> <p>After the vote Wednesday, an official with the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation repeated the group's threat to sue the city.</p>
  • Florida administrators stand trial for prayer in school (Jail Time - On FoxNews this Morning)

    Frank Lay, Pace High School principal, and Robert Freeman, the school's athletic director, will appear on criminal contempt charges for offering public prayer in a public school. The administrators face up to 6 months in jail and a $5,000 fine for offering a mealtime prayer. Lay and Freeman go on trial today at a federal district court in Pensacola for breaching the conditions of a lawsuit settlement reached last year with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). By violating the court order, the two are in danger of being found in contempt of court.
  • School prayer charges stir protests: Educators face 6 mos. jail in Florida

    08/15/2009 9:44:03 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies · 877+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 14, 2009 | Julia Duin
    Students, teachers and local pastors are protesting over a court case involving a northern Florida school principal and an athletic director who are facing criminal charges and up to six months in jail over their offer of a mealtime prayer. There have been yard signs, T-shirts and a mass student protest during graduation ceremonies this spring on behalf of Pace High School Principal Frank Lay and school athletic director Robert Freeman, who will go on trial Sept. 17 at a federal district court in Pensacola for breaching the conditions of a lawsuit settlement reached last year with the American Civil...
  • School prayer charges stir protests

    08/14/2009 8:24:00 AM PDT · by rhema · 78 replies · 3,944+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 14, 2009 | Julia Duin
    Students, teachers and local pastors are protesting over a court case involving a northern Florida school principal and an athletic director who are facing criminal charges and up to six months in jail over their offer of a mealtime prayer. There have been yard signs, T-shirts and a mass student protest during graduation ceremonies this spring on behalf of Pace High School Principal Frank Lay and school athletic director Robert Freeman, who will go on trial Sept. 17 at a federal district court in Pensacola for breaching the conditions of a lawsuit settlement reached last year with the American Civil...
  • School Officials Face Jail For Meal-time Prayer (I hope the school motto is true)

    08/12/2009 12:18:06 AM PDT · by cakid1 · 15 replies · 968+ views
    CBS47 ^ | 8-12-09 | CAKID1
    Hard to believe... but apparently this is true. A principal and an athletic director are facing criminal charges for a saying a prayer over lunch. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Pace High School in Santa Rosa County, Florida. The ACLU claimed some teachers were...
  • School officials face jail time for meal-time prayers

    08/11/2009 7:42:52 PM PDT · by narses · 77 replies · 3,019+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | Pete Chagnon - OneNewsNow
    A principal and an athletic director are facing criminal charges for a lunch-time prayer. Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Pace High School in Santa Rosa County, Florida. The ACLU claimed some teachers and administrators were endorsing religion, but the school chose to give in to the ACLU's demands rather than fight them in court. According to the settlement, all school employees are banned from engaging in prayer or religious activities before, during, or after school hours. Now two school officials are facing criminal charges for offering meal-time prayers at an appreciation dinner for adults...
  • School officials face jail time for meal-time prayers (ACLU is so helpful in Muslim cases.)

    08/11/2009 8:42:27 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 23 replies · 913+ views
    One News Now ^ | 8/11/2009 | Pete Chagnon
    A principal and an athletic director are facing criminal charges for a lunch-time prayer. Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Pace High School in Santa Rosa County, Florida. The ACLU claimed some teachers and administrators were endorsing religion, but the school chose to give in to the ACLU's demands rather than fight them in court. According to the settlement, all school employees are banned from engaging in prayer or religious activities before, during, or after school hours. Now two school officials are facing criminal charges for offering meal-time prayers at an appreciation dinner for adults...
  • Groups pledge to help defend Virginia city’s customary prayer at public meetings

    08/05/2009 9:59:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 265+ views
    cna ^ | August 5, 2009
    Mayor Chesapeake Alan Krasnoff Chesapeake, Va., Aug 5, 2009 / 06:30 am (CNA).- Following complaints from a Wisconsin-based atheist group against a Virginia city that opens public meetings with prayer, the Alliance Defense Fund and the Family Foundation of Virginia have offered to provide pro bono legal assistance if the city adopts a prayer policy that is challenged in court.The 14,000-member Freedom From Religion Foundation had sent letters of complaint to the city of Chesapeake, Virginia because of what the group called its “illegal practice” of routine opening prayers at its public meetings.ADF Senior Legal Council Mike Johnson, speaking...
  • Graduating students defy ACLU

    06/06/2009 3:47:09 AM PDT · by Man50D · 26 replies · 1,343+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | June 05, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    Members of the graduating class of 2009 at Florida's Pace High School have expressed their objections to ACLU restrictions on statements of religious faith at their school by rising up en masse at their ceremony and reciting the Lord's Prayer. The incident happened just days ago, but has been virtually ignored by media outlets throughout the region, according to officials with Liberty Counsel, a legal team representing Principal Frank Lay and teacher Michelle Winkler in their battle with the ACLU, which had complained that faculty and teachers were talking about their beliefs. Nearly 400 graduating seniors at Pace, a Santa...
  • Students Rebel at Graduation Against the ACLU’s Bullying Tactics (Grads recite Lord's Prayer)

    06/04/2009 12:52:37 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 83 replies · 3,172+ views
    Santa Rosa County, FL - Nearly 400 graduating seniors at Pace High School stood up in protest against the ACLU and recited the Lord’s Prayer during their graduation ceremony on Saturday. Many of the students also painted crosses on their graduation caps to make a statement of faith. This event follows a lawsuit the ACLU filed against the Santa Rosa County School District, claiming some of the teachers and administration endorsed religion. Liberty Counsel represents Pace High School Principal Frank Lay and school teacher Michelle Winkler. The graduation prayer protest by the students was preceded by a lawsuit filed six...
  • Coach Prohibited from Bowing Head

    03/03/2009 6:37:09 PM PST · by freemike · 35 replies · 1,239+ views
    Rutherford Institute ^ | 3/3/09 | Rutherford Institute
    U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case of Football Coach Prohibited from Bowing Head During Team's Pre-Game Prayer, Lets Stand Prayer Ban WASHINGTON, DC - In a blow to athletic coaches across the country, the United States Supreme Court has refused to weigh in on the question of whether or not high school football coaches have a right to silently bow their heads as a sign of respect while their student players offer a pre-game prayer.
  • Military atheists want new rules on prayer

    11/14/2008 2:37:10 PM PST · by PeteePie · 115 replies · 3,825+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Wednesday, November 12, 2008 | By Leo Shane III
    Coalition complains of religious discrimination in the services By Leo Shane III, Stars and Stripes Mideast edition, Wednesday, November 12, 2008 WASHINGTON — A coalition of atheists and agnostics wants the new White House to protect young military members from what they see as rampant religious discrimination in the services. The Secular Coalition for America held a news conference Monday urging new rules against proselytizing and more training for chaplains on how to handle nonreligious troops. "When they say ‘there are no atheists in foxholes’ it’s slanderous," said Wayne Adkins, a former Army first lieutenant who served in Iraq in...
  • ACLU attack dogs maul student prayer

    08/30/2008 4:03:14 AM PDT · by Man50D · 18 replies · 274+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | August 29, 2008
    The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of two high school students who say they are offended by the school's policy of allowing prayer at voluntary events and holding Christmas concerts at churches. The students, from Pace High School in Pace, Fla., are identified only as Minor I Doe and Minor II Doe in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court because they are both under 18. The complaint alleges disclosure of their names would put the students at risk of "social ostracism, economic injury, governmental retaliation … and potential physical harm." Benjamin Stevenson, staff...
  • ACLU is threating to sue USNA (link)

    06/30/2008 6:50:49 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 18 replies · 292+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | Monday, June 30, 2008 | Neal Bootz
    The ACLU is threatening to sue the U.S. Naval Academy because they say prayers before lunch.
  • ACLU tries to halt mealtime prayer at Naval Academy

    06/25/2008 6:02:19 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 55 replies · 132+ views
    ACLU tries to halt mealtime prayer at Naval Academy By Josh Mitchell | Sun reporter 8:09 PM EDT, June 25, 2008 A national civil liberties group is renewing a push to end mealtime prayer at the U.S. Naval Academy, where a group of midshipmen recently complained to officials that they felt pressured to participate in the longtime practice. The tradition, believed to date back to the college's founding in 1845, now involves a chaplain's leading grace before a noon meal that all 4,200 midshipmen must attend at King Hall. Midshipmen are not required to pray, though they must stand during...
  • Court: E. Brunswick football coach can't kneel, bow head as team prays

    04/15/2008 9:12:32 PM PDT · by Coleus · 22 replies · 230+ views
    star ledger ^ | 04.15.08 | Chandra M. Hayslett/
    The East Brunswick school board was within its rights to tell a football coach he cannot kneel and bow his head as members of his team have a student-led pre-game prayer, a federal appeals court ruled today.  The ruling from the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia reversed a lower-court ruling made almost two years ago.  All three members of the three-judge panel wrote their own opinions on the issue, which pits the right to free speech against the freedom from official establishment of a religion.The judges agreed the East Brunswick Board of Education's policy barring school...
  • Federal court upholds [Texas] state's moment of silence law

    01/05/2008 9:20:59 AM PST · by Clint Williams · 3 replies · 53+ views
    KLTV ^ | 1/04/2008
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  • Court Agency Bans Prayers At 4-H Meetings

    06/26/2006 12:13:52 PM PDT · by Abathar · 34 replies · 910+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | June 26, 2006 | AP
    CROWN POINT, Ind. -- Prayer has been banned at 4-H meetings in Lake County, Ind. A memorandum issued last month by the Lake County Cooperative Extension Service said prayer is forbidden at all times, including to "begin or close meetings, fundraisers, camp sessions, including meals, and/or award ceremonies." Stan Sims, the county extension director, said he issued the directive because: "We want to respect peoples' beliefs and be inclusive." No single incident prompted his note. The formal prayers had been a tradition at various events, including 4-H, which has more than 800 youth members in Lake County. The new policy...
  • Bill to protect prayer in scool - H J Res 57

    06/03/2006 10:01:00 AM PDT · by do the dhue · 9 replies · 422+ views
    I wrote my Rep John Culberson here in Texas. I asked that we protect the free expression of religion on public property. I feel it is important because our Forefathers gave us God given rights (Inalienable rights). If God is removed from public view, who will remember that we have God given rights and no man or government can take these rights away? It is important to show that we are not pleased with a Judge or anyone who rules over our God given rights. My Congressman wrote back and said he is a cosponsor of H J Res 57....
  • Graduates: We will not be silenced!

    05/27/2006 2:02:39 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 35 replies · 1,428+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Saturday, May 27, 2006 | Rev. Jerry Falwell
    I wish I could have been there to witness it myself. After Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. issued a restraining order barring Russell County (Ky.) High School and senior Megan Chapman from including prayer at the school's graduation ceremony, students decided to take matters in their own hands. (Miss Chapman was elected by students last fall as the senior class chaplain.) In an act of protest to the court order issued just hours before the graduation, about 200 seniors spontaneously stood and began reciting the Lord's Prayer, prompting a standing ovation from a standing-room only crowd at the ceremony. The...
  • KY: High School Prayer Axed After Muslim Complaint

    05/26/2006 12:02:02 PM PDT · by sageb1 · 121 replies · 2,392+ views
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations ^ | May 25, 2006 | Associated Press
    American Muslim News Briefs Thursday, May 25, 2006 KY: High School Prayer Axed After Muslim Complaint Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS SHELBYVILLE - The principal of Shelby County High School said the school will not have formal prayer at graduation exercises next month after receiving a complaint from a student and the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky. Principal Gary Kidwell met Monday with the Board of Education and a lawyer as residents held a prayer vigil outside. Tuesday, Kidwell said the school will break from the tradition of student-led invocations and benedictions at graduation June 2. The school "will be compliant...
  • What’s wrong with this picture?

    05/22/2006 7:21:11 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 8 replies · 452+ views
    If you look closely at the picture above, you will note that all the Marines pictured are bowing their heads. That’s because they’re praying. This incident took place at a recent ceremony honoring the Birthday of the Corps, and it has the ACLU up in arms. “These are federal employees,” says a rumored spokesman for the ACLU, “on federal property and on federal time. For them to pray is clearly an establishment of religion, and we must nip this in the bud immediately.” When asked about the ACLU’s charges, former Marine Sergeant David Springer, speaking for all his brothers...
  • Prayer Banned From High School Graduation (Munford, Tennessee)

    05/21/2006 10:03:01 AM PDT · by GailA · 58 replies · 2,373+ views
    WREG.com ^ | 521/06 | Daralene Jones
    Munford, TN- Graduation is a time to celebrate accomplishments and successes to come. At Munford High School, in the middle of all the pomp and circumstance, there is normally time set aside on the program for prayer. This year God is being deleted from the program. "I just don't think it's right," Parent Dena Harden says. It's hard for students and parents to accept. Since they can remember prayer has been part of the program. "They've done it at every other graduation. Why should it be taken away at ours," Graduating Senior Nick Jones says. But they also feel like...
  • ACLU, Federal Courts Continue their Disdain for the US Constitution (ACLU riped over school prayer)

    05/21/2006 6:16:23 AM PDT · by AZRepublican · 15 replies · 898+ views
    Federalist Blog ^ | 5/21/06 | P.A. Madison
    The ACLU once again finds an very accommodating federal judge who found no problem in destroying the only absolute sovereignty for which this nation rests upon: the people. U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley granted a temporary restraining order sought by a student who didn't want prayer to be part of the graduation exercises from a south-central Kentucky school some 110 miles southeast of Louisville. This didn't stop the principal at the beginning of the graduation ceremony from reciting the Lord's Prayer, prompting a standing ovation from a standing-room only crowd at the Russell County High School gymnasium. We can...
  • Students Make A Stand For Their Rights, Defy ACLU And Judge’s Order To Censor

    05/21/2006 10:07:43 AM PDT · by Jay777 · 77 replies · 1,945+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | 21-May-06 | Jay Stephenson
    One thing is for sure, the liberals can’t say this was government endorsed. I applaud these young men and women for standing up for their rights, and setting the example for others. The ACLU filed suit on behalf of one student who felt offended that a prayer would be included in their graduation ceremony. U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley granted a temporary restraining order sought by a student. Here is how the students responded to the attempts to censor them. The senior class at a southern Kentucky high school gave their response Friday night to a federal judge’s order banning...
  • Judge: No prayer at graduation (But KY students ignore ACLU ruling, recite Lord's Prayer!)

    05/20/2006 5:56:44 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 146 replies · 3,961+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Saturday, May 20, 2006 | Bill Estep
    RUSSELL SPRINGS - A federal judge barred prayer during a Russell County High School graduation ceremony last night but it included a religious message nonetheless. Megan Chapman made sure of that. Chapman, chosen by fellow seniors to deliver opening remarks, had planned to include a prayer as had been the practice at commencement for decades. Instead, she talked of her faith and God's love. "God will never leave you or forsake you," she said drawing a loud standing ovation from the 2,000-plus people packed into the gym. Many in the conservative county did not agree with U.S. District Judge Judge...
  • Judge Blocks School Graduation Prayers

    05/19/2006 1:49:30 PM PDT · by peggybac · 59 replies · 1,329+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | 5/19/06
    A federal judge on Friday blocked a southern Kentucky high school from including prayers in its graduation ceremony Friday evening. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit this week seeking a restraining order on behalf of an unidentified student at Russell County High School in Russell Springs, 90 miles south of Louisville. The student had appealed to principal Darren Gossage to drop the prayer from the Friday evening ceremony, but the principal refused, ACLU attorney Lili Lutgens said. Lutgens argued that any prayer would be unconstitutional because it would endorse a specific religion and religious views. U.S. District...
  • Attorney: 8th Circuit's Graduation Prayer Ruling Discriminates Against Christians

    04/22/2006 3:39:26 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 8 replies · 213+ views
    Agapepress.org ^ | Jim Brown
    By Jim Brown (AgapePress) -- A civil liberties attorney is objecting to a federal appeals court's decision to side with a former teacher who complained about prayers at a graduation ceremony in an Arkansas school district. The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of Steve Warnock in his dispute with the De Valls Bluff School District, but denied his request to stiffen penalties against the district. The ex-teacher had argued that a 2004 baccalaureate ceremony violated lower-court injunctions by including prayers by ministers, and the appeals court agreed with him, rejecting counter arguments that the baccalaureate...
  • Attorney: 8th Circuit's Graduation Prayer Ruling Discriminates Against Christians

    04/18/2006 8:51:04 AM PDT · by TexCon · 12 replies · 501+ views
    GOP:USA ^ | April 18, 2006 | Jim Brown
    (AgapePress) -- A civil liberties attorney is objecting to a federal appeals court's decision to side with a former teacher who complained about prayers at a graduation ceremony in an Arkansas school district. The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of Steve Warnock in his dispute with the De Valls Bluff School District, but denied his request to stiffen penalties against the district. The ex-teacher had argued that a 2004 baccalaureate ceremony violated lower-court injunctions by including prayers by ministers, and the appeals court agreed with him, rejecting counter arguments that the baccalaureate ceremony was a...
  • Congressman: Statehouse Prayer Is Free Speech Issue

    02/21/2006 10:37:51 AM PST · by Abathar · 7 replies · 282+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | February 21, 2006 | RTV6
    INDIANAPOLIS -- The battle over prayer between Indiana state lawmakers and a federal judge is headed to Congress. Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Sodrel has introduced a bill to take away a judge's authority to regulate statehouse prayer. Calling judge David Hamilton's ruling an attack on freedom of speech and freedom of religion, Sodrel is seeking to remove federal court jurisdiction of all speech in state legislatures, including opening prayers, 6News' Norman Cox reported. Hamilton issued a ruling last year that precluded the words "Jesus Christ" from being used in legislative prayers. Since the ruling, Indiana lawmakers have prayed informally in...
  • Judge reaffirms: No 'Jesus' prayers

    12/29/2005 7:24:33 PM PST · by Balding_Eagle · 44 replies · 945+ views
    Indiana House of Representatives can't have clergy mention savior -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: December 29, 2005 2:50 p.m. Eastern -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com An Indian federal judge yesterday reaffirmed his decision to forbid prayers to be offered that use Jesus' name in the state House of Representatives. U.S. District Judge David Hamilton rejected a request by Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma to review the original Nov. 30 ruling. Bosma claimed the directive was too vague to enforce. Ruling on a suit brought by the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, Hamilton said that "using Christ's name or title" or referring to a "savior" amounted...
  • PRAYER POLITICS (Evan Bayh prez hopes sidetracked by prayer ruling referring to Jesus Christ)

    12/18/2005 10:58:37 AM PST · by Liz · 12 replies · 653+ views
    townhall.com ^ | Dec 17, 2005 | Robert Novak
    Hopes by Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana to become the centrist candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination were not helped by the Nov. 30 ruling of Federal District Judge David Hamilton of Indianapolis, a former Bayh aide, against the Indiana state legislature opening its sessions with a prayer referring to Jesus Christ. When Bayh was governor of Indiana, Hamilton was his chief counsel and master political strategist. Hamilton ruled, in response to a lawsuit filed by the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, that any prayers referring to Jesus Christ by name, "Savior" or "Son of God" are unconstitutional. He said that...
  • Rock of offense: By blackballing Christian prayer, a federal judge creates a state religion

    12/09/2005 12:26:51 PM PST · by Caleb1411 · 27 replies · 912+ views
    WORLD ^ | December 17, 2005 | Gene Edward Veith
    A federal court has ruled that the Indiana House of Representatives may not open with any kind of prayer that mentions "Christ's name or title." This ruling is far more significant than banning the Ten Commandments in courthouses or taking "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance. What the Indiana decision does is to outlaw Christian prayer in the civic arena. And, if it stands, it will mean that no Christian clergyman or layperson can in good conscience pray at public events. The word invocation does not just mean a prayer that opens a meeting. It means "calling upon"...
  • CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH PASTOR HAS THINGS RIGHT "We have abused power and called it politics."

    12/07/2005 2:00:49 PM PST · by Liz · 31 replies · 3,045+ views
    Circa April 2005 | Central Christian Church pastor, Joe Wright
    A prayer by Central Christian Church pastor given in Kansas at the opening session of the Senate last April caused a firestorm. It seems devotional prayer still upsets some people. When Central Christian Church pastor, Joe Wright, was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard the pastor say: "Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done....
  • Teaming up for prayer

    12/06/2005 12:57:06 PM PST · by JZelle · 2 replies · 204+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-6-05 | Nancy Armour
    There are signs of faith and prayer everywhere you look in sports these days. Players kneeling in prayer on the field after NFL games. Fingers pointed skyward after home runs, touchdowns and victories. Signs for chapel services in baseball clubhouses. Bible study and Christian fellowship groups at high school and college campuses across the country. "I don't think a relationship with the Lord only occurs in church or only in your own private lives," says University of Washington basketball coach Lorenzo Romar. "Every moment you walk, you want to live in such a manner that you are acknowledging God's presence....
  • Federal judge: Ind. legislative prayers can't favor 1 religion

    12/02/2005 5:59:53 AM PST · by EBH · 26 replies · 679+ views
    First Amendment Center ^ | 12/2/05 | Staff
    INDIANAPOLIS — Prayers that typically open sessions of the Indiana House of Representatives can no longer mention Jesus Christ or advance a religious faith, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge David Hamilton issued a permanent injunction on Nov. 30 barring House Speaker Brian Bosma from permitting sectarian prayer as part of the official business of the House.
  • Disagreements remain on what place prayer has in sport

    12/02/2005 12:04:27 PM PST · by Crackingham · 31 replies · 1,431+ views
    AP ^ | 12/2/5 | Nancy Armour
    There are signs of faith and prayer everywhere you look in sports these days. The huddle of players kneeling in prayer on the field after every NFL game. Basketball players making the sign of the cross before shooting a free throw. Fingers pointed toward the sky after home runs and touchdowns. Signs for chapel services in baseball clubhouses. Bible study and Christian fellowship groups at high school and college campuses across the country. "I don't think a relationship with the Lord only occurs in church or only in your own private lives," says Washington basketball coach Lorenzo Romar. "Every moment...
  • Judge rules in Indiana House prayer suit (bars Christian prayers at House sessions openings)

    11/30/2005 6:40:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 68 replies · 1,622+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/30/05 | Deanna Martin - ap
    INDIANAPOLIS - A federal judge on Wednesday barred the Indiana House from opening its sessions with specifically Christian prayers, ruling that such prayers amount to "an official endorsement of the Christian religion." Judge David Hamilton advised House Speaker Brian Bosma that invocations given in the Legislature should not use the name of Jesus Christ or Christian terms such as savior. Of 53 opening prayers given in the House during the 2005 session, 41 were given by clergy identified with Christian churches and at least 29 mentioned Jesus Christ, according to court documents. Hamilton said that practice "amounts in practical terms...
  • ACLU: 'Plaintiffs Wanted'

    11/26/2005 8:05:48 PM PST · by Nasty McPhilthy · 21 replies · 1,224+ views
    MND ^ | November 26, 2005 | by Lee Duigon
    Six months ago, a senior at Jonesboro High School, Arkansas, gave a graduation speech that included an invitation to audience members to use the moment to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. As you can well imagine, the ACLU of Arkansas has its knickers in a twist [see http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE ID=47572]. The ACLU is frothing at the mouth to visit the Jonesboro school district with a hefty lawsuit, probably to the tune of millions of local taxpayer dollars. There's just one thing that stands in their way. They can't find a plaintiff! It's been six months, and in all that...
  • In New Jersey Town, Prayer Overshadows Football

    11/25/2005 2:52:51 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 42 replies · 1,453+ views
    NY Times ^ | Nov. 25, 2005 | KAREN CROUSE
    Jack Howard for The New York Times The high school football coach Marcus Borden is suing the school district in East Brunswick, N.J., for banning him from leading his players in prayer. The team finished its season yesterday. EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J., Nov. 24 - In small towns across the land, high school football is a slice of Americana served up on Thanksgiving before the pumpkin and pecan pies...snip ...last year, the Bears lost to the Knights but went on to win the highly competitive Central Jersey Group IV championship. This year, the team has attracted national attention for reasons...
  • Increasingly, Football's Playbooks Call for Prayer

    10/29/2005 5:35:51 PM PDT · by rhema · 9 replies · 787+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 30, 2005 | Joe Drape
    Every preseason for 30 years, Coach Bobby Bowden has taken his Florida State football players to a church in a white community and a church in a black community in the Tallahassee area in an effort, he said, to build camaraderie. He writes to their parents in advance, explaining that the trips are voluntary, and that if they object, their sons can stay home without fear of retaliation. He remembers only one or two players ever skipping the outing. Since becoming the football coach at Georgia in 2001, Mark Richt, too, has taken his team to churches in the preseason....
  • Air Force Rule May Ban Christian Prayer

    10/21/2005 8:27:41 AM PDT · by paltz · 19 replies · 659+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005 10:44 a.m. EDT | newsmax.com
    If, indeed, "there are no atheists in foxholes,” a new Air Force regulation may ensure that there is no Christian prayer there either. Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) is circulating a letter he sent to President George W. Bush, which alleges a new Air Force guideline urging "non-sectarian” prayer is "merely a euphemism declaring that prayers will be acceptable so long as they censor Christian beliefs.” The letter requests Bush to sign an executive order withdrawing the new regulation. Thus far, Rep. Jones has only gathered 32 signatures. He says more are to come. The Air Force regulation was authored by...