Liberty Counsel: Appeals court upholds “In God We Trust”

by D. Bennett

The Liberty Counsel reports that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the nation’s motto, “In God We Trust,” does not violate the United States Constitution.

The Liberty Counsel filed an amicus brief with the court in support of the motto’s constitutionality.

The challenge was brought by Michael Newdow, who made headlines after his unsuccessful suit to get the words “Under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance.

ACLJ: Protecting “God,” One Amicus Brief at a Time

by D. Bennett

The American Center for Law and Justice e-mailed subscribers today, asking for financial support as the group prepares to submit its amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court regarding Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Ayers.

The case originated after the phrases “God Bless America” and “One Nation Under God” were added to the new Capitol Visitor Center under instruction from Congress. Advocates for church-state separation want the references removed from the Center.

“If you don’t want to imagine a time,” the ACLJ writes, “when school children are banned from singing ”God bless America” simply because ”God” is referenced, please help us immediately.”

Liberty Counsel: Defense offered in 10 Commandments case

by D. Bennett

Liberty Counsel reports that it is defending a monument containing the 10 Commandments today, this time in the state of Kentucky.

Liberty Counsel will make arguments in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals opposite the ACLU, who argue that the display should be removed.

“Since 2005 the ACLU has lost three consecutive Ten Commandments cases at the appellate court level,” the website says. “They have refused to ask the Supreme Court to take these cases, because they know the Court is no longer hostile to the Ten Commandments.”

CBN: Marriage, abortion, property

by Ruth Moon

The Christian Defense Coalition and other anti-abortion groups are using the number “71,” representing the number of people opposed to taxpayer-funded abortion in a recent poll, to protest abortion to government officials.

The California Supreme Court refused to hear a church property rights case.

Maine residents will vote Nov. 3 on the state’s new gay marriage law, and an ethics commission is investigating fundraising related to the law.

CBN: Brainwashed by Obama?

by Ruth Moon

Some are saying New Jersey students were brainwashed into singing a pro-Obama song.

Two gay U.S. representatives are supporting a bill to give gays more protection in the workplace.

Virginia and New Jersey will elect governors this year, possibly breaking the trend of Democratic governors over health care and the economy.

Some Lutherans are considering leaving the denomination after the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to allow gays to serve in the denomination.

Do Americans follow the 10 Commandments?

President Obama’s diversity czar is drawing media attention for saying white people should resign from positions of authority to let minorities move up.

Honduras restricted civil liberties Monday to preemptively halt rebellion.

In spite of the poor economy, Church Building Services nearly doubled its revenue this year.

CBN: Religious freedom (and violations)

by Ruth Moon

Christians have mixed feelings about a “Day of Islamic Unity” rally scheduled for Sept. 25 in Washington, D.C. Around 50,000 Muslims are expected to attend.

Voice of the Martyrs is urging the Obama administration to discuss religious persecution when they meet with Iranian delegates next month. They also ask Christians to write letters to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad protesting Iran’s human rights violations.

A U.K. nurse has been asked to take off her cross necklace at work. The nurse, Shirley Chaplin, “has never injured herself or another patient in three decades of nursing, while wearing the one-inch silver cross,“ CBN says.

CBN: ‘Obamacare’ might reduce doctors by half

by Ruth Moon

A new poll says nearly half of the nation’s doctors might quit if Obama’s health care plan passes.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation asked the Memphis city council to stop praying before its meetings.

CBN comments on President Obama’s appointment of “czars” who are not under congressional authority.

An Arizona couple is suing Wal-Mart over several photos an employee marked as pornographic. The photos are of their three young daughters naked after a bath.

A California principal suggests measures for improving school success, including making students sit on the floor if they don’t finish homework on time.