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.

ADF: Court upholds injunction over ‘fascist bastard’ comments

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund reports that a district court has upheld an injunction against a Los Angeles Community College District policy, holding that the policy violates students’ free speech rights. The lawsuit against the district, submitted by ADF attorneys, will continue to move forward.

The lawsuit was filed after a professor at Los Angeles City College harshly criticized a student for his speech topic: his Christian faith. The professor interrupted and ended the speech early, calling the student a “fascist bastard.” He also refused to grade the student’s speech, writing on the student’s evaluation form, “Ask God what your grade is.” For the original story, click here.

CBN: Christian health care alternative

by Ruth Moon

National Christian company Medi-Share offers an alternative to public-option health care, and Christians gather in Washington, D.C. to support Obama’s health care plan.

Two Florida school officials have been criminally charged for praying at a school event. If convicted they could be fined $5,000, lose retirement benefits and serve prison time.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said religious expressions should be part of public life. “”We honor (God) as a nation,” he said. “We invoke him in our country.”

A new law in Indonesia makes homosexuality illegal and may call for adulterers to be stoned and people caught having premarital sex to be flogged.

A N.C. woman mourns the death of her fiancé, who died in a car crash hours before the wedding ceremony.

Congress recognized September as Gospel Music Heritage Month.

Heavy coverage of health care reform by Faith in Public Life

by M. Pulliam

President Obama is having a hard time following up on campaign promises to revamp Bush-era policies that blurred the lines between church and state.

Faith leaders gather to pray for the end of “hateful rhetoric that creates a toxic environment for immigrant families.”

The fate of the health care legislation and immigration have become politically linked as everyone tries to decipher the truth about how President Obama’s plans will affect Americans lives.

The Associated Baptist Press attempts to clear up misinformation on H.R. 3312, referred to as the Ryan-DeLauro Bill and also as the Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, Reducing the Need for Abortion, and Supporting Parents Act.