Mixed Reactions after Swiss Ban on Minarets Swiss Evangelical Alliance Disappointed By Surprising Vote

BERNE (ANS) — The Swiss vote in favor of a ban on minarets has been met with controversial reactions in the Christian community of the alpine country. In a referendum on November 29, a proposed building ban for further minarets received a 57.5 percent majority. The motion was supported by the conservative Swiss People’s Party... Continue Reading

Faith Organizations Display Live Nativity Scene at the United States Supreme Court

The display was part of a nationwide campaign to confront the erosion and hostility toward public expressions of faith especially during the Christmas Season. The display was sponsored by Faith and Action and the Christian Defense Coalition on Thursday, November 19, on the public sidewalk in front of the United States Supreme Court. Faith and... Continue Reading

Bible Class In Virginia High Schools

A class on the Bible will soon be offered at Chesterfield County (Va.) high schools. There was enough interest from principals at county high schools about a class on the Bible to get the ball rolling, but the class might not be available at every school. Not because of the Bible, but because of the... Continue Reading

No Christmas Carols in Public School

Singing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” might be okay in Maplewood-South Orange schools in New Jersey. But “Silent Night” and “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” are still out. A board of education policy that prohibits celebratory religious music in district schools was upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. The three-judge... Continue Reading

Switzerland Votes to Ban New Minarets

In a vote that displayed a widespread anxiety about Islam and undermined the country’s reputation for religious tolerance, the Swiss on Sunday overwhelmingly imposed a national ban on the construction of minarets, the prayer towers of mosques, in a referendum drawn up by the far right and opposed by the government. The referendum, which passed... Continue Reading

EU Trumps British Religious Rules

The British government is being forced by the European commission to rip up controversial exemptions that allow church bodies to refuse to employ homosexual staff. It has emerged that the commission wrote to the government last week raising concerns that the UK had incorrectly implemented an EU directive prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of a... Continue Reading

Holiday ads promote goodness without God

Television lights burned brightly in the room at the National Press Club where the Consumer Federation of America was holding a press conference on holiday spending. Outside the room where something called the 2010 Hunger Report was about to be released, the juice-and-muffin table was swarmed. Things were a little quieter in the Zenger Room.... Continue Reading

Global Warming With the Lid Off

‘The two MMs have been after the CRU station data for years. If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the U.K., I think I’ll delete the file rather than send to anyone. . . . We also have a data protection act, which I will hide behind.” So apparently... Continue Reading

Religion and Football?

As a BYU football player competing against Utah, Aaron Roderick remembers the derisive signs and religious taunts of fans — likely the same fans who now support him as a Ute assistant coach. Much of the passion involved in the rivalry stems from BYU’s affiliation with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As... Continue Reading

Obama Thanksgiving Proclamation: No Mention of God

A president’s first Thanksgiving Day proclamation is an opportunity for the commander in chief to highlight his new administration’s accomplishments or reassure the nation at a time of gratitude and family togetherness. But President Obama’s Turkey Day bulletin Monday went in a different direction. Obama’s declaration is short — just over 400 words — and... Continue Reading