First Baptist in Dallas Plans to Build a $130 Million Church Campus

FirstBaptistChurch of Dallas recently announced plans to build a $130 million church campus with the intention of transforming the city and setting up a “beacon of truth.” According to their website, the 1.5 million square foot campus will utilize innovative technology in the interest of environmental friendliness and will include a stone watering tower with... Continue Reading

U.S. Moves To Seize Mosques, Properties From Allegedly Iranian Controlled Foundation

Federal authorities on Thursday moved to seize a wide array of U.S.-based properties, bank accounts and religious sites that they allege in court documents are funneling money to an Iranian bank involved in that country’s illicit nuclear weapons program. Prosecutors sought the forfeiture of Islamic centers containing mosques and schools in California, Maryland, New York... Continue Reading

Muslims in military seek a bridge between worlds

U.S. Muslim service members say they stand out in both their worlds. Among fellow troops, that can mean facing ethnic taunts, awkward questions about spiritual practices and a structure that is not set up to accommodate their worship. Among Muslims, the questions can be more profound: How can a Muslim participate in killing other Muslims... Continue Reading

‘Obamao’ artwork tests limits of free speech in China

Anyone who has been following President Obama’s visit to China this week has no doubt heard of “Obamao” — the graphic superimposition of Obama’s face on the body of Chairman Mao that has found its way onto T-shirts and other souvenir items around the country. The phenomenon, which was first reported during the summer, has... Continue Reading

Audio Bibles for U.S. Troops

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (ANS) — “The Military BibleSticks are a hit!” said a U.S. Army Chaplain. “Please send more. We will use them all!” This is the typical feedback from military chaplains who have requested thousands of high-tech, portable Audio Bibles for their troops from Faith Comes By Hearing Audio Bible Ministry. According to a news... Continue Reading

UW-Whitewater can’t invite students to prayer vigil, foundation says

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to UWisconsin-Whitewater objecting to the fact that the university invited students to attend a prayer vigil for a student killed in the Fort Hood shootings. Amy Krueger, of Kiel, was a psychology major who had transferred to UW-Whitewater last year. She was one of two Wisconsin soldiers... Continue Reading

Connecticut Religious Leaders Pray For Lieberman ‘To Come Home’ On Health Care

A growing number Connecticut’s religious leaders are calling on Sen. Joe Lieberman to appeal to a higher power and change his mind about including a public option in a health care reform bill. On Sunday night, hundreds of health care reform supporters from congregations across the state held a candlelight vigil outside Lieberman’s home in... Continue Reading

ACLU accusation: Bibles passed out, prayer encouraged in Cheatham County (TN) schools

The ACLU filed suit against the Cheatham County School Board today in federal court. The lawsuit has been filed against the Cheatham County School Board alleging that school officials have promoted their own religious beliefs and allowed and encouraged public prayers at school events. Civil rights attorney George Barrett and the Tennessee chapter of the... Continue Reading

Supreme Court turns down Christian valedictorian case

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Christian student who complained that high school officials violated her constitutional rights when they turned off her microphone during her graduation speech. The justices said Monday they will not revive a lawsuit filed by Brittany McComb of Henderson, Nev. challenging the actions of Clark County school... Continue Reading

Japanese Official Puts Down Christianity, U.S. and Europe

Talk about awkward timing. As President Barack Obama prepares to visit Japan later this week, a top official in Japan’s new ruling party said Christianity was “exclusive and self-righteous” and that U.S. and European societies with a Christian background are “stuck at an impasse.” Ichiro Ozawa, secretary general of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan... Continue Reading