Lesbian custody case sent into Virginia court

A Vermont judge has tossed the custody case involving two lesbians to a Virginia judge. The lawsuit concerns a lesbian couple who cohabited in Vermont. One had a baby, but when the biological mother converted to Christianity, she broke off the relationship and moved to Virginia. Attorney Matt Krause of Liberty Counsel says the Vermont... Continue Reading

Health care reform: Leaders trying to balance church and state

(Editor’s Note: This article comes from small-town Indiana and provides an excellent summary of arguments on this issue) Religious groups are voicing concerns about health care reform, causing U.S. legislators to balance faith-based views with public policy. The night before the November health care vote, Catholic bishops were in the Capitol suite of House Majority... Continue Reading

Slovak European Union Deputy Says Christians Face Persecution

Controversial Slovakian deputy Anna Zaborska says Christians in Europe face “persecution.” She told a parliamentary debate that “all people who held Christian beliefs need to be aware of this danger.” Addressing a discussion on religious freedom, the centre-right MEP said, “I wonder if there will be new period of persecution of Christians? Do you remember... Continue Reading

Slovak European Union deputy says Christians face ‘persecution’

Controversial Slovakian deputy Anna Zaborska says Christians in Europe face “persecution.” She told a parliamentary debate that “all people who held Christian beliefs need to be aware of this danger.” Addressing a discussion on religious freedom, the centre-right MEP said, “I wonder if there will be new period of persecution of Christians? Do you remember... Continue Reading

U.S. sees homegrown Muslim extremism as rising threat

This may have been the most dangerous year since 9/11, anti-terrorism experts say. The Obama administration, grappling with a spate of recent Islamic terrorism cases on U.S. soil, has concluded that the country confronts a rising threat from homegrown extremism. Anti-terrorism officials and experts see signs of accelerated radicalization among American Muslims, driven by a... Continue Reading

German Supreme Court Declares Shopping During Advent Sundays Unconstitutional

Church victory: The German Supreme Court has curbed Sunday shopping during the advent season in the capital Berlin. The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe ruled the Berlinregulations allowing shops to open on up to ten Sundays annually, including all four Sundays leading up to Christmas, unconstitutional. The German federal constitution protects Sundays as days of... Continue Reading

Abortion Is a ‘God-Given Right’

Rev. Carlton Veazey, president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, told a small crowd of pro-abortion protesters that women have a “God-given right” to abortion and that opposition from pro-life congressmen and religious leaders would never take it away. Veazey, closing speaker at a “Stop Stupak” rally on Capitol Hill staged by... Continue Reading

US troop surge met in Afghanistan with cynicism and conspiracy theories

Despite Barack Obama’s face featuring prominently on the evening bulletins on the various televisions positioned around one of central Kabul’s large and grimy restaurants, tonight few of the diners were taking any notice of the news that an extra 30,000 US troops would be arriving in Afghanistan soon. “It is just a political decision taken... Continue Reading

Proposed Minaret Ban Divides Switzerland

The proposal to ban the construction of new minarets was approved by 57.5% of Swiss voters who participated in the Nov. 29 referendum. Only four of the 26 cantons opposed a ban, but there was a clear division between urban and French-speaking areas, where support was relatively low, and rural and German-speaking cantons, where two-thirds... Continue Reading

German Supreme Court Declares Shopping During Advent Sundays Unconstitutional

KARLSRUHE (ANS) — Church victory: The German Supreme Court has curbed Sunday shopping during the advent season in the capital Berlin. The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe today ruled the Berlin regulations allowing shops to open on up to ten Sundays annually, including all four Sundays leading up to Christmas, unconstitutional. The German federal constitution... Continue Reading