For years, the Collier County School District allowed World Changers to offer Bibles to interested students during non-school hours on Jan. 16 in honor of Religious Freedom Day. But since last year, the superintendent and the Community Request Committee have refused to grant permission to the Southern Baptist Convention-related mission group to do so. Now World Changers is suing the school for banning Bible distribution on public school campuses on Religious Freedom Day.
After eight long and dismal years, this Christmas season looks as though it will be a cheerful one for the birthplace of Jesus. Hotels are booked solid through January, Manger Square is bustling with tourists, and Israeli and Palestinian forces are working to make things go smoothly. This is attracting tourists once again who have stayed away for such a long time now due to Palestinian and Israeli violence in the area.
When Baby Jesus disappeared last year from a Nativity scene on the lawn of the Wellington, Fla., community center, village officials didn’t follow a star to locate him. Instead a GPS device mounted inside the life-size ceramic figurine led sheriff’s deputies to a nearby apartment, where it was found face down on the carpet. An 18-year-old woman was arrested in the theft.
A group of American Christians is refusing to leave an airport in China after China officials confiscated more than 300 Bibles from their luggage. Pat Klein, the leader of the Christian group, said they will not leave an airport in the southwestern city of Kunming until they get their Bibles back.
The Christian Post reports that a homosexual man has filed a $70 million lawsuit against Bible publishers Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, alleging that references to homosexuality being a sin in versions of the Bible they publish violate his constitutional rights and has caused him emotional distress. Are you kidding me? Talk about a frivolous suit!
Lillian Ladele, a Christian registrar at Islington Council in north London, was threatened with the loss of her job after refusing to carry out what she considers “sinful” homosexual marriages. The incident occurred after she had asked to be excused from conducting civil partnerships for gay men and women because of her deeply-held religious beliefs.