Wineries in California fear that more churches in the area will ruin their beautiful vistas and cut into wine sales. Meanwhile, the State Department is monitoring eleven sites to ensure there is no land use discrimination against Muslims seeking to build mosques and Islamic centers. However, a lawsuit has been filed against the construction of an Islamic center in Murfreesborough, Tennessee.
The original version of the Big Book, the guide for Alcoholics Anonymous, reveals how co-founder Bill Wilson and early editors shifted the language of the book from Christian language to more ambiguously spiritual terms.
Apparently, it wasn’t Moses who parted the Red Sea. It was just windy.
A school superintendent in Wellesley, Massachusetts has apologized for allowing students on a field trip to a local Islamic center to participate in midday prayers. The city of King, North Carolina has decided to remove a Christian flag from a public Veterans Memorial. The ACLU of New Jersey is suing the city of Point Pleasant Beach over the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer at city council meetings. Oh, and by the way, Hitler invented the phrase “separation of church and state.” At least, that’s what Tea Party candidate Glen Urquhart claims.
Could the coach’s Mormonism affect who plays quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles? Elsewhere in pro football, the Pittsburgh Steelers are a religious bunch. Star defensive player Troy Polamalu even spent four days in a Greek Orthodox monastery during the off-season.
An update on the Oklahoma atheist billboard story. The sign reads “Atheism is OK in Oklahoma.” A billboard company has answered the atheists with signs reading: “Why settle for OK? God promises MORE” and “God is more than OK in Oklahoma.” Take that.
The Oklevueha Native American Church of Utah is suing to prevent state and federal authorities from arresting and prosecuting church members for peyote possession and use. Only members of federally recognized tribes are free from prosecution but the church includes members without tribal ancestry. An Irish judge ordered a man to climb the country’s holiest mountain as punishment for swearing at police officers.
Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, warns that yoga maybe a danger to a Christian’s faith.
The city of Gainesville is billing the local pastor who planned to burn a couple hundred Qurans $200,000 in security costs. That’s about a thousand bucks per holy book. A man in Macon, Georgia wants to change his name to Saint Jody Almighty Bedrock. “I wanted a name that everybody would know when they were talking to me that they were talking to a man of God,” he said.