Video: Christian Messages Censored in California

August 9, 2018 | Posted in Religious Freedom, Video | By

A billboard company has censored a series of advertisements ahead of an upcoming evangelism crusade. Watch the video below to learn more.

Schools Cannot Prevent Student Prayer: State Commissioner of Education’s Memo

August 8, 2018 | Posted in Religious Freedom | By

Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key’s yearly memo reminds schools that they cannot stop students from praying.

This week Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key issued an annual memo to public school superintendents statewide reminding them that schools that receive federal funds cannot stop students from engaging in “constitutionally protected prayer in public schools.”

Public schools must file paperwork verifying that the school has no policy in place that would prevent students from praying at school.

While courts have ruled that teachers cannot lead students in prayer in the classroom, the Constitution and federal law generally protect students’ rights to pray, read scripture, and form religious groups or clubs on campus, provided that they do not disrupt school activities. Students also are free to talk about religion or their religious beliefs as part of a relevant class assignment or with their friends during lunch or other free times at school.

That is why Family Council supports activities like Bring Your Bible to School Day, and it’s why we have said students are free to talk about Jesus or their church if a teacher asks them to write a paper about what’s important to them.

Commissioner Key’s memo is a good reminder that students do not check their religious liberties at the door when they walk into a schoolhouse.

Read Commissioner Key’s Memo Here.

Satanic Temple Still Saber-Rattling in Arkansas

August 1, 2018 | Posted in Religious Freedom | By

This week the Satanic Temple announced it will bring a 7½-foot statue of baphomet — a part-man, part-goat figure — to Little Rock as part of a protest at the Capitol Building in August.

The group had previously threatened to place the statue on the Arkansas State Capitol grounds after the legislature moved forward with plans to install a monument of the Ten Commandments on the capitol lawn. However, nothing ever came of the threat, because monuments cannot be built without legislative approval.

The Satanic Temple says it opposes Arkansas’ monument of the Ten Commandments, because the monument is an endorsement of religion. However, Arkansas’ monument of the Ten Commandments is identical to one the U.S. Supreme Court ruled constitutional in Texas, and it is intended to celebrate the Ten Commandments’ influence and legacy in our modern legal system.

Nevertheless, two atheist groups are suing to have the monument removed from the capitol lawn.

Frankly, there just shouldn’t be anything controversial about honoring the significance of the Ten Commandments.

The Ten Commandments are one of the earliest examples of the rule of law in human history, and they have had a tremendous impact on western civilization. The Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are amazing documents, but the Ten Commandments are the great-great-granddaddy of them all.