All posts tagged: Freedom of Relgion

Wyoming Christian ministry wins legal battle allowing it to hire Christians

We had reported earlier, that state and federal agencies had threatened a Christian organization, Wyoming Rescue Mission (WRM), for refusing to hire non-Christians to fill positions in its faith-based organization. The issue came to a head, when WRM did not hire a ‘self-proclaimed non-Christian’, to work in one of its Thrift stores. After being turned down, the individual complained to several government agencies, resulting in investigations and threats. With the assistance of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), WRM sued the agencies involved stating it was preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that the actions of the agencies violated WRM’s freedom of religion rights guaranteed under the US Constitution. ADF has announced that it has reached a settlement with the agencies who now acknowledge the WRM is a faith organization and can hire like-minded people to fill its positions, CBN reports. In a statement, ADF Legal Counsel Jacob Reed said: “The First Amendment protects Wyoming Rescue Mission’s freedom to hire those who share its beliefs without being threatened and investigated by the government. We’re pleased to …

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California school backs down in a battle for religious freedom with a seven-year old

A young student who is referred to as ‘C’ is a grade one student at Desert Rose Elementary School in Palmdale, California. Last school term, the school that is part of the Palmdale School District called in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office because C, who is only seven-years old, was distributing Bible verses and stories written out on paper with his classmates. The problems surfaced last spring, when C’s mother, Christine Zavala routinely included Bible verses and encouraging notes while packing her son’s lunch. C who enjoyed the notes began to share them with his fellow classmates. Afters some of the students requested notes of their own, Christine included verses and even some Bible stories for the other children. The Santa Monica Observer (SMO) wrote that the problems surfaced when in April one of the students told the class teacher about the stories stating “this is the most beautiful story I’ve ever seen.” Now aware of what was going on, the teacher stepped in and told C he was not allowed to share these …