Faith in the Public Square

Faith in the Public Square January 20th, 2022

Supreme Court appears sympathetic to free speech, religious liberty case

(Bethany Blankley | The Center Square) – The U.S. Supreme Court this week appeared to be sympathetic to arguments made by a petitioner against the city of Boston over its policy that prohibited a private “Christian” flag from being flown in front of City Hall. Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver presented oral arguments before the…
Faith in the Public Square January 18th, 2022

Boston’s refusal to fly a Christian flag over city hall raises First Amendment questions

When it hears oral argument on Tuesday in Shurtleff v. City of Boston, the Supreme Court will return to the role of religion in public spaces. The question comes to the court in an important free speech case arising from Boston’s practice of allowing outside groups to fly their flags on one of the three flagpoles…
Faith in the Public Square January 11th, 2022

Russell Wilson wins Bart Starr Award for putting his faith into practice

NFL quarterback Russell Wilson has spent his career as one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, having played for the Seattle Seahawks since the team drafted him in 2012. But his positive impact off the field has been even more impressive—and just as consistent. Recently Wilson was named the 2022 Bart Starr Award winner, an…

Pope Francis warns about the dangers of “cancel culture” and educational disruptions

On Monday Pope Francis spoke to diplomats at the Vatican, describing “cancel culture” as “ideological colonization, one that leaves no room for freedom of expression.” Francis also addressed educational disruptions, warning of the potential negative impact of remote learning on children. His comments were part of a larger, wide-ranging address. Cancel culture as dangerous, “one-track thinking”…

Christian school’s right to pray over loudspeaker before games is in federal judge’s hands

A battle that began over five years ago for Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, Fla. is officially in the hands of a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell heard final arguments on December 21st regarding whether or not the Florida High School Athletic Association violated the First Amendment rights of Cambridge Christian when they…
Faith in the Public Square December 1st, 2021

Biden HHS Department rolls back Trump-era religious liberty protections

In November, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced it was making changes to revoke certain faith-based exemptions for child welfare agencies as part of a broader move to roll back Trump-era religious liberty protections. The move by HHS also revoked the Office of Civil Rights’ (OCR) authority to enforce the First Amendment and…
Faith in the Public Square November 4th, 2021

Veteran umpire Ted Barrett, a minister to umpires, works his fifth World Series

On the field, professional umpire Ted Barrett just wrapped up calling his fifth career World Series. But off the field is where he answers his calling: ministering to fellow umpires through an organization he founded, Calling for Christ. Barrett’s umpiring career includes a number of significant accomplishments. He is the only umpire to have been on…
Faith in the Public Square October 11th, 2021

God and Silicon Valley

The Silicon Valley lifestyle can leave residents busy, financially stretched, and skeptical, with little time for or interest in God. But this is not the whole story. God is penetrating hard-hearted souls in Silicon Valley. Evidence is pointing to a movement of God in Silicon Valley.
Faith in the Public Square October 7th, 2021

Faith and Football: NFL Head Coach Frank Reich’s Christian Education Journey Fosters Success on the Field

NFL head coach Frank Reich is no stranger to comebacks. He holds the records for the largest comeback in NCAA History and in NFL history, both times by replacing the starting quarterback. In 1984, he came off the bench for the University of Maryland and brought them back from a 31–0 halftime deficit to beat the…
Faith in the Public Square September 29th, 2021

Global Week of Student Prayer: Stories from around the Nation

Last week, students from all around the nation took part in what is known as the Global Week of Student Prayer. The most recognizable event from this week each year is called “See You at the Pole,” which is a student-organized, student-led movement that emphasizes the power of prayer amongst students in their respective schools and…