Faith in the Public Square

School district lets students use restrooms matching their gender identity; parents sue

Parents and students have filed a lawsuit against their Ohio school district over its policy allowing students to use bathrooms matching their stated gender identity.   Bethel Local School District in Tipp City instituted the policy in January, resulting in students being allowed to use facilities opposite of their biological sex.  Now, with the assistance of America…
Faith in the Public Square November 22nd, 2022

Terminally ill Boy Scout gave life savings to church with a message: “I don’t want it to go to waste”

Kind, funny and frugal. That’s how Don and Karen Goff of Winchester, Virginia remember their late son, Kaleb. “Any purchase he made was well thought–out and researched,” the Goffs told The Lion in an email. In addition to saving up money he received as gifts, the 15-year-old Star Wars enthusiast was already a budding entrepreneur, starting…
Culture, Faith in the Public Square November 15th, 2022

University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines was tossed into the transgender athlete debate. Come on in, she says, the water’s fine

Riley Gaines figures she had all of three weeks away from swimming during her entire four years in college, when she became an elite competitive swimmer. Even during the COVID pandemic, when pools were closed, she donned a wetsuit and jumped in a cold lake for hours at a time. “You’re there all summer,” she tells…
Faith in the Public Square November 10th, 2022

Former NFL player and Christian school football coach Jeff Saturday becomes interim head coach of the Indianapolis Colts

Former professional football player and outspoken Christian Jeff Saturday was announced on Monday as the interim coach of the Indianapolis Colts.  Although Saturday was an accomplished player for the team he’ll be coaching, the choice was a surprise to many in the NFL world since he has no college or NFL coaching experience. He did, however,…
Culture, Faith in the Public Square November 1st, 2022

Protesters harass conservative student, tear up his Bible and eat the pages

Protesters mercilessly harassed a conservative student outside a university campus event as he read aloud from a Bible, which they tore to shreds and one student even partially ate. The tormentors were protesting outside a screening of the Matt Walsh documentary What is a Woman? at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Fox News reports. Walsh, who was…
Culture, Faith in the Public Square October 31st, 2022

Washington high school football coach fired for postgame prayers to be reinstated after U.S. Supreme Court victory this summer

After a landmark Supreme Court victory allowing his silent postgame prayers, a high school football coach is expected to return to his coaching job next year. Joseph Kennedy had taken a knee in silent prayer at the 50 yard line for years following football games at Washington state’s Bremerton High School. After a complaint, the school…
Faith in the Public Square October 25th, 2022

California court affirms religious right of baker’s refusal to create custom cake for same-sex wedding 

For the second time, one California court has supported the legality of a Christian woman’s refusal to create a custom cake for a same-sex wedding. In 2017, Cathy Miller, owner of Tastries Bakery, declined to bake a cake for two women who asked the Bakersfield business for a custom cake for their wedding, instead referring them…
Courts, Faith in the Public Square October 20th, 2022

Supreme Court will referee Colorado graphic designer’s free speech fight in same-sex wedding case

Can the government force a web designer to create sites for same-sex weddings against her religious beliefs? That’s the question the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Dec. 5, in what may prove to be a “landmark decision for free speech,” according to the designer’s legal representation. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) represents Lorie Smith, owner of 303…
Faith in the Public Square October 14th, 2022

Nurse practitioner fired over religious exemption for birth control files lawsuit

(The Sentinel) – A Kansas nurse practitioner says she was fired because of her faith – despite having had a religious exemption for years. Suzanne Schuler is suing her former employer MinuteClinic Diagnostic of Kansas – a subsidiary of CVS pharmacies – in federal court, alleging discrimination. Schuler was employed as a nurse practitioner for the…
Faith in the Public Square October 14th, 2022

Texas pastors offer blistering rebuke of Newsom’s ad quoting Jesus to promote abortion

(The Center Square) – Texas pastors across the state are offering blistering rebukes of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s billboard campaign in Texas quoting Jesus to promote abortion. After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, returning the issue to the states, Texas’ Heartbeat bill became law Sept. 1. It bans abortions from being performed after a…