Faith in the Public Square

Will more Americans turn agnostic on the gospel of Disney?

(Religion Unplugged) – Mickey Mouse finds himself squarely in the crosshairs of the culture wars and the dangerous position may cause more Americans to abandon faith in Disney. The Florida Senate passed legislation to eliminate the Walt Disney Co.’s ability to govern the 40 square miles of land in Florida where it built its sprawling theme…

North Carolina Coach Hubert Davis’ journey to a historic Final Four win has included an abiding faith

When the final buzzer sounded on his team’s Final Four game Saturday night, it became evident that the weight of what Hubert Davis had accomplished was setting in. Davis, the head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels, is one of few coaches to ever lead their team to the national championship game in their first…

Parents upset with Disney’s leftward lurch have a wholesome alternative in Missouri’s Silver Dollar City amusement park

With Disney’s odd opposition to parental rights in Florida – and a company executive’s pledge to include “many, many” characters of various sexual categories in its productions from now on – parents across the nation are looking for more wholesome alternatives. When it comes to amusement parks, anyway, it doesn’t get any more family-friendly than Silver…

Sunrise on a mission: The improbable story of the nation’s top-ranked high school basketball team

The No. 1 high school boys basketball team in the country plays in Kansas, at a school you’ve likely never heard of – unless you follow the best high school teams in the nation. This week the team enters the national tournament favored to win it all, after losing the championship a year ago. What makes…

Hope wins: Leaning on God and one another, Hope College earns national championship

The undefeated Hope College women’s team seemed well on its way to Division III basketball championships the past two years, before the COVID-19 pandemic cut those seasons short. This year, absolutely nothing got in its way. After abbreviated seasons of 29-0 in 2019-20 and 16-0 last year, the amazing team from the Christian college in Holland,…
Faith in the Public Square March 22nd, 2022

Choosing God over college basketball: Why one top player quit her team

When Leah Church got into the University of North Carolina (UNC), she cried. Her mom cried. Her sister cried. It was her dream school, and she hadn’t even applied. Church had always loved UNC – she had Carolina clothes, birthday parties, and bedroom decor. Her favorite thing about the school was the women’s basketball team. She…
Faith in the Public Square March 21st, 2022

Two more cases involving religious exercise claims

Justice Samuel Alito has spoken of the importance of safeguarding the free exercise of religion, and recently, free exercise questions have been a particular focus of the SupremeCourt. Both of this week’s new relists arise from religious exercise claims. Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission v. Woods, 21-144, involves a nonprofit ministry that operates a free legal-aid clinic.…

Missions Week tradition allows students to spend week serving others

High school students at College Heights Christian School in Joplin, Missouri took a few days away from classes this month to serve others at home and abroad, during the school’s annual Missions Week.   The week of travel and service has been a tradition at CHCS for 19 years, allowing students and teachers to spend the period…
Faith in the Public Square March 14th, 2022

College basketball star Keyontae Johnson, a walking miracle, gives glory to God after being honored on Senior Day

After a monstrous dunk in a game last year University of Florida phenom Keyontae Johnson suddenly collapsed near midcourt, the story and video rocking the sports world. He says he nearly lost his life. This month, Johnson officially logged his first in-game minutes since that day. On Senior Day, the star senior forward caught the tipoff,…

High school student alleging harassment for his Christian faith sues school

A 14-year-old Florida boy and his parents are suing his public charter school for outrageous discriminatory acts against him, saying he was harassed by peers and teachers alike for practicing his Christian faith in school. Nicolas Ortiz, a 14-year-old freshman at Mater Academy, is a devout Christian who brings his Bible everywhere he goes, carrying it…