January 9 | Medulla Baptist Church | Lakeland, Florida
January 10 | First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace | Tampa, Florida
January 11 | New Life Church of God | Deerfield Beach, Florida
Despite no public complaints against either display, two nearby southern Virginia counties have ordered the removal of Scripture in the last six months, dishonoring the first responders they were meant to support.
Three churches impacted by Hurricane Harvey—and responding to their communities’ needs—have filed a complaint against the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for blanket discrimination.
One year ago, in August, a Facebook user asked if Country Mill Farms hosted so-called “same-sex weddings” on its property. The user was politely informed that the Charlotte, Michigan, farm did not. Shortly after, the owners of Country Mill Farms,Steve and Bridget Tennes, received multiple requests from East Lansing city officials (22 miles away from Charlotte) to cease coming to their municipally operated East Lansing Farmer’s Market (ELFM).
Henderson County Mayor Dan Hughes received a hostile letter from the anti-religious liberty group, the so-called “Freedom” From Religion Foundation (FFRF), on June 30. The focus of their warning—an inscription from Psalm 89:14 on the side of the county courthouse’s cornerstone: “Justice and judgement are the habitation of thy throne: Mercy and truth shall go before thy face.”
On June 19, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld an individual’s First Amendment right to express a viewpoint, as outlined in the Free Speech Clause, even if it is allegedly offensive. The context of the ruling was the denial of an application for federal registration of a mark by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).