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The Denver Post reports that more than 450 religious leaders took part Tuesday in the official kickoff of a new effort to help homeless families and seniors find housing. The "Family and Senior Homeless Initiative: One Congregation, One Family" program is part of Mayor John Hickenlooper's 10-year plan to end homelessness in
An Italian court is taking on Jesus - and whether the Roman Catholic Church may be breaking the law by teaching that he existed 2,000 years ago. Plaintiff, Luigi Cascioli, is a vocal atheist who will have his day in court later this month saying, “The Church constructed Christ upon the personality of John of Gamala,” the 1st century Jew who fought against the Roman army. “I started this lawsuit because I wanted to deal the final blow against the Church, the bearer of obscurantism and regression,” Cascioli told Reuters. Defendant, Enrico Righi, 76, is a priest who writes for the parish newspaper. He says, “The judge will decide if Christ exists or not.” Cascioli says Righi, and by extension the whole Church, broke two Italian laws. The first is 'Abuse of Popular Belief' meant to protect people against being swindled or conned. The second crime, he says, is 'impersonation.' Cascioli admits that the odds are against him, especially in Roman Catholic Italy. He jokingly says, “It would take a miracle to win.”
Concerned Women for America (CWA) said Judge Samuel Alito will uphold and protect the religious liberties of the American people if he is entrusted to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Jan LaRue, CWA’s Chief Counsel stated: "Judge Alito is a judge who understands the constitutional rights of Americans in this country. Yesterday, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee tried to make Justice O’Connor the gold standard to which they will hold Judge Alito. Nothing could be worse, especially when it comes to protecting our first liberty, religious liberty. After all, O'Connor thinks it violates the Establishment Clause to publicly display the Ten Commandments. Judge Alito has consistently protected the free exercise rights of all religious people, including Christians, Jews, Muslims, Native Americans and the artwork of a young school boy thankful for Jesus. He has ruled against government actions that discriminate against or unfairly burden religion, and he has rejected government attempts to use the Establishment Clause to remove all things religious from the public square. "He has demonstrated a unique combination of intellect, integrity, competence and experience in constitutional law which will drive his demand for justice in the United States Supreme Court. The Senate should confirm Judge Alito to the Supreme Court or the ongoing threat to religious liberty may continue."
Christian persecution is again on the rise in