- - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

1| Coach files lawsuit against school district over postgame prayer debate |USA Today

Kennedy filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in U.S. District Court, charging the Bremerton School District with religious discrimination, according to a press release issued by the First Liberty Institute, the non-profit law firm that represents the coach and “dedicated exclusively to protecting religious freedom for all Americans.”

Kennedy’s lawyers will argue the school district violated his First Amendment rights to free speech as well as his right to freely practice religion under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act when they placed him on paid administrative leave in 2015 and opted not to renew his contract for this coming fall. Conversely, the school district will most likely contend Kennedy’s postgame sessions constituted school-sponsored prayer, which would also violate the First Amendment based on a 1962 Supreme Court ruling. This is the debate.

…Indeed, Kennedy is not seeking a monetary reward in the lawsuit, but instead just wants his old job back.

2| Duane Litfin: The Real Theological Issue Between Christians and Islam |Christianity Today

It’s not about a different God, it’s about a different Jesus.   …The decisive issue between Islam and Christianity is, quite simply, the gospel—the Bible’s account of what God has done, is doing, and will yet do through his Son to redeem his creation. It is this “good news” story of the Creator’s eternal, Son-centered plan of redemption that reveals to us who our Creator truly is. This gospel story is the watershed issue that exposes the dramatic difference between Islam and Christianity. It is not until this difference is grasped that the question of what Christianity and Islam may or may not hold in common can even be addressed.

3| Group sets plans for 10 Commandments near Arkansas capitol |AP

A granite monument of the Ten Commandments planned near Arkansas’ Capitol will weigh 6,000 pounds and stand more than 6 feet tall, the group lined up to install the display said in an application filed Monday.

The American History and Heritage Foundation detailed its plans for the privately-funded monument in papers submitted to the secretary of state’s office. The majority-Republican Legislature and GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson approved a law last year that requires the state to allow the monument to be built on Capitol grounds.


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