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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.     

Atheists brush away religious plaque

The Christian Post reports on Minnesota’s Saint Louis County and their removal of a plaque which was displayed in a county courthouse citing the Ten Commandments. In addition to the big ten, there was also Jesus’ Great Commandment etched in the sign. The decision to remove the plaque comes after the Freedom From Religious Foundation sent a letter to county administrator Kevin Gray demanding its removal.

 “As you might presume, the law and norms have developed considerable since the plaque was initially installed decades ago,” said Gray. “Removal of the plaque was scheduled during a time that would have the least disruption to courtroom and other courthouse activities.”

Christian soul lost in tech black hole?

CBN News reports on the alleged lengths powerful technology companies go to to silence the worldviews of Christians and conservative Americans. Citing companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, the article examines how companies allegedly use techniques such as “shadow banning” or restricting content to limit access to information about issues relevant to Christians.

Filmmaker James O’Keefe, who has done undercover videos on the topic, said, “They’re talking about shadow banning people who believe in God, guns and the Bible. If you’re a Christian and you’re tweeting, Twitter will consider you a Russian bot.”

Bride-to-be gets splash of the holy

The Christian Post covers news of Meghan Markle’s baptism as an Anglican in the run up to her wedding to Prince Harry. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby performed the baptism at a private ceremony at St James’ Palace, using holy water from the River Jordan.

“I wish them many years of love, happiness and fulfilment and ask that God blesses them throughout their married life together,” said Welby.

Big lawsuit after Christians get the boot

Fox News reports on a Christian campus group suing a Michigan college after they were stripped of official recognition because they made their leaders embrace Christianity. Wayne State University de-recognised the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship after 75 years on campus because “the group requires its leaders to be Christians”, according to a federal court lawsuit.

Lori Windham who is a senior legal counsel representing InterVarsity said, “We have seen other examples in recent years where schools have tried to keep out religious student groups because of their faith. I’m hopeful that the court will make it clear that this kind of behaviour is unlawful.”

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