(KFOR-TV Staff) Christmas trees, menorahs, nativity scenes. All of these are symbols of the season, and Oklahoma lawmakers want to make sure it stays that way in public schools.
“Oklahoma, we declare it is okay in the school houses to say ‘Merry Christmas’ and `Happy Hanukkah,’” Rep. Ken Walker said in a press conference Monday morning.
Representative Walker is one of many political leaders filing the so called ‘Christmas Bill.’
The bill would allow schools to celebrate Christmas without fear of a lawsuit.
[I want] for teachers to have the freedom to discuss the historic and cultural meanings behind these symbols with our children without promoting religion.’
(CBN News) The wife of U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini, Naghmeh, and American Center for Law and Justice Executive Director Jordan Sekulow will testify before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations this week.
The hearing on the plight of Pastor Saeed, who’s been imprisoned in Iran for his faith, is set for Thursday morning in Washington.
What kind of conditions is Pastor Saeed currently facing? Jordan Sekulow, with the American Center for Law and Justice, explains this and more, on CBN Newswatch, Dec. 9.
With Iranian authorities refusing to give him his medication, his health is also declining. According to the ACLJ, he’s malnourished and covered in lice.
“In light of his deadly situation and the Obama administration’s refusal to even ask for Pastor Saeed’s release in recent direct negotiations with Iran, it is imperative that Congress speak out,” Sekulow wrote.
“The U.S. State Department and the Obama Administration must make Pastor Saeed’s freedom a true priority. The life of a U.S. citizen – whose only “crime” is his Christian faith – is a stake,” he warned.
Be sure your voice is heard. Add your name to the hundreds of thousands calling for Pastor Saeed’s release at BeHeardProject.com.
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the threat of terror in the Big Apple still exists. “Terrorism is as great, if not greater, than before the World Trade Center was destroyed…”
(CBN News) – Americans across the country paused Wednesday to remember the victims killed 12 years ago in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.
(CBN News) – As Syrians brace themselves for a possible U.S. military attack, many of the county’s Christians are praying for divine intervention.
They say military action against the Assad regime will only bring them greater hardship and suffering and they’re asking Christians worldwide to pray that God intervenes to bring peace to their nation. They believe the collective prayers of Christians around the world could reverse an escalating conflict.
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(CBN News) – DAYTON, Ohio — Thirty-seven-year-old Tony Yahle is thankful he could attend church services with his family.
“It feels great,” Tony told CBN News. “I was always a believer, but I mean it’s a whole new level now.”
Yahle came back to life after being dead for 45 minutes. Word of his miraculous recovery made headlines around the world, astounding the medical community and turning skeptics into believers.
(CBN News) – An Iranian court has rejected the appeal of Saeed Abedini, the American pastor jailed in Iran for his Christian faith, according the American Center for Law and Justice.
Pastor Rick Warren, author of the best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life and founder of Saddleback Church, sent out a message of thanks to his Facebook and Twitter followers who’ve alerted the social media outlets to remove imposters soliciting money from people who think they’re following the real Rick Warren.
(CBN News) – The family of an American detained in North Korea for the past nine months is renewing calls for his release amid growing concerns about his health.
North Korean authorities arrested Kenneth Bae, an American tour operator and Christian missionary, last November, accusing him of “hostile acts” against the government.
They sentenced him to 15 years of hard labor. His sister said his recent letters have alluded to troubling health conditions, including blurred vision. Bae is a diabetic, which could be causing his vision problems.
The family is planning a prayer vigil Aug. 10 at a church in Seattle. They hope to raise awareness of his situation and put more pressure on U.S. authorities to win his release.
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