Lakeview High School first caught the attention of the ACLU around a decade ago when the organization contacted the school concerning their graduation prayer. School officials did not want to cave in and omit the prayers so they began holding private graduations instead. They are organized completely by parent volunteers and held at an off-campus location.
Artists are recognized in a variety of categories ranging from modern to traditional. For example, there are best album and song nominations in rap/hip hop, pop, rock, and contemporary music. Those who like more traditional Christian songs are also in luck because there are Southern gospel, bluegrass, traditional, and country designations as well.
Can religious organizations discriminate in their hiring practices by refusing to employ those whose spiritual beliefs differ? The Supreme Court of the United States recently ruled on this matter in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In this unanimous decision, the nation’s highest court ruled that religious organizations have the right to select workers whose beliefs are in line with their fundamental values.
Chief Justice Roberts delivered the opinion which stated in part that “The interest of society in the enforcement of employment discrimination statutes is undoubtedly important. But so, too, is the interest of religious groups in choosing who will preach their beliefs, teach their faith and carry out their mission.” The decision applies to priests and ministers as well as teachers in Christian schools who give instruction in religious matters at least part of the time.
The band is scheduled to tour much of the early part of the year. They are looking for fans to help them at some of their upcoming shows. Those who volunteer to work at the merchandise table are allowed free admission to the show as well as an opportunity to meet Group 1 Crew in person. If you’re interested, you can sign up on the band’s website: http://www.group1crew.com/content/love-group-1-crew-help-us-our-shows. Those who are selected will receive confirmation and further instructions via email. Since volunteers may have to man the tables during the concert, fans that are helping with merchandise may not be able to view all of the performances.
Based in Washington, D.C., the American Center for Law and Justice aims to protect religious liberties and preserve the United States Constitution. The center also maintains offices throughout the world to include Israel, Russia, and Pakistan. Some of the issues the American Center for Law and Justice are concerned with include the preservation of traditional marriage, rights of students to form bible clubs, and guaranteeing free speech for those who are protesting abortion.
The ACLJ is headed by chief counsel Jay Sekulow. He studied law at Mercer University and has been involved in litigating tax cases on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service. He is currently a member of the trustee board of the Supreme Court Historical Society and also has a radio talk show.
Winter Jam is one of the largest Christian music concerts held annually. Tickets for this event are only 10 dollars and available at the door. Newsong is the host and some of the artists featured include Group 1 Crew, We as Human, Skillet, Sanctus Real, Peter Furler, Kari Jobe, Dara Maclean, For King and Country and Building 429. Nick Hall is a featured speaker and magician Brock Hill will also perform. Here are some of the dates and cities so you can attend this spectacular concert and be blessed by the variety of music there: