When the Allies jailed and tried many of the members of the Nazi high command
after the end of World War II, Henry Gerecke
(pictured) tended to the defendants' "spiritual needs."Gerecke was a Lutheran Church Missouri Synod pastor who worked to bring Hermann Göring
, Albert Speer
, and others not so much to justice, but to Jesus. A non-fiction book
about his efforts, written by Tim Townsend
, recently hit store shelves.
A GOP candidate for state office in Colorado way, way, way crossed the line this week when he likened a gay politician to the terrorist group ISIS.Gordon Klingenschmitt
(below), a minister and nominee for a seat in the Colorado state House, who has already said some awful things
during his campaign, sent an email
to his subscribers accusing openly gay Democrat Jared Polis
of wanting to execute Christians
(below) wanted his children to attend a secular school
in Australia, so you can imagine his surprise when his children told him they were attending "assemblies where the chaplain presided and a rap song was played extolling the virtues of chaplains over teachers as adults kids could trust."
His lawsuit eventually went all the way up to Australia's High Court, where, in 2012, they ruled that that it was illegal for secular schools to offer chaplaincy services
for students through a government program that gave participating schools up to $24,000 each. The judges said no legislation allowed for this.
The Atheists of Butte County
(in California) have been urging the Chico City Council
for a while now to let them deliver invocations at meetings.For a while, the city council just ignored their requests, despite receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.But group leader George Gold
(below) kept trying:
In 1958, the Fraternal Order of Eagles donated a Ten Commandments monument to the city of Fargo, North Dakota. Like many similar monuments across the country, no one complained for decades, whether out of ignorance that it was illegal or fear of repercussions.
In 2002, a group of five individuals -- all members of the Red River Freethinkers
-- filed a lawsuit to have it moved to private property because it was violating the Establishment Clause. In 2005, a judge ruled that the monument could stay put