ACLU Sues City Over Nativity Scene, 150 Women Executed by ISIS, Change to Cuban Relations Policy

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Here’s what you need to know in Christian News for Dec. 19:

ACLU Sues City Over Nativity Scene

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is suing a city over a nativity scene in the town of Brookeville.

“Any reasonable person viewing this display would conclude that its principal effect is to advance religion. The First Amendment protects these kinds of displays by individuals and groups on private property but also makes clear that displays on public property, which is maintained by taxpayers, cannot demonstrate a preference for religion,” Gavin Rose, ACLU of Indiana senior staff attorney, said in a news release.

Tom Wilson, president of the county commissioners, however, said volunteers put up the nativity scene.

“To have public policy saying no religious displays are allowed on public property is to endorse atheism and hostility toward all other religions,” Scott McDonough, a member of the county commissioners said.

150 Women Executed by ISIS

Some 150 women, some pregnant, have been executed by ISIS militants in Al-Anbar in Iraq,according to the Anadolu news agency.

Iraq’s Ministry of Human Rights said: “At least 150 females, including pregnant women, were executed in Fallujah by a militant named Abu Anas Al-Libi after they refused to accept jihad marriage

“Many families were also forced to migrate from the province’s northern town of Al-Wafa after hundreds of residents received death threats.”

The statement said that the ISIS soldiers murdered the women in Fallujah, and they were then buried in mass graves.

Obama Wants to Revive US/Cuba relationship

President Barack Obama announced this week that he wants to revive the United States’ relationship with Cuba.

Obama said: “Today, America chooses to cut loose the shackles of the past, so as to reach for a better future for the Cuban people, for the American people, for our entire hemisphere and for the world.”

Secretary of State John Kerry will negotiate diplomatic relations with Cuba and the U.S. will reopen in embassy in the country.

In response, Pope Francis said he supported the idea.

“Today we’re all happy, because we saw how two people who had been so far apart for so many years took a step closer yesterday,” Francis said.

Vigil in Washington DC Over Terrorist Attack

The nation’s capital hosted a vigil this week to remember those killed by a Taliban terrorist attack in Peshawar, Pakistan.

The attack at the school killed 132 children and nine staff members.

Asad Majeed Khan, deputy chief of Mission at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, D.C., said: “I am to be with those who are here to express solidarity and support for the victims and the families of those who were killed in Peshawar,” said Khan, who told CP that having hundreds of people from diverse backgrounds gather in Washington’s Dupont Circle was “remarkable.”

“You can see people from all colors and creeds and people with the different religions have come together in support and solidarity,” Khan added. “This is a message that I take also from here this evening that this is not a fight for any country in particular, this is not a particular ethnic group or a particular religion’s fight, this is a fight in which we are all together.”

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