Sixteen North Carolina judges have either resigned or retired after gay marriage became legal in the state last month when a judge ruled that an amendment to the state's constitution banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
In October, U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn of Asheville struck down the ban and ruled the amendment unconstitutional in response to a Charlotte-based lawsuit.
Reports from the administrative office of the courts note that "between the ruling on Oct. 10 and the end of the month, 16 magistrates left their jobs, but the state wouldn't release why they left," Time Warner Cable News-Charlotte reports. more >>
Thousands of children in foster care waiting for permanent and loving families are hoping their dreams will come true as communities and churches across the country celebrate the annual National Adoption Day on Saturday.
It's a day to celebrate adopted families as well as raise awareness of more than 100,000 children in foster care still looking for forever families every Saturday before Thanksgiving. It has helped nearly 50,000 children move from foster care to a forever family since its inception in 2000.
In courtrooms around the country, about 4,500 adoptions from foster care will be finalized Saturday, according to the Adoptions Together group. Last year, the same number of youth in foster care were adopted by their forever families as 400 cities participated in the 14th annual National Adoption Day celebration. more >>
It's not too hard to imagine that Hallmark's TV movie "Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas" — produced and written by Martha Williamson, the creative visionary behind the ground-breaking TV show "Touched by an Angel" — premiering on Sunday will become a Christmas classic, early reviews say as much.
Crown Media Family Networks recently announced that the Hallmark Channel original weekly scripted series, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," also produced and written by Williamson, will move to sister network Hallmark Movies & Mysteries as a movie franchise consisting of a series of two-hour original films. Debuting on Nov. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8C, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas" will be the first movie in the franchise, with three more slated for 2015.
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered," the weekly series, is described as a comedic drama that follows the lives of a group of postal workers who transform themselves into an untraditional team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of the office into an unpredictable world where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but somehow on time. more >>
MIAMI BEACH — For multiple and complex reasons, professors in American college and university social science departments are much less religious than the population, sociologist Christian Smith explained Monday.
Religious people are both less likely to become social scientists and religious social scientists are more likely to be kept out of academia, he said at the Ethics and Public Policy Center's Faith Angle Forum in response to a question from The Christian Post.
Smith, William R. Kenan Jr. professor of sociology and director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame, was delivering a talk called "Why Social Scientists (and Some Journalists) Don't 'Get' Religion." (Audio of the full conference is available on the EPPC website.) more >>
Dr. Ben Carson, accomplished neurosurgeon and conservative Christian, tells David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network that there's a "good chance" he'll run for president as he can feel "God's fingers" touching him gently for the 2016 race.
Brody, CBN news chief political correspondent, interviewed Carson during the week for an upcoming national profile story for "The 700 Club," and asked, "How is that conversation going with God about this potential presidential run? Has He grabbed you by the collar yet? I read an article about that."
"I feel fingers," Carson replied in a one-on-one interview in his home in West Palm Beach, Florida. "But it's mostly me. I have to be sure, and it's part of my personality that says always look before you leap, but don't leap before you have to," he added. more >>
Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and one of the leaders of the Evangelical Immigration Table, warned Friday that if Republicans fail to pass a bill on immigration reform, keeping millions of undocumented immigrants in limbo, they can expect to suffer at the polls in 2016.
"If immigration continues to stay in limbo because of what happened [Thursday] and is happening today, and the Republicans say 'we're not gonna act at all on immigration,' they are basically sacrificing their political future on the altar of political inaction and apathy," Rodriguez told The Christian Post from Las Vegas Friday.
Rodriguez, who flew to Las Vegas Friday morning to join President Barack Obama at a rally to celebrate his executive order on immigration at a Del Sol High School, said Republicans cannot expect the support of Latinos in 2016 if they don't expand on the executive order signed by Obama Friday granting temporary legal status and protection from deportation affecting some 5 million undocumented immigrants. more >>