Addressing him in disparaging comments, sometimes calling him a traitor and a wolf in sheep's clothing, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas is now coming under fire from some of his most ardent supporters for praising former South African President Nelson Mandela as an "inspiration" after the announcement of his death Thursday.
"Nelson Mandela will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe. He stood firm for decades on the principle that until all South Africans enjoyed equal liberties he would not leave prison himself, declaring in his autobiography, 'Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.' Because of his epic fight against injustice, an entire nation is now free," noted Cruz in a post on his facebook page Thursday. "We mourn his loss and offer our condolences to his family and the people of South Africa."
Some of Cruz's supporters, however, disagreed vehemently with his warm words about Mandela and made him know it in the comments section of the post. more >>
A viewer asked Pat Robertson if she would go to hell if she married again after two divorces, and the controversial televangelist blamed her for it, saying she is not "marriage material" as her "character" draws her to such men.
"You've got a serious problem and I don't think marriage is for you," Robertson said in response to a query by a viewer of "The 700 Club" on CBN this week.
"What is God's view on divorce?" asked a woman who identified herself as Melody. "All of my marriages failed. I tried really hard to make them work, but the last husband wouldn't work or pay the bills, and the one before him was an alcoholic," she said, adding, "Will I go to hell if I marry again? Will I be classified as an adulteress?" more >>
As a host of the daytime talk show "The View," Barbara Walters questioned why politicians, including the presidents, swear on a Bible while taking office when there is separation of church and state.
"That is very true, but it starts almost with the oath of office which usually ends with 'So help me God,'" Walters said during the talk show, after actress Jane Seymour's remarks over a new political ad by Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas in which he apologizes for backing President Barack Obama's signature health care law, or "Obamacare," and also highlights the importance of the Bible in politics.
Seymour told the hosts of the show Thursday: "I think it's really unfortunate when you have to bring religion into politics. I think religion is a very personal thing, a very personal thing." more >>
An Ohio Christian school placed a married teacher on paid leave this week after stolen nude photos of her were released on a "revenge porn" website.
Photos of the woman, who teaches fifth-grade science at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, were posted to the site on Nov 23. She filed a stolen iPhone 4S report the day after, though she told officers that her phone had gone missing two months prior. The school was notified of the photos, which the woman took of herself on her cell phone, on Dec. 9.
A state worker in Colorado has filed an official complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division claiming she was forced to attend a lunch-hour Bible study while working at the Department of Education.
Theresa Chavez claimed in the recent complaint that during her time working at the Colorado Department of Education's Office of Professional Services and Educator Licensure, she was required to attend the bi-weekly Bible study sessions held by her supervisor, Norma Lawanson. The meetings reportedly took place every Wednesday and Thursday and Chavez claims that when she told Lawanson she wanted to stop attending the studies, she was punished.
"She told her supervisor that she no longer wanted to attend the studies, and things just went downhill from there," Chavez's attorney, Jennifer Robinson, told the local Denver 9WTK News for their investigative report on the alleged incident. "The Bible studies were on state property, at work, during work hours [and] using state resources." more >>
Ohio lawmakers are proposing a new bill that if passed would further protect religious freedoms, including prayer and references to Jesus, in the state's public schools. The bill comes after multiple cases in which public schools were forced to remove Jesus portraits from their campuses or face legal action from atheist groups.
The bill, the Ohio Religious Freedom Restoration Act, was introduced to the state legislature earlier this week by Rep. Bill Patmon (D-Cleveland) and Rep. Tim Derickson (R-Oxford), who argued that the legislation would block further encroachment on religious expression in the state. The bill has over three dozen additional co-sponsors.
"God gave us our rights, not the government, not the neighbor, but God. Government is here to protect those rights," Rep. Patmon said of the bill, according to NBC 4 News. "How many of our students, how many of our schools need prayer? It's a disservice that we do when we don't allow it, when we don't encourage it." more >>