Conservative groups have criticized Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's recent decision to not appeal a judge's ruling that struck down part of the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
Conway, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that he will not be appealing a Feb. 12 ruling by U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II that determined Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. Conway said in a statement that he has chosen not to appeal Judge Heyburn's ruling because doing so would be "defending discrimination." Shortly after his announcement, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, also a Democrat, said the state will hire outside attorneys to appeal Heyburn's ruling.
Beshear said in a statement that the definition of marriage "will be and should be ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in order to bring finality and certainty to this matter," adding that "the people of this country need to know what the rules will be going forward. Kentucky should be a part of this process." more >>
Law enforcement in Akron, Ohio, is on the defensive after receiving criticism for "fake arresting" three local pastors during their Sunday sermons as part of a marketing promotion for an upcoming drama at the city's civic center.
Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry released a statement this week that the arrests made last weekend at three different churches were part of a community outreach effort called "Defending the Faith," where participating pastors are "fake arrested" during their Sunday sermons and escorted out of the church. The "fake arrests" serve as a lead up to the upcoming drama "Defending the Faith," being held at the Akron Civic Center. During the drama, the pastors will undergo a mock trial, during which they must defend their Christian faith. The purpose of the drama is to show pastors and all Christians must constantly work to defend their faith when it is challenged by evil.
"I want to clarify that none of the arrests were real. It was all part of a skit that went along with the pastors' sermons that day," Barry said in his statement. "I knew it was being filmed, but I thought it was only going to be shown to the congregation. Once it got out there on the Web, people were commenting about how disgusting we were to interrupt church services to effect an arrest." more >>
Leonard Ravenhill once wrote, "Five minutes inside eternity and we will wish that we had sacrificed more, wept more, grieved more, loved and prayed more, and given more."
Yes, the moment we step into eternity and see the unveiled glory of God, the fullness of the beauty of Jesus, the immensity of the grace that was poured out on us, the massive debt that was paid on our behalf, the endless splendor of the world to come, and the horrors of judgment that we have escaped – yes, at that very moment, just "five minutes inside eternity," we will wish that we had been more devoted to the Lord.
Who among us will not wish that we had told more people about the Savior? more >>
Is it "God's Work" to kill the unborn? President Obama seemed to say so recently.
Steven Ertelt wrote an article, "Obama Says His Pro-Abortion Supporters are 'Doing God's Work,'" for Lifenews.com.
Ertelt notes, "At an event in Washington last night, President Barack Obama told his liberal, pro-abortion supporters who are members of his political group Organizing for Action that they are 'Doing God's Work.'" more >>
[Teaser: Why the Koran and the Sword are inextricably linked…]
While other scriptures contain contradictions, the Koran is the only holy book whose commentators have evolved a doctrine to account for the very visible shifts that occur from one injunction to another. No careful reader will remain unaware of the many contradictory verses in the Koran, most specifically the way in which peaceful and tolerant verses lie almost side by side with violent and intolerant ones. The ulema were initially baffled as to which verses to codify into the Shari'a worldview-the one that states there is no coercion in religion (2:256), or the ones that command believers to fight all non-Muslims till they either convert, or at least submit, to Islam (8:39, 9:5, 9:29). To get out of this quandary, the commentators developed the doctrine of abrogation, which essentially maintains that verses revealed later in Muhammad's career take precedence over earlier ones whenever there is a discrepancy. In order to document which verses abrogated which, a religious science devoted to the chronology of the Koran's verses evolved (known as an-Nasikh wa'l Mansukh, the abrogater and the abrogated).
But why the contradiction in the first place? The standard view is that in the early years of Islam, since Muhammad and his community were far outnumbered by their infidel competitors while living next to them in Mecca, a message of peace and coexistence was in order. However, after the Muslims migrated to Medina in 622 and grew in military strength, verses inciting them to go on the offensive were slowly "revealed"-in principle, sent down from God-always commensurate with Islam's growing capabilities. In juridical texts, these are categorized in stages: passivity vis-á-vis aggression; permission to fight back against aggressors; commands to fight aggressors; commands to fight all non-Muslims, whether the latter begin aggressions or not. Growing Muslim might is the only variable that explains this progressive change in policy. more >>
It was the most memorable moment in the debates of the 2008 nomination cycle. Before the New Hampshire Primary, Sen. Hillary Clinton was asked by the debate moderator to respond to comments that she had a powerful resume, impressive achievements, but she didn't measure up on the "likeability" scale.
Her response was charming. "That hurts my feelings." But her opponent, freshman Sen. Barack Obama scored a knockout with his ultra-cool rejoinder. "Your likeable enough, Hillary." You have to see it.
Hillary actually won that primary, narrowly. But it didn't take away the sting of Obama's barb. Likeable enough. more >>