The Episcopal Church, a theologically liberal denomination that has strong historic ties to the former Confederacy, voted at their General Convention in favor of a resolution calling for the removal of Confederate battle flags from public display.
"[The] 78th General Convention recognize that icons and symbols are and have always been important to the liturgical life and practice of The Episcopal Church in leading us to Jesus Christ and in inspiring us to share the Good News that is at the heart of our ministry," read Resolution D044 that was introduced by the Rev. Betsy Baumgarten.
"That as our Baptismal Covenant calls Episcopalians to 'respect the dignity of every human being' and as the fourth Mark of Mission calls Episcopalians to 'transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation,' we consider the continued display of the Confederate Battle Flag to be at odds with a faithful witness to the reconciling love of Jesus Christ …" more >>
The Oregon Christian bakery owners who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding on the grounds that it would violate their religious convictions have been ordered to pay $135,000 in emotional damages, and have also been prohibited from speaking about standing up for their Christian beliefs.
On Thursday, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian issued his final order in the case against Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of the Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham, who were found guilty of discrimination in January for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian couple's wedding in 2013. Avakian ordered the Kleins to pay complainant Rachel Bowman-Cryer $75,000 for damages and $60,000 to her partner Laurel Bowman-Cryer.
"Respondents' claim they are not denying service because of complainants' sexual orientation but rather because they do not wish to participate in their same-sex wedding ceremony. The forum has already found there to be no distinction between the two," Avakian wrote in his order. "Further, to allow respondents, a for-profit business, to deny any services to people because of their protected class, would be tantamount to allowing legal separation of people based on their sexual orientation from at least some portion of the public marketplace." more >>
The day the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) handed down its decision compelling all the states to redefine marriage was considered among the darkest days in our history for some, while others danced and celebrated.
How will churches regard June 26, 2015?
Perhaps even up to this point, fans of the hit police-procedural TV drama series "True Detective" Season 2 are still lingering with the cliffhanger of last week's Episode 2, "Night Finds You."
Ray Velcro (Colin Farrell), who took it upon himself to investigate the home of Los Angeles City Manager Ben Casper, was shot down with a double-barrell shotgun and was left in what appears to be in a fatal condition.
By the looks of it, Velcro couldn't possibly survive that shot. However, if one has to take into account the role that the character played in the series, it is highly unlikely that Velcro is already wiped off from the ongoing drama. more >>
Taking hints from this recent casting call news, it appears that filming for the upcoming sixth season of the hit police-procedural TV drama series "Blue Bloods" will begin sooner than what is expected.
A report from Enstars.com cited OnLocationVacations.com's latest scoop saying that the series is looking for a handful of extras including shop owners, hipsters, homeless-type of persons, police officers, medical professionals, and many more, for a scene that will be set in Times Square July 9th, Thursday.
The site noted that for most of its run, the police drama resumes its production around the third or fourth week of July. For season 6, however, they will be starting earlier. more >>
A military father was out on deployment and decided to send his little girl a present back home. When she received it she was jumping with joy. But she knew that the teddy bear couldn't replace her daddy.
That's when something incredible happens! It's hard to imagine how it feels when someone you love is away on a deployment. Only people that have been through it can really explain what it feels like. In this video, a loving father sends his baby girl a teddy bear that speaks a message. It says "I love you baby girl" and she falls in love with it instantly. The talking bear was her best friend.
But, as time went on, she missed her real dad. When you hear this hero family's story you're going to need tissues! This is a heartwarming ad really touches your heart. more >>