Four immigration activists ended their 22-day fast that was aimed to pressure lawmakers to overhaul the nation's immigration system, while a new group of advocates took their place to continue the call for an immediate vote on reform.
The demonstrators announced on Tuesday that they were ending their hunger strike after unsuccessfully, for now, prompting House Speaker John Boehner to pass immigration reform legislation.
The new group that has taken their place now includes Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners among others. more >>
"Preachers of L.A.," the faith-based Oxygen network reality show that Christians seem to love to hate but apparently like to watch in record numbers, has led to online discussions about various hot-button issues. One topic in particular featured in the docu-series that elicited strong responses is "shacking up," or the state of an unmarried couple living together as if they are husband and wife. The situation suggests that a shacking couple is a couple having sex, or facing the temptation to have sex. But is "shacking" even mentioned in the Bible?
In the Oct. 16 airing of episode 2 of "Preachers of L.A." ("Acceptance"), gospel recording artist and former pastor Deitrick Haddon and his fiancée, Dominique dine with Bishop Ron Gibson and his wife, LaVette, for the purposes, according to Haddon, of getting wisdom from the long-time married couple. Despite beginning amicably, the meeting quickly turns south as Bishop Gibson states that "a shaky suspect engagement is indicative of a shaky and suspect marriage." Cutting to the chase, Gibson asks Haddon, "Are you guys shacking?" Haddon, offended by Gibson's question, declares that shacking up isn't in the Bible. Watch a brief clip of the exchange below.
Sammy Lopez, lead pastor of Mighty Fortress Christian Fellowship in San Antonio, Texas, weighed in on Twitter during the noted "Preachers of L.A." episode, dismissing Haddon's suggestion that "shacking" is not in the Bible. more >>
A Montana judge, who during a sentencing of a man convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl commented that the victim appeared "older than her chronological age," has admitted Tuesday that he deserved to be censured for his remarks.
District Judge G. Todd Baugh acknowledged that he should not have spoken about the victim, who committed suicide after she was raped, though he stopped short of saying he should step down from the bench.
With some 420 million pornographic web pages online, access to Internet porn is at an all-time high. But many people visiting these pages for pleasure end up finding themselves caught in a terrible cycle of addiction from which they are now struggling to break free.
Project Know, an addiction and rehab program, recently created an infographic that explains how dangerous online porn can be and shows how a budding effort, called NoFap (nofap.org), has been responding to the Internet's porn problem.more >>
A growing online community called "NoFap" with more than 83,000 members on Reddit.com is helping people kick pornography and masturbation addictions, and even Christians are finding a haven for healing in it.
"The worst thing about porn, for me, is time. Just so much time lost…When everyone I know was doing something else. When everyone else was dating and pairing off in college? I was looking at porn. When they were going to grad school? Porn. When they were getting married? Porn. When they got their first jobs and had their first apartments? Porn," confessed one community member under the screen name imissdeadlines, who was celebrating his first day abstaining from porn on Monday.
"And now I'm 32 and sure, I've got some things figured out, and I'm ready to not look at porn, and I'm ready to go. I'm excited, I'm eager, I have more energy every day. But I feel like I'm at life's starting line, and I look up, and everybody else already left, they're halfway around the track," he added. more >>
A Florida-based animal rights organization that is suing New York state to give legal personhood for chimpanzees holds a neutral stance on abortion.
The Nonhuman Rights Project of Coral Springs has refused to take a position on the debate over whether en utero human life also deserves legal personhood recognition.
Michael Mountain, spokesman for the project, told The Christian Post that regarding the abortion debate "we don't have any position on that." more >>