The 2014 Grammy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles featured a star-studded pro-gay marriage event as music artist Queen Latifah, who is legally deputized to conduct wedding ceremonies, married 34 couples, both gay and straight.
The event featured a live performance of the pro-LGBT song "Same Love" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, with Madonna joining in later on in an all-white suit, singing "Open Your Heart."
"Same Love" includes lyrics chiding conservatives and those who oppose gay marriage: "The right-wing conservatives think it's a decision; And you can be cured with some treatment and religion; Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition, playing God; … America the brave still fears what we don't know; And 'God loves all his children' is somehow forgotten; But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago; ... When I was at church they taught me something else; If you preach hate at the service those words aren't anointed." more >>
A constructions crew was preparing to demolish a California church last week when it uncovered a piece of history – a time capsule from 1948.
The box, which is made of copper and was soldered shut, was discovered behind the cornerstone at St. Paul's Church in Berkeley, Calif., according to Berkeleyside. It was found after developer Bill Schrader Jr. told his construction crew to save the cornerstone so it could be included as part of the new apartment building that will be constructed on the site.
Instead of opening the box himself, Schrader gave it to Leonard Nielson of the Presbytery of San Francisco, the organization that previously owned the church. Nielson, who serves as the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in San Leandro, also works with other churches in the presbytery and oversaw the sale of St. Paul's. more >>
Pop singer Justin Bieber's arrest in Miami Beach for allegedly drag racing while intoxicated has prompted some Christians on Twitter to suggest that the Canadian singer's pastor, Judah Smith, and close friend Carl Lentz of Hillsong NYC may need to get involved. Meanwhile, the teen's fans of faith are using the hashtag #PrayforJustin to rally support for the 19-year-old star.
Bieber, arrested in the early morning hours Thursday, was charged in court later in the day with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license. The pop star, who was grinning ear to ear in his mug shot, showed no trace of a smile or amusement during his on-camera court appearance.
His run-in with the law comes after months of other troublesome incidents for Bieber, who was recently investigated for an egging incident and illegal spray painting, and scrutinized for an alleged fisticuff incident with a photographer. Bieber's arrest has prompted fans to wonder if it's time for an intervention, and if perhaps Christian pastors Judah Smith and Carl Lentz should step in. more >>
An actress and former Miss Venezuela has left a theatrical production after receiving a firestorm of criticism for supporting a Tea Party candidate for California Governor.
"I've been called all these horrible names like you can't imagine" after supporting Gubernatorial Candidate Tim Donnelly, Maria Conchita Alonso said on Fox News, Monday morning. On Friday, Producer Eliana Lopez announced that Alonso will not star in her rendition of "The Vagina Monologues" due to her support for Donnelly.
"We really can't have her in the show, unfortunately," Lopez told KPIX 5, announcing Alonso's resignation from the cast of the play as performed with local company Brava! For Women in the Arts. "Doing what she is doing is against what we believe," Lopez explained, mentioning the Mission district of San Francisco. more >>
A destructive wildfire raging above foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles for two days has damaged at least 20 structures, including five homes, even as California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency saying it is perhaps the state's worst dry spell in a century.
Firefighters were beginning to tame the fire that was burning near Glendora and Azusa in southern California Friday, but some residents who were forced to evacuate their homes had little relief. About 2,800 residents were allowed to return to their homes Friday only to find smoldering piles of rubble, Reuters reported.
Crews reported progress in containing the blaze as winds remained calm, according to Los Angeles Times. more >>
A pro-life group is stirring controversy in San Francisco after putting up anti-abortion banners on the city's main thoroughfare in preparation for the annual Walk for Life West Coast event on Jan. 25. Although the banners carry the simple message of "abortion hurts women," one pro-abortion group is demanding they be taken down, saying they are a form of hate speech against women.
The 50 banners, installed on San Francisco's bustling Market Street recently by Walk for Life West Coast organizers, include the message "abortion hurts women" along with an advertisement for the upcoming Walk for Life event that reads: "Walk for Life West Coast. A New Tradition. A New Voice."
The banners are promoting San Francisco's tenth annual Walk for Life event on Jan. 25, where over 50,000 people have gathered in years past to march in opposition to abortion through the city's streets. The 50 banners lining Market Street will be seen by the thousands of walkers, as Market Street is the new route of the annual pro-life walk. more >>