A federal judge has granted a temporary injunction against a California law that bans mental health professionals from using reparative therapy as a means of helping gay minors reduce or eliminate their same-sex attraction.
"Because the court finds that SB 1172 is subject to strict scrutiny and is unlikely to satisfy this standard, the court finds that plaintiffs are likely to succeed on the merits of their . . . claims based on violations of their rights to freedom of speech under the First Amendment," wrote U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb in his 38-page ruling on Monday.
At this time, the preliminary injunction applies only to the case's three plaintiffs: Donald Welch, a minister and licensed marriage and family therapist; Anthony Duk, a Catholic medical doctor and psychiatrist; and Aaron Bitzer, a man who has struggled with same-sex attraction and is working toward becoming a therapist. more >>
Despite having to relocate to private property after losing a legal battle, the 60th annual display of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes will be available for viewing beginning this Sunday at the Southern California beach-side city.
"The community Christmas tradition will return to full strength this year with 14 scenes featuring life-size figures depicting events surrounding Christ's birth," said organizers.
"We are deeply grateful for the use of this new site to allow all of Santa Monica's distinctive Christmas Story to continue spreading the message of joy, hope, and peace found in the Christ child's birth to residents and visitors," said Nativity Scenes Committee Chairman Hunter Jameson. more >>
During a recent interview on a popular morning talk show, actor Stephen Baldwin revealed that he believes his devotion to Christianity doesn't mesh well with most Hollywood executives.
Baldwin revealed on "Good Morning America" that feels his strong religious beliefs and continued promotion of his faith led to filmmakers and producers choosing to overlook the actor because he is often considered too controversial. This unpopularity within the film industry has led to less roles within traditional secular entertainment.
Baldwin came closer to Christ and became a born-again Christian after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Since that time he has been a strong supporter and advocate of his faith going to conventions all over the country while spreading the word of Jesus Christ. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California has said that actor Jamie Foxx calling President Barack Obama 'our Lord and Savior' should be considered blasphemy.
"That sent shivers up my spine," Warren said on Wednesday to Fox News. "There's a word for that – it's called blasphemy. It's wrong."
Popular Christian talk radio host Frank Pastore remains in a coma one week after a motorcycle crash, but showed signs of improvement on Monday while in stable but serious condition, his wife said. In talking about her husband's inspirational impact on people even while he is in intensive care, Gina Pastore told The Christian Post that during his radio show on the same night of the accident he discussed the topic of death and the human soul.
Pastore, 55, who is the host of a daily show on radio station KKLA in Glendale, Calif., was injured in Duarte when his motorcycle was struck in the freeway carpool lane by a car driven by a Glendora woman, said California Highway Patrol officials, as reported by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. The accident occurred on the evening of Nov. 19.
"His listeners know that actually the last Monday night, the night of the accident, Frank had a segment on the show with a professor from APU (Asuza Pacific University) and Frank was talking about the reality of the soul," Gina Pastore said. "He often talked about this because he was a Christian philosopher. He mentioned on the air, he said, 'that if I were to be killed on the freeway tonight and my body parts are all over the freeway I'm not on the freeway because I'm my soul and I would be with the Lord.' more >>
Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx has called Barack Obama "our lord and savior" during the 2012 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, drawing the attention of Catholic League President Bill Donohue.
"It's like church over here. It's like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama," Foxx said to a cheering audience on Sunday night. The rapper, comedian and actor who stars in the "Django Unchained" movie written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, was warming up the fans in preparation for the evening's music awards.
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights President Bill Donohue, who has been vocal in protesting against some of President Obama's biggest policies, such as the HHS mandate, released a statement commenting on Foxx's reference to Obama as "lord and savior," calling it "startling." more >>