A number of Hollywood stars, including Ellen DeGeneres and Jay Leno, are protesting the Beverly Hills Hotel, owned by Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who recently introduced the first phase of Sharia law in the Islamic country.
"I'd like to think that all people are basically good and when they realize this is going on, hopefully they'll do something about it," Leno said at the protest in front of the hotel.
BBC News reported on Wednesday that the Beverly Hills city council unanimously voted to condemn Brunei because of its harsh Islamic penal code, which is set to establish laws punishing homosexuality and adultery by death by stoning in future phases. more >>
Much like adultery and other sexual sins, the Bible speaks clearly about homosexuality and its implications, says Pastor Shane Idleman of Westside Christian Fellowship Church, who advises that individual's sexual preferences should change if they contradict the scripture.
In his blog, Idleman notes that many Christians tend to either insult homosexual individuals and show very little compassion toward them or "excuse their sin and look the other way." Idleman, who does not condone either behavior, points to biblical reasons why gay marriage is wrong.
"Would we say, 'I believe that those who embrace pornography can live in harmony with biblical Christianity?' Or, 'I believe that those who embrace adultery can live in harmony with biblical Christianity?' Of course not. Unfortunately, one of the greatest mistakes in our culture today involves not being able to discern between right and wrong. The battle cry is focused on individual rights, instead of what God's word says," Idleman writes. more >>
STUDIO CITY, Calif. – Pastor and author Erwin McManus, founder of Mosaic Church in Los Angeles, told hundreds of current and aspiring entertainment industry professionals that God's gift of imagination is license to create at the highest level during the keynote session at the Biola Media Conference Saturday.
"I am so convinced that part of the artistic process, part of the power of being a storyteller is to resonate with the voice that calls humanity back to the God who always calls us to Him, to silence all the voices that tell us what we lack," said McManus. "I don't want us to spend our lives worrying about all the stories that others are telling about us."
In his recently released book, The Artisan Soul, McManus pens "a manifesto for human creativity and the beginning of a new renaissance." During his talk at the conference and in his book, he "not only calls us to reclaim our creative essence, but reveals how we can craft our lives into a work of art." It is evident that he celebrates the spiritual process that can help people discover their true selves. McManus demonstrates that "we all carry within us the essence of an artist." more >>
A California mother says the police officer who saved her drowning 4-year-old daughter from death is an "angel of God."
Sara Villasenor of Costa Mesa, Calif., was reportedly watching her 4-year-old daughter Nina and her 6-year-old son Rikki swim in their grandfather's pool when she hopped inside to quickly use the restroom. When Sara was away from the pool, Nina apparently slipped out of her arm floaties and began drowning and sinking toward the bottom of the pool. Sara and her father then heard Nikki screaming from outside after Nina slipped underwater.
Sara was able to retrieve her daughter, who was not breathing and had turned blue, from the pool before she frantically dialed 911. The first responder to arrive on the scene was Police Officer Matt Olin, who performed CPR on the child and quickly got her breathing again. more >>
Rick Santorum, the Chairman and CEO of EchoLight Studios, said that faith-based movies are an opportunity to reach people who do not go to church, and announced the premiere of the film "Hoovey" at the THRIVE Conference in Granite Bay, Calif., where he is one of the featured speakers.
"I am excited and honored to attend THRIVE and have the chance to interact with some of our nation's top faith leaders," Santorum said in a press release on Thursday. "The popularity of faith-based films offers churches an opportunity to reach individuals outside of the walls of the church. Through EchoLight Cinemas, we are developing a powerful tool for pastors and leaders to use in their ministries by offering the opportunity to premiere great films with inspiring stories and positive messaging inside their own buildings."
Santorum announced that the studio will show "Hoovey," which stars Patrick Warburton, Lauren Holly, Cody Linley and Alyson Stoner, during the THRIVE conference on May 1-3. The movie is described as "the remarkable story of how one family triumphs in the face of adversity when their son is diagnosed with a brain tumor." more >>
Two law firms have recently announced that they will offer free legal aid to anyone who is being threatened with the loss of their job for supporting California's 2008 referendum defining marriage as being between only one man and one woman.
The Alliance Defending Freedom and the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund have come together to offer legal support for those whose livelihood may be threatened for supporting Proposition 8.