Florida Senator Marco Rubio told pastors during a conference on Rediscovering God in Orlando that loving gay people, instead of judging them, is a fulfillment of the teachings of the Bible, rather than something that goes against it.
"In order to love people you have to listen to them," Rubio said in his speech at the Rediscovering God in America Renewal Project, according to Breitbart News. "You have to understand their perspective, their hopes and their dreams and their fears and their pain."
Rubio ran for this year's Republican presidential nomination. He dropped out in March after failing to win his home state of Florida. He had decided to retire from the Senate this year, but changed his mind after hearing from Republican leaders concerned about losing control of the Senate. more >>
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promised a group of pastors Thursday that he will unmuzzle and empower the "silenced" church and increase church attendance by repealing the Johnson Amendment if he is elected president in November.
The Johnson Amendment, which is a piece of legislation prepared by former President Lyndon Johnson and passed by Congress in 1954, is often described as prohibiting charitable organizations (including churches) from endorsing political candidates.
Trump took aim at the legislation while speaking at a two-day event which began Thursday at the Hyatt Regency on International Drive in Orlando, Florida, entitled "Rediscovering God in America Renewal Project." more >>
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump recently told a group of evangelical Christians gathered in Florida that being a good president is "the only way I'm going to get to Heaven."
Speaking before hundreds of evangelicals Thursday at an Orlando event sponsored by the American Renewal Project, Trump told those gathered that they must do "whatever you can do."
"This will be an election that will go down in the history books and for evangelicals, for the Christians, for everybody, for everybody of religion, this will be maybe the most important election that our country has ever had," said Trump. more >>
One of America's largest secular legal organizations is pressuring a Florida police department to stop holding award ceremonies at a nearby theological seminary.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which advocates for a strict enforcement of separation of church and state, is once again getting involved in the local affairs of a municipality outside of its own community.
As the organization has sued school districts, police departments and other government entities throughout the nation that have embraced prayer and other religious acts, the 24,000-member organization is now calling out the Oviedo Police Department for holding its awards ceremony and career track recognition in March at the Reformed Theological Seminary. more >>
Just as former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow fought to win on the football field, one Florida woman is fighting to save her life.
Carolyn Bucca has stage 4 breast cancer. Not knowing how long she has to live, Bucca has created a bucket list that contains a single item: to meet Heisman-winning football star Tim Tebow, First Coast News 12 reports.
In a letter to Tebow, Bucca writes, "Tim, I wanted to write to you in a letter on behalf of myself and my girlfriend who have always wanted to meet our mentor, you." more >>
A historic Florida megachurch that has seen a large decline in membership over the past few years is considering selling off a portion of its property.
Calvary Assembly of Orlando was founded in the 1950s. Considered one of the first megachurches of the United States, at its peak it had around 7,000 members.
However, steep declines in membership have led Calvary Assembly to consider an offer to sell part of the church's property to a developer. more >>