The Marion County school board in Florida has decided that children must use bathrooms that correspond to their biological gender after a father complained that a transgender student was violating his son's privacy.
News 6 reported that an emergency resolution was reached on Tuesday in a 4-1 vote, and the rule will take immediate affect.
The issue came about following a complaint by the father of a student who said his son's privacy rights were being violated due to a classmate — who was born female but now identifies as a male — who was using the boy's bathroom. more >>
MIAMI BEACH — In our new secular age, there are two possible trajectories for evangelical churches, Christian philosopher James K.A. Smith argued at Faith Angle Forum.
Smith's March 14 talk, "Re-Imagining Religion in a Secular Age," to 20 journalists plus other attendees in Miami Beach, sought to explain different ways of thinking about secularism and how those distinctions can aid our understanding of religion in the public square.
"Secular" can be understood in different ways, Smith explained. It can refer to things that are worldly, as opposed to sacred, spiritual or not religious. This view has led, in some circles, to a view that secular is neutral, or objective, while religious views are unobjective, or value laden. more >>
Longtime televangelist and senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, Paula White offered her followers an Easter Sunday deliverance from a spiritual death sentence for a $1,144 "resurrection seed" she says was set by God.
Preaching the story of Lazarus who Jesus resurrected from the dead in John 11:38-44, White promised believers in a video appeal that if they would sow the seed and have faith, she believed deliverance would come.
"I don't know what is dead. I don't know what the enemy sent a death to. I don't know what decision that caused death to come upon whatever the situation you're facing, but I do know that God has sent me to you to bring resurrection life. To tell you that I believe that as we put our faith together before Easter Sunday on March 27, there's gonna be resurrection life in your life," said White. more >>
Gio Benitez has recently confirmed that he has tied the knot with Tommy DiDario on Saturday in front of their family and friends in Miami.
In an exclusive interview with People, the ABC News correspondent said, "It's so special to see how excited our friends and family have been about this wedding. It truly is celebration of love - our own, and what love means in their own lives. We are so moved and humbled to celebrate together."
DiDario, who is a lifestyle and men's wear blogger, also said the support and love they both received from their friends and family have made the experience much more worth it. more >>
During his most recent visit to his hometown in Palm Beach, Florida, Burt Reynolds received a huge surprise as he was reunited with his high school flame and first girlfriend Ann Lawlor Scurry.
Reynolds went back home to promote his new memoir, "But Enough About Me" and during his Q&A session, he was asked by his first girlfriend who he considers was the "best girl in high school." According to the Palm Beach Post, the 80-year-old actor replied, "Well, I can't see. But I have a feeling it was you."
As Reynolds started signing the books, he was then reunited with Scurry and the producer shared with the crowd: "I got my first kiss from her [Scurry]." more >>
MIAMI BEACH — Christian philosopher James K.A. Smith suggested a connection between secularization and Donald Trump at a March Faith Angle Forum.
Secularization contributes to a sense of living in a "wasteland," Smith said, citing philosopher Charles Taylor. People react differently to this. One of those reactions might be the "desire for a strongman" to lead an expansive government, he noted in reference to the Republican presidential candidate and celebrity billionaire's supporters.
"I wonder if another possibility, on the other side of that arid wasteland, is a desire for a strongman," he said. "So that, if in that world, the state is all that's left. If everybody shifts and, in a way, foists so many expectations on the state, which I do think is part of a feature of a certain type of moral order, then, what happens is, there will be people who are not experiencing the benefits of that, who are experiencing the wasteland in very tangible ways, will also be looking for a savior who pulls the levers of the state for them." more >>