Hillary Clinton celebrated her triumph as the first woman to lead a major party in a race for the White House, scoring big wins in California and New Jersey to cement her grip on the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state spoke to supporters at a raucous event in Brooklyn, New York, and placed her achievement in the context of the women's rights movement.
"Thanks to you, we have reached a milestone," Clinton said in a speech. "We all owe so much to who came before." more >>
The grandson of a founding member of the Palestinian Sunni-Islamic terror group Hamas says he's fleeing "certain death" at the hands of his family in the West Bank after revealing that he's a gay Christian.
He's now seeking asylum in the United States, searching for what he calls his version of the American dream, and hopes to one day find a husband to settle down with, along with two children.
Speaking in an interview with CNN at the front of the historic Stonewall Inn, a gay bar associated with the birth of the gay rights movement in New York City, the grandson, who goes by the name John Calvin to protect his identity, says he has been "fantasizing" about his version of the American dream ever since a judge granted him deferred removal from the U.S. under the U.N. convention against torture. more >>
Curt Schilling, the Christian former All-Star and World Series champion pitcher who was fired from his job as a high-profile analyst with ESPN in April over a controversial anti-transgender meme, has warned that "white Christians are under attack" and the left is pushing a civil war they want the government to fight for them.
Speaking in a recent interview with conservative radio host Rick Wiles, Schilling called ESPN and its parent company, Disney, extremist and bigoted while arguing that his firing was a case of white Christians being marginalized in the U.S.
"I don't want to sound like a victim because I'm not trying to sound like a victim but I think the only thing people now acknowledge publicly is that it's okay to infringe upon or talk down on white Christians," Schilling said. more >>
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched America's first government-sponsored citywide ad campaign that encourages residents who are men according to their birth sex to go into women's restrooms.
The ads, which read: "Use the restroom consistent with who you are. Look past pink and blue," are set to appear in subway cars, bus stops, and phone booths, among other places throughout the city.
"No one deserves to be denied access to bathrooms or discriminated against for being who they are. Every New Yorker has the legal right to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity, no questions asked — and these powerful ads affirm this right," de Blasio said in a statement announcing the campaign. more >>
Hillsong Senior Pastor Brian C. Houston had responded to reports that his megachurch's youth pastor went on stage dressed up as the "Naked Cowboy" during last month's Colour Conference in New York City. He wasn't naked but still it "won't happen again," he said.
"Bobbie – my wife – who was convener of the conference was clearly unaware that this was going to happen and was taken back by it," Houston wrote on his blog Friday, referring to the conference held May 6 and 7, where a Hillsong youth pastor imitated Times Square's street performer "Naked Cowboy," or Robert John Burck, who wears only cowboy boots, a hat and briefs, with a guitar placed strategically to give the illusion of nudity.
ChurchWatch Central, a website that says it monitors "various sects and movements that claim to be Christian," posted a video of the NYC event and criticized Houston and his church, which has locations in Sydney and other cities in Australia and also in London, Cape Town, Kiev, Germany, Paris, Moscow, Stockholm, New York City and Copenhagen. more >>
According to Wikipedia, "Robert John Burck, better known as the Naked Cowboy, is an American street performer whose pitch is on New York City's Times Square. He wears only cowboy boots, a hat, and briefs, with a guitar strategically placed to give the illusion of nudity."
What does this have to do with Hillsong?
Well, during an I Love New York celebration at a recent women's conference hosted by Hillsong in New York City, a Hillsong youth pastor was onstage, dressed up as the Naked Cowboy, meaning that he too was wearing nothing but a cowboy hat, cowboy boots, briefs, and a guitar. more >>