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 >>
Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs has proven to be a force in the world of hip-hop and R&B, but what many of his fans don't know is that he has a record full of gospel songs that the world has yet to hear.
Combs and his producer Stevie J created the Bad Boy record label's first gospel album titled Thank You in 1997. Now that Bad Boy is embarking on a 20 year anniversary tour, Ebony magazine has unearthed the details of the unreleased record.
According to Ebony, the record would have featured B.I.G., Faith Evans, Tanya Blount, Brandy, Carl Thomas, John P. Kee, Brian McKnight, Boys II Men and Total. more >>
NEW YORK — There's a new religion exploding on the campuses of American universities and colleges, says Thomas Cooley professor of ethical leadership at New York University, Jonathan Haidt. And if it isn't stopped, it might just be better to shut them all down in the next 10 or 20 years.
The religion of fundamental social justice sweeping across college campuses is so alarming, intense, and dripping with such extreme liberal fundamentalism, says Haidt, it has created an existential crisis for American academia while punishing heretics with public shame.
"There is an extremely intense, fundamental social justice religion that's taking over, not all students, but a very strong [space] of it, at all our colleges and universities. They are prosecuting blasphemy and this is where we are," Haidt warned an audience about the religion at a lecture billed "The American University's New Assault on Free Speech," organized by the Manhattan Institute in New York City this week. more >>
As many as 500 top evangelical and social conservative leaders, including Dr. Ben Carson and Tony Perkins, will have a closed-door meeting with Donald Trump on June 21 in New York City to ascertain what he has to offer to the country.
"Our goal is to be able to have a conversation that could lead to a better understanding of what Donald Trump has to offer to the country," said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, according to Fox News, which says Trump has agreed to meet with the evangelical and social conservative leaders.