The Texas Workforce Commission issued a charge of discrimination Thursday against Fox Sports Southwest for firing college football analyst Craig James for his religious beliefs.
James was fired from his job as a college football analyst for the cable network due to comments he made about homosexuality during a February 2012 Republican candidate debate for the U.S. Senate.
During a Thursday "Washington Watch" interview with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, James and his attorney, Hiram Sasser of the Liberty Institute, discussed their thoughts about the TWC's decision and their next steps in this case. more >>
Texas State Senator Dan Patrick (R), who is also running for lieutenant governor, accidentally endorsed gay marriage on Twitter Wednesday.
"MARRIAGE= ONE MAN & ONE MAN. Enough of these activist judges. FAVORITE if you agree. I know the silent majority out there is with us!" Patrick's official twitter account, @DanPatrick, tweeted. Patrick was responding to U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia's decision to strike down Texas' ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional. Earlier, he tweeted a campaign promise: "as Lieutenant Governor I'll fight activist judges and defend our traditional Texas values."
Ten minutes after posting the typo tweet, Patrick's account deleted it and replaced it with an accurate statement of the state senator's beliefs. In those ten minutes, however, the typo tweet found 29 retweets and 28 favorites. more >>
Reacting to a federal judge's ruling Wednesday that deems Texas' ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional, Republican Gov. Rick Perry said it's not the role of the federal government to overturn the will of his state's citizens.
"Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in our Constitution, and it is not the role of the federal government to overturn the will of our citizens," Perry said in a statement shared with The Christian Post Wednesday afternoon.
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia said in his decision that the state's ban on same-sex marriage "conflicts with the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process." And because it denies "homosexual couples the right to marry," it also "demeans their dignity for no legitimate reason." more >>
A maintenance worker at an apartment complex in Houston, Texas, is being praised after he rescued a baby boy from a dumpster. Doctors say the baby was born just four or five hours prior to the find.
The worker, Carlos Michel, 51, told the Houston Chronicle that he heard the cries of the newborn coming from the dumpster about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. At first, he thought it was an animal dying – perhaps a kitten – and it was struggling.
On closer examination of the dumpster, he found a white trash bag that he grabbed and placed on the ground. He quickly ripped the bag open and was shocked by what he found inside. more >>
A prominent Texas congregation voted narrowly on Sunday to remain with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) after debating over theological differences and considering a switch over to another conservative evangelical denomination.
The majority of members at First Presbyterian Church of Houston were in favor of moving to Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians. However, the final decision fell short of the required two-thirds majority by 36 votes.
"This is the toughest possible outcome in many people's minds. To fall a few votes short will be very tough for them. I'm a little bit disappointed. I came out very strongly and passionately in favor of the move," said Pastor Jim Birchfield, reports the Houston Chronicle. more >>
A Texas abortion clinic is closed this week after it was discovered that a Houston abortionist illegally performed 268 abortions without obtaining admitting privileges at a local hospital.
The Texas Medical Board revoked the license of Theodore M. Herring Jr. on Thursday, after two unannounced inspections by the Department of State Health Services at his A Affordable Women's Medical Center revealed that Herring was violating the state's abortion clinic safety regulations.
According to TMB documents, the department's two unannounced inspections in December and February found that Herring failed to apply for admitting privileges at a local hospital within 30 miles of his abortion clinic by the Nov. 1, 2013, deadline, and illegally induced 268 abortion procedures from Nov. 6 through Feb. 7. more >>