After America's first ever Islamic tribunal was established in Irving, Texas earlier this year, the town's city council dealt the local Muslims a blow by passing a resolution in support of new state legislation that would forbid the implementation of any "foreign laws," including sharia.
Irving Mayor, Beth Van Duyne, has been thrust into the national spotlight after taking a hard stance against the imposition of sharia by a Sunni mosque that formed the Irving Islamic Tribunal in January in order to provide koranic counseling and mediation for social disputes in the Muslim community.
After the Irving city council passed the resolution last Thursday to support Texas House Bill 562, which would forbid the use of "foreign law" and would also codify the supremacy of U.S. and state law, Muslims in the town were disgusted with the city's resolution, saying that it deliberately targets Muslims and spreads "Islamophobia." more >>
You probably would never have guessed it, but when Joel Osteen, televangelist, author, and senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, and his wife, Victoria, had their first date, it was in the same building that now serves as their church and there was a lot of beer involved.
In a recent interview with ABC 13, Osteen was asked to talk about the Houston Rockets and the celebration of the 20-year anniversary of their consecutive NBA championships in 1994 and 1995.
Osteen said he and Victoria were at the Summit and Compaq arena where the Houston Rockets won their first championship. The arena is now Lakewood church. more >>
Liberal and pro-life groups have joined forces to argue for of a Southern heritage group's right to have a specialty license plate issued that features the Confederate battle flag.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday from the Texas chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which had a requested specialty license plate including the Stars and Bars rejected by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
For its part, SCV has garnered a diverse coalition of support, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the Cato Institute, and Choose Life Wisconsin, Inc. more >>
Speaking on a conservative radio talk show on Monday, the father of 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz explained how God helped his son and the pastors of Houston fight back against Houston Mayor Annise Parker's subpoena of five pastors' sermons relating to the city's transgender bathroom ordinance.
In discussing how federal, state and local governments are continuing to infringe upon religious speech and expression related to traditional marriage, Rafael Cruz told conservative radio host Joe Miller that more pastors and clergy need to take a bold stand against governments' attempts to limit religious freedom and urged religious leaders to fight to protect their "inalienable" rights.
As an example of how effective the church can be in leading protests in the public square, Cruz mentioned how religious leaders in Houston gathered at First Baptist Church after Houston Mayor Annise Parker subpoenaed the sermons of five pastors who were at the forefront of leading the petition against the city's transgender bathroom ordinance last October. more >>
A church in Manvel, Texas has surprised many by putting up signs and billboard that read, "Strip for Jesus." The church says it's a campaign with a spiritual message in advance of the coming Easter holiday.
What does stripping have to do with Easter? The billboards are part of a campaign by Overflow Church to spread the message among the community that they need to strip themselves of whatever is holding them down, KHOU 11 News reports.
"That word strip means to take off. It means to release," Senior Pastor Pat Williams was quoted as saying. more >>
A woman once viciously labeled the "world's ugliest woman" debuted a powerful anti-bullying documentary at the annual South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, over the weekend.
Lizzie Velasquez, who's an author and motivational speaker, premiered "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story," on Saturday, which chronicles her inspiring journey from bullying victim to anti-bullying advocate. The 26 year old suffers from a rare congenital disease that prevents her from gaining weight, and although the syndrome led to her being bullied throughout her youth, she now calls it a "blessing" because she's able to help others.
"I know what it is to be bullied and what is to be bullied online, and I want to be the protector of those who think it won't get better," Velasquez said, according to The Independent UK. "Instead of just taking shelter of my tears, I chose to be happy and realize this syndrome is not a problem but a blessing that allows me to improve myself and inspire other people." more >>