Did you know that anyone can call themselves an evangelical? Sure. The description is up for grabs so long as you pair your evangelical label with sweet-sounding descriptors and fluffy mission statements. At least, that's the emerging trend.
Floating into the inboxes of prominent evangelical leaders is an invitation to join what's being called The Compassionate Evangelicalism Network (TCEN), a developing new project of the organization Faith in Public Life. While the project sounds well intentioned, pastors and evangelical leaders should use caution before joining a network subsidized by pro-abortion activists.
Here's an example of what Faith in Public Life (FPL) considers a compassionate evangelical: "[E]vangelical leaders who would be willing to speak up in support of the issue of Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination legislation" and "take a stand on a wide array of justice issues." more >>
Silencing and marginalization of conservative voices have become commonplace in the United States, as recently highlighted by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Democrat strategist Kirsten Powers, who herself supports same-sex marriage.
Last week, Bloomberg spoke about universities becoming bastions of intolerance.
"This spring, it has been disturbing to see a number of college commencement speakers withdraw - or have their invitations rescinded -- after protests from students and - to me, shockingly - from senior faculty and administrators who should know better," Bloomberg said Thursday at a commencement speech at Harvard University, according to CNN. more >>
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has once again vetoed a bill that would set up a legal framework for surrogacy births in the state, saying the legislation "still raises concerns for many in the pro-life community."
"Despite the good intentions and hard efforts of the author, this legislation still raises concerns for many in the pro-life community," Jindal wrote in his veto message Saturday. "Thus, I cannot in good conscience, sign this bill."
Contracts governing surrogacy are not enforceable in the state's courts, but the legislation would allow couples and a woman to enter into a contractual surrogacy birth relationship. The House voted 72-7 for the bill, and the Senate voted 22-11. more >>
Several Southern Baptist and secular organizations have filed a friend-of-the-court brief to support a legal challenge to the Obama administration's contraception mandate by the Southern Baptist Convention's insurance provider and evangelical ministries.
"Scripture and Southern Baptist belief prohibit not only direct and personal wrongdoing, but also the enabling, authorizing, incentivizing or aiding of another in doing what the Christian believes to be sin," states the brief filed by Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. and other Southern Baptist leaders.
The brief filed during this week urges the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to uphold a lower court's temporary and preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the Department of Health and Human Services mandate, which requires employers to provide insurance coverage for some abortion drugs, sterilization and contraception. more >>
Former actress and abortion counselor Emily Letts, who posted a video on YouTube that allegedly shows her having a surgical procedure for an early first trimester abortion, is being called out by some pro-life advocates as having possibly faked the video due to its glaring inconsistencies.
Letts, 25, is working as an abortion counselor at the Cherry Hill Women's Center in New Jersey, and was awarded a cash prize from a pro-abortion group for submitting a 3-minute video of herself allegedly having an abortion as an entry in the "Abortion Stigma Busting" contest. Her video has already garnered over 2 million views on YouTube and she also wrote a column that was published in Cosmopolitan magazine to help promote the abortion video.
In 2003, the clinic that employes Letts paid an undisclosed settlement in a malpractice lawsuit that was filed against the facility after the abortionist on staff, Charles Benjamin, performed a second trimester abortion on a 17-year-old student from Pennsylvania without obtaining parental consent. more >>
Lila Rose, president of the pro-life youth led organization Live Action, distributed a 60-page six-year investigative report on Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, to members of Congress Wednesday, asking them to defund the organization.
According to Live Action's multi-state investigative report, "Lies, Corruption, and Scandal: Six Years of Exposing Planned Parenthood," which was distributed to members of Congress and is available online here, Rose and her investigative team have documented the abortion provider covering up the sexual abuse of children; aiding the sexual exploitation of girls; accepting donations to abort black babies and girls; and not informing women about post-abortion PTSD, among other illicit and illegal activities.
To launch their new national campaign, Rose, along with volunteers and interns, walked the halls of Congress to deliver their findings to Republican and Democratic Senate and House members, asking them to review the report and pass legislation to stop using taxpayers' dollars to fund the abortion provider. more >>