If you have been paying attention over the past few years, you have probably noticed that it has become fashionable among certain self-appointed elites to sneer at people of faith. Atheists like Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, and even Stephen Hawking have written best sellers in which belief in God is derided as being anti-scientific, a vestigial and bothersome throwback; an unnecessary superstition.
But there should be no inherent conflict between science and faith in a creator-God. Science at its core is the pursuit of truth. If God is truth and the Source of truth, then the study of astronomy, or quantum physics, or microbiology can be a glimpse – however minuscule – of the God who set in motion the magnificent reality that science reveals.
That position would not be much of a revelation to so many of the world's greatest scientists who have believed in God. But can we go further, and argue that there should also therefore be a connection between morality that is legitimately grounded in God's Word, and science? more >>
Secular Pro-Life has launched a campaign this week to reach out to atheists and agnostics who are against abortion.
"Every week, we get an email from someone to the effect of 'I thought I was the only pro-life atheist!'" said Kelsey Hazzard, the president of Secular Pro-Life said on the organization's blog. "It gets lonely out there. Non-religious pro-lifers are not often acknowledged in the mainstream media. This creates a vicious cycle; people think they're alone, which makes them less likely to speak out for life, which makes others more likely to think they're alone."
The successful campaigning efforts of pro-life groups in Albuquerque, New Mexico have forced the city council to put a 20-week abortion ban up for a vote on the upcoming November ballot. If passed, the ballot measure would be the first municipal abortion ban in the country.
Albuquerque city council members voted by a slim margin of 5-4 Monday to have the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance" put on the ballot for voters in a special November 19 election. The five-page ordinance illegalizes abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy within city limits, allowing exceptions only for the mother's health. The measure asserts that unborn fetuses can feel pain throughout their entire bodies at 20 weeks of gestation.
The city council's vote on Monday comes after intensive campaigning efforts by various pro-life groups in Albuquerque, led by Tara Shaver of the Catholic pro-life group Project Defending Life. Earlier in the summer, Shaver led a petition for the 20-week abortion ban that managed to gather an overwhelming 27,000 signatures from Albuquerque voters in a mere 20 days. This number is double the required amount of 12,000 signatures needed to force city council to either approve the law immediately or put it on a ballot for voters. None of the city council members at Monday's meeting were willing to approve the ordinance outright, so they were therefore forced to put it to voters. more >>
John Elefante, former lead singer of the band "Kansas," teamed up with pro-life group Online for Life to release a music video of his song "This Time," which details the story of his adopted daughter's near abortion.
"I did not set out to write a pro-life, anti-abortion song, I simply wanted to tell the story of how my daughter came into the world," Elefante told The Christian Post on Wednesday. The artist, who has produced 100 records, released 5 solo albums, and written 300 songs, said he'd never before touched on a theme this controversial.
Nevertheless, Elephante said God inspired him to write the song. "The lyrics just kept falling out of me," and the Lord helped him "come forth with this lyric that worked perfectly in a song." The song shows the struggle of a young girl – thirteen years of age – about whether or not she should have an abortion. more >>
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a Michigan-based family owned business must comply with an Obamacare mandate that requires companies to pay directly for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.
In the case, Autocam Corporation v. Kathleen Sebelius, John Kennedy, the CEO of Autocam and Autocam Medical in Grand Rapids, Mich., whose family owns the two businesses that employ 661 people in the U.S., claims the mandate forces them to violate their pro-life Catholic beliefs.
Judge Julia Smith Gibbons, who wrote the opinion of the court, argued that the Obamacare contraception mandate does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Kennedy family's religious convictions. more >>
Wendy Davis, the famed Texas state senator who filibustered a bill that banned abortions at 20 weeks, will make an announcement on Oct. 3, she told supporters in a Wednesday email. Reporters in Texas following her story suspect she will announce a run for governor of Texas.
"There's one question I've gotten quite often in the past few months. What's next?" Davis told supporters, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram. "On Oct. 3, I'll be answering that question. I truly appreciate all the work that you - my grassroots team - have done for me thus far. And I'm excited about what we can do together in the future."
According to the Austin American Statesman, Davis will likely announce a run for Texas governor with state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D) joining her as a candidate for lieutenant governor, which is also a statewide elected position in Texas. more >>