Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring Church in South Carolina says he's now being described as "ignorant" and "hateful" as an Evangelical Christian who opposes President Obama's transgender bathroom directive to public schools.
Noble said in a Facebook video posted on Monday that after he spoke out against Obama's directive, people have told him things like "This is why I don't go to church; evangelicals are intolerant," and said that he even got called a "hater."
The megachurch leader responded to those accusations by saying: "I don't believe what our president did was right. And it's not because I hate anyone. It's because I am trying my best to be a follower of Jesus Christ, and live according to His teachings. Now, understand something, I fall short every day. I am casting no stones, and I believe that no one is perfect." more >>
President Obama's transgender bathroom directive to public schools has been condemned by the chairmen of two U.S. Catholic bishops' committees, who called it "deeply disturbing" and argued that it contradicts "basic understanding of human formation" when it comes to gender.
"The guidance fails to address a number of important concerns and contradicts a basic understanding of human formation so well expressed by Pope Francis: that 'the young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created,'" read the statement by Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, and Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska, who is chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Catholic Education.
The directive in question, issued by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on Friday, called on students at public schools to be allowed to use the bathroom of their choosing, rather than the bathroom of their birth gender, should a parent or guardian notify a school's district to state that the student's identity "differs from previous representations or records." more >>
At least five states have so far indicated they will contest an Obama administration directive sent to all United States public school districts that tries to coerce them into allowing students to access bathrooms based upon their gender identity rather than biological sex.
The departments of Justice and Education warned school districts last Friday that if they don't allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, they could lose millions in federal education funding.
Even before the administration's order was sent out to the school districts, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asserted Thursday night during his speech at Texas' GOP Convention in Dallas that he will work to fight any attempt at coercion from the Obama administration on the transgender bathroom issue. more >>
Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, preached about the transgender debate in America during his sermon on Sunday, telling the congregation that God already addressed the issue with Jesus' Words in the Bible.
Jeffress said in his sermon that many Christians are confused about how they should respond to the ongoing transgender debate seen in bathroom policies and recent court cases.
"It's not that confusing. In Matthew 19:4, God's Words are applicable. The Bible says 'God made them from the beginning male and female.' Not male, female and question mark. God has determined how many sexes there are — there are two, not three," the megachurch pastor said. more >>
The United States Supreme Court sent several challenges to the Human and Human Services Department's contraception mandate back to the lower courts, vacating the earlier rulings.
Plaintiffs, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, East Texas Baptist University, and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington will have their lawsuits decided at the lower court level.
In a Per Curiam decision released Monday morning, the highest court in the land reasoned that the lower court decisions were to be vacated in light of a new possible resolution between the two parties. more >>
David and Jason Benham, the twin brothers who were fired from an HGTV reality show because of their opposition to gay marriage, have slammed President Obama's transgender bathroom directive to public schools, calling it a means to create "chaos."
Jason Benham said in a video posted on Facebook: "It's leading us into absolute chaos. Here's the interesting thing — you guys remember the movie 'The Dark Knight,' when the Joker is hanging off the building, and Batman is holding onto him, and [asks] 'What do you want?' and the Joker says 'Chaos!' — well that's what we're experiencing right now."
He warned that the directive calling on schools to allow students to use the bathrooms of their gender identity, rather than the gender of their birth sex, will open up "a loophole for deviant men to go in and prey upon our women and girls." more >>