Efforts to ban sexual orientation change efforts therapy for gay minors at the state level have experienced mixed results following President Barack Obama's recent endorsement of banning the controversial practice.
Earlier this month, the Obama administration declared its support for banning SOCE therapy for homosexual and transgender minors.
Immediately after the administration's declaration, Colorado's legislature killed a bill aimed at bringing a ban to the state. more >>
The day after Islamic State militants released a video of Christians in Libya being massacred, the Rev. Franklin Graham urged the U.S. government to "halt all immigration of Muslims from countries that have active terrorist cells," and said President Obama is responsible for the ISIS threat.
"Each day's news seems to reveal new horrors from militant Islam," Graham, who leads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, wrote on his Facebook page Monday, about the brutality of the Islamic State terror group, which is also known as ISIS or ISIL.
"Can it be that the world is no longer as shocked by Christians having their heads cut off and then ISIS proudly promoting this on video?" he asked readers. Such news should leave us "horrified and nauseated," he wrote, adding that the government needs to recognize "Islam for the danger it is." more >>
Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who was also a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, has been sentenced on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for unlawful arrests and torture carried out during his time in power.
Morsi served as his country's first freely elected president between June 2012 and July 2013, before he was forcefully removed from power following heavy nationwide protests. He was chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood — an organization which has since been declared illegal and forced to go underground.
Persecution watchdog groups are pleading for the U.S. government to take a leading role in fighting "genocidal hatred" of Christians after the latest slaughter committed by terror group ISIS, where a total of 30 Ethiopian Christians were shot and beheaded in Libya. They warned that if ISIS' "religious Nazi ideology" is not countered, it will continue inspiring more atrocities.
Open Doors USA President and CEO David Curry, along with The Simon Wiesenthal Center's Associate Dean, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, and Director of Interfaith Issues, Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, issued a joint statement on Monday.
"We have been warning Western governments for months that a religious genocide of Christians was taking place. While we welcome the White House acknowledgment that these victims were targeted because of their faith, much more needs to be done," they said. more >>
A mother walked into the supermarket with her young son. When he was offered a cookie the mother alleges she alerted the employee of his health problems. After dialogue, the employee gave him the cookie. Tragically, he later died. Now the nationally known supermarket has been sued and the case will revolve around whether or not "due diligence" was done - a reference to people being responsible to do careful investigation beforehand in order to make informed decisions.
Oftentimes, Christians don't give due diligence to political candidates and/or issues affecting their lives. Then at the 11th hour or when it really is too late, prayer and fasting is called for in desperation, hoping God will intervene and do what quite possibly He expectd us to do in the first place to avert disaster. Abortion-on-demand? Same-sex marriage? Change a crafty politician's heart?
Hours after Hillary Clinton declared her candidacy for president, a friend texted me and assured me that this time he was going to evaluate everything more carefully. With Hillary sending a message by selecting young Robby Mook as the first openly gay manager of a major presidential campaign and her YouTube "announcement" video featuring homosexuals celebrating their gay "marriage", many are proceeding with great caution. "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me!" more >>
This was the horrible week in which millions of Americans paid their taxes to the ever increasing and intrusive federal government. This year, the tax burden has grown with Tax Freedom Day appearing on April 24, meaning that Americans will spend approximately one third of the year working for government before they can provide for their families.
Taxes are certainly oppressive in this country. Compared to last year, tax revenue increased 4.3% to $1.478 trillion in the first 6½ months of the 2015 fiscal year. Even worse, the insatiable federal government continues to spend money with reckless abandon. Through April 1 of this year, the budget deficit was an astounding $439 billion, a significant increase from 2014.
Not only are taxes and deficits increasing, but the actual size of the federal tax code is exploding. When the income tax was created in 1913, the tax code was only 400 pages. It increased to 26,000 pages by 1984 and has tripled in size in the last 30 years. Since the implementation of Obamacare in 2010, the federal tax code has increased another 3,300 pages, resulting in more rules and regulations for Americans to decipher. Today, the federal tax code is over 74,000 pages of bureaucratic nonsense, making it impossible for the average American to complete their own tax return. It is no surprise that 94% of Americans need professional assistance in finishing their tax return. more >>