While thousands of New Yorkers lined up for blocks to welcome the first stand-alone Chick-fil-A in the city, protesters sought to use the restaurant's Saturday grand opening to make cultural statements about sexual issues and animal rights.
Gothamist, a daily weblog covering the city, reported on demonstrators that included LGBT opponents of Chick-fil-A, Christian counter-protestors, and animal rights activists who descended on the packed restaurant. Street evangelists got into a shouting match with animal rights activists from Collectively Free and LGBT protestors, who continually shouted "We're here! We're queer! Get used to it!"
Christian enthusiasts shouted back at the group, telling them they were engaged in sinful behavior and called on them to "repent." more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Missy Robertson says her daughter's devastating medical diagnosis left her questioning her faith.
In 2003, during a 4-D ultrasound, the Christian reality TV star and married mother of three learned that her now 12-year-old daughter, Mia, had a cleft lip and possible cleft palate at 31 weeks gestation. Instead of leaning on faith, Missy initially began to question God.
"I did question God at the beginning, like, 'Wait a minute, what just happened here? I thought, I'm one of your children,'" Missy told ET on Wednesday. more >>
YouTube sensation and Christian author Jefferson Bethke hopes to re-spark the faith of millions of millennials who feel Christianity has failed them with his new book, It's Not What You Think: Why Christianity Is About So Much More Than Going to Heaven When You Die, which examines first century Church practices and demonstrates how they can reinvigorate the Body of Christ in today's society.
Bethke cemented himself as a mouthpiece for millennial Christians with his 2013 viral spoken word YouTube video Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus, which led to an accompanying New York Times best-selling book, titled Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough.
By delivering Christian Orthodox views in a seemingly rebellious and fresh way, Bethke has sent shockwaves throughout the Evangelical world and attracted a loyal following of young people. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson clarified that he believes that God created the world but does not believe the Earth is only 6,000 years old, as young Earth creationists claim. Carson also criticized those who claim there is no way the Earth can be billions of years old, saying that such people put themselves "in the same category as God."
"I certainly believe that God is our Creator. And interestingly enough, if you look at our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, it talks about certain inalienable rights given to us by our Creator," Carson told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly in an interview.
The retired neurosurgeon said that people can have their personal beliefs on the possibility of a literal interpretation of the Adam and Eve story in Genesis, but rejected claims that the Earth is only 6,000 years old. more >>
An online crowd-funding project that raised about $1.4 million, meant to release a more elegantly formatted version of the Bible, has once again been delayed in its release.
In 2014 the Bibliotheca garnered a great deal of financial support from people who were interested in acquiring a Bible formatted to look more like a novel.
However Adam Lewis Greene, the man behind Bibliotheca, sent out an update in late September to supporters once again pushing back his expected completion of the project, originally scheduled for last December. more >>
Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor of President Barack Obama, spoke at the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March at the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Saturday, in which he condemned the "demon" of racism, militarism and capitalism of oppressing minorities. The controversial pastor also asserted that Jesus Christ "was a Palestinian."
"The same issue is being fought today and has been fought since 1948, and historians are carried back to the 19th century … when the original people, the Palestinians — and please remember, Jesus was a Palestinian — the Palestinian people had the Europeans come and take their country," Wright said in his speech, according to The Hill.
He further attempted to link the suffering of African-Americans, Native Americans and Palestinians, and said: more >>