An Alabama-based Catholic television station has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over its controversial mandate that requires religious employers to cover contraceptives, including those that can cause early abortion.
Eternal Word Television Network, whose station in Irondale brings programming to more than 145 million homes across the globe, filed the suit on Monday.
Brought before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, EWTN is being represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and has the aid of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange. more >>
A major anti-pornography organization, along with many others, is currently observing a week of awareness meant to educate the public about the dangers of pornography.
White Ribbon Against Pornography Week (WRAP), which began Sunday and will go through Nov. 3, is a nationwide event organized by Morality in Media and cosponsored by hundreds of groups.
"The White Ribbon Against Pornography is intended to educate the public about the extent of the pornography problem and about what can legally be done to fight back against the flood tide of obscenity," reads an entry on WRAP's website. more >>
In an upcoming broadcast of the OWN network's "Super Soul Sunday," bestselling and controversial author Rob Bell talks with Oprah Winfrey about his latest book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, and why "it may be the most rational move" to acknowledge that there is a God.
Bell, founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Mich., tells Winfrey in a preview clip of the Nov. 3 airing of "Super Soul Sunday" that it is okay to be open. Apparently speaking directly to "all the really smart, studied people who've been to the T.E.D. Conference and have iPhones," Bell said, "It's not crazy to actually acknowledge that there's a God."
Watch the minute-long video excerpt of Bell's talk with Winfrey, in which the influential Christian minister briefly touches on the positive and negative aspects of the Enlightenment era's emphasis on skepticism and rationalism. more >>
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Pastor Chuck Smith, regarded by many prominent Christian leaders as having influenced their ministries and spiritual lives, was remembered as a preacher holding firm to Biblical principles and a loyal friend to Israel at a memorial tribute Sunday evening. More than 16,000 people at the event, as well as those viewing the livestream webcast internationally, watched as Smith, who died on Oct. 3 after battling lung cancer, was honored through words, music, and video.
"He preached his last sermon four days before he went to heaven," said evangelist Greg Laurie, who was one of several featured pastors speaking at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. "…When a loved one leaves us, like Chuck, we feel great sadness, but I must say, please don't feel sadness for him. We might say, 'Oh, poor Chuck, I wish he could be here tonight to see all of this.' Wait a second, Chuck's in heaven right now. He's thinking 'I wish they could be up here to see all of this.'"
During the more than 3-hour tribute, featuring both pastors and musicians influenced by Smith's teachings during the Jesus Movement of the late '60s, Consulate General of Israel, David Siegel, spoke about the Calvary Chapel movement leader's commitment to Israel, that included 60 visits to the country. more >>
Controversial televangelist Pat Robertson recently told a viewer that he has cured deafness through prayer in the past and that he did not know what she was "doing wrong" in her effort to do the same.
On a Wednesday episode of the Christian Broadcasting Network program "The 700 Club," Robertson received a letter during the "Bring it on" segment from the mother of a deaf child.
"My son is hearing impaired and cannot hear at all. I have prayed for his healing; it seems as if God is hearing-impaired. What am I doing wrong?" read the letter, signed by a person identified as "Debbie." more >>
Rapper Kanye West has recently defended his artistic decision to have an actor play Jesus Christ during the opening of his Yeezus Tour earlier this month.
The musician explained to a trio of interviewers from the radio station Wild 94.9 WSHH that he believed "God knows where my heart is at."
"I had a friend of mine that's a pastor there as we started discussing how we wanted to deliver it. Now my girl even asked afterwards, 'hmmm…is that weird if Jesus comes on stage?'" said West. more >>