A bill meant to expand anti-discrimination employment policy to include gays and transgendered individuals may see its defeat in the House of Representatives.
After the United States Senate voted to end cloture and bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to the floor, House Speaker John Boehner expressed his opposition. Michael Steel, spokesman for Speaker Boehner, stated in an email to Politico that the Republican-controlled House will oppose the bill should it pass the Senate.
"The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs," wrote Steel. more >>
A Kentucky-based charity that specializes in homes for at-risk children may reverse a longstanding policy against having openly gay employees.
Sunrise Children's Services, formerly known as Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, recently released a statement noting their serious consideration of such a move.
Steve Harvey believes young men from fatherless homes need more mentors and is taking to the New Beginnings Church of Chicago to find some.
Harvey, the 56-year-old comedian, host and best-selling author, is leading The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation in hosting a Steve Harvey Mentoring Campaign event at the church Nov 14. Harvey will be joined by outspoken Pastor Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church, who has spoken out about helping the troubled Chicago youth rife with gang violence.
With the help of Brooks and his church, Harvey hopes to recruit mentors to help young Chicago men in need who do not have fathers in their homes, according to a release from The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation. The event will feature a discussion about the issues faced in the community where the entertainer hopes to inspire people become mentors in the Chicago metro area. more >>
Thousands of people have taken part in an online survey done by a United Methodist Church commission which was about the issue of gender descriptions and images people use for God.
The UMC General Commission on the Status and Role of Women posted the survey online, garnering about 3,700 respondents until it officially closed on Thursday.
Of the 3,700+ respondents, 40 percent of them were male and 60 percent female, with 65 percent being laity and 35 percent being clerics or people undergoing the process of becoming clerics. more >>
A prominent horror author has called abortion "demonic" in an interview with The Washington Post that touches on abortion activist and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' commencement speech at Georgetown in May 2012.
While describing a graphic account of an abortion procedure, William Peter Blatty, famed author of The Exorcist and Georgetown University alumus, remarked, "That's demonic."
He also said he reached his breaking point with what he perceives as the university's distancing itself from its Catholic and Jesuit identity when it invited Sebelius to give the commencement speech, because as the former governor of Kansas and now as the secretary of HHS, Sebelius has been widely known as a staunch ally of the abortion lobby. more >>
The Episcopal Church continues to decline both in baptized members and average weekly worship attendance, according to recently released statistics for 2012.
Parochial Reports gathered by The General Convention of TEC show that according to the 2012 report, among its nine provinces, TEC has 2,066,710 baptized members, with 1,894,181 in the United States dioceses and 172,529 in dioceses abroad.