A-list actor Johnny Depp will reportedly be speaking at Reason Rally, which is aiming to be the "biggest gathering of nonreligious people in history," in June.
The Friendly Atheist's Hemant Mehta reported on the news on Tuesday, noting that Depp's participation will be a "major boost of star power."
"Even for a Hollywood actor, Depp is taking a big leap by appearing on stage alongside several outspoken atheists. If the media was ignoring the rally, though, you can bet they'll be paying attention now," Mehta wrote. more >>
I recently spoke with a pastor who was tearfully concerned about his health insurance. He had just received notice of a large premium increase that he could not afford. With a diabetic child, he did not know what to do.
The only good news in this story is that he had health insurance.
Many pastors do not. more >>
James Lowell wrote in a poem, "Once to every man and nation, comes the moment to decide, in the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side."
But what happens when the choices seem to be equally bad — equally evil? As a conservative evangelical, that appears to be the dilemma for me, and perhaps many others like me, when faced with the prospect of a Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump ballot for President in the General Election.
David French in the National Review noted in a recent article something of profound significance for conservatives to consider. He said the debate in South Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 13, should clarify the Trump phenomenon. He wrote: "After months of dominating the polls and millions of words of analysis, the grueling slog of the primary race is finally bringing the facts into sharp relief. Donald Trump isn't a revolutionary. He's not a conservative. He's not even a populist. He's a Democrat." more >>
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. explained his support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump by arguing that Jesus' advice was not intended for politicians.
In an interview with CNN on Thursday, the evangelical leader argued that "Jesus never intended to give instructions to political leaders on how to run a country."
Pastor Gu Yuese, the imprisoned leader of the largest government-sanctioned church in China who stood up to the ongoing crackdown on churches, wrote a letter to his congregation urging compliance.
China Aid, a Christian human rights organization based in the U.S., said, however, that some suspect Gu might have been forced by government authorities to write the letter.
While the Communist Party detained and in February charged the pastor with embezzling near U.S. $1.6 million in funds, persecution watchdog groups have said that the arrest has more to do with Gu standing up against the government's crackdown of churches, including the forced removal of rooftop crosses. more >>
For the second consecutive year, a Mississippi lawmaker has introduced a bill to make the Bible the official state book, even though a similar bill failed to pass last year.
Known as House Bill 840 and introduced by Democratic Representative Tom Miles, the proposed legislation was referred to the Rules and Constitution committees earlier this month.
In an interview with local media, Miles argued that the bill should not be considered controversial given the legislature voted a couple years ago to add "In God We Trust" to the state seal. more >>