While a common view is that social conservatives have "lost" the culture war, little other result was possible due to the power of the U.S. Supreme Court. This point was made clear at a presentation at the Family Research Council on May 8, which reviewed the judicial decisions issued, political moves made, and ideological positions taken in the mid-twentieth century that led to the current collapse of marriage, morality, and the family.
William Duncan, Director of the Marriage Law Foundation (with a mission of re-affirming traditional definition of marriage as union of one man and one woman), offered one of three presentations, his focusing on the Supreme Court's decisions which preceded its decisions on homosexuality in the 1990s and 2000s.
Duncan began by noting common judicial opinion about marriage and the family before the sexual revolution, citing a 1952 decision from the California Supreme Court in which marriage was held to be "a great deal more than a contract, 'the family is the basic unit of our society, the center of personal affections … it channels biological drives that might otherwise become destructive, it insures the care and education of children in a stable environment, it established continuity from one generation to another.'" Although it would be the 1970s before there was a radical departure from this understanding, the 1960s saw the decisive shift that made everything that came after it possible. more >>
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, told The Christian Post that a recent three judge panel decision against the Obama Administration's immigration policy executive action mean many immigrants will continue to suffer as political leaders struggle to resolve their differences on immigration reform.
A panel from an appeals court has denied the Obama Administration's request to lift an injunction barring the president's controversial immigration executive order from taking effect.
In a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of the Appeals denied the Justice Department's request to lift an injunction given to Texas and 25 other states suing the Administration over the executive action. more >>
Fearing for his life, an Ethiopian man was forced off his land after Muslims ignored multiple court decisions protecting his property rights. International Christian Concern, a human rights organization that exists to help persecuted Christians worldwide, brought attention to Fikere Mengistu's plight last week.
Local Muslims in the town of Deder are demanding his property in order to build a mosque, and according to the ICC, have already begun construction.
Accoring to BosNewsLife: "The harassment allegedly began when Mengistu built a house for his 93-year-old mother two years ago." Muslims destroyed the home of his mother and then destroyed his fence and looted many of his possessions. more >>
A United States Marine who was convicted at a court-martial of putting a Bible verse declaring "no weapon formed against me shall prosper" on her computer because it was "contrary to good order and discipline," is now looking to have that decision appealed under the protection of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling, who was convicted while stationed at Camp Lejune in North Carolina, was prosecuted for displaying a version of Isaiah 54;17 that reads: "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord."
In 2014, Sterling was court-martialed for refusing to obey orders to remove the scripture from her desk, according to Fox News. After representing herself in court, she was found guilty of disrespecting a superior officer, failing to go to an appointed place of duty, and four charges of disobeying the lawful order of a non-commissioned officer. She was discharged from the Marines for bad conduct and was demoted from lance corporal to private. more >>
A U.S. Marine officer is now unemployed after she was found guilty at a court martial of disobeying the "lawful order" of her superior officer— who ordered her to remove biblical phrases that she had taped onto her computer and desk.
The Liberty Institute, a legal firm devoted to restoring religious liberty in America, has taken up the appeals case of former Marine Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling, who was demoted to private and given a bad conduct discharge last year after she was convicted of a number of charges that stem from a May 2013 disagreement she had with her staff sergeant.
Two Presbyterian pastors are facing a likely death penalty as their trial in the Republic of Sudan begins. The Rev. Yat Michael and the Rev. Peter Yen Reith of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church have been charged with espionage and blasphemy, though the church says they're being persecuted for their Christian faith, like other pastors in the Muslim-dominated country.
"This is not 'something new' for our church," says the Rev. Tut Kony, pastor of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church. "Almost all pastors have gone to jail under the government of Sudan. We have been stoned and beaten. This is their habit to pull down the church. We are not surprised. This is the way they deal with the church."
Michael and Reith were initially detained without charge in December 2014 and again in January, the PC(USA) said on Tuesday. The church has reached out to human rights organizations asking them to speak out for the pastors and urge Sudan's government to respect religious minorities. more >>