The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed for a group of Pennsylvania-based Roman Catholic religious charities to avoid being compelled to follow the federal government's birth control coverage mandate while their case is being litigated.
In an order issued Monday, the highest court in the land concluded that the plaintiffs in the case Zubik v. Burwell could seek exemption from providing birth control coverage while their suit against the Department of Health and Human Services continued.
"[The] respondents are enjoined from enforcing against the applicants the challenged provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and related regulations pending final disposition of their petition for certiorari," read the order. more >>
Donnie McClurkin, the pastor and gospel music singer who said God delivered him from "the curse" of homosexuality, is now under fire from critics after speaking out against last Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling which made same-sex marriage legal nationwide.
McClurkin, 55, received some harsh criticism after he shared his interpretation of the Bible's position on homosexuality on Facebook last Friday.
"We've just received the answer from man's Supreme Court ... we already received the answer from GOD," the pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in New York wrote. "With NO REGARD to what the Supreme Court of MAN decrees ... no matter what MY past was or feelings & struggles ... GOD has set the only standard for marriage to be between man and woman ... in biology, in physiology, in history, biblically & scripturally and that ... I will NEVER speak against!" more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on a decision upholding Texas' controversial pro-life law, which will allow several clinics in the state to remain open.
Justices from the highest court in the land voted 5-4 on Monday to grant an emergency appeal from pro-choice groups suing Texas over HB 2, a law that increases standards for abortion clinics.
"The Supreme Court order will remain in effect at least until the court decides whether to hear the clinics' appeal of the lower court ruling, not before the fall," reported the AP and KERA News. more >>
Evangelical leader Rev. Franklin Graham has said that President Barack Obama's decision to light up the White House with rainbow colors celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage is a "slap in the face" of "millions of Americans" who did not agree with the decision.
"This is outrageous — a real slap in the face to the millions of Americans who do not support same-sex marriage and whose voice is being ignored. God is the one who gave the rainbow, and it was associated with His judgment. God sent a flood to wipe out the entire world because mankind had become so wicked and violent. One man, Noah, was found righteous and escaped God's judgment with his family," Graham said on Facebook on Monday.
"The rainbow was a sign to Noah that God would not use the flood again to judge the world. But one day God is going to judge sin — all sin. Only those who are found righteous will be able to escape His judgment." more >>
This shouldn't surprise anyone:
The Supreme Court on Monday allowed nine Texas abortion clinics to remain open while the justices consider whether to hear an appeal from a decision effectively ordering them to close.
The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. voting to deny the stay. more >>
It isn't necessary to rehash last Friday. You know what happened. Like many, many others across the nation you too are jolting along a roller-coaster ride of emotions. Grief and frustration mixed with burn-out, exhaustion and maybe a little fear after the U.S. Supreme Court's swift redefinition of matrimony.
Difficult times are ahead for Christian ministries, non-profits, private schools, churches, pastors and individuals, it's true. Which is why I awoke to an inbox of questions including: "What exactly is a common person like myself to do?" "What actions can I take to defend this attack and how can I educate those that are unaware of it?"
Questions like these cannot be dismissed as outrageous and unimaginable. Yesterday the New York Times' columnist Mark Oppenheimer entertained the idea that the government should end tax exemptions for faith-based institutions, allegedly for our own good. He penned, "The Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage makes it clearer than ever that the government shouldn't be subsidizing religion and non-profits." Oppenheimer added, "We'd have fewer church soup kitchens — but countries that truly care about poverty don't rely on churches to run soup kitchens. more >>