NEW YORK — Barbara Green, the Christian co-founder of Hobby Lobby whose family won the landmark Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, case in the U.S. Supreme Court defending religious freedom last June, received The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's Canterbury Medal during the firm's annual gala on Thursday and she declared "you can do a lot more than you think with God in your life" in accepting it.
The Becket Fund's Canterbury Medal recognized Green's courageous stance on religious beliefs as well as her strength as the public face of the family throughout two years of litigation, which ultimately resulted in Hobby Lobby's 2014 Supreme Court victory securing the religious liberty of closely held American family businesses. After accepting the fund's highest award, Green told the audience that her "heart is overflowing with blessing," but that the honor is not hers alone.
"I do want to clarify something — the decision was a family decision, to sue the Supreme Court," explained the Oklahoma City native. "We made it together. That means all the generations. … About 20 family members, and 12 of them are here tonight. We were united. I'm accepting this with great honor with them, I'm pretending they're up here on this stage right now." more >>
A self-described "Catholic Warrior" who recently vandalized a Florida government building's Satanic holiday display has launched an online fundraising effort to continue her crusade.
Susan Hemeryck, who last December attacked a Satanic display in the Tallahassee capitol building, created a page on the website gofundme.com.
Titled "Stand Against Satan," the page calls for help in stopping the Satanic Temple from committing "retaliation" for Hemeryck's actions last Christmas season. more >>
A Missouri woman belonging to the Satanic Temple is demanding that she get an abortion without the state-mandated 72-hour waiting period because it violates her religious convictions.
Identified only by the name "Mary," the woman has told local media and a healthcare provider that her satanic beliefs mandate that she forgo a waiting period.
Representatives of eight pro-life organizations based in Washington, D.C. signed a joint statement saying they will not comply with a new law passed by the City Council that would prevent them from making hiring and firing decisions based upon an employee's position on abortion.
"Despite the enactment of this unjust law, we will continue to hire employees who share our commitment to the dignity of every member of the human family. We will not abandon the purpose of our organizations in order to comply with this illegal and unjust law. We will vigorously resist any effort under RHNDA to violate our constitutionally protected fundamental rights," the Monday statement says, in part.
RHNDA is a reference to the "Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act," which went into effect in the District of Columbia this week. It states that employers in the capital city cannot take opinions about abortion or an employee's decision to have an abortion into account for hiring and firing. more >>
The prosecution in the long-standing case against Singapore megachurch pastor Kong Hee and five other City Harvest Church members has claimed that the accused manipulated transactions and raised the church's budget deficit to $1.8 million in order to continue financing the popstar career of singer Ho Yeow Sun, Kong's wife.
"Essentially, you were prepared to increase the church's expenses by $630,000, causing the church deficit to rise to $1.8 million for 2007, to ensure that you were able to continue financing Sun Ho's music career. Correct?" Deputy Public Prosecutor Christopher Ong asked former CHC finance manager Serina Wee Gek Yin on Tuesday, The Straits Times reported.
Wee, Kong, and four other CHC members are being tried for misusing church money by secretly funneling funds by way of sham bond investments into a company called Xtron, which was in charge of Ho's career. more >>
An English professor at California State University-Northridge, who was raised by two lesbian mothers, claims that the federal government could be liable for paying "reparations" to thousands of children raised by same-sex parents due to the emotional damage suffered from being deprived of opposite-sex parents.
Professor Robert Oscar Lopez, who is openly bisexual and also married, wrote in an op-ed for the American Thinker that somewhere between 100,000 and 500,000 children could be placed in homes with same-sex parents in the next 15 years as a result of state and federal governments' growing acceptance of same-sex marriage and same-sex parenting.
"Whatever the numbers of kids being raised in gay homes might be right now, with the rise of gay marriage, there was a rise in kids being raised by gay couples," Lopez wrote. "Those responsible for gay marriage will be responsible for thousands upon thousands of individual children who would not have been raised by same-sex couples were it not for actions taken by the government." more >>