President Obama has announced his intention to tighten the nation's gun control laws through executive action. This action, of course, comes in the wake of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, as well as numerous mass shootings over the past several years.
I am often asked, "Is gun control a Christian issue?" After all, some might ask, if we are truly pro-life should we not also be as adamant about gun control as we are about abortion control? Is the gun control debate simply one that we should ignore?
First, let me in full disclosure say that I hold to traditionally conservative views on the Second Amendment as a personal and individual right. Like every other constitutional right, this right is not unlimited or all expansive, to be sure. We rightly do not allow private citizens to own surface-to-air missiles, for example. But I'm suspicious of gun control measures as naïve and ineffective, if not counter-productive, preferring to combat gun violence with strict enforcement of laws against gun crime and murder rather than with measures to impede the ability of law-abiding citizens to own weapons. more >>
A conservative Christian organization based in Colorado has denounced the vandalism of an atheist billboard that advises people to "skip church."
Focus on the Family, which is based in Colorado Springs, decried the recent vandalism of an American Atheists billboard ad.
The city of Cologne in Germany has called for crisis talks after 1,000 "drunk and aggressive young men" that were reportedly of Arab or North African appearance sexually assaulted at least 80 women on New Year's Eve.
Cologne police chief Wolfgang Albers called it "a completely new dimension of crime," according to BBC News, and said that most of the crimes were robberies, but women were also groped and raped.
Mayor Henriette Reker added that the attacks were "monstrous," and said that authorities will take a tough stand against such crime. more >>
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has released an official statement denouncing the recent takeover of a federal facility in Oregon.
Earlier this month a group of militia calling themselves the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom took over some government property as part of a protest.
While the Mormon Church said that the dispute between the CCF and the federal government was "not a Church matter," they took issue with the protestors invoking "scriptural principles." more >>
Even though Lolo Jones is a famous Olympic bobsledder and hurdler, she says she'll never forget how the Salvation Army helped her family when they were homeless.
The 33-year-old Christian athlete spent Christmas Eve with her mother as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and posted the image on Twitter.
"When we were homeless @SalvationArmyUS sheltered my fam," Jones tweeted. "The money donated helps ppl all year." more >>
When New Orleans Saints' tight end Benjamin Watson is off the field, he's often found writing and speaking about race relations, which is the focus of his book, Under Our Skin: Getting real About Race.
During an interview with the CNS News, Watson spoke about the looting and destruction of businesses that occurred at the hands of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown, who had committed a strong-arm robbery, was fatally shot by a police officer during a physical struggle.
"It turns you off. That's not just talking about white people, me being black, it turns me off," Watson told CNS News in an interview published on Tuesday. "I see people acting in lawless ways, robbing and stealing. There's no reason ever to steal because you're upset." more >>