A-list Hollywood celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, and Meryl Streep have joined 400 prominent figures, including a number of faith leaders, who've signed a letter rejecting a proposal by Amnesty International to advocate for the legalization of prostitution.
Fox News reported on Thursday that while Amnesty is arguing that legalizing the practice can help sex workers receive better protection from violence and the risk of HIV/AIDS in their line of work, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, which the celebrities have backed, has warned that such a move will also make life worse for the victims caught in sex trafficking.
The letter, which starts off by praising Amnesty's history of fighting for human rights and shedding light on human trafficking issues, says that should Amnesty vote next month to support "the decriminalization of pimping, brothel owning and sex buying, it will in effect support a system of gender apartheid, in which one category of women may gain protection from sexual violence and sexual harassment, and offered economic and educational opportunities; while another category of women, whose lives are shaped by absence of choice, are instead set apart for consumption by men and for the profit of their pimps, traffickers and brothel owners." more >>
Israeli police say they've caught two Israeli men believed to be behind the arson attack on the historic church of Loaves and Fishes in Israel.
The church, which stands at the site where Christians believe Jesus multiplied five loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5,000 of His followers, was damaged extensively in a fire earlier this month.
Sparked in an act of religious and racial hatred, the arson attack caused widespread condemnation in Israel as well as solidarity protests by non-Christian Israelis. more >>
A theologian, author and speaker says The Satanic Temple group's campaign to raise funds for on-demand abortions echos back to satanism's millennial history of "child sacrifice."
"A devil-worshipping group calling itself The Satanic Temple has been working to raise funds to promote abortion-on-demand and to counter legal efforts such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and 20-week abortion bans," Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., wrote in an article for Breitbart on Wednesday.
"Satanism has a millennial history of association with child sacrifice, which makes its financial and moral support of abortion a logical corollary to its other activities," he added. more >>
Evangelical pastors who lead churches in cities known for their strong support of homosexuality have stressed the need to preach the Gospel lovingly toward the LGBT community.
At an event held Wednesday evening organized by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, two pastors spoke about what it's like to serve at churches located in regions of the country known for advocating the LGBT agenda.
Matt Carter, pastor at Austin Stone Community Church, which hosted the ERLC event, told those gathered that watering down the Gospel is not the answer. more >>
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, says churches should not abandon the debate on gay marriage and overall sexual ethics.
Speaking at an event in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Moore asserted that "to capitulate on those issues" on sexual ethics "is not an option for a Gospel people."
"There are some people in our context right now who because these issues of sexuality and the sexual revolution are so controversial and so often confused, where people will often say to those who hold to even the most basic definition of a Christian sexual ethic 'you're a bigot,' the proper response is to simply be silent," said Moore. more >>
In 2004, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Chicago Theological Seminary, an openly homosexual faculty member brought a special address titled, "'Do Not Be Conformed to This World': Queer Reading and the Task of the Preacher."
Earlier this month, this same seminary handed out specially packaged condoms bearing the school's name and the caption: "Take Two (For the second coming!)" (The seminary was participating in an annual celebration called The Wild Goose Festival.)
This is what happens when a seminary (or denomination; the school is part of the liberal United Church of Christ) departs from the Word and embraces the spirit of the age. more >>