Former megachurch pastor Rob Bell has recently declared that he rarely uses the term "American" anymore when describing himself or others.
In an interview with the popular digital publication Downpebbles, Bell said he preferred not using the term "American," believing that United States citizens should go beyond selfish titles.
"I don't actually use the word 'American,' because I think Amerigo Vespucci would be mortified that a country with very strong codes of in-and-out was started in his name," said Bell. more >>
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is advising Christians not to talk about their faith unless they're asked to do so.
As head of the 88 million-member Anglican Communion, Welby was asked at an interfaith event where he draws the line between evangelism and proselytization.
"I draw the line in terms of respect for the other; in starting by listening before you speak; in terms of love that is unconditional and not conditional to one iota, to one single element on how the person responds to your own declaration of faith; and of not speaking about faith unless you are asked about faith," said Welby, according to the Telegraph. more >>
A poll has found that the majority of Americans do not agree with President Barack Obama's directive that public schools allow students to go into bathrooms based on their gender identity, not their birth sex, and instead back Donald Trump's idea to let states decide for themselves.
As Breitbart News reported on Sunday, the mid-May poll by Rasmussen Reports found that as many as 65 percent of the respondents back the Republican Presidential Candidate's proposal to allow state and local governments to decide on bathroom policy, rather than adapting a one-size-fits-all directive.
"I believe it should be states' rights and I think the states should make the decision, they're more capable of making the decision," Trump explained his position earlier in May in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America." more >>
Yale University announced for its 315th commencement that it will now offer gender-neutral bathrooms in 23 of its buildings, with the aim to be more inclusive.
"Yale aims to be a leader on this front," said Tamar Gendler, dean of Yale's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, according to The Associated Press on Sunday. "Part of what is important about the all-gender bathroom project and about putting it at the top of our commencement site, is this is about public signaling."
What is more, Yale professors have now been tasked with using "preferred pronouns" when addressing students, and transgender students will be allowed to change their names on their school identification cards and web portal at no extra change. more >>
The Church of Scotland's general assembly has voted to allow its ministers to be in same-sex marriages by making a provision for individual congregations to "opt out" of the Church's traditional view of marriage as between a man and woman.
Commissioners voted by 339 votes to 215 in favor of the move on the first day of the annual general assembly meeting in Edinburg on Saturday, according to BBC.
"We had a debate which made very clear that we were not interfering with our theological definition of marriage and were not going to the place where ministers or deacons could themselves be conducting same-sex marriages," the Very Rev. John Chalmers, principal clerk to the general assembly, was quoted as saying. "It is an entirely different discussion." more >>
Actor Elijah Wood has claimed that child sex abuse is rampant in Hollywood, the top film industry in the U.S., stating that youth are "preyed upon" by industry figures, which is often covered up.
According to an interview in the Sunday Times, Wood, most famous for his starring role in the "Lord of the Rings" series, revealed: "You all grew up with [Jimmy] Savile — Jesus, it must have been devastating," he said.
"Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. more >>