Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" has drew criticism, from both pro-life and pro-choice camps, after the show encouraged people to go "knock someone up" in Texas to celebrate Monday's Supreme Court decision that struck down key aspects of a pro-life law.
"Celebrate the #SCOTUS ruling! Go knock someone up in Texas!" read a tweet from the show on Monday.
The ruling in question refers to the 5-3 decision to strike down two key aspects of Texas' House Bill 2, which required abortionists to have admitting privileges to nearby hospitals and for abortion clinics to be regulated as surgical centers. more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham expressed his dismay at the Supreme Court's decision Monday to strike down key provisions of a Texas law regulating abortion clinics, and asked Hillary Clinton to reveal her list of potential justices.
"I'm not surprised that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state of Texas' regulations on abortion today — but I am disappointed. In the absence of more conservative justices, rulings are going the other way. This is another example of how critical the positions of Supreme Court Justices are to our country," Graham wrote after the ruling.
The justices decided in a 5-3 decision to strike down parts of HB 2 that gave abortion clinics one year to obtain hospital admitting privileges in cases of patient emergencies and to upgrade their clinics, which are usually old houses, to meet basic health and safety standards. more >>
Fifty of the top Islamic clerics in Pakistan have issued a religious decree that gives transgender people the right to marry, and receive family inheritance and funeral rights, as long as individuals display "visible signs" that they belong to the gender they claim.
"It is permissible for a transgender person with male indications on his body to marry a transgender person with female indications on her body," said the religious document issued on Sunday, as reported by Reuters.
"Also, normal men and women can also marry such transgender people as have clear indications on their body." more >>
Texas megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress slammed Monday's Supreme Court decision to strike down a Texas law on health standards within the abortion industry by arguing that organizations such as Planned Parenthood put profit before women and do not care about their safety.
"Three years ago I stood on the steps of the Capitol with our now Governor Greg Abbott urging for the passage of this bill, and I think this is a sad day not only for the state of Texas, but for women," Jeffress said on Fox News after the Supreme Court voted 5-3 to strike down key components of Texas's House Bill 2 that required abortion clinics to have sterilized surgical facilities and abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
"Look, all this bill did was ask that abortion providers have at least the same standards as surgical centers," he added. more >>
Actress and TV host Candace Cameron Bure honored her 20-years of marriage to former NHL player Valeri Bure with an honest social media post about their highs and lows and the grace they received to persevere.
Bure recently took to Facebook with a picture of their wedding day and a lengthy caption about the reality of marriage and who they look to to help them along their way.
"Let's be real for a second. We are celebrating 20 years of marriage today. 22 years together as a couple. I couldn't be more proud to be here and love my man the way I do. But let me assure you it hasn't been all roses the whole journey," Bure wrote. "There have been several tough years, in a row, ups and downs, bad attitudes and bad decisions, but we've persevered. We rode them out. We loved each other through them." more >>
The Very Rev Dr Jonathan Draper, the Dean of Exeter Cathedral in the U.K., said that he is embarrassed by Christians who voted for Britain to leave the European Union in last week's referendum, though later he apologized for also suggesting voters are "stupid."
The Express&Echo noted that Draper made a series of comments on social media following the referendum, expressing his disappointment with the results, in which 52 to 48 percent of U.K. citizens voted to sever ties with the EU by 2019.
Draper responded to a poll suggesting that Christians were more likely to vote for Leave than other religious groups by tweeting: "As a Christian I am embarrassed and apologise." more >>