The latest episode for ABC's "Real O'Neals," a comedy series centered on a gay teenager raised in a Catholic family, had fewer than half the viewers of the program's pilot episode.
According to data compiled by The Nielsen Company, the "Real O'Neals" episode from Tuesday had approximately 2.9 million viewers and a 0.8 rating, which is well below the approximately 6.3 million viewers and 1.79 rating for the pilot episode in March.
Tuesday's episode also represented a decline from the April 5 episode, which garnered approximately 3.6 million viewers and a 1.04 rating. more >>
After Target announced this week that its stores will allow men to use women's bathrooms and dressing rooms, over 160,000 people have already signed onto a boycott of the popular retailer in just two days.
The American Family Association's boycott was launched Wednesday and as of Friday morning more than 164,000 people have signed on to it.
In a statement posted earlier this week, the AFA argued that Target's new bathroom policy threatens the safety of women and children. more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has said that retail giant Target's recent decision to allow customers to use bathroom and fitting facilities corresponding to their gender identity rather than biological sex is going "against God's Word."
Ham said in a Facebook post on Thursday: "Well, Target needs to hear Jesus' Words: 'Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female?' (Matthew 19:4).
"They need to hear what Jesus said in Mark 10:6: 'But from the beginning of the Creation, God 'made them male and female.' more >>
The late music icon Prince rarely spoke about his personal faith, but he did open up about his religious beliefs seven years ago and why he didn't vote for President Obama.
Although Prince didn't publicly share much about his religion, he was a practicing Jehovah's Witness, and confirmed such with TV host Tavis Smiley during a 2009 interview.
When Prince told Smiley that he didn't vote in political elections, the singer explained saying, "The reason why is that I'm one of the Jehovah's Witnesses and we've never voted. That's not to say I don't think … President Obama is a very smart individual and he seems like he means well. Prophecy is what we all have to go by now." more >>
America's working class has been the subject of studies analyzing the large spikes in alcohol- and drug-related deaths over the last few decades, and churches and Christian-based recovery groups are playing a vital role in saving lives by helping people overcome their addictions.
"The church should have a role in helping people with any type of addiction. Depending on the congregation and their level of resources that help will vary. Some churches are taking an active role in developing in-house assistance and counseling while others that are not funded for this type of activity are partnering with people in their congregation who have a heart and vision for this type of ministry," said Ray Perea, CEO and facility director of Revival Recovery Services in Apple Valley, California, in an interview with The Christian Post.
"As with anything it is a two sided issue. People need to reach out and make their struggle known in order for the church to help. Many people would rather keep their problem hidden. There is always room for improvement. As people begin to reach out I see the church in the future being able to provide more solutions," Perea added. more >>
Snoop Dogg's recent Instagram post where he sings along to a popular gospel song probably won't make the cut on singing competition shows like "The Voice" or "Sunday Best," but that didn't stop the rapper from a little lighthearted crooning to a hit gospel tune.
In an Instagram post shared with his nearly 10 million followers on Sunday, the American Music Award-winning rapper sang along to Kirk Franklin's gospel hit "Silver and Gold" while filming what appeared to be his personal collection of silver and gold chains, jeweled Africa-shaped pendants, eyewear collection, and other glittering baubles.
"How you starting your Sunday morning off?" Snoop asks viewers, briefly focusing the camera on him — clad in a head scarf — before continuing to pan the room. more >>