As Houstonians vote Tuesday on whether to uphold the city's bathroom ordinance, the prominent LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign is claiming that "people of faith" support the city's passage of the measure.
Although Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which is a broad scoping nondiscrimination ordinance championed by lesbian Mayor Annise Parker, was passed by the city council in May 2014, many conservative Christians and other concerned residents were alarmed that the ordinance allows people to use public bathrooms of the gender they identify with. This means that a biological male can use a woman's bathroom, which many opponents of the measure claim puts both girls and women at risk.
An Egyptian priest is calling on president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to protect his historic church from being demolished by a Muslim judge and his two sons who are trying to steal the land to build a shopping mall.
The U.S.-based Christian persecution monitoring agency International Christian Concern is reporting that the Greek Orthodox Church of Virgin Mary in Rashid City of the Beheira governorate continues to be victimized by attacks from a retired Muslim judge named Mohamed Mostafa Kamel Tirana and his two sons, who are also judges.
Since 2008, the family of judges have attempted numerous times to use their legal clout to take ownership of the church and its property. Although the church dates back to the 1840s, the judge maintains that the plot that the church sits on is his family's ancestral land. more >>
Cats. What can you say about them? They purr, they scratch, they meow, and they steal toys from the neighbors.
In a video captured by cat owner Borut Birsa and uploaded to YouTube in mid October, a real feline decided to create its own companionship.
The cunning kitty pays a visit to the neighbors, clamps its jaw around a plush stuffed toy tiger, and carries it across the street to a meadow. more >>
The Rev. Billy Graham has issued a written warning to America's churches: "Prepare for persecution."
The renowned preacher and founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association penned a commentary that was posted on his website last week and is slated to appear in the November edition of Decision magazine.
In the magazine, Graham notes that the American church has been largely unfamiliar with persecution, writing that this "immunity to persecution that Christians in our country have experienced in the past two or three centuries is unusual." more >>
Two family television watchdog groups are warning parents that the new version of the iconic children's series "The Muppets" is no longer the loveable kids show it used to be and is now exposing children to sexual innuendo and references to alcohol, drug use and adult content every three and a half minutes.
The Parents Television Council and One Million Moms have launched campaigns informing parents that ABC's new adaptation of "The Muppets," which features beloved children's characters Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, is not suitable for younger viewers.
The first four episodes of the new series, which premiered on Sept. 22 and airs Tuesday evenings during primetime, featured adult content every three minutes and 38 seconds, according to research compiled by PTC. In the four episodes there were 33 different adult references, with 46 percent being sexual and 45 percent related to drug or alcohol use. more >>
Over the past 20 years, a little over half of all church fires in the United States have been intentional, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center.
Using data compiled by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Pew found that of 4,705 reported fire incidents at places of worship from 1996 to 2015, 51 percent were ruled intentional.
"Fires caused by arson are far more common at houses of worship than in most other kinds of structures," according to ATF figures reported by Pew reported earlier this week. more >>