WASHINGTON – A leader in the largest Protestant denomination in the United States has stated at a conservative event Tuesday that drew over 600 leaders to lobby for immigration reform that their effort is "really close" to coming to fruition.
Dr. Barrett Duke, vice president for Public Policy and Research at the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told The Christian Post at the event titled "Americans for Reform: Immigration Reform for our Economy, Faith and Security", which was held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hall of Flags room, that reform was near. "They passed five bills out of committee already. They still need floor votes on those. Leadership, House leadership, has already said they want to get this done; they're working on a couple more bills in the House," said Duke.
"So they've done most of the really heavy lifting on this already. It wouldn't take much more than simply scheduling a floor vote." more >>
Halloween is a holiday known for its haunted houses, costume parties, kids trick-or-treating, and various scary imagery on screens big and small. The final day of October is also a time associated with darker ideas, like the Occult, witchcraft, and other unexplained phenomenon.
Many of these images dominate movies and television programs during late October, showcasing to mainstream America spiritual notions known as the "paranormal." According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, when something is paranormal it is "very strange and not able to be explained by what scientists know about nature and the world." The term involves a fairly diverse group of activities and entities, including the Occult, psychics, spirits, and other supernatural phenomenon.
So, should Christians believe in paranormal activity? more >>
The highest court in the United Methodist Church has ruled that a Texas bishop must deliver a ruling on the eligibility of a lesbian candidate for ordination.
The United Methodist Judicial Council decided that Bishop James Dorff of the UMC Southwest Texas Conference must issue a ruling on whether the Conference's board of ordained ministry acted properly in the removal of Mary Ann Kaiser.
Dorff must respond within 60 days of being notified of the decision, the UMJC stated in its ruling of the case regarding the Southwest Texas Conference Saturday. more >>
Because of a complicated ruling by a federal judge in a case likely headed for the Supreme Court, the Texas ban on abortions after 20 weeks went into effect today without one of the limits on abortionists planned by the Texas legislature.
The judge ruled Monday afternoon that abortion regulations passed by the Texas legislature requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital within 30 miles of their abortion clinics is unconstitutional and will not take effect.
District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote in his ruling following the three-day trial, "[T]he act's admitting-privileges provision is without a rational basis and places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus." more >>
Reverend Al Sharpton, the civil rights activist, is defending rap mogul Shawn "Jay Z" Carter against claims that he is supporting Barneys department store accused of racial profiling.
Sharpton, the leader of the National Action Network, threatened to lead a boycott against Barneys if they did not show proof that they pursued white potential shoplifters as much as black people in their store. Trayon Christian, a black male college student, sparked a petition and is filing a lawsuit against Barneys after alleging that he was racially profiled after New York Police Department officers stopped him following his purchase of a $320 belt from the high end store.
Barneys employees allegedly stated that Christian used a fraudulent debit card to make his purchase which led to his arrest. Jay Z came under fire when petitions called for him to cancel his plans for debuting a holiday clothing collection in the store and has yet to oblige. more >>
Christian rapper Amisho "Sho" Baraka Lewis recently led a discussion with fellow recording artist Kareem Manuel and minister D.A. Horton in which they offered Biblical responses to racial and social injustices for an online panel organized by the Urban Youth Works Institute.
Baraka, covered by The Christian Post earlier this year for controversial tracks on his new album Talented 10th, kicked off the hour-long live chat that touched on disparities in the public education system and the U.S. prison system.
"When we talk about racial injustice, the first thing I want to clarify is that race is not a scientific term, a lot of people know that, a lot of people understand that," said Baraka before delving into the discussion. "When we talk about identity one of the things we have to be clear about is that God has communicated that we're all His children. In Peter, how we see that we're all His priesthood, a royal nation. So race is a construct that was created for the intention to identify people. more >>