A majority of Americans support having businesses be compelled to provide contraceptive services as part of a healthcare plan, argues the findings of a recently released poll.
Conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, the poll found that of about 1,100 respondents, 61 percent, felt that "publicly-held corporations" should provide contraception as part of their free healthcare plans.
57 percent of respondents felt that "privately-owned corporations" should be compelled to do the same, while only a slight majority, 51 percent, believed small businesses should be required to do so. more >>
A recently released study from researchers in Germany has concluded that a link exists between pornography usage and lower brain mass.
Published last week by JAMA Psychiatry, the cross-sectional study was conducted by Dr. Simone Kühn of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and Dr. Jürgen Gallinat of University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendor in Hamburg.
The researchers surveyed 64 adult males in good health, who had varying levels of pornography consumption. more >>
Kate Upton is the center of controversy surrounding images that appear to have been haphazardly Photoshopped.
The swimsuit model posed in a spread featured in Harper's Bazaar beside a pool surrounded by palm trees. In addition to the photos, the magazine featured Upton's trainer who revealed the model's work out regime. However, in one of the photos, Upton's entire armpit appears to be missing.
In the photo, Upton poses with one arm flung over her shoulder as she gazes into the sky while standing beside the pool. The only problem lies in the 21-year-old model's armpit, which appears to have a chunk missing from it that was filled with background scenery. more >>
WASHINGTON - If Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate in November, they will do a better job securing religious freedom in the U.S. military, Dr. John Fleming (R), U.S. Representative for the Fourth Congressional District of Louisiana, said at a Wednesday event sponsored by the Family Research Council.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Dr. Fleming explained that his efforts to get an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act allowing for better protection of religious liberty have failed in the Senate. If passed, his amendment would expand religious freedom protections to include religious actions and speech, rather than just religious beliefs, "except in cases of military necessity."
Fleming believed that the November elections could positively influence the direction of the effort to secure religious expression in the military through passage of his amendment. more >>
Christian social justice advocate Shane Claiborne mourned a "sad day in the movement for a better world" after Republican Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam decided last week to sign a law that will authorize the state to use the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are not available for the death penalty.
"I don't think there is any good way to kill someone, but there is definitely an evil way – and electrocuting someone to death is evil," wrote Claiborne on Facebook. "No one speaks with more credibility than former executioner Ron McAndrew who describes what it is like to smell someone as they die by electrocution, and to watch someone's head smoke as they die. I cannot believe that we are actually considering the electric chair a viable form of 'justice' in the United States in 2014."
Claiborne, who is in the middle of writing a book speaking out against the death penalty, begged Haslam personally last month to halt the execution of 10 inmates currently set to die later this year. more >>
WASHINGTON – The father of United States Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has stated that he considers religion and government "interrelated."
At an event sponsored by the Family Research Council and featuring various notable conservative Christian leaders, Pastor Rafael Cruz told The Christian Post that religion and politics are connected. Cruz compared the fate of the United States to that of Ancient Israel when it came to the relationship between religious belief and public policy.
"When Judah had a righteous king or Israel had a righteous king, the whole country followed the Lord. When Israel or Judah had a wicked king, the whole country went to idolatry," said Cruz. more >>