Actress Jenn Gotzon, who made her Hollywood breakthrough in the film "Frost/Nixon" portraying the president's daughter, Tricia Nixon, is in Washington, D.C., this week to help present two screenings of the movie "Doonby." The screenings of the mystery film with an underlying message about life's choices are intentionally timed to coincide with the March for Life and the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade case.
Gotzon spoke to The Christian Post on Wednesday about "Doonby" and the subject of abortion from her perspective as a Christian and an actress with a leading role in the movie.
Both free film showings, at the Landmark E Street Cinema Thursday at 7 p.m. ET, and at (Marriott) Residence Inn Friday at 4 p.m. ET, are sponsored by NET TV, a new television station broadcasting "uplifting movies" through Verizon Fios Video on Demand in over 18 cities nationwide. "Doonby" is planned for wide release in April. more >>
The Obama administration's record in cases litigated so far involving the contraceptive mandate is at 10 losses and only four wins, according to Alliance Defending Freedom, which released a "scorecard" of the more than 40 cases so far over the Health and Human Services requiring employers, including religious organizations, to provide insurance that cover contraception, sterilization and some abortifacient drugs.
"Americans should be free to honor God and abide by their consciences at work, home, and church," said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. "Washington politicians can't confine our faith to the four walls of our homes and churches alone. Honoring God is important every day, in all areas of life, including in our work. The Obama administration's attacks on faith and business prove that it doesn't respect either one."
ADF and allied attorneys filed a motion for an emergency injunction last Friday following a notice of appeal filed in a lawsuit challenging the abortion pill mandate on behalf of Grote Industries, based in Indiana. The emergency motion in Grote Industries v. Sebelius seeks to suspend the mandate against the Catholic-owned auto lighting manufacturer while its appeal of a district court decision goes forward. more >>
The "Weekend of Prayer To End Slavery and Trafficking," which kicks off Friday and goes to Sunday, hopes to mobilize prayers and awareness in America to end modern-day slavery and human trafficking.
Tim Gratz, director of Keys Coalition and a vice chair of the Weekend of Prayer, told The Christian Post that this annual multiday event had in its roots in previous smaller scale efforts. "Tomas Lares of Orlando, Fla., had a national prayer event last year but on a much smaller level last year," said Gratz. "Two local anti-trafficking groups, one from Maryland and one from Key West, associated with him and soon added several other anti-trafficking leaders from several other states who formed the leadership task force."
Gratz also told CP about the many things that can be done and needs to be done in order to end modern human trafficking. "First, foremost, we need God's guidance and counsel. Effective legislation is important. So is reducing demand, and there is a well-established link between pornography and the demand for commercial sex," he said. more >>
Stanford Law School has established the nation's only Religious Liberty Clinic, enabling students under the professor's supervision to represent clients who are fighting to win legal battles on the grounds of religious freedom in America.
The clinic will offer participating law students the opportunity to engage in disputes arising from a wide range of religious beliefs, practices, and customs, the school announced this week.
"Part of what we are trying to do is show our students and our community how religious liberty is a natural right that is for all of us and that all too often religious liberty disputes are really debates about the merits of the particular religious practice involved rather than the liberty," the clinic's founding director, James A. Sonne, told The Christian Post on Wednesday. "We want to show that this is something for everybody regardless of your religious background and practice." more >>
WASHINGTON – A human rights activist with more than 25 years' experience in ministering to persecuted Christians said Tuesday that many Christians are "ignorant" of the extent of persecution globally.
Dr. Ron Boyd-MacMilan, chief strategy officer for Open Doors International, told The Christian Post that the church in America and elsewhere should spread greater awareness of what is happening to Christians in many parts of the world.
"I think the key thing though is that the church needs to get its story out to the worldwide church better," said Boyd-MacMilan. "There are still far too many Christians in the world that are either just ignorant or even deliberately so of the true extent of Christian persecution." more >>
A law firm representing a woman fired from a university position over an opinion column critical of the gay rights movement filed a petition of rehearing a month after a loss in court.
The petition, filed on New Year's Eve 2012 to the en banc (or full court) of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Crystal Dixon, was submitted in part by The American Freedom Law Center.
"Consequently, there can be no harm to the University's legitimate interests in permitting its employees to engage in a public debate in a local newspaper on a significant social issue," reads the petition. "Unfortunately, it appears that Defendants seek to monopolize the 'marketplace of ideas' by only permitting the public expression of personal opinions that comport with the official orthodoxy established by the University in violation of the First Amendment." more >>