NEW YORK — Gary Haugen, founder and CEO of human rights organization International Justice Mission, recently visited the American Bible Society in NYC to talk with Gabe Lyons of Q Ideas about his new book, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence.
"Beneath the surface of the world's poorest communities, common violence — like rape, forced labor, illegal detention, land theft, police abuse and other brutality — has become routine and relentless. And like a horde of locusts devouring everything in their path, the unchecked plague of violence ruins lives, blocks the road out of poverty, and undercuts development," reads a publisher description of Haugen's The Locust Effect, co-written with Victor Boutros.
Haugen has led International Justice Mission for 17 years in its mission to protect the world's poorest and most vulnerable from violence, exploitation and oppression. Haugen, formerly a lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice, saw the horrors of unchecked and systematic violence firsthand when he served as director of the U.N. investigative team in a post-genocide Rwanda. more >>
Religious liberty advocates have applauded the recent remarks of President Barack Obama regarding the plight of Christians overseas.
At the 62nd annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., President Obama spoke about religious intolerance abroad and mentioned figures such as imprisoned Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini.
"We pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini. He's been held in Iran for more than 18 months, sentenced to eight years in prison on charges relating to his Christian beliefs," said Obama. more >>
Surrogacy, an arrangement in which a woman carries and births the biological child of another individual or couple who will raise the child, is a complex issue from a medical, legal and moral standpoint, though the few statistics available about the practice suggest it is on the rise.
There are two types of surrogacy, traditional and gestational. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate is artificially inseminated and becomes the genetic mother of the child. In gestational surrogacy a fertilized egg is implanted in the surrogate, who then carries the child until birth but has no genetic relation to the child. more >>
A major crafts retail chain run by a devout Christian family has released a video online putting forth their argument against being compelled to adhere to the Department of Health and Human Services' "preventive services" mandate.
Hobby Lobby Inc., a crafts chain run by the Green family of Oklahoma, posted the video on YouTube on their "Hobby Lobby Case" account last Thursday.
Titled "Hobby Lobby: A Family Business," the four and a half minute video presents an overview of the company as well as interviews from Green family members about their lawsuit against the HHS. more >>
Lawmakers in South Dakota have voted down a bill meant to exempt clergy from being forced to perform same-sex marriages if the state ever legalizes gay marriage.
The South Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee voted down Senate Bill 66 in a vote of four to three on Friday, killing one of two similar bills introduced by State Senator Ernie Otten.
A majority of the Committee concluded that S.B. 66 was unnecessary given preexisting law regarding marriage definition and religious liberty in the state, reported the Associated Press. more >>
One of the primary actors of "Alone Yet Not Alone" says she doesn't blame the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for taking back its nomination of the movie's title song for the Best Song award. Though it was a huge disappointment for her, the rescindment is now a source of encouragement as she believes that more people will hear the song and see the film than ever before.
"We are human and people face feeling isolated and alone – and that's the neatest thing that I think is happening as the result of the Oscar [nomination] being rescinded, is that if people can hear this song that never would have thought of it or heard of it and all of a sudden they are comforted in their own soul that they really aren't alone," Jenn Gotzon, who plays Lydia in the film, told The Christian Post on Monday.
The Academy first nominated "Alone Yet Not Alone" for best song then revoked its nomination two weeks later, saying that song creator Bruce Broughton improperly emailed "members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period." Originally, the nomination had been controversial among Hollywood insiders because "Alone Yet Not Alone" earned just $134,000 in its 21-day run and Broughton is a former governor and current music branch executive committee member, according to The Hollywood Reporter. more >>