Facing corporate and Hollywood pressure, Georgia's Republican Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a religious liberty bill that would have prevented the state government from punishing faith-based organizations, churches and pastors over their opposition to same-sex marriage.
Georgia's "Pastor Protection Act," or H.B. 757, has become quite controversial since it was passed by both legislative houses in February with a number of opponents of the measure claiming it opens the door for discrimination of LGBT people.
After corporations like Disney and Marvel threatened to boycott the state of Georgia if the bill becomes law, the Human Rights Campaign sent a letter to Deal last week containing signatures from several prominent entertainment industry professionals — including actress Anne Hathaway and producer Seth MacFarlane — who also threatened to boycott filming or performing in the state if Deal were to sign the bill into law. more >>
A judge in England has barred a father from taking his 9-year-old son to a Christian church because the boy's Muslim mother fears an opposing worldview will "confuse" the child's faith.
The Daily Mail reports that the boy's father, who cannot be named for legal reasons and lives in Derby County, was born to Pakistani-born parents inside the U.K. and was raised in a strict Muslim household being taught that Christians were "heartless and immoral."
As a non-practicing Muslim, the man and his wife got married in 2003 and led what can be described as a Western lifestyle. But after the woman's father died, she began to become more adherent to conservative Muslim principles after her mother told her that her father was going to Hell because he did not adhere to the strict guidelines of the Muslim faith. more >>
The American Civil Liberties Union and LGBT advocacy groups filed a lawsuit against North Carolina over the state's recently passed ban on transgender bathroom ordinances.
Joined by Lambda Legal and Equality North Carolina, the ACLU suit was filed Monday in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.
"This lawsuit challenges a sweeping North Carolina law, House Bill 2 ('H.B. 2'), which bans transgender people from accessing restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity and blocks local governments from protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ('LGBT') people against discrimination in a wide variety of settings," reads the suit's introduction. more >>
A Mainline Protestant pastor has been found guilty of not serving gluten-free bread during communion and has been defrocked for her indiscretion.
Frankie Shaver, senior pastor at Cheap Grace United Methodist Church, is now the former senior pastor of Cheap Grace United Methodist Church.
Shaver was found guilty on Wednesday by a tribunal headed by members of the Kansas-Alabama Board of Ordained Ministry. more >>
"Fuller house" star Candace Cameron Bure talked about how to push boundaries while staying true to yourself in an article in motto.time.com. She particularly addressed how she deals with pressure from her own Christian brothers and sisters.
"Don't bow to outside pressure," Bure titled the section in which she revealed that a lot of the pressure she endures is from people in her own Christian community.
"There are a lot of people out there who might expect you to uphold their standards, rather than your own. I'm very outspoken about my Christian faith, and I actually face a lot of pressure from others within the faith," the California native said. more >>
Pontius Pilate is inextricably linked to the trial and crucifixion of Christ, and this Easter New Jersey-based megachurch Liquid Church is drawing parallels between the ancient political figure and the current presidential election cycle in the hopes of helping congregants learn how to discern godly leadership.
"As Christians we want our faith to inform our politics, not the other way around," said Liquid Church lead pastor Tim Lucas. In a humor-laced message this week dubbed The Politics of Pilate, Lucas defined "Pilate politics" as when leaders cater to special interests first, calling ancient political figure Pontius Pilate the posterchild for failed leadership and a symbol for what not to do as a public official. Lucas highlighted how the Roman governor's "political compromises" altered the course of history.
"Pontius Pilate really is the perfect politician to represent this moment in American history," said Lucas. "He is cynical, he is calculating and he is under pressure from a bloodthirsty base." more >>