A secular foundation is demanding that the Department of Defense investigate several Christian military chaplains, saying they violated federal rules by praying publicly while in uniform at a July event promoting religious freedom, though religious freedom advocates say the charges have "no legal basis."
In a July 25 letter addressed to acting Defense Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, Military Religious Freedom Foundation president Mikey Weinstein contended that Maj. General Dondi Costin, who gave the benediction at the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty's "Torchbearer Award" ceremony in Washington D.C. on July 12, "blatantly violated both Air Force and DOD regulations prohibiting the endorsement of a non-federal entity." Having seen pictures posted online, MRFF also complained about the appearance of Army chaplain Maj. John Scott, who gave the event's opening invocation, and Air Force Deputy Chief of Chaplains Brigadier General Steven A. Schiack, both of whom were also wearing military garb.
In an interview Wednesday with The Christian Post, Chaplain Alliance executive director Ron Crews said that "there is no legal basis for Mr. Weinstein's complaint. A military chaplain has every right to appear in uniform at an event to honor a member of Congress, not to mention a member of the House Armed Services Committee". more >>
Two pairs of lesbian couples are suing New Jersey in order to get insurance coverage for their artificial insemination operations.
Erin and Marianne Krupa and Sarah Mills and her partner Gloria Torres filed suit earlier this month against New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Richard Badolato.
"This civil rights case is about family and the right of all New Jersey women who dream of becoming mothers to access the reproductive healthcare they need to realize that dream on an equal basis, regardless of their sexual orientation," reads the lawsuit. more >>
An academic book that suggests the moral status of pedophilia is unclear, has some prominent social conservatives saying that we are now on a familiar, troubling path toward normalization of things once considered unthinkable.
Prominent defenders of traditional marriage highlighted on their social media pages Sunday a book called Pedophilia and Adult-Child Sex: A Philosophical Analysis by Stephen Kershnar, who is a professor and chair the philosophy department at State University of New York at Fredonia. The 168-page work, which was released last year and recently came to the attention of conservatives, examines the moral status of sexual relationships between adults and children, explores whether those who engage in that kind of sex "have a disease, act wrongly, or are vicious," and engages the surrounding legal issues.
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield describes the book on its website as thus: "This book provides a philosophical analysis of adult–child sex and pedophilia. This sex intuitively strikes many people as sick, disgusting, and wrong. The problem is that it is not clear whether these judgments are justified and whether they are aesthetic or moral. By analogy, many people find it disgusting to view images of obese people having sex, but it is hard to see what is morally undesirable about such sex: here the judgment is aesthetic." more >>
An interfaith coalition of pastors, college officials, and legal scholars have come together to denounce a California bill that would limit religious exemptions for schools.
California's legislature is presently considering Senate Bill 1146, a piece of proposed legislation that critics fear will drastically curb the religious freedom of private academic institutions.
The statement, titled "Protecting the future of religious higher education," was published on the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's website Tuesday and includes signatories from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish backgrounds. more >>
A North Carolina school district that is considering measures that go against state law regarding transgender access to bathrooms and that tells faculty parental involvement in student gender identity issues may be optional has received nearly 2,500 complaint letters.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools decided earlier this year to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and facilities of their chosen gender identity, defying North Carolina's HB 2 law.
In response, the pro-HB 2 group NC Values Coalition created a complaint letter that it called upon concerned citizens to send to the school board in advance of their Tuesday meeting. more >>
A Harlem church known for its controversial signs recently asked if Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would support allowing Dennis Rodman to share a bathroom with his daughter, Ivanka.
Months back, Trump said he was OK with transgender individuals using the bathroom of their chosen gender identity at his hotels.
During a town hall-style event in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center hosted by NBC's "TODAY show" back in April, the billionaire real estate mogul was asked by host Matt Lauer: "If Caitlyn Jenner were to walk into Trump Tower and want to use the bathroom, you would be fine with her using any bathroom she chooses?" more >>