The city council of Charlotte, N.C., the hometown of world-renowned Evangelist Billy Graham, narrowly voted on Monday to reject a proposed expansion to the town's non-discrimination law that would have made it legal for transgender persons to use bathrooms and other public facilities designated for the opposite sex.
After hearing four hours of public input from supporters and opponents of the proposal Monday evening, the council voted, 6-5, after an hour of discussion, to throw out the entire ordinance bill.
The proposal would not just have given transgenders the right to use the opposite gender's restrooms but would have also made it illegal for Charlotte business owners to decline service in order to uphold their Christian beliefs that same-sex marriages is wrong. more >>
The Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, pastor of the 3,000-member Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, has been missing for over a month after he failed to return home following a trip to North Korea.
Lisa Pak, official spokesperson for both the family of Rev. Lim and Light Korean Presbyterian, told The Christian Post that Jan. 31 was the last time the pastor had contact with those he knew in Canada.
"[Lim] left Toronto on Jan. 27 for Seoul, then flew to China and crossed over the northern border of North Korea into the Rajin region," explained Pak. more >>
Alabama's highest court ordered probate judges in the state to cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, defying a federal court decision.
In a 7 to 1 ruling made Tuesday, Alabama's supreme court concluded that the a recent ruling by a federal judge and the refusal of the Supreme Court to grant a stay in said ruling were not to be honored.
The director and writer of "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" have issued a call to Tom Cruise and John Travolta to speak out about their experience within the organization, including allegations of abuse within.
"I was struck by the film's focus on Travolta and Cruise," Times Talk moderator Logan Hill said on Tuesday. "It seemed designed to and really put specific pressure on Travolta and Cruise to either reform or apostatize."
"The fact is they are the front of the church," director Alex Gibney responded. "They are the reason a lot of people join, particularly Tom Cruise now. They have a recruiting power that's enormous. To put in the film the fact that they are abusing the power they have by not talking out about the church or not even exploring the abuses I thought was absolutely necessary. Otherwise, you have a lot of innocent people that are tumbling into the church on that account." more >>
The North Carolina Ethics Commission has ruled that sexual favors or sexual acts between lobbyists and state government officials don't need to be reported as a gift or "thing of value" in disclosure forms under the state's lobbying laws.
Under North Carolina law, lobbyists are required to report any gift or "thing of value" given to a state government official that exceeds the value of $10. Although sex is something that is often purchased illegally through prostitution throughout the world, the ethics commission ruled in mid-February that sex doesn't hold an official value, therefore there's no need for lobbyists to disclose sex they might've had with a government official.
"Consensual sexual relationships do not have monetary value and therefore are not 'reportable expenditures made for lobbying' for purposes of the lobbying law's expenditure reporting provisions," the commission's advisory opinion states. more >>
A district court judge in Texas has ruled in favor of a diocese of the Episcopal Church that broke away in 2008 over theological differences regarding who controls the diocesan name and property.
Judge John Chupp of Tarrant County ruled Monday that the Diocese of Fort Worth under Bishop Jack Leo Iker owns the name and property of the diocese instead of the mainline denomination.