LGBT activists are calling on the city of Dallas to sever a partnership with prominent Baptist megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress and First Baptist Dallas after he asserted last Monday that businesses that oppose religious freedom bills are a greater "threat" than the Islamic State.
Jeffress, the senior pastor at the 12,000-member megachurch, was a guest on the Family Research Council's Washington Watch radio program on May 16 to discuss the Obama administration's recent order that public and Christian schools give students access to go into bathrooms for the opposite-sex if they identify as transgender.
During the interview, Jeffress asserted that IS [also known as ISIS or ISIL] is not the "the greatest threat to freedom of religion in America." more >>
WASHINGTON — Peaceful Muslims who live outside the United States think American society "has gone completely insane" over LGBT issues, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf said on a Monday panel hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
After discussing President Barack Obama's edict directing all public schools to base their bathroom use policies upon gender identity rather than biological sex, the moderator turned to Yusuf to ask how Muslims view the issue.
"Even to think about thinking about it is probably difficult for a lot of Muslims. In the Muslim world ... they think we're a society that's gone completely insane," said Yusuf, an American Sunni Muslim scholar. more >>
Creationist Ken Ham has invited Bill Nye, known as "The Science Guy," to tour the Ark Encounter in Kentucky, the life-size Noah's Ark replica that is due to open on July 7, explaining that he wants to be friends with Nye, not adversaries.
"I want to publicly invite Bill Nye to come visit the Ark, I want to show him personally, or just show him where the entrance is, and let him go on his own, whatever he wants to do," Ham said in a video message posted on Facebook on Monday.
"I'd be thrilled to be able to show Bill Nye through the Ark, and so I'll be interested to know if people out there think Bill Nye will take up my invitation. I hope that he does," he added. more >>
Candace Payne, the Texas mother who posted a video of herself wearing a Chewbacca mask and hilariously laughing out loud, has become an overnight sensation. Her infectious personality and ability to bring joy to others has captivated America. The viral star has made several media appearances and she recently spoke at a youth conference about her strong Christian faith.
In a Facebook video of Payne's appearance at the Regional Fine Arts conference 2016, the technical director of the event explained that he was shocked by Candace "Chewbacca Mask" Payne's guest appearance.
"My executive producer Jon Catron says hang on I have a surprise for ya this was right before we go live on our broadcast. The Chewbacca mask video starts to play and I thought that was going to be it so haha funny funny, and then we pull the lights up and this happened...This Lady is TOO COOL and such a great personality," he wrote along with the posted video of Payne giving advice to youths in her town less than 48 hours after shooting to fame. more >>
The multi-platinum Christian band Casting Crowns is gearing up for the release of their latest studio album, The Very Next Thing.
Scheduled for a September release, the album marks the group's eighth studio album since their debut in 2003. Now with 9 million records sold, the band is striving to go even farther.
"Because we have the honor of walking with people in our churches, we get to see what people are going through — the issues that are impacting everyone now," frontman Mark Hall said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "It is in these situations that ideas are born for what we all need to hear right here, right now. more >>
As many as 500 top evangelical and social conservative leaders, including Dr. Ben Carson and Tony Perkins, will have a closed-door meeting with Donald Trump on June 21 in New York City to ascertain what he has to offer to the country.
"Our goal is to be able to have a conversation that could lead to a better understanding of what Donald Trump has to offer to the country," said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, according to Fox News, which says Trump has agreed to meet with the evangelical and social conservative leaders.
Perkins, along with Bill Dallas of United in Purpose, worked with former Republican candidate Carson, who has endorsed Trump, to arrange the meeting. more >>