Since the 2012 elections, the number of states sanctioning same-sex marriage has doubled, but in the rush to appease some outspoken and politically-connected citizens, are the religious liberties of others being trampled?
That's the worry in Hawaii, where the State Senate recently voted 20-4 to legalize same-sex "marriage," repealing a constitutional amendment passed by popular vote in 1998 that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Governor Neil Abercrombie called the vote in a special session, hoping to make Hawaii the 15th state to participate in this social experiment. Governor Abercrombie has already signed a law recognizing civil unions between same-sex couples, which took effect in early 2012, and grants the same rights and benefits as marriage in the state. more >>
The Rev. Billy Graham doesn't mean as much to me as he has meant to many other Americans. I am 30 years old, and the lion's share of his ministry was accomplished in my parents' and grandparents' generation. While I have an almost indescribable respect for him, I've never met him and I cannot count myself among the 215 million individuals who have heard him preach in 185 countries around the globe. His significance in my life has been largely historical.
And you know what?
The same is true of most millennials I know. The stream of generations carries great figures past our shores and far downstream. The heroes and heroines of one generation fade as time passes, and unless we're intentional about preserving their legacy in the culture then they will be handed over to the historians. more >>
A controversial 600-plus page manual used by the military to train its Equal Opportunity officers teaches that "healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian" men hold an unfair advantage over other races, and warns in great detail about a so-called "White Male Club."
"Simply put, a healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian male receives many unearned advantages of social privilege, whereas a black, homosexual, atheist female in poor health receives many unearned disadvantages of social privilege," reads a statement in the manual created by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI).
The manual, which was obtained by Fox News, also instructs troops to "support the leadership of people of color. Do this consistently, but not uncritically," the manual states. more >>
Something is happening in America that is going largely unnoticed by the secular press. A seismic shift in public opinion is taking place on one of the most controversial issues in our culture today – and the proponents of death-on-demand are getting desperate.
New polling data indicates Americans are changing their mind on abortion. It's understandable, given the preponderance of medical evidence. Ultrasound images clearly reveal that a pre-born baby is, in fact, a human being and not (as the lie often gets told) a 'blob of tissue.' When that so-called blob is waving back at you, sucking his thumb or having the hiccups, it's hard to buy the lie. As a result pro-abortion advocates are resorting to some pretty creative (and deadly deceptive) ways of trying to support their cause.
Take for example, NARAL Pro-Choice America, one of the largest pro-abortion groups in the country. To try and shore up continued support for their political position, the organization, along with several other pro-abortion groups, is sponsoring a writing contest. Using the tag line, "Every choice has a story," women are invited to enter a writing contest that explains why they chose an abortion. more >>
The Vatican news agency Fides reports today that two new mass graves containing a total of 30 bodies were found in Sadad, an ancient Christian town of some 15,000 people between Damascus and Homs, bringing to 45 the number of residents killed there by Islamist militias since October 21.
Surviving relatives and friends uncovered the graves after government forces recently recaptured the town from rebels. Those killed were reported by the local Syriac Orthodox metropolitan, who presided over 30 of their funerals this week, to be Christian civilians, including women and children. A list of their names was provided to the Catholic press. The Islamist rebel militias of Al Nusra Front and Daash were identified by eyewitnesses as responsible for this war crime.
The battle also resulted in the destruction and looting of the town, including its homes, hospitals, schools, government buildings and electrical, telephone, and water capabilities. St. Theodore's Syriac Orthodox Church and a number of the 4,000-year-old Assyrian town's 14 other churches and a monastery have been desecrated. more >>
In a new book on American evangelicals, political scientist Corwin Smidt finds that how evangelicals view the importance of tradition was the best predictor, among several alternatives, of a range of political views and actions.
Smidt, professor emeritus at Calvin College and the former director of the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics, offers a wealth of data about evangelicals in American Evangelicals Today. It is only the third book to examine evangelicals from a social, theological and political perspective, after James Davidson Hunter's American Evangelicalism (1983), and Christian Smith's American Evangelicalism: Embattled and Thriving (1998), Smidt noted in a Wednesday interview with The Christian Post.
Smidt said that it is more helpful to compare evangelicals to other religious groups than evangelicals to non-evangelicals. Compared to all non-evangelicals, evangelicals appear to be a strange group. But, comparing evangelicals to other religious groups - mainline Protestants, black Protestants, Catholics, other religious groups and the unaffiliated - the differences are not as great. The unaffiliated tend to be the most different when comparing the main religious groups. more >>