It appears that Jesus and jazz hands don't mix.
That's the gist of a legal battle in Auburn, N.Y., pitting City Hall against a summer glee camp hosted in the Case Mansion a building owned by the First Presbyterian Church.
The city's code enforcement officer issued a cease-and-desist order in July — alleging the church's musical theater glee camp was a zoning violation. And more than five months later – the wheels of justice are finally beginning to turn. more >>
Undercover Boss is usually a wonderful program that allows CEOs to see what is happening on the ground in their companies and reward hard workers accordingly. However, this particular episode profiled Doug Guller, the CEO of Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill, who fired a bartender after she decided not to dehumanize herself by wearing a T-shirt instead of a bikini top on television and "rewarded" another employee for her loyalty by promising to pay for her breast enlargement surgery. (See videos below.)
The episode was so bad that Cosmopolitan released as scathing review saying, "what's also crazy is that CBS aired all this as if it were good fun and zany reality TV, not horribly misogynistic workplace discrimination." Writers like Rebecca Rose observed that Guller "has always been totally tone deaf about the sexism he enthusiastically promotes and frankly seems to enjoy having offending people with his business practices." more >>
"For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him." – Philippians 1:29
Defense of God's design for natural marriage – along with the God-given, constitutional freedom of conscience to decline participation in and, thereby, endorsement of, its unnatural and sin-based counterfeit, so-called "gay marriage" – is now among America's premier civil-rights struggles. I know from whence I speak, as 10 years ago I was fired from a major fortune 100 company for writing, on my own time and on my home computer, an op-ed acknowledging the requisite binary male-female nature of authentic marriage and human sexuality.
Rather than rolling over and accepting this injustice, I sued in federal court. God used that situation not only to bless me and my family with a significant monetary settlement, but to place me on the front lines in the fast-escalating war against religious liberty. I share this not to boast, but, rather, to encourage you – to illustrate God's marvelous faithfulness in my own life. more >>
The Duggar family has a rather unique way of celebrating Christmas: instead of focusing on gifts or decorations, the family throws a birthday party for Jesus.
"The true spirit and true meaning of Christmas is really what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has done for us," eldest son, Josh, told People magazine. "People ask, 'Why don't the Duggars have a big massive Christmas tree?'"
Duggar matriarch Michelle replied: "Well, we celebrate Jesus' birthday. So we have a big Happy Birthday Jesus banner and we really try to focus on the real meaning of Christmas." more >>
In the midst of all our preparations for our Christmas celebrations, something serious appeared on the horizon. A former Evangelical, Valerie Tarico, wrote an article on Salon called "Why rape is so intrinsic to religion." With a title like that, the week before Christmas: one can only surmise that she intended to provoke.
I feel called to respond to this article, as a Roman Catholic woman intellectual. I know that I have many non-Catholic readers among my Ruth Institute friends, but I have to speak as a Catholic for two reasons. First of all, that is what I am. Secondly, non-Catholic Christianity is not a well-defined thing. One can readily point to non-Catholic Christians who believe all sorts of things. There is no non-Catholic Christian "definitive" or "traditional" interpretation of anything. Say what you like. Believe what you like. But Catholicism has at least this virtue: one can figure out what it actually says and does not say.
Dr. Tarico cites numerous examples of rape stories in a variety of religious traditions: Zeus, Jupiter, Zoroaster and so on. Tucked away within those stories is the story of the virginal conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary. I'm reminded of the old Sesame Street song: "One of these is not like the others." more >>
In this week's Weekly Republican Address, issued by Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, on Christmas morning, the conservative senator-elect reminded viewers of one thing they need to be thankful for this Christmas: their religious freedoms.
As millions of Americans celebrate Christmas with gifts, Christmas trees, reefs, lights, caroling, nativity scenes and other displays, many Americans might take for granted their luxury to celebrate the holidays in any form or fashion they want without having to worry about any consequences or being "silenced".
Although many are claiming that America is waging a war against Christmas and religious expression, Lankford, who won Oklahoma's vacant senate seat by over 38 percentage points in November, said that undeniable religious freedoms granted by the Constitution allow Americans to continue with their Christmas traditions and express the love they have for Jesus. more >>