In a tribute to "marriage equality," Sunday night's Grammy Awards featured the "on-air wedding of  couples - gay, straight, old, young, of many races and many colors." In reality, talk of "marriage equality" is nothing of the sort.
According to Ryan Lewis, whose hit song with Macklemore, "Same Love," became last year's gay marriage anthem, and during which song the nuptials took place on TV, the weddings "will be in our minds the ultimate statement of equality, that all the couples are entitled to the same exact thing."
But Lewis's statement raises an obvious question: Why speak only of "couples"? more >>
In 2012, conservative author Dinesh D'Souza produced an anti-Obama documentary, 2016: Obama's America. The film earned over $33 million at the box office and was the highest-grossing documentary since 1982. The outspoken Christian conservative and bestselling author also released a book that year, Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream.
Previously, in 2008, D'Souza gave Obama's half-brother George $1,000 for a medical emergency when Obama would not respond to George's pleas for help. George lives in a 6 by 10 foot hut in the slums of Kenya, and told D'Souza, "You're the only guy I know I can call." George then appeared in D'Souza's documentary, expressing his disappointment that Obama had not responded to his request for help, "he's supposed to help his family."
It doesn't appear to be a coincidence that the Obama administration is now targeting D'Souza for minor campaign finance violations. Last week he was criminally indicted. But what does this really mean? There is an old saying that a good prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and as a former prosecutor, I agree. more >>
The Imago Dei campaign is the latest among a handful of emerging faith-friendly initiatives attempting to defuse heated conversations among Christians on certain polarizing issues, specifically homosexuality. Although this latest evangelical-led movement holds the view that homosexuality is a sin, its supporters affirm that both "straight and gay" people bear the "image of God" — not exactly a newsflash for some Christians, but definitely a necessary acknowledgment as far as those who lead similar organizations are concerned.
Imago Dei, a Latin term translated "image of God," is the name of a new campaign launched last week by the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference that represents 40,000 churches. Joining Rodriguez in affirming the Imago Dei in all people, including "victim and perpetrator; citizen and undocumented; believer and unbeliever," are listed leaders Jim Daly, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, James Robison, and Mat Staver.
"We want to do away with the polarizing, negative rhetoric that seems to captivate and hold hostage conversations within groups. Even in the public sphere, there's so much venom and polarizing rhetoric, and we want, as Christ-followers, to shine the light of Christ with love. It begins with the Imago Dei," explained Rodriguez. more >>
Senior advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, wrote for the White House blog and The Huffington Post that, "A Woman's Health Care Decisions Should Be in Her Own Hands, Not Her Boss's." I couldn't agree more.
Odd then that the administration is trying to insert bosses, many of them against their deeply held religious beliefs, into the private health care decisions of women. Ms. Jarrett writes that, "The ACA (Affordable Care Act) was designed to ensure that health care decisions are made between a woman and her doctor, and not by her boss, or Washington politicians."
In fact, the administration has done the opposite. It has forced employers to act as middlemen between women and their doctors by forcing them to participate in providing four potentially life terminating drugs and the whole gamut of FDA-approved contraceptives, even when they object on religious grounds. And then it thrust the issue right into the portfolio of Washington politicians by making it an election wedge issue, by using it to stoke partisan bickering, and by peddling lies about a "war on women." more >>
Are you Christian, single and want to mingle, but have found very few prospects at the church you call home? If you feel like the clock is ticking and you're tempted to embark on a church quest to find your mate for life, Pastor John Piper has seven questions he thinks you should consider before changing pews.
1. HAVE I ASKED OTHERS FOR ADVICE?
Piper: "Do my elders approve of my move? Have they given their counsel? Don't be a lone ranger Christian, seek wisdom from those who know you and your situation best." more >>
Country music star and "American Idol" Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery began a new tour Thursday and made a powerful declaration before promoting his new album this week.
"I'm not ashamed [of my faith] but I know that everyone doesn't agree with me," the 20-year-old McCreery told FOX411 on Wednesday.
"I wanted to have more songs with religious backgrounds," McCreery said. "When you're out there talking about your faith and what you believe in, you'll face some backlash. But mostly, I've received support." more >>