The trailer for Aaron McGruder's upcoming live-action comedy series "Black Jesus" has been making the rounds on the Internet since last Friday, and some Christians are anything but amused by what the Adult Swim network was teasing as "the most anticipated comeback in history." At least one "violently offended" Illinois pastor, in addition to the activist network One Million Moms, has issued a clarion call for Christians to pressure the network to drop "The Boondocks" creator's new program before it even airs next month.
McGruder's "Black Jesus" features Christianity's revered and central figure living in Compton, California, and going about a "daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers," according to a press release from Adult Swim.
Although two trailers released over the weekend show Jesus (played by Gerald "Slink" Johnson), talking faith and salvation to his neighbors and spearheading efforts for a community garden, "Black Jesus" also shows the faux messiah dropping four-letter expletives and being accused of "smoking all the f------ weed," in addition to being shot at and getting carjacked. more >>
A Colorado baker who was found guilty of discrimination for not baking a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is appealing the decision.
Jake Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop hopes to win at the appellate level after being told that he must serve gay couples wedding cakes and take a diversity course.
Phillips is being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, who filed the appeal in the Colorado Court of Appeals last Wednesday. more >>
Actress Candace Cameron Bure admits that being an outspoken woman of faith has made her the target of criticism. And while she has been criticized for various reasons in the past, she says her critics are after her fashion choices and modesty this time.
In a recent blog post on her website, Bure notes that maintaining her moral integrity while being successful in Hollywood is not as challenging as dealing with the scrutiny she faces through her personal social media accounts.
"The most negativity I receive on FB is about my clothing and modesty. I do realize I took a position of modesty while I was on Dancing With the Stars and because of it, people are that much more attentive to everything I wear. And understandably so!" wrote Bure. more >>
Mac Pier, the CEO and founder of the New York City Leadership Center, sat down with The Christian Post earlier this month and shared about the state of the church in America's largest and most influential city. During his nearly 30 years in the city, Pier has helped to connect churches together through his work on the Concerts of Prayer, a network of congregations praying for each other; Movement Day, a national conference geared at helping churches work in an urban context; and the New York City Leadership Center, which seeks to equip Christian leaders within the city.
Below are excerpts from CP's interview earlier this month in which Pier reveals surprising facts about Christianity in New York. To watch the full interview, scroll down to watch the video embedded below.
1. "One of the demographic realities is that 90 percent of the active Christian church here is non-white." more >>
President Obama signed an executive order Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – ignoring the pleas of Christian and other faith leaders to include an exemption for religious organizations.
"Thanks to your passion and advocacy and the irrefutable rightness of your cause, our government – the government of the people, by the people and for the people – will become just a little bit fairer," the president told a gathering in the White House.
The executive order would prevent Christian and other religious organizations with federal contracts from requiring workers to adhere to the tenets of their religious beliefs. And that includes religious Christian colleges and universities that provide financial aid to students. more >>
On Monday, President Obama issued an executive order barring federal contractors from what it describes as "discrimination" on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Employers should respect the intrinsic dignity of all of their employees, but as I explain in greater detail at the Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal, today's executive order undermines our nation's commitment to pluralism and religious liberty.
The order does not contain any religious-liberty protections - though it does leave in place an older federal regulation that permits religious organizations that favor employment of co-religionists to continue such practices. But there is no protection for organizations that hire based on mission - not on affiliation - to continue to do so. This in effect excludes taxpayers who hold conscientious beliefs about sexuality that run counter to Obama's from being eligible for federal contracts funded with their own tax dollars:
Today's order is problematic for four reasons, but there is at least one thing that can be done in response. more >>