If you get your news primarily from entertainment shows or social media, you might think that same-sex marriage has already been recognized as a constitutional right. In fact, the Supreme Court held just the opposite in 1972 and has since refused several opportunities to revisit that ruling.
A new hearing will be held on April 28, and defenders of the traditional definition of marriage are just now having their say. On Friday, dozens of briefs were filed in the Supreme Court, urging the Court not to take the step that liberals have declared to be inevitable.
The first of those pro-marriage briefs to reach my attention was filed on behalf of 57 Republican members of the U.S. House and Senate. It was written by a brilliant young lawyer, D. John Sauer, who is a grandson of my friend Dr. Dean Sauer, an influential conservative activist in the 1950s and '60s. more >>
Over 600,000 people were killed in America's bloodiest conflict: the Civil War, which ended 150 years ago this week. Was that struggle inevitable, or did anyone have the foresight to see slavery would tear our nation apart?
In the earliest days of our founding, Rev. Francis Asbury was a voice for the abolition of slavery when few could hear it. He was instrumental in shaping America's culture and laws in defense of human life.
For instance, Francis Asbury made a profound impact on a signer of the U.S. Constitution, Richard Bassett, and the two became close friends. After converting to Methodism, Bassett freed his slaves, paid them as hired labor, and joyfully attended revival meetings with them. more >>
How can the religious community live in peace and harmony with the LGBT community? New York Times columnist Frank Bruni has the solution. Just rewrite the Bible.
In his April 3rd column, "Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana," Bruni, himself gay, recognizes that Christian beliefs are not necessarily grounded in hatred. The problem, he claims, is that, "Beliefs ossified over centuries aren't easily shaken."
Bruni, for his part, wants to shake us free from our fossilized faith. more >>
Lawmakers in North Carolina have proposed legislation to replace a statue of the state's white supremacist former Gov. Charles Ayock at the U.S. Capitol building's National Statuary Hall collection with a statue of world-famous evangelist and North Carolina native Billy Graham.
As each state has the option to send two statues to the U.S. Capitol building to display in its National Statuary Hall collection, a statue of North Carolina's 50th Gov. Charles Aycock has been part of the collection since 1932, even though it has been well documented that the governor was heavily involved in white supremacy campaigns during the late 1890's and early 1900's. more >>
Saddleback Community Church pastor Rick Warren received an outpouring of support from Christians around the world on Easter Sunday, which marked the second anniversary of his youngest son's death.
Believers took to social networking sites last week to share heartfelt messages of love and hope for Warren, who requested prayer on April 1 via his Facebook page as he prepared to preach at Easter services for four days straight. The post garnered more than 39,000 likes and hundreds of comments.
Warren's son, Matthew, who was 27 when he died, took his own life on April 5, 2013, after a long battle with depression. In an emotional prayer request to his 1 million Facebook followers, the Purpose Driven Life author recalled his son's passing as being "the worst day of my life." more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham said in an Easter Sunday message that Christians around the world continue facing higher levels of persecution and violence, and warned that "ugly, anti-Christian bias and intolerance" is changing America.
"Today, untold millions of Christians around the world are celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And millions in many countries risk their freedom and — their very lives — to worship Him and claim His Name. Even under the threat of imprisonment, they faithfully follow, like pastor Saeed Abidini and scores of others," Graham said, referring to the imprisoned Christian pastor and U.S. citizen in Iran.
"Despite the ever extending reach of the murderous hand of Islamist terror groups like ISIS, they continue to gather to pray as we saw in Kenya this week with 148 brutally killed in cold blood," Graham's message continued. more >>