In an outrageous act of overreach that the Alliance Defending Freedom rightly branded "an inquisition" and "witch-hunt," the city of Houston has demanded that pastors preaching on themes relating to homosexuality and gender identity turn their sermons over to the government for inspection.
So much for the idea that electing a lesbian activist for mayor would have no negative consequences on the religious freedoms of the people of Houston. So much for gay activist "tolerance."
It was bad enough when Mayor Annise Parker undermined the will of the state by campaigning nationally for the redefinition of marriage when the people of Texas had declared in overwhelming fashion that they did not want marriage redefined. more >>
The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city's first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.
"The city's subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented," Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. "The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions."
ADF, a nationally known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five Houston pastors. They filed a motion in Harris County court to stop the subpoenas arguing they are "overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious." more >>
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that it's aiding Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in its treatment and care for 26-year-old ICU nurse Nina Pham of Dallas, who's the first person to contract the deadly Ebola virus in the United States.
Pham, who thanked people for their prayers in a statement released by the hospital, has received a blood transfusion from Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, who has also donated blood to NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, said during a Tuesday news conference that nurses from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta are part of a response team that, during the past 48 hours, has been helping the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian who are caring for Pham. more >>
Your vote counted. No it didn't.
Last week, one unelected judge, overturned the will of 1,317,178 North Carolinians when he declared North Carolina's definition of marriage in violation of the United States constitution. Judge Max Cogburn, appointed by President Obama, said that the definition 61 percent of voters approved just two years ago violated the "equal protection" clause of the 14th Amendment—the same rationale used by judges elsewhere to violate the expressed will of the people. This is beyond absurd.
It's absurd rationally because everyone already has equal marriage rights. Every person has the same equal right to marry someone of the opposite sex. That law treats all people equally, but not every behavior they may desire equally. Same sex marriage and natural marriage are different behaviors with different outcomes, so the law rightfully treats them differently. One behavior perpetuates and stabilizes society, and the other doesn't. more >>
When Robin Williams committed suicide, figures were released on the skyrocketing numbers of middle-aged men taking their lives. Unexpected health problems, derailed careers, financial implosions and exposure of sexual dalliances were some of the factors.
In the past few years there seems to be an epidemic of adulterous and sexually inappropriate relationships coming to light on a regular basis. Let's be honest, it's alarming to many of us onlookers plus causes much fear and trepidation among spouses who ponder the question, "Are we going to be next?"
And it's not just marrieds who are scratching their heads. Religious authorities are struggling watching the chilling increase of moral failures in their ranks. more >>
"Get the government out of marriage" seems to be a favorite libertarian talking point. Among Christian libertarians, "get the government out of marriage," sometimes means, "get the government out of sacraments." One of their arguments for this position follows this chain of reasoning:Marriage is a sacrament. We don't want the state administering sacraments. Therefore, we don't want the state administering marriage.
Here's what is true about this argument:Some marriages are sacraments. We don't want the state explicitly administering sacraments.
Here's what's false about the argument. It implies that all civil marriages are sacramental marriages. Or, at the very least, it only accounts for sacramental marriages and does not account for non-sacramental marriages. more >>