Hollywood blogger Perez Hilton will star in a new reality TV series that will follow the lives of single and married gay men who live in New York City trying to balance careers, personal lives and fatherhood.
"Gay Dads Of New York" will showcase Hilton, who welcomed a son via surrogate earlier this year, and a group of other gay dads, living life as "the typical American family," according to Hilton. However, Christian-based organization, American Family Association (AFA), says Hilton's show should not air on television.
"We know, according to research done by Mark Regnerus at the University of Texas, that same-sex parenting is not optimal for children," said Bryan Fischer, director of issues analysis at the AFA, to The Christian Post, referring to a sociology professor's controversial study on the outcome of gay parents' children. more >>
A Colorado judge says a Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs, a ruling that a civil rights group hailed as a victory for gay rights.
Administrative Law Judge Robert N. Spencer ruled Friday that Jack Phillips, the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, will face fines if he continues to turn away gay couples who want to buy wedding cakes.
"The undisputed facts show that Respondents (Phillips) discriminated against Complainants because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage," Spencer wrote. more >>
Speaker of the House John Boehner, when asked if he supports "the Republican Party apparatus" bolstering openly gay candidates, said "I do," unleashing a storm of debate in the GOP. One conservative strategist denounced the episode as a diversion to the real story in politics, the fallout of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."
"Some of our members just aren't as sensitive as they ought to be," Boehner added, speaking at a press conference this week. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, denounced the move as an unnecessary distraction from the failings of ObamaCare. "What's the purpose of the Republican platform if the party isn't looking for candidates who uphold it?" Perkins asked.
In an email statement to The Christian Post, Perkins wrote that "the GOP's latest sideshow comes at the expense of the party's greatest opportunity: capitalizing on America's disgust for Obamacare." He criticized the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) for allegedly spending money to support "two activist homosexual candidates." more >>
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is training Republican candidates to avoid gaffes such as Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" comment, which contributed to the Democratic accusation that Republicans are waging a "War on Women." Female conservative strategists agree that this is a step in the right direction, but insisted it would not be enough.
"You need to be very careful in how you approach any group and what you say," NRCC Chairman Greg Walden, a representative from Ohio, said in a statement Thursday. Walden called the art of designing messages to specific audiences "Politics 101." Politico reported "multiple sessions" where congressional aides were trained in "messaging against women opponents." The report mentioned at least 10 male Republican incumbents facing female Democratic challengers next year.
While this Republican group may be training male incumbents to defeat women, it may also be encouraging women to run as GOP candidates. "Recruiting women candidates is a top priority of the NRCC this cycle," Liesl Hickey, executive director of the NRCC, said in an email statement. "We've had tremendous support from our women members of Congress through our Project Grow initiative," Hickey added. more >>
More than 40 groups have signed on to sponsor an event geared toward combating pornography in the United States.
The National Day of Prayer Against Pornography will take place next Tuesday. The anti-pornography observance is chiefly sponsored by the group Morality in Media (MIM), which is dedicated to combating pornography usage via education and the law.
Patrick Trueman, president and CEO of MIM, told The Christian Post that his group intends to make this an annual event. more >>
I have been a follower of Christ for more than 30 years. During that time I have read innumerable books on Christian living, commentaries, study guides, Christian growth, and fiction. There is probably no category untouched. In addition to reading many books about the Christian life, I have poured over the Bible for both study and reading.
From all the books and commentaries I have used, though, if I were asked of a list of books followers of Jesus should read now to help them understand the Bible better, it would be these two: