A Christian florist and grandmother who declined to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding because of her Christian belief in traditional marriage has been fined $1,001 by a Washington court and will be held liable to pay the legal fees incurred by the gay couple, which could "devastate" her financially.
As previously reported by The Christian Post, 70-year-old Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, was found guilty of violating the state's non-discrimination law in February, after referring Rob Ingersoll and Curt Feed to another florist when they asked her to provide the floral arrangements for their wedding.
Although Stutzman sold flowers to Ingersoll for nearly a decade and maintained a positive relationship with him, when he asked her to provide flowers for his same-sex wedding, she felt she could not act against her Christian conviction to serve her friend. more >>
"19 Kids & Counting" star Jill Duggar is now six days past her due date but has no plans of slowing down; she and husband Derick Dillard volunteered at the Compassion Center on Saturday.
Duggar and Dillard posted a photo of themselves happily volunteering on Saturday, showing that Baby Dilly had not yet made his entrance. However, Duggar previously told People magazine that she didn't expect her little boy to arrive on time.
"I have told myself, 'First-time moms often go a week and a half over, so don't get discouraged,'" Duggar said. She noted she was "planning on the baby coming late, no big deal—if you have it in your head that way, you won't get discouraged." She also revealed that if the baby did not arrive on May 24, his due date, he would likely arrive on April 5. more >>
A radio ad campaign has been launched criticizing Catholic officials in New Jersey for suspending and possibly terminating a tenured Catholic school religion teacher who posted on Facebook about how gay activists want to "reengineer" western civilizations into "a slow extinction."
After Immaculata High School religion teacher Patricia Jannuzzi posted about her disgust with the LGBT agenda and asserted her belief that healthy families come from ones that consist of a mother and a father, celebrity alumni from the school voiced their opposition to the post, as well as other celebrities like Susan Sarandon. The celebrity spotlight drew national attention at an alumni petition asking the school to take disciplinary action against Jannuzzi.
Two weeks ago, the school placed the 57-year-old Jannuzi, who has taught for over 30 years, on administrative leave, with pay, and her lawyer is claiming that the school's legal team has indicated that she is likely to be terminated by August. more >>
In his final remarks during a Thursday panel discussing racial reconciliation in America and the importance of urban ministry, African-American pastor, author and syndicated radio broadcaster Tony Evans boldly stated that many of the issues surrounding race in America stem from the social irresponsibility of those within the African-American community.
Speaking at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's Leadership Summit in Nashville, Tennessee, Evans asserted that although the responsibility to alleviate the racial divide also lies with the church and other racial classes who must hold government accountable to change an unjust justice system, black Americans cannot use the existence of racial tensions to justify careless or irresponsible actions.
"There is another side here that needs to be brought to bear and that is black accountability. Because while we want to have the sensibility that we are talking about, and we must have it, we cannot use the reality of race to condone irresponsibility," Evans explained. "Much that goes under the name of race has to do with black irresponsibility." more >>
Oregon's legislature advanced a bill that if enacted would ban sexual orientation change efforts therapy for gay minors.
Earlier this month, the Oregon House passed House Bill 2307, which aims to legally ban medical professionals from engaging in SOCE therapy if a patient is under 18.
"A mental health care or social health professional may not engage in efforts to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity if the recipient of those efforts is under 18 years of age," reads HB 2307 in part. more >>
Robert P. George says the sexual revolution is hurting lower income Americans of all races, not just black communities, with family disintegration contributing to poverty.
In his analysis of the state of American families, George referred to a 1965 government report by the-late politician and sociologist Daniel Patrick Moynihan who believed the crisis befalling the African-American community was due, in part, to the lack of a family structure, which leads to "juvenile delinquency and adult crime."
Moynihan's conclusions about the need for strong families in both the African-American community and America overall "were hard pills to swallow," George said, speaking about the legacy and importance of Moynihan's report on Thursday, at the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's Leadership Summit in Nashville, Tennessee, that discussed the need for a Gospel-centered approach to racial reconciliation. more >>