While the nation waits for the U.S. Supreme Court to hand down its decision on the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby case, an artist turned abortion activist is attempting to reshape the cultural debate through her art.
Heather Ault is both an award-winning artist and an activist for what she calls abortion rights and reproductive justice. In 2009, she launched a project called 4000 Years for Choice which is described as a "dynamic visual art series devoted to re-visioning the historical and cultural narrative of abortion and contraception." Ault has taken her project all across the country to art galleries, college campuses and abortion clinics.
The artist explains that her work is designed to provide an historical overview of abortion and contraception through the ages by using quotes from notable figures. Ault says, "My use of historical images seeks to replace to the iconic "wire coat hanger" used by the pro-choice movement for decades. Each poster conveys a positive word, such as love, embrace, bless, sing, and celebrate, as a means to critique the feminist battle cry of "fight, struggle, and defend." more >>
Too many are evangelical in name only. After declaring via Twitter she is "leaving evangelicalism" because World Vision will not hire folks within same-sex "marriages," Rachel Held Evans is now "second-guessing" her decision.
Likely jolted by the realization that her female evangelical angst persona sells books, Held Evans is taking a break from blogging to allow the spotlight to pass over her reactionary decision to abandon a community that doesn't endorse all her values.
But here is what Held Evans and the Religious Left don't understand: Evangelicalism is not an identity we slip on and off like a pair of shoes when it is comfortable. It is a counter-cultural uniqueness reflecting our commitment and responsibility to place God's will first in our public and private lives. more >>
Morality in Media, an anti-pornography organization which is part of the Coalition to End Sex Exploitation, is hosting a summit in Washington, D.C. to train people on how to combat pornography and sexual exploitation in their communities.
"We are not going to let the pornographers and pop media continue to push the lies that pornography is victimless, and because of the 'ubiquity' of porn, there is nothing we can do to stop sexual exploitation. There is a strong movement forming and all are encouraged to join us," Dawn Hawkins, executive director for Morality in Media, told The Christian Post Friday.
The event will be held at the Tyson's Corner Marriott in Virginia on May 16-17 and is billed as the conference that will officially kick-start the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation. Hawkins noted that this will be "the coalition's first event, as well as the first national conference on the harms of pornography in 27 years." more >>
On Thursday, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed S.B. 2681, the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, into law, bringing the state into line with federal law on the issue of religious freedom. To their credit, Mississippi's elected officials read the bill's text and did not yield to egregious misrepresentations of what is a fair and reasonable religious liberty measure. Why anyone thinks this bill is a bad thing is tough to know. Why this should be so controversial is even more perplexing.
The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: "Congress shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise" of religion. The aim of the Free Exercise Clause is relatively clear from its text – to protect individuals wishing to freely exercise their faith from being restricting in doing so by the government. Historically, its interpretation by the U.S. Supreme Court has been less clear.
In Sherbert v. Verner (1963), and Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972), the Supreme Court explained that before the government could infringe on and burden religious exercise, it had to show that its burdensome regulations were advancing a compelling government interest, and were the least restrictive means to advance this interest. This requirement is known as "strict scrutiny," which is the toughest standard for the government to meet when it seeks to infringe on constitutional rights. Yet in its 1990 decision Employment Division v. Smith, the Supreme Court significantly restricted free exercise rights, holding that laws infringing on religious exercise did not violate the First Amendment as long as they were neutral and generally applicable. more >>
The pastor of a woman accused of murdering her 3-year-old son and the attempted murder of her 6-year-old son is speaking out about his views of the family and asking people not to judge but to pray.
Laurel Michelle Schlemmer of McCandless, Pennsylvania faces charges of homicide and attempted homicide after trying to drown her sons in the bathtub. This comes after she tried to back up over them with her van, causing one of the boys to have numerous broken bones and the other to suffer from internal injuries. Both boys were hospitalized after the incident, which was labeled an accident. There were no charges brought against Schlemmer, and the boys were left in her custody.
"Um, my two sons," Laurel said in the 911 call released by the Post-Gazette. "I think that they've, they've drowned in our bathtub. I, uh, let my 6- and 3-year old sons play in the bathtub a little bit before their bath this morning. And, uh, I was, and then I went to, to the restroom and, um, took longer than I should have or planned and then I came back. They're unconscious." more >>
A Colorado-based family values organization will be holding a nationwide event focused on high school students discussing matters of Christian faith and morality.
Known as the Day of Dialogue, the event will take place next Thursday with the hopes of having Christian teenagers engage in conversation with non-like-minded friends on these issues.
Candi Cushman, education analyst for Focus on the Family, told The Christian Post that the Day of Dialogue is meant to counter one-sided presentations of social issues. more >>