The last time he saw his dad, Jacob Abedini was four years old. Today, he turns seven.
An American citizen and father of two children, Saeed Abedini has been held prisoner in Iran since 2012. He was visiting Iran to assist in the launch of a government-approved orphanage.
Inexplicably, and without due process, Abedini received an eight-year prison sentence that (if carried out) is considered a "virtual death sentence" by his legal advocates at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). more >>
Advocates of redefining "marriage" to include same-sex couples use a number of arguments that can best be described as "myths." The reality is often quite different. For example:
MYTH: A "one man and one woman" definition imposes a religious definition of marriage on civil society. REALITY: The definition of marriage is rooted in nature itself. The sexual union of a man and a woman is what reproduces the human race. The durable commitment of that man and woman to one another is what provides children with a mother and father. This is important for people of any religion or of no religion.
MYTH: Children don't actually need both a mother and a father. REALITY: An overwhelming body of social science evidence demonstrates that children raised by their own mother and father, who are committed to one another in a lifelong marriage, are happier, healthier, and more prosperous than children raised in any other household setting. more >>
The Christian Post recently ran the headline, "San Francisco's Largest Evangelical Megachurch to Allow Non-Celibate Homosexuals to Be Members." Apparently, the Elder Board of City Church announced that they would end the practice of preventing LGBT people from becoming members if they are unwilling or unable to practice lifelong celibacy.
"Our pastoral practice of demanding life-long 'celibacy,' by which we meant that for the rest of your life you would not engage your sexual orientation in any way, was causing obvious harm and has not led to human flourishing," Sr. Pastor Fred Harrell writes in a letter "on behalf of the Board and for the Gospel."
The pastor cites social science research, saying it points to "skyrocketing rates of depression, suicide and addiction" among the LGBT people. But will encouraging this sin by our silence help to prevent depression, suicide and so on? No, it will not. What these people need is what all of us need - HOPE! We can't excuse and validate sin...this will only lead to further isolation. more >>
By an almost 2-1 margin, Americans in a recent poll declared they agree that "States and citizens should remain free to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman and the Supreme Court shouldn't force all 50 states to redefine marriage."
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — and her eight other colleagues on the high court — would do well to take notice.
Justice Ginsburg seems oblivious to this strong current in public opinion, however. In an interview with Bloomberg News on Feb. 12, she was asked if she thought "that there are parts of the country that would not be able to accept" a Supreme Court decision declaring "a constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry." more >>
Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald are happy newlyweds and recently spoke about their relationship's progression and living life in the public eye, especially when dealing with assumptions about their marriage.
"People are just making assumptions," Jessa told Memphis' FM 100 on Wednesday about her relationship with Ben and her family's lifestyle in general. "They don't really know us, and I don't let it affect me."
One of the biggest questions and assumptions is that the couple, who married on Nov. 1, will immediately begin their family. Sister Jill and her husband Derrick announced their pregnancy not long after their honeymoon, and many have questioned when Jessa and Ben will start their own family. more >>
A church on the gulf coast of Florida has lost its tax-exempt status after authorities discovered that its building was being used to host nude parties with "the sexiext ladies on the beach" and served as an after-hours nightclub to avid college party-goers visiting the town while on spring break.
Beginning on Feb. 28, the Panama City Church Life Center: A Spiritual Community, run by pastor Markus Bishop, opened its doors to the Spring Break crowd by hosting a week-long event, which has been labeled as "Spring Break Amnesia: The Tabernacle."
According to a schedule for the tabernacle obtained by the Panama City News Herald, events hosted in the church included a "slumber" party with a dress code of pajamas and lingerie, an "anything but clothes" party, a "Mardi Gras" themed party where the schedule asks "what will you do for your beads?" The week-long event also included the "wet and wild" party, a rave-style event, and was capped off with an all-night-long party on Friday. more >>