"I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore" – Helen Reddy
Liz Lemon, hailed as one of the best female icons on television, bid her audience farewell on Jan. 28, leaving women to question if they can really have it all.
Millions of women tuned in every Thursday to see Lemon, the creative writer and business woman, excel in her profession yet desire to have an equally successful personal life. The identification to Lemon's life is uncanny to so many women who struggle to find balance. more >>
Catholic Health Initiatives, the network of hospitals under fire for positioning in a lawsuit that a fetus is not a human being, admitted that they were "morally wrong" to make the legal argument.
"In the discussion with the Church leaders, CHI representatives acknowledged that it was morally wrong for attorneys representing St. Thomas More Hospital to cite the state's Wrongful Death Action defense of this lawsuit. That law does not consider fetuses to be persons, which directly contradicts the moral teachings of the Church," CHI said in a statement released on Monday.
The case in question goes back to 2006, when Jeremy Stodghill lost his wife and his unborn twin sons at St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, Colo., on New Year's Day, after emergency respondent staff failed to detect any fetal heartbeats. The doctors on the scene declined to perform a perimortem Cesarean section on 31-year-old Lori Stodghill, who was 28 weeks pregnant and died at the scene following a massive heart attack. more >>
The Family Research Council and 41 other allied organizations have released an ad in USA Today urging the Boy Scouts of America not to compromise on their ban on gay people serving as leaders in the organization.
The FRC argued in a statement shared with The Christian Post that BSA needs to stand firm on its timeless values and "not surrender to financial or political pressures by corporate elites on the issue of homosexuality." As it has been reported, for the first time last week BSA indicated that they are reviewing their long-held position on gay members.
President Barack Obama has also backed this review, saying in a pre-game interview with CBS anchor Scott Pelley before Sunday's NFL final: "I think that my attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does in every institution and walk of life." more >>
Shane L. Windmeyer, a prominent LGBT activist and leader, "nervously" revealed to the public that he developed a friendship with Dan Cathy, the president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, despite their strongly opposing views on same-sex marriage.
"I spent New Year's Eve at the red-blooded, all-American epicenter of college football: at the Chick-fil-A Bowl, next to Dan Cathy, as his personal guest. It was among the most unexpected moments of my life," Windmeyer begins in a blog for The Huffington Post published earlier this week.
Windmeyer, the co-founder and executive director of Campus Pride, a leading national organization for student leaders and campus organizations working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students, had campaigned against Chick-fil-A for its donations to "anti-LGBT" groups. more >>
The group behind the Manhattan Declaration, signed by more than 500,000 Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians, filed a "friend of the court" (amicus) brief reminding the Supreme Court, which is preparing to take on a number of gay marriage cases this year, of the importance of traditional families.
"Natural law, the nature of the human person, and common sense provide ample reason to preserve marriage as it has always been understood," said John Mauck, a Chicago attorney with the firm Mauck & Baker who submitted the brief, in an email shared with The Christian Post.
The Manhattan Declaration argues that God's plan for the family consists of one father and one mother, which is the type of environment in which children should be raised. It also attempts to show how the traditional male-female family institution has helped children benefit in their development and future growth. It has been signed by a number of notable leaders, including Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, and Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, among others. more >>
A Philippines court recently sentenced a pro-contraceptives activist who demonstrated in a national cathedral in 2010 up to 13 months' imprisonment for "offending religious beliefs."
Carlos Celdran, a 40-year-old tour guide and activist, was found guilty of "offending religious beliefs" according to Article 133, a Revised Penal Code which has been in effect since 1930 and states that no one "in a place of worship or during the celebration of any religious ceremony, shall perform acts notoriously offensive to the feelings of the faithful."
Celdran's sentencing will include anywhere from two months to one year in jail. more >>