Officials of a Colorado city have opted to allow a pastor and his family to place the name "Jesus" on a tombstone for his recently deceased wife, reversing a previous decision.
Mark Baker, pastor of Harvest Baptist Church, will now be able to have the name "Jesus" put on his late wife's headstone when originally the city of Sterling had barred it.
Four same-sex married couples have opted to sue Tennessee over the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.
In a lawsuit filed Monday, the couples argue that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional in that it allegedly violates the equal protection and due process clauses.
All four married couples moved to Tennessee after being married in other states that had legalized gay marriage. more >>
What does gun control have to do with health care? As odd as it seems, Obamacare contains provisions that jeopardize gun ownership, especially for veterans. Anti-gun provisions were added to initial drafts of Obamacare legislation under the pretext of prohibiting people with mental illness – which can include PTSD - from owning guns. Fortunately, the NRA stepped in and got some of the worst language revised last December. Senate amendment 3276, Sec. 2716, part c. prohibits the creation of a firearms database and stops doctors from disclosing or collecting information relating to a patient's firearms. Ironically, this provision was probably the only positive result of most members of Congress not bothering to read the bill before voting on it.
However, the provision does not go as far as prohibiting doctors from asking their patients if there are any firearms in their home. In January, Obama issued 23 executive actions and orders regarding firearms. Order 16 stressed that Obamacare does not prohibit doctors from asking patients about their firearms, and the fact sheet includes, "Clarify that no federal law prevents health care providers from warning law enforcement authorities about threats of violence." What constitutes a "threat of violence" could be very arbitrary. This puts doctors in a difficult position by suggesting they act as pseudo-law enforcement agents. It is damaging to doctor-patient privilege. If doctors have a patient with PTSD or mental illness, and they fail to ask the patient about their firearms, or report them to law enforcement, they could be on the hook later. It encourages them to err on the side of snooping into their patients' guns. This is especially troubling considered the definition of mental illness keeps expanding.
The state of Florida implemented legislation that would have severely restricted a doctor's ability to ask a patient about guns at home, but a federal court struck it down as unconstitutional. After the NRA got that provision added, the organization backed off on pressing for further changes, no doubt because trying to get more changes done at that time would have been impossible with the Democratic-controlled Senate and presidency. But there are still areas within our healthcare laws that could prohibit Americans from owning firearms – specifically our veterans. more >>
A 15-year-old orphan boy who recently pleaded in front of a Florida church for a family to adopt him has received close to 1,000 phone calls from families seeking to give him a home.
Davion Navar Henry Only has lived in foster care for his entire life because his mother was in jail when he was born. She died earlier this year.
The teenager currently resides at the Eckerd's Carlton Manor residential group home in St. Petersburg, Fla. with 12 other teenage boys, and recently the young boy made a heartfelt plea at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, located in the same city. Davion reportedly stood up before the entire 300-plus person congregation and begged for a family to adopt him and give him a real home. more >>
A California-based web ministry devoted to combating porn addictions and evangelizing those in the porn industry will have a booth at a major sex show held in Canada this weekend.
XXXchurch.com of Pasadena will be witnessing to producers and consumers of pornography at the "Everything To Do With Sex Show" in Toronto, Ontario. Carl Thomas, pastor at XXXchurch, told The Christian Post that the ministry had been going to sex shows since 2002, when they sent volunteers to the Adult Video News (AVN) Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas.
"The concept there was basically we started this website, we're trying to reach out to people not only in the industry but people also that are impacted by the industry in terms of their usage," said Thomas. "We did the AVN 11 years ago. Part of our mission, part of our goal is to try to do more and more so we started doing exoticas in the US and then stepped into Canada." more >>
An Indiana man will now have to live with a mountain of heartache and a fatherless grandson after he allegedly shot his 19-year-old son dead in front of the teen's pregnant girlfriend after a drunken argument over football last Sunday evening.
The Indiana Daily Student reports that the man, David Carrender, 49, is currently detained at the Morgan County Jail on a preliminary murder charge for shooting his 19-year-old son Wyatt Carrender. Morgan County Sheriff Robert Downey said it was likely the victim's father could face other charges including criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.
Police report that the teen was allegedly shot about 8:25 p.m. Sunday by his father after the two had watched a football game at Buffalo Wild Wings in Indianapolis with family and friends. more >>