When behavior shocks the world — whether a high-profile murder, domestic violence involving a sports star or even corporal punishment uncertainties surrounding a football player — there are always questions: "Where were the signs that this could happen?" "Why didn't we see this coming?"
The sad story of former Baltimore Ravens' running back Ray Rice and his wife, Janay, has brought the epidemic of domestic violence in America to the national forefront.
On Valentine's Day weekend, Ray Rice and his then-fiancée were involved in an altercation in an Atlantic City elevator. Ray struck Janay, sending her into a railing and knocking her unconscious. He then dragged her out of the elevator doors, where hotel staff assumed she was drunk. Rice was suspended two games for the charge, but when the full video of the incident surfaced on September 8, the Ravens cut Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. more >>
A Texas-based group of family planning clinics has cut ties with Planned Parenthood Federation of America so that it will be eligible to receive government funds.
Planned Parenthood Association of Hidalgo County announced Monday that it is no longer associated with Planned Parenthood, and has already changed the name of its affiliated clinics to Access Esperanza Clinics.
"Changing our name and affiliation allows our agency to apply for state health programs and make low-cost services more available for thousands of our low-income women, men and teens," said Patricio C. Gonzales, CEO of Access Esperanza, in a letter posted on the group's website, where she added that it was "a difficult but practical solution." more >>
The advocacy group "Evangelicals for Marriage Equality" responded to recent criticism from Christians arguing against the recognition of same-sex marriage by saying supporters of EME are not compromising Christian beliefs and are instead focused specifically on gay unions receiving the same government recognition and rights as traditional married couples do.
"We've been very clear in our Statement of Belief that it's not our intent to water down our faith or compromise our deeply-held Christian beliefs," EME spokesman Brandan Robertson told The Christian Post. "That's why we've focused specifically on government recognition of same-sex relationships — bestowing the same rights (e.g. hospital visitation, funeral preparation) and tax treatments on a committed same-sex relationship as we do on opposite sex relationships."
Asked to respond to an op-ed by Andrew T. Walker, director of Policy Studies for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, in which he wrote that no "real arguments" were made to support same-sex marriages, Robertson said Walker was misinformed. more >>
Joanne Young, a former medical photographer and author of pro-life pregnancy book Growing With Grace, believes that society does not celebrate pregnancy and motherhood like it once did because too many are consumed with living picture-perfect lives.
"I think it's pretty sad how it is being portrayed nowadays," Young said of pregnancy. The Ohio author believes that Americans are living in an age where everything and everyone – even children – are tossed if the details do not align with their lofty expectations.
"We throw away everything in society nowadays. Our phone doesn't work, we toss it. We don't want a baby, it's not covenant now, we get rid of it," she described. more >>
NFL star Adrian Peterson has been charged with abusing his four-year-old son and took to Twitter to criticize those who were judging him for his behavior, noting that the public was "usurping" God's role as the Ultimate Judge.
"Come to me and rest. Give your mind a break from its habitual judging. You form judgments about this situation, that situation, this person, that person, yourself, even the weather – as if judging were your main function. When you become preoccupied with passing judgment, you usurp My role," Peterson tweeted, citing the book Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young.
Peterson has been formally charged with reckless or negligent injury of a child due to the use of what was called a "switch," a tree branch stripped of all leaves and twigs. He used the instrument to spank his four-year-old son. A doctor was the one to report the boy's injuries, which included cuts and bruises to his buttocks, ankles, leg and scrotum, according to CBS Houston. more >>
Biblical movies are quite popular right now, and the trend continues with the release of "Wayward: The Prodigal Son," due out on Nov. 7.
As may be expected, "Wayward" offers a modern telling of the story of the prodigal son, found in the gospel of Luke. The story centers on a young son who decides he wants to leave his family, takes his inheritance, and goes out into the world. He loses all that he has and returns home, hoping to be taken in as a servant. However, upon returning home, his father runs out to greet him and throws a celebratory party because the son that was lost has now been found.
"Wayward" focuses on the story of Tyler McMillan, played by Landon Henneman, who is the prodigal son of the film. McMillan is described as a "pampered rich kid" who already has everything, gets more, then loses it all. It's a story that all too many parents know but hope never to experience first-hand. more >>