Sherri Shepherd has broken her silence in a televised interview one week after a Pennsylvania judge declared that she is the legal mother of a surrogate baby that she does not want.
The former "The View" co-host was cheerful but evasive when asked about a recent legal battle with her estranged husband, Lamar Sally, over 8-month-old Lamar Junior (L.J.), who was born via a surrogate.
Last year, Sally, 43, sued Shepherd, 47, for child support and won the case last week when a judge ruled in his favor and Shepherd is now listed as the baby boy's legal mother on his birth certificate even though she wanted nothing to do with him. more >>
Baltimore mother Toya Graham is being heralded as "mom of the year" by the city's police commisioner after she was captured on camera grabbing and smacking her 16-year-old son in order to get him away from Baltimore protests that erupted on Monday after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a young man who died in police custody on April 19.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts went on television and publicly thanked and applauded Graham for her actions.
"These are Baltimore youthful residents, a number of them came right out of the local high schools there on the other side of Mondawmin and started engaging in this. I think these were youth coming out of high school and they thought it was cute to throw cinder blocks at the police department and address it that way. And if you saw in one scene you had one mother who grabbed their child who had a hood on his head and she started smacking him on the head because she was so embarrassed," Batts said. "I wish I had more parents that took charge of their kids out there tonight." more >>
Scripture calls Christians to raise our children in a manner consistent with Godly principles. "Train up a child in the way he should go," Proverbs tells us, "And when he is old he will not depart from it." This is wise advice for parents, and it extends to all the ways we can support parents in their role, including and especially the education of our children – body, mind and soul.
God has endowed each child with dignity, value and unique gifts, which require an education that addresses the whole child. As Evangelicals, we of course focus first on a child's spiritual development, but I wonder if we've fully considered our role in supporting the development of a child's mind and body. In order for the next generation to share their gifts with the world – as leaders in ministry, commerce, art, and every sphere of life – they must have a solid education in which to grow their talents, to empower their potential. For this reason I'm standing shoulder to shoulder with other leaders in the Faith & Education Coalition, such as Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the NHCLC and Elder Bernice A. King of The King Center, to advocate for educational equity.
The intersection of faith and education offers a powerful nexus of support for our students. They need to see that their parents, pastors, and Sunday School teachers value education and the hard work required to learn. They need to see that we, along with their teachers, are setting expectations high, calling them to maximize the gifts and talents God has placed in each them. Our students need to hear that it is a matter of Christian stewardship to develop their intellect, to learn about the world around them and discover their unique role. more >>
WASHINGTON — Although the American Sociological Association has promoted the idea that there is no harm done to children raised by same-sex parents, a traditional marriage activist blogger, who was raised by her lesbian mother, asserted on Friday that there is no such thing as an "intact household" for a child raised by same-sex parents.
Next Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Obergfell v. Hodges case on whether the 14th Amendment requires states to license gay marriages. In a discussion hosted by the Alliance Defending Freedom, nationally-recognized blogger Katy Faust, who professes her Christian views on marriage at AskTheBigot.com, argued that not only are the ASA's claims misleading, but more focus needs to be put on the stories of emotional distress told by children who grew up with same-sex parents.
"It's hard because all of who we hear from now in this debate are adults and we are starting to hear more voices of adult children who have gay parents speaking about saying, 'I support a child's natural right to be in a relationship, to be with both her mother and father because I didn't get that,'" Faust explained. more >>
Three family members of a Muslim woman who converted to Christianity then married a Christian man were all charged with the murder of an Iranian activist they blame for influencing her conversion in Texas on Wednesday. The father was also charged with murdering the Christian convert's husband 10 months after the activist was killed.
Her father, Ali Irsan, 57, is charged with capital murder in the case. His wife, Shmou Ali Alrawabdeh, and their 21-year-old son, Nasim, are charged with murder according to KHOU.
Gelareh Bagherzadeh and Coty Beavers were both shot to death in 2012 for their relationship with Nesreen Irsan, a young Muslim woman who left her home and faith to marry Coty, a Christian. Nesreen's father, Ali Irsan, was upset with her decision and decided to punish her by killing her husband and the woman he blamed for encouraging Nesreen to convert to Christianity. more >>
Religious leaders from a wide array of denominations have released a joint statement reaffirming their support for traditional marriage ahead of the Supreme Court's hearing of oral arguments on Tuesday. The Christian leaders have said that reaffirming marriage as being between one man and one woman is vital for protecting children and offering them both a father and a mother.
"As religious leaders from various faith communities, we acknowledge that marriage is the foundation of the family where children are raised by a mother and a father together," the statement reads, in part.
The Rev. Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, the Most Rev. Foley Beach, the archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, and Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone, the archbishop of San Francisco and chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, are just some of the notable names that have signed the letter. more >>