WASHINGTON — Presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., reintroduced legislation in the Senate Thursday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in cases of rape and incest, a measure that passed the House of Representatives by a 242-184 vote last month.
At a Capitol Hill news conference, Graham promised that the bill, titled the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, would be debated and voted on this year.
"This legislation is groundbreaking yet simple at the same time. What I love most about this piece of legislation is how simple it is," Graham said. "Do you believe that at 20 weeks in the pregnancy, five months, when medical encyclopedias are encouraging young parents to sing to their child because they can begin to recognize the voice, that this is a stage in development where you should be very excited because your child is well on their way? Does the government have a legitimate and compelling interest to protect that baby? The answer, I believe, is yes." more >>
Can Evangelicals who are liberal politically continue to affirm orthodox Christian teaching about marriage and sex?
Likely the tension will increase as two prominent voices, one a longtime social justice activist, the other a former Christianity Today editor, announced their affirmation of same sex couples.
"I am finally ready to call for the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church," declared a news release from 80 year old Tony Campolo, a longtime popular speaker, Democratic Party activist and sociology professor at Eastern University in Philadelphia. more >>
The Duggar family of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" reality show has been hit by a new investigation in which the Department of Human Services in Arkansas reportedly called 911 after the family denied agents access to one of the children.
"We have an investigation and I guess they're not being cooperative. We have to see the child to make sure the child is all right. So we just need police assistance," a Washington Country DHS employee is heard telling a 911 operator on May 27, according to information obtained by In Touch magazine.
The magazine noted that it is not known what prompted the investigation, or which one of the children the workers wanted to see. more >>
Here I am at the gym, probably running at a turtle's pace because I'm so into the movie on my screen. I've also caught a 30-year-old man next to me watching Arthur. Clearly, I pick intense gyms.
I'm midway through the movie on ABC Family when I suddenly feel sick to my stomach (and it wasn't from the run). A commercial came on that almost made me fall off the treadmill. It was for a new show that seeks to redefine what the word "family" means … during the hours when many moldable TV watchers are tuning in.
The show is called Becoming Us, a new ABC Family docu-series on Charlie Lehwald's gender transition into "Carly," a woman. It focuses on his son, Ben, Charlie's ex-wife, Suzy, and her daughter as they handle the "transformation" of their father and ex-husband. more >>
Being a chaplain inside a family detention center is an exercise in impossibility. How do you encourage mothers to cry, fearful for their psychological and spiritual well being if they hold everything in, when you know it terrifies their children to see them weep? How do you help people begin to heal when their trauma is ongoing? How do you connect despairing but tenaciously faithful mothers with communities on the outside, as a tiny way to break through their isolation?
As a Sister of Mercy, these questions were part of the reality I witnessed firsthand during my two-month service as interim chaplain at the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC), a detention facility for mothers and children.
For nearly a year, the rapid construction of family detention centers in the U.S. for women and children has resulted in makeshift, overcrowded conditions, mistreatment, health issues, and even malnutrition. Public outrage forced closure of the New Mexico family detention center last winter, yet the Obama administration continues to pursue the failed practice despite the fact that we have a moral obligation to uphold the rights of women and children seeking asylum. more >>
Jep Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame has become the latest reality television star to speak out as a victim of childhood sexual abuse. The youngest of the bearded brothers on A&E's TV series, recently revealed that he was molested on a school bus at age 6, just days after Jill and Jessa Duggar of "19 Kids and Counting" confirmed reports that their older brother, Josh, molested them when he was 14.
Robertson is preparing for the release of a book co-written with his wife, Jessica, titled The Good the Bad and the Grace of God: What Honesty and Pain Taught Us About Faith, Family, and Forgiveness in which he reveals being repeatedly molested by an older girl on the school bus. As a result if this experience, Robertson says he can relate to the public struggle of the Duggar family of TLC's reality series "19 Kids and Counting" who are at the center of a molestation scandal.
"I think we, as a family, just stuck together and prayed a lot," said Jep, before clarifying that he does not know the Duggar family and does not "really know what's in [Josh's] heart," according to "Entertainment Tonight." more >>