King Abdullah II of Jordan has praised Pope Francis' much-debated remarks about the limits to free speech, and insisted that religious beliefs must not be offended.
"King Abdullah made explicit reference to the words expressed by the pope on the fact that freedom of expression is a right, and in some cases even a duty, but at the same time it has limits, and cannot offend the religious beliefs of others. The monarch defined these considerations positive," said Archbishop Maroun Lahham, patriarchal vicar for Jordan of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, as reported by Fides News Agency on Thursday.
Pope Francis said last week that freedom of speech must be protected, but there should be limits when it comes to causing offense to religions. more >>
Mike Huckabee addressed criticism over writing, "bend over and take it like a prisoner," in a chapter on privacy in his new book, and talked about whether media organizations should publish Charlie Hebdo cartoons after the terrorist attack on the satirical magazine's headquarters.
Huckabee was formerly the governor of Arkansas and recently left his show on Fox News because he is considering running for president. His new book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, tackles a broad range of issues, including same-sex marriage, gun control, education, environmentalism, taxes and foreign policy.
In part one of the interview, he spoke about the need for Christians to uphold and model marriage as a lifetime commitment, and he addressed his statements about Beyoncé that have created the most buzz about the book. more >>
I try to make it a practice to vet the circulating-emails I receive before I forward them on. I think one of the best sources to vet email rumors is truthorfiction.com. They seem to lack a political bias one way or another, and they are discerning in terms of religious rumors. They don't throw the baby out with the bathwater---particularly the baby in the manger.
The other day I received an email that I thought worth checking out. It claimed that in a chapel in a VA hospital, administrators had covered up Christian symbols because of a federal order to do so - in the chapel.
But I checked this out with truthorfiction.com, and there it was labeled as "Truth!" more >>
A spokesman for a conservative Christian organization that lobbies for traditional marriage has come out in support of a bakery that refused to make a cake for a customer who requested that it include the phrase: "God hates Gays."
Azucar Bakery of Denver is currently under investigation by the Civil Rights division of the Department of Regulatory Agencies for possibly discriminating against a customer last March.
Ousted Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran delivered messages of hope for Christians everywhere during two separate testimonies on Sunday, nearly two weeks to the day after he was fired for espousing his religious beliefs in a self-published book and sharing it with subordinates.
In his 2013 book, Who Told You That You Are Naked?, Cochran calls homosexuality "sexual perversion" and "vulgar" and also likens it to "bestiality," among other things. The book targets Christian men, and the married father of three explained his views on sexuality to fellow members at Elizabeth Baptist Church in southwest Atlanta over the weekend.
"The truth will set you free, but I've also found out that the truth will make a lot of people angry and that there are worldly consequences for standing up for righteousness in these current times," he said from the pulpit. "God intended for a man and a woman to procreate in the bounds of holy matrimony, and that's what got me in trouble." more >>
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he disagrees with Pope Francis' comments that there are limits to free speech, regarding the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks. He added that as a Christian, he would be offended if someone insults Jesus Christ, but laws in a free society protect such expression.
"If someone says something offensive about Jesus, I might find that offensive, but in a free society I don't have a right to wreak my vengeance upon them," Cameron told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.
"We have to accept that newspapers, magazines can publish things that are offensive to some as long as it's within the law." more >>