WASHINGTON — While giving a keynote address at the 11th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning, Texas Governor Greg Abbott asserted that "now, more than ever," is the time for Americans to start praying for the protection of religious liberties in the United States.
As religious liberties have come under fire from secularists and LGBT advocates trying to use the judicial system to promote their political agenda and infringe on First Amendment rights, the 57-year-old Abbott, a conservative Roman Catholic who became a paraplegic after a tree fell on his back in 1984, stated that he is one of many proofs that God really does answer prayers.
"Let me just start by making a very simple point. My very being here today is proof that prayers do work," Abbott told those in attendance at the Marriott Marquis hotel. more >>
Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson has officially entered the 2016 presidential race for the Republican Party. Carson is well-known for his medical accomplishments such as separating conjoined twins, but he is also as well-known for his religious beliefs. The Seventh-day Adventist has relied upon his faith from a young age and continues to do so today. Here is a look at six key elements and issues related to Carson's faith.
1. Carson is a twice-baptized Seventh-day Adventist.
While he was baptized at a young age, Carson asked to be baptized by a different pastor when he was 12, stating that he didn't fully understand the importance of his infant baptism, he wrote in Gifted Hands. more >>
English Dictionary publishers are considering the possibility of adding a new honorific term alongside "Mr.," "Mrs." and "Miss."
Recently an assistant editor with the Oxford English Dictionary stated that the transgender title of "Mx" may soon be added to their list of honorific terms.
Fox News host Megyn Kelly blasted her colleague Bill O'Reilly Tuesday night for insisting that Pamela Geller was wrong to hold a free speech event critical of Islam, specifically radical factions within the faith, where people were encouraged to submit depictions of Muhammad, which some Muslims consider to be insulting and blasphemous.
The two FNC hosts discussed the terror attack at the "Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest" in Garland, Texas, Sunday that left two suspects dead and one security guard injured. O'Reilly took the stance that the event's organizers, Geller and the American Freedom Defense Initiative, provoked the attack.
Kelly, however, retaliated and stated that Geller had the right to organize and hold the event under the protection of the First Amendment. more >>
Two men will be quoting the Bible from memory to raise money for charity to benefit the earthquake recovery in the Asian nation of Nepal.
Tom Meyer and Jason Nightingale of Wordsowers International will begin their marathon memorized recitation of the Bible at noon Wednesday and conclude at the same time the following day.
The event will be held at Shasta Bible College in Redding, California, which will be livestreamed by the academic institution. more >>
Short of calling the attack on the "Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest" in Texas an act of terrorism, three Muslim leaders held a press conference Monday to denounce the acts of two gunmen who shot and injured a security guard outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland Sunday before they were shot dead.
A Sunni Muslim leader from an Irving mosque that opened up the first known Islamic Tribunal in the U.S. in February, was joined by Alia Salem of CAIR and Azhar Azeez of the Islamic Society of North America to condemn both the two men who carried out the attacks, as well as Pamela Geller and the American Freedom Defense Initiative for hosting the event that included a $10,000 prize for the best artistic depiction of Muhammad, which some Muslims consider to be blasphemous.
While Salem said the North Texas Muslim community condemns "the actions of the violent criminals who opened fire at [the Curtis Culwell Center], and are equally horrified by the fact that "the violence was committed by people identifying themselves as Muslim," Azeez, president of ISNA, accused Geller of "disrupting peace and inciting hatred." more >>