WASHINGTON — Speaking on a Thursday panel discussion on international religious freedoms at Georgetown University, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., asserted that although he thinks religion is not "inherently a good thing," the U.S. should do more to influence foreign governments into protecting the religious liberties of their citizens.
Ellison, who grew up in a Catholic household in Detroit and became a Muslim at the age of 19, was asked by Baylor University Chancellor and former U.S. Solicitor General Ken Starr to provide his definition of freedom of religion, and explain what the U.S.'s role is in promoting the freedom of religion abroad.
Ellison began by explaining that freedom of religion is the right of individuals to practice their religion, no matter how unorthodox their personal religious views might be. more >>
An 18-year-old student from an academic institution in Wisconsin has accused a professor of forcing her to omit references to the Bible for a class assignment.
University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County Professor Annette Kuhlman is guilty of religious discrimination for not allowing biblical references in a sociology project, student Rachel Langeberg claims.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has argued that Christians who hold a traditional view of marriage are being "bullied" by society into changing their minds on gay marriage, noting that couples find themselves in an "uncomfortable position."
"There are voices in our culture that no longer think marriage need be for life, or be open to children, or be exclusive, or be between man and wife," Fisher said at a homily, according to a Catholic News Service report on Wednesday.
He added that "some politically, culturally and commercially powerful forces are determined to silence any alternative to the politically correct position in this matter; to bully us all into accepting the deconstruction and redefinition of a fundamental institution; and to relegate questions of what marriage is and is for as secondary to an homogenizing 'equality.'" more >>
A group of health experts gathered on Capitol Hill Tuesday to brief congressional staff members on the new "public health crisis" facing America — the growing use of internet pornography among younger children and the impact it has on their mental growth and social understanding of sex.
The accelerated growth of the internet within the last decade has made it easier now more than ever for children and adults to access free pornographic images and videos, and to get addicted to viewing such materials. Mary Anne Layden, director of Sexual Trauma and Psychopathic Program Center for Cognitive Therapy, told a room full of congressional staffers gathered by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation that internet pornography is becoming America's newest addiction crisis.
In a society where parents are uncomfortable teaching their children about sex and where school systems don't educate their students on all aspects of sex, Layden said that children are seemingly turning to internet porn to get the answers to their sexual curiosity. more >>
The Word of God is under attack in Columbia Heights, Montanna — literally. A billboard park dedicated to displays centered on the Ten Commandments has been the victim of a recent spree of vandalism.
Seventeen of the 21 billboards at the God's Ten Commandments Park have been seriously damaged by an unknown party sometime between Sunday evening and early Monday morning.
Former professional wrestler CM Punk of World Wrestling Entertainment fame says God has better things to do than cheer on a fighter during an MMA cage match, and instead of thanking Jesus, athletes should be thanking their coaches who helped them win.
Punk, who's training for his first mixed martial arts bout, explained his views on faith and sports last week to MMA HEAT's Karyn Bryant.
During the interview, Bryant asked Punk, a professed atheist, his opinion about when MMA fighters thank God for having succeeded in a bout. more >>