Southern Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas said the celebration surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling will be short lived.
Reacting to the excitement surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods Specialties Monday — which allows for-profit businesses to opt out of covering drugs that can lead to the early termination of a pregnancy — Jeffress said that while the Supreme Court has "stopped the greatest attempted assault on religious liberty in history," he also believes "people of faith are going to increasingly come into conflict with governmental mandates that violate their personal faith."
"I do believe (the decision) was a great victory. But I have to say — and I'm not trying to stop the flow of Champagne — I think this victory will be short lived," he asserted during an Interview on Fox News Monday after the decision was announced. more >>
Following the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to allow Hobby Lobby to not cover certain types of birth control on religious grounds, Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Commission, blasted President Barack Obama's treatment of religious liberty issues.
"This administration has shown a shocking audacity when it comes to restricting religious liberty," Moore told reporters on Monday afternoon.
"Not only in terms of the HHS mandate, but also, remember the Hosanna Tabor decision which was decided 9-0 in the Supreme Court, but in which the administration argued against a ministerial exemption, [which] would have put the government in direct supervision of religious entities when it comes to hiring," he continued. "I think there's a general attitude on the part of the administration that's very troubling when it comes to religious liberties." more >>
An effort to repeal a controversial anti-discrimination ordinance in Houston, Texas, that purportedly would allow men to use women's bathrooms has until Thursday to garner enough signatures to be considered or put to a vote on the November ballot.
In May, after an 11-hour meeting, the Houston City Council approved an "Equal Rights Ordinance" by a vote of 11 to 6. The ERO amends Chapters 2, 15 and 17 of Houston's Code of Ordinances, prohibiting discrimination in public facilities and private employment on the basis of "protected characteristics."
Critics of ERO have claimed that it will have several unintended consequences, such as allowing transgendered men to use women's bathrooms. more >>
A Catholic broadcaster, which is the world's largest religious media network, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to protect it from violating its deeply held religious convictions by having to include contraception in its healthcare coverage or paying crippling fines starting July 1.
The Alabama-based Eternal Word Television Network, founded by a cloistered nun and dedicated to spreading the teachings of the Catholic Church, filed its motion for emergency relief with the high court Friday.
On June 18, a federal judge dismissed a suit filed by the broadcaster, which plans to appeal but asked for a Supreme Court injunction before the approaching deadline. more >>
Christian blogger Jessica Turner's post encouraging her fellow mothers to don a swimsuit this summer has gone viral.
Writing on her blog, The Mom Creative, Turner noted that she was saddened that so many of her friends avoided swimsuits and instead "only put their feet in the pool," or were "concerned about what they look like and what others will think to embrace the joy of swimming with their kids."
"When women stay on the sidelines because of insecurity, we are modeling unhealthy behavior to our children and we are missing out," argued Turner. "Your swimsuit does not define you." more >>
While the biggest news to come out of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s 221st General Assembly in Detroit last week was the decision to allow clergy to officiate same-sex weddings in states where gay marriage is legal, pro-life groups are calling out the denomination for its weak stance on protecting babies who survive botched abortions.
By a wide margin last Thursday, the PCUSA's General Assembly voted 465 to 133 against a measure asking its members to reflect, for two years, on the plight of unwanted children, both the born and preborn.
The measure, brought before the members by the Presbytery of South Alabama, was spurred by the murder trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, as well as abortion clinic employees going public about unsafe and allegedly illegal practices that led to the temporary closure of a Delaware Planned Parenthood facility, among others. more >>