Hallmark, America's largest greeting card company, has stirred controversy over a Valentine's Day ad campaign that features gay couples talking about their romantic relationships.
The company launched the social media marketing campaign last month, stating that they wanted "to celebrate romantic love of all kinds."
Known as #CareEnough, the series of video ads posted to YouTube include two same-sex couples, one being two men with a daughter and the other two women. more >>
After the toy company Mattel gave the classic doll Barbie a dramatic makeover with a variety of skintones and body types last month, a woman in Nigeria has taken to Instagram in recent weeks to show Muslim girls how they can transform Barbie into a hijab-wearing icon they can identify with.
While most young girls around the world are accustomed to playing with Barbie dolls that are dressed in fashionable and sometimes sexy dresses, pants and tops, Haneefa Adam, a medical scientist in Nigeria, has created an Instagram account called "Hijarbie" to show Muslim girls that there are alternative wardrobe options for their Barbie dolls.
The Hijarbie Instagram account features pictures of Barbie dolls wearing various forms of modest clothing along with different styles and colors of hijabs (head scarves worn by Muslim women), all of which Adam has crafted herself. more >>
The Institute on Religion & Democracy has called on evangelicals, Catholics, and all Christians to stand together against proposals, backed by a number of Republican presidential candidates, to draft women into combat roles should the need arise.
"Christian leaders should oppose conscripting women into the military. Not only evangelicals, but also Catholics and Christian pacifists should speak out. Can the Church be silent about the potentially coercive militarization of America's daughters?" asked IRD's Evangelical Action Director Chelsen Vicari.
"Women are serving and have been serving their country alongside men. We support and thank them for their sacrifices. Women have important roles to fill in the military, but women also play vital roles in the home. Forcing mothers, daughters, and our sisters to register for Selective Service would be a tragic mistake," she added. more >>
The U.N. Human Rights Council has warned that while much of the world is focused on the crimes of the Islamic State terror group in Syria, the government of President Bashar al-Assad is carrying out the secret exterminations of thousands of detainees.
"Detainees held by the government were beaten to death, or died as a result of injuries sustained due to torture. Others perished as a consequence of inhuman living conditions," the report warned.
"The government has committed the crimes against humanity of extermination, murder, rape or other forms of sexual violence, torture, imprisonment, enforced disappearance and other inhuman acts. Based on the same conduct, war crimes have also been committed." more >>
The pro-life group Center for Medical Progress released its latest undercover video Monday which shows National Abortion Federation officials discussing the sell of aborted babies' tissue for profit as a "win-win."
In the latest video in CMP's investigative series, NAF officials are seen discussing a "group purchasing program" for compensation in the harvesting of baby body parts even though it's a federal crime for any person to profit off of the sell of tissue, organs and limbs going to research.
When the CMP investigator mentions donating a portion of the fees received from researchers to abortion clinics, a NAF representative replies that their members would be interested in such an arrangement. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz said that support by his presidential rivals for drafting women into military service would be both "nuts" and "immoral."
"As I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was, 'Are you guys nuts?' We have had enough with political correctness, especially in the military," Cruz said at a campaign stop in New Hampshire, according to the Boston Globe, referring to Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie agreeing that they would support Selective Service registration for women.
"Political correctness is dangerous, and the idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them into the military and put them in close combat, I think is wrong," he added, also arguing that it would be "immoral." more >>