The American Family Association, a Christian activist organization, has started a boycott against Planet Fitness gyms because of its "all-inclusive" policy that allows self-reporting transgenders to use locker and shower rooms designated for the opposite sex.
The AFA launched a movement on Tuesday calling on members of Planet Fitness, which has over 900 locations nationwide, to drop their gym memberships and email or call the CEO, Chris Rondeau, to inform him that the company's "all-inclusive" transgender locker room policy puts women and girls in danger.
Randy Sharp, AFA's director of special projects, appeared on Bryan Fischer's "Focal Point" show on American Family Radio to discuss the boycott. He said it's important that franchise owners feel the financial impact of enforcing such a "bad policy." more >>
America's largest Presbyterian denomination has approved an amendment to its constitution that officially changes their definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.
Last year Presbyterian Church (USA) approved a vote on an amendment to change their official definition of marriage from "a man and a woman" to "two people, traditionally a man and a woman."
Known as Amendment 14-F, the proposed change to PCUSA's Book of Order got the necessary number of presbytery votes on Tuesday. more >>
A woman once viciously labeled the "world's ugliest woman" debuted a powerful anti-bullying documentary at the annual South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, over the weekend.
Lizzie Velasquez, who's an author and motivational speaker, premiered "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story," on Saturday, which chronicles her inspiring journey from bullying victim to anti-bullying advocate. The 26 year old suffers from a rare congenital disease that prevents her from gaining weight, and although the syndrome led to her being bullied throughout her youth, she now calls it a "blessing" because she's able to help others.
"I know what it is to be bullied and what is to be bullied online, and I want to be the protector of those who think it won't get better," Velasquez said, according to The Independent UK. "Instead of just taking shelter of my tears, I chose to be happy and realize this syndrome is not a problem but a blessing that allows me to improve myself and inspire other people." more >>
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, of the famous Italian luxury industry fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, and who were at one time in romantic relationship with each other, declared that they believe in "the traditional family." Singer Elton John and gay activist groups are reacting by calling for a boycott of the designers.
"The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging," Gabbana told Panorama magazine, according to First Things.
Dolce added that procreation has to be "an act of love." more >>
WASHINGTON — Respect for the worth and dignity of every human being, a Christian value held in common by liberals and conservatives alike, is helping to unite a broad coalition in favor of criminal justice reforms, such as limits on solitary confinement, Rev. Ron Stief, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, explained.
"Conservatives and progressives are coming together," Stief said, due, in part, to their "universally held Christian values [to] respect the personhood of individuals." The current prison system, he added, "does not see [prisoners] as persons." more >>
ARLINGTON, Va. – A gathering of various Christian groups Tuesday focused on the need to offer legal religious liberty protection for non-church businesses and nonprofits, with one speaker noting that religious freedom concerns are a "spreading problem."
At the two-day spring meeting of the Common Ground Christian Network, held at Restoration Anglican Church, attendees heard from multiple speakers who talked about legal challenges facing parachurch groups and others. Stanley Carlson-Thies, founder and senior director of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, spoke Tuesday morning about several points regarding religious liberty issues at home versus abroad.
"There are religious freedom concerns popping up all over the place," said Carlson-Thies to those gathered, calling it a "spreading problem." more >>