As 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson continues to receive sharp criticism for asserting on Wednesday that being gay is "absolutely" a choice and relying on the notion that prison time can turn some straight people into homosexuals, did the retired neurosurgeon actually present a valid argument on elective sexual orientation in prison?
Following the 63-year-old conservative's comments in an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Politifact followed up with an article attempting to debunk Carson's point that prisons turn "a lot" of heterosexuals into homosexuals while in prison, and contended that American Psychological Association and others in the medical community have concluded that homosexuality is not "a matter of choice."
"Carson said, "A lot of people go into prison straight, and when they come out they're gay,'" the article states. more >>
The New York City Fire Department swore in its first ever lesbian chaplain on Tuesday.
Rev. Ann Kansfield, who ministers at Greenpoint Reformed Church in Brooklyn, New York, is the first openly gay female chaplain to serve in this position. She was profiled by The New York Times in an article published Monday where she shared her attitude toward people's opinions about the FDNY's decision.
"We shouldn't have to hide ourselves or worry about being judged," shared Kansfield, who grew up with firefighters in her family, including her grandfather who worked as an Illinois fire chief. more >>
The city council of Charlotte, N.C., the hometown of world-renowned Evangelist Billy Graham, narrowly voted on Monday to reject a proposed expansion to the town's non-discrimination law that would have made it legal for transgender persons to use bathrooms and other public facilities designated for the opposite sex.
After hearing four hours of public input from supporters and opponents of the proposal Monday evening, the council voted, 6-5, after an hour of discussion, to throw out the entire ordinance bill.
The proposal would not just have given transgenders the right to use the opposite gender's restrooms but would have also made it illegal for Charlotte business owners to decline service in order to uphold their Christian beliefs that same-sex marriages is wrong. more >>
Jessey Eagan, a Christian mother of two and part-time children's director at Imago Dei Church in Peoria, Illinois, has chosen to wear a hijab this Lenten season and has been blogging about her experience #40daysofhijab since she started.
In an interview with The Christian Post on Monday, Eagan explained why she decided to wear the traditional head covering — worn in public by women of some Muslim sects, but not all — and shared some of the the reactions that she's received from both Christians and Muslims.
The following is an edited transcript from CP's Part 1 interview with Eagan. more >>
"19 Kids and Counting" star Josh Duggar and wife, Anna, recently announced the sex of their fourth child.
"Josh thought it was a boy, I thought it was a girl," Anna told People magazine. "Mackynzie wanted a girl, Michael wanted a boy," she said of the couple's two children, ages 5 and 3, respectively. Youngest son Marcus, 1, did not have a preference.
After biting into cupcakes as a family, the couple revealed that they are having a baby girl in July. It's a new experience for Josh and Anna, who grew up quite close to Josh's larger-than-life family in Arkansas. Now the family of four lives in Washington, D.C., where Josh works for the Family Research Council and Anna remains at home with the children. more >>
A Baptist preacher's wife in Alabama who works at a local abortion clinic hit back at her critics Monday, declaring that those who criticize women who work at abortion facilities should first address the sins in their own lives before criticizing what women do with their own bodies.
"I feel that we have all sinned. None of us are perfect. No sin is greater than any sin. I don't know why, other than that's the only decision [abortion] that a woman could make. That's her right to make that decision because that's her body," Callie Chatman, a certified medical technician who works at Reproductive Health Services, told The Christian Post in an interview Monday. Callie's husband is Louis Chatman, pastor of New Elam Baptist Church in Montgomery.
A video posted to YouTube last Thursday by David Day Sr., a Mission Service Corps missionary with the North American Mission Board reportedly shows pastor Chatman "dropping off his wife" at the facility. more >>