Former Vision Forum Ministries president Doug Phillips, who resigned from his position after admitting an inappropriate relationship, has accused three of his close friends of trying to tear down his reputation and organization.
On March 13, Phillips' attorney sent a letter to two of his client's personal assistants, Bob Renaud and Peter Bradrick, and a former Vision Forum employee, Jordan Muela, alleging that "the three of you have conspired together, and with others, in an attempt to destroy Doug Phillips, his family and Vision Forum Inc," reported WORLD magazine and Jen's Gems, a watchdog blog for the organization.
Phillips' threat of litigation follows four months after the nonprofit organization that he helped found, Vision Forum Ministries, was shut down by its board of directors after its married leader revealed that he had had an inappropriate relationship. While Phillips retained control of the for-profit Vision Forum, the company cleared out its inventory in November and was shutdown in December. more >>
In his new book A Call To Action, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter warns that the misinterpretation of bible verses can lead to inequality for women.
The 39th president's latest book, fully entitled A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, suggests that there is a connection between scriptural teachings and misogyny, arguing that religious leaders may twist religious texts to make women subordinate to men. Carter's book was released on Wednesday, and it is the 25th book written by the former president.
According to a book review by the Associated Press, Carter suggests in his book that leaders of multiple religions may twist religious texts to denigrate women. The former president recalled his childhood living in the south when white supremacists would twist bible texts to preach segregation, arguing that a similar thing may be happening now with women. more >>
Known for her outlandish costumes, strange hairstyles and bizarre antics, Lady Gaga raised eyebrows this week when she revealed the state of her relationship dynamics with Taylor Kinney.
When describing their relationship on Monday, Gaga, 27, said she happily submits to Kinney, 32, her boyfriend of three years.
"He's totally in charge. I mean, when I am home, I am like, shoes are off, I'm making him dinner. He has a job, too, and he is really busy!" said Gaga. more >>
Pastor Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Ariz., is once again drawing the ire of women on the Internet for sharing his controversial brand of biblical advice. Women should remain quiet during teaching in the church, he says, and should refuse to say as much as "amen."
In a recent sermon clip from his church posted to YouTube on Sunday, Anderson declared from I Timothy 2:11: "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection."
He then jumped over to I Corinthians chapter 14 and declared: "Let your women keep silent in the churches for it is not permitted unto them to speak. But they are commanded to be under obedience as also sayeth the law. And if they will learn anything let them ask their husbands at home for it is a shame for women to speak in the church." more >>
Several of the more than 80 amicus curiae briefs filed for the Hobby Lobby case, Kathleen Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, included references to the work of New York City megachurch pastor Tim Keller.
Keller, the founding and lead pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian, authored Every Good Endeavor with Katherine Leary Alsdorf, the founder of the Center for Faith & Work, in 2012.
The book was cited in friend of the court briefs in favor of Hobby Lobby by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities and a joint briefing from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Coalition of African American Pastors, the Manhattan Declaration, InStep International and 38 protestant theologians, including Rick Warren, Eric Metaxes and Ravi Zacharias. Neither Keller nor Alsdorf co-signed either document. more >>
WASHINGTON – Undeterred by heavy snowfall, supporters and opponents of Hobby Lobby's lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services made their presence known Tuesday morning while the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case, Kathleen Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialty Store v. Sebelius.
Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods are suing the federal government over the HHS' "preventive services" mandate in the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, that requires employers to provide healthcare coverage that pays for prescription birth control and abortion-inducing drugs.
The four contraceptives that Hobby Lobby is seeking exemption from covering include two types of IUDs, and Plan B and EllaOne, the morning after and week after pills, respectively, which they believe would make them complicit in abortion, a violation of their religious beliefs. more >>