Harvest Bible Church Pastor James MacDonald recently denounced Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's 2005 comments on women as "lecherous and worthless."
Pastor MacDonald was part of Trump's evangelical advisory council, a group of mostly conservative evangelical leaders whose involvement in the council did not necessarily equate to an endorsement of the campaign.
In an email MacDonald sent to members of the council on Saturday, MacDonald argued that Trump's 2005 comments were worse than mere "locker room banter." more >>
Nadia Murad, a young Yazidi woman whose family was massacred by the Islamic State terror group while she was kept as a sex slave before she managed to escape and later testify before the U.N. about the genocide of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, has been awarded the prestigious Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize in Strasbourg on Monday.
The Independent reported that Murad, 23, who was initially captured by IS in 2014 and subjected to severe sexual and physical abuse, has been speaking out on the plight of minorities ever since, urging world leaders to do more to protect persecuted people.
The Havel Award, named after a former Czech president, honors outstanding action in defense of human rights, and carries with it a $66,000 prize. more >>
Vatican leader Pope Francis was reportedly saddened by news of two former Roman Catholic nuns who married each other, calling their love a "gift of God."
"What sadness on the face of the pope when I read him the news of the two 'nun' brides," reads an English translation of a Tweet sent out by Vatican Undersecretary of State, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, according to Breitbart News.
The brides in question were only identified by the names Federica and Isabel in a report by the Italian daily La Repubblica, in which they also characterize their love as a "gift of God" that "no one can prevent." more >>
Christian Broadcasting Network founder Pat Robertson dismissed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's 2005 tape where he bragged about groping women as an attempt to look "macho," though Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore has called the situation of evangelical leaders defending sexual assault "humiliating" and a "mess."
"Let's face it. A guy does something 11 years ago, there was a conversation in Hollywood where he's trying to look like he's macho," Robertson said on his CBN show, responding to the Trump tape.
He added: "And 11 years after that, they surface it from The Washington Post to whatever, bring it out within 30 days or so of the election and this is supposed to be the death blow and everybody writes him off, 'Okay, he's dead, now you better get out of the way and let Mike Pence run the campaign.'" more >>
The second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump covered many controversial issues, including a recently released 2005 video showing Trump making lewd comments about women and Clinton's email scandal in which she mishandled classified documents about U.S. operations.
At the 90-minute town hall debate that took place Sunday evening at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, the two presidential hopefuls received questions from both the moderators and attendees who identified as undecided voters.
Below in no particular order are five things of interest that were discussed during the debate between Clinton and Trump. more >>
Conservative groups are speaking out against the latest H&M clothing ad, titled "She's a Lady," which shows two teenage girls kissing.
One Million Moms Director Monica Cole wrote in an article for the American Family Association that her organization "is not sure of H&M clothing company's thought process behind their new television ad, but if they are attempting to offend customers and families, they have succeeded."
Cole described the ad in question: "H&M's newest 'She's a Lady' commercial includes ... a woman wearing skimpy lingerie and ends with two teenage girls kissing while underwater. Parents find this type of advertising inappropriate and unnecessary especially since H&M's target market is teens." more >>