President Barack Obama plans to sign on Monday an executive order that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers from discrimination by federal contractors, the White House said. There is no new exemption for religious organizations.
The order bars federal contractors from discriminating against their employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and protects federal employees from discrimination based on their gender identity.
The move comes after the failure of the White House to have the Employment Non-Discrimination Act passed in Congress, and amid increasing calls by LGBT groups for a measure bypassing legislative approval. more >>
The final two "house of horrors" abortion clinic employees who testified against Kermit Gosnell in the deaths of one patient and three babies killed at his West Philadelphia facility have been sentenced.
The sentencing for the last two of Gosnell's nine employees came just a month after the largest-ever crowdfunding campaign for a film raised over $2.2 million to make a made-for-TV movie about the abortion clinic, which was left unregulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services for 17 years.
Lynda Williams, 45, Gosnell's acting phlebotomist at the Women's Medical Society abortion clinic, was sentenced to serve five to 10 years in prison on two counts of third-degree murder on June 26 by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner. Williams' final sentence was reduced to two and-a-half years in prison. more >>
Men who have never had a positive father figure can learn how to embrace masculinity through the Bible's teachings, says Mars Hill associate pastor Dave Bruskas.
Much of what the Bible teaches, specifically the pastoral epistles found in the New Testament, is that men should learn how to take on their responsibilities by beginning at home. Although the pastoral epistles are letters written by Paul to Timothy with instructions on how to lead as a pastor, Bruskas notes that those passages provide insight on how to be a man whether an individual is called to be a pastor or not.
"Part of masculinity and being a man is what scripture would refer to as shepherding because you shepherd your wife and children. God has put in us an innate desire to do that. I think much of being a man, whether or not you have the office of an elder in a church or you're just really a faithful member is shepherding," said Bruskas, in an interview with pastor Mark Driscoll. more >>
Pro-Life organizations have expressed cautious relief after the U.S. Senate failed to vote in favor of ending debate on a bill meant to counter the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.
Known as S. 2578, if enacted the bill would have compelled businesses like the Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby Inc. to provide all FDA approved birth control methods despite the owner's religious objections to paying for drugs that could cause an abortion.
When S. 2578 was brought to a cloture vote Wednesday, it failed to get the necessary 60 votes to have debate ended and an up-or-down vote be given by the Senate. more >>
John MacArthur, author and pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California recently equated churches that declare support for gay marriage are "Satan's church."
"They have no allegiance to the Bible," said MacArthur, in comments reported by The Blaze earlier this week.
"You go back to every one of those seminaries … for a century [they] have been deniers of biblical authority, they have no relationship to scripture, they are the apostate church, they are Satan's church." more >>
WASHINGTON – The idea that businesses cannot have religious liberty protections because they are not individuals or nonprofits is "total bunk," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Hatch explained that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was sponsored by him back in 1993, was meant for everyone, including business owners.
"[RFRA was] meant to protect everybody and businesses are important as well. If we can impose corrupt or wrong rules on businesses, that would spread corrupt or wrong rules throughout the country," said Hatch. more >>