More than 30 Pennsylvania pastors belonging to the United Methodist Church intend to officiate a same-sex wedding in direct opposition to the denomination's official position on homosexuality.
Clergy and laity recently met at Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia where many in attendance agreed to officiate a same-sex wedding next month.
Rev. David Brown of Arch Street UMC told The Christian Post that the action was done in response to the church trial of one of their peers over his involvement in blessing a gay union. more >>
A California-based web ministry devoted to combating porn addictions and evangelizing those in the porn industry will have a booth at a major sex show held in Canada this weekend.
XXXchurch.com of Pasadena will be witnessing to producers and consumers of pornography at the "Everything To Do With Sex Show" in Toronto, Ontario. Carl Thomas, pastor at XXXchurch, told The Christian Post that the ministry had been going to sex shows since 2002, when they sent volunteers to the Adult Video News (AVN) Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas.
"The concept there was basically we started this website, we're trying to reach out to people not only in the industry but people also that are impacted by the industry in terms of their usage," said Thomas. "We did the AVN 11 years ago. Part of our mission, part of our goal is to try to do more and more so we started doing exoticas in the US and then stepped into Canada." more >>
Self-described "dissident feminist" Camille Paglia recently took feminists and women's studies programs to task for failing to acknowledge biological gender differences. She also criticized the American education system for failing to recognize the unique needs of boys and girls, and suggested there could be a conservative backlash against the cultural message that gender is socially, rather than biologically, constructed.
Paglia, professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts, was at a debate with Jane Flax, scholar in residence in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at American University, on Oct. 8 at American University in Washington, D.C.
In a blog post for American Enterprise Institute, Christina Hoff Sommers, an AEI resident scholar who studies feminism, described Paglia as "that rare intellectual who knows and loves high culture but also appreciates rock stars, drag queens, and soap operas. She has written brilliantly on art history, poetry, film, as well as sex and pop culture. ... She describes herself as a pro-sex, pro-porn, pro-beauty feminist. She is also an openly gay woman who loves men and who deems women's studies intellectually bankrupt." more >>
An ex-gay organization has demanded that public universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia that have LGBTQ resource offices provide a more balanced view on homosexuality.
Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) has stated that several universities must provide resources for homosexuals seeking to change their sexual orientation or face possible legal action.
A notable Welsh singer who first broke through the international music scene while still in her early teens has joined others in denouncing the music industry as "sexist."
Charlotte Church, now 27, stated during the BBC 6 Music's John Peel Lecture that the music industry is a "culture of demeaning women."
A woman is suing a national Christian ministry nonprofit group for wrongful termination, alleging she was fired from her position in 2011 because she was going through a divorce. The woman, Alyce Conlon, claims that two men at the ministry were allowed to keep their jobs after divorces and subsequent remarriages, but she was fired.
Conlon filed a federal lawsuit for wrongful termination in the U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids late last week, alleging that InterVarsity Christian Fellowship [IVCF] wrongfully terminated her after she told her supervisors she and her husband were going through the process of divorce. Conlon had reportedly worked for the nonprofit since the late 1980's, and worked as a spiritual director for the ministry group at its Grand Rapids, Mich. office from 2004 to 2011, where she was then let go. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a nonprofit national Christian ministry group that establishes student-led ministries at hundreds of college campuses across the country.
According to the lawsuit, Conlon alleges that in 2011, she told one of her supervisors that she and her husband were planning on getting a divorce. She was then reportedly put on paid leave so she could try to reconcile her marriage. During this time, the lawsuit claims that the nonprofit's supervisors became "heavily involved" in Conlon's marriage, including contacting her estranged husband without the plaintiff's knowledge and suggesting she go to the marriage counselor of her husband's choice. more >>