A federal appeals court has allowed to let stand an earlier decision upholding the legality of a recently passed California law banning conversion therapy for LGBT youth.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that California's Senate Bill 1172 does not infringe on the constitutional rights of the plaintiffs.
The en banc Ninth Circuit denied the rehearing, arguing that SB 1172 "does not violate the free speech rights of practitioners or minor patients, is neither vague nor overbroad, and does not violate parents' fundamental rights." more >>
Women can serve in deacon and leadership roles within the church, according to the Bible, says David Platt, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., who recently addressed the controversial topic in a sermon.
"There are two schools of thought on whether women can be deacons. One says yes and the other says no. There are bible believing pastors and scholars who I respect greatly that are on both sides of this," said Platt.
He added, "Some of you might think 'look at 1 Timothy 3, it's pretty easy.' It says 'Deacons must be dignified, not double-tongued…their wives likewise, must be dignified, not slanderous…each deacon be the husband of one wife…,' I don't think it's necessarily that easy." more >>
One week after the anniversary of the controversial Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping pro-life bill.
Known as HR 7 or the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act", the House voted 227 to 188 in favor of the proposed legislation.
A range of differing roles are available to women, whether they are work- or home-related. However, the church oftentimes advocates a "one-size-fits-all" model for women's roles which makes them believe they have to adhere to a specific prototype, says Carolyn McCulley, author of The Measure of Success: Uncovering the Biblical Perspective on Women, Work and the Home.
In her book, McCulley, along with collaborator Nora Shank, explain the true meaning of female productivity, according to the Bible. They delve into the topics of feminism and being godly and ambitious while providing a blueprint to single and married women working in or outside of the home to understand God's purpose for their identity.
"I wanted to write this book to help women in all stages of life think clearly about the God-given gifts and opportunities they have, and how to invest those individual and specific situations in light of eternity," said McCulley. more >>
Across the United States people will soon be holding events over a period of seven days to advance the value of the institution of marriage.
Known as National Marriage Week, the annual event will go from Friday, Feb. 7 through the following Friday, which is St. Valentine's Day.
Sheila Weber, executive director for National Marriage Week USA, told The Christian Post that this will be the fifth year for the observance. more >>
The Indian village where a woman was ordered to be gang-raped on the orders of a kangaroo court earlier this week has defended the men who participated in sexually violating her.
Both women and men alike in Chowhatta in West Bengal, India, have come to the defense of the at least a dozen men who attacked a woman, who was punished for having a relationship with man who lived outside of their town.
Authorities have been hampered in their investigations into the horrific gang rape incident, according to The Times of India. Local residents have said that they do not want authorities entering Chowhatta and "interfering in our daily lives." They have also moved to prevent journalists from entering the village and "demeaning their culture." more >>