A recent decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals declaring state constitutional amendments banning gay marriage are not a violation of the U.S. Constitution is part of a trend in opposition to redefining marriage, Brian Brown and Tony Perkins argued.
The appeals court ruled in a two to one decision Thursday that the state bans of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee were constitutional.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said in a statement that the Sixth Circuit ruling was part of a changing trend in the marriage definition debate. more >>
A regulatory price list recently released by the Islamic State leadership shows that ISIS militants are selling captured Christian and Yazidi girls, as young as one to nine years old, as sex slaves and charging nearly three to four times the amount that they would charge for a grown woman.
A document obtained by IraqiNews.com, issued by the Islamic State, puports to be an updated price guide detailing how ISIS fighters must price their spoils of war, which include female slaves and cattle. The document, which is dated Oct. 16 and was first reported earlier this week, claims that ISIS' sex slave and cattle trading markets have seen a recent decline in demand, and because of that, ISIS' overall revenue has been affected.
The document states that price changes are needed in the face of ISIS' declining revenue from those markets. The terrorists must now abide by the new pricing scheme, or else they could face execution for disobeying Islamic State law. more >>
NEW YORK — Young Christians continue to grapple with how to reconcile traditional and restrictive church teachings on sexual ethics with the intimate relationships they experience and witness in their social circles, according to a religious studies professor and recent surveys.
The traditional Christian view that sex is only to be experienced in heterosexual marriage has been shared by less and less Americans over the years. A 2013 Gallup poll indicates that Millennials (those 18 to mid-30s) are least likely to hold the same view. Americans who claim to be Christians can also be counted among those with liberal views on premarital sex. One could ask if this means that Christian doctrines on sex and sexuality need to be loosened or revised to meet the needs and concerns of the present culture.
Dr. Teresa Delgado, associate professor in the Religious Studies department at Iona College since 2005, appeared on "CP Newsroom" to comment on the changing attitudes of some Christians on matters related to human sexuality. The Theology and Ethics professor noted some of the particular concerns her undergraduate students have shared with her over the years, in terms of conflicted feelings when it comes to their faith and sexuality. more >>
An anti-pornography group is taking aim at Harvard University's "sex week," by calling on people to file complaints against the annual event.
"Harvard's sex week encourages students to participate in acts that resemble or include sexual violence," Dawn Hawkins, executive director for Morality in Media, told The Christian Post. "Research has shown these sex acts very often employ coercion to gain the participation of one partner."
"Normalizing such actions has a profound effect on the participants, and society in general, by excusing sexual violence as 'kink' rather than seeking for healthy intimate relationships," added Hawkins, whose organization released a statement Monday denouncing the seven-day series of events that are based on a variety of sexual topics. more >>
The Benham Brothers, Mike Huckabee and "Duck Dynasty" stars Phil and Alan Robertson were among the thousands of people who gathered at Grace Community Church in Houston Sunday to protest the city's recent subpoena of pastors' sermons about homosexuality, an equal rights ordinance and lesbian mayor Annise Parker.
The now-withdrawn subpoenas were issued by Houston's city attorney in response to a lawsuit filed by opponents of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance that opponents believe would allow men and women who identify as transgender or opposite sex to use the facilities, such as restrooms, of their choice.
Known as HERO, the Houston City Council approved the ordinance in a vote of 11 to 6 in May, and Parker was a strong proponent of the measure. more >>
Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson declared Sunday night that he has no plans to share a restroom with Texas women under Houston's controversial Equal Rights Ordinance.
Robertson, who was one of several speakers at the "I Stand Sunday" event hosted by the Family Research Council and others at Grace Community Church in Houston, Texas, opened his speech with the declaration. "For all you ladies in Texas, trust me when I tell you this, when you're seated in your restroom putting on your Maybelline, when I need to take a leak I'm not going there," Robertson said to wild applause.
The event focused of Christians having the freedom to live out their faith without government intrusion or monitoring. The event was a direct response to the sermons of five local pastors being subpoenaed in a legal dispute over the ordinance, which some say will allow men to use women's restrooms in the city. Houston's first openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, asked the city's legal department to drop the subpoenas last week. more >>