The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that a Christian University can be denied accreditation because of its opposition to homosexuality.
In a ruling released Wednesday, a three judge panel of the high court concluded that Trinity Western University's "community covenant," which bans a host of behaviors, discriminates against LGBT people and that the Law Society of Upper Canada was justified in denying accreditation.
"TWU wants to establish a law school. Although members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ('LGBTQ') community may apply to the proposed law school, they will not be admitted unless they are willing to sign and adhere to TWU's community covenant," read the ruling. more >>
A federal judge struck down Mississippi's religious conscience protections passed in response to last summer's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide. The religious beliefs of clerks who refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples can't be accommodated, the judge ruled.
The ruling concerns Mississippi's House Bill 1523, which allows businesses to refuse services to gay couples based on religious objections and protects "sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions" of persons, religious organizations and private associations.
I'm quite aware that we will be branded haters and bigots if we simply teach that marriage is the union of one man and one woman or if we believe that kids deserve a mom and a dad. And I know only too well that if we hold to historic Judeo-Christian sexual morals, we will be vilified in the ugliest imaginable terms.
No matter how gracious and respectful we are, no matter how carefully we present our views, we will be attacked, and there's nothing we can do about that other than continuing to speak the truth in love.
Some of those reacting in anger have been deeply hurt and feel personally wounded by our words, believing that we are dehumanizing and condemning them. And so, rather than calling them hypersensitive, we should be as sensitive as possible when sharing the gospel with them. more >>
Prominent conservative author and essayist Mary Eberstadt has released a new book that aims to show liberals of "reason" just how intolerant and incivil today's secularist political Left has become toward traditional religious beliefs on marriage, sex and abortion.
Eberstadt, the author of a number of books who has also been published in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, National Review, First Things and other news outlets, released her new book, It's Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies, last week and spoke in Washington on Tuesday to discuss the main takeaways from her work.
"Today, as opposed to 40 years ago, [social issues] are no longer contested. They are regarded as settled. The progressive secularists side has chalked up victory after victory on cases involving school prayer, obscenity, abortion and same-sex marriage," Eberstadt told attendees at a lunchtime discussion at the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday. more >>
Catholic League President Bill Donohue said it is he who deserves an apology from the LGBT community following remarks by Pope Francis that called on Christians to apologize to gay people and others they have offended.
CNN's Chris Cuomo spoke with Donohue in an interview on Tuesday, where the latter was asked whether he feels like apologizing to the gay community.
"No," responded Donohue. "As a matter of fact, I want an apology from gays! I've been assaulted by gays. I've never assaulted a gay person in my entire life," he said, referring to an incident at a gay pride parade where he recalled being "assaulted by lesbians." more >>
The Rev. Bill Owens, the president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, spoke at the March for Marriage rally in Washington, D.C., blasting President Barack Obama for "deceiving America" by carefully timing his advocacy for same-sex marriage.
"When President Obama was running for president, I had some friends in the gay community who informed me that he was going to say that he was for marriage between a man and a woman in his first term to get elected but he would take the issue up in his second term, and that's what he did," Owens said at the rally, according to CNS News.
"He deceived America," the pastor said in his speech Saturday. "And you must fear no man. I fear no man. I got a lot of criticism, a lot of hate mail for opposing Obama." more >>