WASHINGTON – Legal and military experts at the social conservative Values Voter Summit, sponsored by the Family Research Council, proclaimed that religious freedom faces dire threats in today's U.S. military, and called on Christians to denounce the Obama administration and the alleged secularization of American society.
"This is Chicago-style thuggery at its worst, manifesting itself through the military," Ken Klukowski, director for FRC's Center for Religious Liberty, told The Christian Post in an interview on Saturday. "It's almost as if President Obama's Organizing for America people are advising the Obama-Hagel Pentagon on how you bully and intimidate Christians and people of faith to stay quiet when you're trampling on their religious liberty rights," Klukowski declared.
The FRC religious liberty director referred to a report, "A Clear and Present Danger: The Threat to Religious Liberty in the Military," which outlines 1200 instances of infringements of religious liberty in the U.S. military in the last ten years. more >>
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – A Christian apologist laid out and responded to some of the most popular arguments for homosexuality in today's culture during Southern Evangelical Seminary's20th annual Christian Apologetics conference in Charlotte, N.C., and deconstructed the argument that people in disagreement with same-sex relationships are "intolerant, homophobic, hate-filled bigots."
"What is good, and what does it mean to be good?" asked Adam Tucker, a certified apologetics instructor and an interfaith evangelism specialist with the North American Mission Board, during a session on the topic of homosexuality on Friday.
"In a classical philosophical sense, good is whatever completes one's purpose according to his nature." more >>
The United States Supreme Court has decided to not hear an appeal from an African-American woman who was fired from an Ohio academic institute for penning a column that was perceived as being anti-gay.
Working during the government shutdown, earlier this week the Court rejected the appeal of Crystal Dixon, former employee at the University of Toledo.
Jonathan Strunk, senior director of university communications for Toledo, provided The Christian Post with a statement from the university's President Lloyd Jacobs. more >>
Routine medical tests to "detect" homosexuals could soon be used in Kuwait and other Gulf states in a bid to keep banned gays from entering Gulf states according to an official from the Kuwaiti health ministry.
Yousuf Mindkar, director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry notes in a Gulf News report that a central committee responsible for the status of expatriates will be looking at the proposal when it convenes on November 11.
"Health centers conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC)," said Yousuf. "However, we will take stricter measures that will help us detect gays who will be then barred from entering Kuwait or any of the GCC member states," he said, in a quote from Kuwaiti daily Al Rai on Monday. more >>
A Mennonite couple that owns an art gallery in Iowa has filed suit against the state's Civil Rights Commission over being threatened with punitive action for refusing to host a same-sex wedding on their property.
Görtz Haus Gallery, a former church turned art gallery facility, filed a lawsuit Monday against the commission in Polk County District Court.
"The Odgaards welcome all customers into the Gallery, regardless of their race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, or disability," reads the suit in part. more >>
A New York City artist modified a copy of the Bible and embedded a small jar of salt on a corner of its cover with the instructions, "Take before reading," as a representation of his artistic approach to reading the scriptures, which he says should be taken with a grain of salt.
"The 'Salis Bible' is a response to fundamentalist Christians who interpret the Bible as inerrant truth, and believe it gives them the right to restrict the freedoms of others in a democracy that promises separation of church and state. It is a request for readers to keep an open mind and to draw their own moral conclusions," Zach Myrow writes on his website.
Myrow told The Christian Post the inspiration for the Salis Bible "had been brewing for years" adding that he considers those who question religion to have a richer life experience versus those who take the Gospel message literally. more >>