As Republican Party leaders met this week in Cleveland to draft and approve amendments to the party's platform, many headlines have surfaced about the proposed additions.
The New York Times is saying that the draft of the Republican Party Platform "goes far to the right," by taking conservative and traditionalist stances on issues such as abortion, sexual orientation change effort (SOCE) therapy, military combat and even the teaching of the Bible in public schools.
Below are seven takeaways from the reported draft of the Republican Party platform that are of particular interest to conservative Christians. The official 2016 Republican Party Platform will not be adopted until next week at the Republican National Convention. more >>
The social conservative advocacy group Family Research Council has withdrawn its support for a religious freedom bill introduced in Congress last year that aims to protect individuals and institutions from being punished by the federal government over opposition to same-sex marriage.
In the wake of last June's Supreme Court decision redefining marriage to include same-sex couples, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) in their respective houses.
The crux of the legislation is to prohibit the federal government from discriminating against or taking action against religious institutions or individuals that act in accordance with their religious beliefs on marriage. more >>
Indiana Governor and former member of Congress Mike Pence was reportedly selected by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to his vice presidential running mate.
According to Roll Call, Trump selected Governor Pence after considering a number of rumored vice presidential running mates including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Below, in no particular order, are five things to know about Pence, touching his religious background as well as his positions on issues like abortion and religious liberty. more >>
One of the largest religious groups in Canada voted to approve a resolution that allows ministers to officiate same-sex marriages.
The Anglican Church of Canada, member of the global Anglican Communion, approved the measure Monday at their General Synod meeting in Toronto.
The Ven. Michael Thompson, general secretary of ACC, explained in a statement Tuesday that while the initial result had the resolution failing, it was later discovered that this was because of problems counting votes. more >>
A conservative Presbyterian church formed in 2012 will soon be splitting one of their regional bodies, or presbyteries, into three entities in response to rapid growth.
The Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians is in the process of dividing up the Presbytery of the Northeast into three new regional bodies.
At present, the Presbytery of the Northeast encompasses the region of New England, stretching North to Maine, as far South as Delware and as far West as Eastern Pennslyvania, with Western Pennsylvania being the Presbytery of the Rivers of Life. more >>
Donald Trump is seriously considering Michael Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and pro-abortion rights registered Democrat, as his running mate, according to reports.
Flynn says women should "have to make the decision" about abortion.
In his search for a running mate, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is serious about Flynn, the former chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency, as his potential vice presidential pick, which could help him project strength and know-how on national security, four sources familiar with the vetting process told The Washington Post. more >>