Legislators in Idaho are looking into the merits of a bill that if enacted would protect licensed professionals from being legally harassed for acting upon their religious beliefs.
House Bill 426 was introduced last week by Idaho Representative Lynn Luker of Boise and was referred to the House State Affairs Committee where a hearing is still pending.
"No occupational licensing board or governmental subdivision or entity shall deny, revoke or suspend a person's professional or occupational license, certificate or registration for… Declining to provide or participate in providing any service that violates the person's sincerely held religious beliefs or exercise of religion except where performing emergency response duties for public safety," reads HB 426 in part. more >>
A Kansas-based hate group unaffiliated with any Baptist denomination protested at the biggest National Football League game of the year, and has announced plans to stage a protest at actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's funeral.
Westboro Baptist Church held a demonstration showcasing their usual inflammatory rhetoric aimed at homosexuals and the United States near New Jersey's MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
Colorado megachurch pastor Brady Boyd recently had an hour-long conversation with three homosexual men over coffee, which helped him learn at least five lessons about the gay community and the evangelical Jesus-following community.
Boyd, the senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., describes the meeting as "challenging, thought-provoking, enlightening" in a blog post. And, of course, all four of them were tense thanks to stereotypes that exist about gay people and evangelical megachurch pastors, he admits.
But the meeting helped the pastor learn five lessons. more >>
Christian researchers say the "Sex Week" events on college campuses are an opportunity for Christians to share their understanding of sex. While some of the advocacy may be harmful, the discussions can also allow Christians to share evidence that the best and safest sex is in marriage.
"While the content and theology is often anti-biblical at sex weeks on university campuses, you will find that the heart of most of the student leaders is responsibility, not promiscuity," best-selling author and speaker Dannah Gresh told The Christian Post in an interview Friday.
Gresh argued that while sex instructors' hearts are often in the right place, as at the University of Tennessee where they teach students to care about sex workers' rights, they still teach falsehoods. She called for Christians to speak out, not in anger, but with biblical truth in solidarity with these students' goals to educate. more >>
The Westboro Baptist Church has announced its intention to protest television star and comedian Bill Cosby next month and claims that God "rewarded" the entertainer through the murder of his son.
WBC claimed it was speaking out against Cosby, 76, who is scheduled to perform in Kansas City, Mo., on Feb. 1 as part of his "Far from Finished" tour, because he used "fame, fortune and influence" to promote "his own form of righteousness" and fit his "own humanistic notions."
"He has taken on the mantle of an 'activist' and instructed others to obtain an education, work hard, and practice some very basic morality – but he has not instructed them to obey God's commandments," it wrote in a statement. more >>
The Southern Baptist Convention plans to host a summit about human sexuality and its relation to the Gospel in order to equip pastors and church leaders to speak about related issues within their own congregations.
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) Leadership Summit, led by President Russell D. Moore, will address topics ranging from pornography and teen sex to homosexuality.
"As technology advances and the culture changes, the questions that we have to grapple with are often increasingly complex," said Moore, in a statement. "We'll talk about these questions, and how we can be faithful in ministry, gospel-focused in engagement and Christ-shaped spiritual warriors in the ways we seek to wrestle with the principalities and powers of this age." more >>