When Ryan Anderson took the stage at the Western Conservative Summit Saturday morning, he said he was going to be the "bearer of bad news." And yet, Anderson's speech was easily one of the most encouraging and hopeful at the summit, as he provided a way forward for conservatives who care about the defining issues of our day.
Anderson announced he would be speaking about the secondary consequence of the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that redefined marriage.
"The secondary consequence," he said, "will be what happens more immediately … to you, to your charities, to your churches, to your schools, to your businesses." more >>
Online dating site ChristianMingle.com will now allow gay and lesbian users to look for same-sex matches after a settlement of discrimination claims approved by a California judge, who has also asked the company to pay $468,000 to the two gay men who brought the lawsuit against it.
The plaintiffs alleged in 2013 that Spark Networks Inc., which owns the Christian dating website and several other sites, violated California's anti-discrimination law by limiting options for gays. And the agreement now requires that the gateway or home pages ask the user to just identify as a "man" or a "woman," instead of choosing between "man seeking woman" and "woman seeking man," according to The Wall Street Journal.
Some in the Golden State say Christian schools have a license to discriminate. Actually, the opposite may be true.
Earlier this year my BreakPoint colleague, John Stonestreet, told you that the U. S. Department of Education, under pressure from LGBT groups such as the Human Rights Campaign, agreed to create a public, searchable database of Christian colleges and universities that obtained Title IX waivers based on claims of religious freedom.
John and others called it a "Christian college hit list" because it will allow LGBT activists to target Christian colleges for harassment and possible legal challenges. Sen. Ron Wyden and several other Democrats in the Senate say the waivers "allow for discrimination under the guise of religious liberty." more >>
Since Rev. Franklin Graham knows that many Christians feel that they don't have good options this presidential election season, he's advising that they support the candidate most likely to listen to their concerns.
"You're just going to have to ask yourself which of the two [presumptive nominees] do you think we as Christians will at least have a voice with?" the evangelist said to a crowd of about 5,000 assembled on the Capitol grounds in Olympia, Washington on Wednesday as part of his "Decision America" tour, according to The Seattle Times.
While Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, has made it clear that he has "zero faith" in either the Democratic or Republican parties, he encouraged attendees to vote, despite their disdain for either of the presumptive major party presidential candidates. more >>
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.