The efforts by several states to pass laws protecting the consciences of people with deeply-held religious convictions against same-sex marriage have ignited a debate that has generated far more heat than light. Charges of state-sanctioned discrimination harkening back to the dark days of Jim Crow have been leveled at the proponents of such laws.
Such comparison to Jim Crow laws are not analogous. As The Christian Post's Napp Nazworth deftly pointed out, Jim Crow laws were government-mandated discrimination based on race whereas the several state legislatures' efforts merely sought to protect private citizens from being coerced by government mandate to violate their consciences.
So, what stance should early twenty-first century Christians advocate and support? more >>
Gov. Terry McAuliffe's (D) nominee for the chairmanship of the Democratic Party of Virginia is facing opposition from a state LGBT caucus over his lack of support for same-sex marriage.
Dwight C. Jones, mayor of Richmond and a Baptist preacher, faces opposition from the LGBT Democrats of Virginia even though his record on other issues pertaining to gay rights have been in line with the caucus.
"Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones banned discrimination against gay city employees. He issued a proclamation to mark the city's Transgender Day of Remembrance. His police chief appointed the city's first LGBT liaison," reported Laura Vozzella of the Washington Post. more >>
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said in an interview that he has "no sense of judgment" on NFL prospect Michael Sam who announced in February that he is gay, and also commented on Pope Francis' recent remarks that he could be open to civil unions.
"Good for him. I would have no sense of judgment on him. God bless ya … Look, the same Bible that … teaches us well about the virtues of chastity and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people. So I would say, 'Bravo,'" Dolan said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, when asked for his views on the issue.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Left's focus on "political correctness" prevents Americans from speaking common sense about political issues, Dr. Ben Carson, former pediatric neurosurgery director at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center who shot to fame last year when he gave a politically incorrect speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, declared In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
"It's time for people to stand up and proclaim what they believe and stop being bullied!" Carson said in his Saturday speech recalling attacks by people intentionally misrepresenting his views. "I'll let you know why I'm not a fan of political correctness, I hate political correctness, I will continue to defy the PC police who have tried in many cases to shut me up," Carson said.
The former doctor attacked left-leaning media for misquoting a statement he made last year at the Values Voter Summit about the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." "I said that Obamacare was the worst thing since slavery," Carson recalled. The media misreported him as saying Obamacare is the same thing as slavery, he alleged. "Of course they're not the same thing. Slavery is much worse," but he argued that this falsehood reveals the strategy behind political correctness. more >>
What do you do when you have no confidence that the party that holds to many of your core values will actually stand up for those values if put back in power? In the aftermath of CPAC, that's the predicament I find myself in when it comes to the Republican Party, and I'm sure I don't speak for myself alone.
Had I been a supporter of Barack Obama and had I been in agreement with the most recent Democratic Party Platform, I would have cause for jubilation.
After all, Mr. Obama held true to his historic, radical, pro-abortion position, one that was celebrated in shocking fashion at the DNC last year and one that was reinforced with the president's infamous "Thank you, Planned Parenthood, and God bless you." Not even the Kermit Gosnell trial could take the wind out of this administration's devotion to the slaughter of the unborn. more >>
In the past decade, many Evangelical churches across the country have increasingly had to wrestle with how to engage members of their congregation who identify as LGBT. But this dilemma has not remained only at the lay level.
In 2012, the leadership staff at the southern California megachurch, Calvary Community Church (CCC), had to grapple with their church's convictions on homosexuality, when Kevin McCloskey, one of the members of the executive team revealed that he was gay and that he would be also be divorcing his wife of 17 years.
Executive Pastor Curtis Johnson declined to speak specifically with The Christian Post about the McCloskey case but agreed to share a more general perspective about how church leadership approached the situation, which resulted in McCloskey's termination. Referring to his former colleague multiple times during the interview as a "friend" and "good guy," Johnson said that CCC leadership sought to make its decision through the lens of its mission. more >>