The Rev. Franklin Graham has denounced a $36 million anti-smoking government campaign aimed at 18- to 24-year-olds that features coming out stories and drag queens called "This Free Life."
In a message posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday, Graham took issue with the Food and Drug Administration's initiative, arguing that it's an example of preferential treatment.
"Our Federal Food and Drug Administration is spending $36 million of taxpayer money on an advertising campaign featuring lesbians, drag queens, and transgender individuals to encourage the LGBT community to quit smoking," wrote Graham. "Doesn't everyone need to quit smoking, not just this group?" more >>
Target has seen its stock prices plummet after over 1 million people signed a petition pledging a boycott over its new bathroom policies that allow employees and customers who are men according to their birth sex to go into women's bathrooms and dressing rooms.
The Family Policy Institute of Washington reported that the company's stock fell from $84.10 per share on April 19 to roughly $79.36 on Friday, explaining that a loss of $4.74 per share "would represent a corporate loss of over $2.5 billion," if constant.
Breitbart News also reported on Target's plunging stock prices, arguing that it shows that the company's "favorability among shoppers are crashing as the public rebukes the retail giant for ignoring their vigorous protest against mixed-sex changing rooms and bathrooms." more >>
Today's liberals have betrayed the principles of free thought and open-mindedness they proclaim to profess by using "authoritarian control" to silence conservatives and others who don't share their opinions, conservative author Kim R. Holmes said Wednesday.
Holmes, a historian of political movements and a distinguished fellow at the Heritage Foundation, was the featured speaker at a Heritage Foundation discussion in Washington, D.C. that focused on his recently released book The Closing of the Liberal Mind: How Groupthink and Intolerance Define the Left.
Although the definition of liberalism is to permit the free flow of ideas and protect freedom of expression, Holmes asserts that liberals today have "turned the cause of equality into a weapon that could be used against freedom of speech." more >>
In a move the American Counseling Association has described as hateful towards gay and transgender people, Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a controversial bill into law Wednesday that allows a licensed counselor or therapist to refuse service to clients whose "goals, outcomes or behaviors" conflict with their "sincerely held principles."
"No counselor or therapist providing counseling or therapy services shall be required to counsel or serve a client as to goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conflict with the sincerely held principles of the counselor or therapist; provided, that the counselor or therapist coordinates a referral of the client to another counselor or therapist who will provide the counseling or therapy," notes Senate Bill 1556.
The bill which went into effect immediately, according to The Tennessean, also protects professionals who refuse service under the bill from civil lawsuits, criminal prosecution and sanctions by the state licensing board as long as they coordinate a referral of the client to another counselor who would serve them. more >>
A couple in Oregon who lost their bakery business because they refused to make a gay wedding cake are appealing the decision that found them guilty of discrimination.
Aaron and Melissa Klein were found guilty of discrimination by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and forced to pay $135,000 in damages.
Filed in the Oregon Court of Appeals on Monday, the appeal argues that Oregon violated the religious freedom of the Kleins by punishing them for practicing their sincerely-held religious beliefs. more >>
Colorado's highest court declined to hear an appeal from a Christian baker who was found guilty of discrimination for refusing to service a same-sex wedding ceremony.
The Colorado Supreme Court decided Monday to not hear an appeal from Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Inc., who had been found guilty of discrimination by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
"Upon consideration of the Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Colorado Court of Appeals and after review of the record, briefs, and the judgment of said Court of Appeals, IT IS ORDERED that said Petition for Writ of Certiorari shall be, and the same hereby is, DENIED," read the decision. more >>