Hundreds of Christian conservatives gathered in the blistering heat in Nashville on Constitution Day Thursday, to rally for religious freedom in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling and called on the state to uphold its definition of marriage as being a union between one man and one woman.
As a crowd of over 400 gathered for the "Stand in the Gap for Truth" rally hosted by the Tennessee Pastors Network outside the state's Legislative Plaza, a number of issues, from the Iran deal to same-sex marriage, were discussed by prominent Evangelicals and state lawmakers.
Among the speakers who participated in the event was the husband of jailed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, Joe Davis, the father of presidential candidate Ted Cruz, Rafael, Bishop E.W. Jackson and former Southern Baptists Convention Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission president Dr. Richard Land. more >>
Madonna's brother, Christopher Ciccone, who is openly gay, has backed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who was recently jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, saying it is part of her religious freedom to deny the licenses.
"The county clerk … deserves about as much support as you would give her if she were a Muslim [woman] who insisted on covering her face and refused not only gay marriages licenses, but divorce, accusations of rape and driving a car without your man's approval," Ciccone, who directs music videos, wrote on his Facebook page Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A judge had ordered Davis, the Rowan County clerk, to issue marriage licenses, but she cited "God's authority" as the reason to defy the June Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage across the nation. The judge ordered her arrest, and warned that any other clerk who refuses to issue licenses could also be found in contempt of court. more >>
A new campus policy has been proposed at the University of California that seeks to limit freedom of speech so that students and faculty have the "right" to study or work "free from acts and expressions of intolerance."
The policy proposal, which has been deemed a "statement of principles against intolerance" was discussed by a committee of university regents on Thursday, and aims ban so-called intolerant speech, yet protect its students' and faculty's freedom of expression at the same time.
The policy defines intolerance as being "unwelcome conduct motivated by discrimination against, or hatred toward, other individuals or groups," and includes "acts of violence or intimidation, threats, harassment, hate speech, derogatory language reflecting stereotypes or prejudice, or inflammatory or derogatory use of culturally recognized symbols of hate, prejudice, or discrimination." more >>
The head of the 80 million-member Anglican Communion has announced that the global body's leadership will meet next year to consider a restructuring of the Communion to allow for sharp disagreements on issues such as homosexuality and gay marriage.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby announced Wednesday that the 37 primates from across the world will meet in January over the future of the Communion, including matters like sexual ethics and environmentalism.
"I have suggested that we need to consider recent developments but also look afresh at our ways of working as a Communion, paying proper attention to developments in the past," stated Archbishop Welby. more >>
Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and other second-tier Republican presidential candidates shared differing views Thursday night on whether Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and other public officials have the right to exercise their religious belief in traditional marriage while serving public office after the Supreme Court has nationalized same-sex marriage.
During CNN's first Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, which featured the four lowest polling GOP presidential nominees, Jindal was first asked to give his opinion on the 14-year-old Muslim student in Texas who was wrongly arrested for bringing a clock to school and how America should handle the fine line between keeping America safe from radical Islam and not discriminating against Arab-Americans.
After Jindal gave a response bashing radical Islam that challenged Muslim leaders to stand up against extremism, he added that the biggest discrimination problem that America should be focusing on is the discrimination against Christians who publicly stand by their religious belief in natural marriage. Jindal referenced Davis, a Christian Kentucky county clerk who was jailed last week for refusing to issue marriage licenses due to her objection to having her name and title authorizing same-sex marriage certificates. more >>
An ABC News/Washington Post poll released on Tuesday has found that the majority of Americans believe that Kentucky clerk Kim Davis should be required by law to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and said that equality under the law trumps a person's religious beliefs when the two come in conflict.
Davis, who was jailed for six days for being in contempt of federal court after refusing to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples, will be honored by conservative groups with the Family Research Council's
"Cost of Discipleship Award" for her stance. more >>