What happened last week with World Vision should make us all take notice. The billion dollar evangelical charity announced they would accept same-sex marriage when hiring employees.
The reaction to World Vision was swift and unambiguous. A number of high-profile evangelical leaders rebuked the organization, and thousands of laypersons added their voices via websites, emails, and phone calls. It seems likely that donations to the charity would have dropped like a stone. Many of those who give to them would have simply switched to support of some other Christian charity with a similar mission. Perhaps some have.
Within two days, thankfully, the organization relented, recanted, and repented. World Vision's own policy states, "We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible authoritative Word of God." So it's hard to understand why they would have made this decision in the first place. more >>
A gay Seattle Boy Scouts leader was left "stunned" after the organization removed him from his position. Open affirmation of his sexual orientation is in direct violation of its rules, the organization said.
"Our policy is that we do not ask people about their sexual orientation, and it's not an issue until they deliberately inject it into Scouting in an inappropriate fashion," BSA spokesman Deron Smith told NBC News.
Geoff McGrath, leader of Troop 98 in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood, was told that he was being removed from his position after being profiled by NBC News, which revealed his sexuality. The 49-year-old software engineer married his longtime male partner in 2008 in California. more >>
Brendan Eich, the new CEO of Mozilla, which is behind the Firefox web browser, is speaking out amid criticism that he made a donation in 2008 to California's amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. Eich said he keeps his personal beliefs and work separate.
Saying he has kept his beliefs out of Mozilla "all these 15 years we've been going," Eich told the Guardian on Tuesday that the principle that he has operated by and that is also formalized in the company's code of conduct "is it's really about keeping anything that's not central to our mission out of our office."
Following Eich's appointment last week, groups on both sides of the gay marriage debate have called for a boycott of Mozilla, based in Silicon Valley, Calif. The dating website OKCupid and some Mozilla employees have asked the software company to remove Eich over his donation to Proposition 8. Meanwhile, conservatives, including Robert P. George, a professor at Princeton University and chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, have refused to use the company's Firefox web browser, citing the tech corporation's criticism of those who support traditional marriage. more >>
One of three boys born to James Merritt, a Georgia Southern Baptist pastor, and his wife Teresa, Jonathan Merritt attended his first religious service at the age of nine days.
"I'm told that I was the main attraction in the nursery: the pastor's newest son, pink-faced and barely a week old. An esteemed member of Buck Grove Baptist Church before I could even pronounce my name," recalls Merritt in his latest book Jesus Is Better than You Imagined.
Merritt and his brothers remained in the spotlight throughout their childhood. more >>
"It feels like a betrayal from every side," might be how blogger Rachel Held Evans' sums up last week's World Vision fiasco over same-sex marriage, but it doesn't exactly convey the mixed feelings of most evangelicals.
In her recent entry on CNN Belief Blog, "How Evangelicals Won a Culture War and Lost a Generation," Evans paints conservative evangelical men and women as uncompassionate by lamenting over "misaligned evangelical priorities" and our "leaving thousands of needy children without financial support." The major flaw in her argument is that conservative evangelicals' reactions were not due to a "disdain" for the LGBTQ people or an abandonment of the needy. It was the result of heavy-hearted commitments to God's Word.
The chaos all started when World Vision embraced same-sex marriage within their employment policy, subsequently recognizing their "mistake" and recommitted to uphold biblical sexual morality. It was the organizations reversal that promoted Evans' blog, in which she launched several inflated accusations against her conservative brothers and sisters in Christ. more >>
The hit series "Modern Family" has been denounced as "poison" for its portrayal of homosexual relationships by Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association. His comments come on the heels of "Modern Family" star Ty Burrell stating that the show had led to "progress" among conservatives against homosexuality.
"'Modern Family,'" Fischer told radio host Kevin Miller, "is designed to make you think that same-sex households are wonderful and the optimum nurturing environment for children. We know that social research indicates exactly the opposite."
Fischer then went on to state that watching the show is "like getting a little bit of poison over a long period of time, eventually getting enough accumulation in where it can be kind of lethal to the organism." more >>