A controversial pastor in Harlem has announced his plans to burn a rainbow flag as part of a multi-day celebration after the church won a case to avoid foreclosure.
ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, New York, was given a reprieve on an effort to foreclose its property when a judge rescinded a foreclosure order from last year.
Iconic conservative activist and author Phyllis Schlafly has died at her home in Ladue, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, on Monday. She was 92 years old.
Schlafly died of cancer while surrounded by her family. According to her official Facebook page, she is survived by her six children, 16 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
"Phyllis Schlafly spent an astounding 70 years in public service of her fellow Americans. Her focus from her earliest days until her final ones was protecting the family, which she understood as the building block of life," noted the post on her Facebook page. more >>
The Church of England is condemning a group of gay clerics who are seeking to out gay bishops and other clergy in the Church, arguing that the accusations could spark a witch hunt against priests.
The Rev. Colin Coward, founder of the gay pressure group Changing Attitude, said that a number of bishops within the CofE are gay.
"There are at least 10 other bishops in the Church who are gay, many of whom are in some kind of relationship," Coward told the Sunday Times. more >>
A national study by the Centers for Disease Control suggests that gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers face more bullying and are also more likely to engage in violence-related risky behaviors, use of drugs and alcohol, and consider attempting suicide.
Nationwide, about 89 percent of students identified as heterosexual, 2 percent as gay or lesbian, 6 percent as bisexual, and a little more than 3 percent said they were not sure of their sexual identity, according to the CDC study, called "Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9–12."
Nationwide, 48 percent of students had had sexual contact with only the opposite sex, 1.7 percent had had sexual contact with only the same sex, 4.6 percent had had sexual contact with both sexes, and 45.7 percent had had no sexual contact, the study found. It also said that among students who had sexual contact with only the opposite sex, 95.7 percent identified as heterosexual; 2.8 percent as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and 1.5 percent were not sure of their sexual identity. more >>
Islamic State militants have reportedly stitched four people's mouth shut with wire simply because they were talking about military victories against the heinous terrorist group.
According to Sputnik News, IS (also known as ISIS and ISIL) jihadis used metal wire to stitch the four victims' mouths shut on Tuesday in the group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul because they were all involved in a conversation discussing the successes of the Iraqi Army in its offensive against IS.
"Four of our residents were discussing the success of the army in a casual conversation about politics, when another man suddenly joined in. He casually discussed with them the defeat of ISIS and offensive operations in Nineveh," a Mosul resident, who chose to remain nameless due to fear of retaliation from IS, told Sputnik International. "Later, all four people were caught. Right where they were standing, their mouths were sewn up with metal wire." more >>
The United Methodist Church is putting a delay on the creation of a commission meant to analyze and possibly suggest changes to the denomination's position on homosexuality.
Earlier this year at their General Conference, UMC delegates approved a resolution that created a commission that would review the Church's positions on homosexuality and gay marriage.
In a statement released Wednesday, the Council of Bishops' Executive Committee noted that an unexpectedly large number of nominees has prompted a delay in the procedure. more >>