The Walt Disney Company has threatened to stop filming in Georgia if Gov. Nathan Deal signs a religious freedom bill that would protect pastors' right to not perform gay marriage ceremonies, among other clauses.
Marvel, which is owned by Disney, has shot major films at the Pinewood Studious outside Atlanta, Reuters reports, including the upcoming "Captain America: Civil War," and "Guardians of the Galaxy 2," but is now thinking of cutting ties with the state.
House Bill 757, also known as the Pastor Protection Act, looks to ensure that religious officials are not required by law to participate in gay marriage ceremonies that go against their beliefs, and also states that it wants to "protect property owners which are religious organizations against infringement of religious freedom." more >>
The National Football League says that Atlanta's chances of hosting a Super Bowl in the coming years could be hindered should the state of Georgia pass into law a religious freedom bill designed to protect faith-based organizations and clergy from government backlash over their opposition to same-sex marriage.
As Atlanta is one of the finalists — along with New Orleans, Miami and Tampa — to host the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls, the league's spokesman Brian McCarthy issued a statement last Friday saying that the religious freedom exemption legislation that has passed in both houses of Georgia's state legislature could hurt Atlanta's chances of hosting the big game.
"NFL policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard," McCarthy said. "Whether the laws and regulations of a state and local community are consistent with these policies would be one of many factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl host sites." more >>
Manny Pacquiao has lost more than just a Nike contract and supporters after speaking out about his stance on homosexuality. Now the Christian Filipino boxer has been banned from the popular oudoor retail and entertainment complex in Los Angeles, California, known as The Grove.
Pacquiao and his entourage caught a movie at The Grove recently, but the mall's owner Rick Caruso said Pacquiao would be banned from the resort-like mall that plays host to many celebrities and Hollywood events.
"Manny Pacquiao is no longer welcome," The Grove owner Rick Caruso told TMZ. "These are statements of hatred. A lot of people from the gay community come to The Grove and they have a right not to feel uncomfortable." more >>
For more than a decade, I've been warning that those who came out of the closet — meaning, gay activists — want to put conservative Christians in the closet.
I've been saying that, in the LGBT activist lexicon, "tolerance" means the intolerance of all views but their own, "diversity" means their way or the highway, and "inclusive" means the exclusion of all opposing opinions and values.
Day by day, we are watching all this unfold before our eyes. more >>
Christian groups are denouncing ABC network's new comedy series "The Real O'Neals" for mocking Christianity and exposing children to sexual and expletive-laced dialogue.
Debuting earlier this month, "The Real O'Neals" centers around an Irish Catholic family dealing with a son who came out as gay and parents who are possibly filing for divorce.
Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, wrote in a column published Wednesday that the television series "shows pure contempt for Jesus and Christianity." more >>
The Ohio Supreme Court implemented a controversial decision Tuesday to stop using gender specific terms such as "husband," "wife," "father" and "mother" on all of rules and forms, opting instead to use gender neutral terms.
In a statement released Monday by court spokesman Bret Crow, the decision came as a response to the U.S. Supreme Court's legalization of gay marriage last summer.
"The terms husband, wife, father, mother, parent, spouse and others were to 'be construed as gender neutral where appropriate' and to remain in effect until the rules and forms were 'amended to reflect the changes contained in this Order,'" Court News Ohio reports. more >>