A Navy chaplain who voiced his biblical beliefs about homosexuality during a counseling session is no longer facing the threat of a career-ending punishment after the Navy disapproved a captain's request to bring the chaplain before the Navy's Board of Inquiry, where he could've been forced out of the service.
The troubles for Navy Chaplain Wes Modder began in 2014 when he was assigned a married gay sailor to be his chaplain's assistant. After about a month as the chaplain's assistant, the assistant began asking Modder questions about his biblical beliefs on human sexuality. After explaining that his Pentecostal faith considered homosexuality to be a sin, the assistant later complained.
As previously reported, Modder's commanding officer, Capt. Jon Fahs of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in South Carolina, sent a memo in February to Navy Personnel Command suggesting three courses of action that the Navy should take against Modder as punishment for expressing his religious views on marriage and sexual morality. more >>
Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis who was jailed for six days after she was held in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, citing her Christian faith, glorified God shortly after her release on Tuesday.
"I just want to give God the glory. His people have rallied and you are a strong people. We serve a living God who knows where each and every one of us is at. Just keep on pressing don't let down because He is here. He is worthy, He is worthy. I love you guys. Thank you so much," said Davis to her supporters during an appearance outside the jail along with GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and one of her attorneys, Mat Staver.
U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning ordered Davis' release on Tuesday morning after he was satisfied that same-sex couples were no longer being denied marriage licenses. more >>
Anna Duggar, the wife of Josh Duggar, a reality star who recently came under fire for being a member of the Ashley Madison adultery website, attended a Sunday church service with fellow "19 Kids and Counting" stars Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard that focused on the sin of pornography.
Anna arrived at Cross Church with her in-laws, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, and during the service, Pastor Jeff Crawford addressed a topic that hit home for Anna, whose husband admitted to being addicted to porn last month during the scandal, according to "E.T."
"Pornography is a secret sin," said Crawford during the service. "I know there are some folks in here today — pornography is a deal in your life." more >>
Pope Francis has brought in historic reforms to rules concerning marriage annulment and remarriage within the Roman Catholic Church as part of his "Year of Mercy" initiative.
Although Catholics do not recognize divorce, marriages can still be ended through an annulment process that states they were flawed from the beginning. Annulment is of central importance to Catholics, since those who divorce and marry again are considered adulterers and not allowed to receive communion.
A county clerk in Kentucky has been found guilty of contempt and sent to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples due to her own religious objections.
Kim Davis, the clerk at Rowan County who garnered national attention for refusing to issue the marriage licenses, was found in contempt of court Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning.
Bunning chose a prison sentence over a fine because he believed Davis, who makes $80,000 per year, would not comply with his order if given a fine, reported USA Today. more >>
After Christian Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson publicly revealed that God told him to lead singer Ciara Harris in a vow of abstinence, she says she has no issues being so public about a personal matter because it has sparked a healthy public dialogue.
"I run into different people and they'll talk to me about their journey and their relationships, so I think that's been really cool and it's a healthy thing," Ciara told E! News on Thursday. "It's a healthy conversation we all get to have as adults. I'm not sweating it at all."
The world learned about the couple's decision to wait until marriage before engaging in sexual intercourse when Wilson, 26, shed light on his revelation on the matter while speaking to Pastor Miles McPherson and his congregation, The Rock Church, back in July. more >>