Over the Christmas holiday, Christian pro-golfer Bubba Watson announced that he and wife Angie Ball are in the process of adopting a daughter.
On Christmas Eve, Watson posted a picture of his son holding a baby girl in his arms on his Instagram account with the message, "Caleb has a brand new baby sister, Dakota. Watson Family is now 4 and we are so blessed! #ABCD."
He published a second picture days later of himself with little Dakota captioned, "Daddy-daughter Selfie!! #ProudDad." more >>
"Teen Mom 2" star Leah Messer has had a tumultuous year but recently called it the best year of her life, "by the grace of God."
Messer has had a year filled with a custody battle with her ex-husband, accusations of infidelity, and taking care of three children, one with special needs. However, the fervent Christian has always trusted God to provide and meet her family's needs. She and husband Jeremy Calvert have managed to make it through a stressful year together, despite rumors and accusations of infidelity by both parties.
"I thought 2014 was going to turn out to be the worst year of my life, but after Dec. 8 it turned out to be the BEST," Messer posted on Christmas. "NOW, Bring on 2015!!" more >>
A petition posted on the Obama administration's "We the People" page in late November calling for the federal government to legalize gay marriage nationwide has failed.
In order to get an official response from the White House, the petition had to garner 100,000 signatures by Dec. 26, but attracted fewer than 600 supporters.
The petition was created by a resident of Albany, Georgia, and reads in part: "This petition is to get Congress to review a federal law allowing same-sex marriage in all 50 U.S. states and territories. ... And to vote on legislation protecting the rights, liberties, and the pursuit of happiness of LGBT American citizens as per the United States Constitution." more >>
2014 may be remembered as the year of intolerant liberalism, also dubbed the new intolerance, dogmatic liberalism and illiberal liberalism.
In no particular order, here are 33 examples of intolerant liberalism in 2014:
1. "Duck Dynasty" more >>
Ryan Bell, an ex-pastor who quit his faith in God for a year following his resignation from the Hollywood Adventist Church and a divorce from his wife of 17 years, is set to decide New Year's Day whether he will remain a believer or become an atheist. While he has distanced himself from zealous atheists, Bell expressed a desire to be "good" without submitting to boundaries.
Nearing the end of his yearlong embrace of non-theism, Bell told the LA Times that leaving the faith has allowed him to see "both sides of the coin." The former Fuller Seminary and Azusa Pacific University teacher has consorted with several atheist groups as a public speaker, sharing his experiences of walking away from church life. "Being with atheists, they can have the same sort of obnoxious certainty that some Christians have," he said of his experiences. "I don't want to be part of that. It feels like I'm stuck in the middle. I want to be for something good, but I don't want boundaries, and religion just feels like a very bounded thing."
As he nears a self-imposed January 1 deadline to decide between atheism and faith, Bell told the LA Times, "The question I am asking right now [is] why do I need religion to love?" more >>
Pastor Ron Edmondson of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, has a confession to make — he shops with his wife. To that end, he recently decided that in an effort to improve and strengthen marriages, he would write down seven tips for wives to get their husbands to shop with them.
"I shop with my wife," Edmondson writes in his blog. "There. I said it. I'm sorry guys. Do I lose my man card?"
Edmondson states that he often gets criticized by other men who say he's put pressure on them to live up to his standard with their own wives. He apologizes and then explains that "a shopping mall is not necessarily my preferred place to be on a Saturday, but I love my wife and I love spending time with her." more >>