A Mormon organization said that the 40,000 or so people in polygamous marriages highlighted in a recent report on Utah, where the practice is said to be thriving, are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which excommunicates such groups.
"The people who belong to these groups are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are not Mormon," Scott Gordon, president of FairMormon, a nonprofit group responding to questions about LDS doctrine, belief and practice, shared with The Christian Post in an email on Monday.
"Calling these groups Mormon, is somewhat like calling the Lutheran or Episcopal churches 'Roman Catholic.' While somewhere in history there was common background, they are not the same denomination today." more >>
Editor's Note: This is the second part in a series on surrogacy, titled "Renting a Womb." Read Part 1 here.
Although not specifically mentioned in the Bible, the act of surrogacy in order to produce a baby should be considered unethical, says Scott B. Rae, professor of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Biola University.
Surrogacy, Rae argued, diminishes a woman's role in procreation. The woman, he said, is reduced to a "baby breeder." more >>
Hollywood might have called it, "Revenge of the Nuns." But this isn't Hollywood. This is reality. Real people, real women, fighting back against the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) attack on religious liberty, a right to which women have equal claim to as men.
The Supreme Court's decision to protect the Little Sisters of the Poor with an injunction from the president's abortion-pill mandate forces the Democrats to face an inconvenient truth: the so-called "war on women" is theirs to own.
From the beginning, the president and his party tried to frame any and all opposition to the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate, which forces employers to provide drugs like Plan B (also known as the morning after pill), Ella (essentially a week-after pill)and others in their healthcare plans as an attack on women. No doubt, they were not planning on the most famous plaintiff in the resultant largest class-action religious liberty lawsuit in American history to be an order of chaste women who have devoted their lives to caring for the impoverished and dying elderly. more >>
In case you missed it this past weekend, the big news in sports had nothing to do with the Winter Olympics or with athletic triumphs and defeats. Instead, it was the news that a top college football player, Michael Sam, who is expected to be drafted in the NFL, declared that he is gay. It was deemed to be such big news that it was even the lead story on some non-sports news websites.
Here are five questions to help put this event in perspective.
1. What's the big deal? In the overall scheme of things, I'm quite aware of the significance of this announcement. After all, this is the National Football League, the ultimate, testosterone driven, men's sport, where gay slurs in the locker room are still common. And if the NFL can accept an openly gay player, then "tolerance" has surely triumphed. Looked at from another angle, all the hoopla surrounding the announcement is bizarre. After all, what Sam has declared is, "I'm attracted to other men," and for this, he has become a national hero. more >>
Indiana has come one step closer to approving a resolution that would amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage.
The Senate Rules Committee voted 8 to 4 in favor of House Joint Resolution 3 on Monday, which if approved by voters will add an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as being between one man and one woman only.
"Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized," reads the amendment in part. more >>
WASHINGTON – Congressman Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) presented his new bill to defend the religious freedom of those who believe in marriage, and experts discussed the threats religious liberty faces in the public square.
The Health and Human Services contraception mandate and cases where homosexuals sue religious florists and bakers for refusing to do business with them "are creating a climate of intolerance and intimidation for citizens who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman," Labrador declared at The Heritage Foundation on Monday. He discussed his bill, H.R. 3133, The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act, "to prevent adverse treatment of any person on the basis of views held with respect to marriage."
"We have a fundamental misunderstanding of religious freedom going on," said Sarah Torre, policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation's DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society. Torre argued that the Obama administration is "watering down religious freedom to just freedom of worship" by insisting that faith "is not something that you bring into your workplace." Instead, the current policies presume that "faith is something that you keep in your home and place of worship." more >>