Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina offered her take on the growing controversy of the Kentucky county clerk who is refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses because it violates her religious conscience.
Fiorina spoke on Hugh Hewitt's radio show Thursday saying that religious liberty is clearly under attack but that rights of religious conscience is less clear when an individual is an "arm of the government."
"First, I think that we must protect religious liberties with great passion and be willing to expend a lot of political capital to do so now because it's clear religious liberty is under assault in many, many ways," Fiorina declared. more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has said that intolerance toward conservative Christians in America is growing, pointing to the legalization of gay marriage, and argued that contrary to an opinion from the Supreme Court of Ohio, judges should be allowed to refuse to perform such marriages if they go against their beliefs.
"It is quickly becoming more and more obvious that religious freedom is declining (quite rapidly) in America," Ham wrote on his AiG blog on Tuesday.
"Christians are increasingly being punished by the government for acting on their sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage that are based on the standard of Scripture. And we are hearing of more and more people being disciplined or fired from their jobs because they profess their Christian faith." more >>
Former "19 Kids and Counting" star Jessa Seewald, (formerly Duggar), questioned her brother Josh's Christian faith yesterday by sharing a blog penned by her father-in-law, Michael Seewald, in which he suggests her brother's recent actions point to him not being a believer in Christ.
Jessa tweeted out a link to the blog titled "Grief, Shame And Taking the Lord's Name in Vain" where Seewald addresses the recent Ashley Madison hack and leak which prompted Josh Duggar to confess that he had used the adultery website to cheat on his wife, Anna.
"What is troubling is that many who take the name of Christ are among its members," wrote Seewald, regarding Christians who were found to be members of Ashley Madison. more >>
The hacking of the Ashley Madison website and the public posting online of approximately 37 million users with their names, home addresses, financial data and message history has caused a tremendous uproar. The Ashley Madison website was designed for married people who want to cheat on their spouses. The website's motto: "Life is short, have an affair."
Avid Life Media, the Toronto-based company that runs Ashley Madison, has offered a $500,000 Canadian dollar ($378,000 in U.S. currency) reward for information leading to the arrest of those who hacked the website. Also, several multi-million dollar lawsuits have been filed against Avid Life Media for inadequate security in protecting its customers' data.
Both Canadian and American law enforcement authorities have reported that the monster hack has already led to numerous extortion attempts and several unconfirmed suicides. more >>
Cheating website Ashley Madison's user base is still expanding even after a data hack that exposed the personal information of millions of its subscribers, the site's owner said.
On Monday, parent firm Avid Life Media said hundreds of thousands of new users subscribed to cheating website Ashley Madison last week. The company also addressed "date bait" issues thrown against it and said the site had real female users, according to Reuters.
"Last week alone, women sent more than 2.8 million messages within our platform," Reuters quotes Avid Life's statement. "The company continues its day-to-day operations even as it deals with the theft of its private data by criminal hackers. Despite having our business and customers attacked, we are growing." more >>
WASHINGTON — Prominent conservative activist and author Ryan T. Anderson, one of the most prolific thinkers opposing the redefinition of marriage, thinks the Supreme Court made the right decision Monday in refusing to hear a case from a Christian Kentucky clerk who is denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
After the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges in June established that states could no longer refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses, Kim Davis, the elected clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky announced that her office would no longer be handing out any marriage licenses so that she could stay true to her Apostolic Christian faith.
After a federal court ruled in August that Davis' clerk office could no longer refrain from issuing marriage licenses because of her Christian objection to same-sex marriage, Davis and her lawyer filed an emergency application with the Supreme Court seeking exemption from the district court's ruling until her appeal process can be completed. However, the court struck Davis' application down. Despite her Supreme Court loss, Davis is still not issuing any marriage licenses and will face a contempt hearing Thursday. . more >>