Marie Antoinette may never have said "Let them eat cake," but, in Colorado the seven-member Civil Rights Commission recently declared their intention to make them bake cake, ordering a Christian baker to design and prepare wedding cakes for same-sex couples – or else suffer the consequences.
Two years ago, Jack Phillips, who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, politely declined to make a wedding cake signifying a union between two men. Phillips said he would sell them any baked good in his shop, and would appreciate the business, but he could not craft a cake promoting a same-sex wedding due to his faith and beliefs about marriage.
The couple was not pleased, unwilling to accept anything other than a cake demonstrating full, unequivocal support for same-sex marriages. Enlisting the aid of the ACLU, they brought charges, and an administrative judge ruled that Phillips violated civil rights law by discriminating against the couple. more >>
An atheist couple from Virginia is accusing a local court-appointed officiant of refusing to perform their wedding ceremony because of their lack of faith in God.
Tamar Courtney and Morgan Strong of Roanoke County recently contacted the nearby Franklin County courthouse for information on finding an officiant to oversee their wedding ceremony. Franklin County Judge William N. Alexander reportedly pointed the couple in the direction of two officiants, the first one being Bud Roth.
Courtney and Strong reportedly began the process of planning their wedding ceremony with Roth, until the officiant reportedly asked the couple about their religious denomination. When the couple responded that they were atheist, Roth reportedly opted out of performing the ceremony, saying that he could not marry them because they did not believe in God. more >>
President Barack Obama on Friday proclaimed June as being the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month, after celebrating that his administration is also extending family and immigration benefits to legally married gay couples and calling for more freedoms for gays in the workplace.
"I, Barack Obama, president of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2014 as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month," declared Obama in remarks released by the White House Friday.
"I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people," he added. more >>
Nicolle Martin, lawyer for Jack Phillips, a Christian Baker and owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, has called a ruling by the state's Civil Rights Commission last Friday telling her client he cannot refuse to bake cakes for gay weddings "offensive and un-American."
An earlier report explained that the ruling, the culmination of a two year legal row, says Phillips, is prevented from refusing to make wedding cakes for gays due to Colorado's Anti-Discrimination Act, despite his deeply held Christian beliefs on homosexuality.
Phillips refused to make a wedding cake for two gay men, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, due to his faith in 2012, but the seven-member Civil Rights Commission concluded on Friday that it was unacceptable. more >>
The Bible is the "word of truth." It's mankind's user manual. It's the blueprint, even in suffering, for a joyful and fulfilled existence in this life, and an incomprehensibly glorious eternity in the next. The total truths and precepts inherent within the Judeo-Christian scriptures are both timeless and universally applicable to all people and peoples across the globe, be they Christian, Jew or pagan.
Obviously, neither pornography nor pornography use, in the modern sense, was around during ancient biblical times. Still, since all time is biblical time, and since the Bible transcends time and space, God, in His boundless love and wisdom, has given us specific truths that directly apply to the use and abuse of modern pornography in all its ugly forms.
Studies indicate that at least 70 percent of American men and 30 percent of American women regularly view online pornography. The numbers aren't much better among Christians with a 2011 ChristiaNet survey finding that 50 percent of Christian men and 20 percent of Christian women regularly use porn. more >>
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have managed to break their first record together less than one week after tying the knot.
Kardashian, the 33-year-old "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star, wed the father of her child and rap mogul Kanye West, 36, recently. Now, a photograph of the pair kissing following their wedding has already broken an Instagram record together.
The photograph shows the newlyweds locked in an intimate embrace at what looks to be an altar while in their wedding attire. The image garnered over 2 million hits on Instagram, breaking the record previously held by 20-year-old Canadian crooner Justin Bieber. more >>