The Christian owners of an Irish bakery who were found guilty of discrimination and fined £500 last year over their refusal to bake a pro-gay marriage cake because it would have violated their religious beliefs lost their appeal on Monday.
A three-judge appeals court in Belfast upheld a lower court's ruling that Daniel and Amy McArthur, the owners of Ashers Bakery in Belfast, were guilty of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and asserted that despite the family's religious beliefs, businesses are not allowed to refuse services that they willingly offer to the public when certain messages contradict with their deeply-held convictions.
"Thus the supplier may provide the particular service to all or to none but not to a selection of customers based on prohibited grounds. In the present case the appellants might elect not to provide a service that involves any religious or political message," the court wrote in its ruling. "What they may not do is provide a service that only reflects their own political or religious message in relation to sexual orientation." more >>
Jonathan Cain, longtime keyboardist and rhythm guitarist for one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, Journey, is gearing up to release his new Christian album, What God Wants to Hear on Friday.
Cain co-wrote the best selling hit, "Don't Stop Believin,'" for Journey and says his new album, What God Wants to Hear, is filled with personal songs about his faith journey. The first single, "Deeper than Deep," and the rest of the album was recorded at Addiction Sound, Cain's state-of-the-art studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
The 66-year-old musician admits that he has never felt this close to the Lord after working on this new record and hopes the songs will help others feel the same. more >>
WASHINGTON — The Ewan McGregor film "American Pastoral," which opens in theaters Friday, starring Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning hints that a couple's mixed-faiths can negatively impact the family.
When Lou Levov (Perter Riegert), the Jewish owner of a New Jersey-based glove factory, urges his son Seymour (Ewan McGregor) not to marry a local Catholic beauty queen and a former Miss New Jersey, Dawn Dwyer (Jennifer Connelly), but to marry within the faith, Lou wonders what religion his grandchild will be. Dawn says they will leave the decision up to the child.
The advances to 1968 — the year Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, America was preparing to send a man to the moon, the cost of gas was 34 cents, and life was ideal within the country's upper middle class. But outside of that bubble was a world in a state of flux and violence was about to arrive at the doorstep of the Levov family. more >>
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Evangelical theologian Wayne Grudem has again thrown his support to Republican nominee Donald Trump, stating that he supports the candidate's policies rather than the man himself.
Grudem recently garnered headlines twice. First, for claiming that Trump was a "morally good choice" (here and here), and second, for his decision to withdraw his support over the nominee's behavior and comments towards women.
In a column published Wednesday on the conservative site Townhall.com, Grudem took a third stab at explaining his presidential vote choice, writing that he believed the election came down to only two viable options, voting for Trump or allowing Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton to win. more >>
Israel Houghton's team is responding to claims that he's failed to make child support payments to his two youngest children, whom he allegedly fathered during an extramarital affair, and is being pursued by the Texas attorney general's office.
While the 45-year-old Christian singer-songwriter and frontman of Israel & New Breed is worshiping God on the "Festival of Praise" tour, he's been the subject of Bossip reports claiming that the Texas State Attorney General's Child Support Division is suing him over failure to make child support payments.
According to Bossip, Houghton failed to make child support payments for his two youngest children, Kingston, 4, and Khristian, 2, both of whom he fathered in an extramarital affair during his 20-year marriage. more >>