Comedian Bill Maher has taken aim at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, calling the religion a "sex cult."
In comments delivered on a recent episode of the HBO television series "Real Time with Bill Maher," the atheistic comedian took a few shots at the LDS church.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church declared during a conference on Monday that marriage is by definition a union of man and woman, defying past claims by some that the Church was considering a change in its views on same-sex unions and sexuality.
Pope Francis remarks came during an address before a Church group known as a Colloquium in which he spoke about the need for strong families and to recognize "man and woman" as the "root of marriage and family."
"It is fitting that you have gathered here in this international colloquium to explore the complementarity of man and woman," stated the pontiff. "This complementarity is at the root of marriage and family, which is the first school where we learn to appreciate our own and others' gifts, and where we begin to acquire the arts of living together." more >>
Speaking this week with Larry King on his Web show "Politicking," potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate and rising conservative star Dr. Ben Carson issued a confusing and somewhat contradictory statement about his stance on the same-sex marriage.
When King asked Carson if he considers same-sex marriage to be a "civil rights issue," Carson replied that he doesn't think it's a civil rights issue, and further added that he believes in the Libertarian idiom of "live and let live," which is the belief that people should be allowed to live their life any way they see fit.
"For me, it's not a big issue," Carson said. "You know, I think any people can do anything they want to do." more >>
Three Duggar children are married and the public is wondering who will be next. John David Duggar has spoken out about his plans for courtship, which he says he wants to do according to God's will.
John David, 24, has often laughed off rumors about him being in a relationship and told TLC producers that there were "no ladies in my life yet, at least not so as anyone can know. No, there's absolutely no ladies in my life right now."
The 24-year-old Duggar joked at sister Jill's wedding that he was taking applications for a spouse, which went over well with the crowd. Dad Jim Bob is known for being an influential figure in his daughters' relationships, but insists that he's never specifically chosen their husbands. However, he does evaluate potential suitors to make sure they're worthy of his daughters' time. more >>
The Duggar family of "19 Kids and Counting" has come under fire for issuing a challenge to fans to post photos of themselves and their wives or husbands kissing but removing photos of homosexual couples from the page on Tuesday.
"God designed marriage to be a loving, dynamic relationship between a husband and wife for a lifetime," the Duggar Family's official Facebook page read on Nov. 10.
"God loves marriage and it is supposed to be full of love, joy, fun and romance. Marriage is where romance begins! Recently, Ben & Jessa received some criticism for posting a kissing picture. We are so grateful they waited to share their first kiss until after marriage. We've been married 30 years and are still in love! We had fun trying to duplicate Ben and Jessa's happily married kissing picture. We challenge all married couples to take a happily married picture and post it here." more >>
The Southern Baptist Convention's lead ethicist, Russell Moore, has said he doesn't allow the couples he marries to write their own vows because he believes the marriage oath should be more than a proclamation of a couple's love, but also a type of pact by which friends and family will hold them accountable.
Answering a question from a podcast listener who plans on writing personalized vows for an upcoming wedding, Moore explained: "In a biblical understanding of marriage the couple is being given to one another, and there is an accountability, a public accountability for the marriage, for the wedding."
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission president emphasized that the friends and family gathered at a ceremony are more than guests — they're witnesses. "That's why in the traditional Anglican wedding ceremony we gather 'in the sight of God and these witnesses to join this man and this woman in holy matrimony.'" more >>