Conservative author Ryan Anderson has outlined three major hypocrisies found in the Left's outrage and over religious liberty laws recently passed in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi.
Anderson, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and author of the book Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Liberty, wrote a Monday op-ed for The Daily Signal criticizing liberal entertainers, businesses and governors who claim that the laws outright legalize discrimination against the LGBT community and are now trying to use their influence to coerce the states to repeal the laws.
"At issue are a Mississippi law that narrowly and carefully protects the rights of religious charities, small businesses, and select public servants and a North Carolina law that reasonably protects privacy and safety in public restrooms, while leaving private institutions free to set their own bathroom policies. These laws, apparently, are now unacceptable to some voices on the left," Anderson wrote. "But are they really? The hypocrisy in their opposition suggests otherwise." more >>
Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams is canceling an upcoming concert in Mississippi after the state passed a religious liberty law giving wedding-related business owners the right not to work same-sex weddings because of their religious convictions.
Adams, probably best known for his hit "Summer of '69," was scheduled to play a show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi Thursday. Adams, however, took issue with the state's recently passed HB 1523 and decided that he could not "in good conscience" perform "in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation."
The 56-year-old released a statement on his website and social media accounts Sunday telling fans that he is no longer going to perform in Mississippi until the law is changed, explaining that he finds it "incomprehensible that LGBT citizens are being discriminated against." more >>
Country crooner and "The Voice" judge Blake Shelton takes a departure from mainstream radio to release what he calls a very "important" gospel song as he gears up to release his upcoming album, If I'm Honest.
His new single, "Savior's Shadow," is a heartfelt country hymn.
"Though the devil tried to break me, my sweet Jesus won't forsake me, when I'm in my savior's shadow where I'm supposed to be," he passionately sings. more >>
While on the set of "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage," actor Vin Diesel fulfills his dream of singing with a gospel choir, belting out the tune, "Oh Happy Day."
"We are filming a scene in a church and I had a dream that the film would include a choir and we went through thousands of choirs and selected which choir would be in the movie," Diesel explained before making his choir debut in a video posted by Trinity Lewis.
Diesel joined the Sharon Riley and the Faith Chorale, a 13-member choir, on set as they shot the action movie, which is currently being filmed in Toronto. more >>
More than just thanking her supporters for a seventh consecutive week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, Rihanna is praising God.
"#WORK at No 1 on the #HOT100 for the 7th week! Glory to God," the 28-year-old singer tweeted. "Thank y'all for the continued love and support!"
Although Rihanna has raised eyebrows and sparked controversy with her public nudity and behavior, she has not been shy to share her beliefs she credits to Christianity. The singer, who was born as Robyn Rihanna Fenty, previously appeared in Glamour U.K. and spoke about how making God her priority has helped her develop a fearless attitude. more >>
Tyrese Gibson is willing to share a message about God that some people may not be happy to accept.
"Listen to me great people of focus and determination - I have some very sad and yet revealing news......," the 37-year-old singer and actor wrote on Instagram. "God is preparing YOUR TABLE..... Where God has destined YOU to be and go... You won't be able to go there with everyone you showed up with......"
The "Fast & Furious" franchise star proclaimed this to be a season of "killing dead weight." According to Gibson, there is a reason that some relationships won't last forever. more >>