Nine federal agencies published a final rule aimed at protecting the religious liberty of faith-based organizations and the people they serve.
The new regulations from the rule, jointly published in the Federal Register by the departments of Education, Homeland Security, Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, will also add new protections that would allow religious providers of social services to compete on equal footing with private providers for government funds.
The recently elected governor of Louisiana plans to rescind an executive order by former Governor Bobby Jindal protecting opponents of gay marriage from legal punishment.
Governor John Bel Edwards' administration has stated to media that they are working on rescinding Jindal's executive order.
"Governor Edwards will issue the executive order, but it is in the drafting stage," said Edwards' Press Secretary Shauna Sanford told Deadline Hollywood. "As far as Jindal's religious liberty order, the governor intends to rescind it in the near future." more >>
An evangelical author and former feminist recently stated that Christians who support socialism and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders are "lazy."
Chelsen Vicari, author and Evangelical Program Director with the Institute on Religion & Democracy, told the Daily Caller in a recent interview that these "lazy Christians" expect government to take care of problems that Christians and the Church should address.
"Young Christians are confusing individual Christian compassion and the Church's role and responsibility in public life with the government providing entitlements and expanding welfare programs," said Vicari. more >>
A Mainline Protestant pastor has been found guilty of not serving gluten-free bread during communion and has been defrocked for her indiscretion.
Frankie Shaver, senior pastor at Cheap Grace United Methodist Church, is now the former senior pastor of Cheap Grace United Methodist Church.
Shaver was found guilty on Wednesday by a tribunal headed by members of the Kansas-Alabama Board of Ordained Ministry. more >>
Some regional bodies within the United Methodist Church are petitioning the denomination to approve the end of its relationship with a pro-choice advocacy group at General Conference.
The UMC Annual Conferences of Western Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Alabama-West Florida, Mississippi, and Indiana are among those that have petitioned the Mainline Protestant denomination to sever its longstanding ties with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
John Lomperis, the United Methodist action director at the theologically conservative Institute on Religion & Democracy, as well as an elected delegate for the 2016 UMC General Conference, is among those calling for the denomination to sever its ties with the abortion advocacy group that previously told this publication it's opposed to any restrictions on abortion, including during the third trimester. more >>
A national pro-choice organization is demanding that two California pregnancy centers adhere to a controversial state law mandating that they promote abortion.
The California chapter of NARAL Pro-Choice America has called on officials to compel Sacramento Life Center and Alternatives Pregnancy Center to feature signs promoting abortion services.