The Oklahoma state House of Representatives passed legislation that will require couples looking to get married to seek approval from a clergy member in order for them to be married in the state.
The bill which was introduced in January by Republican Rep. Todd Russ and was passed by the House last Tuesday would change the language of the state's law that governs the duties of court clerks, in which all references to marriage licenses would be thrown out.
The bill essentially separates the government from marriage by requiring that marriage certificates be signed by clergy members or other religious officials instead of county clerks or judges. After couples acquire a marriage certificate from the religious official, a record of it would be made by the clerk's office so that the marriage would be recognized by the state. more >>
A controversial sign posted outside of a Knoxville church has created an uproar in the local community, especially among those who believe the pastor's message was a blatant attack against lesbians and gays.
Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle in Tennessee recently posted a message on its sign that read: "Remember, Satan was the first to demand equal rights." The sign was eventually changed, but not before it angered some of the locals.
"Who was your target audience? Who were you speaking to when you put it up there?" Knoxville resident Rick Staples told WBIR.com, voicing his disagreement with the pastor's message. "And when you say you're asking for your equal rights, who's asking for their equal rights and who are you comparing to Satan? That was very strong language." more >>
America's largest Presbyterian denomination has approved an amendment to its constitution that officially changes their definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.
Last year Presbyterian Church (USA) approved a vote on an amendment to change their official definition of marriage from "a man and a woman" to "two people, traditionally a man and a woman."
Known as Amendment 14-F, the proposed change to PCUSA's Book of Order got the necessary number of presbytery votes on Tuesday. more >>
Never have I reached out to readers and solicited money for a just cause. But Atlanta-based televangelist couple Creflo and Taffi Dollar recently asked their congregation to buy them a new jet.
I'm in. We must do this. Creflo feels strongly that his current jet needs replacing, and has long coveted a Gulfstream G650. His neighbor has one. It lists for a mere $67,950,000.
Before you cringe at Preacher Dollar's request, just ask yourself, "What Would Jesus Fly?" more >>
Last Thursday, Franklin Graham posted the following on Facebook about obeying the police (I respond below):
Listen up--Blacks, Whites, Latinos, and everybody else. Most police shootings can be avoided. It comes down to respect for authority and obedience. If a police officer tells you to stop, you stop. If a police officer tells you to put your hands in the air, you put your hands in the air. If a police officer tells you to lay down face first with your hands behind your back, you lay down face first with your hands behind your back. It's as simple as that. Even if you think the police officer is wrong—YOU OBEY. Parents, teach your children to respect and obey those in authority. Mr. President, this is a message our nation needs to hear, and they need to hear it from you. Some of the unnecessary shootings we have seen recently might have been avoided. The Bible says to submit to your leaders and those in authority "because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account."
This is my response: more >>
I'm all for generous giving, and I'm all for taking care of ministers of the gospel, but I will not be sending Creflo Dollar $300 to help him buy a $65 million jet for his ministry. The very thought of it is obscene.
On a manipulative video now removed from his website, the narrator explains how Pastor Dollar's ministry is touching people worldwide and how the old private jet they've been using for years has become unusable, also explaining how it is actually dangerous to fly.
Now, we are told, in order to travel around the world, he needs a new jet, and not just any yet. It is a top of the line jet that is being coveted by billionaires who are on a waiting list to purchase one. more >>