A group supporting the North Carolina Pastors Network demanded the state's governor defend the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the state despite lawsuits from same-sex couples at the local and national level at a rally on Tuesday.
Leaders from the group of about 30 people who gathered on the steps of the old Capitol building, are sending North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory a petition asking him to use his executive powers to defend the amendment that was approved by 61 percent of voters in 2012, The Associated Press reported.
In a recent column for The Christian Post, Rev. Mark H. Creech, who attended the event and is executive director of the Raleigh-based Christian Action League of North Carolina, wrote that "it should be recognized that same-sex marriage is the biggest government power grab in the history of the United States." more >>
An atheist advocacy group has become the latest organization to drop its endorsement of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because of concerns over the religious exemption.
The legislation, meant as a federal measure to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, allows religious organizations, including colleges, churches, hospitals, and faith-based organizations, to remain exempt.
In a statement released last week, the Center of Inquiry explained that it had initially been "delighted" when the Senate approved ENDA 64-32 last November. more >>
A recent poll suggests that a majority of Americans believe Jesus would have backed universal healthcare. According to a YouGov survey released earlier in July, 55 percent of respondents believe that Christ would have endorsed the issue.
Despite this majority, a slight minority of American Protestants believed that the Jesus they knew would have supported universal healthcare. Only 48 percent of Protestants suggested this, in contrast to the 57 percent of Catholics who argued that their religion's founder would have backed it.
Aside from Jesus, 46 percent of Protestants and 55 percent of Catholics themselves backed the policy. more >>
A number of immigrant children seeking to illegally cross the Rio Grande, a natural border between the United States and Mexico in Texas, have been dying in the process and their bodies are reportedly being washed up along the river bank leaving those who knew them with nothing but grief.
A FoxNews.com report said the unending wave of illegal immigrants have been flooding across the river and eagerly surrendering to overwhelmed Border Patrol agents while littering the banks of the Rio Grande, just south of Mission, Texas, with all sizes of life jackets, occasional punctured rafts and in the most heartbreaking of cases "small, lifeless bodies."
"The life jackets helped many make it across the Rio Grande from Reynosa, the Mexican city across the water from Mission, just west of McAllen," explained the Fox News report. "Sources say they come over on rafts ferried by the so-called 'coyotes,' the human smugglers whose means of transport are rendered useless whenever discovered by the Border Patrol. Many don't make it across the river; multiple sources became emotional when recounting their discoveries of small, lifeless bodies washed up along the riverbank," it continued. more >>
Recently, an ambassador for the United States was sworn in on a Kindle version of the Holy Bible, prompting some to question if that was an acceptable decision.
Suzi Levine, U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, was sworn in last month on a Kindle due to there not being a paper Bible immediately available.
G. Brooke Lester, assistant professor in Hebrew Bible and director for Emerging Pedagogies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, told The Christian Post that a swearing-in ceremony may prompt a question of symbolism. more >>
Two influential pastors in Dallas, Texas, are at odds on what they both believe the appropriate Christian response should be to the recently-publicized border crisis involving children entering the United States illegally and unaccompanied.
The unprecedented influx of young children and teens trying to illegally enter the United State along the country's southwestern border has "triggered a political and humanitarian crisis," according to NBC News.
According to Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas, the most compassionate thing the U.S. government can do to address the border crisis, heightened by the influx of unaccompanied alien children, is to secure the country's border with a fence. more >>