What happened last week with World Vision should make us all take notice. The billion dollar evangelical charity announced they would accept same-sex marriage when hiring employees.
The reaction to World Vision was swift and unambiguous. A number of high-profile evangelical leaders rebuked the organization, and thousands of laypersons added their voices via websites, emails, and phone calls. It seems likely that donations to the charity would have dropped like a stone. Many of those who give to them would have simply switched to support of some other Christian charity with a similar mission. Perhaps some have.
Within two days, thankfully, the organization relented, recanted, and repented. World Vision's own policy states, "We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible authoritative Word of God." So it's hard to understand why they would have made this decision in the first place. more >>
An atheist charitable organization has announced its intention to support a Baptist organization over the group's support for church and state separation.
Foundation Beyond Belief recently named the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty a beneficiary for the second quarter of 2014.
Dale McGowan, executive director for Foundation Beyond Belief, explained to The Christian Post how the Baptist Joint Committee received the honor. more >>
Criticisms of Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision, McCutcheon vs. FEC, removing the overall limit on individual donations to political campaigns, have been overblown. The decision will not bring about the end of democracy in America, as some have claimed. In some minor ways, it may actually benefit U.S. political institutions.
Americans tend to be ambivalent about campaign finance laws because these laws represent a clash of two different values they hold – freedom and equality. We believe we should be free to say what we want, especially in regard to politics. We also do not like the idea of some people having more influence in politics than others. We believe all should have an equal voice in politics.
Campaign finance laws are attempts to prevent some, the wealthy in particular, from having more influence in politics than everyone else. To do that, though, these laws infringe upon freedom. They place limits, or try to at least, on spending money in elections. more >>
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) encouraged Christian college students at Liberty University's Convocation Wednesday to stand up for what they believe and defend their religious freedom against current assaults.
"I'm here today, more than anything, to encourage you," he told the approximately 10,000 students in attendance. "To encourage you in your faith, to encourage you in your freedom, to encourage you in standing up for the principles that define you."
According to Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Va., the school's convocation is the largest weekly gathering of young Christians. Cruz's father, Raphael Cruz, spoke at one of the convocations in November. more >>
On a recent Sunday in Paris, I had the opportunity to witness an anti-immigration street protest. The approximately 600 participants followed started next to the catacombs in Place Denfert-Rochereau, walked a 1.9 km route in about 1½ hours along two broad boulevards, and ended at the Place d'Italie, where they spent an equal length of time listening to speeches.
Organized by Résistance Républicaine (led by Christine Tasin) and Riposte Laïque (led by Pierre Cassen), the demo on March 9 also included such important figures on the right as Fabrice Robert (head of Bloc Identitaire) and Renaud Camus (a theorist). Agence France Press covered the event with a reasonably objective account that major media (l'Express, Libération, Métro, Le Parisien, Le Point) then published.
Inspired by the surprise success of the recent Swiss referendum limiting immigration, the demonstrators demanded a similar opportunity to vote on this heated issue in France. Flyers announced "Peuple de France n'aie pas peur. Dis que tu en a assez!" ("People of France don't fear. Say that you have enough!"). Tasin passed out copies of her booklet, Qu'est-ce qu'elle vous a fait la République? ("What has the [French] Republic Done to You?"). more >>
Last Friday, the Democrat, formerly self-proclaimed pro-life Governor of West Virginia, Earl Ray Tomblin, vetoed a late-term abortion bill, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HB 4588). This commonsense bill bans abortions after 20 weeks when preborn children have been scientifically proven to feel excruciating pain during an abortion.
Despite passing with 80 percent support from both the Democrat-led West Virginia House and Senate, Governor Tomblin shamefully vetoed the late-term abortion ban, obliterated his pro-life record, and aligned himself with a small minority of Americans who believe abortion should be legal in all 9 months of pregnancy, for any reason.
With one signature, he threw away the trust of West Virginia, an overwhelmingly pro-life state. more >>