Dr. Willie Parker, a Washington, D.C.-based abortionist who claims to be a Christian, says he now regrets not performing abortions in the first 12 years of his medical career. Parker threw his support Tuesday behind a bill called the Women's Health Protection Act that would make it difficult for states to regulate abortion clinics.
Parker, who works at the Family Planning Associates Medical Group, an abortion clinic in Chicago, Illinois, also practices in Mississippi, where a law regulating abortion providers went into effect this month, and will likely shut down the state's sole abortion clinic, Jackson Women's Health Organization.
On Tuesday, Parker testified in support of the WHPA introduced by Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee and suggested that Mississippi is the frontline of a war against abortion in the United States. more >>
In our current cultural crisis, a jolt can do us good. Buckle your seatbelt and prepare for an alarming social development.
Why is this important? Let's put things in context.
This summer I'm honored to be serving with Matt Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, in what is called the "Pastors and Patriots Initiative." Mike Huckabee, David Barton, Samuel Rodriguez, James Robison, Dr. Alveda King, Ralph Reed, Randy Rebold and other leaders passionate about awakening America are all on the team. We hold a deep-seated conviction that time is running out to stop the spiral of silence among Christians today. more >>
The New York Times ran a profile on the 4th of July that caught my attention. The article highlighted a young woman, Sarah Jones, who works for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, a progressive organization that champions secularism. The intriguing hook is that Ms. Jones is from a fundamentalist background in Bristol, VA and attended Cedarville University. What follows is Jones' abandonment of Christianity and conservatism for atheism and progressivism. Her story reveals struggles with depression and even sexual assault by one of her fellow students. It is a terribly sad story.
Some may wonder why this story ran in the Times, a newspaper that generally seems somewhat uninterested in matters of religion, at least in terms of individualized stories about people coming to faith. The Times has quite a bit of heft in terms of readership and platform. It is always noticeable how it handles that power. After all, people convert to Christianity every day. Why was Jones-someone leaving the faith-chosen as an example? Obviously, the tie-in was that Jones worked to combat against the pro-religious liberty alliance that surrounded the Hobby Lobby/Conestoga case.
On the other hand, the principles of serious journalism still undermine the worth of the story. My friend Tristyn Bloom at the Daily Caller pointed this out to me a couple days ago. The Times has seen it fit to cover someone who was raised to believe in a thing, then changed their mind about that thing, and now in turn works against that thing. When you think about it, this happens on both sides of the church wall and the political aisle all the time. Different crises and painful experiences encourage people to espouse Christianity and/or conservative principles or vice versa. Moreover, Jones claims a trustworthy perspective on religion and secularism because of her past struggles. As Ms. Bloom (alumna of Yale) wryly observed, "A lot of bad things happened to me at a largely atheist secular school, let me rattle them off as though that has bearing on atheism and secularity." more >>
A prominent Church of England member and conservative politician who voted in support of traditional marriage has been promoted to the U.K.'s Education Secretary position, and has been kept in charge as minister for women and equalities.
"I am delighted to become education secretary and continue as minister for women and equalities," Nicky Morgan, a Conservative MP for Loughborough, said in a statement.
"I know that education can be the single greatest transformer of lives. It is also a crucial part of this government's long-term plan. more >>
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 >>