Balance and fairness for all, not a war between absolutes, is a more sure way for our pluralistic democracy.
Last week's passage of groundbreaking legislation in Utah that combines protections for religious expression and exercise while also protecting discrimination against LGBT people in housing and employment has sparked a national debate.
While being widely praised as a potential pathway for other states in a years-long and intractable culture war, it has also been criticized by some on the Left and Right, as was the case in a recent opinion column in The Christian Post by Dr. Russell Moore and Andrew Walker titled, "Is Utah's Religious Liberty Bill Good Policy?" more >>
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 wedding videographer in Ohio could face legal action after she declined to shoot a lesbian couples' wedding ceremony because it would have conflicted with her biblical understanding that marriage should only be between one man and one woman.
When Jenn Moffitt and her partner Jerra Kincely were searching in February for a videographer to film their wedding, they sent an email inquiry to a local video production company called Next Door Stories in Bexley, Ohio, a town in the Columbus suburbs.
Congress authorized the State Department to transfer $11.9 billion in cash payments to Iran by June 2015. Transferring any form of aid/comfort to Iran, a sworn enemy of the United States, is a treasonous act.
Treason against the United States is defined as 1) "consist[ing] only in levying war against them," or 2) "in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort."
Some argue this definition is only applicable only during wartime. Regardless of how one defines America "at war" sending cash to a sworn enemy that has publicly declared its intent to destroy America and to continue building nuclear weapons, clearly falls within the Constitutional definition of a treasonous act. more >>
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won re-election on Wednesday with his ruling Likud Party, and promised to promptly form a new government to address the challenges facing his nation.
"Our country's everyday reality doesn't give us the luxury for delay," Netanyahu said in a statement, according to The New York Times.
"The citizens of Israel rightfully expect that we will act quickly and responsibly to establish a leadership that will work for them in areas of defense, the economy and society just as we promised in this campaign — and just like we will now set ourselves toward doing," he added. more >>
Five months ago the Navy called him the "best of the best." But now, Chaplain Wes Modder could be kicked out of the military over issues of intolerance and insensitivity to other cultures.
Lt. Cmdr. Modder has been accused of failing to show "tolerance and respect" in private counseling sessions regarding issues pertaining to faith marriage and sexuality – including homosexuality.