A bakery in Colorado will not be punished for refusing to bake a cake requested by a Christian activist that included quotes from the Bible denouncing homosexuality.
Azucar Bakery in Denver was found not guilty of discrimination by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Regulatory Agencies when it refused to make a cake requested by Christian activist Bill Jack.
While appearing on CBS' "Face The Nation" Sunday, potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum weighed in on the highly-debated Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act and asserted that "tolerance is a two-way street" by making a comparison to a gay business forced to serve the controversial Westboro Baptist Church.
After Indiana passed and signed into law the first version of its RFRA act, media and corporate backlash pushed on lawmakers to go and "fix" the law so that it provides public accommodation protections based on sexual orientation.
Although many conservatives hailed the initial law as a win for religious freedom, because it provided courts with a balancing test for when government actions infringe upon someone's religious beliefs, an amendment was added to the legislation last week effectively eliminated such religious protections. more >>
A police source has said that despite the alarm sounding last week of the massacre taking place at Garissa University College in Kenya, where close to 150 Christian students were killed, authorities took hours to respond, and ever arrived at the scene after politicians and journalists.
The source, who wasn't named, told CNN on Monday that the government's rapid response team was held up in the capital of Nairobi for hours, apparently arranging for transport, before it finally made its way to Garissa. more >>
The University of Tennesse's "sex week" will go on as scheduled this week, despite efforts to challenge funding for the event.
Organized by the group Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee, sex week starts on Monday and runs through Saturday, April 11.
In years past, the event has included the distribution of "condom flowers" and the wearing of penis costumes. more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham said in an Easter Sunday message that Christians around the world continue facing higher levels of persecution and violence, and warned that "ugly, anti-Christian bias and intolerance" is changing America.
"Today, untold millions of Christians around the world are celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And millions in many countries risk their freedom and — their very lives — to worship Him and claim His Name. Even under the threat of imprisonment, they faithfully follow, like pastor Saeed Abidini and scores of others," Graham said, referring to the imprisoned Christian pastor and U.S. citizen in Iran.
"Despite the ever extending reach of the murderous hand of Islamist terror groups like ISIS, they continue to gather to pray as we saw in Kenya this week with 148 brutally killed in cold blood," Graham's message continued. more >>
While conservative Christians have long fought for the religious freedom of religious minorities, they have become increasingly concerned about their own religious freedom in recent years. Here are 8 reasons that is happening.
1. Same-Sex Marriage
Some conservative Christians have long been warning that same-sex marriage presents a danger to the religious freedom of those Christians who believe true marriage can only be between a man and a woman. Those who sounded those warnings were accused of sensationalism; they were only making those claims to fan the flames of opposition to SSM, it was said at the time. We now know that they were right all along. SSM supporters who only a few years ago claimed that SSM would not infringe upon anyone's religious beliefs are now openly defending government coercion of SSM opponents. more >>