After sitting in jail for six days for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her Christian faith, Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis returned to work Monday with a 'remedy' to avoid violating her conscience and disobeying God — until further notice, any marriage license issued by her office will not have her name or authorization.
"Effective immediately and until accommodation is provided by those with the authority to provide it. Any marriage license issued by my office will not be issued or authorized by me. I want the whole world to know," said Davis.
The move, said Davis through tears and apparent mental anguish, will not just help her avoid violating her conscience but would allow her to abide by the terms of a court order issued by U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning last Tuesday when she was released from jail. more >>
Many Christians wrote to John Piper to ask whether Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk, did the right thing by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, for which she spent six days in jail. The theologian responded to the question in the "Ask Pastor John" podcast.
"I think she is right in rejecting so-called same sex marriage as contrary to God's design for what marriage is," said Piper, who served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota, for 33 years.
"And she is right in assessing this departure from God's will as massive, not marginal, and as personally and culturally deadly, not trivial. And therefore it's not something that you can just go along with as if that were a loving thing to do," Piper added. more >>
A Christian bus driver from Calgary, Canada, has been fired from his job after he refused to drive a rainbow colored bus promoting the city's gay pride event. Calgary Transit has claimed, however, that the Christian was fired for making false statements to the media, and not because of his refusal to drive the bus.
Jesse Rau said back in August that driving the gay-pride bus goes against his religious beliefs, and on Friday revealed that he had been fired from his job.
Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of a Supreme Court ruling, filed a motion Friday asking an appeals court to allow her to refuse to issue licenses when she returns to work Monday, until her case is settled.
In the motion filed with the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the Rowan County clerk's attorneys urged that her entire office be allowed to abstain from issuing marriage licenses pending the court's decision on the case.
Her attorneys argued that U.S. District Judge David Bunning's initial order concerned only the couples who sued her. The judge violated Davis' right to due process during her appeal by including in his initial injunction any couple legally eligible to marry, the attorneys said, according to Reuters. more >>
An atheist organization is threatening to sue a Georgia school district amid accusations that a primary school principal violated the U.S. Constitution by leading Christian prayers during graduation ceremonies.
The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the legal arm of the American Humanist Association, sent a letter Tuesday to officials with the Rabun County School District stating the secular group is planning to litigate the issue in federal court.
Written by AHA attorney Monica Miller, the letter was in regards to the prayers given by Lisa Patterson, principal of Rabun County Primary School, as a sign with the name "Jesus" on it found on Rabun County Board of Education property. more >>
WASHINGTON — Emmy-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier and Journey Films have produced a new two-hour documentary called "Chaplains" that will air on PBS stations in 2015, which seeks to enlighten the general public about the role that American chaplains play in their various arenas of work.
The film shadows chaplains from various faiths and theatres — from a Muslim police chaplain who serves as a middleman between cops and the hostile Muslim community, to a Buddhist chaplain who fulfills the spiritual needs of prisoners in an Oregon state prison — and provides a sense of the benefits that chaplains provide to the communities they serve.
At the film's premiere screening Thursday night at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Doblmeier, who has produced over 25 films focused on religion, faith and spirituality, explained that the reason for producing the documentary is that most people don't understand the importance that the chaplaincy has to society as a whole. more >>