Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's announcement that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is his vice presidential running mate is drawing mixed response from evangelical and conservative leaders, with some praising Pence for his pro-life commitments, but a few others denouncing his failure to protect religious freedom in his state.
It's "an affirmation of the pro-life commitments" Trump has made which will "rally the pro-life grassroots," wrote Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life group SBA List, in a statement after the announcement Friday.
"Gov. Pence has proven to be a pro-life champion both during his time in Congress and as Governor of Indiana," Dannenfelser said. "It was Mike Pence who led the effort to defund Planned Parenthood in Congress, and it was Gov. Pence who signed into law a historic bill protecting unborn children from lethal discrimination in the womb. Mike Pence is a pro-life trailblazer and Mr. Trump could not have made a better choice." more >>
NEW YORK — Influential evangelical leaders from every region of America are gathered together today in Washington, D.C. along with as many as 1 million Christians to worship God and pray for the nation at Together 2016.
Inspired by evangelist and college Pastor Nick Hall, founder of PULSE, Together 2016 is a prayer and evangelism movement to empower the Church and awaken the culture to Jesus. Christians from all over the nation will unite in prayer at the National Mall all day on Saturday solely under the banner of Jesus.
Hall said his ultimate goal for the weekend event is that Jesus be lifted up in the nation's capital. more >>
WASHINGTON — The pro-life movement "has never been stronger since its beginning in 1973" but faces a "come-to-Jesus-moment" should Hillary Clinton become the next president of the United States, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser stressed this week.
Dannenfelser, who heads one of the premiere pro-life advocacy groups in Washington D.C., held a press conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday to offer her thoughts on the state of the pro-life movement.
After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt to strike down components of a Texas pro-life law requiring abortion clinics to uphold basic medical safety standards and abortionists to have admitting privileges to nearby hospitals, Dannenfelser decried claims from liberals that the Supreme Court defeat exposes the weakness in today's pro-life movement and its "ability to move forward." more >>
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, one of the largest atheist groups in the country, has been warning thousands of school districts in America against visiting Ken Ham's Ark Encounter, the newly opened life-size replica of Noah's Ark in Kentucky.
In response, Ham announced that public school students coming to the Ark on a school field trip will only have to pay $1 per ticket during 2016.
The Lexington Herald Leader reported earlier this week that the FFRF has been sending letters to hundreds of public schools in Kentucky telling them that sending students to the Ark would be akin to religious proselytizing, and would violate the separation of church and state. more >>
WASHINGTON – Christians must remain vigilant in light of increased assaults on religious liberty in the military, Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty Director Ron Crews argued Tuesday.
"We have had a chaplain court-marshaled because of counsel he gave concerning what the Bible says about homosexuality. Through the help of several members of Congress and attorneys those charges were eventually dropped," Crews told The Christian Post.
Another chaplain "was reprimanded by his commander because he used the Psalms as a resource to fight depression," he continued, adding that the reprimand was ultimately removed from his record, thanks again to those congressmen. more >>
Religious freedom remains non-existent in the oppressive regime of North Korea's Kim Jong Un, with evidence showing that over 100,000 people, some spanning three generations back, are forced to work in back-breaking camps, the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee reports.
"We know that for ordinary North Koreans there is no right to freedom of religion, [to] assemble, to petition their government. But what is so horrendous, is what happens to the 120,000 who have been arrested and put in these work camps, sometimes for three generations. The back-breaking work, the way they are beaten if they so much as smile," House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., illustrated in his remarks at the annual rally with the Korean Church Coalition for North Korean freedom.
Royce suggested that heavy sanctions against Kim have had some effect, as now there are successful broadcasting efforts into North Korea aimed at giving citizens the truth about what is happening in their own country. more >>