NBC's "Saturday Night Live" featured a parody trailer titled, "God is a Boob Man," mocking the Christian film "God's Not Dead 2" and alluding to cases related to religious freedom and gay marriage.
Billed as a production from the makers of films like "God On The Run and Angel in Denim: The Kim Davis Story," the spoof which aired Saturady featured a small-town baker who refuses to make a cake for a homosexual male couple's wedding, which results in a lawsuit about God's sexuality. (See below.)
"They say we're bigots, but Christians are the most oppressed group in this country," Beth (Vanessa Bayer) explains in the "trailer." "But I'm going to prove once and for all that God is straight." more >>
On his show "Real Time," comedian and HBO host Bill Maher said the policy of taxing things that are bad to get people to stop doing them should be extended to religion and "let's put one on Sunday school so they don't get stupid."
"If we levy taxes — sin taxes, they call them — on things that are bad to get people to stop doing them, why in Heaven's name don't we tax religion?" asked Maher toward the end of his show on Friday.
"A sexist, homophobic, magic act that's been used to justify everything from genital mutilation to genocide," he continued. "You want to raise the tax on tobacco so kids don't get cancer? Okay, but let's put one on Sunday school so they don't get stupid." more >>
As Christian persecution across the globe reaches levels never before seen, churches throughout the U.S. will devote time during Sunday worship services to pray for victims by taking part in "Stand With the Persecuted Sunday."
Eight prominent religious liberty organizations — Open Doors USA, the Institute on Religion & Democracy, The Voice of the Martyrs, In Defense of Christians, Christian Solidarity Worldwide USA, International Christian Concern, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative and the Family Research Council — are calling on over 40,000 American churches to designate a small portion of their services this weekend to pray for those around the globe that have been persecuted because of their faith in Jesus Christ.
Besides prayer, the initiative also calls on churches to show a brief video highlighting the plight of Christians across the world, distribute a special bulletin insert, participate in practical ministries and promote policy and legislation designed to protect the persecuted. more >>
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed a bill Wednesday that removes the names and titles of county clerks from marriage licenses, giving legal "finality" to the religious accommodation that Rowan County clerk Kim Davis was looking for.
Davis, who made headlines when she spent over five days in jail last September for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses with her name and title on them because of her Christian beliefs, had called on the state's then-Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to create a religious accommodation allowing her to drop her name and title from marriage certificates that her office issued.
The accommodation, however, was not provided until Bevin, the new Republican governor, issued an order in late December allowing Davis and other religious clerks to omit their names on marriage license forms. more >>
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said he values diversity and doesn't discriminate, as he rescinded an executive order protecting the religious freedom of gay marriage opponents.
Edwards issued the order, rescinding an executive order enacted by the state's former governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, last year meant to protect businesses and religious nonprofits from government backlash over their objection to same-sex marriage.
Edwards' office announced Wednesday that the 49-year-old governor signed an executive order putting in place non-discrimination protections for the LGBT people who apply for state government jobs and contracting jobs with the state. more >>
Missourians could not be forced to participate in a same-sex wedding if a proposed referendum is added to the ballot and passed.
Known as Senate Joint Resolution 39, the proposed referendum item passed the Senate in March and is presently being debated in the House.
"That the state shall not impose a penalty on a religious organization on the basis that the organization believes or acts in accordance with a sincere religious belief concerning marriage between two persons of the same sex," reads the proposed amendment in part. more >>