A petition posted on the White House website "We the People" calls for help in banning the practice of conversion therapy, also called reparative therapy, for homosexuals and transgendered individuals.
Posted Jan. 3, as of Tuesday morning the petition has garnered over 62,000 signatures in support of a national ban on therapies focused on changing an individual's sexual orientation or reversing transgender identity.
The petition is titled "Enact Leelah's Law to ban all LGBTQ+ conversion therapy," after a transgendered teen who called himself Leelah committed suicide in December after undergoing therapy. more >>
Editor's Note: Some media sources, including Eric Metaxas and a previous version of this article, had claimed that the op-ed was the most popular ever on the Wall Street Journal website. On Thursday, Metaxas wrote on his Facebook page: "I believe my WSJ piece is the most popular (most "liked") op-ed ever published on the WSJ site, but it isn't "official". But I'd love to get it confirmed, in case anyone has more info." The Christian Post reached out to WSJ and received this response from a spokesperson: "We can confirm that the op-ed is very popular but don't know that it is the most popular ever."
Best-selling author Eric Metaxas' Christmas day op-ed about scientific evidence for the existence of God became the most popular article ever published on the Wall Street Journal's website, according to the op-ed's writer. Criticisms of the article came from many corners, including some fellow Christians.
Science increasingly supports the hypothesis that the universe has a creator, Metaxas wrote. By calculating the probability that life on Earth emerged from random events, the evidence suggests a designer. The existence of life, and the universe itself, is so highly improbable, according to recent scientific findings, disbelief in an intelligent creator has become far fetched, Metaxas argued. more >>
An ex-gay organization is planning legal action against the District of Columbia for its recent banning of conversion therapy, also called Sexual Orientation Change Efforts therapy, for minors.
Voice of the Voiceless, an organization focused on ex-gay rights and recognition, is in the early stages of planning to bring legal action against the government of the nation's Capital over the recently passed bill.
Astronomers have discovered eight new planets in a distant solar system, and called one of them the most "Earth-like alien world" that has ever been found. Three of the planets are said to be potentially habitable, with the Earth-like one having a rocky surface and only slightly warmer temperature.
BBC News reported on Wednesday that the discovery was announced at the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle, Washington. The planets were spotted by NASA's Kepler telescope, which has now discovered over 1,000 exoplanets.
The Earth-like planet, dubbed Kepler 438b, is believed to resemble the conditions of Earth even more so than Kepler 186f, which was previously said to be a twin planet to Earth. more >>
MIAMI BEACH — Media coverage of debates over the Bible, the origin of life and God can mischaracterize many people by suggesting there are only two sides — creationists and evolutionists. There are at least six different overlapping categories, according to professor Jeff Hardin, an evangelical biophysicist and chair of the zoology department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Those different views are based upon whether the supernatural is possible and the extent to which one believes science is in conflict with the Bible, Hardin explained for a Nov. 18 lecture hosted by the Ethics & Public Policy Center's "Faith Angle Forum."
The Faith Angle Forum treats journalists from across the country to in-depth discussions from experts on issues related to religious belief. (A transcript and audio of Hardin's talk is available here. You can also watch a profile of the Faith Angle Forum by ABC News here.) more >>
Russia has awarded its largest scientific grant ever to Moscow State University that will allow the school to proceed with a project called "Noah's Ark, "which inspires to be the world's first DNA databank consisting of genetic material from every living and extinct creature, which they will house in a giant ark.
The approval of the approximate $194 million government grant was first reported last week by Russia's English outlet RT, and will require not only building a 430-square-kilometer ark, but also the daunting task of actually collecting DNA from every living creature and the ones that have long been extinct.
"I call the project 'Noah's Ark,'" MSU Rector Viktor Sadivnichy told journalists. "It will involve the creation of a depository — a databank for the storing of every living thing on Earth, including not only living, but disappearing and extinct organisms. This is the challenge we have set for ourselves." more >>