The eldest Duggar daughter is finally married, and happily so. Jill Duggar and fiance Derick Dillard exchanged vows in front of a congregation full of friends and family. The couple finally got to have their first kiss, a delight they had saved especially for the big day.
"I'm very excited at this weeding," Jill's 10-year-old brother Jackson told People. "Derick is like a brother already. He tells jokes [and] he plays around with us."
Jill, 23, promised to love and cherish her husband at the Cross Church in her hometown of Springdale, Arkansas. more >>
Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry said that with 1,000 illegal immigrants crossing the United States' southern border into Texas every day, the Obama administration is neglecting its constitutional duty to secure the nation's borders. Perry has also asserted that the administration "is not serious about border security."
"We either have an incredibly inept administration, or they're in on it, somehow or another. I hate to be conspiratorial, but how do you move that many people from Central America across Mexico and then into the United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?" asked Perry, who posed the question to Fox News host Sean Hannity Tuesday night.
Parry explained that with having 47,000 illegal immigrant children crossing the border since October — a number that does not include illegal adults entering into the U.S. — the state's becoming overwhelmed as facilities that are typically reserved for citizens during natural disasters are being filled to capacity. more >>
Controversial televangelist Pat Robertson recently denounced the decision of former President George W. Bush to go to war in Iraq, linking it to the recent outbreak of violence in the Middle Eastern country.
On a Monday broadcast of "The 700 Club," the former Bush supporter was asked by a viewer during his "Bring It On" segment about the current situation in Iraq.
"George Bush went into Iraq with approval from Congress, but with disapproval of most other countries. We broke it, now it is our responsibility to fix it. Is there hope? How does this fit into the plans of Almighty God?" asked the viewer. more >>
A documentary being broadcast by PBS titled, "The New Black," examines how the Christian right capitalizes on "homophobia in the black community's institutional pillar — the black church" in order to "pursue an anti-gay political agenda."
"The New Black" aims to portray how the African-American community has grappled with issues related to homosexuality in light of the same-sex marriage movement in the U.S., specifically with the successful push to redefine marriage in Maryland in 2012 serving as the backdrop. Featured in the documentary are activists, families, and members of the clergy, all at odds on what proponents deem a civil rights issue and what opponents view as the legimitazion of sinful behavior.
Making an appearance in "The New Black" are Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, executive director and chief executive officer of the National Black Justice Coalition; Derek McCoy, president of the Maryland Family Alliance and the Maryland Family Council and associate pastor at Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland; and the Rev. Delman Coates, pastor at Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland, and a candidate for lieutenant governor in the state. more >>
Christian television host Pat Robertson recently addressed the controversial topic of spousal abuse, saying on his television program that a child should first seek help from their parent, instead of the police, if they witness their father being abusive toward their mother.
On the Wednesday airing of the Christian Broadcasting Network's "The 700 Club," Robertson and his co-host were fielding questions from viewers of their show, one of which came from a child who has witnessed his father threaten his mother with a gun when he's angry.
"Whenever my parents fight, my dad threatens my mom with his gun. Fortunately, this now means nothing to my mom, and she never goes nuts about it; she is very calm. But as a child, I get nervous and worried when this happens. Even my younger brother saw this incident. What should we do about it and him?" the viewer's question reads. more >>
The producer behind the popular "Duck Dynasty" TV show has spoken out on the controversy surrounding star Phil Robertson who was temporarily suspended by A&E after making controversial comments on homosexuality, saying that the crew has several gay people in it.
"I know Phil Robertson. I know his beliefs. I know how he treats a crew that has several gay people on it, and people of different races and people from all different places," said Deirdre Gurney, executive producer of Duck Dynasty, according to a Hollywood Reporter article on Tuesday.
As for the controversial comments themselves, Gurney added that Robertson does not deny who he is, and that he stands by his beliefs. more >>