Twenty-six LGBT organizations are demanding that the Big 12 block the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-operated Brigham Young University from joining the athletic conference because of the institution's biblical stance on same-sex marriage.
As the Big 12 looks to expand and BYU makes its case to join the conference, Athlete Ally and 25 other LGBT advocacy groups sent a letter on Monday to Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and the leadership of schools within the conference to warn about BYU's policies that they believe to be discriminatory toward the LGBT community.
"The Big 12 is a conference committed to sportsmanship, fair play and inclusion both on and off the playing field," the letter states. "You are known for your dedication to fans and your commitment to the welfare of your student-athletes. Adding a school like BYU to your membership while it still champions anti-LGBT policies and practices would greatly undermine these Big 12 values." more >>
As United States Olympian Katie Ledecky continues to set world records and etch her name in the swimming history books, she doesn't forget to say a prayer before every race.
After Ledecky broke her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle on Saturday, she claimed another victory in the 200-meter freestyle on Tuesday night, setting her up for the chance to become the first woman since 1968 to win the 200, 400 and 800-meter freestyle events in the same Olympics.
Having won the gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle at the London games in 2012 as a 15 year old, Ledecky is the favorite to again take home the gold in the event this Friday. more >>
God's plan for the Middle East is "working perfectly" even though the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians is seemingly getting worse by the day, a persecuted Christian woman told American churchgoers on Sunday.
The Christian woman, who is referred to by the pseudonym of "Maryam" for security purposes, was encouraged by a group of six pastors and ministry leaders from the United States to travel to America and share her family's story of persecution and speak about the dedicated faith displayed by Christians in the Middle East.
This past Sunday, Maryam visited MeadowBrook Baptist Church in Gadsden, Alabama, and shared the story of how her father was sentenced to six months in jail after he complained to police about a Muslim man who was blocking the entrance to his store, threatening to kill him and disfigure his daughters with acid. more >>
In an op-ed published by New Scientist magazine, evolutionary biologist Josh Rosenau accuses the recently opened Ark Encounter theme park in Kentucky of promoting the idea that the "obliteration of all humans" is "praiseworthy" and warned schools not set up field trips to the exhibit.
It's no secret that some evolutionists and scientists have been highly critical of Answers in Genesis' $100 million, 155-meter-long ark, which opened to the public earlier this summer and is "intended to bring the Ark of Noah's day to life."
Rosenau, the programs and policy director at the U.S. National Center for Science Education, wrote in the op-ed that not only is the Ark Encounter deluging visitors with "misinformation," but it is also subtly working to indoctrinate its visitors as well. more >>
After breaking a number of National Football League records during his 20-year playing career, legendary Green Bay Packers gunslinger Brett Favre was finally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last Saturday.
Favre, who holds the record for most regular season wins as a quarterback and owns or shares over 140 NFL records, was enshrined in the same hall as other quarterbacking legends in Canton, Ohio, this past weekend with quite a number of cheeseheads in attendance at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
"Thank you. I'm not surprised one bit at the Packer fans here," the 46-year-old Favre said in his acceptance speech. "This is incredible, incredible. So I thank you. Thank you, Canton. Thank you, Hall of Fame. Thank you Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior." more >>
A growing megachurch in Virginia will be moving its congregation to a new $10 million facility that when completed will be about 50,000 square feet.
Believers Church of Chesapeake is planning to move from the city's Western Branch community to Suffolk, with a groundbreaking on the new property scheduled for Monday, Aug. 22.