A group that opposes a recent piece of California legislation mandating co-ed bathroom facilities for public schools has gathered over 620,000 signatures for a ballot initiative against the new law.
Privacy For All Students (PFAS), a grassroots organization founded in 2011, announced Sunday that they hit the 620,000 signature mark, which is well above the minimum needed for an initiative to get on the ballot.
Karen England, member of the PFAS coalition's executive committee, said in a statement that she believed the number might be the largest amount of signatories garnered for any California ballot initiative. more >>
As investigations of alleged sexual abuse of multiple young boys by two Polish clerics continue, one Polish priest, Father Ireneusz Bochynski, of Piotrkow Trybunalski in Central Poland, claims he is aware of 10-year-old children who "went to bed with adults, wanting to be fulfilled, and it was the choice of the child."
In a recent Polskie Radio report, Father Bochynski insisted that "now that we have so many broken marriages, where most often there is a lack of a father, it will happen more and more often that children without such figures will cling on to men."
The report highlights that Bochynski's statement is in line with those held by head of the Polish Episcopate Archbishop Jozef Michalik. He argues that children involved in pedophilia cases are often "searching for love" because of its absence in their broken homes. more >>
A Kentucky-based Baptist charity that has dealt with legal troubles over its firing of an openly homosexual employee has voted to maintain its employment standards.
Sunrise Children's Service, formerly called Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, voted down a proposal on Friday that was supported by their president to allow hiring of openly gay individuals.
NEW YORK — A former New Yorker who says he grew up knowing how to "play church...really, really well," has uprooted himself and his family from Georgia and moved back to the once dreaded borough of Brooklyn to develop a church plant targeting New York City's disaffected and disillusioned young people who, according to recent Pew studies, consider themselves religious or spiritual, but want nothing to do with church.
"I'm a preacher's kid. I was raised in church, I've done the church thing. I know how to play church, and I know how to play it really, really well because I did it my whole life before college. I don't want to create anything near that. I want people to be who they are. I want them to accept the radical power of the Gospel and allow their lives to be transformed," said James T. Roberson, pastor of The Bridge Church, a fledgling faith community centered in Downtown Brooklyn's trendy Park Slope neighborhood.
Roberson's experience includes helping to found a campus ministry while in college and serving at four church plants in the South, his most recent stint being the missional communities pastor at Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Ga. In February, after "the Lord began to make His call on our lives a tangible reality," Roberson, his wife and their two children found themselves in the "borough of churches" — one of Brooklyn's nicknames due to the number of churches that call the NYC district home. more >>
Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, suprised a teenage girl suffering from Spina Bifida by creating her a song and performing it for her.
"Aaron Rodgers and David Gruber partner for season two of itsAaron.com. This year David is introducing Aaron to three new organizations who are making a difference in the lives of kids. In this episode, Aaron and David surprise Kelly at The Pabst Theater, highlighting the work of IndependenceFirst, an organization run by and for the benefit of people who have disabilities," the YouTube description read.
Watch the touching story below. more >>
A Tennessee-based couple threw away every single electronic device that each of their three children owned in an effort to teach them the value of face-to-face human relationships, which they are now advising families to consider doing for the sake of raising children who embrace physical social interaction versus technology driven relationships.
Pastor Todd Stevens of Friendship Community Church in Mount Juliet, Tenn., along with his wife, Erin, leader and founder of "Nashville Strip Church" ministry, disposed their seven, 10 and 13 year-old-sons' IPods, IPads, Ninentendo DSi's, PSP consoles and their Nintendo Wii game system six weeks ago.
Initially, the Stevens tried to have their sons become less dependent on their devices by limiting their time with each electronic. However Erin grew tired of bargaining and placing conditions so they could spend extra time together. more >>