Several conservative voices from North Carolina, including the Rev. Franklin Graham and the Benham Brothers, have spoken out against the NBA's decision to pull the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte to protest the state's transgender bathroom law.
"The fact is this — the North Carolina legislators and Governor Pat McCrory are exactly right for protecting the state's women and children from pedophiles and sexually disturbed people who are looking for opportunities to take advantage," Graham said late Thursday night in response to the NBA's decision.
"This is basic common sense, but the NBA cares more about being perceived as politically correct and catering to sexual activists who are trying to use this situation as a scare tactic to gain leverage to change North Carolina's law. I think the NBA needs to realize that the safety of women and children is far more important than a ball game," he added. more >>
In light of the Pokemon Go craze that's endangering the safety of some gamers, and the many violent-natured shoot 'em up games like the Call of Duty and Battlefield series, one can't help but wonder: should Christians play such video games?
In a July video blog, Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll answers whether or not it's godly for believers to play video games, and the pastor's first bit of advice is to pay attention to one's conscience.
"If your conscience is bothering you, then you've got to pay attention to that," says Driscoll. "The Bible talks a lot about our conscience in the opening chapters of Romans, places like Proverbs — that God has given us a conscience, and in addition to His Word and the Holy Spirit, God has given us a conscience to help us be sensitive to things that are ungodly or unwise. So, I would say if your conscience is bothering and burdening you, then you really need to pay attention to that." more >>
The children's television network Nickelodeon plans to introduce a biracial, same-sex couple into one of its newest cartoon shows.
According to the entertainment news outlet Variety, Nickelodeon is on the midst of introducing the network's first-ever married same-sex couple in the cartoon series "The Loud House," which premiered this May.
The cartoon couple, Harold and Howard McBride, are voiced by comedian Wayne Brady and actor Michael McDonald and will debut in the series when the new episode "Overnight Success" airs on Wednesday. more >>
Pokémon Go is the latest mobile game craze and Christian public relations expert Hunter Frederick says as thousands try to virtually catch their favorite Pokemon, many churches are capitalizing on the floods of people who are traveling to their parking lots to find Pokemon.
The value of Nintendo's business has doubled since the release of Pokémon Go and according to Frederick, so has the traffic in church parking lots throughout America. The aim of Pokémon Go is to catch a virtual Pokémon that has been superimposed into the real-world. As users move around a virtual map on their smart phone while they walk through the real world, they can capture creatures and then train the Pokemon and battle them against others at Poké Gyms.
Poké Gyms are actual landmarks where players congregate and play around each other. Frederick told The Christian Post that given the number of people who've been randomly showing up around churches throughout the country, he believes church staff should use it as a ministry moment to share Jesus through acts of kindness and hospitality. more >>
The father of a 14-year-old Pakistani Christian girl was shot and killed after he tried to rescue his daughter who was kidnapped and forced into an Islamic marriage to a man she works for as a domestic servant.
The British Pakistani Christian Association, which reports on issues of Christian persecution in Pakistan, said that the girl, Mehwish, had been working as a domestic servant at the house of an Islamic man, Zahid Iqbal, at Shadab Colony in Faisalabad, when she was kidnapped in May.
After Mehwish did not return home for several days, her parents received a letter that included a copy of her marriage certificate with Iqbal. more >>
School teachers in Britain have been told they can no longer call transgender students by the "he" or "she" pronouns, and will instead have to use students' pronoun of choice.
The Boarding Schools Association told staff they could use the gender neutral "zie" pronoun as an alternative, along with "they."
Alex Thompson, deputy chief executive of BSA, suggested that the new language guidelines will help schools that are "in the dark" regarding transgender issues. more >>