In what will prove to be a momentous year for marriage, the U. S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of cases involving marital status in four states and will judge whether the citizens of these states and all others have the authority to maintain the traditional meaning of marriage or be forced to accept novel, alternative versions of the institution.
Hans Christian Anderson's famous story, The Emperor's New Clothes, teaches that we should strive to discern and declare truth in the face of mounting political pressure. This vitally important lesson was exhibited last week by district court Judge Martin Feldman in his remarkable and courageous ruling upholding the Louisiana constitutional provision that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Late last week, on Friday afternoon, while most of us were checking out of work and focusing on the weekend, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a press release informing of yet another revision to its contraceptive/abortion pill mandate. As it turns out, we didn't miss much.
Last week, a panel sitting for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit struck down – by a 2 to 1 margin − a 2012 Mississippi law as an undue burden on a woman's right to abortion.
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, a chain of retail stores owned by David Green and his family, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a wood-working company run by the Hahns, striking down the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate instituted under Obamacare that compelled companies to supply health insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs against their will and conscience.
The pithy, catch-phrase "abortion distortion" is frequently used to describe how rules of law, logic, and common sense go by the wayside whenever abortion is involved. The phenomenon is easily detected.
More and more colleges are depriving religious student groups, particularly, Christian-oriented groups, of this same basic liberty to gather with – and be led by – individuals with harmonious views. Instead, these colleges want to tell Christian groups what they are supposed to think.
Marie Antoinette may never have said "Let them eat cake," but, in Colorado the seven-member Civil Rights Commission recently declared their intention to make them bake cake, ordering a Christian baker to design and prepare wedding cakes for same-sex couples – or else suffer the consequences.
Two weeks ago, in the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway, the Supreme Court handed down a monumental decision protecting legislative prayers and those who wish to offer them. The Court also confirmed that it's okay to say Jesus in public prayers.
Last week, the Daily Telegraph reported that doctors and nurses in the UK who have religious or moral objections to supplying "morning-after" pills are being discriminated against.
Two years ago, a tragedy struck a Southern California family. 19 year-old Anthony Vincent Devaney was hit by a vehicle and was killed as he crossed a street near a freeway exit ramp in Lake Elsinore.
Like other college campuses in America, the dorm room doors at the Air Force Academy are adorned with white dry erase boards, where residents leave messages for those passing by, such as "Be back in a few," "Excited about the weekend," or "Go Falcons!" But when a cadet jotted out a Bible verse on his own personal whiteboard, the Air Force Academy coerced him to get rid of it.
Last Monday, the Supreme Court declined to review the case. The odds were not in the Romeikes's favor; less than one percent of all appeals are considered by the highest court. But the formal refusal was still a blow, and hard to accept. All seemed lost, until something unexpected happened.
To the Christian, a job is more than a job; it is a calling. Whether as a butcher, baker, or candlestick maker (or even a lawyer), we are to use the gifts God has given us for His glory. It is a grand opportunity and responsibility.
This past week, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) grabbed national headlines with a blistering and blustering critique of the Catholic Church, coupled with presumptuous recommendations on how the church can do better.
The Bible describes prophets as voices crying out in the wilderness, bearing God's truth to those who are willing to hear it. That's how we see our friends (and clients) at Refuge in the Desert Ministries, who are pro-life advocates in the Tempe, Arizona area.
As we approach the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision divining an absolute right to abortion in the U.S. Constitution, we would do well to pause and consider the impact of this monumental ruling and assess what it means for us in the days ahead.
The year 2013 was not a particularly good one for traditional marriage.
Tolerance; that's the buzzword for one of contemporary culture's most exalted virtues. Do not judge, do not try to impose your morality on anyone else, live and let live, or so we are told.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) placed the big "A" in downtown Chicago. They say the "A" stands for Atheist, but it also represents Attack, given its timing and placement. While the nativity scene is linked to Christmas, and the menorah is part of Hanukah, the only apparent purpose for this lighted letter "A" is to demean the other displays.
As we sat down and enjoyed our traditional Thanksgiving meals, many of us remembered the Pilgrims' quest for religious liberty. We considered how they came to this new country at great sacrifice, seeking the freedom to practice their religion.
Should a clergy's prayers be subject to censorship if given to solemnize a public meeting? A powerful atheist group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU), thinks so, and has convinced a federal appellate court to enforce this sort of oversight. But the question is now squarely before the U.S. Supreme Court, having heard oral arguments earlier this month.
Though "reparative therapy" has been stigmatized by the media, sexual attraction does in fact change for many people throughout their lifetimes. Mounting evidence proves this kind of counseling can be invaluable to those seeking to change their attractions.
Last week the United States Senate passed a bill with a nice – albeit vague – ring to it: Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA). But as evidenced by the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare), the titles of laws can be misleading. ENDA does not curb unfair discrimination in the workplace; rather, the legislation would effectuate it.