A Phoenix pastor who was fined over $12,000 and sentenced to 60 days in jail after he refused to close down a Bible study at his home began his incarceration July 9.
The Rev. Michael Salman's conflict with the city of Phoenix began in 2008 when he was ordered to comply with code requirements for a church after his neighbors began complaining about a weekly Bible study he held on his property. According to the Phoenix New Times, up to 50 people would gather at a gazebo in Salman’s backyard, which prompted the city to call the gathering a church and cite him for several zoning and fire-code violations, ultimately slapping him with the fine and jail time. Additionally, he was told he could have not more than a dozen people on his property at one time.
As the Nebraska Board of Education presented its proposal for social studies standards in public schools this year, it was met with firm resistance from concerned citizens, who pointed out that the nation's Founding Fathers and other historical figures and dates were missing from the standards. The 1998 standards, currently in effect, consist of 33 pages covering the leading figures and important dates in American history.
Google, which in June banned guns and ammunition from its online shopping site as unsafe for families, announced the launch of it's "Legalize Love“ campaign July 7 to pressure countries that either do not recognize “gay rights” or outlaw homosexual behavior altogether to change their laws.
Days after the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) voted to maintain its definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, America’s main Episcopal denomination pulled out all the stops on homosexual behavior, approving an official prayer service for blessing same-sex partnerships and clearing the way for ordaining transgendered individuals for ministry.
The Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), one of the nation’s most liberal and drifting denominations, has voted to maintain, for the time being, its definition of marriage as “a civil contract between a man and a woman,” narrowly defeating a proposal forwarded at its 220th General Assembly to change the definition to “a covenant between two people.” The 52-percent margin of victory for maintaining a scriptural definition of marriage reflects the division that exists in the mainline denomination, which has been pressured for years by homosexual activists among its clergy and membership to embrace homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle.
Notoriously homosexual congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) “married” his longtime partner Jim Ready in a public ceremony officiated by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Major media organs like the New York Times and the Washington Post used the high-profile event as an opportunity to demonstrate their acceptance of homosexual marriage as a domestic celebration worthy of their society pages.
Now that the Supreme Court has effectively rewritten the Affordable Care Act to find the mandate to purchase health insurance constitutional and President Obama has been implementing some of his legislative agenda with executive orders, members of Congress might wonder if they really are the nation's lawmakers.
Concluding the Catholic bishops' "Fortnight for Freedom," Archbishop Charles Chaput told the crowd of 4,500 assembled at the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. that the "Caesar" in our nation's capital needs to be reminded that our rights are the gift of God and not the government.
Federal District Court Judge Daniel P. Jordan III has blocked — pending a full hearing on July 11 — the enforcement of a law passed in Mississippi's last legislative session that would require that doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital and that the abortion be performed by an Obstetrician/Gynecologist.