As the Illinois Civil Unions Act takes effect on June 1, one the state’s Catholic dioceses has decided to close down its adoption agency rather than be forced to grant adoption and foster-care privileges to same-sex couples. As reported by the Associated Press:
Officials from the Rockford Diocese said they were forced to terminate state contracts worth $7.5 million after lawmakers failed to pass an amendment exempting religious groups from provisions of the state’s new civil unions law, which will let gay and lesbian couples form civil unions, a rough equivalent to marriage.
Now that pro-gay liberals in the Presbyterian Church (USA) have succeeded in their 30-year efforts to allow the ordination of gays, a small but influential group of conservative churches have decided to give up the fight to change the Book of Order back to the way it was since 1997 when the original ban was approved.
A federal judge has ruled for a Texas pastor after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs tried to prevent him from praying in Jesus' name during an annual Memorial Day service at the Houston National Cemetery. The Houston Chronicle reported that the Rev. Scott Rainey, pastor of the Living Word Church of the Nazarene in Houston, has delivered the Memorial Day invocation at Houston National Cemetery for the past two years. But when he was ordered to remove a reference to Jesus Christ in this year’s prayer, he took his case to federal court, where U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes ruled May 26 that Rainey’s prayer qualifies as private speech that is protected by the First Amendment, even though he is delivering the prayer at a cemetery run by the U.S. government.
Homosexual activists are gloating over the recent statement by Focus on the Family (FOTF) President Jim Daly (left) that pro-family leaders are “losing” the battle for traditional marriage among younger generations of Americans.
In an interview published in WORLD magazine, Daly was queried on the efforts of organizations like FOTF to protect families, marriages, children, and the pre-born. While Daly was optimistic on such initiatives as adoption and beefing up crisis pregnancy centers, when asked about efforts to convince younger Americans on the importance of protecting traditional marriage, he appeared much less optimistic.
Born-again Christian who have been wondering all these years just why they are so different from the rest of the crowd may now have an answer via a new study out of Duke University Medical Center. Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Templeton Foundation found that individuals who identify themselves as “born-again” Christians tend to have smaller brains than Protestants who claim no such experience.