The city council of Anaheim, California is taking the U.S. House of Representatives up on its admonition that America’s national motto, “In God We Trust,” ought to be proudly displayed in public schools and government buildings across America. On May 29, the southern California community’s governing body voted unanimously to include the motto, set in four-inch brushed-gold letters on a black background, in the City Council Chambers.
Following the success of a similar effort last March, tens of thousands of pro-life and Christian activists will gather at public venues in cities across the nation June 8 to voice the overwhelming opposition Americans have toward President Obama’s contraception mandate, which will require that all employers — including religious institutions — provide free birth control to their employees.
Organized by the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally is scheduled for some 160 cities across the nation as an estimated 75,000 individuals, families, churches, and groups gather to hear from religious and pro-life leaders, pray, and express their opposition to the mandate, announced in late January by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Actor Michael J. Fox has backed off his enthusiastic advocacy of embryonic stem-cell research as a cure for his Parkinson's disease, saying other treatments show more promise.
Jesus Was a Commie. That’s the title of actor Matthew Modine’s short documentary film that’s been winning film festival awards and critical acclaim.
Following the ouster last month of a lesbian Cub Scout leader in Ohio, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) organization is facing intense pressure to abandon its long-time policy of barring homosexuals from serving as Scout leaders.
Jennifer Tyrrell, a Cub Scout den leader from Bridgeport, Ohio, was removed from that position in early April after Boy Scout officials discovered that she was a lesbian. The Scout Oath emphasizes the importance of Boy Scouts being “morally straight,” and homosexual conduct violates that value, BSA officials explained.
A nationwide undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood by the pro-life activist group Live Action revealed that the tax-subsidized abortion behemoth and lobbying group willingly participates in and facilitates what is known as “gendercide” — the deliberate extermination of children due solely to their gender. And while the sex-discrimination problem in abortions is generally associated with countries such as China and India, evidence released by the activists on May 29 further exposed the fact that it has increasingly reared its head in America, all with the help of taxpayer subsidies.
Opposition to abortion is often presented as the uniquely Christian value. It is true that most denominations of Christianity, with Catholicism being prominent in the news lately in this regard, view abortion as immoral because an unborn child within a mother’s womb is considered human life. What gets less attention is that this sanctity for life, including unborn life, spans most of the world’s religions.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a gift for the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A (GSUSA) just in time for the organization’s one hundredth anniversary. The bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth has launched an investigation into charges that the GSUSA partners with groups and individuals that promote abortion, contraception, and homosexuality.
A Catholic parish in Acushnet, Massachusetts, has been targeted by homosexual activists for a sign it posted taking a stand for traditional marriage. The sign, displayed on the outside message board at St. Francis Xavier Church in Acushnet, read, “Two men are friends not spouses” — a simple and direct confirmation that, in the eyes of the Church, only a man and a woman can be married.
There is no doubt where the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), one of the nation’s largest evangelical denominations, comes down on the issue of same-sex marriage. Throughout the years, its leaders at both the local and national levels have been at the forefront of graciously explaining the scriptural condemnation of homosexual behavior and the importance to the church and the culture at large of defending the traditional institution of marriage between a man and a woman. But recently, as the extreme comments of a pair of Independent Baptist pastors condemning homosexuals have gone viral on the Internet and beyond, the SBC has responded by condemning the hateful rhetoric and reinforcing the need for Christians to respond in biblical love to those caught in sinful lifestyles.