Chaplains in the U.S. Navy will be able to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies under the new military policy permitting openly homosexual individuals to serve in the armed forces. According to the Associated Press, Navy officials explained that they had updated chaplain training “after questions came up about civil ceremonies for gay couples.” The move comes as the Department of Defense prepares to complete the dismantling of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” prohibition against homosexuals serving in the U.S. military.
“You’ll be fine, partner.” That’s the advice America’s favorite cartoon cowboy, Woody from the popular movie franchise Toy Story, is giving to young people struggling with homosexual attraction. In fact, “It gets better,” choruses a cast of Hollywood and entertainment notables such as Anne Hathaway, Kathy Griffin, Lady Gaga, and Adam Lambert, who appear in a television ad promoting both homosexuality and Google’s Chrome web browser.
A ban on public funding for religious organizations, written into Florida’s constitution in the 1880s, would be repealed under a bill now before the state’s legislature. The Associated Press reported that the bill, HJR 1471, won approval in the state House on April 27, but its companion measure, SB 1218, was stalled in the state Senate.
A church in Riverside County, California, is suing the state’s highway patrol after some of its members were arrested during a public Bible reading incident at the entrance to a local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.
David Wilkerson, who pastored the 5,000-strong Times Square Church (left) in one of New York City’s seedier red light districts, and who founded the highly successful faith-based Teen Challenge drug treatment and Christian mentoring program, has died at the age of 79. As reported by the Associated Press, Wilkerson was killed April 27 “in a car accident in East Texas, Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange said. Wilkerson’s car smashed head-on into a tractor-trailer rig after veering into oncoming traffic on U.S. 175 west of Cuney, about 95 miles southeast of Dallas, Mange said.”
Proponents of California’s Proposition 8, the state constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2008 that defines marriage as between a man and a woman, are asking a U.S. district court to vacate a federal judge’s ruling that struck down the amendment because the judge is a practicing homosexual.
Officials of the New York Public Library (which has branches in the boroughs of Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island) say that it’s all right for patrons to view porn on the library’s computers. According to a report in the New York Post, library officials said that the First Amendment protects the rights of patrons to look at whatever they want — including pornography — at the city’s 200 branch facilities.
With the dramatic increase in cell phone use over the past several years, the once-common 1-800 toll-free business number has gone largely by the wayside. But one savvy company has found a creative — albeit unsavory — new use for discarded toll-free numbers. According to the Associated Press, over the past dozen or so years a little-known Philadelphia company called PrimeTel Communications has gained control of nearly one-quarter of all 1-800 toll-free numbers in the U.S. and Canada — an estimated 1.7 million numbers — and is using many of them to direct callers to a phone-sex service.
A judge in Montana has rejected a lawsuit on behalf of homosexual couples seeking the same legal rights and protections afforded married couples, explaining that a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between a man and a woman prohibits such rights for same-sex partners.
Four hundred years after its introduction to the English-speaking world, the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible is still one of the most popular and trusted Scripture translations among the American people, a survey from a research group with the Southern Baptist Convention has found. The poll, conducted by LifeWay Research during the 400th anniversary year of the KJV, found that 62 percent of American adults own a copy of the classic of both Western Protestant Christianity and English literature.