Seventy clergy with the United Methodist Church (UMC) in Minnesota have signed a statement saying that they would “offer the grace of the Church’s blessing” to same-sex couples, reported the United Methodist News Service.
The highly contentious battle over the funding of Planned Parenthood in Indiana may also prove to be a costly one.
On Friday, a federal appeals court overturned the controversial decision of Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery, who had ruled that the Medina Valley Independent School District of Texas could not include prayer in its commencement ceremonies, nor use any language perceived to be religious in nature.
A disturbing story out of the United Kingdom reveals an alarming increase in the number of abortions being performed on British women in their 40s. Numerous media outlets are chronicling the tragic trajectory.
The rampant and rising killing of unborn babies is lamentable no matter the precipitating cause. In this case, however, the cultural catastrophe suspected of contributing to this statistic is remarkable only in that its relation to the abortion epidemic among women approaching middle age is predictable.
Research from Australia has found that use of the abortion drug RU-486 by women is far riskier than surgical abortion. According to the online Australian, a study of nearly 7,000 abortions performed in South Australia between 2009 and 2010 “found that 3.3 per cent of women who used mifepristone [RU-486] in the first trimester of pregnancy — when most elective terminations occur — later turned up at hospital emergency departments, against 2.2 per cent who had undergone surgery.”
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.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), the abortion Goliath, has met its David — and her name is Lila Rose (picture at left). At age 15, Lila Rose founded Live Action, the organization whose undercover investigations have exposed PPFA's illegal and unethical operations and unleashed a political firestorm. Thanks in large measure to her efforts, Planned Parenthood's tap on the taxpayers is under assault all across the country.
The latest Gallup poll shows that more than half of all Americans are opposed to abortion in all or most cases. Overall, however, the latest poll is the first time since 2008 that more Americans have classified themselves as pro-choice than pro-life.
According to the poll, while 49 percent of the nation classifies itself as pro-choice, and 45 percent identify themselves as pro-life, 61 percent believe that abortion should be legal in limited or no circumstances, while 37 percent want it legal in all circumstances.
The battle for marriage is heating up once more in New York, and with Governor Andrew Cuomo leading the drive to legalize same-sex marriage the issue has taken center stage in the state legislature. With the likely approval of a homosexual marriage bill by the state assembly, Cuomo has focused his attention on turning some key votes in the state Senate, which the Republican Party controls by a razor-thin 32-30 margin. He is getting some help in his campaign from former Republican and now liberal Independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has been pressuring some vulnerable GOP state Senators to support the measure.