Sears Holdings Corp., parent company for national retailers Sears and Kmart, has apologized to customers after the conservative American Family Association revealed that pornographic videos were being sold through the Sears.com website. Following a nine-month campaign during which AFA officials tried to persuade Sears to pull scores of a “X-rated products” from its website, Sears executives finally relented and removed the videos, but only after thousands of individuals had e-mailed to express their anger and dismay that the retailer, which has long cultivated a family-oriented reputation, would carry such merchandise.
According to a poll conducted by Oxford University, faith and religion are an innate trait for human beings. Entitled the “Cognition, Religion, and Theology Project,” the initiative took three years to complete and includes over 40 different studies in 20 countries around the world.
On Tuesday, the Louisville-based Presbyterian Church (USA) — the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country — ruled that it will ordain homosexual men and women, and also ratified a proposal that removes the celibacy requirement for unmarried clergy. According to The Blaze, the decision is the “latest mainline Protestant move toward accepting gay relationships.”
A controversial sex-education class at Northwestern University in Illinois was canceled after an explicit after-class demonstration involving a woman and a motorized sex toy took place in February. School officials made the announcement on Monday.
A recent poll commissioned by World Net Daily (WND) reveals that a majority of Americans think it is inappropriate to include curriculum in elementary grades that affirms and promotes homosexuality. The survey, conducted by Wenzel Strategies, a media consulting company, found that 65 percent of those surveyed answered “no” to the query, “Do you believe elementary school children should be taught that homosexuality is a normal alternative lifestyle?”
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.
When Toronto police constable Michael Sanguinetti remarked that women should avoid dressing “like sluts” in order to prevent themselves from being raped or otherwise victimized, protests erupted internationally, beginning in Toronto, where Canadian women gathered and marched in the first of many “Slut Walks.”
“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.