Author JK Rowling told Good Housekeeping magazine that we must end the "climate of fear" around discussing transgender issues such as silencing those who regret their transitions. Rowling has been criticized for her vocal opposition to gender ideology but says she has many supporters too. "Many women are concerned about the challenges to their fundamental rights posed by certain aspects of gender identity ideology. I’ve had a huge postbag since speaking up on this issue and more than 90 per cent of the letters and emails have been supportive." Rowling told the magazine that the has received support from medical staff, social workers, workers in women's refuges, and members of the LGBT community but that many are afraid to speak up because of a climate of fear
This byline has been popping up quite often lately as church pastors take a hard look at their controversial support for Donald Trump. On October 11, a Christian Reformed Church pastor from Holland, Michigan stepped down from his position due to the large support that his congregation has for President Donald Trump. It's a movement that is accelerating among America's Christian pastors. Keith Mannes has been a pastor for 30 years and said his concern for Trump grew after several events revealed that Trump was an instrument for "things that are just not very Jesus-like". He noted Trump's 2017 comments after the Charlottesville protest that there were "fine people on both sides". He also brought up Trump's famous photo op in front of St. Johns' Church
Texas grand jury indicts Netflix on felony “lewd exhibition” charges over Cuties film. Netflix says “we stand by the film”.
After Christians fumed over the controversial Netflix movie, Cuties, for its sexualization of young girls, a Texas grand jury out of Tyler County has indicted Netflix on state felony "lewd exhibition" charges. According to the indictment: "The movie knowingly promote visual material which depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age at the time the visual material was created, which appeals to the prurient interest in sex, and has no serious, literary, artistic, political, or scientific value." In a statement on Tuesday, Tyler County District Attorney Lucas Babin said that after watching the movie, he "knew there was probable cause to believe it was criminal.” “The legislators of this state believe
Satanic Temple sues ad firm over refusal to allow promotion of TST abortions as sacred religious rituals.
We're used to bizarre news when it comes to the Satanic Temple but sometimes the news is so outlandish, it appears to be fiction. Sorry, folks, but this one is 100% real. The Satanic Temple has filed a lawsuit against an advertising company for its refusal to display billboards that promote abortion as a sacred religious ritual. The Satanic Temple (TST) filed the suit against Lamar Advertising which would not allow TST to display billboards near abortion clinics in Arkansas and Indiana to promote TST's "ritual" practice. TST is recognized as a religious organization by the IRS. By organizing a sacred "ritual" around an abortion, TST believes it can classify an abortion as a free exercise of religion allowing them to skirt regulations such as mandatory
A day after President Donald Trump drew outrage for posing in front of Washington DC's St. John's Episcopal Church holding a Bible, the Trumps posed for photos in front of a statue of Saint Pope John Paul II outside the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, a place of prayer for Catholics. The move was swiftly denounced by a top Catholic church official. Washington Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said in a statement: “I find it baffling that and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles, which call us to defend the rights of all people even those with whom we might disagree." Critics criticized the President the day before after police used
New poll shows churches have successfully shifted to online services during the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, respondents say their faith has grown even stronger.
A Pew Research Center poll conducted April 20 - 26 shows 81.2% say their Church has successfully shifted to broadcasting services online. Even more promising, many Christians who viewed the services online say their faith has grown. 42.4% of those polled said their faith has brown stronger. The survey also eased fears that online services would create a disadvantage for older or economically disadvantaged church goers. Sources: Religion News Service
Israel threatens to pull Christian TV station aimed at Jews for violating rules against attempting to convert others.
GOD TV signed a major deal with Israeli cable television provider, HOT, to host a new Hebrew language Christian channel. The channel began airing in April. Ward Simpson, CEO of God TV announced the opening with glee, God has supernaturally opened the door for us to take the gospel of Jesus into the homes, and lives and hearts of his Jewish people. Israel has laws forbidding preaching to a person under the age of 18 without consent from their parent. It's rules against converting others from Judaism are less formal. Israel's Communications minister, David Amsalem, threatened last week to shutter the channel if he found it broke proselytising rules. We won’t allow any missionary channel to operate in the state of Israel, not at any time and not under
Supreme Court takes up case on gay foster parents – may lead to reevaluation of 30-year-old ruling that places general law over religious beliefs.
The Supreme Court agreed today to decide if laws against discrimination go too far and violate religious freedom. As part of the case, the court will consider overturning a 30-year-old ruling that says religious beliefs cannot override general laws even if those beliefs violate a person’s religious edict. The case centers around a Philadelphia lawsuit brought by Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic order of nuns. In the lawsuit, Catholic Social Services argue that endorsing same-sex adoptions for children in their care violates its religious teachings about marriage between a man and woman. The case was lost in lower federal courts. On appeal, Philadelphia’s Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that “religious belief will not excuse compliance with general civil rights laws.” The charity says no
Fox refuses to air Pro-Life anti-abortion commercial during Super Bowl – but allows commercial featuring two drag queens.
Christians are in an uproar over Fox Network's decision to air a 30-second commercial during Super Bowl LIV that features two drag queens – Kim Chi and Miz Cracker. This follows Fox's stunning decision to reject an ad from Faces of Choice that would attempt to raise awareness about the thousands of people who have survived abortion. Fox accepts drag queen commercial despite outcries from Christian group The faith-based group, One Million Moms, has asked Fox to remove a Sabra Dipping Company commercial featuring two prominent LGBTQ drag queens who were former contestants on RuPual’s Drag Race TV show. According to One Million Moms: “Sabra Dipping Company LLC is choosing to push an agenda of sexual confusion instead of promoting its actual product. The PC-inclusive ad blurs the
Lawan Andimi, a pastor for the Christian Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, was abducted on January 2, 2020 by Boko Haram militants. He gained worldwide notoriety when his captors released a video demanding he plead for his life. Instead, Andimi turned the video into a Christian message of hope. In last week’s video, Andimi offered testimony to his Islamist captors when he told them and the rest of the world that he was ready to die for his faith in Christ. “Be patient, don’t cry, don’t worry. But thank God for everything.” In the video, Boko Haram demanded a $2 million Euro ransom for his return. The church was only able to raise about $5 thousand Euros. Refusing to renounce his faith, Andimi was beheaded by Boko