Why The Courts Were Wrong to Rule Against a Florist Who Declined Service to a Gay Wedding

The court’s reasoning renders the right of expression a non-starter for wedding service providers

“The florist, Barronelle Stutzman, had served the gay customers, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, many times over a number of years, including by providing flowers for birthdays and other personal events; she objected only to providing flowers for their wedding.”   On Feb. 16, Washington’s state Supreme Court affirmed a lower court’s judgment that the... Continue Reading

The Death of Community and the Rise of Trump

What does a decreasing attachment to religious and civic institutions in white, working-class America mean for the country's political future?

“Each party has to wrestle with what America’s demographic changes mean for its future, including the growing share of non-white citizens and the aging of the white generation that was once more involved in religious and civic life, if only by default.”   In 2016, 57 percent of white Americans who voted chose Donald Trump... Continue Reading

Pediatricians Warn Parents: Pot Is Not Benign

Experts say looser marijuana laws lead some to assume the drug is safe

Several recent studies show significant marijuana use in adolescents can lead to impaired short-term memory; decreased concentration, attention span, and problem-solving skills; and alterations in motor control, coordination, judgment, reaction time, and tracking ability. Lung health is also negatively affected. Some studies link marijuana use with long-term psychiatric effects, including higher rates of depression and... Continue Reading

Ohio LGBT Group Announces Plans to Target Churches for Homosexual Weddings

An LGBT organization in Ohio has announced plans to target churches if they refuse to offer their property to be used in a homosexual wedding.

When asked “if a church community has a church hall that they rent to couples who want to have that wedding reception in that hall … should that church hall and church community be forced to rent that to someone who wants to use that building for something that’s against that church community’s belief system,”... Continue Reading

Christians Flee ISIS Terror In Sinai Peninsula

Extremists have labeled the region’s Coptic Christians their ‘favorite prey’

More than 100 Christian families have fled Egypt’s northern Sinai region as Islamic militants continue attacking Christians and threaten to increase the violence. More than seven Coptic Christians have been killed in recent weeks. Islamic militants Thursday stormed the home of Kamel Youssef in the northern Sinai town of el-Arish and killed him in the... Continue Reading

Judge Orders School To Open Restrooms To Transgender Students

Ruling in Pennsylvania runs counter to Supreme Court action in a different case.

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has ordered a local school district to let three transgender students use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity while their lawsuit against the school proceeds. The three students, all seniors, sued the Pine-Richland School District north of Pittsburgh after administrators implemented a policy requiring students to... Continue Reading

All 240 Family Christian Stores Are Closing

More than 3,000 employees in 36 states will be laid off in the liquidation

“All of us at Tyndale House Publishers feel a sense of grief over Family Christian’s decision to close the entire chain of stores,” he stated. “Family’s millions of customers now have even fewer options for finding these wonderful, life-giving products. The entire Christian community—indeed the entire nation—will be poorer as a result of this pending... Continue Reading

Modern-Day Martyrs Show Love and Forgiveness

Christians in the Middle East refuse hatred, even as they face the machete

This is the kind of selflessness — based on the Beatitudes — that our “selfie” world needs. It’s the road to the kind of happiness that otherwise can seem illusory or even downright impossible. The martyrs show the way; they are icons of hope and joy, tilling fields for a culture of forgiveness and love.... Continue Reading

Gallup Poll Team Offers an Update on Faith and Our Divided States of America

Variations on the "Jesusland" map have been relevant after nearly every national election

Once again, Gallup found that Mississippi was No. 1, with 59 percent of its people claiming “very religious” status, in terms of faith intensity and worship attendance. Vermont was the least religious state, even in the secular New England region, with 21 percent of the population choosing the “very religious” label.   The cartoon map... Continue Reading

Deep Time Out

New documentary presents science behind young-earth claims

“Deep time has a way of obliterating God. If you have enough time, you can do anything, you can make the argument for anything, you can make the rocks stand up and sing.” That’s why he believes adherence to the deep time paradigm of billions of years is a spiritual issue rather than a scientific... Continue Reading