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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the Governors' Biofuels Coalition listing him as a key member without ever asking if he wanted to be a member. (Associated Press)

States rebel against Supreme Court gay marriage ruling

By Cheryl Wetzstein - The Washington Times

Resistance may look futile, but U.S. lawmakers and state workers are not done rebelling against the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage. Published July 6, 2015

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Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow (Photo Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow website)

Jews protest art installation at Polish museum

- Associated Press

Jewish officials are furious over a video installation at a Polish museum that shows naked men and women playing a game of tag in a gas chamber.

Rachel Palencik poses for a photograph with her frozen breast milk Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in West Chester, Pa. About 4,000 mothers participate in 15 nonprofit milk banks across the United States, but the entry of for-profit milk banks has led to tensions as state lawmakers begin regulating the industry.  Palencik wants to be sure that her milk goes to a mom and infant who need it.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Mother's milk: the battle for control of the human breast milk industry

- Associated Press

Human breast milk is so valuable it could trade for 400 times more than the price of crude oil and 2,000 times more than iron ore. If sold off the shelf, it could cost more than 150 times the price of a gallon of cow's milk and 15 times more than coffee.

Pilgrims hold up their hands to be blessed by Pope Francis during a Mass at the Samanes Park in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, July 6, 2015. Latin America's first pope arrived in this port city on Monday for the first big event of a three-nation tour that includes Paraguay and Bolivia. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Pope Francis has packed final Ecuador day but holding up well

- Associated Press

Pope Francis has a whirlwind final full day in Ecuador on Tuesday, with an open-air Mass in the capital sandwiched between meetings with bishops, indigenous groups and students and capped by a visit to a famed Jesuit church.

Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips decorates a cake inside his store in Lakewood, Colo., in 2014. Mr. Phillips, who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, is to argue Tuesday, July 7, 2015 before the Colorado Court of Appeals that his religious beliefs should protect him from sanctions against his business. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file photo March 10, 2014)

Gay wedding cake at center of Colorado Appeals Court case

- Associated Press

A suburban Denver baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple will argue Tuesday before the Colorado Court of Appeals that his religious beliefs should protect him from sanctions against his business.

In this Dec. 16, 2014 photo, girls stand in a playground in Colorado City, Ariz. The sister cities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, once run by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, are split between loyalists who still believe he is a victim of religious persecution and defectors who are embracing government efforts to pull the town into modern society. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Trial set in civil rights case against polygamous towns

Associated Press

A Jan. 19 trial has been set in Phoenix for a lawsuit that alleges polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah line systematically denied housing, water services and police protection to people who aren't part of the communities' dominant religious sect.

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican in this June 24, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, File)

Pope's Ecuador Mass expected to draw 1M+

- Associated Press

Hundreds of thousands of people filled a park in Ecuador's main port city Monday for Pope Francis' first big event of his three-nation South American tour, hoping for a glimpse of Latin America's first pope returning to his home soil for a Mass dedicated to the family.

Republican presidential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, center, speaks to supporters during a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Boone, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Cruz, Huckabee competing for evangelical votes

- Associated Press

Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee went head-to-head for evangelical votes this weekend, telling a megachurch congregation in Georgia that God favors the United States but warning that the nation is on a perilous spiritual path because of actions like the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by then-Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, arrive to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. on Jan. 20, 2013. Mr. Linnington, the Pentagon's new leader of the search for military members missing from past wars, says he will push for more partnerships with private groups that have resources and interest in the MIA accounting mission. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Head of POW-MIA office favors closer links to private groups

- Associated Press

The head of the Pentagon's new agency in charge of recovering and identifying remains of U.S. war dead said he will push for more partnering with private groups that have resources and interest to help reinvigorate a troubled POW-MIA accounting mission.

FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday, May 2, 2015,  showing Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn baby, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, waving to the public as they leave St. Mary's Hospital in London.  The nine-week old Princess Charlotte, is to be christened at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, on Queen Elizabeth II's country estate on Sunday July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, FILE)

Fans cheer as Princess Charlotte christened on royal estate

- Associated Press

Prince William and his wife, Kate, marked a milestone for their newborn baby Princess Charlotte on Sunday -- a christening ceremony on Queen Elizabeth II's country estate that was steeped in royal tradition.

Ten Commandments decision prompts conservative outcry

- Associated Press

The Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision to order a Ten Commandments monument removed from the state Capitol grounds has so angered conservatives in the Legislature that some Republicans are calling for justices to be impeached, while others want to amend the Bill of Rights in the 108-year-old state constitution.

Recent Opinion Columns

Rebecca Hagelin and her daughter, Kristin Carey.

Participating in God's plan

It's easy to mistake the means for the ends and in doing so, to settle for less than we were intended for. For example, we all feel pressure to be productive and to use our time wisely, but if we're not careful, we will, as Peter Drucker says, manage for the sake of management instead of managing for the sake of results.

Image used by permission of The Barna Group, June 23, 2015. See for all of their resources.

Do you live in a 'Bible-minded' city?

Do you live in a "Bible-minded" city? The Barna Group, an evangelical Christian polling firm, released the results of a recent study that reveals "how people in the nation's 100 largest media markets view and use the Bible."


Caitlyn, gender and the 'post'-postmodern era

Let's face it -- with the grand debut of Bruce Jenner as a woman named Caitlyn (and the accompanying demand from the liberal media that we take it as anything more serious than attention-seeking narcissism) -- we have finally arrived at the post-postmodern era.