The co-creator of "Veggie Tales" says it's only a matter of time before Christian filmmakers are forced to take a stand on LGBT issues.
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By Christopher Vondracek - The Washington Times
Some conservative U.S. Catholics are dismayed by the official schedule for Pope Francis' Vatican summit with bishops on clerical sex abuse that begins Thursday, saying it ignores the root cause of the scandal: gays in the priesthood. Published February 20, 2019
By Yuras Karmanau and Nataliya Vasilyeva - Associated Press
Ukrainian officials on Friday upped the ante in the growing confrontation with Russia, announcing a travel ban for most Russian males and searching the home of an influential cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church. Published November 30, 2018
Police say a man accused of making what they believe was a threat to a Jewish center in Ohio on Instagram has been arrested on telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing charges.
Late in the summer of 1939, crowds of strangers started showing up at Rhoda Wise's house next to a city dump in Ohio after she let it be known that miracles were occurring in her room.
The United Methodist Church would maintain neighborliness, but would split into separate wings, in the aftermath of disagreements over LGBTQ rights in the church, according to a blueprint released by church leaders this week.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by "competent" doctors.
A 6-year-old girl has provided a strong kick to a campaign to create female versions of the iconic green Army men figures after sending a powerful letter to several toy manufacturers.
The Trump administration moved Wednesday to expand faith protections for federal contractors, the latest front in the ongoing battle between LGBTQ groups fighting discrimination and employers seeking to operate in accordance with their religious principles.
The Department of Labor released a proposal Wednesday that would protect "religion-exercising organizations" holding federal contracts if they are accused of having a hiring bias.
A fictional caper about an antiquities heist set in an ancient Jordanian city has stirred widespread outrage over the film's portrayal of historical Jewish ties to Jordan, shining a light on the tenuous peace with neighboring Israel and prompting the government to suspend the movie's production.
The Land of Lincoln will require public schools to incorporate LGBTQ figures into history lessons.
Troops in India-administered Kashmir allowed some Muslims to walk to local mosques alone or in pairs to pray for the Eid al-Adha festival on Monday during an unprecedented security lockdown that still forced most people in the disputed region to stay indoors on the Islamic holy day.
A proposed ethnic-studies curriculum developed for California public high schools has ignited outrage over its shabby treatment of Jewish Americans and Israel, leading to fears that students could soon receive a crash course in anti-Semitism.
The streets around public schools in a South Carolina county sport new signage -- noting where students and teachers can pray.
Robert Zangrillo is accused of paying $250,000 to get his daughter into college as a fake athlete. Prosecutors call it a bribe. But his lawyers say Zangrillo isn't much different from parents who make formal donations to try to give their children an advantage in the admissions process.
Isolated on an emerald green hunk of volcanic rock closer to Tokyo than Honolulu, people on the U.S. territory of Guam like to joke that whatever happens on the mainland takes a long time to reach them. While the U.S. Catholic Church has been roiled by the child sexual abuse scandal for nearly two decades, the island's faithful are still reckoning with new revelations from survivors long shamed into silence by men who claimed divine authority.
A strict curfew keeping residents of Indian-controlled Kashmir in their homes for a fifth day was eased for Friday prayers, the police chief said.
Bill de Blasio calls abortion 'sacred choice,' restriction inquiries by Sean Hannity a 'smokescreen'
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio put his foot down while appearing on Fox News to defend what he calls the "sacred choice" of abortion.
Indian security forces have arrested more than 500 people since New Delhi imposed a communications blackout and security clampdown in divided Kashmir, where people remained holed up in their homes for a fourth day.
Rebecca Cartellone was surprised to receive a DNA kit for Christmas last year but never expected the shocking finding that her dad was not her biological father.
Outspoken Canadian psychologist Jordan B. Peterson has advice for the Catholic church: Drop the emphasis on "mercy" over "justice" in its contemporary teachings.
The Boy Scouts of America faces a "pedophilia epidemic," according to a lawsuit filed this week by a group of lawyers who say they have uncovered 350 previously unannounced cases of Scout leaders involved in abuse of children.
At first glance, the handwritten postcards and letters look innocuous, even warm, sometimes signed off by "Uncle T." or "Your uncle, Father Ted."
India's lower house of Parliament was set to ratify a bill Tuesday downgrading the governance of the Indian-administered portion of Muslim-majority Kashmir, as an indefinite security lockdown continued in the disputed Himalayan region.
Pro-life advocates and Democrats are lamenting the absence of abortion as a debate topic among the Democratic presidential candidates, calling for a little nuance on the issue.
President Trump responded Monday to the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio by calling for a crackdown on "gruesome and grisly" video games, proposing tougher laws to deny firearms from mentally ill people and denouncing white nationalism espoused in a screed posted online before one of the shootings.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren faces a defamation lawsuit filed by eight unidentified Covington Catholic students against a dozen blue-check lawmakers, journalists and celebrities accused of fueling a "social media nightmare."
Saudi Arabia on Friday published new laws that loosen restrictions on women by allowing all citizens -- women and men alike -- to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing guardianship policy that had controlled women's freedom of movement.
Advocates plan to lobby for the reproductive health rights for surrogate mothers in New York, where surrogacy remains illegal even after Democrats enacted several pro-choice laws this year.
Radio host and father of three Mario Lopez is facing criticism for comments he made about young transgender children and the emotional "repercussions" they could face later on in life.
Leadership at the Washington National Cathedral released a statement Tuesday criticizing President Trump's rhetoric after he attacked House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and the "Squad" of four congresswomen of color.
Wilson Cruz, a co-star in the new Hulu animated children's series "The Bravest Knight," describes the show's dad couple this way: "We're not explaining homosexuality, or same-gender sexuality. We're talking about the love of a family."
Jason Wallace says he knows the people he helps as the director of the D.C. Mayor's Office on Men, Fathers and Boys someday will be role models for his own son.
The ACLU said Tuesday that the Trump administration is still wrongly separating children from their parents at the border and asked a federal judge to order that kids be kept with adults even in cases when the government says there are serious health concerns or threats to the child's safety.
Sergiev Posad, the formr home of the Orthodox Church's Moscow Patriarchate, is not quite St. Peter's Square, but some Orthodox officials and believers see the germ of a vaulting ambition to create a home base for the Russian national faith that can rival the Roman Catholic ministate in the heart of Rome.
In the midst of a feud with Democrats over conditions in Baltimore, President Trump held a two-hour meeting Monday at the White House with inner-city faith leaders, some of whom emerged saying the president is concerned about people of all races.
Anne Hathaway, who announced this week she was expecting her second child, says she came forward about her struggles with getting pregnant because infertility can be deeply isolating.
Sen. Kamala D. Harris on Friday unveiled a set of proposals that would direct a total of $74.5 billion toward efforts to support math, science and teacher programs at black colleges and universities and to expand access to capital for black entrepreneurs.
When students return to public schools across South Dakota this fall, they should expect to see a new message on display: "In God We Trust."
A group of faith leaders across Texas are calling on state corrections officials to allow chaplains back in the execution chamber.
Bad sportsmanship, rude behavior and outright violence by adults at youth sporting events have become a national epidemic that sends the wrong message to child athletes and drives referees from playing fields in droves.
A top executive for Juul Labs said that his company never intended its electronic cigarettes to be adopted by underage teenagers, as House lawmakers on Thursday accused the company of fueling the vaping craze among high schoolers.
A Pennsylvania school board has rejected donations to cover parents' debts for lunches for their children, saying the parents themselves should pay their bills.
Rep. Ilhan Omar was applauded at a Muslim event on Tuesday after she condemned an audience member's question about female genital mutilation (FGM).
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday called on attendees at the NAACP's annual convention to "demand more" of the 2020 presidential contenders on the issue of education, saying the political discussion on the issue has shifted from when President Barack Obama was leading it.
A federal judge blocked three new abortion restrictions from taking effect Wednesday in Arkansas, including a measure that opponents say would likely force the state's only surgical abortion clinic to close.
An American same-sex couple sued Tuesday demanding the Trump administration recognize the citizenship of their daughter, who was born to a surrogate mother in the U.K.
A federal judge approved a legal settlement Tuesday affirming transgender people's right to use restrooms matching their gender identity in many North Carolina public buildings.
Gavin Grimm, a young man who has become a national face for transgender student rights, returns to a Virginia courtroom Tuesday to challenge his former high school's bathroom policy.
Attorneys for Colorado baker Jack Phillips asked a court Monday to dismiss a lawsuit seeking $100,000 over his refusal to create a transgender-birthday cake, arguing that the Christian cakeshop owner "has suffered enough."
A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that pro-life activists who shot undercover video at Planned Parenthood clinics can defend their actions as journalism at their trial in September, greatly lessening any potential penalties under state and federal laws for posing as biomedical officials to secretly record interviews.
Sen. Jeff Merkley said Monday the number of immigrants trying to cross over the U.S.-Mexico border has slowed as a result of stepped-up enforcement by Mexico and the summer heat.
Oregon will allow students to take "mental health days" just as they would sick days, expanding the reasons for excused school absences to include mental or behavioral health under a new law that experts say is one of the first of its kind in the U.S.
The Trump administration is giving taxpayer-funded family planning clinics more time to comply with its new rule that says they no longer can refer women for abortions.
Fifteen of the nation's most popular governors are Republicans, continuing to dominate the approval ratings despite a legislative session that saw some come under fire for signing bills restricting abortion, according to a newly released analysis.
"The View" co-host Meghan McCain revealed in a new op-ed that she recently suffered a miscarriage.
As what was billed as the largest gathering on religious freedom around the world at the U.S. State Department wrapped up on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence took a veiled swipe at the political debate that is consuming Washington these days.
Jewish Democrats brushed off Rep. Ilhan Omar's Israel boycott resolution this week and instead kept their focus on their own resolution to denounce the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Amid a national furor over President Donald Trump's tweet urging four Democratic congresswomen to "go back" to their home countries, a Virginia pastor is gaining attention with a sign at his church saying "America: Love or Leave It."
The next leaders at Planned Parenthood will likely take a more forceful public tone than Dr. Leana Wen, who was ousted on Tuesday after less than a year in office.
One of President Trump's federal appeals court nominees is facing opposition from advocacy groups and at least one Republican senator, who told the judge Wednesday there's serious concerns about his judicial record on religious liberty.
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In a speech announcing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, reminded me of some of the great orators of the past. Her speech was measured in tone, substantive in content and delivered with conviction.
Several years ago during a visit to the United States, President Xi Jinping was interviewed by a Chinese national living in the United States. After the interview, Mr. Xi asked a single question of this reporter — not about his family, not about his studies, not about whether he enjoyed living in America — the one question he asked was "Why do so many Chinese students studying in the United States become Christians?"
George Barna, in his book "What Americans Believe," points out that 87 percent of non-Christians and 77 percent of self-described born-again Christians agreed with the statement "People are basically good." Our culture by and large has discarded the idea of original sin.
Just when you think things couldn't be more upside down, Hillary Clinton declares that only one side is to blame for the vast cultural divide in America.
This past week, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-proclaimed socialist, won the Democratic primary for a congressional seat in New York. Why would a sane person advocate a political movement that was responsible for well over a hundred million deaths in the last century, as well as untold misery? By her comments, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez revealed a couple of things about herself. The first is an ignorance of history — because it is unlikely that she really meant to be an advocate for a cause that often results in mass death and destruction — and that she is unable to think beyond stage 1, or the first order effect of a policy.
Seven justices of the U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was unconstitutionally biased against the religious beliefs of Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop.
From The Vault
More than 1,000 children -- and possible many more -- were molested by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses, while senior church officials took steps to cover it up, according to a landmark grand jury report released Tuesday.
It is fashionable in some circles to purge the presence of God from everyday life, whether it's by banning religious images or language in public places, or media coverage that implies that faith-based anything is not inclusive. Such thinking is not new. In 1966, Time Magazine published an edition titled "Is God Dead?" -- suggesting that the faith was wavering, and the U.S. was on a path to secularization.
The Bible remains a fixture in American culture and lifestyle according to the "State of the Bible" survey, an annual poll conducted by the Barna Group, a California-based research organization, and the American Bible Society.
The Supreme Court vacated a state ruling Monday that found Barronelle Stutzman, the 73-year-old owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, violated state law by refusing to service a same-sex wedding ceremony.
President Trump is hosting his first Iftar dinner Wednesday night at the White House to mark one of the religious observances of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a gesture that was met with surprise and criticism among some U.S. Muslims.
The Christian baker at the center of Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling in a religious-liberty case said Tuesday on the "Today" show that he was "thrilled" with the outcome.
The Supreme Court held Monday a Christian baker's religious liberty was violated when Colorado's Civil Rights Commission penalized him for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
A federal court has ruled that printing "In God We Trust" on U.S. currency doesn't amount to a religious endorsement and therefore doesn't violate the U.S. Constitution.
First lady Melania Trump rolled out an agenda Monday that focused on enhancing the well-being of children, soldiering on in her duties against one of the Washington press corps' most hostile receptions for a first lady and rabid news coverage of the president's alleged infidelity with adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
President Trump signed an executive order Thursday creating a White House office on faith initiatives that will help to ensure religious groups have access to government funding.
For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America's flagship program has been known simply as the Boy Scouts. With girls soon entering the ranks, the group says that iconic name will change.
Cecile Richards received a hero's send-off on her last day as president of Planned Parenthood, but pro-life activists say her uncompromising stance on abortion and alliance with the Democratic Party have left the organization on shaky ground.
Babies born using assisted reproductive technology increased in 2016, with 71,296 births counted from the efforts of 377 clinics in the U.S., according to preliminary data from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.