American Tragedy: Now Gird Up Your Loins

Jun 28, 2015 by

by Robert A. J. Gagnon. Today, June 26, 2015, a day of national tragedy, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered what should rank as the worst decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in the lifetime of every living American (rivaled only by Roe v. Wade) and at least one of the two or three worst decisions since the Court’s inception (compare the Dred Scott case). Five lawless judges (all four Democrat-appointed judges: Obama’s Sotomayor and Kagan; Clinton’s...

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Belfast Pastor Faces Prison for “Grossly Offending” Islam

Jun 28, 2015 by

By Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute: An evangelical Christian pastor in Northern Ireland is being prosecuted for making “grossly offensive” remarks about Islam. James McConnell, 78, is facing up to six months in prison for delivering a sermon in which he described Islam as “heathen” and “satanic.” The message was streamed live on the Internet, and a Muslim group called the police to complain. According to Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service...

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Black Pastors’ Group Urges Civil Disobedience Against Gay Marriage Ruling

Jun 28, 2015 by

By Todd Beamon, Newsmax The head of an organization of African-American pastors told Newsmax Saturday that Christians must oppose the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling through civil disobedience because “you do something to get arrested to call attention to the injustice.” “I was in the civil rights movement, so I know how to do it” the Rev. Bill Owens, president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP), said in an interview. “When we sat at the...

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Episcopal Church elects Michael Curry first black presiding bishop

Jun 28, 2015 by

By Robert Gehrke, RNS: Episcopal bishops have made history again. On Saturday (June 27), during a private meeting at St. Mark’s Cathedral in downtown Salt Lake City, they elected Bishop Michael Curry as the first African-American presiding bishop of the 2.5 million-member faith. Curry won in a landslide vote in a race against three other candidates. The vote came nearly a decade after the bishops chose their first female leader. Leading up to Saturday’s selection, Curry who has served as...

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TEC General Convention

Jun 27, 2015 by

By Barbara Gauthier: This is the fourth General Convention of the Episcopal Church that I’ve covered and I’ve always begun with the usual media coverage announcing the start of General Convention, why it is important and the newsworthy decisions that will likely be made.  This time around there was nothing, not even a two-paragraph space-filler on the police blotter page. So I googled up “Episcopal Church 2015 General Convention” and got lots of links to articles from...

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Why the church should neither cave nor panic about the decision on gay marriage

Jun 27, 2015 by

By Russell Moore, Washington Post: As I write this, the Supreme Court has handed down what will be the “Roe v. Wade” of marriage, redefining marriage in all 50 states. This is a sober moment, and I am a conscientious dissenter from this ruling. The Court now has disregarded thousands of years of definition of the most foundational unit of society, and the cultural changes here will be broad and deep. So how should the church respond? First of all, the church should not panic. The Supreme Court...

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David Cameron celebrates diversity and strength of Britain for Pride in London

Jun 27, 2015 by

By David Cameron, Pink News: The LGBT+ rights movement has been a great force for reform not just in the UK but also around the world. It has campaigned for decency, respect and equal treatment; and underlying it all were simple demands: that people should be able to love and live equally with someone of the same sex, that people should be respected and valued for who they are, able to live safely and fulfil their potential. This is why I’m so pleased to have introduced same-sex marriage and...

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What does the future hold?

Jun 27, 2015 by

By Ryan T Anderson, Conjugality: As the four dissenting opinions make abundantly clear, yesterday’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges had nothing to do with the Constitution. This ruling is perhaps as clear of an example of judicial activism as any we have seen in recent years – or are likely (hopefully) to see in the future. The majority of the Court simply replaced the people’s opinion about what marriage is with its own. Nothing in the Constitution supplies an answer to the question What...

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ACNA Bishops’ Statement on Supreme Court Ruling

Jun 27, 2015 by

By George Conger, Anglican Ink: A Statement from the Anglican Church in North America The Archbishop and Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America have received the recent ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States of America and are deeply grieved by the stark departure from God’s revealed order. We are concerned for the inevitable results from this action to change the legal understanding of marriage and family life. While this decision grieves us, God’s truth and the goodness of...

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Canterbury responds to Nigerian disquiet with new ACC secretary general

Jun 27, 2015 by

By George Conger, Anglican Ink: The Archbishop of Canterbury has defended the appointment of the Bishop of Kaduna, noting that while he did not oversee the process that selected Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, he nevertheless endorses the selection. On 26 June 2015 the archbishop’s press office released a statement saying its “attention has been drawn to a statement forwarded to him from the Office of the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, the Most Revd Nicholas Okoh,” concerning the Church of...

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