(Worthy News) - The share of U.S. adults who describe themselves as Christians has been declining for decades, but the U.S. Congress is about as Christian today as it was in the early 1960s, according to a new analysis by Pew Research Center. Indeed, among members of the new, 115th Congress, 91% describe themselves as Christians. This is nearly the same percentage as in the 87th Congress (1961 to 1962, the earliest years for which comparable data are available), when 95% of members were Christian.
As religious persecution continues to grow around the world, a diverse group of religious leaders, scholars and human rights advocates are urging President Donald Trump to nominate within his first 100 days in office the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.
WASHINGTON, DC (ANS - February 3, 2017) -- President Donald Trump was just three minutes into his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, in Washington, DC, on Thursday, February 2, when he asked a room full of lawmakers, foreign dignitaries and religious leaders, to pray for Arnold Schwarzenegger, so that ratings of his show -- NBC's "The Apprentice" -- would go up.
BELLE PLAINE, Minnesota, February 2, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - Hundreds of Belle Plaine citizens are expected to crowd the city council chambers on Monday evening to back a motion allowing a contentious cross to be welded back onto the steel statue of a mourning soldier in the city's Veterans Memorial Park.
The veterans' club, which installed the metal sculpture last year, removed the cross (depicting an overseas U.S. military gravesite) early this month to save the city from a lawsuit threatened by the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
January 30, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - A conservative law professor's new book details the ways in which the left attacks children's minds and indoctrinates them to adopt secular, anti-family values.
Dr. Carol M. Swain, a Vanderbilt University law professor whose pro-family views have drawn the ire of liberal activists, gave an exclusive interview to LifeSiteNews about her new book, Abduction: How Liberalism Steals our Children's Hearts and Minds.
Abduction provides parents with a blueprint for equipping their children to think for themselves and resist indoctrination from the media, Hollywood, and schools so that they can defend and share the truth with their peers.
Weeks of speculation were confirmed on Thursday, when the White House verified that Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the national March for Life on Jan. 27, Christian Telegraph reports according to Catholic News Agency.
According to the New York Times, a senior White House official confirmed the news the day before the march, which is generally held close to the Jan. 22 anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that mandated legal abortion nationwide.
BELLE PLAINE, Minnesota, January 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - Residents are pushing back after secular activists forced this small Minnesota town to sever a cross from the memorial of a U.S. soldier mourning a fallen comrade.
Citizens are ordering full-sized replicas for their lawns and putting wooden crosses up in the park to replace the metal one that was removed.
The memorial, a steel sculpture depicting a kneeling U.S. infantryman with helmet off beside a simple cross during the Second World War, is attracting support from townspeople. They are keeping a vigil at the site along with members of the Second Brigade motorcycle club, a national veterans' support group.
Pastor Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, who led a prayer at Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, has admitted in an interview that Latino Christians face challenging questions surrounding America's new political reality.
With the inauguration of Donald Trump as our 45th president upon us, all the usual suspects from the militant atheist crowd have been trying to block the Bible from being used - a tradition that began with President Washington.
Every president mentioned God in their inaugural address, even if speaking of the Lord in their own way, fitting with the times. With thanks to Bill Federer in America's God and Country, consider this sample:
HOUSTON TX (ANS -- January 20, 2017) -- Apollo 17 Astronaut Eugene Cernan -- the last man to walk on the surface of the moon -- left the earth's gravitational pull once more as his soul jettisoned into eternity. He was 82.
Cernan died Monday in a Houston hospital surrounded by family members as a result of "ongoing health issues," according to a statement by his family posted on NASA's website.
LONDON, UK (ANS - January 14, 2017) -- Here in the United States, on Monday, January 16, 2017, we are celebrating "Martin Luther King Jr. Day" and this annual event has brought memories flooding back to me.
For, you see, back in 1969, one of my earliest interviews as a journalist with Billy Graham's then London-based newspaper, The Christian, which at the time was the oldest Evangelical newspaper in the world, was with Coretta Scott King.
Religious freedom continues to enjoy strong backing from most Americans, Christian Telegraph reports according to Catholic News Agency.
"Majorities of Americans - regardless of party - have embraced religious freedom and have rightly rejected the false notion that it is something negative," Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus said Jan. 9. "They overwhelming support the protection of our first freedom, the free exercise of religion."
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (ANS January 4, 2017) - The Rev. Earl Burton of the Bible Fellowship here is urging an Inauguration Day Prayer Watch be held in University communities across the country January 20. United prayer would be held at the traditional hours of public prayer, 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 noon, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. as well as private prayers at 12 midnight and during the 3 a.m. dawn watch.
His plan is being adopted by the Operation Esther Prayer Circle at the University of Virginia and planning meetings are being held January 12 and 19 to invite other campus communities to join across the country.
NAPA, California, October 2, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Joseph Sciambra, 44, will be the first to tell you of his large-hearted and abiding love for gays. He will also be the first to tell you that despite its feel-good name, genuine happiness cannot be found in the "gay" lifestyle.
The former gay porn actor has described his own journey into the darkest core of the gay underworld in the Castro District of San Francisco in the early 90's as like being "Swallowed by Satan" - the title of his new book, in which he recounts his experiences.
Bill Barker, the NAMB national director of Appalachian regional ministry/Mississippi River ministry, spearheaded the effort through Send Relief, an organization that distributed the items to recipients.
In an interview with The Christian Post earlier this week, Barker said NAMB provided "Christmas backpacks" filled with goodies to local ministries, churches, and schools. Those organizations then distributed the backpacks to children in need in their communities.
"I've always wanted to adopt. I just knew that's how I wanted to build my family," says Christine Mullican in a video posted to YouTube by the foundation.
Mullican goes on to share that she got an email with the child's picture saying the boy, Alex, was deaf and had been abandoned at a train station in China. "His story kind of grabbed me," she says. "So I knew right then who our son was and that's when we started all our paperwork."
KNIGHTSTOWN, Indiana, December 20, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - When residents of Knightstown, Indiana, learned to their dismay that council members had caved into removing a large illuminated cross from the town's enormous Christmas tree after the threat of a lawsuit, they decided there was only one way to fight back. They banded together to put crosses in their windows and in their yards, letting the world know that they would not let "Christ" be taken out of Christmas.
PAXTON, Illinois, December 8, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - The Illinois Human Rights Commission has ordered a Christian businessman to pay two homosexuals $30,000 because he declined to host their gay "wedding."
A panel of three commission members refused to hear an appeal from TimberCreek Bed and Breakfast owner Jim Walder, who in 2011 turned down a gay couple's request to celebrate their "union" at the Christian-owned business on religious grounds.
In addition to the $30,000 that Walder was ordered to pay for causing emotional distress, he is responsible for more than $50,000 in attorney fees.
AUSTIN, Texas, December 6, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - The Satanic Temple is publicly defying a new Texas law set to take effect December 19 that requires respectful treatment of aborted babies.
The Satanic group posted an Instagram on Saturday opposed to the Texas law, which requires aborted babies to be buried or cremated. Previously, aborted babies were incinerated and discarded in landfills.
December 6, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has filed a lawsuit against the City of New York for what they call "systematic mistreatment" of homeschooling families in New York City. HSLDA says that New York City's homeschool infrastructure is archaic and creates unnecessary burdens for homeschooling families, school officials, and social workers. The lawsuit seeks to fix these issues by requiring the city's bureaucracy to follow the state's homeschool regulations.
NEW YORK, December 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - In a speech that criticized President-elect Donald Trump on Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to make sure the city would pay for women to abortions in the event that Planned Parenthood is defunded.
In one of several defiant responses to Trump's developing domestic policy, de Blasio said, "If there are threats to federal funding for Planned Parenthood in New York City, we will ensure women receive health care they need."
Later, the mayor tweeted, "I want to be clear: If GOP threatens federal funding for Planned Parenthood of NYC, we will ensure women receive the healthcare they need."
LANSDALE, PA (ANS - December 2, 2016) -- A new three part documentary series, The Reformation: This Changed Everything, will be broadcast on select public television stations beginning December 2016.
American Public Television, a leading syndicator of public television programming is offering the series to the approximately 360 PBS affiliate stations nationwide. Individuals are encouraged to contact their local PBS station to inquire about broadcast in their area.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (ANS - November 29, 2016) - Debra Yarde, who has worked with international students locally at UVA for the past two years, says she thinks future violence can be averted or curbed by "more and better" hospitality programs for international students.
Yarde is a local community activist and church leader who has worked with the outgoing president of the Charlottesville International Hospitality Programs. She is also national coordinator of Operation Esther Circles, a group which pray for international students and works with leaders in campus communities to reach out to visitors.