A Southern Baptist member of the U.S. Senate has asked the State Department to explain its diplomatic strategy for gaining the freedom of American citizens wrongly imprisoned overseas, Christian Telegraph reports according to Baptist Press.
A Southern Baptist religious freedom advocate, meanwhile, encouraged advocacy for all prisoners of conscience.
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., sent a letter Thursday (March 16) to urge Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to establish a diplomatic approach that includes the use of sanctions against countries that unjustly imprison Americans for such reasons as their religious beliefs. Among the U.S. citizens currently detained overseas is Andrew Brunson, a pastor incarcerated in Turkey since October.
March 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - As the Disney Corporation experiments with a "gay" subplot in its remake of Beauty and the Beast, the recent ratings flop of an ABC miniseries extolling "gay rights" confirms that Americans are not tuning in to pro-LGBTQ programming.
With great fanfare, ABC launched its "epic" miniseries, When We Rise, about the "gay rights" revolution. As Heatstreet reported, "When We Rise received saturation ad coverage during the Oscars ahead of its premiere this week."
March 2, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - More than 150 conservative leaders are urging President Trump to sign an executive order "protecting the practical exercise of religious freedom."
The letter, sent yesterday, is from the Council for National Policy, currently led by the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins.
It began by thanking Trump for "beginning to reverse" the "devastating trend" of Obama-era policies hurting religious freedom.
"You have rightly noted, at the National Prayer Breakfast, that '[o]ur Republic was formed on the basis that freedom is not a gift from government, but that freedom is a gift from God,'" the leaders wrote. "You observed in the same speech that international religious freedom violations are taking place."
March 1, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - Mack Beggs, a 17-year-old girl taking testosterone therapy to fulfill her "transgender" dream of living as a "man," won a Texas state wrestling title Saturday amid outcries that the competition was unfair because of her drug-induced physical advantages.
Beggs, a junior at the Trinity High School in Euless, Texas, defeated Chelsea Sanchez 12-2 to become state champion in the 110-pound girls weight class. Her photo reveals an upper body physique that is at some level the product of her drug-induced "masculinity," with arms that look more like those of a boy than a typical girl, even a girl athlete.
MELBOURNE, Florida, February 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - First Lady Melania Trump kicked off her husband's rally on Saturday by leading the Lord's Prayer before a large and enthusiastic crowd.
"Let us pray," Trump began after extended cheers as she took the dais before an estimated 9,000 supporters at Melbourne-Orlando International Airport.
She then recited the Our Father, with rally attendees joining in, audibly toward the end of the prayer, that Jesus taught his disciples.
OXON HILL, National Harbor, Maryland, February 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) - "As long as we have faith in each other and trust in God, then there is no goal at all beyond our reach," President Trump told CPAC this morning after thanking Christians for voting for him.
"I wanna thank, by the way, the evangelical community, the Christian community, communities of faith," Trump said.
He called the support he received from evangelicals "amazing."
The debate over First Lady Melania Trump's reading of the Lord's Prayer at a rally in Melbourne, Florida, for her husband, President Donald Trump, has continued to rage, with some conservatives calling it a genuine expression of faith, with others, including a pastor, suggesting it was manipulative.
The American Family Association, which has both praised and criticized Trump's administration on different issues, argued that Melania Trump delivered a "powerful" reading.
The Rev. J. Wendell Mapson, Jr., senior pastor of Monumental Baptist Church of Philadelphia, gave a lecture earlier this week sponsored by The Baptist Pastors and Ministers Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity (BMPC) on the state of the church following the Barack Obama administration.
A letter is imminent from the Trump administration advising schools they are no longer encouraged to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their perceived gender identity, Christian Telegraph reports according to Baptist Press.
(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.