Top Republican says support for gay marriage is 'conservative'

More than 300 Republicans, many with ties to the Grand Old Party hierarchy as well as the campaigns of Mitt Romney, John McCain and Dick Cheney, have signed a friend of the court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage when it considers the issue in a matter of weeks.

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Jindal visit to Israel a 'presidential' pilgrimage?

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will visit Isreal July 16-21, perhaps as another sign he is seriously considering a White House run in 2016. "Israel is one of the United States' greatest allies," Jindal told Christian Examiner. "This trip will help underscore the importance of that relationship." In January, Scott Walker proposed a similar trip the Washington Times described as "a required pilgrimage for presidential candidates, particularly Republicans."

ISIS wiping out every trace of Mesopotamian culture

Islamic State militants rode heavy equipment over the artifact-rich Assyrian city of Nimrud on March 5, only a week after releasing a 5-minute video showing their destruction of artifacts in a Mosul museum and at the Nergal Gate entryway to ancient Nineveh.

Terrorist attack in Jerusalem as nation celebrates Purim

A Palestinian man rammed his car into a crowd standing near a light rail station, injuring seven people, and emerged wielding a cleaver before being shot and critically wounded by police at the scene. Six policewomen and a woman cyclist were wounded in the car attack, according to multiple reports.

Florida city sends undercover agent to spy on church

Lake Worth officials ordered one of their city employees to go undercover and spy on Common Ground Church. City Commissioner Andy Amoroso is alleged to have called the congregation "anti-gay" and may have prompted the action in response to the pastor's visit to correct the business owner that the church's message was "love God, love people." Amoroso runs Studio 205, listed on LakeWorthArts.com as "the only Pride store in Palm Beach County. Unique gifts, vintage items, adult humor, and Florida style!"

Scientists say no big bang, just eternity

Scientists calculating corrections to the mathematics of quantum physics relating to Einstein's special theory of relativity have proposed the universe did not originate with a big bang as once thought, but is infinite, or eternal.

Jesus' boyhood home discovered?

A stone house in northern Israel may have been the boyhood home of Jesus, according to archeologist Ken Dark. The well-preserved residence matches the description of Jesus' home by a monk on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land around 670 A.D.

Jindal makes national rounds

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal spoke Wednesday to a group of about 200 pastors at a private meeting organized by the American Renewal Project, a conservative organization headed by David Lane. The "Pastors and Pews" event will move to Des Moines, Iowa, next week, where Jindal and Texas Senator Ted Cruz will speak.

Ben Carson backpedals from gay remarks

One day after neurosurgeon Ben Carson announced an exploratory run for the U.S. presidency, he told a reporter homosexuality is a choice; hours later he apologized, but without backing down from his belief.

New York schools to observe Muslim holidays

Public schools under the jurisdiction of Mayor Bill de Blasio will observe two Muslim holidays, the mayor announced Wednesday, March 11. The school year will be lengthened by two days to compensate for days off on Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr. Elementary students will be in class 183 days; high school students, 180.

ISIS threatens Twitter for blocking accounts

The Islamic State has invested heavily in social media to promote its terrorism and to recruit fighters from around the world, and now, facing blocks to its Twitter accounts, the jihadist group is threatening the tech giant with death to employees and its co-founder.

Alabama Supreme Court hears state Baptists, halts gay marriages

The Alabama Supreme Court has halted the issuance of licenses to same-sex couples, ruling in favor of an emergency petition filed by the Baptist-run Alabama Citizens Action Program and joined by the Alabama Policy Institute as well as John E. Enslen, in his official capacity as Judge of Probate for Elmore County.

Duck Commander calls situation desperate

Phil Robertson evoked the nation's founding fathers and offered his answer to the desperate situation of the United States when he addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 27. Robertson, star of the Duck Dynasty reality show on A&E television, spoke after receiving the second Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award from Citizens United, an organization "dedicated to restoring our government to citizens' control."

Nebraska marriage laws latest casualty of federal judge activism

A federal judge Monday, March 2, overturned a Nebraska state constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2000. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon decided Nebraska's law is an "unabashedly gender-specific infringement of the equal rights of its citizens," according to a CNN report.

Netanyahu: U.S. & Iran nuke deal paves way for Israel's destruction

On the eve of Purim—the Jewish holiday commemorating the biblical story of Esther and the foiling of a Persian plot to exterminate the Jewish people—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told members of Congress his nation's survival is in jeopardy should a nuclear agreement allowing Iran to enrich uranium move forward.

Netanyahu: U.S. must not let Iran 'annihilate Israel'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a supportive crowd Monday his visit to the United States was not to disrespect President Obama, who refuses to meet with him, but a mission of "a moral obligation" to protect Israel from real dangers "while there is time to avert them," referring to a proposed U.S. nuclear deal with Iran.

COLUMNS

Ten reasons ISIS kills Christians

For those who "persecute, torture, imprison, and kill Christians ... we know why you're killing us -- do you?" A provocative list of ten reasons why the practice of killing Christians is as old as Christianity itself.

Drop Box raises smiles

Flanked by "world premiere" showings in Los Angeles and Atlanta, another 700 movie theaters across the nation presented The Drop Box Tuesday as the first of a three-day "special event" run by FathomEvents.com in connection with Focus on the Family and Kindred Films.

How do real people overcome challenges to save for retirement?

We've heard a lot about how far behind Americans are in saving for retirement, but we don't often hear many solutions that the average family can actually afford. That's how we landed on a $300 a month figure. It's a challenging number, since few of us can find an extra $300 a month without some effort and sacrifice. But it's doable, and it's enough to make a real difference in your nest egg by retirement.

FEATURES

'Nones' are largest religious group in 23 states, maybe

"There are now 23 states where the largest religious group is 'unaffiliated,'" according to an article in the Huffington Post reporting on data released by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), and another 15 states where "unaffiliated" is the second-highest group. "The U.S. religious landscape is undergoing a dramatic transformation that is fundamentally reshaping American politics and culture," PRRI Director of Research Dan Cox told the online news provider. But the "religious landscape" painted by Huffington Post is a true representation only if Christianity is sub-grouped into various faith traditions and not presented as a single religion.

Islamic rule of law in the U.S.A.!

An Islamic Tribunal which enforces sharia, Islamic law, has been given "official" status by a group of Muslims in North Texas. It is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, though there similar courts in Great Britain and Europe.

ORPHANS

Baby drop box changes lives of abandoned children & more

A gripping feature-length documentary about the ongoing rescue of abandoned babies – The Drop Box – opens in a limited run March 3, 4, and 5 in select theaters nationwide. Produced and distributed in partnership with Kindred Image of South Korea, Pine Creek Entertainment, Focus on the Family and Fathom Events, The Drop Box is an intense film about a pastor's passion for rescuing abandoned children in the community of Seoul where he has ministered for the last 30 years. "The Drop Box is ultimately a story of hope," said Focus President Jim Daly. "Even in the midst of a heart-wrenching situation, we see the heart of a father's love in Pastor Lee.

FORGIVENESS

Iraqi Christian child asks God to 'forgive' ISIS

At an unfinished mall where scores of refugees are crammed into shell-like storefronts devoid of color or glass – a child tells a reporter she asks God to forgive ISIS. It's an unlikely thought – but not altogether unusual in this place where families gather. These are the Christians who have survived ISIS and escaped from once comfortable villages like Qaraqosh, Bartella and Kharamles. They were terrorized by ISIS after the radicals swept through Mosul with little resistance, using weaponry that had been given to the Iraqi army by the United States when the U.S. pulled out.

DISABLED

Joni & Friends global disability conference unites caregivers, leaders

Ripping off the bandaid to expose the suffering that unites the disabled, Global Access Conference brings together resources and networking for leaders, family members, and caregivers in one place in an unprecedented way Feb. 17-20, 2015. It is a first-ever conference that forms membership into a unique association for those who share a passion for serving the needs of the mentally, developmentally, or physically disabled at the heart of where it matters.