During a demonstration at the North Carolina state capitol rotunda in February, several dozen youth activists were outside legislative chambers demanding, among other things, affordable college tuition, a $15 an hour minimum wage, access to healthcare, and voting rights.
Having to live as neighbors with people you don't approve of isn't a form of persecution against Christians. According to Jesus, it's the very focus of Christian life.
In the end, the Indiana law is just the latest skirmish in the long and seemingly never-ending battle against the dark and repressive forces that we have fought throughout all of human history. If there is any good news, we will prevail as we have before.
"There was a great humorless arrogance about him, for he had never been blessed with a moment of self-doubt. He liked to say that he was in morals, no...
I am proud that my church was one of the first to express concern and take action. And I'm happy the legislature and governor listened to us and changed the law.
For children like mine, politics have never been anything but deeply personal and compelling, something you throw yourself into, body and soul.
Those who would use the cake cases to promote legislation allowing businesses to discriminate in the name of religion should be careful what they ask for.
Starting April 8, 2015, employers who do business with the federal government may not discriminate against applicants and employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Fiorina wrongly suggests Cook might be so mad at Indiana's anti-gay stance that he threatened to boycott the state -- a promise he never uttered. Just the opposite. Instead, he promised that while he sells Apple products in Indianapolis or Bloomington, or anywhere around the globe, "everyone is welcome."
I had never thought of cake as speech before. I read and re-read the first amendment to see if, in fact, cake is mentioned as part of "freedom of speech." It is not. I thumbed through the dictionary and found no mention of cake under "speech" or "talk" or "words."
Today, President Obama's Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination goes into effect. It prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Considering Indiana has now become a national joke for LGBT discrimination, it was a sharp reminder that not everyone in the state echoes the legislature's pro-discrimination stance.
The source of my aggravation? The casual assumption that there is a "Christian" position on the issue of sexual orientation and gender identity, an uncontroversial point of doctrine that all Christians share in common.
It's dangerous to let our understandable outrage at the senseless loss of life cloud the harsh reality that it's time for us to accept that this outwardly healthy "boy next door" co-pilot from a quaint village in Germany could be our son, our next door neighbor, our father -- he could even be us.
With all the political frenzy about both religious freedom and discrimination, the pundits always seem to come back to the same classic case: a baker contemplating whether to bake a cake for a gay wedding.
Individuals and groups discriminating based off perceived threats to their religious freedoms due to the lifestyle and beliefs of others signal a return to a period in human history where prejudice, hatred and violence reigned supreme.