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A Baptist pastor in Dallas is facing some harsh realities more than a year after leading his congregation to affirm homosexuality.

In November 2016, Wilshire Baptist Church voted to extend membership to those involved in the homosexual lifestyle. The church's slogan is now "Open to all, closed to none."

The action prompted the Baptist General Convention of Texas to sever ties with the church. A year later, Chelsen Vicari decided to contact senior pastor George Mason to see how the church has been affected by the change.

Former Houston mayor Annise Parker is the new president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a nonprofit organization focused on identifying and electing LGBTQ people to public office.

Parker is intimately familiar with the organization because her earliest campaigns for Houston City Council were supported by the Victory Fund after it was founded in 1991. The group’s backing eventually helped Parker become the first openly LGBTQ person elected mayor of a major U.S. city, in 2009.

Now, Parker is checking off another “first” as the first elected official to lead the Victory Fund. She takes over for Aisha Moodie-Mills, who announced her departure during the group’s International LGBTQ Leaders Conference on December 8.

Houston Magazine OutSmart reports that at least 35 LGBTQ Texans are running for office in the 2018 primary and general elections–including governor and lieutenant governor contests. Five candidates identify as transgender. More than one-third are from Harris County. The publication added five to the list by Wednesday afternoon.
The publication began the article by stating:

With equality under attack by the Trump administration and the Texas Legislature, LGBTQ candidates across the state are lining up to fight back.

Two years ago on BreakPoint we told you about a promising young Christian football player. On Monday, he was the hero of Alabama’s national football championship win.

Alabama’s stunning come-from-behind NCAA championship victory over Georgia was fueled by freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. In a remarkably humble interview after the game, especially given what he’d just accomplished on national television, he said: “I would like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. With him all things are possible.”

Now two years ago, on BreakPoint, I talked about Tagovailoa’s faith—back when he was still in high school. Here’s a part of that broadcast from 2015:

A husband-and-wife baking team must pay a $135,000 fine for declining to make a cake for the wedding of two women, Oregon’s second-highest court has ruled. A three-judge panel of the Oregon Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a decision by a state agency that led to the fine and forced Aaron and Melissa Klein to close their bakery.

The court ruled that baking wedding cakes is not “speech, art, or other expression” protected by the First Amendment. The judges said the state did not “impermissibly burden the Kleins’ right to the free exercise of religion” because it compelled the Christian bakers only to comply with “a neutral law of general applicability.”

Get a load of this:
A few days ago, Iran's foreign minister tweeted "a very happy and peaceful Christmas to all."

I wonder what the Christians jailed this month in Iran would think about that tweet.

I wonder what Iranian youth would think about that tweet, but sadly the regime bans Twitter.

Except, of course, if you're a high ranking official.

“I was depressed. I was going through difficulty at that point. I needed counseling, I needed care, not assisted suicide pills,” J.J. Hanson, who died Dec. 30 at age 36, told The Daily Signal last year about a time in his life after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

A Marine veteran, Hanson is survived by his wife, Kristen, and two sons, James and Lucas.

Told when he was diagnosed in 2014 that he would live only a few months more, he managed to have three more years with his family.

Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook executive and the CEO of venture capital firm Social Capital, said in a November interview that social media is damaging society and voiced concerns about its impact on his own children.

For a party who argues there's no war on Christmas, the secular Left sure spends a lot of time talking about one! From smart-alecky op-eds to condescending cartoons, it's starting to feel like some liberals are more obsessed with the idea than anyone. But considering the wildly enthusiastic response to Donald Trump in Pensacola, maybe they're right to be worried.

Combatants in the annual “War on Christmas” have some new data to chew on, thanks to a survey released this week by the Pew Research Center.

While many doubt that Christmas is embattled, as some conservative pundits contend, the new study does suggest American attitudes are changing.

We recently had a major victory for Houston taxpayers and religious liberty. In the case we filed years ago regarding Mayor Parker’s unlawful use of taxpayer dollars to fund same-sex benefits, the U.S. Supreme Court recently rejected the City of Houston’s request to review whether Houston taxpayers may challenge the city’s policy of providing spousal benefits to the homosexual partners of city employees. The opposition was lead by former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, Wallace Jefferson.

None of our lives is perfect. All of them are irreplaceable and have worth.

Imagine opening up New York magazine to find an article from your mother writing that she wished you were dead. When he can read, a little boy named Dudley will face that reality.

'Imagine a Jewish baker being required to put a swastika on a cake,' newspaper editorial says, which the ADL says is 'beyond offensive and hateful to the LGBTQ community'

Pro-life legislators in Texas are arguing for unborn children to be lethally injected with poison, and even that isn’t enough for U.S. courts and the pro-abortion-rights movement.

Do pro-life Texans want unborn children to be poisoned? Of course not. But in Texas, these legislators are attempting t...

Allegation — “Roy Moore was banned from the Gadsden mall for propositioning teenage girls.”

— Witnesses Refuting Allegations —

1. Johnny Adams – Employed 26 yrs. Gadsden Mall, Oper. Mgr 14 yrs. over security – “Never heard of anything about Roy Moore being banned or mention of any other issues con...

The recent number of alleged sexual assault charges brought forth is unprecedented. From movie mogul Harvey Weinstein to Congressman John Conyers and Senator Al Franken to Matt Lauer of NBC—all have been accused of sexual impropriety.

From a Christian perspective, we can be thankful there at least...

It’s been a while since my last post on efforts to hold a national referendum in Romania to decide the fate of same sex marriage. In 2015 the Irish voted for it, and the results of a national plebiscite, held from September to November in Australia, shows that over 61% of Australians favor legalizin...

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has asked the State’s attorney general to expeditiously issue a legal opinion about Texas law governing concealed handgun license holders carrying in churches. He has also asked for a legal conclusion about congregations’ freedom from regulatory fees for securit...

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Former Olde Hickory House waitress disproves the “facts” asserted by accuser Beverly Nelson, who is represented by abortion-activist Gloria Allred in the effort to defeat Judge Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate.

Rhonda Ledbetter, who worked at the Olde Hickory House from 1977-1979, explained that the “f...

The campaign of U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has produced three eyewitnesses who are refuting the claims of a woman who says Moore assaulted her behind a Gadsden, Alabama restaurant in 1977.

“I was a waitress at Olde Hickory for almost three years, from 1977-1979, and I never saw Roy Moore come i...

If you go on a secular television program as a guest, you should not be going there as a friend of the world. You should be going there as an ambassador of Christ. And if you are true and faithful, you are going to clash in almost every area with their worldview.

As families and loved ones grieve in Sutherland Springs, Texas, following the deadliest church shooting in modern U-S history, there’s a call for more Southeast Texas (SETX) churches to increase security and arm members.

KFDM/Fox 4’s Chris Mullooly spoke with Steve Visser, co-founder of Hedge Prote...

Twenty-six people are dead and 14 people remain in the hospital tonight after authorities say a man opened fire in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Two local pastors, Dave Welch and Alan Lamar Patterson, are on the Factor to talk about the tragedy.

The Air Force has punished a highly-decorated and respected colonel after he refused to publicly affirm the same-sex spouse of a retiring subordinate.

Col. Leland Bohannon, who was on the verge of being promoted to a one-star general, was suspended from command and orders were handed down recommend...

Five hundred years ago Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses” on the church door in Wittenberg, marking a pivotal event in the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. The focal point of the Reformation was the Bible being made available to the common man. Luther and others sought to translate and dis...

This October 31st marks five hundred years exactly since the start of the Reformation, which dates back to that autumn morning in 1517 when Martin Luther is said to have nailed his ‘Ninety-Five Theses’ on the doors of the All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The Evangelical movement today could...

If someone bangs on your door tonight, they probably want candy. Five hundred years ago, someone banged on a door for a very different reason.

Now, we don’t know the exact date when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses, although he did submit them to his archbishop on October 31. What we do...

Headlines about left-wing college students engaging in radical, sometimes racially charged protests are becoming all too common.

In October 2016, students at University of California, Berkeley created a human chain in an attempt to block white students from going to class.

This past May, students...

Texas is wide open for business, former Texas Governor Rick Perry used to say. It was the unofficial state motto. Texas racked up awards from Forbes to Site Selection magazine and CNBC, which all fawned over the Lone Star State and our “Texas Miracle” of economic prowess. Well into the aughts, state...

The Indian state of Jharkhand reportedly passed on Saturday a controversial anti-conversion bill, which pastors and persecution watchdog groups say aims to stop Christian witness and “ruin the lives of people.”

“The anti-conversion law will ruin the lives and the witness of the church,” an anonymou...

The President of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari has signed into law legislation that makes religious conversion a crime, the international human rights group Christian Solidarity Worldwide has reported.

In a press release issued Friday, CSW, a human rights group accredited with United Nations consultat...

It was quite a scene in the high school parking lot – a convoy of trucks adorned with the Christian flag – waving in the Texas breeze.

The red, white and blue has flown outside LaPoynor High School in LaRue, Texas, for as far back as anyone can remember.

But instead of 50 stars on a blue field, th...

A new poll of 1,000 pastors finds a majority of them want Congress to stay out of their pulpits.

For 60-plus years, a law called the Johnson Amendment has barred churches and other non-profit organizations from endorsing political candidates or otherwise intervening in elections. It’s time for that...

The legislature defined ministerial exception narrowly. Supreme Court precedent contradicted it.

A feud between California’s Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, and liberal state legislators and abortion-rights activists has exposed the depth of the extreme Left’s disdain for religious liberty.

The...

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an order that undercuts protections for LGBT people, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a sweeping directive to agencies Friday to do as much as possible to accommodate those who say their religious freedoms are being violated.

The guidance, an attempt to deliver on Presiden...

UPDATE: At the September 2017 Texas State Board of Education meeting, only one publisher, Tony Diaz, submitted a text to be adopted for Mexican-American Studies (MAS) to be used in our Texas public schools, Grades 9 – 12.

Almost a year ago at the Nov. 2016, Cynthia Dunbar, who is a Constitutional a...

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had a serious gambling machine addiction. Read the latest New York Times story on his gambling behavior. Electronic gambling machines were at the center of his life. Yet news coverage continues to use terms like “professional gambler” when describing Paddock. He wa...

A genital reconstructive surgeon who specializes in transgender reversal operations has received dozens of requests for operations, according to a report.
The Telegraph interviewed Professor Miroslav Djordjevic in an article titled, “Sex change regret: Gender reversal surgery is on the rise, so why...

As professional football teams across the country struggle to find a way out of the crisis that’s rocking the NFL at least one team has decided to start with prayer.

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Saturday that the team will kneel in prayer before the National Anthem and then stand in honor of...

A federal judge has struck down a Kentucky law that requires women to obtain an ultrasound prior to an abortion, asserting that mandating mothers to look at the children that they are about to kill “appears to inflict psychological harm on abortion patients.”

“Requiring physicians to force upon the...

Roy Moore’s win in Alabama’s Senate primary has raised the specter of a nightmare scenario for Democrats and Republicans: The GOP picks up a handful of seats next year, padding its Senate majority, but with candidates like Moore, who buck party leadership as often as they fall in line.

The Alabama...

Preamble

In the course of our history as a nation, challenges and crisis moments have arisen that required principled leadership and the laying aside of partisan politics. Such is the need before us in our day regarding the escalating illegal immigration crisis and the security of our national bor...