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Michael Brown Case: Grand Jury Hearing Could Commence Wednesday as Family Demands Darren Wilson Arrest
LINK A grand jury could begin hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case as early as Wednesday, the St. Louis Prosecutor's office confirmed.

Amish Girls' Dad Is Sorry for Suspects: 'They Ruined Their Lives'
LINK The father of two Amish girls kidnapped and reportedly abused by a couple in New York last week says he feels sorry for the couple.

Supermodel Miranda Kerr Says Prayer, Gratitude, Forgiveness Are Daily Rules She Lives By
LINK Supermodel Miranda Kerr says praying and taking time out of her day to be thankful are part of her self-imposed rules for adulthood.

Ferguson Riots: Twice As Many Blacks Believe Police Went Too Far As Whites Do
LINK A poll released Monday found a huge gap between blacks and whites regarding whether the police response to unrest over the Aug. 9 shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri went too far, again exposing the signifcant race relations divide still simmering in America.

CNN Anchor Rosemary Church Gets Blasted on Social Media for Suggesting Use of Water Cannons in Ferguson
LINK The anchor of CNN's International program Rosemary Church is the latest TV journalist to feel the wrath of social media, due to her suggestion of the use of water cannons on the protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

Michael Brown Autopsy: Performer Dr. Baden Says Brown Could Have Survived All Shots, Except the One to the Head
LINK A second autopsy of slain teen Michael Brown's body reveals that he was shot at least six times, but only one of those shots would have proved tatal.

Michael Brown Shooting: Is 6 Shots Normal for Police Use of Force?
LINK After a preliminary autopsy revealed that teenager Michael Brown was shot at least six times to the front of his body by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer on Aug. 9, a retired Baltimore City police officer who was involved in six individual use-of-force shootings in his 12-year law enforcement career, told The Christian Post Monday that, in general, six shots is not an overly excessive amount of shots for officers to take when trying to take down an assailant and protect themselves.

JD Hall Says Braxton Caner's Suicide 'Crushed, Changed Him Forever;' Grieving Caner Family Appreciates Contrition
LINK JD Hall, a Montana preacher accused of cyber-bullying the teenage son of pastor and Brewton-Parker College President Ergun Caner weeks before the youth committed suicide last month, confessed to his congregation at Fellowship Baptist Church recently that he was "crushed" by Braxton's death. The Caner family, for their part, has expressed appreciation for Hall's contrition.

Michael Brown Media Coverage Is Biased, Claim Darren Wilson Supporters as $10K Is Raised to Support Cop
LINK A monetary fund set up for Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown earlier this month, reached its $10,000 goal on Monday, and donations are still pouring in.

Westboro to Picket Robin Williams' Funeral for His 'Mockery of God,' Being 'Homosexual Enabler'
LINK Westboro Baptist Church, which is known for picketing funerals and its slogan "God Hates Fags," has announced plans to protest at actor Robin Williams' funeral because he used comedy to "mock God" and was a "homosexual enabler."

Former Church Youth Leader Sentenced to 40 Years for Child Sex Abuse
LINK Nathaniel Morales, a former youth group leader at the Maryland-based Covenant Life Church and who was convicted in May for sexually abusing three young boys, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. The judge called him a "cowardly pervert" and a "pathetic human being."

Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Shot 6 Times, Twice in the Head; Missouri Gov. Deploys National Guard
LINK Clashes involving gunfire, Molotov cocktails and tear gas were reported once again from Ferguson late Sunday, compelling Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to deploy the National Guard. A preliminary private autopsy report shows that black teen Michael Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head.

Peaceful #NMOS Vigils Take Place All Over America in Support of Ferguson, Missouri
LINK National Moment of Silence peace vigils took place in over 90 cities across the United States last Thursday. Cities from New York to Los Angeles held a moment of silence at 7:20 pm to respect and remember those who died by the hands of police.

400,000-Membered American Bar Association Backs LGBT Rights in US, Globally
LINK The American Bar Association, which has more than 400,000 members, has adopted a new resolution calling for an end to "discrimination" against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Unites States and around the world.

Target Endorses Same-Sex Marriage to Please Customers?
LINK Target Corp. is no longer neutral on the issue of same-sex marriage. It has added its name to a legal defense of gay marriage, a move that is in line with survey reports showing that a majority of Americans who prefer shopping at the retailer are not opposed to gay and lesbian marriages.

Ferguson Curfew: 200 Protesters Defy Deadline; One Person Shot, 7 Arrested
LINK Ferguson was under curfew until early Sunday, hours after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in the town following fresh clashes the previous night. But hundreds of protesters defied the curfew at the site where a black teen, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by an officer last week.

Ferguson Erupts Over Release of Convenience Store Video; Looting, Rioting as Police and Hundreds of Protesters Face Off
LINK Another round of unrest erupted in the Streets of Ferguson, Missouri early Saturday morning as hundreds of angry protesters vented their anger once again at the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old youth in the community last Saturday. Looters also took the opportunity to raid neighborhood businesses as well.

Courts in Arizona, California Recognize Transgender Marriages
LINK Courts in Arizona and California have delivered rulings in two separate divorce cases, legally recognizing transgender marriages, including that of the world's "first pregnant man."

Justin Bieber Publicly Embraces Christian Faith Again After Attending Bible Study With Selena Gomez
LINK Justin Bieber has embraced his on and off again Christian faith recently as he was seen attending Pastor Judah Smith's Bible study at the City Church in Los Angeles with former girlfriend Selena Gomez on Wednesday night.

Tensions Return After Police Identify Officer Who Shot Michael Brown; Black Teen's Friend Admits They Were Stealing Cigars From Store
LINK Ferguson, Mos., was once again tense early Saturday after police identified the officer who fatally shot a black teen, Michael Brown, last week, and released pictures showing him strong-arming a smaller man inside a convenience store. A friend of Brown has admitted he and the slain teen were stealing cigars.

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National Black Pro-Life Coalition Oppose Persecution of Christians in Muslim Nations
LINK Union City, California The atrocities perpetrated against Christians in Muslim nations must stop. Christians are being crucified, beheaded, raped, and enslaved simply because they are followers of Christ.

University Professor Convicted for Assault on Pro-Life Students
LINK Life Legal Defense Foundation Says UCSB Faculty Member's Conviction Should Dissuade Similar Violence

Small Group Reaches 20 Million Americans with Grass Roots Class Action Defense of Mount Soledad Cross
LINK Contact: Eugene Delgaudio, Public Advocate of the US Inc., 703-845-1808, eugenedelgaudio@erols.com

IRD's Chelsen Vicari to Join Christian Solidarity Trip to Israel
LINK "Undermining Christian support of Israel is the latest trend among young Evangelicals." -- Chelsen Vicari, Evangelical Action Director

Catholic Answers Conference Registration Ends Friday
LINK Contact: Jon Sorensen, Catholic Answers, 619-387-7200

Knights of Columbus Announces Fund to Help Christians Threatened with Extinction in Iraq
LINK Commits $1 million and seeks public donations for humanitarian aid to religious minorities

North Korean Underground Christians Omitted from Historic North-South Church Summit
LINK Contact: Tim Dillmuth, Seoul USA, 719-330-6910

Grossly Inadequate Iraq Response by UN and Obama, Says Coptic Solidarity
LINK Contact Lindsay Vessey, Coptic Solidarity, 801-512-1713, coptadvoacy@copticsoldiarity.com WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Coptic Solidarity condemns the grossly inadequate and slow response by the international community to the ongoing genocide and humanitarian crisis in Iraq driven by ISIL Jihadists against religious and ethnic minorities. The founding words of the United Nations, "Never Again" ring hollow as the UN and powerful member states lack the will-power Source: Coptic Solidarity

Saudi Royal Family will not Allow America to Defeat Sunni Terrorists in Iraq
LINK Contact: William J. Murray, Religious Freedom Coalition, 202-742-8990

Faith Leaders Thank President Obama for Responding to Crisis of Genocide and the Persecution of Christians and Other Religious Minorities in Iraq
LINK They Express Gratitude that the President has Gotten Involved and Mobilized the Resources of the United States

Immediate Action Needed to Address Ebola Crisis in Liberia
LINK In Congressional Testimony, Dr. Frank Glover Outlines Steps to Help Stem Death Toll

Obama Administration Fails to Act to Protect Christians and Other Religious Minorities in Iraq
LINK Contact: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, 540-538-4741WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ --  ISIS is carrying out genocide against religious minorities on a daily basis and President Obama has not personally addressed this tragedy or involved his Administration.  Faith leaders and community to hold prayer vigil and public witness in front of the White House on Saturday, August 9 at 11:00 A.M.The vigil will be on Pennsylvania Ave. NW in front of the White House ac Source: Christian Defense Coalition

NRB Concerned by Private Deal for Church Scrutiny
LINK Contact: Kenneth Chan, 703-331-4520, press@nrb.org

IRD Thanks Rep. Wolf Spotlighting Iraqi Christians' Plight
LINK "The Church is effectively a family, and Christians in the West are obligated to take seriously threats against fellow believers in places like Syria and Iraq." -- IRD President Mark Tooley

War on Real Christianity Spreading, U.S. Seen as Chief Facilitator
LINK Could Another 'Great Awakening' Result from Persecution?

'Eternal Revolution' Book Calls Christians to View Their Religion as Warfare
LINK Contact: Paul Nowak, 616-425-8873, sales@eternalrevolution.com

Rabbi David Saperstein Nominated for Religious Freedom Post
LINK "We pray for his boldness and his success as America's newly designated advocate for the religiously oppressed around the world." -- Faith J. H. McDonnell, IRD Religious Liberty Program Director

Christian Clergy Gather to Condemn Hamas Violence
LINK Contact: Stephen Jenks, Eagles' Wings, 716-759-1058, stephenjenks@eagleswings.to

Christian Woman Previously Sentenced to Death Successfully Departs Sudan
LINK "We want to see freedom for all of the people of Sudan." -- Faith J. H. McDonnell, IRD Religious Liberty Program Director

Meriam Unshackled; Flies to Freedom After Long Wait
LINK Contact: Jerry Dykstra, Media Relations Director, Open Doors USA, 616-915-4117, JerryD@odusa.org

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