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Amanda Knox Makes Emotional Statement Hours After Being Cleared of Murder Charge
LINK Italy's highest court has ended Amanda Knox's long, high profile legal saga on Friday, March 27 as it overturned her murder conviction.

NFL's Benjamin Watson Praises God for His Family, Shares Photos of Infant Son on His 2nd Birthday
LINK Outspoken Christian NFL player Benjamin Watson recently posted photos of his infant son on Facebook and remarked about how every time he thinks of his son, he's reminded of how deserving God is to receive the utmost highest praise from believers.

Homeless Veteran Claims 'Well-Known' Christian Seattle Seahawks Player 'Belittled' Him Then Offered Him $20 Which He Refused
LINK A 58-year-old homeless veteran traveling through Washington state with his dog called "Legacy" has reportedly alleged that a well-known Christian player from the NFL's Seattle Seahawks "belittled" him for being homeless in front of four other players and then tried to offer him $20, which he rejected.

Christian Grandma-Florist Fined $1,001, Ordered to Work Gay Weddings but Refuses, Says She Won't Betray Jesus; State Threatens to Take Her Home, Business Away
LINK A Christian florist and grandmother who declined to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding because of her Christian belief in traditional marriage has been fined $1,001 by a Washington court and will be held liable to pay the legal fees incurred by the gay couple, which could "devastate" her financially.

8 People Dead, 10 Others Injured After Church Van Traveling From Convention Crashes in Florida
LINK Some eight people are now dead and 10 others injured after a church van traveling from a convention crashed in a canal in Moore Haven, Florida, early Monday.

Catholic School Teacher Punished for Promoting Catholic Teaching on Human Sexuality? Radio Ad Blasts NJ Bishop for Siding With 'Hollywood Liberals' Who 'Mock' Church Teachings
LINK A radio ad campaign has been launched criticizing Catholic officials in New Jersey for suspending and possibly terminating a tenured Catholic school religion teacher who posted on Facebook about how gay activists want to "reengineer" western civilizations into "a slow extinction."

Police Officer Shot During Fatal Gunfight With Christian Family Band Makes Remarkable Recovery
LINK An Arizona police officer who was shot during a fatal gunfight with members of a Christian family band last week has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

LifeWay Christian Stores Remove All 'Heaven Tourism' Books From Shelves After 'Boy Who Came Back From Heaven' Story Confirmed as a Lie
LINK Nashville, Tennessee-based LifeWay Christian Resources is in the process of removing literature from bookstore shelves that focus on "heaven tourism," or stories purportedly based on the accounts of people who claim to have visited heaven

Robert P. George: Sexual Revolution Is Hurting Poor People Among All Races in America, Not Just African-Americans
LINK Robert P. George says the sexual revolution is hurting lower income Americans of all races, not just black communities, with family disintegration contributing to poverty. In his analysis of the state of American families, George referred to a 1965 government report by the-late politician and sociologist Daniel Patrick Moynihan who believed the crisis befalling the African-American community was due, in part, to the lack of a family structure which leads to "juvenile delinquency and adult crime."

Iowa Mennonite Pastor Deported to Honduras After 20 Years in US; Only Crime Was DUI 15 Years Ago
LINK An Iowa Mennonite pastor that was deported back to Honduras last week despite garnering the support of thousands of American citizens, has opened up about his deportation and asserted that he deserved to stay in the country but was instead jailed in deplorable conditions and deported anyway.

#BlackLivesMatter, But We Have to Answer Why They Matter, Urban Apologist D.A. Horton Says at Southern Baptist Race Conference
LINK The "black lives matter" hashtag campaign does not mean that other lives do not matter, but the the campaign also needs to address why black lives matter, which includes the high abortion rate in black communities, urban apologist and former church planter D.A. Horton said Thursday.

Pat Robertson Stands by Claim That Liberals Support Sharia Law; 'The Left Is Undermining Christian Values,' Says Rep
LINK Pat Robertson, the executive chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network stands by controversial comments he made recently about liberals supporting Sharia law, despite sparking a firestorm of criticism.

Did an Ivy League Dean Really Welcome ISIS Fighters to Host a Training Camp on His Campus?
LINK A recently released undercover investigative video purports to show a dean at Cornell University telling a prospective Moroccan student that the school would welcome student groups to invite ISIS fighters to conduct training camps for students on campus, but the school has since decried the video as misleading.

Philadelphia Seeking 10,000 Volunteers for Pope Francis' First Visit to the US; Over 2 Million Expected to Attend Pontiff's Closing Mass
LINK Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has revealed that close to 10,000 volunteers will be needed for Pope Francis' upcoming visit for the World Meeting of Families on Sept. 26 and 27. Over 2 million people are expected to attend the pontiff's closing mass for his first ever visit to the United States.

LA Dodgers MLB 2015 News, Rumors: Jimmy Rollins Blasts Philly
LINK Jimmy Rollins blasts Philly for being too blue collar

NYPD Cop-Pastor Suspended Amid Teen Rape Charges; Victim's Friend Blames 'The Devil'
LINK A Bronx pastor who is also an NYPD officer has been suspended without pay amid claims that he raped a 16-year-old teen from his church.

Children Raised by Gay Parents Pen Letter of Support to Dolce and Gabbana
LINK Six Americans raised by gay parents sent signed letter to designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for their comments supporting the traditional family.

Christian Family Band Arrested, Charged Following Fatal Gunfight With Police at Walmart
LINK A Christian family band was arrested on Saturday following a deadly gunfight outside of a Walmart parking lot in Cottonwood, Arizona.

Franklin Graham Says End Times May Be Near Given Government's Morality
LINK Rev. Franklin Graham has warned that the end of time may be near given the leadership of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.

Atheist Blogger Accuses Bill Maher, Richard Dawkins of Promoting 'Tribalism,' Possessing 'Self-Defeating Superiority'
LINK An atheist blogger has recently denounced the efforts of non-theists like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins, arguing that they promote "tribalism" and a strategy that is "a recipe for failure."

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Hysteria and Duplicity Over Indiana Law
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191 pr@catholicleague.org

Faith Driven Consumer: Statement on Indiana Religious Freedom Controversy
LINK Contact: Matthew Faraci, Faith Driven Consumer, 919-645-0771, matthew@faithdrivenconsumer.com

Disciples of Christ Eye Convention Pullout to Protest Indiana Religious Liberty Law
LINK "Religious freedom is the cornerstone of all liberty for all people. Deny or reduce it, and there are no ultimate limits on the state's power to coerce." -- IRD President Mark Tooley

March Madness Foul: The Freedom From Religion Atheist Group Attacks Top NCAA Basketball Teams Over Chaplains
LINK Contact: 4 Winds, 608-469-7956

Little Oaks Christian School Wins Discrimination Trial
LINK Contact: Victor Bermudez or Lori Sanada, Advocates for Faith & Freedom, 888-588-6888  THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., March 25, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- On Monday, March 23rd, a Ventura County Superior Court judge affirmed the rights of a Christian school in Thousand Oaks, California, to ask that its employees provide a reference from a pastor.  Little Oaks School asked their employees to provide the reference in order to renew their contracts each year. Two preschool teachers Source: Advocates for Faith & Freedom

'60 Minutes' Sunday will Report on Plight of Christians in Iraq
LINK Contact: Lou Ann Sabatier, Communications Director, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, 703-536-2643, 703-216-2941 cell, Lsabatier@21wilberforce.org

Armenians Across Texas Participate in Peace March at State Capitol to Commemorate Armenian Genocide Centennial
LINK Contact: Mihran Aroian, 512-632-8738

Bestselling Author Peter Balakian Addresses Armenian Genocide
LINK Contact: Hamlet Sarokhanian, 469-203-2974

Facebook Says Christian Ad 'Didn't Meet Our Guidelines'
LINK Contact: Brian Harrington, 253-273-3292, brian@brianharrington.org GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 17, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- On Monday March 16, 2015 the producers of the feature film I Am A Christian attempted to post the following Facebook advertisement:

Mid-East Minorities Call on UN Security Council to Establish 'Interim Protected Areas'
LINK Contact: Tom Harb, MECHRIC, 407-383-9600, Tharb@aol.com; Lindsay Vessey, Coptic Solidarity, 801-512-1713, coptadvocacy@copticsolidarity.org WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- A federation of Western- and Middle East- based NGOs representing Yazidi and Christian communities in the region met with the representatives of four of the Permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and the Secretary General in New York on Friday and remitted a me Source: Coptic Solidarity

New Xulon Book: A Timely Message that Addresses Persecution Today
LINK Mok presents the Bible's answers regarding the suffering of Christians worldwide. Contact: Lawrence K. Mok, 604-306-9710, kmok@telus.net MAPLE RIDGE, British Columbia, Canada, March 17, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Lawrence K. Mok's new book, When Persecution Causes Pain: A Message from Jesus and Paul, ($14.99, paperback, 9781498400626; $7.99, e-book, 9781498400640) addresses a matter that is, unfortunately, being witnessed throughout mainstream media on a daily basis. The autho Source: Lawrence K. Mok

Sentenced to Die for Being a Christian
LINK Contact: Brian Harrington, 253-273-3292, Brian@BrianHarrington.org

Monday, March 16, 2015 - The Benefits of State Religious Freedom Restoration Act
LINK Peter Breen to Testify Before Indiana House of Representatives

China Aid Included in Human Rights, Religious Freedom Delegation Visiting Taiwan
LINK Contact: Rachel Ritchie,  English Media Director, China Aid, 888-889-7757, 432-553-1080 cell, 432-689-6985 other, r.ritchie@chinaaid.org TAIPEI, Taiwan, March 13, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- A delegation comprised of representatives from China Aid, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, and the Taiwan Association for China Human Rights (TACHR) met with Taiwanese leaders this week to discuss the status of human rights and religious freedom in China.China Aid foun Source: China Aid Association, Inc.

Persecuted Christians Get Prayer Support from New Video
LINK Contact: Fr. Joseph Eddy, 267-670-0503

Punishing Bigoted Speech on Campus
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org NEW YORK, March 13, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bill Donohue comments on the decision by the University of Oklahoma to expel two fraternity students for making racist comments:

Announcing the eReader Release of 'Defying ISIS' This Friday, March 13th
LINK Author Johnnie Moore examines ISIS, the deadly Middle Eastern terror cell, and their ultimate unspeakable plan"Johnnie Moore has courageously focused on one of the most alarming and heart rending crises of our time every American should read this and demand our government stand up against barbarism." -- Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the HouseContact: Burke Allen, Allen Media Strategies, 703-589-8960, burke@allenmediastrategies.com WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 /Christian N Source: Allen Media Strategies

Cardinal Newman Society Statement Opposing Honors and Platforms for Proponents of Legal Redefinition of Marriage
LINK Contact: Justin Petrisek, The Cardinal Newman Society, 703-367-0333, ext 121

Top Nigerian Pastor Who is APC Vice Presidential Candidate, Osinbajo to Meet US-Based Nigerians in Maryland Town Hall Meetings on Sunday
LINK Contact: Laolu Akande, Empowered Newswire, 516-819-4355, empowered42@gmail.comNEW YORK, March 10, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- All Progressives Congress Vice Presidential Candidate, Prof Yemi Osinbajo is expected in the United States later this week to hold a Town-hall meeting with the Nigerian community becoming the first member of the presidential tickets of the two major Nigerian parties to engage the Nigerian Diaspora in America in such an event, Empowered Newswire reports. Accordi Source: Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans

Knights of Columbus Named as a 2015 World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute for 2nd Year
LINK Recognition demonstrates Knights of Columbus' commitment to ethical leadership

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