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Nashville Swingers' Sex Club Poses as 'Church' With 'Choir' and 'Handbell' Rooms to Legally Operate Next to Christian School
LINK A Nashville-based swingers' sex club claims it's going to use its facility as a "church" in an attempt to get around a city zoning ordinance that prohibits sexually oriented businesses from being located within 1,000 feet of schools and churches.

US Denies Entry to Iraqi Nun Persecuted by ISIS After Concluding She Would Remain in Country Illegally
LINK A Catholic nun from Iraq who suffered persecution at the hands of ISIS and sought to share her testimony in Washington D.C. this month was denied entry into the United States because government officials felt she would attempt to stay in the country illegally.

Man Who Survived Church Van Crash That Killed Fellow Congregants Says 'Jesus Just Saved My Life'
LINK A man who survived a terrifying van crash that killed three members of a Brooklyn church in Ellenville, New York, on Sunday has hailed Jesus for saving his life.

Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook Resigns Amid Homicide Charges for Fatal Hit-And-Run While Drunk
LINK An Episcopal Bishop charged with committing the felony crime of a fatal hit-and-run while intoxicated has resigned from her ecclesiastical position.

'Duck Dynasty' Star Sadie Robertson Attends Women of Faith Conference, Quotes Bible Scripture Numbers 6:24-26
LINK Sadie Robertson of A&E's popular reality TV series "Duck Dynasty" attended the Women of Faith conference held in Columbus, Ohio, where she spoke about her Christian beliefs over the weekend.

Pastor Saeed Abedini Marks 35th Birthday in Iranian Jail, Says He Is 'Crying Out to God' for America's Revival
LINK Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen who has spent over two and-a-half years in an Iranian prison for his Christian faith, is marking on Thursday his 35th birthday by urging believers to pray for America's revival. The pastor noted in a letter that his birthday this year falls on the National Day of Prayer in the United States.

Police Kill Two Gunmen at Muhammad Cartoon Contest; Suspect Identified as American Muslim
LINK FBI officials are investigating a deadly shooting in Garland, Texas, after two gunmen were killed by police Sunday evening at the "Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest" hosted by political blogger Pamela Geller just four months after the controversial Islamic "Stand with the prophet" event was held at the same location following the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks.

National Day of Prayer Focusing on Bible Verse 1 Kings 8:28 'Lord, Hear Our Cry' Is Expecting 43,000 Gatherings, the Largest in Its History
LINK The 64th annual National Day of Prayer is expected to have its largest number of participants in over 60 years Monday as political and religious leaders join local residents in praying for the nation. This year's theme is "Lord, Hear Our Cry" and is accompanied by the Bible verse 1 Kings 8:28, which reads "Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day."

Baltimore Gathers Strength Through Faith Rallies, Church Services on Peace, Rebuilding as Curfew Ends
LINK Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, elected officials and clergy spoke about peace and rebuilding in church services and a rally Sunday, the day curfew ended more than a week after protests erupted over the death of a young man, Freddie Gray, from spinal injuries in police custody leading to violence and looting.

Baltimore-Raised Pastor Tony Evans Says It Is Time for Christians to Get 'Aggressive' on Rebuilding the Family, Addressing Justice Issues and Restoring Morality
LINK Megachurch pastor Tony Evans has issued a call to Christians across the nation to rise to the challenge of bringing solutions to some of the issues he believes are apparent in the violence that recently gripped parts of Baltimore city amid protests over the police killing of a young black man.

Tebow Cure Hospital Opens in Philippines; 'We Will Share Love of Jesus and Bring Physical Healing,' Says CURE CEO
LINK The Tebow CURE Hospital, built by a foundation of former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and the Christian organization CURE International in the Philippines' Davao City, was inaugurated Friday.

Nearly 60% of Millennials 'Disapprove of Obama,' Want US Troops Sent Back to Iraq to Fight ISIS, New Poll Says
LINK Almost 60 percent of millennials "disapprove of the Obama administration's management of the rise of ISIS," and support sending U.S. ground troops back to Iraq to fight the terror group, according to a recent poll by the Harvard Institute of Politics.

Pastor of Baltimore 'Mom of the Year' Praises Her for Smacking Son to Stop Him From Rioting; Says She's 'Mom of the Century'
LINK Baltimore mother Toya Graham, who is being called "mom of the year" after being captured on camera smacking her 16-year-old son to get him away from protests, should be "mom of the century," her pastor said, urging all moms to follow her example.

Freddie Gray's Injury 'Almost Impossible to Acquire …by Simply Rolling Around in a Van' Says Neurosurgeon Ben Carson
LINK Renowned neurosurgeon and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson, said Friday that the injury suffered by 25-year-old Freddie Gray who died on April 19 after being gravely injured while in the custody of Baltimore police officers "would be almost impossible to acquire…by simply rolling around in a van."

Over 200 Native American Teen Suicides Caused by 'the Devil,' Increased Spiritual Activity on South Dakota Reservation, According the Evangelicals Looking to Help
LINK More than 200 teenagers on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota have committed or attempted suicide between December and March this year, and now religious leaders are getting involved, claiming that there is a spiritual battle that needs to be fought and won in order to save the youth.

Baltimore's State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby on Freddie Gray Case: God 'Put Me in This Position for a Reason'
LINK Baltimore's State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, the woman who criminally charged six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray on Friday, is a practicing Christian who declared at a recent prayer breakfast that God "put me in this position for a reason."

Six Officers Charged in Death of Freddie Gray; Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby Vows to Seek Justice
LINK In a move being described as both swift and unusually surprising, Baltimore's newly elected State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday that the death of Freddie Gray, who died on April 19 after being injured while in police custody, had been ruled a "homicide" and six police officers involved in his "unlawful arrest" had been criminally charged and warrants have been issued for their arrests.

Ted Cruz Says Obama Has 'Inflamed Racial Tensions' and Divided America; Argues Against 'Vilification' of Police
LINK GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has accused President Barack Obama of inflaming racial tensions and dividing America in the wake of the Baltimore riots. Cruz also spoke out against those who "vilify" police officers.

Franklin Graham Starts Fund 'to Help Persecuted Christians in the US'
LINK Evangelist Franklin Graham is using his resources as president of Samaritan's Purse to help Christian business owners in the United States who are being forced to pay steep fines and are even losing their businesses and livelihoods because they're refusing to participate in gay marriage ceremonies based on religious grounds.

USCIRF Report Shows Islamic Countries Are Worst Violators of Religious Freedom; 12 Muslim-Majority Nations Top the List
LINK The annual report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom shows that 12 of the 17 nations with the worst record of religious freedom are Islamic or Muslim-majority countries.

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SEI Launches Institutional Catholic Values Funds
LINK New Funds Support Principles Set Forth by the Catholic Church

We Stand in Solidarity with the Armenian Community in Remembering the Genocide of their People
LINK Contact: CJCUC Media Division 516-882-3220

Gospel for Asia Continues to Minister to Quake Victims in Nepal
LINK Contact: Taun Cortado, Gospel for Asia (GFA), 972-300-3120, tauncortado@gfa.org

NRB Urges Iran Bill to Require Release of Americans
LINK Contact: Kenneth Chan, National Religious Broadcasters, 703-331-4520, press@nrb.org

Religious Leaders Speak Out Against 'Same-Sex Marriage' -- Pledge Defiance
LINK Contact: Misty Allmond, Vision America Action, 936-645-0118, visionamerica1@yahoo.com

IRD: Never Compromise Convictions According to Tide of Popular Culture
LINK "Marriage does not need to be compromised; it needs to be cherished with courage." -- Chelsen Vicari, Director of IRD's Evangelical Action Program

NOM Encouraged by Supreme Court Arguments
LINK NOM Encouraged by Supreme Court Arguments; Demands That Justices Uphold Marriage As One Man, One Woman

Armenian Church Files Lawsuit Against Turkish Government for Return of Historical Christian Site on Centenary of 1915 Genocide
LINK Contact: Elizabeth S. Chouldjian, 703-585-8254 cell, 202-0775-1918

Islamist Plot Against Vatican Highlights Need for Christian Self-Defense Firearms, says Catholic Gun Dean
LINK Contact: John Snyder, Telum Associates, 202-239-8005, gundean@gmail.com

850 Rabbis Demand Disqualification of Justices Kagan and Ginsberg in Upcoming Supreme Court 'Marriage' Case
LINK Contact: Rabbi Yehuda Levin, 718-569-8438WASHINGTON, April 25, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Rabbi Yehuda Levin, Torah values spokesman for the 75 year old, 850 members Rabbinical Alliance of America stated:

NOM Announces Speakers and Special Guests for 2015 March for Marriage
LINK Contact: Paul Bothwell, National Organization for Marriage, 703-474-6142, pbothwell@nationformarriage.org

Rating the World's Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking
LINK As State Dept.'s Annual TIP Report Approaches, House Panel Hears from Human Rights Groups About Impact of TIP Rankings

Conference Makes Case for Christian Support for Jewish Israel
LINK Contact: Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy, 202-413-5639, jwalton@TheIRD.org

Coptic Solidarity Condemns ISIS Murder of Ethiopian Christians and Continued International Torpor
LINK Contact: Lindsay Vessey, Coptic Solidarity, 801-512-1713, info@copticsolidarity.org  WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- A new video released by ISIS on April 19th, shows militants killing two separate groups of Ethiopian Christians for the crime of not paying the jizya tax. Coptic Solidarity condemns these monstrous murders in the strongest terms and urges the international community to urgently protect Christians and other minorities in the region and to defeat ISIS. C Source: Coptic Solidarity

Zondervan Announces Chuck Colson's Final Book on Anniversary of His Passing
LINK A previously unpublished summation of Colson's life's work, "My Final Word" will release on August 4

Broad Coalition Urges President Obama 'Fill Vacant Special Envoy Post'
LINK Contact: Lou Ann Sabatier, Communications Director, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, 703-216-2941 cell, Lsabatier@21wilberforce.org

Bathroom Privacy Initiative
LINK Contact: Karen England, Privacy for All, 916-233-8769, kengland@capitolresource.org

IBM Attacks Religious Liberty
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org NEW YORK, April 17, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bill Donohue replies to IBM's assault on religious liberty:

Confraternity of Catholic Clergy Admonishes Persecutors of Faithful S.F. Archbishop
LINK Contact: Thomas McKenna, Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, 858-401-9641

Friends of Zion Shine a 'Light in the Darkness' on Yom Hashoah
LINK Friends of Zion Shine a "Light in the Darkness" on Yom Hashoah Heritage Museum to Honor Holocaust Victims as Well as Christian Heroes Who Aided Jews in Need

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