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Bear Cub in Oregon Drug Store Surprises Customers (VIDEO)
LINK A bear cub in an Oregon drugstore surprised and amused customers Sunday. The bear cub decided to take a leisurely stroll inside the Ashland Rite Aid, and those inside the store were able to capture multiple pictures and videos of the furry little creature.

F-Bombs for Feminism: Shocking New Ad Shows Kids Cursing; Gets Yanked From YouTube - 'F-Word Is Not A Sin' Says Company
LINK A provocative new ad by T-shirt company FCKH8, that features kids cursing in the name of feminism, has been yanked from social network site YouTube, and the company hit back at criticism today.

Albino Buck Killed by 11-Year-Old Hunter Gavin Dingman
LINK An albino buck was killed by an 11-year-old in Howell, Michigan recently, giving him bragging rights and earning him status as a celebrated hunter for a lifetime. Gavin Dingman was hunting with his father when he saw the extremely rare deer and managed to kill it from 30 yards away with his 12-point crossbow.

Ohio Survivor Michelle Knight: 'God Put Us on Earth for One Reason, to Do His Work'
LINK Michelle Knight survived one of the worst ordeals at the hands of Ariel Castro, but the Christian woman says that she has forgiven her captor and rapist and will go on living her life.

Mormon Church Lifts Veil on Sacred Undergarments; Calls 'Magic Underwear' Label Offensive
LINK The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has about 15 million followers worldwide, recently blasted the "magic underwear" moniker ascribed by non-Mormons to the sacred undergarments worn by the faithful as "inaccurate" and "offensive."

Idaho Couple Facing Fines, Jail Time for Not Hosting Gay Weddings May Be Saved by State Law
LINK Idaho couple Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers and owners of the Hitching Post Lakeside Chapel of Coeur d'Alene, are facing thousands of dollars in fines and possible jail time for refusing to host gay wedding ceremonies, which the city claims violates its anti-discrimination ordinance. The couple has since filed their business as a religious organization, which means they might be saved by an Idaho law that protects religious freedom.

Darren Wilson: Michael Brown Autopsy Appears to Support Ferguson Officer's Self Defense Claim
LINK Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson has claimed self defense in the shooting death of Michael Brown and a newly released autopsy appears to support his claims.

Gay Advocate Raises Money to Help Christian Bakers Pay $150K Fine for Refusing to Bake Cake for Lesbian Wedding
LINK Matt Stolhandske, a board member of Evangelicals for Marriage Equality who describes himself as a gay evangelical Christian, is now seeking to raise funds to help Oregon-based Christian bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein pay off approximately $150,000 in fines levied against them by the state because they refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding.

NBC Cameraman Ashoka Mukpo 'Feeling So Blessed' After Testing Negative to Ebola; Has 'No Regrets' About Working in Liberia
LINK Freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo is said to be free of the Ebola virus and he shared his relief via social networking site Twitter.

American Arrested for Leaving Bible at Sailor's Club Freed by North Korea
LINK American citizen Jeffrey Fowle was freed by North Korea on Tuesday, after having been arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the city of Chongjin. While Fowle is to be flown home to his family in Ohio, the White House has urged the two other American citizens held by North Korea to be released as well.

Ohio Teen Christian Faith Benge Dies While Visiting Haunted House Halloween Attraction; Grieving Mother Says 'I Trust God'
LINK An Ohio teen died on Friday while visiting the Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park, a popular Halloween-themed attraction in Middletown.

Darren Wilson Will 'Feel The Wrath of God's Vengeance' for 'Murder' of Michael Brown, Aunt Says As Protesters Brace for No Indictment
LINK The family of Michael Brown reacted to growing speculation that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson may not be indicted for fatally shooting the unarmed teen.

Houston Sermon Subpoenas May 'Launch a Thousand Right-Wing Fundraising Letters,' Secular Group Fears
LINK A church and state watchdog group has warned that the recent controversy over Houston city officials subpoenaing sermons from pastors may create a major conservative fundraising effort.

Woman Stuck in Chimney Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Burglarize House
LINK A woman stuck in the chimney was arrested Sunday morning after allegedly trying to break into a California home and burglarize the place, according to reports. Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, 30, had to be rescued by the fire department before being arrested.

#HoustonWeHaveAProblem Twitter Petition Supporting Houston Pastors Surpasses 10,000 Signatures
LINK The recently launched #HoustonWeHaveAProblem Twitter campaign and petition that supports the Houston pastors who were subpoenaed to turn over their sermons dealing with topics on homosexuality, gender identity and the city's first lesbian mayor, Annise Parker, has reached 10,000 signatures.

Bear Eats Man After Heart Attack: 85 Percent of California Man 'Consumed,' Say Officials
LINK A bear ate a man in rural California last week after he had died of a heart attack, officials confirmed Friday. 65-year-old Marion Lee Williams’ corpse was dragged away from his home Oct. 8 and about “85 percent” consumed by the time it was found.

Vicar of Baghdad: 'Americans Have to Realize All of Their Intervention Has Totally Been Wasted'
LINK Canon Andrew White, the Anglican pastor who's known as the Vicar of Baghdad, says that after U.S. troops left Iraq in 2011, the country has been facing "total devastation," even worse than under Saddam Hussein. White also described what Christians are facing as one of the worst persecutions in history.

Hannah Graham Case: Sergeant Finds Human Remains Scattered Across Creek, Says 'God Wanted Us to Find What We Found'
LINK The sergeant who found human remains in Albemarle County, Virginia on Saturday while searching for Miss UVA student Hannah Graham credited the discovery to "divine intervention."

Christian Couple Loses Septuplets After Rejecting Selective Reduction; Believes Testimony Will Point People to Jesus Christ
LINK A North Carolina couple is clinging to their faith after losing a set of septuplets but say that they would do nothing differently and not choose selective reduction in order to "save" the pregnancy.

'People Deserve a Second Chance;' In Unusual Case of Forgiveness, Parents Give Son's Killer Home and Job
LINK In an unusual case of forgiveness Thursday, the parents of a New Hampshire man who was shot dead in December 2011 lobbied to help free their son's killer from prison and offered to give him a home and a job on his release.

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We Will Not Comply: California Forces Churches to Directly Fund Abortions
LINK Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue, info.operationrescue@gmail.com  SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 22, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- To the dismay of California's people of faith, the California Department of Managed Health Care has reclassified abortion as a "basic health service" under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortio Source: Operation Rescue

De Blasio Okay with Anti-Semitic Opera
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org  NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2014 /Standard Newswire/ -- Bill Donohue comments on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's position on "The Death of Klinghoffer," which debuted last night at the Metropolitan Opera:

Foundation Defends Pastors Against Houston Mayor
LINK FOUNDATION FOR MORAL LAW OFFERS TO DEFEND HOUSTON PASTORS

Synod Coverage Fixated on Gays
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

#HoustonWeHaveAProblem Petition Surpasses 10,000 Supporters as Pressure Mounts for City of Houston to Drop Subpoenas
LINK Faith Driven Consumer's grassroots effort supporting Houston's pastors--despite initially being blocked by Twitter after it launched last Thursday--continues to gain momentum as leaders around the nation call on city officials to reverse course

Faith Organizations to Announce National Campaign if Houston's Mayor Parker Doesn't Withdraw Subpoenas Sent to Local Houston Pastors
LINK The groups shared their concerns in a letter sent to the MayorContact: Rev. Patrick Mahoney, 540-538-4741WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The City of Houston has demanded pastors turn over all their speeches, presentations and other materials related their their comments on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.  (HERO)The Christian Defense Coalition, the National Clergy Council and the League for the Defense of Pastors will hold a news conference in f Source: Christian Defense Coalition

Pastor Calls for National Unity with the Houston 5
LINK Contact: Rev. CJ Conner, 715-651-0946

Twitter Blocks New Faith Driven Consumer Campaign Supporting Subpoenaed Houston Pastors Minutes After Launch
LINK After famously blocking Faith Driven Consumer's #IStandWithPhil campaign earlier this year, Twitter is back at it again blocking the group's new petition drive #HoustonWeHaveAProblem at HoustonProblem.com minutes after launch this afternoonContact: Matthew Faraci, Faith Driven Consumer, 919-645-0771, matthew@faithdrivenconsumer.com RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Faith Driven Consumer, the group that emerged on the national stage last year with i Source: Faith Driven Consumer

#HoustonWeHaveAProblem Petition Launches at HoustonProblem.com, Demands City of Houston Immediately Cease Bullying Actions Against Pastors
LINK Faith Driven Consumer the group behind the #IStandWithPhil movement which played a leading role in Phil Robertson's return to Duck Dynasty is now organizing its community in support of a group of Houston pastors who are victims of intolerance and bullying at the hands of the City of Houston Contact: Matthew Faraci, Faith Driven Consumer, 919-645-0771
, matthew@faithdrivenconsumer.com RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Faith Driven Consumer&tra Source: Faith Driven Consumer

Bishop E.W. Jackson Sr. Hosts Unity Forum for Religious and Civil Rights in Little Rock, Arkansas
LINK Contact: Martin Brown, 804-874-6706, martin@standamerica.us; Sandy Adams, 757-375-6444; both with S.T.A.N.D. LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Oct. 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bishop E.W. Jackson, Harvard educated Attorney, Minister and last year's Virginia Republican Nominee for Lt. Governor has launched a national movement to protect Christians from "growing hostility, discrimination and anti-Christian bigotry."  As part of a nationwide effort, Jackson is hosting a Unity Forum Source: S.T.A.N.D

Former Virginia Lt. Governor Nominee Launches National Movement to Protect Rights of Christians
LINK Contact: Martin Brown, 804-874-6706, martin@standamerica.us; Sandy Adams, 757-375-6444; both with S.T.A.N.D. NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bishop E.W. Jackson, Harvard educated Attorney, Minister and last year's Virginia Republican Nominee for Lt. Governor has launched a national movement to protect Christians from "growing hostility, discrimination and anti-Christian bigotry." He has produced a video addressing the issue: youtu.be/oIl2O9SzzoA.As a Source: S.T.A.N.D

Robert P. George to Speak on Religious Liberty at Annual IRD Lecture
LINK "Dr. George is the William Wilberforce of our day, courageously and thoughtfully advocating for liberty, for the defense of the vulnerable, and the reformation of manners to the benefit of all." -- IRD President Mark Tooley

California Churches Take Action Against Forced Abortion Coverage
LINK Life Legal Defense Foundation Represents Seven Congregations In Federal Complaint

Coptic Solidarity: Maspero Massacre Victims Still Without Justice in Egypt
LINK Contact: Lindsay Vessey, Coptic Solidarity, 801-512-1713, info@copticsolidarity.org WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Three years ago, the Egyptian armed forces unleashed a violent attack against Coptic protesters, resulting in the deaths of at least 28 individuals.  Coptic Solidarity calls on Egypt to render justice and urges to make October 9 a Day of Memorial for the victims. Several thousand, mostly Coptic families including many women, children, and e Source: Coptic Solidarity

Delgaudio Issues Promise to Fight for Right to Vote Our Beliefs -- No Black Gowned Back-Stabbing Liberal Jurist is Silencing Us
LINK Contact: Eugene Delgaudio, Public Advocate, 703-845-1808, eugenedelgaudio@erols.com

Mission Aviation Fellowship Joins the Masterworks Client Family
LINK Contact: Paige Mitchell, Masterworks, 360-394-4300

Christians in 200 Nations Unite in Prayer for Jerusalem
LINK Contact: Stephen Jenks, 716-759-1058

Catholic Clergy Appeal to SCOTUS to Protect Seal of Confession
LINK Contact: Father John Trigilio, PhD, Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, 717-957-9309

Sacred Seal of Confession Threatened By Louisiana Supreme Court
LINK Catholic Action Organization Rallies Support for Diocese of Baton Rouge's Religious Liberty Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

Religious Groups Say Louisiana Ruling Unconstitutional, Violates Seal of Confession
LINK Contact: Jon Sorensen, 619-387-7200


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