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Mike Huckabee Supports Josh Duggar, Family Amid Molestation Scandal; Russell Moore Asks Churches to Address Abuse in 'Churched' Contexts
LINK Days after "19 Kids and Counting" star Josh Duggar publicly confessed to and asked forgiveness for molesting five girls when he was 14, GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said he stands by the evangelical family. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, also responded.

Christian Alternative to Boy Scouts 'Saddened' by Gates' Push for BSA to Drop Ban on Gay Troop Leaders
LINK The leader of a Christian scouting group that was founded by former members of the Boy Scouts of America after the organization opened its membership to openly gay youth, said he's "saddened" by the BSA president's Thursday statement that the organization should also lift its ban on openly gay troop leaders.

Christian Mom Thanks 'Good Samaritan' Cop for Not Profiling Black Son in Viral Facebook Post
LINK A Christian mom in Virginia recently took to social networking site Facebook to express her gratitude to a Virginia State Trooper, who she called a "Good Samaritan," for not profiling her African-American son and instead helped him fix a flat tire.

Permanent Plaque Memorial Honoring Michael Brown Not Funded by City of Ferguson; 'We Will Not Designate City Money to Be Used'
LINK The city of Ferguson announced on Wednesday that a permanent memorial plaque will replace a makeshift memorial for Michael Brown, nine months after he was fatally shot by a former police officer. City officials also clarified that contrary to previous reports, the city is not funding the project.

Grand Jury Indicts Six Baltimore Police Officers on Charges in Death of Freddie Gray
LINK Six Baltimore police officers were indicted Thursday on charges in the death of Freddie Gray, who died last month after being gravely injured while in police custody, and will each be arraigned on July 2.

Ken Ham Says Critics Who Ask Why Money Raised to Build the Ark Encounter Isn't Going to the Poor Instead, Object to the Bible's Gospel Message
LINK Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has responded to criticism directed at the Ark Encounter project by stating that those who ask why the money isn't used to help poor people instead are really objecting to the Gospel message.

Joel Osteen: Churches Need to Provide Spiritual Guidance That Military Caregivers Long For
LINK With over 5.5 million Americans devoting their lives to caring for loved ones suffering from debilitating health conditions resulting from their military service, televangelist Joel Osteen says it is the church's role to ensure that military and veteran caregivers get the spiritual guidance they need to build their faith.

7 Absurd Planned Parenthood Tweets
LINK What does Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider, share on social media? Some of their posts may surprise you.

Ordained Christian Minister and Former Congressional Hopeful Planned to 'Utterly Destroy' Muslims in New York Town
LINK Robert Rankin Doggart, a 63-year-old Tennessean, has confessed to planning to "utterly destroy" the small Muslim town of Islamberg in upstate New York. The ordained Christian minister and failed Congressional candidate intended to "inflict horrible numbers of casualties" upon the town's residents because he believed they were plotting a terrorist attack.

4 People Break Into Minnesota Church Looking for Ghosts
LINK Four people broke into a historic Minnesota church in an attempt to search for ghosts on the property, according to local police.

Boy Scout President Robert Gates Stresses Urgency in Lifting Ban on Openly Gay Leaders
LINK The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday urged members to lift the decades-old ban on openly gay adult troop leaders "sooner rather than later," during a speech at the organization's annual national meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Franklin Graham Speaks Out Against School District's Sex Ed Program as Being a 'Poison' Aimed at 'Brainwashing' Children to Believe Their Gender Can Change Over Time
LINK Leading evangelist Franklin Graham has spoken out against a Virginia school district that's weighing a curriculum change to its family life classes that focus on educating students on the "fluid spectrum" of sexuality, which would include teaching the concept that one's sexuality "evolves" throughout his or her lifetime.

Franklin Graham Urges Christians to Pray for Each Supreme Court Justice by Name on Gay Marriage Decision
LINK As the Supreme Court continues its deliberation on the upcoming decision on gay marriage, Franklin Graham is using social media this week to plea for Christians to pray of the justices of the hight court by name.

Atheists Who Want Air Force General to Be Court-Martialed Want to 'Give God a Dishonorable Discharge,' Religious Liberty Group Says
LINK Air Force Maj. Gen. Craig Olson made "entirely appropriate" remarks when he thanked God during a National Day of Prayer event earlier this month, a religious liberty group has said. The Foundation for Moral Law argued that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which is calling for Olson to be court-martialed, is a "radical fringe element" that wants to see God be given a "dishonorable discharge."

Gay Marriage Support at Historic High, Says Gallup Poll
LINK Support for same-sex marriage in the United States is at a historic high, according to recently released results from a Gallup poll.

Bill Gates Recommends a Richard Dawkins Book on His Summer Reading List Despite Dawkins' 'Overzealous, Antagonistic' View of Religion
LINK Billionaire Bill Gates has shared his summer book reading list, among which is included the Magic of Reality by atheist author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. Gates called Dawkins "one of the great scientific writers" of all time, despite what he said is his "overzealous" and "antagonistic" view of religion.

Former Astronaut John Glenn Says Evolution Should Be Taught in Schools; Affirms Belief in God
LINK John Glenn, former astronaut and the first American to orbit the Earth, told The Associated Press in an interview last week that there is no conflict between evolution and a belief in God, and that evolution should be taught in schools.

Anne Graham Lotz: 'Return of Jesus in the Rapture' Will Occur During 'My Lifetime'
LINK In continuing with a warning she gave last week on her website that God will soon unleash his judgment upon America, Billy Graham's 66-year-old daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, further clarified on Wednesday that biblical signs are indicating that the rapture will occur during her lifetime.

Racial Reconciliation Can Only Happen If Christians Are Willing to Do These Three Things
LINK The Church can experience long-lasting racial reconciliation when Christians finally choose to do three particular things that they apparently have been failing to do, according to three Christian leaders who recently took on the issue of how racial unity and the Gospel are intertwined.

Atheist Woman Sues New Jersey for Rejecting '8THEIST' Vanity License Plate While Accepting 'BAPTIST'
LINK A New Jersey resident is suing the state for rejecting her request for vanity license plate "8THEIST."

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LINK Religious Liberties / Persecution

Statement on Irish Marriage Referendum
LINK Contact: Paul Bothwell, National Organization for Marriage, 202-457-8060, pbothwell@nationformarriage.org

McHenry County Fair Segregates and Isolates Religious Groups in New 'Religious Ghetto'
LINK Thomas More Society Protests Discrimination Against Religious and Pro-Life Exhibitors

Foundation Files Amended Motion -- Calls for Recusal of Justice Ginsburg
LINK Contact: Matthew Kidd, 334-262-1245

Foundation Defends Air Force General for Day of Prayer Speech
LINK Contact: Martha Till, Foundation for Moral Law, 334-626-1245

Former Slave Goes on Hunger Strike for South Sudan
LINK "The situation in South Sudan is heartbreaking, and such a horrible waste." -- Faith J. H. McDonnell, IRD Religious Liberty Program Director

Christian Freedom International President Jim Jacobson Explodes 5 Myths About Christian Persecution
LINK Contact: Lisa Jones, Christian Freedom International, 800-323-2273

Upcoming Church for All Nations Conference to Feature Gen. Jerry Boykin
LINK Contact: Hamilton Strategies, 610-584-1096

Catholic League: Obama Needs a Reality Check
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

Cartoon Carnage: A Response to Attacks on the Bible, the Koran and the Torah
LINK Contact: Rick Dack, Defending the Bible Int'l., 763-913-0351

Group Plans to Display Large Cross in Front of the Chinese Embassy to Stand in Solidarity with Persecuted Christians
LINK Contact: Rev. Patrick Mahoney, 540-538-4741WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- This event is part of the #orangejumpsuit campaign which has stood in solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world. The cross will be covered in orange ribbon.

Sister Diana Testifies About Suffering of Christians and Other Religious Minorities in Iraq
LINK Contact: Lou Ann Sabatier, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, 703-216-2941, Lsabatier@21wilberforce.org; Sister Beth Murphy, OP, Iraq Coordinating Committee, U.S. Dominicans for Justice and Peace, 312-780-9553, sbmurphy@spdom.org

World Congress of Families Announces First Global Gathering in the United States
LINK Salt Lake City Selected as Venue for World Congress IXContact: Benjamin May, 202-413-0119, bmay@policyimpact.com; www.wcf9.org SALT LAKE CITY, May 12, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- For the first time in its 20-year history, the World Congress of Families will hold its international eventWorld Congress of Families IXin the United States of America, with Salt Lake City, Utah, as the venue, October 27-30, 2015.  The announcement was made today at the Grand America Hotel, in S Source: World Congress of Families

IJCIR Condemns Bigotry and Hatred Against the Armenian Clergy of Jerusalem
LINK Contact: CJCUC Media Division 516-882-3220

Maryknoll Priest Recalls Life in El Salvador with Archbishop Oscar Romero
LINK Contact: Mike Virgintino, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, 914-941-7636 ext 2219

CJCUC Stands with the Armenian Community of Jerusalem in Remembering the Armenian Genocide
LINK Contact: CJCUC Media Division 516-882-3220

Faith Based Crowdfunding Platform, Continue to Give, Allows Sweet Cakes by Melissa to Fundraise After Being Shut Down by GoFundMe
LINK Contact: Jesse Wellhoefer, Continue to Give, 800-684-0550 ext 4 SCHOFIELD, Wis., May 6, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Continue to Give, a crowdfunding platform, has allowed Sweet Cakes by Melissa, AKA Christian bakers, to continue their fundraising efforts after being shut down by crowdfunding giant GoFundMe.The Oregon bakery had refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple who later sued them. The publicity that followed caused the bakery to have to close. Friends of the couple start Source: Continue to Give

National Day of Prayer: Rev. Steven Andrew Gives Revival Prayer to Heal the USA
LINK Contact: Pastor Steven Andrew, 877-537-8734

Randall Terry, Host of the TV Show, Voice of Resistance, Received a Thinly Veiled Death Threat from Muslims -- The Letter Was 'Presented by the Theo Van Gogh Society'
LINK Dr. Alan Keyes provides video, asking help for the Terry familyContact: Staff@VoiceOfResistance.com MEDIA ADVISORY, May 5, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Mr. Terry has a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and International Terrorism from Norwich University, and has frequently done episodes showing the connection between Muhammad's words and deeds, and the words and deeds of modern Islamic terrorists. Mr. Terry is currently working on a TV series: What Would Muhammad Do? Understanding Islam Through Source: Society for Truth and Justice

Americans Unite to Cry Out in Prayer on the 64th Annual Observance of the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 7th
LINK Contact: Dion Elmore, 719-559-9574

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

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