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DEA Agent Warns of Stoned Rabbits If Utah Passes Medical Marijuana Bill
LINK Matt Fairbanks, an agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, warned a Utah senate panel considering a bill that would allow certain patients to be treated with edible forms of marijuana last Thursday that the decision to pass it could lead to severe environmental damage, including stoned rabbits.

Texas Diocese Wins Court Battle Over Property Dispute With the Episcopal Church
LINK A district court judge in Texas has ruled in favor of a diocese of The Episcopal Church that broke away in 2008 over theological differences regarding who controls the diocesan name and property.

Should Two Supreme Court Justices Who Officiated Gay Weddings Recuse Themselves From Same-Sex Marriage Case?
LINK Two Supreme Court justices who officiated gay weddings don't need to recuse themselves from an upcoming case where they'll be ruling on the legality of state level gay marriage bans, despite demands from social conservative groups that they "disqualify" themselves, according to legal experts.

Fla. Army Veteran Recruits US Soldiers to Fight ISIS by Joining 'Veterans Against ISIS' Militia
LINK An eight-year U.S. Army veteran in Florida has started an initiative calling on experienced military veterans to join him in traveling to Iraq or Syria to fight against the Islamic State terrorist organization.

Amy Duggar Preparing for Spin-Off Series, Release of Hit Single
LINK "19 Kids and Counting" star Amy Duggar, cousin of the reality TV family, is considering her own spin-off series and is also preparing to release her new single, "Different."

Christian Rugby Superstar Jarryd Hayne Signs Contract With NFL's San Francisco 49ers; Seeks to Make Rare Sports Transition
LINK Jarryd Hayne, a Christian superstar rugby player formerly of Australia's National Rugby League, announced Tuesday that he's signed a futures contract with the San Francisco 49ers worth $100,000 in a bid to become the rare player to successfully transition to the NFL after spending most of his career playing a different sport overseas.

Atheist Craig Hicks Could Face Death Penalty If Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder of Muslims
LINK Prosecutors in North Carolina will seek the death penalty for alleged triple-murderer Craig Hicks, who reportedly shot and killed three students in Chapel Hill on Feb. 10.

Stephen Colbert Shares Question for Pope Francis; Talks Favorite Saint, Hymn and Bible Verse
LINK Comedian Stephen Colbert, who's set to take over as host of the "Late Show" in September, has shared in an interview the question he would ask of Pope Francis, along with his favorite saint, hymn and Bible verse.

Kelly Gissendaner Execution Postponed; Inmate Turned Life Over to Christ, Counseled Others Attempting Suicide
LINK Georgia's only woman on death row was not executed Monday night due to "an abundance of caution" about the drug being used for the execution.

NFL 2015 Trade News, Rumors: The NFL Tag Deadline Day - What Is It?
LINK Today was the deadline for the 32 NFL teams to apply their one tag to a free agent they do not want to lose

MLB 2015 News, Latest Rumors: The Next Big Issue for the MLBPA
LINK The MLBPA is drawing a line in the sand over spending limits for the 30 MLB teams

Cleveland Browns NFL Trade News, Rumors 2015: Cleveland Signs QB Josh McCown
LINK The Cleveland Browns sign free agent QB Josh McCown

American Atheists Billboard Rejected in Nashville as 'Offensive' for Mentioning 'Easter' and 'Church'
LINK The American Atheists group revealed that it had to alter a billboard promoting its 2015 National Convention after the Nashville billboard leasing company rejected its design as "offensive" and "aggressive" for including the words "Easter" and "church."

Franklin Graham Says Obama's 'Sympathy to Islam' Will Lead to Christian and Jewish Persecution in America
LINK The Rev. Franklin Graham has warned in an interview that President Barack Obama is "very sympathetic to Islam" and that America's foreign policy is influenced by Muslims. He added that this influence could lead to Christians and Jewish people being persecuted in the United States.

Christian-Owned Indiana Bakery That Refused to Make Cake for Gay Man's Wedding Closes Shop
LINK An Indiana bakery, 111 Cakery, that drew protests last year after the business' Christian owners declined a request from a gay man to make a cake for his same-sex wedding, has decided to close shop for good.

SBC President Ronnie Floyd Calls on Obama to Take Action and Lead 'Historical Movement' Against ISIS, Like Esther in the Bible
LINK Southern Baptist Convention President, Ronnie Floyd, sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday, asking him to "lead forward" in the fight against the Islamic State and "take necessary actions now" to bring an end to the suffering of millions who've been displaced, abused and killed as a result of ISIS' uprising.

Pastor's Wife Working at Abortion Clinic Hits Back at Critics: When They Become Sin Free … Call Me Back
LINK A Baptist preacher's wife in Alabama who works at a local abortion clinic hit back at her critics Monday, declaring that those who criticize women who work at abortion facilities should first address the sins in their own lives before criticizing what women do with their own bodies.

Nina Pham Lawsuit Seeks Compensation for Exposure to Ebola, Lingering Effects of Trauma
LINK Nina Pham, the first person to ever contract Ebola in the United States, is now suing the hospital chain that both exposed her to the virus and also helped save her life.

LAPD Shooting of Homeless Man Outrages Public; Altercation Caught on Video by Bystander
LINK The Los Angeles Police Department is under fire after a video showing officers fatally shooting a homeless man in response to a robbery on Sunday has gone viral.

Westminster Theological Seminary President: Christians Need to Stand Up in Public Square, Politics to 'Reclaim Judeo-Christian Heritage'
LINK Speaking at Westminster Theological Seminary's second-ever "Real State of the Union" conference last Saturday, three Christian scholars stressed to attendees that it is time for Christians to faithfully stand up in the public square and reclaim America's Judeo-Christian heritage from what has become a prominently secular society.

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Black Pastors Urge Congressional Black Caucus Not to Skip Netanyahu Speech in Open Letter
LINK Contact: Ryan Hughes, Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, 224-723-8688, 703-739-5920

Dr. Alveda King to Congressional Black Caucus: Realignment is Critical
LINK Contact: Leslie Palma, 347-286-7277

Vigil for Marriage at the Supreme Court and All Federal Courts
LINK Contact: Dr. Scott Lively, 413-250-0984, sdllaw@gmail.com

Freedom Climb Applauds Passage of 'End Slavery Act' by US Senate Foreign Relations Committee
LINK Contact: Michele Nadeem-Baker, 617-818-1223

Pastors Nationwide Support Kent Hovind and Judge Roy Moore
LINK Contact: Dr. Greg Dixon, 317-414-3478; Pastor Wiley S. Drake, 714-865-8132

Three Reasons President Obama is Wrong -- Christians Living Under Persecution Speak Out -- Exclusive Interviews
LINK Contact: Lisa Jones, Executive Director, Christian Freedom International, 800-323-2273, ljones@christianfreedom.org

Warning in Syria: More Mass Killing of Christians
LINK Contact: Lou Ann Sabatier, Communications Director, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, 703-536-2643, 703-216-2941 cell, Lsabatier@21wilberforce.org WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christian Assyrian villages along the Khabour River are under siege.  Over a thousand families displaced.  Dozens kidnappedthe number swelling from 150 initially to now over 200.  Their fate unknown but given the horror that recently befell the 21 martyred Coptic Christian Source: 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative

Historian and Creator of JesusSpokeAramaic.com Says Last Generation of Aramaic Speaking Christians are the Target of Persecution
LINK Contact: Matti Stevenson, 719-360-0586, matti@mattimediagroup.com

Comedy Central Gets Filthy Again
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

IRD Cheers Religious Broadcasters' Strong Witness for Religious Liberty
LINK "NRB's strong witness and speaker lineup is an antidote to Evangelical squishiness." -- Chelsen Vicari, Evangelical Action Director

Religious Leaders Call for Action, Prayer Feb. 22 for 21 Coptic Christians Beheaded by ISIS
LINK Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Dr. Russell Moore, Gabe Lyons, Mark Burnett & Roma Downey Lead Multi-confessional EffortContact: Kristin Cole, A. Larry Ross Communications, 972-267-1111, kristin@alarryross.comSACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 20, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Religious leaders from around the nation are calling upon all Christians to allocate a minute of silence on Sunday, February 22, followed by a prayer reflecting upon the memory and for the grieving families of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Source: A. Larry Ross Communications

The Church - Silent Too Long
LINK Contact: Mrs. Jane Kelley, National Center for Life and Liberty, 888-233-6255

Christian Radio Reaching the Unreached in Nepal
LINK Thousands in Formerly Closed Country Now Hear Gospel through Reach Beyond Partnership

National Reconciliation Service in Response to Ferguson and Racial Unrest
LINK Contact: Sandy Adams, S.T.A.N.D., 757-375-6444, sandy@standamerica.us  

Coptic Solidarity Demands Urgent Actions to Save Kidnapped Copts in Libya
LINK Contact: Lindsay Vessey, Coptic Solidarity, 801-512-1713, info@copticsolidarity.org WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- A new report by the Islamic State has just been published with photos alluding to the possible execution of the 21 Coptic Christian construction workers kidnapped from their place of employment in Sirte Libya. Coptic Solidarity condemns this heinous kidnapping and urges the Egyptian government to do everything possible to save the Coptic hostages.Website Source: Coptic Solidarity

New 21st-Century Wilberforce Initiative, Co-founded by Frank Wolf, Issues Report on Looming Genocide for Iraq's Minorities
LINK Contact: Lou Ann Sabatier, Communications Director, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, 703-536-2643, 703-216-2941 cell, Lsabatier@21wilberforce.org WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Former Congressman Frank R. Wolf and the newly created religious freedom group, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, released a report today entitled "Edge of Extinction," based on a recent fact finding mission to Iraq. The report warns that if the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq is not de Source: 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative

A Presidential Blunder: My Response to Obama's Address at the National Prayer Breakfast
LINK Contact: Ruth Malhotra, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries Public Relations, 770-449-6766, pr@rzim.org

History Professor Dispels Myths about the Crusades
LINK Contact: Jon Sorensen, 619-387-7200; Kerry Beck at kbeck@catholic.com

World Vision Blind to the Truth about Israel
LINK Contact: Stephen Jenks, Eagles' Wings, 716-759-1058

Obama Insults Christians
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bill Donohue comments on remarks made today by President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast:


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