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Indiana's Marijuana Church Granted Tax-Exempt Status; Plans to Test Limits of Controversial Religious Freedom Law at First 'Worship' Service
LINK Indiana's marijuana-smoking church has been incorporated as a tax-exempt religious organization by the Internal Revenue Service according to the church's founder.

'Developing My Relationship With God Has Been the Coolest Thing I've Experienced,' Says Justin Bieber
LINK Pop star Justin Bieber says even though he is not religious, developing his Christian faith has given him a sense of spiritual contentment and greater feeling of purpose in life.

Marine Convicted for Failing to Remove Bible Verse That Says 'No Weapon Formed Against Me Shall Prosper'
LINK A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial of putting a Bible verse declaring "no weapon formed against me shall prosper" on her computer while stationed at Camp Lejune in North Carolina, because it was "contrary to good order and discipline."

North Carolina Pastor Loses Two Sons After Car Crash; Church Raises More Than $140,000 to Help Grieving Family
LINK A North Carolina pastor's newborn son died Monday after being delivered by emergency C-section following a car crash on the weekend which also left his 2-year-old son dead.

Benny Hinn Claims 'Greatest Wealth Transfer in Human History' Is Coming According to Bible Passages; Asks People to Sow Money
LINK Controversial televangelist Benny Hinn has claimed in a message that the "greatest wealth transfer in human history" is approaching, which he says is backed by both financial headlines and Bible passages. Hinn asked people to sow money into his ministry as he prepares for a new world tour.

Nevada Teacher Bans Pastor's Daughter From Including Bible Verse John 3:16 in Assignment That Asks Students to Describe Themselves
LINK Somerset Academy, a Nevada public charter school, has come under fire from a local pastor after a teacher prohibited his daughter from including a reference to a Bible verse in a class project that asks students to describe themselves using slides.

Christian Mom Arrested, Shackled Because Honor Roll Student Son Had 'Too Many' Unexcused Absences From School While Sick
LINK A Georgia Mom is said to be leaning on her Christian faith after she was arrested and shackled because her fourth grade son had too many unexcused absences from school over the past year. The National Association of Parents is now working to vindicate her but a school official says there is more to the story.

Josh Duggar's Family, Mike Huckabee Standing by Him as TLC Cancels '19 Kids and Counting'
LINK "19 Kids and Counting" star Josh Duggar has come forward to admit that he "acted inexcusably" when a teenager, allegedly molesting five girls, possibly including his sisters. Now, several people including former Gov. Mike Huckabee, have come forward to defend Josh amid the growing controversy, and TLC has pulled the popular reality series from its lineup in the wake of Josh's admission.

Duggar Family Continues Receiving Evangelical's Support Amidst Josh Duggar's Molestation Scandal; Training Ministry Says 'Everyone Has Sinned'
LINK Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of the reality-show "19 Kids and Counting" have continued receiving the backing of evangelical voices amidst the molestation scandal revolving their oldest son, Josh Duggar. Evangelism Explosion International, a worldwide training ministry, said that while Josh Duggar's actions as a teenager were "reprehensible," he has admitted and abandoned his wrong conduct.

Nobel Prize Winner and Mathematician John F. Nash, Jr. Dies in Car Crash
LINK Nobel Prize winner and mathematician, John F. Nash, Jr. died in a car crash last Saturday. He was 86. His wife, Alice Nash, also died in the same car crash.

'Holy Spirit Began to Speak in Me,' Says Alabama Student Who Gave Spontaneous Graduation Prayer for Woman Suffering Medical Emergency
LINK At the graduation ceremony for Clay-Chalksville High School in Alabama, graduate Christian Crawford led the crowd in prayer while a woman in the crowd was experiencing a medical emergency.

Pastor Shot Twice Outside His Connecticut Church as He Put Up Flags for Memorial Day
LINK A Connecticut pastor was shot twice outside his church Sunday morning while he was putting out flags in honor of Memorial Day.

Three Dead Following Record Flooding in Texas and Oklahoma; 2,000 Evacuated and Hundreds of Homes Destroyed
LINK At least three people are reported to have died in record-setting rainfalls and flooding in parts of Texas and Oklahoma on Saturday and Sunday, with 2,000 people forced to evacuate. The flooding caused major damage and destroyed hundreds of homes, reports said.

5 Memorable Memorial Day Speeches in American History
LINK Memorial Day, a federal holiday since 1967, originated from the American Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate dead. During the early 20th century the occassion has been extended to recognize all Americans who have sacrificed their life during military conflict.

Protests Erupt in Cleveland After Acquittal of Police Officer in Shooting Death of 2 Suspects
LINK Cleveland police in riot gear arrested several demonstrators who were part of large crowds that stormed the streets Saturday night after the acquittal of a police officer charged with chasing and shooting to death two unarmed black suspects in 2012.

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.

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

Coptic Solidarity Conference - 100 Years Later: Middle Eastern Christians Face Another Genocide
LINK Contact: Lindsay Vessey, Coptic Solidarity, 801-512-1713, info@copticsolidarity.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

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