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Washington's Bethany Community Church Gives Former Strip Club a Holy Purpose
LINK A church in Washington state is converting a former strip club into an evangelistic facility that's serving the community seven days a week. Bethany Community Church, a Seattle-based multi-site congregation founded in 1900, acquired the former strip club called "Sugars" and has turned it into a site for missions.

Jodi Arias Sentencing Retrial: Defense Lawyers Fight the Death Penalty
LINK Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi pleaded for Jodi Arias' life last Tuesday, Feb. 24, as he told the jury deciding whether she'll be put to death that the ex-boyfriend she killed sexually used and humiliated her and wanted to keep their encounters a secret.

Acclaimed Singer Mat Kearney on Waiting 4 Years to Drop New Album: I'm Not Just Trying to Write Songs That Complete a Record
LINK Acclaimed singer Mat Kearney recently spoke about how faith and travel inspired his fifth studio album "Just Kids." On Feb. 24 Kearney dropped his latest album, four years after the release of "Young Love," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Album chart. He explained his decision to wait four years to release "Just Kids" and also shared how marriage inspired the album title.

12-Y-O Boy Turns Conservative Hero After Defending Giuliani, Proclaiming Obama Has 'Downright Hatred' for America
LINK He's not yet old enough to cast a vote or drive a car, but 12-year-old Georgia native and middle school student CJ Pearson has become a conservative darling after passionately defending former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's claim that he doesn't believe President Barack Obama loves America in a YouTube video that has amassed more than 1 million views since Saturday.

Ex-Lesbian and Popular Spoken Word Artist Jackie Hill-Perry Tells How God Turned Her Life Around
LINK Jackie Hill-Perry, a spoken word and hip-hop artist whose talents and unique testimony have garnered her popularity and praise, recently shared her story of leaving the gay lifestyle with televangelist Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network.

Pastor Married Nearly 50 Years, Perishes With Husband After Car Flips Over and Catches Fire
LINK Members of a small Kansas church are now consoling each other after their pastor and her husband, whom she had been married to for almost 50 years, perished together in their car after it flipped over and caught fire along a local roadway Sunday.

'American Sniper' Trial: Eddie Ray Routh Found Guilty in Shooting Death of Chris Kyle
LINK Eddie Ray Routh, the former Marine who fatally shot real-life "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield, was found guilty of capital murder on Tuesday.

Franklin Graham: America Is Crumbling Morally; We Have Turned Our Back on God
LINK Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out about former mayor Rudy Giuliani's comments questioning President Barack Obama's love for America. Graham said that the country is "morally crumbling within" and has turned its back on God.

Supreme Court May Unleash 'Judgment From God' If They Strike Down Gay Marriage Bans, Says Controversial Activist Scott Lively
LINK A controversial conservative activist who's known for advocating against homosexuality in East Africa has warned that the United States Supreme Court could bring forth God's judgment by legalizing gay marriage.

LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM? Housing for 15 Alternative Sexualities Is OK, but Men-Only Fraternities Are Not, Wesleyan University Says
LINK Campus housing specifically for 15 alternative sexualities, including sadomasochists, is acceptable, but fraternities that just allow men are not, at Wesleyan University.

American Missionary Phyllis Sortor Kidnapped in Nigeria; Abductors Want $300K, Stepson Says 'We Have No Money'
LINK The Free Methodist Church in the U.S. is now calling for prayers after one of their working missionaries, the Rev. Phyllis Sortor, was abducted by masked and armed men in Nigeria Monday morning who've demanded a $300,000 ransom for her safe return. Her distraught family, however, say they cannot afford it.

Justice Dept. Won't File Civil Rights Charges Against George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Shooting Death
LINK The Department of Justice will reportedly not bring criminal charges against George Zimmerman, who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012.

Pastor Dies at Church After Van Rolls Over Him as He Prepared to Deliver Food to Needy
LINK A congregation is now grieving after an elderly North Carolina pastor was killed Monday morning when his church's van rolled over him as he prepared to deliver food to the needy.

Accused Rapist Tells Police He Acted Out 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Scenes in University of Illinois-Chicago Campus Attack
LINK A 19-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a female on Saturday at the University of Illinois-Chicago campus has reportedly told police that he was acting out scenes from the recently released film "Fifty Shades of Grey."

Pastor's Wife Fined for Praying Too Loud on City Sidewalk
LINK The wife of a Lisbon, North Dakota, pastor who immigrated with her family to the United States from Liberia to find a better life has alleged that her religious freedom is being violated after she was fined for praying too loud on city sidewalks.

Pro-Life Groups Mourn Loss of Movement's 'Towering Figure' Dr. Jack Willke
LINK Pro-life organizations are mourning the loss of 89-year-old Dr. Jack Willke, who was a major figure in the anti-abortion movement.

Pastor Screams 'God, I Need Your Help' Then Drops Dead While Preaching at Funeral of Church Member
LINK A beloved pastor in Texas dropped dead before some 200 people including his own sister while preaching at the funeral of a church member last Friday, after ironically warning them of the need to be "ready for death."

7 Homeschool Kids Allowed to Go Home for 4-Hour Visit to Pray With Parents; Father Says Family's Christian Rights Are Being Violated
LINK The seven Arkansas homeschool children who were removed from their Christian parents' home last month by state and local authorities for undisclosed reasons, were returned home for a four-hour visit last Friday, where they were allowed to pray and worship in their own home for the first time since being taken into custody.

12-Year-Old's Video Calling Out President Obama Goes Viral, Says Obama Doesn't Love America
LINK After Rudy Giuliani spoke out and questioned President Barack Obama's love of America, one young man took the message to heart and posed the same question via a video that has now gone viral.

'I'm Probably an Atheist; I Don't Buy It, I Think the Only Reason for Religion Is Death,' Says Broadcaster Larry King
LINK Veteran radio and television broadcaster Larry King says he thinks the only reason religion exists is because people fear death and declared "I'm probably an atheist."

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LINK Religious Liberties / Persecution

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:

Baptist Minister Kent Hovind Suffering Eight Years in Jail, Facing Life in Prison on New Bogus Charges
LINK Contact: Rudy Davis, 972-839-9848, ruddavis@yahoo.com

Bible Scholars Reveal 'God's Battle Plan' to Defeat ISIS
LINK Contact: Janis Backing, 312-329-2108

U.S. Rep. Smith on 'Religious Freedom Day:' Advancing Religious Liberty Worldwide Must Be a U.S. Priority
LINK Contact: Jeff Sagnip, 202-225-3765, chrissmith.house.gov WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- "The recent attacks in Paris and Nigeria remind us again that religious freedom and religious engagement need to be central pillars of U.S. foreign policy and national security strategywe ignore this fact at our peril," said Cong. Chris Smith, (NJ-04) Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Human Rights.  "Too many people are jailed, suffer, or die for Source: Congressman Chris Smith

Georgia Right to Life Supports Religious Liberty Effort
LINK Contact: Nancy Stith, Georgia Right to Life, 770-339-6880

Dr. Alveda King Reminds Mayor, Fire Chief: 'It All Started with an Apple'
LINK Contact: Leslie Palma, 347-286-7277

FBI Commands FAA to Ground (censor) Florida Family Association Aircraft with Banner that Stated 'AIG SPONSORS JIHAD TV'
LINK Contact: David Caton, Florida Family Association, 813-690-4829

Hypocrisy Runs Deep at 'Washington Post'
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

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