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'God Proved to the World That What Was Being Said Was a Lie;' Fiancée of First US Ebola Victim Blasts Media; Says Quarantine 'Ruined Her Life'
LINK Last year, Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan became the first Ebola victim to die on American soil and six months later his family is still trying to make sense of his untimely death amid unanswered questions. Louise Troh, the 54-year-old former fiancée of Duncan, recently recalled how the deadly virus ruined her life and left her traumatized.

Franklin Graham and Samaritan's Purse Raise Funds to Support Christian Couple Fined $135K for Refusing to Bake Cake for Gay Wedding
LINK Franklin Graham is backing the Christian couple in Oregon who were fined $135,000 on Friday for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex marriage ceremony.

Bloods, Crips and Black Guerilla Family Gangs Threaten to 'Take Out' Police in Baltimore as Freddie Gray Is Laid to Rest, Authorities Say
LINK The Baltimore Police Department's Criminal Intelligence Unit said Monday that law enforcement have received a "credible threat" that members from the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips gangs are threatening to "take out" police on the same day that Freddie Gray is laid to rest.

Analysis: On Gay Marriage, Will Five Judges Reject Deliberative Democracy?
LINK The redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples has mostly been a revolution by a few judges. Will five Supreme Court judges continue that trend and reject a deliberative democratic process to define marriage?

Wisconsin Church Stops Parishioners From Body Slamming Pigs for the First Time in 44 Years; Animal Rights Group Is 'Proud' of Decision to Cancel Original Pig Rassle
LINK A Wisconsin Catholic church's 45th annual Original Pig Rassle fundraiser has been canceled after an animal rights group documented alleged signs of injury and abuse during the event which they claim violates the state's fighting and child endangerment laws.

Kristen Lindsey Latest News and Updates: Austin County District Attorney Considering Felony Charge for Animal Cruelty
LINK The case of Kristen Lindsey, the Texas veterinarian who allegedly killed a cat using a bow and arrow and posted a gruesome photo of it on Facebook, is now with the Austin Country District Attorney's office for review and further investigation. The Austin County Sheriff's Office has concluded their investigation on the matter and has turned over the results to the District Attorney's office, according to a report in Huffington Post.

Franklin Graham Tells Offended Muslim Students Who Forced University of Maryland to Cancel 'American Sniper' Screening to 'Leave America and Go to a Muslim Country'
LINK The Rev. Franklin Graham has said that the offended Muslim students from the University of Maryland who last week forced the school to cancel a screening of the film "American Sniper" can "leave America and go to a Muslim country."

Major Hispanic Evangelical Convention Expects 1,000 Attendees; Features Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee
LINK A major Hispanic evangelical organization will hold a convention in Texas scheduled to include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

GoFundMe Shuts Down Campaign for Christian Bakers Asked to Pay $135,000 Fine for Refusing to Make Cake for Gay Wedding
LINK Fundraising site GoFundMe has closed the account that was set up to raise money for Aaron and Melissa Klein, Christians and former owners of a bakery in Gresham, Oregon, who were ordered by a judge Friday to pay a fine of $135,000 for declining to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian marriage ceremony.

Pro-Life Students Say North Dakota School Is Banning Their Club; Fargo Public Schools Deny Discrimination
LINK A school district in North Dakota has denied discriminating against students from two high schools attempting to form Students for Life chapters.

Hillary Clinton: 'Religious Beliefs ... Have to Be Changed' About Abortion
LINK Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed" to allow women access to "reproductive health care" – which was widely seen as a call to change views on abortion.

Charles Stanley Turns Down 'Tree of Life' Award Honor From Jewish Group After Its Members Accuse Him of Being 'Against LGBT People'
LINK Pastor Charles Stanley withdrew his name from an award he was slated to receive Thursday at the Jewish National Fund's Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast after some of its members accused him of being "against LGBT people," and threatened to skip the event if the Christian pastor was in attendance.

Three Family Members Charged for Murder of Activist Who Helped Muslim Woman Convert to Christianity, Get Married
LINK Three family members of a Muslim woman who converted to Christianity then married a Christian man were all charged with the murder of an Iranian activist they blame for influencing her conversion in Texas on Wednesday. The father was also charged with murdering the Christian convert's husband 10 months after the activist was killed.

Christian Leaders Affirm Support for Traditional Marriage Ahead of Supreme Court Case; Pastors Say Marriage Must Be Preserved for Sake of Children
LINK Religious leaders from a wide array of denominations have released a joint statement reaffirming their support for traditional marriage ahead of the Supreme Court's hearing of oral arguments on Tuesday. The Christian leaders have said that reaffirming marriage as between one man and one woman is vital for protecting children and offering them both a father and a mother.

Family of Michael Brown Sues City of Ferguson, Police Officer Darren Wilson; Seeking $75,000 Damages
LINK The parents of Michael Brown filed a wrongful-death lawsuit again the city of Ferguson on Thursday, which could potentially open a new investigation into the late teen's death.

Parents Outraged After Teacher Reads Transgender Book 'I Am Jazz' to 7-Year-Olds
LINK An elementary school in Maine has garnered outrage from parents for reading to first graders a children's book featuring transgendered character.

Glenn Beck: Why Do American Christians Care More About Memories Pizzeria Than Christians Beheaded by ISIS?
LINK In his Monday program on TheBlaze TV, popular conservative commentator Glenn Beck criticized American Christians for giving an outpouring of support to Christian-owned businesses that are attacked for their beliefs while doing nothing to rally in support of Christians who've been beheaded for their faith by the Islamic State.

Hundreds March in Baltimore as US Justice Dept. Begins Probe of Freddy Gray's Death From 'Spinal Injury' While in Police Custody
LINK Hundreds of protesters marched in Baltimore, Maryland, Tuesday in response to the death of 25-year-old Freddy Gray, who died while in police custody earlier this month.

Michigan Bishop Re-Affirms Ban on Guns in Churches and Schools as Priest Pens Letter Encouraging Catholics to Carry Firearms
LINK A Michigan Catholic priest believes faith in Jesus might not be enough for his congregation when it comes to protecting themselves from outside forces and a growing criminal threat in the area.

Botulism Outbreak at Church Potluck Leaves 1 Dead, 20 Others in Hospital
LINK One person has died and at least 20 more were hospitalized with botulism linked to a church potluck in Ohio, health officials said on Wednesday.

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Islamist Plot Against Vatican Highlights Need for Christian Self-Defense Firearms, says Catholic Gun Dean
LINK Contact: John Snyder, Telum Associates, 202-239-8005, gundean@gmail.com

850 Rabbis Demand Disqualification of Justices Kagan and Ginsberg in Upcoming Supreme Court 'Marriage' Case
LINK Contact: Rabbi Yehuda Levin, 718-569-8438WASHINGTON, April 25, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Rabbi Yehuda Levin, Torah values spokesman for the 75 year old, 850 members Rabbinical Alliance of America stated:

NOM Announces Speakers and Special Guests for 2015 March for Marriage
LINK Contact: Paul Bothwell, National Organization for Marriage, 703-474-6142, pbothwell@nationformarriage.org

Rating the World's Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking
LINK As State Dept.'s Annual TIP Report Approaches, House Panel Hears from Human Rights Groups About Impact of TIP Rankings

Conference Makes Case for Christian Support for Jewish Israel
LINK Contact: Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy, 202-413-5639, jwalton@TheIRD.org

Coptic Solidarity Condemns ISIS Murder of Ethiopian Christians and Continued International Torpor
LINK Contact: Lindsay Vessey, Coptic Solidarity, 801-512-1713, info@copticsolidarity.org  WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- A new video released by ISIS on April 19th, shows militants killing two separate groups of Ethiopian Christians for the crime of not paying the jizya tax. Coptic Solidarity condemns these monstrous murders in the strongest terms and urges the international community to urgently protect Christians and other minorities in the region and to defeat ISIS. C Source: Coptic Solidarity

Zondervan Announces Chuck Colson's Final Book on Anniversary of His Passing
LINK A previously unpublished summation of Colson's life's work, "My Final Word" will release on August 4

Broad Coalition Urges President Obama 'Fill Vacant Special Envoy Post'
LINK Contact: Lou Ann Sabatier, Communications Director, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, 703-216-2941 cell, Lsabatier@21wilberforce.org

Bathroom Privacy Initiative
LINK Contact: Karen England, Privacy for All, 916-233-8769, kengland@capitolresource.org

IBM Attacks Religious Liberty
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org NEW YORK, April 17, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bill Donohue replies to IBM's assault on religious liberty:

Confraternity of Catholic Clergy Admonishes Persecutors of Faithful S.F. Archbishop
LINK Contact: Thomas McKenna, Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, 858-401-9641

Friends of Zion Shine a 'Light in the Darkness' on Yom Hashoah
LINK Friends of Zion Shine a "Light in the Darkness" on Yom Hashoah Heritage Museum to Honor Holocaust Victims as Well as Christian Heroes Who Aided Jews in Need

Reps. Smith, Eshoo Bill to Protect Religious Freedoms Advances
LINK Contact: Smith- Jeff Sagnip, 202-225-3765; Eshoo- Charles Stewart, 202-225-8104WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act of 2015 (HR 1150) was passed Wednesday by the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and International Organizations today.  The bipartisan bill, authored by Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) with the lead co-sponsorship of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), would give the Administration and the State Depart Source: Congressman Chris Smith

EchoLight Studios Joins Family Research Council to Take a Stand For Marriage
LINK Thousands of Churches to Join April 26 Stand for Marriage SundayContact: Heidi McDow, A. Larry Ross Communications, 972-267-1111, heidimcdow@alarryross.com  FRANKLIN, Tenn., April 16, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- With the Supreme Court hearing arguments concerning same-sex marriage looming on April 28, EchoLight Studios is continuing sharing the message of the erosion of American's religious liberties in its award-winning film, "One Generation Away," by joining with Ton Source: A. Larry Ross Communications

Celebrate Life, Family and Religious Liberty April 20 in Naples, Florida
LINK Pro-Life Leaders Speak During Thomas More Society Dinner Cruise

Pope Cites Armenia Genocide
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

Let Pope Francis Initiate Church Collection for Self-Defense Guns for Christian Victims of Islamist Persecution, Suggests St. Gabriel Possenti Society
LINK Contact: John Snyder, St. Gabriel Possenti Society, 202-239-8005, gundean@gmail.com

Georgia Right to Life Disappointed in Lawmakers' Failure to Pass Religious Liberty Measure
LINK Contact: Mike Griffin, Georgia Right to Life, 770-339-6880

Alabama-Based Foundation Carries Battle to Supreme Court
LINK Contact: Matt Kidd, 334-262-1245

IRD: Defend Christian Businesses Against 'Lynch Mobs' of Secular Groupthink
LINK "Future lynch mobs will target more Christian owned businesses for their refusal to comply with secular groupthink." -- IRD President Mark Tooley

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