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New Miss America Kira Kazantsev Slammed for Planned Parenthood Internship
LINK Just two days after winning the 2014 Miss America pageant, Miss New York Kira Kazantsev is facing criticism from conservatives for working as an intern for Planned Parenthood.

Lecrae Lands First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200; Releases New Song 'Non-Fiction' in Celebration
LINK Lecrae landed his first No. 1 album on Billboard 200 with "Anomaly," which sold 88,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielson SoundScan.

Christian Missionary President Praises Obama's Decision to Send US Troops to Fight Ebola
LINK SIM USA President Bruce Johnson has praised President Barack Obama's recent announcement to send over 3,000 medical troops to West Africa to help in the fight against the Ebola outbreak. The Christian missionary group, which saw one of its workers come down with Ebola while treating patients, said help from the U.S. is greatly needed and welcomed.

Satanic Temple Wants to Hand Out Satanic Books to School Children in Florida After Atheists Allowed to Tell Them 'Jesus Is Dead'
LINK After being pressured to allow atheists to distribute materials in public schools declaring that "Jesus is Dead," the Orange County School District in Florida may soon have to allow satanic books to be distributed to children, all because they allowed the distribution of Bibles in the schools.

Texas Set to Execute Woman for 9-Year-Old's Death; She 'Believes God Will Work it Out,' Aunt Says
LINK The State of Texas is set to execute a woman charged with murdering her girlfriend's son 10 years ago.

New York Store Owner, Mufid Elfgeeh, Allegedly Funded ISIS, Plotted to Kill US Troops; Expert Says He Was 'Lone Wolf'
LINK Mufid A. Elfgeeh, a 30-year-old man who owns a food store in upstate New York, has been arrested and charged with funding Islamic terrorist group ISIS, attempting to send jihadists to fight with them in Syria and even plotted to gun down U.S. troops, according to Federal authorities.

U2's Bono Wrote Poem for Billy Graham Based on Preacher's Life Journey
LINK U2 rock band leader, Bono, once wrote a poem for Billy Graham after visiting the retired evangelist in his home in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Meriam Ibrahim Says 'Faith Was the Only Weapon' She Had After Receiving Death Sentence for Christianity
LINK After almost being martyred in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith a few months ago, global Christian icon Meriam Ibrahim, 27, is breathing easier now and smiling.

Texas Clinics Sever Ties With Planned Parenthood
LINK A Texas-based group of family planning clinics has cut ties with Planned Parenthood Federation of America so that it will be eligible to receive government funds.

Obama Says He Will Send Over 3,000 Soldiers to Help Fight Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
LINK President Barack Obama has ordered some 3,000 American military personnel to West Africa to help in the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus, which has killed over 2,400 people and has showed no signs of slowing down.

'Evangelicals for Marriage Equality' Say Supporters Are Not Compromising Christian Beliefs, Focus Is on Gov't Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages
LINK The advocacy group "Evangelicals for Marriage Equality" responded to recent criticism from Christians arguing against the recognition of same-sex marriage by saying supporters of EME are not compromising Christian beliefs and are instead focused specifically on gay unions receiving the same government recognition and rights as traditional married couples do.

Lack of Concern for Christians Is One Reason Behind Rise of ISIS, Says Open Doors President
LINK A lack of concern for Christians and a lack freedom of expression for religious minorities in the Middle East is one of the reasons behind the rise of terror group ISIS in Iraq and Syria, said David Curry, the CEO and president of Christian persecution watchdog group, Open Doors USA.

'Angels' Feed Homeless Elderly Couple and Continue to Assist Them Financially
LINK An elderly couple living in a car in Hudson, Florida, asked for divine intervention and received some in the form of unknown and unexpected angels throughout the country.

Christian Anchor Dave Benton Reveals That Brain Cancer Has Left Him With 6 Months to Live; Says Everything Is in God's Hands
LINK A born-again Christian anchor, husband and father of two from Illinois, has evoked a nationwide outpouring of support after revealing on live television that he has inoperable brain cancer and has about six months to live.

America's Christian Heritage Under Threat, Say Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Tony Perkins at 'Star Spangled Sunday'
LINK On the 200th anniversary of America's National Anthem, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and other Christian conservative leaders spoke at an event in North Carolina, reflecting on God's hand of providence and expressing hope that He would continue to help protect religious freedom.

Study: Religious Congregations Now More Accepting of Gays as Members, Leaders
LINK The willingness of religious congregations to accept gays and lesbians as members, and even volunteer leaders, increased significantly between 2006 and 2012, except in the case of Catholic churches, a new study shows.

Atheist Bill Maher Defends Christians as Host Charlie Rose Compares Christianity to Islam
LINK Appearing on Charlie Rose's PBS show this week, HBO's "Real Time" host Bull Maher rebuked him for linking Islam to Christianity, defending Christians by saying a vast numbers of them do not believe in violence or treat women as second class citizens.

White House, Pentagon Contradict Kerry; Confirm US 'At War' With ISIS
LINK The White House and the Pentagon said for the first time Friday that the United States is indeed "at war" with the Islamic State, or ISIS, contradicting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who maintained a day earlier that Washington's efforts cannot be seen as part of the "war on terror."

In Defense of Christians Says Ted Cruz Was Not Booed; Critics Wanted Him to Focus on Christians in Middle East, Not Israel
LINK In Defense of Christians, the nonprofit organization that has made protecting Christians in the Middle East its mission, challenged media reports Friday that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was booed offstage at their inaugural Summit Gala Dinner Wednesday for supporting Israel.

Harry Potter Book Series More Influential Than the Bible, According to Facebook
LINK A recent study conducted by Facebook revealed that author J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" book series has been more influential in people's lives than the Bible.

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Omaha Attorneys Raise Awareness and Support for Life, Family and Religious Liberty
LINK Thomas More Society-Omaha Hosts 5th Annual Fundraiser Banquet

Christian Genocide Must End
LINK Contact: The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

Black Conservative Summit Leadership Initiative is Designated a World Congress of Families Special Event
LINK Freedom's Journal Institute Hosts Event on September 25th in Washington, DC at The Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies & Citizenship

President Obama Misleads the American Public and Betrays Our Fundamental Principles of Human Rights and Religious Freedom in His Speech Last Night
LINK He also treats women like the NFL by failing to address their unique situation regarding violence, rape and targeting by ISILContact: Rev. Patrick Mahoney, 540-538-4741WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- In his speech discussing his plan for dealing with ISIL, President Obama says, "and the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim." This is simply not true.The President then went on to say, "And it is America that is helping Muslim  Source: Christian Defense Coalition

Governor Pence Addresses President Obama's Coming Speech Regarding ISIS at 2014 Radio Show
LINK Contact: Kara Brooks, 317-232-1622, kbrooks@gov.in.gov

Public Donations Add $1 Million to Knights of Columbus Christian Refugee Relief Fund
LINK Fund Now at $2 Million as Knights Continue to Seek to Aid Those Persecuted in Iraq Contact: Joe Cullen, 203-800-4923, joseph.cullen@kofc.org; Andrew Walther, 203-752-4253, Andrew.walther@kofc.org; both with Knights of Columbus  NEW HAVEN, Conn., Sept. 10, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- In just over three weeks, the Knights of Columbus Christian Refugee Relief initiative has raised more than $1 million in public donations for those suffering persecution in Iraq and the surrounding re Source: Knights of Columbus

Is Jesus Allowed in School? Advocates for Faith & Freedom Files Suit
LINK Contact: Victor Bermudez or Lori Sanada; both with Advocates for Faith & Freedom, 888-588-6888

Statement Regarding 'Large Families - The Future of Humanity' International Forum in Moscow, September 10-11
LINK Contact: Larry Jacobs, 815-222-2490, media@worldcongress.org

Patriarchs, Human Rights Activists to Hold Press Conference to Open In Defense of Christians Summit
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Washington Summit to Call Attention to Plight of Christians in the Middle East
LINK Historic Gathering Will Feature Patriarchs from Middle East, Lawmakers and International Human Rights ActivistsContact: Joseph Cella, In Defense of Christians, 703-286-9677, joseph@indefenseofchristians.org WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The deteriorating situation facing millions of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East will be the focus of a bipartisan and ecumenical conference in the nation's capital next month.  The three-day event sponsor Source: In Defense of Christians

Monday, September 8th, 9 a.m. - Eighth Circuit to Hear Missouri Legislator's Challenge to HHS Abortion Pill Mandate
LINK Thomas More Society to Conduct Oral Arguments for State Rep. Paul Wieland and Family

Dallas Area Christians to Stand Up in Support of Christians Persecuted in Iraq
LINK Contact: Pastor Stephen E. Broden, 214-394-0098; facebook.com/DFWrallyforpersecutedChristians DALLAS, Sept. 4, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christians in North Texas will gather on Sunday September 14th at Dallas City Hall Plaza; at 4:30 pm, for a rally to show their support for humanitarian relief for persecuted Christians in Iraq and other Muslim nations.  A press conference will be held prior to the rally on Wednesday, September 10.

Life Legal Defense Foundation Takes on Federal Government, Healthcare and Abortion Industries
LINK Nonprofit Law Firm Celebrates 25 Years of Defending Life

Christian Students Witness Radicalization of Children on the Temple Mount
LINK "We will liberate Palestine with our blood and our flesh"

One Free World International Announces Successful Delegation to the Kurdistan Region of Northern Iraq
LINK Contact: Brian Mayes, 615-771-2040

Faith Community and Leaders to Hold White House Candlelight and Prayer Vigil in Support of the Women of Iraq -- Saturday at 8 PM
LINK Contact: Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Christian Defense Coalition, 540-538-4741

World Congress of Families Announces Postponement of Regional Event in Melbourne Amid Threats of Violence and Vandalism
LINK Pro-Family Group, a Recipient of International Peace Award, Targeted by Sexual ExtremistsContact: World Congress of Families, 815-222-2490, media@worldcongress.org; Communications Director, 508-405-1337, dfeder@worldcongress.org ROCKFORD, Ill., Aug. 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- World Congress of Families Managing Director Larry Jacobs announced the postponement of the WCF regional event in Melbourne.  Endeavour Forum will be the convener of the "Life, Family, and Fre Source: World Congress of Families

New Book Warns of Evangelical Left Influence on Millennials
LINK "If U.S. evangelicals disengage from the public square and fail to engage the rising generation, then we risk losing our public voice, then our religious liberty, and then liberty altogether." -- Chelsen Vicari, Evangelical Action Director

'One Generation Away' Shines Light on the Erosion of Religious Liberty in America
LINK New Film from Rick Santorum's EchoLight Cinemas Receives Endorsements from Leaders Including Oliver North & Jerry BoykinContact: Heidi McDow, A. Larry Ross Communications, 972-267-1111, heidimcdow@alarryross.com FRANKLIN, Tenn., Aug. 28, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- At a time when religious liberty and persecution are appearing in the headlines daily, EchoLight Studios' "One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty in America," will world premier in church Source: A. Larry Ross Communications

National Conference Will Train Christians in Preserving Liberty
LINK Contact: Nelan Hughes, 864-977-2008, Nelan.Hughes@ngu.edu


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