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Atheist Group Vows to 'Scrutinize' Hobby Lobby President's Public School Bible Class
LINK A Wisconsin-based atheist organization has announced their intention to "scrutinize" the Bible class that an Oklahoma school district recently approved.
NJ Woman Sues DMV for Rejecting '8THEIST' License Plate
LINK A New Jersey woman is claiming her First Amendment rights were recently violated when her local DMV refused her request to have an "8THEIST" license plate, even though they reportedly accepted a request for a "BAPTIST" vanity plate.
Ben Carson PAC Outraises Hillary Clinton and 2016 GOP Hopefuls as Doctor Explains What He Would Do If He Were President
LINK The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a PAC seeking to draft retired neurosurgeon and conservative darling, Dr. Benjamin Carson into the 2016 presidential race, raised more money than all prospective GOP candidates and Democrat Hillary Clinton in the last three months.
Eric Holder, Kansas Gov. Join Religious Leaders for Interfaith Prayer Service Honoring Jewish Center Shooting Victims
LINK U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback joined religious leaders at the Jewish Community Center near Kansas City on Thursday for an interfaith prayer service to honor the three victims killed in Sunday's tragic shooting, allegedly carried out by suspect Frazier Glenn Cross, a white supremacist.
Michigan Pastor Allegedly Stole Money From Church for Lavish Vacations
LINK A Michigan pastor allegedly embezzled several thousand dollars from his former church and spent the money on vacations with his wife.
La. Gov. Bobby Jindal to Deliver 2014 Keynote Speech at Liberty University Commencement
LINK Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 Commencement ceremony for Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., the school's news service announced Wednesday.
Bill Gothard Denies 'Sexual Intent' in Hugs, Foot Contact With Young Ladies in Statement Following Resignation
LINK Bill Gothard, an influential conservative Christian leader in the homeschooling movement, has released a statement denying allegations that he sexually harassed women and teen girls. He insists in the statement that his behavior toward those whom he favored, such as holding hands or touching the feet or hair of young ladies, was never carried out "immorally or with sexual intent."
Church Attendance Triples Following Construction of Controversial Mosque Next Door
LINK A Tennessee church has experienced both a financial and attendance boost that began when construction started for a mosque next door.
Students Bring Bibles to School in Protest After Teacher Tells 15-Year-Old She Can't Read Scripture on Campus
LINK Students at a high school near St. Louis, Mo., reportedly arrived on campus Thursday carrying their Bibles as a form of protest after two students claimed a teacher banned them from reading the Bible while they walked down a school hallway.
Flyers Calling for Jews to Register in Ukraine Are Fake, Says Jewish Official; US Ambassador Calls Them 'Real Deal'
LINK The Washington, D.C.-based National Conference Supporting Jews said Thursday that "official-looking" flyers demanding Jews in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk to register with the Nationalities Commissioner are fake.
Atheists Blocked From Erecting 'Reason Display' Next to 'Prayer Station' By Mich. Mayor
LINK Mayor Jim Fouts of Warren, Mich., recently denied an atheist's request to set up a "Reason Station" next to the "Prayer Station" in City Hall, saying the display would be disruptive.
Ken Ham Responds to Bill Nye: I'm Not the Leader of Some Cultic Fringe Group
LINK Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham says Bill Nye has been painting an inaccurate picture of Ham and those who believe in the literal interpretation of the Genesis creation account. Ham insisted that he is not the leader of a cultic fringe group, as Nye seems to suggest.
Man Loses Job, Gets Slapped With $525 Federal Charge for Mistakenly Taking $0.89 Soda Refill and Not Paying
LINK A construction worker from North Charleston, S.C., is jobless and saddled with a $525 federal citation for mistakenly taking a $0.89 soda refill he thought was free at the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston.
Clemson University Rejects Atheists' Allegations Against Football Program
LINK Clemson University officials are countering an atheist group's accusations that it's imposing Christian beliefs on student athletes who participate in the football program. The university says the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is "mistaken" in its claim that football coach Dabo Swinney is pushing his beliefs on members of the Tigers team.
Department of Justice Vows to Protect Mt. Soledad Cross and War Memorial in California
LINK Lawyers for the Department of Justice recently announced that they are willing to legally defend the long-debated, giant cross atop a war memorial in Southern California, saying they find the cross to be an "appropriate" structure and not a violation of the separation of church and state.
'I Have Earned My Place in Heaven, It's Not Even Close,' Says Billionaire and Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg
LINK If he were to die anytime soon and discover that God exists, billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is confident that he will go to heaven.
Pastor Robert Jeffress Says Jesus Christ's Resurrection Is Good News for People of All Faiths
LINK Pastor Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, says the resurrection of Jesus Christ is good news for people of all faiths who seek His forgiveness and make the decision to believe in Him.
Atheist Group Sets Up 'Jesus Is a Myth' Banner in Response to Christian Easter Display at Wis. Capitol
LINK An atheist group is combatting a Christian Easter display at Wisconsin's Capitol building in Madison by setting up a sign that reads "Nobody died for our 'sins,' Jesus Christ is a myth."
Woman Sullies Pastor Charles Jenkins, Writer of Popular Worship Song 'Awesome' With Release of Nude Photo in Alleged Extortion Plot
LINK Charles Jenkins, pastor of the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Ill., and writer of the popular worship song "Awesome," which has become an anthem in churches across the United States, is now at the center of an embarrassing scandal after a woman released a nude photo of him online in an alleged extortion plot gone bad.
LDS Church Lawyers Unhappy With 'Mormon Match' Online Dating Site
LINK A Mormon online dating service set to launch later this year has received notice from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attorneys asserting that the Church exclusively owns "Mormon" and images of the Salt Lake City temple.
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'God is Here, but I am Getting so Tired;' Syrian Christian Mother Mourns Killing of Children from Bombings
LINK Contact: Jerry Dykstra, Open Doors USA, 616-915-4117, email@example.com SANTA ANA, Calif., April 17, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Hanna is a Christian woman living in Damascus, Syria with her husband. She and her husband have two young daughters. Hanna works in a school. Over the last year Hanna has been pouring out her heart about what daily life is like in war-torn Damascus. The Syrian civil war is going into its fourth year and has claimed at least 120,000 lives. Below is Hanna's la Source: Open Doors USA
ACRU: Leave Clergy Housing Allowance Alone
LINK Freedom from Religion Foundation is "trying to use the federal courts to destroy religious freedom and independence from government control," said American Civil Rights Union Chairman Susan A. Carleson.
Four Lawyers Release Declaration After Release from Heilongjiang Illegal Detention Center
LINK Contact: Bob Fu, President, ChinaAid, 888- 889-7757, 267-205-5210 cell, Bob@ChinaAid.org; www.ChinaAid.org, www.MonitorChina.org
Police Block Large Service at Nanle County Christian Church in Henan; Pastor's Lawyers Boycott Pre-trial Meeting
LINK Contact: Bob Fu, President, China Aid, 267-205-5210 cell, 432-689-6985, info@ChinaAid.org
Western Media Ignores Slaughter of Coptic Woman by Muslim Brotherhood, says Coptic Solidarity
LINK Contact: Sandy, 202-695-0506; Hal, 240-644-5153; both with Coptic Solidarity, firstname.lastname@example.org CROFTON, Md., April 1, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Coptic Solidarity strongly condemns the latest attack on Egypt's Copts by the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies -- and calls on the U.S. government to do likewise.On Friday, March 28, in Ain Shams, a suburb of Cairo, demonstrating Brotherhood supporters, many of them armed, exchanged fire with Security forces and set parked cars Source: Coptic Solidarity
Robert Stearns to Address Prestigious FIDF Gala
LINK Contact: Stephen Jenks, Eagles' Wings, 716-759-1058
Bob Fu on Four Rights Defenders Detained in Heilongjiang
LINK Contact: Bob Fu, President, China Aid, 267-205-5210 cell, 432-689-6985, info@ChinaAid.org MIDLAND, Texas, March 27, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- "To arbitrarily kidnap and detain those courageous human rights lawyers is a direct violation of China's own laws and the international mandate for the protection of lawyers' rights while defending their clients," Pastor Bob Fu, China Aid founder and president said in reference to the four human rights defenders who were forci Source: China Aid Association, Inc.
Dr. Alveda King: Religious Freedom is a Civil and Human Right
LINK "There is a difference between killing the poor and serving the poor." Father Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case: Kudos to Church Officials Defending Liberty
LINK Contact: Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy, 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639, jwalton@TheIRD.org
Thomas More Society Hopeful that U.S. Supreme Court Will Uphold Religious Liberty
LINK The Justices ought to protect religious freedom for all Americans, including business owners
Is UC Santa Barbara Condoning Violence by Radical Professors and Students?
LINK University's Silence and a Leaked University Memo Say "Yes!"
'Untold News' Highlights Israeli Innovation
LINK Contact: Jim Fletcher, 405-872-6890, email@example.com
Faith and Pro-Life Leaders to Hold Prayer Vigil and Rally at the Supreme Court in Support of Religious Freedom
LINK The Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments on the HHS Mandate in Obamacare which forces employers to purchase abortion inducing drugs in their health care coverage.
Terrorists Kill Six Christians in Church Attack in Kenya
LINK Contact: Jerry Dykstra, Media Relations Director, Open Doors USA, 616-915-4117, JerryD@odusa.org
Prevent U.S. From Giving Stolen Jewish Property Back to Iraq
LINK Contact: Vickie Isaac, Director of Communications, Jewish Voice Ministries International , 602-971-8501, firstname.lastname@example.org
World's Leading Internet Evangelist Calls HBO's Maher a Gutless Blasphemous Coward and Challenges to Debate
LINK Contact: Rev. William Keller, 727-420-7005
Historic World Family Declaration is Online and Available for Electronic Signature
LINK Contact: Don Feder, Director, WCF Communications, 508-405-1337, email@example.com; Larry Jacobs, 815-964-5819, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition Offers Legal Aid to Bible Verse Cadets, Calls Out Air Force Academy for Violating Constitutional Rights
LINK Contact: J.P. Duffy or Darin Miller, 866-372-6397; both with Family Research Council WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition comprised of 24 groups led by the Family Research Council and including legal groups such as Alliance Defending Freedom, Liberty Counsel, The Liberty Institute, and Thomas More Law Center, has announced that they stand ready to offer assistance to any Air Force Academy cadet who faces repercussions for w Source: Family Research Council
New Open Doors USA Program Connects Students to Persecuted Christians
LINK Contact: Jerry Dykstra, Open Doors USA, 616-915-4117, firstname.lastname@example.org SANTA ANA, Calif., March 14, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The new Open Doors USA college and youth program called "Open Doors Fortify" is off to a fast start."We are excited about what God has done through this new outreach to students," says Open Doors USA College & Youth Director Kate Yates. "There is such enthusiasm among the students I have met in the last few months. They Source: Open Doors USA
IRD Grieves the Loss of Keith Roderick, Defender of the Persecuted Church
LINK Contact: Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy, 202-682-4131, jwalton@TheIRD.org