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LA Dodgers MLB 2015 News, Rumors: Jimmy Rollins runs off at the mouth
LINK Jimmy Rollins blasts Philly for being too blue collar

1 in 4 Americans Don't Believe in God; Lack of Trust in Local Churches Cited as a Reason Why Adults Are Leaving the Faith
LINK Barna Group has released its 2015 study on the state of atheism in America, and has revealed that one in four unchurched adults in the country now identify as atheists or agnostics. The study also found that rejection of the Bible and lack of trust in the church are two main reasons why people are turning away from faith.

Joel Osteen Had His First Date With Wife in Building That Is Now Lakewood Church and There Was a Lot of Beer
LINK You probably would never have guessed it, but when Joel Osteen, televangelist, author, and senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, and his wife, Victoria, had their first date, it was in the same building that now serves as their church and there was a lot of beer involved.

NYPD Cop-Pastor Suspended Amid Teen Rape Charges; Victim's Friend Blames 'The Devil'
LINK A Bronx pastor who is also an NYPD officer has been suspended without pay amid claims that he raped a 16-year-old teen from his church.

Children Raised by Gay Parents Pen Letter of Support to Dolce and Gabbana
LINK Six Americans raised by gay parents sent signed letter to designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for their comments supporting the traditional family.

Christian Family Band Arrested, Charged Following Fatal Gunfight With Police at Walmart
LINK A Christian family band was arrested on Saturday following a deadly gunfight outside of a Walmart parking lot in Cottonwood, Arizona.

Franklin Graham Says End Times May Be Near Given Government's Morality
LINK Rev. Franklin Graham has warned that the end of time may be near given the leadership of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.

Atheist Blogger Accuses Bill Maher, Richard Dawkins of Promoting 'Tribalism,' Possessing 'Self-Defeating Superiority'
LINK An atheist blogger has recently denounced the efforts of non-theists like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins, arguing that they promote "tribalism" and a strategy that is "a recipe for failure."

George Zimmerman Claims It Was Part of God's Plans for Trayvon Martin to Die, Accuses Obama of Stoking Racial Tensions in America
LINK George Zimmeran, the man who was acquitted in the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, has said in a video that it was "God's Plan" for the 17-year-old Florida teenager to die. Zimmerman also accused President Barack Obama of stocking racial tensions in America.

Number of Americans Who Say They Have No Religion Hits Record High, Survey Finds
LINK New data analysis on the 2014 General Social Survey conducted by NORC and the University of Chicago has found that although Americans are abandoning specific religions at record high numbers, the rate of those who said they believe in God has remained steady.

'Catholic Warrior' Thanks God for Helping Her Defeat Satan in Legal Battle Over 'Pits of Hell' Display
LINK A woman arrested for attempting to remove a Satanic display placed in the rotunda of the Florida capitol building will not be charged with vandalism.

Utah Allows Death Penalty by Firing Squad as Drug Supply for Lethal Injection Dwindles
LINK On Monday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill into law that allows the use of a firing squad should drugs for lethal injection not be available.

Ken Ham Says Only Gospel of Jesus Christ Can Help America's 'Dying Culture,' Argues Nones Follow 'Religion of Secularity'
LINK Ken Ham, the CEO and president of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum in Kentucky, has said that only preaching the Gospel can help America's "dying culture." Responding to statistics showing a continued decline in religious faith in the U.S., Ham argued that the growing numbers of nones do have a religion – one of "secularity."

Serena Williams on Forgiving Her Haters: 'I Try to Be Christlike'
LINK Iconic tennis star Serena Williams recently spoke about forgiveness and the importance of upholding her faith in the midst of her record-breaking career success.

Kara Tippetts Dies After Battle With Cancer, Encouraged Brittany Maynard Not to Take Her Life
LINK Christian activist Kara Tippetts died on Sunday after battling metastatic breast cancer; Tippetts wrote about her experience with the disease and encouraged others to live and fight rather than take their own lives via assisted suicide.

Brooklyn House Fire Leaves 7 Children Dead; Father Relies on Faith to Endure Loss
LINK The father of seven children killed in a fire on Saturday is clinging to his Jewish faith and community for support as he returns to Israel to bury his loved ones.

ISIS Posts 'Wanted' List of 100 US Military Personnel; Urges 'Brothers in America' to Kill Them
LINK The "hacking division" of Islamic State has posted a list of 100 U.S. military personnel saying they are fighting to defeat the terror group and has also included their names and photos so that "brothers in America can deal with you."

Amanda Knox Case Latest News: Italian Supreme Court to Issue Final Ruling This Week
LINK Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation is due to make a final decision on the murder case of Amanda Knox and her co-accused Raffaele Sollecito this week. This decision will dictate Knox's fate as a free woman, but some reports are contending that the decision may also spur another round of legal battles between Knox, who is currently residing in the U.S., and the Italian courts.

NYC Mayor Allows Tax-Payer Funded Private Pre-K Schools Prayer Breaks, Flexible Schedule
LINK New York City recently announced their plan to allow private pre-kindergarten schools that receive taxpayer funding to have prayer breaks and a flexible calendar schedule.

Father Orders Mother to Circumcise 4-Y-O Boy; Mother Refuses and Hides in Women's Shelter
LINK The mother of a 4-year-old boy has sought refuge in a women's shelter in Florida after being ordered by his father to have the boy circumcised.

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Little Oaks Christian School Wins Discrimination Trial
LINK Contact: Victor Bermudez or Lori Sanada, Advocates for Faith & Freedom, 888-588-6888  THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., March 25, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- On Monday, March 23rd, a Ventura County Superior Court judge affirmed the rights of a Christian school in Thousand Oaks, California, to ask that its employees provide a reference from a pastor.  Little Oaks School asked their employees to provide the reference in order to renew their contracts each year. Two preschool teachers Source: Advocates for Faith & Freedom

'60 Minutes' Sunday will Report on Plight of Christians in Iraq
LINK Contact: Lou Ann Sabatier, Communications Director, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, 703-536-2643, 703-216-2941 cell, Lsabatier@21wilberforce.org

Armenians Across Texas Participate in Peace March at State Capitol to Commemorate Armenian Genocide Centennial
LINK Contact: Mihran Aroian, 512-632-8738

Bestselling Author Peter Balakian Addresses Armenian Genocide
LINK Contact: Hamlet Sarokhanian, 469-203-2974

Facebook Says Christian Ad 'Didn't Meet Our Guidelines'
LINK Contact: Brian Harrington, 253-273-3292, brian@brianharrington.org GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 17, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- On Monday March 16, 2015 the producers of the feature film I Am A Christian attempted to post the following Facebook advertisement:

Mid-East Minorities Call on UN Security Council to Establish 'Interim Protected Areas'
LINK Contact: Tom Harb, MECHRIC, 407-383-9600, Tharb@aol.com; Lindsay Vessey, Coptic Solidarity, 801-512-1713, coptadvocacy@copticsolidarity.org WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- A federation of Western- and Middle East- based NGOs representing Yazidi and Christian communities in the region met with the representatives of four of the Permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and the Secretary General in New York on Friday and remitted a me Source: Coptic Solidarity

New Xulon Book: A Timely Message that Addresses Persecution Today
LINK Mok presents the Bible's answers regarding the suffering of Christians worldwide. Contact: Lawrence K. Mok, 604-306-9710, kmok@telus.net MAPLE RIDGE, British Columbia, Canada, March 17, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Lawrence K. Mok's new book, When Persecution Causes Pain: A Message from Jesus and Paul, ($14.99, paperback, 9781498400626; $7.99, e-book, 9781498400640) addresses a matter that is, unfortunately, being witnessed throughout mainstream media on a daily basis. The autho Source: Lawrence K. Mok

Sentenced to Die for Being a Christian
LINK Contact: Brian Harrington, 253-273-3292, Brian@BrianHarrington.org

Monday, March 16, 2015 - The Benefits of State Religious Freedom Restoration Act
LINK Peter Breen to Testify Before Indiana House of Representatives

China Aid Included in Human Rights, Religious Freedom Delegation Visiting Taiwan
LINK Contact: Rachel Ritchie,  English Media Director, China Aid, 888-889-7757, 432-553-1080 cell, 432-689-6985 other, r.ritchie@chinaaid.org TAIPEI, Taiwan, March 13, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- A delegation comprised of representatives from China Aid, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, and the Taiwan Association for China Human Rights (TACHR) met with Taiwanese leaders this week to discuss the status of human rights and religious freedom in China.China Aid foun Source: China Aid Association, Inc.

Persecuted Christians Get Prayer Support from New Video
LINK Contact: Fr. Joseph Eddy, 267-670-0503

Punishing Bigoted Speech on Campus
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org NEW YORK, March 13, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bill Donohue comments on the decision by the University of Oklahoma to expel two fraternity students for making racist comments:

Announcing the eReader Release of 'Defying ISIS' This Friday, March 13th
LINK Author Johnnie Moore examines ISIS, the deadly Middle Eastern terror cell, and their ultimate unspeakable plan"Johnnie Moore has courageously focused on one of the most alarming and heart rending crises of our time every American should read this and demand our government stand up against barbarism." -- Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the HouseContact: Burke Allen, Allen Media Strategies, 703-589-8960, burke@allenmediastrategies.com WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 /Christian N Source: Allen Media Strategies

Cardinal Newman Society Statement Opposing Honors and Platforms for Proponents of Legal Redefinition of Marriage
LINK Contact: Justin Petrisek, The Cardinal Newman Society, 703-367-0333, ext 121

Top Nigerian Pastor Who is APC Vice Presidential Candidate, Osinbajo to Meet US-Based Nigerians in Maryland Town Hall Meetings on Sunday
LINK Contact: Laolu Akande, Empowered Newswire, 516-819-4355, empowered42@gmail.comNEW YORK, March 10, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- All Progressives Congress Vice Presidential Candidate, Prof Yemi Osinbajo is expected in the United States later this week to hold a Town-hall meeting with the Nigerian community becoming the first member of the presidential tickets of the two major Nigerian parties to engage the Nigerian Diaspora in America in such an event, Empowered Newswire reports. Accordi Source: Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans

Knights of Columbus Named as a 2015 World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute for 2nd Year
LINK Recognition demonstrates Knights of Columbus' commitment to ethical leadership

Life Legal Defense Foundation Files Second Civil Rights Lawsuit in Jackson, MS
LINK Contact: Allison Aranda, Life Legal Defense Foundation, 707-224-6675

Transgender Friendly Planet Fitness to Police Beliefs
LINK Contact: 4 WINDS, 608-469-7956

School District Gets Boost in Defending Atheist Lawsuit
LINK Contact: Brad Dacus, Pacific Justice Institute, 949-422-0395   CHINO, Calif., March 6, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- A school district in Southern California has added legal muscle to its defense against a lawsuit that was filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  The school board of the Chino Valley Unified School District voted unanimously to retain Pacific Justice Institute to lead the defense of the FFRF suit.  CVUSD agreed to pay PJI the nominal amount of $1.00, whi Source: Pacific Justice Institute

Lebanese Foreign Minister Welcomed at the WCC
LINK Contact: WCC Media Office, +41 79 507 6363

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