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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.

Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis Refutes Theory That Neanderthals Were 'Ancient Soulless Humans;' Argues They Were Made in God's Image Too
LINK Answers in Genesis, founded by creationist Ken Ham, has argued in an article against suggestions that Neanderthals were ancient pre-Adamic and therefore soulless humans, asserting that they, too, were made in God's image.

Chuck Colson's Last Book 'My Final Word' Hits on Hot Topics of Gay Marriage, Rise of Islam
LINK Christian publisher Zondervan announced on Tuesday, on the third anniversary of the death of Charles W. "Chuck" Colson, that the influential evangelical's last published work is set to be released on Aug. 4, and will engage with hot-topic issues such as the rise of Islam and same-sex marriage, among others.

Kirsten Powers Blasts Obama for His Silence on Christians Thrown Overboard by Muslims for Praying to Jesus
LINK A group of Muslims recently threw a dozen Christians overboard a migrant ship traveling from Libya to Italy for praying to Jesus. When Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi dismissed it as a one-off event, President Obama was standing next to him but chose to remain silent. He would have spoken out if the victims were Muslims, writes Fox News' Kirsten Powers in a column.

NYT Columnist David Brooks Asked by Jewish Christian If He Accepted Jesus Christ Yet; Here Is His Answer
LINK David Brooks' new book, "The Road to Character," is not a religious book but contains many Christian themes. At an event hosted by The Trinity Forum, a Jewish Christian asked Brooks if his faith journey led him to become a follower of Jesus Christ.

Bittersweet: Christian Father of 8 Killed While Driving Family to Hospital for Birth of Son
LINK A trip to the hospital that was supposed to end in a joyous celebration of life for a Christian Wisconsin family turned into a bittersweet event mixed with death Friday when the family's faithful patriarch was killed in a freak accident involving a deer shortly before the birth of his son.

Vandals Attack North Carolina Churches, Spray Paint 'Hell' and 'God Loves Fags, He Hates You;' Shatter Children's Nursery Windows
LINK Two congregations in North Carolina were struck by vandals who've cost the churches tens of thousands of dollars in damage from shattered windows in the children's nursery and spray-painted messages of "one way ticket to hell" and "God loves fags He hates you," on entrance doors to the sanctuary.

Franklin Graham, Joel Osteen, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Top Newsmax's List of 100 'Most Influential' Christians in America
LINK Evangelist Franklin Graham, megachurch pastor Joel Osteen, and producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have topped Newsmax's list of the 100 most influential Christians in America.

Franklin Graham Says Obama Must Take Military Action Against ISIS; Ban Immigration of Muslims in Terror Cell Nations From Entering the US
LINK The Rev. Franklin Graham has responded to the latest video of ISIS beheading Christians by calling on the U.S. government to immediately halt all immigration of Muslims from countries with active terror cells, and at the same time to take military action to defeat the terror group.

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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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