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Youth Killed by Single Punch Saves Lives by Donating All Organs: 'Something Good Has to Come From This,' Mom Says
LINK Hillsborough, New Jersey teen Jared Colon died after being punched by another teenager. However, his mother is determined that his death not be in vain and that something good come from her loss.

Meriam Ibrahim, Daniel Wani and Children Leave Rome for US After Escaping Sudan; Persecuted Christian Family to Be Welcomed by Philadelphia Mayor
LINK Meriam Ibrahim, her husband, Daniel Wani, and their two children will be greeted quietly Thursday afternoon by Philadelphia's Mayor Michael Nutter upon their arrival at the Philadelphia International Airport, in another leg of a harrowing persecution case that nearly resulted in the Orthodox Christian woman being executed for her faith by Sudanese authorities.

Braxton Caner to Be Buried Saturday as Ergun Caner Reveals 'Excruciating Pain' at Son's Suicide; Kay Warren Left Speechless
LINK Evangelicals reeling from the suicide of 15-year-old Braxton Caner are now preparing to celebrate his life at a funeral Saturday as his father, Ergun Caner, popular Baptist minister and president of Brewton-Parker College in Georgia, publicly revealed he was going through "excruciating pain" Wednesday.

Westboro Baptist Church Plans 'God Hates the Media' Tour
LINK The Westboro Baptist Church is preparing to host a new protest, this time in Silicon Valley and against media outlets such as Facebook, Google, and Apple. The "God Hates the Media Tour" will begin on Aug. 12 and seek to promote awareness of the "sinful" role media plays in society.

Over 37,000 Sign Petition Against 'Obscene, Indecent and Hateful' Satanic Black Mass Planned in Oklahoma City
LINK Over 37,000 people have signed a petition against a planned satanic black mass in Oklahoma City, which has also been protested by the Roman Catholic archbishop of the city.

Grieving Pastor Parents Inherit Deceased Daughter's $200,000 School Loan Debt; Salaries Can't Even Cover Minimum Payments
LINK A California couple was forced to take on their daughter's school loan debt after she suddenly died in 2009, which have intensely strained their finances since their pastoral salaries are not able to cover minimum payments.

Bullet Hits Sleeping Boy: Detroit 8-Year-Old Dies From Stray Gunshots
LINK A bullet hit a sleeping boy in Detroit's Brewster Homes complex Wednesday, killing him, according to reports. Jakari Pearson, 8, was in his bed at home when a shooting started outside, and three of the bullets pierced the brick, one of them fatally wounding the young child.

Atheist TV Officially Launches; David Silverman Criticizes History Channel for Presenting Bible as History
LINK The world's first ever all-atheist TV channel officially launched Tuesday, with American Atheist president David Silverman declaring it is geared toward all atheists, everywhere. Silverman also criticized TV channels that present religion as truthful, using as an example the History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries in 2013.

American Ebola Victims 'Slightly Improving' as Family Issues Statement on Faith and Gratitude for Prayers (VIDEO)
LINK The two Americans diagnosed with Ebola after working in Liberia are both fervently praying to God for deliverance, and are reportedly improving. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were both infected while working as Christian missionaries, and their faith is helping them through this terrible time.

Is Porn Addiction A Public Health Issue? 'Fight the New Drug' Warns About the Dangers of Pornography
LINK Fight the New Drug, an organization dedicated to raising awareness on the dangers of pornography addiction believe the issue is a matter of public health.

Evangelicals Grieve as Braxton Caner, 15-Y-O Son of Christian College President Ergun Caner, Reportedly Commits Suicide
LINK The Evangelical Christian community erupted in collective grief Wednesday as word spread online that the beloved 15-year-old son of Ergun Caner, renowned Christian author, Baptist minister and president of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia, reportedly committed suicide Tuesday.

Inspirational 6-Year-Old Donates Hair to Young Cancer Patients
LINK Charlie Tillotson of Sidmouth, England is sweeping the internet after a compassionate act of kindness this week.

Man Models Face Transplant; Credits Power of Faith, God for Surgery Success (VIDEO)
LINK A 39-year-old Maryland man recently modeled his face transplant in GQ magazine.

Former Catholic Priest Ousted for Breaking Celibacy Vow Prefers Married Life, Fatherhood Over Priesthood
LINK A well-known former Roman Catholic priest, the Rev. Alberto Cutié, opened up to Oprah recently about his scandal five years ago, when he had a relationship with his future wife while still a priest.

Prominent Philadelphia Preacher Who Criticized Obama for Failing the Black Community to Resign Amid Church Turmoil
LINK Facing mounting turmoil and disenchantment among his flock, the Rev. Kevin R. Johnson, prominent senior pastor of the storied 103-year-old Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia who famously criticized President Barack Obama for failing black Americans last year, will effectively resign his post on Oct. 31.

Signs Urging People to 'Dress Modestly' in Jewish Neighborhood Stir Emotions in Brooklyn, New York
LINK Signs posted in a Hasidic Jewish section of the Crown Heights, Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City urging visitors to "dress modestly" out of respect for the community have ruffled some members of the public who believe the sign was out of line in passing judgment on the way they dress.

Former Christian Radio Host John Balyo Pleads Guilty; Confesses to Photographing, Having Sex With 12-Y-O Boy at Hotel
LINK Former popular Christian radio host John Balyo, 35, is heading to prison for a minimum of 15 years after he pleaded guilty in federal court in Michigan Tuesday to photographing and having sex with a 12-year-old boy in April — the same month he got married.

Illinois Father Granted Custody After Children's Mother Engaged Them in Naked Pray Sessions With Pastor
LINK An Illinois appeals court granted a man custody of his two daughters whose mother was involved in church rituals where members would engage in naked prayer therapy sessions with their pastor.

Majority of States Are Blocking Bills That Seek to Ban Conversion Therapy for Gay Youth
LINK While two states have successfully banned conversion therapy for gay youth, a majority of state legislatures have voted down bills that would prohibit sexual orientation change therapy after hearing the testimonies of ex-gays who say they've benefited from SOCE.

'I feel Like I'm Living in a House of Hell;' Multiple 'Ghosts,' 'Demon' Violently Haunt Home of Pennsylvania Couple
LINK A York County, Pennsylvania, woman and her husband who placed everything they had into buying their house seven years ago, are now fighting to avoid being chased out of it after suffering attacks from what they say are multiple ghosts and at least one demon in their basement.

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Rabbi David Saperstein Nominated for Religious Freedom Post
LINK "We pray for his boldness and his success as America's newly designated advocate for the religiously oppressed around the world." -- Faith J. H. McDonnell, IRD Religious Liberty Program Director

Christian Clergy Gather to Condemn Hamas Violence
LINK Contact: Stephen Jenks, Eagles' Wings, 716-759-1058, stephenjenks@eagleswings.to

Christian Woman Previously Sentenced to Death Successfully Departs Sudan
LINK "We want to see freedom for all of the people of Sudan." -- Faith J. H. McDonnell, IRD Religious Liberty Program Director

Meriam Unshackled; Flies to Freedom After Long Wait
LINK Contact: Jerry Dykstra, Media Relations Director, Open Doors USA, 616-915-4117, JerryD@odusa.org

IRD, Allied Groups to Rally for Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls Awaiting Rescue from Boko Haram Militants
LINK Contact: Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy, 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639, jwalton@TheIRD.org

Sudanese Woman Jailed & Sentenced to Die for Her Faith Focus of Hearing
LINK Woman & family still not able to leave countryContact: Jeff Sagnip, 202-225-3765, chrissmith.house.govWASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Sudanese woman recently sentenced to death for not recanting her faith was the topic of a congressional hearing Wednesday, July 23 held by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chairman of the House congressional panel that oversees global human rights issues."The world watched as Meriam Ibrahim Ishag, a pregnant Christian woman i Source: Congressman Chris Smith

CANAN Condemns the Detention & Harassment of its Trustee, Dr. Ezekwesili, Yesterday at Nigeria Airport, Commends British Airways
LINK Contact: Pastor Laolu Akande, Executive Director, CANAN, 516-819-4355, Laolu@cananusa.org NEW YORK, July 22, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN wishes to clarify the situation surrounding the detention and harassment of one of our trustees, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, yesterday, July 21 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on her way to London to be a guest on popular BBC Hard Talk program.In doing so, we want to humbly and sincerely reques Source: Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans

Federal Discrimination Against Religion?
LINK "President Obama's new executive order compelling all federal contractors to affirm the latest LGBTQ orthodoxy escalates the ongoing culture war against traditional mores and religion." -- IRD President Mark Tooley

Jesus and Pope Called Pimps
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

Open Doors USA President Calls Forced Exodus of Mosul Christians 'Unprecedented'
LINK Contact: Jerry Dykstra, Media Relations Director, Open Doors USA, 616-915-4117, JerryD@odusa.org  

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Schedules Vote on Controversial UN Treaty
LINK Committee Vote on Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Scheduled for Tuesday, July 22

New Radio Program Aims to Restore Lives of Abused Women in Restricted Country
LINK Women Survived Attempted Abortions, Domestic Violence and Sex Trafficking

Ganging Up on Archbishop Nienstedt
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

Planned Parenthood's Criminal Charges Against Missouri Pro-Life Advocate Dismissed
LINK Thomas More Society Defends Sidewalk Counselor Arrested for Offering Water in 100° Heat

Persecuted Daughter of Imprisoned Nanle County Pastor Flees to US for Freedom
LINK Contact: Bob Fu, President, China Aid Association, 432-689-6985, 267-205-5210 cell, info@ChinaAid.org

Liveprayer's Keller Challenges Terror Leader al-Baghdali to Modern Day 'Mt. Carmel' Showdown
LINK Contact: Rev. Bill Keller, Liveprayer.com, 727-420-7005

Pastors Say Stand Up for Our God-given Unalienable Rights on July 4th
LINK Contact: Pastor Steven Andrew, 877 537-8734

Good Ways to Deal with Bad People
LINK Contact: Chuck Chadwick, National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management (NOCSSM), 972-712-8818, cchadwick@nocssm.org

Catholic Benefits Association Granted Temporary Restraining Order Covering 150+ Catholic Employers in Second Lawsuit Against HHS Contraceptive Mandate
LINK Contact: Sean T. Caine, 443-857-4372

The Family in America Spring 2014 Issue Hits the Mail
LINK Contact: Nicole King, 815-964-5819, nicole@profam.org; The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society, 815-964-5819, media@worldcongress.org


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