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America's 10 Most Bible-Minded Cities for 2015 Are All in the South and Birmingham, Alabama Tops Them All
LINK America's 10 most Bible-minded cities are all still located in the "Bible Belt" of the South and Birmingham, Alabama sits at the top of that pack. The state of Alabama also became the state with the most Bible-minded cities in 2015 according to a Barna survey commissioned by the American Bible Society.

Jury Awards $150K to Evangelical Christian Fired for Refusing 'Mark of the Beast'
LINK An evangelical Christian who said he was forced to retire from his job as a general laborer at Consol Energy/Consolidation Coal Co.'s mining operations in Mannington, West Virginia, for his religious beliefs was awarded $150,000 in compensatory damages last Thursday by a federal jury.

Franklin Graham on the US: 'All These Religions Are Getting Front Row and Christians Are Being Pushed to Back of the Room'
LINK The Rev. Franklin Graham, head of Samaritan's Purse and son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, feels that other religions are being brought to the forefront in the U.S. while Christianity is being pushed back.

Christian Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran Files Religious Discrimination Complaint Against City of Atlanta After Termination Over Book
LINK Attorneys for Kelvin Cochran filed a complaint on his behalf with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission on Wednesday, claiming the ousted Fire Chief faced religious discrimination by the City of Atlanta.

Reparative Therapy Counselor: 'We Point Toward a Relationship With Christ,' We Can't 'Fix' or Change Sexuality (Part 2)
LINK Christian minister and self-described former homosexual McKrae Game has developed an organization called Hope for Wholeness, which allows people dealing with same-sex attraction to come together and worship God, with the ultimate goal of bringing them closer to Christ.

American Women More Pro-Life Than Men, Says Boston Cardinal in Message Against 'Irresponsible' Men 'Threatening' Women Into Abortions
LINK Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley has said that American women have shown they are more pro-life than men, who sometimes attempt to force them into having abortions. O'Malley vowed that the Catholic Church will continue its fight against abortion, and predicted that it "shall overcome" in the cultural battle.

Darren Wilson Unlikely to Face Federal Charges in Shooting Death of Michael Brown
LINK Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown last year, will likely not face federal charges, according to a CNN report.

Melinda Gates Brings Good News to the Poor: 15 Years Will Bring More Improvement 'Than Any Time in History of the World'
LINK Melinda Gates recently revealed personal heartbreak over the millions of people living in poverty before issuing a powerful promise to improve living conditions in developing countries more than ever in the coming years.

Congress Has Right to Remove Judges Who Rule in Favor of Gay Marriage Says Ben Carson
LINK Retired neurosurgeon-turned-conservative-star and likely 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson, said Tuesday that Congress has the right to remove judges who rule in favor of same-sex marriage.

Christian Blogger Accused of Promoting 'Rape Culture' for Saying Women Wearing Leggings Cause Men to Lust After Them (Video)
LINK A Christian blogger has been accused of promoting rape culture for a post she wrote about her decision to no longer wear leggings in public.

California Atheists' 'Don't Believe in God?' Billboard Stirs Ire of Residents United in Taking It Down
LINK Residents in Colton, California, are objecting to a billboard in their community that displays the message, "Don't believe in a God? You are not alone," and want the ad to be taken down. The secular group behind the message has said that the billboard is aimed at providing support to people from the nontheistic community.

NFL Player Benjamin Watson Talks Finding Identity in Christ, Not Football
LINK Benjamin Watson recently opened up about how he found his identity in Jesus Christ instead of football.

March for Life: 42 Years After Roe v. Wade, Half of Americans Say Abortion Is Morally Wrong
LINK Hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates are in Washington Thursday to peacefully protest against the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade 42 years ago that made abortion legal in the United States. This year, as protesters walk along Constitution Avenue in the 42nd annual March for Life rally, members of the House had plannend to be voting on a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but due to objections among some Republican members to a rape reporting provision in the bill that vote has been delayed.

'I Am Broken;' Unable to Cope, Brewton-Parker College President Ergun Caner Resigns Six Months After Son's Suicide
LINK Six months after his 15-year-old son, Braxton Caner, tragically committed suicide last July, Ergun Caner, president of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia, announced his resignation from the post this week declaring that he's too broken to continue.

Obama Meets Saeed Abedini's Wife Naghmeh and Children in Boise; Promises to Do All He Can to Free Pastor, Get Him Home by Son's Birthday
LINK President Barack Obama met on Wednesday with Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini, and their two children in Boise, Idaho. Abedini said that she had been praying a long time for such a meeting, while Obama promised the family to do all he can to bring the pastor home.

Focus on the Family Sides With Colorado Baker Who Refused to Bake 'God Hates Gays' Cake
LINK A spokesman for a conservative Christian organization that lobbies for traditional marriage has come out in support of a bakery that refused to make a cake for a customer who requested that it include the phrase: "God hates Gays."

Justified Killing? Video Shows Cop Fatally Shooting Man, Jerame Reid, While Arms Appear to Be Up After He Disobeyed Order
LINK An intense dashcam recording released by the Bridgeton Police Department in New Jersey on Tuesday, shows the fatal shooting of Jerame Reid, 36, by officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley with what appears to be his hands in front of him.

Planned Parenthood Fails to Meet Standards to Perform Abortions at New Big Easy Facility
LINK A Planned Parenthood facility being built in the Big Easy will not be allowed to conduct any abortion procedures, so ruled the Louisiana state government.

7 Christian Homeschool Children Taken From Parents; Dad Claims It Was Over 'Miracle' Drug MMS, Police Say It Was for Alleged Child Abuse
LINK A Christian homeschool family in Arkansas is claiming that state and county police agents wrongfully removed their seven children from their home after they conducted a warranted search of their property to look for a medicinal "miracle" supplement that is thought to cure cancer and AIDS.

'American Sniper' Chris Kyle Was a Good Christian Man Who Did Not 'Love War,' Says Widow Amid Film Criticism
LINK Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL who inspired Clint Eastwood's blockbuster film "American Sniper," was a man of faith with a "huge heart" despite what some critics are saying, according to his widow Taya.

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U.S. Rep. Smith on 'Religious Freedom Day:' Advancing Religious Liberty Worldwide Must Be a U.S. Priority
LINK Contact: Jeff Sagnip, 202-225-3765, chrissmith.house.gov WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- "The recent attacks in Paris and Nigeria remind us again that religious freedom and religious engagement need to be central pillars of U.S. foreign policy and national security strategywe ignore this fact at our peril," said Cong. Chris Smith, (NJ-04) Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Human Rights.  "Too many people are jailed, suffer, or die for Source: Congressman Chris Smith

Georgia Right to Life Supports Religious Liberty Effort
LINK Contact: Nancy Stith, Georgia Right to Life, 770-339-6880

Dr. Alveda King Reminds Mayor, Fire Chief: 'It All Started with an Apple'
LINK Contact: Leslie Palma, 347-286-7277

FBI Commands FAA to Ground (censor) Florida Family Association Aircraft with Banner that Stated 'AIG SPONSORS JIHAD TV'
LINK Contact: David Caton, Florida Family Association, 813-690-4829

Hypocrisy Runs Deep at 'Washington Post'
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

ExtinguishIntolerance.com Campaign Calls on Atlanta Mayor to Reinstate Ousted Fire Chief
LINK Faith Driven Consumer launches petition campaign asking Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to apologize for discriminating against Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran -- fired simply for expressing his protected religious convictions -- and reinstate him immediately

Indiana Supreme Court Strikes Down Overreach by State's Civil Rights Commission
LINK Thomas More Society Wins Appeal for Catholic Homeschool Group

Federal Court Rules that Michigan Firm, Autocam, Not Required to Provide Abortion Coverage
LINK Thomas More Society Wins Lengthy Lawsuit in Defense of Religious Liberty for Christian-Owned Business

Jihadists Massacring Copts in Libya; Urgent Intervention Needed to Pre-empt Pogroms
LINK Contact: Lindsay Vessey, Coptic Solidarity, 801-512-1713, info@copticsolidarity.org WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Coptic Solidarity strongly condemns the systematic targeting by Islamic militants of Christian Copts in Libya, and urges Egypt and the international community to act immediately as the entire migrant community is in grave danger. The Jihadists of the Ansar al Sharia (Defenders of Sharia), supporters of the Islamic State, have been kidnapping and murd Source: Coptic Solidarity

IRD's Top Church News Stories of 2014
LINK Contact: Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy, 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639, jwalton@TheIRD.org

Bishop E.W. Jackson Launches Prayer For Police
LINK Contact: Sandy Adams, 757-375-6444, sandy@standamerica.us; Martin Brown, 804-874-6706, martin@standamerica.us; both with S.T.A.N.D.

International Olympic Committee OKs the Persecution of Christians While Giving Homosexuals and Transgenders a Pass
LINK Contact: 4 WINDS, 608-469-7956

Foundation for Moral Law Criticizes Obama/Communist Cuba Plans
LINK Contact: Martha Till, Foundation for Moral Law, 334-262-1245

Nativity Scene will Remain in Franklin County, Indiana this Christmas
LINK Thomas More Society Reaches Temporary Agreement with ACLU of Indiana

Masterworks Announces Open Doors as Newest Client/Partner
LINK Masterworks is pleased to welcome Open Doors USA to our vibrant client family

Will the ACLU Steal Christmas in Indiana?
LINK Thomas More Society to face ACLU and Freedom from Religion Foundation in Emergency Hearing Over Nativity Scene

Coptic Solidarity Launches Advocacy Campaign for Imprisoned Christian Mohammed Hegazi
LINK Contact: Lindsay Vessey, Coptic Solidarity, 801-512-1713, info@copticsolidarity.org WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Coptic Solidarity announces the launch of an advocacy campaign seeking the immediate and unconditional release of Mohammed Hegazi.  Mr. Hegazi -- who goes by his adopted Christian name Bishoy Armeya Boulos -- has been the subject of numerous spurious charges and sentences, prolonged detentions and threats to his and his family's lives.  H Source: Coptic Solidarity

Ratio Christi Club Kicked Off of San Jose State University Campus
LINK Contact: John Stewart, Director, Ratio Christi International, 657-201-1151, johnstewart@ratiochristi.org

Georgia Baptist Convention Defends Religious Liberty, Calls on Atlanta Mayor to Reverse Discipline of Atlanta Fire Chief
LINK Contact: Mike Griffin, Public Affairs Spokesman, 706-436-2646, mgriffin@gabaptist.org; Mark Strange, Communications, 770-936-5233, mstrange@gabaptist.org; both with Georgia Baptist Convention

Both Sides Prevail in Christmas Wars
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

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