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New York Pastor Gets 2.5 Years in Prison for Possession of Child Porn; Claims He Was Victim of the FBI, Gay Community
LINK A former New York pastor was sentenced to 30 months in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to charges of possessing child pornography. Members of his congregation said he claimed to be the victim of a "conspiracy between the FBI and gay community," according to prosecutors.

Homeless in the Winter: How Christian Ministries Nationwide Are a Place of Refuge From the Cold
LINK Mary Jo Copeland will be cooking up a storm this Thanksgiving. Her guest list will include 400-500 people from Mary's Place, the transitional housing community she has helped run for over 30 years, as well as their neighbors and anyone else down on their luck.

Christian University Stands by Decision to Keep Bill Cosby as Speaker at Benefit Dinner, Despite Outcry From Sexual Assault Victims Group
LINK Officials at a West Tennessee Christian University sparked a fiery debate over Christian values Wednesday for standing by their decision to invite embattled comedian Bill Cosby to serve as keynote speaker for the school's benefit dinner scheduled for next month, despite outcry from an advocacy group for victims of sexual assault.

120 Christian Students at Ohio Bible College Face Deportation by US Immigration Agents
LINK About 120 international Christian students attending a Bible college in Ohio could possibly face deportation after their school was recently denied recertification with the U.S. immigration exchange student program.

Baby of Stranded Couple Safely Delivered During Buffalo Snowstorm; 'It's Not Odds, It's God,' Dad Says
LINK Parents of a new baby girl in Buffalo, New York are thanking God for sending "two angels" after they became stranded in a snowstorm on Tuesday.

California Couple Stops Photographing Weddings to Avoid Having to Shoot Same-Sex Ceremonies
LINK A California photography company has announced that it will no longer shoot wedding photography after gay activists protested against the business claiming it "denied" service to a same-sex couple for their wedding.

Family Adopts 29 Children and Wants More; 'Our Faith Is the Reason We Do This,' Says Father
LINK A family in West Virginia have adopted 29 children from around the world, including several with severe disabilities and illnesses.

Darren Wilson Support Video Emerges as Grand Jury Decides Officer's Fate; Criticizes Obama and Late Teen Michael Brown
LINK A new video created by supporters of police officer Darren Wilson is critical of President Barack Obama for not reaching out to the Ferguson officer after the shooting death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

Gunman Shoots 3 Students at Florida State University Campus Before Being Taken Out by Police
LINK A gunman who shot and wounded three students at the Florida State University campus library early Thursday morning has been shot dead by police.

New York, Great Lakes Snowstorm Leaves 7 Dead; More Snow Expected
LINK A massive snowstorm has killed at least seven people and left many more stranded in their vehicles in Buffalo, New York, and affected several other Great Lake states, including northern Wisconsin and Michigan. Further snow is expected to hit Buffalo on Thursday, which was buried under six feet of snow and declared a state of emergency.

North Carolina Pastor Raises Over $30K to Host Gun Buy-Back Program to Curb Street Violence
LINK A Fayetteville, North Carolina, pastor will be hosting a gun buy-back program Saturday in an effort to curb street violence in his community. Some residents are skeptical about the initiative, a first for the city, fearing that law-abiding citizens will be giving up their weapons while criminals remain armed.

Obama Must Demand Pastor Abedini's Release in Upcoming US-Iran Nuke Deal Talks, Says ACLJ
LINK President Barack Obama needs to include the release of pastor Saeed Abedini, the U.S. citizen who's serving an eight-year sentence in Iran for his Christian faith, in the upcoming nuclear deal talks with Iran, said Jay Sekulow, the chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice.

Biblical Abraham Is Placed on Mock Trial in New York City for Attempting to Murder Isaac; and the Verdict Is …
LINK With a jury of more than 1,300 Jews who claim Abraham as their father watching, two of New York City's most prominent Jewish attorneys went head-to-head in a mock trial of the biblical patriarch for the attempted murder of his son, Isaac, on Sunday, and the verdict at the end of the intellectual dust-up was unsurprising.

Peter Kassig's Parents Speak Out; ISIS Victim's Mother and Father Say 'The One God of Many Names Will Prevail'
LINK The parents of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, an aide worker beheaded by ISIS, issued a statement on Monday calling for forgiveness and prayers for their family.

New York High School Rejects Student's Request to Launch Christian Club 'Dare to Believe'
LINK A New York high school has rejected a student's request to have a Christian club on campus, prompting possible legal action by a Texas-based organization.

Ex CNBC Reporter Claims Network 'Silenced' Her for Reporting on Obamacare Flaws, Told Her to Stop 'Disrespecting' Obama
LINK A Fox Business reporter is accusing her former CNBC bosses of reprimanding her for pursuing reporting angles that pointed out the mathematical flaws in the president's Obamacare law.

Ferguson Governor Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Darren Wilson Grand Jury Verdict; National Guard Activated
LINK Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Ferguson on Monday and again activated the National Guard in preparation for a grand jury's verdict.

Heather Elizabeth Coffman Offered Islamic State Help; Arrested in Undercover Sting
LINK A Virginia woman has been charged with lying to authorities about her involvement with ISIS and was arrested in an undercover sting operation on Monday.

American Atheists PR Director Says He's Becoming a Woman, Transition Will Be Slow
LINK Dave Muscato, the public relations director for American Atheists, has announced that he'll be transitioning into a transgender woman in the near future, and has chosen the name Danielle as a new identity.

Atheist Suit Against SC School for Hosting Graduation in Christian Chapel to Be Reheard in District Court!
LINK A lawsuit accusing a South Carolina public elementary school of proselytizing Christianity by hosting its fifth grade graduation ceremonies in a Christian chapel and encouraging student speakers to include prayer in graduation speeches, will be reheard in U.S. District Court after an appeals court remanded an earlier district court ruling that sided with the school district.

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LINK Religious Liberties / Persecution

Marine Dad Banned from School Property; Daughter Gets Failing Grade for Refusing Islamic Indoctrination -- The Thomas More Law Center Steps In
LINK Contact: Catherine McMillan, Thomas More Law Center, 734-930-7141

Knights of Columbus Sends $2.2 Million to Christian Refugees in Iraq and Syria
LINK Funds will assist with housing and general relief for displaced ChristiansContact: Andrew Walther, 203-752-4253, Andrew.walther@kofc.org; Joe Cullen, 203-800-4923, joseph.cullen@kofc.org; both with Knights of Columbus NEW HAVEN, Conn., Nov. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Knights of Columbus Christian Refugee Relief fund has donated $2.2 million to help displaced Iraqi and Syrian Christians and other religious minorities who continue to face violent persecution and the very r Source: Knights of Columbus

Second Grade Student Asks that Federal Court Protect His Religious Speech this Christmas Season
LINK Contact: Victor Bermudez or Lori Sanada, Advocates for Faith & Freedom, 888-588-6888WEST COVINA, Calif., Nov. 12, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Advocates for Faith & Freedom has filed a request for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday, November 12th 2014. The injunction, if granted, will prohibit the West Covina Unified School District from stopping seven-year-old Isaiah Martinez from passing out candy canes to his cl Source: Advocates for Faith & Freedom

Elgin Continues to Prevent Ex-Latin Kings from Sharing Faith
LINK Contact: Attorney Andy Norman, 312-332-2400, anormanlaw@gmail.com; Attorney John Mauck, 312-853-8709, jmauck@mauckbaker.com

Christian and Muslim Leaders to Condemn ISIS Violence at White House Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday Evening
LINK Contact: Rev. Patrick Mahoney, 540-538-4741 WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The vigil will be on Wednesday, November 12, at 7:00 P.M. on Pennsylvania Ave. NW across from Lafayette Park.It is critical that Christian and Muslim voices stand together in solidarity to condemn the violence of ISIS and encourage the Obama Administration to ensure religious minorities, women and children are being helped and protected.Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Source: Christian Defense Coalition

GOD TV Urges Viewers to Pray for the Persecuted
LINK Contact: Fergus Scarfe, GOD TV, 913-827-7155, fscarfe@god.tv  

Public Advocate's Eugene Delgaudio Won a Major Victory for Michigan and America's Families
LINK Contact: Public Advocate, 703-845-1808, eugenedelgaudio@erols.com  WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Earlier this summer, the Homosexual Lobby launched an all-out attack on Michigan, a Pro-Family state.Now due in part to a small groups defense, the group's leader says the liberals were "stopped cold in their ruthless power grab."Public Advocate's president Eugene Delgaudio announced a massive effort to put the heat on defending family values in U.S. Senate r Source: Public Advocate

Better Interfaith Understanding 'Would Leave no Room for Boko Haram'
LINK Contact: Andrea Rhodes, +44(0)118-952-1428

Landslide: Chaplain Wins 70% in Election Despite Death Threats from Homosexual Activists
LINK Contact: Gordon Klingenschmitt, PhD, State Representative Elect, 719-941-7476, gordonforcolorado@yahoo.com; gordonforcolorado.com

Thomas More Society Congratulates MO State Representative Wieland, Now State Senator-Elect, for Resilient Stance for Religious Liberty
LINK Thomas More Society Client Paul Wieland Wins Senate Race

Williston, North Dakota, Police Censor Pro-Life 'Truth Truck,' in Free Speech Violation
LINK Thomas More Society Defends Supporters of Proposed Human Life Amendment

Philip Dunn, Legal Counsel for Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi and President of Serving California, Celebrates the Release of His Client and Thanks Judge for His Swift Actions
LINK Contact: Lori Heiselman, 714-553-5181; www.ServingCalifornia.org

Cross Carrying Evangelist is Featured in the 'Guinness World Records 2015' for the World's Longest Ongoing Pilgrimage/Walk
LINK Contact: Arthur Blessitt, 303-355-2234, arthur@blessitt.com

AFTAH: Canada's State Censorship in Favor of Homosexuality Reflects the Moral and Liberty Crisis of the West
LINK University of Regina Free Speech Trial for LaBarbera and Whatcott TodayContact: Peter LaBarbera, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, 630-546-4439, americansfortruth@gmail.com REGINA, Saskatchewan, Canada, Oct. 30, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) president Peter LaBarbera said escalating pro-homosexual State censorship in Canada reflects the nation's post-Christian moral and spiritual crisisand the modern travesty of "r Source: Americans for Truth

Statement from Faith Driven Consumer Founder Chris Stone on Houston Mayor Parker's Decision to Withdraw Subpoenas on Pastors in the City
LINK Contact: Matthew Faraci, Faith Driven Consumer, 919-645-0771, matthew@faithdrivenconsumer.com RALEIGH, N.C., October 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Faith Driven Consumer, the group that emerged on the national stage last year with its #IStandWithPhil campaign that played a leading role in Phil Robertson's return to Duck Dynasty, continues to serve as an advocate for more than 41 million consumers who spend $2 trillion annually. Two weeks a Source: Faith Driven Consumer

Houston Mayor Withdraws Subpoenas of Pastors -- Emergency Delegation Commends a Good Decision
LINK Contact: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, 540-538-4741HOUSTON, Oct. 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Today Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced she has directed her legal team to drop the subpoenas of city pastors who opposed a pro-gay city ordinance. The decision comes one day after an emergency delegation of seven pastors from across the country met privately with the mayor for an hour. The meeting followed a prayer vigil held by the group in front of Houston City Hall."Mayor Parker made the rig Source: National Clergy Council

Emergency National Delegation of Clergy Assured Personal Meeting with Houston Mayor to Discuss Concerns Over First Amendment and Religious Freedom
LINK Contact: Rev. Pat Mahoney, 540-538-4741; Rev. Rob Schenck, 202-656-1252

Update from Houston: Delegation of Christian Leaders to Hold Prayer Vigil Outside the Office of Houston Mayor Parker After News Conference
LINK The vigil will be at 11:00 A.M.Contact:  Rev. Patrick Mahoney, 540-538-4741HOUSTON, Oct. 28, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The group wants to stand in solidarity with local Houston pastors and also send a clear message that the faith community will not be bullied or intimidated into surrendering their religious freedoms and rights.The clergy will then conduct an afternoon prayer vigil outside of the office of Houston City Attorney, David Feldman, at 2:00 P.M.Christian pastors and n Source: Christian Defense Coalition

National Delegation of Clergy Arrive in Houston to Demand Mayor Withdraw Subpoenas Against Pastors
LINK Contact: Rev. Pat Mahoney, 540-538-4741; Rev. Rob Schenck, 202-656-1252HOUSTON, Oct. 28, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- A seven-member delegation of clergy representing different denominations and including church leaders from four states and the District of Columbia will visit the office of Houston Mayor Annise Parker today after a 10:00 a.m. news conference in front of the mayor's office at 901 Bagby Street.Delegates will also visit the office of city attorney David Feldman who i Source: National Clergy Council

Court Allows Continued Harassment of Pro-Life Advocates
LINK Federal Court Denies Life Legal Defense Foundation's Request to Intervene in Mississippi

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