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Secret Santa Pays off $50,000 in Layaways for 100 Cash-Strapped Walmart Customers
LINK An anonymous donor surprised 100 Walmart customers recently after paying off their layaway balances to the tune of $50,000.

Jodi Arias Sentencing Retrial Update: Court Reveals Reason Arias Refused to Testify in Public
LINK Testimony has resumed in the sentencing retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias after a weeklong break.

Mother Allegedly Kills Son to Send Him to Heaven Instead of Letting Him Face World's Problems
LINK A woman in Wellington, Kansas is expected to be charged with first-degree murder in the death of her son, whom she allegedly killed on Sunday night in order to protect from this world.

Stephen Collins Confesses to Child Molestation But Says 'I Have Not Had an Impulse' Since
LINK Stephen Collins recently confessed to inappropriately touching and/or exposing himself to three underage girls in a statement obtained by People magazine.

Pastor Drops Dead at Pulpit During Sunday Sermon Shortly After Singing Pharrell's 'Happy' Song
LINK Just over a week ago at a celebration of his 60th birthday, Pastor Gordon A. Humphrey Jr. of United Ministries bellowed melodiously from the pulpit that "the Lord is good to me…You healed my body, You brought me back from death" as a choir harmoniously affirmed his lilting declarations.

Atheist Group Erects 11 Billboards Across Chicago; Argues That Kindness 'Comes From Altruism,' Not From 'Seeking Divine Reward'
LINK The Freedom From Religion Foundation, one of the largest secular groups in America, announced it is erecting 11 different billboards across Chicago this week with various messages. Some of the ads ask people to "think for (themselves)," while others argue that kindness "comes from altruism" and not from "seeking divine reward."

Obamas Talk Racism Amid Growing Unrest: President Once Mistaken for Waiter, First Lady Mistaken for Target Worker
LINK President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama recently shared their own experiences with racism amid ongoing racial unrest in the U.S.

Report: Bob Jones University Officials Tell Sexual Assault Victims to 'Repent for Their Sins' and Discourage Them From Filing Police Reports
LINK A recently released independent investigation, which interviewed over 116 former students from the Protestant Bob Jones University in South Carolina, has found that the school often discouraged self-identified victims of sexual abuse from filing police reports and instead encouraged victims to repent their "sins."

Franklin Graham: Christians Should Never Deny Jesus Christ to Spare Their Own Lives
LINK The Rev. Franklin Graham says Christians should never deny Jesus Christ in order to spare their lives from slaughter by terrorists, such as ISIS, and further asserts that doing so would be a betrayal against martyrs who stood strong for their faith, despite persecution.

Iraq War Vet, Bradley William Stone, Suspected of Killing Ex-Wife and 5 In-Laws Still on the Run
LINK Bradley William Stone, the 35-year-old Iraq war veteran who allegedly shot his ex-wife and five members of her family to death over a reportedly longstanding child custody dispute in Pennsylvania Monday, remains on the run, a day after police discovered the ghastly murders.

Atlanta-Area Thieves Use Prayer to Steal Cash, Credit Cards From Distracted Supermarket Shoppers
LINK Police in the Northwest suburbs of Atlanta are on the lookout for a two-women tandem that has used the allusion of prayer to distract and steal from gullible supermarket shoppers, who leave their personal items inside their cart.

Christmas Carol Video Featuring World's Largest Nativity Gets Over 1.7 Million Hits in 4 Days
LINK A Christmas-themed music video posted on YouTube featuring the Guinness World Record holder for largest living nativity has garnered over 1.7 million views in less than a week.

Lennon Lacy Death Investigated by FBI Amid Accusations of Lynching in North Carolina
LINK Lennon Lacy, 17, was found hanged in Aug. and his family insists that he was lynched; the FBI just announced that they would be looking into the case to determine whether Lennon's death was self-inflicted or murder.

Naked Man Claiming to Be Jesus Arrested as Suspect in Georgia Church Arson
LINK A 24-year-old man suspected of setting fire to a Roswell, New Mexico, church was arrested this week and was naked when police picked him up.

Oprah Speaks Out on Ferguson, Eric Garner; 'People Are Paying More Attention'
LINK Media mogul and billionaire Oprah Winfrey says the ongoing national outrage over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, as well as other black men at the hands of law enforcement officers, is an "exciting" sign that "people are paying attention."

Pastor Dresses Horse in a Wedding Dress to Protest Gay Marriage
LINK A Mississippi pastor tapped into his creative side while embarking on a protest of gay marriage by dressing up a horse to demonstrate how ridiculous he thinks it is.

Georgia Church Posts Message Saying 'Santa Is Satan'
LINK A church in Georgia has posted a message on its marquee sign that reads "Santa is Satan," which has stirred local and national controversy.

6 People Dead as Cane-Walking Gunman Goes on Deadly Shooting Spree in Pennsylvania; Suspect on the Run
LINK A cane-walking man suspected of killing at least five people in three different homes after going on a shooting rampage in Pennsylvania's Montgomery County Monday is now on the run after barricading himself inside a home just outside Philadelphia and later eluding police who tried to apprehend him.

Christian Model Lauren Scruggs Marries E! Host Jason Kennedy 3 Years After Plane Propeller Accident; 'God Has Blessed Me'
LINK Christian model and fashion blogger Lauren Scruggs married E! News co-host Jason Kennedy in an intimate ceremony on Friday.

Rob Bell's Judge Father Calls Ex Christian Radio Host John Balyo 'Filthy, Obscene' as He Sentences Him to 40 Years for Child Sex Abuse
LINK Federal Judge Robert Holmes Bell, father of bestselling author and popular pastor Rob Bell, called the shocking secret life of former Christian radio host John Balyo, "filthy" and "obscene" as he sentenced the once married expectant father to 40 years in prison for sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy.

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LINK Religious Liberties / Persecution

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

SC Federal Judge Orders Over $197,000 Attorney's Fees, Costs Awarded to Christian Pro-Life Missionary Represented by National Legal Foundation Legal Team in 2005 Greenwood Graphic 'Abortion' Signs Case -- Dec. 1, 2014
LINK Contact: Steven Fitschen, National Legal Foundation, 757-463-6133, nlf@nlf.net;

Twin Assault on Conscience Rights
LINK Contact: Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 212-371-3191, pr@catholicleague.org

4 Winds Christian Athletics Disapproves of the International Olympic Committee's LGBT Policies Decided on This Week
LINK Contact: 4 WINDS, 608-469-7956

Christian Leader and Human Rights Activist to Join Joshua Wong in His Hunger Strike Seeking Democratic Reforms for Hong Kong
LINK Contact: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Christian Defense Coalition, 540-538-4741

Nativity Scene Returns to the Illinois State Capitol for 7th Year
LINK Speakers include Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society and Springfield's Bishop Thomas Paprocki

Judge Trashes First Amendment to Endorse Police Harassment of Pro-Life Advocates
LINK Life Legal Defense Foundation Appeals Federal Court Refusal to Intervene in Mississippi

Attorneys Defend the Nativity: Expression of Faith on Public Property Constitutional
LINK Thomas More Society Legal Experts Uphold Private Citizens' Right to Celebrate Christmas in the Public Square

A Thanksgiving Place Setting for Pastor Saeed will be Set Up in Front of the White House on Thanksgiving Morning
LINK The Christian Defense Coalition and Church on the Hill will Set Up a Thanksgiving Place Setting for Pastor Saeed in Front of the White House on Pennsylvania Ave. at 11:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving MorningContact: Rev. Patrick Mahoney, 540-538-4741 WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Participants to peacefully risk arrest standing in solidarity with Pastor Saeed and the  persecuted church and also pray for Christians around the world who are facing violence daily.They will also Source: Christian Defense Coalition

Victory for Religious Freedom in Colorado -- Colorado Supreme Court Rules that Governors' Proclamations for a State Day of Prayer are Constitutional
LINK Contact: Dion Elmore, Director, Public Affairs, National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force, 719-559-9574

Judicial Watch Sues Internal Revenue Service for Records about IRS Monitoring of Churches
LINK July lawsuit settlement with atheist group, IRS admits monitoring churches for allegedly illegal political activity

New Book Explores the Religion and Violence Connection
LINK Contact: CJCUC Media Department, 516-882-3220

Tens of Thousands Sign Petition to Keep Duggars on TLC
LINK Benham Brothers, Steven Crowder, other conservative leaders throw support behind DuggarsContact: Dustin Siggins, 703-772-4698, dsiggins@lifesitenews.com FRONT ROYAL, Va., Nov. 21, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- More than 40,000 people have signed a petition created by LifeSiteNews and backed by a number of prominent conservative activists urging The Learning Channel to keep the Duggars' show, 19 Kids and Counting, on-air. Now LifeSiteNews is organizing a Tweetfest, using the hashtag #DefendtheDug Source: LifeSiteNews.com

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

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