Melissa Barnhart

CP Reporter

Franklin Graham Says Saeed Abedini's Wife Feels Abandoned by US Gov't; Notes President Obama's Silence

Franklin Graham issued a statement Thursday announcing that Sept. 26 will mark one year that Pastor Saeed Abedini has been imprisoned in Iran for being a believer in Jesus Christ. He said Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, continues to hear reports that her husband is being beaten and tortured; and she feels abandoned by the U.S. government, as President Obama continues to remain silent on the issue.

Hemant Mehta the 'Friendly Atheist' Shares His View of Christians With Oak Hills Church Congregation

The Rev. Randy Frazee, senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, knew he was making a controversial decision when he invited atheist Hemant Mehta to speak to the 8,000-member congregation, and to share his perspective on Christians and their attitudes toward atheists, but he also believed that, in the end, it would benefit him, the congregation, and even Mehta in the process.

Mike Huckabee, Pastor Robert Jeffress Rally Pro-Life Support for Texas' 20-Week Abortion Ban

To show their support for Texas lawmakers who will be voting in favor of House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 1 which would ban abortion in the Lone Star state after 20 weeks' gestation, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar of the TLC reality television show "19 Kids and Counting" and the Rev. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, were joined by an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 pro-life advocates on the south steps of the state capitol in Austin Monday night for the Stand for Life pro-life rally.

Ky. Pastor Takes Heat After Wife's Column Criticizes So. Baptist Convention's Stance on Boy Scouts

Bill Thomas, the minister of music and associate pastor of First Baptist Church in Madisonville, Ky., might be resigning from his position following a recent uproar over his wife's commentary about the Southern Baptist Convention's approval of a resolution that expresses the denomination's "opposition to and disappointment in the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to change its membership policy" to allow openly-homosexual members.

American Evangelist Arrested in London for Preaching Homosexuality Is a Sin

Tony Miano, a retired deputy sheriff from Los Angeles County, Calif., was arrested in London, England, earlier this week for preaching on abstaining from sexual immorality, both heterosexual and homosexual, in downtown Wimbledon. He was found to be in violation of Public Order Act Section 5, for "using homophobic speech that could cause people anxiety, distress, alarm or insult," Miano said in a YouTube video posted on Wednesday.

First-Ever Ex-Gay Pride Month to Be Held in DC This Month

Members of the ex-gay community are celebrating the first-ever "Ex-Gay Pride Month" and have asked President Barack Obama to issue a proclamation to recognize the rights of the ex-gay community and to commemorate their month, just as he's done for the LGBT community with "Gay Pride Month" in June.

Interview: David Barton on God, Abortion and Why Christians Must Vote

David Barton, the founder and president of WallBuilders and author of the book, "The Founder's Bible," was a featured guest speaker at Friday's National Right to Life prayer breakfast, where he praised American exceptionalism and spoke about the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, the role of government, and how a politician's stance on abortion shapes their voting record on all other issues.

NY Assembly Kills Gov. Cuomo's 'Women's Equality Act' Over Abortion Plank

Pro-life advocates in New York who support nine of the 10 proposals in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Women's Equality Act" are alarmed by the Democrat-led Assembly's decision to not vote on the nine bills that passed in the Senate late Friday that would have required equal pay for women, strengthened human trafficking laws, ended pregnancy discrimination and strengthened protections for domestic violence victims, simply because they disagree with the Senate's decision to not vote on the abortion expansion measure.

Did President Obama Offend Catholics in Northern Ireland Speech?

Bill Donohue, president and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, issued a statement Friday condemning President Obama's critics who are lashing out against comments he made earlier this week in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which they believe are an attack against the Catholic faith and doctrine taught at religious schools.