The Texas Attorney General's office has access to unreleased undercover Planned Parenthood videos and the Health and Human Services Committee in the state senate is asking questions about the popular abortion provider's operations.
The Committee, which met Thursday, wants Planned Parenthood representatives and their affiliates to answer questions regarding possible profiting from fetal tissue harvesting in Texas.
The Texas Attorney General's office has confirmed that they have unreleased videos in their possession, but Planned Parenthood is refusing to cooperate with the investigation calling it "political gamesmanship." So instead, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton used the hearing to raise awareness of the ultimate fate of the remains of those who are aborted. more >>
Unlike Muslims, who can conform and wait out ISIS until the day it is defeated, Christians, along with "polytheist" Yizidis, can don veils and give up cigarettes and alcohol, but, as non-Muslims, their very presence is an intolerable offense to the year-old "caliphate." These minority religious groups in Iraq and Syria, lacking protecting armies or militias of their own, find themselves in unique peril. During his Bolivian trip this month, Pope Francis called it "genocide."
ISIS demands nothing less than the conversion of all Christians and Yizidis to Islam under penalty of death for men and enslavement for women and children. (Another frequently cited option for Christian "People of the Book", the payment of jizya, is a ruse, for the tax is raised until it becomes unpayable and property and lives are taken after all. Hence, last summer, Mosul's bishops chose exile for their communities, rather than attend an ISIS meeting to learn of its jizya terms.)
The beheadings, crucifixions, and other means ISIS uses to slaughter unarmed Christian and Yizidi men—from priests and bishops to destitute migrant workers—have been proudly displayed by the ultra violent group on social media and have drawn condemnations worldwide. But the Islamic State's "revival" of the institution of chattel slavery—sex slavery of Christian and Yizidi women and girls no less—has faded from public attention. more >>
Citing Planned Parenthood as its source, the White House declared that the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress that appear to show Planned Parenthood illegally profiting from the sale of aborted baby body parts are "fraudulent."
On Thursday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the videos do "not have a lot of evidence" behind them, were released in a "fraudulent way," someone at the White House may have actually watched the videos, and he knows the videos are "fraudulent" because Planned Parenthood told him so.
The Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota will soon be moving its offices in Sioux Falls to the city of Pierre to be closer to its Native American members, who comprise about half of its numbers.
"The Diocese of South Dakota is moving our offices from Sioux Falls, which is in the southeast part of the State, to Pierre, which is in the center of the state in order to put the 'diocesan center in the center of the diocese,'" said Diocesan Bishop the Right Rev. John Tarrant to The Christian Post.
"It will place our offices closer to many of the Native American Episcopal churches in South Dakota. The diocese, geographically, is the entire state." more >>
A Kansas-based congregation that voted to disaffiliate from the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country has lost a legal battle over the church property.
The property of Presbyterian Church of Stanley, located in Overland Park with an estimated value of $4.4 million, belongs to the mainline denomination Presbyterian Church (USA), ruled Judge Kevin Moriarty earlier this month.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson teamed up with comedian Joel McHale to raise $24,000 for children with cancer by towing a Boeing 737 airplane.
Wilson, the "team captain" in the initiative called "Strong Against Cancer" launched by the Seattle Children's Hospital and Research Foundation, competed against Seattle native McHale to tug a 92,000-pound Alaska Airlines 737-800 aircraft 25 feet.
Wilson and McHale, who grew up in Seattle, spent three weeks handpicking their teams out of members of Alaska's maintenance and engineering employees along with Washington residents on Alaska's Facebook page. Alaska's Mileage Plan members in the Seattle area purchased tickets to attend the event where they cheered on their celebrity team captains from the bleachers. more >>