A three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit voted to review a case that claims police officers in a Michigan town failed to protect the freedom of speech for 12 evangelizing Christian street preachers who were pelted with stones and water bottles by a crowd of Muslims while preaching at an Arab festival in 2012.
Although the same court voted 2-1 in August that police officers in the town of Dearborn did not violate the free speech of the the preaching group that calls itself the Bible Believers, the court voted in favor of a review, which is a rare occurrence and, according to 6th circuit rules, "intended to bring to the attention of the entire court a precedent setting error of exceptional public importance."
Ruben Israel, a Los Angeles based street preacher who organized the Bible Believers' mission to Dearborn and filed the initial lawsuit against Wayne County, said that the fact the appeals court is reviewing the case is a sign that they will help "set the record straight" when it comes to protecting the rights of "unpopular" speech in America. more >>
The highest-grossing independent faith film of the year "God's Not Dead" is now being honored with two prestigious awards, including the GMA Dove Award for Inspirational Film of the Year.
During an upsurge in faith-based films in the theater, "God's Not Dead" won the coveted Dove Award in a category that included "Grace Unplugged," "Heaven Is For Real," "Son of God," and "When Calls The Heart." Furthermore, "God's Not Dead" also earned the Film Television Impact Award at this year's KLOVE Fan Awards in June.
The widespread recognition directed at "God's Not Dead" took filmmakers by surprise, especially since the film had a budget of just over $2 million yet received an initial $9.2 million at the box office in its first week on just 780 screens. Perhaps more surprised than anyone else in the entertainment industry were producers Michael Scott, David A.R. White, Russell Wolfe and Elizabeth Travis of Pure Flix. more >>
It's is hard to imagine what it feels like for someone to lose someone close to them, unless of course you knew the person. Either way, it is an extremely sad situation and anyone who losses a family member or friend it is a sad situation.
In this case a loving father lost his daughter in a tragic bicycle accident in her Netherlands hometown. 13-year-old Anna van Keulen performed "Did I Make The Most Of Loving You" on the piano while her dad films, just before passing away. This song evokes true sadness and sounds somewhat haunting at the same time. Anna always wanted to be famous so her dad decided to do something incredible for her even after her passing.
He posts a video on the internet, hoping to give Anna the fame she always deserved. Even though it had to come after her death. It's a tragic story and a shame to lose a life so young, God bless the Keulen family! more >>
The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has accused the Milford School District in Connecticut of racism for banning a 7-year-old Nigerian-American girl from attending class on suspicion of Ebola, since she had traveled to Nigeria earlier this month. The school, which was sued by the father of the girl, argued that it acted in the best interest of its students and staff.
"Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans will not take this escalation of ignorance and racism regarding Ebola and Nigerian-Americans lying low," said Laolu Akande, executive director of CANAN, in a press release on Wednesday.
"We are appalled that a school headed by otherwise responsible educators can succumb to unsubstantiated medical fears and chose to respond with discrimination and denial of a young girl's right to education." more >>
While most within the Southern Baptist Convention applauded the opportunity to openly discuss how Christians should respond to the growing cultural and political acceptance of gay marriage during a three-day conference hosted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, most in the LGBT community tracking the event were not so pleased.
Brandan Robertson, a spokesperson for Evangelicals for Marriage Equality and the director of The Revangelical Movement, attended the the conference in Nashville and told The Christian Post afterwards on Wednesday that although he felt welcome at the conference, a closing talk by Pastor J.D. Greear made him uncomfortable.
As a bit of background about his group, Robertson believes that EME is not compromising Christian beliefs and is instead focused specifically on gay unions receiving the same government recognition and rights as traditional married couples. more >>
Brittany Maynard, the woman who made headlines by planning to take her own life on Nov. 1, has had a change of heart and decided not to follow through with her plan.
"I still feel good enough and I still have enough joy and I still laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn't seem like the right time right now. But it will come, because I feel myself getting sicker. It's happening each week," Maynard said in a video released on YouTube.
Maynard has stage IV brain cancer, and in April, doctors gave her only six months to live. She went public with her decision to end her life in order to present a testimony of sorts to those grappling with the same choice. Maynard and her family moved to Oregon, where medically-assisted suicide is legal; it is one of five states to permit suicide. more >>