Less than a month after two gunmen opened fire at a Muhammad cartoon drawing contest in Garland, Texas, a former U.S. Marine has planned to hold a similar event as part of an anti-Islamic protest in front of a Phoenix, Arizona, mosque.
Hundreds are expected to attend Friday's "Freedom of Speech Rally Round II," which has been organized by self-proclaimed patriot and atheist, Jon Ritzheimer, and both the FBI and Phoenix police are said to be aware of the controversial event.
Eight conservative Arizona pastors have banded together to teach a sermon series to their local community titled "Progressive Christianity: Fact or Fiction," but one local United Methodist Church pastor, who holds more progressive views on the Bible, says they're trying to alienate people who don't interpret the Scriptures literally.
The series will be taught at eight different Fountain Hills churches and is being advertised on large billboards in front of each of them.
"It's a sermon series dealing with some of the essential tenets of Christianity — that being the deity of Jesus, the validity of Scripture, the literal, physical resurrection of Christ and the atoning sacrifice of Christ," said Christ's Church of Fountain Hills pastor Don Lawrence, one of the eight pastors preaching the series, to The Christian Post. more >>
An Arizona-based, self-professed faith healer has filed a lawsuit against a transgender atheist blogger who posted a video attacking his claims that he can heal people of diseases, such as cancer, AIDS and diabetes.
Adam Miller, an ordained minister and faith healer who claims to have had a near-death experience in 1977 and has the ability to heal people, recently filed the suit against Stephanie Guttormson, who serves as operations director for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science and has publically criticized Miller as being a "charlatan, swindler and snake oil slaesman," and not a medical practitioner.
While The Christian Post wasn't able to contact Miller, and his website and YouTube videos have been removed from the Internet, this reporter did receive a response from Guttormson who spoke openly about the lawsuit. more >>
Police in Arizona released a disturbing dashboard camera video Friday showing a brawl between officers and members of a traveling "Christian family band" in a Walmart parking lot last month that left one band member dead and others shrieking in pain.
The Facebook page for the band, called "Matthew 24 Now," in reference to a chapter of the Bible in the book of Matthew that addresses the end of time, is filled with other references to Scripture. Since the release of the video, the page has also been littered with comments critical of the brawling band.
An Arizona police officer who was shot during a fatal gunfight with members of a Christian family band last week has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Cottonwood Police Sergeant Jeremy Daniels, 31, was allegedly attacked by members of the Gaver family outside a local Walmart on March 21 while responding to an assault complaint.
The 10-year veteran officer sustained a gunshot wound to the leg while on duty but has since been treated and is said to be recuperating at home, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. more >>
Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, is under fire for suggesting that there should be a law that would make church attendance mandatory for Americans every Sunday.
During a committee hearing on Tuesday about legislation which would allow individuals who have permits to carry concealed weapons to bring them into public buildings, Allen declared that she felt the committee should be debating a bill about mandatory church attendance instead of guns.
"I believe what's happening to our country is that there is a horrible erosion of the soul of America," said Allen whose comments were first highlighted on Twitter by Democratic Sen. Steve Farley of Tucson, who was at that same meeting. more >>