Roma Downey, star of former television series "Touched by an Angel" and an executive producer behind the Emmy-nominated "The Bible" series, told The Christian Post on Thursday after returning from a meeting with Arab Christians in Jordan that she feels compelled to let it be known that the last thing anyone in the Middle East wants is more military action, despite the atrocities believed to have been committed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The United States claims that more than 1,400 people, nearly a third of them children, were attacked on Aug. 21 by state forces with chemical weapons. However, Assad denies carrying out such an attack on his own people. Nonetheless, President Barack Obama has been pressing Congress and the global community for support to strike the Syrian government for its alleged violation of international laws in a civil war that has been waging for two and a half years.
Downey, who just returned from the two-day conference in Amman, Jordan, hosted by King Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein to address "The Challenges Facing Arab Christians," told CP that her heart was full with an urgency to share what she had learned from her interactions and talks with leading church representatives from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Jordan who also spoke at the meeting. more >>
Yosemite's Rim Fire was started by a hunter's illegal fire, the U.S. Forest Service stated Thursday. Officials have not released the hunter's name and he has not been arrested.
The latest report contradicts earlier rumors that that the fire was started by marijuana growers. That original claim first surfaced two weeks ago when Twain Harte Fire and Rescue Chief Todd McNeal asserted in a community meeting that the blaze was likely the result of a cannabis farm.
"We know its human caused, there's no lightning in the area," he said in remarks documented by a YouTube video. "[We] highly suspect that it might be some sort of illicit grove, marijuana grow-type thing." more >>
A 33-year-old California man is now facing a prison sentence of 126 years to life after he was found guilty of murdering his atheist friend who mocked him about his faith in God, and asked where He was when his father died. The murder occurred while the friends were drinking, snorting cocaine and playing video games.
A San Jose Mercury News report said Douglas Yim, 33, was found guilty of the first-degree murder of his atheist friend, Dzuy Duhn Phan, during the night of partying in his living room on April 2, 2011. Phan was identified as an atheist by an Examiner report.
Paul Park, another friend who was present during the fateful murder, testified that the two friends first snorted cocaine then began having a discussion about God while they played video games. more >>
Five thousand firefighters from around the state, up more than 1,000 in the past week, in combination with lighter winds, higher humidity and a brief rain shower on Saturday night, have helped combat the flames, though winds have not died out completely and at times instigated spot fires.
U.S. Forest Service spokesman Trevor Augustino told The Los Angeles Times that while the current weather had enabled firefighters to clear brush, set backfires and bolster containment lines, "any rain we get would be a tremendous asset." more >>
California's Assembly and Senate have passed a bill that would enable non-physicians, including nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants to perform first trimester abortions. Under the bill, medical professionals could now be trained to perform "manual vacuum aspiration abortions" where a tube is inserted into a woman's uterus and the embryo is pumped out.
The bill has passed both the State Senate and Assembly, though its amendments must be passed by the Assembly before it will go before California Gov. Jerry Brown.
California's state legislature is currently dominated by Democrats, with supermajorities in both chambers. Brown is also a Democrat. more >>
Los Angeles police have uncovered photos of young children posing with guns and making gang hand gestures on social media sites associated with local gang members.
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Commander Bill Scott said the pictures were symptoms of a larger, systematic problem of violence.
"It's a culture of violence. When you grow up in a culture like that, violence becomes secondary. It becomes second nature. And that's the cycle we're trying to disrupt," Scott said in a press conference. more >>