A popular and beloved California priest and teacher was found dead in his church's rectory Wednesday, just hours after conducting New Year's Eve mass, and police say they are now hunting for his killer.
A Times-Standard report noted that the Rev. Eric Freed of St. Bernard Church was found dead in the rectory on the church's property in the city of Eureka just after 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
Winette Treder, a parishioner at the church, said she was waiting in the church for the 9 a.m. mass Wednesday. When Freed failed to report for duty, Deacon Frank Weber went in search of him and made the horrifying discovery. more >>
Multiple groups and individuals have boycotted the 125th annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on New Year's Day because two men were scheduled to be married aboard the AIDS Healthcare Foundation float.
The Sacramento-based group SaveCalifornia asked all those who oppose same-sex marriage and believe that marriage is defined as a union between one man and one woman, to boycott the parade in a variety of ways, including not attending the parade and refusing to watch its live broadcast on television. The group also encouraged people to contact the parade's organizers and sponsors to voice concern over the public same-sex wedding to take place as being wholly inappropriate given how divisive the issue has been.
Randy Thomasson, head of the pro-traditional marriage group, told CBS that his group was protesting the public gay marriage ceremony because he believes it teaches children that "homosexual behavior is good and normal, when it's not biologically based, results in a high rate of HIV/AIDS and other STDs." more >>
A California school district has reversed its decision to charge a Christian organization thousands of dollars to use the district's facilities for children's club meetings, even while other clubs use the facilities for free.
The Turlock Unified School District (TUSD) will no longer charge Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) for facility use and has refunded the "improperly assessed fees," according to a press release from Liberty Counsel. The total amount of said fees was $5,295, with $1,200 in security deposits that were already paid.
Initially, a CEF coordinator met with the TUSD assistant superintendent, who reportedly said the school board can decide which groups must pay the fees. more >>
A photo of a shark photo bombing two young surfers at a Southern California beach over the holidays has gone viral on the internet.
The photo, taken on Dec. 27 at Southern California's Manhattan Beach, shows two 12-year-old boys in the ocean on their surf boards as a large wave crashes behind them. Upon staring at the wave, a viewer can make out the faint silhouette of what appears to be a medium-sized shark swimming through the clear green water.
June Emerson, the photographer behind the rare image and mother of one of the boys in the photo, told local media outlets that she did not notice the image of the shark or dolphin swimming through the wave until after she had left the beach and checked the photos in her car. more >>
A California church has received threats and criticism after placing a figure of a bloody Trayvon Martin in its nativity scene.
Since it hired artist John Zachary, 58, in 2007, Claremont United Methodist Church in Claremont, Calif., has used its nativity scene to intentionally spark what the church sees as challenging, and at times, uncomfortable conversations.
Zachary pointed to the second chapter of Matthew's description of King Herod calling for all boys younger than 2 to be killed, when discussing what inspired him to include the 17-year-old African American teenager in his setting. more >>
California public schools are currently preparing to enforce a law that will allow K-12 transgender students to participate in sex-segregated sports programs and use restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity. However, if a referendum brought forth by a coalition of conservative groups is approved, the law's enactment will be postponed until it qualifies to get on the November 2014 general election ballot.
"We don't know what's going to happen when kids come back from their holiday vacation," said Republican state Sen. Steve Knight, who voted against the law, according to NBC. "Are there going to be 15-year-old girls talking in the bathroom and in walks a boy? What are they going to do? Scream? Run out?"
Bill AB 1266 is set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2014, but since the Privacy for All Students group gathered more than 600,000 opposing signatures last month, which met the 505,000 minimum requirement to possibly get the initiative on the ticket, the state has been given a Jan. 8 deadline to determine if the legislation qualifies for a majority vote, which could suspend the bill just days after its launch. more >>