Two pastors who were arrested in 2011 for reading bible verses in front of a DMV in Hemet, Calif. have been found "not guilty" of trespassing, a superior court judge ruled Tuesday.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Freer ruled that the prosecution's argument against the two pastors, Brett Coronado and Mark Mackey, had provided insufficient evidence for proving that the two church leaders had committed trespassing without a permit when they read bible verses in front of the local DMV in February 2011.
Following the five-day argument by the prosecution team, the pastors' defense team, Advocates for Faith & Freedom, requested that the judge grant a direct verdict, arguing that the prosecution had provided insufficient evidence. Judge Freer obliged, and a verdict was reached Tuesday evening. The ruling was made without a jury, at the defense's request. more >>
A growing number of Catholics have been flocking to the St. John's Cathedral in Fresno, Calif., to worship under a Crape Myrtle tree said to be weeping a miraculous healing liquid from God, but scientists say those "tears" are just a steady stream of bug poop.
Despite what the scientists say, however, the faithful maintain the liquid is a touch from God for believers.
"They can say it's this theory, that theory, the tree does this every year, it's odd when it happens when there is bunch of people praying. When you are asking the Holy Spirit to reveal itself and then it happens all of a sudden and it's still here," said Janine Esquivel-Oji told My Fox Philly. more >>
A short film about a girl's journey through extreme hardships in the foster care system and later toward healing and restoration, was the winner of the Best Film for the 168 Film Festival and recipient of an award of up to $1 million to go for production of a feature length movie.
Inspired by her Foster Parent training, the film "ReMoved" was written by Christina Matanick and lensed by Tony Cruz. The short film won four awards from 13 nominations, including Best Film, Actress, Editor, Makeup and Hair.
Last May, more than 150 teams of filmmakers from the U.S. and as far away as Australia, Ethiopia and Zambia began shooting videos to submit as their entry into the Christian-themed speed filmmaking contest, 168 Film Festival. The teams had a total of seven days (168 hours) to complete a 10-minute film. more >>
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Monday that gives transgender students access to restrooms and locker rooms designated for either gender, as well as participation on either girls' or boys' sports teams. Framed as an equal rights issue by gay and transgender activists, those opposed to such a law say it sets a dangerous precept, and some are telling parents to homeschool or enroll children in private Christian schools.
"This radical bill warps the gender expectations of children by forcing all California public schools to permit biological boys in girls restrooms, showers, clubs and on girls sports teams and biological girls in boys restrooms, showers, clubs and sports teams," said Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, as reported by FOX News. "This is insanity."
On the pro-family group's website, Thomasson added, "Jerry Brown and the Democrats have targeted every kid in public school with gender-bending brainwashing. Fortunately, parents can protect their children from the insanity of biological boys in girls' restrooms and girls' showers and biological girls in boys' restrooms and boys' showers by exiting the dysfunctional, immoral public schools for homeschooling and solid church schools." more >>
In a gesture police in San Bernardino, Calif., say they have never witnessed before, a group of remorseful burglars who plundered an area nonprofit of their computers and other valuables returned the loot with an apology when they learned it was dedicated to helping victims of sexual violence.
"We had no idea what we were takeing (sic). Here your stuff back. We hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in peoples (sic) lives God Bless," said the burglars in a handwritten note found tucked between the keyboard and screen of a laptop computer that was returned to the Sexual Assault Services Center of San Bernardino.
Executive director of the nonprofit Candy Stallings, said the burglars bypassed the organization's expensive security system on July 31 by clipping phone wires and alarm cables. They then entered several offices in the organization through a crawlspace and looted a number of computers. more >>
Editorial note: The Christian Post will describe Scott using the male pronoun of he/his because that is how Scott refers to himself in his legal complaint.
Transgender television personality and style correspondent B. Scott has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the parent company of the BET network, arguing that the television network discriminated against him by forcing him to tone down his feminine look at a pre-awards show in June.
Scott, who was born male but has since pronounced his gender identity to be female, is seeking $2.5 million in damages from BET's parent company, Viacom, for discrimination, wrongful termination and emotional distress. more >>