More than 21 people, including at least three children, were injured after a car slammed into a packed church in Fort Myers, Fla., Sunday night just before its annual Easter concert was about to start.
The Lexus sedan crashed into the Second Haitian Baptist Church, which was packed with about 200 people, at around 8 p.m. Sunday, according to The Associated Press.
Police arrived when church members were using car jacks to lift the vehicle to rescue those who were trapped beneath the vehicle, News-Press reported. more >>
A Florida atheist accused of attacking his roommate with a butter knife for resembling Jesus is requesting he be represented by an atheist attorney.
Gustav Potthoff, 51, reportedly requested on Tuesday that he be granted an atheist attorney to defend him as he faces aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges. The accused told a judge in Orange County that he should be allowed to have an atheist attorney because "it's just my human rights and everything else." "I'm allowed to be with someone of my own kind," he added.
The judge told Potthoff that if he would like to request a specific attorney, he'll have to pay for the legal service with his own money. Otherwise, he'll be receiving a public defender. "It's a sacrilegious thing," Potthoff, who is reportedly indigent, replied to the judge, according to The Orlando Sentinel. more >>
A Florida pastor was convicted Tuesday of attempted grand larceny after he allegedly tried to sell five fake paintings to an undercover cop. The pastor's lawyers have said they disagree with the verdict and are looking into appeal options.
A jury for the Supreme Court in Manhattan, New York, found Kevin Sutherland, pastor of the nondenominational Mosaic Miami Church, guilty of second-degree attempted grand larceny after he allegedly tried to sell five fake paintings by British artist Damien Hirst to an undercover cop for $185,000. The paintings were meant to be a part of the famed artist's dot and spin collection.
Sutherland had reportedly purchased the fake works from forger Vincent Lopreto, who worked out of Laguna Beach, Calif., selling dozens of counterfeit Hirst works on the internet via eBay. Lopreto also supplied buyers with fake signatures and phony letters of authenticity. The forger had been a cooperator with investigators against Sutherland. more >>
The media teachings of megachurch pastor Bob Coy have been removed from Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale's official website following his recent resignation, after some apparently misused the content and started "vicious rumors" online.
"Unfortunately, not everyone, during circumstances like these comes to the website with a heart to learn more about the Bible. We've discerned the need to guard against those who would inappropriately misuse this content when time and space is needed for the Coy family to properly heal," Calvary's Web pastor, Dan Hickling, said in a message on Monday.
"Unfortunately, we have already witnessed the malicious use of Pastor Bob's images and vicious rumors on-line that can only run contrary to our hope for restoration. With that in mind, we have taken the precaution to suspend access to his teaching content for now," he added. more >>
In a stunning revelation Sunday senior officials of the Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, one of the largest and fastest growing churches in the United States, announced that their popular founding pastor Bob Coy, 58, has resigned after "confessing to a moral failing."
An official statement on the resignation from the Florida church revealed that Coy confessed his failing to the church's leadership team last Thursday and resigned immediately after that.
"On April 3, 2014, Bob Coy resigned as senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, effective immediately, after confessing to a moral failing in his life which disqualifies him from continuing his leadership role at the church he has led since its founding in 1985. The media ministry of the Active Word that distributes his Bible teachings through radio, television and digital media has also been suspended," began the statement from the church. more >>
The Patrick Air Force Base in Brevard County, Fla., is currently embroiled in controversy after a Bible honoring missing soldiers and prisoners of war was removed from one of the base's dining halls earlier this month.
The Bible was a part of a "Missing Man Table," a tradition in the U.S. Armed Forces meant to honor servicemen who did not return from combat, either because they are missing or prisoners of war. The vacant table is set up in some Armed Forces' dining halls in the U.S., and includes a plain white table cloth, an inverted glass, a single red rose, a yellow ribbon, a candle, a plate with lemon and salt, and a Bible.
The purpose of the Bible is to "[represent] the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God," according to the Air Force Chiefs website. more >>