The attorneys of Emily Herx, an Indiana woman who claims she was fired from her job at a Roman Catholic school after undergoing in vitro fertilization, say the church's doctrine against the procedure should be irrelevant in their client's sex discrimination court case, while church attorneys insist it is a key element in the lawsuit.
"Whether IVF violates the teachings of the Catholic Church is not a fact at issue in this case," Herx's attorneys wrote in court documents, reports The Kansas City Star. "Defendants have argued repeatedly that their religious teachings should not be hashed out before a secular court, and now they seek to bring religious teachings front and center."
Last week, church attorneys said they wanted officials of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend to explain the details of their doctrine before a jury when the trial begins, since they believe IVF is an immoral, dehumanizing procedure because human embryos are generally destroyed or frozen in the process. more >>
An Indiana pastor has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the second time in his life.
The current pastor at Zion Missionary Church in Fremont, Ind., Jon Bruney recently set a new world record by pulling a 31,000-pound-plus semi-truck for the distance of one mile in a time of one hour and 36 minutes.
Last week, he set a new one when he and his wife, Amy, broke the current world record for having a person skip rope on a bed of nails resting on top of another person. more >>
The Indiana legislature may be on its way to passing a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage after its House of Representatives approved such a proposal Tuesday. The proposal leaves the possibility of civil unions and benefits to same-sex employees open in the future.
The legislation, House Joint Resolution 3, passed the state's House of Representatives Tuesday with a slim 57 to 40 vote. All of those who approved the ban were Republican, while 11 Republicans and all Democratic House members voted in opposition to the ban. Same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, but HJR-3 would define marriage as being between one man and one woman in the state's constitution.
In the past few weeks, Indiana's legislature has seen intense debate over HJR-3 due to the second sentence of the proposal, which bans the possibility of civil unions among gay couples by stating: "a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized." Those opposed to the original text of the bill argued that this sentence could also possibly prevent employers from offering benefits, such as insurance, to their same-sex employees. more >>
One suspect is in custody after a fatal shooting at Purdue University in Indiana Tuesday afternoon that killed one person.
The suspect reportedly surrendered to police outside of the Electrical Engineering Building, located on the northeast side of the West Lafayette campus, shortly after noon ET on Tuesday. The university announced the shooting via social media, text message, and its website, warning students that the school had been put into lockdown mode while police investigated the incident. This lockdown was lifted around 1:30 p.m. but the electrical engineering building is reportedly still closed.
The text message sent by the university to students and faculty read: "Shooting reported on campus; Bldg. Electrical Engineering; avoid area; shelter in place." more >>
In a sermon on Sunday, Indiana pastor Steve Poe reminded his congregation that all resources—whether they were time, energy or money—were gifts from God that he had entrusted to humans, before the ushers handed church attendees envelopes filled with $10 to $50 in cash.
Northview Church, in Carmel, Ind., gave away $83,000 to its congregation, a gift that its lead pastor said came with no restrictions or strings attached to it.
"I don't care what you do with it," Poe told RTV6. "I don't care if you give it back to us, or to a homeless person. I don't care what you do with it, as long as you feel like you heard from God on what to do with it." more >>
An Indiana megachurch is giving away its biggest Christmas Offering ever – more than $1 million – to help fund Bible translation projects in Asia.
Each year, College Park Church in Indianapolis holds a special collection the Sunday before Christmas to support a specific missions project in one of the neediest parts of the world. The most recent Christmas Offering, collected Dec. 22, is being donated to the world's largest scripture translation organization, Wycliffe Bible Translators USA.
"We're committed to the scriptures and believe that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, so we feel the most important thing we can do for people around the world that don't have the Bible is to provide the scripture in their heart language," said Nate Irwin, College Park's pastor of global outreach. more >>