A controversial art display depicting a crucified Jesus Christ on a dartboard with red darts strategically placed to show where Jesus was nailed to the cross, was prominently featured at a Rutgers University exhibit until it was removed Thursday after officials received complaints about the offensive piece.
Known as the "Vitruvian Man," the artwork was removed from an exhibit at a campus library on Thursday following many complaints over it being sacrilegious.
Following Joe Giudice's entry at the Fort Dix in New Jersey in late March, his wife, Teresa Giudice paid a visit on Friday.
A source told People that the visit was extremely emotional for the couple as it was the first. "She [Teresa] was so happy to see him. It was a very emotional visit," the source said. It appears that Teresa has been granted the right to see her husband as it was reported previously that she and their daughters were not allowed to see Joe right after he entered the prison.
Another source told Entertainment Tonight that the 43-year-old TV personality has been adjusting to life behind bars well despite the struggles of being away from his family. "Everyone is adjusting well to the situation. He is handling prison well and has a positive mindset," the insider said. more >>
The Pascack Valley Regional School District in northern New Jersey voted Monday to adopt a policy allowing students who identify as transgender to use restrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity instead of their sex.
The district voted 6-1 to pass the policy they say is designed to protect transgender students' rights and comply with anti-discrimination laws, according to NBC New York.
Before the vote took place, however, more than two dozen people spent some three hours debating the policy and what it means for them. more >>
Famous American author Harper Lee once called Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's Taj Mahal-styled casino the "worst punishment" that "God can devise."
"The worst punishment God can devise for this sinner is to make her spirit reside eternally at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City," Lee wrote in a letter to a friend, Doris Leapard, on Aug. 25, 1990.
Lee, who died in February at the age of 89, is famous for the literary classic To Kill a Mockinbird, as well as the follow up novel Go Set a Watchman, which was only released last year. more >>
Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen says he isn't cheating anyone by not talking about Hell and repentance, insisting that people feel guilty enough already, and he wants to lift up believers instead of bringing them down.
When asked in an Easter Sunday interview by CBS News' "Sunday Morning" program "Do you feel like you're cheating people by not telling them about the Hell part? Or repentance part?" Osteen answered: "No, I really don't, because it's a different approach."
He continued: "You know, it's not hellfire and brimstone. But I say most people are beaten down enough by life. They already feel guilty enough. They're not doing what they should, raising their kids — we can all find reasons. So I want them to come to Lakewood or our meetings and be lifted up, to say, 'You know what? I may not be perfect, but I'm moving forward. I'm doing better.' And I think that motivates you to do better." more >>
Pontius Pilate is inextricably linked to the trial and crucifixion of Christ, and this Easter New Jersey-based megachurch Liquid Church is drawing parallels between the ancient political figure and the current presidential election cycle in the hopes of helping congregants learn how to discern godly leadership.
"As Christians we want our faith to inform our politics, not the other way around," said Liquid Church lead pastor Tim Lucas. In a humor-laced message this week dubbed The Politics of Pilate, Lucas defined "Pilate politics" as when leaders cater to special interests first, calling ancient political figure Pontius Pilate the posterchild for failed leadership and a symbol for what not to do as a public official. Lucas highlighted how the Roman governor's "political compromises" altered the course of history.
"Pontius Pilate really is the perfect politician to represent this moment in American history," said Lucas. "He is cynical, he is calculating and he is under pressure from a bloodthirsty base." more >>