A New Jersey judge hearing a lawsuit made against a sexual orientation change therapy group has decided to bar the testimony of experts who consider homosexuality a mental disorder.
State Superior Court Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr. ruled last week that Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) could not bring certain experts in due to their position that homosexuality should still be considered a mental illness.
"The overwhelming weight of scientific authority concludes that homosexuality is not a disorder or abnormal. The universal acceptance of that scientific conclusion – save for outliers such as JONAH – requires that any expert opinions to the contrary must be barred," wrote Bariso. more >>
A New Jersey teenager who stood up against atheists seeking to legally remove the phrase "one nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, declared victory in court last Friday after a state judge dismissed the case.
The teenager, Samantha Jones, a senior at Highland Regional High School celebrated what she describes as the right of her fellow students to keep reciting the pledge of allegiance in its entirety according to a release from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represented her.
"I'm so grateful the court decided that kids like me shouldn't be silenced just because some people object to timeless American values," said Jones, who was a defendent-intervenor in the suit. more >>
Carman Licciardello, popular Christian recording artist and actor, has shared in an online post how he believes God's grace helped him endure the painful journey of cancer treatment, to eventually find himself "cancer-free."
The singer, who goes professionally by just Carman, captioned the below double-photo with the phrase "The Difference One Year Can Make" on Tuesday. The image on the left is of Carman "deep in chemo," while the one on the right is of him "nine months later before walking on stage."
He went on to share with his 383,000-plus Facebook followers: "I remember so well washing my hair after the 3rd week of chemotherapy and seeing it all come off in my hands in clumps. I remember the agony of that giant needle in my sternum to draw out stem cells. The ports they planted in my chest to daily inject drugs. The mind numbing pain of my bones expanding to produce stem cells." more >>
New Jersey's Superior Court will soon hear arguments regarding two motions in a lawsuit leveled against a Jewish group that offers therapy to change a person's sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual.
Two motions were filed on behalf of JONAH International in its legal battle against the Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, which is known for labeling faith-based organizatons as "hate groups" due to their opposition to homosexuality and pro-gay agendas.
The SPLC also filed parallel motions against JONAH on behalf of its clients, which Arthur Goldberg, co-director of JONAH, described as "misguided motions [that] are based on the false assumption that homosexuality is a 'normal variant of human sexuality' and that sexual orientation cannot 'change.'" more >>
An intense dashcam recording released by the Bridgeton Police Department in New Jersey on Tuesday, shows the fatal shooting of Jerame Reid, 36, by officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley, when it appears that Reid had his hands in front of him.
A copy of the video, which lasts just over five minutes, shows the officers warning Reid during what began as a routine traffic stop, not to move before the now deceased man appears to push the passenger side door open and alight from the vehicle declaring "I'm getting out" with what appears to be his arms in front of him.
Almost instantly, the officer identified as Braheme, who is black, fires several shots at Reid while officer Worley, who is white, is seen in the video firing a single round. more >>
A Baptist pastor from Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, who says he once punched a teenager in the chest for "not taking the Lord seriously" and it led to his salvation, is now apologizing for his actions after the video of his confession went viral.
The clip of the confession posted to YouTube about three weeks ago features Dammann, pastor of at Bible Baptist Church, talking about the teenager called "Ben."
"There was a young man in Calgary, his name was Ben … he was a nice kid, but was one of those kids who was always just, he's a real smart alec. He was a bright kid which made him more dangerous," said Dammann in the clip. more >>