Ali Muhammad Brown, 29, a Muslim man who's facing multiple murder charges including the murder of New Jersey teenager Brendan Tevlin, 19, revealed last month that Tevlin's death was payback for the innocent lives of Muslims lost in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran as a result of U.S. military action in the Middle East.
"All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life," Brown reportedly told detectives, according court documents cited by nj.com.
The court documents, which were filed in Washington State last month where Brown is also accused of murdering three other men, reveal that he felt it was his mission to kill Tevlin. Tevlin and the other men were all shot several times in isolated areas at night. more >>
Popular recording artist Carman Licciardello recently spoke out in defense of Joel Osteen, whom he called "a God ordained bridge between the mainstream world and the church," and called for Christian critics to stop "terrorizing" the successful megachurch pastor.
Osteen is often criticized by some Christians for promoting a watered-down Gospel and teaching positive thinking and prosperity instead of preaching about sin and repentance. The megachurch pastor and best-selling author leads along with his wife and other ministers America's fastest-growing church, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Osteen always invites listeners at the end of his sermons to make Jesus their Lord and Savior, and encourages them to get plugged into Bible-based local churches.
But those actions matters very little, according to critics, when they are weighed against the content of what Osteen teaches (read Michael Brown's open letter to the Osteens), which some observers feel was typified in a recent YouTube clip posted online of Victoria Osteen making controversial remarks about Christians and worship of God. more >>
A federal appeals court panel has upheld New Jersey's law banning sexual orientation change therapy for minors, in agreement with a lower court decision.
Three judges from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in King v. Christie that while they held some disagreement with an earlier district court decision, they still affirmed the decision against the plaintiffs.
At issue was New Jersey's A3371, a law passed in 2013 with strong bipartisan support, which bans conversion therapy for LGBT minors. more >>
A federal judge upheld a New Jersey law that prohibits conversion therapy for minors.
U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson of the District of New Jersey rejected the second lawsuit against the law to be brought before the court.
Wolfson ruled last Wednesday in Doe v. Christie that the unnamed parents and their minor child who filed suit against the law did not have their rights violated by the therapy ban. more >>
Panic has gripped Jefferson County, New Jersey, after a deadly green anaconda reportedly about 15 to 16 feet long was spotted roaming about Lake Hopatcong several times in recent weeks.
State officials and other private citizens are now seeking to capture or kill it as the creature can turn extremely deadly when threatened.
Reptile specialist Gerald Andrejcak told NJ.com Friday that he had been tracking media reports about the snake on Facebook, but only learned it was the deadly green anaconda last Thursday, after spotting the reptile just before entering the lake by kayak at a boathouse in the area. more >>
Father's Day turned into a nightmare for an Irvington, New Jersey, woman Sunday while she sat in church waiting for her grandson and his mother to come help her remember his deceased father in a special Father's Day service at Solid Rock Church. Stephon Sydney, his mother and four other family members were wailing for help in a tragic house fire that killed them all.
Iris Sydney learned the devastating news that her grandson, Stephon, and his mother, Noreen Johnson, 43, had perished with four other relatives from a sheriff's deputy who was waiting at her door as she returned from church, according to The Associated Press. The mother and son had travelled all the way from Crawford, Georgia, for the special occasion.
"I can't believe this," said the devastated woman as she clutched a portrait of the boy and his mother and stared at the charred remains of the house where they died Sunday. more >>