The apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis is hoping that, in addition to millions of people witnessing the famous ball dropping in Times Square on New Year's Eve, multitudes will also see its video billboard displayed nearby with a cross and reminder to Americans of the "religious freedoms they enjoy."
"I am thrilled that the Cross of Christ will be seen in the most-watched place in the world on this day," Ken Ham, AiG president, stated.
AiG officials said that whether people in the U.S. hold to the worldviews of Christianity, atheism, Judaism, and other belief systems, religious freedom must be defended. more >>
More than 20,000 police officers and other mourners packed Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens on Saturday for the funeral of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos, who was killed by a lone gunman with his partner about a week ago.
"Being a cop was not what they did. It was who they were," USA Today quoted Vice President Joe Biden as saying at the funeral service in the church whose entrance donned a huge Christmas wreath with shiny ornaments.
Addressing officers, Biden added, "You all joined for essentially the same reason. There was something about you that made you think that you could help. That you had a duty [to the rule of law]." more >>
Rafael Ramos, one of the two New York City police officers killed by a lone gunman last week, was a deeply spiritual man with a heart for ministry, and was to graduate as a lay chaplain that day, mourners recalled as his wake was held at Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens Friday.
A police honor guard brought Ramos' casket into Glendale church in New York for an afternoon wake Friday, according to CNN.
A funeral service will be held Saturday morning which is expected to be attended by about 25,000 police officers from around the country. Vice President Joe Biden, NY Mayor Bill De Blasio and NYPD Commissioner William Bratton will be among the speakers. more >>
A grumpy American Airlines passenger with a burning hatred for Christmas was nixed from a domestic flight Tuesday when he exploded and refused to be calmed after the airline's staff wished him "merry Christmas."
According to the New York Post, which does not identify the passenger, it was a cheerful gate agent who first triggered his anger as he waited to board American Airlines flight 1140 to Dallas by wishing him and other passengers a merry Christmas as they checked in.
"You shouldn't say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas," the man reportedly shouted at her. more >>
A man overheard making threats against the NYPD was arrested on Wednesday after an undercover officer reported him to fellow officials, who discovered an arsenal of weapons and a bulletproof vest at his home.
Elvin Payamps, 38, made the threatening remarks while at a bank in Queens; what he did not know was that a former member of the NYPD was also in the bank and overheard his comments. Charles Otero, a former officer, called 911 to report Payamps, but by the time officials arrived, he had already left.
"I'm going to kill another cop. We should do it before Christmas," Payamps reportedly said. "The cop should have been white that was killed. I always have a gun on me. They should have killed two white cops instead of the Hispanic and Asian if the guy really wanted to send a message." more >>
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says anti-police propaganda is partly to blame for Saturday's ambush killing of two NYPD officers who were sitting in their patrol car.
"What happened yesterday was an assassination which we haven't had since 1988 with officer Byrne," Giuliani said on "Fox and Friends" Sunday, comparing the on-duty killing of New York policemen Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos to the execution-style shooting of NYPD officer Edward Byrne.
Baltimore resident Ismaaiyl Brinsley traveled to New York and shot and killed Liu, 32, and Ramos, 40, Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked car in Brooklyn. more >>