Just months after the New York town of Greece won a Supreme Court ruling permitting it to open its community meetings with sectarian prayer, an atheist is set to lead the invocation on Tuesday night.
Dan Courtney, whom the Associated Press identifies as a mechanical engineer and a member of the Atheist Community of Rochester, made his request to Greece leaders following the Supreme Court decision in May.
In Town of Greece v. Galloway, the highest court ruled 5 to 4 that Greece could select Christian ministers to offer explicitely Christian prayers before their town meetings. more >>
An unconventional metal band made up of three eighth graders from Brooklyn, New York, called Unlocking The Truth just signed a deal worth a potential $1.7 million with Sony and they are taking the Internet by storm.
According to a report in the New York Daily News, Sony has agreed to produce at least two albums for the young band and could produce four more if the band does well commercially.
The band, comprised of guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13; bassist Alec Atkins, 13, and drummer Jarad Dawkins, 12, shot to Internet fame after one of their recorded Times Square performances went viral when it was posted to YouTube. more >>
Carl Lentz, the popular pastor of Hillsong Church in New York City, officiated the wedding of Raptors' shooting guard Landry Fields and his model girlfriend, Elaine Alden, Saturday.
Lentz shared in an online photo of himself, wife, Laura Lentz, and the bride and groom, "It's a special thing to be a part of a couples wedding and marriage." He added, while tagging Fields and Alden, "Love you both!"
Landry, formerly of the New York Knicks and who considers Hillsong NYC his church family, also shared an image online of he and his new bride making it official and described his wife as a "trophy of God's GRACE." more >>
Ja Rule, rapper and I'm in Love With a Church Girl star, shares in a recent radio interview how his early experiences as a Jehovah's Witness left him disenchanted with religion, why he and his wife decided to get saved at Hillsong NYC church, and why he finds Pastor Mason "Ma$e" Betha's explicit rap lyrics "very confusing."
Ja Rule, born Jeffrey Atkins, appeared on the popular radio show "The Breakfast Club" on Thursday to promote his new memoir, Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man, a new MTV reality show with his family, and other projects. The bulk of the interview, however, centered around religion.
Ja Rule, who previously shared being raised as a Jehovah's Witness, revealed that what turned him off from the religion was how his family members shunned his mother once she was disfellowshipped from the faith community. more >>
A 22-year-old mother from Queens, New York, who allegedly suffocated her 11-month-old son because she "didn't want him anymore," is now in police custody and facing the scorn of shocked friends and family who cannot understand why she would do something so sinister.
The mother, identified as Nicole "Nikki" Kelly in a PIX 11 report, has been charged with second-degree murder. Her son, Kiam Felix Jr., was pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital Sunday after his father brought him to the emergency room.
Kelly lived with her son in a rented a room in the home of a woman who declined to speak about the shocking revelation except to say that the boy was a "happy baby." The boy's father did not live with them. more >>
Film actor Pierce Brosnan revealed that his Catholic faith helped him deal with a number of life's tragedies, including losing both his first wife and his adopted daughter to ovarian cancer.
"I would say faith, being Irish, being Catholic, it's ingrained in my DNA," Brosnan responded to a question about what helped him through his dark days, according to NY Daily News on Monday.
Brosnan, most famous for starring in the "James Bond" series, made the comments at the New York premiere of his new film, "A Long Way Down," where he plays a depressed television personality contemplating suicide. more >>