The staff and congregation at the Church of the Magdalene in New York's Pocantico Hills are stunned following the Christmas day robbery of $20,000 in offerings.
Rev. Joseph Dietz told the Journal News "I was shocked and our parishioners were shocked. We've never had anything like this happen here."
According to Mount Pleasant police, the thief struck during the church's Christmas morning mass. The person reportedly pried open a back door, broke in into the church office and stole the money from a desk drawer. The $20,000 was collected from attendees of its two Christmas Eve mass. more >>
The governor of New York recently approved a new policy that will allow the state's tax dollars to fund sex change operations for indigent New Yorkers who identify as transgender and have been medically diagnosed with gender identity disorder.
The new regulation will permit the state's $55 billion Medicaid program, which is already the largest in the nation, to fund gender reassignment surgeries as well as other medical treatments, such as hormone therapy for transgenders enrolled in the program.
Officials in the state estimate that the new provision in the Medicaid policy will expand the program by nearly $6.7 million a year. According to the New York Post, there are approximately 661 transgender residents enrolled in the state's Medicaid program who've been diagnosed with gender dysphoria who would qualify for the reassignment surgery. more >>
Aktarer Zaman, a 22-year-old New Yorker who founded a website called skipplagged.com that helps consumers purchase cheap "hidden city" airline tickets, is now seeking help from the public in fighting a civil lawsuit from United Airlines and Orbitz which have charge that his website is undercutting their sales.
"Our mission is to make it easier to experience the world. We find flights that cost up to 80 percent less than the cheapest on any other website!" Skiplagged proudly proclaims on its Twitter page.
Orbitz and United Airlines, however, cried foul against the "hidden city" ticketing practice Skipplagged utilizes in the lawsuit they filed against Zaman last month. more >>
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 >>