After 18-year-old Christopher Leonard survived a brutal beating last October inside one of the most unlikely of places, a church, the teenager testified in court that he "inappropriately" touched his step-sister's children.
On Tuesday, Leonard admitted to the molestation, according to CNN. He said it was during a church counseling session last October that he told Ferguson what he had done to her children in graphic detail.
In an alleged attempt to get their sons to confess sins and repent during the session, Bruce and Deborah Leonard, among six others at Word of Life Christian Center Church, located 250 miles north of of New York City, brutally beat the two young men, resulting in the death of Christopher Leonard's brother, Lucas. more >>
Catholic League President Bill Donohue said it is he who deserves an apology from the LGBT community following remarks by Pope Francis that called on Christians to apologize to gay people and others they have offended.
CNN's Chris Cuomo spoke with Donohue in an interview on Tuesday, where the latter was asked whether he feels like apologizing to the gay community.
"No," responded Donohue. "As a matter of fact, I want an apology from gays! I've been assaulted by gays. I've never assaulted a gay person in my entire life," he said, referring to an incident at a gay pride parade where he recalled being "assaulted by lesbians." more >>
It's been 40 years since Macy's began lighting up the night sky on the Fourth of July as America in commemoration of Independence Day. This year, Macy's Fireworks will be happening at 8 p.m. EST at the stretch of New York City's East River, starting from the Brooklyn Bridge across Williamsburg Bridge through Manhattan to Queens.
40 Years of Celebrating the Fourth of July with a Big Bang
The first fireworks display hosted by Macy's was held in 1958 at New York Harbor. When America celebrated its 200th Bicentennial, Macy's partnered with the Walt Disney Company to come up with a pyrotechnic display, which ultimately made the fireworks event an annual American tradition. more >>
Conservative groups are expressing concern for student rights following New York City Public Schools' recent LGBT Pride Celebration.
Earlier this week, NYC Public Schools held what has been described as their "first ever" LGBT pride celebration for students and their families.
"Hundreds of LGBT students, their parents and teachers came together Tuesday for the first LGBT pride celebration at the [Tweed] courthouse in Manhattan," reported Fox 5, noting that hundreds were in attendance. more >>
Donald Trump's meeting with over 900 evangelical leaders Tuesday morning helped move the conservative evangelical needle in his direction, however, some prominent evangelicals are not ready to fully back the real estate mogul.
The 70-year-old Trump met with evangelical pastors and leaders in New York City for a "conversation" at the Marriott Marquis that was designed to allow the evangelical community to get to know the billionaire better, while allowing Trump to get to know the concerns of evangelicals better.
Ultimately, Trump participated in three different meetings with evangelical leaders Tuesday morning. First, Trump met with a small group of selected evangelical leaders at Trump Tower around 8 a.m. Then, he met with another small group of select leaders at the Marriott Marquis before he addressed the 900 other evangelical leaders in attendance for the large-group meeting at the hotel. more >>
Outside Donald Trump's meeting with evangelical leaders stood a dissenting conservative evangelical political activist, Eric Teetsel, who had a message for the attendees: Torture, misogyny, racism, and murdering children of terrorists are not pro-life.
Teetsel wrote this message in red ink on a posterboard he bought at at nearby Staples and underneath his statement included "Proverbs 29:2," which reads, "When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan."
Teetsel, 32, is former director of the Manhattan Declaration and former faith advisor to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential campaign. more >>