An Asian American Christian couple has been accused of killing their eight-year-old adopted African daughter by authorities in Qatar, who allegedly questioned why the couple chose to adopt children who were not "good-looking" or shared their "hereditary traits."
The California Innocence Project, which is assisting The David House Agency in representing the couple, Matthew and Grace Huang from Los Angeles, who have been charged with murder and human trafficking, says the couple was wrongfully imprisoned. If convicted they will face the death penalty.
The Eric Snowden affair has unwittingly impacted around 300 Russian orphans who still hope to be united with American parents. President Barack Obama's decision this week to cancel a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin due to Russia's granting of asyslum to Snowden has further harmed attempts to complete adoption of the Russian orphans who were in the process of being adopted when the adoption ban was put in place.
The Russian ban on Americans adopting Russian children was never about the well-being of orphans. Rather, it was done as a political retaliation for passage of the Magnitsky Act. The Act, signed into law by Obama in December, places travel restrictions on Russians suspected of human rights violations. It is named after Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered corruption in the Russian government and died in a Russian prison. Some reports says he was beaten to death.
"Russia used the adoption ban to give America a diplomatic poke in the eye, at the expense of children who need families," Jedd Medefind, president of Christian Alliance for Orphans, explained to The Christian Post. more >>
WASHINGTON – Pro-life advocates rallied outside of the ABC News office in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, demanding even-handed media coverage of abortion and the pro-life movement.
"It's time to stop censoring the news about this most important issue of the day," proclaimed Lila Rose, founder and president of Live Action, an new media organization that is known for its undercover videos of abortion clinics.
As Rose began speaking, around 60 supporters gathered, along with an ABC cameraman and various reporters from other outlets. After a half-hour, the crowd had swelled to well over 130. more >>
Does this sound familiar? Congress is more partisan than ever; Republicans and Democrats do not know how to work together; the Parties are so divided that nothing gets accomplished. But there have been a number of issues for which Republicans and Democrats have recently worked across the aisle with one another.
Here are eight issues where Republicans and Democrats demonstrate a spirit of bipartisanship:
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The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has declared that the legal recognition of same-sex marriage is an "apocalyptic symptom" that should be combatted. Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow stated after a service held last Sunday at the Kazan Cathedral that same-sex marriage should never be sanctioned.
"This is a very dangerous apocalyptic symptom, and we must do everything in our powers to ensure that sin is never sanctioned in Russia by state law, because that would mean that the nation has embarked on a path of self-destruction," said Kirill. "We face enormous temptations when countries start approving sin and codifying it into law in order to justify it."
Kirill's words come as the Eastern European power continues to pass legislation meant to curb LGBT activism and homosexuality in general. Even as other European nations like France and the United Kingdom pass increasingly pro-gay legislation, over the past year Russia has gone in the opposite direction. more >>
The recent bans on abortions of fetuses older than 20 weeks has prompted some critics to complain that the bans would prevent aborting those with Down syndrome.
Since tests used to detect Down syndrome are typically conducted near or after the fetus is 20 weeks old, most parents who discover their child has Down syndrome would not be able to abort him or her. Some recent studies suggest that somewhere between 81 and 92 percent of those who receive a positive test for Down syndrome choose to abort their children.