LOS ANGELES – Executive producers of the 2016 remake of "Ben-Hur," Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, shared their heart for forgiveness and reconciliation as more information is released on the Orlando massacre – the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
"There's things clearly happening in the world and we put this film together to impact culture with the message of love and forgiveness and reconciliation and that's needed now more than ever," Roma Downey, former "Touched By An Angel" star, said at a Los Angeles screening of "Ben-Hur" about the Orlando shooting.
When asked how she and her husband, Mark Burnett, hope to spread the message of forgiveness in these dark times, she maintained she plans to do so by one act of kindness at a time. more >>
Dozens of residents of a Wisconsin city offered their opinions on whether or not a public park situated near a high school should allow a parent-led weekly event called the "Jesus Lunch."
The "Jesus Lunch" is an unofficial gathering held each Tuesday at Fireman's Park for students of nearby Middleton High School of the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District.
School officials have argued that the lunches were not adhering to school policies, like proper food preparation, while organizers countered that since Fireman's Park is a public park, they were not obligated to strictly follow school policies. more >>
An atheist group's attempt to stop a Tennessee sheriff from posting Christian messages on his police department's Facebook page has been thwarted by a district court judge who rejected their injunction request.
Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson was recently sued for posting a message on the department's Facebook page on Easter weekend celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
As the suit in going through mediation, the group American Atheists attempted to get an injunction from U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips to stop Sheriff Watson from posting religious message online. more >>
The highly anticipated atheist Reason Rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. reportedly drew a much smaller crowd on Saturday than expected, with a variety of different reasons offered for the low attendance.
CNN Wire said "thousands" came out for what organizers said was a political event, bringing together secular people from across America. Several reports have noted that the attendance was well below the over 30,000 mark that organizers had hoped for.
Official figures of how many attended have not been provided yet, with even the "15,000 to 20,000" estimate by rally organizers disputed by sources such as Hemant Mehta of The Friendly Atheist blog on Patheos.com. more >>
A California public school called a Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff in Palmdale to reprimand a 7-year-old student for handing out Bible verses, warning that such actions are "offensive."
Santa Monica Observer reported that the student, who attends Desert Rose Elementary, had been handing out Bible verses given to him in the form of short notes from his mother, Christina Zavala, alongside his lunch.
The young boy distributed the Bible verses while standing on a public sidewalks outside the school. more >>
A billboard erected in Colorado Springs, Colorado, by a group claiming the United States Air Force favors Christianity over all other religions is sparking controversy.
News Channel 13 reported that that the sign, which reads "Welcome Mr. President to Our AF Academy. Why is Jesus Commander in Chief Here?" is provoking mixed feelings among drivers on the I-25 near Garden of the Gods, with some stating that it goes too far.
"Comedy and sarcasm is always a good way to get attention, but this is a little much. I think it raises a lot more questions than answers," said Kate Harris, who works close to the new billboard. more >>