A Texas megachurch that broke away from the largest Presbyterian congregation in the United States will have to pay $7.8 million in order to secure its property.
Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas, which recently voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) due to the denomination's liberal theology, agreed to a settlement with its former regional body.
The PCUSA Presbytery of Grace and Highland Park reached the settlement comes the month before oral arguments were to be heard in a lawsuit Highland Park leveled to not pay for the church property. more >>
A federal appeals court panel has upheld New Jersey's law banning sexual orientation change therapy for minors, in agreement with a lower court decision.
Three judges from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in King v. Christie that while they held some disagreement with an earlier district court decision, they still affirmed the decision against the plaintiffs.
At issue was New Jersey's A3371, a law passed in 2013 with strong bipartisan support, which bans conversion therapy for LGBT minors. more >>
The State of Texas executed Willie Trottie on Wednesday, Sept. 10 for the 1993 double murder of his former girlfriend and her brother. Trottie asked for forgiveness and said he was "going home to be with the Lord" before dying.
Trottie, 45, was given a lethal injection of pentobarbital and died 22 minutes after receiving the drug. Before dying, he told his witnesses that he loved them and asked for forgiveness from the relatives of his victims, Barbara and Titus Canada.
"I love you all," Trottie said. "I'm going home, going to be with the Lord. Find it in your heart to forgive me. I'm sorry." more >>
There are few states more pro-life than Tennessee. When you poll my friends and neighbors (I live in Columbia, Tennessee, perhaps best-known as the "Mule Capital of the World"), you'll find that 70 percent of Tennesseans would like to ban abortion in all cases or in all cases except rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at stake. That's a solid pro-life majority.
So Tennessee should be leading the nation in aggressive pro-life legislation, right? It should be joining Texas, Mississippi, Virginia and other states in protecting women from Gosnell-style abortion mills and should be ensuring that abortion isn't treated more casually than tattoos or piercings, right? Wrong.
The Tennessee Supreme Court (long dominated by the Left—a holdover from Tennessee's days as a blue-dog Democrat state) has decreed that the Tennessee Constitution protects abortion rights to a greater extent than the United States Supreme Court has protected the federal right to abortion. In plain English, this means that Tennessee has become a veritable abortion supermarket, with women traveling to evade pro-life regulations in neighboring states. Tennessee is a Gosnell scandal waiting to happen. more >>
Olympian athlete Oscar Pistorius has been cleared of all murder charges after South Africa judge Thokozile Masipa said on Thursday that prosecutors had failed to prove that he intended to kill his girlfriend, model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp, in an incident in February 2013.
"The state has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder," Masipa told the Pretoria High Court, according to Reuters. "There are just not enough facts to support such a finding."
Pistorius broke out in tears as the judge read the sentence. more >>
The American Humanist Association announced Monday a "Don't Say the Pledge" campaign, arguing that their recent AHA poll found a third of Americans support removing the phrase "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.
Christian groups dispute the poll's findings, saying other polls show overwhelming support for keeping the phrase.
Roy Speckhardt, executive director for AHA, told The Christian Post that the "under God" in the pledge leaves out atheists, and thus negates "the all-important 'indivisible' that follows." more >>