The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision to go along with the Obama administration's effort to force the University of Notre Dame to pay for birth control methods in violation of Catholic doctrine.
In February 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled, in University of Notre Dame v. Burwell, that the Catholic university must abide by the birth control mandate. The Supreme Court vacated that decision Monday and ordered the Seventh Circuit to reconsider its decision "in light of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc."
Before the Supreme Court's order, Notre Dame was the only religious nonprofit in the country without an exemption from the birth control mandate due to the Seventh Circuit's ruling. more >>
An organization based in the United Kingdom continues to push for justice on behalf of two Christian girls who were gang raped by five Pakistani Muslims.
Last December the Pakistani teenagers, named Sherish and Farzana who live in the Islamic Republic's Punjab province, were reportedly gang raped by the five Muslim men because they're Christian.
The British Pakistani Christian Association has stepped in to help Sherish and Farzana, as well as their family, in the wake of the gang rape and at least one violent incident of intimidation. more >>
A Texas organization that has investigated financial fraud in the American religious community is in the process of expanding their efforts globally.
The Dallas-based Trinity Foundation recently announced their plans to investigate religious fraud on a global scale following the release of research earlier this year indicating that religious fraud globally may total $100 billion in the next decade.
In a recently released statement, the Trinity Foundation noted that for 2015 alone it's estimated that international religious fraud will exceed donations to global missions. more >>
One day after the U.S. Department of Justice released its report on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, one city worker has been fired and three others suspended, while the family of slain teenager Michael Brown has said it will file a civil suit against the officer who shot and killed their son.
"We must do better not only as a city but as a state and a country," Ferguson Mayor James Knowles told the press Wednesday night. "We must all work to address issues of racial disparity in all aspects of our society."
The mayor's remarks came in the wake of a damning report by the DOJ, led by an investigation by Attorney General Eric Holder. Knowles also revealed that one city worker had been fired after it was discovered that he sent racist emails; another three were suspended for their participation. A source told CNN that their jobs "will not survive the investigation." more >>
Glen Campbell is in the final stages of his battle with Alzheimer's, but his family's battle over his assets has only just begun after the singer's two eldest children petitioned to wrest legal power from his wife of 32 years.
Reports arose on Thursday revealing that Campbell's children, Debby Campbell-Cloyd and Travis Campbell, filed a court petition in January demanding that Kim Campbell relinquish medical and financial authority over their father and his assets. The pair claim that their stepmother is keeping their 78-year-old father "secluded from the rest of the family" which has "prohibited [them] from participating in his care and/or treatment," according to the Associated Press.
The petition also claims that Campbell is not providing her husband with necessary toiletries and clothing, not visiting him regularly and possibly mishandling his finances. Moreover, Campbell and Campbell-Cloyd's petition claims that several of his children are not on his list of allowed visitors. The iconic country music singer has eight children in total; the youngest three he shares with Kim. more >>
Amanda Knox has been trying to live a semblance of a normal life in Seattle since being released from prison. The 27-year-old is currently employed at a bookstore and is writing for the West Seattle Herald. Moreover, Knox has become engaged to Colin Sutherland. Sutherland, 27, is said to have known Cox since they were in middle school and has reportedly written numerous letters to her while she was incarcerated in Italy.
The news of Knox's engagement was first reported in Seattle Times, and columnist Jonathan Martin wrote that Knox confirmed the engagement via email. No date has been set for the wedding.
But as they celebrate their engagement, legal proceedings continues in Italy as Knox and her co-defendant and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito fight back against their 2014 reconviction by an Italian court for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher. more >>