An abortion provider whose clinic has been in operation since the 1980s has been arrested on charges of providing abortion-inducing drugs to women who were not pregnant.
Authorities arrested Nareshkumar G. Patel of Warr Acres at his clinic on Tuesday, later being booked into the Oklahoma County jail.
A congregation in Kansas that recently voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) for a more theologically conservative group is in a legal battle over its church property.
Presbyterian Church of Stanley, a congregation of about 1,000 members located in Overland Park, will have to go to court with its former PCUSA regional body, the Heartland Presbytery.
A spokesman for the Church of Stanley, who requested to remain anonymous, told The Christian Post that the central issue of the legal dispute was ownership of the church's property and assets. more >>
The state of Georgia executed Robert Wayne Holsey on Tuesday night after all appeals were exhausted, but before dying, Holsey apologized for his crime and asked the family of his homicide victim for forgiveness.
"Mr. Robinson, I'm sorry for taking your son's life that night," Holsey told the father of Deputy Will Robinson, according to witness and WMAZ reporter Randall Savage. "I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me and my family."
Holsey murdered Deputy Robinson in 1995 after robbing a convenience store. Just two years later, he was found guilty and sentenced to death. However, there were several appeals for his life to be spared, especially after his lawyer admitted to drinking nearly a quart of vodka per day during Holsey's trial. That lawyer was disbarred and sentenced to 10 years in jail for stealing client funds. more >>
Three Christian clergymen, each facing six years in prison in Iran for their faith, attended a second appeal hearing on Tuesday. Reports noted that yet another Christian, a house church leader in Shiraz, was recently arrested.
"The charges faced by Pastors Behnam Irani, Matthias Haghnejad and Deacon Silas Rabbani are clearly unjust, as Mr Farahani has argued in court. We continue to call on the authorities to release these clergymen along with Ebrahim Hosseinzadeh, unconditionally and without delay," said Christian Solidarity Worldwide Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas in a news release.
"Their only 'crime' is to exercise their right to freedom of religion or belief, as guaranteed in the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is signatory. We urge the Iranian government to uphold this right for religious minorities in Iran, in line with its obligations under international law and the provisions upholding the rights of religious minorities in its own constitution." more >>
A lawsuit is moving forward against a Washington State florist who refused to supply floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding ceremony based on her religious objection, which could put her at risk of serious financial loss and the loss of her business.
Baronelle Stutzman, who owns and operates Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, is being sued by the Washington State attorney general's office for refusing to supply flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding ceremony. Instead, she referred the couple to another nearby florist who could supply flowers for their wedding.
The attorney general's office filed its lawsuit against Stutzman in 2013, and after the judge who was presiding over the case joined the federal bench, another judge has been appointed to the case and began hearing arguments on the case last week. Judge Alex Ekstrom is expected to set the start of the trial for sometime in the Spring. more >>
Pastor Donnie McClurkin is calling for New York pastors, civic leaders, organizations, politicians and government officials to meet at his Perfecting Faith Church for a prayer rally in light of the recent protests coming as the result of a grand jury deciding not to indict a police officer for killing Eric Garner.
McClurkin, the senior pastor at the church and gospel singer, called for people to come together for a prayer rally at his Freeport, N.Y. church Tuesday at 7 p.m. during a time of protesting around the country.
"I believe that the church body should not be a spectator, but a participant and leader in dealing with such issues as the recent verdict announced," McClurkin said in a statement obtained by The Christian Post. "This is a time for the church to unite and raise their voices to God in prayer." more >>