Last week, two brutal stories brought to light the fine and tenuous line our culture maintains between legalized abortion and criminalized murder.
First, a teenage mother of a toddler was stopped in New York City, suspected of shoplifting. But when security officers looked in her bag, they found more than stolen merchandise. They discovered the corpse of a premature baby boy, born the day before, triggering a homicide investigation.
The next day, an emigrant from Samoa – who came to this county to become a Catholic nun – was charged in the District of Columbia with homicide. According to police, she told investigators she gave birth to a son and smothered him, afraid to let her superiors know about her sexual activity. more >>
Four same-sex married couples have opted to sue Tennessee over the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.
In a lawsuit filed Monday, the couples argue that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional in that it allegedly violates the equal protection and due process clauses.
All four married couples moved to Tennessee after being married in other states that had legalized gay marriage. more >>
Daisy Coleman, the 15-year-old alleged rape victim at the center of the ongoing case from Maryville, Missouri, wrote in a recent article that her alleged sexual assault and the intense community backlash that followed caused her to lose "all faith in religion and humanity."
In an article entitled "I'm Daisy Coleman, The Teenager at the Center of the Maryville Rape Media Storm, and This is What Really Happened," Daisy describes her experience of the events that took place on a frigid night in January 2012, when she says she was given alcohol and raped at the age of 14 by 17-year-old Matthew Barnett, a senior at Maryville High School in Missouri and grandson to Rex Barnett, a Republican who served four terms as state representative until 2002.
A retail giant that sued the federal government over the Department of Health and Human Services' mandate that requires religious employers to cover emergency contraceptives that can cause early abortion has asked the United States Supreme Court to review the case.
Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. sent a petition on Monday to the highest court in the land agreeing with the federal government's request for appeal regarding a lower court decision.
Although Hobby Lobby recently won an exemption from the mandate before the full court of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the company believes that the Supreme Court should weigh in on the matter. more >>
As several New Jersey cities began officiating same-sex marriages early Monday morning following a state Supreme Court ruling, one Christian stood up at a same-sex wedding ceremony in Newark to protest the union after Mayor Cory Booker asked if attendees had any objections.
Mayor Booker was one of the first government officials to marry several same-sex couples at the stroke of midnight early Monday morning at Newark's City Hall; in total, Booker married seven same-sex couples and two heterosexual couples. While beginning the wedding ceremony of same-sex couple Joseph Panessidi and Orville Bell, Booker asked those in attendance if anyone had any objections to the union.
One attendee at the City Hall gathering that attracted dozens then proceeded to stand up and yell: "This is unlawful in the eyes of God and Jesus Christ," according to NJ.com. The protester was then reportedly escorted out of City Hall and Booker said that because there were no "substantive and worthy objections," the ceremony could proceed. more >>
More than 30 Pennsylvania pastors belonging to the United Methodist Church intend to officiate a same-sex wedding in direct opposition to the denomination's official position on homosexuality.
Clergy and laity recently met at Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia where many in attendance agreed to officiate a same-sex wedding next month.
Rev. David Brown of Arch Street UMC told The Christian Post that the action was done in response to the church trial of one of their peers over his involvement in blessing a gay union. more >>