Deputy Public Prosecutor Mavis Chionh has said in her closing oral submissions in the long-running trial of City Harvest Church pastor Kong Hee that the senior leader is a "well-practiced liar" who misused millions in church funds for his wife's popstar career.
"Far from being a mere figurehead ... [Kong] was a meticulous and details-oriented leader whose express approval was needed before the bonds could go ahead," Chionh added, according to The Straits Times.
Kong and five other CHC leaders are being accused of funneling money into singer Sun Ho's career through sham bond investing in the management company Xtron, allegedly operated by the church's leadership. The accused are facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted of having misused the $19.2 million in question. more >>
Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of a Supreme Court ruling, filed a motion Friday asking an appeals court to allow her to refuse to issue licenses when she returns to work Monday, until her case is settled.
In the motion filed with the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the Rowan County clerk's attorneys urged that her entire office be allowed to abstain from issuing marriage licenses pending the court's decision on the case.
Her attorneys argued that U.S. District Judge David Bunning's initial order concerned only the couples who sued her. The judge violated Davis' right to due process during her appeal by including in his initial injunction any couple legally eligible to marry, the attorneys said, according to Reuters. more >>
An atheist organization is threatening to sue a Georgia school district amid accusations that a primary school principal violated the U.S. Constitution by leading Christian prayers during graduation ceremonies.
The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the legal arm of the American Humanist Association, sent a letter Tuesday to officials with the Rabun County School District stating the secular group is planning to litigate the issue in federal court.
Written by AHA attorney Monica Miller, the letter was in regards to the prayers given by Lisa Patterson, principal of Rabun County Primary School, as a sign with the name "Jesus" on it found on Rabun County Board of Education property. more >>
A diverse group of clergy and legal experts sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to keep a rule allowing religious organizations with government grants to maintain hiring practices consistent with their religious beliefs.
Sent to the White House on Thursday, the letter pleads that President Obama reject calls by many progressive organizations to bar federal grants to religious organizations that use religious affiliation as a parameter for employment.
The letter was organized by the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance and signed by liberals and conservatives, religious leaders and religious freedom experts. For instance, Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; Ron Sider, president emeritus of Evangelicals for Social Action; and Douglas Laycock, Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia Law School, were among the 69 signers. more >>
Former Arkansas Governor and current Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said he is willing to go to jail on behalf of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who refused marriage licences to same-sex couples.
Huckabee made the offer while standing beside the recently released Davis at a Tuesday rally.
A diocese that broke away from The Episcopal Church is requesting prayers ahead of arguments scheduled to take place before the South Carolina Supreme Court over the regional body's church property dispute.
The Diocese of South Carolina will go before the Palmetto State's highest court to argue that they are the rightful owners of approximately $500 million worth of church property, rather than the national Mainline denomination.
The Rev. Canon Jim Lewis posted a prayer last Wednesday on the diocesan website asking God to "protect this diocese and its parishes." more >>