A conservative Lutheran couple living in North Dakota have filed a lawsuit against the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, claiming they were defamed and discriminated against by their congregation over their theologically conservative viewpoints.
Ray and Joan Grabanski of Kindred filed the suit in Cass County District Court earlier this week against the ELCA Eastern North Dakota Synod and Norman Evangelical Lutheran Church.
In their suit the Grabanskis charge that the congregation treated them maliciously after they expressed their opposition to gay marriage. more >>
The man accused of committing a deadly mass shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado said he is guilty and a "warrior for the babies."
Robert Lewis Dear Jr. faced 179 charges surrounding the November 27 Colorado Springs shooting, which left three people dead and several more wounded.
"I am guilty, there's no trial. I am a warrior for the babies," said the 57-year-old Dear, one of several loud outbursts he made during his first in-person court appearance, which was held in El Paso County. more >>
Child welfare services in Norway have reportedly removed five Christian children from their parents' home and placed them into foster care after the parents were accused of radicalizing and indoctrinating their children with Christianity.
According to the British-based Christian Institute, Norway's child protection services, known as the Barnevernet, seized the three sons and two daughters of Ruth and Marius Bodnariu in mid-November.
Although the family wasn't quite sure at the time why their children were being taken away from them, their lawyer discovered that the parents were being charged with Christian indoctrination. more >>
The family of a 3-year-old boy who was raped in a bathroom by a teenage male volunteer as they worshipped at a Tennessee church last summer has filed a staggering $37.5 million lawsuit against the organization for negligence.
In the lawsuit filed Monday, according to The Tennessean, the teenage volunteer raped the boy in a bathroom at the Fellowship Bible Church campus in Brentwood on Aug. 24, 2014. He later pleaded guilty in court to aggravated sexual battery.
An atheist group based in Wisconsin has erected a nativity scene that involves a copy of the U.S. Constitution in place of the baby Jesus on public property in Indiana.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation placed the display earlier this week at the Franklin County Courthouse in Brookville following a failed effort to remove a manger scene.
FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor said in a statement released last week that she and her organization preferred no displays at the courthouse. more >>
All six City Harvest Church leaders have appealed their guilty verdicts and sentences in the major fraud case concerning $35-million in church donations, while the prosecution has called for harsher punishments.
Asia One reported that Pastor Kong Hee, who had already announced his appeal, appeared at Singapore's State Courts Wednesday afternoon, and was followed by the five other CHC leaders one by one.
The six were found guilty in October of misusing $35-million in church donations, which went to the music career of singer and fellow CHC Pastor Sun Ho, but were given different sentences. more >>