NBC's "Saturday Night Live" featured a parody trailer titled, "God is a Boob Man," mocking the Christian film "God's Not Dead 2" and alluding to cases related to religious freedom and gay marriage.
Billed as a production from the makers of films like "God On The Run and Angel in Denim: The Kim Davis Story," the spoof which aired Saturady featured a small-town baker who refuses to make a cake for a homosexual male couple's wedding, which results in a lawsuit about God's sexuality. (See below.)
"They say we're bigots, but Christians are the most oppressed group in this country," Beth (Vanessa Bayer) explains in the "trailer." "But I'm going to prove once and for all that God is straight." more >>
Indicted pro-life activist David Daleiden's legal team claims to have "clear evidence" that a Texas district attorney's office is "colluding" with Planned Parenthood.
Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, and his associate Sandra Merritt are facing felony indictments brought forth by a grand jury in Harris County, Texas, in January after the grand jury cleared a Houston abortion clinic of any criminal wrongdoing for its part in selling aborted baby body parts.
Although the grand jury convened last year with the purpose of investigating claims made in Daleiden's videos that the Planned Parenthood clinic was violating laws regulating compensation for fetal tissue, it was Daleiden and Merritt who were charged with falsifying drivers licenses in order to access Planned Parenthood, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Daleiden was also charged with trying to illegally buy and sell human tissue, the same crime he was trying to expose Planned Parenthood of violating. more >>
Pop star Katy Perry has won her court battle against a Catholic order of nuns to buy a former hilltop convent for $14.5 million from the Los Angeles archdiocese.
The Christian Post reported last year that 52 Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary had collectively purchased the convent at a discounted rate from a benefactor decades ago and said they were told by Archbishop Jose Gomez they could decided who they wanted to sell the property to last year.
While the sisters struck a $15.5 million deal with restaurateur Dana Hollister to buy the Los Feliz convent, Gomez agreed to sell the property to Perry for $1 million less. more >>
Missourians could not be forced to participate in a same-sex wedding if a proposed referendum is added to the ballot and passed.
Known as Senate Joint Resolution 39, the proposed referendum item passed the Senate in March and is presently being debated in the House.
"That the state shall not impose a penalty on a religious organization on the basis that the organization believes or acts in accordance with a sincere religious belief concerning marriage between two persons of the same sex," reads the proposed amendment in part. more >>
The criminal charges against a New York City pastor who congregants accused of taking money from the church's offering plate at least nine different times last year have been dropped after the pastor claimed he used the money for church-related expenses.
Pastor Daniel Impaglia of the evangelical Rock Church in Manhattan's Upper East Side was arrested and charged with petit larceny last November after congregants claimed to have video evidence of him stealing from the church offering.
Although congregants charged that the 71-year-old Impaglia stole church donations at least nine different times between Oct. 28 and Nov. 21, 2016, Impaglia refused to resign as the church's pastor despite some members insisting on his resignation. more >>
A district court in Michigan dismissed a lawsuit against one of the largest Catholic hospital organizations in the country that would have forced them to perform abortions.
United States District Court Judge Gershwin A. Drain of the Eastern District of Michigan granted Trinity Health Corporation's motion to dismiss a lawsuit leveled by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
In his 13-page Monday decision, Judge Drain argued that the ACLU and the plaintiffs it represented lacked the standing to sue Trinity Health over its policy of not performing emergency abortions. more >>