Tens of thousands of Pakistani Muslims took to the streets on Tuesday to cheer and throw flowers on the casket of an executed bodyguard who in 2011 murdered popular Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer over his plan to reform the country's strict blasphemy law.
"He lives! Qadri lives!" supporters in the city of Rawalpindi chanted, according to Reuters. "From your blood, the revolution will come!"
Mumtaz Qadri was put to death for assassinating Taseer in 2011, an action which has made him a hero for many hardline Islamists. Taseer had been accused by hardline groups of committing blasphemy himself by criticizing the law, which is supposed to protect Muslim sentiments, but according to human rights groups is often used to settle personal scores and oppress Christians and other religious minorities. more >>
United States Sergeant First Class Charles Martland has reportedly been granted a two-month extension in his ongoing case with the U.S. Army as he faces expulsion for intervening to protect a child from an Afghan child-rapist.
The American Center for Law and Justice called it a "small victory in a vitally important case defending a war hero and exposing evil."
Martland, a Green Beret Bronze Star recipient, was disciplined after he and his superior officer, Captain Daniel Quinn, confronted an Afghan commander allied with U.S. forces who was abusing a young boy. more >>
The Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom says there are four reasons why the criminal indictment of the pro-life activists behind last year's undercover Planned Parenthood videos won't help the nation's largest abortion provider in its battle against criminal allegations.
After the Center for Medical Progress' undercover videos displaying Planned Parenthood's baby parts reimbursement practices took the pro-life movement by storm, a grand jury in Harris County, Texas, investigated the criminal claims made against a Planned Parenthood clinic in Houston.
The grand jury concluded the investigation by announcing in January that it was clearing Planned Parenthood officials of all charges, but was indicting CMP founder David Daleiden and his associate Sandra Merritt on felony charges of tampering with a government record. more >>
Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson said at an evangelical Christian media gathering that Planned Parenthood leadership should be imprisoned for their harvesting of aborted baby body parts.
At the National Religious Broadcasters "Proclaim 16" convention in Nashville, Tennessee last week, the retired neurosurgeon stated that he believes Planned Parenthood "should be defunded and should be dismantled."
"What they did with selling of body parts and dismembering fetuses I believe is criminal activity," commented Carson, with the audience applauding in response. more >>
After a five-year legal battle, a national atheist group has dropped its lawsuit against a decades-old Jesus statue located on federally-owned land in Montana.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation failed to file an appeal with the Supreme Court by its deadline this week over "Big Mountain Jesus," located near Whitefish Mountain Resort.
In August, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the presence of the religious statue on federally-owned land was constitutional, citing the 60-year-old figure's historical and cultural value to the area. more >>
One hundred and sixty two abortion clinics have closed in the United States since 2011, which is reportedly faster than at any other time since the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.
In data compiled by Bloomberg Businessweek released Wednesday, since 2011, 162 clinics have closed while 21 new ones have opened.
"The drop-off in providers — more than one every two weeks — occurred in 35 states, in both small towns and big cities that are home to more than 30 million women of reproductive age," according Bloomberg Business reporter Esme Deprez, who is a finalist for the Livingston Awards for "my story about the legislative assault on the business of abortion." more >>