A disabled Christian man sentenced to death in Pakistan has claimed that he was forced into admitting blasphemy charges in order to save his wife, who was being tortured by police.
"There is no man who can stand to see his wife being tortured by police, so to save my wife, I confessed," Shafqat Emmanuel said in his appeal, according to Mail Online.
Pastor Gu Yuese, the imprisoned leader of the largest government-sanctioned church in China who stood up to the ongoing crackdown on churches, wrote a letter to his congregation urging compliance.
China Aid, a Christian human rights organization based in the U.S., said, however, that some suspect Gu might have been forced by government authorities to write the letter.
While the Communist Party detained and in February charged the pastor with embezzling near U.S. $1.6 million in funds, persecution watchdog groups have said that the arrest has more to do with Gu standing up against the government's crackdown of churches, including the forced removal of rooftop crosses. more >>
After being sued for widespread fraud, which bilked consumers out of millions of dollars, a self-described charity called the Cancer Fund of America, based in Tennessee, has tentatively agreed to go out of business.
According to CNN, the decision came after a court battle with the Federal Trade Commission and the attorneys general for all 50 states.
In a 2014 chart billed America's Worst Charities based on cash paid to solicitors in a 10-year period, the Cancer Fund ranked second behind another outfit called the Kid's Wish Network. The Cancer Fund raised $86.8 million but paid $75.4 million to solicitors while spending just 1 percent of the funds raised on direct cash aid. more >>
The Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns who are fighting an Obamacare mandate because of their religious objections to contraceptives, have said that all major faith groups in America, including Protestant, Muslim, Jewish, Native American and Hindu leaders, are all behind their cause.
"It's easy to support religious freedom for the majority," said Ossama Bahloul, Imam of The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, according to a statement released on Tuesday by the The Becket Fund. "But the test of America's commitment to religious diversity and freedom comes when we show we'll defend minorities and those with whom we do not fully agree."
Rabbi Mitchell Rocklin, a member of the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America, added, "We have great admiration for the Little Sisters who are standing up not just for themselves and the elderly poor they serve but for the rights of all people of faith, including Jews. Their courage is an example to all of us." more >>
The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could lead to re-argument of some key cases, including those related to exemptions from Obamacare's contraception mandate and a Texas abortion law, which are under review.
After Scalia's death on Saturday, their are now eight justices, which means a tie is possible given how those eight voted in the Hobby Lobby case in 2014.
Justice Scalia was a Reagan appointee and he strengthened conservative jurisprudence and focused on the Constitution's original meaning. more >>
Dallas' city leadership narrowly voted to ban an adult entertainment conference known as the Exxotcia Expo from using the publicly owned convention center.
In a vote of 8 to 7, the Dallas City Council decided Wednesday to not allow Exxxotica to use the public facility for its three-day expo, previously scheduled to take place in May.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation hailed the decision, given what both Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and the organization know about Exxotica. more >>