A British doctor who was fired from a hospital in England's West Midlands because of a prayer he sent to coworkers has lost his second appeal for wrongful termination this week.
Dr. David Drew, 65, had tried to convince an appeals court that he was fired from his post as a consultant pediatrician at Walsall Healthcare NHS (National Healthcare System) Trust in 2010 because he had been acting as a whistleblower against budget cuts that he argued put patient safety at risk. The hospital and two employment appeal tribunals argued, however, that Drew had been fired because he had refused to conform to the hospital's guidelines regarding religion.
The United Methodist Church will consider whether various resolutions passed by regional bodies opposed to the denomination's stance against homosexuality are in violation of church rules.
The United Methodist Judicial Council will hold a hearing next month on the resolutions passed by conferences within the Western Jurisdiction of the UMC in the 2013 annual conference session.
Homosexuality is considered "incompatible with Christian teaching" and "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" cannot be ordained, according to the UMC's Book of Discipline. The document further states that UMC clergy may not officiate same-sex unions and defines marriage as between one man and one woman. more >>
A Maryland-based Roman Catholic religious order has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over the federal government's controversial preventive services mandate.
The Little Sisters of the Poor, an order that oversees multiple homes for the elderly, filed suit Wednesday in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
In the class action complaint, the Sisters argued that they cannot comply with the final rules of the mandate due to their religious views regarding "contraception, sterilization, abortifacients, and related education and counseling." more >>
U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini is refusing to deny Jesus Christ and turn back to Islam, even if that could means jeopardizing his release from prison, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) said.
Abedini has been imprisoned for almost a full year now in Evin Prison in Tehran because of his Christian faith. Iran has recently released 11 prisoners of conscience, and is poised to release almost 80 others, but despite repeated attempts to have Abedini renounce his faith, the pastor has refused to do so.
Below is an edited phone interview The Christian Post did on Tuesday with Tiffany Barrans, the international legal director at the ACLJ, which represents the pastor's wife, Naghmeh, and their two children in the U.S. more >>
Amanda Bynes was due in court yesterday, Sept. 24, but did not appear as she is still in-residence at a psychiatric hospital. Her lawyer told the judge that Bynes is mentally unfit to stand trial in the DUI case from April 2012.
"Her attorney declared a 1368 PC [Penal Code] hearing to declare a doubt to mental capacity," a Los Angeles County District Attorney's office spokesman told Us Weekly. "The parties will be due back in court on January 14, 2014 for a progress report."
For now, Bynes' mother, Lynn, will remain her conservator and have full legal control over Bynes' assets and health. A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 27 to determine whether Lynn's conservatorship will be made permanent. A judge granted her temporary conservatorship after Bynes was admitted to a psychiatric facility on a 5150 involuntary hold. more >>
Former physician Kermit Gosnell, known for running a "House of Horrors" late-term abortion clinic in Philadelphia, believes he is "spiritually innocent" for the first degree murders of newborn babies, saying that his grisly work at the clinic was meant to fight a "war on poverty" in the U.S.
Speaking out for the first time since his trial in May that found him guilty of first degree murder of three newborn babies and the involuntary manslaughter of one of his patients, Gosnell told Philadelphia Magazine reporter Steve Volt in an interview that although he believes abortion is not ideal, it is a "greater sin" to deliver a child into an impoverished world.
"In an ideal world," Gosnell told Volt, "we'd have no need for abortion. But bringing a child into the world when it cannot be provided for, that there are not sufficient systems to support, is a greater sin. I considered myself to be in a war against poverty, and I feel comfortable with the things I did and the decisions I made." more >>