City Harvest Church finance manager Sharon Tan reportedly broke down on the stand during the trial of six church members, including Pastor Kong Hee, who are accused of misusing more than $19.2 million of funds for the popstar career of Kong's wife, singer Sun Ho.
The prosecution said in a cross-examination of Tan that emails have shown that she intended to cover up the Singapore megachurch's payments to Xtron Productions, the company behind Ho's career.
Tan's cross-examination wrapped up on Monday, Channel News Asia reported, with the prosecution arguing that she had conspired with other church leaders to execute a series of "round-tripping transactions." more >>
Chuck Smith, Jr., has responded in strong opposition to a lawsuit shortly after it was filed by his sister and apparently supported by his brother on Friday, that alleges elder abuse against the late Pastor Chuck Smith and wrongful takeover of his property by the church board at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, and includes current pastor Brian Brodersen.
"For the record, I want it to be known that I do not support the lawsuit my sister Janette and brother Jeff have filed against Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa," Smith wrote in a letter that was distributed at the church on Sunday.
"In my opinion it is groundless, deplorable, dishonoring to our father (and to his work, not to mention the people to whom he dedicated his life). It is another sad stain on the representation of Christianity. The only motivation I can see for the suit is malice and greed. Any pretense to honor my father's name or provide adequate care and support for my mother is nonsense." more >>
WASHINGTON — Conservatives can still win the marriage debate, traditional marriage advocates argued at the Values Voter Summit.
Titled "The Future of Marriage: To The Supreme Court and Beyond," the panel was held Saturday afternoon at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage.
Brian Brown, president of NOM, said he believed the media was trying to portray the issue as one that conservatives were avoiding. more >>
The murdered mother of two children reportedly thanked God for a surprise blessing before being shot and killed by a woman who wanted the children for herself.
Natalia Roberts, 30, was surprised by a stranger's offer of free baby clothes and excitedly called her mother to relay the good news and blessing.
"She called her mother and told her that something real good had just happened. She was excited about the baby clothes that had been offered to her and how good God was," Roberts' uncle Benny Roberts told Channel 2 Action News on Friday, Sept. 26. more >>
Last week a judge sentenced conservative author Dinesh D'Souza, one of the most brilliant conservative political writers of the modern era, to eight months in a halfway house and probation. He was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine within 45 days. What was his alleged crime? He made two contributions to a losing political campaign under the names of friends. D'Souza accepted a plea agreement admitting he used straw donors to donate $20,000 to the U.S. Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a friend of his. Federal campaign law limits contributors to U.S. Senate campaigns to $5,000 each.
At first glance one is inclined to think, "you commit a crime, you deserve the punishment." But a closer look reveals that he is not being punished equally compared to others who did the same thing - in fact he is being punished much more severely than Democrats who did much worse. There are myriads of campaign laws the average person has no idea exist. The laws have become so complex, vast - and there are multiple layers: federal, state, local laws and regulations. Many conservative intellectuals like D'Souza are vastly experienced with policy - but not campaigns/elections, which are a completely different world.
This incident reminds me of one of my favorite books, Three Felonies a Day, written by Harvey Silverglate, a criminal defense attorney, who explains how the average American unknowingly commits three felonies a day. As bright as D'Souza is, I guarantee you he did not realize there was a severe penalty for merely giving money to two friends, who then donated it to an obviously losing political campaign. more >>
WASHINGTON — Attacks on citizens' freedom of speech was a topic of discussion at the ninth annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, where a panel highlighted examples of censorship and government encroachment on religious freedom in the U.S. and Canada.
Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College, explained that, in Canada, Christian pastors have been fined or censored for expressing socially conservative views on the air or even attempting to do so.
"I have experienced a lot of censorship and have also been censored by our government for not speaking with a politically correct tone," he said, emphasizing that the Canadian government monitors and censors sermons broadcast on television. more >>