A U.S. Marine officer is now unemployed after she was found guilty at a court martial of disobeying the "lawful order" of her superior officer— who ordered her to remove biblical phrases that she had taped onto her computer and desk.
The Liberty Institute, a legal firm devoted to restoring religious liberty in America, has taken up the appeals case of former Marine Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling, who was demoted to private and given a bad conduct discharge last year after she was convicted of a number of charges that stem from a May 2013 disagreement she had with her staff sergeant.
Two Presbyterian pastors are facing a likely death penalty as their trial in the Republic of Sudan begins. The Rev. Yat Michael and the Rev. Peter Yen Reith of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church have been charged with espionage and blasphemy, though the church says they're being persecuted for their Christian faith, like other pastors in the Muslim-dominated country.
"This is not 'something new' for our church," says the Rev. Tut Kony, pastor of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church. "Almost all pastors have gone to jail under the government of Sudan. We have been stoned and beaten. This is their habit to pull down the church. We are not surprised. This is the way they deal with the church."
Michael and Reith were initially detained without charge in December 2014 and again in January, the PC(USA) said on Tuesday. The church has reached out to human rights organizations asking them to speak out for the pastors and urge Sudan's government to respect religious minorities. more >>
A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer – a verse of Scripture the military determined "could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline."
The plight of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling seems unbelievable – a member of the Armed Forces criminally prosecuted for displaying a slightly altered passage of Scripture from the Old Testament: "No weapon formed against me shall prosper."
Sterling, who represented herself at trial, was convicted February 1, 2014 in a court-martial at Camp Lejune, North Carolina after she refused to obey orders from a staff sergeant to remove the Bible verses from her desk. more >>
Cleveland police in riot gear arrested several demonstrators who were part of large crowds that stormed the streets Saturday night after the acquittal of a police officer charged with chasing and shooting to death two unarmed black suspects in 2012.
More than 20 people were arrested as protesters took to the streets in downtown Cleveland Saturday night, according to Reuters.
The protesters chanted anti-police slogans, and increased in number and became more unruly. Some protesters marched behind a large banner that said, "Stop murder by police," Fox News reported. more >>
Missouri has fined a major insurance company $4.5 million for violating state laws regarding insurance coverage of autism spectrum issues and for covering elective abortions.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced Tuesday the $4.5 million settlement with Aetna, said to be the largest fine the state has ever doled out for insurance law violations.
An Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan convicted on Thursday 106 suspects believed to have taken part in the lynching of a Christian couple in November 2014. Shama and Shahzad Masih were beaten and burned to death by a Muslim mob, who accused the Christians of burning a copy of the Quran.
Pakistan's Daily Times reported that the 106 suspects were indicted following a police report submitted against them in Lahore.
"The challan (charge-sheet) states that Maulvi Muhammad Hussain, Maulvi Arshad Baloch and Maulvi Noorul Hassan were involved in persistent provocative speeches against the couple which led to the assembly of 400 people as a mob who then burned Shama and Shahzad alive," the article stated. more >>