City Harvest Church deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng has been accused by the prosecution of lying and committing deception in the long-standing case concerning $19.2 million of misused church funds, in which Tan, pastor Kong Hee, and four other members could be sentenced to up to 20 years if convicted.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Mavis Chionh accused Tan on Wednesday of having been "engaged in a series of lies and deceptions over the years to conceal the unauthorized misuse of the church's building fund," according to The Straits Times.
Tan has denied all wrong doing, and has claimed that the Singapore megachurch's congregation does not feel deceived in the ongoing case. more >>
A Grand Rapids, Michigan judge approved a sales process and schedule on Tuesday for Family Christians Stores, the nation's largest retailer of Christian books that filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.
During the hearing, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John T. Griggs ruled that the company will be up for auction on June 8. All bids for FCS must be submitted by May 18, just days before the May 21 auction, according to MLive.com. The winning bids will be announced on May 22 with the sale officially scheduled to close on June 8.
FCS filed for bankruptcy after suffering a 10 to 20 percent sales drop in recent years, according to company owner Rick Jackson, and Tuesday's proceedings arrived after FCS came under fire from vendors and lenders who could lose millions due to the bankruptcy filing. Initially, Jackson planned on buying the company at auction through a related firm, Family Christian Acquisitions. more >>
One of the most frustrating aspects of the loud and vitriolic debates over police shootings is the extent to which they ignore common sense and human nature. In the quest to find grand narratives, we're too quick to discount the simple realities of how human beings react during times of stress, and we minimize the reciprocal moral and legal responsibilities that citizens owe police and police owe citizens.
First, when wary, angry, and/or frightened citizens interact with wary, angry, and/or frightened police — often at odd hours and in moments of maximum stress — there will inevitably be a certain number of both tragic mistakes and heinous crimes. Thus, it stands to reason that we should endeavor to decrease — not increase — such interactions. Yet our regulatory state keeps criminalizing more and more conduct. In two of the worst recent incidents, Eric Garner's choking death and Walter's Scott's apparent execution, the victims were facing prosecution for violating petty or stupid criminal laws — selling loose cigarettes in Garner's case and failing to pay child support in Scott's case. Regarding child support, it's idiotic policy to lock deadbeat dads in debtors' prisons. According to one study of South Carolina jails, one out of every eight inmates was behind bars for falling behind on child support. Yet inmates are notoriously poor earners, and stints in prison tend to exacerbate chronic unemployment.
Second, it's always a bad idea to flee from arrest, resist arrest, or introduce any unexpected behavior into an encounter with police. Flight, resistance, or unexpected actions instantly increase the chances of mistakes or misconduct. I have a rather vivid memory from my own life. My senior year of college I spent my spring break backpacking in Colorado with two close friends. Because we had no money for flights, we drove my 1986 Chevy Nova (no, not the cool Nova but the Chevy version of the Toyota Corolla) across the country. On the way back, I was behind the wheel at about 3:00 a.m. in downtown Kansas City, when I changed lanes without signaling and nearly collided with a police car. He turned on his lights, and I looked for a place to pull over. Because we were on a bridge, there was no shoulder. So I exited from the interstate and pulled into the parking lot of an abandoned gas station. more >>
A U.S. court has awarded $330 million to Shurat HaDin, or Israel Law Center, on behalf of the U.S.-based family of Rev. Kim Dong-Shik, a Christian missionary and activist who was abducted by North Korean agents inside China and later killed in North Korea.
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia awarded the family $330 million — which includes $15 million dollars each to Kim's son and brother, as well as $300 million in punitive damages — against the government of North Korea, known as DPRK, Israel Law Center said in a statement Monday.
"This is an important human rights decision that will be utilized in all political abduction cases going forward," Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the Israeli group's director, said. more >>
Students in New Jersey will still be able to recite the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, as an atheist organization has reportedly dropped its lawsuit.
Last year, the American Humanist Association's legal arm sued a New Jersey school district to get "under God" removed from the pledge.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a Washington D.C.-based group that supports the phrase being in the pledge, announced Monday morning that the AHA has been defeated. more >>
A megachurch in Michigan has announced that they will set up a "special fund" to raise the approximately $300,000 a Ponzi schemer donated to its congregation.
Resurrection Life Church, a large congregation with campuses in Grandville and Holland, had $300,000 donated to it by a convicted Ponzi scammer.
In response to recent attention given to the congregation over the question of them returning the money, Resurrection Life addressed the issue Wednesday afternoon on social media. more >>