The pastor of a woman accused of murdering her 3-year-old son and the attempted murder of her 6-year-old son is speaking out about his views of the family and asking people not to judge but to pray.
Laurel Michelle Schlemmer of McCandless, Pennsylvania faces charges of homicide and attempted homicide after trying to drown her sons in the bathtub. This comes after she tried to back up over them with her van, causing one of the boys to have numerous broken bones and the other to suffer from internal injuries. Both boys were hospitalized after the incident, which was labeled an accident. There were no charges brought against Schlemmer, and the boys were left in her custody.
"Um, my two sons," Laurel said in the 911 call released by the Post-Gazette. "I think that they've, they've drowned in our bathtub. I, uh, let my 6- and 3-year old sons play in the bathtub a little bit before their bath this morning. And, uh, I was, and then I went to, to the restroom and, um, took longer than I should have or planned and then I came back. They're unconscious." more >>
An appeals court in New York City on Thursday ruled that the Board of Education was abiding by the law in prohibiting the Bronx Household of Faith from using public school facilities for worship services during off-hours.
The 2-1 vote, a reversal of a 2012 injunction against the city, comes amid a decades-long battle between church leaders and city officials. The plaintiff's attorneys say they are considering appealing, once more, to the Supreme Court.
An atheist charitable organization has announced its intention to support a Baptist organization over the group's support for church and state separation.
Foundation Beyond Belief recently named the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty a beneficiary for the second quarter of 2014.
Dale McGowan, executive director for Foundation Beyond Belief, explained to The Christian Post how the Baptist Joint Committee received the honor. more >>
Criticisms of Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision, McCutcheon vs. FEC, removing the overall limit on individual donations to political campaigns, have been overblown. The decision will not bring about the end of democracy in America, as some have claimed. In some minor ways, it may actually benefit U.S. political institutions.
Americans tend to be ambivalent about campaign finance laws because these laws represent a clash of two different values they hold – freedom and equality. We believe we should be free to say what we want, especially in regard to politics. We also do not like the idea of some people having more influence in politics than others. We believe all should have an equal voice in politics.
Campaign finance laws are attempts to prevent some, the wealthy in particular, from having more influence in politics than everyone else. To do that, though, these laws infringe upon freedom. They place limits, or try to at least, on spending money in elections. more >>
Three independent filmmakers have 40 days to raise over $2 million to make a made-for-TV movie about abortionist Kermit Gosnell and the women who were harmed at his "house of horrors" late-term abortion clinic in West Philadelphia.
After quitting Kickstarter, a crowdfunding website that enables filmmakers to raise funds to make movies, due to censorship, the filmmakers moved their campaign to Indiegogo and have already raised over $298,000.
This is the largest crowdfunding campaign ever conducted for a film. But with fixed funding, the filmmakers will only receive funds if they meet their $2.1 million goal by May 12. more >>
A United States District Court judge has refused to block the implementation of new abortion regulations in Arizona.
Judge David C. Bury decided Monday to not temporarily block new regulations for the Arizona Department of Health Services based on HB 2036, which was signed into law by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer in 2012.
The regulations that took effect on Tuesday require abortionists to adhere to FDA guidelines for prescribing and dispensing abortion-inducing drugs, such as RU486. Such measures ban the use of abortion-inducing drugs after the seventh week of pregnancy. more >>