The prosecutors in the long-standing trial of City Harvest Church pastor Kong Hee and five other members have said that the CHC leaders had full control over Xtron, the company that managed and spent millions of church funds on the popstar career of Kong's wie, Ho Yeow Sun.
"Clearly, right from the inception of Xtron, Kong Hee and you were making decisions about who should be Xtron directors," Deputy Public Prosecutor Mavis Chionh told deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng, The Straits Times reported on Thursday.
The prosecution used as evidence emails from 2002 where Tan told fellow co-accused Chew Eng Han, CHC's former investment manager, that Kong wanted Chew to be on the company's board of directors. more >>
The Anti Terrorism Court in Lahore, Pakistan, has indicted 16 Christians who it says were responsible for the killing and burning of two terror suspects believed to have been involved in the March 15 suicide-bombing of two churches in Youhanabad, which killed 17 people. Non-profit groups have meanwhile highlighted that women and children are among the 90 or so critically injured churchgoers that need urgent help.
Fides News Agency reported that while 16 Christians have been accused of murdering the two Muslim suspects, another 12 have also been indicted for damage to state property in the riots following the attack on the churches.
These numbers are down from the 100 or so people who were detained last week following the riots. more >>
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that he will allow churches to use public schools for worship space following the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to take up an appeal on the matter.
De Blasio will seek to revamp rules that presently bar congregations, such as the Bronx Household of Faith, from using public school buildings on weekends for worship.
Wiley Norvell, spokesperson for de Blasio, said in a statement that the effort was being made now that Bronx Household of Faith's legal effort has failed. more >>
A Christian florist and grandmother who declined to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding because of her Christian belief in traditional marriage has been fined $1,001 by a Washington court and will be held liable to pay the legal fees incurred by the gay couple, which could "devastate" her financially.
As previously reported by The Christian Post, 70-year-old Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, was found guilty of violating the state's non-discrimination law in February, after referring Rob Ingersoll and Curt Feed to another florist when they asked her to provide the floral arrangements for their wedding.
Although Stutzman sold flowers to Ingersoll for nearly a decade and maintained a positive relationship with him, when he asked her to provide flowers for his same-sex wedding, she felt she could not act against her Christian conviction to serve her friend. more >>
When progressives can't beat Republicans square and fair at the ballot box, they resort to dishonest Alinskyite tactics, such as character assassination and abusing the left-wing dominated legal system. They've been after America's popular Sheriff Joe Arpaio for years and are finally circling around him like sharks. A local progressive writer for The Arizona Republic gleefully titled his column about the sheriff's downfall earlier this month, "Would Sheriff Arpaio Look Pretty in Pink (Underwear)?"
Long known for his no-frills jails (pink underwear so gang members wouldn't steal them), chain gangs and inexpensive meals (green bologna and water), Arpaio finally really infuriated the left when he started cracking down on illegal immigration in 2005. Arizona's illegal immigration levels had reached epidemic levels, straining tax dollars. Working with conservative Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, the pair made a significant dent in the state's illegal immigration. They lobbied to get four ballot initiatives against illegal immigration made into law in 2006. When left-leaning judges refused to enforce the new laws, the two fought back.
A flurry of investigations and legal actions began shortly afterwards. This is where the tide started turning against Arpaio, because the left controls much of the judiciary. It started with chipping away at the low-hanging fruit around Arpaio, lower-level employees who had no money, power or connections to defend themselves. The judges made findings against Arpaio, and the complicit state bar disbarred Thomas and another prosecutor (disclaimer: I was also targeted by the state bar as a low-level attorney for Arpaio at the time). more >>
Amanda Knox is currently awaiting the trial verdict from Italy's highest court, which is expected to be released today. If guilty, an extradition battle awaits her.
After Italy's Supreme Court reversed her acquittal in January 2014, four years after she left the country, Amanda Knox is awaiting the court's decision, and may face extradition proceedings if the guilty verdict is upheld.
Knox, 27, who faced a 28-year prison sentence for the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy, was acquitted by an appeals court in October 2011 after spending four years in prison together with co-accused, Raffaele Sollecito. more >>