A conference aimed at increasing awareness about the ex-gay community showcased the diversity of the movement in the United States, says one of its organizers.
Conservative groups including Voice of the Voiceless, the Family Research Council, and the Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays held the second annual Ex-Gay Awareness Conference in Washington, D.C. Oct. 3-4.
Christopher Doyle, president and co-founder of Voice of the Voiceless, told The Christian Post that the event "was a great success." more >>
A Pennsylvania teen who posted a photo of himself in a lewd position with a statue of Jesus Christ will have to perform community service and be deprived of social media access as part of his punishment.
A 14-year-old from Bedford County received his punishment from Judge Thomas Ling last week, which includes 350 hours of community service, probation, a six-month ban on social media, and a 10 p.m. curfew, WJAC-TV reports.
District Attorney Bill Higgins said in a statement that the Christian organization that owns the desecrated statue of Jesus "has every right to practice their faith unmolested." more >>
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit attempting to overturn a new Alabama law that forces minors seeking an abortion without parental consent to face trial in order to gain the state's permission to follow through with a legal abortion. The law also allows the state to appoint attorneys to represent the life of unborn fetus.
The ACLU claims in its press release of the lawsuit that Alabama's judicial bypass law, which was passed in April and took effect in July, is the most extreme parental consent law in the nation and makes it more difficult for underaged Alabama girls to receive a safe abortion.
"This law aims to shame a young woman into not having an abortion," ACLU Executive Director Susan Watson said. "Why should she be put on trial and treated like a criminal for a constitutionally protected procedure?" more >>
When July 4 rolls around, there's no mistaking it. There are fireworks, parades and other patriotic tributes to our Declaration of Independence. But if you're like most Americans, September 17 comes and goes without any fanfare.
Which is a shame, really. Constitution Day may lack the flair and pageantry of our national birthday, but without this landmark document that carefully outlined the form of our republic, it's unlikely we'd still be celebrating the Declaration in the 21st century.
How can we make sense of our history without a proper understanding of the Constitution? How can we know, for example, why President Lincoln was willing to endure a bloody civil war (one that came perilously close to costing him reelection in 1864) to preserve the union if we don't know how that union works and how it was formed? more >>
Three siblings in Connecticut have filed a lawsuit against several Jehovah's Witnesses organizations in the state after alleging they were sexually abused by a "ministerial servant" from the group.
Sybelle Almodovar, Ferdinand Almodovar and Evelyn Selimaj announced the lawsuit along with their attorneys in New Haven. The siblings intend to sue the East Spanish Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses New Haven and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York.
The three allege that they were sexually abused by a registered sex offender in the organization; Orlando Afandor reportedly abused the siblings over a five-year period beginning in 1988. Afandor was convicted of the sexual assault of a child in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2010 and released from prison in 2013. He did not respond to inquiries by the media. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving a Muslim woman who is suing American retailer Abercrombie & Fitch for discrimination.
In 2011, a federal judge sided with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of Samantha Elauf. In 2013, however, the ruling was reversed by a lower court, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
Nine justices agreed to hear the appeal and a ruling is expected by the end of June next year. more >>