World Harvest Church, led by Pentecostal prosperity teacher Rod Parsley, was fighting its insurer in court over having to completely shoulder a $3.1 million settlement for the beating of a 2-year-old child on its Columbus, Ohio, campus.
An attorney representing World Harvest Church argues that, due to an earlier appeals court ruling in its favor, Grange Mutual Casualty Co. was responsible for helping to pay the $3.1 million settlement. The insurer's legal team, meanwhile, asserts that a clause in the company's contract with the megachurch absolves it of providing coverage for acts of abuse or molestation, the Columbus Dispatch reported.
Legal parties battled it out in Ohio's Supreme Court on Tuesday and were awaiting the court's decision to see whether Grange Mutual Casualty Co. must contribute $1 million to the settlement, as World Harvest Church asserts. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court began its new term, which will continue through next June. As the nine justices meet to decide which cases from the thirteen lower Courts of Appeals to take up, only the most weighty and controversial issues will rise to the top.
Following a summer which brought unprecedented attention to the issue of abortion, several cases yet to be granted review have people on the right, left and center all closely watching the Supreme Court.
"Abortion And Birth Control Top Supreme Court Agenda" proclaims the Associated Press headline, while a more partisan article begins: "Less than a year from now, Roe v. Wade could be all-but-dead." more >>
WASHINGTON — Christian ethicist Russell Moore has said that congregations too afraid of being political to speak out against acts of immorality, like abortion, are similar to churches in the 1800s that remained silent on the issue of slavery.
As the featured speaker at the Institute on Religion and Democracy's fifth annual Diane Knippers memorial lecture, Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, criticized mainstream Christian congregations that have relaxed their teachings on key issues of sexual morality and other social issues in order to blend in with the "ambient culture" and appeal to today's society.
Moore explained that religious conservatives need to "preserve" the biblical truth for future generations. Although secular society likes to claim that Christian conservatives are on the "wrong side of history," Moore told the audience that Christian conservatives should not be afraid to have their biblical convictions conflict with mainstream society and that they should really embrace the distinctive Christian message. more >>
The former leader of a Virginia megachurch who was found guilty of sexually assaulting two sisters earlier this year has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for his crimes.
Pastor Geronimo Aguilar, the charismatic founding member of the Richmond Outreach Center commonly called "Pastor G," was sentenced Tuesday.
While the trial was in Texas, the Richmond-based WRIC ABC News 8 covered the sentencing, reporting that Aguilar "showed no emotion after the judge handed down the sentence," only giving "a simple wave goodbye to his dad." more >>
The brother of Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post journalist convicted in Iran for allegedly being an America spy, has decried what he called his "cruel and inhumane" detention. Friends of the American-Iranian journalist have also spoken out about their "total shock" at his conviction.
Ali Rezaian told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his brother, who has been detained for 14 months on the charges of espionage, needs urgent help from the U.S. government to win his freedom. The journalist faces up to 20 years in prison, unless the ruling is overturned.
"I would call it unjust, I would call it cruel and inhumane, I would say Jason's lost 14 months of his life, half of his marriage, to being held without any evidence on charges that are completely trumped up," Rezaian said. more >>
I've been saying that 2015 is the year of pushback, and this might be the most significant act of pushing back so far: A group of legal scholars, most of them university professors, have declared that the Supreme Court's redefinition of marriage this past June 26th is not "the law of the land," and they are calling on all office holders, together with all presidential candidates, to join them in rejecting the Court's decision.
Make no mistake about it: This is really big news.
These scholars, who teach at schools like Princeton and Oxford and Notre Dame and Boston and Boston College and Michigan State and Kansas State and Vanderbilt and Hillsdale and the University of Toronto and the University of Nebraska, state that the Court's decision "has no more claim" to being the law of the land "than Dred Scott v. Sandford had when President Abraham Lincoln condemned that pro-slavery decision as an offense against the very Constitution that the Supreme Court justices responsible for that atrocious ruling purported to be upholding." more >>