The Jehovah's Witnesses have a silent epidemic of child abuse that was recently brought to public attention again after four alleged victims filed lawsuits against the organization.
There are over 7 million Jehovah's Witnesses across the globe, according to the group's website. However, there have been numerous accusations and cases brought against elders and leaders of the organization, alleging child abuse of both young men and women, dating back at least 30 years. Four reported victims brought a lawsuit against the Jehovah's Witnesses and Watchtower Organization in Connecticut.
"This is an insidious problem, an epidemic problem with child sex abuse within this organization that so far seems more concerned about protecting its reputation from scandal than about the children," attorney Irwin Zalkin said at a press conference in Connecticut. more >>
The Williamson County School Board in Tennessee is debating whether it will replace a moment of silence at its regular meetings with a prayer, despite warnings that such invocations might be unconstitutional.
During its Monday meeting, the board's policy committee discussed replacing its moment of silence with a prayer that would follow the call to order and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Bill Squire, the school board's attorney, told members that a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit prohibits the school board from holding a prayer. more >>
A teenage girl declared brain-dead after a routine tonsillectomy is allegedly showing signs of life and is able to move on her own; her family has filed an appeal to have her legally declared "alive."
Jahi McMath went in for a routine tonsillectomy in Dec. 2013, but had complications following the surgery and was placed on life support. Her family battled Oakland Children's Hospital in California on whether to take the 13-year-old off the life-saving devices. They argued that she was still alive and wanted to give God the opportunity to work in her life, while the Hospital argued that she was dead and the life support should be removed.
After much debate, the family was able to send Jahi to a New Jersey facility, albeit on breathing and feeding tubes, but she was declared legally dead. more >>
Mike Overd, a street preacher in the United Kingdom, is facing three charges of "causing offense," a violation of Section 5 of the Public Order Act for public remarks comparing Jesus Christ and the Muslim prophet Muhammad, whom he said had married a 9-year-old girl.
Overd has argued that his comments about Muhammad were not intended to be hateful, as his speech included, "a simple comparison and it was factual."
"I have no hatred of Muslims in me at all and only preach the truth of the Gospel. Recently a Muslim man came to my defense when I was preaching and a local shopkeeper started to shout at me," said Overd, who's been a street preacher for five years and has evangelised in Glasgow, Scotland, and Sheffield, Manchester and Taunton, England. more >>
An agreement has been reached regarding a formal complaint leveled against 36 United Methodist clergy and leaders who blessed a gay wedding in defiance of official church rules.
Last week, the UMC Eastern Pennsylvania Conference announced a "Just Resolution" made between the 36 clergy and leaders and the complainant.
An Indiana State Police Trooper is being sued by a woman who alleges that the officer pulled her over for an alleged traffic violation and asked her whether she was saved by Jesus Christ.
"It's completely out of line and it just—it took be aback," Ellen Bogan, 60, told the Indianapolis Star. "The whole time, his lights were on. I had no reason to believe I could just pull away at that point, even though I had my warning."
The incident occurred in August this year, when Bogan was pulled over by Trooper Brian Hamilton. He gave her a warning ticket, then allegedly asked if she had accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and whether she had a church to go to. He also handed her a pamphlet about Jesus and salvation. Now, Bogan is suing, saying that her First and Fourth Amendment rights were violated. more >>