Eddie Ray Routh, the man who confessed to fatally shooting real life "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, allegedly told a former deputy that he killed the former Navy SEAL and his friend, Chad Littlefield, because they would not speak to him. He also believes that his victims have forgiven him.
Gene Cole, a former deputy at the Erath County Sheriff's Office, testified before a Texas jury last week in Routh's capital murder trial and recalled what exactly the former marine told him about the murders, reported The Dallas Morning News.
He told jurors that he "heard Mr. Routh say, 'I shot them because they wouldn't talk to me. I was just riding in the back seat of the truck and nobody would talk to me. They were just taking me to the range so I shot them. I feel bad about it, but they wouldn't talk to me. I'm sure they've forgiven me.'" more >>
A school district in Florida is considering a complaint sent by a Washington, D.C.-based atheist organization regarding a high school's morning announcement including the phrase "God Bless America."
The legal arm of the American Humanist Association recently sent a letter of complaint to Nassau County School District and Yulee High School on behalf of two students who took issue with the phrase "God bless America" being used on the school intercom.
Rev. Garland Hunt addressed the growing perceived threat to traditional Christian marriage in a speech on Thursday.
"God created marriage; therefore, he's the only one that can define it," Hunt said at the Family Research Council event in Washington, D.C. "Contrary to popular opinion, actually the Supreme Court is not the final arbitrator, so we're lining up with the final arbitrator [God]."
The Supreme Court announced it would take up the case and hear arguments about whether states can ban same-sex marriages. The court previously decided to allow same-sex marriage in California in a landmark decision, leading the way for 36 states to allow same-sex marriage. more >>
Real life "American Sniper" widow Taya Kyle broke down in tears while testifying about her late husband, Chris Kyle, in a Texas court on Wednesday during the trial of his accused killer, Eddie Ray Routh.
The 40-year-old mother of two took to the stand for an hour and 10 minutes dressed in a fitted brown dress and matching shawl with a diamond crucifix around her neck. Routh, who sat across from the emotional widow, is accused of fatally shooting Chris and his friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range on Feb. 2, 2013 and Taya answered questions about that fateful day, reported ABC News.
"We said we loved each other and gave each other a hug and kissed," Taya said recalling the moment her husband unknowingly said goodbye for the last time. more >>
A New Jersey judge hearing a lawsuit made against a sexual orientation change therapy group has decided to bar the testimony of experts who consider homosexuality a mental disorder.
State Superior Court Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr. ruled last week that Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) could not bring certain experts in due to their position that homosexuality should still be considered a mental illness.
"The overwhelming weight of scientific authority concludes that homosexuality is not a disorder or abnormal. The universal acceptance of that scientific conclusion – save for outliers such as JONAH – requires that any expert opinions to the contrary must be barred," wrote Bariso. more >>
A Maryland Episcopal Bishop Suffragan has been indicted by a grand jury on 13 counts stemming from a fatal hit-and-run accident from late last year.
Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook was indicted last week by a Baltimore-based grand jury, which alleges that the clergy fatally struck a bicyclist with her car last December.
Since facing charges of hit-and-run, new charges have been added to the indictment, according to Mary Frances Schjonberg of Episcopal News Service. more >>