The Episcopal Church and its allies in South Carolina have filed an appeal with the state's highest court in its legal battle over a breakaway diocese's $500 million property.
After being denied a motion to rehear by a lower court, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina announced Tuesday that they are filing an appeal against the Diocese of South Carolina.
"The notice of appeal was filed Tuesday with the state Court of Appeals in Columbia by The Episcopal Church and its local diocese, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina," explained the church in a press release shared with The Christian Post. more >>
Liberal and pro-life groups have joined forces to argue for of a Southern heritage group's right to have a specialty license plate issued that features the Confederate battle flag.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday from the Texas chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which had a requested specialty license plate including the Stars and Bars rejected by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
For its part, SCV has garnered a diverse coalition of support, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the Cato Institute, and Choose Life Wisconsin, Inc. more >>
George Zimmeran, the man who was acquitted in the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, has said in a video that it was part of God's plans for the 17-year-old Florida teenager to die. Zimmerman also accused President Barack Obama of stocking racial tensions in America.
"I believe God has his plans, and for me to second-guess them would be hypocritical, almost blasphemous," Zimmerman said in an interview posted on his website, talking about the fatal incident involving Martin.
"It's up to God and I put it all in his hands, and I do have faith that whatever he has planned out for me is what's best for me," he added about his future. "So whatever he's determined, whatever he has planned out for me, I am along for the ride and I just hope to be strong enough to see his will be done." more >>
On Monday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill into law that allows the use of a firing squad should drugs for lethal injection not be available.
"We regret anyone ever commits the heinous crime of aggravated murder to merit the death penalty and we prefer to use our primary method of lethal injection when such a sentence is issued," Herbert's spokesman Marty Carpenter said at a press conference. "However, when a jury makes the decision and a judge signs a death warrant, enforcing that lawful decision is the obligation of the executive branch."
Utah is the second state that allows the use of a firing squad; Oklahoma also allows the practice, and it could spread to other states as drug supplies become scarce. Alabama is currently considering a bill that would make firing squads legal as well. The most popular drug used in lethal injections, pentobarbital, has been prevented from being sold to the United States after European manufacturers learned of its use in executions. Since then, states with low supplies have turned to other methods of concocting a lethal combination of drugs. However, those same drugs have often had disastrous effects. more >>
A diocese that broke away from The Episcopal Church over theological differences and the treatment of its bishop has passed a resolution barring gay marriage ceremonies from being performed at its facilities.
The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, a church body that broke away from the liberal mainline church in 2012, passed the resolution earlier this month at their convention.
Known as Resolution R-4, the document was titled "A Resolution to Adopt a Standing Resolution on Marriage" and was passed in response to the current debate over marriage definition in the United States. The resolution also states that the diocese will only host weddings for couples (one man and one woman) "whose birth gender identities were respectively male and female." more >>
Reality TV personality Kate Gosselin has just been accused by her ex-husband, Jon Gosselin, of abusing their eight children, an allegation she has vehemently denied.
The "Kate Plus 8" reality star is under fire from accusations leveled upon her by former husband and reality show partner, Jon Gosselin, who has filed an action in court alleging her abuse of their eight children. Court documents filed at the Berks County Court in Pennsylvania detail the alleged abuses the 39-year-old mother of a pair of twins and sextuplets committed.
In Jon Gosselin's statement, he reported finding physical marks on the children, who admitted their mother physically disciplined them regularly. more >>