Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to a $1,000 fine, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court.
Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene.
"Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted," their ADF attorney, Jeremy Tedesco, told me. "The threat of enforcement is more than just credible." more >>
In an unusual case of forgiveness Thursday, the parents of a New Hampshire man who was shot dead in December 2011 lobbied to help free their son's killer from prison and offered to give him a home and a job on his release.
The circumstances under which Deborah and Donald St. Laurent lost their son, also named Donald St. Laurent, 29, were unusual, according to WMUR. His killer, Christopher Bazar, 29, was his best friend right up to the point when he took his last breath. And the St. Laurent family had lobbied for leniency when he was sentenced to four to 10 years in prison for manslaughter in 2012.
On Thursday, Deborah St. Laurent gave Bazar a tearful hug after he was granted parole. more >>
Ex-Colombo Crime family captain and Christian motivational speaker Michael Franzese recently spoke with CP Voice regarding his new autobiographical film "God the Father," and the possibility of preaching the Gospel to mobsters he had worked with.
"God the Father" represents a play on words from the American mafia classic "The Godfather." During the film, Franzese tells his life story growing up in the mob which eventually lead to a top position in the organization's Colombo family. It also discusses the turning point in his life when he accepted Jesus Christ and turned away from his old ways.
During the CP Voice segment, Franzese talked about what it was like when he made that decision to commit his life to Jesus, and if he ever tried to witness to other mob members more >>
Josh Kimbrell, 29, a Christian talk radio host and chairman of the Palmetto Conservative Alliance Foundation in South Carolina, was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a 3-year-old boy. His supporters, however, have shot down the charge, saying it stems from a bitter custody battle between him and his ex-wife.
Arrest warrants from Greenville Police accuse Kimbrell, who hosts Common Cents radio show weekdays on 92.9FM/660AM, of playing a game with the minor that involved inappropriate touching and fondling, according to FOX Carolina.
A statement issued by the board of directors of Palmetto Conservative Alliance challenged the accusations as a character assassination by Kimbrell's ex-wife, who is currently locked in a custody battle with him over their 3-year-old son. more >>
Approximately 50 people, including several members of clergy, were arrested in Ferguson, Missouri as part of a "weekend of resistance" against police brutality in the town.
One of those arrested was activist, author, and professor Cornel West, who teaches Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. West is known for his activism and was proud to be arrested in Ferguson.
"It's a beautiful thing to see people on fire for justice, but I didn't come here to give a speech; I came here to go to jail," West said at a rally on Saturday night. "The larger system has been victimizing and coming at them [black youth]. Thank God the awakening is setting in, and any time the awakening sets in it gets a little messy." more >>
Three people allegedly practicing a form of Satan worship were arrested in North Carolina earlier this month and charged with murder after skeletal remains were found in their backyard.
Pazuzu Illah Algarad, 35; Amber Nicole Burch, 24; and Krystal Nicole Matlock, 28 were all charged with murder and accessory after the fact in the deaths of Joshua Frederick Wetzler, 37 and Tommy Dean Welch, 36. The three reportedly worshipped Satan and took their lifestyle cues from Charles Manson and Alistair Crowley, Anton LaVey.
LaVey was the founder of the Church of Satan, while Manson was the leader of a cult known as The Family. Crowley founded a religion known as Thelema, which is based on a law that states, "Do what though wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will." Crowley believed he was the prophet of a new age and wrote The Book of the Law, which outlines all the traditions of Thelema. more >>