As churches and Christian organizations weigh whether or not to continue participating in and sponsoring the Boy Scouts of America after it lifted a ban on openly gay scout leaders, a number of prominent evangelical figures are advising churchgoers to drop out and to stop supporting the BSA altogether.
Don Blake, president of the Virginia Christian Alliance, a coalition that encourages Christians to stand up against the rise of secular culture, told a central Virginia NBC affiliate that Christians who are involved with the Boy Scouts of America need to protect their children by either starting their own scouting programs or joining already existing programs that do not permit openly gay scout leaders.
"All the church people who believe in the Bible need to drop out of the Boy Scouts and start their own program," Blake asserted. "There are existing programs out there." more >>
It's about 2 a.m. on an August morning in 1979. A beautiful young nurse by the name of Lynne Knight is living in a bungalow behind a larger house in Torrance, California. As two police officers approach her door, they notice a chair overturned in the entryway and bloody footsteps leading back to the rear bedroom. Each officer has his gun drawn, not sure what to expect.
When they switch on the light, they witness the worst murder scene of their careers. Ms. Knight is lying on her bed, undressed. Her throat is deeply severed, and her lifeless body, which had been stabbed repeatedly, is covered in blood.
Under her body is 18 inches of twisted wire strung between two small pieces of wood that had been sawed off from an old broomstick. Although they've never seen one in person before, the officers immediately know it's a garrote—a homemade weapon used to strangle someone in order to commit a murder quietly. more >>
The Center for Medical Progress has released its fourth undercover video shining a light on Planned Parenthood's controversial aborted baby parts compensation practices, which purports to show a vice president of the organization negotiating a deal and discussing how to avoid legal consequences.
The video, which was released on Thursday, allegedly shows Vice President and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Dr. Savita Ginde, discussing illicit compensation for aborted baby parts, the sale of such parts across state lines, and the importance of having Planned Parenthood affiliates and its legal teams on the same page so that such transactions look good in the eye of the "public sector."
The new video shows two investigators posing as tissue procurement officers for a human biologics company discussing the possibility of securing only "intact specimens" with Ginde during a visit to a Denver "mega-abortion clinic" headquarters on April 7 of this year. more >>
Israeli police say they've caught two Israeli men believed to be behind the arson attack on the historic church of Loaves and Fishes in Israel.
The church, which stands at the site where Christians believe Jesus multiplied five loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5,000 of His followers, was damaged extensively in a fire earlier this month.
Sparked in an act of religious and racial hatred, the arson attack caused widespread condemnation in Israel as well as solidarity protests by non-Christian Israelis. more >>
Racked with grief but buoyed by her faith, Audrey Dubose, the Christian mother of 43-year-old Samuel Dubose who was shot dead in the head by University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing during a traffic stop on July 19, said she declared Psalm 93 the day she heard her son had died. On Wednesday, she made America listen to it as she thanked God for revealing the truth about his death.
From the very first day the stoic woman, who says she's been "a servant of the Lord for as long as I've been living on Earth," heard how her son had died, she knew something was amiss, the floods had lifted up, and she leaned on the Lord to make it right.
A police report had faulted her son for being complicit by his actions in his own death. That wasn't the man she knew her son to be and she explained how relieved she was to hear someone describe her son as he really was the day she heard he was killed. more >>
Whatever you think of his stance on other issues, President Obama got it right recently by pulling a page straight out of the Gospels.
In an echo of Matthew 25:36, he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit a federal prison. He sat across from six men in jumpsuits at a medium-security facility in Oklahoma and heard their stories. He set aside rhetorical abstractions and saw people who, despite their crimes, have been made in the image of God.
For a week of symbolic moves — including the prison visit and the commutations of 46 non-violent drug offenders' sentences — the president is to be applauded. He has brought national attention to the need to reform laws and policies that have given us the world's highest incarceration rate. more >>