An Alabama church hosted an "evening of praise" on Sunday as part of its efforts to move forward after its former pastor was arrested on charges that he had murdered his wife earlier this month.
The body of Karen Shahan, the wife of former First Baptist Church of Birmingham pastor Richard Shahan, was found stabbed to death in the couple's home last July.
Shahan went on paid administrative leave from the church in August, before he was arrested for being "a fugitive from justice" while waiting in a security line at Nashville International Airport on New Year's Day. more >>
Statues of Biblical figures recently vandalized at two Catholic churches in Vineland, N.J., were done so in such a way that seems to convey a vicious message, say authorities.
"When you look at how methodical the person was who did this, cutting off the heads, gouging out the eyes, there's some kind of sicko message being communicated," Peter Feuerherd, director of Communications for the Catholic Diocese of Camden, told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday. "We don't know what that message is, but it is obviously the product of a mind which is disturbed."
The two churches in Feuerherd's diocese that were attacked last Wednesday night were Sacred Heart Church and St. Francis of Assisi Church. The vandals hacked off the head of a statue of the Virgin Mary, sliced a statue of Joseph in half, hammered in the faces of the Holy Family (Jesus, Mary, and Joseph) in another statue, according to CBS Local. Reporter Cleve Bryan summarized the damage, saying "the likenesses of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and more were smashed, hacked, and in several cases, decapitated." more >>
A Hawaii legislator is advocating for legalization of marijuana cultivation, manufacturing, and export in her home state, claiming that cannabis could solve a host of problems — from schools and roads to the property tax and the overall poverty of farmers.
"This is going to be an economic engine unparalleled by anything else because we have the perfect soil and we have the ground climate to grow them — our farmers will never be poor again," Democrat Hawaii House Majority Floor Leader Rida Cabanilla said in a video interview.
Cabanilla does not support legalizing marijuana use in Hawaii, just farming, manufacture and export to other countries where cannabis is legal. If her initiative succeeds, she argued, "everyone benefits — the farmers, the manufacturers, and with the revenue that we are going to get that would proliferate in every household in the state." more >>
Just two days after Dinesh D'Souza pleaded innocent to federal indictment charges that say he violated campaign finance laws, filmmakers partnering with the conservative author and activist for the upcoming "America" documentary released a trailer for the movie set for opening July 4.
"I want to take this progressive, leftist critique head on," D'Souza says in the trailer. The movie will include re-creations of some of the major events in American history, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"America" is directed by John Sullivan and co-produced by Gray Frederickson, who won an Oscar for producing "The Godfather" Part II, and Gerald Molen, who won an Oscar for "Schindler's List." D'Souza and Sullivan co-directed "2016: Obama's America." The film, released in 2012, took a hard look at Obama's past, including his father's associations and political leanings. "2016" took in 33 million at the box office and became the second most popular political documentary in history, behind Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," which earned $119 million in 2004, according to THR. more >>
In 2012, conservative author Dinesh D'Souza produced an anti-Obama documentary, 2016: Obama's America. The film earned over $33 million at the box office and was the highest-grossing documentary since 1982. The outspoken Christian conservative and bestselling author also released a book that year, Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream.
Previously, in 2008, D'Souza gave Obama's half-brother George $1,000 for a medical emergency when Obama would not respond to George's pleas for help. George lives in a 6 by 10 foot hut in the slums of Kenya, and told D'Souza, "You're the only guy I know I can call." George then appeared in D'Souza's documentary, expressing his disappointment that Obama had not responded to his request for help, "he's supposed to help his family."
It doesn't appear to be a coincidence that the Obama administration is now targeting D'Souza for minor campaign finance violations. Last week he was criminally indicted. But what does this really mean? There is an old saying that a good prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and as a former prosecutor, I agree. more >>
The Indian village where a woman was ordered to be gang-raped on the orders of a kangaroo court earlier this week has defended the men who participated in sexually violating her.
Both women and men alike in Chowhatta in West Bengal, India, have come to the defense of the at least a dozen men who attacked a woman, who was punished for having a relationship with man who lived outside of their town.
Authorities have been hampered in their investigations into the horrific gang rape incident, according to The Times of India. Local residents have said that they do not want authorities entering Chowhatta and "interfering in our daily lives." They have also moved to prevent journalists from entering the village and "demeaning their culture." more >>