The Florida mailman made famous for flying a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol lawn in an effort to urge Congress to reform the campaign finance system recently admitted that he never feared being shot down by authorities.
"I don't know if that message didn't get through, but I made every effort to give them advance notice because I didn't want to get shot down and, thankfully, I wasn't," Doug Hughes, the pilot who flew the copter, told "Good Morning America" on Monday.
Hughes was arrested and faces four years in prison and fines. His flight was not detected, according to a North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman. more >>
Christian refugees fleeing war and poverty in Africa to seek a better life in Europe recounted how they formed a human chain last Thursday to avoid being thrown to their deaths in the Mediterranean along with 12 of their brothers during a clash over their faith with Muslims on a migrant boat near southern Italy.
"The motive for the resentment was traced to their faiths," police in the Sicilian capital Palermo noted in a Newsweek report of the drowned Christians. "Twelve people are said to have drowned in the waters of the Mediterranean, all of them Nigerian and Ghanaian."
Italian police arrested 15 African men from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal alleged to have thrown the Christians to their deaths based on survivor accounts. more >>
Two masked gunmen on motorcycles, believed to be Muslim, open fired on the campus of a Pakistani Catholic school in Lahore Friday morning, injuring one Christian student and two security guards.
The two gunmen began firing at the campus of St. Franciscan High School in the Behar colony of Lahore, the second largest Christian residential area in Pakistan, around 10:30 a.m. The masked perpetrators were able to race away on their motorcycles and were not identified.
Police have begun an investigation into the attack on the school, according to prominent Pakistani human rights attorney Sardar Mushtaq Gill, who told The Christian Post that the school shooting is yet another attack on the Lahore Christian community following the Youhanabad lynchings of two Muslims thought to be involved in the mid-march Taliban bombings of two Christian churches. more >>
Matthew Lee Anderson wrote a fabulous piece at Mere Orthodoxy on the religious liberty debate we are currently having in the context of the rise of the legal momentum that LGBT activists have seen. That debate devolved into a firestorm with the passage (and then weakening) of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The particular excerpt I want to point out makes an excellent case why evangelicals should have never stood for sodomy laws in the past. I remember when the Supreme Court struck down Texas' sodomy law and how I had Christian friends bemoan that fact. I didn't because my inclination was "why in the world would I want government to police the bedroom? Why stop at sodomy if that's the case?"
Anderson does a far better job articulating what I thought at the time (and still think when I see friends and pundits complain about that ruling): more >>
At least 15 Muslim migrants have reportedly been arrested by Italian police after murdering and throwing overboard 12 other migrants, Christians from Ghana and Nigeria, who were all on a boat heading to Italy.
BBC News reported that the Muslims were arrested when they reached the Sicilian city of Palermo, and were charged with "multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate."
Migrants from various parts in Africa travel to Italy by boat in large numbers every week, often resulting in massive maritime disasters. more >>
A North Carolina documentarian is in the process of creating a film about a controversial faith-healing church connected to 91 deaths.
Faith Assembly, a multi-church sect based in Indiana during the 1980s and founded by Hobart Freeman, was known for demanding that its members refuse all medical treatment.
Over the years at least 91 people, the vast majority of whom were children, died of various illnesses due to not receiving readily available medical treatment, according to J. C. Lee of the Elkhart Truth. more >>