The Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom says there are four reasons why the criminal indictment of the pro-life activists behind last year's undercover Planned Parenthood videos won't help the nation's largest abortion provider in its battle against criminal allegations.
After the Center for Medical Progress' undercover videos displaying Planned Parenthood's baby parts reimbursement practices took the pro-life movement by storm, a grand jury in Harris County, Texas, investigated the criminal claims made against a Planned Parenthood clinic in Houston.
The grand jury concluded the investigation by announcing in January that it was clearing Planned Parenthood officials of all charges, but was indicting CMP founder David Daleiden and his associate Sandra Merritt on felony charges of tampering with a government record. more >>
"Spotlight," the movie about the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of Catholic priest sex abuse of children, won Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday night, with producer Michael Sugar calling on Pope Francis to focus the Vatican's efforts on protecting children.
"This film gave a voice to survivors, and this Oscar amplifies that voice which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican," Sugar said onstage, alongside cast and crew of the movie. "Pope Francis, it is time to protect the children and restore the faith."
The drama showcases the widespread pattern of abuse and cover-up in the Archdiocese of Boston, which shook the Catholic Church in America and led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law in December 2003. more >>
Police in Moscow have reportedly arrested a hijab-wearing woman who was found carrying around the severed head of a child whom she is believed to have killed. Video footage apparently depicts the woman shouting phrases like "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) and "I am a terrorist."
BBC News said the woman is believed to have been the nanny of the child that she beheaded, before setting fire to the apartment of its parents.
CCTV video footage shows the woman walking around a metro station with the severed head in her hands, before a police officer wrestles her down to the ground. more >>
Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson said at an evangelical Christian media gathering that Planned Parenthood leadership should be imprisoned for their harvesting of aborted baby body parts.
At the National Religious Broadcasters "Proclaim 16" convention in Nashville, Tennessee last week, the retired neurosurgeon stated that he believes Planned Parenthood "should be defunded and should be dismantled."
"What they did with selling of body parts and dismembering fetuses I believe is criminal activity," commented Carson, with the audience applauding in response. more >>
A community of congregants and family members are now struggling with shock and grief after William Schooler, 70, a longtime pastor and community advocate in Dayton, Ohio, was fatally gunned down in his office, allegedly by his younger brother in church on Sunday.
"It was awful, just awful," recalled Loretta Smith, a member of the St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church where the killing occurred, according to local news station WDTN.
Witnesses said the shooting happened while the choir sang at the end of the service. Police received a 911 call that a man had fired shots at about 12:30 p.m. more >>
The health of a nation's soul can be measured by how it treats its youth.
Do we protect, educate, and carefully mold them into responsible adults? When they behave badly, do we prematurely thrust them into adulthood or do we engage in the vital work of restoration and rehabilitation?
Different nations answer these questions differently. In my role as director of Pepperdine Law School's Global Justice Program, I am aware of best practices in dozens of countries. This global perspective also provides me a window into the weaknesses and failings of justice systems around the world, including our own. more >>