Popular Christian boxing icon and Filipino senator Manny Pacquiao has called for drug dealers and other perpetrators of serious crimes to be put to death, saying that the Bible has given the government authority to do so.
The 37-year-old Pacquiao, one of the most revered boxers and Christian celebrities on the planet, gave his first speech as a senator during a legislative session last week. The "Pacman" called for the restoration of capital punishment, saying that doing so would benefit many of law-abiding Filipinos.
Although the death penalty was repealed in the Philippines in 2006, Pacquiao talked about the destruction and "havoc" that the illegal drug trade is causing in the Philippines. more >>
A Texas woman who convinced two Mexican women that she was the "voice of God" and forced them to work without pay for 14 years by threatening them with Hell and immigration authorities after bringing them into the country illegally, was convicted of labor trafficking in federal court last Friday.
A release from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Olga Sandra Murra, 64, aka "Olga Sandra Capon-Meneses," who ran a house cleaning business in Fort Worth and El Paso, was convicted on two counts of forced labor and two counts of harboring an illegal alien after a weeklong trial.
She is now facing a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for each forced labor count, and up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for each harboring count when she next appears in court on Nov. 28. more >>
An 80-year-old Washington pastor who refused to allow a man to steal his bike without a fight, chased down the thief then hopped onto the back of the criminal's speeding truck and clung to it in a daring attempt to retrieve his property.
Jerry Sebranke, the founding pastor of Park Ridge Community Church in Bothell who was doing business inside his local bank when he saw his bike being stolen, wasn't able to recover it from the thief because he was forced to let go of the truck.
"He did it so fast, but it was my bike so I ran out the door as fast as I could run and jumped on the back of the truck and that was the beginning of the episode of traumatizing my own self," Sebranke told local news station Q13 Fox. more >>
Vatican leader Pope Francis and French President François Hollande held a private meeting on Wednesday where they discussed the murder of a priest at the hands of Islamic State supporters in July, finding unity following major disagreements over gay marriage and homosexuality earlier this year.
AFP reported that Hollande said he wanted to discuss "religious freedom, secularism and unity with respect for everyone."
"French secularism's message is one which unites, not one that wounds," Hollande said. "The Republic must defend the right to believe and also to not believe. more >>
Oklahoma Wesleyan University recently agreed to join a lawsuit against the Obama Administration over campus sexual assault case standards, arguing that they violate student rights to due process.
The Christian school filed the suit Monday, becoming the first and thus far only higher education institution to challenge a 2011 mandate from the federal government regarding campus sexual assault cases.
In a statement released Monday, Oklahoma Wesleyan President Dr. Everett Piper declared that "OKWU will always defend our students' constitutional rights." more >>
A massive wildfire devastating Southern California continued raging on Thursday, prompting over 82,000 evacuation orders, with firefighters reportedly battling "extreme" and unprecedented fire behavior in the face of an 80-foot wall of fire.
"The biggest thing was, we had to continually retreat against that advancing wall of fire, and that was something that I haven't witnessed in this section, ever," said Eric Sherwin of the San Bernardino County Fire Department, according to CBS News.
"We have strike teams here, and remember, our priorities are life, properties, and infrastructure. And lives also include firefighters' lives. And we can't go and stand in front of that 80-foot wall of fire. That's just self-defeating." more >>