The United States Senate has considered the efforts of an interfaith coalition of groups looking to reduce the usage of solitary confinement in American prisons.
The hearing took place Tuesday afternoon before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights.
Those advocating for Congress to examine the usage of solitary confinement included several religious groups such as the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). more >>
A local business owner in Gilbert, Ariz., has received numerous hate emails for her support of S.B. 1062, a religious freedom bill that has been lambasted as "anti-gay" by media outlets.
"Die you ----. And I hope your children die too. You hateful ---- demon," the email declared. "We're not going to reveal the words other than to say they were extremely vile and derogatory terms that have no place in public discourse," said Joe La Rue, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom. The family contacted ADF, which then reviewed the emails and determined that they are authentic, La Rue told The Christian Post in an interview on Thursday. He also mentioned that ADF and other groups have received similar threats.
La Rue explained that in "the early days" when Senate Bill 1062 was being debated in the Arizona State House and State Senate, many business owners voiced their support of the bill – which was vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer this week. The business owners wanted to defend their faith and the beliefs of their employees from government discrimination, the lawyer said. Furthermore, some insisted that the bill would draw further business to Arizona because people want to do business in a state that respects religious freedom. more >>
The singer of a heavy metal Christian band has admitted that he is guilty of hiring a hitman to kill his wife in San Diego, Calif. this week.
Tim Lambesis, the former lead singer for "As I Lay Dying," pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation of murder and admitted that he had hired an individual to kill his estranged wife Meggan Lambesis.
According to emails sent in August 2012, disclosed during the trial, Lambesis revealed to his wife that he no longer believed in God and that he had been cheating on her. Megan filed for divorce in Sept. 2011. more >>
Tim Lambesis, lead singer of the Grammy-nominated band "As I Lay Dying," pled guilty to charges that he hired a gunman to kill his wife. He faces up to nine years in jail.
Lambesis was arrested in May 2013, but he changed his plea from "Not Guilty" to "Guilty" on Tuesday. Sources say he lost faith in God after his arrest last year.
Lambesis' wife, Meggan, filed for divorce in September 2012, The Guardian reported. The estranged woman claimed that Lambesis had multiple affairs during their marriage, was "obsessed with bodybuilding," neglected to care for their adopted children, and spent thousands of dollars on tattoos. more >>
American megachurch pastor, Bob Rodgers, has defended Pastor David Yonggi Cho after the pastor of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, was convicted last week of embezzling $12 million of the church's funds.
Cho, 78, was sentenced to three years in prison after he was convicted of directing officials to buy stocks from his son at four times the market price. The church subsequently lost U.S. $12 million, according to The Gospel Herald. Hee-jun, Cho's oldest son, the former CEO of the media company, Kookmin Ilbo, was also sentenced last week to three years in prison for his participation in the embezzlement scheme.
Bob Rodgers, the senior Pastor of Evangel World Prayer Center, released a nearly 500 word statement on Wednesday defending Cho, whom he referred to as a "personal friend of our family," and stated that he and his father had served on the board of Cho's Assemblies of God-affiliated church for a combined 38 years. more >>
Beauty queen, Emma Coronel Aispuro, is attracting widespread media attention this week following the arrest of her husband, infamous drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
The former beauty queen married Guzman on the day she turned 18 years-old during a lavish ceremony in central Mexico in 2007.
Reports vary, but the groom was believed to be 57-years-old at the time. Ever since, officials have kept a close eye on Aispuro because of her close association with the head of the Sinaloa cartel. more >>