In a heartbreaking chain of events Thursday, a well-known South Florida pastor was shot dead after he refused to hand over his fake gold chain to two men who tried to rob him as he left a local market.
Police told Local 10 News that pastor Kenneth Johnson, 67, of Power of Faith Deliverance Ministries, was ambushed by at least two men in what they theorize was a robbery attempt.
Witnesses say that the robbers had targeted a fake gold chain the pastor had around his neck and they struggled over it before the senior citizen was shot dead. more >>
An Australian judge has suggested that legalized abortion and the availability of contraceptives may strip away the stigma surrounding incest and lead to its legality one day.
Judge Garry Neilson argued that incest is still a crime only "to prevent chromosomal abnormalities" in any potential pregnancies, "but even that falls away to an extent [because] there is such ease of contraception and readily access to abortion," as reported by The Sydney Morning-Herald.
Neilson, who sits on the district court in New South Wales, made his comments while presiding over a case of a brother accused of raping his younger sister. The defendant had pleaded guilty to raping his 10-year-old sister in the 1970s. The two were also accused of having sex in 1981 when she was 18 and he 26, a charge to which the brother has pled not guilty. more >>
The departure of a former leader of the biblical patriarchy organization Vision Forum from a Texas church he helped found did not follow protocal, the congregation's leaders reported earlier this week.
In a statement posted the Boerne Christian Assembly's website on Sunday, the church noted that it had "sought to exercise oversight and accountability with our former Elder, Doug Phillips, who last year publicly confessed to an inappropriate, long-term relationship with a woman other than his wife and verbally expressed his repentance for his behavior."
BCA went on to explain that Phillips had not followed church policy for existing members, procedures which he had himself had created while serving as an elder there and statements he had "reaffirmed on multiple occasions." Specifically, Phillips had "become a member of another Church without a letter of transfer from Boerne Christian Assembly." more >>
Cooper Harris, the 22-month old who died of hyperthermia after being left inside a hot vehicle for seven hours, tested negative for any drugs or poisons, the official toxicology report stated. The boy's father has been charged with murder and child cruelty but pleaded not guilty; his mother has obtained her own attorney pending possible charges.
Cooper's death was "consistent with hyperthermia" and the investigation "suggests the manner of death is homicide," officials stated. The boy was found inside the vehicle still inside his too-small car seat and with scratch marks on his face, suggesting that he struggled to get out of the seat.
Officials tried to recreate the scene of Cooper's death earlier this week in order to gain more insight into what happened that fateful day. They measured the temperature at key times in the day, such as when Harris pulled into the parking lot at Home Depot, where he worked, and left Cooper. They also checked the temperature three hours later, when Cooper's father Justin put light bulbs inside the vehicle and left; and again, four hours later, when Harris drove off with Cooper dead in the back seat. more >>
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed a bill that if enacted would have increased the waiting period for an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours.
Last week, Nixon vetoed House Bill 1307 & 1313, specifically taking issue with the absence of an exemption for women seeking abortions on the basis of rape or incest.
Scott Holste, press secretary for Nixon, directed The Christian Post to a statement the governor made regarding his veto. more >>
A 22-year-old mother from Queens, New York, who allegedly suffocated her 11-month-old son because she "didn't want him anymore," is now in police custody and facing the scorn of shocked friends and family who cannot understand why she would do something so sinister.
The mother, identified as Nicole "Nikki" Kelly in a PIX 11 report, has been charged with second-degree murder. Her son, Kiam Felix Jr., was pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital Sunday after his father brought him to the emergency room.
Kelly lived with her son in a rented a room in the home of a woman who declined to speak about the shocking revelation except to say that the boy was a "happy baby." The boy's father did not live with them. more >>