The Jehovah's Witnesses have a silent epidemic of child abuse that was recently brought to public attention again after four alleged victims filed lawsuits against the organization.
There are over 7 million Jehovah's Witnesses across the globe, according to the group's website. However, there have been numerous accusations and cases brought against elders and leaders of the organization, alleging child abuse of both young men and women, dating back at least 30 years. Four reported victims brought a lawsuit against the Jehovah's Witnesses and Watchtower Organization in Connecticut.
"This is an insidious problem, an epidemic problem with child sex abuse within this organization that so far seems more concerned about protecting its reputation from scandal than about the children," attorney Irwin Zalkin said at a press conference in Connecticut. more >>
A New York pastor launched an "I Am a Snitch" campaign Sunday aimed at encouraging his Buffalo community members to report crimes to police despite the stigma attached to individuals who "snitch."
The campaign is a response to the Sept. 28 murder of 19-year-old Marquis Scott in Niagara Falls, New York, which police are still trying to investigate. Pastor Craig Pridgen of True Bethel Baptist Church reportedly began the campaign with hopes of creating awareness that cooperating with police investigations should not be seen negatively.
The Christian Post contacted Pastor Cary Pridgen of True Bethel Baptist Church but no response was received by press time. more >>
FBI Director James Comey admitted that the "dozen or so" American citizens that are currently fighting with the Islamic State terror group in Syria have the ability and right, as Americans with passports, to return to the homeland.
Appearing in his first major television interview since taking the helm of the Bureau in September 2013, Comey said on CBS's "60 Minutes" Sunday night that the FBI is closely tracking about a dozen American citizens whom they believe to be fighting in Syria alongside ISIS militants. He added that although they may be supporting terrorist agendas, they still have the freedom to re-enter the country at anytime by simply using their passport.
"Ultimately, an American citizen, unless their passport is revoked, is entitled to come back," Comey said. "So, someone who's fought with ISIL, with American passport wants to come back, we will track them very carefully." more >>
Editor's Note: DHS has contacted The Christian Post with additional information about this story. You can read about it here.
A Department Of Homeland Security official read a greeting letter from the White House Saturday at the mosque where it is believed Alton Nolen worshiped before beheading a former co-worker last month.
David Myers, the director of the Department of Homeland Security's Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, visited the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City and, according to a DHR spokesman, read a letter imparting a generic presidential greeting for Eid al-Adha, a festival commemorating Ibrahim's (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son to God. more >>
A Pennsylvania teen who posted a photo of himself in a lewd position with a statue of Jesus Christ will have to perform community service and be deprived of social media access as part of his punishment.
A 14-year-old from Bedford County received his punishment from Judge Thomas Ling last week, which includes 350 hours of community service, probation, a six-month ban on social media, and a 10 p.m. curfew, WJAC-TV reports.
District Attorney Bill Higgins said in a statement that the Christian organization that owns the desecrated statue of Jesus "has every right to practice their faith unmolested." more >>
A youth pastor, his wife and his two sons were all killed after being involved in a six-vehicle crash in Tennessee, and one driver has been charged with driving under the influence.
Pastor Michael Cruce, 43, his wife Monica and two sons, Joshua, 17 and Stephen, 14, were killed instantly when two vehicles suddenly stopped on I-40 and Cruce's vehicle, along with four others, slammed into the stopped vehicles. It's believed that Chase Fakes, 24, was under the influence of alcohol. Four other victims in the crash were flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment, but the Cruce family all perished.
Michael served as the youth pastor at Rosebower Baptist Church in Kentucky and was described as being dedicated to the church and his calling. more >>