Missourians could not be forced to participate in a same-sex wedding if a proposed referendum is added to the ballot and passed.
Known as Senate Joint Resolution 39, the proposed referendum item passed the Senate in March and is presently being debated in the House.
"That the state shall not impose a penalty on a religious organization on the basis that the organization believes or acts in accordance with a sincere religious belief concerning marriage between two persons of the same sex," reads the proposed amendment in part. more >>
The criminal charges against a New York City pastor who congregants accused of taking money from the church's offering plate at least nine different times last year have been dropped after the pastor claimed he used the money for church-related expenses.
Pastor Daniel Impaglia of the evangelical Rock Church in Manhattan's Upper East Side was arrested and charged with petit larceny last November after congregants claimed to have video evidence of him stealing from the church offering.
Although congregants charged that the 71-year-old Impaglia stole church donations at least nine different times between Oct. 28 and Nov. 21, 2016, Impaglia refused to resign as the church's pastor despite some members insisting on his resignation. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has backed former president Bill Clinton following a recent row with the Black Lives Matter movement over a law that sent more non-violent drug offenders to prison.
"Last night I drove by former President Bill Clinton's Presidential Library. He was in the news a few days ago when he was interrupted by demonstrators with Black Lives Matter as he was speaking. President Clinton had finally had enough and defended himself and his policies as it related to the 1994 crime bill," Graham wrote on Tuesday on his Facebook page.
"I agree with Bill Clinton — he was absolutely right. The crime bill he signed into law in 1994 put a lot of criminals behind bars where they belong," he added. more >>
Police in Nigeria have arrested four members of a gang who allegedly confessed to brutally murdering a pastor they were holding hostage because he preached to them and told them to repent of their sins.
"The gang also confessed to have been responsible for the kidnapping of Pastor Chukwu Ekere of same Ohigha community and killed him for the simple reason that the man of God disturbed them with his preaching of repentance and also for urging them to shun their nefarious activities and accept God," said authorities in a statement to PM News Nigeria.
Local police in Rivers State said they initially arrested the gang members at Ohigha in Ogba and in Diobu, Port Harcourt in connection with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a woman identified only as Mrs. Igila of Ohigha village on Jan. 7. more >>
A Pakistani Christian family is coping with the shock of seeing the brutal slaughter of their father, Nazeer Masih, at the hands of Muslim drug dealers.
"This is not the first incident of persecution of Christians in our village, local Muslims are always creating problems for our Christian community. Before and after our church services Muslim drug dealers swarm around our church trying to sell drugs to our vulnerable youth," local Pastor Alfred Azam said, according to the British Pakistani Christian Association.
"Some drug pushers move around in the Christian resident area and beat young Christians forcing them to take drugs in an attempt to get them addicted. When our older men tell these criminals to leave our young people alone they get killed," he added. more >>
The Bangladeshi wing of the Islamic terrorist group al Qaeda reportedly took responsibility for the latest in a series of murders of atheist writers and bloggers.
Ansar al-Islam, which is linked to al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, has claimed responsibility for the machete murder of Nazimuddin Samad, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, an organization that monitors jihadist terrorism.
Samad, a student, was brutally murdered last week in the capital city of Dhaka, having been attacked first with machetes and then shot. more >>