Lone gunman Dylan Roof, 21, who shot and killed nine Christians during a Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston Wednesday, purportedly boasted to friends about his plans to "kill a bunch of people," but later confessed to police he "almost didn't go through with it because everyone was so nice to him."
Roof was captured in Shelby, North Carolina, during a traffic stop on a tip from a local woman named Debbie Dills who said of the apprehension of Roof, "God had his hand in it." In an NBC interview, the woman claimed not to be a hero but only "a willing vessel."
Dill said she spent a lot of time praying for the church and victims before she spotted the suspicious black sedan while commuting to work. After the tip, police almost immediately apprehended the suspect. more >>
As June rolls on, many Americans are waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to deliver a landmark decision on whether or not states can ban gay marriage.
Many legal experts believe the court will strike down the bans, thus declaring gay marriage a constitutional right.
Although it's a landmark decision and while many might see it as the end of the debate, a quick survey of American history shows that landmark Supreme Court decisions can be a little overrated on the landmark part. more >>
A British pastor from Belfast, Northern Ireland, is set to be prosecuted at court for saying in 2014 that Islam is "satanic" and a religion that is "the spawn of the devil."
The preacher, James McConnell, apologized after he was accused of Islamophobia, but is still facing prosecution, Northern Ireland's Public Prosecution Service said.
"I can confirm that following consideration of a complaint in relation to an Internet broadcast of a sermon in May 2014, a decision was taken to offer an individual an informed warning for an offense contrary to the Communications Act 2003," a PPS spokesman said, according to The Guardian. more >>
The Chobani yogurt brand released a 30-second commercial this week that features a lesbian couple naked in bed together as part of its seven-part "Love This Life" campaign which is being protested against by One Million Mom's for it's attempt to "normalize sin."
The spot, according to Chobani CMO Peter McGuinness, is all about inclusion.
"For us, it's why not [feature a same-sex couple] — not why," declared McGuiness in an interview with Adweek. "There's nothing new here, per se. Inclusion and equality has been and is foundational and fundamental to the company." more >>
Pages from a copy of the first Bible to be published on a printing press might fetch well over $500,000 at an auction held in New York Friday morning.
Sotheby's in New York will put on auction eight pages from a Gutenberg Bible, with the estimated value listed between $500,000 - $700,000.
According to the Sotheby website entry, the pages come from the 15th century printing of the Good Book, specifically the Old Testament book of Esther. more >>
The tragic shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday night that killed nine people at a Bible study has prompted one pastor to encourage clergy around the country to arm themselves for protection.
During an interview on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" on Thursday, Bishop E.W. Jackson, senior pastor of Fall Church in Chesapeake, Virginia, said he was deeply concerned about 21-year-old gunman Dylann Roof's decision to target a church, adding that it signifies a growing hostility toward Christians across the U.S.
"I just think it's something we have to be aware of and not create an atmosphere where people take out their violent intentions against Christians," Jackson said. "And I would mention one other thing, and that is, I would urge pastors and men in these churches to prepare to defend themselves. It's sad, but I think that we've got to arm ourselves." more >>