The court hearing to possibly reverse a declaration of death has been postponed due to testimony by a court-appointed independent neurologist.
Jahi McMath, 13, was declared dead earlier this year after tests showed that she had no brain activity. McMath suffered complications after a routine tonsillectomy; while Oakland Children's Hospital in California wanted to remove life support, her family fought and won an injunction, then had her transferred to a facility in New Jersey where she is kept on breathing and feeding tubes and given 24-hour care.
Her parents posted video of Jahi moving her feet and hands on command, and a neurologist testified that Jahi was "extremely disabled but very much alive." Dr. Alan Shewmon, professor emeritus in neurology at UCLA testified that the teen was "not only alive, but now also awake." more >>
The Catholic Church remains opposed to the Department of Health and Human Services' birth control mandate that was modified in August.
In comments submitted to the HHS, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that the mandate remains a threat to the religious freedom of numerous faith-based organizations.
Anthony Picarello, USCCB general counsel, and Michael Moses, associate general counsel, submitted the comments to the HHS on Wednesday. more >>
A Muslim inmate is expected to prevail in his lawsuit for the right to grow a beard, an expert told The Christian Post after hearing arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The arguments were heard Tuesday regarding Gregory Holt, an inmate serving life in an Arkansas prison, who was denied permission by correctional officials to grow grow a short beard in accordance with his strict Muslim beliefs.
Also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, Holt had legal representation from Professor Doug Laycock at the University of Virginia Law School and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which recently prevailed in another religious freedom case involving Hobby Lobby, a craft store chain owned by an Evangelical Christian family. more >>
A couple in Florida will be allowed to keep statues of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary on their property after initially being told by a homeowners' association that they could not.
Enock and Ines Berluche of Kissimmee will not have to remove the statues, after being told by the Shingle Creek Reserve at the Oaks Homeowners' Association that they had to do so.
The Berluches were given legal help by the Orlando-based conservative law firm the Liberty Counsel, which was founded by Mat Staver. more >>
A teenage girl declared brain-dead after a routine tonsillectomy is allegedly showing signs of life and is able to move on her own; her family has filed an appeal to have her legally declared "alive."
Jahi McMath went in for a routine tonsillectomy in Dec. 2013, but had complications following the surgery and was placed on life support. Her family battled Oakland Children's Hospital in California on whether to take the 13-year-old off the life-saving devices. They argued that she was still alive and wanted to give God the opportunity to work in her life, while the Hospital argued that she was dead and the life support should be removed.
After much debate, the family was able to send Jahi to a New Jersey facility, albeit on breathing and feeding tubes, but she was declared legally dead. more >>
An agreement has been reached regarding a formal complaint leveled against 36 United Methodist clergy and leaders who blessed a gay wedding in defiance of official church rules.
Last week, the UMC Eastern Pennsylvania Conference announced a "Just Resolution" made between the 36 clergy and leaders and the complainant.