A Halifax man trying to do a bit of good has been taken into the custody of a psychiatric hospital. Friends and family say that he is being held against his will and was just trying to brighten people's day in his own unique way.
Richard Wright was handing out money to strangers on the street, telling them to "thank God" for the gift if they needed it and to pass it along if they didn't. The Prince Edward Island Royal Canadian Mounted Police were called to take Wright into custody in order to perform a psychological evaluation or "wellness check" on the man. After talking with Wright, they determined that he needed "further assessment by a medical health person."
However, Wright's daughter, Chelsea, told Metro News that her father does not need psychological help and merely wanted to help people by brightening their day. She added that her father is being unfairly treated by authorities and should be released. Chelsea organized a Facebook page with the title "OpFreeRichardWright" in order to bring awareness to his cause. So far the page has over 4,000 members. more >>
Christian leaders such as evangelist Franklin Graham and Russell D. Moore, who is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, expressed outrage that Christian relief organization World Vision announced it would hire employees in same-sex marriages on Monday.
"I was shocked today to hear of World Vision's decision to hire employees in same-sex marriages," Graham, the son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said in his statement. "The Bible is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman.
"My dear friend, Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision and Samaritan's Purse, would be heartbroken. He was an evangelist who believed in the inspired Word of God. World Vision maintains that their decision is based on unifying the church – which I find offensive – as if supporting sin and sinful behavior can unite the church. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, the Scriptures consistently teach that marriage is between a man and woman and any other marriage relationship is sin," Graham, who is the president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. more >>
"Veil of Tears," a riveting documentary from Gospel for Asia that is yet to be released, tells the untold stories of millions of women in South Asia who face oppression simply because of their gender. Dr. K. P. Yohannan, founder and international director of GFA, said the film not only shows the intense suffering, but the hope these women can find when they understand that they are valued in the eyes of God.
"One of the most obvious problems in this area is that the most unreached, untouched, neglected, suffering humanity in our world is women in Asian nations," Yohannan told The Christian Post. "For example, India alone has 46 million widows. That means a girl could be 18, 19, 20 or 30, and when her husband dies, in many places that's the end of their life. Many of them end up in despair."
He talked about an island off of the coast of West Bengal known as the "Widow's Island." Seventy-five percent of the people that live on that island are women who don't have husbands and they have no hope – they have been rejected and abused, Yohannan said. more >>
It's been 23 years since Anita Hill testified about the alleged harassment she received at the hands of Clarence Thomas. Now, Hill is the star of a new film, "Anita," which details her feelings about the Supreme Court case and Hill's life post-testimony.
"Initially, I thought I would just go back and do what I do: commercial law and contracts," Hill told Slate's Dahlia Lithwick of her time after giving her Supreme Court testimony. "But within months I was getting so many requests that it just felt that there was a sincere effort for people to understand sexual harassment. It took a lot of letters from people who were asking really sincere questions, and so I gave it two years. And 23 years later … I say to people I do know how to count. There just seem to be so many layers to the problem that we're still trying to address them."
Hill noted that she still sees the same problems that were present 23 years ago and even beyond: women still suffering harassment and blaming one another or not being believed by others when they tell their stories. It's one of the main reasons that she chose to participate in "Anita," which provides an intimate look at her life now and then. Hill praises her parents and credits them with her continuing work on behalf of women who need it. more >>
An ex-gay ministry purported to be the largest in Australia has recently announced that it will cease operations.
In a letter sent to supporters last week, Living Waters Australia Director Ron Brookman wrote that "it is time to wind up the ministry."
"There is nobody who has been identified, trained, or who is willing to take up leadership … It seems that the Lord is preparing to do something new in bringing healing to the broken," wrote Brookman. more >>
A North Carolina jury has decided in favor of a conservative professor of criminology who claimed that his academic institution denied him a promotion for ideological reasons.
The jury ruled Thursday in favor of Mike Adams, who back in 2006 was denied a promotion to a full professorship by the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.