The woman who helped comedian Sherri Shepherd and her ex-husband, Lamar Sally, by carrying their baby has sworn off surrogacy, saying that her negative experience has completely turned her off from such arrangements.
In 2014, Shepherd made headlines when it was revealed that the former "The View" co-host backed out of a surrogacy arrangement that she and Sally had made with their surrogate, Jessica Bartholomew, while Bartholomew was already five months pregnant.
Shepherd, who split from Sally before the birth of their surrogate baby, had changed her mind about the child when her marriage began to crumble, which ultimately sparked a bitter and very public custody dispute, and Bartholomew, 33, says that the experience emotionally scarred her. more >>
A conference of human rights activists who focus on Christian persecution in the Middle East has called upon Congress to pass a resolution declaring recent actions committed by the Islamic State "genocide."
As part of the annual conference, members of the group In Defense of Christians lobbied elected officials on Capitol Hill to pass Concurrent Resolution 75, which was introduced last week.
Sponsored by Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, H. Con. Res. 75 calls upon Congress to label recent acts of intolerance against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East as "crimes against humanity" and "genocide." more >>
The CEO of Office Depot has apologized to a Christian woman after an Illinois branch refused to print her pro-life flyers because the store claimed that printing them would violate the company's policy.
In August, Roman-Catholic Maria Goldstein went to the Office Depot in Schaumburg, Illinois, and asked an employee to print her 500 copies of a flyer she planned to distribute that listed facts about Planned Parenthood's government funding, excess revenue and lack of cancer screenings. The flyer also included a "Prayer for the Conversion of Planned Parenthood" and a link to the Center for Medical Progress' recent investigative Planned Parenthood videos.
The staff, however, told Goldstein they could not print the flyers because they deemed them be in direct violation of an Office Depot policy, and offered her the ability to use the store's self-serve copy machines, which she refused. more >>
Sudanese security forces have killed, raped and burned civilians alive during two military campaigns in Darfur that left thousands of people displaced from their homes, a prominent human rights organization has claimed.
A new report by Human Rights Watch accuses Sudan's Rapid Support Forces, which are under the command of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services, of committing "widespread and systematic" crimes against civilians that include mass rape, torture and murder when the forces were ordered to carry out counterinsurgency campaigns in 2014 and 2015 in Darfur.
"The RSF led two counter-insurgency campaigns in the long-embattled region of Darfur in 2014 and 2015 in which its forces repeatedly attacked villages, burned and looted homes, beating, raping and executing villagers," the HRW report stated. more >>
A diverse group of clergy and legal experts sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to keep a rule allowing religious organizations with government grants to maintain hiring practices consistent with their religious beliefs.
Sent to the White House on Thursday, the letter pleads that President Obama reject calls by many progressive organizations to bar federal grants to religious organizations that use religious affiliation as a parameter for employment.
The letter was organized by the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance and signed by liberals and conservatives, religious leaders and religious freedom experts. For instance, Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; Ron Sider, president emeritus of Evangelicals for Social Action; and Douglas Laycock, Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia Law School, were among the 69 signers. more >>
WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from both political parties told Christian persecution activists Thursday that the U.S. government has a moral obligation to help the Christians and other religious minorities affected by the refugee crisis in Syria and Iraq and also detailed various proposed resolutions aimed at doing so.
As thousands of Christians are risking their lives to smuggle their families into Europe in order to escape from the violence of the Islamic State and the Syrian civil war, Christian activists gathered by In Defense of Christians met with a bipartisan group of Congress members on Capitol Hill to discuss the actions being taken by the U.S. government to aid asylum seekers and other persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
Over 17 members of Congress spoke at the press conference and expressed displeasure with inaction taken by the Obama administration to provide refugees with protection and asylum. (On the same day, the White House announced plans to let 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States, a six-fold increase from current levels.) more >>