A group that gained headlines for organizing the "Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest" in Garland, Texas, that was attacked by two Muslim extremists has launched a billboard campaign in Missouri.
At a cost of about $40,000, the American Freedom Defense Initiative posted 100 billboards throughout the city of St. Louis on Monday.
The Duggar family of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" reality show has been hit by a new investigation in which the Department of Human Services in Arkansas reportedly called 911 after the family denied agents access to one of the children.
"We have an investigation and I guess they're not being cooperative. We have to see the child to make sure the child is all right. So we just need police assistance," a Washington Country DHS employee is heard telling a 911 operator on May 27, according to information obtained by In Touch magazine.
The magazine noted that it is not known what prompted the investigation, or which one of the children the workers wanted to see. more >>
A congregation in Michigan seeking to restore a church sign has rejected a $500 donation from animal rights group PETA amid concerns over the conditions of their offer to help, but only if they can include their own message under Jesus Christ, saying: "Road to hell is paved with bacon."
J. Todd Vanaman, pastor of Dixie Baptist Church of Clarkston, told The Christian Post that the sign, known as the "Hi-Way Pulpit," is "not a billboard advertisement."
"PETA offered $500 for a one week advertisement for their cause, which is not in keeping with our purpose, therefore we respectfully declined," said Vanaman. more >>
The Bishop of Oslo is speaking out after Norwegian entertainer Tooji used Oslo's Frogner Church as a backdrop for a raunchy music video where the singer announced his sexual orientation by filming an intimate encounter taking place in front of the church's altar with another man portraying a priest.
Touraj Keshtkar, the 28-year-old entertainer known as Tooji who represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, announced his homosexuality on Monday with the release of his "Father" music video. The visuals were filmed in the Frogner Church in Oslo, Norway, where Tooji kissed a man portraying a priest before both men stripped naked in an intimate exchange before what appeared to be a supportive congregation.
As the video progresses, the pair turn into angels while they are embracing intimately. more >>
Two Sudanese pastors who are potentially facing the death penalty after being arrested and imprisoned on trumped-up charges of alleged conspiracy and espionage, were removed from a low-security military prison and transferred to a more dangerous facility where they've been denied access to visitors, the pastors lawyers have said.
Revs. Peter Yen Reith and Yat Michael, who've been detained since the winter and charged with violating seven laws including spying, undermining the government and insulting religion, were transferred from the Omdurman Prison for Men outside of Khartoum — where they were allowed to see their families and lawyers — to Kober Prison in North Khartoum, a high-security detention center.
According to an advocacy group closely following the case, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, no one — not even their wives or lawyers — has been allowed to visit with the pastors since their transfer to Kober. more >>
An appeals court has upheld a controversial pro-life law of Texas that has been credited with closing down several abortion clinics since it was enacted.
A three judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on Tuesday that Texas' House Bill 2, a law that holds abortion clinics to the same standards as hospitals, was constitutional.
In their opinion, the Fifth Circuit panel drew upon the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which while establishing abortion as a right also noted that states could restrict access if given a compelling interest. more >>