The criminal charges against a New York City pastor who congregants accused of taking money from the church's offering plate at least nine different times last year have been dropped after the pastor claimed he used the money for church-related expenses.
Pastor Daniel Impaglia of the evangelical Rock Church in Manhattan's Upper East Side was arrested and charged with petit larceny last November after congregants claimed to have video evidence of him stealing from the church offering.
Although congregants charged that the 71-year-old Impaglia stole church donations at least nine different times between Oct. 28 and Nov. 21, 2016, Impaglia refused to resign as the church's pastor despite some members insisting on his resignation. more >>
The Pascack Valley Regional School District in northern New Jersey voted Monday to adopt a policy allowing students who identify as transgender to use restrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity instead of their sex.
The district voted 6-1 to pass the policy they say is designed to protect transgender students' rights and comply with anti-discrimination laws, according to NBC New York.
Before the vote took place, however, more than two dozen people spent some three hours debating the policy and what it means for them. more >>
A district court in Michigan dismissed a lawsuit against one of the largest Catholic hospital organizations in the country that would have forced them to perform abortions.
United States District Court Judge Gershwin A. Drain of the Eastern District of Michigan granted Trinity Health Corporation's motion to dismiss a lawsuit leveled by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
In his 13-page Monday decision, Judge Drain argued that the ACLU and the plaintiffs it represented lacked the standing to sue Trinity Health over its policy of not performing emergency abortions. more >>
Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams is canceling an upcoming concert in Mississippi after the state passed a religious liberty law giving wedding-related business owners the right not to work same-sex weddings because of their religious convictions.
Adams, probably best known for his hit "Summer of '69," was scheduled to play a show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi Thursday. Adams, however, took issue with the state's recently passed HB 1523 and decided that he could not "in good conscience" perform "in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation."
The 56-year-old released a statement on his website and social media accounts Sunday telling fans that he is no longer going to perform in Mississippi until the law is changed, explaining that he finds it "incomprehensible that LGBT citizens are being discriminated against." more >>
The Bangladeshi wing of the Islamic terrorist group al Qaeda reportedly took responsibility for the latest in a series of murders of atheist writers and bloggers.
Ansar al-Islam, which is linked to al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, has claimed responsibility for the machete murder of Nazimuddin Samad, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, an organization that monitors jihadist terrorism.
Samad, a student, was brutally murdered last week in the capital city of Dhaka, having been attacked first with machetes and then shot. more >>
The head of the 77 million-member Anglican Communion says he accepts that his biological father was not who he thought he was, stating that his ultimate identity is in Christ.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby recently learned via a DNA test that he is the illegitimate son of the late Sir Anthony Montague Browne, the last private secretary of Sir. Winston Churchill.
In a statement released Friday, Welby said while he was surprised by the news he did not find his identity in his biological inheritance. more >>