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The woman with whom Vision Forum founder Doug Phillips had an alleged affair has filed a lawsuit against her "spiritual father," and accuses him of sexual battery, fraud and sexual exploitation, and claims that he used her as his "personal sex object."
In the lawsuit, Lourdes Torres, 29, accuses Phillips of taking advantage of his authority over her as the "pastor of her church, her boss, her landlord and the controller of all aspects of her life." Torres also claims that Phillips further manipulated her by telling her that he intended to marry her when his wife died "soon." more >>
A Mormon online dating service set to launch later this year has received notice from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attorneys asserting that the church exclusively owns "Mormon" and images of the Salt Lake City temple.
The home page for "Mormon Match," which enticed 1,000 singles from more than 25 countries to sign-up within its first 48 hours, includes a backdrop featuring the temple and a verse from 3 Nephi 14:7, a passage found in the Book of Mormon.
Robert Schick, of Intellectual Reserve Inc., who represents the Mormon church's trademarks, argued that the dating site has no official connection with the LDS and consequently, no claim to use its language or images. more >>
Michael Farris, the chairman and cofounder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, has criticized the biblical patriarchy beliefs of his former HSLDA colleague and Vision Forum founder, Doug Phillips, and said he regrets not speaking out against him sooner.
Michael Farris, an attorney who also founded Patrick Henry College, has expressed remorse for not making it clear sooner that he did not condone Phillips' views.
"There was no way that I could have known that Doug was involved in sexual misconduct, but I knew that he was involved in unscriptural views about women in his teaching," Farris wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday, referring to Phillips' admission last year that he had cheated on his wife. more >>
Heaven is for Real tells the story of the small town Nebraskan Burpo family whose 4-year-old son Colton has a near-death experience where he visits heaven and meets Jesus.
The unraveling of this majestic vision is documented in the film, but it doesn't seem to be the main focus. Instead, the movie makers chose to deviate from stressing the vision, and decided rather to show the day-to-day life of the Burpo family and how they balanced church, work and bills with their son's experience.
Greg Kinnear does a fantastic job as Todd Burpo, a jack-of-all-trades that pastors a church, repairs things and fights fires. He becomes skeptical of God's actions once his son is laid up on the operating table for a ruptured appendix. He wrestles with the actual experience and this struggle continues well into the boy's recovery and his explanation of his visit to heaven. more >>
The day pastor Robert McKeehan of Community Bible Church in High Point, N.C., hanged himself in what local police have called an apparent suicide, he gave no clue, at least on social media, that he was a man getting ready to die.
His Twitter timeline for Friday, April 11, before he was pronounced dead in his home, revealed a man who was health conscious and had his signature sense of humor on full display.
Here is how his day went, according to Twitter. more >>
The 15 children who vanished from a Mexico City children's shelter in 2008 run by a small evangelical sect had been given away to church members, according to Mexican authorities.
Earlier this month, prosecutors announced that they had located 12 of the children who had disappeared after three of them showed up at their offices in Puebla state. The shelters, known as Casitas del Sur (Little Houses of the South,) were founded by Iglesia Cristiana Restaurada (Restored Christian Church), a cult that reportedly runs shelters in at least seven other Mexican states and overseas. Children had been placed in the shelters "by child welfare authorities to house children from broken families or whose parents were temporarily unable to care for them," according to the AP.
But instead of providing a sanctuary for the children, the Mexican Attorney General's office said that RCC had allowed the children to be illegally adopted and reportedly "brainwashed" by the church. more >>