American Ebola patient Nancy Writebol is steadily improving and recently stated that she views Dr. Kent Brantly as another son after their time together in Liberia and now in Atlanta, Georgia.
Nancy, and husband David's son Jeremy spoke to the "Today" show earlier this week and shared information about his mother's health as well as his newfound relationship with Brantly. Jeremy said that he was very thankful for Brantly's help in taking care of his mother.
"He really cared well for my mom. He's really an exceptional man, very Christ-like in his demeanor and attitude," Jeremy said. "We've had a chance to just briefly converse and give each other a thumbs up through the window. In fact, my mom has said, 'Jeremy, you have a third brother now, and it's Dr. Brantly.'" more >>
Actress Grace Johnston has said that she stands firmly with Israel when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; she recently returned from a life-changing trip to Jerusalem and spoke with The Christian Post about the impact that had on her.
"I stand with Israel," Johnston told CP in an exclusive interview. She noted that there are a plethora of celebrities taking sides when they have little knowledge of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. The Christian actress explained that it's dangerous for celebrities without crucial knowledge to share their views, which can impact their fans and followers, leading to further ignorance of what is truly happening.
"It's amazing … and then I see the news reports from California where they are doing pro-Hamas protests. I feel like everyone has lost their minds. I don't know how you can support Hamas – it's a known fact that they shield themselves and their weaponry with civilians. And then celebrities use their platforms – I don't think unless they know what they are talking about, they should be able to pass their opinions, which can really affect the mindset of young people with no facts whatsoever," Johnston said. more >>
A judge has ruled that Tennessee's constitutional amendment banning legal recognition of same-sex marriage is legal, breaking a streak of judicial losses for the traditional marriage side.
Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. ruled last week against the claim that the state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
There is growing outrage among sailors and religious liberty advocates over a directive that calls for the removal of Bibles from lodges and hotels run on U.S. Navy bases. The directive comes after an atheist group filed a formal complaint earlier this year over the placement of Bibles in the rooms.
"The current direction is to remove all religious material from Navy Lodge guest rooms," read an email to a Navy chaplain from The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM). "For those Navy Lodges with religious materials currently in guest rooms, the Navy Lodge General Manager will contact the Installation Chaplain's office who will provide guidance on the removal procedure disposition of these materials."
The American Family Association received an exclusive copy of a similar directive from NEXCOM, the organization that manages the lodges. more >>
A group of churches from the Commonwealth of Virginia have helped an Afghan interpreter and his family stay in the United States after coming to the country after his life was threatened.
The Northern Virginia Military Mission Outreach, a group of congregations who help aid American veterans and their families, recently "provided furniture, food, clothing, toys, a television and money," for the interpreter, reported Neill Caldwell of United Methodist News Service.
Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield is one of the members of NVMMO, the majority of which are United Methodist Church congregations. more >>
A surrogacy clinic in Thailand is reportedly being investigated after providing services to a convicted pedophile and his wife.
The Bangkok clinic, which has not been named publicly, may have violated Thailand's regulations on surrogacy by providing Commercial services. Commercial surrogacy is said to be against the Medical Council of Thailand's code of conduct and involves the exchange of money.
Earlier this month the Australian couple made global headlines when a surrogate mother accused them of abandoning their critically-ill seven-month-old son Gammy and taking his healthy twin sister. Pattaramon Chanbua, a 21-year-old food vendor in Thailand, recently made the explosive allegations, and as a result of the global coverage, the clinic is now under fire and authorities are set to inspect all surrogacy clinics nationwide. more >>