Update: June 9, 2015, 6 PM: The McKinney Police Department announced late Tuesday that officer Eric Casebolt, who joined the department in 2005, has resigened from his position.
Church leaders in McKinney, Texas, called for prayer in the community on Monday during a meeting with Mayor Brian Loughmiller and Police Chief Greg Conley in the wake of racial unrest stemming from a recent incident involving a local police officer who wrestled a teenage girl to the ground at a graduation pool party.
Nearly 100 pastors met with Loughmiller and Conley for a prayer rally at OneCommunity Church to discuss restoring peace in the community following a clash between a police officer and teenagers after they were called to aid parents and two security guards at the party where some teens were allegedly jumping over security gates at the admission-restricted neighborhood pool on Friday. more >>
The health of Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian mother who was jailed and sentenced to the death penalty in 2010 after being accused of blasphemy, is dwindling, as she now has trouble walking and is also throwing up blood inside of her prison cell, her family has said.
According to a report by The Global Dispatch, the 50-year-old Bibi's family was allowed to visit with her in May, after not being allowed to see her for over a month and noticed that Bibi is "so weak that she can hardly walk."
For Bibi, who is suffering from intestinal bleeding, her health problems are only getting worse and she's in dire need of medical attention, a family source said. more >>
California's legislature has moved forward with a bill meant to legalize assisted suicide. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, opposed the legislation, instead calling for a "radical commitment" to help those who are near death.
Last week the State Senate approved the End of Life Option Act, which, if enacted, would allow doctor-assisted suicide for patients who are terminally ill.
Known as Senate Bill 128, the proposed legislation passed the Senate in a vote of 23 ayes to 15 noes following third reading. more >>
GOP 2016 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told Fox News' Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File" Monday night that he has been left "stunned and shocked" by the way the media has "exploited" the Duggar family in the wake of the molestation scandal. Huckabee also suggested critics are targeting the Duggars so heavily because of their Christian beliefs.
"I was stunned and shocked that the victims were exploited in this by the media for their own interests — there was no interest in the media to protect those girls, there was no interest to make sure their interests were served, and I think your interview pointed out that they had a very different reaction to all of this than did their critics who were out to destroy their families," Huckabee told Kelly.
The molestation scandal concerns Josh Duggar, who according to unlawfully released police reports, was found to have molested four of his younger sisters when he was a teenager. more >>
When there is an outrageous ruling handed down by a judge or jury, we oftentimes hear the phrase "perversion of justice." Likewise, when there is a sexual assault recorded in the news with sordid details, we sometimes hear a reference to a "perverted mind."
What exactly does the term "perversion" mean?
A dictionary will say it refers to a distortion, misrepresentation or falsification of something. "The alteration of something from its original state or meaning to a distortion of what was first intended." more >>
The Bates family of UPtv's "Bringing Up Bates" reality series say they are praying for fellow reality television stars the Duggars of "19 Kids and Counting" as the molestation scandal surrounding Josh Duggar continues to make headlines across the nation.
"We are praying for our dear friends," Gil and Kelly Jo Bates Bates said in a statement, according to Access Hollywood. "We respect their privacy and have no further comment at this time."
The Bates' statement comes after Josh, the eldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar who also stars on the popular TLC reality series featuring his family, was named in a recently-leaked police report alleging that he had molested five girls when he was 14. It was later revealed that four of Josh's victims were his sisters, one of which was believed to have been five years old at the time. more >>