Jill and Jessa Duggar are enjoying the married life, and Jessa recently shared behind-the-scenes photos from her wedding to Ben Seewald.
The two newlywed couples got together for a family dinner, then later attended the Duggar family's traditional Christmas recital. Rumors persist that there is sibling rivalry between the two sisters, but neither has bothered to address those rumors or have shown any hint of malice. Those rumors began when people noted that Jill no longer followed Jessa on Twitter. However, on Monday, Jessa posted an underlined passage from the Bible on her Instagram account.
"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus," Philippians 3:13-15, Jessa posted. more >>
WASHINGTON —The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty announced on Tuesday the launch of a new coalition uniting human rights organizations, religious groups, and pro-liberty advocacy groups to pressure state governments to put an end to capital punishment.
The coalition, which has up to 15 national partnering organizations, is named the "90 Million Strong" campaign, which signifies the 33 percent of Americans, according to Gallup polls, who say they oppose the death penalty.
With only 28 states and the District of Columbia not currently using the death penalty, and seven states carrying out the death penalty in 2014, the coalition aims to fully mobilize the "90 million" Americans to lobby state-by-state to get the other states that still actively use the death penalty to halt what they claim are "unfair" and immoral practices. more >>
A Georgia school district said it will provide additional training for campus police officers and staff after a mother complained that a School Resource Officer unnecessarily handcuffing her 6-year-old special needs child last Friday.
Lakaisha Reid told local news station WXIA that she found her son, Patrick, handcuffed at Pine Ridge Elementary School after the school contacted the family to report the boy's troubling behavior. Patrick had reportedly exhibited violent behavior that had put his health and others' at risk.
"My husband got a call that something was going on with Patrick at school, and they needed us to come. We go into the school and a gentleman takes us back. I hear my son yelling and screaming," she told WXIA. more >>
The widow of a South African aid worker killed during a failed U.S. rescue raid in Yemen has spoken out and said that she forgives the troops who botched his release as well as his captors.
"Today, we choose to forgive," Yolande Korkie told the press on Sunday. "We choose to love. We choose to rejoice in the memories of Pierre and keep him alive in our hearts. Even though the pain is overwhelming us right now, we choose to believe that this too shall pass. Although we were separated in the flesh after 228 days when I was released, I remained with him in spirit until the end."
Yolande and Pierre were kidnapped from the city of Taiz in May 2013. A charity known as Gift of the Givers managed to arrange for Yolande to be released after paying a ransom. The same charity was working again to free Pierre and had secured a deal when Navy SEALs raided the compound in an effort to free Pierre and American Luke Somers. more >>
Eldest Duggar child, Josh, has given a new interview describing his life in politics and the joy of expecting a fourth child with his wife, Anna.
The Duggar family moved to Washington, D.C. so that Josh could work for the Family Research Council as the executive director of FRC Action. While he does not necessarily rely on the family name or popularity to help in his professional life, Josh noted that he doesn't try to hide who he is.
"People know who our family is, that it's built on strong faith and caring for people," Josh told The Washington Post. "It's been a great fit, it's an extension of who we are. There are perceptions that people have about Washington, and I'll say there is some truth to it — but there are a lot of good people here." more >>
While rumors surrounding Tim Tebow and Jana Duggar continue to circulate, his publicist has made certain that there's no confusion — the two Christian celebrities are not dating.
Tebow, 27, a former football star and now an SEC college football analyst, was believed to have been dating the Duggar daughter, 24. Rumors began circulating that the two were being pushed together by her father, Jim Bob, and even Tebow's mother, Pam. The rumors only grew in intensity when a photo of Pam, Jim Bob and his wife, Michelle, was posted online by the Duggar patriarch.
Fans of both were hopeful that the young evangelical Christians would get together, forming perhaps one of the most famous super-couples. Yet Tebow's publicist released a statement quashing all of those dreams and revealing that the two had no connection. more >>