The city council of Charlotte, N.C., the hometown of world-renowned Evangelist Billy Graham, narrowly voted on Monday to reject a proposed expansion to the town's non-discrimination law that would have made it legal for transgender persons to use bathrooms and other public facilities designated for the opposite sex.
After hearing four hours of public input from supporters and opponents of the proposal Monday evening, the council voted, 6-5, after an hour of discussion, to throw out the entire ordinance bill.
The proposal would not just have given transgenders the right to use the opposite gender's restrooms but would have also made it illegal for Charlotte business owners to decline service in order to uphold their Christian beliefs that same-sex marriages is wrong. more >>
The father of Mohammed Emwazi, the former British citizen alleged to be the infamous masked executioner in the Islamic State's publicized beheading videos known as "Jihadi John," has labeled his own son as a "terrorist" and hopes that he dies and goes straight "to hell"
The Telegraph reports that since Emwazi was identified as "Jihadi John" last week, his 51-year-old father, Jassem Emwazi, has been so ashamed of his son that he's largely remained out of the public eye and has even failed to return to work at a supermarket 12 miles near the Iraqi border in Kuwait.
Abu Meshaal, a 40-year-old colleague of Jassem Emwazi, told The Telegraph about a recent conversation that he had with Emwazi, where Emwazi described the emotional distress he's had since his son first informed him that he was going to join the jihadi movement in 2013. more >>
Pastor Donnie McClurkin's family is mourning the loss of their sibling Cheryl "Cheri" McClurkin who passed away Tuesday.
Cheryl died from a heart attack at 4 p.m. on March 3, according to the pastor and gospel singer's representatives.
"The McClurkin Family gathered together today to say farewell to their sibling, Cheryl "Cheri" McClurkin who died from complications of a massive coronary heart attack," Donnie's representative said in a statement obtained by The Christian Post. more >>
"19 Kids and Counting" star Amy Duggar, cousin of the reality TV family, is considering her own spin-off series and is also preparing to release her new single, "Different."
Duggar, 28, has been in headlines lately for her relationship with boyfriend Dillon King. The two are currently picking out wedding rings and could be featured in a new series, if the odds are favorable, Duggar said.
"19 Kids and Counting" star Josh Duggar and wife, Anna, recently announced the sex of their fourth child.
"Josh thought it was a boy, I thought it was a girl," Anna told People magazine. "Mackynzie wanted a girl, Michael wanted a boy," she said of the couple's two children, ages 5 and 3, respectively. Youngest son Marcus, 1, did not have a preference.
After biting into cupcakes as a family, the couple revealed that they are having a baby girl in July. It's a new experience for Josh and Anna, who grew up quite close to Josh's larger-than-life family in Arkansas. Now the family of four lives in Washington, D.C., where Josh works for the Family Research Council and Anna remains at home with the children. more >>
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.— Appearing as a guest speaker on a criminal justice reform panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback explained how Kansas' provision of mental healthcare and private mentors for its prisoners have played a significant role in cutting the state's prison system recidivism rate in half.
Brownback, who was elected governor in 2010 after serving as a U.S. senator, told the audience that reducing states' crime rates and corrections spending can be easily accomplished if state prisons provided more to their prisoners than just a place to live and food to eat until they're released back into society.
"I think we have gotten stuck in the old mantra that 'If you do the crime, you do the time,'" Brownback said. "When I first ran [for Congress] in the 1990s, that is one of the mantras that I put up. The problem of it was that at some point in time you find that [the time] is done then you got a guy coming out and we were having 60 percent recidivism rates. That is what we were having in our state — 60 percent recidivism rates." more >>