Senator Elizabeth Warren (D – Ma.) spoke out against the death penalty on Thursday, after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on 30 counts pertaining to the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
"My heart goes out to the families here, but I don't support the death penalty," Warren said on "CBS This Morning." "I think he should spend his life in jail—no possibility of parole—he should die in prison. But that's just how I see it. It's up to the jury. Nothing is ever going to make those who were injured whole…" she added.
Warren is not alone in her opposition to the death penalty, which was abolished in the state in 1984. However, Attorney General Eric Holder declared that Tsarnaev would be tried in federal court and therefore be eligible for the death penalty. After he was found guilty on all 30 charges brought against him, Tsarnaev learned he would indeed face the possibility of execution or life without parole. more >>
The owners of Memories Pizza, the Indiana pizza shop that was forced to close down last week after its owners received death threats for stating that they were Christian and would not cater a gay wedding, announced their plans for the $840,000-plus they have received from the online crowdfunding page GoFundMe.
The O'Connor family told The Daily Mail that although they were only looking to raise a goal of $200,000 to help them get back on track after closing shop for about a week and becoming the center of a national media storm, they will be donating much of the extra money to a number of good causes, including giving some to Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman.
The 70-year-old Stutzman, who owns and operates Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, is at risk of losing her life savings, home and flower shop because of a lawsuit filed by the state attorney general after a gay couple posted on social media about how they were referred to another florist when they asked Stutzman to make floral arrangements for their same-sex wedding. more >>
The man who co-wrote a novelty Bible that replaces the word "God" with Kanye, in honor of iconic rapper Kanye West, says his book is not intended to offend Christians but rather to provoke thought and broader discussions about faith and culture.
The Book of Yeezus, which is a nod to West's sixth studio album, was initially thought by some to be a hoax when it appeared for sale online earlier this week but one of its three authors has confirmed its authenticity. The book recently sparked a firestorm of criticism and one of the authors has spoken out publicly for the first time in an exclusive interview with The Christian Post.
The author, who chose not to reveal his idenity, defended himself during a phone call with CP on Wednesday just days after critics took to social media to blast The Book of Yeezus as "offensive" and "blasphemous." more >>
As over $842,000 have been raised to support the Christian owners of the Indiana Pizza shop that closed down after receiving threats for saying they wouldn't cater a gay wedding, one lesbian woman that donated $20 to the cause has revealed why she felt compelled to help the family and apologize for the threatening actions of the LGBT community.
Upon reading about the violent threats that were directed toward the O'Connor family, the owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, after they told a local news reporter that they would have to decline catering same-sex weddings if they were asked to do so, Courtney Hoffman, a lesbian small business owner, was inclined to donate to their GoFundMe online fundraising page and also post a heart-warming apology along with the donation.
"As a member of the gay community, I would like to apologize for the mean spirited attacks on you and your business. I know many gay individuals who fully support your right to stand up for your beliefs and run your business to those beliefs," Hoffman's online donation message stated. "We are outraged at the level of hate and intolerance that has been directed at you and I sincerely hope that you are able to rebuild." more >>
A bakery in Colorado will not be punished for refusing to bake a cake requested by a Christian activist that included quotes from the Bible denouncing homosexuality.
Azucar Bakery in Denver was found not guilty of discrimination by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Regulatory Agencies when it refused to make a cake requested by Christian activist Bill Jack.
The University of Tennesse's "sex week" will go on as scheduled this week, despite efforts to challenge funding for the event.
Organized by the group Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee, sex week starts on Monday and runs through Saturday, April 11.
In years past, the event has included the distribution of "condom flowers" and the wearing of penis costumes. more >>