Before being crowned Miss America 2008, Kirsten Haglund struggled with anorexia and finding her identity, but a reading of the Bible, specifically the book of Psalms, changed her forever, as she shares in a new "I Am Second" video prior to the Sept. 11 airing of the Miss America 2017 pageant.
"For someone who's severely struggling from an eating disorder, your mind doesn't act normal. You literally see yourself as horribly disgusting," 28-year-old Haglund says in the latest "I Am Second" film, released Wednesday. "It's about food, and it's about losing weight, creating a body type you want, but it is about so much more than that. It is slavery," she describes her condition at the time.
Several conservative groups have been praising the life and work of activist and author Phyllis Schlafly, who died in St. Louis, Missouri, on Monday at the age of 92, though opponents have criticized her stances on LGBT and other issues.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins wrote that Schlafly fought the political establishment of her time, and was a leading force in the creation of the modern pro-life and pro-family movement.
"I have little doubt that the political and cultural landscape of America today would have long ago been devoid of true conservatism if not for her leadership. She never surrendered her principles and she never gave in to intimidation," Perkins wrote. more >>
The family of a Pakistani man who was killed while trying to rescue his Christian daughter from a forced Islamic marriage has been given hope for justice after the men who killed him were charged over the murder by state authorities.
The British Pakistani Christian Association reported the news on Sunday, noting that both Muhammed and Zahid Iqbal have been arrested in connection with Tanveer Masih's murder, though a police search is still underway for fugitive Tahir Iqbal.
Masih was shot dead on May 31 by two assailants on a motorcycle, reportedly after he was invited by one of the cousins of the men who took his daughter to discuss her return home. Fourteen-year-old Mehwish was kidnapped by Zahid Iqbal in Shadab Colony in Faisalabad after she went there to work as a domestic servant, but was raped and forced into an Islamic marriage. more >>
As Roman Catholics around the world celebrated their newest saint on Sunday when Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa of Calcutta, known as the "saint of the gutters," several publications have been recalling her strong pro-life speeches, including one in the presence of Hillary Clinton.
Reuters reports that as many as 120,000 people gathered at the Vatican to honor Teresa, who was one of the most well known Catholic figures of the 20th century, establishing a ministry for the poor in the Indian city of Calcutta.
"For Mother Teresa, mercy was the salt which gave flavour to her work, it was the light which shone in the darkness of the many who no longer had tears to shed for their poverty and suffering," Pope Francis said on Sunday. more >>
Claressa Shields should be on the cover of a Wheaties cereal box, according to over 2,000 people petitioning for the Michigan boxing gold medalist to get the opportunity.
The General Mills brand of Wheaties cereal is known as "The Breakfast of Champions" and has featured the likes of Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, and Wayne Gretzky on its box. Since 21-year-old Shields made history at the 2016 Olympics as the first American boxer to win back-to-back gold medals, thousands believe General Mills should consider putting her on Wheaties box.
Even though former Destiny's Child singer Latavia Roberson suffered a miscarriage that would leave any women emotionally devastated, she is trusting in God's plan for her life.
After news broke that the 34-year-old singer lost her daughter, she revealed that God didn't make a mistake.
"I do truly appreciate every prayer and everything positive that was sent my way. I was, in fact, in the hospital," she wrote on Instagram earlier this week. "And during that time, unfortunately, I lost my daughter but MY GOD never makes mistakes. Thank you for your ongoing prayers! I know my angel is watching over our family! I love you all." more >>