The condition is called body identity integrity disorder (BIID) and it was recently the subject of an article in the New York Post titled, "The Strange Condition That Has People Hacking Off Healthy Limbs."
According to Susannah Cahalan, BIID was first described in the late 18th century but for the most part has been considered to be some kind of sexually deviant condition in which the person receives sexual gratification by being an amputee.
But researchers have been questioning that, and some now believe that there is clear evidence that the brains of those suffering with BIID send real signals indicating that they should not have a particular limb, causing them torment until it is removed. more >>
Rarely does a county clerk became the center of a national media firestorm. But Kim Davis, the clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, has become trapped in the eye of the national media hurricane that has surrounded her decision to prohibit her office from issuing all marriage licenses due to her Christian objection to same-sex marriage.
After spending six days locked up for being in contempt of court for continuing to refuse to issue marriage licenses, Davis was released Tuesday afternoon as some of her deputy clerks had begun issuing marriage licenses. Now that Davis is back at the helm of her clerk's office, it is unclear if she will continue to violate a federal court order by once again instructing her office to refrain from issuing licenses that have her name and title on them.
Here are five surprising facts about Davis: more >>
A just under 2-minute video created by viral media outlet BuzzFeed featuring a group of gay, feminist and liberal Christian millennials explaining why they don't fit the stereotypical view of Christians is now getting flak from conservatives online who argue that it does nothing to promote Christ.
The video, which was posted to Facebook on Sunday, had been viewed more than 10 million times as of noon on Wednesday. It features five women and one man declaring that they aren't homophobic, closeminded, uneducated or judgmental. One woman even noted that although she doesn't believe in sex before marriage she gives sex advice.
Days prior to the release of the video on Facebook, former White House staffer Michael Wear appears somewhat prescient in a tweet on millennials and Christianity. more >>
Former Arkansas Governor and current Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said he is willing to go to jail on behalf of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who refused marriage licences to same-sex couples.
Huckabee made the offer while standing beside the recently released Davis at a Tuesday rally.
The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States recently hosted a same-sex wedding at its national office in Louisville, Kentucky.
An official with Presbyterian Church (USA) officiated a wedding last Thursday between Paul Kempf and Robb Gwaltney at the Presbyterian Center's chapel.
A PC(USA) spokesperson told The Christian Post that the ceremony had "perhaps 25 people in attendance, a combination of family and friends, along with a few staff." more >>
A Navy chaplain who voiced his biblical beliefs about homosexuality during a counseling session is no longer facing the threat of a career-ending punishment after the Navy disapproved a captain's request to bring the chaplain before the Navy's Board of Inquiry, where he could've been forced out of the service.
The troubles for Navy Chaplain Wes Modder began in 2014 when he was assigned a married gay sailor to be his chaplain's assistant. After about a month as the chaplain's assistant, the assistant began asking Modder questions about his biblical beliefs on human sexuality. After explaining that his Pentecostal faith considered homosexuality to be a sin, the assistant later complained.
As previously reported, Modder's commanding officer, Capt. Jon Fahs of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in South Carolina, sent a memo in February to Navy Personnel Command suggesting three courses of action that the Navy should take against Modder as punishment for expressing his religious views on marriage and sexual morality. more >>