The California Supreme Court has instituted a policy that prohibits state judges from participating in the Boy Scouts of America because it doesn't allow openly gay adults to become troop leaders.
California Bans Judges From Participating in Boy Scouts Over Its Policy Prohibiting Gay Troop Leaders
Earlier this year the court voted unanimously to change the California Code of Judicial Ethics, removing an exemption allowing membership in youth organizations, such as the Boy Scouts, that it claims practice discrimination. more >>
A Texas organization that has investigated financial fraud in the American religious community is in the process of expanding their efforts globally.
The Dallas-based Trinity Foundation recently announced their plans to investigate religious fraud on a global scale following the release of research earlier this year indicating that religious fraud globally may total $100 billion in the next decade.
In a recently released statement, the Trinity Foundation noted that for 2015 alone it's estimated that international religious fraud will exceed donations to global missions. more >>
Patrick Sookhdeo, the founder and international director of Christian aid group Barnabas Aid International, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a female staff member in an incident that occurred in February 2014.
BBC News reported that 67-year-old Sookhdeo was also found guilty by the Swindon Crown Court's jury in the U.K. of intimidating two employees that were expected to give evidence against him.
He has been ordered to serve a three-month community order for all three charges; has been placed on a three-month curfew, and ordered to pay close to $5,400 in prosecution costs. more >>
A church in Washington state is converting a former strip club into an evangelistic facility that's serving the community seven days a week.
Bethany Community Church, a Seattle-based multi-site congregation founded in 1900, acquired the former strip club called "Sugars" and has turned it into a site for missions.
The strip club was located in the city of Shoreline, which is north of Seattle. The facility will serve as part of Bethany Community Church North. more >>
Tim Tebow had a very special Valentine's Day this year after sponsoring 45 simultaneous "Night to Shine" proms for 7,000 people throughout the world on Feb. 13.
Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, "Night to Shine" was attended by thousands of people who have special needs with help from 44 churches in 26 states across the U.S., as well locations in Uganda and Kenya.
Tebow not only helped fund the international proms, but also attended two of the U.S. events. more >>
World Vision, a leading Christian humanitarian aid organization, has partnered with what's described as a new "opportunity platform" that allows participants to compete for a chance to nab the job of their dreams, if only for a week or two.
The platform, DreamJobbing invites contestants to upload a one-minute video explaining why they want the job they're applying for and what makes them an excellent fit.
Opportunities that contestants can vie for include gigs with Nitro Circus in New Zealand for three weeks (as a tour reporter and not a performer, unfortunately), with CBS in Los Angeles as a reporter, or even as a backup singer for the one and only Michael Bolton during his tour. more >>