The United States Senate may be considering a bill that would lift the Federal Emergency Management Agency's ban on providing aid to houses of worship.
Sponsored by Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, the bill was introduced last Thursday.
"A church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or other house of worship, and an otherwise eligible private nonprofit facility operated by a religious organization, shall be eligible for contributions under paragraph (1)(B), without regard to the religious character of the facility or the primary religious use of the facility," reads the Senate bill in part. more >>
SAVN.TV (Salvation Army Vision Network) has 35 days left in its Kickstarter compaign to raise funds to produce "Hard Corps," a feature length documentary that uncovers the hidden coercion in the sex industry and the connection between porn and sex trafficking.
Guy Noland, SAVN.TV's executive director, told The Christian Post on Friday that both the girls who are being shown in the film, slated for release around Christmas time, and "the johns" who watch or buy them are enslaved in various ways. The goal of the documentary is to show people the tragedy behind the sex industry, and help them free themselves from it if they are involved somehow.
"There is so much darkness in this industry that people don't understand," Noland said. more >>
A former member of the Kansas-based group Westboro Baptist Church has started a charity meant to help others escape the controversial organization.
Lauren Drain, author of the book Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church, launched the charity earlier this week.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Drain explained that she felt her cause "is just another tool to help chip away at the foundation of the WBC." more >>
A recent study by Pew Research has found that over the past few decades the rate of single father households with minor children has risen faster than single mother households.
In results released last week, Pew's Social & Demographic Trends project found that single father homes with minor children went up from below 300,000 in 1960 to over 2.6 million in 2011, representing a ninefold increase.
By contrast, the rate of single mother households with minor children went from 1.9 million in 1960 to 8.6 million in 2011, or a fourfold increase. more >>
A Georgia-based charity associated with the United Methodist Church may have broken the Guinness World Record for number of sandwiches made in one hour.
Action Ministries, a faith-based charity organization with ties to the UMC, reported making 2,988 sandwiches in one hour at a Saturday gathering on behalf of the group Smart Lunch, Smart Kid.
If confirmed by Guinness officials, this would pass the present record of 2,706 sandwiches set by Eckrich Bacon Lover's Deli Meats of New York City in May. more >>
Former President George W. Bush joined President Obama Tuesday to solemnly commemorate the 15th anniversary of Osama Bin Laden's first attack on the United States while the two American leaders were in Africa this week on separate trips. But politics could be farther from President Bush's mind now as he spends his retired life focused on humanitarian works and avoiding partisan debate and caring too much about public approval ratings.
Tuesday marked the first time two American presidents have met on foreign soil to commemorate a terrorist attack. As CBS' Major Garrett reported, "two embassy bombings in Africa announced Osama bin Laden's terror assault on the West."
On August 7, 1998, twin suicide truck bombs hit the U.S. Embassy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 223, and wounding over 4,000. Presidents Bush and Obama shared a moment of silence at the plaque this week commemorating the attack, and greeted family members of victims and embassy survivors. more >>