A former student at Missouri State University is suing the school, charging that the administration denied him a master's degree in counseling due to his moral opposition to homosexuality.
The Thomas More Society filed a lawsuit on behalf of Andrew Cash on Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Southern Division.
At issue was MSU's apparent removal of Cash from a master's program after he stated that because of his sincerely held religious beliefs he could not hypothetically counsel a same-sex couple on relationship issues. more >>
A London-based human rights charity will open a free primary school in a poverty-stricken area of Pakistan that aims to give Christian children an education, an alternative to working as bonded laborers and a chance to break free from their family's cycle of poverty.
The British Pakistani Christian Association announced earlier this week that it has purchased land in the town of Kasur, just outside the city of Lahore, and will build the free school to be named after 12-year-old childhood martyr Tim Iqbal Masih, who was shot and killed in 1995 after helping to free thousands of children from bonded labor.
BPCA has provided extensive human aid to Christians and others in Kasur after several Christian families' mud homes were badly damaged by severe flooding last year. But as BPCA provided things like free medical examinations and treatments, the organization noticed a pressing need for a free educational outlet for the children. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization has executed as many as 250 women and some of their families in Mosul for refusing to become sex slaves, a Kurdish official has said.
In an interview with the Iranian-based AhlulBayt news agency, Said Mamuzini, a Kurdistan Democratic Party official from Mosul, explained that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) has enforced severe consequences on women who refuse to participate in "sexual jihad."
Since conquering Iraq's second-largest city in June 2014, the militant group has forced hundreds, if not thousands, of religious minority women to sexually submit to the group's jihadis by way of forced, temporary marriages. more >>
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said Thursday that he is alright with transgender individuals using whatever restroom or changing room they feel is appropriate and criticized North Carolina's recently passed transgender bathroom law.
During a town hall-style event in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center hosted by NBC's "Today" show, the billionaire real estate mogul was asked about his position on transgender bathroom rights and the recently passed North Carolina law that prohibits local governments from forcing businesses to open women's bathrooms to men who identify as female.
"Leave it the way it is. North Carolina, what they're going through with all the business that's leaving, all of the strife — and this is on both sides. Leave it the way it is," Trump argued. more >>
The Disney-owned sports network ESPN fired baseball analyst Curt Schilling Wednesday night after he issued stern criticism of the backlash stemming from the passage of North Carolina's transgender bathroom law on Facebook earlier in the week.
Schilling, a three-time World Series-winning pitcher and formerly one of ESPN's in-game color commentators, shared a meme on Facebook that showed a creepy-looking middle aged man wearing a blonde wig and provocative women's clothing along with a caption that reads: "Let Him In! to the restroom with your daughter, or else you are a narrow minded, unloving racist bigot who needs to die!!!"
Schilling also wrote in the comment section below the meme that reads: "A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don't care what they are, who they sleep with, men's room was designed for the penis, women's not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently, Pathetic!" more >>
American Pastor Saeed Abedini believes Iranian intelligence police tried to hack into his Facebook account after he posted a message criticizing the Islamic regime for jailing thousands of political prisoners.
"After my recent post on my Facebook (Proverbs 17:7) about Iran government today, Iran intelligent police tried to hack my Facebook account but they haven't been successful," he wrote on Wednesday, adding that it could also have been a threat for him to stop posting.
Abedini, who was held hostage inside Iran's prisons for three and a half years for his Christian faith before being released in January, had earlier posted a comment insisting that despite Iranian officials' denials, the Islamic Republic does indeed jail people for religious and political reasons. more >>