A bill has been introduced in the Senate that would protect the freedom of religious organizations, institutions and businesses that believe an Affordable Care Act mandate, or "accommodation," requiring the coverage of contraception and abortion-inducing drugs in employee or student health insurance plans violates their religious beliefs.
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla. announced Tuesday morning that he and 13 other senators have introduced the Health Care Conscience Rights Act in the Senate to go along with a similar bill introduced in the House by Reps. Diane Black, R-Tenn., Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., and John Fleming, R-La. in February.
The act would provide an exemption to the "burdensome" Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," Department of Health and Human Services mandate to religious businesses, schools, charities, and other organizations and would ensure that those institutions are not forced to choose between following the law and compromising their religious beliefs on issues like birth control and abortion-inducing drugs. more >>
North Korea released video footage on Monday of detained Canadian pastor, the Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, confessing to various crimes against the Communist State. The megachurch leader, who was taken into custody by DPRK authorities in February, appears to be reading from a script.
In a video recorded on Aug. 2, Lim, the senior pastor of Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, is seen speaking to a congregation at Pyongyang's Pongsu Church, where he describes his alleged crimes to those in attendance.
"The worst crime I committed was to rashly defame and insult the highest dignity and the system of the republic," said Lim, according to footage posted by the Uriminzokkiri propaganda website. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization has reportedly forced a 4-year-old child to join one of the group's jihadi training camps where the militants indoctrinated him with Shariah law, and gave him a sword and ordered him to kill his own mother with it.
In an interview with the British news organization The Daily Mail, a 35-year-old Yazid mother who is now living as a refuge in Dohuk, Iraq, recounted how she and her four children were taken captive by IS last August near Sinjar Mountain during the period of time when the terror group first conquered large swaths of northern Iraq.
The mother, who is known only by her pseudonym of Bohar, explained that her young son, known by the pseudonym of Hamo, was eventually forced to join an IS training camp where he was trained how to behead and shoot non-Muslims. more >>
The Boko Haram terrorist outfit in Northeast Nigeria has killed 16 Christian men on the shores of Lake Chad by slitting their throats, an international Catholic humanitarian organization is reporting.
According to the website for the Italian office of the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, the Islamic State-affiliated militant group sliced the throats of 16 Christian fishermen last Monday on Lake Chad in Nigeria's Borno state.
Although previous reports suggested that only 10 fishermen were killed by Boko Haram in attacks on three villages off the shores of Lake Chad, sources close to the incident told the Bishop Rosario Pio Ramolo, who presides over the Chadian Archdiocese of N'Djamena, that there were 16 victims, all of whom originated from Chad. more >>
As the result of a court settlement between a Colorado school district and a disgruntled Jewish teacher, an evangelical church is now banned from hosting its Sunday services at a high school that the congregation has paid over $20,000 to worship in for over three years.
In late May, Robert Basevitz, a Jewish teacher at Florence High School in Fremont County, filed a lawsuit against his employer school district claiming that school administrators were promoting Christianity and violating his civil rights.
The lawsuit explains that the teacher was told to "use the side door" upon complaining that large prayer gatherings around the school's flagpole 30 minutes before the start of school each morning affected his ability to enter through the front entrance of the school. The lawsuit also claims that Basevitz was transferred to an elementary school about a month after issuing his complaint. more >>
NEW YORK -– Grammy-nominated Christian rapper Flame makes a statement on his new album Forward suggesting the death of cultural Christianity will help the Gospel, and during an appearance on CP Voice he elaborated on that message.
Forward is Flame's eighth studio album and the record addresses various topics including Christianity in America, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana, and what he believes to be a shift in culture that will advance the message of Jesus.
"We've assumed for so long that America is a Christian nation. We assume it's a pseudo kingdom of heaven and God is doing something extra special in America, as if this is a theocracy where God rules like Ancient Israel. And I think it's helpful for people to know the reality of our current state. Yes, the framers of the Constitution were informed by some Christian ideas and that was very helpful. But when people can realize God's true heart for repentance and reconciliation, versus being a good person, it helps them to rightly access where they are in their lives," said Flame to CP Voice. more >>