A New Jersey judge hearing a lawsuit made against a sexual orientation change therapy group has decided to bar the testimony of experts who consider homosexuality a mental disorder.
State Superior Court Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr. ruled last week that Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) could not bring certain experts in due to their position that homosexuality should still be considered a mental illness.
"The overwhelming weight of scientific authority concludes that homosexuality is not a disorder or abnormal. The universal acceptance of that scientific conclusion – save for outliers such as JONAH – requires that any expert opinions to the contrary must be barred," wrote Bariso. more >>
The evangelical humanitarian organization Samaritan's Purse has exceeded its donation goal of 10 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2014 in its popular charity program, Operation Christmas Child.
Through Operation Christmas Child, donors from across the United States and 12 other Western countries can donate shoeboxes filled with small age-appropriate gifts that are then compiled and distributed by the ministry to millions of less fortunate children across the world.
Samaritan's Purse, an organization run by Franklin Graham, the son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, announced this week that it exceeded its global goal for 2014 by receiving over 10.4 million shoeboxes, with over 8 million of them coming from donors in the United States. The shoeboxes will hopefully provide a glimmer of hope to underprivileged children in more than 100 nations. more >>
Most people would not know what it is like to lose hearing. It almost seems impossible to imagine living life without it. Over five percent of the world's population -- over 360 million people -- has some form of hearing loss, including Maggie Gleason. But with today's advancements something miraculous occurs for Maggie.
This story is about one determined teenager who overcomes her profound hearing loss in the most amazing way. Maggie fought for her life as a child, only to cope with deafness as a teenager.
Fortunately, a miraculous auditory implant was given to her, completely bypassing her ear and going straight to the brain. The device is still in its tril period and not yet approved by FDA, but it was Maggie's first chance at being able to hear. She is the first to receive surgery jusing this technology. more >>
A Missouri teen fell into an icy lake, and was stuck in there for 15 minutes. After being airlifted and brought to a nearby hospital, this boy was dead for 45 minutes. Until his mother started to pray and God sent them a miracle.
This teenager, John, was with a few friends and make a poor decision to walk on the frozen lake. He then fell into the lake and was stuck in their 15 minutes. Paramedics performed CPR on him for over 20 minutes and there was no response. After being taken to the hospital, they finally got a response from him 45 minutes later. But that wasn't until his mother came in and began to pray loudly over him. The doctors are even chalking this miracle up to God.
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A Christian couple who fled their Washington home with three small children in tow to evade Child Protective Services were eventually tracked down by police in California last week, but not before they had managed to elude authorities for more than a week after receiving donations from various anti-CPS supporters throughout their 1,000-mile journey, a source close to the family has said.
Erica Carey, 29, and her common-law husband, Celve Rengo, 23, took their three kids and fled from their home before CPS could take the children into state custody, a source close to the family told a local NBC affiliate, adding that the couple received donations from various supporters to help them stay out of the grasp of the government.
Although Carey and Rengo hit the road just in time to avoid CPS when they arrived at their Bellingham home to take custody of the children on Jan. 28, the family was finally tracked down at a gas station in California's Santa Cruz County last Thursday where the three children were taken into protective custody. more >>
A New Zealand father whose Armenian wife reportedly left him because he refused to abandon their newborn diagnosed with Down syndrome, has received nearly $500,000 in support from around the world to help him care for the boy. His former wife, however, is disputing his story.
The father, Samuel Forrest, told ABC News that when little Leo was diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after his birth in Armenia on Jan. 21 his wife, Ruzan Badalyan, gave him an ultimatum.
"This pediatrician walks out of the room with a little bundle — that was Leo," said Forrest. "She had his face covered up and hospital authorities wouldn't let me see him or my wife. When the doctor came out, he said 'there's a real problem with your son.'" more >>