Cheerleaders from a Texas high school have appealed a decision that declared moot a lawsuit they filed to have the right to use banners with Bible verses during public school sporting events.
A petition was filed Wednesday before the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of cheerleaders from Kountze High School and their families.
The appeal was filed by the Plano, Texas-based Liberty Institute and other attorneys regarding the recent Ninth Court of Appeals panel's decision. more >>
Text messages sent by the teenage missionary who reportedly admitted to raping children at a Kenyan orphanage surfaced this week revealing his belief that he was possessed by a demon named "Luke" at the time of the offenses.
Evidence brought by the Assistant US Attorney cites text messages from the indicted rapist Matthew Lane Durham, 19, to a friend. Those messages include threats to the Kenyan orphanage founder.
A Baptist preacher with an extensive history of attacking Brewton-Parker College President Ergun Caner, expressed regret for engaging Caner's 15-year-old son, Braxton, in a heated and viral Twitter conflict over Braxton's character and its reflection on his family just weeks before he committed suicide last Tuesday.
J.D. Hall, the Baptist preacher and radio host who clashed with the Caners, also admitted that it was a "sinful" decision to spread a rumor that Ergun Caner and his wife are separated during the Twitter conflagration.
"As I said on Friday's [radio] program, I regret pointing people to the material or behavior exhibited on Caner's son, Braxton's Twitter account. That was a distraction, and I should have contacted Caner about it. I did reach out to one of Caner's associates, but apparently didn't give enough time for him to amend the situation. Again, I should not have done that," said Hall in a statement on his blog on July 2. more >>
South Carolina-based NewSpring church, headed by Pastor Perry Noble, baptized 733 teenagers in Daytona Beach, Florida during their annual summer youth camp known as The Gauntlet, last week.
The Gauntlet, which is in its ninth year, gathered over 3,000 middle and high school students for a four-day event, where teens were able to experience God and fellowship among their peers. more >>
On the day of 15-year-old Braxton Caner's funeral on Saturday, just four days after he was discovered dead at his own hands, his father, Brewton-Parker College President and Baptist minister Ergun Mehmet Caner, shared his pain in a line from W.H. Auden's poem Funeral Blues: "Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun…".
The line comes from the final stanza of the powerful ode that captures the darkness that comes with grieving the death of a loved one.
The stars are not wanted now; put out every one, Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun, Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood; For nothing now can ever come to any good. more >>
A federal judge upheld a New Jersey law that prohibits conversion therapy for minors.
U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson of the District of New Jersey rejected the second lawsuit against the law to be brought before the court.
Wolfson ruled last Wednesday in Doe v. Christie that the unnamed parents and their minor child who filed suit against the law did not have their rights violated by the therapy ban. more >>