Residents in Orange County, California are no longer questioning the appearance of "disturbing" porcelain dolls on their doorsteps after learning a member of their local church had dropped off the items as she cleared out her vast toy collection.
Eight residents in the community of Talega, located in San Clemente, contacted police after they discovered porcelain dolls sitting on their doorsteps that resembled their daughters. Parents who received the dolls told police that they found the strange gifts to be "creepy" and "disturbing," especially since they did not know of their origin. All of the girls who received their look-a-like doll attend the same elementary school.
"It's really creepy and disturbing. As a mom with a daughter, it freaks me out," one neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, told NBC Los Angeles. "Hopefully it's a prank and not someone with very bad motives." more >>
An atheist group has convinced an Indiana school district to ban its teacher led-prayers in its local public schools.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Vigo County School Corporation in Terre Haute in May, demanding that it halt the practice of allowing teachers to lead prayers in area public schools. The letter came after an anonymous parent contacted the atheist organization, saying that a teacher at the local Sarah Scott Middle School had led a prayer during a recent school banquet.
The letter demanded that the school district investigate the incident and provide an outline as to how it would educate its teachers and staff on the constitutional separation of church and state. more >>
A human rights panel that is part of the United Nations has criticized the Republic of Ireland over its abortion laws and alleged abuse taking place at its Catholic-run homes.
The UN Human Rights Committee recently stated that the Roman Catholic-dominated country should revise its strict abortion laws, which were recently loosened via an act of Parliament.
Actor David Henrie, who appeared alongside Selena Gomez in the Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place," among other television shows, could have easily fallen into the out-of-control party lifestyle Hollywood is known for, but he credits his Catholic faith for giving him the strength to survive in Tinseltown with his moral values intact.
Henrie, 25, who recently debuted his first short film "Catch" as a director, admitted that being in showbiz is not easy due to constant temptations.
"I've been lucky to have friends who are not in the business, who aren't enablers to the whole crazy lifestyle that can go along with Hollywood ... I think the people in Hollywood who are always working on their craft, those are the most successful people because they don't buy into the whole lifestyle that goes along with it," said Henrie in a "Freefall" audio interview with The Blaze's Billy Hallowell and Raj Nair. more >>
A teenage missionary from Edmond, Oklahoma, said to be struggling with pornography and homosexuality, is now facing life in prison after he allegedly raped underage girls and forced young boys to perform oral sex on him at a Kenyan orphanage while other children watched. His lawyer charges, however, that he was the victim of "psychological voodoo."
In a press release Monday the FBI revealed that the teenager, Matthew Lane Durham, 19, was arrested last Thursday and appeared before a United States Magistrate Judge on Friday. He is being held without bond and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 1.
Four members of the board of trustees at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, have stepped down from their positions, citing a disagreement with school leadership that could not be reconciled.
After a private board meeting earlier in July, Trustees Jeff Ryan, Gary Phillips, James Wolf and Mark Senter stepped down from their positions, citing concerns over the leadership of Stephen Livesay, president of the small Christian liberal arts college. Twelve other trustee members remain on the board.
Former Trustee Jeff Ryan told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the special July board meeting was called to address "the issues and controversies and problems at Bryan College that have developed in the last year." When an agreement couldn't be reached during the closed-door meeting, the trustee added to the local media outlet that he chose to resign due to the "failed leadership at the level of the president and within the board itself." more >>