A former member of the Church of Scientology can legally sue the religious sect for allegedly forcing her to have an abortion, a California judge has ruled.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John P. Doyle concluded last week that Laura Ann DeCrescenzo's lawsuit against the organization can proceed.
"In his ruling, Judge Doyle rejected the Scientology organization's assertions that they merely exercised their free speech rights when they persuaded DeCrescenzo to have an abortion when she was 17 and already married," noted law360.com. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has denounced a $36 million anti-smoking government campaign aimed at 18- to 24-year-olds that features coming out stories and drag queens called "This Free Life."
In a message posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday, Graham took issue with the Food and Drug Administration's initiative, arguing that it's an example of preferential treatment.
"Our Federal Food and Drug Administration is spending $36 million of taxpayer money on an advertising campaign featuring lesbians, drag queens, and transgender individuals to encourage the LGBT community to quit smoking," wrote Graham. "Doesn't everyone need to quit smoking, not just this group?" more >>
A Catholic university in California has reportedly suspended an employee for allegedly telling a trio of students, one of whom identifies as gender-neutral, that only two genders, male and female, exist.
Last month, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles suspended the unnamed employee of 15 years who works in the alumni relations department.
The employee's husband subsequently emailed a Catholic publication in April about the suspension and denounced the LMU student newspaper's coverage of the incident. more >>
Most people dream of a fairytale love story like in the movies, and a new video shows newly divorced worship leader Israel Houghton and his girlfriend Adrienne Bailon acting out a scene from a cult classic.
Mainstream star Bailon took to various social media platforms to express her excitement on being nominated at this year's Emmy Awards for her daytime talk show, "The Real." Along with her series of post, the entertainer shared a video of herself and her new beau after the night was over, reenacting their own versions of the dance scene in the movie "Dirty Dancing."
The well-dressed couple, looking as free as ever, dramatically danced to the '80s classic, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." Houghton held Bailon's waist as she whipped her hair back and forth in a dance routine Bailon labeled #cleandancing. See the Instagram video below: more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization is employing yet another cruel and sick way to punish women who chose not to adhere to the militant group's strict dress code by locking them in cages with skeletons.
Last Friday, the militant group locked at least two women inside cages with skulls as punishment for not following the Shariah dress code in the jihadists' Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, The Independent reports.
According to the British news outlet, the incidents were uncovered by the media activist network Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), which reports on human rights abuses committed by IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) from inside the group's caliphate in Syria. more >>
The percentage of Americans who believe that the Sabbath is a religiously significant day has sharply declined since 1978, according to a recent poll.
In a survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of Deseret News, 50 percent of respondents said the Sabbath had a religious or spiritual significance. This contrasts to a 1978 Gallup poll when 74 percent of respondents said the same.