Christians are being urged to come together on the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church on Sunday, with persecution watchdog group Open Doors noting that hostilities against believers this year have reached unprecedented levels in modern times.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker has announced that she will withdraw the subpoenas against five pastors who have spoken out against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, an LGBT city ordinance that some opponents claim would allow men to use women's public restrooms.
Obama's Birth Control Mandate Redo Still Losing in Courts; Ave Maria University Gets Temporary Exemption
A federal court in Florida has granted a Catholic academic institution injunctive relief from having to pay fines for refusing to comply with the federal government's birth control mandate.
Churches Should Shift Priorities From Defending to Re-teaching Marriage, Say ERLC Conference Panelists
A panel of Christian leaders sounded off on the current state marriage and the distorted view young adults have of its meaning at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission's National Conference held this week in Nashville.
Using the powers granted under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000, which was designed to help federal agencies catch drug dealers, terrorists and other criminals, the Internal Revenue Service has been legally seizing the bank accounts of normal, run-of-the-mill business owners who have consistently made cash bank deposits less than the federal bank reporting minimum of $10,000.
Ferguson Police Chief Denies Resignation Report Ahead of Grand Jury's Verdict on Darren Wilson; 'If I Do Resign, It Will Be My Own Choice'
Embattled Ferguson, Missouri Police Chief Tom Jackson has denied reports claiming he will step down next week after months of unrest over the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown.
Dallas Nurse Amber Vinson Credits Faith for Speedy Recovery After Battle With Ebola; 'With God All Things Are Possible' (Video)
Texas nurse Amber Vinson spoke out for the first time Tuesday, after being released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta where she completed treatment for the deadly Ebola virus that she contracted earlier this month.
Colorado School District Defends Teachers Sued for Participation in Operation Christmas Child, Adventures in Missions
A Colorado public school district defended its teachers and principals who came under fire by a humanist group lawsuit alleging that the school officials used their positions to promote student involvement in missions established by Christian evangelical organizations.
Healthy African-American Brothers Raised in Senegal Beaten, Called 'Ebola' in Hysterical Attack on Playground at NYC School
Just a day after New York City announced the diagnosis of the city's first Ebola victim, two young African-American brothers who recently returned to the U.S. after being raised in Senegal were reportedly beaten and called "Ebola" by at least 12 students on the playground at a Bronx school last Friday.
Final LGBT Anti-Discrimination Rule Issued Without Soliciting Public Comment; Religious Freedom Issues Still Unclear
A religious freedom advocacy organization has expressed concern over the U.S. Labor Department's forthcoming new rule against LGBT discrimination among federal contractors, which was submitted for review without public comment and contains little guidance for faith-based federal contractors.
NYC's Movement Day Highlights Amachi Mentoring Program; Church Partnership Is Helping 300,000 Children of Incarcerated Parents
This year's New York City Movement Day event for Christian leaders demonstrated the importance of effective partnerships between faith communities and civic leaders. Former Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr., president of the Palau Association, shared the success he's witnessed from a program he founded that mentors and builds relationships with the children of incarcerated parents.
United Methodist Church's Highest Court Upholds 'Refrocking' of Pastor Who Officiated Son's Gay Wedding
The United Methodist Church's highest court has decided to overturn the defrocking of a Pennsylvania pastor who officiated his son's same-sex wedding.
Gay marriage proponents will not allow for religious freedom of their political opponents because their belief system does not allow for the fact that dissenters can be reasonable people of goodwill, Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, argued at the Institute on Religion and Democracy's 2014 Diane Knippers Memorial Lecture.
Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola after treating Liberian national Thomas Duncan in Texas, said she believes in the power of prayer, after she was declared virus-free and released from Md. hospital Friday. She also met President Obama at the White House, and received a hug.
Pro-life groups have written to the City Council of the District of Columbia to protest a proposed bill that would violate federal law by forcing them to provide elective abortion coverage through their insurance plans as well employ those who do not believe in their pro-life mission.
Mike Huckabee, Phil Robertson Join 'I Stand Sunday' Event to Support Houston Pastors Subpoenaed for Their Sermons
Conservative groups are organizing an event on the first Sunday in November to support the five Houston pastors whose sermons were subpoenaed by city officials. Known as "I Stand Sunday," the event will feature former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd, Alan and Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame, and local clergy.
A 1999 U.S. Supreme Court decision could play a role in the outcome of a lawsuit over Houston Mayor Annise Parker's denial of a petition to revoke the city's new Equal Rights Ordinance.
Connecticut School Accused of Racism After It Bans Nigerian-American Girl From Class Amid Ebola Fears
The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has accused the Milford School District in Connecticut of racism for banning a 7-year-old Nigerian-American girl from attending class on suspicion of Ebola, since she had traveled to Nigeria earlier this month. The school, which was sued by the father of the girl, argued that it acted in the best interest of its students and staff.
Brittany Maynard, the woman who made headlines by planning to take her own life on Nov. 1, has had a change of heart and decided not to follow through with her plan.
State Dept. Claims It Has No Plans to Bring Ebola Victims to US, Despite Memo; Australia's Travel Ban on Ebola-Hit Countries Slammed as 'Discriminatory'
The West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus outbreak have called Australia's recently imposed travel ban "discriminatory," arguing that it will not help in the fight against the epidemic. The U.S. meanwhile continues debating its own response, with the State Department denying that it's considering plans to bring over non-citizens for Ebola treatment.
NASA-Contracted Orbital Sciences Rocket Explodes in 'Catastrophic Failure' During Launch in Eastern Virginia
Just six seconds after liftoff, a NASA-contracted unmanned Orbital Sciences Corporation rocket stacked with 5,000 pounds of food and scientific experiments exploded in a fiery ball in Virginia Tuesday evening. The rocket was destined for the International Space Station orbiting 200 miles above earth.
UC Berkeley Students Call Bill Maher 'Blatant Bigot' Over Anti-Islam Views, Start Petition to Ban Him From Commencement
A student petition to stop atheist HBO talk show host Bill Maher from speaking at the University of California at Berkeley's fall commencement ceremony has reached over 3,000 signatures. The petition has called Maher a "blatant bigot" and "racist" over his strong opinions about Islam.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has criticized President Barack Obama's "incompetent" response to Ebola virus cases in the U.S., arguing that the government's failure to provide clarity created fear among the public. During a speech on Tuesday about the Ebola response, however, the president pointed out that all seven Americans treated for the virus have survived.
A Mississippi judge has denied a pro-life group's request for a restraining order against police officers whom they claim have repeatedly harassed them when they protest outside the state's sole abortion clinic.
New York Doctor Craig Spencer reportedly lied to police about his movements around the city before he tested positive for Ebola.
ERLC Conference Discussion on 'The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage' Draws Plenty of Fireworks via #ERLC2014
Day one of a three-day conference hosted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Commission discussing how Christians should react to the ongoing battle between those framing the homosexual lifestyle debate as a civil rights issue and those supporting what they believe to be biblical moral values, including traditional marriage, featured plenty of fireworks – most happening online through social media.
New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas recently spoke to CP Voice about his new book, "Miracles," and why they matter so much to Christians.
The nurse quarantined in New Jersey upon returning from West Africa has been transferred to Maine but refuses to obey the suggestion to remain quarantined in her home.
US Gave $8B to Pakistan While Christian Mother Asia Bibi Was Imprisoned and Sentenced to Death; ACLJ Wants Aid Stopped in Petition
The American Center for Law and Justice has started a petition asking the U.S. government to stop sending foreign aid to Pakistan, the country that recently upheld the death sentence for Christian mother Asia Bibi for blasphemy. Figures have shown that the U.S. sent close to $8 billion to Pakistan in the past five years while Bibi has been imprisoned.
Conservative Group Estimates Over $80K Loss Due to IRS Targeting; Judge Throws Out Lawsuit, Citing No Ongoing Controversy
In interviews with The Christian Post, leaders of organizations whose lawsuits against the Internal Revenue Service was dismissed claimed their fundraising and advocacy efforts were harmed by the IRS harassment, and other conservative groups were effectively abolished by the IRS targeting.