Melissa Barnhart

CP Reporter

Did President Obama Offend Catholics in Northern Ireland Speech?

Bill Donohue, president and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, issued a statement Friday condemning President Obama's critics who are lashing out against comments he made earlier this week in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which they believe are an attack against the Catholic faith and doctrine taught at religious schools.

NY Gov. Cuomo's Abortion Plank Back in Play in New York Senate

New York lawmakers have extended their legislative session through Friday and will be voting on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Women's Equality Act," which the governor has now divided into 10 separate bills and includes a provision to expand late-term abortions that would allow "any health care provider" to perform abortions, despite Republican and Independent Democrat Coalition members' previous attempt to block the abortion proposal.

House Passes Federal Ban on Abortion at 20 Weeks; Bill Moves to Senate

Members of the House voted 228 to 196 Tuesday evening to pass Rep. Trent Franks' (R-Ariz.) "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" that would place a federal limit on late-term abortions after 20 weeks, six to nine months of pregnancy, except in circumstances of rape, incest or if the mother faces a medical emergency that would require the termination of her pregnancy.

Interview: Frank Page Speaks Candidly About Suicide, Loss of His Daughter

Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, spoke with The Christian Post at the SBC's annual meeting about the impact suicide has had on his family, following the death of his eldest daughter, Melissa, in November 2009. Page exposes the process of grief, hope and healing survivors of suicide experience in his newly released book, Melissa: A Father's Lesson from a Daughter's Suicide.

So. Baptist Woman's Mission Union Works to Eradicate Porn From Families' Lives

he Woman's Mission Union made a bold proclamation at this past week's Southern Baptist Convention in Houston, Texas, by announcing the partnership between the WMU, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and Pastor Jay Dennis of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Fla., to eradicate the poison of pornography that is destroying marriages, hurting children, and fracturing the mission of the church.

'Women's Rights' Effort in New York Stalls Over Gosnell-Like Late-Term Abortion Fears

New York lawmakers tussle over Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 10-point "Women's Equality Act" that includes a provision to expand late-term abortions and would allow "any health care provider" to perform abortions, thus increasing the number of high-risk late-term abortions in a state that already has the highest rate of abortions in the United States, according to Serrin Foster, president of Feminists for Life.

So. Baptists Vote for Members to 'Prayerfully Assess' Boy Scouts of America Relationship

The Southern Baptist Convention voted Wednesday to approve a resolution that expresses the denomination's "opposition to and disappointment in the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to change its membership policy" to allow openly-homosexual members. The resolution does not require churches and families to sever their ties with the BSA, though it does ask that they "prayerfully assess their continued relationship" with the organization, and to "work toward a reversal of this new membership policy."

So. Baptist Convention 2013: 'One Million Men Porn Free' Among Featured Programs at Annual Meeting

To combat the bondage and destruction of pornography that has seeped into millions of American households Pastor Jay Dennis of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Fla., created his own program, "One Million Men Porn Free." He is hopeful that more pastors will fearlessly address the issue after they learn more about it at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Houston next week.

Ark Encounter Theme Park to Include Ride Through Plagues of Egypt

Kentucky aims to be a top tourist destination for all who want to experience biblical history through the eyes of Noah, Abraham and first-century Christians by way of the Ark Encounter, which is on schedule to open in 2014. The 160-acre complex will include a full-scale replica of Noah's Ark, the Tower of Babel, and a first-century village, along with a theme ride that will take visitors through the 10 plagues of Egypt.

Los Angeles School District Teaches Children to Share HIV, STD Status With Peers

A first of its kind sex education program is being taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District, in which students as young as 12 are encouraged to share their HIV and STD status with their sexual partners by way of a text message that reveals they were tested for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. The text message also includes a disclaimer, which reads: "This person MAY have had sex since being tested. Always be safe, use condoms."