Reporter : Julie Brown Patton
  • Sister Wives

    Bigamy Law Appeal from 'Sister Wives' Finally Ends At Supreme Court

    U.S. Supreme Court judges said they won't hear an appeal from the family on TV's "Sister Wives," which challenges Utah's law that bans polygamy. The decision ends the long legal fight of Kody Brown's family to overturn a seldom used and unique provision of Utah's law about polygamous families, which bars married people from living with a second purported "spiritual spouse" even if the man is legally married to just one woman. Utah's law is stricter than anti-bigamy laws in other states.
  • Tony Evans

    Pastor Tony Evans' New 'Detours' Book Donated to Prisoners in Ministries Campaign

    Incarcerated men and women will receive a free copy of Sr. Pastor Tony Evans' latest book "Detours: The Unpredictable Path to Your Destiny" through a special, "buy one-give one" launch campaign offered by B&H Publishing Group and the Prison Fellowship Ministries. For each purchase of Detours redeemed on www.DetoursBook.com before Feb. 28, 2017, B&H will donate a corresponding copy to the prison ministry program.
  • Mormon Tabernacle Choir 2017 Inauguration

    Religion's Role in Trump's Inauguration Weekend Was Prominent

    Church choirs sang, a half-dozen religious leaders prayed and Donald Trump, as U.S. presidents before him, mentioned God in his inauguration speech. "There should be no fear. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly, we will be protected by God," he said.
  • White House Obama LGBT Web Page

    Trump Administration Purges LGBTQ Rights, Health Care, Climate Change White House Web Pages

    A WhiteHouse.gov page previously about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights is non-existent after U.S. President Donald Trump was sworn in. The whitehouse.gov/lgbt page reportedly was gone within an hour of Trump taking office. It was replaced by a Trump "transitionsplash" page. Other previously available White House webpages about climate change, civil rights and health care, also were taken down.
  • Trump International Hotel

    2017 'Inaugural Prayer Breakfast' Back On At Trump Hotel After 'Security/Collusion' Cancellation

    Trump International Hotel managers again will host the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast, reversing the previous cancelation of their contract to hold the Jan. 20 event, according to organizer Rev. Merrie Turner. Hotel representatives reinstated the contract with Turner Saturday, the day after the organizer hostess and her lawyer filed a $1 million lawsuit against the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) in U.S. Superior Court for the District of Columbia for interfering with a contract. The non-partisan, inter-denominational prayer breakfast dates back to 1993.
  • Martin Scorsese and Andrew Garfield

    'Silence:' Martin Scorsese, Fuller Theological Seminary Faculty Discuss Faith at Film Screening

    Martin Scorsese, Academy Award winner and director of the new film Silence, joined Fuller Theological Seminary faculty for a private screening of the movie, followed by a discussion about faith. The sold-out screening and interview with Scorsese, held at Laemmle's Playhouse 7 Theatre in Pasadena, was coordinated through Reel Spirituality, an initiative of the Fuller's Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts at Fuller Seminary.
  • 16th Street Baptist Church

    Churches Amid Historic Civil Rights' Sites Designated by President Obama as National Monuments

    Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and other civil rights landmarks in Birmingham, Ala., were designated on Thursday as the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument by President Barack Obama in one of his last official acts as U.S. leader. This church is where four girls died in 1963 after Ku Klux Klan members detonated more than a dozen sticks of dynamite outside the church basement. He also deemed two other new national monuments: Freedom Riders National Monument in Anniston, Ala., and the Reconstruction Era National Monument in South Carolina.
  • Gu 'Joseph' Yuese

    China's Largest Megachurch Ex-Pastor Arrested by Authorities for Supporting Religious Freedom

    In what some people are calling the most high-profile religious persecution case since the Cultural Revolution, the former pastor of China's largest state-run megachurch was arrested on Saturday by a local public security bureau in China's coastal Zhejiang province, according to persecution watchdog China Aid. Authorities reportedly re-apprehended Gu "Joseph" Yuese sometime before Christmas; on Jan. 7, his family received an announcement he had been arrested on charges of embezzling funds.
  • Backpage.com CEO

    Backpage.com Sex Ad Update: Sex Trafficking, Prostitution Ads Shut Down on World's Largest Online Brothel

    Backpage.com, a website notorious for its facilitation of prostitution and sex trafficking shut down the "adult" sexual services advertising section of its website. The website, which Polaris Project calls "the world's top online brothel," removed the prostitution ads' section hours after a scathing U.S. Senate report concluded the website was the "largest commercial sex services advertising platform in the United States."
  • The Word Network

    Christian Ministers Urge Congress To Save Religious 'The Word Network' on Comcast

    Christian ministers went to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to appeal to Congressional members about Comcast Corporation's recent actions to decrease or cease distribution of The Word Network, the largest African-American religious network in the world that was reaching 3 billion people around the globe. On Nov. 11, 2016, Comcast executives sent a two-sentence letter to The Word Network, stating it will no longer offer the channel to millions of subscribers on 456 Comcast systems.
  • Cross Engravings of Jesus Time

    Cross, Menorah 2,100-Year-Old Etched Symbols Found in Judean Foothills by Hikers

    Three caves and hiking enthusiasts just discovered significant religious symbols dating back to Jesus Christ's era, according to an Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announcement. A cross, plus an ancient seven-branched menorah, was found engraved on the walls of an early water cistern in Judean foothills. The etchings are believed to be more than 2,100 years old.
  • Dylann Roof sentencing

    Dylann Roof Death Sentence: 'May God Have Mercy on Your Soul' Says One Survivor

    A federal judge in South Carolina formally sentenced mass murderer Dylann Roof to death on Wednesday, one day after jury members recommended he be executed for killing nine people through gunfire inside an Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on June 17, 2015. The victims, all African-Americans, had been attending a prayer service. Roof is the first person to be sentenced to death in a federal trial that included hate crimes' charges, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. In all, Roof, 22, was charged with 33 hate crimes.
  • Christian Master's Student Refuses to Counsel Gays, Sues and Wins $25K from Missouri University

    Missouri State University officials just agreed to pay $25,000 to a former student who sued the school after he was removed from a master's degree counseling program, because he said he wouldn't counsel gay couples. Andrew Cash sued the university last April, claiming in the lawsuit he was "targeted and punished for expressing his Christian worldview." However, his personal religious stance presented professional issues, given the national counselors' code of ethics.
  • Pioneer Cabin Tree

    Sequoia Historic 'Tunnel Tree' With Drive-Thru Trunk Falls During Severe California Winter

    One of the most popular and photographed U.S. trees in Calaveras Big Trees State Park in California - a giant sequoia with a tunnel cut into it from the 1880s - succumbed to recent severe winter weather and rain, toppling over Sunday and splintering on impact. Called the Pioneer Cabin Tree, this sequoia is believed to be hundreds of years old. Many admirers of the tree are posting on social media their photos of driving through the tree.
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