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Arkansas Voters Repeal Local Law Allowing ‘Transgendered’ Men in Womens’ Restrooms

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Voters in Fayetteville, Arkansas have repealed a law passed by city council earlier this year that would allow men who identify as women to use womens’ restrooms and vice versa. By a vote of 52 to 48 percent, residents rejected Ordinance 119 approved in August by the Fayetteville City Council, which voted 6-2 […]

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Iranian Pastors Sentenced to Prison for Spreading Christianity Acquitted of Charges

TEHRAN, Iran – Three Iranian pastors who were sentenced to six years in prison for committing “action against national security” and “creating a network to overthrow the system”—charges believed to be used as a catchall against anyone deemed a threat to the government —have now been acquitted of their crimes. As previously reported, Behnam Irani, […]

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Pakistani Court Orders Arrest of Muslim Clerics After Mob Kills Couple Accused of Blasphemy

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered the arrest of two Muslim clerics for inciting a mob who killed a couple last month after being falsely accused of desecrating the Koran. Five police officials who failed to protect the couple have also been required to face disciplinary action. As previously reported, Shama Bibi, 28, and Shahzad […]

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‘Every Religious Organization Should Be Worried': Kentucky Wants Ark Encounter to Hire Non-Christians

PETERSBURG, Ky. – Ken Ham, the founder and president of the Kentucky-based ministry Answers in Genesis (AIG), is expressing concern over new demands that the state is requiring of its proposed Ark Encounter, namely its requirement that the ministry not engage in “religious preference” in its hiring—meaning that it can’t refuse applicants simply because they […]

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American Pastor Imprisoned in Iran Remains Strong in Faith Despite Suffering ‘Severe Pain’

An American pastor imprisoned in Iran remains strong in faith despite suffering from internal injuries resulting from beatings behind bars, according to an update from his wife and the legal organization that is fighting for his release. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which has been keeping Christians abreast of the plight of Saeed […]

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Appeals Court Overturns Judge’s Order for State to Fund Murderer’s Sex Change Operation

BOSTON – An appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling that ordered the state of Massachusetts to pay for the sex change operation of a man who was convicted of murder over 20 years ago. As previously reported, Robert Kosilek has been serving a life sentence since the early 1990’s after being convicted of […]

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Taliban Attack on Pakistani School Leaves Over 140 Dead, Mostly Children

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – Members of the Pakistani Islamic Taliban opened fire on a military school on Tuesday, killing over 140 people—mostly children. The attack was carried out by members of Tahreek-e-Taliban, a group that seeks to overthrow the Pakistani government and create an Islamic state. A spokesman for the organization told reporters that they targeted […]

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Report: Islamic Saudi Arabia Passes Law That May Impose Death Penalty on Bible Smugglers

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Recent reports state that officials in the Islamic country of Saudi Arabia have passed a law that may impose the death penalty on Bible smugglers and any others distributing religious materials that are not of the Muslim religion. “[T]he new law extends to the importing of all illegal drugs and ‘all […]

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Officer Delivers Truckloads of Groceries to Grandmother Caught Stealing Eggs to Feed Toddlers

TARRANT, Ala. – An Alabama police officer says that he wants to encourage other communities to help feed the hungry after he recently delivered several truckloads of groceries to a grandmother that was caught stealing eggs in order to feed her toddler-aged grandchildren. Tarrant officer William Stacy was called to a General Dollar store on […]

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Virginia Attorney Wants Public Schools to Stop Renting to Churches

LEESBURG, Va. – An outspoken Virginia attorney says that he wants public schools to stop renting space to churches for worship services, as he believes that the arrangement is a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Attorney John Flannery, a former federal prosecutor and congressional chief of staff, recently wrote on the blog “Loudon Progress” that he […]

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