Prospective Jurors Conflicted in Trial of Man Accused of Helping Ex-Lesbian Flee Country With Daughter

Prospective Jurors Conflicted in Trial of Man Accused of Helping Ex-Lesbian Flee Country With Daughter

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Several prospective jurors said that they could not separate their personal beliefs on homosexuality from the nation’s laws on the matter as jury selection was underway on Tuesday in the case of a Virginia man accused of aiding an ex-lesbian turned professing Christian who fled the country with her daughter in 2009 to escape […]

Judge Refuses to Order District to Immediately Re-Hire High School Football Coach Fired for Praying

Judge Refuses to Order District to Immediately Re-Hire High School Football Coach Fired for Praying

TACOMA, Wash. — A federal judge has declined to grant a preliminary injunction against officials with a Washington school district who fired a high school football coach in the midst of a battle over his desire to pray at the 50-yard line. U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton, nominated to the bench by then-President George W. Bush, […]

Jury Selection Begins for Trial of Second Man Accused of Helping Ex-Lesbian Flee Country With Daughter

Jury Selection Begins for Trial of Second Man Accused of Helping Ex-Lesbian Flee Country With Daughter

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jury selection begins today in the case of a Virginia man accused of aiding an ex-lesbian turned professing Christian who fled the country with her daughter seven years ago to avoid a situation she found harmful to her child. Philip Zodhiates of Waynesboro, Virginia is charged with international parental kidnapping and conspiracy for […]

‘The Fabric of Our Society’: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Commissioners’ Prayers at Public Meetings

‘The Fabric of Our Society’: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Commissioners’ Prayers at Public Meetings

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court has upheld the rights of commissioners in one North Carolina county to pray during public meetings, overturning a lower court ruling declaring the invocations in Jesus’ name to be discriminatory. As previously reported, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) had filed […]

U.S. Government to Cover Sex Change Operations for Active Duty Soldiers

U.S. Government to Cover Sex Change Operations for Active Duty Soldiers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Defense will now cover costs for the sex change operations of soldiers in active duty, according to reports. “[A] Defense Department spokesman said Monday that the option is available to all transgender active duty troops if their doctors recommend it and senior military health officials approve it,” the Military Times […]

New York, New Jersey Bombing Suspect, Identified as Muslim Migrant, in Custody After Shootout With Police

New York, New Jersey Bombing Suspect, Identified as Muslim Migrant, in Custody After Shootout With Police

LINDEN, N.J. — A Muslim man who is suspected in the planting of several bombs in New York City and New Jersey was taken into custody on Monday morning following a shootout with police. Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was captured in Linden, New Jersey after being shot in the shoulder during the encounter with police. […]

Church-State Separation Group, Methodist Minister, Sue School for ‘Pushing Religion on Students’

Church-State Separation Group, Methodist Minister, Sue School for ‘Pushing Religion on Students’

MESA, Ariz. — A nationally-recognized church-state separation group has sued an Arizona charter school on behalf of a United Methodist minister and an offended parent for allegedly “pushing religion on students” by using curriculum that includes text favorable of Christianity. As previously reported, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU), led by Barry Lynn, […]

Federal Appeals Court Rules Louisiana Can’t Block Planned Parenthood From Medicaid Program

Federal Appeals Court Rules Louisiana Can’t Block Planned Parenthood From Medicaid Program

NEW ORLEANS, La. — A federal appeals panel, all comprised of Republican-nominated judges, has ruled that officials in Louisiana can’t block the abortion giant Planned Parenthood from participating in the state’s Medicaid program because it denies women “free choice” of healthcare providers. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court injunction on Wednesday, stating […]