California Insurance Agency Penalized for Not Covering ‘Cosmetic Procedures’ for ‘Gender Transitions’

California Insurance Agency Penalized for Not Covering ‘Cosmetic Procedures’ for ‘Gender Transitions’

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. — An insurance agency in California has been leveled with a $200,000 administrative penalty for declining to cover cosmetic procedures and other “gender transition”-related services for seven patients in the state who identify as transgender. The California Department of Managed Health Care recently sent a letter to Health Net to outline its findings following […]

Parents Feel ‘Betrayed’ After Teacher Reads Transgender-Themed Books to Kindergarten Class

Parents Feel ‘Betrayed’ After Teacher Reads Transgender-Themed Books to Kindergarten Class

ROCKLIN, Calif. — A number of parents in Rocklin, California say that they feel betrayed after a kindergarten teacher recently read two transgender-themed books to students without their prior knowledge. “My daughter came home crying and shaking, so afraid she could turn into a boy,” one parent stated during a packed board meeting for Rocklin Academy […]

23 States, 24 Members of Congress Join Supreme Court Briefs in Support of Ten Commandments Monument

23 States, 24 Members of Congress Join Supreme Court Briefs in Support of Ten Commandments Monument

WASHINGTON — Attorneys general and governors from 23 states, as well as 24 members of Congress, have filed briefs asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case involving a Ten Commandments monument in New Mexico that is the subject of a lawsuit filed by two Wiccan women who took offense at the display. “[C]ertiorari is […]

Pregnant Mother With Aggressive Brain Cancer Refuses Abortion, Forgoes Treatment Instead to Save Baby

Pregnant Mother With Aggressive Brain Cancer Refuses Abortion, Forgoes Treatment Instead to Save Baby

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A pregnant mother with an aggressive form of brain cancer has refused recommendations that she abort her unborn child and has instead decided to forgo treatment in order to save her baby. Carrie DeKlyen, a mother of five, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme in April and and was accepted for a clinic trial at […]

New Mexico Public School Paints Over Scripture Mural Following Complaint

New Mexico Public School Paints Over Scripture Mural Following Complaint

CLOVIS, N.M. — Officials with a public school in New Mexico quickly agreed to paint over a mural featuring a Scripture citation after receiving a letter from a prominent atheist-led church-state separation group last week. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to the Clovis Municipal School District after receiving a […]

Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

SUFFOLK, Va. — A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to the barbaric Islamic group known as ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Lionel Nelson Williams, 27, of Suffolk, entered the guilty plea on Wednesday after accepting a deal that would put him behind […]

Michigan Man Who Preaches Outside Abortion Facilities Sues to Stop Threats of Arrest

Michigan Man Who Preaches Outside Abortion Facilities Sues to Stop Threats of Arrest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Michigan man who preaches outside of abortion facilities and other locations on a regular basis has filed a federal lawsuit as he says that he has been threatened numerous times with arrest by police. Stephen Nylen of New City Fellowship is challenging Grand Rapids’ noise ordinance, which prohibits “any noise of […]

Police, FBI Investigating After Noose Found Hanging Outside African American Church

Police, FBI Investigating After Noose Found Hanging Outside African American Church

FLORENCE, Ala. — Police in Alabama are investigating after a noose was found hanging outside of a historic African American church this week. The pastor of St. John Primitive Baptist Church near Florence spotted the noose on Wednesday prior to the weekly Bible study, but didn’t realize what it was until later. The rope was hung on a post […]

Appeals Court Rules Arkansas May Exclude Planned Parenthood From Medicaid Program

Appeals Court Rules Arkansas May Exclude Planned Parenthood From Medicaid Program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that officials in Arkansas may exclude the abortion and contraception giant Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program, overturning a lower court ruling issued nearly a year ago. “We conclude … that Congress did not unambiguously confer the particular right asserted by the patients […]

‘Hipster Pastor’ Launches Late-Night Comedy Show ‘Mocking Sin,’ ‘Making Christian Entertainment Not S*ck’

‘Hipster Pastor’ Launches Late-Night Comedy Show ‘Mocking Sin,’ ‘Making Christian Entertainment Not S*ck’

An Arizona-based group has launched a “political late-night comedy” show similar to “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” that provides stand-up comedy and skits by its pastor, who had been characterized by the New York Post as a “hipster pastor.” The weekly broadcast uses satire and strong language to make a “mockery of sin” in […]

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