NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: Stop Church Services, or I’ll Shut You Down Permanently

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: Stop Church Services, or I’ll Shut You Down Permanently

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stated during a press conference related to the coronavirus pandemic on Friday: “Another area, and it pains me to say this and it’s probably a pretty limited phenomenon, but it has to be addressed. I’ve spoken to religious leaders of all backgrounds and I want to thank them. […]

‘We Must Obey the Rule of God’: Three Arrested Outside of N.C. Abortion Facility Amid Stay-at-Home Order

‘We Must Obey the Rule of God’: Three Arrested Outside of N.C. Abortion Facility Amid Stay-at-Home Order

 GREENSBORO, N.C. (Triad City Beat) — Police arrested three men today who were [ministering] outside of an abortion clinic and attempting to speak with family members. In a Facebook Live video (above) posted by the Charlotte-based anti-abortion group Love Life, a man can be heard saying, “Hey guys, we’re in Greensboro right now. We were […]

Police Shut Down Outreach Outside of Open Planned Parenthood in Show of Force After Gov’s Coronavirus Order

Police Shut Down Outreach Outside of Open Planned Parenthood in Show of Force After Gov’s Coronavirus Order

MILWAUKEE — At least four police cruisers with the Milwaukee Police Department showed up on Wednesday to tell seven people gathered outside of the local Planned Parenthood to reach abortive mothers — which was reportedly still open in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic — to disperse under threat of arrest due to a “Safer at […]

Finnish Politician, Pastor’s Wife Facing Two New Investigations Over Comments Made to Media on Homosexuality

Finnish Politician, Pastor’s Wife Facing Two New Investigations Over Comments Made to Media on Homosexuality

HELSINKI — A lawmaker and pastor’s wife in Finland who was already being probed by police over a social media post in which she questioned the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland’s partnership with a Helsinki Pride event, as well as a Bible-based booklet that she wrote 16 years ago on homosexuality, is now also facing […]

Court of Human Rights Won’t Hear Cases of Midwives Denied Jobs for Refusing to Assist With Abortions

Court of Human Rights Won’t Hear Cases of Midwives Denied Jobs for Refusing to Assist With Abortions

STRASBOURG — The European Court of Human Rights has declined to hear the appeals of two Swedish midwives who were denied employment because of their refusal to assist with abortions, concluding that the cases are inadmissable. “We are very disappointed by the court’s decision not to take up the cases of Ms. Grimmark and Ms. […]

Christian ‘Blasphemy’ Cases Could Rise Under Pakistan’s New Social Media Law

Christian ‘Blasphemy’ Cases Could Rise Under Pakistan’s New Social Media Law

(Barnabas Aid) — Pakistan’s government approved a new law to monitor online platforms on Jan. 28, which would require social media companies to remove any “unwanted and slanderous” online content within 24 hours, or six hours in “emergency cases,” prompting concerns over “blasphemy” accusations. Any company failing to share any data or remove any content […]

UK Police Record 120,000 Non-Crime ‘Hate Incidents’ in 5 Years

UK Police Record 120,000 Non-Crime ‘Hate Incidents’ in 5 Years

(The Christian Institute) — It has been revealed that 34 police forces in England and Wales recorded almost 120,000 non-crime “hate incidents” between 2014-2019. So-called hate incidents must be recorded “irrespective of whether there is any evidence to identify the hate element,” according to the College of Policing (CoP) guidelines. Although such cases are not […]

Lutheran Leader Interrogated by Finnish Police Over Role in Distribution of ‘Male and Female He Created Them’ Booklet

Lutheran Leader Interrogated by Finnish Police Over Role in Distribution of ‘Male and Female He Created Them’ Booklet

HELSINKI — The dean of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland was questioned by police on Tuesday over his role in the distribution of a booklet on the biblical view of homosexuality, as he was suspected of the crime of “ethnic agitation.” Juhana Pohjola’s office posted notification on the Luther Mission website, outlining that […]

Switzerland Votes to Criminalize Public ‘Hate Speech,’ Discrimination Against Homosexuals

Switzerland Votes to Criminalize Public ‘Hate Speech,’ Discrimination Against Homosexuals

BERN — Voters in Switzerland have approved a referendum to include so-called sexual orientation in the country’s anti-discrimination statutes, prohibiting public “hate speech” and denigration of homosexuals, as well as inciting hatred through text or images. Violators could face up to three years behind bars. More than 63 percent of voters approved the referendum on […]