Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 12/30/2017

‘Aspiring Pastor’ Charged With Murder After Wife, Children Found Dead in Home   Dec 26, 2017 02:50 pm

KELOWNA, B.C. — A Canadian man that had aspirations to be a pastor has been charged with second-degree murder after his wife and two young daughters were recently found dead in their home. Jacob Forman, 34, made his first court appearance on Thursday after authorities found his wife of ten years, Clara, and their daughters Karina and Yesenia, 7 and 8…

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‘We’ve Prayed About It’: Professing ‘Christian’ Couple Refuses Woman’s Pleas Not to Abort Baby   Dec 27, 2017 03:50 pm

A viral video posted to social media on Friday shows a man and woman who professed to be Christians declining a woman’s pleas not to abort their baby, stating that the child would interfere with their plans and that they had “prayed about” the matter. While the background behind the video, such as the location of the recording, has not been divulged, the footage…

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Oregon Court Upholds Order to Pay $135K in ‘Emotional Damages’ for Declining to Make Cake for Same-Sex ‘Wedding’   Dec 28, 2017 07:09 pm

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that ordered Sweet Cakes by Melissa owners Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in “emotional damages” to two lesbian women for declining to make a cake for their same-sex “wedding” in 2014. “iven BOLI’s detailed factual findings about the effect of the refusal of service on these…

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‘May God Have Mercy on Your Soul’: Oklahoma Muslim Who Beheaded Coworker Sentenced to Death   Dec 24, 2017 05:25 pm

NORMAN, Okla. — A Muslim man who beheaded his coworker three years ago and attempted a decapitate a second woman has been sentenced to death after a jury determined that he was eligible for capital punishment. “I can’t bring Colleen back, and it’s unfortunate that another life will be taken. May God have mercy on your soul,” Cleveland County Judge Lori…

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Trump White House Sends Congratulatory Letter to Prosperity Preacher Kenneth Copeland for ’50 Years of Ministry’   Dec 29, 2017 09:22 am

WASHINGTON — Prosperity and Word of Faith preacher Kenneth Copeland posted a photo to social media on Tuesday of a letter that he received from President Trump congratulating him for “50 years of ministry.” “Melania and I send our warmest wishes as you celebrate 50 years of ministry,” began the letter, which was dated Aug. 16 but just shared this week. “For…

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Judge Declines to Issue Emergency Injunction Against Baker Who Wouldn’t Make Same-Sex ‘Wedding’ Cake   Dec 23, 2017 06:27 pm

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A state judge in California has declined to grant an emergency injunction against a baker who declined a request to make a same-sex “wedding” cake due to her religious beliefs, but also offered to call an accommodating business on behalf of the two lesbians seeking the cake for their event. Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe…

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California Teen Asks School Board to Change Policy Banning ‘Religious Theories’ in Science Class   Dec 26, 2017 12:26 pm

ANGELS CAMP, Calif. — A sophomore student at a public high school in California is requesting that his school district change its policy prohibiting the discussion of Creation beliefs in science class. Grayson Mobley, 16, spoke to the Bret Harte Union High School Board earlier this month to ask that he be allowed to politely cite his beliefs when pertinent….

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Atheist Group Wants Arkansas Governor to Stop Posting Bible Verses on Official Social Media Pages   Dec 23, 2017 12:40 pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — One of the most conspicuous professing atheist groups in the nation has sent a letter to the governor of Arkansas to request that he stop posting Bible verses on his government-related social media pages. Gov. Asa Hutchinson posts a Scripture to his Twitter and Facebook accounts each Sunday, sharing verses such as, “I will give thanks to the…

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ACLU Sues Healthcare Network for Cancelling Chest Surgery of Woman Who Identifies as Man   Dec 29, 2017 06:15 pm

SEATTLE, Wash. — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed suit against the largest healthcare network in Washington State after chest reconstruction surgery scheduled for a woman who identifies as a man was cancelled and she had to obtain the operation elsewhere. According to the complaint filed by the ACLU, the 30-year-old woman, who goes by the name…

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UK Mother Declines Abortion After Baby Diagnosed With Rare Lung Condition   Dec 26, 2017 11:38 pm

HULL, East Yorkshire — A mother in the UK is thankful for her son after she declined to abort him upon learning that he had a rare lung condition. “I was given the option to terminate the pregnancy as it was unlikely the baby would survive, but there was no doubt in my mind that I would carry on,” Yvonne Excell recalled to the Hull Daily Mail. Excell was 20…

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