Churches Going to the Dogs

LOS ANGELES – (AP) To attract new members, the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles has turned God’s house into a doghouse for one service each Sunday. The 30-minute “Canines at Covenant” worship service features individual doggie beds, canine prayers and an offering of dog treats. The church’s pastor, the Rev. Tom Eggebeen,... Continue Reading

Conservative Meeting in Ala. to Be Greeted with Gay Rights Protest

By: Greg Garrison BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Several gay rights organizations have announced they plan to protest a Focus on the Family “Love Won Out” conference on homosexuality that will be held Saturday, Nov. 7, at this city’s Metropolitan Church of God. “They’re telling you to hate your child unless he lives the way you tell him... Continue Reading

Radical mosque leader killed in FBI raid

As Muslims prepare for a funeral today in Detroit for Islamic leader Luqman Ameen Abdullah, his family and a coalition of Muslim organizations are calling for an independent investigation into his death in a reported shootout with FBI agents in Dearborn. The family of Abdullah, the imam of Masjid Al-Haqq in Detroit, told the Free... Continue Reading

U-Va. students using DNA to build a “new machine”

By Emma Brown Creating an original organism required no bolt of lightning for a team of University of Virginia students. But it did take buckets of ice, vials of bacteria and a FedEx delivery. Nestled in the package were bits of DNA, whipped up in California and ordered online. When they arrived at a lab... Continue Reading

15,000 Bibles in Malaysia Seized Over ‘Allah’ Reference

By: Ethan Cole, Christian Post Malaysian authorities have seized more than 15,000 Bibles that refer to God as “Allah” in recent months, said church officials Thursday. About 10,000 Bibles from Indonesia were confiscated by authorities on Sept. 11. The other 5,100 Bibles, also from Indonesia, were seized in March. In Malaysia, Christian publications cannot use... Continue Reading

Obama Admin: ‘No Fundamental Right’ For Gay Marriage Benefits

By Carlos Santoscoy In its latest filing in an ongoing federal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Obama administration argues there is “no fundamental right” to gay marriage benefits, the AP reported. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley sued the federal government in July on behalf of the 16,000 gay and lesbian couples... Continue Reading

Research Questions ‘God Gap’ Political Theory

A new study questions the so-called “God gap” theory that suggests that most white Christians are conservative and more likely to vote Republican. According to the study — conducted at the University of Florida — there is an emerging religious left. University of Florida political science professor Kenneth Wald says the group “is likely to... Continue Reading

Gospel Music Channel is cable’s fastest-growing

By Christopher Quinn From his little studio and offices in East Point, the son of one of America’s early televangelists launched the squeaky clean Gospel Music Channel, potentially reaching more than 1 million homes with its first broadcast in October 2004. In the years since, Charley Humbard and his investors can claim that what’s been... Continue Reading

Hate crimes case in Britain should signal a warning to Christians in America

The problem is not exclusive to Great Britain. More than ever before, free speech and religious freedoms are under attack right here in America. The case in Britain involves Pauline Howe, a 67 year old Christian woman who wrote a letter to town council voicing her opposition to a Gay Pride parade. Her letter reportedly... Continue Reading

Clinton Criticizes Religious Defamation Laws as UN Prepares to Vote

International religious freedom observers mostly praised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s opposition to anti-defamation policies because such restrictions would limit free speech. “Some claim that the best way to protect the freedom of religion is to implement so-called anti-defamation policies that would restrict freedom of expression and the freedom of religion,” Clinton said at a... Continue Reading