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U.S. Christian Couple Convicted in Qatar of Adopted Daughter's Death

Prosecutors insist Huangs murdered Ghanaian daughter to harvest her organs. Defenders explain why Americans adopt at-risk kids.
U.S. Christian Couple Convicted in Qatar of Adopted Daughter's Death
Courtesy of Free Matt and Grace

An American couple living in Qatar has been convicted of the death of their adopted daughter and sentenced to three years in prison.

CT previously reported how Qatari officials accused Matthew and Grace Huang of starving Gloria, who died suddenly last January, in order ...

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Methodists Debate Punishing Pastors Who Perform Same-Sex Marriages

New York bishop halts church trials that 'produce no winners,' while opponents say avoiding church discipline increases likelihood of schism.
Methodists Debate Punishing Pastors Who Perform Same-Sex Marriages
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The trial of a United Methodist Church (UMC) minister who performed a same-sex marriage ceremony has been halted by a bishop before it began. Meanwhile, a retired UMC bishop may face a trial of his own for a similar ceremony.

Bishop Martin McLee of New York committed this ...

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Bill Gothard Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation

(UPDATED) Family-focused speaker whose Wheaton course became a seminar phenomenon faces allegations from more than 30 women.
Bill Gothard Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation
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Update (Mar. 10): The full text of the ministry email revealing Gothard's resignation can be read here, courtesy of Homeschoolers Anonymous, which broke the news.

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Update (Mar. 6): Bill Gothard has resigned from the Institute in Basic Life Principles, according ...

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'The Romeikes Can Stay': Good News for German Home-Schooling Family Denied Asylum

Family no longer faces deportation, despite Supreme Court punting on whether home schooling is a religious freedom.
'The Romeikes Can Stay': Good News for German Home-Schooling Family Denied Asylum
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In a dramatic 24-hour turnaround, the German family that could have faced deportation after the Supreme Court didn't take their case has been granted "indefinite deferred status" by the Department of Homeland Security.

"We're not entirely sure what ...

The Romeikes will be able to stay in the United States permanently unless they are convicted of a crime. HSLDA chair Michael Farris announced the news in a that garnered more than 7,000 "likes" in the first hour. HSLDA represents the family.

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Dozens of Children Abused at Evangelical Commune, Adult Survivors Allege

Jesus People USA, Evangelical Covenant Church named in lawsuit. New film details claims of chronic abuse.
Dozens of Children Abused at Evangelical Commune, Adult Survivors Allege
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Dozens of individuals raised in Chicago's Jesus People USA Christian community (JPUSA) are alleging that commune members sexually abused them as children, while leaders covered up the abuse for years.

The allegations are contained in a 90-minute documentary film, released ...

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Bob Jones Allows Fired Firm to Finish Abuse Investigation After All

(UPDATED) BJU apologizes for 'added anxiety'; GRACE says results will be delayed but 'God is undoubtedly at work.'
Bob Jones Allows Fired Firm to Finish Abuse Investigation After All
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Bob Jones University has resolved its differences with GRACE and will allow the Christian abuse investigator to complete an independent review of BJU's past response to abuse incidents and how the school can improve.

CT reported how BJU fired GRACE late last month as ...

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Wheaton Students Protest 'Train Wreck Conversion' Speaker's Ex-Gay Testimony

Chapel message becomes latest debate over how evangelical colleges approach sexual identity.
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Wheaton Students Protest 'Train Wreck Conversion' Speaker's Ex-Gay Testimony
Philip Fillion

A recent student demonstration over a Wheaton College chapel speaker's testimony on her religious and sexual conversion is the latest marker in the long-running debate over the way evangelical colleges approach sexual identity.

The protest focused on the personal testimony ...

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Parents Sentenced to Prison for Belief in Healing Power of Prayer

Couple who broke probation with death of second son given one of harshest punishments for faith healing.
Parents Sentenced to Prison for Belief in Healing Power of Prayer
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Two Pentecostal parents from Philadelphia watched two of their sons die from treatable diseases because they believe in faith healing. Now the couple has been sentenced to between three and seven years in prison.

Herbert and Catherine Schaible—already on a 10-year ...

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Let This Be Your Last Single Valentine's: Move to Colorado Springs, Facebook Says

Social network identifies America's top five cities for forming relationships.
Let This Be Your Last Single Valentine's: Move to Colorado Springs, Facebook Says
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Which U.S. city offers singles the best chance at forming a relationship? According to Facebook: Colorado Springs.

While the social network's latest research may not prove useful until next Valentines Day, this week Facebook examined what its vast pool of user data ...

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Thrivent Declares It Won't Take Sides on Abortion, Gays, or Guns

Three Lutheran synods protest that financial services org deems pro-life groups, among others, a distraction from Christian stewardship and generosity.
Thrivent Declares It Won't Take Sides on Abortion, Gays, or Guns
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Nearly two months after attempting to calm a controversy by suspending funds to both pro-life and pro-choice groups, a major Christian financial services organization has declared a neutral stance on social matters that "have the potential to distract" from its ...

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Bob Jones University Fires GRACE as Sex Abuse Investigation Nears Completion

(UPDATED) Groups now hope to complete project together. Firing 'took GRACE by complete surprise,' while BJU was 'disappointed a resolution could not be reached before our differences were made public.'
Bob Jones University Fires GRACE as Sex Abuse Investigation Nears Completion
Courtesy of GRACE

Update (Feb. 25): BJU will allow GRACE to complete the investigation after all.

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Update (Feb. 13): BJU and GRACE have agreed to meet next week "to discuss the concerns of both parties and determine a plan for moving forward." BJU states:

Bob Jones University ...

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U.S. Abortions Fall to Lowest Rate Since Roe v. Wade

Do latest numbers signal success for pro-life movement and surge of state restrictions?
U.S. Abortions Fall to Lowest Rate Since Roe v. Wade
Courtesy of Guttmacher Institute

Add one more striking statistic to the debate over the pro-life movement's impact on America after four decades of advocacy.

With abortion clinics closing at record rates as abortions hit near-record lows and state restrictions hit near-record highs, a respected report ...

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Despite Frigid Weather, March for Life Marches On with New Adoption Focus

For its 41st year, pro-life rally implements significant changes. Meanwhile, groups release recaps of how abortion changed in 2013.
Despite Frigid Weather, March for Life Marches On with New Adoption Focus
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Despite snow, ice, and below-freezing temperatures, thousands of people are still protesting abortions during today's 41st March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., from the National Mall to the Supreme Court. (See a 360-degree live feed here.)

CNN thoroughly examines ...

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Pope Francis: Let Moms Breastfeed in Church

'If they are hungry, mothers, let them eat,' reiterates pontiff at Sistine Chapel.
Pope Francis: Let Moms Breastfeed in Church
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Before the Mommy Wars and weaning debates and the controversial Time breastfeeding cover, there was the Madonna and Child—Jesus, as a baby, nursing at his mother's breast.

Despite the popular depictions of a breastfeeding Jesus throughout history, today's ...

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Will Utah Eventually End America's Same-Sex Marriage Debate?

The final ruling on Kitchen v. Herbert could accomplish what DOMA and Prop. 8 cases failed to do.
Will Utah Eventually End America's Same-Sex Marriage Debate?
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Yesterday's emergency ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court not only ended a record run of nearly 1,000 marriages in Utah. The apparently unanimous decision to temporarily restore Utah's state law banning same-sex marriages suggests this case could be the legal battle ...

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