Three Protestants died in Turkey when five young Muslims stormed a Christian publishing house on April 18. According to Turkish media, the assailants each carried notes saying they'd slit the Christians' throats to defend Turkey's Islamic identity. Two victimsNecati Aydin and Ugur Yukselconverted from Islam to Christianity. German citizen Tilmann Geske also died in the attack in the southeastern Malatya province. Aydin and Yuksel were the first Turkish converts to Christianity killed for their faith since the Turkish Republic was founded in 1923, according to Compass Direct. But attacks in previous months have claimed the lives of an Italian Catholic priest and an Armenian Christian journalist.
A federal judge in March struck down 1998 legislation intended to protect children from pornography. The Child Online Protection Act (COPA) would have required websites with sexually explicit material to verify visitors' age through adult-access codes, credit card numbers, or similar measures. Federal Judge Lowell Reed Jr. said the law "prohibits much more speech than is necessary to further Congress' compelling interest" in protecting minors. Internet filters, he said, more effectively and more constitutionally keep children from viewing pornography than COPA does. The Supreme Court upheld an injunction against COPA in 2004, and the law never took effect.
A Georgia judge sentenced a suburban Atlanta couple for the beating and subsequent death of their 8-year-old son, Josef. Joseph and Sonya Smith each received life-plus-30-years in prison. Authorities investigated the Smiths' Tennessee-based church, Remnant Fellowship, which supports corporal punishment, but did not find that the church's teaching contributed ...1