May 2012 Headlines

'Screwtape' Play Sheds Light on Demons' Influence

It's a new take on a Christian classic - a tale of spiritual warfare, from a demon's point of view. Now C.S. Lewis' famous work has been brought to life on stage.

Music Industry's 'Demonic' Edge Creeping into Gospel?

The music industry "machine" has long destroyed singers like Whitney Houston. But are the temptations common to the environment creeping into Christian music?

Conservative NASCAR Fans Vow to Race to the Polls

NASCAR has 75 million fans -- a lot of potential voters for the presidential election. And groups like American Majority Racing are taking advantage.

Nation of Criminals: Selling Prisons 'for Profit'

It's a $74 billion industry: private companies selling prisons for profit. Critics charge the practice only increases the incentive to put people in prison and keep them there.

Final Salute: History Behind the 'Taps' War Song

Jari Villanueva has played Taps hundreds of times. Now he spends much of his time making people aware of how the haunting 24-note melody was born.

Faith Leaders Sound Alarm on 'New Media' Censorship

"New media" communications like Twitter, Facebook, and Google are extremely popular these days. But faith advocates say some could pose a threat to religious expression.

The Call's Engle: Va. Key to God's Plan for America

Christians gathered in Virginia this weekend as part of "The Call" prayer rallies." Lou Engle said the state has always played a key role in God's plan for America.

Calif. Closer to Banning Gay Conversion Therapy

California's Senate has voted in favor of a bill that would ban minors from receiving "conversion therapy" meant to turn gay people straight.

Mistrial Declared in John Edwards Corruption Case

A mistrial has been declared in the campaign fraud trial against ex-presidential candidate John Edwards.

Second Sex-Selective Abortion Video Released

The video shows a Planned Parenthood counselor, Randi Coun, discussing the test to determine the baby's sex with a Live Action decoy.

Seattle Rocked by Week of Deadly Violence

One of America's safest cities has seen a week of deadly violence. Seven people have been killed in Seattle in just six days.

Half of US Adults Use Web to Strengthen Faith

About half of adults in America use the Internet for religious purposes, according to a new Grey Matter Research study.

Gays Sue Illinois County over Gay Marriage Ban

More than two dozen gay and lesbian couples in Illinois are suing the Cook County Clerk's office because it does not issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Illinois Senate Again Rejects Anti-Bullying Bill

For the second time in two weeks, the Illinois state Senate has rejected an anti-bullying bill in a 29-21 vote.

Lila Rose: Abortion Exposure Work 'A Matter of Faith'

Lila Rose is president of Live Action, a group known for its campaigns against Planned Parenthood.  And she's been on this pro-life quest since age 15.

Beryl Claims Fla. Teen as It Returns to Atlantic

A deadly Tropical Depression Beryl brought rains to South Carolina Wednesday as it veered back toward the Atlantic ocean.

Judge Halts Construction of Tennessee Mosque

A Tennessee judge has halted construction of a controversial mosque in Murfreesboro.

Church Offers Cohabiting Couples 'Free Wedding Day'

These days the number of couples cohabiting has skyrocketed. Now one Seattle church is combating the problem by offering a "Free Wedding Day."

Benny Hinn, Ex-Wife Have Reunited

Evangelist Benny Hinn has reunited with his wife, Suzanne.

Kevin Costner: Redemption Behind the Hatfield-McCoy Feud

The famous American family feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys is the subject of a History Channel drama airing on Memorial Day.

Colton Dixon: God Used 'Idol' to Share Gospel

American Idol sensation Colton Dixon enjoyed a long-awaited homecoming in Murfreesboro, Tenn., this weekend.

Southeast, West Battle Tropical Storms, Fire

Severe weather is still hammering many parts of the country Tuesday, with Tropical Storm Beryl drenching the Southeast. 

Calif. Governors Raid 9/11 Fund for State Deficits

Two California governors raided millions of dollars from a fund meant to fight terrorism and help families of victims of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Kansas Governor Signs Sharia Ban into Law

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a measure blocking the use of Islamic law in the state.

'Miss You': Kids Remember Parents Lost to War

In Arlington, Va., children of fallen soldiers united to remember their parents this Memorial Day.

Website Tells Stories of America's Fallen War Heroes

Several veterans have launched a new website to honor America's fallen heroes just in time for Memorial Day.

Tropical Storm Beryl Dampens Memorial Day

Tropical Storm Beryl brought soaking rain and high winds to northeast Florida early Monday, dampening plans for Memorial Day.

Faith Groups Fight 'Rape' of America's Religious Soul

Faith leaders say today's attack on religious liberties is the culmination of a decades-long process to eliminate those who don't subscribe to a liberal world view.

Senator Asks Airlines to Drop Seat Fee for Kids

Sen. Charles Schumer is urging airlines to allow families with young children to sit together without paying extra.

Dip in Gas Prices Could Mean More Holiday Travelers

Even though gas prices are still high, a recent drop at the pump could give Memorial Day travelers much needed relief.

Groups Call Obama to Reverse Gay Marriage Stance

They say his "evolution" on the matter will weaken the institution of marriage and ultimately hurt his chances for re-election, especially among blacks and Hispanics.

Author Shares Keys to Living a Fully Charged Life

There are many self-help books with suggestions on how to make yourself happy. But what if all that advice is based on the wrong information?

Muslim Soldier Found Guilty of Ft. Hood Terror Plot

A federal jury found a Muslim soldier guilty of plotting to blow up a Texas restaurant full of Fort Hood soldiers.

Several Injured in Maine Nuke Submarine Fire

A fire on a nuclear-powered submarine at a Maine shipyard has injured seven people, including five firefighters, but did not affect the reactor, which was not active.

Facebook Making Infidelity Just 'A Few Clicks Away'

Facebook gives users the chance to reconnect with old friends and distant family.  But that benefit could also be fueling relationship problems.

Illinois Lawmakers Defeat Anti-Bullying Bill

The legislation would have mandated that anti-bullying policies define bullying and state it's illegal. But conservatives said the bill was being used to push a pro-gay agenda.

Poll Shows Decline in 'Pro-Choice' Americans

A recent Gallup poll reveals fewer Americans identify themselves as "pro-choice" in the abortion debate.

Group Claims Victory in UNC Faith Ruling Dispute

A Christian legal group has dropped its lawsuit against the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, claiming victory in a dispute over the religious rights of student groups.

Two Women Sue after Being Fired for Being Pregnant

Two women in Georgia plan to sue their employer over claims they were fired for being pregnant.

MTV Nixes Show Plans About Losing Virginity

MTV is known for pushing the limits with shows like "Jersey Shore," "The Real World" and "16 and Pregnant." But protests caused the network to draw the line.

State Fair Victim Inspires Town with 5K Run

Andrea Vellinga, 31, suffered severe brain trauma after the main stage at the Indiana State Fair collapsed on her and dozens of others last August.

Joplin Marks Anniversary of Deadly Tornado

One year after a deadly tornado devasted Joplin, Mo., Obama urged graduating seniors to remember the lessons they learned as they move into the next phase of their lives.

Forty Catholic Groups Sue over Birth Control Rules

Several Catholic groups are suing over the Obama administration over its requirements that employers provide contraception services as part of health coverage.

Black Churches Denounce NAACP Gay Marriage Stance

Rev. Anthony Evans of the National Black Church Initiative warned that the NAACP will lose support among black churches for its endorsement of gay marriage.

A Year Later, Cross a Symbol of Joplin's Hope

A large cross was all that was left from St. Mary's Catholic Church after  a powerful EF-5 tornado struck Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011.

Fla. Finds 53K Dead Voters on Registration Rolls

Florida officials recently discovered the names of as many as 53,000 dead people on its voter registration rolls.

Group: Anti-Bully Bill Could Be Gay Indoctrination

Some conservative Christian groups in Illinois contend that an anti-bullying bill could force students to attend indoctrination sessions on homosexuality.

Google, Facebook on Track to Censor Christian Views?

The National Religious Broadcasters recently held a discussion in Washington, D.C., about the threat of censorship on web-based communications.

Chicago Braces for More NATO Summit Protests

Police clashes with demonstrators led to several injuries and dozens of arrests over the weekend in President Obama's hometown of Chicago.

Obama Economy Wrecking NASCAR?

A new economic study claims America's economic downturn is directly affecting NASCAR and its fans.

Facebook Co-Founder 'Un-friends' America

The number two in command, Facebook co-founder, Eduardo Saverin is under fire for alleged tax evasion.

Hero Pilot Gives Luce's Daughter Chance at Life

Another tale of heroism has emerged from the southeast Kansas plane crash that injured the daughter of Teen Mania founder Ron Luce and claimed the lives of four others.

Gospel Singer, Pastor Marvin Winans Carjacked

A group of men attacked well-known pastor and gospel singer Marvin Winans Wednesday at a Detroit gas station then took his car.

Ariz. Wildfire Growing Amid Strong Winds

Strong wind gusts will likely keep spreading a wildfire that has grown to nearly 10 square miles and prompted the evacuation of a historic Arizona mining town.

Donna Summer Called Her Singing 'Power' from God

Michael Levine, who was Donna Summer's publicist at one time, said her Christian faith played an important role in her as she got older.

Wright: Obama Used Church for Political Gain

During a recorded interview, President Obama's former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright said the Obamas used church to gain voter support, saying that "church was not their thing."

Chuck Colson Remembered for His 'Heart of Gold'

Emily Colson remembered her father as a man who put God first and his family a very close second.

Ron Luce: War Vet Who Saved Daughter 'True Hero'

The Marine responsible for saving the life of the daughter of Teen Mania founder, Ron Luce, is being hailed as a hero.

School Cuts Insurance over Birth Control Mandate

The vice president of Franciscan University said the school won't offer students coverage of contraceptive services that are opposed by the Catholic Church.

Breakaway Anglican Church Calls Eviction 'Blessing'

A prominent Washington, D.C.-area church is losing its historic sanctuary. But its transition time is something they consider a privelege.

Ron Luce Speaks at Crash Victim's Funeral

Teen Mania Ministries founder Ron Luce, spoke at the funeral of the man who may have saved his daughters life.

Unborn Heartbeat Bill Advances in Louisiana

A controversial bill to allow a woman to hear the heartbeat of an unborn fetus before having an abortion is working its way through the Louisiana legislature.

FBI Launches Probe into Yemen Bomb Plot Leak

The FBI is investigating the leak that revealed an operation that foiled a recent al Qaeda bomb plot against the United States.

TSA Identity Breaches Rattle Homeland Security

Homeland Security officials want answers after a report revealed that security breaches at major airports have been under-reported more than half of the time.

Kim Burrell Shines Light on Whitney Houston's Faith

Whitney Houston's death continues makes headlines yet the media often ignores her faith. That faith is what gospel singer Kim Burrell knew best about her close friend.

Will Iran Strike New York City on 9/11 Scale?

From 9/11 to the Time Square bomber, terrorists have repeatedly targeted New York City. Now Iran is reportedly taking aim.

Bishops Threaten to Sue over Birth Control Mandate

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are threatening to sue the Obama administration over its mandate that health insurance cover birth control for women.

Grandpa Graduate: WWII Vet Gets College Degree

It's taken more than 70 years, but 89-year-old Charlie Ball finally earned his degree from Arkansas Tech University May 12.

Firefighters Work to Control Arizona Wildfires

Firefighters are continuing to battle several Arizona wildfires that have burned nearly 6,000 acres and forced some communities into mandatory evacuations.

Faith Groups Oppose Teen 'Conversion Therapy' Bill

Conversion therapy is a controversial treatment meant to help a person deny his or her attraction to the same sex. Supporters and critics are sharply divided on the issue.

Ron Luce: It's a Miracle His Daughter Is Alive

Teen Mania founder Ron Luce said that while it's a miracle his daughter survived a plane crash last week, he is "deeply saddened" over the four others who died.

Convoy of Hope Kicks Off Poverty-Ending Tour

The Convoy of Hope nationwide two-year tour will unite local businesses, churches and non-profits to end poverty.

Colorado Day of Prayer Ruled Unconstitutional

A Colorado appeals court panel recently ruled that the state's Day of Prayer is "predominantly religious" and violates the constitutional rights of nonbelievers.

Breakaway Va. Church Moves on 'With Purpose'

Members of an historic, Northern Virginia Anglican church are moving on "with purpose" after meeting for their final service in their sanctuary Sunday.

Taliban Peace Negotiator Killed

Top member of the Afghan peace council  killed Sunday in Kabul. Could be a major blow to efforts to negotiate an end to the decade-long war.

Activists Warn US Women of Sharia Law Threat

Activists are now working to shine light on what they call Sharia's war on women.

Romney Urges Grads to Honor Family Values

Mitt Romney delivers commencement speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

Rise of Social Media a Threat to Your Family?

How can parents guard their kids from the dangers social media like Facebook can pose? Author James Steyer offers some helpful tips.

Google-NSA Ties Can Stay Secret

A federal appeals court has turned down a Freedom of Information Act request to disclose National Security Agency records about the 2010 cyberattack on Google users in China.

Greek President Last-Ditch Coalition Effort

Greek President Karolos Papoulias has called the leaders of Greece's political parties to meetings on Sunday, in a last-ditch effort to broker a deal for a coalition government.

Franklin Graham: Obama Is 'Shaking His Fist' at God

Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, believes President Barack Obama defied God by changing his stance on gay marriage.

Pastors Disappointed by Obama's Shift on Marriage

Pastor Charles Bagi, in Chesapeake, Va., categorically denounced Obama's position, suggesting his endorsement of gay marriage did not bode well for the nation.

'Dark Shadows,' 'Girl in Progress' Face Avengers

"The Avengers" has dominated the box office since its May 4 release.  But this weekend, moviegoers have two new films to choose from.

Disabled Son Walks into Marine's Arms for First Time

A North Carolina Marine got the shock of a lifetime when he returned home from Afghanistan: his disabled son takes his first steps into his father's arms.

Business Leaders Challenge Birth Control Mandate

Catholic businesses are challenging the contraceptive rule that requires health care coverage for birth control.

Kansas County Changes Prayer Policy under Pressure

A Kansas county commission is changing its policy on prayer before meetings.

US on Alert for More 'Innovative' al Qaeda Bombs

As an airstrike in Yemen killed another five al Qaeda terrorists Thursday, warnings were sounded in Washington about the continued threat the group poses.

Josh Hamilton Honors God After Record Homers

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton made history Tuesday night, hitting four homeruns in one game against the Baltimore Orioles.

California Could Ban Gay Teen 'Conversion Therapy'

California lawmakers are considering a one-of-a-kind ban on psychological therapy that attempts to make gay people straight.

Thomas Kinkade Died from Alcohol, Drug Overdose

Famed "Painter of Light" Thomas Kinkade died from an accidental overdose of alcohol and prescription tranquilizers, according to a detailed autopsy report.

North Carolina Voters Pass Marriage Amendment

North Carolina voters approved an amendment that makes marriage between a man and a woman the only legal union the state will recognize.

'Granny' Celebrates 100th Birthday with Second Family

For 26 years, the kids at Central Elementary School in Pollock, Texas, have known Miss Bettie Turner simply as "Granny."

Students 'Shine Light' Despite Vanderbilt Policy

As the debate over Vanderbilt University's non-discrimination policy continues, there's also a newfound unity among campus groups committed to the gospel.

North Carolina Residents Vote on Gay Marriage Ban

North Carolina voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to amend the state's constitution with a ban on same-sex marriage.

Lawmakers Blast Vanderbilt U. over 'Hostile' Policy

The Congressional Prayer Caucus is challenging Vanderbilt University over a new school policy they say discriminates against religious student groups.

US Intel: Bomb Plot Shows Al Qaeda Still a Threat

U.S. intelligence officials say even thought the bomber has been caught, al Qaeda is becoming more sophisticated, and the threat is far from over.

Andy Griffith Show's 'Goober Pyle' Dies

TV Land said goodbye to the man who brought years of laughter to "The Andy Griffith Show."

Bachmann to Regent Grads: You're 'Answer to Prayer'

Rep. Michelle Bachmann told Regent University's 2012 class their graduation was the "literal fulfillment of generations of fervent prayer."

Students Hold to Prayer Tradition Despite Pressure

Students in a small, Nebraska school system will continue their tradition of student-led prayer during graduation next Sunday despite pressure from the ACLU.

Planned Parenthood Funding Ban Becomes Law in Arizona

Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law a measure preventing Planned Parenthood from accessing taxpayer money for non-abortion services in Arizona.

Lou Engle: Youth Changing History Through Prayer

Prominent Christian leader and TheCall co-fouder Lou Engle believes today's young people are committed and ready for God's assignment.

Activists: Religious Freedom 'Not Explicitly Protected'

Open Doors USA president Carl Moeller warned that thousands in volatile areas like the Middle East have already been forced to flee Islamic terrorism.

Anti-Bully Activist Under Fire for Bullying Christians

Dan Savage, a top anti-bullying advocate, has been caught up in an incident that some say is hypocritical at best.

Report: Public School Textbooks Whitewashing Islam

Public schools have historically taught that communism and other totalitarian ideologies should be opposed. But in the case of jihad, the're taking a different course.

Campus Ministry Stays Despite Vanderbilt Policy

Reformed University Fellowship has decided not to give up its official status at Vanderbilt University despite the school's controversial "all-comers" policy.

Review: 'The Avengers' Hope to Win Box Office Battle

The much-anticipated superhero film "The Avengers" hits theatres Friday. But is the action-packed Marvel movie family friendly enough to take the kids?

Dr. Jeremiah: 'When We Pray, God Goes into Action'

Christians across the country gathered at churches, city halls, community buildings and even on street corners in recognition of the annual National Day of Prayer.

Billy Graham: Marriage is Between a Man and Woman

The Rev. Billy Graham is taking a rare step into politics this weekend, urging North Carolina voters to approve the state's proposed marriage amendment.

Governor Rejects Bill Backing Christian Students

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has vetoed a measure that could have exempted student religious groups from Vanderbilt University's controversial "all-comers" rule.

Family Restores Christian School in ‘Education Valley’

D.L. Moody founded a school that soon grew cold to the Gospel. But the Green family wants to see the empty campus return to its original purpose.

Tyler Perry's Film Studio Damaged by Fire

A massive fire damaged Tyler Perry's Atlanta film studio Tuesday night, partially collapsing at least one building on the lot.

Calvary Chapel's Smith Mulls Cancer Treatment Options

Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel, is now considering other medical options to battle his lung cancer after his doctors advised against him having surgery.

Georgia Bans Late-Term Abortion, Asst. Suicide

The abortion law bans the procedure after 20-weeks of pregnancy but makes an exception for a pregnancy that threatens the life of health of the mother.

Obama Proclaims May 3 as National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer Task Force said tens of thousands of prayer events are scheduled across the country Thursday.

President Obama Proclaims May 3 Nat'l Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer Task Force said tens of thousands of prayer events are scheduled across the country Thursday.

Justice Dept. Moves to Dismiss Contraception Lawsuit

The Justice Department has asked to dismiss a legal challenge to a federal rule that would require contraception coverage for religious institution employees.

Body Bombs a New Concern on Bin Laden Anniversary

With Tuesday night marking the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, security is tight in the U.S. amid fears of a potential new threat.

Five Arrested in Ohio Bridge Bomb Plot

Five men have been arrested in connection with a bomb plot for an Ohio bridge that spans a national park in Cuyahoga Valley, the FBI announced Tuesday.

Judge Stops Ban on Texas Planned Parenthood Funds

A federal judge decided Monday to stop Texas from denying Planned Parenthood state funds, saying there's evidence the law is unconstitutional.

Lawmakers Back Christian Students at Vanderbilt

The Tennessee House and Senate approved a bill that would rescind Vanderbilt University's controversial "all-comers policy." 

Pro-life 'Personhood' Measure Struck Down in Okla.

The state's Supreme Court ruled that a proposed 'personhood' measure is 'clearly unconstitutional," halting efforts to grant rights to human embryos.

Occupy Denies Powder Scare; Launches Protests

As Occupy Wall Street gears up for more protests, organizers are insist the movement had nothing to do with Monday's white powder scare in New York City.

Group Counters Day of Prayer with 'Day of Reason'

This year as millions bow their heads for the National Day of Prayer, atheists, humanists, and other non-theists are planning a holiday of their own.

Dixon Talks about His Faith, Music, and 'Edgy' Hair

This season, "American Idol" introduced the world to Colton Dixon, a Christian artist who stayed true to his faith on the show despite pressure to tone it down.