January 2013 Headlines

Post-Christian Era? The Future of Faith in America

Some have declared this a post-Christian age. But renowned pollster Frank Newport said not according to his data, which shows God very much alive in American minds.

Women Confess Post-Abortion Trauma in Web Series

"Surrender the Secret," a new 10-part web series on KnockTV is addressing the post-traumatic plight of women who have had abortions.

Spotlight on Super Bowl Sex Trafficking

Human traffickers are exploiting this weekend's Super Bowl, trying to profit from all the men visiting New Orleans. Activists are trying to raise awareness.

Private Missions Restoring Hope to NYC's Homeless

When Hurricane Sandy hit, thousands were forced from their homes. But shelters have been providing a place to sleep long before this crisis. They're also restoring hope.

Deadly Storm System Rips across South, Midwest

Powerful storms ripped across much of the South and Midwest overnight as tornadoes and dangerous winds tore down trees, damaged homes, and downed power lines.

Univ. of Mich. Removes InterVarsity Chapter from Campus

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship says University of Michigan has removed a chapter from campus after they refused to drop its religious qualifications for student leadership.

Prayer in the Public Square a Hot Topic in Three States

Prayer before public meetings is the hot topic in three states this week: South Dakota, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Many Christian Groups Favor Stricter Gun Laws

A new survey shows many Christian groups favor stricter gun control laws.

Watchdog Highlights Tax-Happy Liberal Journalists

This Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the federal income tax. While many Americans might not see that as a day to celebrate, that's not the case for the liberal media. 

Boy Scouts Urged to Lift Ban on Atheists

A top atheist wants the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on atheists as well as gays.

Deaths from Church Attacks in US Rise 36 Percent

Seventy-five people died as a result of attacks at faith-based institutions in 2012 in the United States, a 36 percent increase over the previous year.

FBI Raids Office of Doctor Tied to NJ Senator

The FBI is investigating a West Palm Beach, Fla., eye doctor suspected of providing free trips and underage prostitutes to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J.

Fashion Designer Targets Sex Trafficking Problem

The Nepali Rescue Project is helping rescue victims of the sex trafficking industry. Now they are getting a big boost from a fashion designer Katie Martinez.

Ex-Gangsta Rapper: More Gun Laws Not the Answer

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the gun control debate is more heated than ever. But one former Gangsta rap argues more gun restrictions are not the answer.

Justice Scalia: Constitution is 'Dead, Dead, Dead'

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said it's a mistake to consider the U.S. Constitution a "living" document. According to the 76-year-old, it's "dead, dead, dead."

Winter Storm Rips Through South, Central US

A winter storm has ripped through the central U.S. and South Wednesday with damaging winds and possible tornadoes.

Luter: Scouts Possible Gay Ban Change Disappointing

The Boy Scouts of America may lift its ban on gay and lesbian troop leaders but the news is not sitting well with many religious groups.


Northeast, Midwest Residents Battle Icy Commute

A mixture of freezing rain, sleet and snow made for messy roads and dangerous conditions across the Midwest and Northwest.

Boy Scouts Consider Dropping Ban on Gays

The Boys Scouts of America may soon end its ban on gay scouts and leaders.

Armed Robber Flees When Ladies Chant 'JESUS!'

Jacquie Hagler, a Lake City, Fla., homeowner stopped an armed robbery when she and her friends chanted one powerful word: JESUS!

Federal Court Strikes Down Ind. Sex Offender Law

A federal appeals court has struck down an Indiana law that banned registered sex offenders from using social networking websites.

Texas, Calif. Activists hold 'March for Life' Rallies

Thousands of pro-lifers packed the state capital in Texas for their state's annual rally for life.

New Health Care Markets On the Way

This fall, new insurance markets called exchanges will open in each state, marking the long-awaited and much-debated debut of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Film Review: 'Amour' Tests the Limits of Love

The French-language film, directed by Austrian Michael Haneke, tells the story of Georges and Anne, an elderly couple whose love is put to the test when Anne falls ill.

Pastor Arrested for Kidnapping in Gay Custody Case

Pastor Kenneth Miller, from Stuarts Draft, Va., was taken into federal custody Thursday for his role in a dispute between an ex-lesbian and her former gay partner.

Sub-Zero Temps Stretch from Midwest to East Coast

Much of the country remains in an icebox today. Winter storm warnings were issued for parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania in the East and Colorado and New Mexico in the West.

Thousands Descend on Washington for March for Life

The landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling has led to the death of 55 million unborn babies but also to a growing movement dedicated to ending the deadly practice.

RI House Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Rhode Island's House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage Thursday in a 51to 19 vote.

Is Lifting Ban on Women in Combat a Good Idea?

The unanimous vote by the top generals removes all barriers to women, opening thousands of jobs on the front lines, but not everyone thinks it's a good idea.

Atheist Loses Supreme Court Appeal over Ill. Cross

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Robert Sherman's case against a $20,000 state grant used to renovate the Bald Knob Cross of Peace Southeast of St. Louis.

Arctic Cold Sweeps Across Midwest to East Coast

Arctic cold weather swept across the country on Wednesday and Thursday, locking the Midwest to the Northeast in a deep freeze.

Purple Heart Returned to WWII Vet after 70 Years

A war veteran and his Purple Heart have been reunited after almost 70 years. Ninety-year-old George Hemphill received the medal in Europe in World War II. 

For Many Women, Roe a Painful Walk Down Memory Lane

Pro-life Congressman Chris Smith brought several women to Capitol Hill on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade to discuss the havoc abortion has wreaked on their lives.

Justin Bieber's Mom Promotes Pro-Life Movie

Pattie Mallette, the mother of pop superstar Justin Bieber, is promoting a pro-life movie she helped to create.

Midwest, East Coast Wake up to Ice Box Temps

Residents from the Dakotas to the East Coast are bundling up Wednesday as extreme cold temperatures grip a third of the country.

Forty Years Later, Abortion Debate Going Strong

Forty years after Roe v. Wade,  the abortion debate is just as alive as ever, with both sides claiming victories and neither backing down.

Bone-Chilling Weather Grips Midwest States

Some of the coldest temperatures in years are settling across a large part of the United States Tuesday.

American Legion Salutes War Heros with Inaugural Ball

The American Legion Ball saluted America's heroes, specifically Medal of Honor recipients at an inaugural ball.


Evangelical Choirs Wow Inaugural Celebration

Seven musical acts were featured in Monday's inauguration, including two from the evangelical community: the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and  the Lee University Festival Choir.

Protestors Rally across US to Defend Second Amendment

This weekend, Americans in 49 states participated in "Guns across America" rallies to express their opposition to the president's new gun control campaign.

Day of Service Kicks off Inaugural Weekend

Volunteers from all 50 states, including Gospel singer Yolanda Adams, gathered on the National Mall, offering information on how to get involved in their communities.

Will Rhode Island Hold the Line against Gay Marriage?

Rhode Island legislators could vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in a matter of weeks.

Faith Leaders: Praying for the President 'Not Optional'

Loved your enemies lately? Two pastors that often oppose President Obama's policies are making a very public gesture to say they're backing him - with prayer.

Colo. Pastor: Our Problem is Violence, Not Guns

Colo. Pastor Brady Boyd says now is the time for churches to focus on violence in our culture and what families can do to change the environment in their own homes.

Why 401k Tapping Can Be a Costly Mistake

More Americans are dipping into their 401ks to pay their bills as they struggle to make ends meet. But it can be a costly alternative that robs the future.

What Exactly Is an Assault Weapon?

For the average person, there's a misconception about what exactly assault weapons are. CBN Chief of Security Chris Mitchell demonstrates the important distinction.

Disgraced Armstrong: 'My Fate Was Sealed'

Disgraced Olympic cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his awards after former friends gave him up to anti-doping authorities -- a move he said sealed his fate.

Southeast Gets Pounded by Winter Snowstorm

Parts of the Southeast are digging out after a winter storm dumped snow across the region. The storm led to downed trees, accidents and power outages.

Thousands of Levees across US in Disrepair

Levee repairs are needed across America, according to inspections done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Boeing's 'Dreamliner' Grounded over Safety Issues

Boeing is facing a crisis as its new 787 Dreamliner fleet is now grounded in Europe, the United States, Japan, and in India over safety issues.

Calif. Man Searches for Child Author of Lost Book

A child's handwritten book of Rules to Live By has turned up in a parking lot near Citrus Heights, Calif. Now a Walmart employee is on a quest to find its rightful owner.

ND Bills Would Allow Guns in Schools, Churches

North Dakota lawmakers could vote to allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons at schools and churches.

NRA: Obama Hypocritical over Armed School Guards

The NRA has wasted no time attacking President Obama over his plans for new gun control measures.

Critics Challenge Obama on Religious Freedom Day

President Obama has declared today Religious Freedom Day but critics are charging his proclamation as "hypocritical."


Regent Univ. Ranked Top 10 by U.S. News Report

Regent University's bachelor degree program has been ranked No. 10 out of 860 programs listed by The U.S. News and World Report.


Proper Permit Process or Government Shakedown?

Florida says it was legal for them to ask a landowner to cough up as much as $150,000 to help them preserve distant wetlands. Others argue it is a government shake down.

HHS Fights for Abortion Drug Mandate on Bible Publisher

The Obama administration is appealing a judge's order blocking enforcement of the Obamacare mandate for Tyndale House employees.

NYPD Will Insert GPS into Prescription Drug Bottles

The New York Police Department is going to insert GPS tracking devices into prescription drug bottles, saying it will help to fight theft of prescription drugs.

Christian Artists Host Free Concert for Sandy Hook

Christian leaders and music artists are hosting a free concert Tuesday evening for the survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Lance Armstrong Confesses to Oprah about Doping

After years of denials, famed-cyclist Lance Armstrong has admitted to doping: using performance enhancing drugs to help his cycling career.

Walmart Commits to Hiring 100,000 Veterans

Walmart, the nation's biggest retailer, has promised 100,000 new jobs to honorably discharged veterans, one of the largest hiring commitments for vets in history.


'Matthew 25' Campaign Pushes Immigration Reform

Evangelical leaders are pointing to scripture to persuade Christians and lawmakers to support immigration reform.

Graphic Abortion Signs Ban Threat to Free Speech?

Colorado's Supreme Court is allowing an injunction against graphic abortion signs, ruling they cause "psychological harm" to kids. But pro-lifers say it's an assault on free speech.

Daly: God Smiles When We Reach the Vulnerable

Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, who was once in the foster care system himself, spoke recently at Regent University's symposium on human trafficking.

Fmr Pres. George H.W. Bush Leaves Hospital

Former President George H.W. Bush was released from a Houston hospital and went home Monday after spending nearly two months being treated for a bronchitis-related cough.

Ohio Postal Worker Saves Elderly Man's Life

An Ohio mail man is being praised for saving an elderly man's life.

Unborn Covered Under Chemical Endangerment Law

The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled in favor of new protections for unborn children.

March for Life Could Rival Obama Inauguration

The largest crowds of pro-lifers yet are expected to participate in the 40th anniversary of March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., Jan. 25.

San Diego Zookeepers Protect Animals from Cold

Zookeepers shelter polar bears in San Diego as a weekend cold snap brings record lows to Calfornia.

Evangelical Youth Stir Passion to End Modern Slavery

Students from across the country are united in a fight to end human trafficking around the world.

Fewer Children Eligible for Adoption Despite Demand

Americans are adopting fewer children but it's not for lack of desire. It's because of lack of eligible children.

Review: 'The Impossible' Hits Theaters this Weekend

Bob Waliszewski, director of Focus on the Family's entertainment review department Plugged-in Online," reviews "The Impossible."

More School Districts Considering Armed Guards

An increasing number of school districts around the country are looking into hiring armed school guards.

Cold Front Blasts Snow, Rain Across States

A cold front is blasting snow, ice and freezing rain across a huge part of the country.

Louie Giglio Withdraws from Inauguration Prayer

Evangelical Pastor Louie Giglio has pulled out of praying at the president's inauguration ceremon after criticism arose over comments against homosexuality.

Ohio Town School Won't Remove Jesus Portrait

School officials in one Ohio town are refusing to remove a large portrait of Jesus that hangs in a Middle School.

Tablets that Became Porn Gateway Angers Parents

A Kentucky high school is on the defensive after Android tablets meant to help students with their homework instead became a gateway for pornography.

Nat'l Cathedral Gay Marriage Change 'Not Surprising'

Opponents of gay marriage are expressing disappointment but not surprise at the announcement that same-sex weddings can now be performed at Washington National Cathedral.

Girl Expelled for Refusing RFID Badge Loses Appeal

A federal judge has ruled a Texas school district can expel one of its students after she objected to wearing an identity card with a tracking device.

Popular Store Offers Price Matching for Online Deals

Good news for shop-o-holics: one retail store is offering to match any discounted price on any of the items they sell.

Passion's Giglio, Ever's Widow to Pray at Inauguration

The widow of slain civil rights leader Medger Evers and evangelical Pastor Louie Giglio are scheduled to pray at President Obama's inauguration.

Pastor Offers to Shave Beard for Anti-Trafficking Cause

A Texas pastor is hoping he can inspire his congregation to join the fight against human trafficking.

Arrests Continue in International Child Porn Sting

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents continue to make arrests in a global child pornography sting: 247 men and women are now behind bars.

Giffords, Husband Push for Greater Gun Control

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly have launched an initiative to promote greater gun control.

Gallaudet Reinstates Official after Gay Marriage Flap

The Gallaudet University official who was suspended for signing a petition backed by traditional marriage groups is back at work.

Gun Sales Shatter Records amid More Control Rhetoric

The president has made it clear he plans to take action on gun control. As a result, tens of thousands of people have been stocking up at gun shows and stores.

Hobby Lobby Day: A Fight for Religious Freedom

Tens of thousands of supporters were called on to shop online or at a store in support of Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day, Saturday.

Supreme Court Will Hear Gay Marriage Cases

The Supreme Court will hear two days worth of arguments at the end of March concerning gay marriage laws.

Company Wins Injunction on Contraception Mandate

A federal judge in Chicago has granted an Illinois company temporary relief from having to provide birth control coverage for its workers.

Sec. Clinton Back to Work after Blood Clot Scare

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is returning to work Monday after receiving treatment for a blood clot in her head.

Four Dead after Standoff in Aurora

A gunman and three other people are dead after an hours-long standoff with police at a home in Aurora, Colo.

Time: Pro-Choice Activists Losing Abortion Fight

A new Time Magazine cover is acknowledging that the tide is turning in the favor of the pro-life movement.

Tsunami Warning Canceled after Alaska Quake

Officials have canceled a tsunami warning for parts of southern Alaska and coastal Canada.

'Passion 2013' Takes Up Anti-Trafficking Fight

Organizers of this week's Passion 2013 conference are urging college-age Christian students to get involved in the fight against slavery and human trafficking.

Secretary Clinton Back Home after Hospital Stay

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is back home after a blood clot left her in a New York City hospital for days. It was the first time she's been seen publicly since Dec. 7.

Police Officer Helps Panhandling New Mexico Couple

A police officer out of Albuquerque, N.M., got more than he bargained for after responding to a squad call. Instead of making an arrest, he actually helped the panhandling culprits.

Sandy Hook Students Begin First Day of Classes

Twenty days after a gunmen turned a small Connecticut town upside down, children at Sandy Hook Elementary are back in school for the first time.

Hobby Lobby Awards Campus to New Recipient

Hobby Lobby has awarded a new recipient with the Northfield, Mass., campus founded by Christian evangelist D.L. Moody.

Most Say America's Best Days are Over

Despite the agreement that saved the nation from plunging off the fiscal cliff, most Americans are worried about the country's future.

'Passion 2013' Organizers Expecting 60,000 Youth

Tens of thousands of Christian youth are worshipping God in word and deed in Atlanta this week.

Judge: Texas Can Defund Planned Parenthood

A court ruling has cleared the way for Texas to end public funding for Planned Parenthood and other groups that support abortion.

New Laws Include Computer-Driven Cars, Cat Bans

New laws worth noting in this New Year include everything from bans on plastics to bans on cats.

Thousands of Christian Youth Commit to Missions

Thousands of Christian youth who finished 2012 at the Urbana Student Missions Conference are starting the New Year with commitments to serve God as missionaries.

World Looks to 2013 after Violence, Economic Woes

As the world rang in 2013 with spectacular fireworks displays, the specter of economic uncertainty weighed on the minds of revelers hoping for a better year.

Colorado Rings in New Year with Pot Clubs

The first marijuana clubs have begun popping up in Colorado after voters legalized recreational pot-smoking.

Domino's Owner Wins Contraceptive Mandate Injunction

A federal judge has ruled that a property management company owned by the founder of Domino's Pizza does not have to implement mandatory contraception coverage.

Maine, Md. Same-Sex Couples Tie the Knot

Same-sex couples in Maryland and Maine moved quickly to take advantage of new state laws allowing them to get married.