Friday, September 6, 2013

Argument Over God ends in Murder

A California man is going to jail--possibly for up to 100 years--over an argument he had with an atheist friend about the existence of God. An Oakland jury found Douglas Yim guilty of killing Dzuy Dunh Phan with an assault rifle during a get-together at Yim's home. Prosecutors say alcohol and drugs were involved in the altercation. KPIX-TV has more here.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Plege of Allegiance Challenged

An atheist couple is asking Massachusetts’ highest court to get rid of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. They object to the words “under God." It could take several months for the court to rule. Read more details at the Washington Post here.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Texas Megachurch Under Scrutiny

The teachings of Kenneth Copeland's church are under a spotlight after a measles outbreak among its children. Copeland has bragged about not giving his great-grandchildren vaccines, calling it "criminal." But his daughter, Terri Pearsons, who now pastors Eagle Mountain church has encouraged the congregation to get shots after the measles outbreak in the congregation. Read more in an Associated Press article here.

Gospel Duo's former manager sues group

Christian singers Mary Mary are being sued by their former manager. Mitchell Solarek, who owns Maximum Artist Group, says he came on board two years ago to help Mary Mary get their career back on track. Solarek claims in the Tennessee lawsuit that he got deals valued at more than $3 million but was fired and is still owed $75,000, according to a report by celebrity site Here's a video of Solarek on Mary Mary's WeTV reality show.

Evangelical attitudes toward gay rights

A growing number of Evangelicals are no longer strongly against gay rights, even though they oppose homosexuality. That's according to a study out of Baylor. Sociologist Brandon Martinez says, "As a moral issue, we predict that the opposition to gay civil rights will not have the same staying power as the abortion debate.. We've known that moderate and ambivalent evangelicals are there, but now they are actually starting to have a voice and beginning to be more political." Read more here.