AUSTIN, Texas - Two pro-life supporters who made undercover videos alleging Planned Parenthood illegally sold fetal tissue to researchers for a profit face criminal charges in Texas from a grand jury that also found no wrongdoing by the abortion provider, the Associated Press reported.
WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to rule on the legality of executive orders by President Obama that would delay deportation of more than 4 million undocumented immigrants.
Issued in November 2014, the orders sought to allow undocumented persons who are parents of U.S. citizens or of lawful permanent residents to apply for work authorization and associated benefits. Texas and 25 other Republican-led states sued to invalidate the program, arguing the president does "possess enforcement discretion" but lacks "inherent power to grant lawful presence and eligibility for over four million unauthorized aliens," Texas said in a brief.
GERMANY (BP) – The wife of freed pastor Saeed Abedini is expected to meet him in Germany, according to news reports released Jan. 19, where his health was being assessed after his release from a three-and-a-half-year imprisonment in Iran.
Naghmeh Abedini was preparing to fly to Germany for a reunion before his return to their Boise, Idaho, home, she said in a Jan. 17 telephone interview on FOX News.
"We are ready to welcome him home. I'm getting ready to fly out to Germany to be able to see him, and the kids are really excited because they are making welcome home signs," she said. "There's a lot of readjustment and a lot of healing that needs to happen. It's time for our family to heal and to move forward."
Abedini was serving an eight-year prison sentence because of his Christian faith.
North Korea tops persecution list for 14th consecutive year; religious persecution on rise on every continent
WASHINGTON (BP) – As North Korea once again held its spot for the 14th consecutive year as the most dangerous country for Christians, religious persecution on every continent has appeared to increase, according to a new report.
Open Doors released its annual World Watch list of the top 50 countries where it is most dangerous and difficult to be a Christian on Jan 13. According to the list, Islamic extremism "continued to be the primary driving force behind the expansion of persecution, with its rise being the lead generator of persecution for 35 out of the 50 nations on the list."
This year's top 10 included (1) North Korea; (2) Iraq; (3) Eritrea; (4) Afghanistan; (5) Syria; (6) Pakistan; (7) Somalia; (8) Sudan; (9) Iran; and (10) Libya.
The report specifically spotlighted the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, "regions where persecution has risen to a level akin to ethnic cleansing."
WACO, Texas – Baylor University Provost Edwin Trevathan has resigned after less than eight months on the job amid disagreement over the proposal to increase ethnic and gender diversity in the hiring of faculty and staff, Baptist News Global reports.
“After prayerful consideration and consultation with my family, we have decided that the position of executive vice president and provost at Baylor University is not a good fit for us,” former Saint Louis University professor Edwin Trevathan said in a statement released to media. “I have, therefore, decided to step aside from my role as EVP and provost.”
Shortly after moving to the Baptist-affiliated university in Waco, Texas, Trevathan convened a group to recommend an organizational structure and scope of responsibilities for a Chief Diversity Officer position to facilitate increased diversity among faculty and staff.