ISIS photos show extremists destroying Christians' graves

The Islamic State has expanded its desecration activity in Iraq from attacks just on ancient cultural and religious sites and relics to include now the destruction of the gravestones of Christians.

Photo: ISIS circulated photos April 16 of militants destroying Christian gravestones.

Headline News

Iowa teens shocked by governor's pornographic 'anti-bullying' conference

They thought the Iowa Governor's Conference on LGBTQ Youth was about anti-bullying. Instead, about 1,000 teenagers from more than 100 Iowa communities were treated to a profanity-laced performance by a drag queen along with graphic conversations on oral sex and a transgender tutorial on how to make fake testicles.

Louisiana's religious freedom bill revived, Gov. Jindal intends to sign

en days after being snubbed by the Louisiana Legislature as the only bill of a hundred not to be forwarded to a committee, legislation creating a state "Marriage and Conscience Act" was returned to the calendar April 13. One day later, the bill written by Rep. Mike Johnson of Bossier City was referred to the Committee on Civil Law and Procedure.

Ted Cruz asks pastors to preach and pray

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz sent a letter to thousands of pastors across the nation Thursday, asking them to preach and pray about biblical marriage. "On Tuesday, April 28, the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in favor of 'same-sex marriage,'" Cruz wrote. "How will the American church respond?"

Tennessee Senate kills Bible bill

Republican leaders who opposed a bill to make the Bible the state's official book sent the measure to a closed committee, effectively pushing the matter into next year.

Atheists target East Texas again

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, an anti-Christian organization, has interjected itself again in an East Texas community, accusing a local high school baseball coach of forcing religious indoctrination on players.

U.S. Army training course blames Bible for sexism

An online training course developed for military and civilian personnel blames the Bible, U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence for sexism in America. The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute is the Department of Defense joint services school which offers the one-hour online curriculum.

Mass executions taking toll, Saeed Abedini's wife says

Mass executions in an Iran prison are taking a "toll" on Saeed Abedni, his wife said in an April 15 Facebook update. The update came after his father was finally allowed to visit him -- following five long weeks of no visitation -- Naghmed Abedini said in asking for continued prayer for the Christian pastor imprisoned because of his faith.

Florida teen finds 'forever'-ever home

Davion Only told folks at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Fla. that "God hasn't given up" on him, in pleading for someone to adopt him in 2013. His plea went viral and an Ohio family brought him to their home with the intention of adopting him, but the relationship did not work out. He returned to Florida where his former longtime caseworker finally gave him a "forever" home which becomes official April 22.

GRAHAM: Run for office, vote for principled candidates

Franklin Graham stopped short of endorsing any political candidate Wednesday, but he announced he will urge Christians to run for public office during his "Decision America Tour" in 2016. The 50-state tour of the United States will showcase prayer rallies, a time when Christian will be challenged to "boldly live out their faith and pray for our nation and its leaders," Graham said.

Vigil honors pastors & son crushed by falling concrete

A young couple in ministry who died with their son in a horrific highway construction accident were remembered last night in a vigil at their church. Among those at the candlelight vigil at EastPointe Foursquare Church in Puyallup, Wash., were construction workers and first responders who spent nine hours digging out the bodies of Josh and Vanessa Ellis and their 8-month-old son, Hudson.

Oklahoma school says 'no' to free Bibles

Officials for Duncan Public Schools in Duncan, Oklahoma, have instructed teachers not to distribute Bibles or other religious material during classes, after a parent complained about a teacher's offer of free New Testaments for students who wanted one.

Muslim widow fights to undo sharia law in Greece

In a country where 98 percent of the population relates to Orthodox Christianity, a Muslim widow is battling the Greek Supreme Court which used a foreign treaty with Turkey to justify imposing a local sharia ruling that denied her claim to her late husband's estate.

Reba McEntire releases album with songs inspired by her faith

Famed country music star Reba McEntire released her latest project "Love Somebody," Tuesday. The album is her first since 2010 and features both her songwriting skills and her Christian faith. The 60-year-old Grammy Award-winner openly shared about God's role in her nearly 40-year career in a recent interview with FOX411 saying her faith "guides me on everything I do."

COMMENT: 'Lyrical' Book of Romans put to song

Psallos, a group of musicians consisting mostly of students and alumni of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, has developed a first-of-its-kind project setting the Bible's Book of Romans to music.

School stonewalls students who want to start pro-life club

The Thomas More Society, a Chicago law firm specializing in public interest issues, has charged that two high schools, the school district and school board in Fargo, North Dakota, have denied the constitutional rights of students who applied to start pro-life clubs on their respective campuses.

Bible moves closer to becoming Tennessee's state book

The Tennessee House of Representatives approved a bill making the Bible the state's official book Wednesday despite the measure being deemed unconstitutional by the state attorney general, a factor which stalled the bill's vote on Tuesday.

Houston teacher resigns under fire for not doing his homework

A Richmond, Texas, teacher of a senior economics class resigned wile facing disciplinary action by Foster High School administrators after he distributed to students an eight-page handout on Islam that highlighted its radical elements, material that at least one Muslim student's parents found objectionable.

Oklahoma joins Kansas in banning gruesome abortion procedure

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a measure into law April 13 that bans a commonly used second term abortion procedure that dismembers a baby in the womb to end its life. The measure in large part resembles legislation Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed last week also to outlaw the gruesome and dangerous abortion procedure.

Sharia stalls Idaho child-support bill?

Critics of those opposed to compliance with a federal child support law say conservatives are fearful of Islamic law. But conservatives on the committee who actually voted "no" to bringing state laws into compliance with a 2007 federal treaty say it is not sharia they fear but the U.S. federal government.

Autistic sister gives Masters champion Jordan Spieth perspective

New Masters champion Jordan Spieth said in his post-play interview "there was no need for crazy celebrations" and the 21-year-old did not pause before explaining his levelheadedness in terms of how his autistic sister probably reacted when hearing he won the green jacket. Spieth won the tournament with an 18 under par score, but he won the hearts of many because of the deep love he expressed for his family -- especially 14-year-old Ellie.

ISIS: We will burn America

In a chilling 11 minute video, "We Will Burn America," Islamic State terrorists threaten a 9/11-style attack on the United States. The propaganda film was released as Islamic militants are facing fierce attacks, and are being pushed back by in predominately Sunni Iraq and Syria by U.S.-led air strikes and a ground campaign by Shiite militias backed by Iran.

Bible still not available in 57 percent of world's languages

Barna Research and the American Bible Society partnered to find if the Bible was available to all people and determine Americans' perception of the Scripture's global reach. What they found was alarming. While Americans say they value the Bible, they are largely unaware of how many of those in the world do not have a Bible available in their own language.

COMMENTARY

Religious liberty in Texas

I've jokingly told friends that Texas will be the Alamo -- a place for a last stand --for social conservatives in America.

FEATURES

Kenyans would 'rather meet Jesus than live in fear,' missionary says

Tragedies like the murder of 147 students at Garissa University at the hands of Al-Shabaab terrorists would cast a long shadow over life in the western world, but East Africans have a different worldview, the principal of the Kenya Baptist Theological College told Christian Examiner. "East African culture has a saying, 'Shauri la Mungu,' or 'the way of God.' This means what happens, happens. It is very quickly in the past, so leave it behind. This appears to be a very resilient side to our society," said Jack Yates, a missionary who has worked among Kenya's Baptists for many years.

Power of hatred and violence will not prevail: Kenyan president

With nearly 150 of his citizens dead at the hands of the Islamic terror group Al-Shabaab, Kenya's president is calling on his nation's citizens to remember God's power over evil. In a statement April 4, President Uhuru Kenyatta said Kenyans will be "filled with anguish and great anger" as the country begins the process of burying the students killed by the militants at Garissa University, but he called on the country to consider the message of the recent Easter holiday.

APOLOGETICS

Did Jesus even exist?

Did Jesus exist? Many contemporary sources deny he walked the earth. In his book "The God Delusion," outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins suggests Jesus never existed, and the popular online movie Zeitgeist, mirrors the claim. But not every secularist, atheist and agnostic agrees.

FOREIGN POLICY

Netanyahu says Iran nuke agreement 'a bad deal'

During an Easter Sunday interview, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on CNN's State of the Union that it does not have to come down to "either this bad deal or war" over the framework of a nuclear agreement negotiators for six countries reportedly have framed up with Iran. Arguing for increased economic sanctions in order to "get a better deal," he said negotiators should insist on a "roll back" of Iran's capabilities for developing nuclear weapons and force Iran to stop its aggression in the world, especially against Israel.

RESEARCH

Most Americans' say they believe Jesus is God

What Americans believe about Jesus is the focus of a recent Barna study. While most generations said they believe Jesus existed and was God's son, Millennials were more likely to doubt Christ's deity and indicated they were less connected to the Christian faith.