California agrees never to impose discriminatory restrictions on houses of worship; will pay over $2 million in attorney’s fees

In what the plaintiffs’ lawyers described as a “triumph for religious liberty,” California has agreed to never again impose discriminatory restrictions on houses of worship, and to pay a total of $2,150,000 in attorney’s fees in settlement of separate lawsuits filed by South Bay United Pentecostal Church and Catholic priest Trevor Burfitt, Christian Headlines reports.

Pakistan persecution: Christian woman abducted, raped, beaten by Islamic attackers; “Please Pray”

A Christian woman in Pakistan was abducted on April 1 by Muslim men who drugged, beat, and raped her during the 20 days they held her captive, International Christian Concern reports. Pakistan ranks 5 on the US Open Doors watch list of 50 countries where Christians are most persecuted; Christian girls and women are frequently abducted and murdered with no action being taken against the perpetrators.

Indiana Baptist church ordains transgender pastor

The University Baptist Church in Bloomington, Indiana has ordained a transgender woman, Church Leaders reports. The ordination of Laura Bethany Buchleiter took place on May 23, a few weeks after the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America elected its first transgender bishop.

New Crisis? EU Claims Millions Die Of Pollution

As the European Union slowly emerges from coronavirus lockdowns, thousands of delegates gathered to tackle another perceived crisis: pollution. The EU Green Week 2021 included a virtual conference amid concerns that millions of people “prematurely die” because of pollution.