A Kentucky judge has shut down a Christians-only health care ministry, saying it could not operate until it got approval from the state Department of Insurance. Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate made the ruling against Medi-Share, a Florida-based cost-sharing ministry that helps pay medical bills for churchgoers who pledge not to smoke, drink, use drugs or have sex outside of marriage.
A judge has scheduled a hearing for later this month in a longstanding dispute between the commonwealth and a Christians-only health care plan. The case pits the state Department of Insurance against Medi-Share, a Florida-based cost-sharing ministry that helps pay medical bills for churchgoers across the country. Lawyers for the state have asked Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate to hold Medi-Share in contempt of court for continuing to operate in Kentucky.
The death of a 14-year-old Christian County girl has sparked a movement against bullying and suicide. The movement started this month after Miranda Campbell fatally shot herself. Angela Felty is the director of the Elevation Teen Center in Hopkinsville. She says she started the movement with help from youths who attend the center. She says the Miranda Campbell Challenge has a Facebook page and had more than 1,000 "likes" from users just a few days after being set up. Felty and Campbell's father say the teen was bullied because she was bisexual.