Sermon fight in U.S. city
WND broke the story when the city of Houston, Texas issued subpoenas for copies of pastors' sermons and other communications with their congregations regarding homosexual rights.
The pastors later called for an investigation of city hall's actions in the dispute, which also included negating an apparently valid petition effort against the ordinance.
WND also reported a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights wrote to Mayor Annise Parker, urging her to back down from her demand for copies of pastors "speeches."
Talk-radio king Rush Limbaugh also weighed in on the controversy, lambasting the city's lesbian mayor for her sermon grab.
WND reported when dozens of conservatives claimed a campaign-finance criminal indictment was the Obama administration exacting revenge on conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza for criticizing the president in the hit documentary, "2016: Obama's America."
WND was first to tell the world the wholesale giant Costco had issued an order to remove all copies of Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book, “America: Imagine the World Without Her,” from the shelves of its stores nationwide.
The company's CFO personally informed WND when the decision was made to return the book to store shelves amid a flood of opposition from club members.
WND also reported when D’Souza learned his punishment in his campaign-finance case, and talked to the filmmaker about his defiance in the face of the government's attempt to silence him.
The same day WND published a major report about a rare phenomenon known as "blood moons" and its possible connection to an imminent return of Jesus to Earth, NASA hid its official Eclipse Website from public view without explanation.
In the immediate wake of WND's disclosure being published, NASA restored its Eclipse Website.
The death of Miriam Carey
WND was the first news agency on the scene and the first to report on the killing of Miriam Carey, the unarmed, suburban mother shot to death by federal agents in the shadow of the Capitol in 2013.
WND’s extensive reporting on the case in 2014 included the news Carey’s family planned to file a $75 million lawsuit against the U.S. government.
Other highlights of WND's exclusive reporting on the Carey case in 2014 include:
- "D.C. cops stonewall release of Capitol shooting video"
- "Chief's alibi for deadly shooting ridiculed"
- "Cops knew suburban mom no terrorist"
- "New revelations about mom killed by Capitol cops"
In a groundbreaking story, "Research confirms antidepressant-autism link," WND broke the news of the surprising collision of two of today’s most alarming health trends: While according to the CDC a staggering one in every 50 American children now has some form of autism, the number of people taking antidepressants like Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor, Luvox and Celexa is equally stratospheric, with 11 percent of all Americans 12-and-over taking them, and an astonishing 23 percent – almost 1 in 4 – of women in their 40s and 50s.
These two megatrends intersect, researchers say, when pregnant women are treated for depression, anxiety and other maladies with antidepressants.
WND has been virtually alone in reporting the increasingly alarming correlation between the highly prescribed meds (1 in 9 pregnant women in America currently take antidepressants) and increased rates of autism in their offspring. The headlines of WND's 2014 follow-up stories to the original report tell the story:
- "New study: Antidepressants cause preterm birth"
- "Study: Moms on antidepressants risk having autistic baby boys"
- "Moms on antidepressants have babies with malformed brains"
- "Top doc: Media bias on antidepressants 'astounding'"
WND also reported exclusively on the following stories in 2014:
WND broke the story predicting the U.S. State Department would admit up to 75,000 mostly Muslim refugees over five years from the Syrian civil war. Nearly three months later, in December, the State Department announced it would take in at least 9,000 to 10,000 Syrians starting in 2015 and that this was just the start of the program.
WND reported on the attempted assassination of a controversial Temple Mount activist, U.S.-born Israeli Rabbi Yehuda Glick, then followed up with a second story about Palestinian Muslims issuing threats against other activists in Jerusalem who advocate for Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.
WND broke the story about an obscure new regulatory rule that would give the federal government the power to influence local zoning laws in every city and town that accepts federal block grants. The story explained how the new "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" rule will lead to racial quotas in cities and counties and will end up as the most powerful tool yet in HUD's assault on the suburbs, and the rule could even be used to force communities to house illegal immigrants.
WND was first to report the trend in October when crowds began spontaneously walking out on President Obama in the middle of his speeches.
WND broke the news phone lines were melting on Capitol Hill with outraged citizens calling their elected representatives to complain about President Obama's executive order effectively granting amnesty to illegal immigrants.
WND reported in September a video of U.S. Marines singing, dancing and worshiping God at Camp Pendleton in California began going viral on Facebook, prompting retired Lt. Col. Allen West to revel in the display he says will "drive the secular humanists INSANE."
And WND broke the story when parents were being restricted from accompanying their sick children to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital because first lady Michelle Obama was visiting – and security measures prohibited both parents from escorting the little patients to medical appointments.
WND reported that Facebook had chosen to allow graphic images of abused and slaughtered dogs on its site.
WND broke the news that government-sanctioned prayer had returned to Capitol Hill after a hiatus 144 years.
In an exclusive interview, WND recounted how a 50-year-old homeless woman from Michigan interrupted the first-ever Muslim-led prayer service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., pointed to the cross and, as she was being ushered out of the service, told the Muslims that Jesus died for the sins of humanity and that Muslims who don't believe that should worship in their mosques and "leave our churches alone."
WND exclusively broke the explosive story when Doug Phillips, the former leader of a popular Christian ministry who resigned from his position after confessing to an "inappropriate" relationship, became the subject of a lawsuit that claimed he "methodically groomed" and made unwanted sexual contact with a young woman after serving as an authority figure in her life for more than a decade.
WND also exclusively reported that the Army terminated its psychological testing contract at Fort Hood, Texas, only seven months before Spc. Ivan Lopez's eight-minute shooting rampage that left Lopez and three other soldiers dead and 16 more wounded on April 2. Instead, Fort Hood – one of the largest military installations in the world and the primary hub for deploying U.S. soldiers overseas – used free tests it found on the Internet to evaluate soldiers' psychological health and only employed a single neuropsychologist to treat up to 500 soldiers a month.
WND reported exclusively on the concerns of the Shiite residents of Lebanon to the mounting threat posed by the Sunni Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, or ISIS, as the terror group blitzkrieged its way from eastern Syria into west and central Iraq.
WND was the first to reveal Ferguson, Missouri, teen Michael Brown's robbery only minutes before he was shot – sparking race riots near St. Louis – may have been motivated by a marijuana habit.
WND broke the news the House of Representatives was considering whether to send Lois Lerner to jail for contempt of Congress.
WND exclusively reported a retired U.S. general's plan to demand a parliamentary-style vote of "no confidence" in the overreaching President Obama.
WND reported the shocking lyrics of a CBS musical guest star who wished the Virgin Mary would have "had an abortion," rather than give birth to Jesus.
WND reported live from the Education Policy Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, when Phyllis Schlafly and former Rep. Allen West warned Common Core was poised to give Big Brother control over the minds of America's schoolchildren.
WND went behind the scenes to investigate why television networks suddenly jumped on the bandwagon of "naked" contestants on reality TV programs.