The laws approved last month by Russian president Vladimir Putin have begun to take effect, resulting in arrests of Christian leaders.

The Moscow Times reported that Sergei Zhuravlyov, a representative of the Ukrainian Reformed Orthodox Church of Christ the Savior, was arrested earlier this month for preaching in the St. Petersburg Messianic Jewish community. He was charged with performing illegal missionary activity.

A law enforcement official said Zhuravlyov was stirring up negative attitudes against the Russian Orthodox Church. He was released on bail, but his case will be sent to court.

Critics continue to fight against the laws, saying they expand far beyond the state's power and undermine the Russian constitution.

"This new situation resembles the Soviet Union in 1929. At that time confession of faith was permitted only in church," Hannu Haukka, president of Great Commission Media Ministries, said shortly after the laws were passed. "Practically speaking, we are back in the same situation. These anti-terrorist laws are some of the most restrictive laws in post-Soviet history." Discuss

Alabama’s St. Paul and the Broken Bones stopped by The Late Show last night to play a track from their new album Sea of Noise, and it captured the soulful passion the band is known for.

The song itself has some interesting spiritual undertones (Velvet fist in the gut / While everyone is slinging mud / Jesus found his politics / But nobody listens) and interesting contemplations (I can't tell what side I'm on / I can't tell what's right or wrong / We can't ever just sing one song), but like all the songs from the Motown-inspired band, it’s a lot of fun to watch being played live. Discuss

The group “White Lives Matter,” which recently made headlines for demonstrating outside of a Houston NAACP office with Confederate flags and assault rifles, has officially been declared a hate group. The group Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist organizations, announced the designation this week.

The group recently organized a protest at the NAACP office, demanding that they denounce the group Black Lives Matter.

The Black Lives Matter movement, however, is an activist organization that seeks to eliminate racial injustice, spotlight important social issues, reform the criminal justice system, “to facilitate the types of connections necessary to encourage social action and engagement,” among other initiatives.

The White Lives Matter website is filled with racist and hateful videos and literature aimed at African-Americans, Jews, Muslims and immigrants to the United States.

In a statement, the SPLC said,

It’s unclear how much the WLM movement matters in the real world, beyond annoying most of those who see its fliers and other propaganda. But WLM activists are hard at work, doing their best to seed yet another racist concept into the consciousness of American whites as they seek to build a whites-only nation. Given the atmosphere in the United States today, that should worry all Americans.

What a time to be alive.

Not one to be left behind all of the innovations in pizza takeout technology, Domino's in New Zealand has developed a drone prototype that will actually deliver pizza to customers.

"It doesn't add up to deliver a two-kilogram package in a two-ton vehicle," Scott Bush, a general manager for Domino's Pizza Enterprises, told CNN. "In Auckland, we have such massive traffic congestion it just makes sense to take to the airways."

A customer who wants a drone delivery—which, sorry, comes with an extra charge—will get a notification on their phone when the drone is approaching. The drone will lower the food on a tether after the customer hits a button on his or her smartphone from outside.

The drones will be automated, but a human will supervise nearby. There are also New Zealand drone laws that don't allow a drone to fly further than the drone operator can see, but Domino's says it is working with authorities to change those.

The chain plans to begin testing real deliveries to customers at the end of next month. Bush hopes that eventually drone delivery will not come with an added charge.

The New Zealand restaurants are independent of the ones in the United States, so drone deliveries may not be on our immediate horizon. Discuss