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Chinese professor writes open letter to Communist officials

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Editor’s Note: For 14 Sundays in a row, police have forcibly detained any members of the 1,000-member Shouwang Church in Beijing who show up at an outdoor meeting place. The church’s leadership is under house address. Many members have lost […]

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Man has rude awakening on funeral parlor slab, staff flees, thinking he’s a ghost

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When a 60-year-old grandfather woke up Sunday inside an undertaker’s refrigerator, he began yelling in protest. Two mortuary attendants ran out of the building in South Africa, convinced he was a ghost. The asthmatic man, whose name has been withheld, lost consciousness while asleep at […]

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Newsweek: Prostitution, pornography sales are booming

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“Men of all ages, races, religions, and backgrounds do it,” writes Newsweek. “Rich men do it, and poor men do it, in forms so varied and ubiquitous that they can be summoned at a moment’s notice.” The topic is sex […]

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NY Times: Local Hindus make pilgrimage to “Ganges” beach in Queens, NY

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The shells bobbed in the surf, not far from clay bowls, rotting limes and waterlogged rags that had washed back ashore, flotsam from previous Hindu ceremonies to mark festivals, births, deaths and everything in between. However, the location was not […]

Judicial Watch founder to file $50 million defamation case against MSNBC, Rachel Maddow

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Attorney Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, says he will seek $50 million in damages from MSNBC and commentator Rachel Maddow on behalf of rock singer Bradlee Deans. The suit, which Klayman says will be filed in the […]

Judge trims San Francisco circumcision ban off the ballot

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Religion, tradition or health didn’t even come up Thursday as a judge tossed San Francisco’s proposed circumcision ban off the November ballot. Instead, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Loretta M. Giorgi ruled that state law specifically bars local government from dictating practices to health care […]

Forbes: New NASA data shows diminished global warming threat

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“NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth’s atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted,” writes James Taylor in Forbes magazine. He reports a new study in […]

Huffington Post: Bill O’Reilly furious that media calls Norway killer “Christian”

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Bill O’Reilly sternly criticized the media for describing Anders Behring-Breivik, the man who has admitted to committing the mass killings in Norway, as a Christian, saying that such a thing was “impossible.” O’Reilly singled out the New York Times, which […]

16 New Jersey Hindus want free trips to India to atone for restaurant’s mistake

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Should a group of strict Hindu vegetarians — who were mistakenly served meat — get all-expenses-paid trips to India so they can cleanse themselves in the Ganges River? An appeals court has overturned a judge’s ruling – and will allow their […]

Jerusalem Post: Norweigan madman’s endorsement of hardliners will temper their rhetoric

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What does it mean that Anders Behring Breivik, confessed Norwegian mass murderer, endorses Israel throughout his rambling 1,518-page manifesto? “What does this mean for Israel,” writes the Jerusalem Post‘s Larry Derfner, “that this neo-Nazi monster repeatedly expressed his affinity for […]

Jerusalem Christian youth outreach warned not to be noisy

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Preaching the Gospel in Israel’s Muslim neighborhoods is never easy, says Pastor Naim Khoury. However, he’s never before been warned by officials not to be noisy. Holy Land Missions recently purchased a building in a Muslim neighborhood to use as a […]

Missing Christian told of 50 days of torture by Chinese police

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Editor’s note: This account by prominent Chinese attorney Gao Zhisheng is provided by the New York-based China Aid Association. Gao is currently missing after being taken into police custody in April 2010.  Gao is a Chinese human rights attorney and dissident […]

Californians seek to halt law requiring homosexual history lessons

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A team of family organizations and advocacy groups is beginning to collect signatures for a proposed California voter referendum to overturn the state’s new law requiring schools to teach “gay” history. The law, signed recently by Gov. Jerry Brown, would require […]

GODONOMICS: Why can’t we tax the rich some more and fix all our problems?

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“Godonomics” author Chad Hovind recalls: Margaret Thatcher said, “The problem with Socialism is you eventually run out of other people’s money.” I had a conversation with a teenager recently who parroted the typical bumper sticker thinking of our culture: “Why […]

Washington Post: Iran’s Ahmadinejad, clerics fight over length of women’s veils

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Every summer, Iranian police get tough on women who violate the country’s strict Islamic dress code by adjusting their veils and long coats to try to cope with the rising temperatures. But this year, amid the annual crackdown, the issue […]

Signs proclaiming Muslim “shariah” law zones go up in England

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In Stratford, England, non-Muslim residents say they are feeling “threatened and intimidated” as posters declaring neighborhood under Islamic shariah law are showing up on walls and lampposts. The bright yellow signs read “Shariah Controlled Zone” with “Islamic rules enforced” in smaller text — and […]

Senator: Retired cop’s tip derailed conscientious objector’s planned Fort Hood bloodbath

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Retired Killeen, Texas, cop Greg Ebert knew there was something wrong with the nervous 21-year-old ammunition customer. “He stands here and asks the manager, ‘what is smokeless powder?’” recalls Ebert, who works at Guns Galore.  “Well, my God, if you don’t know what […]

Baptist Press: Why is the government involved in marriage anyway?

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If you’ve paid any attention to the public discussion on the nature of marriage in the past few years, you’ve no doubt heard the call from some for the government to get out of the marriage business altogether and just […]

Highest-paid Planned Parenthood abortionist suspended for alcoholism issues

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On July 25, the California Medical Board issued an “interim suspension order” against a contract abortionist for Planned Parenthood, according to Jeremy Kryn, writing for LifeSiteNews. “Earlier this year, Doctor Jesse James Joplin had been placed on probation for seven […]

Video pushing homosexual marriage mocks Christians, shows boys kissing

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Beliefnet’s John Kennedy reports a website in support of gay marriage in Minnesota has come out with a new vulgar video in which actors mock and slander Christians and even shows two young boys kissing each other.   The purpose of […]

Chuck Norris: Why are mosques being built with U.S. tax money?

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“As the White House and Congress debate cuts in federal spending, millions of dollars are being funneled overseas to help build many Islamic mosques and structures,” alleges TV star Chuck Norris. He says a USAID official confirmed about $2.3 million […]

Jewish group calls for Iran to be barred from Olympics for boycotting Israeli athletes

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The World Jewish Congress says Iran should be barred from taking part in the Olympics and other international sporting events until its athletes stop boycotting their Israeli counterparts. The congress called the Iranian behavior “unsportsmanlike and smacks of anti-Semitism.” “Iranian swimmer Mohammed […]

Long-delayed show of Buddhist art from Pakistan to open

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A long-planned exhibition of nearly 70 pieces of Buddhist art from Pakistan will finally open at New York City’s Asia Society on Aug. 9, after political intrigue in Pakistan and a breakdown in American-Pakistani relations delayed it for six months, […]

Southern Illinois agency seeks to join lawsuit over homosexual adoption

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The charitable agency Catholic Social Services of Southern Illinois in Belleville has petitioned to join a lawsuit filed by the Catholic Charities agency in Springfield, Peoria and Joliet, Illinois. The suit seeks relief against efforts by the Illinois attorney general’s office and […]

The Daily Mail: Justin Bieber and dad show off matching “Yeshua” tattoos

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Justin Bieber and dad just after receiving tattoos This photo just released to the British newspaper the Daily Mail shows Justin Bieber just after he receive a Hebrew-language tattoo earlier this year — and shows that his dad got one just […]

Is there an anti-faith disdain in the media? Yes, says longtime AP reporter

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Christian leaders, whether speaking from the Holy See in Rome, the stages of America’s mega church multimedia wonders or the meanest, rusting music-stand pulpit of storefront inner-city chapel, all decry what they see as the growing bias of secular media […]

Baptist Press: California marijuana supporters at it again

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Marijuana supporters in California began their next attempt at legalizing recreational use of the drug July 25, when the secretary of state’s office approved the circulation of ballot petitions for their proposition. Advocates for recreational marijuana must gather 504,760 signatures […]

Jerusalem Post: Police stop donkey convoy en route to gay parade

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“As if it weren’t enough that three separate protests converged on Jerusalem Thursday afternoon,” reports Melanie Lidman in the Jerusalem Post, “the doctor’s march, the tent protest, and the Gay pride parade – police stopped a procession of four donkeys and a […]

Author John Stott dead at 90, once called Evangelicals’ “pope”

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Bestselling author and Christian leader John Stott, 90, has died peacefully in his sleep. “The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest spokesmen, and I have lost one of my close personal friends and advisors,” said Billy Graham, from his […]

Herman Cain: Republicans are just making sausage

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From the media watchdog group Accuracy in Media, GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain says what Congressional Republicans are grinding out isn’t very pretty.

Turban-wearing, motorcycling Sikhs ask Ontario for helmet exemption

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Sikhs who wear turbans while riding motorcycles say their obedience to their faith is far more important than safety. Unfortunately, traffic cops seldom see it that way. As a result, the Canadian Sikh Association is asking the Ontario government to exempt […]

Guardian: Dr. Faustus production falls flat since audience doesn’t believe in hell anymore

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In a less than glowing review of Faust’s classic sale of his soul to the devil, the British newspaper the Guardian‘s reviewer says the problem is that today’s audience no longer fears hell. “It’s not often that, on a balmy […]

India tells 63-year-old nun to leave; pressure from Hindu extremists blamed

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A 63-year-old British nun caring for leprosy patients for three decades in Bangalore, India, was preparing to leave the country Monday after the Indian government refused to extend her resident permit without giving any reason. “I’m leaving with a heavy […]

Jerusalem Post: Washington is not clear regarding Palestine’s UN rejection says Abbas

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President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas said that the US has not been clear on whether they will reject Palestine UN bid to become a state in September based on the pre-1967 lines. A report from the Jerusalem […]

Washington Post: Breivik says he is a Christian

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“So long as there are differing interpretations of Christian Scripture,” writes Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, in the Washington Post‘s On Faith section, “there can be ‘Christian terrorism.’ He continues: Anders Behring […]

ABC: Evidence will be shocking in offshoot Mormon polygamist’s trial

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“A Texas judge will hear opening motions in the trial of Warren Jeffs,” reports ABC News, ” just as the woman who was the first to bring charges against the polygamist sect leader comes forward to say this trial will open the […]

Death of Buddhist leader leaves hole in Yakima’s Japanese community

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 The death of Yoshi Uchida, born in a Japanese-American relocation camp during World War II, leaves a gaping hole in the Yakima, Washington, Buddhist community, according to the Yakima Herald-Republic. “Sweeping berries from a walk at the Yakima Buddhist Church […]

City councilman calls for end to bullying of NYC’s turban-wearing Sikh children

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On his way home from school, Sanjeet had stopped by a local deli to grab a bite to eat when some boys came from behind and pulled off his dastaar. New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm, who was a teacher […]

Louisville Courier-Journal: United Church of Christ stops using term “Heavenly Father”

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The United Church of Christ’s main legislative body was taking care of a largely bureaucratic matter earlier this month when it endorsed merging five national boards into one, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. But in the process of revamping its decades-old […]

Washington Post: Norway killer not a “religious Christian”

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Self-confessed Norweigan mass-murder suspect Anders Behring Breivik calls himself a “cultural Christian,” writes Mathew N. Schmalz in the Washington Post‘s “On Faith” section. Religious Christians, Breivik observes, have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, which Breivik does not claim to have, notes […]

NASCAR pastor includes everybody in pre-race invocation

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Before Saturday night’s Nationwide Federated Auto Parts 300, Pastor Joe Nelms of Nashville’s Family Baptist Church was asked to pray.   And pray, he did! Before the NASCAR crowd at Nashville Superspeedway Nelms noted that God tells to be thankful for all things […]

Grieving father bids rocker Amy Winehouse “Goodbye, my angel. Sleep tight”

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Mitch Winehouse paid an emotional tribute to his daughter Amy today as her friends and family came together for her funeral, reports the London newspaper the Daily Mail. Relating stories about her childhood and how happy she’d been recently, the grieving […]

Accuracy in Media: Olberman unhappy Al Sharpton hired at MSNBC

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Keith Olbermann, who is still smarting from his departure at MSNBC, used a recent interview with Cenk Uygur to criticize the cable network’s hiring Al Sharpton. “For Olbermann, however, who has an uncanny knack for avoiding the facts,” writes the media watchdog […]

Is Facebook turning into “Faith”book? Jesus beats Harry Potter, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga

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by Ash Greyson Beliefnet Managing Editor Move over Lady Gaga! Sorry, Justin Bieber! Nice try, Harry Potter! According to Allfacebook.com, a website that tracks Facebook traffic and interactions, six of the top 20 most engaging Facebook pages are related to […]

Daily Caller: Perry says state’s rights mean NY same-sex marriage is up to New Yorkers

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Even though he calls himself an “unapologetic social conservative,” Texas Governor Rick Perry and possible 2012 Republican presidential candidate, says he’s so dedicated to states’ rights that the state of New York’s approval of gay marriage is fine by him. […]

Online satisfaction index: Fox News beats ABC, USAToday, CNN, NY Times

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Fox News topped the list while America On Line’s Huffington Post scored dead last in a just-released American Customer Satisfaction Index ranking the public’s trust of Internet news and information sites. If there was a surprise, it was that for […]

Death toll now 77 in Norway; maximum prison time suspect can serve: 21 years

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Norway’s Anders Behring Breivik, who has confessed he carried out Friday’s bombing and murder spree at a youth camp — and published a 1,500-page “manifesto” on the internet before launching the bloodbath — faces a maximum prison sentence of 21 years. The death toll now […]

Baptist Press: Obama would overturn state, federal Defense of Marriage Acts

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In a landmark legal brief that reads more like one from the ACLU or a gay legal group, the U.S. Justice Department argues that homosexuals exhibit immutable characteristics, have suffered a history of discrimination and that the federal government’s marriage […]

BLOOMBERG: Consumers using credit cards for necessities of life

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Consumers in the U.S. are increasingly using credit cards to pay for basic necessities as income gains fail to keep pace with rising food and fuel prices, according to the Bloomberg Letter. The dollar volume of purchases charged grew 10.7 […]

Is Norway’s terror being used as excuse for anti-faith bigotry?

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Beliefnet’s Robert Mims observes: “The horrific terror attacks in Norway Friday — and that’s what they were, whether perpetrated by Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, or home-grown extremists as it appears to be in this case — led to a lot of initial […]

Following Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison and Cobain, rock star Amy Winehouse dead at 27

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Singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in Camden, north London, at the age of 27. Winehouse joins a long list of rock singers who met their demise at age 27, including Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis […]

Suspect arrested in Norway bombing, attack on youth camp; shadowy groups claim credit

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Officials have a suspect in custody in Friday’s bomb attack in Oslo, Norway, and a murderous youth camp rampage 50 miles away. Seven have been confirmed killed in the Oslo blast, and reports are unconfirmed of as many as 80 […]

Undercover Congressman catches VA forbidding “Jesus” at Houston funerals

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Texas Congressman John Culberson from Houston went undercover at a Veterans Administration funeral — dark sunglasses and all — as KTRH NewsRadio 740 followed. He is one of several Texas lawmakers upset by accusations that Houston National Cemetery Director Arleen Ocasio […]

Daily Ticker: Mass layoffs a grim sign for U.S. workers

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“Putting pressure on an already lousy job market, the mass layoff is making a comeback,” writes Aaron Task for the internet’s Daily Ticker. “In the past week, Cisco, Lockheed Martin and Borders announced a combined 23,000 in job cuts. He […]

FAA shutting down some services at midnight Friday

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The Federal Aviation Administration will shutter some services at midnight after Congress failed to pass a temporary funding extension for the agency today. The Internet news site The Daily Caller notes: The agency has been operating on short-term funding extensions […]

Washington Post: Does Atheism need a pitchman?

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Atheist actor and writer Ricky Gervais is working on a new show, “Afterlife,” which features “an atheist who dies and goes to heaven.” If Gervais hopes to bring cultural acceptance of non-belief to mainstream America, he faces an uphill battle. […]

Author: Why drop “Christ” from campus outreach’s name?

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Beliefnet’s Robert Mims, a longtime Christian author and former Associated Press reporter, is puzzled that Campus Crusade for Christ would change its name to “Cru.” In his column, he muses: It seems having“Jesus” or “Christ” or even “Christian” on the signs […]

Hurriyet Daily News: U.S. Congress calls on Turkey to return “stolen Armenian churches”

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The powerful Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives is planning to hold a vote Wednesday on an amendment calling for Turkey to “return stolen Armenian and other Christian churches to their rightful owners,” reports the Hurriyet Daily […]

Canadian public school obeys Islamic law, girls sit in the back if they’re on their period

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Valley Park Middle School in Toronto, already under fire for allowing Muslim students to use the cafeteria for Friday prayers, is following Islamic shari’a by having girls on their period sit on their in the back of the room, not partaking in the prayer. […]

Watchwoman on the Wall: Obama says ordinary Americans can’t understand debt debate

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Donna Calvin, Beliefnet’s political gadfly who daily packs her feature “Watchwoman on the Wall” with news items she’s clipped from the Internet, found this YouTube video in which the President says you and I don’t understand the debt ceiling debate […]

Chinese Christian dad writes letters to beloved toddler killed in accident

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For 13 weeks, the Chinese government has blocked the 1,000 members of Beijing’s Shouwang Church from being able to meet for Sunday services. They are among an estimated 70 million to 150 million Chinese Christians who refuse to worship in […]

Children’s author Diane Hanny: What is going on in Washington?

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Children’s author Diane Hanny says she’s confused about the budget talks and debt-limit debate: What is going on in Washington, DC?  Our leaders can’t seem to agree on anything, except that we have a money problem.  People laughed when Donald […]

USA Today: Muslim woman says feds should force mosques to “end gender apartheid”

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“There it was, plain as day.” writes Southern Baptist leader and bestselling author Albert Mohler, ” Monday’s edition of USA Today included an opinion column by a Muslim woman that argued–quite straightforwardly–that the United States government should force a nondiscrimination policy on […]

Designer of the “Wheel of Fortune” carousel dead at 79

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The creator of one of the most iconic set pieces in game show history has died, according to Ben Silverman, writing on the games blog “Plugged In.” Art Director Ed Flesh, credited with designing the massive wheel used in game show […]

If you’d had Hitler in your gun’s crosshairs, would you have pulled the trigger?

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He knew how to manipulate millions to fulfill his mad lust for power. His master plan was to exterminate the Jews, subjugate any race that was not blond and blue-eyed – and to dominate the world. There were at least […]

What? A Catholic saint who had an abortion?

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Is it possible that a social activist being considered for Catholic sainthood underwent an abortion? Yes, writes Kathleen Gilbert on the LifeSiteNews website. “The Catholic Church considers abortion to be murder of an innocent human being, and an unspeakable evil,” […]

Media philosopher Marshall McLuhan would have turned 100 today

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Joseph P. Duggan writing in the American Spectator notes that today is the late Marshall McLuhan’s centennial. Duggan recalls him as “a man born on the western Canadian prairies” who pointed out several decades ago that “the medium is the message” and […]

TIME: Obama is not America’s first black president

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Never mind what you’ve heard. Halle Berry was not the first black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress. She was actually the 74th white one. And never mind all this talk about America electing its first black […]

Christian Post: Chrislam is the “spirit of the anti-Christ”

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Chrislam, the popular acceptance of Islam by Christian, is “the spirit of the anti-Christ,” writes the Christian Post‘s David Dollins: “I want to address what is beginning to occur in the Church and why it must be rejected outright,” he […]

Campus Crusade for Christ changes to “Cru”

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Campus Crusade for Christ has decided to make a major change. It will drop “Christ” from its name. And “Campus.” And “Crusade.” In early 2012, reports the Internet website The Blaze, the ministry founded by Bill and Vonette Bright will officially drop […]

Washington Post: Cain says communities can ban mosques

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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday that communities have a right to ban Islamic mosques. Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO said protests and legal challenges to a planned mosque in Tennessee city are an […]

Discovery News: Genetics “prove” all non-Africans are part-Neanderthal

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If your heritage is non-African, reports Discovery News, you are part Neanderthal. In other words, all Europeans, Orientals and Native Americans are … descended from cavemen, but Africans are not? Discovery cites a new study in the July issue of Molecular […]

Al Gore may have invented the Internet, but credit the Republicans for football

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Forget his role in building the Panama Canal or his responsibility for America’s emergence as a world superpower with our victory in the Spanish-American War. Teddy Roosevelt is the reason America has football. In most other countries around the globe, […]

NY Times: Only two of six Anglican bishops to permit homosexual nuptials this Sunday

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Homosexual New York Episcopalians will be allowed on Sunday to get married by priests in Brooklyn and Queens, but not in the Bronx or Manhattan or on Staten Island; in Syracuse but not in Albany, reports the New York Times. […]

Morality in Media: Children becoming addicted to porn at alarming rates

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Pornography opponent Morality in Media says children are encountering pornography on the Internet at alarming rate — with their average first exposure coming at age 11. MIM’s four-week “Be Aware: Porn Harms” National Awareness Campaign enters its second week on July […]

Pie-in-the-face prankster attacks Rupert Murdoch, gets creamed by Mrs. Murdoch

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Toward the end of his testimony before the British Parliament Tuesday, Australian news mogul Rupert Murdoch apparently was the target of shaving cream thrown by a spectator — who was promptly slugged by the News Corporation chairman’s wife. The dramatic scene […]

Liquidation scheduled for Borders bookstores, some to close by Friday

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The Borders Group, the bankrupt 40-year-old bookseller, said on Monday that it will move to liquidate after no last-minute savior emerged for the company. Borders said in a press release that it will proceed with a proposal by Hilco and […]

Feds hit elderly anti-abortion D.C. protester with $25,000 in fines

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A pro-life activist who has engaged in sidewalk counseling for 14 years has been taken to court by the federal Department of Justice. The complaint to the court submitted by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice alleges […]

Lack of news media ethics? Public’s hunger for the salacious doesn’t help

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“So,” writes former Associated Press staffer and author Robert Mims. “the Vatican has weighed in on the growing scandal with media mogul Rupert Murdock’s News of the World cell phone hacking scandal. The Holy See’s newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, opines that its high […]

Did this Texan really “buy” a $300,000 house for $16?

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Enterprising Texan Kenneth Robinson is either a hero or a squatter, depending on your point of view — has taken possession of a foreclosed $300,000 house for a mere $16. That’s the amount he forked over to file a claim of […]

Tony Campolo: Church that holds 3 a.m. birthday parties for prostitutes

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Tony Campolo tells of a time when he was speaking in Honolulu, Hawaii. Campolo lives on the east coast of the United States so his body was six hours ahead of Hawaiian time. At three o-clock in the morning it […]

Anti-ACORN filmmaker tapes Medicaid staff helping “Russian smugglers,” “IRA terrorists”

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On film released Tuesday, Medicaid advisors appear to tell applicants to keep quiet about such things as being Russian drug smugglers, living off the labors of sex workers, or that they are seeking medical care for Irish Republican Army terrorists who have […]

Author Jim Fletcher: Glenn Beck would broadcast from the Temple Mount?

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“The announcement today that Glenn Beck’s previously announced, weird event at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, has been moved due to security concerns is weird,” writes author Jim Fletcher. “But welcome.” Fletcher made the comment in his Beliefnet feature: “Is It the End of […]

Washington Post: Host said Romney is “obviously not … a Christian”

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A Fox News host said Sunday that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is “obviously not … a Christian,” a view that, if widely held, may have repercussions for the Mormon candidate’s election odds. During a conversation about the Republican presidential […]

Church wins federal suit against “gay anarchists” who invaded Sunday service

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The U.S. District Court of Michigan has awarded victory to an evangelical church in Lansing, Michigan, after it filed suit against a group of self-proclaimed gay “anarchists” called Bash Back! over their protest and disruption of a Sunday service. According […]

The Daily Telegraph: Strippers for Putin! Win an iPad2!

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According to the British daily, The Telegraph, an online campaign has been launched in Russia urging young women to support Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in a presidential vote by taking off their clothes. Those who do become eligible for a new […]

Jerusalem Post: Israeli commandos board blockade-running yacht

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The Israeli navy boarded and took over the  over Gaza-bound French flotilla ship Dignity, according to the Jerusalem Post’s Yaakov Katz. The action came after negotiations to persuade 15 pro-Palestinian activists aboard to divert their course away from the Gaza Strip failed. […]

Oklahoma governor asks citizens to pray for relief from heatwave

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A major heat wave has taken the nation by storm. As a result, officials in 17 states have issued citizen warnings and advisories. With temperatures reaching triple digits in some areas, the extreme conditions are dangerous to say the least. […]

Teen singers not Nazis anymore, say they love diversity

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Was it just a passing phase? Six years ago, singing twins Lamb and Lynx Gaede, who comprise the singing group Prussian Blue prompted outrage for their racist and white nationalist views. They’d like to shrug it off now as a short-lived […]

Should inmates have to choose between Jesus and freedom?

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Writing in World magazine, Andrée Seu shares: I recently wrote about a man in a Michigan prison whose parole was contingent on completion of a mandatory program for sex offenders. To recap, Daryl became a believer sometime during his 24 […]

What did NY legislator not tell about “priest” who aplauded same-sex marriage vote?

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When New York state Senator James Alesi announced to gay “marriage” supporters recently that his priest “embraced” him at mass after he cast his vote for gay “marriage,” he failed to mention one important point – his priest and his […]

New “liberal” translation changes “Son of Man” to “the Human one”

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Five shrinking denominations generally regarded as “liberal” now have their own translation of the Bible. “There are a number of translations available for conservative churches,” spokesman Paul Franklyn told the Nashville Tennessean newspaper. Now, the liberal churches have theirs, the […]

Feisty 77-year-old Congressman fights off armed intruder at his Iowa home

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Seventy-seven-year-old Congressman Leonard Boswell and his 22-year-old grandson fought off an armed man during a home invasion Saturday at the congressman’s Iowa farm. The physically fit Boswell was a repeatedly decorated helicopter assault pilot during the Vietnam War. He represents […]

Dalai Lama meets with Obama; but what is the Tibetan leader’s name, anyway?

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    You probably heard that the Dalai Lama is holding a 11-day event promoting peace in Washington, D.C., and that he dropped by the White House Saturday for a chat with the President of the United States. But, what […]

Josh McDowell: As never before in history, parents must counter bad influences on today’s kids

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Atheists and skeptics now have as much access to our children as we have, says bestselling author Josh McDowell. “What has changed everything?” asked McDowell as he spoke at the Billy Graham Center in Asheville, N.C., Friday evening. “The Internet […]

Egyptian Muslims torch 8 Christian homes on rumors of church construction

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A mob of nearly 200 Muslims torched eight Christian homes on Saturday morning in the Egyptian village of Awlad Khalaf, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. The attack was initiated by a rumor that a house being built by a […]

NBC apologizes to Congress for censoring “under God” out of pledge

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By JACK JENKINS Religion News Service WASHINGTON — NBC has issued a formal apology to more than 100 members of Congress for omitting the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during a patriotic montage that aired last month. The […]

British commission says judges have been too tough on UK Christians

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By AL WEBB Religion News Service LONDON – A government-funded watchdog panel said British judges have erred in supporting employers who try to fire Christian workers for wearing crosses or refusing to offer sex counseling to gay couples.     The Equality […]

Cisco Systems employee fired after co-worker “outs” him for authoring book against political correctness

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Political correctness did in a Cisco Systems leadership instructor after it was discovered he wrote a book blasting the tyranny of political correctness. “The American-based multinational corporation Cisco Systems, a company that touts its ‘inclusion and diversity’ strategies, has come […]

Muslim Brotherhood Calls on Arab Youth to Launch Islamic Revolution in the West

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From The Blaze: MEMRI (The Middle East Media Research Institute) reports that in an “interview with the Egyptian daily Al-Shorouq, Dr. Kamal Al-Helbawy, former Muslim Brotherhood spokesman in the West, called upon the Arab youth to launch a new revolution […]

Muslim group targets Ethiopian Christians

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Churches in predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria, Africa, are now being fitted with metal detectors because of threats of bomb attacks. Worshippers in Christian churches are also having their bags and persons searched over fears of explosives being smuggled inside. The […]

Virginia attorney general tells pastors to speak out on politics

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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli recently told a group of 250 pastors that the churches are not only permitted — but also expected — to speak out on political issues. He encouraged the pastors to give “guidance on issues that […]

Scholar asks why the left despises Palin as much as it hated Bush and Reagan

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One would have thought that no Republican would be able to drive pundits toward the edge of sanity as deftly as George W. Bush used to, but Sarah Palin has surpassed him. She is as hated by the Left as […]

Cancer silences 17-year-old musician: “When you don’t have God, that’s truly when you’re alone.”

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Carson Sumpter, a Pelham teenager who continued participating in his church’s worship band despite painful, terminal bone cancer, died Wednesday at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. He was 17. Sumpter, who learned a year ago that he had bone cancer, played in […]

Journal of the American Medical Association: Put extremely obese kids in foster care

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Children who are extremely obese and in dangerously poor health should be placed in temporary foster care, a physician and a lawyer argue in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The commentary says foster care is more ethical than […]

Russia Today: Obama is a CIA lackey?

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With fringe websites constantly proclaiming that President Obama is either a Communist or a Muslim or both, a Russian government-supported website, Russia Today, says that Obama is a spawn of the CIA, which generally is considered an ultra-conservative agency. According to the […]

Christian Post: Peruvians protest bill allowing public display of homosexual affection

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Thousands marched in the city center of Lima, Peru, Thursday to protest against a bill that allows homosexuals to express their affections in public places, including schools. The bill was proposed by Senator Manuel Cardenas, who says the bill aims […]

Daily Mail: Mom told to breast-feed baby in bathroom to avoid offending other cultures

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The nursing mom was ordered not to breastfeed her baby in public because she was in a “multicultural building,” says Emma Mitchell, 32. She told the British newspaper The Daily Mail, that she was about to feed 19-week-old son Aaron when […]

So, you can’t afford a $1.5 million Bugatti? Well, why not build your own?

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The Bugatti Veyron is a modern automotive legend. The sleek speedster boasts a top speed of over 260 mph, making it the fastest road-legal car in the world, and it has a stunningly large $1.5 million price tag to match. […]

Is it the end of the line for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corps.?

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The vultures are circling. His enemies are making plans to dance on his grave. However, according to CNN’s Paul R. La Monica: News Corp. has been embroiled in a massive scandal. The company shut down its News of the World […]

USA Today: Faith lifts baseball star after fan’s tragic death

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Baseball player Josh Hamilton says there will be a time and place to meet the family of Shannon Stone, the 39-year-old Brownwood, Texas, firefighter who fell to his death Thursday reaching for a ball Hamilton tossed his way for his […]

NY Times: White House declines to deny Obama lied about his mother

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by Jonathan S. Tobin Commentary Magazine   During the 2008 campaign and throughout the subsequent debate over his health care legislation, President Obama used his mother’s experience as a cancer patient fighting to get coverage to pay for treatment for what […]

Washington Post: Father-son photos mark start, end of Shuttle era

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By Sarah Anne Hughes On Friday, Atlantis launched into space for the final time, marking the beginning of the end for NASA’s space shuttle program. More than 30 years earlier, the shuttle Columbia took off for the first time. Chris […]

Attorney: Atheist lawsuit same as declaring Texas governor can’t attend church

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An atheist organization is suing Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible presidential candidate, for initiating a private prayer event scheduled for August 6 in Houston. The Freedom from Religion Foundation is suing in federal court over Perry’s upcoming prayer event […]

Christian Post: There’s a dark reason for outrage against Bachmann’s husband

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by Greg Quinlan The Christian Post Why have gay activists instigated media attention over ex-gays and the husband of Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann? Apparently, Mr. Bachmann, who has a PhD in clinical psychology, operates several counseling centers which also offer […]

Washington Post: Same-sex marriage again an issue for religious charities

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By Michelle Boorstein A conflict that roiled Washington’s social service world last year is detonating in Illinois, with the state reportedly severing major ties with Catholic Charities over the issue of same-sex marriage. Three branches of Catholic Charities in Illinois […]

Americans’ freedom of speech at risk, warns New York archbishop

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  American Christians may one day find themselves facing legal penalties simply for believing marriage can only exist between a man and a woman, a fate already suffered by believers in other countries, writes New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan. Perhaps one […]

Catholic theologian calls NY Times “attack” on natural contraception “peculiar”

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A prominent Catholic professor says a New York Times attack on natural contraception is “very peculiar” and “completely uninformative.” Professor Janet Smith holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She […]

Atheists sue Texas governor, demand he skip prayer rally

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By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) – A national organization focused on ensuring the separation of church and state challenged Wednesday the involvement of Texas Gov. Rick Perry in an upcoming evangelical Christian prayer rally. The Freedom From Religion Foundation […]

“Pastafarian” wins religious right to wear spaghetti strainer in driver’s license photo

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  Nico Alm Austrian drivers license holders are only allowed to wear head coverings in official pictures for religious reasons. These include scarves for Muslim women, skullcaps for Jewish men, turbans for Sikh men and a speghetti strainer for Nico Alm, […]

Libel is not love — even if you disagree

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by Anthony Bradley One sign of the declining state of Christianity in America is the way in which believers publicly slander one another, which can do violence to love and undermine the witness of the Church to nonbelievers. A recent […]

Australia debates joining Europe in lifting Muslim face veils

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Australian law makers are calling for rules requiring Muslim women in full face veils to remove them at the request of law enforcement officers. Muslim women would have to show their faces to police officers or risk a $5,500 fine and/or […]

Can “reality TV” inspire real faith?

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“When I began this blog,” writes longtime Associated Press staffer Robert Mims, “one thing Beliefnet wanted me to explore was what inspiration or faith lessons could be gleaned from so-called ‘reality television’” shows. “Hmm. Well, there’s no doubt there is a […]

Judge denies lawyer’s motion to take down courtroom “Truth” sign

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A sign saying that “We who labor here seek only the truth” has been hanging above the benches of most Miami-Dade Circuit Court judges for decades. And it’s going to stay there, Judge Nushin Sayfie held today, denying a motion […]

New York town clerk quits over gay marriage licenses

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By Dan Wiessner Reuters HUDSON, New York (Reuters) – A town clerk in western New York has resigned to avoid being forced to sign marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples, citing religious objections to same-sex marriage. Laura Fotusky, the […]

TV stars seek to overturn Utah anti-polygamy law passed to placate foes to statehood

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By Lindsay Whitehurst The Salt Lake Tribune Utah’s complicated history with polygamy will start a new chapter Wednesday when an attorney for a reality-show family says he will file a lawsuit that could send the state’s ban on plural marriage […]

“God had His hand on this,” says family as stranger donates kidney, saves dad

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David Ensley of Stallings, North Carolina, is doing well after receiving a kidney from a woman who, until recently, he’d never met. The donor, who is also doing well after the surgery, was a perfect match for him. It was as if […]

Christian praise album outselling Lady Gaga, Beyonce in Australia

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In the first week of release in Australia, Hillsong Church’s latest project God Is Able has outsold recent releases by Lady Gaga and Beyonce. The album debuted at third on the ARIA Top 50 Chart just behind Adele’s 21 and […]

Air conditioner thieves hit rural Texas churches

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The Parker County, Texas, Sheriff’s Department says thieves have stolen or damaged air conditioning units at seven different churches in the area, and that’s just in the last three months. Most recently the Faith Presbyterian Church in Aledo, Texas, was vandalized when […]

Homosexual internet campaign pressures TOMS shoes founder to denounce Christian ministry

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by Catherine Snow Gay activists didn’t like that a popular shoe company was sharing the work it does with a Christian ministry that affirms biblical marriage. So, they set off an online firestorm — and ultimately pressured the founder of […]

Washington Post: Who owns billion-dollar treasure found in Hindu temple?

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by Aseem Shukla India’s Supreme Court ordered Friday that a security plan be drawn up to protect a treasure estimated at $22 billion discovered in an ancient Hindu temple last week. It is a story that seems to fulfill every […]

Washington Post: Iran about to execute Christian pastor

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By Jordan Sekulow As the debt ceiling debate, Casey Anthony acquittal, unrest in Syria, and fight to topple Qaddafi in Libya monopolize the news cycle, Iran is quietly implementing its radical Islamist agenda. In just the last two weeks, Iran […]

Author says his freedom in Jesus allows him to enjoy Harry Potter without apology

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Harry Potter is NOT Jesus, writes author Andrew Peterson. “This story isn’t inspired, at least not in the sense that Scripture is inspired; but because I believe that all truth is God’s truth, that the resurrection is at the heart […]

Judge rules ex-firefighter cannot sue to stop Ground Zero mosque

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The New York Times’ Colin Moynihan reports that a Manhattan judge has dismissed a lawsuit by former New York City firefighter Timothy Brown, who is trying to stop the construction of an Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan. The former firefighter, […]

Why are Christian ministries being smeared as “hate groups”?

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Why would anybody accuse 13 Christian organizations, including the American Family Association and Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council, of practicing “hate?” Why would anybody apply intense pressure this weekend until TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie apologized publicly for having anything to […]

Author worries: Is new Harry Potter film just a recruiting film for the occult?

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The final Harry Potter movie opens Friday, but Steve Wohlberg, author of Exposing Harry Potter and Witchcraft, is worried that it’s one more two-hour recruiting film for the occult. “Pottermania will experience one last spasm with the Grand Finale of Harry […]

South Sudan president praises God as flag raised for the first time

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Praising God, the world’s newest nation raised its flag for the first time Saturday, rejoicing that 20 years of war are apparently over. “We have reclaimed our permanent home given to us by God as our birthright,” proclaimed Salva Kiir, […]

Smart Money: 10 reasons I’m cancelling my credit cards

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“The Treasury may be printing fewer dollars, but I’m going all cash,” writes Brett Arends. “The dollar bill needs you.” Writing for Smart Money, he goes on to observe: A growing number of merchants won’t accept cash anymore. That includes […]

Jerusalem Post: Beck warns Knesset hate about to “go through the roof”

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Former Fox News pundit Glenn Beck proclaimed his solidarity with the Jewish people Monday as he spoke to members of the Israeli Knesset. “Where you go, I shall go. Your people are my people, your God is my God,” Beck told a committee of […]

Washington Post: Does Obama have an Israel problem?

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Does Barack Obama have an Israel problem? The frontrunning GOP candidates seem to think so: “He seems firmly and clearly determined to undermine our longtime friend and ally. He’s treating Israel the same way so many European countries have: with suspicion, […]

Washington Post: “Open marriage” never did work

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By W. Bradford Wilcox The Open Marriage by Nena and George O’Neill was published in 1972, as the sexual revolution gathered steam in America. The bestselling book encouraged spouses to “to strip marriage of its antiquated ideals” and, most famously […]

Whoopi Goldberg surprised to be hosting Dalai Lama’s World Peace conference

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Greeted by a roaring applause from an audience shocked to hear her name, “The View” TV talk show’s host, Whoopi Goldberg, headlined the World Peace Talk with the Dalai Lama Saturday at the U.S. Capitol lawn. Before introducing the 14th Dalai […]

Houston Chronicle: She was fired for refusing to dye her gray hair?

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Sandra Rawline, a 52-year-old branch manager at Capital Title of Texas, has been fired from her job because of her gray hair, according to the Houston Chronicle. When her boss informed her that the company’s headquarters would be moving to […]

So, now it’s not fashionable to support Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family?

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In case you haven’t been paying attention, now it’s not fashionable to support Focus on the Family.  That’s the message from TOMS Shoes founder Black Mycoskie. Following criticism from liberal fashionistas, he has assured the politically correct that he certainly isn’t […]

Preaching alone won’t spread Christianity, says NYC pastor

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In today’s culture, preaching will not be effective if Christians are not also highly effective, writes Dr. Timothy Keller on the website Redeemer City to City. “In our times, people will be indifferent or hostile to the idea of attending […]

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan turns 90

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Ronald Reagan’s First Lady Nancy has turned 90. She observed the occasion quietly at home with family. An iron-willed woman, she has been credited with pushing Reagan to seek the presidency. Outspoken, she was one of the first modern conservative […]

China charges Christian with using “superstition to undermine law enforcement”

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Shi Enhao, a leader in China’s growing underground church movement, disappeared last month — and it turns out he’s been in police custody, held on “suspicion of using superstition to undermine national law enforcement.” Shi is one of as many […]

Congressman Rangel: “What would Jesus do?” Huckabee: “Pay His taxes”

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With the national debt taking up most of Congress’s summer efforts, Congressman Charlie Rangel made a special plea to his colleagues that made all the Sunday morning news shows — telling fellow Congressman that in voting on whether to raise the […]

Detroit mom faces 93 days in jail for planting garden like Michelle Obama’s

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Julie Bass got the idea from First Lady Michelle Obama — why not plant what during World War II was called a “Victory Garden” — a small veggie garden in her yard? After all, “The price of organic food is […]

Putin sent by God, says top Kremlin advisor

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Vladimir Putin was sent to Russia by God, the Kremlin’s top political adviser says. Meanwhile, a Moscow sect reportedly is convinced Putin is the reincarnation of the Apostle Paul.  “To be honest, I think of Putin as a person who was […]

Why would the Florida State Attorney tell a staff lawyer to shut up?

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Her boss, Florida State Attorney Robert “Skip” Jarvis, didn’t like the speeches KrisAnne Hall was making. He gave her a choice — quit accepting speaking engagements or lose her job as an assistant state attorney in Jarvis’ office. She refused […]

Feds and family battle over 10 coins worth millions

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The last time a 1933 gold “double eagle” sold, it went for $7.6 million. That was nine years ago. Now the heirs of late coin dealer Israel Switt want to sell ten of the coins they found in a Wanamakers department […]

Washington Post: CBS faked 4th of July show

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Boston’s Fourth of July celebration Monday night was spectacular. CBS viewers watched as fireworks exploded behind the State House, Quincy Market, Fenway Park’s home plate, and other beloved Boston landmarks, in a show that could have put Washington’s fireworks display […]

New Yorkers vow to overturn same-sex marriage law, just like Californians did

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Following California voters’ success in repealing their legislators’ legalization of same-sex marriage, New Yorkers are planning an initiative to put the issue on the ballot. “New York same-sex ‘marriage’ advocates will soon face a backlash for forcing the new ‘marriage’ […]

World’s newest nation, South Sudan, says it can survive angry north’s oil blockade

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South Sudanese citizens, international dignitaries and the world’s newest president celebrated as their war-wracked nation became the world’s newest country Saturday. Raucous street celebrations broke out at midnight. Dignitaries included U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and […]

“Godspeed, Atlantis,” as final shuttle lifts off from Cape Canaveral

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Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off Friday morning on the final mission of America’s 30-year shuttle program, a thunderously poignant moment that drew people from around the world to watch. Some of the thousands of onlookers chanted “U.S.A.” Others shed tears […]

Nepal’s new constitution could ban fighting for women’s rights, providing disaster aid

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Nepal’s Christians are concerned that the Himalayan nation’s new constitution will make fighting for gender equality illegal. Also banned in this small country wedged between China and India would be providing disaster aid, giving free medical care to the poor and campaigning against […]

Blunt, candid First Lady Betty Ford dead at 93; “I don’t like to be dishonest … I said what I thought”

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Betty Ford has died at age 93. She was a candid woman who spoke her mind. As First Lady, she was disagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a radical mastectomy. Her bravery pushed the disease into public consciousness and sent […]

Washington Post: Can Christians be “a little bit Buddhist?”

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The Dalai Lama, who just celebrated his 76th birthday, is in Washington, D.C., for a ten-day event promoting peace. He has written: “I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter much. […]

Atheist groups say Army should promote their rock concerts, too

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WASHINGTON — Three atheist activism groups have complained the Army supported an evangelical Christian concert at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg but did not act sufficiently enthusiastic about a concert for nonbelievers. The three groups — Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American […]

Egypt’s new leaders issue troubling statements

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“Lately, a slew of video clips have been leaking that expose radically terrifying and offensive words coming from the mouths of Egypt’s Islamic leaders,” writes Billy Hallowell of the internet news site The Blaze. “Recently, we had Ahmed Ezz El-Arab, […]

Christian Leaders Send Letters to Obama on Iran’s Human Rights Violations

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Christian leaders on behalf of an estimated 25 million Americans sent letters to President Obama urging him and other dignitaries to take immediate steps to stop violating human rights, supporting terrorism and developing a nuclear program. A press release issued […]

Lawmakers order Pentagon to define marriage as between one man and one woman

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By KEVIN ECKSTROM Religion News Service WASHINGTON — House lawmakers voted Thursday (July 7) to order the Pentagon to uphold the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. In an amendment to a larger […]

Texas executes Mexican national, convicted murderer

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Mexican national and convicted murderer Humberto Leal Garcia Jr. has been executed. So, does the Bible support the death penalty and capital punishment? Yes, says Beliefnet’s political gadfly Donna Calvin. CLICK HERE to read more

Homeland Security says Israel placed on terror watch list in error

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says that it made a mistake when placing Israel on a terror watch list. John Morton, who serves as the director of the department’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division, says the selection was made […]

Astronauts have prayed regularly in space, CNN blogger reports

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Prayer has been a part of space flight since the very first, reports CNN blogger Thom Patterson. He cites a number of stories of prayers in space — but does not mention the first human in space, Yuri Gagarin, a devout […]

Francis Shaeffer’s son says conservatives hate America

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On Wednesday, Huffington Post blogger Frank Schaeffer, son of the late best-selling author and conservative Christian philosopher Francis Schaeffer, appeared on MSNBC to promote his new book Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics–and How […]

Netanyahu Looks to Bulgaria for Diplomatic Support

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Bulgaria this week to sway votes against Palestine’s bid to become a state. Netanyahu, who appeared to gain Romania’s support to oppose Palestine’s quest for statehood after his visit to Bucharest Wednesday, praised the […]

Teens rob neighborhood kids’ lemonade stand

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What a sad tale! A bunch of mean teenagers pulled up at a neighborhood lemonade stand, pretended to be digging in their pockets for money, but instead robbed the 4- through 11-year-old entrepreneurs. Threatening to beat up the little kids, […]

“Normalization of homosexuality” worries bestselling author

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    As he watches “gay pride” celebrations celebrating the legalization of homosexual marriage in New York — and the constant push in the media and the entertainment industry for acceptance of gay marriage, bestselling author John Piper worries that Americans […]

178 Atlanta teachers, principals caught cheating, lying and stealing

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Lying, cheating and stealing were commonplace in the Atlanta Public Schools, according to an 800-page report – but the culprits weren’t students. The report says 178 teachers, principals and administrators over a decade erased wrong answers on students’ state benchmark […]

Casey Anthony could get $1 million to write book about “love, life and God”

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Casey Anthony wants to write an inspirational book – advice about “love, life and most important – God,” she wrote to another inmate during her three years in jail awaiting trial. Due to the high profile of her murder trial, […]

Dalai Lama celebrates 76th birthday with 11-day peace promotion

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 By JACK JENKINS Religion News Service WASHINGTON — The Dalai Lama celebrated his 76th birthday in Washington on Wednesday by speaking before throngs of well-wishers and kicking off an 11-day peace event in the U.S. capital. Sporting traditional Tibetan Buddhist robes […]

Hoop-shooting kid wins $40,000 scholarship, splits it among his opponents

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The event – a foul-shooting contest for top academic students at Compton High School in Los Angeles – was created with a simple premise: Organizers wanted to show the kids in the low-income, high-crime area how to create community spirit with college scholarship […]

Championship coach tackles God on the gridiron

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  By GREG GARRISON Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After Auburn University’s football win over Clemson last season, coach Gene Chizik declared, “It’s a God thing.” After the national championship game win over the University of Oregon, he told a […]

Longtime Time correspondent blasts China’s “savage repression” of 1,000-member Beijing church

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“As many American Christians are aware,” writes former Time magazine Asia correspondent David Aikman, “China’s Christian house churches, those Christian communities who don’t want to be controlled by the Communist Party, have been under their savage repression in years from the authorities.  The […]

Russia, Ukraine, South Korea rename “Captain America” movie

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The movie Captain America will keep its patriotic full title in most of the world when the superhero adventure hits the big-screen. Paramount Pictures and Marvel Comics gave distributors around the world the option of shortening the title of Captain America: […]

Pregnant Inmate Awaiting Trial Denied Furlough to Have an Abortion

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A Portland, Oregon, awaiting trial has been denied a medical furlough she requested to receive an abortion. Bridget Burkholder is facing charges for arson, criminal mischief, driving under the influence, reckless driving and disorderly conduct. Most of these charges stem from […]

3,000 D.C.-area teens attend high-energy worship

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The moment the Washington, D.C.-area First Baptist Church of Glenarden opened its doors Friday night, nearly 3,000 teenagers rushed inside for a high-octane worship service, according to the Washington Post. Inside the Upper Marlboro mega-church, a large digital clock was at […]

Washington Post: Atheists urged to learn from gays’ political strategies

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Atheists and agnostics have a lot to learn from gays about the essential role of coming out in any long-term battle for personal respect and political recognition in American society, writes Washington Post blogger Susan Jacoby.  “When New York’s state […]

Washington Post: Muslim Americans struggle to find an identity

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His name is a daily message to his fellow Americans: They must deal with him for who he is — a Muslim who loves his country and proudly sells American flags. “A lot of people use a nickname to make it […]

Church services too long, complains British bishop

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The Rev. Jonathan Gledhill, the Bishop of Lichfield, told a group of clergy in a speech in his London diocese this week that church services have become too long, recommending “clergy should aim to keep the time of worship to […]

San Francisco’s attorney questions proposed circumcision ban

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By LAUREN MARKOE ~ c. 2011 Religion News Service In a potential blow to the proposed San Francisco circumcision ban, the city’s top lawyer has concluded it is unconstitutional to ban the practice as a religious ritual, but allow it […]

Casey Anthony found not guilty, jurors don’t want to talk to press

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Jurors who found Casey Anthony not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter are asking for the media to respect their privacy. They don’t want to make any comments on the case, the press was told. The group of seven women and […]

“Enterprise” spaceship’s pilot announced; tickets $200,000 for sub-orbital flight

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A former RAF pilot’s lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut might actually come to fruition after he was tapped by Sir Richard Branson to become chief pilot for Virgin Galactic, Branson’s $200,000 per ticket sub-orbital “commercial” spacecraft enterprise. The “VSS Enterprise” […]

Obama’s controversial ‘Safe Schools Czar’ resigns, department demoted

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 The “Safe Schools” office in the U.S. Department of Education, run by gay rights activist Kevin Jennings, has had its funding cut and status demoted. The changes in the Office of Safe and Drug-free Schools came just two weeks […]

Crystal Cathedral denies removing founder Robert H. Schuller from board

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A Crystal Cathedral spokesman on Monday denied reports that the church’s founder, Robert H. Schuller, has been voted off the board of directors. “He was not voted off the board,” said spokesman John Charles of the Garden Grove,  church spokesman. “He is still […]

BREAKING NEWS: Iranian pastor’s death sentence perhaps overturned, but still required to renounce Jesus

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Iran’s secretive supreme court has reportedly overturned a death sentence handed down to an evangelical pastor for leaving Islam, surprising trial observers who were earlier informed about an execution ruling. However concerns remained Monday, July 4, about the future of 33-year-old Yousef […]

Babies violating China’s one-child policy seized, sold internationally

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According to a report in the Caixin Weekly magazine, population control officials in the Chinese province of Hunan have seized at least 16 babies born in violation of the one-child policy, sent them to state-run orphanages, and then sold them abroad […]

So, what happened to those guys who signed the Declaration of Independence?

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    Have you ever wondered about the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?   What kind of men were they?   What became of them?   Twenty-four of the 56 men were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants and […]

George Washington still most-admired Founder, says poll

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The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American adults shows that 43% say George Washington is the greatest founding father of our country, up 11 points from last year. Thomas Jefferson comes in second with 24% who see him […]

Do Buddhists care about the Fourth of July?

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Yes, Grasshopper, they do, says Beliefnet blogger Dr. Britton Gildersleeve, a poetry professor at Oklahoma State University who considers herself a non-orthodox Buddhist — sort of a Unitarian Buddhist. CLICK HERE to read more

Couple spends 12th anniversary in jail defying Chinese government’s war on 1,000-member church

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Chinese Christians Chu Xiaodong and Yu Xingmei spent their 12th wedding anniversary in jail. Their crime? They showed up for church in China’s capital of Beijing. They were promptly arrested as the Chinese government’s campaign against the 1,000-member Shouwang Church […]

Pilots balk at towing atheists’ ad banners

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A nationwide advertising campaign by an atheist group has run into an unexpected snag. Of the nation’s 85 pilots who tow aerial banners, only 17 would agree to participate. “I’m not going to hell towing that sign,” said one pilot […]

Prime time TV actually features a normal Christian offering thanks, praying with friends

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The character Lourdes chats with 11-year-old Matt, a fellow survivor   After decades of portraying Christians as hypocrites, crazies and bigots, Sunday night on prime-time TV, a main character actually prayed over her meal, then led others in a prayer […]

Rick Warren: The church is the most effective weapon against AIDS

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“On June 5, 1981, my wife Kay was late into her second pregnancy, just weeks away from giving birth,” writes Rick Warren, the founder and pastor of California’s Saddleback Church and the author of The Purpose Driven Life.  “Absorbed in caring for […]

Harvard warns: 4th of July parades turn kids into GOP supporters

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Keep your kids away from patriotic events – celebrating America’s heritage will turn them into Republicans. That’s the finding from Harvard University. Furthermore, Democratic candidates need not bother attending Independence Day, say the researchers, since the events only energize right-wingers. CLICK […]

Are “God and country” church services wrong?

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“The 4th of July is near, and it’s time for cookouts, barbecue, fireworks, and – so it seems – patriotic worship services,” writes Stan Reeves, an elder at Grace Heritage Church in Auburn, Alabama, on the website “Reformed Baptist Fellowship.”  […]

Focus on the Family: 4th of July was a religious holiday

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For 150 years in America’s history the Fourth of July was considered a religious holiday, says Christian history activist David Barton. He told Focus on the Family listeners this week:  If you look at our government proclamations on that day, it […]

Iran Supreme Court to Christian convert: Return to Islam or die

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Iran’s Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence of a Christian pastor for leaving Islam. He was reported to have been given a choice on Saturday, July 2, to repudiate his faith in Christ or be executed. Yousef Nadarkhani, 33, had appealed to the […]

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