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Kathmandu a sea of red as Hindu wives celebrate Teej festival, pray for husbands’ long lives

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Red was the dress code in Nepal Wednesday as Hindu women of all ages, castes and communities thronged the Shiva temples in the country to celebrate the festival of Teej. “Streets became seas of red, the color of good fortune, […]

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13 arrested when NY amusement park bans headgear on Muslim holiday

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A melee broke out Tuesday afternoon at Playland Amusement Park in Rye, New York, as Muslim visitors became angry when the park enforced a longstanding safety-related ban on headgear on some rides. Park officials said the no-scarf rule on thrill rides was adopted in 2007 to avoid […]

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ABC News: Earthquake restores man’s hearing, “a miracle for me”

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For Robert Valderzak of Washington, D.C., the recent Virginia earthquake was a miracle. “Ever since he fell and fractured his skull on Father’s Day, 75-year-old Valderzak had suffered severe hearing loss,” reports Katie Moisse of ABC News. “But after the 5.8 quake, […]

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Wall Street Journal: Why does the press trumpet bad news about church attendance?

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The national news media yawned over the Baylor Survey’s findings that the number of American atheists has remained steady at 4 percent since 1944, and that church membership has reached an all-time high. “But,” ponder Rodney Stark and Byron Johnson in […]

Turkish Prime Minister invites Christians, Jews to reclaim property seized 75 years ago

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In an unexpected move, the Turkish government is releasing hundreds of properties seized 75 years ago from Jews as well as Christians in Turkey’s Greek, Armenian and Syriac communities. “The times when citizens in our country were oppressed for their beliefs, their ethnic […]

NY Times editor equates Christian faith with belief in space aliens

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New York Times executive editor Bill Keller waded into the GOP presidential candidate debate with his column in this week’s Sunday Times Magazine, centering on asking them tough questions about their faith. “But Keller stumbled out of the gate by trying […]

Chuck Colson: BBC attempts to mainstream pedophiles

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Four years ago, the BBC decided to capitalize on the immense popularity of the long-running Doctor Who series by creating a spin-off called Torchwood. Whereas Doctor Who is, apart from the intensity of its stories, safe for the whole family, […]

China’s “Tibetan bulldog” leads campaign against Beijing-area Catholics

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The hardline Communist bureaucrat who led China’s roughshod campaign against Tibet’s Buddhist dissidents has been given a new target: to destroy China’s “underground” Catholics. Zhang Qingli, known as the “Tibetan bulldog,” has been appointed as the Communist Party Secretary of Hebei […]

University study: Women increasingly “pornified” in U.S. popular media

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A study by State University of New York at Buffalo sociologists has found a rise in “pornified” images of women in popular media. The researchers  called the findings a concern  since research shows such images of women have negative consequences for both […]

Times of India: Pakistanis kidnapping Hindu, Sikh girls for forced conversions, ransom

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Incidents of abduction of Hindus and Sikhs girls, for forced conversion and marriages to Muslims, as well as for ransom have increased, a Pakistani official told the Times of India newspaper. Pakistani parliament member Dr. Haresh Chopra of the Pakistan Muslim League […]

China sentences Buddhist monk to 11 years in feiry suicide protest for Tibet

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A court in southwestern China on Monday convicted a Buddhist monk of murder and sentenced him to 11 years in prison following the death of a younger monk who set fire to himself to protest Chinese rule in Tibet. The […]

Forbes: Will a Christian billionaire become the new president of Egypt?

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In June, Egyptian telecommunications billionaire Naguib Sawiris tweeted a cartoon of Minnie Mouse in a burqa, and Islamists worldwide threatened him with death. Now, as Egypt wavers between an Islamist and a democratic future, Sawiris wants to be his country’s […]

Delaware school board prays silently after court ruling

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Members of Shelbyville, Delaware’s Indian River School Board bowed their heads for a moment of silence at the start of this week’s board meeting — a departure from their typical practice of joining in a board-member-led prayer. “Then they made a […]

GOP challenger calls on Kentucky governor to defend pre-game high school prayers

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Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams is calling on Democratic Governor Steve Beshear to defend Kentucky’s longstanding practice of having local ministers offer an invocation before high school athletic events. “A Kentucky Department of Education attorney told Bell County school officials […]

$80,000 lottery ticket in offering plate more than pays for looted air conditioner

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Three weeks after thieves stole the copper coils from the Cathedral of Prayer’s air conditioner, an anonymous donor dropped an $80,000 winning lottery ticket into the offering plate. While cashing in the ticket, Gloria Rodgers, treasurer for the Columbus, Ga., congregation, […]

Amid South African controversy, accused officials receive prayer for God’s help

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During Sunday’s worship service, four pastors and the congregation of the African Methodist Episcopal Church of Pimville, Soweto, laid hands on African National Congress Youth League President Julius Malema and Treasurer Pule Mabe. With their hands on the bowed heads of the pair […]

Convicted child-molester, polygamous leader Warren Jeffs in coma, may not live

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Warren Jeffs, the polygamous sect leader and convicted child rapist, is in a coma and may not survive, a source close to Jeffs has told ABC News: Jeffs, 55, had been fasting for the past three days and became so weak that […]

“Sex box” designed to teach Swiss kindergartners “touching can be pleasurable”

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Kindergarten children in Basel, Switzerland, will be presented this year with fabric models of human genitalia in a “sex box” to teach them that “contacting body parts can be pleasurable.” “The kit for teachers to give sex-education lessons to primary […]

California mosques pray for 10 accused of shouting down Israeli ambassador

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Muslims Sunday night prayed for 10 students on trial Monday in Orange County on charges of disturbing a public gathering where an Israeli diplomat was speaking. “Mosques across Southern California will be filled with worshipers echoing similar prayers this Sunday […]

Wall Street Journal: Does Ramadan end Tuesday or Wednesday?

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There’s confusion this year about Eid-ul-Fitr, the day Muslims break their month-long Ramadan fast. “Some Muslims in North America, Europe and the Middle East say the holy day falls Tuesday,” reports Tom Wright for the Wall Street Journal. “Others, including those in India, […]

Afghan convert to Christianity attacked at Norway asylum reception center

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A an ex-Muslim convert to Christianity was attacked with boiling water and acid by fellow detainees in Norway, according to Mohabat, the Iranian Christian news agency. He was attacked by fellow countrymen who are Muslims at an “asylum reception center” in Norway […]

Beijing pastor describes trying to get to church with police determined to stop her

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Editor’s Note: Miss Wang Shuanyan is the pastor of Beijing’s Xinshu (New Tree) Church, one of the hundreds of thousands of illegal “house churches” throughout China. Although she usually avoids the public spotlight, she has stepped forward to support Beijing’s […]

Bikini under scrutiny in “new” Egypt; hardliners want ancients to cover up, too

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Sunbathing in Alexandria may soon be a thing of the past, at least if some Egyptian Islamist politicians have their way. “Egypt’s tourism industry has suffered a severe blow since the outburst of anti-regime demonstrations in January,” reports journalist David […]

Legal nightmare grows for Christians under “shari’a” Islamic law

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Christians experiencing growing legal nightmare under “shari’a” in Islamic republics Christians in Islamic republics are experiencing a growing legal nightmare. Muslim shari’a law prohibits Christians testifying against Muslims in court. As a result, in Pakistan and Iran, Christians are without […]

Planned Parenthood director resigns, switches sides in abortion battle

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“Ramona Trevino has left her job as a manager at a Planned Parenthood facility in Dallas” — and is now speaking on behalf of the pro-life,” reports Thaddeus Baklinski for LifeSiteNews. Her story has “clear echoes of the conversion of former […]

School told to ignore threats from the “Freedom From Religion Foundation”

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Pascagoula, Miss., school district officials have been advised by legal counsel to disregard threats from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A letter from the atheist organization has demanded that the district prohibit school staff from organizing or participating in private prayer gatherings with […]

Wall Street Journal: Clergy banned from NYC’s September 11 ceremonies

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Prayer and religious leaders have been left out of New York City’s official ceremonies observing the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, reports the Wall Street Journal. “As the city of New York prepares to remember the 10th anniversary of 9/11, religious […]

Prayer offered Saturday, but Sunday’s Dr. King Memorial dedication rescheduled

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An earthquake, then a hurricane complicated Washington, D.C.’s “Honoring Global Leaders for Peace” gala and the National Prayer Service leading up to Sunday’s dedication of the new national memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Organizers shrugged off the […]

Sarcastic blogger: “Maybe we’ve infuriated God with our wicked, sinful ways”

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Tongue in cheek, a Connecticut religion writer watching Hurricane Irene’s advance up the East Coast mused: “Maybe we’ve infuriated God with our gluttony and our wicked, sinful ways.” Tracy Simmons is editor of Creedible.com, a Connecticut online magazine. She covers […]

TV anchor asks viewers to pray for those in hurricane’s path

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“Please join me in praying that the Outer Banks and all the other communities in the hurricane’s path are spared from major damage,” asked Tom Crabtree, anchor at WSPA-TV News in Spartanburg, S.C., Thursday night. “My heart goes out to the beautiful […]

Southern Baptists get ready to help 65 million in Hurricane Irene’s path

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As Hurricane Irene continues to churn northward along the Atlantic coast, the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief network is at work, alerting volunteers and planning how and where to deploy Southern Baptist DR units even before the hurricane slams into the […]

China arrests Catholic priests, church members as persecution intensifies

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Priests and church members in China’s immense underground Catholic Church were arrested this weekend in the community of Tianshui — as the Chinese government continues its persecution of Christians. Among those rounded up were the administrator of the underground diocese, Father John Baptist Wang […]

Fewer obstetricians and gynecologists perform abortions than thought

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Although abortion is frequently labeled an essential component of women’s health care, a newly published study casts new light on the procedure’s actual acceptance level among America’s obstetricians and gynecologists . According to a study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology Journal, […]

Washington Post: Martin Luther King had a profound impact on Christian conservatives

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With the unveiling of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington this week, it’s important to take a moment to understand the profound impact Dr. King has on the Christian conservative movement, writes Jordan Sekulow in the Washington […]

School reinstates teacher who dared to criticize homosexuality on Facebook

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A social studies teacher who was suspended from the classroom due to comments he made on his private Facebook page condemning same-sex “marriage” is now being allowed to return to his teaching duties. Jerry Buell’s re-instatement was announced in a […]

Gibson Guitar folks scratching their heads after fed raid

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The Department of Justice is under fire for taking the bold step of sending armed agents into the factories of Gibson Guitar in Nashville and Memphis to seize what it is convinced is  illegal ebony, according to the news website Red […]

Suicide skyrockets in Iran, government “seems intent on crushing any sign of happiness”

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Ahmad Shaja’i, the country’s chief of forensic medicine, has told the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) that suicides increased nearly 5 percent since last year, with 952 Iranians taking their lives during the first quarter of the Iranian year, which […]

John Stossel: Almost everything we’ve been taught is wrong

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“We grow up learning that some things are just bad: child labor, ticket scalping, price gouging, kidney selling, blackmail,” writes ABC journalist and 20/20 co-host John Stossel. “But maybe they’re not.” How can anybody defend child labor? Stossel seems to enjoy challenging political correctness. “What […]

ACLU: Schools must stop blocking kids’ access to pornography

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Using familiar tactics of threatening small school districts with expensive litigation, the American Civil Liberties Union has launched a new campaign to force schools to give students access to internet pornography. The ACLU has made its mark in American history campaigning to force […]

Visitors “profoundly shaken” by “evil” at academic pro-pedophilia conference

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“As a former law enforcement officer I’ve dealt with situations involving suicide, homicide and other violence. That said, I’ve never felt the level of spiritual oppression and evil that I felt in that room,” says Liberty Counsel attorney Matt Barber. Barber […]

Baptist Press: 539 Sturgis motorcyclists make professions of faith

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Encounters at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally between 160 evangelistic volunteers and 4,800-plus biker enthusiasts led to 539 professions of faith in Jesus Christ over an eight-day period at the famed event, reports Baptist Press. It was the sixth year for […]

Upstate NY church offers “prayer for business” opportunities

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“Lingering economic woes have prompted some to take their concerns to the Lord,” writes Gary McLendon for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper in upstate New York. Pastor Samme Palermo of the Oasis Christian Fellowship in Penfield opened the doors […]

LA Times: State removes crosses that stood at Inspiration Point for decades

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The state Department of Transportation has removed three crosses that have stood for decades at Inspiration Point just off California Highway 79 outside Julian in northeastern San Diego County, according to the Los Angeles Times. Workers this week removed the […]

New Philadelphia archbishop blasts CNN, NY Times, Newsweek

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When it comes to finding information on vital issues like abortion, same-sex “marriage,” and faith, the mainstream media simply can’t be trusted, the incoming archbishop of Philadelphia told a group of youth in Spain last week. “Being uninformed about the […]

Canada’s National Post: Gaddafi’s eccentric philosophies even pushed Islam aside

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Muammar Gaddafi was never your average dictator. Fueled by Libya’s oil billions, he “morphed into something more closely resembling a cult leader and quasi-mystic than a conventional Arab autocrat,” writes  Jonathan Kay in Canada’s National Post newspaper. “Dictatorships come in different flavors,” […]

Washington’s National Cathedral, other churches damaged in East Coast quake

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Churches seemed to bear the brunt of Tuesday’s 5.8 earthquake on the East Coast. Significant damage was reported to Washington, D.C.’s National Cathedral and St. Peter’s Catholic Church, historic St. Patrick’s Church near Baltimore, and two churches in Culpepper, Va., […]

Can Mixed Martial Arts and Christianity work together?

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Try to imagine a Christian film that features the blood-and-guts world of Mixed Martial Arts. MMA, of course, combines the hype and show-biz of professional wrestling with the authentic outcomes of professional boxing, with a touch of karate, judo, Thai kick-boxing and plain ol’ […]

London now has a seminary for non-believers

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He’s written his own Bible, he speaks out frequently attacking religion and now he’s founded his own seminary for non-believers. “A.C. Grayling has an impressive resume,” writes Jessice Weisberg in RD magazine. “He has been a philosophy professor, a representative to the […]

UT Coach Pat Summitt Diagnosed with Early Onset Dementia

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University of Tennessee women’s basketball  coach Pat Summitt announced in an open letter that she was diagnosed by doctors as having early onset dementia at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn this summer. The inspiring part of this story is that […]

NY Times: Summer camp caters to Jewish kids of color

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Camp Be’chol Lashon (“In Every Tongue”) in the hills of California’s Marin County about 35 miles north of San Francisco is an ordinary youth camp, “right down to poison oak and bug juice,” according to Samuel Freedman writing for the New […]

Students encouraged to challenge “evolutionary dogma”

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Students have a right to question “evolutionary pseudo-science” and “evolutionary dogma,” according to the “Question Evolution” campaign and should be encouraged to do so, says Louis Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition. The coalition is offering  brochures, caps and t-shirts announcing kids’ opposition […]

100,000 teens, young adults show up at French Catholic-Protestant summer camp

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This summer, some 100,000 young people from around the world –- mostly between the age of 15 and 30 – will have gathered outside a village in the middle of France, 3,000-4,000 at a time for a week of Christian […]

Iran attempts to shut down Iranian Christian News website

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The Iranian National Security Ministry is targeting Farsi-language websites which do not adhere to strict Shi’ite Muslim theology. Among those hit in cyber-attacks is Mohabat News, which serves Persian Christians in Iran and surrounding countries. “The most recent attack took place […]

$36.7 million verdict against Orlando abortionist upheld

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A judge has denied an Orlando-area abortionist a new trial in a medical malpractice case decided by a jury last month. “Orlando Circuit Judge John Marshall Kest also denied a motion by James Scott Pendergraft IV to set aside verdicts […]

Sydney Morning Herald: Muslim accused of sending hate mail seeks “free speech” protection

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A Muslim man who sent letters to the families of Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan telling them that their sons were war criminals is trying to have the indictment quashed on the grounds that it is unconstitutional, according to […]

Audio Bible phone “app” provides Scriptures even where prohibited by law

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A smart-phone application — which offers an audio version of the Bible in 542 languages — is providing the Scriptures in countries where Bibles are illegal or highly restricted. “The price of the Scriptures is no longer an issue,” reports the […]

Iran’s morality police warn kindergartners to stop dancing

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Iran’s morality police have a new target: dancing kindergartners. Ahmad Esfandiari, the head of the state’s Welfare Department, has issued a stern warning in the news media, notifying Iranian kindergartens that any programs which continue to teach five-year-olds how to dance […]

Atheists decline to debate theologian Lane Craig

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American Evangelical theologian William Lane Craig is ready to debate the rationality of faith during his tour of Great Britain this fall, but it appears that atheist philosophers are running shy of the challenge. This month president of the British […]

Compass Direct: 4,000 churches in Nepal have nowhere to meet

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Defying pouring rain and flooded streets, over two dozen people have gathered faithfully at the Putalisadak Church in the heart of capital city Kathmandu for the regular Thursday evening Bible study class, bringing a smile of satisfaction on the face […]

Washington Post: Are U.S. inmates being turned into radical Muslims?

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Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, thinks Muslim Americans are being radicalized in U.S. prisons, and he’s promised a “deliberate and thoughtful examination of the issue” during a hearing on Wednesday. “To which detractors say: […]

Russian court bans artwork depicting Mickey Mouse as Jesus

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A court in central Russia has ruled that a painting of the Sermon on the Mount that features Mickey Mouse instead of Jesus Christ is extremist, the regional prosecutor’s office said on Friday. “Unless the Kaluga Region court’s ruling is […]

Texas judge sentences mom for spanking, although state law allows it

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Spanking your kids can send you to jail in Corpus Christi, Texas, although corporal punishment is allowed by Texas law. “This week, a local woman avoided jail time,” reports KZTV News, “but her case made it clear that local prosecutors and […]

NPR: Tennessee church lends sanctuary to local Muslims

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A Tennessee pastor startled his neighborhood, his congregation and local Muslims when he invited the local Islamic community to celebrate Ramadan inside his church. Their own cultural center was under construction nearby. So, Pastor Steve Stone offered the main sanctuary at his 550-member Heartsong Church in […]

Hong Kong billionaire denies report 249-foot goddess statue will be his tomb

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A Buddhist group overseeing the construction of the world’s tallest bronze statue of the goddess Guanyin on the outskirts of Hong Kong is denying it will also serve as the final resting place for billionaire Li Ka-shing. East Asian Buddhists venerate […]

Would the prophet Micah condemn Federal Reserve?

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In Bible times, the prophet Micah observed those who were exploiting and cheating the poor, says Beliefnet columnist Chad Hovind.  “They were powerful people using dishonest scales.” The ancient prophet said in Micah 6:11, “Shall I acquit a man with dishonest […]

Washington Post: “Idiot’s Guide to Protecting American Atheists”

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“It is with the utmost urgency that I write this blog,” announces Jordan Sekulow in the Washington Post‘s On Faith section. “A group of atheists have filed a lawsuit to prevent the inclusion of the historic Ground Zero Cross at […]

Reuters: Tsunami survivors observe “obon” at spared Buddist temple

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In a little room of a small hillside Buddhist temple that barely survived Japan’s tsunami five months ago, Yuko Kikuchi knelt down, quietly sobbing and gently caressing the boxes that hold the bones and ashes of her perished mother and […]

With Jewish new year six weeks away, kosher meat shortage looms

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U.S. kosher food distributors are stockpiling supplies for the Jewish New Year because of fears there will not be enough meat, reports Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu reporting for Israel’s Arutz Sheva radio.  Citing Kosher Today newsletter, Gedalyahu reported that soaring demand is partly due to […]

Pope loses hat, 2 million excited kids cry, whoop, cheer as he drives in their midst

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Despite gusting winds that blew off his hat and driving rain that cut short his sermon, Pope Benedict XVI spoke to a crowd that the Associated Press estimated at “more than a million young people” Saturday night. In the middle of the […]

This fun trio’s message? “God is good!”

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The Telegraph: British commission quietly abandons efforts to ensure Christians’ rights

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Last month, the Equality and Human Rights Commission warned that British courts had failed to safeguard the rights of Christians who wanted to wear the cross at work, and urged judges to be more sensitive to religious discrimination, reports Tim […]

Vivid rainbow helps rural Ozarks town bid farewell to fallen Navy Seal

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Nestled in the rural Ozarks of northwestern Arkansas, little Green Forest, population 2,717, bade farewell Tuesday to a native son, U.S. Navy SEAL Tommy Ratzlaff. A vivid rainbow painted the sky in early morning, as a local tree-trimming service raised an enormous […]

“The Muslims Are Coming” comedy act features Christians and Jews, too

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“I just returned to New York after an eye-opening, exhausting and inspiring two weeks traveling across the American South with the stand-up comedy tour The Muslims Are Coming,” reports Dean Obeidallah for the Cable News Network. “We performed in Alabama, […]

Iranians seize 6,500 Bibles, burn 300, claim they are protecting youth

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Iranian authorities have seized 6,500 copies of the Bible in northwest of Iran. In another incident, officials burned 300 Bibles. A spokesman said the Bibles were confiscated to block missionaries who “are trying to deviate our youth.” Dr. Majid Abhari, […]

NPR: Argentine Jewish gauchos are a reminder of 1890s Russian pogroms

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Rural Argentina is not where one would expect to find entire villages of Russian Jews. However, National Public Radio’s Juan Forero recently visited several such hamlets in a remote corner of the Argentine Pampas — broad grasslands very suited for cattle ranching. […]

New Zealand TV: Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony split is over Scientology

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have split after failing to “see eye-to-eye” on Scientology, according to New Zealand’s TVNZ television. It was Lopez who pulled the plug on their seven-year marriage to the singer last month, according to TVNZ. She “was reportedly hoping […]

Federal judge: matzoh not a constitutional right

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A U.S. federal judge has ruled that a Jewish inmate in a New York jail does not have a constitutionally protected right to matzoh and grape juice, according to the British news service Reuters: Christopher Henry, who was convicted of […]

Raelians call for three-hour “topless” protest in SF park

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In what might be called an event that could only happen in California, a religious group called the Raelians is calling women to join them from noon until 3 p.m. at San Francisco’s Dolores Park without their shirts. “What could […]

India eases visa restrictions for Mongolian Buddhists

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India has eased its immigration rules for visiting Buddhist scholars from Mongolia — in order to deepen cultural ties and boost bilateral relations between the two nations, according to Ashwini Shrivastava, reporting for the Buddhist Channel. “India has liberalized its visa regime […]

Indonesia jails victim of attack on Ahmadiyah minority sect, goes lightly on Muslim attackers

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An Indonesian member of an Islamic minority group has been sentenced to six months in prison although he was defending a fellow Ahmadiyah’s home from an attacking mob of Muslim hardliners. The attackers, meanwhile, have received lighter sentences, prompting denunciations by human […]

Washington Post: Rabbi suggests change in U.S. military chaplain insignia

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“Today’s chaplains wear one of four separate insignias: Jewish, Christian, Muslim, or Buddhist,” observes Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff in the Washington Post‘s On Faith section. “Now that Pratima Dharm is the Army’s first Hindu chaplain, we need to create a fifth. But […]

Corey Feldman warns: “vulture” homosexual predators target child actors

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Former child actor Corey Feldman  describes widespread pedophilia as the longtime “big secret” in Hollywood, where he said older male Hollywood magnates surrounded child actors “like vultures.” “I can tell you that the number one problem in Hollywood was, and […]

Tech-savvy Christians encouraged to “textify” their faith

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There’s hardly a young person out there without a mobile phone and a British church hopes to tap into their technological dexterity with a new campaign encouraging young people to text about their faith. Textify was recently launched by Hope Revolution, a youth […]

Ghana’s opposition party sets up Christian, Muslim prayer groups

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The leadership of the African nation of Ghana’s opposition New Patriotic Party has directed all of its party branches nationwide to set up prayer groups, both Christian and Muslim, by August 20 “to seek God’s favor in their quest to win the […]

World Youth Day: The journey from my armchair

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Editor’s Note: Connie Doss is the mother of Clare Doss, one of the 2 million kids expected to attend the final session of World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain. While Connie’s husband, Barry, is helping chaperone the group of teens and […]

Half million view Anaheim crusade — 404,222 online, 115,000 in person

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Half a million people participated in Anaheim’s 22nd annual Harvest Crusade — 115,000 in person and 404,222 online, reports Eric Carpenter writing for the Orange County Register newspaper. Hosted by 215 churches from Riverside to Irvine to Temecula, the event […]

Scientologists ditch plans for Scottish shopping mall recruiting

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The Church of Scientology has backed down from its plan to set up a recruiting stall at a shopping center in Leith, Scotland. The group had applied for a street traders’ license for a booth in the New Kirkgate Centre, reports Sue Gyford for the […]

ABC News: Tsunami recovery workers turn in $78 million found in debris

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The earthquake and tsunami that walloped Japan left much of its coastline ravaged, but left one thing intact, reports ABC News: the Japanese reputation for honesty. “In the five months since the disaster struck,” reports Akiko Fujita for ABC, “people have turned […]

TIME: 2nd Buddhist monk sets himself aflame protesting Tibetan occupation

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The Tibetan National Martyrs’ Memorial is a black obelisk in Dharamsala, the Indian hill station that serves as the headquarters of exiled Tibetans who have fled their Chinese-ruled homeland. “Usually the slender monument is surrounded by a colorful tangle of […]

Chinese lawyer’s wife pleads with VP Biden to seek her husband’s release

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The following is a plea by the wife of human rights lawyear Gao Zhisheng to U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden to ask Chinese authorities to release her husband. He is “missing” — but is presumed to be in the Chinese government’s […]

Death cult worship of skeletal “saint” grows among Mexican drug gangs

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The Holy Death sect is gaining followers in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s murder capital, where rival drug cartels have been battling for every inch of turf, according to Fox News’ Latino News. Three Holy Death churches have opened in the past […]

New Bible game launched on Facebook

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A U.S.-based digital technology company is launching a new biblical game for Facebook users. Hexify is hoping Journey of Moses will fill the void in the market for Bible-based games on the social networking site, reports the Christian Today news […]

“West Memphis 3″ freed 18 years after alleged ritual Wicca murder of Cub Scouts

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After almost two decades behind bars, a trio accused of the grisly murder of  three Cub Scouts have been released. A district court judge released Damien W. Echols, 36, Jason Baldwin, 34, and Jessie Misskelley Jr., 36, known as the West Memphis Three, in […]

Catholic Herald: BBC’s coverage of 1.5 million kids at World Youth Day has been a disgrace

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Yet again the British Broadcasting Corporation’s news division has turned a joyful occasion into an excuse for mean-spirited criticism. That’s the commentary of an obviously irked Milo Yiannopoulos, writing from the midst of 1.5 million teens and young adults who have converged on […]

Southern Baptist: Americans not God’s chosen people, do not have Him on our side

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“America has been blessed by God in unique ways — we are not just another country, but neither are we God’s special people,” writes Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. “I do not believe […]

Chinese Christians ask UN to investigate “disappeared” human rights lawyer

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Chinese Christian expatriates have asked the United Nations to investigate the disappearance of human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng. The U.S.-based China Aid Association, formally requested a special U.N. investigation into Gao’s whereabouts as well as the torture he underwent in previous police detention. […]

What is “Catholic identity” and who has it?

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By Anthony Stevens-Arroyo ~ from The Washington Post‘s On Faith There is a “cultural war” within Catholic America as several factions battle over a single question: What is “Catholic identity” and who has it? Bishops rail at universities for not […]

Reuters: Mississippi preacher bans fried chicken from church dinners

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“Pastor Michael Minor stirred a bit of controversy at his northwest Mississippi church when he banned fried chicken from the fellowship hall,” reports Colleen Jenkins for the British news service Reuters. After all, fried chicken is considered by some to […]

What makes a Jew? China and the world’s other Jews ignore tiny Kaifeng community

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Few people have ever heard of China’s tiny Jewish community, which is not recognized by the Chinese government nor by most Jews. The topic comes up as the Wall Street Journal tackles China’s problems with religious freedom this week, reports Dr. Terry Mattingly’s […]

A British lesson in combatting extremism

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By H.A. Hellyer of The Washington Post’s “On Faith” Learning lessons is always hard – especially when you’re in a higher position of power than everyone else. Paradoxically, its usually those in power that are in need of learning from […]

UN affirms the human right to blaspheme

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“Having followed the debates on religion and freedom of expression at the United Nations over the last several years, I have become accustomed to passing on bad news, such as a decade of resolutions by the Human Rights Council and […]

TIME: Hispanics are out-living other Americans

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For the first time, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has collected national life expectancy data for the Hispanic population, and backed up the surprising findings of past studies: the average life expectancy of a Hispanic baby born […]

Washington Post: Why are news stories raising fears of “crazy Christians?”

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“Here we go again,” writes Lisa Miller for the Washington Post. “The Republican primaries are six months away, and already news stories are raising fears on the left about ‘crazy Christians.’” One piece, she notes, connects Gov. Rick Perry with a […]

Nashville sheriff bows to ACLU, will allow Muslims to wear face veils for mugshots

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A Muslim woman told to remove the veil covering her face to pose for a jail mugshot has prompted Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall in Nashville, Tennessee, to revise his policy regarding religious headwear. The woman complained to the American Civil Liberties Union, […]

Saudis deport Pentecostals to India after raiding illegal church

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Two Indian Christians of a thriving Pentecostal house church in Saudi Arabia are back in their home country after being unexpectedly released from a Saudi prison, a church official has confirmed. Vasantha Sekhar Vara, 28, and Nese Yohan, 31, members of Riyadh’s “Rejoice […]

Excited youngsters hope to glimpse Pope as 1.5 million pack Madrid’s World Youth Days

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  Spain’s young “Swiss guards” welcome the Pope “Do not be ashamed of the Lord, ” proclaimed Pope Benedict XVI to an estimated 1.5 million kids who have packed Madrid, Spain. The teens have filled Madrid’s hotels, hostels, campgrounds and parks […]

In celebration of Rockport, Texas’ tree huggers

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“I am a tree hugger,” confesses Beliefnet’s Kirsten Jackson. “I’ve never understood why some people find that offensive. Truly, if someone liking trees challenges your political stance, you may be taking your politics a bit too far.” “I celebrate that citizens […]

Ramadan not always easy for Turkey’s non-Muslims

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“Fasting, feasting and spiritual contemplation define Ramadan for Muslims, but some not-so-religious residents say it’s a time of traffic jams, late-night noise pollution and judgmental stares for them,” reports Özgur Ögret in Turkey’s Hürriyet Daily News. The social pressure goes both […]

China raids Christian summer camp, spreads rumors pastor is a drug dealer

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A Christian youth summer camp run by one of China’s “house churches” in Anhui province was surrounded by 100 police, who detained the pastor and three ministers, the China Aid Association has learned. In China, it is illegal to teach children […]

1 million kids filling Madrid square told “Don’t be afraid to be a saint”

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“Let Christ live in your heart. Respond to Him with a ‘yes’ that’s full of excitement and generosity of life,” Antonio Maria Rouco Varela told a vast sea of Christian kids Wednesday. “Don’t be afraid of being a saint.” The […]

LA Times: Lebanon bans Lady Gaga album as “offensive to Christians”

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Boxfuls of Lady Gaga’s newest album “Born this Way” were intercepted and impounded at Beirut’s international airport by Lebanese authorities late last week as potentially offensive to the country’s Christian population. “Despite having sold millions of copies worldwide, Lady Gaga’s […]

Starbucks bows to pressure, withdraws from Christian event

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“Homosexual activists have once again pressured the head of a trendy company heavily patronized by the ‘gay’ community to back out of a scheduled speaking engagement sponsored by a Christian organization,” writes Dave Bohon writing in the New American. Starbucks […]

Dressed in white, 300,000 from 43 countries take communion at Guadalajara event

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Some 300,000 people from 43 countries took part over the weekend in the Holy Supper, the most important festival of La Iglesia de La Luz del Mundo — the Church of the Light of the World — a group based in the western Mexican […]

On-line debates with atheists usually a waste of time, says author

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In a column titled “Atheism, Despair, and Envy: A Case Study,” American Vision columnist Joel McDurmon confesses: “I normally don’t get into online debates in comment sections, on Facebook, or even via email. I have too much work to get […]

British bishop laments disinterest in Syrian “slaughter”

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The bishop of Bristol, England, has criticized the British government’s lack of interest in the “wholesale slaughter” taking place in Syria, according to . Scores have reportedly been left dead after the Syrian army sent in tanks to Hama on Sunday […]

Academic conference seeks to normalize pedophilia

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Normalizing the “last taboo,” pedophilia — sex between adults and children — is the goal of a conference in Balitmore, according to critics. “Researchers from several prominent U.S. universities will participate in a Baltimore conference reportedly aiming to normalize pedophilia,”  writes […]

Sheriff cites 600 percent boost in drug arrests since local churches started praying

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When Scott County, Tennessee, residents began praying for his officers, dramatic things happened, says Sheriff Mike Cross. He says drug arrests went up 600 percent. He says that some time ago, he and Scott County Commissioner David Day decided they […]

Identical 11-year-olds switched places to win $50,000, but Dad makes them ‘fess up

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Will honesty cost the 11-year-old Smith twins $50,000? Nate made national sports news when he won $50,000 by making an impossible hockey shot in a charity fundraiser. Now it turns out it was Nick who took the shot. Nate’d just had a cast removed from his […]

Gordon-Conwell professor: America has changed dramatically, but more is coming

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It’s now official. The United States is “bigger, older, more Hispanic and Asian and less wedded to marriage and traditional families than it was in 1990.” “Want more?” writes Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary professor James Emery White.  “Okay. It is also […]

Arkansas kids join 1 million at World Youth Day in Spain keeping in touch on the web

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More than 1 million Catholic kids from across the world are converging on Madrid, Spain, for World Youth Day 2011, and every one of them seems to be tweeting, texting and Facebooking home — including a group from rural Arkansas. Most are using their […]

Attacker gets 13 years in California hate crime against Sikh cabbie

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“Pedro Martinez was sentenced in a California court to 13 years in prison for his part in the November 2010 hate crime and assault of Harbhajan Singh, a Sikh cab driver,” reports Anju Kaur for the Sikh News Network.   […]

Author: Why is such paralyzing fear gripping people’s hearts?

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“I’ve had several conversations with folks in the last few weeks, fearful of the state of the world,” writes author Daniel Darling, who is also senior pastor of the Chicago-area Gages Lake Bible Church. “Economic downturn, failed leadership at all levels, personal […]

Strong words fly between conservative, liberal Christians in pro- and anti-Rick Perry media

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In his commentary “More Drooling Idiocy on Rick Perry’s Faith,” it’s not too difficult to figure out where political observer Leon H. Wolf stands. “A fairly good indicator that Rick Perry will make a strong general election candidate is the […]

Million signatures sought for Pakistani mom facing death for talking about Jesus

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“Our Christ sacrificed His life on the cross for our sins. … Our Christ is alive,” those are the words that Asia Bibi, a wife and mother, used to defend her faith against mocking co-workers who tried to make her […]

Author: Even a great marriage isn’t enough to help men recover from porn addiction

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One of the many victims of an addiction to pornography is “hope.” A person addicted to porn may believe there is none. The marriage partner likewise may feel a painful mixture of anger, betrayal and hopelessness. There is in fact […]

Bollywood superstar critical of England’s “misled” rioters

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India’s film superstar Akshay Kumar is less than sympathetic to England’s young rioters. The Bollywood movie star was in London shooting the “Bollywood” movie Housefull 2 and was shocked by the violence in the streets. “It is so shocking that London and England […]

Billionaire Warren Buffett complains about not paying enough taxes

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Billionaire Warren Buffett is urging U.S. lawmakers to raise taxes on America’s super-rich to help cut the budget deficit, saying such a move will not hurt investments. In a guest opinion piece in the New York Times, “Stop Coddling the […]

Prime minister says “moral collapse” to blame for Britain’s riots

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British Prime Minister David Cameron says a national “moral collapse” led to the widespread looting and violence across English cities last week. Meanwhile charity workers  blamed “fatherlessness” and the breakdown of the British family. In a speech at Oxford Monday, Cameron pledged to […]

Country music stars “tweet” prayer requests for dozens hurt in stage collapse

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Country music stars used Twitter to ask fans to pray for dozens injured Saturday night when the band Sugarland’s stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.   Sugarland tweeted to fans late Saturday night: “We are all right. We are praying for […]

State bureaucrat OKs church BBQ, but forbids baptisms

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On Sunday, Washington State bureaucrats forbade a local church from holding a baptism in a public lake near the state capitol. Saying that she interprets the state constitution to bar religious use of any state property, the acting director of […]

Buffalo church says it’s not the first to offer business administration classes

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A Buffalo, N.Y., church is focusing on a non-traditional calling: business education. However, Pastor Stephen Andzel at New Creation Fellowship says he sees no reason instruction should be limited to spiritual topics. Churches, he says, are called to teach everything, […]

Villagers try to oust evangelical woman pastor from historic church

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“The peace of a bucolic East Anglian village has been shattered by a fierce campaign by residents to oust their female vicar,” reports Jonathan Wynne-Jones, a religious affairs correspondent for the Telegraph, a British daily newspaper. To the outside world, the […]

Bible shortage difficult when printing is illegal

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EDITOR’S NOTE: For nearly a quarter of a century Asia Harvest has been providing Bibles to the estimated 50 to 150 million Christians who worship in illegal “house churches” in China. In the early years, this consisted of hosting many […]

Baptist Press: Leave Bert and Ernie out of homosexual debate

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Homosexual activist Lair Scott has initiated a petition that seeks to persuade the children’s program “Sesame Street” to “let Bert and Ernie get married,” reports Kelly Boggs in a commentary for Baptist Press. “For the uninitiated,” writes Boggs, “Bert and Ernie […]

Bachmann asked whether she’ll submit to husband if elected president

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“In case you missed the debate in Iowa last night, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was asked if she would be submissive to her husband,” observes Sarah Pulliam Bailey on the website GetReligion. “The question wasn’t completely out of left […]

MSNBC: Fed game officials decide not to fine 11-year-old girl $535 for saving baby bird

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“Saving a baby woodpecker from becoming a cat’s next meal briefly turned into a legal mess for an aspiring veterinarian and her mom, before U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials let them off the hook,” reports the cable news network MSNBC. […]

CNN: 77 percent say Congress behaving like spoiled children

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In a CNN poll released Tuesday, when asked whether their representatives behaved more like responsible adults or spoiled children over the last few, chaotic days, 77 percent of the public chose the latter. Republicans and Democrats took about the same […]

Jay Sekulow: 9/11 cross faces lawsuit in yet one more atheist attack

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“Here we go again,” writes Beliefnet’s Jay Sekulow. “An atheist organization files a federal lawsuit. They are offended. This time the target: a Cross placed at the World Trace Center Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero. It is unbelievable that […]

Cardinal: “Morality has ceased to exist” in today’s society

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“We are witnesses of a society in which, in many respects, morality has ceased to exist,” Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican’s highest court, told the 129th annual Knights of Columbus convention Tuesday. “We are called ever more urgently to the new […]

NY Post: More NYC women choosing careers instead of children

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Increasing numbers of New York City women are choosing careers over motherhood, according to the New York Post. “According to a new study by the New York-based think tank the Center for Work-Life Policy, 43 percent of college-educated women between […]

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Reduce calories by chewing more

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“Well, here’s a new weight loss tip: chew your food,” writes Beliefnet’s Susan Jordan Brown.  ” “Really.”   She cites a new study from Harbin Medical University in China, published in the July 2011 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.   Researchers […]

Pelosi and Boehner terminate 200-year-old Congressional pages tradition

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House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi say they will end the congressional page program, an initiative that brings high school students to Capitol Hill to work alongside elected officials. “The decision is a historic mistake and brings […]

Miracle, brave girl cited as 12-year-old boy survives riptide, near-drowning

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In what some are describing as a “flat-out miracle,”  12-year-old Dale Ostrander, who was pulled seemingly lifeless from a Washington state ocean riptide, has begun speaking, amazing his doctors.  Prayer is being cited as a factor in the boy’s recovery after being underwater for more […]

Mounties investigate whether convicted polygamist Jeffs smuggled young girls from Canada

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are preparing to send officers to the U.S. to investigate allegations that two young girls were smuggled from Bountiful, British Columbia, to be married to the head of a polygamous sect, according to the Canadian […]

Front Lines of Culture Wars: Huffington Post targets Republicans, ignores Jesus’ cautions

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What happened to fair reporting, asks Beliefnet’s “On the Fron Lines of the Culture Wars”: “In a forthcoming series of articles,” announces Huffington Post writer Andrea Stone, “HuffPost is taking a close look at the charitable giving of Republican presidential candidates. […]

Personality and Social Psychology Review: Baby Boomers lack empathy, ability to care

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Baby boomers have destroyed every cultural institution in America they have touched: marriage, family, public education, government, financial markets, healthcare, and more, say some critics, whose views may be supported by a Personality and Social Psychology Review study. “Many argue […]

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars: Politically correct CNN exposes USAF Christianity

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“In a breathless expose , CNN has revealed the shocking news that the U.S. Air Force has used the faith practiced by four out of five Americans to teach ethics to U.S. airmen,” reports Beliefnet’s On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars. […]

Noah’s Ark floats into Cologne, Germany

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“It’s a stately vessel floating on the Rhine River and somehow it looks vaguely familiar,” reports the German news site Deutsche Welle. “Plumbing one’s memory, it does indeed resemble illustrations from childhood picture books about the Bible.” “That’s just what Dutch […]

Cal Thomas: British riots a moral and spiritual problem

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“Some have compared the riots in the UK to the London Blitz,” writes author Cal Thomas in World magazine.  “It’s a flawed comparison. The strategic bombing of London in 1940 came from an external enemy, Nazi Germany. Enemies from within […]

Detroit Free Press: “Many health benefits” tied to faith

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Dr. Earlexia Norwood is recognized as one of metro Detroit’s best doctors, but when it comes to healing,  she is fueled by faith. “I believe in the ability of God to work within people,” said Norwood, who works with the Henry […]

LA Times: Creditors say they’ll sue if Crystal Cathedral balks at selling their building

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If the financially-troubled Crystal Cathedral’s board refuses to sell their 35-acre complex and landmark church building as part of on-going bankruptcy proceedings, creditors have told a local court they will sue. Prospective buyers include the Orange County Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church and the Disciples of […]

Massachusetts Tibetans liberate 534 lobsters in celebration of Buddha’s first sermon

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“Instead of plunging headfirst to their death in a pot of boiling water, 534 live lobsters escaped the dinner plate and belly flopped to freedom into the dark waters of the Atlantic Ocean,” reports the Buddhist Channel. The liberation of […]

10-year-old son of fallen soldier asks why his daddy’s photo isn’t on TV, too

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Ten-year-old Braydon Nichols loved his father and was looking forward to when Army Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Nichols would return from Afghanistan. Then his family got a terrible phone call. Braydon took it hard.   On Sunday morning, was watching the national news […]

Wisconsin inmates win appeal, court says sex-changing hormones are their “right”

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An appeals court has upheld a lower court’s support for a group of male inmates who argued that the state’s refusal to pay for hormones to change their body type was a form of torture. “A three-judge panel of the […]

Justin Bieber unabashed in praising Jesus, says it’s part of who he is

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 Justin Bieber says he loves Jesus Christ and it has nothing to do with promoting religion. He says he has a personal relationship with the Son of God and it’s just part of who he is. “Basically, I don’t even consider […]

Church of England using Twitter to seek worldwide prayer for end to rioting

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In a merging of the old and new, the Church of England is using the social media to call upon Christians worldwide to pray for London and other cities affected by several days of rioting. The Church has issued a special prayer, […]

NZ Herald: Were Christchurch officials pressured to snub Dalai Lama?

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The city council of Christchurch, New Zealand, has been accused of snubbing Tibet’s Dalai Lama during a recent visit. Tibetan community representative Thuten Kesang said he was disappointed the council “did not lift a finger to help” the Tibetan spiritual leader, according to the New […]

Malaysian TV station pulls Ramadan commercials aimed at non-Muslims

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Malaysian television station 8TV has withdrawn a series of public service announcements that instruct non-Muslims how to behave during the Islamic month of Ramadan. About 60 percent of Malaysians profess Islam. The local broadcaster “ran a trio of 30-seconds clips in the first […]

Catholic university punishes InterVarsity Christians for removing homosexual officer

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The Jesuit-run Marquette University has punished a Christian group for dismissing an officer after he revealed himself as a practicing homosexual, reports Jeremy Kryn for LifeSiteNews: Last Friday, Marquette political science professor John McAdams blogged about the outrage of the […]

Expected to die, Harry Potter actress reports “miraculous” recovery after baptism

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“A teenage girl who doctors believed was going to die has been hailed a real-life miracle – after she came back to life when a priest put holy water on her head,” reports the British tabloid the Daily Mail. Two […]

Sinai’s Beduin tribes hired to protect Egypt-Israel natural gas pipeline

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  Companies managing the Sinai conduit that transports Egyptian natural gas to Israel have hired several Beduin tribes to protect the pipeline. Lines have been sabotaged three times in July, five times since January. North Sinai Governor Abdel Wahab Mabrouk told  the […]

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Sexual predator sues for access to “Satanic Bible”

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Convicted sexual predator Kevin Halfmann, who is scheduled to remain incarcerated at least through 2030, says his constitutional rights have been violated since Illinois state prison officials won’t permit him to study the Satanic Bible. Halfmann’s arguments were not well-received Monday by U.S. Magistrate […]

Village Voice: Top 25 people responsible for Scientology’s decline

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New York City’s off-beat tabloid the Village Voice is running a series of what it considers to be the top 25 people behind the decline of the late L. Ron Hubbard’s Church of Scientology. “On Friday,” writes Voice staffer Tony Orega, “we started a […]

Facts & Trends magazine: Five big changes for American churches

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“Discerning future trends can be difficult if not risky,” writes Thom Rainer in the summer 2011 edition of Facts & Trends magazine. “If we miss a trend, we risk missing opportunities because we had our resources directed elsewhere.” “I am thus […]

After sunset, Istanbul district filling with festive Ramadan fast-breakers

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The tradition of breaking the daily fast at sunset during Ramadan turns Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district into a festival, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. And the tradition is continuing this year, reports staffer Çagla Pinar Tunel, who describes “thousands of people […]

The Blaze: Atheists “hijack” creationism poll

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On Tuesday, an internet news site, the Blaze, asked readers “Are some evangelicals beginning to question the existence of Adam and Eve?” “As is the case in all of the faith articles we compose,” writes editor Billy Hollowell, “it was our goal […]

Outsider finds insights at Rick Perry’s stadium prayer rally

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“As a Latin Mass fan and former Catholic schoolgirl (St. Jude’s, Rockville, Md.),” writes Joanne Butler, “I was an unlikely attendee at ‘The Response,’ Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Houston prayer event. But I’m glad I went; it gave me some insights […]

Sikh outdoor camp in California’s sequoias caters to at-risk Punjabi teens

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Fifteen U.S. boys, ages 13-16, all wearing Sikh turbans, are spending 10 days at California’s Bhujangi Academy, a ten-day outdoor camp for at-risk teens. The 15 were chosen carefully from Sikh families living in the U.S. that are worried their young teens […]

Did LA Times violate Associated Press Stylebook to smear Texas prayer rally attendees?

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“Let’s start with the obvious: There were more than a few believers who could accurately be described as ‘fundamentalists’ at the Gov. Rick Parry’s combination prayer rally and pre-White House campaign trial balloon festival,” observes the GetReligion.org website. “Let’s start […]

New York Post: Employee sues, says Anti-Defamation League is “racist”

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The Anti-Defamation League, which is known for defending Jewish civil rights, is being sued by a New York area employee who charges that the league’s promotion practices are discriminatory against non-Jews. Tonietta Moffett says the non-profit won’t make her an […]

North Carolina county officials will fight court order to stop praying in Jesus’ name

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Seven of eight Forsyth County, North Carolina, commissioners say they will accept an offer from group of Christian attorneys to fight this week’s ban on praying in “Jesus’ name” all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Commissioners Dave Plyler, Everette Witherspoon and Richard […]

Chicago Sun-Times: 37,000 fill ballpark to hear Joel Osteen

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Houston pastor and author Joel Osteen, drew about 37,000 people to a Chicago ballpark for “America’s Night of Hope” Saturday. Preaching hope amid global economic fears that followed the downgrading of America’s credit rating the preceding night, the 48-year-old pastor proclaimed […]

India court orders Catholic bishops’ attorneys to read Hindu scriptures

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A court in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has ordered attorneys representing the local Catholic Bishops Council to read Hindu scriptures before a lawsuit can continue. The state’s government had ordered public schools to incorporate “Gita Sar”– a summary of the Hindu scriptures, the […]

Court nixes Jehovah’s Witness suit against doctors for saving her life

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A New York court has dismissed a suit by a Jehovah’s Witness who sued doctors for giving her a blood transfusion that saved her life.  Nancy DiGeronimo sued her doctor and Staten Island University Hospital for medical malpractice alleging the transfusions of another person’s blood conflicted […]

Truth leaks out on China’s social networks, Beijing officials watch nervously

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China’s estimated 485 million Internet users include 195 million Twitter “tweeters” and other social network “microbloggers,” reports Caixin Weekly, a Chinese business magazine. But how long will the government — which tightly controls Chinese society — allow such freedom of expression? […]

Spain’s soccer pros tackle team of 109 Chinese kids

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Celebrating their team’s 109th anniversary, Spain’s premier professional soccer team Real Madrid took the field in Guangzhou, China, a few days ago against — yes, count ‘em — 109 young soccer players from local teams. To see the video, CLICK […]

USA Today: Critics of “portable churches” say schools shouldn’t rent to Christians

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Every Sunday morning, P.S. 144 elementary school in Queens, like dozens more schools in New York City and thousands more nationwide, is transformed into a house of worship for a few hours. There’s no tally of how many churches, synagogues and mosques […]

Nepal’s “singing nun” comes to shunned sister’s rescue

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A 40-year-old Buddhist nun whose melodies have transformed her into one of Nepal’s most popular singing stars, has caused a new stir for which she refuses to apologize. She has extended sanctuary to a nun half her age who became stigmatized […]

Turkey voices “concern” over 20 deaths in violence against Chinese Muslims

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 Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed concern a new outbreak of violence against Muslim ethnic Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang region. About 20 Uyghurs were killed in separate incidents in the cities in Kashghar and Hotan in the southern part of China’s Xinjiang […]

“Pro-choicers” declare war on storefronts offering a choice

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“Pro-choice” activists have launched a legal assault on volunteer-run “crisis pregnancy counseling centers” nationwide — which is ironic, says author R. Albert Mohler Jr.,  since the crews running such storefronts are dedicated to offering pregnant woman a real choice. “The U.S. Supreme Court’s […]

Washington Post: Rabbi says Ground Zero cross should stay

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“Ground Zero is a graveyard,” writes Rabbi David Wolpe in the Washington Post‘s On Faith section. “Yes, it is a national site and a place of competing interests, and a reminder of a peril facing our country and the world. […]

Washington Post: Tim Pawlenty calls Jesus one of his “political heroes”

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In response to a voter’s question about whom he admires, former Minnesota governor and GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said that Jesus is one of his “political heroes.” The Washington Post‘s “On Faith” writer Elizabeth Tenety cited Jon Ward’s report of the […]

LA Times: Are rules needed for animal-human hybrids?

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“The idea human-animal chimeras may conjure images from science fiction,” writes Los Angeles Times blogger Chris Woolston. “To many, human-animal chimeras —  animals that contain human cells — sound like the stuff of nightmares. If you can picture a frog with […]

Author: British youth need Bible, aren’t being reached by “cool” youth ministers, entertainment

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Youth ministry leader and author Dave Fenton says youth in Britain are not being reached by trendy youth ministers chosen according to age rather than ability to touch kids’ lives. “Why do we say youth leaders have to be cool, to […]

Muslim “sharia” law comes to Britain

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Should America welcome Islamic law? Voters in Oklahoma banned it last year. Other states have considered it. Diversity proponents say we should not fear — that we should embrace what other cultures bring to us. Across Britain, Muslims now can apply to weekly […]

Climber teaches kids to “stick to the Rock”

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Little did Ron Simonek of Big Bear, California, know when he made his first climb 20 years ago that rock climbing would lead him into a relationship with Jesus Christ and into a ministry of hope for youth and families, writes […]

Time’s David Aikman: China cracking down on its Christians

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“China tolerates Christian church services,” writes former Time magazine correspondent David Aikman, “but only within the narrow boundaries of theology and church life dictated by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, which oversees two church umbrella groups, the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association and, […]

Norweigan couple quietly rescued 40 kids during summer camp massacre

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 “Here’s a news story I’m betting you haven’t seen,” writes Beliefnet’s Dr. Britton Guildersleeve, a poetry professor at Oklahoma State University whose column “Beginner’s Heart” is a regular Beliefnet feature. Basically two Norweigan campers heard gunfire at the summer camp and […]

Jay Sekulow: Pittsburgh to repeal ordinance banning pro-life leaflets

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Beliefnet’s Jay Sekulow reports that Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is about to overturn a controversial city ordinance. Sekulow, the chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, has been fighting the law and writes: I wanted to bring you an update […]

Ramadan fast longer for Muslims in world’s tallest building

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Apartment residents in the upper floors of Dubai’s  Burj Khalifa tower will have to endure a longer daily Ramadan fast, according to the United Arab Emirates city’s top cleric. During the month of Ramadan, the faithful cannot eat or drink […]

Canadian reporter films abortion protester’s arrest

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“On Thursday I once again filmed and photographed Linda Gibbons being arrested for doing nothing more than peacefully trying to convince women entering an abortion clinic to not make the same mistake she herself made years ago,” writes Steve Jalsevac […]

Welsh mortuary offers on-line funerals for $123 … per viewer!

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A funeral home Wales is offering funerals on the internet — at a hefty price tag per viewer, but far less than it would cost to travel to pay one’s last respects. The cost is £75 (about U.S. $123) per on-line viewer, reports the British newspaper […]

Wall Street Journal: China’s banned churches defy government

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“On a recent Sunday at the Beijing Zion Church, Pastor Jin Mingri laid out a vision for Christians in China that contrasts starkly with the ruling Communist Party’s tight reins on religion,” writes Brian Spegele in the Wall Street Journal. […]

After five letters to China’s president ignored, church leader pleads for his flock

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EDITOR’S NOTE: In China today, the only churches permitted are those with government-paid pastors who deliver government-approved sermons. Children under 18 are barred. So, the vast majority of Chinese Christians meet illegally in “house churches.” Their membership numbers are rumored to […]

Jack Kerwick takes a look at forgotten Black conservative George Schuyler

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“In my previous article,” writes Beliefnet’s Dr. Jack Kerwick, “I wrote about George S. Schuyler, a great conservative who also happened to have been black. Since his death in 1977, he has, unfortunately, been forgotten. It is with an eye […]

British tabloids: Justin Bieber’s gal pal dumps him over his new friends’ “bad influence”

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Selena Gomez has dumped teen heart-throb Justin Bieber because she believes he is hanging around with the wrong kind of people, according to two British tabloid newspapers.  “Young sweethearts Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have reportedly broken up after the […]

Washington Post: Obama’s Christian advisors don’t speak for all

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“A Christian group calling themselves the Circle of Protection recently met with President Obama, saying that they spoke for ‘Christians’ and urging him to ‘protect programs for the poor’ from budget cuts,” writes Jordan Sekulow for the Washington Post‘s On […]

Texas governor Rick Perry speaks to Houston prayer rally

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Governor Rick Perry spoke to a Houston rally Saturday despite withering criticism from a variety of pundits and opponents.  

Irked comedians, Forbes magazine agree Jerry Lewis deserves better

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“If this is the way we’re going, we should also tell Grandpa we don’t need him for Thanksgiving,” joked comedian Dennis Miller.  He was among a dozen or so angry comedy stars who gathered in Hollywood Friday afternoon on stage at the Laugh […]

Economists: Vast majority of Americans don’t cheat on their taxes

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While Americans may complain about paying taxes, a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the vast majority are honest on their tax returns. Economists Sara LaLumia of Williams College and James M. Sallee of […]

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posted 3:10:30pm Nov. 05, 2013 | read full post »

Billy Graham: I know where I'm going
“Daddy thinks the Lord will allow him to live to 95,” said Franklin Graham recently. It was not a prophecy but a hope, Franklin explained, ...

posted 10:02:01am Oct. 24, 2013 | read full post »

Are All These Christians' Complaints of Persecution Just So Much Empty Whining?
The headlines are alarming: “Catholic-Owned Company Wins Religious Freedom Court Decision,” “Death Toll Rises to 65 in Boko Haram Attack on Students,” “Little Sisters Catholic Charity Victimized By Obamacare,” “Christians Sought ...

posted 2:41:26am Oct. 07, 2013 | read full post »

How can Christians defend themselves against today's random violence?
So, a crazed gunman opens fire and you’re caught in the middle. How can you survive? Heroes come in all sorts of packages. And they wield all sorts of defensive weapons. Such as guns and Jesus. Sometimes both at the same time. [caption ...

posted 2:53:48pm Sep. 27, 2013 | read full post »

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