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“Earthscraper” would bury an eco-friendly 65-story pyramid under Mexico City

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Faced with local regulations banning skyscrapers, a Mexico City architect wants instead to build a 65-story pyramid at the center of Mexico’s religious and cultural hub. And bury it. Edwardo Suarez of the prestigious Mexico City architectural firm BNKR Arquitectura wants […]

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Miracle cross inspires tree-cutting crew

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As landscaper Salvador Maya sawed into a large pine tree on the lawn of Escondido, California’s First Congregational Church, he stepped back in awe, then spontaneously crossed himself. He yelled at his boss, Jim Rants, to come look. “Look at this,” […]

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American Legion: We wish Wisconsin atheists “would leave us alone”

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“We wish the people of Wisconsin would take care of their own business and leave us, and this statue, totally alone,” says Michael Shepard, the commander of American Legion Post 108 in Whitefish, Montana. He is irked that a group […]

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Christians the “target of every progressive thinker and half-witted comedian”

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Canadian TV commentator Rex Murphy is tired of Christians turning the other cheek. “There is a radical inconsistency to the treatment afforded to Christian believers and that of most other religious groups,” he writes in the Canadian daily newspaper the […]

“Tweet the Bible” starts 86-year project

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A group of friends say they have launched a 86-year project in which they will post on Twitter one verse of the Bible daily. Calling their project, “#TweetTheBible,” they say they are offering followers “the ability to follow the entire Bible — […]

New film to highlight mystery of Elvis’ faith

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Who will release the first Hollywood biographical movie about Elvis Presley? According to the Hollywood Reporter, four productions are in the works — and one of them, The Identical, focuses on the elusive question of Presley’s faith. Worldwide, the enigmatic Presley […]

Billionaire had a plan to prevent the Iraq war: Fly Mandela in to get Saddam to resign

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Billionaire Richard Branson thought he could prevent the American invasion of Iraq. In March 2003, he persuaded South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning President Nelson Mandela to fly to Baghdad and talk Saddam Hussein into leaving the country with them. Branson […]

Who was missing from President’s Obama’s Thanksgiving Day message?

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President Obama is coming under criticism for delivering a Thanksgiving Day message that never mentions the Almighty — presumably the one to whom the day is dedicated. In the original Thanksgiving feast, the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony certainly didn’t hold […]

Today’s girls growing up in a “moral abyss”

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Girls today are growing up in a “moral abyss,” says Dr. Helen Wright, telling an annual conference in Britain that she is greatly concerned by the “erosion of the innocence of childhood in the 21st Century.” Indeed, society must wake up “to […]

Pakistan bans “Jesus” cellphone texting

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Incredulous cellphone companies in Pakistan have asked their government for “clarification” of a letter forbidding the texting of the words “Jesus” or “Christ” as well as 1,600 other words officials deem offensive to Islam. Companies were told to begin blocking […]

Will Egypt become the next Pakistan?

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by Sherif Meleka Special to Beliefnet A few days ago, I was watching a popular Egyptian talk show, Fil Midan, or “In the Square.” It had a very interesting guest, a leader of a salafi Islamic political faction. He maintained […]

Do you remember Pearl Harbor Day 1941?

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My mom remembers well where she was on December 7, 1941. Rebecca Still was 36 days away from her 13th birthday and had just spent the better part of her childhood in Tokyo. My grandfather, Owen Still, headed up the Yotsuya Mission near […]

Rick Warren: Bible has answers as Americans reel under a worsening economy

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“We are now three years into a major recession. There are more people out of work right now than ever in our lifetime,” says California author and pastor Rick Warren. “There are more people underneath the poverty line than ever […]

Inventive doctor helps patient undergo radiation, deliver healthy baby boy, too

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Four months pregnant, Sarah Best and her husband Steve faced a heart-breaking diagnosis: cancer. Her options were terrible. She could abort her baby boy and undergo lifesaving radiation therapy. Or she could take a chance the baby would survive the […]

Stephen Hawking says mankind’s survival depends on manned space exploration

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Atheist physicist Stephen Hawking says there’s no hope for mankind here on Earth. We face mass extinction unless we head for the stars, he told the Canadian Press wire service this weekend while promoting his new five-part television series, “Brave […]

Principal calls cops over 12-year-olds’ kiss

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In what would seem to be political correctness gone mad, an elementary school assistant principal called police after a 12-year-old boy and girl were caught kissing on a Florida playground. The school administrator had called state child abuse officials first, […]

Brave 10-year-old brother yanks 6-year-old sister away, foils attempted kidnapping

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A brave fifth grader says he thought he was going to have to fight for his little sister — and he was willing. As he and six-year-old Terrincy were walking home from the school bus, 10-year-old Jaivon Simpson acted quickly when […]

Pope warns against witchcraft

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Pope Benedict XVI praised marriage upon his arrival in Africa and warned the faithful against dabbling in witchcraft. With the western world captivated by such bestsellers and movie franchises as Harry Potter and Twilight, Africa is seeing the darker side […]

Tebow faithful tweet, Facebook their prayers

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Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow took a secret weapon into Thursday night’s come-from-behind, last-minute 17-13 win against the New York Jets. Prayer. Well, that’s no secret, as anybody knows who has ever watched Tebow take a knee as he thanks […]

Conservative pioneer fund-raiser calls for boycott of annual Catholic offering

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Conservative icon Richard Viguerie is irked with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. He’s annoyed enough that he’s launched a nationwide campaign calling on fellow Catholics to withhold their annual gifts — usually collected on the third weekend of November. […]

French play depicts Jesus as “madman, dog, pyromaniac, messiah of AIDS, terrorist”

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Christian groups are condemning a Spanish play about Jesus called “Golgota Picnic,” scheduled to premiere in France. However, at least one reviewer said the play, which features full nudity, becomes tedious and boring — such as a long scene in which a middle-aged, […]

Pastor, sergeant close church service with more than your average benediction

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 How proud these parents are when their pastor calls them up onto the platform to honor their son. Through the wonders of technology — or so their pastor tells them — Mom and Dad’s young U.S. Marine Corps sergeant, deployed in Iraq, is […]

Where does faith fit in with politics?

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It’s not what candidates believe, but that they believe in something, says N.T. McQueen, author of Between Lions and Lambs. “With the presidential race well underway, candidates are already trading barbs about religion,” says McQueen. “Mitt Romney is getting hassled for […]

NY Post: Scabies, lice at Occupy Wall Street prompt mayor to hose the place down

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New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg “finally decided to wipe Zuccotti Park clean after learning about a rancid outbreak of scabies, lice and lung ailments among protesters,” reports the New York Post. Meanwhile, a nurses union bused in 1,000 members to Occupy […]

A powerful prayer for Penn State

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Here’s a powerful moment just before Saturday’s Penn State-Nebraska game as Cornhuskers Assistant Coach Ron Brown seeks the Lord’s blessing. PSU’s Nitanny Lions were about to take the field for the first time since their iconic coach, Joe Paterno, was fired along with the university’s […]

NY Post: Timberlake says taking blonde corporal to the Marine Ball “changed my life”

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Singer-actor Justin Timberlake says escorting blonde U.S. Marine Corporal Kelsey de Santis Saturday night to the Marine Ball “changed my life,” according to the New York Post.  The pop superstar posted on Twitter, “I glanced around the room at young […]

Baseball player rescued from kidnappers: “Thanks to God, He gave me the miracle”

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“I was always praying to God, and thanks to God, He gave me the miracle of sending me these wonderful people,” proclaimed Washington Nationals baseball player Wilson Ramos after security forces rescued him from kidnappers demanding millions of dollars. A […]

Amid a cesspool of rumors, charges and scandal, is God speaking to Penn State?

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As a horrific child abuse sex scandal wracks Pennsylvania State University, God is speaking, says a longtime supporter and neighbor of the school. “It has been a horrible week for our town,” writes Chris Heinz in his personal blog. “A […]

Washington Post: Evangelical leaders adding sex to their sermons

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Rick Warren, Tim Keller and a number of other prominent Christian leaders are promoting the joys of married sex from the pulpit, reports the Washington Post‘s Lisa Miller. “Last week,” writes Miller. “Rick Warren sent this message to the nearly 500,000 […]

Will “Mecca Time” replace Greenwich Mean Time?

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The new tower on the skyline in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, looks incredibly like London’s Big Ben — and there’s a good reason. A number of Muslims are calling for Greenwich Mean Time — the standard by which the world sets its clocks […]

Tennessee preacher holds church service at “Cotton-Eyed Joe” honky-tonk saloon

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Knoxville’s non-denominational NorthStar Church held services at local bar Monday night with a country-music themed sermon, after which everybody was invited to stick around and dance. Church at the Cotton-Eyed Joe honky-tonk saloon was a success, says  Pastor Scott Cagle. […]

Judge orders NY to OK “Choose Life” car tags

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A panel of federal judges has ruled that New York violated the First Amendment rights of car owners who want their tags to declare “Choose Life.” The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals had already ruled in 2006 that a […]

NY Times: 10-foot teen angels stand silent vigil in murder-plagued Juarez

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They stand in silence, 10 feet tall, Christian kids on folding chairs hidden under their robes and wings in Mexico’s murder capital, the border town of Ciudad Juarez. “Young members of a small church known as Psalm 100,” writes Damien […]

Family Circus cartoonist Bil Keane brought quiet faith to the daily comics for 50 years

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Bil Keane, 89, the creator of the world’s most popular single-panel newspaper comic, the Family Circus, died Tuesday. He left behind a half-century of daily visits to the Keane family where he, his wife, now-grown kids and their pets were […]

Miss World 2011: from convent to crown

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Crowned Miss World 2011, Venezuela’s Ivian Sarcos not so many years ago yearned to become a nun. Orphaned at age 8, she was raised by the Catholic sisters of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart in the rural town of Cojedes. Sunday, the 22-year-old accepted her crown from […]

Couple’s restaurant quarrel goes international, thanks to Twitter

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A young Boston couple’s domestic quarrel in a Burger King restaurant went very public Wednesday after an eavesdropping diner put onto Twitter a blow-by-blow account of their verbal exchange — which was picked up by the British tabloid newspaper, the Daily Mail. “I am listening […]

African leaders cite Christian, Muslim beliefs, tell British to quit pushing immorality

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Whether or not to legalize lifestyles they consider immoral should not be a requirement for receiving British foreign aid, a key African leader told Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday. Offended by the implication that Ghana’s former colonial masters […]

Ancient Christian ruins in danger

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The ruins of the 1,500-year-old St. Menas’ church and monastery near Alexandria, Egypt, are sinking into water-saturated soil and may be added to the UN’s list of World Heritage Sites in Danger. The situation worsened two weeks ago with the collapse of an […]

Egyptian Muslims, Christians reach agreement to ease church repair rules

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Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church and the Muslim group Al-Azhar have come to an agreement on a unified law for building houses of worship, according to the Cairo daily newspaper al-Masry al-Youm. Egypt has long had strict rules prohibiting the repair or […]

Good Samaritan’s act saves his life

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A Canadian who saw a woman stranded on a Wisconsin highway with a flat tire stopped and helped — only to have the tables turned on him a few miles down the road when she saved his life. “Indiana-bound Victor […]

Gallup: Fewer Democrats attending church

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The gap between Democrat and Republican churchgoers has widened, according to a new Gallup poll. The new report shows that 52 percent of Democrats seldom or never attend church. Democrats who attend weekly dropped two percent  from 29 to 27 percent […]

71 tattooed Texas Pentecostal preachers roar up to Israel’s Wailing Wall — on Harleys!

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A group of tattooed Texans on a mission of solidarity roared up to Israel’s Temple Mount and joined Orthodox Jews praying Sunday night at the Western Wall — all that remains of Solomon’s Temple. The hog riders may not look […]

British Conservatives losing Christian voters

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Pollsters say 83 percent of church-going British voters are opposed to Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom — and 57 percent are “less likely to vote” for his party as a result. “The […]

Philippine priest lights a candle in the darkness … and adds smoked fish

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“When you were with us, all you did was to cause me and our children pain,” reads the letter from a Philippine inmate’s wife. “We always fought whenever you asked for money to support your vices. But now, you no […]

Supreme Court Justice says it’s past time to resolve “separation of church and state”

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says confusion and contradiction surround recent lower court rulings concerning the “Establishment Clause.” Within the First Amendment of the he U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, there is a phrase that Congress shall make no […]

Muslim: Britain needs to be more Christian

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The only Muslim in the United Kingdom’s cabinet says Britain should be more Christian. Writing in the daily newspaper the Telegraph, Baroness Sayeeda Hussain Warsi suggested Christians have no reason not to be proud of their religion — and declared that […]

Popular squirrel checks for fan mail

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You’ve known squirrels are intelligent. Well, this one has been the subject of several videos — and in the first one shown here, apparently is checking to see if any fan mail arrived today: Here, his human neighbors suspect his […]

Will FDR’s D-Day prayer be added to Memorial?

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The national World War II Memorial has a serious problem, says Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) — it ignores the crucial role that Christian faith played. The monument highlights 12 famous speeches given as America was dragged into the worldwide conflict […]

Study says only 18 percent of Christian kids abandon their faith when they leave home

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“For years, we’ve heard the statistic that 80-85 percent of kids walk away from church when they graduate from high school,” writes Dale Hudson. “I’ve always thought that sounded way to high. If you thought it sounded too high as well, […]

After 12 years of praying with kids at flagpole, pastor says offended atheists won’t stop him

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Can a Wisconsin atheist group keep a Florida preacher from meeting with local kids who want to pray at their school’s flagpole before classes begin? School Attorney Bruce Bickner for the Clay County School Board says the atheists can, indeed […]

What if you wanted to save the world, but could not speak or even feed yourself?

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The next time you feel like complaining about your life, consider Sara Coiner. She cannot speak. She cannot walk. She cannot move her hands with enough control to type on a keyboard. But she has a driving desire to tell […]

Lawmaker says prayer saved her life; fights for American students to have freedom to pray

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Florida State Senator Larcenia Bullard says she’s alive because of the power of prayer — and that’s why she’s fighting for the right of Florida students to pray. Recently, she was brought to tears during debate over proposed state legislation that […]

Obama says God wants jobs legislation

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President Barack Obama Was President Obama mocking Congress for reaffirming the nation’s official motto “In God We Trust?”   In the video, the President reaffirms his belief in God, then speaks for the Almighty — stating that the Creator wants […]

Catholics fined for ‘illegal worship’

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A Montreal judge has ruled that Paula Celani worshiped illegally — fining her $144 — charted with cult activity.  “On a Sunday morning two years ago,” reports Graeme Hamilton in Canada’s National Post newspaper, she and “about 80 members of her Catholic […]

Would they mock Quarterback Tebow’s faith if he were Jewish or Muslim … or Buddhist?

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So, now is it cool to mock Quarterback Tim Tebow’s faith? Apparently Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch thinks so. He openly mimicked Tebow’s familiar prayer pose after sacking Tebow in the second quarter this week. “Ridicule Tim Tebow for his slow release, for missing […]

Judges rescind fine for Janet Jackson’s Superbowl “wardrobe malfunction”

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In what the Parent’s Television Council called “a sucker-punch to families everywhere” a court ruling which “reaches the level of judicial stupidity,” has ruled that there was nothing indecent about pop singer Janet Jackson’s breast being bared before 90 million people […]

“There is a God; He listens to prayer,” says sheriff as missing 8-year-old boy is found safe

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“There were some times that you just had to reach down and find that faith that you were going to find him,” said County Sheriff David Hines. The lawman was speaking to reporters after mute, autistic 8-year-old Robbie Wood — missing […]

Congress confirms: “In God We Trust” is America’s official motto

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It’s not exactly a new idea — that America’s motto should be “In God We Trust.” However, the House of Representatives made it official once again Wednesday by a vote of 396 to 9. The Senate passed a similar resolution […]

“Occupy DC” protesters decline job offers

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After more than a month of protests demanding better employment opportunities and benefits, the Washington, D.C.-based media watchdog group Accuracy in Media decided to offer protesters camping out at “Occupy DC” real jobs. AIM’s “headhunters” set up a table in […]

A 5-year-old’s prayer is answered

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Only five years old, Arnoldo already knew about rejection, denial and disappointment. It’s a hard lesson for a child whose only desire is to be normal. Through no fault of his own, the low-income Venezuelan boy was born with a […]

Rupert Murdoch adds Thomas Nelson publishers to HarperCollins empire

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Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has bought the Nashville-based Thomas Nelson, Inc., Christian publishers, reports Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg for the Wall Street Journal. The purchase was made by News Corp.’s HarperCollins book publishers. No terms of the sale were disclosed, but […]

Libya’s Gadhafi used Jewish contacts to try to patch up relations with the United States

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The late Moammar Gadhafi reached out through Jewish channels to try to repair relations with the United States during his final decade as Libya’s leader. “Now it can be told,” writes Ron Kampeas for JTA, the Israeli news service. “For the last decade or so, […]

Israel nabs terrorist leader Hassan Yousef, father of bestselling “Son of Hamas” author

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Sheikh Hassan Yousef, co-founder of the Palestinian terror group Hamas and father of New York Times bestselling author Hosab Hassan Yousef, has been picked up in a raid inside the Palestinian territories by Israeli Defense Forces. The elder Yousef had been freed from […]

Feds crack down on church TV shows

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The Federal Communications Commission is cracking down on religious broadcasters — and this time it’s for real. For decades, false rumors have circulated that the FCC is trying to shut down all religious programming. It’s one of those rumors that […]

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