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Behind the scenes, Charlie Sheen rescued dad’s, brother’s inspiring movie “The Way”

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Troubled, controversial actor Charlie Sheen stepped in and saved brother Emilio Estevez’s inspirational movie The Way which stars their dad, Martin Sheen. “At a critical point,” says Martin, when Charlie’s big brother Emilio did not have enough money to re-edit […]

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Texas, Alabama, Arizona groups ignore threats from Wisconsin atheists

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Thousands of Texans, including the state attorney general and the governor, presidential hopeful Rick Perry, have sent a clear message to Wisconsin atheists who enjoy intimidating small towns into removing nativity scenes. The message is the same from an American […]

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Barna: 8 out of 10 young Christians can’t apply their faith to everyday life

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Eight out of ten young Christian adults in America have no idea how to apply their faith to their daily living, reports pollster George Barna. His finding was announced as the Barna Group released its end-of-the-year top six trends in […]

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PETA wants equal time for dogs on TLC’s reality TV show “All-American Muslim”

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Irritated over an episode of the already controversial TLC cable TV reality program “All-American Muslim,” the animal advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is demanding equal time for canines. At issue is Islamic — or perhaps Arab […]

Australia worries gambling hurting kids

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Three fourths of all Australians have a problem with gambling. Although the country only has 22 million people — fewer than the entire state of Texas — Aussies spend nearly $12 billion a year on poker machines alone. “Many Australians […]

Atheists embracing faith for their kids

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Faith and family are so tightly linked in American society that “even some of society’s least religious people find religion to be important in their private lives,” says researcher Elaine Howard Ecklund from Rice University. Despite their personal non-belief, reports […]

Amazing 7-year-old actress stuns NYC

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If 30 years ago precocious little Drew Barrymore stole your heart in E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, then you are going to be delighted this Christmas with a dynamo of a 7-year-old actress, Maggie Elizabeth Jones. In what may be the surprise […]

Santa saves two from burning car

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Ho, ho, ho, that’s him — the jolly ol’ elf himself at a Dallas intersection, where he startled motorists by pulling two passengers out of a crashed vehicle shortly before it exploded into flame. Then Santa stuck around to direct […]

Pretending to be Jesus renews skeptic’s faith

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You’ve seen the extraordinary paintings of Jesus’ life. They’re in bookstores and magazines. They’re all over the Internet. They’re the work of artist Liz Lemon Swindle. They’ve won worldwide acclaim – even compared to Italian master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, […]

California carolers surprise shoppers

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A bunch of friends in Redondo Beach, California, had a bright idea — why not put on their own “flash mob” Christmas pageant at the local Galleria shopping mall. Without any permission, they just showed up and began singing Christmas […]

Tebowing goes international

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Across the globe, folks are Tebowing in exotic places. What is Tebowing? It’s “to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different,” says sportswriter Lindsay H. Jones at the […]

Graphic novelist tackles Christmas

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Billy Tucci, a “graphic novelist,” best known for soldiers, samurais and superheroes, has turned his attention to what he calls “the greatest superhero” in his newest work, writes James Davis in South Florida’s Sun Sentinel daily newspaper. A “graphic novel” might be […]

Air Force base will keep its nativity scene

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Travis Air Force Base in California has decided it will not ban a nativity scene and menorah from a showcase of 24 Christmas displays along one of the base’s main thoroughfares — in spite of threats from the atheist Military […]

Great Christmas gifts for your … dog?

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So, you just don’t know what to buy Fido for Christmas? Well, if a nice bone from the butcher shop just won’t do, here are some ideas from the British tabloid newspaper the Telegraph. One possibility would be “Petite Amande […]

Thousands rally to save Texas nativity

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Thousands of Texans, including the state attorney general and the governor, have sent a clear message to Wisconsin atheists who enjoy intimidating small towns into removing nativity scenes. At least 5,000 showed up at a rally supporting Henderson County officials […]

Over morning coffee, five friends inspire “Merry Christmas” billboards nationwide

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“As Christians, we were offended,” the five told the morning news shows. Over coffee, Joanne Brown, Linda Bennett, Judi Hanna, Laurie Kramer and Pat See, all of the Youngstown, Ohio, area — lamented Americans’ increasingly “politically correct” pressure to mumble […]

Last minute gift: a Jesus toaster!

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“Have breakfast with Jesus every morning!” writes Monsignor Charles Pope, in a tongue-in-cheek message on the website of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., “In the past you’ve had see Him with eyes of faith. Now you can see Him right […]

Bureaucrats decide Congressmen cannot write “Merry Christmas” in official mail

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Anonymous federal rulemakers this year decided that members of the U.S. House of Representatives are not allowed to wish their constituents back home “Merry Christmas.” Senators may. However, members of the House may only offer holiday greetings to voters. They must steer clear of anything so politically incorrect […]

Silent monks “sing” the Hallelujah Chorus

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It’s just a fun skit — a bunch of high schoolers who to the delight of their audience pondered just how a bunch of monks who’d taken a vow of silence might put on a Christmas concert. If you think […]

All across America, “Secret Santas” anonymously paying off strangers’ layaways

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A generosity phenomenon is spreading like wildfire this Christmas season — “Secret Santas” walking up to layaway counters and paying off balances owed by total strangers. The phenomenon may have begun in Michigan where a woman paid off three layaway charges at a […]

Joy to the World! Take the word to the mall!

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What fun! The choir at  Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, Minnesota decided to go Christmas caroling at the Burnsville Center Shopping Mall. Then somebody put the word out on the Internet — and caroling turned into a flash mob. […]

American Idol star to take a two-year break from music, serve as a Mormon missionary

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“American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta startled a Christmas concert crowd in Salt Lake City with the announcement that he’s putting his musical career on hold to become a Mormon missionary. The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints strongly encourages its youth to go on two-year […]

Survey: poor economy hurting churches

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How is the economic downturn affecting churches across America? More than 92 percent of the congregations responding to a recent survey said they had been impacted by members’ job loss and loss of income. Only slightly more than a third […]

Christmas caroling meets “flash mobbing”

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Folks have been Christmas caroling for centuries. It’s a fun tradition. Just get a few friends and their kids together and go stand in the freezing cold of your neighbors’ lawns. Send an eight-year-old up to knock on the door […]

Did atheist N. Korea’s leaders really say they’ll “pray” for deceased tyrant Kim Jong-il?

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With thousands of Christians in North Korean labor camps for refusing to deny their faith, it is nothing short of puzzling that the officially atheist nation has ordered its 24 million citizens to spend three minutes on Dec. 29, 2011 praying for […]

British Prime Minister admits personal doubts, calls for Christian revival, values

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In ceremonies commemorating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned a growing “do as you please” culture, warned of a “slow-motion moral collapse” in Britain and called for a revival of traditional Christian […]

15,000 Czechs tell census they’re Jedi knights

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A half century under Soviet occupation and politically correct anti-religious indoctrination in its schools has left one of the most historically Christian nations in Europe divided — with half of the population claiming to be atheists or unsure what they […]

High schooler sues, says Constitution allows him to defend Christian morality in class

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A Michigan high schooler has filed a suit saying his Constitutional rights were violated when an Economics teacher kicked him out of class for disagreeing with the teacher about the homosexual lifestyle. The Thomas More Law Center has filed a […]

Arizona to Wisconsin atheists: Quit whining!

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A federal judge in Phoenix, Arizona, has told a group of Wisconsin atheists that they need to go home and quit fussing about other people’s business, writes Mary Kochan for Catholic Lane. In an opinion column titled “You Whiny, Sniveling […]

China “revokes probation” of Christian lawyer already jailed at secret location for 2 years

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In the first official word from Chinese authorities about Christian human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who disappeared into police custody nearly two years ago, police say they have revoked his probation and are sending him back to prison. The puzzling announcement […]

Muslim women to shun bananas, cucumbers?

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Yes, he’s read the reports that a Muslim cleric announced women should not touch cucumbers, carrots or bananas lest they become sexually impure, admits Egyptian newspaper editor Muna Khan in the Cairo daily al-Arabiya. And Khan says he is just […]

Should 80-year-old “Bird Lady” go to jail for feeding her neighborhood’s ducks?

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An 80-year-old old Massachusetts woman is willing to go to jail rather than quit feeding the ducks at a pond near her house. She says she worries about the health of her feathered friends — particularly during the winter when […]

Food Safety News: Just because the label says “Honey” doesn’t mean a bee would eat it

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Just because it says “honey” on the label doesn’t mean that a bee would have anything to do with it. Today’s grocery shelves are full of imported honey that is little more than sugar gel – and lacks many of […]

Remembering Pearl Harbor and 70 years ago

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On the 70th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famed “Day of Infamy” speech before a join session of Congress, asking for a declaration of war, catapulting America into World War II, perhaps it’s appropriate to pause and remember the […]

Saudis say female drivers lead to hedonism

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Saudi Arabian scholars have published their research findings that allowing women to drive automobiles leads to sexual promiscuity. The desert kingdom is the only country in the world that denies females driver’s licenses. Saudi police recently arrested a number of […]

Church of the Nativity scheduled for a facelift

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Fearing that the 1,500-year-old roof of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity could collapse at any time, the Palestinian Authority is looking into how to repair the wooden and leaking top of the basilica built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian around […]

Christmas stage collapses, but kids OK!

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Oh what fun it is to sing in the mall while your parents and grandparents and godparents record the grand event! Wearing a cool Christmas hat! So, while singing their hearts out, challenging shoppers to have a little love in […]

“Openness” party calls for less openness

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The leader of Germany’s youth-dominated Piratenpartei Deutschland, the “German Pirates Party,” has admonished members to stop calling each other names on Twitter. If they must insult one another, they need to stop doing it on the party’s highly visible social media accounts, […]

Pope charged with not wearing seatbelt

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Was it a case of an over-zealous bureaucrat? Safety officials trying to make a highly visible point about the need for car seat belts? “In a case that brought amusement to the Vatican, a German court decided to throw out […]

BBC unveils Prince Albert’s sexy oil painting of Queen Victoria

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An entire era is named for her  and symbolizes uptight attitudes about sensuality. But it turns out Queen Victoria may have had a behind-closed-doors side not suspected by the 19th Century public. Imperious, unapproachable, often speaking in an aloof plural […]

Pentagon retreats from Bible ban in U.S. military hospitals, but how did it happen?

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One day after an outraged Congressman denounced a Pentagon ban on Bibles or any other religious literature in U.S. military hospitals, the Obama Administration has dropped the policy. But questions linger. Why would unelected bureaucrats think they can ban Bibles? How […]

Dog shoots man? Yes, says baffled deputy

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A duck hunter in Utah reported to a hospital emergency room and told medical workers that his dog shot him. In the derriere.  The glutteus maximus. Emergency room workers say the hunter won’t be sitting comfortably for a few days, but is […]

It’s ‘Christmas tree,’ say irked Rhode Islanders

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Although Governor Lincoln Chafee has decided to declare the decorated evergreen in the State Capitol’s Rotunda a “holiday tree,” a chorus of Rhode Islanders are proclaiming it a Christmas Tree. In fact, a local talk show host is planning a […]

Iran official says illegal churches harm youth

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As the anniversary of Iran’s 2010 Christmas raids on Christian homes and house-based churches approaches, Iran’s minister of intelligence has announced that underground Evangelical churches pose a serious threat to the nation’s youth. Meanwhile a senior Iranian religious official said […]

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