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Hispanics turning evangelical, Jews secular

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Worship service attendance is up in New York City, but down among young adult Jews, according to recent studies. On the other hand, fewer Spanish-speaking teens are attending Catholic mass, but more are showing up at Evangelical churches. A recent […]

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Want a Good Movie for Your Youth Group?

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What does it take to make a good Christian movie? “Passion,” says Nicole Abisinio, producer of “The Investigator,” based on the true-life story of comedian Ray Romano’s brother Rich. In the long-running TV series “Everybody Loves Raymond.” the character “Robert” […]

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Egypt’s Christians weep as rioters target their churches, homes, businesses … and children

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Christian nuns are paraded through the streets like prisoners of war. Scores of churches and Christian schools smolder in vandalized ruins. Christian children are being gunned down on the street. “The words are heavy to put together this morning,” writes an […]

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Focus on the Family’s President Says It’s Time to “Refocus”

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 It’s tough out there in the culture wars and Jim Daly has the battle scars to prove it. But does the top executive of Focus on the Family believe he can ever successfully declare a truce with forces that seem […]

Dallas cops give hookers a choice: jail or Jesus

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Authorities in Dallas are grappling with prostitution by taking some uncommon measures. Rather than sending prostitutes directly to jail, officers are giving them a unique opportunity — to turn their lives around, get off of streets and begin a process […]

Why is the Episcopal Church near collapse?

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The headlines coming out of the Episcopal Church’s annual U.S. convention are stunning — endorsement of cross-dressing clergy, blessing same-sex marriage, the sale of their headquarters since they can’t afford to maintain it. The American branch of the Church of […]

The Blaze: Obama’s brother turns on him

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The Assistant Editor of The Blaze, Billy Hallowell, reports that all may not be well within the Obama family. President Barack Obama may be less-than-content over reports that his half-brother, George Obama, appears in “2016: Obama’s America,” a documentary that […]

Iran’s mad imams should be given nukes?

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With the Iranian army practicing mock missile strikes on U.S. bases in Afghanistan, China only begrudgingly joining the European Union’s sanctions against Tehran, and the Israeli air force calculating firing solutions on Iran’s nuclear facilities, the headline in Foreign Affairs […]

Understanding Christian Political Engagement

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Guest Blogger: Bethany Blankley Pastor Charles Worley of Maiden, North Carolina created a firestorm among Christians and non-Christians when he suggested that homosexuals be rounded up and put inside electrical fences, left to die. Obviously, this is not the Christian […]

Are “unacceptable religions” fatal for U.S. presidential candidates?

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Is there an unwritten religious litmus test for the U.S. presidency? Do voters require candidates to be “not just religious, but acceptably religious”? Yes, say Northwest Nazarene University professors Steve Shaw and Darrin Grinder. If they are right, will Mitt […]

U.S. Marine dies after rescuing ORU trustee’s daughter from deadly air crash

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The daughter of an Oral Roberts University trustee was pulled from the wreckage of a crashed small aircraft by a former U.S. Marine sergeant severely injured in the crash, who then helped her wave down help along a highway. Three were killed in the crash, and former […]

Chuck Colson: Beyond Watergate

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 by James D. Davis  Copyright © 2012, South Florida Sun-Sentinel This week I told a friend that Chuck Colson was on his deathbed. Her response: “Who’s that?” That ignorance is good, in a way. For many in my generation, Colson, […]

Is there anything to all the buzz on Twitter about Obama’s weekend executive order?

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Has President Barack Obama quietly given himself dictatorial powers over the weekend — new authority to nationalize much of the country’s national resources? To draft citizens into a non-military corps? That’s the buzz – particularly on Twitter over an Executive […]

Surprising Twist in Gingrich SC Victory Speech

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What a month of surprises our nation has seen in regard to this year’s primary season.  Rick Perry drops out of the race and gives his support to Newt Gingrich; the Iowa Republican Party announces that Rick Santorum beat out […]

Search for Survivors on Italian Cruise Ship Continues

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With 5 confirmed deaths and 30 reported injuries, six crew members and 9 passengers were still unaccounted for on the Italian Cruise Ship, Costa Concordia as of late Sunday. On Friday, the 13th , the ship carrying more than 4,200 […]

So, you’re getting married! What kind of wedding do you want?

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She’s wearing the ring. He’s walking on clouds. Her mother is having excited phone calls with bridal shops. Her sister is researching honeymoon cruises. His little brother is gathering tin cans and snickering with his friends about what they’ll write on […]

Does Bible ban tattoos? No, scoffs shopping center church that also offers cage fighting

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The Bridge, an offbeat church in a Flint, Michigan shopping center, is offering tattoos to its members. It also offers occasional classes in cage fighting, poetry slams and auto repair. “A Michigan pastor who says he’s doing everything he can […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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,” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Turkish ‘zombies’ raise funds for earthquake

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More than 250 Turks dressed as zombies filled Istanbul’s Ortaköy Square to raise money for earthquake victims. They gathered in the Turkish capital to celebrate Halloween, commemorate the late famous pop singer Michael Jackson in what they described as a […]

Burma tries to regulate fasting and prayer

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In what would appear to be an astonishing attempt to regulate what citizens do in private, the government of Burma’s Kachin province has issued tough new regulations on fasting and prayer. The chairman of Maw Wan Ward in Phakant Township […]

Berlin restaurant caters to cavemen

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There’s no cheese, no bread, no sugar served at Berlin’s Sauvage Restaurant. You see, the trendy eatery only caters to cavemen. According to its chalkboard menu, “Real Food Revolution: Peolithic cuisine!” What that means is that it only serves what […]

Quit your job … with a musical flair!

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Twenty-four-year-old Joey DeFrancesco pulled off what most of us have only dreamed of. He quit his job in a way that made his boss look, well, perhaps not his best, in front of 2 million people and a marching band.   It seems Joey […]

Sexual promiscuity may cause heart attacks

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The sexually transmitted Human Papillomavirus, known to be the leading cause of cervical cancer, has also been linked to increased risk of heart attack according to new research released this week. “Women with cancer-causing strains of HPV may be at […]

Now British monarchs may wed Catholics

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Leaders of the British Commonwealth 0f nations Friday unanimously approved new rules that would allow a future British monarch to marry a Catholic. They also dropped the longstanding rule of succession that made it difficult for a Princess to rise […]

Crystal Cathedral picks university as “preferred buyer” in bankruptcy sale

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Dr. Robert H. Schuller’s famed Crystal Cathedral will be sold to nearby Chapman University if the church’s board has its way. Under the plan, Chapman University would purchase the Cathedral and surrounding buildings for $50 million. However, it would allow the church to continue […]

South Africa bans commercial depicting fallen angels as “offensive to Christians”

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South Africa’s national Advertising Standards Authority has ordered the removal of a TV commercial depicting angels falling from heaven as offensive to Christians.  The angelic beings are seen tumbling to Earth because they are attracted to a man wearing Axe deodorant. “A […]

End of the world rescheduled AGAIN!

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Well, it turns out the end of the world has been rescheduled … AGAIN … for Friday. And if that doesn’t work out, we’ve always got next December. In fact, a New York Times bestselling author says he knows exactly who’s to […]

Did Earth’s magnetic field block Harold Camping’s end of the world?

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Red and pink streaks have been filling the night sky across America — spotted even in the Deep South. Does it mean that doomsday preacher Harold Camping’s often-predicted end of the world is here? Well, actually, there was an event in […]

Polish resistance fighter who sneaked his Jewish girlfriend out of Auschwitz dead at 90

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Jerzy Bielecki, a Polish resistance fighter who in 1944 helped his Jewish girlfriend escape the Auschwitz death camp, has died at the age of 90. At the camp, as a Catholic, he was able to join the camp’s cadre, volunteers who helped with chores. Taking […]

“Occupy London” forces St. Paul’s Cathedral to close, first time since WWII blitz

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London’s historic St. Paul’s Cathedral, which survived Hitler’s blitz and the assassination of Thomas à Becket, has been forced to close its doors due to the “Occupy London Stock Exchange” protests.  The dean of the cathedral, the Right Reverend Graeme Knowles, […]

Who is this amazingly talented little boy?

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  We really don’t know a lot about this incredibly talented youngster who lives in a small village in Brazil. He has a voice like an angel — as you will hear by clicking below — name is Jose Antonio […]

Washington Post: Will Knights of Columbus have to remove ski slope’s Jesus statue?

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A statue of Jesus on a Montana ski slope is under attack — although its patch of U.S. Forest Service land has been leased for the last 58 years by local members of the Knights of Columbus. The Forest Service was worried somebody […]

Will Libyan democracy, religious freedom flourish now that Gaddafi is gone?

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Libyans are celebrating in the streets over the death of ex-Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi. But now that the Libyan revolution is over, how will it affect that nation’s Christian minority? Will democracy and freedom flourish? ‘We declare to the whole […]

Couple married 72 years dies an hour apart, holding hands

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Without the other, neither wanted to live, according the children of an elderly couple that died last week. Gordon Yeager, 94, and his wife Norma, 90, were married for 72 years, reports LifeSiteNews. However, their life together ended Wednesday after […]

Burmese Catholic priest tells of gunfire, raid at church, being forced to carry soldiers’ gear

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Could freedom and democracy be returning to Burma? After almost a half-century of brutal military rule, Christians there are hopeful. “Burma appears to be turning a new leaf,” reports Mission Network News. “The brutal military rule has given way to […]

October 21 comes and goes, world doesn’t end, Harold Camping not issuing any statements

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Once again, the world failed to end, despite a high-profile prediction from a radio preacher in California. “You may recall that Harold Camping, the self-proclaimed Doomsday prophet who misfired back on May 21 with his ‘guaranteed’ Second Coming of Christ […]

Goddess worshipers cite Barry Lynn, blast Christian prayer campaign for America

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A group that says it represents the District of Columbia’s pagan community is upset that a group of Christians is praying for America. In a press release distributed Friday, the group expressed concern that Christians are petitioning the Almighty, ” targeting […]

With doomsday deadline looming, Harold Camping’s faithful ponder doubts

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With October 21’s end-of-the-world deadline only hours away, the faithful followers of radio preacher Harold Camping are looking for answers. Camping owns Family Radio, a chain of Christian stations. But this time, the airwaves are filled with Christian music. Nobody’s making statements to […]

Researchers discover that kids often start cussing if their role models do

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If teenagers have heroes and role models who cuss, they are likely to do so, too. That was the finding of a group of researchers just released in Pediatrics, the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The team set out to investigate […]

Lions, tigers and bears! Town shuts down while hungry animals shot, recaptured

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Bengal tigers, African lions, cougars, cheetahs and grizzly bears on the loose forced school closings around Zanesville, Ohio, Wednesday. The owner of 56 exotic animals, apparently fearing that he might have to return to jail, released them from their cages […]

Why are U.S. Hispanic Catholics joining Pentecostal, Evangelical churches?

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Although their numbers have revitalized many Catholic parishes, Hispanic living in the United States are turning into Baptists and Pentecostals at surprising rates. Some say that in Latin America, their families would not tolerate investigating other Christian faiths. However, living […]

Mexico City considers two-year marriage licenses

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The Mexico City assembly is considering issuing two-year renewable marriage licenses, allowing couples to separate when the term expires rather than have to go through divorces. “Leftists in the city’s assembly – who have already riled conservatives by legalizing gay […]

Silent vigil fills Cairo cathedral as Egyptian officials try to blame massacre on the victims

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Young Coptic Christians stood in silent tribute Sunday night at Cairo’s Abbasseya Cathedral, mourning the violent deaths of 27 and wounding of hundreds in what is increasingly being referred to as the Maspero Massacre — as Egyptian army units opened fire […]

Teachers told to stay 3 feet from students

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Teachers at a public high school in Turkey’s Antalya province on the Mediterranean Sea have been ordered to stay at least three feet away from their students and to avoid any touching whatever. The order comes after on a decision handed down by Erdem Kaya, education […]

Were the Last Supper’s portions healthy?

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A study of historic paintings of the Last Supper show that Jesus and the Disciples were served healthy portions … at least at first. Over the centuries, artists have given them more and more on their plates, writes syndicated columnist […]

Directions withdrawn that told schools to push gay issues despite parental objections

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Directions to schools in Scotland to promote homosexual issues even if parents object have been withdrawn. The instructions came in a government-backed booklet which told Scottish school administrators to run “diversity events” for teachers and parents and adopt a specific […]

Witchdoctors blamed for epidemic of child sacrifices around African nation’s capital

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Villages around Uganda’s capital, Kampala, are gripped by fear, reports Chris Roberts with the BBC, as witchdoctors are being blamed for the surge in popularity of a traditional ritual said to bring wealth and good health — child sacrifice. Schoolchildren are […]

Ayn Rand Institute: “Occupy Wall Street” seeks to end capitalism

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“Occupy Wall Street”  is more than a bunch of rich kids making love in the park, smoking dope and railing against capitalism, says the Ayn Rand Center’s Don Watkins. “The real motive of the protesters is not to end ‘crony […]

Egypt: Hamas will free Israeli soldier held 5 years in trade for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners

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An Israeli soldier held for five years by the armed wing of Hamas will be released in exchange for the release of 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, according to Israeli Army Radio. Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Schalit was […]

Power of prayer credited for hostage’s escape

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“God heard my prayers!” says Philippine Army Master Sergeant Elpidio Tavelisma, husband of rescued hostage Evangeline Tavelisma — who says he “bombarded heaven” with prayers on behalf of his wife. The midwife — held  two months by Abu Sayyaf terrorists demanding a […]

Tea Partying never was any fun; if you want to make love not war, go Occupy Wall Street

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The media never has liked the Tea Party — a bunch of grumpy conservatives saying the government shouldn’t do this and shouldn’t do that. It’s no fun. But Occupy Wall Street is. The hundreds of youngsters camped out in New […]

NY Times: Pastor says Romney not a Christian

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A prominent Texas pastor introduced Rick Perry at a Washington, D.C. conference Friday as “a genuine follower of Jesus Christ,” then met with reporters and stated the standard evangelical position that Mitt Romney’s Mormon Church is a cult. As if […]

Go ahead! Smile! It’s World Smile Day!

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Across the globe today, diverse cultural divides are being crossed by a simple concept: Go ahead! Smile! Yesterday, the students of E.J. Blott Elementary School in Liberty, Ohio, took a break from the books to hit the football field in […]

Steve Jobs dead at 56; he defied the mediocrity of the corporate model

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Steve Jobs, the energetic voice of the Apple computer empire, is dead at 56 of complications from pancreatic cancer. With a high school buddy, Steve Wozniak, he founded Apple in his garage — convinced that small, personal computers were the […]

The world will end October 21, says Harold Camping … but no billboards this time

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This time the end of the world will be real, says 90-year-old California radio mogul Harold Camping — October 21, so be ready. But he doesn’t sound quite so confident this time. He suffered a stroke shortly after his most […]

Obama administration tells Supreme Court there should be no “ministerial exception”

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In a surprise move, the Obama Justice Department argued Wednesday before the U.S. Supreme Court that churches should not have the right to hire and fire employees who disagree with the doctrines of a particular faith. The position startled many observers. Taken to […]

Daily Mail: Christmas gone from new “Thomas the Tank Engine” children’s cartoon

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The annual battle to banish Christmas has started early this year with the beloved British children’s cartoon “Thomas the Tank Engine” carrying a “decorated tree” for the “winter holidays. The word “Christmas” is never uttered although the plucky little train engine […]

Students at more than 1,200 schools to participate in October 18 day of silence

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Kids at 1,231 schools and colleges have taken a vow of silence on October 18 — as they stand in solidarity with unborn kids in danger of being aborted. Many will go to school wearing a piece of red duct […]

Is Indonesia in danger of becoming another Pakistan?

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Islam’s most populous nation, Indonesia, is the most diverse nation imaginable — a far-flung archipelego of 13,466 islands where 238 million people speaking 742 languages live in everything from luxurious skyscraper penthouses to squalid cardboard slums, mountainside-hugging bamboo huts and rain-forest tree houses. The government […]

Did Jesus also die for Martians and Klingons?

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What is the Christian missionary responsibility if life is discovered on other planets?  Does the Great Commission call followers of Jesus to evangelize Alpha Centauri? After all, John 3:16 says that God “so loved the world …” — not the worlds. Or moons. In a speech […]

Arutz Sheva: Egypt, Qatar promise at Iran meeting to cut off Israel’s natural gas

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Egypt has promised an Arab conference it will cut off all natural gas sales to Israel, according to Arutz Sheva, the Israeli National News agency. “Egypt, which currently provides about 40 percent of Israel’s natural gas through its Sinai Peninsula pipeline,” writes Chana […]

Amanda Knox’s prayer answered; Italian judge acquits her of murder

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Standing in a packed but hushed courtroom, her hands raised with her fingertips touching as if in prayer, 24-year-old Amanda Knox proclaimed. “I am not what they say. I did not do the things they said I did. I didn’t […]

Orange County Register: Crystal Cathedral $50 million fundraiser nets $4,737

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A $50 million fundraising drive to spare Dr. Robert Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral from the auction block has fallen short. A month after announcing a “miracle faith” campaign to raise the millions owed to creditors, the congregation has collected $4,737. “That figure, […]

Wheaton, Regent researchers: Therapy successful for homosexuals wanting to change

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Therapy can assist a homosexual who wants to be heterosexual, according to a study published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. Psychologists Stanton L. Jones of Wheaton College and Mark A. Yarhouse of Regent University are the authors of […]

“Hail to the Chief” needs a Gospel beat, says presidential hopeful Herman Cain

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GOP presidential front-runner Herman Cain says that if elected, he’ll update the traditional presidential entrance music, “Hail to the Chief.” Why? The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO, who released his own Gospel music album in 1996, said it needs an update. Maybe with a […]

1,482 Gospel singers fill New Jersey city hall lawn, hoping for Guinness record

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Hoping a spot in Guinness Book of World Records, 1,482 singers from more than 40 churches gathered on the lawn of Bridgeton, N.J.’s city hall annex Saturday afternoon and sang “Amazing Grace” in four-part harmony. They followed it with “How Great Is Our God” […]

Does bestselling author Rick Warren want Christianity, Islam to merge into ‘Chrislam?’

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If there’s any hope for America, radio talk show host Dr. Laurie Roth is having trouble seeing it. Rick Warren praying at Obama’s inauguration “Everywhere we look today politicians, media and global elite are severing the traditional and important boundaries […]

Military chaplains won’t be forced to conduct same-sex marriages

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U.S. military chaplains asked to perform weddings will not be forced to violate their consciences nor the doctrines of their faith — and may decline to officiate nuptials for homosexual couples. The ruling came in a memo from Clifford Stanley, […]

Over 2 million kids show up early, pray for their schools at “See You at the Pole”

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More than 2 million students nationwide prayed in in front of their schools Wednesday for the annual “See You at the Pole” observance, now in its 21st year. Coordinated by the National Network of Youth Ministries in San Diego, the event is youth-led […]

Supreme Court to consider whether churches can hire, fire without government interference

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Does a church have the right to hire or fire the preacher without worrying about government interference? If a Catholic priest decides he doesn’t accept the authority of the Pope, can the diocese recall him without worrying about the National Labor Relations […]

Proposed fed rules would disqualify Jesus, Good Samaritan, says cardinal

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New federal guidelines are so narrow that Jesus himself would not qualify for the Department of Health and Human Services “religious employer exemption,” says Cardinal Daniel DiNardo. Neither would the Good Samaritan. The HHS rules has so many rules that “it […]

The Watchtower: Those who leave Jehovah’s Witnesses are “mentally diseased”

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Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses are “mentally diseased” and should be avoided just like anybody else with an infectious disease, according to an article in The Watchtower, the official magazine ditributed door-to-door by the church’s members. The article has prompted outcries from a number of […]

Joy Behar asks Michael Moore: Is America ready for a chubby President?

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Asked by Joy Behar on Headline News whether America would vote for a “fat” candidate for President, controversial film-maker Michael Moore, who has never been accused of being too skinny, responded that most Americans are fat and would probably identify with […]

Washington Post: Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Faces Potential Execution Today

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From Jordan Sekulow’s blog Religious Right Now at The Washington Post’s “On Faith”: Just days after Iran released two Americans accused of spying, an Iranian court has upheld the apostasy conviction and executionsentence of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Pastor Youcef will be […]

Now anybody can try translating the famed Dead Sea Scrolls

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Once available only to selected scholars, five of the fragile, 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls, which include some of the world’s oldest known biblical manuscripts, are now available online. Anybody with an Internet connection can now browse the the Great Isaiah Scroll, […]

Is Obama the Antichrist? Apparently not

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President Barack Obama passed a key test Monday night in case anybody is worried that he might be the Antichrist. Speaking at a campaign fundraiser at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, Obama was interrupted by a man identified […]

British cops won’t apologize for intimidating cafe owner into shutting off Bible video

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British police are claiming they did nothing wrong when they questioned a cafe owner for almost an hour until he turned off a video displaying Bible verses. Jamie Murray, owner of the Salt and Light Cafe in Blackpool, 240 miles northwest of […]

Ancestor-worshipping village shaman divines a path around Indonesia’s bureaucracy

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In Tumbang Saan, a village of huts built on stilts in Borneo’s vast rainforest, village elder Udatn had a problem. He’s a spiritual leader in Kaharingan, one of a number of names for the ancestor-worshipping, spirit-divining religion of Borneo’s indigenous forest people, the […]

British doctor accused of witnessing his Christian faith to a patient

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A British physician who asked a patient whether he had considered putting his faith in Jesus has come under the scrutiny of a medical board. However, the complaining patient has not shown up for hearings, prompting concern as to why the matter […]

Rice University: Only a minority of scientists call religion and science irreconcilable

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Are there irreconcilable differences between faith and science? Not in the opinion of prominent scientists who participated in a five-year study by Rice University. It suggests that only a minority of scientists at major research universities see religion and science […]

In Bay Minette, go to church, stay out of jail

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Commit a misdemeanor in Baldwin County, Alabama’s county seat — Bay Minette, population 7,726 — and it’s possible to stay out of jail by going to church. The new policy in Municipal Court begins next week. It is “being praised […]

Texas high schooler suspended for saying “being a homosexual is wrong”

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A Christian high school student has been punished by his school this week for saying he believes “being a homosexual is wrong.” Student Suspended for Saying Gay Is Wrong: MyFoxDFW.com Fort Worth 14-year-old Dakota Ary was sent to the principal’s […]

Were Saudi suicide bombers high on heroin?

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A Saudi official says the results of laboratory tests on the remains of suicide bombers who blew themselves up in terrorist attacks there show they had enough heroin in them to keep them from feeling pain when they blew themselves up. Saudi […]

LA Times: Computer project manager tries his hand at Muslim matchmaking

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Information technology project manager Mohammad Mertaban is doing his part to resolve the “marriage crisis” in the Southern  California Islamic community. It seems that growing numbers of devout Muslims in the U.S. are reaching their late 20s and early 30s  still single. These are […]

Nigerian priest in Okonko cult accused of killing one student, injuring two others

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A chief priest in the Okonko cult, Chief Emenike Umogariko, is accused of killing a political science graduate student from Nigeria’s Abia State University and seriously injuring two other persons, according to Nigeria’s Daily Sun newspaper. The victim, Ekenna Sunday Ugochukwu, died after being attacked with a […]

New Jersey church says “God trusts you,” will give away $90,000 in “reverse offering”

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Why is a 2,000-member New Jersey church with no building planning a $30,000 “reverse offering” followed by $60,000 more donated back to the community? “Washington is broke, people are broke, and folks have lost faith that government can provide a lasting […]

Video gamers solve molecular biology puzzle that stumped scientists for 10 years

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Computer games aren’t just time-wasting geek pastimes, according to the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. Online gamers have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had had baffled researchers for a decade. The accomplishment was published in the […]

NY Times: Somali radio gives 10-year-old contest winners AK-47 assault rifles, grenades

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A radio station run by Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamist group has awarded AK-47 assault rifles to children as young as 10 who won a Koran-reciting and general knowledge contest. Andulus radio, based near the Somali capital of Mogadishu, gave students who won top honors in the […]

Baylor Religion Poll: 73.1% of Americans believe “God has a plan for me”

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A new study shows that a majority of Americans believe God is the guiding force that is leading America’s economy and the government is too big. As a result, sociologists concluded these believers are upset about U.S. economic policy because […]

Southern Baptists propose name change

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The Southern Baptists are considering changing their name. “The announcement from Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright of a presidential task force to study the prospect of changing the convention’s name sparked a lively debate during the SBC Executive Committee […]

The Guardian: Was John Wesley distracted by Bristol church’s topless statue?

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The statue of a bare-breasted woman has been uncovered in a Bristol, England, church where John Wesley preached. Art experts removed a piece of 17th century armor consisting of a breastplate and backplate so that “she now stands – as they […]

Egypt abruptly bars exports of palm fronds to Israel, frustrating Sukkot festival planners

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Egypt has unexpectedly banned the export of closed palm fronds, just in time for Israel’s annual Sukkot festival, in which the fronds are a traditional feature. The Egyptian decision to ban the export has forced Israel to seek ways to make up […]

1 lb, 2 oz at birth, South African “miracle baby” kept alive in a sandwich bag

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She weighed 1 pound, 2 ounces at birth and spent her first three days on life support inside a plastic sandwich bag. Allegra Lategan was delivered during an emergency Caesarian on July 29 at 22 weeks. “South Africa’s miracle baby […]

Renegade clergy’s defiance threatens to split United Methodists

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Hundreds of United Methodist clergy are expressing deep concerns over a pledge made by a renegade group of fellow ministers to marry same-sex couples. Their concern is that if the pledge is carried through, the future of the denomination is […]

9-year-old boy credits God after surviving near-deadly encounter with plane propeller

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Texas 9-year-old Isaac Armstead credits his faith in God for his incredible survival after walking into a airplane propeller going full speed — and living to talk about it. The prop split his head open and took off his right […]

British Columbia officials marvel at kidnapped 3-year-old’s “miracle” return

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“Praise God. Who can know my family and not believe in an amazing, awesome God?” exclaimed the toddler’s mother. “We are truly blessed.” The toddler is three-year-old Kienan Hebert, safely returned — apparently by a kidnapper — to his Vancouver-area, […]

Churches taking over Hungary’s schools as part of new austerity measures

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Churches are taking over Hungary’s school as the government cuts back on services. “Local government officials in Hungary are handing state-owned schools over to churches, unable to afford their upkeep during the economic recession, according to church sources,” reports the […]

High court orders Pakistan to let Hindus worship in historic temple

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Pakistan’s Peshawar High Court on Thursday ordered the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to allow Hindus to worship in a temple closed after Pakistan’s independence 64 years ago. A two-member judicial panel comprised of Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice […]

Six heroes brave flames to lift car off of trapped cyclist

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They’re calling it the miracle in Logan, Utah and here is a video that bears that out. As you can see, a group of about a dozen people lifted up a burning car and dragged out 21-year-old Brandon Wright, who […]

Top atheist says “dangerous, damaging and disingenuous” Christians “must be eradicated”

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American Atheists, a non-profit that claims to protect the rights of atheists and to ensure the “absolute separation of government and religion,” always seems to find itself in the middle of controversy, writes Billy Hallowell at the news website the […]

Rogue trader loses $2 billion, posts on Facebook: “Need a miracle”

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The Financial Times is reporting that before an unauthorized trader at the Swiss investment firm UBS lost $2 billion in trades, he posted on his Facebook account: “Need a miracle.” Although the firm has yet to identify the alleged rogue trader, police reportedly […]

100-year-old credits “serving God by serving others” for her long life

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“God is everything to me,” says Ideaner Harden Moore Walker, who just turned 100 years old. “God is great in His goodness.” “I’ve been praying since I was 6 years old,” she told the Orangeburg, S.C., newspaper the Times and Democrat, “and […]

Angel Food Ministries cancels September deliveries, suspends refunds

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Angel Food Ministries, which in the past has delivered discounted food to as many as 5,000 churches in 43 states, has cancelled September’s deliveries and suspended refunds of pre-payments. A statement on the ministry’s website reads:  We regret to inform you that Angel Food Ministries will […]

Palestinians make U-turn, decide to go ahead with bid for statehood

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Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has reversed a pledge to Saudi, European and Egyptian officials to hold off on asking the United Nations to recognize as a new state Israel’s occupied Palestinian territories. Sources told the middle eastern news website DEBKAfile […]

Pat Robertson: It’s OK to divorce a spouse stricken with Alzheimer’s

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Pat Robertson says divorce of a spouse with Alzheimer’s is allowable since the partner “is gone.” A viewer had asked Robertson how she should advise a friend who had begun dating another woman although his wife was still alive — but suffering from dementia brought […]

Federal judge: Illegal to display U.S national motto in schoolroom, Buddhist flags OK

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A federal appeals court in California ruled Tuesday that a San Diego-area math teacher does not have the constitutional right to display America’s national motto, “In God We Trust” in his classroom. The fact that school officials allowed Tibetan prayer […]

Wall Street Journal: Jewish voters switched to GOP over NY same-sex marriage, Israel

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The Democrats lost a long-held Congressional seat to the Republicans Tuesday because Jewish voters were irked over New York’s new same-sex marriage law and the Obama administration’s attitude toward Israel, according to political observers. “Many Jewish voters turned out to […]

Life not easy for Israel’s Christian “Messianic” Jews

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by Corine Gatti of the Beliefnet staff Why would a Jewish believer in Yeshua — Hebrew for Jesus —  uproot themselves to move to the Middle East? That could be easily answered: a passion for the Holy Land and belief that Israel […]

NY Times: Scorned Buddhist convert besieges Tibetan master with 8,000 threatening “tweets”

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“Even the Buddha of compassion might have been distressed to be on the receiving end of the diatribes that William Lawrence Cassidy is accused of posting on Twitter,” directed at Tibetan Buddhist reincarnated master Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, reports the New […]

Nine Amish jailed in Kentucky; refused to put orange triangles on their horse-drawn buggies

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Nine Amish men have been jailed after refusing to put go-slow safety signs on their carts — and there are dozens more facing a similar fate, reports the British newspaper the Daily Mail. The men, who belong to the conservative Old Order […]

Unicef study: Materialism is undermining British families, helped cause recent riots

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A cycle of “compulsive consumerism” driven by materialism is leaving British family life in crisis, according to a study by the United Nations agency UNICEF. The agency also blamed the phenomenon as one of the underlying causes of this year’s […]

Miss Universe grateful to the Almighty, “satisfied with the way God created me”

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Newly crowned Miss Universe, Leila Lopes from Angola, thanked God after she was crowned at the 60th anniversary of the beauty pageant. When asked what physical trait she would change about herself, Lopes said: “Thank God I’m very satisfied with […]

Iran will release U.S. hikers as Ahmadinejad prepares to speak at UN

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Two American hikers imprisoned in Iran for more than two years are about to be released as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prepares for his annual trip to the United Nations. Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd were arrested and convicted of […]

Half-Jewish, half-Arab housewife arrested, released in 9/11 scare

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Shoshana Hebshi, who describes herself as “half-Arab, half Jewish,” was at the center of an in-flight scare that made headlines Sunday. The self-described housewife was arrested at gunpoint at the end of a Frontier Airlines flight after other passengers reported […]

Abortion rate much higher with co-habitating couples

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The chart speaks for itself. Married couples abort their pregnancies at a rate almost 10 times less than couple who are just living together. The chart was prepared by pro-life activist David Schmidt and appears on his website Live Action. […]

CBN: Saudi-born Christian warns “the Koran tells you to hate Christians and Jews”

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Al Fadi, a Saudi native now living in America, says the truth must be proclaimed about the religion in which he was raised. However, because he has been candid, his life is at risk, he says. Speaking on the Christian […]

Libyan rebels say they will impose Islamic law

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Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the chairman of the National Transitional Council, has a message for Libyans: Fear not, Sharia law is on the way. In a broadcast on the Arabic cable channel al-Jazeera, he assured a cheering crowd that the new […]

Christian author Shane Claiborne teams with Ben & Jerry’s to battle the Pentagon

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Shane Claiborne, a Christian activist and author based in Philadelphia, has teamed up with liberal activist Ben Cohen — the “Ben” of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream — to denounce U.S. military spending. They’ve launched a “Jesus, Bombs and Ice […]

Facebook co-founder will fight North Carolina ban of homosexual marriages

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North Carolina voters have been granted a chance to vote on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman next year. The state Senate has voted 30-16 to approve the measure Tuesday afternoon. State Senator Warren […]

ACLU fights Oklahoma ban on Islamic law; Muslim group supports Michigan ban

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The battle over Muslim shari’ah law in American has taken some unexpected turns. As might be expected, the American Civil Liberties Union — which predictably takes up any and all anti-Christian causes — is suing the state of Oklahoma in […]

Militants order Somali schools: ban English, teach Arabic

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The militant group al-Shabab, one of several vying for control of Somalia, has ordered all schools to quit teaching English or face violent consequences. Since Somalia has had no government for more than 20 years, all schools are run by charitable groups. The militant group […]

Belgian Muslims can now go to their own “shari’ah” courts for divorces, annullments

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A shari’ah court based on Islamic law has been established for Muslims in Antwerp, Belgium, but has the same legal status as “Judge Judy” on American TV, according to officials. The Muslim court will handle marriage disputes and inheritance issues if requested […]

Pastor tells flock to stop tolerating adultery, delete Facebook accounts, shun porn

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South Carolina mega-church pastor Perry Noble had a hard-hitting message on the seriousness of sexual immorality in the church. For those who take sexual sins lightly, he made it clear to them: “You’re not saved,” according to Audrey Barrick reporting for […]

ABC News: Watching SpongeBob SquarePants hurts pre-schoolers’ development

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Watching highly paced cartoons such as SpongeBob SquarePants hinders pre-schoolers’ abstract thinking, short-term memory and impulse control, according to the University of Virginia. “He may be one of the longest-running, best-loved cartoons in Nickelodeon history,” writes Courtney Hutchison for ABC […]

Japanese Buddhists, Christians mark six-month anniversary of earthquake, tsunami

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While the United States was observing the 10-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Japan on Sunday was marking the six-month anniversary of the March earthquake and tsunami that devasted a large portion of the island nation. The Japanese observed […]

NY Times: Bush, Clinton appeal for unity at Shanksville 9/11 ceremony

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The dedication of a 9/11 memorial in a grassy field near Shanksville, Pa., Saturday gave former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton a chance to appeal for unity. Neither “specifically mentioned the fractured state of relations in Washington,” observed Katherine Q. […]

Bishop T.D. Jakes: A prayer for 9/11

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“Dear God,” offers Bishop T.D. Jakes, the pastor of the Potter’s House church in Texas, “Thou who has been our help in ages past, thou who dispenses your comfort to all those who mourn. We seek your grace to strengthen […]

No thanks to God or first responders at Mayor’s secular 9/11 ceremonies

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants Sunday’s 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks to focus on the victims and their families — not on God or the heroes who rushed into the burning towers to save as many as they […]

Washington Post: The true story of the Ground Zero Cross

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The shape was oddly identifiable in the blasted wreckage of the World Trade Center, standing upright amid beams bent like fork tines and jagged, pagan-seeming tridents, recalls Sally Jenkins in the Washington Post. Rescue worker Frank Silecchia found what has come […]

NY Times: Ethnic neighborhoods not thrilled with new homosexual marriage law

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Not everybody’s delighted with the New York state legislature’s controversial same-sex marriage law, particularly some of the Big Apple’s ethnic neighborhoods, writes Dan Bilefsky in the New York Times. “The legalization of same-sex marriage in New York State has been […]

British wish faith was more visible in their communities

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Nearly half of British adults would like to see more demonstrations of faith in their local communities, according to a poll. The survey was conducted by the Congregational & General Insurance Co., which said that out of 1,000 British adults, 44 per cent […]

USA Today: Bloomberg’s exclusion of clergy at 9/11 ceremonies is a mistake

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Writing on USA Today‘s editorial page, attorney Jay Sekulow says “New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision not to invite clergy of any faith to commemorate the anniversary Sunday at Ground Zero is a mistake.” The move is deeply offensive […]

Australia may force Scientologists church into bankruptcy

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The Australian government may force the Church of Scientology there to pay millions in past salaries to former members who say they were forced to work for free. The move came after Australian labor officials received confidential statements from several […]

Rudy Guiliani chides NYC Mayor: microphones won’t melt if clergy are allowed to pray

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani was just a little sarcastic as he advised Mayor Michael Bloomberg that the microphones won’t melt if plans are changed and clergy are allowed to pray at Sunday’s memorial observances as Ground Zero. […]

NY Times: “Jesus Daily” on Facebook surpasses Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, NFL

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“Jesus Daily” — which started off as a preacher’s son’s hobby now has the most highly engaged Facebook audience in the world, reports Jennifer Preston in the New York Times. The page hosted by Aaron Tabor, 41, a North Carolina physician, far […]

Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus to speak at National Cathedral’s 9/11 service, but no evangelicals

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The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., has scheduled “A Call to Compassion” interfaith prayer vigil on Sept. 11 — however not a single protestant or evangelical has been invited to participate. Who was invited? A Roman Catholic bishop, a Jewish rabbi, […]

Australian institute links global warming to increased mental illness

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A report from Australia’s Climate Institute links global warming with mental illness. In its report, the anti-carbon emissions organization argues that a spike in severe weather events in Australia coincides with increased rates of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and substance […]

‘Brain dead’ Quebec woman wakes up after family refuses organ donation

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by Rebecca Millette Madeleine Gauron, a Quebec, Canada, woman identified as viable for organ donation after doctors diagnosed her as “brain dead,” surprised her family and physicians when she recovered from a coma, opened her eyes, and began eating. The 76-year-old […]

Baylor researcher: Want to be more concerned about poverty, ecology, human rights?

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What daily practice may help American Christians become more concerned about issues of poverty, conservation and civil liberties? Reading the Bible, according to the news website Black Christian News. The answer may come as a surprise to those locked into […]

Village Voice: Scientology internal document says special office will “handle” key critic

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“A nice little tidbit for the evening here at the underground bunker, where we keep an eye on all things Scientology,” writes Tony Ortega of New York City’s the Village Voice. Ortega has been running a regular feature “The 25 […]

Churches’ Dilemma: 80 Percent of Flock Is Inactive

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 There is a secret inside many churches. According to researchers Scott Thumma and Warren Bird, most churches – mega-sized and small, black and white – are actually run by 20 percent of the congregation. The other 80 percent, they say, […]

Outraged parents get gay rape, orgy books removed from student “required reading” lists

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Two books, one containing an explicit depiction of statutory lesbian rape, and the other a homosexual orgy, have been removed from local schools’ required reading lists by outraged New Jersey parents. “The texts, Norwegian Wood and Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines, originally […]

Arab officials monitor mosque sermons, ban some topics, OK others

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“Whether as a conduit for government policy or the headquarters for insurgencies, mosques have always played an important political role in political events,” writes David E. Miller in the Jerusalem Post. “But the Arab Spring is playing havoc with the […]

Why has there been almost nothing in the press about this global warming study?

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If late novelist and screenwriter Michael Crichton had lived to write a follow-up to State of Fear, the plotline might well have gone like this: at a top-secret, state-of-the-art laboratory in Switzerland, scientists from 113 countries finally discover the true cause […]

Blind Chinese activist’s wife tells of beatings, pleads for help

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“They beat and tortured my husband and me for more than two hours,” writes the wife of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng – who dared to tell the world the horror of his country’s forced abortion policy. In a letter smuggled out of […]

New Yorker expose, FBI investigation impacting Church of Scientology

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The Church of Scientology always has a high profile owing to its many celebrity adherents, but recent headlines have not always been good news for the church, observes the Religion Link news website. “A lengthy New Yorker article profiled the […]

Can uplifting, values-based movies succeed at the box office?

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The mission: To bring positive, inspirational messages back into the global marketplace. “Such is the goal of Mission Pictures International,” writes Beliefnet’s John Kennedy, “the global film financing and distribution company founded by Cindy Bond and Chevonne O’Shaughnessy in 2008. […]

Is your church too “cool”? Longing for a little tradition?

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by Rachel Held Evans ~ Relevant Magazine People sometimes assume that because I’m a progressive 30-year-old who has no children, I must want a super-hip church—you know, the kind that’s called “Thrive” or “Be,” and which boasts “an awesome worship […]

NY Times bans use of “tweet” except in articles about birds

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As if to prove that the New York Times deserves its nickname “the Old Gray Lady,” the daily has banned the word “tweet” from news articles. “Based on the rationale that only ‘standard English’ should be used in news articles, […]

After South Carolina town prays for football star, doctors say they can’t find cancer

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Do you believe in miracles? South Carolina athlete C.J. Williams does and so do his football teammates at Fox Creek High School in North Augusta, S.C. Last Friday, the Predators’ star running back was diagnosed with cancer — Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, […]

Harvard University: Arab governments tracking down dissident bloggers

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Arab dissidents who have used the internet to organize street protests have encountered “astounding” levels of intimidation and arrest since the onset of the Arab Spring, according to a study by Harvard University. Researchers also found that new regimes, such as […]

Ancient graffiti, scratched on the side of a cave, was the Twitter of its day

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Israeli archaeologist Dr. Boaz Zissu enjoys deciphering the mysterious scratches on the walls of ancient caves. Pointing to a set of 2,000-year-old scrawls apparently scratched into the soft rock with a nail, “It says ‘Christo,’” he explains, pointing out the ancient […]

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