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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

World’s 7 billionth baby born Monday

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In the Philippines, newborn Danica May Camacho was greeted with cheers and an explosion of photographers’ flashbulbs at Manila’s Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital. She arrived two minutes before midnight Sunday at 5 pounds, 8 ounces and was declared by the United […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saudis underwrite organization to bring world’s religions under one roof

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is financing a new organization designed to bring all the world’s religions together. “The organization hopes to prevent conflict through interfaith dialogue,” writes Spencer Kimball for the German news site Deutsche Welle.  “The foreign ministers of […]

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 […]

All women political candidates must be veiled and silent, says Egyptian politician

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All Egyptian women seeking office in upcoming elections must be veiled and not speak to men, says a top Egyptian politician, adding to growing concerns that “Arab Spring” has been a setback for human rights in the Arab world’s most populous nation. […]

Evangelical, Catholic chaplains say they’ll perform no same-sex weddings

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Two large groups of the U.S. military’s chaplains say they will perform no same-sex weddings. “A coalition representing more than 2,000 Evangelical Christian military chaplains says its members will not perform homosexual ceremonies,” reports Jeremy Kryn of LifeSiteNews. “The Chaplain […]

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 […]

Decision on Iranian pastor’s execution now up to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei

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The final verdict for condemned Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani is now in the hands of Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei, according to the French news agency Agence France-Presse. “The ayatollah has ultimate authority in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

“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” […]

Iran claims condemned Pastor actually a Zionist, extortionist, ran a brothel and guilty of “security-related crimes”

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As his family prayed that a miracle will spare the life of Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, the Iranian state-controlled media has announced that he isn’t scheduled for execution for apostasy after all. “His crime is not, as some claim, converting […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Violent, graphic “Machine Gun Preacher” movie actually had to tone down truth

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When actor Gerard Butler first read the script for the movie Machine Gun Preacher, “I thought, are you kidding me?” he says. “This couldn’t all have happened.” But it did and much more, writes Michele Vu for the Christian Post. “The man has […]

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 […]

Washington Post: Death penalty pro-life?

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“It is often pointed out, contrary to what most people expect, that there is a positive correlation between being pro-life and supporting the death penalty,” writes Dr. Richard Land in the Washington Post‘s “On Faith” section. “Conversely, there is also […]

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 […]

Jews, Palestinians have close genetic ties, say researchers

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As many as 90 percent of Palestinians in some areas have close genetic ties to Jews, according to researchers. Ariella Oppenheim Ph.D., a researcher at Hebrew University and the Hadassah Medical School labs, has published the result of DNA studies […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rumblings of war: Greece and Israel sign pact amid worries about Turkey

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With Turkey threatening naval action against Israel, the Jewish state and Greece have invoked a mutual defense pact they signed without publicity only 12 days ago. “Greek Defense Minister Panos Beglitis, making the first official visit by a Greek defense minister to Israel, […]

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 […]

Daily Mail: Scottish bishop calls same-sex marriage ‘cultural vandalism’

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Scotland’s Philip Tartaglia, a senior bishop in the Catholic church, says that any government which legalizes gay marriage is committing “cultural vandalism.” The Bishop of Paisley said that any such move by Scottish legislators would “shame Scotland in the eyes of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Have Israeli archeologists found Goliath’s hometown?

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At the remains of an ancient metropolis in southern Israel, archaeologists are piecing together the history of a people remembered chiefly as the bad guys of the Hebrew Bible. The city of Gath, where the annual digging season began this […]

Liberty University’s campus pastor blasts Christian hypocrisy

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The campus minister at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is tired of “fake religion,” he says. Recently, Johnny Moore, 28, halted a song service at the late Jerry Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church. “OK, OK, wait just a second,” said Moore. “Do you […]

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 […]

13 arrested when NY amusement park bans headgear on Muslim holiday

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

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

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

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

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

NY Times editor equates Christian faith with belief in space aliens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

California mosques pray for 10 accused of shouting down Israeli ambassador

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

School reinstates teacher who dared to criticize homosexuality on Facebook

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

Gibson Guitar folks scratching their heads after fed raid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Students encouraged to challenge “evolutionary dogma”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is “Catholic identity” and who has it?

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

A British lesson in combatting extremism

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

TIME: Hispanics are out-living other Americans

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

In celebration of Rockport, Texas’ tree huggers

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

British bishop laments disinterest in Syrian “slaughter”

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

Attacker gets 13 years in California hate crime against Sikh cabbie

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

Villagers try to oust evangelical woman pastor from historic church

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

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

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

CNN: 77 percent say Congress behaving like spoiled children

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

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Reduce calories by chewing more

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

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

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

Mounties investigate whether convicted polygamist Jeffs smuggled young girls from Canada

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Climber teaches kids to “stick to the Rock”

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

Norweigan couple quietly rescued 40 kids during summer camp massacre

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

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

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

Jack Kerwick takes a look at forgotten Black conservative George Schuyler

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

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

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

Vanity Fair: Why are Chinese hackers attacking the U.N., the Olympics, Sony, the U.S. Senate and the CIA?

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Chinese hacket looking for strategic secrets have conducted the largest cyber-espionage attacks in history, targeting the United Nations, the International Olympic Committee, ASEAN and the World Anti-Doping Agency, Vanity Fair reports. Dubbed “Operation Shady RAT,” the clandestine effort compromised trade secrets […]

Jerry Lewis ousted from Labor Day telethon, chairmanship of MDA

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Jerry Lewis has been abruptly dismissed as the host of the annual Labor Day muscular dystrophy telethon. “Jerry Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association are making a mess of parting ways,” writes Timothy Mangan in the Orange County Register, “but aren’t saying […]

Federal court bans “Jesus” from public prayers

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North Carolina’s Forsyth County Board of Commissioners was wrong to allow opening prayers that end “in Jesus’ name,” a federal appeals court has ruled. In a 2-1 decision, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., has ruled in […]

German court awards child-killer $4,250; police impinged his “human dignity”

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A state court in Frankfurt, Germany, awarded damages of more than 3,000 euros (about $4,250) to convicted child murderer Magnus Gäfgen Thursday morning. The court made the award on the grounds that Gäfgen’s “human dignity” has been impinged upon during […]

German school offers kids Buddhism (and Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity …)

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“Polly, Mandana, Franziska and Adrian, all between the ages of seven and nine, are supposed to be lying still on their mats – a tall order after having just been chasing each other around the school halls, playing to their […]

Physicists abuzz over new clues to sub-atomic “God particle”

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American and Swiss scientists say they may have detected “hints” that the hypothetical sub-atomic “Higgs boson,” which has the nickname “the God particle,” actually exists. What is the “God particle?” There’s a lot more inside the atom than protons, electrons and neutrons. […]

Talk show host: Sister Wives highlights “cult-like mentality of polygamy”

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“If you want to see another blatant example of social activism at the expense of traditional marriage,” writes retired lawman Paul A. Ibbetson, “go no further than The Learning Channel. “Part of TLC’s knowledge-enhancing program lineup is the show featuring polygamist […]

DEBKAfile: Iran pressing ahead with A-bomb plans

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The Israeli intelligence site DEBKAfile reports that its intelligence sources say Iran is pressing ahead with its nuclear weapons ambitions. DEBKAfile also reports: Tthe Stuxnet malworm which played havoc with Iran’s nuclear program for eleven months was not purged after […]

Idaho State Journal: Man in bunny suit and tutu told to stop scaring children

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Idaho Falls police have a warned a 34-year-old man in a bunny suit wearing a tutu to stop hiding behind trees to frighten local children. Idaho Falls resident William Falkingham allegedly was peeking out from behind a large tree and pointing his finger […]

Irked mayor crushes illegally parked Mercedes with Army tank

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Tired of illegally parked cars ignoring police, Mayor Arturas Zuokas decided to crush offenders with a public warning to double-parkers, loading-zone blockers and anybody who ignored red-painted curbs. He borrowed an Army tank and personally crunched a snazzy Mercedes-Benz flagrantly […]

Accuracy in Media: Media’s coverage of debt crisis “atrocious”

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In a commentary released before the debt ceiling agreement was reached this weekend, the media watchdog group Accuracy in Media blasted media coverage of the debate. “Most of the media constantly get it wrong,” writes AIM’s Roger Aronoff. “Is it […]

Most Americans believe churches valuable to their community

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 Most Americans believe churches play a positive role in communities, and even atheists and agnostics don’t view churches harshly. A Barna Group study released July 13 revealed a generally upbeat attitude among the public regarding how churches influence their areas. […]

Liberal journalist Bob Beckel: Mr. President, I don’t read the NY Times or watch MSNBC

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On “The Five,” a new afternoon panel on Fox News, the group discussed President Obama’s comments last week at the University of Maryland where he talked about the right-left media divide.  “President Obama … blames the media for the divide going around […]

Son of Sam murderer asks forgiveness, says he’s repented

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Thirty-five years after a string of murders in which he taunted investigators, the “Son of Sam” serial killer says he is “in anguish” over the killings and wishes he could take it back. David Berkowitz, serving a 365-year sentence in prison for killing […]

Judge to teacher caught with kiddie porn: “I don’t criticize you for being attracted to children”

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A British schoolteacher caught with 4,500 pornographic images — some of children as young as two — was told by the presiding judge that she understood his being attracted to children, but that other teachers with such urges keep them under control. The 63-year old […]

Daily Ticker: Middle class facing austerity as U.S. government deals with debt crisis

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The world is coming to the end of a 50-year debt supercycle, John Mauldin says, and the austerity required to put us back on solid financial footing will hammer ordinary Americans. Mauldin, a financial analyst and the author of ENDGAME: […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Californians seek to halt law requiring homosexual history lessons

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

Highest-paid Planned Parenthood abortionist suspended for alcoholism issues

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

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

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

Southern Illinois agency seeks to join lawsuit over homosexual adoption

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

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

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

Baptist Press: California marijuana supporters at it again

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

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

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

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“Daddy thinks the Lord will allow him to live to 95,” said Franklin Graham recently. It was not a prophecy but a hope, Franklin explained, that he would live to see the beginning of a Christian re

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

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

How can Christians defend themselves against today's random violence?
So, a crazed gunman opens fire and you’re caught in the middle. How can you survive? Heroes come in all sorts of packages. And they wield all sorts of defensive weapons. Such as guns and Jesus. Sometimes both at the same time. [caption id="attachment_12246" align="alignleft" width="480"] Ant

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

Does Sunday Morning Church Really Need All This Glitter, Showmanship and Gimmickry?
What’s wrong with church today? Are we in danger of turning worship into a flashy concert? Of watering down the message so nobody is offended? Of forgetting the simplicity of the Gospel? I grew up with a preacher’s kid. He was a fake following in the footsteps of his flimflamming father who d

posted 11:26:20am Sep. 20, 2013 | read full post »

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