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Author John Stott dead at 90, once called Evangelicals’ “pope”

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Bestselling author and Christian leader John Stott, 90, has died peacefully in his sleep. “The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest spokesmen, and I have lost one of my close personal friends and advisors,” said Billy Graham, from his […]

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Death of Buddhist leader leaves hole in Yakima’s Japanese community

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 The death of Yoshi Uchida, born in a Japanese-American relocation camp during World War II, leaves a gaping hole in the Yakima, Washington, Buddhist community, according to the Yakima Herald-Republic. “Sweeping berries from a walk at the Yakima Buddhist Church […]

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Accuracy in Media: Olberman unhappy Al Sharpton hired at MSNBC

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Keith Olbermann, who is still smarting from his departure at MSNBC, used a recent interview with Cenk Uygur to criticize the cable network’s hiring Al Sharpton. “For Olbermann, however, who has an uncanny knack for avoiding the facts,” writes the media watchdog […]

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Online satisfaction index: Fox News beats ABC, USAToday, CNN, NY Times

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Fox News topped the list while America On Line’s Huffington Post scored dead last in a just-released American Customer Satisfaction Index ranking the public’s trust of Internet news and information sites. If there was a surprise, it was that for […]

Is Norway’s terror being used as excuse for anti-faith bigotry?

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Beliefnet’s Robert Mims observes: “The horrific terror attacks in Norway Friday — and that’s what they were, whether perpetrated by Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, or home-grown extremists as it appears to be in this case — led to a lot of initial […]

Suspect arrested in Norway bombing, attack on youth camp; shadowy groups claim credit

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Officials have a suspect in custody in Friday’s bomb attack in Oslo, Norway, and a murderous youth camp rampage 50 miles away. Seven have been confirmed killed in the Oslo blast, and reports are unconfirmed of as many as 80 […]

Daily Ticker: Mass layoffs a grim sign for U.S. workers

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“Putting pressure on an already lousy job market, the mass layoff is making a comeback,” writes Aaron Task for the internet’s Daily Ticker. “In the past week, Cisco, Lockheed Martin and Borders announced a combined 23,000 in job cuts. He […]

FAA shutting down some services at midnight Friday

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The Federal Aviation Administration will shutter some services at midnight after Congress failed to pass a temporary funding extension for the agency today. The Internet news site The Daily Caller notes: The agency has been operating on short-term funding extensions […]

Author: Why drop “Christ” from campus outreach’s name?

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Beliefnet’s Robert Mims, a longtime Christian author and former Associated Press reporter, is puzzled that Campus Crusade for Christ would change its name to “Cru.” In his column, he muses: It seems having“Jesus” or “Christ” or even “Christian” on the signs […]

Children’s author Diane Hanny: What is going on in Washington?

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Children’s author Diane Hanny says she’s confused about the budget talks and debt-limit debate: What is going on in Washington, DC?  Our leaders can’t seem to agree on anything, except that we have a money problem.  People laughed when Donald […]

What? A Catholic saint who had an abortion?

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Is it possible that a social activist being considered for Catholic sainthood underwent an abortion? Yes, writes Kathleen Gilbert on the LifeSiteNews website. “The Catholic Church considers abortion to be murder of an innocent human being, and an unspeakable evil,” […]

Discovery News: Genetics “prove” all non-Africans are part-Neanderthal

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If your heritage is non-African, reports Discovery News, you are part Neanderthal. In other words, all Europeans, Orientals and Native Americans are … descended from cavemen, but Africans are not? Discovery cites a new study in the July issue of Molecular […]

Pie-in-the-face prankster attacks Rupert Murdoch, gets creamed by Mrs. Murdoch

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Toward the end of his testimony before the British Parliament Tuesday, Australian news mogul Rupert Murdoch apparently was the target of shaving cream thrown by a spectator — who was promptly slugged by the News Corporation chairman’s wife. The dramatic scene […]

Liquidation scheduled for Borders bookstores, some to close by Friday

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The Borders Group, the bankrupt 40-year-old bookseller, said on Monday that it will move to liquidate after no last-minute savior emerged for the company. Borders said in a press release that it will proceed with a proposal by Hilco and […]

Did this Texan really “buy” a $300,000 house for $16?

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Enterprising Texan Kenneth Robinson is either a hero or a squatter, depending on your point of view — has taken possession of a foreclosed $300,000 house for a mere $16. That’s the amount he forked over to file a claim of […]

Jerusalem Post: Israeli commandos board blockade-running yacht

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The Israeli navy boarded and took over the  over Gaza-bound French flotilla ship Dignity, according to the Jerusalem Post’s Yaakov Katz. The action came after negotiations to persuade 15 pro-Palestinian activists aboard to divert their course away from the Gaza Strip failed. […]

Feisty 77-year-old Congressman fights off armed intruder at his Iowa home

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Seventy-seven-year-old Congressman Leonard Boswell and his 22-year-old grandson fought off an armed man during a home invasion Saturday at the congressman’s Iowa farm. The physically fit Boswell was a repeatedly decorated helicopter assault pilot during the Vietnam War. He represents […]

Dalai Lama meets with Obama; but what is the Tibetan leader’s name, anyway?

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    You probably heard that the Dalai Lama is holding a 11-day event promoting peace in Washington, D.C., and that he dropped by the White House Saturday for a chat with the President of the United States. But, what […]

Egyptian Muslims torch 8 Christian homes on rumors of church construction

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A mob of nearly 200 Muslims torched eight Christian homes on Saturday morning in the Egyptian village of Awlad Khalaf, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. The attack was initiated by a rumor that a house being built by a […]

British commission says judges have been too tough on UK Christians

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By AL WEBB Religion News Service LONDON – A government-funded watchdog panel said British judges have erred in supporting employers who try to fire Christian workers for wearing crosses or refusing to offer sex counseling to gay couples.     The Equality […]

Muslim Brotherhood Calls on Arab Youth to Launch Islamic Revolution in the West

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From The Blaze: MEMRI (The Middle East Media Research Institute) reports that in an “interview with the Egyptian daily Al-Shorouq, Dr. Kamal Al-Helbawy, former Muslim Brotherhood spokesman in the West, called upon the Arab youth to launch a new revolution […]

Virginia attorney general tells pastors to speak out on politics

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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli recently told a group of 250 pastors that the churches are not only permitted — but also expected — to speak out on political issues. He encouraged the pastors to give “guidance on issues that […]

Cancer silences 17-year-old musician: “When you don’t have God, that’s truly when you’re alone.”

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Carson Sumpter, a Pelham teenager who continued participating in his church’s worship band despite painful, terminal bone cancer, died Wednesday at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. He was 17. Sumpter, who learned a year ago that he had bone cancer, played in […]

Journal of the American Medical Association: Put extremely obese kids in foster care

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Children who are extremely obese and in dangerously poor health should be placed in temporary foster care, a physician and a lawyer argue in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The commentary says foster care is more ethical than […]

Christian Post: Peruvians protest bill allowing public display of homosexual affection

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Thousands marched in the city center of Lima, Peru, Thursday to protest against a bill that allows homosexuals to express their affections in public places, including schools. The bill was proposed by Senator Manuel Cardenas, who says the bill aims […]

Daily Mail: Mom told to breast-feed baby in bathroom to avoid offending other cultures

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The nursing mom was ordered not to breastfeed her baby in public because she was in a “multicultural building,” says Emma Mitchell, 32. She told the British newspaper The Daily Mail, that she was about to feed 19-week-old son Aaron when […]

Is it the end of the line for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corps.?

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The vultures are circling. His enemies are making plans to dance on his grave. However, according to CNN’s Paul R. La Monica: News Corp. has been embroiled in a massive scandal. The company shut down its News of the World […]

NY Times: White House declines to deny Obama lied about his mother

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by Jonathan S. Tobin Commentary Magazine   During the 2008 campaign and throughout the subsequent debate over his health care legislation, President Obama used his mother’s experience as a cancer patient fighting to get coverage to pay for treatment for what […]

Washington Post: Father-son photos mark start, end of Shuttle era

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By Sarah Anne Hughes On Friday, Atlantis launched into space for the final time, marking the beginning of the end for NASA’s space shuttle program. More than 30 years earlier, the shuttle Columbia took off for the first time. Chris […]

Christian Post: There’s a dark reason for outrage against Bachmann’s husband

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by Greg Quinlan The Christian Post Why have gay activists instigated media attention over ex-gays and the husband of Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann? Apparently, Mr. Bachmann, who has a PhD in clinical psychology, operates several counseling centers which also offer […]

Washington Post: Same-sex marriage again an issue for religious charities

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By Michelle Boorstein A conflict that roiled Washington’s social service world last year is detonating in Illinois, with the state reportedly severing major ties with Catholic Charities over the issue of same-sex marriage. Three branches of Catholic Charities in Illinois […]

Atheists sue Texas governor, demand he skip prayer rally

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By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) – A national organization focused on ensuring the separation of church and state challenged Wednesday the involvement of Texas Gov. Rick Perry in an upcoming evangelical Christian prayer rally. The Freedom From Religion Foundation […]

“Pastafarian” wins religious right to wear spaghetti strainer in driver’s license photo

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  Nico Alm Austrian drivers license holders are only allowed to wear head coverings in official pictures for religious reasons. These include scarves for Muslim women, skullcaps for Jewish men, turbans for Sikh men and a speghetti strainer for Nico Alm, […]

Australia debates joining Europe in lifting Muslim face veils

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Australian law makers are calling for rules requiring Muslim women in full face veils to remove them at the request of law enforcement officers. Muslim women would have to show their faces to police officers or risk a $5,500 fine and/or […]

Can “reality TV” inspire real faith?

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“When I began this blog,” writes longtime Associated Press staffer Robert Mims, “one thing Beliefnet wanted me to explore was what inspiration or faith lessons could be gleaned from so-called ‘reality television’” shows. “Hmm. Well, there’s no doubt there is a […]

Judge denies lawyer’s motion to take down courtroom “Truth” sign

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A sign saying that “We who labor here seek only the truth” has been hanging above the benches of most Miami-Dade Circuit Court judges for decades. And it’s going to stay there, Judge Nushin Sayfie held today, denying a motion […]

New York town clerk quits over gay marriage licenses

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By Dan Wiessner Reuters HUDSON, New York (Reuters) – A town clerk in western New York has resigned to avoid being forced to sign marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples, citing religious objections to same-sex marriage. Laura Fotusky, the […]

“God had His hand on this,” says family as stranger donates kidney, saves dad

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David Ensley of Stallings, North Carolina, is doing well after receiving a kidney from a woman who, until recently, he’d never met. The donor, who is also doing well after the surgery, was a perfect match for him. It was as if […]

Washington Post: Who owns billion-dollar treasure found in Hindu temple?

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by Aseem Shukla India’s Supreme Court ordered Friday that a security plan be drawn up to protect a treasure estimated at $22 billion discovered in an ancient Hindu temple last week. It is a story that seems to fulfill every […]

Washington Post: Iran about to execute Christian pastor

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By Jordan Sekulow As the debt ceiling debate, Casey Anthony acquittal, unrest in Syria, and fight to topple Qaddafi in Libya monopolize the news cycle, Iran is quietly implementing its radical Islamist agenda. In just the last two weeks, Iran […]

Judge rules ex-firefighter cannot sue to stop Ground Zero mosque

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The New York Times’ Colin Moynihan reports that a Manhattan judge has dismissed a lawsuit by former New York City firefighter Timothy Brown, who is trying to stop the construction of an Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan. The former firefighter, […]

South Sudan president praises God as flag raised for the first time

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Praising God, the world’s newest nation raised its flag for the first time Saturday, rejoicing that 20 years of war are apparently over. “We have reclaimed our permanent home given to us by God as our birthright,” proclaimed Salva Kiir, […]

Houston Chronicle: She was fired for refusing to dye her gray hair?

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Sandra Rawline, a 52-year-old branch manager at Capital Title of Texas, has been fired from her job because of her gray hair, according to the Houston Chronicle. When her boss informed her that the company’s headquarters would be moving to […]

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan turns 90

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Ronald Reagan’s First Lady Nancy has turned 90. She observed the occasion quietly at home with family. An iron-willed woman, she has been credited with pushing Reagan to seek the presidency. Outspoken, she was one of the first modern conservative […]

Detroit mom faces 93 days in jail for planting garden like Michelle Obama’s

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Julie Bass got the idea from First Lady Michelle Obama — why not plant what during World War II was called a “Victory Garden” — a small veggie garden in her yard? After all, “The price of organic food is […]

Why would the Florida State Attorney tell a staff lawyer to shut up?

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Her boss, Florida State Attorney Robert “Skip” Jarvis, didn’t like the speeches KrisAnne Hall was making. He gave her a choice — quit accepting speaking engagements or lose her job as an assistant state attorney in Jarvis’ office. She refused […]

Feds and family battle over 10 coins worth millions

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The last time a 1933 gold “double eagle” sold, it went for $7.6 million. That was nine years ago. Now the heirs of late coin dealer Israel Switt want to sell ten of the coins they found in a Wanamakers department […]

World’s newest nation, South Sudan, says it can survive angry north’s oil blockade

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South Sudanese citizens, international dignitaries and the world’s newest president celebrated as their war-wracked nation became the world’s newest country Saturday. Raucous street celebrations broke out at midnight. Dignitaries included U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and […]

“Godspeed, Atlantis,” as final shuttle lifts off from Cape Canaveral

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Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off Friday morning on the final mission of America’s 30-year shuttle program, a thunderously poignant moment that drew people from around the world to watch. Some of the thousands of onlookers chanted “U.S.A.” Others shed tears […]

Blunt, candid First Lady Betty Ford dead at 93; “I don’t like to be dishonest … I said what I thought”

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Betty Ford has died at age 93. She was a candid woman who spoke her mind. As First Lady, she was disagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a radical mastectomy. Her bravery pushed the disease into public consciousness and sent […]

Atheist groups say Army should promote their rock concerts, too

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WASHINGTON — Three atheist activism groups have complained the Army supported an evangelical Christian concert at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg but did not act sufficiently enthusiastic about a concert for nonbelievers. The three groups — Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American […]

Lawmakers order Pentagon to define marriage as between one man and one woman

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By KEVIN ECKSTROM Religion News Service WASHINGTON — House lawmakers voted Thursday (July 7) to order the Pentagon to uphold the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. In an amendment to a larger […]

Texas executes Mexican national, convicted murderer

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Mexican national and convicted murderer Humberto Leal Garcia Jr. has been executed. So, does the Bible support the death penalty and capital punishment? Yes, says Beliefnet’s political gadfly Donna Calvin. CLICK HERE to read more

Teens rob neighborhood kids’ lemonade stand

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What a sad tale! A bunch of mean teenagers pulled up at a neighborhood lemonade stand, pretended to be digging in their pockets for money, but instead robbed the 4- through 11-year-old entrepreneurs. Threatening to beat up the little kids, […]

Casey Anthony could get $1 million to write book about “love, life and God”

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Casey Anthony wants to write an inspirational book – advice about “love, life and most important – God,” she wrote to another inmate during her three years in jail awaiting trial. Due to the high profile of her murder trial, […]

Washington Post: Muslim Americans struggle to find an identity

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His name is a daily message to his fellow Americans: They must deal with him for who he is — a Muslim who loves his country and proudly sells American flags. “A lot of people use a nickname to make it […]

Casey Anthony found not guilty, jurors don’t want to talk to press

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Jurors who found Casey Anthony not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter are asking for the media to respect their privacy. They don’t want to make any comments on the case, the press was told. The group of seven women and […]

“Enterprise” spaceship’s pilot announced; tickets $200,000 for sub-orbital flight

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A former RAF pilot’s lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut might actually come to fruition after he was tapped by Sir Richard Branson to become chief pilot for Virgin Galactic, Branson’s $200,000 per ticket sub-orbital “commercial” spacecraft enterprise. The “VSS Enterprise” […]

Crystal Cathedral denies removing founder Robert H. Schuller from board

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A Crystal Cathedral spokesman on Monday denied reports that the church’s founder, Robert H. Schuller, has been voted off the board of directors. “He was not voted off the board,” said spokesman John Charles of the Garden Grove,  church spokesman. “He is still […]

BREAKING NEWS: Iranian pastor’s death sentence perhaps overturned, but still required to renounce Jesus

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Iran’s secretive supreme court has reportedly overturned a death sentence handed down to an evangelical pastor for leaving Islam, surprising trial observers who were earlier informed about an execution ruling. However concerns remained Monday, July 4, about the future of 33-year-old Yousef […]

Do Buddhists care about the Fourth of July?

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Yes, Grasshopper, they do, says Beliefnet blogger Dr. Britton Gildersleeve, a poetry professor at Oklahoma State University who considers herself a non-orthodox Buddhist — sort of a Unitarian Buddhist. CLICK HERE to read more

Pilots balk at towing atheists’ ad banners

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A nationwide advertising campaign by an atheist group has run into an unexpected snag. Of the nation’s 85 pilots who tow aerial banners, only 17 would agree to participate. “I’m not going to hell towing that sign,” said one pilot […]

Prime time TV actually features a normal Christian offering thanks, praying with friends

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The character Lourdes chats with 11-year-old Matt, a fellow survivor   After decades of portraying Christians as hypocrites, crazies and bigots, Sunday night on prime-time TV, a main character actually prayed over her meal, then led others in a prayer […]

Are “God and country” church services wrong?

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“The 4th of July is near, and it’s time for cookouts, barbecue, fireworks, and – so it seems – patriotic worship services,” writes Stan Reeves, an elder at Grace Heritage Church in Auburn, Alabama, on the website “Reformed Baptist Fellowship.”  […]

Focus on the Family: 4th of July was a religious holiday

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For 150 years in America’s history the Fourth of July was considered a religious holiday, says Christian history activist David Barton. He told Focus on the Family listeners this week:  If you look at our government proclamations on that day, it […]

Iran Supreme Court to Christian convert: Return to Islam or die

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Iran’s Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence of a Christian pastor for leaving Islam. He was reported to have been given a choice on Saturday, July 2, to repudiate his faith in Christ or be executed. Yousef Nadarkhani, 33, had appealed to the […]

China pressures employers to fire members of Beijing’s defiant Shouwang Church

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In a disturbing new development in the 12-week long clash between the Chinese Communist Party and members of Beijing’s 1,000-member Shouwang Church, the Chinese government is pressuring employers to fire church members from their jobs. According to the China Aid Association, an […]

Glenn Beck signs off, says his show became a national movement

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On Friday, Glenn Beck began his final show on Fox News where he’ll be for the foreseeable future — outside the building, and not on TV. “We’ve done some amazing things together,” Beck, flanked by at least one bodyguard, told viewers as […]

GOP’s Huntsman a “nominal Mormon,” supports gays, stem-cell research

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The anti-abortion website LifeSiteNews.com says Republican presidential hopeful Jim Huntsman is “gay friendly,” supports stem-cell research and is a “nominal Mormon.” “Despite flaunting a spotless pro-life voting record, Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has confirmed that he supports stem-cell research […]

Atheists say they are patriotic, too

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The communications director for the New Jersey-based American Atheists says his fellow non-believers in the United States often feel alienated from the faithful — and are tired of facing accusations that they are anti-American. CLICK HERE to read more

Kansas abortion-free goal falls short: 1 clinic survives new rules; another is suing

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Kansas activists’ hopes to be “first abortion-free state” have come up short.   Only hours before new regulations were to take effect, news emerged late Thursday afternoon that Kansas officials reversed their decision to deny Planned Parenthood a license to perform abortions. […]

Left behind: American snorkel diver fights panic when finds himself all alone in ocean

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Finding himself all alone — as if he had missed the “rapture” — U.S. tourist Ian Cole found himself left behind in the middle of a very large ocean. The vacationer says he fought off panic when an Australian tour boat company accidentally left […]

Houston National Cemetery defies judge, bans “God bless you” from veterans’ funerals

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Three national veterans groups have filed a 26-page complaint in federal court that officials at the Houston National Cemetery have defied the court’s order to quit censoring prayer and banning the words “God” and “Jesus” from funeral services. Despite a Memorial […]

Inspirational vine: North Carolinians see image of Jesus Christ on the Cross

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The Gospel of John quotes Jesus as saying “I am the true vine,” and some folks in eastern North Carolina think they may have witnessed a literal demonstration. A utility pole about a mile south of Kinston has attracted attention […]

Vatican adviser: Deny communion to Cuomo over same-sex marriage stance

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A senior adviser to the Vatican, who is a theology professor in Detroit, blasted the Catholic governor of New York for his strong backing of same-sex marriage, saying that he should be punished for his “brazen” violation of Catholicism by […]

Catholic bishops: Shun lawmakers who voted for NY same-sex marriage

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By Elizabeth Tenety ~ from the Washington Post’s On Faith New York’s state’s Catholic bishops continue to blast the state’s passage of homosexual marriage this week, with one bishop calling on Catholic schools and other institutions to shun lawmakers in protest […]

“Heaven” ignites atheist uproar

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By Jordan Sekulow ~ from The Washington Post’s On Faith New York City has chosen to honor the memory of seven fallen heroes – firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11 – by naming the street that their fire […]

Pope tweets for the first time

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  Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first-ever tweet today, announcing the launch of a new news site from the Vatican News Twitter account. A photo from the Vatican shows the Pontiff typing out the message himself. CLICK HERE to […]

Congressman under fire for comment that liberalism is based on a hatred of God

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U.S. Congressman Todd Akin from Missouri says he’s not surprised at the firestorm of criticism he’s gotten after telling a Christian radio program that ‘at the heart of liberalism, really, is a hatred for God and a belief that government […]

Sailor wins 2011 Military Fatherhood Award for devotion to handicapped 11-year-old son

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Beliefnet’s Nora Beth Puls reports in her “Sweet Shore” blog that the U.S. Navy’s Logistics Specialist 1st Class Christopher Cady, a petty officer, has been named the winner of this year’s National Fatherhood Initiative “Military Fatherhood Award” during a ceremony in […]

Reports say show will kill off Charlie Sheen’s “Two and a Half Men” character

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Goodbye, Charlie, reports Beliefnet’s “Faith, Media and Culture” writer John Kennedy. He reports that the raunchy CBS situation comedy “Two and a Half Men,” which has revolved around the debauchery of a character played by actor Charlie Sheen, will turn dark […]

Reporters out in the cold; Tuesday night’s premiere of Sarah Palin movie sold out

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National journalists found themselves stuck with the prospect of interviewing local farmers coming out Tuesday night’s premiere of the Sarah Palin movie in Pella, Iowa. It seems the 111-year-old Pella Opera House sold out every seat to local folks – and no tickets were […]

Tweet of Mickey & Minnie in Muslim attire stirs Egyptian fury

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Naguib Sawiris A Christian businessman who is one of Egypt’s richest entrepreneurs, has run afoul of the internet’s social media after sending out a message of Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed as conservative Muslims. The cartoon, which was already circulating by email and on […]

Dutch anti-immigration legislator found innocent of hate speech

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(Reuters) – Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders was acquitted of inciting hatred of Muslims in a court ruling on Thursday. The case was seen by some as a test of free speech in a country which has a long tradition […]

Supreme Court to review FCC’s authority to halt foul talk on TV

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WASHINGTON (Religious News Service) The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will examine whether the Federal Communications Commission has the right to ban “fleeting expletives” on broadcast TV. The case will review last year’s decision by the 2nd U.S. […]

Nothing wrong about making 95-year-old woman take off adult diaper, says TSA

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by Jim Treacher ~ The DC Caller Have you ever noticed that when a government agency screws up and does an internal review, it tends to come out in favor of that government agency? I have. “We looked into it, […]

Congressman: GOP Medicare Plan “Immoral” And “Un-American”

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“I always find it very interesting that people talk all about their from Christianity and all these other religions that teach love. All that teach taking care of the poor. All of which talk about doing for the least of […]

Dalai Lama to host 11-day peace festival in D.C.

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By JACK JENKINS ~ c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The Dalai Lama will visit Washington next month for an 11-day peace rally that is being billed as “the largest gathering for world peace in history.” The July 6-16 […]

Bishop calls on Atlanta mega-church preacher to repent of sexual sins

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Bishop Paul S. Morton, founder of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship that ordained Eddie Long as Bishop, has openly rebuked the Atlanta megachurch pastor and called him to repent of any sins committed in sexual coercion lawsuits that were […]

NY Pastor: Gay Marriage a ‘Cold, Hard Slap of God’s Face’

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The passage of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry by the state Senate on Friday, in fact, should leave Christians grieving – grieving that “our God has been offended,” said a New York pastor in his Sunday sermon. […]

200 Northern Illinois Methodist Clergy Vow To Bless Same-Sex Unions

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Some 200 United Methodist clergy of the church’s Northern Illinois Conference have pledged to bless same-sex unions in violation of the church’s policy on the matter, doing so despite the risk of suspension or defrocking. The Northern Illinois clergy’s declaration […]

Michele Bachmann Would Back Federal Amendment to Overturn NY Gay Marriage

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Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, who will officially announce her run for president Monday, said today she would support a federal constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and woman, thereby overturning New York’s new law legalizing gay marriage. […]

Safer Sex? Some Parents Allow Their Teens to Have Sex Inside Family Home

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From ABC-TV News — By MARY PFLUM — June 22, 2011 Patty Skudlarek strives to be a responsible parent. That’s why she says she told her 18-year-old son that if he wants to have sex, not only is she okay […]

Politics and the Land of Make Believe

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by Dr. Jack Kerwick Among the shows I used to watch as a child was Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.  In every episode, Fred Rogers would whisk his viewers away to “the land of make believe.”  It has been quite some time […]

Legislators include religious exceptions within New York’s gay marriage bill

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New York state’s Marriage Equality Act passed the state’s senate Friday night in a vote of 33-29, making the Empire State the sixth U.S. state or district to legalize same-sex marriage — joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington, […]

Sudan Christians facing genocide, bishop pleads for worldwide prayer

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“We are facing the nightmare of genocide of our people in a final attempt to erase our culture and society from the face of the earth.”  That’s the warning of African Episcopal Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail in northern Sudan’s Nuba Mountains […]

School lets 10-year-old speak out against abortion — to an empty auditorium

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Ranchero Elementary School allowed 10-year-old Calise Jontz to make her heart-felt speech against abortion. To an auditorium cleared of students. “Did you know that from the moment of conception, every distinctive characteristic of this new human being is programmed into this single […]

Belgians say organs harvested from euthanized patients transplant better

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The medical journal Applied Cardiopulmonary Pathology reports that organs harvested from euthanized patients make better transplants. Euthanasia or “mercy killing” is the practice of ending the lives of patients who are terminally ill and have no possibility of recovery. Proponents […]

Kidnapped 9-year-old Pakistani girl told to go kill policemen

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Nine-year-old Sohana Jawed was snatched off the street, drugged, outfitted in a suicide vest and told to go kill Pakistani policemen. The third grader refused to cooperate, throwing off the vest as she ran toward police screaming for help, according […]

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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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