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No,’ Carl Lentz Responds When Asked By Oprah if Only Christians Can Be in Relationship With God   Oct 19, 2016 02:48 pm
  Photo credit: InstagramPhoto credit: Instagram During a recently-aired episode of Oprah Winfrey's "Super Soul Sunday," hipster Hillsong NYC leader Carl Lentz replied in the negative when asked by the popular talk show host if he believes only Christians can be in a relationship with God. The episode was recorded earlier this year, but aired this past Sunday as per the Super Soul.
“Do you believe that only Christians can be in a relationship with God?” Winfrey asked.
“No,” Lentz replied. “I believe that when Jesus said that ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life’—the way I read that, Jesus said that He is the road marker, He is the map.”
“So, I think that God loves people so much that whether they accept or reject Him, He’s still gracious, and He’s still moving, and He’s still giving you massive red blinking lights, for chances to take a right turn where maybe you’d take a left,” Lentz continued. “But I believe God loves people, and that’s what this whole gospel is based on—it’s love. You take the love out of it, we’ve got a moral book.”
Moments prior, after Winfrey advised of a friend who is enamored with Hillsong NYC, Lentz remarked that he hopes his assembly is “hopefully a place where you won’t feel a certain way because of how you’re dressed, what your past is, what you might have done on Saturday night, [or] your background.”
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U.K. Boy Born With Two Percent of Brain Stunning Doctors Years After Mom Refused Abortion   Oct 16, 2016 07:02 am
  noah-compressedPhoto Credit: Mark Three Media CUMBRIA, U.K. -- A now four-year-old boy who is defying the odds after being born with only two percent of a brain was featured this past week in a U.K. documentary about his miraculous story. Noah Wall first made headlines in 2014 as his mother shared about how she and her husband repeatedly refused recommendations to abort and have been pleasantly surprised at her son’s progress despite a grim prognosis.
Shelly Wall had been advised months into her 2012 pregnancy that her son had spina bifida, chromosome abnormalities and hydrocephalus. As he was not expected to survive, doctors recommended an abortion—again and again.
“We were offered termination five times,” Rob Wall recalled in the new documentary “The Boy Without a Brain.” “It was never an option for us. To me, we wanted to give Noah that chance of life.”
The couple did, however, make funeral arrangements, but on March 6, 2012, Noah was born—alive. His parents were thankful to hear his first cry.
Noah was paralyzed from the chest down and required surgery for a large hole in his back. He also had only two percent brain tissue—the rest being filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which required the implantation of a drain.
But as time went by, Noah progressed like other toddlers—talking and singing and smiling, and defying the odds.
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Now, years later, doctors are now stunned to find that Noah’s brain has grown substantially and is nearly fully functional.
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Clinton at Al Smith Dinner: ‘In Order to Achieve Salvation, We Need Both Faith and Good Works’   Oct 21, 2016 07:02 am
  clinton-102016-compressedNEW YORK -- During Thursday night's Al Smith charity dinner in New York City, which featured speeches from both presidential candidates, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton told those gathered that she shares a belief with Roman Catholics that to "achieve salvation," a person must have "both faith and good works." "I am not Catholic. I'm a Methodist. 
“I am not Catholic. I’m a Methodist. But one of the things we share is a belief that in order to achieve salvation, we need both faith and good works,” Clinton told those gathered.
She made her remarks while speaking about the legacy of the late Al Smith, a former Democratic governor of New York who was believed to be the nation’s first Roman Catholic nominee for president. He was defeated in the 1928 election by Republican Herbert Hoover after being opposed by some for his Catholicism.
“When I think about what Al Smith went through, it is important to just reflect how groundbreaking it was for him, a Catholic, to be my party’s nominee for president,” Clinton said.
“Don’t forget, school boards sent home letters with children saying that if Al Smith is elected president, you will not be allowed to have or read a Bible.
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Judge Reaffirms Nationwide Ban on Obama Admin Policy Allowing Male Students in Girls’ Restrooms
By Heather Clark on October 20, 2016
Womens Restroom-compressedFORT WORTH, Texas — A federal judge in Texas has reiterated that his previous preliminary injunction banning the enforcement of the Obama administration’s recent restroom directives for public schools applies nationwide, and has refused to budge on the matter.
“It is clear from Supreme Court and Fifth Circuit precedent that this Court has the power to issue a nationwide injunction where appropriate,” U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor wrote on Tuesday. “A nationwide injunction is necessary because the alleged violation extends nationwide. Defendants are a group of agencies and administrators capable of enforcing their guidelines nationwide, affecting numerous state and school district facilities across the country.”
As previously reported, O’Connor determined in August that the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice had not followed the proper channels in issuing the nationwide guidance, and suggested that the departments’ interpretation of federal law was incorrect.
“It cannot be disputed that the plain meaning of the term sex … following passage of Title IX meant the biological and anatomical differences between male and female students as determined at their birth,” he wrote.
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‘Clergy’ Woman’s Prayer Praises Planned Parenthood for Opening Door to Fight ‘Religious Machines’ Opposing Abortion   Oct 20, 2016 07:01 am
  guidry-ss-compressedNEW YORK -- Speaking at a gathering in New York City celebrating the abortion and contraception giant Planned Parenthood, a United Church of Christ clergy woman delivered a prayer thanking God that the organization made way "for women to rise up against the political, religious and patriarchal machines that sought to undermine  right to choose." Neichelle
Guidry Jones currently serves as the associate pastor to young adults at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, and is a member of the clergy advocacy board for Planned Parenthood. She opened Sunday’s gathering at New York’s City Hall, which included a proclamation from the wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“God, we thank You on this day. We thank You for the miracle of another day and for our lives,” Guidry Jones began after greeting those gathered, “and for drawing us into this sacred space and time of celebration.”
“We celebrate today that on October 16, 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the doors of the first Planned Parenthood clinic right here in New York City. And with this act of courage and resistance, the doors were opened for women to overcome the silence, and the shame, and the stigma inflicted on our sexuality,” she said.
Guidry Jones then continued to praise the organization as opening the door for women to stand against those who oppose abortion.
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Barna Study: ‘More Than Four Out of Ten Evangelicals’ Rejecting Both Trump and Clinton   Oct 18, 2016 07:02 am
  trump-clinton-compressed-1Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore (Trump photo)/ Zachary Moskow (Clinton photo) A recent Barna study shows that although many of those who identify as evangelical support the presidential candidacy of Republican nominee Donald Trump, more than four out of ten evangelicals currently reject both Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.  The organization surveyed 1,023 adults, including 627 likely voters, to conduct its study. Those expressing support for Trump included evangelicals (55 percent for Trump as opposed to 2 percent for Clinton), those who claim to have a biblical worldview (57 percent to 30 percent), and those who believe in absolute moral truth (48 percent to 37 percent).
Those supporting Clinton included those who profess to be Christians but are not born again (48 percent for Clinton to 36 percent for Trump), those who identify with other faiths ( 37 percent to 30 percent), atheists and agnostics (61 percent to 18 percent), and Roman Catholics (45 percent to 35 percent).
But Barna found that while some have selected a side, others have stated that they don’t feel comfortable with voting for either candidate.
“Although Trump has a huge lead over Clinton among evangelicals, the most noteworthy finding in this regard is that more than four out of ten evangelicals currently refuse to vote for either of those two candidates,” analyst George Barna said in an Oct. 10 post, outlining the results.
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FBI Nationwide Sex Trafficking Bust Results in Rescue of 82 Minors, Arrest of 239 Perpetrators   Oct 19, 2016 12:00 pm
  arrest-compressed-1Photo Credit: Federal Bureau of Investigations The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has announced the outcome of its annual sex trafficking bust, which resulted in the rescue of 82 minors and the arrest of 239 perpetrators. Operation Cross Country is a part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative, which was first launched in 2003.  This year’s effort took place from Oct. 13 to 16.
“Operation Cross Country aims to shine a spotlight into the darkest corners of our society that seeks to prey on the most vulnerable of our population,” Director James Comey stated in a press release. “We are not only looking to root out those who engage in the trafficking of minors, but through our Office for Victim Assistance, we offer a lifeline to minors to help them escape from a virtual prison no person ever deserves.”
The FBI says that the effort spanned 55 FBI field offices and 74 FBI-led Child Exploitation Task Forces, as well as help from over 400 law enforcement agencies. Hundreds participated in stings in hotels, casinos, truck stops, and other locations nationwide—including on the Internet.
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U.S. Air Force Releases Memo on Policies for Accommodating ‘Transgender’ Airmen   Oct 17, 2016 06:58 pm
  Air ForceWASHINGTON -- Officials with the United States Air Force have released a memo on how the branch will accommodate "transgender" airmen in matters of dress, physical fitness, and restroom and shower use. "This is another step in allowing transgender airmen to serve openly, receive medical care relating to gender transition and allow transgender individuals to join the Air Force,” Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James in a statement. “Our strengths as a military are the quality and character of our people, and those things that make us unique are the same things that make us strong.”
The memo, written on Oct. 6 but released publicly just this week, outlines that as long as they can meet the various requirements, transgendered persons will be permitted to serve.
“It is Air Force policy that service in the United States Air Force should be open to all who can meet the rigorous standards for military service and readiness. Consistent with the policies set forth in this memorandum, transgender individuals shall be allowed to serve in the Air Force,” it states.
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Obama, Clinton Tweet in ‘Celebration’ of 100th Year of Planned Parenthood   Oct 17, 2016 11:57 am
  Hillary Clinton pdWASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton both Tweeted in celebration of the 100th year of the abortion and contraception giant Planned Parenthood on Sunday, asserting that it has empowered women to control their destinies. Oct. 16th marked a century since the organization, founded by feminist and eugenics supporter Margaret Sanger, first opened its doors.
“For a century, Planned Parenthood has made it possible for women to determine their own lives. Here’s to another #100YearsStrong,” Obama Tweeted, generating 87,000 likes.
His words were re-Tweeted by Clinton, who also wrote, “From birth control to cancer screenings, Planned Parenthood has provided care for millions. That’s worth celebrating—and protecting.”
She likewise shared a post by Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, who cheered Clinton for working for personal “autonomy.”
“Thank you @HillaryClinton & everyone fighting for autonomy & health for all. 100 years, and we’re just getting started. #ActStrong,” Richards wrote.
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Evidence of a Young Moon? Study Forces Scientists to Rethink Lunar Dating Techniques   Oct 17, 2016 09:14 am
  moonCould the moon be younger than most realize? A new study shows that craters on the moon form quicker than previously thought, which means many features on the lunar surface are not as old as astronomers had predicted. Astronomers at Arizona State University and Cornell University recently set out to measure the formation rate of craters on the moon.  To do so, they compiled thousands of high-resolution “before and after” images of the moon’s surface captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The amount of time that elapsed between the before and after pictures varied, ranging from 176 to 1,241 days.
After collecting the images, the astronomers ran the photographs through computer software that identified any changes between the “before and after” images. The results showed that the moon’s surface as shown in the “after” images is spotted with more than 200 new craters that did not exist when the initial batch of photographs was captured.
“From this temporal dataset, we detected 222 new impact craters,” the astronomers wrote in a paper published by “Nature” on Thursday. The largest craters they identified were about 140 feet in diameter.
The scientists were surprised to find this many new impact craters on the moon’s surface because NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter launched fairly recently, in 2009. That means that all 222 of the craters identified by the researchers must have formed in the past seven years, which is 33 percent more than current models had predicted.
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American Pastor Formerly Imprisoned in Iran Announces Divorce From Wife
BOISE, Idaho -- An American pastor who had been imprisoned in Iran for three years until he was freed in January in a prisoner swap with the U.S. has announced that he is divorcing his wife out of his belief that they are "different people" and that the "only path toward healing is apart." "My heart is deeply saddened to be sharing the news that Naghmeh 
and I will be divorcing,” Saeed Abedini publicly posted to social media on Wednesday.
“There are no words to describe the ongoing effect of the trauma I experienced and my family has experienced both during and in the aftermath of my imprisonment. We are different people, and we are hurting people. It pains me to say, but I have decided the only path toward healing is apart, and not together,” he said.
As previously reported, Abedini, a former Iranian Muslim turned Christian, left Iran in 2005 and moved to the United States with his wife and two children to find religious freedom after facing conflict with authorities for planting house churches in the county. In 2012, he traveled back to Iran to build an orphanage and visit his parents when he was taken into custody.
He was sentenced to eight years in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, but was transferred to to Rajai Shahr Prison in 2013, where he remained until January, when he and other Americans were set free in a prisoner swap with Iran.
But last November, his wife Naghmeh, who had been tirelessly urging the U.S. government to work toward Abedini’s release, announced that she would place her efforts on hold, citing marital issues.
“It is very serious stuff and I cannot live a lie anymore,” she wrote in an email to supporters. “So, I have decided to take a break from everything and seek the Lord on how to move forward.”
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Colorado College Student Charged After Using Skewer to Forcibly Abort Girlfriend’s Baby   Oct 08, 2016 12:19 pm
COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. -- A Saudi man attending college in the United States on a student VISA has been charged with unlawful termination of a pregnancy and sexual assault after he allegedly used a skewer to forcibly abort the child his girlfriend was carrying.
Ahmed Almesbahi, 23, is a student at University of Colorado Colorado Springs and studies mechanical engineering. In May, his girlfriend, a Kazakh immigrant, contacted police to state that she had been assaulted by Almesbahi in August 2015 and the incident resulted in the death of her unborn child.
According to The Gazette, police obtained evidence that the woman had been pregnant that year and were provided with a cell phone photograph of the aborted baby, which was expelled from her body in a mall restroom.
Police state that he had told his girlfriend that “his father would kill him unless we got rid of the pregnancy.” The woman states that the two had married, but Almesbahi denies that the two are wed.
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Christian Scientist Fired for Challenging Evolution Awarded Financial Settlement   Oct 10, 2016 07:02 am
  Armitage IILOS ANGELES – An evangelical Christian scientist who was fired after discovering evidence that seemingly contradicted the evolutionary timeframe has been awarded a generous settlement after taking his case to court. As previously reported, Mark Armitage was a scientist at California State University—Northridge (CSUN) who discovered soft tissues on a large. triceratops horn that was believed to be at least 65 million years old. However, the discovery became mired in controversy when Armitage described his findings in a journal article.
“In the paper, I just presented the factual data,” Armitage said. “The only conclusions I drew were that ‘This needs to be investigated further. We have a lot of work to do.’”
Other scientists at the university were not pleased with Armitage’s discovery, evidently thinking that he was trying to promote evidence against evolution. His supervisor reportedly stormed into his lab on one occasion and shouted, “We will not tolerate your religion in this department!”
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Group Releases Statement as Man at Center of ‘Church Plant’ Tattoo Fundraiser Video Back in Rehab   Oct 10, 2016 03:02 pm
  Screenshot from videoTEMPE, Ariz. -- One of the men at the center of a controversial online video featuring a young man obtaining a tattoo and vaping at a fundraising effort for the tattoo artist's part in their group's proposed church plant is now back in rehab after continued drug use, a public statement released by his elders outlines. "The elders of Apologia became acquainted with the past sinful patterns in Thad’s life very early on,” the statement reads in part. “There were issues related to drug addiction and serial adultery that ultimately led to Thad going to a long-term Christian recovery program in Georgia.”
“Over the course of our time with them we had to confront instances of substance abuse which never ultimately stopped,” it outlines.
As previously reported, on June 22, Marcus Pittman, the head of Apologia Studios in Tempe, Arizona, posted a provocative live, public video of the tattoo fundraiser to social media, which he gave the questioning title “Apologia Studios Tattoo Parlor?!” (View here.) Apologia Studios is a part of Apologia Church, led by Jeff Durbin, which is seeking to plant a new church in Kauai.
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CoverGirl Announces First Male Makeup-Wearing ‘CoverBoy’ Model   Oct 13, 2016 07:02 am
  james-charles-compressedThe makeup giant CoverGirl has announced its first "Coverboy" model---a 17-year-old boy who regularly wears makeup and says that the practice is "becoming more widely accepted" in society. CoverGirl made the announcement on social media on Tuesday, introducing James Charles of Bethlehem, N.Y. as a "boundary breaker." "Meet @JCharlesBeauty: makeup artist
boundary breaker, and the newest COVERGIRL!” the company wrote. “Spread the word by regramming using #COVERGIRLJames.”
Charles, who regularly conducts makeup tutorials online, has 500,000 followers on Instagram and nearly 80,000 subscribers on his YouTube.
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Republicans Begin Revoking Endorsement Over Trump’s Bragging About Sexually Assaulting Women   Oct 08, 2016 01:51 pm
  Photo Credit: Gage SkidmorePhoto Credit: Gage Skidmore WASHINGTON -- A number of Republican leaders nationwide are beginning to revoke their endorsement of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy after audio and video surfaced on Friday of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women in 2005, including seeking to have sexual relations with a married woman. "This is not a decision that I have reached lightly, but his pattern of behavior has left me no choice,” Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, said in a statement Saturday. “His repeated actions and comments toward women have been disrespectful, profane and demeaning.”
“I wanted to be able to support my party’s nominee, chosen by the people, because I feel strongly that we need a change in direction for our country. However, I’m a mom and an American first, and I cannot and will not support a candidate for president who brags about degrading and assaulting women,” also remarked Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.
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Johns Hopkins Distances From Psychiatrists’ Report That There’s No ‘Scientific Evidence’ People Born Homosexual   Oct 14, 2016 04:05 pm
  johns-hopkins-compressedBALTIMORE, Md. -- Officials with Johns Hopkins Medicine have distanced themselves from a report written by two of its psychiatrists that states that there is no scientific evidence that people are born homosexual or in the wrong body. “In recent months, some have questioned our position, both inside and outside the institution, not because of any change in our
practice or policy, but because of the varied individual opinions expressed publicly by members of the Johns Hopkins Medicine community,” wrote Dr. Paul Rothman, dean of medical faculty, and Ronald Peterson, president of Johns Hopkins Health System, in an email letter sent on Oct. 7 to students and alumni.
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Faith Leaders Ask Obama, House Speaker to Renounce Report Equating Religious Freedom With Discrimination   Oct 12, 2016 06:19 pm
  Bible cross pdWASHINGTON -- A number of faith leaders, including those representing Mormonism, Islam and Christianity, have signed a letter asking Barack Obama, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch to publicly renounce a recent report asserting that religious groups "use the pretext of religious doctrines to discriminate.”  The report, “Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles With Civil Liberties,” was written by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and released on Sept. 8.
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New York Abortionist Arrested for Manslaughter After Woman Dies From Botched Abortion   Oct 12, 2016 12:34 pm
  robert-rho-compressedNEW YORK -- An abortionist from the Queens area has been arrested and charged with second degree manslaughter after a woman died following a botched abortion. Robert Rho, 52, Liberty Women’s Health Care of Queens was arraigned on Tuesday over the alleged incident, which occurred this past July. According to reports, Jamie Lee Morales, 30, sought an abortion at Rho’s facility, arriving for the procedure with her sister on July 9. She was in her second trimester.
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Evangelicals Divided on Whether or Not to Turn From Trump Following Release of ‘Indefensible’ Audio   Oct 13, 2016 11:49 am
  Photo Credit: Michael VadonPhoto Credit: Michael Vadon Prominent professing evangelical leaders are divided on whether or not Christians should turn from Trump and vote third party or write-in following the release of a 2005 video in which Trump bragged about allegedly sexually assaulting women and attempting to have sexual relations with a married woman. James Dobson of Focus on the 
James Dobson of Focus on the Family said in a statement on Tuesday that while he agreed the tape was terrible, it wasn’t enough to make him change his mind, citing the “cast the first stone” clause from the biblical account of the woman caught in adultery.
“First, I do not condone nor defend Donald Trump’s terrible comments made 11 years ago. They are indefensible and awful,” he said. “I’m sure there are other misdeeds in his past, although as Jesus said, ‘Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.'”
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Archaeologists Uncover ‘Fascinating’ Evidence of Bible’s King Hezekiah in Israel   Oct 03, 2016 08:30 am
  lachish-gateTEL LACHISH, Israel – Archaeologists digging out the ruins of an enormous ancient gate in Israel have discovered evidence that confirms one of the Old Testament’s historical accounts of King Hezekiah. In January of this year, archaeologists began an archaeological excavation in Tel Lachish National Park, which is located in central Israel about 25 miles Tel Lachish National Park, which is located in central Israel about 25 miles southwest of Jerusalem. The park marks the site of the ancient city of Lachish, which is mentioned nearly two dozen times in the Bible and played a role in several biblical accounts.
Described by some archaeologists as the most important city in Judah after Jerusalem, Lachish was a prosperous and heavily-fortified center until the Assyrians destroyed it around 700 B.C.
Several decades ago, researchers partially uncovered the remains of an ancient gate at Lachish that is believed to be nearly 3,000 years old, dating back to Lachish’s prime during the First Temple period (1000-600 B.C.). City gates were important places in Bible times, because city leaders and government officials would regularly convene there.
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 Catholic School Sued for $1 Million for Prohibiting Student From Bringing Homosexual Date to Dance   Oct 05, 2016 07:43 pm
  sanderson-compressedMEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Roman Catholic high school in Tennessee has been sued for $1 million after it prohibited a homosexual student from bringing a boy as his date to the school dance. According to reports, last September, all-male Christian Brothers High School (CBHS) student Lance Sanderson asked for permission to bring a male student from another school  
as his homecoming date.
His request was denied, but he was told it was for “logistical reasons” as the student was from another school. CBHS does not allow boys from other schools to attend the homecoming dance.
“CBHS students may attend the dance by themselves, with other CBHS students, or with a girl from another school. For logistical reasons, boys from other schools may not attend,” its policy reads.
Sanderson had come out to Principal Chris Fay in 2012, and alleges in his lawsuit that Fay “acted as if he were ashamed, embarrassed and disapproving of” Sanderson’s homosexuality.
Following the denial, Sanderson posted about the matter on Facebook and was suspended a week after going public on the issue, which generated media attention. He also launched a petition on Change.org.
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 Petition Drive Underway in Florida to Criminalize Abortion as First-Degree Murder   Oct 03, 2016 05:16 pm
  newborn-ii-compressedTAMPA, Fla. -- A petition drive is underway in Florida in an effort to place a measure on the 2018 ballot that would amend the state constitution to criminalize abortion as murder. "Inasmuch as abortion deprives an innocent human being of the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, any person who performs or procures an abortion shall be guilty of premeditated murder in the first degree, and any person who attempts to perform or procure an abortion shall be guilty of felony attempted murder,” the proposed constitutional amendment reads.
It defines abortion as being “the use or prescription of any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance or device, to intentionally kill an unborn human being” and marks conception as beginning at fertilization as opposed to conception.
Abolish Abortion Florida, which is behind the effort, says that the goal of the petition is not only to collect enough signatures to make it on the 2018 ballot, but to also encourage politicians to put forward legislation that would outlaw abortion rather than regulate it.
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 Church Elder Among Judges Who Voted to Suspend Roy Moore, Previously Struck State Sodomy Law   Oct 04, 2016 07:12 pm
  Moore Joiner-compressedBIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Just two years after striking down the state's law criminalizing sodomy, the chief judge of the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ), who also serves as an elder and Bible teacher at The Church at Brook Hills, joined his colleagues in their unanimous decision to suspend Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore on Friday. "t is the unanimous judgment of this Court that Chief Justice Moore should be suspended from from office without pay for the remainder of his term,” Judge J. Michael Joiner wrote for the panel of nine judges.
As previously reported, according to his biography, Joiner is an elder and Bible teacher at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, formerly led by “Radical” author David Platt, who now serves as the president of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board.
“He is an active member of The Church at Brookhills where he teaches a Bible study class,” Joiner’s judicial bio reads. “He previously served as Deacon and Chairman of the Shelby Baptist Association Credentials Committee.”
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 American Missionary to Nicaragua to Stand Trial for Helping Ex-Lesbian Who Fled Country With Daughter   Oct 01, 2016 02:37 pm
  timo-miller-compressed-1BUFFALO, N.Y. -- An American missionary to Nicaragua is expected to stand trial in the coming weeks as the third man being indicted on charges of conspiracy and international parental kidnapping for helping an ex-lesbian flee the U.S. with her child seven years ago. Mennonite pastor Timothy Miller, also known as Timo, lives in Crossville, Tennessee, but conducts
missions work with Christian Aid Ministries in Managua, Nicaragua.
In 2011, he was indicted on charges of being a part of a conspiracy to assist Lisa Miller (no relation)—specifically in his case with purchasing plane tickets from Canada to Nicaragua, and then helping Miller and her daughter find refuge in the country.
Miller had fled the United States after being threatened by a federal judge that he would transfer custody of the child to the woman’s ex-partner if she did not allow the girl to have further visitation
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 Planned Parenthood President Says She ‘Doesn’t Know’ When Unborn Have Constitutional Rights   Oct 06, 2016 04:33 pm
  RichardsAMES, Iowa -- The president of the abortion and birth control giant Planned Parenthood told an Iowa radio station this week that she doesn't know when a baby has constitutional rights, and that it's "not the problem we are facing in America." Cecile Richards, daughter of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, has been campaigning this week in Iowa for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and on Tuesday was interviewed by WHO Newsradio.
During the conversation, host Doug Wagner noted that Hillary Clinton has stated that the unborn don’t have constitutional rights under the law, and asked if Richards believes it should stay that way.
“Is that something that needs to be changed in your opinion, or should we be fine with an unborn person not having constitutional rights?” Wagner asked.
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 Nearly 9,000 Join Brief to Supreme Court in Support of School Board’s Refusal to Allow Girl in Boys’ Restroom   Oct 02, 2016 05:31 pm
  urinal-credit-bob-smith-compressedWASHINGTON -- Nearly 9,000 people added their names to a legal brief this past week in support of a Virginia school board's appeal of a ruling requiring that it allow a female student who identifies as male to use the boys’ restroom. 8,914 students, parents and other residents from across the country included their name in the friend of the court brief filed by the religious liberties organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) on Wednesday. Over 40 state family policy organizations, such as the Family Policy Institute of Washington, North Carolina Values, and the New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, were a part of the brief as well. “Placing students in circumstances where their privacy is compromised and they are at risk of bodily exposure in the vicinity of members of the opposite sex is not only demeaning and humiliating, but also denies individuals’ personal dignity,” it reads.
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 ‘Let Women Make Their Own Decisions’: Tim Kaine Reiterates Abortion Support Despite Personal Beliefs   Oct 05, 2016 10:42 am
  kaine-debate-compressedFARMVILLE, Va. -- During the first vice presidential debate for the 2016 election, Tim Kaine, the running mate of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, reiterated his support for keeping abortion legal despite his own personal identity as a Roman Catholic. Kaine, as well as Trump running mate Mike Pence, were asked by moderator Elaine Quijano of CBS
News to outline an instance when they had difficulty reconciling their faith with their politics.
“Can you discuss in detail a time when you struggled to balance your personal faith and a public policy position?” she asked.
“I try to practice my religion in a very devout way and follow the teachings of my church in my own personal life. But I don’t believe in this nation, a First Amendment nation, where we don’t raise any religion over the other, and we allow people to worship as they please, that the doctrines of any one religion should be mandated for everyone,” Kaine replied.
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 U.S. Department of Defense Releases Handbook on Accommodation of Transgenders in Military   Oct 04, 2016 12:48 pm
  PentagonWASHINGTON -- The United States Department of Defense has released a handbook outlining how the military is to accommodate those who identify as transgender. "Transgender Service in the U.S. Military: An Implementation Handbook" was released on Sept. 30 "to assist our transgender service members in their gender transition, help commanders with their duties and responsibilities, and help all service members understand new policies enabling the open service of transgender service members.”
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Democrats Propose Resolution Celebrating Planned Parenthood as ‘Essential Thread in Fabric of Society’   Oct 01, 2016 11:59 am
  Photo Credit: All Nite ImagesPhoto Credit: All Nite Images WASHINGTON -- Over a dozen Democratic senators have proposed a resolution in celebration of the 100th year of the birth control and abortion giant Planned Parenthood, stating that the organization is an "essential thread in the fabric of society," in part by helping to grow the economy by keeping women in the workforce instead of
of raising their children.
Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon announced the introduction of the resolution on Thursday, which was co-sponsored by Al Franken of Minnesota, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Barbara Boxer of California, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Dick Durbin of Illinois, among others.
“From Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine, this country is healthier because of Planned Parenthood,” Wyden said in a statement. “My Democratic colleagues and I are going to keep working to make sure this bedrock health provider can keep serving people for the next 100 years.”
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Text of Leviticus Found on 1,700-Year-Old Scroll Inside Ancient Israeli Ark   Sep 25, 2016 03:25 pm
  ScrollJERUSALEM -- Researchers in Israel expressed excitement this past week after successfully using technology to decipher a 1,700-year-old scroll that was discovered in an ark inside of a Jewish synagogue. "You can't imagine the joy in the lab," Pnina Shor of the Israel Antiquities Authority told the Associated Press on Wednesday. As previously 
JERUSALEM — Researchers in Israel expressed excitement this past week after successfully using technology to decipher a 1,700-year-old scroll that was discovered in an ark inside of a Jewish synagogue.
“You can’t imagine the joy in the lab,” Pnina Shor of the Israel Antiquities Authority told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
As previously reported, the parchment had been discovered in 1970 among the remains of the ancient Ein Gedi synagogue, located on the shore of the Dead Sea. David had once sought refuge in the caves of Ein Gedi when he was being hunted by King Saul.
In approximately 600 A.D., the synagogue was destroyed by fire, and the scrolls, found over forty years ago, were discovered in the holy ark—a chest that holds parchments containing the Old Testament, known to Jews as the Tanakh.
The scrolls were “completely burned and crushed, [and] had turned into chunks of charcoal that continued to disintegrate every time they were touched,” researchers said. Nonetheless, the chunks were retrieved and placed in storage for preservation and examination.
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U.S. Education Secretary Concerned Homeschoolers Aren’t Getting ‘Rapid Instructional Experience’   Sep 24, 2016 07:04 pm
  HomeschoolingWASHINGTON -- U.S. Education Secretary John King told reporters this week that he is concerned that some homeschoolers aren't receiving the "rapid instructional experience" that they would normally obtain in the public school environment. King was speaking at a breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor on Wednesday. During his remarks, he said that he was  worried that homeschooled children aren’t “getting the range of options that are good for all kids.”
“King said he worries that ‘students who are homeschooled are not getting kind of the rapid instructional experience they would get in school’—unless parents are ‘very intentional about it,'” the Monitor reported. “King said the school experience includes building relationships with peers, teachers and mentors—elements which are difficult to achieve in homeschooling, he said, unless parents focus on it.”
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Father of Ex-Lesbian Who Fled Country With Daughter Takes the Stand at ‘International Kidnapping’ Trial   Sep 24, 2016 11:59 am
  Miller and IsabellaMiller and Isabella BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The father of an ex-lesbian who fled the country seven years ago with her child took the stand on Friday, being called as a prosecutorial witness by the government to testify against his daughter and Philip Zodhiates, a man who is accused of being a part of a complex "international kidnapping" conspiracy. Terry Miller described a strained relationship with his daughter, Lisa Miller, who lived with her mother after her parents divorced. She later moved in with him when she turned 18.“It wasn’t a close relationship,” he told the court, stating that it “was a little contentious.”
Terry Miller remarried, and Lisa’s mother died in 1988.
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 Washington Attorney Advises Elementary School to Approve ‘After School Satan’ Club   Sep 26, 2016 09:19 am
  Satan-compressedSEATTLE, Wash. – An attorney is advising an elementary school in Washington to approve an "After School Satan" club, warning that the school district may incur expensive litigation if they turn down the Satanic group. The Satanic Temple of Seattle recently approached the Mount Vernon School District, asking if the group could start an after-school Satanic.
The Satanic Temple of Seattle recently approached the Mount Vernon School District, asking if the group could start an after-school Satanic program at Centennial Elementary School. According to reports, the Satanic group is bothered by the elementary school’s Good News Bible Club and desires to counter the Bible club with a Satan club.
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Texas School District Paints Over Ten Commandments Following Complaint From Atheist Activist Group   Sep 28, 2016 07:45 am
  commands-mural-compressedPhoto Credit: Katye Gruben O'DONNELL, Texas -- The superintendent of a school district in Texas has announced that a mural of the Ten Commandments at an area high school has been painted over following a complaint and legal threat from a professing atheist organization. "After consultation with legal counsel, community members and students, I have decided  as the Superintendent of O’Donnell ISD that the Ten Commandment mural will no longer be on display beginning Sept. 16, 2016,” Dr. Cathy Amonett announced in a statement just recently released to reporters.
As previously reported, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) had sent a letter to Amonett earlier this month demanding that the district remove the painting, as well as a Scripture that had also been displayed on the wall at O’Donnell High School.
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Virginia Man Found Guilty of ‘International Kidnapping’ for Helping Ex-Lesbian Flee Country With Daughter   Sep 30, 2016 05:45 pm
  zodhiates-compressedBUFFALO, N.Y. -- A Virginia man who was accused of helping an ex-lesbian flee the country with her daughter has been declared guilty of international parental kidnapping and conspiracy. A jury handed down the verdict on Thursday after a nearly two-week trial, which centered not on whether businessman Philip Zodhiates of Waynesboro helped Lisa Miller seven years ago, but whether he did it out of the generosity of his heart or to keep the girl away from Miller’s ex-partner.
“We had a lot of evidence about intent,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Van de Graaf, who served as one of the prosecutors in the case, told reporters following the verdict. “We also had strong evidence about the secrecy and deception used by the defendant.”
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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Declared Guilty of Ethics Violations, Suspended for Rest of Term Without Pay   Sep 30, 2016 01:04 pm
  Moore-pdMONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ), led by a chief judge who also serves as an elder in his church, has declared Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore guilty of all six charges of ethics violations surrounding allegations that he ordered judges in the state not to issue same-sex "marriage" licenses and has been suspended for the rest of his term without pay.  MORE http://christiannews.net/2016/09/30/alabama-chief-justice-roy-moore-declared-guilty-of-ethics-violations-suspended-for-rest-of-term-without-pay/

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore at ‘Gay Marriage’ Ethics Trial: ‘I Don’t Encourage Anyone to Defy a Court Order’   Sep 29, 2016 12:00 pm
  Moore-pdMONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore took the stand during his ethics hearing on Wednesday, telling those gathered that he never told probate judges in the state to defy the United States Supreme Court's opinion on "gay marriage." "I don't encourage anyone to defy a federal court or state court order," Moore stated, remarking remarking that it is “ridiculous” to believe otherwise. “I gave them a status in the case, a status of the facts that these orders exist. That is all I did.” MORE http://christiannews.net/2016/09/29/alabama-chief-justice-roy-moore-at-gay-marriage-ethics-trial-i-dont-encourage-anyone-to-defy-a-court-order/

Suspect in Washington Mall Shooting ‘Zombie-Like’ When Arrested   Sep 25, 2016 10:19 am
  cetin-compressed(Associated Press) -- The 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shooting said nothing and appeared "zombie-like" when he was arrested by authorities nearly 24 hours into an intense manhunt, authorities said. Island County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Hawley said he spotted Arcan Cetin from a patrol car Saturday evening in Oak Harbor, Washington, and immediately recognized him as the suspect who killed five people at the Cascade Mall in nearby Burlington.
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Museum of African American History Opens, Telling Story of Sinful Slavery, Segregation in Nation’s Past   Sep 25, 2016 07:43 pm
  slavery-compressed1853 drawing WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian Museum of African American History opened its doors to the public on Saturday, taking visitors on a journey through America's past from its struggles with the national sin of slavery and segregation to the days when blacks were finally recognized as being equal to whites. The 400,000 square foot museum was first proposed in 1915 by African American veterans of the civil war, and in 2003, its creation was approved by Congress, putting in motion a 13-year effort to tell America’s story through the eyes of its black citizens.
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Texas Students Push Back After School District Covers Ten Commandments Following Complaint   Sep 10, 2016 05:46 pm
  stickys-compressedO'DONNELL, Texas -- Students at a high school in Texas are pushing back after a prominent Church-State separation group lodged a complaint about a Ten Commandments painting hung on the wall, which resulted in the school district covering the display. "I made the decision to cover it up until I made a more informed decision about what I should do, because I 
don’t want to harm the district or cause any controversy or anything,” O’Donnell Independent School District Dr. Cathy Amonett told reporters on Friday.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation had sent a letter to Amonett this week demanding that the district remove the painting, as well as a Scripture that had also been displayed on the wall at O’Donnell High School.
“By displaying a religious message in its entryway, O’Donnell ISD infringes on its students’ constitutionally protected religious freedom,” the letter read. “By endorsing a religious message, the school district violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”
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Obama Lauds Buddhism, Tours Temple During Laos Trip   Sep 11, 2016 12:52 pm
  obama-buddhist-temple-compressedPhoto Credit: Screenshot Reuters VIENTIANE, Laos -- During his trip to Laos on Tuesday for the East Asia Summit, Barack Obama lauded the Buddhist religion as giving "strength" to its people, and toured a Buddhist temple where he had photo-op with monks. "n countless stupas and in your daily lives, we see the strength that draws-—so many of you—from your Buddhist faith, a faith that tells you that you have a moral duty to each other, to live with kindness and honesty, and that we can help end suffering if we embrace the right mindset and the right actions,” he said during a speech at Lao National Cultural Hall in Vientiane.
“And in literature like the epic of Sinxay, we see the values that define the people of Laos, which is modesty and compassion, and resilience and hope,” Obama stated.
He also spoke of the partnership between the U.S. and Laos, and his plans to work together on educational, economic and environmental issues, as well as to continue to make amends for the 1960-1970’s bombings in the country that left millions of undetonated explosive devices throughout Laos.
“Over the years, thousands of Laotians have been killed or injured—farmers tending their fields, children playing. The wounds—a missing leg or arm—last a lifetime. And that’s why, as president, I’ve dramatically increased our funding to help remove these unexploded bombs,” Obama said.
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ISIS Releases Video of Jihadis Slaughtering Prisoners Hung From Meat Hooks on Islamic Eid al-Adha   Sep 17, 2016 02:19 pm
  isis-still-compressedJihadis with the barbaric Islamic group ISIS released a gruesome video this past week showing yet another twisted way that ISIS has devised to execute prisoners: hanging them from meat hooks at a slaughterhouse. According to reports, the execution took place in Deir ez-Zor, Syria and involved approximately two dozen prisoners who were accused of being spies for 
the U.S. coalition against ISIS. The footage of their killing was released the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, which commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son (Muslims believe it was Ishmael on the altar while Scripture states it was Isaac).
“In some traditionally Muslim countries, families or groups of families may purchase an animal known as udhiya, usually a goat or sheep, to sacrifice,” online summaries of the holiday explain. “In these countries, groups of people may purchase a whole carcass from a butcher or slaughterhouse and divide it amongst themselves or just buy generous portions of meat for a communal meal on Eid-al-Adha.”
In the ISIS footage, instead of animals, human prisoners were hung upside down on meat hooks at a Syrian slaughterhouse and then had their throats slit like livestock. Their blood was drained down grates as if in a ceremonial ritual.
Christian News Network has chosen not to show the video, which the group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently has warned should not be seen by any human. Founder Abu Mohammed characterized the gruesome footage as “the worst video we saw,” commenting that Daesh had slaughtered the men “like sheep.”
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 Canadian pastor is standing firm after being ordered to allow gay-straight alliances to be formed at his Christian schools. According to reports, on Sept. 2, Alberta Education Minister David Eggen sent a letter to Brian Coldwell, the chairman of the Independent Baptist Christian Education Society and pastor of New Testament Baptist Church, to demand
that he allow the alliances at his two schools as per provincial law.
Coldwell runs Meadows Baptist Academy and Harvest Baptist Academy in Parkland County.
Earlier this year, Eggen sent a letter to school boards throughout the province, advising that officials must draft and submit policies by the end of March surrounding how they would accommodate homosexual and transgender students.
But Coldwell told CBC News that he would not comply.
“I have a duty as a pastor to protect the flock of God,” he said. “And there is no way under heaven I’m going to allow gay activists to come in here and basically undermine our ministries and our religious freedoms or confuse and corrupt our children.”
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U.S. Department of Housing Expands Rules to Require Admittance of Men in Women’s Homeless Shelters   Sep 21, 2016 07:19 pm
  precision-made-bed-compressedWASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a new rule on Tuesday that requires federally-funded women's homeless shelters to admit and accommodate men who identify as women---and vice versa. “Today, we take another important step to ensure full acceptance of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in the programs HUD supports,” HUD Secretary Julián Castro said in a statement. “This new rule will ensure equal access to the very programs that help to prevent homelessness for persons who are routinely forced to choose between being placed in facilities against their gender identity or living on our streets.”
The rule now requires shelters that receive federal funds to establish policies that will ensure that those who identify as the opposite gender will have “equal access” to the facilities.
It additionally mandates that the “individual is placed, served, and accommodated in accordance with the gender identity of the individual” and prohibit shelters from subjecting the person “to intrusive questioning or [being] asked to provide anatomical information or documentary, physical, or medical evidence of the individual’s gender identity.”
And in homeless shelters where there are shared sleeping quarters or shared restrooms, the transgender person must be allowed to use the space.
“Placement and accommodation of an individual in temporary, emergency shelters and other buildings and facilities with physical limitations or configurations that require and are permitted to have shared sleeping quarters or shared bathing facilities shall be made in accordance with the individual’s gender identity,” the rules read.
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Church-State Separation Group, Methodist Minister, Sue School for ‘Pushing Religion on Students’   Sep 17, 2016 11:54 am
  School-Bible-pdMESA, Ariz. -- A nationally-recognized church-state separation group has sued an Arizona charter school on behalf of a United Methodist minister and an offended parent for allegedly "pushing religion on students" by using curriculum that includes text favorable of Christianity. As previously reported, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU), led by Barry Lynn, an attorney who is also ordained in the United Church of Christ, sent a letter last September to Earl Taylor, Jr., the principal of Heritage Academy, which has campuses in Mesa, Gateway and Leveen, to demand that the school cease referencing Christianity in its government class.
While the organization asserted that the academy’s government class is “anchored heavily in religion,” it specifically and especially took issue with the use of a textbook called “Proclaim Liberty Throughout all the Land,” published by the National Center for Constitutional Studies, which is led by Taylor.
The book, AU says, cites the divine Creator, biblical law and judgment following death.
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Jury Selection Begins for Trial of Second Man Accused of Helping Ex-Lesbian Flee Country With Daughter
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jury selection begins today in the case of a Virginia man accused of aiding an ex-lesbian turned professing Christian who fled the country with her daughter seven years ago to avoid a situation she found harmful to her child.
Philip Zodhiates of Waynesboro, Virginia is charged with international parental kidnapping and conspiracy for allegedly driving Lisa Miller and her then seven-year-old child from Virginia to New York, where she crossed over into Canada before fleeing to Nicaragua.
“This case is about religious intolerance of same-sex relationships,” prosecutorial filings state, according to the Associated Press. He “helped [Miller] break the law by taking Isabella outside the country in the name of those strong religious views.”
Zodhiates is the son of the late Dr. Spiros Zodhiates, a Greek-born Bible scholar who founded the missions and relief ministry Advancing the Ministries of the Gospel International (AMG). Dr. Zodhiates also published the Hebrew-Greek KeyWord Study Bible and was a radio and television host, teaching on the New Testament from its original Greek meaning.
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Report: Those Who View Images of Aborted Babies Are Less Likely to Support Abortion   Sep 19, 2016 08:42 am
  Michael Marcavage of Repent America displays the reality of abortion to passersby.CALGARY – New research from a Canadian pro-life organization shows that public support for abortion decreases measurably if people are shown images of abortion victims. Whether or not opponents of abortion should disseminate images of abortion victims is an ongoing debate within the pro-life community. While some argue that doing so in an important and effective means of persuasion, others contend that the images—which often feature bloody, mangled babies—are too graphic and unpleasant.
Now new research suggests that people are in fact prone to change their minds about abortion after viewing images of aborted infants.
“The use of abortion victim imagery in pro-life outreach is perhaps one of the most enduring debates within the pro-life movement,” wrote bioethics and public policy scholar Dr. Jacqueline Harvey in a report titled “A Statistical Analysis on the Effectiveness of Abortion Victim Photography in Pro-Life Activism.” “Although proponents cite cases of lives saved and minds changed supporting the effectiveness of the strategy, opponents insist these images impede public receptiveness to other strategies they claim could save more lives.”
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Girl Who Identifies as Boy Becomes First ‘Transgender’ Allowed on School’s Football Team   Sep 23, 2016 12:04 pm
  cooley-compressedHALIFAX, Canada -- A Canadian girl who identifies as a boy has become the first "transgender" player allowed on her school's football team. Kennedy Cooley, 17, transferred to Halifax West High School after students at her previous school made her feel "unaccepted" for identifying as a boy. She had heard that Halifax West would be more accepting, but was still apprehensive.
“I’d heard that a lot of the guys are like family, they really get along together, they all know each other, and they’re really close friends,” Cooley told CTV News. “I was just really nervous about going in there and maybe, somebody wasn’t okay with me being transgender.”
At Halifax West, she was permitted to join the boy’s football team.
“You feel like you’re a brother; you don’t feel like you’re a player,” the teen said. “They’re just so open and they accept you for who you are.”
“That’s what he wants to be—included—and he wants to be one of the other guys,” Cooley’s mother, Pam Reinders-Cooley, said.
Her father is likewise supportive.
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Trump: Women Should Be Able to Obtain Birth Control Without Prescription   Sep 16, 2016 08:56 am
  Photo Credit: Gage SkidmorePhoto Credit: Gage Skidmore Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump outlined on national television this week that he believes women should be able to obtain birth control over-the-counter, without a prescription. Appearing on the Dr. Oz Show, which aired nationwide on Thursday, Trump was asked during the program whether it "should be mandated in this country that we reimburse women for their birth control.”
“I think what we have in birth control is, you know, when you have to get a prescription, that’s a pretty tough something to climb,” he replied. “And I would say it should not be a prescription. It should not be done by prescription.”
“You have women that just aren’t able to go get a prescription,” Trump continued. “So and more and more people are coming out and saying that, but I am not in favor of prescription for birth control.”
The Republican presidential nominee’s position runs counter to the 2016 Republican Party platform, which reads, “We believe the FDA’s approval of Mifeprex, a dangerous abortifacient formerly known as RU-486, threatens women’s health, as does the agency’s endorsement of over-the-counter sales of powerful contraceptives without a physician’s recommendation.”
As previously reported, in 2013, the FDA moved the morning-after pill over-the-counter, and lowered the legal age to 15 after Judge Edward R. Korman, appointed by Ronald Reagan, blasted the Obama administration for not making Plan B, and other generic variations of the pill, available to all ages.
However, some pro-life leaders believe that the morning-after pill is actually an abortifacient.
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“As all pro-life folks, and many politicians for that matter, have said for years: ‘Life begins at conception,’ not implantation. While the morning-after pill may prevent implantation, for a life that is already conceived (a fertilized egg) the morning-after pill (like many forms of birth control) makes the womb, the place God designed to be a place of life and safety, a hostile environment so that the baby can’t implant and continue to live and grow. This is by definition elective abortion,” Daniel Parks, the executive director of the Charlotte, North Carolina chapter of Cities4Life, told Christian News Network last year.
He explained that at the moment of conception, a person is already encoded with the unique DNA that makes them a special and separate entity.
“At the moment that the sperm meets the egg (which can be anywhere from a few hours to a few days) a brand new and unique human life is conceived,” Parks outlined. “23 chromosomes from Mom and 23 chromosomes from Dad. All the genetic information that makes that person distinct is present.”
Parks, the director of an organization that regularly conducts ministry at local abortion facilities and often assists women even after giving birth, said that while some situations that lead to pregnancy are certainly traumatic and sinful, killing an unborn child does not right the wrong.
“Although situations of rape are always very grievous and I can only imagine what a young lady in that situation is going through, this can’t be a reason for us to compromise our stance that all human life should be protected and ‘life begins at conception,’” he stated. “And if we’re going to be consistent and always ‘err on the side of life,’ then to stand on our convictions we can not support and most certainly can not champion things like the morning-after pill.”
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WELL SAID! ARCHBISHOP OF VIENNA: ‘MANY MUSLIMS’ WANT EUROPEAN CONQUEST!
SEPTEMBER 14, 2016
EUROPE, ISLAM
This weekend, the Archbishop of Vienna added his name to the growing list of prelates who are publicly recognizing that the ultimate aim of many Muslims is the conquest of Europe.

In his homily at Sunday Mass, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (pictured) warned that “Europe is on the verge of forfeiting its Christian heritage,” noting that this loss, which is already being felt, is “not only economic, but above all human and religious.”

Cardinal Schonborn

The Viennese Cardinal asked the large congregation gathered in Saint Stephen’s cathedral church: “Will there be an Islamic conquest of Europe?”

“Many Muslims want that and say: ‘Europe is finished,’” he said.

The Mass celebrated on 9/11 commemorated the Catholic feast of the “Holy Name of Mary,” which was instituted 332 years ago in gratitude for the liberation of Vienna from the Ottoman Turks. The Battle of Vienna, between the allied Christian forces and 90,000 Islamic invaders, was waged on September 11 and 12, 1683, and marked the turning point in Europe’s 300-year struggle against Islam.

Against this serious backdrop man must first rely on the mercy of God, the Cardinal said. “God have mercy on Europe and on thy people, who are in danger of forfeiting our Christian heritage,” he prayed.

The feast also coincided with the tenth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s historic “Regensburg Address,” in which he spoke of the important relationship between faith and reason, underscoring differences between the Christian understanding of God and the Muslim concept of Allah.

Whereas for Christians, “not to act in accordance with reason is contrary to God’s nature,” Benedict said, “for Muslim teaching, God is absolutely transcendent. His will is not bound up with any of our categories, even that of rationality.”

Benedict offered these reflections after having quoted a 14th-century Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus regarding the place of violence in Islamic practice.

“Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached,” the citation ran.

Although Benedict acknowledged that the emperor spoke with a “startling brusqueness,” which today “we find unacceptable,” his remarks set off a wave of Muslim retaliation.

An Italian nun was shot to death in Somalia hours after a leading Somali cleric condemned the Pope’s comments. Five churches were firebombed on the West Bank and Gaza strip, while in India and Iraq the pontiff was burned in effigy.

Pakistan’s parliament adopted an official resolution condemning the pope, and its Foreign Ministry demanded that the Vatican’s ambassador apologize for Benedict’s remarks.
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ISLAMIFICATION! SCHOOL’S UNEXPECTED CLOSURE FOR MUSLIM HOLIDAY ANGERS PARENTS!
SEPTEMBER 14, 2016
BRITAIN, ISLAM
Parents at an east London school are furious because they were given just “three days’ notice” that the school would be partially closing for the Muslim holy festival Eid al-Adha.

Chobham Academy
Chobham Academy, an independent mixed academy with 1,800 pupils ranging from ages three to 18, informed parents last week its nursery, reception, and Year 1 and 2 classes would not be held on Monday due to a “high number of staff requesting leave for religious observance, giving families just days to find childcare arrangements.”
“Please accept my sincere apologies for the short notice which could not be helped and for the disruption to the beginning of the new academic year,” the school’s primary principal, Mark Elms, said in a letter to parents.
The school has been accused by critics of penalizing working parents.
“It’s outrageous that they have done this at such short notice,” one disgruntled mom told the Sun.
“We wouldn’t mind if it was included in the school calendar so we all knew well in advance that this was happening but to suddenly spring it on us just three days before is unacceptable.
“People have jobs and lives and will find it difficult to get childcare at such short notice,” added the woman, who did not want to be named.
Another parent at the school, Pedro Martin, who works as a Spanish tutor, told the MailOnline that he was forced to take time off work to look after his two sons, aged four and six.
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Oklahoma Woman, Adult Daughter Charged With Incest After Authorities Learn of ‘Marriage’   Sep 09, 2016 01:46 pm
-- An Oklahoma woman and her adult daughter are behind bars after authorities discovered that they were involved in an incestuous relationship in "marrying" each other earlier this year. According to reports, the Department of Human Services (DHS) contacted the Duncan Police Department after visiting the home of Patricia Spann, 43, for a child welfare investigation. It found that Spann was living with three of her children, who had been previously taken from her custody and adopted by their paternal grandmother.
Spann reportedly had no contact with her children for years, but when she met her daughter Misty, now 25, the two “hit it off,” she told DHS officials. She also said that she looked into the ramifications of marrying her biological daughter, but determined “that because her name was no longer listed on Misty’s birth certificate, she felt no laws had been violated.”
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‘Increasingly Aggressive’ Atheists Target Children in New Evolution-Promoting Book   Sep 05, 2016 09:36 am
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 An evolution-propagandizing illustrated children’s book is drawing praise from the secular community and currently ranks as a best seller on Amazon.com. “Annabelle & Aiden: The Story Of Life” is a 26-page children’s book that was published last month. Advertised as an “inspirational storybook” that will help kids  “gain a basic understanding of evolution,” the book walks readers through the history of life according to Charles Darwin.
Featuring a “wise owl” who describes evolution to two young girls named Annabelle and Aiden, the book proselytizes evolution using rhyming text and whimsical illustrations.
“Why do we look the way that we do? With hands and feet in neat sets of two?” asks Anabelle in the book’s opening pages. “What made my eyes? And what made my nose? And the shape of my body from my head to my toes?
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‘Mother Teresa’ Declared a Saint by ‘Pope Francis’ After Being Credited With Miracles in Death   Sep 05, 2016 01:20 pm
Photo Credit: Manfredo Ferrari ROME -- Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, also known as “Mother Teresa,” was declared a venerated saint on Sunday after she met the Vatican's requirement of being credited with the purported healing of two people through what Roman Catholics believe is her intercession in death. "fter due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine and having sought the counsel of many of our brother bishops, we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a saint, and we enroll her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole church,” Jorge Bergoglio, also known as Pope Francis, declared at the Vatican before an estimated crowd of 120,000 people on Sunday.
A large painting of Bojaxhiu was displayed during the announcement, during which time Bergoglio stated that some might forget to now call her “Saint Teresa” instead of “Mother Teresa.”
“She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity,” Bergoglio said, referring to Bojaxhiu’s work among the poor. “She made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crime of poverty they created.”
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Alabama Republican Party Calls for Changes to Law in Light of Roy Moore’s Suspension From Bench   Sep 06, 2016 05:10 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Republican Party of Alabama has passed a resolution calling for changes to state law in relation to how it handles judges who have been accused of ethics violations in light of the recent suspension of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. The Alabama Republican State Executive Committee says that state law requiring the automatic MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Republican Party of Alabama has passed a resolution calling for changes to state law in relation to how it handles judges who have been accused of ethics violations in light of the recent suspension of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. The Alabama Republican State Executive Committee says that state law requiring the automatic 
JUDGES may be subject to false charges by unethical individuals and organizations who are not seeking justice, but seek to cause them unwarranted harm,” the passed resolution, presented by local pastor James Henderson, reads in part.
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‘Pope Francis:’ Global Warming a ‘Sin,’ Man Can Atone by Recycling and ‘Car-Pooling’   Sep 03, 2016 02:40 pm
(Breitbart) — In his message for the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” Thursday, Jorge Bergoglio, who also goes by the name of "Pope Francis" as head of Roman Catholicism, said that human-induced global warming, as well as a loss of biodiversity are “sins” against God, which must be atoned for by planting trees, avoiding the use of plastic and paper and “separating refuse.”
“Global warming continues, due in part to human activity,” Francis said, adding that “2015 was the warmest year on record, and 2016 will likely be warmer still.”
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Obama Nominates Nation’s First Muslim Federal Judge   Sep 09, 2016 11:28 am
  qureshi-compressedWASHINGTON -- Barack Obama has nominated a Muslim attorney to the federal court circuit, who if approved, would be the first Islamic judge in American history. Abid Qureshi serves in Washington, D.C. at the law firm Latham & Watkins LLP, where he specializes in cases involving the False Claims Act, health care fraud and securities violations. A graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School, Qureshi has been a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee for the past year.
He has twice partnered with the group Muslim Advocates to defend Islamic rights in court.
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Ohio Ballot Proposal Would Prosecute Abortion as Aggravated Murder   Sep 08, 2016 01:48 pm
  newborn pdCOLUMBUS, Ohio -- A proposal to amend the Ohio Constitution and classify the performance of an abortion as an act of aggravated murder has been presented to the state attorney general---a first step in the process of placing issues on the November ballot. "No person shall perform, procure or attempt to perform an abortion," the proposed text reads. "Whoever  violates this section is guilty of aggravated murder and shall be punished in accordance with the penalties for that crime …”
It notes that the measure would not apply to contraception, unfertilized eggs or IVF procedures.
The ballot proposal was submitted by Laura Burton of Cleveland, Anthony Dipane of Monroe Falls, and Dustin Paulson of Strasburg, who, according to reports, are not connected with any organized pro-life groups.
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 Sensitivity Video Teaches Police to Ask Transgenders Their Preferred Pronoun, Allow Restroom Preference   Sep 07, 2016 07:53 pm
  police-video-compressedA sensitivity training video recently released by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) teaches police officers nationwide to ask men who identify as women and vice versa which gender pronoun they prefer, and to allow them to use the restroom that correlates with their gender identity. The video, Law Enforcement and the Transgender Community, was produced by the DOJ’s Community Relations Service and features role playing skits to show officers how they are to respond to certain scenarios involving transgendered persons.
“Transgender people are just trying to be their true selves and live their lives as members of our communities just like anyone else,” states narrator Sgt. Brett Parson on Washington D.C. in the footage. “As law enforcement officers, we must make every effort to collaborate and learn from the transgender community so we can better serve others today and in the future.”
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Atheist Activist Group Seeks Removal of Ten Commandments Painting in County Clerk’s Office   Sep 04, 2016 03:15 pm
  Ten Commandments-compressedCADIZ, Ky. -- A prominent professing atheist organization that targets what it believes are violations of the separation of Church and State is seeking the removal of a Ten Commandments painting in the office of a Kentucky county clerk. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to Carmen Finley, the clerk of Trigg County to request that the painting be removed, citing an unidentified complainant.
“The Ten Commandments display violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” the correspondence read. “Given the content of the display and the fact that it originally appeared as a lone display, a reasonable observer would view it as an endorsement of religion by the county.”
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 Tennessee Man Arrested for Beating Girlfriend Who Refused Abortion   Sep 09, 2016 08:09 pm
  lee-compressedPhoto Credit: WREG-TV MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Tennessee man is behind bars after he recently beat his girlfriend for refusing to obtain an abortion. According to reports, Juan Lee, 24, was sitting in the car with his pregnant girlfriend when he told her that she needed to do away with their baby. The woman responded that the matter was not up to him, and got out of the car.
Lee is accused of then striking and choking his girlfriend, and pulling her back into the vehicle.
He drove off, but pulled over again and continued beating her. The woman, whose name has not been released, states that Lee kicked her in the head while she was on the ground.
She reported the incident to police, who arrested Lee on Monday and charged him with aggravated assault. He is being held on $10,000 bond.
WREG News 3 reports that the woman suffered a gash on her head during the assault. Police have not indicated whether or not any harm was done to the baby during the attack.
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Youth Minister No Longer Allowed to Reach Students at Illinois School Following Atheist Complaint   Aug 31, 2016 10:52 am
  lunchroomHARRISBURG, Ill. -- A Baptist youth minister is no longer allowed to reach students at an Illinois high school after a professing atheist organization lodged a complaint, asserting that his presence violated the U.S. Constitution. 
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) had sent a letter to the Harrisburg School District this past February.
after an unidentified community member advised the group that the minister was leading a Christian club of sorts during the lunch period at Harrisburg Middle School.
Students had been sent home with permission slips to occasionally meet with the Baptist leader during lunch breaks, who also provided students with pizza and soda.
But FFRF told the district that the concept was “predatory” and urged officials to ban the youth minister from the premises.
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‘Mama!’ Moving Video of Chinese Girl Running Into Adoptive Parents’ Arms Goes Viral   Aug 29, 2016 10:49 am
  Fen-compressedA moving video of a Chinese girl joyfully running into the arms of her adoptive parents has gone viral, causing tears of happiness for thousands of viewers worldwide. The video was posted earlier this month by Michael and Meg Foster of Lockport, New York, as it captured what is known as the "gotcha" moment of their 11-year-old daughter Fen of Guangzhou,  China and the great joy she expressed in finally being a part of a family.
“She comes out from behind a curtain (our hearts skip a beat), squints (she needs glasses), takes a couple steps, spots Meg, proclaims ‘Mama? Mama!’ and runs and leaps into her arms and gives a huge hug while repeating ‘Mama,” the couple explained in a play-by-play on Facebook.
Fen, with a big smile, tells Meg in Mandarin that she missed her and proceeds to also give her new dad a hug as well, calling him “Baba” or Father.
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Chicago Man Who Identifies as Woman Sues Over City’s Ban on Toplessness in Bars   Aug 29, 2016 09:55 am
  Sullivan-compressedCHICAGO -- A Chicago man who identifies as a woman has filed a federal lawsuit over the city's ban on toplessness in bars, asserting that it is discriminatory against women. The 23-year-old man, who goes by Bea Sullivan-Knoff, was filed Wednesday and is the next step after city council members refused calls to relax Chicago's nudity laws as they pertain to bars and strip clubs.
Current statutes outline that facilities holding liquor licenses may not “permit any employee, entertainer or patron to engage in any live act, demonstration, dance or exhibition on the licensed premises which exposes to public view … any portion of the female breast…”
Sullivan-Knoff, a self-described “queer transgender woman, poet, playright and performance artist,” asserts that in his case, performing topless would help to combat negative societal perceptions about those who identify as transgender.
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A Force He Could Not Stop’: Teen High on Psychedelic Drug Jailed Following Violent Attack   Sep 01, 2016 11:23 am
  Gallo-compressedSTUART, Fla. -- A Florida teen is behind bars after he smashed through a window and attacked a random family in their home following his ingestion of a psychedelic drug that caused him to act on a "force ... he could not stop." Nico Gallo, 19, was allegedly high on Dibutylone when he "cannon-balled" through the plate glass window of a Stuart home in the middle of the night on Sunday. He is accused of then attacking a woman and her adult son, who called 911 and beat Gallo in the head with an aluminum baseball bat. While the woman’s son was able to wrestle Gallo on the floor until police arrived, police described him as a person of “extreme strength and a high tolerance to pain.”
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Trump Campaign Website Selling ‘LGBTQ for Trump’ T-Shirts, Pins   Aug 29, 2016 11:59 am
  Trump Shirts-compressedThe website for the presidential campaign of Republican nominee Donald Trump is selling "LGBTQ for Trump" t-shirts and pins, drawing applause from some and disappointment from others. "Show your pride and your support for Trump with this exclusive equality tee," the store page for the t-shirt, available as the "Trump pride men's tee," reads. The shirt, swiped with rainbow colors and bearing the phrase “LGBTQ for Trump,” is available for $30 while the pin sells for two for $5.
Chris Barron of LGBT for Trump and GOProud praised the campaign’s offering of homosexual apparel, Tweeting, “@realDonaldTrump makes history again. First GOP Presidential candidate to do LGBT outreach merchandise! LOVE IT!”
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Elementary School Bible Club Ceases Following Complaint From Atheist Activist Group   Sep 02, 2016 11:26 am
  child prayer pdBREA, Calif. -- A Bible club at an elementary school in California is no more following a complaint from a prominent professing atheist group that seeks to combat what it believes are violations of the "separation of Church and State." Earlier this year, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter to the Brea Olinda Unified School District after it was contacted by a parent who expressed concern that their son might feel pressure to join.
According to the correspondence, Club Monarch had been included in the weekly newsletter at Mariposa Elementary School and is listed on the online school calendar. There had been posters on the wall advertising the club as well, and the school’s principal had spoken about the option to parents during a back-to-school night.
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 Iowa Asks Judge to Dismiss Congregation’s Concerns Over Applying Gender Identity Laws to Churches   Sep 01, 2016 02:30 pm
  Church-Open-Sign-pdDES MOINES, Iowa -- An attorney for the state of Iowa asked a federal judge on Wednesday to dismiss a congregation's concerns that the Iowa Human Rights Commission might interpret local laws pertaining to gender identity as prohibiting houses of worship from living out its beliefs on the issue. As previously reported, the Commission’s initial publication issued earlier this year, entitled “Public Accommodations Provider’s Guide to Iowa Law,” noted that sometimes churches are required to follow restroom use and speech laws.“Where qualifications are not related to a bona fide religious purpose, churches are still subject to the law’s provisions (e.g. a child care facility operated at a church or a church service open to the public),” the brochure read.
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 Compromise Reached in Bill to Criminalize Undercover Filming at Abortion Facilities   Aug 31, 2016 08:24 am
  GatterSACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A compromise has been reached in a controversial California bill that criminalized undercover filming at abortion facilities, as well as the publication of such material. As previously reported, Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Echo Park) proposed the measure earlier this year in light of the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress exposing Planned Parenthood’s provision of baby bodily organs to procurement companies.“It is the intent of the legislature to enact legislation to prohibit any person from intentionally video recording a confidential communication, or disclosing or distributing that video-recording communication, without obtaining the consent of all parties to the communication,” A.B. 1671 reads.
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 School District Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Declare Dept. of Education Lacks Right to Dictate Restroom Rules   Aug 30, 2016 10:35 am Department of Education-compressedWASHINGTON -- A school district in Virginia filed an official petition for appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, requesting that it declare that the U.S. Department of Education lacks authority to dictate that public schools must allow those who identify as transgender to use the restroom with the opposite sex. "The term 'gender identity' is nowhere
 in Title IX,” the writ of certiorari reads. “If ‘sex’ signifies, not biology, but rather one’s ‘internal’ sense of maleness or femaleness, the whole concept of permissible sex-separation collapses.”
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High School Football Coach Fired for Praying on Field Files Federal Lawsuit   Aug 31, 2016 08:08 pm Kennedy-compressedBREMERTON, Wash. -- A high school football coach in Washington state who was placed on leave last year until he agrees to stop praying at the 50-yard line has filed a federal lawsuit against his former employer, alleging religious discrimination. As previously reported, Joe Kennedy, the assistant head coach for the varsity team at Bremerton High School and the and the head coach for the junior varsity team, was placed on paid administrative leave last October when he prayed at the conclusion of the homecoming game despite an order to cease his practice.Kennedy said that he began offering brief prayers on the field in 2008, then praying on his own. He was subsequently approached by several team members who asked what he was doing.
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  ‘The Darwinian View is False’: Ph.D. Biologist Dismantles Evolution in New Book   Aug 22, 2016 08:37 am
Photo Credit: YouTubePhoto Credit: YouTube An accomplished molecular biologist with more than two decades of research experience has come out with a new book in which he describes crippling weaknesses in the theory of evolution and argues instead that life must have been invented by God. Dr. Douglas Axe is a credentialed scientist who earned a Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology and held a number of research positions at the University of Cambridge. The author of numerous scientific papers, Axe currently serves as director of Biologic Institute—a non-profit organization committed to researching biology and the origin of life.
Axe says he first became interested in evolution while working on his Ph.D. in California, so at Cambridge he extensively studied DNA and proteins.
“[My strategy was] to look at the constraints on gene sequences and protein sequences and see if the constraints were loose enough that evolution could work or if they were too tight so that evolution couldn’t work,” Axe said in a recent interview with the Discovery Institute.
While conducting his research at Cambridge, Axe began to doubt the validity of Darwin’s ideas.
“I was consistently starting to find that [the constraints on gene and protein sequences] were too tight—that the target that had to be hit for something to work as an enzyme was too small for accidental changes, accidental mutations,” he said.
Axe decided that Darwin’s natural selection observations were valid and scientifically sound. However, based on his research, he concluded that evolutionary processes are unable to create new species and life forms.
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Johns Hopkins Psychiatrists Assert There Is No ‘Scientific Evidence’ People Are Born Homosexual   Aug 25, 2016 10:56 am
  McHugh-compressedBALTIMORE, Md. -- Two psychiatrists from Johns Hopkins University assert in a new report that there is no scientific evidence to support that people are born homosexual or innately oriented to have sexual relations with the same gender. The report, Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences, was written by Dr. Lawrence Mayer and Dr. Paul McHugh and published in The New Atlantis.
“Some of the most widely held views about sexual orientation, such as the ‘born that way’ hypothesis, simply are not supported by science,” the men write. “The literature in this area does describe a small ensemble of biological differences between non-heterosexuals and heterosexuals, but those biological differences are not sufficient to predict sexual orientation, the ultimate test of any scientific finding.”
Mayer and McHugh state that their conclusion is based on 200 peer-reviewed studies in matters such as epidemiology, genetics, psychiatry and neuroscience, as well as embryology.
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Evangelical Lutherans Overwhelmingly Vote to Approve Declaration of Unity With Roman Catholics   Aug 20, 2016 04:08 pm
  ELCA-compressedNEW ORLEANS, La. -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) voted overwhelmingly last week to approve a declaration of unity with the Roman Catholic Church in an endeavor to "enumerate the many points of agreement between Lutherans and Catholics"---a move that some state is contrary to biblical Christianity. The "Declaration on the Way" was approved 931-9 during the denominational assembly at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. According to an official press release by the ELCA, members stood and applauded following the vote.
The declaration “seeks to make more visible the unity we share by gathering together agreements reached on issues of church, Eucharist and ministry,” the document outlines. However, it is called “on the way” because “dialogue has not yet resolved all the church-dividing differences on these topics.
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Ken Ham Rebuts Lutheran Leader Who Says Noah’s Flood ‘Not History’: If It’s Not, Jesus Lied   Aug 25, 2016 12:26 pm
  Ark-compressedWILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. -- Apologist Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis recently rebutted a liberal ELCA Lutheran minister who asserted in a published column that the biblical account of the global flood is "not history," noting that the man is also calling Jesus a liar, for He spoke of Noah and the Flood. Steve Hammer is leads Esperanza Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Arizona and writes an opinion column for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. In an article dated Aug. 21, which now brings up a 404 error code but can be viewed via cache, Hammer criticizes Ham’s newly-opened Ark Encounter as peddling myth.
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Bibles Removed From College Hotel Following Complaint From Atheist Activist Group   Aug 21, 2016 07:30 pm
  Gideons Bible pdGLENDALE, Ariz. -- Officials at a public university in Arizona recently agreed to remove Gideon Bibles from the school's hotel rooms following a complaint from a prominent professing atheist organization. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter earlier this year to the CEO of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, which is part of Arizona State University. It said that an employee, who remained unidentified, had contacted FFRF to express their objection to the presence of the Bibles at Thunderbird Executive Inn.
FFRF also asserted that the Bibles violate the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution, which reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
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Activist Seeks ‘Aggressive Punishment’ of Air Force Major Who Left Open Bible on Desk   Aug 22, 2016 08:39 am
  Photo Credit: Wong Mei TengPhoto Credit: Wong Mei Teng COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. -- The leader of a prominent activist organization that seeks to separate God from the military is asking that the Air Force "aggressively punish" a superior officer who has long displayed an open Bible on his desk. According to reports, Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF)
 recently sent a letter to Col. Damon Feltman, the commander of the 310th Space Wing at the Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, to issue a complaint about the Bible displayed by Maj. Steve Lewis, a supervisor at the Reserve National Security Space Institute.
“For years, [Lewis] has kept an open, yellow-highlighted Christian Bible displayed front and center, quite prominently, on his official USAF work desk in an open office work environment,” Weinstein said.
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 University of New Mexico Chancellor Admits Brains of Aborted Babies Dissected During ‘Summer Workshop’   Aug 25, 2016 07:36 am
  UNM-compressedALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A chancellor at the University of New Mexico was recently recorded acknowledging that a staff member acquired the brains of aborted babies to use for dissection at a high school summer camp. New Mexico Alliance for Life recently uploaded a short video in which Dr. Paul Roth, the chancellor of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center and dean of the School of Medicine, is asked about the matter. “Can I please ask you to say what you said before regarding the workshop with human fetal remains with high school students?” Marcie May with New Mexico Alliance for Life asks in the footage.
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Air Force Major Investigated for Leaving Open Bible on Desk Cleared of Wrongdoing   Aug 24, 2016 07:03 pm
  Born again Bible pdCOLORADO SPRINGS, Co. -- An Air Force major who had been criticized by a church-state separation activist who wanted him "aggressively punished" for long displaying an open Bible on his desk has been officially cleared of wrongdoing. "We have concluded that no abuse of liberties has occurred," Lt. Col. David Fruck told reporters on Tuesday. “Therefore, Maj.  Lewis is allowed to have his Bible on his desk if he wishes.”
As previously reported, Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) recently sent a letter to Col. Damon Feltman, the commander of the 310th Space Wing at the Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, to issue a complaint about the Bible displayed by Maj. Steve Lewis, a supervisor at the Reserve National Security Space Institute.
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Discovery of Ancient Synagogue in Galilee Deemed ‘Very Important for Christians’   Aug 23, 2016 05:32 pm
  Synagogue-compressedJERUSALEM -- An ancient synagogue recently discovered in Israel has been deemed an important find for Christians as it confirms text found in the New Testament. The synagogue, uncovered in Tel Reches Peak near Mount Tabor in the Galilee, dates back to the second temple era. Researchers found a large room nine meters high by eight meters wide, which was lined
with benches of limestone blocks. A foundational pillar was also discovered in the rubble.
“This is the first synagogue of its kind in the Galilee villages,” Dr. Motti Aviam, a researcher at the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology, told YNet News. “In Migdal, for example, there is a synagogue but that is a big city. Here we are talking about a magnificent agricultural area about four Dunam in size where buildings are decorated with frescoes and stucco articles.”
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‘Pope Francis’ Claims Mary Was ‘Assumed Into Heaven Body and Soul’ on Feast of Assumption
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Pope_FrancisROME — Jorge Bergoglio, also known as “Pope Francis,” asked for Mary to intercede for the oppressed on Monday and claimed to the thousands gathered to observe what is known as the Roman Catholic “Feast of the Assumption” that she had been “assumed into Heaven body and soul.”
“To the Queen of Peace, who we contemplate today in heavenly glory, I wish to entrust once again the anxieties and sufferings of the people who, in many parts of the world, are innocent victims of persistent conflict,” he said.
The Feast of the Assumption marks the Roman Catholic belief that Mary ascended into Heaven and did not suffer a physical death, although as the outlet American Catholic notes, “Scripture does not give an account of Mary’s assumption into heaven.”
The dogma was made an official Catholic doctrine by Pius XII, who wrote in 1950, “We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate mother of God, the ever virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.”
Bergoglio echoed this belief on Monday as he read what is known as the Magnificat and led those gathered in a recitation of the Angelus Domini.
“She was the first to believe in the Son of God and is the first to have been assumed into Heaven body and soul,” he said.
Bergoglio stated that Mary was the first to have held the Son of God in her arms “and is the first to have been welcomed by his arms to be introduced into the eternal kingdom of the Father.”
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“Mary, a humble and simple girl from a remote village in the outskirts of the empire, because she welcomed and lived the gospel, was permitted by God to stand next to the throne of the Son for all eternity,” Bergoglio stated.
However, Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries in Plano, Texas told Christian News Network that this assertion is unbiblical.
“The dogma that celebrates the assumption of Mary’s body into Heaven is closely tied to another Catholic dogma, which is, the immaculate conception of Mary,” he explained. “In 1854, Pope Pius IX declared Mary was conceived free from original sin and she remained free of every personal sin throughout her entire life (Catechism of the Catholic Church, para 491, 493).”
“After the pronouncement, some Catholics began asking a question that the church could not answer. ‘Since Mary never sinned, and sin is what causes death and the body to decay, where is Mary and what happened to her body?’ Gendron continued. “Thus the heresy that declared Mary’s sinlessness led to another heresy. In 1950, Pope Pius XII declared Mary’s body was miraculously assumed into Heaven.”
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He said that Roman Catholics acknowledge that Mary’s ascension is not found in the Scriptures, but is rather only a tradition based on assumption.
“Their only basis for believing Mary’s body was miraculously assumed into Heaven is that their ‘infallible’ Church has declared it,” Gendron stated.
But, “Two thousand years ago the Pharisees nullified the word of God with their ungodly traditions and were soundly rebuked and called hypocrites by the Lord Jesus (Mark 7:6-14). Catholic bishops have made the same fatal error by rejecting and opposing God’s word,” he said.
He noted that the Bible clearly states that all have sinned—including Mary, who Catholics declare to be immaculate and therefore received into Heaven bodily.
“In Romans 3:10-12, 23, we read, ‘None is righteous, no, not one…All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one … all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’ Mary is included in the ‘all,’ the ‘none’ and the ‘no one,'” Gendron said. “Instead of celebrating the assumption of Mary, Catholics would be wise to study the Scriptures so they can know the truth, which will set them free from religious bondage and deception (John 8:31-32).”
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Fascinating Footage of Brazilian Baby Born Still in Amniotic Sac Goes Viral
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baby sac-compressedSAO PAULO, Brazil — Video footage of a baby who remained inside the intact amniotic sac after being birthed via C-section has gone viral, stunning viewers with a glimpse of life inside the womb.
The footage reportedly comes from Sao Paulo and is considered a phenomenon as it occurs in approximately 1 out of 80,000 births.
According to Babies Online, the amniotic sac serves a number of purposes. It provides cushion to the baby to protect him or her from harm, and helps maintain an even temperature in the womb so that the child does not become too hot or cold.
“Amniotic fluid also helps your baby develop his lungs,” the site outlines. “While in the womb your baby practices breathing by breathing in and out the water in the amniotic sac. The baby swallows and inhales the amniotic fluid and replaces the volume in the amniotic sac by urinating and exhaling the liquid.”
The sac normally breaks during birth or is cut open during a C-section.
In the online footage of the birth, the child can be seen partially emerged from his mother’s belly, still in the sac. Doctors and nurses play with the baby by poking his feet.
The video then cuts to footage of the child placed on a table with the sac still completely intact. The baby can be seen moving inside, the umbilical cord wrapped around his face.
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Nurse Giselle Correa told the outlet Diario de Regiao that doctors were fascinated that the amniotic sac hadn’t ruptured, and asked if it would be okay to record the occasion.
“When I saw that scene, I asked the doctor if I could take a picture and then to shoot,” she said. “I could see the child moving. I am a prepared professional and helped in other births, but for me, that moment was unique.”
Correa advised that the child was a twin and that both he and his brother are fine.
“For me, the image shows the power of God,” the mother, who has not been identified, told reporters after viewing the footage. “I feel very blessed to have my children, who were born perfect.”
Correa posted the video online, which quickly went viral. The YouTube video alone has over 200,00 views as of press time. Correa believes that millions have viewed the footage as it is posted in various outlets.
“[I]t was an honor to have been able to take these pictures,” she wrote in the description.
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Unborn Babies Found at South Carolina Wastewater Treatment Plant   Aug 18, 2016 03:31 pm
  Treatment Plant-compressedCHARLESTON, S.C. -- Two unborn babies were found at a wastewater treatment plant in South Carolina last Monday, prompting an investigation by law enforcement. According to reports, workers at the Plum Island Wastewater Treatment Plant found the dead babies in the water on Aug. 8. as they were cleaning out the filter screens at the plant. 
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Two unborn babies were found at a wastewater treatment plant in South Carolina last Monday, prompting an investigation by law enforcement.
According to reports, workers at the Plum Island Wastewater Treatment Plant found the dead babies in the water on Aug. 8. as they were cleaning out the filter screens at the plant. They spotted a small hand, then the rest of the infant’s body—then another baby. Neither child was fully intact.
Police were called to the scene, and were taken to the pump station to be shown the preterm babies.
The babies had been found in the headworks, where the wastewater flows in. Officials state that the infants could have only entered the system by either being flushed down the toilet or placed in a manhole. The bodies were turned over by police to the Charleston County Coroner’s Office for further review.
Coroner Rae Wooten told the Post and Courier that while the gestational age of the babies is not known, they appear to be in the second trimester. It is also unknown as to how long the babies had been in the water.
“We don’t have anywhere to start,” Wooten told the outlet in regard to identifying where the babies had been disposed. “It is probably a very isolated situation.”
The facility serves over 54,000 homes and businesses in Charleston, West Ashley, and James Island.
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In January, a baby was also reported to have been found at the Bucklin Point Wastewater Treatment Facility in East Providence, Rhode Island. The medical examiner’s office concluded that the child was a male 19 to 20 weeks in gestation.
Police sought out the mother of the child, but no new information has been released about the matter.
“We’re hoping an appeal to the public may lead us to the mother,” East Providence Police Capt. Richard Frazier told reporters. “We’re hoping to get some tips from the public.”
The plant serves the cities of East Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Smithfield, Cumberland and Lincoln.
“It’s very sad to see that a life couldn’t continue and become the person that they were supposed to be. Very, very sad,” neighbor Betty DeCrescenzo told WPRI-TV.
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Drugs or Demons? Teenager Found Biting Off Man’s Face in Florida Murder Case   Aug 17, 2016 08:01 pm
  Harrouff-compressedPhoto Credit: Facebook TEQUESTA, Fla. -- The Martin County Sheriff's Office is working to make sense of a double murder case in Tequesta, Florida, where a teenage suspect was found biting off a man's face. According to reports, neighbor Jeff Fisher called 911 after he had been stabbed trying to stop an attack on 59-year-old John Joseph 
When police arrived on the scene, they found 19-year-old Austin Harrouff on top of Stevens and pulling the skin off his face with his teeth. Sheriff William Snyder told reporters that Harrouff was also “grunting and growling,” and “making animal noises.”
“When [the officer] got there, she realized that the offender was actually biting the victim in the face and causing what turned out to be some substantial trauma to his face from bite marks,” he told NBC Miami.
Police made several attempts to pull Harrouff off Stevens.
“Somebody not feeling pain, not responding to a dog bite, repeated stuns from a taser, taking three to four deputies and officer dog to get him off—that’s somebody with a lot more strength than you would normally encounter,” Snyder told CBS12.
The deputies were eventually able to pray Harrouff away and took him into custody. He is now in the hospital in stable condition.
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Stevens was pronounced dead on the scene, and Mishcon was discovered deceased in the garage.
Fisher was airlifted to St. Mary’s Trauma Center where he underwent emergency surgery for his stab wounds.
Snyder said that Harrouff didn’t know those he attacked.
“It’s inexplicable,” he told reporters. “One of the first things we try to do at a crime scene is try to understand the motive of the offender, because it is the motive of the offender that gets us going in the right direction. In this case, we can’t establish a motive; it’s ‘I don’t know.'”
Police are now investigating to determine if Harrouff was under the influence of drugs.
“We will be doing sampling of his blood to see if there was flakka or bath salts, which are known to cause what we call the excited delirium, and he did have some indications that we might be working with that,” Snyder said.
“Obviously we don’t know what predicated these acts,” attorney Michelle Suskauer, who will be representing Harrouff, told the New York Daily News. “But certainly, there are mental health issues that are going to have to be investigated here. We don’t know if anything is going to show up on toxicology or not.”
“I’ve got a psycho side and a normal side. I’ve lost my mind; help me find it,” Harrouff had written on his YouTube channel.
Other reports of similar instances have occurred in recent years. As previously reported, in 2012, witnesses reported seeing 31-year-old Rudy Eugene dangling from one of the light poles of a Miami causeway “acting like Tarzan,” and then pummeling 65-year-old Ronald Poppo, who was sitting in the shade on the sidewalk.
Eugene began stripping away the man’s clothing and tore at his face with his teeth. The attack lasted approximately 18 minutes before he was shot dead by police. Officers on the scene state that when they ordered Eugene to back away from Poppo, he turned at them and growled. Other eye witnesses say that he was acting “like a rabid dog.”
Toxicologists only found marijuana in Eugene’s system.
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Marco Rubio Asserts Christians ‘Must Abandon Spirit of Judgment’ Toward Homosexuals
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Rubio ss-compressedORLANDO, Fla. — Former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, who is currently running for re-election in the Senate, told evangelicals on Friday that to love their homosexual neighbor, they “must abandon a spirit of judgment.”
Rubio, a Roman Catholic, made his remarks on Friday during an event hosted by the Rediscovering God in America Renewal Project in Orlando. He reiterated his belief that marriage should only be defined as the union of a man and a woman, but said that Christians shouldn’t be so hard on those who identify as homosexual.
“To love our neighbors in the LGBT community, we should recognize that even as we stand firm in the belief that marriage is the union between one man and one woman, there are those in that community and in same-sex relationships whose love for one another is real, and who feel angry and humiliated that the law did not recognize their relationship as a marriage,” Rubio said.
“To love our neighbors, we must recognize that many have experienced sometimes severe condemnation and judgment from some Christians,” he continued. “They have heard some say that the reason God will bring condemnation on America is because of them. As if somehow, God was willing to put up with adultery and gluttony, and greed and pride, but now, this is the last straw.”
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 American College of Pediatricians: ‘No Scientific Basis’ That Children With Gender Dysphoria Born in Wrong Body   Aug 15, 2016 11:59 am
  Children 2 pdThe American College of Pediatricians (ACP) has released a report stating that it is wrong to encourage children to believe that they were born in the wrong body as there is no scientific basis for such an assertion. The report, "Gender Dysphoria in Children," was written by Dr. Michelle Cretella and explains that the condition is more psychological 
 than biological.
“[A]lthough many men with GD express the belief that they are a ‘feminine essence’ trapped in a male body, this belief has no scientific basis,” it states.
Cretella outlines that children are not born with the brains of the opposite sex.
“[T]he brains of all male infants are masculinized prenatally by their own endogenous testosterone, which is secreted … beginning at approximately eight weeks’ gestation,” she explains. “Female infants … do not have their brains masculinized by endogenous testosterone. For this reason, barring one of the rare disorders of sex development (DSD), boys are not born with feminized brains, and girls are not born with masculinized brains.”
Rather, the ACP believes that youth come to struggle with their sexual identity due to various experiences from their infancy onward.
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Trump Jests to Evangelicals: Being Good President Is ‘Maybe the Only Way I’m Going to Get to Heaven’   Aug 13, 2016 04:21 pm
  Photo Credit: Gage SkidmorePhoto Credit: Gage Skidmore ORLANDO, Fla. -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump jested to a gathering of evangelicals on Thursday that winning the election and being a good president might perhaps be his only way of getting to Heaven. "I want to just say that whatever you can do ... This will be an election that will go down in the history books and...
 for evangelicals, for the Christians, for everybody, for everybody of religion,” he said at an Orlando gathering of an estimated 700 pastors hosted by the American Renewal Project. “This will be maybe the most important election that our country has ever had.”
“So go out and spread the word and once I get in, I will do my thing that I do very well,” Trump declared. “And I figure it’s probably maybe the only way I’m going to get to Heaven. So I better do a good job. Okay? Thank you. Thank you very much.”
The remark drew laughter from those in attendance.
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Four-Year-Old Abused Arkansas Girl Tells Police She Thought Her Name Was ‘Idiot’   Aug 18, 2016 05:04 pm
  teddy pdHOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Police in Arkansas made a heartbreaking discovery on Friday after being called to a Hot Springs home where a four-year-old girl had been so verbally and physically abused that she thought her name was "Idiot." Upon receiving a call from the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center on an abuse tip, they found 
 the child bruised with a black eye and swollen cheek, and dried blood near her mouth. The girl also had bruising on her bottom and legs, as well as marks from being secured to furniture with zip ties.
When officers asked the girl asked the girl for her name, she responded, “Idiot.”
Police soon discovered that the child, who had been living with her mother Jennifer Denen, 30, and Denen’s live-in boyfriend, Clarence Reed, 47, had been regularly called an “idiot” by Reed instead of her birth name.
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Target to Spend $20 Million Adding Single-Stall Restrooms Over Opposition to Transgender Policy   Aug 18, 2016 09:05 am
  Target Credit Mike Kalasnik-compressedPhoto Credit: Mike Kalasnik The national retail chain Target has announced that it plans to spend $20 million in adding single-stall restrooms to stores without the option in an effort to quell opposition to its policy on transgender use of bathrooms and changing rooms. “Some of our guests clearly are uncomfortable with our policy, and some are really supportive,” Target CFO Cathy Smith told reporters this week in a conference call.
As previously reported, Target outlined its company policy in April surrounding controversy over “bathroom bills” passed in North Carolina and Mississippi.
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Kentucky Man Stabs Father During Visit to Baptist Church   Aug 16, 2016 03:55 pm
  Buckley-compressedPhoto Credit: Facebook/Ethan Buckley BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- A Kentucky man stabbed his father with a knife as they were visiting a Baptist church on Sunday. Ethan Buckley, 21, has been charged with first-degree assault and domestic violence after stabbing his father, David Buckley, 40, in the neck at Hillvue Heights Church in Bowling Green. The two had been
visiting the church when suddenly the younger Buckley pulled out a knife, reportedly being “moved by the message.” He told police that he had been having thoughts of killing his father, and that when he stabbed him with a pocket knife during the service, he sought to go for the jugular so his father’s death would be painless.
“I was praying at the altar when I heard a commotion,” member Brent Duvall told the Bowling Green Daily News. “I thought it was someone going into cardiac arrest or a seizure.”
Member Chris Allen, who saw the attack unfold from the balcony, told local television station WBKO that he called out “knife” to alert others in the service.
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Lesbian United Methodist Minister Placed on Leave Following Complaint   Aug 07, 2016 12:36 pm
  Meyer-compressedEDGERTON, Kansas -- A lesbian United Methodist minister in Kansas has been placed on involuntary leave following a complaint over a January sermon in which she came out about her same-sex attractions despite the denomination's prohibitions against homosexual ministers. On Jan. 3, Cynthia Meyer announced to Edgerton United Methodist 
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Extreme Natural Disaster’: Scientists Find Evidence Supporting Chinese Account of Great Flood   Aug 08, 2016 08:33 am
  Ocean waveQINGHAI PROVINCE, China – A new report suggests that China’s Great Flood legend is based on a real event, leading others to ponder if similar flood legends around the world are rooted in real history. In an article published last week in the journal “Science,” a team of 16 researchers examine a prominent Chinese flood story. 
1706  Ocean waveQINGHAI PROVINCE, China – A new report suggests that China’s Great Flood legend is based on a real event, leading others to ponder if similar flood legends around the world are rooted in real history.
In an article published last week in the journal “Science,” a team of 16 researchers examine a prominent Chinese flood story. According to the legend, which is described in several ancient Chinese texts, a devastating flood destroyed China’s Yellow River region some four thousand years ago.
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Til Death Do Us Part: Elderly Christian Couple Passes Into Eternity Just 20 Minutes Apart   Aug 09, 2016 11:18 am
  De Lange-compressedPLATTE, S.D. -- An elderly Christian couple recently passed into eternity just 20 minutes apart from each other. One of the sons of Henry and Jeanette De Lange is sharing the couple's story with the media, as he was there to witness his parents' final moments. Jeanette, 87, had suffered from Alzheimers and consequently lived in a nursing home since 2011. HenrY 86, visited her every day. They had been married for 63 years.“Dad visited mom once a day, twice, or maybe three times a day,” son Lee De Lange told television station KSFY. “It was very sweet.”Henry suffered from prostate cancer..
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Chief Judge, Church Elder Who Voted to Strike Down Alabama’s Sodomy Law Joins Court in Sending Roy Moore to Trial   Aug 10, 2016 02:21 pm
  Moore Joiner-compressedMONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The chief judge of the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ) who also serves as an elder as his local church has joined in an order refusing to dismiss the ethics charges against Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, resulting in a trial. Attorneys for Moore had sought to have his charges dismissed without the matter moving to trial, while...
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Canadian Bible Camp Under Fire for Biblical Stance on Homosexuality   Aug 07, 2016 02:24 pm
  Bible Camp-compressedPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. -- A Bible camp in Canada is under fire for its stance on homosexuality, and one group is looking for another location to host its leadership event after the camp cancelled a "gay pride" speaker on its grounds. Lake Ness Bible Camp, located in Prince George, is operated by the evangelical organization One Hope Canada, whose motto is "A passion...
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Nike Lauds ‘Transgender’ Athlete in Olympics Commercial   Aug 10, 2016 08:03 am
  Mosier-compressedIn an advertisement that aired during the Olympic Games on Monday, the athletics apparel company Nike lauded a female athlete who identifies as a man and serves on the U.S. men's national team. The commercial, which is part of Nike's "Unlimited" campaign, features Chris Mosier, a duathlon and triathlon competitor who became the first "transgender" to garner a...
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Over 40 Arrested in Tennessee’s ‘Most Significant Human Trafficking Operation to Date’   Aug 09, 2016 10:33 am
  arrestNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Over 40 people were arrested last week in what is being called Tennessee's "most significant human trafficking operation to date." The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) announced the arrests on Friday, which were a part of "Operation Someone Like Me." "This week I learned that we are only scratching the surface," 
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California Lawmaker Alters Bill That Allowed Homosexual Students to Sue Christian Colleges for Discrimination   Aug 11, 2016 09:19 am
  Biola School of Theology-compressedSACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A California lawmaker has altered a controversial bill that once permitted homosexual and transgender students to sue their Christian college or university if they believe that they were discriminated against because of their personal lives. As previously reported, S.B. 1146 was introduced in February by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens,...
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 Atheist Group Takes Issue With Police Awards Ceremony Held at Theological Seminary   Aug 07, 2016 11:01 am
  Seminary-compressedPhoto Credit: CMF Media OVIEDO, Fla. -- A prominent professing atheist group has taken issue with an awards ceremony for a Florida police department that was held at a theological seminary and included an invocation. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to Jeffrey Chudnow, the chief of police with the Oviedo Police...
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 Judge Refuses to Lift Injunction on Law Protecting Clerks Who Decline to Issue ‘Gay Marriage’ Licenses   Aug 06, 2016 06:20 pm
  two-menJACKSON, Miss. -- A federal judge appointed to the bench by Barack Obama is refusing to lift his injunction against Mississippi’s Freedom of Conscience Act, requiring clerks within the state to issue “gay marriage” licenses despite their religious convictions. “Issuing a marriage license to a gay couple is not like being forced into armed combat or to..
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Gender Non-Conforming’ Lesbians Try to Force Toddler to Be Gender Neutral: Video   Jun 27, 2016 08:55 am
  Atticus-compressedAn online video has gone viral that features a "gender non-conforming" lesbian woman and her partner who explain how they have tried to force their toddler son to be gender neutral and blur the lines between male and female. The video, entitled "I Am a Gender Non-Conforming Parent," centers on Dashiell and Michelle, and a two-year-old boy named Atticus, who  who Michelle conceived via a sperm donor.“My understanding about gender is that it ultimately doesn’t mean anything,” Michelle asserts in the footage.
Dashiell explains that she identifies as “genderqueer” due to her childhood tomboy tendencies, and therefore presents herself as a mix of male and female. She says that she relates to Atticus’ boyish interest in sports because of her male tendencies, while Michelle has tried to push feminine interests on the child.
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Pope Francis’ Says Roman Catholics, Christians Should Seek Forgiveness From Homosexuals   Jun 27, 2016 11:45 am
  PopeROME (Reuters) -- Jorge Bergoglio, who goes by the name "Pope Francis," said on Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from homosexuals for the way they had treated them. Speaking to reporters aboard the plane taking him back to Rome from Armenia, he also said the Church should ask forgiveness for the way it has treated them.
Speaking to reporters aboard the plane taking him back to Rome from Armenia, he also said the Church should ask forgiveness for the way it has treated women, for turning a blind eye to child labor and for “blessing so many weapons” in the past.  In the hour-long freewheeling conversation that has become a trademark of his international travels, Francis was asked if he agreed with recent comments by a German Roman Catholic cardinal that the Church should apologize to gays.
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 James Dobson Asserts: Donald Trump Is a ‘Baby Christian’ Who Needs to Be ‘Cut Some Slack’   Jun 26, 2016 11:55 am
  Dobson-compressedNEW YORK -- James Dobson, the founder of the renown Colorado-based organization Focus on the Family, asserted this week after gathering with nearly 1,000 evangelical leaders to listen to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that he believes Trump is a "baby Christian" who needs to be "cut some slack." Dobson was interviewed by Michael Anthony of  GodFactor.com, who likewise attended the event held at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan. Dobson characterized the gathering as “historic” among Christians, and shared his belief that Trump is himself a Christian.
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Chaplain Pushes Back By Distributing Bibles at Base After Scripture Removed From Missing Man Table   Jul 01, 2016 03:24 pm
  Sonny Hernandez-compressedDAYTON, Ohio -- Following the removal of a Bible from a missing man table at an Ohio Air Force base due to the demands of a notorious church-state separation group, a military chaplain at the site is pushing back by distributing thousands of copies of the word of God to stationed airmen. As previously reported, in April, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.  (MRFF) wrote to officials at the Wright-Patterson Air Force base after the organization allegedly received more than 30 complaints about the Bible’s inclusion in the display. MRFF claims that 10 of those who complained identified as Christian. According to the National League of POW/MIA Families, the Bible is traditionally present at missing man tables, and “represents the strength gained through faith to sustain us and those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.” The display additionally includes a place setting, a rose and a candle.
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Federal Judge Orders Virginia School Board to Allow Girl to Use Boys’ Restroom   Jun 25, 2016 12:01 pm
  Grimm-compressedPhoto Credit: ACLU RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal judge in Virginia has ordered a local school board to allow a female student who identifies as male to use the the boys' restroom at her public high school. As previously reported, Gavin Grimm, now 17, told reporters in December 2014 that she began using the boys' restroom after obtaining permission from the school  principal when she expressed disapproval over being forced to use the nurse restroom.
“I’m not a girl. I’m not using the girl’s restroom,” Grimm stated. “So I said, ‘Hey, where can I use the restroom?’ … And so they said, ‘Use the nurse’s room,’ and at the time I was fine with that, because I was still afraid—I didn’t know how my peers would react. So, I didn’t want to push the envelope any further than I had to all at once.”
But she said that the option soon became a problem.
“The nurse’s office is at least a three minute walk from the class I have closest to it. It took a substantial amount of time out of my class time, and it was embarrassing,” Grimm said. “When you’re gone for 15 minutes at a time to use the bathroom, what are high schoolers gonna think? It’s humiliating and it’s alienating.”
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Hillary Clinton Marches in New York City Homosexual Pride Parade   Jun 27, 2016 01:19 pm
  Clinton March-compressedPhoto Credit: Twitter NEW YORK -- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton marched in New York City's homosexual pride parade on Sunday, waving a rainbow flag. According to reports, Clinton marched for two blocks in the area of the Stonewall Inn, a tavern that the Obama administration has sought to have dedicated as a monument to homosexual rights. She was joined by Al Sharpton, a controversial ordained Baptist minister, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Actress Cynthia Nixon of “Sex in the City” marched with Clinton as well.
The former secretary of state shook hands with event attendees, many of whom called out her name as she passed by.
Clinton also Tweeted about the issue of homosexuality numerous times on Sunday, writing, “Happy NYC Pride!” and “One year ago, love triumphed in our highest court. Yet LGBT Americans still face too many barriers. Let’s keep marching until they don’t.”
She additionally shared a video about her support for “gay rights” in America and provided a graphic of the states where same-sex “marriage” has been legalized, commenting that it is one of her “favorite maps.”
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Harvard Professor Who Touted ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’ Now Believes Papyrus Is Likely Fake   Jun 25, 2016 11:09 am
  Papyrus-compressedCAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A Harvard professor who made headlines in 2012 when she unveiled a papyrus scrap that she touted as potential evidence that Jesus was married, now believes that the inscription on the papyrus is likely fake. "If you ask me today which direction am I leaning more toward---ancient text or a modern forgery---based on this new evidence, I'm leaning toward modern forgery,” Karen King told the Associated Press this week.
King was referring to allegations that Walter Fritz, the Florida man who owns the papyrus fragment, hadn’t been honest with her about the origins of the piece.
“It appears now that all the material Fritz gave to me concerning the provenance of the papyrus … were fabrications,” King explained to the Boston Globe.
The papyrus at issue features a Coptic message that reads, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…'” The rest of the sentence is missing from the piece, which also reads, “As for me, I dwell with her in order to…”
King had been approached in 2010 by Fritz to study the fragment and have it translated. She originally resisted out of disbelief in its authenticity, but eventually agreed to participate.
In 2012, King asserted in the Harvard Theological Review that the papyrus, estimated to be 1,300 years old, was authentic.
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“On the basis of the age of the papyrus, the placement and absorption of the ink on the page, the type of the handwriting, and the Coptic grammar and spelling, it was concluded that it is highly probable that the fragment is an ancient text,” she wrote.
“Christian tradition has long held that Jesus was not married, even though no reliable historical evidence exists to support that claim,” King also remarked in a statement released by Harvard. “This new gospel doesn’t prove that Jesus was married, but it tells us that the whole question only came up as part of vociferous debates about sexuality and marriage.”
But the ink on the papyrus had not yet been tested, and the origins of the piece were unknown. Some consequently expressed skepticism over the matter, including Brown University’s Leo Depuydt and Jewish journalist Ariel Sabar of the Atlantic.
Sabar traced the papyrus back to Fritz, who found historical errors in the accompanying documents provided by Fritz. He also discovered that Fritz had studied Coptic linguistics, had been enrolled at Free University’s Egyptology institute, and that his wife had made other questionable claims, such as hearing the voices of angels.
On Monday, Harvard Divinity School published a press release noting that King had been quoted in the media as now being doubtful about the authenticity of what she had initially believed was a historical artifact.
“The mission of Harvard Divinity School, its faculty, and higher education more generally is to pursue truth through scholarship, investigation, and vigorous debate,” Dean David Hempton wrote in a statement. “HDS is therefore grateful to the many scholars, scientists, technicians, and journalists who have devoted their expertise to understanding the background and meaning of the papyrus fragment. HDS welcomes these contributions and will continue to treat the questions raised by them with all the seriousness they deserve.”
Fritz has denied forging the text on the papyrus. Further testing will be conducted on the ink to determine if the inscription is authentic or fake. 

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Judge Rules Oregon Man Can Be Neither Male or Female   Jun 18, 2016 02:48 pm
  Shupe-compressedPORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal judge in Oregon has ruled that a man can be considered non-binary---neither male nor female. Jamie Shupe was born male, served in the military and married a woman. But in 2013, as he found himself struggling with his gender identity, Shupe decided to seek treatments that would make him look and feel feminine. “I figured I was a...
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 Trump: ‘I Will Be Asking God for Forgiveness, but Hopefully I Won’t Have to Be Asking for Much’   Jun 19, 2016 06:02 pm
  Photo Credit: Gage SkidmorePhoto Credit: Gage Skidmore Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently stated that he hopes he won't have to seek forgiveness for much from God when it was again noted that despite his claims to be a Christian, he admits he doesn't think about the need for personal forgiveness and repentance. He was interviewed by conservative talk show host...
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California Bill Stirs Concerns That Christian Schools Could Be Banned From Living Out Convictions   Jun 21, 2016 11:54 am
  Biola School of Theology-compressedSACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Concerns are being expressed over a California bill that some believe could ban Christian universities from living out their faith in regard to homosexuality and transgenderism, and potentially other issues as well. S.B. 1146 was introduced in February by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, to close what Lara called a "loophole" in current...
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 Grocery Chain Apologizes After Atheist Activist Group Demands Store Decorate Ex-Muslim Cake   Jun 21, 2016 05:13 pm
  Cake-compressedFAIRFAX, Va. -- A national grocery chain has issued an apology after a prominent professing atheist group submitted a complaint over a local store that declined to decorate a cake celebrating the third anniversary of an ex-Muslim group, stating that the requested wording might be offensive to employees. According to reports, on May 31, a member of the...
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Jerry Falwell Jr. Defends ‘Christian’ Trump, Criticizes ‘Hypocrites’ Concerned About Playboy Cover   Jun 22, 2016 04:45 pm
  Falwell Trump-Cropped compressedNEW YORK -- Jerry Falwell, Jr., the president of Liberty University, who has repeatedly sought to convince the public that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is a Christian, is now calling those who have expressed concern over his pose with the candidate adjacent to a framed Playboy magazine cover “hypocrites” who need to stop “judging.” The...
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Baby Born With Brain Outside Skull Defies Odds After Parents Back Out of Abortion   Jun 24, 2016 05:55 pm
  Bentley-compressedPhoto Credit: Facebook/#prayersforBentley A seven month-old baby boy is defying the odds after his parents backed out of their initial plans to abort the child, who had been diagnosed with a rare condition in which his brain was growing outside of his skull. Doctors had advised Dustin and Sierra Yoder to consider abortion after diagnosing their 22-week-old...
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 Hateful ‘Heretic’ Booted by Landlord Over Praise for Orlando Massacre   Jun 23, 2016 08:48 am
  Jimenez-compressedPhoto Credit: Fox 40 News SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A so-called pastor and his California congregation are being booted from their weekly meeting place after a recent sermon offered praise for the Orlando massacre and lamented that more homosexuals weren't killed. “The tragedy is more of them didn’t die," Roger Jimenez of Verity Baptist Church stated last...
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‘Satantic Temple’ Joins Planned Parenthood in Pro-Abortion Crusade   Jun 19, 2016 12:59 pm
  Planned_parenthood_supporters(BREITBART) – In the face of growing pressure on Planned Parenthood after revelations that it was selling human body parts, the Satanic Temple has launched a pro-abortion crusade to come to the aid of America’s largest abortion provider. The Satanic Temple, an organization that combats Christian influence in American society, has staged a series of...
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 ‘The USA Must Act’: Yazidi Woman Formerly Held as ISIS Sex Slave Testifies Before Congress   Jun 23, 2016 12:01 pm
  Murad-compressedWASHINGTON -- A Yazidi woman who had formerly been held as a sex slave for the barbaric Islamic group ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, testified before a Congressional panel on Tuesday, urging the U.S. government to become more active to defeat the terrorist organization. Nadia Murad, 21, who escaped her captors in 2014, told...
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Trump Panders to 1,000 So-Called Evangelical Leaders: ‘I’m on Your Side. I’m a Tremendous Believer!’   Jun 22, 2016 12:43 pm
  Trump EV-compressedNEW YORK -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pandered to and hooked evangelicals on Tuesday as he met with nearly 1,000 spiritual leaders in New York, asserting that he is a "tremendous believer" that is "on your side." “I’m so on your side," he declared to those gathered at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. "I’m a tremendous believer, and...
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Jimmy Carter Visits Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter, Tells Reporters: ‘I Believe in Evolution’   Jun 14, 2016 11:25 am
  Carter-compressedPhoto Credit: Cincinnati Enquirer/Screenshot WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. -- Former President Jimmy Carter toured Ken Ham's Ark Encounter on Friday, but told reporters that he was not necessarily endorsing Ham's views, as he personally believes in evolution. “But all things are possible through the divine power of God. And whenever there is a conflict, I turn to the words of Jesus Christ,” he said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “If God created it four billion years ago or six thousand years ago, it doesn’t matter to me.”
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Crazed Abortionist Wielding Surgical Scissors Confronts Preacher, Declares ‘Love’ for Killing Babies   Jun 16, 2016 09:57 am
  Santella-compressedSAN DIEGO, Calif. -- In an incident that some are calling "demonic," a viral online video shows a California abortionist confronting a man last week wielding surgical scissors while declaring his love for killing babies and his refusal to turn to Christ. The confrontation took place at Family Planning Associates in San Diego on Saturday as Zephaniah Mel stood outside of the facility preaching the gospel and calling those inside to repent.
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Perverted Professor Admittedly Using Target Restrooms for Sexual Purposes   Jun 12, 2016 12:24 pm
  Ari-NagelA perverted CUNY professor is admitting to using Target and other store restrooms for sexual purposes for lesbians and others who are seeking his "services" to become impregnated, and now, as a result, is the father of 22 children. In the graphic front page interview with the New York Post, Ari Nagel, who is a math professor at Kingsborough Community College that he often has been using the restroom at the Target at Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, as well as other public store restrooms, including Starbucks, to view pornography and provide seminal specimens to women. His buyers then use the ladies’ restroom for self-insemination.
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‘Call Them Mommy… I’m Gonna Die’: Son’s Chilling Final Texts to Mother During Orlando Shooting   Jun 14, 2016 09:18 am
  I'm-Gonna-DieORLANDO, FLA. — Mina Justice was fast asleep when she received her son's chilling text messages. They reveal his final moments before being killed by the gunman who opened fire at a homosexual nightclub in Orlando, which resulted in the deaths of 49 and injury to 50 others. Here is the conversation Mina had over text message with her 30-year-old son Eddie Justice before he was shot dead:
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‘Nobody Understands’: Chemist Debunks Evolutionary Viewpoint on Life’s Origins   Jun 13, 2016 08:01 am
  James Tour (1009x1024)Photo Credit: www.jmtour.com An illustrious chemist who has previously shed light on critical shortcomings in scientists’ understanding of evolution has written a detailed essay explaining “the massive gaps in our understanding” of how life first originated. Dr. James Tour is a professor of chemistry, computer science, and materials science and nanoengineering at Rice University. He has written over 590 research publications and over 100 patents, and he is the recipient of numerous scientific awards.
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Orlando Shooter Reportedly ‘Gay’: Pulse Nightclub ‘Regular’ Who Used Homosexual Hookup Apps   Jun 14, 2016 08:38 am
  Omar-MateenThe gunman who killed 49 people in an attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando is said to have been a regular at the venue and had messaged several people on gay dating apps, according to reports. At least four regular customers said they had seen killer Omar Mateen drinking at the nightclub on multiple occasions. “Sometimes he would go over in the corner and sit and drink by himself, and other times he would get so drunk he was loud and belligerent,” Ty Smith told the Orlando Sentinel.
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Muslim Man, Omar Mateen, ID’d as Murderer in ‘Gay’ Nightclub Shooting That Left 50 Dead   Jun 12, 2016 11:06 am
  Police cars and fire trucks are seen outside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016. Orlando Police Department/Handout via REUTERSPolice cars and fire trucks are seen outside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016. Orlando Police Department/Handout via REUTERS (Reuters) — A gunman killed 50 people and injured 53 in a crowded gay nightclub in the tourist hub of Orlando, Florida, early on Sunday before being shot dead by police, authorities said, in what appeared the  the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
The shooter was identified as Omar S. Mateen, a man that a senior FBI official said might have had leanings toward Islamic State militants. Officials described the attack as a “terrorism incident” though cautioned that the suspected Islamist connection required further investigation.
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Illinois Residents Call for Shutdown of Store for Adults Who Want to Be Babies   Jun 11, 2016 04:39 pm
  Tykables-compressedMOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. -- Residents near a newly-opened store in Illinois that caters to adults who want to live like babies are expressing concern over how the business reflects on their community and are calling for it to be shut down or relocated. The store, called Tykables, is located in a suburb of Chicago, and features adult-sized diapers, cribs, ......
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Georgia Judge Denies Name Change of Woman Who Identifies as Man   Jun 12, 2016 11:20 am
  Feldhaus Background-compressedATLANTA, Ga. -- Attorneys for a Georgia woman who identifies as a man have filed an appeal after a superior court judge denied her request for a name change as it could be misleading and even present potential danger. In March, Superior Court Judge J. David Roper denied the request of Rowan Feldhaus, 24, who wanted to change her middle name from Elizabeth to Elijah. She had already had her first name changed from Rebeccah to Rowan.
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‘Belieber!’: Religious Publishers Raking in Rewards With Justin Bieber and the Bible   Jun 11, 2016 11:05 am
  Bieber-compressed(Reuters) — Religious publishers in the United States are busy these days, releasing such new books as a biography of pop music phenom Justin Bieber — entitled “Belieber!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber.” Other tomes mix spirituality with memoir and self-help topics. New editions of the Bible have also been released recently,  as  well as e-books and audio book downloads by popular religious authors.
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Family Group Cries Foul as Male Who Identifies as Female Competes Against Girls in State Track Meet
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Wangyot-compressedHAINES, Alaska — A family group in Alaska is crying foul after it became aware that a male student at Haines High School who identifies as female is being permitted to compete against girls on the school’s track team and at the state championship.
Nattaphon “Ice” Wangyot, 18, a senior at the high school, recently qualified for the 100-meter and 200-meter finals, but some female students question whether it is fair for him to compete on a girls’ team.
“I’m glad that this person is comfortable with who they are and they’re able to be happy in who they are, but I don’t think it’s competitively completely 100-percent fair,” Saskia Harrison of Fairbanks Hutchison High School told KTVA-TV.
“Genetically, a guy has more muscle mass than a girl, and if he’s racing against a girl, he may have an advantage,” said Peyton Young of Eagle River High School.
But Wangyot says that he takes female hormones regularly to suppress his testosterone levels, and finds support in his coaches
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School Calls Police on Seven-Year-Old Who Brought Bible Verses to Read at Lunchtime
By Garrett Haley on June 6, 
School Bible pdPALMDALE, Calif. – A seven-year-old first grader was recently reprimanded in front of his entire class and a police officer was dispatched to his family’s home because the child had brought notes with Bible verses on them to school.

Christina and Jaime Zavala live in Palmdale, California. In January, they enrolled their son in the first grade at Desert Rose Elementary School in the Palmdale School District, according to a recent letter from the nonprofit group Liberty Counsel. To encourage her son at school, Christina gave him brief notes to read during lunchtime. Each note included a Bible verse for him to read.
The Zavalas’ son, identified as “C” in the Liberty Counsel’s letter, began telling his classmates about his mother’s encouraging notes and began reading the Bible verses to them. Each day, several students would gather around C to hear the lunchtime notes and Bible verses written by Christina.
“After this had occurred for some time, one friend asked for a copy of the Bible verse, that he, too, could have,” the Liberty Counsel letter explains. “C relayed the request to his mother, who began to send a Bible verse for C, and one for his friend. Soon, five more students asked C for a Bible verse, and C brought additional copies for them, as well. The notes grew to include a short story providing context for the Bible verse, which C would read to the children.”
However, in April, C’s first grade teacher learned of Christina’s note-writing when a girl in her class came up to her one day and said, “Teacher, this is the most beautiful story I have ever seen—C gave it to me.” When the teacher saw that the “beautiful story” on the note was from the Bible, she told C in front of the other students that he was not allowed to share the Bible stories at school but would instead have to stand outside the school gate after the bell rang.
The teacher also called C’s mother to explain the situation.
“Please tell your son that there is a separation of church and state,” the teacher reportedly told Christina.
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Norwegian Government to Return Children Seized Over Concerns About Family’s Faith
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bodnariu-compressedOSLO, Norway — Following a seven month battle, the Norwegian government has agreed to return the four remaining children who were seized from their parents last November after a school principal expressed concern over the children’s “religious upbringing.”
“Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! The Bodnariu family will be reunited!” reads a statement released by spokesman Pastor Cristian Ionescu. “The Naustdal Municipality of Norway has come to terms with Marius and Ruth Bodnariu for the return home of all of their five children.”
As previously reported, in November, the Barnevernet seized Marius and Ruth Bodnariu’s two daughters, two sons and baby Ezekiel. The two eldest children were reportedly removed from school without their parents knowledge, and then Barnevarnet representatives arrived with police at the Bodnariu home, where welfare services seized the remaining children, minus the baby.
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Trans-Species? Men Who Live Like Dogs Featured in Documentary on ‘Human Pups’
By Heather Clark on May 30, 2016
Pups-compressedMANCHESTER, U.K. — In the midst of national discussion on transgender issues, the trend of men dressing up and behaving like dogs, known as “pup play,” was recently discussed in a new documentary on “The Secret Life of Human Pups.”
The documentary, produced by Britain’s Channel 4, features a variety of English men who live like dogs in their private lives—a movement that often involves living with a handler, dressing in a rubber canine suit, barking to communicate, fetching balls, having your belly rubbed and other dog-like behavior.
“In the U.K., there are estimated to be 10,000 human pups: men who dress in elaborate dog suits and behave like dogs. This remarkable documentary explores their hidden world,” a description of the production outlines.
Director Guy Simmonds says that he wasn’t aware that the concept was so prevalent in the country until researching the matter in greater depth. He decided to film a documentary on the subject after running across online photos of men engaging in pup play.
“On the surface you’d think it was a few people dressing up as dogs behind closed doors. But the more we researched it, the more surprised I was to learn how large the community was in the U.K.,” he told Newsweek. “They’ve got their own social networking sites, events and competitions.”
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 Hillsong NYC Youth Leader Appears as ‘Naked Cowboy’ Reportedly for Women’s Conference   
May 29, 2016 07:04 pm
  Simila-compressedPhoto Credit: Instagram NEW YORK -- Concerns are being raised after the youth leader at Hillsong NYC appeared as the "naked cowboy" at a recent women's conference. Hillsong's Colour Conference was held on May 6 and 7 in Madison Square Garden with ticket prices set at $209.50 a person in advance and $219.50 at the door. 
“Colour seeks to ‘gather, equip and mobilize’ women of all age, background and culture in the belief that together we can and will make the world a better place,” a description of the event reads. “Our team labor to create an atmosphere that will refresh heart and soul, and inspire transformation. Our desire is that worship, creativity and the presentation of God’s Word (the Bible) will honor the King of heaven and cause faith to rise, enabling the enormous potential within to become reality.”
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Concerns Raised as Hillsong’s Carl Lentz Praises Oprah Winfrey After Appearance on Super Soul Sunday   
May 28, 2016 11:17 am
  Lentz Winfrey-compressedPhoto Credit: Carl Lentz/Facebook NEW YORK -- Hipster Hillsong NYC leader Carl Lentz has drawn concerns over the past week after he posted a photograph on social media announcing his upcoming appearance on Oprah Winfrey's "Super Soul Sunday" television broadcast. "I really enjoyed my time with @oprah filming for her Super Soul 
Sunday show,” he wrote on May 18. “She is truly a special woman and a culture changer. To come from absolute poverty in Mississippi and reach the point where she became the first African American multi-billionaire takes a passion and drive that is exceptional and tireless.”
He continued to praise the talk show host, and said that others should emulate Oprah’s practice of thanking Jesus with each new day.
“What struck me most about her, was her ease and kindness,” Lentz remarked. “She told me her key was ‘waking up each day and thanking Jesus for loving me and thanking Him for all he has done.’ That practice, in that order, is one to be copied.”
The Hillsong leader also stated that he was thankful for the opportunity to talk about spiritual matters on Oprah’s broadcast.
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Obama Issues Annual Proclamation Calling Upon Americans to ‘Celebrate’ June as ‘LGBT Pride Month’   
Jun 02, 2016 08:41 am
 As the most vocal president in American history in regard to homosexuality and transgenderism, Barack Obama issued on Tuesday his eighth annual proclamation calling upon Americans to "celebrate diversity" in observing June as "LGBT Pride Month." "Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union," he wrote in his lengthy proclamation, which praised advocates who seek to change the nation’s laws for homosexual causes.
“The fight for dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is reflected in the tireless dedication of advocates and allies who strive to forge a more inclusive society,” Obama said. “They have spurred sweeping progress by changing hearts and minds and by demanding equal treatment—under our laws, from our courts, and in our politics.”
Therefore, he said, “This month, we recognize all they have done to bring us to this point, and we recommit to bending the arc of our Nation toward justice.”
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Oregon Woman Concerned After Man Who Identifies as Woman Admitted at Women’s Shelter  
May 30, 2016 11:00 am
  sad-compressedPhoto Credit: Cherie Otto PORTLAND, Ore. -- In the midst of discussion about transgender restroom issues, an Oregon woman is speaking out to tell her story after a man who identifies as a woman was permitted to share sleeping and restroom space with women at an all-women's shelter. Malka Davis, a formerly homeless woman, recently 
penned an op-ed for the Oregonian, in which she explained why she believes it was wrong for the shelter to allow the man to live at the facility among dozens of females.
The incident occurred in 2014 as Davis was seeking to put her life back together. She recounted that a few weeks into her stay that some of the other women seemed to be in distress, and came to find out that it was because a man who “self-identified” as a woman was in their midst. One woman even left altogether.
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Scientists Beginning to Doubt Discovery Once Touted as Evidence for Evolution  
May 29, 2016 11:21 am
  BacteriaAn influential scientific discovery that was once celebrated as compelling evidence for evolution may require reinterpretation, according to a growing number of scientists and researchers. In 2008, biologist Richard Lenski of Michigan State University jubilantly announced that he had witnessed a “major evolutionary innovation.”   Lenski, as part of his Long-Term Experimental Evolution (LTEE) project, had been carefully observing the bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) reproduce in a lab. Finally, after 20 years and 31,000 E. coli generations, Lenski noticed that one of the bacteria populations had seemingly mutated and acquired the ability to process the chemical citrate when oxygen was present.
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Christian Rocker’ Who Came Out as ‘Gay’ to Perform at Pride Festival  
Jun 02, 2016 07:15 pm
  A self-identifying Christian rock band whose lead singer came out as homosexual this week and was applauded by several other professing Christian musicians, has now announced that it will be performing at a festival this month celebrating "gay pride." Everyday Sunday's Trey Pearson, 35, released a letter to fans on Monday to explain that he had been struggling with feelings for the same gender for the past 20 years and recently decided to no longer stifle the struggle. The band is known for its songs “Find Me Tonight,” “Wake Up! Wake Up!” and “Best Night of Our Lives.”
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Georgia ACLU Leader Quits Over Young Daughters’ Encounter With Men in Women’s Restroom   Jun 03, 2016 10:40 am
   The head of the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has resigned from her position over her disagreement on transgender restroom use following an experience where her own young daughters became frightened in encountering three large men in the women's restroom. Maya Dillard Smith says that her values were different from those of the ACLU, which has backed the Obama administration’s controversial transgender restroom mandate for schools and has expressed opposition against North Carolina’s restroom law.
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Atheist Activist Group Wants Illinois Principal Fired for ‘Promoting Christianity’ to Students   May 31, 2016 10:54 am
 A professing atheist activist organization is recommending that a Chicago-area principal be fired for promoting Christianity to students. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to the attorney for Rich Township Schools after becoming informed that Rich South High  Principal Michael McGrone announced that his goal is to “allow God back in school.”
It pointed to an article in the Chicago Tribune, which outlined that McGrone supports prayer in school and had a Christian woman, known as Mother Henderson, pray with students in the cafeteria over a microphone.
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911 Audio Reveals Baby Was ‘Breathing,’ ‘Moving’ After Attempted Arizona Abortion   May 30, 2016 12:00 pm
  Photo Credit: Markus KniggePhoto Credit: Markus Knigge PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Newly-released audio footage of a 911 call from an Arizona abortion facility reveals that a child who had been scheduled for an abortion was breathing and moving after exiting the womb. The incident occurred in February at Family Planning Associates in Phoenix, Arizona, operated by abortionist Edward Allred.
The child’s 27-year-old mother had arrived to complete the abortion of her 21-week-old (5 month old) baby, which is “legal” under Arizona law. She had taken an abortifacient two days prior as per the facility’s instructions, which was to have stopped the child’s heartbeat.
However, the baby survived the medicinal stage of the abortion, and the mother went into labor as the surgical procedure began.
Abortionist Eleanor Stanley asserted that she found no heartbeat after the baby was born, but when workers noticed the baby moving on the scale, one exclaimed, “Oh my G**! This fetus is moving!”  They then called 911. It is required under federal law for abortionists to provide medical care to survivor infants and not leave them to die.
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Teacher Who Identifies as ‘Neither’ Awarded $60,000 After Co-Workers Wouldn’t Call Her ‘They’   May 26, 2016 01:39 pm
  Soell-compressedGRESHAM, Ore. -- A female elementary school teacher who says she neither identifies as male nor female has been awarded $60,000 in a settlement with her school district after she lodged a complaint that her co-workers continued to refer to her as a woman and wouldn't call her "they." The 25-year-old teacher at Hall Elementary School, who now goes....
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Valedictorian Leads Graduates in Lord’s Prayer After District Removes Song Over Atheist Complaint   May 24, 2016 12:44 pm
  Montgomery-compressedEAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- The valedictorian of a high school in Ohio led his class in a recitation of the Lord's Prayer during their graduation ceremony this past weekend after a musical version of the prayer that has traditionally been a part of the commencement for years was removed due to an atheist complaint. As previously reported, 
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Bible Verse Prompts Walkout By House Republicans Scolded for Sinful Vote on Homosexual Amendment   May 27, 2016 11:33 am
  Allen-compressedWASHINGTON -- Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives walked out of a policy meeting on Thursday after one of their colleagues read a Bibles verse and scolded them over their vote in favor of an appropriations amendment pertaining to homosexuality. As previously reported, Rep. Sean Maloney, D-NY, who is openly 
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Hersheypark Announces Commitment to Allowing Men Who Identify as Women to Use Women’s Restrooms   May 22, 2016 10:15 am
  Hersheypark-compressedHERSHEY, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania amusement park that is a popular attraction for families with children has announced that its internal policies allow visitors and employees to use the restroom that correlates with their "gender identity." Hersheypark officials released a statement on Friday outlining that its restroom accommodations have already 
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Barbaric Islamic Group ISIS Kills 25 Iraqi Prisoners by Lowering Them Into Vat of Acid   May 22, 2016 02:10 pm
  ISIS pdMOSUL, Iraq -- The barbaric Islamic group ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, recently killed 25 prisoners by lowering them into a vat of acid, reports state. The men had been charged with spying and collaborating with Iraqi security forces, which seek to defeat the rule of ISIS in the nation. “ISIS put the citizens in a...
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Louisiana Senate Committee Rejects Bill Protecting Pastors Who Decline to Officiate ‘Gay Weddings’   May 25, 2016 11:43 am
  Photo Credit: Terri HeiselePhoto Credit: Terri Heisele BATON ROUGE, La. -- A Senate committee in Louisiana has rejected a bill that would protect pastors who decline to officiate same-sex "weddings," asserting that the move would be discriminatory. "As sexual liberty is elevated, we don't want religious liberty to take a back seat and be pushed off the cliff," said Rep. 
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U.S. State Department Determines Hillary Clinton Violated Federal Rules With Private Email Server   May 25, 2016 12:23 pm
  Hillary Clinton pd  WASHINGTON (NBC News) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton violated federal records rules through her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, a State Department audit has concluded. "At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department 
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Indiana Court Hears Appeal of Woman Convicted of Feticide After Throwing Newborn in Trash   May 25, 2016 02:13 pm
  PatelINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- An Indiana appeals court heard this week the case of a woman who was convicted last year of feticide and sentenced to 20 years behind bars after she allegedly threw her newborn baby in the trash. Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed amicus briefs in the case in support of Purvi Patel, 
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Canadian Bill Would Extend Nation’s Ban on ‘Hate Propaganda’ to Pertain to ‘Gender Identity’   May 23, 2016 04:57 pm
  Canadian Parliament Credit Mighty Drake-compressedOTTAWA -- A bill has been introduced in the Canadian Parliament that would extend the country's ban on "hate propaganda" to pertain to "gender identity." Bill C-16 was introduced on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia by Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould. "This enactment amends the Canadian 
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A Reason to Have Labels of Male, Female?’ Seattle Students Say It’s Just a ‘Social Construct’ [Video
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  Backholm II-compressedSEATTLE, Wash. -- A number of students at Seattle University recently stated that they believe that the concept of male and female is only a "societal construct" when interviewed about whether they believe differences exist between male and female, and if persons should even be distinguished as a man or woman. Joseph Backholm with the Family 
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Eight-Year-Old Girl Choked in Restroom by Man in City Pushing ‘Transgender’ Access Rights   May 14, 2016 05:41 pm
  Hartstirn-compressedCHICAGO -- An eight-year-old girl was recently choked unconscious by an adult male who approached her in the women's restroom of of a Chicago restaurant as city officials continue their push for restroom accommodations according to gender identity. According to reports, the incident occurred last Saturday at Jason's Deli in the South Loop of the city. The girl and her mother both used the restroom, which has separated stalls...
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Tim Keller Staff Member Says Homosexuality Isn’t Sin, Part of ‘Church Plant’ Behind Transgender Restroom Plan   May 16, 2016 10:02 am
  Keller Fulgenzi-compressedNEW YORK -- A staff member at New York's Redeemer Presbyterian Church, led by popular megachurch pastor and author Tim Keller, and who handles sermon orders for Keller, identifies as a progressive who doesn't believe homosexuality is sinful and is part of a so-called church plant whose leader recently made recommendations to do away with male/female-separated...
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Atheist Ads Mocking Answers in Genesis Ark Encounter Rejected by Billboard Companies
   May 16, 2016 09:02 am
  Atheist billboard 2Photo Credit: Facebook CINCINNATI – Two billboard companies have rejected proposed advertisements from an atheist group that mock the Answers in Genesis Ark Encounter project and describe the ark replica as a “genocide and incest park.” Tri-State Freethinkers is an organization based in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio that is committed to countering what they...
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Lesbian Lawmaker Says Churches, Schools Threat to Children, Not Transgenders in Restrooms   May 20, 2016 05:44 pm
  Todd-compressedMONTGOMERY, Al. -- A lesbian lawmaker in Alabama suggested this week that the real safety threat for children is not men who identify as female using women's restrooms, but faith leaders in churches and teachers in schools. "Just read  every morning and look at the child predators in our state. They are not transgender people. In fact, 
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Trump Lists Judge Calling Abortion a ‘Right,’ Prosecutor of ‘Ten Commandments’ Judge for SCOTUS 
  May 18, 2016 07:43 pm
  Sykes Pryor II-compressedNEW YORK -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has released his complete list of potential nominees for the United States Supreme Court should he win the presidency, which includes an appeals judge who has referred to abortion as a woman's "right," and a judge who once prosecuted Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore while serving as attorney general. "Today...
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Obama Admin Demands Hospitals Accommodate Transgenders Or Lose Funding   May 19, 2016 11:52 am
  hospital II pdWASHINGTON -- On the same day that the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education threatened to revoke funding for public schools that do not allow students to use the restroom and locker room that correlates with their "gender identity," the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also released guidelines requiring federally-funded...
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Homosexual ‘Pastor’ Who Claimed Store Wrote Slur on Cake Admits Lying, Drops Lawsuit   May 17, 2016 10:11 am
  Photo Credit: KVUE-TVPhoto Credit: KVUE-TV AUSTIN, Texas -- A homosexual "pastor" in Texas who filed a lawsuit against the health-oriented grocery chain Whole Foods after claiming that a slur had been written on a cake he ordered has admitted to lying about the matter, and has subsequently dropped his pursuit of emotional damages. “Today I am dismissing my lawsuit against Whole..
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Over 100 Attorneys Petition Norway Prime Minister for Return of Children Seized Over Parents’ Faith
   May 15, 2016 10:20 am
  bodnariu-compressedOver 100 attorneys worldwide have signed a letter petitioning the prime minister of Norway to intervene in the case of five children who were seized by the country’s child welfare services last November a school principal expressed concern over the children's "religious upbringing." "We have familiarized ourselves with the facts of the matter and are deeply...
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U.S. Senate Unanimously Confirms Nation’s First Openly Homosexual Army Secretary   May 18, 2016 02:24 pm
  Fanning Credit Monic King-compressedPhoto Credit: Monica King WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of Eric Fanning to serve as Army secretary---a move that homosexual groups note make him the nation's first openly homosexual secretary of the Army. "I'm honored by today's Senate confirmation and thrilled to return to lead the total Army team," he said in a statement on...
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Inscriptions Found in Ancient Fortress Support Biblical Timeline, Challenge Skeptics
By Garrett Haley on May 9, 2016
TEL AVIV, Israel – A team of Israeli researchers has found evidence that literacy was widespread among ancient Israelites, thus challenging critics of the Bible who claim most people in Old Testament times were illiterate. Critics of the Bible have long alleged that Israelites prior to the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. were largely illiterate. Therefore, they argue, many of the Old Testament books were written after the destruction of Jerusalem, which is much later than the Bible suggests.
“The epigraphic evidence simply does not support the contention that the average pastoralist or agriculturalist in Israelite society was literate,” wrote Chris Rollston in his book “Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel: Epigraphic Evidence from the Iron Age.” “This is a marvelous romantic notion, but I simply do not find credible evidence of widespread literacy of the non-elite masses.”
However, a recently-published study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) suggests that literacy levels among Israelites around 600 B.C. were indeed higher than Rollston and others claim. The study’s authors, all researchers affiliated with Tel Aviv University, analyzed 16 inscriptions written prior to the 586 B.C. Babylonian destruction. They were discovered in an ancient fortress in Arad, which is in southern Israel.
“The inscriptions contain military commands regarding movement of troops and provision of supplies (wine, oil, and flour) set against the background of the stormy events of the final years before the fall of Judah,” the researchers wrote. “They include orders that came to the fortress of Arad from higher echelons in the Judahite military system, as well as correspondence with neighboring forts. … They are addressed to a person named Eliashib, the quartermaster in the fortress.”
Upon close analysis, the Tel Aviv University researchers found that at least six authors contributed to the inscriptions, leading the researchers to conclude that “a significant number of literate individuals can be assumed to have lived in Judah [around 600 B.C.].”
“The results indicate that in this remote fort literacy had spread throughout the military hierarchy, down to the quartermaster and probably even below that rank,” the researchers wrote. “This implies that an educational infrastructure that could support the composition of literary texts in Judah already existed before the destruction of the first Temple.”
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It is therefore likely, the study’s authors reasoned, that Old Testament books like Deuteronomy, Joshua, and the Books of Kings were in fact written prior to Jerusalem’s destruction.
“[T]he written evidence suggests a high degree of literacy in the entire Judahite chain of command,” they said.
In an article published last week on the Answers in Genesis, Avery Foley explained why these findings are important.
“This new study supports the accuracy of God’s Word,” Foley wrote. “It demonstrates that Israel was more literate than many scholars believe. This means that prophets—even prophets who were common folk such as Amos, a shepherd (Amos 1:1)—could have been literate and able to pen their writings.”
These findings published in PNAS are yet another example of rigorous scientific research supporting the credibility of Scripture, Foley said.
“We have an imperfect and incomplete understanding of history and science, but God’s Word was ultimately written by the God who was there and who never lies (Titus 1:2),” she stated. “Beginning with God’s Word, we have an accurate starting point for studying the world around us. When science or popular thought seems to contradict God’s Word, it is not God’s Word that needs modification, but rather our interpretations of the evidence.”
“The more we study the remains of lost civilizations, the more evidence will be found that, when properly understood, confirms God’s Word,” Foley concluded. “As Christians, we can have full and utter confidence in the Word of our Lord.”


Over 100 United Methodist clergy came out as homosexual or transgender this week in a letter publicly addressed to the denomination in an effort to draw attention to the issue ahead of the General Conference and to seek acceptance despite policies that prohibit practicing homosexuals from serving in the ministry. "hile we have sought to remain faithful to our call and covenant, you have not always remained faithful to us,” the letter, released by Reconciling Ministries Network, asserts.
“While you have welcomed us as pastors, youth leaders, district superintendents, bishops, professors, missionaries and other forms of religious service, you have required that we not bring our full selves to ministry, that we hide from view our sexual orientations and gender identities,” it says. As previously reported, the United Methodist Book of Discipline outlines that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching” and that “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” may not be ordained as ministers in the denomination.
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Obama Admin Demands Schools Nationwide Allow Boys in Girls’ Restrooms or Lose Funding   May 13, 2016 09:55 am
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education released on Friday guidelines for schools nationwide that outline that the Obama administration requires schools to allow students to use the restroom and locker room corresponding with their "gender identity" under threat of losing their federal funding. "There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a statement announcing the release of the guidelines. “This guidance gives administrators, teachers, and parents the tools they need to protect transgender students from peer harassment and to identify and address unjust school policies.”
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North Carolina to Defy U.S. Justice Department’s Demand to Allow Men in Women’s Restrooms   May 09, 2016 10:05 am
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Government officials in North Carolina say that they will defy the U.S. Department of Justice and its demand that the state allow men who identify as women in women's restrooms and vice versa as today marks the deadline for the state to comply with the Obama administration. “We will take no action by Monday,” House Speaker Tim Moore told reporters. “That deadline will come and go. Obviously, we don’t ever want to lose any money, but we’re not going to get bullied by the Obama administration to take action prior to Monday’s date. That’s not how this works.”
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North Korea Considered Prayer a ‘Weapon,’ Says U.S. Missionary Who Served Hard Labor in Country   May 08, 2016 03:12 pm
  Bae-compressedA U.S. missionary who was sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor in North Korea, and served in a labor camp for two years before ultimately being freed, is speaking out about his experience and how his missionary work was deemed a "threat" to the atheist government. “They (the prosecutors) said, ‘You attempted to overthrow the government through prayer and worship’ and they really took prayer as a weapon against them,” Kenneth Bae told CBS News this past week.
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Target CEO Defends Restroom, Fitting Room Policy in Face of National Boycott   May 12, 2016 08:24 pm
  Cornell-compressedDuring an interview on Wednesday, the CEO of the national retail chain Target defended the company's restroom and fitting room policy---allowing men who identify as women to use female facilities and vice versa---in the face of a national boycott and falling stock prices. "We took a stance and we're going to continue to embrace in the state sued Gov. Robert Bentley, Attorney General Luther Strange and Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis—among others—in an attempt to overturn Alabama’s marriage amendment after one of the women was denied from adopting the other woman’s child. our belief of diversity and and inclusion—just how important that is to our company,” Brian Cornell said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”.
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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended for Ordering Probate Judges Not to Issue Same-Sex Licenses   May 07, 2016 09:50 am
  MooreMONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended from the bench and now faces possible removal for ordering probate judges not to issue licenses to homosexuals after an organization that creates lists of "hate groups" filed an ethics complaint against Moore. As previously reported, in 2013, two lesbians 
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Northern Ireland Attorney General Backs Bakers Fined for Declining ‘Support Gay Marriage’ Cake   May 10, 2016 02:37 pm
  AsherBELFAST, Northern Ireland -- The attorney general of Northern Ireland testified in court on Tuesday in favor of a Christian identified bakery that was fined last year for alleged discrimination for declining to print the phrase "support gay marriage" on a cake. “I say very clearly, if it was a case where Mr. Lee had been refused some of Ashers excellent chocolate eclairs because he was gay or perceived to be gay I would be standing on the other side of the court,” John Larkin, QC told the Court of Appeals in Belfast on the second day of appeal proceedings over the matter.
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Wyoming Commission Seeks to Remove Judge for Telling Media She Couldn’t Officiate ‘Gay Weddings’
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Neely-compressedPINEDALE, Wy. — A judicial commission in Wyoming is calling for the removal of a municipal and circuit court judge after she told the media in 2014 that she would not be able to officiate same-sex unions due to her faith.
According to reports, Ruth Neely told a reporter for the Sublette Examiner in 2014 after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex “marriage” that she personally could not take part in the officiation.
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Research Biologist Says Bible, Not Evolution, Accounts for Human DNA Diversity   May 02, 2016 08:14 am
  DNA 2When did human ethnic groups originate? And can the biblical young earth viewpoint explain differences between races today? One research biologist says the biblical model, not evolution, accurately accounts for human DNA diversity today. Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson is a PhD biologist with Answers in Genesis who studied Cell and Developmental Biology at Harvard University. In his latest article, published last week in Answers Research Journal, he considers “why African people groups tends to harbor more mitochaondrial DNA differences than non-African groups.”
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51 Families Sue Obama Administration for Forcing School District to Allow Boy in Girls’ Locker Room
  Locker-compressedCHICAGO -- The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice have been sued by over 50 families for forcing a school district to allow a male student who identifies as female to use the girls' locker room at his local high school. “It’s a massive step backwards to force women to give up their inherent right to bodily privacy,” 
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Police Searching for ‘Peeping Tom’ Who Recorded Girl in Texas Target Dressing Room   May 06, 2016 04:39 pm
  Target Tom-compressedFRISCO, Texas -- Police in Texas are searching for a young man who recorded a girl as she was changing her clothes in a Target dressing room. According to reports, the incident occurred at approximately 7 p.m. on Tuesday night at the Frisco location. The girl told her parents that a man was peeking over the wall with a cell phonE
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Court Rules Woman’s Lawsuit Against ‘Church of Scientology’ for Forced Abortion May Proceed   May 02, 2016 08:16 am
  Scientology-compressedPhoto Credit: Wikipedia LOS ANGELES -- A court has ruled that a woman's lawsuit against the so-called Church of Scientology may proceed following a seven year battle to have her case heard over accusations that she was forced to have an abortion as a teenager. 
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Department of Education Releases List of Colleges Seeking Exemption From ‘Transgender’ Law   May 01, 2016 11:11 am
  Carey-compressedWASHINGTON -- While it is not known if the move was done due to the request of homosexual and transgender advocacy groups, the U.S. Department of Education has released a list of Christian identifying colleges and universities who have requested exemptions from a federal law that has recently been interpreted to pertain to homosexuality and transgenderism. 
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Atheist Activist Group Objects to Public School Visits to Ken Ham’s Creation Museum   May 02, 2016 11:53 am
  Creation Museum-compressedMADISON, Wisc. -- A professing atheist activist organization is expressing its objection to three public schools that either have already or plan to visit Ken Ham's Creation Museum in Kentucky. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent letters to officials with Brookville High School in Dayton, Ohio, Jackson Independent School District in Kentucky, and the Big Beaver Falls School District in Pennsylvania to urge the cancellation of the trips to Petersburg.
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This Is Not Incest’: Colorado Man Leaves Wife for Sexual Relationship With Mother   
Apr 10, 2016 11:38 am
  West Ford-compressedAn Colorado man who found his biological mother three years ago after being put up for adoption as a child has left his wife to marry his mother and have children together. "This is not incest. It is GSA," Kim West, 51, told the outlet New Day. "We are like peas in a pod and meant to be together." "I know people will say we're disgusting, that we should be...
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Lou Engle of The Call Kneels, Kisses Foot of Catholic Leader as Act of ‘Reconciliation’   Apr 10, 2016 04:41 pm
  Engle-compressedLOS ANGELES -- Lou Engle of The Call is again raising concerns after a Roman Catholic leader prostrated at his feet on Saturday in declaring that he wanted to "kiss his feet" in an act of reconciliation between Christians and Catholics, and Engle returned the act by likewise kissing the man's shoe. The gesture took place during "Azusa Now," an event hosted by...
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Pop Star Nick Jonas Ditched Purity Ring for Fornication After Making False Commitment at Church   Apr 11, 2016 11:54 am
  JonasNick Jonas, one-third of the former boy band The Jonas Brothers and son of a former worship leader and pastor, recently outlined why he abandoned his purity ring for fornication, a symbol some Christians wear to notate that they have committed to remain sexually pure until marriage. "Was the whole purity ring thing a part of your marketing to families and young...
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 Hillary Clinton Claims to Evangelicals: ‘I’m a Christian … a Praying Person’   Apr 09, 2016 11:52 am
  Clinton View-compressedDuring an appearance on ABC's "The View" this week, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton asserted that she is a Christian who takes her faith "seriously" and a "praying person" when asked why evangelicals should consider voting for her. "As someone who is an undecided evangelical voter, and someone who believes that our Judeo-Christian values are...
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 Petition Launched in Support of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Right to Refuse Service’ Due to Beliefs   Apr 11, 2016 08:07 am
  Springsteen Credit Craig ONeal-compressedPhoto Credit: Craig O'Neal JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -- A petition has been launched in support of secular rocker Bruce Springsteen's "right to refuse service" in states with which he disagrees, after he cancelled a concert in North Carolina last week out of his opposition to a recently passed state law that annulled a controversial “bathroom bill” in Charlotte and...
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 Indiana Trooper Fired for Sharing Christ During Traffic Stops   Apr 09, 2016 02:20 pm

  Hamilton-compressedINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Indiana state police have fired a trooper after a second complaint was received about sharing his faith with those he encounters during traffic stops. As previously reported, the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against trooper Brian Hamilton in 2014 after complainant Ellen Bogdan alleged that he violated her constitutional rights...
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 UK Student Expelled Over Facebook Post Citing Biblical Law on Homosexuality Loses Appeal   Apr 09, 2016 10:16 am

  Ngole-compressedSOUTH YORKSHIRE, U.K. — A Christian who had been studying to be a social worker at a prominent university in the United Kingdom has lost his expulsion appeal surrounding a post on his personal Facebook page where he outlined the biblical stance on homosexuality. As previously reported, last September, Felix Ngole, 38, had posted on his private page—which is...
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 New Hampshire Supreme Court Rules in Favor of School Counselor Who Helped Teen Obtain Secret Abortion   Apr 11, 2016 08:05 am

  New Hampshire Supreme CourtCONCORD, N.H. – A high school counselor who lost her job after helping a 15-year-old student secretly abort her unborn child without telling her parents should be reinstated at her job, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. In November 2012, a 15-year-old Farmington High School student—referred to as “Student A” in court documents—approached...
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 Kasich Condemns Mississippi’s Religious Freedom Law: ‘What the [Expletive] Are We Doing?’   Apr 14, 2016 10:39 am
  Kasich II Credit Gage SkidmorePhoto Credit: Gage Skidmore NEW YORK -- Republican presidential candidate John Kasich condemned Mississippi's religious freedom law this week, just a day after telling reporters that he would not have signed North Carolina's "bathroom bill" requiring residents to use the restroom that correlates with their biological gender in government buildings. "I read...
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 Idaho Governor Vetoes Bill Permitting Bible as Reference in Public Schools   Apr 12, 2016 10:33 am
  OtterBOISE, Idaho -- The Republican governor of Idaho has vetoed a bill that would permit the Bible to be used a for reference purposes in public school classrooms out of concern that it could result in a lawsuit. "I have deep respect and appreciation for the Bible as religious doctrine as well as a piece of historic literature," Gov. Butch Otter wrote in a letter...
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Four-Year-Old Booted From Preschool After Mother Objects to Lessons on Homosexuality, Gender   Apr 06, 2016 08:24 am
Worm-compressed AURORA, Co. -- A four-year-old girl in Colorado has been booted from preschool after her mother expressed concern over diversity teaching in the classroom that included books on homosexuality and gender identity. R.B. Sinclair told the Denver Post this week that her daughter's preschool teacher at Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten had been reading. books to the children on same-sex “couples” and about worms questioning their gender...
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United Church of Canada Rejects Atheist Minister’s Attempt to Stop Review, Possible Defrocking
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ORONTO -- An ordained minister with the United Church of Canada has lost her appeal to stop an official review of her qualifications to be a church leader as she is a professing atheist. “I don’t believe in … the god called God,” Gretta Vosper told the Globe and Mail last year. “Using the word gets in the way of sharing what I want to share.” 
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Norwegian Couple Whose Children Were Seized Over Christian Upbringing Reunited With Infant Son   Apr 07, 2016 08:45 am
  Bodnariu-compressedA Norwegian couple whose five children who were seized by the country’s child welfare services last November have now been reunited with their infant son. "Baby Ezekiel has been returned to his parents! Praise the Lord!" wrote Cristian Ionescu, a Chicago-area pastor who is serving as a spokesperson for the Bodnariu family. As previously reported, in...
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PayPal Pulls North Carolina Expansion Plan After Transgender Restroom Law   Apr 05, 2016 04:53 pm
  PayPal-compressed(Reuters) -- PayPal Holdings Inc (PYPL.O) on Tuesday canceled plans to open a global operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina and invest $3.6 million in the area after the state passed a controversial law targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens. The digital payment company's protest is the first by a major business after North...
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Comb Jelly Footage Surprises Scientists, Upends Evolutionary Expectations   Apr 04, 2016 08:12 am
  Comb jellyAUGUSTINE, Fla. – Evolutionists are once again having to scrap existing beliefs and return to the drawing board after observing one type of sea creature perform a previously undiscovered function. On March 14 and 15, several dozen biologists met in Florida for the Ctenopalooza workshop—an event designed to further the study of ctenophores, which are a type of...
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UK Therapist Suspended for Sharing Christianity With Muslim Co-Worker Loses Appeal   Apr 07, 2016 11:21 am
  WasteneyLONDON -- An occupational therapist who was suspended from her job for nine months after her Muslim co-worker alleged that she was trying to convert her to Christianity has lost her appeal before an employment tribunal. As previously reported, Victoria Wasteney, now 39, had developed a friendship with her colleague Enya Nawaz, now 28, as they worked at the St....
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Israel Investing Nearly $3 Million in Homosexual Tourism   Apr 04, 2016 07:56 am
  Tel Aviv Pride Parade U-compressed2015 Tel Aviv Pride Parade| Photo Credit: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv TEL AVIV – Israel’s Ministry of Tourism says that it plans to invest NIS 11 million ($2.9 million) to promote the nation as a tourist attraction for homosexuals. While the annual Tel Aviv homosexual pride parade is one of the largest in Israel, attracting an estimated 100,000 participants,...
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California Attorney General’s Office Searches Apartment of Man Behind Planned Parenthood Expose’   Apr 06, 2016 12:00 pm
  Daleiden-compressedLOS ANGELES -- Representatives from the California attorney general's office searched the apartment of the pro-life investigator behind the series of expose' videos on Planned Parenthood's harvesting and sale of aborted children. "The California Attorney General's office, led by Kamala Harris, Planned Parenthood supported with thousands of dollars, is now..
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Mississippi Gov. Signs Religious Freedom Law Protecting Right to Decline Part in Same-Sex Ceremonies   Apr 06, 2016 10:29 am
  Bryant-compressedJACKSON, Miss. -- The governor of Mississippi has signed into law a bill that provides protections to pastors, faith-based organizations and business owners who object to being complicit in another's same-sex ceremony. "I am signing HB 1523 into law to protect sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions of individuals, organizations, and private.
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Colorado School District Censors ‘Inappropriate’ Literature to Be Placed by Atheists   Apr 04, 2016 08:14 am
  Censored Atheist BookDELTA, Co. -- A professing atheist group is expressing disappointment as officials with a Colorado school district have deemed some of its literature "inappropriate" that was to be placed in area middle schools. As previously reported, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers and the Satanic Temple applied to place...
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Joel Osteen Says He’s Not ‘Cheating People’ by Neglecting to Preach on Repentance, Hell   
Mar 31, 2016 02:59 pm
Megachurch self-help author and motivational speaker Joel Osteen says that he doesn't believe that he's "cheating people" by neglecting to preach on repentance or eternal punishment as he opines that people "feel guilty enough." Osteen was featured on CBS Sunday Morning on March 27, as correspondent Tracy Smith visited Lakewood to ...
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Joel Osteen’s Senior Worship Leader: ‘I Have Not Been Fired’ Following Divorce, New Girlfriend   
Mar 27, 2016 08:40 am
Photo Credit (Houghton): Sam Panasyuk HOUSTON, Texas — The longtime senior worship leader for megachurch self-help author and motivational speaker Joel Osteen says that he was not fired after announcing his divorce last month and being photographed this month kissing a woman not his wife. Lakewood has classified the arrangement as "indefinite leave." As...
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Alabama Governor, Staffer ‘No Longer Members’ of Church After Admitting to Explicit Calls   
Mar 26, 2016 04:40 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The governor of Alabama and a female staffer are no longer members of the First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa following the release of audio footage in which the governor engaged in sexually-charged talk with the woman that suggested they had been physical with each other. While it is unknown exactly when the..........
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Illinois Bed and Breakfast Ordered to Pay $80,000 for Declining to Host ‘Gay’ Civil Union Ceremony  
Mar 30, 2016 11:59 am
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The owners of a bed and breakfast in Illinois have been ordered to pay $80,000 after they declined to host a civil union ceremony for two homosexual men on the premises, and have been mandated to facilitate a celebration for the men at their facility within one year. TimberCreek Bed and Breakfast in Paxton, 
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Georgia Governor Vetoes Religious Liberty Bill Protecting Pastors, Faith-Based Organizations  
 
Mar 28, 2016 04:19 pm

ATLANTA -- The Southern Baptist-identifying governor of Georgia has vetoed a religious liberty bill that provided conscience protections for pastors and non-profit faith-based organizations, stating that there is no need for such legislation, and that the protections provided under the First Amendment are sufficient. “As I've said before, I do not think we have...
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Colorado Public School District to Allow Groups to Place Atheist, Satanic Material for Students  
Mar 29, 2016 11:24 am
DELTA, Co. -- A public school district in Colorado has agreed to allow professing atheist and satanic groups to place their materials in area middle and high schools after the organizations took issue with a recent Bible distribution by Gideon International. In December, Gideons made Bibles available for students at public schools in Delta County. That prompted a...
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Filipinos Engage in Annual Ritual of Whipping, Crucifying Themselves: Video   
Mar 27, 2016 08:46 am
SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines — Thousands in the heavily Roman Catholic country of the Philippines looked on as their neighbors engaged in self-flagellation in the streets, while others volunteered themselves to be nailed to the cross for the Good Friday holiday. The tradition, while criticized by local Roman Catholic leaders who would prefer to see “good...
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New Louisiana Governor to Rescind Predecessor’s Religious Liberty Executive Order   
Apr 01, 2016 12:01 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The new governor of Louisiana plans to rescind an executive order issued by former Gov. Bobby Jindal that provided religious liberty protections to objectors of same-sex "marriage." Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat and Roman Catholic, plans to make the move in the "near future," according to his press secretary, and write his own order in its...
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Cruz in Response to Trump Comments on Abortion: Don’t Punish Mothers for Killing Babies   
Mar 31, 2016 09:33 am
Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says that abortion-minded mothers shouldn't be charged for killing their unborn children in response to comments from Donald Trump that they should face "some form of punishment"---a remark Trump later recanted. Trump had been interviewed by MSNBC's Chris Matthews during a town hall event...
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Supporters Push Back After Michigan Supervisor Criticized for Posting Prayer for Brussels on Facebook   
Mar 28, 2016 08:17 am
  Stathakis-compressedSHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Dozens are pushing back with words of support after a supervisor in Michigan came under fire last week for posting Scripture and a prayer on his Facebook page following the terror attack in Brussels that killed over 30 people. Rick Stathakis, the supervisor for Shelby Township, posted a Bible verse in response to the deadly assault on...
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‘Pope Francis’ Calls for Collaboration With World’s Religions, Those Who ‘Meet God in Different Ways’
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Vatican Video Joined-compressed (1)ROME — In his first-ever video declaring his “prayer intentions,” the Roman Catholic leader Jorge Bergoglio, also known as Pope Francis, called for dialogue and collaboration among those of the various world religions on Tuesday, asserting that they are simply “seeking or meeting God in different ways.”
“Most of the planet’s inhabitants declare themselves believers,” he states in the production released on the Feast of Epiphany. “This should lead to dialogue among religions. We should not stop praying for it and collaborating with those who think differently.”
The video then features clips of those from different world religions declaring belief in their various deities.

“I have confidence in Buddha,” a female lama announces.
“I believe in God,” a rabbi affirms.
“I believe in Jesus Christ,” a priest states.
“I believe in Allah,” an Islamic leader declares.
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Francis contends that all the religions of the world simply represent mankind’s diversity in seeking God. He says that despite the differing beliefs, everyone is a child of the same God.
“Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways,” he states. “In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty that we have for all: we are all children of God.”
The video then provides footage of the pontiff meeting with and embracing those of various religions, including Buddhists, Islamists and Orthodox Jews. It again cuts to representatives of the world’s religions, who now declare the same statement: “I believe in love.”
“I hope you will spread my prayer request this month: that sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce fruits of peace and justice,” Francis states. “I have confidence in your prayers.”
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But not everyone is supportive of the Vatican’s call for unity and common ground. Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries of Plano, Texas told Christian News Network that the pontiff’s assertions that all mankind is “seeking or meeting God in different ways,” and that all are children of the same God, are flawed.
“Tragically, those who do not know the Bible or who refuse to submit to it as the supreme authority for truth, will be deceived by the pope’s latest pronouncement,” he stated. “The pope’s assertion that all mankind meets with/seeks after the same God, just in different ways, is false according to the word of God. No one seeks for (the true) God (Rom. 3:11), but there are many who seek after false gods of their own imagination or false gods of their religious traditions. The only way to meet with the true God is His way, through the one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 2:5).”
“The word of God reveals that the human race is made up of people who are either children of God or children of the devil (1 John 3:10),” Gendron explained. “The Lord Jesus soundly rebuked the religious leaders of His day for refusing to believe the truth of His Word (John 8:440-43). Jesus told them that their father was the devil, who is the father of lies (John 8:44).”
“This remains true today,” he continued. “The god of this world has created a variety of religions to blind all of his children from the light of the Gospel and the glory of Christ (2 Cor. 4:4).”
Gedron said that in one sense—although not deliberately—Francis is correct as all are children of the darkness by nature, but man only becomes a child of God when he is reborn in Christ.
“Everyone is a child of the ‘god of this world' until they exchange their religion for a relationship with the one true God through Jesus Christ,” he outlined. “Those who receive Jesus by believing in His name become children of God (John 1:12-13).”
Gendron, a former Roman Catholic, also opined that the pontiff’s ecumenicism is fulfilling prophesy about the formulation of a one world religion.
“As the pope continues to accelerate his ecumenical agenda to rebuild the religious tower of Babel, he will be fulfilling Bible prophecy. All the religions of the world already share a ‘works-righteousness’ salvation and they all are already united by a common spiritual bond,” he said.
“As we see the prophetic one-world religion forming, we know the children of the true God will have no part of it because they have been sanctified by the truth and sealed with the Holy Spirit (2 Thes. 2:13),” Gendron stated.

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