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‘Pope Francis’ Claims Mary Was ‘Assumed Into Heaven Body and Soul’ on Feast of Assumption
By Heather Clark on August 15, 201667 Comments
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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
By Heather Clark on August 14, 20162 Comments
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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.
http://christiannews.net/2016/08/18/unborn-babies-found-at-south-carolina-wastewater-treatment-plant/


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
By Heather Clark on August 16, 201680 Comments
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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.”
http://christiannews.net/2016/08/16/marco-rubio-asserts-christians-must-abandon-spirit-of-judgment-toward-homosexuals/


 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.
http://christiannews.net/2016/08/15/american-college-of-pediatricians-no-scientific-basis-that-children-with-gender-dysphoria-born-in-wrong-body/

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.
http://christiannews.net/2016/08/13/trump-jests-to-evangelicals-winning-election-is-maybe-the-only-way-im-going-to-get-to-heaven/


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.
http://christiannews.net/2016/08/18/four-year-old-abused-arkansas-girl-tells-police-she-thought-her-name-was-idiot/

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.
http://christiannews.net/2016/08/18/target-to-spend-20-million-adding-single-stall-restrooms-over-opposition-to-transgender-policy/

 
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 
EDGERTON, 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
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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
By Heather Clark on June 6, 201619 Comments
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   
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  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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‘Pastors’ Lay Hands on ‘President-to-Be Clinton’ to ‘Decree and Declare Favor of the Lord’   Feb 04, 2016 02:12 pm
  ClintonPHILADELPHIA -- Dozens of African American "pastors" from across the nation recently gathered at a private event for pro-abortion, homosexual "marriage" advocate Hillary Clinton, and laid hands on her to "decree and declare the favor of the Lord" on her for the presidency. "Until He comes again, Secretary Clinton and President-to-be Clinton, we decree and declare...

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A Headache for Evolutionists? Scientists Discover ‘Unimaginable Complexity’ in DNA   Feb 01, 2016 08:56 am
  DNA genesCAMBRIDGE, England – In what appears to be a serious setback for evolutionists, a team of researchers from Cambridge University discovered that DNA and the way it is affected by modifications are much more complex than previously thought. A group of scientists with the University of Cambridge recently published a report in the journal “Nature Structural and...

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Pastor Convicted of Helping Ex-Lesbian Flee Country With Daughter Ordered to Report to Prison   Feb 03, 2016 09:51 am
  MillerBURLINGTON, Vt. -- A Mennonite pastor who was convicted of providing assistance to an ex-lesbian who fled the country with her daughter has been ordered to report to prison next month after losing his appeal. As previously reported, Kenneth Miller of Stuarts Draft, Virginia was convicted in August 2012 for helping Lisa Miller (no relation) and her young daughter...

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ISIS Video Threatens Attack on Western World Worse Than 9/11 for Crushing Muslim Rule in Spain   Jan 31, 2016 11:59 am
  ISIS-compressedThe barbaric Islamic group ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, released a video on Saturday that threatened an attack on the Western world worse than 9/11 and last year's Paris attacks out of revenge for Spaniards crushing Muslim rule in ancient Andalusia 500 years ago. The video, believed to have been filmed in Nineveh, shows a...

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I’ve Changed My Mind’: Homosexual Rights Activist Now Supports Fined Christian Bakers   Feb 02, 2016 08:29 am
  AsherBELFAST, Northern Ireland -- A homosexual rights activist states that he has changed his mind and now supports the rights of a Christian bakery that was fined last year for declining to print the phrase "support gay marriage" on a cake. He says that while discrimination against people is wrong, rejecting ideas is indeed lawful. As previously reported, in May 2014,...

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Oklahoma High School Wrestlers Charged With Raping Male Teammates on Bus   Feb 02, 2016 11:58 am
  Bus pd-compressedNORMAN, Okla. -- Four high school wrestlers in Oklahoma have been charged with raping two of their male teammates during a hazing incident last month. Tanner Shipman, 18, Sage Gandenberger, 17, and Chase Smith, 16, are charged with two counts of first-degree rape by instrumentation by force and fear, and first-degree rape by instrumentation of a victim under the...

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Catholic Seminarian Arrested for Seeking Sexual Relations With Infants, Toddlers   Feb 01, 2016 10:53 am
  Wright-compressedSAN DIEGO, Calif. -- A former priest-in-training has been arrested for allegedly seeking to have sexual relations with infants and toddlers in Mexico following an undercover investigation. Joel Wright, 23, of Columbus, Ohio was arrested on Saturday and is expected to be arraigned in federal court today. He has been charged with traveling with the intent to...

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Obama Calls Upon Muslims, Christians to ‘Build Bridges’: ‘We’re All Descendants of Abraham’   Feb 04, 2016 08:38 am
  Obama-compressedBALTIMORE, Md. -- During his first trip to an Islamic mosque during his presidency, Barack Obama called upon Christians to "build bridges" with Muslims and vice versa, urging greater tolerance for the Islamic religion, which he contended "has always been a part of America." As previously reported, Obama's visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday was...

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Restaurateur Sentenced to Nine Years Behind Bars for Slipping Girlfriend Abortion Drug   Feb 03, 2016 05:12 pm
  Woodward-compressedNEW YORK -- A former famed restaurateur has been sentenced to nine years behind bars for slipping his girlfriend an abortion drug, resulting in the death of their unborn child. Gail Greaves was 39 years old and 13 weeks pregnant when Joshua Woodward, the owner of the restaurant Table 8, with locations in both New York and California, secretly administered the drug...

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Trump Shows Off Bible Gifted by Mother in Effort to Woo Evangelicals   Jan 31, 2016 09:21 am
  Trump-compressedJust days before the Iowa caucuses, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump showed off the Bible gifted to him by his mother in an effort to win evangelical votes. "I really appreciate the support given to me by the evangelicals," Trump states in the video entitled "Trump: Christian values," released on Saturday. "They've been incredible. Every poll says...

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Donald Trump Boasts to Christian Students: ‘I Could Shoot Somebody and Wouldn’t Lose Any Voters’   Jan 24, 2016 11:42 am
  Trump shoot-compressedSIOUX CENTER, Iowa -- In his characteristic braggadocio form, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday told students at Dordt College, a school that identifies itself as an institution for those "who are interested in a biblical, Christ-centered education," that he's so liked, that even if he shot someone in the street, it still wouldn't effect his...

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Liberty University Alumni Express Concerns About Falwell After ‘Soul Selling’ Trump Endorsement   Jan 26, 2016 07:38 pm
  Falwell-compressedLYNCHBURG, Va. -- Liberty University alumni and others are expressing their disappointment and "embarrassment" after the president of what heralds itself as the world's largest Christian university formerly endorsed the thrice-married, unbridled-tongued, professing evangelical Republican candidate Donald Trump for president on Tuesday. “I am proud to offer my...

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Trump Blames Tony Perkins for Feeding ‘Two Corinthians’ Line to Him in Notes Given by Family Group President   Jan 25, 2016 02:42 pm
  Tony Perkins Credit Gage SkidmorePhoto Credit: Gage Skidmore It now is apparent that Donald Trump was not citing his own notes during his recent visit to Liberty University, but rather was reading from cue notes given to him by Tony Perkins of Family Research Council, who suggested that he cite Scripture from 2 Corinthians to connect with the educational institution. Some media outlets...

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Donald Trump Attends ‘Gay-Affirming’ Presbyterian ‘Church’ in Iowa Days Before Caucus   Jan 25, 2016 11:59 am
  MuscatineMUSCATINE, Iowa -- Whether or not he was aware that it was not the same branch of Presbyterianism he claims to follow, Donald Trump obtained a lesson in "humility" during a reading at a "gay-affirming" Presbyterian USA congregation on Sunday, followed by a sermon from a woman pastor that included talk on welcoming refugees. “We talked about humility in church...

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University President on Why Trump Not Invited: ‘I Refuse to Let Desire to Win Trump Moral Compass’   Jan 28, 2016 11:24 am
  Piper-compressedBARTLESVILLE, Okla. -- The president of a university in Oklahoma has released a post about why he will not be the next professing Christian university president to invite Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to address students. Dr. Everett Piper of Oklahoma Wesleyan University expressed his thoughts this week on the university website in response to...

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American Pastor Saeed Abedini Speaks of His Imprisonment in Iran: ‘They Beat Me Very Badly’   Jan 26, 2016 11:08 am
  Abedini Screenshot-compressedASHEVILLE, North Carolina -- An American pastor who was imprisoned in Iran for over three years is now speaking about his time behind bars, acknowledging that he and others were beaten by Iranian authorities. "In interrogation, once they beat me very badly," Saeed Abedini told Fox's Greta Van Susteren on Monday, "because they wanted me to write something , which I...

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Ken Ham Wins Discrimination Suit Over Kentucky’s Denial of Sales Tax Rebate for ‘Ark Encounter’   Jan 27, 2016 10:23 am
  HamPETERSBURG, Ky. -- The Creation ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG) has won its discrimination suit against officials in the state of Kentucky for denying its Ark Encounter project participation in the state’s sales tax rebate incentive program. As previously reported, the state of Kentucky has an incentive called the Tourism Development Act, where new...

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Texas Grand Jury Indicts Man Who Recorded Planned Parenthood Baby Body Parts Videos   Jan 25, 2016 07:06 pm
  Daleiden-compressedAUSTIN, Texas (Associated Press) -- A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider and instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide. David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, was...

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Trevor Phillips: Muslims are 'not like us'
The former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said that Britain should not expect Muslim communities to fully integrate. At a meeting at the Policy Exchange think tank on Monday, Trevor Phillips said that to expect Muslims to "become like the rest of us" was a "form of disrespect". Andrea Williams commented: "It is not disrespectful to require that, to live in our country, one must accept its laws and standards". 
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Lord Pearson speaks for Christian freedom

Lord Pearson asked on Wednesday whether new legislation would render it an anti-Muslim hate crime for Christians to speak of the divinity of Christ or read sections of the Bible aloud in public. The lord answering on behalf of the government said that such expression would never be a crime, but added that "anyone who preaches…hate has no place here". Sadly, later in the discussion, some lords indicated that they consider Christianity's exclusive truth claim 'divisive'.
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Alan Craig gives thanks for recent successes

Christian campaigner Alan Craig has written a blog piece reflecting on the Lord's blessing on the brilliant campaign: MegaMosqueNoThanks, as well as on Baroness Cox's bill to combat the development of an Islamic parallel legal system in Britain. Plans for the east London 'mega mosque' were rejected in October 2015 by the then-Secretary of State. Baroness Cox's bill passed its final reading in the House of Lords and will now be considered in the House of Commons.
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BILL CHALLENGING SHARIA LAW CLEARS THE HOUSE OF LORDS.
A bill seeking to protect women and challenge the application of sharia law in the UK has been approved by the House of Lords.
Baroness Cox's Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill passed its third reading on Tuesday. It will now be handed over to the House of Commons for consideration. To become law, the bill will need an MP to sponsor it and steer it through the House of Commons.
Baroness Cox's bill, which has received support from Christian Concern, seeks to tackle the challenge of sharia councils, which fail to protect Muslim women adequately from violence and abuse. The bill also challenges the broader issue of the development of a parallel legal system based on sharia law within the UK.
It is estimated that around 30 sharia councils operate in Britain today. The ‘courts’ issue Islamic divorce certificates and advice on aspects of religious law.
A Dutch legal scholar, who was given a high level of access to sharia 'courts' in the UK, spoke of a woman who was told by a sharia ‘court’ judge to live in a polygamous marriage, rather than seek a religious divorce. Another woman was mocked for marrying a verbally and physically abusive man.
Many women are unaware that they have recourse outside of these 'courts', or they come under community pressures to submit to the rulings of sharia councils.
Andrea Williams, Christian Concern’s Chief Executive, said: "We continue to support this bill because we recognise the injustices Muslim women face in our country. We also recognise the danger of allowing Islamic law to operate as a quasi-legal system within the UK. Sharia law is utterly incompatible with the Christian principles upon which our nation was founded, and we cannot allow those principles to be eroded in the name of ‘tolerance’."
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Family of Sian Blake: We've got to use our faith to get us through
The sister of ex-EastEnders actress Sian Blake has said the family is using faith to get them through after the bodies of her and her two children were found.
Murder squad detectives are urgently trying to find Miss Blake's boyfriend Arthur Simpson-Kent following the discovery.
Her body, along with sons, Zachary, eight, and Amon, four, were found in the garden of the family home in Erith, Kent, earlier this week.
During a press conference at Scotland Yard Miss Blake's sister Ava said: "We've got to use our faith to get us through this.
"I want him back to justice because I want to know why and what happened."
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Pastor James McConnell hangs up on live radio interview
Thu 07 Jan 2016
By Antony Bushfield
An Evangelical pastor cleared of making grossly offensive remarks about Islam has hung up during a live radio interview discussing his case.
Pastor James McConnell called the religion "satanic" and a "doctrine spawned in hell" during a sermon broadcast online.
On Tuesday a judge ruled his remarks were offensive but they were not grossly offensive and he was found not guilty.
The 78-year-old faced two charges - improper use of a public electronic communications network and causing a grossly offensive message to be sent by means of a public electronic communications network - after the comments made from the pulpit of his Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle on May 18 2014 were streamed online.
He was appearing on the BBC's Radio 5 Live discussing the case with presenter Peter Allen.
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Moving exam times to accommodate Muslims 'could create hostility'
Thu 07 Jan 2016
By Antony Bushfield
A number of exams will be moved this summer to accommodate Muslims who are fasting during their holy month of Ramadan.
Subjects taken by large numbers of students - for example GCSE English and maths - may be timetabled right at the start of the exams season, before the holy month begins in early June - or set at a time to lessen the effect on Muslim students, it has been revealed.
Ramadan, which Muslims observe by fasting during daylight hours, has been gradually moving into the summer exams season in England - which runs from the end of May and throughout most of June - over the last few years. This year it covers most of the exams period.
As the window available for students to sit papers is tight, exams would not be able to be delayed, but there is scope for movement within the regular schedule, it was suggested.
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Disobedient wives are to blame for domestic violence, claims archbishop
Thu 07 Jan 2016
By Antony Bushfield
Women who 'do not obey men' have themselves to blame for any domestic abuse committed against them, a Spanish archbishop has claimed.
Braulio Rodriguez, who is the Archbishop of Toledo, has faced a backlash for his comments made during a Mass at Toledo Cathedral on 27 December.
His opinion has since been published in the parish bulletin.
The root cause of violence or abuse in the home was a woman's 'disobedience', he claimed.
"The majority of cases of domestic violence happen because the woman's partner does not accept them, or rejects them for not accepting their demands," he said.
The Metro reports he also criticised 'false marriages' and 'quickie divorces'.
According to the paper there has been a call for him to be jailed for inciting violence against women.
Small protests have taken place across Spain.
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Pastor James McConnell not guilty of making grossly offensive remarks about Islam
Tue 05 Jan 2016
By Antony Bushfield
A Belfast pastor has been found not guilty of making grossly offensive remarks during a sermon in which he described Islam as "heathen".
Pastor James McConnell called the religion "satanic" and a "doctrine spawned in hell" during a sermon broadcast online.
He had always maintained it was his right to free speech and a judge has agreed.
Delivering his verdict, District Judge Liam McNally said: "The courts need to be very careful not to criminalise speech which, however contemptible, is no more than offensive. It is not the task of the criminal law to censor offensive utterances.
"Accordingly I find Pastor McConnell not guilty of both charges."
He added: "If he had clarified this in his sermon and set out in a clear and precise way why Sharia law was repugnant to him he could have saved himself a lot of trouble."
The 78-year-old faced two charges - improper use of a public electronic communications network and causing a grossly offensive message to be sent by means of a public electronic communications network - after the comments made from the pulpit of his Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle on May 18 2014 were streamed online.
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Christian MP's faith drove him to resign from Corbyn's front bench
Christian MP Jonathan Reynolds has resigned as the Shadow Minister for Transport, in what is being dubbed the "revenge reshuffle".
Mr Reynolds, who represents Stalybridge and Hyde, told Premier's News Hour he had no option: "If you're going to be on the front bench of one of the two big parties you have to go along with more of a collective position, that's how our system works.
"And if you're not happy with some of that, or you simply want the freedom to say more, or you disagree with some of the decisions taken, I think the principle thing to do is to leave in a dignified fashion, which I've tried to do."
He told Premier's News Hour that it was his faith that drove his decision: "I personally feel it's not the decision for me to be part of the Labour front bench at this time.
"And I think that's who I am, a lot of people with the Christian faith with recognise those traits in themselves whatever jobs they do."
He said he consulted his family: "In terms of my decision it's not something I spoke about with anyone else other than my wife this morning.
"People will have to do what they think is best, but any party leader has to be able to command a wide ranging amount of support within their own political party."
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Repent or quit threaten bishops over homosexual split
Sun 03 Jan 2016 By Hannah Tooley
Church leaders from Africa and Asia are threatening to walk out of talks, chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury, unless American bishops drop their support for same-sex marriage. 
It has been reported that Justin Welby has invited leaders from the Anglican Church from all over the world to a special summit in Canterbury to discuss issues in the church, according to The Mail on Sunday.
Homosexuality and the church has always been a controversial issue and the Church of England does not allow same sex marriage in church, this topic is expected to cause divides. 
Lambeth Palace said: "The Archbishop has invited everyone.
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Vatican recognises Palestine
Sun 03 Jan 2016 By Hannah Tooley
The Vatican has recognised Palestine as a state and says that it hopes a peaceful outcome will end the conflict in the region.
In 2012 the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a resolution recognising Palestine as an observer non-member state.
At the time this was welcomed by the Vatican, which has the same observer non-member status at the UN.
An agreement signed last year has now come into effect.
The Vatican statement read: "With reference to the Comprehensive Agreement between the Holy See and the State of Palestine, signed on 26 June 2015, the Holy See and the State of Palestine have notified each other that the procedural requirements for its entry into force have been fulfilled, under the terms of Article 30 of the same Agreement.

"The Agreement, consisting of a Preamble and 32 articles, regards essential aspects of the life and activity of the Church in Palestine, while at the same time reaffirming the support for a negotiated and peaceful solution to the conflict in the region."
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........and Vatican recognises Palestine as stateWed 13 May 2015 By Marcus Jones
The Vatican has officially recognised the state of Palestine in a move that has left Israel 'disappointed'.
Holy See officials agreed to a treaty today which makes clear the Church now considers Palestine to be a country in its own right.
The move had been expected since a decision by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 to recognise a Palestinian state was welcomed by the Vatican.
Vatican spokesman, Revd Federico Lombardi, said: "Yes, it's a recognition that the state exists".
A spokesperson for the Israeli foreign ministry said the country was "disappointed" by the Vatican's change in policy.
The Associated Press reports the ministry as having said: "This move does not promote the peace process and distances the Palestinian leadership from returning to direct and bilateral negotiations.
"Israel will study the agreement and will consider its steps accordingly."
It comes just days before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visits Pope Francis at the Vatican and two Arabic nuns are canonised.
Presenter of Premier's Middle East North Africa Analysis programme, Dr Harry Hagopian, told Premier it was a big announcement.
He said: "It means there will be disappointment and probably regret expressed by Israel but the Vatican is not only a political entity but it is also a moral authority which represents many Christians and the 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide."This has a very strong influence on that."
Listen to Dr Harry Hagopian speaking to Premier's Marcus Jones.
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Desmond Tutu's daughter marries woman
Sun 03 Jan 2016 By Hannah Tooley
Archbishop Desmond Tutu's daughter Canon Mpho Tutu has married her long term partner in a private civil ceremony in the Netherlands. 
Mpho Tutu, Episcopal priest and executive director of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, married Marceline Furth who is a professor in pediatric infectious diseases at the Vrije University in Amsterdam.
The Tutu family released a short statement, according to Gay Star News, that read: "The couple are very grateful to their families and friends for their love and support."
The now retired South African Archbishop fought for civil rights and has stood up for the African LGBT community.
Most recently Mpho Tutu presided over her parents as they retook their vows after sixty years of marriage.
She has previously been married and has two children.
The couple are expected to marry in South Africa later this year.
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Church leaders unite to oppose abortion time extension in Scotland
Sun 03 Jan 2016
By Hannah Tooley
Church leaders, faith groups and pro-life organisations have formed a coalition to oppose the potential extension of the abortion time limit in Scotland.

The group, organised by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) Scotland, is supported by number of different faith groups, including the Muslim Council of Scotland, the Free Church of Scotland and the Catholic Church in Scotland.
Plans are that abortion law will be devolved to Holyrood under the Scotland Bill, the package of powers aimed at delivering on the recommendations of the post-referendum Smith Commission.
However opponents to the move have warned that it could undermine the consensus on the current time limit of 24 weeks in which to undergo an abortion.
However, the Scottish Government has stated that it does not have any plans to change the law.
John Deighan, chief executive of SPUC Scotland and campaign co-ordinator, said: "The rights of the unborn child are facing new threats with the impending devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament from Westminster.
"Already, well in advance of the transfer of legislative authority, we are hearing a clamour for further extension of the existing, excessively liberal law.
"This could see abortion legalised from the existing 24-week limit, in most cases, up until the point of birth.
"In response to these deeply disconcerting demands, pro-life supporters from different backgrounds, people of faith and none, in addition to concerned organisations and individuals have decided that we must stand together in the face of this onslaught."
Free Church of Scotland Moderator Revd David Robertson said the church was happy to join an alliance "which will spread the fight for justice in a bid to influence legal attitudes to the right of life".
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Atheist hospital chaplain defends her role
Mon 04 Jan 2016
By Premier Journalist
Britain's first humanist hospital chaplain has defended her role, saying she has the backing of the NHS regulator.
Speaking to Premier Christian Radio on her first day as the Non-Religious Pastoral Carer for Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust, Jane Flint said: "This is about choice. The NICE guidelines have recognised that people who have non-religious belief also have a right to support in the same circumstances as those who have a religious belief."
The 63 year old trained psychotherapist will undertake the role for a two-year trial period, after which it could be made permanent.
Mark Burleigh, the head of chaplaincy and bereavement services for Leicester's Hospitals, said: "I think if hospital chaplaincy is going to be part of the NHS in future, it needs to be fully diverse."
Despite being the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Ms Flint is an atheist and explained to Premier how she will comfort those who believe that there is no life after death.
"I'm there to witness their pain. I'm there to discuss their thoughts without any agenda of my own, and simply being there for somebody, giving them your undivided attention, is something we rarely experience in life.
Her appointment has been welcomed by the British Humanist Association. The BHA's head of pastoral support, David Savage, said: "Guidance from NHS England last year made it clear that NHS bodies in England were obliged to provide pastoral support and care to non-religious people on the same basis as chaplaincy is provided to the religious.
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1) ‘Everything Was Gone’: State Emptied Christian Bakers’ Bank Accounts Before They Paid ‘Emotional Damages’ Aaron and Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes by MelissaPORTLAND, Ore. -- The Christian owners of a bakery in Oregon who paid over $135,000 in state-ordered “emotional damages” for two lesbian women who filed a complaint after being told that the couple could not provide a cake for their “wedding” ceremony say that the state emptied all three of their personal banking accounts earlier this month---including...
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2) Oregon Christian Bakers Pay Over $135,000 in State-Ordered ‘Emotional Damages’ to Lesbians   Dec 29, 2015 10:12 am PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Christian owners of a bakery in Oregon have paid over $135,000 in state-ordered "emotional damages" for two lesbian women who filed a complaint after being told that the couple could not provide a cake for their "wedding" ceremony due to their convictions not to be a partaker in other's sins. (1 Timothy 5:22, Ephesians 5:7) As previously...
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Norway Officials Place Children Seized From Parents Over ‘Christian Indoctrination’ Up for Adoption   Jan 01, 2016 08:34 am
Officials in Norway have moved to place five children that were seized from their parents on charges that included “Christian radicalization and indoctrination" up for adoption, reports state. As previously reported, on Nov. 16 and 17, Norway’s child welfare services, the Barnevernet, seized Marius and Ruth Bodnariu’s two daughters, two sons and their baby,...
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Nearly 200 Muslims Fired at Meat-Packing Plant After Walkout for ‘Insufficient Prayer Accommodations’   Jan 01, 2016 12:12 pm
Photo Credit: M. Hussain (Reuters) -- Nearly 200 workers, mostly Somali immigrants, have been fired from a meat-packing plant in Colorado after staging a walkout to protest what they said were insufficient prayer accommodations, the company and Islamic advocacy groups said on Thursday. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the workers were...
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Doctor Loses Appeal of Expulsion from Boston Hospital for Statements About Health Dangers of Homosexuality   Dec 31, 2015 08:42 am
BOSTON -- A Massachusetts urologist has lost his appeal of his expulsion from a Boston hospital for making statements on an internal online portal expressing concern about the health dangers of same-sex sexual activity. As previously reported, Dr. Paul Church serves as a urology professor at Harvard University and has also had admitting privileges at Beth Israel...
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Bruce ‘Caitlyn’ Jenner’s Prayer With Texas Megachurch Minister Stirs Controversy   Dec 27, 2015 08:37 am
  Jenner Young-compressedHOUSTON, Texas -- Controversy is stirring over Bruce Jenner's recent visit to a megachurch in Texas, where he prayed with a pastor who stood against an ordinance allowing men who identify as women to use womens' restrooms and vice versa. According to reports, the former Olympian visited Ed Young, Sr.'s Second Baptist Church of Houston last week with other...
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New York City to Fine Employers Who Refer to ‘Transgendered’ Workers by Birth Gender   Dec 27, 2015 11:53 am
NEW YORK -- The New York City Commission on Human Rights has announced new guidelines under the city's Human Rights Law that may impose fines on employers who use masculine pronouns for male workers who wish to identify as women and vice versa. The Commission released its interpretive guide to the law on Monday, which includes a prohibition on "ntentionally...
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Evolutionists Startled by ‘Exceptionally Preserved’ Embryos in Ancient Fossils   Dec 28, 2015 08:29 am
Photo Credit: University of Toronto TORONTO – A team of French and Canadian scientists have identified preserved embryos within the eggs of a tiny shrimp-like creature believed to have lived over 500 million years ago, raising questions about both the development of the creatures’ brooding abilities and the likelihood of such delicate materials surviving for...
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Texas City to Sue Church in Battle Over Land Where ‘Jesus’ Sign Is Displayed   Dec 27, 2015 08:38 am
 HAWKINS, Texas -- Officials in a Texas city have voted to sue a local church over land that it purchased to help protect a "Jesus" sign from being removed following a complaint from a prominent professing atheist organization. As previously reported, the situation centers around a sign in Hawkins, Texas that reads, “Jesus welcomes you to Hawkins,” which first...
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Ugandan Pastor Hacked to Death, Bible Study Members Poisoned   Dec 28, 2015 07:44 am
NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A pastor in eastern Uganda was hacked to death on Wednesday (Dec. 23) as he and other church members resisted an effort by Muslims to take over their land, area church leaders said. In Nansololo village near Mazuba, in Namudumba District, Muslims erected a boundary fence with poles and barbed wire that included land of the...
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The media only shows religious extremism, says Catholic broadcaster
Sat 02 Jan 2016
By Hannah Tooley
Practicing Roman Catholic and BBC broadcaster, Adrian Chiles, has voiced concern that the media only sees religion in terms of fanaticism and does not reflect ordinary worshipers. 
Adrian Chiles said that: "Jesus said, 'The meek will inherit the earth.'
"Well, they might do but they get no press coverage along the way at all, they're completely forgotten."
He added: "And I'm not just talking about Christians, I'm all about [all religions]."
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Vatican is a "sacred monster" says PR accused of leaks
Sat 02 Jan 2016
By Hannah Tooley
A woman arrested as part of the Vatican leaks scandal has called the Vatican a "sacred monster" that is untouchable. 
Francesca Chaouqui was a Vatican public relations expert until her arrest two months ago.
She has been charged with leaking confidential documents, a crime under Vatican law, and faces up to eight years behind bars.
She denies the charges. 
The 33-year-old, as well as two others, are alleged to have stolen documents and leaked them to two journalists, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi (pictured) also face charges.
The pair wrote two books respectively which hold allegations of financial misconduct among a number of other acts.
Speaking to The Guardian Francesa Chaouqui said that she is innocent and that she is willing to go to the Vatican jail if found guilty.
She said: "I took an oath of loyalty to that state, and that means accepting their rules, even if they are wrong.
"The Pope is not just head of state, he is the head of my religion, he is God on Earth.
"If they find me guilty, I must go."
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Virgin Mary Peace on Earth image takes on politics
Sat 02 Jan 2016
By Hannah Tooley
Well known photo montage artist Peter Kennard has unveiled a new piece for the New Year that reflects the world's greed and political strife.
The art work, named Peace on Earth, shows what seems to be the Virgin Mary praying, however her halo has been replaced with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarment symobol (CND) and her face with the planet Earth.
Speaking to The Guardian he said that: "I wanted to make an image that makes people think - and isn't too horrific for them to put on their wall."
He added that: "The art market has become really disgusting.
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Bethel Church: Heaven on Earth?
California’s most prominent charismatic church, led by Bill Johnson, divides opinion. Andy Peck finds out why some believe Bethel is seeing heaven come to earth, and others claim that it’s a deception
When God touches a church in revival, those who visit can find themselves caught up in it. My visit to Bethel for a Kingdom Culture conference a few years ago was taken partly as a journalist keen to chronicle revival around the world, but also as a Christian keen to encounter God.

I sensed the thousands in attendance were hungry too. The worship band led like a group who knew they were not merely singing praise but offering invitation for God to come in his manifest presence. And there was evidence that he did. Some broke out into uncontrollable laughter, some shed tears and others were convulsed by shrieks and groans.
It’s a church that quite frankly messes with you
When the senior pastor, Bill Johnson, spoke, it was with the assurance that God had good things for us. He speaks without notes, and jokes that he only has one sermon but it’s 500 hours long. His talks are always based on scriptural concepts but their direction is open – like a surfer waiting to see which wave he needs to ride – and liberally dosed with examples of how God works today.

He concluded each talk with a session where he received words of knowledge indicating what God was doing that night. Illnesses included blood disorders, lupus, digestive issues, whiplash, a bruised kidney, and testimonies were given of healing or partial healing to knees, ankles, necks and backs. It was electric.
MESSY CHURCH
Since that visit, the stream of people heading to Bethel has become a river, with tributaries flowing from throughout the world; notably North America, parts of Europe (including the UK) and Australia. Bethel’s music has also spread far and wide, as the songs of worship leaders on their Jesus Culture and Bethel Music labels have been picked up by church worship bands around the world.


There were 2,100 at Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry this year (900 from overseas, 200 of whom were from the UK) learning how to become revivalists, and many more who visit for shorter conferences and events. Of the 7,000 who are part of the church, some 2,500 are students or connected to the school. But Bethel is only partly a ‘come and see’ church. It’s also a ‘go and do’ church. It’s a church that quite frankly messes with you: your theology, your way of doing church and your view of your walk with Jesus. It’s not always comfortable.


Bill and Beni Johnson
This challenge comes from Johnson, who has been immersed in this ‘revival’ since 1996 when he arrived as pastor with a mandate to preach and seek revival. He believes every believer should live a supernatural life too. It’s in the same vein as John Wimber’s message from the mid-80s, but also in step with contemporary ‘revivalists’ such as John Arnott, Randy Clark and Heidi Baker. Johnson’s message is articulated in his books and sermons that he’s invited to give throughout the world. In some circles Bethel has become a shining symbol of what God can do and is doing, and in others an example of why ‘the charismatic movement’ has departed far from gospel orthodoxy.

So what kind of challenge is Bethel giving to the wider Church, and what should we make of it?
THE KIND OF GOD WE WORSHIP
Bethel’s core message includes the belief that because God is a loving Father, he wants to meet with his people. If Jesus healed all who came to him, why wouldn’t he continue to do so, through his presence in his people? If things aren’t happening, it’s due to no lack on his part. Johnson says every spirit filled believer can carry ‘revival’ to others. These beliefs are born by experience.

Pam Spinozi, who has been writing down the miracles at Bethel for the last nine years, says, ‘It’s not possible to say how many miracles... we hear about. Everything from a torn rotator cuff being healed to metal disappearing from someone’s body. I have folders of specific diseases: cancer, MS, Parkinson’s, for example.
‘I also keep a folder of creative miracles like when someone gets a new kidney; folders of provision testimonies and family reconciliation. I am happy to say I have a resurrections folder, too. God is doing very exciting things!’
But the church is also honest about when healing doesn’t occur. Johnson’s own father, and former pastor of Bethel, died in 2004 following Church-wide prayer for his healing, and key elders have died too. Johnson’s son Eric, who serves on the senior leadership team, is 85- 90% deaf in both ears. However, they refuse to allow this to dissuade them from seeking God for healing.
BETHEL'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Bethel’s leadership are not keen on denominationalism. They prefer to unite based on values, led by the spirit.

Bethel was part of the General Council of the Assemblies of God until January 2006 when the church membership voted to withdraw their affiliation. Today Bethel has relational partnerships with other apostolic leaders as part of what is known as The Revival Alliance.
As well as Bill and Benni Johnson, the team includes: Che and Sue Ahn of Harvest Ministries; John and Carol Arnott of Catch the Fire; Randy and DeAnne Clark of Global Awakening; Heidi and Rolland Baker of Iris Ministries and Georgian and Winnie Banov of Global Celebration.
This means Bethel primarily links with other movements birthed or connected with the outpouring of the Toronto Blessing (also known as The Father’s Blessing) in January 1994.  
UNUSUAL MANIFESTATIONS
If healings and miracles are something Bethel has come to expect, there have also been a number of unexpected phenomena that have attracted attention, and led many to write the church off as an esoteric fad. Firstly there were the accounts of bird feathers appearing in services, then gold dust in the air and on people’s hands.

Founder of the School of Supernatural Ministry, Kris Vallotton, wrote of the events: ‘I don’t think we have taken more ridicule for anything than [the] gold dust and feathers. It all began one day while someone was preaching, and these tiny white feathers started falling from the ceiling in the sanctuary…No birds, feathers, or nests were discovered anywhere in the signs of ductwork or the ceiling. It also started to happen in people’s homes. It always happens when we are talking about the things of God. The phenomena tends to come and go.’
Then there’s the so-called ‘glory cloud’: a sparkling gold cloud that seemed to appear at the side of the stage during several worship services and which was even captured on amateur video.
British-born Carrie Lloyd, one of the Revival Group pastors at the school, says, ‘We haven’t actually had a glory cloud for about 18 months. I first saw it in my first year, on a Friday night service. I started walking to it as I could see some tiny particles that were platinum-coloured moving in a figure of eight, from the ground upwards. Stepping into the cloud was a very different story. As soon as I went into it I was on my knees in repentance, apologising for my previous scepticism. When part of my body was in the cloud, it felt something different from the part that wasn’t. It was a feeling of complete glory and being overwhelmed by God’s goodness and kindness.’

A 'fire tunnel' at Bethel
Johnson has reminded critics that God often does something that could give ‘offence’ to onlookers. Some of the manifestations in other recent ‘revivals’ in Toronto, Brownsville and Pensacola included phenomena that were written off by sceptics. They say that being ‘slain in the spirit’, uncontrollable laughter and having teeth filled with gold fillings are all evidence of a movement it’s wise to stay well clear of. Yet, historians of revivals would say that God often confounds onlookers when he is at work. As Johnson himself has said: ‘You can’t invite God into your house and not expect to have something outside of the box happen.’

UNUSUAL MIRACLES AND METHODS
Bethel has developed a range of unusual ways of bringing people inside and outside the Church into connection with God.

Fire tunnels
Two rows of Christians form a tunnel by linking raised arms. As the congregation walk through the tunnel, the Christians pray for God to bless those who walk and in many cases they are overcome with God’s presence and barely able to walk, or laugh uncontrollably. ‘Fire tunnels’ are often used at the end of conferences and events.

Treasure hunting
Introduced by Kevin Dedmon, ‘treasure hunting’ is a method of supernatural evangelism which takes prophetic and healing prayer out of the church and onto the streets. Teams will ask God for prophetic words about people they will meet later that day. These might be to do with appearance, location, ailments, names or particular words. When encountering people who fit the description, treasure hunters ask if they might be ‘God’s treasure’, perhaps showing the words written down, and offer to pray for them, for healing or any other need.

Life Resurrection teams
These teams pray in the local hospital for people who have died to be restored to life. In one hospital, patients are asked if they want the Life Resurrection team to pray for them in the event that they die. 

SERVING THE CITY
If you are reading this with increasing incredulity, Bethel may also complicate your idea of how you can best connect with your community. Speaking of how Bethel have engaged with Redding’s population of 90,000, Valotton says, ‘The Lord spoke to us about people in our city who are Romans 13 people, they are civic leaders who are called “ministers of God” [by Paul]. We went to our city manager and sat down with him and said, “We have a heart to see our city prosper. We believe that God divinely put you in this position. The first thing we want to do is to start giving 10% of our outreach tithe to the city.”’

The manager started suggesting ways to use the money that might please the church, but Vallotton made it clear that wasn’t their intention.
The impossible has become a possibility  
‘The principle is that we lay the money at our leaders’ feet and trust you to disperse the money as you see fit. We ask that you keep this private and just that we meet annually to discuss what may be needed and take special offerings for particular projects.’

Charlie Harper, head of Projects at Bethel, has spoken of the tension that was initially created by the church’s activity: ‘The Civic Centre was due to shut and so we came up with a solution to make it work. Some groups were upset, believing that this “cult” was going to take over their centre, and so for a while there were protests with placards! But over time most have been won around. We managed to double the bookings in the first year and our students have been able to work each week on beautifying the city, amounting to thousands of hours of volunteer labour.’
Vallotton has travelled internationally to share the approach that they have taken, including addressing MPs at the House of Commons. He believes Bethel’s model could be spread across the nations.
CONTINUOUS REVIVAL
When it comes to Bethel’s use and understanding of the term ‘revival’, again the church has a slightly different take. Delighted by God’s sovereign works, they aim to develop ‘revivalists’ who know who they are in God and are able to see him touch all who they meet, wherever they are and whatever they are doing. Typical of this would be the occasion that evangelist Chad Dedmon saw a woman healed in Walmart which so excited the cashier it led to the surprising announcement over the store tannoy – ‘God is healing people in aisle 3!’


Kris Vallotton prays for worshippers
Johnson has looked at historic revivals that have typically lasted a relatively short time, and asks, ‘Why couldn’t we be the first church to see the revival we are part of stretch across the generations, so that our ceiling becomes the next generation’s floor?’

So, predictably, Johnson is even messing with the standard idea of revival. Is this the outworking of the often-anticipated revival when many churches were touched by a new outpouring emanating from Toronto 20 years ago?
MESSED UP?
Predictably, such a church has had a fair degree of criticism. Many have questions about whether the miracles and manifestations should have such a prominent place in church life. They argue that this can undermine the gospel, and be counterproductive in our evangelism. Some have a problem with any suggestion that apostolic and prophetic ministries are still at work today.

Other criticism tends to centre on two areas of theology. The first is Johnson’s view that Jesus, though fully God, served as a man full of the spirit and so performed miracles through the spirit. As such he serves as an example for us today who, as spirit-filled believers, can do similar things. They argue that this undermines the deity of Jesus (though Johnson strongly denies this).
The second concerns Bethel’s theology of suffering. Calvinists in particular have a problem with Johnson’s belief that we can never conclude that God has sent suffering to us. Johnson believes that God’s will is always to heal, whereas Calvinist doctrine holds that God wills and uses suffering for his greater glory.
There are also those who write off Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry as ‘Hogwarts for Christians’. If you can train people to do miracles, how can the miracles be from God? They claim that Bethel and churches like it have drifted into heresy, chasing signs and wonders.
So how do we tell if this is God at work or not? My questions regarding any church like Bethel have always been: Does this fit with what scripture leads us to expect? And does it give the kinds of fruit that the gospel demands? As far as I can see, the answer to both of these questions is ‘yes’.
The sick are healed, demons are cast out and people are honouring one another above themselves. The lost are finding Christ and a new generation of young people are excited about a God who loves them. Signs, wonders and miracles that many thought impossible now suddenly seem possible. There is much about Bethel that still puzzles me, and messes with my theology. But that sounds rather like the kind of things that Jesus would be doing, doesn’t it?
About the Author
Andy Peck
Andy Peck is a tutor at CWR, a Christian training charity, who presents The Leadership File on Sundays, a show aimed at Christians leading in church, charity and the commercial world.
When God touches a church in revival, those who visit can find themselves caught up in it. My visit to Bethel for a Kingdom Culture conference a few years ago was taken partly as a journalist keen to chronicle revival around the world, but also as a Christian keen to encounter God.

I sensed the thousands in attendance were hungry too. The worship band led like a group who knew they were not merely singing praise but offering invitation for God to come in his manifest presence. And there was evidence that he did. Some broke out into uncontrollable laughter, some shed tears and others were convulsed by shrieks and groans.
It’s a church that quite frankly messes with you
When the senior pastor, Bill Johnson, spoke, it was with the assurance that God had good things for us. He speaks without notes, and jokes that he only has one sermon but it’s 500 hours long. His talks are always based on scriptural concepts but their direction is open – like a surfer waiting to see which wave he needs to ride – and liberally dosed with examples of how God works today.

He concluded each talk with a session where he received words of knowledge indicating what God was doing that night. Illnesses included blood disorders, lupus, digestive issues, whiplash, a bruised kidney, and testimonies were given of healing or partial healing to knees, ankles, necks and backs. It was electric.
MESSY CHURCH
Since that visit, the stream of people heading to Bethel has become a river, with tributaries flowing from throughout the world; notably North America, parts of Europe (including the UK) and Australia. Bethel’s music has also spread far and wide, as the songs of worship leaders on their Jesus Culture and Bethel Music labels have been picked up by church worship bands around the world.


There were 2,100 at Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry this year (900 from overseas, 200 of whom were from the UK) learning how to become revivalists, and many more who visit for shorter conferences and events. Of the 7,000 who are part of the church, some 2,500 are students or connected to the school. But Bethel is only partly a ‘come and see’ church. It’s also a ‘go and do’ church. It’s a church that quite frankly messes with you: your theology, your way of doing church and your view of your walk with Jesus. It’s not always comfortable.


Bill and Beni Johnson
This challenge comes from Johnson, who has been immersed in this ‘revival’ since 1996 when he arrived as pastor with a mandate to preach and seek revival. He believes every believer should live a supernatural life too. It’s in the same vein as John Wimber’s message from the mid-80s, but also in step with contemporary ‘revivalists’ such as John Arnott, Randy Clark and Heidi Baker. Johnson’s message is articulated in his books and sermons that he’s invited to give throughout the world. In some circles Bethel has become a shining symbol of what God can do and is doing, and in others an example of why ‘the charismatic movement’ has departed far from gospel orthodoxy.

So what kind of challenge is Bethel giving to the wider Church, and what should we make of it?
THE KIND OF GOD WE WORSHIP
Bethel’s core message includes the belief that because God is a loving Father, he wants to meet with his people. If Jesus healed all who came to him, why wouldn’t he continue to do so, through his presence in his people? If things aren’t happening, it’s due to no lack on his part. Johnson says every spirit filled believer can carry ‘revival’ to others. These beliefs are born by experience.

Pam Spinozi, who has been writing down the miracles at Bethel for the last nine years, says, ‘It’s not possible to say how many miracles... we hear about. Everything from a torn rotator cuff being healed to metal disappearing from someone’s body. I have folders of specific diseases: cancer, MS, Parkinson’s, for example.
‘I also keep a folder of creative miracles like when someone gets a new kidney; folders of provision testimonies and family reconciliation. I am happy to say I have a resurrections folder, too. God is doing very exciting things!’
But the church is also honest about when healing doesn’t occur. Johnson’s own father, and former pastor of Bethel, died in 2004 following Church-wide prayer for his healing, and key elders have died too. Johnson’s son Eric, who serves on the senior leadership team, is 85- 90% deaf in both ears. However, they refuse to allow this to dissuade them from seeking God for healing.
BETHEL'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Bethel’s leadership are not keen on denominationalism. They prefer to unite based on values, led by the spirit.

Bethel was part of the General Council of the Assemblies of God until January 2006 when the church membership voted to withdraw their affiliation. Today Bethel has relational partnerships with other apostolic leaders as part of what is known as The Revival Alliance.
As well as Bill and Benni Johnson, the team includes: Che and Sue Ahn of Harvest Ministries; John and Carol Arnott of Catch the Fire; Randy and DeAnne Clark of Global Awakening; Heidi and Rolland Baker of Iris Ministries and Georgian and Winnie Banov of Global Celebration.
This means Bethel primarily links with other movements birthed or connected with the outpouring of the Toronto Blessing (also known as The Father’s Blessing) in January 1994.  
UNUSUAL MANIFESTATIONS
If healings and miracles are something Bethel has come to expect, there have also been a number of unexpected phenomena that have attracted attention, and led many to write the church off as an esoteric fad. Firstly there were the accounts of bird feathers appearing in services, then gold dust in the air and on people’s hands.

Founder of the School of Supernatural Ministry, Kris Vallotton, wrote of the events: ‘I don’t think we have taken more ridicule for anything than [the] gold dust and feathers. It all began one day while someone was preaching, and these tiny white feathers started falling from the ceiling in the sanctuary…No birds, feathers, or nests were discovered anywhere in the signs of ductwork or the ceiling. It also started to happen in people’s homes. It always happens when we are talking about the things of God. The phenomena tends to come and go.’
Then there’s the so-called ‘glory cloud’: a sparkling gold cloud that seemed to appear at the side of the stage during several worship services and which was even captured on amateur video.
British-born Carrie Lloyd, one of the Revival Group pastors at the school, says, ‘We haven’t actually had a glory cloud for about 18 months. I first saw it in my first year, on a Friday night service. I started walking to it as I could see some tiny particles that were platinum-coloured moving in a figure of eight, from the ground upwards. Stepping into the cloud was a very different story. As soon as I went into it I was on my knees in repentance, apologising for my previous scepticism. When part of my body was in the cloud, it felt something different from the part that wasn’t. It was a feeling of complete glory and being overwhelmed by God’s goodness and kindness.’

A 'fire tunnel' at Bethel
Johnson has reminded critics that God often does something that could give ‘offence’ to onlookers. Some of the manifestations in other recent ‘revivals’ in Toronto, Brownsville and Pensacola included phenomena that were written off by sceptics. They say that being ‘slain in the spirit’, uncontrollable laughter and having teeth filled with gold fillings are all evidence of a movement it’s wise to stay well clear of. Yet, historians of revivals would say that God often confounds onlookers when he is at work. As Johnson himself has said: ‘You can’t invite God into your house and not expect to have something outside of the box happen.’

UNUSUAL MIRACLES AND METHODS
Bethel has developed a range of unusual ways of bringing people inside and outside the Church into connection with God.

Fire tunnels
Two rows of Christians form a tunnel by linking raised arms. As the congregation walk through the tunnel, the Christians pray for God to bless those who walk and in many cases they are overcome with God’s presence and barely able to walk, or laugh uncontrollably. ‘Fire tunnels’ are often used at the end of conferences and events.

Treasure hunting
Introduced by Kevin Dedmon, ‘treasure hunting’ is a method of supernatural evangelism which takes prophetic and healing prayer out of the church and onto the streets. Teams will ask God for prophetic words about people they will meet later that day. These might be to do with appearance, location, ailments, names or particular words. When encountering people who fit the description, treasure hunters ask if they might be ‘God’s treasure’, perhaps showing the words written down, and offer to pray for them, for healing or any other need.

Life Resurrection teams
These teams pray in the local hospital for people who have died to be restored to life. In one hospital, patients are asked if they want the Life Resurrection team to pray for them in the event that they die. 

SERVING THE CITY
If you are reading this with increasing incredulity, Bethel may also complicate your idea of how you can best connect with your community. Speaking of how Bethel have engaged with Redding’s population of 90,000, Valotton says, ‘The Lord spoke to us about people in our city who are Romans 13 people, they are civic leaders who are called “ministers of God” [by Paul]. We went to our city manager and sat down with him and said, “We have a heart to see our city prosper. We believe that God divinely put you in this position. The first thing we want to do is to start giving 10% of our outreach tithe to the city.”’

The manager started suggesting ways to use the money that might please the church, but Vallotton made it clear that wasn’t their intention.
The impossible has become a possibility  
‘The principle is that we lay the money at our leaders’ feet and trust you to disperse the money as you see fit. We ask that you keep this private and just that we meet annually to discuss what may be needed and take special offerings for particular projects.’

Charlie Harper, head of Projects at Bethel, has spoken of the tension that was initially created by the church’s activity: ‘The Civic Centre was due to shut and so we came up with a solution to make it work. Some groups were upset, believing that this “cult” was going to take over their centre, and so for a while there were protests with placards! But over time most have been won around. We managed to double the bookings in the first year and our students have been able to work each week on beautifying the city, amounting to thousands of hours of volunteer labour.’
Vallotton has travelled internationally to share the approach that they have taken, including addressing MPs at the House of Commons. He believes Bethel’s model could be spread across the nations.
CONTINUOUS REVIVAL
When it comes to Bethel’s use and understanding of the term ‘revival’, again the church has a slightly different take. Delighted by God’s sovereign works, they aim to develop ‘revivalists’ who know who they are in God and are able to see him touch all who they meet, wherever they are and whatever they are doing. Typical of this would be the occasion that evangelist Chad Dedmon saw a woman healed in Walmart which so excited the cashier it led to the surprising announcement over the store tannoy – ‘God is healing people in aisle 3!’


Kris Vallotton prays for worshippers
Johnson has looked at historic revivals that have typically lasted a relatively short time, and asks, ‘Why couldn’t we be the first church to see the revival we are part of stretch across the generations, so that our ceiling becomes the next generation’s floor?’

So, predictably, Johnson is even messing with the standard idea of revival. Is this the outworking of the often-anticipated revival when many churches were touched by a new outpouring emanating from Toronto 20 years ago?
MESSED UP?
Predictably, such a church has had a fair degree of criticism. Many have questions about whether the miracles and manifestations should have such a prominent place in church life. They argue that this can undermine the gospel, and be counterproductive in our evangelism. Some have a problem with any suggestion that apostolic and prophetic ministries are still at work today.

Other criticism tends to centre on two areas of theology. The first is Johnson’s view that Jesus, though fully God, served as a man full of the spirit and so performed miracles through the spirit. As such he serves as an example for us today who, as spirit-filled believers, can do similar things. They argue that this undermines the deity of Jesus (though Johnson strongly denies this).
The second concerns Bethel’s theology of suffering. Calvinists in particular have a problem with Johnson’s belief that we can never conclude that God has sent suffering to us. Johnson believes that God’s will is always to heal, whereas Calvinist doctrine holds that God wills and uses suffering for his greater glory.
There are also those who write off Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry as ‘Hogwarts for Christians’. If you can train people to do miracles, how can the miracles be from God? They claim that Bethel and churches like it have drifted into heresy, chasing signs and wonders.
So how do we tell if this is God at work or not? My questions regarding any church like Bethel have always been: Does this fit with what scripture leads us to expect? And does it give the kinds of fruit that the gospel demands? As far as I can see, the answer to both of these questions is ‘yes’.
The sick are healed, demons are cast out and people are honouring one another above themselves. The lost are finding Christ and a new generation of young people are excited about a God who loves them. Signs, wonders and miracles that many thought impossible now suddenly seem possible. There is much about Bethel that still puzzles me, and messes with my theology. But that sounds rather like the kind of things that Jesus would be doing, doesn’t it?
About the Author
Andy Peck
Andy Peck is a tutor at CWR, a Christian training charity, who presents The Leadership File on Sundays, a show aimed at Christians leading in church, charity and the commercial world.
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