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  • Scientology cult misappropriates ANZAC legend

    Scientology cult misappropriates ANZAC legend

    The money-hungry Scientology cult has once again been caught behaving badly. This time the unethical organization has usurped an acronym of special importance to the citizens of Australia and New Zealand.Full story: Scientology cult misappropriates…
    - 4 days ago 13 Sep 14, 9:34am -
  • Jonestown cult massacre remains found; more religion news

    Jonestown cult massacre remains found; more religion news

    Ashes of nine victims of the 1978 Jonestown murder & suicide massacre have been found among unclaimed containers in a Delaware funeral home. The forced sale of an Australian doomsday cult's compound fell through as the property did not attract any b…
    - 40 days ago 8 Aug 14, 11:19am -
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    @religionnews Twitter Feed

    We’re taking a brief break from posting while we’re working on a new design and approach. Meanwhile, join 13,500+ people who enjoy our Religion News Twitter feed: Tweets by @religionnews By the way: Yes, we know we have a ‘Tweets … [Read more…
    - 75 days ago 4 Jul 14, 11:41am -
  • Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab

    Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab

    Among the items in this issue of Religion News Briefs: Criticizing the Mormon Church can get you excommunicated. Leaving the destructive Scientology cult is scary (and wise). Also: After three decades of debate on homosexuality, the Presbyterian C…
    - 88 days ago 21 Jun 14, 9:39am -
  • Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial

    Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial

    A judge has ruled that religious beliefs and practices can be used as evidence in the manslaughter trial of a couple charged with manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their 12-year old daughter. Travis and Wenona Rossiter belong to the Church…
    - 29 May 14, 4:02am -
  • Convicted in torture-murder case, former cult member wins commutation

    Convicted in torture-murder case, former cult member wins commutation

    The Nebraska Board of Pardons on Tuesday commuted the sentence of former cult member Timothy Haverkamp, who has been on parole since 2009. Haverkamp was one of five men convicted of the 1985 murder of James Thimm.Full story: Convicted in torture-m…
    - 21 May 14, 11:44am -
  • Friday’s Religion News Briefs: Ergun Caner keeps losing

    Friday’s Religion News Briefs: Ergun Caner keeps losing

    Bloggers have been picking apart the claims of a man who says he is a Muslim-turned-Christian. Ergun Caner has sued some of them for posting a video they say shows him lying. Thus far, the bloggers are winning. In England, viewers are upset with…
    - 16 May 14, 9:04am -
  • Scientology’s ‘rehab’ target of federal lawsuits; +Religion Briefs

    Scientology’s ‘rehab’ target of federal lawsuits; +Religion Briefs

    Narconon facilities are billed as a 'drug rehab' centers. But the organization's approach is built on the quackery of fantasist L. Ron Hubbard, the dishonest man who saddled us with the Scientology cult. Small wonder then that Narconon is facing hea…
    - 13 May 14, 11:01am -
  • Texas takes possession of FLDS cult’s ranch

    Texas takes possession of FLDS cult’s ranch

    Authorities in Texas have today taken physical possession of the 1,700-acre Yearning For Zion Ranch that until recently belonged to the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). Under Texas law, law enforcement c…
    - 17 Apr 14, 9:29pm -

Telegraph: Religion

Guardian: Religion

  • newChechnya is full of phantoms photographs of transformation
    From a teenage girl in a wedding dress, to battalions training for an anti-terrorist operation, Davide Monteleones new exhibition showcases compelling portraits of a reconstructed republic Spasibo: An exhibition of photographs by Davide Monteleone ru…
    - 15 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 4:39pm -
  • newIslamists bankrolled by large-scale African drug-smuggling operation
    Militant groups paying west African drivers up to £8,600 to transport cocaine to Europe under noses of UN peacekeepersIslamist groups in northern Mali are paying local drivers to smuggle drugs and migrants across the desert for shipment to Europe, a…
    - 15 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 4:20pm -
  • newCity lives: custodian of Timbuktus literary past looks to digital future
    When extremists occupied Timbuktu, its blasphemous manuscripts were their first target. But many are now preserved and digitised in homes and, families believe, protecting them in returnIn a mud-walled chamber with a plastic mat, Abdulwadid Abderrah…
    - 20 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 11:51am -
  • newCity lives: Timbuktus leader of the faith is also its chief builder
    Known as Gods gift to the poor for its building qualities, banco is a vital tool in the quest to keep Timbuktu standing. Just ask the muezzin of the legendary Djinguereber mosqueTimbuktus clay-built Djinguereber mosque, commissioned in 1327 by empero…
    - 20 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 11:50am -
  • newLife in Timbuktu: how the ancient city of gold is slowly turning to dust
    Once a hub of Arab-African trade, Timbuktu is now a city on the edge with the desert encroaching, water supplies disappearing, and rebel fighters threatening new attacks. A special report by Alex Duval Smith. Photographs by Sean SmithHamoudi Jagger…
    - 20 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 11:47am -


  • Local religious leaders unite for change in immigration law

    Local religious leaders unite for change in immigration law

    Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders in Southern California hold vigil calling for a revamp in federal immigration laws.Several of Southern California's most prominent religious leaders held a vigil for immigration reform in downtown Los Angeles on F…
    - 5 Apr 14, 4:10am -
  • Catholic leaders hold Mass at border to urge immigration overhaul

    Catholic leaders hold Mass at border to urge immigration overhaul

    A bilingual Mass at the border fence between Arizona and Mexico is held in memory of those who entered the U.S. illegally and died crossing the brutal desert. NOGALES, Ariz. — It had been years since Maria Miranda of Tucson attended Catholic Mass w…
    - 2 Apr 14, 4:01am -
  • Pakistan militant group takes responsibility for two bombings

    Pakistan militant group takes responsibility for two bombings

    Attacks in Peshawar and Quetta kill at least 19, underscoring difficulties of peace talks between the government and insurgents.PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A little-known Islamist militant group took responsibility for twin bombings hundreds of miles apar…
    - 14 Mar 14, 10:03pm -
  • In Syrian province, Islamist militant group flexing its muscle

    In Syrian province, Islamist militant group flexing its muscle

    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has imposed harsh Islamic edicts in Raqqah. Chafing under its rule, a third of the population reportedly has fled.When the women's militia of an Al Qaeda splinter group recently raided a high school in the northern…
    - 14 Mar 14, 11:00am -
  • Pope Francis' popularity not bringing more into Catholic Church

    Pope Francis' popularity not bringing more into Catholic Church

    Pew Research poll finds no change in the number of people who self-identify as Catholic or in the number sitting in church pews on Sundays.Pope Francis is one of the best-known religious figures in the world, but a new Pew Research poll seeking to qu…
    - 6 Mar 14, 4:52am -
  • Cardinal welcomes lifting of ban on gay banner by N.Y. St. Patrick’s Day parade
    NEW YORK — After years of strong resistance, organizers of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade said this week that gay men and lesbians will be allowed to march under their own banner for the first time, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan — the parad…
    - 11 days ago 5 Sep 14, 10:00pm -
  • Religion events from around the Washington area
    Saturday, 8-10:30 a.m.: Pancake breakfast. All-you-can-eat monthly community pancake breakfast featuring gingerbread and regular pancakes. Proceeds will be given to the Family Discovery Weekend at West River United Methodist Center, the St. Paul’s…
    - 11 days ago 5 Sep 14, 9:29pm -
  • Rev. Jasmin Sculark to be installed as permanent minister at Jericho City of Praise
    For nearly four years, Jericho City of Praise, one of the largest churches in the Washington area, has been the object of a power struggle between the son of the sanctuary’s late founders and elders who took control of the church after the second o…
    - 11 days ago 5 Sep 14, 9:27pm -
  • State Department taps Texas lawyer to serve as ‘America’s ambassador to Muslims’
    Is there a tougher job description than Shaarik Zafar’s? As the State Department’s new special representative to Muslim communities, the boyish-looking Texas lawyer is America’s ambassador to Muslims around the world during a summer of nonstop…
    - 18 days ago 29 Aug 14, 10:05pm -
  • Religion events from around the Washington area
    Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon: Our Local Bounty farmers market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469 or www.tthomascroom.org/ourlocalbounty. Read full article >…
    - 18 days ago 29 Aug 14, 9:09pm -
  • Commentary: Why Jews should care about what happened in Ferguson
    There is a warzone in America’s heartland. Most of us are far from the armored police vehicles rolling down the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. But the battle there is being fought all over this country, and just because it is not the Jewish communi…
    - 22 days ago 26 Aug 14, 5:32pm -

Yahoo: Religion News

  • newFIBA: Players can wear religious head coverings
    International basketball's governing body said Tuesday that players will be allowed to wear religious head coverings, such as hijabs or turbans, on a trial basis in some competitions.
    - 8 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 11:12pm -
  • newEx-POW Jessica Lynch starring in Christian film

    Ex-POW Jessica Lynch starring in Christian film

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is enjoying her latest role, starring in a Christian movie currently in production.
    - 9 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 10:17pm -
  • newPope 'worried' by Argentine politics

    Pope 'worried' by Argentine politics

    Buenos Aires (AFP) - Pope Francis is concerned about the political situation in his native Argentina, the Vatican's chief of ceremonies said Tuesday ahead of a visit by President Cristina Kirchner.
    - 10 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 9:23pm -
  • newRio robbers repent after tackling archbishop

    Rio robbers repent after tackling archbishop

    Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - A trio of thieves got less than they might have bargained for after robbing a man who turned out to be the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro.
    - 10 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 9:19pm -
  • new67 South Africans died in Lagos church collapse: Zuma
    LAGOS (Reuters) - Sixty-seven South Africans died and scores were injured in the collapse of a building in the compound of a Lagos Pentecostal church last week, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday. The guest house, under construction…
    - 11 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 8:03pm -
  • newSouth Africa's Zuma says 67 South Africans died in Nigerian church collapse
    LAGOS (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday that 67 South Africans had died in the collapse of a wing of a popular Lagos Pentecostal church, more than Nigerian authorities have so far counted in the total death toll. The buil…
    - 12 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 7:40pm -

Reuters: Faithworld

Huffington Post | Religion

  • newFour Brave Muslim Women Break The Silence Around Their Sexual Assaults
    After years of crushing silence, four Muslim-American women are opening up about the sexual abuse they’ve suffered at the hands of someone they trusted.The women are featured in filmmaker Nadya Ali’s upcoming documentary “Breaking Silence,”…
    - 11 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 8:46pm -
  • newFIBA Eases Ban On Sikh Turbans, Headgear Following Criticism
    MIES, Switzerland (AP) - Basketball's governing body has relaxed rules banning players wearing headgear after criticism it discriminated on religious grounds.FIBA says it launched a two-year trial before possibly deciding on permanent rule changes a…
    - 11 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 8:27pm -
  • newNick Jonas No Longer Wearing Promise Ring But Still Has 'Love For The Church'
    Nick Jonas may've abandoned his promise ring but he hasn't abandoned his relationship with God."This is a real growth in me and that's not something I'm doing anymore," he told HuffPost Live's Caitlyn Becker in a Tuesday interview, referring to his…
    - 11 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 8:18pm -
  • newPope Francis May Face ISIS Threat On Albania Trip: Iraq Ambassador To Vatican
    Pope Francis may be at risk of an assassination attempt by Islamic State militants during his visit to Albania this weekend, according to Iraq's ambassador to the Holy See.Habeeb Al Sadr, Iraq's ambassador to the Vatican, told Italian newspaper La N…
    - 11 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 8:15pm -
  • newAs Ebola Outbreak Spreads, Here's How You Can Help
    While the Obama administration is announcing ramped up efforts Tuesday by pledging to send 3,000 U.S. military personnel to help overwhelmed health care systems in West Africa, aid organizations that have been stationed on the ground since the Ebola…
    - 11 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 8:09pm -
  • newBobby Jindal Trusts Science Except When He Doesn't
    WASHINGTON -- America needs a leader to bridge the widening gulf between faith and science, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a devout Roman Catholic with Ivy League-level science training, thinks he can be that person.As a studious man of immigrant…
    - 13 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 7:01pm -
  • newChuck Hagel: ISIS Threat 'Not A West vs. East Issue'
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made clear during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday that the ongoing U.S. involvement in a campaign against the Islamic State should not be misconstrued as a cultural fight. "This is not a West vs. Ea…
    - 15 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 4:43pm -

Religion Clause

Detroit News

  • 40 'I do's' at Vatican as Pope Francis marries 20 couples

    40 'I do's' at Vatican as Pope Francis marries 20 couples

    Vatican City — Forty 'I do's' — or 'Si' in Italian — were pronounced in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother.
    - 2 days ago 15 Sep 14, 3:10pm -
  • Steeple repairs complete, Detroit's St. Josaphat reopens for worship

    Steeple repairs complete, Detroit's St. Josaphat reopens for worship

    St. Josaphat Catholic Church welcomed back parishioners to its first Sunday service since a storm ravaged its iconic 200-foot steeple 10 months ago.
    - 2 days ago 15 Sep 14, 3:42am -
  • With God, it's all about love
    Jesus came to reveal God's love to us, to draw it out of us, to show us that love is the beginning, the means, the path and the end; it's the only road to travel.
    - 4 days ago 13 Sep 14, 5:00am -
  • Church center mentors aspiring entrepreneurs

    Church center mentors aspiring entrepreneurs

    An arm of the Bible Center Church, the Oasis Project encourages community development with a focus on youth being the drivers of their own economic development.
    - 4 days ago 13 Sep 14, 5:00am -
  • Pope Francis may declare Sri Lanka's 1st saint
    Colombo, Sri Lanka — The Colombo archbishop says Pope Francis may make a 17th century priest Sri Lanka's first Roman Catholic saint during a papal visit next year.
    - 5 days ago 12 Sep 14, 10:58am -
  • St. Josaphat's damaged steeple repaired, church to reopen

    St. Josaphat's damaged steeple repaired, church to reopen

    St. Josaphat Roman Catholic Church, whose 200-foot-tall steeple is an iconic site to southbound I-75 travelers, officially reopens this weekend after fierce winds forced its closure in November and cast doubt on its future.
    - 5 days ago 12 Sep 14, 3:26am -
  • Residents, Greater Grace Temple clash over unmaintained golf course

    Residents, Greater Grace Temple clash over unmaintained golf course

    A refusal to cut grass at the New Rogell Golf Course has sparked tension between a megachurch and neighbors who say it's unacceptable that a house of worship is creating blight.
    - 7 days ago 10 Sep 14, 3:46pm -
  • Churches urge high court to act on gay marriage

    Churches urge high court to act on gay marriage

    — The Mormon church and four religious organizations are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and settle once and for all the question of whether states can outlaw gay marriage.
    - 10 days ago 7 Sep 14, 5:00am -
  • Public gets its first look at priceless Mormon artifacts

    Public gets its first  look at priceless Mormon artifacts

    A new public exhibit that features some of the Mormon faith's most treasured artifacts dating back to the early days includes 26 books, manuscripts and documents. It is the latest example of the faith being more forthcoming about its history and tene…
    - 11 days ago 6 Sep 14, 5:00am -
  • Time to let God take you to school
    Stay in school as long as you can — not to avoid the employment line or devour your parents' purse — but to learn all you can. Learn to become a learner: For when you stop learning, the proverb goes, you've stopped living.
    - 11 days ago 6 Sep 14, 5:00am -

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CNN Belief Blog

  • newAdrian Peterson and the false gospel of spanking

    Adrian Peterson and the false gospel of spanking

    Opinion by Matthew Paul Turner, special to CNN (CNN) – There’s one detail about the Adrian Peterson child abuse charges that no one seems to be noting: his alleged crimes didn’t happen simply under the guise of “parenting” but rather “C…
    - 12 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 7:50pm -
  • newChinese Christians scramble to save cross

    Chinese Christians scramble to save cross

    Wenzhou, China (CNN) - At a gray church on the outskirts of Wenzhou in eastern China, Christians from across the county keep a nervous watch. Some stand behind the iron gate; others sit just inside the church door. For more than two months they've wa…
    - 18 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 1:10pm -
  • 4 myths about mindfulness meditation

    4 myths about mindfulness meditation

    By Jeff Wilson, special to CNN (CNN) – Mindfulness meditation is a huge phenomenon – and a multibillion-dollar industry – in the United States. It’s being used to help soldiers deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, to assist schoolchild…
    - 3 days ago 14 Sep 14, 12:39pm -
  • How Christians should respond to domestic violence

    How Christians should respond to domestic violence

    Opinion by Russell D. Moore, special to CNN (CNN) – The country collectively winced as we watched an NFL running back punch his fiancee in the face on an elevator, captured by security video. The horror in the country crossed all the usual ideologi…
    - 7 days ago 10 Sep 14, 3:45pm -
  • 5 ways America changed God

    5 ways America changed God

    Opinion by Matthew Paul Turner, special to CNN (CNN) – The majority of America’s churches teach that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. But considering our country’s near-400-year history, can we honestly say that our concepts and…
    - 10 days ago 6 Sep 14, 10:00pm -
  • Islam's theology of life and ISIS' cult of death

    Islam's theology of life and ISIS' cult of death

    Opinion by Salam al-Marayati, special to CNN (CNN) – This week, Barak Barfi, the spokesman for slain American journalist Steven Sotloff’s family, joined many Muslims in exposing the hypocrisy and hollowness of groups like ISIS. He challenged IS…
    - 11 days ago 6 Sep 14, 1:00am -
  • In 'hang out' with students, Pope says he was no angel

    In 'hang out' with students, Pope says he was no angel

    By Rafael Romo, CNN Senior Latin American Affairs Editor (CNN) – It was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of opportunity: teenagers from five continents speaking directly with Pope Francis through a Google video chat. The students from schools in Australia…
    - 11 days ago 5 Sep 14, 8:06pm -
  • ISIS vs. mainstream Muslims: The media war

    ISIS vs. mainstream Muslims: The media war

    By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN) – The challenge was directed at the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But the impassioned message, laced with Islamic phrases, sought a much wider audience. The statement came from Barak Barfi, a …
    - 12 days ago 4 Sep 14, 8:49pm -
  • In Venezuela, a 'sacrilegious' Lord's Prayer

    In Venezuela, a 'sacrilegious' Lord's Prayer

    By Rafael Romo, CNN (CNN) – A member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and follower of Hugo Chavez is raising eyebrows for changing the words of the Lord's Prayer to honor the late president. Speaking during an event at the Third Congress…
    - 14 days ago 3 Sep 14, 3:43pm -

NPR: Religion

  • Covering Up With The Hijab May Aid Women's Body Image
    A few studies have found that modest clothing is connected with a healthier body image. So a British psychologist looked at whether the hijab protected women against the pressure to be thin.
    - 2 days ago 15 Sep 14, 10:04am -
  • Thousands Gather In Germany To Rally Against Anti-Semitism
    At an event in Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel said there is no place for anti-Semitism in Germany and called it a "monstrous scandal" that anyone in the country would be hassled for being Jewish.
    - 2 days ago 14 Sep 14, 8:52pm -
  • Dogged By Controversy, A Jewish Sect Is On The Move Again
    Members of Lev Tahor left Canada with trail of allegations of child abuse. Then leaders of the Guatemalan village where they settled asked them to leave. The sect is again looking for a new home.
    - 7 days ago 10 Sep 14, 7:28am -
  • Plea To Ferguson's Leaders: To Help Heal, Acknowledge Our Hurt
    NPR's Michel Martin was invited by St. Louis Public Radio to moderate an intensely emotional community conversation around race, police tactics and leadership.
    - 19 days ago 29 Aug 14, 12:53pm -
  • Michel Martin Goes #BeyondFerguson
    NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.
    - 19 days ago 28 Aug 14, 8:58pm -


Religion News Service

  • newYale chaplain’s resignation reflects larger mainline tensions over Israel
    (RNS) The Rev. Bruce Shipman, an Episcopal chaplain at Yale, resigned last week after he wrote a controversial New York Times letter.The post Yale chaplain’s resignation reflects larger mainline tensions over Israel appeared first on Religion News…
    - 10 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 9:15pm -
  • newHistoric civil rights church to be considered for national recognition
    “This was the spiritual workplace of the civil rights movement,” said the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy III, whose foundation is seeking to have the site of the historic church designated as a national park.The post Historic civil rights church to b…
    - 11 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 9:01pm -
  • newDoes the Muslim headscarf boost body image?
    (RNS) A new British study shows that Muslim women who wear headscarfs think better of their bodies than Muslim women who don't.The post Does the Muslim headscarf boost body image? appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 11 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 8:58pm -
  • newFor Ismaili Muslims, a Toronto milestone
    TORONTO (RNS) When the Aga Khan set out more than a decade ago to build a landmark museum to house his family's collection of Islamic art, he wanted to locate it in London. When those plans fell through, he chose Toronto.The post For Ismaili Muslims,…
    - 12 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 7:07pm -
  • newReligious communities can do more to get out the vote (COMMENTARY)
    (RNS) They can contribute by working in voter registration drives and get-out-the-vote campaigns on Election Day. That isn't a partisan exercise. It's basic patriotism.The post Religious communities can do more to get out the vote (COMMENTARY) appear…
    - 15 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 4:05pm -
  • newHijab Happiness * Bono’s Poem * Harvest Bible : Tuesday’s Roundup
    A hijab could make you feel better about your body. Bono's love for Billy Graham. And Harvest Bible Chapel is sorry for the way it treated three of its own. The post Hijab Happiness * Bono’s Poem * Harvest Bible : Tuesday’s Roundup appeared first…
    - 18 hours ago 16 Sep 14, 1:54pm -
  • Mormons embrace social media to push back against official church teachings
    BERKELEY, Calif. (RNS) “We are starting to see a significant disconnect between what the church is telling people to believe about same-sex marriage and homosexuality and what people actually believe and accept,” said LGBT activist John Gustav-Wr…
    - 1 day ago 15 Sep 14, 9:16pm -
  • New Jersey nun on the path to sainthood
    NEW YORK (RNS) While a dozen Catholic saints are classified as Americans, New Jersey native Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich would be only the second saint born in the United States.The post New Jersey nun on the path to sainthood appeared first on R…
    - 1 day ago 15 Sep 14, 7:59pm -
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali draws criticism from fellow atheists at Yale
    (RNS) A campus appearance by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the outspoken Muslim-turned-atheist activist, is being challenged again, this time at Yale University. But this time her fellow ex-Muslims and atheists are among her critics.The post Ayaan Hirsi Ali draws…
    - 2 days ago 15 Sep 14, 5:34pm -
  • Vatican: Pope Francis not under threat from Islamic State militants
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Lombardi said Francis would use the same open-topped vehicle he uses to greet crowds in St. Peter's Square when he travels to the Albanian capital, Tirana.The post Vatican: Pope Francis not under threat from Islamic State militants…
    - 2 days ago 15 Sep 14, 5:24pm -

New Zealand Herald

  • Church has shaky future after failing quake standards
    A church whose congregation helped to shape Auckland is facing demolition after failing to meet new earthquake standards.St David's Presbyterian Church, in Khyber Pass Rd, was built in 1927 of brick and Oamaru stone. It has a serene...
    - 7 days ago 10 Sep 14, 5:00pm -
  • Archbishop John Dew: Outrage over dirty tricks healthy
    The Greek philosopher Aristotle referred to teaching and politics as the "noble professions". There would still be general agreement among most New Zealanders about the former, but less so about the latter, particularly in the wake...
    - 12 days ago 4 Sep 14, 8:13pm -

Bartholomew's Notes

  • Ted Cruz Tells Middle East Christians To “Stand With Israel”
    From Tristyn Bloom at the Daily Caller: Sen. Ted Cruz was booed offstage at a conference for Middle Eastern Christians Wednesday night after saying that “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.” …”If you will not stand with Israel and t…
    - 6 days ago 11 Sep 14, 3:25pm -
  • Yakunin Outfit Hides Involvement of Larry Jacobs and Don Feder in Conference Committee
    At Mother Jones, Hannah Levintova has an interesting detail about what happened when she asked the World Congress of Families about its involvement with a “Large Families: The Future of Humanity” conference currently taking place in Moscow:  W…
    - 6 days ago 10 Sep 14, 10:29pm -
  • Christian Zionist Elvis Drama Sees Poor Reviews and Box-Office Takings
    From the Hollywood Reporter: Faith-based Elvis musical drama The Identical bombed at the North American box office, falling outside the top 10 with $1.91 million. The independent movie cost more than $32 million to make and market. Identical is play…
    - 9 days ago 8 Sep 14, 8:07am -
  • Helen Ukpabio: Spiritual Lawfare
    From the British Humanist Association: The British Humanist Association (BHA) and Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) are being sued by the wealthy evangelical preacher and ‘witch hunter’ Helen Ukpabio who has dubbed herself a…
    - 14 days ago 3 Sep 14, 1:05pm -
  • Putin Confidant Vladimir Yakunin and Helga Zepp-LaRouche Attend “Cultural Roundtable” In China
    Vladimir Yakunin, who runs Russia’s railways, is currently banned from many countries in the west due to his membership of Putin’s inner circle. No such trouble in China, though: On the morning of 24th August, “One belt one road” cultural rou…
    - 17 days ago 30 Aug 14, 8:52pm -
  • FBI Files On Paul Crouch Prompt Sensationalised Reports
    Muckrock has posted FBI files relating to the late televangelist Paul Crouch: Requested by long-time MuckRock user RobbyD, the file reveals the laundry list of Crouch’s activities the FBI was monitoring or even investigating. Though the file is h…
    - 20 days ago 28 Aug 14, 12:22pm -

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