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Nigerian erotica: how the church leader became a sex symbol | World news | The Guardian
As a new series paints the all-powerful pastor as a figure of lust, we discuss the future of adult literature in Africa
Satanic Group Playing with Fire | America Magazine
I’m describing not only my belief, but my experience. Evil is real. How Satan fits into this, I’m not exactly sure, but I believe that a personified force is somehow behind this.
Christians in Pakistan Stand to Defend Churches - World - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 - CBN.com
The team's goal is not to point out the government's failings, but to defend churches. The team began by offering its services the Shalom Presbyterian Church in Bahar Colony, Lahore, the cultural capital of the country and has since expanded to provide security at six more churches in neighboring areas.
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Is Immigration Reform Dead? Not If Evangelicals Can Do Anything About It
Based on interviews with evangelical leaders, political strategists, and policymakers, this is an inside look at how the evangelical movement became a major backer of immigration reform, how it turned traditional political allegiances on their head, and what the future holds. (Atlantic)
School prayer: 50 years after the ban, God and faith more present than ever
A three-part cover story on the state of school prayer. (CSMonitor.com)
Supreme Court ruling 50 years ago set modern course for religion in public schools
Despite a popular perception that the 8-1 decision ripped religion out of public schools by banning the ceremonial reading of Bible verses, prominent First Amendment scholars and educators say Abington v. Schempp marked a rare consensus among conservative and liberal justices that actually provided a framework for allowing religion into the public school curriculum. (Deseret News)
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Opinion: Round Up the Usual Social Conservative Suspects
Republicans must resist the temptation to form a circular firing squad, especially one with evangelicals and their social-conservative allies in the middle. (Ralph Reed, The Wall Street Journal)
5 things we learned from Franklin Graham
Graham says his dad has always been political, and that Billy Graham’s activism last year was in sync with past behavior. (CNN)
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An Ex-Mouseketeer’s Journey Back to Christianity From Paganism - NYTimes.com
The pop singer-songwriter Teo Bishop, also known as Matt Morris, shocked Pagans last month by re-embracing Christianity. (The New York Times)
Interview: Chris Hadfield, Author Of 'An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth'
"If you start talking in depth about your own [faith], you are excluding other people who have different faiths that give them strength. There's no point in that." (Fresh Air)
Opinion: The Billy Graham Brand Rolls On
He just turned 95, but the foundation that bears his name is still bringing out new books and videos. (Kenneth L. Woodward, The Wall Street Journal)
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Pastors Eye A Move From God's House To The Statehouse : It's All Politics : NPR
"Our goal is for them to discern whether God is calling them," Lane said in an interview. "We actually have no interest in them running unless they have a calling from God." But he and others urge the pastors at a minimum to mobilize their congregants politically.
Opinion: ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal ‘religious freedom’ law
Religious liberty doesn’t mean the right to discriminate or to impose one’s views on others (Louise Melling, The Washington Post)
The Mystery of the Missing Evangelicals - Washington Wire - WSJ
The flip-side of that same analysis suggests that GOP’s bigger vote problems actually lie on the other side of the spectrum, counties with smaller evangelical populations. Mr. Romney suffered steep declines in his vote tally from the counties with the smallest percentage evangelical adherents, more than one standard deviation below the norm for evangelical population.
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Vacation Bible Schools align with Common Core
Jefferson County Public Schools has begun offering Common Core training to interested Vacation Bible School providers, enlisting the religious groups to help combat the "summer slide." (The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.)
When One of Us Falls
5 pastors share how they react when a high-profile Christian leader has a moral failing. (Leadership Journal)
Activist’s acquittal unlikely to end church-directory fight at Athens courthouse
Eliot Kalman won’t be punished for pasting a First Amendment sticker over the church directory on the Athens County Courthouse (The Columbus Dispatch)
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Opinion: ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal ‘religious freedom’ law
Religious liberty doesn’t mean the right to discriminate or to impose one’s views on others (Louise Melling, The Washington Post)
Activist’s acquittal unlikely to end church-directory fight at Athens courthouse
Eliot Kalman won’t be punished for pasting a First Amendment sticker over the church directory on the Athens County Courthouse (The Columbus Dispatch)
How have Christians and non-Christians fared before the Supreme Court in RFRA and RLUIPA cases? - The Washington Post
If you really think that head-counts of winners in Supreme Court religious exemption cases are the way to evaluate biases, then I take it you should conclude that the more liberal court of the 1960s to 1980s was biased in favor of Christians and the more conservative court of the 1990s to 2010s hasn’t been.
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Public exhibit of St. Peter relics revives debate
Are the bones really his? (Associated Press)
Scientific vandalism: How the IAA and Israeli Police Wrecked the James Ossuary
The red smear left by the application of silicon by the Israel Police Forensics Laboratory in their fruitless attempt to prove forgery has contaminated the word "Yeshua" (Jesus) inscribed on the ossuary and destroyed much of the little patina that remained (Matthew Kalman, James Ossuary Trial)
The Bible in the Bird's Nest
Owning the Good Book in North Korea can have fatal consequences. (Melanie Kirkpatrick, The Wall Street Journal)
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Religion defies recession in Brazil -- especially in the UCKG
The latest data from Brazil’s tax authorities shows its churches made about R$21bn ($6.8bn) in revenue in 2011 through weekly contributions, donations and by even issuing credit cards with local banks (Financial Times)
Evangelist-turned-CEO now ‘a vagabond’ as mining dreams evaporate
Len Lindstrom went from globetrotting evangelist to mining executive to broke (CBC)
Abortion battle over Amendment 1 draws big money
Ballot measure would remove abortion protections from the state’s constitution (The Tennessean)
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Vacation Bible Schools align with Common Core
Jefferson County Public Schools has begun offering Common Core training to interested Vacation Bible School providers, enlisting the religious groups to help combat the "summer slide." (The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.)
Thousands of evangelicals prayed together for Spain
The national event “Spain, we pray for you” took place in Madrid on Saturday, June 13th, with the attendance of thousands of evangelical Christians, who gathered to pray for the necessities of country, and to give a Christian testimony, so that many would know Jesus.
WhatsApp's Growth Exceeds Christianity's First 19 Centuries - Forbes
Have we entered a new age of techno-evangelism, in which digital properties like WhatsApp can gain followers at a rate that puts the world’s major religions to shame? Or have we quietly changed from a society in which carefully developed, lifelong commitments have given way to a flurry of casual associations that can be started — or abandoned — with almost no effort at all?
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Vacation Bible Schools align with Common Core
Jefferson County Public Schools has begun offering Common Core training to interested Vacation Bible School providers, enlisting the religious groups to help combat the "summer slide." (The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.)
If we don’t teach religion in schools, Americans will never understand the rest of the world – Quartz
Many people seemed to believe that religion cannot be discussed in the classroom because “it might make someone uncomfortable.” This is a dangerous myth.
Morals Clause in Catholic Schools Roils Bay Area
The changes in the staff handbook, which say that teachers at Catholic high schools cannot challenge church teachings, including against homosexuality, have caused a backlash. (The New York Times)
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ISIS Onslaught Engulfs Assyrian Christians as Militants Destroy Ancient Art
An estimated 300 people have been taken captive, and 30 villages emptied, while Christians are forced to pay a tax to the Islamic State. (The New York Times)
Why are Christian movies so painfully bad? - Vox
It isn't problematic that Christians "borrow ideas" from Hollywood and put their own spin on them. Every film genre does this. But given the Christian doctrine of creation, it is certainly surprising that so many Christian filmmakers — and artists in general — would choose to mimic someone else's vision, rather than cultivate their own.
A Town, if Not a Painting, Is Restored
Grief at a botched retouching of a church fresco has turned to gratitude for divine intervention — the blessing of free publicity — that has made Borja, Spain, a magnet for thousands of curious tourists. (The New York Times)
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Meet the Filmmaker Exposing Planned Parenthood
Meet the Filmmaker Exposing Planned Parenthood
How a 26-year-old founded the undercover operation to take down the abortion giant.
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