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Arsonists Still Love to Burn Churches

2,378 houses of worship have been torched since 1996.
Arsonists Still Love to Burn Churches
Clarendon County Fire Department

At least half of all fires at churches or houses of worship are arson, including 29 so far this year, according to Pew Research.

While the number of church fires has declined in recent years, many are still intentionally set. That sets church fires aside from other kinds ...

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| Family and Sexuality

Two CCCU Colleges to Allow Same-Sex Married Faculty

(UPDATED) CCCU board invites member presidents to 'discuss the issue.'
Two CCCU Colleges to Allow Same-Sex Married Faculty
Brian Yoder Schlabach

Update (July 28): The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) will use a "deliberate and consultative process" to decide the fate of two members schools.

Last week, CCCU members Goshen College and Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) added "sexual ...

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| Family and Sexuality

From the Lunch Table to the Dissection Table: The Latest Planned Parenthood Pricing Parts Video

$76 million in federal research funds drives demand.
From the Lunch Table to the Dissection Table: The Latest Planned Parenthood Pricing Parts Video
Center for Medical Progress

In late 2012, Holly O’Donnell began her new job at StemExpressLLC, based in Placerville, California. She expected the firm to use her skill in drawing blood from patients as a licensed phlebotomist.

Instead, on her first day, O'Donnell was assigned to a Planned ...

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| Church and State

Christian Pharmacists and Pharmacy Owners Lose Emergency Contraceptive Appeal

Court rules that dispensing Plan B and ella does not violate religious freedom.
Christian Pharmacists and Pharmacy Owners Lose Emergency Contraceptive Appeal
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), Vimeo

A federal appeals court in Washington State has ruled that Christian pharmacy owners and pharmacists there must dispense FDA-approved emergency contraceptives, despite the pharmacists' religious objections.

“We recognize that there is a ‘trend of protecting ...

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Contraception Mandate Heading to Supreme Court

(UPDATED) GuideStone Financial, Little Sisters seek exemption from requirement to include birth control benefit in health plan.
Contraception Mandate Heading to Supreme Court

Update (July 23): GuideStone Financial, The Little Sisters of the Poor, and other religious nonprofits are filing an appeal to the US Supreme Court, seeking relief from the Obamacare mandate to provide birth control through their health insurance plans.

Under Obamacare, ...

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| International; People; Religious Freedom

Christian Mother on Pakistan's Death Row Gets Last Chance to Escape Blasphemy Execution

Asia Bibi, the 'world's most emblematic defender of human rights,' goes before Islamabad's Supreme Court.
Christian Mother on Pakistan's Death Row Gets Last Chance to Escape Blasphemy Execution

(WWM) One of today's most prominent persecuted Christians has been allowed to appeal her death penalty for blasphemy to Pakistan's highest court.

Until the Supreme Court in Islamabad, the Muslim nation's capital city, reaches its final decision, Aasiya Noreen ...

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| Church and State

Mt. Soledad Cross Controversy Ends after 25 Years

Veterans memorial symbolized debate over keeping crosses public by neutering their religious meaning.
Mt. Soledad Cross Controversy Ends after 25 Years
Art4TheGlryOfGod / Flickr

The quarter-century controversy over the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial has finally ended, after the US Department of Defense sold the government land on which the 29-foot cross stood.

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals referred to the cross as a “distinctively ...

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US Wants Answers on Evangelical Persecution—in Mexico

Indigenous converts still facing "widespread discrimination, violence, and displacement," advocates say.
US Wants Answers on Evangelical Persecution—in Mexico
Flickr / tatogra

Earlier this year, nearly 50 Mexican evangelicals returned to their hometown of Buenavista Bahuitz, in Chiapas, after five years of exile. Local leaders, who had forced the families out for leaving the “traditionalist” church, agreed to let them return on the ...

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| People

'19 Kids and Canceled': TLC Cans Duggar Reality TV Show

"We have committed to Him that in all things—difficulties or success, good times or bad."
'19 Kids and Canceled': TLC Cans Duggar Reality TV Show
Duggar Family / YouTube

Nearly two months after Josh Duggar admitted that he “forcibly fondled” several of his younger sisters, TLC has canceled19 Kids and Counting, the Duggar family’s long-running television show.

TLC also announced a new partnership with sex abuse prevention ...

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| International

The Icky Truth about Global Clean Water Campaigns

More people have cell phones than access to toilets and latrines. It’s a global problem that can’t be flushed away.
The Icky Truth about Global Clean Water Campaigns
Peter Morgan

Billions of people have new access to clean drinking water. But too many of them have no place to relieve themselves once their thirst is quenched.

That’s the upshot from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) report about access to water and sewers, two essentials ...

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