Religion

Texas Pastor Flees Cameras After Hooker Sting [VIDEO]

Houston’s ABC affiliate reports: A Montgomery County religious leader has been charged with prostitution. According to charging documents, 52-year-old Eddie Hilburn was taken into custody after he agreed to pay for sex. Officials at The Woodlands First Baptist Church confirmed that Hilburn is an associate pastor. According to the church’s website, Hilburn has been with the church since 2012 and ...

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PENNSYLVANIA: Allentown Bans Ex-Gay Torture

Lehigh Valley Live reports: With the mayor’s stroke of a pen, Allentown has officially banned conversion therapy for minors in the city. The law prohibits licensed mental health professionals from counseling, practices, or treatments that seek to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Officials said Allentown is now the second municipality in the state, and 60th in the ...

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Rhode Island: The 10th State To Ban Ex-Gay Torture

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has signed her state’s bill outlawing ex-gay torture. That brings us to ten states, Washington DC, and host of cities big and small around the country. Via press release: “No child should be put through the dangerous and inhumane practice of conversion therapy,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Medical professionals agree this outdated and ...

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“Remarkably Lifelike” Callista Gingrich Tells Senate Committee That Trump Is Devoted To The Environment

The Associated Press reports: Callista Gingrich, Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to the Vatican, told skeptical Democrats on Tuesday that the president wants the United States to be an environmental leader even after pulling the country out of the landmark accord aimed at combating global warming. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Gingrich said Trump is committed to ...

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Brigham Young Fires Professor Over Pro-LGBT Post

Salt Lake City’s CBS affiliate reports: She is a life-long member of the LDS church with the needed ecclesiastical endorsement to hold a current temple recommend — her faith’s standard of being a believer in good standing. Now she has taught her final class at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho, after she declined to retract a Facebook statement supporting the LGBT ...

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FLORIDA: Youth Pastor Busted With 350,000 Child Porn Images, Secretly Filmed Girls Using His Bathroom

Raw Story reports: Florida authorities have arrested a former youth pastor after a co-worker found hundreds of thousands of sexual-oriented pictures and videos of young girls on his laptop — including some he secretly filmed in his bathroom. According to FOX13, 36-year-old Chad Robison was the music director at Seven River Presbyterian in Lecanto, Florida, when the co-worker stumbled upon ...

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FLORIDA: Road Rage Priest Denies Pointing Gun

The Palm Beach Post reports: An Episcopal priest pulled over in the Treasure Coast and later charged with pointing a handgun in an alleged “road rage” assault adamantly denies doing so when troopers first stop his 2014 Corvette, Florida Highway Patrol dashboard camera video shows. William Rian Adams was arrested and charged with pointing a semi-automatic Glock handgun at Sharon ...

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Church Of England Votes To Welcome Trans People

From the Catholic news site Tablet: The Church of England has passed a motion on welcoming transgender people at their General Synod. Members of Synod, meeting in York from 7 – 10 July, supported a call for the House of Bishops to consider preparing nationally commended liturgical materials to mark a person’s gender transition. The motion also recognises the “need ...

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Episcopal Priest Pulls Gun In Road Rage Incident

The New York Daily News reports: More John 3:16, less Glock-22. Florida’s Turnpike was the site of an unholy showdown last week when a North Carolina priest allegedly leveled his handgun at two people in another vehicle in a road rage incident. Rather than turn the other cheek, William Rian Adams, the rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher, N.C., ...

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Christian Site Flips Out Over Funny Or Die Clip [VIDEO]

Charisma News, your internet one-stop for anti-witchcraft tutorials, is ever so furious at the latest Funny Or Die clip. Most of their diatribe gives away the jokes, so lets just cut to the finish: Not only does the video mock Jesus and Christians in its attempt to attack Republicans, but it’s woefully short on facts, providing a nearly literal depiction ...

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ROME: Police Raid Gay Orgy In Vatican Apartment

The Australian reports: Vatican police broke up a homosexual orgy last month in an apartment belonging to the Con­gregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — the department charged with, among other things, tackling clerical sexual abuse. The occupant of the apartment is alleged to be the secretary of cardinal Francesco Coccopa­l­merio, head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative texts ...

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Catholic Cardinal Slams “False” Sexual Abuse Charges, Takes Leave From Vatican To Face Trial [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Cardinal George Pell, a top adviser to Pope Francis, took a leave of absence as the Vatican’s financial chief Thursday to fight criminal charges in his native Australia that alleged he committed sexual assault years ago. Pell forcefully denied the accusations, denounced what he called a “relentless character assassination” in the media and said he would ...

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BREAKING: Cardinal George Pell, Third Highest Ranking Vatican Official, Charged With Multiple Sexual Offenses

The Guardian reports: Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic and the third-ranking official in the Vatican, has been charged with multiple sexual offences by police. The charges were served on Pell’s legal representatives in Melbourne on Thursday and they have been lodged also at Melbourne magistrates court. He will appear at Melbourne magistrates court on 18 July. “Cardinal Pell ...

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Trump Lawyer Jay Sekulow Now Under Investigation In Two States Over Diverting $60M In Charity Donations

The Guardian reports: Authorities in two states are looking into a nonprofit led by an attorney to Donald Trump, after the Guardian reported it had steered tens of millions of dollars to the attorney, his family and their businesses. Josh Stein, the attorney general of North Carolina, and Eric Schneiderman, the attorney general of New York, said on Wednesday they ...

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Man Arrested After Filming Himself Destroying Ten Commandments Monument Installed Yesterday [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Arkansas’ new Ten Commandments monument was smashed to pieces early Wednesday by someone driving a vehicle into it less than 24 hours after the 6-foot (1.8 meter) granite statue was placed on state Capitol grounds. Secretary of State’s Office spokesman Chris Powell said capitol police arrested the male suspect early Wednesday. Pulaski County jail records show ...

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REPORT: Trump Lawyer Jay Sekulow’s Firm Steered $60 Million In “Charity” Donations To Family Members

The Guardian reports: More than 15,000 Americans were losing their jobs each day in June 2009, as the US struggled to climb out of a painful recession following its worst financial crisis in decades. But Jay Sekulow, who is now an attorney to Donald Trump, had a private jet to finance. His law firm was expecting a $3m payday. And ...

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Catholic Bishop Decrees No Funerals Or Last Rites For Married Gays Unless They Repent On Their Deathbed

The Washington Post reports: The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., is calling on priests there to deny Holy Communion and even funeral rites to people in same-sex unions unless they show “some signs of repentance” for their relationships before death. The decree by Bishop Thomas Paprocki also said that people “living publicly” in same-sex marriages may not ...

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NYC Considers Comprehensive Ex-Gay Torture Ban

The New York Daily News reports: Conversion therapy that aims to turn gay people straight would be banned in New York under a new bill in the City Council. The proposal — sponsored by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and being fast-tracked to a hearing Monday — would make it illegal for anyone to charge a fee to perform therapy to ...

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Russian Church Leader: Beards Protect From Gayness

The Moscow Times reports: A religious leader for Russia’s Old Believers has called on Russian men to stop shaving to “protect themselves from homosexuality.” Metropolitan Kornily, Primate of the Russian Orthodox Old Believer Church (RPSC), said that men with beards were less likely “corrupted” by same-sex relationships. “God set down certain rules. The Lord created everyone with a beard. No ...

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US Soccer Player Quits Rather Than Wear Pride Jersey

The Christian Post reports: Two weeks after U.S. Soccer announced that both their men’s and women’s national teams will be wearing rainbow-colored jerseys in support of gay pride in June, Christian soccer player Jaelene Hinkle has withdrawn herself from the U.S. roster for two international friendlies this month, citing “personal reasons.” A release from U.S. Soccer said Hinkle, 24, who ...

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