Religion

TEXAS: 200 Faith Leaders Oppose Pending Bathroom Bill With Letter To Members Of State House

The San Antonio Express-News reports: Some 200 ministers, rabbis and other religious leaders wrote to select House members Thursday asking them to support policies that treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans on an equal basis with other people. The letter went to lawmakers including members of the House State Affairs Committee, which is considering legislation that would restrict the ...

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Feds Raid Office Of Televangelist Benny Hinn

The Washington Times reports: The North Texas headquarters of televangelist Benny Hinn was raided this week by U.S. Postal Service inspectors and IRS criminal investigators, according to local news reports. The search began about 9 a.m. Wednesday at Mr. Hinn’s Grapevine offices and continued Thursday morning, NBC 5 reported. The station reported seeing a large number of federal agents walking ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: Bill Nye Uses Ice Cream Cone Orgy To Demonstrate Absurdity Of “Conversion Therapy”

Boing Boing reports: This cartoon from Bill Nye Saves the World uses various ice cream flavors as part of a hysterical analogy on the intolerant views of Christians when it comes to sexuality. It starts off with various flavors of ice cream showing up at an “Ice Cream Conversion Therapy” group. Vanilla is the dogmatic leader of the group. “It’s ...

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CANADA: Pope Francis Delivers Surprise TED Talk, Calls For Worldwide “Revolution Of Tenderness” [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: Pope Francis used a world forum dedicated to promoting cutting-edge ideas to spread his own revolutionary message: “We all need each other.” “When there is an ‘us,’ there begins a revolution,” the world’s most powerful religious leader told the room of scientists, academics, tech innovators, investors and cultural elites in a surprise videotaped message at the ...

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Dems Try Again On National Ex-Gay Torture Ban

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: Name something on the agenda for Democrats in Congress and it’s likely DOA — including a bill to protect LGBT kids, which the Republican majority let die last year without a hearing. And yet, buoyed by their progressive constituency and resolve to set themselves apart from the Trump administration, Democrats will take another shot this ...

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Pastor Who Said Pulse Victims Got What They Deserved Gets Sentenced To 35 Years For Child Molestation

ABC News reports: A judge has sentenced Brunswick Pastor Kenneth Adkins to life for aggravated child molestation Tuesday morning. Adkins’ sentencing states he must serve a minimum of 35 years in prison, with the rest served on probation. He also faces up to 20 years for every additional charge, all to run concurrently. Adkins turned himself in on one count ...

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RUSSIA: High Court Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses Religion As “Extremists” And Orders Confiscation Of Properties

Reuters reports: Russia’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Jehovah’s Witnesses was an “extremist” organisation and must hand over all its property to the state, Russian news agencies reported. Interfax news agency quoted Sergei Cherepanov, a Jehovah’s Witnesses representative, as saying that the group will appeal the decision in the European Court of Human Rights. “We will do everything possible,” ...

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ALABAMA: Senate Approves Bill To Allow Megachurch To Create Nation’s First Private Religious Police Force

The Associated Press reports: The Alabama Senate has voted to allow a church to form its own police force. Lawmakers on Tuesday voted 24-4 to allow Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham to establish a law enforcement department. The church says it needs its own police officers to keep its school as well as its more than 4,000 person congregation safe. ...

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BRAZIL: Catholic Blogger Ordered To Pay Hate Speech Fine After Railing Against “State-Funded Faggoting”

From the anti-LGBT LifeSiteNews: A Brazilian Catholic blogger was ordered to pay a US$6,000 fine after his conviction for hate speech against homosexuals. Roberto Flavio Calvacanti published the offending article on his blog “Catholicism and Conservatism” in 2007. Federal prosecutors characterized it as “clear hate speech and incompatible with human respect and dignity.” His post called for the public to ...

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TONIGHT: White House To Host Passover Seder

The Hill reports: The White House will host a Passover seder on Monday night, continuing a tradition that began under former President Obama. A White House spokesperson was unable to confirm details about the holiday dinner, including whether President Trump would attend. The seder does not appear on Trump’s public schedule for Monday. Obama hosted his first seder at the ...

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NEW MEXICO: Governor Signs Ex-Gay Torture Ban

The Associated Press reports: Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation that would ban the use on minors of conversion therapy that seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The measure was among dozens signed by the Republican governor as the Friday deadline approached for her to act on legislation passed during the session that ended March 18. ...

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Mexican Archdiocese Declares That Any Mexican Company That Helps Build Trump’s Wall Are Traitors

Reuters reports: Mexicans who help build U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned border wall would be acting immorally and should be deemed traitors, the Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said on Sunday, turning up the heat on a simmering dispute over the project. In a provocative editorial, the country’s biggest Archdiocese sought to increase pressure on the government to take a tougher ...

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OHIO: Columbus Bans Ex-Gay Torture [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Officials in Columbus have voted to ban conversion therapy in the city. The Columbus City Council voted to ban the practice in a meeting Monday night. Conversion therapy is any practice that seeks to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Professionals in the medical community say the practice is illegitimate and does not work. LGBTQ ...

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AUSTRALIA: High Court OK’s Adoption By Lesbian Couple Over Objections By Catholic Birth Mother

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: A court has allowed a four-year-old girl to be adopted by a same-sex couple despite her birth parents’ opposition on the basis of their Catholic faith. The girl was taken from her birth mother at four days old due to the mother’s long history of drug use and conviction for the manslaughter of her infant ...

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Pope Slams Populism In Speech To EU Leaders

The New York Daily News reports: Pope Francis urged European leaders on Friday to resist the “false forms of security” promised by populists who want to wall themselves off and instead bank on a future of greater solidarity and union. Francis welcomed 27 EU leaders to the Vatican on the eve of a summit to mark the 60th anniversary of ...

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ISRAEL: 19 Year-Old US-Israeli Man Arrested For Wave Of Bomb Threats Against Jewish Community Centers

The Jerusalem Post reports: A 19-year-old dual American Israeli living in Ashkelon has been arrested, suspected of being behind most of a series of bomb and other threats to Jewish communities in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand that date back around six months, The Jerusalem Post has learned. As of Thursday, with a gag order on the probe ...

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COLORADO: Senate State Affairs Committee Kills Ex-Gay Torture Ban For The Third Consecutive Year

Via press release from One Colorado: Today, a Colorado senate committee — for the third year in a row — killed a bill that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) young people by banning the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families, released the ...

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Gifts For The Christian Who Has Everything

Via press release from Christian Newswire: Here’s the Perfect Lenten Gift for the Christian who has everything! This unique novelty gift will bless all who receive it, this Lenten Season! The ‘GODLY’ message, on all of our Lenten Blankets, will be forever cherished by Christians around the world! Its message is for everyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as their ...

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Pope Francis: Don’t Hesitate To Call An Exorcist

Yahoo News reports: Pope Francis on Friday advised priests who hear troubled confessions from parishioners to not hesitate to call on the services of an exorcist. A good confessor has to be very discerning, particularly when he has to deal with “real spiritual disorders,” the 80-year-old pontiff told priests at a Vatican training seminar on the art of hearing believers ...

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FLORIDA: North Bay Village Becomes State’s 8th Town To Ban Ex-Gay Torture As Statewide Bill Languishes

Via press release from the South Florida LGBT rights group SAVE: On Tuesday night, North Bay Village voted to enact its own local ban on so-called conversion therapy. At the urging of SAVE, the Village, located just outside of Miami, became the latest jurisdiction in South Florida to adopt such a ban. “This year we’re hitting the ground running in ...

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