Tag Archives: religion

Snake-Handling Pastor Whose Father Died Handling Snakes Gets Bitten While Handling A Snake [VIDEO]

Yahoo News reports: Cody Coots is a fourth-generation snake-handling pastor at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus’ Name church in Middlesboro, Ky. In a new documentary, “My Life Inside: The Snake Church,” which premiered on Friday on the YouTube channel Barcroft TV, Coots is seen holding a snake during one of his sermons, which generally has 14 parishioners in attendance ...

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Mormon President: “The Lord Has Impressed On My Mind” That We Won’t Be Called Mormons Anymore

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really, truly, absolutely wants to be known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Not the LDS Church. Not the Mormon church. It made that clear Thursday — even though the last attempt to eradicate those nicknames for the Utah-based faith flopped. The new push ...

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ARKANSAS: Satanic Temple Delivers Statue To Capitol In Battle Over Ten Commandments Monument [VIDEO]

Little Rock’s Fox affiliate reports: Dozens attended a rally held by the Satanic Temple at the Arkansas State Capitol on Thursday. The rally comes after the Arkansas legislature approved the placement of a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds. During the Satanic Temple’s Rally for the First Amendment, a more than 8 feet tall Baphomet statue was unveiled. “The ...

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Catholic League “Debunks” Pennsylvania Molestation Scandal: It’s Not Rape When The Child Isn’t Penetrated

Catholic League president Bill Donohue today posted a lengthy “debunking” of media reports about the still-unfolding and massive molestation scandal wracking the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. Donohue’s missive includes his usual charges of anti-Catholic bigotry and personal attacks on “salacious” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro. There’s also this: Shapiro said that “Church officials routinely and purposely described the abuse as ...

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PENNSYLVANIA: Grand Jury Finds Dioceses Committed Systemic Coverups For 300+ Pedophile Priests [VIDEO]

The Allentown Morning Call reports: A scathing grand jury report released Tuesday reveals sexual abuse by hundreds of priests that went unchecked for decades in dioceses across Pennsylvania, including Allentown. Instead of reporting pedophiles, dioceses routinely shuffled them from parish to parish, enabling them to prey upon new victims, the document shows. The statewide grand jury spent two years on ...

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PENNSYLVANIA: Priest Pleads Guilty To Molesting 4th Grader In First Conviction Of Massive Probe [VIDEO]

Penn Live reports: At a news conference Wednesday in Westmoreland County, Attorney General Josh Shapiro called Father John Sweeney of the Greensburg Diocese a predator. Sweeney, 75, is the first priest convicted as a result of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury, which recently concluded an investigation into sexually abusive priests and clergy in six of the state’s eight Catholic ...

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ISRAEL: Mike Huckabee Lays Ceremonial Brick, Claims That He Wants “Holiday Home” In Occupied West Bank

The Guardian reports: Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, has laid a ceremonial brick at a Jewish settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and said he might one day buy a “holiday home” there. The two-time Republican presidential hopeful and father of the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, used a cement trowel to pave a wall in the ...

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Founder Of Nation’s Largest Christian Festival Gets 18 Years In Prison For Molesting Multiple Preteen Girls

The Christian Post reports: A former New Jersey pastor who co-founded the Creation Festival, which bills itself as the country’s largest Christian music festival, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for sexually assaulting multiple young children. Harry Thomas, 75, who formerly pastored Come Alive New Testament Church in Medford and went on to help create the popular music ...

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NEW JERSEY: Radio Station Hosts Booted After Mocking Sikh State Attorney General As “Turban Man” [VIDEO]

The New York Post reports: A pair of hosts on one of New Jersey’s top radio stations have been bounced from the airwaves after they mocked the state’s attorney general — who is a Sikh-American — as “turban man” on the air, the station said early Thursday. “You know the new attorney general? I’m never going to know his name, ...

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IDAHO: Catholic Diocese Has 10-Person Exorcism Crew Cleanse Home Of Priest Arrested For Child Porn

The Idaho Statesman reports: The house where a retired Boise priest lived for 15 years — until he was accused in February of sharing child pornography online and of drug possession — has been cleaned out, freshened up and blessed by an exorcist, according to the priest preparing the property for sale. “We bless houses all the time,” said Father ...

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Alabama Candidate: I Have The Endorsement Of Jesus

Hemant Mehta reports at the Friendly Atheist: Sandra Little Brown is in a runoff election tonight in a race for Jefferson County Commissioner in Alabama. And according to her own campaign literature, she has a special endorsement… from Jesus. In a Facebook video sent to AL.com on Monday, Brown stood by the flyer, which was paid for by her campaign. ...

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TEXAS: Police Department Lip Syncs “God’s Not Dead”

Hemant Mehta reports at The Friendly Atheist: In a bizarre and possibly unconstitutional promotion of religion, the Crandall Police Department in Texas just posted a Facebook video of officers lip-synching to the theme song from God’s Not Dead. It’s not just the lyrics of the song that are problematic. The camera shows the phrase “In God We Trust” on their ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Baptist Pastor Convicted In Massive Insider Trading Hacking Scheme, Faces 20 Yr Sentence

Reuters reports: A federal jury in Brooklyn, New York today convicted two men for their roles in an international scheme to make millions of dollars by illegally trading on corporate press releases that were stolen by computer hackers before they became public. Vitaly Korchevsky, a Pennsylvania pastor and former Morgan Stanley (MS.N) vice president, and co-defendant Vladislav Khalupsky were each ...

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Jimmy Carter: Jesus Would Approve Of Gay Marriage

The Hill reports: Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter said on Sunday he believes “Jesus would approve of gay marriage.” “I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else,” Carter, who describes himself as a born-again Christian, told HuffPost ...

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INDIANA: Landlord Boots Church Over Anti-LGBT Sign

ABC News reports: An Auburn church with a controversial message on a sign has been forced out of their building. ABC21 reached a church member by phone Saturday who confirmed the news. On Wednesday, June 27, Remnant Fellowship Church in Auburn posted a sign reading, “LGBTQ is a hate crime against God. Repent.” When asked whether or not the church ...

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Duterte: Prove God Exists And I’ll Resign Immediately

The Philippine Star reports: President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday vowed to immediately resign if Christians can prove that their God exists. “If there is anyone of you there, the noisy ones, who would say that you have been to heaven, talked to God, saw him personally, and that He exists, the God that is yours, and if He does is ...

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Trump: We Will Always Be One Nation Under God

The Hill reports: President Trump marked the Fourth of July on Wednesday by hailing the “noble sacrifice” of U.S. servicemembers. In a video posted online, Trump recounted the story of the Declaration of Independence and the war against Great Britain that ensued. “It was 242 years ago today in Philadelphia that 56 brave representatives of the American people adopted our ...

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GEORGIA: Church Boots Senior Pastor After Multiple Males Report His Sexual Interest In Rubbing Their Feet

The Christian Post reports: Brad Waller, a married father and senior pastor of the Grace Church of the Islands, PCA, in Savannah, Georgia, has left his church and several others in his congregation in shock after confessing to abusing multiple men and boys under his spiritual care with sexual foot massages, which prompted his swift removal from ministry by the ...

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AUSTRALIA: Catholic Archbishop Sentenced To One Year Of “Home Detention” For Molestation Coverup [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: A Catholic archbishop in Australia has been given a maximum sentence of 12 months in detention for concealing child sexual abuse in the 1970s. Philip Wilson, now archbishop of Adelaide, is the most senior Catholic globally to be convicted of the crime. He was found guilty by a court last month of covering up abuse by a ...

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Meet The Semisaurus Mobile Creationism Museum

Apparently men wearing 19th century suits were once chased around the American frontier by dinosaurs. The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports: North Hills Baptist Church in Lingle, Wyoming has brought the Semisaurus mobile creationism museum for its vacation Bible school this weekend, which will be open to the public. Brian Young, a former teacher and the director of the Creation Instruction Association ...

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