Tag Archives: religion

Mormon Church Severs Ties With Boy Scouts

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is ending its relationship with the Boy Scouts of America and will create new youth programs for its members. The church said the move will be effective Dec. 31, 2019, according to a news release. The announcement comes soon after the Boy Scouts of America changed their ...

Read More »

Southern Baptist Women Denounce Their Leader For Saying That It’s “Biblical” To Lust After Underage Girls

The Washington Post reports: More than 1,000 Southern Baptist women have signed an open letter to the trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary that says they are “grieved by the dangerous and unwise counsel” that the group’s president, Paige Patterson, has given by telling abused women not to divorce, and are shocked by his comments that “objectify a teenage girl.” ...

Read More »

Anne Graham Lotz: My Father’s Death Might Be God’s “Shot Across The Bow” That Jesus Is About To Return

“Like Moses, my father also was a great liberator. He brought millions of people out of bondage to sin, and he has gotten us to the edge of the promised land – heaven. Then God called him home. Could it be that God is now going to bring Joshua to lead us into the promised land? To lead us to ...

Read More »

US House Chaplain Rescinds His Resignation

The Washington Post reports: The Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, the House chaplain who announced his resignation under pressure last month, informed Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) Thursday that he wanted to rescind his offer and remain in his position at least through the end of this year. In a two-page letter, Conroy informed Ryan that he gave in to pressure ...

Read More »

IRELAND: National Ex-Gay Torture Ban Advances

Ireland’s Gay Community News reports: Sinn Féin spokesperson for the Arts, Youth Affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield has welcomed the passing of the Prohibition of Conversion Therapies Bill 2018 through second stage in the Seanad today. The bill aims to make the practice of performing so called ‘conversion’ or ‘reparative’ therapies illegal in Ireland and would carry fines ...

Read More »

Christian Activist: God Told Me To Distribute Rubber Wristbands To Stop Mass Shootings In Public Schools

Via press release from Christian Newswire: Pray Live, a division of the Maryland Prayer Center, and is responding to gun violence in America by giving concerned school children and their families prayer wrist bands to wear. Thousands of children have died or been injured from gun violence organization’s founder, Wenda Royster, says God gave her an urgent message. In a ...

Read More »

BRITAIN: Supreme Court Hears Gay Cake Case

The Guardian reports: A bakery run by evangelical Christians is to launch a fresh attempt to overturn a £500 award made against it for refusing to bake a cake promoting same-sex marriage. Ashers bakery, which has branches in Northern Ireland and is financially supported by the Christian Institute, is taking its claim to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, which is ...

Read More »

Panicked Movie Patrons Leap From Balcony After Raving Preacher Starts Screaming About Repenting From Sins

The Redlands Daily reports: A man began shouting about God and jumped from his theater seat at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War” Thursday night at the Harkins Mountain Grove 16 in Redlands – leading to erroneous reports about shots fired, police said. “As soon as the movie was over, this guy starts yelling, preaching and talking about repenting from ...

Read More »

Paul Ryan Forces Out House Chaplain After Prayer That “There Are No Winners And Losers In New Tax Laws”

Mother Jones reports: Reverend Patrick Conroy, the chaplain for the US House of Representatives, surprised federal lawmakers when he announced his retirement earlier this month. As it turns out, his move wasn’t voluntary. New reports suggest that the chaplain, who is a Roman Catholic priest, was forced out by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). The move raises questions from religious ...

Read More »

“Many More” Molestation Charges Expected For Jailed Evangelical After Victims Discovered In Other States

Birmingham’s ABC affiliate reports: “Many more charges” are expected to be filed against Acton Bowen as soon as later this week according to Etowah County Deputy District Attorney Carol Griffith. Prosecutors told a judge more potential victims had been discovered in Orange Beach, Alabama and across state lines in Florida and Colorado. The FBI has now become involved into the ...

Read More »

Focus On The Family: We Had To Get Reclassified As A “Church” In Order To Protect The Privacy Of Our Donors

The Christian Post reports: Focus on the Family is defending its decision to have the Internal Revenue Service officially reclassify the Christian nonprofit as a “church,” denouncing the efforts of some to ascribe “sinister” intentions to the change. An article published in February by the liberal group People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch site documenting Focus on the ...

Read More »

REVEALED: John Bolton Chaired Anti-Muslim Group Promoted By Russian State Media And Russian Trolls

NBC News reports: John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, chaired a nonprofit that has promoted misleading and false anti-Muslim news, some of which was amplified by a Russian troll factory, an NBC News review found. The group’s authors also appeared on Russian media, including Sputnik and RT News, criticizing mainstream European leaders like French President Emmanuel Macron. ...

Read More »

OKLAHOMA: GOP Gov. Mary Fallin Signs Bill Making 2010 Christian Hit State’s Official “Inspirational” Song

The Tulsa World reports: Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that makes MercyMe’s multi-platinum Christian song “I Can Only Imagine” the official state inspirational song of Oklahoma on Thursday. The recognition comes at a time when the movie of the same name — which was filmed in Oklahoma — is still in theaters as a box-office success, becoming the third-biggest ...

Read More »

Five New Felony Charges For Evangelical Pastor As Victims Come Forward Saying Abuse Lasted For Years

The Birmingham Herald reports: The young male victims accusing an Alabama evangelist of multiple sex crimes told investigators the misconduct lasted months, and sometimes years, according to new court records filed on Wednesday. One of the victims, a teen boy over the age of 12 but under the age of 16, said Acton Bowen exposed him to deviate sexual intercourse ...

Read More »

TRINIDAD: Three Gay Men Evicted From Homes After Appearing At Rally Celebrating Repeal Of Buggery Law

Trinidad’s Newsday reports: Members of the gay community are calling for calm and tolerance as three young men who were at the forefront of a human rights rally celebrating the historic court ruling on the unconstitutionality of the buggery and serious indecency laws, last Thursday, have been kicked out of their homes. The three men, social worker Luke Sinette confirmed ...

Read More »

Pastor Gets 15 Years For Molesting Preteen Daughter

San Diego’s NBC affiliate reports: A former pastor at a Carlsbad church who pleaded guilty to repeatedly molesting a child over the course of nearly two years was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday. Prosecutors said the man, who was a pastor at the North Coast Calvary Chapel at the time of his arrest, only turned himself in because ...

Read More »

Yet Another Evangelical Jailed For Sex With Teen Boy

The Birmingham News reports: A well-known Alabama evangelist, public speaker and author was arrested in Hoover Tuesday on child sex charges. Paul Edward Acton Bowen, a 37-year-old Gadsden native who now lives in Etowah County’s Southside community, was taken into custody by Hoover police about 12:35 p.m. The founder of Acton Bowen Outreach Ministries is charged with second-degree sodomy, enticing ...

Read More »

Gallup: Catholic Church Attendance In “Steep Decline”

Gallup reports: From 2014 to 2017, an average of 39% of Catholics reported attending church in the past seven days. This is down from an average of 45% from 2005 to 2008 and represents a steep decline from 75% in 1955. By contrast, the 45% of Protestants who reported attending church weekly from 2014 to 2017 is essentially unchanged from ...

Read More »

Vatican Arrests Diplomat Priest For Child Porn

The BBC reports: Police at the Vatican have arrested a priest who previously worked at the Holy See’s US embassy on suspicion of possessing child pornography. Carlo Alberto Capella was taken into custody after an investigation. Monsignor Capella was recalled from the US in September 2017 after US authorities told the Vatican about a possible violation of child pornography laws ...

Read More »

PENNSYLVANIA: Catholic Diocese Releases List Of 51 Priests And Laymen “Credibly Accused” Of Molestation

Go Erie reports: The Catholic Diocese of Erie on Friday opened a long-locked vault of secrets and released the names of priests and lay people accused of sexually abusing minors while working in the diocese. The list is made up of 51 names — 34 priests, 21 of whom are dead, according to revised diocesan figures, and 17 lay people, ...

Read More »