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Indonesia Set To Criminalize All Non-Marital Sex

Reuters reports: Indonesia is poised to pass a new penal code that criminalizes consensual sex outside marriage and introduces stiff penalties for insulting the president’s dignity – a move rights groups criticized as an intrusive assault on basic freedoms. Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim majority country and has substantial Christian, Hindu and Buddhist minorities, but has seen a …

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Disgraced Bishop Spent Millions On Luxury Travel

The Washington Post reports: It was billed as a holy journey, a pilgrimage with West Virginia Bishop Michael J. Bransfield to “pray, sing and worship” at the National Shrine in Washington. Catholics from remote areas of one of the nation’s poorest states paid up to $190 for hotel rooms and overnight bus rides to the nation’s capital. Unknown to the …

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Conversion Therapy Linked To Trans Suicide Attempts

NBC News reports: Exposure to “conversion therapy” — efforts by a secular or religious professional to change a transgender person’s gender identity — is associated with thoughts of and attempts at suicide, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. Dr. Jack Turban, the study’s lead author and a resident physician in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, …

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Alabama Church Riles Cultists With Anti-Trump Sign

The Hill reports: A Baptist church in Birmingham, Ala., is capturing national attention for a sign saying that a black person voting for President Trump “is mental illness.” The controversial sign put on display outside the New Era Baptist Church reads on one side, “A black vote for Trump is mental illness.” The other side of the sign displays another …

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Prayer Vigil Held Outside Grocery Store After Cashier Told To Stop Asking Patrons If She Can Pray For Them

Atlanta’s NBC News affiliate reports: A prayer vigil was held Wednesday night for a woman who says she’s been asked to stop praying at work. Nearly 100 people showed up to support “Ms. Barbara,” who has been praying for customers for years at an Ingles store in Cartersville, where she works as a cashier. “We’re here to support Ms. Barbara. …

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Christian Science Chair Charged With Embezzling $11M

The Associated Press reports: The former board chairman of the Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist in Los Angeles has been charged with stealing $11.4 million and using it for personal expenses, including buying a home and a membership to an exclusive dining club at Disneyland. Fifty-four-year-old Charles Sebesta of Huntington Beach was arrested Monday on a federal grand jury indictment …

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Police: Priest Stole $100K, Paid For Grindr Hookups

NBC Philadelphia reports: A Chester County priest who took the place of a disgraced Archdiocese official is now in trouble with the law as well after being accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from his own church. Father Joseph McLoone, 56, of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony theft and other related offenses after allegedly …

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Mormons Get New Warning Against Coffee And Vaping

The Associated Press reports: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by “competent” doctors. The new guidance in the August issue of a church youth magazine does not …

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Creepy Correspondence: Letters From Now-Defrocked Catholic Cardinal Reveal Grooming Of Future Victims

The New York Daily News reports: The handwritten missives, many signed simply “Uncle T.,” were sent to aspiring young priests as part of defrocked cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s perverse wooing of his victims, according to a pair of abuse prevention experts. Several postcards and letters sent by McCarrick to his sexual targets were made public by The Associated Press, with experts …

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Pastor Arrested For Assault After Stiffing “Gay” Waiter And Shoving Receipt Down Manager’s Blouse [VIDEO]

The Naples Daily News reports: A Florida man was arrested after writing a comment on his waiter’s receipt, then ripping it up and stuffing it down the restaurant manager’s shirt after she confronted him outside, police say. Frederic Sterry Smith, 62, of St. Augustine was charged with simple battery Saturday outside Milagro On 12 Latin Kitchen, in downtown St. Augustine. …

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Pastor Charged With Stealing $631K From HIV Charity

The New York Daily News reports: A Bronx pastor took money meant to help HIV-positive drug addicts and used it to jet off to the Caribbean and lavish himself with gifts, prosecutors said Wednesday. In his role as president and CEO of Addicts Rehabilitation Center Fund and the Addicts Rehabilitation Center Foundation, Rev. Reginald Williams, 67, scammed the nonprofits out …

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DC’s National Cathedral Condemns Trump’s Racism As His “Clarion Call To Action” For White Supremacists

Slate reports: Religious leaders at the Washington National Cathedral issued a rare public statement Tuesday in response to President Donald Trump’s divisive, racist taunts and rhetoric, calling on Americans to hold him—and all their leaders—more accountable for their words. “Make no mistake about it, words matter. And, Mr. Trump’s words are dangerous,” the statement reads. “As faith leaders who serve …

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Christian Group Opposes Christian Nationalism As “Providing Cover For White Supremacy And Racism”

From Christians Against Christian Nationalism: As Christians, our faith teaches us everyone is created in God’s image and commands us to love one another. As Americans, we value our system of government and the good that can be accomplished in our constitutional democracy. Today, we are concerned about a persistent threat to both our religious communities and our democracy — …

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Secretive Catholic Group Operates “Rapid Response” Team To Shelter And Defend Pedophile Priests [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: The visiting priests arrived discreetly, day and night. Stripped of their collars and cassocks, they went unnoticed in this tiny Midwestern town as they were escorted into a dingy warehouse across from an elementary school playground They had been brought to town by a small, nonprofit group called Opus Bono Sacerdotii. For nearly two decades, the …

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Greek Bishop Claims That A Fetus Becomes Gay If The Mother Has Enjoyable Anal Sex While Pregnant [VIDEO]

Britain’s Metro reports: Church of Cyprus bishop Neophytos Masouras has claimed women enjoying anal sex while pregnant is the reason that gay people exist. Speaking at a primary school in Akaki, Cyprus, he claimed that the enjoyment the mother experiences transfers to the foetus, making the child gay. In a video translated by Metro.co.uk translators, he said: “It happens during …

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GALLUP: 40% Of Americans Identify As Creationists

Just in from Gallup Polls: Forty percent of U.S. adults ascribe to a strictly creationist view of human origins, believing that God created them in their present form within roughly the past 10,000 years. However, more Americans continue to think that humans evolved over millions of years — either with God’s guidance (33%) or, increasingly, without God’s involvement at all …

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Civil Lawsuits Filed Against Pastor Who Used Oral Sex To Suck Out Men’s “Demons” During Ritual Exorcisms

Remember last month when I told you about New Jersey pastor who claimed he could exorcise the demons out of men by sucking them off and spitting the resultant “evil” into a Ziploc bag? The pastor has not been charged with any crimes but the civil lawsuits are now flying. Reverend Dr William Weaver, who served at Linden Presbyterian Church …

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CALIFORNIA: Catholic Church Spends $77 Million To Remodel Crystal Cathedral Built By Scamvangelicals

The Christian Post reports: The famed Crystal Cathedral in California, which was touted as the largest all-glass structure in the world when it was officially opened in 1980, was rededicated Wednesday by the Diocese of Orange after a $77 million makeover and the blessing of Bishop Kevin Vann and Pope Francis. Originally commissioned by late televangelist Rev. Robert H. Schuller, …

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Christian Bookseller Drops Name Over CBD Confusion

Religion News Service reports: A popular Christian bookseller is changing its name after a deluge of requests for cannabis-related products. For years, Peabody, Massachusetts-based Christian Book Distributors has been known by the initials CBD. The bookseller announced last month it will now go by “Christianbook” to avoid confusion with cannabidiol, an increasingly popular cannabis-derived product that shares its initials. “The …

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ISRAEL: City’s Rabbis Declare That All Dogs Are Bad And Anyone Who Owns One Will Become “Accursed”

The Times Of Israel reports: More than a dozen rabbis from the city of Elad near Tel Aviv issued an edict declaring all dogs bad and warning residents that keeping them will make them accursed. The edict, dated June 14, contains the signatures of all the Sephardic rabbis in Elad, a city of about 46,000 residents where most of the …

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