Tag Archives: religion

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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“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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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Christian College President Pleads Guilty In Kickback Scheme Involving State Grants Pushed By GOP Reps

Arkansas Online reports: Oren Paris III, former president of Ecclesia College in Springdale, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a fraud charge in a kickback scheme involving state grants for his school. Paris was scheduled to go to trial Monday alongside former state Sen. Jon Woods (R) of Springdale and consultant Randell G. Shelton Jr., formerly of Alma but currently of …

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CHINA: Government Bans Online Bible Sales

The New York Times reports: The Chinese government has banned online retailers from selling the Bible, moving in the wake of new rules to control the country’s burgeoning religious scene. The measures to limit Bible sales were announced over the weekend and began taking effect this week. By Thursday, internet searches for the Bible came up empty on leading online …

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US Navy Fires Chaplain Over Public Sex Video

USA Today reports: A Navy chaplain was fired last month from his post at a Marine Corps command after he was caught on video having sex with a woman at a pub in New Orleans, USA TODAY has learned. The Marines fired Navy Capt. Loften Thornton on March 20 for “loss of trust and confidence,” said Marine Lt. Col. Ted …

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Maryland House Bans Ex-Gay Torture After Bisexual Rep Reveals Her State Senator Father Asked Her To Try It

Maryland’s Capital Gazette reports: Del. Meagan Simonaire said in a dramatic speech Wednesday she would vote for a ban on conversion therapy for homosexuality and revealed that her father — state Sen. Bryan Simonaire — asked her to try the discredited treatment after she revealed she was bisexual. The Republican from Pasadena, who is not seeking re-election after one term, …

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Priest Sentenced To 90 Years For Child Molestation

Mexico News Daily reports: A Catholic priest was sentenced yesterday to 90 years in jail for aggravated rape, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and corruption of minors. Jorge Raúl Villegas Chávez, 50, the confessor and spiritual guide for the students of an all-girls’ private school in Guanajuato, was arrested in February last year after two mothers filed criminal complaints, …

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Methodist Pastor Charged With Child Rape [VIDEO]

New Hampshire’s ABC outlet reports: A Seabrook man is being held without bail after he was accused of raping a child while he was serving as a pastor in the Methodist Church. Russell Davis, 65, faces several charges in Massachusetts. Seabrook police said they arrested Davis Thursday on a fugitive from justice warrant. The Essex County District Attorney’s Office said …

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