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LDS Church Accused Of Secretly Stockpiling $100B

The Washington Post reports: A former investment manager alleges in a whistleblower complaint to the Internal Revenue Service that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has amassed about $100 billion in accounts intended for charitable purposes, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by The Washington Post. The confidential document, received by the IRS on Nov. 21, …

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INDIA: Immigration Law Spurs Violent Protests [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Furious protests against a new citizenship law continued to erupt across India on Monday, provoking a harsh security response and presenting the most widespread challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he came to power five years ago. On Sunday, police officers stormed a predominantly Muslim university in New Delhi, the capital, firing tear gas …

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India Sees Riots Over New Citizenship Law [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: Demonstrators in eastern India set fire to more than a dozen buses and vandalized at least six railway stations on Saturday, as violent protests against a new citizenship law continued for a fourth straight day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government says the new law will save religious minorities such as Hindus and Christians from persecution in neighboring Bangladesh, …

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Jewish Groups Blast Trump’s “Anti-Semitic” Remarks

The Washington Post reports: Numerous Jewish groups castigated President Trump this weekend over his speech on Saturday to the Israeli American Council, accusing him of using anti-Semitic tropes while trying to appeal to Jewish voters. In a 45-minute speech in Hollywood, Fla., Trump sought to convince a Jewish audience that they had “no choice” but to vote for him or …

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Anti-Gay Priest Accused Of YOU ALREADY KNOW

The Tallahassee Democrat reports: Eric Dudley, the founder of St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Tallahassee and an outspoken opponent of homosexuality, subjected aspiring priests and other young men to sexual misconduct and harassment and abused his power as long-time rector before he finally was forced to resign. That’s according to a report by Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian …

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SURVEY: 30% Have “Positive” View Of Evangelicals

The Christian Post reports: Only thirty percent of adults in the United States have a “positive” perception of evangelicals as Americans increasingly view the religious demographic through a political lens, newly released Barna Group research indicates. “Based on a nationwide study of U.S. adults, we found that, though many people still view evangelicals as a committed group of believers who …

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Only 64% Of Americans “Convinced” That God Exists

The Christian Post reports: While nearly 80 percent of Americans were “convinced” just over a decade ago that God exists, only 64 percent of Americans today are so strongly persuaded in their belief in God, a new analysis from Gallup says. Citing responses the question of belief in God asked in three different ways in recent years, Gallup found that …

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Netflix Drops Christian Comedian Over Sex Allegations

Religion News Service reports: John Crist’s upcoming Netflix holiday special and new book are on hold after allegations the popular comedian has used his celebrity status and Christian reputation to sexually harass women. A Netflix spokesperson confirmed to Religion News Service on Thursday (Nov. 7) that the status of Crist’s special, entitled “I Ain’t Prayin’ for That,” is now up …

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MALAYSIA: Five Men Caned And Jailed For Gay Sex

The South China Morning Post reports: Five men in Malaysia were sentenced to jail and canings on Thursday by an Islamic court for attempting to have gay sex, local media and a rights group said. Sodomy and same-sex acts are illegal under Islamic law in Muslim-majority Malaysia, although convictions are rare. The Selangor Shariah High Court sentenced four men to …

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Catholic Amazon Synod Proposes Married Priests

The Associated Press reports: Catholic bishops from across the Amazon called Saturday for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in the region, an historic proposal that would upend centuries of Roman Catholic tradition. The majority of 180 bishops from nine Amazonian countries also called for the Vatican to reopen a debate on ordaining women …

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Vatican Launches $110 “Click To Pray E-Rosary”

Via press release from the Vatican: The Click To Pray eRosary is an interactive, smart and app-driven wearable device that serves as a tool for learning how to pray the rosary for peace in the world. It can be worn as a bracelet and is activated by making the sign of the cross. It is synchronized with a free app …

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Liberal Christian Pastors To Pray For Impeachment

From a liberal group called Red Letter Christians: As we issue this statement together, we commit to pray for our members of Congress and the impeachment inquiry while they are home in their districts this coming Sunday, October 13th. We encourage faith communities to invite their Congressional representative to join them for a National Day of Prayer, read the statement …

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Mother Tells Kids To Remove Seatbeats Because “The Devil Can’t Hurt You, Only Jesus Can Cure Us” [VIDEO]

The Ocala Post reports: A Lake City woman says she attempted to kill her four children — ages 6 to 13 — because her husband “put a hex” on her. Calica Williams, 36, is now facing four counts of attempted murder. According to the arrest affidavit, Williams told the children to take off their seatbelts and stretch out their hands. …

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Kanye West Says He’s Only Doing Gospel Music From Now On, “Closed On Sunday” Track Hails Chick-Fil-A

Fox Business reports: Rap legend Kanye West said he will only make gospel music going forward — no more secular music, according to a Chicago music promoter who was in the room. West reportedly made the comment Saturday at a listening party in Chicago for his new album “Jesus is King: A Kanye West Experience.” “Kanye also announced that he …

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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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