Tag Archives: religion

FLORIDA: Chick-Fil-A Franchise Owner Charged With Molesting Teen While Leader Of Church Youth Group

ABC News reports: A former youth leader was arrested Wednesday for lewd and lascivious molestation, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Matuszek is the owner/operator of Chick-fil-A at Westfield Countryside mall in Clearwater. Detectives say between August 2014 and April 2015 Heather Matuszek, 32, inappropriately touched an underage girl who was in her youth group at the Clearwater Community …

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Evangelical Polling Outfit Ranks “Post-Christian” Cities

The Christian Post reports: The Northeastern part of the United States, once known as a bulwark of Puritans and other strict Christian sects, now dominates the top 10 list of the most “post-Christian” cities, according to a report by the Barna Group. To fit Barna’s label of “post-Christian,” a respondent had to meet at least 13 of 16 listed criteria, …

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NEW JERSEY: Presbyterian Minister Accused Of Using Oral Sex To Suck Out Men’s Evil During Ritual Exorcisms

The Bridgewater Courier News reports: A Presbyterian minister, who said he was following the Bible, used Native American exorcism rituals, gemstones and even oral sex to extract “evil spirits” from men undergoing crises in their lives, the church and men claim. The so-called healing acts, which date to 1999, were allegedly performed by the Rev. Dr. William Weaver, a prominent …

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Preacher: I Stopped Traffic Fatalities With My Tears

“The street — just a couple streetlights up from my house — when I first moved here — now, I’ve been in my home for 18 years — and when I first moved here, I noticed that there were accidents in that intersection all the time. All the time! “And so one time, I was going to that intersection and …

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Survey: 41% Of Gays Are Atheist, Agnostic, Or “Nones”

From a new report by Pew Research: Gay, lesbian and bisexual adults are substantially less likely than straight adults to affiliate with a religious group. Four-in-ten (41%) identify as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” compared with just 22% of straight adults who say the same. The survey asked respondents whether they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight but …

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Fox News Priest Quits Catholic Church To Start Family

From the Catholic news site Crux: Father Jonathan Morris, a former member of the Legion of Christ who was at one time among the most prominent Catholic priests in America as a contributor to Fox News, has asked to be dismissed from the clerical state, indicating he wants to be free to “marry and have a family” though saying it’s …

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Mayor Pete: I Can’t Imagine God Is A Republican

CNN reports: South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has made clear throughout his upstart 2020 presidential bid that he believes Democrats should embrace religion and decry those who try to suggest God belongs to one political party or another. But in an interview with NBC’s Today Show that aired on Tuesday, Buttigieg suggested that if God did have a political affiliation, …

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Poland Jails Activist For Rainbow Halo Mary Posters

The Guardian reports: A woman has been arrested on suspicion of offending religious sentiment, after posters bearing an image of the Virgin Mary with her halo painted in the colours of the rainbow flag appeared in the city of Płock in central Poland. The Polish interior minister, Joachim Brudziński, announced on Twitter on Monday that a person had been arrested …

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Scientology Ship Once Again In Measles Quarantine

USA Today reports: Authorities in Curacao say 318 people aboard a Church of Scientology ship docked in the Dutch Caribbean island will remain quarantined until they determine how many might be infected with measles. Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth said that a team of health officials took 277 blood samples and sent them to the Netherlands. He said he expects results on …

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Brunei Claims It Won’t Enforce Gay Death Penalty

Reuters reports: Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on Sunday extended a moratorium on the death penalty to incoming legislation prohibiting gay sex, seeking to temper a global backlash led by celebrities such as George Clooney and Elton John. The small Southeast Asian country sparked an outcry when it rolled out its interpretation of Islamic laws, or sharia, on April 3, punishing …

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Scientology Ship Free After 100 Measles Vax Doses

NBC News reports: A cruise ship that had been quarantined this week in St. Lucia over a measles scare has set sail for Curacao maritime tracking records showed. The vessel, which St. Lucia Coast Guard Sgt. Victor Theodore said is named Freewinds, left St. Lucia at 11:18 p.m. Thursday. The shop is expected to pull into Willemstad port in Curacao, …

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Sri Lanka Bans Face Coverings After Terror Attack

The BBC reports: Sri Lanka has banned face coverings in public, following a spate of suicide attacks on Easter Sunday that killed at least 250 people and injured hundreds. President Maithripala Sirisena [photo] said he was using an emergency law to impose the restriction from Monday. Any face garment which “hinders identification” will be banned to ensure security, his office …

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CALIFORNIA: Driver Who Mowed Down 8 Pedestrians Believed His Victims To Be Muslim, Police Say [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: The driver who police say intentionally drove a car into pedestrians in California this week targeted his victims because he believed some of them were Muslim, police said Friday. The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety said in a statement that the suspect, Isaiah Joel Peoples, 34, “intentionally targeted the victims based on their race and his belief …

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Feds Recognize Satanic Temple As Tax-Exempt Church

Religion News Service reports: The Almighty may not think the Satanic Temple is a church. But the taxman has given it the thumbs-up. The Satanic Temple, which is featured in a documentary called “Hail Satan?,” announced this week that the IRS now recognizes it as a church. That recognition means the group can now get the same benefits as religious …

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Sri Lanka Bombings Blamed On International Network

The BBC reports: A wave of bombings that killed 290 people in Sri Lanka on Sunday was carried out with the support of an international network, officials say. The government has blamed a little-known local jihadist group, National Thowheed Jamath, although no-one has yet admitted carrying out the attacks. Another 500 people were injured in the suicide attacks on churches …

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San Diego: Woman With Baby And Gun Rushes Church Stage, Rants About Rapture, Tackled By Congregants

San Diego’s Fox affiliate reports: Parishioners and police tackled a woman who entered a Clairemont church service carrying a baby and a handgun on Easter Sunday. Police first received calls about an armed woman at a church service hosted at Mt. Everest Academy, near the intersection of Balboa and Genessee avenues, around noon. Witnesses said the woman came up on …

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Court Rules US House Can Ban Secular Invocations

Roll Call reports: The House chaplain scored a legal victory on Good Friday, when a federal appeals court ruled he could not be ordered to allow a self-described atheist to offer a secular prayer to the House of Representatives. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sided with Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, in his official capacity as the …

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Over 200 Dead In Sri Lanka Terror Attacks [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: A series of coordinated bombings ripped across Sri Lanka on Sunday morning, striking hotels and churches, killing almost 200 people and shattering the relative calm that the war-torn nation had enjoyed in recent years. The targets of the attacks were Catholic worshipers attending Easter Mass and guests at high-end hotels that are popular with foreign …

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Man With Gas Cans Arrested In St. Patrick’s Cathedral

NBC News reports: A man carrying two gas cans, lighter fluid and lighters tried to enter St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Wednesday but was stopped by a security officer and taken into custody, an NYPD official said. “Nothing happened inside the cathedral,” the Archdiocese of New York said in a statement. There was no fire, but there …

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Study: Church Membership Plummets 20 Points To 50%

The Associated Press reports: The percentage of U.S. adults who belong to a church or other religious institution has plunged by 20 percentage points over the past two decades, hitting a low of 50% last year, according to a new Gallup poll. Among major demographic groups, the biggest drops were recorded among Democrats and Hispanics. Gallup said church membership was …

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