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September 05 2014

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September 04 2013

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08:53
Photographs showing John Kerry, the US secretary of state, dining in splendour with President Bashar al-Assad have emerged, as Mr Kerry likened the Syrian ruler to Hitler.

June 17 2013

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What religion has contributed to the world this month - Episode 7 (May/June 2013) - YouTube

June 07 2013

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21:10

On Patheos’ evangelical Christian channel, Peter Enns has been soliciting comments from his readers about what the greatest challenges are to remaining Christian. He got hundreds of responses, and he’s compiled a list of five common themes in the answers:

1. The Bible, namely inerrancy. This was the most commonly cited challenge, whether implicitly or explicitly, and it lay behind most of the others mentioned. The pressure many of you expressed was the expectation of holding specifically to an inerrant Bible in the face of such things as biblical criticism, contradictions, implausibilities in the biblical story, irrelevance for life (its ancient context), and the fact that the Bible is just plain confusing.

2. The conflict between the biblical view of the world and scientific models. In addition to biological evolution, mentioned were psychology, social psychology, evolutionary psychology, and anthropology. What seems to fuel this concern is not simply the notion that Scripture and science offer incompatible models for cosmic, geological, and human origins, but that scientific models are verifiable, widely accepted, and likely correct, thus consigning the Bible to something other than a reliable description of reality.

3. Where is God? A number of you, largely in emails, wrote of personal experiences that would tax to the breaking point anyone’s faith in a living God who is just, attentive, and loving. Mentioned were many forms of random/senseless suffering and God’s absence or “random” presence (can’t count on God being there).

4. How Christians behave. Tribalism, insider-outsider thinking; hypocrisy, power; feeling misled, sheltered, lied to by leaders; a history of immoral and unChristian behavior towards others (e.g., Crusades, Jewish pogroms). In short, practically speaking, commenters experienced that Christians too often exhibit the same behaviors as everyone else, which is more than simply an unfortunate situation but is interpreted as evidence that Christianity is not true-more a crutch or a lingering relic of antiquity than a present spiritual reality.

5. The exclusivism of Christianity. Given 1-4 above, and in our ever shrinking world, can Christians claim that their way is the only way?

One thing we can take away from this list is that Christian leaders who seek to shelter their flock from doubt clearly haven’t succeeded. These are all very good arguments!

May 15 2013

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06:40

March 11 2013

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23:36
The BBC has seen evidence that bishops in the Catholic Church in Scotland knew of 20 allegations of child sex abuse by priests between 1985 and 1995.

January 24 2013

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11:14
But when it came to mounting a defense in the Stodghill case, Catholic Health’s lawyers effectively turned the Church directives on their head. Catholic organizations have for decades fought to change federal and state laws that fail to protect “unborn persons,” and Catholic Health’s lawyers in this case had the chance to set precedent bolstering anti-abortion legal arguments. Instead, they are arguing state law protects doctors from liability concerning unborn fetuses on grounds that those fetuses are not persons with legal rights.

January 11 2013

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02:38
LOS ANGELES -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles must release the names of church leaders and pedophile priests identified in thousands of pages of internal documents recounting sexual abuse allegations dating back decades, a judge ruled Monday.

January 01 2013

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01:44

Contrary to the Pope’s claim, there are millions of atheists who are not just good without god, but often times act more morally than the godly. The Pope’s track record of trafficking sex offenders around the globe so that they can hide from prosecution, enabling them to repeat their crimes is an excellent example of that. It doesn’t appear that his holiness is defending the human persons (often children) who are victims of these sex crimes.

In contrast, there are humanist associations, societies of ethical culture, and atheist groups all over the world who care and actively fight for human dignity not because of the threat of eternal torture or the lore of a blissful eternity, but because they have human empathy and compassion. They deny god and defend human dignity.

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December 30 2012

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December 27 2012

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21:44
He couldn't just say something nice about world peace? Or sing his favorite Christmas carol? He had to take this moment to go out of his way explaining why the Catholic Church still hates gay people and you should too. So much for the holiday spirit and goodwill toward men, yadda yadda.

November 27 2012

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05:08

The Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund) is a group which, ironically, works very hard to limit the freedom of gay people by preventing them from marrying.  It was founded by some of Christianity’s most infamous leaders like Bill Bright (founder of Campus Crusade for Christ) and James Dobson.

I hope they weren’t taking their hiring cues from the almighty, because one of their lawyers just got caught being very, very bad.

A Manchester lawyer took a teenage girl to Canada, had her engage in sexual activity and convinced her to let it be filmed, according to federal indictments.

FBI agents swiftly arrested Lisa Biron yesterday morning as she awaited a hearing on child pornography charges at Manchester’s district court. About 9 a.m. FBI agents entered the courtroom, told Biron to leave her belongings and took her into an adjoining conference room where she remained for several minutes before coming out in handcuffs.

November 17 2012

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10:28
At least five pornographic websites are among Egypt’s 100 most frequently visited online destinations this year, according to Alexa, a division of Amazon.com that tracks online traffic patterns globally.
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November 03 2012

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October 20 2012

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17:39
Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami filed a lawsuit against the federal government on Friday over the government's requirement for religious groups to provide contraceptives, charging that the mandate violates the constitutional freedom of religion.
Obamacare: Archdiocese sues federal government over healthcare mandate - Sun Sentinel

October 19 2012

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14:55
"There is obviously something wrong with an organisation which presents itself to tell the rest of society what is right and wrong, what is good and bad, what is moral and what is immoral ... should have this sort of most ugly taint and sin within it," he said.

October 18 2012

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10:13

September 30 2012

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03:25
CEBU CITY, Philippines— Msgr. Cristobal Garcia has been suspended and stripped of his positions in the archdiocese of Cebu on orders of the Vatican while the Holy See investigates accusations he molested altar boys more than 20 years ago in the United States.
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Roman Catholic Church leaders have changed their story about why an internationally prominent priest dropped out of sight this summer. Now they say that the Vatican ordered Monsignor Cristobal Garcia’s suspension from ministry because of sexual abuse allegations, according to the Philippines’ leading newspaper.
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Multiple incidents over the last twelve months have underscored the appalling lack of freedom in many countries to express even the blandest criticism of either religion in general or the dominant religion in a particular country. To name just some examples, there are the cases involving Rimsha Masih, Hamza Kashgari, Alexander Aan, Sanal Edamaruku, Hamad al-Naqi, Pussy Riot, and Alber Saber.
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