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Supreme Court approves sectarian prayer at public meetings

By Lauren Markoe (RNS) Just because sectarian prayers are constitutional, said University of Notre Dame law professor Richard W. Garnett, doesn’t mean policies like those of Greece, N.Y. “are wise or welcoming.” The post Supreme Court approves sectarian prayer at public meetings appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Supreme Court upholds prayer at government meetings

By Richard Wolf WASHINGTON (RNS) The 5-4 decision in favor of the any-prayer-goes policy in the town of Greece, N.Y., avoided two alternatives that the justices clearly found abhorrent: having government leaders parse prayers, or outlawing them altogether. The post Supreme Court upholds prayer at government meetings appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Education

Happy Monday, Owl Nation! Last week nearly 3,000 Owls joined our more than 136...

By Florida Atlantic University Happy Monday, Owl Nation! Last week nearly 3,000 Owls joined our more than 136,000 alumni who have graduated from #FAU since we first opened our doors in 1964. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from this milestone event! FAU Spring 2014 Commencement FAU conferred more than 2,890 degrees on May 1-2, 2014 during six commencement ceremonies in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on the Boca… …read more Source: FAU Facebook feed     ...
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Christian

Ex-Mormons Decry Liberty University for Welcoming Gospel of Glenn Beck at Convocation

By Heather Clark Ex-Mormons across the country are decrying Liberty University’s decision to feature Glenn Beck at their recent convocation ceremony, who invoked the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith and referenced LDS doctrine before the thousands of students in attendance. “I am Mormon and share your faith,” the outspoken conservative talk show host asserted during his spiritually-mixed charge to students, as he stood in front of a large banner bearing the university’s motto, “Training Champions for Christ.” As previously reported, Beck was introduced by President Jerry Falwell, who noted that the university presented the political commentator with an honorary doctorate in 2010 as he likewise addressed the students during that time. Beck then took the podium to applause and cheers, explaining that he believed he was given a message from God that day to share with the students. “Are you willing to give your life?” Beck asked fervently. “What are you willing to do? What is it that means something to you?” “Days before Joseph Smith was martyred he was taken out by the sheriff; they tried to tar and feather him several times,” he explained. “The last time they took him, they said, ‘You owe $25.’ He said, ‘No, I don’t owe a man anything.’ …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Video: Christian ‘Tingle’ commercial

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey Comedians Tripp and Tyler created a spin-off of Christian dating website commercials. They call it “Christian Tingle: Because God Can Use the Internet Too.” The post Video: Christian ‘Tingle’ commercial appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Education

FIYou: Amy Reid

By Joel Delgado Name: Amy Reid Hometown: Miami, Florida Job Title/Department: Program Coordinator for the Minority Access to Research Careers – Undergraduate Student Training for Academic …read more Source: FIU News     ...
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Religion

The Great Divorces * Latino Secularists * More Moore: Monday’s Roundup

By David Gibson You won’t believe what Judge Roy Moore, Alabama’s top justice, said. Actually you will. Jesus divorces, and so does Bishop Gene Robinson and another Christian performing duo. A helluva a Roundup today, literally… The post The Great Divorces * Latino Secularists * More Moore: Monday’s Roundup appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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South Carolina Education Committee Allows Critical Discussion of Evolution

By Garrett Haley COLUMBIA, S.C. – Despite outcries from evolutionists, the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee has approved new standards which would allow public school students to learn arguments both for and against evolution. As previously reported, South Carolina Senator Mike Fair objected to pro-evolution curricula proposed in his state earlier this year. Fair, a member of the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC), told reporters that evolution and natural selection are not conclusive theories. “To teach that natural selection is the answer to origins is wrong,” Fair stated. “I don’t have a problem with teaching theories. I don’t think it should be taught as fact.” Following Fair’s statements, evolutionists labeled him “an embarrassment” and an “uneducated and unintelligent buffoon.” One commenter suggested that a balanced view of evolutionary theory in the classroom would cause South Carolinian students to “suffer because the education they are provided will be of low to no quality.” Despite the criticism from evolutionists, Fair and the other EOC members have proposed a new education policy which would facilitate in-class discussions about evolution’s strengths and weaknesses. The EOC’s proposal, according to The Post and Courier, would require biology students to articulate both pro-evolution arguments and anti-evolution arguments. Last week, Fair reiterated …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Belgian police disperse crowd after ban on French comedian’s event

By Adrian Croft (French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Balaattends a news conference at the “Theatre de la Main d’or” in Paris January 11, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes) Police used water cannon on Sunday to disperse a crowd after authorities banned a rally in Brussels that a French comedian accused of anti-Semitism was due to address. Eric Tomas, mayor of the Brussels suburb of Anderlecht, told Reuters he had issued an order prohibiting the “First European Dissidents’ Congress” scheduled to be held in the area on Sunday because there was a clear risk of a disturbance to public order. The event, organized by a small far-right group, “Stand up Belgians!”, was to have been addressed by speakers including French comedian Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala, according to the group’s web site. Dieudonné has been repeatedly fined for “hate speech” in his native France where local authorities in several towns have banned his shows as a threat to public order. He is closely associated with the “quenelle”, a gesture that critics have likened to an inverted Nazi salute and said carries anti-Semitic overtones. He denies he is anti-Semitic. The Belgian League against Anti-Semitism had lodged a legal complaint against the meeting, describing it as a “real day of hatred which would be a framework …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Papal commission on sex abuse wants accountability for priests, bishops

By Philip Pullella (Pope Francis talks with children during a special audience with members of the “Catholic Action” in Paul VI hall at the Vatican May 3, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile) A commission advising Pope Francis on the sexual abuse crisis will recommend that negligent clerics be held accountable regardless of their rank in the Church, Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley said on Saturday. In many cases of abuse, most of which took place decades ago but surfaced in the past 15 years, bishops seeking to protect the Church’s reputation moved priests from parish to parish instead of defrocking them or handing them over to police. The commission, made up of four men and four women from eight countries including an Irish woman who was a victim of abuse, met for the first time since its formation in March, holding talks with the pope and Vatican officials. “We see ensuring accountability in the Church as especially important,” the commission said in a statement. O’Malley, known as a pioneer for a more open and forceful approach to tackling the scandal since he published a database of Boston clergy accused of sexual abuse of minors online in 2011, said a person’s rank in the Church should not be cause for special treatment …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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First openly gay Episcopal bishop announces divorce from husband

By Reuters Staff (Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson delivers the invocation at the ‘We Are One’ Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, January 18, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed) The first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, whose election to lead the diocese of New Hampshire kicked off a firestorm of controversy a decade ago, said on Sunday he was divorcing his husband after four years of marriage. Gene Robinson, who retired as a bishop in 2013, announced the split in a letter to the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire and in a personal essay published in the Daily Beast, where he wrote that his “belief in marriage is undiminished.” “It is at least a small comfort to me, as a gay rights and marriage equality advocate, to know that like any marriage, gay and lesbian couples are subject to the same complications and hardships that afflict marriages between heterosexual couples,” he said. Robinson’s election in 2003 as bishop of the New Hampshire diocese stirred protest in the Episcopal Church, the U.S. branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Hundreds of parishes opposed to his consecration left the 2.3 million-member Episcopal Church, saying it was becoming too liberal. The former bishop is now a senior fellow at the Center …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Local News

1-year-old girl hospitalized after near-drowning in Lauderhill

A 1-year-old girl was taken to the hospital after she nearly drowned in a pool in Lauderhill, police said. The incident happened Sunday in the 7300 block of N.W. 35 Court. Lauderhill police said the girl’s mother was watching her outside. The mother had left to use the bathroom for about five minutes. When she returned she saw her daughter floating down in the pool, police said. The mother pulled the girl from the water, performed CPR and then called 911. Police said when rescue teams arrived they continued the CPR process, managing to revive the girl. The girl was taken to Plantation Regional Hospital. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Missing 11-year-old girl found safe

Investigators say an 11-year-old girl who went missing has been found safe. Police said Yelina Villatoro left her home Sunday morning because of personal issues with her parents. Villatoro was found at S.W. Fifth Street and S.W. Sixth Avenue. She had been last seen in the 400 block of N.W. 84th Street in Miami. All alerts were canceled Sunday afternoon. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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So Fla. man accused of taking infant son to have no contact with child

Bond was set Sunday morning for a 52-year-old man accused of taking his infant son. Perry Fletcher will not be able to have any contact with his 6-month-old son, authorities said. In bond court, Fletcher’s bond was set at $44,000. He is charged with aggravated child abuse, using false information to pawn items and five counts of dealing in stolen property. A judge also raised his bond on the child abuse charge, doubling it to $15,000. Latricia Johnson, the boy’s mother, said Fletcher took the boy to a cousin’s house. Police said Fletcher left their Wilton Manors home with the boy early Thursday. Police said he has a history of drug use and was traveling on foot with the child. Johnson was concerned about the safety of her baby, who has asthma and needed medication. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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