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Camp Teaches Kids How to Defend Evolution Against Creation ‘Bullying’

By Garrett Haley SPRINGFIELD, MO – A Unitarian organization in Missouri hosted an evolution camp for kids earlier this month, during which the kids were taught how to defend evolutionary theory from critics, including Christians. According to a report from the Springfield News-Leader, the First Unitarian Universalist “Church” of Springfield sponsored an evolution camp this month for about 30 children. The camp, which took place July 7–11, was designed for youth between the ages of 5 and 11. During the camp, the children were taught the basic tenets of the evolutionary worldview. “I am the universe,” one of the camp’s Unitarian organizers, Jennifer Lara, recited to the kids. “Like you, I started as a speck about 13 billion years ago. I was smaller than a piece of dust under your bed. I was bursting with wild and dazzling dreams of galaxies, stars and planets in radiant colors—bright yellow, molten red and piercing blue.” “It’s awe-inspiring, an amazing thing, how the earth came together,” Lara told reporters. “We can just enjoy the beauty of the science.” According to Lara, evolution is “a touchy subject,” but she believes it is important to teach children how to defend their belief in evolution. Moreover, Lara criticized the creation worldview, saying it “can …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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California Professor Arrested for Secretly Recording Students Using Restroom

By Heather Clark SAN FRANCISCO – A professor at San Francisco State University has been arrested and charged after he allegedly recorded students using the restroom at his California home. Mark Landis, 38, is facing 15 counts of invasion of privacy after being taken into custody on Wednesday and released on $100,000 bail. Landis, who taught accounting at San Francisco State until he resigned two weeks ago, is said to have invited students to his home for weekend parties. “He was just the person that would host, and it was a safe place to go to,” an anonymous student told the San Francisco Chronicle. “We basically hung out every single weekend for about two years, and we always hung out at his house because he always had a lot of alcohol.” However, last November, one of the male students who used the restroom while attending a party at Landis’ house discovered a flashing camera inside of a tissue box that was sitting on the lid of the toilet. He removed the memory card from the camera and proceeded to see what was on it. The student then discovered that he and other students were being recorded as they urinated. The student then took the memory card to police …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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The Thirty-Second Chapter: Self-Denial and the Renunciation of Evil Appetites

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK THREE: INTERNAL CONSOLATIONThe Thirty-Second Chapter: Self-Denial and the Renunciation of Evil Appetites The Voice of Christ MY CHILD, you can never be perfectly free unless you completely renounce self, for all who seek their own interest and who love themselves are bound in fetters. They are unsettled by covetousness and curiosity, always searching for ease and not for the things of Christ, often devising and framing that which will not last, for anything that is not of God will fail completely. Hold to this short and perfect advice, therefore: give up your desires and you will find rest. Think upon it in your heart, and when you have put it into practice you will understand all things. The Disciple But this, Lord, is not the work of one day, nor is it mere child’s play; indeed, in this brief sentence is included all the perfection of holy persons. The Voice of Christ My child, you should not turn away or be downcast when you hear the way of the perfect. Rather you ought to be spurred on …read more Source: Imitate Christ     ...
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The Thirty-First Chapter: To Find the Creator, Forsake All Creatures

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK THREE: INTERNAL CONSOLATIONThe Thirty-First Chapter: To Find the Creator, Forsake All Creatures The Disciple O LORD, I am in sore need still of greater grace if I am to arrive at the point where no man and no created thing can be an obstacle to me. For as long as anything holds me back, I cannot freely fly to You. He that said “Oh that I had wings like a dove, that I might fly away and be at rest!” desired to fly freely to You. Who is more at rest than he who aims at nothing but God? And who more free than the man who desires nothing on earth? It is well, then, to pass over all creation, perfectly to abandon self, and to see in ecstasy of mind that You, the Creator of all, have no likeness among all Your creatures, and that unless a man be freed from all creatures, he cannot attend freely to the Divine. The reason why so …read more Source: Imitate Christ     ...
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‘We Will Not Tolerate Your Religion!’ School Fires Scientist for Questioning Evolution

By Garrett Haley LOS ANGELES – A legal defense organization filed a lawsuit this week against California State University, alleging that the school fired a biologist for discovering scientific evidence that contradicted evolutionary theory. Mark Armitage was a scientist at California State University—Northridge (CSUN), where he worked as a researcher and supervised the school’s electron microscope laboratory. He was also a member of several scientific organizations, including the Microscopy Society of America, the American Society of Parasitologists, and the Southern California Academy of Sciences. However, CSUN suddenly terminated Armitage’s employment two years ago after he discovered soft tissue on a Triceratops fossil. Evolutionists at the university were evidently displeased by Armitage’s discovery, since they were convinced that the fossil was tens of millions of years old. Even though Armitage’s findings were published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, the university decided to fire him, saying his findings were unacceptable. According to Armitage, his supervisor entered the lab and declared, “We will not tolerate your religion in this department!” In an interview with GenesisWeek, Armitage said he was shocked and frustrated when the university terminated his employment. “It is frustrating because I made no conclusions in the paper, I just presented the factual data,” he said. “The only …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Woman Who Faced Hanging for Rejecting Islam Flees to Rome Into ‘Blessing’ of Pope

By Heather Clark ROME – A Catholic woman who has been receiving international attention for rejecting Islam despite facing a death sentence fled to Rome on Thursday and met with the Roman Catholic pontiff–a development that has raised concerns about the continued acceptance of Catholicism as Christianity. As previously reported, Meriam Ibrahim, 27, was officially sentenced on May 15th after she was convicted of apostasy against Islam after she refused to convert from Roman Catholicism. Ibrahim was born to a Muslim father, but was raised by an Ethiopian Orthodox mother as the father left the home when Ibrahim was a child. In Sudan, children are expected to follow the religion of their fathers, and her father’s family had reportedly turned her into authorities for rejecting Islam. Ibrahim was also sentenced to 100 lashes for allegedly committing “zena”—that is, having illegitimate sex by marrying a non-Muslim. The expectant mother married Daniel Wani in 2011, and the two have an 18-month old son together, along with a newborn baby girl. Sudanese law prohibits women from marrying non-Muslims, although men can marry whomever they wish without penalty. Ibrahim was convicted of apostasy on May 11th for rejecting Islam and was given four days to recant, which would have …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Atheists End Teacher-Led Prayer in Indiana School District

By Heather Clark TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – A prominent atheist organization has convinced an Indiana school district to end teacher-led prayer at area public schools following a complaint from an anonymous parent. The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) contacted the Vigo County School Corporation in Terre Haute last May after receiving a complaint from a parent after teacher Jeffrey Burress at Sarah Scott Middle School allegedly led prayer at an awards banquet. “Any prayers led by teachers at school-sponsored events must be stopped immediately,” the letter, addressed to Superintendent Daniel Tanoos, read. “The district should make certain that teachers in its schools are not unlawfully and inappropriately indoctrinating students in religious matters by encouraging them to engage in prayer,” it continued. “Considering the young age of the students, concern over religious coercion and proselytization should be especially high in middle schools.” FFRF then requested an investigation into the matter and a response outlining the measures that the district would take to ensure that teachers and staff would no longer be permitted to lead prayers at school-sponsored events. While Tanoos said that he disagreed with FFRF, he referred the letter to attorney Charles Rubright, who responded by complying with the atheist organizations’ demands. “The school corporation has informed …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Congress Ponders Plight of Sudanese Woman Who Faced Hanging for Rejecting Islam

By Heather Clark WASHINGTON – The plight of a Sudanese woman who was sentenced to hang for refusing to convert to Islam but later freed was the focus of discussion during a Congressional hearing on Wednesday. As previously reported, Meriam Ibrahim, 27, was officially sentenced on May 15th after she was convicted of apostasy against Islam after she refused to convert from Roman Catholicism. Ibrahim was born to a Muslim father, but was raised by an Ethiopian Orthodox mother as the father left the home when Ibrahim was a child. In Sudan, children are expected to follow the religion of their fathers, and her father’s family had reportedly turned her into authorities for rejecting Islam. Ibrahim was also sentenced to 100 lashes for allegedly committing “zena”—that is, having illegitimate sex by marrying a non-Muslim. The expectant mother married Daniel Wani in 2011, and the two have an 18-month old son together, along with a newborn baby girl. Sudanese law prohibits women from marrying non-Muslims, although men can marry whomever they wish without penalty. Ibrahim was convicted of apostasy on May 11th for rejecting Islam and was given four days to recant, which would have saved her life. Unlike others who have faced similar sentences …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Canadian ‘Transgender’ Boy Receives New Birth Certificate Declaring Him a Girl

By Editor A young Comox boy is among the first 30 British Columbians to re-designate their gender on their birth certificates after new legislation was passed earlier this year allowing the change — but his mission’s not over yet. Harriette Cunningham, 11, was born a boy named Declan, but it wasn’t long before he began to assert that something wasn’t right about the body he was born into. “She would rebel from getting her hair cut at a young age, and she would gravitate toward things our society would identify as really feminine,” said dad Colin Cunningham. this story >> …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Nick Jonas of Jonas Brothers to Release ‘Racy’ Video Decrying Chaste Upbringing

By Heather Clark Nicholas Jonas, one-third of the former boy band The Jonas Brothers and son of a former worship leader and pastor, is reportedly gearing up to release a “racy” new music video in which he decries his years being “trapped” in the chaste character of Nick Jonas. Page Six, the entertainment section of the New York Post, reported on Wednesday that Jonas “has emancipated himself from the squeaky-clean shackles of former purity ring-wearing boy band The Jonas Brothers.” Jonas, 21, and his brothers Kevin, 26, and Joe, 24, disbanded last year after an eight-year run as The Jonas Brothers. Before forming the group, Jonas had been signed as a solo artist to the Christian record label INO Records, where his first single, Dear God, had been released to Christian radio stations nationwide. “Dear God, people take your words and try to twist ‘em round/I know you can’t be happy with what’s goin’ down,” he sang as a 12-year-old in the song, which he also performed at churches and other venues. “I hope this record touches a lot of people and I’ve been praying that the Lord will use it in a big way,” Jonas said in a press release about the album. “The hope of …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Group Warns UN Treaty on Persons with Disabilities Can Override Will of Parents

By Heather Clark PURCELLVILLE, Va. – A Christian homeschooling organization is warning that a UN treaty approved this week by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee may threaten the rights of American parents to make their own decisions about their child’s care if that child is disabled. On Tuesday, the Committee voted 12-6 in favor of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The vote was mostly along party lines, with the exception of Republican Sens. John McCain (AZ) and John Barrasso (WY), who approved of the proposal. While the treaty aims to provide protections for disabled persons worldwide, some state that the means in which to carry out the United Nations’ interests are flawed and oppressive. Michael Farris, founder and chairman of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), opined in a press release this week that the treaty can be used by government officials to override the will of parents by citing the agreement’s clause referencing “the best interests of the child.” “We all want to show our support for people with disabilities,” he stated. “This treaty, however, is not the way to do it. This treaty will give United Nations and government agents—not parents who know their children better than any …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Assisted Suicide Strongly Criticized in UK House of Lords

By Editor Peers have passionately spoken out against a UK law to introduce assisted suicide, with one disabled baroness describing the proposals as a “runaway train”. Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, who uses a wheelchair and has spinal muscular atrophy, said: “My own experience of progressive deterioration has taught me that there is no situation that cannot be improved.” Adding that the bill “has become a runaway train,” and that it was “all the more frightening because of that,” she called on the Lords to “find ways to reflect further.” this story >> …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Non-Hindu Religious Activity Banned in Some Indian Villages

By Editor NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Church leaders in India have asked national and Chhattisgarh state officials to reverse a ban on non-Hindu religious activity that more than 50 villages have reportedly adopted. The head of the Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) wrote to Union and Chhattisgarh officials on July 10 that the bans in the Bastar District villages, including some that include a prohibition against non-Hindus entering the hamlets, could lead to large-scale persecution of Christians and other minority communities. “The government must reverse the decisions of these immediately to restore the confidence of the Christian community in the state, which is under considerable stress in recent days,” wrote the Rev. Vijayesh Lal, national director of the commission. The resolutions were passed under the pretext of stopping alleged forcible conversions of Hindus. Belar village banned all non-Hindu activities in a council meeting on July 6, after about a dozen villages adopted a similar resolution in Sirisguda village on May 10 that included a ban on non-Hindu missionaries. “To stop the forced conversion by some outsiders religious campaigners and to prevent them from using derogatory language against Hindu deities and customs, the Sirisguda Gram Sabha bans …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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‘Bloods’ Gang Threatens to Kill New Jersey Police Until National Guard Called

By Editor The Bloods have vowed to kill more Jersey City cops to avenge the thug the police shot dead this week after he executed a rookie officer, The New York Post has learned. The violent street gang has threatened to “kill a Jersey City cop and not stop until the National Guard is called out,” a senior law enforcement source revealed. Police are even being warned that violent Bloods gang members may be traveling from out of state to target officers in New Jersey, according to an internal New Jersey State Police advisory obtained by The Post. this story >> …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Governor Signs Bill to Help Save Unborn Babies Diagnosed with Down Syndrome

By Heather Clark HARRISBURG – The governor of Pennsylvania has signed a bill into law that aims to help save the lives of Down Syndrome babies who would otherwise be aborted. The Down Syndrome Prenatal Education Act, otherwise known as “Chloe’s Law,” was drafted through the efforts of the Kondrich family of St. Clair, Pennsylvania. In 2003, Kurt and Margie Kondrich learned that they were pregnant with a Down Syndrome child, and became horrified when they learned that approximately 90 percent of women abort after receiving the diagnosis. Kurt Kondrich left his career in law enforcement and began advocating for greater education and support for mothers, and the Kondrich’s daughter, Chloe, became the inspiration behind a bill introduced by Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R- Shaler Township). “My legislation would simply require health care practitioners to provide complete information to women who receive a prenatal diagnosis for Down Syndrome so that they are better informed with regard to the positive outcomes of giving birth to a special child such as Chloe,” Vulakovich stated in April. Chloe’s Law mandates that mothers are offered contacts for resource and support services, national and local Down Syndrome organizations and access to early intervention programs, which include in-home help and therapy. Women would also …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Popular Rapper Who ‘Found God’ Says He ‘Fell Out’ in Profanity-Laced Video

By Heather Clark A popular rapper who admitted to being worshiped by fans and once claimed to have ‘found God’ and professedly ‘hopped to Christianity’ has released a profanity-laced video claiming that he has fallen away from the faith. “If Hell is truly Your pit of fire and I get thrown in it, I’ma probably regret the fact that I ever wrote this ,” Marcus Jamal Hopson, better known to fans as “Hopsin,” raps in a new song called Ill Mind of Hopsin 7. “I hopped to Christianity so strongly, then I fell out. Now I’m avoiding questions like a scared dog with his tail down.” In 2012, during an interview with HardKnock TV, Hopsin stated that he had turned to God and wanted to follow a path of holiness. “I feel like God is just telling me what I need to do and He’s showing me the light,” he explained. “I’ve been working on my relationship with God … it gets to a point where you don’t want to walk down the sinful road anymore.” “I have found God and I see things differently,” Hopsin continued. “I feel like God is going, ‘No, don’t lose hope ’cause these humans are driven by the ways of …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Ecumenical Leader Tied to Papal Meeting to Unite Catholics, Evangelicals Dies in Crash

By RNS Tony Palmer, the former South African director of Kenneth Copeland Ministries who recently used a cellphone camera to record Pope Francis issuing an appeal for unity between Catholics and Christians, died Sunday after a motorcycle crash in the United Kingdom. In January, Palmer held the smartphone that recorded Pope Francis calling on all Christians to set aside their differences with Catholics. Palmer, a bishop and international ecumenical officer with the independent Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, also helped coordinate the pope’s meeting with Copeland and other televangelists in June. In the video, Pope Francis referred to Palmer as “my brother, a bishop-brother,” saying they had been friends for years. “Let us allow our longing to increase so that it propels us to find each other, embrace each other and to praise Jesus Christ as the only Lord of history,” Francis said. Born in the U.K. and raised partly in South Africa, Palmer had served as the director of the South African office of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. On Copeland’s website, Palmer said he had met Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires (now Pope Francis) in 2008 when Palmer sought permission to work with charismatic Catholics in the city. At the Copeland-hosted Charismatic Evangelical Leadership Conference, Palmer …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Four Trustees Resign from Bryan College as Creation Controversy Continues

By Garrett Haley DAYTON, Tenn. – Four Bryan College trustees have resigned from their positions out of their disagreement with the leadership’s handling of an ongoing controversy over its holding to the literal Creation account. As previously reported, a controversy erupted at Bryan College earlier this year when the small evangelical school clarified its stance on the creation of man. The statement of belief clarification simply affirmed the traditional biblical position that Adam and Eve were divinely created by God—not descendants of earlier life forms. “We believe that all humanity is descended from Adam and Eve,” the statement said. “They are historical persons created by God in a special formative act, and not from previously existing life forms.” The simple clarification quickly generated an uproar, as many critics accused the small Tennessee school of unfairly disregarding any alternate interpretations of the Genesis creation account. Several professors announced in May that they would be leaving the school as a result of the creation controversy, while two other professors went so far as to file a lawsuit against the school. “The board was asking me to exclude, even as a possibility, any other way of understanding Genesis than their view …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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IRS Settles with Atheists, Agrees to Crack Down on Churches for ‘Electioneering’

By Heather Clark WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reached a settlement with a prominent atheist organization, agreeing to crack down churches and religious groups for infringements of its prohibition against ‘electioneering.’ As previously reported, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, sued the IRS in 2012, asserting that many non-profit religious organizations have been “blatantly and deliberately flaunting … electioneering restrictions,” but the government has not enforced its rules pertaining to the matter. According to the IRS website, “Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The prohibition applies to all campaigns including campaigns at the federal, state and local level. Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.” However, while candidates may not be promoted or opposed, churches and ministries that obtain 501 (c)(3) status may speak out on political and moral issues and/or generally encourage others to vote. “Under federal tax law, section 501(c)(3) organizations may take positions on public policy issues, including issues that …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Georgia County Revises Zoning Ban on Small Churches Following Lawsuit

By Heather Clark ATLANTA – Officials with a county in Georgia have revised a zoning ordinance that banned small churches in response to a lawsuit filed by a prominent Christian organization. “A place of worship shall be located on a minimum of three acres dedicated solely for the place of worship or on its own recorded lot of at least three acres in size . . . ” the Rockdale County zoning ordinance read until recently. As previously reported, in 2011, the newly-formed New Generation Christian Church in Conyers requested a meter to heat a building that they wanted to meet in, but the county refused, citing that the location was too small. They requested permission for another plot the following year, but were again turned down because it was located in an industrial zone. The county refused New Generation Christian Church a third time after they desired to rent a building on property that was deemed to violate the ordinance because it was less than three acres in size. Consequently, the church was forced to meet in the basement of a jewelry store as it could not afford to purchase or lease three acres of property. The nationally-recognized Christian legal organization Alliance Defense Freedom …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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