Religion

Shrinking Majority of Americans Support Death Penalty

By Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project According to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, 55% of U.S. adults say they favor the death penalty for persons convicted of murder. A significant minority (37%) oppose the practice. …read more Source: Pew Research Center     ...
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Religion

Number of Executions in Each State Since 1977

By Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project Drag the pointer on the timeline above the map to see how many executions have occurred in each state in a given year or overall since 1977, the year after the Supreme Court reaffirmed its approval of the death penalty. For more information on public opinion about the death penalty, see “Shrinking Majority of Americans …read more Source: Pew Research Center     ...
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Religion

Stormy weather * Pope and change * Dear Russell : Friday’s Roundup

By Kevin Eckstrom Grab your popcorn … and a raincoat Russell Crowe’s “Noah” blockbuster opens in theaters this weekend, and Religion Dispatches compares it to Roma Downey’s “Son of God” fawning franchise: “Son of God and Noah don’t just represent two different ways to read Scripture, two different ways to make films, and two different marketing demographics. They The post Stormy weather * Pope and change * Dear Russell : Friday’s Roundup appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Local News

Rickenbacker Causeway bicyclist hit by car, hospitalized

A bicyclist was hospitalized Friday morning after being hit by a car on the Rickenbacker Causeway. According to a representative from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the man was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital before 7:30 a.m. No information about his condition has been released. Watch Local 10 News and refresh Local10.com for updates on this story. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Christian

Obama Meets with Pope Francis for First Time: ‘We Didn’t Talk a Whole Lot About Social Schisms’

By Heather Clark ROME – Barack Obama visited the Vatican on Thursday, sitting down for the first time with Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic religion. Obama was joined by Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, among other aides who accompanied him for the trip. “We actually didn’t talk a whole lot about social schisms,” Obama told reporters following the meeting, which included a 50-minute private discussion. “His Holiness and the Vatican have been clear on a range of issues. Some of them I differ with. Most of them I heartily agree with.” According to reports, the two discussed matters such as income inequality, immigration reform, human trafficking, the conflict in Syria, the persecution of Christians worldwide and the desire for global peace. “I was grateful to have the opportunity to speak with him about the responsibilities that we all share to care for the least of these, the poor, the excluded,” Obama stated. “And I was extremely moved by his insights about the importance of us all having a moral perspective on world problems and not simply thinking in terms of our own narrow self-interests.” Subjects such as homosexuality and abortion were largely skirted during the meeting, although Vatican Secretary …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Christian

Federal Appeals Court Upholds New Texas Abortion Regulations

By Heather Clark NEW ORLEANS – The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that new Texas laws designed to regulate the abortion industry are constitutional and may be implemented by the state, overturning a lower court ruling that stated that the laws served no reasonable purpose. As previously reported, a federal judge appointed by then-President George H.W. Bush struck down portions of the new law last October, declaring the regulations an “undue burden” on a woman’s ability to have an abortion. District Judge Lee Yeakel agreed with Planned Parenthood and others who had challenged the requirement that abortionists have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility, and that they follow the Food and Drug Administration’s original dosage protocol for the pill RU-486. But as Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott appealed the injunction to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the three-judge panel disagreed with Yeakel that the admitting privileges requirement served no purpose. It stated that although the law would make it more difficult for women to obtain an abortion, the consequence was merely an “incidental effect,” and was “not designed to strike at the right itself.” The case was then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Local News

Ultra headliner hospitalized; misses Thursday night performance

An electronic music DJ scheduled to perform at the Ultra Music Festival canceled a Thursday night appearance, according to a report by TMZ. Avicii, the 24-year-old whose real name is Tim Bergling, was scheduled to perform at Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel on Miami Beach but did not appear. TMZ reports another DJ informed the crowd Avicii had been hospitalized. A later report said Avicii had been discharged from the hospital. TRAFFIC DETOURS: ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL The illness appears to be sudden, as just hours before Avicii had tweeted: “The Miami madness begins today! Starting off with Luciano at Avicii hotel tonight.” The tweet also included a link to purchase tickets, ranging in price from $1000-$3500. The SLS Hotel has been rebranded for the weekend as the Avicii Hotel, adding several additional events to the already-packed musical weekend in South Florida. Avicii has not commented on the event cancellation or whether he’ll make his 11 p.m. set at Bayfront Park on Saturday. It appears the Swedish-born star is not the only DJ to have some medical trouble this week. Afrojack, another DJ scheduled to perform at Ultra on Sunday, tweeted Thursday about his recent trip to the hospital. “Now omw to the hospital to prevent an …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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