Man shot dead for ‘blasphemy’ in Pakistan courtroom
Jul 30, 2020 · 1 

By Asad Hashim A man accused of blasphemy for claiming that he was a prophet has been shot dead in a courtroom in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, police officials say, the latest violence associated with Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws. Tahir Ahmad Naseem was shot six times during a hearing in his case at …

Conservative Evangelical Eric Metaxas, Doing Twitter Theology, Claims “Jesus Was White”
Jul 30, 2020 · 1 

By Eric Vanden Eykel When Eric Metaxas tweeted that “Jesus was white” on Monday the small corner of Twitter in which Metaxas is sometimes a conversation piece erupted quickly, and with wild speculation. Is he looking for attention? Being provocative? No one actually believes that Jesus is white, do they? Surely Metaxas is smart enough to know that this claim …

Embattled megachurch pastor John Ortberg resigns from Menlo Church
Jul 30, 2020

By Bob Smietana John Ortberg, popular Christian author and speaker, has resigned as pastor of Menlo Church, a megachurch congregation outside of San Francisco. His resignation is effective Sunday (Aug. 2). “I have considered my seventeen years as pastor here to be the greatest joy I’ve had in ministry,” Ortberg said in a statement. “But …

Saudi Arabia: Yemeni Blogger Convicted for Supporting LGBT Rights
Jul 29, 2020

By Human Rights Watch A Saudi court sentenced a Yemeni blogger to jail and then deportation to Yemen for a social media post supporting equal rights for all in Saudi Arabia, Human Rights Watch said today. After a trial in which he was provided no counsel, Mohamad al-Bokari, a Yemeni living in Riyadh, was sentenced on July 20, 2020 …

Trump’s New Favorite COVID Doctor Believes in Alien DNA, Demon Sperm, and Hydroxychloroquine
Jul 29, 2020 · 5 

By Will Sommer A Houston doctor who praises hydroxychloroquine and says that face masks aren’t necessary to stop transmission of the highly contagious coronavirus has become a star on the right-wing internet, garnering tens of millions of views on Facebook on Monday alone. Donald Trump Jr. declared the video of Stella Immanuel a “must watch,” while Donald …

Racism among white Christians is higher than among the nonreligious. That’s no coincidence.
Jul 29, 2020

By Robert P. Jones, CEO and founder PRRI Over the last several weeks, the United States has engaged in a long-overdue reckoning with the racist symbols of the past, tearing down monuments to figures complicit in slavery and removing Confederate flags from public displays. But little scrutiny has been given to the cultural institutions that …

Atheist Group: The IRS Must Investigate Megachurch That Endorsed Trump and Pence
Jul 28, 2020 · 1 

By Hemant Mehta One month ago, Vice President Mike Pence visited First Baptist, the Dallas megachurch of Pastor Robert Jeffress, for an event called “Celebrate Freedom Sunday.” If you heard anything about it in the news, it may have been because we learned after the event that several members of the church’s choir and orchestra had tested positive for COVID before Pence gave …

Pastor John MacArthur, Grace Community Church defy bans on singing, indoor worship
Jul 28, 2020

By Alejandra Molina Grace Community Church congregants in Sun Valley gathered indoors and sang hymns on Sunday (July 26), defying California regulations that aim to limit the spread of COVID-19. “This is a very special day in the life of our church family. It is for us a return to what we love the most, …

Christian homophobes are boycotting wrapping paper and greeting cards because of ‘the LGBT+ agenda’
Jul 28, 2020

By Emma Powys Maurice One Million Moms has launched a boycott against “all things Hallmark” after the network dared to acknowledge the existence of LGBT+ people in its holiday movies. On July 15 the Hallmark Channel announced 18 new movies for the festive season, and while none of them had LGBT+ main characters, the channel promised that …

Ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick ran sex ring for clerics at New Jersey beach home, lawsuit alleges
Jul 27, 2020

By Abbott Koloff and Deena Yellin A lawsuit filed Tuesday night accuses former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of taking his pick of boys to abuse sexually and assigning others to adult clerics at a New Jersey beach home that’s been central to previous allegations against the former prelate. The man who brought the suit said in court …

Rep. Ted Yoho resigns from board of Christian organization following AOC incident
Jul 27, 2020 · 2 

By Kelly Mena Florida GOP Rep. Ted Yoho has resigned from the board of a Christian organization that works to fight hunger following his tense exchange with Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Chris Ford, the deputy director for strategic communications and campaigns of Bread for the World, on Saturday evening confirmed Yoho’s resignation to CNN. …

Barclays Close Christian Charity Bank Account Offering LGBT Conversion Therapy
Jul 27, 2020

By Jamie Wareham Barclays has closed the bank account of a U.K. Christian charity the Core Issues Trust, who offer LGBT conversion therapy, says, Premier Christian News. It follows criticism from LGBT activists, who say the bank–the lead sponsor of Pride in London for several years–was hypocritical. They argued supporting LGBT people with one hand while …