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Cleveland evangelist Perry Stone ‘acted inappropriately’ with female employees
Jul 31, 2020

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By Wyatt Massey Perry Stone has been away from his multimillion-dollar ministry in Cleveland, Tennessee, for three months, leaving many of his followers confused. But in an audio message played for a small, in-person group of church members several weeks ago — and obtained by the Times Free Press — Stone said he acted inappropriately …


Sleeping microbes wake up after 100 million years buried under the seafloor
Jul 30, 2020

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By Rafi Letzter Microbes found themselves buried in the dirt 101.5 million years ago, back before even Tyrannosaurus rex when Earth’s biggest meat-eating dinosaur, called Spinosaurus roamed the planet. Time passed, continents shifted, oceans rose and fell, great apes emerged, and eventually human beings evolved with the curiosity and skills to dig up those ancient cells. …


Atheists Warn Spokane Sheriff Against Using Bible-Based Training Program
Jul 30, 2020

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By Hemant Mehta In October, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in Washington will require employees to attend a two-day “Bulletproof Warrior” training seminar. The seminar received renewed attention a couple of years ago when it was discovered that the cop involved in the murder of Philando Castile had been an attendee. It also doesn’t help that the …


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

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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 

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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

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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 …


Two Schoolgirls From India Just Discovered an Asteroid
Jul 29, 2020

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By Satviki Sanjay As space enthusiasts prep to bid goodbye to the rare comet NEOWISE that has been visible almost all through this month, two girls from India have found another celestial body. The 14-year-olds spent the lockdown discovering an earth-bound asteroid, as announced by SPACE India, an Indian space education institute, in a congratulatory tweet. The …


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

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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 

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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

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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 …


Humans Are About to Return a Rock to The Surface of Mars After 600,000 Years
Jul 28, 2020

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By David Nield Humans are about to make history by sending a little piece of a Martian rock back to the surface of Mars for the first time ever. The meteorite fragment Sayh al Uhaymir 008 (or SaU 008) will hitch a ride on the 2020 NASA Perseverance rover mission on Thursday – some 600,000 years after …


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

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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 …