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  • Norway presents proposal on full-face veil ban

    03/23/2018 8:12:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies ^ | 23 March 2018 15:41 CET+01:00
    Three ministers from the Norwegian government presented on Friday a proposal to ban face-covering garments at schools, daycares and other educational institutions. The proposal was presented by ministers from each of the three parties in the coalition government — Finance Minister Siv Jensen (Progress), Minister of Education and Integration Jan Tore Sanner (Conservative) and Minister of Education Iselin Nybø (Liberal). “Even though few people wear the burqa and niqab today, there are instances of it. A national ban will make things clearer for everyone,” Sanner said to NRK. The ban will ensure good communication in educational contexts, the minister added....
  • 70% of young Brits are 'not religious'

    03/22/2018 9:38:55 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/21/18 | Shiona McCallum
    Nearly three-quarters of young Brits identify as having no religion, a report suggests. Researchers asked the religious views of people aged 16 to 29 across Europe. They found young people in the Czech Republic are the least religious - with 91% of that age group saying they have no faith at all. The most religious country in Europe was Poland, where just 17% of young adults define themselves as non-religious. The figures were published in a report called Europe's Young Adults and Religion - which was a collaboration between St Mary's University in London and the Catholic University of Paris....
  • Tim Tebow reflects on breaking ground as a homeschool student: [trunc]

    03/21/2018 11:53:13 AM PDT · by logician2u · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | Mar 15, 2018 | Katie Kindelan
    Football and baseball star Tim Tebow did not attend a single day in public school until his first day at the University of Florida, a school with nearly 50,000 students. Tebow, 30, instead spent his early education years working on his family’s farm and attending classes taught by his parents together with his siblings. "They wanted us to learn reading, writing and arithmetic, but it wasn't No. 1. It wasn't the most important thing," Tebow said. "They wanted to instill love in our hearts, love for God, love for one another. They wanted us to be able to learn a...
  • FRANCE, the West, and The Resurrection of the FAITH

    03/21/2018 10:49:58 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 10 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | Spring 2017 | Joseph Pearce
    As history demonstrates, in France as elsewhere, the Church is always rising from the dead because the gates of Hell cannot prevail against her... It’s not that secularism is dead...It isn’t (like the poor it is always with us). It is simply that it does not have the power to defeat the forces of Christendom... “A few years ago,” Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, “I started to realize something. Whenever I was less than five minutes early for Mass, I had to go to the overflow room, and I would typically have to step over people sitting on the floor to get there....
  • Horror as China tears down crucifix from historic church in fresh bid to kill Christianity

    03/19/2018 8:13:29 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 12 replies
    UK Express ^ | Mar 17 2018 | Alice Scarsi
    The shocking footage, shared on Twitter by one of the priests witnessing the act, shows the moment when local Communist Party chiefs use a crane to remove the last cross standing on top of the Shangqiu Catholic Church South Cathedral in the country's Henan Province. An unidentified group are said to have burst into the church without any official documentation or notice and occupied it by securing the doors and shutting down electrical power. Priest and nuns reported the intruders to the police in vain, as the authorities once arrived confiscated their phone and quarantined them, barring anyone from entering...
  • Muslim pedophile sold children for sex in his ‘rape house’ [TR]

    03/18/2018 2:55:30 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 29 replies
    Geller Report ^ | March 18, 2018 | Pamela Geller
    All the authorities can do is ban anyone who wants to speak about this. The British police are a disgrace. Reportedly close to a million non-Muslim girls have been gang raped and trafficked in the UK. The authorities did not pursue these crimes for years, for fear of being accused of islamophobia and racism (Islam is not a race). And still the child rape rages on. Politicians can keep turning a blind eye, law enforcement ignore it, so this pox on our communities continues get worse. It’s because rape jihad is sanctioned under Islam. Sex slavery is sanctioned under Islam....
  • Christian Indie ‘I Can Only Imagine’ Set to Over-Perform at Box Office

    03/17/2018 8:38:11 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 29 replies
    Variety ^ | March 17, 2018 | Pat Saperstein
    The nation’s moviegoers look to be turning out in bigger numbers for a Christian-themed independent film than for the first mainstream teen movie with a gay main character. Roadside Attractions’ “I Can Only Imagine,” based on the story of the biggest-selling Christian song of all time, is looking at an estimated $14 million-plus for the weekend from 1,629 locations, far outdoing earlier estimates of $2 million-$8 million. Meanwhile, Fox’s “Love, Simon” is garnering attention for featuring a love story centering on a teenage boy coming out, and is looking at a $12 million-plus weekend on 800 more screens than the...
  • Online dating is saving the ancient Zoroastrian religion

    03/16/2018 6:41:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    ABC ^ | 3/13/2018 | Siobhan Hegarty
    Zarin Havewala doesn't call herself a professional matchmaker, but her track record suggests otherwise. "So far, 55 couples have found their partners through my efforts — 53 couples are already married, and two more couples are engaged to be married soon," says Ms Havewala, a Mumbai-based mother-of-two. Ms Havewala is a Zoroastrian — or 'Parsi' (meaning 'Persian') as they're known in India — a member of an ancient monotheistic faith that pre-dates Islam and Christianity. Zoroastrianism was the official religion of Persia, its birthplace, for more than a millennium, but today the community is a fraction of its former size,...
  • ‘I Can Only Imagine:’ Pastor’s son stars in Christian film

    03/15/2018 9:01:05 PM PDT · by fungoking · 3 replies
    The Pathway ^ | 1/29/18 | Ben Hawkins
    In 2008, John Michael Finley – a student at the prestigious performing arts school at Roosevelt University – came home to Lebanon after his spring semester only to hear bad news. His father told him that Roosevelt University was simply too expensive, and he’d need to finish his college education elsewhere. This news didn’t necessarily bode well for his aspirations as an actor, yet Finley took it in stride. But only a few weeks later, he and his family were shaken by tragedy. On May 31, 2008, Finley’s 21-year-old brother, Army Specialist James M. Finley, was killed in Jalalabad City,...
  • In midst of war with Russia: 500,000 Ukrainians Celebrated God's Faithfulness

    03/15/2018 3:09:43 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 9 replies
    Mission Network News ^ | Sep 2017 | Lyndsey Koh
    Say ‘Ukraine’ today and, if you’re lucky, you’ll get someone who knows there’s still a conflict in that country. Sergey Rakhuba with Mission Eurasia says while the bloody conflict between Ukraine and Russia is ongoing, the Ukrainian Church is moving. (Last September) around 500,000 evangelical believers gathered in the central square of Kiev, Ukraine to celebrate the Protestant Reformation’s 500th anniversary and to thank God for His faithfulness in their country. Rakhuba was in contact with colleagues attending the event, and he says, “They reported over 500,000 across denominational lines from all the churches in Kiev and surrounding areas. Many...
  • Particle Accelerator Reveals Ancient Greek Medical Text Beneath Religious Psalms on Parchment

    03/14/2018 10:31:34 PM PDT · by blueplum · 21 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 13 March 2018 | Ryan F. Mandelbaum
    If you’re a history buff, you might not know much particle physics. But the two fields share more in common than you’d think. X-rays from a high-energy lab have revealed ancient Greek medical texts that had been stripped and covered with religious writing. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have long been using high-powered x-rays at their Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) to analyze ancient texts. This week, they’ll be revealing the text beneath 10th-century psalms from the St. Catherine’s Monastery on the Sinai Peninsula. The hidden words were a translation of writings by the ancient...
  • Jesus Christ Superstar Live Easter on NBC

    03/14/2018 7:58:17 AM PDT · by Fawn · 65 replies
    NBC ^ | March, 2018
    JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT APRIL 1 | EASTER SUNDAY The globally celebrated musical classic comes to NBC for a one-of-a-kind live staging!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Looking forward to this!
  • David Barash’s Proposal — Something Wicked This Way Comes

    03/13/2018 7:22:16 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 12 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | March 10, 2018 | Ann Gauger
    David Barash’s Proposal — Something Wicked This Way Comes Ann Gauger March 10, 2018 If you want to see something creepy, read the article in Nautilus by David Barash, that Wesley Smith and Richard Weikart have already noted. The face that stares out is a chimp/human chimera, thankfully still fictional. But if David Barash, emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Washington, has his way, chimeras will soon be a reality.Human/animal chimeras are not new. Human pluripotent stem cells have been added to mouse, cow, and pig embryos already, and the results were published in the journal Cell in...
  • Church Installs Ejection Seats To Remove Members Whose Phones Ring During Service

    03/12/2018 9:33:28 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 32 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | March 13, 2017
    MURFREESBORO, TN—Middle Tennessee Baptist Church was having problems with church members failing to silence their phones during service. But not anymore, thanks to the church’s new, state-of-the-art ejection system installed in every seat throughout the sanctuary. ... “We hope he’s alright, but most of all, we hope that next time he visits, he turns that puppy on vibrate,” he added.
  • Pastor got $390K after claiming crippling disease. Then insurer saw the Facebook posts, lawsuit says

    03/12/2018 6:58:34 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 47 replies
    The State ^ | March 11, 2018 | JOE MARUSAK
    A North Carolina pastor who claimed she had a crippling disease is being sued by her insurer, which says it found church Facebook photos of her going down a slide and playing Skee-Ball. Cynthia McCullough of Charlotte told her insurer that reflex sympathetic dystrophy left her unable to bathe and dress. She said she needed constant home care, according to the lawsuit filed by New York Life in federal court in Charlotte on Friday. Reflex sympathetic dystrophy is a rare and chronic nervous system disorder that causes severe pain, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders. McCullough has received...
  • RAPE, RAPE, RAPE. And today the UK is celebrating Islam!

    03/12/2018 5:12:45 AM PDT · by high info voter · 14 replies
    Geller Report ^ | March 12, 2018 | Pamela Geller
    UK: Up to 1,000 children as young as 11 were drugged, beaten and raped by Muslim rape gangs in Telford over 40 YEARS...........
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls (Video)

    03/11/2018 6:09:14 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 10, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    The Dead Sea Scrolls - (Bible Archaeology, Part 9)(Clocks in at about an hour).Wasn't sure if this should go in General or Religion. Since it focuses more on the archaeological find than the religious implications, I decided to post it here.
  • Scientology Poised to Launch TV Network

    03/11/2018 2:12:44 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 11, 2018 | Michael O'Connell
    The Church of Scientology is getting its own TV network. The controversial group, headed by David Miscavige, is poised to launch a channel on DirectTV and platforms Apple TV and Roku on Monday, March 12. Evidence of the network is already on Apple's app store, where "Scientology TV" is available for download from The Church of Scientology International. Running the app reveals a placeholder announcement that content will officially launch at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. P.T. There's also a newly launched Twitter account, with first updates coming early Sunday morning, pointing to a website that doesn't yet appear to be...
  • 'A Wrinkle in Time' ditches the book's explicit Christian references — and the movie really[tr]

    03/10/2018 12:25:36 PM PST · by simpson96 · 21 replies
    Insider ^ | 3/9/2018 | Kim Renfro
    Disney's big-budget adaptation of the best-selling novel "A Wrinkle in Time" falters in many of the same ways the book does— but there was one major change made in the movie from the novel. The film's version of events strips away explicit mention of God or religion, instead trimming down the central conflict to one between "evil" and "light." Though the film adaptation has several critical flaws — namely pacing and an off-kilter wobble between too much exposition and then not enough — the removal of L'Engle's religious overtones leads to a key issue. By removing the religious themes, the...
  • His Dark Materials is ripe for an onscreen do-over. Enter the BBC

    03/09/2018 5:57:22 PM PST · by Simon Green · 3 replies
    Vox ^ | 03/09/18 | Constance Grady
    3 lessons the forthcoming miniseries can learn from the failed 2007 film His Dark Materials, the celebrated fantasy trilogy by Philip Pullman, is getting a second chance to do a screen adaptation right. Deadline reports that the BBC is producing a big-budget TV miniseries adaptation of the first volume of the trilogy, The Northern Lights (titled The Golden Compass in the US). The BBC has certainly poured some money into the talent pool, with boldface names galore already signed on to the project, according to Deadline: Tom Hooper, of Les Misérables and The King’s Speech, will direct, Logan breakout Dafne...