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Though everyone else yelled “FAKE”, scholar says ‘Jesus’ wife’ evidence is genuine

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Another update to the back and forth about the piece of papyrus that suggests Jesus had a wife. Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say – NYTimes.com. A faded fragment of papyrus known as the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” which caused an uproar when unveiled by a Harvard Divinity…

Tinted windows in Zambia means you’re a Satanist

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Villagers rioted and acused teachers in a local school of practicing Satanism. Mpika villagers accuse teachers of satanism. OVER two hundred villagers from Mapoma and surrounding areas in chief Kopa’s area on Wednesday rioted and threatened to beat up teachers at Mapoma Basic School, accusing them of practising Satanism. Sinkamba said the villagers started accusing…

Dead animals in DC park part of ritual sacrifice?

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Parks have become a commonplace location to find animal remains related to possible ritual sacrifices. It would be less icky if people kept this kind of stuff to themselves. Goat, chickens, pigeons found with throats slashed in Rock Creek Park Animal welfare officials are investigating whether a religious or ritualistic practice was behind the death…

Narconon lawsuit alleges it’s just a cover for Scientology recruitment

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Narconon has long been criticized not only for it’s non-scientific, unsupported regimen for drug treatment but also as a less than secret recruitment channel for Scientology. Now, there is a lawsuit to address this. Narconon Rehab Called a Scientology Come-on. Cathy Tarr and her son Michael Tarr sued Narconon Fresh Start dba Rainbow Canyon Retreat…

Noah movie dispute called an “unholy mess”

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A core idea of this argument – accurate portrayal of the Bible – breaks my brain. What do YOU think? ‘Noah:’ Faith-based group, Paramount in biblical battle – latimes.com. Paramount has taken the unusual step of issuing a press release debunking a survey and a resultant Variety story about the faith-based community’s skepticism for the…

In Missouri, Brattin proposes parental consent to learn biology

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I’m not joking when I ask, is he brain-dead? How would he think this would get him nothing but scorn and threats of lawsuits? Oh wait, he’s blinded by faith. Unprecedented Attack On Evolution ‘Indoctrination’ Mounted In Missouri. A Missouri lawmaker has proposed what ranks among the most anti-evolution legislation in recent years, which would…

Satanic ritual leads to murder of Houston girl

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A horrific story of a murder of teen based on superstition. Official: Deal with devil prompted girl’s killing : Stltoday. Two teenage boys were hoping to make a deal with the devil when they sexually assaulted and killed a 15-year-old suburban Houston girl in a satanic ritual, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Seventeen-year-old Jose E. Reyes…

Former “skeptic” is now an exorcist trainer

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I use the term “skeptic” VERY loosely, because he is not using evidence but is simply too credulous. However, this sounds an awful lot like a testable claim… hmm. Local Psychologist A Former Skeptic, Now Trains Priests In Exorcisms. Quoted without corrections: A local psychologist is an expert who is traveling around the world to…

WA legislature moves to remove Christian Science faith healing exemption

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More news on religious exemptions for children’s health care. Remember we told you about a new law in Idaho proposed to address a religious shield law that protects parents when kids are treated only with faith-based healing. Now, the Washingon legistlature is taken steps to fix their laws. Faith Healing Exemption Gets Scrutiny In Washington…

The Great Debate: Science trumps Creationism

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Ham on Nye: Deny deny deny… In a sometimes frustrating, sometimes boring, but consistently civil discussion about the definition and importance of science, two speakers with opposing worldviews presented their evidence to a sellout crowd and hundreds of thousands of online viewers. Who Won Bill Nye’s Big Evolution Faceoff? – NBC News.com. Bill Nye the…

Texas Board of Education passes improved rules for textbook review

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A very positive step! Laredo Morning Times – Texas board approves textbook review rule changes. The Texas Board of Education imposed tighter rules Friday on the citizen review panels that scrutinize proposed textbooks, potentially softening fights over evolution, religion’s role in U.S. history and other ideological matters that have long seeped into what students learn…