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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…

Exorcists argue over right and wrong way to cast out demons

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I can probably go a step further than this in saying… DUH! Skype Exorcisms Are Worthless, Say Full-Time Exorcists | Vocativ. Skype exorcisms would be an exciting advance in an otherwise ancient world of rituals—if, of course, they weren’t an Internet scam. “They just can’t be done that way,” says Reverend Isaac Kramer, director of…

Thank God he let us win today

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I never understood why God would care about the outcome of a sporting event. With all the strife in the world, he’s going to listen to your fervent wish for your “team” to win? Half Of Americans Say God Plays A Role In Super Bowl Winner: Survey. Two weeks ahead of the Super Bowl, half…

Conversion therapy denounced by Christian counsellors in the U.K.

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It’s crystal clear that “conversion therapy” to attempt to turn people away from homeosexual tendencies is bogus. A religious-based organization in Britain is calling for it to be halted. Christian counsellors ban therapy aimed at ‘converting’ gay patients | World news | The Guardian. Britain’s leading body for Christian therapists has instructed its members to…

Snake salvation pastor slithers away from charges

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In an update to charges against a snake-handling, reality-TV subject, Pentecostal pastor gets what he wants, does not get into too much trouble for illegal reptile possession. But probably will do it again. Freedom of religion, you know. Grand jury decides not to indict snake-handling pastor. Campbell County pastor Andrew Hamblin will not face any…

Jehovah’s Witness dies in Ghana from refusing blood transfusion

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Hospital in Africa takes the path that it is unethical to go against patients’ stated religious beliefs. The consequence here was death. Woman dies for refusing blood transfusion. A 21-year-old woman (name withheld) who had severe anaemia has died at the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital following her refusal to have blood transfusion because of her religious…

Catholic Church embraces the rise in “evil” and trains exorcists

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We have previously noted the increasing “popularity” (although not sure that’s exactly the right word) in exorcism. For various reasons, some feel that this procedure is necessary and useful. It’s difficult to tell who truly believes they are possessed by ACTUAL demons and who is just playing at it for attention. In most cases, psychological…

CHEESUS! This is ridiculous.

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This. Is. Silly. But people see meaning in the darndest things. An Arizona family is getting publicity after their cheesecake flopped. That is, upon cooling, it cracked into the shape of a cross. Holy sighting on Scottsdale cheesecake?. Family members say they won’t be eating the cheesecake. Instead they plan on selling it and donating…

How many angels can fit in the head of an angelologist?

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Self-proclaimed angel expert priest says OH YES, there are angels, just as their are demons. They just don’t have fluffy wings. Where do we draw the line on making stuff up and expertise on supernatural beings? Angels Exist But Have No Wings, Says Church. Catholic Church “angelologist” Father Renzo Lavatori says the celestial beings are…

Texas politics still mired in teaching of Creationism

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This, folks, is an utter disgrace. Dear Texas, I feel for you. You are heading ever downwards. [Warning, commentary and name calling ahead. Is a weekend, indulge me.] GOP lieutenant governor hopefuls back creationism | Dallas Morning News. All four Republican lieutenant governor hopefuls have embraced the teaching of creationism in public schools. Lt. Gov.…

Arguments about Texas textbooks is really about another book – The Bible

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Last night was a public meeting on adopting biology and environmental sciences textbooks for Texas schools. The National Center for Science Education was there. Evolution debate again engulfs Texas board. The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science…

Skeptics get their point across regarding healing priest

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A “faith healer” visits Arizona and only the true believers are impressed. ‘Healing priest’ visits the Valley | azfamily.com Phoenix. Father Suarez travels the world giving healing masses. He made a two-day stop in Phoenix, attracting hundreds to services in Mesa and Phoenix. Father Suarez told 3TV he doesn’t need to defend himself or his…

Oregon media traces child faith healing deaths to Idaho

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Portland Oregon news station investigates faith healing deaths of children whose parents were members of the Followers of Christ church in Idaho. The same church community occupies Oregon City where dozens deaths were caused because the members fail to seek modern medical attention. Fallen followers: Investigation finds 10 more dead children of faith healers |…

Tipping God for being healed?

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I’m not sure I really understand this in the way the researchers explain. Supernatural Experiences Trigger Religious Donations, Baylor Researcher Finds. People who have had what they believe to be supernatural experiences are more likely to be “religious givers,” with their behavior based on cost-benefit principles that work in other transactions — whether that be…