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Pat Robertson Debunks Creationist Idea That Earth Is 6,000 Years Old

Pat Robertson Debunks Creationist Idea That Earth Is 6,000 Years Old | American Religion | Scoop.it
Pat Robertson, the controversial televangelist and host of the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club," is said to have stunned many of his viewers on Tuesday when he dispelled the idea -- held dear by many Bibical creationists -- that Earth is...
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Google Announces Global Campaign To Legalize Gay Marriage

Google Announces Global Campaign To Legalize Gay Marriage | American Religion | Scoop.it
Google has announced a global campaign in support of equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples...
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Rift Forms in Movement as Belief in Gay ‘Cure’ Is Renounced

Rift Forms in Movement as Belief in Gay ‘Cure’ Is Renounced | American Religion | Scoop.it
Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, declared that there was no cure for homosexuality and that “reparative therapy” offered false hopes to gays and could even be harmful.
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Appeals Court Rules Against Defense of Marriage Act

Appeals Court Rules Against Defense of Marriage Act | American Religion | Scoop.it
A three-judge panel in Boston declared that the law unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married gay couples, a ruling likely to wind up before the Supreme Court.
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Local Pastor Calls For Death of 'Queers & Homosexuals'

Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church -- located at 3283 Providence Mill Rd, Maiden, NC 28650 -- is seen here from a service posted to t...
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Mitt Romney absent as GOP hopefuls hold faith-focused discussion in Iowa, courting Christian-conservative base  

Mitt Romney absent as GOP hopefuls hold faith-focused discussion in Iowa, courting Christian-conservative base   | American Religion | Scoop.it
Six Republican presidential candidates dove deep into how their religious faith influences their public life, during a free-flowing forum before a large, influential audience of social conservatives in early-voting Iowa on Saturday.
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Dead Sea Scrolls Go Online in Israel Museum Project With Google

Dead Sea Scrolls Go Online in Israel Museum Project With Google | American Religion | Scoop.it
The Dead Sea Scrolls, so ancient and fragile that direct light cannot shine on them, are now available to search and read online in a project launched today by the Israel Museum and Google Inc.
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Bible Algorithm Gives Hints To Who Wrote The Book

Bible Algorithm Gives Hints To Who Wrote The Book | American Religion | Scoop.it
JERUSALEM -- Software developed by an Israeli team is giving intriguing new hints about what researchers believe to be the multiple hands that wrote the Bible.
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Presbyterians Approve Ordination of Gay People

Presbyterians Approve Ordination of Gay People | American Religion | Scoop.it
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted to change its constitution and allow openly gay people in same-sex relationships to be ordained as ministers, elders and deacons.
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Gay Marriage: April 2011 | TPMDC

Gay Marriage: April 2011 | TPMDC | American Religion | Scoop.it
A CNN Poll taken recently showed 51% of Americans now thinking that same-sex Marriage should be legal...
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Disasters such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan prompt questions of faith

Disasters such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan prompt questions of faith | American Religion | Scoop.it
What hath God wrought? This is perhaps the oldest of theological questions — the one that may, in fact, explain the nearly universal human yearning for faith, what evolutionary psychologist Jesse Bering calls "the belief instinct." How can we explain the inexplicable? How can we make sense of suffering?
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Pastor's Book: There's No Hell? Read 'Love Wins' by Rob Bell - ABC News

Pastor's Book: There's No Hell? Read 'Love Wins' by Rob Bell - ABC News | American Religion | Scoop.it
Pastor Rob Bell newest book is promising to have evangelicals across the country up in arms. In "Love Wins," Bell questions the existence of hell, arguing instead that a loving God would never sentence human souls to eternal suffering.
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George W. Bush Praising the Islamic Faith

With so many conservatives worried about President Obama's respect for the Islamic faith, it is interesting ro re-visit former President George W Bush's remarks on the religion. Here are some of his most memorable quotes on the matter...
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Holy iPad slayer! Company releases world’s first Christian tablet

Holy iPad slayer! Company releases world’s first Christian tablet | American Religion | Scoop.it

Billed as the world’s first Christian tablet, its genesis came with the inevitable intersection of technology and religion, according to Brian Honorable, a technology supervisor at Family Christian, the group that sells the tablet.

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Episcopal Church expected to OK liturgy for same-sex couples

Episcopal Church expected to OK liturgy for same-sex couples | American Religion | Scoop.it
Sixteen years after allowing gays and lesbians to become priests, the Episcopal Church appears poised to introduce a rite that would specifically bless the unions of same-sex couples.
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Texas A&M students building a "maroon wall" to block WBC members protesting at a military funeral. : pics

Texas A&M students building a "maroon wall" to block WBC members protesting at a military funeral. : pics | American Religion | Scoop.it

Double credit to the Aggies for doing this in the awful Texas heat.

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Anderson Cooper’s Must-See Grilling of ‘Gays Behind Electrific Fences’ Supporter

First of all, “People are gonna take it and make it their own way and make it what they want to”? LOLZ! Yes, here we crazy gays go again taking things all out of context!
Except, what’s that? You actually are condoning forcing gays into concentration camps where they will be left to die?
Take it from here, Anderson Cooper!

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Gays may have the fastest of all civil rights movements

Gays may have the fastest of all civil rights movements | American Religion | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO — In 1958, the Gallup Poll asked Americans whether they approved or disapproved of marriage between blacks and whites. The response was overwhelming: 94% were opposed, a sentiment that held for decades.
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Atheist Group's New Florida Billboards About to Piss Off a Whole Bunch of Jesus Fans - Broward/Palm Beach News - The Daily Pulp

Atheist Group's New Florida Billboards About to Piss Off a Whole Bunch of Jesus Fans - Broward/Palm Beach News - The Daily Pulp | American Religion | Scoop.it
Do you know what Neptune, Jesus, Santa Claus, and Satan have in common?They're going to be alongside each other on...
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David Letterman threatened by jihadists - BlogPost - The Washington Post

David Letterman threatened by jihadists - BlogPost - The Washington Post | American Religion | Scoop.it
A threat posted on an al-Qaeda message board has called on U.S. Muslims to cut out David Letterman’s tongue and break his neck after the comic made a joke about terrorists.
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Harold Camping: Judgment Day Did Actually Happen Saturday - TIME NewsFeed

Harold Camping: Judgment Day Did Actually Happen Saturday   - TIME NewsFeed | American Religion | Scoop.it
It was just invisible. After a few days of silence — as thousands reveled in the fact that they hadn't been Raptured on Saturday — Judgment Day-calculator Harold Camping figured out a way to spin his (second!
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Republicans Can't Stop Confusing Our Constitution With Their Bible

Republicans Can't Stop Confusing Our Constitution With Their Bible | American Religion | Scoop.it
Republicans have a defect that doesn’t allow them to discern between the bible and the Constitution and it causes inequality and harm to many Americans.
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Poll: 46 Percent of Mississippi GOP Want to Ban Interracial Marriage - National - The Atlantic Wire

Poll: 46 Percent of Mississippi GOP Want to Ban Interracial Marriage - National - The Atlantic Wire | American Religion | Scoop.it
So the liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling outfit posed a revealing question to Mississippi Republicans in their latest survey: "Do you think interracial marriage should be legal or illegal?"
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Who's in Hell? Pastors' Criticism of Eternal Torment for Some Sparks Fierce Debate

Who's in Hell? Pastors' Criticism of Eternal Torment for Some Sparks Fierce Debate | American Religion | Scoop.it
Michigan Pastor Rob Bell's new book, Love Wins has quickly spread across the Internet, and is sparking a fight among the faithful over what happens in hell.
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Drawing U.S. Crowds With Anti-Islam Message - NYTimes.com

FORT WORTH -- Brigitte Gabriel bounced to the stage at a Tea Party convention last fall. She greeted the crowd with a loud Texas ''Yee-HAW,'' then launched into the same gripping personal story she has told in hundreds of churches, synagogues and conference rooms across the United States:

As a child growing up a Maronite Christian in war-torn southern Lebanon in the 1970s, Ms. Gabriel said, she had been left lying injured in rubble after Muslims mercilessly bombed her village. She found refuge in Israel and then moved to the United States, only to find that the Islamic radicals who had terrorized her in Lebanon, she said, were now bent on taking over America.
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