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Pope received news of his warrant of arrest before resignation

On February 4, a week before Pope Benedict XVI's resignation, Vatican allegedly received a note from an undisclosed European government that stated that there are plans to issue a warrant for the...

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In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
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Megachurch Closes After Founder Refers To Women As ‘Penis Homes’

Megachurch Closes After Founder Refers To Women As ‘Penis Homes’ | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
Mars Hill, a Washington megachurch, has recently announced that several of its branches will be closing. In addition, Mars Hill founder Mark Driscoll has also announced that he will be taking a lea...

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The Greatest Fake Religion of All Time

The Greatest Fake Religion of All Time | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
Over fifty years ago, a group of pranksters founded a satiric religion devoted to creating conspiracy theories so insane that nobody would ever believe uncritically in conspiracies again. They called themselves the Discordians.

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Restored Image of Amun Discovered in Sudan - Archaeology Magazine

Restored Image of Amun Discovered in Sudan - Archaeology Magazine | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
This stele depicting the Egyptian god Amun was defaced on the orders of a heretic pharaoh. http://t.co/PJQrAAuqPK http://t.co/LIcO7SSrlt

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Right-Wing Christians Tell Kids 'Convert or Go to Hell,' Then Accuse Liberals of Indoctrinating Christian Kids

Right-Wing Christians Tell Kids 'Convert or Go to Hell,' Then Accuse Liberals of Indoctrinating Christian Kids | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
It’s evident who is pushing obedience to an ideology.

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Mormon feminist excommunicated

Mormon feminist excommunicated | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it


By Jessica Ravitz, CNN


(CNN) –
 Kate Kelly, a lifelong Mormon who’s spearheaded a fight for equal opportunities for women in her church, was convicted of apostasy Monday and excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


The verdict, decided by a panel of male judges who convened Sunday, came to her by way of an e-mail sent by her former LDS Church bishop in Virginia, Mark Harrison. Kelly described the verdict as “exceptionally painful.”



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Community Village Sites's curator insight, June 24, 2:24 PM


Remember when Mormons would not allow Black people to become priests? 


This church has serious issues. 


malek's curator insight, June 25, 7:28 AM

"When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives."

M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, June 26, 1:48 PM

"LDS Ex's"?


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When Evangelicalism Makes Things Easy For Sexual Offenders – and Hard for Their Victims

When Evangelicalism Makes Things Easy For Sexual Offenders – and Hard for Their Victims | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy Feminism

Evangelical teachings on repentance and forgiveness create a tremendous problem when it comes to rape or other forms of abuse. If you commit a sin and repent of it, God forgives you. I remember hearing Psalm 103:12 quoted constantly: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Of course, this was always said in a positive way—isn’t it awesome that God forgives us no matter what? But it doesn’t must mean God forgives us. It also means God forgives rapists, child molesters, and so on—fully and completely.
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The Televangelist Infidelity Matrix Scandal

The Televangelist Infidelity Matrix Scandal | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
Last week, Rachel Maddow mentioned that there was a mug featuring one on the show's fabulous charts, The Televangelist Infidelity Matrix, was available at CafePress. I went searching for it, but ap...
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Theories of religion: The early years

Theories of religion: The early years | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
This week we’re looking at three early anthropologists who believed that cultures evolve from “primitive” to “civilized” stages, and that religion is a characteristic of the earlier stages. Excelsior!

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Evangelical Renaissance

Evangelical Renaissance | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
Steven P. Miller: Since the 1970s, the words “evangelical” and “born again” have been weapons, foils, or badges of honor, depending on their wielders.
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Most Americans See Bible As Word Of God, Gallup Says

Most Americans See Bible As Word Of God, Gallup Says | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
The survey finds that nearly a third believe the Bible is the literal word of God, while nearly half said a supreme being inspired the text.
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Christian Doctor On Why He Performs Abortions: ‘I Came To A Deeper Understanding Of My Spirituality’

Christian Doctor On Why He Performs Abortions: ‘I Came To A Deeper Understanding Of My Spirituality’ | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
Dr. Willie Parker didn't perform abortions for the first 12 years of his practice. But then he changed his mind because of his faith.
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Catholic Schoolboys Rule: Neo-Conservatism and the Sociopathy of the Religious Right

Catholic Schoolboys Rule: Neo-Conservatism and the Sociopathy of the Religious Right | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
Is this country being run by right-wing Christian fundamentalists? And if so, are they representative of the wider society? These are some of the issues examined by Sean Stinson. "Sometimes it's be...

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Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say

Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
The test results do not prove that Jesus had a wife, only that the fragment of papyrus with the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife,’” is most likely not a forgery.
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America's Forgotten First Witch

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Almost half a century before the Salem Witch Trials, the Colony of Connecticut executed the first person accused of witchcraft in America. This was a victim named Alse Younge about whom nearly nothing is known except her dubious place in history as a macabre footnote.

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Christian broadcaster: Ebola could cleanse US of atheists, gay people, and sluts

Christian broadcaster: Ebola could cleanse US of atheists, gay people, and sluts | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it

A Christian radio host who enthusiastically looks for signs the world will end welcomed the Ebola virus as a cleansing force.

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Naughty Nuns, Flatulent Monks, and Other Surprises of Sacred Medieval Manuscripts

Naughty Nuns, Flatulent Monks, and Other Surprises of Sacred Medieval Manuscripts | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
"Imagination is a much freer thing in the margins of a book; it’s allowed to run amok."Kaitlin Manning, an associate at B & L Rootenb...

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No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and

No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it

No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your ‘religious freedom.’ If you don’t like birth control, don’t use it. Religious freedom doesn’t mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.


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The Runner-Up Religions Of America

The Runner-Up Religions Of America | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
One nation under God, with many different religious traditions.

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, June 22, 8:37 AM

A fascinating snapshot of religious influences in America.  Never would have guessed that Buddhism was so popular over such a wide swathe of the West of the country,  and the number 2 religion in Arizona is Hinduism!

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Will the Supreme Court Ignore the Evidence? Facts vs. Beliefs in the Hobby Lobby Case

Will the Supreme Court Ignore the Evidence? Facts vs. Beliefs in the Hobby Lobby Case | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
Should the Supreme Court rule in Hobby Lobby's favor, it will have signaled to every subsequent litigant that science has no place in the courtroom. That should scare us all.
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Kola Boof on Spirituality

Kola Boof on Spirituality | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it

Kola Boof, a woman of controversy ~ author, activist, mother, harlot, opportunist, poet, womanist.


Kola graces us with a rare interview, which offers insights into a spiritual woman, something often not seen in this woman with such a sensational life story...

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Born 20 years apart at Tuam home...both scarred and tormented by a childhood ruined by cruel nuns

Born 20 years apart at Tuam home...both scarred and tormented by a childhood ruined by cruel nuns | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
Two men who survived the mother and baby home reveal the physical and mental scars they were left with

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Blind Followers Keep Dead Cult Leader in a Freezer, Claim He Is Just Meditating

Blind Followers Keep Dead Cult Leader in a Freezer, Claim He Is Just Meditating | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
Swami Ashutosh Maharaj, a religious cult leader in India, was pronounced clinically dead, after doctors confirmed he died of heart disease. However, his followers are unwilling to accept the verdict. Instead, they claim that he’s simply meditating.

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Why Agnosticism Probably Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

Why Agnosticism Probably Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
Agnostics are often characterized as ambivalent or wishy-washy fence sitters who refuse to make up their minds. But there's much more to agnosticism than these tired misconceptions, including a stricter adherence to scientific principles than those typically invoked by atheists.

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New science is shedding light on what really happens during out-of-body experiences -- with shocking results.

New science is shedding light on what really happens during out-of-body experiences -- with shocking results. | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it

People from all walks of life and belief systems have this experience. Studies indicate that the experience of an NDE is not influenced by gender, race, socioeconomic status, or level of education. Although NDEs are sometimes presented as religious experiences, this seems to be a matter of individual perception. Furthermore, researchers have found no relationship between religion and the experience of an NDE. That is, it did not matter whether the people recruited in those studies were Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, atheist, or agnostic.


...NDE studies also suggest that after physical death, mind and consciousness may continue in a transcendent level of reality that normally is not accessible to our senses and awareness. Needless to say, this view is utterly incompatible with the belief of many materialists that the material world is the only reality.

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Sudanese woman who is eight-months pregnant to be flogged to death

Sudanese woman who is eight-months pregnant to be flogged to death | In The Name Of God | Scoop.it
A pregnant woman in Khartoum, Sudan faces execution for ‘leaving Islam’ according to laws set down by the country's president Omar al-Bashir (pictured).

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malek's comment, May 15, 12:21 PM
true, the usual suspects have their usual victims
Deb Bailey's comment, May 15, 12:56 PM
Yes. Very well said.
M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, May 15, 4:50 PM

"Leaving Islam" punishable by death in Sudan. This guy looks miserable..