A Missouri pastor is accused of stealing more than $21,000 from his church to pay off his 20-year-old mistress. Ralph Sawyer was charged with a felony count of theft after prosecutors said he ripped off money from Lindsay Lane Missionary Baptist Church in Florissant, where he served as a pastor. Prosecutors said the church treasurer discovered money missing from the congregation’s savings account and launched an investigation — which revealed Sawyer had used his church-issued ATM card to make 35 withdrawals in June and July totaling $21,727.50.
The documentary, which begins streaming on Vimeo on Thursday, casts a critical eye on the purity culture within evangelical Christianity “Whatever it is, don’t let me die before I have sex” is a prayer that at first, sounds like a punchline.
"As a formerly devout religious person, I bristle to imagine people placating me by pretending to engage in something that was as filled with true belief and passion as prayer was when they didn’t really believe. When I deconverted and one of my outwardly Christian leader friends revealed himself to be a closet atheist living a lie to paternalistically influence our Christian peers, I felt repulsed and betrayed. I am, frankly, sick to death of atheists who consider themselves high minded and tolerant for treating religious people like they are incapable of encountering people who forthrightly contradict their beliefs and decline from their practices. [..] You think that you know the reality is that they pray just because it’s their “coping style” and that it only helps them (insofar as it does) for psychological reasons that are different than what they think are the reasons it works. So whereas they ask you to pray in hopes of a true spiritual engagement with God and shared faith with another person, you consider them too incapable of dealing with honesty or even an alternative method that you both honestly believe in and have the same understanding of."
Perhaps it’s not surprising that, while Kim Davis is sitting in a Kentucky jail, we’re hearing another story of someone requesting religious accommodations at work. Charee Stanley is a flight attendant for ExpressJet Airlines.
A few months ago, the ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses on Reddit had an idea: They wanted to put up a billboard in Belton, Texas, where a couple of JW conventions were set to take place in late July/early August.
You don’t have to believe in God or identify with any religion to see a creator’s hand in human life and morality, suggests a new survey.
LifeWay Research’s overall finding — that most Americans believe there is a creator who designed the universe and defines human morality — is not surprising. After all, 3 in 4 U.S. adults identify with a religious denomination.
The surprise is that so many people who don’t identify with a religion — so-called nones — agree.
Blount County, Tennessee, commissioner Karen Miller is hoping that fellow lawmakers will this week approve a resolution asking God not to destroy them over same-sex marriage.
Miller, according to this report, authored Resolution No 15-10-006 after the Supreme Court brought marriage equality to all 50 states, and after former Tea Party congressman Michele Bachmann (and a great many others) claimed that God might destroy America over same-sex marriage.
The “resolution condemning judicial tyranny and petitioning God’s mercy” officially pleads with God on behalf of the county not to destroy the county.
How many teachers and administrators still don’t understand how the Pledge of Allegiance works? No student has to say it or stand up for it, and not participating in the ritual doesn’t make you unpatriotic or disrespectful.
I wasn’t aware of this collection of plots until Jeffrey Tayler highlighted it in today’s Salon piece, “Bill O’Reilly’s nonsense ‘nihilism’: now the Fox News host is even lying about God.” I won’t reprise Tayler’s essay, which deals with O’Reilly’s...
A disgraced ex-bishop has admitted sexually assaulting two young men after failing in a bid to get his case thrown out on the word of an Archbishop of Canterbury who was assured the matter was closed 20 years ago. Former Bishop of Lewes Peter Ball, 83, faced allegations of abusing boys and young men in Litlington, East Sussex, in the 1970s and 1980s after a review by the Church of England in 2012 prompted police action. Earlier this year, Mr Justice Sweeney refused to dismiss the case on a legal technicality based on the argument that Ball and former archbishop Lord Carey had been assured in 1993 that there would be no future action. Today, weeks before his trial was due to start at the Old Bailey, Ball, who has suffered ill health but was deemed fit to stand trial, dramatically pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office between 1977 and 1992. He also admitted two counts of indecent assault on two separate males between 1980 and 1983 and between 1990 and 1991.
Muslims and Jews in Denmark have expressed anger over a ban imposed this week on the religious slaughter of animals. But Denmark’s Minister for Agriculture and Food Dan Jørgensen insisted that : Animal rights come before religion.
(RNS) The removals are the latest signs that Pope Francis aims to address the accountability of bishops in the sex abuse scandal, while also removing those who don’t reflect a humble and simple lifestyle.
Simon Reynolds denies charges of stealing fees from bereaved families and engaged couples at All Saints Church in Darton, South Yorkshire A Church of England vicar stole thousands of pounds of cash handed over as fees for weddings, funerals and...
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