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An elementary school assistant principal is suing her school district for violating her First Amendment rights after the school allegedly sent her to a "lower performing" school as a form of retaliation for bringing yoga to her students. Bonnie Cole, now the assistant principal at Mableton Elementary in Mableton, Ga., introduced yoga to students at Bullard Elementary in Kennesaw, Ga., in 2016 as a way of teaching "de-stressing" and "mindfulness." Parents, however, criticized the... 
 
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Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community


By:  @bob-nelson, one week ago
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Latest By:  @katpen, one week ago

Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:24 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Original article by John Burnett - npr ------------------------------------- The Rev. David Buck sits next to the Jesus the Homeless statue that was installed in front of his church, St. Alban's Episcopal, in Davidson, N.C. John Burnett/NPR... 
 
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Religion explained


By:  @hal-a-lujah, 2 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @sixpick, 2 weeks ago

See the video below. (Maybe one day the mobile platform will be fixed so that the fully functioning editor works when posting an article.) 
 
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The First Night of Passover seems as good a time as any, to talk about the difference between doing what may comply with "the law," and "doing what is ethical and humanistic," even when ethics and law are in conflict. Under the Nazis … during the time known as "The Holocaust," the "law" in Germany made genocide "legal" and the act of protecting Jews from the gas chambers … "illegal".   Righteous Gentiles and Holocaust Rescuers Some non-Jews stood up to the Nazis, and helped... 
 
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Spring Holiday Greetings and Well Wishes


By:  @enoch, 4 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 3 weeks ago

Spring is a time of renewal. A time to celebrate new life. To those celebrating the Freedom Festival of Passover (Pesach) I wish you a joyous and meaningful Passover holiday. Chag Pesach Sameach. A Zissen Pesach. To those celebrating Easter I wish you a joyous and meaningful Easter holiday. Anyone celebrating any other spring event, religious or humanitarian I wish you well. Kindly share what you celebrate this spring, and how. Its good to well wish others here too.... 
 
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Why I Dine With, Do Business With and Pray with Women and Men Alike


By:  @enoch, 4 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, 4 weeks ago

Because we are all children of the same G-d. Because we are all equally beloved in the eyes of the Divine. Because it puts a smile on the Holy Countenance when we get along because of, not in spite of our differences. Mesechet Sota 17(a) When husband and wife are worthy the Divine Presence is with them. Pirchay Avot 3:13. He (G-d) delights in those who delight in the spirit of their fellow creatures. In your tradition, religious or secular, what is there which supports the... 
 
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Who is my neighbor?


By:  @bob-nelson, 4 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, 4 weeks ago

Original article by Fred Clark - slactivist ------------------------------------- Two general rules about Jesus stories. No. 1: You don’t want to be the guy asking “Who is my neighbor?” That seems like a reasonable question, in the abstract. But in the context of Jesus stories, it’s not — not abstract and not reasonable. Jesus has already made the answer perfectly clear in every other Jesus story — in every other story told by or about him, every collection of his sayings,... 
 
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You Can’t Be Christian If You’re Not Caring For The Poor


By:  @bob-nelson, 4 weeks ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, 4 weeks ago

Original article by Benjamin L Corey --------------------------------------- People often falsely assume that the word Christian has a clear, singular, meaning but that’s not necessarily true. There’s “Christian,” which refers to a particular religion of over 41,000 different denominations or sects who disagree on what Christian means. Then there’s “Christian” which can refer to a nationalistic religion prevalent in America. And then there’s “Christian” the way I like to... 
 
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Pastoral Resources for Immigrants and Refugees


By:  @randy, one month ago
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Latest By:  @1ofmany, 4 weeks ago

  "We all agree that our nation has the obligation to secure its borders and establish criteria for who is permitted to enter and how long they are permitted to stay. In a post-9/11 world, we all agree there are people both inside and outside our borders who want to hurt us. We share a common concern for our nation’s security and the safety of our loved ones.  But our approach to all these issues must be consistent with our ideals. America has always been different — some would say... 
 
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Do Glass Pipes, Incense Prove Teens Are Practicing Shamanism?


By:  @krishna, one month ago
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Latest By:  @buzz-of-the-orient, 4 weeks ago

(An "Oldie but Goodie" from The Onion News Network) [jrEmbed module="jrYouTube" youtube_id="fc9JzvuvNkA"]    
 
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Don't Judge Books By Their Covers


By:  @enoch, one month ago
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Latest By:  @enoch, one month ago

Recently we endured three feet plus of snow over 72 hours in a late winter storm. It started Monday night. That morning the brother of a motorcyclist passed on to the world to come. The earliest we could hold a Memorial Service and Internment Ceremony was the following Thursday afternoon. The family asked me to officiate by conducting both Services.   In freezing temperatures on frozen ground with snow and ice up to our mid legs over 90 motorcycle group (gang) members... 
 
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A Convincing Holy Book? Not Possible.


By:  @bob-nelson, one month ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, one month ago

Original article by Bob Seidensticker - Cross Examined ------------------------------------- Here’s a thought experiment. Say you’re a strong Christian. You’re comfortable arguing for your position. You don’t think much of the atheist arguments that you’ve seen so far, and you’ve seen quite a few. Now you come across a holy book from some other religion. It’s an English translation from an original written in a long-dead language from a foreign culture. What could the... 
 
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Original article by Benjamin L. Corey ------------------------------------- Anyone who has ever read the Old Testament knows there’s a lot of laws listed in those books– over 600 to be exact. In many circles of Christianity there’s often much debate as to what degree, if any, a Christian ought live by these laws. In the past when I have suggested that Christians are not obligated to abide by any of these laws at all, commenters will often quickly object, saying that... 
 
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Jesus said some are born gay.


By:  @community, one month ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, one month ago

Some Christians confidently assert that God did not create homosexual people "that way." This is important because they realize if God did create gays "that way," rejecting them would be tantamount to rejecting God’s work in creation. In pressing their “creation order” argument, some Christians are fond of saying, "God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!" To bolster their position, they often cite Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:4-5, where he responds to a question about whether divorce is... 
 
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No, The Bible Doesn’t Say The Earth Is Only 6,000 Years Old


By:  @bob-nelson, one month ago
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Latest By:  @community, one month ago

Original article by Benjamin Corey ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Fundamentalists of the “young earth” variety will often claim that the earth is just 6,000 years old. Their reasoning? The Bible says so. In fact, I’ve been following Ken Ham lately, and some of the stuff being put out by Answers in Genesis (Ken has blocked me on Facebook, FWIW) to see if they’ve had any new arguments. I’m continually amazed at how... 
 
hal-a-lujah
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/recalcitrant-tasmanian-honeymakers-refuse-to-pay-rates-because-god-not-council-owns-their-land/news-story/edfe142d264c40feae9c224c89ae7e3e BLESSED are the honeymakers. With it’s lush, rolling green paddocks sitting below the majestic backdrop of Cradle Mountain, many in Tasmania’s Meander Valley refer to it as God’s own country. But the honeymaking Beerepoot family, who call the valley home, appear to have taken the tags a little literally.... 
 
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5 Things You’re Reading, When You’re Reading The Bible


By:  @bob-nelson, one month ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, one month ago

Original article by Benjamin L. Corey -------------------------------------- I love the Bible. It’s why I spent eight years of my life in seminary, why I’ve served as a church pastor even when they couldn’t afford to pay me, and is why even now I end up finding Greek flashcards in the most random places in my house. But my love for the Bible includes honesty. When we love someone or something, it’s easy to grow to see them the way you  want  to see them in your mind,... 
 
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Sex orgies, prostitution, porn: Allegations shake Catholic Church in Italy


By:  @hal-a-lujah, 2 months ago
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Latest By:  @pepe, 2 months ago

Source ROME (RNS) — Lurid accusations of priests involved in sex orgies, porn videos and prostitution have emerged from several parishes in Italy recently, sending shock waves all the way to the Vatican and challenging the high standards Pope Francis demands of clergy. In the southern city of Naples, for example, a priest was recently suspended from the parish of Santa Maria degli Angeli over claims he held gay orgies and used Internet sites to recruit potential partners whom he... 
 
hal-a-lujah
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/02/22/catholic-school-student-justifies-racist-essay-by-saying-jesus-and-his-apostles-were-all-white/?ref_widget=related&ref_blog=friendlyatheist&ref_post=ken-ham-atheists-are-insecure-and-thats-why-theyre-scared-of-creationism-in-public-schools A teacher at St. Michael the Archangel High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana thought it’d be useful to have students write an essay in honor of Black History Month. I don’t think anyone was... 
 
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West Virginia public schools sued over Bible classes


By:  @hal-a-lujah, 3 months ago
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Latest By:  @hal-a-lujah, 3 months ago

Source Some parents in West Virginia are fighting to put an end to a Bible class in public schools.   For nearly 80 years, Bible stories have been taught in Mercer County as part of the regular school week and they’re extremely popular in the community. In a new lawsuit, however, a major lobby for the separation of church and state is arguing that “popular” is not the same as “legal,” reports CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil. In church, Cherilyn Thomas has built a deep... 
 
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Pope throws down gauntlet to religions: No killing in God’s name


By:  @aeonpax, 4 months ago
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Latest By:  @aeonpax, 4 months ago

- "In his annual address on Monday to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, Pope Francis signaled that 2017 will be a year in which his press for peace gathers steam, and laid down a clear challenge to all religions to reject killing in the name of God." "ROME - From the beginning, it was inevitable that history’s first pontiff named “Francis,” for the great 12 th and 13 th century apostle of peace, would see himself as a “peace pope.” On Monday, Pope Francis signaled... 
 
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Americans — not just liberals — have a religious literacy problem


By:  @bob-nelson, 4 months ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, 4 months ago

Alex Wong/Getty Images The idea that liberals and cultural elites suffer from religious illiteracy is now widely accepted, by both the accusers and the accused.   New York Times   executive editor  Dean Baquet confessed  to NPR’s Terry Gross that “media powerhouses don't quite get religion.” Former Obama White House staffer and evangelical Christian Michael Wear  went further , arguing that liberals are “disdainful” of religion and that there's a “religious illiteracy problem... 
 
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Questions For Christians - N° 2


By:  @bob-nelson, 4 months ago
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Latest By:  @1ofmany, 4 months ago

2. What changed between Bill Clinton and now? Don’t you think you owe him an apology? Seriously, what changed? Because you know, I remember those days and we were calling for Clinton to be impeached and thrown out of office. Remember why? Because “character counts” that’s why. If a few years ago we claimed that poor personal character disqualified one from holding the office of presidency, and even went through the efforts to impeach a sitting president because his... 
 
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We Don’t Win If They Lose


By:  @bob-nelson, 4 months ago
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Latest By:  @bob-nelson, 4 months ago

Original article by Matthew Distefano , Unfundamentalist Christians --------------------------------------------------------------------- Once a week, I meet up with my friend Michael to talk about some of the bigger ideas that seem to consume the great majority of my thoughts. Our bonfire chats generally last until 9 or 10 PM, just in time for me to catch some of the  George Noory show  on my way home. How can you not love a talk radio show devoted to aliens and... 
 
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