Category Archives: Religion

Atheist parents sue school for ‘under God’ pledge ‘discrimination’

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An Atheist family in New Jersey is suing the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District because they feel their Atheist children’s rights are being trampled upon because they’re exposed to the phrase “under God” during the pledge of allegiance, according to KSDK on Tuesday. The anonymous plaintiffs claim their Atheist children are being discriminated against when reciting the […]

Irish law may allow priests to stay silent about child abuse

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Proposed legislation in Ireland that would make it a crime not to report child abuse does not cover “sacerdotal privilege”, a right conferred upon clergymen in 1945 which allows them to keep private any “confidential communication whatever made to him as a priest.” This exception was noted in a briefing paper prepared by the Oireachtas […]

Court over-rides parents decision to refuse treatment for infant

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A Texas Judge has shot down a parental decision to withhold life saving treatment from their infant son, Gabriel Zepeda, 2-months-old. The infant is in need of heart surgery and blood transfusions in order to sustain his life. The baby’s parents, who have not yet been identified, are Jehovah’s Witness and refused the treatment based […]

Parents outraged after church stages youth group kidnapping

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Parents at a Pennsylvania church were not amused after leaders there pretended to kidnap its youth group and forced the teens to undergo interrogations. Pastor John Lanza of the Glad Tidings Assembly of God church in Middletown, Pa., said that the staged kidnapping was to prep the young adults for what they might experience working […]

Former pastor facing second sexual misconduct suit

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Accused of coercing males into engaging in ‘sexual acts’Rev. Tyrone D. Gordon, 55, is reportedly a devoted husband, a father of two grown daughters, and a former school Wichita, Kan. board member. He has become one of the most popular pastors in Wichita, Kansas. Over the course of 14 years, St. Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita grew […]

Iran: Father sentenced to death after converting to Christianity

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An Iranian father of two has recently been sentenced to death after spending the last 2 1/2 years in prison after converting to Christianity at the age of 19. Youcef Nadarkhani, now 34-years-old, was reportedly arrested in 2009, after being accused of  ‘apostasy’. Apostasy is the denouncement or abandonment of one’s state’s religion, in this […]

Neighbors schooled about 'pagan' Christmas lights

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A group of neighbors in Hudsonville, Michigan, are scratching their heads wondering who sent a letter chastising them for their Christmas decorations. But the passive-aggressive note isn’t complaining about Clark Griswold-esque over-the-top displays, but rather took issue with the fact that they had put up lights to begin with. “Hi neighbor — You have a […]

Irvine church discipline: Paul Kim charged with beating teen

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Police say one inch metal pole used for child discipline in church related beatingAn Irvine couple, who thought their teenage son might be smoking, gave a fellow church member permission to beat him, according to police. Paul Kim, 39 has been charged with a felony in relation to the incident. On Monday, the school reported that […]

Craigslist teen may have been threatened to silence

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The 16 year old charged in the Craigslist Killings may have been a victim of Rich Beasley as wellThe halls of Stow-Munroe Falls High School are no doubt abuzz with the news that classmate Brogan Rafferty is being accused of attempted murder, and the teen’s friends are speaking out. Brogan Rafferty, 16 has been charged with […]

Craigslist killings: Two more bodies discovered

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Death toll rises to three in the help-wanted murder schemeBreaking News: Friends of Brogan Rafferty speak out, new developments Two more victims have been identified in the Craigslist job scam in Ohio. One body may be Timothy Kern and the other has been identified as that of David Pauley, both suspected to have answered a Craigslist ad […]

Former priest accused of sexual abuse again

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An unidentified Chicago teenager has filed a lawsuit against Daniel McCormack, a former St. Agatha Catholic Church priest, accusing him of sexual abuse. In 2007, McCormack pleaded guilty to sexually abusing five boys, for which he was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Afterwards, many other alleged victims came forward with similar stories of abuse. The lawsuit of this latest person […]

People gather outside Buddhist temple to protest monk accused of sexual assault

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On Sunday, protesters descended on the Wat Dhammaram Theravada Buddhist  temple in in Chicago in response to a report of accusations against a former monk at the temple for sexually attacking two girls (allegedly impregnating one of them).  The accused still serves as a monk in a temple in Long Beach, California. The Survivors Network of those Abused […]

North Carolina religious leader kills woman and 4-year-old 'gay' boy

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DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA (BNO NEWS) — A North Carolina religious leader killed a 4-year-old boy because he showed he thought he was gay and another 28-year-old woman, prosecutors said Friday. Peter Lucas Moses, 27, of Durham, North Carolina and leader of a religious cult group, shot and killed Jadon Higganbothan, 4, because he believed he […]

Parents protest new anti-homophobia policy

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Policy 5.45 has sparked significant backlash with a group known as Parents Voice. The policy is Burnaby School District’s new initiative to battle homophobia and protect staff and students from homophobic bullying and harassment. The parents group criticizes the policy for infringing on their right to educate their children according to their own morality, and […]

Judge rules that boy can attend church with his mother, despite dad's objections

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Father claims it will hurt his chance of becoming a scientistA judge ruled Monday that a 9-year-old boy from Clarendon Hills, Illinois can attend religious services with his mother in spites of objections from his father, who argued it could harm his son’s chances of becoming a scientist. The father, David Stone, filed a court request last month to stop […]

Faith healing defense no longer a legal option in Oregon

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The Governor of Oregon, John Kitzhaber, has signed a new bill removing the right(s) and legal defense of parents who withhold lifesaving, medical treatment for their children on the grounds of their religious beliefs. The bill comes on the heels of a criminal lawsuit filed by the state of Oregon against the parents who belong […]

Catholic Charities sues the state of Illinois over right to deny foster care to couples with civil unions

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Three Catholic Charities agencies are seeking an emergency injunction that would allow religious agencies to turn away couples in civil unions seeking to adopt. Catholic Charities in the dioceses of Springfield, Peoria and Joliet filed a complaint Tuesday in Sangamon County Circuit Court and asked a judge for a temporary restraining order and injunction that would prevent the […]

Foreskin Man: Anti-circ or anti-Semitic

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Intended to be a joke and a positive publicity stunt, the comic Foreskin Man is gaining some unwanted attention. Created by Matthew Hess, the first and second volumes show graphic images of monster doctors and evil Mohels fighting for “the penile flesh of an 8-day-old infant boy.” The hero, who some feel is of the […]

UN calls Syria to protect children from arrest, torture, and ill-treatment

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UNITED NATIONS (BNO NEWS) — The United Nations (UN) on Friday voiced deep concern at the ongoing violence against children as violent unrest in Syria continues. Marta Santos Pais, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Violence against Children, urged the Syrian Government to ensure the protection of all children. “Violence against children must stop and […]

Faith healing parents about to stand trial; toddler daughter may go blind

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An Oregon couple, Timothy and Rebecca Wyland, are about to stand trial for criminal mistreatment of their toddler daughter, Alayna Wyland. Baby Alayna was born 18 months ago, with a large hemangioma on her left eye. In order to save her eyesight and give her a chance at a quality of life, doctors needed to […]

Catholic Church ordains married father of two

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Apparently the Catholic Church is a little light in the recruitment department, as Pope Benedict XVI has agreed to allow a married father of two to become an ordained priest. Priests are generally single and celibate. As if that weren’t surprising enough, the new priest’s wife has also become a nun, according to the New […]

Muslims for Jesus

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This news must have gone over well. The son of one of the higher ups of the militant Islamic Hamas has shunned his religious upbringing and has turned to Christianity instead. We would have preferred he become an atheist, but oh well, you can’t win them all. The story of how his life unfolded is […]

Vicar kicks toddler out of wedding service

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A couple was asked to leave a church during a wedding because their 2-year-old was supposedly making too much noise. Might seem somewhat reasonable, except that the bride didn’t seem to mind and thinks the vicar’s actions were way more disruptive than the child’s was. Upset Vicky Thorpe said: “It’s not unexpected for a child […]

Teen faith-healing believer dies

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An Oregon teenager has died after refusing medical treatment for a urinary tract blockage, something that could have easily been corrected. Oddly enough, he’s the cousin of Ava Worthington, whose death from not receiving medical treatment led to criminal charges against her parents. Wonder if this new tragedy might weaken the congregation’s faith, and prevent […]

Mom of autistic boy banned from church continues fight

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Carol Race, who was issued a restraining order after she refused to stop bringing her autistic son Adam to church, plead not guilty to charges she violated said order. Race has also started a website to inform other families with special needs children that may also have issues bringing them to church. Race was initially […]