Month: September 2017

Franklin Graham Walks Through Antigua and Barbuda Devastation: It’s ‘Like a Bomb Went Off’ (Video)

The Rev. Franklin Graham has posted a video showcasing some of the devastation the nation of Antigua and Barbuda suffered in the wake of Hurricane Irma, stating that it is “like a bomb went off” on the island. “When the storm came through here on September 6, it devastated this island. Every home, basically destroyed. Every home,” Graham says in a Facebook video on Tuesday, which shows him and other members of his Samaritan’s Purse relief organization walking through destroyed houses and buildings in Barbuda. “No one is permitted to spend the night here, it’s like a bomb went off,” he...

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Satanic Temple Demands Christian Bakers Make Cakes ‘for Satan’

The Satanic Temple is urging its followers to target Christian bakers opposed to working gay weddings by demanding they make cakes for “for Satan.” Lucien Greaves, co-founder and spokesperson for The Satanic Temple, argued in a patheos blog called “According to Matthew” on Tuesday that Christian business owners are discriminating against gay people for refusing to serve gay weddings. He expressed fears that since sexual orientation is not a protected class under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, religious business owners might start winning cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. “For this reason, The Satanic Temple has announced a plan for...

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California Univ. Seeks Professor With ‘Transgender Studies,’ ‘Gender Variant Theories’ Expertise

A state university in California is seeking to hire a qualified educator with expertise in “trans studies” and “gender variant theories” who can teach some of its sexuality and gender courses and develop new courses related to their field of expertise. California State University, Long Beach has posted a job listing for an “Assistant Professor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Trans Studies)“ with an effective date of Aug. 20, 2018. The listing, which was posted to the school’s webpage, explains that the school is looking for candidates who have “expertise in trans studies including but not limited to...

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Kansas Schools Resisting Pressure to Carry Transgender Book Promoting Sex Surgeries to Children

The Wichita School District in Kansas has said it will be allowing individual school librarians to choose whether they want to carry a controversial book about a fourth-grade transgender student. Gail Becker, supervisor of library media for the Wichita School District, explained that the novel in question, George, is only being carried by four of Wichita’s 57 elementary or K–8 schools, along with two middle schools and one high school. “We haven’t denied access to the book,” Becker said in an article in The Wichita Eagle on Wednesday. “I just left it up to librarians who know their buildings, who know the...

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Yom Kippur: Praying for Repentance and Forgiveness

JERUSALEM, Israel – Jews worldwide will observe Yom Kippur Saturday, the most solemn day of the Jewish year, with fasting – and a special prayer. The prayer is called the Viddui, a prayer of repentance and a plea for forgiveness. Reverend David Pileggi serves as the rector of Christ Church in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City. He has studied the Jewish roots of Christianity for nearly 30 years. “The Viddui is the central prayer of confession and for repentance of the Jewish people on Yom Kippur and it’s a prayer they pray not only on behalf of themselves...

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