A Form of Godliness and Departing from the Faith

Pope Francis Suggests Gay Civil Unions May Be Tolerable By Church

03/12/2014 20:24
Pope Francis has signalled that he could see the Catholic church tolerating some forms of same-sex civil unions -- though not marriage -- when it comes to situations such as medical care and property for gay couples. In an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, the pope said that...

Drag show scheduled for Jesuit Le Moyne College

03/08/2014 10:53
A student group at LeMoyne College, a Jesuit institution in upstate New York, will be hosting its second annual drag show on Monday March 10, according to CampusGroups.com. The group Creating Awareness and Reaching Equality (C.A.R.E.) writes about the event on its Facebook page, calling it “a fun...

Dalai Lama Opens Senate with Prayer to 'Buddha and All Other Gods'

03/06/2014 21:36
The Dalai Lama delivered the opening prayer in the U.S. Senate Thursday morning, noting that he is a "simple Buddhist monk--so pray to Buddha and all other gods." He read his prayers in both English and his native tongue: "With our thoughts, we make our world. Our mind is centered and precedes our...

Oregon’s same-sex marriage battle divides people of faith

03/03/2014 10:30
When Jackie Yerby and a small band of devout Catholics go to the cathedral for Mass this Ash Wednesday, they will be sending an unmistakable message. Pinned to their lapels will be big white buttons that proclaim, “Catholic Oregonians for Marriage Equality.” The newly formed group wants to show...

Transgender Priest Dismissed from Arkansas Church

02/28/2014 18:25
The Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas has dismissed a priest who recently revealed he is transgender. Reverend Greg Fry was born a man but told members she will now live life as a woman. Fry now wants to be called Gwen. Church leaders met with the congregation and Fry and decided it would be best to...

Priest's pedophilia a 'disability,' gets benefits

02/26/2014 07:23
Star Tribune exclusive: Archdiocese gave pedophile salary, disability benefits, expenses and consulting work.. After the Rev. Gil Gustafson was convicted of child sex abuse 30 years ago, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis made sure he was financially secure for decades to come. The church...

Church offers prayers after same-sex weddings – but bans gay priests from marrying

02/19/2014 11:47
 Gay couples who get married will be able to ask for special prayers in the Church of England after their wedding, the bishops have agreed. But priests who are themselves in same-sex relationships or even civil partnerships will be banned from getting married when it becomes legally possible...

Gay Baptist minister sues for right to wed

02/19/2014 11:16
A Kentucky Baptist minister and gay-rights activist filed a lawsuit Feb. 14 claiming the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard — who with his partner, Dominique James, was fined 1 cent for trespassing in November for refusing to leave a county clerk’s...

Same-Sex Marriage Causing Dispute Among United Methodists

02/10/2014 22:07
The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them. Since 2011, Methodist advocates for...

Virginia Church Invites Members To Worship Nude

02/10/2014 21:53
A Virginia church is encouraging members to worship in the nude. Members of White Tail Chapel in Ivor, Virginia, believe the word of God is far more important than what they do or do not wear. Pastor Allen Parker, who often preaches in the nude, said the policy allows people to worship more...
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False Christs and Religions

Princeton University Opens Hindu Prayer Space With Temple for goddess Saraswati

11/03/2015 19:36
PRINCETON, N.J. — Historic Princeton University has opened a prayer area for Hindu students, according to reports, complete with a temple for the Hindu goddess Saraswati. The Universal Society of Hinduism had been asking officials for a space for adherents to Hinduism, and the editorial board of...

‘Church of Lucifer’ to Open in Texas

10/13/2015 20:30
SPRING, Texas — The first “Church of Lucifer” is set to open later this month in a small town outside of Houston, Texas. “Never in history has anything like this has happened before: an open to the public home for the Left Hand Path, a church dedicated to the mental freedom of all mankind, a home...

Four-Year-Old Beheaded in India in Human Sacrifice to Hindu goddess

10/08/2015 07:57
ANDHRA PRADESH, India — A four-year-old boy was beheaded this week after he was apprehended by a man who sought to sacrifice him to a Hindu goddess. The incident occurred on Wednesday as the child was leaving nursery. He was apprehended by Tirumala Rao, 35, and reportedly strangled before being...

Black Mass Planned for Oklahoma City

07/03/2014 22:31
For the second time this year, a public “Black Mass” is being planned—this time in Oklahoma City. According to the Oklahoma City Civic Center website, the event is planned for Sept. 21. Tickets go on sale Wednesday. The website announces: "The Black Mass has been a feared ritual, and now it's...

Better than Scientology? The new Zuckerberg-based religion

05/27/2014 07:22
If you live in the Bay Area and suddenly, momentarily, lose your self-belief, there is always a religion to pick you up. You have a choice of either the established organizations, with their ornate meeting places, or you have the more modern faiths, which might have as their foundation anything...

Wicca growing in Popularity

06/23/2013 08:46
Friday, June 21 will be the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. And for one religious group it's a time to celebrate the Oak King falling to the Holly King. We take a look at the often misunderstood Wiccan religion. Recently they’ve made inroads into popular acceptance, but practitioners...

Pet owners turning to psychics

06/15/2013 21:52
It's the age-old and seemingly answerless question: What in the world is my dog thinking? And one that has spawned a growing market not only of scientific research but of everything from decks of pet tarot cards to television and radio shows and books by pet psychics and animal trainers. Whether...

Hare Krishna sect is alive and well

06/03/2013 07:06
Nestled in the verdant, bucolic foothills of northeast Stokes County is a tiny religious community. It's called Hare Krishna, and a closer look at its beliefs finds more similarities than differences between it and the world's other major religions. Like Christians, the Krishnas believe in leading...

Scientology cult increasingly active on social network

05/30/2013 06:45
Not only with stalls in the cities, but also in social networking sites touting the controversial Scientology organization to members. The constitutional protection in Baden-Wuerttemberg warns is often difficult to identify who is behind the websites.   "Social...

Former IT Specialist Claims To Be Jesus Reborn

05/29/2013 21:05
A man claiming to be Jesus is gaining followers and causing concern among cult experts in Australia.   Former IT specialist Alan John Miller, or AJ as he prefers to be known, runs a religious movement known as the Divine Truth from his home near the small town of Kingaroy in the state of...
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