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TWO DAYS AFTER BARACK OBAMA won reelection, I met a young Chinese woman, whom I will call Anne, in the basement café at the San Francisco Public Library. Anne worked part time and gave a large portion of her earnings to a group she called “the Community,” a Christian sect led by a charismatic Korean pastor named David Jang. [Read more]

Christians Putting Bibles in Schools Flip Out After Atheists Hand Out Humanist Literature!

Rather than take legal action, a Kentucky atheist group fought “revelation” with reason in the Casey County School District.  When the Gideons group was allowed to distribute Bibles to students, the Tri-State Freethinkers decided to get a little creative and distribute some literature of their own. [Read more]

Bill Maher Should Be Publicly Whipped For His Blasphemy 

In a piece entitled “Does Maher Deserve A Whipping For Slandering God?,” Emmanuel says there was a time when people like Maher were publicly whipped and physically punished for saying such things and argues that it is time for Christians to demand the reinstatement of such laws before God releases His wrath upon the entire nation for tolerating such blasphemy:

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Louis C.K.’s ‘SNL’ Monologue Gets Real About God, Heaven, Women And Calling Shirts ‘Wifebeaters’

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Man Swept Out To Sea During California Church Baptism; Search For Benito Flores Ends

Rescuers have ended their search for a 43-year-old man swept to sea during a baptism ceremony on a Southern California beach. The U.S. Coast Guard says the search was called off about midnight Sunday and there are no plans to resume it. A wave pulled three people into the ocean about 10 a.m. off Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve and only two managed to return to shore on their own. Pastor Maurigro Cervantes of Jesus Christ Light of the Sky Church says his cousin, Benito Flores, was helping perform a baptism when he was swept away. [Read more]

A Happy Life or a Meaningful One — Do We Really Need to Choose?

happy_man[1]Philosophers, researchers, spiritual leaders — they’ve all debated what makes life worth living. Is it a life filled with happiness or a life filled with purpose and meaning? Is there even a difference between the two? Think of the human rights activist who fights oppression but ends up in prison — is she happy? Or the social animal who spends his nights (and some days) jumping from party to party — is that the good life? These aren’t just academic questions. They can help us determine where we should invest our energy to lead the life we want. [Read more]

Vatican To Live Stream Canonization Of Popes John Paul II, John XXIII

slide_280941_2108517_free[1]While millions of pilgrims are expected to attend the Catholic Church’s first-ever double canonization at the end of April, the Vatican is preparing its most ambitious TV and social media campaign for the millions who don’t make it to Rome. City officials are expecting more than 5 million people to attend the ceremony when Pope Francis declares his predecessors Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII saints in St Peter’s Square on April 27. For the first time viewers will be able to watch the historic event live in 3-D movie theaters in 20 countries across North and South America and Europe through a deal between Vatican TV and Rupert Murdoch’s Sky TV network, Sony and other partners. [Read more]

‘Jesus Is Muslim’ Billboards Cause Controversy In Ohio

A set of controversial billboards funded by the informational website Ask-A-Muslim.com is causing a stir in Columbus, Oh. The signs have slogans like “Jesus is Muslim” and “Muslims love Jesus too.” [Read more]

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory Apologizes For Building $2.2M Mansion, Cites ‘Oversight’

Bishop Wilton Gregory, chairman of the UArchbishop Wilton Gregory seems to have gotten the pope’s message about modest living. Days after Pope Francis permanently removed a German bishop for his lavish spending on a new residence, the Atlanta archbishop apologized for building a $2.2 million mansion as his residence. He bowed to criticism from local parishioners and said he’d consider selling the new home in Buckhead, Atlanta’s toniest neighborhood. In letters, emails and a meeting, local Catholics told Gregory the price tag was outlandish, especially in light of Francis’ frugality. The Tudor-style mansion, stretching nearly 6,400 square feet, includes two dining rooms and a safe room. [Read more]

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben: Being Jewish Is ‘Not So Much Belief As It Is Belonging’

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modaressy-Tehrani to discuss the nuances of being culturally religious. Reuben, who currently serves as the senior rabbi of Kehillat Israel,The Reconstructionist Congregation of Pacific Palisades in California, explained that the essence of Jewish identity is rooted in belonging. [Read more]