With confidence in organized religion at an all-time low, nearly one in seven Americans says following the Bible would harm society.
Source: Baptist News
By: Bob Allen
Nearly one in 10 Americans believe the Bible is a dangerous book, and 14 percent say following its teaching would be harmful for American society, according to a new survey on sacred texts and society by LifeWay Research.
At 9 percent the Bible fared better than the Quran — 24 percent said Islam’s holy book is dangerous and 33 percent said following its teachings would be bad for society. Just 28 percent said they believe following the Quran’s teaching would be good for American society, compared to 80 percent who said that about the Bible.
Source: Conservative Tribune
Billionaire media mogul Oprah Winfrey has launched a new television miniseries that looks at the faith and spirituality of various religions. The seven-part series, titled “Belief,” is showing on seven consecutive nights on Oprah’s channel OWN, from Oct. 18 through Oct. 24.
Though the series has been hailed by critics, earning an enthusiastic write-up in the liberal-leaning The Atlantic, it is not without its detractors.
The Rev. Franklin Graham took exception to Oprah’s seemingly pluralistic view of spirituality, that there are “millions of ways” to get to God.
Source: Campus Reform
By: Peter Hasson
The University of California Santa Barbara has published a “Homosexuality and Religion” guide, detailing how to reconcile one’s faith with homosexual behavior.
The guide, which is part of the Sociology Department’s “ Sex Info Online” website, is full of life advice such as “[i]t is 100% possible to be devout and sexually active.”
Americans warned, 'Get off of Facebook, turn off the TV, and educate yourself'
Public education in America today is almost the opposite of education, according to an education expert who calls the nation’s schooling “indoctrination.”
“This isn’t some kind of huge national accident that all these legions of Ph.D experts and all these legions of committees and the U.S. Department of Education – it’s not that they’re just incompetent fools and don’t know what they’re doing,” said international journalist and educator Alex Newman. “They want the system to be doing what it’s doing, and that is destroying real education.”
Real education, according to Newman, means developing knowledgeable, well-rounded Americans who can think critically, process information, make good decisions, support themselves and serve the needs of society.
In other words, real education produces productive members of a capitalist society.
‘I Went to F***ing Catholic School!’: Actress Rails Against Subway Preacher, Says ‘Tea Party, Ultra-Creepy Christians’ Are Why ‘America’s in Trouble’
Source: The Blaze
Author: Billy Hallowell
“Orange Is the New Black” actress Lea DeLaria publicly clashed with a man preaching the Bible on a New York City subway Tuesday morning, proclaiming that “religious fanatics … the Tea Party, ultra-creepy Christians and conservatives … are the reason America’s in trouble.”
Actress Lea DeLaria attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
“You have no right, you have no right … you have absolutely no right, sir,” DeLaria shouted over the man, who can be heard in a video telling subway riders to beware of sin in their lives. “Go to another train, get off this train.”
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It's an ironic headline, considering how hard this Florida beach town is trying to tame Spring Break. Panama City has more churches than it has bars—but one church has positioned itself more like a strip club than a sanctuary for the season. Yes, really.
The Panama City News Herald shows photos of The Life Center's banner inviting youth to naked paint parties and slumber-party Sundays that promise the "sexiest ladies on the beach." The everyday party is called Spring Break Amnesia. It's been running since Feb. 28—and a pastor who was recently arrested on charges of giving drugs to a minor and forcing himself on her masterminded it.
Source: Christian Headlines
Author: Carrie Dedrick
A restaurant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina offers a surprising deal: if patrons pray before their meal, they receive 15 percent off. Mary’s Gourmet Diner has been giving praying customers a break for four years, but the unpublicized discount is only just now gaining attention.
Jordan Smith visited the diner and was surprised to see $6.07 taken off her $40.50 bill. When she posted a photo of the receipt to Facebook, it piqued national interest.
“[We] prayed over our meal and the waitress came over at the end of the meal and said, ‘Just so you know, we gave you a 15 percent discount for praying,’ which I’d never seen before,” Smith said.
Restaurant owner Mary Haglund said the discount is intended to be a kind gesture for people who take the time to give thanks. “For me, every plate of food is a gift. And I never take that for granted and when I see someone in a restaurant honoring their gratefulness at my table...it touches my heart,” she said.
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