Top Weekly Stories from for 02/18/2017

Roman Catholic Group Requests ‘Pope Francis’ Refer to Mary as ‘Co-Redemptrix With Jesus’   Feb 15, 2017 12:46 pm

Photo Credit: Lloyd Baltazar The International Marian Association has requested that the leader of Roman Catholicism, Jorge Bergoglio, also known as Pope Francis, refer to Mary as “co-redemptrix with Jesus the redeemer” during the 100th year anniversary of the purported apparitions of Mary in Fatima, Portugal. The Theological Commission of the Marian…

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522 ‘Johns,’ 30 Pimps Arrested in Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Sting   Feb 11, 2017 02:55 pm

COOK COUNTY, Ill. (WCMH) — A national sex trafficking sting ended in the arrests of 552 would-be sex buyers or sex traffickers. The National Johns Suppression Initiative began three weeks ago, ending on Super Bowl Sunday. 23 law enforcement agencies in 14 states took part in the crackdown. “Sex trafficking continues to destroy countless lives, and this…

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Georgetown University Islamic Professor Asserts Slavery, Rape Is Not Always ‘Morally Evil’   Feb 14, 2017 12:11 pm

WASHINGTON — Concerns are being expressed after audio has surfaced of a Muslim Georgetown University professor outlining that slavery and sex without consent is not always wrong as defined in Islamic culture. Professor Jonathan Brown recently lectured at the International Institute of Islamic Thought, where he delivered a message on “Islam and the Problem of…

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St. Louis Passes Proposal Adding Women Who’ve Aborted to Non-Discrimination Ordinance   Feb 12, 2017 04:22 pm

Photo Credit: Credit Tomasz Kobosz ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The city council of St. Louis has approved a proposal that adds women who’ve had an abortion to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. Board Bill 203 was presented by Alderman Megan Green, who said that the protections were necessary to keep employers and landlords from acting adversely when a mother…

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Trump Admin Withdraws Obama-Era Request for Stay of Block on ‘Transgender’ Restroom Use Policy   Feb 13, 2017 06:01 am

WASHINGTON — In what appears to some as being a signal that the Trump administration is not going to defend the Obama administration’s directives requiring public schools to allow male students who identify as female—and vice versa—to use the restroom that correlates with their “internal sense of gender,” the U.S. Department of Justice has withdrawn the previous…

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Mission Board President David Platt Apologizes for Distraction, Division Caused by Brief Supporting Mosque   Feb 17, 2017 11:52 am

ONTARIO, Calif. — While appearing at an event with Baptist news reporters on Wednesday, Southern Baptist International Mission Board President David Platt told those gathered that he was sorry that an amicus brief supporting the construction of a New Jersey mosque had caused division. “I apologize to Southern Baptists for how distracting and divisive this has…

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Historic Cave Discovery in Israel Renews Hopes of Finding More Dead Sea Scrolls   Feb 13, 2017 06:02 am

QUMRAN, Israel – For the first time in over 60 years, researchers have discovered a cave near the Dead Sea that once housed ancient scrolls, renewing archaeologists’ hopes that additional Dead Sea Scrolls may be waiting to be found. Seventy years ago, Bedouin shepherds famously discovered ancient scrolls within caves near the Dead Sea. Widely recognized as…

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Democratic Washington State Governor Issues Proclamation Recognizing ‘Darwin Day’   Feb 13, 2017 09:58 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Democratic governor of the state of Washington recently issued a proclamation recognizing Sunday, the 208th year of Darwin’s birthday, as “Darwin Day.” Gov. Jay Inslee signed the proclamation on Jan. 31, which urged all Washington residents to join him in “this special observance.” “Darwin’s discovery of natural selection continues to…

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Washington State Supreme Court Upholds Ruling Declaring Florist Must Service ‘Gay Weddings’   Feb 17, 2017 06:01 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a ruling against a florist accused of discrimination by providing a referral for a regular customer’s request for the creation of floral arrangements for his same-sex ceremony rather than fulfilling the order herself. “Discrimination based on same-sex marriage constitutes…

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NFL Says It Might Keep Future Super Bowls Out of Texas If ‘Bathroom Bill’ Becomes Law   Feb 16, 2017 06:01 am

A spokesman for the National Football League (NFL) has suggested that the organization might keep future Super Bowls out of Texas if a proposed bill requiring restroom use at government-run facilities to correlate with birth gender becomes law. “If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law , that would certainly be a…

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