Top Weekly Stories from for 02/01/2020

Nearly 3,000-Year-Old Jar Unearthed in Israel Bears Biblical Name Meaning ‘Yahweh Has Built’   Jan 30, 2020 04:09 pm

Photo Credit: Azusa Pacific University METULA, Israel — Archaeologists with Azusa Pacific University in California have announced the discovery of a nearly 3,000-year-old broken jar bearing the inscription “lbnayo,” meaning “belonging to Benaiyo.” The name is the equivalent of the biblical Beniah, meaning “Yahweh has built.” “Such a discovery advances…

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden Claims: ‘Transgender Equality Is Civil Rights Issue of Our Time’   Jan 28, 2020 08:17 am

Photo Credit: Michael Stokes/Wikipedia Former vice president Joe Biden, who is currently campaigning for the presidency, posted to Twitter on Saturday that he believes “transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time.” Biden has expressed his support for those who identify as the opposite sex, or who struggle with attraction toward the same sex, for…

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Woman Who Was Given Hormone Blockers as Teen Joins Landmark Legal Case Against UK Gender Clinic   Jan 25, 2020 03:14 pm

General stock photo. Photo Credit: Sam Pineda/Pexels (The Christian Institute) — Giving powerful drugs to children who are confused about their gender puts them on a “torturous” path, a former transsexual has warned as she joined a major legal action against the NHS. Keira Bell was given hormone blockers and cross-sex hormones when she a teenager, but has…

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Commercial Featuring ‘Drag Queens’ to Air During Super Bowl for First Time in History   Jan 29, 2020 12:10 pm

For the first time in history, drag queens will be broadcast into the homes of millions this year via a Sabra hummus commercial set to air during Super Bowl LIV. The drag performers, Maxwell Heller and Sang-Young Sin, who go by the stage names Miz Cracker and Kim Chi, were former contestants on RuPaul’s “Drag Race.” According to a Fandom Wiki page, Sin is…

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China to Roll Out New Religious Regulations   Jan 30, 2020 12:09 pm

BEIJING (ChinaAid) — The Chinese government will roll out new regulations on religion Saturday. These regulations, consisting of six chapters and 41 articles, will require religious leaders and organizations to display complete devotion to the Chinese Communist Party. Article 5 reads, “Religious organizations must spread the principles and policies of the…

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Spaniard Evangelicals Push Back After Education Minister Says it Is ‘Mistake’ to Think ‘Children Belong to Their Parents’   Jan 27, 2020 11:26 am

Photo Credit: Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha/Wikipedia (Evangelical Focus) — The issue of sex education in state schools was at the center of a week-long political storm that started after Education Minister Isabel Celáa said in a press conference that “no one should commit the mistake of thinking that children belong to their parents.” In the first…

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‘We Stand Firm’: Detroit Police Chief Refuses Request to Stop Holding Academy Graduation at Churches   Jan 29, 2020 09:17 am

Photo Credit: Detroit Police Department/Facebook DETROIT — The police chief of Detroit, Michigan says he won’t agree to a request from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) to cease holding police academy graduations at local churches. “We stand firm,” Chief James Craig told the Detroit News. “As an option, we’ll continue to use houses of worship for…

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Freedom From Religion Foundation Asks City in Illinois to Remove Cross From Tunnel Mural   Jan 27, 2020 07:46 pm

Effingham CrossPhoto Credit: FFRF EFFINGHAM, Ill. — The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has requested that a city in Illinois remove a cross from a mural painted on a tunnel on city-owned property. A “Let the Cross Stay” petition has consequently been launched in an effort to urge city council members to uphold the mural — a petition that has over…

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Officer Working Security During Church Service in Critical Condition After Responding to Area Robbery   Jan 28, 2020 09:39 am

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A police officer who was working security at a church in Alabama is in critical condition after responding to a robbery in the neighborhood and being shot by a teenager. According to reports, narcotics detective John Finke was off duty on Sunday morning and was assisting with security at Church of the Highlands in Birmingham when a call came in…

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Appeals Court Rules Birth Certificates May Include Lesbian ‘Spouse’ of Women Who Conceive Via Sperm Donor   Jan 28, 2020 04:11 pm

CHICAGO — The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court injunction in favor of two lesbian women who sued as one of them was prohibited by the State of Indiana from being listed on the birth certificate as “mother #2” of a child conceived via a sperm donor. “The district court’s order requiring Indiana to recognize the children of these…

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