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Can religion and politics mix _ for good, not evil?

NEW YORK — Religion and politics are assumed to be a dangerous brew, volatile to the point of murderous. And at least judging by current events in …

Islam

Texas Woman Has a Bold Message for Gov’t Officials After Being Fined $2,000 for Feeding the Poor

Joan Cheever, a food truck owner in San Antonio, Texas, who uses her mobile restaurant to feed the poor, has no plans of backing down in the midst of her very public clash with authorities over a $2,000 fine that she was given for failing to transport food in a permitted vehicle.

Cheever, whose Chow …

Conservative News

Stunning Number of Dutch Doctors Support Allowing Physician-Assisted Suicide for Psychiatric Diseases

A recently released survey found that one-third of Dutch doctors were supportive of doctor-assisted suicide for those with psychiatric diseases.

In addition to the 34 percent who remain open to euthanasia for mental illness, 27 percent said that they could conceive of permitting doctor-assisted …

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Marco Rubio Was Asked If He Believes ‘Homosexuality Is a Choice’. Here’s How He Responded.

Republican senator and 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio continued to field questions about homosexuality over the weekend, proclaiming that he believes that “sexual preference is something that people are born with.”

His response came after journalist Bob Schieffer asked, ”Do you think that …

Republicans

Houston church, former religious home to Cruz clan, is "real, true family in the big city," pastor says

Faith

FBI Director’s Controversial Comments About the Holocaust and Poland That Had This U.S. Ambassador Scrambling to Apologize

The U.S. ambassador to Poland apologized to the central European country following statements made in a recent Washington Post op-ed by FBI Director James Comey that implicated that Poland was complicit in the Holocaust.

The comments, which appeared to place some blame on Poland for assisting the …

Holocaust

What Happened Before Her Live Shot in Paris Left This Israeli Reporter ‘Shaking’

Israeli television reporter Miri Michaeli said she never intended to make public the video showing her preparing for a live shot in Paris last month.

But after being asked by viewers if the media is exaggerating European anti-Semitism, the Europe correspondent for Israel’s Channel 10 news changed …

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Christian refugees formed human chain to avoid being thrown into sea

• Boat travelling from Libya to Sicily when 12 Christians thrown overboard• 
Police arrested Muslim migrants for murder 'motivated by religious

Refugees

Islamic State Releases New Video That Appears to Show Christians Being Beheaded on the Beach

CAIRO (TheBlaze/AP) — A video released by the Islamic State group appears to show the killing of two different groups of captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

The 29-minute video released online Sunday purportedly shows two groups of captives. It says one group is held by an IS affiliate in …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Here’s Why One Former Gov. Is Telling Christians Not to Join the Military

Now’s not the time for Christians to enlist, according to some.

In an interview with Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson this week, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee advised Christians to stay away from the military — at least until President Barack Obama is out of office.

Mickelson asked Huckabee to …

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‘Sex Box’ Gets Canned: Controversial Show Featuring Couples Who Have Sex Inside of a Box Is No More

“Sex Box,” the controversial WE tv show in which participants have sex inside a soundproof box and then emerge to speak with a panel of judges and relationship experts about the experience, has been yanked from the network’s schedule.

The network pulled the show after five episodes after it did not …

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Here’s What Happened When a Supposedly Atheist ‘Daily Show’ Correspondent Sat Down With a Famed Megachurch Pastor

Jordan Klepper, a correspondent for “The Daily Show” who is reportedly a self-professed atheist, recently sat down with Pastor Carl Lentz, a megachurch preacher known for donning a leather jacket and tattoos, to poke fun at the popular preacher’s appearance and to question whether his hip approach …

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Suspicious fires set at church in Levittown

Fire officials are investigating three suspicious fires that were set at a church in Levittown, Bucks County.

Fire Marshal

High School Invites All Female Students to Wear an Islamic Head Covering — Now Issuing an Apology

An initiative that encouraged female high school students to voluntarily wear a hijab — an Islamic head covering — during the school day on April 23, has been canceled following intense controversy, with the school’s principal issuing an apology to parents.

Principal Mindy McCarty-Stewart of Mason …

Religion

Beyond powerlessness over anti-Christian persecution

By John L. Allen Jr.

Associate editor April 18, 2015

Though it seems almost perverse to seek a silver lining in the rise of ISIS, nevertheless …

Persecution

The Hospital Told Him His Son Was Brain Dead, but He Didn’t Believe It. That’s When He Grabbed His Gun and Witnessed a ‘Miracle.’

After receiving the news from doctors that his son, who had recently suffered a series of strokes, was essentially brain dead and could soon be taken off life support, a desperate father said he entered a hospital in Tomball, Texas, prepared to kill himself if his son were to die.

With a 9mm handgun …

Hospitals

New Gov’t Drug and Alcohol Mandate Leads One Homeless Shelter to Close Down Rather Than Comply

A Connecticut homeless shelter has decided to close its doors rather than comply with a new government mandate that requires institutions accepting state funding to allow admittance to individuals who are actively using drugs and substances.

The shelter, which was owned and operated by the …

Homelessness

If the Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage, How Many Pastors Are Likely to Officiate Same-Sex Ceremonies?

With the Supreme Court poised to hear gay marriage arguments later this month, a newly released poll reveals, in part, how Protestant preachers will likely respond if the high court decides that states are required by law to allow two people of the same sex to marry.

The vast majority of the 1,000 …

Marriage

Country Superstar Says Her ‘Faith Is Forever Deepened’ After What She Found on Her Torched Tour Bus

Driving along an interstate near Dallas on Thursday, a tour bus transporting the stars of Lady Antebellum suddenly caught fire.

Garland police confirmed that the driver of the bus stopped the vehicle after a tire blew out, and the bus eventually went up in flames while stopped on Interstate 30. …

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Oklahoma girl, 17, killed in crash with church bus Sunday night

The wreck happened about 5:40 p.m. at the intersection of 72nd Street and Maguire Road.

According to a preliminary investigation, a sport utility …

Oklahoma

Willie and Korie Robertson Reveal Something You Might Not Know About ‘Duck Dynasty’ and Uncle Si

Willie and Korie Robertson, who sat down for an in-depth interview with TheBlaze this week to discuss faith, fame and their new “Duck Commander” musical, revealed a detail about their A&E show “Duck Dynasty” that you might not know: Uncle Si, a fan favorite, wasn’t originally slated to appear on …

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'The Messengers' is a Christian zombie movie for the small screen

Sr. Rose Pacatte NCR Today The rapture is coming -- again. A new television series, "The Messengers," premieres at 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central today, April …

Horror Movies

In a Country With ‘Draconian’ Gun Laws, Politician Invokes Jews and the Holocaust to Make the Case for Easier Access to Firearms

Gun laws in Poland have been described as “some of the most draconian” in the European Union.

One right-wing Polish lawmaker would like to change that, and drew on the Holocaust to make the case for easier access to firearms, saying the Holocaust would not have happened if Jews had been armed.

“If …

Guns

Muslim Migrants Charged With Multiple Aggravated Murder for Allegedly Throwing Christians Overboard on the Open Seas

Sicilian authorities have arrested 15 Muslim migrants who are accused of throwing 12 Christians overboard while traveling on a vessel that was headed from Libya to Italy on Wednesday.

The arrests come as as the 12 victims, who were believed to be Christians, are feared dead, according to the BBC.

The …

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Little Girl Who Claims She Visited Heaven and Met Jesus During Harrowing Accident Told Her Mom Something That Immediately Caused Her to Believe

A little girl who claims that she visited heaven and met Jesus during a harrowing accident three years ago has mysteriously recovered from the chronic illnesses that she suffered beforehand, according to her mother.

Christy Beam, who recounts her daughter’s story in a new book titled, “Miracles From …

Jesus

German Jew Recounts How He Survived the Holocaust Disguised as a Member of the Hitler Youth and Even Crossed Paths With Hitler Himself

For four years, Shlomo Perel didn’t dare go by his real name.

A German Jew by birth, Perel managed to survive the Holocaust as a teenager concealed as a member of the Hitler Youth and serving as a young translator for Nazi soldiers.

He even once saw Adolf Hitler up close.

“I looked him in the eye,” …

Adolf Hitler

Young Black Boy Goes Off on Al Sharpton: ‘You’re a Waste of Human Flesh’

C.J. Pearson, a 12-year-old kid from Georgia who recently gained attention for posting viral videos about President Barack Obama and the American social and political landscape, is at it again, releasing a recent clip in which he called Al Sharpton a “waste of human flesh.”

Pearson, who wasted no …

Al Sharpton

Journalist Asks Marco Rubio If He’d Ever Attend a Gay Wedding and Here’s His Answer

Republican senator and 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio has made it clear that he’s a supporter of traditional marriage, though he said during an interview on Wednesday that he would have no problem attending a friend or loved one’s gay wedding.

“If there’s somebody that I love that’s in my …

Marco Rubio

‘Shut Your Mouth!’: When a Woman Launched Into a Tirade Against a Muslim Couple on a Crowded Train, a Fed-Up Passenger Stepped Up in a Big Way

When a woman decided to boisterously berate a Muslim couple on an Australian train, a bystander decided that enough was enough, and boldly spoke up to defend them against the “horrible and hurtful” things she was saying about their faith.

Stacey Eden, 23, jumped in to speak up for the couple, using …

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