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Erasing God From School

Paul Rubeo sat stunned. He replayed the voicemail from his son's fifth-grade teacher and winced: "Good morning, Mr. Rubeo. Giovanni called you because I asked him to. I noticed that he has a book, a religious book, in the classroom. He's not permitted to read those books in my classroom." The book in question? The Bible.

It all started with Giovanni reading his Bible during free-reading time at his elementary school in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and his teacher instructing him to put it away because it was not an approved book. Giovanni complied but didn't understand.

"I wanted to read the Bible because it gives me a lot of wisdom and helps me a lot," he told Decision. "Every other kid got to read whatever book they wanted, so why couldn't I read the Bible?"

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HOUSTON DEMANDS OVERSIGHT OF SERMONS

Officials with the city of Houston, Texas, who are defending a controversial ordinance that would allow men to use women's restrooms now have demanded to see the sermons preached by several area pastors.

The recent move came in a subpoena from the city to pastors for copies of their sermons and other communications in the city's legal defense of a "non-discrimination" measure that allows "gender-confused" people to use public restrooms designated for the opposite sex.

A lawsuit challenging Houston's move alleges the city violated its own charter in its adoption of the Equal Rights Ordinance, which in May designated homosexuals and transgender persons as a protected class.

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The amazing story of how Brazil's top soccer superstar was nearly aborted, but lived

Thiago Silva is one of the top stars in Brazil's national soccer team. So important was he to this year's team that many sports commentators blamed the country's first and only loss in the semifinals of this year's world cup to the fact that Thiago was prevented from playing that game.  But what people just recently learned in this mini-documentary about Thiago's life, is that abortion nearly took Thiago's life before he ever had a chance to take a breath, much less kick a soccer ball.

Thiago Silva now lives the gilded life a soccer star playing in the big leagues in Europe.  He lives in Paris and plays for the French champions, Paris Saint Germaine. In addition to his great skill as a defensive back, Thiago Silva's deep Christian faith before and after the matches, when he is often seen praying, is evident. 

As C.S. Lewis wrote "there are no ordinary people" and Thiago Silva is a great example.

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Who Will Stand Up for the Christians?

On Saturday September 13, 2014, 500 People Prayed for the persecuted church both in the Middle East and around the world. Two days later world’s top diplomats pledged to support Iraq in its fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The group of 500 Christians met at Queen’s Park in Toronto, and prayed as the marched to the US consulate in hopes that their cries will be heard. This group knows that something must be done to end the horrific persecution of Christians that is happening due to terrorist groups such as ISIS and Boko Horam.

In Justin Trudeau’s world, Christians need not apply

The intersection of religion and politics can produce profound ethical dilemmas. For those who are religious, who see the performance of their faith here on earth as bearing on their destiny in the hereafter, politics can be a threatening pursuit. Religious imperatives are not intermittent, do not suffer exceptions, may not be quarantined from any aspect of a religiously engaged life.

And if a Christian is a politician, then his public conduct, his thinking and voting on matters of public concern, will naturally, inescapably, seek the polar star and guidance of his religious understanding. Religion is not an accessory to one's occupation and career. It has a core relationship to all of life.

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Dozens of Christians 'including women and children' are arrested in Saudi Arabia after tip-off to state's Islamist police force

Islamist police in Saudi Arabia have stormed a Christian prayer meeting and arrested its entire congregation, including women and children, and confiscated their bibles, it has been reported.

The raid was the latest incident of a swingeing crackdown on religious minorities in Saudi Arabia by the country's hard-line Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. 

The 28 Christians were said to be worshipping at the home of an Indian national in the eastern city of Khafji, when the police entered the building and took them into custody. They have not been seen or heard from since, raising concerns among human rights groups as to their whereabouts.

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David Platt: Young Evangelicals Passionate About Poor, Enslaved but Strangely Quiet on Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage

While applauding young evangelicals who have taken up causes such as opposition to injustice regarding the poor, the orphaned, and the enslaved, and who have helped increased awareness of such issues as sex trafficking and world starvation, Pastor David Platt said he is concerned about the lack of enthusiasm among some Christians on other issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.

"I'm concerned for lack of zeal, not exclusively, but particularly among young evangelicals on social issues that are just as, if not in some ways much more important like abortion and sexual immorality, and so-called same-sex marriage," Platt, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., preached at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on Thursday. "On some of these issues, younger evangelical Christians [and] prominent church leaders are often strangely quiet."

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Muslims in Spain campaign to worship alongside Christians

Muslims in Spain are campaigning to be allowed to worship alongside Christians in Cordoba Cathedral -- formerly the Great Mosque of Cordoba.

Today, at the original Cordoba mosque in Spain, there is no call to prayer, only the ringing of church bells. That's because the former mosque is now a working Catholic cathedral, performing a daily mass.

It's been a Cathedral since Spain's Christian monarchy conquered Cordoba in the 13th century and more than a million visitors walk through its doors every year.

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PUTIN SAYS: AMERICA IS GODLESS NATION, HAS TURNED AWAY FROM CHRISTIAN VALUES

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the West, including the United States, for eschewing Christian values and opting instead for a "path to degradation."

In his State of the Nation speech last month, Putin asserted that, "Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values... Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan." Russia has adopted new laws that ban homosexual propaganda and criminalizes the insulting of religious sensibilities.

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'I want the Jesus in the City parade back on': Mayor Rob Ford

In a come-to-help-out-Jesus moment, Mayor Rob Ford says he wants the city to reinstate a religious parade's permit which was cancelled because of road construction.

"I am not saying there won't be some re-routing, but I want the Jesus in the City parade back on," the mayor said after learning about Monday's controversy.

The mayor was responding to a column in the Toronto Sun which focused on the recent cancellation of the Sept. 6 parade. City officials cited road resurfacing at Queen's Park as the reason.

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“The fight against China is our Islamic responsibility and we have to fulfill it”

Abdullah Mansour couldn't have made it plainer: he is fighting against the Chinese because he is a Muslim. He believes that it is his Islamic responsibility to fight against the Chinese. Other Muslims the world over have proclaimed that they believe it is their Islamic responsibility to fight against the Americans, the British, the Australians, the Indians, and so on and on.

Yet Western non-Muslim analysts routinely ignore these declarations, or reflexively prescribe as the solution initiatives to aid Muslims economically, and to partner with Muslims in various ventures. When these remedies only embolden the jihadists, the analysts just apply them again and again, in the vain hope, apparently, that someday they will work. They never, ever question their core assumptions.

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Iraq's Christians feel the US and the church have abandoned them

For more than a week, displaced families have occupied every inch of St. Joseph's church grounds. Some have a few belongings they managed to gather as they fled their homes. Others have nothing but the clothes they wore. The line for the church complex's three toilets is unbearable.

At a press briefing on Thursday, President Barack Obama praised the US military forces participating in humanitarian airdrops for Yazidis trapped fleeing the Islamic State (IS). But he reassured viewers that the need for additional humanitarian drops was probably over and that "the majority of the military personnel" involved would be leaving "in the coming days." As for the other minorities displaced by IS, including Iraqi Christians, "the situation remains dire," the president said. "We're going to be working with our international partners to provide humanitarian assistance." No concrete plans were offered.

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New study: Family-friendly, faith-based and patriotic films are dominating the box office

They say sex sells, but perhaps not as well as one might think...

According to the newly released 2014 Annual Movieguide Report to the Entertainment Industry, family-friendly, patriotic and religious films are earning more money at the American box office each year.

For the first time, nine of the top 10 grossing movies in 2013 at both domestic and international box offices had a family-orientated theme, including "Iron Man 3," "Frozen" and "Man of Steel," and a large portion of top 10, such as "Fast & Furious 6," had references to Jesus Christ.

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Iraq's Christians feel the US and the church have abandoned them

For more than a week, displaced families have occupied every inch of St. Joseph's church grounds. Some have a few belongings they managed to gather as they fled their homes. Others have nothing but the clothes they wore. The line for the church complex's three toilets is unbearable.

At a press briefing on Thursday, President Barack Obama praised the US military forces participating in humanitarian airdrops for Yazidis trapped fleeing the Islamic State (IS). But he reassured viewers that the need for additional humanitarian drops was probably over and that "the majority of the military personnel" involved would be leaving "in the coming days." As for the other minorities displaced by IS, including Iraqi Christians, "the situation remains dire," the president said. "We're going to be working with our international partners to provide humanitarian assistance." No concrete plans were offered.

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Here are Facebook's 56 new gender identity options

You no longer have to be defined as either male or female on Facebook.

The social media giant rolled out a list of more than 50 different gender identity terms on Thursday, allowing users to enter up to 10 different options to customize their identity.

Users are also able to choose a preferred pronoun to be identified by on the site: him, her or them.

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