GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said in an interview that if Pope Francis were to criticize him and capitalism during the pontiff's upcoming visit in September, the billionaire businessman will have to "scare" Francis with a reminder that the Islamic State terror group has threatened him.
In a wide-ranging interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo on Wednesday, Trump said that even though he is a Protestant Christian, he has "great respect" for the pope.
"I like the pope. I actually like him. He's becoming very political, there's no question about it. But I like him. He seems like a pretty good guy." more >>
Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham has revealed that a new planetarium program at the museum in Kentucky will explore the question of whether extra-terrestrial life exists. Answers in Genesis astronomer Danny Faulkner has said the program will look for biblical principles to apply to the discussion.
"Answers in Genesis is thrilled to announce that another exciting and spectacular planetarium program, 'Aliens—Fact or Fiction?' has been produced by our talented team and will be available for viewing at the Creation Museum starting from Labor Day, Sept. 4," Ham said in a Facebook message on Wednesday.
"Our state-of-the-art Stargazer's Planetarium has been one of the most popular features at the Creation Museum. The other popular planetarium programs will also continue to be shown," he added. more >>
New surveys conducted by LifeWay Research have found that the majority of Americans do not believe that divorce is a sin, while the majority of Protestant pastors also believe that divorce is morally acceptable, under certain circumstances, except in scenarios when the couple has fallen out of love.
LifeWay recently conducted two surveys where they asked 1,000 lay Americans and 1,000 Protestant pastors whether they think divorce is a sin under certain circumstances.
Respondents were asked to clarify if they thought divorce was a sin in cases where the couple has fallen out of love, a spouse cheated on the other, physical abuse was apparent in the relationship, one spouse was addicted to pornography and when one spouse has abandoned the other. more >>
Embattled reality TV star Josh Duggar allegedly had two accounts with the adultery website Ashley Madison which claims to protect anonymity for procuring adulterous affairs.
The story, first reported by the media news site Gawker, could potentially be another blow to Josh, 27, and the Duggar clan, whose reality show "19 Kids and Counting" was canceled by TLC in July.
In May, Duggar resigned from a position at the Family Research Council after reports surfaced that he molested two of his sisters and another underage girl when he was 14 and 15 years old. Duggar, who confirmed the allegations had occured in 2002 and 2003, reportedly sought help under the guidance of his family and others, and asked for forgiveness for his indiscretions. more >>
In what might be called an ink blot test on the national mood, a photo of a length of rope dangling from the celebrated Prayer Tower at Oral Roberts University was perceived by some as a hangman's noose and subsequently blew up on the Internet this week.
Though the painting company that tied the rope gave a plausible explanation, at press time, that photo had been viewed more than 635,000 times. It received more than 3,200 up-votes and more than 400 comments on popular social networking site Reddit.
Speculation on the image ranged from jokes that it "looks like someone isn't going to be paying back their student loans" — to genuine curiosity about "how exactly does a noose fit in with a painting rig," as a Reddit user named "Williamabridged" said the photo showed. more >>
A Facebook page that an atheist group had successfully pressurred to remove Christian messages due to confusion over its relationship to a city government is now posting Christian messages again after some minor changes to the page.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation was initially successful in getting an Arkansas city to remove religious postings from the Dispatch Jonesboro Facebook page — a page overseen by a Jonesboro city employee — after it filed an official complaint citing that it was inapproprite for the page to indicate a preference for Christianity and religion. The page has since returned to posting Christian messages.
Jonesboro officials opted to remove several posts about the Bible and God after receiving a letter from the FFRF. However, after an investigation, the page was found not to be directly tied to the city government. more >>