Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs has warned that Jediism, the religion found in the Star Wars movie franchise, is growing in Christian societies and is not compatible with Islamic teachings.
"Jediism … is spreading today in Christian societies. Around 70,000 people in Australia and 390,000 people in England currently define themselves as Jedis," Marmara University Assistant Professor Bilal Yorulmaz wrote, according to Hurriyet Daily News.
Former Disney star Selena Gomez recently opened up about removing her purity ring years after she first began wearing it as a promise to God that she would abstain from sex until marriage.
The 23-year-old "Come & Get It" singer, who is a practicing Christian, was first spotted wearing the jewelry as a testament to her faith when she was just 13, and although at the time it was a sacred symbol of her virginity, she says that she eventually grew to discover that "it isn't for everyone." Gomez did not specify when exactly her ring came off, although reports say that it was sometime during her four-year relationship with Justin Bieber, whom she began dating in 2011.
"I'm not embarrassed to say that," Gomez said of having worn a purity ring, according to The Sunday Times U.K. "I'm also not embarrassed to say that the ring has come off. I got it when I was 13 and I respect so much what it represented, but it isn't for everyone." more >>
Kansas residents are outraged after an atheist group forced a local middle school to remove a portrait of Jesus Christ that had been displayed in the school since the 1950s.
"I'm sick of this," said 53-year-old Chanute resident Jack Lynch, according to Reuters. "This country was founded on Christian beliefs. In God we trust. Now people want to come in and change all that. If they don't like it let them leave."
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based atheist organization, warned Royster Middle School Superintendent Richard Proffitt that the portrait's display at the public school was an "egregious violation of the First Amendment." more >>
Daniel Keller, brother-in-law of embattled "19 Kids and Counting" star Josh Duggar, called him a "pig" Monday and declared he won't stop trying to get him out of his family after recent reports on leaked data from adultery website Ashley Madison revealed that Duggar had used the website to cheat on his wife, Anna.
After Duggar confessed his cheating ways, his sister, Jessa Seewald, came to his defense with scripture on Facebook Monday after a media firestorm vilifying him erupted on the Internet.
In a Facebook post Monday, Seewald quoted from 1 John 1:8, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." more >>
Hollywood power couple Roma Downey and Mark Burnett previewed their forthcoming Christian film "Ben-Hur" during a surprise appearance at Mega-Fest in Dallas on Friday.
Described by the notable Christian filmmakers as an "epic" action movie, "Ben-Hur" is based on Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ and stars Academy Award-winning actor, Morgan Freeman.
Downey and Burnett, who created the "The Bible" miniseries and the box-office hit "Son of God," told a large crowd at Bishop T.D. Jakes' annual family festival that ultimately the film tells "a story of forgiveness with an underlying story of Jesus." The project, which is the product of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures, is just the latest in the couple's quest to glorify God through Hollywood entertainment as they continue to be "Hollywood's noisiest Christians." more >>
Jessa Duggar Seewald shared scripture about God's grace and forgiveness via Instagram on Sunday just days after her brother, Josh, publicly confessed to adultery.
The pregnant reality TV star hasn't directly spoken out about the infidelity scandal surrounding Josh and his wife, Anna, although she alluded to the importance of confessing one's sins in order to be granted forgiveness from God. Duggar shared 1 John 1:5-9: The First Epistle General of John KJV with her 1 million Instagram followers on Sunday, and the post garnered over 40,000 likes.
" This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all," the passage begins before ending with " If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." more >>