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Bible college president accused of sexually assaulting a teen boy during a flight
Dec 6, 2019

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By Daniel Villarreal Rev. Cornelius Tilton, the 65-year-old president of the Christian Bible College of Louisiana, has been charged with sexually assaulting an unnamed male 19-year-old theological seminary student on an international flight from Tel Aviv, Israel to Newark, New Jersey. Tilton, who is married to a woman and has served as the pastor of …


1 in 4 Canadians believe humans were created by God within the last 10,000 years: poll
Dec 6, 2019

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By Simon Little A new poll has found a hefty minority (23 per cent) of Canadians reject the theory of evolution, and instead believe a god created humans within the last 10,000 years. The survey, conducted by Research Co., found 61 per cent of Canadians believe humans “definitely” or “probably” evolved from less-advanced life forms over millions …


Measles deaths ‘staggering and tragic’
Dec 6, 2019

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By James Gallagher More than 140,000 people died from measles last year as the number of cases around the world surged once again, official estimates suggest. Most of the lives cut short were children aged under five. The situation has been described by health experts as staggering, an outrage, a tragedy and easily preventable with …


Nature’s ‘Brita Filter’ Is Dying and Nobody Knows Why
Dec 6, 2019

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By Nathan Rott On “good” bad days, the shells lay open at the bottom of the river, shimmering in the refracted sunlight. Their insides, pearl white and picked clean of flesh, flicker against the dark riverbed like a beacon, alerting the world above to a problem below. “That’s what we look for in die-offs,” says …


Sun-bombing spacecraft uncovers secrets of the solar wind
Dec 5, 2019

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By Alexandra Witze A spacecraft buzzing past the Sun has caught the best-ever glimpse of the birthplace of the solar wind — the stream of energized particles that floods outwards from the star. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe spotted strange spikes in the wind, where particles speed up and flip the direction of the wind’s magnetic …


Jewish schools ‘pressurise parents to take children out of sex ed lessons’
Dec 5, 2019 · 1 

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By Catrin Nye Two Orthodox Jewish secondary schools in London have been accused of pressurising parents into taking their children out of sex education lessons. The BBC has seen an email and heard a recording of the state-funded schools explaining how to withdraw pupils from mandatory relationships and sex education classes, which begin in 2020. …


Texas judge warned for refusal to perform gay marriages
Dec 5, 2019

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By Tim Fitzsimons Waco-based Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley’s refusal to perform gay weddings violates the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, a Texas judicial agency has said in a public warning. The “warning” from the Texas Commission on Judicial Misconduct states that Hensley has declined to perform gay weddings since …


New Jersey lawsuit alleges former D.C. archbishop Theodore McCarrick sexually abused 14-year-old at Hackensack parish in the 1990s
Dec 5, 2019

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By Michelle Boorstein A New Jersey man filed a lawsuit alleging that former D.C. Catholic archbishop Theodore McCarrick — a giant in the U.S. church — sexually abused him in the 1990s, when the man was 14. The suit is one of thousands of new child sexual abuse cases being filed as a slew of …


Buffalo Bishop Resigns After Scandal Over Secret List of Abusive Priests
Dec 4, 2019

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By Sharon Otterman First, a whistle-blower revealed that Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo had kept files about abusive priests that he hid from the public. Then leaked recordings showed that he was reluctant to remove a parish priest whom he called a “sick puppy.” On Wednesday, after months of pressure from priests and lay leaders, the Vatican said in a statement that it …


What If the Earth Was Flat?
Dec 4, 2019 · 1 

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By Stephanie Pappas The Earth is a sphere. This is a simple fact that humans have known for thousands of years; it was incontrovertibly confirmed as soon as the Soviet Union launched the Sputnik 1 satellite in 1957 and it went … you know … around the globe. Nevertheless, a small but vocal group of …