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Netflix Ordered to Pull Film About Gay Jesus

Brazilian judge says 'freedom of expression ... is not absolute'

(Newser) - A Brazilian judge has ordered Netflix to remove a film depicting Jesus Christ with a boyfriend. The First Temptation of Christ, released as a Christmas special, caused such fury among Brazil's conservative Christians that 2 million signed a petition calling for its removal, while a group lobbed firebombs at... More »

United Methodists Agree to Historic Split

Those who oppose gay marriage will form their own denomination

(Newser) - The United Methodist Church looks poised to allow same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy for the first time in its history—but it'll come at a cost. The nation's third-largest denomination will fracture as a result, as soon as May, reports the Washington Post . An agreement announced Friday—signed... More »

AP Has Big Issues With Church Sex-Offender List

Over 900 accused clergy members are missing

(Newser) - Richard J. Poster served time for possessing child pornography, violated his probation by having contact with children, admitted masturbating near a church school, and in 2005 was put on a sex offender registry. And yet the former Catholic priest was only just this month added to a list of clergy... More »

In Bethlehem, No Room at the Inns, Again

As Christmas descends, pilgrims crowd West Bank town where they believe Jesus Christ was born

(Newser) - "All hotels in the city are full today," says Palestinian Tourism Minister Rula Maaya as thousands of Christian pilgrims descended on the West Bank town of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, ahead of Tuesday's annual Christmas Eve celebrations. The Church of the Nativity, where Christians believe... More »

2019 Was a Bad Year for One Kind of Killing

From Burkina Faso to California, houses of worship came under deadly fire

(Newser) - On Dec. 1, a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church in Burkina Faso, an impoverished West African country where the Christian minority is increasingly a target of attacks. The victims included the pastor and several teenage boys; regional authorities attributed the attack to “... More »

Drew Brees Draws Fire After Controversial Video

New Orleans Saints QB pushes back after appearing in clip from anti-LGBT Christian group

(Newser) - "For we live by faith, not by sight" is one of Drew Brees' favorite biblical quotes, he tells fans in a 20-second video spot aimed at students for "Bring Your Bible to School Day" on Oct. 3. It was a short clip meant to inspire, but instead it'... More »

Venue Refused Interracial Wedding. Then the Owner Checked Her Bible

Mississippi event hall cited Christian beliefs before admitting error

(Newser) - A Mississippi wedding venue has done an about-face after refusing to rent to an interracial couple. "We don't do gay weddings or mixed race," a woman at Booneville's Boone's Camp Event Hall says, citing her Christian beliefs, in a video captured Saturday by the groom'... More »

Warren Tells Black Christians Her Favorite Biblical Passage

The Democrats frame their bids in faith-based terms

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren framed their Democratic presidential bids in personal, faith-based terms Saturday before black millennial Christians in Georgia who could help determine which candidate becomes the leading progressive alternative to Joe Biden, the AP reports. Sanders, the Vermont senator whose struggles with black voters helped cost him... More »

Christian Who Wrote Anti-Dating Book: 'I Am Not a Christian'

Joshua Harris getting divorced, apologizing to LGBT community, saying dating actually is OK

(Newser) - More than 20 years ago, he wrote a popular Christian guide to relationships that said dating—including holding hands, kissing, and couples spending time alone together—was bad and a "training ground" for divorce. Now, after pointing out the "flaws" more than a year ago in his I ... More »

Christian Group's Netflix Petition Gets the Job Done

Netflix is on board; Amazon not so much

(Newser) - Mission accomplished for Return to Order —kind of. "We promise not to make any more," an official Netflix account tweeted Thursday in response to the Christian group's petition demanding the company cancel Good Omens. Thing is, the show is made by Amazon Prime. Amazon also got... More »

20K Christians Demand Netflix Cancel Amazon Show

Return to Order claims 'Good Omens' normalizes Satanism

(Newser) - Good Omens is getting good reviews , with the Radio Times calling the six-part miniseries "a devilishly funny love letter" to the 1990 fantasy novel from Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, on which it's based. But some 20,000 Christians aren't impressed, having signed a petition demanding Netflix... More »

Extremists Want Her to Die. Instead, Court Frees Her (Again)

Pakistani Supreme Court upholds acquittal of Christian accused of blasphemy, sentenced to die

(Newser) - Asia Bibi is finally free to leave Pakistan, if she hasn't already. On Tuesday, the country's Supreme Court upheld its own acquittal of Bibi—a Christian mother first arrested a decade ago on blasphemy charges and sentenced to death in 2010 —rejecting a challenge to its earlier... More »

Iraq Gives Christians a Gift

What's left of them, at least

(Newser) - For Iraqi Christians, it's a moment to enjoy: The government has made Christmas a national holiday, CNN reports. "Happy Christmas to our Christian citizens, all Iraqis and to all who are celebrating around the world," the government tweeted . The move marks an apparent respite for Iraqi Christians,... More »

Pakistan Acquits Christian Sentenced to Die for Blasphemy

Massive protests expected after Asia Bibi freed

(Newser) - Authorities in Pakistan are braced for massive protests after the acquittal of a Christian woman who was sentenced to death in 2010 for alleged blasphemy against Islam. Asia Bibi was accused of making derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammed in a 2009 argument with farmworkers who refused to drink water... More »

For Americans, This Is the 'Face of God'

Ryan Gosling, is that you?

(Newser) - You can now say you've stared into the face of God, or at least a face Americans believe resembles it. Surprisingly, there's no beard in sight. Instead, faces selected from pairs of photos by more than 500 US Christians tasked with choosing their vision of God combine to... More »

Religion in America Changing in a Big Way

For starters, white Christians no longer make up majority of nation

(Newser) - A major new survey on the religious beliefs of Americans is out, and the Public Religion Research Institute sees a "dramatic transformation" taking place across the country. Two big takeaways from the 2016 survey of 101,000 people: White Christians no longer make up a majority of Americans, with... More »

ACLU: Ala. Christian Forced to Remove Scarf for DMV Pic

Yvonne Allen says she was told only Muslims can wear head scarves

(Newser) - The ACLU filed a lawsuit this week alleging that an Alabama county clerk and her supervisor violated a Christian woman's religious freedom rights under both federal and state constitutions when they required that the woman remove her head scarf for her driver's license photo in spite of repeated... More »

Kerry: ISIS Is Committing Genocide

Says US will support efforts to 'analyze the evidence of atrocities'

(Newser) - John Kerry says the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and Shiite groups in Iraq and Syria. The secretary of state announced his findings from the White House on Thursday, citing evidence from a number of sources. "Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by its... More »

Professor Who Said Christian, Muslim God Are the Same Leaves Job

Larycia Hawkins was facing possible termination at hearing

(Newser) - A US professor who was suspended after wearing a headscarf —and saying Muslims and Christians "worship the same God"—is out of a job. Larycia Hawkins, a tenured associate political science professor at Wheaton College in Illinois, parted ways with the evangelical Christian college on Saturday night,... More »

Marine Killed Hours After He Made Poignant NYE Post

Matthew DeRemer, 31, was killed by a drunk driver on New Year's Eve

(Newser) - Marine veteran Matthew DeRemer, 31, who served in Iraq, wrote one final Facebook post before setting out on his motorcycle in Florida on New Year's Eve to ring in 2016. And its message, which has since inspired many shares and likes, turned out to be chillingly poignant: "I... More »

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