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Americans Leaving Christianity in Droves

Unaffiliated now number 56M in US behind evangelicals

(Newser) - The nation's Christians are experiencing a steep slide in numbers, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. The survey of 35,000 adults finds the number of those who identify as Christian slid from 78.4% in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014, the New York Times reports.... More »

'Right to Die' Opponent Has Died

Kara Tippetts, 38, urged Brittany Maynard not to take her own life

(Newser) - A Christian writer who fueled the debate over assisted suicide and refused to cut her own life short in the face of terminal cancer died yesterday, according to a post on her blog . Kara Tippetts, 38, a pastor's wife and mother of four in Colorado Springs, Colo., was admitted... More »

ISIS Releases 19 Syrian Christians

Unclear why; all are 50 or older

(Newser) - The Islamic State group released at least 19 Christians today who were among the more than 220 people the militants took captive in northeastern Syria last week, activists and a local leader said. The news provided a modicum of relief to a Christian Assyrian community that has been devastated by... More »

ISIS Now Has Hundreds of Christian Hostages

Activists say at least 220 people rounded up as militants sweep Syria

(Newser) - ISIS militants have rounded up hundreds of Christian hostages after storming through a chain of villages along a strategic river in northeastern Syria over the past three days, activists said today. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights puts the number of abducted Christian Assyrians at 220, many taken from... More »

Obama Tells Christians to Get Off 'High Horse'

Critics rail president's statements about slavery, Crusades at prayer breakfast

(Newser) - It's not terribly surprising that President Obama brought up Jesus Christ during yesterday's National Prayer Breakfast in DC—but for some, it's an outrage how he brought up the son of God. During his speech, Obama recognized the challenges faced by the global community in dealing with... More »

Neil deGrasse Tyson Ignites a Christmas Brouhaha

With a tweet about Isaac Newton

(Newser) - Neil deGrasse Tyson's Christmas musings might not have made it to the cosmos, but the Twitterverse is buzzing with them: As CNN reports, Tyson on Thursday tweeted out birthday greetings to a babe who went on to rock planet Earth. Except not that babe."On this day long... More »

Also Opening on V-Day: 50 Shades Meets ... Jesus?

Prepare for 'a Christian alternative to a smutty film'

(Newser) - If the new 50 Shades of Grey trailer was too much for your innocent eyes, studio Freestyle Releasing has just the flick for you come Valentine's Day: Old Fashioned. In case you couldn't guess by the title, the premise of the flick is "chivalry makes a comeback"... More »

Attacks on Baghdad Christians Kill 37

And US embassy in Kabul hit by indirect fire, but no one injured

(Newser) - Militants in Iraq targeted Christians in two separate bomb attacks in Baghdad today, killing at least 37 people. In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church during Christmas Mass in the capital's southern Dora neighborhood, killing at least 26 people and wounding 38, a police officer... More »

News Outlets Should Hire More Christians

Matt Lewis says newspapers, others missing key part of society

(Newser) - Newspapers and other media outlets might like to trumpet how their diverse staffs reflect a diverse nation, but Matt Lewis at the Week thinks they're falling short in one key area: Christians. Generally speaking, people of faith are hard to find in journalism, which results in a secular bias... More »

Now Getting Behind Path to Citizenship: Evangelicals

Pastors lobbying politicians next week

(Newser) - A somewhat surprising contingent is emerging to support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants: evangelical Christians. Next week, about 300 evangelical leaders will lobby politicians in Washington and urge sweeping changes to US immigration policy, the Wall Street Journal reports. Though many Christians are socially conservative, pastors are increasingly... More »

Stone Figure: Proof That Christians Influenced Mecca?

Archaeologist digs up ancient find in Yemen

(Newser) - A new discovery in Yemen may prove that a Christian church existed there and influenced Mecca around the time of the prophet Muhammad, the Daily Mail reports. Paul Yule, an archaeologist from Germany, found the stone carving of a Christian figure in the city of Zafar and dated it to... More »

Egypt Sentences 7 to Death for Anti-Islam Film

Film's creator among those sentenced

(Newser) - Seven Egyptian Christians have been sentenced to death for their role in The Innocence of Muslims, reports Reuters . The defendants, including the film's Egypt-American creator, Nakoula Bassely Nakoula, were sentenced in absentia for "insulting the Islamic religion through participating in producing and offering a movie that insults Islam... More »

Author Lives Like 'Biblical Woman' for a Full Year

Rachel Held Evans even skipped haircuts and lived in a tent

(Newser) - For Christian women, real Biblical living is apparently a tough row to hoe. Author Rachel Held Evans tried it for a year and ended up skipping haircuts, saying penance on her roof, and sleeping outside in a tent during her periods. She also wrote about it in her new book,... More »

Married Pundit D'Souza Takes Heat for New Fiancée

Anti-Obama author brought her to Christian conference

(Newser) - Last month, anti-Obama author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza shared a room with his fiancee at a Christian conference; the event was to feature "high-profile Christians" who would "speak on defending the faith and applying a Christian worldview to their lives." Thing is, D'Souza already has... More »

Cheerleaders Start Row With Bible Verse Banners

They hire a lawyer when atheist group takes issue

(Newser) - A squad of East Texas cheerleaders wants everyone to know they have God on their side—even if it means going to court. The Kountze High School squad had taken to holding up gigantic banners with Bible verses on them before every game, so that the Kountze players could dramatically... More »

'Jesus' Musical Shelved for Offending Christians

Russians call 'Jesus Christ Superstar' a 'profanation'

(Newser) - Looks like some Russians don't consider Jesus Christ much of a "superstar." Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Jesus Christ Superstar had to shut down in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don after prosecutors began investigating the production, AFP reports. Several people had complained that the show offended Christians:... More »

Pakistan Frees Girl Accused of Blasphemy

14-year-old with low IQ is out on bail

(Newser) - A Pakistani teenager who had been jailed on what look to be bogus charges of desecrating the Koran walked out of prison today, reports the Guardian . Prison officials in Rawalpindi released Rimsha Masih one day after a judge granted her bail. Rimsha is 14, but is said to have a... More »

Girl Accused of Blasphemy Granted Bail in Pakistan

First such case to see bail offered

(Newser) - Following extensive court arguments in Pakistan today, a girl accused of burning pages of the Koran has been granted bail. A minorities activist group has agreed to pay the $10,000 bail fee, CNN reports. A lawyer for the Christian girl, called Rimsha, held that she has a low IQ... More »

Cleric 'Framed' Girl to Rid Neighborhood of Christians

Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti was taken to court today

(Newser) - Witnesses say a cleric in Pakistan accused of planting evidence of blasphemy on a young girl did so because he wanted Christians like her booted from his neighborhood, the Guardian reports. Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti was delivered blindfolded and handcuffed to court in Islamabad today on charges of fabricating evidence—... More »

Disabled Girl, 11, Busted for Blasphemy in Pakistan

Mob threatens to torch Christian homes

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl apparently suffering from Down syndrome has been arrested in Pakistan for blasphemy. A mob demanded the Christian girl's arrest for allegedly desecrating pages of the Koran, and threatened to torch Christian homes outside Islamabad if she wasn't busted, reports the BBC . The girl's parents... More »

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