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Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Sunday that Ireland must seize its opportunity to become the first country to approve same-sex marriage in a popular vote when it holds a referendum on the issue on Friday. A series of polls indicated on Saturday that voters are set to back the introduction of gay marriage…

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California parents who do not vaccinate their children would have to home-school them under a bill passed Thursday by the state Senate, the latest move in a battle between public health officials and “anti-vaxxers” who fear vaccines are dangerous. The bill, which eliminates the so-called personal beliefs exemption allowing parents to forego vaccinations if opposed…

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Married couple Phillip and Ian Tucker have written to their local council to complain about the decision to name a new road Bangays Way, because they consider it homophobic. Despite the name of the new cul-de-sac having been arrived at because of the late Frank Bangay’s dedication to the village, having sat as a school…

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Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, a Catholic Democrat, plans to announce his intentions for the White House on May 30, pitting himself against Hillary Clinton. He will make the announcement from Baltimore, where he once lived and served as mayor. O’Malley held a conference call with supporters Thursday night to discuss his presidential plans and…

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An Iraqi nun who has been displaced by the Islamic State terrorist organization told members of Congress on Wednesday that Christians in Iraq have lost everything, including their own dignity and history, as ISIS continues its quest to completely erase evidence of Christianity’s existence in the region. Sister Diana Momeka, who was at the center…

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For more than a decade, the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board (IMB) disqualified candidates who spoke in tongues or who had been baptized in churches that disagreed with the convention’s view of baptism. Similar rules barred divorced people or those with teenagers from being missionaries. That changed Wednesday, when the IMB’s trustees, at the…

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Last week I worshipped in Hong Kong with hundreds of believers at the Wing Kwong Church, a Pentecostal Holiness congregation that has grown from 28 members in 1978 to more than 13,000 today. The modern megachurch, which meets in a sleek six-story building completed in the year 2000, gives thousands of dollars every year to…

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Religious freedom champion and former Congressman Frank Wolf warned a Harvard audience that freedom of conscience is endangered in the United States and conservative Christians may have to engage in civil disobedience because their views are considered intolerant. “When tolerance is demanded, when orthodox Christianity is deemed intolerant and when government and even society fails…

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Though Clark Beckham is the runner up American Idol, he’s staying grounded in his roots. “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future,” Beckham writes on Facebook. It’s a reflection of his character, one that was molded at Lee University, a Church of God school outside Chattanooga. The star credits his…

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