Maryland elected official declines to swear oath on Bible

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Secular hero: When newly elected city council member Jessica Fitzwater takes her official oath of office, it will not be on the Bible.Fitzwater just won a seat on the Frederick County Council in Maryland, and says she is thinking of taking the official oath of office on the Frederick County charter or some other government document that will represent her commitment to public service.According to The Frederick News-Post, Fitzwater said: “I think it’s more appropriate to swear my oath on … [Read more...]

Holy War: Palestinians celebrate bloody axe attack at Jerusalem synagogue

Scene from horrific attack at the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue.

Islamic terror: Two Palestinians stormed a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, screaming “Allah hu'Akbar” while attacking worshippers praying inside with meat cleavers and a gun, killing four people before they were killed in a shootout with police.After the act of religious terrorism, masked men armed with axes and guns struck macho poses while women distributed sweets to children in the streets of Gaza, as Palestinians openly celebrated the bloody and cowardly attack.The Islamic ter … [Read more...]

Alaska town plans to tax churches

In Alaska, the Nome City Council is moving forward with a plan to end tax exemptions for churches, making it the first American town to tax the church.With the city budget projected to run a deficit, the Nome City Council spent a one-hour work session Monday looking at ways to increase tax revenue. After much debate, the council agreed to move forward with a draft ordinance removing sales tax exemptions from nonprofits and churches.City Finance Director Julie Liew estimates the move … [Read more...]

Religious scholar refutes Bill O’Reilly’s Republican Jesus


Religious scholar Reza Aslan says “the Jesus of history” is Bill O’Reilly’s nightmare: “a Middle Eastern Jew who advocated for free healthcare and fed the poor.”Raw Story reports Aslan made the remarks while speaking at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council in February.During the discussion about his book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, an audience member asked Aslan if he had read Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s book about Jesus, called Killing Jesus: A History.Aslan … [Read more...]

ChristianMingle rapist tells victims ‘God intended it for good’

Victim tells prosecutors she assumed convicted ChristianMingle rapist Sean Banks was “a good Christian man” after online conversations about Jesus and the Bible.The “good Christian man,” former Navy Lieutenant Sean Banks, was sentenced earlier this month to 37 years to life in prison for raping two women he met on the online dating sites and his final statement before sentencing, Banks quoted what he said was his favorite Bible verse: "You intended to har … [Read more...]

Faith healing parents found guilty of manslaughter

Justice for a dead girl: An Oregon jury has found Travis and Wenona Rossiter guilty of manslaughter in the faith healing death of their 12-year-old daughter, Syble Rossiter.Monday evening, after only four hours of deliberation, a jury found both Wenona and Travis Rossiter guilty of manslaughter in the first and second degree in the death of their daughter.Syble Ann Marie Rossiter, died in February, 2013, at the family home in Albany, Oregon. The Medical Examiner reports the girl died … [Read more...]

Christian radio host sentenced for raping boy

Popular Christian radio host John Baylo was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years and a maximum of 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping an 11-year-old boy.Balyo, former morning host and on-air personality at a popular Michigan contemporary Christian radio station WCSG, confessed to sexually assaulting the boy and storing images of the attack on his computer.Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge Conrad Sindt sentenced him Monday to the mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison and a … [Read more...]

Oregon faith healing parents on trial for death of daughter

UPDATE: Faith healing parents found guilty of manslaughterA jury trial for faith healing parents accused of depriving their daughter of life-saving medical care by choosing prayer over modern medicine began in Oregon last week.Travis and Wenona Rossiter are accused of first-degree and second-degree manslaughter for the death of their daughter, Syble Rossiter.According to prosecutors, the girl’s parents, Travis and Wenona Rossiter, withheld "necessary and adequate" medical attention fr … [Read more...]