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...]

Oklahoma Senator-elect promises Biblical solutions to national problems

Oklahoma Senator-elect James Lankford

Christian theocracy on the rise: Oklahoma Senator-elect James Lankford promises to use his biblical worldview to address national problems.The two-term Republican congressman discussed his Senate goals Wednesday with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, vowing to use his biblical worldview to address problems like the national debt.Lankford, who is a long-time Baptist minister, discussed the book of Nehemiah and the importance of retiring debt and rebuilding … [Read more...]

UK majority believes religion does more harm than good

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Survey says religion poisons everything. In an affirmation of common sense and good judgement, more than half of the people in the UK believe religion does more harm than good.According to a new survey released by HuffPost UK, more than half of Britons believe that religion does more harm than good, with less than a quarter believing faith is a force for good.In addition, the majority of Brits believe religion is not more likely to make you a moral person. In fact, more than 55% of those … [Read more...]

Shia Muslims mark holy day with bloody self-mutilation (NSFL)

A Shia Muslim in Delhi has his child gashed with a knife for Ashura

Religion gone bad: Shia Muslims engage in gory mourning rituals such as self-flagellation and self-mutilation in celebration of Ashura, one of the holiest days in Shia Islam.For Shias, Ashura commemorates the killing of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the prophet Muhammad, in 680 CE.Shias constitute Islam's second-largest denomination (about 10-15 percent of the world Muslim population), and consider Hussein to be the one true heir of Muhammad's legacy.A minority of Shias mark the … [Read more...]

Secular Humanists win big in Federal Court

A federal court rules Secular Humanists should enjoy the same rights and protections granted to Christians and members of other religious groups.The court decision declares that Secular Humanism is a religion “for Establishment Clause purposes.”In essence, the court's ruling grants First Amendment protections to Secular Humanist organizations. This is a good thing.Religion Clause reports: In American Humanist Association v. United States, (D OR, Oct. 30, 2014), an Oregon federal dis … [Read more...]