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New Facebook Competitor Wants to Be 'Morally Better'

Facegloria hopes to attract Evangelicals across the world

(Newser) - There are no bikini beach photos or swear words on Brazil's new social network—and no "likes," either, but rather "amens"—and that's apparently how Facegloria's roughly 100,000 users want it. While Facebook bans nudity, hate speech, graphic violence, and other questionable...

'Fight Churches' Let Pastors Duke It Out

Hundreds of evangelical churches allow fighting: film

(Newser) - "Can you love your neighbor as yourself and at the same time knee him in the face as hard as you can?" That question is posed in Fight Church, a new documentary about churches that promote mixed martial arts fighting among pastors, Huffington Post reports. The film's directors...

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...

Author Lives Like &#39;Biblical Woman&#39; for a Full Year

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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,...

Evangelicals Rally Behind Romney on Gay Marriage

He has Obama to thank: Washington Post

(Newser) - President Obama has done for Mitt Romney what Romney hasn't been able to do for himself: get evangelicals to rally behind the Republican candidate, reports the Washington Post . The president's public backing of gay marriage has fired up Christian conservatives, and pastors in swing states have Sunday sermons...

150 Christian Conservatives Back Santorum

Texas evangelicals spurn hometown favorite Newt Gingrich

(Newser) - Rick Santorum's quest to emerge as the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney received a boost today from a group of evangelicals and others who voted to back his candidacy in a last-ditch effort to stop the front-runner's march to the nomination. About 150 social conservatives meeting in Texas...

Texas Evangelical Spreads the Global Warming Gospel
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Evangelical Preaches Gospel of Global Warming

West Texas scientist aims to win over skeptics

(Newser) - Who better to talk about global warming in West Texas than an evangelical Christian? That's what gives geoscientist Katharine Hayhoe an edge in her crusade to convince people around Lubbock, Texas, that greenhouse gases are harming the environment, the Miami Herald reports. "People ask me if I believe...

Now Travel Firm Pulls Ads From Muslim Reality Show

Kayak.com joins Lowe's after evangelical campaign

(Newser) - A second company has yanked its ads from an American Muslim reality show. This time it's the Kayak.com travel web site, following the lead of the Lowe's chain , which caved to pressure from a Florida evangelical organization. TLC's All-American Muslim features five Lebanese American families living...

Why Do Evangelicals Like Cheating Hubby Newt?

Some may forgive him; others just don't know about it: experts

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich has three times Mitt Romney's evangelical support in Iowa. But how can a man who has been married three times, cheated on his first two wives, and changed religions twice be beating one who has been married once and has always been a Mormon? Experts offer a...

Poll: Only 42% Know Romney Is a Mormon

Evangelicals only group becoming more aware of his religion

(Newser) - Despite Mitt Romney's religion getting plenty of press—especially when a Rick Perry backer called it a cult —fewer than half of Americans know that he is a Mormon, according to a new poll. The Public Religion Research Institute poll found that 42% correctly identified him as a...

GOP Contenders Try to Win Over Iowa Evangelicals

Major forum tonight could be pivotal

(Newser) - This could be a big night for the Republican candidates, notes the Des Moines Register : A major evangelical forum takes place in Des Moines, which might prove pivotal in getting Christian conservatives to rally behind a single candidate. As the Los Angeles Times explains, the political calculus in Iowa is...

Missouri Church Has Prayed 24/7 ... for 12 Years

There's plenty of worshipping afoot at the International House of Prayer

(Newser) - In Kansas City, Missouri, IHOP doesn't just stand for International House of Pancakes. It's also an acronym for International House of Prayer, a church that started praying on Sept. 19, 1999, and hasn't stopped. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, live music is playing and...

Political Pastors Pick Fight With IRS

Glenn Beck calls on 1,000 religious leaders to break law

(Newser) - Hundreds of pastors are trying to goad the IRS into a political battle over free speech from the pulpit, the New York Times reports. Organizers of tomorrow's Pulpit Freedom Sunday are urging pastors to flout a law that prohibits tax-exempt churches and other charities from political campaigning. Sponsored by...

Pastor Who Questioned Hell Dumps Megachurch

'Love Wins' author is taking his message on the road

(Newser) - Holy hell. A beloved local evangelical preacher who dared to question the notion that some people spend eternity suffering for their sins in hell has quit his Michigan megachurch to pursue "strategic opportunities." Rob Bell's book Love Wins sparked a furious controversy among conservative evangelical theologians. Bell...

Meet the Radio Preacher Who Backs Bachmann

But she keeps him at arm's length

(Newser) - Drug-addled-rocker-cum-evangelical-radio-host Bradlee Dean has won many conservative fans, the New York Times reports. One is apparently Michele Bachmann. She has spoken on Dean's show, but keeps the connection low-profile—perhaps because Dean has commented on executing gays, and says President Obama has done more harm to America than Osama...

Perry Proves He Won't Shy Away From His Faith

He speaks comfortably about it at Falwell's Liberty University

(Newser) - Rick Perry's speech at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University today made one thing clear about the Texas governor: He will "not shy away from cloaking his candidacy in his Christianity," writes Philip Rucker in the Washington Post . In fact, he "presented his life in deeply spiritual...

Bloomberg Under Fire for Clergy-Free 9/11 Ceremony

Mayor 'pretending we're a secular society': Southern Baptist leader

(Newser) - This Sunday’s 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York City won’t include any speakers from the clergy—and both religious and political figures aren’t happy about it. “We’re not France,” says a Southern Baptist leader. “Mr. Bloomberg is pretending we’re a secular society,...

Rick Perry Leads Prayer for US

Texas governor gets spotlight with evangelicals

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry sent a strong message to the nation's evangelicals today: He is a member of the important constituency for Republicans that he soon may call upon to help him secure the GOP presidential nomination. The state's longest serving governor hosted what he called a national...

Bible &#39;Obey&#39; Edict Raises Issue for Bachmann Presidency
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Bible's 'Obey' Edict Snarls Bachmann Presidency

Who would be in charge: Michele or her hubby?

(Newser) - "The Lord says be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands," Michele Bachmann has said. So if Bachmann believes wives should always obey their husbands, who would be in charge if she becomes president? Bachmann? Or hubby Marcus? That's what the Daily Beast wants...

Evangelicals Slam New Gender-Neutral Bible

New translation cuts down on the 'he's'

(Newser) - God is still the Father in the latest version of the world's most popular Bible, but conservative Christians aren't happy with gender-neutral language elsewhere in the 2011 New International Version Bible. The new translation—which Biblical scholars say is a more accurate interpretation of the original Greek and Hebrew—uses...

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