Judge authorizes appointment of "special master" to review Mar-a-Lago documents
A federal judge has authorized the appointment of a special master to review documents seized from former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate last month. CBS News' Scott MacFarlane discusses the judge's decision.news.yahoo.com
What the Bible actually says about abortion may surprise you
Activist Jason Hershey reads from a Bible as he protests in front of the U.S. Supreme Court with the anti-abortion group Bound for Life in 2005 in Washington, D.C. Win McNamee via Getty ImagesIn the days since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which had established the constitutional right to an abortion, some Christians have cited the Bible to argue why this decision should either be celebrated or lamented. But here’s the problem: This 2,000-year-old text says nothing about abortion. Asnews.yahoo.com
Ricky Schroder calls on American truckers to ‘shut down’ Washington amid Canadian ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests
The Biden administration urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government Thursday to use its federal powers to end the truck blockade by Canadians protesting the country’s COVID-19 restrictions.news.yahoo.com
Nini’s Deli – embattled for allegedly homophobic, anti-Black Lives Matters messaging – has been cited for violating the city’s vaccine mandate
Nini’s Deli previously under fire for the owners' proclaimed stance on social issues, now faces citations for allegedly violating Chicago’s vaccine mandate.chicagotribune.com
The 10 weirdest celebrity apologies of 2021, from a ‘seductive’ Bible dance to making fun of Madonna
They flipped a double-bird on live TV. They insulted BTS fans (the nerve). They overreacted to “guilt-free” snacks. Just some of the things famous people wound up saying sorry for this year.washingtonpost.com
A giant space rock demolished an ancient Middle Eastern city and everyone in it – possibly inspiring the Biblical story of Sodom
Artist's evidence-based depiction of the blast, which had the power of 1,000 Hiroshimas. Allen West and Jennifer Rice, CC BY-NDAs the inhabitants of an ancient Middle Eastern city now called Tall el-Hammam went about their daily business one day about 3,600 years ago, they had no idea an unseen icy space rock was speeding toward them at about 38,000 mph (61,000 kph). Flashing through the atmosphere, the rock exploded in a massive fireball about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) above the ground. The blasnews.yahoo.com
10 things everyone should know about Jehovah's Witnesses and their beliefs
Aug. 20—Jehovah's Witnesses are a people of faith that many of us likely don't know that much about. We may remember them as the people who often come to our homes in order to evangelize, but do we actually know what they believe? Below are 10 facts about this group which branched off from orthodox Christianity in the late 1800's. We answer the questions of how they got their start, what their ...news.yahoo.com
Infighting in the Southern Baptist Convention shouldn't be a surprise – the denomination has been defined by such squabbles for 400 years
Each local congregation of the Southern Baptist Convention is autonomous and self-governing. Disagreements take place frequently. Joe Raedle/Getty imagesConcerned over the direction that some leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention have recently taken, a number of pastors in the denomination have formed the “Conservative Baptist Network.” This comes after some of the denomination’s most high-profile figures, including Bible study leader Beth Moore and former president of the denomination’s monews.yahoo.com
Judge tosses most claims over clearing protesters in DC park
A federal judge has dismissed a majority of the claims filed by activists and civil liberties groups who accused the Trump administration of violating the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed by police using chemical agents from a park near the White House.
Federal probe: Protest not broken up due to Trump photo op
An internal investigation has determined that the decision to clear racial justice protesters from an area in front of the White House last summer wasn't influenced by then-President Donald Trump’s plans to stage a Bible-toting photo opportunity at that spot.
Growing number of Southern Baptist women question roles
FILE - In this Tuesday, June 11, 2019 file photo, Janene Cates Putman of Athens, Tenn., holds a sign during a demonstration outside the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)Emily Snook is the daughter of a Southern Baptist pastor. For many SBC women, even those committed to staying, the topic of gender became more volatile this month when popular Bible teacher Beth Moore said she no longer considered herself Southern Baptist. Yet she is among a number of SBC women publicly sharing their dismay about sex abuse and the vitriol directed at Moore. But she says many Southern Baptist women, including students of hers, were unsettled by the criticism of Moore.
Chicago police find SUV believed used in shooting of off-duty officer, release video of suspects
One of the video clips shows a suspect in a dark sweatshirt with a black-white reproduction of a woodcut from a German Bible, after a drawing by Gustave Dore, “The angel of the Lord destroys the army of the Assyrians,” on the back. On the front is a biblical verse from the Book of Isaiah, in a translation from the New International Version of the Bible: “But now, this is what the Lord says — he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” That suspect also is shown wearing orange, yellow and black Balenciaga Track.2 gym shoes.chicagotribune.com
Biden oath second only to Reagan and Obama with TV viewers
All rights reservedNEW YORK – The first inaugurations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama were the only ones to exceed Joe Biden's in popularity among television viewers over the past 40 years. Reagan's festivities in 1981 drew 41.8 million viewers, and Obama's 2009 inaugural reached 37.8 million, Nielsen said. CNN was the most popular network for inaugural viewers, Nielsen said. ABC had 3.4 million, Fox had 2.7 million, NBC had 2.5 million, Univision had 1.2 million, while Ion Television and Telemundo each averaged 1.1 million viewers. MSNBC had 2.67 million, Fox News Channel had 2.56 million, TNT had 1.19 million and HGTV had 1.1 million.
Suburban man accused of threatening violence at Biden inauguration ordered to remain in custody
“We will surround the m-----f------ White House and we will kill any m-----f------ Democrat that steps on the m-----f------ lawn,” a man alleged to be Capriotti could be heard saying in a distinctly south suburban Chicago accent. “If they think that Joe Biden is going to put his hand on the Bible and walk into that f------ White House on January 20th, they’re sadly f------ mistaken.”chicagotribune.com
Inauguration fashion: Purple, pearls, American designers
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)Joe Biden and Kamala Harris showcased American designers at their inauguration Wednesday, and Harris gave a nod to women's suffrage, Shirley Chisholm and her beloved sorority in pearls and purple. Pearls had a strong fashion showing, in line with a social media campaign that had inauguration watchers donning strands in support and celebration of Harris. “If there’s a message to be taken from today’s inauguration fashion, it’s that those who attended are signaling faith in unity and bipartisanship, as well as restoring truth and trust,” Torgerson said. Another inauguration fashion star on Twitter was Nikolas Ajagu, the husband of Harris' niece, Meena Harris. It was updated on January 21, 2021, to correct the fact that Meena Harris is Vice President Kamala Harris’ niece, not her sister.
The Latest: Biden sworn in as nation’s 46th president
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON – The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local):10:15 p.m.Fireworks lit up the sky behind the Washington Monument to mark the end of Inauguration Day for President Joe Biden. The Senate has voted to confirm Avril Haines as the new director of national intelligence, giving President Joe Biden the first member of his Cabinet. Workers removed the giant sign from the department’s C Street lobby on Wednesday shortly after President Joe Biden was inaugurated. The highest-ranking Black member of Congress says former President George W. Bush lauded his role as a “savior” in helping get President Joe Biden elected to the White House. Former President Donald Trump flew to Florida before Biden was sworn into office.
Vice President Harris: A new chapter opens in US politics
Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)WASHINGTON – Vice President Kamala Harris broke the barrier that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath Wednesday to hold the nation's second-highest office. With Trump absent from the inauguration, Harris and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, took on the symbolic duty of escorting former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, out of the Capitol. To celebrate the historic day, the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, the nation’s oldest sorority for Black women, which Harris joined at Howard University, declared Wednesday as Soror Kamala D. Harris Day. “Today, we mark the swearing in of the first woman in American history elected to national office, Vice President Kamala Harris.
Agatha Christie's mysterious disappearance: What really happened?
Agatha Christie's mysterious disappearance: What really happened? Author Agatha Christie has sold an estimated 2 billion copies of her works, second only to the Bible and the works of William Shakespeare. But as people continue reading her mysteries today, many have forgotten about the biggest mystery in Christie's own life — a sensational disappearance that took place not long after WWI. That disappearance is the focus of a new novel by Marie Benedict. Jeff Glor sat down with her.cbsnews.com
Barrett sworn in at court as issues important to Trump await
(Fred Schilling/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via AP)WASHINGTON – Amy Coney Barrett was formally sworn in Tuesday as the Supreme Court's ninth justice, her oath administered in private by Chief Justice John Roberts. The court is weighing a plea from President Donald Trump to prevent the Manhattan district attorney from acquiring his tax returns. Northeastern Pennsylvania's Luzerne County filed legal papers at the court Tuesday arguing that Barrett should not take part in the Pennsylvania case. The court put off acting on both cases before Barrett joined the court, without offering any explanation in the Mississippi case. As she settles into her new office at the court, Barrett will be joined by four law clerks, usually recent law school graduates who have experience working for federal judges.
Some states allow ballots if voters die before Election Day
Hannah Carson reads from the third chapter of Ecclesiastes inside her Charlotte, N.C., apartment on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. At 90-year-old, Carson reads her Bible daily, particularly her favorite verse detailing the different seasons of life. As soon as she received her absentee ballot in the mail six weeks ago, she filled it out and sent it back to her local election office. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)
Local high school student customizes, donates shoes to homeless
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A local teen is spreading love throughout Duval by customizing and donating shoes to the homeless community in downtown Jacksonville. Julien Gasca, 16, has a goal to raise awareness about homelessness in our city and inspire more people to give. “I know people in need feel like they are struggling and there’s no hope. The First Coast High School student plans to continue these acts of kindness for years to come. Click here to visit his YouTube channel.
New Jersey attackers linked to anti-Semitic fringe movement
An Instagram account that apparently belonged to Anderson shows he was an aspiring rapper whose posts included at least one reference to Black Hebrew Israelite philosophy a list of the 12 Tribes of Israel from the Bible, with each tribe equated to a modern-day ethnic group or country. "America has NOTHING for us but DEATH," a caption on one of his posts read. The account went dormant a few years ago.chicagotribune.com
Bible courses proposed for public schools
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Senate Republican filed a proposal Monday that would require high schools to offer elective courses in the study of the Bible and religion. Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, filed the bill (SB 746) for consideration during the 2020 legislative session, which starts Jan. 14. Rep. Kimberly Daniels, D-Jacksonville, filed an identical bill (HB 341) last month in the House. The bill, in part, would require courses providing an "objective study of the Bible, including, but not limited to, a course on the Hebrew Scriptures and Old Testament of the Bible; a course on the New Testament of the Bible; and a course on the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament of the Bible, and the New Testament of the Bible." Also, the bill says courses would be required to follow "all state and federal laws and guidelines in maintaining religious neutrality and accommodating the diverse religious views, traditions, and perspectives of all students in the school.
Why Kanye West Asked People Not to Have Premarital Sex While Working on New Album
Kanye West took the teachings of the Bible to heart while making his new album, Jesus Is King. In a candid, three-hour long interview with Beats 1's Zane Lowe on Apple Music on Thursday, West opened up about the strict conditions he asked those close to him to work under while making the album. There were times where I was asking people not to have premarital sex while they were working on the album," he shared, acknowledging how "radical" the request was. West also opened up about his addiction to pornography during the interview, explaining that he's trying to "kick the habit." RELATED CONTENT:Kanye West Talks 'Jesus Is King,' Christmas Album and Presidential Run in New Beats 1 InterviewKanye West Previews New Album 'Jesus Is King' and Raps About Chick-Fil-A
Bill would require Bible study courses in Florida high schools
Win McNamee/Getty ImagesJACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A newly proposed bill in Florida would require public school districts across the state to offer Bible study courses as high school electives. The bill, 'Study of the Bible and Religion,' was filed last week by State Rep. Kimberly Daniels, a Democrat who represents the Jacksonville area. Under the bill, schools districts would be required to "offer specified courses relating to religion, Hebrew Scriptures, and the Bible to certain students as elective courses." The courses would include:An objective study of religion An objective study of the Bible, including, but not limited to, a course on the Hebrew Scriptures and Old Testament of the Bible, a course on the New Testament of the Bible, and a course on the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament of the Bible, and the New Testament of the Bible. The courses would be offered to high school students in grades 9 through 12.
Ford dealership offering Bible, flag and AR-15 voucher during promotion
HONEA PATH, S.C. - A Ford dealership is offering customers a Bible, flag and gun voucher during their "God, guns and America" promotion, WDIV reports. Carolina Ford, in Honea Path, South Carolina, is getting national attention for the promotion, according to WSPA. "You purchase a vehicle [and] you will be actually leaving the dealership with a Bible and your American flag. We will give a voucher to you to go to a local reputable gun store," Carolina Ford General Manager Derrick Hughes told the TV station. The gun store told WSPA they aren't giving away guns and those who want to use the voucher would need to pass a background check.
Museum of the Bible quietly replaces questioned artifact
The Museum of the Bible in Washington quietly replaced an artifact purported to be one of a handful of miniature Bibles that a NASA astronaut carried to the moon in 1971 after an expert questioned its authenticity. The $500 million museum was largely funded by the Green family, evangelical Christian billionaires who run the Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores. The purported "lunar" Bible is just the latest item purchased by the family to come under scrutiny. The museum did not announce that it was replacing the lunar Bible a decision Cirmo defended. Mersch questioned its authenticity because it had a serial number that was only three digits; she said Stout engraved the authentic lunar Bibles with five-digit numbers.chicagotribune.com
Congregation hopes power of prayer will keep Dorian away
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Using the power of prayer, a congregation gathered Thursday evening at the Jacksonville Beach Pier to keep Dorian away from Jacksonville, and tell the storm to "calm down." "We're coming out here as group of believers like we did 2 years ago for Hurricane Irma," Mary Paker said. News4Jax was there in 2017 when the group gathered at the same time, in the same place as it did on Thursday night. "We were overcome by social media response and what others do in their own town and beaches." Meteorologists are pretty sure Hurricane Dorian will be a major storm when it hits Florida around Labor Day, but they don't yet know exactly where it will strike.
Everything Is Awesome: Church Uses Massive Lego Man to Advertise Movie Series
A Michigan church advertising for their upcoming movie series certainly got more attention than they expected. The NORTHIRON Church in Ishpeming built a massive Lego man to advertise their annual movie series, which combines films with the Bible. To kickstart the series, they picked The Lego Movie, and the attention has been divine. The pastor and the church community came together to build the massive Lego man and placed it in front of the house of worship. 150-Year-Old Bible Survives Church Fire UnscathedBibles, Crosses Miraculously Survive Church Fire UntouchedRetired Cop Converts Old Church Into Boxing Gym to Help Mentor Kids
Son of late Union County sheriff sworn in
UNION COUNTY, Fla. – The mood started with a humorous moment when the Union County judge forgot to grab his Bible. And with that, a new sheriff was sworn in Friday. "It is a very emotional day," said Sheriff Brad Whitehead, whose father died last month. Union County Sheriff Jerry WhiteheadIt's a touching moment for those who knew and love all three men. Even though the first day of a new job can be nerve-racking, there's no doubt the people of Union County have put great faith in their new leader.