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Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Ex-Priest in France Is Convicted of Abusing Dozens of Scouts. PARIS — A former Roman Catholic priest in France was convicted and sentenced on Monday to five years in prison for sexually assaulting dozens of Boy Scouts several decades ago, in a case that embroiled a top cardinal in the country’s growing reckoning with clerical sexual abuse.

Ex-Priest in France Is Convicted of Abusing Dozens of Scouts

The former priest, Bernard Preynat, 75, was found guilty by a court in Lyon, in central France, according to his lawyer, Frédéric Doyez. Prosecutors had asked for an eight-year sentence, slightly less than the maximum 10 years for such offenses. The hearing for the verdict was held behind closed doors in Lyon after the French authorities enforced new restrictions on public gatherings because of the rapidly spreading coronavirus epidemic. Pierre Emmanuel Germain-Thill, one of Mr. Preynat’s victims, told Agence France-Presse that the sentence was “correct” given the former priest’s age. “I am very relieved by this ruling,” Mr. Mr. Mr. At the criminal trial, held in January, Mr. Justice Dept. Religious Freedom Training Spurs Concern Among Lawyers. WASHINGTON — The Justice Department this week hosted training for its lawyers on religious liberty laws as part of Attorney General William P.

Justice Dept. Religious Freedom Training Spurs Concern Among Lawyers

Barr’s push to prioritize religious freedom cases, but the workshops prompted concern among some career lawyers that they were being educated on ways to blunt civil rights protections for gay and transgender people. Lawyers who worked at the Justice Department during the past three administrations could not recall a similar week of training sessions on any topic. The training week was part of an ongoing campaign at the department to bolster ​its work to​ protect religious freedom, which is regularly described by top leaders as the first right protected by the First Amendment​, a department official said in response to a request for comment. ​

The training, the first of its kind, was voluntary. “In speeches and statements, he says that civil society is being undermined by a move away from religiosity,” she said. The email echoes remarks that Mr. Ritual. A ritual is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place and according to set sequence.[1] Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a religious community.


Rituals are characterized, but not defined, by formalism, traditionalism, invariance, rule-governance, sacral symbolism, and performance.[2] Rituals are a feature of all known human societies.[3] They include not only the worship rites and sacraments of organized religions and cults, but also rites of passage, atonement and purification rites, oaths of allegiance, dedication ceremonies, coronations and presidential inaugurations, marriages, funerals and more. Even common actions like hand-shaking and saying "hello" may be termed as rituals. New Commandment. This commandment appears thirteen times in twelve verses in the New Testament.[4][5] Theologically, this commandment is interpreted as dual to the Love of Christ for his followers.[2] The commandment can also be seen as the last wish in the Farewell Discourse to the disciples.[6] Gospel of John[edit] The statement of the new commandment by Jesus in John 13:34–35 was after the Last Supper, and after the departure of Judas.[7] The commandment was prefaced in John 13:34 by Jesus telling his remaining disciples, as little children, that he will be with them for only a short time, then will leave them.[7] In the commandment Jesus told the disciples: "Love one another; as I have loved you".[2][8]

New Commandment

Progressive Christianity. Progressive Christianity is a "post-liberal movement" within Christianity "that seeks to reform the faith via the insights of post-modernism and a reclaiming of the truth beyond the verifiable historicity and factuality of the passages in the Bible by affirming the truths within the stories that may not have actually happened.

Progressive Christianity

"[1] Progressive Christianity represents a post-modern theological approach, and is not necessarily synonymous with progressive politics.[1] It developed out of the Liberal Christianity of the modern-era, which was rooted in enlightenment thinking.[1] Religious skepticism. Type of skepticism relating to religion Religious skepticism is a type of skepticism relating to religion.

Religious skepticism

Religious skeptics question religious authority and are not necessarily anti-religious but skeptical of specific or all religious beliefs and/or practices. The Science of Superstition. Expressions of subconscious religious belief seem to increase when we are reminded of our own mortality—as they say, there are no atheists in foxholes.

The Science of Superstition

In one study, writing about death increased subjects’ implicit associations between words for supernatural entities (God, soul, hell) and synonyms for real (true, factual). The effect was equally strong in Christians and in people who described themselves as nonreligious [5]. The Cloud of Unknowing. “I Did Not Die. I Did Not Go to Heaven.” Animation by Lisa Larson-Walker.

“I Did Not Die. I Did Not Go to Heaven.”

Kevin and Alex Malarkey were alone together when the accident happened. It was November 2004, and the Malarkeys had moved to rural Huntsville, Ohio, from suburban Columbus just weeks earlier. The family was struggling financially, and Kevin and his wife, Beth, wanted to pursue a quieter life. Beth had given birth to their fourth child a few days before. Frank Pastore. Playing career[edit] Pastore was born in Alhambra, California, and was valedictorian of the 1975 class of Damien High School in La Verne, California.

Frank Pastore

Your Favorite Internet Astrologer Wrote a Book. She tried out an acting career, landing a few auditions, but quit before she could get bitter.

Your Favorite Internet Astrologer Wrote a Book

She started yoga teacher training and met her future wife, Sonya Priyam Passi, who is the founder and chief executive of FreeFrom, a nonprofit that supports those who have experienced domestic violence. Trump was photographed holding up a 'Never give up!' sign written in the Pinterest 'bridesmaid' font at his latest evangelical rally. Can Science Rule Out God?

I should make it clear from the start that I have no religious agenda. The Talmud on Twitter. By the age of 46, however, I wanted to see the Talmud’s breadth. Donald Trump hits the panic button after second major evangelical publication calls for him to be removed from office. When major evangelical publication Christianity Today called for Donald Trump’s removal from office on moral grounds this week, the question was whether this would be an isolated one-off blip, or the start of a trend. Now we’re starting to get our answer, and we’re also getting a sign of just how much of a problem the Trump regime thinks this is. Over the weekend a second major evangelical publication, Christian Post, ran an op-ed with this headline: “Convict Trump: The Constitution is more important than abortion.” Just to leave no doubt whatsoever about what position it was taking, the op-ed opened with this sentence: “Christians should advocate for President Donald J. Thomas Müntzer.

Thomas Müntzer[b] (c. 1489 – 1525) was a German preacher and radical theologian of the early Reformation whose opposition to both Martin Luther and the Roman Catholic Church led to his open defiance of late-feudal authority in central Germany. Müntzer was foremost amongst those reformers who took issue with Luther's compromises with feudal authority. Great Tribulation. Dispensationalism. Religious interpretive system and metanarrative for the Bible. Antichrist. Torah. Blood libel. False claim that Jews killed Christians to use blood in ceremonies. The Bible and violence. The Bible and violence. Intelligent design movement. Pseudepigrapha. Pseudepigrapha (also anglicized as "pseudepigraph" or "pseudepigraphs") are falsely attributed works, texts whose claimed author is not the true author, or a work whose real author attributed it to a figure of the past.[1]

2 Enoch. Apocryphal book of the Bible. Neoplatonism. Monism. Zostrianos. Gnosticism. New Testament apocrypha. Holy Book of the Great Invisible Spirit. Seth. Three Steles of Seth. Androgyny. Cosmogony. Hypostasis of the Archons. Eusebius. Gospel of Thomas. Nag Hammadi Codex II. Jim Bakker. Jimmy Swaggart.

Death and Afterlife

Atheism. Omnibenevolence. State religion. Separation of church and state. Can Science Rule Out God? Christian Doomsayers Have Lost It. Christmas Turns the World Upside Down. What John tells us about Christmas is amazing - learn more now. United Episcopal Church of North America. Mormon Church misled members on $100 billion fund, whistleblower alleges. When Exactly Are The 12 Days Of Christmas? Jehovah's Witnesses: When a Cult Comes Knocking. Oklahoma Pastor Busted Running White Supremacist Prostitution Ring. Israel Folau: appeals to conscience cuts both ways - The Ethics Centre. Should parents tell kids the truth about Santa? - THE ETHICS CENTRE. New study finds journalists score far lower in moral reasoning than they did 13 years ago. Polygamy. Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Winston Blackmore. Haim Cover Robyn’s ‘Show Me Love’ on BBC Radio 1’s Piano Sessions. Claims of anti-Asian discrimination at Harvard reveal a long, complicated fight over affirmative action. 25 Kids Under 5 Have Shot Someone This Year: Analysis. What is God Like?: Crash Course Philosophy #12. 潘越雲 - 桂花巷 / Osmanthus Alley (by Michelle Pan) Women and men about equally likely to believe in heaven, hell and angels. Triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Bible Scriptures, The Prophet and Bible Pictures. Ministry of Jesus. Life of Jesus in the New Testament. Parable of the Leaven. Parables of Jesus. Richard Dawkins confused by contradictions. Re: Why Being Atheist Doesn't Make Sense.

Understanding Christianese-Lesson 1. An Atheist's Journey to Faith - Holly Ordway, PhD. God is Imaginary - 50 simple proofs. Atheists: Inside the World of Non-Believers (2015)


The Latest "Cosmos" Episode Has the Best Argument Yet Against Creationism. Harris, Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett: Evangelical atheists? - OnFaith. Gay Marriage: A State Of Disgrace- (Doug Batchelor) AmazingFacts © TTA Podcast 220: The Weirdest Websites in the World. Misconceptions about the Bible - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep. 20) Atheism, Science, and God With John Lennox, Alister McGrath and Keith Ward. Atheist Lee, "If scientists are so smart, why do they die?" Challenge Accepted: Can you prove atheism is correct?