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Texas Church Explodes on Would-Be Thieves

Texas Church Explodes on Would-Be Thieves

Buccina Studios/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Whether it was negative karma, divine intervention or just awful luck, a couple of would-be thieves learned a painful lesson while trying to rob a Houston church.Westway Baptist Church is without power after the u…

Oklahoma Judge Sentences Teen to Church for 10 Years

Oklahoma Judge Sentences Teen to Church for 10 Years

Comstock/Thinkstock(MUSKOGEE, Okla.) — Anybody who knows Oklahoma District Court Judge Mike Norman probably yawned at the news that he’d sentenced a teen offender to attend church as part of his probation arrangement, and that the judge’s …

Man Sues Church After 600-Pound Cross Crushes Leg

Man Sues Church After 600-Pound Cross Crushes Leg

Richard Nebesky/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After Delia Jimenez was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008, her husband, David, often prayed before a large stone crucifix outside  St. Patrick’s Church in Newburgh, N.Y.&nbsp…

North Carolina Man Says Church Kept Him Imprisoned for Being Gay

North Carolina Man Says Church Kept Him Imprisoned for Being Gay

WLOS-TV/ABC News(SPINDALE, N.C.) — A North Carolina church that has previously faced allegations of harassment and child abuse is the subject of a new investigation launched after a 22-year-old man claims he was held against his will for being gay.Mic…

MMA Fighter Found Nude in Trashed Calif. Church

MMA Fighter Found Nude in Trashed Calif. Church

ABC News(SAN DIEGO) — Mixed-martial arts fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller allegedly set off fire extinguishers and destroyed property inside a San Diego-area church before police found him sitting naked on a couch and arrested him.Miller, the…

Report: Churchgoers Turning Their Backs on Alec Baldwin

Report: Churchgoers Turning Their Backs on Alec Baldwin

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Although Alec Baldwin is apparently a “generous benefactor” to the Most Holy Trinity Parish in New York’s ritzy East Hampton, the New York Post reports the 30 Rock star doesn’t have the blessing of some paris…

Baptist Leaders Criticize Church that Refused to Wed Black Couple

Baptist Leaders Criticize Church that Refused to Wed Black Couple

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss.) — Southern Baptist leaders on Monday urged a Mississippi church that refused to wed a black couple to reject racial discrimination.Just one day before Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson were set to…

NC Pastor Apologizes for Encouraging Violence Toward Gay Children

NC Pastor Apologizes for Encouraging Violence Toward Gay Children

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) — A North Carolina pastor who told parents in a Sunday sermon that they should hit their children if they began to act gay has retracted his advice, saying he should have spoken more carefully.Pastor Se…

Seattle Churches Refuse Petition to Reverse Gay Marriage Law

Seattle Churches Refuse Petition to Reverse Gay Marriage Law

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — At least two Catholic churches in the Seattle area are resisting an archdiocese effort to reverse Washington state’s newly enacted marriage equality law.Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain sent a letter to all area …

Attending Religious Services Makes People Happier, Survey Finds

Attending Religious Services Makes People Happier, Survey Finds

George Doyle/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you’re down in the dumps and not feeling especially happy about anything, a trip to a religious service could be the thing that puts you in a better mood.Findings in the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being …

Church Offers Adults-Only Services for Sex Offenders

Church Offers Adults-Only Services for Sex Offenders

Comstock/Thinkstock(MADISON, Wis.) — A Wisconsin church is reaching out to sex offenders by providing services that are for adults only.The First Congregational United Church of Christ in Madison started offering the services in late February after a …

Rick Santorum: JFK’s 1960 Speech Made Me Want to Throw Up

Rick Santorum: JFK’s 1960 Speech Made Me Want to Throw Up

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said on Sunday that watching John F. Kennedy’s speech to the Baptist ministers in Houston in 1960 made him want to “throw up.”“To say that people of faith ha…

Rick Santorum Mixes Football and Faith on the Campaign Trail

Rick Santorum Mixes Football and Faith on the Campaign Trail

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.) — Rick Santorum began a serious testimonial of his belief in God on a lighter note at an evangelical megachurch saying he really doesn’t have a dog in the hunt when it comes to Sunday’s …

Catholic Churches Distribute Letters Opposing Obama Healthcare Rule

Catholic Churches Distribute Letters Opposing Obama Healthcare Rule

George Doyle/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Catholic parishioners around the country were read letters Sunday morning written by church leaders railing against an Obama administration ruling that requires employers to provide health insurance plans that inc…

Polling Location May Influence Vote, Study Finds

Polling Location May Influence Vote, Study Finds

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WACO, Texas) — A new study adds to growing evidence that where you vote might affect how you vote.When asked about gun laws, the death penalty and climate change, people responded with more conservative views if a church was …

Obamas Visit Church Ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Obamas Visit Church Ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

(Official White House Photo) Annie Leibovitz/Released by White House Photo Office(WASHINGTON) — President Barack Obama and his family attended church services on Sunday, continuing their custom of prayer on each Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend….

Supreme Court Backs Church in Landmark Religious Liberty Case

Supreme Court Backs Church in Landmark Religious Liberty Case

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The government must stay out of hiring and firing decisions by a religious organization, even if a minister sues for employment discrimination, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.Religious freedom groups praised the d…

Bavarian Village Constructs Church with Snow, Ice

Bavarian Village Constructs Church with Snow, Ice

ARMIN WEIGEL/AFP/Getty Images(MITTERFIRMIANSREUT, Germany) — A Church built entirely of snow and ice had its grand opening in the Bavarian village of Mitterfirmiansreut Wednesday night.Villagers built the church, which is made up of more than 49,000 c…

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