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Published: 04/8/11

Netherlands Considers Banning Religious Animal Slaughter

By  not in system - AOL News
Netherlands Considers Banning Religious Animal Slaughter

AMSTERDAM -- One of Europe's first countries to allow Jews to practice their religion openly may soon pass a law banning centuries-old Jewish and Muslim traditions on the ritual slaughter of animals. In the Netherlands, an unlikely alliance of an animal rights party and the xenophobic Freedom Party is spearheading support for the ban on kosher and halal slaughter methods that critics say inflict unacceptable suffering on animals. Peter Dejong, AP The Netherlands is considering a law that would affect how Halal butcher stores, like this one in Amsterdam, slaughter animals for...

Published: 03/27/11

Ohio Church to Give $1,000 Easter Nest Egg to Worshippers

By  Steven Hoffer - AOL News
Ohio Church to Give $1,000 Easter Nest Egg to Worshippers

A few Ohio churchgoers may receive something other than Communion and spirituality this Easter: cash! Two lucky worshippers at the Lindenwald Baptist Church in Fairfield will walk away from Easter services $500 richer as part of the congregation's promotional holiday raffle. Pastor Randy Moore says that both the church's mission and the current economy prompted the lottery. "First, we want to be able to present the gospel of Jesus to the world," Moore told AOL News. "And secondly, with the hard economic times we feel we can be a blessing to people. We give missions and money to other lands...

Published: 03/25/11

Pole Dancing for Jesus [VIDEO]

By  Ben Muessig - AOL News
Pole Dancing for Jesus [VIDEO]

These pole dancers are blurring the lines between strippers and Scripture. On the second Sunday of every month, former exotic dancer Crystal Deans leads a pole dancing course for church-goers in Old Town Spring, Texas. Dubbed "Pole Fitness for Jesus," the class empowers women and helps them get in shape -- all to the sounds of "upbeat contemporary Christian music," Deans told Fox 26. The instructor says she knew exotic dancing wasn't for her, but realized she could use her experience performing to help other women connect with the teachings of Jesus Christ. "I actually decided to take the...

Published: 03/23/11

Nation of Islam Looks to UFOs to Save the World

By  Lee Speigel - AOL News
Nation of Islam Looks to UFOs to Save the World

It isn't often you hear about entire religious groups seriously interested in unidentified flying objects. But UFOs are what the Nation of Islam, led by the controversial Minister Louis Farrakhan, considers among its core beliefs. The Nation of Islam was founded in 1930 in Detroit by a former clothing salesman, Wallace Dodd Fard (Muhammad later added to his name), a minister whose followers believed was the personification of God on Earth. His student and successor, Elijah Poole (who later became Elijah Muhammad), referred to Fard as a spokesman of God or Allah. NOI followers believe they...

Published: 03/10/11

'Rango' Aims at 'Spiritual but Not Religious' Audience -- Which Is Sizable

By  Jeffrey Weiss - Politics Daily
'Rango' Aims at 'Spiritual but Not Religious' Audience -- Which Is Sizable

"Rango" is a new movie that aims for an interesting demographic. Whatever its other charms, it's distinctly anti-religion but pro-spirituality. Which is likely to resonate pretty well with many viewers -- while of course irritating others. [SPOILER ALERT: I've not going to give up much that I've not seen in the various reviews. But if you're the type who doesn't want anything tipped off, please go see the movie before reading further. I'll wait.] The film is as good as most of the reviews describe it. In an era of too many needless sequels and "kid-friendly" movies that aim dumb, "Rango" is...

Published: 03/8/11

Lent 2011: Twitter Giving Up Twitter and Cupcakes

By  Steven Hoffer - AOL News
Lent 2011: Twitter Giving Up Twitter and Cupcakes

Cookies, McDonald's breakfast and non-weekend beers: These are just a sampling of the many indulgences that Twitter users will be abstaining from tomorrow through Easter when Ash Wednesday brings in the season of Lent. Since Catholics are encouraged to make a sacrifice for Lent, emulating the 40 days of prayer and fasting observed by Jesus before he began public ministry, the micro-blogging world is sharing a few ideas of its own. What might you give up for the next 40 days? Surge Desk scanned Twitter for suggestions. Some tweeters are contemplating the...

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