Prayer of Thanks Removed From Elementary School’s Thanksgiving Program Following Complaint

Prayer of Thanks Removed From Elementary School’s Thanksgiving Program Following Complaint

JONESBORO, Ark. — A prayer thanking God for life’s blessings was recently removed from an Arkansas elementary school’s Thanksgiving program after one of the nation’s most conspicuous atheist activists groups lodged a complaint. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter to the superintendent of the Westside Consolidated School District on Nov. 10 after being informed by a parent that students at Westside Elementary School were sent home with lyrics to memorize for the program, which included a prayer of thanks to God. “Thank You for the world so sweet/Thank You for the food we eat/Thank You for the birds that sing/Thank You, God, for everything,” the poem was to have read. FFRF contended that the prayer is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which reads, “Congress shall make no law...Read more
Algerian Church Closed for ‘Illegally Printing Bibles, Material Intended for Evangelism’

Algerian Church Closed for ‘Illegally Printing Bibles, Material Intended for Evangelism’

Photo Credit: Mohamed Benguedda (World Watch Monitor) — A church in Algeria’s north-western town of Aïn Turk (15km from Oran city) has been closed down by local authorities. The church, affiliated to the Protestant Church of Algeria (known as EPA, its French acronym), was sealed off by police on Nov. 9. Authorities in Oran claimed the church had been used to “illegally print Gospels and publications intended for evangelism.” The police notification also stated that the church didn’t have state approval. But the president of the EPA, Mahmoud Haddad, denied any wrongdoing, saying the justifications for closing the church were “unfounded.” Continue reading this story >> A special message from the publisher… Dear Reader, because of your generous support, we have received enough funds to send many audio Bibles to Iraqi and Syrian...Read more
Feds Have 43 Pregnant Illegal Immigrant Girls in Custody as Immigration, Abortion Fights Collide

Feds Have 43 Pregnant Illegal Immigrant Girls in Custody as Immigration, Abortion Fights Collide

Photo Credit: Credit Aneta Blaszczyk (Washington Times) — The surge of illegal immigrant children crossing the border also means a surge of pregnant girls in U.S. custody, according to new government figures made public late Monday, highlighting the latest test of Trump administration policies. At least 420 pregnant Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) have been caught and put into government care over the last year, and 43 pregnant illegal immigrant girls were still in custody of the Health and Human Services Department as of Oct. 17, Jonathan White, the department’s director for children’s programs, said in court documents. Of the 420 girls seen in fiscal year 2017, 18 requested abortions and 11 had them. Another five rescinded their request for an abortion, and two were turned over to sponsors in the U.S. before a final decision was made, Mr. White said, meaning they...Read more
‘That’s Not Mine’: Guest Speaker at High School Assembly Allegedly Shows Porn on Screen

‘That’s Not Mine’: Guest Speaker at High School Assembly Allegedly Shows Porn on Screen

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR-TV) — A guest speaker was removed from a high school assembly Monday morning after an inappropriate image appeared on a large screen at the beginning of his presentation, Midlothian High School principal Shawn Abel said in a message to parents. The image was pornographic in nature, according to people who were in the room during the Career Pathways program assembly at Midlothian High School. “The image came from the mobile drive provided by the outside speaker. The guest speaker was immediately removed from the assembly, and the remainder of the event went on as planned,” Abel said. “Like you, I am very concerned that a distraction caused by an outside speaker would become the focus of an otherwise important conversation with our students. We will redouble our efforts when we coordinate events with outside speakers, including...Read more
Former Google Engineer Creating ‘Way of the Future Church’ to ‘Worship’ Artificial Intelligence

Former Google Engineer Creating ‘Way of the Future Church’ to ‘Worship’ Artificial Intelligence

Photo Credit: John Sommers I/Transport Topics/Wikipedia (Wired) — Anthony Levandowski makes an unlikely prophet. Dressed Silicon Valley-casual in jeans and flanked by a PR rep rather than cloaked acolytes, the engineer known for self-driving cars—and triggering a notorious lawsuit—could be unveiling his latest startup instead of laying the foundations for a new religion. But he is doing just that. Artificial intelligence has already inspired billion-dollar companies, far-reaching research programs, and scenarios of both transcendence and doom. Now Levandowski is creating its first church. The new religion of artificial intelligence is called Way of the Future. It represents an unlikely next act for the Silicon Valley robotics wunderkind at the center of a high-stakes legal battle between Uber and Waymo, Alphabet’s autonomous-vehicle company. Papers filed with...Read more

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