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Atheists file lawsuit against Gov. Rick Perry over Christian prayer summit

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to prevent Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry from taking part in a planned evangelical Christian prayer rally he initiated in Houston. Perry proclaimed August 6 as a “Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God’s guidance”…

Perry touts endorsement of pastor who called Statue of Liberty ‘demonic’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who is flirting with a presidential bid, has issued a “call to prayer” for a nation in “historic crisis” due to what he claims is a lack of humility before the Christian deity. To facilitate this, Perry has announced plans to convene a meeting of…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s prayer event is ‘meant to convert non-Christians’: progressive group

The progressive advocacy group People For the American Way chastised Texas Governor Rick Perry on Monday for his “inappropriate” plans to host a Christian prayer summit at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Perry has proclaimed August 6 as a “Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God’s guidance”…

Texas Governor Rick Perry to host prayer summit that calls upon Jesus to solve America’s problems

Texas Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed August 6 as a “Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God’s guidance” and has invited governors from across the nation to join his Christian prayer summit at Reliant Stadium in Houston. “Given the trials that beset our nation and world,…

Appeals court allows prayer at Texas graduation

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled on Friday afternoon that students may pray and mention God at Saturday night’s graduation at a high school in a San Antonio suburb, overturning a district judge’s ruling. “Texas will continue to fight for the rights of all those who wish…

Though Catholics can’t become royalty, they’re asked to pray for William and Kate

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – The Catholic church in England and Wales has issued a prayer to bless the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton – even though Catholics themselves are banned from becoming a British king or queen. The prayer asks for God’s blessing upon the couple, who will get married on April 29, “as they…

Website urges Christians to ‘adopt a terrorist for prayer’

Founder says he’s considered adding eco-terrorists to his list “but the movement doesn’t threaten existentially our existence the same way the Islamic terrorists do.’” A recent CNN story is drawing attention to the little-known Adopt-a-Terrorist website, which urges Christians to take literally the injunction to love their enemies in hopes…

Huge crowds turn out for Mubarak ‘departure day’

CAIRO – Egyptian protesters massed Friday for sweeping “departure day” demonstrations to force President Hosni Mubarak to quit after he said he would like to step down but fears chaos would result. Tens of thousands filled Cairo’s central Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the 11 straight days of protests that…

Candidate linked to movement that calls for burning pics of Virgin Mary, ‘evil cats’

A video linking the Republican candidate for governor in Hawaii to an evangelical religious group became a center of controversy this week when his Democratic opponent’s social media director called attention to it with a Twitter link. “Is Aiona lying about his ties 2 the Transformation Network..or did he just…

DC prayer breakfast organizers took money from ‘terrorist organization’: report

A religious group that organizes the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington and has been linked to an effort to sentence gay people to death in Uganda has been accused of taking money from an “alleged terrorist organization,” the Washington Post reports. ClergyVoice, a Christian activist group, has asked the…

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