Friday, December 23, 2011

Fewer Christians in the UK

The number of people who call themselves Christians in England and Wales has fallen dramatically in the last few years. In 2005, 77% of of the people surveyed in the government-sponsored Citizen Survey identified themselves as Christians. But last year, only 70% of the 10,000 surveyed said they were Christians. The percentage who said they had no religion went from 15% to 21%.

How Luther went viral

Five centuries before Facebook and the Arab spring, social media helped bring about the Reformation. Read the story at The Economist.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Russian Cult

Here is a video in which VICE visits a commune in Siberia in hopes of meeting a man who claims to be Jesus and has a following of thousands.

SOPA Supporters

Several Christian publishers are among the groups supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act (also known as SOPA). The legislation would put more power into the hands of the federal government and copyright holders to go after internet violators. Opponents say it would dramatically change the way the Internet operates, stifling innovation and commerce. But among it's supporters are:
  • Christian Music Trade Association
  • Church Music Publishers’ Association
  • EMI Christian Music Group
  • Gospel Music Association

CNN's Piers Morgan learns to 'Tebow'

Here's a short exert of Pier Morgan on the subject of "Tebowing" on CNN.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Robertson Reacts to SNL skit about Jesus

Pat Robertson calls a Saturday Night Live skit "anti-Christian bigotry that's just disgusting." Watch the video of the 700 Club host below to get the full story.

Bible Giveaway Upsets Student's Mom

A North Carolina mother is unhappy that her fifth-grade son came home from school with a Bible. Read the story here.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Rally backs Nativity scene

Thousands gather near Dallas in support of a nativity scene outside a courthouse. Here a video report from WFAA-TV.

Tebow Meets Brain Tumor Survivor After Loss's Jeff Darlington detailed a brief discussion he had with Denver Bronco's quarterback Tim Tebow yesterday after his team lost 41-23 to the Patriots. The conversation was cut short because Tebow left to meet Kelly Faughnan, a 22-year-old who survived a brain tumor who has a special history with Tebow. Read the story here.

Grad Student Losses Case

A graduate student's attempt to overturn her expulsion from Augusta State University will stand. A federal appeals court has unanimously sided with a lower court and the school which both decided Jennifer Keeton doesn't belong in the school's counseling program. Keeton's lawsuit said she was told by school officials, in order to stay in the program, she would have to change her beliefs about homosexuality, which she says is based on her Christianity. But the court ruling said Augusta State only tried to get her to keep her own opinions out of the counseling process.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

SNL Skit: Tebow & Jesus

Last night's episode of Saturday Night Live included a sketch where Jesus visits Denver Broncos Tim Tebow. In the sketch, Tebow tells Jesus, “The Holy Bible is my playbook" but Jesus advises, “That's great. But you need to read the regular playbook” and to “take it down a notch.” As he leaves, he tells the team "Mormonism. All true, every bit of it." Here's the video.