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Blessing of the Animals
Offbeat  (tags: GoodNews, pets, religion, interesting, off-beat, unusual, custom )

- 2023 days ago -
A mixture of animals and people was present Saturday for the annual Blessing of the Animals Service at a church in Dallas, Texas.
Wild Elephant Attacks Those Who Damaged Elephant-God's Temple
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- 2023 days ago -
INDIA - A wild elephant attacked houses of around 10 people who had damaged the temple of elephant-headed god Ganesha. Later the police arrested those allegedly involved in the incident. The villagers point that the elephant did not hurt anyone else.
With Wall Street in Turmoil, Some Turn to Religion
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- 2035 days ago -
As financial workers suffer through tumultuous times on Wall Street, some are turning to an old source of solace: religion. Attendance was up at lunchtime meetings in New York's financial district last week, with many more people in business attire.
School Bible Courses Approved in Texas
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- 2065 days ago -
This summer, the State Board of Education voted overwhelmingly to begin teaching Bible classes to students throughout Texas, although larger questions remain about whether students will receive Kool-Aid, peanut butter cookies, and little paper hats
R.E.M. - Losing My Religion   video
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- 2096 days ago -
R.E.M.'s biggest hit.
Man Sues Church Over 'God Injury'
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- 2105 days ago -
A man said he was so consumed by the spirit of God that he fell and hit his head while at a Knoxville church. Now he wants Lakewind Church to pay $2.5 million for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering he said he's endured from his injuries.
George Carlin on Death   video
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- 2127 days ago -
Rest in Peace, George, where ever you are! :0)
Vatican Shuts Out Dan Brown Film Team
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- 2129 days ago -
THE Vatican has banned the makers of a prequel to The Da Vinci Code from filming in its grounds or any church in Rome, describing the work as "an offence against God". "Brown had turned the gospels upside down to poison the faith".
Anonymous Vs. Scientology, The Battle Has Been Taken to the Sea!
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- 2142 days ago -
On June the 14th Anonymous sets sail across the world and with a hearty 'yo ho ho' launching Operation: Sea Arrrgh, an initiative that will bring attention to the Church of Scientology's Sea Organization.
Offbeat  (tags: religion, culture, interesting )

- 2142 days ago -
An astonishing new book claims that a decade before he was crucified, Jesus sailed here on a trading ship and found inspiration in his Cornish idyll...
White Stag Sighting! - More Info
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- 2202 days ago -
in Celtic mythology, white or albino animals are not seen as portents of future trials, but expressions of magic and mystery, strange and rare occurrences to be seen as powerful and unique phenomenon.
Search Continues at Polygamist Compound
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- 2204 days ago -
Authorities who took 220 women and children from a polygamist compound weren't sure whether the teen girl whose phone call prompted the raid was among them
Experimental Archaeology and the Shroud of Turin
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- 2209 days ago -
The shroud was first exhibited in public in the 14th century AD by the French knight Geoffrey de Charny; it was also denounced as a forgery that same year, by Bishop Pierre d'Arcis of Troyes.
7 Cult Members Emerge From Cave
Offbeat  (tags: world, russia, religion, society )

- 2211 days ago -
MOSCOW (AP) -- Seven women who had holed up in a cave for months with other members of a Russian cult awaiting the end of the world emerged Friday night and were being treated by emergency workers, officials said.
Zen Mind, Puppy Mind
Offbeat  (tags: animals, religion, interesting, off-beat, unusual )

- 2217 days ago -
At a Zen Buddhist temple in Japan, even the dog prays

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