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Texas Megachurch Expects 30,000 for Tim Tebow Easter Sermon

TebowThe hot Christianist ticket this weekend:

The church told local TV station KVUE that it’s erecting bleachers on its 60-acre outdoor space for what it expects to be a crowd of as many as 30,000 people.

“Obviously it’s our Super Bowl,” said Joe Champion, pastor at the Celebration Church. “Easter is the resurrection of Christ, which we celebrate in our faith. We feel like it’s going to be a testimony to the community. We want it to be a family event.”

Tebow recently got a mani-pedi (first time I’ve ever typed that phrase) to get himself ready for the festivities, but Pastor Champion wants to make clear that it’s not all about glorifying Tebow.


Lambda Legal Sues Ohio School Over Student's 'Jesus is Not a Homophobe' T-Shirt

Lambda Legal sued the the Waynesville School District today on behalf of Maverick Couch, a high school student who wore a T-shirt with a rainbow Ichthys and a slogan reading “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe” in observation of the National Day of Silence.

JesusisnotahomophobeLambda Legal outlines its complaint:

The school principal, Mr. Randy Gebhardt, called Maverick into his office and instructed him to turn the T-shirt inside out; Maverick complied. Maverick went home and conducted some research and concluded he should have the right to wear the T-shirt, and wore it again the following day. He was again summoned to the principal’s office, his mother was called into the school, and was told to remove the T-shirt or face suspension; Maverick again complied. Over the summer, Maverick further researched his First Amendment rights, and when school resumed in the fall of 2011, he approached the school principal seeking permission to wear the T-shirt. Mr. Gebhardt restated that he would be suspended if he wore the shirt.

In January 2012, Lambda Legal sent a letter to Mr. Gebhardt outlining the legal precedent supporting Maverick’s right to wear the shirt, to which the school district issued the response, “…the message communicated by the student’s T-shirt is sexual in nature and therefore indecent and inappropriate in a school setting.” On April 3, 2012, Lambda Legal filed suit against the Wayne Local School District on Maverick’s behalf, arguing that the Waynesville School District violated the First Amendment and well-settled legal precedent supporting students’ free speech.

More informatino on the case can be found at Lambda Legal's site.


Jimmy Carter: 'Jesus Never Said a Word About Homosexuality'

Jimmy Carter talks about homosexuality, the Bible, and gay marriage in his new book, NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter:

CarterHomosexuality was well known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things -– he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.

I draw the line, maybe arbitrarily, in requiring by law that churches must marry people. I’m a Baptist, and I believe that each congregation is autonomous and can govern its own affairs. So if a local Baptist church wants to accept gay members on an equal basis, which my church does by the way, then that is fine. If a church decides not to, then government laws shouldn’t require them to.


Rosie O'Donnell Tells Kirk Cameron Jesus Wouldn't Do It: VIDEO

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Rosie O'Donnell chimed in on the waning Kirk Cameron episode on Friday, telling the former TV actor that she and Jesus don't approve of his behavior.

"It's so not pious. It's very un-Christlike Kirk. Really. If you want to follow the Jesus model man, don't go shaming people like that."

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Nobody's Closer to Jesus Than America's Best Christian Betty Bowers: VIDEO

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Ms. Betty Bowers on why she's the closest Christian to Jesus.

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Priests Do Battle At Site Of Jesus's Birth

450px-Grotto_of_the_Nativity_Orthodox_AltarThe Christmas spirit was nowhere in evidence last weekend at Bethlehem's Church of The Nativity, where clerics of the Greek Orthodox and Armenian churches came to blows on Christmas Eve while cleaning the building in preparation for holiday services. According to Reuters, about 100 "holy men" duked it out with brooms and fists, fighting over territory in the 1,500-year-old building.

According to tradition, a silver star in a cave beneath the church's "Basilica of The Nativity" marks the place where Jesus was born.

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