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Cory Booker Criticized by LGBT Activists for Speaking at Evangelical, Anti-LGBT Willow Creek Community Church’s Global Leadership Summit in 2011

Newark Mayor Cory Booker opens the Newark Peace Education Summit early Friday, May 13, 2011, in Newark, N.J. The three-day summit on the power of nonviolence will include Nobel laureates, international leaders, local anti-violence activists and the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
After declining to speak at a Christian conservative gathering this week, Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., is facing pushback for previously speaking at an Illinois megachurch known for its biblical stance on sexuality and marriage.
The senator released last week 10 years’ worth of tax returns, which showed that he made about $1.7 million in speaking engagements over the course of five years from 2009 to 2013...

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Christian Singer Lauren Daigle Brings Message of Hope Into Maximum Security Prison

Singer Lauren Daigle went to a maximum security prison after the release of her new hit album, Look Up Child, and described the experience as one she’ll never forget.
The Grammy-nominated Christian artist went to the Statesville Correctional Prison in Crest Hill, Illinois, last Friday, and said, “It was a day my eyes had never seen and will never be able to unsee.”
In her post on Facebook last weekend, she added, “We sang songs with inmates whose voices carried deeper into our hearts than the echo of a microphone will ever release. I saw hope in the face of the hopeless, joy in the wake of sorrow, wealth in the gap of depravity, and life in the midst of death.”
Daigle continued: “I watched Heaven befriend those who are often forgotten...

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5 More States Join New Jersey and New York in Investigating Catholic Church Child Sex Abuse Cover-Up

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg on Aug. 14, 2018. A Pennsylvania grand jury’s investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than 1,000 child victims. The people seated behind Shapiro included some of those affected by the clergy abuse. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Last month, after Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro unveiled a bombshell 1,300-page grand jury report detailing the alleged sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children in his state by hundreds of Catholic priests, American Catholics called for more investigations into church documents. Some even demanded the federal government step in.
Now law enforcement officials in at least seven states — New York, New Jersey, Nebraska, New Mexico, ...

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Four U.S. Cities Sue Over Trump ‘Relentless Sabotage’ of Obamacare, Say it is Unconstitutional

FILE PHOTO: A sign on an insurance store advertises Obamacare in San Ysidro, San Diego, California, U.S., October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Four major U.S. cities filed a lawsuit on Thursday contending that President Donald Trump’s administration is unconstitutionally seeking to undermine Obamacare by failing to faithfully execute the healthcare law.

The complaint in federal court in Baltimore, filed by the cities of Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, alleged that the Republican president is “waging a relentless campaign to sabotage and, ultimately, to nullify the law.”
The lawsuit argued that because Congress has not repealed the Affordable Care Act, as Obamacare is legally known, the U.S...

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Willow Creek Elders Now Admit Bill Hybels Sinned, Say They Should Have Believed Accusers

Elders of Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois have now admitted that founder and former senior pastor Bill Hybels “entered into sin,” adding that they should have believed the women who made sexual misconduct accusations against him earlier this year.
“We apologize and ask for forgiveness that the tone of our initial response was not one of humility and deep concern for all the women involved. It takes courage for a woman to step forward and share her story,” the elders of the evangelical megachurch wrote in a statement published on Saturday.
“We are grieved that we let Bill’s statement stand for as long as we did that the women were lying and colluding. We now believe Bill entered into areas of sin related to the allegations that have been brought forth.”
Hybels, who founded Willo...

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