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Britain grants asylum to an Afghan man because he's an atheist. It's now illegal to have a gay relationship in Nigeria. And on game day, a 49ers fan and pastor speeds through the sermon.

Categories: Beliefs

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. She previously was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.)


  1. What? A Baptist pastor can’t possibly be guilty of murder by virtue of the fact he’s a pastor? Sure, sounds to me like this is one pastor telling a congreagation exactly that. Then, there’s the Mormon lawyer saying that the church should be the final arbitor of whether one should or should be able to end their life or not. Usually the person is not making that decision lightly but is wanting to end life because of a condition that is terminal, painful and non-treatable. But, guess the church should have control of your rights, right? After all, they advocate mightly for your right of seperation of church and state to be taken away and if you don’t agree with them on any issue they try to pass laws to stop you from voicing your disagreement with that issue. Yeah, church ain’t what it used to be, it’s been hijacked by neo-con fascist’s intent on making this country a theocratic dictatorship. See just about any well known right wingnut pastor, for example, Brian Fisher for total proof of this. That is, my friends, why I left the church or should I say the church left me.