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Dakota O'Leary is a freethinker, and often sassy, scholar of theology and literature. She got her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theology from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and her Master of Arts degree in Theology and Literature from Antioch University-Midwest. She is a contributing writer focusing on eschatology, biblical prophecy, and general religious news. Dakota is a co-host of the God Discussion radio show, offering insight to the news stories of the week. We like to call her "our in-house Biblical prophecy expert" as her articles on eschatology have received over 200,000 views on God Discussion.

Emotional frenzy in Ireland results in protests over life of mother bill; the problem of the moral dilemma where nobody wins

Emotional frenzy in Ireland results in protests over life of mother bill; the problem of the moral dilemma where nobody wins

Since the tragic death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar in Ireland, who was denied an abortion as she was miscarrying in a Catholic hospital and died of sepsis, the abortion debate has been raging in that country.  It seems the case ...

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Former president Jimmy Carter says religion is to blame for abuse of women globally

Former president Jimmy Carter says religion is to blame for abuse of women globally

Former president turned activist Jimmy Carter said on Friday that male centered world religions, including Christianity and Islam share responsibility for the abuse of women and girls around the world.  Carter said that male religious leaders propagate misguided beliefs in ...

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Hobby Lobby court decision makes their stores like churches in the eyes of the law; court finds company is a form of evangelism

Hobby Lobby court decision makes their stores like churches in the eyes of the law; court finds company is a form of evangelism

A federal appeals court in Denver has ruled on June 27 that Hobby Lobby's objection to giving their employees health insurance with contraceptives they believe to be abortifacients has merit.  The case began as in September the chain of stores ...

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The new American revolution: the DOMA decision and the United States' all-out religious war

The new American revolution: the DOMA decision and the United States' all-out religious war

Religion has always been a part of American history; it has worked at the forefront at times, and in the background in others,but never has religion been such a catalyst in this country until now. The Supreme Court's decision regarding ...

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Are you Wiccan or Pagan? The Church of England has a place for you, but the Christian, Wiccan/Pagan community isn't so sure

Are you Wiccan or Pagan?  The Church of England has a place for you, but the Christian, Wiccan/Pagan community isn't so sure

Summer solstice was celebrated on June 21st this year, and in England, Pagans and Druids gathered at Stonehenge 20,000 strong to watch the sunrise at the famous monument after a 27 million (pounds) restoration of the site.  And in light ...

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Massachusetts has a church full of atheists–who actually want to be there, for Godless services

Massachusetts has a church full of atheists–who actually want to be there, for Godless services

In Cambridge, Massachusetts, there is a church who has Sunday services. It looks like a church, on the inside, and the service is conducted like a traditional church service. There is one exception–God isn't sitting in the pews. It's a ...

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Liberty University and Christian warfare: does Liberty's drone training program and Christian evangelism go hand in hand?

Liberty University and Christian warfare: does Liberty's drone training program and Christian evangelism go hand in hand?

An op-ed piece on the Huntington News website by David Swanson  (also published in Sojourner's), explores the drone training program at Liberty University, and how Christian evangelism figures into the whole thing.  The belief that national pride is "biblical," and ...

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Pastor sues state of Oklahoma claiming Native American plate violates his religious liberty; judge allows case to move to higher court

Pastor sues state of Oklahoma claiming Native American plate violates his religious liberty; judge allows case to move to higher court

Keith Cressman is a Methodist minister from Oklahoma. And he doesn't like the state's license plate, which features a Native American shooting an arrow at the sky to bring rain.  He thinks it's a pagan symbol, because it is a ...

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US Immigration backs down, approves British atheist's application

US Immigration backs down, approves British atheist's application

Earlier this week Al Stefanelli reported on Margaret Doughty, a British atheist who applied for US citizenship, and  She was told she had until Friday to join a church or face having her application rejected. USCIS  has backed down from ...

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Talkin' bout revolution: Matt Staver threatens civil war if Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality; two hundred anti-gay organizations join him, sign letter declaring their resolve

Talkin' bout revolution: Matt Staver threatens civil war if Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality; two hundred anti-gay organizations join him, sign letter declaring their resolve

They are resolved. They will not be shaken.  God's law supercedes the Supreme Court.  And if the Supreme court rules in favor of marriage equality, they say that it will cause civil war, and this civil war would be in ...

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Wonders of God's creation: Go to New Zealand, and get yourself some…deer cheese?

Wonders of God's creation: Go to New Zealand, and get yourself some…deer cheese?

There are cheese aficianados around the world, and Wisconsin is just one place where you can sample some of the best cheeses the world has to offer. For the uber gourmet among you, if the sheep cheese craze wasn't enough ...

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Torrential rains and flooding sweep away Himalayan shrine in northern India; authorities say no pilgrimages possible for three years

Torrential rains and flooding sweep away Himalayan shrine in northern India; authorities say no pilgrimages possible for three years

Horrific floods have swept away a major Himalayan shrine in Dehradun, in northern India, stranding pilgrims, who in minutes saw a place of holiness become a place of misery and death.  The Times of India reports: Officials of the two ...

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Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush at Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference: Immigrants are "more fertile" than American women, and thus will help pay off government debt

Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush at Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference:  Immigrants are "more fertile" than American women, and thus will help pay off government debt

Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, brother of former president George W. Bush put a new, conservative twist on the hot topic of immigration at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference–he believes that conservatives should support immigration because he sees them as ...

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