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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.

Arizona atheist state lawmaker opens session with prayer, upon which two days later, a Republican Christian lawmaker insists upon a "do-over" prayer asking for repentance

Arizona atheist state lawmaker opens session with prayer, upon which two days later, a Republican Christian lawmaker insists upon a "do-over" prayer asking for repentance

Arizona Republican Representative Steve Smith apparently was so dissatisfied with a prayer given by his colleague, atheist Democratic Representative Juan Mendez of Tempe, that he insisted on a "do-over" prayer the next day calling for repentance. Rep. Smith is the Republican lawmaker ...

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Chelsea Clinton doing interfaith work to sustain multifaith leadership

Chelsea Clinton doing interfaith work to sustain multifaith leadership

Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton has become the co-founder and co-chairwoman of New York University's Of Many Institute, an interfaith program for "multfaith leadership."  Religion News Service reports that it is an interest that is close to home for Clinton: ...

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Resident of Oklahoma City, OK, raising money to give Bibles to people who have lost everything in Oklahoma City tornado

Resident of Oklahoma City, OK, raising money to give Bibles to people who have lost everything in Oklahoma City tornado

Emma Sutton, a woman from Oklahoma City, lives 5 miles from where the now famous EF5 tornado hit Moore, OK.   Her Facebook page details the sheets of rain that flooded her backyard.  In the aftermath, when she learned that ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Massive tornado strikes near Oklahoma City; people trapped in debris, cuts mile wide swath

LIVE VIDEO: Massive tornado strikes near Oklahoma City; people trapped in debris, cuts mile wide swath

A mile wide tornado struck near Oklahoma City Monday afternoon, cutting a 2 mile wide swath through Oklahoma City's suburbs.   The National Weather Service said the tornado was on the ground for 40 minutes, with people having 16 minutes ...

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Wisconsin church wants to win culture war so badly, they raised $100,000 dollars to erect a 60 foot cross

Wisconsin church wants to win culture war so badly, they raised $100,000 dollars to erect a 60 foot cross

Pastor Michael Jackson of the New Life Assembly of God in Janesville, Wisconsin wants to win the culture war so badly that his church raised $100,000.00 to erect a 60 foot cross so that, in the words of the church ...

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UFO sightings in Canada dramatically increase in 2013 while sightings in US decrease; are extra terrestrials tiring of the United States?

UFO sightings in Canada dramatically increase in 2013 while sightings in US decrease; are extra terrestrials tiring of the United States?

Reported UFO sightings in the United States have decreased, after peaking last July, yet have increased dramatically in Canada, fueling speculation that aliens have developed a passion for poutine. Tim Horton's, and Maple Leafs hockey.  The data suggests that the ...

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Christian Post writer warns that Americans are being unduly influenced by Satan

Christian Post writer warns that Americans are being unduly influenced by Satan

When things go wrong in this country, as they often do, many conservative publications love to blame liberals. When that fails, the fault of the cultural issues of this country has a simple cause to hardline fundamentalist Christian conservatives–it's Satan's ...

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Conservative Afghan lawmakers block legislation protecting women from rape, abuse; cite religion as the reason

Conservative Afghan lawmakers block legislation protecting women from rape, abuse; cite religion as the reason

Lawmakers in Afghanistan blocked  legislation that would have banned child marriage, set a minimum marriage age for girls, halved the number of wives a man could have from four to two, and would have criminalized domestic violence against women and ...

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Church/state issue? Atheist objects to finding Bible in national park lodging; State of Georgia says it's no problem as Bibles were donated

Church/state issue?  Atheist objects to finding Bible in national park lodging; State of Georgia says it's no problem as Bibles were donated

When Ed Buckner took his family to Amicalola Falls State Park in north Georgia to celebrate his son's birthday, he was surprised to find a Bible in the state owned cabin he had rented.  He expressed his concern to park officials, ...

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Mississippi public high school forces students to attend student-led Christian presentation proselytizing to students; ongoing dispute ignites church/state issues

Mississippi public high school forces students to attend student-led Christian presentation proselytizing to students; ongoing dispute ignites church/state issues

Northwest Rankin High School says a student led presentation that students were forced to attend and forbidden to leave told students to accept Jesus and "find their hope in Jesus" was non-denominational; some students say it was.  The dispute has ...

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Theocracy in action: Arizona House passes bill allowing for the ability to pre-emptively sue over violations of religious liberty

Theocracy in action: Arizona House passes bill allowing for the ability to pre-emptively sue over violations of religious liberty

The Arizona GOP led House has passed a theocratic bill that allows people to sue over potential violations of religious liberty at a time when the national GOP is actively backing away from theocratic public policy–in other words, in Arizona, ...

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Christians: Pharisaical, or Christlike? The answer might surprise you, according to Barna study

Christians: Pharisaical, or Christlike? The answer might surprise you, according to Barna study

Are American Christians Pharisaical, or Christlike? In a report by the Barna Group, an evangelical Christian polling firm in Ventura, California, they examine how accurate the common critique is that Christians are hypocritical, sanctimonious people.  Moreover, the study sought to ...

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Pope Francis attacks unbridled capitalism as the "golden calf" of our times; says society needs economic climate that has more humane goals

Pope Francis attacks unbridled capitalism as the "golden calf" of our times; says society needs economic climate that has more humane goals

Pope Francis has commented harshly on the kind of unbridled capitalism championed by politicians saying that such an economy has no end goal, save that of satisfying and stoking greed, and is thus unjust, and inhumane, particularly to the poor, ...

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