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Actress Takes Impassioned Stand Supporting Right to Pray in Public on ‘The View’ — and One Co-Host Doesn’t Seem to Like It | Video |

Actress Candice Cameron Bure was unabashed in her impassioned defense of the right of Americans to voluntarily pray in public on Monday’s edition of “The View.” Her point of view stood in stark contrast to that of co-host Raven-Symone, whose body language alone made that much clear.

The women of “The View” were discussing the story about a high school football coach who recently defied a lawsuit threat demanding he stop praying on the field after games. The assistant coach, Joe Kennedy, is claiming the post-game prayer session is not mandatory and is therefore protected free speech under the First Amendment.


The Animals of Chernobyl: Photos : Discovery News

This week came welcome news that animal populations in Ukraine's Chernobyl Exclusion Zone had rebounded tremendously, despite living in an area that nearly 30 years ago was the site of a horrific nuclear power accident.

The 1986 nuclear disaster in Chernobyl created an evacuation area of some 1,000 square miles, removing humans from the equation and leaving animals to their own devices.

Animals ranging from feral cats to horses to fish seem to be getting by, after the fallibility of man left them a contaminated place to call their own. Here we take a look at some of the wildlife currently making a living in the "zone."


Americans Welcome A Popular Pope - Rasmussen Reports™

Pope Francis is coming to the United States this week. The new pope is expected to draw thousands to his public masses and dominate the news for the next several days. That’s okay with most Americans, Catholics in particular. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 14-15, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.


Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Says Licenses Being Issued Without Her Authority - ABC News

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis says marriage licenses are being issued in Rowan County without her authority and she wants her name and title removed.

Choking back tears this morning at a news conference before her return to work, a defiant Davis said she is faced with a "seemingly impossible choice ... my conscience or my freedom," referring to her opposition to same-sex marriages.

She added: "I'm no hero."

Despite her assertion that her deputies don't have her authority to issue marriage licenses, Rowan County Deputy Clerk Brian Mason said he will continue issuing them today.

Davis also told reporters this morning that she wants the licenses to indicate that they are being issued under federal authority.

She returned to work today nearly one week after being released from jail for failing to issue marriage licenses over her religious objection to same-sex marriage.

Davis filed an appeal Friday that asks for another delay in issuing the licenses. If the court does not respond before Davis returns to work, she will have to choose whether to allow her office to continue issuing licenses or again disobey the judge who already sent her to jail.


On Eve of Papal Visit, Cuba Pardons Over 3 Thousand Prisoners - NBC News

The Cuban Council of State has pardoned 3,522 prisoners as a goodwill gesture on the eve of the papal visit to the island. Most are people who were found guilty of committing common felonies and not crimes of political nature.

According to the government, prisoners will be released in the next few days. They will include those over 60 years of age, others under 20 with no prior convictions, prisoners with good behavior, women, those with health issues and others who would be eligible for parole in 2016.


Pope Francis Calls on Parishes to House Refugee Families, Says Vatican Will Do Same - NBC News

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican will shelter two families of refugees who are "fleeing death" from war or hunger, Pope Francis announced Sunday as he called on Catholic parishes, convents and monasteries across Europe to do the same.

Francis cited Mother Teresa, the European-born nun who cared for the poorest in India, while making his appeal in remarks to Catholic pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter's Square.

"Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees who are fleeing death by war and by hunger, and who are on a path toward a hope for life, the Gospel calls us to be neighbors to the smallest and most abandoned, to give them concrete hope," Francis said.


Office of Sen. Ernst Announces Tickets for Iowans to Watch Simulcast on West Lawn of Pope Address

The Office of U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released details regarding the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the United States Capitol. On September 24th, Pope Francis will make history as the first Pope to ever address a Joint Meeting of Congress.

The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives has announced “The U.S. Congress will be hosting a ticketed jumbotron broadcast of the Pope’s address to Congress on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.”

Senator Ernst’s office has 200 tickets to view a simulcast of the address from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Please note these tickets are standing only and will be outdoors. The tickets are being distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Iowans should contact the office through the website by clicking here or by calling the Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3254 for ticket inquires. The website contact page is the best way to request tickets. Iowans must indicate the number of tickets they are requesting.

Iowans who are unable to attend may also watch the address live online that morning at

Click here for additional information or click here to read additional frequently asked questions.

A Tiny Catholic College in the Middle of Nowhere Is Taking a Big Stand Against the Federal Government |

It’s a brand-new college with only 120 students — but it’s clear where its priorities lie.

This winter, Wyoming Catholic College’s board voted unanimously to reject government funding in a bid to protect religious freedom, the New York Times reported.

The college opened in Lander, a small town of 7,500, in 2007, and doesn’t even occupy its permanent campus yet, but that didn’t stop it from refusing federal dollars.

“[The refusal] allows us to practice our Catholic faith without qualifying it,” Kevin Roberts, the college’s president, told the Times. “It’s clear that this administration does not care about Catholic teaching.”


Surprise! Obama slams Christians during prayer breakfast | Glenn Beck

You’d think if there was the president could show a little unity, it would be a prayer breakfast. Nope. He managed to slam Christians with his comments. It’s so, so bad.

“On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. But that’s a topic for another day,” Obama said.

“Slamming Christians at his prayer breakfast,” Glenn said.

“Seriously when he wants to say something nice about Christians, it’s hollow and lifeless and emotionless. When he wants to bash them, he’s excited, he’s smiling, he’s laughing. It’s so clear about how he actually feels about these things. He can’t hide it anymore,” Stu said.



Iowa Pastors Play Influential Role in 2016 Presidential Race - ABC News

Cary Gordon isn't a political operative, a top dollar donor or an elected official. But that hasn't stopped Jeb Bush's team from already reaching out as the 2016 Republican presidential campaign revs up in Iowa.

Gordon is a well-known evangelical Christian pastor with a church in Sioux City that can draw 600 people on Sundays and a voice that echoes far beyond the pulpit. Gordon backed former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in the 2012 GOP field, sending out text messages, tweets and a video announcement to deliver his message.