Episode 201 – Live Part 2 with Sam and Becky


NEWS

A juror has been dismissed because a “higher power” told him the defendant was not guilty
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/05/17/juror-dismissed-from-corruption-trial-after-saying-god-told-him-suspect-is-not-guilty/

A Missouri school superintendent basically gave a sermon for his public high school graduation address
http://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation/a-mo-superintendent-decided-to-preach-during-graduation-and-students-are

Florida has an annual faith symposium sponsored by several state government departments
https://ffrf.org/news/news-releases/item/29498-ffrf-aclu-urge-cancellation-of-official-fla-religious-event

Montreal is now taxing churches…sometimes
http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/no-more-religious-exemptions-montreal-is-taxing-churches-1.3415164

The Patriarch and other leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church are blessing the government’s computers with holy water to protect against Wannacry
https://heatst.com/tech/russias-secret-weapon-against-ransomware-virus-holy-water/

There are 40 gay men who have escaped Chechnya to other parts of Russia and have been denied visas by the US and EU countries
https://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/us-denies-visas-to-gay-russians-fleeing-kidnapping-and

Austria has banned face coverings
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/18/528948967/austria-becomes-latest-country-in-europe-to-ban-full-face-veil

The arctic seed vault was flooded by melting permafrost. Fortunately the seeds are safe.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/19/arctic-stronghold-of-worlds-seeds-flooded-after-permafrost-melts

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