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Is Navy chaplain being persecuted for biblical beliefs?

Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Wesley Modder offered an invocation during a September 11 commemoration ceremony at the Coronado Fire Department in Coronado, California, September 11, 2012 (Credit: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Crossley)Lieutenant Commander Wesley Modder has served as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy for 19 years and was once assigned to elite Navy SEAL units.  The head of Naval Special Warfare Command has called him "the best of the best" and a "talented and inspirational leader."  Now he may be discharged from the Navy and stands to lose his retirement benefits.

According to reports, last December 6 an assistant in Modder's office filed a five-page document alleging grievances against the chaplain.  Modder says that the young assistant had worked with him for only a month, and constantly asked him questions regarding homosexuality.  The chaplain did not know that the officer was gay, and in fact was married to another man.  After the officer made his allegations, Modder was immediately removed from duties and told to clean out his office.

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Leadership lessons from The Bachelor

Chris Soules proposed to Whitney Bischoff on the season finale of The Bachelor. (Credit: ABC)This week a farmer named Chris Soules proposed to a young woman named Whitney Bischoff.  Why is this news?  Because he was the star of TV's The Bachelor, and she was one of two finalists to be his wife.  Why did he choose her?  According to ABC News, she was much more committed to life with Chris than the other finalist.  She appealed to his family in Iowa, assuring them she was prepared to move to his hometown and become a mom.  In other words, she became what he wanted her to be.

Next we consider an Italian neurosurgeon who claims he will be able to transplant a living human head onto a donor body within two years.  Dr. Sergio Canavero offers a caveat, however: "If society doesn't want it, I won't do it.  Before going to the moon, you want to make sure people will follow you."

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A new religion in Silicon Valley

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the Apple Watch during an Apple event in San Francisco, California March 9, 2015 (Credit: Reuters/Robert Galbraith) Tim Cook unveiled the long-anticipated Apple Watch yesterday.  The CEO called the device "a comprehensive health and fitness companion."  It will also display boarding passes in airports, show a live feed of a person's home and garage door, and run most of the iPhone apps.  One hotel company plans to use it as a room key.  According to Cook, battery life will be 18 hours with regular use; costs range from $349 to $10,000, which includes an 18-karat gold body.

We can add the Apple Watch to the growing list of wearable technologies now available.  There's everything from GoPro cameras for your head to SmartSoles for your feet (their GPS sensors monitor location and physical performance).  I'm not sure what constituted the first wearable technology (a small sundial or hourglass hanging around one's neck?), but there's no question such science is here to stay.  Will it change our lives as significantly as many predict?

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Liberal journalist comes out as a Christian

Ana Marie Cox, founder and former editor of Wonkette and the lead blogger on US politics for The Guardian, poses for a photo at her home, February 27, 2011 (Credit: Ana Marie Cox)I'm old enough to remember when stores were closed on Sunday because everyone went to church, or knew they should.  No one would have considered scheduling a soccer practice on Sunday.  Billy Graham was America's "most admired" person.

When researchers began collecting data back in the 1930s on the number of Americans who are religiously unaffiliated, around five percent fit the category.  The number rose to only eight percent by 1990.  Today it has skyrocketed to 20 percent or more, including a third or more U.S. adults under the age of 30.

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Jugglers, a mind reader, and Benjamin Netanyahu

A Jewish settler dressed as a clown juggles next to children as the Tomb of the Patriarchs is seen in the background, during a parade marking the Jewish holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron, March 5, 2015 (Credit: Reuters/Amir Cohen) What do an Israeli prime minister's speech, a celebrity mind reader, and jugglers performing at a half-marathon have in common?  The Jewish holiday of Purim.

The festival of Purim is celebrated by Jewish people worldwide every year on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar.  It commemorates the story in the Book of Esther of Jewish deliverance in the land of Persia (modern-day Iran).  Haman, the Persian prime minister, hatched a plot to exterminate the Jewish people.  Think of him as an ancient Hitler planning a holocaust.  A Jewish maiden named Esther had become queen of the land, and risked her life to seek the king's intervention.  As a result, the Jewish people were saved.

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