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Christians object to 'Black Jesus'

Title actor Gerald 'Slink' Johnson poses for a photo in a promotional video for the new Cartoon Network and Adult Swim Network show Black Jesus (Credit: Adult Swim via Youtube) "Black Jesus" is a new comedy coming to the Adult Swim channel.  The lead is played by African-American actor Gerald "Slink" Johnson.  Why are Christian groups protesting the show even before it airs?

The pervasively obscene language used by Black Jesus is one problem.  His illegal marijuana smoking is a second problem.  The show's "anti-Christian bigotry," as one critic describes it, is a third.  "One Million Moms," a Christian activist group, wants the show cancelled before its first episode is shown.  The group states that Black Jesus "makes a mockery of our Lord.  The foul language used in the trailer, including using our Lord's name in vain, is disgusting."

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American missionaries contract Ebola: 2 responses

Dr. Kent Brantly (right) with colleagues Stephen Snell (left) and an unidentified doctor at center having a discussion at Chimala Mission Bible School in Chimala, Mbeya, Tanzania, May 25, 2013 (Credit: Kellum Tate via Facebook) Dr. Kent Brantly is a missionary with Samaritan's Purse, a Christian relief organization headed by Franklin Graham.  The 33-year-old married father of two calls himself "a young Christian doctor putting his faith to work in the world."  He began serving the West African nation of Liberia as a physician in October 2013.  Not long after, he found himself on the front lines of the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded.  Now he has been infected by the deadly disease.

The Ebola virus disease is named for the Ebola River valley in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it was first observed in 1976.  The virus is transmitted to humans from contact with infected wild animals.  It then spreads through human-to-human contact via body fluids.  Mortality rates are as high as 90 percent, though fatalities from the current outbreak are around 60 percent.  There are no vaccines or cures.

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Radical grace 20 years after Rwandan genocide

Gespard (R), puts his arm around, and holds hands with, a man named Innocent (L), who killed Gespard's brother, along with four other people during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994 (Credit: Could you forgive the man who murdered your brother?  That's what a man named Gespard has done.  And that's the kind of radical grace that is transforming a nation known for one of the worst genocides in history.

Twenty years ago, over a million people were killed in a span of 100 days in the central African nation of Rwanda.  When Rwanda was a colony of Belgium, a tribal minority known as Tutsi came into favor because of their European appearance.  In 1962, the Hutu majority overthrew the Belgian-installed Tutsi government.  A civil war between the two tribes began in 1990.

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World's first test-tube baby: 3 ethical dilemmas

Louise Joy Brown, the world's first test tube baby, returns with her parents, Lesley and John Brown, to Oldham General Hospital in 1979 to see the nurses that helped during her birth (Credit: Associated Newspapers) On July 25, 1978, Lesley and John Brown of Oldham, England brought their first child into the world, a little girl named Louise Joy.  Why is the world remembering Louise on her birthday?  Because she was the world's first "test-tube" baby.

Actually, she was conceived in a Petri dish through a process that came to be known as "in-vitro fertilization" (IVF).  Her mother had blocked fallopian tubes, so doctors united her egg with her husband's sperm to produce an embryo, which they then implanted in her womb.  The process was experimental 37 years ago; more than five million couples have since conceived children in this way.

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Reba McEntire's 'Pray for Peace' goes viral

Reba McEntire, looking down while flashing the peace sign, in a screen grab from her Pray for Peace video (Credit: Reba McEntire via Facebook) What do Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman, and The Band Perry have in common?  They are all supporting Reba McEntire's new song, "Pray for Peace."  She calls her song "a gift from God."  It repeats over and over the simple imperative, "pray for peace."  Then it calls us to pray for our mother, father, children, leaders, and families, to pray for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.  The song's music video had 5,629,031 likes on July 21.

There's no doubt we need peace.  The Gaza conflict continues, with disclosures that Hamas is using hospitals and United Nations schools to shelter and fire weapons.  Israel has also found another "terror tunnel" containing Israeli uniforms, maps, and weapons.

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