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What Satanic statue in Detroit says about us

A family kneels as they pray during Mass at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Detroit at a service that was held in response to The Satanic Temple planning to unveil its controversial goat-headed Baphomet sculpture at an undisclosed location in Detroit, July 25, 2015 (Credit: AP/Detroit News/Todd McInturf)The Satanic Temple in Detroit has unveiled a one-ton bronze tribute to Satan.  The statue depicts a person with a goat's head, horns, and wings.  The image is flanked by statues of a young girl and boy gazing up at the creature in adoration.

However, the Satanic Temple says it doesn't believe in Satan.  The group views the devil as "a literary figure, not a deity—he stands for rationality, for skepticism, for speaking truth to power."

So Satanists stand for rationality and truth?

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Is Russia preparing for war in space?

Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, Expedition 40 flight engineer, attired in a Russian Orlan spacesuit, participates in a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) in support of science and maintenance on the International Space Station, deploying a small science satellite, retrieving and installing experiment packages and inspecting components on the exterior of the orbital laboratory, August 18, 2014 (Credit: Sipa via AP Images)Russian bomber pilots recently flew within 40 miles of the California coast.  Their planes were capable of carrying nuclear missiles.  When intercepted by U.S. fighter jets, the Russians delivered this message: "Good morning, American pilots.  We are here to greet you on your Fourth of July Independence Day."  The bombers then retreated.

If only all Russian military intentions were so benign.

According to The Daily Beast, Russia recently sent three satellites into orbit that are capable of spying on, hijacking, or destroying other satellites.  Since our country depends on satellites for navigation, communications and surveillance, this development is ominous.  Of the world's 1,200 active satellites, half are American.  As a result, we are especially vulnerable to space attacks.

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Why has the pope's popularity plummeted?

Pope Francis meets the media during an airborne press conference aboard the airplane directed to Rome, at the end of his Apostolic journey in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, July 12, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)"Whether liberal or conservative, you love the pope when he agrees with you.  And he's been saying things that annoy both sides."  So says church historian Christopher Bellitto, explaining Pope Francis's dramatic decline in popularity among Americans.

In recent months, the pope has stated that climate change is largely man-made, and has criticized economic systems that he believes drive global warming and exploit the poor.  Now, two months ahead of the pope's first trip to the U.S., Gallup reports that his popularity has fallen from 76 percent to 59 percent. According to one observer, the poll reflects that "many American Catholics are more closely affiliated with their political party than their faith."

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Woman from Chattanooga is now an ISIS wife

How did a homeschooled, evangelical Christian from Chattanooga become an ISIS wife and mother? (Credit: Robert Parker for BuzzFeed News)The day after Mohammad Abdulazeez killed five servicemen in Chattanooga, a woman posted this on Twitter: "Gifted this morning . . . w/ the news of a brother puttin fear n in the heart of kufar [non-believers] n the city of my birth. Alhamdullilah [thanks be to God]."  The woman's name is Ariel Bradley.  She grew up in the Chattanooga suburb where Abdulazeez lived.  How did she become an ISIS supporter?

According to BuzzFeed's just-published profile of her, Ariel was homeschooled by a fundamentalist Christian mother.  She ran away from home when she was 15 or 16 and eventually converted to Islam.  She is now married to an ISIS fighter in Syria.  When an ISIS supporter promised to pray for her safety, she replied, "Not death I should fear but the state I meet it in. May Allah guide us & give us shaheed [martyrdom]."

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Adultery website Ashley Madison hacked

Hackers 'Impact Team' have stolen and leaked personal information from online adultery site Ashley Madison. Ashley Madison website hacked by group Impact Team, Jul 21, 2015 (Rex Features via AP Images) Ashley Madison has made famous the byline, "Life is short.  Have an affair."  The social-networking site promised "discreet encounters" for married people who used it to arrange affairs.  It turns out, their encounters were not so "discreet."

A group of computer hackers has begun leaking large amounts of user data obtained from the Ashley Madison site.  The hackers are demanding that the website be taken down immediately, or they will release "all customer records, including profiles with all the customers' secret sexual fantasies."  Ashley Madison has now suspended its fee for users who want to delete their accounts.

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