Religion

Vince Gill Confronts Westboro Baptist Church Protestors

September 10th, 2013 9:15pm EDT
Vince Gill
After being quizzed about his marriage to Amy Grant, country star Vince Gill confronted members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church over the weekend.

The group was protesting outside his concert in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday when they filmed the singer taking issue with their stance.

Gill went outside to speak to the church members, and one of them asked:  "What in the world are you doing out here?"
 
He fired back, "I came out to see what hate looks like."

The protester then asked, "What are you doing with another man's wife? Don't you know that divorce plus remarriage eq...
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Leah Remini Lost Friends After Leaving The Church Of Scientology

September 10th, 2013 8:25am EDT
Leah Remini
After leaving the Church of Scientology, Leah Remini was forced to cut ties with several friends. In July, the former "King Of Queens" star announced she was quitting the controversial organization after being a member for nearly 30 years.

The actress revealed she had become uncomfortable with some of the church's practices and told Ellen DeGeneres on Monday that one of the worst parts about the split was losing some of her life-long friends.

She explained, "Over time, my eyes opened, and I just could no longer be affiliated with the organization, and my family felt the same, so we left. ...
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Leah Remini Opens Up About Leaving The Church Of Scientology

July 29th, 2013 9:00pm EDT
Leah Remini
Earlier this month, Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology after being a member for over 30 years. She reportedly was butting heads with leader David Miscavige and was becoming increasingly uncomfortable with some of the church's practices.

The actress has since come forward to explain her decision to leave, insisting she should have been able to question issues without fear of reprisal. She also appears to have chosen her friends and family over the church.

She told People.com, "We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are, and what we're about."
 
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Leah Remini Breaks From The Church Of Scientology

July 11th, 2013 9:20pm EDT
Leah Remini
Former King Of Queens star Leah Remini has cut her ties to the Church of Scientology.

The actress has decided to end her 30-year relationship with the church over a disagreement with church head David Miscavige after questioning several of the church's strict policies.

"It all began when Leah questioned the validity of excommunication of people," a source told the New York Post on Thursday. "She is stepping back from a regime she thinks is corrupt. She thinks no religion should tear apart a family or abuse someone under the umbrella of 'religion.'"

Tensions between Remini and the church ...
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Westboro Baptist Church Brands The Members Of One Direction As 'God-Hating Perverts'

July 2nd, 2013 11:42am EDT
One Direction
British-Irish boy band One Direction are the latest pop stars to be targeted by the religious extremists of Westboro Baptist Church (WBC).

The controversial group, based in Topeka, Kansas, has announced plans to picket the band's upcoming concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, branding the singers "five perverts" who "glamorize sin."

A statement posted on the Westboro Baptist Church website reads, "(One Direction are) a perfect representation of this filthy world and the sin-chasing, f**-enabling, God-hating, Christ-rejecting U.K. who has banned WBC from preaching within ...
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Russell Brand Proclaims He 'Didn't Cheat On Katy Perry'

June 6th, 2013 6:43pm EDT
Russell Brand
Russell Brand is obstinate he was faithful to his ex-wife Katy Perry as he is always "diligently monogamous" when he is in a relationship.

The British comedian became known as a serial womanizer before he gave up dating and settled down with Perry in 2010. Nevertheless, the couple's marriage didn't last long, and they were divorced last year.

Now, the 38 year-old actor has open up to insist he didn't do anything to compromise his union, and actually enjoys staying faithful to one woman.

He tells Britain's Esquire magazine, "When I'm in a relationship I'm diligently monogamous and stic...
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Heather Graham Opens Up About Sex Secrets In Screenplay

May 19th, 2013 7:09pm EDT
Heather Graham
Heather Graham has detailed her past sex hang-ups in a revealing new movie screenplay.

The Hangover star admits she was scarred by religious teachings, which suggested that kids who had sex before marriage were on the fast track to hell.

She says, "When you grow up Catholic and you're told that you're going to go to hell for having pre-marital sex, then how do you go on and have a normal sex life after that?"

In her screenplay, Graham opens up about the extremes she went to to conquer her sexual hang-ups after losing her virginity.

The 43 year-old actress adds, "One thing that's in ...
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Snoop Lion To Bunny Wailer: 'How Dare You'

May 15th, 2013 4:20am EDT
Snoop Lion
Snoop Lion has turned up the heat on Jamaican icon Bunny Wailer after the musician took aim at the rapper's conversion to Rastafarianism.

During his 2012 pilgrimage to Bob Marley's home, Snoop met The Wailers legend and filmed the visit for his Reincarnated documentary; however the reggae great has since slammed the former rapper for his "outright fraudulent use" of Rasta culture.
 
The 41 year-old rapper-turned-reggae star was initially confused by Wailer's statement, suggesting the Jamaican star may have been misquoted, but now Snoop is on the attack.

Snoop has sent a callous message...
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Hindu Leaders Praise Selena Gomez For Dropping Bindi In 'Come & Get It' Video

May 9th, 2013 6:28pm EDT
Selena Gomez
Pop star Selena Gomez has won praise from Hindu leaders for abandoning her controversial use of a religious bindi symbol in her new music video.

The former Wizards of Waverly Place actress was widely criticized for her cultural "insensitivity" after sporting the forehead decoration, traditionally worn by women in South Asia for religious purposes, during a performance of her new song Come & Get It at the MTV Movie Awards last month.

Officials at the Universal Society of Hinduism (USH) urged the 20-year-old not to repeat the blunder during her upcoming world tour and the star has now bee...
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Catholic League Bashes 'Switch-Hitting' David Bowie Over 'The Next Day'

May 9th, 2013 4:07pm EDT
David Bowie
The Catholic League has released a statement reprimanding David Bowie for the religious themes in his new music video for "The Next Day."

The video, which was taken down from YouTube and then reinstated after the website admitted it made a mistake, features self-flagellation, nuns dressed as prostitutes, and priests enjoying the women's attentions. Bowie leads a band in an S&M-like club, dressed in robs similar to Christ's. It also stars Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue has now blasted the musician for the video. He writes, "The switch-hitting, bise...
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