Christians and Atheists Debate in Huntington Beach Over Whether Jesus Was a Real Dude

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Christ is your buddy, but was he real?

I knew Huntington Beach Christian Toastmasters and Backyard Skeptics--a group of Orange County atheists, humanists and assorted non-believers--had debated before but who knew these education events have been a regular deal over the past year? Gathering No. 12 is Thursday night in a Surf City church, and it's free to attend even if you're a damn dirty heathen!

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David Elifar Verduzco Gets 30 Years for His Style of Preying at Agape House of Prayer

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David Elifar Verduzco is one sick pup.
A piano teacher who molested girls ages 9 and 12 he met through Agape House of Prayer in Anaheim has been sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison.

A worship team leader who gave electronic keyboard lessons at Agape, 35-year-old David Elifar Verduzco of Santa Ana had befriended the families of the girls, who all attended the church together.

"You were really close friends with my family and now it's hard to trust anyone," said the younger girl in a victim impact statement delivered at Friday's sentencing. "The way I feel now is that I'll be scared forever, and I don't want to remember this at all when I get older."

The father of the other girl called Verduzco a wolf who disguised himself as a sheep to prey on victims, adding the experience nearly broke up the dad's marriage.

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TV's Youth Obsession Continues as Bobby Schuller Takes Over the All-New Hour of Power
"I want the Hour of Power to capture the minds of non-religious people," says Bobby Schuller.

It's rather stunning when you think about it, but since Robert A. Schuller took over as leader of Crystal Cathedral Ministries from his televangelist father Robert H. Schuller on Jan. 22, 2006, he was succeeded by his disapproving dad, his sister Sheila Schuller Coleman and his son Bobby Schuller. Before Coleman left in 2012 to start a new church, she had overseen the former mega-church's bankruptcy, ouster of her founder father and sale of the iconic Crystal Cathedral to Orange County Roman Catholic diocese. But a blast from the past came this week when Bobby Schuller was named host of the renamed and reformatted television show Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller. Call it an early Glory of Christmas present.

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David Elifar Verduzco is GUILTY of Preying on Little Girls While with Agape House of Prayer

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David Elifar Verduzco obviously had not read Mark 9:42.
A jury in Santa Ana Wednesday afternoon found David Elifar Verduzco guilty of molesting a 12-year-old girl who was taking piano lessons from him at Agape House of Prayer in Anaheim and of sexually assaulting the 9-year-old daughter of churchgoers inside her Tustin home.

Verduzco, a Santa Ana resident who was a member of Agape's "worship team," now faces up to 30 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration at his scheduled Oct. 17 sentencing.

He flirted with the 12-year-old girl, kissed her on the cheek and placed his hand on her thigh while giving her piano lessons. Between January and September of 2011, he used his foot to slip his cell phone under her and shoot up-skirt videos.

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Chuck Smith Family Spat Over Calvary Chapel Control Goes to a Higher Power (OC Courts)

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Chuck Smith left behind a mess.
A daughter of the late Chuck Smith is suing the husband of another of the Calvary Church Costa Mesa founder's daughters who is alleged to have inflicted neglect and elder abuse as "Pastor Chuck" was dying of terminal lung cancer last year.

Janette Manderson says she filed the lawsuit on behalf of 87-year-old Kay Smith, who suffers from dementia and is Manderson's mother and the wife of the deceased leader of the born-again Christian megachurch in Santa Ana. The alleged evildoer, according to the complaint, is Brian Brodersen, who is married to the Smiths' youngest daughter, Cheryl. But the suit also demonizes the board of the non-profit The Word For Today ministry, which is accused of callously taking over the office, computers and worldwide ministry of Smith immediately after he died on Oct. 3, 2013. Brodersen chairs that board.

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David Elifar Verduzco, Church Music Teacher, Molested 12 y.o. Girl, Not 9 y.o. Girl: Defense

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David Elifar Verduzco is also alleged to have shot up-skirt video of the 12-year-old.
How is this for an opening defense in a molestation trial? Attorney Lawrence Volk told the jury his 35-year-old client, David Elifar Verduzco, molested a 12-year-old girl who was taking piano lessons from him at Agape House of Prayer in Anaheim.

But sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl he was babysitting at her Tustin home? No way, Volk maintained. That apparently would be gross.

Verduzco, who was a member of Agape's "worship team," is charged with sexual penetration of a child 10 years or younger, three counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor, all felonies, and two misdemeanor counts each of child annoyance and using a concealed device to record another without their consent.

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Miko Peled Shares His Journey from Staunch Zionist to Israel-Palestine Peace Activist Sunday
Miko Peled is interviewed about his views on Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Though he lives in Coronado now, Miko Peled was born in Jerusalem and has a grandfather who signed Israel's Declaration of Independence. His father served as an Israeli general who later became a peace activist, a critic of Israel's territorial expansion and a supporter of dialogue with the PLO and a two-state solution. Junior followed in his father's peacemaking footsteps, as you'll learn if you catch him speaking in Laguna Beach on Sunday.

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Orange County Leads California In Anti-Islamic Hate Crime Complaints

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has released its 2014 Civil Rights Report, and the results aren't exactly shocking: Orange County leads the state of California in the reporting of hate crime incidents during the past year.

CAIR has four offices in California: San Diego, the Greater Los Angeles Area (known as Anaheim to us locals), Santa Clara and Sacramento, and the organization cautions that increased numbers of complaints in those areas could relate to the proximity of CAIR offices.

That said, the Muslim-American civil rights organization took in 993 hate crime complaints and of those, 444, or nearly half of the total, were from Orange County.

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Protest of Norbertine Invasion of Silverado Canyon TOMORROW!

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Doesn't look like much now, but...

The Norbertine fathers are making rapid progress on their new abbey along Silverado Canyon Road. For some canyon lovers, the end is nigh, but that won't stop others' efforts to halt the construction. A peaceful protest will be held at the new abbey development site Friday to make sure the fathers know that the community hasn't given up.

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Was TBN's Paul Crouch a Gun-Running, Money-Laundering, Mob-Loving Preacher Man? FBI Files Say "Maybe"

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Crouch: Flipping the bird all the way from hell

Any semi-sober journalist knows better than to drop a bombshell of a story on the week just before Labor Day, so it was surprising to see declassified FBI documents emerge last week on the late Trinity Broadcasting Network shyster Paul Crouch.

The documents showed that the feds investigated Crouch for suspicious messages he or his associates at TBN placed to a roll call of 1980s boogeymen: the PLO, the New York mob, the Italian mob, East German spies, even Hungarians. But wait, there's more!

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