Atheists and Christians Debate Abortion in Huntington Beach: DATE CHANGE!

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A-bor-tion protest, the San Francisco treat!
UPDATE, JULY 16, 8:11 A.M.: Backyard Skeptics announced this morning that the abortion debate between atheists and Christians has been rescheduled to next Thursday, July 23.

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Yanhao "Eric" Ren Accused of Sexual Relations with 13-Year-Old Girl from His Youth Ministry

Yanhao "Eric" Ren
A Fullerton man who served as a youth leader at a Rowland Heights church was arrested in San Bernardino County for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl, according to authorities. Around 11:55 p.m. Sunday, California Highway Patrol officers found the girl and Yanhao Ren, a 24-year-old who is also known as Eric Ren, in a vehicle parked on a turn-out of Highway 330 near Fredalba Road, in an unincorporated area of the county near Running Springs, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. She met Ren through youth programs at Evangelical Formosan Church of Rowland Heights, where he served for two years and has attended since 2006, deputies say. "The victim and Ren told detectives that they began a sexual relationship in May of 2015," reads a SBCSD statement.

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C-List Celebrities, Protestors, MC Hammer Celebrate the Dalai Lama's 80th B-Day in OC

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See our slideshow of the Dalai Lama's birthday celebration at the Honda Center here!

For his eightieth birthday today, the Dalai Lama asked not for material possessions, but world peace (and what did you ask for, ya selfish bastard?). In celebration of the Tibetan Buddhist leader's inauguration into the over-80 club, His Holiness embarked on a three-day Global Compassion Summit which kicked off Sunday in Anaheim at the Honda Center. Celebrations will continue at UC Irvine on Monday and Tuesday.

Sunday's event was an odd celebration of the Dalai Lama's lifetime commitment to peace, love and understanding, featuring C-list celebrities, Nobel laureates and MC Hammer.

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Christopher Bryan McKenzie Guilty of Molesting 5 Boys, Most of Whom He Met at Churches

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Christopher Bryan McKenzie Sr. met four of his seven victims through Sunday school.
A 51-year-old former volunteer Sunday school teacher at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa and Christ Church by the Sea in Newport Beach was convicted Wednesday afternoon of sexually assaulting five boys and attempting to attack a sixth.

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Assholes Alert! Orange County NeoFreethinkers Hear UCI Professor's Asshole Theory SUNDAY

Peter Montoya says his Church for Thinkers is catching fire with believers and non-believers alike. With that in mind (and spirit), let us think about the topic of this weekend's "Re-Think Sunday" presentation by Aaron James, a UC Irvine professor of philosophy: "Assholes: a Theory."

Oh, I think it's more than a theory, brothers and sistahs! (Ask anyone who reads me!)

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Rancho Santiago Community College District Foundation Takes Up Saudi Arabia Deal TODAY

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Hello, we'll be your guidance counselors.
The Rancho Santiago Community College District Foundation's board is scheduled today to discuss its controversial $105 million consulting contract with Saudi Arabia that has been chastised by faculty, a student trustee and the oldest pro-Israel organization in the United States.

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Todd Christian Hartman, Ex-Youth Counselor at Vineyard Church Anaheim, Held for Child Porn

A former youth counselor at Vineyard Church in Anaheim was scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court in Santa Ana this afternoon for allegedly using peer-to-peer file sharing technology to possess and distribute child pornography.

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Sale Near for Former Home of Homo-Hating St. James Anglican Parish in Newport Beach
Take this church ... please!
An Episcopal church bishop announced to Newport Beach congregants Sunday the closing of the sale of St. James the Great Episcopal Church, whose previous flock broke from the diocese in 2004 when openly gay Gene Robinson became a bishop in New Hampshire, realigned with an Anglican church in Uganda and later lost the OC property in court.

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Costa Mesa Church Hosts SUNDAY Fund-raiser for Families of Immigrants in Federal Detention

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Their families need help, too.
A Costa Mesa church on Sunday afternoon hosts the launch of a nonprofit campaign to raise financial assistance for the families of those held in immigration-detention facilities.

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Tony Ortega: From Cal State Fullerton Student to One of Scientology's Best Watchers

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Tom Cruise and Xenu, just for fun!

Tony Ortega wants people to attend his book signing this Sunday at the Neighborhood Community Center in Costa Mesa. It's a homecoming for the editor of progressive website the Raw Story--he's a graduate of Savanna High School in Anaheim, lived in Fullerton and Buena Park, and got his bachelor's and master's degrees in English from Cal State Fullerton. His book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology Tried to Destroy Paulette Cooper, is already receiving rave reviews for its well-written, wonderfully reported narrative about one of the first journalists to take on the controversial religion. Still riding a wave of publicity based on his insightful commentary for the HBO Scientology documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Ortega expects the local appearance (sponsored by the Center for Inquiry Orange County) to be a great one, especially since Paulette Cooper herself will join him.

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