Atheist Republic News Summary: Paula White: I Visited God’s Throne Room

1. Paula White: I “Literally” Visited God’s Throne Room and Saw His Blurry Face
Location: USA

2. Rick Wiles: The Coronavirus Crisis Will End if China Accepts Jesus
Location: USA

3. Man Who Launched Himself in Rocket to Prove Earth is Flat Dies in Crash Landing
Location: Southern California, USA

4. Belgian city of Aalst says anti-Semitic parade 'just fun'
Location: Aalst, Belgium

5. Christian Liar David Barton: “It’s the Whites” Who Ended Slavery
Location: USA

6. Indonesia Will “Rely on the Almighty” to Fight Coronavirus, Health Minister Says
Location: Indonesia

7. The Indian Government Wants to Research the Benefits of Cow Dung and Urine. Scientists Say Please Don’t
Location: India

8. Ohio Priest Arrested for Child Porn Now Accused of Child Prostitution
Location: Ohio, USA

9. Some Catholics Are Eating Plant-Based Burgers to Avoid Eating “Meat” on Fridays
Location: Chicago, USA

10. Kentucky Senate bill proposes right for doctors to refuse procedures based on beliefs
Location: Kentucky, USA

1. White House spiritual adviser Paula White is claiming that she was “transported” to a throne room in heaven where she came face to face with God. It appears to be from a sermon she preached earlier this month. “I literally went to the Throne Room of God,” she said. “There was a mist that was coming off the water, and I went to the throne of God, and I didn’t see God’s face clearly, but I saw the face of God … I knew it was the face of God.” “I didn’t come out of that really until the next morning,” White reported.

2. Rick Wiles would like the Chinese leader to know there’s a simple way to stop the recent deadly strain of coronavirus. All he has to do is convert to Christianity and bring the Chinese people along for the ride. You have a plague, Mr. Xi Jinping. You brought it on China. Now do the right thing and repent, and tell the Chinese people you are sorry, you made a mistake, you repent, and ask them to put up in their homes the painting of Jesus Christ. Watch what happens if you do it! The plague will stop! You, Mr. Xi, turn to Jesus. You give your heart to Jesus Christ.

3. “Mad” Mike Hughes, the Flat Earther who planned to launch a rocket high enough to “prove” Earth is flat, has died in a failed launch. The well-known daredevil and amateur rocket-engineer was doing a rocket launch Saturday in what appears to be near Barstow, CA — where a reporter says Mike propelled himself into the air with a “self-made steam-powered rocket” and then crash-landed into the ground. In the video, you see a parachute fly out of the rocket, but it doesn’t appear anyone is using it. The presumption, for now, is that Mike might’ve stayed in the rocket as it ascended hundreds of feet into the air.

4. A Belgian city has defended as "just fun" a carnival featuring caricatures of Orthodox Jews wearing huge fur hats, long fake noses and ant costumes. Israel, Jewish groups and Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès were among many who strongly condemned the costumes in Sunday's parade in Aalst. Some critics said likening Jews to ants was similar to Nazi anti-Semitism, which persecuted Jews as "vermin". The Aalst mayor's spokesman told the BBC "it's our humour... just fun". Peter Van den Bossche said "there isn't a movement behind it" and "we don't wish harm to anyone". "It's our parade, our humour, people can do whatever they want," he said. "It's a weekend of freedom of speech."

5. Christian pseudo-historian David Barton gave all credit to white Christians by whitewashing anyone else’s contributions to the end of slavery. He made the remarks on preacher Andrew Wommack‘s Gospel Today show in an episode honoring Black History Month. “It’s the whites who gave up the rights to say, ‘We want equality,’ because they were the only ones that could vote,” David Barton said.

6. Indonesia is encouraging its citizens to pray as protection from the coronavirus, with its health minister saying they will “rely on the almighty.” Indonesia first made news when Harvard researchers started looking into why there are so few reported cases of coronavirus in the country, when nations surrounding it have seen thousands falling ill. Although experts said there could be undetected cases in Indonesia, the nation’s health minister Terawan Agus Putranto called that “insulting” and said there were no recorded cases “all because of prayers.” Putranto took his comments even further by saying the new strain of coronavirus could be combatted using religion. “In accordance with [state ideology] Pancasila, our country believes in God. No matter the religion, as long as we uphold Pancasila, praying is of utmost importance. We work and pray. It’s an honorable thing,” Terawan said.

7. On February 17, the Indian government has called for an initiative inviting research on the benefits of cow dung, urine, milk and all other byproducts from “pure indigenous cows” (that is, not the foreign “aunties”). Called Scientific Utilisation Through Research Augmentation-Prime Products from Indigenous Cows (SUTRA PIC), the event will be led by the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST). They want all cow enthusiasts, academics, researchers and startups to come forward with proposals that look into the medicinal, nutritional and agricultural perks of cow piss, among other products. This is meant to promote the manufacture of cow byproduct-based shampoos, toothpaste, mosquito repellent and edibles like milk, butter and ghee that many believe can cure everything from diabetes to cancer. More than 110 scientists have signed a statement against this planned proposal.

8. An Ohio priest who was previously arrested and charged with possession of child pornography has now been accused of participating in the prostitution of children. Geauga County Prosecutor James Flaiz and his office discovered the evidence after searching computers and other electronic devices seized from the Rev. Robert McWilliams in December, and through in-state and out-of-state interviews. Flaiz has been in talks with U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman’s office about whether the case against the Rev. Robert McWilliams — which includes charges that span two Ohio counties — should move to federal court, the filing says. McWilliams has pleaded not guilty to charges in two counties that accuse him of possessing child pornography. Flaiz wrote in the filing that McWilliams is expected to face additional charges once the case is presented to a grand jury there. He is currently being held in the Geauga County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

9. According to some Catholic leaders in Chicago, at least, eating an Impossible Burger still breaks the spirit of the religious law. The Chicago Tribune explains: … “you risk losing the whole spirit of it,” said Todd Williamson, director of the Office of Divine Worship at the Archdiocese of Chicago, if you substitute meat with a close copy. “What’s behind the whole tradition in practice is to go without in order to be in solidarity with those who are hungry, with those who can’t afford meat,” Williamson said. “By going without that we are reminded of others. We experience hunger ourselves. So it’s a bit deeper than whether it’s just a meat product.”

10. The Kentucky State Senate is expected to debate a bill that allows doctors and other medical professionals to refuse to perform a procedure based on personal or religious beliefs. But critics say it could harm healthcare for all Kentuckians. “I believe it’s important that medical professionals have the ability to object and not be forced to do something that they don’t believe in and violates their conscience,” says State Sen. Robby Mills, R-Henderson County. The bill also makes a provider not liable for not doing a procedure based on conscience, and protects them from discrimination. “This bill, basically, explicitly, discrimination in health care,” says Nate Crawford, Assistant State Director for American Atheists. He says the bill, if it becomes law, would lower the quality of health care in Kentucky because patients would not know if they would be turned down.

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