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An Indiana pastor was "relieved of pastoral duties" for appearing in drag on a reality TV series.

Craig Duke, former pastor at United Methodist Church in Evansville, appeared in feminine attire and full makeup on HBO's "We're Here" reality TV series last month.

After word of his suspension spread around town, Evansville residents Chris and Erin Sexton launched a GoFundMe page that raised over $40,000 for the defrocked pastor.

The GoFundMe page described Duke, who is heterosexual, as a "man of faith, a father, a husband, a social justice advocate, and ally for the LGBTQIA+ community" who "has fought for a fully inclusive church that is welcoming to people of all races, all genders, and all sexual orientations."

"Unfortunately, Duke's participation in this show caused much turmoil in the church that he was serving at the time and ultimately lead to him being 'relieved of pastoral duties' at that church.

"Craig will continue with a significantly reduced salary until no later than February 28. Obviously, this poses a major challenge to Craig and his family as they determine their next steps."

Duke said he had never heard of the series until he was contacted by Evansville's Pride board, and asked if he'd be interested in participating in the show.

"I was surrounded and immersed in a culture that I've never been immersed in, and one of the things in ministry, if you want to involve people different than yourself in your ministry, you have to go to where people different than you are. The invitation to be part of the show allowed me that."

Duke also said he wanted to participate in the show to support his daughter, who came out as pansexual two years ago.

"I'm hoping it's a bridge — for my daughter, for the church I serve, for the denomination I love and for me — and I'm hoping my voice will become stronger," he said on the show.
 

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Denzel Washington recently revealed what God has been telling him to do every time he prays.

The Academy Award-winning actor was among the speakers at a Christian men's conference hosted by First Baptist Orlando in Florida on Saturday, The Cristian Post reports.

"At 66, getting ready to be 67, having just buried my mother, I made a promise to her and to God, not just to do good the right way, but to honor my mother and my father by the way I live my life, the rest of my days on this Earth. I'm here to serve, to help, to provide," Washington shared at "The Better Man Event."

"In every prayer, all I hear is: 'Feed my sheep.' That's what God wants me to do," the actor added.

"What's that mean? What I found out in the last couple of years is there are all kinds of sheep. So that's why I talk to experienced shepherds to help guide me.

"The world has changed. What is our role as a man? The John Wayne formula is not quite a fit right now. But strength, leadership, power, authority, guidance, patience are God's gift to us as men. We have to cherish that, not abuse it."

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The "Malcolm X" star continued:

"[The Bible] says in the last days we'll become lovers of ourselves. The number one photograph now is a selfie. So we all want to lead. We're willing to do anything — ladies and young men — to be influential... Fame is a monster and we all have these ladders and battles, roads we have to walk in our given lives. Be you famous or whoever's out there listening, we all have our individual challenges. It's cliché [but] money, don't make it better. It doesn't. Fame just magnifies the problems and the opportunities."

The three-time Golden Globes winner added:

"Stay on your knees. Watch me, but listen to God. I hope that the words in my mouth and the meditation of my heart are pleasing in God's sight, but I'm human. I'm just like you. What I have will not keep me on this Earth for one more day. Share what you know, inspire who you can, seek advice. If you want to talk to one someone, talk to the one that can do something about it. Constantly develop those habits."

Washington concluded by acknowledging that although he has money and fame, what he's discovered is that one always needs to leave "room to learn."

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Rihanna's brand Fenty is the defendant in a lawsuit filed by a musician who claims the Savage X Fenty fashion show played the wrong version of a song.

The plaintiff, Jane Doe, who is a musician, claims the song nearly got her decapitated.

Doe claims Rihanna's Fenty brand reached out to use one of her songs during a fashion show last fall.

But the DJ played the wrong version of the song that included a sample of sacred Islamic proverbs being chanted, according to TMZ.

The artist claims she received death threats when the fashion was live-streamed to millions of people around the Muslim world.

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According to the suit, obtained by TMZ, the artist was assured the Fenty brand would play the radio version of the song without the Islamic proverbs.

Despite a public apology from Rihanna following the public backlash, the artist claims she was forced into hiding and lives in fear of her life.

She also can't work to make ends meet and she has lost significant revenue because of threats to decapitate her.

She is asking Rihanna to make her whole financially.

According to reports, Rihanna has earned $1 billion through her business ventures.

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A Nashville pastor is going viral for screaming anti-vaccine scriptures at his congregation.

Conservative pastor Greg Locke of Global Vision Bible Church refers to the coronavirus Delta variant as "nonsense" and telling his congregation: "Do not get vaccinated!"

Locke told his parishioners that if they get vaccinated or show "up with masks and all this nonsense, I will ask you to leave."

Locke said:

"The Delta variant was nonsense then, it is nonsense now. You will not wear masks in this church. I'm telling you right now. Do not get vaccinated, do not get vaccinated. I don't care what you think about me. I don't need your money. I don't need your hand clap. I don't need more people on social media to follow me."

He added that "Joe Biden's days are numbered" and that the only people denying the 2020 election was stolen are "crack-smoking, demon-possessed leftists."

Watch Locke's rant below:
 

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Rev. Kwame Kilpatrick preached his first sermon since he was pardoned by former President Donald Trump on his last day in office.

The 51-year-old disgraced politician walked out of prison a free man in January after serving nearly 8 years of his 28-year sentence for bribery, racketeering, extortion and fraud charges. The crimes were committed while he was Detroit mayor.

By law, Kilpatrick cannot hold public office for 20 years after his conviction. However, Kilpatrick needs money fast.

His family and his debtors were happy to see him released from prison.

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In a recent interview Kwame announced he is about to be remarried. Kilpatrick's first wife, Carlita Kilpatrick (pictured), divorced him in 2018 after 23 years of marriage.

After a crash course in bible studies, Kilpatrick made his first public appearance in the pulpit, preaching a sermon at Historic Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit on Sunday.
 

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An enraged pastor ordered police officers to get out of his church after they arrived with a health inspector to shut the service down.

The incident occurred at the Cave of Adullam Church in Calgary, Canada on Sunday.

The pastor, Artur Pawlowski, looked up to see about police officers escorting the health official into his church.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, the pastor ordered them to "Get out! Get out of this property immediately! Get Out!"

When the health inspector attempted to speak, he shouted, "Out of this property immediately! I don't want to hear a word!"

"OUT! Out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant!"

He continued to scream, "Gestapo is not allowed here. Do you understand English? Out Nazi! Nazis are not welcome here." The police seemed apathetic by the pastor's response to their presence.

The cops slowly turned, and without speaking, exited the church. Cops are generally respectful inside the Lord's house.

Pawlowski addressed the camera directly: "Can you imagine those psychopaths? Passover. The Holiest Christian festival in a year, and they are coming to intimidate Christians during the Holiest festival? Unbelievable!"

Social media users in America and around the world sided with the pastor. Pawlowski grew up in Poland and experienced marxism and communism firsthand.

Here in America, church attendance has declined to a historic low, as politicians use the coronavirus to keep church doors padlocked.
 

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A judge has blocked Lil Nas X's "Satan Shoes" from shipping out to customers. It isn't clear if the few sneaker resellers who bought the shoes will get refunds.

A federal judge blocked MSCHF from shipping out the shoes after Nike filled a lawsuit on Monday, March 29.

According to reports, the Air Max 97 sneakers contained one drop of human blood in the soles.

Parents were furious that Lil Nas X exposed their children to devil worshipping. There is even talk of canceling the one-hit rapper.

In a response to the lawsuit, MSCHF bosses told the court the sneakers are "individually-numbered works of art that were sold to collectors for $1,018 each."

Nike's legal team questioned the marketing of the product. The lawyers said fans believed the brand was part of the marketing scheme

Nike's lawyers responded, "There's no statements that Nike is affiliated."

Lil Nas X is still feeling the backlash from angry fans who believe they were duped.

The "Old Town Road" rapper -- who came out as openly homosexual in 2019 -- said his new music is "who I am and what I stand for"

In a day in the life video with Vogue, he said, "I'm writing about my actual life and things that I’m actually going through. This album will give people a greater sense of who I am and what I stand for."
 

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Rapper Lil Nas X sparked controversy in the religious community with his new video "Montero (Call Me By My Name)."

The Queens admitted they were wrong to co-sign LNX as a role model for their children.

The 21-year-old rapper came under fire for appearing to worship the devil in his music video. In one scene, Lil Nas X kisses the devil and gives Lucifer a lap dance.

The Queens looked puzzled and befuddled. You could almost hear them asking, how could we have been so wrong?

"It's a lot for the kids that are watching," said host Claudia Jordan.

Co-host Syleena Johnson was the most conflicted of the Queens. She straddled the line between expressing support for the LGBT+ community and condemning the Satanic message in LNX's music video.

"Who are the people that are advising him?" Johnson asked. Who is over there saying this is good?"

According to Johnson, Lil Nas X's advisors could have given him better guidance and rejected his anti-religious symbolism.

"Black folk don't play when it come to the Lord," said actress Vivica A. Fox.

"I think that he just went too far," said co-host LisaRaye McCoy, whose granddaughter is a huge LNX fan.

"...[H]e's an artist and he just wanted that shock value, which is what he fed into," she said.

"I don't want my grandbaby seeing that at all now," she said. "I'm like no, and I'm afraid that when she goes to [play] his 'Old Town Road' video, that that one is gon' play next..."
 

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Rapper Mase returned to the pulpit to lead troubled The Gathering Oasis Church in Atlanta.

Mase, real name Mason Betha, was pastor at El Elyon International Church in Atlanta more than a decade ago before leaving to attempt a rap comeback.

He cut ties with the church in 2014 after his long-suffering wife Twyla Betha's divorce filing angered his parishioners. Twyla withdrew her divorce filing and the couple was able to save their marriage.

Cornelius Lindsey, who founded The Gathering Oasis Church, announced Mase's hiring in a statement on Facebook Sunday.

Pastor Lindsey, who recently resigned as leader of the church following allegations of spiritual, financial and psychological abuse, was optimistic about Mase's return to the pulpit.

"I've been encouraged by our conversations and your heart for the people. You come with a fresh vision and renewed hope. I'm thankful for our initial conversation that started out talking about life and slowly unraveled into a serious conversation on transitioning that's brought us to this point today," Lindsey wrote.

In a discussion on YouTube, Mase, 45, said he hopes to lead today's lost youth back to the church. He said the violent crime spree that has gripped Atlanta is a sign from God that his people have lost their way.

"I really see this generation being turned back into God's hands. I think there's been a major challenge with the city like being able to direct people back to God and I really welcome the challenge to do so," he said.

Mega church leader and founder of World Changers Church Creflo Dollar praised Mase and Twyla and he has high hopes for The Gathering Oasis Church.

"We are transitioning over to Pastor Mase and Twyla Betha. You know what an act of love to decide that we can't leave you comfortless," he said. "It reminds me of what Jesus did when he left the earth. He said 'I won't leave you comfortless but I'll give you another comforter which is the Holy Ghost who will lead and guide you and teach you in all things. And that's what I see in this transition tonight. Another comforter."

He added that Mason and Twyla are "anointed to get the job done."

Mase was signed to Sean Combs' Bad Boy Records in the late 1990s. The Grammy-nominated rap artist had six Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 singles and five US Rap No. 1 singles.
 

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Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat representative from Missouri, sparked controversy when he ended a prayer with "amen and a-woman."

On Sunday, Cleaver, who served as pastor at St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Mo., for 37 years, was asked to lead the opening prayer to start the new session of Congress on Sunday.

"We ask it in the name of the monotheistic god, Brahma, and god known by many names by many different faiths," Cleaver said at the end of his prayer.

As theologians pointed out on Monday -- "amen" does not refer to the male gender.

Pastor Cleaver was rebuked by Republican lawmakers in Congress.

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.) tweeted: "Amen is Hebrew for 'so be it.' It's not a gendered word. Unfortunately, facts are irrelevant to progressives. Unbelievable."

A Twitter follower asked Cleaver: "Bruh you do know what Amen means right?"

And a man of the cloth tweeted:

"Dear Representative, As a fellow UMC pastor I am shocked at your [sic] not knowing that amen is a Hebrew word meaning 'so be it.' It has nothing to do with gender or masculinity. I believe you made an honest mistake in ending your Invocation today but please correct it."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also sparked outrage when she announced new gender-neutral house rules for the 117th Congress.

The new rules strips all mention of gender-specific pronouns and terms such as "man," "woman," "mother," "grandmother," "grandfather, "sister," "brother," "daughter" and "son."

Gendered terms are replaced with "parent," "child," "sibling" and "parent's sibling," etc.