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Michael Seewald, a member of the Duggar’s extended family, has stated that Josh Duggar’s involvement in the Ashley Madison scandal has brought shame to the name of God.
Seewald is the father of Ben, who is husband to Josh’s sister, Jessa. Seewald had supported Josh even after it was revealed earlier this year that Josh had molested five young girls when he was a teenager, reports.
However, after it was revealed that Josh Duggar’s name was on the list of clients who had paid money for an account with Ashley Madison, an adultery website, Seewald stated that “Josh Duggar’s greatest sin is a byproduct of the sum total of his secretly sinful lifestyle. That is, that by his hypocrisy, he blasphemed the name of God.”
“He claimed to be a Christian,” Seewald continued, “but by his deeds he has suggested otherwise.”
Seewald condemned Duggar’s hypocrisy in hiding his pornography addiction while saying such things as “Our family is like the epitome of conservative values” and working on the Family Research Council which, Seewald stated, “exists to promote the traditional family” while Duggar was “undermining his own family by violating his marriage covenant.”
Duggar has since left his wife, Anna, and their four children at home while he checked himself into Reformers Unanimous, a rehab center in Rockford, Illinois.
Seewald does not believe that Duggar has truly repented of his sin.
"True Christians fail often, but their lives are truly being conformed to the image of Christ," he said. "Do not look at Josh and justify your own sins by dismissing the reality of genuine faith and a holy God." 
Publication date: September 1, 2015
Christians in India gathered to pray for the 100 Christians who were killed by Hindu extremists seven years ago.
According to the Christian Post, India’s Christians were remembering the seventh anniversary of the attacks in Orissa.
The Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, His Exc. Mgr. John Barwa SVD said: “The faith of Christians in Orissa has become stronger in the face of persecution.
“They suffered horrific anti-Christian violence. Yet their faith did not waver; on the contrary, they strengthened their faith and love for Christ.”
The attacks happened on Aug. 31, 2008 in Orissa. About 56,000 Christians were left homeless after extremists raided 300 churches and thousands of homes. 
Many of those Christians were from India’s lowest caste system. They are known as “untouchables.”
According to the Christian Post, at least one nun was raped during the attacks.
On Monday, Christian activists and others gathered to honor those attacked in 2008.
"The celebration is an opportunity to reflect on the theme of growing intolerance orchestrated by Hindu extremist groups across the country, and how these ideas have infiltrated the government, police and courts, eroding the values of justice, equality, secularism and citizenship enshrined by the Constitution of India," said human rights activist Jagadish G Chandra.
Publication date: September 1, 2015
Twitter users are poking fun using the hashtag #TrumpBible after Donald Trump refused to name his favorite Bible verse in an interview last week.
When asked to share his favorite Bible verse in a recent interview, Trump stated, “It’s a very personal thing, I don’t like giving that out to people that you hardly know.”
“The Bible means a lot to me, but I don’t want to get into specifics,” he continued.
The Twitter world is now buzzing with mock quotes in which users combine parts of the Bible with popular phrases used by Trump to poke fun at him and his response in the interview.
“Took God 6 days to create the Universe. Bad management. I would've done it faster, cheaper & Satan would pay for it #TrumpBible," Eclectic John said in a tweet.
Dr. Eric Levi tweeted, "And Lo, Jesus said unto Judas Iscariot: 'You're fired' #TrumpBible.”
According to Christian Today, many other tweets mocked Trump’s stance on immigration.
Popular evangelical author and speaker Eric Metaxas also contributed to the hashtag, tweeting, “"Blessed are the dealmakers."
Another popular tweeted stated, "I'm not saying Jesus wasn't born in Bethlehem. I'm just saying show me the birth certificate.”
Although Trump has received a lot of criticism for his failure to name a favorite Bible verse or to go into detail concerning his faith, he has also received support.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said the question Trump was asked was a “gotcha question.”
“You get hit with these gotchas, like most conservatives do,” Palin said. “for instance 'what's your favourite Bible verse?' And I ask 'Did they ask Hillary [Clinton] that? What does it have to do with running for the office of the presidency? Is it anybody's business? These personal gotcha questions really trying to get you, us, anybody running for office off game." 
Polls show that, despite the criticism, Trump is still the leading Republican candidate, even among Evangelicals and conservative Christians. 
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Publication date: September 1, 2015