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June 1, 1976
The Unification Church rents Yankee Stadium for its Bicentennial God Bless America Festival; Reverend Moon proclaims that America has been invaded by Satan and God has dispatched Moon to save the nation's soul.
An ex-Moonie talks to two atheist on our blog.

June 2, 1987
31 Buddhist monks killed by Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka.

June 3 to June 6, 1984
The Indian army attacks Sikh separatist in the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984 in revenge. See our blog for more on the Sikhs.

June 4, 2007 (published)
Fifty percent of Southern Baptist pastors revealed in a poll they believe the Holy Spirit bestows a "private prayer language" on believers, a repudiation of official denominational policy banning its missionaries from speaking in tongues.

June 7, 2007

Two-thirds of Americans polled said creationism, the idea that God created humans in their present form within the past 10,000 years, is definitely or probably true.

June 8, 2008 (published) Tanzanian officials say witch doctors are marketing albino skin, bones and hair as ingredients in potions that are promised to make people rich.

June 8, 1978
Mormons allow Blacks to become priest. Previously, some Mormons justified the ban by says Blacks were descendants of Cain.

June 8, 632
Muhammad dies in the city of Medina. He is buried within the Mosque of the Prophet in Medina. Next to Muhammad's tomb, there is another empty tomb that Muslims believe awaits Jesus.

June 9, 2004
A popular anti-drug program provided free to schools in San Francisco and elsewhere teaches concepts straight out of the Church of Scientology, including medical theories that some addiction experts described as "irresponsible" and "pseudoscience."

June 10, 1692
Bridget Bishop hanged on Gallows Hill. She was the first of 19 victims of the Salem Witch trials. Arthur Miller's The Crucible on our blog.

June 10, 1797
“The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” --- from the Treaty of Tripoli which was ratified by the entire Congress and signed by President John Adams (right) on June 10, 1797.

June 11, 2007 (publication date)
A fatwa, declaring that the Islamic restriction on unmarried men and women being together, could be lifted at work if the woman breast-fed her male colleagues five times, to establish family ties.

June 12, 1993
The Supreme Court ruled that a Florida city's ban on ritual animal sacrifice violated the religious freedom of the followers of an Afro-Cuban religion in which the sacrifice of animals plays a central role. More on religion and killing animals.

June 13, 2008
U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved a statement calling the use of human embryos in research "gravely immoral" and unnecessary.

June 14, 1954

Eisenhower signs a bill adding "under god" to the pledge of allegiance. In 1955, with Ike's support, Congress added the words "In God We Trust" on all paper money. In 1956 it made the same four words the nation's official motto, replacing "E Pluribus Unum."

June 14, 1966
Pope Paul VI abolished The List of Prohibited Books which was started in 1559. The abolished list had 4,000 titles.

June 15, 2006
World-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking said that the late Pope John Paul II once told scientists they should not study the beginning of the universe because it was the work of God.

June 17, 1993,
A six-year-old girl died after being struck by a moving train in Dania, Florida. She was thrown 20 feet and suffered a broken neck. Her brother had pushed her to safety, but she rushed back onto the tracks to die so she could be in heaven, waiting for her terminally ill mother.

June 18, 1782
Anna Goldi became the last person executed for witchcraft in Switzerland. She was decapitated. On Aug 27, 2008 the Swiss parliament exonerated her on the grounds that she had been subjected to an "illegal trial."

June 19, 2006
The Episcopal Church has elected the world's first female presiding bishop, spurring a reaction of shock, delight and some dismay in the 70-million-member Anglican Communion.

June 20, 2007
(publication date)
A growing number of Mormons are traveling to the ruins of Mexico and Central America. They believe Old Testament tribes settled there after traveling across the ocean and Jesus came to preach after his Resurrection.

June 21, 2007
Druids, clad in antlers, black cloaks and oak leaves, along with drummers, pagans and party goers welcomed the sun as it rose above the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge, England on the longest day of the year -- the summer solstice.

June 22, 1633
Galileo recants “the false opinion that the sun is the center of the world and immovable, and that the earth is not the center of the world, and moves.” The pope apologizes 350-years later (see our blog).

June 23, 2008
An Australian Baptist preacher found bound and dead may have died while attempting an act of auto-erotic asphyxiation.

June 24, 1535
A Catholic army took back the city of Munster from the Anabaptist. A terrible massacre followed.

June 25, 2007
Release of the 16th and final book in the "Left Behind" series. The books have sold more than 65 million copies. They deal with Revelations, the Antichrist, the end of time and the rapture (left) among other things.

June 25, 2006
At the erotica convention in Los Angeles, Pastor Craig Gross, who runs an anti-pornography ministry, handed out hundreds of "Jesus Loves Porn Stars" Bibles. Gross, in his "porn-mobile," is a regular fixture at porn conventions.

June 26, 2007
Santeria finds a following among baseball's Latin American players, who'd rather not discuss it for fear of misperceptions.

June 27, 2007

Joseph Smith, (left) the founder of Mormonism, is assassinated.

June 28, 2007
Three former leaders of an international ministry that counsels gays to change their sexual orientation apologized for their efforts, saying that though they acted sincerely, their message had caused isolation, shame and fear.

June 29, 2004
A Chico, California couple who believe they've experienced a miracle are opening their home to anyone wishing to see what they say is holy oil oozing from an icon on their wall.
Our blog has a photo of Jesus in a kit-kat bar.

June 30, 2004

The Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox church angers Olympic organizers by remarking on the nation's tendency to "screw up".

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