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December 27, 2013

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Apollo 8 astronaut marks 1968 broadcast to earth

CHICAGO (AP) - An astronaut who was aboard the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon has marked the mission’s 45th anniversary in front of the actual spacecraft.

Retired Captain James Lovell Jr. re-enacted the Apollo 8’s live Christmas Eve broadcast from 1968. During that broadcast, astronauts read the first ten verses of the book of Genesis from the Bible.

On Monday, Lovell and several high school students took turns reading in front of an Apollo 8 module that’s housed at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. Lovell says they chose Genesis because it’s central to three major world religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

According to NASA, millions tuned in during the original broadcast.

Lovell was a command module pilot on Apollo 8 and went on to be commander of Apollo 13.

Huckabee supports “Duck Dynasty” patriarch

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson’s suspension by the A&E network shows that “militant activist groups” want to silence the kind of biblical views that Barack Obama expressed when he was running for president in 2008.

On Fox News Sunday, Huckabee said that when Obama spoke in 2008 at Saddleback Church, he “made it very clear that he opposed same-sex marriage, and he said he did so because he was a Christian and because of his biblical views.”

In that appearance, Obama told Pastor Rick Warren, “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman,” and added, “For me as a Christian, it’s also a sacred union. You know, God’s in the mix.”

Huckabee has launched an online petition calling on A&E to reinstate Robertson to the hit reality series.

He said Christians don’t consider homosexual acts worse than other sins, and believe that all people are sinners in need of God’s forgiveness.

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