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  • Complaints cause atheist-funded billboards in North Carolina to come down

    08/25/2012 3:19:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 86 replies
    Fox ^ | August 25, 2012
    American Atheists and Adams Outdoor Advertising are reportedly removing two Charlotte billboards blasting Christianity and Mormonism following an outpouring of complaints and threats. The Bradenton Herald report that the billboards, which targeted the faiths of President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, went up two weeks ago and were intended to be displayed for the duration of the national conventions.
  • Pussy Riot 2.0: German Catholic Church presses charge copycats (Anti-church movement spreading)

    Three years in prison have become a closer prospect for some German followers of Russian punk band Pussy Riot. The Catholic Church has pressed charges against Cologne Cathedral intruders, who now face longer prison terms than their heroes. The three protesters have been charged with disturbing a religious service which, according to German law, could mean up to three years in jail. "The right to demonstration cannot be set above the right to religious freedom and the religious feelings of the congregation,” Cologne Cathedral’s dean told the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper. Three women from Pussy Riot received a two-year prison sentence...
  • Spanish fresco restoration botched by amateur

    08/22/2012 1:49:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    BBC ^ | August 22, 2012
    Elias Garcia Martinez's Ecce Homo (left) and the "restoration" An elderly parishioner has stunned Spanish cultural officials with an alarming and unauthorised attempt to restore a prized Jesus Christ fresco. Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by Elias Garcia Martinez has held pride of place in the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza for more than 100 years.The woman took her brush to it after years of deterioration due to moisture.Cultural officials said she had the best intentions and hoped it could be properly restored.DonationThe woman, in her 80s, was reportedly upset at the way the fresco had deteriorated and took...
  • The Price of Liberty, Part 2: A Declaration of Dependence

    08/19/2012 9:00:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | August 19, 2012 | Michael Youssef
    Last week, I introduced a new series, titled: The Price of Liberty. In this series, I address the troubling changes occurring in our country, why they are happening, and what to do about them. America, in her generosity and kindness, has always opened her doors to immigrants like me. I am most thankful and appreciative for that. I also want to assure you that many modern-day immigrants want the America envisioned by her Founding Fathers. We want the America of which George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” We want...
  • Shooting at Family Research Council - Shooter Opposed Chick-Fil-A & FRC's Pro-Life Pro-Family Agenda

    08/15/2012 1:35:29 PM PDT · by davidbellow · 43 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 8/15/2012 | David Bellow
    A hero guard was shot today as he stopped a gunman from entering the Family Research Council in Washington DC. The shooting is being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism. Family Research Council is a Christian, conservative based organization. Fox News reports that witnesses say the shooter was speaking out against the Family Research Council's Pro-Life, Pro-Family agenda as he tried to enter the building. A security Guard stopped the shooter to ask where he was going and that is when the security guard was shot. Thankfully, the guard fought back, even after being shot, and was able to...
  • Team USA Athletes: 10 Christian Olympic Medal Winners Glorifying God

    08/12/2012 6:13:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/12/2012 | Christine Thomasos
    Christian athletes were a major part of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and Team USA's athletes managed to bring home multiple gold, silver and bronze medals across a wide range of sports. Although many athletes utilized their faith while training and competing, here are 10 Christians who managed to bring home a coveted medal from the Olympic Summer Games. 1. Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics, 2 gold Twitter: @gabrielledoug Gabby Douglas may only be 16, but she took the world by storm when she became the first African-American gymnast and first woman of color to become the individual all-around champion in...
  • The Jews who saved the Christians from IslamoFascists' genocide in the Middle East - 1860

    08/11/2012 9:33:46 PM PDT · by Milagros · 6 replies
    Yitschak Ben Gad: "Politics, lies, and videotape: 3,000 Questions and Answers on the Mideast Crisis," SP Books, 1991, 479 pp.p. 245 Q: What is known about the massacre of 1860? A: In 1860, the Lebanese Druze attacked the Christian Maronites. Thousands of men, women and children were murdered. The Christians sent forth a desperate plea for help to the European powers in order to save them from complete annihilation... Q: Who came to the aid of the Christians? A: Sir Moses Montefiore, the well-known British Jewish leader, astonished by the disaster that befell the Lebanese Christians, did his utmost to...
  • Madonna is a 'slut', says Russia's deputy Prime Minister

    "slut" after she used a St Petersburg concert to show support for Pussy Riot, the radical punk band currently on trial for singing a protest song against the president, Vladimir Putin. On Twitter, Rogozin wrote: "With age, every former s. tries to lecture everyone on morality." While he didn't use the whole word for "slut", just an initial, Russian speakers are clear that was what he meant. As the Sun reports, he added: "Either take off your cross, or put on your knickers." Earlier, at a Moscow gig on Tuesday, Madonna performed one song wearing a balaclava in emulation of...
  • Four Things Christians Can Do During Ramadan

    08/09/2012 12:11:39 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 55 replies
    It’s about midway through the Islamic season of Ramadan, an annual period of fasting and reflection for Muslims. Around the world, millions of Muslims are fasting, praying, reading the Qur’an, and striving for purity in thought and deed. The post below was published last year during Ramadan, and contains some useful ideas for Christians to consider during Ramadan...
  • Atheist Tolerance Revealed

    08/09/2012 10:03:00 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 32 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | August 9, 2012 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    It began innocently enough: a little unscientific sociological experiment born out of a coffee chat with a friend. How are Christians viewed in today’s ‘modern’ society? The question was stored in the back of my mind for quite a while, waiting for the right moment to be revealed. Social media presented the opportunity to get the ball rolling, and roll it did. A Twitter re-tweet from an atheist telling a person of faith “…your God isn’t real.” The arrogance of the statement was obvious. A mortal human believed she possessed the knowledge to single-handedly discount the possibility of a ‘higher...
  • gay hipsters harassing an old black man reading a Bible

    08/05/2012 2:17:20 PM PDT · by moneyrunner · 13 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 8/5/2012 | Moneyrunner
    [check link for the video] These are the people the mainstream media are rooting for. The man reading the Bible, I am sure, relates to Dan Cathy. Via Ann Sorock at Legal Insurrection A good question for these times, are these homosexuals racist? Speaking truth to power? Note the "accusation" written in chalk on the sidewalk telling us he's really gay; are they saying that there's something wrong with that? If I were into conspiracy theories I would suspect that Chick-fil-A hired a bunch of actors to stage this little play as a way of discrediting the same sex marriage...
  • Has the Tenor of Christianity Changed Since the Founding? - [Vanity]

    08/05/2012 8:53:59 AM PDT · by dagogo redux · 29 replies
    8/5/12 | dagogo redux
    If I understand correctly, the ObamaCare Mandate began to take effect on the Catholic Church a few days ago. I only knew this because my wife was listening to EWTN on the car radio - otherwise, it seems not to have made any stir nor garnered any headlines, and was mentioned only in passing even on that station. Although America has been a nation of amazing strength, integrity and vitality, founded by Christians of great fervor who largely came to this land seeking freedom of religion, and although it is still a largely Christian nation, it is now surrendering, without...
  • Chick-fil-A gay rights boycott backfires (Mild Barf Alert)

    08/04/2012 7:48:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Lehigh Valley Morning Call ^ | August 4, 2012 | Paul Carpenter
    Taking a page from Terry Rakolta's book on how to use righteous indignation to suppress the freedoms of others, some gay activists and their supporters decided to teach the Chick-fil-A people a lesson. Chick-fil-A became a target for a boycott organized by somebody — it's not exactly clear who — because the fast-food chain's president, Dan Cathy, had the audacity to express his personal views about marriage, which did not comport with those of certain gay activists. Cathy had divulged that he supports "the biblical definition of the family unit." That outraged some politicians, including Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who...
  • Chick-fil-A flap reveals true gay agenda

    08/04/2012 3:40:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 56 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/3/2012 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    The homosexual lobby wants to outlaw Christianity. This is the real meaning behind the uproar over Chick-fil-A. The chicken sandwich franchise has become a lightning rod for the culture war. Liberals despise it; conservatives back it. Supporters of gay marriage want to prevent the Atlanta-based chain from expanding, demanding new restaurant permits be denied. The reason: Its CEO Dan Cathy opposes same-sex marriage. In an interview with the Baptist Press, Mr. Cathy was asked his views on the issue. He said that he supports the “biblical definition of the family unit.” Meaning — horror of all horrors — that Mr....
  • 5 Reasons Why the Church Failed Yesterday (Re: Chick-fil-A appreciation day) [Meh!]

    08/03/2012 3:34:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies ^ | August 2, 2012 | Matthew Paul Turner
    Thousands and thousands and thousands of people proudly lined up to support Mike Huckabee’s “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” yesterday. By all accounts, it was a successful campaign, perhaps one of Huckabee’s most memorable actions, a deed that might warrant etching “#ChickFilA” on his tombstone so future Americans will learn of the greatness that occurred on August 1, 2012. Many of yesterday’s appreciators were born again Christians, people who, I can only assume, claim to love God, put their trust in Jesus, and have a desire that all people hear and experience the Good News of Christ. That fact alone changes the...
  • Doug Mendenhall: If you're happy and you know it show some love (Blech!)

    08/03/2012 1:54:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Abilene Reporter-News ^ | August 3, 2012 | Doug Mendenhall
    "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands," goes the bouncy little song that's been a favorite of Sunday school teachers for decades. "If you're happy and you know it, shout 'Amen!'" Preschoolers will sing that song over and over, shouting "Amen!" more bouncily each time, until savvy Sunday school teachers switch to "The Lord is In His Holy Temple" to settle them back down before the classroom turns into a mosh pit. As those preschoolers mature, they learn that shouting, "Amen," turns out not to be the central task of Christians. Jesus teaches us that it is...
  • Alawi Islam (Info on Alawi Islam in Syria - Religion of Assad)

    The Alawis, who number about 1,350,000 in Syria and Lebanon, constitute Syria's largest religious minority. Historically they have been called Nusayris, Nusairis, Namiriya or Ansariyya. They live chiefly along the coast in Al Ladhiqiyah Province, where they form over 60 percent of the rural population; the city of Latakia itself is largely Sunni. The Alawi sect, which integrates doctrines from other religions -- in particular from Christianity -- arose from a split within the Ismailite sect. The Alawis appear to be descendants of people who lived in this region at the time of Alexander the Great. When Christianity flourished in...
  • Tell Mayors Not To Be Afraid Of Homo Nazis (Quinn's Words) - ChickFilA

    08/01/2012 7:29:07 AM PDT · by joeclarke · 14 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 08/01/2012 | JoeClarke.Net
    Morning radio show host extraordinaire Jim Quinn, who can be heard with his partner Rose online at WPGB FM radio Pittsburgh, rightly called the gay bullies, who stage "Kiss Ins" at Chick Fil As, and have raided Catholic services dressed as transvestite clowns - "Homo Nazis," and he is one of the few who is not homophobic. The real homophobes are those mayors, ministers, politicians, academics, press, and presidents of businesses like Home Depot and Amazon.Com, who will instantaneously bend over frontwards to appease the overbearing gay community. Tell the actual  homophobes, like the mayors of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco...
  • Inside Syria: Aleppo’s Christians arm against Islamists

    07/31/2012 9:34:08 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 11 replies ^ | 31JUL12 | Hugh Macleod, Annasofie Flamand and a reporter inside Syria
    ALEPPO, Syria and BEIRUT, Lebanon — As evidence mounts that foreign Islamists are fighting alongside Syria’s increasingly radicalized rebels, Christians in Aleppo and elsewhere are taking up arms, often supplied by the regime. “We saw what happened to the Christians in Iraq,” Abu George, a Christian resident of Aleppo’s Aziza district told GlobalPost. “What is going on in Aleppo is not a popular revolution for democracy and freedom. The fighters of the so-called Free Syrian Army are radical Sunnis who want to establish an Islamic state.” While the 30-year-old shopkeeper said he had not received any direct threats from Syria’s...

    07/24/2012 4:50:47 PM PDT · by wmfights · 43 replies
    Theological Studies ^ | Michael J. Vlach, Ph.D
    IMPACT OF PLATONISM ON ESCHATOLOGY Randy Alcorn has specifically addressed the impact of Platonism on Christian eschatology. In doing so he has coined the term, Christoplatonism. As the title suggests, Christoplatonism is a philosophy that “has blended elements of Platonism with Christianity.”46 But as he points out, this merger is not a good thing since this mixture of Platonism with Christianity “has poisoned Christianity and blunted its distinct differences from Eastern religions.”47 According to Alcorn, Christoplatonism’s pervasive influence 41 Blaising, “Premillennialism,” 162. 42 Russell D. Moore, “Personal and Cosmic Eschatology,” in A Theology for the Church, ed. Daniel L. Akin...
  • Marriage Talking Points [How to Effectively Portray and Defend True Definition]

    07/30/2012 12:15:56 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Answering the Toughest Questions Strong majorities of Americans oppose gay marriage. Supporters of SSM therefore seek to change the subject to just about anything: discrimination, benefits, homosexuality, gay rights, federalism, our sacred constitution. Our goal is simple: Shift the conversation rapidly back to marriage. Don’t get sidetracked. Marriage is the issue. Marriage is what we care about. Marriage really matters. It’s just common sense. I. THE MOST EFFECTIVE SINGLE SENTENCE: Extensive and repeated polling agrees that the single most effective message is: "Gays and Lesbians have a right to live as they choose, they don’t have the right...
  • Daryl Lease hating on Chick-fil-A

    07/28/2012 8:45:00 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 20 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 7/28/2012 | Moneyrunner
    Our boy Daryl writes editorials for the Virginian Pilot, which explains the god-awful writing, the bigotry, the stupidity and the hatred for Christians that is found on the Virginian Pilot’s pages on any random day. He explains to us in those oh-so-reasonable ways that is a pitch-perfect illustration of the ways in which Liberals condescend to people with whom they disagree, that being a supporter of traditional marriage, as it has been understood for millennia, is exactly the same as wishing to enslave black people. He tells us that “I'm not inclined to support groups that work to prolong our...
  • We’re Inclusive. Except for You. And You. Oh, and You, Too.

    07/28/2012 5:33:27 AM PDT · by rhema · 7 replies
    Citizen Link ^ | 7/25/12 | Jeff Johnston
    I have to laugh when I read that a group excludes others because it is inclusive. And then I think, are you even listening to yourself? As Inigo Montoya says, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Such illogic, “I’m tolerant and inclusive, so I’m excluding you” is on display again. This time it’s from The Jim Henson Company, which describes itself as “an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years.” This announcement is on its Facebook page: The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness...

    07/27/2012 7:19:56 PM PDT · by kindred · 5 replies
    The Ignorant ^ | 7/26/12 | GWZ I.F.
    Contemplating what God has graciously done for hell-deserving sinners ought to encourage and thrill the soul of every blood-bought child of God! As the hymn writer has said, "Oh to grace how great a debtor, daily I'm constrained to be!" (Robert Robinson). Paul, in referring to the redemption and forgiveness that believers have in Christ, spoke of "the RICHES of His GRACE" (Ephesians 1:7). Elsewhere he said, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Corinthians 15:10). God has given to every believer everlasting consolation (eternal encouragement) and good hope through grace (2 Thess. 2:16-17). "For...
  • FIRST-PERSON: We dare not chicken out [Support Chick-Fil-A]

    07/27/2012 1:46:37 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    If you're even a semi-regular BreakPoint listener, you've no doubt heard Chuck Colson -- and me -- talk about "breaking the spiral of silence." We've warned about the dangers of remaining silent on critical issues even when our opinions are unpopular or counter-cultural -- probably especially when they're unpopular and counter-cultural. Even when it appears that the argument is "settled," that the public has "moved on," and we'd better "get with the program." And we've pointed out that, sometimes, breaking the spiral of silence can come with a price. Well, as you know by now, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy said...
  • Billy Graham Makes Statement on Chick-fil-a [Rahm Emmanuel Must Hate Him, too!]

    07/26/2012 12:02:12 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    True Value Experience ^ | 26 July 2012 | Reid Guy
    Today world renown pastor and evangelist made a public statement in support of Chick-fil-a, and the controversy that surrounds the company’s stance against gay-marriage. Graham is a proponent of the biblical position of marriage being between one man and one woman. His statement is as follows: “I want to express my support for my good friends Truett Cathy and his son Dan Cathy, and for their strong stand for the Christian faith. I’ve known their family for many years and have watched them grow Chick-fil-A into one of the best businesses in America while never compromising their values. Chick-fil-A serves...
  • Is Liberal Christianity Worth Saving?

    07/25/2012 3:03:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/25/2012 | Ken Connor
    The recent General Convention of the Episcopal Church has prompted a broader discussion of the fate of liberal Christianity. No surprise—the Episcopal Church has been one of the most aggressively liberal influences in American Christianity in the past few years, pushing hard against the traditions of the broader Anglican Communion. In The New York Times, Ross Douthat goes so far as to ask, "Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?" But that question necessarily prompts two others: What is Liberal Christianity, and Should it be saved? Liberal Christianity is dying on the vine. Mainline denominations are taking big hits across the board....
  • Replacing "In God We Trust" With Government? (pic)

    07/25/2012 10:12:59 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-24-12 | The Looking Spoon
    This was inspired by a tweet I favorited from @RaulCorrea, I snarked it up a bit. You can see the original tweet here.
  • 5 Values We Don't Teach the Way We Should In America

    07/24/2012 6:30:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | July 24, 2012 | John Hawkins
    "Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late." -- Thomas Sowell We like to think of children as innocent little angels. Of course, that's only true in the sense that there aren't any three year olds who've stabbed their cousins to death for drug money or set up a stock swindle designed to bilk senior citizens out of their life savings. Children are not naturally good. To the contrary, they begin their lives as selfish, completely self-absorbed little savages whose entire world revolves around meeting...
  • Bachelorettes and Humanae Vitae

    07/20/2012 9:01:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    First Things ^ | 7/19/12 | Russell E. Saltzman
    I am rethinking Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical condemning artificial birth control. Well, actually not rethinking since I cannot remember ever thinking about it much at all, ever, except dismissively. So best to say, I am considering it seriously for the first time. I actually sat down to read it. This, I admit, is a bit unusual for a Lutheran pastor, or for any Protestant, pastor or not. The subject of preventing unwanted pregnancy artificially or of being open to any pregnancy at any time cannot be located on any spiritual GPS we use. Among Roman Catholic teachings,...
  • Turkey, Saudi Arabia promoting stricter Islam in Albania

    07/20/2012 4:27:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    CNA ^ | 7/20/2012
    Other countries’ propagation of a stricter form of Islam in Albania is causing tensions with Christians and with other Muslims, a charity leader says. Peter Rettig, head of the South-East Europe Section of the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, said that young imams trained in Turkey and Saudi Arabia are spreading “a different form of Islam from what is customary” in Albania. The countries are strongly promoting the building of Islamic schools. “This is leading to tensions,” he told Aid to the Church in Need. The Catholic charity’s project partners have reported incidents that are “not dramatic”...
  • Chick-fil-A president: Gay marriage is ‘inviting God’s judgment on our nation’ [AUDIO]

    07/18/2012 4:46:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 18, 2012 | Steven Nelson
    Dan Cathy, the president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, said in a radio interview this week that same-sex marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.” Appearing on “The Ken Coleman Show,” Cathy spoke of his company’s pride in its socially conservative character, but then offered an assessment of same-sex marriage that might lose the popular fast food chain a few customers. “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” said Cathy. “I pray God’s mercy on...
  • Chick-Fil-A cops to being anti-gay: ‘guilty as charged’ says company president

    07/18/2012 12:39:30 PM PDT · by kevcol · 45 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | July 18, 2012 | Anthony Bartkewicz
    Fast food chain Chick-Fil-A has been accused of being anti-gay for supporting organizations such as Focus on the Family, which oppose gay marriage. Company president Dan Cathy said this week that his company is “guilty as charged.” In an interview with the Baptist Press, Cathy said Chick-Fil-A is “very much supportive of the family - the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
  • Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?

    07/15/2012 4:35:34 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 14 2012 | ROSS DOUTHAT
    IN 1998, John Shelby Spong, then the reliably controversial Episcopal bishop of Newark, published a book entitled “Why Christianity Must Change or Die.” Spong was a uniquely radical figure — during his career, he dismissed almost every element of traditional Christian faith as so much superstition — but most recent leaders of the Episcopal Church have shared his premise. Thus their church has spent the last several decades changing and then changing some more, from a sedate pillar of the WASP establishment into one of the most self-consciously progressive Christian bodies in the United States. Go to Columnist Page »...
  • The Best Argument Against Christianity (No, it's not the problem of evil)

    07/15/2012 5:53:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Confident Christian ^ | 07/15/2012 | Robin Schumacher
    A short while back, I had lunch with a Christian friend of mine I hadn’t seen in a while. Roger owns the largest Microsoft consulting company in our area of the country, is a good businessman, and a solid believer.We got to talking about work and he surprised me by saying “I really don’t like doing business with other Christians.” When I asked him why, he told me that once the other business finds out he’s a Christian, they take what he called “extensions of grace”. He explained that it could take the form of not paying on time, not...
  • Look where Delta Force general (Boykin) is headed

    07/13/2012 6:18:52 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    WND ^ | July 13, 2012 | Unknown
    Retired Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin, whose fiery exhortations to protect America from encroaching Shariah law and other dangers have highlight headlines in recent months, has been named executive vice president of Family Research Council. According to today’s announcement, he will be tasked with the responsibility of overseeing day-to-day operations including policy, church ministries, finance, development, communications, human resources, facilities, information technology, constituent communications and customer service. An original member of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force, he ultimately commanded the elite team in combat operations, and later led the Army’s Green Berets as well as the Special Warfare Center and...
  • Ouija Board Helps Psychologists Probe the Subconscious

    07/09/2012 7:05:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 72 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 7/5/12 | Clare Wilson
    Beloved of spiritualists and bored teenagers on a dare, the Ouija board has long been a source of entertainment, mystery and sometimes downright spookiness. Now it could shine a light on the secrets of the unconscious mind. The Ouija, also known as a talking board, is a wooden plaque marked with the words, "yes", "no" and the letters of the alphabet. Typically a group of users place their hands on a movable pointer , or "planchette", and ask questions out loud. Sometimes the planchette signals an answer, even when no one admits to moving it deliberately. Believers think the answer...
  • Did you know that Atheists have the lowest retention rate of any “religious” group? (from CARA)

    07/09/2012 1:47:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 8, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is widely thought that Catholics are terrible in retaining members, and that Catholics are leaving the Church in droves.It is a fact that there are about 22.5 million people in the U.S. who were baptized and raised Catholic, but who no longer self-identify as Catholic. A huge number to be sure.But to be fair, the Catholic Church is huge to start with. There are 68 million Catholics in the US (in 2011), a number that dwarfs the second place finisher, Southern Baptists who report 16 million. Then come Methodists (7.6 million), then Mormons (6.1 million), etc., et al.[1]In other...
  • Will Gay Marriage Become Legal in all 50 States?

    07/09/2012 10:25:43 AM PDT · by pinochet · 16 replies
    Now that Obama is openly supporting gay marriage, all that it takes is one Supreme Court decision, to make gay marriage legal in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy is the conservative Justice who loves to pander to the gay lobby, as we saw in Lawrence vs. Texas. Chief Justice Roberts has proven to be an unreliable vote for conservative causes. What the American people wish for, no longer matters. The gay lobby is the most powerful lobby in America, and it cannot be stopped. Most of the rich and powerful people driving the gay marriage agenda are not gay...
  • Young Americans, Faithless and Fatherless

    07/06/2012 8:33:43 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 15 replies ^ | July 5, 2012 | Michael Brown
    According to a recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, almost one in three Americans under the age of 30 doubt that God exists, while, in contrast, the figure for Americans over the age of 65 is less than one in ten. Could there be a connection between the fatherlessness of this younger generation and their struggles with faith? According to a theory called “the psychology of atheism,” the answer might well be yes. But first, some caveats. 1) There are many reasons why people struggle with the issue of faith, so it would be wrong to think that...
  • Is meritocracy undermining Christianity?

    07/06/2012 6:56:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 07/06/2012 | By Matt K. Lewis
    In what starts out as an American Interest book review of Christopher Hayes' "Twilight of the Elites," Walter Russell Mead makes some fascinating points about the downside of meritocracy. If Hayes makes a secular liberal argument in bringing "skepticism to the McNamara-Obama vision of a technocratic, meritocratic society run by the 'best and the brightest'," Mead also makes a compelling case for why meritocracy presents unique challenges for people of faith.In short, unlike feudal societies where it was natural for one to believe his lot in life was predestined by the Almighty, meritocratic societies give the winners the illusion that...
  • Counter-Jihadist: Is the Bible and Koran equally violent? How Leftist Say So and Why It Ain’t True

    07/04/2012 3:22:07 PM PDT · by damonw · 9 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 7-4-12 | Damon Whitsell
    SNIPIT: "Is the Bible as violent as the Koran? The answer is YES, if you talk to many Muslims and Liberals. But is it really? The following is short discussion I had with a liberal about the subject. I hope to show you that it is not and that all non-Muslims should be uniting and working against Islam, not only because it is an institution that is a Human Rights nightmare, but because Islam really does have the submission of the whole world to Islam as it’s goal. When you bring up the Koran or Hadith, many scream context context...
  • Dallas pastor reprimands congregation .. for opposing Obama’s stance on marriage equality

    07/02/2012 7:57:21 AM PDT · by Cronos · 48 replies
    Chron ^ | 30 June 2012 | Pastor Haynes
    In a sermon posted on the web last Friday, Senior Pastor Frederick D. Haynes III of the Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas blasted his congregation and other pastors for their outrage over Obama’s announcement, and, unflinchingly declared his support for the president gay community.Haynes said of Obama: “He swore to uphold, protect, and defend the Constitution – not the Bible, but the Constitution of the United States. He is not the pastor of the United States, he is the President of the United States. And for the first time in the history of this nation we have a president who...
  • “Jesus Didn’t Condemn Homosexuality”

    06/30/2012 6:03:19 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 98 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | Not Dated | Kyle Butt, M.A.
    By and large, the American culture is aggressively promoting the sinful lifestyle of homosexuality. In the midst of such pressure, many people who call themselves Christians are caving in and accepting this perverted lifestyle in spite of God’s clear teachings against it (Butt, 2003). Just recently, the country singer Carrie Underwood stated that her Christian faith lead her to support gay marriage (Nilles, 2012). In truth, the life and teachings of Jesus Christ could never be accurately understood to lead a person to conclude that homosexual marriage is moral (Miller and Harrub, 2004). One of the most common arguments made...
  • As the U.S. Air Force Academy grows hostile toward Christianity, fires threaten the institution

    06/28/2012 8:18:12 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 9 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | June 28, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    As this article notes, "Dozens of House lawmakers accused the U.S. Air Force this week of being 'hostile towards religion.'" But those lawmakers are mistaken. It's not religion in general which the Air Force is becoming hostile toward. It is Christianity. Jean Bodin, in his work "De la Demonomanie des Sorciers," writes, "Sorcier est celuy qui par moyens Diaboliques sciemment s'efforce de paruenir a quel que chose" - A sorcerer is one who by commerce with the Devil has a full intention of attaining his own ends." The Air Force Academy, while growing ever more hostile toward Christianity and the...
  • President Barack Obama and Muslim Agenda

    06/27/2012 7:46:04 AM PDT · by se99tp · 19 replies
    ChristianConceptsDaily ^ | June 27th, 2012 | Avi Lipkin
    But worse than a so-called "Christian" president doing the bidding of the Arab/Islamic agenda, is a Muslim president flying under the radar with no one politically incorrect enough to stand up and say: "The emperor has no clothes!" Today, the United States has a president by the name of Mubarack Hussein Obama. Until proven otherwise I believe he is a Muslim.
  • Christianity on the Decline in Australia; Eastern Faiths Increasing

    06/26/2012 11:49:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/26/2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A national census has revealed that while most Australians profess Christianity as a belief, the religion as a whole in the country has been on a steady decline, while the number adherents of Eastern faiths like Buddhism and Hinduism has grown. The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently revealed its first set of findings for 2011, which showed that Christianity remains the dominant religion among Australia's 21,507,717 population, and was claimed as the faith of practice by 61.1 percent of respondents – although that figure was down by almost 3 percent from 63.9 percent in 2006. Of those Christians, 25.3 percent...
  • Film on Jesus Promises to Be ‘The Worst Story Ever Told’

    06/23/2012 8:22:46 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 16 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 23, 2012 | JP
    Paul Verhoeven is known for such films as “Basic Instinct,” in which a character portrayed by actress Sharon Stone uncrosses her legs and shockingly reveals her female privates, and “Showgirls,” about a stripper who aspires to be a Vegas showgirl. Given not only those films, but his entire body of work – “(e)xplicitly violent and/or sexual content ”are his trademarks, according to Wikipedia – there is hardly any filmmaker less worthy of making a picture about Jesus Christ. But that’s precisely what Verhoeven intends to do. In fact, the Hollywood trades reported this week that the Dutch filmmaker has managed...
  • Film on Jesus Promises to Be ‘The Worst Story Ever Told’

    06/23/2012 8:22:46 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 19 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 23, 2012 | JP
    Paul Verhoeven is known for such films as “Basic Instinct,” in which a character portrayed by actress Sharon Stone uncrosses her legs and shockingly reveals her female privates, and “Showgirls,” about a stripper who aspires to be a Vegas showgirl. Given not only those films, but his entire body of work – “(e)xplicitly violent and/or sexual content ”are his trademarks, according to Wikipedia – there is hardly any filmmaker less worthy of making a picture about Jesus Christ. But that’s precisely what Verhoeven intends to do. In fact, the Hollywood trades reported this week that the Dutch filmmaker has managed...
  • Dem Congressman Al Green Calls For Hearings On The “Radicalization of Christians” In America…

    06/21/2012 6:09:00 AM PDT · by CaptainKrunch · 28 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | June 20, 2012 | Zip
    First give us one example of Christians trying to turn themselves into human bombs and we’ll go from there. (NEWSER) – Peter King’s latest hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims are under way, and a Democratic lawmaker used his allotted time to wonder why there are no hearings on radical Christians as well. Texas’ Al Green, the grandson of a Christian minister, said in his five-minute speech that he “oppose[s] hearings that don’t focus on the entirety of radicalization,” reports the Raw Story.“People who see the hearings and never hear about the hearing on the radicalization of Christianity have to ask...