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  • Ignorance and Illogicality of Many Atheists

    10/20/2014 4:25:09 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 6 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 20 October 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    I often share on my personal Facebook page posts by Freedom From Atheism Foundation (FFAF) . This group provides many snappy and ready quotations, slogans and images that are perfectly suited to Facebook and in general to today's many time-poor and attention-span-even-poorer people. The problem is that somebody who hasn't bothered to take the effort to examine a topic like the existence of God needs much more than a few lines or a graphic, which is why I think that I'll put the brakes on this habit of mine. The last straw has been the following exchange of comments...
  • 24 Crazy Facts About Global Christianity in the 21st Century

    10/16/2014 6:48:59 AM PDT · by millegan · 6 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | Oct 16, 2014 | ChurchPOP
    The global face of Christianity has changed dramatically in the last one hundred years. So much so, that everything that seemed so permanent about “the way the world was” no longer holds. Information courtesy of PewForum, here’s where things stand:
  • City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons [Dealing With Homosexuality]

    10/15/2014 8:14:40 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 155 replies
    Fox ^ | Published October 14, 2014 | By Todd Starnes
    The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. “The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.” ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five...
  • More Than 1,800 Pastors Advocate For Political Speech Rights in Church

    10/15/2014 5:38:22 AM PDT · by PROCON · 19 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Oct. 13, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) - So far this year, more than 1,800 pastors across the United States have participated in Pulpit Freedom Sunday, an annual event hosted by Alliance Defending Freedom that advocates for pastors’ right to speak on politics from the pulpit without fear of losing their churches’ tax exempt status. Pulpit Freedom Sunday, which started Oct. 5 and runs through Election Day on Nov. 4, first began in 2008 with only 33 participating pastors.
  • ISIS ‘Declares War on Christians’

    10/14/2014 5:12:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    INN ^ | 10/14/2014, 4:00 PM | Dalit Halevy, Tova Dvorin
    Islamic State (ISIS) has published a new edition of the propaganda booklet Dabiq, which is again signaling its primary enemy—Christianity. On the cover page of the booklet is a photo of the Vatican bearing the ISIS flag, along with the terror group’s desires to conquer Rome and “break the cross.” According to some Islamic traditions, the founder of Islam Mohammed predicted that the occupation of the three cities of Istanbul, Jerusalem and Rome pave the way for the appearance of the Mahdi, the Islamic Messiah. The declaration surfaces amid growing concern over the widespread persecution of Christians in the Middle...
  • A Scene of Place

    10/14/2014 2:35:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    The other day one of those visiting hot-shots from out of town, aka expert consultants, was explaining what a wonderful addition our new Technology Park downtown was going to be. Oh, and by the way, to make way for it, an old building would have to be torn down. It had been neglected for years anyway, so who would miss that old eyesore anyway? Because the tech park would create a new "sense of place." The phrase stuck in the mind, like a sharp arrow. Can a sense of place really be created new -- from scratch? Sure thing. Just...
  • If Your Pastor Has A $60k A Year Clothing Allowance, You Probably Should Leave That Church

    10/12/2014 5:12:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2014 | Doug Giles
    Last Thursday evening I had my pastor over to Casa de Giles to enjoy one of my fine cigars with the family and me. During the course of catching up, I found out that several new families from a local South Florida mega-church had left that zoo and had joined our church. The reason why they said they absconded had me gobsmacked – and I’m a hard critter to shock. Having been in the ministry for twenty-five years, I’ve pretty much heard it all and have seen it all, but I wasn’t ready for this curve ball. This time it...
  • Why I Oppose Liberalism

    10/11/2014 4:18:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Liberalism is an ideology of parasites, hypocrites, grievance mongers, victims, and control freaks. Like a tick, liberalism latches onto a victim and sucks him dry. Of course, a single tick can’t gorge itself on so much blood that it does to a dog what liberalism did to Detroit. It doesn’t turn the different parts of the dog against each other. The tick doesn’t tell everyone he’s a victim and that the dog is greedy if he tries to scratch it off. You can’t be both a good Christian and a good liberal because they’re incompatible and liberalism makes no exceptions...
  • Why do so many liberals despise Christianity?

    10/09/2014 10:51:00 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 43 replies
    The Week ^ | Oct. 8, 2014 | Damon Linker
    Liberals increasingly want to enforce a comprehensive, uniformly secular vision of the human good. And they see alternative visions of the good as increasingly intolerable. Liberalism seems to have an irrational animus against Christianity.
  • The End of an Era that Ended Long Ago: Maria Von Trapp, RIP

    10/09/2014 3:46:52 AM PDT · by rhema · 19 replies
    MovieGuide.org ^ | Sept. 2014 | Jerry Newcombe
    Earlier this year, an event happened that did not receive wide notice. The last of the Von Trapp Family Singers, the last of the children—the real ones—died. Her name was Maria—not to be confused with the lady played by Julie Andrews, Maria Augusta Trapp, who died in 1987. Maria Von Trapp’s death in February 2014 marks the end of an era. The Sound of Music deserves its accolades as the Movie of the Year (1965) and one of the finest films ever made. Even my one-year-old granddaughter is mesmerized by the puppet scene. As a film it is an icon....
  • Why do so many liberals despise Christianity?

    10/08/2014 8:10:44 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 74 replies
    The Week ^ | Oct. 8, 2014 | Damon Linker
    Liberals increasingly want to enforce a comprehensive, uniformly secular vision of the human good. And they see alternative visions of the good as increasingly intolerable.... Palmer... expresses "ambivalence," "suspicion," and "visceral discomfort" ... that these men and women are motivated to make "long-term commitments to address the health problems of poor Africans," to "risk their lives," and to accept poor compensation (and sometimes none at all) because of their Christian faith. The question is why he considers this a problem... Gordon College, a small Christian school north of Boston, is facing the possibility of having its accreditation revoked... In accordance...
  • The Beauty of the Country of Marriage

    10/07/2014 5:21:27 AM PDT · by rhema · 5 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | Oct. 7, 2014 | Matthew J. Franck
    Public Discourse recently published a very important essay titled “Breaking the Silence,” in which Janna Darnelle wrote with heartbreaking candor of what she and her children have suffered since her ex-husband abandoned their marriage, married another man under state law, and obtained joint custody of their children. When Darnelle’s essay was published, I had just finished reading Anthony Esolen’s new book Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity. As I read her essay, I realized that her story encapsulated nearly every one of the book’s arguments. Anthony Esolen is well-known to readers of Public Discourse, and his writings adorn many other...
  • College Orders Student to 'Dumb Down' Religious Show

    10/04/2014 4:28:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The folks in the drama department at Cape Fear Community College are just fine with staging productions about rape and incest. But when it comes to staging a show with Christian themes – well, that’s a problem.So says Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious advocacy group that claims the school’s drama instructor ordered a student to “dumb down” the religious nature of an upcoming production because it might offend and anger people. ADF attorney Travis Barham wrote a letter to the college alleging that drama instructor Jack Landry told Justin Graves he “could not support the overtly Christian show” because the...
  • Isis Threat to Crucify Lebanon's Christians as Islamic State Prepare to Cross Syria Border

    10/01/2014 1:42:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 9/30/2014 | Jack Moore
    Christians in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley have begun arming themselves in preparation for an Isis (now known as the Islamic State) offensive as it seeks to expand its territorial control outside of Syria. Up to 3,000 militants from the Islamic State and other jihadists occupy the mountain range between Lebanon and Syria near the Sunni town of Arsal. As IS seek to grab land outside of the mountain caves and farms they currently control, Christian volunteers have now created village defence forces to protect against the Sunni militants who have taken up to 21 Lebanese soldiers and policemen hostage. "We are...
  • Did Obama use a "No True Scotsman" fallacy when talking recently about Islam and Muslims?

    10/02/2014 7:54:42 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 99 replies
    10/2/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Some people - and quite a few atheists - have made hay over Obama's comments, primary among them being Obama's comment that "No religion condones the killing of innocents." Inherent within Obama's statement is that no TRUE Muslim would ever kill innocent people, be they men, women or children. As such, this would fall within the parameters of the "No True Scotsman" fallacy. The only problem with this is that it leaves Christians open to the charge that true Christians have (for example) bombed abortion clinics, takes away from Christians the ability to say that "No true Christian would ever...
  • The Soul, It’s Burdens, & The Path to Restoration (Part 1)PODCAST

    10/01/2014 1:48:11 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 1 replies
    MakingSense.podbean.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Rob W. Case
    What do you think of when you hear the word soul? What exactly is it? What does it consist of? Why is it important? In this edition of “Making Sense with Rob Case,” we will explore the entity of the soul, study its working components, and consider how these components work in the backdrop of how we think, act, feel, and thrive in the world around us. Where does God fit in with all of this? Find out on this edition of "Making Sense with Rob Case." To access the podcast, click HERE, or click on the above link.
  • The Campus Crusade for Comfort

    10/01/2014 7:12:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Note: In the following article, I refuse to refer to Campus Crusade for Christ by their new name. I find their removal of the words “Crusade” and “Christ” to be offensive and demeaning (and just incredibly silly).Nearly half of the abortions in this country are performed on college-age women. According to Students for Life of America, 70% of all abortion-providing and abortion-referring facilities are located within five miles of a college campus. Given those staggering numbers, it would seem that campus ministries would be positioning themselves to do something about the problem. But most are doing nothing at all. If...
  • School accused of 'purging' Christian books

    09/30/2014 5:09:05 PM PDT · by 444Flyer · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9-23-14 | Todd Starnes
    It’s hard to imagine that any school would have a problem with a book about a Christian family that helped Jews escape the Holocaust. But Springs Charter Schools in Temecula, Calif., not only had a problem with “The Hiding Place,” they also took issue with any other book that was written by a Christian author or included a Christian message. “We do not purchase sectarian educational materials and do not allow sectarian materials on our state-authorized lending shelves,” Superintendent Kathleen Hermsmeyer wrote in a letter to attorneys at the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI). Pacific Justice Institute is representing a parent...
  • A Lesbian’s Eyes Opened: ‘You Don't Hate Us!’

    09/28/2014 6:45:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 103 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2014 | Matt Barber
    This jaw-dropping revelation is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest assessment of the homosexual lifestyle. The WSJ report further warns: “Gay and bisexual men represent an estimated 2 percent of the U.S. population but more than half of all people living with HIV and 66 percent of new HIV infections. They are the only population group in the United States for which HIV infections are rising.” What do you say of an adult or adults who, for selfish political reasons, encourage sexually confused children to adopt a sex-centric identity and lifestyle laced with a 50-50 chance...
  • The Feminization of the Church

    09/28/2014 5:32:33 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 66 replies
    Biola Magazie ^ | June 14 | Holly Pivec
    The leaders of a new, Christian movement think they’ve solved a centuries-old mystery: why men are absent from church. But their answer isn’t politically correct. They believe Christianity has become feminized. There are generally more women than men in every type of church, in every part of the world, according to church growth experts like Patrick Johnstone, author of Operation World. A traditional explanation is that women are more spiritual than men. But the leaders of this new movement suggest that the church’s music, messages and ministries cater to women. One of the leaders is David Murrow, author of a...
  • Progressives’ Moral Equivalence

    09/28/2014 5:03:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    You’ve seen this a lot in the last decade and a half: progressives asserting a moral equivalence between radial Islam and Christianity. The argument usually goes something like, “Yeah, sure, terrorists are bad, but they’re hardly the only people to kill in the name of their religion!” Then there’s the obligatory reference to the crusades. OK, sure, Christianity, like most religions, has had some less-than-flattering moments. But it’s history. If you can point me to the mass graves, severed heads or buildings for Christianity in our lifetime… no need to finish that sentence because there aren’t any. Christianity is an...
  • The Ancient War Between the Judeo-Christian West and Islam

    09/21/2014 3:23:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | September 21, 2014 | James P. Pinkerton
    In one of the great epics of Western literature, the hero, confronted by numerous and powerful enemies, temporarily gives in to weakness and self-pity. “I wish,” he sighs, “none of this had happened.” The hero’s wise adviser responds, “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide.” The old man continues, “There are other forces at work in this world … besides the will of evil.” Some events, he adds, are “meant” to be, “And that is an encouraging thought.” Indeed it is. Perhaps, today, we are meant to live in these...
  • THE CARPENTER'S SHOP: Persecution of Christians affects millions worldwide

    09/20/2014 3:31:56 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    The Destin Log ^ | Friday, September 19, 2014 | Dr. Barry K. Carpenter
    THE CARPENTER'S SHOP: Persecution of Christians affects millions worldwide By Dr. Barry K. Carpenter Published: Friday, September 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM. Christians around the world are experiencing unprecedented persecution. Reporter and news analyst Kirsten Powers, interviewed in the Daily Beast, said, “Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. The silence has been nearly deafening.” It seems open season on Christians. It is more pronounced, more bold, more contagious, and in more numbers than at any other time in history. It may appear to...
  • Saudi Arabia cracks down on Christians. Will the United States speak up?

    09/15/2014 5:28:34 PM PDT · by xzins · 58 replies
    Red State ^ | September 15th, 2014 | Jake (Diary
    The situation for Christians in the Middle East continues to get worse, but this time, it isn’t at the hands of a terrorist group or band of rebels. It’s from one of our supposed allies in the region: Saudi Arabia. As Fox News reports, this past Friday (September 12th), agents from the country’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice rounded up 28 Christians at the home of an Indian national in the city of Khafji, and several Bibles were confiscated as well.. Their condition and whereabouts are currently unknown. As Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute...
  • While World Watches ISIS, Boko Haram Declares Its Own Caliphate In Nigeria

    09/15/2014 9:22:24 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 57 replies
    NBC News ^ | 9/15/2014 | Robert Windrem
    the leader of the Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has established the world's second Islamic "caliphate" this summer and is seeking to cement his bloody rule on a territory that is now roughly the size of west Virginia. While much of the world has been focused on the brutal reign of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the forces of Boko haram have been racking up victories in northern Nigeria and have been violently imposing an equally harsh version of Islamic law on approximately 3 million civilians - including beheadings, forced marriages and the forced induction of children into its military...
  • Obama's Forgotten "N" Word

    09/14/2014 10:56:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Kevin McCullough
    resident Obama is a Christian. What he means by that no one has ever been very sure. But it is what he claims nonetheless. When callers to my radio shows claim, "He is a Muslim." I remind them--quickly--that he has only ever said that he is a Christian. This usually then incites various discussion points about the validity of his claim vs. theirs. Frequently the conversation will dwell upon the fact that his name is Islamic. To respond to this I simply point out that many former Muslims still carry their given name upon conversion to Christianity. They may say,...
  • Peshmerga Forces Recruit Christian Fighters, says Local Official

    09/14/2014 10:43:48 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 34 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 1 hour ago | RUDAW
    Men between the ages of 18-30 can now sign up for training with the Peshmerga forces, according to local officials. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces have opened doors to the region’s Christian population and recruit them to join the fight against the Islamic State (IS), an official told Rudaw. “Representatives of the ministry of Peshmerga visited Ainkawa to recruit Christians,” said Jalal Habib Aziz, the mayor of Ainkawa, a predominately Christian neighborhood in Erbil. According to Aziz, the Kurdish Peshmerga Ministry has answered a call by Christian leaders to recruit members of the community to “protect themselves and their...
  • Christian Website Yanks A Column Condemning Islam

    09/14/2014 5:49:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Doug Giles
    Last week, Gary Cass, who drives defendchristians.org, contacted me asking if ClashDaily.com would run his piece titled, “I’m Islamaphobic, Are You?” I gave it a read and quickly said, “Heck yeah”, because Cass, like Clash, believes Islam is implacable and must be stomped on like a narc at a biker party. In his sensible screed Gary gave three powerful points on how we must deal with violent Muslim mayhem. Check it out: I confess, I’m “Islamaphobic,” but for very good reasons. My fear is not an irrational fear based on uniformed prejudice; rather it’s an historic, clear-eyed, informed, rational fear....
  • Atheist Bill Maher Defends Christians as Host Charlie Rose Compares Christianity to Islam

    09/13/2014 6:02:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/13/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    Appearing on Charlie Rose's PBS show this week, HBO's "Real Time" host Bull Maher rebuked him for linking Islam to Christianity, defending Christians by saying a vast numbers of them do not believe in violence or treat women as second class citizens. Maher, a self-proclaimed atheist, began by refuting former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean's recent statement that vast numbers of Muslims are not like ISIS in Iraq and Syria, an al-Qaeda offshoot that seeks to form an Islamic emirate in the Levant region through "jihad." Interrupting Maher, Rose asked, "Behind every Muslim is a future member of some radical?"...
  • Missing The Forest For The Trees, In The Midst of A Fire

    09/13/2014 8:26:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | Kathryn Lopez
    Washington, D.C. -- "The West must shift from reactive to proactive, from crisis management to crisis prevention." The target of this advice, given by Aram I Keshishian of the Armenian Apostolic Church, was Washington, D.C., but it also happens to be good counsel for the average citizen. Keshishian was speaking at the inaugural In Defense of Christians summit. Five patriarchs came to this country to demonstrate what an essential, conciliatory presence Christianity is in Iraq, Syria and the Middle East in general, where Islamic extremism is threatening the lives of Christians and the future of Christianity. While the summit was,...
  • The Illusion of Neutrality: The secular state cannot be neutral in matters of religion

    09/13/2014 5:01:03 AM PDT · by rhema · 11 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | 9/11/14 | Anthony Esolen
    We have all heard what has come to be a liberal dictum, that the State must remain neutral as regards religion or irreligion. One can show fairly easily that the men who wrote our constitution had no such neutrality in mind, given the laws that they and their fellows subsequently passed, their habits of public prayer at meetings, and their common understanding that freedom without virtue, and virtue without piety, were chimeras. To show that that understanding persisted, all one need do is open every textbook for school children published for almost two hundred years; or recall that Catholic immigrants...
  • Students rally for teacher who talks about faith

    CANTON, Ga. (September 11, 2014) - Students at a public high school outside Atlanta are rallying behind a teacher who says he's standing up for his Christian beliefs and what he views as his right to talk about Jesus in the classroom. Hundreds of students poured into hallways at Sequoyah High School Tuesday, holding signs and chanting in support of history teacher John Osborne. Osborne told WXIA-TV that he didn't feel supported by administrators, so he decided to take a few days off. He said he's talked about God at school for years.
  • Christianity Grounded in the Historical Fact of the Resurrection

    09/12/2014 8:55:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Jesus' apostles and other disciples were willing to die for him. But so what? Haven't the followers of other religious leaders and even some political leaders been willing to die for them, as well? What makes Jesus' followers so unique in this regard? I address this very question in my new book, "Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel," because I used to wonder about this, too. What, if anything, distinguishes the Christian martyrs? New Testament scholar Gary Habermas offered an insight that I hadn't considered before, and I find it enormously probative. "One grand distinction,"...
  • No, there is no “Christian case” for abortion

    09/12/2014 8:30:31 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies
    National Right to Life News ^ | 9/11/14 | Dave Andrusko
    Keli Goff ‘s essay at the Daily Beast was headlined “A Christian Case for Abortion Rights?” Does that not sound like the vegetarian’s case for meat, Barack Obama’s case for decisive leadership, or the devout atheist—contrary at its core? This oldie but badie argument merits a rebuttal, not because it is so original but because it is like the 700th iteration of a Xerox.So what IS the Christian case for abortion rights, you ask? It’s really more like how Goff has concluded that a pro-life position, for Christians, at least, is problematic because of “four primary complications.” These are so...
  • David Limbaugh's Case For Christianity

    09/12/2014 6:56:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    David Limbaugh has written a book that departs dramatically from his recent tomes on the worst excesses of the Obama presidency. "Jesus On Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel" explores his journey of faith, from believer to non-believer and back. "Rush and I were raised in a great Midwest Christian family. We went to church every Sunday. Our parents raised us right so I'm not blaming them. I'm blaming myself for the message not sticking," he says. As it has for so many, his faith faded away in college. Faith was replaced by skepticism. Limbaugh wants it...
  • Assyrian Christians Support Cruz After Walkout

    09/11/2014 8:12:52 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Assyrian Christians are standing with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) after he was booed for his support of Israel by some Middle East Christians gathered in Washington, D.C. Wednesday at an event hosted by an organization called "In Defense Of Christians." Yet not all of the Christians present disagreed with Cruz--and some have begun speaking out in favor of Cruz's view that defending Israel and defending Christians in the Middle East go hand-in-hand. Martin Youmaran, a Chicago-based activist in the Assyrian American National Federation (AANF), posted on Facebook Thursday: I am deeply saddened to hear about the disrespectful display that some...
  • Bill Maher absolutely crushes Charlie Rose for comparing Islam to Christianity

    09/11/2014 4:40:24 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 55 replies
    http://nation.foxnews.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | FoxNation
    BILL MAHER: I saw Howard Dean on TV the other day and he said something along the order, he said the people in ISIS -- he said I'm about as Islamic as they are, you know, distancing the vast numbers of Islamic people around the world from them. That's just not true. CHARLIE ROSE: It is true. MAHER: It is not true, Charlie. There is a connecting tissue between -- ROSE: Behind every Muslim is a future member of some radical? MAHER: Let me finish. ROSE: I was doing that. MAHER: There are illiberal beliefs that are held by vast...
  • Arkansas State removing cross decal from football helmets

    09/11/2014 9:27:10 AM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 25 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | September 11, 2014 | Dan Wolken
    (RNS) Arkansas State is removing a Christian cross decal from the back of its football helmets after a complaint that it violated separation of church and state, the university said Wednesday (Sept. 10). Athletics director Terry Mohajir said he wanted to fight the decision because the decal was intended to honor former player Markel Owens and equipment manager Barry Weyer, who both died this year. However, Mohajir said he had little choice but to follow advice from the university’s legal counsel to remove or modify the symbol. “My job is to support our players and our coaches in their expression...
  • Obama Unveils Strategy, Says ISIS 'Not Islamic'

    09/11/2014 6:40:15 AM PDT · by xzins · 96 replies
    CBN ^ | September 11, 2014 | Jennifer Wishon
    President Barack Obama addressed Americans Wednesday night increasingly concerned about the threat Islamic State militants are posing in the Middle East and about their commander in chief's ability to face it. In his prime time address, the president reminded people of the uniquely brutal character of ISIS. "They execute captured prisoners," he said. "They kill children. They enslave, rape and force women into marriage. They threaten a religious minority with genocide." Despite the militant's name, the president told Americans, "ISIL is not 'Islamic.' No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim."...
  • Cal State No Longer Recognizing Christian Groups

    09/09/2014 6:32:05 AM PDT · by xzins · 80 replies
    CBN ^ | September 09, 2014
    A new policy put in place by Cal State University could cost InterVarsity and other Christian groups up to $460,000 to meet on campus because they cannot change their leadership requirements to include any student. "No campus shall recognize any fraternity, sorority, living group, honor society, or other student organization unless its membership and leadership are open to all currently enrolled students at that campus," the policy states. The rule requires leadership positions to be open to any student, regardless of whether they hold the same beliefs as the Club. The policy went into effect in 2012 but up until...
  • regarded as ‘intolerant haters’: what’s new?

    09/09/2014 2:22:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 9/9/14 | Michael J. Kruger
    In the midst of the high-octane cultural wars of the last several years—particularly the debate over homosexual marriage—evangelical Christians have been slapped with all sorts of pejorative labels. Words such as bigoted, arrogant, exclusive, dogmatic, and homophobic are just a few. But two labels particularly stand out. First, Christians are regularly regarded as intolerant. Christians are not only regarded as intolerant religiously—because they affirm the words of Jesus that “no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)—but they are regarded as intolerant ethically, because they refuse to approve any and all behaviors as morally good. Christians are...
  • The Right to Resist Evil Leaders--The Christian History

    09/07/2014 11:45:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/07/14 | Kelly O'Connell
    Britain Developed the Foundation of Rights of Resistance Used by the Founders In this continuing study of the Right of Resistance against unjust authority, we now turn from the Continent, and the Lutheran and Huguenot stories, and examine the U.K.‘s additions. Given the times, and the fact that Europe arose and distinguished itself from Christian origins, it is unsurprising that the Right of Resistance would be justified by biblical arguments. Yet, all these arguments were buttressed by appeals to history, ancient societies, Roman law, and logical propositions.
  • Christianity No Longer a Religion, Says Turkish Minister

    09/04/2014 7:38:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 9/414 | Doğan News Agency
    Christianity has ceased to be a religion but has become a culture of its own, Turkish Environment and Urbanism Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar said at a recent conference hosted by the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) Women's Group. "The biggest three countries in the world are not Muslim countries. China, India – only the U.S. believes in a single God. Spirituality and religious feelings are weakening," Bayraktar said.
  • Turkish minister: Christianity no longer a religion

    09/03/2014 2:58:54 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 54 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | September 3, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    “There are 2.5 billion Christians in the world,” Bayraktar said. “Christianity is no longer a religion. It’s a culture now. But that is not what a religion is like. A religion teaches; it is a form of life that gives one peace and happiness. That is what they want to turn [Islam] into as well.” In other words, he is telling his audience to be on guard against those who try to water down, or should we say moderate, the teachings of Islam.
  • Texas A&M’s Christian Gathering

    09/04/2014 6:19:11 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 29 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 3, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Apart from their recent college football successes and their former flashy and party-hard quarterback Johnny “Football” Manziel, Texas A&M University has had a different kind of success: a surprisingly rapid growth in its Christian ministry on-campus. The Breakaway Ministries holds a weekly worship and prayer service at the college’s basketball arena and special events center, the Reed Arena. From its launch with twelve students in a college dorm room in 1989 to nearly 12,000 weekly attendees today, it is impressive to learn about budding Christianity on a major college campus. breakaway ministries The director of Breakaway Ministries, Ben Stuart, was...
  • Court Rules Against Christians in Arab Festival Case (Christian Arabs: Qureshi, Rezkalla, Mayel)

    09/01/2014 10:05:14 AM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies
    CBN ^ | September 01, 2014
    A federal appeals court ruled against a group of Christian evangelists who were forced to leave an Arab-American street festival in Dearborn, Michigan, in 2012. Festival-goers threw rocks and water bottles at members of the Bible Believers group when they denounced Islam and called Mohammed a false prophet. In response, Wayne County authorities threatened to ticket the Christian group if they did not leave. On Wednesday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed county authorities, ruling 2-1 that police were only trying to keep public order. "The video from the 2012 festival demonstrates that (evangelists') speech and conduct intended...
  • Are Stereotypical Good Boys More Likely to Be Gay?

    08/29/2014 8:32:22 AM PDT · by pinochet · 68 replies
    In case you have not noticed, opposition to gay rights and gay marriage is weakening, even in conservative Christian churches. One friend suggested that many unmarried men who are heavily involved in church activities are stereotypical good boys, who maintain long periods of avoidance of heterosexual sex, which makes them more inclined to gay feelings. Is this true? A lot of men involved in church choirs seem more feminine than average. The grandson of the famous televangelist, Oral Roberts, recently announced he is gay: http://www.christianpost.com/news/oral-roberts-grandson-discusses-coming-out-as-a-homosexual-52483/ Sons of many famous conservative Christians are ending up gay, such as the sons of...
  • N4T Investigators: Church and State

    08/28/2014 3:25:28 AM PDT · by blueyon · 3 replies
    KVOA.com ^ | 8/26/14 | Matthew Schwartz
    It's 12:40 in the afternoon, and in the Islamic Center of Tucson, a time to pray. Muslims have a strict daily prayer schedule, five times a day at specific times. One of those times is in the middle of the school day. In a room off the library at Desert View High School, four to six Muslim students pray during every school day for about 10 minutes. Sunnyside Unified School District officials tell the News 4 Tucson Investigators that all but one of the students pray during their lunch period, the other misses a few minutes of a class.
  • An Open Letter to the False Church

    08/25/2014 8:51:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Matt Barber
    “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.” – 2 Timothy 4:3 Dear false prophets, false teachers and Christian apostates of every stripe: We’ve all heard this phrase: “You know who you are!” It’s an expression typically levied in the context of some corrective admonition, intended for some person or persons, busy about some misbehavior. While sent via certified mail, this is one of those rare open letters to whom the preponderance of intended recipients have, somehow, managed to convince themselves,...
  • Shame Is A Good Thing For Sluts To Feel

    08/25/2014 8:27:50 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 54 replies
    The feminists held a “slut walk” in Chicago over the weekend. Nothing says feminism like women calling each other sluts. Their attempts to destigmitize the term slut by celebrating the sort of behavior that gets a girl labeled a slut says a lot about these folks. There’s nothing worse than “slut shaming,” which appears to be little more than calling a slut what she is. Interestingly one of the signs at the slut walk declared “all cops are bastards.” Apparently it’s acceptable to “slut shame” the mothers of police officers. None of the feminists saw the hypocrisy of such a...