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  • Calif. moves to ban judges affiliated with Boy Scouts

    04/21/2014 7:26:06 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/21/2014 | Patrick Howley
    In a move with major legal implications, The California Supreme Court Advisory Committee on The Code of Judicial Ethics has proposed to classify the Boy Scouts as practicing “invidious discrimination” against gays, which would end the group’s exemption to anti-discriminatory ethics rules and would prohibit judges from being affiliated with the group. “The Committee’s invitation ignores the fact that the change also encompasses other youth organizations whose membership is limited on the basis of gender, e.g., the Girl Scouts, as well as the military, which continues to practice ‘discrimination’ on the basis of gender,” wrote Catherine Short, legal director of...
  • County Renames Easter Bunny as ‘Spring Bunny’ in Parks’ Egg Hunt Promotion

    04/11/2014 7:10:47 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 41 replies
    Times of San Diego ^ | 04/10/2014 | Ken Stone
    San Diego County parks have set four Easter egg hunts, but are keeping the affairs secular by renaming the featured hopper the “Spring Bunny.” Events over the next two weeks will feature different activities at each location. Some feature face painting and others pancake breakfasts. Eggs hunts are set at four county parks. Image courtesy of County News Center“But the constants at all of them will be a chance to meet the Spring Bunny and lots of eggs – thousands of them!” says the county, whose news release doesn’t use the word Easter. Last year’s release also avoided any religious...
  • Hollywood celebrity looks forward to religion being treated like racism

    04/09/2014 3:40:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Protect the Pope ^ | 4/9/2014 | M Donnelly
    <p>‘as time goes on, weirdly, I’m growing less liberal. I’m more like, ‘No, religion is ruining the world, you need to stop!’.</p>
  • Update: Muslim community unites in support of Eggstravaganza in Michigan

    04/07/2014 6:32:14 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 15 replies
    Allenwest.com ^ | 4/7/14 | Allen West
    It appears we have a peaceful resolution to the Easter egg crisis in Dearborn, Michigan we reported on earlier today. According to the Daily Caller, a display of impressive common humanity and even more impressive common sense broke out over the weekend in Dearborn, Mich. after Muslim parent Majed Moughni complained about flyers handed out at public schools advertising an Eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt to be held at a Presbyterian church. On Sunday morning, Muslim leaders in the Muslim community stood together in solidarity in front of the Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church in Dearborn. The Muslim leaders and Cherry Hill...
  • Washington Post: gay marriage is new test for Catholic Church

    04/07/2014 4:12:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 47 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | 4/6/2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Details:   Having worked in Catholic church music ministry for nearly 40 years — basically his entire adult life — Mike McMahon thought he knew the landscape and his place in it. As a gay person, all was fine as long as he was “discreet.”And that worked for him even in the conservative Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Va., where he was employed for about 30 of those years as music director at several parishes. In that time, McMahon, who has three graduate degrees in theology, also served as president of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the national body for...
  • This Nasty Comic Strip on Religious Freedom (that) Ran in the NY Times

    04/01/2014 11:47:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | March 31, 2014 | Matthew Archbold
    So it would seem the New York Times believes that if you want to make a living you must give up your constitutionally protected rights. I guess because money is dirty and so are those evil Christians...or something. Click image to enlarge it.
  • Court rules lesbian chef is owed $1.6M after boss prayed to 'cure her of her sexuality'

    04/01/2014 6:54:50 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 69 replies
    upi ^ | March 31, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    A New York appeals court has affirmed a lower court’s 2012 ruling that a lesbian chef is owed $1.6 million for being forced to attend weekly prayer meetings where her boss would regularly warn that "gay people" were "going to go to hell." Mirella Salemi sued Gloria's Tribeca Inc., Gloria's Tribecamex and principal owner Edward Globokar for violations of the New York City Human Rights Law after a string of incidents that occurred between 2004 and 2007. Gloria's Tribeca is a Mexican restaurant. Salemi was awarded $400,000 in compensatory damages and $1.2 million in punitive damages in what her lawyer,...
  • University-Sponsored Display Claims Abortion is a “Gift From God”

    03/28/2014 3:08:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Kristan Hawkins
    Just this week Students for Life of America was on the University of Michigan campus with our “What Has Roe Done For Us?” display, educating and dialoging with students about how abortion exploits and harms women, only to find out that the university is apparently endorsing a different message to their students. The University is currently sponsoring a pro-abortion display,“4000 Years of Choice”, which declares “Abortion as a Blessing” and a “gift from God,” directly countering to the truth put forth in SFLA’s Roe display which tells the stories of women like Jennifer Morbelli, Karnamaya Mongar, Tonya Reaves, and Marla...
  • Biden: After healthcare rollout pains, Obama fit 'for sainthood'

    03/21/2014 10:15:22 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    March 21, 2014, 11:47 am Biden: After healthcare rollout pains, Obama fit 'for sainthood' By Justin Sink Vice President Biden told healthcare workers that "patience and empathy" are required to deal with frustrated ObamaCare enrollees and that the president demonstrated saint-like levels of both during the rollout. Speaking to a conference of community health centers in New York, Biden conceded that enrolling in ObamaCare could be "tedious," and early problems with HealthCare.gov worsened the problem. "We didn't help you much at the front end here, man," Biden said, adding that he wanted to recommend President Obama "for sainthood" because he...
  • National LGBT Group Takes Issue with Ohio Archdiocese's 'Morals Clause' for Teachers

    03/20/2014 7:38:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/20/2013 | Michael Gryboski
    A national gay rights organization has taken issue with a Roman Catholic Archdiocese's recently implemented "morals clause" added to their private school teacher contracts. "As support for LGBT equality continues to grow, particularly among Catholics, the Cincinnati Archdiocese is enacting draconian restrictions on Catholic school employees," Paul Guequierre of the Human Rights Campaign wrote in an entry on the group's website Tuesday that calls for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to reconsider its new rule. "HRC is calling on Diocese leaders to model Christian values and not discriminate against LGBT teachers or straight allies in their employment practices." Guequierre argued that...
  • Dalai Lama to lead US Senate prayers

    03/06/2014 6:46:32 AM PST · by rktman · 24 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 3/5/2014 | unknown
    The Dalai Lama will lead the US Senate in prayer on Thursday as the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader meets leaders of Congress, his office said.
  • Pres. Obama to ObamaCare comrades: “The work you’re doing is God’s work.” [BARF]

    02/26/2014 3:25:24 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 2/26/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    This from WSJ: President Says ObamaCare Volunteers Doing ‘God’s Work’ [?!?] Barack Obama speaks to his old campaign comrades [That's the right word.] at Organizing for Action.HOLY OBAMACARELast night in Washington President Obama addressed the national meeting of Organizing for Action, the outfit formerly known as his re-election campaign. [If he can't be re-elected to the White House, why is this organization still around?  For this sort of dreck.] Young OFA volunteers have been redeployed to the task of persuading Americans to sign up for new health insurance plans created by the President’s Affordable Care Act. ["Affordable"... right.  Have you lost...
  • NCR: U.S. Guns, Not Obama, to Blame for Mexican Violence (Catholic publication)

    02/16/2014 1:42:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | February 15, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    In the second installation of a three-part series on "gun violence in Mexico," the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) continues to blame the U.S. for gun violence in Mexico, while viewing Fast & Furious as a legitimate attempt at law enforcement which just happened to go wrong. According to NCR, Obama tried to reinstitute an "assault weapons" ban in the U.S. as a way to keep Mexico safer. He also pledged to "keep increasing the pressure on the gun traffickers." NCR claims part of the pressure on traffickers included Operation Fast & Furious, which turned out to be a "botched 2009...
  • How the KKK Got Its Way on Separation of Church and State

    12/19/2013 3:44:19 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | December 19, 2013 | JOE CARTER
    The phrase “Separation of Church and State” is not in the language of the First Amendment, and the concept was not favored by any influential framer at the time the Bill of Rights was drafted. So how did it become part of the jurisprudence surrounding the First Amendment?As Jim Lindgren, a law professor at Northwestern, explains, the Ku Klux Klan had something to do with it . . . 7. The first mainstream figures to favor separation after the first amendment was adopted were Jefferson supporters in the 1800 election, who were trying to silence Northern clergy critical of the...
  • We can’t dissent against 'new gay orthodoxy’, says Christian charity [UK]

    12/10/2013 1:07:50 PM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/10/2013
    Gay and lesbian rights activists are seeking to be the new “moral enforcers” and it is Christian religious conservatives who now need protection to be allowed to dissent against “the new orthodoxy”, it was claimed. Core Issues Trust, a Christian charity, is challenging a ban on its London bus advertisement reading: “Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get over it!” It was a response to a bus poster campaign by gay rights group Stonewall carrying the message: “Some people are gay. Get over it!” Paul Diamond, for the charity, told appeal judges that at the heart of the case was...
  • At 'Justice for Immigrants’ Mass, bishop calls Jesus 'divine immigrant'

    10/21/2013 7:51:04 AM PDT · by haffast · 49 replies
    NCR ^ | Oct. 17, 2013 | Mary Stadnyk, Lois Rogers
    Trenton, N.J. - Jesus was the "divine immigrant" who lived his life "traveling from place to place," Bishop David O'Connell of Trenton told the congregation at a midday "Justice for Immigrants" Mass Oct. 11 at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral. "Sacred Scripture tell us where he was from and what his ancestral lineage was," the bishop said in his homily. "But nowhere in the Bible do we find his permanent address, the location of his house, where he lived after beginning his public ministry. "He lived and worked as an immigrant, an itinerant preacher, on many levels," the bishop...
  • Quebec Politicians Seek Ban on Public Employees Wearing ‘Overt and Conspicuous’ Religious Symbols

    09/14/2013 7:14:29 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/14/13
    or Clothing Should free speech and religious rights be restricted the moment a person begins working for the government? This is the very question that some politicians in Quebec, Canada, are asking. Leaders in the province could soon make a definitive decision that would essentially ban public workers from wearing discernible religious symbols. The regulation would be part of the proposed “Charter of Quebec Values,” a set of laws that would ensure a strict line is drawn between church and state. In what can only be described as sweeping, civil servants, teachers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, police and public day care...
  • School Says No To God For Project; Mother Furious

    09/14/2013 7:54:30 AM PDT · by James R. Aist · 7 replies
    WREG Memphis ^ | September 11, 2013 | Candace McCowan
    Memphis mother Erica Shead said she was angry after her 10-year-old daughter Erin, told her Wednesday, she wasn’t allowed to write about God for a school assignment. “It was so cute and innocent. She talked about how God created the earth and how she’s doing the best she can,” said Shead. Shead said Erin was told she can’t use God as an idol for the assignment.
  • Judge Rules Yoga Not Tied To Religion, Allowed To Remain In Public Schools

    07/01/2013 12:48:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    ap ^ | July 1, 2013 12:18 PM
    A judge is allowing a San Diego-area school district to teach yoga, rejecting the claims of disgruntled parents who called it an effort to promote Eastern religion. Yoga is a religious practice, but not the way that it is taught by the Encinitas Union School District at its nine campuses, San Diego Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer said in Monday’s ruling. Meyer said the school district stripped classes of all cultural references including the Sanskrit language. He noted that the lotus position was renamed the “crisscross applesauce” pose.
  • Court rules Oklahoma man can sue over license plate

    06/14/2013 10:23:49 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/14/13 | Mike Krumboltz,
    A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that a man can sue the state of Oklahoma over its license plates. The man, Keith Cressman, has argued that the state's standard license plate, which depicts a Native American shooting an arrow into the sky, goes against the separation of church and state, according to a report from Tulsa World. He sued a number of state officials in 2011. That lawsuit was initially dismissed in 2012 but has since been reinstated by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. According to Tulsa World, the court ruled that the image of Allan Houser's...
  • Church-State Separation Group Takes Credit for Air Force’s Removal of Picture (w/Bible verse)

    06/05/2013 3:12:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 5, 2013 - 10:33 AM | Fred Lucas
    A church-state separation group touting its access to Defense Department officials is taking credit for the removal of a painting from an Idaho Air Force base on Friday that featured a Bible verse within an hour of making the demand. The organization, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, has called for the court martial of military personnel for “proselytizing,” having met with Pentagon officials in the past. The group is citing this victory in Idaho as proof of its influence over the U.S. military. The painting in the Wagon Wheel dining hall at the Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho showed...
  • (New Jersey) Teacher Fired for Giving Student Bible

    01/15/2013 7:22:11 AM PST · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A longtime substitute teacher in Phillipsburg, NJ, has been fired after he shared a Bible verse with a student – and upon request gave the child a Bible. The Phillipsburg School Board voted Monday night to terminate the employment of Walter Tutka. He was accused of breaking two policies – distributing religious literature on school grounds and another policy that directs teachers to be neutral when discussing religious material. “It’s unfortunate the Phillipsburg School District chose the path of religious hostility and intolerance against a retired man serving his community and simply responding to a student’s intellectual curiosity,” Hiram...
  • Churches 'Could be Sued for Refusing to Agree to Gay Marriages'

    01/16/2013 9:15:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/15/13 | Telegraph Reporters
    The Prime Minister’s plans for gay marriage could leave churches facing legal action unless they agree to same-sex unions, it emerged today.Legal advice reportedly sent to David Cameron warns that church could be sued under human rights legislation if they refuse to allow the services to proceed. Exemption granted to the Church of England by the Coalition Bill to prevent it having to conduct gay marriages is “eminently challenge-able” in the European Court of Human Rights. It also warns that the Government's insistence that protections put in place for other religious groups who don't want to marry homosexuals could be...
  • Egyptian Magazine: Muslim Brotherhood Infiltrates Obama Administration

    01/07/2013 5:38:33 PM PST · by wesagain · 30 replies
    InvestigativeProject.org ^ | Jan 4, 2013 | John Rossomando
    An Egyptian magazine claims that six American Islamist activists who work with the Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives who enjoy strong influence over U.S. policy. The Dec. 22 story published in Egypt's Rose El-Youssef magazine (read an IPT translation here) suggests the six turned the White House "from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood." The story is largely unsourced, but its publication is considered significant in raising the issue to Egyptian readers. The six named people include: Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland...
  • ‘Religious Right’ Accused of Exploiting School Massacre

    12/18/2012 8:40:21 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 18, 2012 | JP
    “Wicked.” “Crazy.” “Extremist.” Those are the words Americans United For Separation of Church and State uses in reference to the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. But the organization, which claims to fight to “ensure religious freedom for all Americans,” is not using those words to describe Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who shot and killed 27 innocent souls. No, its reproach is directed at the “religious right,” including such figures as Mike Huckabee and William J. Murray, for daring to suggest that the eviction of God from the nation’s public schools just might have contributed to the rise of school-related violence and...
  • Do we live in a computer simulation? UW researchers say idea can be tested

    12/11/2012 8:54:00 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 58 replies
    University of Washington ^ | 12/10/12 | Vince Stricherz
    A decade ago, a British philosopher put forth the notion that the universe we live in might in fact be a computer simulation run by our descendants. While that seems far-fetched, perhaps even incomprehensible, a team of physicists at the University of Washington has come up with a potential test to see if the idea holds water. The concept that current humanity could possibly be living in a computer simulation comes from a 2003 paper published in Philosophical Quarterly by Nick Bostrom, a philosophy professor at the University of Oxford. In the paper, he argued that at least one of...
  • Obama absolves Thanksgiving turkey with the Sign of the Cross

    11/21/2012 11:54:53 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 167 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/21/2012 | Charlie Spiering
    While pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey today, President Obama absolved it with what he called a "special dispensation," making the Sign of the Cross over the gobbling turkey. It appears that Obama made a left handed, backward sign of the cross.
  • Judge: Obama Admin Can Force Hobby Lobby to Obey HHS Mandate

    11/20/2012 1:12:51 PM PST · by NYer · 228 replies
    Life News ^ | November 20, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    A federal judge has issued a ruling siding with the Obama administration saying that it has the right to force Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned and run company, to pay for drugs for women that may cause abortions.The privately held retail chain with more than 500 arts and crafts stores in 41 states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate. The company says it would face $1.3 million in fines on a daily basis starting in January if it fails to comply with the mandate, which requires religious employers to pay for or refer women for abortion-cause...
  • Michigan Professor Strips Naked In Class, Shouts 'There Is No (Expletive Deleted) God'

    10/02/2012 8:54:02 AM PDT · by profit_guy · 179 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 02, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    The rigors of teaching apparently got to Michigan State University professor John McCarthy Monday. According to multiple sources, the math teacher stripped naked in the middle of his Calculus 1 class and started shouting obscenities.
  • Group: DADT repeal has harmed religious liberty [Chaplains Told To Ignore Bible]

    10/01/2012 7:48:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Baptist Press News ^ | 9/25/12 | Edward Lee Pitts
    One year after the military began allowing gay, lesbian and bisexual service members to openly proclaim their sexuality, some conservative groups continue to call for an end to the change in policy. But their pleas are falling largely on deaf ears on Capitol Hill, where most lawmakers seem content to focus on other issues. The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (CARL), which represents more than 2,000 chaplains serving the armed forces, said it is cataloging examples of negative consequences that have resulted from the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. After Congress voted in December 2010 for...
  • Your Church’s Involvement In The 2012 Election [Oct. 7 is Pulpit Freedom Sunday]

    09/30/2012 2:38:49 PM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    Every year around this time, questions come up about churches being involved in political elections. Questions like, “Can my church talk about issues that are at stake in the election,” “can my church pass out voter guides,” or “what if a candidate wants to address my congregation?” Admittedly, it can be confusing for churches and pastors to know what is allowed during an election season. Much of this confusion stems from the vagueness of the tax code and the accompanying IRS regulations. To help, Alliance Defending Freedom has created many resources for you to utilize this election season. Guidelines for...
  • Hillary Celebrates End of Ramadan at State Department with Libyan Ambassador

    09/15/2012 7:48:17 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 10 replies
    CNS NEWS ^ | Sept 14, 2012 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – At an event officials say was planned before the attacks in Libya that killed four Americans on Sept. 11, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Libyan Ambassador to the U.S., Ali Aujali, celebrated the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at the State Department on Thursday. The Eid ul-Fitr reception was held almost a month after the official end of the month on Aug. 19, delayed, officials say, because of Clinton’s travel schedule. “The date [of the reception] was set purely because of scheduling considerations, especially given lengthy travel abroad recently,” a State Department spokesman...
  • The Gospel of Barack Hussein Obama According to Mark (barf alert)

    09/03/2012 8:22:18 PM PDT · by bronxville · 22 replies
    amazon.com ^ | March 20, 2012 | Mark F. Bozzuti-Jones
    Publication date: March 20, 2012 "The Gospel of Barack Hussein Obama According to Mark" is designed to initiate the reader into a meditation on what it means to be human, what it means to be a manifestation of God, and how Barack Obama is a unique and important manifestation of God’s desire for human flourishing. In a blend of words from his public speeches, imagined conversation, and fictional situations, the book highlights Obama’s real stance on social justice and, in particular, economic and political empowerment. It juxtaposes ancient Biblical form and contemporary reality, challenging the reader to see and seek...
  • DNC plans 2-hour Islamic prayer after rejecting blessing from Cardinal

    08/28/2012 10:27:13 AM PDT · by Fawn · 133 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Tuesday, August 28, 2012 | Erica Ritz
    The Democratic National Committee is raising a number of eyebrows after choosing to proceed with hosting Islamic “Jumah” prayers for two hours on the Friday of its convention, though it denied a Catholic cardinal’s request to say a prayer at the same event. Watch the promotional video, via the Bureau of Muslim Affairs, which is partnering with the DNC for the event. The first two minutes are rather dry, but around 2:04 a muezzin sings the call to prayer with an American flag background, and the video “picks up” considerably:
  • Complaints prompt water park to end discounts for church groups

    08/14/2012 9:04:10 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/13/12 | Mike Jaccarino
    Now, no one gets the discount. A water park in the heart of the Bible Belt is ending the $5-per-person discount it had been offering on its entrance fee to church groups after the head of a secular charity that caters to inner-city youths requested the same deal for its kids. The Willow Springs Water Park in Little Rock, Ark., had been knocking a few dollars off the price of admission for people who came to the park with their church group. The entrance fee was lowered 50 percent to $5 for children who came in that context. However, when...
  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan Will Host Obama at White-Tie Fundraiser for Health Care Causes

    08/08/2012 8:02:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8-8-12 | Terrence Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama, who is moving ahead with a regulation that forces observant American Catholics to act against their consciences and the teachings of their faith, will be one of the keynote speakers at an Oct. 18 white-tie fundraiser hosted by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The fundraiser—the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner--will benefit the foundation, which Cardinal Dolan serves as board president. The foundation's website says it provides funding “for healthcare causes.” Al Smith, a three-term governor of New York, became the first...
  • First Gay-Marriage Suit Hits Catholic Institution

    06/21/2012 7:45:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 6/20/12 | Bruce Golding
    A lesbian couple from Westchester yesterday filed the first suit against a Catholic institution for refusing to recognize New York’s gay-marriage law. The Manhattan federal court filing says the women — identified only as “Jane Roe” and “Jane Doe” — were wed Oct. 15, and that “Roe,” who’s worked at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers since 2007, later applied to add “Doe” to her medical-benefits coverage. But the request was denied by both St. Joseph’s and its insurance administrator, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, because hospital policy excludes same-sex spouses.
  • G0D AND MAN AND FDR

    06/21/2012 4:53:12 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 1 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 6/21/2012 | Bob Tyrrell
    Warren Kozak, the author of "LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay," wrote a memorable piece in "The Wall Street Journal" on June 6, 2012 that cries out for comment. On the 68th anniversary of the Allies' invasion of Europe over the bloody beaches of Normandy, he reminds us of an unthinkable act by President Franklin Roosevelt on that day. At least it is an unthinkable act today. The president did not call a press conference to notify Americans huddled before their radios of what our military was doing. They already knew from news reports, though they might...
  • NYC Principal Bans 'God Bless the USA' at Kindergarten Graduation, Bieber's 'Baby' OK

    06/10/2012 5:59:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    News Buster.org ^ | June 10, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    America really is fading away before our very eyes. A public school principal in New York City has banned kindergartners from singing "God Bless the USA" at their graduation, but according to the New York Post, is allowing them to perform Justin Bieber's "Baby":Her refusal to let students sing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation has sparked fireworks at a school filled with proud immigrants. Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won’t allow kindergartners to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood ballad, also known as “Proud to be an American,” at their moving-up ceremony. Five...
  • Denmark forces churches to perform same-sex ‘marriages’

    06/07/2012 3:18:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 7, 2012 | BEN JOHNSON
    COPENHAGEN, DENMARK, June 7, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) –  The nation of Denmark has voted to force churches in the established Evangelical Lutheran Church to perform same-sex “marriage” ceremonies inside their sanctuaries, although one-third of all the denomination’s priests say they will not participate in such rituals. Danish parliament voted by an overwhelming 85-24 margin to compel churches to carry out unions for same-sex couples that are identical to heterosexual marriage celebrations. The law takes effect June 15. Since 1997, homosexuals have been able to get “married” in a blessing ceremony after the normal church service. Under the new law, priests may...
  • Evangelist Graham takes out ad on marriage amendment (NC Amendment One)

    05/02/2012 7:08:35 PM PDT · by fwdude · 14 replies
    WXII12.com ^ | 05/02/12 | WXII12.com/AP
    WINSTON-SALEM - Billy Graham on Wednesday released a statement on the proposed marriage amendment in North Carolina. The 93-year-old Graham has a full-page advertisement scheduled to run in 14 state newspapers.
  • Federal Judge Enforces Sharia-Compliance in Ohio Prisons

    04/28/2012 1:56:25 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 32 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/28/12 | Aurelius
    In 2011, death row inmate Abdul Awkal sued an Ohio prison because he was receiving non-halal food while in prison. As a consequence, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction banned all pork products in prison. This year, prisoner James Rivers filed a lawsuit arguing that pork should not be outright banned. He reasoned that, should Muslims not want to eat pork, they had the right to, but that it was discriminatory to ban pork for everyone. Additionally, the prison did offer meals without pork products in them before the ban. To reinforce Rivers's lawsuit, prison authorities argued that the...
  • Kansas law would force churches to host same-sex ‘weddings,’ receptions

    04/24/2012 5:30:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    Life News ^ | 4/24/2012 | Ben Johnson
    HUTCHINSON, KANSAS, April 24, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A proposed ordinance in one of the nation’s most conservative states would force churches to rent their property out for same-sex “weddings” and receptions. It would also force any public venue to allow people to use showers, restrooms, and locker-rooms based on their “gender identity,” rather than their “sex at birth.” The city council of Hutchinson, Kansas, is considering enacting a new statute adding sexual orientation and sexual identity to the city’s non-discrimination policy in all public accommodations. The measure would specifically include churches that rent their property to the public. “If a...
  • No Joke:White House Organizing Prayer Vigil For Obamacare Outside Supreme Court

    03/09/2012 3:36:25 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 54 replies
    Weasel Zipper ^ | March 9, 2012 | Zip
    “Dear Chicago Jesus, please use your divine intervention and save Obamacare from racist Supreme Court justice. Amen.” WASHINGTON — The White House has begun an aggressive campaign to use approaching Supreme Court arguments on the newhealth care law as a moment to build support for the measure seen asPresident Obama’s signature legislative achievement, hoping to shape public opinion on an issue at the center of the battle for the White House and Congress.On Wednesday, White House officials summoned dozens of leaders of nonprofit organizations that strongly back the health law to help them coordinate plans for a prayer vigil,...
  • Why No Coverage of This Odd Obama Remark about Religion? ("Islam demonstrates religious tolerance")

    03/02/2012 6:22:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 03/02/2012 | Fred J. Eckert
    As the media were blanketing airwaves and newspapers with nonstop coverage of old controversial religion-related remarks by Rick Santorum, something happened that compelled the media to also raise questions about a far more controversial remark that President Obama had made regarding religion. Did you miss the widespread news coverage these past days in which that really odd comment that Obama made about religion came back to embarrass him and embroil him in great controversy? Yes, you missed it -- such coverage never occurred. It should have -- and the fact that it didn't tells yet another distressing story about the...
  • Catholic Bishops Reject Obama’s Surrender Terms

    02/02/2012 5:49:01 PM PST · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 2, 2012 | IBD staff
    1st Amendment: Catholic bishops on Sunday issued a response to ObamaCare's mandates on providing contraception in violation of conscience and religious freedom. The message was simple: We will not comply. It was hardly a profile in courage when the Obama administration, hoping to kick the issue down the road past the November election, announced last Friday that Catholic hospitals and other religious institutions will have an extra year to comply with a new requirement that most health plans provide contraceptive benefits at no cost to their members. On Sunday, America's Catholic bishops in an open letter to their parishioners and...
  • Supreme Court delivers a knockout punch to the White House

    01/11/2012 2:39:31 PM PST · by americanophile · 135 replies
    Fox News ^ | Peter Johnson Jr.
    Wednesday the United States Supreme Court delivered a knockout blow to the White House in the cause of religious liberty. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for a unanimous court swatted away the government’s claim that the Lutheran Church did not have the right to fire a “minister of religion” who, after six years of Lutheran religious training had been commissioned as a minister, upon election by her congregation. The fired minister -- who also taught secular subjects -- claimed discrimination in employment. The Obama administration, always looking for opportunities to undermine the bedrock of First Amendment religious liberty, eagerly agreed....
  • Bishops Claim Religious Liberty Under Assault

    11/20/2011 4:11:25 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 1 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 11/18/2011 | Michael Peabody
    The conference has formed a new “religious liberty” committee, the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty and is hiring another attorney and lobbyist to address “religious liberty and marriage issues” on Capitol Hill. The Committee is also planning to lobby against a Congressional repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and the military’s repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Sadly, as part of this change in focus, the term “religious liberty” is being redefined away from protecting the rights to speak, believe, and practice religion. Instead, “religious liberty” is apparently the right to receive government money without restrictions. And we...
  • Columbia Association to hold woman-only swim times

    11/14/2011 7:19:42 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    baltimoresun.com ^ | Nov.14, 2011 | Jessica Anderson
    When Shehlla Khan's husband became ill, it fell on her to take their three children to the pool. But for Khan, who is Muslim, the task was difficult. The Columbia resident said she was concerned about people watching her swim in the conservative, cover-all dress required by Islamic dress codes, and thinking: "What's wrong? Why can't you take it off?" So Khan, 39, brought the issue up with members of her Dar Al-Taqwa mosque in Ellicott City. The mosque, along with members of a faith-based county group, People Acting Together in Howard, met with the Columbia Association to create a...
  • God and Liberty - Part I

    10/17/2011 9:19:36 PM PDT · by aaronopine · 5 replies
    Aaron Opine Blog ^ | 10/17/11 | AaronOpine
    Part I – The Origin of Liberty The United States became a nation through a grand self-declaration of independence on July 4, 1776. The American colonialists-turned-revolutionaries fought a valiant and victorious battle against Great Britain to back up the audacious claim made in their Declaration of Independence. In 1788 the Constitution of the United States was ratified. A new nation was born that would stand as the bastion of liberty for centuries to come because of its religious influence. Ironically, many citizens of this very same nation today writhe at the suggestion that religion is, or could be, responsible for...