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  • No Separation of Mosque and State?

    11/18/2016 4:41:46 PM PST · by rhett october · 18 replies
    Resistance Feed ^ | 11-18-2016 | Rhett October
    The story of the Obama administration sending $770,000,000 in taxpayer money to rebuild and even expand mosques in foreign countries broke in October and enraged taxpayers everywhere. The question coming from taxpayers who were flipping the bill for foreign mosques but often struggling to pay their own bills was, ‘How could we afford to send such sensational, fairy-tale sized money to a foreign country while our infrastructure crumbles, our veterans starve, our job participation rate is at one of the lowest levels ever, and while our national debt stands at never before seen, record levels?’ READ THE REST AT http://resistancefeed.com/2016/11/18/obama-paid-770000000-taxpayer-money-to-foreign-mosques/
  • Hundreds Turn Out For Pantsuit Nation Kansas City, Not-So-Secret Facebook Group

    11/13/2016 4:54:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    KCUR-FM ^ | November 13, 2016 | Peggy Lowe
    Jordan, a Kansas City psychology professor and mother of two, spent a euphoric Election Day believing the country was electing its first female president. She voted, visited the grave of local suffragette Sarah Chandler Coates and turned on Spotify to dance with her mom to Nick Lowe’s “I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass.” Then she watched the returns come in, only to see Hillary Clinton lose to Donald Trump. “I felt like somebody had died,” she said. “Not just that someone had died. But that someone was going to just keep dying every day.” She stayed up all night...
  • HILLARY ABUSES THE PULPIT

    11/07/2016 10:59:11 AM PST · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    Catholic League ^ | November 7, 2016 | Bill Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on Hillary Clinton’s speech at an African American church in Philadelphia yesterday: Hillary Clinton took her campaign to Mount Airy Church of God in Christ yesterday afternoon. According to one report, “she urged parishioners of a black church in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane neighborhood to choose ‘hope over fear’ and vote to send her to the White House.” Another story described how she stood “at a wooden lectern in the center of a purple-carpeted altar,” making her pitch to the faithful. There has been no complaint from the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State,...
  • New York Launches Campaign to Fight Islamophobia

    09/27/2016 11:12:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 27 September 2016
    New York City kicked off a social media advertising campaign on Monday to combat negative perceptions of Muslims and counteract increasing instances of threats and violence, officials said. Showing an array of photographs of Muslim men and women, the campaign reads “I am Muslim. I am NYC”, according to the New York City Commission on Human Rights. The campaign is aimed at addressing negative depictions and rhetoric, officials said.
  • Syriac Catholic Patriarch Warns: Western Politicians and Media Mislead World on Middle East

    08/02/2016 1:03:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    NC Register ^ | August 1, 2016 | VICTOR GAETAN
    ROME — Imagine a five-star general, under assault, with no weapons of defense — except faith. Think of an Old Testament prophet living today, describing the evil destroying his community — but few listen. That general or prophet is the fierce and noble leader of the Syriac Catholic Church of Antioch, Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan, age 71, whose Church comprises some 200,000 souls worldwide. snip According to the patriarch, fundamental errors in Syria came from Western politicians insisting that democracy can be exported, when it can’t; from Western media describing an “Arab Spring” style opposition movement and the existence...
  • Bizarre, Satanic Opening Ceremony for Swiss Tunnel

    06/09/2016 7:31:53 PM PDT · by Prince of Desmond · 18 replies
    WND ^ | 6/6/16 | Leo Hohmann
    Legions of blank-faced workers marching in lockstep, a bare-breasted woman dressed as a fallen angel suspended from the ceiling, dancers in their underwear simulating homosexual acts on a metal cart, robed Satanist-type figures bearing goat skulls, dancers in grass costumes worshipping a goat-headed man who "dies" and is resurrected. Is this some sort of bizarre witches' sabbat out in the woods? A Satanic black mass in the depths of an abandoned cemetery? No, it's the opening ceremony of the historic Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland, attended by some of the most powerful leaders in Europe, including Chancellor Angela Merkel of...
  • School’s Vegan Approach Has Kids Invested In Eating Well

    01/14/2016 9:03:21 PM PST · by daisy12 · 38 replies
    CBS LA ^ | January 13, 2016 | CBS LA
    Fifth-grader turned part-time gardener Emma Leyson is showing off her greens on Muse School’s campus. “This is the strawberry plant I planted,” Leyson told CBS2’s Stephanie Simmons. Thought to be the first of its kind in the country, the school recently adopted an all-vegan lunch menu. As part of their curriculum, the students learn how to create food from seed to table. --snip-- Paul Hudak, who runs the program at Muse, works closely with the school’s master chef to prepare a variety of vegan choices for the kids. --snip-- Before rolling out the new menu this school year, the staff...
  • Congressman: Jesus and Moses Would Oppose Bill Repealing Obamacare and Defunding Planned Parenthood

    01/07/2016 10:13:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 7, 2016 | 12:34 PM EST | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    During Wednesday's House floor debate on a reconciliation bill that would repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood, Rep. Steve Cohen (D.-Tenn.) argued that Jesus and Moses would oppose what the House was seeking to do. "We just came through Hanukkah and Christmas, and we ought to think a little bit about what Hanukkah and Christmas were about and what Moses and Jesus would be about," said Cohen. "I think they would be about saving lives and about giving everybody an opportunity to live, not patient-centric health care, but people living and getting health care like every other civilized, industrialized country...
  • Religious leader thanks God for abortionists, calls them heroes

    12/27/2015 6:14:20 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | December 26, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    Tell us again how you love Jesus and support abortion. That’s what Reverend Harry Knox, leader of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) does on a regular basis. The head of the religious group that supports and promotes Planned Parenthood, and does so in the name of God, wants to be sure that in the season that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, his group of religious leaders would have supported the right to abort the Christ-child. In a letter to the RCRC’s email list this month, Knox wrote: Thank God for abortion providers. Thank God for all the...
  • Obama backs ‘Equality Act,’ which could harm religious liberty

    11/13/2015 5:24:02 AM PST · by wagglebee · 10 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/12/15 | Dustin Siggins
    WASHINGTON, D.C., November 12, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – President Obama says he backs "The Equality Act," which would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. "Upon that review it is now clear that the administration strongly supports the Equality Act,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced on Tuesday. “That bill is historic legislation that would advance the cause of equality for millions of Americans. “We look forward to working with Congress to ensure that the legislative process produces a result that balances both the bedrock principles of civil rights...with the religious liberty that we hold...
  • Christian Daycare Workers Fired for Refusing to Call a Little Girl a Boy (homofacism in Katy Texas)

    11/08/2015 3:01:45 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 97 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Nov 2015 | Lana Shadwick
    Two daycare workers have been fired for refusing to go along with the center’s transgender agenda. Madeline Kirksey, one of the workers who is an author of a Christian book, says her religious liberty rights have been violated. The two were fired after refusing to call a little girl a boy. The two male parents of a six-year-old little girl told employees at the school to refer to their daughter as a boy, and to call her by a new masculine name. The little girl’s hair had also been cut like a boy’s. Kirksey told Breitbart Texas in an interview,...
  • White House wants to ban conversion therapy on minors

    10/15/2015 6:38:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/15/15 | Robert King
    White House officials pushed to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youths, pointing to new findings that debunk the therapy. A ban on the conversion therapy for minors was introduced in Congress on Thursday, following a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. "The science rebukes this so-called practice and so do we," White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told reporters on a call Thursday. The report from the administration includes a consensus from an expert panel held by the American Psychological Association earlier this summer.The panel found that variations in "sexual orientation and gender identity are normal,...
  • More chance of hearing the Gospel in Africa than Sweden

    08/16/2015 1:48:27 PM PDT · by NRx · 30 replies
    Pastoral Meanderings ^ | 08-16-2015 | Pastor Peters
    Once a solid, vibrant Lutheran stronghold, Scandinavia today is probably the most secularized region of the Western world. Spiritually, Scandinavians have become “the people that dwell in darkness.” Scandinavia is filled with large, beautiful, empty churches. This has not happened by accident. . . It is probably the case today that a randomly selected African has a better chance than a randomly selected Scandinavian of hearing the Gospel clearly preached.  There was a time when every Swede was Lutheran from birth by law, and no other denomination was permitted. The Church of Sweden took to calling itself Den Svenska...
  • [Francis George] Cardinal: U.S. ‘Creed’ on Gay Marriage Like Sharia Law

    09/04/2015 4:06:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/10/14 | Michael W. Chapman
    Cardinal Francis George, head of the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago, said the levers of power in government, education, entertainment, and media are enforcing a “public creed,” a “fake church” that requires all citizens to approve of gay marriage and related sexual anomalies or be punished by the State, just “as Christians and Jews are fined for their religion in countries governed by Sharia law.” Cardinal George, who was president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2007-10, made his remarks in his Sept. 7 column for the archdiocesean newspaper. In his commentary, the cardinal explains that America, despite...
  • Marching boldly into the New Post-homophobic Christianity

    07/05/2015 6:44:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 5, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It wasn’t like we didn’t see this coming but it’s certainly arriving faster and harder than even some of the more conservative estimates would have predicted. Now that gay marriage (or just any old marriage if you prefer) is a “constitutionally assured right” in the United States, Left side proponents are taking their victory laps. But at the same time they’re going to stick to the established talking points of telling everyone not to worry… nothing bad is going to happen to anyone else. You’re just not adjusted to the New and Improved Post-Homophobic Christianity. (From the Daily Beast) The...
  • The IRS vs. The Church

    04/27/2015 9:33:46 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 27, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The IRS targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups prior to the 2012 election was an unconscionable abuse of power for which accountability and punishment have been noticeably absent. But this was and is not the only use by the Obama administration of the power to tax to attempt to destroy its political opponents. The IRS is also involved in targeting what President Obama has called “less than loving” Christians through the mandates of ObamaCare and its attack on the free exercise of religion through the attempted coercion of mandated health insurance coverage This administration’s war on religion is...
  • Tennessee Senate shelves bill that would name Bible as state book

    04/16/2015 6:06:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/16/15 | Tim Ghianni
    A proposal to make the Bible the official state book of Tennessee, a measure the state attorney general had said would be unconstitutional, was effectively dropped for the year on Thursday by the state Senate, officials said. The bill had been approved by the state House of Representatives on Wednesday over objections by Governor Bill Haslam, who called it disrespectful. Attorney General Herbert Slatery III, religious leaders and others said the measure violated the separation of church and state under both the U.S. and Tennessee Constitutions. Republicans, who hold strong majorities in the state House and Senate, were divided over...
  • A Child of Gay Parents Writes to Justice Kennedy

    03/03/2015 8:50:19 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 16 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 27 2015 | Katy Faust
    Dear Justice Kennedy, June is nigh, and with it will comes your ruling on the most contentious political issue of our time: marriage. I write because I am one of many children with gay parents who believe we should protect marriage. I believe you were right when, during the Proposition 8 deliberations, you said “the voice of those children [of same-sex parents] is important.” I’d like to explain why I think redefining marriage would actually serve to strip these children of their most fundamental rights. It’s very difficult to speak about this subject, because I love my mom. Most of...
  • Pro-Abortion Members of Congress Use God to Justify Supporting Planned Parenthood

    02/02/2015 12:42:35 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | 2/2/15 | Sarah Zagorski
    On January 26th, the Union Theological Seminary hosted a new event called the Congressional Faith Orientation on Capitol Hill. At the event, five democrat legislators spoke about how their faith influences their work in the legislature. According to the Christian Post, the representatives included, Sheila Jackson Lee, R-Texas, Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, and James Clyburn, D-South Carolina. In the past, these lawmakers have opposed pro- life legislation, and at the orientation a few of them argued against cutting funding of Planned Parenthood. In their opinion, it is ok for Christians to collaborate with the abortion giant because they are dedicated to...
  • Democrats in Congress Urged to Be 'Bold' Like Republicans With God Talk; Assert Christian Faith....

    01/30/2015 6:34:42 AM PST · by Morgana · 35 replies
    christianpost.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Samuel Smith ,
    FULL TITLE: Democrats in Congress Urged to Be 'Bold' Like Republicans With God Talk; Assert Christian Faith Supports Gov't Funding for Planned Parenthood, Welfare WASHINGTON — The progressive, New York-based Union Theological Seminary hosted the first-ever Congressional Faith Orientation on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, which was attended by five Democratic Congress members who addressed the role religion and faith play in determining how they vote on public policies. While it is a widely-held notion that the Republican Party is more beholden to faith and religion when it comes to integrating them in federal public policy decisions, the Democratic panel members discussed...
  • Muslim virus sneaks into Common Core open wound to infect N.C. high school students

    12/22/2014 8:38:21 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 28 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/22/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The students at North Carolina’s Farmville Central High School have been infected with a dangerous virus deliberately administered to them by their state’s school board. While the town’s parents were busy raising and caring for their families they made the mistake of trusting “professional” educators who have been caught injecting Islam into the school’s Common Core curriculum. The shocked townsfolk now see their children’s English class lessons being taught with references to Muhammad and other elements of Islam. Surprised students are asking how references to religion can be openly made in a public school and offered the following instructions they...
  • Sorry, President Obama: Scripture Doesn’t Support Amnesty

    11/21/2014 4:58:20 PM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 21, 2014 | D.C. McAlister
    Sorry, President Obama: Scripture Doesn’t Support Amnesty So President Obama is quoting Scripture to make his case for amnesty. I just knew the separation-of-church-and-state crowd would be up in arms today with shouts of protest—wait, there aren’t any. No scathing posts. No statement from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Oh, right, this is a Democratic president, so it’s okay. His reference to Exodus 22:1 and 23:9 is perfectly acceptable. But like most politicians who pillage the Bible for their own purposes, Obama plucked verses out of context. “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt”...
  • Univ. of San Francisco: Straights, Whites Have "Heterosexual," Racist "Privilege"

    11/02/2014 6:27:18 PM PST · by therightliveswithus · 78 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/2/14 | Aurelius
    In a new campaign to reportedly raise awareness of "privilege," the University of San Francisco is handing out fliers telling anyone who is white, straight, Christian, or "able-bodied" that they are privileged and need to "check their privilege." The campaign was put together by three professors at the college and Student Life. The fliers also claim that if you believe that your gender identity and biological gender are the same (that is, if you consider yourself a male and you are biologically male), you are privileged as well. No matter who you are, no matter what your situation in life,...
  • Secularism Declares Open War on Religious Faith

    10/26/2014 8:50:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 26, 2014 | Michael Brown
    In case you didn’t know it, if you are a conservative Christian, you are just like Boko Haram and ISIS. At least, that’s what the secularists are saying. More absurd still, they actually believe this.Of course, secularism has been waging war against religion for centuries, but more recently, in America and Europe, the rhetoric of secularism has become more extreme and shrill.When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, critics complained that the Court’s eminently reasonable decision was “anti-scientific.”As noted by Jonathan Adler in the Washington Post, “The Daily Beast‘s Sally Kohn decried the Court’s reliance on ‘bunk...
  • Some Revere parents upset over Islam in curriculum

    10/22/2014 6:49:48 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 21 replies
    whdh.com ^ | October 20, 2014
    REVERE, Mass. (WHDH) - Some parents in Revere were angry when they learned students were being taught about Islam and the Muslim religion. "No religion should be taught at school. In their paper it says Allah is their only God. That's insulting to me as a Christian who believes in just Jesus only," said Anthony Giannino. A section of the textbook describing the beliefs of Muslims says, "I bear witness that there is no God but Allah." Giannino immediately pulled his son out of the classroom. "We don't believe in Allah. I don't believe in my son learning about this...
  • Christians Can’t Accept Houston’s Intimidation Tactics Without Protest

    10/17/2014 5:14:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10-16-14 | Mollie Hemingway
    Support for legalizing same-sex marriage dropped from 54 percent to 49 percent since February, according to a Pew Research Center poll. Analysts said they had no idea why or if it was just a random blip. I joked on Twitter that my April article “Rise of the Same-Sex Marriage Dissidents” probably was the cause. But in all seriousness, perhaps seeing the totalitarianism of extremist wings of the gay rights movement has soured some people on efforts to change marriage law — or at least given people pause about the tradeoffs involved with redefining marriage or enacting broad legislation around sexual...
  • Houston Demands Oversight of Sermons!

    10/14/2014 9:33:21 AM PDT · by rfreedom4u · 99 replies
    WND ^ | October 13, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    Officials with the city of Houston, Texas, who are defending a controversial ordinance that would allow men to use women’s restrooms now have demanded to see the sermons preached by several area pastors. The recent move came in a subpoena from the city to pastors for copies of their sermons and other communications in the city’s legal defense of a “non-discrimination” measure that allows “gender-confused” people to use public restrooms designated for the opposite sex. A lawsuit challenging Houston’s move alleges the city violated its own charter in its adoption of the Equal Rights Ordinance, which in May designated homosexuals...
  • "Public Schools Introduce Islam" In Mississippi

    10/09/2014 7:49:09 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 22 replies
    "Public Schools Introduce Islam" In Mississippi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYDTL4N8y4k
  • U.S. tax dollars pay for U.S. mosque security upgrades

    10/04/2014 9:15:35 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 20 replies
    Cultural Jihad ^ | 10/03/2014 | Cultural Jihad
    A recent announcement from the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) / Masjid Al-Rahmah advised that it will be receiving a grant from the Nonprofit Security Grant Program administered through the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA): ISB will be receiving $74,675.00 which will go towards upgrading, enhancing and adding to our security infrastructure. Over the next several months you will see contractors on-site conducting these security enhancements. The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) is nationwide and overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Part of DHS’s Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), it has been in effect since 2005. To...
  • Cantor: Amnesty For DREAMers Is 'Biblical'

    06/04/2014 7:41:53 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 55 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/4/14 | Caroline May
    Majority Leader Eric Cantor offered a new explanation for why he supports granting amnesty to individuals brought into the country illegally as minors, often called “DREAMers” in reference to the “DREAM Act.” It's “Biblical,” he said in a local radio interview. “I’ve always said that there’s a Biblical root and a tradition in this country that says we don’t hold children liable for their parents’ acts and when you have kids who may have been brought here let’s say at 2 months old unbeknownst to them and they’ve been here all their lives and they want to serve in our...
  • Obama warns of 'devastating' hurricanes from climate change

    06/01/2014 2:25:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/30/14 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    President Obama warned Friday that storms like Hurricane Sandy will become more frequent as climate change intensifies. While being briefed by emergency response officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters, Obama urged the public to prepare now for this year's hurricane season. "The changes we’re seeing in our climate means that, unfortunately, storms like Sandy could end up being more common and more devastating," Obama said. "And that’s why we’re also going to be doing more to deal with the dangers of carbon pollution that help to cause this climate change and global warming. And that’s why we’re...
  • Exclusive: (NY)Times Internal Report Painted Dire Digital Picture...

    05/15/2014 9:58:06 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    Buzzfeed.com ^ | 5/15/2014 | Myles Tanzer
    “Our journalism advantage is shrinking,” a committee led by the publisher’s son warned. A call to get rid of the metaphor of “Church and State.” A 96-page internal New York Times report, sent to top executives last month by a committee led by the publisher’s son and obtained by BuzzFeed, paints a dark picture of a newsroom struggling more dramatically than is immediately visible to adjust to the digital world, a newsroom that is hampered primarily by its own storied culture. The Times report was finalized March 24 by a committee of digitally oriented staffers led by reporter A.G. Sulzberger....
  • Hillary Clinton's 'Social Gospel' Good Enough for Democrats

    05/01/2014 10:59:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.vom ^ | May 1, 1014 | Cal Thomas
    Faith is making a comeback among liberal Democrats, but they still have a way to go. First, some history. Hoping to attract some Evangelical Christian votes more than 20 years ago, former vice president Al Gore wrote that the biblical story of Noah and the Ark could be paraphrased in modern terms, "Thou shalt preserve biodiversity" ("Earth in the Balance" p. 245). Gore also claimed the first recorded instance of pollution was when Cain killed Abel and Abel's blood "falls on the ground, rendering it fallow" (p. 247). Gore seemed fluent in religious language and theology compared to a comment...
  • Religious Progressives’ Future

    05/05/2014 8:30:59 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 4, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    At the Brookings Institute, a center-left think tank, Washington Post contributor E.J. Dionne, theological professor Gary Dorrien, and Columbia University professor Dorian Warren discussed the future of religious progressives in American society and how it could influence community organizing. “The Romney coalition is actually made up, a religious make-up that is even more white and Christian of Americans over 65 years old” while the “Obama coalition [has] more religiously unaffiliated [voters] …[a] higher proportion of non-white Christians…much closer to the younger cohort.” He claimed, “The Obama coalition is much more diverse.” Yet, Dionne admitted, “Only 13% of Democrats are religious...
  • Hillary: Jesus’ loaves and fishes thing was his way of teaching us liberal policies

    04/29/2014 7:26:06 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 57 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 28, 2014 | Dan Calabrese
    A good rule of thumb with Hillary Clinton is this: If it comes out of her mouth, it’s insincere. You will never lose money taking that bet 100 times out of 100. And a good corollary to that rule is this: When she tells you what something is supposed to mean, that’s not what it means at all. Especially when she’s talking about the Bible. Pay attention: When a liberal who “rarely mentions his or her faith” suddenly shows up in a church quoting Scripture to you, it’s a pretty good bet that liberal is trying to pervert the Scripture...
  • Small boy mistakes Jersey City sand mandala for playground, destroys hours of work

    04/25/2014 4:11:58 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    Jersey Journal NJ.com ^ | April 25, 2014
    Jersey City received a lesson on the impermanence of life a bit earlier than planned today, when a toddler mistook a Buddhist sand mandala for a playground this morning, smudging the center and sides and almost destroying days of painstaking work.
  • Theologians Challenge Bart Ehrman's 'Sloppy' Scholarship in 'How Jesus Became God' With New Book

    04/25/2014 7:48:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/25/2014 | Nicola Menzie
    Bart Ehrman, prolific author, New Testament scholar and former evangelical Christian, says it took him eight years to research and complete his new book, How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. Yet, a group of fellow scholars responded in their book, How God Became Jesus, by claiming that the Christian-turned-agnostic's "sloppy" scholarship on Jesus' divinity leaves much to be desired. Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, says his research reveals that Jesus, a first century Galilean, never claimed to be God, and that it...
  • Church and State: The Separation Illusion

    04/22/2014 12:09:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Stand to Reason ^ | 04/22/2014 | Greg Koukl
    The goal of First Amendment was to protect religious expression, not restrict it. In the last 50 years, though, “non-establishment” has been redefined as “separation,” effectively amending the Constitution and isolating Christians from the political process.“Will You Be a Casualty in Their Religious War?” read the headline of an advertisement that almost covered an entire page of the L.A. Times. Underneath were pictures of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Lou Sheldon, along with condemning quotes substantiating their apparent jihad against irreligious secularists.The text of the advertisement read: “The radical religious right has declared war on America. It is a...
  • 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...