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  • 'Gay mafia' attacks Focus on the Family movie

    04/13/2014 2:02:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies ^ | April 11, 2014 | Drew Zahn
    The Christian organization Focus on the Family is releasing a movie in theaters May 6 called “Irreplaceable” about the value of traditional families, the importance of fathers being engaged in their children’s lives and the healing power of forgiveness. But apparently to some advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, community, that’s a cardinal sin. LGBT advocates have launched an effort to disparage the movie online, petition against it and work to make sure “Irreplaceable” isn’t seen in your local theater. Focus President Jim Daly reports in a blog post that some of the more than 700...
  • Are Modern People Morally Advanced?

    03/23/2014 8:06:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/23/2013 | Bruce W. Davidson
    In regard to widespread disdain for the Middle Ages, C. S. Lewis felt that many modern people suffer from a kind of “chronological snobbery” and that “the modern conception of Progress ... is simply a myth, supported by no evidence whatever.” Certainly many minds smugly assume our world’s moral superiority to that of people in the past. That assumption merits some close critical scrutiny. This claim probably does not rest on an improvement in the numbers of deaths in war and genocide. Many millions died in past atrocities such as the Mongol invasions of Asia and Europe and the Muslim...
  • The Fallacy of Being Economically but Not Morally Conservative

    03/02/2014 2:06:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | March 2, 2014 | Michael Youssef
    Regular readers of my column know that I usually don’t use the words “conservative” and “liberal.” Why is that? Because those words in today’s lingo—like the words “love” and “democracy”—can mean almost anything you want. Unlike past times when precision in meanings was important, we have now produced a generation that no longer understands the historic or political meaning of those words. Within the population of the confused, however, my greatest disappointment is held for those who describe themselves as economically conservative, but socially liberal. But do they even know what that means? On the economics side, this is what...
  • A Force More Powerful Than Oscar

    02/25/2014 12:49:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | February 25, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    I don't have to explain to anyone how television is much more risque, with some programs being downright lewd, than it was decades ago. But I want to tell you about something that can change the course of values in television and movies. Once upon a time, about as edgy as it got was Barbara Eden's "I Dream of Jeannie" character, who showed her trim tummy, and Elvis swinging his pelvis on "The Ed Sullivan Show" -- though the broadcast screen only captured the upper half of his body as he did. Today, of course, we've got everything from Miley...
  • Chess and True Freedom

    02/18/2014 9:33:39 AM PST · by Fester Chugabrew · 23 replies ^ | November 21, 2013 | Dr. Brian Mattson
    The game of chess is never going to rival soccer or the NFL for popularity. Five hours of watching two players sitting in chairs thinking deep thoughts doesn’t seem like much widespread viewing potential. It is remarkable, then, that this month chess is enjoying global enthusiasm and popularity like it hasn’t since Garry Kasparov played IBM’s computer “Deep Blue” in the 1990s or, even further back, the electrifying performance of Bobby Fischer against Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, 1972. If you’re an average American, you probably don’t know anything about any of it, so I want to take the opportunity to...
  • Abortion and the Suicide of the West

    01/22/2014 6:51:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | January 22, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Jenelle Evans, 22, had an abortion this year. Originally featured on MTV four years ago as a pregnant teenager, Evans, who loves to party, had a son, gave the son to her mother to raise, got into heroin, got married and went to jail; her husband ended up in jail as well on drug charges. They got divorced. He didn't know that Evans was pregnant. She got an abortion. He found out about it on the commercials for "Teen Mom 2." Now she's pregnant again. With a third guy. Who may or may not be seeing another woman on the...
  • Glenn Beck is Pro-Gay!

    01/22/2014 10:27:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 92 replies ^ | 1/22/14 | Victoria Jackson
    Now it all makes sense. This week I heard Glenn Beck on his radio show, talking about his pro-gay stance. I could never figure out why Glenn Beck and his organization, his Mike Opelka, and his Donelly of the 9`12-ers, had been cold to me, in some cases downright mean. It’s the gay thing!! So many divisions in the conservative movement! He said Donelly ran a gay parade! No wonder why she never returned my call. I publicly said there should not be homosexual themes on primetime TV shows like Glee where innocent children are watching and thus being indoctrinated...
  • Should Christians Protest at Abortion Mills?

    01/18/2014 2:40:21 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies ^ | 1/18/14 | RC Sproul, Jr
    Yes and no. As I have argued here, there are some fine reasons why Christians should be a constant presence at their local abortion mill. It is true that different believers, even different churches have different callings. Trouble is, too often we “feel called” to that which is most comfortable, most respectable. If there are ten churches within a five mile radius of the local mill, and everyone of them supports Bible study programs for successful businessmen something is wrong. Just remember that both the priest and the Levite had some thriving ministries to get to back in Jerusalem...
  • Defending The First Amendment

    01/16/2014 3:34:17 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 7 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 01/16/14 | LD Jackson
    Every once in a while, I find myself shocked by something someone says. It doesn't happen very often because, after blogging for several years, that shock has mostly worn off. I have received all kinds of comments, been accused of racism, bigotry, hatred, etc. Yesterday, I believe, was a new high. One of the comments I received on my post about homosexual marriage and states' rights actually made my mouth drop open in surprise. Left by S Fuller, it bears quoting in its own post. There was another time in American history when a large population of Americans believed that...
  • Political Means Don't Achieve Moral Ends

    01/13/2014 5:07:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | January 13, 2014 | Star Parker
    It’s too early to predict where N.J. Governor Chris Christie’s “bridgegate” scandal will lead. What did Christie know and when did he know it about actions of operatives in his administration who engineered the closing of key traffic lanes, leading onto the George Washington bridge outside Fort Lee, New Jersey, as political punishment for a Democratic mayor who did not endorse Christie’s reelection. The lane closings caused horrendous traffic jams that might have caused the death of one elderly woman. But whichever players in this horrible game of political vindictiveness are implicated, there is an important lesson. Despite our obsession...
  • Difficult Days Ahead for the Church?

    11/07/2012 6:17:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 48 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11/6/12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    My remarks will be brief, since this is not a political blog, and I am not a political prognosticator. The American people and process have spoken. But a few remarks based on the election results, things I think of as undeniable facts for the Church, though you are free to offer any rebuttals. 1. The strained relationship between the Catholic Church in the Democratic party will continue and the strain will likely grow. The reasons for this are that the Democratic Party is increasingly aligning itself with positions that are in direct conflict with Catholic teaching. More of this in...
  • It's Not Homosexuality or Having an Abortion: CNN Poll Reveals America's Most Agreed Upon Sin

    01/08/2014 10:23:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/08/2014 | Morgan Lee
    Ninety-four percent of Americans believe that "being married and having sex with someone else" is morally wrong, the highest figure on a list of eight actions that CNN asked 1,010 adults to ethically classify earlier this month. "Cheating on your taxes" followed adultery with 90 percent of Americans classifying it as morally wrong. "Having an abortion," "engaging in homosexual behavior" and "looking at a pornographic magazine" came in at 57, 50, and 46 percent, respectively. Glenn Stanton, the director for Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family, explained Americans' lack of consensus on what made an action morally wrong...
  • 'America does not lead the world in the area of morality': Lech Walesa

    01/02/2014 10:04:40 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1-2-14 | Rich Moran
    The former president of Poland and leader of the Solidarity movement is not enamored with President Obama and his leadership. The Hill: Former Polish President Lech Walesa says America no longer leads the world "in terms of politics and morality." Walesa, in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, spoke negatively about President Obama's leadership skills. "When he was elected there was great hope in the world. We were hoping that Obama would reclaim moral leadership for America, but that failed. America does not lead the world in the area of morality," Walesa said. Walesa, who is promoting a new biopic...
  • Free Exercise of Virtue Prohibited as of Today in USA

    01/01/2014 8:20:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | January 1, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    As of today -- Jan. 1, 2014 -- a Democratic administration led by President Barack Obama will use a regulation permitted and funded by a Republican-majority House of Representatives to prohibit Americans from freely exercising not just Christianity, but virtue itself in the United States of America. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines virtue as "conformity to a standard of right" -- and, in truth, there is only one such standard. Individuals are born and die, nations rise and fall -- yet it remains. Nor can it be escaped -- no matter how devoutly men such as Obama seek to annul it,...
  • Phil Robertson: American Hero

    12/31/2013 4:38:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    American Spectator ^ | December 31, 2013 | Jeffery Lord
    Well, that only took decades. Who knew that the Leftist Playbook would finally get seriously winged by a duck caller? [SNIP] As the year ends, the un-suspension of Phil Robertson is exactly the moment to understand that what Mr. Robertson and his family — who rallied to their patriarch — have accomplished is no small thing. This “controversy” in fact had nothing to do with gays or African Americans. In fact, the Robertson-A&E dust-up was merely the latest in a long — very long — line of leftist attempts to impose supposedly sophisticated moral pretensions on the rest of the...
  • Downward and Deeper into Sexual Confusion: Parents Choose to Raise “Genderless” Child

    05/31/2011 2:51:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | May 30, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is no secret that our culture as a whole is descending into an ever-deeper sexual confusion. Recently two examples of this were in the news.In the first article which I summarize here, a Canadian couple have chosen to raise (impose upon?) their child a “genderless” upbringing. For now, they have refused to tell any of their family or friends the sex of their child, whom they call “Storm,” and groom and dress the infant child ambiguously.I would like to provide excerpts of a much longer article here and comment as we go. As usual, the article is in bold,...
  • Neal Boortz, Libertarianism, and Moral Government -- Somebody's morality is going to govern us.

    12/30/2013 5:11:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/30/2013 | Trevor Thomas
    While substituting for Sean Hannity recently, Neal Boortz went into another of his "libertarian" rants against "social" conservatives. Taking note of the recent flak involving Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty," while pleading that the fate of the republic may depend upon Republicans retaking the U.S. Senate, Boortz forebodingly predicted that Republicans would fail in this task because, "they [Republicans] simply cannot resist the urge, the impulse to get into this social conservatism." Long known for his disdain of the "social" (I prefer "moral") issues, like many others, Boortz masquerades as libertarian while in reality being nothing more than a liberal...
  • Moral Intelligence and Public School Bullying

    12/22/2013 2:37:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 22, 2013 | Deborah C. Taylor
    On December 4, 2013 Randi Weingarten, president of the 1.5-million member American Federation of Teachers(AFT), spoke on C-Span about bullying, particularly of gay students. Ms. Weingarten said, with surprise in her voice, that she doesn't understand why gay students are still bullied in public schools, because in 2013, "It's cool to be gay." She also said she is gay, and now speaks about it openly.As a psychotherapist, I tell clients that being surprised by another person's behavior often results from erroneous assumptions about the person, usually because you see them as you want them to be rather than as they...
  • izarro World: Putin and the Patriarch Call Russia to Return to Moral Values

    12/19/2013 5:54:23 AM PST · by tcg · 20 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/19/13 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    ...The Bizarro World comes to mind as I watch the erosion of the moral foundation of freedom in the United States of America. I grew up believing that the United States of America, with its Christian roots, emphasis on a Natural Moral Law and recognition of inalienable rights which come from God, was a beacon for all Nations. In particular, for those Nations which had succumbed to the lies of atheistic Marxism. That included Russia, once the greatest proponent of atheistic communism. I still hope this is the case. However, we have clearly lost our moral compass as a Nation....
  • America's chief export: immorality

    12/16/2013 5:21:51 PM PST · by James R. Aist · 26 replies ^ | December 16, 2013 | Matt Barber
    Indeed, under this president, America's chief export has become immorality. Sexual deviancy, murder of the unborn, redistribution of wealth and other evils have been sanitized and propagandized as "basic human rights." Thus, when this arrogant man stands before the U.N. and decries those nations that refuse to embrace his special brand of pagan relativism, we shouldn't be surprised if those nations push back.
  • Vladimir Putin claims Russia is moral compass of the world

    12/12/2013 10:08:57 AM PST · by AnalogReigns · 46 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12 December 2013 | Damien McElroy
    Vladimir Putin sought to cast Russia as the moral arbiter of the world on Thursday, as he hit out at America’s “non-traditional values” and its influence across the world. In an annual state of the nation address, the 61-year-old Russian president said his country did not aspire to be “some kind of superpower”. “We do not infringe on anyone’s interests, we do not force our patronage on anyone, or try to teach anyone how to live,” he said. His comments amounted to an oblique rebuttal to the growing international movement against Russia’s restrictive laws on homosexuality. ... Mr Putin defended...
  • Knockouts High and Low

    11/23/2013 3:33:41 AM PST · by grimalkin · 18 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 22, 2013 5:00 PM | Mark Steyn
    On November 22, 1963, two other notable men died, and got relegated to the foot of page 37 — the British authors C. S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley. Lewis endures because of the Narnia books (and films), but there’s a lot more in the back of his wardrobe. In his book The Abolition of Man, he writes of “men without chests” — the chest being “the indispensable liaison” between the head and the gut, between “cerebral man” and “visceral man.” In the chest beat what Lewis calls “the trained emotions.” Without them there is no honor or virtue, but only...
  • The disappearance of heroes -- perception or reality?

    11/10/2013 8:36:22 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    Renew America ^ | 11-10-13 | Luke Hamilton
    Our stories are changing. Wonder and Beauty slowly eke from our world, unnoticed and unmourned. I used to think it was a natural cessation from the Neverland of youth; a necessary immigration from the immature trappings of youthful imagination to the logical constraints of a moribund maturity. However I've found that this is not just my perspective, draining of imagination and wonder as I age. Our stories, our heroes are changing. Our children seem less prone to idealism, more immune to wonder; and this points to a tidal shift in the culture itself. If you watch or read any contemporary...
  • Singapore bans adultery website Ashley Madison

    11/09/2013 10:29:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 9, 2013 4:39 AM EST | Satish Cheney
    Singapore’s government has blocked access to the popular adultery website Ashley Madison amid a public outcry ahead of the company’s planned launch of a portal for the city-state. The Media Development Authority, which regulates the Internet, said in a statement late Friday that it has blocked access to the Canada-based website because it is in “flagrant disregard of our family values and public morality.” …
  • What Makes Us Different? (Vanity?)

    10/30/2013 9:56:36 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 62 replies
    My mind | 10/30/13 | Hoagy62
    I was speaking with Mrs. Hoagy62 this morning about some of the threads I was seeing here on FR. There is a LOT of things being said about defense in the face of tyranny, tactics to be used when going up against tyrannical forces, and general commentary about what one does in certain situations. One of the things that I found a little disturbing is the thought that one should target families of those who may be in the employ of the government/military/police forces on the opposite side of a possible CWII conflict. I refer to the comment on the...
  • Responding to the Gay Agenda

    10/11/2013 1:33:21 PM PDT · by James R. Aist · 21 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | october 9, 2013 | Jamaes R. Aist
    Welcome homosexual people to fellowship with your congregation, but be very careful how you show them the “love of Christ.” If you welcome them into church membership and/or give them leadership positions of any kind while they are still living a homosexual lifestyle, you will be, in effect, affirming and endorsing their lifestyle and helping them along a path that can only result in their spending their eternity in hell. (1 Corinthians 6:9). How is that showing them the “love of Christ”, who died to save them from their sins, not to save them and their sins?
  • Raising Children of Light in a Culture of Darkness

    09/23/2013 6:40:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | September 23, 2013 | Matt Barber
    “I do not want to drive across a bridge designed by an engineer who believed the numbers in structural stress models are relative truths.” – R.C. Sproul I was delighted to speak on Sunday at Faith Christian Center in Arlington, Texas. I joined that community of believers in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the church’s affiliated school, St. Paul’s Preparatory Academy. The topic of my discussion was “How to Raise Christian Children in Today’s Culture.” As I was preparing my remarks it occurred to me that raising children to both love and faithfully serve the Lord and Creator of the...
  • If Berlusconi were gay he would never be on trial – Putin

    09/21/2013 9:59:32 PM PDT · by Innovative · 22 replies
    RT ^ | Sept 21, 2013 | Staff
    Putin highlighted traditionalism as the center for Russia’s national identity. “Without the values at the core of Christianity and other world religions, without moral norms that have been shaped over millennia, people will inevitably lose their human dignity,” he stated. The president criticized “Euro-Atlantic countries” where “any traditional identity, … including sexual identity, is rejected… There is a policy equating families with many children with same-sex families, belief in God with belief in Satan,” he said. “Any minority’s right to be different must be respected, but the right of the majority must not be questioned,” Putin added. ... President Putin...
  • Is Legislating Morality Biblical?

    09/01/2013 5:52:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Research Institute ^ | 08/31/2013 | Frank Turek
    Why Christians Must Legislate Morality by Frank TurekWhen I have just a minute to communicate the importance of Christians being involved in politics, I call up this satellite picture of the Korean peninsula on my iPhone.1 Here we see a homogenous population of mostly Koreans separated by a well-fortified border. South Korea is full of light, productivity, and the gospel. They are a free country and one of the most Christianized countries in the world. North Korea is a concentration camp. They have no freedom, very little food, and almost no Christianity.I then ask, “What is the primary reason for...
  • “Do Not Judge”: What’s That Supposed to mean?

    08/26/2013 7:15:30 PM PDT · by James R. Aist · 33 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | August 22, 2013 | James R. Aist
    Born-again Christians who are proclaiming the truths of God’s Word are increasingly being accused, especially by unbelievers, of judging them, against the admonition of Jesus, “Do not judge”, as if Christians are not allowed, much less instructed, to judge anyone or anything, ever. But, is that really what Jesus meant? Is that a valid accusation, or is it merely a ploy to mislead us and keep us from speaking out on current moral issues, so that they can freely contend for their version of moral truth without opposition?
  • Founding Principles Worth Guiding America Then and Now

    08/12/2013 9:15:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | August 12, 2013 | Terry Paulson
    Whether it was finding the solid ground in writing the Declaration of Independence that would justify and drive a revolution or defining the core rights that would guide the crafting for our Constitution, our Founding Fathers held firmly to core principles that would help them navigate through unchartered waters. Every improvement is the result of change, but not every change is an improvement. Our Founding Fathers had to find a compass to give them a true north as they sorted through the choices and changes our emerging country faced. After more than two centuries, it is understandable that our citizens...
  • Obama to Jay Leno: Russian Laws Against Homosexuality ‘Violating Basic Morality’

    08/11/2013 5:29:30 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 64 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 11 Aug 13 | Heather Clark
    During his recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Barack Obama said that Russia and other countries like it are ‘violating basic morality’ by passing laws in opposition to the homosexual lifestyle. After Obama was asked about his reaction to Russia granting asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Leno then delved into the issue of homosexuality and the 2014 Olympics. “Well, something that shocked me about Russia — and I’m surprised this is not a huge story — suddenly, homosexuality is against the law,” he said. “I mean, this seems like Germany: Let’s round up the Jews,...
  • Why Do Younger Evangelicals Put Happiness and Popularity Over Morality and Truth?

    08/03/2013 7:10:24 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 61 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 8-1-13 | Wintery Knight
    Christianity is not just about being happy and feeling good and being liked by others What’s at the root of this movement to back away from moral issues? Here’s what I think is the problem. When you advocate for moral causes like protecting the unborn, or school choice, or freeing the slaves, a bunch of people are not going to like you. Christians in the time of Jesus knew that being bold about their Christian convictions would make a lot of people think bad things about them – they expected it. But young evangelicals have gotten the idea that being...
  • Is Sex outside the Sphere of Morality?

    07/29/2013 5:04:45 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 9 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 30 July 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    "Sex raises no special moral issues at all. Decisions about sex may involve considerations of honesty, concern for others, prudence and so on, but there is nothing special about sex in this respect, for the same could be said of decisions about driving a car. (In fact the moral issues raised by driving a car, both from an environmental and from a safety point of view, are much more serious than those raised by having sex.) Accordingly this book contains no discussion of sexual morality." This is from the introductory pages of Practical Ethics (Amazon US) , (Amazon UK)...
  • Racial Morality Play

    07/09/2013 5:48:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | July 9, 2013 | Mona Charen
    There is nothing the cable channels love more than a good murder trial, especially if the violence is spiced with the irresistible seasoning of race. But you don't understand much about America if you don't know that only some racial recipes are newsworthy. If the victim is white and the killer is black, it's not interesting (unless the killer is a celebrity). If the victims are both white, it's only interesting if the victim or the murderer is a comely blond female (preferably a nymphomaniac). If the victim and killer are both black, it's a yawn. If the victim is...
  • It’s Time Christians Told Those Who Seek to Silence Them, ‘Yeah, Right’

    07/07/2013 4:07:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | July 7, 2013 | Kevin Glass
    Two weeks ago a Sonoma State University student was ordered by one of the Seawolves’ lunatic supervisors to remove her cross necklace because some tender moron, who goes to that liberal madrasa, might get their panties in a wad. Yep, the overseer thought the cross accoutrement was vulgar. This is the same school that, with their easily offended students, put on The Vagina Monologues last March 9th, 2013. Let me see if I have this right: a pretty gold cross necklace on a blonde co-ed is nasty and a yarbling, six-foot feminist yapping about rape, mutilation, masturbation and orgasms is...
  • Political Right Must Summon Moral Courage to Fight Back

    06/28/2013 4:51:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | June 28, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    The totalitarian political left proves every day its relentless determination to complete President Obama's stated goal of fundamentally transforming this country. The political right can either wake up to this reality and unite in promoting a better vision or stand by and watch its children's future disintegrate. The left criticizes the right for its alleged partisanship, extremism, intolerance and angst, when the left dwarfs the right in all these characteristics. Contrary to leftist propaganda, mainstream conservatives haven't grown more strident or extreme -- unless you define extremists as those who are valiantly trying to preserve America's greatness and prevent the...
  • The State V. God

    06/27/2013 4:52:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | June 26, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States doubled down on the newly popular perspective that same-sex marriage opponents are motivated by hate and nastiness. Making little pretense at legal reasoning, the Court declared that the Defense of Marriage Act was just a government attempt to "degrade or demean" homosexuals. While the Court ultimately declined to make same-sex marriage the law of the land, it paved the groundwork for such a decision. Meanwhile, public opinion polls now suggest that a majority of Americans support same-sex marriage. Make no mistake: Same-sex marriage will be the law of the land within...
  • Man-of-the-Cloth in Five-Finger Discount

    06/24/2013 7:17:53 AM PDT · by Doc Savage · 28 replies
    June 24, 2013 | Doc Savage
    I frequently meet friends at Panera in the morning. For the past five years, almost every morning, a minister at a local church walks in. He always carries a large drink cup that he hides in his pant's pocket or down at his side. He grabs a USA Today from the stand near the door, moves to a table and sits down. He reads the paper for a minute or two to establish he's in the building, then walks over to the iced tea dispenser and fills it up. Then he takes six or seven pieces of lemon and squeezes...
  • Losing Your Religion

    06/22/2013 3:36:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies ^ | June 22, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    It was interesting to watch the state of Texas recently pass a law that allows anyone to say the greeting "Merry Christmas" in the state's public schools and buildings. Gov. Rick Perry signed the law saying he wished it wasn't necessary, but, in his opinion, protecting the words "Merry Christmas" has to be done because they are under fire from the freedom-from-religion crew. America has been heading down the secular road for decades, and a new Gallup poll reinforces that. When asked whether religion is losing its influence on American life, 77 percent said yes. Just 20 percent disagreed. But...
  • My Superman doesn't [....]

    06/18/2013 2:33:00 PM PDT · by craum · 67 replies
    18/06/2013 | Christopher Raum
    My Superman Doesn’t [....] [Spoiler Space] 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. There has been some (but not much) talk about the fact that Superman kills in this latest telling of his legend. Much of this talk revolves around what he did, but I want to take a higher level view. The point isn’t to debate his behaviour – the writers are the creators. What they will is so. The point is to debate the meaning of his behaviour. Superman stories are a reflection of the times, and certainly, important issues of each era have been mirrored...
  • Clark's Two Dads

    06/15/2013 6:09:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | June 15, 2013 | Kevin Mccullough
    The "mixed" reviews surrounding the debut of the new motion picture franchise "Man Of Steel" are both amusing and disgusting. The film is without question the greatest Super Hero film of the modern era, maybe of all time. The story line is all heart, the special effects are more seamless than anything in recent memory. In this epic you constantly find yourself caught up in this heart wrenching story about a kid, who while struggling to figure out who he is in narrative flashbacks, simultaneously sees the evidence of good and evil all around him, and knows he must somehow...
  • Parents of boy who wore makeup to school push for tolerance training

    06/10/2013 4:36:20 AM PDT · by DH · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 09, 2013 | Unknown
    This is an excerpt The parents of a Tampa Bay student have started an online petition asking for improved tolerance training after their son was castigated for wearing makeup on the last day of school.
  • Russia to ban same-sex foreign couples from adopting children under new law

    06/04/2013 3:14:00 AM PDT · by MarkBsnr · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3 June 2013 | Becky Evans
    Vladimir Putin will ban foreign homosexual couples from adopting Russian children, the government has confirmed. An amendment restricting foreign adoptions to 'traditional' families will be submitted to parliament in its autumn session by the government, Alexei Levchenko, a spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, said on Saturday. The ban underscores a growing rift between Russia and the West over gay rights. Vladimir Putin will ban foreign same-sex couples from adopting Russian children Putin said in April that a French law allowing same-sex marriage went against traditional Russian values and signalled Moscow would take steps to ensure gay couples from...
  • Why Having More Christians Won't Necessarily Change Our Culture

    05/28/2013 6:58:35 AM PDT · by xzins · 132 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 5/27/2013 | Os Hillman
    For centuries, Christians thought culture would change if we just had a majority of Christians in the culture. That has proven to be a false assumption. Culture is defined by a relatively small number of change agents who operate at the top of cultural spheres or societal mountains. It takes less than 3-5 percent of those operating at the top of a cultural mountain to actually shift the values represented on that mountain.For example, this is exactly what advocates in the gay rights movement has done through the "mountains" of media and arts and entertainment. They have strategically used these...
  • Three Things Only a PhD Can Believe

    05/22/2013 2:18:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    SALVO ^ | 05/22/2013 | Louis Markos
    It is often believed that people who have PhDs are possessed of higher self-esteem and greater independent thought than the average population. As a PhD myself, I fully understand why people believe this. The rigorous studying, testing, and writing required to receive a doctorate should free the PhD's mind from the idols of the marketplace and teach him that great truth that Socrates discovered: the more we learn, the more we realize what we do not know. That's what should happen. What I have more often found (in myself, as well as in others) is that the knowledge acquired puffs...
  • Study: 1 in 5 Pennsylvania Pastors 'Not In Sync' on Moral Issues

    05/10/2013 9:44:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/10/2013 | Jeff Schapiro
    A report from the Pennsylvania Pastors' Network reveals that approximately 20 percent of evangelical pastors in the Keystone State are "not in sync" on significant moral and doctrinal issues. The report contains information compiled from a phone survey conducted by United in Purpose on behalf of PPN. The survey asked evangelical pastors from across the state to respond to 20 questions pertaining to topics such as abortion, same-sex marriage, the authority of the Bible, and how a person can be spiritually saved. The results of the survey are being released in several parts over time. When asked to respond to...
  • The Homosexual Assault On Business: Marginalizing Morality

    04/28/2013 4:50:58 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 10 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 04/28/13 | Charles M. Phipps
    Over a year ago I wrote a post about the homosexual assault on businesses who refuse to provide services when doing so would violate their moral or religious beliefs. Lately I have been seeing many, many more instances of this. Determined to force their lifestyle on those who don't approve of it, lawsuits and official complaints seem to be the order of the day for the homosexuals. They can always count on judges and local officials who sit on human rights commissions to back them up in their quest to punish businesses who don't welcome their depravity. The latest I've...
  • Does a Decline in Morality in a Country, Harm the Economy?

    04/27/2013 10:39:30 AM PDT · by pinochet · 18 replies
    Conservatives often like to divide themselves into economic conservatives who care about the economy, and social conservatives who care about moral issues. But the mother of the post-war conservative movement, Phyllis Schlafly, says that both issues are linked, and that a decline in moral values harms a nation: Schlafly quoted from the article: (Schlafly said the establishment wants candidates that “will only talk about economic issues” and not social or moral issues or even national security issues". “And that’s such a terrible mistake, because those social issues are the cause of the fiscal issue, and they are the issues...
  • The Church's Fading Influence on American Culture

    04/11/2013 8:43:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/11/2013 | Simon de Hundehutte
    It seems people have misunderstood, as well as misrepresented, the church's role and influence in "secular society." The early Christians lived in the secular society of Rome, but by heralding the good news of salvation, what some might call "thumping," their words along with their deeds changed all of society of their day. In present-day America, however, secularists have taken over and changed the rules of the debate on so many key cultural issues. Religion, or more accurately, the Christian way of life, is being shoved out of not only politics but the American culture. We believers are being forced...