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  • Celibate Gay Christians: Neither Shockingly Conservative nor Worryingly Liberal

    08/14/2019 10:05:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 08/14/2019 | Ed Shaw
    Being a celibate gay Christian means being an object of suspicion. The wider LGBTQ community sees you as shockingly conservative (“You think gay sex is wrong?”), while the wider evangelical community sees you as worryingly liberal (“You call yourself gay?”). One day, someone will be expressing disgust toward your “fundamentalist” beliefs. On the next, someone else is targeting your “perverted” sexual orientation. Disparate groups see you as an existential threat, and their attacks can be fierce, as recent online responses to conferences like Revoice and ministries like Spiritual Friendship and Living Out would attest. Researchers Mark Yarhouse and Olya Zaporozhets...
  • Rise of the religious left? DNC hires faith outreach director to address party's..

    06/26/2019 9:13:19 AM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 19 replies
    fox ^ | 06/26/2019 | Caleb Park
    In 2012, the last election Democrats won, a headline from their convention read: "Democrats boo God." In 2016, they heckled a preacher during the opening prayer. It's a perception they've been trying to change since, especially on the 2020 campaign trail.
  • The mature stoner: why are so many seniors smoking weed?

    01/15/2019 8:57:26 AM PST · by Mariner · 220 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | January 15th, 2019 | Alex Halperin
    Older people are the fastest-growing group of cannabis users, as stigma fades and some seek an alternative to prescription drugs As attitudes towards cannabis shift, the fastest-growing group of users is over 50 – and marijuana’s popularity among seniors is beginning to change the American experience of old age. Why are more seniors getting high? It might make more sense to ask: “Why not?” As adults reach retirement, they age out of drug tests and have far more time on their hands. Some feel liberated to abandon long-held proprieties. Elegant vape pens and other attractive, discreet products have helped de...
  • Left-Wing Evangelicals: Is It an Oxymoron?

    12/04/2017 8:43:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/04/2017 | By Susan Stamper Brown
    Hypocrite – hip-uh-krit "a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc. that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs."Donald Trump has been president for a year, yet my social media news feed and email inbox still overflow with stupefied left-wing evangelicals who hate Trump (literally) and loathe the conservative Christians that voted for him.So then, where was the outrage from the same better-than-thou Chardonnay-swirling left-wing evangelical crowd when Christians voted for Obama?It's obvious that their condemnation has less to do with evangelicalism or Christianity and more to...
  • De Blasio: It's 'Distressing' ICE Is Arresting 'Law-Abiding' Illegal Immigrants

    05/21/2017 4:43:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 19, 2017 | Alex Pfeiffer
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that it is "distressing" that non-criminal illegal immigrants are being arrested. [Snip] In New York City, ICE arrested 156 non-criminal illegal immigrants, more than double the amount for the same period last year. De Blasio said in a radio interview with WNYC that "it's very distressing, Brian, to hear that ICE is picking up people who are law abiding and contributing to the community."
  • 'Religious left' emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era

    03/27/2017 6:40:44 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/27/17 | Scott Malone
    Since President Donald Trump's election, monthly lectures on social justice at the 600-seat Gothic chapel of New York's Union Theological Seminary have been filled to capacity with crowds three times what they usually draw. In January, the 181-year-old Upper Manhattan graduate school, whose architecture evokes London's Westminster Abbey, turned away about 1,000 people from a lecture on mass incarceration. In the nine years that Reverend Serene Jones has served as its president, she has never seen such crowds. "The election of Trump has been a clarion call to progressives in the Protestant and Catholic churches in America to move out...
  • SCHUMER: Raids are Snaring "Law-Abiding Illegals"

    02/14/2017 10:04:12 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2-13-2017 | Sarah Ferrechio
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Trump administration is rounding up and deporting "law-abiding" illegal immigrants and is demanding "details" about who is being targeted in a series of recent raids carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. "I have always supported smart immigration enforcement that helps to keep our country safe, but raids targeting law-abiding immigrants and treating those with traffic violations the same as murderers and robbers will only achieve the opposite," Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement Monday.
  • Conservative Mormons Revolt Against Donald Trump

    10/10/2016 8:02:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 165 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | October 9, 2016 | McKay Coppins
    The leaked video of Donald Trump’s lecherous musings had only been on the internet for a few hours Friday when the Mormon backlash began. “I’m out,” Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz told a local news anchor in Salt Lake City. “I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president. It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine.” The interview made Chaffetz the first Republican in Congress to officially retract his endorsement of Trump, and by next day he would be joined by dozens of his colleagues across the country. But in...
  • Texas Archbishop Slaps Down “Catholics” for Choice!

    09/13/2016 8:03:49 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 19 replies
    The Christian Review ^ | Sep 13, 2016 | Deal Hudson
    Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S. of San Antonio has shown the kind of leadership so badly needed in this election season. When the oxymoronic Catholics of Choice published a advertisement in the San Antonio newspaper (September 12), Archbishop Garcia-Siller answered with the following broadside. This statement has the ring of a bishop who has had enough of the nonsense and wants to set the record straight. Thank you Archbishop Garcia-Siller! (Italics are added for emphasis.) ARCHDIOCESE RESPONDS TO CATHOLICS FOR CHOICE ADVERTISEMENT IN SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS An organization called Catholics for Choice placed a full-page advertisement in the Sept. 12 edition...
  • Boehner confidant likens conservatives to right-wing Marxists

    09/18/2015 5:26:00 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 16 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 9/17/2015 | Bob Livingston
    had planned to comment today about Wednesday’s GOP debate. But after watching it I thought, “What’s the use in devoting a whole column to it when it can be summed up in a couple of paragraphs?” The military-industrial complex should feel secure. Regardless of which faux-conservative takes the nomination, more money to the MIC and more wars are in our future. For a while there, I wasn’t sure whether I was watching a campaign for U.S. president or Israel prime minister; and for some of the candidates I’m still not sure (Huckabee, Cruz, Rubio, Christie, particularly). But overall, there was...
  • 'Highly Likely' There's a Backup of E-Mails Hillary Deleted - That Means WE'LL Ever Know About It?

    08/17/2015 1:11:46 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 12 replies
    8/17/2015 | Charles O'Connell
     I had moths, I called the kids, "I'm bombing." They STILL laugh about it, I have my own NSA file having used the b.o.m.b. word on the phone. Hillary must have "an exclusive understanding" with the spooks. She's not worried. You know full well, there's no way we'll ever hear anything about what Hillary personally, directly did with the e-mails, certainly no one will admit to any directions she gave."A former insider at the World Bank, ex-Senior Counsel Karen Hudes, says the global financial system is dominated by a small group of corrupt, power-hungry figures centered around the privately owned U.S. Federal...
  • Hundreds march against violence in Baltimore

    07/11/2015 8:19:23 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    wbaltv.com ^ | July 10, 2015 | George Lettis
    Third annual 300 Man March held in wake of recent violenceBALTIMORE —Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Baltimore Friday night calling for an end to the violence that has plagued the city in recent months.Those who marched are the dedicated foot soldiers of Baltimore's constant war on violence. Friday night marked the third annual 300 Men March, a shoulder-to-shoulder showing of Baltimore unity against what has plagued the city for years. "This year's march is simply about the 12 young children that have been murdered in our city this year," said Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott, D-District 2.
  • Vanity, Who are the Sovreign Citizens?

    08/08/2014 7:43:54 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 46 replies
    Vanity ^ | 8-8-2014 | MtnClimber
    I was in a government threat briefing recently and they brought up the "Sovreign Citizen" movement as a threat even before islamic extreamism. I had never heard of Sovreign Citizen, but I surely have heard and seen the destruction by islamic exremists. Am I missing something? Are these Sovreign Citizens just labels being tagged to TEA Party members? I am just suspicious that the greatest security threat in the USA is a group I have never heard of. Can anyone fill me in on this?
  • After a schism, a question: Can atheist churches last?

    01/05/2014 6:51:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    CNN Belief Blog ^ | 01/05/2014 | Katie Engelhart
    LONDON (CNN) - The Sunday Assembly was riding high. The world’s most voguish - though not its only - atheist church opened last year in London, to global attention and abundant acclaim. So popular was the premise, so bright the promise, that soon the Sunday Assembly was ready to franchise, branching out into cities such as New York, Dublin and Melbourne. “It’s a way to scale goodness,” declared Sanderson Jones, a standup comic and co-founder of The Sunday Assembly, which calls itself a “godless congregation.” But nearly as quickly as the Assembly spread, it split, with New York City emerging...
  • The Cool Pastor: An Oxymoron or Just a Regular Moron?

    11/24/2013 12:07:29 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 26 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 11-24-13 | Matthew Everhard
    The unbelieving world will always do “cool” better than the Church. When the Church adopts coolness and relevance as its corporate values, it slavishly agrees to follow, lagging always one step behind the world. (This is why Christian music always ends up ripping off the sounds and styles of their secular counterparts, while Christian film always has a cheesy “cringe factor”).
  • Ivy League Professor: GOP Supports Abortion Ban to Regain 'White Supremacy'

    06/19/2013 8:08:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 57 replies
    fox news insiders ^ | fox news insider
    As seen on America Live With Megyn Kelly On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled House voted to impose a nationwide ban on abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy. The measure, however, will not be considered by the Democrat-led Senate, and President Obama has said he would veto it. Democrats criticized Republicans for what they see as a new attack on abortion rights. In a recent MSNBC panel discussion on the bill, University of Pennsylvania professor Salamisha Tillet suggested that this is a racial issue. She expressed the possibility that Republicans support abortion bans so that white women will keep having babies, thereby...
  • The War on Objectivity

    11/01/2012 3:38:53 AM PDT · by CharlesThe Hammer · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/28/12 | Paul Krugman
    Brad DeLong points me to this National Review attack on Nate Silver, which I think of as illustrating an important aspect of what’s really happening in America. For those new to this, Nate is a sports statistician turned political statistician, who has been maintaining a model that takes lots and lots of polling data — most of it at the state level, which is where the presidency gets decided — and converts it into election odds. Like others doing similar exercises — Drew Linzer, Sam Wang, and Pollster — Nate’s model continued to show an Obama edge even after Denver,...
  • Would You Live in a Meat-Free ‘Utopia?’

    06/11/2012 6:51:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Monday, Jun. 11 2012 | Zosia Bielski
    When only macadamia–based cheese will do for that late-night craving, a new luxury condo on New York’s Lower East Side delivers: the Madison Jackson has been “designed to support a vegetarian or vegan organic lifestyle,” offering prospective tenants 24-hour organic vegetarian room service, organic dry cleaning and an on-site juice bar, “for those who get kale cravings at 2 a.m.” The “vegan condo” will also offer in-house nutritional counselling, craniosacral therapy and Jivamukti yoga, which combines hatha yoga with meditation and stresses veganism and environmentalism. “We have many people who are health conscious,” Michael Bolla, the building’s developer, told DNAinfo.com....
  • Obama Campaign Launches "Truth Team"

    02/13/2012 12:46:22 PM PST · by lbryce · 129 replies
    CBS ^ | February 13, 2012 | Stephanie Condon
    President Obama's re-election team on Monday rolled out a campaign to recruit two million supporters to help debunk attacks on the president's record and hit back at his Republican rivals. Called the "Truth Team," the new effort will engage Obama supporters online and in person, encouraging them to communicate with undecided voters about the president's record. "People don't just want to hear from campaign statements or ads -- they want to hear from the family and friends they trust," Stephanie Cutter, Mr. Obama's deputy campaign manager, wrote in an email to supporters. Obama for America, the president's re-election team, will...
  • Communist Economist John Case Praises Obama's Osawatomie Speech

    12/13/2011 1:18:47 PM PST · by IbJensen · 8 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 13 December 2011 | Trevor Loudon
    – "the President Took a Great Step Forward for the Whole Country in Kansas" One of the Communist Party USA‘s leading economic commentators John Case, has come out in support of President Barack Obama‘s recent agenda setting speech at Osawatomie High School in Kansas. Case sees the speech for what it was – a signal to Obama’s “progressive” base that the president will fight next year’s election from the left, on a program of government jobs schemes, guided investment, increased union power , and amped up state direction of the economy in the interests of reducing “inequality”. » If you...