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  • There’s a War on Christmas and Christmas is Losing

    11/29/2015 11:55:56 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 15 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 29, 2015 | JP
    Today is the first day of Advent, which marks the start of the pre-Christmas season. It is observed by many, if not most, of the Catholic faithful. And it is in popularity among Protestants, particularly those of us who count ourselves evangelical Christians. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. During that four-week period, the Christian faithful prepare for the commemoration of the birth of Christ. Satan hates Advent. That’s because he wants to take the “Christ” out of Christmas. He doesn’t want Christmas to be a Godly “holy-day.” Rather, his aim is to reduce the...
  • High Military Court Will Decide Case of Marine Punished for Bible Verse

    11/28/2015 6:58:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 45 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/28/15 | Loredana Vuoto
    Charlotte, N.C., Nov 28, 2015 / 06:13 am (CNA).- The highest U.S. military court will hear the case of a Marine who says her religious freedom was compromised when she was ordered to remove a Bible verse from her work station. In May 2013, Lance Corporal (LCpl) Monifa Sterling refused to follow a superior's order to remove a Bible verse from her workspace. In ruling on the case earlier this year, the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals sided against Sterling, saying that significant damage could be caused by forcing military employees to work in the presence of a...
  • Masked Muslims burn Christian TV station to ground

    11/27/2015 8:56:34 AM PST · by amorphous · 29 replies
    WND ^ | 27 Nov 2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    A television station in Pakistan with a mission of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ was burned to the ground by a group of masked men believed to be radical Muslims. The Gawahi TV building was completely destroyed in the arson attack by several masked men, who then fled the scene, Breitbart reported. The station, which broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, was founded in 2013 in a Catholic-Protestant collaborative effort to "spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to people of all religions living in Pakistan," Breitbart reported.
  • Vatican II is policy, not doctrine: Catholicism and Americanism

    11/27/2015 8:01:50 AM PST · by NRx · 15 replies
    A conservative blog for peace ^ | 11-26-2015 | The Young Fogey
    Vatican II is policy, not doctrine: Catholicism and Americanism America can work for us: by the '50s the Northeast was almost a Catholic country. Francis is bad but this was one of our worst Popes, the vacillating one who let the Sixties in. Paul VI: Vatican II is not binding on Catholics.Vatican II didn't define doctrine and nothing can change doctrine. The vernacular in worship, religious liberty American style, and ecumenical and interfaith studies and talks are fine, rightly understood, but we're better off ignoring this council. Thomas Case in 1992: "A contention between American patriots and European fascists is...
  • Moscow wants Turkey to return Cathedral of St. Sophia to Orthodox Church

    11/27/2015 6:54:47 AM PST · by NRx · 47 replies
    RISU ^ | 11-26-2015 | Staff
    The State Duma deputies supported the idea of ​​return of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to the Orthodox Church. This was stated by Chairman of Committee on Property, coordinator of inter-factional parliamentary group on the protection of Christian values ​​Sergei Gavrilov, TSN reports. Today, when the Russian-Turkish relations are undergoing “endurance trial,”the mutual friendly initiatives and proposals are of special importance, Gavrilov says. “The Russian side deems it possible to recur to the ancient shrine of the Christian world, located in Turkey, Istanbul - St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) of Constantinople –an ancient Byzantine cathedral, which is associated with the history of...
  • Egypt's Coptic Pope Breaks Travel Ban, Visits Israel

    11/27/2015 6:23:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/26/15 | AP
    CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's state MENA news agency says the leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church has traveled to Israel in the first visit of its kind in decades. Pope Tawadros II's Thursday trip to Jerusalem came despite a ban on pilgrimages to Israel issued by his predecessor, the late Shenouda III, who opposed the normalization of ties between the two countries.
  • Leading Pastor Endorses Ted Cruz

    11/25/2015 6:07:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Charisma News ^ | November 25, 2015 | Bob Eschliman
    Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has made a point of seeking the support of conservative Christians this election cycle. In Iowa, the first state in the presidential primary process, he has the support of dozens of pastors who hail from each of the state's 99 counties. But, he has the same kind of support in each of the early-voting states. "I am excited by the growing number of endorsements we are receiving from pastors," Cruz said recently. Tuesday, his campaign announced a major endorsement that may affect his standing in the biggest primary event that follows the "first...
  • How Should We Then Live?

    11/25/2015 3:03:00 PM PST · by Fai Mao · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1974 | Schaeffer, Francis
    How Should We Then Live
  • Europe Must Return to Religious Roots to Oppose Terrorism, says Russian Orthodox Official

    11/25/2015 2:43:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Addressing both houses of the Russian parliament, a leading Russian Orthodox official said that "the whole world community must unite in the struggle against terrorism." Stating that the war on terrorism "is not a war of one religious confession against another," Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, recalled that "citizens of the Soviet Union, America, Great Britain and France fought side by side" against Adolf Hitler in World War II. "Multiculturalism, so popular in Europe, presupposing not only the equality of all religions but also their absence from the public space, has...
  • Ted Cruz makes his move

    11/25/2015 9:32:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | November 25, 2015 | Professor Mark Silk
    The religious right may be yesterday’s news, but its signal accomplishment, the white evangelical voting bloc, remains the Republican Party’s most important constituency. And it’s moving toward Ted Cruz. The latest numbers from Iowa show Cruz neck and neck with Donald Trump thanks to evangelical support. According to Quinnipiac, it’s now Trump at 25 percent, Cruz at 23 percent, and Ben Carson slipping to 18 percent among all likely Republican caucus-goers. White evangelicals, who make up 60 percent of them, now favor Cruz over Carson, 27 percent to 24 percent, with Trump at 20 percent. And as white evangelicals in...
  • Individuals Picketed in Moscow on the 95th Anniversary of Legalization of Abortions in Russia

    11/24/2015 7:30:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11/19/15
    On November 18, 2015, the 95th anniversary of legalization of abortions in the Soviet Union, individuals picketed in defense of life of pre-born children at the entrances to the Council of Federation and the State Duma in Moscow. The Pro-Life Movement activists silently witnessed the fact of legality of infanticide for past 95 years before the elected representatives of the people and representatives of the regions who were arriving to the plenary meetings. Commenting on the action, Chairman of the Synodal Department for Cooperation of the Church and Society Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said: "I am very glad that Orthodox...
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    11/24/2015 6:42:11 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 19 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 03/19/2011 | Thomas F. Madden
    Many historians had been trying for some time to set the record straight on the Crusades—misconceptions are all too common. For them, current interest is an opportunity to explain the Crusades while people are actually listening. With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days...
  • Ben Carson Won’t Apologize to Terri Schiavo’s Family After “Much Ado About Nothing” Quip

    11/24/2015 10:36:47 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | STEVEN ERTELT
    Pro-life Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson won’t meet with or apologize to Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo’s brother, about comments Carson made concerning the legislation Congress passed to help Terri Schiavo’s family try to save her life. As LifeNews reported, Carson thinks the federal and state governments overreached when they attempted to protect Terri Schiavo from a painful 14-day starvation and dehydration death. Despite the best efforts of pro-life lawmakers in Congress and the Florida state legislature, where lawmakers approved pro-life laws to allow Terri’s family to take their case to federal courts and to allow then-Governor Jeb Bush to try...
  • France’s Catholic Revolution

    11/23/2015 3:04:13 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 23, 2015 | Samuel Gregg
    A boy stands with cross outside Sacre Coeur basilica in Paris April 3. Catholic churches in France have been placed under police protection and urged to take extra security measures against possible Islamist attacks before the Aug. 15 feast of the Assumption. (CNS photo/Etienne Laurent, EPA) When many think about France and religion today, the images that usually come to mind are those of a highly secular society with a growing Islamic presence: a combination of widespread indifferentism, epicurean Voltairans, persistent anti-Semitism, increasingly radicalized Muslims, and now jihadist-inspired and organized terrorism. But now even some secular French journalists have...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    11/23/2015 12:18:58 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    11-23-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 103:17 The Lovingkindness of the Lord Endureth Forever and Ever upon them that Fear Him, And His Righteousness upon Children's Children.
  • 2015 11 22 John Haller's Prophecy Update "World Crisis" (video)

    11/23/2015 8:57:11 AM PST · by Lera · 4 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 11/22/15 | John Haller
    They claim to be Muslim, they quote the Quran, they claim their actions are in the name of the (false god) Allah, yet the progressive talking heads and liberal media types claim that none of the terrorist attacks were done in the name of a religious worldview, a movement that unashamedly admits that its ultimate goal is world domination. "Convert or Die" is the calling card that is ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and many others leave behind everywhere it touches. And yet, world political leaders are turning a blind eye and ignoring this fact and in doing so, imperil...
  • Terrorism is Satanism

    11/23/2015 7:22:54 AM PST · by NRx · 14 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 11-23-2015 | Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk
    On November 20, 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations (DECR), addressed the united session of the Federation Council and the State Duma devoted to problems involved in the struggle against terrorism. Please find below the full text of the address. Esteemed Participants in the Session, Brothers and Sisters: On behalf of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, and on behalf of the whole Russian Orthodox Church I would like once again to expressed deep, heartfelt and sincere condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones in...
  • [Australian] Army Chaplains to Remove 'Conquer' from 102-Yr-Old Motto; It's Offensive to Muslims

    11/23/2015 6:57:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (Australia) ^ | 11/20/15 | Matthew Benns
    The Australian Army is removing the motto "In this sign conquer" from the 102-year-old hat badges of army chaplains because it is offensive to Muslims. The move comes after an imam approved by the Grand Mufti was appointed to join the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services in June. Australian Army chaplains have had the motto on their hat badges since 1913. A Defence spokeswoman last night denied the motto was being changed because it was associated with the Crusades, when Christian armies fought Muslims in the Holy Land during the Middle Ages. "The motto of the Australian Army Chaplains...
  • I went to church with Ted Cruz. He is building an army of young Christian voters in Iowa

    11/22/2015 3:29:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Salon ^ | November 20, 2015 | Robert Leonard
    These Iowa voters buy into Fox News war on Christmas, and love Ted Cruz's patriotic, end-times rhetoric. Look out.One of the more endearing customs of many of our small town Iowa churches on Sunday morning is story time. The pastor welcomes elementary and pre-school aged kids up front, where he or she sits with the children, and shares a parable. Often the pastor sits down on the steps leading up to the altar, and the children will sit, cross legged at the pastor’s feet. Always the pastor picks a good story, something about the importance of friendship, kindness, sharing, telling...
  • Controversy Over Voting Doc Shows Divisions Among US Bishops

    11/22/2015 6:25:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Baltimore, Md., Nov 20, 2015 / 03:30 am (CNA).- At their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops voted to issue a new introductory note and make limited revisions to their quadrennial statement on political responsibility. But while the vote was overwhelmingly in favor, it was not without controversy. The 2007 voting guide, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," was among the subjects discussed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this past week. Previously, the bishops had directed a working committee to make limited revisions to the document in order to reflect the magisterium of both the latter part...
  • Thanksgiving Proclamation, November 1777 (how the mighty have fallen)

    11/22/2015 4:54:49 AM PST · by fone · 12 replies
    Church flyer | November 1, 1777 | Continental Congress
    The First National Thanksgiving Proclamation November 1, 1777 FOREASMUCH AS it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to Him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of; and it having pleased Him in His abundant mercy not only to continue to us in the innumerable bounties of His common Providence IT IS THEREFORE recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart Thrusday, the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and...
  • ABC's Scandal: Kerry Washington Aborts Baby to 'Silent Night'

    11/21/2015 1:07:37 PM PST · by xzins · 26 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 11.20.2015 | Paul Bois
    There really is no other way to put this story than to let out a sigh of wounded disbelief. News 51 7519 No one may ever accuse actress Kerry Washington of being merely a leftist poser in terms of abortion rights, certainly not after last night's episode of ABC's Scandal, which featured her alter-ego Olivia Pope – the show's main character – having an abortion while the beloved Christmas tune "Silent Night" played in the background. You read that correctly. Kerry Washington and the producers of Scandal actually had the nerve to show the main character abort her and the...
  • US Bishops Conference Betrays Catholic Church (Cafeteria Catholics Not Happy) {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    11/20/2015 6:26:27 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com ^ | November 20, 2015 | Marianne T. Duddy-Burke
    As the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) concludes its annual meeting this week, it reveals itself as grossly out of touch with both grassroots Catholicism and with Pope Francis. While there were certainly some who objected, the strong majority of US Bishops set forth an agenda that has little to do with the Gospel of Jesus, is opposed by the majority of US Catholics, and will squander Church resources, even as parishes, schools, and service programs continue to be shuttered due to decimated diocesan budgets. USCCB members voted 210-21 (with a handful of abstentions) to promote a Voters' Guide...
  • Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory Promotes Pro-LGBT Retreat: Will Host LGBT Retreat at the Chancery

    11/20/2015 5:26:56 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 9 replies
    Church Militant ^ | November 20, 2015 | Rodney Pelletier
    Archbishop Wilton Gregory of the archdiocese of Atlanta will be saying Mass Sunday afternoon for a group promoting the acceptance and legitimization of homosexual acts and transgenderism. Fortunate and Faithful Families is one of several groups claiming to be Catholic, yet who are in open disagreement with Catholic teaching on homosexuality. It associates with dissident groups DignityUSA, New Ways Ministry and other Catholics openly criticical of Church doctrine. Fortunate Families' second annual retreat will be held at the chancery of the Atlanta archdiocese, with Abp. Gregory saying Mass and delivering the homily. The archbishop did the same last year at...
  • False Ecumenical Fantasy Is Stopping the Vatican from Seeing the Evil That Is the Religion of Islam

    11/20/2015 5:09:22 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | November 19, 2015 | Barona
    A false ecumenical fantasy. Here we have the real reasons for the foolishness, the idiocy coming from Rome and various functionaries following the monstrous terrorist attack on Paris last Friday. One minor functionary even mused that the Islamic battle cry, "Allahu Akbar," was never a call to "violence and destruction". This buffoonery is all about a delusional "ecumenical dialogue" with the followers of a false religion, whose founder was a pedophile and a "monster of lust, cruelty, and rapacity" (Archbishop Sheehan). From Jihad Watch:  Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III Younan is not the only one. “Why, we ask...
  • Revised Voting Guide Spurs Scrutiny, Debate at Bishops’ Meeting (Catholic Caucus)

    11/20/2015 2:52:47 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 20, 2015
    Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., center, prays during the 2015 fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore Nov. 17. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) At their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops voted to issue a new introductory note and make limited revisions to their quadrennial statement on political responsibility. But while the vote was overwhelmingly in favor, it was not without controversy. The 2007 voting guide, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” was among the subjects discussed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this past week. Previously, the bishops had directed...
  • Patriarch Kirill Blesses - Gives Communion to Russian Troops

    11/20/2015 7:26:24 AM PST · by NRx · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 03-24-2014 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Scenes from Russian Orthodox Divine Liturgy for the Armed Forces at Christ the Savior Cathedral.
  • US Cardinal Says Forces in Middle East are Intent on Eradicating Christians

    11/20/2015 6:13:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Cardinal O'Brien, who ministered to dying troops in Vietnam, suggests US public is 'very blase' about ISISWhen Cardinal Edwin O'Brien was named grandmaster of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre in 2011, he found himself embroiled in a war a world away from the jungles of Vietnam where he ministered to dying troops as a young priest. "The forces that are at work now are intent on eradicating the Christian civilisation, nothing less," said the 76-year-old US cardinal, who was in Sydney in October to reach out to the order's 600 Australian members. Christians in the Holy Land face "daily...
  • Church Official Suggests Expanding Religious Education in Schools to Prevent Terrorism [Russia]

    11/20/2015 6:06:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/20/15
    *** Metropolitan Hilarion urges 'to refuse liberal cliches'Moscow, November 20, Interfax - The role of religion in Russian society should be strengthened, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, believes. "It's time to finally give up this idea of the separation of the church from the state and school from the church, which envisages that religion should not have a direct presence in the secular educational space," the metropolitan said on Friday at a joint meeting of the Federation Council and the State Duma on counterterrorism. He supposes that "lectures on foundations of religious...
  • Islam, Terrorism, and Denial

    11/20/2015 4:58:08 AM PST · by DWW1990 · 3 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 11/19/15 | Michael Brown
    According to Middle Eastern scholar Daniel Pipes, since 9/11, there have been "27,000 attacks globally connected to Islam," many of which have involved Muslims killing Muslims. This number certainly dwarfs all other terrorist attacks worldwide by non-Islamic groups, reinforcing the simple message of my tweet.
  • Should We Accept Syrian Refugees?

    11/19/2015 7:38:36 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | November 17, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Everywhere I turn the talk is about the Syrian refugees and why we should take them or why we shouldn't. What I'm not hearing is much common sense or Christian charity. Why all the idiocy about the refugee crisis? I'm talking about the stupidity and lack of common sense by those who want to throw open our borders and those who want to refuse entry to all refugees. On the one hand, Christian charity demands that we welcome the stranger and give solace to the homeless where we are able. We are the richest and most prosperous and bountiful country...
  • Patriarch Younan: IS cannot be defeated with air raids, the West has betrayed Christians

    11/19/2015 5:12:43 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    Asia News ^ | 11-18-2015 | Rafic Greiche
    e-mail this to a friend printable version » 11/18/2015EGYPT - SYRIAPatriarch Younan: IS cannot be defeated with air raids, the West has betrayed Christiansby Rafic GreicheThe head of the Syrian Catholic Church, Mar Ignace Youssif III Younan, accuses Western governments of perpetuating an "endless conflict in Syria" out of regional interests. The terrorists who use Islam as an excuse for violence “have already infiltrated Europe, supported by money from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States under the supervision of Western governments." Pope Francis "true defender of justice, is deeply pained by what is happening in Syria and Iraq." Cairo...
  • Catholic Church Facilitates Foreign Invasion

    11/19/2015 2:42:15 PM PST · by RightSideNews · 70 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | November 19, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    In addition to direct federal grants to help refugees, government at various levels provide subsidized housing, healthcare, food stamps, other cash assistance, and free education. There is also a cost to the criminal justice system of taking care of the criminals among them. It’s the Catholic role, in collaboration with the federal government, in bringing refugees to the U.S. that caused Corcoran to leave the church. She told Accuracy in Media, “In 2002, having been raised in a protestant faith, I became a Catholic. For a few years I loved being a Catholic. All of that changed beginning in 2007...
  • The Lesson of Paris (they were entirely predictable)

    11/19/2015 2:38:51 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 17, 2015 | William Kilpatrick
    People observe a minute of silence at the Trocadero in Paris Nov. 16. (CNS photo/Philippe Wojazer, Reuters) Of all the commentaries on the Paris massacres I’ve read, the one that seems most perceptive is a piece by Judith Bergman for the Gatestone Institute titled “How Can Anyone Be Shocked?” Indeed. The attacks had all the inevitability of a Greek tragedy: they were entirely predictable. Nevertheless many reacted with “shock,” including Angela Merkel, David Cameron, and the Vatican. As Bergman writes: After 9/11 in the United States; the 2004 Madrid train bombings, which killed nearly 200 and wounded 2,000; and...

    11/19/2015 11:03:06 AM PST · by NYer · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 19, 2015
    The United States Embassy in Italy has issued a security alert to all Americans abroad, warning them to avoid locations that have been identified as potential targets for terrorist attacks. At the top of the short list is “St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City (Rome).”The November 18 notice is billed as a “Security Message for U.S. Citizens” regarding a potential for terrorist attacks, and arrived punctually into the email boxes of all Americans registered with the embassy, including that of Breitbart News.Along with the Vatican, the State Department singles out the Duomo (cathedral) and La Scala opera house in Milan....
  • FSU Student Works to Change Stigmas Against Islam

    11/19/2015 8:33:27 AM PST · by VaeVictis · 52 replies
    WCTV ^ | November 18, 2015 | Natalie Rubino
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As many of us watched the Paris terrorist attacks unfold Friday, Lamia Arafa braced herself for the scrutiny her Muslim religion would face. "Seeing such terrible killings is so saddening as a human but it also is really upsetting to see how the name of my religion is being skewed by crazy people," Arafa told Eyewitness News.....
  • Islam and the Closing of the Secular Mind (must read)

    11/19/2015 7:33:47 AM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    The American Spectator | 09-19-2012 | Samuel Gregg
    Given the decidedly strange response of the Obama Administration and much of the Western commentariat to the violence sweeping the Islamic world, one temptation is to view their reaction as simple incomprehension in the face of the severe unreason that leads some people to riot and kill in a religion's name. But while the Administration's response has plenty to do with trying to defend a foreign policy that has plainly gone south, it also reflects something far more problematic: the Western secular mind's increasing inability to think seriously and coherently about religion at all. This problem manifests itself in several...
  • Putin the 'Only Defender of Christianity' - Bashar Assad

    11/18/2015 6:43:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 11/18/15
    Syrian President Bashar Assad considers Russia's Vladimir Putin as the "only defender of Christian civilization one can trust." "When I look at the present state of things in the world I realize that Vladimir Putin is the sole defender of Christian civilization one can rely on," Assad said in an interview with French magazine Valeurs Actuelles. The Syrian leader also said that he would step down only if asked to by the Syrian people and the Syrian parliament, adding that the issue of his possible resignation had not yet been raised on an international level. Syria will only share intelligence...
  • [SSPX] On the Terrorist Attacks and the Kingship of Christ

    11/18/2015 4:30:30 PM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Remnant ^ | 11/18/15 | Abbé Christian Bouchacourt
    Terrorist acts of great gravity have been inflicted upon our country. Hundreds of people were killed, injured or traumatized, and we pray for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives in this tragedy, and we pledge our prayers for their families and loved ones in mourning, and for the injured victims, that they may regain their health quickly. Such an attack certainly warrants a prompt response from French political and military authorities. But will this be sufficient to restore order, peace and security in France? We insist that it will not. Indeed, Pope Pius XI in his...
  • ISIS Flogs the Crusades Myth

    11/18/2015 4:18:59 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | 11/18/15 | Steve Weidenkopf
    This post is the sixth in a series on the most prevalent modern myths about the Crusades and how to refute them.The world reacted in horror at the despicable and evil Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.  It is natural, in the face of such evil, to ask why. Why did these attacks occur? Why are some Muslims drawn to groups like ISIS, and why are they willing to kill innocent people in the name of religion? Many believe  economics, Western foreign policy, or religion is to blame. Some believe that history—or, more specifically, certain historical actions—provide the answer. ISIS,...
  • G'Town To Rename Buildings Because of Slavery Ties

    11/17/2015 1:40:13 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | November 16, 2015 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    Georgetown University has announced it will rename two buildings which were named for former presidents with ties to slavery. No word yet on the Jesuit university recanting all the honors it has bestowed on pro-abortion politicians. Now, according to the Washington Post, the Jesuits owned slaves and sold them to pay off debt? Wow. I'd never heard that. That's a pretty large and glaring gap in Matt's historical knowledge right there. Kind of embarrassing, huh? So that's clearly a bad thing the Jesuits did. But it seems to me that it's kinda' interesting the timing of G'town's decision to rename...
  • Would Jesus take in Syrian refugees?

    11/17/2015 8:24:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/17/2015 | By Michelle Boorstein
    For many American Christians, the Paris attacks have revealed a conflict between two priorities: The cause of persecuted Middle Eastern Christians and a hard line on security. Following reports that one of the Paris attackers had a Syrian passport and had allegedly registered as a refugee, multiple GOP presidential candidates called for bans on Syrian refugees. On Monday, multiple GOP governors joined in. Considering the United States has absorbed fewer than 2,000 Syrians, this may seem like political posturing, but Congress is set later this year to debate funding for another 10,000 who President Obama has said he wants to...
  • Reverend Jeremiah Wright asks crowd at Divinity School if ‘black lives matter’

    11/17/2015 12:43:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Vanderbilt Hustler ^ | November 17, 2015 | Nathan Kiker
    “The field of education reinforces racism, white supremacy, white privilege and exceptionalism upon which western civilization is built” Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., Barack Obama’s former pastor, came into the spotlight during the 2008 presidential election when he drew harsh criticism for his comments damning America and using anti-semitic language. Wright spoke on the evening of Nov. 17 at the Vanderbilt Divinity School. In his talk titled “Prophetic Faith for Social Justice”, Wright spoke to a crowd of 100 about the need for a new theology that can lift African Americans from the despair of exploitation, war and racism. “The...
  • Russia’s Christian Renaissance Explains Her Current World Role

    11/16/2015 8:16:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Russian Insider ^ | 11/16/15 | Frank Gashumba
    Russia is a bulwark for good, resisting an evil which has worked its way deep into the fabric of western societyWinston Churchill, in describing Russia, suggested it was a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. As the world is increasingly forced to pay closer attention to Russia, many may look on with a mixture of curiosity, admiration and mystification, wondering what makes Russia tick. In trying to explain Russian culture, Russians may direct the enquiring foreigner to their literature. And in this literature one will soon be met with the recurring theme of the Russian soul, an idea...
  • Australian Archbishop 'Astonished and Alarmed' by Discrimination Charge

    11/16/2015 8:07:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has decried as "astonishing and truly alarming" a move to bring another Australian archbishop before an anti-discrimination commission because of a pamphlet defending marriage. Archbishop Julian Porteous of Hobart is the target of a discrimination complaint filed with a government commission in the state of Tasmania. The complaint is based on the archbishop's distribution of a pamphlet prepared by the Australian bishops to encourage support for marriage.
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    11/16/2015 5:00:23 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
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  • Patriarch Kirill: Today's Terrorism is Diagnosis of Entire Human Civilization

    11/16/2015 6:18:08 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11-16-2015 | Staff
    Kaliningrad, November 16, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia called terrorism a new form of obsession and called for it to be fought not only using military methods, but also through education and culture. "The world is now faced with a different obsession, a different madness, which we call terrorism," the patriarch said after a liturgy in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Kaliningrad on Sunday. He said the tragedy that has occurred in Paris indicates "people's obsession to achieve political goals using any methods, even by destroying innocent people." "The fight against terrorism should not...
  • 2015 11 15 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Situation Normal?" (video)

    11/16/2015 5:13:11 AM PST · by Lera · 2 replies
    Paris. The City of Lights was turned dark when Islamic extremists imposed punishment on the French people through a coordinated attack that ended over one hundred lives. Their crime? Not being Muslim. This planned and coordinated invasion and subjection of Europe to Islamic culture and practices will have long-term consequences. Unless and until world leaders admit that we are in a religious war, no nation will be safe from the effects of this cultural invasion. When combined with the "I need a safe space" mantra of the brain-dead college students on campuses all across the US who are now "offended"...
  • Damon Whitsells Class on Islam: What you can do about Islam!!! plus Q&A

    11/15/2015 5:58:51 PM PST · by damonw · 3 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 11/15/2015 | Damon Whitsell
    On 9/9/12 I got to teach my first class on Islam on the exact day I started studying Islam two years ago and in memory of the victims of 911. This first class is MY DREAM COME TRUE I started the class out with why they chose 911 to attack, showed the best presentation of the history of Jihad on 15 minutes by Bill Federer, played some of my appearance on the radio where I shared my HOW I BECAME AN ISLAMOPHOBE testimony and fielded questions from Jim Green, then I opened up for questions from the class attenders and...
  • The Bible Speaks On Welfare

    11/15/2015 7:17:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Since 1964 the United States Governments (Federal and State) have transferred over five trillion dollars from the middle class and the rich to the poor. Are the poor better off today or have they become more enslaved and dependent on government? How much is five trillion dollars? A billion dollars is one thousand million dollars. A trillion dollars is one thousand billion dollars, thus five trillion dollars is five thousand billion dollars. That amount is inconceivable to the human mind. That is how much government has taken from the middle and rich class and transferred it to the poor. This...