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  • California Forces Churches to Directly Fund Abortions, Churches Refuse to Comply

    10/22/2014 6:14:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/22/14 | Cheryl Sullenger |
    To the dismay of California’s people of faith, the California Department of Managed Health Care has reclassified abortion as a “basic health service” under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortions immediately. Even churches are not exempt from funding abortions. Operation Rescue opposes this policy that forces men and women who deeply oppose abortion on religious grounds to fund surgical abortion in violation of their faith, and encourages others to oppose it as well. “Since Obamacare was first introduced, we warned that the day could come when Christians would be...
  • Catholics, the Real Liberals

    10/22/2014 9:11:53 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 32 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | October 18, 2014 | Rod Dreher
    Reader Marko sends in this FiveThirtyEight analysis showing that on social issues, especially homosexuality, Catholics are far more likely to be liberal than other Christians, and even Americans in general Excerpts: In the U.S, the General Social Survey, which is conducted by the research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, has been asking about divorce and gay rights since the early 1970s, and about cohabitation since 1994 (typically at least every two years). At my request, GSS director Tom W. Smith sent data, broken down by religion, for half a dozen questions. In their answers, American Catholics consistently have shown themselves...
  • Muslim Columnist Warns Dog Petting Provokes Muslims

    10/22/2014 7:57:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/22/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Really? Is there anything that doesn’t provoke Muslims?Dogophobia hits moderate Muslim Malaysia as a dog petting event stirs up controversy. Why? Because Mohammed hated dogs and ordered them to be killed.Also Muslims consider dogs and women to be unclean. And it’s hard to get a dog to wear a Burqa. It’s another episode in the long-running Islam Show where everyone is crazy. (The Religion of Peace) The “I Want To Touch A Dog” event should not have been held in Muslim-majority Malaysia as viral images of Muslims petting dogs have caused great uneasiness and public discomfort, an Utusan columnist claimed...
  • Pope Francis, Barack Obama & The Rise of the Beta Male

    10/21/2014 6:55:08 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 9 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 10/21/2014 | David L. Gray
    After Pope Francis published his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, which, in part, attempted to highlight the concern that the rich should have for the poor and the marginalized, he became known in conservative circles as the Pope of the Redistribution of Wealth; to which, liberals would have preferred a more fun title – Pope of Economic Justice. Nevertheless, due to the Pope’s interest in governments and corporations sharing their booty he was compared to President Barack Obama. Perhaps, to a very limited degree, Pope Francis and Barack Obama do have a common interest in economic justice, but what everyone has...
  • The Liberal Environmentalist Nobody Knew Was Catholic

    10/21/2014 9:39:56 AM PDT · by millegan · 3 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | Joseph Pearce
    Few realized when Small is Beautiful was published that E.F. Schumacher’s economic theories were underpinned by solid religious and philosophical foundations, the fruits of a lifetime of searching. In 1971, two years before the book’s publication, Schumacher had become a Roman Catholic, the final destination of his philosophical journey.
  • No Marriage, No Papacy: If The Pope Endorses Polygamy, That Spells The End of Catholic Claims

    10/20/2014 11:55:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 20, 2014 | John Zmirak
    Like antifreeze that drips from a car and poisons cats, the statements exuded by the Vatican Synod on the Family are sweet. It is tempting to lap them up, to welcome the Church’s new proposed stance of apologizing to sinners and obscuring the nature of sin. There is no other way to describe the moral revolution proposed in the Synod’s preliminary report, which was produced by the bishops whom Pope Francis handpicked to manage the meeting. Rather than speaking prophetically in defense of the uniqueness and holiness of marriage, the task of Christians today includes “recognizing positive elements” in “imperfect”...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/20/2014 8:07:48 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    10-20-14 | Kitty Mittens
    Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord (Ps.33:12)
  • Why Sam Harris Is Wrong about Islam: Just because Ben Affleck is wrong doesn't make him right.

    10/20/2014 2:52:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/20/2014 | Roger Kimball
    No doubt many of my readers know about the encounter about Islam [1] between Ben Affleck, the Hollywood actor, and Sam Harris, the “New Atheist” writer and neuroscientist, on Bill Maher’s show. I do not know Ben Affleck’s work as an actor, so I don’t know whether he is commonly cast in comic roles. He was pretty funny, in a slightly deranged sort of way, on Bill Maher’s show, but perhaps that is his usual modus operandi. I propose to leave the substance — if “substance” is the correct word — of Mr. Affleck’s effusions to one side. His performance...
  • Homosexual Marriage: A Watershed Issue for Evangelicals

    10/20/2014 2:46:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | October 20, 2014 | Rob Schwarzwalder, senior vice president, Family Research Council.
    There is a point where decision on contentious, difficult issues is unavoidable. With respect to homosexual conduct, the American Evangelical church has reached that point. There is no ignoring the determination of the gay and lesbian activists to insist upon complete social and legal normalization of homosexual conduct; from the adoption of children by same-sex couples to the judicial recognition of same-sex unions as marriages every bit as complete as those enjoyed by heterosexual couples. Thus, Christians cannot avoid the need to decide which side they are on. The Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to allow current judicial rulings...
  • Christian ministers told to perform gay 'weddings' or face jail time

    10/20/2014 2:02:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    cna ^ | October 20, 2014
    Donald and Evelyn Knapp at the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Photo courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom. Boise. Idaho, Oct 20, 2014 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Christian ministers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, could face legal punishment or be forced to sell their nearly 100-year-old wedding chapel for declining to perform same-sex “wedding” ceremonies. “Many have denied that pastors would ever be forced to perform ceremonies that are completely at odds with their faith, but that’s what is happening here – and it’s happened this quickly,” Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel with the legal group Alliance...
  • A Middle East without Christians - cardinals consider sad prospect

    10/20/2014 1:55:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | October 20, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Cardinals pray together at a Feb. 22, 2014 consistory. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA. Vatican City, Oct 20, 2014 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monday's consistory of cardinals focused on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in light of the rise of the Islamic State, and it also decided on two causes for canonization. Cardinals and patriarchs from the Middle East together with top officials of the Vatican Secretariat of State and interested dicasteries attended the Oct. 20 summit with the Pope, which was called a ‘public ordinary consistory’. A consistory is a meeting of cardinals which can be...
  • 17 Intriguing Facts You Didn’t Know About Religion in the U.S.

    10/20/2014 8:29:26 AM PDT · by millegan · 7 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    People say America is one of the most religious countries in the world. But is it religious in the way that you think it is? You’re bound to learn something new in this list:
  • Cardinal Burke: I think I’m out

    10/19/2014 3:57:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/19/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The departure of Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke from the Apostolic Signatura has been rumored for weeks, but nothing official had been forthcoming. Yesterday, Burke himself confirmed it in an interview with Buzzfeed – kind of. Actually, when one reads Burke’s response, it sounds as if he still hasn’t heard anything official about his future: In the interview with BuzzFeed News, Burke confirmed publicly for the first time the rumors that he had been told Francis intended to demote him from the church’s chief guardian of canon law to a minor post as patron to the Sovereign Military Order of...
  • Pope Alexander VI's Dealings with the Italians

    10/18/2014 2:30:22 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 3 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 18 October 2014 | Matthew Olson
    [This is part of Catholic Analysis' special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the fifth, explains Alexander's connections with the Italians. Read the fourth part.] Once his installment was settled, the pope set about making many changes. Alexander was a reformer. He despised the corruption prevalent in some ranks of clergy, and so he proclaimed, "We are well aware that morals have notably fallen back. No longer can we tolerate the way in which the former salutary measures instituted by our predecessors to keep sensuality and avarice within bounds have been violated so that we fall headlong into corruption....
  • Southern Evangelicals: Dwindling—and Taking the GOP Edge With Them

    10/18/2014 1:06:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 17, 2014 | ROBERT P. JONES
    Midterm elections are all about turning out base constituencies. Over the last few decades, there have been few more reliable voters for Republicans than white evangelical Protestants. This year, however, GOP candidates may be getting less help from this group—not because white evangelical Protestants are becoming less supportive or less motivated, but simply because they are declining as a proportion of the population, even in Southern states.White evangelical Protestants have remained a steadfast Republican constituency in both presidential and midterm congressional elections ever since the Reagan presidency, which marked what political scientists Merle and Earl Black dubbed “the great white...
  • Why I stand with the Houston Five (LCMS in solidarity with Houston pastors)

    10/18/2014 6:48:58 AM PDT · by chajin · 24 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 17, 2014 | Scott R. Murray
    HOUSTON (RNS) Recently, Houston city attorneys, acting on behalf of Mayor Annise Parker and the City Council, issued subpoenas to five area pastors requiring they hand over copies of all communication with members of their congregations about a gay rights ordinance. The subpoena asks for communications from the pastors related to the mayor, the ordinance, and “gender equality” issues. What are pastors to do when coerced by a government entity like the city of Houston? It seems to me that there are a two possible responses: one from a Christian pastor, who serves in Christ’s kingdom, and another from a...
  • Ted Cruz Tells Brody File: "Real Risk" Of Pastors Being Jailed For Preaching Against Homosexuality

    10/17/2014 11:28:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    CBN News' The Brody File ^ | October 17, 2014 | David Brody, Chief Political Correspondent
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Senator Ted Cruz says pastors being hauled off to jail by the government for preaching against homosexuality is a “real risk” in the future. ““I think that is a real risk,” Cruz tells me. “Some in the media ridicule that threat saying there is no danger of the government coming after pastors. That is the usual response.” But he adds: “The specter of government trying to determine if what pastors preach from the pulpit meets with the policy views or political correctness of the governing authorities, that prospect is real and happening...
  • Rev. Billy Graham: "America is Just as Wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah Ever Were"

    10/17/2014 12:14:23 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 60 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 10/16/2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    Reverend Billy Graham, arguably the most well-known and respected evangelical preacher of the last 50 years, said in a recently published commentary that America was “founded by men who believed in prayer” and that prayer can turn “the tide of history,” adding that while “America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah” and deserves “the judgment of God,” this judgment can be lessened through prayer. “Even though America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah ever were, and as deserving of the judgment of God, God would spare us if we were earnestly praying, with hearts that had...
  • The conclusions of the Synod's small groups. (Catholic Caucus)

    10/16/2014 10:54:27 AM PDT · by DarkSavant · 18 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | Oct 16, 2014 | rorate-caeli
    The conclusions of the Synod's small groups. - Thanks to the collective revolt of the Synod majority [Update: Notice that these relationes (reports) have only been published after a collective revolt of the bishops against the dictatorship of Cardinal Baldisseri.] Marco Tosatti sets the tense scene in the Hall this Thursday: "An additional [act of] censorship, and the Synod Fathers rise up. / The General Secretariat of the Synod announced the decision of not publishing the relationes of the Circuli Minores. Erdo took the floor, distancing himself from the relatio [post disceptationem] published under his name, and saying that, if...
  • It’s Time for Whites to Accept Responsibility for Racist Systems

    10/15/2014 11:24:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | October 15, 2014 | Rev. Jim Wallis, Obama's Spiritual Mentor
    Ferguson must be a moral wake-up call to white parents, not just another warning to black parents.I and many other faith leaders came to Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday and Monday because of Michael Brown—an 18-year-old black teenager who, though unarmed, was shot and killed by a white police officer on August 9. My first thoughts when I heard the news were about my 16-year-old son Luke. I knew how unlikely it would be that this would ever happen to my white son in America. Coming to Ferguson was about Michael Brown. But Ferguson has also become a parable for our...
  • MN Catholic diocese announces abuse settlement

    10/14/2014 1:21:14 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    WKOW ^ | October 14, 2014 | Claire Sarafin
    ST. PAUL, MN (WKOW) -- Catholic church leaders in Minnesota said they won't recommend any priest for active ministry if they've been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. It's part of an agreement released Monday to settle a lawsuit. Church leaders must now disclose any accusation of sexual abuse of a minor by a priest when asked, along with the resolution. There was also an undisclosed financial settlement. Abuse victims who attended the news conference say it's a major victory. "I can look at my parents, who are still devout Catholics, and not feel bad for them," abuse...
  • Pope unexpectedly names 6 liberals, including Wuerl, to draft report

    10/14/2014 10:35:56 AM PDT · by Fithal the Wise · 83 replies
    ... So, the Pope wants full and free debate, and free deliberations... except when he doesn't. And when the secret ballot reveals a conservative majority -- then he interferes against what had been settled beforehand to get what he wants. It is his prerogative, of course, even if it severely contradicts his own words and commitments, and, ultimately, his reliability. http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/10/cardinal-burke-pariah-not-for-synod.html#more
  • The Great Catholic Cave-In that Wasn’t: The synod of bishops has NOT thrown out Church teaching.

    10/14/2014 9:12:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/14/2014 | George Weigel
    For the better part of a half century, the New York Times, and similarly situated purveyors of news and opinion, have eagerly awaited the Great Catholic Cave-In: that blessed moment when, at long last, the Catholic Church, like many other Christian communities, would concede that the sexual revolution had gotten it right all along and would adjust its teaching and practice to suit. A Times “breaking story” on October 13, under the headline “Vatican Signals More Tolerance Toward Gays and Remarriage,” might have struck the unwary or uninformed (or those equally committed to the Times agenda in these matters) as...
  • Crony Christianity: Where Christian Organizations Are Funded by Government

    10/13/2014 10:46:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/13/2014 | Lee Cary
    Crony Christianity challenges the separation of Church and State. Crony Christianity is the collaborative arrangement between government and Christian faith-based organizations whereby government funds Christian organizations to deliver goods and services that advance the political agenda of the government. Any government. The crisis surrounding the flood of unaccompanied alien children into the U.S. has promoted crony Christianity. It is a variation of the spider’s web of similar arrangements, spun between businesses and government, that we call crony capitalism. The Players The five players in crony Christianity are: (1) the bureaucrats who run ecclesiastically-related organizations; (2) the church laity aligned with...
  • Why I No Longer Support the Society of Saint Pius X

    10/13/2014 7:40:59 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies
    The Vatican In Exile ^ | Sep 29, 2014 | John C. Cummings
    We are including this piece on the Society of Saint Pius X, because We have been able to verify the accuracy of the statements contained here in. Also it describes well the conditions at Armada, since the author received his information from a fellow seminarian, who was dismissed the same day I was. (See the Scandal of December 15, 1978.) 14th March, 1979 Some months ago I made an important decision. I discontinued all contributions to the New York office of the Society of Saint Pius X and tore up my pledge of support to the Society seminary in Michigan....
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/12/2014 11:47:12 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 12 replies
    10-13-14 | Kitty Mittens
    Job 11:17,18 Your Life will be Brighter than Sunshine at Noon, And Life's Darkest Hours will Shine like the Dawn. You will Live Secure and Full of Hope; God will Protect you and Give you Rest. You won't be Afraid of your Enemies; Many People will Ask you for Help. But the Wicked will Look Around in Despair And Find that there is No Way to Escape.
  • Some Mormons pushing church on gay marriage

    10/12/2014 8:17:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members. The church's stance toward gays has softened considerably since it was one of the leading forces behind California's ban on gay marriage in 2008, but high-ranking leaders have reiterated time and again the faith's opposition to same-sex unions....
  • Sticks, Stones, and Broken Bones: The History of Anti-Catholic Violence in the U.S.

    10/12/2014 3:22:48 PM PDT · by Heart-Rest · 195 replies
    Homiletic And Pastoral Review ^ | August 11, 2014 | Fr. David J. Endres
    Sticks, Stones, and Broken Bones: The History of Anti-Catholic Violence in the U.S. We do not recall these instances of anti-Catholicism to foster more animosity or violence, but recall them as part of our history, a history that, like so many others, included the targeting of ethnic and religious groups for persecution. From left to right—Bishop John Hughes, New York, 1844; cartoon from Anti-Catholic book published by the Ku Klux Klan, 1926; Burning of St. Augustine Church, Philadelphia, 1844; Fr. James Coyle, Birmingham Alabama, murdered, 1921. You have, no doubt, heard the children’s rhyme: “Sticks and stones may break my bones...
  • Supreme Indecision on Marriage Redefinition

    10/12/2014 6:35:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Washington D.C., Oct 10, 2014 / 01:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following Justice Anthony Kennedy’s stay on a “gay marriage” court decision in Idaho, marriage advocates are imploring the Supreme Court to reject the judicial redefinition of marriage. “Justice Kennedy’s order further demonstrates that the Supreme Court’s decision not to take up the marriage cases earlier this week is far from the final answer on this important issue,” said Kellie Fiedorek of the legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom. The ruling came after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down marriage laws in Idaho and Nevada on Tuesday, making...
  • Jim Wallis: White Christians in America Need to Act More Christian Than White

    10/11/2014 5:22:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/11/2014 | Stephanie Samuel
    Sojourners President and Founder Jim Wallis, one of several faith leaders who are heading to Ferguson, Missouri this weekend to march for justice, is challenging Christians to put their faith ahead of their race when it comes to issues concerning racial relations. "If white Christians in America acted more Christian than white when it came to race, black parents would be less fearful for their children," said Wallis. Christians who put faith ahead of race would not be afraid to take on tough racial issues like the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson with their peers and fight...
  • 11 Maps to Help You Make Sense of World Religion

    10/11/2014 8:51:53 AM PDT · by millegan · 4 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | Sept 18th, 2014 | ChurchPOP
    Religion is such an important force in the world. So how well do we really understand it? What are the major religions in the world? Where are their adherents located? Check out these 11 fascinating maps and learn something new! You can click on any map to enlarge it.
  • California Churches Fight Being Forced to Pay for Abortions

    10/10/2014 6:45:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    life news ^ | Alliance Defending Freedom
    Life Legal Defense Foundation and Alliance Defending Freedom filed a formal complaint Thursday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesover the California Department of Managed Health Care’s decision to force all employers, including churches, to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans. LLDF and ADF represent seven California churches that object to offering their employees insurance plans covering elective abortions and allege that DMHC’s coercion of abortion coverage violates federal law. pichealth54Last month, LLDF and ADF filed a separate complaint with HHS on behalf of employees at Loyola Marymount University that also do not want a...
  • Jim Wallis on Ferguson: Repentance has not happened there yet (Obama's spiritual advisor)

    10/10/2014 3:57:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Religion News Service / The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | October 10, 2014 | Lilly Fowler, The Post-Dispatch
    The Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of the Christian magazine Sojourners and a spiritual adviser to President Barack Obama, will be one of the key speakers at an interfaith event related to Ferguson Sunday (Oct. 12) at St. Louis University. In the following Q&A — edited for clarity and length — Wallis talks about how faith plays a role in his decision to come to St. Louis and how his past involvement in the civil rights era compares to today. Q: Can you tell me how you became involved in Ferguson, and what you expect from your visit? A: It turns...
  • The Pope Francis Progressive Set-Up

    10/10/2014 2:24:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | October 10, 2014 | Paul Kengor
    The secular-progressive media is hell-bent on trying to shape an image of Pope Francis as a fellow liberal-progressive, just like them. Give him more time, the media suggests, and he’ll soon be allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion, allowing gays to marry within the Church, ordaining gays, ordaining women, endorsing the HHS mandate, praising Planned Parenthood, and who knows what else.It’s an incessant, incestuous, exasperating image that liberals in the media are pushing with abandon. Almost every one of Francis’ actions or statements is contorted to try to remake the man, and thus his Church, in their (the...
  • Sisters of Charity March for Climate Change

    10/09/2014 3:43:43 PM PDT · by Coleus · 29 replies
    Just Love Newsletter ^ | October, 2014 | Editor: Fr. Terrence Moran - Layout: Donna Sartor
    On Sunday, September 21, a group of Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth and friends joined 400,000 other people in New York City for the People’s Climate March. The huge, hope-filled gathering was the largest political demonstration around the climate crisis in history. We marched behind the banner shown below – The Vincentian Family for Climate Justice- For the Sake of Earth-For the Sake of Those Made Poor.  Many bystanders cheered as they saw our banner - including a woman wearing the traditional nurse’s cap from St. Vincent’s hospital – modeled after the cornette of the Daughters of Charity. The...
  • CATHOLIC NUNS RELEASE 2014 ELECTION GUIDE URGING SUPPORT AMNESTY, GUN CONTROL, CLIMATE

    10/09/2014 2:30:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 8, 2014 | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    The Sisters of Mercy of Silver Spring, Maryland, have released a 2014 midterm election guide that urges voters to favor candidates who support amnesty, climate change, gun control, and Pentagon budget cuts.The election guide states: As sisters, associates, companions, co-workers, students, volunteers and friends of the Sisters of Mercy, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to vote for those candidates who share our concern for people who suffer from poverty, sickness and lack of education; candidates who share the Sisters of Mercy’s Critical Concerns of Earth, immigration, nonviolence, racism and women. While this is not a presidential election...
  • Justice Alito on [Muslim] Prisoner Beard Debate: Couldn’t Comb Remove ‘a Tiny Revolver?’

    10/09/2014 8:42:33 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 8, 2014 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The atmosphere in the land’s highest court on Tuesday took on a lighter note during oral arguments over a prisoner’s petition to justices over his right to grow a half-inch beard in observance of his Muslim faith. An attorney arguing on behalf of the Arkansas maximum security prison where Gregory Holt, or Abdul Maalik Muhammad, is serving a life sentence for slitting his girlfriend’s throat, said beards are forbidden for security reasons. At issue for the court is whether that rule violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act passed by Congress and signed into law in...
  • The Jealous God of Tolerance: Gay Rights Trump Religious Rights Again?

    10/08/2014 9:02:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/08/2014 | BY JOHN STONESTREET
    Recently, my colleague Eric Metaxas told you about how the city of Lynn, Massachusetts, no longer will allow student teachers from Gordon College to teach or mentor inner city students. Why? Because Gordon's president dared to sign a letter to the President requesting that religious institutions be exempt from federal gay rights laws. The city's outrageous and shortsighted action brings more harm to its inner city students, who are now without mentors, than it does Gordon College. But the same cannot be said about the latest challenge the college is facing in fallout from the letter. In late September, the...
  • Why do so many liberals despise Christianity?

    10/08/2014 8:10:44 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 74 replies
    The Week ^ | Oct. 8, 2014 | Damon Linker
    Liberals increasingly want to enforce a comprehensive, uniformly secular vision of the human good. And they see alternative visions of the good as increasingly intolerable.... Palmer... expresses "ambivalence," "suspicion," and "visceral discomfort" ... that these men and women are motivated to make "long-term commitments to address the health problems of poor Africans," to "risk their lives," and to accept poor compensation (and sometimes none at all) because of their Christian faith. The question is why he considers this a problem... Gordon College, a small Christian school north of Boston, is facing the possibility of having its accreditation revoked... In accordance...
  • The U.S. Is Over, Get Used To It

    10/08/2014 7:31:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 115 replies
    Creative Minority Reporta ^ | October 8, 2014 | Patrick Archbold
    Many people are understandably dismayed by the the Supreme Court's refusal to hear several gay marriage cases effectively codifying gay marriage in several states. While it is certainly disappointing, it isn't really unexpected. I hate to break this news to you, especially if you are one of these people who think that this country, a country founded with limited government, separation of powers, and federalism, is still recoverable by normal means, it isn't. The U.S. as we knew it and understood it is gone and it isn't coming back, at least not by regular constitutional means. Nope. Federalism, limited government,...
  • What Happens Next in the 20 States that Still Ban Gay Marriage?

    10/08/2014 6:47:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 42 replies
    USA Today via Crux ^ | 10/7/14 | Brian Heath
    <p>WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision to sit out the legal battle over same-sex marriage will — for now, at least — leave the future of laws prohibiting gays and lesbians from marrying in the hands of lower state and federal court judges. But it also almost certainly means the couples challenging those laws are more likely to win in the end.</p>
  • Catholics Revisit ‘Thou Shalt Not Steal’

    10/08/2014 6:00:36 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 6 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/08/2014 | Michael M. Uhlmann
    The social teaching of the Catholic Church is a sizeable cloak of many colors. Its lineage is ancient and sacred, arising as it does from Biblical instruction and most emphatically from Jesus’ own words and example. These scriptural passages have been elucidated over many centuries by Church fathers and doctors and, since the late nineteenth century, by encyclicals or other formal papal statements. Inasmuch as the Church has been functioning (as Thomas Babington Macaulay famously put it) since cameleopards and tigers bounded in the Flavian amphitheater, the body of putatively authoritative social teaching is, as one might imagine, not merely...
  • Mormons Accept SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Decision While Catholic, GOP Groups May Continue To Fight

    10/08/2014 2:26:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 7, 2014 | Zoe Mintz
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says its doctrine on marriage will remain unchanged despite Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized gay marriage in five states, including Utah, and opened the door for legalization in six more. “As far as the civil law is concerned, the courts have spoken,” the church said in a statement reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision. “Church leaders will continue to encourage our people to be persons of good will toward all, rejecting persecution of any kind based on race, ethnicity, religious belief or nonbelief, and differences in sexual orientation.” In...
  • Lessons From Lepanto (Ecumenical)

    10/07/2014 9:05:31 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 5 replies
    First Things ^ | 10/07/2014 | Nicholas Frankovich
    For months leading up to the Battle of Lepanto, fought on this day 443 years ago, Pope Pius V urged the faithful to pray for military victory against Muslim forces aiming to storm Italy from its Adriatic coast. Specifically, he enjoined Catholics in Europe to pray daily the most holy rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Christian navy prevailed, and on the Roman calendar October 7 was dedicated to Our Lady of Victory. Victory—what a golden word. Christians in earlier times appreciated its value. ICXC NIKA, they wrote. Christus vincit. Christ is victorious. Or, in English more colloquial: Christ...
  • Huffington Post Interviews Imam of Radical Mosque Who Says Muslims Shouldn't Criticize Islamic State

    10/06/2014 10:23:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | October 6, 2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    The Huffington Post interviewed the chief Imam of a notorious northern Virginia mosque who argued that Muslims should not be obligated to criticize the Islamic State. Current Dar Al-Hijrah Imam Johari Abdul-Malik said in an interview with the Huffington Post that “it sounded like they were apologizing for something they haven’t done, like they were running for cover.” The Imam’s frustrations and grievances would be perfectly understandable were his mosque not associated with a plethora of Islamic terrorists. Nowhere in the Huffington Post piece does it mention that Dar Al-Hijrah is the mosque with arguably the most convicted terrorists associated...
  • 'Harbinger' Author Says Loss of 'Tree of Hope' a Warning

    10/06/2014 9:32:05 AM PDT · by GBA · 58 replies
    WND ^ | 08/09/2014 | WND EXCLUSIVE
    The author of “The Harbinger,” the inspiration behind the “Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” documentary, says the seventh harbinger is no more. A tree that was placed at the site of the 9/11 Muslim terror attack in New York City has died, has been removed, and destroyed. “Harbinger” author Jonathan Cahn says it’s because of his book that the tree will not be replaced. His work examines the nine harbingers, or warnings, recorded in the Bible that were delivered to Israel before the nation disintegrated. He contends God is giving the same nine warnings now to America to urge the nation to...
  • Democracy died today in the USA: the Supreme Court (#SCOTUS) killed it

    10/06/2014 9:22:07 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 54 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 6 October 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Brethren, Peace to you all in Jesus Christ, our Supreme, Merciful Judge. This is in the news at this time: WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The court's order immediately ends delays on marriage in those states. Couples in six other states should be able to get married in short order. That would make same-sex marriage legal in 30...
  • Activists Set Up a Cross in Place of Dismantled Monument to Lenin

    10/06/2014 6:15:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/6/14
    Kharkov, October 6, Interfax - Activists of the Gromadska varta Kharkiv organization set up a four-meter wooden cross on the pedestal of the dismantled monument to Lenin at the Svoboda Square in Kharkov. The cross stands together with the Ukrainian flag that was elevated above the pedestal right after the monument had been dismantled. The pedestal is surrounded with construction stages. "We think that the cross is a symbol of freedom, symbol of unity. We want to stop discords in Ukraine with the power of the life-giving cross," activist Nelya Yarovenko said. According to her, the cross was set up...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/06/2014 12:52:19 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    10-6-14 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 32:8 I will Instruct thee and Teach thee in the Way which thou shalt Go: I will Guide thee with Mine Eye.
  • Modern Catholics

    10/05/2014 8:20:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Indiana Daily Student ^ | October 5, 2014 | Sarah Kissel
    Since Pope Francis’ innaguration in March 2013 , the Holy Father has unflinchingly addressed controversial topics that have historically been indisputable within the Catholic Church. His groundbreaking, “Who am I to judge?” remark regarding gay individuals who seek a relationship with Jesus set the tone for a revolutionary reign. A newly modern stance on issues such as charity, service, money, divorce and gay marriage has given Pope Francis universal, inter-denominational appeal. The Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, often referred to as a “synod,” began in Rome this weekend. A synod is a gathering of more than 200...