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Religion & Politics (Religion)

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  • CENSORED in America: MSNBC INTERVIEW WITH Cardinal Bergolio

    04/23/2013 5:42:19 AM PDT · by Portcall24 · 22 replies
    To Me By Email
    The following is a transcript of an interview between CHRIS MATHEWS, MSNBC atheist American journalist and then Cardinal Bergolio. It is clear why the interview was never broadcast. I have no idea of the level of authenticity.
  • Syria: Franciscan Church Utterly Destroyed (US brokered war continues in Syria)

    04/23/2013 4:03:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    eponymous Flower ^ | April 22, 2013
    Edit: an increasingly US brokered war continues in Syria as Catholics and Orthodox Christians are being driven from the land. Damascus, 22/04/13 (Kipa) The Franciscan church and associated monastery in the Syrian town of Deir ez-Zor were destroyed in a violent explosion. This was reported by the Vienna-based foundation "Pro Oriente", citing the Vatican's Fides news agency on Sunday. Speaking to the press agency Tony Haddad said, the Franciscan Church was until then the only remaining undamaged Christian house of worship in the city on the Euphrates. It remains unclear how the church was destroyed. Eyewitnesses reported that rebels entrenched...
  • A bishop's questionable expertise on gun-control legislation

    04/22/2013 9:24:06 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 11 replies ^ | 04/22/13 | Phil Lawler
    A bishop's questionable expertise on gun-control legislation By Phil Lawler04/22/13While Bishop Blaire laments the failure of the US Senate to approve new gun-control regulations, could we inject a dash of political reality into the discussion? The Senate did not vote against gun-control legislation. On the contrary, a majority voted in favor. So why didn’t the measure pass? Because this was a procedural vote. Under Senate rules, 60 votes are needed to close off debate, and only 54 Senators voted for cloture. That vote was a setback for proponents of the gun-control legislation, who wanted to rush the measure through the...
  • US imam calls on Muslims in US to wage jihad

    04/22/2013 6:37:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 26, 2013 | Neil Munro, White House correspondent
    The controversial imam of a prominent mosque in Arlington, Va., has urged immigrant Muslims in the United States to wage war for Islam. “The enemies of Allah are lining up. The question for us is, are we lining [up] or are we afraid because they may call us terrorists?” Shaker Elsayed told a crowd of Ethiopian Muslims during a lecture at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. “Let me give you the good news: they are already calling us terrorists anyway. Whether you sitting at home, watching TV, drinking coffee, sleeping or playing with your kids, you are a...
  • Why Do So Many Muslims Embrace Religious and Ideological Warfare?

    04/22/2013 1:06:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/22/2013 | Victor Sharpe
    Mahatma Gandhi is quoted in his book, Gandhi: The Power of Pacifism, by Catherine Clement, as follows: "While Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Parsees and Jews, along with several million adherents of an animistic religion, all coexisted in relative harmony, one religion that would not accept compromise stood out from the rest: Islam." Gandhi was referring to the experience during his lifetime in the Indian sub-continent, but the growth of Wahhabism and the current resurgence in Islamic triumphalism since Gandhi's death in January 1948 now poses an increasingly existential threat to the West, to Judeo-Christian civilization, as well as to Hindus, Buddhists,...
  • Christians Launch Landmark Human Rights Case [UK]

    04/22/2013 8:50:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/20/13 | John Bingham
    Christians are to launch a landmark legal case arguing their religion is being treated as a “thought crime” by government and courts.Campaigners will submit papers to the European Court of Human Rights in a final attempt to overturn rulings they say have restricted religious freedom for Christians and effectively persecuted those wanting to publicly practise their religion Campaigners will submit papers to the European Court of Human Rights in a final attempt to overturn rulings they say have restricted religious freedom for Christians and effectively persecuted those wanting to publicly practise their religion. The move comes in the case of...
  • The Slide Toward State Control

    04/22/2013 7:05:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/18/13 | Donald DeMarco
    During his Apostolic Visit to the United States, on April 16, 2008, which was also his birthday, Pope Benedict XVI was welcomed to the White House by President George W. Bush. The Pope expressed the hope that his visit would be a source of renewal to the Church in the United States. Early in his remarks, he noted the important role that religion has played in shaping American history: “From the dawn of the Republic, America’s quest for freedom has been guided by the conviction that the principles governing political and social life are intimately linked to a moral order...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/21/2013 7:32:10 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 12 replies
    4-21-13 | Kitty Mittens
  • Psychological profiling of terrorists – Obama bans the truth to enable more terror

    04/21/2013 4:48:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Holy Souls Hermitage ^ | 4/21/2013 | Father George David Byers
    There are plenty of psychiatrists / psychologists hired by the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Energy, and all sorts of competing agencies of other Federal organizations, not to mention all kinds of military and paramilitary and other kinds of actionable groups.One of their jobs is to profile the psychology of a terrorist.But these shrinks are missing the forest for the trees, indeed, for getting caught up in the moss on this or that tree.Proof of this is their pitiable descriptions of depression, or anger, or...
  • China Says Aims to Banish Superstition, Promote Knowledge

    04/21/2013 1:09:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/20/13 | Ben Blanchard
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China is struggling to get its estimated 100 million religious believers to banish superstitious beliefs about things like sickness and death, the country's top religious affairs official told a state-run newspaper. Wang Zuoan, head of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, said there had been an explosion of religious belief in China along with the nation's economic boom, which he attributed to a desire for reassurance in an increasingly complex world. While religion could be a force for good in officially atheist China, it was important to ensure people were not mislead, he told the Study Times,...
  • Boston LDS temple tumult called beneficial to church

    04/21/2013 7:20:32 AM PDT · by District13 · 7 replies
    Deseret News ^ | May 28, 2005 | Carrie A. Moore
    KILLINGTON, Vt. — An insider who helped broker the challenges that arose over construction of the Boston LDS Temple in the mid-1990s told a group of history buffs Friday that the project's highly educated opponents let ignorance about the LDS Church rule over reason. But Grant Bennett believes that ultimately, the high-profile controversy has served the church well, simply because it forced LDS officials in both Massachusetts and Salt Lake City to explain the specifics of their faith in what ultimately became a widespread public education campaign. He detailed those efforts for a standing-room-only crowd during the opening day of...
  • Catholic Health Association: who are you kidding about WHO?

    04/20/2013 7:36:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Spero News ^ | 4/20/2013 | Stephanie Block
    Who is WHO?   To say that the World Health Organization (WHO), which is “the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system,”[i] doesn’t reflect Catholic moral principles is an understatement.   WHO’s global health agenda includes obtaining for adolescents and young people “the sexuality and reproductive health education they need in their schools and communities, and sexual and reproductive health services they need from health facilities in their communities” as the tool they need to prevent “unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions and STIs including HIV infection.”[ii]   As articulated above, this onerous – and presumptuous – global...
  • From Works of Mercy to Voter Fraud

    04/20/2013 3:53:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 18, 2012 | George Neumayr
    Burying the dead is a work of mercy. So, too, is voting for them, according to Sister Marguerite Kloos. Or at least that’s what she thought last year until Ohio investigators nabbed her for an act of voter fraud. This week she plead guilty to the charge of voting twice, acknowledging that she forged the signature of a deceased nun, Sister Rose Marie Hewitt, on an absentee ballot.“When the absentee ballot was received at Ms. Hewitt’s address, (Kloos) opened the envelope, forged Ms. Hewitt’s signature, voted Ms. Hewitt’s ballot, and mailed the ballot back to the Board of Elections,” according...
  • Obama’s Bogus Equality

    04/20/2013 3:20:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 19, 2013 | Russel Shaw
    As all the world surely knows by now, “equality” is the ideological key to President Obama’s domestic policies. That all people are created equal, the president says, is the “most evident of truths.” Whether that’s so or not, it is unquestionably the case that you express any reservations whatsoever about equality these days at no little personal risk.Be that as it may, nonetheless, the meaning of equality is hopelessly unclear in the absence of specifics. Clarification requires asking and answering a prior question: equal in regard to what? Weight? Height? Intelligence? Misery? This plainly can’t be what the president has...
  • Polygamy and the Police State

    04/20/2013 4:46:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | 4/16/2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Here’s how same sex marriage will lead to a police state: First this article on Slate calls for the legalization of polygamy. The call for polygamy sort of springboards from the argument for same sex marriage. The piece argues from various viewpoints, but the underlying principle is the same: “Let us decide what marriage is.” Here is the defining last paragraph: The definition of marriage is plastic. Just like heterosexual marriage is no better or worse than homosexual marriage, marriage between two consenting adults is not inherently more or less “correct” than marriage among three (or four, or six) consenting...
  • Where's the anger by Christians in America? (vanity)

    04/19/2013 9:12:03 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 21 replies
    I'm just wondering. The left tweets and they get free contraception and an apology from Rush Limbaugh. There's a long trial of a cold-blooded abortionist and which gets no national coverage, and the media gets away with it. "Gay marriage" goes before the Supreme Court, and most of the right is silent about it, if not supportive of homosexual "marriage rights." (And I'll note that it particularly troubles me as I lived for awhile in that lifestyle when a young adult.) Everywhere you turn around those who reject Christianity are making gains in their agendas, and Christians might complain here...
  • Ignatius Press CEO: "I am ashamed when we Catholics are embarrassed by Catholic teaching."

    04/19/2013 2:11:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | April 19, 2013 | Carl Olson
    Mark Brumley, CEO of Ignatius Press, has written a piece, "Aren't You Ashamed?", for National Catholic Register. From the opening: “Aren’t you ashamed of your Church? How can you be so bigoted to oppose marriage equality? Why do you persecute gay people?”  That’s how one supporter of redefining marriage put it to me.  Another said about the same thing, only she claimed to be a Catholic. My response:  I am not ashamed of the Catholic Church.  If I am ashamed of Catholics, it is for my failure and others’ failure to live the whole gospel, truth and love.  And I...
  • Will Australian Priests be Forced to Violate the Seal of Confession?

    04/18/2013 7:20:30 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 28 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | April 18, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: I know that priests aren’t allowed to reveal what people tell them in confession. But what happens in places where reporting sexual abuse of children is mandated by law? They’re talking about making it a legal requirement now in Australia, just like they did in Ireland. Will priests really have to go to jail, rather than reveal the identity of a penitent to the police? –Lauren A: Readers from “down under” are no doubt keenly aware that last fall, Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the formation of a federal Royal Commission to investigate child sexual abuse. One stated...
  • A call for national day of prayer, fasting.

    04/15/2013 6:36:25 AM PDT · by wesagain · 4 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 14, 2013 | Staff writer
    Last Friday, WND founder Joseph Farah floated the idea – not really anticipating significant reaction. “Was I ever shocked,” he said. “By 8 a.m. Friday, by email inbox was running over with enthusiastic support for the idea, with about 1,000 people letting me know they would be participating by enlisting friends, family members, church groups, Bible studies and neighbors. They were marking the date on their calendar. Their only reservation was that the date was nearly five months away. They wanted to do something sooner.” Because of the overall response by email now from thousands of Americans, Farah is asking...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/14/2013 7:33:27 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 11 replies
    4-14-13 | Kitty Mittens
    1 Chronicles 29:10-13 Thine, O LORD is the Greatness, and the Power, And the Glory, and the Victory, and the Majesty: For All that is in the Heaven and in the Earth is Thine; Thine is the Kingdom, O LORD, And Thou Art Exalted as Head above All.