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  • Obama Issues Proclamation: ‘Our Country Was Founded on the Idea of Religious Freedom’

    05/05/2016 6:03:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 5, 2016 | 1:40 PM EDT | Melanie Hunter
    In a proclamation designating May 5 as a National Day of Prayer, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States was “founded on the idea of religious freedom” and that the U.S. “will continue to stand up for those around the world who are subject to fear or violence because of their religion or beliefs.” […] “As a Nation free to practice our faith as we choose, we must remember those around the world who are not afforded this freedom, and we must recommit to building a society where all can enjoy this liberty and live their lives in...
  • PHOTOS: Chinese Buddhist Monk Is Mummified And Covered In Gold

    05/05/2016 11:19:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NPR ^ | April 28, 2016 | Merrit Kennedy
    In the southeastern Chinese city of Quanzhou, a well-known Buddhist monk named Fu Hou has been mummified and encased in gold leaf. According to The Associated Press, it's "a practice reserved for holy men in some areas with strong Buddhist traditions" and was done to honor Fu Hou's dedication to the religion. Li Ren, the Chongfu Temple's abbot, said that after the 94-year-old's death in 2012, "the monk's body was washed, treated by two mummification experts, and sealed inside a large pottery jar in a sitting position," according to the wire service. Video published by The Daily Telegraph showed the...
  • Holy Ka’bah to Be Washed Once a Year on Muharram 15

    05/04/2016 8:43:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | May 5, 2016
    For the safety of worshipers and visitors to the Grand Mosque in Makkah and to facilitate carrying out the rites, the Holy Ka’bah will be washed once a year on Muharram 15 due to the ongoing projects and expansion works. Royal approval has been issued in this regard, SPA reported Wednesday quoting Ahmed Al-Mansouri, spokesman of the presidency for the affairs of the two holy mosques as saying.
  • Janet Jackson reportedly pregnant at 49

    05/04/2016 3:11:01 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 65 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 4, 2016 | Maggie Coughlan and Carlos Greer
    Janet Jackson is pregnant, according to a new report. The singer, who will turn 50 on May 16, is said to be expecting her first child with Qatari billionaire husband Wissam Al Mana, Entertainment Tonight reported Wednesday. Early last month, Jackson postponed her “Unbreakable” tour, citing “doctor’s orders.” “We’re in the second leg of the tour, and there actually has been a sudden change … My husband and I are planning our family, so I’m going to have to delay the tour,” she said in a video clip. “Please, if you can, try to understand that it’s important that I...
  • Dad Seeking Bride for Son; Marries Himself

    05/04/2016 2:20:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, May 04, 2016
    Son’s bid to marry was rejectedA Saudi father who accompanied his son for a planned marriage, himself married after the son’s plan bogged down, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. The father went with his son to the would-be bride’s home but the girl’s mother rejected the proposal on the grounds she wants her elder daughter to marry first. “The son was mad and stormed out of that house. His father stayed behind and asked to marry the elder daughter. Her mother quickly agreed,” Sada newspaper said in a report from the Southern Saudi province of Jazan.
  • Urth Caffe Retains AFLC to Countersue Muslim Women Fraudulently Claiming Discrimination

    05/04/2016 10:05:35 AM PDT · by Excellence · 12 replies
    American Freedom Law Center ^ | May 4, 2016 | American Freedom Law Center
    Shortly after being served with a fraudulent lawsuit alleging religious discrimination, the Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach retained the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) to respond to the litigation. David Yerushalmi, AFLC co-founder and senior counsel, issued the following statement: “This lawsuit is a fraud and a hoax on the courts and the media. Beware.” Yerushalmi went on to explain: “The Urth Caffe did not discriminate against the women who have filed this fraudulent lawsuit. The claim that these women were asked to leave the café because they were wearing hijabs is laughable. That night, as every Friday night, a...
  • Pamela Geller: In the Year Since the First Islamic State Attack on American Soil, ...

    05/03/2016 10:57:35 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/03/2016 | Pamela Geller
    Today is the first anniversary of the Islamic State’s first attack in the homeland. Just a couple of short months later, in response to the Chattanooga jihadi who slaughtered four Marines, one Navy officer said: “The War Has Just Begun. More to Come.” He was right. Yet one year after jihadis attacked our Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in defense of free speech, the West is in full surrender mode. We went into the event with our eyes open. We knew the risks. But we knew the risks were greater, for our children and our children’s children, if we...
  • Rafael Cruz: “I Implore Every Member of the Body of Christ to Vote According to the Word of God”

    05/02/2016 9:23:55 AM PDT · by SubMareener · 38 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 2nd, 2016 11:02 am | Jim Hoft
    “I implore every member of the Body of Christ to vote according to the word of God. And vote for the candidate that stands for the word of God and the Constitution of the United States of America… The alternative could be the destruction of America.”
  • Does Erdogan want his own Islamic state?

    05/01/2016 8:41:06 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 7 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | 29 Apr, 2016 | Mustafa Akyol
    Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman unexpectedly sparked controversy in Turkey when on April 25 he declared that Turkey’s new constitution should forgo mention of “secularism” and instead be a “religious constitution” referencing God. His words reignited Turkey’s always tense “secularism debate,” which has been amplified since 2002 when the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power. Kahraman's remarks led to protests in a number of cities, a call by the main opposition leader for him to resign and allegations by secular pundits that the Speaker had shown the AKP’s “true face,” its “real intentions.” Because Kahraman is a known confidant...
  • Miracle in Chicago? Pilgrims flock to see Orthodox icon weeping drops of oil

    05/01/2016 8:08:56 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 13 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 4/29/2016 | Mark Woods
    Thousands of Orthodox Christians are flocking to a church in southwest Chicago to witness what they believe is a miracle.According to the Chicago Tribune, tiny drops of sweet-smelling oil have been trickling down an icon of John the Baptist at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen. The parishioners believe the droplets have healing properties.Parish priest Rev Sotirios Dimitriou – known as Father Sam – said: "The first thing out of my mouth was 'What do I do?' You don't expect anything like this. It's breathtaking. It's so powerful to see such an act of God before your eyes." The...
  • [You Tube] LIVE: Putin and Medvedev attend Orthodox Easter Liturgy Mass in Moscow

    04/30/2016 8:40:43 PM PDT · by ganeemead · 9 replies
    Youtube: Easter at Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Putin and Medvedev in attendance Orthodox service at the magnificent new Moscow cathedral.
  • Jesuit priest, peace activist Daniel Berrigan dies at 94

    04/30/2016 6:36:14 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 109 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4/30/16 | AP
    The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, a Roman Catholic priest and peace activist who was imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the Vietnam War, died Saturday. He was 94. Berrigan died at Murray-Weigel Hall, a Jesuit health care community in New York City after a "long illness," according to Michael Benigno, a spokesman for the Jesuits USA Northeast Province. "He died peacefully," Benigno said.
  • Should Women Take Blame if Daughters Stray?

    04/29/2016 7:35:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | Apr 30, 2016
    IN the past, traditions and customs were such that mothers used to be blamed if their daughters went astray and engaged in unethical practices. Viewed as the protectors of their daughters, mothers were expected to take care of and raise them to be good citizens. However, such views have changed today and mothers are no longer blamed for the mistakes of their daughters. Al-Riyadh daily reports on the way modern society views the mother-daughter relationship. Dr. Salih Al-Aqeel, a criminology and sociology expert, said it was unfair for society to blame mothers for the mistakes of their daughters. “In the...
  • Kennewick Man set to receive Native American burial

    04/29/2016 2:21:20 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 53 replies
    washington Post ^ | 29 Apr 2016 | BEN GUARINO
    Army Corps of Engineers working with native American tribes to coordinate burial A local tribe, the Umatilla, had claimed the Kennewick Man as an ancestor; the Native American group wanted to lay the skeleton to rest according to custom.
  • Halal: Is it Meat You’re Looking For? Says China Businessman

    04/28/2016 11:25:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Thursday, 28 April 2016 | Benjamin Haas
    The wine-swilling co-founder of Sai Wai Xiang Halal Foodstuff Co enjoys his pork and does not follow Islam, but still sells more than $50 million-worth of food to Muslims across Asia and the Middle East. The company is at the forefront of a Chinese drive into the global halal food and beverage market, exporting as far away as Saudi Arabia. Businessman Deng Zhijun bills his wares as “products with Muslim ethnic flavour”, but has difficulty recalling some of Islam’s basic dietary tenets. “Muslims definitely don’t smoke and don’t drink alcohol,” he said over a lunch at the company, in a...
  • The Power Of Positive Declarations: Joel Osteen Can Now Fly satire

    04/27/2016 8:11:47 PM PDT · by fungoking · 7 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 2/28/16 | Staff
    The Babylon Bee | Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire. Home Celebs CelebsMinistriesU.S. The Power Of Positive Declarations: Joel Osteen Can Now Fly February 28, 2016 HOUSTON, TX—Joel Osteen, celebrity senior pastor of Lakewood Church, has been proclaiming the life-changing power of regular, vocal, positive declarations and self-affirmations for years, and for just as long has pointed to his own life and accomplishments as irrefutable evidence of their efficacy. “My primary residence has more elevators than your house has bathrooms,” he told churchgoers in a recent sermon. “And do you know why? It’s because I declared it would happen....
  • Belfast rectory that inspired Narnia author CS Lewis may be set for listed status

    04/26/2016 9:32:08 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 8 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 19 April 2016 | Rebecca Black
    CS Lewis was baptised at St Mark's Church off the Holywood Road in east Belfast and attended it as a child. The old rectory beside it would also have been familiar territory to the author as it was once home to his grandfather, the Rev Thomas Hamilton, who was the first rector at St Mark's. A distinctive lion's head-shaped door knob on the rectory is even believed to have inspired the key character of Aslan ...
  • R.I.P. Madeleine Sherwood, Mother Superior on 'The Flying Nun'

    04/26/2016 6:30:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    metv.com ^ | April 25, 2016 | metvstaff
    Madeleine Sherwood performed Tennessee Williams dramas on stage and screen, and worked with legendary film director Elia Kazan. Her Broadway roles included The Crucible, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Camelot — roles that any actor would envy. However, the Quebec native is perhaps best known for running a convent of nuns in Puerto Rico on television. For three seasons, Sherwood portrayed Reverend Mother Superior Placido on The Flying Nun, the charming, quirky 1960s sitcom that sent Sally Field soaring to a new level of stardom. As reported in The Hollywood Reporter, Sherwood has died at the age of...
  • Islamisation is banned by the constitution in Hungary

    04/26/2016 5:05:28 AM PDT · by wtd · 10 replies
    Website of the Hungarian Government ^ | April 25, 2016 | PM Victor Orbán
    Islamisation is banned by the constitution in HungaryApril 25, 2016 7:27 PM At a ceremony on the fifth anniversary of the promulgation of the Fundamental Law, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán stated that Islamisation is banned by the constitution in Hungary. The Hungarian government cannot support any mass migration movements which could lead to results conflicting with the National Avowal contained within the Fundamental Law. “Neither the legislature nor the government of the day may pursue such a policy within constitutional boundaries”, he said. He said that in drafting the “Schengen 2.0” action plan, the Hungarian government is fulfilling its constitutional...
  • Marriage Fund Must Not be Mere ‘Cashier' (Mixed Marriages)

    04/25/2016 11:01:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, April 25, 2016
    It should ensure successful mixed marriages with Arabic-speaking kids The Marriage Fund which was created by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan more than two decades ago to finance local marriages must not be a mere “cashier” as it should work to ensure successful mixed marriages. The remarks by a member of the Federal National Council (FNC), the country’s parliament, coincided with figures showing more than a quarter of the marriages over the past two years were between Emirati men and foreign women. In Abu Dhabi, marriages totalled 3,034 during that period, including 874 mixed-marriages. Marriages totalled...
  • China's Xi warns against religious infiltration from abroad

    04/25/2016 1:39:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2016 11:10 PM EDT
    Chinese President Xi Jinping says that China must be on guard against nefarious religious influences from abroad. His comments over the weekend follow a tightening of religious space that has seen bans on the wearing of veils and beards in the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang and the removal of church crosses in eastern China. “We must resolutely guard against overseas infiltrations via religious means and prevent ideological infringement by extremists,” Xi said at a Beijing conference on religions attended by top leaders, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. …
  • Paul Weston CPAC Live Stream March 3, 2016

    04/24/2016 8:21:15 AM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 4 replies
    Paul Weston CPAC Live Stream March 3, 2016 "Sweden is literally a lost country."
  • 'Passover Funk' Parody Tells Exodus Story With Break Dancing, Jokes

    04/24/2016 1:00:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 4/22 | Lisa Fernandez
    "It's a fun, lively way to retell the story of Passover," Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith said.There are many Uptown Funk parodies. A website called GeekDad even listed 10 of them. But what didn't get notice (and should!) is a Passover-themed Bruno Mars parody released by the Jerusalem-based Aish.com site, that begins, "Pesach, Four cups cold, Holy Moses, Egyptian gold." Passover begins Friday at sundown. Since the real Uptown Funk was such a hit, Aish.com's Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith and his colleagues decided to play off the song, Passover-style. "It's a fun, lively way to retell the story of Passover," Coopersmith said in...
  • Beans And Rice For Passover? A Divisive Question Gets The Rabbis' OK

    04/23/2016 9:29:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    NPR ^ | April 23, 2016 | Maria Godoy
    As a Latina who married into a Jewish family, I've long lobbied my in-laws to include beans and rice on the Passover menu. The holiday is a time when Jews avoid leavened foods in commemoration of their biblical exodus from Egypt — when they had to flee so fast, they couldn't even let the bread rise. But beans and rice aren't leavened, I've argued, so why not include them in the Seder meal? The answer I've long gotten from my mother-in-law: tradition. You see, like many American Jews, my mother-in-law is of European ancestry, or Ashkenazi. And by tradition, Ashkenazi...
  • The Donald Trump Prophecy - End Time Presidential Election 2016

    04/23/2016 8:38:57 PM PDT · by SubMareener · 70 replies
    Discover Ministries ^ | Apr 18, 2016 | Steve Cioccolanti
    News 18 April 2016: the same day Discover Ministries posted this video about "The Donald", TruNews also posted an audio recording about a prophecy in 2011 that Donald Trump is God's anointed. The Church is divided because it lacks discernment and makes judgments based on personal feelings for a person. But much like Cyrus and Nebuchadnezzar, whom the believers could NOT believe and could NOT accept that God would use, Trump is sent by the Lord to expose the corrupt establishment. God will raise up the leader whom He wills. He is not beholden to the Church's earthly opinion. This...
  • Norway Minister Ridiculed After Floating in Mediterranean to See What it's Like to be a Refugee

    04/23/2016 6:34:34 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 45 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 4-22-2016 | Chiara Palazzo
    Norway's minister of migration and integration has sparked outrage after floating in the Mediterranean Sea in an orange survival suit to experience being rescued from a refugee's "perspective." Sylvi Listhaug, a Progress Party member known for her hard-line stance on immigration, travelled to the Greek island of Lesbos to familiarise herself with the rescue work carried out by Norwegian vessel Peter Henry von Koss.
  • Man Slits Own Throat as Sacrifice to Kali

    04/23/2016 6:27:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Times of India ^ | Apr 24, 2016
    A 22-year-old man tried to commit suicide by slitting his throat at a temple in northwest Delhi's Bharat Nagar on Saturday morning. Police said the man, Shankar Chaudhary, claimed to have been directed by Goddess Kali to make the "sacrifice". Chaudhary, who belongs to Bihar's Gaya district, is a labourer. According to the police, the incident took place around 9.30am, when the temple was packed. The man was immediately taken to a hospital and was said to be out of danger by late evening. "Eyewitnesses said Chaudhary had a coconut in one hand and a knife in the other. He...
  • Why the North Carolina Transgender law is Counterproductive

    04/23/2016 1:09:33 PM PDT · by minimum12 · 48 replies
    All it does is force trans men and women to use bathrooms based on the sex that they were born in, considering that many trans men and women simply look like regular men and women, it does the opposite of the intended effect. It gives the pretext for straight perverted men to pretend to be transgender to enter women's bathrooms while dressing normally. They don't even need to wear a dress to enter the bathroom, they can just look like normal straight men and enter (because many trans men simply look like men) do you realize how ridiculous this law...
  • Four Saudi Shockers 60 Minutes Left Out of Their 28 Pages Report

    04/22/2016 9:26:17 AM PDT · by fella · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 April 2016 | Lee Stranahan
    Those Saudi connections continued while Bill Clinton was president. As Breitbart News detailed in an exhaustive two-part piece recently, the White House tradition of holding a Muslim Eid dinner began with the Clintons and the events were hosted by Hillary Clinton herself. Hillary Clinton’s closest aide and advisor on Islamic issues, Huma Abedin, was raised in Saudi Arabia and as Breitbart reporting showed, came into Mrs. Clinton’s life midway through the Clinton administration in 1996.
  • Malaysian school hit by 'mass hysteria' still closed, but journalists hear screams...

    04/21/2016 4:01:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    The gates of a school in Malaysia's state of Kelantan, where students have been plauged by "mass hysteria", were closed to reporters on Sunday (April 17) - the day the school was set to reopen - but screams were heard coming from the classrooms. SMK Pengkalan Chepa 2 was shut down for three days last Thursday to allow bomohs, ustaz and Islamic traditional practitioners to rid the place of bad spirits. It does not seem to be working. ... The school administration has conducted a two-hour recital of Quranic verses and held prayers together with the students. It is learnt...
  • Islamic Cleric: Who Needs Medicine When You Have The Prophet’s Advice to Drink Camel Urine Instead

    04/21/2016 12:25:46 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 25 replies
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  • Is Trump America's Jean-Marie Le Pen?

    04/14/2016 3:37:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 14, 2016 | Michael Gurfinkel
    It is quite tempting to draw parallels between the Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders movements in America and the populist movements that have been rocking European politics for many years. There seems indeed to be, on both sides of the Atlantic, a growing discontent about traditional politics and a feeling among ordinary citizens of being betrayed by a complacent and pathetically incompetent Establishment. As a result, we are seeing a swing to both right-wing and left-wing demagogues. The parallel between Trump and the French Far Right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, who founded the French National Front and passed it to...
  • ESPN fires analyst and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling

    04/20/2016 8:14:34 PM PDT · by Robwin · 58 replies
    MSN Sports ^ | 04/20/2016 | Associated Press
    BRISTOL, Conn. — ESPN announced that it has fired network analyst and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling following his comments on Facebook about transgender people. In a statement released Wednesday, ESPN said "Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated." This week, Schilling reposted an image of an overweight man wearing a long blond wig and revealing women's clothing. It included the phrase: "Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you're a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!" Schilling added...
  • RISE ABOVE: The unbelievable story of H.S. wrestler Zion Shaver

    04/20/2016 7:37:52 PM PDT · by Third Person · 6 replies
    ESPN ^ | April 20th, 2016 | Michael McElroy
    When Zion Shaver's high school wrestling career ended last month, he hugged his coach as the crowd rose to its feet. It's a moment that could very well be the final scene in a movie someday -- that's how miraculous Shaver's life has been to this point. Shaver was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1997 -- without legs. He had caudal regression syndrome, a condition that affects the development of the lower half of the body. He was given up for adoption as a baby, moving from foster home to foster home, from school to school, and he doesn't like...
  • The Plan to Make California Wet By Spreading Beavers Up and Down the State

    04/13/2016 8:52:13 AM PDT · by thoughtomator · 97 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 10/17/15 3:30pm | Alissa Walker
    Ending the drought in the West will require rain—not too much rain—and smarter ways to collect and store that water. But something else that can keep things moist? Believe it or not: Beavers. According to a story in Water Deeply, a group of ecologists have a plan to help repopulate the Central Coast of California with Castor canadensis, the large beavers which once roamed the state in great numbers. (Not to be confused with their ancestors, giant beavers that were seven feet long.) The idea is that beavers are nature’s hydrologists, engineering the way that water travels through the landscape:
  • Swiss citizenship process suspended for family of Muslim 'no handshake' boys

    04/19/2016 12:13:19 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19 April 2016
    Switzerland has suspended the citizenship process for the family of two teenage Muslim brothers who refused to shake hands with female teachers. The brothers aged 14 and 15 said physical contact with women who were not family members was against their faith. Some Swiss Muslim groups said there was no religious justification for refusing to shake a female teacher's hand and urged the Swiss not to give in to extremist demands. But one Islamic organisation said a handshake between men and women was prohibited.
  • Religious group sues San Francisco over open-air urinal

    04/18/2016 10:40:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 19, 2016 12:34 AM EDT
    A religious organization is suing the city San Francisco to remove an open-air urinal it calls unsanitary and indecent from a popular park. The Chinese Christian Union of San Francisco filed a civil complaint last week demanding the city remove the concrete circular urinal from the iconic Dolores Park. The group says the urinal, which is out in the open and screened only through plants for privacy, “emanates offensive odors,” “has no hand-washing facilities” and “it’s offensive to manners and morals.” …
  • Did Jesus Never Address Homosexuality?

    04/18/2016 8:54:18 AM PDT · by the_boy_who_got_lost · 68 replies
    The Masters Seminary ^ | april 18, 2016 | michael riccardi
    Today I want to address a popular argument made by those who try to reconcile homosexuality with Christianity. The argument is that Jesus Himself never said a word about homosexuality. Those who make this argument grant that Paul condemned it as sinful (Rom 1:26–27; 1 Cor 6:9–10; 1 Tim 1:9–10). But the sentiment behind this objection is that Paul had corrupted the way of life and the ideology that Jesus came to propagate, and that Jesus would have been “loving” and “accepting” of homosexuals, just as they are. But is it true that Jesus never said anything about homosexuality? Actually,...
  • The Shroud of Turin, Authenticated Again

    04/17/2016 6:27:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 114 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/16/2016 | Myra Adams
    A new study released last week included new evidence that links and further authenticates two holy relics that millions of Christians believe offer physical proof of the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But before we explore the research and the relics, let us recall a New Testament passage concerning faith in Christ and the need for physical evidence. I mean the familiar story of “doubting Thomas” (John 20:24–29). The apostle Thomas was absent when the resurrected Christ appeared to some of the apostles. On hearing the astonishing news, Thomas declared, “Unless I see the nail marks in...
  • Two Years Ago Today: Boko Haram Seizes 276 Christian Schoolgirls

    04/14/2016 6:57:58 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 11 replies
    counterjihadreport.com ^ | 04/14/2016 | Christopher W. Holton
    Two years ago today the savage barbarians of Boko Haram, an Islamic jihadist organization, kidnapped 276 Christian schoolgirls in Nigeria. At the time, this was but the latest example of Boko Haram’s reign of terror. Up to that point, Boko Haram had made it a point to target and slaughter Christians–especially Christian worshippers on Christian Holy Days, such as Christmas, Palm Sunday and Easter. In fact, Boko Haram is said to be directly responsible for more deaths than the Islamic State (ISIS). But it wasn’t until they kidnapped these hundreds of schoolgirls that the world was finally awoken to the...
  • Why More Women Are Letting Their Husbands Cheat

    04/14/2016 6:02:03 AM PDT · by sheworelemon · 66 replies
    New York Post ^ | Jane Ridley
    Thrashing out the details of their new marriage contract with online relationship coach Suzie Johnson, the wealthy couple who have been wed for 12 years leave their hourlong Skype session feeling satisfied. The husband agrees they can have a fifth child — while the wife consents to an infidelity clause allowing him to cheat with other women on a strictly annual basis. “They agreed to a weekend amnesty, where the guy can do what he wants for just one weekend a year,” recalls Johnson, who runs the Dallas, Texas-based goasksuzie.com. “In return, she gets the bigger family she craved.”
  • Norway's Lutheran church votes in favor of same-sex marriage

    04/13/2016 6:22:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11, 2016 | Gwladys Fouche
    Norway's Lutheran Church voted on Monday in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, becoming the latest of a small but growing number of churches worldwide to do so. Last year the French Protestant Church allowed gay marriage blessings, while the U.S. Presbyterian Church approved a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage.
  • American muslim scholar says that killing homosexuals is the compassionate thing to do

    04/13/2016 5:55:05 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 29 replies
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  • At Harvard, being in the room with a pro-lifer can be “triggering”

    04/12/2016 12:23:48 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | April 12, 2016 | Calvin Freiburger
    We’ve recently explored the ways college pro-abortion activists are woefully ill-equipped to confront pro-life thought, and now a recent segment on Fox News gives us a glimpse why. Megyn Kelly recently interviewed Rachel Huebner, a Harvard student and staff writer with the Harvard Crimson, who says she has witnessed “open discourse [being] stifled” and a “lack of freedom of expression,” which is “occurring at Harvard and campuses nationwide.” She cites a particularly glaring incident involving abortion: HUEBNER: We were discussing general guidelines for class and specific things that people might find offensive, and this was just one specific instance of...
  • Holy Bible On List Of ‘Challenged’ Books At Libraries

    04/11/2016 10:00:19 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 15 replies
    DFS CBS LOCAL ^ | 11 APRIL 2016 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — On the latest list of books most objected to at public schools and libraries, one title has been targeted nationwide, at times for the sex and violence it contains, but mostly for the legal issues it raises. The Bible. “You have people who feel that if a school library buys a copy of the Bible, it’s a violation of church and state,” says James LaRue, who directs the Office for Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Association, which released its annual 10 top snapshot of “challenged” books on Monday, part of the association’s “State of Libraries...
  • UK Equalities Chief Who Popularised The Term ‘Islamophobia’ Admits: ‘… I Should Have Known Better’

    04/10/2016 10:26:31 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 23 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 04/10/2016 | by Raheem Kassam
    Phillips commissioned “the Runnymede report” into Britain and Islamophobia in 1997 which, according to both Phillips himself and academics across the country, popularised the phrase which has now become synonymous with any criticism – legitimate or not – of Islam or Muslims. “For a long time, I too thought that Europe’s Muslims would become like previous waves of migrants, gradually abandoning their ancestral ways, wearing their religious and cultural baggage lightly, and gradually blending into Britain’s diverse identity landscape. I should have known better.” Phillips comments: “Some of my journalist friends imagine that, with time, the Muslims will grow out...
  • NYPD Targeted Staten Island Albanian Community

    04/10/2016 12:28:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Staten Island Live ^ | Maura Grunlund
    The Albanian Islamic Cultural Center in Tompkinsville was among several sites under surveillance in that neighborhood by the NYPD, based on a secret department report obtained by The Associated Press. (See full report below.) A tower and crescent moon are silhouetted by the sun at the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center in Tompkinsville. The NYPD targeted the Tompkinsville neighborhood within the 120th Precinct because it had seen a "high influx" of Albanian immigrants from Montenegro, Kosovo and a "small percentage" from Albania. The secret NYPD report said that "Albanian businesses" were concentrated along Victory Boulevard and included hangouts such as social...
  • Technology: Chinese Monks Use Robots and Social Media to Promote Buddhism

    04/09/2016 5:41:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Asia Times ^ | APRIL 9, 2016 | Carolina Diana
    China recently made global headlines when many of its restaurants sacked robot waiters. Apparently, the machines did not ‘handle’ customers well. The owners had to wake up to the reality that the robots lacked human touch and cannot replace human staff. Despite this setback, China continues to dream big in the robotics space. For the past two days, Chinese social media sites Weibo and WeChat were filled with images of Xian’er, a chubby monk who lives in Longquan Temple in Beijing. What’s interesting is that Xian’er is a robot. Like any other monk, he adorns a yellow robe. Interestingly, he...
  • End of Times

    04/09/2016 2:57:32 PM PDT · by No One Special · 51 replies
    Transcendental Physics ^ | April 8, 2016 | Edward Close
    Food for thought: are we now in the end times of the bible? Origin of the concept: The first scriptural mention of the ‘End of Days’ is found in Numbers: Balaam, a prophet from Mesopotamia, east of the Holy Land, was asked by Balak, king of the Moabites, to curse the Israelites, told him instead of the final defeat of the Moabites by the Israelites: “Come, I will advise you...what this people will do to your people at the end of days.” – Numbers, 24:14 But, according to the Book of Deuteronomy, the end of days will not come until...
  • Why Socialism Is A Bad Deal

    04/09/2016 2:50:23 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 31 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | March 23, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Thanks to Bernie and Hillary, Socialism is on everyone’s mind. These politicians, like so many in our media and universities, claim it’s a glorious idea. Usually thought of as an economic philosophy, Socialism is more sweeping than that. It dictates how all of society must be organized. It claims to be fairer; it claims to deliver happiness. Socialism is a philosophy of life that, I’ll argue, steals the life right out of you. The central vision, indeed the central requirement, is that everyone be equal and cooperative. Competition is evil. Striving for success is scorned. In order to obtain the...