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  • The Destruction of Mecca

    10/01/2014 6:18:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 30, 2014 | Ziauddin Sardar
    WHEN Malcolm X visited Mecca in 1964, he was enchanted. He found the city as ancient as time itself, and wrote that the partly constructed extension to the Sacred Mosque will surpass the architectural beauty of Indias Taj Mahal. Fifty years on, no one could possibly describe Mecca as ancient, or associate beauty with Islams holiest city. Pilgrims performing the hajj this week will search in vain for Meccas history. The dominant architectural site in the city is not the Sacred Mosque, where the Kaaba, the symbolic focus of Muslims everywhere, is. It is the obnoxious Makkah Royal Clock Tower...
  • Talking Back to Goliath: Some Advice for Students in the Evolutionary Biology Classroom

    10/01/2014 5:35:13 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 5 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | September 30, 2014 | Paul Nelson
    Talking Back to Goliath: Some Advice for Students in the Evolutionary Biology Classroom Paul Nelson September 30, 2014 2:18 PM | Permalink A student in David Barash's animal-behavior class at the University of Washington might feel a bit like David facing Goliath -- even though Goliath, in this case, happens to be named David. Goliath occupies the podium at the front of the class, holds the professorship, and has the authority of the scientific community (apparently, anyway) on his side. And, like the biblical Goliath, he is confidently outspoken when he delivers what Barash in this past Sunday's NY Times...
  • Darwinist Denies Human Exceptionalism in NYT

    09/29/2014 10:11:28 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 9 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 28, 2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    Darwinist Denies Human Exceptionalism in NYT The New York Times is consistently anti-human exceptionalism, never missing an opportunity to publish articles that seek to reduce humans to just another animal in the forest.Today, the Sunday Review section has University of Washington biology professor, David P. Barash, bragging that he works to destroy faith in his classes (The Talk), insisting to his students that science and religion are incompatible.That kind of ideological indoctrination is par for the disturbing course in universities, but not the one of the areas with which I grapple. However, I would be remiss not to point out...
  • Choral music not heard since era of Henry VIII has been played for first time in 500 years

    09/29/2014 7:06:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9-29-14 | Hannah Furness
    Choral music not heard since the time of Henry VIII has been brought to life for the first time in 500 years, as an academic unearths an untouched manuscript and shows it to a modern choir. The manuscript, a book of 34 religious songs, was given to Henry VIII as a lavish gift from a French diplomat in his early reign. Containing songs referencing Henry and his then-bride Catherine of Aragon, it is considered the most "luxurious" surviving diplomatic gift of its kind. It remained in the Royal Collection after the king's death, and was later given to the nation...
  • Help: Good friend of family (Catholic) is unsure of her Salvation - Afraid to assume Heaven.

    09/28/2014 6:24:41 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 72 replies
    Spent the last week with Mom in hospital. A very close friend of Mom's (like an adopted daughter) is a wonderful help, but as a Catholic, is always fearful of her destination.She says that assuming that she will go to Heaven is beyond her...so she is painfully afraid and spreads that fear to others. Please help with your opinions.What should I say to her? She is neurotically fearful of her own future and spreads that fear generously.
  • OK Beheader's Imam Claimed Threats to Behead Muslims Days Before Attack

    09/28/2014 6:17:38 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/27/2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Just days prior to the ruthless beheading of an innocent woman at the hands of Oklahoma jihadist Alton Nolen, his Imam, Imad Enchassi, garnered international attention after claiming that Muslims--even Muslim children--who resided in Oklahoma were under constant threat of literally having their heads chopped off. Imam Enchassi said in an interview about the threats he allegedly received: Were going to chop your head off. Were going to burn your mosque. We got specific threats of beheading Muslims in the state. Beheading children. The Imam said of his fellow Muslims children: Yesterday, our children did not go play outside in...
  • Couples who met online three times more likely to divorce

    09/27/2014 11:08:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4:47PM BST 26 Sep 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    Married couples who met online are three times more likely to divorce than those who met face-to-face, a study has found. Online daters are also 28 percent more likely to split from their partners within the first year, new figures from Michigan State University in the US suggest. A study of more than 4,000 couples found that relationships were far more stable if couples met in traditional ways such as introductions by friends or through work, hobbies or socializing. Couples who meet online are also less likely to get married and generally have a poorer relationship quality that those who...
  • Not kosher: Ultra-Orthodox Jews delay JFK flight to Israel because they cant sit next to women

    09/27/2014 6:57:51 PM PDT · by B4Ranch · 58 replies
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | September 26, 2014, | Corinne Lestch
    A group of ultra-Orthodox passengers heading to Israel to celebrate the Jewish new year delayed an El Al flight out of JFK Airport, kvetching that they couldnt sit next to women because of religious reasons.(snip) The Haredi travelers wouldnt sit unless they could trade their seats with other passengers, rankling the secular Jews on board the Tuesday night flight, according to Shalom Life. I ended up sitting next to a man who jumped out of his seat the moment we had finished taking off and proceeded to stand in the aisle. Other passengers recalled that the black-clad rabblerousers stood...
  • Islam's war on the West (Ye olde Vanity)

    09/27/2014 4:50:53 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    It should be apparent to American citizens that our government will not, cannot, defend us from the forces of Islam (who have declared war on us). There are many in the armed forces that understand the nature of this war, but they are also ham-strung when fighting and even naming our enemy. To defend against this enemy, more than just asymmetrical warfare will be required. Our own government at present is with the enemy and against the Country.We must formulate our strategy here at FR (where else might we do it?).A majority of the country supports us, but the electorate...
  • Fired Muslim who beheaded female colleague after losing his job in argument over stoning women

    09/27/2014 2:34:20 PM PDT · by bgill · 72 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sept. 27, 2014 | Lydia Warren et al
    The Muslim convert who allegedly beheaded a female co-worker was arguing with his colleagues about whether it is acceptable to stone women to death the day he launched his attack, it has been claimed. Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, was trying to convince workers that Islam teaches that the punishment is acceptable on Thursday, shortly before he was fired from his job at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma, according to local media.
  • Michigan mom turns to prayer and social media for miracle to save her son

    n a pessimistic world, a Michigan mother is looking for a miracle to save her terminally ill four-year-old son and shes turning to prayer and social media to find it. Tammi Curtis Carr of Ann Arbor was given the horrifying news Tuesday that her toddler, Chad, had an inoperative tumor on his brain stem. According to Carr, her son fell on Monday and hit his nose.The mother of three took her youngest to the hospital to make sure he didnt have a concussion but what the MRI revealed was much worse. Chad was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma,...
  • "Left Behind" Movie Remake Coming Soon

    09/26/2014 10:57:00 PM PDT · by RginTN · 11 replies
    Charisma Magazine ^ | 10/24/12 | CHRISTIAN RETAILING
    Actor Nicolas Cage will reportedly star in what producers hope will be a new, improved movie version of the best-selling, end-times thriller Left Behind.
  • Oklahoma City

    09/26/2014 5:59:14 PM PDT · by jtal · 48 replies
    vanity | self
    On Sunday, the forces of darkness were invited into Oklahoma City. It seems that today the invitation was accepted.
  • SHARIA LAW IS COMING!!!! Oklahoma Beheader Celebrated Terrorists, Disparaged Non-Muslims

    09/26/2014 3:28:39 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/26/2014 | Patrick Howley
    Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Alexander Nolen calls himself JahKeem Yisrael on his Facebook page, where he uploaded photos of himself reading the Koran and wearing Muslim religious clothing. Nolens Facebook cover photo appears to be of several Taliban fighters, according to a Google reverse image search. A Philadelphia-based friend asked Nolen if he was praying in one of his photographs at the Masjid on Luzerne, referring to the Muslim American Society of Philadelphia. Nolen replied, LAA, to which his friend responded, oh you not in Philadelphia. I JST WANT TO SAY AS AN MUSLIM WE DNT CELEBRATE AMERIKAS HOLIDAYS, he...
  • A Moral Universe Torn Apart

    09/24/2014 2:09:55 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 9-24-2014 | Ben Shapiro
    The woman is Leyla Josephine of Glasgow, and she is a self-described feminist performance artist. She is reading a poem titled "I Think She Was a She" -- a poem lauded by The Huffington Post as "unapologetic. ... She ardently declares her power over her body as she reminds us that a woman exercising her right to choose is not uncommon -- and should never be shamefully brushed under the rug." What, exactly, is this poem? It's Josephine recounting her abortion of her unborn daughter. She notes, "I know she was a she and I think she would've looked exactly...
  • Naturalism: A Rule That No One Needs or Obeys

    09/22/2014 1:49:02 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 18 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | September 22, 2014 | Paul Nelson
    Methodological Naturalism: A Rule That No One Needs or Obeys Paul Nelson September 22, 2014 11:47 AM | Permalink Recently, BioLogos posted the concluding Parts 3 and 4 of Robert Bishop's review of Darwin's Doubt. Although the discussion at BioLogos is winding down, Bishop's review raises issues calling for a reply, because the underlying premises of his position are shared by large numbers of science and philosophy faculty at both secular and religious universities. It is likely that, left unchallenged and unexamined, these faulty premises will continue to influence the debate.One issue in particular deserves extended comment: the standing of...
  • Archaeologists discover 'industrial scale' wine production at ancient site

    09/21/2014 5:03:38 AM PDT · by RouxStir · 9 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | September 19, 2014
    <p>"Archaeologists in Israel have discovered a massive compound dating back to the Byzantine era, which was used for industrial-scale production of wine and olive oil.</p> <p>The site at Ramat Bet Shemesh about 19 miles west of Jerusalem contains an oil press, wine press and colorful mosaics, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.</p>
  • America's [Marines] Soldiers Singing "Days of Elijah" [snip]

    09/20/2014 10:10:41 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 9 replies
    GNL ^ | September 19, 2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Full title: 'Faith Warriors:' Video of Marines Delivering Powerful Rendition of Christian Worship Song 'Days of Elijah' Goes Viral A powerful video of nearly 500 U.S. Marines at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California declaring "there is no God like Jehovah" in an inspirational rendition of the Christian worship song "Days of Elijah," is taking the Internet by storm. Merrie Pardee Baldwin, the Christian volunteer who first posted the video of the worshipful Marines to her Facebook page Sunday, told The Christian Post in an interview Friday that she is hoping the video inspires Americans to pray for...
  • Cheerleaders defy schools prayer ban, lead crowd and opposing team in reciting Lords Prayer

    09/20/2014 9:04:24 PM PDT · by marjiwoj · 69 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Sept. 20, 2014 | soopermexican
    Oneida High School cheerleaders were upset that the school chose to ban prayer at their games, so they decided to pray on their own and found they had supporters among the opposing team and the crowd...
  • Americas Most Popular Pastor Doesnt Know The Bible

    09/19/2014 1:21:41 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 138 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-19-2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    Mega-church pastor Joel Osteen may lead the largest Protestant church in the United States, but a recent Facebook post shows he might need to go back to Sunday school.A Monday post to his verified Facebook page, Joel Osteen ministries, read: “God said in Numbers 11:23, ‘Moses, is there any limit to My power?’ He was saying, ‘Moses, you saw Me part the Red Sea, stop the sun for Joshua, keep three Hebrew teenagers safe in a fiery furnace, don’t you realize that I can bring water without rain?’ There’s no limit to God’s power.” Post by Joel Osteen Ministries. As...
  • These Young Iranians Arrested for Recording Tehran Version of Pharrell Williams's "Happy

    09/19/2014 8:40:12 AM PDT · by Ex-Pat in Mex · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 20, 2014 | POOYA JAHANDAR
    Young Iranians Arrested For Dancing In 'Happy' Pharrell Video Crime: Happiness
  • Is Spanking REALLY the same as child abuse?! *video

    09/18/2014 8:47:02 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 32 replies
    Youtube.com/StevenCrowder ^ | 08/18/14 | Steven Crowder
    So the Adrian Peterson story has brought "child abuse" into the limelight. Child abuse is horrible. Reprehensible. But do you REALLY consider mere spanking to be "child abuse"? Watch the video and comment below. Also, my dad spanked me.
  • NY Times Book Review Banishes David Limbaugh From Rightful Place on Best-Seller List

    09/18/2014 12:20:04 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 9-18-2014 | NB Staff
    Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner has been dogging the compilers of the formerly prestigious New York Times best-seller list for trying to deny best-seller status to conservative authors. First it was Dinesh D’Souza’s book America. Now it's David Limbaugh's latest book Jesus on Trial. He reports the Times crew has "banished conservative legal author David Limbaugh's latest, Jesus on Trial, from its upcoming best seller list despite having sales better than 17 other books on the list." According to publishing sources, Limbaugh's probe into the accuracy of the Bible sold 9,660 in its first week out, according to Nielsen...
  • Panel Urges Overhauling Health Care at End of Life

    09/18/2014 12:15:42 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | Sept 17, 2014 | PAM BELLUCK
    The countrys system for handling end-of-life care is largely broken and should be overhauled at almost every level, a national panel concluded in a report released on Wednesday... The 507-page report, Dying in America, said its recommendations...would produce significant savings that would help make health care more affordable.
  • The Air Force will now allow airmen to omit so help me God from enlistment oaths

    09/17/2014 10:41:07 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 17, 2014 | Abby Ohlheiser
    After an airman was unable to complete his reenlistment because he omitted the part of a required oath that states so help me God, the Air Force changed its instructions for the oath. Following a review of the policy by the Department of Defense General Counsel, the Air Force will now permit airmen to omit the phrase, should they so choose. That change is effective immediately, according to an Air Force statement. We take any instance in which Airmen report concerns regarding religious freedom seriously, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said in the statement. We are making...
  • Hank Williams Sr. - Old Country Church

    09/17/2014 8:49:35 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies
    Hank Williams Sr. - Old Country Church - Best Version
  • U.N. to dump flood of Muslim refugees on U.S.

    09/17/2014 5:17:22 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 45 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 9/15/2014 | Pamela Geller
    Most Americans are unaware that under the Refugee Resettlement Program, whole Muslim communities from hostile nations are imported into the United States, circumventing whatever immigration laws that are still intact. This is made even more dangerous by what organization determines who is are refugees and who arent. Its the UN, driven largely by the worlds largest international body, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The OIC is a modern day caliphate made up of 56 countries and the Palestinian terrorists. For years, a handful of my colleagues and I have warned of the reckless immigration polices here in America and...
  • American Soldiers Singing "Days of Elijah"

    09/17/2014 3:13:18 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 20 replies
    youtube ^ | 0/17/2014 | unknown
    Days of Elijah, by our brave young men! May God bless and protect them all.
  • The Eye-Watering Moment Two Christian MMA Fighters KO Each Other with Simultaneous Hits ....

    09/17/2014 2:00:30 PM PDT · by Cecily · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 16, 2014 | James Nye
    Clearly inspired by Jesus' words 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you', a pair of Christian mixed martial artists knock each other out with simultaneous blows to their privates. Filmed for the now released 'Fight Church' documentary, the two fighters are part of the burgeoning Christian mixed martial arts movement that espouses the mantra, 'Jesus never quit, he never tapped out.' Indeed, the documentary, which was funded by $30,000 raised through crowd sourcing, attempts to answer the hard questions raised by combining religion and extreme physical violence, such as, 'Can you love your neighbor as yourself...
  • Ancient 'moon god' monument unearthed in Israel

    09/17/2014 11:02:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12:55PM BST 17 Sep 2014 | By Inna Lazareva, Tel Aviv
    A structure once believed to form part of an ancient town is identified as a 5,000 year old monument believed to have been used to honour the Mesopotamian moon god 'Sin' A stone monument in the shape of a crescent moon found in northern Israel is more than 5,000 years old, archaeologists have said. The structure, known as Rujum en-Nabi Shua'ayb or Jethro Cairn, is located near the Sea of Galilee and predates the construction of Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid in Egypt, as well as the writing of the Bible. It was initially discovered in the early part of the...
  • Why the Narrative Trumps the Facts

    09/17/2014 9:47:35 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 38 replies
    Darwin's God ^ | September 17, 2014 | Cornelius Hunter
    Why the Narrative Trumps the Facts What Evolution is All About Greg Conterio, echoing Robert Bidinotto, makes the point that culture war differences often pit the facts versus the narrative. The facts can win every battle but the narrative wins the war. As Bidinotto puts it, “One of the most valuable insights I discovered in recent years is how Narratives trump everything else — including what most of us would call concern for ‘practical results.’” Conterio and Bidinotto are mainly concerned with political issues, but what lies behind their insight is our beliefs about origins. A predetermined narrative is...
  • Cow Born with 3 Eyes in Tamil Nadu Worshipped as Shiva's Incarnation

    09/17/2014 9:26:52 AM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 37 replies
    ibtimes ^ | September 16, 2014 | Mangala Dilip
    Animals, especially cows, have been traditionally considered sacred in the Hindu culture and have symbolic significance as the vehicle of gods. They are believed to have great connection with the gods and occupy great importance in Indian myths, with some temples devoted just for their worship. Cows have always remained at the top of the holy animal hierarchy and are respected as "Go matha" or mother cow, who fulfills all the needs of her children; a gift of the gods. 'Gopujas' are also performed in various parts of India during festival seasons to worship cows. Recently, with an additional eye...
  • The Mysterious Moderate Muslim

    09/16/2014 2:39:15 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 16, 2014 | Carol Brown
    What, and who, is a moderate Muslim? Islamic values are codified in the Koran. The idea that some Muslims might interpret those values in a moderate way is like saying theres such a thing as jihad lite. Theres no getting around the fact that a central tenet of the Koran is mass murder whether through the directive to kill infidels (non-believers), apostates (those who leave Islam), or hypocrites (Muslims who dont practice their religion appropriately). In other words, most of civilization is fair game for slaughter. What, pray tell, would be a moderate version of that? And if people...
  • Orthodox rabbis on guns

    09/16/2014 10:19:19 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 25 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 16, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    The Rabbinical Council of America released this resolution two months ago: In response to the terrible proliferation of fatal shootings in the United States that result in part from Americans easy access to lethal weapons, a brief yet comprehensive 2014 resolution of the 1000+ members of Rabbinical Council of America addresses gun usage and ownership in the United States from personal, legal, cultural, and religious perspectives. Asserting the Torahs perspective that war, weaponry, and violence are necessary evils in our unredeemed world as well as the Torahs view that, contrary to some strains of American culture, such matters must be...
  • The "New Atheism" Has a Problem with Women

    09/16/2014 5:53:57 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 21 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | September 16, 2014 | David Klinghoffer
    The "New Atheism" Has a Problem with Women David Klinghoffer September 16, 2014 4:37 AM | Permalink A long and fascinating article at Buzzfeed ("Will Misogyny Bring Down The Atheist Movement?") is worth reading if you don't mind a lot of crude language. Reporter Mark Oppenheimer describes the misogynist culture of the atheist-"skeptic"-materialist demimonde, and it's an eye-opener. I will not quote from it because the most fascinating passages would exceed the limits of tolerance for graphic talk by ENV's family-friendly audience. Suffice to say that, whether the rampant accusations of sexual harassment are all true, mostly true, or even...
  • Is the UN Fair to Israel? (video)

    09/15/2014 9:04:52 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 9-15-2014 | PragerUniversity
    Israel is a vibrant democracy with full rights for women and gays, a free press and independent judiciary. You would think that the United Nations would celebrate such a country. Instead, the UN condemns Israel at every turn to the point of obsession. How did this happen? Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights, explains in five eye-opening minutes.
  • Obama's Forgotten "N" Word

    09/14/2014 7:34:09 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Kevin McCullough
    President Obama is a Christian. What he means by that no one has ever been very sure. But it is what he claims nonetheless. When callers to my radio shows claim, "He is a Muslim." I remind them--quickly--that he has only ever said that he is a Christian. This usually then incites various discussion points about the validity of his claim vs. theirs. Frequently the conversation will dwell upon the fact that his name is Islamic. To respond to this I simply point out that many former Muslims still carry their given name upon conversion to Christianity. They may say,...
  • Cruelty is Simply a Part of Islam, Says Expert

    09/14/2014 12:00:52 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 52 replies
    Islamic State's head-chopping barbarity is not different from everyday Islamic cruelty, says Prof. Rafi Israeli. Professor Rafi Israeli, an expert on Islam and the Arab world, told Arutz Sheva Sunday that while the world is appalled by Islamic State's decapitation murders of western journalists, we must not forget that Islam kills hundreds of people daily ... Prof. Israeli said that the basis for these acts is the fact that Islam has a basic disregard for human life. For them it is not sacred, like it is for us. The Koran, he noted, calls on Muslims to spread terror among their...
  • Israeli Hospital Battles to Save Injured Syrian Childs Sight

    09/14/2014 5:37:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 9/14/2014, 1:06 PM | (Reuters)
    Israeli medics were checking last week a 12-year-old Syrian boy who was brought to Ziv Medical Center in Tzfat (Safed), northern Israel. The hospital said that the boy was severely wounded, losing the sight in both eyes and suffering injuries to his arm and leg, when a shell exploded near his home in the outskirts of Damascus. After undergoing basic medical treatment in Lebanon, his brother took him by donkey across the border to an Israeli military post, where soldiers took him to hospital in Safed. The spokesperson said the boy was one of ten Syrians currently being treated at...
  • "ISIS is not Islamic..." A THOROUGH video debunking of the president's lies!

    09/12/2014 5:57:17 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 24 replies
    youtube.com/stevencrowder ^ | 09/12/14 | Steven Crowder
    When Barack Obama says that "ISIS is not Islamic," does he have any clue? Is he lying or just wrong? Video lays it out simply.
  • "Moderate Islam": THE MYTH, DEBUNKED! *must watch video

    09/12/2014 8:57:10 AM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 29 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 08/12/14 | Steven Crowder
    The video is already generating death threats. SURPRIIISE! Is "ISIS" merely a radical group? What about EVERY SINGLE Islamic country committing gross violations of human rights? The video debunks... Also, Dana Loesch literally slaps an Islamic terrorist!
  • Topless activists cleared after raid in Paris cathedral, security guards fined

    09/11/2014 4:07:21 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    French judges on Wednesday acquitted nine Femen activists who staged a topless protest in Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral last year, but gave suspended fines to church security guards for "manhandling" the activists as they removed them. The Femen protesters entered Notre Dame on February 12, 2013 dressed in long coats, which they removed once inside, revealing anti-church and anti-pope slogans painted on their upper bodies. They began screaming "Pope no more!", "No more homophobe," and "Bye bye Benedict!" reportedly in response to Pope Benedict's resignation announcement while using sticks to hit one of the huge bells, on display...
  • Should atheists who refuse to say so help me God be excluded from the Air Force?

    09/11/2014 10:02:23 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 47 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 8, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    The Stephen Losey (Air Force Times) reports (see also the American Humanist Associations letter to the Air Force Inspector General): An atheist airman at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada was denied reenlistment last month for refusing to take an oath containing so help me God, the American Humanist Association said Thursday. Air Force Instruction 36-2606 spells out the active-duty oath of enlistment, which all airmen must take when they enlist or reenlist and ends with so help me God. The old version of that AFI included an exception: Note: Airmen may omit the words so help me God, if...
  • How to Live Forever: The (Mad?) Science Hollywood Is Using to "Cure" Death [-220F?]

    09/11/2014 7:52:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 10:00 AM PST 09/10/2014 | by Seth Abramovitch
    It's not just about anti-aging. "Longevity" is the new buzzword as Hollywood embraces all sorts of technology, from an altitude machine favored by tennis star Novak Djokovic to L.A.'s hot new treatment: the very deep freeze. This story first appeared in the Sept. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. "I have no intention of dying," Sumner Redstone told THR in January. Redstone, now 91, has made no secret of his longevity regime. It begins with a breakfast of goji berries, "Green Machine" smoothies and tomato juice followed by a fish dinner and a shot of vodka for its...
  • Egyptian chronology and the Bible.

    09/11/2014 7:49:21 AM PDT · by fishtank · 24 replies
    Egyptian chronology and the Bible. Framing the issues Do the dates ascribed to the Egyptian dynasties falsify the date of biblical creation? by Gary Bates Published: 2 September 2014 (GMT+10) Egyptian chronology can be a challenging subject for biblical creationists. Thats because the secular, majority view about these chronologies extends further back than an objective reading of the biblical chronogenealogies allows for creation: a little over 6,000 years ago. These chronologies are hotly debated among Christians and secularists alike, with the consensus being increasingly challenged. Moreover, some of the incredible Egyptian monuments like the great pyramids on the Giza Plateau...
  • Here are the latest numbers on porn: youd better sit down

    09/09/2014 8:56:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    LIFE SITE ^ | John Stonestreet
    In the spring of 2000, Zogby International asked more than a thousand U.S. adults whether they had ever visited a sexually-oriented web site. Only one in five had done so. Among born-again Christians, 18 percent had gone to such sites, just three percentage points less than the general public. Well, fast forward to today. A group called Proven Men Ministries commissioned the Barna Group to examine current pornography use. You might want to sit down for thisBarna found that 64 percent of American men and 20 percent of women view pornography at least monthly. And for Christian men, that number...
  • Prince Harry Dating Egyptian Muslim Heiress Enayat Younes?

    09/09/2014 6:08:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 8, 2014 | Kabita Maharana
    Prince Harry will soon celebrate his 30th birthday and rumours of the British royal's romantic link-ups keep surfacing after his high profile break-up with Cressida Bonas. The young royal, who will inherit millions of pounds left for him by his late mother Princess Diana when he turns 30, was spotted getting close to Enayat Younes, an Egyptian heiress, Cairoscene reported.
  • No One is Born Gay

    09/09/2014 2:27:02 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 9-9-2014 | Michael Brown
    If there was reputable scientific evidence that some people were born homosexual, I would have no problem accepting this. After all, my theology tells me that as human beings, we are all created in Gods image and yet we are a fallen race, and so all of us carry aspects of that fallen nature to the core of our being, and that could theoretically include homosexuality. But the fact is that there is simply no reputable scientific evidence that anyone is born gay. As stated by gay activist and history professor John DEmilio, Born gay is an idea with a...
  • Our Defining Moral Crisis

    09/08/2014 3:22:41 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | Danny Lemeiux
    One of the fundamental problems in our society is that we argue with one another from positions of moral parochialism: we assume that the other party shares our frames of reference. That may have been true in the earlier years of our nation, but I propose that this is no longer the case. Today, we argue from different and fundamentally incompatible moral codes and value systems. It is the dichotomy between the two that confuses our discourse and creates great dangers for our country.
  • This Muslim Threw a Brick at Two German Shepherds What Happened Next is Just Crazy

    09/08/2014 3:55:02 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 44 replies
    Long story short: shirtless Moroccan throws bricks at a foreign man walking two German Shepherds. The second man walks away, but the first keeps throwing bricks. Ultimately, the dogs are released.