Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $21,067
23%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 23% is in!! Thank you all very much for your continuing support!!

Religion (General/Chat)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • We Shouldn't Be Surprised that Southwest's Hero Pilot Is a Christian

    04/20/2018 1:28:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 20, 2018 | John Ellis
    Facing an extremely stressful situation that could've resulted in hundreds of deaths, Southwest pilot Tammie Jo Shults safely landed her severely damaged plane in Philadelphia last week after an engine exploded. In the aftermath, the passengers on that plane as well as many in the media have hailed her as a hero, rightfully so. Turns out, Tammie Jo Shults is a committed Christian who loves sharing her faith. And we shouldn't be surprised by that. Immediately after the averted tragedy, CNN published a piece titled " We Shouldn't Be Surprised that Southwest's Hero Pilot Is a Woman ." In her...
  • Police will not forcibly remove veils from women: Danish justice minister

    04/20/2018 6:54:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 19 April 2018 14:32 CEST+02:00
    A widely-discussed proposal to ban public wearing of face-covering garments including the burqa and niqab is set to be voted on in Denmark’s parliament. Minister of Justice Søren Pape Poulsen, who was scheduled to present the proposal in parliament for a first round of voting on Thursday, said that a passing of the proposal into law would not result in police forcibly removing women’s burqas. Women wearing the burqa in public would be fined or asked to go home, the minister told newspaper Politiken. “If they live nearby, they will be asked to go home,” Poulsen said. A further option...
  • Woman denied French citizenship for 'refusing to shake official's hand'

    04/19/2018 8:54:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 19 April 2018 16:40 CEST+02:00
    A woman was denied French nationality after refusing to shake hands with officials during the official citizenship ceremony, it has been reported this week. The Algerian woman was attending the official ceremony in Isère, southeast France, after her successfully applying for citizenship via her marriage to a French national.But she “expressly refused to shake hands with the secretary-general of the prefecture and another local official”, according to a case heard by France’s highest court the Conseil d’État (State Council) that was published on the French government’s justice website LegiFrance. The woman claims her actions at the ceremony in Isère, eastern...
  • Why so many Turks are losing faith in Islam

    04/18/2018 6:32:16 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 20 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | 16 April 2018 | Mustafa Aykol
    ...The report in question, which was discussed at a workshop by the Ministry of Education branch in Konya, a conservative Anatolian town, had made the news in early April. Titled “The Youth is Sliding to Deism,” the document shared surprising observations about the very young people that Turkish society often expects to be the most religious ...
  • Kent State asks, 'Is Christianity the White Man’s Religion?'

    04/18/2018 8:28:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | April 18, 2018 | Teddy Hertz
    Kent State University hosted an event Tuesday titled “Is Christianity the White Man’s Religion?” The event featured various cosponsors such as the Impact Movement, UHURU Magazine, the Jude 3 Project, and the university itself. The event featured a panel of 3 speakers: Lisa Fields MDIV, the founder of the Jude 3 Project, Sho Baraka, and Vince Bantu PhD.
  • Is it time for divorce? A former TV religious reporter reconsides her life as an evangelucal

    04/17/2018 7:54:08 PM PDT · by luckystarmom · 85 replies
    Dallas Morning news ^ | Peggy Wehmeyer
    I’m considering filing for divorce. On the grounds of infidelity and betrayal — and I’m heartsick. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my husband. It’s my union with an intimate partner of more than three decades, the evangelical church, that’s in trouble.
  • Prayer Request for SweetiePalm

    04/17/2018 6:44:12 PM PDT · by LonePalm · 70 replies
    LonePalm | 4/14/2018 | LonePalm
    I request your prayers for my wife, Agnes, who had a minor heart attack this afternoon caused by a blocked coronary artery. She underwent a cardiac catherization and is fine. She was awake and talking with the EMTs and doctors all the way though. She is tired but says she feels much better. She will be in the hospital at least until Thursday evening.
  • Riots, Cars Burned After Woman Ordered to Remove Full-Face Islamic Veil

    04/17/2018 10:12:25 AM PDT · by BBell · 39 replies
    Hundreds of police were deployed after residents rioted and torched cars in Toulouse following a police stop of a woman wearing an illegal full-face Islamic veil. The incident that allegedly sparked the riots took place Sunday after 5 pm when local police stopped a woman in the Toulouse district of Bellefontaine who was wearing a full-face Islamic veil, which is illegal in France.Police asked the woman for identification and when she presented a poor photocopy of her government identification, they ordered her to remove her veil, broadcaster Franceinfo reports. The woman refused to lift her veil and is said to...
  • ‘Queer rights activist’ hosts ‘BGLTQ-accepting’ Bible reading at Harvard

    04/16/2018 1:15:04 PM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    College Fix ^ | April 16, 2018 | Daniel Payne
    An LGBT activist recently appeared at Harvard University to present a Biblical reading that affirms gay, lesbian and transgender sexual activity, claiming that the orthodox Christian interpretation of sexual morality has “done unfathomable harm and destruction to LGBTQ people.” Matthew Vines was invited to the campus by three separate pro-LGBT campus organizations, The Harvard Crimson reports. At his speaking event, Vines “talked about his personal experiences advocating for the rights of BGLTQ Christians to his family in Kansas, within his church, and as a member of conservative Christian student groups at Harvard,” The Crimson states.
  • Ghana asks mosques to turn down the noise and use WhatsApp for call to prayer

    04/16/2018 10:56:10 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    DW ^ | 14.04.2018 | Isaac Kaledzi
    Urban Africans contend with a great deal of noise day in and out. In a bid to curb noise pollution, authorities in Ghana want Muslims to use WhatsApp rather than loudspeakers for the call to prayer Chaotic traffic, speakers blasting music, street vendors and thousands of people going about their business are typical on the streets of most of Africa's big cities. But in Ghana, mosques and churches are seen to be compounding the problem of excessive noise. In the capital Accra, authorities are seeking to deal with the racket caused by these places of worship — and mosques in...
  • Did this man really run the Boston Marathon route 4 times (104.8 miles) in 18 hours almost non-stop?

    04/15/2018 12:04:30 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 38 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com ^ | 04/15/18 | daniel1212
    The story of this extraordinary feat as related here , among other sources, and the background story, is that, BOSTON - Qualifying for the Boston Marathon is hard enough. Running the 26.2 miles on Patriot Day in Boston can be even more difficult. Lafayette man, David Clark, just ran the course four times in 24 hours. "I have 10 years of sobriety coming up this year and I wanted to do a run for addiction awareness," said Clark. A decade ago, Clark was 320 pounds and addicted to alcohol and painkillers. Today, he's 160 pounds and a seasoned ultramarathoner. "I...
  • Leah Remini ramps up work with A+E as her Scientology And The Aftermath is picked up for [tr]

    04/14/2018 4:21:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 13, 2018 | Bobbie Whiteman
    ook out for more Leah Remini on A+E Networks. Her hit series Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath is being renewed for a third season. And the 47-year-old has signed a two-year, first-look development deal to produce new projects for the company, Deadline reported on Friday.
  • ‘The Fisherman’s Tomb’: The Truth Behind the Great Search for the Apostle Peter

    04/13/2018 7:02:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4-12-18 | John O'Neill
    Deep under the Vatican lies one of the world’s greatest archaeological and religious wonders. It is almost unknown to the public, and was recently opened on a very limited basis to a few carefully vetted people each day as the so-called, “Scavi Tour.” The tour is often called the, “Hottest Ticket in Rome.” Beginning 75 years ago, the Vatican began a secret search for the tomb of the Apostle Peter, whom legend said was buried on Vatican Hill after his execution by the Roman Emperor, Nero, in 66 A.D. Peter was Christ’s most important lieutenant and, with Paul, one of...
  • French student beaten for defending gay couple given private audience with Pope

    04/11/2018 8:08:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 11 April 2018 16:45 CEST+02:00
    Pope Francis held a private audience Wednesday with a French student critically injured in 2016 defending a gay couple who were kissing in the street in the French city of Lyon. “An incredible encounter with an exceptional man… I am thinking of you all on this special day for me. I leave full of strength, courage and hope,” the 20-year-old wrote on the Facebook page of the association «Je soutiens Marin» (“I support Marin”), created by his parents and followed by nearly 200,000 people. On 11 November 2016, Marin, then a third-year university student studying law and political science, came...
  • UK preservation group aims to restore, revive Europe’s abandoned synagogues

    04/11/2018 5:45:21 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 4 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 9 Feb 2018 | Stuart Winer
    A British organization has launched an ambitious project aimed at restoring old, abandoned synagogues across Europe and bringing them back to community life, and commemorating communities that were wiped out in the Holocaust. The Foundation of Jewish Heritage has identified 3,300 pre-Second World War buildings used for Jewish prayer, of which at least 19 could be brought back into use - out of an estimated total of 17,000 that were in use before the Second World War. The remaining buildings, of which just 718 are still being used as synagogues, have been carefully catalogued based on their artistic, urban, and...
  • This kid is going viral after imitating his daycare teachers praying

    04/11/2018 8:39:02 AM PDT · by bgill · 30 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Apr. 10, 2018 | JESSIE KARANGU
    A young kid is going viral for imitating his teachers at daycare in the most unique way. Twitter user @kyliamerrell shared a video of her brother Trace laying down on a mat in a prayer stance. "My brother has been doing this thing where he pulls a mat out of his diaper bag and lays on it like this and we couldn’t figure out what he was doing," the Twitter user says. "A few of his teachers at daycare are Muslim and we realized he’s seen them pray and now he does it too so precious."
  • Macron sparks uproar in France with church remarks

    04/10/2018 9:26:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 10 April 2018 13:52 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron that he wanted to repair church-state ties caused uproar Tuesday, sparking charges he was tampering with France’s longstanding secular tradition. The Church and the state were for centuries virtually indistinguishable in France, but the 1789 Revolution marked the first step by republicans to exclude religion from government affairs, codified in a 1905 law separating the two. But tensions have persisted, with conservative politicians often accusing officials of denying France’s cultural heritage — as seen in efforts to install nativity scenes at town halls during Christmas. Macron, who prides himself on tackling difficult issues head-on,...
  • The Catholic Victims of Communism in North Korea

    04/10/2018 12:10:56 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 4 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | 2017 | Alison Basley
    By 1945, Pyongyang was known as the Jerusalem of East Asia, where 50,000 Catholics lived in peace and Catholic missionaries were overseeing a wave of conversions. The heartbreaking story of religious persecution in North Korea began during the Soviet occupation from 1945-1948 and continued with the new independent state in 1953. Today, there is only one state-controlled Catholic church in Pyongyang and there are no priests or members of a religious institute recognized by the Holy See. Francis Lee, a translator for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea, estimates that there are about 800-3,000 ‘official’ Catholics left in North Korea....
  • Say Yes to the (Communion) Dress? How the bridal trend popularized by a reality show has [tr]

    04/10/2018 11:19:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 10, 2018 | Sheila Flynn
    Olivia Montellese stands on a raised dais in the middle of a bright room, surrounded by gleaming gowns, and smiles as she models an elegant white dress for her godmother, mother and two grandmothers. The women ooh and ahh as she twirls and poses, and – after deciding on a veil and matching shoes – Olivia happily holds up a flowery sign on a bejeweled stick proclaiming ‘I Said Yes To The Dress!’ They all snap pictures excitedly before Olivia retires to a special-arranged vanity in the middle of the boutique showroom, posing for more photos in a white satin...
  • 111-year-old Texan, the oldest living U.S. veteran, takes his first trip on a private jet

    04/10/2018 10:40:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.dallasnews.com ^ | 04/09/2018 | Brendan Meyer
    After more than 111 years of living, the nation's oldest veteran was treated to an unexpected first: a trip on a private jet. On Saturday, Austin's Richard Overton was flown to Washington, D.C., for a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The trip was made possible by billionaire Austin businessman and philanthropist Robert F. Smith. Last Friday, Smith spent a couple hours visiting Overton, believed to be the oldest man in America, at Overton's home. Overton mentioned that one day, he'd like to visit the museum, where Smith donated $20 million. The next morning, Overton...