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  • Saudi Arabia: Indian Arrested for 'Liking' Photo that Showed Mecca Mosque as Hindu temple

    03/04/2015 10:18:40 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 3-5-2015 | Mugdha Variyar
    Saudi Arabian authorities have detained an Indian national for posting a controversial photo of Mecca's Grand Mosque juxtaposed with Hindu religious symbols on Facebook. The photo depicts Al Masjid Al Haram mosque as a temple, photoshopped with Hindu symbols over the Kaaba, the holy building at the centre of the mosque, according to Gulf News, which cited a local daily's report on Tuesday.  A Saudi citizen who saw the post brought it to the notice of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the kingdom's religious police. The Indian was detained when he was at an...
  • RFRA MADNESS?

    03/04/2015 6:10:28 AM PST · by IamConservative · 2 replies
    Indy Politics ^ | 3/3/215 | ABDUL HAKIM-SHABAZZ
    As Indiana lawmakers debate the state’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) Indy Politics talks with both sides of the issue to discuss whether the issue is one of religious freedom or one of religious discrimination. We speak with RFRA supporter Ryan McCann of the Indiana Family Institute and opponent David Sklar of the Indiana Jewish Community Relations Council.
  • Obama and Tish B'Av, the Jewish Day of Mourning

    03/03/2015 10:59:29 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/3/2015 | Jan Sobieski
    In 2004, an obscure Illinois State Legislator named Barack Hussein Obama, rose to international prominence after speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachussetts. The day Obama gave the speech was July 27, 2004, Tish B'Av (9th of Av), the Jewish historical day of calamity and mourning. The day in history that most Jewish calamities have started (partial list below): 421BCE - Destruction of First Temple by the Babylonians (about 100,000 Jews killed during invasion) 70AD - Destruction of Second Temple by Romans (Over 2,500,000 Jews die as a result of war, famine and disease). 132 - Bar Kochba...
  • Bryson .. miracle baby

    03/01/2015 7:18:08 PM PST · by knarf · 47 replies
    self ^ | March 1, 2015 | knarf
    God answers prayer !
  • Leonard Nimoy Explains The Origins of the Vulcan Salute

    02/28/2015 3:36:06 PM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 24 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jan 27, 2013 | tvnewsthemes1
    How did the famous Vulcan hand salute come to be? Leonard Nimoy "Spock" gives us the answer.
  • Malcolm Boyd dies at 91; Episcopal priest took prayer to the streets

    02/28/2015 2:35:50 PM PST · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 27, 2015 | Mary Rourke
    The Rev. Malcolm Boyd, the Episcopal priest whose book "Are You Running With Me, Jesus?" took prayer out of church onto the city streets in a slangy vernacular not found in Sunday missals, has died. He was 91. Boyd died Friday under hospice care in Los Angeles from complications of pneumonia, according to Robert Williams, spokesman for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. Boyd delivered riffs on life's grittier problems — the white racists afraid of integration, or teenage girls who get pregnant — with a candor that was rarely heard from a priest leading a community at prayer.
  • 11 SiIlly Things That Some Atheists Say

    02/28/2015 8:40:57 AM PST · by Heartlander · 69 replies
    Historical Jesus Studies ^ | Feb 27, 2015 | James Bishop
    11 silly things that some atheists say. February 27, 2015 · by James Bishop · in Articles, Atheism. · Introduction: The atheist that this blog article is briefly referring to is the fundamentalist head-in-the-sand, fingers-in-their-ears type, which contrary to atheism makes up the majority of the religion hating New Atheists. My last point, point 11, addresses Stephen Hawking but I want to make it clear that I do not view him as a fundamentalist atheist like Richard Dawkins, or Sam Harris would be. Although I, alongside many, disagree with Hawking and his conclusions, I don’t take anything away from his...
  • Richard Weikart: Should we encourage death or life?

    02/27/2015 6:18:13 AM PST · by Heartlander · 1 replies
    Merced Sun Star ^ | 02/23/2015 | Richard Weikart
    Richard Weikart: Should we encourage death or life? By Richard Weikart 02/23/2015 12:49 PM The California Legislature is considering Senate Bill 128 to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Perhaps some lawmakers see this as progressive, a way to promote humans rights and liberty. Oregon and Washington permit physician-assisted suicide, and Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland allow physicians to help people end their lives. Recently the Canadian Supreme Court struck down Canada’s law banning physician-assisted suicide. Is this the wave of the future? Or is it a descent into barbarism that undermines the value of human life?Debate over assisted suicide inflames passions...
  • Catholic school pulls out of Boston Saint Patrick’s Day Parade after gay group approved

    02/26/2015 8:29:38 PM PST · by massmike · 29 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 02/26/2015 | n/a
    Immaculate Heart of Mary School of Still River, MA has withdrawn its marching band and float of Saint Patrick from this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade after learning that a small homosexual activist group will be allowed to march while publicly identifying its homosexuality. The school is compelled by the teachings of the Catholic Church to pull out. According to the Principal, Brother Thomas Dalton, “Catholics are forbidden to sponsor or even participate in an event which openly promotes unnatural and immoral behavior. The Church will never accept nor condone same sex marriage and the homosexual life style.” For 25...
  • Thinking of God makes people bigger risk-takers, study suggests

    02/26/2015 1:48:40 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 3 replies
    Science Daily ^ | February 26, 2015 | Association for Psychological Science
    Additional findings indicated that people who were reminded of God perceived less danger in various risky behaviors than participants who were not reminded of God. And they reported more negative feelings toward God when they lost their potential winnings in a risk-related game, suggesting that they had expected God to protect them from losing the money and were disappointed in the outcome.
  • OPEN HOUSE

    02/26/2015 12:23:06 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 9 replies
    wesleyan.edu ^ | 02/26/15 | wesleyan.edu
    (LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM) communities and for people of sexually or gender dissident communities. The goals of Open House include generating interest in a celebration of queer life from the social to the political to the academic. Open House works to create a Wesleyan community that appreciates the variety and vivacity of gender, sex and sexuality.
  • The secrets of the Santa Priscilla catacombs

    02/25/2015 6:49:58 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 February 2015 | Amanda Ruggeri
    The frescoes of the Santa Priscilla catacombs in Rome call our knowledge of the past into question and challenge the teachings of the Church. Amanda Ruggeri investigates. When archaeologists in Rome at the end of the 19th Century began to excavate the Catacombs of Santa Priscilla, they hoped to find treasure: intricately carved monuments and vibrant frescoes of the type found in other ancient, underground cemeteries. Instead, they found devastation.
  • Study Shows Anti-Semitism Rampant on US College Campuses

    02/25/2015 6:45:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    INN ^ | 2/24/2015, 8:07 PM | Tova Dvorin
    Anti-Semitism is on the rise not only in Europe, but in the US as well, a recent study has shown. More than 50% of American college students have been victims of anti-Semitism, according to the 2014 National Demographic Survey of American Jewish College Students, which was published by Trinity College on Tuesday. 1,157 Jewish college students over 55 campuses across the US were surveyed for the Trinity College study over the 2013-2014 academic year over a variety of topics. However, despite the control variables of topics other than anti-Semitism, a surprisingly high number of students reported being a victim of...
  • Richard Dawkins: Children need to be "protected" from religion

    02/25/2015 5:36:23 AM PST · by Heartlander · 30 replies
    Irish Times ^ | February 24, 2015 | Joe Humphreys
    Richard Dawkins: Children need to be ‘protected’ from religion ‘You have to write off those people’ who put the Bible ahead of science, author says Children need to be “protected” from religious indoctrination in schools, biologist and atheist campaigner Richard Dawkins has said, backing a campaign by Atheist Ireland to overhaul our education system.Speaking to The Irish Times in advance of a public talk at Trinity College Dublin on Tuesday evening, Prof Dawkins said: “There is a balancing act and you have to balance the rights of parents and the rights of children and I think the balance has swung...
  • Elsa the Ice Queen vs. Algore the Global Warming Freak. Who wins?

    02/24/2015 4:36:12 PM PST · by buffaloguy · 10 replies
    vanity | me
    Battle of the Century: Elsa the Ice Queen vs Algore the Global Warming Freak. Who wins and why?*
  • The Evolution Catechism

    02/24/2015 8:10:31 AM PST · by Heartlander · 15 replies
    Uncommon Descent ^ | February 24, 2015 | Vincent Torley
    The Evolution Catechism Posted by Vincent Torley Adam Gopnik has written an impertinent piece for the New Yorker (February 19, 2015), arguing that political candidates should be put on the spot and required to affirm their acceptance of evolution before being allowed to take office. Evolution, he writes, is “an inarguable and obvious truth” which is “easy to understand,” and if you oppose “Darwinian biology,” you thereby “announce yourself against the discoveries of science, or so frightened of those who are that you can be swayed from answering honestly.” A politician who fails to publicly embrace evolution “shouldn’t be trusted...
  • Mysterious tunnel found near Canada sports venue as country on edge after terror attack

    02/23/2015 10:27:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 76 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:50AM GMT 24 Feb 2015 | (AFP)
    A sophisticated tunnel has been discovered near a major sporting venue and a university in Toronto, reports said Monday, with Canada on edge over the threat of possible extremist attacks. A municipal worker was walking through woods near York University and the Rexall Center last month when he spotted a piece of corrugated metal on the ground, lifted it up and found a passageway, the public broadcaster CBC said. The tunnel was about 23 feet long and 22.5 meters tall and was lit by an electric generator. The walls and ceilings had been reinforced and tools had been left inside....
  • ObamaCare exchange not allowing addition of newborns to policies

    02/22/2015 11:14:06 AM PST · by GreyFriar · 14 replies
    HotAir.com ^ | Feb 21, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    With all of the new bad news coming out this week from ObamaCare, here’s another horror story about the Healthcare.gov exchange from Utah that exemplifies the incompetence of government bureaucracy. One basic and nearly ubiquitous feature of health care — and indeed of family life — is the birth of children. Health insurance plans have made it simple to add children to family plans for decades, allowing new moms and dads to have the costs of childbirth covered ex post facto, as long as the covered individual notified the insurer within a set period of time, usually 30 days. Now,...
  • Israel unveils its largest find of medieval gold coins

    02/22/2015 8:07:05 AM PST · by Red Badger · 2 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 02-18--2015 | by By Ariel Schalit
    Kobi Sharvit of The Israel Antiquities Authority Fatimid period gold coins that were found in the seabed in the Mediterranean Sea near the port of Caesarea National Park in Caesarea, Israel, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. A group of amateur Israeli divers have stumbled upon the largest collection of medieval gold coins ever found in the country, dating back to the 11th century and likely from a shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) Israel on Wednesday unveiled the largest collection of medieval gold coins ever found in the country, accidentally discovered by amateur divers and dating back about a...
  • The Ultimate Wedding Giveaway

    02/22/2015 7:55:50 AM PST · by Alice in Wonderland · 4 replies
    The Ultimate Wedding Giveaway ^ | The Ultimate Wedding Giveaway
    THE SEARCH IS ON FOR THE 2015 ULTIMATE WEDDING GIVEAWAY COUPLE. They're throwing THE ULTIMATE WEDDING for one lucky couple in Marion County, Florida. Each of the eight couples submitted a video that can be viewed at the link below. The only gay couple is currently in the lead . . . because an agenda must be pushed.
  • How Nazi Ideology Lives on in Post Modern Environmentalism

    02/21/2015 10:23:22 AM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 12 replies
    The Intellectual Conservative ^ | 2/20/15 | Mark Musser
    Rational discussions about National Socialism are often hard to come by. The word “Nazi” has become a vitriolic buzzword that only the Left has a license to use, especially against conservatives where many on the so-called political right are metaphorically and wrongfully characterized as present day fascists. All too many have since precluded that Nazism was a right wing Christian racist capitalist movement of some sort, even though the very name, the National Socialist Worker’s Party, betrays that presumption ...
  • The "War On Terror" Turns Inward – DHS Report Warns Of Right Wing Terror Threat

    02/20/2015 8:33:51 PM PST · by foundedonpurpose · 35 replies
    Zero hedge ^ | 02/20/2015 | Michael Krieger
    The "War On Terror" Turns Inward – DHS Report Warns Of Right Wing Terror Threat Tyler Durden's picture Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/20/2015 22:00 -0500 Cohen Department of Justice FBI Martin Armstrong MSNBC Obama Administration Reality Steve Cohen White House Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, What you are about to read from CNN is just the very beginning of the intentional demonization of a growing segment of the U.S. population that rightly believes the government is run by a collective of thieving, corrupt, immoral sociopaths. This isn’t speculation either, years of content on this site serves...
  • The Strenuous Life (1899) [Theodore Roosevelt]

    02/20/2015 6:16:59 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 11 replies
    United States federal government ^ | (1899) | Theodore Roosevelt
    I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life. The life of toil and effort, of labor gold strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph. A life of slothful ease, a life of that peace which springs merely from lack either of desire or of power to strive after great things, is as little...
  • 371 Attacks on French Soldiers

    02/19/2015 9:47:39 PM PST · by wtd · 10 replies
    GalliaWatch ^ | Friday, February 20, 2015 | Tiberge
    371 Attacks on French Soldiers Condensed from an article at Dreuz: Since January 15 the French army's "Opération Sentinelle" has protected 722 Jewish schools and synagogues, some 24/7 even when the establishments were empty. The operation came to be regarded as too dangerous for the soldiers who were regularly targets of attacks. Over time the men were worn out. The army has reported 371 incidents perpetrated against the soldiers standing guard in front of the protected sites. The Defense Ministry has announced that the men will become more mobile, rendering them less vulnerable. The army noted that "reconnoitering, the...
  • The Truth about Islamic Crusades and Imperialism

    02/19/2015 5:18:20 PM PST · by Sons of Union Vets · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 27, 2005 | James Arlandson
    Historical facts say that Islam has been imperialistic—and would still like to be, if only for religious reasons. Many Muslim clerics, scholars, and activists, for example, would like to impose Islamic law around the world. Historical facts say that Islam, including Muhammad, launched their own Crusades against Christianity long before the European Crusades. Today, Muslim polemicists and missionaries, who believe that Islam is the best religion in the world, claim that the West has stolen Islamic lands and that the West (alone) is imperialistic.One hardline Muslim emailer to me said about the developed West and the undeveloped Islamic countries: 'You...
  • Obama may had been "on" to something...

    02/18/2015 5:11:19 PM PST · by A Cyrenian · 4 replies
    when he released the 5 terrorist from Guantanamo. I think we should allow 1 illegal immigrant in to the country for every 5,000 is is idiot that he kills. Sound good?
  • Julia Roberts as Mother Nature: She Wants to Kill Us

    02/18/2015 8:19:27 AM PST · by Heartlander · 32 replies
    The Stream ^ | February 15, 2015 | Jason Jones & John Zmirak
    Julia Roberts as Mother Nature: She Wants to Kill Us A new environmentalist video calls mankind puny and threatens to wipe us out. By Jason Jones & John Zmirak Published on February 15, 2015Julia Roberts delivers a stone-cold video message from Gaia, courtesy of Conservation International. There is something bracing and powerful in this little film. We moderns surely do need to be reminded that material reality poses stark limitations on our narcissistic desires. We can’t foul our nest, wreck the only known habitable planet and expect it to magically fix itself. Thus far, we’re on board with Julia.Check the...
  • Explaining Obama's Reticence

    02/18/2015 6:51:51 AM PST · by WriteOn · 7 replies
    2/18/2015 | Self
    I don't write vanities. This isn't intended as one. But I've been wrestling with the question of "why won't they call it Islamic Radicalism?" But today was an epiphany. After listening to Marie Harf explain that "extremists need jobs" I realized that the violence that won't be named is only an example of the ongoing culture war in our own country. Fundamentally, Marxists of whom Obama is an adherent attribute historical movements the material dialect. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialectical_materialism) Essentially matter precedes thought. People, as groups, are motivated not by religion, which is a mere epiphenomenon of matter, but by material need. I...
  • Researchers stumble across Arab-speaking cybercriminal group

    02/18/2015 6:43:23 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    tweaktown.com ^ | Posted: 2 hours, 35 mins ago | Michael Hatamoto
    The Operation Arid Viper campaign has successfully stolen more than 1 million files with current malware campaigns underway, though it's not the usual suspects, according to Kaspersky Lab and Trend Micro. The Arab-speaking group, with ties to Gaza, have targeted foreign government offices, critical infrastructure, military, universities, and other high-profile targets. The attacks likely occurred starting in mid-2013 and a full investigation into their actions is underway.   "Whoever the real culprits are, it is clear that they are part of the Arab world, evidence of a budding generation of Arab hackers and malware creators intent on taking down their...
  • Saudi Cleric: The Sun Revolves Around the Earth

    02/17/2015 2:43:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 89 replies
    INN ^ | 2/17/2015, 10:36 AM | Tova Dvorin
    The sun revolves around the Earth, a Saudi cleric insisted to a student panel Sunday—prompting a social media storm. Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari told a student that the Earth is “stationary and does not move,” according to Al-Arabiya, justifying the statement with religious texts and statements. But then he tried to debunk the common knowledge about the Earth’s rotation using “logic,” in a visual demonstration that prompted the speech to go viral. “First of all, where are we now?” he asked. “We go to Sharjah airport to travel to China by plane, clear?!” Khaibari argued, confusingly, that the Earth cannot rotate...
  • Attacking fossil fuels doesn’t help the poor

    02/17/2015 1:36:11 PM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/13/2015 | Charles Clough
    If limiting fossil fuel usage is so disastrous for the poor, how can Obama, through EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, claim to the Vatican that his policies help the least fortunate? This argument rests on the assumption that preventing climate change will protect the poor from rising seas, worsening droughts, and the extreme climate events that are allegedly linked to global warming. This claim is false on two counts...
  • Islamic Groups: We Want Exemption From Anti-Jihad Prosecutions

    02/17/2015 8:52:13 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/17/2015 | Neil Munro
    U.S.-based Islamist groups are pushing for rules that would shield Muslim political leaders and clerics from being charged with supporting jihad terrorism. The demands are being pushed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, just before Obama is slated to headline three days of White House meetings this week on federal efforts to mitigate the jihadi violence that is emerging from the growing population of Muslim immigrants. Justice Department “policies should make clear that those who intervene to [stop attacks] should not suffer for it by being subjected to prosecution, watchlisting, or surveillance because of their association with a potential violent...
  • BYU grad rescues child sex slaves

    02/16/2015 8:00:56 PM PST · by Colofornian · 13 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Dec. 1, 2014 | Donovan C. Baltich
    A team of former Navy Seals and CIA operatives splash beer on their faces as they prepare to play the part of American sex tourists. They’ll have to maintain laser-sharp focus as they engage in negotiations with some of the world’s dirtiest criminals. One suspicious move or remark could put their whole team at risk and prevent the rescue of dozens of innocent children. This team, known as Operation Underground Railroad, works to prosecute child sex traffickers and to rescue the victims. Heading the team is Tim Ballard — a husband, a father of six children and a BYU alumnus....
  • BYU Football Recruit Arrested On Sexual Assault, Drug Charges

    02/16/2015 7:27:17 PM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    MidUtahRadio.com ^ | Feb. 13, 2015 | Doug Staples
    A BYU football recruit is accused of sexually assaulting an alleged prostitute. Charles West of Coppell, Texas was arrested last week—two days after Signing Day. Police say West called a female escort to his family’s home, held a knife to her neck and demanded sexual favors. He is also charged with drug possession. West chose to play for the Cougars in October after receiving a dozen offers from other universities.
  • Rev. Graham:‘Imagine the Outcry if 21 Muslims Had Been Beheaded by Christians? The Storm is Coming’

    02/16/2015 1:40:24 PM PST · by Kartographer · 71 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/16/15 | Michael W. Chapman
    Rev. Graham: ‘Imagine the Outcry if 21 Muslims Had Been Beheaded by Christians? … The Storm is Coming’ February 16, 2015 - 2:33 PM By Michael W. Chapman Subscribe to Michael W. Chapman RSS Follow Michael W. Chapman on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More Sharing Services 102 The Islamic State beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians over the weekend, propping the severed heads on the victims’ backs, a barbaric slaughter that led Reverend Franklin Graham to ask, “Can you imagine the outcry if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians?” “Where is the universal condemnation by Muslim leaders around...
  • A Firewall Between Science and Culture? Questions and Answers with John West

    02/16/2015 5:49:30 AM PST · by Heartlander · 9 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | February 16, 2015 | Staff
    A Firewall Between Science and Culture? Questions and Answers with John West, Author of Darwin Day in America Evolution News & Views February 16, 2015 12:27 AM | Permalink ENV: What is "Darwin Day," and why is your book titled Darwin Day in America?West: "Darwin Day" is Charles Darwin's birthday, February 12. There is a growing movement around the world to turn the day into a kind of secular holy day complete with its own rituals to honor Darwin. These Darwin Day celebrations expose just how much Darwinian evolution is like a secular religion for many of its proponents. At...
  • So what if Extremist Christians Started Cutting Off Heads?

    02/15/2015 6:39:44 PM PST · by big bad easter bunny · 78 replies
    What would Christians around the world do if Extremist Christian started committing terrorist acts around the world? I am only asking for opinions, nothing else, please respond respectfully.
  • Palestinians want role in probing 'terrorist' killings of Chapel Hill Muslims

    02/14/2015 11:16:12 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 35 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/14/2015 | Reuters
    The Palestinian Authority on Saturday condemned as "terrorism" the killings of three young Palestinian-Americans in North Carolina and called on US authorities to include its investigators in the probe. Branding Hicks "an American extremist and hateful racist," the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said the incident suggested a rise in dangerous discrimination against American Muslims. "We consider it a serious indication of the growth of racism and religious extremism which is a direct threat to the lives of hundreds of thousands of American citizens who follow the Islamic faith," the ministry said in a statement. It called for "a serious investigation and...
  • Tweet On Use of "Prophet" Mohammed: Media Bias

    02/14/2015 9:51:54 AM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    February 15, 2015
    David Burge @iowahawkblog And seriously, reporters, what's up with this "the Prophet Mohammed" business? Would you ever use "the Savior Jesus Christ" in a story?
  • Mr. Grey To Beat ‘Christ’ February Opening Day; Industry Projects $91M Bow

    02/14/2015 9:40:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | February 14, 2015 | Anthony D'Alessandro
    Update, Saturday 3:30 AM: In Friday late night grosses, Universal Focus’ Fifty Shades of Grey is poised to hit a February opening day record with industry estimates predicting a first day of $31M for the feature adaptation of E.L. James’ fan femme novel and revised weekend projections standing at $83M for FSS and a potential four-day of $91M. Should Fifty Shades final at its current weekend projections, it is bound to find a place among the top R-rated weekend openings of all-time. 2003’s Matrix Reloaded currently owns the top FSS for an R-Rated film with $91.77M while 2004’s Passion of...
  • Civic life trumps religion

    02/14/2015 6:14:34 AM PST · by Dartman · 8 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Feb. 13/15 | Anthony Furey
    A free society should never dictate to the people such day-to-day issues as what clothes to wear. That’s why burqa bans are so unsavoury. This should be regardless of your view of the religion they come from, or the fact that it’s a bizarre garment to put on in a Western culture. Sure, the attire seems to contradict our approach to gender equality. It also runs counter to how facial expressions are such a large part of communication. So it’s simply a matter of freedom of attire, then? Largely. At least when it comes to walking about, living your life....
  • Are you practicing Lent this season, and if so, what are you giving up?

    02/14/2015 3:32:24 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 43 replies
    2/14/2015 | Nikos1121
    I am Greek Orthodox, but when I relocate from time to time where there is no church I attend services of other Christian denominations. About four years ago I met someone, Catholic, who invited me to a silent retreat at the start of Lent. While growing up the only people in my household practicing Lent were my mother and grandmother, and looking back I don't think it was really anything other than a time for them to fast and lose weight. At the retreat, it was suggested that the Lenten season is a time to pray, fast but also a...
  • China forces imams to dance in street

    02/13/2015 6:52:13 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 37 replies
    Istanbul, Turkey's World Bulletin ^ | 02/09/2015 | World Bullitan
    In China, imams are being forced to dans, at the same time being made to make an oath to keep children away from religion - public servants are forced to brandish the slogan that "our income comes from the CKP not from Allah". The imams of the mosques in the Xinjiang (East Turkestan) have been forerced to gather in a square dancing en masse. State Chinese news have said that in the name of "civilization" the imams have been forced to dance in the town square. During the speeches, young people were told to stay away from mosques, and that...
  • CNN Anchor: ‘Our Rights Do Not Come From God’

    02/12/2015 10:19:21 AM PST · by PROCON · 159 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 | Curtis Kalin
    During a heated discussion over gay marriage, CNN morning Anchor Chris Cuomo opined that the unalienable rights endowed to all Americans do not come from God. Cuomo was debating Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Near the end of the back-and-forth and after Moore argued that rights cannot be handed down by men, Cuomo blurted out:“Our rights do not come from God, your honor, and you know that. They come from man... That’s your faith, that’s my faith, but that’s not our country. Our laws come from collective agreement and compromise.”
  • LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE: POLYGAMY GETS SIZZLE: 'We should strive to have it legalized'

    02/12/2015 5:50:33 PM PST · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Aug. 20, 2012 | Chelsea Schilling
    Is polygamy becoming the new “gay” movement in America? With television shows such as HBO’s “Big Love” and TLC’s “Sister Wives,” polygamy is the once-taboo lifestyle that appears to be gaining wider acceptance–especially on the heels of homosexual marriage victories across the nation. [SNIP] Historically, polygamy has had little support in the U.S. since the Republican Party in 1854 declared it, along with slavery, one of the “twin relics of barbarism,” and Congress banned it in 1862. However, recent decisions of activist judges that thrust homosexual marriage on the American public are now being used, chapter and verse, to argue...
  • ISLAM will take over this planet, say hello World Caliphate.

    02/12/2015 5:41:53 PM PST · by West Texas Chuck · 82 replies
    Me
    I figure it is inevitable. Could have never happened before in the history of this planet, but this is what "liberal/progressive" politics will bring us. I blame the Democrat party for destroying the moral fiber of this beautiful country, and that is the camel's nose under the tent of what I am saying here.
  • Pope declares couples who don’t want kids ‘selfish,’ says they are part of a ‘greedy generation’

    02/12/2015 1:07:09 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 66 replies
    National Post ^ | February 12, 2015 | Josh Visser
    Pope Francis, who presumably has not been woken up at 4 a.m. on a workday by the howls of a tiny human who wants to be fed and/or changed, says that couples who don’t want to have kids are “selfish” and are part of a “greedy generation.” Pope Francis told an audience in St Peter’s Square, Rome Wednesday that it’s a depressed society that considers children to be a burden. “A society with a greedy generation, that doesn’t want to surround itself with children, that considers them above all worrisome, a weight, a risk, is a depressed society,” he said....
  • On Darwin Day, 5 facts about the evolution debate

    02/12/2015 12:45:36 PM PST · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | February 12, 2015 | David Masci
    Today is the 206th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, a day now celebrated by some as Darwin Day. Darwin, of course, is best known for his theory of evolution through natural selection. When Darwin's work was first made public in 1859, it shocked Britain's religious establishment. And while today it is accepted by virtually all scientists, evolutionary theory is still rejected by many Americans, often because it conflicts with their religious beliefs about divine creation.
  • Breitbart: “$10,000 Muhammad Art and Cartoon Contest to be Held at ...in Texas”

    02/12/2015 12:37:35 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 59 replies
    Atlas Shruggs ^ | 02/12/2015 | Pamela Geller
    Pamela Geller is planning a “Draw the Prophet” event in Garland, Texas in the same location as Muslim group held a “Stand with the Prophet” conference in January. The First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest will be hosted by the Curtis Caldwell Center, which is owned and operated by the Garland Independent School District. During the Free Speech Rally in Garland, Geller spoke with Breitbart Texas about her reaction to the large and loud crowd of protesters. She said that Muslims are trying to impose restrictions on free speech like they are doing in Paris. “Thousands of Americans said...
  • Happy Darwin Day?

    02/12/2015 11:35:53 AM PST · by Heartlander · 18 replies
    The Stream ^ | February 12, 2015 | John West
    Happy Darwin Day? If Darwin Day devotees want to be viewed as more than the mere members of a quirky cult, they need to start engaging their thoughtful critics. By John West Published on February 12, 2015 Today is the birthday of Charles Darwin, and enthusiasts around the globe will be marking the occasion with special dinners, lectures, birthday parties and more.Darwin boosters often insist they are inspired simply by a disinterested commitment to science, while their critics are motivated primarily by religion. But Darwin Day festivities make it painfully obvious that many promoters of Darwinian theory are just as interested...