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  • Naturalism: A Rule That No One Needs or Obeys

    09/22/2014 1:49:02 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 17 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 · 8 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 ďindustrial-scaleĒ 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 schoolís prayer ban, lead crowd and opposing team in reciting Lordís 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...
  • Americaís Most Popular Pastor Doesnít 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: ‚ÄúGod said in Numbers 11:23, ‚ÄėMoses, is there any limit to My power?‚Äô He was saying, ‚ÄėMoses, you saw Me part the Red Sea, stop the sun for Joshua, keep three Hebrew teenagers safe in a fiery furnace, don‚Äôt you realize that I can bring water without rain?‚Äô There‚Äôs no limit to God‚Äôs power.‚ÄĚ 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 countryís 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, ďDying in America,Ē said its recommendations...would produce significant savings that would help make health care more affordable.
  • The Air Force will now allow airmen to omit Ďso help me Godí 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 ďso help me God,Ē 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. ďWe take any instance in which Airmen report concerns regarding religious freedom seriously,Ē Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said in the statement. ďWe 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 · 42 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 9/15/2014 | Pamela Geller
    Most Americans are unaware that under the ďRefugee Resettlement Program,Ē 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 arenít. Itís the UN, driven largely by the worldís 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, ‚ÄúOne of the most valuable insights I discovered in recent years is how Narratives trump everything else ‚ÄĒ including what most of us would call concern for ‚Äėpractical results.‚Äô‚ÄĚ 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 thereís such a thing as jihad lite. Thereís no getting around the fact that a central tenet of the Koran is mass murder Ė whether through the directive to kill infidels (non-believers), apostates (those who leave Islam), or hypocrites (Muslims who donít 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 Americansí 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 Torahís perspective that war, weaponry, and violence are ďnecessary evils in our unredeemed worldĒ as well as the Torahís 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. ďFor them it is not sacred, like it is for us.Ē The Koran, he noted, calls on Muslims to spread terror among their...
  • Israeli Hospital Battles to Save Injured Syrian Childís 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!" Ė reportedly in response to Pope Benedict's resignation announcement Ė while using sticks to hit one of the huge bells, on display...
  • Should atheists who refuse to say Ďso help me Godí 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 Associationís 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 ďso help me God,Ē the American Humanist Association said ThursdayÖ. 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 ďso help me God.Ē The old version of that AFI included an exception: ďNote: Airmen may omit the words Ďso help me God,í if...
  • How to Live Forever: The (Mad?) Science Hollywood Is Using to "Cure" Death [-220įF?]

    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 ó 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. Thatís 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: youíd 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 thisóBarna 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 Godís 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 DíEmilio, ďĎBorn gayí 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 ShepherdsÖ 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.
  • The Big Bang Is Hard Science. It Is Also a Creation Story.

    09/07/2014 2:08:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    Nautilus ^ | September 4, 2014 | Barry B. Powell
    In some ways, the history of science is the history of a philosophical resistance to mythical explanations of reality. In the ancient world, when we asked ďWhere did the world come from?Ē we were told creation myths. In the modern world, we are instead told a convincing scientific story: Big Bang theory, first proposed in 1927 by the Belgian Roman Catholic priest Georges LemaÓtre. It is based on observations that galaxies appear to be flying apart from one another, suggesting that the universe is expanding. We trace this movement back in space and time to nearly the original point of...
  • Supernatural 'Jinn' Seen as Cause of Mental Illness Among Muslims

    09/07/2014 11:23:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Bahar Gholipour
    It may be common for psychiatric patients who are Muslim to attribute their hallucinations or other symptoms to "jinn," the invisible, devilish creatures in Islamic mythology, researchers in the Netherlands have found. The findings demonstrate one way in which culture may influence how people perceive their psychotic symptoms, and could help Western psychiatrists better understand patients who have an Islamic background. Moreover, in today's connected world, patients may fuse the symbols from their own backgrounds with those of other cultures to explain their symptoms, study leader Dr. Jan Dirk Blom, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Groningen,...
  • Guest Post: Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad (Carlos Bledsoe): A Case Study In Lone Wolf Terrorism

    09/06/2014 3:08:43 AM PDT · by Jacob Kell
    Jihadology.net ^ | 12/23/2013 | Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
    Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad (Carlos Bledsoe): A Case Study in Lone Wolf Terrorism By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross June 1, 2009 was a Monday. Shortly after 10:00 a.m., Private William Long, 24, and Private Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, stood outside the joint Army-Navy recruiting center in northwestern Little Rock, Arkansas, taking a smoke break. The two young men, who were working at their hometown recruiting center before moving on to their first duty station, spoke of where that first assignment would take them. Long said that he would be leaving for Korea the following Monday; Ezeagwula was bound for Hawaii a day earlier, on...
  • Antisemitism Explained From An Objectivist Perspective

    09/05/2014 7:27:40 PM PDT · by Misterioso · 10 replies
    The Brussels Journal ^ | August 3, 2014 | Nikolaas de Jong
    It is common knowledge --at least for part of the right-- that resentment of Israel is merely an extension of Western self-hatred. We know that Israel is hated by the Arab world and many of the ďhave notsĒ of the postmodern age, because the fact that it is the only democracy and successful economy in the Middle East serves as a constant and unwelcome reminder to these countries that their problems cannot simply be blamed on the Western colonial legacy, and that, on the contrary, there is a fundamental flaw in their mentality and culture. For the same reason, the...
  • Time to end Political Correctness at Airports

    09/05/2014 5:15:57 PM PDT · by rovenstinez · 28 replies
    Fox Radio News ^ | Sept. 5, 2014 | rovenstinez
    Yesterday at the DFW airport. It was strikingly difficult to talk to the Pakistani women selling food, with their head coverings, OBVIOUSLY pious Muslims. And turning around were Muslim Women with head coverings removing trash. I just WISH someone had the testicular power to tell these women if they want to work at an AIRPORT where travelers are sensitive about Muslim people that blow up things, they need to REMOVE their coverings, or go work at the local dry cleaning shop, or sell used tires. But to put them in the AIRPORTS knowing that all of the things that get...
  • 53 national religious groups, academics, ministers urge alternatives to U.S. military action in Iraq

    09/05/2014 6:01:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Markknoll ^ | August 27, 2014 | Staff
    An emerging ecumenical paradigm called ďjustpeaceĒ offers a fresh way to view and analyze conflicts. This gives rise to the realization of a broader set of smart, effective nonviolent practices to engage hostile conflicts. See below for a recent example of this approach initiated by the ecumenical Faith Forum for Middle East Policy. A PDF of this letter is found at the bottom of the page. August 27, 2014 Dear President Obama: As religious communities, leaders, and academics, we write to express our deep concern over the recent escalation of U.S. military action in Iraq. While the dire plight of...
  • Rev. Graham: ĎAs I Read the News, I Canít Help But Wonder if We're in Last Hoursí

    09/04/2014 6:53:59 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 117 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/4/14 | Michael W. Chapman
    ďAs I read the news, I canít help but wonder if we are in the last hours before our Lord Jesus Christ returns to rescue His church and God pours out His wrath on the world for the rejection of His Son,Ē said Rev. Graham in a post on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) website. ďI donít know if we have hours, days, months, or yearsóbut as Christians, God calls us to take the truth of the Gospel to the ends of the earth,Ē said Graham. ďOur job is to warn sinners of the consequences of sin and show...
  • Born Into Bad Luck (The Sad Fate of Japan's Fire Horse Women)

    09/04/2014 5:28:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 | ALICIA P.Q. WITTMEYER
    Could being born in a year deemed unlucky wind up a self-fulfilling prophecy? That may be what befell Japanese girls born in 1966, otherwise known as a year of the fire horse, or hinoeuma in Japanese. Women born in such a year, superstition holds, have troubled marriages, mistreat men, and cause early deaths for their husbands and fathers. It was one such woman, according to legend, who nearly burned down the capital in 1682, after setting a local temple on fire for love of a man who worked there. (She was sentenced to burn at the stake.) In 2010, researchers...
  • World's Oldest Weather Report Found on 3500-Year-Old Stone in Egypt

    09/04/2014 12:56:44 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    International Business Times ^ | April 4, 2014 14:51 BST
    A 3,500-year-old inscription on a stone block found in Egypt is what archaeologists say the oldest weather report of the world. The inscription on a six-foot-tall calcite stone, called the Tempest Stela, describes rain, darkness and "the sky being in storm without cessation, louder than the cries of the masses," according to Nadine Moeller and Robert Ritner at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute who have translated the 40-line inscription. The stela's text also describes bodies floating down the Nile like "skiffs of papyrus." "This was clearly a major storm, and different from the kinds of heavy rains that Egypt...
  • A prayer request

    09/04/2014 6:52:08 AM PDT · by Shimmer1 · 105 replies
    I have a prayer request. I am having cancer surgery on Sept 16. Less than two weeks away. I'm having a mastectomy, with reconstruction. It all gets done (or at least started) on the table. Please pray for my fear, which is usually at the manageable level. And that I make it through surgery. I'll be in the hospital for one day. I opted to stay with my surgical oncologist that operated on me two years ago (cancer then too) for many reasons, one being he's THE breast cancer surgeon in Middle GA. Trouble is, after I was diagnosed, I've...
  • Egyptís Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By the Company Hired to Fix It

    09/04/2014 4:17:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | September 3, 2014 10:37 AM | Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan
    Saqqara, in Egypt, is the oldest stone complex ever built by humansóand within it sits the oldest pyramid in Egypt. Itís a piece of irreplaceable history thatís been crumbling for 4,600 years. But according to one local report, itís currently being destroyed by the company hired to ďrestoreĒ it. In fact, the company hired by Egyptís Ministry of Antiquities may have even committed a crime in its restoration. According to the Egypt Independent, preservation laws require that any new construction be less than 5 percent of the preserved structure. Instead, the companyówhich has reportedly never worked on a preservation project...
  • A Shock & A Loss; My Childhood, Neighborhood Church has had it's Name Changed.

    09/03/2014 10:02:47 PM PDT · by lee martell · 13 replies
    Sept. 3 2014 | lee martell
    From 1962 to about 1972, I attended St. Cecilia Catholic Grade School from first to ninth grade in Detroit Michigan. We had approximately 300 students. Most of our teachers were priests and nuns. I later went to a public high school to finish the upper grades. I rarely visit that part of the country anymore, mainly due to travel expense and getting time off from work. I remain very close to my first family. I spoke to my oldest sister the other day who told me "There is no 'Saint Cecilia Catholic Church' anymore, at least not in this location....
  • Judge Rejects Reduced Sentence In Former Pastorís Sex Case

    09/02/2014 5:00:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    CBS ^ | staff
    CHICAGO (STMW) Ė A federal judge has shot down former First Baptist Church of Hammond Pastor Jack Schaapís motion to cut his 12-year prison sentence. U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano also denied Schaapís request for a hearing on his motions and denied him a certificate to appeal to the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Schaap pleaded guilty in September 2012 to taking a 16-year-old parishioner, who was also a student at the churchís school and under Schaapís care for counseling, across state lines for sex three times. Lozano sentenced him in March 2013 to 12 years in prison, two...
  • Former NC pastor gets at least 16 months for molesting boys

    09/02/2014 3:35:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    myfox8 ^ | staff
    CONCORD, N.C. ó A former Concord youth pastor was sentenced to at least 16 months in prison after pleading guilty to molesting young boys in his care. WECT-TV reported that Robert Price pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent liberties with a child.
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    09/02/2014 1:29:38 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 40 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings ^ | May 2004 | John Lehman
    The subject here is naval history and the naval history to come. This is particularly relevant, given the subjects I've been immersed in over the last yearóthe so-called war on terrorism and the attacks of 9/11, what went wrong, and what we should do to fix it. I have learned that what these two institutionsóthe U.S. Naval Institute and the U.S. Naval Academyóstand for are at the center of what we face as a nation going forward. The Naval Institute is one of the great intellectual institutions in this country. I first joined when I was an undergraduate in college,...