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  • Monk dubbed 'Buddhist Bin Laden' targets Myanmar's persecuted Muslims

    05/24/2015 7:18:51 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 29 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/24/2015 | SHASHANK BENGALI
    He's been described as the "Buddhist Bin Laden," but Ashin Wirathu thinks he has more in common with the world's most famous fictional spy. "James Bond is a nationalist," the cherub-faced monk said in a recent interview. Flashing a smile, he offered a vague recollection of a movie in which 007, in order to extract information from a woman, took her to bed. "While he did not take much pleasure in the act," Wirathu said, "he did it for his country." His questionable reading of Bond aside, the firebrand Wirathu firmly says he is defending Myanmar against the people he...
  • The Duggar Family Homeschooling Curriculum Deals With Sexual Abuse In Disturbing Manner

    05/24/2015 10:02:00 AM PDT · by Morgana · 84 replies
    inquistr.com ^ | 5.22.2015 | inquistr
    But the curriculum he developed is still in place. To begin with, the lessons seem to remove blame from the perpetrator and instead shift it onto the victim, as well as the parents. In one example, where a boy molests his younger sisters, the sisters are condemned for dressing immodestly, and the parents are also shamed for “exposing the boy to temptation” through the act of having him change his sister’s diapers. “Modesty was a factor. It was not at the level it should have been in my family. It was not uncommon for my younger siblings to come out...
  • FROM THE PASTOR

    05/24/2015 4:47:08 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 1 replies
    Church of St. Michael, NYC ^ | May 24, 2015 | by Fr. George W. Rutler
    Arriving in Ephesus, in what now is Turkey, Saint Paul encountered some twelve men who had news of the Resurrection, but had not followed through on its consequences. So he asked them if they had received the Holy Spirit, to which they replied, “No, we were never even told that there was such a thing as a Holy Spirit” (Acts 19:2). The fact that that they spoke of “a Holy Spirit” instead of “the Holy Spirit” let Saint Paul know that he had his work cut out for him. Those Ephesians were ignorant, which is not necessarily an insult. Unlike...
  • Elvis Presley - Miracle Of The Rosary

    05/22/2015 2:37:03 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    Miracle Of The Rosary....recorded by Elvis on Saturday, 15 May 1971 - RCA's Studio B - Nashville Written by: Denson. Originally recorded by Lee Denson in 1960 Lyrics: Oh blessed mother we pray to thee Thanks for the miracle of your rosary Only you can hold back Your holy son's hand Long enough for the whole world to understand Hail, Mary full of grace The Lord is with thee Blessed are thou among women And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus Oh holy Mary dear mother of God Please pray for us sinners Now and at the hour...
  • Student: High School Won’t Let Me Start a Pro-Life Club (Las Vegas)

    05/23/2015 7:39:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | May 22, 2015 10:24 am
    A Las Vegas high school sophomore says school administrators denied her application to form a pro-life club on campus. West Career and Technical Academy Vice Principal Allan Yee allegedly told Angelique Clark that the club would be “controversial” and would make pro-choice students feel left out. He also reportedly said that others were “more qualified to speak on the issue than a high school sophomore.” …
  • Islam is not a Religion

    05/22/2015 8:18:12 PM PDT · by TexasTransplant · 68 replies
    I am looking for a Youtube from a Dr that was hawking his books about ISLAM and he had a few Youtube vids that spelled out exactly what ISLAM is and the Koran is described as 3 separate Korans (only one I remember is the Medina Koran) I meant to save it and search as I may I can't find it
  • Yes or no? Ireland decides whether to legalize gay marriage

    05/22/2015 5:10:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2015 6:52 PM EDT | Shawn Pogatchnik
    Voters determined to have their voice heard on gay marriage turned out in strength Friday for Ireland’s most hard-fought referendum in decades, a contest that pitted the liberal forces of social change against the nation’s conservative Catholic foundation. Polls closed at 10 p.m. after 15 hours of voting that featured long-distance trips by Irish citizens, including thousands of emigrants who returned by aircraft or ferry to take part in the world’s first national vote on gay marriage. Backers of gay marriage had hoped for high turnout, reflecting strong participation by young and first-time voters. Electoral officials said this appeared to...
  • In Love: A Musing on Yom Yerushalaim (Jerusalem Day 17MAY2015)

    05/21/2015 3:20:59 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 5 replies
    Email | 18MAY2015 | Rabbi David Lapin
    In Love: A Musing on Yom Yerushalaim 28 Iyar 5775, Rabbi David Lapin http://rabbilapin.com/ "The world’s growing intolerance for a Jewish State – like anti-Semitism – is an emotional issue, not a rational one. Emotion cannot be countered with reason. Emotion can only be countered with emotion." *** I left Israel for the UK on June 4th, 1967, a day before the outbreak of the Six-Day War. Barely seventeen, I arrived there a few weeks earlier to start my Yeshiva career in Kefar Hassidim, a small agricultural village eight miles south-east of Haifa and less than 40 miles from the...
  • Saudi Arabia reveals plans for world's largest hotel to cater for Muslims on annual pilgrimage [tr]

    05/21/2015 7:15:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 21, 2015 | Emily Payne
    Plans have been unveiled to build the world's largest hotel, which could be open as early as 2017. The Abraj Kudai, will be located in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, a city visited each year more than 15million Muslims. With twelve 44-story towers containing 10,000 rooms, the hotel, which is being created by multi-national design group Dar Al Handasah will have a total area of 4.6 million square feet.
  • Parents say NLV teacher barred using Bible verse in homework

    05/20/2015 8:00:40 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2015 | Kimberly Pierceall
    Parents of a sixth-grader at a public charter school in North Las Vegas want an apology after they say a teacher barred their daughter from using a Bible verse in an assignment. Nonprofit legal group Liberty Institute, representing Tim and Kate Frasier, sent a letter Wednesday containing their demand for the apology to the Somerset Academy's Losee campus. The Fraisers said their daughter Mackenzie was told she couldn't use the Bible verse John 3:16 for a technology class assignment called "All About Me" that involved creating a PowerPoint presentation and including an inspirational saying on a slide.
  • Maybe Christianity In America Is Dying Because It’s Boring Everyone To Death []

    05/20/2015 11:52:50 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 5/13/2015 | Matt Walsh
    I recently attended a service that might help solve the riddle of the fantastic decline of American Christianity. It was a different church from the one I normally go to. Let me set the scene, perhaps it will sound familiar: I walked in and immediately realized that IÂ’d inadvertently stumbled upon a totally relaxed, convenient, comfortable brand of church. The first hint was the choir members dressed in shorts and flip flops. Sweet, bro. So chill. There were a bunch of acoustic guitars and drums and tambourines and a keyboard. Before the service/concert began, some guy came out to rev...
  • Protection through pierced ears in Uganda [from child sacrifice]

    05/20/2015 8:13:34 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    World Vision ^ | March 25, 2014 | Kari Costanza
    In certain districts of Uganda, child sacrifice is a real danger. Today, Kari Costanza writes from Uganda about 3-year-old Sharon, whose ear piercing may protect her. Read how a World Vision-supported amber alert program is helping to recover children that have been taken. *** I didn’t realize when I became a mother to a beautiful little girl that we would one day do battle. I thought she’d eat the food I set before her. I thought she’d wear the school clothes I laid out so carefully upon her bed. I never expected resistance. And I never expected a battle over...
  • Chinese leader: Religions must be free of foreign influence

    05/20/2015 5:30:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2015 8:02 AM EDT
    President Xi Jinping has warned that religions in China must be independent from foreign influence as Beijing asks domestic religious groups to adapt to Chinese society and pledge loyalty to the state.China is ruled by the atheist Communist Party and Beijing tries to control a variety of religions and their spread. …
  • 36 Golden Retrievers Rescued From Inevitable Dog Genocide In Turkey

    05/19/2015 7:43:19 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 16 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | May 18, 2015 | Shoebat Foundation
    [Warning: photos at link are graphic.] Abandoned and abused, 36 Golden Retrievers were rescued from the streets of Turkey before authorities could poison them, shoot them or bury them alive. They are now in America, awaiting adoption. Sadly, these Turkish dogs were not so lucky: Hurriyet Daily News - Fifteen dogs were found dead, cast out in the depths of Istanbul’s Beykoz forests with poison frothing from their mouths in what has been yet another stray dog massacre. A dog genocide took place in the Kepez, Konyaalti and Muratpasa areas of Antalya in Turkey It was so appalling that animal...
  • Soldiers Deck of Cards

    05/19/2015 12:12:58 PM PDT · by Paul46360 · 10 replies
    Has to be watched..BTW have a tissue ready
  • Vanity: Intense seatbelt enforcement this month

    05/19/2015 6:18:09 AM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 96 replies
    5/19/2015 | none
    That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In California, the minimum penalty for a seat belt violation is $161. Fair warning.
  • Kerry's "setback" remark: Think how far Islamists would be if he had won in 2004!

    05/19/2015 5:56:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    npr.org/sff ^ | 5/19/15 | sff
    ...Obama administration downplays the self-proclaimed Islamic State takeover of the important Iraqi city of Ramadi as Iraq emerges again.... John Kerry says the battle against ISIS or Daesh, its Arabic acronym, will be a long one with many setbacks.
  • Greek Officials Demand Jewish Star Be Removed from Holocaust Museum

    05/18/2015 2:32:58 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 32 replies
    free beacon ^ | May 18, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Jewish groups are expressing outrage and concern after Greek officials demanded that the Star of David be removed from the outside of a new Holocaust museum on the eve of its opening, according to multiple statements released by these groups.
  • Top economist: Americans have 'contempt for liberty' [Proverbs 30]

    05/18/2015 2:14:11 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 7 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/17/2015 | GREG COROMBOS
    Famed economist and columnist Walter Williams says America has embraced the government thievery of personal property to benefit others, and he says the politicians are only doing what the voters want them to do. Williams is a distinguished professor of economics at George Mason University. He is a syndicated columnist and has substituted for talk-show host Rush Limbaugh. His new book, a collection of his conservative-to-libertarian columns, is titled “American Contempt for Liberty.” The title may sound a bit harsh, but Williams insists that’s exactly what’s happening in this country. “The average American thinks that it is indeed moral for...
  • 'Eternal flames' of ancient times could spark interest of modern geologists

    05/18/2015 11:51:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-18-2015 | Provided by Springer
    Seeps from which gas and oil escape were formative to many ancient cultures and societies. They gave rise to legends surrounding the Delphi Oracle, Chimaera fires and "eternal flames" that were central to ancient religious practices - from Indonesia and Iran to Italy and Azerbaijan. Modern geologists and oil and gas explorers can learn much by delving into the geomythological stories about the religious and social practices of the Ancient World, writes Guiseppe Etiope of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy. His research is published in the new Springer book Natural Gas Seepage. "Knowing present-day gas fluxes...
  • You'll be forced to pick a side

    05/18/2015 9:21:57 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 47 replies
    Intellectual Takeout ^ | 5-15-15 | Devin Foley
    Anti-religious (typically, anti-Christian) attitudes as are now spreading like wildfire through social media. Similar sentiments played out horrifically in the French Revolution, the Marxist purges in Eastern Europe and China, the Cristero War in Mexico, the killing fields of Cambodia, and the ongoing slaughter of Christians in the Middle East and Africa. Is it unreasonable to wonder if and how the virulent, anti-Christian attitudes of today will be unleashed in America? The question hit home for me yesterday at the annual Minnesota Prayer Breakfast when Governor Dayton opened his remarks by stating: “You know the theme of today’s prayer breakfast:...
  • A Young Jew’s Journey to Islam

    05/17/2015 8:32:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Arab News ^ | Friday 8 May 2015
    Musa, a Jew, was only 15 years of age when he developed interest in religion. He describes what he saw in Islam in relation to Judaism, which caught his interest and led him to accept it. He narrated his story sometime in 2007. Prior to my conversion to Islam, I lived my life as a Jew. Although my family was not traditional, I learned Judaism from traditional Jews. I went to an Orthodox Jewish synagogue, and an Orthodox Jewish school. I lived, and continue to live, in a Jewish community in the United States where there is little diversity. And...
  • Erdogan Asking His People To Elect His Party Because He “Aims To Invade Jerusalem”

    05/17/2015 10:21:43 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 29 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 05/15/2015 | By Shoebat Foundation
    Nothing in the western media covered what the Turkish Anadulu Agency released, when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech this Friday with a strange message riddled with statements that were predicted in the Bible regarding Antichrist. From his desire to invade Jerusalem and to Muhammad’s claim to have ascended to heaven from there, Erdogan called on all Turks to refocus on the Ottoman goal to re-conquer Jerusalem for Islam:  “Unfortunately we the Muslims lost our aim to head towards Jerusalem. The water of our eyes froze making us blind, and our hearts that was destined to beat...
  • Catholic Gay Parishioner Pens Letter To Married Gays Attending Mass [Swipes At Catholic Beliefs]

    05/16/2015 2:18:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 33 replies
    May 15, 2015
    Jason Steidl PhD Student, Fordham University A Letter to the Couple at Mass Posted: 05/15/2015 To the Married Couple at Mass: I saw you enter the Sunday morning service recently at a Manhattan parish. You were a few moments late and sat down as the congregation began to sing the Gloria. I watched carefully and wondered if you were real. Had a married gay couple really come to worship at a Roman Catholic Church? I would not have been so surprised if we had been at an Episcopalian, Presbyterian, or Universalist service. Many of these churches have supported LGBT relationships...
  • Lou Holtz: Undergraduate Commencement Address 2015

    05/16/2015 1:43:22 PM PDT · by goodwithagun · 4 replies
    "Thank you. I'm indeed humbled and honored . . ."
  • Saudi- 'Jinn converts to Islam on Twitter'

    05/15/2015 12:00:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    A man claiming to be a spiritual healer has announced that he converted a jinn to Islam on Twitter according to a report in a local newspaper recently. The man who uses ruqya the reciting of Qur'anic verses to heal people published the supposed conversation he had with the jinn on his Twitter account which has 16000 followers. Jinns are creatures with free will created from smokeless fire by God alongside humans and angels according to Islamic belief. According to the post the jinn said: 'I am the jinn Habibi. I announce my conversion to Islam at the hands of...
  • Pulitzer goes to series blaming domestic violence on Christianity

    05/15/2015 7:17:53 AM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | May 14, 2015 | Bill Bumpas
    The Pulitzer Prize board is receiving criticism for giving an award to a South Carolina newspaper for a series on domestic abuse implying that Christianity and the Bible are the sources of the problem. The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) won the 2015 public service prize for a seven-part series titled "Till death do us part.” But the paper blamed part of the problem of domestic abuse on "deep-rooted beliefs about the sanctity of marriage and the place of women in the home." Tim Graham with the Media Research Center believes there's a natural tendency in southern states for newspapers...
  • Students at Catholic Univ. Reject Catholic Cardinal as Graduation Speaker (Dolan)

    05/14/2015 11:18:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | May 14, 2015 1:27 pm
    Students at Le Moyne College in upstate New York are calling on the school to cancel the upcoming commencement speech by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. More than 600 people have signed the Change.org petition, which criticizes the leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York for, among other things, his stance on “sexual violence.” The petition states that Le Moyne “does not, in any way, support sexual violence.” …
  • One Can’t Convert to Islam Without Circumcision: Azam

    05/14/2015 2:32:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Times of India ^ | May 12, 2015 | Nazar Abbas
    Rampur: UP urban development minister Azam Khan was once again at the centre of a controversy after he commented that one needs to have a circumcision in order to become a Muslim during a speech he gave at the Zila Sarkari Bank on Monday. This has enraged Valmikis who had converted to Islam in a bid to prevent the demolition of their homes under some projects allegedly backed by the minister. Azam Khan had said, "One cannot become a Muslim only by chanting slogans and wearing skull caps. One has to go through Khatna (circumcision) and rest for at least...
  • The Vatican Against the Jews [Numbers 23]

    05/14/2015 11:19:44 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 5/14/2015 | Giulio Meotti
    It is since 2012 that the Vatican, under Pope Benedict XVI, spoke of the “State of Palestine” in its official documents. So the decision of the Holy See to recognize this non-existent state should not be a surprise. But the treaty is the first legal and bilateral document in which the Vatican speaks of the “State of Palestine” and no more of the “Organization for the Liberation of Palestine” (PLO): it is, in fact, an official recognition. A symbolic and historic breakthrough. When the Vatican recognized Israel, at the beginning of the Nineties, it happened within the framework of Oslo...
  • Boomer Anthems: "Sympathy for the Devil"

    05/13/2015 9:46:15 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 12 replies
    American Digest ^ | May 13, 2015 3:11 PM | Gerard Van der Leun
    Sympathy for the Devil in all its variations represents the Boomers acme and epitaph. [Embedded Video: The Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil (Live) - OFFICIAL ] I last saw the Stones perform this at Altamont, where it was accompanied by pool cue bludgeoning and a lethal stabbing. I sort of last my taste for it after that concert, but I check in on variations from the Stones' endless tours from time to time. More and more the penultimate line, "Just as every cop is a criminal / And all the sinners saints" seems to be prophetic of this...
  • On His Knees.... Reagan

    05/13/2015 2:43:30 PM PDT · by boxlunch · 30 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb, 2011 | Bel Air Presbyterian Church
    I just thought this was beautiful and thought it would do us good to remember what a good man Reagan was.
  • The mystery of the 'Devil's Bible': Claims world's largest manuscript was written by Lucifer

    05/11/2015 8:27:52 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11 May 2015 | ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD
    The Codex Gigas is the largest surviving medieval manuscript in the world. At nearly nine inches (22cm) thick and 36 inches (92cm) tall, the book is so large that it is said to have required more than 160 animal skins to complete. But it's not just its size that has surprised historians. Inside is a menacing full-page colour image of the Devil, leading many to believe the pages themselves are cursed. [SNIP] It is thought to have been created in the early 13th century in the Benedictine monastery of Podlažice in Bohemia, which today is the Czech Republic. [SNP] Inside...
  • Pray For Miley Cyrus

    05/08/2015 7:19:06 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 59 replies
    Patriot777
    I am going to pray for Miley Cyrus's salvation every day, until she comes to know Jesus as Lord and Savior of her life. As a Christian, I am grieved in my heart and compelled to pray and intercede for Miley Cyrus. She is lost--ever sliding deeper into a flaming pit of mental illness, demonic activity and depravity. We all know by news reports what Miley is saying and doing, which leads many to hate and wish for her destruction. Some even laugh at her unbelievable, filthy expliots. But I know the Lord Jesus is saying, "Pray for her; intercede...
  • The Bigoted, Jew-Ranting Oriole Whom the Media Ignores

    05/11/2015 11:55:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 9, 2015 | Phil Mushnick
    For sustaining evidence of a world gone nuts with the media’s steady, selective and frightened compliance, there’s Delmon Young — now with the Orioles, who spent the week here playing the Mets, then Yankees. But first the lasting legacy of John Rocker — the big, white, not too bright Braves pitcher quoted in Sports Illustrated making bigoted, ethnic and racist remarks about NYC’s inhabitants. Though he broke no laws or jaws, Rocker, at 24, became a national symbol of hate, a pariah, too. On TV, radio and in print — “Saturday Night Live” to “The CBS Evening News with Dan...
  • Submission to Governing Authorities

    05/11/2015 8:16:19 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 47 replies
    The Bible | Around 56 | The Apostle Paul
    Submission to Governing Authorities Romans 13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For...
  • The Rabbi of Rap, aka The Jewish Madonna, Releases New Music Video

    05/10/2015 8:20:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Thu, May 7, 2015 | Matt Saincome
    Noemi Zeigler Sanchez (stage name Madeline Minx) has released a new music video with her real-life Laney College media students titled “Rabbi of Rap.” The plot is a tired cliché about urban youth rejecting negative stereotypes and focusing on schoolwork instead. “The Jewish Madonna” (yup, that’s what they call her) hands out books with yin and yang, peace, and various other symbols you could find on one of those coexist bumper stickers painted on their covers as the kids echo the phrase, “Put your guns down, lift your books up, rise up!” Basically, the whole video is like a giant...
  • Those who know Islam best. I met them I respect them.

    05/10/2015 5:42:17 AM PDT · by WilliamofCarmichael · 17 replies
    Free Republic ^ | May 10, 2015 | WilliamofCarmichael
    What's happened in the Republic of Turkey should be a warning for the United States vis-a-vis Muslim versus Islamists (both religionists and radicals) domestic and foreign.
  • THE HISTORY OF MOTHERS DAY, HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

    05/09/2015 7:58:35 PM PDT · by Chauncey Uppercrust · 6 replies
    Movie A Man Called Peter | 5/9/2015 | Chauncey Uppercrust
    History of Mother's Day -- A Mother's Day Gift to You The following transcript is from the 1955 movie A Man Called Peter (1955 Henry Koster Film). The movie was adapted from a book by Catherine Marshall by the same name. Catherine was the wife of the late great preacher, Dr. Peter Marshall. The transcript below is directly from the movie. Catherine (prior to her marriage to Peter Marshall) was a college student. She and several other college students (one man and three women) were asked to accompany Dr. Peter Marshall to speak at a college event about their Christian...
  • Speaking Out About the Transgender ‘Delusion’

    05/09/2015 3:54:53 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 14 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 05/06/2015 | BY BRIAN FRAGA
    An interview with Walt Heyer, who lived eight years as a woman following ‘gender reassignment’ surgery before undergoing therapy, turning to Christ and returning to living as a man. Courtesy of Walt Heyer Walt Heyer reverted to his biological male identity after living as a woman following ‘gender reassignment’ surgery. Walt Heyer lived for eight years as a woman named Laura Jensen. Having suffered from gender-identity disorder since he was a child, Heyer was a married, successful businessman when he underwent cosmetic surgery to alter his sex at age 42. However, Heyer said surgery and hormone treatment failed to address...
  • Being gay is not “a behavior”: Just how offensive can these anti-LGBT billboards get? [Proverbs 30]

    05/08/2015 3:08:12 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 78 replies
    Salon ^ | 5/8/2015 | Mary Elizabeth Williams
    These must be very troubling and frustrating times for you, homophobes. A majority of Americans now support marriage equality, and face it, if it’s not fully recognized where you live yet, it will be and soon. A majority of us also support gay political candidates, and we seem to be able to watch gay people on television and movies and listen to them as we drive around in post breakup sadness without the fabric of society crumbling — probably because if you look across the population, it’s composed entirely of people who either are LGBT or who know someone who...
  • No-Fault Divorce: America’s Divorce Mill [Communist Origin of No-Fault Divorce]

    05/08/2015 6:49:06 AM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 47 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 5/18/2009 | JUDY PAREJKO
    What is no-fault divorce? When you ask most people, they will say it’s a mutual-consent process, or that it preserves privacy, or that it eliminates blame for the failure of the marriage. Not many people will answer that it’s a lawsuit in which one party is suing the other party. And even fewer will know that it came from the Soviet Union. Like previous divorce actions, no-fault divorce is still a lawsuit, which means that one party is invoking the state’s police powers against the other party. The main difference now is that the person filing for divorce no longer...
  • Great FR discussion: NC House Lifts Ban on Sunday Hunting (partially)

    05/08/2015 5:11:18 AM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 39 replies
    Self | 5-9-2015 | Vanity - discussion invitation
    A few days ago the NC House passed a bill that lifts the ban on Sunday hunting (with a gun, you can already bow hunt on Sundays) on private property. Still a ban within 500 yards of a church, and some other exclusions. Localities can reinstall the ban in the future if their local community wants to. Great discussion of the liberty / social conservative dynamic at play. What say Freep nation?
  • Private Program Graduates Texas' First 'Inmate Pastors'

    05/07/2015 8:03:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | May 7, 2015
    Thirty-three Texas prisoners are graduating from a behind-bars seminary program this weekend -- part of an initiative producing what organizers say are the first "pastor inmates" in state history. Sen. John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat who heads the chamber's Criminal Justice Committee, said 185 prisoners are working to earn college degrees in biblical studies, including Saturday's graduates. The program only offers Christian and biblical studies, is privately funded, and taught by professors from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary visiting prisons. Whitmire said Texas is "still the toughest state in the union" on violent offenders, but that the program has improved prisoner...
  • Priest Robbed While Reading On His iPad Outside San Francisco Church

    05/07/2015 7:36:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    A priest had to fend off a robber trying to steal his iPad while he read outside a church in San Francisco. The 62-year-old priest was reading his iPad on the steps outside the Saint Teresa of Avila Church in the city’s Potrero Hill neighborhood around 9:45 p.m. when police say a suspect came up to him and grabbed it. The two struggled over the iPad, and the priest started yelling for help. The suspect let go of the iPad, but was able to swipe the priest’s iPhone that was sitting beside him on the steps before fleeing.
  • Siding with the victims of aggression: Elites acquiesce to Islam [Jeremiah 12]

    05/07/2015 4:03:27 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/7/2015 | CAROLINE B. GLICK
    The notion that a rape victim deserved to be raped because she was wearing a tight outfit lights up all our red lights. This is the case first and foremost because it absolves the rapist of responsibility for his crime. Then too, attempts to blame a rape victim for her victimization infuriate us because they are substantively untrue. If men are more likely to rape women in tight clothing then rape should be all but non-existent in traditional Islamic societies. Yet the opposite is the case. Rape and sexual abuse are endemic to such societies. According to the UN, a...
  • Man Arrested after St. Cloud Islamic Center Damaged

    05/07/2015 12:58:58 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 5/7/15 | Dave Aeikens
    A man suspected of vandalizing the St. Cloud Islamic Center had regularly attended prayer services there, St. Cloud Police said. The incident was reported at 4:48 a.m. Thursday on the 300 block of Fifth Avenue South in St. Cloud. It happened while prayer services were taking place inside. The front door window of the Islamic Center and a window of a nearby car were broken, police said. Witnesses chased a man and detained him for police. Officers determined that the windows had been broken with a basketball-sized plaster ball that is artwork. The suspect made the piece and obtained it...
  • Environment Chairman: ‘Global Warming Alarmism Has Evolved Into a Religion’

    05/07/2015 10:18:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 7, 2015 | 11:46 AM EDT | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    Pointing approvingly to an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal by House Science Chairman Lamar Smith (R.-Texas), Senate Environment Chairman Jim Inhofe (R.-Okla.) said on the Senate floor yesterday that global warming alarmists are advancing a new religious sect. “Global warming alarmism has evolved into a religion where one is either an alarmist or a skeptic,” Inhofe said. “The modern-day religion of climate change has been very artful in establishing and controlling carefully scripted talking points intended to scare the American people under the guise of environmental protectionism,” said Inhofe. …
  • Chinese province to ban rooftop Christian crosses (Chekiang)

    05/07/2015 9:02:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2015 11:52 AM EDT | Didi Tang
    A Chinese province where authorities have forcibly removed hundreds of rooftop crosses from Protestant and Catholic churches has proposed a ban on any further placement of the religious symbol atop sanctuaries. The draft, if approved, would give authorities in the eastern province of Zhejiang solid legal grounds to remove rooftop crosses. Since early 2014, Zhejiang officials have toppled crosses from more than 400 churches, sometimes resulting in violent clashes with congregation members. They have said the crosses violate building codes, but critics say the rapid growth of Christian groups have made the ruling Communist Party nervous.“The authorities have attached great...
  • Chapter 5: Taxes Discourage Production(Christian Economics in One Lesson)

    05/07/2015 7:26:53 AM PDT · by all the best · 1 replies
    Gary North's Specific Answers ^ | May 2, 2015 | Gary North
    The people of Israel wanted a king. They heard of the nations around them, and they were told that these nations had strong central governments. Each was led by a king, who embodied the power, prestige, and glory of his nation-state. The system of civil rule in Israel at this time was based on decentralized tribes. Each tribe had a system of judges. There was no legislature. There was no central civil government. Samuel was both a priest and a civil judge. Representatives of the people of Israel came to him and asked him to anoint someone to serve as...