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  • Quote from late Justice Antonin Scalia

    01/17/2018 3:00:04 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 5 replies
    Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world. - Antonin Scalia
  • Pope Francis says he fears 'accidental' nuclear war

    01/16/2018 5:14:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies ^ | 16 January 2018 08:44 CET+01:00 | AFP/Catherine Marciano
    Pope Francis admitted on Monday he was frightened by the prospect of an accidental nuclear apocalypse, as he began a weeklong visit to Chile and Peru to bolster a local Catholic Church riven by sex abuse scandals. “I think we are at the very edge,” the pope told reporters aboard his plane when asked about the threat of a nuclear war in the wake of a recent string of tests by North Korea and a false missile alert last week that sparked panic in the US state of Hawaii. “I am really afraid of this. One accident is enough to...
  • Subway drivers REFUSE to stop at several stations in Paris because of huge rise in violent crime

    01/16/2018 12:06:57 PM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 16, 2018 | Julian Robinson
    Subway drivers are refusing to stop at some stations in Paris because of a surge in violent crime at some stops, it has emerged. Frightened drivers say they are not calling at certain stations in the French capital's north east in order to 'protect passengers' and themselves. Some stations are increasingly being used by crack dealers, they say, with Marx Dormoy on line 12 and Marcadet-Poissonniers on lines 12 and 4 said to be among the worst hit.
  • Soros Pledges Renewed Fight Against Nationalism, Says EU ‘on Verge of Breakdow

    01/16/2018 10:29:56 AM PST · by Signalman · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/15/2017 | Victoria Friedman
    The progressive billionaire speculator George Soros has said he will ‘fight back’ against the “dominant ideology” of nationalism, whilst admitting that favoured globalist project the European Union is “on the verge of a breakdown”. Wistfully writing that Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF) once ‘epitomised the optimism about the spread of Western-style democracy’ after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Financial Times described the scrutiny the global progressive body is experiencing amidst a wave of patriotism and populism and the ‘wilting’ attraction of the leftist agenda. Soros, alluding to the collapse of the USSR, told the left-liberal newspaper: “It’s déjà...
  • For First Time in History, Atheism Overtakes Religious Faith in Norway

    01/16/2018 9:46:30 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 25 replies
    Salon Magazine has called Norway one of the “eight best countries to be an atheist,” along with Sweden, Denmark, Japan and the Czech Republic, suggesting that Norway’s “socially just government” has effectively taken the place of God for many Norwegians. In 2012, Norway eliminated Lutheranism as the official state church. “The Evangelical Lutheran religion will no longer be the state’s official religion,” parliament wrote in a statement, which meant that the church would receive public financing “on par with other religious and belief-based societies.” Norway’s decline in religiosity has been constant. A year ago the number of Norwegian atheists equaled...
  • The Day Martin Luther Luther King Jr. Prayed at the Billy Graham New York Crusade

    01/15/2018 10:56:45 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 8 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | Justin Taylor
    On July 18, 1957, the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama—the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—gave a public prayer at Madison Square Garden as part of the long-running Billy Graham evangelistic campaign. In an earlier interview with historian Grant Wacker, I asked him about the background of this development by Graham to address racial justice through his ministry. He responded: Till then, his racial justice efforts were mostly memorable for starting to de-segregate his crusade audiences in 1953 (possibly 1952). In the context of the early 1950s, insisting that he would not tolerate segregated audiences was...
  • Bishop Robert Barron and William Lane Craig at Claremont McKenna College January 13 video

    01/15/2018 2:48:19 AM PST · by iowamark · 2 replies
    Join two of today's most effective Christian evangelists for a conversation about faith, science, secularism, and more! How can Christians best share their faith? What should we know about faith and science issues? How can Catholics, Protestants, and all Christians join together against the rise of secularism? Those questions and more will be discussed by Bishop Robert Barron and William Lane Craig in this special event hosted by the Claremont Center for Reason, Religion, and Public Affairs. DATE: Saturday, January 13, 2018 TIME: 7:00pm - 9:00pm LOCATION: Roberts Pavilion Arena @ Claremont McKenna College BISHOP ROBERT BARRON is the founder...
  • Taking a break with Silly Stuff.

    01/14/2018 1:19:31 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 14 replies
    email from a friend | 01/14/2018 | unknown
    Murphy’s Hat Murphy showed up at Mass one Sunday and the priest almost fell down when he saw him. He had never been to church in his life. After Mass, the priest caught up with him and said, "Murphy, I am so glad ya decided to come to Mass. What made ya come?" Murphy said, "I got to be honest with you, Father. A while back, I misplaced me hat and I really, really love that hat. I know that McGlynn had a hat just like mine and I knew he came to church every Sunday. I also knew that...
  • Why Muslim Influencers Are ‘Celebrating Christmas Too’

    01/14/2018 9:14:39 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sabrine Shaw
    Growing up with an English father and Tunisian mother, my family knows a fair amount about embracing more than one culture. Despite my father being a Muslim since marrying my mother, my family still celebrates Christmas every year. As a child, this was often met with either confusion or understanding depending on who I spoke to. I’d like to think that I got the best of both worlds with my parents being from different cultures. My childhood is full of memories of putting up the tree with my brothers, leaving out cookies and milk for Santa and opening presents on...
  • Temple to ancient Roman cult resurrected beneath London

    01/13/2018 2:05:58 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 20 replies
    cnn ^ | 12 Jan 2018 | Katy Scott,
    It is believed that soldiers and merchants gathered in these secret temples drinking, feasting and performing rituals that may have involved simulating death and rebirth, and even some nakedness... ...They were very effective at keeping their knowledge a secret, so we really don't know a lot about what went on in the Mithraeum ...
  • "Can a Christian be a Communist?" - Sermon by Martin Luther King Jr.

    01/12/2018 3:39:25 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 63 replies
    Martin Luther King Papers Project ^ | September 30, 1962 | Martin Luther King Jr.
    Now, let us begin by answering the question which our sermon topic raises: Can a Christian be a communist? I answer that question with an emphatic “no.” These two philosophies are diametrically opposed. The basic philosophy of Christianity is unalterably opposed to the basic philosophy of communism, and all of the dialectics of the logician cannot make them lie down together. They are contrary philosophies. Now, there are at least three reasons why I feel obligated as a Christian minister to talk to you about communism. The first reason grows out of the fact that communism is having widespread influence...
  • Kyle O’Quinn Absolutely Loves Bar Mitzvahs

    01/12/2018 3:29:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | Dan Gartland
    Easily the most unexpected NBA story I’ve read today comes from ESPN’s Ian Begley. Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn, it turns out, loves going to bar and bat mitzvahs. His agent, Andy Miller, invited O’Quinn to his daughter’s bat mitzvah a few years ago, which O’Quinn called “one of the best parties I’ve been to in my life.” He was hooked, and now he books bar mitzvah appearances on a semi-regular basis. "A lot of times, I go and I stay longer than I'm supposed to because it's so much fun," O'Quinn said. "The food's always good. The only thing that...
  • Church Chuckles

    01/10/2018 2:47:24 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 18 replies
    email from a friend | 01/10/2018 | unknown
    Why Go to Church? One Sunday morning, a mother went in to wake her son and tell him it was time to get ready for church, to which he replied, "I'm not going." "Why not?" she asked.  "I'll give you two good reasons," he said. "One, they don't like me, and two, I don't like them."  His mother replied, "I'll give you two good reasons why you SHOULD go to church: One, you're 59 years old, and two you're the pastor!" The Picnic  - A Jewish Rabbi and a Catholic Priest met at the town's annual 4th of July picnic. ...
  • God Bless Modern Medicine

    01/08/2018 9:07:17 AM PST · by John Conlin · 16 replies
    1/08/2018 | John Conlin
    7 years ago this month my wife was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)… Picture a 5 shot revolver. Open the cylinder and insert 4 cartridges, leaving only one chamber empty. Now close the cylinder, give it a good spin… and put it to your head and pull the trigger. Those were the odds she faced with the version of AML she had! We convinced ourselves her odds were better because she was young and strong and there hadn’t been any organ damage yet… we were “happy” that perhaps her odds were as good as 50-50. That’s like putting 3...
  • Flashback: The First Golden Globe Award for "Best Film" and "Best Actress" Went to a Religious Film

    01/07/2018 3:15:48 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 7 replies
    1/7/2018 | Vanity
    The first Golden Globes were held in 1943, and the award for Best Film went to the film "The Song of Bernadette" starring Jennifer Jones, who also won the award for Best Actress for her role as Saint Bernadette. The movie is based on the novel, which according to Ignatius Press, "tells the true story surrounding the miraculous visions of St. Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, France in 1858. Werfel, a highly respected anti-Nazi writer from Vienna, became a Jewish refugee who barely escaped death in 1940, and wrote this moving story to fulfill a promise he made to God. While...
  • Mayor Declares Chicago Crime-Free Zone, Criminals Disperse

    01/07/2018 10:12:35 AM PST · by Parody · 6 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | January 4, 2018 | Babylon Bee
    CHICAGO, IL—Immediately upon Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent declaration of the entire city of Chicago as an official “crime-free zone,” every criminal in the city suddenly and miraculously left the urban area, according to a statement released by the city council. “We declare every part of the city of Chicago a crime-free zone,” Emanuel announced in a Thursday appearance on CBS This Morning. “It is now physically impossible for any crime to be committed in our great city, because we declared it a zone of peace and harmony and criminals have no choice but to abide by our new rule.” Emanuel...
  • Wife Gets Divorce From Man Who Loved Her More Than His Mother

    01/06/2018 7:10:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 1/1 | Ali Al-Rubaie
    A 29-year-old Saudi man was in for the shock of his life when his wife, whom he loved so much, approached the court for a divorce. The estranged husband did not know why his wife would want divorce from him even though he did everything possible for her, but she was adamant in her demand. She admitted that her husband had never denied anything to her but she insisted on leaving him because he preferred her over his own mother. "I can never trust a man who does everything for his wife while he denies even a small favor to...
  • SAS headscarves policy 'not discriminatory': ombudsman

    01/06/2018 9:59:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 5 January 2018 12:11 CET+01:00 | Lee Roden
    A uniform policy by Scandinavian airline SAS banning staff who deal directly with customers from wearing religious symbols like headscarves does not breach anti-discrimination laws, Sweden’s Discrimination Ombudsman (DO) has judged. The policy first made headlines in April 2017, when a woman who had gone through the interview process for a job with the company was told she would not be allowed to wear a headscarf if she took the position. Aye Alhassani told The Local at the time that she thought it would have been better if the company told her about the policy at the start of the...
  • ‘Wizard’ Caught Turning Dead Neighbour Into Goblin

    01/05/2018 11:56:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    A VILLAGER was caught red-handed on top of his neighbour’s grave carrying a clay pot attempting to make the late his goblin. Albert Ncube was caught by his late neighbour’s son Thando Luphahla on top of the grave on Monday morning. The revelations are that Luphahla initially had a problem with his left leg and he went to seek help from a prophet known as Madzibaba Mutize who told him that there were people using his late father’s powers hence his sickness. A desperate Luphahla then decided to appease his father’s spirit by visiting his final resting place. That is...
  • Fine Art of The Adoration of the Magi, set to St Paul's Choir School's "O Magnum Mysterium."

    01/04/2018 10:52:04 AM PST · by mairdie · 11 replies
    I've been working on creating a set of fine arts videos, and this topic seemed appropriate for Twelfth Night. The song is the same arrangement we sang in high school, so good memories.