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  • Left Unity's John Tummon and Leftist Support for Jihad

    11/22/2014 7:37:55 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 22 November 2014 | Paul Austin Murphy
    Like Marxism, Islam offers “totalist” (to use a word from post-structuralism) solutions to.... well, all problems. And Leftists, like most Muslims, like that. Many Leftists also deem Islam to be intrinsically anti-capitalist; as well as being (conveniently for them) anti-Western. So it's not a surprise either that John Tummon (of Left Unity) has also gone way beyond defending Muslims to now embracing all sorts of Islamic ideas and causes; including the Caliphate, the Islamic State (IS), the Ottoman Empire, the Ummah, sharia law, Islamic legal traditions and so on, although he stops short of actually quoting from the Koran or...
  • Planned Parenthood Letter: Abortion Won’t Threaten Your Relationship With God

    11/21/2014 12:54:19 PM PST · by Morgana · 26 replies
    life news ^ | 11/21/14 | Steven Ertelt
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business has frequently employed a clergy council to attempt to justify abortion to Christians and the religious community. In June, LifeNews exposed how the abortion giant issued a pastoral letter claiming the Bible justifies abortions. Planned Parenthood issued a “pastoral letter” through one of its political lobbying arms—the Planned Parenthood Clergy Advocacy Board—saying that “many people wrongly assume that all religious leaders disapprove of abortion,” that “abortion is not even mentioned in the Scriptures,” that “there are clergy…from all religions who support women making this complex decision,” and that Planned Parenthood “will refer you to someone...
  • Turkey to Teach Muslim Discovery of America in Schools

    11/21/2014 8:56:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 11/21/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The USSR claimed to have invented absolutely everything. Soviet children were taught that everything from the locomotive to the airplane had been invented in Russia. Muslims can’t seem to stop jumping headlong into the same xenophobic delusional propaganda. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit back at ridicule of his claim that Islamic explorers discovered the Americas three centuries before Columbus, accusing his Muslim critics of lacking “self-confidence”.In an aggressive rebuttal of the criticism heaped in some quarters on his comments, Erdogan also suggested that the purported “discovery” of the Americas by Muslims should be taught in schools.“A big...
  • UNFPA: Children Have Right to Sex, Drugs, Abortion to Reduce Population

    11/20/2014 5:33:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    life news ^ | 11/20/14 | Rebecca Oas, Ph.D
    New York, NY (CFAM) — There are more young people in the world now than ever before. According to the United Nations Population Fund’s latest report, this represents an unprecedented opportunity for progress, but only if future generations are smaller. UNFPA’s prescription to ensure a “demographic dividend” includes freely available abortion for adolescents, removing age of consent, drug and prostitution laws, and reduced parental involvement in the sexual formation of their children. “[Y]oung people require a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services, including . . . safe abortion care,” says the 2014 State of World Population, released Tuesday....
  • Billy Graham is Not Gay.

    11/20/2014 3:46:26 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 40 replies
    11/20/2014 | Responsibility2nd
    Despite all the rumors on these two threads, (Which were mostly spread by me) let it be known that Billy Grahm is NOT GAY.Billy Gilman Reveals He's Gay  Country star Ty Herndon comes out as gay  
  • Billy Gilman Reveals He's Gay

    11/20/2014 2:46:39 PM PST · by napscoordinator · 123 replies
    Country News ^ | 20 November 2014 | Unknown
    [2 Billy Gilman Reveals He’s Gay By Billy Dukes 34 minutes ago Hours after one country artist revealed he is gay, another followed. Billy Gilman followed. On Thursday afternoon, he took to YouTube to reveal he is gay.
  • Remembering Arthur Balfour, Friend of Science and Friendly Opponent to Atheist Bertrand Russell

    11/20/2014 12:31:46 PM PST · by Heartlander · 1 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | November 20, 2014 | Mike Keas
    Remembering Arthur Balfour, Friend of Science and Friendly Opponent to Atheist Bertrand Russell Mike Keas November 20, 2014 11:28 AM | Permalink This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War I -- and this past week provided a terrible reminder that conflicts stirred by the war remain with us. In Israel, a pair of Palestinian Muslims turned a Jerusalem synagogue at morning prayers into a bloodbath, a reminder to Israelis (as if one were needed) of their vulnerability to terrorists fanatically opposed to the existence of the state. Observers with a long memory may have recalled...
  • Prayer Request

    11/20/2014 9:51:30 AM PST · by goodwithagun · 23 replies
    The grandson of a friend and colleague has been put on life support. He is two, and was found stiff with a fever during the night. Life flight took him to the hospital. He was in a medical coma and was going to have a spinal tap. The latest word is life support, though. I honestly don't know how this family can deal with more tragedy.
  • Haunting screams caught on camera as EXORCISM performed on woman in Czech Republic church

    11/19/2014 1:57:42 PM PST · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | november 18, 2014
    An exorcism caught on camera, filmed through the keyhole of a church in the Czech Republic, is a genuine act, church officials confirmed. The film shows a woman said to be possessed by the devil is heard screaming as a religious 'cleansing ritual' is performed. The exorcism, carried out in a Roman Catholic Church in Vranov nad Dyji, southern Czech Republic, was secretly filmed and posted on YouTube. Daniel Trochta told local media how he sneaked up to the door after hearing the screaming to film the secret process through a keyhole of the church. He then posted the almost...
  • Jungle Justice Meted Out To Man Plotting To Bomb Bus Station.

    11/19/2014 9:25:29 AM PST · by ThinkingBuddha · 27 replies
    http://saharareporters.com ^ | Nov 18, 2014 | SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORK
    A man reportedly trying to plant explosives at the headquarters of state-run Gombe transport line was doused with gasoline set on fire after an angry mob piled used tires on him....
  • Socialist Jack*ss OWNED in Rebuttal Video! (Russell Brand)

    11/18/2014 5:01:29 PM PST · by StevenCrowder · 33 replies
    www.LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 11/18/14 | Steven Crowder
    Russell Brand is one of Hollywood's favorite self-avowed liberal socialists. In this video, I wade through his asinine arguments so that YOU don't have to. He gonna be maaaaad. :)
  • Racist Abortion Supporter: “I Hope They Kill All the White Babies”(barf alert)

    11/18/2014 3:22:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    life news ^ | 11/18/14 | Carole Novielli
    A video uploaded a month ago shows a black abortion supporter threatening pro-lifers outside an abortion clinic with her water gun, using expletives, racist rants, and displaying her hatred toward Christianity. Her vicious and hateful attack was not only caught on camera but was uploaded under the video title, “Best way to deal with pro-lifers.” Now, I understand that this is a water gun- but- why is it that a video called “the best way to deal with pro-lifers” which involves the use of any gun- is not being denounced by the pro-choice and reproductive rights community? In the video,...
  • Prayer Request

    11/18/2014 1:07:14 PM PST · by alphadoggie · 77 replies
    Hi all - Hope I'm posting this in the right place, but could I ask for some Freeper prayers? I'm scheduled to have a colon resection tomorrow due to diverticulitis. Never had surgery before -- and allergic to a lot of things -- so I'm scared out of my wits. Would very much appreciate some good Freeper prayers. Thanks in advance, and thanks so much.
  • Right-to-die advocate’s mom blasts Vatican remarks

    11/18/2014 10:51:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2014 1:36 PM EST
    Brittany Maynard’s mother is responding angrily to the Vatican's criticism of Maynard’s decision to end her life early under an Oregon law written to let terminally ill patients die on their own terms. […] Maynard’s mother, Debbie Ziegler, issued a sharp written response Tuesday. She says the Vatican official’s comments came as the family was grieving and were “more than a slap in the face.” …
  • 'Science shattered': Hand of God suddenly revealed?

    'Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong' In the late 1800s, Albert A. Michelson, the first American to win the Nobel Prize in the sciences, devised an experiment to prove the Earth is moving through space, through a medium for bearing light called the “aether.” If he could show that light was slowed down by being fired into an aether headwind, like a swimmer swimming against a stream, Michelson reasoned, it would prove the Earth’s motion through space. But the experiment didn’t work the way he expected. In fact, it proved the opposite. The world of science...
  • Spike Psarris on the Big Bang on RSR

    11/18/2014 2:31:58 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    Real Science Radio ^ | Nov 14, 2014 | Bob Enyart, Spike Psarris
    Real Science Radio host Bob Enyart interviews astronomy video producer Spike Psarris on the big problems with the big bang.
  • The Islam ISIS Lie

    We are all driven by our belief systems. For instance, we know Christianity can and has propelled simple men to great heights of honor and integrity in the never ending struggle against evil. I offer America as an example. ISIS fighters have a belief system too, to which they devote their lives - Islam The one answer Obama and all other apologist will never be able to answer truthfully is this. What passage in the Koran contradicts the actions of ISIS? Tell me that MF'rs!!
  • ‘Philly Jesus’ arrested in Philadelphia as supporters launch Twitter campaign

    11/16/2014 6:51:54 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 8 replies
    DailyMail online ^ | 15 nov 2014 | Joel Christie
    Street performer Michael Grant - AKA Philly Jesus - was arrested Friday in Philadelphia's LOVE Park... He was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to disperse after refusing a cop's order to leave the park... Grant says he had every right to stay in the park and does not solicit money... Hundreds of online supports have started a #FreePhillyJesus to have Grant's charges dropped...
  • Robin of Berkeley Returns!

    11/13/2014 4:10:22 PM PST · by crusher · 15 replies
    self ^ | 11/13/14 | crusher
    I was recently delighted to note the return of the incomparable Robin of Berkeley to the ranks of the blogosphere. Her insights are among the most thoughtful and revealing I have encountered on the web, and I am overjoyed at her return from a self imposed exile of almost two years, during which she posted only about a half dozen missives. In the past few weeks she has penned another half dozen, and I am profoundly hopeful that her output continues and increases. She is a recovering atheist leftist psychotherapist whose skewering of the insanity that is the Left is...
  • Please pray for Mrs. FD 2003 -- unexpected surgery tonight

    11/12/2014 7:01:43 PM PST · by freedumb2003 · 203 replies
    Me | 11/12/2014 | Me
    My wife had a terrible gastric attack today. She went to the ER and the attending physician said that her small intestine wall should be 1/8" is more than an inch thick! I know I am not the most popular guy on this board and I have made many very unhappy. But for this moment, can you please put aside that and pray for my wife? I 100% assure you that everyone who ever met her made it clear I married up and even my family loves her more than I. With good reason/ She is the sort of person...
  • The Waning Strength and Influence of American Jewry – Including Orthodoxy

    11/12/2014 4:31:29 PM PST · by hlmencken3 · 15 replies
    Cross-Currents ^ | October 1st, 2014 | Avrohom Gordimer
    The 'Pew Research Religion & Public Life Project: A Portrait of Jewish Americans' created shockwaves, as the shrinkage of (non-Orthodox) American Jewry and its impact and role were ominously documented and further forecast. Far fewer Jews, far less support for the State of Israel, far less religious affiliation and practice, and an overall disappearing American Jewish public presence are starkly indicated and are already occurring. Unless non-Orthodox Jewry returns to its traditional posture and makes a radical, sweeping commitment to intra-marriage and fortification of Jewish identity, its termination as a major religious-ethnic group is almost certain. This would obviously not...
  • Vanity - Have people of all religious faiths had near-death experiences?

    11/12/2014 7:44:39 AM PST · by southernmann · 29 replies
    After reading about the lady in Florida that was dead for 45min, I was wondering about near-death experiences. There have been a lot of these experiences written about here in our country, but I was wondering if anyone has info on near-death experiences in other countries. Specifically, is there anything recorded about those individuals that are not Christian and have experienced near-death?
  • Let primary teachers wear the veil in the classroom, says former Archbishop of Canterbury (UK)

    11/10/2014 8:16:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:09 EST, 10 November 2014 | Francesca Infante
    Primary school teachers should be allowed to wear Muslim veils in the classroom, according to the former Archbishop of Canterbury. Rowan Williams claims that there is no reason to “panic” over the use of the niqab and that even young children do not necessarily need to be able to see their teacher’s face. Speaking in an interview for the Christian think-tank Theos, he argued that there fears over how such a practice might affect children’s learning were “misplaced.” […] His comments are set to reignite the row over the role of the controversial full-face veil in public life which have...
  • 'God bless you' cited in firing of Derry election worker

    11/10/2014 9:32:11 AM PST · by Boston Blackie · 13 replies
    Union Leader .com ^ | HUNTER McGEE
    Ruth Provencal was terminated last month for saying “God bless you” to voters and other forms of “electioneering,” Renee Routhier, chairman of Derry’s Supervisors of the Checklist, said Saturday.“We have to be politically correct at the polls; I can’t allow certain things to go on because it falls under electioneering,” Routhier said.
  • The World's Most Persecuted Minority: Christians (video)(Prager University)

    11/10/2014 7:19:36 AM PST · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    You Tube.com ^ | 11-10-2014 | Prager University
    The most persecuted and victimized people in the world today are Christians in the Middle East. The perpetrators of the widespread destruction of that region's Christian community? Islamists. Middle East expert Raymond Ibrahim lays out the grim details.
  • Pastor: I’d go to jail before funding abortion

    11/09/2014 4:57:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    live action ^ | Nov 9, 2014 | Becky Yeh
    On a Sunday morning, congregants fill the campus of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, a non-denominational evangelical church located in the heart of Southern California. Since the church’s inception, Senior Pastor Jack Hibbs – a strong pro-life proponent – has encouraged his congregation to uphold religious values and fundamental liberties in the public square. Now, the church is opposing a California mandate egregiously imposed on religious institutions across the Golden State. The congregation is challenging a decision by the California Department of Managed Healthcare that forces all employers, including churches, to provide coverage for elective abortions in all health insurance plans....
  • Myanmar Policy’s Message to Muslims: Get Out

    11/08/2014 11:59:54 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/06/2014 | JANE PERLEZ
    SITTWE, Myanmar — The Myanmar government has given the estimated one million Rohingya people in this coastal region of the country a dispiriting choice: Prove your family has lived here for more than 60 years and qualify for second-class citizenship, or be placed in camps and face deportation. The policy, accompanied by a wave of decrees and legislation, has made life for the Rohingya, a long-persecuted Muslim minority, ever more desperate, spurring the biggest flow of Rohingya refugees since a major exodus two years ago. The crisis has become an embarrassment to the White House ahead of a scheduled visit...
  • Robert Jeffress on the Implosion of America

    11/07/2014 5:55:01 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 18 replies
    lamblion.com ^ | Robert Jeffries
    Robert Jeffress on the Implosion of America.
  • Amendment would Constitutionally Protect Alabama from Foreign & Sharia law

    11/07/2014 5:03:56 AM PST · by wtd · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/5/2014 | Act for America
    Amendment would Constitutionally Protect Alabama from Foreign lawHundreds of court cases in the US have used Sharia Law in their judgements. This election day, voters in Alabama will have the chance to approve a constitutional amendment that protects the freedoms of the people of Alabama and even foreigners residing there by prohibiting the application of foreign law in Alabama courts. Act for America
  • The Evolutionary Psychologist Knows Why You Vote -- and Shop, and Tip at Restaurants

    11/05/2014 6:44:14 AM PST · by Heartlander · 10 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | November 5, 2014 | Denyse O'Leary
    Post-Election Special: The Evolutionary Psychologist Knows Why You Vote -- and Shop, and Tip at Restaurants Denyse O'Leary November 5, 2014 3:32 AM | Permalink Ever since Darwin's The Descent of Man, in which he proposed the theory of sexual selection (how some are selected to pass on their traits), his followers have extended his thoughts to encompass just about all aspects of human nature. First there was social Darwinism, which fell into disfavor after World War II because its theories justified colonialism, exploitation of labor, and eugenics. These policies were developed much earlier and for reasons unrelated to Darwinian theory, but the...
  • New York City Ax Attacker Had Jihadi 'Manifesto' on Computer

    11/05/2014 5:01:29 AM PST · by wtd · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/4/2014 | Jordon Schachtel
    New York City Ax Attacker Had Jihadi 'Manifesto' on ComputerZale Thompson, the convert to Islam who attempted to kill two NYPD officers with his ax, had been visiting hundreds of websites belonging to jihadists loyal to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS) over past months. Thompson had reportedly become fascinated with the terrorists' tactics, such as beheadings and violent acts of jihad, before his own violent act in late October. A police source told ABC News that Thompson had become obsessed with Islamic ideology. “As of last Thursday, detectives had found 277 sites he visited within the last nine months...
  • star Lea DeLaria unleashes an expletive-filled rant at a Bible preacher.....

    11/04/2014 2:50:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 62 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 4 November 2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    FULL TITLE: Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria unleashes an expletive-filled rant at a Bible preacher on the subway in New York Orange Is The New Black actress Lea DeLaria unleashed an expletive-filled rant at a Bible preacher on a New York subway train on Tuesday morning. The outburst was captured by fellow commuters on the train who filmed the 56-year-old actress - who plays Big Boo on the Netflix prison comedy - tell a man he has 'no right' to preach about the Bible on the public train. DeLaria - who is wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with...
  • What different religions say about aliens: A brief guide

    11/04/2014 8:38:50 AM PST · by EveningStar · 67 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 26, 2014 | Chris Wright / David Weintraub
    Religions have surprisingly diverse approaches to the issue of possible extraterrestrial life, David Weintraub found. Below, a quick survey adapted from his book "Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It?" and interviews with the author.
  • Why Did Hundreds of Common Core Implementers Meet in Dubai?

    11/02/2014 3:07:05 PM PST · by wtd · 50 replies
    Creeping Shariah ^ | November 2, 2014 | Creeping Shariah
    A concerned Williamson County [Tenn.] parent stumbled upon < a href="http://www.menacommoncore.com">this, “On October 24 and 25, hundreds of schools, leadership teams, and teachers from across the region will gather in Dubai, to learn about the Common Core State Standards, share curricula and best practices, and network with each other.” "If Common Core is local and state-led why are they holding Common Core conferences in the Middle East including more than 20 other nations? If Williamson Strong is local and parent-led why is their logo included among the international organizations sponsoring this event?” asks Julie West. And, what is MENA? Middle...
  • An Attack on Love

    An Attack on Love By SONIA FALEIRO OCT. 31, 2014 MUMBAI, India — IN 1975, Sita Iyer was a 19-year-old college junior with a secret she was desperate to keep from her conservative, middle-class parents. Ms. Iyer, a Hindu, was in love with a Muslim. To avoid detection, she would meet her boyfriend, a dashing 23-year-old business student named Ayub Khan, in downtown Bombay, where she was sure no one would know her. It was not quite 30 years after the Partition of India, a blood-soaked event that killed some one million people. India’s Muslims had been steadily ghettoized. When...
  • Alien Invasion: A Biologist Reflects on a Mother's Love for Her Child

    10/31/2014 12:45:59 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 9 replies
    Evolution News & Views ^ | October 31, 2014 | Michael Egnor
    Alien Invasion: A Biologist Reflects on a Mother's Love for Her Child Michael Egnor October 31, 2014 4:39 AM | Permalink Biologist P.Z. Myers, in his post "A logical thought experiment about abortion," quotes a tweet by fellow Darwinist Richard Dawkins: Blogger said woman's rights over own body extend to abortion even if fetus conscious & writing poetry in womb. I profoundly disagree. 1/2— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) August 23, 2014 Who, pray tell, could say something so callous that it offends Richard Dawkins? Myers: The "blogger" happens to be me, and here's what I said in full: We can make...
  • Sweden: Police point out 55 Muslim-dominated areas where “criminals” have taken control of the area

    10/31/2014 4:49:51 AM PDT · by wtd · 60 replies
    JihadWatch.org ^ | October 29, 2014 | Nicolai Sennels
    With well over 100,000 more Muslims arriving every year, Sweden is changing rapidly. There is no chance that the country can integrate so many Islamic refugees and immigrants, and as a consequence, they create their own settlements with their own values.
  • 'Religious zealot' Christian student 'decapitated 19-year-old friend because he thought he

    10/30/2014 5:31:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 91 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 30 October 2014 | Pedro Oliveira Jr. for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: 'Religious zealot' Christian student 'decapitated 19-year-old friend because he thought he practiced witchcraft' A deeply Christian college student in Oklahoma allegedly nearly decapitated the son of a state trooper with a sword because the victim practiced witchcraft, police say. Isaiah Marin of Stillwater was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the attack that killed 19-year-old Jacob Andrew Crockett a day earlier. The two had been playing cards with a third pal, Marin's brother, when Marin removed the 'large black sword' from its sheath and began swinging it around, court records obtained by MailOnline show. Scroll down for video
  • Scary Mormon Halloween Costumes, Ranked [The OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/30/2014 9:47:14 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 33 replies
    ByCommonConsent.com ^ | Oct. 29, 2014 | Scott B.
    It’s Halloween week (though perhaps you already celebrated with a ToT), so Steve and I figured that it would only be appropriate to have a super-spooky ranking! This is some scary stuff! As always, these rankings are authoritative. 10. Cain/Bigfoot 9. BYU Honor Code Office Representative 8. Post-Manifesto Polygamist 7. Intellectual Feminist 6. Single Man Over 27 5. The Bible Dictionary 4. Non-intellectual Feminist 3. Steve Evans 2. Idolatrous God of Elkenah 1. Missionary who served, came home, and then got called back 4 years later like in that nightmare I have every 6 weeks
  • Zombies: The Specter of Materialism [The Mormon OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/30/2014 5:30:37 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    JournalsOfAMormonMystic.com ^ | Aug. 19, 2013 | Christian Swenson
    I have recently had the pleasure of playing Telltale Games' interactive masterpiece The Walking Dead (I'm not done yet, so refrain from spoiling it for me). And one thing that continues to astonish me about pieces of media such as this is how much our culture is fixated on the idea of a flesh-eating animated corpse. From World War Z to Zombieland to Warm Bodies, our society obviously finds something intensely fascinating about zombies, to the point where it is perhaps the most identifiable facet of today's mass media. But why? Why do zombies, of all things, capture our imagination...
  • Pope solemnly defines evolution as article of the faith (Note: this is satire)

    10/29/2014 3:23:51 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 20 replies
    Self | 10/29/'14 | Zionist Conspirator
    For only the second time in history since it was formally defined, Pope Francis has invoked papal infallibility in order to restate the Catholic Church's two most ancient, unchanging, and distinctive doctrines: evolution and a non-literal interpretation of Genesis (which was totally written by stone age savages, by the way). Invoking the apparations of Our Lady Queen of Higher Criticism, the Pope stated: While the ordinary magisterium from the very day of the Church's founding 1,981 years ago this past April has been most clear and constant, nevertheless we are most grieved at the dissemination of the "Errors of Alabama,"...
  • Vicar outraged by rapping baby baptism commercial

    10/29/2014 10:32:25 AM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 1 replies
    Odd_News ^ | Oct. 28, 2014 | Ben Hooper
    STAVANGER, Norway, - A Norwegian vicar says a commercial featuring a flatulent baby rapping about being baptized is "one of the worst" representations of the ritual. The commercial, created by Norwegian religious group Baptism Aid, is shown in cinemas in the Rogaland area and stars a baby with a full set of adult teeth that passes gas and raps about baptism using special effects. The producers said the commercial is meant to "show the richness and blessing of baptism." However, Helge Helgesen, a vicar at the Tjensvoll church in Stavanger, said he wants the advertisement banned. "This is, to say...
  • Brittany Maynard's Lethal Prescription

    10/29/2014 10:11:15 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 16 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | October 29, 2014 | Michael Egnor
    Brittany Maynard's Lethal Prescription Michael Egnor October 29, 2014 9:34 AM | Permalink As you may know, Brittany Maynard is a 29-year-old woman diagnosed with a malignant incurable brain tumor. She has moved to Oregon, and plans to commit suicide this Saturday, November 1, under Oregon's physician-assisted suicide law. She plans to take an overdose of medication prescribed legally by a physician. Ms. Maynard's plight is a terrible one, and we in the medical community should (and do) work very hard to ease her suffering, even if we cannot cure her disease. But physician-assisted suicide is the wrong thing to...
  • Sure, Atheism Is a Religion, to which Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos Seek Converts

    10/29/2014 5:35:22 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 24 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | October 28, 2014 | David Klinghoffer
    Sure, Atheism Is a Religion, to which Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos Seek Converts David Klinghoffer October 28, 2014 1:46 PM | Permalink Some Twitter correspondents objected to my comment, in connection with our new book The Unofficial Guide to Cosmos, that "Cosmos is not appropriate for public schools, where you're not supposed to advocate any religion, including atheism." But of course Tyson-style atheism counts as a religion. As I'm hardly the first to say, it has almost all the trimmings that religions commonly do: An account of origins (panspermia and Darwinian evolution), a philosophical commitment to a certain way...
  • 4000-Year-Old Phaistos Disk Decoded

    10/29/2014 3:28:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 42 replies
    Clapaway ^ | October 28, 2014
    4000-Year-Old Phaistos Disk Decoded October 28, 2014 Scientists have been trying to decipher the mysterious “Phaistos Disk” markings ever since the clay disk from the Second Millenium B.C. was first discovered in 1908 on the Greek island of Crete. And it seems like they’ve finally cracked the code. At 4,000 years old, the relic dates back to the Minoan civilization and features an inscription that boasts a mysterious language, with symbols on both sides in a spiral configuration, which can be read inward from the outside rim. Researchers have been studying the puzzling artifact since its discovery, and now Dr....
  • Mormon Church Admits Founder Joseph Smith ... Married a 14-year-old (Truncated Title)

    10/25/2014 11:04:54 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 107 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 26, 2014 06:55 GMT | Kieran Corcoran (AP)
    The Mormon church has admitted that its founder was a polygamist who married a 14-year-old girl, breaking a lengthy silence about its history. Joseph Smith, who wrote the Book of Mormon and established the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is thought to have married as many as 50 women, but for years the senior church officials did not address the subject. But this week the organization acknowledged that the practice took place, and named Helen Mar Kimball, 'who was sealed to Joseph several months before her 15th birthday.' Estimates have placed the total number of Smith's wives between...
  • South Side Chicago Church Burglarized After Pastor Supports Republicans (Video)

    10/25/2014 8:48:21 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    abc 7 ^ | 10-25-2014
    A break-in and burglary at the South Side church of Pastor Corey Brooks, who also says he has been receiving death threats as a result of his support for the Republican Bruce Rauner in Illinois' race for governor. Pastor Brooks has taken on gangs in his Woodlawn neighborhood, camping on the roof of an abandoned motel across the street from his church for nearly three months until he could raise money to tear it down. But he says he has never faced death threats until now, when he's publicly supporting Governor Pat Quinn's Republican opponent. Pastor Brooks says first came...
  • Woman:“If there was a pro-life counselor outside of Planned Parenthood that day,I would not have had

    10/25/2014 6:06:05 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Live Action ^ | Oct 24, 2014 | Cassy Fiano
    FULL TITLE: Woman: “If there was a pro-life counselor outside of Planned Parenthood that day, I would not have had an abortion” Misti was raised a devout Christian. The daughter of a pastor and the granddaughter of missionaries, she grew up going to church. “In high school, I was really involved in church,” she said. “Right from there, I went to bible college in Canada for two years.” But after returning home from bible college, she realized that things weren’t the same. “I started feeling like a visitor in my own church,” Misti explained. She was working at Disneyland, and...
  • New Book Discusses Scientific and Theological Problems with Darwinian Evolution

    10/24/2014 12:55:45 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 11 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | October 22, 2014 | Casey Luskin
    New Book Discusses Scientific and Theological Problems with Darwinian Evolution Casey Luskin October 22, 2014 4:22 PM | Permalink A new book, More Than Myth?, features contributions from various pro-ID authors discussing the scientific and theological problems with Darwinian evolution. The editors include Paul Brown, a professor of chemistry, biology, and environmental studies at the evangelical university Trinity Western, and Robert Stackpole, a Catholic theologian. Their vision for the book was to show that both Catholics and Protestants can agree that there is scientific and theological evidence showing that intelligent design -- rather than Darwinian evolution -- is the best...
  • Reza Aslan is Wrong About Islam and This is Why

    10/24/2014 11:22:44 AM PDT · by Bogey78O · 4 replies
    Patheos ^ | 10/5/2014 | Muhammad Syed and Sarah Haider
    Although we have become accustomed to the agenda-driven narrative from Aslan, we were blown away by how his undeniably appealing but patently misleading arguments were cheered on by many, with the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple going so far as to advise show producers not to put a show-host against Aslan “unless your people are schooled in religion, politics and geopolitics of the Muslim world.” ... Nearly everything Aslan stated during his segment was either wrong, or technically-correct-but-actually-wrong. We will explain by going through each of his statements in the hopes that Aslan was just misinformed (although it’s hard for us...