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  • Sick and Tired of ‘God Bless America’

    02/08/2016 8:20:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/08/2016 | Susan Jacoby
    THE population of nonreligious Americans -- including atheists, agnostics and those who call themselves "nothing in particular" -- stands at an all-time high this election year. Americans who say religion is not important in their lives and who do not belong to a religious group, according to Pew Research Center, have risen in numbers from an estimated 21 million in 2008 to more than 36 million now. Despite the extraordinary swiftness and magnitude of this shift, our political campaigns are still conducted as if all potential voters were among the faithful. The presumption is that candidates have everything to gain...
  • Professor at Christian college who wore hijab in 'solidarity' with Muslims leaves school

    02/07/2016 7:23:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/07/2016 | Rick Moran
    A political science professor from Wheaton College, a small Christian school outside of Chicago, who wore a hijab to proclaim her "solidarity" with Muslims, has "found a mutual place of resolution and reconciliation" with the school and the two will part ways. Larycia Hawkins also said that her gesture was an acknowledgment that Muslims and Christians worship the same god. After recommending that she be fired, the college's Provost withdrew his request and turned the matter over to the college president who reached the confidential agreement with Hawkins that has led to her leaving the school without being fired. CLTV:...
  • Gallup: New Hampshire Now Least Religious State in U.S.

    02/06/2016 8:11:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Gallup ^ | 02/06/2016 | Frank Newport
    New Hampshire is the least religious state in the U.S., edging out Vermont in Gallup's 2015 state-by-state analysis. Mississippi has extended its eight-year streak as the most religious state, followed closely by neighboring Alabama. These state-by-state results are based on over 174,000 interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking in 2015, including more than 480 interviews in every state and more than 1,000 interviews in most states. Complete results and sample sizes are shown at the end of the article. Gallup classifies Americans into three religious groups based on their responses to a question measuring religious service attendance and...
  • Ted Cruz and the Body of Christ

    02/05/2016 6:31:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2016 | David Limbaugh
    There is a misplaced fear -- shared, I'm sad to say, by many on the right -- that Christian conservatives are zealots, theocrats and all-around bogeymen. Ever since the advent of the moral majority during the Reagan years, establishment Republicans have been leery and sometimes contemptuous of them. They resent having to deal with this block of "crazies," who always muck up the right-wing coalition with their annoying Jesus talk and their injection of social issues into the mix. If they'd just quit talking about abortion and same-sex marriage we could take this country by storm. Instead we hand the...
  • Obama's Mosque Speech Was A Dangerous Fantasy

    02/04/2016 12:46:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 4, 2016 | David Harsanyi
    Many of the president's ideas about 'tolerance' are antithetical to the American experience, not something to celebrate.For eight years now, the president has reprimanded the American people for their attitudes about Islam. And Barack Obama's big speech to the Islamic Society of Baltimore -- granted, filled with many harmless platitudes -- was no different, leaving little room for any honest dialogue about ideology or faith. Many of the president's ideas about "tolerance," in fact, are antithetical to the American experience, not something to celebrate. Acceptance of outsiders is an American virtue, yes. Do we have to embrace all ideas, as...
  • I Know Why the Government Went after Pro-Life Investigative Journalists

    02/04/2016 6:17:21 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Last week, a Texas grand jury indicted activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt for allegedly using fake IDs and attempting to buy fetal tissue. Both of the Center for Medical Progress, the pair concealed their identities while attempting to frame/highlight the willingness of Planned Parenthood employees to sell fetal tissue... ....a breathtaking example of government hypocrisy. The situation facing CMP is evidence of the upside-down understanding of right and wrong in our culture..... ....why, as citizen journalists, Daleiden and Merritt are not protected by the same laws that have shielded countless of their fellow reporters down through the years. Undercover...
  • Why Donald Trump Threatens The Gospel

    02/03/2016 5:38:02 PM PST · by Linda Frances · 78 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | January 27, 2016 | Mark Galli
    This is a fact: from Trump owning of strip clubs to his bragging about sleeping around to his Nietzsche-esque notions of power. Moore believes that a leaders moral behavior will affect his leadership, so he argues that no Christian should support a candidate like Trump. This will not convince all Christians, but at least it’s an argument grounded in the fact of Trumps moral behavior.
  • GLADYS AYLWARD Small Woman, Big Heart, Great Faith (and brought Ingrid Bergman to Christ)

    02/02/2016 3:29:01 PM PST · by robowombat · 17 replies
    Intervarsity Christian Fellowship ^ | November 18, 2007 | Jack Voelkel
    November 18, 2007 By Jack Voelkel GLADYS AYLWARD Small Woman, Big Heart, Great Faith The half-starved Chinese prisoners in Yangcheng were rioting. In the center was a man with a large bloody kitchen meat cleaver. All were shouting. Several men had already collapsed on the ground, mortally wounded. The warden called to A-Weh-Deh, “Go in and stop them!” The woman known to foreigners by her English name, Gladys Aylward, stood trembling at the entrance. “Why me?” she gasped. The warden challenged, “You tell us your God is all powerful. Is He or is He not?” “He is,” she declared, seeking...
  • Faith and the 2016 Campaign

    02/01/2016 1:57:16 PM PST · by justlittleoleme · 12 replies
    PewForum ^ | January 27, 2016
    The conventional wisdom in American politics has long been that someone who is not religious cannot be elected president of the United States. Most Americans have consistently said that it is important to them that the president have strong religious beliefs. And a new Pew Research Center survey finds that being an atheist remains one of the biggest liabilities that a presidential candidate can have; fully half of American adults say they would be less likely to vote for a hypothetical presidential candidate who does not believe in God, while just 6% say they would be more likely to vote...
  • Myth Busted: 'Separation of Church and State'

    01/31/2016 9:09:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2016 | Matt Barber
    The American church has a problem. It's one part fear, one part confusion and one part apathy. Pastors, priests and rabbis have long swallowed the false notion that all things religious and all things political are somehow mutually exclusive - that never the twain shall meet. Leading up to Ronald Reagan's landslide presidential victory in 1980, Rev. Jerry Falwell, the founder of Liberty University, captured the crux of the church's apathy problem. "I'm being accused of being controversial and political," he said. "I'm not political. But moral issues that become political, I still fight. It isn't my fault that...
  • Hitler Declared He Wanted to Free Humanity From "Conscience and Morality"

    01/30/2016 8:36:11 AM PST · by pinochet · 28 replies
    There was a time when evil people were honest about their agenda. This site has an amazing Hitler quote: http://www.simpletoremember.com/articles/a/hitler-quotes/ Here it is: "Providence has ordained that I should be the greatest liberator of humanity. I am freeing man from the restraints of an intelligence that has taken charge, from the dirty and degrading self-mortification of a false vision called conscience and morality"
  • Finding Religion and God in the Presidential Caucuses and Party Primaries

    01/29/2016 11:25:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2016 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- The presidential candidates have been talking about God lately, which is understandable because most of them haven't a prayer of being elected. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who was raised in the Jewish faith and rarely discusses his religious views, was compelled to talk about it this week as he campaigned in Iowa -- a state heavily populated by evangelical voters who will pick the winner of next week's nominating caucuses. The Vermont Democrat, who went to Hebrew school in his youth and was bar-mitzvahed, is drawing big crowds in the state, as he does everywhere he goes. But he's...
  • Breaking: Falwell of Liberty University Endorses Trump

    01/26/2016 8:49:28 AM PST · by xzins · 95 replies
    Just announced
  • Homosexuals can change

    01/23/2016 3:10:05 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 1/23/16 | CALEB KALTENBACH, DENNY BURK & HEATH LAMBERT
    Two books relate how grace and the power of the Holy Spirit can overcome same-sex attraction Caleb Kaltenbach's new book, Messy Grace (WaterBrook Press, 2015), has a tantalizing subtitle: How a Pastor With Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction. Kaltenbach states that "profound change is just as possible for a homosexual sin as it is for any other"-but it has to come through grace. Kaltenbach argues that Christians should emphasize a change of heart, and let that change then influence minds (and use of sex organs). It seems to me that churches should welcome but not affirm...
  • Even in less evangelical New Hampshire, Ted Cruz sticking to religion

    01/19/2016 5:43:23 AM PST · by Biggirl · 44 replies
    Dallasnews.com ^ | January 19, 2016 | Groomer Jeffers Jr.
    KEENE, N.H. — Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign for president has featured strong references to faith and Christianity, which he says will help restore the country to greatness.
  • Western Islamophobia: Who Are We Kidding?

    01/18/2016 2:25:28 PM PST · by CanaryBlog · 9 replies
    Canary in the Mine - Blog ^ | Jan 7th | The Canary
    The most socialist administration in decades is waging a war on "Islamophobia" while its relationship with Israel continues to deterioriate. Is "the Jew" the Obama administration's bogeyman in its crusade to wipe out any remnant of British Colonialism?
  • Evangelical leader blasts Falwell for hosting Trump

    01/18/2016 11:48:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 234 replies
    Politico | January 18, 2016 | Blake Hounshell
    One of the United States' most influential evangelical leaders blasted Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. on Monday for hosting Donald Trump to give a campaign speech. Russell Moore, who heads the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, let fly a series of tweets after Falwell gave a glowing introduction to Trump, calling him "one of the greatest visionaries of our time" and saying Trump "lives a life of helping others ... as Jesus taught in the New Testament." Moore appeared incredulous at Falwell's language, which was more effusive than he had...
  • Taking Down the Ropes of Segregation [Billy Graham & MLK Jr. Fought Democrat Party Bigotry]

    01/18/2016 11:27:54 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Martin Luther King Jr., Billy Graham and the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Ted Cruz’s Father: My Son “Anointed” To “Take Control of Society”..

    01/17/2016 8:34:01 PM PST · by abigkahuna · 370 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | January 17, 2016 | Sundance
    n a sermon last year at an Irving, Texas, megachurch that helped elect Ted Cruz to the United States Senate, Cruz’ father Rafael Cruz indicated that his son was among the evangelical Christians who are anointed as “kings” to take control of all sectors of society, an agenda commonly referred to as the “Seven Mountains” mandate, and “bring the spoils of war to the priests”, thus helping to bring about a prophesied “great transfer of wealth”, from the “wicked” to righteous gentile believers.
  • Community mourns local missionary killed in Burkina Faso attack [Muslims Murder Christian]

    01/16/2016 8:30:59 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    WSVN ^ | 1/16/16
    A South Florida church community is mourning the loss of a missionary who was one of 28 people killed in the terror attack at a hotel in West Africa, Friday. Mike Riddering and his wife Amy were sent from Hollywood Community Church to Burkina Faso. Amy confirmed his death on social media.
  • List of Americans who are Terrorists according to Government

    01/16/2016 5:30:00 PM PST · by OL Hickory · 22 replies
    the real strategy ^ | November 7, 2015 | Christopher Kemmett
    Below is a list of Americans who are terrorists according to the U.S. government. These exposed government documents reveal everyone in America who is considered to be an “extremists”, a “potential terrorists” and, or, a “terrorists” in official U.S. government documents. This is only a small portion of the ‘Official’ Terrorist Watch List. Are you on the terrorist watch list? Find out now.
  • One World Religion: Pope Francis Says All Major Religions Are 'Meeting God In Different Ways'

    01/15/2016 10:52:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    EAD ^ | 01/15/2016 | Michael Snyder
    A new video has just been released in which Pope Francis very clearly expresses his belief that all of the major religions are different paths to the same God. He says that while people from various global faiths may be “seeking God or meeting God in different ways” that it is important to keep in mind that “we are all children of God”. This is the most recent example that shows that the Pope has completely abandoned any notion that a relationship with God is available only through Jesus Christ. As he has done throughout his papacy, he continues to...
  • Commentary: How Ted Cruz supporters differ from Donald Trump fans

    01/14/2016 11:17:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The Chicago Tribune | January 14, 2016 | Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg View
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-ted-cruz-donald-trump-president-supporters-20160114-story.html
  • Cruz for President Announces Endorsement of Pastor Paul Blair

    01/14/2016 8:12:35 AM PST · by Isara · 22 replies
    Cruz News ^ | January 13, 2016
    Evangelical Influencer Supports Cruz for PresidentHOUSTON, Texas – Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today announced the endorsement of Paul Blair, President of Reclaiming America for Christ and the pastor of Fairview Baptist Church.Blair was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, and spent five years in the NFL. Since 2001, he has served as the Senior Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. Pastor Blair speaks around the United States on the topics of Christian apologetics, a biblical worldview, Islam, and the nation's Christian heritage. He is also a member of the Council for National Policy.Pastor Blair was named Oklahoma's Pastor of the...
  • Pope Francis Says All Major Religions Are Paths To Same God [Rev 13]

    01/12/2016 10:50:39 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 112 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | 01/11/2016 | Michael Snyder
    A new video has just been released in which Pope Francis very clearly expresses his belief that all of the major religions are different paths to the same God. He says that while people from various global faiths may be "seeking God or meeting God in different ways" that it is important to keep in mind that "we are all children of God". This is the most recent example that shows that the Pope has completely abandoned any notion that a relationship with God is available only through Jesus Christ. As he has done throughout his papacy, he continues to...
  • Every Muslim Will Bow Before Jesus

    01/11/2016 9:47:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2016 | Matt Barber
    My goal here is not to offend. Neither is it to persuade. In matters of the spirit, there is but One capable of opening the eyes of the heart. Rather, my objective is to sow seeds of Truth so that the Holy Spirit might, according to His perfect pleasure, purpose and will, cultivate the soul as He deems just.We Christ followers are admonished to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us (see Matthew5:44). This obliges us to at once love and pray for, among other antichrist subsets, the 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide, including the hundreds-of-millions who...
  • The Real O'Neals Doesn't Mock Religion, Just Family Drama [Homosexual is 'normal' tv sitcom]

    01/10/2016 2:32:53 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 1/9/16 | Malcolm Venable
    When ABC first announced The Real O'Neals, about a gay teen coming out in a Catholic family, backlash from religious groups was swift and somewhat expected. Given that the story is based on the life of Dan Savage - the gay author and sex columnist who's been somewhat gleefully confrontational with conservatives - and the family is in the midst of a divorce too, groups like the American Family Association could, in theory at least, rightfully believe the show was trying to shred the traditional values they hold dear. That couldn't be further from the truth.
  • Thinking Cat ~ Good Listener

    01/10/2016 11:36:21 AM PST · by Revski · 7 replies
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 1/10/2016 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    Tabby cat sitting by a scenic view, thinking of the Biblical scriptures. This has been redone with a few more scriptures. Thanks for viewing.
  • Hindu leader assaults Prophet Mohammad, sets the country on fire

    01/10/2016 2:16:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The American Herald Tribune ^ | January 9, 2016 | Staff
    In the latest offensive against Islam's Prophet Mohammad which seems to go unreported in mainstream media, Hindu leader Kamlesh Tiwari called him 'the world's first homosexual', which caused the Muslim community to vehemently protest the statement. According to Breitbart which first reported the news, the Muslim community in India condemned the act, saying it is designed to 'incite a riot'. The protestors, who staged numerous marches and rallies called on the government to prosecute Tiwari, accusing him of making 'anti-social' statements and 'blasphemy'. Breitbart said that about 2.5 lakh people attended the latest rallies, which later took a violent turn....
  • Is the spiritual battle between good and evil currently intensifying? (Vanity discussion)

    01/09/2016 5:00:43 PM PST · by matt1234 · 68 replies
    me | 1-9-2016 | me
    If yes, what evidence can you cite, and what explanation can you offer? I was prompted to ask because I find myself facing much greater temptation in recent months, precisely when my personal circumstances suggest that I should be facing much less temptation. This makes no sense, so I seeking an explanation. My initial question suggests one possible answer: that God and His agents as well as Satan and his agents are increasing their efforts to control people's souls. I am sure FReepers can suggest other answers. I will not elaborate on the temptation I'm facing other than to say...
  • Islam Set To Become The Second-Largest Religion In America By 2040

    01/09/2016 8:06:45 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 46 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/08/2016 | Jonah Bennett
    The American Muslim population stands a strong chance of doubling in size by 2050 and becoming the second largest religion by 2040, based on new estimates from the Pew Research Center. At the moment, Pew believes that there’s approximately 3.3 million Muslims living in the United States. Given the total U.S. population, this means that Muslims currently comprise 1 percent. But by 2050, Pew thinks that Muslims may surge to 8.1 million.
  • If we’re going to fix climate change, we’ll have to get creative

    01/07/2016 2:16:20 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2016 | By Thomas Kostigen
    The developing world deserves reparations from wealthier nations as compensation for the harmful climate change effects that are mostly our fault. It's us who have tainted our global commons by emitting vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and us whose actions have led to extreme weather and other disasters in the world's most vulnerable regions. But a strictly financial mea culpa from rich nations won't be enough. Rich countries should also invest in geoengineering projects to provide solutions for those on the front lines of climate change: those who cannot afford to pay for more adaptive and resilient...
  • Joke with Food for Thought

    01/07/2016 7:48:29 AM PST · by tired&retired · 9 replies
    Unknown | 1/7/2016 | Vanity
    Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I yelled, "Don't do it!" He replied, "Nobody loves me. I can't take it anymore!" I said, "God loves you. Do you believe in God?" He said, "Yes." I said, "Are you a Christian or a Jew?" He said, "A Christian." I said, "Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?" He said, "Protestant." I said, "Me, too! What franchise?" He said, "Baptist." I said, " Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?" He said, "Northern Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?" He said, "Northern Conservative...
  • 5 Reasons a Televangelist Needs a Private Plane [2 Peter 2]

    01/06/2016 1:37:07 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 36 replies
    Bible Prophecy Blog ^ | 01/05/2015 | Staff
    Wealthy televangelists, or as some are referred to "Scamgelists," with outrageous claims are nothing new to Christian news. We've heard it all before—the mansions, the expensive cars, the private planes etc. But this is a new take on why famous pastors need private planes. There are of course some legitimate reasons, such as their busy schedules including multiple speaking dates in a week that span different places throughout the U.S. It's hard to find a commercial flight that can get you to that many engagements. One could say don't make that many engagements then, but if the church as a...
  • Donald Trump to speak at Liberty University

    01/05/2016 11:35:20 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 1/5/16 | Lesley Clark
    .....Donald Trump will speak at Liberty University on Jan. 18, the latest presidential hopeful to address the conservative school founded by the late Jerry Falwell. Trump - who spoke in 2012 at the Virginia school - is scheduled to address the school's students on the first day of classes for the spring semester, the News & Advance in Lynchburg reported. Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. told the newspaper that he and his wife, Becki, have stayed in "close contact" with Trump since his 2012 appearance on campus. Falwell and Trump also spoke after Falwell's December appearance on "The Sean...
  • Scalia: Establishment clause doesn’t require government to favor secularism over religion

    01/04/2016 8:07:36 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Which is obvious to anyone not intentionally misreading it. The real news here is not that Antonin Scalia said this, but that it’s the slightest bit controversial. But that’s not something that happened overnight. The secular left and their media servants have spent decades pushing the idea that the establishment clause is about protecting the non-religious from maniacal Jesus freaks - especially the nightmare scenario in which the Jesus freaks get a job with any public entity and are guided in any decision by biblical principles. Scalia is a man who actually knows about the founding of the nation and...
  • Donald Trump’s transparent, misguided questioning of Ted Cruz’s religion

    01/02/2016 7:30:04 AM PST · by Isara · 190 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2016 | Janell Ross
    ...This is precisely what Donald Trump, national GOP front-runner but second place in Iowa, told an Iowa crowd this week while stumping for votes. Just remember this -- you gotta remember, in all fairness, to the best of my knowledge, not too many evangelicals come out of Cuba, okay? Just remember that ... just remember. ...We will not dedicate time, space or energy to parsing those words in ways that might offer some alternative meaning than the one most evident and likely, which would be this: Donald Trump thought it would advance his political aims if voters in Iowa were...
  • How long does it take to read through The Bible in a year? [Less than 10 minutes a day]

    12/28/2015 12:27:43 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    In less than 10 minutes a day, you can read the whole Bible-Genesis to Revelation-in one year. (There are about 775,000 words in the Bible. Divided by 365, that's 2,123 words a day. The average person reads 200 to 250 words per minute. So 2,123 words/day divided by 225 words/minute equals 9.4 minutes a day.] If you want to listen to a narrator read the Bible (which you can do so for free at ESVBible.org), they are usually about 75 hours long total, which means at 12 minutes a day you can listen to the whole Bible in a year.
  • The Christmas Revolution [Rare: An intelligent piece from the NY Times!]

    12/28/2015 2:10:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/25/15 | Peter Wehner
    ....it's easy even for Christians to forget how revolutionary Jesus' birth was. The idea that God would become human and dwell among us, in circumstances both humble and humiliating, shattered previous assumptions. It was through this story of divine enfleshment that much of our humanistic tradition was born... ...the incarnation - the belief that God, in the person of Jesus, walked in our midst - is history's hinge point. The incarnation's most common theological take-away relates to the doctrine of redemption: the belief that salvation is made possible by the sinless life and atoning death of Jesus. But there are...
  • Catholics should not try to convert Jews, Vatican

    12/26/2015 5:55:09 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 50 replies
    Oceanside Post ^ | 12/24/15 | Noah Barnes
    .....In its most explicit commentary on evangelization regarding Jews, the document said Catholics should take a different approach to Judaism than to other religions. There have been major steps forward in Christian-Jewish dialogue since the Nostra Aetate declaration issuing from the second Vatican Council was published, the document read. Does that make sense? "There can not be two ways of salvation, therefore, since Christ is also the Redeemer of the Jews in addition to the Gentiles". This document, however, rejects this, retaining that "there can only be one single convenant history of God with humanity". "Each of these covenants incorporates...
  • Republicans and the Decline of Religion: Americans' diminishing faith may pose problems for GOP.

    12/25/2015 7:49:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/25/2015 | Mona Charen
    About 15 years ago, on Christmas Eve, our family departed from the traditional American Jewish observance of the holiday (ordering Chinese takeout) and elected to find an open restaurant. We drove to the local city center (or what passes for it in suburbia) and were stunned to find that not only were all the restaurants open, they were also packed. I had pictured my Christian friends and neighbors at home, gathered around the table Norman Rockwell–style, eating goose or ham or whatever gentiles eat bathed in the twinkling lights of decorated trees. In fact, I liked to think of them...
  • Religion and Republicans

    12/25/2015 5:55:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2015 | Mona Charen
    About 15 years ago, on Christmas Eve, our family departed from the traditional American Jewish observance of the holiday (ordering Chinese takeout) and elected to find an open restaurant. We drove to the local city center (or what passes for it in suburbia) and were stunned to find that not only were all of the restaurants open; they were packed. I had pictured my Christian friends and neighbors at home, gathered around the table, Norman Rockwell-style, eating goose or ham or whatever gentiles eat, bathed in the twinkling lights of decorated trees. In fact, I liked to think of them...
  • The Souls behind the Christmas Classics

    12/24/2015 2:27:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2015 | Mary Claire Kendall
    Every year as we celebrate the birth of Christ, one time-honored tradition is that of sitting in the warmth of our homes and enjoying classic Hollywood films with friends and family, if not alone, as we savor the days of Christmas. These cinematic treasures help us appreciate the momentous reality of Christ becoming man because they exemplify, in many respects, the goodness and virtue he embodied, and which a Christian—"a bearer of Christ"—is called to live. Often this happens through characters such as George Bailey and Ebenezer Scrooge, in, respectively, It's a Wonderful Life (1945) and A Christmas Carol, produced...
  • No Peace or Goodwill

    12/24/2015 12:29:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    Not for a long time has the world seemed so removed from the angelic proclamation of 2,000 years ago: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14). Millions have died in countless wars over the last 100 years. People continue to die today as the result of worldwide terrorism and daily shootings in too many American cities. The prophecy delivered by the Christmas Child that there would be "wars and rumors of wars" until He comes again, seems more like current events than a far-off future. One hears a lot of silliness...
  • Muslims love Jesus, too: 6 things you didn't know about Jesus in Islam

    12/23/2015 8:01:47 PM PST · by EveningStar · 90 replies
    Vox ^ | December 23, 2015 | Jennifer Williams
    Christmas, as everyone knows, commemorates the birth of Jesus and is a major religious celebration for Christians around the world. But what many people don't know is that Jesus is an important figure in Islam, too, even though most Muslims don't celebrate Christmas (though some of us, especially American Muslims, do). In honor of the holiday, here are six things you may not know about the role of Jesus -- and his mother, Mary -- in Islam: ...
  • Massachusetts Court is Forcing Catholic Schools to Hire Homosexuals

    12/23/2015 11:03:20 AM PST · by xzins · 34 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | December 23, 2015 | Michael Cantrell
    The First Amendment right to freedom of religion seems to be utterly meaningless to liberals in government today as they continue to make rulings that are the equivalent of ripping the Constitution to pieces and wiping their backsides with it. Courts in Massachusetts are now telling Catholic schools they have no choice but to hire homosexuals, despite the fact doing so goes against their beliefs. This is exactly why separation of church and state exists. Not to keep God out of government, but government out of the church. From Christian News: A state court in Massachusetts has ruled that a...
  • The Triumph of Christmas

    12/22/2015 4:39:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    Baylor University's Rodney Stark, a social science professor celebrated for his acute understanding of contemporary religion, says to prophets of religious doom and disappearance: Huh? What are you talking about? Had your morning coffee yet? Of course, we all know, as does Stark, about the Islamic State and its various bloody works. But isn't Christianity -- the world's biggest faith -- on the downswing? Where churches are weak, watery, and wimpy, the answer is yes. Where they are robust, preaching and teaching the gospel, the answer is no. In a pungent, highly informative new book, "The Triumph of Faith,"...
  • Jesus Claus and Santa Christ

    12/22/2015 2:07:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2015 | Ryan Bomberger
    It's that time of year for us to realize how far societies tend to veer from the true essence of things. We live in a desperately superficial culture that is too often satisfied with veneers. If it's shiny, new and untouched by real life, it strangely gives us the false assurance that it will last forever. Anyone can package up junk, put a nice shimmery bow on it and pass it off as the got-to-have-it-or-you'll-die item of the season. Even when what's inside is genuine and something we truly need, too many are content with the outer misleading packaging. We've...
  • Saying 'Merry Christmas' Is Very Important

    12/22/2015 6:58:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2015 | Dennis Prager
    The nearly universal change from wishing fellow Americans "Merry Christmas" to wishing them "Happy Holidays" is a very significant development in American life. Proponents of "Happy Holidays" argue that it's no big deal at all, and that proponents of "Merry Christmas" are making a mountain out of a molehill, especially when proponents say that the substitution of "Happy Holidays" is part of a "war on Christianity." But the "Happy Holidays" advocates want it both ways. They dismiss opponents as hysterical while, at the same time, relentlessly pushing to rid America of "Merry Christmas." So, then, which is it? Is...
  • Christmas Message to Unbelievers: Just Take the Bet!

    12/21/2015 10:35:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2015 | Joy Overbeck
    Once upon a time in a galaxy right here and now the Creator God who made it all decided that although his man children had become nasty pieces of work (consult your local headlines) He loved these fallen creatures enough to try and give them a last chance at the really good stuff called the afterlife (or heaven). So He sent His Son (who was also Him) down to Earth to give His life for them, and all they had to do was believe that the Father God loved them enough to do such an outrageous thing, and then they...