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  • IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches

    07/31/2014 6:16:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    First Amendment: Government's assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage. A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches' violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit. The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS's agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for proscribed speech that the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay...
  • Crucial Questions: 20 Free eBooks from R.C. Sproul

    07/30/2014 11:31:56 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 7/31/14 | Nathan Bingham
    To further help Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it, in May 2013 we made the ebook editions of R.C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions series free forever. We continue to publish new ebooks in this series and this year have added Are These the Last Days?, What Is Repentance?, and What Is the Relationship between Church and State?
  • Study: Religious children are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality

    07/30/2014 9:33:51 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 65 replies
    bbc ^ | july 29, 2014
    According to new research from Boston University, young children with a religious background are less able to distinguish between fantasy and reality compared with their secular counterparts. In two studies, 66 kindergarten-age children were presented with three types of stories - realistic, religious and fantastical. The researchers then queried the children on whether they thought the main character in the story was real or fictional. While nearly all children found the figures in the realistic narratives to be real, secular and religious children were split on religious stories. Children with a religious upbringing tended to view the protagonists in religious stories as...
  • Crumbling Freedom: (Colorado) Cake Artist Sent to 'Reeducation'

    07/29/2014 8:14:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 158 replies
    CBN ^ | July 29, 2014 | Mark Martin
    LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Imagine being ordered to go against your religious beliefs, and if you refuse, you could be arrested, fined, or sued. That happened to the Christian owner of a Colorado bakery who now must make wedding cakes for gay couples. However, the owner is standing his ground and his action is inspiring people around the world. Discriminating Accusation The sign on the door reads "Celebrating 20 Years of Great Cakes!" For two decades, Masterpiece Cakeshop has created art in the form of baked goods that keeps customers coming back. From cookies and cupcakes to signature cakes, Jack Phillips...
  • Help! My paradox meter broke: an “atheist church”?

    07/29/2014 6:56:36 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 19 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 7/29/2014 | Steve Berman
    Image credit: Jimmy Demello Artworks[/caption] The last time I was in Houston, I had to change the fuse in my paradox meter after meeting a self-described pro-choice Republican woman, who was also a lawyer.  I told her at least she was better than Wendy Davis, to which no response was offered.  I said it a second time, and with a puff of white smoke, the paradox-meter died. Dang, the fuse just blew again, reading Time’s August 4 issue, Religion section article “Atheist “Churches” Gain Popularity—Even in the Bible Belt” (behind a paywall).  Yup, the “Atheist Church” they wrote about...
  • Promises (Between a Mother and her son

    07/28/2014 4:22:12 PM PDT · by girlangler · 3 replies
    Facebook ^ | May 2010 (Mother's Day) | Rodney Elrod
    Today is my youngest brother's birthday. He died a week before his 51st birthday. In his honor, and to show what kind of person he was, I thought I'd share something he wrote for our Mother's Day in 2010 for her, while she was dying of esophageal cancer. "Promises (Between a Mother and a Son)" Dear Mother, When I was conceived, you promised to bring me into this world healthy. And you did. When I was young, you promised to love me and nurture me. And you did. When things got rough, and you were all alone, you promised to...
  • A Righteous Blog Pimp Zot. Yes, Really.

    07/28/2014 10:53:27 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 121 replies
    Mod supplied link ^ | July 28, 2014 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Making controversial statements is nothing new for me. Neither is the reaction that usually follows. But perhaps no other issue causes as much discussion, debate, and condemnation from others than when I present my position on the issue of homosexuality. As a known Christian, I have been told that I MUST think a certain way and that I MUST believe a certain way regarding not only people who are gay, but regarding their entire lifestyle as well.
  • Bizarre: A Prophet Who Hasn't Had a Bath for 13 Years!

    07/27/2014 5:30:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Vanguard (Nigeria) ^ | July 26, 2014 | EBUN SESSOU
    How would you react if you heard there was a sane man who hasn’t taken a bath for more than 13 years and is not smelling? Impossible, you might exclaim. may be odd, but it is true. It is the oddity of this story and curiosity that compelled Saturday Vanguard to take a two day trip to Ibadan, Oyo state, in search of this man: one prophet Wale Olagunju, the presiding Bishop of Divine Seed of God Chapel Ministries in Ibadan, Oyo State, who has neither taken a bath nor had sex with his wife since 2001! Testimonies regarding his...
  • Editor Fired for Criticizing ‘Queen James Bible’ on Personal Blog Files Federal Complaint

    07/26/2014 6:10:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 7/25/14 | Heather Clark
    A newspaper editor who was fired earlier this year for opining on his personal blog that the Queen James Bible is an attempt by homosexuals “to make their sinful nature ‘right with God’” has filed a complaint with the federal government. As previously reported, Bob Eschliman has worked as the editor of the Newton Daily News since 2012, and has served as the publisher of the Clarinda Herald-Journal. But he found himself out of a job this past May when he spoke his mind about the Queen James Bible on his personal blog.
  • Catholic Bishops Slam "Unprecendented and Extreme" Executive Order

    07/26/2014 11:19:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees slammed President Obama’s July 21 "gender identity" executive order for its lack of religious freedom protection and "flaws in its core prohibitions." This new "non-discrimination" executive order, aimed at preventing workplace discrimination against LGBT persons, opens the door to discrimination against Christians and those with deeply-held beliefs about the nature of marriage and human sexuality. -
  • Southern Baptist Convention: Executive Order Violates Freedom of Conscience

    07/26/2014 11:17:11 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Russell Moore, president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, has joined other faith leaders in raising concerns over the lack of religious liberty protections in President Obama's new executive order. Moore said: “While we don’t know the full implications of this executive order, I am disappointed that this administration persistently violates the freedom of conscience for religious organizations that provide necessary relief for the poor and endangered. The same religious convictions that inspire their social action are the convictions now considered outside the new mainstream of sexual revolutionary fundamentalism. The ones hurt will be...
  • What The Messiah Is Waiting For...Israel's future pt 1

    I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you. And there ye shall serve gods, the work of menÂ’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord...
  • Pope to visit United States next year

    07/26/2014 5:15:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    kmov.com ^ | 7/25/14
    Pope Francis accepted the invitation of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year, the Catholic News Service reported Friday. It would be the Pontiff’s first visit to the United States as Pope.
  • The last Christians flee Mosul in Iraq

    07/25/2014 6:05:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | 7/24/14 | Alex McClintock and Scott Spark
    In Mosul, ISIS fighters have daubed the letter ‘N’ for Nazarene, or Christian, on the walls of Christian-owned houses before rounding up the residents and stripping them of their money, jewellery and even mobile phones. ‘It's a very difficult time, Mosul is empty of Christians,’ says Father Andrzej Halemba, Middle East coordinator for Aid to the Church in Need. ‘Two thousand years of beautiful history, where the Christians and Muslims for centuries had helped each other, but now it’s the end of Christianity in Mosul. It's dreadful news.’
  • Pope meets with Sudanese Christian woman who faced death sentence for apostasy

    07/24/2014 9:52:38 AM PDT · by GilGil · 19 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 7/24/2014 | Foxnews
    Pope Francis met privately Thursday with Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to renounce her faith, blessing the woman after she was flown to Italy on an Italian government jet. The Vatican characterized the visit with Ibrahim, 27, her husband and their two small children as "very affectionate."
  • A Truly American Future

    07/24/2014 8:10:48 AM PDT · by WhatsItAllAbout · 10 replies
    Our country’s future, the future of the American people – and indeed the future of the world’s people as they emulate the American example – could well be so spectacularly wonderful that the phrases “shining city on a hill” and “American exceptionalism” are one day looked back upon as historical understatements. There is no greater gift – no greater secular value – than the opportunity to live a human life upon the Earth, no matter how disadvantageous our circumstances. (As for spiritual values, we “see through a glass darkly” now and look forward to experiences beyond our comprehension.) Read more...
  • Win 200 Copies of “Everyone’s a Theologian” for Your Church

    07/21/2014 4:21:18 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 7/21/14 | Nathan Bingham
    Thanks to Reformation Trust, Ligonier Ministries is giving away a church prize pack that consists of 200 copies of R.C. Sproul’s latest book, Everyone’s a Theologian. This prize pack will be shipped to a church of the winner’s choice located within the United States of America or Canada. In addition to the church prize pack, ten other winners will receive a single copy of Everyone’s a Theologian. “Everyone’s a Theologian is anything but a dry discussion of minute points of doctrine. R.C. Sproul, demonstrating his trademark ability to make complex subjects easy to understand, surveys the basic truths of the...
  • Pro-Abortion Lena Dunham’s Book Tour May Be Coming to a Church Near You

    07/21/2014 4:07:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | Cortney O'Brien
    Lena Dunham isn’t exactly the first person you’d expect to see singing hymns in the pew behind you. Starring in the raunchy HBO show ‘Girls’ and bragging that voting for President Obama during the 2012 election for the “first time” was like losing her virginity are just a couple examples of Dunham’s racy behavior that would make any Christian blush. But, the controversial actress is embarking on a tour for her new book, “Not That Kind of Girl,” coming out in September, that will take place in some churches around the country. On her tour, Dunham will be reading excerpts...
  • ‘Christianity is Abhorrent’: More Atheistic Materials to be Distributed in Public Schools

    07/17/2014 3:35:56 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 39 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | July 17, 2014 | Garrett Haley
    ORLANDO – A federal judge has given a secular organization the green light to distribute more atheistic and anti-Christian materials to Florida public school students, in spite of the materials’ graphic content and offensive language. As previously reported, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) learned last year that a Christian ministry had made Bibles available to Orlando high school students on “Religious Freedom Day.” To counter the Bible distribution, FFRF sought permission from the school district to give students a variety of atheistic and anti-Christian materials. According to reports, the Orange County School Board permitted FFRF to distribute several books...
  • War On God: Massachusetts Town Attempts To Ostracize Christian College Over Its Beliefs

    07/18/2014 8:05:02 PM PDT · by blueyon · 22 replies
    Excerpted from Campus Reform: The town of Salem, Mass., has pitted itself against Gordon College after the president of the private Christian school added his name to a public letter to President Obama asking for a religious exemption from a planned federal mandate. The expected executive order would force any organization receiving federal funds, including religiously based organizations, to hire people whose sexual conduct may not fall in line with their beliefs. Gordon says the mandate would be an “infringement on religious liberty” and “the rights of faith-based institutions to establish a set of standards and expectations for their community.”...
  • Obama to sign order Monday barring federal discrimination against gays

    07/18/2014 4:41:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 18, 2014 | by Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, senior administration officials said. The order will allow some exemptions for religious groups that are federal contractors but not as much flexibility as the groups had wanted. A religious organization would be barred from making hiring decisions based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Exceptions would be allowed for ministers, and groups would be allowed to favor individuals of a particular religion when hiring. The White House believes the order will help improve productivity by reducing...
  • How Americans Feel About Religious Groups (Pew Research Poll)

    07/18/2014 6:35:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Pew Forum ^ | July 16, 2014
    Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are viewed warmly by the American public. When asked to rate each group on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100 – where 0 reflects the coldest, most negative possible rating and 100 the warmest, most positive rating – all three groups receive an average rating of 60 or higher (63 for Jews, 62 for Catholics and 61 for evangelical Christians). And 44% of the public rates all three groups in the warmest part of the scale (67 or higher).Buddhists, Hindus and Mormons receive neutral ratings on average, ranging from 48 for Mormons to...
  • May You Live in Interesting Times [Encouragement in the Dark Days]

    07/17/2014 1:48:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | July 2014 | RC Sproul Jr.
    There is a sort of application of the Observer Effect that applies to the news of the day. Sometimes confused with the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, which argues that at the subatomic level we can discern either the velocity of a particle or its location, but not both, the Observer Effect argues that observing scientific phenomena can affect what we are observing. It’s almost as if the electrons know we’re looking at them, and adjust their dance. With respect to the news of the day, we often hear this kind of argument: “Social ill x is no greater today than it...
  • Canada: No Religious Liberty for Doctors

    07/16/2014 7:53:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/16/2014 | Leah Singh
    Another attack on religious freedom is under way in Canada, this time against doctors in the province of Ontario. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is reviewing its human rights code guidelines, and the public response has been explosive. Many people want the College to change its present practice of permitting doctors to opt out of referring or prescribing treatments that violate their ethics or religious faith. This is not a case of liberal intellectuals and unelected leaders reducing our freedoms without the consent of the public. Judging by the slew of negative comments to stories in the...
  • The Popular Palestinians

    07/16/2014 5:43:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 16, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    The Popular PalestiniansPosted By Caroline Glick On July 16, 2014 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments Originally published by the Jerusalem Post. If the Palestinians are merely engaged in a nationalist struggle for self-determination, then why are they inciting genocide of Jewry? In the midst of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas released a music video in Hebrew calling for the Palestinians to bomb Israel and kill all Israelis. “Raze it [Israel] to the ground, exterminate the cockroaches’ nest, and banish all the Zionists,” the lyrics read. Some human rights activists and lawyers may get a sense of déjà...
  • I Admit, I’m Christian Because I Need a Crutch And I’m Brainwashed

    07/14/2014 12:30:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    I cannot understand how atheists are able to ignore the spiritual realm as if it doesn’t exist. They explain away miracles and supernatural events as if these thousands of occurrences over many years are all just random. I’ve had hundreds of answers to prayer in my life, but atheists tell me they’re all coincidences. One of the most frequent arguments I hear against my faith is that I believe in God because I’m “weak” and need some kind of support. Really? Me? Weak? I may be horribly flawed, but I wouldn’t describe myself as weak, after all the loudmouthed articles...
  • President Obama: Muslim Hero

    07/12/2014 7:49:14 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/12/14 | Jeff Crouere
    According to a six month Gallup survey, President Obama is very popular with only one group of Americans, Muslims, registering an astounding 72% approval rating. It is a much different story among all Americans as the President scores a weak 43% approval rating.
  • Economics for Everybody: Applying Biblical Principles to Work... [$5 Friday at Ligonier!]

    07/11/2014 1:15:21 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | RC Sproul, Jr
    Everybody talks about it. The news is full of it. But most Christians know very little about it. Economics: it’s everywhere, influencing everything, yet so rarely understood. Economics for Everybody seeks to remedy that through an insightful and entertaining exploration of the principles, practices, and consequences of economics. Thoroughly unconventional, it links entrepreneurship with lemonade, cartoons with markets, and Charlie Chaplin with supply and demand. It’s funny, clever, profound and instructive. If you want to know why economics is so important to understand, this is the series for you. In our day and age, it’s a message every Christian needs...
  • Is Religion 'Old-Fashioned' and 'Out of Date'?

    07/11/2014 12:27:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | JUL 10 2014 | Emma Green
    The downsides of using poll data to understand the arc of historyIn one of the most ambiguous poll questions ever, Gallup has asked Americans to once again act as a tenuous bellwether for the impending death of religion. In a May survey, more than 1,000 people were asked to pick between two vague sense impressions of faith: "Do you believe that religion can answer all of today's problems, or that religion is largely old fashioned and out of date?" Shockingly, only 13 percent of people took the out of answering "no opinion" or "other," which is one way of saying...
  • Bishop Madden among Catholics who dialogue with Iran’s religious leaders

    07/11/2014 11:17:14 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/11/14 | Elizabeth Lowe
    Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden is enthused by the fruit that came from recent discussions between U.S. bishops and Iran’s religious leaders. “When you build a certain sense of trust and respect, then you can move forward and deal with the issues,” he said. The faith leaders announced June 14 that they oppose actions that endanger the life, health, dignity and welfare of others, including the creation of weapons of mass destruction. That declaration was the result of a March dialogue between a delegation from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Supreme Council of the Seminary Teachers...
  • Teacher Arrested on Sexual Assault of a Child Charges

    07/10/2014 7:37:49 AM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    NBC26 ^ | Alex Hagan
    GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Brown County Sheriff's Department reports the arrest of a 27 year-old Hobart man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a child. Wayne Makela was arrested Wednesday. The Brown County Sheriff's Department says he is a teacher and coach at Pilgrim Lutheran school in Green Bay. Investigators say the assault may have happened to a child under the age of 16. The suspect was in a position of trust at a church and school in Green Bay, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School confirmed to NBC26 that the suspect teaches a...
  • Academic Epiphany on Accreditation

    07/10/2014 7:16:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 9, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    An academic sets out to expose “The Great Accreditation Farce” but his efforts border on the farcical. “By awarding accreditation to religious colleges, the process confers legitimacy on institutions that systematically undermine the most fundamental purposes of higher education,” Peter Conn wrote in The Chronicle of Higher Education. “Skeptical and unfettered inquiry is the hallmark of American teaching and research.” “However, such inquiry cannot flourish—in many cases, cannot even survive—inside institutions that erect religious tests for truth.” Conn is an English professor at Penn. “This, in my view, can only be described as a scandal,” Conn avers. “Providing accreditation to...
  • High School Graduation Speaker Defies District, Mentions Their Edits To Her Speech

    07/09/2014 3:32:30 PM PDT · by statestreet · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 9, 2014 | David Pietrusza
    It was just another high school graduation in one more streamer-bedecked gym, with all the usual trappings, the procession, the band, the beach balls, the decorated caps, the parents, the dignitaries. Except it wasn’t ordinary at all: it was as powerful a statement of faith from both a student and from the crowd itself as you will ever see.
  • Bank Teller's 'Blessed Day' Leads to Her Firing (US Bank in Walton Kentucky)

    07/08/2014 3:58:25 AM PDT · by xzins · 94 replies
    CBN ^ | Tuesday, July 08, 2014 | CBNNews.com
    A bank teller in Kentucky claims she was fired from her job for telling customers, "Have a blessed day." Polly Neace wished customers at U.S. Bank in Walton, Kentucky, well with those words of blessing for more than two years. She said she never had anyone complain about the saying, which she said she was inspired to adopt when someone said the phrase to her in 2009. "I mean, in my opinion, I don't think there's any better way to have a blessed day," she explained in an interview with Fox News. But Neace said she was told she could...
  • China Bans Ramadan Fasting in Muslim Northwest

    07/06/2014 12:02:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Chinese authorities are cracking down on religious activities following deadly unrest in the country’s Muslim northwest, banning citizens from fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Statements posted Wednesday on websites of schools, government agencies and local party organizations in the Xinjiang region said the ban was aimed at protecting students’ well-being and preventing any official promotion of religion, The Associated Press reported. “No teacher can participate in religious activities, instill religious thoughts in students or coerce students into religious activities,”er
  • Fireworks at Supreme Court over emergency injunction applied against “accommodation”

    07/06/2014 7:41:39 AM PDT · by dervish · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 7/4/14 | ED MORRISSEY
    Today, the Supreme Court granted Wheaton College an injunction pending appeal against enforcement of the contraception mandate, even though Wheaton was eligible for the accommodation HHS has provided for religious non-profits. Specifically the Court ordered: If the applicant informs the Secretary of Health and Human Services in writing that it is a non-profit organization that holds itself out as religious and has religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services, the respondents are enjoined from enforcing against the applicant the challenged provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and related regulations pending final disposition of appellate review. To...
  • The New King George: America is one lawyer away from losing her right to practice religion

    07/06/2014 6:55:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/03/2014 | Tom Trinko
    We Americans are one lawyer away from losing our right to practice our religion. One more liberal Supreme Court Justice would mean that liberal extremists would be able to use the full power of the government to force people of faith to offer sacrifices at the altars of the gods of liberalism -- abortion, contraception, gay marriage, etc. Liberal Supreme Court judges have said that employers have no religious freedom. If an employee wants something, then the employer must provide it despite the employer’s religious beliefs. No woman needs contraceptives or to be sterilized. Those are not part of providing...
  • Music teacher at area church charged with child sex abuse

    07/05/2014 7:35:53 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    KCTV NEWS 5 ^ | Janice Broach
    SHELBY COUNTY, TN - A once trusted Hope Presbyterian Church music teacher is now at the center of a child sex investigation. Officials are releasing very few details about the investigation, but they do say that it involves multiple agencies. On Wednesday, Matthew Williams was charged with child sex abuse involving a family member. On Saturday, Hope Presbyterian Church found out and terminated Williams' contract immediately. Collierville Police Department confirmed there is an investigation, but that is all it would say. Williams taught piano lessons at Hope Music Academy at the church for almost a year. A spokesperson for Hope...
  • Too many Catholics on the Supreme Court ?

    07/03/2014 7:14:48 AM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 37 replies
    Red State ^ | 7/2/2014 | Streiff
    RedState.com quotes a Huffington Post article wondering whether there are too many Catholics on the Supreme Court? At present there are no Protestants on the Supreme Court. 3 are Jewish ( Kagan, Breyer, and Bader ) and the remaining 6 are Catholic. It's been noted that the Supreme Court has never reflected the demographics of the country. The Court was all white until 1967 with the appointment of Thurgood Marshall, and Sandra Day O'Conner became the first female SC justice in 1981. Andrew Jackson appointed the first Catholic SC justice, Roger Taney, in 1836. The largest Protestant group in the...
  • Satanism 101: The Faith Behind the Headlines

    07/01/2014 10:16:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Wednesday, Jul. 02, 2014 | Cathy Lynn Grossman
    From efforts to install a monument at the Oklahoma Capitol to a controversial “Black Mass” at Harvard University, Satanists are all over the news. But are they, along with Wiccans and pagans, all together in one non-Abrahamic lump? Not at all, say experts on paganism and the major Satanist groups’ websites. “Paganism is an umbrella term for a wide variety of traditions outside the Abrahamic faiths. Wicca is the largest but there are countless others, from Druid to Heathen to people who are creating their own faiths even as we speak,” said Laura Wildman-Hanlon, a Wiccan priestess and editor of...
  • Anne Graham Lotz Sounds Alarm, Calls for Prayer

    07/01/2014 7:34:31 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 44 replies
    CBN ^ | 7/1/14
    Anne Graham Lotz is asking thousands of people across the nation to answer a national call to prayer this week, warning the end times are near....
  • The High Court's Good Lick for Religious Liberty

    07/01/2014 3:19:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2014 | Bill Murchison
    The U.S. Supreme Court had a banner day, a crackerjack day, with horns and ice cream, as it trumped the federal government's brazen claim of power and authority to define which religious convictions, if any, have a proper place in the health care arena. Hooray for the Hahn and Green families for carrying to the high court their plea to be released from the duty of providing employees with contraceptive coverage under Obamacare. Never mind (as the government saw it before the court's 5-4 ruling) the two families' religiously grounded conviction that the mandate violated their religious beliefs and moral...
  • Becoming Alert to Conservative Protestant Sexual Abusers and Their Enablers

    07/01/2014 7:51:24 AM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    patheos ^ | Daniel Fincke
    Last night I listened to the new Reasonable Doubts podcast, which included a detailed account of the case of self-righteously Christian former major league baseball player and eventual sex abuse convict, Chad Curtis. The show is a gripping and revolting listen, and as usual the Doubtcasters bring to bear a lot of insight in the process both of telling the story and in analyzing it at the end. Doubtcaster Jeremy Beahan went to college at Cornerstone University where Chad Curtis was a prominent figure, earning his degree to go into high school coaching (where he would commit his sex crimes)....
  • Utah man sentenced to jail for seat-saving assault at a Mormon church

    06/30/2014 10:18:58 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    salt lake tribune ^ | Jessica Miller
    Ogden • A Plain City man accused of beating a fellow churchgoer last year at a Mormon baby blessing and mission farewell was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail. Wayne Dodge, 52, pleaded guilty last month in Ogden’s 2nd District Court to one count of class B misdemeanor assault. One charge of felony aggravated assault was dismissed, according to court records. Judge W. Brent West ordered Dodge to complete an anger management class as part of a 12-month probation. The judge also ordered Dodge to pay a $550 fine and have no contact with the victim. Dodge, who faced...
  • In New Poll, Marriage Equality Beats Religious Objections

    06/30/2014 8:08:04 AM PDT · by koanhead · 27 replies
    First Amendment Center ^ | 6/24/14 | Charles C. Haynes
    A solid majority of Americans now support equal treatment for same-sex couples despite religious objections, according to the State of the First Amendment survey released this week by the First Amendment Center. Sixty-one percent of respondents agree that the government should require religiously affiliated groups that receive government funding to provide health-care benefits to same-sex partners of employees – even when the religious group opposes same-sex marriage. And 54% of the public agree that a business providing wedding services to the public should be required to serve same-sex couples, even if the business owner objects to gay marriage on religious...
  • FAITH CHURCH STATEMENT ON MARRIAGE [Evangelical Presbyterian Stays With Scripture]

    06/28/2014 7:11:00 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    The Faith Church Statement on Marriage*A Declaration of Christian Conscience and Conviction DefinitionAs the creator and author of marriage, God alone has the authority to define it. This He did in the second chapter of Genesis where God, having created both groom and bride, brought them together personally (2:22) and a benediction was pronounced over the couple; Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife and they shall become one flesh (2:24, ESV; see also Mt. 19:4-5). For this reason, Christian believers do now hold and have always held that marriage is...
  • North Carolina Students Can Now Pray At School, Mention God In Assignments

    06/27/2014 1:50:39 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/25/14 | Eric Owens
    North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, has signed legislation that will explicitly allow students in public schools across the state to engage in voluntary student-led prayer. The new law permits students to create religious clubs and coordinate prayer groups, reports North Carolina Fox affiliate WGHP. The three-page law also allows students to pray by themselves or in groups — aloud or silently — in exactly the same way they can discuss or think silently about any other issue.
  • Pope Francis’ new clothes: Why his progressive image is white smoke and mirrors

    06/26/2014 5:58:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    Salon ^ | 6/22/14 | Anna March
    Don't buy his populist rhetoric. The new pope is every bit the sexist homophobe as his predecessors... While the pope transmits a populist vibe—particularly about the economy— he is an old-school conservative who, despite his great PR, maintains nearly all of the socialpolicies of his predecessors and keeps up a hardline Vatican “cabinet.”
  • Presbyterian Church Votes 'No' on Protecting Babies Born Alive During Botched Abortions

    06/26/2014 5:12:26 AM PDT · by blueyon · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/25/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination has been busy these days. It has voted to approve same-sex marriages, to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians, and now has approved allowing babies to die who are born alive during botched abortions. As Wesley J. Smith at National Review Online observes, the motion that failed to win approval states: 1. Call for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and member congregations to enter a two-year season of reflection upon the plight of children unwanted by human society, both born and not-yet born
  • Does Vladimir Putin Have God on His Side Regarding Ukraine?

    06/25/2014 12:56:56 PM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 16 replies
    TheTrumpet.com ^ | 25 June 2014 | Jeremiah Jacques
    “In principle, Ukraine does not independently exist,” said Russian Orthodox Church leader Kirill i during a June 18 address. Ukraine is instead part of “the historical territory of Russia,” the patriarch said, according to a report by the Kiev-based Espreso tv. Such a stance on Ukraine mirrors that of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2005, Mr. Putin said the demise of the Soviet Union was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century.” Ever since, his prime objective has been the rebuilding of Russia’s influence in its former Soviet periphery—especially in Ukraine. Although Putin never tried to hide what he...