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  • The 12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world

    01/24/2015 10:14:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Salon ^ | 01/24/2015 | VALERIE TARICO,
    Some of humanity’s technological innovations are things we would have been better off without: the medieval rack, the atomic bomb and powdered lead potions come to mind. Religions tend to invent ideas or concepts rather than technologies, but like every other creative human enterprise, they produce some really bad ones along with the good. I’ve previously highlighted some of humanity’s best moral and spiritual concepts, our shared moral core. Here, by way of contrast, are some of the worst. These twelve dubious concepts promote conflict, cruelty, suffering and death rather than love and peace. To paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, they belong...
  • Muslim scholars urge UN to outlaw 'contempt' of religions

    01/23/2015 12:53:03 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 21, 2015
    A leading Islamic organisation has called on the United Nations to make "contempt of religions" illegal and urged the West to protect Muslim communities following the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo. The Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars, headed by influential preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi, appealed to Muslims to continue peaceful protests against images of the Prophet Mohammed but "not to resort to any violence".
  • Probe: Smuggled snails eaten for religion

    03/11/2010 2:13:15 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 15 replies · 480+ views
    upi ^ | March 11
    MIAMI, - Authorities in Florida said they are investigating the alleged illegal importing of giant African snails for use in a religious healing ritual. A search warrant filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court said state and federal investigators raided the home of Charles Stewart, 48, in January after receiving information that he was keeping a large box full of the snails, which are only allowed in the United States with special permits for scientific research, the Miami Herald reported Thursday. Federal authorities said they began investigating Stewart in November after receiving complaints that he was feeding the juices from the snails...
  • WHO DO YOU SAY I AM? – A MORMON AND AN EVANGELICAL DISCUSS JESUS

    01/22/2015 2:46:45 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 92 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 1/22/15 | Joe Carter and Vince Han
    "Who do you say I am?" The question Jesus posed to Peter is the most important we’ll ever answer. Who is Jesus? What do we believe about him? Several years ago my friend Vince Han and I began a discussion about what we believed about Jesus. We knew we disagreed—we just weren’t sure exactly how we differed. I’m an evangelical. Vince is a Mormon.... We began by exchanging book recommendations. Vince suggested I read James E. Talmage’s Jesus the Christ, a book first published in 1913 and one of the handful of approved readings for full-time LDS missionaries. I encouraged...
  • We Will Stand [online concert on January 21, 2015; support persecuted Christians in Iraq, etc.]

    01/21/2015 11:50:10 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    "Glorifying God with One Voice and One Mind." - Romans 15:6 HCSB CCM United, One Message. Many Voices. Contemporary Christian Music has impacted millions of listeners around the world for the last forty years. In the process, artists like Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Sandi Patty, The Imperials, Newsboys, Petra, 4Him, Point of Grace, Carman and countless others have become household names.Their albums and songs define a new era of music we now call CCM. But that era actually began with another group of artists including Love Song, Larry Norman, Andrae Crouch, Keith Green, and Evie...
  • Ex-Atlanta fire chief: God prepared me for this storm [Fired for being a follower of Christ]

    01/19/2015 1:33:14 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 1/19/15 | Christian Boone
    Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who has emerged as a symbol to religious supporters convinced his beliefs got him fired, said his recent travails are “God-inflicted.” “I’ve come to realize that God has been preparing me for this storm my entire life,” he said Sunday morning at Elizabeth Baptist Church, where he’s a deacon. “He’s not done with me yet.”
  • Shame on my fellow Jews for holding up commercial flights by refusing to sit next to women!

    01/19/2015 9:23:25 AM PST · by grundle · 12 replies
    wordpress ^ | January 18, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Shame on my fellow Jews for holding up commercial flights by refusing to sit next to women! I’m Jewish, and please allow me to say that it’s absurd that some Jewish men have caused commercial flights to be delayed by refusing to sit next to female passengers.In September 2014, the New York Post reported:Ultra-Orthodox Jews refuse to sit next to women, delay flightHundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men refused to sit next to women on an El Al jet from New York to Israel — and spent the 11-hour flight trying to bribe people to switch seats...
  • Why Russia’s Evangelicals Thank God for Putin

    01/19/2015 6:40:44 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 1/19/15 | Mark R Elliot
    Despite the Crimea takeover and Ukraine conflict, many church leaders are grateful for Putin's leadership. Evangelicals in Russia have become ardent fans of President Vladimir Putin because of Russia’s efforts to maintain its influence in Ukraine, its takeover of Crimea in 2014, and the widespread Russian belief that the West is to blame for the present economic woes on the home front. ...Originally, I suspected backroom state pressure must have been at play. But after conversations with more than a dozen Protestant and Orthodox believers in Moscow, I have to admit that no outside interference was necessary to generate such...
  • Virginia County to Interrogate Homeschool Teens about Their Religious Beliefs

    01/19/2015 4:20:04 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    A school board in Virginia is considering the repeal of a policy that would have forced 14-year-old minors to stand before the school board to be interrogated about their religious beliefs. The Goochland County policy is aimed at homeschool families that fall under Virginia’s decades-old religious exemption statute, which acknowledges parents’ rights to direct the upbringing and education of their children. The longstanding state statue allows parents to homeschool their children without reporting to the state if they have an objection to attending school outside the home that is based on “bona fide religious training or belief.” The Goochland school...
  • Franklin Graham: 'I am trying to warn America, warn Duke University'

    01/17/2015 6:13:16 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 53 replies
    WPXI-TV ^ | 1/17/15
    from Duke University’s chapel tower after all. The university announced that it has reconsidered its decision to allow the call for prayer from the iconic tower on Fridays. The reversal came a day after evangelist Franklin Graham posted a scathing criticism on Facebook asking donors not to give to Duke until the policy was changed.
  • Iran’s Oppressed Christians

    01/16/2015 11:41:40 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 3/14/15 | LIANA AGHAJANIAN
    I met Mori in the basement of a Lutheran church in Berlin’s Zehlendorf district. A 28-year-old refugee who once ran a small business in Iran, he converted to Christianity five years ago and spoke to me on condition that I use only his first name in order to protect his identity. In 2011, delayed on the way to a secret Bible study session, he narrowly escaped when Revolutionary Guards raided his underground Evangelical church. He watched as his friends disappeared into Iran’s prison system; Mori suspects they’ve been killed. “When you’re Christian in Iran, you can’t speak. You have to...
  • The Cross Examined College Prep Course II

    01/16/2015 6:31:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: If you’re wondering why this column begins with “#4” just go to my archive. This is Part II of a series. Part I described a new College Prep Course that is being offered by www.CrossExamined.org. Frank Turek, J. Warner Wallace, and I will be traveling the country offering the course starting in the summer of 2015. This column series provides an overview of my 10-step plan to help Christian kids prepare for life in college. 4. Google Is Not a Friend to Higher Ed. Some readers may remember my infamous “letter to Ed” that went viral on the...
  • Is America in a Religious War?

    01/16/2015 5:50:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2015 | Mark Davis
    A seemingly simple question actually carries some complexity. As our enemies shout gleefully to their God as they kill the infidels among us, the easy conclusion is that America has been in a religious war since 9/11, and perhaps longer. I have spent a lot of that time suggesting that while the enemy is fighting a religious war against us, we seek only to defeat the portion of the Islamic faith that wants to kill us. The message: Stop with the killing, and you may believe what you wish. Through that lens, we are not fighting a religious war...
  • Which of the Two Dozen 2016 GOP Contenders is the Right One?

    01/16/2015 4:23:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 16, 2015 | Ron Lipsman
    "....the number of potential contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination exceeds two dozen. It's actually a somewhat ridiculous situation.........Now it is my assertion that the vast majority of GOP politicians over the last century can be classified into one of the following three categories:RINOs–meaning that they do not really believe that progressivism and big government are bad for America–it's just that the Democrats are screwing it up and Republicans should be entrusted with the task of implementing the progressive agenda because they will do it more efficiently and cost effectively than liberal Democrats have or could.CRUELs–that is,confused Republicans who...
  • Pope Francis on Freedom of Speech: 'One Cannot Make Fun of Faith'

    Pope Francis suggested there are limits to freedom of expression, saying in response to the Charlie Hebdo terror attack that "one cannot make fun of faith" and that anyone who throws insults can expect a "punch." The pontiff said that both freedom of faith and freedom of speech were fundamental human rights and that "every religion has its dignity." "One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people's faith, one cannot make fun of faith," he said. "There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity ... in freedom of expression there are limits." The pope was speaking to reporters on...
  • Which religion holds the largest share of wealth?

    01/14/2015 9:10:48 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    cnbc ^ | 1-14-2015
    The study, from the nonpartisan wealth research firm New World Wealth, found that of the 13.1 million millionaires in the world, 7.4 million, or 56.2 percent, identify themselves as Christian when asked about their religion. Fully 6.5 percent of millionaires identified themselves as Muslim, 3.9 percent identified themselves as Hindu and 1.7 percent identified themselves as Jewish. Fully 31.7 percent of millionaires identified themselves as "other," which includes other religions and "no religion."
  • Calling all Christian writers!

    01/14/2015 2:06:56 PM PST · by binowski · 40 replies
    The Deseret News National Edition fills a void in the American media landscape through rigorous journalism for family- and faith-oriented audiences. Representing more than half of all U.S. news readers, this segment is consistently underserved by newsrooms that either overlook or do not report on readers' core values.
  • Poll: Just 36% of Americans say they have the right to blaspheme religion

    01/13/2015 11:12:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/13/2015 | AllahPundit
    Not even Bill Donohue goes this far. You do have the right, he concedes. You should simply decline to exercise that right in the interests of social harmony.Do Americans agree? Fusion surveyed 1,502 Americans and asked a single question: Do Americans have the right to blaspheme religion? We got 1,105 responses, and the results were not very impressive: only 37% said yes, while 32% said no, and 31% said “I don’t know.”Among women, the results were even worse: just 26.5% said yes, while 36% said no, and 38% said “I don’t know.” The problem with a question like that...
  • Public Sees Religion’s Influence Waning [and much more]

    01/13/2015 1:57:02 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 29 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | September 22, 2014 | Pew Research Center
    Nearly three-quarters of the public (72%) now thinks religion is losing influence in American life, up 5 percentage points from 2010 to the highest level in Pew Research polling over the past decade... The share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on social and political issues is up 6 points since the 2010 midterm elections (from 43% to 49%). .. It finds a slight drop in support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry, with 49% of Americans in favor and 41% opposed – a 5-point dip in support from a February...
  • Are Christians and Muslims the Same?

    01/12/2015 7:30:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2015 | Matt Barber
    “Offend a Christian and he is obliged to pray for your salvation. Offend a Muslim and he is obliged to murder you.” So observed conservative journalist Robert Stacy McCain in the wake of this week’s horrific Charlie Hebdo massacre in France. And then we have Islam’s useful idiots – the politically correct set: secular-”progressive” media-types and other left-wing ivory tower elitists bent on bowing in subservient dhimmitude to the “religion of peace.” You know, people like Barack Hussein Obama who, in 2012, demanded from his lofty perch at the U.N.: “The future must not belong to those who slander the...
  • Throw Islamists out or give them the "peace" of Islam they seek

    01/10/2015 10:44:12 AM PST · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 10, 2015 | Dan Miller
    They should welcome Islamic peace, including eternal bliss with their beautiful virgins. Many more of us await you. Hurry up! The attacks by adherents to the Religion of "Peace" in France were not the first, nor will they be the last, by "extremists" who live for nothing better than to demonstrate Islamic tolerance by slaughtering blasphemers who mock their "holy prophet" or otherwise insult Islam. We are told, ad nauseam, that they and their cohorts -- like the Islamic State -- are not Islamic: the Fort Hood massacre was mere "workplace violence" that had nothing to do with Islam, the Islamic Republic of Iran can be trusted with nukes...
  • France’s Multiculturalist Agenda Makes Jews Pack Their Bags

    01/09/2015 6:11:14 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01-06-2014 | Ryan Girdusky
    Daily Caller France’s Multiculturalist Agenda Makes Jews Pack Their Bags 4:50 PM 01/06/2015 Ryan Girdusky Political Consultant As more French Jews face anti-Semitic attacks, many are leaving for Israel. Most of the attacks have come from Muslims, whether immigrants or French-born, many of whom have not assimilated into French society – if not rejecting French society entirely. Compounding the dangerous situation, France’s left-wing government refuses to acknowledge the scope of this crisis, apparently more afraid of losing Muslim votes they depend on than in defending France’s half-million Jews. Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption is expecting “Little Paris” neighborhoods to pop...
  • Cut the Crap: The problem is islam, and it has to be exterminated. Period.

    01/09/2015 11:06:50 AM PST · by Politically Correct · 103 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | Jan 8, 2015 | Ann Barnhardt
    So, a little review for those of you who may be new. 1. Islam is a political system, NOT a religion, and unless and until humanity wakes the hell up and STOPS referring to it as a religion, there is no hope. Islam is a hyper-aggressive, militaristic, expansionist, totalitarian political system designed to create a super-rich micro-oligarchical ruling class with a massive, destitute, genetically handicapped underclass below. The paper-thin faux-religious facade was a conscious, specific con from the very beginning – much like Mormonism and Scientology – a pure racket using borrowed and piggy-backed religious motifs to lend credibility to...
  • The Deadly Paris Terror Attack and the Myth of Religion - the tolerant meeting the intolerable

    01/09/2015 1:39:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 9, 2015 | Selwyn Duke
    “Another attack in the name of religion,” I heard someone say after the vicious and vile Wednesday assault on the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo. And there is a huge problem with “religion.” But it’s not what you think.Question: when the Nazis, Stalinists, Khmer Rouge, the Shining Path or the Weathermen committed violence, did we lament, “Another attack in the name of ideology”? Did we hear “Ideology is the problem”? That would be about as helpful as going to a doctor with a dreadful illness and, upon asking him what the problem is, his responding “Your state of health.”Like...
  • Atlanta's Fire Chief Fired for Espousing Christian Beliefs

    01/08/2015 2:29:30 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 8, 2015 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    The mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed announced today the firing of the city's fire chief for the crime of being a Christian, according to news reports. It seems the fire chief, Kelvin Cochran, wrote a book for his Bible study group in which he espoused actual Christian beliefs. How dare he? But his firing doesn't infringe on religious freedom at all, so says the mayor. "This is not about religious freedom, this is not about free speech" the mayor reportedly said. "Judgement is the basis of the problem." So there you have it. If you're fired for being a Christian...
  • Federal court rejects challenge to public school vaccination rule

    01/08/2015 3:22:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 8, 2015 | Kelly Cohen
    A New York requirement that all children attending public school be vaccinated has been upheld by a federal court. On Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a regulation by New York City health and education officials. The rule was being challenged on grounds that the law was discriminatory and that its local applications violated freedom of religion. The court also upheld a regulation that allows school officials to prevent non-immunized children from going to school during an outbreak of vaccine-preventable diseases. The state statute was being challenged by three New York City plaintiffs,...
  • Who Told You That You Were Naked?

    01/06/2015 5:41:17 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    amazon ^ | Kelvin Cochran
    This profound question, "Who told you that you were naked?, meant much more than, "Who told you that you do not have on clothes?" From God's perspective nakedness meant so much more. It meant condemnation and deprivation to his most precious creation-mankind. Though He reconciled Adam's condition by clothing him in coats of lambs' skin, Adam never got over what he had done. Condemnation has dominated ever since. Now we have a more permanent solution. We have been clothed with Christ! Redeemed men who carry the curse of condemnation and deprivation cannot fulfill their purpose as husbands, fathers, community and...
  • Congress Is Still Less Religiously Diverse Than the American Public

    01/06/2015 7:18:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/06/2015 | Rebecca Nelson
    The incoming 114th Congress is much more Christian than the national population. Despite deep divides in political ideology, lawmakers in the 114th Congress share other important beliefs with their colleagues in the previous Congress. These beliefs aren't rooted in the tangible, rough-and-tumble world of Capitol Hill, though—they're in the spiritual realm. When the incoming GOP-controlled Congress is sworn in Tuesday, the ranks will remain overwhelmingly Christian. That's a continued divergence from the American public, which includes more religious minorities, such as Hindus and Buddhists. According to a Pew survey released Monday, 91.8 percent of the 114th Congress subscribes to varying...
  • 7 Truths We Have Forgotten

    01/03/2015 2:35:49 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 1/3/15 | RC Sproul, Jr
    7 Truths We Have Forgotten from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jan 03, 2015 Category: Articles Every generation has not just its blind spots, but its amnesiac moments—truths once held, even honored, that the rising generation let go of. One might call these things “Slipping Off the Shoulders of Giants.” Here are seven truths our fathers in the faith grasped that we have forgotten: It’s not about me. One of the reasons the greatest generation earned their title is because they sacrificed for others. In our day, because we engage in distant wars for hazy reasons, our soldiers are left fighting for mere...
  • Pope Francis: Toward a New Religion for the forward thinking

    01/03/2015 6:55:01 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 36 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | January 3, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    During the Jubilee Year (on March 6, 2000), Cardinal Giacomo Biffi asserted what I had been saying since the mid 1990s, that the Antichrist is walking among us. Cardinal Biffi said the Antichrist was not the beast with seven heads described in the Book of Revelation but a "fascinating personality" whose outward charm and plausibility had deceived his enemies. The cardinal said the Antichrist espoused vegetarianism, pacifism, environmentalism and animal rights. He also identified the Antichrist as an expert on the Bible who nonetheless promotes "vague and fashionable spiritual values" rather than the Scriptures. He advocates ecumenical dialogue between the...
  • Europe’s Empty Churches Go on Sale

    01/03/2015 4:57:59 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan 2, 2014 | Naftali Bendavid
    Europe News Europe’s Empty Churches Go on Sale Hundreds of Churches Have Closed or Are Threatened by Plunging Membership, Posing Question: What to Do With Unused Buildings? By Naftali Bendavid Jan. 2, 2015 7:36 p.m. ET ARNHEM, Netherlands—Two dozen scruffy skateboarders launched perilous jumps in a soaring old church building here on a recent night, watched over by a mosaic likeness of Jesus and a solemn array of stone saints. This is the Arnhem Skate Hall, an uneasy reincarnation of the Church of St. Joseph, which once rang with the prayers of nearly 1,000 worshipers. It is one of hundreds...
  • Welcome 2015: It may be two steps forward, one step back, but here's what matters

    01/02/2015 6:41:25 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | Tullian Tchividjian
    Today, January 1, 2015 is the very first day of a brand new year. And for many that means renewed efforts at a fresh start. New Year’s resolutions, we call them. This is the year. It all starts now. We resolve to turn over a new leaf-and this time we’re serious.... But don’t be surprised a year from now when you realize that you’ve fallen short…again.... New Year’s Resolutions are a burdensome attempt to fix ourselves and make ourselves more lovable. But (and here’s the good news), God loves us as we are, not as we should be. God’s love...
  • Detroit Lions' Don Carey Talks Balancing Seminary, Leading Ministry Ahead of Playoffs

    01/02/2015 4:25:46 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/31/14 | Christine Thomasos
    Making it to the big leagues is the dream of countless athletes, but for playoffs-bound Don Carey, being an NFL player does not fulfill his purpose. Carey, the 27-year-old Lions safety, has had to endure the same grueling practice and game schedules as the rest of his peers in the NFL. However, he manages to find the time to pursue a masters degree at Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth Township, Michigan, while being a family man to his new wife and soon-to-be newborn son.... "Tomorrow is not promised to any of us," Carey told The Christian Post. "I am more...
  • Your Christian Faith Could Cost Your Job

    12/29/2014 7:37:27 PM PST · by Maudeen · 20 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | 12/29/2014 | Debbie Smith
    He seemed like a shoe in for the job of Director of Public Health for the state of Georgia. A medical doctor and PhD, Dr. Eric Walsh had been thoroughly vetted for the position in over 100 pages of documentation praising the doctor being hired by the agency. That is, until Dr. Walsh’s Christian sermons were uncovered. In a law suit filed by Liberty Institute on behalf of Dr. Walsh, it is alleged that Department of Public Health, DPH, Human Resource decision-makers decided not to hire the doctor after viewing You Tube recordings of his sermons. Dr. Walsh’s Christian faith...
  • Obama's Jihad on Women: Women's Salaries Don't Even Cover Gov Spending

    12/28/2014 5:27:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2014 | John Ransom
    DoctorRoy wrote: Lets face it. This has nothing to do with Obama. The average American family needs at least two incomes to get by and has for a long time. - Obama's Selfie, Photoshopped LifeDear Comrade Doctor,Let’s face it: Obama’s comments are an absolute indictment of everything liberals like you stand for. In the name of “fairness” all families get to raise their kids with absentee parents, where early childhood babysitting is disguised as a head start in “education”; where the government cares only that we produce tax revenues so that they can continue to help us, so that we...
  • Pope Francis, Filtered

    12/27/2014 8:04:19 PM PST · by AncientAirs · 10 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 28 Dec 2014 | George Weigel
    The Francis Filtration began in earnest during the impromptu press conference on the papal plane while the Pope was en route home from World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. That was the presser that produced the single-most quoted line of the pontificate thus far: “Who am I to judge?” But as retired Cardinal Francis George of Chicago pointed out in a pre-retirement interview with John Allen, that sound bite “has been very misused … because he was talking about someone who has already asked for mercy and been given absolution. … That’s entirely different than talking [about] someone...
  • Religion Without God: Impulse to hold a “church” service despite a hesitant or nonexistent faith

    12/26/2014 7:00:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/26/2014 | T.M. Luhrmann
    THIS Christmas our family will go to church. The service is held in a beautiful old church in the charming town of Walpole, N.H., just over the border from Vermont. The Lord’s Prayer hangs on the wall behind the sanctuary. A lectern rises above the nave to let the pastor look down on his flock. The pews and the side stalls have the stern, pure lineaments suited to the Colonial congregation that once came to church to face God. Except that this church is Unitarian. Unitarianism emerged in early modern Europe from those who rejected a Trinitarian theology in preference...
  • Woman arrested after damaging Satanic display at Florida Capitol

    12/24/2014 11:20:49 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 18 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 12/24/2014 | Foxnews
    <p>A woman was arrested Tuesday after she began to tear down a display by the Satanic Temple in the lobby of the Florida Capitol.</p> <p>The Tallahassee Democrat reported that 54-year-old Susan Hemeryck told two Florida Department of Law Enforcement Capitol Police officers that she "was sorry and had to take down the Satanic display", adding that it was "not right."</p>
  • Don’t Be a Scrooge This Christmas

    12/24/2014 7:23:30 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 12/24/14 | RC Sproul
    EVERY GENERATION HAS ITS ABUNDANCE OF SCROOGES. THE CHURCH IS FULL OF THEM. —R.C. SPROUL Bah! Humbug!” These two words are instantly associated with Charles Dickens’ immortal fictional anti-hero, Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge was the prototype of the Grinch who stole Christmas, the paradigm of all men cynical.We all recognize that Ebenezer Scrooge was a mean person - stingy, insensitive, selfish, and unkind. What we often miss in our understanding of his character is that he was preeminently profane. “Bah! Humbug!” was his Victorian use of profanity.Not that any modern editor would feel the need to delete Scrooge’s expletives. His language is not the standard...
  • Stanford: Dean for Religious Life claims churches should focus less on religion, more on art

    12/23/2014 7:38:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | December 22, 2014 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    The church needs to focus more on art and less on religion and converting people in an effort to become less “churchy,” according to Stanford University’s Dean for Religious Life, The Very Reverend Dr. Jane Shaw. “I think people are always slightly surprised that I’m not very churchy as a person,” Shaw told the Palo Alto Online in an interview. “I don’t think church is to be more churchy. I think church is about, anyone should be welcome. I’m really interested in how you welcome many different kind of constituencies, certainly not convert them, not even necessarily to do religion...
  • Why rape is so intrinsic to religion (Mary Got Raped:Salon Click Bait)

    12/22/2014 12:01:18 PM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | December 21, 2014 | Valerie Tarico
    Powerful gods and demi-gods impregnating human women—it’s a common theme in the history of religion, and it’s more than a little rapey. Zeus comes to Danae in the form of a golden shower, cutting “the knot of intact virginity” and leaving her pregnant with the Greek hero, Perseus. Jupiter forcibly overcomes Europa by transforming himself into a white bull and abducting her. He imprisons her on the Isle of Crete, over time fathering three children. Pan copulates with a shepherdess to produce Hermes. The legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus are conceived when the Roman god Mars impregnates Rea...
  • Muslim virus sneaks into Common Core open wound to infect N.C. high school students

    12/22/2014 8:38:21 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 28 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/22/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The students at North Carolina’s Farmville Central High School have been infected with a dangerous virus deliberately administered to them by their state’s school board. While the town’s parents were busy raising and caring for their families they made the mistake of trusting “professional” educators who have been caught injecting Islam into the school’s Common Core curriculum. The shocked townsfolk now see their children’s English class lessons being taught with references to Muhammad and other elements of Islam. Surprised students are asking how references to religion can be openly made in a public school and offered the following instructions they...
  • An Active President: Obama on the March As the GOP Preps to Run Congress

    12/21/2014 9:04:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2014 | Rob Schwarzwalder
    Since last month’s election, the President has been a busy fellow. He’s traveled to China, heralded what he called a “turning point” in American military affairs, “signed a Presidential Memorandum that prohibits future oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay” and land areas near it and announced a new director for the White House Council for Strong Cities, Strong Communities, to boot.FRC takes no formal position on these issues, or on those that follow (with one exception). Rather, they are listed to make the point that Mr. Obama is not going suddenly to become an inactive Chief Executive. He...
  • What does Rand Paul mean when he speaks of "dignity?" - Is it a buzzword for "social justice?"

    12/20/2014 3:58:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    December 20, 2014
    Does Rand Paul classify himself as a "free-thinker?" I was looking around to see how he might be associated with that atheist/agnostic group and the word "dignity" came up in the first piece below [that uses the term free-thinker]. So I search "Rand Paul" and "dignity" and found that he uses that word in his speeches. So just wondering what anyone knows about his religious leanings other than his traditional association with the Episcopal church. And does he use "dignity" as a euphemism for "social justice" - "getting along" - as a liberal-libertarian stand in [REPLACEMENT] for religion [Islam, Judaism,...
  • Punished for Referencing Bible, Military Chaplain Tells His Side of the Story

    12/18/2014 2:26:05 PM PST · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    http://dailysignal.com ^ | december 18, 2014 | kelsey harkness
    In his first-ever media interview, the military chaplain who was punished for making references to the Bible during a suicide-prevention seminar last month says he was simply doing his job. “What I had tried to communicate with my audience is that depression can be conquered, depression can be overcome, and there are a myriad of ways of dealing with depression,” the chaplain, Capt. Joe Lawhorn, told The Daily Signal in a Skype interview. “In this particular case,” Lawhorn explained, “I had struggled myself personally with the issue at hand I was teaching.”
  • Righteous Mockery: A Biblical Case for Sarcasm

    12/17/2014 5:38:36 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    WV4G ^ | July 3rd, 2014 | Jaycen Saab
    “And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself” – the prophet Elijah to the prophets of Baal, 1 Kings 18:27 How boring would life be if we only spoke to one another with necessities? How mundane would play-by-play sports be if sports announcers were replaced with the equivalent of the Emergency Response System robot voice? That is exactly what we would have in our daily conversations without the crayon of the English language known as “sarcasm”. I will be the first to admit that I...
  • In Showdown with American Sisters, the Vatican Blinked

    12/17/2014 6:11:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 12/16/14 | Phil Lawler
    After a 3-year study of American women’s religious orders, undertaken because of problems that are both grave and obvious, the Congregation for Religious has released a report that avoids direct criticism of religious orders, instead suggesting that the communities should evaluate themselves. But for Catholics who long for a genuine revival of religious life in America, today’s report should not be too disheartening. First, because we knew this was coming. Second and more important, because another Vatican inquiry, aimed specifically at the Leadership Conference for Women Religious (LCWR), is still underway. This battle isn’t over yet. When the process began,...
  • How December 25 Became Christmas

    12/15/2014 9:22:24 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Society ^ | 8/12/2104 | Andrew McGowan
    On December 25, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus' birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foods - these all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere. But just how did the Christmas festival originate? How did December 25 become associated with Jesus' birthday? The Bible offers few clues: Celebrations of Jesus' nativity are not mentioned in the Gospels or Acts; the date is not given, not even the time of year. The biblical reference to shepherds tending their flocks at night when the hear the news of Jesus' birth (Luke 2:8)...
  • Hate Speech: Calling Me NYTimes Wannabe

    12/14/2014 4:22:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2014 | John Ransom
    JimScott wrote:“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,”In the Italian Pope Francis said "demiurgo" which looks to me like "demiurge". So this should read "God is not a demiurge or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life".Yeh message to this sad misguided wannabe NYT reporter (i.e John Ransom) the Gnostic heretics of old believed in two gods the "good" god of the New Testament and the evil lesser god of the Old (i.e demiurge).-- --Can the Pope Shut Up Too?Dear Comrade Scott,I'll take a lot of criticism,...
  • Abercrombie & Fitch: Job Seekers Must Explain Faith To Win Anti-Discrimination Protection

    12/13/2014 10:07:40 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 12/13/2014 | Michael Rudin
    In the closely watched Supreme Court case, EEOC v. Abercrombie, the Becket Fund a brief debunking Abercrombie's claim that a Muslim job applicant should have explained during her job interview that she was wearing a headscarf for religious reasons in order to be protected by anti-discrimination laws. "Abercrombie's claim is both an absurd and dangerous precedent for all people of faith seeking employment," said Eric Baxter, Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. "Justice may be blind, but that doesn't mean employers can cover their eyes. A job applicant does not have to bring a 'Look at me...