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  • America’s New Religions

    12/08/2018 9:36:44 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 43 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 12-7-18 | Andrew Sullivan
    Everyone has a religion. It is, in fact, impossible not to have a religion if you are a human being. It’s in our genes and has expressed itself in every culture, in every age, including our own secularized husk of a society. By religion, I mean something quite specific: a practice not a theory; a way of life that gives meaning, a meaning that cannot really be defended without recourse to some transcendent value, undying “Truth” or God (or gods). Which is to say, even today’s atheists are expressing an attenuated form of religion. Their denial of any God is...
  • Famed BBC TV Naturist Deranged Fearmongering at UN Conf.

    12/07/2018 12:28:48 AM PST · by rocknotsand · 24 replies
    David Attenborough’s climate change fearmongering makes him look a fool"by Andrew Bolt column in the Daily Telegraph (Australia) 5 Dec 2018 It’s embarrassing to see Sir David Attenborough make such a fool of himself after decades of brilliant filmmaking. Organisers of this week’s United Nations’ global warming conference, in Poland, asked the documentary superstar to make a speech that would wake the dead. And he gave it his best shot, trying to sound like an Old Testament prophet but so overdoing the fearmongering that he seemed deranged. “Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale,” he thundered....
  • Peterson and Solzhenitsyn Speak Truth to Power

    12/06/2018 2:13:25 PM PST · by KierkegaardMAN · 4 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 12/05/2018 | Jerry D. Salyer
    Love for one’s people is as natural as love for one’s family. No one can be faulted for this love, only respected. After all, no matter how much the modern world whirls and jerks about, we still aim to keep intact our family, and we hold it in special regard, suffused with sympathy. A nation is a family, too, except an order of magnitude higher in numbers. It is bound by unique internal ties: a common language, a common cultural tradition, a shared historical memory, and a shared set of problems to resolve in the future.
  • Baby Jesus In Cage As Part Of Dedham Church’s Immigration-Themed Nativity Scene

    12/06/2018 5:21:59 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 44 replies
    WBZ ^ | 12/05/2018 | Beth Germano
    It’s an unconventional take on the nativity scene at St. Susanna’s Parish Dedham. The baby Jesus is in a cage, the wise men are closed off by a wall. For the parish, the crčche is meant to be thought provoking. “We try to take a picture of the world as it is and put it together with a Christmas message,” said Pastor Fr. Stephen Josoma. That message this year questions “peace on earth”, since Jesus represents migrant children being held at the southern border separated from their parents. The wise men are the caravan of migrants behind the border wall....
  • Obama and McCain Walk Into a Bar ...

    12/04/2018 3:17:43 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 52 replies
    The New YorkTimes ^ | NOV. 3, 2008 | JOHN TIERNEY
    Do conservatives have more fun? Should liberals start describing themselves as humor-challenged?.. why didn’t the liberals in the Boston experiment like the nonsense humor of “Deep Thoughts” as much as the conservatives did? ... Rod Martin, the author of “The Psychology of Humor,” said the results of the Boston study might reflect another trait that has been shown to correlate with a taste for jokes: cheerfulness.... “Conservatives tend to be happier than liberals in general,” said Dr. Martin, a psychologist at the University of Western Ontario. “A conservative outlook rationalizes social inequality, accepting the world as it is, and making...
  • Albert Einstein's 'God' letter goes on auction

    12/04/2018 1:51:13 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 25 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | Dec 4, 2018
    A letter written in German by Albert Einstein in 1954 is going under the gavel on Tuesday. Experts at Christie's auction house in New York estimate the so-called "God letter" could sell for up to $1.5 million (€1.3 million). "This remarkably candid, private letter was written a year before Einstein's death and remains the most fully articulated expression of his religious and philosophical views," said Christie's in a statement. The missive is referred to as the "God letter" because it addresses how Einstein felt about the characterization of God and Judaism in a then-recently published book on the subject by...

    12/02/2018 6:22:00 AM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 27 replies
    SELF | 12/2/2018 | PilgrimsProgress
    I Corinthians 4:1-7 THE SIMPLICITY OF THE GOSPEL IS UNDER ATTACK—BY RELIGION! “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (II Corinthians 11:3). I find some humor while I am out driving around, and I see these churches named First Corinthians Baptist church and I say to myself, why don’t they have Second Corinthians Baptist churches? Have they even read their Bibles? First Corinthians was written to a carnal, worldly, immature church. Well, thank goodness for Second Corinthians. A lot...
  • [NOAA] Winter Outlook favors warmer temperatures for much of U.S. [of-course]

    12/01/2018 7:04:17 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 42 replies
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ^ | October 18, 2018 | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    A mild winter could be in store for much of the United States this winter according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. In the U.S. Winter Outlook for December through February, above-average temperatures are most likely across the northern and western U.S., Alaska and Hawaii. Additionally, El Nino has a 70 to 75 percent chance of developing. “We expect El Nino to be in place in late fall to early winter,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “Although a weak El Nino is expected, it may still influence the winter season by bringing wetter conditions across the...
  • The Religion of Leftism

    12/01/2018 5:59:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | December 1, 2018 | Allie Stuckie
    Over the last decade, America has moved drastically to the left. Not only are more people on the left than ever before, the left is further left than it’s ever been. This radical brand of progressivism has come to be known as “leftism”—an extreme yet increasingly dominant segment of the political spectrum.At the same time, America has grown more secular. According to Pew, “religious nones” are rapidly growing in number. These “nones” are most concentrated among millennials: 36% of millennials are religiously unaffiliated. Millennials happen to also be America’s most politically progressive generation.This probably isn’t a coincidence, especially since the same...
  • Pontius Pilate’s ring discovered from site near Bethlehem

    11/29/2018 7:28:32 PM PST · by bkopto · 97 replies
    World Israel News ^ | 11/29/2018 | staff
    The Israeli daily Ha’aretz is reporting that a bronze ring found 50 years ago at the Herodion excavation near Bethlehem has been discovered to bear the name of Pontius Pilate, Roman governor of Jerusalem and the man who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus, according to the New Testament. Ha’aretz reports that the name was discovered on the ring with the use of a special camera at the Israel Antiquities Authority labs. The letters on the ring spelled out in Greek writing “Pilatus.” The words surrounded a picture of a wine vessel. Hebrew University Professor Danny Schwartz told Ha’aretz that Pilatus...
  • Vatican official: Prohibit ‘killer robots’ now before they become reality

    11/28/2018 5:42:46 AM PST · by jerod · 46 replies
    CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE ^ | Nov 27, 2018 | Carol Glatz
    ROME - Fully automated and autonomous lethal weapons systems must be banned now before they become a reality in tomorrow’s wars, a Vatican representative said. The development of robotic weapons or “killer robots” will provide “the capacity of altering irreversibly the nature of warfare, becoming more detached from human agency, putting in question the humanity of our societies,” Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic told a group of experts at the United Nations in Geneva. The archbishop, who is the Vatican observer to U.N. agencies in Geneva, spoke Nov. 22 at a meeting of the high contracting parties to the Convention on Prohibitions...
  • What progressives need to defeat Trump: populism and religion

    11/25/2018 10:02:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | November 24, 2018 | Luke Bretherton and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins
    Together the two have generated some of the most vital moments of democratic change in the modern era Religion and populism have become dirty words in progressive circles, but despite common assumptions, their combination could serve as a resource for the sort of democratic renewal many societies need. There is plenty of evidence to support the view that religion and populism are bad enough in themselves and even worse when combined. The so-called “Christian-Democracy” of Viktor Orbán’s Hungary, widespread support of Donald Trump by white evangelicals in the United States, the Hindu nationalism of Modi, and the Islamo-Kemalism of Erdoğan...
  • If our Church and schools are so wicked, Alice, why do you send your children to one?.....

    11/25/2018 5:50:50 AM PST · by Nextrush · 8 replies ^ | 11/24/2018 | Peter Hitchens
    The astonishing case of Professor Alice Roberts, and her public war with her mother about God and schools.... Professor Roberts, who is on TV a lot, has just become the new face of Humanists UK.... She wanted the state to stop funding Church schools. She accused them of indoctrination. But, funnily enough, it turned out her own children attended such a Church school..... She is in for a shock. Religion in this country is due for a revival, as material wealth fails. But who will benefit? The force that is most likely to fill the gap left when the Church...
  • 'I Sat There with Tears in My Eyes': Worship Leader Kari Jobe's Reflections (at the White House)

    11/20/2018 4:46:43 PM PST · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 29 replies
    CBN News ^ | 11/19/18 | Charlene Aaron
    Christian music artist Kari Jobe recently joined a group of worship leaders for a special meeting at the White House, and she posted some profound thoughts about the kingdom of God being seen on earth and the urgent need for prayer for America's leaders. The Christian artists, including Tauren Wells and Danny Gokey, were invited to a "Faith Briefing" which was held to show what the Trump Administration is doing in the area of faith-based projects. Jobe posted about the visit on Instagram, calling it an honor. "Cody and I were honored to be invited," she said. "As I stepped...
  • Teleios Research Evaluates Opinions About the Israel-Palestine Conflict

    11/13/2018 8:08:17 AM PST · by Teleios Research · 4 replies
    PRLOG ^ | November 13, 2018 | William C. Stewart
    Teleios Research recently surveyed adolescents and millennials regarding opinions about the Israel-Palestine conflict. The survey was promoted on the Christian Instagram accounts, Instapray and Godsholyscriptures as well as a secular site, Mindsetofgreatness. Of the 146 participants the majority were: male (52%), <35 years old (74%), from the United States (34%), and evangelical (58%). Politically, evangelical Christians believe Israel is a democracy and all groups are treated fairly (28%); whereas non-evangelicals perceive Palestinians living in Israel are repressed (28%; P=0.002). Evangelicals generally support Israel regarding political and human rights issues (74%) compared to non-evangelicals (46%); while non-evangelicals support the Palestinian Authority...
  • Taxpayer funded ABC discusses the virtues of using sex robots

    11/09/2018 1:04:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Caldron Pool ^ | November 7, 2018 | Caldron Pool
    The ABC is being slammed, yet again. This time for their most recent episode of Q&A, where sexologist Nikki Goldstein suggested socially inept people could benefit from sex bots. “I feel like there are people who really do struggle to have these intimate connections,” Goldstein said. “I’ve interviewed people before that go to brothels, and they feel that the only way they can have this girlfriend experience is to be paying for it. They don’t necessarily want to be there.” “Now when I think of sex robots and where we’re going with A.I. technology, I feel like that’s the perfect...
  • Media Bias Against The Creation Museum

    11/03/2018 6:05:44 PM PDT · by Galatians328 · 10 replies
    Answers in Genesis ^ | November 2, 2018 | Ken Ham
    The Ark (and Museum) have created a tourism boom. In fact, Northern Kentucky now is the largest faith-based tourist destination in the USA.
  • Michael Moore claims Pope Francis told him 'capitalism is a sin' (Trunc.)

    11/03/2018 7:56:09 AM PDT · by libstripper · 57 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Nov. 3, 2018 | Leah Mcdonald
    Full title: "Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore claims Pope Francis told him 'capitalism is a sin' and the 'poor must always come first' at a recent meeting in the Vatican City" Excerpt: Pope Francis apparently told US filmmaker Michael Moore that capitalism is a sin and that the ‘poor must always come first’ when they met recently in the Vatican City. Michael Moore, 64, told Late Night with Seth Meyers that he met the Pope two weeks ago and he made the comments when Moore asked him about income inequality.
  • CW Show Calls Bible 'Fairy Tale' With 'Room for Improvement'

    10/29/2018 9:05:05 AM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    mrcNEWSBUSTERS ^ | October 29, 2018
    Episode Three of the fourth season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, titled “I’m on My Own Path,” included a sweet storyline about the wedding between Heather and Hector. Unfortunately, this is a show on the CW network and a Bible-bashing comment had to make its way into the dialogue. In the October 26 episode, Heather (Vella Lovell) and Hector (Erick Lopez) decide to speed up their wedding date to get Hector covered under Heather's health insurance faster for a medical issue. The happy couple has a civil wedding ceremony performed by a judge but Hector later confesses to Heather that he’d really...
  • Why Jews Hate Guns

    10/29/2018 5:27:29 AM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 35 replies ^ | 2012 | Rabbi Dovid Bendory & Alan Korwin
    Are they right?And who are The Shomrim? It’s no secret that one of the largest blocs of people pressing for so-called “gun control” is the culturally (aka not-so-religious) American Jewish community. This confounds many observers who would expect that Jews, with such a stunning history of oppression and murder by humanity’s villains, would cling tenaciously to personal firearms and the ability to protect themselves as the Hebrew Scriptures instruct. In reaction to the Holocaust, American Jews adopted the phrase “Never Again!” If actions mean anything, they don’t believe it. That’s for someone else to do. How do Jews expect to...