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  • Arizona Football Coach Suspended for Praying with Team

    09/29/2014 2:42:47 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 21 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 9/29/14 | Aurelius
    An Arizona high school football coach was suspended for two games last week for praying with his team. The problem, according to the school, arose after their coach, Tom Brittain, prayed with his team. This is despite the fact that the school, Tempe Preparatory Academy, is state-funded. Freedom of religion only goes so far, according to the school's administration. "He is a man who likes to pray and I don't object to that," said headmaster of the school Dr. David Baum. That said, "he can't do that with our students," Dr. Baum stated bluntly. After a win the previous week,...
  • Public school 'purges' Christian authors from library

    09/29/2014 7:29:19 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies
    http://www.wnd.com/ ^ | Sept 27, 2014 | BOB UNRUH
    A charter school in Southern California is facing the threat of a lawsuit for “purging” Christian books from its library. snip ....Brad Dacus told WND that among the books was “The Hiding Place,” the story of Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch woman sent to a prison camp by the Nazis of World War II for helping Jews escape. Dacus said PJI’s legal team and the district have exchanged letters already. snip Strictly religious books, such as the Bible or the Quran, routinely are on library shelves, he argued. Dacus said an immediate correction of the school’s policy would prevent a...
  • Americans Concerned about Declining Influence of Religion

    09/29/2014 1:32:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2014 | Star Parker
    A new Pew Research Center survey of opinion about the importance of religion in American life shows an interesting picture. Over the last 12 years, the percentage of Americans that think religion is losing influence in American life has increased dramatically. In 2002, 52 percent of those surveyed said religion is losing influence. In 2014, 72 percent of Americans said religion is losing influence. However, while increasing numbers of Americans feel religion is losing influence, most feel this is a bad thing. Fifty-six percent say that the waning influence of religion is a bad thing compared to 12 percent that...
  • Climate change finds a place in faith

    09/28/2014 5:07:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun - Flagstaff ^ | September 26, 2014 | Enery Cowen
    Climate change captured the nation’s attention over the past week as an estimated 400,000 people marched through the streets of New York City to raise a collective voice of alarm about the effects of a warming planet. Just days before the march, the issue got a spotlight in Flagstaff thanks to a visit from Katharine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian and climate scientist who is becoming one of the rising stars in the climate change conversation. Her message about the harmony between faith and climate change earned her a spot on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in...
  • 13 Insightful Maps of U.S. Religion

    09/27/2014 11:24:34 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    http://www.churchpop.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | ChurchPopEditor
    Last week, we brought you 11 Maps to Help You Make Sense of World Religion. This week, we’re zooming in on the grand ‘ole United States of America. What are the major religious groups? And where are they located? Scroll through these awesome maps, and you’ll see some interesting patterns emerge. You can click on any map to enlarge it. Enjoy
  • Holy Radicals in a Fallen World

    09/27/2014 7:57:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 27, 2014 | Kathryn Lopez
    It's 7:15 Tuesday morning and like most mornings, Fr. Robert Barron, rector of the Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois, unassumingly takes an open seat in the audience. Fr. Barron is best and popularly known for the recent PBS series "Catholicism" and his Word on Fire ministry. But here he is on a serene campus outside of Chicago, gathered with his community for prayer. After a brief greeting, the newly announced archbishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich, slips in alongside Fr. Barron. "We are people not to worry, but to depend on the mercy of God," Cupich began as he greeted the...
  • New evidence of ancient multicellular life sets evolutionary timeline back 60 million years

    09/26/2014 11:44:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 58 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | 09-25-2014 | Provided by Virginia Tech
    A Virginia Tech geobiologist with collaborators from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found evidence in the fossil record that complex multicellularity appeared in living things about 600 million years ago – nearly 60 million years before skeletal animals appeared during a huge growth spurt of new life on Earth known as the Cambrian Explosion. The discovery published online Wednesday in the journal Nature contradicts several longstanding interpretations of multicellular fossils from at least 600 million years ago. "This opens up a new door for us to shine some light on the timing and evolutionary steps that were taken by...
  • Interview with Don Hank: Interpreting What is Happening in the U.S., Europe and Russia today

    09/24/2014 6:15:12 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 18 replies
    Julio Severo ^ | Julio Severo
    Interview with Don Hank: Interpreting What is Happening in the U.S., Europe and Russia today By Julio Severo As an American conservative evangelical who speaks and reads Russian and several European and Asian languages, Don Hank is uniquely able to explain the major challenges and dangers to the U.S., Europe and Russia. In this interview, he will help international and especially Brazilian readers to understand what is happening to these cultures that have Christian traditions. Don has a special concern for Christians being persecuted, raped and slaughtered as a result of misguided and malevolent geopolitical policies from the Western...
  • What Does “coram Deo” Mean?

    09/24/2014 2:41:56 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 9/24/14 | RC Sproul
    I remember Mama standing in front of me, her hands poised on her hips, her eyes glaring with hot coals of fire and saying in stentorian tones, “Just what is the big idea, young man?”Instinctively I knew my mother was not asking me an abstract question about theory. Her question was not a question at all—it was a thinly veiled accusation. Her words were easily translated to mean, “Why are you doing what you are doing?” She was challenging me to justify my behavior with a valid idea. I had none.Recently a friend asked me in all earnestness the same question....
  • Obama Forbids FBI to Use Religion in Identifying Terror Threats...

    09/24/2014 7:48:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9-24-2014 | Karin McQuillan
    AT had a chance to catch up with Steven Emerson, head of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, and hear his assessment of the ISIS threat here on American soil. Emerson runs the country’s top data center on Islamic terror groups in the United States, working like a man possessed, and accomplishing the work of thousands on sheer guts and determination to protect our country. " The FBI has been handcuffed in terms of investigating religious extremists in mosques, as a result of guidelines put out by the attorney general earlier this year. And so therefore, there is… a definite problem...
  • Obama Forbids FBI to Use Religion to Identify Terror Threats, as ISIS Recruits Openly in Mosques

    09/24/2014 6:33:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/24/2014 | Karin McQuillan
    div class="article_body top">AT had a chance to catch up with Steven Emerson, head of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, and hear his assessment of the ISIS threat here on American soil.  Emerson runs the country’s top data center on Islamic terror groups in the United States, working like a man possessed, and accomplishing the work of thousands on sheer guts and determination to protect our country.   Wherever the bad guys have been caught and prosecuted successfully, you will find Emerson working quietly behind the scenes as an invaluable ally of the FBI and Homeland Security.  Because he accepts no money...
  • It’s Official: Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral

    09/23/2014 3:40:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 09/23/2014 | Elizabeth Picciuto
    A recent study comparing views on morality of religious and non-religious people found something surprising: Religion doesn’t make our everyday lives more moral. Suppose you actually do have an angel over your shoulder telling you the right thing to do. That angel probably wouldn’t tell you anything you didn’t already know. A recent study in Science aimed at uncovering how we experience morality in our everyday lives suggests that religious people are no more moral—or immoral—than non-religious people. Whether or not we believe that divine precepts give us guidance, our behavior is remarkably similar. The fact that atheists are apparently...
  • University of Tennessee Refuses to Ban Pre-Game Prayers

    09/23/2014 2:46:18 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 20 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | September 23, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    <p>It’s football time in Tennessee where longtime gridiron traditions are cherished – from Rocky Top to the Pride of the Southland Marching Band. At the start of every game inside the colossal Neyland Stadium, thousands of the football faithful rise to their feet, remove their hats and pause for the pre-game prayer.</p>
  • October Surprise - in favor of the Conservatives? [Vanity]

    09/22/2014 7:11:55 AM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 32 replies
    Christian Today | 06 August 2014 | Brownie Marie
    Is this God's version of an October Surprise?
  • Archaeologists discover 'industrial scale' wine production at ancient site

    09/21/2014 5:03:38 AM PDT · by RouxStir · 9 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | September 19, 2014
    <p>"Archaeologists in Israel have discovered a massive compound dating back to the Byzantine era, which was used for “industrial-scale” production of wine and olive oil.</p> <p>The site at Ramat Bet Shemesh about 19 miles west of Jerusalem contains an oil press, wine press and colorful mosaics, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.</p>
  • Removing intolerant organizations that teach and practice the elimination of non-members.

    09/20/2014 8:53:44 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 18 replies
    I am the source | 20 September 2014 | Chuck Plante (backtothestreets)
    Our great nation was formed by people of diverse nationalities, primarily Europeans with differing religious identities. While some mistrust existed, occasionally igniting localized conflicts, the religions of these many cultures did not teach and engage in the extermination of people of differing faiths. The world is now facing such a religion of extreme intolerance. It has a toehold in the USA and most other western nations, but cannot be allowed to remain because a religion of extreme intolerance teachings that dictates the elimination by death of nonbelievers does not, nor ever will be compatible with our historical embrace of religious...
  • The Lawyer on Trial for Christ

    09/19/2014 9:04:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | John Ransom
    When a witness for the prosecution provides the testimony that affirms the innocence of the defendant—when a witness is turned—there can be no more dramatic and powerful exoneration for the accused. And amongst the many gifts that David Limbaugh brings to bring to his latest best-selling book, Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel, it is Limbaugh’s gift of disbelief, his prior agnosticism toward “the God of the Bible,” that provides the gripping testimony necessary to turn an ordinary apologetics book into an extraordinary defense of, not just the Bible, but of belief in general. What...
  • Prayers and Preparation

    09/18/2014 6:46:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: This is the third column in a series. The first two installments, “This is Providence,” and “Pharisees and Pharaohs,” can be accessed in my column archive. Some of the themes discussed in this series were also part of a speech I gave at an Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) event in July. The full speech can be viewed by clicking on this link. A trial is a thing to be avoided whenever possible. When it becomes impossible to avoid, it consumes you. You lose a measure of control over your life and you just have to trust your attorneys...
  • American Soldiers Singing "Days of Elijah"

    09/17/2014 3:13:18 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 20 replies
    youtube ^ | 0/17/2014 | unknown
    Days of Elijah, by our brave young men! May God bless and protect them all.
  • Ex-POW Jessica Lynch Starring in Christian Film

    09/17/2014 3:20:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    ABC ^ | 9/16/14 | John Raby
    Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is enjoying her latest role, starring in a Christian movie currently in production. But the West Virginia native is not sure if an acting career is in her future. Lynch plays Beth Barlow, the president's daughter, in the JC Films production of "One Church." "It's a lot of stress," Lynch told The Associated Press on Tuesday as she was heading from West Virginia to Rock Hill, South Carolina, to finish filming. "But I have to say I've had fun with it and it's an opportunity. I'm one of those people who says 'never say...
  • College Students Sign Petition To Support ISIS… On 9/11

    09/16/2014 4:00:05 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 15, 2014 | The Daily Caller
    <p>Multiple college students signed a petition to support the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) last week.</p> <p>Media Research Center TV reporter Dan Joseph went to the campus of George Washington University on Thursday, Sept. 11, and collected a dozen signatures from students on a petition to President Barack Obama to not only stop bombing ISIS, but also actively support the terrorist group. ISIS has beheaded two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff.</p>
  • Kerry: We Must 'Put Real Islam Out There'

    09/16/2014 6:29:35 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 53 replies
    Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that to counter the ideology of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its claim of a "religious foundation" for its actions, part of the strategy of the international coalition he is attempting to assemble must be to "begin to put real Islam out there." Kerry, in Paris for talks with various world leaders to build that coalition, further said that all of the Arab leaders he had spoken with earlier concurred about their focus on "real Islam and how important the Friday sermons are." The secretary of state recently...
  • Signs of Spiritual Awakening in Japan

    09/15/2014 4:39:19 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 9/11/14 | Michael Oh and Brett Rayl
    Japan is known by many to be a difficult mission field. But for those who know missions in Japan well, the phrase “hard mission field” is merely a euphemism for a grimmer expression that was previously used about Africa, one that has been recently applied to Japan: “the missionary’s graveyard.” One would expect such a bleak designation to be used in reference to a land known for physical hardship or violent persecution, and there have been martyrs in Japan’s Christian history. That is not the case today, however. Religious worker visas are readily available, and the Japanese often politely thank...
  • What Does the Church Most Need Today?

    09/14/2014 6:16:50 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 9/12/14 | W. Robert Godfrey
    What does the church most need today? In answering this important but rather general question, Psalm 81 is uniquely important and helpful. This psalm obviously contains beautiful promises and clear directions to help the people of God. But careful study of this psalm will deepen our appreciation of it, increase its value for us, and show us how distinctive it is for helping the church.As we study psalms, we soon learn that the central verse of a psalm is often significant as a key to its interpretation. The central line of Psalm 81 is the heart of that psalm, as...
  • The Illusion of Neutrality: The secular state cannot be neutral in matters of religion

    09/13/2014 5:01:03 AM PDT · by rhema · 11 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | 9/11/14 | Anthony Esolen
    We have all heard what has come to be a liberal dictum, that the State must remain neutral as regards religion or irreligion. One can show fairly easily that the men who wrote our constitution had no such neutrality in mind, given the laws that they and their fellows subsequently passed, their habits of public prayer at meetings, and their common understanding that freedom without virtue, and virtue without piety, were chimeras. To show that that understanding persisted, all one need do is open every textbook for school children published for almost two hundred years; or recall that Catholic immigrants...
  • David Limbaugh's Case For Christianity

    09/12/2014 6:56:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    David Limbaugh has written a book that departs dramatically from his recent tomes on the worst excesses of the Obama presidency. "Jesus On Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel" explores his journey of faith, from believer to non-believer and back. "Rush and I were raised in a great Midwest Christian family. We went to church every Sunday. Our parents raised us right so I'm not blaming them. I'm blaming myself for the message not sticking," he says. As it has for so many, his faith faded away in college. Faith was replaced by skepticism. Limbaugh wants it...
  • Arkansas State removing cross decal from football helmets

    09/11/2014 9:27:10 AM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 25 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | September 11, 2014 | Dan Wolken
    (RNS) Arkansas State is removing a Christian cross decal from the back of its football helmets after a complaint that it violated separation of church and state, the university said Wednesday (Sept. 10). Athletics director Terry Mohajir said he wanted to fight the decision because the decal was intended to honor former player Markel Owens and equipment manager Barry Weyer, who both died this year. However, Mohajir said he had little choice but to follow advice from the university’s legal counsel to remove or modify the symbol. “My job is to support our players and our coaches in their expression...
  • Ted Cruz: Hatred, Bigotry, Opposition to Israel Led to Me Leaving Event [Booed by "Christians"]

    09/11/2014 2:20:20 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/10/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Reports surfaced Wednesday night that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was "booed off the stage" at an event hosted by a purportedly Christian organization. Cruz, the keynote speaker at the new "In Defense Of Christians" organization's dinner in Washington DC, had offered the crowd--a number of whom were Christians from the Middle East, including Palestinian Christians--public support for Israel. After doing so, some members of the crowd booed at Cruz, and they persisted until he left the stage, noting their hatred and saying he can't stand with them if they don't stand with Israel.
  • Speech on Islam in the Swedish Parliament

    09/10/2014 1:48:26 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 37 replies
    09/10/2014 | WesternCulture
    Sweden has let in thousands of Muslim immigrants during the last decades. Many native Swedes are strongly opposed to the idea of Multiculturalism becoming the new 'state religion'. Some members of parliament have begun speaking the truth about Islam. Link below.
  • Cal State No Longer Recognizing Christian Groups

    09/09/2014 6:32:05 AM PDT · by xzins · 80 replies
    CBN ^ | September 09, 2014
    A new policy put in place by Cal State University could cost InterVarsity and other Christian groups up to $460,000 to meet on campus because they cannot change their leadership requirements to include any student. "No campus shall recognize any fraternity, sorority, living group, honor society, or other student organization unless its membership and leadership are open to all currently enrolled students at that campus," the policy states. The rule requires leadership positions to be open to any student, regardless of whether they hold the same beliefs as the Club. The policy went into effect in 2012 but up until...
  • Our Defining Moral Crisis

    09/08/2014 3:22:41 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | Danny Lemeiux
    One of the fundamental problems in our society is that we argue with one another from positions of moral parochialism: we assume that the other party shares our frames of reference. That may have been true in the earlier years of our nation, but I propose that this is no longer the case. Today, we argue from different and fundamentally incompatible moral codes and value systems. It is the dichotomy between the two that confuses our discourse and creates great dangers for our country.
  • Capitalism and the Common Good

    09/07/2014 1:47:00 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 9/5/14 | Kevin Brown
    How to gear the free market so that people floursh.Two young girls sit on the front porch of an idyllic suburban home, staring at the wonder that is the modern smartphone. After one girl lists all the things the smartphone can do—“I can watch movies on it, read a book, talk with my friends... ...prompting the other girl to say, “I want one; make me one!” The smartphone then explains that “no one knows how to build even one of these things”—that millions of inventors, designers, miners, oil drillers, and factory owners around the world are needed to create just...
  • Beacons in the Dark

    09/06/2014 8:17:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2014 | Kathryn Lopez
    While a prisoner of Islamic terrorists, Steven Sotloff faked illness so that he could observe Yom Kippur. It is said that he would also covertly pray facing Jerusalem. As with James Foley, another American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Sotloff's religious faith was reportedly important to him. "He was no hero," his family emphasized in a statement. "He was a man who tried to find good in a world full of darkness." Very far away from where national headlines tend to be made, about 250 Catholic scholars gathered in Bismarck, North Dakota, over...
  • Faith-Based Fascism: Turning Churches into the State's Bagmen

    09/05/2014 5:17:10 AM PDT · by all the best · 6 replies
    garynorth.com ^ | September 4, 2014 | Gary North
    The economic heart of fascism in the 1930's was the "government-private industry alliance." It still is. In this alliance, the state provides limited funds and promotion of favored businesses. The businesses provide profits that are taxed. The state's bureaucrats increase their influence over the economy by way of favored business enterprises. The state is now heralding faith-based welfare. State money is used to favor some ministries, which conform to state requirements. In this way, the churches get "matching funds" from the state, and the state gets another avenue into the lives of the public. There will be more welfare clients,...
  • Mesa man seeks sanctuary at University Presbyterian Church Community calls for DHS

    09/04/2014 11:39:36 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 15 replies
    phoenixrestorationproject.wordpress.com ^ | SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 | PHOENIXRESTORATIONPROJECT
    Tempe, AZ: Luis has been in deportation proceedings as a result of a minor traffic incident. On July 7, 2014, his attorney submitted a request for a stay of removal to keep Luis in the United States with his wife and children, but that request has been denied by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), despite matching the agency’s own “low priority” criteria for removal. He now lives under the threat of immediate deportation. At a press conference at 9:30am, Rev. Eric O. Ledermann will discuss his congregation’s call to stand with and support the Lopez-Acabal family so that they may...
  • A prayer request

    09/04/2014 6:52:08 AM PDT · by Shimmer1 · 105 replies
    I have a prayer request. I am having cancer surgery on Sept 16. Less than two weeks away. I'm having a mastectomy, with reconstruction. It all gets done (or at least started) on the table. Please pray for my fear, which is usually at the manageable level. And that I make it through surgery. I'll be in the hospital for one day. I opted to stay with my surgical oncologist that operated on me two years ago (cancer then too) for many reasons, one being he's THE breast cancer surgeon in Middle GA. Trouble is, after I was diagnosed, I've...
  • The Great Nunquisition: Why the Vatican Is Cracking Down on Sisters

    09/01/2014 10:26:42 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 103 replies
    Time ^ | 31 Aug 14 | Jo Piazza
    Today's generation of nuns are progressive women, two things the Church isn't used to Nuns are an endangered species. They are dying and not being replaced. More Florida Atheist Kicked Out of City Meeting For Refusing to Stand During InvocationHate Crime Laws: What the Amish Beard Cutting Case Means for the Rest of UsBrits on Edge: Police Get Power to Seize Terror Suspect Passports NBC NewsSkiing Standoff Could Be Downhill Run for Park City NBC NewsMajor Shift: Germany to Arm Anti-ISIS Forces in Iraq NBC News If you think the news is bad now, a world without nuns would be...
  • An Urgent Call to Pray for Jerusalem

    09/01/2014 5:44:15 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 4 replies
    AnGel Ministries ^ | 9/1/2014 | Ann Graham Lots
    Our Father in Heaven. God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. You are the Eternal I AM. The One who is age to age the same. There is no shadow of turning with You. You are fully present in every generation—past, present, and future. You are the All-Mighty. Your power has not been deleted or depleted over the millennia of human history. We know that You so loved the world that You gave us Heaven’s treasure when You sent Your only Son to die, so that anyone and everyone who places their faith in Him...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Gay Rights Evolution

    08/31/2014 7:31:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    NY times ^ | 8/29/14 | AMY CHOZICK
    The crowd of supporters stretched around Main Street on a busy Saturday in August, hundreds of Hamptonites curving past the Ralph Lauren and Tiffany & Co. stores, waiting patiently to greet Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mrs. Clinton had taken a break from her beach vacation to sign copies of her latest memoir, “Hard Choices.” Her presence transformed BookHampton, the bookseller the Clintons frequent on their working summer vacations, into a sort of pre-campaign event with Secret Service agents, and well-wishers including Martha Stewart and Howard Dean. The shores of Long Island are not exactly a proxy for the enthusiasm Mrs. Clinton...
  • Midlothian schools cover up religious plaques

    08/27/2014 3:46:50 PM PDT · by tuffydoodle · 18 replies
    My Fox DFW ^ | 8-26-14 | Tracy Delatte
    Dedication plaques at two Midlothian elementary schools will be replaced because they reference God and the Holy Christian Church. Superintendent Jerome Stewart confirmed the plaques at Mountain Peak Elementary and Longbranch Elementary are covered up for now. Over the summer, someone complained about the plaque at Mountain Peak to the Freedom from Religion Foundation. After doing some research, the organization sent a letter to the Midlothian ISD. The 2-by-3-foot display next to the front entrance of the school included two Latin crosses and read, “Dedicated in the year of our Lord 1997 to the education of God's children and to...
  • Florida school district replaces football chaplains with "life coaches"

    08/26/2014 4:02:28 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-26-14 | Todd Starnes
    Troy Schmidt’s jaw dropped. A few minutes before, he had been preparing to start his seventh year as chaplain for the Olympia High School football team in Florida. But now, those plans had been changed – radically changed. “I received a call from the coach,” Schmidt told me. “He said Orange County Public Schools is no longer allowed to have chaplains as a part of the football program.” Schmidt, who is a campus pastor of the First Baptist Church of Windermere, Florida, listened as the football coach explained the district’s decision to cleanse Christianity from its ranks. “I could no...
  • Funeral Pastors Compare Michael Brown’s Death To Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion [VIDEO]

    08/26/2014 3:10:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/26/2014 | Heather Smith
    A crowd of family, friends, music stars, civil rights leaders and preachers gathered at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Monday for the memorial of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old robbery suspect who was fatally shot by local police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo.Brown’s uncle, Pastor Charles Ewing, gave a passionate eulogy and made parallels of his nephew’s life and that of the life of Jesus Christ. “Michael Brown was 18 years old. He was shot around noon. Our Lord and Savior hung on the cross — now compare our time frame 12 o’clock to the Jewish time frame...
  • Michael Brown Spent Last Weeks Grappling With Problems and Promise

    08/25/2014 2:22:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 24, 2014 | John Eligon
    FERGUSON, Mo. — It was 1 a.m. and Michael Brown Jr. called his father, his voice trembling. He had seen something overpowering. In the thick gray clouds that lingered from a passing storm this past June, he made out an angel. And he saw Satan chasing the angel and the angel running into the face of God. Mr. Brown was a prankster, so his father and stepmother chuckled at first. “No, no, Dad! No!” the elder Mr. Brown remembered his son protesting. “I’m serious.” And the black teenager from this suburb of St. Louis, who had just graduated from high...
  • The Islamic State and the land of lost gods

    08/25/2014 12:02:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 23 Aug 2014 | Tom Holland
    From the dawn of civilisation, the Fertile Crescent has been a cradle to strange and fascinating sects. Not any more As the fighters of the Islamic State drive from village to captured village in their looted humvees, they criss-cross what in ancient times was a veritable womb of gods. For millennia, the Fertile Crescent teemed with a bewildering variety of cults and religions. Back in the 3rd Christian century, a philosopher by the name of Bardaisan was so overwhelmed by the sheer array of beliefs to be found in Mesopotamia that he invoked it to disprove the doctrines of astrology....
  • An Open Letter to the False Church

    08/25/2014 8:51:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Matt Barber
    “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.” – 2 Timothy 4:3 Dear false prophets, false teachers and Christian apostates of every stripe: We’ve all heard this phrase: “You know who you are!” It’s an expression typically levied in the context of some corrective admonition, intended for some person or persons, busy about some misbehavior. While sent via certified mail, this is one of those rare open letters to whom the preponderance of intended recipients have, somehow, managed to convince themselves,...
  • Satan Does Not Hold the Keys of Death

    08/25/2014 2:23:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    ligonier ^ | 8/25/14 | RC Sproul
    We have different vocations with respect to the jobs and tasks God gives us in this life. But we all share in the vocation of death. Every one of us is called to die. That vocation is as much a calling from God as is a “call” to the ministry of Christ. Sometimes the call comes suddenly and without warning. Sometimes it comes with advance notification. But it comes to all of us. And it comes from God.I am aware that there are teachers who tell us that God has nothing to do with death. Death is seen strictly as...
  • Freedom OF Religion, Not Freedom FROM Religion

    08/24/2014 10:20:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/24/14 | Alan Caruba
    A relatively small Freedom From Religion Foundation will continue to use the courts to impose their atheistic views on any public institution The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution do not abandon religion, they embrace it. They do not, however, require that Americans believe in God, nor punish them for failing to do so. Central to the liberties enshrined in these documents is the belief that they come from a higher power and America exists because of that belief. Without it there would have been no America. There are those among us who insist that, as a nation, we...
  • War on Christianity Still Alive and Well in America

    08/21/2014 2:45:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 22, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Many reject the notion that a good segment of our popular culture and of our political class is at war with Christianity. But this is a real war — not a phony one, such as the left's manufactured "war on women." This hostility toward Christianity is a global phenomenon. Radical Muslims are targeting, persecuting and, in many cases, slaughtering Christians in numerous countries around the world. But I want to talk about a softer form of hostility — though nevertheless of serious concern — that is occurring in the United States. I filled an entire book with examples of discrimination...
  • TN High-School Student Suspended For Saying ‘Bless You’ After Someone Sneezed

    08/21/2014 10:08:58 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 20, 2014 | Jim Treacher
    A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed. When Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner said bless you to her classmate, she says her teacher told her that was for church… Students sent WMC Action News 5′s Michael Clark a photo of the teacher’s white board that lists ‘bless you’ and other expressions that are banned as part of class rules. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/20/tn-high-school-student-suspended-for-saying-bless-you-after-someone-sneezed/#ixzz3B30KHEag
  • Atheists Try Interception on Intercession

    08/20/2014 7:45:17 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 18, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    Plenty of football players exercise on Chestatee High School’s field — it’s the exercising of their faith that atheists object to! Georgia locals found that out the hard way when the bullies at the American Humanist Association lined up against the team’s posters and prayers. In a move that’s almost comical, the national group sent an undercover photographer to practices and games, hoping to catch the team in an act of blatant religiosity. “We have received reports,” AHA insisted, “that CHS coaches have joined players in prayer while standing in a circle, hands interlocked.” Gasp! football team prayer The organization’s...