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  • Ted Cruz: Democrats home to 'liberal fascism'

    04/26/2015 11:37:46 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    WISN.com ^ | 2015-04-26 | Ashley Killough
    WAUKEE, Iowa (CNN) —Sen. Ted Cruz argued Saturday that Democrats have become so extreme and "intolerant" of religious views that "there is no room for Christians in today's Democratic Party." "There is a liberal fascism that is dedicated to going after believing Christians who follow the biblical teaching on marriage," the Texas Republican said in his speech before a Christian conservative audience in Waukee, Iowa.Cruz joined eight other presidential candidates and potential contenders on stage at the Iowa Faith and Freedom summit, where speakers railed against what they see as threats to religious liberty. For his part, Cruz alluded to...
  • The central delusion of the Christian right: Americans aren’t really churchgoers after all

    04/26/2015 11:56:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Salon ^ | April 26, 2015 | Amanda Marcotte
    New research reveals we're not the nation of Bible thumpers Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee like to tell themselves. The 2016 presidential campaign has really and truly started now, and already the religious pandering is getting silly. Despite wanting voters to think of him as a “libertarian” Rand Paul was recently bleating about how this country needs a religious revival, specifically “another Great Awakening.” Ted Cruz made a big fancy speech at Liberty University where he highlighted his defense of state promotion of religion, which he erroneously called “religious freedom,” even though having the state push faith on you is...
  • Hillary Lets The Veil Slip: Religion Is A Problem To Be Disposed Of

    04/26/2015 10:04:09 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/25/15 | MATT K LEWIS
    Kudos to TheDC’s Kerry Picket for spotting the significance of this Hillary Clinton quote: “Laws [about reproductive health care and safe childbirth] have to be backed up with resources and political will,” Clinton said. “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” If one is to assume that “reproductive health care” rights are a euphemism for abortion (a fairly safe assumption), then this is quite telling. Maybe it’s because she was speaking to a friendly audience (at the Women in The World Summit), but this honest appraisal is a reminder that politics are downstream from...
  • A great Father of the Bride speech!

    04/26/2015 9:51:15 AM PDT · by Vanders9 · 2 replies
    Big Geek Daddy ^ | February 2013
    A very touching speech made by the Father of the Bride to the Groom that shows this father’s love for his daughter.
  • Why Apple Watch isn't the most advanced timepiece

    04/25/2015 1:53:58 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 69 replies
    cnbc ^ | 4-25-2015 | Eric Rosenbaum
    Taking on Apple is dangerous business. You run the risk of not only having another U2 album automatically loaded into your iTunes account as a Godfather-like sample of what Apple can do to you, but getting the hordes of Apple fan boys and fan girls mad at you.
  • Old Is New Again - of Morality

    04/24/2015 12:04:57 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 3 replies
    Me | 04/24/2015 | Me
    Ancient society morality was based on concentric circles, with the free male of that tribe at the center, females and children farther out, foreign and slaves at the bottom. Christianity held that all were equally valid before God, even if not necessarily the same in real life. You may have a master in the world, but your soul was equally valid. That was revolutionary at the time. Liberalism has brought back the old concentric rings of value. The woman is worth more than a man, hired first, her opinion more valid from her experience. The non-Caucasian is worth more; that...
  • Clinton: 'Deep-seated' beliefs block abortion access - back up and enforce laws

    04/24/2015 9:47:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday said "deep-seated … religious beliefs" have to be changed before the world's women will get full access to abortion. “Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced,” Clinton said, according to The Daily Caller. “Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper,” she argued about abortion. “Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will." “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be...
  • "The Devil is Trying to Discredit Me": Controversial Pastor Defends Trying to Buy Gulfstream Jet

    04/24/2015 7:58:37 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 65 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | April 24, 2015 | Jack Crone
    A controversial US pastor has defended trying to buy a $65million private jet with worshippers' donations and responded to critics by claiming 'the devil is trying to discredit' him. Reverend Creflo Dollar, 53, launched an appeal last month for 200,000 people to each donate '$300 or more' so that he could purchase a Gulfstream G650 to replace his current damaged aircraft.
  • An Unlikely Convert: An Interview with Rosaria Butterfield [Atheist Lesbian now Christ Follower!]

    04/23/2015 8:53:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | Nathan Bingham
    Tabletalk: Your book is titled The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. Could you explain some of your “secret thoughts,” and why you were an “unlikely convert”? Rosaria Butterfield: I considered myself an atheist, having rejected my Catholic childhood and what I perceived to be the superstitions and illogic of the historic Christian faith. I found Christians to be difficult, sour, fearful, and intellectually unengaged people. In addition, since the age of twenty-eight, I had lived in monogamous lesbian relationships and politically supported LGBT causes. I coauthored Syracuse University’s first successful domestic partnership policy while working there as a professor...
  • Poll: Israel is one of the world's least religious countries

    04/22/2015 7:07:01 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 63 replies
    Algenheimer ^ | 4/21/2015 | None given
    Perhaps it’s the Jewish state, but the state of Judaism in Israel might raise a few eyebrows: according to an international Gallup poll, Israel is now one of the world’s least religious countries.
  • If You Crave an Apple Watch, You Probably Voted for Obama

    04/22/2015 12:46:47 PM PDT · by JOAT · 109 replies
    Yahoo Tech ^ | 4-15-2015 | Dan Tynan
    Just over six percent of Americans plan to buy an Apple Watch this year, according to an online poll of 1,829 US adults conducted by Reuters/Ipsos. If accurate, that means Apple could sell as many as 15 million Watches this year, or more than double the total number of smartwatches sold by all manufacturers in 2014. Who are these Watch watchers? Reuter’s interactive polling tool offers an in-depth and occasionally surprising look at the demographics. According to this poll, Apple Watch fans are democratic leaning and college educated, largely male, but not necessarily Caucasian. They own their own homes and...
  • Nun, 86, is gang-raped and murdered when robbers break in South Africa

    04/21/2015 7:20:47 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 54 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 21 April 2015 | HELEN MOSS
    An 86-year-old nun was reportedly gang-raped before being murdered in her bedroom at a South African missionary. Gertrud Tiefenbacher's hands had been tied with a typewriter cord and a towel placed over a face, say local police. Her body was found by other nuns at the Sacred Heart Missionary in Ixopo, a small town 85 miles south-west of Durban. Police in KwaZulu-Natal are waiting for the results of forensic tests to confirm that Sister Gertrud was sexually assaulted. They say she was suffocated but they are unsure how many men attacked her. A small sum of money - thought to...
  • Nigerian Bishop Says Christ Showed Him How to Beat Islamic Terror Group

    04/21/2015 3:46:42 PM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 108 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4-21-15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme, head of the Diocese of Maiduguri in Nigeria's Borno State, was in a chapel praying before the Blessed Sacrament last December when, he says, something extraordinary happened: Jesus Christ appeared holding a sword, which He offered to the prelate. According to Bishop Dashe, the moment he took the sword from Jesus' hands, it transformed into Rosary beads. He then heard Christ repeat three times, "Boko Haram is gone." The bishop recalls, "I didn't need any prophet to give me the explanation. It was clear that with the Rosary we would be able to expel Boko Haram."...
  • The Terrible Failure of the Secular Gospel

    04/21/2015 10:36:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2015 | Michael Brown
    Almost 20 years ago, the journal First Things published an article by a famous German theologian named Wolfhart Pannenberg titled “How to Think About Secularism.” In the article, Pannenberg outlined the nature of secularism and how it threatened the church, also explaining how the church should not respond to the challenge. Looking back, it’s clear that many of our pastors and leaders have done the opposite of what he counseled, and we are paying the price for it today. Pannenberg himself was orthodox in some of his beliefs and unorthodox in others, but I’m focusing here on his observations about...
  • Here's what you can do on the Apple Watch without your iPhone

    04/20/2015 3:22:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 163 replies
    CNet News ^ | Thursday April 9, 2015 | by Mitchel Broussard
    he Apple Watch is, first and foremost, an iPhone accessory. It might be even more than that eventually, a truly independent gadget, but a vast majority of its current core functions -- making calls, sending messages, getting information, even playing any third-party games -- require your iPhone to be on, have Internet service, and be paired with the Watch via Bluetooth or a shared Wi-Fi network. If you're thinking about getting one, make sure you know that. It requires an iPhone 5 or later, and it can't even be set up without one. Still, the Apple Watch can do a...
  • Marco Rubio’s deranged religion, Ted Cruz’s bizarre faith: God-fearing clowns

    04/20/2015 9:05:02 AM PDT · by Baynative · 25 replies
    Salon ^ | 4/19/15 | Jeffrey Tayler
    This Season of Unreason will end with the elections of November 2016, but its consequences – validation of the idea that belief without evidence is a virtue, that religion, and especially Christianity, deserves a place in our politics, our Constitutionally enshrined secularism notwithstanding – will live on and damage the progressive cause. But it does not have to be this way. There will almost certainly be no (declared) atheist or even agnostic among the candidates. This is scandalous, given the electorate’s gradual, relentless ditching of religion. A survey just out shows that 7.5 million Americans have abandoned their faith since...
  • 10 Secret Societies That Influenced History

    04/19/2015 4:52:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Hudson Valley News Network ^ | March 28, 2015 | Frank De Raffele
    Here is an Interesting Top Ten List. Did you know of these Secret Societies that existed throughout our history? Ever since recorded time, secret societies have fascinated and frightened us. Since mystery is encoded into their DNA, secret societies are easy fodder for conspiracy theorists or lazy students who seek simple explanations for history’s many catastrophes. These secret societies, however, did indeed influence the world around them, and the reverberations of their teachings and actions are with us to this very day. 10. The Secret Six Because it was one of the most glamorous moments in the history of American...
  • Franklin Graham Launching 50-State Decision America Tour in 2016

    04/18/2015 1:43:01 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 109 replies
    BillyGraham.org ^ | 4/15/15 | BGEA
    On Tuesday night, Franklin Graham announced he will embark on a 50-state tour of the United States next year. He made the following announcement on his Facebook page: America is in trouble. At 62 years of age, I’ve lived long enough to learn that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can turn this country around; no political party or politician is the answer. The only hope for this country is Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ. Next year I am planning to travel to all 50 states to conduct prayer rallies—we are calling this the Decision America Tour. I...
  • The Persecution of Christians Globally: A Threat to International Peace and Security [Live Event]

    04/17/2015 12:59:38 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    The event is co-hosted by Palau Mission.
  • Supreme Court: Obama Admin Can’t Make Religious Groups Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

    04/17/2015 6:15:32 AM PDT · by xzins · 44 replies
    Life News ^ | Apr 16, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    The Supreme Court issued an order today preventing the Obama administration from forcing religious groups in Pennsylvania to obey the HHS mandate that requires them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. This is the fifth time the Supreme Court has rebuked the Obama administration and prevented it from making such a mandate. In an order issued last night, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito prevented the federal government from enforcing its contraceptive mandate against a range of Pennsylvania-based religious organizations including Catholic Charities and other Catholic schools and social service organizations connected with the Diocese of Erie and the...
  • The Apple Watch is Already Wiping the Floor with the Entire Smartwatch Market

    04/16/2015 5:29:23 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 301 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Thursday, April 16, 2015 | Rob Price
    The Apple Watch is on fire: KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimates that Apple's debut smartwatch has sold more than 2.3 million units since preorders opened, MacRumors reports. Apple hasn't released any sales data on Apple Watch sales, and it most likely won't until the company's quarterly earnings report. But this 2.3 million figure echoes what others have estimated — the research company Slice believes there were about 1 million US preorders on launch day, for example. Ming-Chi Kuo has a good track record on Apple: He was spot on with his predictions about the iPhone 5S, for example. If...
  • U.S. military ‘hostile’ to Christians under Obama; morale, retention devastated

    04/16/2015 5:12:11 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 49 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Jacqueline Klimas
    “I know people who get out, officers and chaplains, who’ve said, ‘I can’t serve the way I want to in this environment,’” said Mr. Lee, who also served as an Army chaplain. “People who’ve said, ‘Because of the religious liberty challenges I see, I think I’ll serve somewhere else.’” Not being able to recruit or retain these individuals is very dangerous from a national security standpoint, said Mr. Berry, because they could be the military’s next group of leaders, but will never serve because they don’t think they’re welcome. “We all used to sit around and talk about planning on...
  • Our Shameless World

    04/14/2015 2:03:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | April 2015 | Andrew Davis
    The first mention of shame in Scripture actually celebrates the absence of it: Adam and Eve were naked and felt no shame (Gen. 2:25). The final destination of Scripture is the New Jerusalem, where nothing shameful will ever enter (Rev. 21:27), a place where the redeemed from every nation will celebrate their eternal cleansing from shame by the blood of Christ. In between, however, a tragic and sordid history unfolds in which the descendants of Adam probe with ever-increasing boldness the depths of the shame to which our race can plunge. Here we will highlight three ways that our...
  • Apple Watch: Understanding Early Sales Data

    04/13/2015 8:05:13 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 56 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | April 13, 2015 | J.M. Manness
    Last Friday, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) opened its online store for preorders of the new Apple Watch. This article will clear up some of the misinformation that has resulted from inaccurate reporting.There have been several articles with conflicting headlines with almost all referring to the same resource data, a posting by Slice.The USA Today headline reads Apple Watch first-day pre-orders estimated near 1M, and illustrates the misleading information presented. I am not sure what country the author comes from, but in the U.S., if we are given a count of preorders of a product, we usually expect the number of units sold...
  • Apple Watch set to beat iPhone launch with 1 million-order (US) weekend

    04/13/2015 3:12:42 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 22 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Apr 13, 2015 9:30 a.m. ET | BARBARA KOLLMEYER—MARKETS REPORTER
    <p>Apple CEO Tim Cook eyeballs Apple Watches in Palo Alto, California April 10, 2015.</p> <p>An estimated 957,000 American shoppers ordered Apple Watches on Friday — a sign the tech giant’s newest gadget is already seeing more initial success than its first iPhone or the iPod.</p>
  • Global Survey Ranks Most and Least Religious Countries in the World: UK Among Least

    04/13/2015 8:01:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/13/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A global survey by WIN/Gallup International has ranked the most and least religious countries in the world, with the U.K. ranking among the least. In the United States, only 56 percent of the respondents said that they are religious. Jean-Marc Leger of WIN/Gallup claimed, however, that religious affiliation continues to hold strong numbers on a worldwide scale. "Religion continues to dominate our everyday lives and we see that the total number of people who consider themselves to be religious is actually relatively high," Leger said, according to The Telegraph. "Furthermore, with the trend of an increasingly religious youth globally, we...
  • The $20,000 gold Apple Watch Edition sold out in China in less than an hour

    04/10/2015 4:56:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/10/2015 | Joshua Barrie
    The Apple Watch Edition has already sold out in China — and it took less than an hour for the most luxurious gold version of the device, which reportedly costs ¥126,800 ($20,000) to get completely snapped up. Today, Apple put the Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, and Edition up for pre-order in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, and China. Customers can now try on and buy the watches, but the company says people won't get them until weeks later in the UK — elsewhere, it could be longer. Relatively few will actually walk out of...
  • How Many Highly Religious Conservative Republicans Are There?

    04/10/2015 11:54:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Christian Post's Opinion Section ^ | April 10, 2015 | Frank Newport, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Gallup
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz chose a conservative, evangelical Christian university as the setting for his announcement that he was running for president. This underscored his apparent strategic decision to focus relentlessly on the conservative, highly religious segment of his party, both in terms of attempting to become their candidate of preference, and also in terms of maximizing their turnout in the 2016 primary elections. The Republican Party in general has a disproportionate percentage of conservative and highly religious Americans in its ranks, so Cruz's strategy would appear to make numerical sense -- as it would for other conservative politicians, like...
  • Catholic school reinstates teacher suspended for defending Catholic teaching on Facebook

    04/10/2015 1:57:03 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Life Site ^ | 4/10/15 | Dustin Siggins
    A teacher suspended from a Catholic school for using Facebook to defend traditional marriage has been reinstated. Almost one month ago, Patricia Jannuzzi was suspended from Immaculata High School in Somerville, New Jersey, after she made what became controversial comments about same-sex relationships. Over the next several weeks, she was told that the suspension was effectively a release from her job, as she would not be rehired for the 2016 school year... "Immaculata High School announced today that all issues related to the employment of teacher Patricia Jannuzzi are resolved," said the release. According to Brennan, "Immaculata High School has...
  • Poll: 57% of “very religious” Americans say businesses shouldn’t be able to refuse service to gays

    04/10/2015 9:29:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/10/2015 | AllahPundit
    A sequel to yesterday’s Reuters poll. Again, the most politically salient question, whether Christian business owners should be able to deny service for gay weddings specifically, is conspicuously left out of this survey. (You get three guesses why and the first two don’t count.) But then, RFRA laws aren’t limited to gay weddings either. Theoretically they provide a religious defense to any discrimination lawsuit, not just one involving marriage. What’s useful about these polls is seeing which side the public thinks should prevail in those lawsuits, at least in cases involving a total denial of service to a particular...
  • Even a North Carolina basketball Team Is Not Immune to the Left’s Meltdown over Indiana

    04/10/2015 8:09:54 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-10-15 | Brother Bob
    By now you're probably familiar with the controversy around Indiana's Religious Freedom laws. Over at The Nation, their resident sports editor, David Zirin, is always ready to find some radical leftist angle on any sports story, and this year's NCAA Final Four tournament was no exception. In the week leading up to the Final Four games, Zirin published a piece "Duke University Coach Mike Krzyzewski Is a Profile in Cowardice" demanding that a firm stand be taken by Coach K: “I’m only going to talk about my team and basketball and the Final Four. Just like when we get to...
  • Preventing Christian Persecution: A Failed Foreign Policy

    04/09/2015 5:51:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | Joshua Holdenried
    At the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast this week, President Obama addressed a room full of Christian leaders. What was clearly scripted to be a general Easter address came dangerously close to political posturing. During his remarks, the President shared that, “on Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. But that's a topic for another day.” What followed was spirited laughter, as Obama’s quip was largely understood as a reference to...
  • Michelle Obama: 'Our Government Outlawed Indian Religions'

    04/09/2015 11:19:06 AM PDT · by drewh · 81 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 9, 2015 - 10:41 AM | By CNSNews.com Staff
    On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed a gathering at the White House that focused on the topic of creating opportunity for Native American youth. The White House posted her prepared remarks online. The full speech, as posted by the White House, can be read by clicking here. Here is an excerpt from the First Lady's remarks: You see, we need to be very clear about where the challenges in this community first started. Folks in Indian Country didn’t just wake up one day with addiction problems. Poverty and violence didn’t just randomly happen to this community. These issues are...
  • Turkish Religious Body Issues Fatwa Allowing Muslims to Use Toilet Paper

    04/08/2015 6:36:03 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 54 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7 Apr 2015 | Mary Chastain
    Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs, known as the Diyanet, issued a fatwa that allows Muslims to use toilet paper. However, the department reminded people “that water should be the primary source of cleansing.” “If water cannot be found for cleansing, other cleaning materials can be used,” the Diyanet claimed in a statement. “Even though some sources deem paper to be unsuitable as a cleaning material, as it is an apparatus for writing, there is no problem in using toilet paper.” Islam requires believers to adhere to strict rules regarding bathroom use. When a Muslim enters the bathroom, “one should say...
  • Now who's the moral majority?

    04/07/2015 2:08:09 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | April 6, 2015 | Stephanie' Coontz
    The public outrage over the "religious freedom" bills recently passed in Arkansas and Indiana caught the governors of those states completely off-guard, judging by their confused and contradictory responses. As poll watchers, they surely knew that most Americans now oppose the discriminatory laws and practices they accepted as normal only a dozen years ago. But the politicians underestimated the pushback organized by local and national businesses, including companies with no previous record of public support for social equality. They had better adjust to a new reality.
  • A Bigger Political Predictor Than Your Religion? How Often You Go to Church

    04/05/2015 6:28:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    NBC News ^ | 04/05/2015 | Dante Chinni
    This weekend brings Easter Sunday and the beginning of Passover, and Christians and Jews will be filing into houses of worship this weekend to celebrate - most certainly more than usual for what are considered important holy days for people of both religious persuasions. The difference in the number of people in those churches and temples this weekend has a political significance. Often we talk about how different religious groups vote at election time, but the data show that the bigger divide in the electorate is around religious attendance - how often people go to a house of worship. In...
  • America's Fifth Column

    04/05/2015 5:17:37 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 13 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 04/05/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    “It is when the majority in a country becomes weak, indifferent and confused that a criminal minority, beautifully organized like all gangs, seizes the power”, wrote Ayn Rand in her open letter To All Fifth Columnist. Speaking about the tragedy of today, Rand concludes that “by remaining unorganized, mentally unarmed, indifferent and confused, we are serving as innocent Fifth Columnists of our own destruction”. This indifference in America to cultural issues that we believe are seemingly unimportant is akin to the appalling fascination of watching a man being hanged with the slowly dawning realization that it is a reflection in...
  • World Will Get More Religious by 2050 [2 Thes 2]

    04/04/2015 11:05:18 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 18 replies
    Live Science ^ | 4/3/2015 | Jeanna Bryner
    The world is becoming more religious, as the number of agnostics and others who don't affiliate with a certain religion shrinks as a percentage of the global population. By 2050, just 13 percent of people in the world will say they are unaffiliated, compared with 16 percent who said the same in 2010, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The United States is an exception, where more Americans are expected to flee organized religion. Numbers for all of the world's major religions, except Buddhism, are expected to rise as the population does the same. Islam will grow faster...
  • Muslim Twins Convert to Judaism, Join IDF

    04/04/2015 7:49:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    JSpace News ^ | 3/31/15 | Shira Kipnees
    Fatima and Zukra Islambakov are twins born to a Muslim mother nineteen years ago in Uzbekistan. After several years in a Muslim school and years of considering themselves Muslims, the twins discovered that they had Jewish roots and that their father was Jewish, after Jewish Agency representatives showed up at their home and suggested the twins make aliyah. The twins abandoned the local tradition and decided to arrive in and move to Israel with their families. However, they were still considered Muslims by Israeli law. Today, however, they serve in the Israeli Defense Forces after converting to Judaism and undergoing...
  • The Church of the Left

    04/03/2015 6:44:56 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 12 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 4-3-15 | Yuval Levin
    (Snip) They [Christian small business owners]are in this sense more like religious believers under compulsion in a society with an established church than like believers denied the freedom to exercise their religion. Liberals are in this respect right to say they’re not trying to kill religious liberty. They’re trying to take it back to something like the form it had in the Anglo-American world when the Anglo-American world had a formal state religion—except now the state religion is supposed to be progressive liberalism. Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/416421/church-left-yuval-levin
  • Good Friday in Seven Good Words

    04/03/2015 3:33:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2015 | Stuart Epperson, jr
    The stage was set. The night was dark. The forces of evil, visible and invisible, viciously swarmed upon One Man. He is the only Man who with just one word could have instantly eradicated all His foes. But He opened not his mouth. There was nothing but deafening silence from the One who only had to speak and the blind saw, the lame leapt, the leper was healed, and the dead were raised. He quietly endured the shame of a jeering crowd, the interrogation, the trial, the questions, the scourging, the torture, the insults. His silence remained unbroken all the...
  • Don't Surrender Religious Liberty to Fascists

    04/03/2015 3:11:59 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 14 replies
    Patriot Post ^ | April 2, 2015
    In a race to see who can cave the fastest, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson reneged on his promise to sign his state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), instead sending it back to state legislators with a request to “recall it and change the language.” Perhaps he was upset that Indiana Governor Mike Pence was getting all the attention for wimping out on his own state’s religious freedom protections. Why should Republicans cave once when they can cave twice? Clearly, the beatings have been effective. The brouhaha in Arkansas stems from the RFRA bill that passed the legislature on Tuesday and...
  • How to Talk About the Indiana Law With Your Liberal Relatives at Easter

    04/03/2015 1:36:17 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 4/3/15 | Ryan Anderson
    Editor’s note: Amid the discussion about the religious liberty laws in Indiana and Arkansas this week, there’s been a lot of misinformation—and a lot of thoughtful concerns about what religious freedom laws actually allow and what they ban. We talked to Heritage Foundation’s William E. Simon Fellow Dr. Ryan T. Anderson to get the facts—and to find out whether, as your liberal relatives will likely argue as the political discussions happen this holiday, the original Indiana religious freedom law would have allowed discrimination.What’s religious liberty all about?Religious liberty is about protecting people’s fundamental natural rights. People have rights—including the...
  • The Post-Indiana Future for Christians

    04/03/2015 10:09:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    American Conservative ^ | April 3, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    I spent a long time on the phone last night with a law professor at one of the country’s elite law schools. This professor is a practicing Christian, deeply closeted in the workplace; he is convinced that if his colleagues in academia knew of his faith, they would make it very hard for him. We made contact initially by e-mail — he is a reader of this blog — and last night, by phone. He agreed to speak with me about the Indiana situation on condition that I not identify him by name or by institution. I do know his...
  • A Challenge to Skeptics: An Easter Message

    04/02/2015 5:28:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2015 | Jerry Newcombe
    Have you ever heard of Theudas? How about Judas of Galilee? They were would-be messiahs in the first century. How many followers do these men have today? Zero, zip, nada. Of course, we’ve all heard of Jesus Christ. One-third of humanity professes to believe in Him. But I guarantee you we would never have heard of Him had He not risen from the dead. Whoever you are, whatever you believe, you have a vested interest in looking into the issue of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. There are millions today who simply dismiss the message of Christianity out of hand...
  • Good Enemies - Part IV

    04/01/2015 7:12:10 PM PDT · by Ragnarok-N-Roll · 12 replies
    GOOD ENEMIES PART I CAN BE READ HERE: GOOD ENEMIES PART II CAN BE READ HERE: GOOD ENEMIES PART III CAN BE READ HERE: DAILY UPDATES ON CURRENT ISLAMIC EVENTS CAN BE READ ON THE ENEMY IN THE GATES THREAD: CHAPTER 4 – IDEOLOGY“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” -Joseph Goebbels The religious context of international affairs has never been well-understood by Americans at all levels. Policy makers, the media, and everyday men on the street ask, “Why do they hate us” and struggle to find reason in...
  • Good Enemies - Part III

    03/26/2015 8:36:14 AM PDT · by Ragnarok-N-Roll · 13 replies
    GOOD ENEMIES PART I CAN BE READ HERE: GOOD ENEMIES PART II CAN BE READ HERE: DAILY UPDATES ON CURRENT ISLAMIC EVENTS CAN BE READ ON THE ENEMY IN THE GATES THREAD: CHAPTER 3 – THE PLAN The four stages of Islamic Conquest of a nation have been listed as the following: STAGE 1: INFILTRATION Appeal for humanitarian tolerance from the host societyMosques used to spread Islam and dislike of host country and cultureThreatened legal action for perceived discriminationOffers of “interfaith dialogue” to indoctrinate non-Muslims STAGE 2: CONSOLIDATION OF POWER Proselytizing increases; Establishment and Recruitment of Jihadi cellsEfforts to convert...
  • Good Enemies - Part II

    03/20/2015 4:26:19 PM PDT · by Ragnarok-N-Roll · 101 replies
    GOOD ENEMIES PART I CAN BE READ HERE: DAILY UPDATES ON CURRENT ISLAMIC EVENTS CAN BE READ ON THE ENEMY IN THE GATES THREAD: CAIR - Council on American-Islamic Relations The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the main Muslim Brotherhood front group for propaganda. CAIR is featured in the Center for Security Policy’s Team B II Report as an organization that engages in “dual messaging” in the advancement of “stealth jihad.”A particularly telling indication of the stealth jihad agenda comes from Omar Ahmad, one of the founders CAIR and an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial for...
  • The Challenge: What is Good about “Good Friday?”

    04/02/2015 2:53:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2015 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Kristin Carey.Darkness fell across the land and the man they thought would be their savior cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Soon after, he breathed his last. The people standing at the foot of the cross beat their breasts and walked away. From a distance, his mother and friends watched in somber silence as all this took place. His disciples were broken in spirit—no doubt confused, hurting and angry. Disappointed to say the least. They had followed this man for years, left their work...
  • Walker: IN Law Outrage From People “Chronically Looking For Ways To Be Upset About Things”

    04/02/2015 12:37:03 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    INTLDaily ^ | April 2, 2015
    Scott Walker: Indiana Law Outrage From People “Chronically Looking For Ways To Be Upset About Things” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday much of the outrage over Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act comes from “people who are chronically looking for ways to be upset about things.” Walker was participating in “Insight 2015,” a program put on by Wisconsin conservative radio host Charlie Sykes. “We don’t need to, in Wisconsin, we have it in the constitution. That’s the remarkable thing for all of the hype, particularly in media here in Wisconsin. We have it in the constitution,” Walker said when...