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  • College Freshmen Are Less Religious Than Ever

    05/26/2017 6:29:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Scientific American ^ | May 25, 2017 | Allen Downey
    The number of college students with no religious affiliation has tripled in the last 30 years, from 10 percent in 1986 to 31 percent in 2016, according to data from the CIRP Freshman Survey. Over the same period, the number who attended religious services dropped from 85 percent to 69 percent. These trends provide a shapshot of the current generation of young adults; they also provide a preview of rapid secularization in the U.S. over the next 30 years.
  • Pastor sues Local 10 for $12.5M

    05/25/2017 7:54:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Miami Times ^ | 5/24/17 | Andrea Robinson
    A Miami-Dade pastor at the center of media attention for television news stories that report he allegedly defrauded customers, is filing a multimillion-dollar defamation of character lawsuit against the media outlet. An attorney for Pastor Eric Readon of New Beginnings Baptist Church in Opa-locka, on Tuesday said he is suing WPLG-Channel 10....
  • Why People Fight Online

    05/22/2017 12:40:35 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 110 replies
    Barna.org ^ | May 18, 2017 | Barna Group
    ... When a new Barna survey asked U.S. adults if they ever get in arguments on social media, more than half (55%) say never. A quarter (24%) say it’s a rare occurrence, while one in five argue online at least sometimes (21%)... Along party lines, Republicans (8%) and Democrats (5%) are more likely to report frequent disagreements than Independents (.4%),.. three out of 10 (30%) full-time workers report arguing online at least sometimes, far more than the retired (12%) or unemployed (10%). Interestingly, parents with young children at home are five times as likely as those with no children under...
  • Federal judge nixes Clock Boy religious discrimination lawsuit

    05/22/2017 12:02:11 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/22/17 | Matthew Vadum
    Ahmed Mohamed and his "clock" The child exploited by CAIR and President Barack Hussein Obama to create the false impression that America is a seething hotbed of Muslim-hatred had his nonsensical religious discrimination lawsuit tossed by a federal judge in Dallas. I am referring to Ahmed Mohamed, the teenaged poster boy for “Islamophobia” whom the Council on American-Islamic Relations relentlessly pimped as a victim. In fact, Mohamed is a bomb hoaxer called Clock Boy by some.
  • Are Atheists Really a Persecuted Minority?

    05/21/2017 3:44:58 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 19 replies
    Will Gervais and Maxine Najle are co-authors of a study suggesting that far more Americans are atheist than previously thought. The dubious claim by Gervais, director of the University of Kentucky’s Beliefs and Morality Lab (Bam! for short), and Najle, a grad student advised by Gervais, provided fodder for a fake news story posted this past week on the website FiveThirtyEight. “Attitudes about atheists are quickly changing, driven by the same powerful force that transformed opinion on gay rights,” wrote Daniel Cox, who hyped the study by Gervais and Najle. Dismissing recent studies in which no more than 3 percent...
  • Firefighter dies while fighting Northwest Side fire

    05/19/2017 10:16:20 AM PDT · by red-dawg · 2 replies
    SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Fire Department announced the death of a 6-year-veteran of the agency during a massive 4-alarm fire at a strip center near Loop 410 and Ingram Road late Thursday night. Scott Deem died when he became trapped inside the fire at the Ingram Square shopping center, said Chief Charles Hood. Two other firefighters were injured in the fire were identified as Brad Phipps and Robert Vasquez. Phipps is in critical but stable condition, while Vasquez was treated at the hospital and released.
  • The number of atheists in America could be 10 TIMES more than previous estimates: Shocking study...

    05/19/2017 9:23:25 AM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 19, 2017 | Daily mail reporter
    FULL TITLE: The number of atheists in America could be 10 TIMES more than previous estimates: Shocking study shows a decline in people who believe in God The number of atheists in this country could be as much as 10 times more than previous estimates, according a study published earlier this year. The percentage of atheists in the US varies depending on who - and how - you ask. According to a Gallup poll in 2016, only one in 10 Americans answered 'no' to the question: 'Do you believe in God?' Even fewer actively identify as atheist, with numbers clocking...
  • Sheriff Ordered to Remove “Blessed are the Peacemakers” Decals

    05/19/2017 8:30:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2017 | Todd Starnes
    The peacemakers are not allowed to be blessed in Montgomery County, Virginia. The sheriff was ordered on May 17 to remove decals bearing a portion of a well-known Bible verse from patrol cars. The decal, which had been posted on vehicles in March, bore the words, “Blessed are the peacemakers…Matthew 5:9.” “Our intent was, and still is, to honor our fellow brothers and sisters in law enforcement,” Sheriff C.H. Partin wrote in a statement to Fox News. The sheriff said the decals were removed at the request of the county’s board of supervisors. “In the midst of National Police Week,...
  • Condo tower with Islamic museum and mosque to rise at proposed Ground Zero Mosque site

    05/14/2017 5:21:02 AM PDT · by RArtfulogerDodger · 25 replies
    PamelaGeller.com ^ | May 13, 2017 | Pamela Geller
    “We are still building an Islamic museum and sanctuary,” says the shady developer behind the Ground Zero Mosque scheme, Sharif El-Gamal. An Islamic sanctuary is a mosque. The article adds: “An Islamic museum ‘is just as much of an insult,’ Pamela Geller, a blogger and one of the center’s most vocal opponents, wrote in an email. ‘It will be like having a museum touting the glories of the Japanese Empire at Pearl Harbor.’” This is what I actually told the New York Times: “The 16-story mosque that El-Gamal initially planned to build there has not been built. Our efforts in...
  • Dowd: Muslim Persecution In U.S. ‘Bigger Problem’ Than Christian Persecution by ISIS

    05/12/2017 12:06:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 87 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | May 12, 2017 | Kristine Marsh
    nce again, ABC’s Matthew Dowd has proved that even Twitter can’t keep him from saying something so stupid in so few words. Responding to FNC’s Shannon Bream tweet announcing that she was going to be talking to Franklin Graham about the increasing persecution of Christians across the world, Dowd bitterly brought up anti-Muslim “persecution” in the United States as the real issue we should be talking about. ABC’s chief political analyst and a self described “Catholic” bitterly slammed the idea that Christians are persecuted across the world, calling Muslim “persecution” in the United States, a “bigger issue” and “bigger problem.”...
  • Study Finds Link Between Brain Damage and Religious Fundamentalism

    05/09/2017 7:01:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    The Big Think ^ | 05/09/2017 | Paul Ratner
    Eyerusalem Solomon of Tacoma Park, Maryland, prays for Pope John Paul II in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception March 31, 2005 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Scientists found that damage in a certain part of the brain is linked to an increase in religious fundamentalism. In particular, lesions in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex reduced cognitive flexibility - the ability to challenge our beliefs based on new evidence.The researchers, led by Jordan Grafman of Northwestern University, utilized data gathered from Vietnam War veterans as part of the Vietnam Head Injury Study. They compared...
  • The Things that Matter Most (Part 3): From God's Sovereignty to Our Hearts & Minds (PODCAST)

    05/08/2017 5:26:06 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    Archive.org ^ | May 8, 2017 | Rob W. Case
    Picking up where my guest John Beechy and I left off, we begin the conclusion of this discussion talking about Bible prophecy and the authority of God's word as supplemental to His capital on truth. From there, everything rests on the condition of your heart in terms of whether or not you believe Him and what He says, whether or not you want a relationship with Him, and whether or not you desire a change from the impositions that sin has weighed your perception of things. Also, why does all of what we talked about in this series amount to...
  • Daily Light on the Daily Path May 8[PM][BIBLE THEME DEVOTIONAL**]compiled by s. bagster

    05/08/2017 1:43:19 PM PDT · by givemWatts · 9 replies
    THE HOLY BIBLE, compiled by Samuel Bagster | KING JAMES
    MAY 8 EVENING Ye that are the Lord's remembrancers, keep not silence. Thou ... hast made us unto our God kings and priests.The sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations. And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the Lord your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies..I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye Me in...
  • Freedom From Truth: FFRF is beyond all reason

    09/19/2014 7:47:30 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 9 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | September 19, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    Freedom From Truth: FFRF is beyond all reason by Daniel Clark “Our purpose is to protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church,” At least that’s what Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor wrote in a thinly veiled threat to the Allegheny County Council, to dissuade it from installing a plaque in the county courthouse that says “In God We Trust.” That principle, like everything else the FFRF stands for, is a lie. If Gaylor and friends can point to anything in the U.S. Constitution that prohibits a Pittsburgh courthouse from acknowledging God, this particular resident...
  • Trump’s Executive Order Fails to Address Most Pressing Religious Liberty Threats

    05/05/2017 6:00:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 4, 2017 | Ryan T. Anderson
    President Donald Trump said he’d promote commonsense policies that would “Make America Great Again” and would stand up to politically correct bullying from the left.So why isn’t he doing that in the case of religious freedom?Twice now, he has failed to stand up for commonsense policy on religious liberty when liberal opponents lashed out against it.Back in February, he caved to the protests of liberal special interest groups as he declined to issue an executive order on religious liberty that had been leaked to hostile press.And earlier today, he issued an executive order on “free speech and religious liberty” that...
  • President Trump’s Executive Order On Religious Liberty

    05/05/2017 9:59:35 AM PDT · by xzins · 23 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 5 May 17 | CHQ Staff
    Yesterday, President Trump issued an Executive Order on religious liberty. The Executive Order cheered many conservatives who had expected some action on religious liberty during the President’s first 100 days.With this executive order, the Trump Administration is making clear that the federal government will never penalize any person for their protected religious beliefs.  It will be the policy of the administration to vigorously promote religious liberty.It shall: Direct the IRS to exercise maximum enforcement discretion to alleviate the burden of the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits religious leaders from speaking about politics and candidates from the pulpit; Provide regulatory relief for...
  • The Religious Liberty Order is a Good Start, Here's What Needs to Happen Next

    05/04/2017 3:13:30 PM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    Front Page ^ | May 4, 2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    President Trump's Religious Liberty executive order, like many of his orders, set out good general principles. The principles, e.g. "It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law's robust protections for religious freedom" are good. The actual legal authority is limited. It's a good start for a much broader program. The order largely takes on the Johnson Amendment. But as a practical matter, that needs to be repealed by Congress. And it should find its way to the agenda. President Trump can try to limit its enforcement, but as long as it's there, it's a...
  • President Trump Signs Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty(w/Video&EO)

    05/04/2017 11:51:17 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 24 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | May 4, 2017 | Sundance
    Earlier today President Trump signed an executive order promoting speech and religious liberty during a ceremony in the Rose Garden:
  • ACLU Promises Litigation on Today’s Trump Executive Order (religion)

    05/04/2017 9:43:39 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 37 replies
    YubaNat.com ^ | 05/04/2017 | ACLU
    President Donald Trump today signed an executive order that would allow religious organizations to endorse political candidates and expand participation in politics. The executive order signed today also enables private employers to use religion as a pretext to deny reproductive health care to their employees. “The actions taken today are a broadside to our country’s long-standing commitment to the separation of church and state. Whether by executive order or through backroom deals, it’s clear that the Trump administration and Congressional leadership are using religion as a wedge to further divide the country and permit discrimination. We intend to file suit...
  • Trump Is Expected to Relax Tax Rules on Churches Endorsing Political Candidates

    05/04/2017 7:24:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/04/2017 | By MICHAEL D. SHEAR, LAURIE GOODSTEIN and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday will ease restrictions on political activity by churches and charities, White House officials said, but has backed away from a broader religious liberty order that would have allowed faith-based organizations and companies to avoid serving or hiring gay people. Conservative religious leaders who were fierce supporters of Mr. Trump’s candidacy had pushed the president to provide faith organizations with much more sweeping relief from Obama-era regulations that protect gay men, lesbians and others from discrimination. Instead, in an executive order, Mr. Trump will offer a vague promise to “protect and vigorously promote religious liberty.”...