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  • A View from Mormon Land

    10/06/2012 5:48:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 6, 2012 | Elwell
    Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints -- the Mormons. Not being Mormon but having lived most of my 53 years in Utah, the seat of the religion, I would like to offer a perspective on having a Mormon as President of the United States. This question takes on a greater sense of importance with recent reports that the de facto American political truce against attacks on a candidate's religion has been breached by means of a telephone campaign slandering Romney's Mormonism. I grew up in rural Utah, in a...
  • ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ is Hokum

    10/05/2012 8:13:30 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 15 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 5, 2012 | JP
    There was an intriguing forum this week in New York City provocatively titled “I’m So Spiritual.” It was co-hosted by The New School, which trains up its students, it says, “to bring actual, positive change to the world,” and New York Salon, an organization composed of intellectuals, academics artists and public personalities, according to Wikipedia. The forum featured four speakers: Courtney Bender, an associate religion professor at ColumbiaUniversity, Matthew Hutson, a Psychology Today science writer, Sally Quinn, editor of the Washington Post’s On Faith blog, and Alan Miller, New York Salon’s co-director. Of the four speakers, Miller proved to be...
  • Help Me Howard: 666 Plot [Lawyer: "...Constitution... says, church and state must be separate...]

    10/04/2012 11:50:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    WSVN ^ | 9/25/12
    Three numbers 666 many people believe its the sign of the devil. So how would you feel burying a loved one in a plot numbered 666.... "The courts recognize religions and religious holidays, but they don't recognize religious beliefs. That sound contradictory but it comes from the U.S Constitution's First Amendment that says, church and state must be separate. If it sounds confusing its because it is."
  • University of Tennessee student denies 'butt chugging' reports, claiming he's a Christian...

    10/03/2012 2:55:23 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 56 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/3/12 | By Erik Ortiz AND Anthony Bartkewicz
    There’s no butts about it. A University of Tennessee student who allegedly binged on alcohol by “butt chugging” denied that he was hospitalized for the dangerous activity, claiming he’d never do such a thing because it would violate “God’s law.” In a rambling written statement, 20-year-old Alexander (Xander) Broughton said, “I am a Christian who would never desecrate my body in that manner.” “That manner” would be consuming alcohol through a rubber tube inserted into his rectum. Broughton, of Memphis, was taken to a Knoxville hospital Sept. 22 with a blood-alcohol level at a life-threatening .40, according to reports. The...
  • Obama's Old-World Arrogance

    10/03/2012 8:34:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    When President Obama came to the U.N. General Assembly on September 25, his arrogance was on full display. He skipped meeting any world leaders, but did find time to sit down and talk about his lover moves on ABC's "The View." Topics included how he's a "romantic husband," how he "tucks in" his wife at night and how his first kiss with Michelle is now memorialized by a monument in Chicago. Meanwhile, Israel is preparing for war against a soon-to-be-nuclear Iran. Yawn. Obama also skipped the traditional luncheon, leaving U.N. Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon looking like "a jilted prom date,"...
  • Will Science Someday Rule Out the Possibility of God?

    10/01/2012 11:16:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 158 replies
    Yahoo News/LiveScience.com ^ | Tue, Sep 18, 2012 | Natalie Wolchover
    Over the past few centuries, science can be said to have gradually chipped away at the traditional grounds for believing in God. Much of what once seemed mysterious—the existence of humanity, the life-bearing perfection of Earth, the workings of the universe—can now be explained by biology, astronomy, physics and other domains of science. Although cosmic mysteries remain, Sean Carroll, a theoretical cosmologist at the California Institute of Technology, says there's good reason to think science will ultimately arrive at a complete understanding of the universe that leaves no grounds for God whatsoever. … Another role for God is as a...
  • The World's Most Dynamic Religion Is ...

    10/02/2012 2:10:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 2, 2012 | Dennis Prager
    For at least the last hundred years, the world's most dynamic religion has been neither Christianity nor Islam. It is leftism. Most people do not recognize what is probably the single most important fact of modern life. One reason is that leftism is overwhelmingly secular (more than merely secular: it is inherently opposed to all traditional religions), and therefore people do not regard it as a religion. Another is that leftism so convincingly portrays itself as solely the product of reason, intellect, and science that it has not been seen as the dogma-based ideology that it is. Therefore, the vast...
  • Political Non-Science [ and why you're called Nazis]

    10/02/2012 4:24:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | October 2, 2912 | Lars Walker
    ...It's a tragedy of history that Karl Marx chose to dress his theories in the clothing of scientific analysis. Ever since his time, Marxists have built systems on his theories in the settled faith that their daring new policies must bear fruit,because they're based on "irrefutable science." And yet, time and again, those policies have failed. Science isn't supposed to work that way. So the Marxists are forced to ask, "What can explain such an anomaly? How can science be wrong?" The answer is always the same–"Wreckers have been at work. Saboteurs, ungrateful for the blessings of socialism, are conspiring...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    10/01/2012 11:46:01 AM PDT · by Faith · 17 replies
    October 1, 2012 | Faith
    I am the Resurrection, and the Life; he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. – John 11:25
  • Filmmakers asking imams to vet movies

    10/01/2012 10:30:08 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    wnd.com ^ | Sept. 30, 2012
    Once upon a time, Hollywood producers and studios routinely consulted with Christian pastors and church denominations for script approval on virtually every new film. Today, they are more likely to consult with Muslim imams and Islamist pressure groups to determine if their movies are appropriate for release. Ads by Google Obama or Romney?Who Can Fix Our Economy? Vote in Our Poll & Get a Free eBook! www.thefiscalcliff.com Canon Project Imaginat10nVote for Your Favorite Photos & Help Select the Winner. www.longliveimagination.com/canon A new report from the Express Tribune, with the International Herald Tribune, last week said filmmakers working on projects depicting...
  • Group: DADT repeal has harmed religious liberty [Chaplains Told To Ignore Bible]

    10/01/2012 7:48:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Baptist Press News ^ | 9/25/12 | Edward Lee Pitts
    One year after the military began allowing gay, lesbian and bisexual service members to openly proclaim their sexuality, some conservative groups continue to call for an end to the change in policy. But their pleas are falling largely on deaf ears on Capitol Hill, where most lawmakers seem content to focus on other issues. The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (CARL), which represents more than 2,000 chaplains serving the armed forces, said it is cataloging examples of negative consequences that have resulted from the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. After Congress voted in December 2010 for...
  • No tax, no blessing: German church insists on levy

    09/30/2012 5:16:30 PM PDT · by Renfield · 38 replies
    mail.com ^ | 9-28-2012 | Juergen Baetz
    BERLIN (AP) — The road to heaven is paved with more than good intentions for Germany's 24 million Catholics. If they don't pay their religious taxes, they will be denied sacraments, including weddings, baptisms and funerals. A decree issued last week by the country's bishops cast a spotlight on the longstanding practice in Germany and a handful of other European countries in which governments tax registered believers and then hand over the money to the religious institutions. In Germany, Catholics, Protestants and Jews pay a surcharge of up to nine percent on their income tax bills — or about €56...
  • California bans gay "conversion" therapy for minors

    09/30/2012 11:02:11 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 30, 2012 | Mary Slosson
    SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill barring a controversial therapy that aims to reverse homosexuality in minors, the measure's sponsor said on Sunday, making California the first state to ban a practice many say is psychologically damaging. The move marked a major victory for gay rights advocates who say so-called conversion therapy, also called reparative therapy, has no medical basis because homosexuality is not a disorder. The bill's sponsor, state Senator Ted Lieu, a Democrat from Torrance, said in a statement that Brown had signed the bill. An announcement from the governor's office was expected on...
  • Excommunication Should Be the Church's Next Option

    09/29/2012 3:44:08 PM PDT · by ajernig · 16 replies
    Irish Examiner USA newspaper ^ | 9/26.2012 | Alicia Colon
    Although I may not be the best Catholic I can be, at least I know my religion. It drives me crazy when politicians like Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. John Kerry, VP Joe Biden and Gov. Andrew Cuomo who consider themselves Roman Catholics express such ignorance of its dogma. I blame their pastors for continuing to serve them in spite of their public heresy promoting issues that are against Church doctrine. But it is also very unnerving to hear President Obama twist Christian ideology to suit his campaign rhetoric.
  • Our National and Personal Debt

    09/29/2012 7:32:28 AM PDT · by kindred · 2 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | September 28, 2012 | GWZ I.F.
    Our National Debt A TRILLION dollars is difficult to comprehend. A million seconds is 13 days. If you have lived 32 years, then you have lived a billion seconds. But to live a TRILLION seconds, you would have to live to the ripe old age of 31,688 years! Outside on a clear night, according to astronomers, you can see about two thousand stars with the naked eye. With $1 TRILLION, you could buy all of those stars at the enormous cost of $500 million for each star. If every American were to pay off our national debt, each would have...
  • Affirmative Action Salvation and the big deception.

    09/28/2012 7:32:28 PM PDT · by fabian · 46 replies
    my good spirit | 9/28/12 | fabian
    Affirmative action salvation~ when you have not found nor even believe the true power of what Jesus did for the world; to have real salvation and total freedom over sin. So you water down the message and lower the standard of salvation. That way you help make other poor souls who have also not found full freedom, to feel better about continuing in their sin state. The teachers who propagate this are blind and shame on all of them. How dare they water down the power of our Lord’s victory in order to assuage themselves and the masses! And of...
  • Need a bit of Bible? There’s an app for that

    09/28/2012 10:22:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    cnn ^ | 9/28/12 | Jessica Ravitz
    Onlookers might think you're checking stocks, watching clips of "Honey Boo Boo" or reading news out of Libya. But on the subway, in the doctor’s office, under a beach cabana – with the right gadget, God’s word can be with you... The app, also available at Bible.com, has been downloaded 65 million times and counting, Gruenewald says. Users can highlight verses, do searches and read devotionals.
  • Lowlife Harry Reid Should Resign

    09/28/2012 5:52:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2012 | Mona Charen
    Let's play Imagine an Alternative Universe . Suppose that Rep. Paul Ryan had said that Joe Biden had "sullied the religion that he and I share." How many days of the news cycle do you suppose would be dominated by the story? How many Democrats and members of the press would declare that this kind of religious provocation/bigotry rendered Mr. Ryan unfit for high office? Please submit your estimates to my inbox. Now back to the universe we inhabit. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, participating in a unilateral race to the bottom, said just that about Mitt Romney. Highlighting an...
  • Meet Nickelodeon's Trash-Mouthed Misogynist Jason Biggs

    09/28/2012 3:26:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    I am the mom of a 12-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy. They have been huge fans of Nickelodeon TV programming throughout their childhoods. We even took them to the Nick Hotel in Florida, where we stayed in a SpongeBob SquarePants family suite. But enough is enough. Like disgusted parents across the country, I put my foot down and am standing up for decency: No more Nick. This weekend, the Viacom-owned children's network will debut a reboot of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" TV series. One of the lead characters ("Leonardo") will be voiced by actor Jason Biggs. On August...
  • Pastor Max Lucado Launches 40-Day Prayer Campaign Ahead of Election

    09/28/2012 1:33:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    With less than two months to the presidential election, many issues are weighing on the minds of voters. Pastor Max Lucado says that there’s just one thing Americans can do about it – pray! He’s launching an organized 40-day campaign of prayer prior to Election Day. Beginning September 28, Lucado is asking people to pray every day for the country – that we unite, that our nation is strengthened, and that we appoint our next president. Lucado said, “It seems to me that election season is just a Petri dish for anger and cynicism. We tend to get at each...
  • No Criticism of Islam: They Can’t Defend their Irrational Religion!

    09/27/2012 3:05:01 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 16 replies
    CSTNEWS ^ | September 26, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    It is astounding that any American would give any consideration to the demand by the Muslim world that the U.S. should annul the First Amendment to our Constitution to forbid any criticism (speaking truth) about Islam! As I carefully parse my words I want to make it clear that any U.S. official who even considers such a rape of our treasured document is a traitor. I am not speaking symbolically or hyperbolically but literally. Such a person is a traitor making Tokyo Rose look like a misguided school girl and Benedict Arnold look like a rebellious Boy Scout. It is...
  • Turning away when sacrilege purports to be art

    09/27/2012 5:14:39 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 27 sept 2012 | John Kass
    Politics is by nature a brutalizing business. It is a business of ambition and lies. Stay around it too long, and your heart becomes coarsened. It thickens and gets numb. It happens to cops, from years of listening to predators rationalizing why they did what they did. And it happens to reporters too. When I was deep in it at Chicago's City Hall, when I could feel the heart inside me sneering, I'd sneak away to visit the Art Institute of Chicago. It was quiet and there were no speeches, no political predators barking about their reasons, when the true...
  • Truth 1725

    09/26/2012 5:09:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2012 | Mike Adams
    One of my readers reached out to me a couple of years ago with the hope that I could help him communicate with his prodigal nephew. The kid had grown up in a Christian home and seemed to be doing well until he enrolled at a local community college. It was there that he decided to abandon his conservative and Christian beliefs. Even worse than that, he decided to replace them by joining a neo-pagan cult. I will not mention the group by name as I do not want to give them more attention than they deserve. On more than...
  • Amish, N.Y. town reach settlement over building codes

    09/25/2012 4:58:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 24, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    A New York town has agreed to drop criminal charges against an Amish community that had balked at following modern building codes for their homes by adding such features as bigger windows and smoke detectors — something the traditional sect members argued violate its religious beliefs. The case tested the boundaries of First Amendment freedoms versus the rights of government to enforce its rules, and both sides made concessions in a settlement. Morristown, N.Y., officials agreed that some Amish building methods did meet the rules, while the Amish agreed to forgo some techniques that didn’t live up to standards. On...
  • Police: Pakistani teen innocent of blasphemy, but case continues

    09/25/2012 11:35:10 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | September 25, 2012 | Ashley Fantz,
    (CNN) -- A 14-year-old Pakistani girl who had faced life in prison for allegedly burning the Quran will have her case heard in juvenile court, the girl's lawyer told CNN. A local court ordered the transfer on Monday, Tahir Naveed Choudhry said. Pakistani police told CNN their investigation concluded Rimsha Masih is innocent and was framed by an imam. These developments could mark an end to the Christian teen's nightmare since she was accused of blasphemy in August. "This is a precursor to the case ending, and that is quite unprecedented in the 25-year history of Pakistan's blasphemy laws," said...
  • Reid: Romney 'not the face of Mormonism'.

    09/25/2012 10:09:12 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 14 replies
    Fox News Website ^ | Published September 25, 2012 | FoxNews.com
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lashed out at Mitt Romney’s faith during a conference call with reporters, saying he is “not the face of Mormonism” and suggesting he has tarnished the religion. Reid, a Democrat and the highest-ranking Mormon in U.S. elected office, also said he agrees with claims that Romney has “sullied” the Latter-day Saints faith. The Nevada senator made the comments during a call Friday, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. "He’s coming to a state where there are a lot of members of the LDS Church," Reid also said ahead of Romney’s arrival Friday. "They understand that...
  • The Price of Liberty, Part 6: Revival

    09/23/2012 8:22:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2012 | Michael Youssef
    This is the sixth and final post in my blog series, titled: The Price of Liberty. If you’re just now starting the series, you can begin with the first post here. During the middle of the nineteenth century, spiritual conditions in the United States deteriorated considerably. Conditions were quite different then because the nation had moved away from its early days of godliness. Moreover, people became obsessed with making money, and as they prospered they turned their backs on God. Then a man named Jeremiah Lanphier began a prayer meeting in the upper room of the Dutch Reformed Church in...
  • The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship

    09/22/2012 12:41:56 PM PDT · by rhema · 48 replies
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | 9/20/12 | R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The whole world changed on Tuesday. At least, that is what many would have us to believe. Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution, declares that the news released Tuesday was “apt to send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship — and beyond.” Really? What was this news? Professor Karen King of the Harvard Divinity School announced at a conference in Rome that she had identified an ancient papyrus fragment that includes the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’” Within hours, headlines around the world advertised the announcement with headlines like “Ancient Papyrus Could Be Evidence that Jesus...
  • The Left's Greatest Enemy and War!

    09/22/2012 7:45:02 AM PDT · by kindred · 3 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | September 22, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    The most dangerous and deadly place for an unborn child today is to be found in the womb of its own mother. The greatest enemy and threat of the new progressive Democratic Party and moderate Republicans today is the helpless unborn baby which abides IN its mother's womb. Nearly a little more than one third of every child conceived in its mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-20) today has been violently terminated by this barbaric abomination called abortion. Abortion is the by-product of an immoral, decadent culture and society; selfish and narcissistic; void of ALL personal responsibility; ever seeking ones fulfillment through...
  • Cheerleaders' biblical-themed signs OK, for now

    09/21/2012 12:57:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 20, 2012 | Erin Mulvaney
    ....during the past three Kountze High football games,the players in the 2,100-resident town stormed the field through large banners referencing Bible passages,... The banners raised questions of religious freedom and the First Amendment. On Thursday,the cheerleaders scored a victory when a judge overturned,for now,school Superintendent Kevin Weldon's order forbidding the religious-themed signs..... ....A hearing on the cheerleaders' parents' request for a temporary injunction has been scheduled for Oct. 4. Until then,the cheerleaders will be allowed to display the banners at games.... ....The Texas Association of School Boards recommended that the school district enforce the ban, arguing that school- sponsored speech...
  • Gingrich: The collapse of the Obama strategy against radical Islamists

    09/19/2012 12:08:24 PM PDT · by GVnana · 20 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/19/2012 | Newt Gingrich
    The real meaning of the violence of the last week across the Muslim world is the bankruptcy and collapse of the Obama strategy which began with his speech in Cairo. President Obama had a deep conviction that pandering to Islamic sympathies, identifying with the virtues of Islam and parroting phrases that sounded good would lead to a deeper acceptance of the United States by Muslims. While reaching out to “mainstream Muslims,” the Obama strategy would wage selective war against designated enemies. The Obama administration decided to ignore concerns of sovereignty and to kill terrorists with stepped up drone attacks. It...
  • ABCWUA worker pressured to attend church ["Forced" Christianity on someone?]

    09/20/2012 3:22:57 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    KRQE-TV ^ | 9/17/12 | Celina Westervelt
    Bombarded with religious messages, claims he was pressured to go to church --an employee of Albuquerque's Water Utility Authority is the victor in a lawsuit with a hefty payout because of the actions of his boss... James Chavez says his supervisor, John Stomp forced Christianity on him over and over again making the workplace uncomfortable and nearly impossible for Chavez to receive a promotion. "He thought it was acceptable for him to impose his religious views on me," Chavez said. "He offered me a Bible that he inscribed, gave me frequent admonishments why I should accept God into my life....
  • American Liars Inc.

    09/19/2012 6:51:08 AM PDT · by kindred
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | September 19, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    My friends the world abounds with liars in all classes of politics and life in general but particularly here in America for the last six years (2006 elections) the Progressive Democratic Left has faithfully lied about everything under the sun to promote, preserve and protect their lawless Marxist agenda and their chosen chief chosen one. From Health Care to Medicare, from Republicans to the Tea Party, from the economy to tax increases, from the Fast and the Furious to the Stimulus, from the war on terror to Guantanamo, from drilling to green energy, from Limbaugh to Bush to Palin, from...
  • The Enquiring Hitchhiker Interviews Daniel Knauf Creator of the TV Series Carnivale

    09/18/2012 7:24:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar
    The Freehold ^ | September 17, 2012 | Jonathan David Baird
    This week we are proud to bring you an interview with Daniel Knauf. You may remember Daniel as the creator of the hit HBO show Carnivŕle. He is currently working to recreate the story telling genre with his Bxx internet format. Bxx presents a non-linear method of telling a story in which the viewer can follow the story from multiple angles, out of sequence, or even follow specific characters through the story.
  • A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus’ Wife (Written in Coptic in the fourth century)

    09/18/2012 5:05:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 118 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/18/2012 | Laurie Goodstein
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ...’ ” The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second provocative clause that purportedly says, “she will be able to be my disciple.” The...
  • (Florida) Family Faces ($250 per day) Fines for Hosting Bible Study

    09/18/2012 5:34:05 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 17, 2012 | Todd Starnes
    A Florida family is facing fines for hosting a weekly Bible study in their home – an act that city officials argue violates zoning codes. Shane and Marlen Roessiger, of Venice, Fla. are facing a $250 per day fine for hosting Friday night prayer and Bible study gatherings that are attended by as many as 10 people. “It is difficult to understand how it is illegal to have a prayer meeting on Friday night with a half dozen people but it is alright if I invited the same group on Monday evening to watch Monday night Football,” Roessiger said. The...
  • Barrington schools add all religious holidays

    09/17/2012 4:38:29 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    AP ^ | September 14, 2012
    BARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) — Barrington's school calendar now includes all major Christian, Jewish and Muslim holidays to promote better understanding of different faiths. Students won't be able to get a day off on all the holidays, which now include Eid al-Adha, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day, Orthodox Easter and the Lunar New Year. But the calendar recognizes each of the holidays.
  • African-American Christians waver over vote - struggle with gay marriage and the Mormon religion

    09/17/2012 1:44:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 71 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 16, 2012
    ...[Rev. Jamal-Harrison] Bryant [of Baltimore] last month told The Washington Informer, an African-American newsweekly, "This is the first time in black church history that I'm aware of that black pastors have encouraged their parishioners not to vote." Bryant, who opposes gay marriage, said the president's position on marriage is "at the heart" of the problem. ...The circumstances of the 2012 campaign have led to complex conversations about faith, politics and voting. The Rev. George Nelson Jr., senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Baptist Church in Brenham, Texas, participated in a conference call with other African-American pastors the day after Obama's announcement...
  • My brother the militant atheist (VANITY)

    09/16/2012 8:03:11 PM PDT · by Thorliveshere · 104 replies
    Sept. 16, 2012 | Thorliveshere
    My brother and I have been going back and forth over the last few years, his atheism has really taken a sharp curve into aggravating territory. I got this message from him, and I'm trying to let my anger subside before I respond. I'm curious what you would say:The only two things you should ever worry about getting married to each other are big government and big religion. While many are very vocally opposed to "redefining marriage" (even, though there are more than one definition of marriage if you bother to look in a dictionary) they don't realize that, in...
  • Gabriel Vahanian dies at 85 ["The Death of God" author]

    09/16/2012 2:38:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 16, 2012 | Elaine Woo
    ......Unlike others in the God-is-dead camp, Vahanian approached the issue as a cultural critic, looking for ways to talk about God in an increasingly secular world. "He was doing a cultural analysis, whereas the others were doing a more traditional philosophical, theological critique," said James B. Wiggins, a longtime friend and colleague in the religion department at Syracuse. "Finding ways to give expression to the theological in terms that were intelligible to an ever more secular culture was the project in which he was engaged throughout his career." Vahanian was born Jan. 24, 1927, in Marseille, France. His parents, Mesrop...
  • Obama Admin Argued Churches No Different than Bowling Clubs

    09/15/2012 8:32:33 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 17 replies
    A panel of constitutional experts appeared before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday to testify on the ways in which President Obama may have abused his constitutional power.
  • Losing Your Religion

    09/15/2012 3:46:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    On Jan. 8, 1962, President John F. Kennedy wrote a letter celebrating the work of James Cardinal Gibbons, who died in 1921. Kennedy, who rarely discussed his Catholicism, did so while describing the Cardinal: "He nobly expresses the essential traditions of my church in the United States ... the deep sympathy for the plight of the working man and of minorities, the steady concern for the betterment of society and mankind." Thus, it was somewhat startling to see JFK's daughter, Caroline Kennedy, invoke her father's name and describe herself as a "Catholic woman" while espousing a passionate defense of abortion...
  • Non-Muslims live “in terror“ in Pakistan, world churches say

    09/14/2012 12:46:40 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 6, 2012 | Robert Evans, Reuters
    Geneva, Switzerland - Minority religious communities in Pakistan are living in “fear and terror” of Islamic fundamentalists amid abductions and forced conversions that the government is helpless to stop, the World Council of Churches (WCC) said on Wednesday. A statement from the WCC’s ruling Central Committee declared that Pakistan’s small Hindu and Christian communities were increasingly subject to “persecution and discrimination”, with mounting Islamisation of a formerly more secular nation. “Today a significant number of young women of religious minorities ... face violence, including sexual assault, rape, threats and persecution,” said the WCC - an influential global organisation of all Christian faiths...
  • Anarchists Untie!

    09/11/2012 8:15:01 PM PDT · by Revolting cat! · 10 replies
    Revolting cat! | 09/11/2012 | Revolting cat!
    It was the yearly street fair. The big one. Sunny Sunday afternoon, booths selling tchotchkies, Mexican and oriental food (try calling it politically correctly ‘Asian-American’ when the sellers themselves called it ‘Oriental’), insurance companies, banks, chiropractors offering free spinal exams, political candidates and political causes, save the planet, save the greyhounds, church booths - I didn’t see the community church which bear hugged me last year and which I promised myself to visit and never did, but they were there according to the map, absent were the Scientologists this year and the usual masked protesters against them, masked because they...
  • UK Government Lawyer to European High Court: Christians Should Leave Faith at Home or Resign

    09/10/2012 8:07:56 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 36 replies
    From UK Christian Institute: "Christians in Britain should leave their faith at home or accept that they might have to get another job, a Government lawyer has told the European Court of Human Rights. The comment came as the Court heard the cases of four Christians, including that of registrar Lillian Ladele who was disciplined for her stance on civil partnerships. All four say the UK Government failed to protect their religious liberty. Dinah Rose QC, representing Miss Ladele, told the Court that her client had been used as “an instrument” of social change by her former employer Islington Borough...
  • Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection

    09/09/2012 8:00:06 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 105 replies
    This work was originally published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol. 27, No. 3, Fall 1994, pp. 117-194. The paper received considerable notice, and in 1995 the Mormon History Association recognized Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection with its annual award for the best article in Mormon studies. [snip] The one thing about which we might all agree concerning Joseph Smith is that he was not the usual sort of person. He did not approach life itself--or his religious commitment--in a usual way. Yet the character of our historical investigation of Joseph Smith and his times has...
  • Anti-Christian Hate Speech Spews From The Palm Beach Dem Chair [Video: DNC Spiraling out of control]

    09/05/2012 7:17:46 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 119 replies
    the blaze ^ | September 5 2012 | Mike Opelka
    ...Mark Alan Siegel, the Palm Beach County Democrat Chairman spoke with Scottie Hughes of Patriot TV and made some rather pointed and anti-Christian statements. Mr. Siegel was wearing a “Jews for Obama” pin. Ms. Hughes spotted the pin and asked the chairman about his support for Obama despite the administration’s record with Israel. Here are a couple of the offensive comments made by the Palm Beach Democratic Chairman: “I’m Jewish, I’m not a fan of any other religion than Judaism.” “The worst possible allies for the Jewish state are the fundamentalist Christians who want Jews to die and convert so...
  • Christians should 'leave their beliefs at home or get another job'- cross not required by scripture

    09/04/2012 7:08:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | September 4, 2012 | Bruno Waterfield
    Landmark cases, brought by four British Christians, including two workers forced out of their jobs after visibly wearing crosses, have been heard today at the European Court of Human Rights David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has previously pledged to change the law to protect religious expression at work but official legal submissions on Tuesday to Strasbourg human rights judges made a clear “difference between the professional and private sphere”. James Eadie QC, acting for the government, told the European court that the refusal to allow an NHS nurse and a British Airways worker to visibly wear a crucifix at work...
  • Who remembers 'The Facts of Life'?

    09/01/2012 9:24:19 PM PDT · by POWERSBOOTHEFAN · 46 replies
    9/2/2012 | POWERSBOOTHEFAN
    The Tomboy character Jo went on a nun's retreat in one episode and decided to become a nun. She wanted to slow down and thank God,and do something worthwhile. Also,Mrs. Garrett mentioned her faith and that no one could shake it. I was floored! They mentioned God in a positive way,not a mocking way. Why can't more shows be like this?
  • Sikh-led prayer and GOP convictions

    08/29/2012 2:01:48 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 67 replies
    CNNOpinion ^ | 8-29-12 | Valarie Kaur
    (CNN) -- The Republican National Convention will make history Wednesday night. Ishwar Singh, wearing a turban and beard, will take the stage and lead thousands of conservatives in prayer. For the first time in U.S. history, a Sikh American will give the invocation at a Republican National Convention. The inclusion of a Sikh prayer on the stage comes just a few weeks after a gunman opened fire on Sikhs praying in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six and hospitalizing three more in what could be the largest racially motivated mass shooting in recent U.S. history. Many praise the invocation as a...