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  • $2 Billion to Detain Immigrants? Not a Good Move — Rev. Lauma Zusevics Writes at The Capital Times

    12/24/2012 12:16:09 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 15 replies
    Capital Times ^ | December 24, 2012 | LAUMA ZUSEVICS
    In the wake of Election Day, “immigration reform” has been on the lips of our political leaders, Republicans and Democrats alike. Hearing such talk makes me wish those officials could share the experiences I’ve had, so that those reforms are based on reality rather than wishful thinking. Whether your family arrived in America by disembarking before there was a country, or by dutifully waiting in line to immigrate, we can all agree that as Americans we have certain responsibilities. We have a moral obligation to refrain from treating illegal immigrants with undue harshness, and as a nation respected for its...
  • Does anyone remember the way America was?

    12/23/2012 8:21:19 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 118 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/23/12 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    What has happened to my country? I am old. I am 77. I pay to live in a gated community because I am scared. “Bravo Roberto” near my home serves from a cooked-from-scratch, delicious menu, items not bought from a food service truck, not served up by a chain restaurant that loads Americans up on heavy doses of salt to achieve its number one rating. In these tragic times, food, friends, family, God, prayer and Christmas are about all we have left. And “Bravo Roberto” serves up every day in Florida’s St. Lucie West a product we have allowed ourselves...
  • Illumination From Medieval Manuscripts

    12/21/2012 5:58:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Suzanne Fields
    NEW YORK CITY -- It hasn't been an easy time -- year, decade, early century -- for organized religion. Books by atheists proliferate, some meaner than others. Fewer men and women attend church or synagogue services. The season highlights Christmas and in recent years Hanukkah, but the cultural emphasis is more materialistic than meditative. Confidence in organized religion has declined to 44 percent, as measured by Gallup. When tragedy strikes, as in Newtown, Conn., prayer resides mostly in the shadows of those personally affected. The public ritual requires politicians to assure survivors of their thoughts and prayers -- what one...
  • The Resurrection

    12/21/2012 4:55:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    At the very core of Christianity is the historical authenticity of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. But for His resurrection, we would not be celebrating His birth. The Apostle Paul said, "And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain." Christian apologist Josh McDowell spent more than 700 hours studying the subject of the resurrection and concluded that it "is one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted upon the minds of men, or it is the most amazing fact of history." When a university student asked...
  • Bishops remain focused on 'responsible restrictions' on gun ownership

    12/20/2012 9:19:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    catholicnews.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Dennis Sadowski
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As momentum builds to implement new limits on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, the Catholic bishops of the United States remain focused on seeking "reasonable restrictions" on gun ownership without infringing upon Second Amendment rights. "The bishops continue to support measures that control the sale and use of firearms and continue to call for sensible regulations on handguns," Kathy Saile, the bishops' director of domestic social development, told Catholic News Service. "In addition to that, we need to make a serious commitment to address the pervasive role that addiction and mental illness have in crime," she...
  • The World's Fastest Growing Religion (Either Christianity or Islam, Depending on Location)

    12/20/2012 12:41:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | 11/13/2012 | Philip Jenkins
    I'm often asked, "What is the world's fastest growing religion?"Questioners are stirred both by hope -- that "our" religion is so evidently the best that it is sweeping the world -- but also by the fear that "they" (usually Muslims) are going to overwhelm us. Actually, that growth question crosses faith boundaries. Wikipedia's entry on "Claims to be the Fastest-Growing Religion" collects many such boasts, which variously claim the prize for Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Wicca, Deism, the Falun Gong, Scientology, and other competitors. Obviously, even compiling such a list has the tongue-in-cheek implication that most such claims are bogus or...
  • One Night in Bangkok

    12/20/2012 4:00:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    BANGKOK -- Most of us can read about sex trafficking with a sense of detachment. It is only when we see its results up close that we are forced to confront the full extent of its horror. Nana Plaza is one of several "red light" districts in Bangkok. It is less than two blocks from my upscale hotel, but worlds away from it, a distance, you could say, separating Heaven from Hell. Girls -- and that's what many of them are -- wear almost nothing. They are there to please. My guide points out a three-story structure. "The higher you...
  • My Take: Obama's Newtown remarks show presidents as pastors in chief

    12/19/2012 7:54:58 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | December 17, 2012 | Stephen Prothero
    Presidents wear a lot of hats. They serve as commanders in chief. They nominate Supreme Court justices. They veto congressional legislation. Increasingly, they are also coming to serve as our pastors in chief. In his remarks Sunday night at an interfaith service at in Newtown, Connecticut, President Barack Obama vowed to use “whatever power” he has to prevent more mass shootings, and he all but promised to push for stricter gun control laws in the next U.S. Congress. But policy was not top of mind yesterday for either the president or a grieving nation. --snip-- It wasn't a speech. It...
  • The God Complex

    12/17/2012 10:06:40 AM PST · by Perseverando · 86 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | December 17, 2012 | Mike Jensen
    I think I have the Progressive/Socialist/Communist movement figured out, and the answer is God. Surprised? Read on. Humans have an instinctive desire to believe in something bigger than themselves—something all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful, that can make everything right when nothing seems to go right. Ask any anthropologist or archaeologist, and he or she will tell you that pretty much every culture in the history or humankind has had a set of beliefs regarding a god or gods. We westerners are most familiar, of course, with the ancient Greek and Roman gods, but every civilization from the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians to...
  • Should Church Boards Be Able To Decide Which Pastor A Particular Church Gets To Vote On

    12/17/2012 7:10:15 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 43 replies
    12/17/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    A vacancy occurs within a church (as in the pastoral position), and let's say an interim pastor steps in for a certain amount of time until a replacement pastor is voted in. Let's say 4-5/6 licensed/ordained ministers within that denomination apply for the open position and thus for a chance to preach before the church - and the church members who will later hear those ministers will pray about which one they desire to be their pastor and eventually vote one in. Should the board get to toss any of those names from consideration, if those licensed/ordained ministers are in...
  • Pope Warns 'Gay Marriage Is A Threat to Humanity'

    12/16/2012 3:40:10 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Christian Post ^ | January 10, 2012 | Benge Nsenduluka , Christian Post Contributor
    The Pope has again condemned same-sex marriage and on Monday warned that it is a threat to humanity. Speaking directly to international diplomats at a New Year’s address, Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged various economic and social factors that he says affect the world today. "Policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself," The Pontiff said, according to Reuters. "The family unit is fundamental for the educational process and for the development both of individuals and states," he said. "Pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a...
  • Our God-Forsaken Schools

    12/16/2012 8:43:47 AM PST · by Guido2012 · 26 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 12/16/12 | Tony Caruso
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…. Proverbs 1:7 What is truly detestable about the state of public schools in this country is how far they have strayed from their historical roots. Most of the schools in this country, as well as many of the prestigious Ivy League universities were founded for the sole purpose of educating the populace in the Scriptures. Noah Webster, one of our nation’s leading educators, said, "In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to...
  • Separate that family but not this one

    12/15/2012 12:09:38 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    www.caps-blog.org ^ | December 15, 2012 | Inger Eberhart
    On Monday, the Archdiocese of Atlanta called on the Obama administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Speaking on behalf of one million Georgia Catholics, Archbishop Wilton Gregory lauded the administration for issuing work permits and deportation reprieves to illegal immigrants. However, the Archbishop wants more. He used familiar arguments about keeping families together as his main reason to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Archbishop Gregory’s website page states, “we find it unacceptable that children are separated from their parents and families or begin each morning wondering if this is the last day they will see their mother or father or siblings.”...
  • My Jihad, a new add campaign with hash tag goodness!

    12/13/2012 7:58:36 PM PST · by Cyclops08
    website ^ | vanity | vanity
    This is an ad campaign that is going to go coast to coast. I first noticed it whilst I lurked at DU... http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021974599 The post has a great photo of the feelgood but empty-headed nature of this campaign. the website was in the photo, and its equally hollow and meaningless...pure propaganda: http://myjihad.org/ But what's really fun is a twitter feed hash tag, #MyJihad. anyone can leave a comment here. Heh. Hows about it? Care to shed some truth and light?
  • Judge Dismisses Capt. Paul Fields' Case Against City Of Tulsa

    12/13/2012 6:16:06 PM PST · by wtd · 10 replies
    Newson6 ^ | 12/13/2012 | newson6
    TULSA, Oklahoma - A federal judge has ruled against Tulsa Police Captain Paul Fields and his law suit against the City of Tulsa. He had sued the city after being disciplined for refusing to attend or order his officers to attend a law enforcement appreciation day event at a mosque. Fields said following that order violated his religious rights. The judge said Fields did not have to attend, but had the option to send others, so his religious rights were not violated. The judge added, even if Fields had been ordered to go, he did not have to partake of...
  • Researchers find clues to the Baltic Crusades in animal bones, horses and the extinct aurochs

    12/13/2012 5:10:48 PM PST · by Renfield · 12 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 12-11-2012 | Melissa Pandika
    A multidisciplinary project seeks to understand the Eastern Baltic Crusades through the lens of ecology. Horses, for example, aided the Christians in battle, while the castles the Crusaders built decimated forests. Stanford researchers have discovered that pagan villages plundered by medieval knights during the little-known Baltic Crusades had some problems in common with the modern-day global village. Among them: deforestation, asymmetric warfare and species extinction. According to a research paper published in Science, a project investigating the Baltic Crusades' profound environmental legacy could yield valuable insight into colonialism, cultural changes and ecological exploitation – relevant issues not only throughout history,...
  • 'Jedi' religion most popular alternative faith in the UK

    12/12/2012 2:50:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/12/2012 | Henry Taylor
    Today's Census figures show that 176,632 people in England and Wales identify themselves as Jedi Knights, making it the most popular faith in the "Other Religions" category on the Census and the seventh most popular faith overall. The new figures reveal that the lightsabre-wielding disciples are only behind Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism in the popularity stakes, excluding non-religious people and people who did not answer. Following a nationwide campaign, Jedi made it onto the 2001 census, with 390,127 people identifying themselves a decade ago as followers of the fictional Star Wars creed. Although the number of Jedis...
  • Backward Christian Soldiers: Jesus Not Only Saves, He Shoots

    12/11/2012 8:42:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | December 11, 2012 | Nina Burleigh
    Last week, a cadet publicly quit the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, citing forced prayer and churchgoing. Republican strategist Shirley Husar, in a debate on HuffPost Live, asserted that West Point is “a religious institute.” Merry Christmas, Shirley, but West Point is not a religious institute—though that’s not for want of trying on the Christian right’s part. The cadet in question is 24-year-old Blake Page, who described being “severely punished” for not going to church while in basic training. “You scrubbed floors for four hours or went on rock flipping detail so the rocks could get an even tan...
  • Cullerton lobbies for driver's license bill

    12/09/2012 7:15:36 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 10, 2012 | Naomi Nix
    Democratic state Senate President John Cullerton on Sunday continued his push for legislation that would give a special driver's license to illegal immigrants. Cullerton told congregants at a packed Spanish-language service at St. Pius V Church in Pilsen that though the bill sailed through the Senate, he would need their help to get it through the House. "The reason why we need to pass this legislation is not just so that illegal immigrants can drive, but also so that everyone will be safe," said Cullerton, whose talk was translated into Spanish. "I hope you can continue to encourage your legislators...
  • [Episcopal] Liturgy for blessing same-gender relationships begins provisional use

    12/09/2012 12:49:47 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 30 replies
    Episcopal News Service ^ | Dec 3 2012 | Sharon Sheridan
    In the final debate before General Convention approved a provisional church liturgy to bless the lifelong relationships of same-gender couples, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago Deputy Ian Hallas, 22, spoke about his sister, Louisa, and her civil union. “The love that she shares with her partner is unconditional and speaks to the ideal relationships all of us should strive to have,” he told the House of Deputies on July 10 in Indianapolis. “I often get asked by churchgoers and nonchurchgoers why I am a part of this body. The reason I return is for my sister. I seek to assure that...