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  • Counting Catholics: ‘Church of immigrants’ poised for growth

    12/26/2012 3:52:56 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 17 replies
    There is only one U.S. religious group, propelled in part by an enthusiastic group of young followers, that is expected to grow to 100 million adherents by the middle of the century. Yet to hear some critics focus on generational shifts showing declining Mass attendance and doctrinal commitment among white Catholics, one might think the Catholic Church is slowly sinking in the U.S. religious landscape. So which is it for the nation’s largest religious group, growth or decline? The answer is some of both in a church that, as it has through much of its history, reflects the changing face...
  • Did Obama skip church on Christmas?

    12/26/2012 5:40:11 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    Beltway Confidential -- Washington Examiner ^ | 12-26-12 | Charlie Spiering
    Did the Obama family skip church services this Christmas? The White House readout of the President’s activities on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day makes no mention of church services – although the President and the First Lady made time to visit service members of the United States Military at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii. Below is the text of the White House release to the press: Last night, the President made holiday telephone calls to US service members, then sat down with his family for Christmas Eve dinner. This morning, the family gathered around 8AM to open their Christmas...
  • Christmas in an Anti-Christian Age

    12/25/2012 4:59:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    For two millennia, the birth of Christ has been seen as the greatest event in world history. The moment Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem, God became man, and eternal salvation became possible. This date has been the separation point of mankind's time on earth, with B.C. designating the era before Christ, and A.D., anno domino, in the Year of the Lord, the years after. And how stands Christianity today? "Christianity is in danger off being wiped out in its biblical heartlands," says the British think tank Civitas. In Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Ethiopia and Nigeria, Christians face persecution...
  • Goodwill to all...and Prosper...It's always been yours~!

    12/25/2012 12:57:15 AM PST · by Navy_Air · 5 replies
    Chuck Nemec
    No matter who you are, what you believe, who you believe in, I love you all!. Thank you from the bottom of...well, the top of my heart. You folks are the most enlightening folks I've ever had a chance to read. 1998 and I've lurked just about all that time, funniest, craziness and off the cliff stuff I've ever read. My hope is you've passed to generations to come all your wisdom, satire and knowledge you can impart. I know that all things will be good... I know things never end. They can't because of folks like you. Your the...
  • Vatican Newspaper Compares Gay-Marriage Equality to Communism

    12/24/2012 1:39:21 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Dec 20 2012 | ALESSANDRO SPECIALE - Religion News Service
    Vatican newspaper compares marriage equality to communism Vatican City • Faced with recent setbacks in the United States and Europe, the Roman Catholic Church has intensified its increasingly uphill battle against gay marriage. The latest salvo came this week, with a front-page article in the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. Historian Lucetta Scaraffia compared proponents of gay marriage, with their championing of “marriage equality,” to 20th-century communists who wooed millions with their promise of perfect social and economical equality. Scaraffia, a 64-year-old former feminist activist who later became a fervent Catholic, has often written in the Vatican newspaper on the...
  • Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East

    12/24/2012 12:26:36 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/23/12 | Edward Malnick
    Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report. The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group. And it claims politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”. It warns that converts from Islam...
  • $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...
  • Add This Group To Obama's Winning Coalition:'Religiously Unaffiliated'

    12/09/2012 10:42:03 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    npr.org ^ | 12/9/12 | Liz Halloran
    ...as we close the book on the election, it bears noting that another less obvious bloc of key swing state voters helped the president win a second term. They're the "nones" — that's the Pew Research Center's shorthand for the growing number of American voters who don't have a specific religious affiliation. Some are agnostic, some atheist, but more than half define themselves as either "religious" or "spiritual but not religious," Pew found in a recent survey. They are typically younger, more socially liberal than their forebears, vote Democratic, and now make up nearly 20 percent of the country's population....
  • Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains

    12/08/2012 10:05:37 PM PST · by dangus · 23 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Week of 12.4.12 | By Robert Martone
    The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought By Robert Martone | Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | 37 A living connection Image: ock / Анастасия Попова ADVERTISEMENT The link between a mother and child is profound, and new research suggests a physical connection even deeper than anyone thought. The profound psychological and physical bonds shared by the mother and her child begin during gestation when the mother is everything for the developing fetus, supplying warmth and sustenance, while...
  • The Big Atheist Lie

    12/08/2012 5:15:07 PM PST · by ShadowPatriot · 12 replies
    The Big Atheist Lie As we drift further and further into 'the abyss of the immoral‘… hostilities against Christmas have reached a new level of absurd intolerance. Now ‘cartoon characters’ Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the gang are named in the latest version of what has become known as “The Annual Atheist Yuletide Lawsuit.” It’s no longer even news that Christmas Trees are being banned at Senior Citizen homes….again.  And you can always count on atheists to go into a public meltdown over Nativity Scenes because they are offended.  Well, I’m offended by them. Contrary to popular belief, this is NOT...
  • What the Bible says about a Palestinian state

    12/06/2012 4:54:52 AM PST · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    WND ^ | December 05, 2012 | Joel Richardson
    Exclusive: Joel Richardson sees prophets declaring 'utter devastation' on PA territories On Nov. 29, 2012, 138 nations passed U.N. Resolution 67/19 on “The Question of Palestine.” The resolution expresses support for the right of “the Palestinian people … to their independent State of Palestine.” In light of this deeply profound and historical event, and in light of the overwhelming and global bias against the nation of Israel, it is essential that all students of the Bible stop to consider what the Bible says about the future of both the nation of Israel and “Palestine.” When one surveys the many biblical...
  • A godless nation: Doomed to fail (Mychal Massie says U.S. trusts handouts of man over hand of God)

    12/04/2012 12:14:29 PM PST · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    WND ^ | December 03, 2012 | Mychal Massie
    The truth is a hard thing to hear and even a more bitter pill to swallow. But until we face the truth, we are doomed to sink lower into the abyss as a society. The truth is that a godless nation is a nation doomed to fall. We as a nation have slowly accepted and pompously come to believe that wisdom begins and stems from us. Secularism is the view that all things religious should be excluded from daily public living, specifically pertaining to political and social concerns. Thanks to secularism, the mindset today is that God and religious opinion...
  • (D'OH!) Turkey Fines 'Blasphemous' Simpsons for Poking Fun at God

    12/03/2012 1:58:27 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    ANSAmed ^ | Monday, 3 December 2012 | ANSAmed
    Turkey fines 'blasphemous' Simpsons for poking fun at God • God offers coffee to the devil in one of the cartoon's episodes (ANSAmed) - ANKARA - Just about everything that could be said and written about the super-popular cartoon 'The Simpsons' had been, except that it was blasphemous. Now even that ''milestone'' has been reached, thanks to the watchdogs of Turkey's television stations under the Islamic-leaning government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to the newspaper Hurriyet, Ankara's Council of Radio and Television (RTUK) has handed down a TRY 52,951 fine (about 23,000 euros) to the private broadcaster CNBC-E...
  • FBI will not prosecute bombing of government building bombing with IED as terrorism

    12/03/2012 2:14:51 PM PST · by combat_boots · 33 replies
    Atlast Shrugs ^ | 12/3/2012 | various FR mention!
    FBI will not prosecute bombing of government building bombing with IED as terrorism due to "political sensitivities" This is as bad as the actual bombing. Afraid of violating the sharia and offending the feelings of jihadists, the FBI will not be prosecuting the bombing of a government building with an IED as terror due to "political sensitivities." It just gets worse and worse. Muslim bombs government office in Arizona Iraqi refugee arrested for bombing Arizona Social Security office with IED PJ Media, Patrick Poole via Free Republic UPDATED (8:25p EDT): I just spoke again with my contact in the FBI...
  • A Question for Israel About Their Messiah

    12/02/2012 5:10:34 AM PST · by kindred · 41 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    Sadly today the sons of Israel are OBLIVIOUS to the promises made to Abraham and the world by Almighty G-d about the very One who would come in his line, his SEED (single)? G-d's promise to the whole world is found in Abraham , "In your SEED shall ALL nations be blessed" (Gen. 18:18, 22:18, 26:4, 28:14, Gal. 3:6-14)! That SEED is referring to the Lamb of G-d that TAKES AWAY the transgressions of the ENTIRE world (Isa. 9:6-7, 53, Dan. 9:26, Micah 5:2, Gal. 3:6-14). The Messiah of Israel IS Almighty G-d the Son (Ps. 110:1, Prov. 30:4, Isa....
  • The First Four HORRIFIC Trumpet Judgments of the Day of the Lord

    12/01/2012 4:37:43 PM PST · by kindred · 38 replies
    The Ignorant fishermen.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    Following the Seal Judgments of the Lamb of God come Almighty God's "Trumpet Judgments" upon the earth’s inhabitants, its vegetation, its water (fresh and salt) and the celestial lights in the first and second heavens (Rev. 8:1-13). As we shall see, the first four of the seven Trumpet Judgments shall strike the earth and its inhabitants with unparalleled EXPONENTIAL global cataclysmic destruction. Let us take a look! The First Trumpet Judgment destroys 1/3 of all trees and grass upon the face of the earth with fire! (Rev.8:7). That comes to roughly 133 billion trees. 7% of all land mass is...
  • New Egyptian Constitution Fails To Protect Freedom Of Expression, Religion: HRW

    12/01/2012 6:46:17 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 5 replies
    RTT News ^ | 11/30/2012 8:09 AM ET | Staff Writer
    The final draft of a constitution approved on November 29 by Egypt's 100-member constituent assembly protects some rights but undermines others, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). The constitution, approved in the midst of a political standoff between the president and the judiciary, provides for basic protections against arbitrary detention and torture and for some economic rights but fails to end military trials of civilians or to protect freedom of expression and religion, the New York-based human rights watchdog said in a new release on Friday. The constitution drafting process has been extremely contentious, and a number of assembly members...
  • Jude [Read this short book of the New Testament; does it fit today or not?]

    11/30/2012 6:24:23 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Bible Gateway, NIV 1984 ^ | circa 65 AD | Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James
    Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. The Sin and Doom of Godless Men Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They...
  • Evolution Isn't Science

    11/29/2012 7:56:08 PM PST · by kathsua · 300 replies
    hutchinson News ^ | 11/27/2012 | KENNETH B. LUCAS
    The new standard for teaching science in public schools should prohibit teaching religious beliefs like evolution as if they were the equivalent of scientific theories. Science should be defined as using experimentation and observation to discover information about physical reality. Explanations of what happened in the ancient past cannot be verified using experimentation and observation. ----------advertisement----------- Contrary to a popular myth pushed by those who want to make science a substitute for religion, science has yet to produce a new explanation for the development of life or the origin of the universe. The idea that the universe came out of...
  • Can an Adult Film Actress Truly Be Religious?

    11/28/2012 7:01:52 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 128 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 28, 2012 | JP
    There have been several supposedly “scientific” studies published this year that either disparaged people of faith or insidiously mocked religion. That includes a study, published in the journal Science, which asserted that people who believe in God are not analytical thinkers. There also was a study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, which claimed that “highly religious” folk are less compassionate toward the needy than atheists. Now comes yet another study, published this week in the Journal of Sex Research, which claims that adult film actresses are actually more religious than women who don’t get paid to...
  • “Where Are The Catholics?”

    11/27/2012 3:44:22 PM PST · by NYer · 55 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 27, 2012 | James V. Schall, S.J.
    On the morning after Thanksgiving, I was driving over to Frederick, Maryland with one of my nephews. On the car radio, he was listening to a talk radio program from WMAL in Washington. The host of the program was a man who described himself as a conservative Jew. He was talking of the increasing religious persecution within the United States. Several times throughout the program he pointed out that it was the Catholics who are more and more being singled out and discriminated against. The First Amendment on religious freedom seems almost a dead letter when it comes to...
  • Latest Critic of Religious Liberty Reveals His Ignorance of Religion

    11/27/2012 2:11:31 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 27, 2012 | Ryan T. Anderson
    In Why Tolerate Religion? Brian Leiter, author of the Leiter Reports blog and a law professor at the University of Chicago who has an interest in philosophy, asks why Western democracies have sought to promote and protect religion—and religious liberty—in both law and culture.He explores this question because he’s puzzled by it. As he sees things, “no one has been able to articulate a credible principled argument for tolerating religion qua religion … why, as a matter of moral principle, we ought to accord special legal and moral treatment to religious practices” (emphases throughout are original). He argues that there...
  • Jamie Foxx: 'Our Lord and Savior Barack Obama'

    11/26/2012 7:25:58 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda
    newsbusters.org ^ | 11/26/2012 | By Noel Sheppard
    Jamie Foxx: 'Our Lord and Savior Barack Obama' Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx recently called Barack Obama "our lord and savior." This occurred at the previously recorded Soul Train Awards broadcast on BET Sunday (video follows with transcript and commentary): JAMIE FOXX: First of all, give an honor to God and our lord and savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama. Please also notice that this clip was used as a promo for the presentation by BET. I guess Obama really IS the messiah.
  • Op-Ed: Humans evolving into bigger idiots? Stanford professor thinks so

    11/24/2012 5:54:09 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | November 21, 2012 | Paul Wallis
    Yep, evolution is a two way street. With a bit of effort you can evolve to get dumber in every generation. Prof. Gerald Crabtree, a geneticist seems pretty convinced that Homo Sap is long gone in that direction.
  • WHERE'S GOD.. WHEN WE NEED HIM?

    11/23/2012 8:38:07 PM PST · by carlo3b · 65 replies
    Cooking With Chef Carlo ^ | 11/23/12 | Carlo3b, Dad, Chef, Author
    WHERE’S GOD...? Have you ever wondered where in the world is GOD, when we are witnessing unspeakable horrors throughout the world each and every hour of each and every day? Forget listening to the news, local, national, or heaven forbid international news, there isn’t a moment’s peace in the world if we accept what we are told... Heck, we can’t even turn on the TV, log on to the computer, or flip on the radio at the top of any hour of the day or night, without being reminded of the suffering of our fellow humans, not just in countries...
  • Faith on the Hill: The Religious Composition of the 113th Congress

    11/22/2012 12:41:30 PM PST · by marshmallow
    The newly elected, 113th Congress includes the first Buddhist to serve in the Senate, the first Hindu to serve in either chamber and the first member of Congress to describe her religion as “none,” continuing a gradual increase in religious diversity that mirrors trends in the country as a whole. While Congress remains majority Protestant, the institution is far less so today than it was 50 years ago, when nearly three-quarters of the members belonged to Protestant denominations. Catholics have seen the biggest gains among the 530 seats in the new Congress that have been decided as of Nov. 16....
  • The Death of American Religion

    11/21/2012 1:25:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 21, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    In the aftermath of the re-election of President Barack Obama, conservatives searched the heavens and the earth for answers. Some suggested that Mitt Romney lost because Republicans didn't reach out more to Latino voters; some suggested that Romney lost because his "get out the vote" system fell apart on Election Day. Romney himself said that he lost because President Obama separated voting groups with particularly calibrated "gifts" designed to curry their favor. In truth, Mitt Romney lost for the same reason that traditional marriage lost on Election Day: America is becoming a less religious country. And that bodes ill for...
  • Who Said It: Marco Rubio or Barack Obama? Willful ignorance of science is a bipartisan value.

    11/21/2012 12:48:35 PM PST · by unlearner · 89 replies
    Slate Magazine ^ | Nov. 20, 2012 | Daniel Engber
    By now you've heard the outrageous quote from Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on his doubts about the origins of planet Earth. When asked to give its age, he replied: "I'm not a scientist, man. … Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I'm not sure we'll ever be able to answer that. It's one of the great mysteries." ... I've no doubt that these critiques of Rubio are sound. But I'm hesitant to let the crown prince of the Tea Party be singled out for blame. His shameless dodge and pander on the matter of...
  • The Santa Monica Nativity Scene Case: Why We Lost

    11/21/2012 7:22:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/21/2012 | William J. Becker Jr.
    As TV networks began to call the race for President Obama in the 2012 general election earlier this month, Karl Rove fumbled with his white board insisting the race wasn't over and that the votes from vital Ohio counties had not yet been fully tallied. A glimmer of hope that Mitt Romney could snatch victory from the jaws of certain defeat remained visible through the squinting lens of Rove's roseate stubbornness. As his recount was underway last weekend in Florida, Congressman Allen West basked in the glow of adulation conservatives attending an event at the Breakers Hotel in West Palm...
  • Desecrated Ancient Temple Sheds Light on Early Power Struggles at Tel Beth-Shemesh

    11/19/2012 5:00:25 AM PST · by Renfield · 6 replies
    aftau.org ^ | 11-12-2012
    Tel Aviv University researchers have uncovered a unique 11th-century BCE sacred compound at the site of Tel Beth-Shemesh, an ancient village that resisted the aggressive expansion of neighboring Philistines. The newly discovered sacred complex is comprised of an elevated, massive circular stone structure and an intricately constructed building characterized by a row of three flat, large round stones. Co-directors of the dig Prof. Shlomo Bunimovitz and Dr. Zvi Lederman of TAU's Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology say that this temple complex is unparalleled, possibly connected to an early Israelite cult — and provides remarkable new evidence of the...
  • Ben Stein's confession

    11/17/2012 7:32:25 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-10-12 | Ben Stein
    "The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary. My confession: [Ben Stein] I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat... Or maybe I can put it another way: where...