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  • Anti-Religion Group Blasts Teen Valedictorian’s Prayer

    06/07/2013 5:50:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | June 6, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation blasted what it called the “open defiance” of a valedictorian who delivered The Lord’s Prayer during a high school graduation ceremony last Saturday in South Carolina. Roy Costner, a senior at Liberty High School in Pickens, created national attention when he ripped up his pre-approved graduation speech and instead led the crowd in a recitation of The Lord’s Prayer. A video of the speech was posted on YouTube and has since gone viral. It shows the 18-year-old setting aside his speech. “I think most of you will understand when I say, ‘Our Father, who art...
  • Priest recovering after apparent, unexplained, Southtown motel assault

    06/06/2013 9:56:27 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 30 replies
    My SA ^ | 06/05/2013 | By Michelle Casady
    A Bastrop priest who was found by police last week standing in the doorway of his Southtown motel wearing only his underwear, the victim of an apparent assault, left authorities with several unanswered questions about why he was there. Father Rafael Padilla, 42, was unable to tell police who may have caused the swelling, cuts and bruises on his face and arms. Padilla also couldn't explain to police why there was a cold, unopened beer, condoms and lubricating jelly inside the motel room or who the items could belong to, according to the police report. He checked into the Relax...
  • Muslim desecration of British World War II Cemetary in Libya

    06/04/2013 1:37:37 PM PDT · by BobNative · 12 replies
    YouTube Video ^ | June 4, 2013 | Self Vanity
    Muslim desecration of British World War II Cemetary in Libya
  • Russia to ban same-sex foreign couples from adopting children under new law

    06/04/2013 3:14:00 AM PDT · by MarkBsnr · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3 June 2013 | Becky Evans
    Vladimir Putin will ban foreign homosexual couples from adopting Russian children, the government has confirmed. An amendment restricting foreign adoptions to 'traditional' families will be submitted to parliament in its autumn session by the government, Alexei Levchenko, a spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, said on Saturday. The ban underscores a growing rift between Russia and the West over gay rights. Vladimir Putin will ban foreign same-sex couples from adopting Russian children Putin said in April that a French law allowing same-sex marriage went against traditional Russian values and signalled Moscow would take steps to ensure gay couples from...
  • Southern Baptists Plan to Leave Boy Scouts 'En Masse.'

    06/03/2013 12:49:49 PM PDT · by Prole · 209 replies
    Newser ^ | June 2, 2013 | Ruth Brown
    (Newser) – The Boy Scouts of America's decision last month to allow gay members was made with the blessings of many churches and religious groups—but not all of them. And here's a pretty significant opponent: The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America with 45,000 congregations and 16 million members, says it will now urge its followers to leave the Scouts, reports CNN. The Boy Scouts says Baptist churches currently sponsor nearly 4,000 units, containing more than 100,000 kids. The Southern Baptist Convention will vote on a resolution to disaffiliate with the Scouts this month, and a spokesperson...
  • Air Force Says Painting that References Bible Verse Violates Rules

    06/03/2013 12:24:03 PM PDT · by BobNative · 31 replies ^ | June 3, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    An inspirational painting that referenced a Bible verse has been removed from a dining hall at Mountain Home Air Force Base after an anti-religion group filed a complaint. The painting featured a medieval crusader and referenced Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
  • Iran and Syria - Don't Mess with Israel!

    06/01/2013 7:34:00 PM PDT · by kindred · 6 replies
    The Ignorant ^ | Friday, May 31, 2013 | DJP I.F.
    We are presently at a time when we are constantly seeing Israel’s border enemies ever more emboldened to stir up strife and lash out against Israel. As this present conflict in the Middle East intensifies and Israel sees it self ever alone in this big bad evil world DO NOT expect them to just idly sit by and watch their nation be wiped off the map of planet earth. With Iran and Syria ever breathing threats at Israel and Israel's border enemies doing like wise the tentisons are high in the Middle East and in the world. We as Bible...
  • Carbon Dating Confirms World's Oldest Torah Scroll

    06/01/2013 2:50:07 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    National Geographic ^ | May 30, 2013 | By Diane Cole
    In 1889, an Italian librarian's faulty identification sentenced to archival obscurity an antique Torah scroll that has turned out to be the oldest complete such scroll in existence. This week, University of Bologna Professor Mauro Perani announced the results of carbon-14 tests authenticating the scroll's age as roughly 800 years old. The scroll dates to between 1155 and 1225, making it the oldest complete Torah scroll on record. Like all Torah scrolls, this one contains the full text of the five Books of Moses in Hebrew and is prepared according to strict standards for use during religious services. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------snip------------------ At...
  • Interview: 'The Wonder Years' Actress Alley Mills on How Buddhism, Jesus Picture Led Her to Christ

    05/31/2013 11:14:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 5/28/13 | Alex Murashko
    Actress Alley Mills, perhaps best known for her role as Norma Arnold, the mother in the coming-of-age TV series "The Wonder Years," is unashamed to talk about Jesus Christ. However, while she was still a Buddhist working in Hollywood, she was more concerned about what people thought about her than she does now, she told The Christian Post in an exclusive interview. "This town is driven by ego," said Mills, who currently plays Pamela Douglas in the soap, "The Bold and the Beautiful." She adds, "The more confidence you have when walking into a room, which is really about ego...
  • Cooper, Huffman and Adlerstein: The Most Persecuted Religion

    05/29/2013 3:27:53 PM PDT · by Sopater · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 21, 2012, 6:39 p.m. ET | ABRAHAM COOPER, JOHN HUFFMAN AND YITZCHOK ADLERSTEIN
    Christians are targeted—by independent groups or governments—in some 131 countries world-wide. At the height of the Nazi Holocaust, the wretched human cargo spilling out of cattle cars onto the platforms of Auschwitz was immediately subject to a brutal selektion by the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele, whose flick of a finger to the left meant immediate death in a gas chamber; to the right, slave labor and slow death from starvation or disease. Fast forward to 2012 Nigeria, where a latter-day incarnation of selektion has been used—this time not against Jews, but against Christians. Nigeria is the most populous black nation...
  • GALLUP: Most Americans Say Religion Is Losing Influence in U.S.

    05/29/2013 8:51:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    GALLUP ^ | 05/29/2013 | Frank Newport
    Over three-quarters of Americans (77%) say religion is losing its influence on American life, while 20% say religion's influence is increasing. These represent Americans' most negative evaluations of the impact of religion since 1970, although similar to the views measured in recent years. Americans over the years have generally been more likely to say religion is losing rather than increasing its influence in American life. In addition to the previous peak in views that religion was losing its influence measured in 1969 and 1970, at least 60% of Americans thought religion was losing its influence in 1991-1994, in 1997 and...
  • Leave Boy Scouts, pastor advises parents

    05/29/2013 6:11:24 AM PDT · by BobNative · 37 replies
    Baptist Press News ^ | May 28, 2013 | Art Toalston
    Leave Boy Scouts, pastor advises parents Posted on May 28, 2013 | by Art Toalston MARIETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Parents of Boy Scouts should remove their children from the organization, Atlanta-area pastor Ernest Easley advised in his Sunday sermon. Troop 204's affiliation with Roswell Street Baptist Church also will end, Easley said. "I never dreamed I'd have to stand up publicly and say to parents: Pull your kids out of the Boy Scouts," Easley told Baptist Press May 28. "If you would have asked me that five years ago, 10 years ago, I would have laughed," Easley said. "And even...
  • Fox News vs. the Cult of Obama

    05/28/2013 7:12:28 AM PDT · by FiddlePig · 22 replies Journalism | 5/28/2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    It is impossible to understand the Obama administration's uniquely hostile treatment of Fox News without understanding the self-image of the Obama team. On the one hand, the targeting of Fox News for isolation and surveillance suggests an administration so lacking in competence that it cannot tolerate criticism or scrutiny. On the other, the attacks suggest hubris, a confidence that few would ever object to its conduct. That contradiction has a religious quality to it. Indeed, President Barack Obama has led an administration that has, at times, been more of a religious movement than a governing body. Obama has made miraculous...

    05/27/2013 3:19:01 AM PDT · by God-fear-republican · 2 replies
    self | 05-27-2013 | God-fear-republican
    REFLECTION ON SUNDAY READINGS ON THE FEAST OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY READING 2: Roman 5:1-5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through...
  • What is an Infidel?

    05/23/2013 8:22:30 AM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 24 replies
    received email | May 23, 13 | Rick Mathes
    WHAT'S AN INFIDEL ? The author, Rick Mathes, is a well-known leader in prison ministry. The man who walks with God always gets to his destination. If you have a pulse you have a purpose. The Muslim religion is the fastest growing religion per capita in the United States , especially in the minority races. Last month I attended my annual training session that's required for maintaining my state prison security clearance. During the training session there was a presentation by three speakers representing the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Muslim faiths, who each explained their beliefs. I was particularly interested...
  • Join in Asking God to Keep a Small, Obscure Promise

    Hi, I'm not the most devout of folks out thee, but am a believer and do believe God answers prayer. Several verses have become popular over past years because of the hope they evoked...remember the Prayer of Jabez and 2Chron 7:14 with Promisekeepers? Well, I have been praying for another promise to be seen in our time, that of Job 5:12. I read it and wrote it down and pray it every sure reads like a promise. Any believers out there let's see if we can get it to catch on in this really troubled time in our nation's...
  • Keep that Bible out of my room

    05/21/2013 5:08:31 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 112 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 5/21/2013 | KATE BRUMBACK and RUSS BYNUM
    An atheist, Buckner believes that no religious literature should be provided in government-owned lodging, and he presented that concern to management at the Amicalola Falls State Park. Officials told Buckner they would remove the Bibles from all state park resorts while the state attorney general looked into the matter. Not long afterward, however, the AG issued a ruling saying the state was on firm legal ground because it hadn’t paid for the books. On Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal ordered the Bibles returned. Deal argued that if the state didn’t pay for them, it can’t be seen as endorsing them. He...
  • God’s Dupes?

    05/22/2013 9:04:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    Ligonier ^ | Ravi Zacharias
    Is the Christian faith intellectual nonsense? Are Christians deluded? “If God exists and takes an interest in the affairs of human beings, his will is not inscrutable,” writes Sam Harris about the 2004 tsunami in Letter to a Christian Nation. “The only thing inscrutable here is that so many otherwise rational men and women can deny the unmitigated horror of these events and think this is the height of moral wisdom” (p. 48). In his article “God’s Dupes,” Harris argues, “Everything of value that people get from religion can be had more honestly, without presuming anything on insufficient evidence. The...
  • IF John Hagee & Perry Stone Accept Messianic Rabbis As Biblical, What About Female Messianic Rabbis?

    05/22/2013 6:45:28 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 28 replies
    5/22/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    1.) IF John Hagee, Perry Stone, and/or anyone else on TCT, TBN, INSP, WCT, etc, accept women as being able to occupy the positions of apostles, and/or prophets, and/or evengelists, and/or pastors and/or teachers (with such examples such as Paula White and Joyce Meyer (whom I believe operate as a pastor and teacher respectively)), and... 2.) IF they believe that women can occupy these positions within the sphere of the New Testament/New Covenant, and... 3.) IF they believe that the office of Rabbi (Messianic or otherwise) has been carried over into the New Testament/New Covenant, (with such examples as Kurt...
  • Lawmakers Traveling to Russia to Investigate Boston Bombing

    05/21/2013 9:51:20 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 17 replies
    ABC ^ | May 21, 2013 | Kirit Radia
    MOSCOW – A delegation of American lawmakers will travel to Russia next week in part to investigate last month’s Boston Marathon bombings, ABC News has learned. The group, led by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., wants to find out why a 2011 Russian request that the United States investigate Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the suspected Boston bombers, did not raise more red flags. The Russians offered a vague warning that Tsarnaev planned to link up with extremist groups abroad, but an FBI investigation yielded no evidence to support those claims at the time. The lawmakers also want to know why subsequent...