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  • Anti-Religion Group Blasts Teen Valedictorian’s Prayer

    06/07/2013 5:50:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    TownHall.com ^ | 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 Fishermen.com ^ | 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
    Breitbart.com/Big 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...
  • REFLECTION ON SUNDAY READINGS ON THE FEAST OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (Vanity)

    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 day...it 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...
  • R.C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions eBooks Now Free Forever [Kindle & Itunes]

    05/21/2013 6:06:10 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 5/21/13 | Nathan Bingham
    To further help Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it, from today the eBook editions of R.C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions series will be free forever. Can I Be Sure I’m Saved? (Kindle) (iTunes)Can I Have Joy in My Life? (Kindle)Can I Know God’s Will? (Kindle) (iTunes)Can I Trust the Bible? (Kindle) (iTunes)Does God Control Everything? (Kindle)Does Prayer Change Things? (Kindle) (iTunes)How Should I Live in this World? (Kindle) (iTunes)What Can I Do with My Guilt? (Kindle) (iTunes)What Does It Mean to be Born Again? (Kindle) (iTunes)What Is Baptism? (Kindle) (iTunes)What Is Faith? (Kindle) (iTunes)What Is the Trinity? (Kindle) (iTunes)Who Is Jesus? (Kindle)...
  • Virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel

    05/20/2013 9:24:41 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 14 replies
    Vatican ^ | 5/20/13 | Vatican
    Pretty cool if you've never been then. If you have a wheel on your mouse it zooms it in or out. Virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel
  • YouTube Star Antoine Dodson Renounces His Homosexuality

    05/20/2013 5:52:50 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    vibe ^ | 5/6/13
    The flamboyant YouTube star renounced his association to homosexuality and, once again, got in front of the media to discuss "praying the gay" away. Antoine Dodson -- of "hide your kids, hide your wife" fame -- says that he "renounces homosexuality" and now wants a wife to be in his life. Choosing to get back "to who he is," Dodson's many statements painted a confusing picture about his intentions behind his self-discovery. On Facebook, he wrote in full, "I have to renounce myself, I'm no longer into homosexuality. I want a wife and family, I want to multiply and raise...
  • Power Team shares their message with Alice community

    05/18/2013 1:43:53 PM PDT · by DH · 3 replies
    Alice 24-7 News ^ | 5/18/2013 | Staff Reporter
    Alice Area Alliance of Christian Churches introduced The Power Team to the community Wednesday night at the Alice High School Auditorium.
  • Conservative Free Republic - You Need REALITY and the Savior

    05/16/2013 4:59:37 PM PDT · by kindred · 119 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | 5/16/13 | DJP I.F.
    My dear friends, I know I'm going to get it for this post but in love I must say it (2 Cor. 12:15). Someone has to and it might as well be me. For the past 5 years I have been feeling the spiritual temperature at Free Republic and other conservative forums and have found that moral and biblical relativism, biblical ignorance, conservative optimism, Christian ecumenicalism and the outright rejection of the TRUE Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12, Rom. 10:2-4, 1 Cor. 15:1-4, Eph. 2:8-9) nearly dominate this and other conservative forums. Thank God for Free Republic, they do...
  • Franklin Graham calls IRS probe of ministry finances ‘un-American’

    05/16/2013 7:04:02 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    Religion News.com ^ | May 15, 2013 | Adelle M. Banks
    Franklin Graham calls IRS probe of ministry finances ‘un-American’ Adelle M. Banks | May 15, 2013 (RNS) Evangelist Franklin Graham blasted the Internal Revenue Service probe of conservative nonprofit groups as “un-American,” saying both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the relief group Samaritan’s Purse were audited by the IRS. In a Tuesday (May 14) letter to President Obama, Graham said the two organizations he leads were notified last September that the IRS would review their records for the 2010 tax year. The IRS inquiry, he noted, occurred months after the BGEA ran ads in April 2012 supporting a North...
  • Anna Pierre Says North Miami Chose Lucifer Instead of Jesus After Finishing Last in Mayoral Race

    05/15/2013 2:45:50 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | May 15, 2013
    The defeated North Miami mayoral candidate who claimed that Jesus Christ endorsed her now says that the city chose Lucifer over the son of God. In a post-election statement on her Facebook page, Anna Pierre questioned Tuesday's results, in which she finished last among seven candidates. She also re-affirmed her Christian faith.
  • “Gay Marriage” Shows Us Why Theology Matters.

    05/15/2013 5:59:46 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    TimothyJhammons.com ^ | May 15, 2013 | Timothy Hammons
    Full Title: “Gay Marriage” Shows Us Why Theology Matters. Three ways Biblically sound theology will help in the same-sex marriage debate To invite homosexuals to embrace themselves so that they are no longer lonely is agreeing with those on the left that God was wrong in ordaining the family as one man and one woman together in marriage. It is agreeing with those whom God is pouring out His wrath. It is agreeing with those who have cast off any notions of holiness, purity and piety in the church. It is, as I have said, theological suicide. Over the weekend...
  • Intolerant Secularists

    05/14/2013 2:42:25 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 5 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 24 July 2012 | Enza Ferreri
    People like Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion (Amazon USA) , (Amazon UK) , and Christopher Hitchens, who wrote God Is Not Great (Amazon USA) , (Amazon UK) , et al, when attacking “religion”, play on various ambiguities. They create ambiguities in their choice of terms and then these ambiguities are convenient for them. The first instance of ambiguity is the use of the term “religion”. It puts together all sorts of people and doctrines which may have very little in common. To give an analogy, the flat earth theory is undoubtedly a theory of physics. It says something...
  • North Miami mayoral candidate touts endorsement from Jesus Christ

    05/14/2013 3:14:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 5/13/13 | Steve Owen
    A mayoral candidate in North Miami claims she has received an endorsement from a higher power. Campaign posters for Anna L. Pierre tout that she was endorsed by Jesus Christ. "It's a spiritual endorsement. Why? Because everything I do I always get God involved," Pierre said.
  • Religion and Public Life in America

    05/12/2013 6:06:29 PM PDT · by TBP · 10 replies
    Imprimis ^ | April 2013 | R.R. Reno
    RELIGIOUS LIBERTY is being redefined in America, or at least many would like it to be. Our secular establishment wants to reduce the autonomy of religious institutions and limit the influence of faith in the public square. The reason is not hard to grasp. In America, “religion” largely means Christianity, and today our secular culture views orthodox Christian churches as troublesome, retrograde, and reactionary forces. They’re seen as anti-science, anti-gay, and anti-women—which is to say anti-progress as the Left defines progress. Not surprisingly, then, the Left believes society will be best served if Christians are limited in their influence on...
  • Pentagon's Problem w/Proselytizing-Evangelicals lately have detected worrying signals from military

    05/10/2013 6:25:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 9, 2013 | Mollie Ziegler Hemingway
    In early April, Army Reserve soldiers in Pennsylvania were told in a redeployment briefing that evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics were "extremists," the same category as al Qaeda. Later that month, the Southern Baptist Convention's website was blocked on Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps bases due to what the military's software filter told Web users was "hostile content." And in early May, news reports said that an anti-Christian crusader had proposed new rules for the Pentagon so that military-service members could be court-martialed for sharing their faith. But the initial reports on these matters were exaggerated, taken out...
  • Tim Tebow blackballed by NFL teams because of cult-like following, media frenzy

    05/09/2013 2:04:09 PM PDT · by slumber1 · 50 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 05-09-13 | Michael Silver
    As a journalist who has consistently experienced the wrath of Tebow Nation — mostly for passing along the slings and arrows voiced by various NFL players, coaches and talent-evaluators — I'm well aware that many devotees of the world's most celebrated unemployed quarterback carry a heavy persecution complex. Yet as Tim Tebow's career wheezes to an underwhelming halt, with less apparent interest in his services than Massachusetts funeral parlors have in Tamerlan Tsarnaev's remains, something strange is happening. Against all odds, I'm starting to wonder whether the man who helped the Denver Broncos become one of the league's most stunning...
  • DISCIPLE MAKERS

    05/09/2013 7:33:50 AM PDT · by 7thson · 5 replies
    Do any Freepers know anything about a group called Disciple Makers? They basically hang around college campuses.
  • Brennan's Spooky Swearing-In

    03/27/2013 5:41:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. President Obama's choice to be Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) was approved by the Senate on a vote of 63-34, with thirteen Republicans voting to confirm him. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) created quite a stir with his 13-hour filibuster against the Brennan nomination. Not until he received written assurances from Attorney General Eric Holder that U.S. citizens would not be targeted for killing by drones on U.S. soil would the doughty Kentuckian stand down. Good for him. John Brennan then proceeded to take the Oath of Office, as administered by Vice...
  • Pastor Rob Bell Grows Frustrated Amid Questions on 'Sinfulness' of Homosexuality

    05/07/2013 8:34:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/07/2013 | Nicola Menzie
    Former megachurch pastor Rob Bell appeared in a recent radio discussion with Christian British minister Andrew Wilson to discuss his new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, and grew frustrated when pressed by Wilson to explain his theological reasons for affirming homosexuality and same-sex relationships. Bell and Wilson appeared on the U.K. faith debate program "Unbelievable?" hosted by Justin Brierley on Premier Christian Radio. Wilson is a published theologian and elder at Kings Church in Eastbourne, East Sussex. The men, moderated by Brierley, started the discussion by debating various issues during the hour-plus program, but it...
  • Obama Admin Gives Up Forcing Bible Publisher to Obey HHS Mandate

    05/06/2013 6:02:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    In a huge victory for pro-life advocates taking on the controversial HHS mandate, the Obama administration is giving up its effort to force a Bible publisher to obey it. The mandate has generated massive opposition from pro-life groups because it forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy penalties. The Obama administration opposed an order a judge gave temporarily stopping enforcement, arguing that Tyndale House Publishers isn’t religious enough for an exemption from the mandate, a component of ObamaCare that forces employers, regardless of their...
  • UIL: Disqualified Student Didn’t Make Religious Gesture

    05/06/2013 7:22:05 AM PDT · by LUV W · 48 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | May 3, 2013 | Jay Root
    Gov. Rick Perry asked the University Interscholastic League on Friday to investigate why a high school track team was disqualified after one of the student athletes made what his father called a religious gesture. The Columbus High School relay team was disqualified by a UIL judge at a regional meet on April 27 at Texas A&M Kingsville after a student engaged in an “unsporting act.” .....In his letter, Perry said he would “not tolerate the suppression of religious freedom anywhere.”
  • Homeless Man Runs Contest To See Which Religion Gives Most

    05/03/2013 3:21:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | May 3, 2013 | Matthew Archbold
    The HuffPo is gleefully reporting a story about a homeless man's stunt that attempts to shame people into giving him money. In the picture, which has since gone viral on Reddit and Imgur, the man, who appears to be homeless or transient, is sitting on a sidewalk and holding a sign that reads, "Which religion cares the most about the homeless?" Arranged in front of him are eight small, plastic bowls and a hat, each labeled with different religions and filled with varying amounts of change. Although we can't say for sure how much money is shown in the photo,...
  • Video: CNN panel names Romney a religious fanatic for promoting … children

    05/03/2013 1:51:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/03/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Via BuzzFeed, here’s the latest in tolerance from last night’s Piers Morgan show. Mitt Romney spoke at a commencement for Southern Virginia University, whose student body is 92% Mormon, according to Hunter Schwartz, and Romney used his speech to talk about traditional Mormon pro-family values — or really, generic Christian family values. For quoting Psalms — by the way, an Old Testament book common to all Christians and Jews — the panel laughs Romney out of the room as a “religious fanatic”: The NIV has this as “children,” while the Ignatius Catholic version uses “sons” instead. Nonetheless, the panel starts...
  • Rear Admiral Says Faith is Under Threat in Military

    05/03/2013 1:26:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A high-ranking Coast Guard official said at a National Day of Prayer event that religious liberty in the U.S. military is being threatened and that service members are being told to hide their faith in Christ, according to a taped remarks obtained by Fox News. “As one general so aptly put it – they expect us to check our religion in at the door – don’t bring that here,” Rear Admiral William Lee told a National Day of Prayer gathering on Capitol Hill. “Leaders like myself are feeling the constraints of rules and regulations and guidance issued by lawyers...
  • This Is The Stupid Stuff That Happens When People Insist On "Zero Tolerance" Rules...

    05/03/2013 11:35:12 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    Chicks On The Right ^ | 5/3/2013 | Mockarena
    OMG, Is this really the kind of society we want? Because this is what we get when people who are hell-bent on being politically correct all the time get their way. Blame them. Because they deserve the blame.
  • Worshipping the State (How Liberalism Became our State Religion)

    05/01/2013 11:56:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | May 1, 2013 | George J. Marlin
    The prime objective of secularists in modern times has been to “free” us all from the influence (The burden, they’d say) of Christianity. Just how they have gone about destroying that influence on the course of human affairs is ably described in Dr. Benjamin Wiker’s new book Worshipping the State:  How Liberalism Became our State Religion.Wiker, who has taught at Franciscan University and Thomas Aquinas College, holds that the raison d’être of secular philosophers’ has been to reduce Christianity’s hold on Western culture, and either to subordinate the Church to the state or to establish a rival civic religion that...
  • What’s Killing American Catholicism – 1

    05/01/2013 6:54:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 171 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | 4/30/13 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Reading Sherry Weddell’s excellent Forming Intentional Disciples is making me think about the American church and what ails her. Can anybody deny that there is a sickness in the body ecclesia? When 50% of Catholics vote for a man who stoutly defends same sex marriage and partial birth abortion can we say that Catholics in America are okay? I don’t think so. Thus a series of posts on what’s killing Catholicism. All the words begin with the letter ‘C’. I can’t help it. I was brought up as a Biblical Evangelical and our pastors always used alliteration to make their...
  • Atheist pamphlets coming to Orange County schools [Orlando, Florida]

    05/01/2013 3:03:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Fox Orlando ^ | 4/30/13
    Atheist pamphlets are coming to Orange County public schools. They will be distributed on Thursday in almost one dozen public high schools. Some Christians say that is insulting, because Thursday is America's National Day of Prayer. The Freedom from Religion Foundation will make the atheist materials available to students. Organizers say they are not trying to recruit new atheists and claim they don't really want to be in the schools at all. Visit the Freedom from Religion Foundation website and you will find the sort of atheist pamphlets, brochures and books that will be placed on tables for students to...
  • Washington Post Column: Jason Collins’s religious critics need to practice what they preach

    04/30/2013 7:27:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/30/2013 | Mike Wise
    With Jason Collins clearing one of big-time team sports’ last barriers to equality, it’s time to extend an olive branch to some of the other people who also came out Monday: Let’s give it up for the heterosexual religious zealots, some of whom let us know their true, authentic selves. It takes a lot of Old Testament moral certainty to have such strong conviction against a 7-foot NBA journeyman’s sexuality, especially after Collins had the guts to become the first active male athlete in a major team sport to say he’s gay — which, by the way, is so universally...
  • The reason that liberals hate Christianity, but ignore Islam

    04/30/2013 9:33:40 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 47 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 4-29-2013 | Bookworm
    One of the things that’s frustrating for non-liberals and non-Progressives is Leftists’ refusal to look Islam in the face (so to speak). Yes, there are crazy people who are Christians and there are entire Christian sects that are crazy (such as the Westboro Baptists or Warren Jeffs’ polygamist Mormon cult). The fact remains, however, that Christians as a whole, whether they belong to big churches or small ones, do not embrace or practice terrorism to achieve their political or religious goals.Muslims, by contrast, routinely practice terrorism to achieve goals that are simultaneously religious and political, owing to Islam’s fusion of...
  • CMU Parade Controversy Over Naked Woman, Dressed As Pope

    04/29/2013 5:17:57 PM PDT · by Third Person · 63 replies
    KDKA Pittsburgh ^ | April 29th, 2013 | Staff
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Students at Carnegie Mellon say it’s freedom of expression, but the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh calls it inappropriate and disrespectful. At an annual art school parade, a female student dressed up as the pope, and was naked from the waist down while she passed out condoms. Even more, witnesses say the woman had shaved her pubic hair in the shape of a cross. The Diocese has asked CMU to take action. “I think we all know that when we’re growing up we do stupid things but to cross over the line in this instance shouldn’t happen with...
  • Archbishop José H. Gomez on Immigration Reform: The Debate Begins

    04/28/2013 11:41:29 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 45 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/28/2013 | Archbishop José H. Gomez
    As chairman of the U.S. Bishops Migration Committee, I've been working with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the U.S. Bishops' president, and many of my brother bishops to study the new comprehensive immigration reform legislation that has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. [snip] Because we are an immigrant Church, this debate over immigration is a debate about the future of the Church and our Catholic people. The Mexicans and other Latin Americans at the center of this debate - the millions whose fate is being decided by our politicians - are mostly fellow Catholics. Earlier this week, the U.S. bishops held...
  • President Obama’s Tin Ear Toward the Persecuted Christians

    04/25/2013 6:20:29 AM PDT · by Tugo · 12 replies
    Michael's Blog ^ | April 24, 2013 | Michael Youssef, PHD
    When it comes to the persecution of Christians, President Obama appears to have a tin ear. The question is: why? Why would a president who claims to be a Christian seem to deliberately help install and collaborate with an Islamist government in Egypt? Many highly-placed Egyptian leaders have revealed that his collaboration with the Muslim Brotherhood began long before President Mubarak’s fall. Why would Mr. Obama remain silent after being informed again and again of the atrocities committed against Christians in Egypt—atrocities committed by the very government he helped bring to power? The answer to the question of “why” can...