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  • Former Special Forces Commander: Now It's Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell for Christians

    09/20/2013 1:37:35 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 20, 2013 | Michael W. Chapman
    AUDIO Interview at link. ( – Many commanders in the Department of Defense are violating the religious rights of service members, forcing them to be quiet about their moral opposition to homosexuality and gay marriage, for instance, and, in effect, imposing a Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy on Christians, said Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William “Jerry” Boykin, the former commander of the U.S. Special Forces Command. In an interview, asked Gen. Boykin, now the executive vice president of the Family Research Council (FRC), “Given the violation of religious liberties that have been going on, do you think that, ironically, Christians...
  • A Big Heart Open to God [Original Pope Interview...You Decide if the Media is Being Accurate]

    09/19/2013 4:34:30 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Editor’s Note: This interview with Pope Francis took place over the course of three meetings during August 2013 in Rome. The interview was conducted in person by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal...
  • Poll: Half of Americans believe people can be possessed by the Devil or spirits

    09/18/2013 2:14:55 PM PDT · by Kip Russell · 41 replies
    YouGov ^ | Sept 17, 2013 | Katie Jagel
    These are the topline results of a YouGov survey of 1000 US adults interviewed September 12 - 13, 2013 on exorcism and possession. The results show that half of Americans believe in possession although most say it happens infrequently. The margin of error is 3%. (Click here to see full tables and demographic crossbreaks) Do you personally believe in the existence of the Devil or not? Yes . . . 57% No . . . 28% Don’t know . . .15% Do you believe someone can be possessed by the devil or some other evil spirit? Yes . . 51%...
  • Des Plaines sued after rejecting plans for mosque

    09/17/2013 10:50:47 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 30 replies ^ | September 17, 2013 | Manya Brachear Pashman
    A Bosnian Muslim congregation filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Des Plaines and five aldermen, alleging they violated its religious freedom when they denied permission to convert a vacant office building into a community center and Muslim house of worship. The American Islamic Center claims in the suit that aldermen violated its constitutional rights by refusing to rezone an industrial park to accommodate a mosque. "We are not happy that we have to file this lawsuit," said Imam Senad Agic. "We are hoping the City Council of Des Plaines would understand our religious needs." But aldermen say allowing any house...
  • 7 Examples of Discrimination Against Christians in America

    09/17/2013 3:47:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | September 17, 2013 | John Hawkins
    The majority of Americans are Christians, but we're not treated with respect by the culture, the schools, or by our politicians. "Vengeance" may be the Lord's to dish out, but that doesn't mean Christians have to support the people who are attacking us or meekly stand by when other followers of Christ are denigrated and oppressed for their faith. The habitual wimpiness of so many Christians is particularly grating because when Christians shine a spotlight on these attacks and say, "That's enough," more often than not we win. So, if Christians across the country were consistently willing to speak out...
  • Syria in Crisis: Ravi Zacharias on Turmoil in the Middle East [Video]

    09/14/2013 4:26:44 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies ^ | 9/13/13 | Ted Burnham
    Ravi Zacharias was recently in studio to record a radio interview for “Let My People Think”. At the end of the program, Bob Ditmer asked him about the conflicts and turmoil in the Middle East. What’s the big picture? What is it that we’re not seeing? What is happening to Christians and the church during these times? Ravi answers these questions and paraphrases Winston Churchill’s remark, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all other forms of government.”
  • Functioning 'mechanical gears' seen in nature for the first time [Proof of 'Intelligent Design'?]

    09/13/2013 10:22:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 09-12-2013 | Provided by University of Cambridge
    A plant-hopping insect found in gardens across Europe - has hind-leg joints with curved cog-like strips of opposing 'teeth' that intermesh, rotating like mechanical gears to synchronise the animal's legs when it launches into a jump. This image shows cog wheels connecting the hind legs of the plant hopper, Issus. Credit: Burrows/Sutton Photograph of an Issus nymph. Credit: Malcolm Burrows The finding demonstrates that gear mechanisms previously thought to be solely man-made have an evolutionary precedent. Scientists say this is the "first observation of mechanical gearing in a biological structure". Through a combination of anatomical analysis and high-speed video capture...
  • Pope Francis: God will forgive atheists who obey their conscience

    09/13/2013 7:29:54 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 65 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | September 13, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    Pope Francis, referring to atheists who refuse to believe in God, His Commandments and His Church, recently said, "God forgives those who obey their conscience." See here. Pope John Paul II, in his Encyclical Letter Veritatis Splendor, explains that: "Conscience, as the judgment of an act, is not exempt from the possibility of error. As the Council [Vatican II] puts it, 'not infrequently conscience can be mistaken as a result of invincible ignorance, although it does not on that account forfeit its dignity; but this cannot be said when a man shows little concern for seeking what is true and...
  • Unstoppable - the Movie

    09/12/2013 10:55:08 AM PDT · by ZULU · 22 replies
    Liberty University ^ | Uncertain | Kirk Cameron
    Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?
  • Frontline: Dramatic report as Syria Army battles jihadists in ancient Christian village (VIDEO)

    09/12/2013 8:50:36 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 15 replies
    RT via Youtube ^ | September 12, 2013
    The Syrian army is battling small groups of rebels who remain in the ancient Christian village of Maaloula. Opposition fighters linked to Al-Qaeda have been in control of the area for almost a week - reportedly looting religious sites and forcing residents to convert to Islam at gunpoint. RT's Maria Finoshina made it to the village following reports that government troops have re-captured it - but found pockets of resistance remain.
  • French magazine Paris Match - video of Syrian rebels beheading a civilian

    09/12/2013 7:48:46 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 9 replies
    9/12/2013 | syria, syrianrebels
    I was looking for the news article where Rand Paul was talking about the atrocities being committed in Syria, the beheading of priests,children, etc, and stumbled upon this on Google - Twitchy posted this about Parish Match about one and a half hours ago. I won't provide a link to it, but thought people needed to know And now weapons are being provided by the CIA to Syrian rebels (WaPo article)?
  • CAIR-MI Welcomes Halal Accommodations in Crestwood District Schools

    09/12/2013 8:15:14 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 26 replies ^ | , 09 September 2013 |
    (SOUTHFIELD, MI, 9/9/13) -- The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today welcomed the Crestwood School District implementing halal meals to accommodate its Muslim students. The Crestwood School District, which compromises schools in the City of Dearborn Heights, has a significant and growing Muslim student population. CAIR-MI worked with the district and concerned parents for the implementation of halal meals, which includes halal meats. "We welcome the implementation of halal meals at all Crestwood schools," said CAIR-MI Safe Spaces Coordinator Warda Kalim. "We hope that other school districts in Southeast Michigan provide similar accommodations to serve our...
  • Atheists want cross removed from 131-year-old city seal in Florida

    09/10/2013 8:34:28 AM PDT · by xzins · 39 replies
    One News Now ^ | September 10, 2013 | Charlie Butts
    A law firm that champions religious freedom is standing firm with a Florida town threatened over its city seal by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The atheist group Americans United complains that the seal used by DeLand, Florida, happens to contain a cross. Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver tells OneNewsNow the complaint really illustrates the absurdity of groups like Americans United. Staver, Mat (Liberty Counsel)“This seal is part of the very founding seal of the city of DeLand. It's 131 years old,” says Staver. “No one has ever complained for 131 years until the Americans United for...
  • Incredible skeletal remains of 'Catholic saints' dug up, still dripping in gems and jewellery

    09/06/2013 7:15:37 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 505 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6 September 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A relic hunter dubbed 'Indiana Bones' has lifted the lid on a macabre collection of 400-year-old jewel-encrusted skeletons unearthed in churches across Europe. Art historian Paul Koudounaris hunted down and photographed dozens of gruesome skeletons in some of the world's most secretive religious establishments. Incredibly, some of the skeletons, said to be the remains of early Christian martyrs, were even found hidden away in lock-ups and containers. They are now the subject of a new book, which sheds light on the forgotten ornamented relics for the first time. Thousands of skeletons were dug up from Roman catacombs in the 16th...
  • A Warning Against Division in the Church

    09/06/2013 12:33:55 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies ^ | 9/4/13 | RC Sproul
    Immediately following the debate as to who would be the greatest in the kingdom of God, Luke tells us in Luke 9:49 that John replied, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name and we forbade him because he does not follow us.” What’s going on here? Some say that John is only offering this comment as a diversion to deflect Jesus’ words of rebuke that He had just given to His disciples. Others say that no, it’s an earnest concern, and that John had seen somebody actually casting out demons using the name of Jesus, but he...
  • Sexual Destruction

    09/03/2013 2:09:18 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 47 replies ^ | 8/31/13 | RC Sproul, Jr.
    The serpent is more crafty than any of the beasts of the field. He attacks while retreating, retreating while attacking. He concedes this point, all the while making that point. He is both a tar baby and quicksilver. And we are fools for forgetting it... ...the hard truth is that evangelicals are sleeping with partners to whom they are not married. Hundreds of thousands of them, with barely a word even spoken... The result is not merely immorality. The trouble with not keeping your pants on isn’t that you offend that great Prude in the sky. The problem is that...
  • Hollywood's next big thing: religion

    09/02/2013 2:32:56 PM PDT · by Kip Russell · 51 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Aug 29, 2013 | Gloria Goodale
    Hollywood is turning to the Bible for an array of new films and television shows. The success of 'The Bible' miniseries and 'The Passion of the Christ' suggest that religion could bring big bucks. As summer winds down, the hottest trend on Hollywood’s fall schedule appears to be religion. Faith-based entertainment is in the midst of a comeback, what with NBC announcing its sequel to “The Bible,” the highly rated cable mini-series; multiple upcoming movies about Moses; a new film about Noah (starring Russell Crowe); and a Ridley Scott production of Exodus And then there are the renewals of such...
  • America’s Fall: The Modern-Day Roman Empire

    09/02/2013 10:53:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | September 2, 2013 | Matt Barber
    “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”(Ecclesiastes 1:9) The Apostle Paul likely wrote his letter to the Romans about 25 years after Christ’s death and resurrection (sometime between A.D. 55-57). Throughout the book of Romans, Paul warned of God’s unfolding wrath against the Roman Empire – indeed, all of humanity – for mankind’s embrace and practice of pagan morality. Approach Paul’s words with a modicum of objectivity and the reader is left with this dreadful realization: The words of Christ’s hand-picked messenger likewise paint an eerily...
  • Christian church billboard touts pro-gay message: ‘Jesus had two dads’

    09/01/2013 7:10:30 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/30/13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    A sign outside St. John’s Anglican Church in Canada seems to suggest homosexuality is okay because Jesus had two fathers. The billboard message: “Jesus had two dads and he turned out just fine,” as seen in a photo posted on Reddit. Christian principle teaches that Jesus is the son of God, but was cared for during his 33 years on earth, in part, by his birth mother’s husband, Joseph. Rev. Duncan Lyon’s wife said in a telephone call with The Blaze that the message is in fact posted outside the Niagara Falls, Ontario, church and that the motivation behind the...
  • Pope breaks with protocol by bowing to Queen Rania of Jordan

    08/30/2013 10:39:56 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 151 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8-31-2013 | Tom Kington
    As head of state at the Vatican, not to mention the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, protocol requires visitors to bow to him when they meet him at the Holy See. But Francis, who has made the forgetting of formalities a trademark of his papacy, bowed when he met a smiling Rania as she visited the Vatican with her husband King Abdullah II on Thursday. "Up until the 19th century visitors would kiss the pope's shoes, and the tradition is still that all visitors, women included, bow to him, but Francis behaves as he did before he became...