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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 Civiltŕ 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...
  • T.D. Jakes' Dallas 'MegaFest' Draws Thousands [Oprah Worship?]

    08/30/2013 9:16:30 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Christian Broadcasting Network ^ | 8/30/13 | Efrem Graham
    Some 50,000 people have descended upon the city of Dallas. They journeyed from many corners of the world to be a part of a massive, three-day Christian conference sponsored by megachurch pastor, Bishop T.D. Jakes...
  • Cross bombed in Coos Bay (More left-wing domestic terrorism goes unreported!)

    08/30/2013 6:34:38 AM PDT · by connell · 11 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | 8-30-13 | Christopher Cook
    If this had been a bombing of an abortion clinic bombing instead of the bombing of a cross, it would be national international news. This weekend, someone detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) next to the Coos Bay Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The memorial, which sits in a public park in Coos Bay, Oregon, and includes a cross, recently became a target of the ACLU and the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which demanded the cross be removed because it violates the so-called “separation of church and state.” Back on May 21, 2013, this same site was vandalized by people who made their...
  • NBC Today show "what makes you happy" quotes 3 men; two were avowed atheists...

    08/30/2013 5:49:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 44 replies
    This morning, I saw with great sadness a little bit of the NBC TODAY show. All four hosts were on, and the subject was "What makes you happy?" The "wisdom" NBC offered viewers came from three thinker-philosophers of the past. Whom did Matt Lauer and Company recommend for advice on how to be happy? Jean-Paul Sartre. Friedrich Nietzsche. Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  • Syria Could Become Another Iraq on Religious Freedom, Says Retired Army Lt. Col.

    08/30/2013 5:47:43 AM PDT · by Center2Right
    The Christian Post ^ | August 29 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    Could Syria Become Another Iraq? A retired Army lieutenant colonel with years of experience in the Pentagon believes that American involvement in Syria could have results similar to the Iraq War on religious freedom. Lt. Col. Robert L. Maginnis, who presently serves as senior fellow for National Security at Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., told The Christian Post about the possible similarity. "Former dictator Saddam Hussein protected Christians but once Saddam was replaced the American-installed Shiite government sat back while Christians were run out of the country," said Maginnis..... Read more at
  • Bishops' immigration outreach based on 'pastoral' concern

    08/30/2013 5:44:33 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies ^ | Aug 30, 2013 | Carl Bunderson
    Washington D.C., Aug 30, 2013 / 04:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Underlying an effort by U.S. bishops to coordinate messages on the need for comprehensive immigration reform is a profound sense of pastoral care, said an official at the bishops’ conference. “Sometimes (the bishops) are criticized that they're encouraging lawbreaking, but the fact is, these folks are here, and their families are getting separated, and what the bishops are trying to do is change the law so they can help them,” said Kevin Appleby, director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' migration policy and public affairs office. “It's not only...
  • The Church Cries “Uncle” (“Sam” That Is)[Video at Link]

    08/28/2013 10:34:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 8/28/13 | Michael Horton
    The church in America today is obsessed with being practical, relevant, successful, and well-liked. As a result, the Gospel has been relegated to the dustbin. Michael Horton explains this phenomenon and why it’s a deadly danger.
  • Only in Syria Christian soldier defending the mosque barefoot (Syrian Army vs Obama's jihad)

    08/26/2013 7:44:49 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 5 replies
    Only in Syria Christian soldier defending the mosque barefoot out of respect for His Holiness and cites him ..Tribute to our Syrian Christian martyrs. Martyr Pierre Gabriel
  • How much do you know about religion?

    08/25/2013 7:14:22 PM PDT · by Kip Russell · 109 replies
    Pew Research ^ | Pew Research
    And how do you compare with the average American? Here's your chance to find out. Take our short, 15-question quiz, and see how you do in comparison with 3,412 randomly sampled adults who were asked these and other questions in the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey. This national poll was conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life from May 19 through June 6, 2010, on landlines and cell phones, in English and Spanish. When you finish the quiz, you will be able to compare your knowledge of religion with participants in the national telephone poll. You...
  • Valley leaders, bishop promote immigration reform principles

    08/25/2013 6:18:24 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    Yakima Herald Republic. ^ | August 25, 2013 | Mike Faulk
    YAKIMA, Wash. — In an effort to expand the debate over comprehensive immigration reform beyond politics, a group of religious, business and government leaders joined Saturday to unveil a shared set of values to personalize the discussion. “We need more people talking this through from their vantage point and station in the” Yakima Valley, said Yakima Diocese Bishop Joseph Tyson in a telephone interview. “We can’t abandon this issue only to elected officials in public life.” The principles were originally laid out in February in a speech in Yakima given by Tyson to the Washington Farm Labor Association, but the...
  • British Sociologist Asks 'Why Shouldn't Faith Schools Criticize Gays?'

    08/24/2013 12:10:03 PM PDT · by Center2Right · 3 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | August 23, 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    Soon after the completely senseless murder of an Australian athlete in Oklahoma, former Australian Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer pleaded with Australian tourists to boycott the United States due to our supposed proliferation of guns which, as Mr. Fischer evidently believes, leads to an increase in violence and crime. “I am deeply angry about this because of the callous attitude of the three teenagers [but] it’s a sign of the proliferation of guns on the ground in the USA,” he said. The problem with Mr. Fischer’s statement? The data simply does not support his accusation, and even statistics from Mr....
  • Feds Say Atheism Is A Religion Which Should Affect Teaching Of Evolution And Creation

    08/24/2013 1:47:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Godfather Politics Blog ^ | August 23, 2013 | Dave Jolly
    Atheists have long argued that atheism is not a religion as they deny the existence of God or any other form of deity. Atheists, starting with Madalyn Murray O’Hair, are the ones that led the efforts to remove the Bible, prayer and all aspects of Christianity out of the public schools, government buildings and property. Christians have long argued that atheism is a religion as it is a belief in no God and that by removing Christianity from schools established atheism as the official religion of the public school system. It is impossible to have a vacuum of religious belief...
  • Catholic Push to Overhaul Immigration Goes to Pews

    08/21/2013 4:50:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 21, 2013 | By ASHLEY PARKER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    WASHINGTON — Catholic bishops and priests from major dioceses across the country will preach a coordinated message next month backing changes in immigration policy, with some using Sunday Masses on Sept. 8 to urge Congressional passage of a legislative overhaul that includes a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants.

    08/19/2013 7:35:06 AM PDT · by 7thson · 2 replies
    I was watching Huckabee a couple weeks ago. He had some blind guy who stated he was former Army. The discussion was that the Pentagon issued an order prohibiting the wearing of the uniform in church. Has anyone heard about this? Has anyone have any information about this? I spoke with a Chaplain in the Pentagon and not only did he look at me like I just fell off the turnip truck, but he stated he never heard of such a thing. Please - no posts about watching Fox, Huckabee, whatever. If you have nothing to confirm or deny on...
  • Iraq Wants Jewish “Trove,” But not Jews

    08/19/2013 5:54:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | August 18, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. Some fifty-three percent of Americans told the Gallup Poll last spring they regarded the Iraq war as a mistake. The numbers were not evenly divided. The vast majority of Democrats (73%) say it was a mistake while only a minority (30%) of Republicans agree. So, how should we think about this story in this week’s Washington Post: “Securing Iraqi Jews’ Past?” Staffers at our National Archives are restoring a “trove” of documents, photographs, books, and other records from the Iraqi Jewish community. Our troops uncovered this stash of Jewish memorabilia when...

    08/17/2013 11:17:21 AM PDT · by TArcher · 31 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 17, 9:36 AM (ET) | MAGGIE MICHAEL and TONY G. GABRIEL
    CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian authorities are considering disbanding the Muslim Brotherhood group, a government spokesman said Saturday, once again outlawing a group that held the pinnacle of government power just more than a month earlier. The announcement comes after security forces broke up two sit-in protests this week by those calling for the reinstatement of President Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood leader deposed in a July 3 coup. The clashes killed more than 600 people that day and sparked protests and violence that killed 173 people Friday alone. Cabinet spokesman Sherif Shawki said that Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi, who leads the...
  • Georgia School allows Poster "God is Dead"

    08/17/2013 9:28:22 AM PDT · by budj · 42 replies
    Fox News (MyFoxAtlanta) ^ | Aug, 17 | Fox News
    A Georgia high school project that has sparked outrage among some students and parents will not be taken down... Read more:
  • Comprehending the Decretive Will of God

    08/16/2013 7:32:32 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 8/16/13
    God’s decretive will is sometimes described as the sovereign, efficacious will by which God brings to pass whatever He pleases by His divine decree. An example of this may be seen in God’s work of creation. When God said, “Let there be light” (Gen. 1:3), He issued a divine imperative. He exercised His sovereign, efficacious will. When He did so, it was impossible for the light not to appear. It appeared by the sheer necessity of consequence.The decretive will can have no other effect, no other consequence than what God sovereignly commands. He did not request the light to shine. Neither...
  • Unreal: Facebook Group Says ‘Virgin Mary Should’ve Aborted’

    08/16/2013 6:35:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | August 16. 2013 | Cortney O'Brien
    There's a certain page on Facebook people of faith do not “like.” Created in February, the “Virgin Mary Should’ve Aborted” Facebook page originally included this controversial description, presumably speaking from Mary’s perspective: I'm here to explain what really happened in biblical times, since the bible is full of lies. My rapist's offspring has destroyed the planet and brainwashed millions. Rage-quitting is for loose buttholes. Bible-believing Facebook users who are members of the group, “Catholics & Protestants Against FB Religious Discrimination” led the online fight to have the page taken down -- and succeeded. But, they didn’t have long to celebrate....
  • Religious coalition: Do away with ban on pulpit politics (Commission Report to Senator Grassley)

    08/16/2013 1:42:44 PM PDT · by xzins · 37 replies
    One News Now ^ | August 15, 2013 | Charlie Butts
    A coalition of church and ministry leaders has submitted a report to Congress calling for an end to the ban on political endorsements from the nation's pulpits. The 60-page report is called “Government Regulation of Political Speech by Religious and Other 501(c)(3) Organizations,” and carries the subtitle “Why the Status Quo Is Untenable and Proposed Solutions.” Authored by the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations, the report hopes to bring clarity to current IRS restrictions on political expression by nonprofit organizations. “Fundamentally, one of the main problems is that the guidance related to the law is vague,” he...
  • Study: World Is Turning More Religious; Atheism Declining

    08/16/2013 9:08:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/20/2013 | Anugrah Kumar
    A new study says the world is more religious now than it was four decades ago, and this trend will continue to 2020 and perhaps beyond even as the global share of the nonreligious is likely to witness a sustained decrease. The percentage of the world that is religious continues to increase, according to the study titled "Christianity In Its Global Context, 1970-2010," conducted by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. In 1970, nearly 80 percent of the world's population was religious, and by 2010 this had grown to around 88...
  • ‘Duck Dynasty’ Premiere Shatters Cable Records With 11.8 Million Viewers

    08/16/2013 12:50:16 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 51 replies
    Variety ^ | 08/15/2013 | Rick Kissell
    It draws 11.8 million viewers as well as the summer's top demo score for any series on TV Rick Kissell @ratesrick A&E had the competition ducking for cover Wednesday, as its redneck reality smash “Duck Dynasty” kicked off its new season with a whopping 11.8 million viewers — the largest audience ever for a non-fiction cable series. The show about a Louisiana family also set an A&E record as the biggest telecast in the network’s history in all key demos. In adults 18-49, “Duck Dynasty” did a huge 5.0 rating (roughly 6.3 million viewers in the age group), up 26%...
  • Luckiest Person on Earth

    08/15/2013 5:07:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | August 15, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    This past Saturday, Dr. Steve Davis gave the message at my mother's funeral. As pastor of First Baptist Church of Carrollton, Ga., he recounted that, during a recent visit, she told him that she was the luckiest person on earth. Take her circumstances into account: She had endured and beaten both uterine cancer (in the 1970s) and colon cancer (she was given a clean bill of health last month). She had entered a nursing home in 2006, where many thought she would stay (including my sister and me), but returned home to live on her own in 2007. She suffered...
  • Does The MSM-e Support Female Rabbis & Imams? They Push For Female Priests Within Roman Catholicism

    08/13/2013 11:52:11 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 21 replies
    8/13/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The MSM-e, hollywood, activist atheists, activists within the Roman Catholic Church (RCC),etc, have been, and are pushing really hard for the Roman Catholic Church to change its stance on not allowing females to serve as priests. I don't see these same usual suspects pushing for greater "inclusiveness," i.e., pushing for Sunni, Shiite, or Sufi Islam to allow female Imams or pushing for female Rabbis within Orthodox Judaism, or even other branches of the same.
  • Business owners threatened, face legal action for refusing to rent facility for gay ‘wedding

    08/12/2013 7:03:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies
    Life Site ^ | Ben Johnson
    GRIMES, IA, August 12, 2013 ( – A Christian couple is facing a state complaint, business cancellations, and vulgar, harassing, and threatening e-mail messages after refusing to rent out a business facility for a gay “wedding.” Dick and Betty Odgaard said they could not in good conscience allow a homosexual couple to use their business, the Görtz Haus Gallery, to conduct the ceremony itself. Betty Odgaard Betty Odgaard “To us, [marriage] is a sacrament,” Betty Odgaard said, that exists only “between a man and woman.” She told Billy Hallowell of The Blaze their rejection was “totally a faith-based issue,” adding...
  • Is Tolerance Intolerant? Pursuing the Climate of Acceptance and Inclusion [Video]

    08/12/2013 12:55:14 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies ^ | 16 January 2013 | Ravi Zacharias
    We encounter an incredible diversity of cultures, lifestyles, and faiths. Unfortunately our conflicting identities and beliefs often exclude others. Is there truth to real acceptance and inclusion? Join in discussion with renowned international speaker and Christian philosopher Ravi Zacharias. Extended Q&A following the dialogue with Dr. Zacharias and Michael Ramsden, speaker and Director at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University.
  • Five Reasons to Resist the U.S. Bishops on Immigration Reform

    08/11/2013 12:21:34 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies ^ | August 11, 2013 | Robert Klein Engler
    Most U.S. Catholic bishops stand "in solidarity with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and its many statements of the past decade in support of comprehensive immigration reform." Perhaps the bishops hope that whatever influence they have among Catholics, they can use it to further another law that runs more than 1,200 pages. Evidently, the bishops did not have enough betrayal with health care reform. Here are five reasons why the U.S. bishops ought to change their mind about support for immigration reform. ONE: The bishops have misled Catholics scripturally about immigration. There are many passages in the Bible...
  • Archbishop pushes immigration reform

    08/11/2013 6:17:29 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 21 replies
    Grand Haven Tribune ^ | Aug 11, 2013 | Marisa Gerber
    As a child, L.A. Archbishop Jose Horacio Gomez traveled back and forth across the border from his home in Monterrey, Mexico, to his uncle's in San Antonio, Texas. He made the trip so often that he hardly distinguished between Mexico and the United States. "It was easy to cross in those times," said Gomez, now 61, who became a citizen in his mid-40s. "I guess my first impression was that people could live in both countries at the same time." When he talks about the border, he slips into the Spanish slang of his childhood. He uses migra for U.S....
  • U.S. President Barack Obama Greets Muslims on Eid

    08/10/2013 6:17:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sent their warmest greetings to Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr around the world, calling it "part of a great tapestry of America's many traditions." "Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to Muslims celebrating Eid-al-Fitr in the United States and around the world," Obama said in his message. "For millions of Americans, Eid is part of a great tapestry of America's many traditions, and I wish all Muslims a blessed and joyful celebration. Eid Mubarak," Obama said. Eid is being celebrated on Thursday in the Arab world and most of the East...
  • Commentary: Jesus would demand justice for immigrants

    08/10/2013 12:38:36 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 58 replies ^ | August 9, 2013 | By the Rev. Sarah Halverson
    The nation is engaged in a conversation on immigration and, therefore, our congregations should be too. After all, this is not just an abstract philosophical topic — this cuts straight to the core of who we are as Americans and, ultimately, who we are as people of faith. Those of us who claim one of the Abrahamic traditions know that we have been called to care for the immigrant among us. It is a biblical mandate. And any of us living on this side of the border knows (or at least should know) we are all immigrants. Our human journey...
  • Theological Question. When is Judgement?

    08/09/2013 12:16:56 PM PDT · by MNDude · 31 replies
    Here's a question I was thinking about. Whenever someone who is believed to have salvation dies, we're always told "they're in a better place now". Whenever a person who doesn't seem to have salvation, we always seem assume they're in hell at that time. But the Bible talks about judgement day, and how some will enter heaven and some will enter the Lake of Fire. Catholic and Lutheran (and probably others) recite "I believe He shall come to judge the living and the dead" So, my question, when is judgement for the dead? Are the dead in heaven just thinking...