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  • Atheists Try Interception on Intercession

    08/20/2014 7:45:17 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 18, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    Plenty of football players exercise on Chestatee High School’s field — it’s the exercising of their faith that atheists object to! Georgia locals found that out the hard way when the bullies at the American Humanist Association lined up against the team’s posters and prayers. In a move that’s almost comical, the national group sent an undercover photographer to practices and games, hoping to catch the team in an act of blatant religiosity. “We have received reports,” AHA insisted, “that CHS coaches have joined players in prayer while standing in a circle, hands interlocked.” Gasp! football team prayer The organization’s...
  • Forgetting the Meaning of Freedom

    08/20/2014 5:21:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    Many people in this country were shocked when the U.S. Navy recently announced the removal of all Bibles from military hotels under their control. This was in response to pressure from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a well-known atheist group. The surprise is not the hypocritical stance of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, but rather the fact that an established bulwark of American strength and patriotism caved to a self-serving group of religious fanatics. The previous sentence may seem out of place if you don't realize that atheism is actually a religion. Like traditional religions, atheism requires strong conviction. In...
  • Economics for Everybody: Applying Biblical Principles to Work, Wealth, and the World

    08/15/2014 2:41:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper
    ligonier ^ | 8/15/14 | RC Sproul, Jr.
    If you want to know why economics is so important to understand, this is the series for you. In our day and age, its a message every Christian needs to hear.
  • The truth about science and religion

    08/14/2014 7:47:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/14/2014 | Terry Scambray
    In 1925 the renowned philosopher and mathematician, Alfred North Whitehead speaking to scholars at Harvard said that science originated in Christian Europe in the 13th century. Whitehead pointed out that science arose from the medieval insistence on the rationality of God, conceived as with the personal energy of Jehovah and with the rationality of a Greek philosopher, from which it follows that human minds created in that image are capable of understanding nature. The audience, assuming that science and Christianity are enemies, was astonished. Equally astonished are scientists writing in the March 12 edition of Nature, the respected science journal....
  • Ministry to Grieving Parents

    08/14/2014 2:49:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    ligonier ^ | 8/14/14 | Nancy Guthrie
    When we witness the anguish, the anger, the questions, the devastation that comes to families that experience the death of a child, we find ourselves desperate to figure out what we can do, what we can say, that will truly help. In the retreats my husband and I host for couples who have faced the death of a child, participants often talk about the ways people have been there for them in the midst of the worst pain they can imagine, as well as the ways people have added to their pain. If you could be a fly on the...
  • Clay Christensen on Religious Freedom

    08/13/2014 6:41:00 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 1 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/5/14 | Clay Christensen
    Clay Christensen on Religious Freedom.
  • Military Leaders Turning Against We the People?

    08/12/2014 9:05:37 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/12/14 | Judi McLeod
    Other good news for ready access to the Good Book: Nor can captured-by-Obama military bigwigs remove Bible Scripture from the human heart In the massive loss of freedoms and individual rights of the population during President Barack Obamas almost complete Fundamental Transformation of America, who would notice that leaders of the U.S. military are now working against We the People? It isnt the rank and file working against the people but some of their top Commanders.
  • Was Adam a Historical Person?

    08/09/2014 1:55:43 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 8/8/14 | Guy Waters
    In Adams fall, we sinned all. So begins the New England Primer, which taught generations of early Americans to read. In introducing our forefathers to the letter A, the primer was also administering a generous dose of biblical theology. As Paul puts it crisply in 1 Corinthians 15:22, For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Through Adam, sin and death entered into the world. By Christ, sin and death were conquered. Adam forfeited life by his disobedience. Christ achieved life by His obedience. These simple, basic truths, Paul tells the Corinthians, are...
  • Lecrae Becomes First Number-One Christian Hip-Hop Artist in iTunes History...

    08/07/2014 2:53:14 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 8/6/14 | Emma Koonse
    Lecrae made history with his brand-new single "All I Need Is You" this week, becoming the first Christian hip-hop artist of all time to ever reach the number-one spot on iTunes... ""I think it's phenomenal to make music that challenges people to think on morality, spirituality and the betterment of society. Many people do that. Some sing country or jazz - I rap. At the end of the day I'm not here to hold up the banner of a genre. I am here to hold up the banner of Truth. It's way bigger than genres and charts. I'm fighting to...
  • Gungor drifts from biblical orthodoxy [Christian musician decides Scripture not accurate]

    08/07/2014 2:41:18 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 8/2/14 | Jeff Koch
    Dove-award winning artists Michael and Lisa Gungorwhose Dry Bones and Beautiful Things became worship anthems across the country--are...wandering away from a biblically defined Christianity to a land twixt and tween. ....The bands new ideas are more clearly set forth in a blog post titled, What do we Believe? ...he nails down exactly what he doesnt believein Adam and Eve or the Flood. He has no more ability to believe in these things then I do to believe in Santa Claus. This theological ambivalence is on display on Gungors latest projecta collection of EPs released under the name The Liturgists. Working...
  • One Generation Away from Freedom

    08/07/2014 7:40:13 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 6, 2014 | Gabrielle Okun
    The Heritage Foundation recently showed a documentary entitled One Generation Away: the Erosion of Religious Liberty. This bold documentary emphasized the importance of preserving our natural liberties, and expressed fear that they could easily be taken away as a secular government grows. rick santorum EcoLight Studios, a Christian movie company owned by former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, will distribute the film in theatres this September to convey an important messagefreedom can be taken away far easier than it is given. Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum presented the film at the Heritage event, saying that The fight to protect our...
  • Gathering At Unity Church Supports Marriage Equality For Gays

    08/07/2014 5:55:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    CBS DETROIT ^ | 8/6/14
    There was an interfaith gathering Tuesday evening to support marriage equality in Warren at Renaissance Unity Church. About 80 people were in attendance....
  • COMMENTARY: Another High School Graduation Speech Jeopardized!

    08/06/2014 7:09:27 AM PDT · by statestreet · 6 replies
    Liberty Institute ^ | July 31, 2014 | Liberty Institute
    It is starting to feel like Groundhog Day in this country. In the past couple of years, some of the best and brightest students in America have boldly shared their stories of personal faith from the stage at their high school graduation. But instead of standing ovations, these young men and women have been met with shut off microphones, black markers, and threats of jail time. Why? Because decades of threats and attacks have left schools cringing at the thought of student religious liberty. SORRY, GRADUATE, YOU CANT TALK ABOUT GOD Rebekah Izzo presents the newest case of schools attempts...
  • Bill would protect faith-based adoption agencies against discrimination

    08/05/2014 8:26:49 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/5/14 | Catholic News Service
    Two lawmakers July 30 introduced a measure they say is needed to protect faith-based agencies that provide adoption and foster care services from discrimination based on their religious beliefs. U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, and U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, introduced companion bills titled the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014. This bill is about fairness and inclusion. It is about ensuring that everyone who wants to help provide foster or adoptive care to children is able to have a seat at the table, Kelly said in a statement. Faith-based charities and organizations do an amazing job of administering...
  • Why I'm not a Libertarian

    08/04/2014 5:37:03 PM PDT · by chuckles · 152 replies
    vanity | 08/04/2014 | chuckles
    I'm 63 years old and in my lifetime, I have been political almost all of it. In my youth, the Viet Nam War was topic one, every day, all day. If you were against the war, you were a Democrat and for the war, a Republican. It was an easy line to see and pretty much lasted through Nixon into the Carter years. During Carter, we were reminded that the economy didn't have to remain bullet proof just because we were Americans. This is where I was intrigued by the fledgling libertarians that had the "pure" economic theory that was...
  • Surprised by Suffering Free eBook

    08/04/2014 2:17:15 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Ligonier.org ^ | 8/4/14 | Nathan Bingham
    Until the end of August, Reformation Trust is giving away the ebook edition of R.C. Sprouls Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in the Christian Life. In Surprised by Suffering, R.C. Sproul argues that we should expect pain and sorrow in this life. Some are actually called to a vocation of suffering, and all of us are called to undergo the ultimate suffering of death. God promises in His Word that difficult times will come upon us, but He also promises that He allows suffering for our good and His glory, and He will never give us...
  • A movie miracle: how Hollywood found religion

    08/04/2014 12:34:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 08/04/2014 | Tom Shone
    Big news from the box office: some people released some Christian-themed movies that werent completely terrible. The terribleness of Christian movies is, of course, an article of faith among film critics, who reserve for them their most damning barbs (doesnt even meet the standards of decent propaganda; doesnt belong in a theatre). On Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes, they garner basement-level scores rivalled only by torture porn and holocaust-exploitation flicks. But not this year, which has seen box-office success for studio-backed movies such as Son of God ($67m since its debut in late February), Darren Aronofskys Noah ($359m), Gods Not Dead...
  • A brief history of climate panic and crisis both warming and cooling

    08/04/2014 8:18:46 AM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 14 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 29, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    From But Now You Know. There is most certainly a pattern to climate changebut its not what you may think: For at least 114 120 years, climate scientists have been claiming that the climate was going to kill usbut they have kept switching whether it was a coming ice age, or global warming. (A timeline of claims follows, updated to 2014)
  • This diner gives 15% off if you pray over your meal

    08/01/2014 2:22:46 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    http://www.hlntv.com ^ | august 1, 2014 | jonathan anker
    There is clearly no separation of church and plate at Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The pious ("pie"-us?) proof has been delivered unto the social media masses in the form of a picture of a receipt from the restaurant, showing a 15% discount applied for "Praying in Public." The tab belonged to Jordan Smith, who had traveled to Winston-Salem for a business trip and stopped for breakfast at Mary's with two colleagues Wednesday morning. She tells HLN the group "prayed over our meal and the waitress came over at the end of the meal and said, 'Just so...
  • Theology Question

    08/01/2014 1:47:03 PM PDT · by MNDude · 63 replies
    I have a theological question that I have not heard asked before. As we know, God gave his only Son to suffer and to die for our sins. As we can imagine, a parent seeing their son suffer must be the hardest thing possible, and the Father must have grieved greatly to see His Son suffer. My question is, did the death itself of His son cause the Father to grieve as well? I mean, when we humans lose a loved one, one of the biggest reasons is that this person is removed from Point A (where we are) to...
  • IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches

    07/31/2014 6:16:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    First Amendment: Government's assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage. A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches' violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit. The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS's agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for proscribed speech that the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay...
  • Crucial Questions: 20 Free eBooks from R.C. Sproul

    07/30/2014 11:31:56 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 7/31/14 | Nathan Bingham
    To further help Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it, in May 2013 we made the ebook editions of R.C. Sprouls Crucial Questions series free forever. We continue to publish new ebooks in this series and this year have added Are These the Last Days?, What Is Repentance?, and What Is the Relationship between Church and State?
  • Study: Religious children are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality

    07/30/2014 9:33:51 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 65 replies
    bbc ^ | july 29, 2014
    According tonew researchfrom Boston University, young children with a religious background are less able to distinguish between fantasy and reality compared with their secular counterparts. In two studies, 66 kindergarten-age children were presented with three types of stories - realistic, religious and fantastical. The researchers then queried the children on whether they thought the main character in the story was real or fictional. While nearly all children found the figures in the realistic narratives to be real, secular and religious children were split on religious stories. Children with a religious upbringing tended to view the protagonists in religious stories as...
  • Crumbling Freedom: (Colorado) Cake Artist Sent to 'Reeducation'

    07/29/2014 8:14:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 162 replies
    CBN ^ | July 29, 2014 | Mark Martin
    LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Imagine being ordered to go against your religious beliefs, and if you refuse, you could be arrested, fined, or sued. That happened to the Christian owner of a Colorado bakery who now must make wedding cakes for gay couples. However, the owner is standing his ground and his action is inspiring people around the world. Discriminating Accusation The sign on the door reads "Celebrating 20 Years of Great Cakes!" For two decades, Masterpiece Cakeshop has created art in the form of baked goods that keeps customers coming back. From cookies and cupcakes to signature cakes, Jack Phillips...
  • Help! My paradox meter broke: an atheist church?

    07/29/2014 6:56:36 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 19 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 7/29/2014 | Steve Berman
    Image credit: Jimmy Demello Artworks[/caption] The last time I was in Houston, I had to change the fuse in my paradox meter after meeting a self-described pro-choice Republican woman, who was also a lawyer. I told her at least she was better than Wendy Davis, to which no response was offered. I said it a second time, and with a puff of white smoke, the paradox-meter died. Dang, the fuse just blew again, reading Times August 4 issue, Religion section article Atheist Churches Gain PopularityEven in the Bible Belt (behind a paywall). Yup, the Atheist Church they wrote about...
  • Promises (Between a Mother and her son

    07/28/2014 4:22:12 PM PDT · by girlangler · 3 replies
    Facebook ^ | May 2010 (Mother's Day) | Rodney Elrod
    Today is my youngest brother's birthday. He died a week before his 51st birthday. In his honor, and to show what kind of person he was, I thought I'd share something he wrote for our Mother's Day in 2010 for her, while she was dying of esophageal cancer. "Promises (Between a Mother and a Son)" Dear Mother, When I was conceived, you promised to bring me into this world healthy. And you did. When I was young, you promised to love me and nurture me. And you did. When things got rough, and you were all alone, you promised to...
  • A Righteous Blog Pimp Zot. Yes, Really.

    07/28/2014 10:53:27 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 121 replies
    Mod supplied link ^ | July 28, 2014 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Making controversial statements is nothing new for me. Neither is the reaction that usually follows. But perhaps no other issue causes as much discussion, debate, and condemnation from others than when I present my position on the issue of homosexuality. As a known Christian, I have been told that I MUST think a certain way and that I MUST believe a certain way regarding not only people who are gay, but regarding their entire lifestyle as well.
  • Bizarre: A Prophet Who Hasn't Had a Bath for 13 Years!

    07/27/2014 5:30:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Vanguard (Nigeria) ^ | July 26, 2014 | EBUN SESSOU
    How would you react if you heard there was a sane man who hasnt taken a bath for more than 13 years and is not smelling? Impossible, you might exclaim. may be odd, but it is true. It is the oddity of this story and curiosity that compelled Saturday Vanguard to take a two day trip to Ibadan, Oyo state, in search of this man: one prophet Wale Olagunju, the presiding Bishop of Divine Seed of God Chapel Ministries in Ibadan, Oyo State, who has neither taken a bath nor had sex with his wife since 2001! Testimonies regarding his...
  • Editor Fired for Criticizing Queen James Bible on Personal Blog Files Federal Complaint

    07/26/2014 6:10:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 7/25/14 | Heather Clark
    A newspaper editor who was fired earlier this year for opining on his personal blog that the Queen James Bible is an attempt by homosexuals to make their sinful nature right with God has filed a complaint with the federal government. As previously reported, Bob Eschliman has worked as the editor of the Newton Daily News since 2012, and has served as the publisher of the Clarinda Herald-Journal. But he found himself out of a job this past May when he spoke his mind about the Queen James Bible on his personal blog.
  • Catholic Bishops Slam "Unprecendented and Extreme" Executive Order

    07/26/2014 11:19:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees slammed President Obamas July 21 "gender identity" executive order for its lack of religious freedom protection and "flaws in its core prohibitions." This new "non-discrimination" executive order, aimed at preventing workplace discrimination against LGBT persons, opens the door to discrimination against Christians and those with deeply-held beliefs about the nature of marriage and human sexuality. -
  • Southern Baptist Convention: Executive Order Violates Freedom of Conscience

    07/26/2014 11:17:11 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Russell Moore, president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, has joined other faith leaders in raising concerns over the lack of religious liberty protections in President Obama's new executive order. Moore said: While we dont know the full implications of this executive order, I am disappointed that this administration persistently violates the freedom of conscience for religious organizations that provide necessary relief for the poor and endangered. The same religious convictions that inspire their social action are the convictions now considered outside the new mainstream of sexual revolutionary fundamentalism. The ones hurt will be...
  • What The Messiah Is Waiting For...Israel's future pt 1

    I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you. And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord...
  • Pope to visit United States next year

    07/26/2014 5:15:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    kmov.com ^ | 7/25/14
    Pope Francis accepted the invitation of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year, the Catholic News Service reported Friday. It would be the Pontiffs first visit to the United States as Pope.
  • The last Christians flee Mosul in Iraq

    07/25/2014 6:05:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | 7/24/14 | Alex McClintock and Scott Spark
    In Mosul, ISIS fighters have daubed the letter N for Nazarene, or Christian, on the walls of Christian-owned houses before rounding up the residents and stripping them of their money, jewellery and even mobile phones. It's a very difficult time, Mosul is empty of Christians, says Father Andrzej Halemba, Middle East coordinator for Aid to the Church in Need. Two thousand years of beautiful history, where the Christians and Muslims for centuries had helped each other, but now its the end of Christianity in Mosul. It's dreadful news.
  • Pope meets with Sudanese Christian woman who faced death sentence for apostasy

    07/24/2014 9:52:38 AM PDT · by GilGil · 19 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 7/24/2014 | Foxnews
    Pope Francis met privately Thursday with Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to renounce her faith, blessing the woman after she was flown to Italy on an Italian government jet. The Vatican characterized the visit with Ibrahim, 27, her husband and their two small children as "very affectionate."
  • A Truly American Future

    07/24/2014 8:10:48 AM PDT · by WhatsItAllAbout · 10 replies
    Our countrys future, the future of the American people and indeed the future of the worlds people as they emulate the American example could well be so spectacularly wonderful that the phrases shining city on a hill and American exceptionalism are one day looked back upon as historical understatements. There is no greater gift no greater secular value than the opportunity to live a human life upon the Earth, no matter how disadvantageous our circumstances. (As for spiritual values, we see through a glass darkly now and look forward to experiences beyond our comprehension.) Read more...
  • Win 200 Copies of Everyones a Theologian for Your Church

    07/21/2014 4:21:18 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 7/21/14 | Nathan Bingham
    Thanks to Reformation Trust, Ligonier Ministries is giving away a church prize pack that consists of 200 copies of R.C. Sprouls latest book, Everyones a Theologian. This prize pack will be shipped to a church of the winners choice located within the United States of America or Canada. In addition to the church prize pack, ten other winners will receive a single copy of Everyones a Theologian. Everyones a Theologian is anything but a dry discussion of minute points of doctrine. R.C. Sproul, demonstrating his trademark ability to make complex subjects easy to understand, surveys the basic truths of the...
  • Pro-Abortion Lena Dunhams Book Tour May Be Coming to a Church Near You

    07/21/2014 4:07:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | Cortney O'Brien
    Lena Dunham isnt exactly the first person youd expect to see singing hymns in the pew behind you. Starring in the raunchy HBO show Girls and bragging that voting for President Obama during the 2012 election for the first time was like losing her virginity are just a couple examples of Dunhams racy behavior that would make any Christian blush. But, the controversial actress is embarking on a tour for her new book, Not That Kind of Girl, coming out in September, that will take place in some churches around the country. On her tour, Dunham will be reading excerpts...
  • Christianity is Abhorrent: More Atheistic Materials to be Distributed in Public Schools

    07/17/2014 3:35:56 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 39 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | July 17, 2014 | Garrett Haley
    ORLANDO A federal judge has given a secular organization the green light to distribute more atheistic and anti-Christian materials to Florida public school students, in spite of the materials graphic content and offensive language. As previously reported, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) learned last year that a Christian ministry had made Bibles available to Orlando high school students on Religious Freedom Day. To counter the Bible distribution, FFRF sought permission from the school district to give students a variety of atheistic and anti-Christian materials. According to reports, the Orange County School Board permitted FFRF to distribute several books...
  • War On God: Massachusetts Town Attempts To Ostracize Christian College Over Its Beliefs

    07/18/2014 8:05:02 PM PDT · by blueyon · 22 replies
    Excerpted from Campus Reform: The town of Salem, Mass., has pitted itself against Gordon College after the president of the private Christian school added his name to a public letter to President Obama asking for a religious exemption from a planned federal mandate. The expected executive order would force any organization receiving federal funds, including religiously based organizations, to hire people whose sexual conduct may not fall in line with their beliefs. Gordon says the mandate would be an infringement on religious liberty and the rights of faith-based institutions to establish a set of standards and expectations for their community....
  • Obama to sign order Monday barring federal discrimination against gays

    07/18/2014 4:41:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 18, 2014 | by Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, senior administration officials said. The order will allow some exemptions for religious groups that are federal contractors but not as much flexibility as the groups had wanted. A religious organization would be barred from making hiring decisions based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Exceptions would be allowed for ministers, and groups would be allowed to favor individuals of a particular religion when hiring. The White House believes the order will help improve productivity by reducing...
  • How Americans Feel About Religious Groups (Pew Research Poll)

    07/18/2014 6:35:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Pew Forum ^ | July 16, 2014
    Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are viewed warmly by the American public. When asked to rate each group on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100 – where 0 reflects the coldest, most negative possible rating and 100 the warmest, most positive rating – all three groups receive an average rating of 60 or higher (63 for Jews, 62 for Catholics and 61 for evangelical Christians). And 44% of the public rates all three groups in the warmest part of the scale (67 or higher).Buddhists, Hindus and Mormons receive neutral ratings on average, ranging from 48 for Mormons to...
  • May You Live in Interesting Times [Encouragement in the Dark Days]

    07/17/2014 1:48:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | July 2014 | RC Sproul Jr.
    There is a sort of application of the Observer Effect that applies to the news of the day. Sometimes confused with the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, which argues that at the subatomic level we can discern either the velocity of a particle or its location, but not both, the Observer Effect argues that observing scientific phenomena can affect what we are observing. Its almost as if the electrons know were looking at them, and adjust their dance. With respect to the news of the day, we often hear this kind of argument: Social ill x is no greater today than it...
  • Canada: No Religious Liberty for Doctors

    07/16/2014 7:53:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/16/2014 | Leah Singh
    Another attack on religious freedom is under way in Canada, this time against doctors in the province of Ontario. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is reviewing its human rights code guidelines, and the public response has been explosive. Many people want the College to change its present practice of permitting doctors to opt out of referring or prescribing treatments that violate their ethics or religious faith. This is not a case of liberal intellectuals and unelected leaders reducing our freedoms without the consent of the public. Judging by the slew of negative comments to stories in the...
  • The Popular Palestinians

    07/16/2014 5:43:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 16, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    The Popular PalestiniansPosted By Caroline Glick On July 16, 2014 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments Originally published by the Jerusalem Post. If the Palestinians are merely engaged in a nationalist struggle for self-determination, then why are they inciting genocide of Jewry? In the midst of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas released a music video in Hebrew calling for the Palestinians to bomb Israel and kill all Israelis. “Raze it [Israel] to the ground, exterminate the cockroaches’ nest, and banish all the Zionists,” the lyrics read. Some human rights activists and lawyers may get a sense of déjà...
  • I Admit, Im Christian Because I Need a Crutch And Im Brainwashed

    07/14/2014 12:30:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    I cannot understand how atheists are able to ignore the spiritual realm as if it doesnt exist. They explain away miracles and supernatural events as if these thousands of occurrences over many years are all just random. Ive had hundreds of answers to prayer in my life, but atheists tell me theyre all coincidences. One of the most frequent arguments I hear against my faith is that I believe in God because Im weak and need some kind of support. Really? Me? Weak? I may be horribly flawed, but I wouldnt describe myself as weak, after all the loudmouthed articles...
  • President Obama: Muslim Hero

    07/12/2014 7:49:14 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/12/14 | Jeff Crouere
    According to a six month Gallup survey, President Obama is very popular with only one group of Americans, Muslims, registering an astounding 72% approval rating. It is a much different story among all Americans as the President scores a weak 43% approval rating.
  • Economics for Everybody: Applying Biblical Principles to Work... [$5 Friday at Ligonier!]

    07/11/2014 1:15:21 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | RC Sproul, Jr
    Everybody talks about it. The news is full of it. But most Christians know very little about it. Economics: its everywhere, influencing everything, yet so rarely understood. Economics for Everybody seeks to remedy that through an insightful and entertaining exploration of the principles, practices, and consequences of economics. Thoroughly unconventional, it links entrepreneurship with lemonade, cartoons with markets, and Charlie Chaplin with supply and demand. Its funny, clever, profound and instructive. If you want to know why economics is so important to understand, this is the series for you. In our day and age, its a message every Christian needs...
  • Is Religion 'Old-Fashioned' and 'Out of Date'?

    07/11/2014 12:27:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | JUL 10 2014 | Emma Green
    The downsides of using poll data to understand the arc of historyIn one of the most ambiguous poll questions ever, Gallup has asked Americans to once again act as a tenuous bellwether for the impending death of religion. In a May survey, more than 1,000 people were asked to pick between two vague sense impressions of faith: "Do you believe that religion can answer all of today's problems, or that religion is largely old fashioned and out of date?" Shockingly, only 13 percent of people took the out of answering "no opinion" or "other," which is one way of saying...
  • Bishop Madden among Catholics who dialogue with Irans religious leaders

    07/11/2014 11:17:14 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/11/14 | Elizabeth Lowe
    Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden is enthused by the fruit that came from recent discussions between U.S. bishops and Irans religious leaders. When you build a certain sense of trust and respect, then you can move forward and deal with the issues, he said. The faith leaders announced June 14 that they oppose actions that endanger the life, health, dignity and welfare of others, including the creation of weapons of mass destruction. That declaration was the result of a March dialogue between a delegation from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Supreme Council of the Seminary Teachers...