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  • Gay Anglican priest marries his boyfriend. He'll be the first of many

    04/12/2014 4:52:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/12/2014 | Damian Thompson
    Well, that didn't take long. As my colleague Edward Malnick reports, the first gay Church of England priest – a canon, no less – today married his boyfriend. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, 58, a divorced hospital chaplain and father of five, wed his long-term partner Laurence Cunnington, 51. We're not told where, but obviously it wasn't in an C of E church. That's against the law. But they may well be able to have their marriage blessed in church because that's only "against the rules" as opposed to illegal.Campaigners predicted that Canon Pemberton would be the first of many. I think they're...
  • Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say

    04/10/2014 1:54:14 PM PDT · by mojito · 81 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 4/10/2014 | Laurie Goodstein
    A faded fragment of papyrus known as the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” which caused an uproar when unveiled by a Harvard Divinity School historian in 2012, has been tested by scientists who conclude in a journal published on Thursday that the ink and papyrus are very likely ancient, and not a modern forgery. Skepticism about the tiny scrap of papyrus has been fierce because it contained a phrase never before seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife...’ ” Too convenient for some, it also contained the words “she will be able to be my disciple,”...
  • UMC : Church Stands With Gay Scout Leader

    04/09/2014 5:17:48 AM PDT · by wonkowasright · 15 replies
    UMC.org ^ | 4/8/2014 | Kathy L. Gilbert
    Rainier Beach United Methodist Church celebrated Scout Sunday April 6, days after news broke that the Boy Scouts of America said it was banning a volunteer Scout leader and church member because he is gay. The Rev. Monica Corsaro, pastor of Rainier Beach, said Geoffrey McGrath will continue to serve as the leader of the church's scouting program. “I am a chartering partner with BSA … . If I take responsibility for who is hired then I also take responsibility for who is fired. Our church is thriving and happy, and we support Geoffrey,” Corsaro said. McGrath, an Eagle Scout,...
  • "FaithVoters4Hillary" Verified Twitter Account Has Thousands of Fake Followers

    04/06/2014 2:07:54 PM PDT · by don-o · 17 replies
    townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    A verified @Faith4Hillary Twitter account purporting to be the "Faith and Value Voters for Hillary Clinton 2016" appears to have purchased a large percentage of its 42.6k followers. The website Twitter Audit determined that more than half of the account's followers were obtained by "inorganic, fraudulent, or dishonest means," and the similar website StatusPeople calculated that only 18 percent of the account's followers were "good." Per StatusPeople, the rest of the followers were either fake accounts or accounts that are inactive. Additionally, the account has a comparatively small amount of interaction via retweets and favorites compared to the amount of...
  • Desmond Tutu challenges Maryland legislature's attempt to outlaw boycotts of Israel

    04/03/2014 11:44:11 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies
    imemc.org ^ | April 04, 2014 | Saed Bannoura
    Desmond Tutu is a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end apartheid in South Africa, and has long been a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which uses nonviolent means to challenge the Israeli occupation of Palestine and is the initiative being attacked by these bills. Tutu notes that these legislative initiatives are aimed “at punishing and intimidating those who speak their conscience and challenge the human rights violations endured by the Palestinian people.”
  • Boy Scouts of America ban troop leader who came out as homosexual on NBC News

    04/02/2014 4:04:25 PM PDT · by topher · 39 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Apr 02, 2014 17:23 EST | by Kirsten Andersen
    SEATTLE, WA, April 2, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have removed a Seattle-area troop leader and banned him from the organization for going public with his homosexuality, in what is thought to be the first such case since the BSA voted to allow openly homosexual youth, but not adults, to join. Scoutmaster Geoff McGrath, 49, a former Eagle Scout and leader of Troop 98 in Rainier Beach, had his BSA membership revoked Monday after an NBC News reporter contacted the organization seeking comment for a profile the network was doing on “the first openly gay Scoutmaster...
  • Bible banned from world famous Trinity College crest

    03/29/2014 11:36:29 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 38 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 3/29/14
    Trinity College Dublin is to remove the bible from its crest, it has been there since 1592. They will also change the color scheme on the ancient crest to avoid a clash with Ryanair’s corporate image. The world famous college is set to be rebranded as ‘Trinity College, the University of Dublin’ in a strategic plan to be launched next year. The Irish Times reports that it is not only the name that will change at the university, home to the Book of Kells. Religious symbolism has also been removed from the college’s ancient crest at a cost of almost...
  • "Married Lesbian couple" to have daughter baptized - and first the "two mothers" will be confirmed

    03/29/2014 8:52:04 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 51 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 3/28/14 | New Catholic
    Where else? In Argentina, ¡naturalmente! From La Voz: Daughter of two mothers will be baptized in the Cathedral Next Saturday, April 5, Umma Azul will be baptized in the Cathedral [of Córdoba, Province of Córdoba, Argentina] and president Cristina Fernández [de Kirchner] could be the godmother. She is the daughter of Karina Villarroel and Soledad Ortiz, the two Cordoba women who contracted matrimony a little over a year ago, and regarding whom a controversy came about due to the request for leave [for matrimonial reasons] in the Provincial Police by the first one. [The civil "marriage" of same-sex couples has...
  • How World Vision Can Regain Trust (After it Reverses Its Decision to Support Gay Marriage)

    03/27/2014 7:51:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/27/2014 | Michael Brown
    In the spirit of forgiveness that God Himself extended to us through Jesus, I believe we should accept World Vision’s statement of repentance with graciousness and offer their leadership the forgiveness they requested, commending them for their contrition. This could not have been an easy thing to do, as they will now have to deal with accusations of being double-minded, not to mention the pro-gay activist backlash they will surely face along with accusations that they were not sincere in their repentance but rather acted out of mercenary concerns, and so we need to be just as vocal in affirming...
  • Facebook meme claims Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have anti-science views on dinosaurs, earth's age

    03/26/2014 12:22:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 86 replies
    PolitiFact.com ^ | March 25, 2014
    A new Facebook meme paints two leading Republicans as anti-science because of their alleged views of the age of the Earth. The Facebook group Being Liberal posted a picture March 10, 2014, featuring side-by-side images of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., looking somewhat sheepish. Bolded text under the images describes the senators’ views on the age of the Earth and the extinction of the dinosaurs. According to the meme, Rubio "believes Earth (is) 9,000 years old," and "humans hunted dinosaurs to extinction." Paul, the image proclaims, says the Earth is 10,000 years old and believes "God...
  • Christian Leaders Grieved by World Vision's Decision to Hire Employees in Same-Sex Marriages

    03/25/2014 7:10:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/25/2014 | BY ALEX MURASHKO
    Christian leaders such as evangelist Franklin Graham and Russell D. Moore, who is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, expressed outrage that Christian relief organization World Vision announced it would hire employees in same-sex marriages on Monday. "I was shocked today to hear of World Vision's decision to hire employees in same-sex marriages," Graham, the son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said in his statement. "The Bible is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. "My dear friend, Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision and Samaritan's Purse, would be...
  • The Apostasy of World Vision Embracing Gay Marriage

    03/25/2014 1:24:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/25/2014 | Michael Brown
    Shortly after I broke the news on my radio broadcast and on social media, Christianity Today confirmed the report: World Vision has decided to embrace homosexual "marriage" among its employees and to recognize practicing homosexual employees who profess faith in Jesus as true Christians. This is a betrayal of the gospel, a betrayal of the Lord, a betrayal of the family, and a betrayal of the countless thousands of Christians who have put their trust in World Vision as a legitimate Christian organization. In no way does it contribute to "building a better world for children" – one of the...
  • The Scandal That Is Eating the Heart Out of the Catholic Church in America

    03/25/2014 5:02:53 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 14 replies
    American Life League ^ | March 24, 2014 | Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl has been the most outspoken of those bishops who refuse to obey Canon 915, but all of them [Dolan, O'Malley, Chaput, George...] are on record, as he is, as endorsing the commission of MORTAL SINS by their priests and other ministers of Communion. Cardinal Wuerl has even punished those who have obeyed Canon 915.
  • World Vision: Why We're Hiring Gay Christians in Same-Sex Marriages

    03/24/2014 8:14:00 PM PDT · by Coronal · 137 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | March 24, 2014 | Celeste Gracey and Jeremy Weber
    World Vision's American branch will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage between one man and one woman. Abstinence outside of marriage remains a rule. But a policy change announced Monday [March 24] will now permit gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages to be employed at one of America's largest Christian charities.
  • Bill Gates Reveals Family Goes to Catholic Church: 'It Makes Sense to Believe in God'

    03/17/2014 6:02:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 71 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 3/14/17 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, revealed in a recent interview that his family goes to a Catholic church and that religious morality inspires a lot of his charity work. He also shared his personal thoughts on God and the biggest issues facing the world today. "The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important. We've raised our kids in a religious way; they've gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in. I've been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that's...
  • Supposed ‘Christian’ Dad Claims Gay Son is No Sinner

    03/16/2014 3:03:11 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 45 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 16, 2013 | JP
    Chris has a gay son. He neglected to mention that when I met him at a business event the week before last, when we talked a little politics, when he invited me to join him and his buds for their weekly golf game. All was amicable on the golf course. As it turned out, two of the guys were fellow conservatives. And two others happened to be members of my church. But things got twisted when our two foursomes sat down for post-round libations and conversation. That’s because Chris, a social liberal, an Obama-loving Democrat, insisted on talking politics. And...
  • The cult of Christian apostasy

    03/14/2014 5:18:11 PM PDT · by fabian · 94 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/14/14 | fabian
    The Christian religion has been hijacked by the devil; creating a cult of Christian apostasy. Most leaders of the church have themselves been deceived by the master manipulator himself....satan.
  • Homosexuality? De facto unions? "Time to open up to diversity," says Italian archbishop

    03/13/2014 12:18:19 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 67 replies
    Rorate caeli ^ | 3/11/14 | New Catholic
    Yesterday, the Archbishop of Lucca (Tuscany, Italy) received a group of religion journalists for his annual chat, and the talk was moderated by a famous Vaticanist in Italian public television and radio network RAI, Raffaele Luise. The evening concluded with a debate in depth on the matter of homosexuality. Both Luise and the archbishop praise, in substance, the opening of the Church regarding gays and de facto couples. Particularly for Luise, it is necessary on this theme, "a cultural revolution, that contemplates the fact that homosexuality is not a deviancy, but a human attitude, and not just that, considering that...
  • Catholics, Evangelicals Press GOP on Immigration

    03/12/2014 5:13:58 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    AP ABC News ^ | 3/12/14 | DONNA CASSATA
    A group of Catholic bishops, evangelical leaders and advocates pressured top House Republicans to vote this year on overhauling immigration in a series of private meetings on Wednesday. With legislation stalled in the House and prospects dimming, proponents argued that action is a moral imperative and offered the unique, united front of Catholics and evangelicals imploring the House to move ahead. Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle called it an "historic moment" and said they "reaffirmed that every day of delay, the consequences are separated families." The participants, who spoke to The Associated Press, said they received neither assurances of a...
  • Libertarian at CPAC Says Government Violating Rights of Religions That Support Same-Sex Marriage

    03/12/2014 11:34:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 8, 2014 - 7:17 pm | Rodrigo Sermeño
    At a panel discussion on CPAC’s main stage Friday, libertarians and social conservatives agreed that while they share some core beliefs, they remain at odds over the issue of same-sex marriage. Tom Minnery, president and CEO of CitizenLink, said there are many things that social conservatives appreciate in the Libertarian Party’s platform. “Libertarians have led the way in helping us understand the need to cut back wasteful government and to get government out of our lives,” Minnery said. “But we also find this in that party platform: Government does not have the authority to license personal relationships. Consenting adults should...
  • Cardinal Dolan says "Bravo!" (to Gay Football Player Michael Sam)

    03/09/2014 4:44:13 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 43 replies
    "Who am I to judge?" makes a triumphant entry in the American subset of the College of Cardinals, in an interview granted to the highest-rated political debate program on US television, to be broadcast tomorrow: Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York praised University of Missouri football star Michael Sam for coming out as gay, saying he would not judge the athlete for his sexual orientation. "Good for him," Dolan said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" airing Sunday. "I would have no sense of judgment on him," Dolan continued. "God bless ya. I don't think, look, the same...
  • Dalai Lama says ‘okay’ to gay marriage

    03/07/2014 11:01:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 85 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 07 March 2014 | Antonia Malloy
    The Dalai Lama has voiced his support for gay marriage and condemned homophobia, saying that sex is fine as long as it is consensual. Speaking during an interview with American talk show host Larry King, the Buddhist monk said that gay marriage was “okay” and a “personal matter”. He said: "If two people, a couple, really feel that way, it’s more practical, more satisfaction, and both sides fully agree, then okay!” …
  • Survey: Most Religious People Don't Hate Gays

    03/06/2014 12:01:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wed., Mar. 5 2014 | Anna Pulley
    It's an oft-repeated message that religion and LGBT bashing go together like santorum and anal sex, but a new survey finds that is not the case, after all. According to a new national survey by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), titled "A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT Issues," not only have attitudes changed drastically in favor of pro-LGBT rights, but religious bias has also been overstated. The religiously unaffiliated, unsurprisingly, overwhelmingly support teh gheyz (73 percent), but so do majorities of Jewish Americans (83 percent), white mainline Protestants (62 percent), white Catholics (58...
  • Church teaching must change on sexual morality, says German bishop

    03/04/2014 5:05:38 PM PST · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    Nation Catholic Reporter via the Tablet ^ | March 4, 2014 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    The responses to the Vatican questionnaire on the family are a clear signal that certain changes concerning the church’s teaching on sexual morality are imperative, according to Bishop Stephan Ackermann of Trier, Germany. Interviewed by the Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz, Ackermann, 50, said the responses showed “quite clearly” that for the majority of the faithful the church’s teaching on moral sexuality was “repressive” and “remote from life.” Declaring a second marriage after a divorce a perpetual mortal sin, and under no circumstances allowing remarried divorced people ever to receive the Sacraments, was not helpful, he said and added, “We bishops will...
  • ARKANSAS: Pine Bluff Episcopalian priest says he is transgendered

    02/27/2014 11:59:28 AM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    Virture online ^ | Rick Joslin
    The Rev. Greg Fry, priest-in-charge at Grace Episcopal Church in Pine Bluff, told his congregation Sunday morning that he is transgendered and identifies himself as a woman, apparently becoming the only working member of the Episcopalian clergy in Arkansas ever to make such an announcement. Church members and officials at Grace Episcopal declined comment on Monday, while one member said church leaders in the vestry were scheduled to meet on Wednesday, after which they may be in a better position to discuss the matter. The Rt. Rev. Larry Benfield, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas, said in a statement...
  • Pres. Obama to ObamaCare comrades: “The work you’re doing is God’s work.” [BARF]

    02/26/2014 3:25:24 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 2/26/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    This from WSJ: President Says ObamaCare Volunteers Doing ‘God’s Work’ [?!?] Barack Obama speaks to his old campaign comrades [That's the right word.] at Organizing for Action.HOLY OBAMACARELast night in Washington President Obama addressed the national meeting of Organizing for Action, the outfit formerly known as his re-election campaign. [If he can't be re-elected to the White House, why is this organization still around?  For this sort of dreck.] Young OFA volunteers have been redeployed to the task of persuading Americans to sign up for new health insurance plans created by the President’s Affordable Care Act. ["Affordable"... right.  Have you lost...
  • Murdering the name of Jesus

    02/26/2014 12:02:37 PM PST · by fabian · 61 replies
    me, myseld, and I | 02/26/14 | fabian
    I have been quite appalled at how so very lost the supposed leaders of most of the churches of today are. They purport to represent Jesus' teachings, yet their is outright denial of the very powerful message that satan's grip on us to cause us to sin, is indeed broken. No, rather the ministers of today all over teach a watered down and lying ministry that Jesus merely has saved us from the aweful results of going to hell. Yet, in one simple sentence and act with Mary, when he told her to go and sin no more, he proved...
  • Why did so many seek to revolutionize the Church in the 60s and 70s?

    02/24/2014 2:34:59 AM PST · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 2/23/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In my college years I worked with a company that built and serviced pipe organs around the Washington DC area. During those years I probably entered some 300 different churches both Catholic and Protestant.Of course, as a Catholic, I particularly loved going to the Catholic churches. I especially loved visiting the older city parishes that were built back before the revolution. I had grown up in the suburbs where almost every church was built after 1955, when church building took a decided turn for the worse: Ugly bland, beige buildings with carpeted floors and potted plants. A plain wooden table...
  • Have Christians Lost the Culture War?

    02/20/2014 7:33:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/20/14 | Todd Starnes
    The culture war may be lost and religious liberty might not be that far behind, according to a new survey from LifeWay Research, the research arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. Seventy percent of senior pastors at Protestant churches say religious liberty is on the decline in the United States, and 59 percent of Christians believe they are losing the culture war. Eleven percent considers that war already lost. The survey results are staggering – indicating grave concerns about the moral direction of the nation from both the pulpit and the pew. Ten years ago we were talking about who...
  • Houston church (First Pres) considers split from Presbyterians (from PCUSA)

    02/16/2014 9:44:40 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    AP/Houston Chronicle ^ | February 16, 2014 3:06pm | no byline
    An influential, wealthy Houston church is considering a split from the nation's largest Presbyterian body as it is embroiled in a national debate between those who want to take a more conservative view of the Bible and those who support measures to make room for gay marriage, a newspaper reported Sunday. The First Presbyterian Church, the oldest such congregation in the city, will vote next Sunday on whether it wants to remain with Presbyterian Church USA or join a breakaway faction that wouldn't allow for gay clergy or marriage, The Houston Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/1dAhc7p ). Similar debates are going on...
  • A Call for Immigration Reform Informed by the Bible

    02/15/2014 6:36:29 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 20 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | February 15, 2014 | JIM WALTERS, CP GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
    With just a few clicks on an ancestry website, I recently traced my own U.S. immigration story to 1650 - just 30 years after the Mayflower's landing - when my nine-times great grandfather, John Whitlow, stepped off a boat into what would later become Virginia. Undoubtedly, he did not have permission or a visa from the Rappahannock Indians, so truth be told, he was an "undocumented" arrival. Considering the complexity of my own family tree, alongside my experiences growing up in central Texas, I have to ask myself: How should I respond as an evangelical pastor to the current immigration...
  • Jesus Would Not Support Modern Day Socialism

    02/15/2014 8:05:22 AM PST · by OneVike · 124 replies
    TRC Magazine ^ | 2/14/14 | Chuck ness
    It has been the aim of the Democrat party since they lost the Presidential election in 2004 to subvert the Christian doctrine with the claim that Jesus was a Socialist. Their goal is to convince Christians that their Social agenda is morally equivalent with the teachings and life of Jesus Christ. They even went so far as to create handbooks to be distributing to pastors of churches that will show them how to use various Bible verses to promote what they call "Christian Socialism." Taking this into consideration, it shouldn't surprise anyone that many Christians across America were fooled...
  • Methodists in crisis over gay marriage, church law

    02/09/2014 8:54:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    WRAL-TV / The Associated Press ^ | February 9, 2014 | Rachel Zoll
    The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them. Since 2011, Methodist advocates for gay marriage have been recruiting clergy to openly officiate at same-sex ceremonies in protest of church policy. In response, theological conservatives have sought formal complaints against the defiant clergy, which could lead to church trials. One scholar has warned that Methodists are "retreating into our various camps" instead of seeking a resolution over an issue...
  • ‘Some in church may be homophobic’ (Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Ireland)

    02/09/2014 6:36:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 09 February 2014
    The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. Diarmuid Martin, has said that some people in the Catholic Church may be homophobic. The teaching of the church could be used “in a homophobic way”, he told RTE. He said that the Church had to be very careful that this was not done in the forthcoming debate on the same-sex referendum. […] “Anyone who grew up in Ireland would have told jokes that were pointed at the gay community; at Travelers; it is part of the culture we grew up in, but we have to grow out of it,” he said. He said church...
  • Tony Campolo to Shutter Ministry He Started 40 Years Ago [Heretic Death Watch]

    01/27/2014 8:19:56 AM PST · by fwdude · 29 replies
    Religion Today ^ | January 15, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    (RNS) Tony Campolo, a progressive evangelical leader who counseled President Bill Clinton through the Monica Lewinsky scandal, announced Tuesday (Jan. 14) that the organization he founded nearly 40 years ago will close on June 30. Campolo, 78, plans to retire with the closure of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, but he will continue to write and speak, with nearly 200 engagements scheduled for 2014. He said his health is fine and he wants to write one more book on how Christianity fits with the social sciences.
  • Jewish Organizations Must Condemn Governor Cuomo’s Extremism

    01/22/2014 2:38:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | January 22, 2014 | Ronn Torossian
    Imagine a right-wing politician who proclaimed that left-wingers who are “pro-gay, pro-abortion, and anti-self defense” have no place in their state. Can anyone doubt that Jewish leaders would condemn the statement and speak out loudly about “intolerance,” and the need for diversity. Wouldn’t they issue press releases and more? If such a politician would make a statement, pressure would mount for his resignation and undoubtedly it’d make for a lot of media attention. Yet, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s assertions that conservative New Yorkers don’t belong in the State because “that’s not what New Yorkers are” have largely been ignored. Cuomo...
  • AWFUL! Rev. Jeremiah Wright at MLK Breakfast: Tea Party Is “2.0 Upgrade of Lynch Mobs” (Video)

    01/21/2014 5:46:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 21, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Obama’s former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, gave a speech to a largely black crowd in Delaware on MLK Day. The vile Chicago pastor said the Tea Party is “a 2.0 upgrade of the lynch mobs.” Reverend Wright spewed his toxic nonsense in Delaware yesterday at the 30th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Breakfast in Wilmington, Delaware. Rather than rejecting his hate speech the crowd gave him a standing ovation.: (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The crowd loved it and gave him a standing ovation. Delaware Online reported, via The Last Tradition: The controversial Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright told a crowd celebrating Martin...
  • Austria: More Leaving Church Under Pope Francis Than Under Benedict XVI

    01/16/2014 8:57:56 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 74 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 1/16/14 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Vienna) in Austria in 2013, there were more than leaving the church than in 2012. Nearly 55,000 Catholics have left the Catholic Church as a corporate body under public law. Thus more Austrians left the Church in the first year of the pontificate of Pope Francis, than in the last year of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. The church leaders wonder about this phenomenon, which they had not expected. "We would have expected better numbers," said the Bishop of Linz Vicar William Viehböck. Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. there was relief heard from not a few official...
  • Former Pastor Decides To Spend A Year Without God

    01/12/2014 4:02:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    NPR ^ | January 12, 2014
    Former Seventh-day Adventist Pastor Ryan Bell made an unusual New Year's resolution: to live for one year without God. He used to lead a congregation in Southern California, but in March, he was asked to step down after voicing some of the doubts that led to this decision to "try on" atheism. Just a few days into the new year, after announcing his resolution, Bell was asked to leave the teaching positions he held at the Christian Azusa Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary. Bell spoke with NPR's Arun Rath about his flirtation with atheism and how he arrived at...
  • Atheists Donate to Former Pastor, Ryan Bell, Who Lost Jobs for Trying Out Atheism for a Year

    01/08/2014 10:04:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/08/2014 | Leonard Blair
    Ryan Bell, a former pastor who lost all his jobs after announcing he will experiment with atheism for a year, is currently getting overwhelming financial support from atheists and others after revealing in the fourth day of his controversial experiment that he was running out of money. "So I find myself, on Day 4, without any employment. My savings will run out in about two weeks and I'm scrambling to find immediate work doing, well…anything—manual labor, waiting tables, other teaching and consulting, or whatever I can find," wrote Bell, a Seventh Day Adventist, on his blog 'Year Without God'. Atheist...
  • After a schism, a question: Can atheist churches last?

    01/05/2014 6:51:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    CNN Belief Blog ^ | 01/05/2014 | Katie Engelhart
    LONDON (CNN) - The Sunday Assembly was riding high. The world’s most voguish - though not its only - atheist church opened last year in London, to global attention and abundant acclaim. So popular was the premise, so bright the promise, that soon the Sunday Assembly was ready to franchise, branching out into cities such as New York, Dublin and Melbourne. “It’s a way to scale goodness,” declared Sanderson Jones, a standup comic and co-founder of The Sunday Assembly, which calls itself a “godless congregation.” But nearly as quickly as the Assembly spread, it split, with New York City emerging...
  • The New Homophiles: A Closer Look

    01/04/2014 11:19:20 AM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 3, 2014 | Austin Ruse
    Ron Belgau delivers lectures, publishes essays and letters and generally enters into very public debates supporting the Biblical injunction against homosexual acts. In fact, he studied ancient Greek for two years in college to better understand his faith but also so he could better understand a single Greek word, arsenokoitai.There are two lists in the New Testament that prohibit homosexual acts. 1 Corinthians and 1 Timothy both provide a list of prohibited behaviors including what the original Greek calls arsenokoitai. Most Bible translations make it clear this refers to homosexual acts. Belgau points to his New Testament Greek lexicon:...
  • Philly's first gay Presbyterian pastor to lead Broad Street Ministry

    12/31/2013 11:49:07 AM PST · by Phillyred · 28 replies
    Philly.com ^ | Tuesday, December 31, 2013 | Alex Wigglesworth,
    A local church will on Sunday ring in the new year by ordaining Philadelphia's first openly gay male Presbyterian pastor. Broad Street Ministry will welcome Princeton Theological Seminary graduate David Norse as its new leader, according to the Avenue of the Arts church's convening minister, the Rev. Bill Golderer. "There's a lot of progressive rhetoric among Christian churches that are trying to revitalize themselves, but this is a progressive move," Golderer said. "Having David ordained to the ministry is a way of performing the gospel that we espouse. It's acting, not talking." The broad-minded church has long been demonstrating its...
  • Activist Vows Eastside Catholic Gay Marriage Protests Will Ultimately Change Church

    12/30/2013 6:14:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    My North West ^ | 12/27/13 | Josh Kerns
    Eastside Catholic High School Students and alumni are vowing to keep up their protests over the departure of a popular vice principal forced out because of his gay marriage. And a long-time Seattle gay rights activist predicts their effort will ultimately lead the Catholic Church to change its stand. "The youth is that spark that can change this because they are literally the future membership of the Church," says Shaun Knittel, the founder of Social Outreach Seattle. Hundreds of students staged a sit-in and walkout last Thursday after learning Mark Zmuda, 38, was leaving the school because administrators had learned...
  • Republicans growing more skeptical about evolution (per Pew poll)

    12/30/2013 10:37:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 30, 2013 at 11:32 am | Aaron Blake
    When it comes to increasing partisanship in the United States, it seems no issue is immune. And that includes evolution. A new Pew Research Center poll shows a widening political gap over theories about how humans came to be, with Republicans growing increasingly skeptical about the idea that humans evolved over time. …
  • Pa. pastor defrocked over gay wedding offered job

    12/21/2013 7:30:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 21, 2013 9:03 PM EST
    A United Methodist pastor from central Pennsylvania who was defrocked after officiating his son’s gay wedding was invited by a California Methodist bishop to serve in her region in yet another sign of a split in the nation’s largest mainline Protestant denomination. Frank Schaefer said he is deciding whether to accept the offer from Bishop Minerva G. Carcano to join the California-Pacific Annual Conference. The region includes California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands. “I’m actually leaning toward it right now, but I can’t make that decision myself because it involves my entire family,” Schaefer said. “We are considering it very,...
  • Pope Francis Named “Person of the Year” by World’s Biggest Gay Magazine

    12/19/2013 7:22:28 AM PST · by juliosevero · 21 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Pope Francis Named “Person of the Year” by World’s Biggest Gay Magazine By Julio Severo Praises keep knocking at the door of Pope Francis, who was named “Person of the Year” by The Advocate, the world’s biggest homosexual magazine. It is the second tribute that the pope has received in a week. On December 11, he was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year.” In its headline, The Advocate highlighted Francis’ statement, made during a June interview: “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?” “Pope Francis’ stark change in rhetoric...
  • The Vatican’s Left Turn Under Francis

    12/18/2013 11:10:23 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 53 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 12/17/13 | Rod Dreher
    "...American conservative Catholics who defend Pope Francis keep saying that Francis is truly orthodox, despite the fact that the liberal US media love him. Maybe they’re right. But the further we go into this pontificate, the more I wonder if liberals understand something about Pope Francis that conservatives do not."
  • MSNBC anchor: ‘So many people consider President Obama to be the first gay president’

    12/16/2013 7:55:38 PM PST · by bkopto · 97 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Dec 16, 2013 | Brendan Bordelon
    MSNBC host Thomas Roberts said Monday that “many people consider President Obama to be the first gay president.” Roberts was speaking to Shawn Gaylord of Human Rights First, a group fighting discrimination against homosexuals and other sexual minorities. The organization is pushing the White House to defy Russia’s harsh anti-gay laws by sending openly gay delegates to next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. “It’s not about asking for special protection,” Roberts claimed. “It’s about asking and seeking equal respect. We do know as we look at the larger picture here, Shawn, that LGBT rights is just one of the...
  • Rob Bell Has Left The Church For A “Quasi-Intentional Spiritual Community”?

    12/09/2013 6:02:21 AM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | December 9, 2013 | Denny Burk
     Jim Hinch argues in The American Scholar that evangelicalism is on decline in America. This thesis is not new. He’s accessing trends in polling data that evangelicals have been aware of for years. The article focuses on the demise of Robert Schuller and his Crystal Cathedral as a parable of what’s happening in evangelicalism writ large. Hinch then argues that Rob Bell’s flight from the pastorate and from his own megachurch is a leading indicator of where younger evangelicals are trending. In short, they’re leaving the movement. And in Bell’s case in particular, they’re leaving the church altogether. Hinch writes:Yet, like so many...