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  • Church youth minister, pastor’s wife works at abortion clinic

    05/30/2015 9:54:59 AM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    saynsumthn's blog ^ | March 2, 2015 | saynsumthn
    Callie Chatman’s linkedin page says that she is a License, Ordained Minister New Elam Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Callie’s bio also states that she worked as a Youth Minister and Adult Sunday School Teacher and she assists the pastor in any means necessary. Oddly, it also says she works at Reproducted Health, an abortion clinic in Alabama. According to a pro-life activist who side walk counsels outside an abortion clinic in Montgomery, Callie Chatman works for Reproductive Health Services abortion clinic in Montgomery. A video uploaded by pro-life activist David Day, allegedly shows that Callie’s husband, Pastor Louis Chatman...
  • Gay marriage will split the Catholic Church

    05/24/2015 11:05:02 AM PDT · by NRx · 70 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 05-23-2015 | Damian Thompson
    Ireland, for so long the most overtly Catholic state in Western Europe, has voted for gay marriage by a stupendous margin – 62 per cent. Never before has a country legalised the practice by popular vote. It would be naive to ask: how could this happen? Hatred of the Church is one of the central features of modern Ireland, thanks not only to the paedophile scandals but also to the joyless quasi-Jansenist character of the Irish Church, which was handed complete control of education in the Free State after partition in 1922. (Many of its priests were outstandingly holy and...
  • Progressive Catholics Organize to Promote Pope Francis’s Climate Change Message

    05/24/2015 12:15:14 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 24, 2015 | Breitbart News
    NEW YORK (AP) — There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines. When Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated teaching document on the environment and climate change in the coming weeks, a network of Roman Catholics will be ready. These environmental advocates – who work with bishops, religious orders, Catholic universities and lay movements – have been preparing for months to help maximize the effect of the statement, hoping for a transformative impact in the fight against global warming. “This is such a powerful moment,” said Patrick Carolan,...
  • Methodist Pastor Says Caring About Unborn Babies Who Die in Abortions is “Idolatry”

    05/18/2015 2:16:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 42 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt | May 18, 2015
    The United Methodist Church has been a subject of controversy for years as it supports legalized abortion within the context of supposedly being a Christian denomination. Now, one pro-life advocate has uncovered a quote from a Methodist pastor who says that caring about unborn babies who die in abortions is “idolatry.” Sarah Terzo, who has a knack for documenting the history of the abortion debate and the abortion advocacy movement by posting quotes from pro-abortion activists through the years, posted a new quote today that features Minister John M Swomley. Swomley is an ordained United Methodist minister, Terzo explains and,...
  • Presbyterians Collapsing, or “Settling Into The New Thing God is Creating”?

    05/18/2015 5:50:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 5-18-15 | Jeffrey Walton
    Presbyterians Collapsing, or “Settling Into The New Thing God is Creating”? The 2014 numbers reveal the PCUSA's largest statistical decline to date. A slimmed-down Presbyterian Church (USA) is apparently getting ready for beach season after shedding unwanted excess members, according to a cheery report by the denomination’s top official. “The PC(USA) is a church made up of vibrant congregations doing their best to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ in their communities and in the world,” an apparently unfazed Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCUSA, soothed. “Membership declines continue, but on a whole the...
  • Church of Scotland Votes To Let Deacons And Ministers Have Same Sex Civil Partnerships

    05/16/2015 5:25:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | May 16, 2015 | Nicola Harley
    Church of Scotland Votes To Let Deacons And Ministers Have Same Sex Civil Partnerships Vote maintains Church's traditional view of marriage between a man and woman, but allows individual congregations to "opt out" By Nicola Harley 16 May 2015 The Church of Scotland has voted in favour of allowing people in same sex civil partnerships to be called as ministers and deacons. The decision was made by the General Assembly on the Mound in Edinburgh on Saturday, where the motion was passed by 309 votes in favour and 182 against. The outcome is the culmination of years of deliberation within...
  • Cardinal to Celebrate LGBT Mass

    LONDON, May 7, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - This Sunday, a cardinal of the Church will hold a Mass specifically for "LGBT Catholics" for the first time in the Church's nearly 2,000-year history. Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England will visit a notorious gay-friendly parish in London and celebrate Mass for what's come to be known as the "Soho Mass." This is a Mass consistently catered toward a group of active homosexuals who expressly oppose the Church's teachings on homosexual activity. Cardinal Nichols has a shaky history with the Church's stance toward homosexuality. The group of "LGBT Catholics" in his archdiocese had...
  • Poll shows growing religious support for same-sex marriage

    05/07/2015 3:30:23 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/28/15 | Daniel Burke
    Until recently, if you sat in church on Sunday mornings, pollsters could predict where you stood on same-sex marriage. What a difference a decade makes. ...In 2003....less than 30% of religiously affiliated Americans supported gays' and lesbians' right to wed. By 2014, that number had climbed to 47%, according to a survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute.... ....Despite vocal opposition from the U.S. Catholic Bishops, for example, 60% of Catholics now favor same-sex marriage. That's a huge increase from 2003, when just 35% backed gay rights, according to survey conducted at the time by the Pew Research Center....
  • Evangelical leader: Vote for Hillary Clinton, she’ll cut abortion rate in half

    04/23/2015 7:27:08 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 66 replies
    LifeSite ^ | Tue Apr 21, 2015 | Ben Johnson
    A national evangelical Christian leader has written that his fellow believers should vote for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, because she will radically reduce the abortion rate. Hillary, in whose campaign abortion industry lobbyists play a conspicuous role, favors abortion-on-demand throughout pregnancy. Yet Tony Campolo believes a second Clinton presidency will halve the number of abortions nationwide. “Hillary Clinton is one of the few candidates on the political stage who has a plan for cutting the abortion rate in America by at least 50 percent,” Campolo, a sociology professor emeritus at Eastern University, wrote in a debate on Religion News...
  • Presbyterian Church (USA): Evangelicals suddenly on the wrong side in gay marriage debate

    04/21/2015 8:30:11 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 34 replies
    Penn Live ^ | April 17, 2015 | Ivey DeJesus
    Across Christian denominations, the debate over gay marriage has fundamentally pitted the views of socially progressive - if not radical - congregants and church leaders who are in favor of gay marriage against that of the conservative, evangelical sector that subscribes to a traditional and biblical definition of marriage. For the most part, proponents of gay marriage have been on the outs - at times waging tough battles that tear churches apart and put their ordination on the line. In the Presbyterian Church (USA), the tables seemed to have turned. Increasingly, the conservative, evangelical members of the 1.8-million-member mainline Protestant...
  • Vatican unexpectedly ends crackdown of US nun group

    04/16/2015 12:21:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 2015 3:01 PM EDT | Nicole Winfield and Rachel Zoll
    The Vatican on Thursday unexpectedly ended its controversial reform of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns, cementing a shift in tone and treatment of the U.S. sisters under the social justice-minded Pope Francis. The Vatican said it had accepted a final report on its overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and declared that the “implementation of the mandate has been accomplished” nearly two years ahead of schedule. It was an abrupt about-face given that just last year, the head of the Vatican’s doctrine office, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, sharply rebuked the LCWR for its “regrettable” attitude and behavior...
  • Should Christians Vote for Hillary Clinton?

    04/16/2015 8:42:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/16/2015 | David French
    Earlier this week, the Religion News Service asked liberal pastor Tony Campolo to make the Christian case for Hillary Clinton and asked me to make the case against. Campolo calls himself the “positive prophet of red letter Christianity” and is a personal friend of the Clintons. Let’s just say we had starkly different assessments. Here’s Campolo: Clinton also understands how Congress works — a needed skill since legislative gridlock has characterized Washington over the last several years. Amid dire problems, the last session of Congress proved to be one of the least productive of any in our nation’s history. It...
  • JESUIT-FUNDED QUEER SUMMIT TELLS STUDENTS TO CONSIDER DITCHING MONOGAMY

    04/10/2015 11:36:55 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    The College Fix ^ | April 7, 2015 | Matt Lamb
    A Jesuit university is hosting an “LGBTQIA college summit” this weekend that will not only affirm the sexual identities of queer students, but encourage them to consider ditching monogamy altogether. The agenda for Loyola University-Chicago’s “Qmunity!” doesn’t spell out exactly what each workshop will delve into – and organizers remain tight-lipped – but the titles give some clues. Beyond workshops that link queer identity to other activism, such as feminism and “racial and economic justice,” students will hear about “bisexual/pansexual” and “poly/non-monogamous” identities. Those two workshops, as are most of the other workshops, are led or co-led by Loyola students....
  • PCUSA Stalling Korean Church's Effort to Leave Denomination?

    04/08/2015 8:42:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/08/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A Presbyterian Church (USA) regional body located in California has been accused of putting a Korean congregation's effort to leave the mainline denomination to a standstill. Last year, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church of Rowland Heights voted overwhelmingly to seek dismissal from PCUSA over the denomination's growing acceptance of homosexuality. Out of 817 votes casted in the March 2014 vote, 738 voted to leave, 74 voted to stay, and 5 votes were dismissed. Despite that, the PCUSA Presbytery of San Gabriel has not apparently finalized the dismissal as of this month, according to the Korean-American Christian publication Christianity Daily. Rachael Lee...
  • The Church of the Left

    04/03/2015 6:44:56 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 12 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 4-3-15 | Yuval Levin
    (Snip) They [Christian small business owners]are in this sense more like religious believers under compulsion in a society with an established church than like believers denied the freedom to exercise their religion. Liberals are in this respect right to say they’re not trying to kill religious liberty. They’re trying to take it back to something like the form it had in the Anglo-American world when the Anglo-American world had a formal state religion—except now the state religion is supposed to be progressive liberalism. Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/416421/church-left-yuval-levin
  • Vote Ted Cruz, Because Jesus

    04/03/2015 1:55:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | April 3, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    Here it is, the first television ad of the 2016 presidential campaign, courtesy of the first official presidential candidate, Ted Cruz. No beating around the bush here—we get a mention of Jesus in the very first sentence:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) "Were it not for the transformative love of Jesus Christ, I would have been raised by a single mom without my father in the house. God's blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation. Over and over again when we faced impossible odds, the American people rose to the challenge. This is our fight, and that is why I'm...
  • Church leaders support Medicaid expansion (Montana)

    03/31/2015 9:07:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Hungry Horse News ^ | March 31, 2015 | 21 Church Leaders
    As people of faith, we believe that each of us has a moral obligation to take care of each other. At one time or another, every one of our fellow human beings has a need that we can help ease. We have an even stronger obligation to help the most vulnerable among us — those whose needs are often the greatest. 4307821 Whitefish Physical Therapy (headache) Instory HHN That obligation means more than making sure people have food and clothing. In today’s world, those basics fall far short of what anyone needs to better their lives, support a family and...
  • 34K Black And Latino Churches Cut Ties With Presbyterian USA After Same-Sex Marriage Approval

    03/30/2015 4:35:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A coalition of 34,000 black churches has cut its ties with Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) in the wake of its recent vote to approve same-sex marriage.
  • Being Soul Sad For My Church [PC(USA)]

    03/27/2015 4:59:43 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 33 replies
    Winds Of Talahi ^ | March 25, 2015
    There have been few times in my life when I have been truly soul sad. As a Pastor, I have stood by the bed of dying patients and encouraged them to hope in Heaven when earth offered them none. I have held the hands of mothers when their cries had no comfort, because the terminally ill child in their arms would be the pain of unfulfilled dreams. I have listened to the hurt of children betrayed, seen the terror of marriages destroyed by temptation, and cried when good people have made devastatingly bad choices. For these my soul has hurt,...
  • Presbyterian group votes to allow gay marriage

    03/22/2015 8:14:00 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 24 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | March 18, 2015 | Peter Smith
    The nation's largest Presbyterian denomination has rewritten its definition of marriage and has authorized same-sex weddings nationwide. By Tuesday evening, a majority of presbyteries or regional governing bodies had voted to ratify an amendment to the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), allowing but not requiring its pastors to perform same-sex weddings and its churches to host such rites.
  • I’m a Presbyterian Minister Who Doesn’t Believe in God

    03/21/2015 7:33:01 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 116 replies
    Patheos ^ | March 17, 2015 | John Shuck
    “How can you call yourself a Christian, let alone a minister?!” I get asked that question frequently and the questioner is hostile more often than not. Still, I like to answer it if I believe the questioner is sincere. Though I self-identify as a Christian and I am an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), I raised eyebrows a few years ago when I posted an article on my website about how my personal beliefs don’t align with those of most Presbyterians. For example, I believe that: - Religion is a human construct - The symbols of faith are...
  • Presbyterian Church (USA): Where God Loves Abortion and Hates Israel

    03/20/2015 6:33:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/20/2015 | David French
    The Presbyterian Church (USA) is the Radio Shack of church denominations. It’s been in free fall for so long that it’s sometimes difficult to believe the church is still around. It makes news only when it makes bad news. This is a church that has long embraced a culture of death by accepting abortion on demand. Indeed, church materials have declared that abortion can even be “an act of faithfulness before God,” and church policy states: “The considered decision of a woman to terminate a pregnancy can be a morally acceptable, though certainly not the only or required, decision.”...
  • Is it Possible to be a Liberal Christian?

    03/19/2015 9:26:44 AM PDT · by Shery · 29 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_f7N60N2rA ^ | Published on March 17, 2015 | Zonation
    This is definitely one of my favorite videos from ZoNation in some time. Zo tackles the combination of liberalism and Christianity and whether or not they can mix:
  • Presbyterian Church USA Latest to Fall into Apostasy

    03/18/2015 6:19:42 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 20 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 18 March 2015 | ن Teófilo de Jesús ن (@vivificat)
    Brethren, Peace be with you. According to numerous news sources, the Presbyterian Church in the USA has changed its constitution and now will allow, celebrate, and bless same-sex "marriages." Of course, this is wrong and unwarranted in Scripture, but the fact of the matter is that Mainline Protestant church bodies don't care one way or the other about Scripture unless examined through the distorted genderist, Postmodern lenses dominating discourse in their seminaries. Out of curiosity, I checked the Presbyterian Church's own membership statistics to see what's up, and I came with the chart below. If the trend holds, in...
  • It Really Happened! [Catholic Cardinal Archbishop Leads Gay Pride Parade]

    03/17/2015 7:55:37 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 94 replies
    YouTube ^ | 170315 | Church Militant
    Cardinal Dolan Dishonors St. Patrick - Gays March Past Cathedral
  • Largest Presbyterian Denomination Gives Final Approval for Same-Sex Marriage

    03/17/2015 6:09:07 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 41 replies
    ny times ^ | 3-17-2015 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    After three decades of debate over its stance on homosexuality, members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted on Tuesday to change the definition of marriage in the church’s constitution to include same-sex marriage. The final approval by a majority of the church’s 171 regional bodies, known as presbyteries, enshrines a change recommended last year by the church’s General Assembly. The vote amends the church’s constitution to broaden marriage from being between “a man and a woman” to “two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” The Presbytery of the Palisades, meeting in Fair Lawn, N.J., put the ratification count over...
  • 9 Thoughts on Church Splits

    03/12/2015 7:34:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/12/2015 | BY THOM S. RAINER
    For over thirty years I have been professionally and personally connected to the local church. I have served as a pastor, church consultant, author, seminary dean, and church resource provider. The most painful moments of my tenure have been those occasions where church dissension is great, and where church splits take place. There is little good that comes from church splits. The residual pain is lasting and the negative community impact is enduring. After reflecting on church splits over my thirty-year tenure, and after conducting an informal Twitter poll, I have nine major thoughts I would like to share with...
  • First Presbyterian Church of Boulder may realign; same-sex marriage a factor

    03/02/2015 11:28:44 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 15 replies
    Boulder Daily Camera ^ | 02/28/2015 | Charlie Brennan
    The First Presbyterian Church of Boulder is asking its congregation to vote on whether to end affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA), in favor of a California-based evangelical Presbyterian association that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The First Presbyterian Church of Boulder, 1820 15th St., well known for a large-scale feed of Boulder's homeless population every Thanksgiving, had originally been scheduled to take a vote of its congregation Feb. 22, but that was postponed due to weather. And although absentee voting has been ongoing, the bulk of the balloting is now scheduled for its...
  • Can a Liberal Be Christian?

    03/01/2015 11:07:23 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 63 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 3/1/15 | Steve Berman
    Anna Marie Cox posed a useful question when she compared her faith to President Obama’s, who has been roundly criticized by conservatives such as my friend Erick Erickson, who wrote that Barack Obama is not a Christian in any meaningful way.  Cox asked “if Obama’s not Christian, what does that make me?” She announced her Christian faith to the world by writing “My understanding of Christianity is that it doesn’t require me to prove my faith to anyone on this plane of existence.” She’s right.  You could stop reading here—if you are not a Christian, maybe that’s the limit of...
  • Ana Marie Cox: Why I’m Coming Out as a Christian

    03/01/2015 8:43:38 AM PST · by EveningStar · 61 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 28, 2015 | Ana Marie Cox
    Who do I need to prove my faith to—and why should I try? ... I’m nervous to come out as a Christian because I worry I’m not good enough of one. I’m not scared that non-believers will make me feel an outcast. I’m scared that Christians will ... Here is why I believe I am a Christian: I believe I have a personal relationship with my Lord and Savior. I believe in the grace offered by the Resurrection. I believe that whatever spiritual rewards I may reap come directly from trying to live the example set by Christ. Whether or...
  • Pope Francis: ‘Money Is the Devil’s Dung!’

    02/28/2015 11:15:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | February 28, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In his address to the Italian Confederation of Cooperatives Saturday, Pope Francis employed muscular language in speaking about money — while acknowledging its importance to business. “Money,” he said, “is the devil’s dung.” “It is not easy to talk about money,” Francis said. Quoting Saint Basil the Great, the Pope said: “Money is the dung of the devil! When money becomes an idol, it rules over a person’s choices. And then it ruins a person and condemns him, turning him into a slave.” The Pope called for “creative imagination” to find new methods, attitudes and tools to combat the “culture...
  • Former Megachurch Pastor Rob Bell: A Church That Doesn't Support Gay Marriage Is 'Irrelevant'

    02/26/2015 3:36:12 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 70 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 2/20/2015 | Carol Kuruvilla
    Rob Bell, the widely popular and controversial former megachurch pastor, is now convinced that a church doesn’t support same-sex marriage will "continue to be even more irrelevant." Bell made the comments on an episode of Oprah Winfrey's "Super Soul Sunday," where he appeared with his wife Kristen to talk about religion and spirituality. "One of the oldest aches in the bones of humanity is loneliness," Bell said. "Loneliness is not good for the world. Whoever you are, gay or straight, it is totally normal, natural and healthy to want someone to go through life with. It's central to our humanity....
  • Religious Faith to Be Key Piece of Possible Jeb Bush Run

    02/26/2015 5:21:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 29, 2015 | Beth Reinhard
    A memo from a top adviser to Jeb Bush gives a clue as to how he could connect with the conservative base of his party if he runs for president: talking about his religious faith. Faith is listed as one of nine “issues you care about” in a memo to Mr. Bush’s supporters from Sally Bradshaw that quotes Mr. Bush on each topic, offering an on-message preview of his potential bid for the Republican nomination. Referring to his conversion to Catholicism, Mr. Bush says, “My faith was strengthened when I converted to my wife’s faith…It gives me a serenity that,...
  • Rob Bell, Gay Marriage, and the Movie Tombstone

    02/24/2015 9:55:33 AM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    Canon Fodder ^ | 2/23/2015 | Michael J. Kruger
    It seems that Rob Bell and Oprah Winfrey are pretty good friends these days. Bell has appeared on Oprah’s show numerous times, and just recently appeared, along with his wife Kristen, on her “Super Soul Sunday” episode over Valentine’s Day weekend. Their appearance was designed to promote their new book, The ZimZum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage (HarperOne: 2014). Now, I have to confess that I have no idea what the main title means. But, the subtitle is pretty bold. Given that marriage dates back to the very creation of mankind in Genesis, do we really need...
  • Rob Bell Not Faring Well

    02/19/2015 6:05:46 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 34 replies
    RCSproulJr.com ^ | 2-18-15 | R.C. Sproul Jr.
    Rob Bell believes the Bible is irrelevant. The Bible says Rob Bell is irrelevant. Transcript: At some level, I’m happy when this happens, it’s not that unusual. We have someone who makes a splash in our little world, the evangelical world. And he typically makes that splash because he’s quite effective at gathering large numbers. But after a while we begin to doubt his loyalty to the core convictions of evangelicals. Well, it’s not unusual when this happens that about this same time, our hero with the wide reach determines to turn on we evangelicals and embrace the broader world....
  • Baptist Pastor Officiates One Of Alabama's First Same-Sex Weddings

    02/11/2015 7:30:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | February 10, 2015 | Antonia Blumberg
    Ellin Jimmerson, a Baptist pastor in Huntsville, Alabama, said she was surprised when she was asked to perform one of Alabama's first same-sex wedding ceremonies after the state overturned its ban on gay marriage. Although she has been supportive of the LGBTQ community, she's best known for her immigration activism. "I cannot get my head around what happened yesterday," Jimmerson, 63, told The Huffington Post over the phone on Tuesday. "It wasn't just a local story."
  • Obama, Gay Marriage, and Wrapping a Lie in the Cloak of Faith

    02/13/2015 7:16:06 PM PST · by Belteshazzar · 1 replies
    The Week ^ | Matt K. Lewis
    In his new book Believer, former Obama strategist David Axelrod reveals that President Obama misled the American public when he said for several years that he opposed gay marriage ... In terms of its magnitude, this lie might seem pretty harmless to a nonbeliever. FDR's campaign promise that "your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars" was obviously much more significant in the grand scheme of things. George H.W. Bush's "Read my lips" tax pledge and Bill Clinton's "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" were arguably more substantive lies than Obama's. But Obama's...
  • Open letter from ELCA Bishop to LGBT Community

    02/13/2015 8:06:03 PM PST · by lightman · 60 replies
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 12 February AD 2015 | Michael Rinehart
    Dear friends, You are welcome in congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We are a church that believes it is wrong to discriminate against anyone based on sexual orientation. All are welcome. We celebrate diversity. While Lutherans in the U.S. are not of one mind about sexual orientation, the ELCA, the largest Lutheran denomination in North America, has taken a stand as an open, affirming church where all are welcome. I recognize that some of you have been wounded by churches. On behalf of the church, I apologize for the hurtful comments, exclusion, and discrimination you have...
  • Scott Walker: “I’m going to punt on that one as well." [Howard Dean loses it]

    02/12/2015 6:14:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    February 12, 2015
    British interviewer: "Are you comfortable with the idea of evolution? Do you believe in it? Do you accept it?" Scott Walker: “I’m going to punt on that one as well. That’s a question a politician shouldn’t be involved in one way or another." Walker tweet after: "Both science & my faith dictate my belief that we are created by God. I believe faith & science are compatible and go hand in hand. So Howard Dean [what a loser] decides to paint Walker as, "unknowledgeable" about the world and about science. However, from what I've been able to garner, Scott Walker...
  • Obama: I didn’t lie about supporting gay ‘marriage,’ you just didn’t understand

    02/12/2015 5:12:44 AM PST · by wagglebee · 33 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/11/15 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., February 11, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Barack Obama is denying an account by a close adviser that he lied about his views on gay “marriage” to get elected president in 2008. In an interview yesterday, Obama said he didn't lie; it's just that he was misunderstood.However, Obama admitted he supported government-enforced recognition of homosexuality, and “it was frustrating to me” that he had to “square that with what were a whole bunch of religious sensitivities out there.”Obama's close campaign operative and senior adviser David Axelrod wrote that Obama always favored redefining marriage but lied about it in order...
  • 28 Reasons I’m DONE Talking To Most Of My Conservative Friends And Family Members

    02/11/2015 8:40:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 200 replies
    Liberal America - Saving the USA since 1776 ^ | February 11, 2015 | Tiffany Willis, founder and editor-in-chief
    I’m a Southern girl. Born in the South, raised in the South, and have rarely lived anywhere BUT the South. I actually love the South. I’ll die in the South. Being a Southern girl, I have more than my share of right-wing friends, neighbors, and family members — and some of you have in recent years crossed the line into nut-jobbery. The fact is — I love you guys and that will never change. I’ll admit that I’m disappointed and disturbed to see intelligent and/or educated people who are willfully ignorant. But while it does change my opinion about you...
  • P_resident Obama: If You Like Your God, Keep Him

    02/11/2015 9:30:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    “Confession is good for the soul,” said Mark Twain, “but it’s bad for the reputation.” Candidate Barack Obama in 2008 confessed to his top advisor, David Axelrod, “I’m just not very good at bull____ing.” Actually, he was very good at it. He told millions of Americans that he believed marriage was “a sacred union” between a man and a woman. He answered about marriage in Rick Warren’s question famed Civic Forum, going even further to say that “God is in the mix.” Four years later, he claimed he had evolved. We’ve all seen those Darwin fish with feet bumper devices....
  • Pro-Abortion Members of Congress Use God to Justify Supporting Planned Parenthood

    02/02/2015 12:42:35 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | 2/2/15 | Sarah Zagorski
    On January 26th, the Union Theological Seminary hosted a new event called the Congressional Faith Orientation on Capitol Hill. At the event, five democrat legislators spoke about how their faith influences their work in the legislature. According to the Christian Post, the representatives included, Sheila Jackson Lee, R-Texas, Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, and James Clyburn, D-South Carolina. In the past, these lawmakers have opposed pro- life legislation, and at the orientation a few of them argued against cutting funding of Planned Parenthood. In their opinion, it is ok for Christians to collaborate with the abortion giant because they are dedicated to...
  • Nashville Evangelical Church Comes Out for Marriage Equality

    02/02/2015 6:31:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Time ^ | January 29, 2015 | Elizabeth Dias
    "Could you be a church in Selma and not march, just handle your own community?" says pastor Stan Mitchell of GracePointe Church. "I don’t think I can do that." Three Sundays ago in Franklin, Tenn., twenty minutes south of Nashville and in the heart of the country’s contemporary Christian music industry, pastor Stan Mitchell of GracePointe Church preached what was perhaps the most important sermon of his life. You can watch it above–start around 44:40 if you are short on time.
  • Democrats in Congress Urged to Be 'Bold' Like Republicans With God Talk; Assert Christian Faith....

    01/30/2015 6:34:42 AM PST · by Morgana · 35 replies
    christianpost.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Samuel Smith ,
    FULL TITLE: Democrats in Congress Urged to Be 'Bold' Like Republicans With God Talk; Assert Christian Faith Supports Gov't Funding for Planned Parenthood, Welfare WASHINGTON — The progressive, New York-based Union Theological Seminary hosted the first-ever Congressional Faith Orientation on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, which was attended by five Democratic Congress members who addressed the role religion and faith play in determining how they vote on public policies. While it is a widely-held notion that the Republican Party is more beholden to faith and religion when it comes to integrating them in federal public policy decisions, the Democratic panel members discussed...
  • Newsweek Throws the First Stone: Story on the Bible didn't even pretend to mask an agenda.

    01/19/2015 7:47:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/19/2015 | CHRIS QUEEN
    In the Gospel of John, we read a story where a group of Jewish Torah teachers and Pharisees (members of a legalistic sect of Judaism) bring to Jesus a woman whom they caught in adultery, asking Him what punishment He thinks the woman deserves. Masterfully — as He always did — Jesus answers the scholars with a simple, yet profound statement: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7, NIV).Recently, Newsweek featured a cover article on the Bible in which author Kurt Eichenwald — not a Biblical scholar...
  • Notre Dame Theologian Rev. Richard McBrien Dies at 78.

    01/25/2015 7:17:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    WTHR News ^ | 1/25/15 | AP
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Rev. Richard McBrien, a University of Notre Dame theology professor known for his popular books on Catholicism and unabashed liberal stands on various church teachings, has died. He was 78. Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown says McBrien died Sunday in Connecticut after a lengthy illness. McBrien was often a critic of the church, speaking in favor of the ordination of female priests and optional celibacy for priests. He also had liberal stands on artificial contraception.
  • United Methodist Church leader mocks March for Life, UMC issues response statement

    01/25/2015 3:13:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 53 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jan 25, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    Bill Mefford, Director of Civil and Human Rights at the UMC’s Washington office, used the March for Life last week to mock the event with a sign, and picture he posted on Twitter, saying “I march for sandwiches.” Many are upset a church leader used a solemn event to liken an unborn baby to a sandwich. The next day, UMC Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe General Secretary General Board of Church & Society, issued a statement about Mefford’s “march”: “Affirming human dignity is central to the witness of Jesus Christ. Christians are called to watch over with care the lives of...
  • The ELCA and Abortion

    01/23/2015 10:13:29 AM PST · by rhema · 38 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | 1/21/15 | JoAnna Wahlund
    A while ago, I read a blog post over at First Things that was a blast from my past. The author, a Lutheran pastor, recently left the ELCA to become a member of the newly-formed North American Lutheran Church (NALC). He said, “My real disaffection with the ELCA didn’t start with sex. It began in earnest over the ELCA abortion statement and the subsequent decision by the national council to treat elective abortion for pastors and dependents as a reimbursable medical expense under the church health plan.” It was this exact issue that was my first step on the path...
  • Pope Francis Shocks Liberals on Same-Sex “Marriage”

    01/23/2015 2:45:00 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 23, 2015 | PAUL KENGOR
    In his trip to the Philippines, Pope Francis once again defended marriage, and he again edged closer to a firm, unequivocal papal statement against same-sex “marriage.” As Francis clearly continues to carefully move in that direction, liberals, both secular and non-secular, non-Catholic and Catholic, are going to feel a severe sense of betrayal and grave disappointment, contrary to the most optimistic expectations they’ve eagerly imposed upon their first “gay-marriage” pope.Before considering what Francis said last week, I want to back up and reiterate related points I made in a piece posted here a few weeks ago, which created a...