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  • When liberals try to be clever with graphics it always backfiresÖ

    10/19/2014 2:44:23 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-19-14 | The Looking Spoon
    The original just had the Dem logo and black type...setting aside the blatant hypocrisy this presents from the party that boos God, I thought this got fixed up pretty well.
  • Bishops Reject Shift in Tone for Gay, Divorced Catholics

    10/18/2014 4:51:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | October 18, 2014 | DEBORAH BALL
    Bishops Reject Shift in Tone for Gay, Divorced Catholics Bishops Reject Language Highlighting ĎPrecious Supportí Committed Gay Couples Lend Each Other DEBORAH BALL Oct. 18, 2014 ROMEóCatholic bishops voted Saturday to water down a report earlier this week that advocated a significant shift in the churchís approach to gays and divorced Catholics, reflecting a deep split within the churchís leadership. In a vote Saturday evening, an assembly of nearly 200 bishops, who have been discussing issues concerning the family at a special meeting known as a synod, took their final vote on a working document released Monday. That document, released...
  • Pope Francis the loser as hardline bishops veto gay-friendly statements

    10/18/2014 1:24:34 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 118 replies
    http://www.theguardian.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Lizzies Davis
    Pope Francis appeared to have lost out to powerful conservatives in the Roman Catholic church on Saturday after bishops scrapped language that had been hailed as heralding a historic opening towards gay people. In the final report of an extraordinary synod on the family which has exposed deep divides in church hierarchy, there is no mention Ė as there had been in a draft version Ė of the ďgifts and qualitiesĒ gay people can offer. Nor is there any recognition of the ďprecious supportĒ gay partners can give each other. A paragraph entitled ďpastoral attention to people of homosexual orientationĒ...
  • Arkansas gay rights leader caught on hidden-camera saying Democratic senator who publicly opposes

    10/15/2014 7:28:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 15, 2014 | David Martosko
    A bombshell hidden-camera video released Wednesday airs a claim that Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor has privately told gay rights activists he supports a redefinition of marriage to include gay and lesbians unions. Pryor, who is in a tight reelection battle, has publicly maintained an anti-gay-marriage stance in the red state in order to stay electable. 'I support traditional marriage, and I've been pretty clear on that for a long time,' Sen. Mark Pryor said in a May 31 news broadcast on KHBS-TV40 in the city of Fort Smith. But one of the state's prominent gay rights leaders told an undercover...
  • Abortion Clinic Defends Abortions With ďJesus Never Shamed WomenĒ Sign

    10/14/2014 10:42:28 AM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Shawn Carney
    Men can and do make a difference ó just ask former abortion workers. In particular, theyíve noticed that no-shows and cancellations go way up when a itís a man in a Roman collar whoís joined the vigil. The staff knows right away itís going to be a bad day for business. We are thankful for all the priests and ministers who have helped make more ďbad daysĒ possible! Many members of the clergy have led by example by praying at 40 Days for Life vigil sites these past three weeks. It takes courage Ö so thank them when you see...
  • How Obama Became the Gay-Rights President: The inside story of his political evolution

    10/13/2014 3:14:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The New Republic ^ | October 12, 2014 | Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director for Freedom to Marry
    When President Barack Obama launched his campaign for an open U.S. Senate seat in late 2002, his wife Michelle enlisted the help of a longtime friend, Kevin Thompson. Michelle had gotten to know Thompson back in the early 1990s, when she was still Michelle Robinson and the pair worked in the policy shop of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Over the years, the two had stayed close, working together again at the University of Chicago Hospitals and swapping home improvement ideas over meals. Obama, who was then a state senator, would be facing off in the Democratic primary against businessman Blair...
  • ďMoral MovementĒ prayer vigil embraces Planned Parenthood, leaves out Jesus. Pics and Video

    10/13/2014 7:32:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    Stand True Prayer Without Jesus ^ | Published: August 29, 2014 | Bryan Kemper
    When I arrived at the Ohio State House yesterday afternoon I was already skeptical about a prayer vigil that was being advertised by Planned Parenthood. I did not really expect to hear anything remotely biblical. I walked up to the steps of the State House with my pro-life signs and noticed the sign on the podium immediately. It read, ďMoral MovementĒ. Are you kidding me? How can any movement that includes the nationís largest child-killer call itself moral? Mark Harrington, of Created Equal, and I began to set up the signs we brought to show Planned Parenthood and their supporters...
  • Jim Wallis: White Christians in America Need to Act More Christian Than White

    10/11/2014 5:22:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/11/2014 | Stephanie Samuel
    Sojourners President and Founder Jim Wallis, one of several faith leaders who are heading to Ferguson, Missouri this weekend to march for justice, is challenging Christians to put their faith ahead of their race when it comes to issues concerning racial relations. "If white Christians in America acted more Christian than white when it came to race, black parents would be less fearful for their children," said Wallis. Christians who put faith ahead of race would not be afraid to take on tough racial issues like the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson with their peers and fight...
  • Religious conservatives opposed to Hillary Clinton

    09/28/2014 12:12:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | September 28, 2014 | Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) WASHINGTON (AP) ó Hillary Rodham Clinton is the one figure uniting religious conservatives frustrated by a leaderless Republican Party that's divided over foreign policy, immigration and social issues. The prospect of another Clinton White House stirred anguish at the Values Voter Summit this weekend where hundreds of conservative activists debated the GOP's future and warned that the acknowledged but unannounced 2016 Democratic front-runner would cement what they see as President Barack Obama's attack on religious freedom....
  • Episcopal priest praises new Planned Parenthood clinic as ďsafe place for the .......

    09/25/2014 10:40:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    LIVE ACTION ^ | Susan Michelle
    FULL TITLE: Episcopal priest praises new Planned Parenthood clinic as ďsafe place for the termination of pregnancyĒ Itís certainly no secret that some churches support the choice to abort. While itís counter-intuitive to the Christian faith, which began with Maryís unplanned pregnancy, itís a reality in 2014 that many who identify as Christian also identify as pro-choice. Despite this troubling truth, itís still disconcerting when a minister of the gospel speaks out and makes a statement welcoming a new abortion facility to his region the same way one might welcome a new business offering jobs to a troubled economy. However,...
  • New Bishop of Gloucester [UK] 'Likely to be a Woman'

    09/24/2014 6:35:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/23/14
    The first woman bishop in the Church of England could be in the Gloucester diocese, a senior clergyman has said. The archdeacon of Cheltenham's comments came during an open meeting where some 70 people shared their views on what qualities the new bishop should have. The Venerable Robert Springett said he felt the likelihood was "really pretty high" as the diocese could now pick the best person regardless of gender. The Right Reverend Michael Perham, stepped back as bishop in August. He had been due to retire in November. He was interviewed by the Metropolitan Police investigating two allegations of...
  • Megachurch Will Pay Millions to Leave Presbyterian Denomination After Battle Over Liberal Theology

    09/21/2014 4:17:55 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 80 replies
    Yet another megachurch has announced that it will spend millions to officially separate itself from Presbyterian Church (USA), a denomination that has, in recent years, experienced turmoil over what critics decry as an increasingly liberal theology. Nearly 89 percent of the congregation at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, voted in October 2013 to leave the denomination and to join the more theologically conservative Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians ó a decision that carries with it a hefty price tag. The church will need to pay $7.8 million in order to officially leave Presbyterian Church (USA) and keep its...
  • HuffPo Devotes Religion Page to Global Warming Cult Worship

    09/20/2014 11:20:39 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 20, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Green Jesus. That is the image that now greets visitors to the Huffington Post Religion page at the very top. If you think that the Huffington Post has an agenda it is pushing, you would be correct. A total of seven stories are devoted to the topic of global warming in general and Sunday's "People's Climate March NYC" in particular. The extent that the Huffington Post is inappropriately using religion to push a worldwide political program of big spending programs on a problem that doesn't exist can be seen in the "religion" articles used to hype this agenda. The desperation...
  • Top Obama Bundlers Funded LGBT Attack on San Francisco Archbishop

    09/17/2014 6:58:20 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Sep 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    FULL TITLE - Top Obama Bundlers Funded LGBT Attack on San Francisco Archbishop for Traditional Marriage Stance A leftist group funded by top gay activist bundlers for Obamaís 2012 campaign coordinated both a ďwell planned and financedĒ attack against San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone for his decision to speak during the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. in June, says Catholic San Francisco. Faithful America is an organization that claims to be ďthe largest and fastest growing online community of Christians putting faith into action for social justice.Ē According to Valerie Schmalz writing at Catholic San Francisco, there is...
  • Liberation Theology Triumphant as Work of John Paul II & Benedict XVI is Completely Wiped Out."

    09/10/2014 6:08:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    rorate caeli ^ | 9/07/14 | Antonio Socci
    THE ďDíESCOTO CASEĒ AND THOSE WHO WANT TO WIPE OUT THE WORK DONE BY JOHN PAUL II AND BENEDICT XVI Antonio Socci Libero September 7, 2014 In the era of Bergoglio, the Vatican has practically rehabilitated Liberation Theology, which came into existence in the 1960s and has caused untold disasters, mainly in Latin America, by fostering the Churchís subordination to Marxist thought. Over the past months there have been startling occurrences, such as the ďlandingĒ of Gustavo Gutierrez (ďthe fatherĒ of Liberation Theology) in the Vatican itself. A year ago, ďL'Osservatore RomanoĒ published large extracts from one of his books...
  • More and More US Churches Offer Immigrants Sanctuary

    09/09/2014 8:56:06 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    THE MIAMI HERALD ^ | September 9, 2014 | AP
    <p>TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) ó On her 27th day of living in a tiny room at a Tucson church known for pioneering the popular immigrant sanctuary movement in the 1980s, Rosa Robles Loreto swept a courtyard, prayed with a group of parishioners and greeted her uniformed son fresh off his baseball practice.</p>
  • Rob Bell Joins Oprahís ĎLife You Wantí Tour

    Rob Bell will be out on the road as part of a new speaking tour. But unlike the intimate theater shows he used to host, his new platform will be in arenas around the country. Oprah has announced that Bell will be among the guests on her eight-city ďThe Life You Want WeekendĒ tour, kicking off this fall. In a press release, Oprah said, ďAll of my life I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space. I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling, and summon the courage to...
  • 'God Loves Gays' billboard goes up near Westboro Baptist Church

    09/08/2014 7:36:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 43 replies
    UPI ^ | September 8, 2014 | Gabrielle Levy
    TOPEKA, Kan., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Remember when "God" said he wanted to plaster a pro-tolerance message on a billboard in the back yard of the Westboro Baptist Church? Well, thanks to the donations of more than 3,700 funders, God -- or at least the mysterious person running God's Facebook page -- has raised more than $80,0000 in support of a "God Loves Gays" billboard in Topeka, Kan.
  • Iím a senior GOP spokesman, and Iím gay. Let me get married.

    09/05/2014 6:49:01 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 80 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/5/14 | James Richardson
    The federal governmentís number crunchers believe some 21,318 same-sex couples call Georgia home, according to the U.S. Census Bureauís most recent accounting, and new research forecasts that as many as half would jump the broom within three years if allowed by their government. Iím one-half of one of those aggrieved couples ó denied, for more than five years, the social stability and legal protections of marriage. And, as a former spokesman for the Republican National Committee and adviser to prominent party figures, Iím also a professional political operative whoís helped install in government those who perpetuate marriage bias in America....
  • D.C. Archdiocese Removes Blog Post Calling For End to ďDisgracefulĒ St. Patrickís Day Parades

    09/04/2014 3:01:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 9/4/2014 | Tony Merevick
    A day after the New York City St. Patrickís Day Parade announced a step toward LGBT inclusion, a pastor at the Archdiocese of Washington said that it is time to end such events altogether as they have been ďhijacked.Ē Instead of wearing green and attending St. Patrickís Day celebrations, Monsignor Charles Pope, said Catholics should ďenter their churches and get down on their knees on St. Patrickís Day to pray in reparation for the foolishness, and to pray for this confused world to return to its senses.Ē The statements were published on Popeís designated blog on the Archdiocese of Washingtonís...
  • Gay Groups in St. Patrickís Parade All Right with N.Y. Cardinal Dolan

    09/03/2014 7:19:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 9/3/14 | David Gibson
    NEW YORK (RNS) After years of strong resistance, organizers of New Yorkís St. Patrickís Day parade on Wednesday (Sept. 3) said that gays and lesbians will be allowed to march under their own banner for the first time, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan ó the paradeís grand marshal next March ó has welcomed the move. The decision is another sign of how quickly changing public attitudes toward gay people have pushed changes in state laws, government policies and the practices of private entities. Dolanís positive response may also point to a shifting dynamic within the Catholic Church on gays and lesbians...
  • St. Patrickís Day Parade ending ban on gay groups (NYC)

    09/03/2014 12:03:39 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 41 replies
    NY Post ^ | Sep 3, 2014 | David K. Li
    New Yorkís St. Patrickís Day Parade will finally end its ban on gay groups marching in its annual Irish celebration, organizers said Wednesday. The organizing committee said this move to ďchange of tone and expanded inclusiveness is a gesture of goodwill to the LGBT community in our continuing effort to keep the parade above politics.Ē
  • Va. Dem. asks God to murder everyone in NRA with deadly Ebola virus

    09/01/2014 1:44:39 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    Spokane Conservative Examiner ^ | September 1, 2014 | Joe Newby
    Mike Dickinson, the unhinged Virginia Democrat who once sought the House seat formerly held by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., issued a tweet Sunday asking God to kill everyone in the NRA with the Ebola virus. The tweet was sent after he issued another message saying he would lead a prayer asking God to murder everyone in the NRA during the debut of his alleged radio program. "Dear god (sic)," he began. "Please use Ebola to infect the @NRA and it's various members. For they are A (sic) true virus and true terrorists in America." He followed that up with another...
  • Did the historical Jesus exist? A growing number of scholars donít think so

    08/31/2014 8:18:05 PM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 155 replies
    Jobrny ^ | August 30, 2014 | Valerie Tarico
    Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are ďmythologized history.Ē In other words, they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef gathered a following and his life and teachings provided the seed that grew into Christianity. At the same time, these scholars acknowledge that many Bible stories like the virgin birth, miracles, resurrection, and women at the tomb borrow and rework mythic themes that were common in the Ancient Near East, much the way that screenwriters base new movies on old familiar tropes or plot elements. In this...
  • Libertarians and the Church

    08/30/2014 3:01:15 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 42 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 30 August 2014 | Matthew Olson
    I have argued before that, in their fullest, libertarianism and Catholicism are incompatible -- but to what degree are they so? Leaders of the libertarian movement have certainly said silly, anti-Catholic things. Ludwig von Mises, for example, compared Christ to the Bolshevists and also said, "..[I]t is the resistance which the Church has offered to the spread of liberal ideas which has prepared the soil for the destructive resentment of modern socialist thought" (Socialism, Chapter 29). Translation: opposition to liberalism of one stripe must be blamed for inspiring liberalism of another. Huh? Much of the conflict between libertarians and the...
  • Planned Parenthood Promotes Prayer Event to Pray for More Abortions

    08/27/2014 3:15:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Planned Parenthood abortion business officials in Ohio are looking for volunteers to pray at a pryer event. No, Planned Parenthood is not asking people to pray for an end to abortion in the way pro-life advocates pray at prayer events like 40 Days for Life. Instead the abortion giant is hoping Buckeye State residents will pray for more abortions. plannedparenthood118As this Planned Parenthood announcement indicates, the abortion corporation wants people to join an abortion activist who is calling for prayer in response to the stateís refusal to expand Obamacare, which funds abortion and sends taxapayer dollars to the abortion giant....
  • Abortionist not disturbed by seeing mutilated children ďnot deluded about what this process isĒ

    08/26/2014 6:08:09 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    Live Action News ^ | 8/25/14 | Lauren Enriquez
    A recent story at Esquire chronicled the abortion practice of Willie Parker, an abortionist who commutes from Chicago to Mississippi to commit abortions at the state‚Äôs last abortion mill. Mississippi is devoid of any abortionists of its own who are capable of obtaining hospital admitting privileges, a requirement now mandated by law in several states. Consequently, Parker ‚ÄĒ who boasts an unusually clean record for an abortionist, and was able to obtain privileges nearby ‚ÄĒ travels to the South to fill in.Esquire calls Parker‚Äôs practice a ‚Äúministry,‚ÄĚ playing off of the abortionist‚Äôs professed Christianity. The author chose to conclude the...
  • Fox News star jumps into 'gay' Christianity

    08/24/2014 7:06:43 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 120 replies
    http://mobile.wnd.com ^ | June 4, 2014 | Joe Kovacs
    The Fox News analyst who made headlines last December for saying she personally met Jesus is now entering the battle over homosexual relationships, suggesting U.S. Christians could support the concept. ďCould there be a future where most American Christians support same-sex relationships?Ē asks Kirsten Powers, a former atheist who went public with her conversion to Christianity last year. ďIf so, it will be due to the emergence of conservative Christians who say orthodox believers can support life-long, monogamous gay relationships without undermining their commitment to biblical authority.Ē In her column in USA Today, Powers mentions by name evangelical Matthew Vines,...
  • How To Shrink Your Church In One Easy Step

    08/22/2014 5:17:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 08/22/2014 | By Alexander Griswold
    By now, weíve all heard the refrain that U.S. churches need liberalize their teachings on sexuality and homosexuality or rapidly decline. The logic behind the argument is simple: more and more Americans are embracing homosexuality and same-sex marriage, including growing numbers of religious Millennials. So long as churches remain the face of opposition to gay marriage, those churches will shrink into irrelevancy when gay marriage (inevitably, we are told) becomes a settled political issue. These arguments often see church acceptance of homosexuality as a carrot as well as a stick. It isnít so much that denouncing homosexuality will drive people...
  • Abortionistís Wife on How Itís Okay to Do Abortions: ďRead the Bible and Youíll SeeĒ

    08/19/2014 5:37:48 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 44 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/18/14 | Steven Ertelt
    The Bible condemns abortion with its admonitions against murder and encouragement to choose life and respect the life God created. But the wife of a prominent late-term abortion practitioner thinks the Bible justifies her husband’s profession.After a hearing late last week which saw a local judge issue an order closing down his abortion clinic if it failed to meet state health and safety laws, Martin Haskell and his wife left the courtroom and were greeted by pro-life advocates.Bryan Kemper of Stand True, Paula Westwood of Cincinnati Right to Life, and Mark Harington of Created Equal were present in the courtroom...
  • Christians Who Support Same-Sex Marriage More Likely to Support Other Types of Sexual Immorality

    08/13/2014 8:09:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/13/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    New survey research shows that Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to hold permissive views on other sexual morality issues, such as divorce and pornography, similar to the general population and far different from Christians who support traditional marriage.The "Relationships in America" survey, conducted by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus, interviewed 15,738 Americans between the ages of 18 and 60. From that sample, Regnerus compared the average views on a range of sexual morality issues of churchgoing Christians who oppose same-sex marriage (2,659 in the sample) and churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage (990 in the sample)....
  • The Abortion Ministry of Dr. Willie Parker (puff piece)

    08/05/2014 6:19:20 AM PDT · by Salman · 10 replies
    Esquire ^ | July 30, 2014 | John H. Richardson
    Perfectly bald, with a salt-and-pepper goatee, a small gold hoop gleaming in his left ear, and a warm smile on his dark brown face, Dr. Willie Parker enters the waiting room. Eleven young women and one tired forty-three-year-old mother sit in a circle of chairs, regarding him with somber expressions. Eight are black. Four are white. One has jittery legs that never stop moving. Another has giant false eyelashes in constant motion. The rest are absolutely still, sitting with straight backs, like good students or condemned prisoners. One has her hair in a tight bun, another wears a Nefertiti head...
  • Tucker Carlson: Church's Action in Border Crisis 'Appalling'

    08/01/2014 2:38:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | July 31, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On Thursdayís ďOutnumberedĒ on the Fox News Channel, panelists Tucker Carlson and Kirsten Powers had a heated exchange over the ongoing border crisis and whether or not it was this countryís so-called Christian duty to grant those unaccompanied minors entering the United States asylum. Carlson questioned Powersí suggestion as it being the Christian obligation of the country to accept these minors into the United States. He argued that it wasnít ďChristianĒ to shirk those cost onto the American people through the use of their tax dollars and called out church groups encouraging those fleeing Central American countries to seek government...
  • Why do some Catholics vote Democrat? (Vanity)

    08/01/2014 5:41:40 PM PDT · by Thorliveshere · 100 replies
    Vanity | 08-01-2014 | Me
    I have a co-worker I've known for many years (10), and all this time, from how spoke out against abortion, homosexuality & gay marriage, common sense, drugs, and so many other progressive ideals, that I assumed she was a Republican, until today. We got onto the topic of class warfare and poverty. Well.. I was stunned to find that she supported the Democrats wholly on this, that was the only reason she did, that the fact they supported everything else she stood against, didn't matter. Republicans, Conservatives, and especially the Tea Party were liars and were rich and hated the...
  • Nancy Pelosi: 'We Cannot Have Deportation without Representation'

    07/29/2014 4:16:33 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 97 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Jul 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    During a hearing with House Democrats on Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi argued that the bill proposed by Republicans did not have the adequate resources to help unattended minors crossing the border with the immigration court process. The bill, announced by Republicans on Tuesday, would spend $659 million in new spending in response to the crisis on the border. Citing a friend, Pelosi said that ďwe cannot have deportation without representation,Ē and she praised the groups that were working to help the detained children. The hearing featured unattended minors, now living in the United States, who complained about how...
  • Is God Green? Some Religious Leaders Claim He's Against Burning Coal

    08/01/2014 5:54:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/01/2014 | Ian Tuttle
    When, in 2012, EPA official Al Almendariz likened his enforcement strategy for federal drilling policies to Romans¬í peacekeeping tactics in the Mediterranean ¬ó ¬ďCrucify them,¬Ē he quipped ¬ó he was only exhibiting what many already knew: that the Environmental Protection Agency performs its work with an almost religious zeal. But the agency¬ís latest effort ¬ó a massive clampdown on the nation¬ís coal industry ¬ó is receiving actual religious imprimatur. This week 28 religious leaders, representing not only a number of Christian denominations (Presbyterian, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Quaker, Baptist, and more) but other faiths (Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and BahńĀ ĺńę), testified in...
  • Obama Praises Muslims for Human Rights

    07/29/2014 11:42:38 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 38 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | July 29, 2014 | William Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on President Obamaís remarks last night at the White House honoring Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan: Last night the president said that Eid ďreminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.Ē He would have done us a service had he enumerated them. ďThat is why we stand with people of all faiths,Ē he continued, ďhere at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back 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.
  • "Jesus Was Not a ďBible BelieverĒ let Alone an Evangelical" (F-word warning)

    07/22/2014 2:22:53 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 113 replies
    Frank Schaeffer/Patheos ^ | 7/22/14 | Frank Schaeffer
    Jesus certainly was not a ďBible believer,Ē as we use that term in the post Billy Graham era of American fundamentalist religiosity thatís used as a trade-marked product to sell religion. Jesus didnít take the Jewish scriptures at face value. In fundamentalist terms, Jesus was a rule-breaking relativist who wasnít even ďsaved,Ē according to evangelical standards. Evangelicals insist that you have to believe very specific interpretations of the Bible to be saved. Jesus didnít. He undercut the scriptures. A leper came to Jesus and said, ďLord, if you choose, you can make me clean.Ē If Jesus had been a good...
  • Republican Rep. David Jolly (Fla.) announces support for gay marriage

    07/22/2014 4:45:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/21/14 | Sean Sullivan
    Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) announced his support for gay marriage Monday, saying that he believes it is "fully appropriate" for a state to recognize both same-sex marriages and "traditional" ones, even though he, as a Christian, believes in the the latter. When asked by The Washington Post whether he supports gay marriage, in light of a Florida judge's decision last week to overturn the state's ban, Jolly said that his personal views on marriage are that it should be limited to one man and one woman. But, he added, states should not be defining the "sanctity" of marriage.
  • Pro-Abortion Lena Dunhamís 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 isnít exactly the first person youíd expect to see singing hymns in the pew behind you. Starring in the raunchy HBO show ĎGirlsí and bragging that voting for President Obama during the 2012 election for the ďfirst timeĒ was like losing her virginity are just a couple examples of Dunhamís racy behavior that would make any Christian blush. But, the controversial actress is embarking on a tour for her new book, ďNot That Kind of Girl,Ē coming out in September, that will take place in some churches around the country. On her tour, Dunham will be reading excerpts...
  • Rise of the Christian left: Why the religious rightís moment may be ending (Salon)

    07/21/2014 4:34:55 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | 7/21/14
    Itís hard to tell if the near-constant stream of millennial-centric political think-pieces are perpetuating or reflecting growing curmudgeonly fears about the future of the country. Maybe itís a little of both, and Fox is probably observing within its competency when it pegs more than a handful of us as ďdeluded narcissistsĒ Ė but it appears thereís room for some political optimism among all the moral panic and the reign of the religious right. With millennial religious and political attitudes in flux compared to our predecessors, the upcoming years could be the Christian leftís big moment. Which isnít to say the...
  • Abortionís new underground railroad

    07/20/2014 11:19:45 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    According to the Guttmacher Institute, in 2009 the median cost of a first-trimester abortion was just under $500. Add the bus travel or gas and up to three nights in a hotel, and the cost can jump by several hundred dollars. Thatís the impetus behind Clinic Action Support Network, which was founded last summer in response to the new law, and aims to help Houston-area women clear the growing hurdles to abortion access. But regulations and requirements like those in HB2 are not limited to Texas. Twenty-seven states have passed abortion regulationsÖ. The trend has given rise to networks like...
  • WashPost Columnist: Christians Spew the Most ĎHateful Internet Speechí

    07/19/2014 7:55:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 7/19/2014 | Katie Yoder
    Everyone is exactly who he or she says on the internet Ė at least according to one Washington Post writer. That conclusion is her rationale to say Christians are awful people. Sally Quinn, Washington Post columnist and OnFaith founder, claimed that, ďWhen it Comes to Hateful Internet Speech, Christians Are the Worst.Ē In her July 17 article, Quinn examined a white-supremacist site and comments on her articles to conclude that Christian ďhatersĒ ďneed a place to unleash their dark sides.Ē For her introduction, Quinn pointed at white-supremacist Stormfront to note how the site targeted others: 39 percent Jews, 33 percent...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury Hopes Approval of Female Bishops will not Block Ecumenical Progress

    07/19/2014 10:23:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to the other Christian leaders, saying that he hopes ecumenical progress can continue after the decision of the Church of England ordain women as bishops. Dr. Justin Welby acknowledges that some ďecumenical partners may find this a further difficulty on the journey towards full communion.Ē But he observes that a shared Christian faith provides ďmuch that unites us,Ē and argues that there is ďso much troubling our world today that our common witness to the Gospel is of more importance than ever.Ē In his letter the Anglican primate explains the drive to approve the...
  • Megachurch pastor: Denominations that allow gay Ďmarriageí are ĎSatanís churchí

    07/16/2014 2:00:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 48 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    In the wake of the Presbyterian Church (USA)ís recent decision to celebrate same-sex ďmarriages,Ē celebrity pastor John MacArthur of ďGrace to YouĒ has come out with some strong statements condemning ďfalse churchesĒ that abandon Biblical teachings against homosexual behavior. ďThey have no allegiance to the Bible,Ē MacArthur told The Blaze online news service. ďYou go back to every one of those seminaries Ö for a century [they] have been deniers of biblical authority, they have no relationship to scripture, they are the apostate church, they are Satanís church.Ē While it seems clear MacArthur was implying that self-professed Christians who accept...
  • Religious activists push back against immigration crackdown

    07/15/2014 2:03:17 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | July 14, 2014 | Andy Reid,
    Fender benders and minor traffic stops aren't supposed to send someone to jail. But that's the risk faced by immigrants living in Palm Beach County without U.S. citizenship, local religious activists say. A coalition of nearly 30 religious congregations maintains that too often identification problems and citizenship questions result in the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office taking someone to jail who otherwise just would have faced a ticket or a requirement to appear in court.People Engaged in Active Community Efforts, or PEACE, maintains that jailing immigrants after minor traffic offenses because of citizenship questions is unfair, adds costs for taxpayers...
  • Desmond Tutu: I support assisted dying

    07/13/2014 3:06:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:06AM BST 13 Jul 2014 | Miranda Prynne
    Desmond Tutu has supported calls for a rethink on the Church of Englandís stance on assisted dying claiming life should not be preserved ďat any costĒ. The retired Anglican archbishop said laws to stop people being allowed help to end their lives removed their ďhuman right to dignityĒ. Tutu branded the treatment of Nelson Mandela, who was kept alive through a long and painful illness which saw him wheeled in and out of hospital and forced to take part in PR-driven photo shoots, an ďaffront to Madibaís dignityĒ. He claimed he did not want his own life to be ďprolonged...
  • Conservative Dallas Pastor Stands By His Remarks About Jesus, Border Fence

    07/12/2014 8:42:23 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 18 replies
    CBSDFW.COM ^ | 11 JULY 2014 | CBSDFW.COM
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The leader of one of Dallasí largest congregations is facing some criticism, based on statements he made on a national newscast. After Pastor Robert Jeffress offered an assessment on the border crisis involving unaccompanied minors, some accused him of invoking scripture in an inappropriate manner. Dr. Jeffress told CBS 11ís Steve Pickett while Jesus loved children, he also respected the law. In that context, Jeffress believes a complete act of compassion for these children starts with tightening the border theyíre allowed to cross.
  • FIRST-PERSON: Why sexual deviance is getting worse

    07/12/2014 8:08:31 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 55 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 7-11-14 | Kelly Boggs
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- There are atheists and liberals, some who are both, who believe there is no need for God in order for morality to be maintained in a society. They argue that people can act morally apart from a supreme authority. I agree that people can act morally apart from God's standard. However, the real question is why should they? If there is no supreme authority -- no God -- then why behave morally? If there is no God, there are no objective standards for moral behavior. The logical progression leads to anarchy. Everyone does what is right...