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  • Homofascist Tyranny

    04/11/2014 9:33:26 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 4-9-14 | Michael Voris
    Homofascist Tyranny The tyranny of homofascism must be opposed By Michael Voris The Vortex April 9, 2014 Grab a pen and write the word down as quickly as you can and start using it everywhere – the word is .. homofascists .. as in homofascism. A working definition you ask? How’s this for starters? Homofascism – “a way of organizing a society in which homosexualists impose their agenda with which no one is allowed to disagree or have any appeal to the contrary without being subjected to severe consequences of ridicule, slander, libel, fines, public demonstrations, distortions, denial of free...
  • 18-29 years old? Participate in a religious liberty video!

    04/09/2014 7:31:54 PM PDT · by counterculturedusa · 2 replies
    Counter Cultured ^ | 4/9/2014 | Anna Maria Hoffman
    Are you 18-29 years old? Do you care about the constant attacks on religious liberty in America? Then, participate in our new video project about religious liberty. To receive instructions, you must fill out everything present in the below submission form. Submission forms that contain false and inaccurate information or don't fulfill our requirements will not be considered. To fill out a submission form, please go to this link: http://www.counterculturedusa.com/23/post/2014/04/speak-out-about-religious-liberty-video-project.html This was originally posted on Counter Cultured's "Video Projects" tab.
  • The TOLERANT States Of America

    04/06/2014 3:29:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2014 | Kevin McCullough
    The war that has been brewing between the Sexual Activists of America, and every day people of faith, morals, and conscience has moved into the major campaign of the conflict. This week has been bloody. For the better part of the past two years I have repeatedly stated on my radio show that we have entered a day where the Constitutional guarantee of absolute legal protection for one's freedom of religious faith and expression is running headlong into a culturally driven force that is a non-Constitutional right to sexual freedom. The United States Constitution doesn't address sex, sexuality, sexual...
  • Why are they called 'homofascists'? Here's why...

    04/05/2014 3:25:11 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 30 replies
    Renew America ^ | 4-5-14 | J. Matt Barber
    Many Christians have been warning for years that the radical homosexual activist lobby is made up of Christian-hating fascists who are in rebellion against both God and nature, who are hell-bent on criminalizing Christianity and pushing to the fringes anyone who publicly acknowledges natural human sexuality and the age-old, immutable institution of legitimate marriage as created by God. Sadly, many people, even many Christians, think that I and others are using hyperbole when we refer to this sexual anarchist "LGBT" movement as "homofascist" or the "Gaystapo." I hope you'll think again. It's time to wake up and smell the impending...
  • Why can Mozilla have corporate convictions but not Hobby Lobby?

    04/05/2014 4:49:50 AM PDT · by rhema · 30 replies
    Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission ^ | APR 4, 2014 | PHILLIP BETHANCOURT
    This week a well known company whose products I have used for years made national headlines. Why? They made a controversial decision based on their closely held corporate convictions in response to a national outcry. They were criticized by those on the other side who claimed that their expression of their organizational beliefs would violate the freedom of their employees and cause them harm. No, I am not talking about Hobby Lobby. I am talking about Mozilla. Yesterday, newly appointed Mozilla CEO Brandon Eich resigned amidst an online furor that erupted because he donated $1,000 to support California's Proposition 8...
  • US Air Force Airbrushes Religious Liberty Again

    04/01/2014 3:06:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Fox News reported a few weeks ago about how the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., removed a Bible verse from a cadet's personal whiteboard. I am personally so disappointed that the branch of service that I served in to protect our freedoms is now trying to suppress them. When one walks the dorm halls of the Air Force Academy, one immediately notices the hundreds of whiteboards hanging on students' doors. This past week, Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., cited Air Force officials who explained that cadets "often use these boards to display items, quotes or other things that reflect...
  • Cardinal Burke: Obama’s policies are ‘progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization’

    03/24/2014 9:41:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 20, 2014 | PETER BAKLINSKI
    ROME, March 20, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Obama’s policies “have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization,” said American Cardinal Raymond Burke in an interview published in English exclusively by LifeSiteNews today. Burke did not mince words in responding to a question about the Catholic reaction to President Obama’s attack on religious freedom, especially through policies such as the controversial HHS mandate. “He appears to be a totally secularized man who aggressively promotes anti-life and anti-family policies,” said Burke. “Now he wants to restrict the exercise of the freedom of religion to freedom of worship, that is, he holds that...
  • AIR FORCE: CHRISTIANS' RELIGIOUS SPEECH NOT LEGALLY PROTECTED RIGHT

    03/16/2014 7:01:44 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 64 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | KEN KLUKOWSKI
    Christians in the U.S. military are being told they must forfeit their First Amendment rights. Bible verses are being erased from cadets’ personal dorm-room white boards, and military lawyers claim that legal protections for religion only pertain to matters such as clothing and growing beards but do not extend to any religious expression such as talking about one's faith or posting a Bible verse. Last year Breitbart News broke the story of a campaign by anti-Christian extremists to suppress traditional Christian expression within the U.S. military. There were conflicting stories regarding the possible court martial of service members who share...
  • Air Force Academy removes Bible verse from cadet's whiteboard

    03/11/2014 6:36:15 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 37 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 11, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The Air Force Academy removed a Bible verse posted on a cadet's whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, a spokesman for the academy said. The cadet wrote the passage on the whiteboard posted outside his room. "I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," the verse from Galatians read. Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members contacted his organization to complain about the Christian passage. "Had it been in his room - not a problem," Weinstein...
  • CPAC MAKES NO ROOM FOR PRO-LIFE PANEL

    03/08/2014 4:57:24 AM PST · by rhema · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/5/14 | Austin Ruse
    Pro-life leaders have noticed that not a single panel or specific speaker on life issues has been scheduled for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which is supposed to be the preeminent annual gathering of conservatives in America. Pro-lifers note there are important panels on the IRS scandal, immigration, Common Core, privacy, gun control, and criminal justice reform--issues in which pro-lifers would be keenly interested. Pro-lifers generally pride themselves on being “full spectrum conservatives”; that is, supporters of the three-legged stool: economics, national security, and moral issues. So they would not complain about panels covering these issues. But they note...
  • Big Brother vs. Little Sisters

    02/28/2014 5:57:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Why aren't more people outraged over the Obama administration's war on religious liberty? The administration insists on coercing full compliance with the Obamacare mandates, even when 99.9 percent compliance would fully serve its purposes, and chooses to impose its iron will even against American citizens' God-given and constitutionally and statutorily protected religious freedoms. Despite straight-facedly promising that he would protect the religious liberties of people and groups and would not violate their conscience rights by forcing them to provide or support contraceptive or abortion services, President Obama has vigorously engaged in a scorched-earth campaign to do just the opposite. It's...
  • Christian Leaders to Obama: Thanks for Standing Up for Religious Freedom Abroad; Please Protect

    02/27/2014 6:09:02 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 2-27-14 | Napp Nazworth
    "Christian Leaders to Obama: Thanks for Standing Up for Religious Freedom Abroad; Please Protect Religious Freedom in US Too" Ten Christian leaders sent a Wednesday letter to President Barack Obama, thanking him for his National Prayer Breakfast speech in which he called for expanding religious freedom abroad. They also urged him to pay greater attention to his own policies that are infringing upon the religious freedom of his own citizens. "As religious leaders we write to express our appreciation to you for lifting up the issue of international religious liberty in your recent address at the National Prayer Breakfast," they...
  • Court Rules Public University May Discipline Professor for Religious Speech

    02/26/2014 10:42:52 AM PST · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    A federal district court has ruled that public universities may discipline professors for religious speech. In 2009, a graduate student at the University of Southern Mississippi, referring to a law professor, complained that “sometimes during conversations with Dr. [Thomas] Payne, religion or Bible verses are usually brought up by him in some way. This makes me and others very uncomfortable … Dr. Payne made the statement that anyone who is not a Christian is going to hell.” Subsequently, Payne alleged that the university “subjected him to various adverse employment actions … including, but not limited to, the denial of promotion,...
  • Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer expected to veto 'religious freedom' bill

    02/26/2014 6:25:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 129 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/26/2014 | By Dana Bash
    All signs indicate Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will likely veto politically-charged legislation that supporters say promotes religious freedom and opponents contend discriminates against gays and lesbians. Brewer did not signal her intention either way in an exclusive interview with CNN on Monday at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington. "I can assure you, as always, I will do the right thing for the state of Arizona," she said. But some Arizona Republicans who know her well say they are confident those comments mean Brewer will almost surely reject the bill that is generating nationwide controversy. The Republican-led measure would...
  • When ‘leave us alone’ became ‘bake us a cake!’

    02/25/2014 12:17:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 25, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    Would Jesus bake a cake for a gay wedding? It’s a weird question, but we do live in interesting times. And believe it or not, this has become one of the most heated debates of the week. That’s because, this week, liberal Christians pushed the argument that legislation allowing Christian florists and bakers to decline to work for same-sex weddings is tantamount to Jim Crow laws. The analogy is a stretch. Sexual orientation is not race — and permitting what would most definitely be a very small number of observant Christians to exercise their right of conscience is vastly different...
  • No, Arizona Bill Protecting Religious Freedom is Not “Jim Crow”

    02/23/2014 11:56:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/22/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Back when gay rights advocates were first pushing for gay marriage, they claimed that they only wanted equality and that no one would be compelled to participate in gay marriage events.They lied.As soon as gay marriage went on the books, and in some states where it wasn’t even on the books, religious bakeries and photographers were assaulted with demands that they participate in gay ceremonies, sued if they didn’t and ordered to take part in gay ceremonies or face fines… and even jail time.States have responded by trying to pass measures that will protect religious freedom and freedom of...
  • Archbishop: 'The More That Gov't Mandates Evil Actions, The More Likely Civil Disobedience Becomes'

    02/16/2014 4:29:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 2/14/14 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    CNSNews.com) – Calling the Obama administration “the most tone deaf to religious liberty issues in recent memory,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput warned that religious freedom in the U.S. is “at risk,” and that “the more government mandates evil action, the more likely civil disobedience becomes.” Last February, Chaput urged his fellow prelates to take the “right action…whatever the cost” regarding the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate, which requires nearly all insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act to pay for sterilization, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs. Due to “an unfriendly political class” and believers’ own apathy, Chaput told CNSNews.com, “government...
  • Cruz (Lee) bill stops Obama from 'forcing' gay marriage onto states

    02/13/2014 1:01:53 PM PST · by xzins · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 13, 2014 | Ramsey Cox
    Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced a bill Thursday to ensure states don’t have to adhere to the federal definition of “marriage” and “spouse.” S. 2024, the State Marriage Defense Act, would require that the federal government give the same deference to the 33 states that define marriage as the union between one man and one woman as it does to the 17 states that recognize same-sex unions. “Under President Obama, the federal government has tried to re-define marriage, and to undermine the constitutional authority of each state to define marriage consistent with the values of its...
  • Archbishop: ‘The More That Gov’t Mandates Evil Actions, The More Likely Civil Disobedience Becomes’

    02/14/2014 5:52:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 14, 2014 - 1:59 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Calling the Obama administration “the most tone deaf to religious liberty issues in recent memory,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput warned that religious freedom in the U.S. is “at risk,” and that “the more government mandates evil action, the more likely civil disobedience becomes.” Last February, Chaput urged his fellow prelates to take the “right action…whatever the cost” regarding the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate, which requires nearly all insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act to pay for sterilization, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs. …
  • United Nations Scolds Catholic Church On Human Rights

    02/11/2014 11:31:20 AM PST · by raptor22 · 37 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 10, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Anti-Religion: Ignoring abhorrences such as China's one-child policy and atrocities condoned by Shariah law, a U.N. committee tells the Vatican to deal with abusive priests and change its teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality. That the report issued by the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child would mention the instances of abuse of children by priests in the United States is not surprising. What is surprising and unfortunate is that the U.N. would act as if the Catholic Church had done nothing about it and use the report as a springboard to attack the core doctrines of a...
  • Reagan on Religious Tolerance

    02/10/2014 7:48:08 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2-10-14 | Paul Kengor
    Every conservative by now should have noticed that February has become Ronald Reagan Month for Republicans. The man’s birthday was last week, February 6, the forerunner to Lincoln’s birthday (February 12), Washington’s birthday (February 22), and President’s Day (February 17). Throughout the nation, county and statewide Republican groups have been changing their longtime annual Lincoln Day dinners into Reagan Day dinners. I’m speaking on Reagan multiple times this month, including at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, where we’re releasing (pardon the plug) my new book that endeavors to answer the question “What is a Reagan conservative?” Thus, this...
  • POV: Why Catholic Schools Have the Right to Fire Married Gay Staff

    02/05/2014 1:37:05 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 32 replies
    BU Today (Boston University) ^ | 2-05-2014 | Charles Glenn
    Courts, and integrity, say schools entitled to enforce beliefsThe New York Times recently ran a front-page story about a Catholic school outside Seattle that fired an administrator who married another man. Just a week later, the front page of the Boston Globe featured a story about a Massachusetts Catholic school that canceled its job offer to a prospective food services director when it learned that he was in a same-sex marriage. Predictably, the tone of both accounts, and the great majority of those quoted, were sympathetic toward the victims of these decisions. While I understand this instinctive reaction, I’d like...
  • Syrian Christian Leaders Call On U.S. To End Support For Anti-Assad Rebels

    02/03/2014 8:29:55 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 27 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | Jan. 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Dias
    The stories told by five top Syrian Christian leaders about the horrors their churches are experiencing at the hands of Islamist extremists are biblical in their brutality. But they are emerging as part of a concerted push by Syrian Christians to get the U.S. to stop its support for rebel groups fighting Syrian president Bashar al Assad. “The US must change its politics and must choose the way of diplomacy and dialogue, not supporting rebels and calling them freedom fighters,” says Nalbandian. Given the United States’ increased support for non-terrorist rebel groups in the wake of the Assad regime’s use...
  • Putin Preaches Godliness to America

    02/01/2014 2:18:12 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 76 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 1,2014 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    That's why it's pretty chilling to hear Vladimir Putin hurling accusations at the West and pointing out that what's going on is identical to what went on when communism was established and religion was completely expunged from the Soviet Union. Between 1917 and 1937, almost a quarter of a million Christians were executed, and churches that survived destruction were converted into things like museums of atheism. Russian President Putin, who hasn't been shy about expressing his disapproval of homosexuality and has banned what he defined as "homosexual propaganda," had this to say: Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their...
  • Andrew Cuomo and the Sins of the Fathers (the silence of the bishops)

    01/20/2014 7:56:27 PM PST · by NYer · 39 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | January 20, 2014 | Robert Royal
    A Latvian woman was at my home this weekend and teared up when she learned of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Friday outburst that there’s “no place” in his state for pro-lifers and supporters of traditional marriage: “It reminds me of what I experienced under Communism back home, when we weren’t allowed to talk about religion in public. I came here and was so happy to be in a country where we could speak and act freely. But that’s changed now.”Indeed, it has.We’re still far from the old Warsaw Pact repression, but there’s something in her reaction worth pondering. We simply...
  • USA Today to Obama admin: leave Little Sisters alone

    01/18/2014 2:58:58 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    cna ^ | January 14, 2014
    <p>Little Sisters of the Poor. Courtesy of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.</p> <p>Washington D.C., Jan 14, 2014 / 04:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The editors of USA Today have urged the Obama administration to stop trying to require the Little Sisters of the Poor to abide by the federal contraception mandate in violation of their religious beliefs.</p>
  • Obama Admin Tells Supreme Court: Force Hobby Lobby to Obey HHS Mandate

    01/14/2014 9:37:14 PM PST · by Morgana · 37 replies
    Life News ^ | Matthew Clark
    If we wanted your religious beliefs on abortion-pill coverage, we’d give them to you appears to be the latest in an untenable string of arguments from the Obama DOJ over the HHS Mandate. On Friday, the DOJ filed its response to the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case. Politico has the latest on the DOJ’s arguments: In arguments filed late Friday, Justice Department lawyers told the court that an employer’s religious beliefs aren’t a legitimate reason to deny something as important as preventive care to an employee who is entitled to it under the health law. “The connection is...
  • Who should we blame for gay ‘marriage’? It’s not who you think

    01/14/2014 9:30:26 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 31 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1-14-14 | Carissa Mulder
    Last November marked the twentieth anniversary of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. At an event hosted by the Newseum and the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, RFRA’s champions shared stories of how the statute came into being and the long odds it had to overcome. Though no one was resting on his or her laurels, there was a general sense of a job well-done. And then Douglas Laycock, one of the primary architects of RFRA, began to speak. He warned that millions of Americans view religious liberty as their enemy because they resent religion’s interference in their sex lives....
  • Scotland Weighs Forcing Catholic Schools to Teach Same-Sex Marriage, Contraception

    01/14/2014 7:56:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 1/14/14 | Matthew Archbold
    Government ministers of Scotland are demanding that Catholic schools must be forced to teach students about same-sex marriage and about sex clinics which provide contraception, according to The Scottish Express. A government spokesperson reportedly said, “Denominational schools, like any other local authority schools, are subject to inspection by Education Scotland on the quality of their learning and teaching.” Michael McGrath, director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES), was quoted as saying, “The SCES has encouraged the Scottish Government to move beyond the grudging tolerance which this draft and the original guidance showed towards the right of Catholic schools to...
  • Losing Privileges

    01/14/2014 7:47:13 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 29 replies
    R.C. Sproul Jr. ^ | 1-14-14 | R.C. Sproul Jr.
    Is this a Christian country? There are likely as many ways to answer the question as there are stripes on our flag. Yes, the country was populated at its beginning with Christians looking for a place to worship freely. But that was before we became a country. Yes, many of our founding fathers were sincere professing Christians. But many of them were not. Yes, we are Christian in the same sense as all of Europe is Christian — it is the faith tradition of the majority in our country. But no, we have rejected the faith of our fathers. Yes,...
  • Call Now to Thwart Attack on Faith-Based Homeschooling (in VA)

    01/14/2014 8:13:57 AM PST · by MiddleEarth · 35 replies
    E-mail from HSLDA ^ | 1/13/2014 | Scott Woodruff
    For nearly 40 years, faith-based families have been able to homeschool under Virginia’s religious exemption statute with the quiet peace and security of knowing that their right to teach their children that God is the beginning of wisdom in every subject was unquestioned. Last week, however, Delegate Thomas Rust (R-Fairfax, 86th District) filed a legislative measure (HJ 92) that throws your rights into question and confusion by urging the Virginia General Assembly to ask the Department of Education to “study” the religious exemption statute. Asking to conduct a study is a back-door way of saying that something should be questioned....
  • California Mosque with Collapsing Ceilings, Raw Sewage, Claims Freedom of Religion

    01/12/2014 7:10:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 01/12/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    I don’t really understand how living in an Islamic center that has collapsing ceilings and raw sewage is a part of the Islamic religion. Even the most far out Hadiths and Fatwas (and there are some really far out ones) don’t cover this.But political correctness usually trumps the law when it comes to mosques. Masjid Noor has “serious structural integrity problems and potentially dangerous conditions” that were revealed during a late-December inspection by fire officials, said city prosecutor Trisha Aljoe.“Floors and ceilings are collapsing in there, and extensive work is being done that needs a structural engineer.”Aljoe added that raw...
  • Top U.S. Bishop to All Bishops: ‘We Did Not Ask for This Fight, But We Will Not Run From It’

    03/04/2012 12:44:57 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 4, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Pope Benedict XVI makes Archbishop Timothy Dolan a cardinal of the Catholic Church on Feb. 18, 2012 at Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) (CNSNews.com) - Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, sent a letter on Friday to all the Catholic bishops of the United States reasserting the conviction of the Catholic Church that it will not yield to the Obama administration’s command—issued in the form of a Health and Human Services regulation implementing the president’s health-care plan--that Catholics and Catholic institutions must violate the teachings...
  • Evangelicals & Catholics Together: In Defense of Religious Freedom (vs. Islam, Secularism)

    02/17/2012 12:49:27 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 27 replies
    First Things ^ | March 2012 | Evangelicals and Catholics Together
    Eighteen years ago, this fellowship of Evangelical and Catholic pastors, theologians, and educators was formed to deepen the dialogue among our communities on issues of common concern, to explore theological common ground, and to offer in public life a common witness born of Christian faith. Since our founding in 1994, we have addressed, together, such important public policy questions as the defense of life, even as we have proposed to our communities patterns of theological understanding on such long-disputed questions as the gift of salvation, the authority of Scripture, and the call to holiness in the communion of saints. We...
  • Religious Liberty Homily

    02/27/2012 8:08:12 AM PST · by mkmensinger · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2-5-12 | Youtube
    Religious liberty homily
  • New Rule Excludes Religious Workers from Benefits Offered to Others. (Federal Hostile Secularism)

    02/17/2012 2:24:16 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 16, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    As the recent battle for a proper understanding of religious liberty shows, our culture and many of our government leaders and organizations are becoming increasingly secularized and hostile to religion and religious practice.Yet another example of this is a recent rule change in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). According to this program, a person who has been engaged in Public Service employment for ten years, can have the remainder of their Student Loan form the government forgiven, presuming they have faithfully been paying it up till then.However, a recent rule change now excludes those who are involved in any...
  • Who is a Threat to Whom? More Attacks to Religious Freedom and the Real Purpose of the 1st Amdnt

    12/01/2011 3:36:47 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 1, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A couple of items have appeared in the news which, when juxtaposed, go a long way to show just who the real threat is in the Church/State debate of recent decades. I’d like to excerpt these stories and make some comments. But first, we do well to recall the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.The part...
  • Sen. Mike Lee: Churches Should Not Be Forced to Perform Gay Marriage

    12/28/2013 10:48:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/28/2013 | Audrey Hudson
    Sen. Mike Lee says a bill he introduced would prevent the Internal Revenue Service from denying tax-exempt status to any person or group that refuses to perform gay marriages. "What we're talking about here is the freedom of religious belief, the freedom of a church, for example, to adhere to its own religious doctrine so that it cannot be discriminated against by the government," the Utah Republican said in an interview with Newsmax. Lee said the federal government's failure to protect religious liberty — citing Obamacare mandates for contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs — was a key motivation for him to...
  • Why there will be war

    12/27/2013 7:54:53 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 48 replies
    Renew America ^ | 12-27-13 | Sylvia Thompson
    As the Left foams at the mouth over Phil Robertson, the Christian man who described Almighty God's take on homosexuality and other gross sins, their fear is becoming more and more apparent. They seem gradually to be realizing that they are a pernicious minority that only thrives because they are bolstered by Obama's morally corrupt federal government; intellectually lightweight media, devoid of principles; and interestingly, a general decency of American people influenced by the nation's Judeo-Christian roots. The masses, however, are becoming increasingly fed up with the Left's imposition of a twisted worldview that does not comport with anything resembling...
  • Effectively confronting the speech and religion Nazis

    12/27/2013 7:15:40 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    renewamerica.us ^ | 12-27-13 | Chris Adamo
    Real America is understandably abuzz over the Phil Robertson Controversy. Robertson, the patriarch of the Arts and Entertainment Network series "Duck Dynasty," has been accused of every possible crime against humanity ever since word of his interview with GQ magazine, containing his blunt assessment of homosexuality as sin, became known to the public. According to the homosexual advocacy, along with their parakeets among the media elite, Robertson was expressing "hate and intolerance" (their standard characterization of any disagreement with their lifestyle choices). Furthermore, in a clear expression of their real regard for "tolerance," they insist that he and his kind...
  • Phil Robertson has the right to his religion without condemnation

    12/25/2013 12:17:15 AM PST · by NetAddicted · 46 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 12/24/2013 | Mary Mitchell
    I haven’t seen “Duck Dynasty.” But I’m fascinated by the controversy involving one member of the cast who has conservative politicians and the show’s fans in an uproar. Last week, A&E announced it was suspending Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the reality-TV family, because he made disparaging remarks about gays in an interview with GQ Magazine. I won’t repeat Robertson’s remarks because they are offensive. But Robertson pointed to biblical teachings to explain why he believes homosexuality is a sin. He also said he had not personally seen any black people being mistreated in his neck of the woods during...
  • Duck Dynasty’s Patriarch: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

    12/21/2013 3:51:57 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 21, 2013 | Bill Maguire
    Why Pope Francis and the Catholic Church has more in common with Phil Robertson than with Robertson’s elitist critics. Two weeks ago, on the Second Sunday of Advent, John the Baptist was identified in the Gospel reading as, “the voice of one crying in the wilderness” (Mt 3:3). This week we heard another voice “crying in the wilderness”—except this time his name is Phil Robertson, and the wilderness he’s crying from is the backwoods of West Monroe, Louisiana. How can we account, though, for the vitriol leveled against Robertson by our cultural elites, the mainstream media and LGBT interest groups?...
  • Catholic Groups Win First Amendment Victory Over ObamaCare

    12/19/2013 5:56:48 AM PST · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 19, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Health Reform: In yet another legal blow to the president's signature law, a federal judge rules that its contraceptive mandate does not trump Catholic groups' right to exercise their religious liberty and conscience. Religious liberty advocates and First Amendment defenders are cheering the stunning decision by U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan in New York that promises to speed up the unraveling of ObamaCare. Cogan not only found that the Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation that requires health insurance to include contraceptive coverage was constitutionally questionable, he actually forbade HHS from enforcing it. As the New York Post details, in...
  • Duck Dynasty and the GQ Interview of Phil Robertson: Rejecting Political Correctness

    12/19/2013 5:46:18 AM PST · by tcg · 58 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/19/13 | Keith A Fournier
    Duck Dynasty is one of our favorite television programs. Obviously, we are not alone. Duck Dynasty has been a ratings success for the A&E television network. It averages 14 million viewers an episode. The question the main stream media should really be asking is - why? Maybe, just maybe, if they paid attention, they might learn something about this wonderful Nation and the longing in the human hearts of real, regular folks. Perhaps if political observers paid attention, they might actually recognize a growing resistance movement... I am tired of the agendas of the Cultural Revolution winding their way into...
  • Gay teacher fired from Catholic school for trying to wed partner

    12/08/2013 12:49:32 PM PST · by Innovative · 46 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Dec 8, 2013 | Joel Landau
    An openly gay teacher at a Pennsylvania Catholic school was fired after applying for a same-sex marriage license. Griffin, an alumnus of the Catholic school, told Philadelphia TV station NBC10 that the school knew he was gay and his partner had attended many school functions. He said he was blindsided by his firing. The school's headmaster, Fr. James McCloskey, told the station that Griffin violated his contract and the school's policy by obtaining the license. McCloskey did not return a request for comment from the Daily News. But he did tell the station, "Although, the school welcomes teachers from other...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Becket"(1964)

    12/08/2013 12:41:29 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1964 | Peter Glenville
  • Scotus Deciding If ObamaCare Trumps Religious Liberty

    11/27/2013 4:06:39 PM PST · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 27, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Rights: The Supreme Court will hear a challenge by a Christian-owned store chain against the HHS birth-control mandate that requires businesses to provide contraception coverage, a violation of religious conscience. Some 16 months after the Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare as a constitutional form of taxation, some 40 for-profit companies are about to find out its constitutionality on another front — whether they must cover some or all forms of birth control if doing so would violate their religious beliefs. The nation's highest court has agreed to hear the federal government's appeal of a June decision by the U.S. 10th Circuit...
  • CNN Blames Christians for Obamacare Problems

    11/19/2013 2:36:45 PM PST · by Carbonsteel · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/08/2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    CNN has blamed Christians for the problem of Americans without health insurance, calling it "The Obamacare 'scandal' you haven't heard about." In an article on CNN.com's Belief Blog, CNN writer John Blake says that, while famous pastors "preach in states where crosses and church steeples dot the skyline," they do nothing about "the poor who can’t get the health insurance they would receive if they lived elsewhere."
  • Cardinal Dolan urges bishops to make religious freedom a priority

    11/11/2013 2:37:19 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    cns ^ | November 11, 2013 | Dennis Sadowski
    New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, addresses the annual fall meeting of the bishops Nov. 11 in Baltimore. (CNS/Nancy Phelan Wiechec) By Dennis SadowskiCatholic News Service BALTIMORE (CNS) -- New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan called upon his brother bishops to champion the cause of people around the world being persecuted because of their faith even as the bishops continue to prevent what he described as infringements upon religious practice in the United States. In his final address as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at the opening of...
  • A New Conservative Strategy for the Culture Wars

    11/09/2013 10:30:13 AM PST · by Drew McKissick · 11 replies
    DrewMcKissick.com ^ | 11/9/13 | Drew McKissick
    There’s an old saying that you can’t control what other people do or don’t do, but only what you do. It’s true in politics as with most other things in life. For decades conservatives have lost ground in the fight over religious liberty, primarily via our nation’s courts. But you can’t blame liberals for fighting in venues that play to their strengths (liberal judges), and avoids their weaknesses (public opinion). How conservatives “feel” about it however won’t change anything. Only raw political power does that. For opinion to become political power it must be focused and organized, and currently for...