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  • The D.C. Women's March - The Dominance of the Godless American Woman

    Today there are absolutely no shortages of godless women in our post Judeo/Christian American culture as we have seen with the Washington D.C."women's" march. These women occupy all of society’s genres from politics to Hollywood, from the music industry to the fashion world, from the faculty lounge to the masses. They are very out spoken and preach a subtle - yet tyrannical - delusion of liberation and freedom by the application and adherence of lawlessness, immorality, tolerance and political correctness; none of which can bring TRUE fulfillment but only tyranny (Rom. 1:18-32, Gal. 6:7-8). Since the sixties, the women of...
  • Church/State Objections To Public School Group Singing During Mass in Italy

    01/18/2017 3:59:19 PM PST · by SonofCuchulainn · 14 replies
    New Boston Post ^ | Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | Matt McDonald
    A public high school chorus in Massachusetts wanting to sing during an Easter Sunday Mass at a basilica while on a school trip to Europe isn't going to get to do it because of church/state objections. Story is attached.
  • Where Have All the Christmas Decorations Gone? A Meditation on Joyless Secularism

    12/20/2016 8:05:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2016 | Dennis Prager
    Where I live (near Los Angeles) you can drive for blocks without seeing a single home with Christmas lights, let alone a manger scene or some other religious decoration. And you can drive miles and see fewer than a dozen. I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, in an area where most residents were either Italian or Jewish. So many homes had Christmas decorations that you could almost be sure that if the home wasn't decorated, a Jewish family lived in it. And while I was -- and remain -- a committed Jew, I loved -- and still love --...
  • War on Christmas: Atheists Threaten to Sue Ohio Town for Nativity Scene

    12/19/2016 5:13:01 AM PST · by detective · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Dec 2016 | Ken Klukowski
    Militant atheists at the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) are threatening to sue St. Bernard, Ohio, over the city’s Nativity scene — a Christmas display depicting the scene of Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem in the Holy Land. If FFRF follows through and files in federal court, that case could result in a historic restoration of religious liberty nationwide. St. Bernard is a suburb of Cincinnati. For many years, the city has displayed a crèche — i.e., a Nativity scene — during the Christmas season. It is accompanied by non-biblical seasonal holiday displays as well, making this outdoor crèche similar to the...
  • In Secular France, Catholic Conservatism Makes A Comeback

    12/08/2016 10:07:07 PM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | James McAuley
    In Secular France, Catholic Conservatism Makes A Comeback By James McAuley December 8. CHARTRES, France — For many French voters, François Fillon is more than a leading contender for president in next year’s elections: He is viewed as a crusader in the throes of a holy war. When Fillon handily won both rounds of France’s conservative primaries last month, he campaigned mostly on a genteel conservatism of economic restructuring and strengthened national security. But in a country that firmly defines itself as “secular” in its constitution, Fillon’s unexpected victory represented an astonishing prospect: the political reawakening of Catholic France after...
  • Democrat Congressman Tim Ryan: Democrats are ‘not even a national party at this point’

    11/22/2016 9:20:04 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/22/16 | Robert Laurie
    Party of secularism, socialism, and globalism For the last 8 years, Democrats have taken great satisfaction in referring to the GOP as a “small, regional, party.” Despite big mid-term wins, Dems believed they’d crushed their opponents once and for all. Obama was popular, people were just going to love ObamaCare, and the country was moving left on social issues. Then Donald Trump happened. Now, Democrats have a historically low number of office holders. As Ohio Representative Tim Ryan says in the clip below, Dems are “at the smallest number of Democratic members of our caucus since 1929,” and currently boast...
  • This Is How Steve Bannon Sees The Entire World

    11/16/2016 3:39:47 AM PST · by CapitalistCrusader · 23 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 11/15/2013 | J. Lester Feder
    The soon-to-be White House chief strategist laid out a global vision in a rare 2014 talk, one where he said racism in the far right gets “washed out” and called Vladimir Putin a kleptocrat. BuzzFeed News publishes the complete transcript for the first time.
  • WE'VE LOST THE GLUE THAT BINDS US

    10/18/2016 7:52:58 AM PDT · by shortstop · 32 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 10/18/16 | Bob Lonsberry
    The challenge of racial division in America today is not just that there are forces pushing us apart, but that we've lost the things that held us together. Relations between black people and white people are probably at their worst in anyone's lifetime, with most of those divisions exacerbated dramatically in the last handful of years. The reasons for that have more to do with the manipulation of racial animosity than the reality of the racial situation. Politicians and activists, each standing to benefit by pitting people against one another, have whipped up an internal and seemingly unresolvable conflict between...
  • Turkish President Erdogan declares coup attempt over; 754 people arrested

    07/15/2016 9:43:18 PM PDT · by Innovative · 130 replies
    CNN ^ | June 15, 2016 | Steve Almasy, CNN
    As dawn broke in Istanbul on Saturday, Turkey's largest city, it was still unclear whether an attempt by the military to wrest control from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been successful. A defiant Erdogan addressed crowds in the city, telling them that the coup had been quashed. "The government is in control," he told supporters.
  • Secularism as Religious Indoctrination

    07/14/2016 3:40:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 14, 2016 | KENNETH CROWTHER
    Australia has a program in its schools that, at first glance, you’d have to be crazy to be against. It’s called Safe Schools, and it is an anti-bullying campaign.Well, at least that’s how it has been promoted.In reality, Safe Schools has become a pro-LGBTQI indoctrination system designed by one academic Marxist with hopes of replacing the Australian flag with a red one, and another who has, in academic theory, supported pedophilia. The program consists of: allowing students to wear whatever uniforms that they want; encouraging schools to allow bathroom use by any gender; promoting homosexual and transgender role-play in...
  • The Law Is Dying because Morality Is Dying

    07/10/2016 1:56:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 10, 2016 | Trevor Thomas
    Tuesday, after FBI director James Comey spent about 15 minutes laying out the legal case against Hillary Clinton and then spent about three minutes declaring that he was going to ignore the evidence and recommend no legal action against Mrs. Clinton, TheBlaze's Matt Walsh declared that "The law is Dead." Walsh wrote: July 5, 2016. 11:15 a.m. One day after America's 240th birthday. When historians conduct their autopsy on Lady Justice, that will be the time of death. That is the precise moment when Justice drew her last labored breath, cursed our ridiculous country and our hopelessly corrupt government, and...
  • The American Reprobate Mind

    04/30/2016 11:48:27 AM PDT · by kindred · 7 replies
    http://www.theignorantfishermen.com ^ | April 30, 2016 | DJP I.F
    The secular reprobate mind is filled with violence, moral relativism and lawlessness designs and its actions have ravished this nation since the 60's beyond all recognition of what the founding fathers envisioned. Let us first look at the barbaric act of abortion. Since 1973 there has been 55 million abortions of our American children. May I say that NO gun has ever achieved that statistic not even all the combined arsenal of WW2! The abortion agenda of the Left is the holy grail of their godless ideology. The abortion ideology is a narcissistic ideology, which at its core is rooted...
  • Ideas that are killing humanity - and the case for life

    03/23/2016 8:39:29 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 3/23/16 | Richard Weikart
    Zoos with humans on display; an academic who wishes publicly that 90 percent of humans would perish from ebola; suicide tourists; “after-birth abortions” – what is the world coming to? In a new book, The Death of Humanity: And the Case for Life, history professor Richard Weikart examines the intellectual currents that produce these shocking phenomena and defends the sanctity of human life. Here, Professor Weikart answers some questions from MercatorNet. ‘The Death of Humanity’ is a sombre title. Are things really that bad? What do you mean by it?My title refers to the way that many intellectuals and scholars...
  • When School “Tolerance” Stifles the Christian Conscience

    03/22/2016 1:59:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 22, 2016 | KRISSIE ALLEN
    People often speak of places of sanctuary, where they feel most free and where they can “breathe.” One such place for me—a former high school teacher—is within the walls of a school. There is something invigorating and God-inspired in having people of different ages, backgrounds, and experiences exercise their minds around common subjects and principles, learn the facets of the world, and seek answers about their place in it. Whether in the context of a public or private educational institution, this wide-open breath of a school community has always provided me a true sense of freedom.Presently, however, the air...
  • (SOURCE: NATURALNEWS.COM 2015) FEMINIST CELEB: We need ‘Euthanasia Vans’ to drive around and get rid

    FEMINIST CELEB: We need ‘Euthanasia Vans’ to drive around and get rid of all the old people Katie Hopkins suggests that we create “euthanasia vans” that drives door-to-door and kills off the elderly. “We just have far too many old people,” the feminist says. “It’s ridiculous to be living in a country where we can put dogs to sleep but not people.” According to Hopkins, this can be carried out stylistically, you know, with a flair. “Euthanasia vans — just like ice-cream vans — that would come to your home,” Hopkins says “It would all be perfectly charming. They might...
  • Atheist lawmaker's prayer sets off Arizona House dispute

    03/03/2016 5:43:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 3, 2016 5:58 PM EST | Bob Christie
    An atheist member of the Arizona House denied the chance to deliver the chamber's opening prayer by majority Republican leaders last month got the opportunity Thursday, only to see leaders rule his prayer didn't pass muster and call up a Christian pastor. The opening prayer by Democrat Juan Mendez included a call to work to help the state and its residents flourish and to "honor the Constitution and the secular equality it brings." But he didn't pray to any deity, which infuriated some Republicans who are Christians. Mendez said before the session that he had been invited to deliver the...
  • Death of the Hospice Chaplain Profession?

    02/25/2016 2:12:09 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Offbeat Comnpassion ^ | February 24, 2016 | Karen Bookman Kaplan
    Off the record, a colleague of mine with decades of hospice experience predicted to me that the government would eventually get rid of the requirement that hospices hire chaplains. This particularly caught me off guard because I had just procured such a position with Center for Hope Hospice in Elizabeth, NJ. He elaborated that "the government wants to save money. They say America is becoming more secularized anyway, and so chaplains aren't needed all that much." Not that my shiny new job offer was about to vanish and "go gentle into that good night," but I was nettled by the...
  • Orthodox Judaism Opposes Human Rights

    02/15/2016 4:39:58 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 32 replies
    Weltanschaaung Kampf ^ | 2/12/'16 | Yehoishophot Oliver
    The words that we use matter. When we speak using terms from Torah, our intention is clear. We believe that Torah is the source of our moral values. But once we start using English terms and ideas, we enter a dangerous philosophical minefield. We use words thinking that we’re expressing Torah ideas, but without realizing it, we are employing secular ideas as well. One prime example is "human rights." People use this term as if it's some kind of innate, obvious Truth, yet they fail to explain why it is so. Where oh where do these "human rights" come from...
  • Scalia: Establishment clause doesn’t require government to favor secularism over religion

    01/04/2016 8:07:36 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Which is obvious to anyone not intentionally misreading it. The real news here is not that Antonin Scalia said this, but that it’s the slightest bit controversial. But that’s not something that happened overnight. The secular left and their media servants have spent decades pushing the idea that the establishment clause is about protecting the non-religious from maniacal Jesus freaks - especially the nightmare scenario in which the Jesus freaks get a job with any public entity and are guided in any decision by biblical principles. Scalia is a man who actually knows about the founding of the nation and...
  • Welcome to the Church of CrossFit, Part of America’s Growing Secular Spirituality

    12/01/2015 5:33:41 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Aletelia ^ | December 1, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    We’ve all heard of people doing something secular in a “religious” way, and one area of life to which that applies is sports and physical fitness.Now, some are suggesting that the culture surrounding training gyms may very well fall under the umbrella of religion.The New York Times noted recently that in a society that is increasingly secular, many people are applying their religious sensibility to athletic activity. Many of the parallels with religion can be found, the newspaper noted, in a Crossfit gym: adherents getting out of bed at an ungodly hour in order to spend a significant amount of time in...
  • There’s a War on Christmas and Christmas is Losing

    11/29/2015 11:55:56 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 30 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 29, 2015 | JP
    Today is the first day of Advent, which marks the start of the pre-Christmas season. It is observed by many, if not most, of the Catholic faithful. And it is in popularity among Protestants, particularly those of us who count ourselves evangelical Christians. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. During that four-week period, the Christian faithful prepare for the commemoration of the birth of Christ. Satan hates Advent. That’s because he wants to take the “Christ” out of Christmas. He doesn’t want Christmas to be a Godly “holy-day.” Rather, his aim is to reduce the...
  • The Next Steps in the Secularization of Ireland

    11/03/2015 7:02:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 11/3/15 | John P. McCarthy
    The fact that more than sixty percent of the Irish electorate supported an amendment to the nation's constitution recognizing same-sex "marriage" caught many people by surprise last spring. They may have been clinging to an outdated image of Ireland as a bastion of devout Catholicism. Unfortunately there are further disturbing changes that are being advanced. One is more symbolic. Many, including a former news director of the national radio and television station, are asking that the broadcasting of the Angelus be dropped. It is viewed as an anachronism in an Ireland that has "an increasingly multi-ethnic, multi-faith population," and is...
  • In Defense of Christendom: Europe wonders why its house is falling apart.

    10/20/2015 1:34:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/20/2015 | Bret Stephens
    The death of Europe is in sight. Still hazy and not yet inevitable, but nevertheless visible and drawing nearer—like a distant planet in the lens of an approaching satellite. Europe is reaching its end not because of its sclerotic economy, or stagnant demography, or the dysfunctions of the superstate. Nor is the real cause the massive influx of Middle Eastern and African migrants. Those desperate people are just the latest stiff breeze against the timber of a desiccated civilization. Europe is dying because it has become morally incompetent. It isn’t that Europe stands for nothing. It’s that it stands for...
  • Poll: More atheists, agnostics entering Harvard than Christians

    09/12/2015 2:31:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    The Deacons Bench ^ | September 11, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    A remarkable turn for a school named for a minister, via The Washington Post:    A Harvard Crimson poll of the university’s class of 2019 provides a glimpse into the beliefs and practices of incoming freshman, including sex, politics and drug use. Some of the interesting findings included the religious breakdown, especially when compared to other millennials in the U.S.Harvard’s combined number of atheists and agnostics among its incoming class exceeds the number of Catholics and Protestants, as Pew Research Center’s Conrad Hackett noted. The number appears to be a striking contrast with the rest of the U.S. millennial population, those from ages 18 to 34.Pew’s...
  • The Left Wants To End the Separation of Church and State (Protestant Caucus)

    07/27/2015 6:04:37 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | James Mann
    If there is one thing consistent about the tides of the culture wars, it is that whenever one side is emboldened, it inevitably leads to overreach. The secular Left is proving this point with gusto in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to nationalize gay marriage, calling for the removal of tax exemptions for churches and religious non-profits who continue to hold the tired old definition of marriage that existed all the way up until yesterday. This step, which would crush the budgets of many churches and non-profits, reveals an amusing hypocrisy of the modern Left’s turn against civil...
  • Big Ideas (In a Shrinking World) [Video link]

    07/15/2015 9:15:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper
    youtube ^ | 1983 | Randy Stonehill
            Lyrics: The economy is shrinkingOur money is a jokeWe should go back to trading seashellsAnd just admit that we're brokeAnd our food supply is shrinking(yeah, yeah)But we continue happily(yeah, yeah)Building condos on farm land(yeah, yeah)And dumping sewage in the sea(yeah, yeah) Someone's talking 'bout a big ideaSomeone's talking 'bout a higher visionEverybody's on the runLookin' out for number oneAnd your big ideas don't fit Big ideas in the shrinking worldBig ideas in the shrinking worldBig ideas in the shrinking worldWell you make us real nervous with your big ideas Our water is shrinkingAll the pipes...
  • Mega-church pastor who became Catholic: “So much started to make sense”

    07/09/2015 11:08:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    The Deacons Bench ^ | July 9, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Some readers may remember the post about Ulf Ekman, a prominent Evangelical pastor who stunned the world when he announced last year he was becoming Catholic.Now, an update, The National Catholic Register: On March 9, 2014, Ulf Ekman, founder and pastor of Word of Life church in Uppsala, Sweden, shocked his congregation with the announcement that he and his wife, Birgitta, were leaving Word of Life to join the Catholic Church. The Ekmans’ decision created a commotion, not only among the Protestant faithful, but even throughout decidedly secular Sweden.The Ekmans will present their story at the “Defending the Faith Conference” July 24-26 at...
  • NBC Cancels A.D., The Bible Continues (may live elsewhere)

    07/06/2015 10:13:35 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 60 replies
    NBC has canceled A.D. The Bible Continues after just one season, Deadline reports. The miniseries, created by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, was a follow-up to their record-breaking miniseries The Bible, and chronicled the early days of modern Christianity. A.D., which premiered on Easter, was positioned as an event series at NBC, but Downey, Burnett and the network had indicated that subsequent seasons were part of the plan. It's possible that the show will continue on another platform
  • For Leftists, It's Open Season on Christians

    06/16/2015 5:13:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    If you doubt that Christians are fair game for ridicule by the cultural left, take a look at the hit piece on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia by Jeffrey Tayler for Salon. I can't decide which is worse, the title or the subtitle. The title: "Antonin Scalia is unfit to serve: A justice who rejects science and the law for religion is of unsound mind." The subtitle: "The justice claims to be an originalist, but his real loyalty is to religion and a phony man in the sky." The writer is trying to be cute, but don't conclude that any...
  • THE DICTATORSHIP OF RELATIVISM (Pope Benedict XVI)

    05/17/2015 3:35:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Loyola School of Theology ^ | May 17, 2015 | Pope Benedict XVI
    A conversation with Peter SeewaldIn his futuristic novel Brave New World, the British author Aldous Huxley had predicted in 1932 that falsification would be the decisive element of modernity. In a false reality with its false truth – or the absence of truth altogether – nothing, in the final analysis, is important any more.There is no truth, there is no standpoint. Today, in fact, truth is regarded as far too subjective a concept for us to find therein a universally valid standard. The distinction between genuine and fake seems to have been abolished. Everything is to some extent negotiable. Is...
  • What is Sloth? It is More Subtle and Devilish Than Mere Laziness

    03/17/2015 6:57:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is Sloth? It is More Subtle and Devilish Than Mere Laziness By: Msgr. Charles PopeOne of the more misunderstood of the cardinal sins is sloth. This is because most see it merely as laziness. But there is more to sloth than that. Let’s take a moment and consider some aspects of the cardinal sin we call sloth.The Greek word we translate as sloth is ጀÎșηΎία akedia (a = absence + kedos = care), meaning indifference or negligence. St. Thomas speaks of sloth as sorrow for spiritual good. By it, we shun spiritual good as too toilsome (cf ST...
  • The Terrible Failure of the Secular Gospel

    04/21/2015 10:36:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2015 | Michael Brown
    Almost 20 years ago, the journal First Things published an article by a famous German theologian named Wolfhart Pannenberg titled “How to Think About Secularism.” In the article, Pannenberg outlined the nature of secularism and how it threatened the church, also explaining how the church should not respond to the challenge. Looking back, it’s clear that many of our pastors and leaders have done the opposite of what he counseled, and we are paying the price for it today. Pannenberg himself was orthodox in some of his beliefs and unorthodox in others, but I’m focusing here on his observations about...
  • Christians Under Pressure in West - Lavrov

    03/03/2015 7:22:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/3/15
    Geneva, March 3, Interfax - Aggressive secularism is picking up pace in the West, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. "I can't leave out problems which Christians have been experiencing in many counties, where it is deemed politically incorrect to speak about one's Christian identity and where Christian values, the nucleus of European civilization, are being shunned," he said at a high-level conference on the defense of Christians in Geneva. "Aggressive secularism is picking up pace, and the notions of moral decency and traditional ethnic, cultural and religious identity are being eroded," the Russian foreign minister said. "Vandalism and the...
  • Former Archbishop of Canterbury: Christianity on Verge of Becoming Extinct

    02/11/2015 9:01:54 AM PST · by pinochet · 25 replies
    Eliott Jager & self
    A couple of years ago, a former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, warned Christians that the faith is in danger. Here is the article: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Christianity-Anglican-Extinct-Carey/2013/11/25/id/538425/ According to the article, only 800,000 people are church-goers in Britain. Britain had a total population of 64 million in 2013. This means that only 1.25 percent of the British population are church-going Christians. The future of America seems to be going in Britain's direction. I wanted to add an update to Lord Carey's observations. A lot of people think the Third World is the future of Christianity. But Brazil, the largest Latin American country,...
  • Imagine No Heaven and Lots of War

    01/20/2015 1:05:46 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 1 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 20 January 2015 | Enza Ferreri
    It's a common, but misconceived, idea that Western people have grown disillusioned with religion because of religious wars in the distant or - in the almost unique case of Northern Ireland - recent past. People on the Left have taken this view with a bit more consistency than those on the Right. Think of John Lennon's song Imagine. He saw world peace and unification in the abolition of what he considered as all causes of division and conflict: religion, class, nation. Lennon was, to put it in euphemistically-correct language, "cognitively challenged", but at least one can't deny his consistency...
  • 'How Jesus Became God': Skeptic scholar asks why it matters

    01/06/2015 2:57:33 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 112 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 1/04/15 | Rebecca I. Denova
    For believing Christians, the identity of Jesus was announced at the Council of Chalcedon (A.D. 451): Jesus was always divine and human simultaneously. How did this work? Very simply, “it’s a mystery.” But a fuller explanation of how a peasant became God is the subject of Bart Ehrman’s latest book, “How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher From Galilee,” and the subject of contentious debate among scholars. Several colleagues published a response titled “How God Became Jesus.” Mr. Ehrman, a professor at the University of North Carolina, is a popular speaker on the evolution of Christian theology...
  • OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN THE APPLE STORE: THE DECLINE OF CHRISTMAS AND THE LOOMING TECH NIGHTMARE

    12/28/2014 12:37:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    New Geography ^ | 12/28/2014 | by Joel Kotkin
    In the past, this season was marked by a greater interest in divinity, the family hearth and the joy of children. Increasingly our society has been turning away from such simple human pleasures, replacing them with those of technology. Despite the annual holiday pageantry, in the West religion is on the decline, along with our society’s emphasis on human relationships. Atheism seems to be getting stronger, estimated at around 13 percent worldwide but much higher in such countries as Japan, Germany and China. “The world is going secular,” claims author Nigel Barber. “Nothing short of an ice age can stop...
  • Will Colo. governor apologize to homeschooling families?

    12/23/2014 11:30:11 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | 12/23/14 | Michael F. Haverluck
    In the latest attack on home education, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has proclaimed that only public schools can educate children to be productive members of society — implying that parents are incapable of educating kids. "Government should do what people individually can't do, or can't do well themselves," the Democrat said in a speech at a luncheon last week. "You know, educating our young people, making sure our roads are designed and built properly, making sure our communities are safe." Most are adamant that by his comment, the governor made it very clear that he believes parents are not capable...
  • Argentina: Court grants orangutan basic rights

    12/23/2014 11:10:27 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 15 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | 12/22/14 | AP
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (December 22, 2014) -- An orangutan that has lived 20 years at the Buenos Aires zoo is entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by humans, an Argentine court has ruled, a decision the ape's attorney called unprecedented and a ticket to greater freedom. The ruling comes a month after a local animal rights group filed a habeas corpus writ in favor of Sandra, who was born in Germany but has lived in captivity in Buenos Aires most of her life. "Following a dynamic ... judicial interpretation, it is necessary to recognize that the animal is subject to...
  • The Dangers of Secondhand Christmas

    11/25/2014 2:54:50 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 25, 2014 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    A PTA of a public school in the Boston area apparently worked behind closed doors to prevent elementary school students from being exposed to the eeeeevil dangers of a...Christmas tree!!! (Cue the impending doom music.) It's gotten so bad that one news report says that one board member may step down over the controversy over the fear of exposing children to secondhand Christmas.Sheesh. The Butler Elementary School PTA made a decision to cancel the annual field trip to see "The Nutcracker" ballet because supposedly some parents complained about the Christmas tree on stage in some scenes. Maybe they should've taken the...
  • Mad Intelligence: The Secularist Response to Islam

    10/27/2014 4:15:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 26, 2014 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    Nine years as chaplain of an 800 bed state mental hospital taught me that one can be mentally ill and highly intelligent. Talking with the patients often was more interesting than talking with their psychiatrists. Mad men are not mindless. They just do not distinguish between delusion and fact. Chesterton summed this up by aphorism: “The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.” This explains why it is often hard to distinguish university faculties from mental wards, save for the latter being kept under...
  • Secularism Declares Open War on Religious Faith

    10/26/2014 8:50:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 26, 2014 | Michael Brown
    In case you didn’t know it, if you are a conservative Christian, you are just like Boko Haram and ISIS. At least, that’s what the secularists are saying. More absurd still, they actually believe this.Of course, secularism has been waging war against religion for centuries, but more recently, in America and Europe, the rhetoric of secularism has become more extreme and shrill.When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, critics complained that the Court’s eminently reasonable decision was “anti-scientific.”As noted by Jonathan Adler in the Washington Post, “The Daily Beast‘s Sally Kohn decried the Court’s reliance on ‘bunk...
  • The aggressive secularization of America

    10/25/2014 8:50:22 AM PDT · by lightman · 20 replies
    Facebook ^ | 25 October AD 2014 | Abbot Tryphon
    SECULARISM The aggressive secularization of America As an American I have watched with sadness, the eroding of our Christian values and standards of living. When I was in grade school, each day was begun with the reading of the Bible, broadcast over the intercom system (yes, we had the technology when I was little). At my graduation from high school, there were two public gatherings in the gym, the first being the baccalaureate service, where the minister chosen by the seniors gave an inspirational address, and religious hymns and patriotic songs were sung. The second public gathering was the actual...
  • Cardinal Pell: Synod says no to 'secular agenda'

    10/17/2014 12:30:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cns ^ | October 16, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Cardinal George Pell said working-group reports from the Synod of Bishops on the family finally give a true picture of the assembly's views, counteracting what he characterized as a misleading midterm report. "We wanted the Catholic people around the world to know actually what was going on in talking about marriage and the family and, by and large, I think people will be immensely reassured," Cardinal Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, told Catholic News Service Oct. 16, the day the reports were published. "We're not giving in to the secular agenda; we're not...
  • Are Church Leaders Unwittingly Promoting a Secularist Agenda?

    10/01/2014 2:45:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 1, 2014 | STEPHEN M. KRASON
    Recent developments make me wonder if Church leaders and Catholic institutions in the U.S. are not, “on the unawares,” helping to further crucial parts of the secularist-leftist political and cultural narrative.Several months ago, on a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border one high-ranking prelate criticized “the xenophobic ranting of a segment of the population” on the immigration question. This summer another prelate spoke about the need to “dismantle systemic racism” in the wake of the events in Ferguson, Missouri. Reacting to the “coming out” of a prominent athlete, another high-ranking prelate spoke approvingly and insisted that the Bible instructs us...
  • Our Defining Moral Crisis

    09/08/2014 3:22:41 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | Danny Lemeiux
    One of the fundamental problems in our society is that we argue with one another from positions of moral parochialism: we assume that the other party shares our frames of reference. That may have been true in the earlier years of our nation, but I propose that this is no longer the case. Today, we argue from different and fundamentally incompatible moral codes and value systems. It is the dichotomy between the two that confuses our discourse and creates great dangers for our country.
  • Six Presuppositions that Challenge the Modern Evangelist

    08/18/2014 3:26:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/17/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is critical for us who would preach the Gospel to ponder what sorts of presuppositions our listeners bring to the conversation. Today, sadly, there are many trends that have poisoned the culture and make our task much more difficult.But difficult does not mean impossible. And thus it helps to describe modern mindsets, not to despair of them, but to describe them with some insight, rather than be vaguely aware of them. And being more clear on the presuppositions that people bring we can better speak our message and also go to work on those presuppositions and ask people to...
  • There’s wreckovation, and then there is this

    07/27/2014 5:05:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | July 25, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In Iraq, ISIS is bulldozing churches and turned the Cathedral of Mosul into a mosque. Meanwhile, many thousands of miles away

 in the National Post: What’s happening to Montreal’s churches? Quebec finding new ways to preserve its heritage in a secular ageMONTREAL — Weight machines fill the space where once there were pews, and visitors sip nutritional green smoothies, not communion wine. But despite its dramatic transformation into a private gym and spa, the onetime Dominican St. Jude’s Shrine on Montreal’s St. Denis Street remains a temple of sorts.“It becomes almost a religion for some people,” Sonya Audrey Bonin, general...
  • Is Religion 'Old-Fashioned' and 'Out of Date'?

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

    07/02/2014 9:03:52 AM PDT · by Reagan79 · 2 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | 7/02/2014 | Ray Nothstine
    Political hysteria has reached a crescendo over a very defined and limited ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby with this week’s 5-4 Supreme Court decision. As many commentators have noted, including the editors at National Review, “That this increase in freedom makes some people so very upset tells us more about them than about the Court’s ruling.”