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  • Responding to the Latest Christian Leader to Renounce His Faith

    01/23/2022 4:38:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies ^ | January 23, 2022 | Michael Brown
    As reported by Josh Shepherd on the Roys Report, “Brady ‘Phanatik’ Goodwin, founding member of Grammy-nominated Christian hip-hop group, The Cross Movement, and in recent years an apologetics teacher, stated Monday in a video posted online that he has renounced his Christian faith.” As he stated in his Facebook video, “I sent a letter to my church withdrawing my membership and saying that I am denouncing the Christian faith that I have believed, professed, proclaimed, and defended for the last 30 years of my life.” In Goodwin’s video, which is delivered with candor and pain and graciousness, he explains how...
  • Military Grants First Religious Exemptions to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: Marines approved two requests for religious accommodation from the mandate

    01/14/2022 9:14:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 01/14/2022 | Zachary Steiber
    The Marine Corps is the first U.S. military branch to grant religious exemptions to the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, nearly two months after the vaccination deadline for active-duty Marines.The Marines approved two requests for religious accommodation from the mandate, the branch said in a statement on Thursday.Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced the mandate in August 2021, but every branch had resisted granting religious accommodations, sparking lawsuits and allegations that the military was violating federal law by discriminating against religious troops.The lack of approvals prompted a federal judge earlier this month to block the mandate for a group of Navy personnel,...
  • Teen’s suit says coaches made him eat pizza despite religion

    01/02/2022 1:12:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 94 replies
    NBC News ^ | Jan. 1, 2022
    An Ohio high school football player who says coaches forced him to eat a pizza covered with pepperoni grease in violation of his religious beliefs is suing his former district and the ousted coaches. The former Canton McKinley High School athlete and his parents filed a federal civil rights suit this week seeking millions of dollars in damages and alleging violations of his religious freedom and constitutional rights. The athlete says in the lawsuit that coaches were notified he doesn’t eat pork or pork residue as a member of the Hebrew Israelite religious faith, but that they ordered him to...
  • Vaccinated and Paranoid

    12/30/2021 4:40:32 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/29/21 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Karl Marx called religion the “opiate of the masses.” If someone believes in God, they believe that there is a higher power than government, and a higher power than their community. If there is a higher power, then that means tyrants and oligarchies are not the ultimate power, even they have to answer to God. And, since fear is the key component in the playbook for controlling the masses, those who have Faith in God fear not, for they know that God not only protects them, but that if they are snuffed out of their life here on Earth by...
  • A Good Place to Keep Your Prayers? In a Jar!

    12/30/2021 10:10:56 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 5 replies
    Guideposts Blog ^ | October, 2022 | Bob Hostleter
    There are a thousand ways to pray—at least. Some people kneel at their bedside to pray; some pray as they walk. Others pray with beads. Some even pray by texting on their cellphones. One more way to pray is with a “prayer jar.” And it can be especially meaningful during a significant season such as Advent. Any jar can be turned into a prayer jar. A mason jar, for example, or an old coffee canister. Some people decorate their prayer jar, an exercise that can itself be turned into an act of prayer. But whatever you use, there are numerous...
  • The Way We Think About the Messiah is Very Problematic

    12/27/2021 3:20:17 PM PST · by MNDude · 47 replies
    A study guide for high school students, produced by the BBC, for example, hints at this idea. It suggests that the term Messiah may not be helpful because it might “confusing[ly]” evoke ideas of earthly monarchy. It would be a “misleading,” it seems, to think of the messiah as a political earthly figure. Out of this crucial distinction have grown other antisemitic sentiments and ideas: namely, that Jews couldn’t understand their own scriptures. Jews of Jesus’s day, the argument goes, may have been anticipating a political messiah, but they were fundamentally wrong. The Christian website, for example, connects this...
  • NASA has hired a Catholic priest to help humans prepare for alien encounters

    12/26/2021 6:49:57 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 98 replies
    rifnote ^ | 12/26/2021 | DAVID SIDMAN
    In a rather bizarre move, NASA has recruited a British priest to prepare the religious for the discovery of alien life as space agencies claim to be getting closer to discovering evidence that life exists outside of planet earth reports The Times. Reverend Dr. Andrew Davison, a priest and theology professor at the University of Cambridge, is among 24 theologians who participated in a program sponsored by NASA at the space agency’s Center for Theological Inquiry (CTI) at Princeton University. The theologians attempted to assess how major religions would react to news of alien life being found. A NASA expert...
  • Exclusive — Rep. Ralph Norman: Biden Administration ‘at War with All Faith-Based Agencies’

    12/26/2021 6:22:19 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/24/21 | Katherine Hamilton
    emocrat President Joe Biden seems to be “at war with all faith-based agencies” — including foster and adoption agencies that wish to operate according to their religious beliefs, Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) told Breitbart News. During an exclusive phone interview on Tuesday, the congressman discussed at length an effort he is leading with Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and more than 100 other Republican lawmakers to pressure the Biden administration over its November decision to rescind waivers to faith-based adoption and foster agencies in South Carolina, Texas, and Michigan, which let them operate according to their religious beliefs by allowing them...
  • Bono on Grace, Karma & Forgiveness

    12/25/2021 5:28:32 AM PST · by dmam2011 · 32 replies
    The Clarksvillian ^ | March 25, 2021 | Dave McGuire
    As the leader of one of the world’s most visible bands, U2’s Bono is an extremely polarizing figure. On one side, he’s the source for some of the greatest, most popular music of a generation. He has also been one of the most charity minded celebrities covering a cause in ways not seen since the days of Harry Chapin. And that crossing between entertainer and activist has pushed people into either loving or hating him.
  • NASA 'looks to the heavens' for help: Agency enlists 24 theologians to assess how the world would react to the discovery of alien life on distant planets and how it might change our perception of gods and creation

    12/24/2021 2:23:46 PM PST · by aimhigh · 121 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 12/24/2021 | By STACY LIBERATORE
    NASA is looking to the heavens for help with assessing how humans will react if alien life is found on other planets and how the discovery could impact our ideas of gods and creation. The agency is hiring 24 theologians to take part in its program at the Center for Theological Inquiry (CTI) at Princeton University in New Jersey, which NASA gave a $1.1 million grant to in 2014.CTI is described as building 'bridges of under understanding by convening theologians, scientists, scholars, and policymakers to think together - and inform public thinking - on global concerns.'
  • Trump Says that Jesus, Not Him, Is the Savior That America Needs

    12/22/2021 11:16:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | December 22, 2021 | Michael Brown
    Preaching for Pastor Robert Jeffress at First Baptist Church in Dallas this past Sunday, former President Donald Trump said, “Our country needs a savior right now. And our country has a savior. And it’s not me. It’s somebody much higher up than me. Much higher.” Yes, much, much higher, indeed. Can we say “Amen” to that? The truth be told, the Savior is on a completely different level than Donald Trump (or any other world leader, or human being, for that matter). He is not just much, much higher up. And greater. And wiser. And holier. And more powerful. He...
  • Archbishop Gomez Reveals the Pseudo-Religions of Our Time

    12/21/2021 11:09:16 AM PST · by Coleus · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 12.15.21 | Paul Kengor
    In this toxic era of bitter cultural division, few things divide people as bitterly as Critical Race Theory (CRT), which isn’t a surprise, given that CRT divides. It divides people into groups pitted against one another, into categories of oppressed vs. oppressor. Your group defines you. It’s an ideology that stereotypes and separates based on race—ironically, in the name of opposing racism. In that regard, it smacks of so many bad ideas on the political Left, such as the “tolerance” movement and its rigid intolerance toward those who dare disagree, or the “diversity” movement and its lack of diversity toward...
  • Pentagon Orders Company To Stop Making Faith-Based Dog Tags

    12/19/2021 11:41:33 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Fox News via Youtube ^ | 12/19/21 | Fox News
    One complaint in 20 years, and now the Pentagon says to end it.Here is the interview.
  • Federal judge dismisses lawsuit from photographer who doesn’t want to shoot gay weddings

    12/17/2021 5:40:52 PM PST · by simpson96 · 28 replies
    Metro Weekly ^ | 12/17/2021 | John Riley
    A federal judge in New York has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a “Christian” wedding photographer who demanded that the state’s nondiscrimination law be overturned, lest she be forced to photograph same-sex weddings. The woman, Emilee Carpenter, of Elmira, filed suit earlier this year, claiming that New York’s nondiscrimination law violates her First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of religion, and her Fourteenth Amendment right to due process. Carpenter claims to believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, and that weddings are meant to be “inherently religious and solemn events.” As such,...
  • Christian photographer cannot decline gay weddings, federal court rules

    12/16/2021 9:43:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/16/2021 | Michael Gryboski
    A federal judge has ruled that a New York-based Christian photographer must provide services for same-sex wedding celebrations despite holding religious objections to gay marriage. Judge Frank Geraci, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, rejected a request by Emilee Carpenter of the upstate New York-based Emilee Carpenter Photography to grant a preliminary injunction against a state anti-discrimination law. In his ruling Monday, the Obama appointee concluded that “New York has a compelling interest in ensuring that individuals, without regard to sexual orientation, have equal access to publicly available goods and services, and that...
  • On Bill of Rights Day: Is the Source of Our Rights Government or God?

    12/15/2021 7:40:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | December 15, 2021 | David Cortman
    Today marks the 230th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, the foundational document that guarantees basic liberties—like freedom of religion, speech, and association—to all American citizens. Never has it been more important for us to reflect on those rights, for never before have those rights been more threatened than they are right now. Our nation is fixated on the idea of “rights.” But even as we throw the word around constantly, we’re in danger of forgetting what rights actually are: who grants them, who has them, and what they really mean. If we lose sight of the...
  • The fastest-growing US religious affiliation? ‘None,’ poll says

    12/14/2021 3:18:37 PM PST · by devane617 · 19 replies
    mypanhandle ^ | 12/14/2021
    A Pew Research Center poll published Tuesday indicates that the number of people in the U.S. who describe themselves as religiously unaffiliated increased by 6 points in the last five years and 10 points in the last decade. When asked about their religious identity, 29% of respondents, or about 3 in 10 U.S. adults, said they had “none,” meaning they were atheists, agnostics or “nothing in particular,” according to the Pew Research Center survey. “If the unaffiliated were a religion, they’d be the largest religious group in the United States,” Elizabeth Drescher, an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University, told...
  • What’s your religion? In US, a common reply now is “None”

    12/14/2021 10:53:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 69 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 14, 2021 | By LUIS ANDRES HENAO, KWASI GYAMFI ASIEDU and DAVID CRARY
    Nathalie Charles, even in her mid-teens, felt unwelcome in her Baptist congregation, with its conservative views on immigration, gender and sexuality. So she left. “I just don’t feel like that gelled with my view of what God is and what God can be,” said Charles, an 18-year-old of Haitian descent who identifies as queer and is now a freshman at Princeton University. “It wasn’t a very loving or nurturing environment for someone’s faith.” “It wasn’t a very loving or nurturing environment for someone’s faith.” After leaving her New Jersey church three years ago, she identified as atheist, then agnostic, before...
  • Idaho church replaces stained glass window depicting Robert E Lee, George Washington and Abe Lincoln with image of America's first black female Methodist bishop wearing LGBTQ scarf

    12/13/2021 12:55:58 PM PST · by packrat35 · 80 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/13/2021 | TOMMY TAYLOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
    An Idaho church has replaced a stained glass window of Robert E Lee, George Washington and Abe Lincoln with the country's first black Methodist bishop wearing an LGBTQ scarf. The late bishop Leontine Kelly, who passed away at age 92 in 2012, had lived in Richmond, Virginia with her family where monuments of former Confederate leaders, such as Lee, had lined Monument Avenue. The statue of Lee, a former Civil War general and slave owner, was later removed by the city on September 8. The call to remove the statue had been recommended by Governor Ralph Northam in June 2020...
  • I Warned You About What We’re Living Through Today

    12/08/2021 9:00:24 AM PST · by conservative98 · 25 replies
    The Rush Limbuagh Show ^ | Jan 7, 2021 | Rush Limbaugh
    I Warned You About What We’re Living Through TodayJan 7, 2021 RUSH: Hey, folks, it’s great to be back. Really great to be back, and I need to ask you a favor. I need to you to give me a few minutes here just to get my sea legs. This has been a very, very bad couple of weeks for me. I don’t want to get into any more detail about it. Those of you have been through this know exactly what I’m talking about. But it has not been a break in the sense that it hasn’t been restful...