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  • The Religious makeup of the 117th Congress is 88% Christian according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center.

    01/16/2021 5:06:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/16/2021 | Ryan Foley
    The 117th United States Congress is made up of 88% Christians, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center. In a report called “Faith on the Hill,” the Pew Research Center analyzed the religious affiliations of all 531 members of the 117th Congress and compared them to the religious demographics of the U.S. as a whole. Pew obtained the data from a questionnaire conducted by CQ Roll Call asking members about their religious backgrounds. The publication of the Pew report came just one day after the 117th Congress was sworn into session on Jan. 3. Pew has been analyzing...
  • A Washington yoga studio is using a religious exemption to stay open amid gym shutdown orders, claiming the studio's workouts are a 'spiritual practice '

    01/10/2021 5:12:08 PM PST · by simpson96 · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1/5/2021 | Haven Orecchio-Egresitz
    A yoga studio in Washington state is staying open amid state shutdown orders after its founder claimed it has a religious exemption. In a Tuesday appearance on "Fox & Friends First," Hauteyoga founder Leah Zaccaria said she believes yoga should not be considered a physical fitness center or gym. Zaccaria told the show she has not officially "proclaimed myself a church or a religious organization" in the eyes of the law, but believes the exemption applies to yoga because it is a "spiritual practice" that includes "mind, body, and spirit." "It is more than a fitness practice," she said on...
  • Peaceful Pro-Trump, anti-BLM/antifa, anti-Freemason drive-by protest in DC

    01/06/2021 12:13:19 AM PST · by MagnusMaximus1 · 50 replies
    Tyranny Response Team ^ | 6th of January in the Year of Our Lord 2021 | Gus Alzona
    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 (10am to 5pm). Drive and or walk around the Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, DC 20016 with your pro-Trump, pro-life, pro-family values signs. Do NOT trespass on church property. Obey lawful orders from uniformed police. This is an all day event, so, drive or walk by anytime between 10am and 5pm!
  • Cairo mosque closed due to breach of COVID-19 measures

    01/04/2021 7:01:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Sify ^ | 12/29
    Egypt's Minister of Religious Endowments Mohamed Gomaa ordered the closure of a Cairo mosque for two weeks for violating precautionary measures put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the press service of the ministry reported on Tuesday. "Minister Mohamed Gomaa, after praying at the Al-Nour mosque in the Abbassia district, decided to close it for two weeks from Tuesday due to the fact that worshipers in the mosque did not comply with the requirements of the ministry on the mandatory wearing of masks and availability of a personal prayer mat," the ministry said. The ministry added that any mosque...
  • Canadian church pens epic response after police charge six elders for holding services in defiance of lockdowns

    01/03/2021 9:03:51 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 29 replies
    Not The Bee ^ | January 2, 2021 | Joel Abbot
    Canadian police pressed charges against all six elders of Trinity Bible Chapel in Breslau, Ontario for holding services last Sunday. All six elders must now appear in criminal court, where they could face a fine of $10,000. Here was the church's epic response: "We are peaceful family men seeking to pastorally care for our families and our church in sincere obedience to God. We are not criminals. Officers from the Waterloo Region Police Service (WRPS) showed up at each of our homes last night at roughly 8pm and gave us each a summons to court. While other pastors in Ontario...
  • David French Joins NYT, New Yorker In Bashing Christians On Christmas

    12/28/2020 7:16:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 28, 2020 | Nathanial Blake
    By their reckoning, white evangelicals have become reckless plague-bearers with no regard for the poor and oppressed, and their cruelty rightly earns them the world’s opprobrium.So much for peace on earth and goodwill to men. America’s legacy media elites used the Sunday before Christmas for extra Christian-bashing, with white evangelicals the preferred targets. Writing in The New Yorker, Michael Luo complained that “white evangelical Protestants, once again, overwhelmingly supported President Trump in the election,” and that “churches, particularly conservative ones, fought lockdown orders and rebuffed public-health warnings.” New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof interviewed leftist pastor Jim Wallis, with the...
  • Lost Syriac Text Gives Magi's View of the Christmas Story

    11/07/2011 7:10:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | Nov/Dec 2011 | unattributed
    The Bible tells us very little about the magi. Their story appears but once, in the Gospel of Matthew (2:1-12), where they are described as mysterious visitors "from the east" who come to Jerusalem looking for the child whose star they observed "at its rising." After meeting with King Herod, who feigns an intention to worship the child but actually plans to destroy him, the magi follow the same star to Bethlehem. There, upon seeing the baby Jesus and his mother Mary, the magi kneel down and worship him, presenting him with their three famous gifts -- gold, frankincense and...
  • German nuns were ‘pimps’ for sick priests, says sexual abuse victim

    12/24/2020 12:50:00 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 22, 2020 | Hannah Sparks
    The cathedral in Speyer, Germany -- AFP via Getty Images A child rape victim has accused nuns at a now-shuttered Catholic children’s home in Germany of “pimping” out orphans to priests, politicians and other wealthy men. The victim, now 63, has remained anonymous despite having fought and won a legal battle for compensation in May over the horrors they endured, beginning at 5 years old in March 1963. The man, who has struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression since then, was awarded a total of 25,000 euros by German courts due to claims he’d been raped more than 1,000...
  • Congress May End Long Tradition of Not Convening on Sunday

    12/23/2020 7:52:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2020 | Terry Jeffrey
    Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the president pro tempore of the Senate and the longest-serving Republican in that body, sent out a tweet last week lamenting the imminent demise of an ancient and admirable Senate tradition. "US Senate has NEVER convened a Congress on Sunday out of respect," said Grassley. "Not once in 231 yrs," he said. Grassley went on to note that the Constitution calls for Congress to convene its new sessions on Jan. 3 each year but also allows Congress to enact a law changing that date. Historically, in those years when Jan. 3 fell on a Sunday,...
  • Hope, Family, Warm Traditions, And Our Redeemer: The Meaning Of Christmas In Our Hardest Years

    12/23/2020 8:19:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 23, 2020 | Christopher Bedford
    Christmas is the most wondrous day of our calendar in any year of our lives. The bright lights, smells, and smiles discernible even to an infant quickly grow into a sense of hope, awe, and mystery as young boys and girls crane their necks on the car ride back from papa’s house to look out the window for a sign of that bright red nose in the sky. As time moves on, our hopes turn to the company of friends and family, and our awe to the sacred mysteries of God made man for our sake. Our experience of Christmas...
  • After permit approved for whites-only church, small Minnesota town insists it isn't racist

    12/22/2020 4:59:52 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    NBC News / Comcast ^ | December 22, 2020 | By Deon J. Hampton
    When the church doors open, only white people will be allowed inside. That’s the message the Asatru Folk Assembly in Murdock, Minnesota, is sending after being granted a conditional use permit to open a church there and practice its pre-Christian religion that originated in northern Europe. Despite a council vote officially approving the permit this month, residents are pushing back against the decision. “I think they thought they could fly under the radar in a small town like this, but we’d like to keep the pressure on them,” said Peter Kennedy, a longtime Murdock resident. “Racism is not welcome here."...
  • How My Jewish Dad Taught Me To Decorate A Christmas Tree

    12/21/2020 9:06:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 21, 2020 | David Marcus
    Nobody has ever loved Christmas as much as my Jewish dad did.I have known few people in my life who loved Christmas as much as my Jewish father did. I would never suggest that he married my Catholic mother just to get Christmas — she was very beautiful and they loved each other very much — but look, it was certainly a bonus. Once this Bar Mitzvah boy got his hooks into the yule log, he went wild. Nowhere was this more pronounced than in our small family’s Christmas tree. His thing was to buy the tree the morning of...
  • In Praise of a Tolerant Religion: Christianity

    12/21/2020 5:54:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2020 | Jeff Davidson
    As we have witnessed in recent times, some groups have lawlessly removed from American streets and public buildings any vestiges of our history as well as religious symbols in general, Christianity in particular. The perpetrators hide behind masks and hide behind terms such as "social justice” and “diversity." They claim to be champions of protecting people of different minor faiths. As a non-religious person, I have lived in Christian America all my life. I have never felt anything less than welcomed from the time I could first formulate coherent and lasting thoughts to this day. Growing PainsI have visited 46...
  • All Is Calm, Online Christmas Movie Premiere Dec 20

    12/20/2020 8:03:34 PM PST · by FreedomProtector · 15 replies
    All Is Calm, online movie premiere Dec 20 ^ | Dec 20, 2020 | Peter Scheibner
    https://youtu.be/iGq2tp1etnE All Is Calm Christmassweet2020.com
  • In VOA Nominee Fight, Washington Post Insists Christians Can No Longer Hold Public Office

    12/17/2020 8:09:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 17, 2020 | Casey Chalk
    The media has normalized an anti-religious bigotry that threatens to remove faithful Christians, be they Catholic or anything else, from public service.In a series of articles by its editorial board, media columnist Margaret Sullivan, and former Voice of America Director Amanda Bennett, the Washington Post has mounted a coordinated attack on Robert R. Reilly, the new nominee for VOA director, claiming he is an existential threat to the organization’s mission to provide independent reporting to foreign audiences.The reason they deem Reilly disqualified to serve as VOA director isn’t about a lack of credentials. He was director from 2001 to 2002...
  • The Most common religious identity among young adults is 'none;' belief in God not necessary for morality: study from AEI’s Survey Center on American Life

    12/16/2020 6:24:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/16/2020 | Leah MarieAnn Klett
    The most common religious identity among young adults in the U.S. is "none," and the majority of Americans don’t believe it’s necessary for a person to believe in God to be moral and have good values, a new survey has found. Released Tuesday, AEI’s Survey Center on American Life investigating contemporary religion in the U.S. found that among young adults (age 18 to 29), the most common religious identity today is none. More than one in three (34%) young adults are religiously unaffiliated.Nearly nine in 10 (87%) Americans report they believe in God, but just over half (53%) report they...
  • Supreme Court sides with Colorado church over COVID attendance caps

    12/15/2020 9:12:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 15, 2020 | BY MELISSA QUINN
    Washington — The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with a Colorado church challenging the state's capacity restrictions on houses of worship during the coronavirus pandemic, the latest order from the high court, now with a 6-3 conservative majority, in favor of churches and synagogues seeking to hold worship services during the ongoing crisis. In an order with three dissents, the high court tossed out an August decision from the federal district court in Colorado that kept the attendance limits in place and sent the dispute back to the lower courts for further consideration in light of its November order barring...
  • Putin Instructs FM to Initiate Discussions on Measures to Prevent Insult of Religious Feelings at Int'l Forums

    12/14/2020 6:42:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/11/20
    Moscow, December 11, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has given the Foreign Ministry until March 1, 2021 to initiate discussions on international forums concerning measures to prevent actions insulting religious feelings of believers and fomenting interfaith enmity and conflicts. The presidential instruction was published on the Kremlin's official website on Friday, following Putin's recent meeting with representatives of religious groups. The Foreign Ministry has also been told "to consider the possible conclusion of international agreements and (or) the adoption of a UN General Assembly resolution on such matters." Ismail Berdiyev, the head of the Coordinating Center of Muslims of...
  • Biden's Catholic faith will be on full display as the first publicly churchgoing president in decades

    12/13/2020 6:48:38 PM PST · by xomething · 107 replies
    cnn ^ | 12/13/2020 | Michael Warren and Arlette Saenz
    Joe Biden rarely misses Sunday Mass. So it was notable when the President-elect didn't attend church on November 29, the first Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the season when Roman Catholics like Biden prepare for Christmas. Biden's absence was understandable, since just a day earlier he had broken his foot. But the following weekend, Biden was back at his home parish in Wilmington, Delaware -- St. Joseph on the Brandywine -- for Saturday's vigil Mass. He was there again on Tuesday on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation. That's a level of devotion...
  • China's tiny Jewish community in fear as Beijing erases its history

    12/13/2020 3:58:15 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Telegraph via Yahoo! News ^ | December 12, 2020 | by Sophia Yan
    For this year’s Hanukkah, Amir is lighting menorah candles and reciting blessings to celebrate the holiday’s eight nights, as many Jews are around the world. But he does so in secret, worried that Chinese officials will come around – as they often do on religious occasions – to enforce a ban against Judaism, pressuring him to renounce his faith. Sometimes, he’s even called in for interrogations. “Every time we celebrate, we are scared,” said Amir, not his real name as he asked not to be identified over worries of retaliation. "Whatever we do, we’re always very careful to make sure...