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  • Middle-Aged White Suicide, Alcohol Abuse Linked to Loss of Religion

    01/23/2023 11:40:34 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01-23-2023 | BRECCAN F. THIES
    The rise in “deaths of despair” among middle-aged white Americans may be linked to the decline in religious practice, according to new research. Such an increase in deaths has also been highlighted by the opioid crisis, but new research argues skyrocketing suicide and deaths from alcohol abuse might be rooted in the loss of religion. The paper, circulated by the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that the increase of “deaths of despair” among middle-aged white Americans starting in the early 1990s was the aftermath of a declining religiosity in the United States by the same group.
  • Jesus Saves, Just Not at the Mall of America in Minnesota

    01/17/2023 9:43:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01/17/2023 | Lincoln Brown
    You can do all sorts of things at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. On the mall’s website, there is a myriad of dining, drinking and shopping options, not to mention the Nickelodeon Universe®, an M&M’s® attraction, an aquarium, climbing walls, escape rooms, games, a novelty photography studio, and so much more. You can do just about anything at the Mall of America, as long as you don’t mention Jesus. Well, it is in Minnesota — what did you expect? On January 7, a man wearing a t-shirt that read “Jesus Saves” entered the mall. The back of the...
  • How Do You Feel About Religion? Countries with the largest percentage of people that are non-religious or atheist

    01/13/2023 8:42:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Nation and State ^ | 01/13/2023 | Tyler Durden
    How do you feel about religion?As Statista's Katharina Buchholz details below, depending on which country you are in, this question is more or less likely to be met with a shrug or even an objection to religious belief.In China, the highest percentage of people among the 56 countries and territories included in the Statista Global Consumer Survey is non-religious or atheist, the latter describing people rejecting the idea that there is a God.You will find more infographics at StatistaAmong European countries, Germany ranks high for the share of its non-religious and atheist population, which stands at around a third of...
  • FULL TEXT: Pope Francis’ homily at Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s funeral Mass

    01/06/2023 3:55:24 PM PST · by xxqqzz · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | January 5, 2023 | Pope Francis
    Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Lk 23:46). These were the final words spoken by the Lord on the cross; his last breath, as it were, which summed up what had been his entire life: a ceaseless self-entrustment into the hands of his Father. His were hands of forgiveness and compassion, healing and mercy, anointing and blessing, which led him also to entrust himself into the hands of his brothers and sisters. The Lord, open to the individuals and their stories that he encountered along the way, allowed himself to be shaped by the Father’s will. He shouldered...
  • Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Dies at age 95

    12/31/2022 2:18:51 AM PST · by Syncro · 126 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 31, 2022 | By Timothy H.J. Nerozzi , Elizabeth Pritchett
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  • Should I laugh or cringe?

    12/27/2022 8:24:32 AM PST · by DeweyCA · 21 replies ^ | 12-26-22 | David Strom
    I ran across this video on Twitter (where cringe goes to multiply) and couldn’t decide whether to laugh or cringe in disgust. It perfectly encapsulates a form of White liberal virtue signaling that uses performative self-hatred to project an underlying sense of moral superiority. This video was filmed at a Unitarian Universalist Church in Brookfield WI, and features 3 White women playing Anti-Racist Jeopardy with a White man in the role of quizmaster. I love it because it features white people performing a kind of self-abasement that serves no purpose other than to elevate themselves above the hoi polloi. It...
  • British Columbia's COVID Restrictions on Worship Services Upheld

    12/21/2022 6:26:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Religion Clause ^ | 12/18/22 | Howard Friedman
    In Beaudoin v. Attorney General of British Columbia, (BC Ct. App., Dec. 16, 2022), the highest court in the Canadian province of British Columbia upheld 2020 and 2021 COVID orders of BC's Provincial Health Officer that prohibited in-person worship services. The court concluded that the Gathering and Events Order did not violate §15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that protects the equality rights of the churches that were plaintiffs in the suit, saying in part: [T]he G&E orders did not create any distinction based on the religious or non-religious nature of the setting in question. Any distinction between...
  • Vatican Removes Anti-Abortion Activist From the Priesthood

    12/18/2022 6:24:44 AM PST · by devane617 · 52 replies
    nytimes ^ | 12/18/2022
    A well-known Catholic priest and incendiary leader of the anti-abortion movement was removed from the priesthood by the Vatican, according to a letter from Pope Francis’s representative to the United States that was obtained by The New York Times. Frank Pavone, who leads the advocacy organization Priests for Life, and was once a religious adviser to former President Donald J. Trump, was dismissed from the clergy on Nov. 9 with no possibility of appeal, the letter states. The letter included a statement about the removal, called laicization, that it said was approved by the Dicastery for the Clergy, a Vatican...
  • The Anti-Woke Right Is Losing Its Religion

    12/12/2022 2:21:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    New Republic ^ | December 12, 2022 | Charlotte Kilpatrick
    As conservatives increasingly turn to secular culture war outrages to fire up their base, it would seem that God is no longer their co-pilot.If a single image could encapsulate the Trump era, perhaps it is the infamous photo of the former president standing alone on a sidewalk in front of a boarded-up church with a stern expression and a Bible in his hand. The shot was captured in June 2020, shortly after police had used tear gas to clear Black Lives Matter protestors from Lafayette Park outside the White House, where they had gathered to voice their anger about the...
  • Religious convictions vs. gay rights: A modest proposal

    12/09/2022 8:29:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/09/2022 | Richard Land
    This past Monday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the 303 Creative v. Elenis religious liberty case.This case involves basic and fundamental First Amendment religious freedom and free speech issues. The basic facts of the case are simple, but profound. Lori Smith is the proprietor of 303 Creative. Ms. Smith constructs websites using her God-given creative talents. She has concentrated on projects about which she cares deeply, such as children and veterans with disabilities and animal rights and animal shelters.Ms. Smith decided to expand her business by branching out and creating websites for weddings. As a deeply...
  • Zelensky to Ban Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine

    12/04/2022 10:50:26 AM PST · by delta7 · 71 replies
    Libertarian Institute ^ | 4 Dec22 | Kyle Anzalon
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced he is seeking to ban all religions with ties to Russia under a new law. He claims the move is needed to “guarantee spiritual independence to Ukraine.” The measure will target millions of Ukrainians who identify as Russian Orthodox. During his nightly address on Thursday, Zelensky announced he was introducing legislation that would eliminate religious organizations affiliated with Russia from operating in Ukraine. He said this will make “it impossible for religious organizations affiliated with centers of influence in the Russian Federation to operate in Ukraine.” The Ukrainian leader said it was necessary to purge...
  • Non-religious voters wield clout, tilt heavily Democratic

    12/03/2022 7:49:31 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 3, 2022 | By PETER SMITH
    When members of the small Pennsylvania chapter of Secular Democrats of America log on for their monthly meetings, they’re not there for a virtual happy hour. “We don’t sit around at our meetings patting ourselves on the back for not believing in God together,” said David Brown, a founder from the Philadelphia suburb of Ardmore. The group, mostly consisting of atheists and agnostics, mobilizes to knock on doors and make phone calls on behalf of Democratic candidates “who are pro-science, pro-democracy, whether or not they are actually self-identified secular people,” he said. “We are trying to keep church and state...
  • Worldwide COVID-19 Religious Restrictions

    11/30/2022 9:07:43 AM PST · by Qiviut · 5 replies
    Who Is Robert Malone (Substack) ^ | 11/30/2022 | Robert W Malone MD, MS
    Shocking revelations about Gov control, harassment and of religious groups and peoples.Sometimes an article is so well written, so on point - that there is little to be added. Such is the case with “It’s not too late to stop being a tool of oppression,” written by Professor Jem Bendell on November 21, 2022. There is also an audio version available on the link above. So, lets begin this Substack by quoting the opening paragraphs:Death rates are still above normal in many countries of the world. The medical experts don’t know why. It could be from the long-term complications from...
  • Census 2021: Data shows number of Christians in England and Wales falls below half for first time

    11/29/2022 5:10:31 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    SKY News ^ | November 29, 2022 | By Tim Jones
    There has been a large fall in the number of people who consider themselves as Christian, dropping below half the population of England and Wales for the first time. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its latest data taken from the 2021 Census, showing the changes since 2011. Some 46.2% said they were Christian, down from 59.3% in 2011. ONS data - main points: • Number of people using Romanian as their main language rose from 0.1% to 0.8% (68,000 to 472,000), which is 2nd to Polish in a list of languages used other than English and Welsh...
  • Pro-Taliban Urdu-Language Daily Reveals Qatar's Plans To Invite FIFA World Cup Attendees To Islam: 'Training Of 2,000 Volunteers For Invitation Of The Religion At The Mega Event Has Been Completed Who Will Deliver The Message Of Truth To The Spectators'

    11/19/2022 9:18:37 PM PST · by Conservat1 · 20 replies
    Memri ^ | Nov 18, 2022
    In a recent article, the Pakistan-based Urdu-language pro-Taliban daily Roznama Ummat examined the Qatari government's preparations for da'wa ("preaching," "invitation to Islam") at the FIFA World Cup beginning on November 20, 2022. Da'wa is an important part of Islam whereby Muslims are expected to invite non-Muslims to embrace the religion. The article, titled "FIFA World Cup And Da'wa Of The Religion," and written by Islamic religious scholar Zia Chitrali, explains various media activities and events planned to explain Islam to non-Muslim spectators and to try to persuade them to convert. As part of these events planned by Qatari officials, thousands...
  • Man apologizes after 'disrespectful' video he posted atop Mauna Kea [volcano] starts uproar

    11/19/2022 6:21:41 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 60 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | November 18, 2022 | Eddie Dowd
    [Video] The video triggered fierce backlash online. HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Big Island man is publicly apologizing after starting an uproar for posting a video of himself urinating on Mauna Kea. After a torrent of criticism, he told Hawaii News Now he learned a valuable lesson and now wants to work to help educate others. Travis Upright gave permission to share a video he recorded, asking for forgiveness. “I never meant to hurt anyone. I never meant to create so much harm but that’s no excuse. It still happened and I’m sorry,” said Upright. In the six-minute apology video, Upright...
  • A ‘missionary to Christian nationalists,’ Phoenix pastor urges conversion, not confrontation

    11/12/2022 8:49:02 PM PST · by Saije · 19 replies
    Religion News ^ | 11-11-2022 | Bob Smietana
    (RNS) — Phoenix pastor Caleb Campbell has a theory about the growing number of Americans who are labeled as Christian nationalists. Most would rather go to Cracker Barrel than storm the Capitol. Many see themselves as good Christians who love their country. But somewhere along the way, they began to think being a good American and being a Christian were one and the same. “Their whole life has been the intermingling of their American civil religion and their Christian religion,” said Campbell, pastor of Desert Springs Bible Church and a self-described missionary to Christian nationalists. To help his fellow Christians...
  • The Word ‘Homosexual’ Is in the Bible by Mistake: The Explosive Documentary That Is Under Attack

    11/07/2022 10:05:49 AM PST · by grundle · 89 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | November 7, 2022 | Kevin Fallon
    LOVE THY NEIGHBOR The documentary “1946: The Mistranslation That Shifted Culture” claims that one human error 75 years ago stoked decades of homophobia and hate. Extremists don’t want you to see it. The first time the word “homosexual” appeared in the Bible was in 1946. That year, a committee gathered to translate an updated English version of the book from the Greek. Religious scholars, priests, theologists, linguists, anthropologists, and activists have done decades of research and investigation into the instances where the word appears in the book. Their conclusion is that it was a mistranslation. In other words, the Biblical...
  • Pastor acquitted after being arrested when police helicopter found church gathering outside during pandemic. ( Canada )

    11/01/2022 9:30:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 1, 2022 | Jon Brown
    'What has happened to me has only furthered the cause of Christ, and for that I rejoice,' said Pastor Tim Stephens ... Canadian pastor who was arrested twice in 2021 for continuing to congregate with his church in Calgary, Alberta ... The Provincial Court of Alberta tossed out charges against Pastor Tim Stephens alleging he violated provincial public health orders regarding physical distancing .... Stephens was imprisoned twice last year for keeping his Fairview Baptist Church open. .... Stephens' acquittal comes weeks after Danielle Smith, Alberta's new premier, promised a plan to pardon COVID offenders in the province. Her administration...
  • Do you love sci-fi and religion? You’re not alone.

    10/29/2022 7:49:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    America ^ | James T. Keane
    Ursula Le Guin, Isaac Asimov and Cixin Liu (Composite image by James T. Keane) Do you cringe when you’re watching “Star Wars” and Han Solo says the Millennium Falcon did the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, because a parsec is a unit of distance, not time? Are you offended that Chekov and Khan recognize each other in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” because by Star Trek canon they’ve never met? Do you think “John Carter” is the worst movie ever for the way it bastardized the vision of Edgar Rice Burroughs? You just may be a...