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  • ‘Christianity is Abhorrent’: More Atheistic Materials to be Distributed in Public Schools

    07/17/2014 3:35:56 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 39 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | July 17, 2014 | Garrett Haley
    ORLANDO – A federal judge has given a secular organization the green light to distribute more atheistic and anti-Christian materials to Florida public school students, in spite of the materials’ graphic content and offensive language. As previously reported, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) learned last year that a Christian ministry had made Bibles available to Orlando high school students on “Religious Freedom Day.” To counter the Bible distribution, FFRF sought permission from the school district to give students a variety of atheistic and anti-Christian materials. According to reports, the Orange County School Board permitted FFRF to distribute several books...
  • Colorado baker to stop making wedding cakes after losing discrimination case

    05/31/2014 10:00:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 123 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 31, 2014
    The owner of a bakery in Lakewood said he will no longer sell wedding cakes after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled he did discriminate against a gay couple when he refused to sell them a cake. "We would close down the bakery before we would complicate our beliefs," Phillips said after the hearing, according to CBS Denver. Phillips also admitted he had refused service to other same-sex couples. The commission also ordered the baker to submit quarterly reports about the customers he refuses to serve and retrain employees to serve everyone.
  • Christians lose out to atheists…as religious people are ‘held back from top positions’ (UK)

    08/04/2013 5:35:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 03:58 EST, 3 August 2013 | Steve Doughty
    Christians are less likely than atheists to be promoted to top jobs, official figures show. Nearly a quarter of people with no religious belief live in homes headed by someone with a senior executive position or a job in one of the professions. However, well under a fifth of Christians work in the best-paid and most influential jobs or are married to someone who does. … Barrister Andrea Minichiello Williams, a member of the Church of England’s General Synod, said: “If you hold views that are contrary to the prevailing orthodoxy, you are seen as potential trouble. This is a...
  • NC protests split on Bible’s message to help poor

    06/13/2013 1:10:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 12, 2013 6:10 PM EDT | Chris Kardish
    Over the last two months, hundreds of protesters have walked out of North Carolina’s capitol in handcuffs to show their opposition to policies by the GOP-controlled Legislature. While a broader coalition of supporters is building around the “Moral Mondays” started by the state chapter of the NAACP, the inspiration behind the protests is a throwback to the biblical message of civil rights leaders fighting segregation in the Jim Crow era. They argue that cutting benefit programs and cutting tax breaks for low- and middle-income families violates Jesus Christ’s teaching to care for those with the least. It’s running into another...
  • D.C. Archbishop Wuerl Fears Catholic Marriage Beliefs Seen as Hate Speech

    03/31/2013 12:48:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 31 Mar 2013 03:25 PM | Greg Richter
    The archbishop of Washington says that while the church is welcoming of everyone, including gay people, he fears the possibility of the church’s position that marriage is only for a man and a woman will be seen as bigotry or hate speech. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, appearing on Fox News Sunday, said the church can be welcoming of gay people who are legally married without recognizing those marriages within the church itself. …
  • Authoress Suggests Very Religious Are Mental Cases

    09/19/2012 7:38:58 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 38 replies
    The Christian Diarist | September 19, 2012 | JP
    Erica Loberg doesn’t come right out and say it, but the author of “Inside the Insane” believes that those of us who are very religious – or “hyper religious,” as she describes us – are mentally ill. “Are there are lot of hyper religio(us) people walking around with schizophrenia or hypo mania and not even know it?,” she asks. “Can religion be a springboard to help discover a mental illness?” Loberg doesn’t answer her own questions, but it’s pretty obvious what she thinks: Religiosity is a marker for mental illness, if not insanity. When I checked Loberg’s biography, I discovred...
  • Amish shunning is central to Ohio hate crime trial

    09/15/2012 11:15:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 15, 1:23 PM EDT | John Seewer
    Six years ago, about 300 Amish bishops gathered in Pennsylvania to discuss the group's leader, Sam Mullet Sr., who had ordered the shunning of families that left his settlement near the West Virginia panhandle. Mullet had come to the attention of the bishops because, according to witnesses at his trial, there were concerns he was brainwashing community members. Prosecutors would later say he forced men to sleep in chicken coops as punishment, and one woman testified that Mullet coerced women at his settlement into having sex with him so he could turn them into better wives. The bishops eventually vetoed...
  • Law on same-sex marriages mean (UK) churches 'will be forced to conduct gay weddings'

    03/12/2012 12:09:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 19:36 EST, 11 March 2012 | UPDATED: 19:41 EST, 11 March 2012 | Steve Doughty, Social Affairs Correspondent
    A law to allow same-sex marriages will force Christians to conduct gay weddings in church, it was claimed yesterday. An analysis of equality law by Church of England lawyers suggests assurances from David Cameron and his ministers that no church will be compelled to provide such ceremonies are worthless. Ministers have repeatedly said since the plan for same-sex marriage was announced five months ago that it would apply in civil law only and that gay wedding ceremonies would not be imposed on churches. But lawyers working at the CofE’s Church House headquarters have said equality laws will mean churches have...
  • Obama administration deletes religious service for student loan forgiveness

    02/16/2012 9:30:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Human Events ^ | 2/15/12 | Audrey Hudson
    The federal government will no longer forgive student loans in exchange for public service if that service is related to religion, according to a new Education Department rule from the Obama administration. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program announced the change Jan. 31 with little fanfare, while most of Washington was focused on the new ObamaCare rule requiring religious organizations to provide free birth control through health insurance. “Generally, the type or nature of employment with the organization does not matter for PSLF purposes,” reads the new language. “However, if you work for a nonprofit organization, your employment will...
  • Politically Correct Carols, and Thoughts on "Happy Holidays"

    12/22/2011 11:24:41 AM PST · by stolinsky · 8 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 12-22-11 | stolinsky
      Politically Correct Carols And Thoughts on “Happy Holidays” David C. Stolinsky Dec. 22, 2011 http://texasscribbler.com/images/Say-No-Christmas_Tree2.jpg No Christmas Tree Colleges order Christmas trees removed after a few students complain of feeling “excluded.” O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree Though pretty are your leaves, O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree Your presence here me grieves. You make me feel excluded Though I'm quite deluded, O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree You'll wind up in a Dumpster. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree Your boughs are always green, O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree You irritate the dean. Atheists will all...
  • Brooklyn Museum attacks

    11/13/2011 8:10:54 AM PST · by bluerose · 6 replies
    brooklyn paper.com ^ | 11/13/11 | bluerose
    "The Brooklyn Museum will retain a controversial video featuring ants crawling on a crucifix as part of a larger show on American portrait art that opens Nov. "
  • New York archbishop: ‘believers will soon be hauled into court’ for questioning gay ‘marriage’

    07/08/2011 12:31:34 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 112 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/8/11 | Kathleen Gilbert
    NEW YORK, July 8, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - American Christians may one day find themselves facing legal penalties simply for believing marriage can only exist between a man and a woman, a fate already suffered by believers in other countries, said the leader of America’s most influential Catholic pulpit this week. Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York reflected on his blog Thursday on the recent legalization of gay “marriage” in New York, and what repercussions true marriage supporters can expect in the future. He called it “haunting” that the marriage bill became law on the day Catholics celebrate the feast of...
  • Religious Fanatics? What About Secular Fanatics?

    07/06/2011 8:41:06 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 10 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 07-07-11 | stolinsky
      Religious Fanatics? What About Secular Fanatics? David C. Stolinsky July 7, 2011 …no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.– U.S. Constitution, Article VI We frequently hear about religious fanatics, but there are also secular fanatics. Examples include Marxists, radical environmentalists, and health zealots. These people strive to control all human activity until everyone conforms to their ideas. Like all fanatics, they believe that you can’t have too much of their favorite thing. What I am discussing here is a specific type of secular fanatic, one...
  • Conn. school board to appeal church grad ruling

    06/08/2010 7:02:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 69+ views
    A Connecticut school board has voted to appeal a federal court ruling that would keep the town's two high school graduation ceremonies out of a megachurch. . . . Hall found that holding the June 23 and 24 graduations at First Cathedral Baptist Church in Bloomfield would amount to an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion.
  • Critical Changes to Bibles Unbound (Smuggles God's Word into anti-Christian nations)

    05/11/2010 7:37:20 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 4 replies · 403+ views
    First, let me take a moment to say THANK YOU for your participation in Bibles Unbound, packing and mailing New Testaments into restricted and hostile nations. With your help we’ve been able to send more than 1.2 million New Testaments into restricted nations. We know these “seeds,” though planted in hostile soil, will produce fruit. I am writing to give you some important updates about Bibles Unbound; in doing so I have good news and bad news. Part of the good news is that Bibles Unbound continues to be very effective at getting God’s Word into restricted nations. We know...
  • Testimony begins in Knox County Schools Bible lawsuit

    10/27/2009 12:53:38 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 237+ views
    KNOXVILLE - A federal trial began today to determine if school students can read and discuss the Bible during recess time. The Knox County Schools system is being sued in U.S. District Court by Samuel and Tina Whitson, who contend their son, Luke, was barred from the activity when he was a fourth-grader at Karns Elementary School more than four years ago. After opening statements this morning, the Whitsons' lawyers opened their case with stipulations from school officials that no adults were involved in the Bible reading and discuss that occurred on the school playground.
  • One Baptist Church To Celebrate Halloween By Burning Bibles

    10/14/2009 12:34:30 PM PDT · by Between the Lines · 177 replies · 4,601+ views
    CANTON, N.C. (October 13, 2009)—The Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Canton, N.C. will celebrate Halloween by burning Bibles that aren’t the King James Version, as well as music and books and anything else Pastor Marc Grizzard says is a satanic influence. Among the authors whose books Grizzard plans to burn are well known ministers Rick Warren and Billy Graham because he says they have occasionally used Bibles other than the King James Version, which is the sole biblical source he considers infallible. According to the church’s Web site, members will also burn “Satan's music such as country, rap, rock, pop,...
  • ‘Invention of Lying’: Anti-Christian

    10/04/2009 12:14:15 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 35 replies · 2,770+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | October 2, 2009 | S.T. Karnick
    After a couple of weeks of unsubstantiated rumors, it has been confirmed that the forthcoming film The Invention of Lying is indeed intended to satirize religion and religious believers. New York Post critic Kyle Smith has seen the film and describes it as “a full-on attack on religion in general and Christianity in particular. It might be the most blatantly, one-sidedly atheist movie ever released by a major studio, in this case Warner Bros.”
  • Stimulus Bill Would Discriminate Against Religious Activity on Campus, Conservative Groups Say

    02/05/2009 3:54:08 AM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies · 492+ views
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | Thursday, February 05, 2009 | Edwin Mora
    (CNSNews.com) – President Obama’s economic stimulus bill would forbid colleges -- both religious and secular -- from receiving stimulus funds to improve facilities that are used for religious purposes. The provision is found in the Higher Education Modernization, Renovation and Repair section (Sec. 9302) of both the House and Senate versions of the bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. According to the provision, none of funds of the $6 billion allotted to the renovation, modernization, or repair of college buildings may be used for facilities “(i) used for sectarian instruction, religious worship, or school department of divinity;...
  • The Catholic church does not like Newsom. Surprise!

    01/07/2009 4:42:29 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies · 620+ views
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 1/7/9 | Erin Allday
    When vandals covered the walls of the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with swastikas and other graffiti last weekend, Gavin Newsom condemned the attack, as any mayor should. But according to some Catholics, the mayor (and the Board of Supervisors) is partly to blame for the vandalism. "Both Newsom and the board have shown nothing but contempt for the First Amendment rights of Catholics," said a statement released by the Catholic League the day after the graffiti was discovered. "When crucifixes are sold as sex toys and Catholic sensibilities are assaulted by naked men in the street at the annual...
  • Scientists warn Christmas lights harm the planet

    12/24/2008 7:51:33 PM PST · by television is just wrong · 60 replies · 1,134+ views
    http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24839835-23272,00.html ^ | December 24, 2008 08:06am | By Graham Readfearn
    <p>SCIENTISTS have warned that Christmas lights are bad for the planet due to huge electricity waste and urged people to get energy efficient festive bulbs. CSIRO researchers said householders should know that each bulb turned on in the name of Christmas will increase emissions of greenhouse gases.</p>
  • Using Biology, Not Religion, to Argue Against Same-Sex Marriage

    10/12/2008 7:43:56 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 20 replies · 2,352+ views
    The NY Times O ^ | October 11, 2008 | RAY RIVERA and CHRISTINE STUART
    Patricia and Wesley Galloway could not have children of their own. Yet for them, the essence of marriage is rooted in procreation. “It takes a man and a woman to create children and thus create a family,” Mrs. Galloway, 60, told a legislative panel in Connecticut last year as it was considering a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill never went to a vote, but on Friday the Connecticut Supreme Court eliminated the need for a bill when it struck down the state’s civil union law and ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. The decision...
  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: 'I apologize.' Faithfully yours, Leonard

    10/02/2008 9:32:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 48 replies · 2,135+ views
    McClatchy News via SacBee ^ | 10/2/8 | Leonard Pitts, Jr.
    In a moment, I will say something you've probably never read in an opinion column. Last week, you see, I wrote about Sarah Palin's attempt to ban books when she was a small-town mayor. In the process, I noted that "we all have questions" for Palin. Among them: "Does she really take the parable of Adam and Eve as literal truth?" Which unleashed a flood of e-mails from people angry that I had demoted the Christian creation story to the status of parable and suggested by implication that anyone who believes it is, as one reader put it, a "fool."...
  • EU Agency Calls for a Re-definition of Marriage, Criminalization of "Homophobia"

    08/21/2008 4:40:51 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 242+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/21/08 | Maciej Golubiewski
    BRUSSELS, August 21, 2008 (C-FAM) - A recent report from the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) of the European Union (EU) has called for binding EU regulations that would equalize the legal status of married heterosexual couples with that of same-sex and opposite-sex couples across Europe. It also recommends policies aimed at "promoting visibility of homosexuality and other gender identities" and criminalizing homophobia through "hate crime" legislation. FRA contracted writing of the report to a group called FRALEX. FRALEX is roughly the same group as the now defunct EU "network of independent fundamental rights experts," a group that was widely criticized...
  • MORFORD: How to abandon your God

    03/05/2008 8:05:41 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 162+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/5/8 | Mark Morford
    Is it OK to switch religions, change denominations, even split from God entirely? Jesus says: Sure! This much we know: God is failing. Or more accurately, God is mutating. Changing. In flux. Becoming perhaps slightly less appealing as a dogmatic force of rigid closed-minded sit-down-and-shut-up paternal scowling and becoming perhaps more fluid, interesting, dynamic, unspecified, something you actually want to take into your heart and into your mouth and lick until you find the rich, creamy center and then define that taste for yourself, blissfully independent of what your parents or priest or president tells you, until you reach that...
  • Holiday task force gives decoration suggestions for city [PC Alert]

    11/08/2007 3:13:15 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 114+ views
    The Coloradoan | Nov 7, 2007 | KELLI LACKETT
    Holiday task force gives decoration suggestions for city This article discusses a proposal by the city of Fort Collins, CO to establish a task force to consider policies related to city-sponsored holiday displays. The "educational and multicultural" display would represent both religious and non-religious celebrations that occur between Nov 1 and Jan 30.
  • Joe Biden Says Democrats Have Been Too Fearful to Discuss Religion

    08/14/2007 6:48:34 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 42 replies · 888+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | Monday , August 13, 2007 | Associated Press
    Joe Biden Says Democrats Have Been Too Fearful to Discuss Religion Monday , August 13, 2007 ADVERTISEMENT NASHUA, N.H. — White House hopeful Joe Biden said Monday that Democrats lost the last two presidential elections in part because they let themselves be portrayed as anti-God. Democrats have been too afraid to talk about faith, Biden said at a Rotary Club luncheon. But what voters really want to know is whether a president believes in something bigger than themselves and whether he or she respects the faith of others, he said.
  • Anti-God Starbucks cup has customer steaming

    05/07/2007 1:46:10 PM PDT · by rocksblues · 106 replies · 2,090+ views
    worldnetdaily ^ | May 6, 2007 | unknown
    An Ohio woman is steaming after reading an anti-God message published on the side of a Starbucks coffee cup. The message that got Michelle Incanno's blood boiling reads: "Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Why not search inside ourselves for the power to overcome? After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure." Michelle Incanno of Springboro, Ohio, holds a cup part of Starbucks' 'The Way I...
  • Bodyguards, not altar boys, flank pro-marriage cleric

    05/07/2007 10:08:36 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 10 replies · 618+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | Posted: May 6, 2007 | WorldNet Daily
    Bodyguards, not altar boys, flank pro-marriage cleric Archbishop receives death threats, bullet in mail from 'Red Brigade' for opposing same-sex unions -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: May 6, 2007 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2007 WorldNetDaily.com Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco no longer celebrates Mass in the cathedral of Genoa, Italy, with assistance from altar boys or deacons – not since the death threats began after he spoke out against government plans to legalize same-sex unions. Bagnasco, recently appointed head of Italy's Conference of Bishops, stirred controversy last month when the group issued a statement directed at Catholic lawmakers, reminding them of their moral obligation to...
  • Misguided thought crimes legislation on U.S. House floor

    05/04/2007 11:12:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 955+ views
    Townhall ^ | May 3, 2007 | House GOP Minority Whip Rep. Roy Blunt
    Fresh off a vote last week urging our abrupt surrender in Iraq, and just hours removed from coming up 62 votes short in an attempt to override the president's veto, Democrats will use the House floor this afternoon to slide through legislation conceived of, written by, and moved in consultation with a key segment of their special interest constituency. The bill, harmlessly coined "the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act" by House Democrats, would create a nebulous new class of criminals based not on the things they do, but on the basis of what they may or may not...
  • Homosexual Quota Bill was also introduced this week

    04/27/2007 8:05:24 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 32 replies · 1,069+ views
    Traditional Values Coalition ^ | April 26, 2007 | TVC
    April 26, 2007 -- The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was introduced by two homosexual activists Rep. Barney Frank, (D-MA) and Tammy Baldwin, (D-WI), as well as Deborah Pryce, (R-OH) and Chris Shays (R-CT). Yet another attack on Christians by the liberal controlled Congress, this anti-Christian legislation focuses on Christian employers. ENDA is based on the false premise that homosexuals are discriminated on in the workplace. This homosexual quota bill makes it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or refuse to promote an employee based on the person’s “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.” All of the same bizarre sexual behaviors protected...
  • Religious group attacks religion in U.S. healthcare

    04/25/2007 2:57:26 AM PDT · by Bluestateredman · 48 replies · 1,375+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 04/24/07 | By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor
    HomeU.S.BusinessWorldEntertainmentSportsTechPoliticsElectionsScienceHealthMost Popular Secondary Navigation Local News Education Religion Politics Crimes and Trials Search: All News Yahoo! News Only News Photos Video/Audio Advanced -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Religious group attacks religion in U.S. healthcare By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor Tue Apr 24, 6:11 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of religious leaders took on the Catholic Church, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Bush administration on Tuesday with a plea to take religion out of health care in the United States. ADVERTISEMENT They said last week's Supreme Court decision outlawing a certain type of abortion demonstrated that religious belief was interfering...
  • University of Wisconsin ignores the law, refuses to recognize Christian student organizations

    08/15/2006 1:01:42 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 2 replies · 336+ views
    Alliance Defense Fund ^ | Monday, August 07, 2006, 5:15 PM (MST) | ADF Media Relations
    University of Wisconsin ignores the law, refuses to recognize Christian student organizationshttp://alliancedefensefund.org/news/pressrelease.aspx?cid=3820 ADF attorney calls university officials to account for discriminatory actions Monday, August 07, 2006, 5:15 PM (MST) ADF Media Relations | 480-444-0020 MADISON, Wis. — The director of the Alliance Defense Fund’s Center for Academic Freedom sent a letter to University of Wisconsin officials today warning them about the illegality of their continued de-recognition of Christian student groups. "Christian student groups shouldn’t be treated differently from other student organizations,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David French, who wrote the letter. “The University of Wisconsin has decided to force...
  • Obama: America needs to hear more-moderate, more-inclusive religious voices

    08/13/2006 5:51:51 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 50 replies · 1,171+ views
    United Church News ^ | August '06 | Barb Powell
    More-moderate religious perspectives "do not have voice" within the media, says U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), and it's something he's working to change. "I think it is unfortunate any time the media does not accurately portray the true beliefs of the American people," Obama, a member of Trinity UCC in Chicago, told United Church News. "There are millions of religious Americans who are offended when their faith is used as a tool to attack and divide, and who see a positive role for the church in solving both social and moral problems.
  • Destroying Human Exceptionalism By Creating Human/Chimp Hybrids

    07/26/2006 10:23:55 PM PDT · by hocndoc · 27 replies · 946+ views
    SecondHand Smoke ^ | July | Wesley Smith
    Destroying Human Exceptionalism By Creating Human/Chimp HybridsI just don't understand the emotional stake some people invest in convincing us that humankind is nothing special in the universe. Indeed, some, such as University of Washington psychology professor David P. Barash, are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to knock us off the pedestal of exceptionalism. This includes, as he urges in this piece published in the LA Times, creating human/chimp hybrids to prove that we are just a bunch of apes. (This is not the first time I have seen such advocacy.) And, bonus of bonuses, Barash believes, such a hybrid...
  • BERKELEY: Telegraph needs lots of help

    05/28/2006 9:55:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies · 658+ views
    San Francisco Cronicle ^ | 5/28/6 | David Lazarus
    Desperate times call for desperate measures. It took the looming closure of much-admired Cody's Books on Telegraph Avenue for Berkeley to finally get serious about cleaning up what's become a four-block showplace for urban decay, drug dealing and homelessness -- right on the doorstep of one of the nation's most prestigious universities. Responding to Cody's recently announced exit in July, the Berkeley City Council last week approved a package of measures submitted by Mayor Tom Bates that will provide for more cops and more social workers, streamline the permit process for new businesses and generally clean things up. "We've had...
  • Comedian burns Bible as cameras roll (Norway)

    03/28/2006 3:51:48 AM PST · by franksolich · 43 replies · 1,010+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | March 28, 2006 | not specified
    Otto Jespersen, one of Norway's most controversial comedians, has caused another stir by burning pages from the Bible in the heart of a conservative West Coast city. Comedian Otto Jespersen seems to enjoy stirring up controversy.The city of Ĺlesund is already well-known for a fire that destroyed most of it at the beginning of the last century, and for rebuilding efforts that produced unique examples of Art Nouveau architecture.Now some flames have thrust Ĺlesund into the headlines again, after Jespersen lit a fire in the center of town. The burly, middle-aged Norwegian seems to have a thing for fires: He's...
  • The Skewering of Jack Abramoff

    01/26/2006 2:31:44 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 1 replies · 188+ views
    The Forward ^ | 1/27/'06 | David Klinghoffer
    From George Clooney to Orthodox rabbis, the list of those who have scathingly denounced Jack Abramoff seems endless. Given the admission of guilt by this Orthodox Jew and former super-lobbyist for Indian gambling tribes, is it possible to discover any grounds for sympathy with him? Actually, yes. But first a disclaimer. As I wrote in the Forward back in May, I am not unbiased. I've met Abramoff on two occasions, including 10 years ago when I was a guest in his home for Sukkot. I once worked for Toward Tradition, the conservative Jewish group for which, before my time, he...
  • Sympathy for the Devil [Jack Abramoff]?

    01/26/2006 2:21:33 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 5 replies · 516+ views
    The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles ^ | 1/27/'06 | David Klinghoffer
    A rule in Jewish law holds that when all the judges on the Jewish high court unanimously condemned an accused criminal, he must be set free. The very unanimity was suspicious and called into question the justice of the proceedings. Talk about unanimity. By now thousands of published articles, ranging from critical to hateful, have appeared about the famous Jack Abramoff — Orthodox Jew, former Washington super-lobbyist, product of an affluent Beverly Hills upbringing and future inmate of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He has pleaded guilty to mail fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy. As Abramoff told The Jewish Journal...
  • God Bless Canada

    01/21/2006 6:38:37 PM PST · by CaptainCanada · 84 replies · 1,571+ views
    Politics Canada ^ | Jan 20, 2006 | John Chuckman
    I hadn't realized until recently that Stephen Harper was using "God Bless Canada!" as a tagline for his speeches. Some may think this a harmless, or even beneficent, expression for a politician to use, but for those with knowledge of history, nothing could be a more frightening. I do believe we all know to whom Harper is tipping his hat with these words. George Bush, author of two wars which have killed more than a hundred thousand innocent people and the champion of an ugly set of repressive laws in the United States, says "God Bless America!" every chance he...
  • Daniel Drops In Week Two (Ratings sink)

    01/15/2006 8:31:34 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 8 replies · 669+ views
    Broadcasting & Cable ^ | 1/16/06 | John Eggerton
    It its second chapter, NBC's controversial drama Book of Daniel averaged a 2.2rating/6 share in the Nielsen Fast Affiliate overnight ratings in the 18-49 demo Friday night. That is down significantly from the 2.9/9 the show recorded for its two-hour debut the Friday before. A handful of stations have dropped the limited series--8 episodes--over content concerns with the edgy drama about a prescription-drug addicted priest and his dysfunctional family. The top show of the night Friday was CBS drama Numbers at a 3.7/11, followed by the results show for ABC's Dancing With the Stars, which won its time period with...
  • Conservative/Republican Freethinkers ZOT

    10/19/2005 2:01:52 AM PDT · by frikativ54 · 46 replies · 1,278+ views
    Hi, I am the Founder of the Reed College Freethinkers, a college atheist, agnostic, humanist, liberal Christian, and Separation of Church and State group, based in Portland, Oregon. We noticed that the majority of freethinkers are liberals, or at least those who seem to speak out tend to be left-of-center. While I consider myself to be a moderate, I was wondering if anyone knows of any prominent (or fairly prominent) conservatives/Republicans who also espouse some brand of freethought? If so, could you please list the person and contact information, if possible. Or feel free to contact me directly at reed.freethinkers@gmail.com.
  • Leftwing Bigot Watch

    09/25/2005 7:46:17 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 6 replies · 552+ views
    La Queen Sucia ^ | Sept. 23, 2005 | Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
    Sucias, Meet Lylah Alphonse. She is the "LA" who keeps blasting me on this blog. She used to work with me at the Boston Globe. She was a copy editor at the time, and the only solid thing I really remember about her is that she made her own coffee in a cute little desktop pot. ... I should say that Lylah eventually got a book published. It is called "Triumph Over Discrimination: The Life Story of Farhang Mehr." I haven't read it all the way through, mostly because I fell asleep after page...nine. The writing is passive, weak, bland,...
  • 50 rally for proposition at Mount Soledad cross (San Diego, CA)

    07/25/2005 8:04:25 PM PDT · by TheDon · 9 replies · 317+ views
    Union-Tribune ^ | July 25, 2005 | Matthew T. Hall
    About 50 people rallied at the Mount Soledad cross yesterday in support of Proposition A, a measure on tomorrow's ballot aimed at preserving the symbol on public land. ... Attorney James McElroy says the transfer would be unconstitutional. He and his client, atheist and veteran Philip Paulson, want the cross moved. On Thursday, a judge said passage of Proposition A required more than a simple majority because the city charter requires two-thirds approval for any change in use of public parkland and Congress cannot guarantee that the memorial would remain in perpetuity. ...
  • The L.A. Weekly Wants A New Inquisition - (invents trendy mocking word "Christies" for Christians)

    06/15/2005 9:48:47 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 25 replies · 953+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | JUNE 16, 2005 | WARNER TODD HUSTON
    It seems the L.A. Weekly wants to seek out and destroy Christianity itself instead of any particular sect thereof. I can say this because the newspaper has admitted as much in a recent column (go here). More on that later. This June 10 column has identified Christians as “Christers,” the kitschy new hate word created by anti-religionists in the U.S.A. to describe their foe: you and me. The Weekly uses this pseudo word some 16 times in the Op Ed even going so far as to make it appear as if the word was used in a Wall Street Journal...
  • Suit filed in Bible battle

    06/03/2005 1:02:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 657+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 6/3/5 | Jamie Satterfield
    Boy, parents say principal barred him from reading, discussing book at recess. A 10-year-old boy is taking his battle to study the Bible at recess to a federal courtroom. Karns Elementary School fourth-grader Luke Whitson, through his parents, has filed a civil rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the Knox County Board of Education, School Superintendent Charles Lindsey and Karns Elementary Principal Cathy Summa. Luke's parents, Samuel and Tina Whitson, contend Summa barred Luke from holding a Bible reading and discussion group at recess. Knox County Deputy Law Director Marty McCampbell, who handles school-related litigation, declined comment on the...
  • Separation of church, state contested

    05/31/2005 8:10:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies · 742+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/31/5 | Randy Myers
    As worries mount over crumbling walls at California's 21 Spanish-era missions, one man says another historic wall deserves equal preservation. The Rev. Barry Lynn claims that spending $10 million in taxpayer money to renovate the structures would breach a constitutional barrier against government funding for religion. The hard-line advocate for church and state separation is locked in a legal battle that tests the constitutionality of federal legislation to fund renovations. Supporters say the money is a must to save monuments that are priceless windows on the West's past. Lynn realizes his challenge won't win many fans in the Golden State....
  • ACLU: Attacking American Freedoms Again - (annual letters urging ban on faith speeches)

    05/26/2005 2:03:21 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 42 replies · 928+ views
    OPINION EDITORIALS.COM ^ | MAY 24, 2005 | GEORGE C. LANDRITH
    Each spring as high school graduation approaches, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sends out a letter to public schools warning them that no one can pray or make remarks referring to their faith at graduation. But the ACLU goes further than that. They typically demand that public schools censure any speech that might be viewed as having a religious tone. It is not enough that the school not sponsor prayer or religious activities, the ACLU believes government must prevent people from doing or saying anything that may have religious meaning. I sat on a public school board and saw...
  • 'Advocates' for the 'Poor'? - (Democrats digging permanent minority hole for themselves)

    05/13/2005 8:56:11 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 13 replies · 529+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | MAY 14, 2005 | COLONEL ROBERT PAPPAS, USMC (Ret)
    The last time the writer filled up with gas, it cost $2.05 per gallon. During a recent visit to Greece, gasoline costs were $4 per gallon and up, and low when compared to the rest of Europe. Assuming Greece and the rest of the world buy oil on the world market, everyone pays much the same price for crude. The difference at the pump is in overhead, transportation, refining, taxes, and profit. It is widely known that the U.S. has sufficient oil reserves to satisfy its needs for years, many years, even without the “strategic reserves.” But some of the...
  • Public Schools: Awakening America to the Danger - (countercultural indoctrination a reality)

    05/12/2005 9:48:03 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 6 replies · 498+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | MAY 12, 2005 | CHRISTOPHER ADAMO
    Far too few among the Christian community are willing to remain steadfast in their beliefs, in the face of the enormous pressures of liberal social change. Fortunately, Bruce N. Shortt exemplifies the meaning of such worthy resolve. Last year Shortt, along with T.C. Pinckney, made waves at the 2004 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) by stating the obvious. America’s educational system has, over the past several decades, completely degenerated from any pretense of promoting academics. Instead, it is primarily focused on a program of indoctrinating students towards countercultural social transformation. Relentlessly working to eradicate any references to God or traditional morality,...