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  • 10 Signs Christianity Is on the Rise [Disagree]

    03/10/2015 2:54:51 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 87 replies
    Aleteia.org ^ | 03/09/2015 | Tom Hoopes
    Christianity is a dying relic of an ancient past. The Internet is killing it. Science is killing it. Western sophistication is killing it. Right? [correct] Wrong. [incorrect] In many ways, Christianity is on the rise as never before—worldwide, and in America [disagree]. Here are the ways we can tell: 1. Christianity is growing by leaps and bounds worldwide. The research shows Christian numbers rising, not falling worldwide. "Christianity should enjoy a worldwide boom in the coming decades, but the vast majority of believers will be neither white nor European, nor Euro-American," writes Philip Jenkins of Baylor University, author of "The...
  • Lindt Cafe Terrorist called Obama out as an Apostate back in 2008

    12/16/2014 9:45:54 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/16/14 | Judi McLeod
    Islam is getting richer dollar wise and in social media support, but you can’t count on Obama, most western leaders or the mainstream media to warn you against the next terrorist strike Among those who saw Barack Hussein Obama as an “apostate” for denying his religion as an Islamist, when he first ran as president in 2008, was the man who was to become the terrorist who killed two innocent hostages, injuring four others at the Sydney Lindt Cafe on Sunday. Signing his name as “Sheik Haron” and writing “Dear Brother Barack Obama” in the salutation of his letter, Man...
  • Cardinal Burke's full interview with Spanish magazine Vida Nueva

    11/07/2014 6:23:57 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 7, 2014 | New Catholic
    The interview of Cardinal Burke with Spanish Catholic weekly Vida Nueva is now very well-known due to the expression, "a rudderless ship", but taken out of context. Below, you will find the full translation of the interview (we thank Rorate's Spanish-language partners at Adelante la Fe - Rorate en Espańol for providing us the original text) Interview Raymond Leo Burke "It seems to many that the Church's ship has lost its compass." US Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke is considered one of the representatives of the Curial sector most resistant to change, as he demonstrates by deeming "critical" the current moment,...
  • SOURCE CONFIRMS POPE WILL REMOVE CONSERVATIVE CARDINAL FROM VATICAN

    09/29/2014 2:36:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 82 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 29, 2014 | Austin Ruse
    SOURCE CONFIRMS POPE WILL REMOVE CONSERVATIVE CARDINAL FROM VATICAN
  • The Rise of Bergoglianism

    09/26/2014 8:22:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | September 26, 2014 | Christopher Ferrara
    The Rise of Bergoglianism A caution to the reader: What follows is a very harsh assessment of the current pontificate. I felt compelled to write it, but no one is compelled to read it. I am nothing and nobody in the great scheme of things, although I am privileged to contribute to the record of a venerable traditional Catholic journal that will surely have its place in the history of these times. I have no illusions that my little lamentations will have any effect on the Pope, for whom I pray each day, or on events in the Church. But...
  • I am Muslim and Republican – and was attacked by people in my party

    07/05/2014 9:40:40 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 137 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 4 2014 | Saba Ahmed
    Earlier this year, I attended an event with former House speaker Newt Gingrich, despite knowing of his stereotypical attitude towards Muslims. I realized then the power of one voice to change people's prejudices – and how rarely people like me use ours: I was the first Muslimah to whom he had ever spoken. Yes, I am Muslim, and I am a Republican – and that's why I was at the Heritage Foundation panel on Benghazi last month, where I asked the now-infamous question about how conservatives deal with the vast majority of people of my faith who are peaceful. Americans...
  • Kerry on Religion: 'Not the Way I Think Most People Want to Live'

    05/05/2014 11:36:36 AM PDT · by Siegfried X · 23 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/5/2014 | JERYL BIER
    During a talk to the U.S. embassy staff in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the first stop on his trip to Africa, Secretary of State John Kerry remarked about what he called the "different cross-currents of modernity" and the challenges they present on the African continent. The comments contain a veiled reference to religion, and the part that religion might be playing in some of the current conflicts in Africa: This is a time here in Africa where there are a number of different cross-currents of modernity that are coming together to make things even more challenging. Some people believe that...
  • SCREWTAPE PROPOSES AN EPISCOPAL TOAST... TO JOHN SHELBY SPONG With apologies to C.S. Lewis

    10/20/2013 2:42:48 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 10-14-13 | David W. Virtue
    With apologies to C.S. Lewis My dear Wormwood, The Screwtape Letters It's hard to fathom, even by our standards of non-compliance with the Other Side, what a marvelous catch this John Shelby Spong fellow has turned out to be. I doubt we could have created a more perfect model of apostasy and heresy all wrapped up in one man. For more than four decades, he has steadfastly aided and abetted our cause of disbelief. Atheists and skeptics are obvious sinners, but they are not a patch on a man who wears the cloth of his religion while defaming and declaiming...
  • Vatican Chief Justice: Nancy Pelosi Must Be Denied Communion

    09/23/2013 10:05:35 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 31 replies
    CNS News ^ | September 23, 2013 | Michael W. Chapman
    Cardinal Raymond Burke, archbishop emeritus of St. Louis, MO, and prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura at the Vatican. (CNSNews.com) -- Because of her longstanding support for abortion, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a Catholic, must be denied Communion under the law of the Catholic Church, said Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the highest court at the Vatican. Cardinal Burke referenced his remarks about Pelosi to Canon Law--the law governing the Catholic Church--and specifically Canon 915, which says those Catholics who obstinately persevere “in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”...
  • Baptist Apostasy [The Cycle of Apostasy]

    06/14/2013 1:02:47 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 44 replies
    BaptistPillar.com ^ | Gordon Silcox
    The Word of God clearly teaches that in the last days just before the return of Christ for the saints there will be a falling away from the Truth... ...The words “falling away” in this text are old English words for an abandonment, a defection, a desertion or a departure from one’s faith. It is a forsaking of something once believed. An apostasy or falling away is leaving the principles of one’s faith as set forth in the Word of God and either compromising them or clearly abandoning them. In the Word of God, the words “falling away” is the...
  • The Testimony of a Former Irish Priest

    06/01/2013 9:46:17 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 138 replies
    Bible Believers ^ | Richard Peter Bennett
    THE TESTIMONY OF A FORMER IRISH PRIEST Richard Peter Bennett E-mail: bereanbennett@juno.com Born Irish, in a family of eight, my early childhood was fulfilled and happy. My father was a colonel in the Irish Army until he retired when I was about nine. As a family, we loved to play, sing, and act, all within a military camp in Dublin. We were a typical Irish Roman Catholic family. My father sometimes knelt down to pray at his bedside in a solemn manner. My mother would talk to Jesus while sewing, washing dishes, or even smoking a cigarette. Most evenings we...
  • Leading Catholic: Let priests have sex

    11/23/2012 7:18:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 Nov 12 09:19 CET | (The Local/bk)
    Abolishing celibacy for priests would encourage more to take up the cloth, Alois Glück, president of the central committee for German Catholics argued on Friday. … But Glück admitted that since the Vatican was unlikely to change its stance on the issue in the foreseeable future, lay Catholics would hopefully play a bigger role in local parishes. “Women will have to take up more responsibilities,” he said. …
  • Is Barack Obama a Christian?

    07/27/2012 11:30:45 AM PDT · by iloveamerica1980 · 48 replies
    Dittos Rush ^ | 7-6-12 | James
    (Written by me on 7-6-12) It finally hit me this morning. The United States will not have a Christian leader for at least four more years, regardless of our vote in November. I can say this with assuredness only after examining the testimony of our two remaining Presidential candidates, as follows. In a 2004 interview with Cathleen Falsani, Barack Obama said, “I believe that there are many paths to the same place.” Obama also said, “All people of faith—Christians, Jews, Muslims, animists, everyone knows the same God.” Animism in the belief in the existence of individual spirits that inhabit natural...
  • Newark church members wear hoodies on Palm Sunday as sign of solidarity with Trayvon Martin

    04/01/2012 7:58:42 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    New Jersey Star-Ledger ^ | April 1, 2012 | Eunice Lee
    Pastor Ronald Slaughter wore his Sunday best, plus a white hoodie sweatshirt as he preached his Palm Sunday sermon today. Slaughter and members of his congregation at St. James AME Church in Newark donned hoodies in honor of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen gunned down by a neighborhood watch captain last month. Several congregants wore their hoodies up while others sitting in the pews came in regular dress. Slaughter, who wore a white zipped up hoodie sweatshirt over a shirt and tie, and other church leaders behind the pulpit wore hoodies but did not cover their heads.
  • Saudi faces death calls after prophet tweets

    02/09/2012 4:58:45 PM PST · by AMitchum · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/09/2012
    A young Saudi journalist is facing calls for his execution after tweeting remarks about the Prophet Mohammed, and the kingdom's top clerics are demanding his trial after denouncing him as an "apostate." On the occasion of the Muslim prophet's birthday last week, 23-year-old Hamza Kashgari tweeted: "I have loved things about you and I have hated things about you and there is a lot I don't understand about you." "I will not pray for you," he added. The controversial tweet sparked a frenzy of responses -- some 30,000, according to an online service that tracks tweets in the Arab world....
  • Convert feared kidnapped by Muslim hardliners

    01/11/2012 8:04:38 AM PST · by bayouranger · 14 replies
    ninemsn.com.au/ ^ | 1-11-12 | ninemsn staff
    The husband and friends of an Iranian refugee missing since last month fear she has been kidnapped by Islamic extremists because of her efforts to convert Muslims to Christianity. Melbourne woman Mandy Ahmadi disappeared from her Dandenong home on December 16, leaving behind her handbag, money and credit cards, The Age reported. Moving to Australia in 1999, Mrs Ahmadi became a Christian five years ago, and her husband Nathan converted from Islam a year later. Mrs Ahmadi became active in the migrant community, helping Muslims leaving detention centres through an agency she co-founded at a local church. "It is so...
  • Victims of the Apostasy law in Islam

    12/22/2011 12:33:14 PM PST · by bayouranger · 1 replies
    europenews ^ | 12-21-11 | Not Listed
    Interview with Kamal Fahmi, director of Set My People Free (10th of December 2011, Stockholm). What is the purpose of today’s event? Today, actually is the international day of human rights. This is one of the reasons we chose this day, and the second one also, that it is that we give the Nobel prize, so there is a lot of media attention, and what we want to bring the attention of the people to is the apostasy law in Islam, which not many people know about. Islam is a one way religion. If you are a Muslim you can...
  • Top Irish Catholic cleric calls for church to end celibacy for priests

    10/03/2011 11:58:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    CNN Belief ^ | 09/13/2011 | Peter Taggart
    Belfast, Northern Ireland (CNN) – A respected former Catholic bishop in Ireland is calling for an end to clerical celibacy in the wake of the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the church worldwide, and says he finds it "heartbreaking" that some prospective priests turn away from the calling because of the celibacy rule. In his recently published book, "A Troubled See, Memoirs of a Derry Bishop," Dr. Edward Daly said that allowing clergymen to marry would ease many of the church's problems. There needs to be a place in the modern Catholic church for a married priesthood, said Daly,...
  • Ex-Muslim Author: Koran Demands ‘Jihad’ & Teaches Believers to ‘Hate’ Christians and Jews

    09/15/2011 7:18:31 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 17 replies · 1+ views
    The Blaze ^ | Sept 13, 2011 | Billy Hallowell
    Al Fadi, a Saudi native now living in America, is setting out to educate the West about his former religion — Islam. His message, rooted in what he says are deep convictions and personal truth, is sure to inspire controversy. Al Fadi converted to Christianity after coming to the United States for college. While he claims that he initially planned to convert everyone he met to Islam, something completely unexpected happened. After meeting Christians for the first time in his life, al Fadi became enamored. He explained his conversion to CBN’s Erick Stakelbeck: “Basically, the more I met people who...
  • Over 50 U.S. churches to hold Qur'an readings

    05/19/2011 12:49:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 71 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | May 18, 2011
    “We want to send a message to the world,” said Tad Stahnke, director of policy and programs for Human Rights First, “that Americans do respect religious differences and reject religious bigotry and the demonization of Islam or any other religion.” Do the Qur'an readings below constitute demonization of Christianity? Would Tad Stahnke care to explain why not? Here are some readings that the congregants in the various churches might enjoy: Christians have forgotten part of the divine revelations they received: "From those, too, who call themselves Christians, We did take a covenant, but they forgot a good part of the...
  • Presbyterians clear way for gay clergy

    05/11/2011 5:20:27 AM PDT · by iowamark · 28 replies
    AP, FNC ^ | May 10, 2011 | Associated Press
    After decades of debate, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Tuesday struck down a barrier to ordaining gays, ratifying a proposal that removes the celibacy requirement for unmarried clergy, in the latest mainline Protestant move toward accepting gay relationships... Differences over the Bible and homosexuality have split Protestant groups nationally and worldwide for years. Within the Presbyterian Church, about 100 of the 11,000 congregations had already broken away ahead of the vote, but a group of large theologically conservative congregations, which calls itself Fellowship, has decided to remain in the denomination for now. Top Presbyterian executives issued a statement to the...
  • Nonviolent Muslim cleric killed in Nigeria

    03/13/2011 9:10:25 PM PDT · by quantim · 10 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Mar 13, 11:45 PM EDT | NJADVARA MUSA
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- A Muslim cleric who embraced nonviolence and spoke out against the sectarian violence plaguing northeast Nigeria died Sunday after suffering gunshot wounds in an apparent attack by a radical sect, witnesses said. Imam Ibrahim Ahmed Abdullahi died in the shade of his Maiduguri mosque after gunmen from the Boko Haram sect apparently jumped out of a sport utility vehicle and opened fire, witnesses told The Associated Press. Abdullahi suffered five gunshot wounds and died as the gunmen apparently escaped into the restive city.
  • Saddleback Health & Fitness Seminar - Infomercial for Sustainable Development

    01/29/2011 2:28:26 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 26 replies
    Ponderings From Patmos ^ | 1/29/2011 | jenpek
    Saddleback Health & Fitness Seminar - Infomercial for Sustainable Development Today on Patmos we will discuss my experience at the Saddleback Health and Fitness Seminar this past weekend. I first arrived to Saddleback's campus only to be told that "all parking lots were full." I drove across the street to see if there were any spots available in the business lots and they were full too. I ended up parking in a housing tract and walked a mile or two back to Saddleback's campus. As I arrived, I overheard a parking lot attendant say they estimated about 6,000 people had...
  • ELCA Council Acts on Structure, Governance Proposals, Other Topics

    11/23/2010 10:30:35 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 1+ views
    CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) recommended constitutional amendments to the 2011 ELCA Churchwide Assembly regarding a 3-year cycle for churchwide assemblies, council membership, eliminating program committees and strengthening interrelationships. . . . David D. Swartling, ELCA secretary, said a committee of the "Living Into the Future Together: Renewing the Ecology of the ELCA" task force, proposed the four constitutional amendments on structure and governance. The council adopted the amendments and sent them to the 2011 Churchwide Assembly, which must approve amendments to the ELCA Constitution, Bylaws and Continuing Resolutions. The council...
  • Sr. Carol Keehan Has Visited the White House 15 Times

    10/19/2010 4:19:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Inside Catholic ^ | October 19, 2010 | Deal W. Hudson
    Sr. Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association, has been a frequent guest at the obama White House. Visitor logs just released reveal that Sr. Keehan visited the White House 15 times since the beginning of the present administration.However, on seven occasions, Sr. Keehan met with President Obama himself -- that's a remarkable level of access. It reflects Sr. Carol's importance in the eyes of the administration in both passing the health care bill and controlling the ongoing health care debate.
  • Anita Hill, 2 other lesbians in committed relationships welcomed as ELCA [Lutheran] pastors

    09/19/2010 9:17:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 9/19/10 | Jeff Strickler
    n a ceremony that started with a public mea culpa and ended with a prolonged standing ovation, three lesbian ministers were officially embraced Saturday by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The three were the Rev. Anita Hill, pastor of St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church in St. Paul, and two Minneapolis chaplains: the Rev. Phyllis Zillhart at Fairview Home Care and Hospice and the Rev. Ruth Frost at the Hospice of the Twin Cities.
  • Pastors affirm Obama's Christianity, denounce 'misrepresentations'

    08/27/2010 11:07:19 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 65 replies
    Pastors affirm Obama's Christianity, denounce 'misrepresentations' By Elise Viebeck - 08/27/10 12:59 PM ET More than 70 pastors and other denominational leaders affirmed President Obama's Christianity on Friday in a letter written to oppose "those who continue to insinuate that the President is Muslim, not a Christian." The letter urged religious leaders, public officials and the media to refuse to give attention to those who distort Obama's faith, calling the president "unwavering" in his commitment to Christianity. The statement comes on the heels of a poll last week showing that 18 percent of Americans believe Obama is a Muslim, up...
  • President Apostate? (NYTimes, 2008, now on Drudge front page)

    08/19/2010 1:50:56 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 86 replies
    NYTime ^ | 5-12-08 | Edward N. Luttwak
    *snip* Senator Obama is half African by birth and Africans can understandably identify with him. In Islam, however, there is no such thing as a half-Muslim. Like all monotheistic religions, Islam is an exclusive faith. As the son of the Muslim father, Senator Obama was born a Muslim under Muslim law as it is universally understood. It makes no difference that, as Senator Obama has written, his father said he renounced his religion.
  • Campus Apostate: Former UC Irvine Muslim Student Union Member — and Former Muslim — Speaks Out

    08/01/2010 8:35:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 1+ views
    pajamas media ^ | 8/1/10 | Aaron Elias
    The following is an interview with “OC Apostate,” a former UC Irvine student who made the decision to leave Islam and the Muslim Student Union at UCI. Though as OC Apostate describes it, the two decisions were not related. This interview provides a unique firsthand description of the MSU from an insider’s perspective, something usually unavailable to the outside community. As readers will see, OC Apostate did not have an easy time disengaging from the MSU. Why did you decide to leave Islam and the Muslim Student Union? Were the two decisions related? My parents were not religious before; they...
  • Iowa City woman (not) ordained as a bishop

    06/14/2010 8:43:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies · 536+ views
    Daily Iowan ^ | 6/14/2010 | CATHRYN SLOANE
    Mary Kay Kusner was raised as a quite traditional Roman Catholic.On Sunday, she was ordained as a priest — a role for women that is anything but traditional in the Catholic Church.Kusner’s ordination was made possible by the Roman Catholic Womenpriests organization, a group loyal to the church in its teachings and rituals but denounced by the church for its belief that women, too, can be priests.“We’re growing very quickly, and the people are accepting us,” Roman Catholic Woman Bishop, Bridget Mary Meehan said.Meehan, who actively keeps a blog on the movement, was one of the first eight women in...
  • Cutié is a priest again — and a dad-to-be

    06/01/2010 5:05:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies · 521+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 5/29/2010 | JAWEED KALEEM
    As he stood in front of dozens of reporters a year ago to say he was leaving the Roman Catholic Church and marrying, celebrity priest Alberto Cutié took a plunge, putting his life on a path that would look little like what he imagined when he slipped on that first clerical collar in his 20s and and vowed a life of celibacy. These days, he's a suburban 41-year-old husband, sharing a three-bedroom house in Miami Shores with his wife and her son, often cooking Cuban meals before a game of Chinese checkers. On Saturday, after dusting off the same white...
  • 'Leaving Islam' Bus Ads Run in NYC (Ad directs people to site that provides a refuge from Islam)

    05/30/2010 7:56:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 357+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 05/29/2010 | Michelle A. Vu
    Move aside pro-atheist and Christian bus ads. A new ad targeting former Muslims has joined the religious bus ad campaigns in New York City. Some 30 city buses began in mid-May to display an ad that reads: “Leaving Islam? Fatwa on your head? Is your family threatening you?” The ad directs people to the website www.refugefromislam.com. Opponents of the ad say it promotes an anti-Muslim message and seeks to draw people away from the faith. But supporters of the campaign say it is meeting a real need to provide resources for Muslims who want to leave the faith. “As an...
  • Rand Paul: We Wouldn't Need Laws If Everyone Were Christian (extreme Paul Derangement Syndrome)

    05/22/2010 7:12:43 AM PDT · by Christian_Capitalist · 71 replies · 1,537+ views
    ReligionDispatches.Org ^ | May 21, 2010 | Sarah Posner
    May 21, 20108:02AMRand Paul: We Wouldn't Need Laws If Everyone Were ChristianPost by Sarah PosnerAppearing on The Brody File, Rand Paul, who believes that portions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act need "further discussion" and may violate private business owners' First Amendment rights, said that we wouldn't really need laws in this country if everyone were a good Christian: "I'm a Christian. We go to the Presbyterian Church. My wife’s a Deacon there and we’ve gone there ever since we came to town. I see that Christianity and values is the basis of our society. . . . 98% of...
  • What is the definition of 'anti-Mormon'? - Anti-Mormon Caucus (Just Kidding)

    03/05/2010 8:15:44 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 505 replies · 2,421+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | March 5, 2010 | By McKay Coppins
    What is the definition of 'anti-Mormon'?   I have often heard the criticism that Latter-day Saints classify everyone who disagrees with our beliefs as "anti-Mormon." Of course, the people who say this are usually anti-Mormons. Am I proving their point? I don't think so. I actually agree that this is a problem in our church. After all, our belief system, if firmly embraced, demands a lot of personal sacrifice, and we often become hyper-defensive when we sense a threat to our faith. Unfortunately, this often leads to irrational name-calling and blindly neglecting to differentiate between non-Mormons and anti-Mormons. Of...
  • JOE BIDEN RIDICULED FOR WEARING ASHES

    02/17/2010 2:24:51 PM PST · by Fred · 120 replies · 2,817+ views
    Catholic League ^ | 021710 | Bill Donohue
    Fox News analyst Bob Beckel today criticized Vice President Joe Biden for wearing ashes on TV; today is Ash Wednesday and Biden is Catholic. In the middle of a discussion on President Obama’s stimulus plan, Beckel gratuitously said, “Sorry about laughing, but I looked at Joe Biden’s forehead, and I know it is Ash Wednesday, but I’m not sure I would wear that ash on the air. Anyway….” Catholic League president Bill Donohue wasn’t amused: Bob Beckel’s admonishing remark, “I’m not sure I would wear that ash on the air,” makes us wonder whether it is the public display of...
  • Evangelical Church Opens Doors Fully To Gays [Are Evangelical & Lutheran Churches Relevant Anymore?]

    12/19/2009 4:41:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 45 replies · 1,639+ views
    AP Report ^ | December 19th 2009
    Evangelical Church Opens Doors Fully To Gays Renegade pastor in Denver finds new followers, but makes enemies too DENVER - The auditorium lights turned low, the service begins with the familiar rhythms of church: children singing, hugs and handshakes of greeting, a plea for donations to fix the boiler. Then the 55-year-old pastor with spiked gray hair and blue jeans launches into his weekly welcome, a poem-like litany that includes the line "queer or straight here, there's no hate here." The Rev. Mark Tidd initially used the word "gay." But he changed it to "queer" because it's the preferred term...
  • (R. Albert Mohler, Jr.) When “Gracious Restraint” Fails — The Real Anglican Tragedy

    12/13/2009 9:15:23 AM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies · 341+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 12/07/2009 | R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The election of a second openly-homosexual bishop in the Episcopal Church hardly came as a surprise. Given the actions of the church in its General Convention this past summer, the question was clearly not if there would be more openly-gay bishops, but when. The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles answered that question on Saturday, electing the Reverend Mary D. Glasspool of Baltimore as an assistant bishop. She is expected to be consecrated as bishop on May 15 in Los Angeles.Ms. Glasspool was elected on the seventh ballot, winning 153 clergy votes and 203 lay votes. Her election followed the election...
  • DISGRACED GAY GOVERNOR EMERGES AS PRIEST

    11/16/2009 11:09:24 AM PST · by Tamar Rush · 34 replies · 2,086+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | November 16, 2009 | The Last Crusade
    Out of the Closet; Into the Church Homo McGreevey Finds Higher Calling thelastcrusade.org What does a gay governor do after he resigns from political office in disgrace? He becomes an Episcopalian and enters the priesthood. Jim McGreevey, the former New Jersey love gov, has gone from Turnpike truck stops to All Saints Church in Hoboken, where he is known as “Father Jim.” Last Sunday, the ex governor administered the sacrament of baptism to a bevy of babies, blessed the Eucharist, and carried the cross during the processional. In 2004, Mr. McGreevey resigned as Governor of New Jersey after revealing...
  • [New Va.] Bishop Writes Diocese: "The legal struggle will continue...freedom under attack," he says

    10/13/2009 7:44:41 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 1,195+ views
    Episcopal Diocese of Virginia / Virtue Online ^ | 2009-10-10 | Shannon S. Johnston
    Dear Diocesan Family, A panel of the Virginia Supreme Court will hear our petition for appeal on October 21 and, while it is unfortunate that these legal proceedings were necessary, I trust that this hearing will bring us one step closer to resolution. I am proud that the Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church have chosen the path consistently to defend loyal Episcopalians, and to safeguard and to protect the Church's legacy and the Church from unwarranted governmental and legislative interference. It is with the same determination to stand by the people, traditions and legacy of our diocese that...
  • THE CHURCH FATHERS: A DOOR TO ROME (fundamentalist warns saying they sound too Catholic)

    08/30/2009 2:03:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 317 replies · 3,783+ views
    Way of Life ^ | August 18, 2009
    Updated August 18, 2008 (first published June 4, 2008) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article) - Many people have walked into the Roman Catholic Church through the broad door of the “church fathers,” and this is a loud warning today when there is a widespread attraction to the “church fathers” within evangelicalism. The Catholic apologetic ministries use the “church fathers” to prove that Rome’s doctrines go back to the earliest centuries. In...
  • President Obama to deliver eulogy at Kennedy’s funeral

    08/26/2009 6:10:48 PM PDT · by Joy in the Journey · 126 replies · 3,485+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 8/26/09 | Bryan Bender, Michael Paulson, Matt Viser, and Noah Bierman, Globe Staff
    President Barack Obama will deliver a eulogy at US Senator Edward M. Kennedy's funeral Mass on Saturday, a White House official has told the Globe. Kennedy's funeral will be held at a time yet to be determined Saturday morning at The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the Mission Hill section of Boston. Commonly known as the Mission Church, the 1,450-seat basilica on Tremont Street was built in the 1870s. Kennedy prayed there in 2003 while his daughter, Kara, was being treated for lung cancer.
  • Ohio:17 Year-old Apostate of Islam Pours her Heart out~Video

    08/12/2009 8:11:54 AM PDT · by Islaminaction · 13 replies · 842+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | August 12Th, 2009 | Christopher Logan
    I encourage all readers to take the time to watch this short video in which 17 year-old apostate of Islam Rifqa Bary, pours her heart out to the world as her own father told her "that if you have this Jesus in your heart, you're dead to me. You are not my daughter. I will kill you". She also states that if she has to return back to the Muslim community in Ohio she will be dead within a week. If there are any Islamic apologists reading this I strongly suggest that you watch this video. You might learn something...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Mel's marriage is annulled ... by his own dad

    08/04/2009 5:43:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 143 replies · 3,429+ views
    No wonder Mel Gibson is giving the thumbs-up. Full time has been called on his 28-year marriage to Robyn Moore. The Pope didn't give the order, though. That edict came from Mel's 90-year-old father Hutton Gibson, and it paves the way for his son to marry his pregnant Russian girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva by Christmas. Having had his request turned down by Catholic bishops, Mel, 53, pleaded his case in front of a tribunal of members from the Church of the Holy Family, his breakaway Catholic church in Malibu. Hutton, who once studied for the priesthood only to leave before he...
  • God Became Man But He Can't Multiply Fish

    07/27/2009 2:04:08 PM PDT · by marcbold · 22 replies · 1,219+ views
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 7-27-09 | Matt Archbold
    Yeah sure, God become man. And He definitely rose from the dead. But there's no way he multiplied loaves and fishes for people to eat. That's the logic of so many when they deny the physical nature of the miracle of loaves and fishes from yesterday's Gospel. What is the problem some people have with this miracle? I've heard it argued (even from the pulpit) that this was not a physical miracle but a spiritual one in that the people were so moved by Jesus' words that they shared. Come on, if it was just about sharing, do they really...
  • Majority of Episcopalians Favor Scrapping Ban on Gay Ordination

    07/13/2009 5:38:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies · 1,325+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 7/12/2009 | Lillian Kwon
    Episcopalians overwhelmingly favor tossing a previously approved resolution that bans ordaining openly gay bishops. In discussions that began Thursday afternoon and continued Friday morning during The Episcopal Church's triennial General Convention, Episcopalians spoke frankly, testifying passionately either for throwing out the ban or against rescinding it. "Gays and lesbians are asked to make sacrifices the rest of us are not asked to make," said the Rev. J. Frederick Barber of Fort Worth, according to the Episcopal News Service. Debate centered on resolution B033, which was approved by the General Convention in 2006. It calls for restraint in ordaining bishops "whose...
  • "New Testament Teaching on Homosexuality Not True" -Obama Christian Appointee to Faith-Based Pro...

    05/10/2009 6:22:03 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 103 replies · 3,215+ views
    CNS News ^ | Wednesday, April 08, 2009 | Fred Lucas
    President Obama has named to his faith-based advisory council a self-professed Christian who holds that the New Testament's teaching that homosexual behavior is unnatural and wrong--which is found in St. Paul's letter to the Romans--“is not true." The appointee, Harry Knox, has also said that Obama's decision to invite the Rev. Rick Warren to say a prayer at the Inauguration "tainted" the ceremony and that Pope Benedict XVI is a "discredited leader." Harry Knox, a professed gay Christian who is director of the religion and faith program at the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual rights group, was named to President...
  • Joel Osteen wins first ever "Worst Easter Sermon Award"

    04/28/2009 12:51:42 PM PDT · by slumber1 · 178 replies · 4,379+ views
    Christian News Wire ^ | 4-28-09 | Chris Rosebrough
    INDIANAPOLIS, April 28 /Christian Newswire/ -- Chris Rosebrough, captain of internet based Pirate Christian Radio and host of the Fighting for the Faith Radio program announced on Monday that Joel Osteen is the winner of the "Worst Easter Sermon Award" for 2009. "Every Christmas Christians whine and complain about secular and atheistic efforts designed to take Christ out of Christmas yet more and more Christian pastors have committed an even worse offense and have removed Jesus Christ and His victorious resurrection from the grave from their Easter sermons," said Chris Rosebrough. "Far too many pastors have played the role of...
  • Tony Blair tells the Pope: you're wrong on homosexuality....

    04/08/2009 10:41:06 AM PDT · by TaraP · 44 replies · 1,339+ views
    Times Online ^ | April 8th, 2009
    Tony Blair has challenged the “entrenched” attitudes of the Pope on homosexuality, and argued that it is time for him to “rethink” his views. Speaking to the gay magazine Attitude, the former Prime Minister, himself now a Roman Catholic, said that he wanted to urge religious figures everywhere to reinterpret their religious texts to see them as metaphorical, not literal, and suggested that in time this would make all religious groups accept gay people as equals
  • (Tony) Blair urges Catholic Church homosexuality rethink

    04/08/2009 7:36:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 108 replies · 3,606+ views
    AFP ^ | April 8, 2009
    Former premier Tony Blair said the Catholic Church needed to rethink its attitude towards homosexuality, as it is out of step with ordinary church-goers', in an interview published Wednesday. Blair, who converted to Catholicism after leaving office in June 2007, cited a "huge generational difference" as the key to Pope Benedict XVI's opposition to homosexuality. A poll of the congregation at a Catholic Church on a Sunday would reveal how liberal those in attendance were, he claimed. "We need an attitude of mind where rethinking and the concept of evolving attitudes becomes part of the discipline with which you...
  • The (Tony) Blair (Gay) Pitch Project

    04/08/2009 9:56:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 1,042+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | April 8, 2009 | Carl Olson
    I really wanted to go through Holy Week without doing any fisking or public pulling of air or wild rolling of the eyes, but I had the misfortune of reading this piece, just posted by BBC News: "Blair questions Papal gay policy." It reports on a recent interview given by Tony Blair to Attitude, a popular British "gay" magazine (a PDF of the interview, sans advertising, can be accesssed here), which opens by stating Blair "is probably the most prominent pro-gay religious figure in the world." All of those who criticized or expressed serious doubts about the former Prime Minister's...