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  • After Complaint About a Star, an Order to Remove Religious Symbols

    12/23/2009 9:10:48 AM PST · by markomalley · 57 replies · 1,875+ views
    El Paso Inc ^ | 12/23/2009
    SAN FRANCISCO — It was the week before Christmas when Irv Sutley, a former warehouse worker, first saw the offending ornament in a government building in Sonoma County, just north of here. “I was turning around in the lobby, and I noticed the tree,” Mr. Sutley said. “And then, I noticed the angel.” Mr. Sutley, an atheist, said he then went to the office of the county Board of Supervisors. “And there was a star,” he said. Technically, neither stars nor angels belong to any particular religion. But to the mind of Mr. Sutley, 65, a veteran who has fought...
  • I will not render to Caesar what is God's

    12/15/2009 9:30:06 AM PST · by Teófilo · 3 replies · 611+ views
    Folks, this according to the Thomas More Law Center: ANN ARBOR, MI – Tomorrow, December 16, 2009, at 10 AM PST, a panel of eleven judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sitting in San Francisco will hear oral arguments concerning the constitutionality of San Francisco Board of Supervisor’s virulent resolution attacking the Catholic Church for its teachings against homosexual adoptions. The en banc panel will review the earlier opinion of a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit that upheld the resolution. Thomas More Law Center attorney Robert Muise will argue the case on behalf of the plaintiffs in...
  • Are Attempts to Reclaim the Culture a Pointless Exercise?

    10/26/2009 9:55:10 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 10 replies · 507+ views
    American Vision ^ | Oct 26, 2009 | Gary DeMar
    First-century believers could have offered tangible evidence that there was little chance for the gospel to have an impact on the status quo of religious and civil oppression in their day. How could a small band of men—led by a fisherman (Peter) and a tentmaker (Paul)—living under Roman occupation ever conceive that their circumstances would change enough so that the gospel message would lead to the transformation of the world? To add to the improbability of a world-wide impact, soon after the victorious ascension of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on His disciples, one of their own...
  • Must Science Declare a Holy War on Religion?

    08/11/2009 1:05:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 63 replies · 1,757+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 11, 2009 | Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum
    The so-called New Atheists are attacking the mantra of science and faith being compatible. Others in the science community question the value of confrontation.This fall, evolutionary biologist and bestselling author Richard Dawkins -- most recently famous for his public exhortation to atheism, "The God Delusion" -- returns to writing about science. Dawkins' new book, "The Greatest Show on Earth," will inform and regale us with the stunning "evidence for evolution," as the subtitle says. It will surely be an impressive display, as Dawkins excels at making the case for evolution. But it's also fair to ask: Who in the United...
  • Zogby Poll: Most Americans Want Strengths and Weaknesses of Darwinism Taught In Schools

    07/14/2009 10:19:19 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 62 replies · 1,684+ views
    CNS News ^ | July 13, 2009 | Christopher Neefus
    ( - A Zogby poll commissioned by the Seattle-based Discovery Institute says more than three-quarters of Americans would like teachers to have the freedom to discuss both the strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian evolution, with an even higher number reported among Democrats...
  • 'Equality camp' for kids seeks recruits

    06/29/2009 8:28:53 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 1 replies · 215+ views
    The Christian Institute ^ | Monday, June 29, 2009 | The Christian Institute
    The Government’s ‘equality’ watchdog is recruiting 14 and 15-year-olds for its second annual summer camp. The camp, called Our Space, will consist of a few days in the Lake District with outdoor activities and “modules to discuss diversity, equality and rights”. The camp is being organised by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the body which recently funded a leading homosexual lobby group to write a guide for employers on how to deal with religious workers. The same watchdog gave an atheist group £35,000 last year which was used to fund another set of guidance which told employers that...
  • Religious Freedom or 'Silly Prejudice'? (Should health care workers have the right of conscience?)

    06/22/2009 5:45:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies · 808+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 6/21/2009 | Charles Colson
    It seems one man’s religious freedom is another man’s “ridiculous prejudice.” One government official fumed that Catholic doctors were refusing to perform abortions-abortions that were perfectly legal. He wrote in a memo: “After all, these scruples are in most cases nothing but ridiculous prejudices . . . One is tempted to ask: where does state authority come in these cases, or else, is the state, perhaps, not anxious to assert its authority in this particular instance?” Well, Nazi Germany was seldom hesitant to assert its authority, even over religion and individual conscience. As described in the June/July issue of First...
  • Texas Evolution Lobby Making Power Grabs to Promote Their Censorship Agenda

    05/29/2009 11:20:59 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 462 replies · 6,616+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | May 28, 2009 | Casey Luskin
    Texas Evolution Lobby Making Power Grabs to Promote Their Censorship Agenda A Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article from last month, “Education Board in Texas Faces Curbs,” revealed how the Texas evolution-lobby has been seeking to use both censorship and power grabs to promote their agenda. First, they sought to censor from Texas students any instruction on scientific weaknesses in evolution. Having lost that fight before the Texas State Board of Education (TSBOE), they have tried to use other tactics to punish the board for adopting science standards that teach evolution objectively, or to grab power away from the democratically elected...
  • Atheists Roll Out Ad Campaign ( "In the Beginning, Man Created God." )

    05/24/2009 5:59:09 AM PDT · by kellynla · 87 replies · 2,477+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 22, 2009 | staff
    This provocative twist on the Bible’s opening line was plastered on the side of 25 Chicago buses this week as part of an advertising crusade by the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign. The ads have been cruising between downtown and the city’s North and South sides, including the No. 56 Milwaukee route, since the beginning of the week and will run through June. "The intent of the campaign is to stimulate discussion of religion and its place in our society," said Charlie Sitzes, a spokesman for the Indiana group who with help from the American Humanist Association has collected more than...
  • iTunes for Obama? Apple Posts "Hope and Change" Playlist

    05/13/2009 5:20:14 AM PDT · by GreatDaggar · 32 replies · 660+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | May 13, 2009 | Tim Graham
    For the i-Pod-less, there are many playlists that are created by users, but the "Essentials" lists are made by Apple. It says it was posted April 28, but sounds like it was posted January 20. See the goopy Obama-loving text that came with the songs: Welcome to the beginning of a new era in the U.S. – Barack Obama's history-making win is really a victory for all those who keep the faith and firmly believe that people have the power to make a change. John Lennon was one of rock ‘n' roll's most determined dreamers, and the better world he...
  • White House boycott of National Day of Prayer?

    05/04/2009 7:27:41 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 52 replies · 2,235+ views
    AP ^ | 5-3-09
    <p>Organizers of this week's National Day of Prayer still don't know whether the White House will participate.</p> <p>The event's evangelical character earned it a White House welcome during President George W. Bush's eight years in office. But Brian Toon, vice chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, says to date, there's been no mention of a White House observance being held this year.</p>
  • Re-framing the Issue-How homosexual activists tricked Massachusetts into funding homosexual programs

    04/27/2009 11:01:41 AM PDT · by massmike · 7 replies · 665+ views ^ | 4/27/2009 | n/a
    The homosexual movement in the public schools has always been based on lies and deception. But until the mid-1990s, they were still having difficulty getting into the schools. Then they found the key to their huge success -- what they call "re-framing the issue". As a result, they've been able to persuade the Massachusetts Legislature to budget hundreds of thousands of public dollars for programs promoting homosexuality in the public schools. And their "gay-straight alliance" clubs, which started in Massachusetts, now are in hundreds of schools from Maine to San Diego. The following is from a speech entitled "Winning the...
  • Editorial Correction on 'Obama's Ungodly Youth Corp"

    04/27/2009 7:15:04 AM PDT · by OneVike · 11 replies · 1,148+ views
    Post Scripts ^ | OneVike
    In an article linked to FreeRepublic, I made an erroneous statement about the legislation (HR1388) Obama signedon April 21st. I need to clarify that statement and this is my attempt to do so. We always demand that the MSM come clean when they misrepresent facts in the way they write articles. I have come to the conclusion after thoughtful deliberation that I need to set the record straight on a claim I made in my article. What follows will be a clarification of my article about the legislation pertaining to Obama's Youth Brigade. To everyone who might have a problem...
  • We have drifted into a desert of godlessness: Pope gives Good Friday address

    04/10/2009 10:48:37 AM PDT · by kellynla · 16 replies · 944+ views
    Mail Online ^ | 10th April 2009 | Simon Caldwell
    Pope Benedict XVI will tonight attack the rise of aggressive secularism in western societies, warning them that they risked drifting into a 'desert of godlessness'. The Bavarian-born Pontiff will use his Good Friday meditations to compare deliberate attempts to purge religion from public life to the mockery of Jesus Christ by the mob as he was led out to be crucified. He will say said that 'religious sentiments' were increasingly ranked among the 'unwelcome leftovers of antiquity' and held up to scorn and ridicule. 'We are shocked to see to what levels of brutality human beings can sink,' he will...
  • NC Judge Orders Homeschool Mom to Put Kids in Public School (to challenge the ideas she taught them)

    03/12/2009 10:40:35 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 54 replies · 3,567+ views
    Christian NewsWire ^ | Mar. 12, 2009 | Adam Cothes
    RALEIGH, NC -- Venessa Mills is fighting a legal battle for the heart and soul of homeschooling in North Carolina. As reported on World Net Daily, on Friday, March 6, Judge Ned W. Mangum stripped her of the right to homeschool, and ordered her three children to enter public school. Mills was forced to defend her right to homeschool during divorce proceedings brought on by her husband's unfaithfulness. Mr. Mills admitted, under oath, to repeatedly committing adultery. Even with abundant evidence showing the Mills children are well adjusted and well educated, Judge Mangum ruled overwhelmingly against Mrs. Mills on...
  • 'Jesus' banned -- so chaplain resigned

    03/11/2009 1:44:22 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 56 replies · 1,678+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | March 11, 2009 | Allie Martin
    A former chaplain with the Virginia State Police says he had no choice but to step down after a new policy took effect requiring generic prayers at department events. Last summer, Rex Carter and five others resigned from the volunteer chaplain program. The move came after a new rule was instituted that restricted prayers by the volunteer chaplains. Carter, who is still a State Police officer, said he had no other choice once he was told he could not pray in the name of Jesus. ~~snip~~ Recently, a State Senate panel killed a bill that would have prohibited State Police...
  • We cannot live by scepticism alone (Just defy common sense.)

    03/11/2009 12:18:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 383+ views
    Nature ^ | 4 March 2009 | Harry Collins
    Published online 4 March 2009 We cannot live by scepticism alone Harry Collins1 Harry Collins is director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge Expertise Science at Cardiff University, UK. He is currently working on a book about tacit and explicit knowledge. Email: Top of pageAbstract Scientists have been too dogmatic about scientific truth and sociologists have fostered too much scepticism — social scientists must now elect to put science back at the core of society, says Harry Collins. J. TAYLOR The term 'science studies' was invented in the 1970s by 'outsiders', such as those from the social sciences...
  • 'God' - the new four-letter word in public schools

    02/25/2009 9:57:19 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 41 replies · 1,262+ views
    One News Now ^ | 2/25/2009 | by Charlie Butts
    Why is religion taboo in American schools? Christian attorney John Whitehead addresses that question. "God has become THE four-letter word in most public schools in the United States," says Whitehead, founder of The Rutherford Institute. And he explains in a commentary why that has come to pass: "An elite segment of society that views God as irrelevant has come to predominate." (View video commentary) Whitehead gained his legal insights into the phenomenon through the many cases of religious discrimination that have crossed his desk. "What's happened is [that] the elitists -- the people who run American society, from the public...
  • Jurist (R. Bork) predicts ‘terrible conflict’ will endanger U.S. Catholics’ religious freedom

    01/21/2009 4:46:45 AM PST · by fabrizio · 97 replies · 3,613+ views
    Washington DC, Jan 21, 2009 / 03:19 am (CNA).- Former Supreme Court nominee Judge Robert Bork has predicted that upcoming legal battles will have significant ramifications for religious freedom. He names as issues of major concern the continued freedom of Catholic hospitals to refuse to perform abortions and the likely “terrible conflict” resulting from the advancement of homosexual rights. Speaking in an interview published Tuesday by Cybercast News Service, Judge Bork discussed the contentious nature of modern politics. “Everything is up for debate these days. I can’t think of anything that isn’t,” he said. “You are going to get Catholic...
  • Denver Post Removes 'The Lord' From Burris Story

    01/07/2009 7:05:23 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 6 replies · 400+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 1/07/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    The Denver Post seems to have decided that "the Lord" should not be allowed in its paper. In a January 5 report about Illinois Senator wannabe Roland Burris, the unwelcome Burris is quoted by the AP as saying "the Lord" had "ordained" that he get his Senate seat. At 3AM the Post had the full religious quote featured on its site, yet by 8PM the religious reference was purged from the story. One wonders why reference to the Lord was scrubbed from the report? The report by David Espo of the Associated Press originally quoted Burris as saying that, "We...