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  • Tennessee Governor Signs Law Allowing Counselors to Refuse Clients on Personal Beliefs

    04/27/2016 7:12:09 PM PDT · by Innovative · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Apr/27, 2016 | Jon Kamp
    GOP Gov. Bill Haslam cites law’s requirements for referrals, helping at-risk individuals. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a law Wednesday that allows professional counselors to use personally held principles as reasons to refuse clients and refer them on, projecting his state into the national debate over measures affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
  • Scientists claim they can change your belief on immigrants and God – with MAGNETS

    10/14/2015 5:44:58 AM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 48 replies
    Express UK ^ | 10/13/2015 | Selina Sykes
    A bizarre experiment claims to be able to make Christians no longer believe in God and make Britons open their arms to migrants in experiments some may find a threat to their values. Scientists looked at how the brain resolves abstract ideological problems. Using a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), researchers safely shut down certain groups of neurones in the brains of volunteers.
  • AWANA Clubs International - What We Believe

    06/13/2015 11:06:42 AM PDT · by kinsman redeemer · 39 replies
    AWANA Clubs international is a Bible-centered youth ministry with 30,000 charter "clubs" around the world. Their statement of faith describes a sound doctrine. I invite you to take a look.
  • Former SEALs chaplain could be kicked out of Navy for Christian beliefs

    03/09/2015 12:28:52 PM PDT · by ImNotLying · 75 replies
    TODD'S AMERICAN DISPATCH ^ | 3-9-2015 | Todd Starnes
    A chaplain who once ministered to Navy SEALs could be thrown out of the military after he was accused of failing “to show tolerance and respect” in private counseling sessions in regards to issues pertaining to faith, marriage and sexuality, specifically homosexuality and pre-marital sex, according to documents obtained exclusively by Fox News.
  • 7 common beliefs that make you terribly unhappy

    01/23/2015 2:23:07 PM PST · by imardmd1 · 29 replies
    Jewish World Review/FamilyShare ^ | Jan. 21, 2015 | Susan Swann
    We are what we think. These seven popularly held beliefs are causing you unnecessary misery 1. Lust and love are the same 2. The more money you have, the happier you will be 3. Any dream can come true, if you want it badly enough 4. Perfection is good 5. My happiness is more important than yours 6. Success is permanent 7. Hope is not a strategy (content snipped out, check article for explanations)
  • When Beliefs and Facts Collide

    07/05/2014 8:16:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/05/2014 | Brendan Nyhan
    Do Americans understand the scientific consensus about issues like climate change and evolution? At least for a substantial portion of the public, it seems like the answer is no. The Pew Research Center, for instance, found that 33 percent of the public believes “Humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time” and 26 percent think there is not “solid evidence that the average temperature on Earth has been getting warmer over the past few decades.” Unsurprisingly, beliefs on both topics are divided along religious and partisan lines. For instance, 46 percent of...
  • First lady urges grads to reach out to those with different beliefs

    05/12/2013 6:28:18 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 73 replies
    First lady urges grads to reach out to those with different beliefs By Meghashyam Mali - 05/12/13 08:45 AM ET In a speech to graduates of Eastern Kentucky University on Saturday, first lady Michelle Obama urged them to reach out to those with different beliefs. “That’s what’s always made this country great, embracing the diversity of experience and opinion that surrounds us everywhere we go,” said the first lady. So I encourage you all -- seek it out. “Try visiting a different congregation every once in a while; you might just hear something in the sermon that stays with you....
  • Is Redstate Going Soft

    10/17/2012 8:45:55 PM PDT · by Deagle · 53 replies
    RedState ^ | 10/17/2012 | RedState
    Is RedState going soft on Discussions about this election? Check out this thread and see what you think. They seem to be banning all that disagree with the site originators rather than agreeing or disagreeing with policy to the point of banning dissent.
  • The Elephant in the Room: Mitt’s Mormon Faith [Which is why one-third still don't know he's Lds]

    07/11/2012 5:53:57 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 330 replies ^ | July 10, 2012 | Kevin M. Jackson
    ( If you remember during the 2008 Presidential election, there was a strong effort to try to expose the faith of then Senator Obama. Many tried to label him an extremist because of his connection with the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright. I am curious to know if Mitt Romney will receive the same type of treatment given the lack of knowledge that most Americans have about the Mormon faith. I think that faith must be on the table since it was a factor in the previous election. Perhaps the reason it has not be raised is because the GOP leaders...
  • Most Christians Have No Idea What Mormons Believe [LDS truth claims oft' tucked away by Mormons]

    06/10/2012 9:38:54 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 383 replies
    Christian Newswire ^ | June 7, 2012
    TORRANCE, Calif., June 7, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- There are more than a dozen key differences in the beliefs of Christians and Mormons, yet most Christians have no idea. In a recent article in the Christian magazine, World, author Joel Belz made this statement: "A huge majority of the American public has no idea what Mormons claim to believe. If those holding to the Mormon faith were to place their distinctive truth claims front and center, the public response would be probing, negative, and nasty." -- World Magazine, God's World Publications, online June 16, 2012 edition (Vol. 27, No. 12)...
  • 5 Questions Before You Leave the Catholic Church

    06/07/2012 4:06:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 126 replies ^ | May 30, 2012 | Jennifer Fulwiler
    5 Questions Before You Leave the Catholic Church JENNIFER FULWILERI would encourage anyone who is thinking of abandoning their Catholic faith to consider the following five questions. Author Anna Quindlen has been in the news lately, promoting a new book called Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake. She recently spoke with NPR's Terry Gross about a wide range of topics she covers in the book, including her recent decision to leave the Catholic Church. She summarized this decision by telling Gross: The pedophilia scandals, the church's reaction to them, and their constant obsession with gynecology — taken together at a certain point,...
  • Nelson Price: A close look at what Mormons believe

    02/29/2012 6:02:58 AM PST · by Colofornian · 23 replies · 2+ views
    Marietta Daily Journal ^ | Feb. 26, 2012 | Nelson Price
    This column is in response to requests for insights into the difference between Mormonism and traditional Christianity. I have dear friends who are Mormons. They, like most Mormons, are gracious socially, exceptional family people, and in general good citizens. As such they personally are objects of my regard. Their faith, the Church of Latter Day Saints, better known as Mormonism, has been very much in the news as a result of a prominent member of their faith being a primary candidate for president. I would not deliberately misrepresent any person’s faith so I hope Mormons find the following to be...
  • Top 5 faith & culture stories: Should Christians vote for a Mormon?

    12/31/2011 8:49:24 AM PST · by Colofornian · 345 replies
    Denison Forum on Truth and Culture ^ | Dec. 28, 2011 | Jim Denison
    Time magazine says the #1 religion story of the year is the rise of Mormonism. Two Mormons are running for president; Glenn Beck's commitment to the Mormon church made headlines; . As we continue our series on my top 5 faith and culture stories of 2011, let's ask today: Is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints a cult? Can Christians vote for a Mormon candidate? What does the mainstreaming of Mormonism say about our culture? The answers to these questions will take more space than my typical essay--I hope the following information is helpful. If by "cult" we...
  • Quick Responses to the 10 Most Common LDS Questions

    11/20/2010 4:34:13 PM PST · by Colofornian · 53 replies
    Whether you are on the streets in Utah, on the job, or answering e-mails, there seems to be certain questions that are most often asked of Christians who challenge Mormon beliefs. The following list, though hardly exhaustive and in no particular order, gives the most common questions, and several quick responses that could be given. These are obviously short starter responses, but hopefully one or more of these might help you to better formulate your own answer. 1. Isn't it unchristian to question someone else's claim to Christianity?•Didn't Joseph Smith do this very thing when he claimed that God told...
  • Of Course Obama's A "Christian"

    11/20/2010 3:15:06 AM PST · by jspeelman · 23 replies
    The DC Post ^ | 11/19/10 | J.J Speelman
    By J.J. Speelman It should come as no surprise that many Americans question the religious beliefs of President Obama. One only needs to look at his approach to foreign policy and his attitude toward the American way of life to find that it is consistent with the anti-American sentiment that is so prevalent among many Muslims. “Is Obama a Muslim?” Headlines ask. Is the question appropriate? I believe it is. Obama has fueled this question by bowing to foreign Muslim leaders, apologizing to dictators for America’s “arrogance,” dhimmitude in the healthcare bill, and his refusal to answer questions truthfully regarding...
  • Doubling Down On His Religion With Another Flop?

    09/29/2010 12:50:10 AM PDT · by Wading Across · 10 replies
    Wading Across Blog ^ | 9-29-10 | Wading Across
    Recently Mr. Obama attended an event in New Mexico where a supporter asked him a question about his faith. Mr. Obama answered; he wants to be clear after all. ... Sorry, but the more he opens his mouth and speaks about his faith, the more I am convinced that he is either a deluded fool, or an outright liar. If he truly does believe he’s a Christian, the beliefs he’s been taught run contrary to what I know of orthodox Christian beliefs – more so, what someone who professes to be a Christian would say when asked/pressed about their faith....
  • 'Legacy Mormons' sowing global confusion

    12/05/2009 6:44:31 AM PST · by Colofornian · 242 replies · 2,705+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Dec. 4, 2009 | Bruce K. Church
    For 27 years I have had the opportunity to visit vast and varied regions of the world because of my employment with an airline. I can travel virtually free anywhere my airline goes, and practically free on most other carriers because of generous reciprocal agreements. This perk has afforded me the opportunity to be an ambassador for my country and my "peculiar" state. No matter where in the world I go, when people ask me where I come from and I tell them Utah, the next words out of their mouths are almost always the same: "So you must be...
  • Judge rules activist's beliefs on climate change akin to religion

    11/13/2009 7:02:49 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 16 replies · 1,076+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | November 3rd | Karen McVeigh
    When Rupert Dickinson, the chief executive of one of Britain's biggest property firms, left his BlackBerry behind in London while on a business trip to Ireland, he simply ordered one of his staff to get on a plane and deliver the device to him. For Dickinson's then head of sustainability, Tim Nicholson, the errand was much more than an executive indulgence: it embodied the contempt with which his boss treated his deep philosophical beliefs about climate change. In a significant decision today , a judge found Nicholson's views on the environment were so deeply held that they were entitled to...
  • Muslims refuse to use alcohol-based hand gels over religious beliefs

    07/26/2009 4:18:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies · 631+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 7/26/09 | staff
    Some Muslims have refused to use alcohol-based hand gels to combat the spread of swine flu because they claim it is against their religion. Some of those employed by St Albans Council in Hertfordshire have complained about the antibacterial lotion, which is considered a key strategy in containing the virus.
  • Muslims refuse to use alcohol-based hand gels over religious beliefs

    07/26/2009 7:28:55 AM PDT · by wazoo1031 · 35 replies · 632+ views
    The Mail on Sunday ^ | 26 July 2009 | Reporter
    Some Muslims have refused to use alcohol-based hand gels to combat the spread of swine flu because they claim it is against their religion. Some of those employed by St Albans Council in Hertfordshire have complained about the antibacterial lotion, which is considered a key strategy in containing the virus. Officials were concerned because the Koran bans Muslims from consuming alcohol, so council chiefs issued them with non-alcohol hand gels, which studies have shown to be less effective Read more:
  • (SDA Caucus) What do Adventists Believe

    04/29/2009 11:26:50 AM PDT · by Sulla123 · 32 replies · 714+ views ^ | Patrick Lawrence
    To start of the caucus threads I thought I would do one addressing what Adventists believe since other threads had talked about it and debated it. This thread I believe will stay in caucus rules as it in no way will contrast SDA views with other religions but only state our views. If some one wants to debate a view then they can start an open thread on that one view and see who is interested in the debate.
  • 'We don't want to kill our patients'

    04/08/2009 5:54:16 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 5 replies · 345+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 4/8/2009 | Unknown
    Physicians oppose Obama's plan to gut 'conscience' rule Pro-life physicians, nurses and other health care providers are urging Americans to contact the White House by the end of tomorrow to urge tolerance for those who do not want to provide medical services that violate their religious beliefs.
  • Churches celebrating the ‘Year of Darwin’: Compromising churchians in self-destruct mode

    02/18/2009 5:20:57 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 1,101+ views
    CMI ^ | February 19, 2009 | Gary Bates
    For example, Dr Eugenie Scott of the staunchly anticreationist National Center for Science Education (NCSE) revealed their agenda when she said: “ … I would describe myself as a humanist or a nontheist. I have found that the most effective allies for evolution are people of the faith community. One clergyman with a backward collar is worth two biologists at a school board meeting any day! … What we [such clergy and atheists] have in common is that we want to see evolution taught in the public schools … .”4

    08/03/2008 2:27:13 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies · 72+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 3, 2008 | JAMES W. CEASER
    Kicking someone while they're down has long been considered bad form - except in politics. Republicans have fallen on hard times of late, trailing Democrats in party identification by 9 points, 27% to 36%, the widest margin in many years. President Bush suffers record low approval ratings (but then, so does Congress), and the GOP's election prospects look less than rosy.
  • Mitt Romney: I Believe

    06/19/2007 7:39:44 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 516 replies · 3,830+ views via ^ | 06/18/07 | Mitt Romney
    Mitt Romney responds to the personal attacks that have been made on him. It's a fantastic answer, IMHO. Check it out. View the video here.
  • Woman seeks damages from primary school

    06/10/2007 4:52:45 PM PDT · by Alien Syndrome · 172 replies · 2,151+ views ^ | Sat, 09 Jun 2007 18:08:00GMT | Entertainment News Editor
    LONDON, June 9 A British teaching assistant is suing an elementary school in London after being disciplined for refusing to listen to a child read a "Harry Potter" book. Sariya Allen told a tribunal she resigned from her post at Durand Primary School after being suspended for "her obstructive conduct over time," the Daily Mail reported Saturday. Allen claims she was "harassed, humiliated and discriminated" against because of her religious beliefs. Her last alleged act of "obstructive conduct" before resigning in 2006 was refusing to listen to a 7-year-old girl read a "Harry Potter" book because she said it was...
  • The Healing Power of Forgiveness (LDS/Mormon Beliefs)

    05/24/2007 12:11:59 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 13 replies · 1,020+ views ^ | April 2007 | James E. Faust
    President James E. Faust Second Counselor in the First Presidency If we can find forgiveness in our hearts for those who have caused us hurt and injury, we will rise to a higher level of self-esteem and well-being. President James E. FaustMy dear brothers and sisters and friends, I come before you humbly and prayerfully. I wish to speak on the healing power of forgiveness. In the beautiful hills of Pennsylvania, a devout group of Christian people live a simple life without automobiles, electricity, or modern machinery. They work hard and live quiet, peaceful lives separate from the world. Most...
  • The Articles of Faith (Mormon Beliefs)

    05/24/2007 6:57:21 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 107 replies · 1,387+ views ^ | March 1842 | Joseph Smith, Jr.
    1 We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. 2 We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression. 3 We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. 4 We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of...
  • The Purifying Power of Gethsemane

    05/24/2007 6:43:01 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 301 replies · 3,356+ views ^ | May 1985 | Bruce R. McConkie
    Elder Bruce R. McConkie Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles I feel, and the Spirit seems to accord, that the most important doctrine I can declare, and the most powerful testimony I can bear, is of the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. His atonement is the most transcendent event that ever has or ever will occur from Creation’s dawn through all the ages of a never-ending eternity. It is the supreme act of goodness and grace that only a god could perform. Through it, all of the terms and conditions of the Father’s eternal plan of salvation...
  • Doctrinal Concordance of the Bible [What Catholics Believe from the Bible] Catholic Caucus

    04/19/2007 9:16:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies · 2,839+ views ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Doctrinal Concordance of the Bibleby Sebastian R. Fama The ChurchMatthew 16:18 - Jesus established and protects His ChurchMatthew 28:20 - Jesus promises to be with His Church alwaysJohn 16:13 - The Holy Spirit guides the Church into all truth1 Timothy 3:15 - The Church (not the Bible) is the pillar and foundation of truthMatthew 18:17-18 - If someone refuses to listen to the Church cast him outMatthew 28:18-20 - The Churches authority is Jesus' authority1 John 4:6 - Anyone who knows God listens to the ChurchLuke 10:16 - He who rejects the Church rejects ChristMatthew 16:19 - The Church has...
  • AP Poll: In a changing nation, angels, Santa, are enduring symbols

    12/22/2006 10:43:29 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies · 429+ views
    AP ^ | December 23, 2006
    WASHINGTON: A bluebird in the garden, a spirit in a house, a kind man on the side of the road. Americans are big believers in angels, although not necessarily the ones with halos and wings. An overwhelming majority, almost regardless of backgrounds and religious convictions, think angels are real, according to an AP-AOL News poll exploring attitudes about Santa Claus, angels and more. Belief in angels, however people define them, is highest — almost universal — among white evangelical Christians, 97 percent of whom trust in their existence, the poll indicates. But even among people with no religious affiliation, well...
  • (Vanity)Random thought WOT

    11/01/2006 7:05:36 AM PST · by od614 · 1 replies · 132+ views
    self | 11/01/06 | od614
    It is not in the character of being an American that allows me to strike an unwarranted blow against those who do not share my religous beliefs or ideals of freedom. The "inalienable rights" that i enjoy allow me to give allowance to those who do not share these beleifs or ideals. It also allows me to speak out against those who would consider me "evil" for not sharing their beliefs. These "rights" do not give me the "freedom" to strike those people for not sharing my beliefs, but it does allow me to strike those who strike me. If...
  • Boca Raton man wants religious discourse to take left turn

    07/23/2006 9:16:07 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies · 734+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | July 23, 2006 | Lois K. Solomon
    Tom Tift believes it's time for spiritual discourse to take a left turn. Tift, a staffer at First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton, wants to ignite a Palm Beach County movement that swings religious talk in America away from the right. He says the Republican Party has dominated religious-political discussions for too long.
  • Amish Farmer Says Milk Law Opposes Beliefs

    06/28/2006 7:28:34 AM PDT · by varina davis · 89 replies · 2,055+ views
    ap wire ^ | July 28, 2006 | ap
    Amish Farmer Says Milk Law Opposes Beliefs By JOE MILICIA (Associated Press Writer) From Associated Press June 28, 2006 8:25 AM EDT MOUNT HOPE, Ohio - Arlie Stutzman was busted in a rare sting when an undercover agent bought raw milk from the Amish dairy farmer in an unlabeled container. Now, Stutzman is fighting the law that forbids the sale of raw milk, saying he believes it violates his religious beliefs because it prohibits him from sharing the milk he produces with others. "While I can and I have food, I'll share it," said Stutzman, who is due in Holmes...
  • 11,000-Year-Old Grain Shakes Up Beliefs On Beginnings Of Agriculture

    06/19/2006 1:04:07 PM PDT · by blam · 90 replies · 2,127+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-18-2006 | Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
    Jun. 18, 2006 0:24 | Updated Jun. 18, 2006 10:4511,000-year-old grain shakes up beliefs on beginnings of agriculture By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH Bar-Ilan University researchers have found a cache of 120,000 wild oat and 260,000 wild barley grains at the Gilgal archaeological site near Jericho that date back 11,000 years - providing evidence of cultivation during the Neolithic Period. The research, performed by Drs. Ehud Weiss and Anat Hartmann of BIU's department of Land of Israel studies and Prof. Mordechai Kislev of the faculty of life sciences, appears in the June 16 edition of the prestigious journal Science. It is the...
  • On Religion in National Media . . . and Faith in the Workplace

    05/23/2006 2:56:13 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 176+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | May 23, 2006 | Nancy Lovell
    Interview with Peggy Wehmeyer In 1989, Peter Jennings pulled Peggy Wehmeyer out of local television in Dallas to join ABC World News Tonight, where she broke ground as the nation's first network religion correspondent. For the next seven-and-a-half years, American viewers followed Peggy's award-winning push for truth into the faith-and-culture issues of U.S. presidents, gay marriage, prisoners, Muslim clerics, Rabbis, abortion, school shootings, academicians, missionaries … and in a particular coup, her hour-long special with the McCaughey parents and their new septuplets. In 2002, Peggy joined World Vision to help found and host the World Vision Report—a weekend newsmagazine and...
  • History and religion lift boys in downtown Detroit heritage tour

    05/21/2006 4:42:36 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 1 replies · 191+ views
    Free Press ^ | May 21, 2006 | David Crumm
    History and religion lift boys in downtown Detroit heritage tour Scouts explore beauty, diversity and freedom BY DAVID CRUMM FREE PRESS RELIGION WRITER May 21, 2006 Detroit often draws visitors for sports, casinos and music, but on Saturday 200 people headed downtown for a rare opportunity to glimpse some of the crown jewels of Detroit's religious heritage. "It's great to be involved in any first, and today is our first-ever Boy Scouts of America Walk with God in Detroit," Ron Pelley, a Scout leader from Allen Park who coordinated the event, told the crowd of scouts and adult...
  • May 18, 1908: Congress mandates use of "In God We Trust"

    05/18/2006 8:35:53 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 12 replies · 208+ views ^ | May 18, 2006 | anon
    May 18, 1908: Congress mandates use of "In God We Trust" In a move that seemingly flew in the face of America's founding belief in the separation of church and state, Congress passed legislation on this day in 1908 that made the maxim "In God We Trust" an obligatory element of certain coins. The motto dates back to the early 1860s, when the Civil War stirred religious feelings throughout the nation. America's heightened piety manifested itself in many places, including the treasury department, which received countless letters requesting that the nation's coins pay some form of tribute to...
  • 'Da Vinci Code' Misses the Mark for Critics

    05/17/2006 3:23:47 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 20 replies · 533+ views
    Yahoo ^ | May 17, 2006 | David Germain
    'Da Vinci Code' Misses the Mark for Critics By DAVID GERMAIN, AP Movie Writer Wed May 17, 8:58 AM ET "The Da Vinci Code" drew lukewarm praise, shrugs of indifference, some jeering laughter and a few derisive jabs Tuesday from arguably the world's toughest movie crowd: critics at the Cannes Film Festival. The year's most anticipated movie, "The Da Vinci Code" was a generally faithful adaptation of Dan Brown's monster best seller, spinning a murder thriller that stems from a cover-up of secrets about Christianity's roots. While readers worldwide devoured the novel, reaction from Cannes critics ranged from mild...
  • The ACLU Is Not Evil

    05/15/2006 2:53:58 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 70 replies · 2,257+ views ^ | 05/11/2006 | Stephen L. Carter
    The ACLU Is Not Evil And neither are many people with whom we disagree. by Stephen L. Carter | posted 05/11/2006 09:30 a.m. I would like to say a word in defense of the American Civil Liberties Union. Christians—including me, both in the pages of CT and elsewhere—often criticize the ACLU for advocating separation of church and state in ways that seem less grounded in the Constitution and in history than in an ideological desire for a religion-free public arena. On the other hand, I shudder when fellow Christians blithely dismiss the organization as fundamentally biased against them. Some...
  • The strange beliefs of Nicholas Kristof

    12/30/2005 12:49:48 PM PST · by SirLinksalot · 16 replies · 1,893+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 12/23/2005 | Paul Shlichta
    The strange beliefs of Nicholas Kristof A couple of years ago, to celebrate the Catholic feast of the Assumption, Nicholas Kristof wrote a column called “Believe it or Not” (New York Times, 8-15-03), in which he scoffed at the naďve religious beliefs of Americans and in particular at the absurdity of believing in the Virgin Birth of Christ. This year, to celebrate Christmas, I wish to reply to his charges. In publishing his column, Kristof showed considerable bravery. Not by attacking religious believers (which is mere political correctness) but by exposing his own beliefs, which are touchingly old-fashioned and naive....
  • Faith must guide, not dictate

    12/18/2005 9:15:52 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies · 622+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | December 18, 2005 | Teresa Heinz Kerry
    I am proud to live in a country where religious freedom is a fundamental belief, and where our elected officials are judged by their performance in office, without religious tests. Though the beliefs they hold in their hearts surely inform every decision they make, elected officials are properly judged by the policies they pursue, not by the religion they practice or by their adherence to the tenets of our own religious beliefs. So, I was troubled to read that picketers protested Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s address to the Catholic Charities of Greater Boston Christmas dinner earlier this month, criticizing the...
  • Crusades betrayed Christian beliefs, Williams tells Muslims

    11/25/2005 1:12:01 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 59 replies · 1,442+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 11/24/05 | Jonathan Petre
    The Crusades were a serious betrayal of Christian beliefs, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said yesterday. Speaking 900 years after Christian warriors sacked Jerusalem, the Archbishop said that any attempt to revive the crusading ideal today would not garner much support among Christians. His comments, made in Pakistan, appeared to be an attempt to reassure Muslims that the Churches are anxious to avert confrontation between the West and Islamic states. In the past he has warned western leaders, particularly President Bush, against using sensitive religious language such as the term "crusade" to justify the war against Iraq. But...
  • Indiana Couple Sentenced in Baby's Death

    08/12/2005 11:01:36 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies · 379+ views
    AP ^ | August 13, 2005
    FRANKLIN, Ind. -- An Indiana couple who chose to pray over their dying newborn daughter rather than seek medical care for her were sentenced Friday to six years in prison for reckless homicide. But a judge suspended most of those prison terms for Dewayne and Maleta Schmidt, instead ordering the couple to serve about a year each at a work-release center.
  • A rising star in the new Culture of Christianity

    08/10/2005 7:54:28 AM PDT · by TBP · 82 replies · 1,276+ views
    I AM Spirit ^ | Current issue | C. Russell Brumfield
    On any given Sunday, 100 million households from Australia, Europe, and across the USA will tune in to view Joel Osteen broadcasting from the 30,000-member Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Rated as the #1 inspirational television program by Nielson Media Research, Joel Osteen is preaching a message that certainly seems to be touching home with people all over America. In his much respected best selling book, Your Best Life Now-7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential, Osteen outlines a seven-step process for effecting profound change in your life. He speaks in terms of the positive in everyday life. Expect...
  • Interview with Pierre Rehov, documentary filmmaker, on psychology behind suicide bombings-(OUCH!)

    07/27/2005 4:29:09 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 339+ views
    On July 15, I appeared on MSNBC's "Connected" program to discuss the 7/7 London attacks (you can see video of the segment on the linked page). One of my fellow guests was Pierre Rehov, a French filmmaker who has filmed six documentaries on the intifada by going undercover in the Palestinian areas. Pierre's upcoming film, "Suicide Killers," is based on interviews that he conducted with the families of suicide bombers and would-be bombers in an attempt to find out why they do it. Pierre agreed to my request for a Q&A interview here about his work on the new film....
  • Al-Qaeda and Islam To Take Over World? - (is the West awake yet?)

    07/07/2005 2:50:34 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 20 replies · 569+ views
    With the London bombings, the world terrorist organizations have told us that they have no intention of stopping. They have notified us, in no uncertain terms, that their attacks on all western countries will continue. Still blaming virtually everything on Israel and “Israeli Zionism”, it is the Muslims who are actually diligently working to take over the world and are bound and determined to force it into a repressive Islamic society. They have been sending all of us this message, for years. Yet, much of the world still blames these attacks on the ‘comfortable excuse’…the liberation of Iraq. This is...
  • We're not alone in universe, says Tom Cruise - (probably right on this one; wrong on all else)

    06/30/2005 9:22:46 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 18 replies · 734+ views
    REUTERS.COM ^ | JUNE 29, 2005 | Staff Writer
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Hollywood actor Tom Cruise not only battles creatures from outer space in his latest film "War of the Worlds," he also believes aliens exist, he told a German newspaper on Wednesday. Asked in an interview with the tabloid daily Bild if he believed in aliens, Cruise said: "Yes, of course. Are you really so arrogant as to believe we are alone in this universe? "Millions of stars, and we're supposed to be the only living creatures? No, there are many things out there, we just don't know," Cruise, 42, said in the interview published in German. Cruise...
  • Allstate fires manager for Christian beliefs concerning homosexuality

    06/29/2005 12:13:18 PM PDT · by Neoliberalnot · 36 replies · 1,228+ views
    American Family Association ^ | June 28,2005 | Donald E. Wildmon
    Allstate has fired a manager because he expressed his Christian beliefs concerning homosexuality. Matt Barber was a manager in Allstate's Corporate Security Division. On his own time, and without identifying himself as an employee of Allstate, he wrote a column posted on several websites which was critical of same-sex marriage. An outside homosexual group complained to Allstate about the column. Because of their support for the homosexual agenda, Barber was immediately fired and ushered off company property. The message is clear: To work for Allstate one must not publicly express their Christian belief in the Bible's teaching on homosexuality. Barber...
  • Why America is…One Nation, Under God - (documented proof of Founders' intentions)

    06/22/2005 9:10:19 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 18 replies · 809+ views
    Opinions vary on the topic, between those with religion and those without. They vary between the politically motivated--those who believe in morality based self-governance versus those who seek man’s dominion over men through man-made, man-interpreted and man-enforced laws. They even vary among believers, some of whom believe in an unwritten separation of church and state versus others who believe only in that which was actually written into our Constitution by the founders. If you are looking for a debate, few topics will so readily attract opposition. Is it a question of faith or historical fact? It’s hard to get folks...