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  • How Many People Died in the Inquisition?

    07/19/2015 6:53:53 AM PDT · 66 of 77
    Alex Murphy to RnMomof7; Gamecock
    Good thing the torture has stopped., I live in an area that is 85% RC

    I can name a half dozen FReepers who have publicly posted that they'd like to see the Inquisitions started up again.

  • Brave Cardinal Pell challenges Pope Francis’s dogma on climate change

    07/18/2015 5:38:38 PM PDT · 4 of 21
    Alex Murphy to FreeAtlanta; markomalley
    This Pope’s actions could cause a major schism.

    IMO the schism's been present among Catholics for a very long time. It's just now manifesting itself.

  • What does a pentaquark mean for you?

    07/18/2015 4:49:25 PM PDT · 29 of 38
    Alex Murphy to BenLurkin; JoeProBono; dfwgator; null and void
  • Life: Can we Catholics handle the truth?

    07/18/2015 4:45:11 PM PDT · 1 of 54
    Alex Murphy
    I am writing specifically to you, my Democratic friends, and I am asking you as a fellow Catholic to please finish this article, then judge. Please. The uncomfortable truth is that neither well-intended prayer, nor Saturday morning marches nor financial donations will end the practice of abortion. This mission is no longer about awareness or science; it is about will, our Catholic will, as this fight for the unborn rests irrefutably at the ballot box....

    ....In Iowa, there are approximately 3.1 million people. Statistics from the Iowa Catholic Conference show that approximately 16 percent, or just under 500,000 Iowans, are declared Catholics, and approximately 53 percent of Caucasian Catholics and 67 percent of Latino Catholics identify and vote with the Democratic Party....

    ....As Catholics, how can we collectively sit in the pew and pray for life, then stand at the ballot box and individually vote against it? If this is making some uncomfortable, good. If this reads judgmental, it should. I believe we Catholics must recognize the solution, and work the problem. Any priest or member of our clergy who is voting with the Democratic Party is not leading by example, and simply living and preaching a lie.

  • I am a transgender dad in a gay relationship who breastfeeds his baby boy

    07/17/2015 11:09:18 AM PDT · 8 of 78
    Alex Murphy to RnMomof7
    Off Beat Home and Life | 07/17/2015 | Trevor MacDonald

    Boy howdy you ain't kidding!

  • No real scientist believes in creation. 30 Ph.D. scientists help bust this old canard

    07/17/2015 8:12:38 AM PDT · 4 of 31
    Alex Murphy to fishtank
    ‘No real scientist believes in creation’

    And no True Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge.

  • Three Words That Can Change Your Life

    07/17/2015 8:02:22 AM PDT · 18 of 44
    Alex Murphy to dfwgator
    "GET TO KNOW ME!" (Yeah I know it's four words)

    1000 bonus points awarded for a Jon Lovitz reference!

  • Three Words That Can Change Your Life

    07/17/2015 7:43:17 AM PDT · 10 of 44
    Alex Murphy to goodnesswins
    [Monsignor Charles Pope] has a psychotherapist???

    Apparently so:

    II. Breathe – My psychotherapist has a plaque on her desk that reads, “BREATHE.” Most of us don’t know how to breathe properly. We breathe with our chest and only fill the top of our lungs.

    Celebrity

  • Franklin Graham: Our Nation Will Have to Answer for This

    07/16/2015 8:36:51 PM PDT · 4 of 17
    Alex Murphy to Morgana

    Too bad Franklin Graham isn’t a member of the One True Church.

  • Stop Everything: There’s a New Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon and Is Better for You Than Kale

    07/16/2015 12:44:11 PM PDT · 44 of 89
    Alex Murphy to Red Badger
    Researchers from Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center say they’ve created and patented a new type of seaweed that has the potential to be sold commercially as the next big superfood. The reason? It tastes just like bacon, they claim. The bizarre but tasty creation is actually a new strain of red marine algae called dulse that is packed full of minerals and protein and looks like red lettuce.

    It's a GMO! Run for the hills!

    Triffids

  • Colorado State University Caught Buying Aborted Baby Body Parts for Research

    07/16/2015 11:29:20 AM PDT · 27 of 33
    Alex Murphy to BipolarBob
    I can’t sell an extra kidney willingly (because I need the money) but it’s okay to murder, butcher and sell an infants organs. There’s something wrong with that picture.

    How long until PP starts offering free abortions, and maybe even a bonus/commission, to the mother for allowing her unborn child to be "harvested" with permission?

    Shane Johnson wrote about this a decade ago in his end-times fiction novel A Form of Godliness:

  • Gay Bible Rewrites the Word of God

    07/16/2015 11:03:16 AM PDT · 10 of 48
    Alex Murphy to HomerBohn
    Five Supreme Court Justices found within themselves the authority to rewrite the ancient definition of marriage, so a gay group has taken it upon themselves to do the same with the word of God. In an effort to resolve “any homophobic interpretations of the Bible,” the group has come out with the Queen James Version of the Good Book. Within its pages, they have taken the liberty of changing every verse that condemns homosexuality.

    LOL but they told us there were no such verses!

  • How Kerry Conran saw Hollywood's future - then got left behind (Sky Captain and the World..) [tr]

    07/16/2015 10:17:53 AM PDT · 8 of 16
    Alex Murphy to C19fan
    "Sky Captain" was truly a game changer in movie production. I enjoyed it although I am a sucker for the retro-sci genre. Sort of funny Hollywood continues to blow nine figure budgets on the Wachowski's siblings yet these guys were never given another chance.

    I an a huge fan of the movie, and the genre in general. The Conrans being such self-depreciating guys makes that love all the more real.

  • A huge financial company just offered employees the 'opportunity' to 'voluntarily retire'

    07/16/2015 8:12:22 AM PDT · 5 of 30
    Alex Murphy to SeekAndFind
    As we embark on the second half of our Vision 2020 strategy, we have significant opportunities to deliver on our promise to put the customer first in everything we do by becoming more efficient and effective. To drive continuous improvement, each of us needs to look for ways to simplify and improve processes and slow the rate of growth in expenses.

    Interesting. PFL

  • Fox News reporter confronts S.F. supervisors, they dismiss him

    07/15/2015 2:02:10 PM PDT · 7 of 46
    Alex Murphy to Oldeconomybuyer
    Wiener told SFGate that “tea party” members are flooding him with messages criticizing him for dismissing the media. “Anyone in San Francisco knows that’s not who I am,” Wiener told SFGate. “Even local journalists who I disagree with know that I’m accessible. I’m always willing to talk to them to advance the narrative of a story. But I’m not going to talk to Fox because their goal is not to get the facts right. They’re using this terrible tragedy to fuel immigration policy. They’re a propaganda machine and I’m not going to be a part of that.

    One of these things is not like the other....

  • 50-Million-Year-Old Sperm Found in Antarctica

    07/15/2015 1:58:24 PM PDT · 4 of 27
    Alex Murphy to dware
    They say you can't get a venereal disease from a dirty doorknob, but no one addresses what the person was doing with (to) the doorknob in the first place.

    That said, what were these scientists doing in the Antarctic, that led to them finding worm sperm?

  • So You Think You’re Smarter than the Church Fathers?

    07/15/2015 1:09:23 PM PDT · 7 of 43
    Alex Murphy to Morgana; Gamecock; metmom; RnMomof7; CynicalBear; bkaycee; blue-duncan; daniel1212; boatbums
    There are lots of reasons why I decided, as an otherwise happy Evangelical Protestant, to become a Roman Catholic. Among these reasons were aesthetic and spiritual appeals—the beauty of the liturgy and the plethora of centuries old spiritual practices—and these were, indeed, powerful motivators.

    But alongside the sometimes esoteric motivations were some fundamentally, concretely intellectual reasons to join the ranks of the ancient Catholic Church. Chief among the intellectual appeals stand the towering figures of the Early Church Fathers. Christians who lived, and wrote, some of them contemporary with the writings of the New Testament.

    Chief among the intellectual appeal to remain a Protestant are the unassailable figures who actually wrote the New Testament, and the unimpeachable record of the New Testament itself.

    The Catholic approach appears to be one where the New Testament is viewed with suspicion, as if it were written in code or by idiot savants, requiring the early church fathers to decipher an otherwise unintelligible text.

  • Fat Female Commander Intimidated Subordinates Into Letting Her Pass The Tape Test

    07/15/2015 11:33:11 AM PDT · 34 of 59
    Alex Murphy to Gamecock
    I know her. Not impressed at all.

    LOL! The camouflage pattern isn't working!

  • Man Says He Danced on Police Car's Roof to Summon Aid Against Vampires

    07/15/2015 11:18:03 AM PDT · 22 of 38
    Alex Murphy to NRx

    Radecki, a Cape Coral resident, can be seen pulling his 2000 Lincoln Town Car up to the rear bumper of the police SUV. With his car radio blaring, Radecki then climbs atop the vehicle and gyrates to “Rich Girl” by Hall & Oates and Supertramp’s “Goodbye Stranger.” However, by the time the Olivia Newton-John/John Travolta duet “You’re The One That I Want” played, Radecki was in custody....After being taken into custody, cops reported, Radecki explained that he went to Janke’s residence because “when he opened his front door, a woman with fangs was threatening him, and that a human sacrifice was about to occur involving vampires.” Investigators added that Radecki claimed that he “made the conscious decision to get the Sheriff of Nottingham to help him stop the slaughter of small children.”

    He doesn't appear to be threatened by any vampires here...

  • Anger Is Making Us Stupid

    07/15/2015 9:44:36 AM PDT · 21 of 45
    Alex Murphy to Sir Napsalot
    Yoda is right. Our anger comes from fear. Fear of being bullied into silence. Fear of the IRS coming after us for our opinions. Fear of our businesses being destroyed by small-minded H8ers. Fear of a White House that finds myriad ways to harass and even imprison those who disagree with it. Fear of a media that lies and lies and lies, that covers up non-compliant reality in order to sell a left-wing narrative that will secure their sense of virtue and increase the political influence of their corporate bosses.

    When a man like Trump seems to spit in the eye of the people we fear, we rally behind him thinking we’re fighting back. We’re not. We’re following our fear right down the rabbit hole....

    Can't say I disagree. I remain unconvinced that Trump isn't (from his POV) negotiating with conservatives for his next business takeover. I don't see him as demonstrating any ideological motivation beyond changing the fiscal climate to benefit his own companies.

  • Re-Re-Re-Reintroducing Hillary Clinton

    07/15/2015 9:14:09 AM PDT · 28 of 31
    Alex Murphy to RetSignman; Jane Long; who knows what evil?
    That airport photo is a good example of what's wrong with all of these photo-ops - the person with Hillary doesn't react to the presence of the cameras, lights and microphones being shoved in their faces. It reminds me of this routine from George Carlin's debut album back in 1966:
    Announcer: Mrs. Eavers didn't know we had hidden cameras in our test kitchen when we asked her to bring in her wash...Tell us, Mrs Eavers, do you have any particular wash-day problem?
    Mrs Eavers: Yes - dirt.
    Announcer: Fine, high on the list indeed! Well, we have a surprise for you Mrs Eavers. You're on camera!
    Mrs Eavers: Holy cripes - oh no! I didn't even know....
    Announcer: She didn't know. Two five-hundred-watt klieg lights in her kitchen, she didn't know. A man with a mile of cable...
    Mrs Eavers: I thought it was the roto-rooter man!
  • Re-Re-Re-Reintroducing Hillary Clinton

    07/15/2015 8:00:01 AM PDT · 3 of 31
    Alex Murphy to HomerBohn

    Great photo, showing the staging and set-up required for her "everyman" photo-ops.

  • Wheaton Staffer Announces Support for Gay Relationships

    07/15/2015 7:53:24 AM PDT · 4 of 7
    Alex Murphy to Gamecock
    Julie Rogers has resigned her position in the Wheaton Chaplain’s office on the same day that she reveals her support for gay sexual relationships. Eric Teetsel has a report here, and I encourage you to read it. In the meantime, some initial observations:

    1. Biblical authority is missing. Rogers’s explanation of her change of heart is long on personal experience and short on Bible. If she has a reasoned biblical rationale for her views, she didn’t share it. It shouldn’t be lost on readers that other considerations seem to be driving her embrace of gay relationships, not God’s word.

    Wheaton's got a long history of silence in the face of moral challenges. Franky Schaeffer (the pre-apostasy, pre-Orthodox version) used to use them as a punching bag in the 80s over their (non-)position re abortion.

  • Remove name of the late Senator, Ku Klux Klan member Robert Byrd from the public space, road ways

    07/15/2015 6:33:24 AM PDT · 8 of 34
    Alex Murphy to Sean_Anthony
    The late Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) was a member of the Ku Klux Klan and led the filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act

    Petitioning West Virginia Governor to remove the name of the late Senator and Ku Klux Klan member Robert Byrd from the public space, road ways and government buildings (including schools).

    Sounds good to me.

  • Evangelizing Evangelicals – Why Pope Francis Loves to Meet with Charismatic Movements

    07/15/2015 4:59:17 AM PDT · 15 of 17
    Alex Murphy to Gamecock
    Found it....

    Pope Joel Osteen

  • Rapper Slim Thug and pastor Joel Osteen collaborate on new song

    07/15/2015 4:55:55 AM PDT · 7 of 20
    Alex Murphy to a fool in paradise; Gamecock
    Slim, a member of Osteen’s Lakewood Church for many years, used clips of the pastor on “Chuuch”, a song on the rappers latest release “Hogg Life Volume 2″. And while mixing religion and rap might not be the norm, for many the sermon and the song are a perfect fit. The message of the song is basically to live a good life, you have to keep good people around you. It’s a song full of solid advice, no matter what your beliefs.

    Oh Gamecock....

  • Why Did Catholic Media Get the Commie-Crucifix Story Wrong?

    07/15/2015 4:53:23 AM PDT · 22 of 29
    Alex Murphy to markomalley
    Alex, there is a big difference. JPII did a lot of good. in the balance there is really no comparison between a couple of missteps and the overall good he did. Francis on the other hand has done nothing but make missteps and enough missteps and misstatements where you wonder whether they are missteps and miss statements.

    Just to clarify, you believe that the Koran incident was a misstep, and not simply misunderstood?

  • Why Did Catholic Media Get the Commie-Crucifix Story Wrong?

    07/15/2015 4:32:24 AM PDT · 19 of 29
    Alex Murphy to livius; markomalley
    They “got it wrong” because they’re totally freaked out by this. As am I.

    FWIW, this incident reminds me of the apologetics, offered up here about ten years ago, around JPII's "kissing of the Koran" incident. To summarize those arguments, Protestants were told that kissing the Koran does not mean the pope accepted the Koran's contents as a religious work, but indicates acceptance of a gift and a show of respect and affection for the giver.

    Just throwing this out there, but how is the "Commie-Crucifix" incident any different except for the swapping of Communism for Islam?

  • Why Did Catholic Media Get the Commie-Crucifix Story Wrong?

    07/15/2015 4:22:49 AM PDT · 18 of 29
    Alex Murphy to markomalley
    On the video, when the gift is first presented to him, Pope Francis appears to register some slight surprise at the crucifix. He quietly says something, shaking his head slightly, but because of the poor audio quality, it is unclear what the Pope said. Later that same morning, some suggested after examining the video that what the Pope might have said was “No está bien eso,” or “that’s not right”....better quality audio of the incident became available and it quickly became clear that instead of saying “No está bien eso,” that the Pope actually said, “No sabía eso,” or, “I didn’t know that.” It became clear that the Pope was not rejecting the item, but rather reacting to something President Evo Morales had said to him....By the end of the day, a clear and verifiable sequence of events of events had emerged, a sequence of events that made clear the Pope happily received the gift, and in no way rejected or expressed any concern about it....

    ....The bottom line is that publishing an erroneous story and then knowingly maintaining it after it was repeatedly brought to their attention calls into question the judgment of the editorial staff at the National Catholic Register and the credibility of the outlet. This was not a matter of difference of opinion, but rather of known facts. The misleading headline and lede left in this story, which was accessible from the front page of the Register website, caused not a little confusion for Catholics trying to get to the bottom of what really transpired.

    It seems obvious that the story was left unchanged intentionally. Less obvious are the motives for such a choice. Was the headline, which provided cover for actions by Pope Francis that many Catholics ultimately found objectionable and offensive, left in place to mitigate the damage the story might do to the pope’s reputation? Is there any reason to believe that a story with a negative headline about the Holy Father would have been left unchanged for four days after the reporting it contained was demonstrated to have been false? As Catholics, we all want to give the benefit of the doubt to the Vicar of Christ, but when facts emerge that contradict the narrative we prefer, are we not obligated to present the truth?

    Journalistic and Catholic integrity demand a public retraction of the story and an explanation of this unprofessional behavior. Without it, the National Catholic Register risks forfeiture of any claim that it is a reliable Catholic news outlet

    The story does an exceptional job laying out not only the facts of the matter but the likely motivations behind what was IMO an obvious spinning of the pope's actions.

  • Billionaire Comes to Rescue of Blue Bell Ice Cream

    07/14/2015 8:13:31 PM PDT · 3 of 23
    Alex Murphy to E. Pluribus Unum
    An investment by a prominent Texas businessman will ensure the return of Blue Bell ice cream to the market after listeria contamination prompted a shutdown in manufacturing, the company said today. Billionaire businessman Sid Bass, an investor and philanthropist whose father and uncle built an oil fortune, has become a partner in Blue Bell Creameries, says CEO and President Paul Kruse. The privately held company stopped production at its plants in Brenham, Texas; Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and Sylacauga, Arkansas, after issuing a national recall in April because of concerns about listeria. Its ice cream was linked to 10 listeria illnesses in four states, including three deaths in Kansas. No date has been given for when Blue Bell products could be back in stores.

    PFL

  • NOT YOUR FATHER'S ROOT BEER: SMALL TOWN BREWERY'S ALCOHOLIC ROOT BEER COMES TO ARIZONA

    07/14/2015 4:41:23 PM PDT · 14 of 28
    Alex Murphy to nickcarraway

    PFL

  • Pope Francis: ‘I’ll read critiques of my economic ideas ahead of US trip’

    07/14/2015 2:11:32 PM PDT · 20 of 34
    Alex Murphy to livius
    Personally, I think he’s an elderly leftist gone gaga and driven wild by the publicity and power - mostly to get back at his “enemies,” which would be orthodox Catholics

    I agree that the office has gone to his head. To be charitable, I think that the positive attention he's received from theological and political leftists, and the criticisms he's received from the right, has caused him to incline in leftists' direction. To quote H.I. McDunnough from the movie Raising Arizona, speaking of Reagan: "They say he's a decent man, so maybe his advisors are confused."

  • History Buffs Re-enact Holy Land Crusader Battle

    07/14/2015 1:15:21 PM PDT · 3 of 5
    Alex Murphy to Citizen Zed
    I really need to do something about my dyslexia. When I first read the headline, I thought it said

    Hillary Buffs Re-enact Holy Land Crusader Battle

  • Pope Francis: ‘I’ll read critiques of my economic ideas ahead of US trip’

    07/14/2015 1:12:27 PM PDT · 8 of 34
    Alex Murphy to Gamecock; RnMomof7; metmom
    Before arriving in the United States in September, Pope Francis said, he will study American criticisms of his critiques of the global economy and finance. “I have heard that some criticisms were made in the United States — I’ve heard that — but I have not read them and have not had time to study them well,” the Pope told reporters traveling with him from Paraguay back to Rome on July 12. “If I have not dialogued with the person who made the criticism,” he said, “I don’t have the right” to comment on what the person’s saying.

    Pope Francis said his assertion in Bolivia on July 9 that “this economy kills” is something he believes and has explained in his exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel” and more recently in his encyclical on the environment. In the Bolivia speech to grass-roots activists, many of whom work with desperately poor people, the Pope described the predominant global economic system as having “the mentality of profit at any price with no concern for social exclusion or the destruction of nature.”

    Asked if he planned to make similar comments in the United States despite the negative reaction his comments have drawn from some US pundits, politicians and economists, Pope Francis said that now that his trip to South America has concluded, he must begin “studying” for his September trip to Cuba and the United States; the preparation, he said, will include careful reading of criticisms of his remarks about economic life.

  • Pluto – Just Look at the Detail!

    07/14/2015 12:39:47 PM PDT · 15 of 64
    Alex Murphy to BenLurkin
  • The Epidemic of Bible Illiteracy in Our Churches [Amos 8]

    07/14/2015 10:45:29 AM PDT · 8 of 27
    Alex Murphy to Jan_Sobieski
    Christians claim to believe the Bible is God's Word. We claim it's God's divinely inspired, inerrant message to us. Yet despite this, we aren't reading it. A recent LifeWay Research study found only 45 percent of those who regularly attend church read the Bible more than once a week. Over 40 percent of the people attending read their Bible occasionally, maybe once or twice a month. Almost 1 in 5 churchgoers say they never read the Bible—essentially the same number who read it every day.

    Because we don't read God's Word, it follows that we don't know it. To understand the effects, we can look to statistics of another Western country: the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom Bible Society surveyed British children and found many could not identify common Bible stories. When given a list of stories, almost 1 in 3 didn't choose the Nativity as part of the Bible and over half (59 percent) didn't know that Jonah being swallowed by the great fish is in the Bible...

    Good article - thanks for posting it

  • Is Capitalism Diabolic?

    07/14/2015 9:56:53 AM PDT · 34 of 42
    Alex Murphy to Yollopoliuhqui
    Capitalism’s fatal flaw is its inherent tendency towards monopoly which is state-capitalism which is fascism. Any company that is “too big to fail” needs to be broken up, period.

    Say what?

  • Is Capitalism Diabolic?

    07/14/2015 9:01:32 AM PDT · 23 of 42
    Alex Murphy to SoCal Pubbie
    Can someone explain to me what Catholics would find heretical about “Americanism?”

    From Wikipedia's entry:

    Coined in the nineteenth century, in Roman Catholic use the term Americanism referred to a group of related heresies which were defined as the endorsement of the separation of church and state. European "continental conservative" (see Ancien Regime) clerics thought they detected signs of modernism or classical liberalism of the sort the Pope had condemned in the Syllabus of Errors in 1864. They feared that these doctrines were held by and taught by many members of the Catholic hierarchy in the United States in the 1890s. Catholic leaders in the U.S., however, denied that they held these views.[1]

    The Americanist heresy is characterized as an insistence upon individual initiative which the Vatican judged to be incompatible with what was considered to be a fundamental principle of Catholicism: obedience to authority. Moreover, the continental conservatives were anti-republicans who distrusted and disliked the democratic ideas that were dominant in America.[2]

    Pope Leo XIII wrote against these ideas in his encyclical Testem benevolentiae nostrae to Cardinal James Gibbons. In 1898, Leo XIII lamented an America where church and state are "dissevered and divorced" and wrote of his preference for a closer relationship between the Catholic Church and the State along European lines.[3]

    An earlier version of the same Wikipedia article defined it as "the endorsement of freedom of the press, liberalism, individualism, and complete separation of church and state."

    Related threads:
    Americanism, Then and Now: Our Pet Heresy (encyclical of Pope Leo XIII)
    ‘Americanism’: Phantom Heresy or Fact?
    Why Am I So Hard on Conservative American Catholics…/a>
    The Vortex—Star-Spangled Heresy
    Catholic Government [Michael Voris video].
    CatholicTV calls for "Benevolent Dictatorship"?!

  • Is Capitalism Diabolic?

    07/14/2015 8:46:05 AM PDT · 20 of 42
    Alex Murphy to Kaslin
    ...the [Catholic]church has a long tradition of criticizing capitalism, dating back to the encyclical Rerum Novarum in 1891. In "American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America," author Russ Shaw deals with the causes and consequences of what some Catholics contend was a fatal embrace of a heretical "Americanism" in the 19th century.

    This pope goes beyond that. His words about capitalism echo what Cold War Catholics said of communism, that it is a tree poisoned at the root that can yield only bad fruit, and, as the Gospel teaches, ought to be cut down and cast into the fire. What is wrong with the pope's neo-socialist sermonizing?

    While capitalism does indeed generate inequalities, freedom, too, produces inequality. For all men and all women are unequal in abilities, energy and opportunities. In a free society, some inevitably succeed, others fail. For as the Biblical parable teaches, some are given 10 talents, others two, and God judges us on how well we use the talents we were given. The only way to achieve absolute equality is absolute tyranny, the remorseless redistribution of wealth by an all-powerful regime.

    The pontiff says the capitalist "idolatry of money" creates "the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose." But it is egalitarianism that has proven to be the road to dictatorship, dictatorships run by egalitarians in the name of the "proletariat." Free enterprise has brought more millions out of poverty, enabled more billions of people to live longer, freer, healthier and happier lives, and produced more widespread prosperity than any other economic system.

    What is the superior system the pope believes we should adopt? What has Argentina produced but an economically failed state, incompetent socialist rulers, and an occasional Peronista in sunglasses and shiny boots? Is Latin America a fine model?

    PFL

  • Taxing churches is a form of religious persecution — and liberals need to stand against it

    07/14/2015 8:38:12 AM PDT · 11 of 21
    Alex Murphy to SeekAndFind
    How long will it be until we begin to see a movement — egged on by activists, encouraged by receptive judges — to revoke the tax exemptions currently enjoyed by churches? A few months? A year? I don't know precisely when it will happen. But I do know that it's going to happen.

    We see it happen right here on FR, at least when churches preach political liberalism.

  • Were Christians Who Campaigned for Same-Sex Marriage Duped?

    07/14/2015 8:04:45 AM PDT · 19 of 36
    Alex Murphy to Gamecock
    Last year, in a Daily Beast article provocatively entitled “Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along?” gay activist Jay Michaelson acknowledged that there “is some truth to the conservative claim that gay marriage is changing, not just expanding, marriage.” Michaelson cited a 2013 study finding that “about half of gay marriages surveyed . . . [are] not strictly monogamous.” He called this fact “well-known in the gay community,” adding that “we assume it’s more like three-quarters” that are not monogamous. They are, to cite a now-popular phrase, “monagam-ish.”

    Michaelson admitted that his straight friends who believed that they “were fighting for marriage equality, not marriage redefinition,” felt “duped.” But he was unapologetic. In his words, “actual monogamy has never been an actual norm,” as opposed to an ideal. Michaelson seems to think that because some men have been unfaithful, monogamy should not be an expectation of marriage. The vast majority of women, by the way, would undoubtedly disagree.

    This brings to mind an exchange between Andrew Sullivan and conservative columnist Mona Charen more than 20 years ago. In response to Sullivan’s claim that marriage would domesticate gay men’s sex drives, Charen replied that marriage doesn’t domesticate men, women do. This, my friends, is sexual complementarity in a pithy nutshell. The sexes are different, and each promises the other something different that will contribute to their union and the wellbeing of their offspring.

    We learned on the thread I’m a senior GOP spokesman, and I’m gay. Let me get married that (at least in the state of Georgia) roughly 2% of the population are practicing homosexuals, and that three-quarters of that group do not live with their sexual partners. Of the remaining one-quarter of that 2% homosexual population - or 0.5% of the entire population - half have no intention or desire to make a covenantal commitment to their live-in homosexual partner, even if same-sex marriage were legalized.

    To summarize, only 0.25% of a state's population are practicing homosexuals who have any intention of entering into a state-recognized marriage if the practice were legalized, if Georgia serves as a reliable example.

  • Man enters Spartanburg Wal-Mart waving Confederate flag, threatens to shoot people

    07/14/2015 7:20:10 AM PDT · 51 of 84
    Alex Murphy to dware; JoeProBono; dfwgator
    Madness? This is SPARTAnsburg!!!

    Meet The Spartans

  • Archbishop Chaput Releases Statement on Fired Catholic School Staffer

    07/14/2015 6:50:02 AM PDT · 15 of 39
    Alex Murphy to Rightwing Conspiratr1
    The school principal should be fired as well.

    I'd agree with you on that!

  • Report: One-third of vets on pending medical care list already dead

    07/14/2015 6:03:47 AM PDT · 2 of 18
    Alex Murphy to george76
    An internal Veterans Affairs Department report states that about one-third of the veterans waiting to receive medical care from the agency have already died.

    When the VAD hears about this, they're gonna move those vets up the list!

  • Pope Francis Confesses He Knows Little about the Economy

    07/14/2015 6:01:22 AM PDT · 17 of 42
    Alex Murphy to E. Pluribus Unum
    Is the Pope Catholic?

    Are (most) Catholics like the Pope?

  • Michelle Obama Was On 'So You Think You Can Dance'....

    07/14/2015 5:59:16 AM PDT · 5 of 20
    Alex Murphy to silverleaf
    Did she perform the “Elaine Benes “ moves?

    I thought they changed the name of the show, just for her appearance, to "So You Think You Can Diet?"

  • Why Pope Francis Is Keeping His Hammer-and-Sickle Crucifix

    07/14/2015 5:37:07 AM PDT · 18 of 281
    Alex Murphy to SeekAndFind; Gamecock

    Last week the Marxist quasi-dictator of Bolivia, Evo Morales, presented Pope Francis with a gift — a carved wooden hammer-and-sickle cross on which the figure of Christ is crucified. The Vatican announced that the pope had not been informed in advance about the gift. And some commentators said that photos of the pope and Morales show that the pope was actually offended. That was a false — probably wishful — interpretation. The pope himself later announced that he was keeping the hammer-and-sickle crucifix and taking it home, saying, “I understand this work. For me it wasn’t an offense.” And “Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi . . . said he personally wasn’t offended by Morales’ gift” (the Guardian)....

  • Being Jesus Online: Biblical Wisdom for a Wired World

    07/13/2015 4:56:54 PM PDT · 3 of 8
    Alex Murphy to Resettozero
    It's easy to hide behind our online facades and interact in ways that we never would face-to-face. But Jesus wants to be the God of all areas of our lives, including how we communicate in the digital realm. By adopting His mindset, we are better able to live out online some of the qualities that are close to His heart . . . truthfulness, wisdom, gentleness, and love. Being Jesus Online: Biblical Wisdom for a Wired World offers some practical insights for digital discernment.

    Looks interesting. Ping to read later.

  • Atheists Attack “Big Mountain Jesus” Memorial to Fallen American WWII Soldiers

    07/13/2015 1:17:50 PM PDT · 2 of 17
    Alex Murphy to markomalley
    In Whitefish, Montana, the spectacular view from anywhere on Big Mountain up to its summit over 6,800 feet overlooks placid Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, and the Valley below, while its slopes have attracted skiers for decades. Near Glacier National Park, this hardly seems a place where a battle goes on over a statue called “Big Mountain Jesus.”

    The statue has stood on a tiny 25-foot-by-25-foot piece of leased land high up on the mountain for over 60 years as a memorial honoring soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division who lost their lives fighting in the Alps of Italy. But it has somehow “offended” a group of atheists who want it removed. The tiny parcel is leased by private citizens, like parts of the ski area itself by the resort, from the U.S. Forest Service. One of the group’s members no longer feels able to ski there because the statue is somewhere on the mountain.

  • The Majority of Catholic Republicans Believe in Climate Change

    07/13/2015 1:13:41 PM PDT · 31 of 55
    Alex Murphy to Buckeye McFrog; Gamecock
    Being a Catholic Republican I can tell you, we are a small subset of Catholics.

    FWIW I've had other FRoman Catholics tell me that politically conservative Catholics compromise a large majority of Catholics in the USA, but your experience matches mine.