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  • 'Gay Money Is No Good in Indiana,' Liberal Blogger Claims

    03/28/2015 6:07:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 28, 2015 | Randy Hall
    A contentious battle between supporters of religious freedom and people in favor of gay rights in Indiana reached a turning point on Thursday, when Governor Mike Pence signed Senate Bill 101 -- a measure that both the state House and Senate had passed earlier in the week -- into law after stating: ďThe legislation is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact.Ē However, blogger Arthur Chu wrote an article the same day for the liberal Daily Beast website on this topic with the title ďGay Money Is No Good in IndianaĒ under the subhead ďBigots Vs....
  • Christians in America Need To Stop Being Such Wussies

    03/28/2015 4:45:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | John Hawkins
    Given all the bad press Islam has gotten over the last few years, it might seem surprising at first glance that Islam is still such a vibrant, fast-growing religion. Even setting aside the fact that Muhammad was a bad guy and Allah doesnít exist, the press about Islam over the last few years has been almost universally negative. If youíre not hearing about terrorist attacks, suicide bombers or sanctioned wife beating, youíre reading about ISIS taking slaves or Iranian morality police beating women with sticks for showing their ankles. If all of that is so, then why was Muhammad the...
  • Washington state florist fined for refusing to service gay wedding

    03/28/2015 9:12:06 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 61 replies
    Ottawa Sun ^ | 03/28/2015 | REUTERS
    A judge in Washington state on Friday fined a florist $1,000 after she refused to sell flower arrangements for a gay couple's wedding, officials said. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who along with the couple - Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed - sued florist Barronelle Stutzman in 2013, applauded the ruling in a statement.
  • Obama installing Islam leaders while Michelle and Susan Rice provide cover?

    03/28/2015 11:06:36 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/28/15 | Judi McLeod
    Obama was working to replace foreign Christian leaders with fully-fledged Caliphate-seeking Islamists The full-scale social engineering of President Barack Hussein Obama in the elections of countries where he has no business being seeks to install radical Islamists to power. Even though itís s a provable deadly blueprint thatís putting the West at great risk, no one is calling him on it. Obamaís been on the trail of replacing Christian leaders with Islamic ones before he became president, starting with Kenya where he actively campaigned to elect Islamic defender Raila Odinga in 2007. Obama got away with it because following a...
  • Eau Claire County issues order for Amish family to leave home

    03/26/2015 7:28:21 PM PDT · by so_real · 51 replies
    WEAU TV ^ | Thu 6:28 PM, Mar 26, 2015 | Jessica Bringe
    FAIRCHILD, Wis. (WEAU) - An Amish family in Fairchild now has a sign on their home ordering them to leave. The court order for Amos and Vera Borntreger, along with their four young children, is for violating Eau Claire County building codes. The family claims those codes go against their religious beliefs. The county put up the sign, Thursday, around noon. The penalty for not obeying that sign by leaving their home could be $2,000 dollars for every day they stay or jail time. A group of about ten from the Amish community were gathered when the county delivered the...
  • If Starbucks Can Preach About Race, Can Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby Preach About Christian Values?

    03/27/2015 7:54:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/27/2015 | Wallace Henley
    The more the general society rejects, spurns, and ignores the biblical pulpit, the greater the preachy culture expands. Starbucks' recent attempt to turn a coffee cup into a communion chalice is an example. The "communion" signified upon the cup was not about humans and God, but about humans "communing" with one another regarding race. The company, a denomination within the religion of Neo-Progressivism, launched its "Race Together" campaign to get us all set right on human relations. The PR didn't work, and so Starbucks had to dismantle the "Race Together" pulpit. However, that won't halt its preachiness. Jim Olson, a...
  • 10 Christian T-Shirts That Undermine The Churchís Credibility

    03/25/2015 7:03:37 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 34 replies
    Iíve always found American Christian cultureís diminishment of the sacred to be extremely troubling. In a manner foreign to other faiths, evangelicalism often obscures the holy in a cloud of kitsch. Take, for instance, the Christian t-shirt. Now hereís a phenomenon that serves absolutely no purpose. Oh, I know that theyíre sold as powerful tools for evangelism, but letís be honest. Have you ever met someone who saw a ďLordís GymĒ t-shirt and fell to the ground crying, ďWHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED!?Ē Feel free to leave a comment if you have (unless youíre a marketer for Kerusso)....
  • Heaven Tourism Books Pulled from Nearly 200 Christian Bookstores

    03/25/2015 9:57:02 AM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 82 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | March 25, 2015 | David Roach
    LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all "experiential testimonies about heaven" following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on "the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife." ...The resolution, adopted by messengers to the SBC annual meeting in June, warned Christians not to allow "the numerous books and movies purporting to explain or describe the afterlife experience" to "become their source and basis for an understanding of the afterlife."
  • Ted Cruz Wants to Lead an Evangelical Ghost Army in 2016

    03/24/2015 10:41:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | March 24, 2015 | Grace Wyler, politics editor
    Someone had to be the first to jump into the 2016 presidential race, and it seems only fitting that that someone was US Senator Ted Cruz, leapfrogging over his likely opponents to launch his campaign early with a Jesus-soaked speech at the world's largest fundamentalist college. Cruz is a long shot for the GOP nomination, partly because he lacks experience, and mostly because no one likes him. But tucked into his speech Monday, in between stories about sin and redemption and abolishing the IRS, Cruz offered one reason he actually thinks he can win. "Today, roughly half of born again...
  • ĎCruzingí out of the gate: Presidential hopeful launches campaign from Liberty University

    03/24/2015 3:55:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Liberty Champion ^ | March 22, 2015 | Trť Goins-Phillips, opinion editor
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 44, announced his candidacy for president Monday, March 23, at Liberty Universityís weekly Convocation. ďToday, I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States,Ē Cruz said to an energetic crowd in a packed Vines Center, receiving loud applause and a standing ovation. In announcing his bid, the 2016 hopeful, who placed third in this yearís annual Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, skipped the longstanding traditional step of first forming an exploratory committee. ďIt is time for liberty, it is time for truth, it is a time to reclaim the Constitution of...
  • Ted Cruz appeals to Christian conservatives in 2016 kickoff

    03/23/2015 2:34:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 23, 2015 | ByJAKE MILLER
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz began his 2016 presidential bid with an impassioned appeal to the religious right on Monday, exhorting a cheering crowd at the world's largest Christian college to "join a grassroots army across this nation coming together and standing for liberty." "God's blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation, and I believe God isn't done with America yet," he said. "I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America, and that is why today, I'm announcing that I'm running for...
  • Cruzís Speech: Presidential Hopeful Plays ĎJesusí Card Ė Text ĎImagineí Or ĎConstitutioní To 33733

    03/23/2015 9:21:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | March 23, 2015 | Paula Mooney
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Senator Ted Cruz has made his presidential wishes official, with Cruz’s speech streaming live on ABC News and other news outlets as of this writing, with Senator Ted reaching deep into the belief system that he says changed his life and included his parents’ belief in Christ. During the speech, Cruz related how his father and mother were drinking way too much alcohol when he was a young boy, and at one point, his dad decided he would leave the family — deserting his young son and wife. However, being invited to a Bible study changed Cruz’s father’s life,...
  • Vatican Archives Shed Light on Tragedy of Armenian Genocide

    03/23/2015 6:07:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/20/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Mar 20, 2015 / 11:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of Pope Francisí Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, newly released historic documents confirm the Holy Seeís broad commitment to helping the Armenian people at a time when few others would. The Italian Jesuit-run magazine La Civiltŗ Cattolica stressed that newly published documents ďprove how the Holy See, always informed about events, had not remained passive, but was strongly committed to face the issueĒ of the Armenian Genocide. ďBenedict XV was the only ruler or religious leader to voice out a protest against the Ďmassive crimeí.Ē...
  • Why Americans Donít Care About ISIS

    03/23/2015 4:18:05 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    Lately, conservative pundits like Glenn Beck and Hugh Hewitt have been questioning why America seems so apathetic about ISIS. Beck says Americans donít realize how serious Islamic terrorism has become; we are on the verge of World War III.
  • Is Libertarianism Compatible With Christianity?

    03/22/2015 7:55:18 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 149 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 22, 2015 | JP
    A friend sent me a link to a newspaper column celebrating the supposed ascendance of libertarianism among the hoi polloi. ďIt is clear,Ē the author wrote, ďthat there are certain areas where an increasing portion of Americans are adapting more libertarian views and simply want the government to leave them alone and allow them to freely live their lives.Ē He cited as examples same-sex marriage and drug legalization. ďPeople have generally come to the conclusion,Ē he asserted, ďthat they donít really care to whom one is attracted or what consenting adults do behind closed doors.Ē He also predicted that ďthe...
  • Religious broadcaster: Christians 'must' prep for martyrdom over gay marriage

    03/21/2015 8:40:08 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 24 replies
    Examiner ^ | 3/21/15
    While speaking at a conference titled "U-Turn: A Conversation with Pastors on Society, Culture and Leadership," Sandy Rios, director of governmental affairs for the American Family Association and host of a daily radio program, said that Christians should prepare for martyrdom if the Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage, the Raw Story reported Friday. Worse yet, she said such a ruling could crush America.
  • Bishop Says China Has Ordered an End to Church Demolitions

    03/20/2015 6:48:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    UCA News ^ | 3/19/15
    400 crosses have been removed and 35 buildings destroyed in Zhejiang province since 2013Chinaís central government has ordered an end to a demolition campaign that targeted churches in Zhejiang province, according to a senior official of the state-sanctioned Catholic Church. Bishop Paul Meng Qinglu of Inner Mongolia, a vice-chair of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, said he heard the news during a recent religious meeting in Beijing. ďChurch leaders across China had complained about the demolitions over the past year,Ē he told ucanews.com. Bishop Meng said the orders to end the demolition campaign were supposed to have taken effect ďearly...
  • How Pastor Creflo Dollar Manipulates A Lower-Class Community Into Giving Him Millions

    03/19/2015 8:14:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Patheos ^ | March 15, 2015 | Peter Mosley
    The headlines were surprising. Creflo Dollar (yes, thatís his real name), a pastor at World Changers Church International headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, actually had the nerve to ask his congregation and watchers, nationwide, of his program on the Internet, to replace his broken-down private jet with a state of the art model. And the plane Dollar requested, the Gulfstream G650, is not just your run-of-the-mill private jet. Itís, according to a quote on the Gulfstream website, ďThe biggest, fastest, most luxurious, longest range and most technologically advanced jet ó by far ó that Gulfstream has ever built.Ē Indeed, its writeup...
  • Father Nadaf shows continued support for Netanyahu in 4th term [Israel & Christians]

    03/19/2015 4:26:32 PM PDT · by Star Traveler
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Thursday, March 19, 2015 | Ariel Cohen
    Nadaf expresses his hopes that Netanyahu will continue to support Christian participation in the IDF and integration into Israeli society. Father Gabriel Nadaf sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulating him on his recent victory in the Israeli elections on Tuesday. According to Nadafís Facebook page, the Christian leader wrote to Netanyahu that ďhe was confident and sure that the new government that is going to be established with [Netanyahuís] leadership will continue to support the Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum, lead by Father Gabriel." Nadaf also expressed hopes that Netanyahu will work to integrate the Christians into Israeli...
  • Family Christian Stores Withdraws Bankruptcy Plan

    03/17/2015 7:41:52 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 1 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 3/17/15 | Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra
    The nation's largest chain of Christian retail stores has withdrawn its controversial bankruptcy plan, according to a court filing yesterday. The decision by Family Christian Stores (FCS) comes after dozens of Christian publishers sued the ministry over $20 million of consignment inventory, and both the US Trustee and creditors committee objected to how the sale plan would allegedly benefit one of FCS' owners.
  • What Chesterton Saw in America

    03/17/2015 3:42:59 PM PDT · by don-o · 13 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | Apr 7, 2014 | Joseph Pearce
    One of Chestertonís most penetrating insights into America concerned what he called ďthe great American experimentĒ of multi-racialism, ďthe experiment of a democracy of diverse races which has been compared to a melting-potĒ. Chesterton asserted that the experiment required a strong sense of national identity, which was the unifying force that allowed the many races to meld into the one nation. The metaphor of the melting pot ďimplies that the pot itself is of a certain shape and a certain substance; a pretty solid substance. The melting-pot must not melt.Ē[5] The paradox, therefore, is that the very diversity necessitates unity....
  • Sorry ISIS, Christianity canít be eradicated by wiping out relics

    03/17/2015 9:49:54 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/17/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    If the only way to gain followers is fear, conscription, or threats of violent death, then the religion is founded on sand, just like the vast deserts from which it arose. ISIS cultists are taking sledgehammers and jackhammers to every monument of Christianity they can find in the region of Syria and Iraq temporarily under their sway, all with a bizarre idea that they will terminate Christianity by sweeping away physical evidence of a religious heritage. The truth, however, will always reign supreme over the folly of dupes, and the truth isÖ Destroying Christian symbols, sites and relics cannot eradicate...
  • Now ISIS tear down the Cross: Chilling photographs reveal how Islamic State thugs have ravaged [tr]

    03/16/2015 1:29:53 PM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 16, 2015 | Thomas Burrows
    Shocking new images released today have shown ISIS terrorists toppling crosses, smashing Christian relics with hammers and erecting the black flag of ISIS on churches in Iraq. The latest photos show the militants vandalising churches in Nineveh, the ancient capital of the Assyrian empire. Pictured in civilian clothing, the ISIS thugs are seen overturning statues, destroying religious icons and replacing Christian crosses with the chilling ISIS banner.
  • China Syndrome (analysis of Chen Guangcheng incident)

    05/04/2012 3:06:23 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 3 replies
    The American Interest ^ | May 3, 2012 | Walter Russel Mead
    No good deed goes unpunished; this must be what US Ambassador to China Gary Locke must have been thinking as a firestorm of criticism erupted over his embassyís handling of the Chen Guangcheng case. Under great pressure, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner arriving for high profile talks with Chinaís leadership, the embassy and colleagues in the State Department including Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs Kurt Campbell had negotiated a delicate deal with Chinese counterparts that Chen accepted. Negotiated with the involvement of top legal scholar Jerome Cohen, and based on a...
  • More Than 40,000 Rally for Navy Chaplain Accused of Being Anti-Gay

    03/13/2015 6:34:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Thousands of Americans, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and famed evangelist Franklin Graham, have come to the defense of a chaplain who could be thrown out of the Navy because of his Christian faith. Lt. Cmdr. Wes Modder has been accused of failing to show ďtolerance and respectĒ in private counseling sessions regarding issues pertaining to faith, marriage and sexuality Ė specifically homosexuality. Modder, who is endorsed by the Assemblies of God, has also been accused of being unable to ďfunction in the diverse and pluralistic environmentĒ of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C. The...
  • The Case for a Christian State in the Middle East

    03/09/2015 5:04:20 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | March 9, 2015 | Joseph Puder
    The recent beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian workers in Libya by Islamic State (IS) affiliates prompted a conversation with Joseph Hakim, President of the International Christian Union (ICU), an umbrella organization that seeks to secure the wellbeing and survival of Middle Eastern Christians. Hakim is a Lebanese-born Orthodox Christian and a proud American.
  • Bishop denies Kerry linked Lebanon crisis to Iran nuclear talks

    03/08/2015 4:52:17 AM PDT · by piasa · 6 replies
    Lebanon News ^ | Mar. 08, 2015 | 10:08 AM (Last updated: March 08, 2015 | 01:11 PM)
    BEIRUT: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that the election of a president in Lebanon hinges on the success of a nuclear deal between his country and Iran, Al-Mustaqbal newspaper claimed Sunday, however figures cited in the report later denied the diplomat made such remarks. ďDiplomatic sources in ParisĒ told Al-Mustaqbal that Kerry informed Boulos Matar, the Maronite bishop of Beirut, during a Saturday meeting between the two in Paris that an end may be in sight to Lebanonís nine-month-long presidential vacuum. The report claimed the meeting lasted for 45 minutes. ďWashington is optimistic that a Lebanese president...
  • Facing an Existential Threat: Christians Living in Islamic Lands

    03/06/2015 2:22:23 PM PST · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | March 6, 2015 | Jack Kerwick
    In spite of what Barack Obama would have us believe, he was as much in tune to Benjamin Netanyahuís address to Congress this week as was anyone and everyone else in the world. But exclusive focus on American/Israeli and Israeli/Islamic relations threatens to blind us to the fierce, unrelenting oppression with which Christians throughout the world are routinely forced to reckon courtesy of their Islamic neighbors.
  • Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

    03/06/2015 8:50:05 AM PST · by redleghunter · 16 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | July 8th, 1741 | Jonathan Edwards
    (A Sermon Preached at Enfield, July 8th, 1741 at a Time of Great Awakenings, and Attended with Remarkable Impressions on many of the Hearers.) Their foot shall slide in due time.ó Deut. 32:35. In this verse is threatened the vengeance of God on the wicked unbelieving Israelites, who were Godís visible people, and who lived under the means of grace; but who, notwithstanding all Godís wonderful works towards them, remained (as Deut. 32:28) void of counsel, having no understanding in them. Under all the cultivations of heaven, they brought forth bitter and poisonous fruit; as in the two verses next...
  • Why Are There So Many ďBadĒ People in Church?

    03/06/2015 9:56:03 AM PST · by bad company · 63 replies
    http://www.pravoslavie.ru ^ | 04 / 03 / 2015 | Denis Akhalashvili
    I often have to hear how people say about our Church, ďYou know, I donít go to your church and wonít go, because itís like a train station thereówho donít you see there? It would be alright if they were good people, but theyíre not! I met one of them. Do you know what sort of man he is? And that girl is not any better. I wonít even mention the rest. And they go to services, cross themselves and donít even blushÖĒ Why are there so many unfortunate, wretched, broken lives, strange and simply bad people in the Church,...
  • How Sex Trafficking Became a Christian Cause CťlŤbre

    03/06/2015 12:53:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Slate ^ | March 5, 2015 | Ruth Graham
    [SNIP]".......When evangelicals picked up the issue of trafficking around the turn of the millennium, they drastically expanded the existing movementís influence and reach. By now it has spawned major institutional efforts by nonprofits like World Relief, not to mention both state and federal legislation. According to some critics, however, Christians also changed the movementís character. ďIt wasnít until this evangelical coalition emerged that sex trafficking became this huge everyday issue,Ē said [Gretchen] Soderlund [author of the 2013 book Sex Trafficking, Scandal, and the Transformation of Journalism, 1885Ė1917, the better comparison may be to theď white slaveryĒ panic of the late...
  • The Entire GOP Field for 2016 is as Tainted as a Bucket of Rotten Meat (Leftist Rant of the Day)

    03/04/2015 7:37:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | March 4, 2015 | Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    If you are looking for a Republican candidate in 2016 who isnít either bought and paid for by the Kochs, or in thrall to the Religious Right Ė or both Ė good luck. Not one of them has your interests at heart. Or for that matter, America. People for the American Way in a press release yesterday informed us that both Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz will be not just attending but headlining an event in Iowa next week with the Religious Rightís evil mastermind, David Lane. And remember the supposedly moderate Jeb Bush, the guy whose attempt to tell...
  • Is this Jesus' childhood home?

    03/02/2015 3:44:36 PM PST · by GreyFriar · 16 replies
    Daily Mail On-line ^ | 2 March 2015 | Daniel Bates
    Clues found in 'De Locus Sanctis' written in 670 AD by abbot Adomnŗn. It was supposedly based on a pilgrimage made to Nazareth by a bishop Text says how Jesus' home was between two tombs and below church. Dr Ken Dark says house located beneath Sisters of Nazareth Convent. is evidence of a Byzantine church here with two tombs in its crypt. One of the doorways has survived, as has part of the original chalk floor In an article Professor Dark said that there was 'no good reason' why the courtyard style house was not the boyhood home of Jesus....
  • Genuine Christians are dead to sin while being alive to God

    03/01/2015 12:50:13 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 16 replies
    Possessing the Treasure ^ | Feb 19,2015 | Mike Ratliff
    6 But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows:ď DO not say in your heart, Ď Who will ascend into heaven? í (that is, to bring Christ down), 7 or Ď Who will descend into the abyss? í (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).Ē 8 But what does it say? ď The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heartĒóthat is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,...
  • Why These 66 Books?

    02/28/2015 5:16:22 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 125 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | June 20,2013 | Nathan Busenitz
    Why These 66 Books? Have you ever looked at your Bible and†wondered, ďWhy do we regard these 66 books, and no others,†as†comprising the†inspired†Word of God?ĒThat is a critically important question,†since there are many today who would deny that these 66 books truly make up†the complete canon of Scripture.The Roman Catholic Church, for example, claims that the Apocryphal books which were written during the inter-testamental period (between the Old and New Testaments) ought to be included in the Bible.†Cult groups like the Mormons want to add their own books to the Bibleóthings like the Book of Mormon, The Doctrines and Covenants,...
  • Assyrian Christians: A Look at the Religious Group Captured by ISIS [ISIS Needs More Jobs?]

    03/01/2015 1:40:18 PM PST · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    ABCNews ^ | March 1, 2015 | ALEXANDER MALLIN and PAT O'GARA
    Assyrian Christians: A Look at the Religious Group Captured by ISIS Mar 1, 2015 BY ALEXANDER MALLIN and PAT O'GARA The world watched in horror last week as reports surfaced that ISIS militants captured as many as 350 Assyrian Christians in northeastern Syria.
  • Ana Marie Cox: Why Iím Coming Out as a Christian

    03/01/2015 8:43:38 AM PST · by EveningStar · 61 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 28, 2015 | Ana Marie Cox
    Who do I need to prove my faith toóand why should I try? ... Iím nervous to come out as a Christian because I worry Iím not good enough of one. Iím not scared that non-believers will make me feel an outcast. Iím scared that Christians will ... Here is why I believe I am a Christian: I believe I have a personal relationship with my Lord and Savior. I believe in the grace offered by the Resurrection. I believe that whatever spiritual rewards I may reap come directly from trying to live the example set by Christ. Whether or...
  • More than 25,000 Egyptians flee Libya after beheadings of Christian compatriots

    02/27/2015 11:34:55 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Times of Oman ^ | 2-27-2015 | AFP AND REUTERS
    More than 25,000 Egyptians have returned from neighbouring Libya since the IS group posted a video earlier this month of the beheadings of Christian compatriots, the foreign ministry said on Friday. Also on Friday, Libya's internationally recognised Prime Minister Abdullah Al Thinni threatened new air strikes with Egypt against the IS group in his country, warning that the militants were poised to widen their presence there. Al Thinni also said that his government would stop dealing with Turkey as it was sending weapons to a rival group in Tripoli so "the Libyan people kill each other", ramping up his rhetoric...
  • Coming soon: Museum of the Bible in D.C.

    02/27/2015 2:09:27 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 27, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    Some intriguing details from NPR: In Washington, D.C., construction is underway on the Museum of the Bible, an eight-story, $400 million enterprise funded by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green.Green is a Pentecostal known for donating to conservative evangelical universities and developing a public school curriculum based on the Bible. After the craft store’s controversial victory in this summer’s Supreme Court ruling over contraception, some people worry the new museum will come across as evangelical propaganda. But organizers behind Green’s latest venture say it won’t be a memorial to evangelism.The Museum of the Bible will house the more than 40,000 artifacts...
  • The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage by Evangelicals and Catholics Together

    02/27/2015 4:11:53 PM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    In the Gospel of St. Mark, the Lord Jesus teaches that ‚Äúfrom the beginning of creation ‚ÄėGod made them male and female.‚Äô‚ÄĚ He then declares a great and beautiful truth inscribed in creation: ‚ÄúFor this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh‚ÄĚ (Mark 10:6¬Ė8). For centuries, Christians have proclaimed these words at weddings, for they express the gift of marriage long recognized by all humanity and acknowledged by men and women of faith: Marriage is...
  • Obama Hates Christians ó There, I Said It

    02/27/2015 8:20:53 AM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    Western Journalism. ^ | February 26, 2015 | Jerry McGlothlin
    Today's chief persecutor of Christians has a name: Barack Hussein Obama. OK. Letís stop beating around the bush and giving Obama the benefit of the doubt on this one. Put plainly: Barack Obama hates Christians. To illustrate this point, one need look no further than to read the book written by Obama titled The Audacity of Hope. On page 261 he wrote, ďI will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction. Ē And when things got ugly, Barack kept his promise. He stood with Muslims and helped them persecute and murder Christians. But the...
  • ISIS militant ĎJihadi Johní unmasked as middle-class Brit

    02/26/2015 6:12:09 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2-26-2015 | Yaron Steinbuch
    ISIS militant ¬ĎJihadi John¬í unmasked as middle-class Brit By Yaron Steinbuch February 26, 2015 | 7:16am The infamous masked ISIS madman seen in gruesome videos beheading Western hostages was identified by media outlets Thursday as Mohammed Emwazi ¬ó a middle-class Briton with a degree in computer programming. The BBC reported that the Kuwaiti-born Emwazi is in his mid-20s and from West London. British authorities chose not to identify him earlier for operational reasons. ¬ďI have no doubt that Mohammed is Jihadi John,¬Ē one of Emwazi¬ís close friends told the Washington Post. ¬ďHe was like a brother to me. .‚ÄČ.‚ÄČ. I...
  • Activist: ISIS holds 150 Christian hostages, will threaten to kill them

    02/25/2015 12:28:45 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 5-25-2015 | Laura Smith-Spark and John Vause,
    ISIS is holding many more Assyrian Christians hostage than previously thought -- and it is reportedly planning to release a message Wednesday threatening to kill them. Osama Edward, founder of the Assyrian Human Rights Network, told CNN that the extremist group is now believed to have 150 hostages, citing the latest information from the network's team on the ground. Initial estimates put the number seized at between 70 and 100 people, among them women, children and the elderly. The video message will be directed to President Barack Obama and other members of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, Edward said from...
  • Activist: ISIS holds 150 Christian hostages, will threaten to kill them

    02/25/2015 11:09:05 AM PST · by NorthMountain · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed February 25, 2015 | By Laura Smith-Spark and John Vause, CNN
    (CNN)ISIS is holding many more Assyrian Christians hostage than previously thought -- and it is reportedly planning to release a message Wednesday threatening to kill them. Osama Edward, founder of the Assyrian Human Rights Network, told CNN that the extremist group is now believed to have 150 hostages, citing the latest information from the network's team on the ground. Initial estimates put the number seized at between 70 and 100 people, among them women, children and the elderly. The video message will be directed to President Barack Obama and other members of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, Edward said from...
  • State Dept Responds to ISIS Kidnapping of Christians by Saying Real Victims are Muslims

    02/25/2015 7:35:22 AM PST · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama Inc. is starting to remind me of a corporation whose products kill people that makes it a point to embed a talking point about how safe its products are in its every statement.
  • Christian militia takes the war to Islamic State in Syria

    02/24/2015 5:19:35 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Telegraph Media ^ | 23 Feb 2015 | Richard Spencer
    Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Hassakeh have been involved in fierce fighting with Isil jihadists including Chechens. A Christian militia formed to protect the community as Syria falls apart is fighting its first major battle against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), attacking across a front in the north-east of the country before being driven back again in a fierce counter-blow. Christian groups said they were checking a report that up to 200 civilians had been kidnapped by Isil jihadists in the fighting and were being held as hostages. A number of fighters from the militia,...
  • Othering Campaign: Political Wire's Goddard Mocks Walker Christian Faith

    02/24/2015 1:33:07 PM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 24, 2015 | John Nolte
    Bigotry is borne of ignorance and the nasty snark the Political Wireís Taegan Goddard launched at Scott Walkerís Christian faith Tuesday is a perfect example of a secular leftist who finds everyday Christianity freakish. Sadly, it is also the result of a media environment where bigoted attacks on the faith against conservatives are becoming more and more acceptable.
  • Patriarch urges prayer after at least 90 Christians kidnapped in Syria

    02/24/2015 10:21:27 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan ordains a Syro-Catholic priest in Istanbul, Turkey Nov. 28, 2014. Credit: Daniel Iba√Īez/CNA. Rome, Italy, Feb 24, 2015 / 06:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With reports circulating saying that ISIS forces have kidnapped at least 90 Christians from villages in northeast Syria, Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan said prayer is the only possible response. ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs pray for those innocent people,‚ÄĚ Patriarch Younan told CNA over the phone from Beirut Feb. 24. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a very, let‚Äôs say, very ordinary thing to have those people with such hatred toward non-Muslims that they don‚Äôt respect any human life,‚ÄĚ he...
  • Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 90 Christians: monitor

    02/24/2015 9:18:26 AM PST · by mojito · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/24/2105 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    Islamic State militants have abducted at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, a monitoring group tracking violence in Syria said on Tuesday. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said they carried out dawn raids on rural villages inhabited by the ancient Christian minority west of Hasaka, a city mainly held by the Kurds. [....] Islamic State did not confirm the kidnappings. Supporters posted photos online of the group's fighters in camouflage attire looking at maps and firing machine guns. The website said the photos were from Tel Tamr, a town near where the Observatory said...
  • Millennial Evangelicals push for full inclusion of LGBT Christians

    02/24/2015 6:32:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 20, 2015 | Harry Bruinius
    When Pastor Adam Phillips moved across the country with his wife two years ago and planted a new congregation in Portland, Ore., he was heeding the call of his Christian roots, an Evangelical Covenant tradition that today has a primary mission ďto reach young people, engage a growing multiethnic population, and develop vibrant local churches that make disciples.Ē ďPastor Adam,Ē as his congregation at Christ Church: Portland calls him, was well suited for such a mission. Young, familiar as much with Tumblr as with theological tomes, and a former director of faith mobilization for the ONE Campaign, the antipoverty group...