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  • Warning: Sex-assault epidemic in churches (Expert: Preventing 'molestation' demands...)

    10/07/2015 3:43:29 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    WND ^ | October 3, 2015 | Unattributed
    Around the world, Christians are targeted for persecution and martyrdom, something that is developing even in the United States. But even as church leaders increasingly are on guard against threats of murderous violence, experts warn they may be ignoring a far more common threat – sexual assault against congregants. “Sexual assaults taking place on church property is an epidemic in our nation,” Carl Gallups told WND. “The reasons for it are numerous (and sometimes complex), but the main problem is that most churches have an abysmal lack of adequate security measures. While many churches are concerned about the growing trend...
  • Work on church honouring [sic] murdered Egyptian Copts to begin in days

    10/02/2015 11:54:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Daily News Egypt ^ | 09-29-2015 | Emir Nader
    Work will begin in the coming days in Minya on a church that was planned to honour the deaths of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians who died in a brutal sectarian attack by militants in Libya earlier this year. Plans and licences for the ‘Church of the Martyrs’ have been finalised to begin the work, head of the Samalout municipality in Minya said, as reported by MENA state news. Major General Gamal Mubaral Qinawy confirmed that the church will be built in the village of Al-Awar, in the district of Samalout. Qinawy said that work on the construction of the church...

    09/28/2015 7:22:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 28, 2015 | Rachel Zoll
    In Congress and at a parish school, at the United Nations and a city jail, Pope Francis spent a whirlwind U.S. visit bridging the realms of the disadvantaged and elite, trying to turn the attention of the mightiest nation on earth away from ideological battles and toward a world he said desperately needs help.
  • A New Ecclesiology for the Orthodox Church? (Eastern Orthodox Caucus)

    09/24/2015 6:37:05 PM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy ^ | 09-23-2015 | Seraphim Danckaert
    Orthodox Christians often find themselves answering the following question: why is Orthodoxy divided along ethnic lines into different churches? At least officially, the answer to that question has been quite clear: we are not divided; we are one Church, united in faith and worship, with an administrative structure that organizes itself along local lines, in accordance with the ancient traditions and canon law of the first millennium of Christian history. In recent years, however, there’s been a problem: while the answer given above is true in theory, it’s often not implemented in practice. Starting in the late 19th century, and in increasing...
  • The left only loves Pope Francis because he's useful to them...

    09/24/2015 11:45:55 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 11 replies
    American Irony ^ | 9-24-15 | The Looking Spoon
    Democrats literally booed God at their 2012 national convention. When the left showers praise on him it has NOTHING to do with his purpose of being a man of God and everything to do with the hypocrisy of their rhetoric on the separation of church and state.
  • Has the Church surrendered to Fidel Castro?

    09/21/2015 9:08:24 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 24 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/21/15 | Augustinus
    As widely reported on secular media Pope Francis met yesterday (Sunday, September 20) with the retired ex-dictator of Cuba, Fidel Castro. It is reported on good authority that it was Francis, not Mr. Castro, who sought this meeting; it was not on the official calendar of the visit. Francis had expressed his "sentiments of particular respect and consideration" specifically for Fidel Castro during his first speech in Cuba on Saturday evening and their actual meeting was, in Fr. Federico Lombardi's words, "'familiar and informal," with the two speaking about "protecting the environment and the great problems of the contemporary world."...
  • 3 people hurt in Alabama church shooting; suspect arrested

    09/20/2015 12:02:00 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 20, 2015 | AP
    An Alabama prosecutor says a suspect has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting a woman, an infant and a pastor inside a church in Alabama. Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson says James Minter was arrested after the shooting Sunday at the Oasis Church in East Selma, Alabama. Neither Minter's age or hometown were immediately available.
  • Majority of American Catholics Have Left the Church, Pew Survey Reveals

    09/17/2015 12:42:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 226 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/17/2015 | Vincent Funaro
    Over 50 percent of Americans raised in the Catholic Church say they've left the faith at some point in their lives, according to a Pew Research survey on religion and public life. The data further revealed that among the 52 percent who left the Church, about six out of 10 have returned at some point. Two-thirds of the group that left the Church now consider themselves ex-Catholics and no-longer identify with the faith. Around 13 percent, however, still identify as Catholic, but no longer practice the religion. For those who are still practicing, around 73 percent said they've been in...
  • ‘They Are Satan’s Church’: Famed Pastor’s Tough Message ...(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/16/2015 7:31:08 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 14, 2014 | Billy Hallowell
    Full Title: ‘They Are Satan’s Church’: Famed Pastor’s Tough Message for Christian Denominations Condoning Homosexuality Famed pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, recently reacted to denominations that have taken more liberal approaches to gay marriage, among other issues, telling TheBlaze that “they have no allegiance to the Bible.” MacArthur, author of “Being a Dad Who Leads,” said that these denominations — like Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which recently voted to allow same-sex nuptials — and their associated seminaries have been skirting scriptural tenets for decades. He patently described them as “false churches” that fail to teach...
  • Hillary Clinton showed up for church today. Will faith help or hurt her on the campaign?

    09/13/2015 11:46:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 135 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/13/2015 | By Daniel Silliman
    Speaking from a Methodist pulpit on Sunday morning, Hillary Clinton explained her political vision with a reference to the classic Sunday school song “This Little Light of Mine.” “Too many people,” she said, “want to let their light shine, but they can’t get out from under that bushel basket. It is way too heavy to lift alone. And that’s where the community comes in.” It is the 200th anniversary of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, where the Clintons worshiped regularly when Bill Clinton was president. Hillary Clinton spoke during the bicentennial celebration Sunday about how her faith and faith...
  • Ohio church sues strip club for holding topless protests (outside the church on Sundays)

    09/11/2015 1:04:32 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 75 replies
    AP ^ | September 11, 2015
    Columbus, Ohio -- An Ohio church has sued a strip club and its scantily clad staff for protesting topless outside the house of worship during the past five years. [Snip] The lawsuit is the latest round in a nine-year battle that began when church members protested at the Foxhole [Strip Club] on weekends, posting patrons’ license plate numbers online and urging them to repent. [The club owner] sued the church in federal court and lost in 2009.
  • Global Warming and Communist Infiltration of the Church

    09/06/2015 4:15:09 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 19 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 9/4/2015 | David Risselada 
    This week, our beloved leader, no doubt in an effort to hide from the realities of his race-baiting policies, went to Alaska to lecture us about global warming…again. Carrying on with his usual doomsday rhetoric, President Obama warned of rising seas, more intense storms, abandoned towns, and climate refugees spread across the globe. Never mind that there has been no warming for the last nineteen years. That didn’t stop the president from making his trip as dramatic as possible as he climbed Exit Glacier in an effort to draw attention to the melting ice. At least the ice is melting...
  • Idaho city’s ordinance tells pastors to marry gays or go to jail (1st Amendment Rights Violation)

    09/09/2015 8:13:52 PM PDT · by GailA · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Coeur d‘Alene, Idaho, city officials have laid down the law to Christian pastors within their community, telling them bluntly via an ordinance that if they refuse to marry homosexuals, they will face jail time and fines. The dictate comes on the heels of a legal battle with Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post wedding chapel in the city, but who oppose gay marriage, The Daily Caller reported.
  • You Don't Think Francis Can Change Church Doctrine? He Just Did.

    09/09/2015 9:28:44 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 54 replies
    Mahound's Paradise ^ | 9/8/15 | Oakes Spalding
    Please excuse the provocative title, and do not misunderstand. Obviously, neither the Pope nor anyone else can change Church doctrine normatively. That is, Church doctrine remains true and unchangeable whatever people--without or within the Church--believe or say. In the same way the teachings of Christ or the Commandments themselves remain true and unchanging. What the Pope can do, however, is to say that Church doctrine has changed or, more to the point, imply by his words or actions that it has. Or he can say or imply that Church doctrine wasn't what most people--including most people in the Church itself...
  • A conservative revolt is brewing inside the Vatican

    09/07/2015 4:53:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/7/15 | Anthony Faiola
    On a sunny morning earlier this year, a camera crew entered a well-appointed apartment just outside the 9th-century gates of Vatican City. Pristinely dressed in the black robes and scarlet sash of the princes of the Roman Catholic Church, the Wisconsin-born Cardinal Raymond Burke sat in his elaborately upholstered armchair and appeared to issue a warning to Pope Francis. A staunch conservative and Vatican bureaucrat, Burke had been demoted by the pope a few months earlier, but it did not take the fight out of him. Francis had been backing a more inclusive era, giving space to progressive voices on...
  • The Manasseh Project, Part 1 & 2

    09/05/2015 1:31:26 PM PDT · by Shery · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | August 25, 2015 | Teerth Sond, Jacob Prasch, Andy Stevenson
  • Real Spiritual: Decline

    08/31/2015 7:55:40 AM PDT · by TBP · 9 replies
    ItsReally Real,org ^ | August 30, 2015 | Rev. Brian Akers
    Over the past few years as a minister there has been a growing narrative that, for many reasons, I haven’t been able to escape. It would seem that the statistics and facts all say that “church” is in decline. Don’t take my word for it either… there are plenty of other Huffington Post authors chiming in about this apparent trend too. Some say that it’s all about the lack of religion in our schools, laws and culture as if the country is devolving. Some say that the “immediacy” of God, also described as an apocalyptic culture, has been lost. You...
  • An Open Letter To Donald Trump

    08/27/2015 12:22:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies ^ | August 27, 2015 | Michael Brown
    Dear Mr. Trump, Like millions of Americans, I am intrigued with your meteoric rise to the top of the polls. You have truly captured the imagination of this nation. Because I would love to see you succeed, I’ve got some unsolicited advice for you. And you’re going to love this. It’s free! If you’ll allow me to introduce myself, I’m a Jewish follower of Jesus (just like Peter and Paul and John and the rest of the apostles), an author, professor, minister, and national talk radio host. My wife, Nancy, and I have been married for almost 40 years, and...
  • UPDATE=> 76 Yr-Old Woman Beaten-Robbed in Back of Cathedral – SUSPECT ARRESTED

    08/20/2015 2:10:45 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 49 replies
    GatewayPundit ^ | Aug 19th, 2015 10:17 am | Jim Hoft
    On Sunday two criminals entered St. Cecilia’s Catholic Cathedral in Omaha. One of the men snatched the purse from a 76 year-old woman. The other man slugged her in the side of her head. The attack tool place in the back of a cathedral! snip UPDATE: One suspect was arrested today.
  • 92-year-old Georgia woman kicked out of church for not tithing

    08/19/2015 8:46:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 131 replies ^ | August 16, 2015, | WKRN Web Staff
    BAINBRIDGE, GA (WATE) – A 92-year-old woman is no longer allowed to worship at the church where she was a member for more than 50 years because she was not tithing. Josephine King said that was the reason she was kicked out of Bainbridge’s First African Baptist Church. Her family members said they hope the situation will bring change to churches across the nation. “Josephine King is no longer considered a member of the First African Baptist Church of Bainbridge, Georgia,” read Gerald Simmons, as he skimmed over the letter addressed to his aunt. The letter, signed by Senior Pastor...
  • Alabama Church Opens Gun Range Behind Sanctuary

    August 16, 2015 Praise the Lord . . . and pass the ammunition. An Alabama church has opened a gun range behind its sanctuary as an extension of its fellowship, WIAT reports. The red-clay dirt range behind the Rocky Mount United Methodist Church in Jemison began as an overgrown gully once filled with snakes and vermin, according to the station, and has turned into a ministry that includes guns, bullets and the Bible. Mount Union’s pastor, Phillip Guin, says the idea of a gun range came up because “we had quite a number of church members, some elderly ladies,...
  • Church Builds Gun Range, Launches Range Ministry ‘In The Name Of Jesus Christ

    08/14/2015 3:37:19 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Aug 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Rocky Mount United Methodist Church decided what to do with the gully behind their church–they built a gun range and launched a gun range ministry “in the name of Jesus Christ.”
  • Jehovah's Witnesses face child sexual-abuse investigation in Australia

    08/14/2015 3:31:08 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, August 14, 2015 | A. Odysseus Patrick
    SYDNEY -- The abuse was meticulously catalogued. From 1950 to 2014, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society amassed some 5,000 files detailing sexual abuse of Australian children by 1,006 of its members, who believe only they -- the Jehovah's Witnesses -- proclaim the truth about God. Young girls were assaulted by neighbors. Teenagers were raped by their fathers. Victims were forced to pray with their abusers. When the children reached out for help, the church's obsession with secrecy and hostility to outsiders kicked in. Victims, ordered to keep quiet, were forced to confront their abusers in person. All complaints --...
  • Protestors greet Planned Parenthood baby parts doc at her home

    08/12/2015 3:21:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies ^ | 8.11.2015 | saynsumthn
    On August 9, 2015 Planned Parenthood abortionist Savita Ginde was greeted by 50 members of Denver Bible Church outside her Colorado home condemning her practice of abortion and participating in a gruesome baby parts operation. Vice President and Medical Director, Dr. Savita Ginde does abortions at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and was recently exposed negotiating a fetal body parts deal with “buyers” from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). The group of protesters exposing Ginde’s horrific practices held a large sign which read, “Savita turn state’s evidence.” And “Planned Parenthood sells baby parts.” According to Leslie Hanks who...
  • Plakon files bill to shield churches from same-sex marriage lawsuits

    08/12/2015 2:43:49 AM PDT · by flfreedom · 3 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 8/12/2015 | Flfreedom
    TALLLAHASSEE – In what could become a rallying point for social conservatives next year, state Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, filed legislation Monday to prevent clergy members and churches from being sued because they refuse to preside over same-sex marriages. He filed HB 43 in reaction to this summer's landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision ruling same-sex marriage legal throughout the country. "We think that this is something that people on all sides of the debate should at least be able to agree on is that pastors and religious practitioners should never be compelled to perform a ceremony that violates their sincerely...
  • In the New Church, masculinity is anathema

    08/11/2015 10:54:33 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 67 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | August 11, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    As this article explains: "Though the New Evangelization has been a major effort in the Catholic Church for over forty years, it has failed to stem the disastrous losses of the faithful in the U.S. The New Evangelization is faltering: since 2000, 14 million Catholics have left the faith, parish religious education participation of children has dropped by 24%, Catholic school attendance has dropped by 19%, baptisms of infants has dropped by 28%, baptism of adults has dropped by 31% and sacramental Catholic marriages have dropped by 41%.[1] Something is desperately wrong with the Church’s approach to the New Evangelization....
  • Close papal advisor heads conference attacking Church’s moral teaching

    08/10/2015 7:03:37 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 8/10/15 | Maike Hickson
    On August 5, German Catholic author Mathias von Gersdorff posted some important information about an upcoming event in Rome on his own website: “In the meantime, the liberal camp prepares another conference in Rome, to be held on 10-12 September 2015, and which is to deal with the themes of the Family Synod of this Fall.” And he continues: However, this time, it is not organized by the Germans, the Swiss, and the French. They had already convoked and hosted a similar conference at the end of May 2015, which had caused noticeable irritations. One even considered it to be...
  • Christians Burn While Pope Worries about “Worldly” Matters [Revelation 13]

    08/10/2015 4:02:23 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | 8/9/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    In June, Pope Francis released his first independent encyclical. It merely served to highlight the indifference to the plight of persecuted Christians around the world. The Pope warned about issues dealing with the environment, but he did not once mention the plight of persecuted Christians — even though he is well acquainted with it, and even though previous popes mentioned it when Christians were experiencing far less persecution than they are today. Encyclicals are formal treatises written by popes and sent to bishops around the world. In turn, bishops are meant to disseminate the encyclical’s ideas to all the priests...

    08/02/2015 10:23:29 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 38 replies
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  • Are lawsuits ahead for church-based Boy Scout troops?

    07/29/2015 9:44:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/29/2015 | By Adelle M. Banks | Religion News Service
    If the Boy Scouts of America approve gay adult leaders, as they are expected to do late Monday (July 27), does that mean troops based at churches may end up in court if they ban gay Scoutmasters? Scout officials predicted that would be “unlikely” in a document they released earlier this month to BSA members and leaders. “We live in a litigious society, and frivolous lawsuits are threatened and filed every day,” reads the 14-page memo from the Boys Scouts’ law firm, Hughes Hubbard & Reed. “However, any lawsuit challenging the religious requirements in a Scouting unit chartered by a...
  • ROC Seek Return of St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg

    07/28/2015 11:45:21 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie RU ^ | July 26, 2015 | Paul Gilbert
    The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) have confirmed that they have filed a petition to local politicians in St Petersburg to discuss the return of St. Isaac's Cathedral, which is currently an historical monument and a museum. Russian media sources report that the news of the proposal has generated heated discussion in Russian society. Maxim Reznik, the deputy of the St. Petersburg legislative, and who also chairs the legislature’s commission for culture, confirmed on Thursday that he had received information on a petition filed by Metropolitan Barsanuphius, the ruling hierarch of the diocese for the return of the city’s landmark cathedral....
  • Proselytizing climate change from the church pulpit

    07/27/2015 11:20:22 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 7/27/15 | Judi McLeod
    The triumvirate imposing man-made global warming on civil society as the 21st century’s top issue may have started at the United Nations, but it picked up steam with President Barack Obama somewhat, then surrealistically moved on to include the Vatican through Pope-Gone-Activist-Francis-Bergoglio. The climate change movement has long dictated what the masses could eat and wear, what they could drive and where they would live. They are now dictating to the masses what religion to practice, and their green religion is not Christianity. The hierarchy of the global warming/climate change movement pay loyal allegiance to the pagan religion of Gaia...
  • Church members complain about collection notices

    07/17/2015 9:18:52 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 32 replies
    ABC News WFTS ^ | Jul 14, 2015 | ABC News
    Most people who attend church are used to seeing the offering plate passed around the pews. People donate what they can as a proud member of the congregation. But a Tampa woman told ABC Action News her church says she must pay more than $1,000 a year in donations or she wouldn't be considered a member. "People were really friendly there, and I really enjoyed being there," said Candace Petterson.
  • 5 reasons to seriously doubt the story the papacy likes to tell about its origins

    07/16/2015 4:09:21 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 98 replies
    Dominic Tennant's Bnonn Blog ^ | February 4, 2014 | James T. Shotwell, Louise Ropes Loomis
    The Shepherd of Hermas is an early second century church document. We’re interested particularly in Visions 2.4 and 3.9, which indicate a plurality of eldership in Rome as opposed to a monarchical episcopate: But you yourself will read it to this city [Rome], along with the elders (presbuteroi) who preside (proistamenoi – plural leadership) over the church. (Vis 2.4) Now, therefore, I say to you [plural] who lead the church and occupy the seats of honor: do not be like the sorcerers. For the sorcerers carry their drugs in bottles, but you carry your drug and poison in your heart....
  • Rapper Slim Thug and pastor Joel Osteen collaborate on new song

    07/15/2015 4:45:07 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 19 replies
    Channel 39 News Fix ^ | July 14, 2015 | mabarbagallo
    HOUSTON, TX – A new song by two of Houston’s own cranks out the bass, all while beating down boundaries. The unlikely duo of gangster rapper Slim Thug, and preacher Joel Osteen is breaking the internet as much for their pairing, as for their musical message. 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...
  • For Churches That Won’t Perform Same-Sex Weddings, Insurance Begins to Look Iffy

    07/14/2015 12:54:11 PM PDT · by NRx · 23 replies
    NRO ^ | 07-08-2015 | David French
    In the aftermath of Obergefell v. Hodges, pastors and church members are experiencing a wave of anxiety over what many of them deem the “nightmare scenario”: lawsuits or government action designed to force them to perform or recognize same-sex marriages. While there are — so far — no meaningful judicial precedents that would permit such dramatic interference with churches’ core First Amendment rights, lawsuits challenging church liberties are inevitable. Indeed, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission has declared that prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity “sometimes” apply to churches and has stated that a “church...
  • Churches Opposed to Gay Marriage Would Be Protected from IRS Under Proposed House Republican Bill

    07/14/2015 9:37:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/14/2015 | Ray Nothstine
    A bill introduced to protect churches and religious organizations from IRS and other federal punishment may be gaining steam according to lawmakers; however, only one Democrat currently co-sponsors the religious freedom bill. Congressman Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), a co-founder of the conservative Freedom Caucus, is pushing support for the "First Amendment Defense Act" (H.R. 2802) that is designed to protect same-sex marriage dissenting religious churches and organizations from possible IRS penalties and persecution. While America's "first freedom" is no longer a foregone conclusion in today's cultural climate and new understandings of sexual rights, the "First Amendment Defense Act" would only affect...
  • Taxing churches is a form of religious persecution — and liberals need to stand against it

    07/14/2015 8:31:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    The Week ^ | 07/14/2015 | Damon Linker
    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. The arguments have already begun. New York Times religion columnist Mark Oppenheimer recently made the case against such tax exemptions in a much-discussed essay for Time. We also know that the solicitor general of the United States believes that the opposition of religiously affiliated institutions to same-sex...
  • Israeli police arrest suspects in torching of Church

    07/12/2015 8:46:00 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 1 replies ^ | 07/12/2015 |
    A police investigation into last month’s arson attack on the Church of the Multiplication in Tabgha in the Galilee has seen a “new development”, Israeli media reported over the weekend. The Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha, on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, is at the site where many Christians believe Jesus fed the 5,000 in the miracle of the five loaves and two fish. The Rabbis for Human Rights group said there have been 43 hate crime attacks against churches, mosques and monasteries in Israel and the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since 2009. ....
  • American Churches: On the Wrong Side of History

    07/11/2015 7:12:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/11/2015 | By John L. Hancock
    The Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has sent a shockwave through the Christian community. Many are wondering how it came to be that a nation built on the freedom of religion is now forcing people of faith to choose between obeying the government and following their religious convictions. For an answer to that question they need not look further than their own churches. For several decades, Christians have accepted the premise that politics has no place within the churches. Whether this is rooted in an extreme interpretation of the concept of the separation of church and state or pastors’...
  • For Churches That Won’t Perform Same-Sex Weddings, Insurance Begins to Look Iffy

    07/09/2015 5:32:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/09/2015 | David French
    In the aftermath of Obergefell v. Hodges, pastors and church members are experiencing a wave of anxiety over what many of them deem the “nightmare scenario”: lawsuits or government action designed to force them to perform or recognize same-sex marriages. While there are — so far — no meaningful judicial precedents that would permit such dramatic interference with churches’ core First Amendment rights, lawsuits challenging church liberties are inevitable. Indeed, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission has declared that prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity “sometimes” apply to churches and has stated that a “church...
  • Is Your Church Abetting Sanctuary Nation?

    07/08/2015 7:50:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | July 8, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    The random, heartless murder of a young tourist on San Francisco's Pier 14 by a five-time illegal alien deportee who benefited from the "progressive" city's sanctuary policy has law-abiding Americans, law enforcement officials and political opportunists of all stripes up in arms. But for decades, feckless government leaders ignored the pleas of families who suffered the bloody consequences of open borders. For every Kate Steinle who died at the hands of an illegal alien sanctuary beneficiary, there is a Tony, Michael and Matthew Bologna in San Francisco. A Jamiel Shaw (age 17) or Xinran Ji (age 24) in Los Angeles....
  • The Supreme Court Ruling Has Just Removed The Wall Of Separation Between Church And State

    07/06/2015 11:53:54 PM PDT · by knarf · 33 replies
    self | July 7, 2015 | knarf
    I've been mulling this over for a few days ....
  • The Marriage of Church and State: It’s Time for a Happy Divorce

    07/06/2015 7:31:33 PM PDT · by AncientAirs · 10 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | 6 July 2015 | Joseph Pearce
    The Supreme Court’s bizarre decision to impose same-sex “marriage” on all the States is the making of history by the breaking of history. It is to make something that humanity has never sanctioned and has always shunned not only legal but compulsory. Until a few short years ago, the very thought that marriage was anything other than the union of a man and a woman would have been impossible because the very thought would have been unthinkable. The Supreme Court has, therefore, divorced itself from the collective experience of humanity as manifested in the continuum of moral norms that are...
  • Idiot spray-paints [n-word] on Dan’s church . . . and the pastor offers the most awesome response ev

    07/03/2015 9:39:01 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/03/15 | Dan Calabrese
    And yeah, we used the word, because we're going to deal with instead of running from it I got a phone call yesterday morning from my pastor, wanting my help with a matter that had come up. That in itself is not unusual, but the nature of the matter was. In recent weeks we’d had a series of break-in attempts at the church, and while they hadn’t succeeded in getting inside the building, they had stolen the very large grill we keep outside for church barbecues and other special events. Well that can be replaced, although not cheaply. But whoever...
  • South Carolina Church Fire [Likely Due to] Lightning

    07/02/2015 7:35:26 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 24 replies
    (CNN) — Federal investigators suspect lightning may have caused the fire at the Mount Zion AME Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina, senior officials in the FBI told CNN contributor Tom Fuentes. The FBI has been working with the National Weather Service to determine whether heavy storms in the area contributed to the fire. A forensic report from CNN meteorologists shows that there were four strikes in the immediate vicinity of the church at 7:18 p.m. ET Tuesday.
  • Tony Perkins speaks at FBC Dallas

    07/01/2015 8:05:30 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 8 replies
    FBC Dallas ^ | 06/28/15 | Tony Perkins
    Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council, spoke at FBC Dallas and addressed how Christians should respond to what's happening in this country. It's worth a listen
  • Secret DOJ Memo To Legalize '12 New Perversions,' Including Bestiality And Pedophilia

    07/01/2015 4:47:49 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 29 replies
    Right Wing Watch ^ | July 1 2015 | Kyle Mantyla
    Tom DeLay appeared on Newsmax TV yesterday, where he told host Steve Malzberg that, just as he had predicted, all Hell is now breaking loose because of the Supreme Court ruling striking down gay marriage bans. Things are now so out of control, DeLay said, that he even knows about a "secret memo" from the Justice Department aimed at legalizing "12 new perversions," including bestiality and pedophilia. "We've already found a secret memo coming out of the Justice Department," DeLay claimed. "They're now going to go after 12 new perversions, things like bestiality, polygamy, having sex with little boys and...
  • Vanity: Church Burnings, False Flags, Disinformation and Russia

    07/01/2015 9:10:42 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 8 replies
    Ion Mihai Pacepa, born 28 October 1928 in Bucharest, Romania) is a former three-star general in the Securitate, the secret police of Communist Romania, who defected to the United States in July 1978 following President Jimmy Carter's approval of his request for political asylum. He is the highest-ranking defector from the former Eastern Bloc, and has written several books and news articles on the inner workings of the communist intelligence services. In 2013, Lt. Gen. Pacepa published "Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism" co-authored with law professor Ronald Rychlak, a prominent...
  • Fanning the Flames of Another Black Church Arson Hoax

    07/01/2015 5:37:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | July 1, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    America is still reeling from the horrific Charleston, S.C., massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that claimed the lives of nine innocent people. The last thing the community and our country need are hysterical journalists compounding the pain with inflammatory reporting on an unsubstantiated "epidemic" of black church arsons. On Monday, a Baltimore Sun lead editorial decried "a series of mysterious fires at African-American churches across the South" in the wake of the Charleston murders. The newspaper cited a "pattern" of attacks, including what it claimed was an "uptick in attacks on 37 black churches in the South" in...