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  • Detained protesters accused of Chicago terror plot

    05/19/2012 11:13:47 AM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies
    AP via SacBee ^ | 5/19/12
    CHICAGO -- Prosecutors say three men arrested in a raid on a Chicago apartment had planned to attack President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home and other targets, including police stations and police cars.
  • Abortion pictures rile members of pro-choice church

    05/22/2012 4:36:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | 5/22/2012 | Jill Stanek
    Abortion pictures are not pleasant to view, particularly on one’s way to Sunday morning worship service at a pro-choice church. For the past several weeks Todd Bullis has taken his Church Project to the Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas. Showing the reality of abortion through abortion pictures, Todd and his team have made it their mission to educate church goers that the place where they worship condones this heinous act against God, in whose image we are made. There is no denying, although some uneducated parishioners tried, that the United Methodist Church supports abortion. From its website:...
  • "Church" The Golden Calf of Today?

    05/19/2012 7:53:20 AM PDT · by kindred · 8 replies
    christianblog.com ^ | unknown | Tim Cameron
    ...just real quickly I could try and state some type of resume to justify of what I'm sharing but I'm a nobody ..in fact the reason I write this to you is out of personal desperation and not out of some type of having arrived! I would love to sit here and expound on why I feel it's so critically important to realize the times we live and am confident I could state the eschatological argument (Greece is having a run on banks ..please see Drudge), of why this is so URGENT! after much praying and wrestling and saying "what's...
  • Parish threatened, harassed over sign opposing 'gay marriage'

    05/18/2012 1:55:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | May 18, 2012 | Benjamin Mann
    St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Acushnet, Mass. Courtesy of St. Francis Xavier Parish. Acushnet, Mass., May 18, 2012 / 02:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Massachusetts Catholic parish has received threats of arson and other harassing messages after posting a sign with the Church's position on same-sex “marriage.” “It went viral,” said Steven Guillotte, Director of Pastoral Services at Saint Francis Xavier Parish in Acushnet, recalling an “explosion” of responses to the message displayed on the sign in front of the church earlier this week. It read: “Two men are friends, not spouses.” Guillotte posted the message on the...
  • Will Gay Marriage Force Black Churches to Reconsider Democratic Party?

    05/18/2012 4:11:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2012 | Larry Elder
    President Obama's affirmation of gay marriage threatens to undermine the near-monolithic black support Obama enjoyed in 2008. Several members of the black clergy now say they intend to sit out the presidential election. One poll from last November found black opposition to gay marriage at 58 percent, higher than the rest of the country, which is about evenly split. The real question is this: What took black church leaders so long to reconsider their near blind support for the Democratic Party? The historical strength of black churches has been that of a moral and spiritual refuge in a once-hostile country...
  • The Nature of the Church The Nature of the Church

    05/17/2012 5:39:18 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 2 replies
    Bible Prophecy Blog ^ | 5/17/2012 | Dr. Thomas Ice
    It is not uncommon to hear anti-pretribulationists discount pretribulationism because the Bible teaches that Christians will suffer for Christ. Since pretribulationists teach that the church will not go through the tribulation, some attempt to equate this with a view that Believers will never experience hardship of any kind during the current church age. This is a distortion of our views. Pretribulationism teaches, by God’s grace and decree, the church will not go through the time of God’s wrath because the tribulation is designed for purposes which do not include the church. In fact, we believe that during the church age...
  • Brothel visits are confirmation gifts in Austria

    05/17/2012 4:07:58 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 9 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 18 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Brothel visits revealed as confirmation gifts in Austria following police investigation. 162 charges made
  • Muslim extremists force closure of 16 churches

    05/15/2012 12:05:59 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 4 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 15 May 2012 | Cathcon
    16 churches closed in Indonesia in Sharia run province
  • Catholic bishop visits gay and lesbian centre

    05/13/2012 3:36:13 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 16 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 14 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Bishop Ackermann of Trier visited gay and lesbian centre not as a bishop but a pilgrim.
  • New Orleans residents can trade guns for cash at church - NOLA.com

    05/12/2012 4:21:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    bayoubuzz.com ^ | 11 May, 2012 | Staff
    he New Orleans Police Department and community leaders will host a gun buyback Saturday morning in Gert Town. Citizens can trade in weapons starting at 9 a.m. at Little Zion Baptist Church, 4821 Earhart Blvd. People will receive $75 in cash for working handguns and $200 for assault rifles, no questions asked, said the Rev. Norwood Thompson of the Greater New Orleans/Jefferson Gun Buyback Committee. Sean Gardner, The Times-Picayune archive A New Orleans police officer checks a Smith and Wesson revolver during a gun-buyback event on St. Bernard Avenue on Aug. 27, 2005. The 12th annual buyback is returning this...
  • Mother's Day Church Attendance Third Highest After Easter, Christmas; Father's Day Last

    05/12/2012 10:48:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/12/2012 | By Luiza Oleszczuk
    Behind Easter and Christmas, Mother's Day draws the highest attendance in U.S. churches, a recent study shows. LifeWay Research, a Christian research center, asked 1,000 Protestant pastors what the three highest attendance Sundays were throughout the year. Easter was first, indicated by 93 percent of the pastors asked, followed by Christmas with 84 percent, and Mother's Day with 59 percent. "Clearly, mothers want to be present for the affirmation that is typically offered in most churches, but families also are present knowing their attendance will honor their mother," Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research, said in a statement. "Many families...
  • NYC CHURCHES FACE A LOOMING BAN ON MEETING AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    05/10/2012 6:39:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 05/09/2012 | Tiffany Owens
    NEW YORK—Sovereign Grace City Church in Brooklyn used to meet for worship every Sunday at P.S. 282, a public school that charged an affordable rent of $1,084 per month for Sunday morning access. But lately Sovereign Grace has changed worship locations nearly every week. The moves were not random: They were a result of a decision by the city to ban religious organizations from renting public school buildings for worship services. The ban went into effect on Feb. 12, but an injunction from U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska allowed churches to continue meeting at public schools until June 19. The...
  • Church to blame for spread of Islam in Europe

    05/08/2012 6:08:40 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 13 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 9/5/2012 | Cathcon
    The Egyptian-Italian MEP, Magdi Cristiano Allam criticized yesterday an article published in the Italian daily newspaper Il Giornale, the Islamization of Europe. As "clear evidence", he cited the citizens of European countries, who convert to Islam. "Did you know that in Italy there are already 70,000 Muslim citizens?" Allam asks in his article. The total number of Muslims currently living in Italy comes to, according to the Interior Ministry, to more than 1,583,000. "Did you know that on average every four days in Italy a new Islamic place of worship is established?"
  • Church Shames Congregation Into Cheerless Giving

    05/06/2012 11:12:51 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 58 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 6, 2012 | JP
    My wife and I have traveled back and forth across the country the past year. It has given us the opportunity to visit a number of churches. We have felt the movement of the Holy Spirit in every service we have attended. That is, until recently, when he heard a message we found quite disturbing. It actually wasn’t the main topic of the pastor’s sermon. Rather, it was a sidebar at the end of his message. It concerned the church’s finances. He told the congregation that weekly collections had not met budget all year long. And he admonished church members...
  • The Heathen Rage Against National Day of Prayer

    05/03/2012 8:01:01 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 8 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 3, 2012 | JP
    America is in a state of malaise. More than 60 percent of us believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a recent CBS News/New York Times poll. Against that backdrop, people of faith will gather in cities and towns from sea to shining sea to observe the 61st annual National Day of Prayer; to ask God to shed his grace on our troubled land. Of course, not everyone looks forward to today’s observance. “The National Day of Prayer demeans millions of Americans who believe that reason, not prayer is the way to solve the country’s problems,”...
  • ‘Angry Queers’: Christians are ‘scum,’ deserve ‘hammers through their windows’

    04/30/2012 6:49:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 81 replies
    Life News ^ | 4/30/2012 | Ben Johnson
    <p>Warning: This story includes vulgar language as quoted in an e-mail from an extremist homosexual rights group.</p> <p>PORTLAND, OREGON, April 27, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The group that allegedly smashed up a Portland church hopes its “small act of vengeance will strike fear into the hearts of” Christian leaders who teach traditional sexual morality, according to an e-mail message the group released to the public.</p>
  • ‘Angry Queers’ smash church windows in Portland

    04/27/2012 12:56:28 PM PDT · by Morgana · 50 replies
    Life News ^ | 4/27/2012 | Ben Johnson
    PORTLAND, OREGON, April 26, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A homosexual activist group calling itself “Angry Queers” claimed responsibility for smashing nine windows in a church known for teaching traditional sexual morality early Tuesday morning. “Upon arriving at the church, we discovered nine separate windows had been smashed in with rocks, including two beautiful 100-year-old stained glass windows,” wrote Tim Smith, pastor of the Portland campus of Mars Hill Church. “We estimate the damage to be several thousand dollars.” The vandals sent an e-mail to local television station KOIN-TV stating they took the action, because “Mars Hill is notoriously anti-gay and anti-woman.”...
  • Churches May Be Forced to Rent Their Facilities to Gay Couples

    04/25/2012 10:37:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/25/2012 | Jeff Schapiro
    The city of Hutchinson, Kan., is mulling over a proposed law that would force some churches in the community, regardless of their religious convictions, to rent their church halls to gay couples for events. The proposal came about after the Kansas Equality Coalition encouraged the Hutchinson City Council to add gender identity and sexual orientation to the city's human relations code. The law would make it illegal for churches that rent their facilities to the public to prevent anyone from renting their facility based on sexual orientation or gender identity. "If a church has a parish hall that they rent...
  • 65,000 gather in Moscow 'to pray for Church & defend faith' (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

    Tens of thousands of Orthodox Christians have joined a service outside Moscow’s main church, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, in defense of their faith, sacred objects and the Church itself, following recent numerous attacks on Christian relics. The Sunday service has gathered around 65 thousand worshippers, according to official police data. It comes in response to what the church says is a series disrespectful acts against Orthodoxy and religious faith over the past few months. Sacred Orthodox objects attacked this spring were specially brought to the Cathedral for one day. Among the relics is a 3.5-metre-tall crucifix cut by...
  • You Have Left Your First Love

    04/23/2012 5:33:25 AM PDT · by Music Producer · 18 replies
    Dean C. Haskins ^ | 04/22/2012 | Dean C. Haskins
    You Have Left Your First Love Dean C. Haskins But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Rev. 2:4 You have probably heard this verse numerous times in your life, and, like me, were given an explanation of its meaning that was something like this—that the passage is speaking of “losing one's original zeal and fervor for the things of the Lord.” Now, don't misunderstand me; I know that can happen in one's life. However, is that really what John was saying about the vision he had on the island of Patmos? Before delving into...
  • Open letter to Cardinal from disobedient priests in Austria

    04/11/2012 2:07:49 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 4 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 11 April 2012 | Cathcon
    Peter Paul Kaspar, Academic Chaplain in Linz, author, musician, executive member of the Parish Priest Initiative helped to formulate the "Call to Disobedience" and now writes an open letter to Cardinal Christoph Schönborn THE OPEN LETTER Dear Cardinal! We - the executive of the Parish Priest Initiative - have issued at Pentecost 2011 a "Call to Disobedience," because we wanted our urgent demands for reform to be made public. This has succeeded worldwide even being cited in the Holy Thursday homily of the Pope. The decades-long internal proposals and suggestions put forward were so far always put politely in the...
  • Grand Mufti in Saudi threatens churches

    04/06/2012 11:55:12 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 2 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 6th April 2012 | Cathcon
    The debate on church buildings launched by Islamicist politicians in the Gulf continues. The Sheikha Fraiha Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, a member of the Kuwaiti royal family and chairman of the Kuwaiti "Society for the Ideal Family," has attacked the Islamist parliamentarian Walid Al-Tabtabaei, because he attacked her commitment to the construction of an Armenian Apostolic Church. The lawyer for the Sheikha described the attacks of the MP as "absurd and offensive," as the foundation "Pro Oriente" reported on Friday, according to Kathpress.
  • Paratroopers to equip inflatable orthodox churches - Ministry (Russia)

    The Russian orthodox church insists on including mobile inflatable churches in paratroopers arsenal. "Right now, such cathedrals are not part of our arsenal. But the church is pressing this issue. If the temples are included in our staff list, we could paradrop them from planes together with motorized cannons and armored vehicles," said thr Official spokesman of MVD press-service' department for paratroopers, Alexandr Kucherenko, to Interfax. He also said that there's only one priest position in all paratroopers staff list: the brigade's deputy commander for educational work. Meanwhile, he said the majority of paratroopers are true believers
  • A THOUGHT FOR A SUNDAY…(guns in church)

    04/04/2012 5:59:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Backwoods Home Magazine ^ | April, 2012 | Massad Ayoob
    In this recent incident, an aberration of society walked into a church in Spartanburg, raising a shotgun. Fortunately, before mayhem could ensue, an armed parishioner took him at gunpoint. This was not what the violent intruder had come for; he surrendered, and a mass murder was averted. These things don’t always have such happy endings. For a number of reasons, houses of worship are disproportionately likely to be the targets of mass murderers. Across the spectrum of the faiths, clergy and church management have taken to heart the words attributed to Jesus Christ: “If thou hast not a sword, sell...
  • The Holy Week Hit Pieces Begin

    04/01/2012 10:15:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 1, 2012 | Patrick Archbold
    Every year during Holy Week the mainstream media conducts its own special ritual called the anti-Christian hit piece. The formula goes like this. Find some author who says that everything that Christians believe and hold dear is a lie. Report all his/her assertions as if they are fact without bothering to address the mountains of scholarly work over centuries that contradict his/her primary assertions. Some years it the "Real Jesus" or the "Real Mary" or the "Real Bible," but the purpose is always the same. Everything you believe is a lie. Happy Easter. This year, CNN begins the annual dance...
  • Newark church members wear hoodies on Palm Sunday as sign of solidarity with Trayvon Martin

    04/01/2012 7:58:42 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    New Jersey Star-Ledger ^ | April 1, 2012 | Eunice Lee
    Pastor Ronald Slaughter wore his Sunday best, plus a white hoodie sweatshirt as he preached his Palm Sunday sermon today. Slaughter and members of his congregation at St. James AME Church in Newark donned hoodies in honor of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen gunned down by a neighborhood watch captain last month. Several congregants wore their hoodies up while others sitting in the pews came in regular dress. Slaughter, who wore a white zipped up hoodie sweatshirt over a shirt and tie, and other church leaders behind the pulpit wore hoodies but did not cover their heads.
  • Muslims demand churches in France

    03/31/2012 1:03:42 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 16 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 31/3/2012 | Cathcon
    To provide empty churches in France for Friday prayers for Muslims. At the initiative of the National Federation of the Paris Mosque , the Council of Muslim Democrats of France and the Suburbs Respect Collective, religious leaders, politicians of various political organizations in the suburbs, gathered together on Thursday March 10 2011 the at the Paris Mosque to determine the actions to be implemented to terminate the debate on secularism and Islam.
  • Anna Maria Pulls Invite For Kennedy Speach (sic)

    03/30/2012 10:46:24 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 10 replies
    Talk 1200 Boston ^ | 3/30/12 | Talk 1200 Boston
    A Roman Catholic college in Massachusetts has withdrawn an invitation to the widow of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy to speak at graduation after concerns about her views were raised by the Bishop of Worcester. Anna Maria College in Paxton announced Friday that ``concerns were expressed about the college being in conflict with the bishop.'' Victoria Reggie Kennedy was scheduled to speak at May's commencement. The college did not cite Bishop Robert McManus's specific concerns. A diocese spokesman says the bishop has followed directions that Catholic institutions should not honor Catholics who take positions contrary to church principles ``particularly on the...
  • Rome excommunicates four Ukrainian bishops

    03/30/2012 6:39:55 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 9 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 30/03/2012 | Chris Gillibrand
    Four bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church excommunicated More in Spanish here- detailing some extraordinary career paths Former monks of the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat who appointed themselves bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in 2008 have been excommunicated for disobedience They appointed themselves bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in 2008. After trying to be recognized by the Ukrainian state as a Ukrainian Greek Catholic Orthodox Church, four former monks of the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat, a Ukrainian, Slovak and two Czechs have been excommunicated. Their relations with the Vatican deteriorated four years ago
  • Conceal Carry Permit Holder Stops Shooter at Church(SC)

    03/28/2012 2:42:58 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    guns.com ^ | 27 March, 2012 | Shelley_Rae
    A concealed carry permit holder in Boiling Springs, SC was able to detain a shooter at his local church this Sunday until Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene. Jesse Gates, an attendee at Boiling Springs' South Side Freewill Baptist Church was acting like he was having a heart attack on Sunday morning, according to Rev. Henry Guyton. Gates was cleared by EMS and left the premises, only to return later that morning and pull at shotgun out of the trunk of his car. Rev. Guyton's grandson, Aaron Guyton, saw Gates pull the shotgun out and immediately went into the main...
  • Christians, Pastors Wear Hoodies to Church; Speak Out for Trayvon

    03/27/2012 10:11:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/26/2012 | By Anugrah Kumar
    Christians across the country went to church on Sunday wearing hooded sweatshirts to show solidarity with Trayvon Martin, who wore one when he was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida. Pastors called for justice for the slain black teenager as part of their sermons. At Martin's family church, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Miami Gardens, Fla., Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton, attended the 7 a.m. service Sunday. The members planned to leave in buses for rallies in Sanford Monday, Miami Herald reported. Sanford is where 17-year-old Martin was shot to death on Feb. 26 by a 28-year-old neighborhood watch...
  • Terrified teenagers kidnapped at gunpoint during FAKE armed raid on church group...

    03/26/2012 7:29:37 PM PDT · by rawhide · 19 replies · 33+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 26 March 2012 | Beth Stebner
    A church tried to teach its youth group a lesson by staging a raid in which unsuspecting teens were ‘kidnapped’ at gunpoint, forced into a van and made to watch one of their pastors being assaulted in his house. The 'lesson,' according to pastors at the Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Middletown, Pennsylvania, was meant to teach them about what Christian missionaries are subjected to in other parts of the world. However, at least one girl, 14, was bruised and battered after the object lesson, and has now filed a complaint with the police. The girl, who has asked...
  • Can we trust the Sentinel & Enterprise to cover the Catholic Church?

    03/24/2012 7:31:58 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 5 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 24, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Professor James Hitchcock has said that many in the media belong to a "self-defined 'enlightened' class who claim the right to judge other people's beliefs, even when they do not understand those beliefs, a claim which clearly contradicts the same enlightened class's constant sermons about 'respect' and 'understanding.' Their favorite cause is 'sexual freedom' and nothing sets off their alarm bells faster than the suggestion that chastity may have some value...Religious believers are continually accused of trying to impose their beliefs on others, which in reality means resisting having secular beliefs imposed on them...The enlightened class obviously does not understand...
  • Strasbourg Court Should Protect Christians - Russian Church (Protecting UK Christians)

    Hegumen Philip Ryabykh, the Russian Orthodox Church’s representative to the Council of Europe, said on Tuesday Russia would do what it can to help British Christians banned from openly wearing crosses at work defend their right to do so. “I hope very much that the [Strasbourg] court will make a just ruling and protect the right of Christians in Britain and across Europe to openly profess their faith,” Hegumen Philip said. The issue of wearing crosses at work recently came to the foreground again, when British newspapers The Sunday Telegraph and The Daily Mail a week ago reported that the...
  • Dutch Roman Catholic Church 'castrated at least 10 boys'

    03/20/2012 3:57:30 AM PDT · by Bon mots · 52 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | March 19, 2012 | Bruno Waterfield
    At least 10 teenage boys or young men under the age of 21 were surgically castrated "to get rid of homosexuality" while in the care of the Dutch Roman Catholic Church in the 1950s. Evidence of the castrations has emerged amid controversy that it was not included in the findings of an official investigation into sexual abuse within the church last year.>>>More →
  • Destroy all churches : Obama silent while Saudi grand mufti targets Christianity

    03/18/2012 6:36:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 03/18/2012
    If the pope called for the destruction of all the mosques in Europe, the uproar would be cataclysmic. Pundits would lambaste the church, the White House would rush out a statement of deep concern, and rioters in the Middle East would kill each other in their grief. But when the most influential leader in the Muslim world issues a fatwa to destroy Christian churches, the silence is deafening. On March 12, Sheik Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.” The ruling came in response...
  • Ohio Catholic priests to pray exorcism prayers at abortion clinic

    03/17/2012 1:26:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 3/17/2012 | Kathleen Gilbert
    News Print Article | Email Friend | Reprint Permissions Ohio Catholic priests to pray exorcism prayers at abortion clinic by Kathleen Gilbert Fri Mar 16, 2012 15:53 EST Comments (0) DAYTON, Ohio, March 16, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - For many segments of the population, the realm of demonic activity and exorcisms stays in the movie theater. But for many believers in the pro-life movement, the problem of dealing with evil is a practical question – and one that is taken very seriously. In Dayton, Ohio, it has led one local 40 Days for Life leader to obtain permission from the Archdiocese...
  • PA Declares Church in Bethlehem to be Unlawful

    03/14/2012 3:44:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies · 2+ views
    INN ^ | First Publish: 3/14/2012, 11:25 AM | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The Palestinian Authority declared a Baptist Church in Bethlehem to be unlawful and said that it will no longer receive rights as a religious institution, Algemeiner reported. This decision comes a week after Prime Minister Salam Fayyad told an audience of Evangelical Protestants that his government respected the rights of its Christian minorities. “They said that our legitimacy as a church from a governmental point of view is not approved,” said an assistant pastor at the First Baptist Church. “They said they will not recognize any legal paper work from our church. That includes birth certificates, wedding certificates and death...
  • Russian Orthodox Church: Ban homosexuality 'propaganda' among minors

    Moscow A controversial new law enacted in St. Petersburg and three other Russian regions, aimed at banning "homosexual propaganda aimed at minors," has members of Russia's besieged gay community worrying that all progress toward civil rights for sexual minorites in recent years might be thrown into reverse. Related stories Do you know anything about Russia? A quiz. How Russians survived militant atheism to embrace God Russia emerges as Europe's most God-believing nation Russian Orthodox Church calls for dress code, says miniskirts cause 'madness' The law, signed last week by St. Petersburg Gov. Georgy Poltavchenko, would impose the equivalent of a...
  • Church foreclosures reach record levels (270 churches have been sold after defaulting on loans)

    03/11/2012 7:44:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/11/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    This is one of those titles which should have immediately lent itself to a discussion of a war on religion or some other social conservative prospect. But the reality turns out to be considerably more mundane. A recent study indicates that churches are being foreclosed upon in record numbers, but it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the faith or denomination of the property owners in question. They just can’t make the loan payments. Since 2010, 270 churches have been sold after defaulting on their loans, with 90 percent of those sales coming after a lender-triggered foreclosure, according...
  • Vladimir Putin Vows to Defend Christianity Worldwide

    The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church has told Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin this week of the urgent situation Christians are facing around the world in persecution hot spots, and has asked him to use his power to aid their situations. RT online reported that Metropolitan Hilarion, foreign relation chief of the Russian Orthodox Church presented evidence and statistics that stated, "Every five minutes one Christian was dying for his or her faith in some part of the word." Christians face persecution in many nations; from church demolition in Afghanistan and bombings of churches in Iraq, to the violence...
  • Christian Conservatives Guard Religious Liberty

    02/29/2012 1:57:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    The First Amendment to the United States Constitution contains two clauses addressing religious liberty: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." It's a shame that in their modern misguided zeal to read the first clause as mandating a complete separation of church and state, liberals do great damage to the second clause and defeat the overarching purpose of both: ensuring religious liberty. Ever since the so-called Christian right began its organized activism during the 1980s, liberals (and some others) have become increasingly nervous about (and critical of) Christian influence in politics,...
  • Santorum: Separation of Church and State Not Absolute

    02/27/2012 12:38:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/27/2012 | By Napp Nazworth
    Presidential candidate Rick Santorum made some controversial remarks on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, saying former President John F. Kennedy's speech about his Catholic faith made him want to "throw up," and that President Obama is a "snob" for saying that everyone should go to college. Kennedy said, in his Sept. 12, 1960 speech about his Catholic faith, that "the separation of church and state is absolute." "I don't believe in America the separation of church and state is absolute," Santorum told host George Stephanopoulos. "The idea that the church can have no influence or involvement in the operation of...
  • Orthodox Church hails Putin’s approach to military issues

    The Russian Orthodox Church says it fully supports Vladimir Putin’s initiatives on military reform and also rejects the allegations that the church is an intrinsically pacifist organization. Vsevolod Chaplin, a high-placed cleric in the Russian Orthodox Church, told the press that the church was very happy that Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin intended to solve the problems of the Russian military, as stated in Putin’s recent article in the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily. “I fully agree with the statement that the military force must again acquire the traditional role of the most important social elevator,” the Interfax news agency...
  • Worshippers Kill Suspected Fleeing Church Bomber

    02/26/2012 12:37:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The Times of Nigeria ^ | 2/26/12 | NAN
    Angry worshippers at the headquarters of Church Of Christ In Nations (COCIN) in Jos on Sunday killed one of the two suspected bearers of the explosives that hit the Church in the morning. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bomber and one other, who both wore army camouflage, drove into the Church and beat the security before hitting the building. NAN correspondent, who was at the scene, reports that the suspect appeared to be in his early 30s. The suspect, who wore a neatly carved moustache, looked well-fed. But probably afraid of dying, the bomb carrier jumped...
  • Rick Santorum: JFK’s 1960 Speech Made Me Want to Throw Up (Church is allowed to influence the state)

    02/26/2012 11:51:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 119 replies
    ABC News ^ | 02/26/2012 | George Stephanopoulos
    GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said today that watching John F. Kennedy’s speech to the Baptist ministers in Houston in 1960 made him want to “throw up.” “To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case?” Santorum said. “That makes me throw up and it should make every American who is seen from the president, someone who is now trying to tell people of faith that...
  • Church offers concealed carry weapon class(NC)

    02/25/2012 6:57:36 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 2+ views
    the-dispatch.com ^ | 24 February, 2012 | Seth Stratton
    Guns and church seem to be topics of discussion on different ends of the spectrum, but one congregation is bringing them together in an effort to reach out to the community. Central Baptist Church is hosting its first concealed carry permit class from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 24 at the church's Family Life Center. The Rev. Ryan Bennett, the church's pastor, took the idea for a concealed carry permit class from one he attended at Trading Ford Baptist Church, just across the Yadkin River in Rowan County. "It was a good time for fellowship," Bennett said of the...
  • As Good a Conspiracy Theory as any to Explain Obama’s Attack on the Catholic Church

    02/21/2012 8:54:53 AM PST · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-21-12 | Brother Bob
    President Obama's recent decision to force the Catholic Church to violate their religious beliefs and provide contraceptives and morning after pills in their health care packages surprised me. No, I was not surprised to see this as a logical progression of Obamacare - I was more surprised by the timing. I am among those who believe that Obama will get re-elected in 2012 no matter what happens in the next few months - that will be a separate post in it itself. Without going too much in depth into what I plan to write a big part of my...
  • The Episcopal Church: The fruit of building with Satan's blueprints...

    02/21/2012 7:52:42 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 11 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | February 21, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    The Episcopal Church: The fruit of building with Satan's blueprints... "That if gold rust, what shall iron do?/ For if a priest be foul, in whom we trust,/ No wonder is a lewd man to rust." - Geoffrey Chaucer. Remember V. Gene Robinson, New Hampshire's Episcopal "Bishop" who said that the Vatican's ban on ordaining men with a homosexual inclination was "vile" and represented an "act of violence"? As I noted back in 2009, Mr. Robinson once opined that "the Episcopal Church and its proclamation of God's inclusive love" was something which appealed to young people who want to be...
  • Pastor's daughter dies from injuries suffered in accidental church shooting

    02/18/2012 1:45:45 PM PST · by exhaustguy · 47 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 18, 2012 | Jennifer Moore
    A pastor's daughter who was rushed to Bayfront Medical Center after she was accidentally shot in the head at church has passed away, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Read more: http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_pinellas/pastors-daughter-dies-from-injuries-suffered-in-accidental-church-shooting#ixzz1mlsofSi2