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  • Demonic Mendacity of the Organized Left

    10/11/2008 3:59:23 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 63 replies · 3,137+ views
    US Politics ^ | Oct. 8, 2008 | Linda Kimball
    In recent times, America has been experiencing an explosion of neo-pagan movements in concert with a relentless assault on truth, reality, first principles, universal moral law, and the created order of being---the two sexes (male and female) for example. These movements interface with mystical, quasi-Buddhist, occult Gnostic, and other ‘blood and soil’ notions: New Age cults, transcendental meditation, Wicca, goddess worship, ‘gay’ shamanism, reincarnation, Luciferian Theosophy, the Great Apes Project and all other animal rights agendas, Gaia worship, deep ecology, channeling and other such notions. All are types of pantheism, which stress in one way or another that mankind is...
  • Honest Opinion Request: Scientology, what are your thoughts about it?

    08/26/2008 9:25:14 PM PDT · by freeplancer · 76 replies · 251+ views
    xenutv ^ | FReeplancer
    I am neither against Scientology or am i a Scientologist. I am trying to educate myself and I want to know what other FReepers think about it. Please give me your honest impressions good or bad. Let it rip
  • Mormons, Scientologists face uphill battle against Wikileaks

    05/27/2008 8:26:20 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 71 replies · 139+ views
    arstechnica.com ^ | May 14, 2008 | Nate Anderson
    Can Mormon women wear pants when visiting a temple? Can men wear cummerbunds during a marriage ceremony? Are vasectomies an appropriate birth control option? The answers to these (no, no, and not really) and similar questions about Mormon practice and leadership might not seem to be especially secret, but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints isn't pleased about secret church documents hitting the Internet. In this case, the cause of the displeasure is the confidential Church Handbook of Instructions, published by Wikileaks on April 16. The church is currently trying to get the information pulled down using copyright...
  • Hey, Who Are You Calling a Cult?

    05/06/2008 10:06:47 PM PDT · by sevenbak · 122 replies · 229+ views
    Belief.net ^ | Orson Scott Card
    He wrote to me in all innocence, a reader from a Catholic country where Mormon missionaries had only recently begun to gather congregations of believers. "I asked my priest," he said, "and he told me that Mormons are a cult." Setting aside the obvious riposte ("What did you think your priest would tell you, that Mormonism was true Christianity as restored by God to living prophets?"), I think it's worth considering just what we mean by "cult" and seeing whether it applies to the Mormon Church. Cult as Bad Word Anti-Mormons use "cult" the way gay activists use "homophobe"--as an...
  • Anti-Human Earth Day

    04/22/2008 2:52:01 PM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 8 replies · 82+ views
    The Atlas Society -- Your Center for Objectivism ^ | April 22, 2005 | Edward Hudgins
    [An oldie-but-goodie from 4/22/2005, appropriate for Earth Day and the environmentalist cult.] April 22, 2005 -- Today is a religious holiday that should make us all into atheists. April 22, 2005, marks the 35th anniversary of Earth Day. For many people it's simply a day to think warm and fuzzy thoughts about clean air, crystal lakes, verdant forests and soaring eagles. Until the 1990s May Day marked the worship by the communists of an abstraction called the "workers" at the expense of real flesh-and-blood workers and every other human being on the planet. The result was human carnage. Now Earth...
  • The Tolle Way

    04/21/2008 6:44:34 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 16 replies · 154+ views
    Journalstar.com ^ | 4-18-2008 | Bob Reeves
    Ryan Alberti had a pretty good idea what to expect when he signed up for the Web class jointly taught by Eckhart Tolle and Oprah Winfrey. He’d already listened to a CD of Tolle reading his books “The Power of Now” and “Stillness Speaks” and liked his simple, gentle way of speaking. “I think he’s really a genuine guy that has an ability to translate some spiritual things in a very down-to-earth way,” Alberti said. Alberti doesn’t watch Winfrey’s daily TV show, but his wife is a big fan and tells him about it. “Even though I haven’t seen (the...
  • Four Famous Cult Leaders, Four Different Fates

    04/20/2008 7:30:52 PM PDT · by mondoreb · 19 replies · 2,189+ views
    DBKP ^ | April 20, 2008 | Mondoreb
    cult: n. Obsessive, especially faddish, devotion to or veneration for a person, principle, or thing. Four men who are “called to lead a special mission”. Four groups of people who insist that their leader has found the true way; either to happiness, truth, safety, or all three. Four leaders, one method: all preach destruction that will surely be the outcome if others do not heed him and his One True Way. Four leaders, four different fates: one leader is dead, one is behind bars, one man is on the run for his life and one still walks free. 25 Signs...
  • Expert: FLDS Polygamist Group is A Classic Cult

    04/14/2008 10:23:50 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 61 replies · 624+ views
    KTAR.com ^ | 4/11/08 | Jim Cross
    The raid on a polygamist compound in Texas could signal the beginning of the end of a lifestyle that has flown under the radar in America, according to an expert on cults. The Fundamentalist Church of Latter-day Saints, which operates the compound near Eldorado, Texas, along with other communities around the country -- including Colorado City, Ariz. -- fits the classic criteria of a cult, according to Rick Ross. He says there are about 50,000 polygamists living in North America and Mexico. ``The level of harm done by polygamist groups is horrific, and, in particular, this group (FLDS) has a...
  • Utah lessons applied in raid

    04/14/2008 9:12:47 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 52 replies · 72+ views
    Caller Times ^ | 4/13/08 | Dan Kelly
    Prosecutors have new weapons against polygamy and marriage involving underage teens because Texas lawmakers heeded Utah authorities' experience with the Mormon splinter group raided in Eldorado. In 2001, Utah authorities began a crackdown on underage marriages and arranged marriages of teenagers, targeting members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon splinter group that had lived in two towns on the Utah-Arizona border. The allegations made national headlines -- young girls forced to marry older men, teenage boys ejected from the community to create a surplus of brides, and police officers who turned a blind eye...
  • Compound considered home for sect’s ‘elect’

    04/14/2008 8:57:15 AM PDT · by ansel12 · 24 replies · 140+ views
    Washingtonpost.com ^ | 4/13/08 | Sylvia Moreno
    ELDORADO, Texas - The secretive and insular community established near this West Texas town by a radical offshoot of the Mormon Church is considered by the sect's members to be a holy shrine populated by its most fervent adherents and is propped up financially by members of the group living in other states, according to law enforcement officials and former members. Interviews with law enforcement authorities and former members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints depict the Yearning for Zion Ranch, which was raided last week by Texas authorities, as an outpost whose adult residents...
  • Private Revelation

    04/04/2008 10:25:41 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 3 replies · 118+ views
    My own work ^ | May 31, 1983 | Joseph Dwight
    What is private revelation? What is the meaning and purpose of private revelation? How does private revelation fit into the overall divine plan of glorifying God and saving souls? What is the significance and role of private revelation within the entire Mystical Body of Christ. the Church? What should be our prudent attitude toward private revelation? Before the Church has had time to investigate a particular apparition, how can we prudently determine whether an apparition is probably true or probable false? What is the prudent use of private revelation? What are the dangers of the imprudent use of private revelation?...
  • Canada orders ministry by Christians shut down

    03/22/2008 9:47:42 AM PDT · by ears_to_hear · 3 replies · 249+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | March 21,2008 | Bob Unruh
    "The Canadian government has ordered a Christian ministry that teaches doctrine and the differences between Christians and cults shut down because its reference materials were "critical" of the beliefs of those who are not Christian, WND has learned."..... For example, the ministry addresses the issue of "fads," including a "creeping Eastern mysticism" appearing in some churches, "turning meaningful prayer meetings into mind-emptying rituals called contemplative prayer promising experiences of a spiritual nature." "Feelings have often replaced the solid word of God," the website warns. "Numerous churches have become 'seeker' churches, disposing of the parts of the Gospel message that might...
  • Canada orders ministry by Christians shut down

    03/22/2008 4:18:16 AM PDT · by Man50D · 101 replies · 3,305+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | March 21, 2008 | Bob Unruh
    The Canadian government has ordered a Christian ministry that teaches doctrine and the differences between Christians and cults shut down because its reference materials were "critical" of the beliefs of those who are not Christian, WND has learned. So what used to be called MacGregor Ministries with offerings in how to recognize and eliminate "faulty fads" in Christian churches has been re-created in the United States, and now operates under the name MM Outreach Media Ministries. Lorri MacGregor, who has dedicated her life to explaining the straight and narrow of Christian beliefs since she found her way out of the...
  • You Tube: Obama - Cult of Change

    03/02/2008 11:59:41 AM PST · by vrwc54 · 16 replies · 171+ views
    You Tube ^ | 03/02/08 | sp43vms
    Obama - Cult of Change Are you one caught up in the hysteria of Obama mania?
  • Will.i.am Launches Second Obama Music Video (".. Chanting His Name Makes Me a Better Person")

    03/01/2008 8:40:34 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 26 replies · 754+ views
    TVWEEK ^ | February 29, 2008 9:54 AM | Daisy Whitney
    The video is available at http://www.WeAreTheOnesSong.com and features appearances by Jessica Alba, Ryan Phillippe, George Lopez and others. Will.i.am’s previous video, “Yes We Can,” has racked up more than 10 million views.
  • COMMENTARY: The Huckabee Phenomenon and the fall of the old 'religious right'

    01/03/2008 8:38:17 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 244 replies · 467+ views
    <p>LOS ANGELES (Catholic Online) - First, it was Larry Sabato and then it was Rush Limbaugh. Sabato is the Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics of the Center for Politics at the University of at the University of Virginia.</p>
  • Mitt Romney: Ronald Reagan in Sacred Underwear?

    12/26/2007 7:02:35 PM PST · by TheLion · 400 replies · 447+ views
    The Student Operated Press ^ | December 24, 2007 | John Lillpop
    Bleeding-heart types looking for a "minority cause” for which to advocate in the 2008 presidential elections are torn between the candidacies of a woman, two African- Americans, a Hispanic and a former mayor of Cleveland who is more of a communist than Vladimir Putin. Tough choices, those, and all of them Democrats. In the interest of fairness, however, the name of Mitt Romney should be added to the shopping list of those searching for an oppressed minority to support. As a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), Romney is aligned with one of...
  • Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon?

    Was The Book of Mormon given to Joseph Smith by an angel or created from a work of fiction? Who was Solomon Spalding and did he have a connection with Joseph Smith? This book critically examines key historical documents, personal testimonies, and records of 19th-century Mormon history concluding that The Book of Mormon is an "adaptation of an obscure historical novel" written by Revolutionary War veteran Solomon Spalding during the War of 1812. In twelve chapters, the authors lay out the evidence for the assertion that Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery, and Joseph Smith Jr. adapted and embellished the Spalding manuscript...
  • STATE OF THE FAIR TAX (Mike Huckabee getting support from Scientology-related tax org.!!)

    11/29/2007 12:00:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 227+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | November 29, 2007 | The Prowler
    With word that the FairTax political operation has run out of money, the talk in Iowa is that a new organization may be coming to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's aid. A 501c4 organization is said to be forming to help Huckabee in the 30 or so days leading up to the Iowa Republican caucus. Huckabee has been leveraging the support of two semi-obscure groups in Iowa, the FairTax group, a one-time offshoot of the Church of Scientology, and a second-tier home-schooling coalition, which operates a 501c4 and has been attempting to organize support for Huckabee in Iowa, South Carolina,...
  • Romney: Where the Conversation Breaks Down

    11/22/2007 11:34:28 AM PST · by XR7 · 19 replies · 123+ views
    HoleintheWall ^ | 11/22/2007 | Dan Whitmarsh
    On Sunday, someone handed me an article from the November 12 U.S. News and World Report, in which they interview one of the Mormon Church's Council of Twelve Apostles - the LDS governing body. Its tied in with the discussion relating to Mitt Romney's Mormon Faith. In the article, Elder M. Russell Ballard answers a series of questions posed by USN&WR reporter Jay Tolson. In reading the interview it's easy to see why dialogue breaks down so quickly between Christians and Mormons. Whether Mr. Ballard is disingenuous or clueless is tough to tell, but his answers to the questions show...
  • The Ravening Wolf - Catholic-Hating Organization Reemerges

    10/08/2007 5:42:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 651+ views
    SPLC ^ | Susy Buchanan
    Tony and Susan Alamo were photographed with scores of their followers in 1974, at the height of their power. Today, Tony Alamo is back. Photo by Gilbert B. Weingourt/Zuma Press LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Clad in matching T-shirts with bejeweled cross logos, members of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries are once again saving souls on Hollywood Boulevard. Since the late 1960s, followers of notorious cult leader Tony Alamo have recruited and distributed literature on this star-studded sidewalk. On this sunny summer afternoon, they're handing out heavily footnoted, paranoid screeds proclaiming the end of the world is nigh and branding the U.S....
  • DUmmie FUnnies 10-04-07 ("I'm thinking of leaving my coven/school")

    10/04/2007 6:05:48 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 123 replies · 1,435+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | October 4, 2007 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    A common gripe of the Left in general and the DUmmies in particular is that conservatives are a bunch of ignorant, superstitious, rightwing fundamentalists. They like to portray themselves as rational humanists who are somehow above religious "superstition." However, if you scratch a DUmmie, you will often find that, below the surface, there exists a bunch of groupthink ignoramuses who swallow outlandish cult rantings without question. As evidence I present this DUmmie THREAD titled, "I'm thinking of leaving my coven/school." Right away, the fact that DUmmie MorningGlow uses the word "coven" seriously is a clear tell of her irrational...
  • The Ravening Wolf - Catholic-Hating Organization Reemerges [the Alamo Foundation]

    10/03/2007 10:23:14 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies · 839+ views
    Tony and Susan Alamo were photographed with scores of their followers in 1974, at the height of their power. Today, Tony Alamo is back. Photo by Gilbert B. Weingourt/Zuma Press LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Clad in matching T-shirts with bejeweled cross logos, members of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries are once again saving souls on Hollywood Boulevard. Since the late 1960s, followers of notorious cult leader Tony Alamo have recruited and distributed literature on this star-studded sidewalk. On this sunny summer afternoon, they're handing out heavily footnoted, paranoid screeds proclaiming the end of the world is nigh and branding the...
  • Florida: Islam's American Beach-head

    09/01/2007 5:46:06 AM PDT · by Paige · 17 replies · 1,512+ views
    Focal Point USA ^ | September 1, 2007 | Rich Carroll
    Miami, the cruise ship "Mecca" and one of the top ten ports in the United States is also one of seven major U.S. cities listed by the FBI as "terrorist havens".  Miami Deputy Port Director, Khalid Salahuddin, an Orthodox Muslim, was a member of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakham's anti-Semitic thugs.  Today, he heads his own mosque, Masjid Al-Ikhlas, in North Miami.  Salahuddin has ties to radical Islam.  He officiated at a fundraiser for the American Muslim Association of North America, a group headed by Sofian Abdelaziz, who was Vice President of Hamas ran "Health Resource Center for Palestine"....
  • Man used Virgin Mary to get sex

    08/24/2007 8:38:18 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 8 replies · 369+ views
    News24 ^ | 24/08/2007 | Anon
    Sydney - An Australian Roman Catholic who considers himself the rightful pope and claims to communicate with the Virgin Mary once a month was jailed on Friday for having sex with an underage girl in the cult community he led. Self-proclaimed prophet William Kamm, who received a six-year sentence, showed the girl letters he said were from the Virgin Mary that blessed their union. The 56-year-old, who is already serving a term for a similar offence, told the girl she was chosen by the Virgin Mary to help him populate the earth with his "mystical seed". The abuse began when...
  • A PSYCHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS of a CULT at NECEDAH, WISCONSIN

    08/09/2007 9:08:21 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 6 replies · 569+ views
    My own work ^ | 06-29-2007 | Joseph Dwight
    A PSYCHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS of a CULT at NECEDAH, WISCONSIN This article was referred to in the Thread (07/21/07): “A SIMPLE, COMMON SENSE REBUTTAL to SSPX, SSPV and CMRI”. Despite the fact that modern man has developed greatly the sciences and technology, we are in the midst of a cultural and historical as well as religious crisis which has contributed to the very proliferous increase of the cults today. This paper will analyze the dynamics of a particular cult at Necedah, Wisconsin. The analysis will follow closely a typical psychological analysis of the most basic system, the family. After a brief...
  • "Jesus" loses $46,846.36 at the casinos...

    07/24/2007 7:35:05 AM PDT · by pollwatcher · 15 replies · 859+ views
    Wife seeks divorce from 'Jesus Christ reborn' Where was the money coming from? That was one of many questions that crossed my mind when the CNN Miami Bureau first began working on a story over a year ago on a religious group -- critics call it a cult -- that had sprung up in a working class area of Miami.... The group "Growing in Grace" is the kind of organization that causes one to ask questions. Its leader is a charismatic minister named Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda who preaches that he is the second coming of Jesus Christ. De...
  • A SIMPLE, COMMON SENSE REBUTTAL to SSPX, SSPV and CMRI

    07/21/2007 6:19:13 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 48 replies · 1,534+ views
    My own work ^ | June 29, 2007 | Joseph Dwight
    The following article (with the university class reference documents) was written with the motive to help my sister and her husband, with seven children, to leave the traditionalist groups SSPX, SSPV and CMRI and to return to the one, true Catholic Church. If you want the reference documents (Ecclesiology.doc, Religious-Freedom.doc, Psy-Cult.doc and Subsists.doc), send an email to: josephdwight@hotmail.com; please specify if you want the documents in plain text format or MSWord format with the footnotes incorporated, or in one document all together in either format. A SIMPLE, COMMON SENSE REBUTTAL to SSPX, SSPV and CMRI When I was younger my...
  • Romney 'unlikely' choice of evangelicals

    06/25/2007 1:00:31 PM PDT · by AzaleaCity5691 · 75 replies · 1,478+ views
    The Baptist Press ^ | 6/21/2007 | Rachel Waligorski
    Romney 'unlikely' choice of evangelicals Posted on Jun 21, 2007 | by Rachel Waligorski KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--The "overarching and primary concern" why evangelicals likely will not vote for a Mormon for president is the Mormon claim to be the only true Christian church, a Southern Baptist seminary president said during the International Society of Christian Apologetics' annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo. If Mormons were to call themselves "a new religious movement," that would be one thing, said R. Philip Roberts, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, which hosted the June 1-2 meeting. "But I have a very difficult...
  • Romney: Attacks On Mormon Religion Troubling

    06/23/2007 1:28:02 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 2,339 replies · 15,038+ views
    CBS 4 MIAMI ^ | 23 JUNE 2007 | AP
    (AP) SALT LAKE CITY -- Mitt Romney said Saturday that criticism of his Mormon religion by rival GOP presidential campaigns is happening too frequently. “Clearly, any derogatory comments about anyone’s faith—those comments are troubling. The fact they keep on coming up is even more troubling,” Romney said during a fundraising trip in the home state of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Mormon church is one of the fastest-growing religions and claims about 12.5 million members worldwide. But many evangelical Christians in crucial primary states such as Iowa and South Carolina consider the faith a cult. Romney’s...
  • The leap of faith that cost tourism minister her job (Islamic insanity)

    05/22/2007 10:21:04 AM PDT · by EnigmaticAnomaly · 24 replies · 721+ views
    Times Online ^ | Zahid Hussain in Islamabad
    The Pakistani Tourism Minister resigned yesterday after hardline Islamic clerics accused her of obscenity for hugging her instructor after a charity parachute jump. Nilofer Bakhtiar was photographed in brightly coloured jumpsuit and hugging her instructor after a tandem jump to raise money for child victims of the earthquake that struck Pakistan in October 2005. The images provoked the wrath of clerics in Islamabad, who accused Ms Bakhtiar of posing in an obscene manner and violating the Islamic moral norms. A religious court set up by the clerics at a radical mosque in Islamabad issued a fatwa, or religious edict, against...
  • Travolta's attack on BBC man in Scientology expose

    05/12/2007 6:02:54 PM PDT · by RDTF · 17 replies · 1,008+ views
    Daily Mail via The Drudge Report ^ | May 12, 2007 | JAMES TAPPER
    John Travolta has launched a bitter attack on a veteran BBC reporter over a Panorama film that exposes the methods used by Scientology and questions whether it is a "brainwashing cult". The Hollywood star has written to Corporation chiefs accusing journalist John Sweeney of venting "personal prejudices, bigotry and animosity" and harbouring "hatred against my religion Travolta also urges the BBC to halt the screening of the documentary tomorrow. The star's intervention is the latest in what Sweeney says is a campaign of intimidation since he embarked on his film, in which former Scientologists claim they were forced to cut...
  • Sect leader Yahweh Ben Yahweh dies at 71

    05/08/2007 12:32:09 PM PDT · by Borges · 22 replies · 1,357+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 05/08/07 | AMY DRISCOLL AND MARTIN MERZER
    Yahweh Ben Yahweh, the South Florida sect leader whose brand of black supremacist preachings drew his followers into a brotherhood of murder and terror in the 1980s, has died in Miami, his lawyers said. Lawyer Ben Kuehne said Ben Yahweh, 71, died in his sleep overnight. ''Cancer is the cause,'' Kuehne said. Ben Yahweh had been ill with prostate cancer. The self-proclaimed ''Black Messiah,'' Yahweh based his operation in the bunker-like Temple of Love in Liberty City, once telling his followers that white people were terrorists and that unbelievers were devils. Federal prosecutors, however, branded him the most notorious criminal...
  • MORMONS: AN APPRECIATION

    05/07/2007 10:31:52 AM PDT · by Capt. Cox · 39 replies · 888+ views
    Evangelicals for Mitt ^ | May 3, 2007 | David French
    I know that I'm going to get in trouble in some quarters for the following statement, but I'm going to say it anyway. I love Mormons, and I deeply appreciate the role played by the LDS church in our nation and our culture. I have returned from a lengthy absence from EFM (I was out of town working hard on my day job) to find a debate in these pages about whether Mormonism is a "cult," flipped on the TV to see a two part special about Mormonism on PBS, and turned on my computer today to see this absurd...
  • Mormonism: Religion, Denomination, or Cult?

    05/02/2007 7:09:53 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 576 replies · 5,254+ views
    Townhall ^ | Saturday, April 28, 2007 | Frank Pastore
    Am I an anti-Mormon bigot for simply raising this question? In this column two weeks ago (available here), I stated I would vote for Mitt Romney should he win the Republican nomination, and that “though I am willing to unite with and befriend Mormons in common cause to advance our shared values, I am hoping to be a voice of clarity – unwilling to allow Mormonism to be mistaken for orthodox Christianity and unwilling again to disqualify a candidate simply because he is from a faith tradition so different from my own.” I also stated, “many Mormons in recent years...
  • The Most Hated Family in America

    03/30/2007 10:33:24 AM PDT · by The Bronze Titan · 270 replies · 1,154+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 30 March 2007 | BBC
    They call themselves the most hated family in the US and they picket funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq. So what did Louis Theroux make of the Phelpses after three weeks? In any country, let alone one as patriotic as the US, few actions are as provocative as protesting at a soldier's funeral. The Phelps family pickets mourners across the country, to mark what it describes as God's revenge on the US for tolerating homosexuality. Their actions are in the name of the Westboro Baptist Church, which numbers 71 and is headed by "Gramps", preacher Fred Phelps. The church, which...
  • The New New Left

    02/28/2007 4:37:47 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 704+ views
    commentarymagazine.com ^ | February 28, 2007 | David Pryce-Jones
    One of the strangest features of the contemporary political landscape is the convergence everywhere of the Left with Muslim jihadis and extremists. Those who once protested against the installation of cruise missiles in Western Europe, say, now demonstrate against the war on terror. Those who praised the Soviet Union as peace-loving are now busy signing petitions and publishing articles to the effect that Iran's nuclear program and nuclear weapons (if it comes to that) are a third-world success and nothing to worry about. Anti-Americanism has made bedfellows of people whose world views and values are ostensibly incompatible. David Horowitz was...
  • Vanuatu Cargo Cult Marks 50 Years

    02/15/2007 10:05:54 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 1,214+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-15-2007
    Vanuatu cargo cult marks 50 years By Phil Mercer BBC News, Tanna One of the world's last surviving cargo cults is celebrating its official 50th anniversary on Tanna island in Vanuatu. The John Frum Movement worships a mysterious spirit that urged them to reject the teachings of the Church and maintain their traditional customs. The cult was reinforced during WWII, when US forces landed with huge amounts of cargo - weapons, food and medicine. Villagers believe the spirit of John Frum sent the US military to their South Pacific home to help them. Devotees say that an apparition of John...
  • POLYGAMIST LEADER: Forced union alleged

    11/22/2006 7:19:29 AM PST · by Nevadan · 17 replies · 727+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Nov. 22, 2006 | Glenn Puit
    Woman testifies Jeffs pressured her into marrying at 14. A young woman who said she was ordered to marry her cousin at age 14 by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs testified in court Tuesday that she repeatedly begged Jeffs to let her out of the union. Jeffs refused, she said, telling her the marriage was God's will. During a felony preliminary hearing for Jeffs under tight security in Washington County, Utah, District Court, the woman, now 20, gave her first public account of her arranged marriage to a first cousin. "I told him (Jeffs) I just wanted two years before I...
  • Sect Could 'Set' up Cruise Inside Scientology's Secret Film Lot

    08/28/2006 11:45:41 PM PDT · by Central Scrutiniser · 29 replies · 1,329+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 27, 2006 | PHILIP RECCHIA
    SECT COULD 'SET' UP CRUISE INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY'S SECRET FILM LOT August 27, 2006 -- If Tom Cruise is in the market for a new moviemaking home, he need look no further than his wacky place of worship - which owns a $41 million media compound where he has prepped for flicks like "War of the Worlds." The Church of Scientology's most famous parishioner got the boot from Paramount Pictures last week for behaving badly. Studio honcho Sumner Redstone called Cruise's "recent conduct" unacceptable - alluding, no doubt, to his rants against antidepressants, and declarations of love for Katie Holmes while...
  • Our Lord is back on Earth and he's Puerto Rican

    08/25/2006 3:33:29 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 19 replies · 2,893+ views
    Ah, yeah. Folks, this morning on NBC's The Today Show, we were regaled with the story that Our Lord Jesus is on Earth, reincarnated in the person of Dr. José Luis de Jesús Miranda. Well, not exactly "reincarnated" but the product of a "fusion" between Our Lord and himself. In his sect there's no sin, no need for prayers, no devil calling him a "Hollywood character" and attacks all other religions--of course--calling them all "liars" and making the point that all the lies "began in Rome." Accordingly, his followes have started protest campaigns against other religions, but particularly against us....
  • What's Wrong With Blogs (Free Republic mentioned)

    08/04/2006 1:12:45 PM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 150 replies · 3,621+ views
    Line 56 ^ | August 03, 2006 | Demir Barlas
    The more time I spend in the blogopshere, the more it seems to me that many blogs are merely online cults. It's an easy comparison to make. Notice, for example, that blog audiences simply do not cross over. Most people who read and contribute to Free Republic stay away from DailyKos, and vice-versa. Once in a while, some brave soul wanders over to a rival blog, as it were, and is invariably banned by the owners of that blog; more rarely, there is a full-fledged flame war in which members of rival boards virtually invade each other's territory with the...
  • Jamaica: Call for repeal of homosexual, prostitution laws

    06/25/2006 5:12:38 PM PDT · by Stoat · 10 replies · 1,712+ views
    The Jamaica Gleaner ^ | June 26, 2006 | Dionne Rose
    Call for repeal of homosexual, prostitution laws published: Sunday | June 25, 2006 Dionne Rose, Parliamentary Reporter Nicholson (left) and Johnson (right)  PROFESSOR PETER Figueroa, vice-chairman of the National AIDS Committee wants laws on the books that criminalise prostitution and homosexual acts to be repealed. Dr. Figueroa made the recommendation while addressing the Joint Select Committee of Parliament considering the proposed Charter of Rights bill in Gordon House on Wednesday. "Criminal law prohibiting sexual acts including adultery, sodomy, fornication and commercial sexual encounters between consenting adults in private should be reviewed with the aim of repeal," he said. INTERNATIONAL...
  • National Education Association Set to Endorse Homosexual Marriage

    06/20/2006 8:43:38 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 53 replies · 1,855+ views
    National Education Association Set to Endorse Homosexual Marriage Teacher's union begins plans to promote homosexual marriage in public schools Dear xxxxxx, The National Education Association is set to endorse homosexual marriage at their convention coming up in Orlando June 29 through July 6. The new NEA proposal essentially says schools should support and actively promote homosexual marriage and other forms of marriage (two men and one woman, three women, two women and three men, etc.) in their local schools. The new proposal, expected to pass overwhelmingly, is found under the B-8 Diversity paragraph: The Association... believes in the importance of...
  • Presbyterian church opens door to gay clergy

    06/20/2006 4:14:32 PM PDT · by RDTF · 72 replies · 1,929+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 20, 2006 | Verna Gates
    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - The largest U.S. Presbyterian Church body approved a measure on Tuesday that would open the way for the ordination of gays and lesbians under certain circumstances. The new policy was approved on a vote of 57-43 percent among 500 church representatives at the biennial meeting of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. It gives local church organizations more leeway in deciding if gays can be ordained as lay deacons and elders as well as clergy, provided they are faithful to the church's core values. "It permits local governing bodies to examine candidates on a wider criterion than sexual...
  • Unveiling the Truth About Islam

    06/16/2006 6:40:43 PM PDT · by Salem · 17 replies · 489+ views
    ChristianityToday.com ^ | 16 June, 2006 | Warren Larson
    Unveiling the Truth About IslamToo many Christian books miss the mark. by Warren Larson Ever since September 11, 2001, I have seen a sharp increase in books about Islam by American evangelicals. Even if the titles do not include the word "unveil," most attempt to expose Islam for its theological, historical, and moral shortcomings. According to Richard Cimino of the New School for Social Research, evangelical attitudes toward Islam have hardened since the attacks, positing that Islam is an essentially violent religion. Responses to the cartoons depicting Muhammad in parts of the Muslim world have only strengthened such perceptions.Unfortunately, too...
  • Writer facing jail for mosque threat

    06/06/2006 6:04:37 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 39 replies · 1,304+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | June 7, 2006 | Malcolm Moore
    The Italian author Oriana Fallaci, who once wrote that Muslims "breed like rats", may be facing up to three years in prison after she vowed to blow up a mosque.Ms Fallaci, 75, who has cancer, is due to appear in court next week charged with the lesser offence of vilifying Islam, punishable with a £3,450 fine. But after her latest outburst in the New Yorker last week Muslim leaders are demanding that she be tried for inciting religious hatred, which carries a three-year jail term. The former journalist, who has said she will not attend Monday's hearing in Bergamo, told...
  • Scientology nearly ready to unveil Super Power

    05/06/2006 9:40:54 AM PDT · by devane617 · 217 replies · 9,802+ views
    St Pete Times ^ | 05/06/2006 | ROBERT FARLEY
    CLEARWATER - Matt Feshbach believes he has super powers. He senses danger faster than most people. He appreciates beauty more deeply than he used to. He says he outperforms his peers in the money management industry. He heightened his powers of perception in 1995 when he went to Los Angeles and became the first and so far only "public" Scientologist to take a highly classified Scientology program called Super Power. Where in L.A. did he do this? "Just in Los Angeles," is all Feshbach will say. Super Power is that secret. Under wraps for decades, Super Power now is being...
  • Jerusalem: Haredis destroy internet café

    05/02/2006 2:20:36 PM PDT · by US admirer · 53 replies · 960+ views
    Ynet news ^ | Haim Levinson
    Dozens of ultra-Orthodox break into internet café, claiming place incites haredi community to commit sins Haim Levinson Religious dispute in Jerusalem: Dozens of riled up ultra-orthodox broke into a Jerusalem internet café Monday, broke the doors and shattered the computers, claiming the place incites the haredi community to commit sins. Police called to Shabbat Square were shocked to find dozens of ultra-Orthodox insulting memory of fallen soldiers – rioting, setting dumpsters on fire and blocking traffic; police say they view incident ‘with extreme gravity’ but fail to make any arrests On Monday night, the ultra-Orthodox crowd arrived at the internet...
  • Colleges consider stressing danger of pressure groups

    04/14/2006 8:55:51 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies · 665+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | April 14, 2006 | Cristina Silva
    Dressed in sneakers and jeans, they hang out along the edges of campuses, handing out fliers and calling out to passing college students. Each group, students say, has a different, seemingly harmless opening line: ''Are you saved? Are you antiwar? Are you stressed out?" But some college officials say they view most of these groups as high-pressure organizations akin to cults. The groups have a history of recruiting vulnerable students and then alienating them from their parents and classmates. They say that the groups, many of which were banned from schools more than a decade ago, resurfaced on campuses this...