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  • “Give me Thomas Aquinas…Don’t Give me Ayn Rand”

    04/27/2012 6:51:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/26/12 | Catherine Harmon
    Paul Ryan disavows Rand’s “atheist philosophy”; cites Pope BenedictIn an interview with National Review Online’s Robert Costa, Rep. Paul Ryan denies that he is, as Paul Krugman claimed in the New York Times, “an Ayn Rand devotee,” calling such descriptions of his political philosophy “an urban legend”: “I, like millions of young people in America, read Rand’s novels when I was young. I enjoyed them,” Ryan says. “They spurred an interest in economics, in the Chicago School and Milton Friedman,” a subject he eventually studied as an undergraduate at Miami University in Ohio. “But it’s a big stretch to suggest...
  • The Vatican's Corrective to Liberal Catholics

    04/27/2012 7:27:51 AM PDT · by Cronos · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 26 Apr 2012 | ELIZABETH SCALIA
    the church sent {Leadership Conference } a corrective last week.After a three-year investigation into the state of non-cloistered religious life in the United States, the church's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith produced an eight-page doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference, and its member communities, that identifies areas of keen concern. It cites theological and doctrinal errors; dissenting positions on the "pastoral approach to ministry of homosexual persons"; and the "prevalence of certain radical feminist themes" incompatible with church teaching, including female ordination. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's first duty is to assure that the doctrines...
  • Rabbi Levin: cardinal Dolan/ USCCB Confront Homosexualist Romney Now!

    04/26/2012 5:23:51 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 23 replies
    RabbiLevin.com ^ | 4/26/'12 | Rabbi Yehuda Levin
    There are five videos by Rabbi Levin on this page asking religious activists not to back Romney. Please go to the link to see them.
  • ‘Angry Queers’ Damage Mark Driscoll’s Church in Portland

    04/26/2012 6:46:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 4/25/12 | Stephen Beaven
    PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) A satellite church affiliated with controversial Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll was vandalized early Tuesday (April 24) and a group calling itself the “Angry Queers” has reportedly taken responsibility. Stained glass and other windows were broken at the Mars Hill Church, according to a post on the Facebook page of Pastor Tim Smith. “Neighbors of the church reported seeing several young adults in black masks throwing large rocks into the windows,” a church news release said. “Police stated that a bank in the area was also vandalized in the same way and that they believe the vandalism was...
  • Religious Left Figure Implies Chuck Colson Is in Hell

    04/25/2012 10:39:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/25/2012 | Napp Nazworth
    After the death of evangelical leader Chuck Colson, Frank Schaeffer wrote a scathing rebuke of Colson's life and implied that he was in hell. "Evangelical Christianity lost one of its most beloved and bigoted homophobic and misogynistic voices with the death of Charles W. 'Chuck' Colson, a Watergate felon who converted to 'evangelicalism' but never lost his taste for dirty political tricks against opponents," Schaeffer wrote. Schaeffer complained about Colson's political activism, which he described as "far right," and seemed particularly offended that Colson would seek to work with Catholics on issues where evangelicals and Catholics find common cause. He...
  • NY Times Writer Defends Church Teachings in Online Series

    04/25/2012 7:22:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/25/12 | Benjamin Mann
    Washington D.C., Apr 25, 2012 / 02:04 am (CNA).- New York Times writer Ross Douthat has defended Catholic theological and moral teachings, in a series of articles explaining how the Church is not “fundamentalist” but simply “orthodox.” “What I describe as 'Christian orthodoxy' is not identical to everything that calls itself conservative Christianity in the United States, and it’s certainly not identical to Christian fundamentalism,” wrote Douthat, a Catholic convert known for his conservative social and political outlook, in an April 16-19 online exchange with Slate magazine author William Saletan. In his new book “Bad Religion: How We Became a...
  • Mailmen Refuse to Deliver 'New Testament'

    04/25/2012 5:41:09 AM PDT · by pavlova · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Mar. 3, 2012 | Gil Ronen
    Dozens of mail deliverers who were supposed to deliver copies of the Christian "New Testament" Bible to homes in Ramat Gan refused to do so, arguing that the deliveries constituted "missionary material." The mail deliverers said that distributing missionary material is forbidden by Jewish law (Halakha) and may also be against state law. They therefore asked that a legal inquiry be held before taking a decision on whether to hand out the Bibles. The postal workers contacted MK Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home) and asked him to assist them vis-ŕ-vis the Postal Authority, which they say demands that they "do their...
  • Where in the hell are the churches?

    04/24/2012 9:04:06 PM PDT · by ShadowPatriot · 51 replies
    I don't write about this topic lightly, and as you'll see by the dates---I've allowed several months and multiple opportunities to pass.  I have no desire to 'broad-brush' an entire church based on the behavior of one or two representatives and NO WAY will I lie about a church, but as it turns out, my 'now former church' is a poster child for 'religious political correctness' crossing paths with 'uncompromising reality.'  So as a result, I am now forced to use a much 'looser definition' of the word 'church'... but this in no way diminishes my love for God.  ~JDG...
  • Brownsville Church Needs a Revival — a Financial One

    04/24/2012 6:47:39 PM PDT · by sreastman · 1 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/24/2012 | Steve Eastman
    Brownsville Church Needs a Revival — a Financial One by Steve Eastman, Faith Issues You probably remember the excitement from the mid to late 90s. People drove all night and even several days to arrive at Brownsville Assembly of God at 7 AM and earlier, to wait in the hot Pensacola sun until the evening service. Although he was pastor, John Kilpatrick left most of the public ministry to evangelist Stephen Hill. Lindell Cooley, with his long flowing hair, led worship. Salvations, healings and other miracles continued way past the time ordinary church-goers went to bed. Kilpatrick, who resigned in...
  • On Chuck Colson: Can reporters see past Watergate?

    04/24/2012 9:22:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Get Religion ^ | 04/24/2012 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    It’s pretty interesting to read the obituaries of Charles Colson by those who were alive during Watergate and those who weren’t. It’s clear that some reporters are stuck in the 1970s, apparently unaware of how the state of evangelicalism was shaped by Colson’s complex life and legacy. Colson’s rocky relationship with the media might have something with his life portrayal as reporters try to explain President Nixon’s “hatchet man” turned evangelical leader. Jonathan Aitken (who also wrote a tribute for Christianity Today) demonstrated in his biography Colson’s complex relationship with reporters, especially since his conversion was met with skepticism or...
  • Christian Acquitted of 'Blasphemy' Charge in Pakistan

    04/24/2012 9:21:28 AM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    CDN ^ | April 17, 2011 | Murad Khan
    LAHORE, Pakistan, April 17 (CDN) – A Pakistani Christian falsely charged with “blasphemy” after rescuing his 8-year-old nephew from a beating at the hands of Muslim boys has been cleared of the charge. Dildar Masih, a 27-year-old father of two young children, was acquitted on March 26 after prosecutors failed to produce any evidence against him, he said. “I was produced in court three times during the case proceedings, but not one accuser ever turned up at the hearings,” Masih told Compass by phone. “You cannot imagine my joy when the prison officials told me that I had been acquitted...
  • Secularism in America: Growing American Movement Raises Concerns

    04/24/2012 6:46:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 4/20/12 | Chaz Muth
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Arianne Gasser of Canton, Ohio, is proud to call herself a graduate student at a prestigious Catholic university, and she also is proud to call herself an atheist. The pride she has in her atheist status is part of what inspired her to travel from the Philadelphia area, where she is enrolled at Villanova University, to Washington in March to join thousands of other atheists, agnostics and other nonbelievers for the "Reason Rally," an event that was billed as an assembly to unify secular people nationwide. Carrying a sign that reads, "This is what an atheist looks...
  • Inventing Muhammad? (Which of the many accounts of the Prophet Muhammad's life is true?)

    04/23/2012 4:17:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/23/2012 | By Robert Spencer
    Why would it matter if Muhammad never existed? Certainly the accepted story of Islam's origins is taken for granted as historically accurate; while many don't accept Muhammad's claim to have been a prophet, few doubt that there was a man named Muhammad who in the early seventh century began to claim that he was receiving messages from Allah through the angel Gabriel. Many who hear about my new book "Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry Into Islam's Obscure Origins" ask why it would matter whether or not Muhammad existed -- after all, a billion Muslims believe he did, and they are...
  • NPR Offers Air to Catholic Sister to Diss Pope, Bishops: 'Women Get It First Then Explain to Guys'

    04/23/2012 2:16:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 22, 2012 | Tim Graham
    On Thursday’s All Things Considered, National Public Radio offered leftist Sister Simone Campbell a megaphone to  disagree with (and lecture) the Pope and the Catholic bishops for being clueless. “It was like a sock in the stomach,” she said about the Vatican’s attempt to hold women’s Catholic religious orders to Catholic orthodoxy. Just on human terms, this is odd – not just to suggest the bishops are bullying, but that a process that’s been going on for four years is suddenly shocking. Campbell told anchor Melissa Block that the religious sisters had the superiority of “experience” of faith all over...
  • Archaeological Find Supports Biblical Portrait of the Davidic Kingdom

    04/23/2012 6:45:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    The Sacred Page ^ | April 20, 2012
    In 2008 I first ran a story about a major archaeological discovery at Khirbet Qeiyafa. The Israeli Antiquities Authority is releasing the preliminary report of the finds at Khirbet Qeiyafa. As I explained then, the findings are challenging skeptical scholars' claims. As I explained then, according to skeptical scholars the accounts of the kingdoms of David and Solomon are myths--essentially the Israelite equivalent of Arthurian legends of Camelot and the Roundtable. In short, in their view, it was simply fabricated. After Israel's Babylonian exile, the Jewish leaders invented these stories. The Israelites simply "idealized" their past; the Davidic traditions...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/22/2012 6:01:03 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 19 replies
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  • Another Christian Athlete Makes Good

    04/22/2012 11:59:19 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 7 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 22, 2012 | JP
    Phil Humber’s Christian walk has had peaks and valleys. Yesterday was a peak for the Chicago White Sox hurler as he became only the 21st pitcher in major league baseball history to throw a perfect game. Humber faced 27 Seattle Mariner batters, retiring them one after another, in the Chisox’s 4-0 victory. His perfect game appeared most in jeopardy in the 9th inning when he ran the count to 3-2 with two batters, risking imperfect bases-on-balls. But the pitcher punched them both out. “God is so good,” said Humber, in a televised interview following his historic outing. And he was...
  • Secularism in America: Growing American movement raises concerns

    04/22/2012 10:58:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cns ^ | April 20, 2012 | Chaz Muth
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Arianne Gasser of Canton, Ohio, is proud to call herself a graduate student at a prestigious Catholic university, and she also is proud to call herself an atheist. The pride she has in her atheist status is part of what inspired her to travel from the Philadelphia area, where she is enrolled at Villanova University, to Washington in March to join thousands of other atheists, agnostics and other nonbelievers for the "Reason Rally," an event that was billed as an assembly to unify secular people nationwide. Carrying a sign that reads, "This is what an atheist looks...
  • Mob burns Catholic church in Sudan capital

    04/22/2012 8:14:31 AM PDT · by annalex · 7 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 18:27 April 22, 2012
    Mob burns Catholic church in Sudan capital AP. Published: 18:27 April 22, 2012 A mob has set ablaze a Catholic church frequented by Southern Sudanese in the capital Khartoum Khartoum, Sudan: A mob has set ablaze a Catholic church frequented by Southern Sudanese in the capital Khartoum, witnesses and media reports said on Sunday. The church in Khartoum's Al Jiraif district was built on a disputed plot of land but the Saturday night incident appeared to be part of the fallout from ongoing hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan over control of an oil town on their ill-defined border. Sudan...
  • What is "Celestial Polygamy"? [Mainstream Mormons say polygamy still occurring near Kolobian colony]

    04/22/2012 12:50:55 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 83 replies
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seems to be engaged in an uphill battle in its effort to convince the public that they no longer practice polygamy. An LDS Newsroom release posted on September 7, 2007, stated: “For the record, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discontinued its practice in 1890, and for 117 years Mormons have followed a monogamous lifestyle. Yet careless headline writing or sloppy reporting still causes millions of Mormons to have to answer questions from their neighbors, coworkers, friends and neighbors: ‘Are you a polygamist?’ ‘Is that your church I read about...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/21/2012 5:58:29 PM PDT · by Irish Rose · 15 replies
    April 21, 2012 | Irish Rose
    In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions. The LORD alone led him; no foreign god was with him. (Deuteronomy 32:10-12)
  • Chuck Colson Dead at Age 80

    04/21/2012 4:26:55 PM PDT · by sreastman · 16 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/21/2012 | DeMossNews.com
    Chuck Colson Dead at Age 80 FaithIssues Evangelical Christianity lost one of its most eloquent and influential voices today with the death of Charles W. "Chuck" Colson. The Prison Fellowship and Colson Center for Christian Worldview founder died at 3:12 PM ET today at the age of 80. After a brief illness, Colson passed away at a Northern Virginia hospital with his wife, Patty, and family at his bedside. On March 30th, Colson became ill while speaking at a Colson Center for Christian Worldview conference in Lansdowne. The following morning he had surgery to remove a pool of clotted blood...
  • Crisis Proves a Curse for Greece's Orthodox Church

    04/21/2012 10:24:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/20/12 | Harry Papachristou
    * Government cutting priests' numbers and salaries* Demand for church charity soaring as crisis bites* Conservative church turns to modern business dealsATHENS, April 20 (Reuters) - Close links between the Greek state and the Orthodox Church are turning from a blessing for the clergy into a curse as the debt-laden government struggles to fund the ancient institution, just as impoverished Greeks need its charitable work most. Starved of money as the state makes huge spending cuts, the deeply conservative church which grew from one of the earliest centres of Christianity is seeking new sources of funds. But despite a new...
  • Anti ‘gay bullying’ leader calls Christian students ‘pansies’ for walking out on anti-Bible tirade

    04/21/2012 9:26:00 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 21 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4-20-12 | Kathleen Gilbert
    In an ironic twist, the nation’s top “gay bullying” opponent called Christian students “pansies” for walking out of his anti-bullying speech when he insulted the Bible, according to one report. Karla Dial of CitizenLink reported Wednesday that controversial syndicated columnist Dan Savage of the “It Gets Better Project,” a popular Internet-based campaign encouraging respect for homosexuality among youths, made the remarks during a journalism conference for students in Seattle. One source, a 17-year-old student from California, told CitizenLink that Savage called her and other Christian students “pansies” after they walked out of his anti-bullying speech when he referred to the...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes & Nation

    04/20/2012 7:20:00 PM PDT · by tajgirvan · 14 replies
    4-20-2012 | tajgirvan
    "One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock." ~~Psalm 27:4,5 ~~
  • LCWR: getting to the truth of the matter (the blogosphere response to CDF document)

    04/20/2012 2:17:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    hancaquam ^ | April 20,
    Reactions to the CDF's assessment of the LCWR are flooding the Catholic blogosphere.   So far, 99% of these reactions have been predictably supportive of either the Left's narrative of Hierarchical Males Oppress the Alternative Spiritualities of Women or the Right's narrative of Holy Mother Church Finally Punishes Naughty Daughters. There have been a few reactions that hit closer to the truth of the matter. Tom McDonald makes a point that needs to be repeated like the "Hail Mary": The LCWR is a toxic organization that has slowly poisoned the church since the 1970s. . .They do not represent the 60,000+ women’s religious...
  • Raising the Bar: Christianity and Liberal Arts in the University

    04/20/2012 6:58:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 5/19/12 | Randall B. Smith
    I fear we Christians have lived so long in the shadow of the Enlightenment that, in our apologetic mode, we sometimes forget something we should undoubtedly remember: that in an earlier time, the question was not (as it so often is now) “Can a great university be Christian?” but rather “Can a great university be anything other than Christian?”But let me be clear about the question. I’m not asking whether it’s possible to have some sort of vague collection of departments brought together under the auspices of a common financial administrator and with a common devotion to a central heating...
  • Belonging Without Believing [Ireland]

    04/20/2012 6:49:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/19/12 | Michael Kelly
    While 84 percent of Irish people self-identify as Catholics, support for key Church teachings is at an all-time low.During a meeting at the Vatican in 1946, Msgr. Giovanni Battista Montini—the future Pope Paul VI—told Ireland’s ambassador to the Holy See, “You are the most Catholic country in the world!” The latest figures from the country’s census show that, in some respects at least, Ireland remains an overwhelmingly Catholic country. Bucking a trend all across Western Europe, the census recorded that the Catholic population in Ireland rose by around 5 percent from 2006-2011. Eighty-four percent of Irish people now describe themselves...
  • China’s Church: Awakening the Dream of Hope

    04/20/2012 6:42:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/17/12 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    There is plenty of bad news to be heard about Catholics in China. But there is good news that usually goes unreported.Courage in a Time of UncertaintyAristotle famously wrote that, “Hope is a waking dream.” Hope, to indeed be hope, must awake; it must be a dream that is made real. China’s dreams for religious freedom and tolerance have for nearly a century been slumbering under a strong anesthetic, but recent months have shown slow but tangible signs of waking. China’s Catholics have embraced the “new evangelization,” and have decided that, as J R. R. Tolkien once said, “There is...
  • CAMPAIGN AGAINST JON STEWART BEGINS (Graphic content)

    04/20/2012 6:36:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Catholic League ^ | April 19, 2012 | Bill Donohue
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:Jon Stewart refused to apologize last night for the unprecedented assault on Christian sensibilities he launched on April 16. In that episode, “The Daily Show” featured a naked woman with her legs spread and a nativity scene ornament placed between her legs; with the picture on the screen, Stewart laughed at what he called the “vagina manger.” To see the picture, click here.Our effort against Stewart includes asking his most consistent sponsors to pull their advertising (if necessary, we are not ruling out a boycott of their products), and a lengthy public relations...
  • Two Things Conservative Catholics Should Stop Doing

    04/20/2012 5:25:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | 4/19/12 | Bonchamps
    Has the title of this blog post got your attention? Good. Many of this blog’s regular readers and com-boxers could be classified as conservative Catholic, myself included (though I do my best to elude fixed categories). So I hope you will take this to heart, and maybe even take the debate outside the confines of this blog if you feel so moved. I like Bill Donohue. I sympathize with him and his organization, The Catholic League. I share many of their sentiments, including outrage and disgust, whenever the media decides to take another whack at Christianity. So I certainly don’t...
  • ‘New Law Will Compel Churches to Offer Same-Sex Marriages’ [UK]

    04/20/2012 5:18:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/20/12 | Simon Caldwell
    David Cameron will not be able to exempt the Churches from a duty to offer marriages to gay couples, a senior Catholic barrister has warned. Neil Addison, the director of the Thomas More Legal Centre, said that the Prime Minister’s assurances to the Church that they would not be compelled to perform religious marriage for gay couples are worthless. He said two judgments by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg combined with a Court of Appeal ruling in 2010 clearly showed that the Government would be acting illegally if it legalised civil gay marriages without permitting them on...
  • Why Mitt Romney Is Hobbled by His Mormon Faith [Lds prophet's son calls Christians 'corrupt']

    04/20/2012 3:28:09 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 33 replies
    Spiegel ^ | April 19, 2012 | Gerhard Spörl
    SNIP ...Could anybody seriously object to such a candidate? The answer...: Yes, they can. Among the main objectors are Baptists and Evangelical Christians...as well as members of the Tea Party...Together, they form a majority within the Republican Party, and they are all suspicious of Romney because he's...Mormon. Traditionalists hold that Mormons like him are not Christians because they claim that God was a human being and that human beings can be gods... Romney is too cautious to confidently address the issue of his faith. Nevertheless, his friends are telling him that the only way to make peace with the religious...
  • Test of Fire

    04/19/2012 8:33:24 PM PDT · by Not gonna take it anymore · 16 replies
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  • Family Research Council Sues Over Decision to Ban Bibles from Walter Reed

    04/19/2012 6:51:41 PM PDT · by sreastman · 9 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/19/2012 | Christian Newswire
    Faith Issues/Christian Newswire Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the US Department of the Navy on behalf of the Family Research Council (FRC). The FOIA lawsuit, (Family Research Council, Inc. v. Department of the Navy (No. 1:12-cv-00589)), seeks access to records concerning a policy announced in a September 14, 2011, memo issued by the Commander of the Walter Reed National Military Medial Center banning the use and/or distribution of Bibles and other religious items during visits with wounded, ill or...
  • Catholic Teaching and Healthcare Reform: The Proper Role of Government

    04/19/2012 3:40:02 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 16 replies
    Life And Liberty/ SummorumPontificum.net ^ | April 2012 | Mark Chuff and Mark Frederick
    Thursday, April 19, 2012 Catholic Teaching and Healthcare Reform: The Proper Role of GovernmentBy Brian Kopp The following full page ad is being run in newspapers in Altoona, Johnstown, and Pittsburgh PA by our local pro-life group. Anyone who would like to use this for advertisements in their own market is free to use/reproduce the text of this ad:       In adhering to the doctrine of the Church, Catholics must follow specific moral teaching relative to the life issues (i.e. abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, etc.), and Catholic social teachings which include the person, society and the role of...
  • CNN, MSNBC Attack Mormons, Romney [Breitbart.com: Obama religion deflection tries a lib tactic]

    04/19/2012 1:32:13 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | Tony Katz
    CNN has been having repeated discussions about Romney, his religion...MSNBC...had the same conversation... ...I find the concept of baptizing the dead off-putting (and baptizing Holocaust victims absurd.)...Newsbusters...remarked on how MSNBC is trying to connect Romney and the Mormon church to issues of race...: ...(BuzzFeed writer and Mormon McKay) Coppins cited...MSNBC regulars...Marc Lamont Hill and Joy Ann Reid: ...Reid...said Romney deserves to be challenged on his church's past. "I think if he were a child when anti-black policies were in place, that would be different," said Reid. "But he was an adult, active in the ministry of his church, and it's...
  • CNN’s Jack Cafferty: ‘Lingering Questions About Mormonism … Odd and Insular’ [MSM Unleashing]

    04/19/2012 12:10:56 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 10 replies
    The Other McCain.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | Robert Stacy McCain
    A steady drip, drip, drip from the major media continues, and notice how this is framed as helpful advice to Mitt Romney: Now that Mitt Romney is likely the Republican nominee he may begin talking about his Mormon faith. Politico reports a lot of Republicans think he should embrace his Mormonism publicly so people can better understand him. . . . Mormonism is a big part of who Mitt Romney is. He traveled to France on a two-year mission for the church as a young adult, and who raised his five sons as Mormons and has held several church leadership...
  • Liberal Outrage in Spain: Homosexual Groups Seek Prosecution of Bishop Over Sermon on Homosexuality

    04/19/2012 12:01:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/18/12 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    April 18, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Homosexual groups are seeking the prosecution of a Spanish bishop after he gave a sermon repeating the Catholic Church’s teaching associating the gay lifestyle with the suffering of hell, and then an interview in which he endorsed psychological treatment for homosexual behavior. Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Plŕ of the diocese of Alcalá de Henares began the brouhaha on Good Friday earlier this month, when he gave a sermon on the death of the soul as a result of sin. Referring to various kinds of sinful behavior, including adultery, theft, and failure to pay wages to...
  • Why do Catholics leave, and what can be done about it?

    04/19/2012 11:58:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 410 replies
    cna ^ | April 19, 2012 | Father Robert Barron
    I saw an advance copy of a survey by William J. Byron and Charles Zech, which will appear in the April 30th edition of “America” magazine.  It was conducted at the request of David O’Connell, the bishop of Trenton, and its focus was very simple:  it endeavored to discover why Catholics have left the church.  No one denies that a rather substantive number of Catholics have taken their leave during the past 20 years, and Byron and Zech wanted to find out why.  They did so in the most direct way possible and asked those who had quit.The answers they...
  • Pop Artists Turning to Satanic Imagery to Drum up Controversy, Sales, Experts say

    04/19/2012 1:28:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/19/12 | Jo Piazza
    NEW YORK – It’s an age-old saying in Hollywood that sex sells, but with consumers finding themselves oversaturated with sexual imagery, today’s top acts are turning to something even more sinful to get our attention: Satan. Performer Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” is getting a lot of buzz this month, due in large part to her infamous Grammy performance earlier this year, where she acted out scenes from an exorcism onstage. While critics, particularly religious groups, blasted the imagery in that performance as ill-timed and awkward, there is no denying that Minaj garnered the attention she was looking for...
  • Manufactured Outrage, Religious Edition [Team Romney sees boogiemen critiquing Ldsism everywhere!]

    04/19/2012 1:16:19 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 19 replies
    The New Republic ^ | April 17, 2012 | Alec MacGillis
    Well, that didn’t take long. You had to figure it would just be a matter of time before Team Romney alleged anti-Mormon bias by its opponents or the press, and bingo, today we had two separate instances of the charge being raised... ...on Mike Allen’s Playbook this morning, suggesting...Obama campaign’s argument that Romney has a “penchant for secrecy” has a hidden anti-Mormon message. WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING about the “penchant for secrecy” attack line against Romney: “These are exactly the kind of questions we asked about Obama in 2008 and were accused of race baiting, or suggesting he was somehow...
  • How Mitt Romney's supporters Are Like Uncle Leo: Is Anti-Mormonism Lurking Everywhere?

    04/19/2012 12:53:56 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 44 replies
    Prospect.org ^ | April 18, 2011 | Paul Waldman
    We always knew that Mormonism was going to be a touchy issue in this presidential campaign. After all, there are still many Americans who express discomfort with the idea of a Mormon president (up to 40 percent, depending on how you ask the question). But it's one thing when you ask that question in the abstract, and quite another when we're talking about a particular Mormon. In that case, I'm fairly sure that nearly everyone is going to decide their votes on how they feel about Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, not how they feel about Joseph Smith. Even Robert...
  • Islam's Cartoon Missionaries

    04/18/2012 6:10:23 PM PDT · by forty_years · 5 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 17, 2012 | by Daniel Pipes
    Comic books as a method of missionizing for Islam (da'wa)?Yes. One year ago, Harvard University hosted a workshop to teach comic book artists how to address Americans' "unease with Islam and the Middle East." And later this week, Georgetown University will air a PBS documentary, Wham! Bam! Islam! celebrating a comic book called The 99. Wham! Bam! Islam! The 99 sounds innocuous. Adweek describes its topic as "a team of multinational superheroes [who] band together to fight the forces of evil." The American children's network Hub more fully explains that, "Created by noted Middle East scholar and clinical psychologist Dr....
  • IO 88: For Shame—Speech Crimes and Ideology

    04/18/2012 12:10:40 PM PDT · by truthxchange · 1 replies
    truthxchange ^ | April 18, 2012 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Fifteen years ago James Twitchel’s For Shame: The Loss of Common Decency in American Culture argued for the socially redeeming character of shame: “Shame is the basis of individual responsibility …It is where de­cency comes from… shame inhibits behavior— that’s the point. It retards action, it increases reticence, it invokes self‑censorship. Its final object is not banishment, but reintegration.” Twitchell’s book describes a past moral ethos eroded by an ideology of radical sexual freedom that shamelessly rejected the “old ways.” In 1996 Senator Fred Thomson said of Bill Clinton: “He is a man of his times…He literally has no shame.”...
  • Catholic Pastor Applauded for Shunning Anti-gay Marriage Drive

    04/18/2012 8:32:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 4/17/12 | Joel Connelly
    The congregation at Seattle’s Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church gave the Rev. Tim Clark a standing ovation Sunday when he announced that the parish would not gather signatures for a referendum to repeal same-sex marriage. The parish became the sixth in Seattle to opt out of the petition drive for Referendum 74 that has been endorsed and foisted on parishes by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. “I am happy to report that Our Lady of the Lake parish-oners have been overwhelmingly and, thus far, unanimously supportive of the decision I made NOT to gather signatures in support of this...
  • Vanity - Lyrics I wrote years ago

    04/18/2012 7:53:02 AM PDT · by jagusafr · 7 replies
    self | 1996 | jagusafr
    I Know by Dana D. Jacobson I know my God is everlasting and I know His love is never-ending and I know my God will not forsake me for I know of Calvary Yes, I know of Calvary When my Lord lay weeping in a garden He raised his hands in final supplication Then bowed His will and turned to my salvation God chose to die for me My Lord chose to die for me So when I feel the darkness all about me and though I hear the storms that would enfold me yet shall I see and follow...
  • South Korea, the Asian Tiger of the Church

    04/18/2012 6:51:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 4/18/12 | Sandro Magister
    The number of Catholics there is growing at a staggering pace. With many thousands of new baptized adults every year. The report of a great missionaryROME, April 18, 2012 – The seven years of pontificate that Benedict XVI will mark tomorrow are associated, in common opinion, with the general decline of the Church. But this opinion is nurtured by a view restricted to the Christianity of the Old Continent: to a Europe that in effect has suffered the blows of a growing secularization. If one simply widens the perspective, in fact, the reality appears different. In the past century the...
  • Ukraine abortion ban proposal sparks topless feminist protest at cathedral

    04/18/2012 5:02:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 17, 2012 | Hilary White
    KIEV, April 17, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Feminists and pro-aborts in Ukraine have staged a topless protest against government plans to outlaw abortion in some circumstances. The protest comes as the country has been plunged into a debate over the abortion law, which allows abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, while the country faces a looming demographic crisis with one of the lowest fertility rates in the world. The feminist group ‘Femen’ angered Ukrainian Catholics by staging a protest in which a group of women exposed themselves after climbing to the top of the Cathedral of St. Sophia in...
  • Americans Split on Whether the Bible, Koran and Book of Mormon Teach the Same Spiritual Truths

    04/17/2012 5:25:28 PM PDT · by sreastman · 28 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/17/2012 | DeMossNews.com
    Americans Evenly Split on Whether the Bible, Koran and Book of Mormon Teach the Same Spiritual Truths FaithIssues On the heels of Gallup's assessment of the religiosity by state, American Bible Society is releasing in-depth findings from its State of the Bible survey, which details Americans' beliefs about the Bible, its role in society, its presence in US homes and more. The annual State of the Bible 2012 survey, conducted by Barna Group on behalf of American Bible Society, found that: 47% of American adults believe the Bible has too little influence in society today; only 16% believe it has...