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  • Born-again Christian awarded €70,000 in discrimination case

    07/24/2014 12:37:37 PM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 3 replies
    Irish Times ^ | July 21, 2014 | Dan Griffin
    A born-again Christian who was fired from South Tipperary County Council has been awarded €70,000 compensation after the Equality Tribunal found he was discriminated against over his religion. According to the council, John McAteer was dismissed after repeatedly failing to comply with senior staff members who told him to stop speaking about his faith to workers and members of the public during office hours. Mr McAteer said the tenets of his religion require him to speak to people about Jesus and share the Gospel with them. The complainant had been working as a civil engineer in the Clonmel Borough Council...
  • Patriarch Sako Writes to [UN Secretary General] Ban Ki-Moon: Help Us

    07/24/2014 6:40:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 7/24/14
    (Vatican Radio) The Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq has written to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asking him to put pressure on international community to step up assistance to Iraq’s Christians and minorities targeted by Islamic militants. Below the text of the Patriarch’s letter His Excellency, I am writing to you about the current situation in Iraq and the Middle East, which is of big concern to me and I know it is for you and the United Nations. Let me also take this opportunity to thank you and the United Nations Security Council on...
  • ISIS Attacks Iraqi Town Where Christians from Mosul Took Refuge (churches become mosques)

    07/24/2014 6:20:09 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Aleteia ^ | July 24, 2014 | John Burger
    © Allen Kakony If anyone imagined that the militia of the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate would be satisfied when it pushed all the Christians and Shiites from the city of Mosul, think again. According to the Fides news agency, Islamic State militants launched a mortar attack against the village of Tilkif in an attempt to break into one of the towns in the Nineveh Plain, where Mosul families found refuge. "The attack started from a village controlled by jihadists,” Father Paul Thabit Mekko, a Chaldean priest, told Fides, “but was rejected by the Kurdish Peshmerga troops. In the night, panic...
  • Vatican Newspaper Decries ‘Caliphate of Brutality’; Mosul Cathedral Becomes Mosque

    07/24/2014 6:15:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has removed the crosses from all 30 churches and monasteries in Mosul and converted the Syriac Orthodox cathedral into a mosque, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. ISIL, also known as Islamic State and ISIS, took over Iraq’s 2nd-largest city in June and later ordered all Christians to leave, pay an unspecified tax, or convert to Islam. The jihadist group now controls 40% of Iraq and 30% of Syria.
  • Moscow Patriarchate on Downed Plane: Those Who Know the Truth Should Speak Before God

    07/24/2014 6:12:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 7/23/14 | Nina Achmatova
    Archpriest Chaplin invites those responsible and aware of the facts to "get rid of the burden of this guilt." The bodies of the victims traveling to the Netherlands. Patriarch Kirill calls for prayers to avoid a "great war".Moscow (AsiaNews) - The Russian Orthodox Church has launched an appeal to the people involved in the crash on July 17, in eastern Ukraine, to tell "the whole truth before God and the people". Meanwhile the tragic odyssey of recovery of bodies seems to have come to an end: 82 of the 298 victims are still missing, as reported by Dutch experts. The...
  • Former Homosexual Reveals 'Unmitigated Disaster of Gay Marriage'

    07/24/2014 6:04:58 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 42 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 7/18/2014 | David Kyle Foster
    For over 10 years I lived the homosexual lifestyle, and for 34 years I have not. And there are very good reasons for that difference. To those who suggest that I never was homosexual, my response is, "Does sleeping with over 1,000 men count?" Oh yes. I was homosexual, though like most, I never wanted to have such attractions. I saw the narcissism and arrested emotional development all around me, and in me. Guys flitting around like Peter Pan were sometimes cute and funny, and certainly nonthreatening, but I wanted to be a grown up. I wanted to be a...
  • Tom Petty: ‘No one’s got Christ more wrong than the Christians’

    07/24/2014 1:29:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Tom Petty says that no one has interpreted Jesus Christ’s teaching more incorrectly than Christians, as he was asked to explain the history behind his new song “Playing Dumb.” In an interview with Billboard, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explained his inspiration behind the song, which will be featured as a bonus cut on the accompanying vinyl release of “Hypnotic Eye.” “Catholics, don’t write me,” Mr. Petty said. “I’m fine with whatever religion you want to have, but it can’t tell anybody it’s OK to kill people, and it can’t abuse children systematically for God knows how many...
  • Francis's Secret Friend in Caserta

    07/23/2014 7:08:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 7/23/14 | Sandro Magister
    He is not Catholic, but Pentecostal, a part of those Christian communities which are in breathtaking expansion all over the world. Little by little the pope is meeting with their leaders. From rivals he wants to become friends, to the point of asking their forgivenessROME, July 23, 2014 – When the news got out, and was confirmed by Fr. Federico Lombardi, that Pope Francis intended to make a private visit to Caserta to meet with a friend, the pastor of a local Evangelical community, the city's bishop, Giovanni D'Alise, was thunderstruck. He hadn't been told a thing. Moreover, the pope...
  • Chaldean Patriarch:"We your shepherds will stay with you to the end."

    07/23/2014 3:19:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 22, 2014
    FULL TITLE: Chaldean Patriarch to Christians of Mosul:"We your shepherds will stay with you to the end." "Our suffering will be salvation to us and others." I’ll start my speech by the Word of Christ, as His Word is the source of strength and salvation of us, the poor of this lost world: "There is no need to be afraid, little flock" (Luke 12:32). Our present pain is associated with our Christianity and with the mystery of our Passover (i.e., Easter). Our suffering, if joined to the suffering of our Savior Jesus, "Man of Sorrows", will turn out to be...
  • Is that God peering over Norfolk? Stunning image shows bearded face in the clouds

    07/23/2014 12:04:49 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 26 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 7/22/14 | Agencies
    It is normally Yorkshire which likes to refer to itself as God's Own County. But by the look of this stunning picture, Norfolk can now lay claim to the title. Amateur photographer Jeremy Fletcher took this extraordinary photograph which appears to show a God-like bearded man in the clouds. The 56-year-old took the image during recent turbulent weather conditions and says the clouds momentarily parted at sunset to reveal the image. Mr Fletcher, of Bray, Berkshire, was in Norfolk for a three-month work attachment took the photograph on an evening stroll along the beach at Snettisham . "I realised the...
  • Marriage Is Not Priority for Millennials, Study Says

    07/23/2014 11:48:39 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 50 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/21/14 | Anugrah Kumar
    While only about 18 percent of Gen X women were married by 40, the number of their Millennial counterparts waiting till age 40 to tie the knot could now almost double, according to a recent study. Using data from the American Community Survey to estimate age-specific marriage rates, Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute finds that the percentage of Millennials marrying by age 40 will fall lower than for any previous generation of Americans, even in a scenario where marriage rates recover considerably. In the early millennium period, from 2000 to 2004, the peak first marriage rate for single U.S.-born women at...
  • Democratic candidates address Christian group (N.C.)

    07/23/2014 11:14:18 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 7 replies
    New Bern (N.C.) Sun Journal ^ | 7/22/14 | Sue Book
    Craven County Democratic candidates for the North Carolina Legislature and an Onslow County Democrat running for the U.S. House must at moments have felt like Daniel in the lion’s den in front of Craven-Pamlico Christian Coalition Monday. The expressly conservative and mostly Republican group’s meeting packed about 50 people into a New Bern Golden Corral room, which usually sees a smaller crowd, to hear and question U.S. District 3 House candidate Marshall Adame; N.C. Senate District 2 candidate Carr Ipock; and N.C. House District 3 candidate Whit Whitley. The meeting opened with a prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and a...
  • Islamic Scholars Condemn Expulsion of Iraq's 'Christian Brothers'

    07/23/2014 11:12:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    DOHA (Reuters) - An influential group of Islamic scholars has denounced the forced expulsion of Christians from northern Iraq by Islamist hardliners, saying it paves the way for fighting between the country's ethnic and religious groups. The Christian community of Mosul fled to the Kurdish autonomous region last week, ending a presence stretching back nearly 2,000 years, after Islamic State militants set them a deadline to submit to their rule or leave. "The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) condemns the forced expulsion of the Christian brothers of Iraq from their homes, cities and provinces," the group said in a...
  • Christian evangelists seek out children at Portland playgrounds, pools

    07/23/2014 11:09:55 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 168 replies
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An evangelical Christian group plans to try to convert children as young as 5 at Portland apartment pools, public parks and dozens of other gathering spots this summer -- a campaign that's got some residents upset. They've banded together in recent weeks to warn parents about the Child Evangelism Fellowship's Good News Club, buying a full-page ad in the local alternative weekly to highlight the group's tactics. "They pretend to be a mainstream Christian Bible study when in fact they're a very old school fundamentalist sect," said Kaye Schmitt, an organizer with Protect Portland Children, which...
  • Pro-marriage group asks for boycott of Chase

    07/23/2014 10:53:37 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 5 replies
    One News Now ^ | 7/21/14 | Charlie Butts
    The National Organization for Marriage is calling for a public response to an employee survey conducted internally by J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. Workers at the financial institution leaked information on the so-called confidential survey, which asked in part if they identified as LGBT and whether they were an ally of the LGBT community (see earlier story). Joe Grabowski, with the National Organization for Marriage, tells OneNewsNow that this survey was intrusive into the private beliefs of the employees. “It's a very invasive question,” he says. “And one could certainly imagine - especially in the wake of things like the forced...
  • "How LGBT Students Are Changing Christian Colleges" (The Atlantic)

    07/23/2014 10:05:19 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 42 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 7/23/14 | Philip Francis/Mark Longhurst
    Over the past five years, an underground movement has been burgeoning on evangelical Christian campuses. Although many of these colleges explicitly ban “homosexual behavior,” they are now home to dozens of LGBT-friendly student groups. The umbrella organization Safety Net, founded in December 2011, encompasses groups from approximately 75 different evangelical Christian colleges. Some of these groups are tiny, and many operate in near-secret. But over the past two weeks, an LGBT group at Gordon College has made itself impossible to ignore. When we, the authors, attended Gordon College over a decade ago, the vast majority of administrators, faculty, and students...
  • Reality show mocks covenant of marriage, says pastor

    07/23/2014 9:54:37 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 15 replies
    One News Now ^ | 7/18/14 | Russ Jones
    A new reality show called "Married at First Sight" is legally marrying two complete strangers as part of a "social experiment," all in the name of entertainment. The show debuted last week on the FYI channel and follows three couples who are thrown into a legal marriage the moment they meet. A sexologist, psychologist, sociologist and spiritual adviser use "scientific matchmaking" to pair up the couples, then watch to see what happens. According to the show's publicist, the marriages are indeed binding. But the couples can have their divorces paid for by the show within six months if they choose...
  • Obama's LGBT Executive Order And The Bishops' Disingenuous Protests

    07/23/2014 2:11:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Yesterday the Messiah Most Miserable issued a dictatorial fiat executive order stating that no federal contractor can "discriminate" in its personnel practices based on employees' gender identity and/or sexual orientation.  Churches and related organizations are NOT exempted.  The USCCB pitched a fit.  My question is, "would this order of Obama's had been a blip on their radar screens if they had been exempted?"  Given prior behaviors, I must opine that had Obama exempted churches, they wouldn't have given a rat's rump regarding the matter. But since the USCCB and so many of the dioceses are officially on the federal...
  • Pelosi: Border Children Should Be Treated Like Refugee Baby Jesus

    07/23/2014 12:57:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | July 22, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Tuesday on MSNBC "Morning Joe," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discussed the humanitarian crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors illegally flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border. The congressional leader dismissed the strain on our nations financial resources to care for all the children of the world in troubled areas, saying she believes the U.S. government should look at the children like "baby Jesus," who she added "was a refugee from violence." Pelosi said, "In Washington, I see an embrace of the idea that this is a humanitarian crisis by people who are not politicizing the issue. What we...
  • The Philosophers and the Jews: Black Eggs and White Cheese

    07/22/2014 8:26:25 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 3 replies
    www.TheYeshiva.net ^ | July 2010 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson (Yosef Yitzchak)
    Full title: The Philosophers and the Jews: Black Eggs and White Cheese The Secret of Jewish Resilience. The Inner Story of The Three Weeks Note: only 40 min long and the rabbi translates everything, very little 'yeshivish' (annoying mix of English, Hebrew, and Yiddish) A beautiful explanation on polar opposite sides of the Jewish calendar-- the 3 weeks between the 17th of the Jewsish month of Tammuz (the day the walls of Jerusalem fell to Nebuchadnezzar) and the 9th of Av (the day of the destruction of both Holy Temples) AND the 3 weeks between Rosh Hashana and [the day...
  • Greek Orthodox Church in Gaza Shelters Muslims Fleeing War

    07/22/2014 8:06:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 7/22/14 | Nidal al-Mughrabi
    GAZA (Reuters) - About 1,000 Palestinian Muslims fleeing Israeli shells devastating their Gaza neighborhood have found shelter in a building they otherwise would rarely if ever enter, the city's 12th-century Greek Orthodox Church. Despite its thick walls dating back to the Crusades, the Church of Saint Porphyrius was still not a very safe haven. Shortly after they arrived, Israeli aircraft bombed a nearby field, spraying shrapnel on the church and damaging graves. But children from the Shejaia district, where some 72 Palestinians - many of them women and children - were killed during fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas militants...
  • Catholic Seminarians Boycott Graduation from Beijing Seminary

    07/22/2014 7:53:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 7/19/14 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    Conflict over excommunicated bishop may result in suspensions of seminary students and a loss of vocations China’s Catholic community reeled recently as news spread that Beijing’s seminarians had boycotted their graduation ceremony, scheduled for late June. The decision was made after the seminarians discovered that the illegitimate – and excommunicated – rector of the seminary, Bishop Ma Yinglin, was scheduled to offer the graduation Mass. When the students voiced their objection to assisting at a Mass celebrated by a bishop who is not in communion with the Pope, the seminary officials suggested replacing Bishop Ma with Bishop John Fang Xingyao,...
  • Catholics Just Be Calm About Obama's LGBT Executive Order

    07/22/2014 6:48:45 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 13 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 07/22/14 | David L. Gray
    Essentially what this new Executive Order does is amend the preexisting Equal Employment Opportunity Executive Orders No. 11478 (for federal gov’t) and No. 11246 (for federal Contractors and Subcontractors and federally-assisted Construction Contractors and Subcontractors). Where those previously Executive Orders once prohibited employment discrimination on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin,” will now include “sexual orientation and gender identity.” While there is a just issue to be made as to why ‘voluntary’ behaviors would be added to federal non-discrimination law, or the addition of a new race/class/species of people of people (called LGBTQ) that scientists have...
  • ‘Christianity is Abhorrent’: More Atheistic Materials to be Distributed in Public Schools

    07/22/2014 2:28:15 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 14 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 7/17/14 | Garrett Haley
    ORLANDO – A federal judge has given a secular organization the green light to distribute more atheistic and anti-Christian materials to Florida public school students, in spite of the materials’ graphic content and offensive language. As previously reported, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) learned last year that a Christian ministry had made Bibles available to Orlando high school students on “Religious Freedom Day.” To counter the Bible distribution, FFRF sought permission from the school district to give students a variety of atheistic and anti-Christian materials. According to reports, the Orange County School Board permitted FFRF to distribute several books...
  • The Muslim who gave up his life for Mosul’s Christians

    07/22/2014 2:23:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | July 21, 2014 | Giorgio Bernardelli
    Chaldean website ankawa.com says a university professor was killed after speaking out against anti-Christian persecution. Meanwhile, the Islamic State has set the jizyah at 450 dollars Christians leave Mosul He refused to keep silent about the violence agaist Mosul’s Christians  who are forced to choose between converting to the Muslim faith, paying the jizyah (the Islamic tax for non-Muslims) or fleeing. Professor Mahmoud Al ‘Asali, a law professor who lectures on pedagogy at the University of Mosul, had the courage to make a stand against this brutal duress which he believes go against the Muslim commandments. But he paid for...
  • IRS Settles with Atheists, Agrees to Crack Down on Churches for ‘Electioneering’

    07/22/2014 2:07:59 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 33 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | Heather Clark
    WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reached a settlement with a prominent atheist organization, agreeing to crack down churches and religious groups for infringements of its prohibition against ‘electioneering.’ As previously reported, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, sued the IRS in 2012, asserting that many non-profit religious organizations have been “blatantly and deliberately flaunting … electioneering restrictions,” but the government has not enforced its rules pertaining to the matter. According to the IRS website, “Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or...
  • "How Hobby Lobby Split the Left and Set Back Gay Rights" (The Atlantic)

    07/22/2014 1:56:20 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 29 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 7/21/14 | Molly Bally
    In the Hobby Lobby decision handed down last month, the Supreme Court was asked to strike a balance between women’s rights and religious freedom. But the major conflict that has erupted in the wake of that decision has been between religious freedom and gay rights. The resulting controversy has split gay-rights and faith groups on the left, with wide-ranging political fallout that some now fear could hurt both causes. One chapter of the controversy is set to close on Monday, when President Obama plans to sign a long-awaited executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against gays and lesbians, according...
  • ISIS militants ransack Syrian Catholic monastery in Iraq / missile strikes Franciscan monastery

    07/22/2014 11:41:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    RT ^ | July 21, 2014
    Islamic militants have seized a monastery in northern Iraq, kicking out its Christian monks as well as Christian residents of Mosul. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) insurgents stormed the ancient Mar Benham monastery in the Christian town of Qaraqosh Sunday, near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which was overrun by ISIS on 10 June. Mar Benham is a 4th century monastery run by the Syriac Catholic church. A member of the Syriac clergy said the monks pleaded to be allowed to save some of the monasteryÂ’s relics but the ISIS fighters refused and ordered them...
  • Obama's LGBT Order: Here are 2 Things Churches and Christian Non-Profits Should Know

    07/22/2014 8:37:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/22/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    President Barack Obama issued an executive order Monday prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity for federal contractors. What does this mean for Christian organizations that remain faithful to the biblical teaching on homosexual behavior? Here are two main points that those groups need to be aware of: First, the order only applies to government contractors and sub-contractors, it does not apply to groups that receive government grants. Most religious non-profits that provide services for the government do so through a government grant. They would not be affected. A grant recipient is awarded money for general purpose,...
  • ISIS Plundered Assyrians As They Fled Mosul; Families March 42 Miles

    07/22/2014 8:02:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    (AINA) -- More than 200 Assyrian families fled in panic from Mosul on July 17 and 18 as the ISIS deadline for converting to Islam approached (AINA 2014-07-20). ISIS had issued a statement asking all Christians in Mosul to convert to Islam, pay the jizya, the poll tax on Christians, or face the sword. ISIS gave July 19 as the deadline to comply with its demands. Most Assyrians of Mosul responded by fleeing the city. ISIS setup checkpoints at the Araby and Shallalat neighborhoods (AlSada and Biawaizah) and robbed and plundered Assyrians who were fleeing the city. ISIS took money...
  • ISIS Torches 1,800-Year-Old Church in Mosul; Priest Says City Is 'Now Empty of Christians'

    07/22/2014 6:02:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    chistian Post ^ | July 21, 2014 | LEONARDO BLAIR
    (Photo: Shoebat.com)An 1,800-year-old church being burnt to the ground in Mosul, Iraq. Members of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reportedly torched a 1,800 year-old Catholic Church in Mosul, Iraq and have effectively left that city "empty of Christians" as believers fled the area in fear of their lives, according to Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako.Sources told Shoebat that the ISIS group in Mosul called "Daash" completely burned the Syriac Catholic Diocese and its contents in Mosul. A Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian Website released photos of the church in flames Saturday.Free Sign Up CP Newsletter! RelatedISIL Members...
  • @USCCB: Latest @BarackObama's Executive Order "unprecedented and extreme and should be opposed"

    07/22/2014 5:58:17 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 52 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 22 July 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Brethren: Peace be with you. I wanted to share with you this press release issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): "'Freedom of conscience'? What's that?" WASHINGTON–The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees responded with great concern to President Obama’s July 21 executive order to prohibit federal government contractors from what the Administration deems “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” discrimination and to forbid “gender identity” discrimination in the employment of federal employees. The problems the bishops identify in the order relate both to the flaws in its core prohibitions, and to its lack of religious freedom protection. Two USCCB...
  • Benghazi tragedy! Non-Muslim Filipino worker beheaded by militiamen in Libya

    07/22/2014 4:06:43 AM PDT · by granada · 3 replies
    AP ^ | July, 21, 2014 | AP via Yahoo
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino construction worker kidnapped by militia men in Libya has been beheaded by his captors, becoming the first Filipino casualty in the renewed violence in the North African state, the Philippine government said. Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said the Filipino worker was kidnapped on July 15. He was subsequently beheaded and his decomposed body was found Sunday in a hospital in Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city. "The vehicle he was riding in was stopped in a checkpoint. There were three of them - a Libyan a Pakistani and a Filipino and he was...
  • ‘We Stand With Israel’: The Overwhelming Message Around the World

    07/21/2014 10:39:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Chabad.org News ^ | July 18, 2014 | Karen Schwartz and Carin M. Smilk
    Rows of candles were set up last week at the home of Rabbi Zalman and Toba Grossbaum, co-directors of Chabad of Livingston, N.J., so community members and family could welcome in Shabbat and pray for the people of Israel.With the Sabbath approaching, Israel Defense Force troops are on the ground in Gaza, with Jews everywhere praying for their safety. Throughout the world came calls for prayer and good deeds on behalf of the Israeli soldiers, and all people threatened by ongoing missile attacks, with special emphasis on Jewish women and girls lighting Shabbat candles, and for families to join with...
  • Rise of the Christian left: Why the religious right’s moment may be ending (Salon)

    07/21/2014 4:34:55 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | 7/21/14
    It’s hard to tell if the near-constant stream of millennial-centric political think-pieces are perpetuating or reflecting growing curmudgeonly fears about the future of the country. Maybe it’s a little of both, and Fox is probably observing within its competency when it pegs more than a handful of us as “deluded narcissists” – but it appears there’s room for some political optimism among all the moral panic and the reign of the religious right. With millennial religious and political attitudes in flux compared to our predecessors, the upcoming years could be the Christian left’s big moment. Which isn’t to say the...
  • Religious Freedom Not Protected in Obama's LGBT Employment Order, Conservatives Say

    07/21/2014 4:20:07 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 7 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/21/14 | Michael Gryboski
    Conservative groups have denounced the recently signed executive order by President Barack Obama on LGBT employment discrimination, arguing that the measure does not offer sufficient religious liberty protection. Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, said in a statement that with the executive order "Obama has ordered employers to put aside their principles, and practices in the name of political correctness." "This level of coercion is nothing less than viewpoint blackmail that bullies into silence every contractor and subcontractor who has moral objections to homosexual behavior," stated Sprigg. "This order gives activists a license to...
  • Pope laments exodus of last Christians from Mosul

    07/21/2014 2:53:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    cna ^ | July 21, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience May 28, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Jul 21, 2014 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis mourned the fleeing of the last Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul, who were told by ISIS forces last week to either convert, pay the Jizya tax or leave. “They are persecuted; our brothers are persecuted, they are driven out, they have to leave their houses without having the possibility of taking anything with them,” Pope Francis voiced in his July 20...
  • ‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians (leave money, gold, jewelry)

    07/21/2014 1:51:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    Following an ultimatum from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to leave Mosul, convert to Islam, or be killed, the city’s remaining Christians left for other parts of Iraq. ISIL, the jihadist group that controls large sections of Syria and Iraq, confiscated the Christians’ possessions as they departed from Iraq’s 2nd-largest city. “The heinous crime of the Islamic State was carried out not just against Christians, but against humanity,” said Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, as quoted by the Reuters news agency. In an urgent appeal, the Iraqi Patriarch reported...
  • What Did the Imam Really Say? Revisited

    07/21/2014 10:16:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Fr. John Zuhlsdorf ^ | 7/20/14 | Fr. Z's Blog
    I read at Il Giornale today that the prayer read by the Imam in the Vatican Gardens was indeed from the Sura 2, wherein Allah is asked to crush infidels (that’s us) and let Islam triumph over the whole world (that’s us, too). Vatican Radio, at the time, tried to give this an allegorical spin. It didn’t work very well. At a certain point it seems they also tried to edit out the troubling passage. Suffice to say that an Imam sang: “grant us victory over the heathen/disbelieving/infidel” (Sura 2: 286) in the Vatican Gardens, in front of the Pope,...
  • Syriac Catholic Diocese in Mosul Burns As Conversion Deadline Passes

    07/21/2014 10:07:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | 7/20/14 | Kathy Schiffer
    The news is chockful of bad news about the fate of Christians in Mosul. If you’re not careful, your eyes glaze over and you shake your head and move on to the next story–because after all, it’s not happening here. The burning of an 1800-year-old church is the latest in a series of burnings and desecrations by ISIS. A Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian website released this photo of a church being destroyed.
  • Bishop Tony Palmer, Pope Francis’ Friend, Dies in Motorcycle Crash

    07/21/2014 10:03:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | 7/21/14 | Kathy Schiffer
    Tony Palmer, the charismatic young preacher who enjoyed a friendship with Pope Francis, has apparently died in a motorcycle accident. Not a Catholic, Palmer was bishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, a group that is inspired by the “middle way” of classical Anglicanism and considers itself part of the Convergence Movement. News is spotty at this point; but according to Archbishop Charles Hill, presiding prelate at Ambassadors for Christ Ministries of America (AFCMOA) in Atlanta, Palmer was in an accident while riding a motorcycle in the U.K. After hours of surgery, Bishop Palmer died on Sunday, July 20,...
  • Putin, again...

    07/21/2014 10:01:24 AM PDT · by Teófilo
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 21 July 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Brethren, Peace be with you. For professional and personal reasons I've always cultivated an interest and a studied curiosity about foreign events, their drivers, and their meanings. The recent shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines commercial carrier over eastern Ukraine inmediately caught my attention, but I haven't said anything about it until now for two reasons: first, I wanted to wait for more facts to surface and, second, I didn't want to write out of shock and anger. However, writing this post is also due to a few precipitating factors: Russian President Vladimir Putin's call for "a moment of silence"...
  • Harboring the Harborless: A Tradition Both Ennobling and Bedeviling (Catholics and Illegals)

    07/21/2014 7:47:05 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Mark Shea
    One of the most exasperating bits of exegetical trendiness to afflict first-world Catholics for the past 30 years or so has been the endless recirculation, like a bad penny, of the “True Meaning of the Miracles of the Loaves and Fishes” homily. It goes like this: Jesus found himself in the wilderness with a crowd of 5,000 people who were two millennia less smart than we suburban Americans. When people started getting hungry, Jesus took five loaves and two fishes and gave them to a couple of people around him. Suddenly, inspired by a wave of warm fuzziness emanating from...
  • Georgia Catholic dioceses ban guns, knives from church facilities

    07/21/2014 6:47:28 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 38 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/21/14 | Andrew Nelson
    Guns and other weapons are officially unwelcome at Catholic churches, schools and other buildings owned, leased or operated by the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Savannah in Georgia. Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and Savannah Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer issued a decree prohibiting guns and knives with blades longer than 5 inches from parishes, churches, schools, administrative offices and other buildings owned or used by the Catholic community effective July 1. In a statement, the bishops said Catholic places of worship are sanctuaries where “ways of peace and reconciliation” should be the rule. “This decree is rooted in...
  • Iraq Catholic Leader Says Islamic State Worse than Genghis Khan

    07/20/2014 7:00:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 7/20/14 | Dominic Evans and Raheem Salman
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The head of Iraq's largest church said on Sunday that Islamic State militants who drove Christians out of Mosul were worse than Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his grandson Hulagu who ransacked medieval Baghdad. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako led a wave of condemnation for the Sunni Islamists who demanded Christians either convert, submit to their radical rule and pay a religious levy or face death by the sword. At the Vatican, Pope Francis decried what he said was the persecution of Christians in the birthplace of their faith, while U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the...
  • Of 10 highest IQ's on earth, at least 8 are Theists, at least 6 are Christians

    07/20/2014 7:35:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 07/20/2014 | Steve Williams
    Have you ever heard the claim "all smart people are atheists", or maybe its inverse: "people who believe in God are dumb"? It's quite a pervasive urban legend, and one which I've known is false for a long time, but I didn't realize just how false until the other day. I recently decided to do a quick cataloging of the ten highest IQ's on earth, and discovered that it's nearly the exact opposite of the truth! Before reading the list, however, I want to remind you of the caveat that IQ test results are not in any sense the measure...
  • Happy 102nd Birthday Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety!! Happy 75th Anniversary to the Priesthood!!

    07/19/2014 7:53:13 PM PDT · by Coleus · 11 replies
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  • It's over ... Genocide has been accomplished

    07/19/2014 3:07:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 19, 2014
    [Cross removed this week from dome of Syriac Orthodox Cathedral, Mosul, Iraq] For two thousand years, our dearest brethren saw it all from Mosul: Romanized Greeks, Hellenized Persians, Hellenized Romans from all origins later called "Byzantines", Armenians, Arabs from the desert with a religion of the sword, Egyptians, Crusaders, Mongols, Turks, French and British, "Independence"... Then the clumsiest Empire in history, an Empire unwanted by most voters, unwarranted by the Republic's own Constitution, led by bellicose hawks motivated by God knows what, justifying their actions on untruths, arrived, upsetting a balance that was not the best, but was best...
  • Bishops: Practicing Religion in Public is not Discrimination

    07/19/2014 10:11:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Washington D.C., Jul 19, 2014 / 06:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Americans must be free to practice their faith in the public square – including business decisions – without being viewed as discriminatory, urged four U.S. bishops. “Churches, businesses, and individuals should not be punished in any way for living by their religious and moral convictions concerning sexual activity,” the bishops wrote in a July 17 blog post for the U.S. bishops’ conference. “Eliminating truly unjust discrimination – based on personal characteristics, not sexual behavior – and protecting religious freedom are goals that we all should share,” the bishops emphasized. “The...
  • Pope's Remarks On Immigrants Welcome

    07/19/2014 8:41:01 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 21 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | July 16, 2014 | William Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on remarks recently made by Pope Francis on the immigration crisis facing the United States: There are those on the right and the left who have misrepresented what the pope has said about the immigration crisis. Understandably, those on both sides of this issue are unhappy with the pope’s comments, but that is no excuse for distorting them. It may not please those on the right to learn that the pope implores Americans to care for children who have crossed the border seeking help. But that is exactly what Catholics are expected to do: to tend to...