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  • An Important and Timely Outreach (might be vanity?)

    09/28/2012 5:36:26 AM PDT · by deltaromeo11
    LeadingTheWay ^ | September 28, 2012 | LeadingTheWay
    Leading The Way reaches Arabic-speakers in some of the most predominately Muslim areas of America—like Dearborn, Cedar Rapids, Philadelphia, and New York City—through THE KINGDOM SAT broadcasts on Galaxy 19 in North America, on Arabic radio across America, on the Aramaic Broadcasting Television Network, and through our Arabic on-the-ground follow-up coordinator here in America. Our coordinator is a Muslim convert who was born and raised in the Middle East. He follows up directly with Muslims as they respond to our broadcasts. He answers their questions, evangelizes and connects them with pastors in Muslim communities in America for ongoing discipleship in...
  • Where President Romney Would Go to Church

    09/27/2012 2:10:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Time magazine ^ | September 27, 2012 | Elizabeth Dias
    Bishop Robert Nelson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ in Chevy Chase, MD, isn’t exactly sure how to handle the casserole question. You see, the Mormon church is run by volunteers, and every member has a job: teaching Sunday school, managing church finances, organizing community food drives, or serving in the tutoring program. So when I asked Bishop Nelson who in his congregation would bring a casserole to Ann Romney if she were to get the flu while her husband was President of the United States, he paused and chuckled. “I can imagine wanting to bring the...
  • Professors Lobby Notre Dame on Sexual Orientation with Full-Page Ad

    09/27/2012 8:49:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 9/26/12 | Matthew Archbold
    Earlier this year, a group of University of Notre Dame faculty and staff drafted a letter in support of the “LGBTQ community” at Notre Dame, after the University announced it would not add sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination clause despite pressure from some student groups and faculty. Now, a petition signed by 366 Notre Dame faculty, administration and staff was published yesterday in the campus newspaper as a full page ad urging the university to add sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination clause. The letter said, in part: “We value the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning members of our community...
  • Cops: Priest in sex flap ODs in parking garage (Episcopal)

    09/27/2012 7:02:13 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 9 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/27/2012 | O'Ryan Johnson
    An Episcopal priest who was accused of sex crimes against a young parishioner died of an apparent drug overdose last night on the sixth floor of the Government Center parking garage, police and his lawyer said. Police said they were called to the garage about 7:40 p.m. and found a man inside a gray 2006 Saturn. Police attempted to perform CPR on the man, but were unsuccessful. Boston EMS declared the patient dead at 8:05 p.m., and the call was referred to the Medical Examiner, police said.
  • Teachers apparently didn't foresee Ouija board ruckus

    09/26/2012 10:57:44 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 19 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | 9/26/12 | Shannon Behnken
    Tim Ellefson said he was shocked when his son, who is in seventh grade, came home interested in a book about Ouija boards and summoning spirits. While many see the Ouija board as a harmless game for fun, others like Ellefson think it's evil. "We're Christians, and we try to raise our son to be a Christian," said Tim Ellefson, a parent. "My belief is good spirits are in heaven. Bad spirits come from the other place. And I don't want my children connecting with bad spirits." So Ellefson was furious when he learned a teacher brought a Ouija board...
  • Yoga? It's too Hindu for church: Priest bans exercise class because it's 'not Catholic'

    09/26/2012 9:17:56 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 110 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    -Yoga instructor Cori Withell was told activity was part of Hindu religion -37-year-old banned from using Catholic church hall despite paying up beforehand -She said the class was just for exercise and did not feature meditation -Ban not Catholic church policy - decision left to discretion of individual priests Banned: Fitness instructor Cori Withell was told she could not hold her yoga class at a Catholic church as it was a Hindu religious activity She meant her yoga classes to be a calming and relaxing experience for all those concerned. Instead, Cori Withell has ended up flustered and frustrated after...
  • Catholics For Romney Coalition Announced

    09/26/2012 2:48:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | September 24, 2012 | Joseph Koss
    Romney for President announced yesterday the Catholics for Romney Coalition. While there has been a loosely organized effort to engage Catholics in the campaign, yesterday’s announcement makes things “official.”The Romney/Ryan campaign released a statement announcing the coalition and explaining why Catholics are important in this election: “I am honored to have the support of Catholic leaders from all over this country,” said Mitt Romney. “The Catholic Church embodies all that is great about America—loving your neighbor, defending life, and helping the less fortunate to overcome poverty and rise in the world. Forming a more perfect union requires that we continue...
  • First on Brody File: New Christian Voter Guide Lands In Battleground States

    09/26/2012 2:08:19 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    http://blogs.cbn.com/ ^ | September 26, 2012 | David Brody
    Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition has now begun dropping their presidential voter guide into key battleground states. It has just posted to their site and you can check it out here: They are sending this out to roughly 17 million socially conservatives that they have identified in their extensive voter file. It is being delivered by mail, email, text message, to churches and door-to-door. When people receive the voting guide in the mail, they can scan the barcode into their smart phone where a video begins to play that sums up the candidates positions on the issues.
  • Stealth Jihad Makes Inroads in Australia

    09/26/2012 11:56:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    US Copts Association ^ | 9/26/12 | Robert Spencer
    Everywhere all over the Western world it’s the same story: Muslim groups are growing ever more aggressive in demanding concessions to Islamic law and practice, and Western authorities are responding with eager submission, even when such concessions involve restrictions on long-cherished freedoms. And in every instance, the mainstream media focuses public attention upon those who are determined to resist the advance of Islamic law, as if those standing up for freedom were the problem, not those trying to destroy it. I’ve just completed a two-week speaking tour of Australia, hosted by the Q Society, an Australian human rights group. While...
  • The Pew Survey’s Most Sobering Result

    09/26/2012 7:00:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 9/25/12 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    Now that a Pew Survey shows Catholics favoring Obama by a 15-point margin, it is time to point out what is truly significant about the survey results. It isn’t significant that those who attend Mass monthly or yearly favor Obama 53 to 39 percent or that those who attend Mass seldom or never favor him by a 61 to 32 percent margin. These things, based on a combination of demographics and obvious spiritual apathy are to be expected. Catholics who attend Mass infrequently cannot be expected to make Catholic moral judgments or to be champions of Catholic independence from government...
  • The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: How a fake Gospel-Fragment was composed

    09/25/2012 5:53:17 PM PDT · by annalex · 27 replies
    markgoodacre.org ^ | 20 September 2012. | Francis Watson
    http://markgoodacre.org/Watson.pdf The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: How a fake Gospel-Fragment was composed FRANCIS WATSON, Durham University, U.K, 20 September 2012. Email francis.watson@dur.ac.uk A gospel or gospel-fragment might be regarded as “fake” whether its author belongs to the ancient or the modern world. In both cases, the aim would be to persuade as many readers as possible to take the new text seriously – as a window onto unknown aspects of Jesus’ life, or how it was perceived by his later followers. In her thorough and helpful analysis of the text that is coming to be known as the Gospel of...
  • On Eve Of Yom Kippur, Obama seeks to Atone Muslims

    And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.(Leviticus 16:21-22)Here is an ominous irony; on the eve of Yom Kippur, the God appointed Holy day of Israel,...
  • Are we each living in our own little world? A reflection on the increasing loss of shared experience

    09/25/2012 2:34:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 23, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Video at the bottom of the page is from Bill O’Reilly on Last Friday’s show. I do not post it as a political commentary (this is not a political blog), but as a social commentary. In it he wonders whether or not American’s are living increasingly in a world of their own.I too have wondered this. When I was young, a teenager, there was something of the shared experience of three networks, and the UHF Channel, plus a PBS channel. Most of us kids listened to one radio station with a pop/rock format. And the basic TV shows that...
  • Police: Pakistani teen innocent of blasphemy, but case continues

    09/25/2012 11:35:10 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | September 25, 2012 | Ashley Fantz,
    (CNN) -- A 14-year-old Pakistani girl who had faced life in prison for allegedly burning the Quran will have her case heard in juvenile court, the girl's lawyer told CNN. A local court ordered the transfer on Monday, Tahir Naveed Choudhry said. Pakistani police told CNN their investigation concluded Rimsha Masih is innocent and was framed by an imam. These developments could mark an end to the Christian teen's nightmare since she was accused of blasphemy in August. "This is a precursor to the case ending, and that is quite unprecedented in the 25-year history of Pakistan's blasphemy laws," said...
  • Notre Dame Invites President Obama Again

    09/25/2012 11:28:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 9/24/12 | CNS Staff
    Despite Catholic outrage over the University of Notre Dame’s 2009 invitation to President Barack Obama to address its graduates, the University has again invited the President to speak on campus as a candidate for reelection. From the Notre Dame news release: The University of Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and student body president Brett Rocheleau have joined in inviting both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney to speak at the University during the fall election campaign.Continuing a long-standing tradition, Father Jenkins and Rocheleau addressed letters to each of the presidential aspirants, offering Notre...
  • What did he foretell ?

    09/25/2012 10:25:58 AM PDT · by knarf · 16 replies
    self ^ | September 25, 2012 | knarf
    It has been ponited out that Mohammud is now being officially called a prophet.Which brings to my inquisitive mind ... what has he prophecied?
  • Harry Reid: Mitt Romney Has 'Sullied' Mormonism': He's not the face' of the religion...

    09/25/2012 10:13:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Newser ^ | September 25, 2012 | Evann Gastaldo
    Harry Reid is a Mormon, and he wants you to know that Mitt Romney is not the poster boy for his religion, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Speaking on a conference call Friday about Romney's upcoming visit to Nevada, where many Mormons live, Reid said that he agrees with fellow Mormon Gregory A. Prince—who blogged last week that Romney has "sullied" their shared religion, according to Politico. Members of the LDS church "understand that [Romney] is not the face of Mormonism," Reid added. The GOP pounced on Reid's comments, with Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz saying, “Harry Reid seems to be...
  • Deal could be near between archdiocese, sex abuse victims

    09/25/2012 7:00:39 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 19 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9/24/2012 | Annysa Johnson
    The Archdiocese of Milwaukee and victims of sex abuse by priests and others in authority have extended their court-ordered mediation into next week, prompting speculation that one of the Catholic Church's largest bankruptcies could be nearing a close. Lawyers for both sides met for another session Monday with the mediator, retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Randall J. Newsome of San Francisco, in hopes of hammering out a settlement that would compensate victims and allow the archdiocese to continue its mission.
  • Catholic Schools in Central Java Threatened with Closure for not Teaching Islam

    09/24/2012 7:43:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Asia News ^ | 9/20/12 | Mathias Hariyadi
    Tegal District leaders and Catholic representatives hold special meeting. Sister Madeleine rejects accusations and reiterates her schools' policy, from kindergarten to high school. Muslim parents with children in Catholic schools agree, defending the latter's independence.Jakarta (AsiaNews) - The demand to include Islamic teaching in Catholic schools is proving controversial again. A few months ago, the Education Department in Tegal District (Central Java) warned St Pius Catholic Schools to include Islamic courses for Muslim students. Local authorities summoned Sister Madeleine, of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, to meet the district council to discuss the issue. The woman...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - September 23rd, 2012 (Dispensational Caucus)

    09/24/2012 4:14:45 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 23, 2012 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - September 23rd, 2012 Pastor JD talks about two specific ways to speed up the rapture, and two specific benefits that will come as a result, saying that just because the rapture hasn't happened as soon as we hoped, doesn't mean it won't happen sooner than we think.
  • German bishops get tough on Catholics who opt out of church tax

    09/24/2012 1:17:52 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 132 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/21/2012 | Tom Heneghan
    PARIS (Reuters)- Germany's Roman Catholic bishops have decreed that people who opt out of a "church tax" should not be given sacraments and religious burials, getting tougher on worshippers who choose not to pay. Alarmed by a wave of dissenting Catholics quitting the faith, the bishops issued a decree on Thursday declaring such defection "a serious lapse" and listed a wide range of church activities from which they must be excluded.
  • Yet Another Islamist Attack on Christians

    09/24/2012 8:20:03 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 3 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | Sepetmber 24, 2012 | JP
    The two people who died yesterday in Bauchi, Nigeria at the hands of an Islamist suicide bomber did not burn the Koran. The 48 injured in the attack weren’t extras in some amateur video insulting the Prophet Muhammed. No, their crime was that they were Christians, which, in the eyes of the suicide bomber, a member of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, was punishable by death or injury. Indeed, in no other country do Christ followers face greater danger than Nigeria, where Boko Haram – which translates as “Western education is sacrilege” – has publicly declared its intent to...
  • Victorian Catholic Church reveals 620 abuse cases

    09/24/2012 8:19:34 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 13 replies
    The Australian ^ | 9/22/2012
    The Catholic Church in Victoria has revealed that at least 620 children have been abused by its clergy since the 1930s, sparking a fresh call for an independent inquiry into sex abuse. The Catholic Church in Victoria revealed the number in a submission to a state parliamentary hearing on Friday but said the instances of abuse reported had fallen dramatically from the "appalling" numbers of the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Vanishing Vultures A Grave Matter For India's Parsis

    09/24/2012 8:16:30 AM PDT · by Cronos · 20 replies
    NPR ^ | 5 September 2012 | eliot Hannan
    Kainaz Amaria/NPRZoroastrian priests pray to honor the dead inside a temple in Pune, India, on Aug. 18, 2010. Each of the dead is represented by a vase filled with flowers. Parsis forbid images of their funeral ceremonies, where the deceased are taken to the Tower of Silence and consumed by vultures and other birds of prey.For any religion, keeping up traditions in the modern world can be a challenge. The Parsi community in India, however, faces a unique obstacle.Parsis, who came to India from Persia (Iran) a thousand years ago with their Zoroastrian faith, have gone to great lengths...
  • Anti-Islam movie taps into fears of Egypt Christians

    09/24/2012 8:04:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 1 replies
    Middle East online ^ | 14 September 2012 | Haitham El Tabei
    Egyptian Christians, who have long complained of discrimination, fear that anti-Islam film will lead to further persecution at home. Egyptian Christians, who have long complained of discrimination, say they fear that an anti-Islam film produced by Copts in the United States will lead to further persecution at home.Egypt's churches were among the first to condemn the low-budget Internet film that portrays the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) as immoral and which sparked violent and often deadly protests throughout the world.On September 11, demonstrators breached the wall of the US embassy in Cairo in protests that served as a catalyst for clashes between...
  • Pastor sentenced to 330 years in prison for molesting boys

    09/24/2012 7:51:19 AM PDT · by Cronos · 27 replies
    LA Times ^ | 14 September 2012 | Nicole Santa Cruz
    A pastor was sentenced Friday to 330 years in prison for sexually assaulting five boys between the ages of 9 and 15 in his Lake Forest apartment between 2007 and 2011. Oscar D. Perez, 69, was an Apostolic pastor and bishop at Iglesia Antigua, a church that rented space at St. George’s Episcopalian Church in Laguna Hills.  Perez befriended various families at the church, enlisted children to help with church services, and eventually began to invite the victims over to his apartment, sometimes for sleepovers, prosecutors said. Perez was arrested and charged in the assault of two victims in September...
  • San Rafael priest granted diversion in China Camp nudity case

    09/24/2012 7:18:13 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 8 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | 9/21/2012 | Gary Klien
    A San Rafael priest charged with exposing himself at China Camp State Park was granted misdemeanor diversion, giving him the chance to clear his record in two years. The Rev. Feliciano Torres Mofan, 58, was arrested Aug. 23 during an undercover sting at the state park, where rangers were cracking down on lewd behavior and sexual activity. The park said Mofan approached a plainclothes ranger at Chicken Coop Hill, propositioned him for sex and exposed himself.
  • Nation’s Top 50 Catholic High Schools Announced

    09/24/2012 5:35:34 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 26 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | September 20, 2012
    Today, September 20, 2012, the winners of the 2012-2013 Catholic High School Honor Roll competition were announced by The Cardinal Newman Society. Since 2004, the Honor Roll has recognized excellence in Catholic identity, academics and civic education at Catholic high schools across the United States. The top 50 schools are recognized for overall excellence, and other schools receive honors for special recognition in particular categories. This year seven schools were recognized for excellence in Catholic identity, six schools for academics, five schools for civic education, and five schools for two of the three categories. “Since competition began in 2004, the...
  • Eastern Germany: the most godless place on Earth

    09/23/2012 6:03:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 09/23/2012 | Peter Thompson
    They are sending missionaries to eastern Germany. A recent study called Beliefs About God Across Time and Countries found that 52.1% of people asked whether they believed in God identified themselves as atheists. This compared with only 10.3% in western Germany. Indeed, the survey was unable to find a single person under the age of 28 in eastern Germany who believed in God. Obviously there are some – I think I may have even met some once – but the survey was unable to find them. On the face of it this is an extraordinary finding and it is something...
  • Pakistani Church Burned By Islamic extremists

    09/23/2012 12:41:32 PM PDT · by Cronos · 6 replies
    Continental News ^ | Sep 23, 2012
    Islamic extremists have attacked an Anglican Church in Mardan Pakistan and an adjoining school. Some believe the stimulus was the government announced day of protest against an anti-Islam film. The attack occurred on Sept. 21. According to a news release from the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), protesters set the church and school on fire and looted the premises, taking everything from computers to chairs and whatever else seemed valuable from the school. The BPCA said that Muslims desecrated Bibles and religious artefacts, especially many of which were used in ceremonies within the Anglican church. Many were brought out into...
  • Shock! Horror! Jesus' wife!

    09/23/2012 12:18:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sept. 23, 2012 | The Lutheran Satire
    More keen wit and observation courtesy of the Lutheran Satire.
  • Explosion Rocks Church In Bauchi During Morning Mass!

    09/23/2012 11:15:42 AM PDT · by annalex · 9 replies
    The Street Journal ^ | September 23, 2012
    Explosion Rocks Church In Bauchi During Morning Mass! By NewsAdmin on September 23, 2012A bomb explosion hit the St. John’s Catholic Church, around the Bayan Gari area of Bauchi(*) on Sunday morning as a suicide bomber detonated a bomb while the church was holding a morning mass. The intensity of the explosion was reportedly high as people in the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Hospital claimed to have heard it loudly. Police sources said only the suicide bomber died while about 46 people were injured. Red Cross sources disclosed that three people died while about 50 were injured. Security operatives have...
  • Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (9/23/2012)[Prayer]

    09/22/2012 10:07:25 PM PDT · by DarthVader · 13 replies
    9/23/12 | The Holy Scriptures
    Pray For the Salvation of America My fellow Freepers, It is a very serious time in our nation's history and our future looks very uncertain and every day the news is full of stories that cause us to fear as it looks like we are teetering towards the edge of a cliff. It is quite obvious to even the casual observer that our great country is under a tremendous spiritual assault by the forces of darkness and hell that is causing great distress to many across this land and in other free nations. This is largely our own fault as...
  • The Boy They Couldn't Kill

    09/22/2012 2:49:41 PM PDT · by lastchance · 5 replies
    Sports Illustrated, SI Vault ^ | September 17, 2012 | Thomas Lake
    The English language has a million words, but only one for the two kinds of forgiveness. This is a major failure. The two kinds may be similar at the molecular level but they are far removed in magnitude. Like a candle flame and a volcano, an April shower and a hurricane, a soft tremor beneath your feet and the great San Francisco earthquake. The first kind of forgiveness is the easy kind. Someone wounds you, and in time this offender comes to see what he has done. He returns to lay the crime at your feet. And when you reach...
  • ACLU wins round in fight for French Quarter preachers

    09/22/2012 11:01:53 AM PDT · by Uncle Slayton · 3 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 9/21/12 | Bruce Nolan
    A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of a New Orleans law recently used to arrest Christian evangelists preaching on Bourbon Street during Southern Decadence, the annual celebration of gay culture in the French Quarter. Part of the city's recently enacted "aggressive solicitation" ordinance orders people not to "loiter or congregate on Bourbon Street for the purpose of disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise."
  • Should Christians Adopt Embryos?

    09/22/2012 8:15:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/22/2012 | By Russell D. Moore
    Evangelical Christians, it seems, are adopting embryos at an increasing rate, and the secular media are noticing the trend. Last week, religion journalist Krista Kapralos wrote about the theological and missional underpinnings of born-again believers giving birth to "unused embryos." In a few minutes, I plan to talk to her about whether we should see this as something God calls us to do. I mentioned, awhile back, that I had received some kick-back from someone who opposed any talk of so-called "snowflake adoption," and objected to such an adoption happening in his extended family. How, he wondered, could I support...
  • The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship

    09/22/2012 7:35:40 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 45 replies
    http://www.albertmohler.com ^ | September 20, 2012 | Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The whole world changed on Tuesday. At least, that is what many would have us to believe. Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution, declares that the news released Tuesday was “apt to send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship — and beyond.” Really?What was this news? Professor Karen King of the Harvard Divinity School announced at a conference in Rome that she had identified an ancient papyrus fragment that includes the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’” Within hours, headlines around the world advertised the announcement with headlines like “Ancient Papyrus Could Be Evidence that Jesus Had...
  • Bill O'Reilly: Kennedy speaks — and the Catholic Church is silent

    09/21/2012 8:42:15 PM PDT · by annalex · 50 replies
    postbulletin,com ^ | Sep 19, 2012, 7:20 am | Bill O'Reilly
    Bill O'Reilly: Kennedy speaks — and the Catholic Church is silent On Jan. 8, 1962, President John F. Kennedy wrote a letter expressing condolences on the death of James Cardinal Gibbons. Kennedy, who rarely discussed his Catholicism, did so while describing the Cardinal: "He nobly expresses the essential traditions of my church in the United States ... the deep sympathy for the plight of the working man and of minorities, the steady concern for the betterment of society and mankind." Thus, it was somewhat startling to see JFK's daughter, Caroline, invoke her father's name and describe herself as a "Catholic...
  • Violence in Egypt, Libya, elsewhere condemned by ELCA presiding bishop

    09/21/2012 8:28:06 PM PDT · by lightman · 4 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 21 September AD 2012 | Melissa Ramirez-Cooper
    Violence in Egypt, Libya, elsewhere condemned by ELCA presiding bishop 12-62-MRC CHICAGO (ELCA) -- In letters to Coptic Orthodox, Islamic and Muslim leaders across the United States, the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), denounced the hate video "Innocence of Muslims" and shared his commitment to speak against the violence and hate demonstrations that have erupted in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere. In his Sept. 19 letters, Hanson expressed sadness about what has unfolded in recent days, especially the tragic deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and others. He lifted up the importance of...
  • More Lib fail: Romney’s charitable contributions don’t count. Because, Mormon church

    09/21/2012 3:48:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Twitchy ^ | September 21, 2012 | Staff
    Stormye Weather@Nuclear_Wynter I wonder how much of Mitt Romney 's charity was to LDS? 21 Sep 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Why would she wonder that, one might ask? Well, you see, lefties are evidently completely out of their minds. As Twitchy reported, the first bout of liberal outrage after RomneyÂ’s tax information was released was that he paid too much in taxes. No, really. Now, they must be humiliated by his incredibly generous charitable contributions. You see, Romney leads by example. This does not suit. Plus, as we know, it is the Left that is full of anti-Mormon bigotry. So,...
  • Mormons Want to Excommunicate Romney Critic

    09/21/2012 1:10:53 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 121 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 21, 2012 | Jamie Reno
    After writing negative articles about the Republican candidate, the managing editor of MormonThink.com says he faces excommunication. Is the Church on a witch hunt?David Twede, 47, a scientist, novelist, and fifth-generation Mormon, is managing editor of MormonThink.com, an online magazine produced largely by members of the Mormon Church that welcomes scholarly debate about the religion’s history from both critics and true believers. A Mormon in good standing, Twede has never been disciplined by Latter Day Saints leadership. But it now appears his days as a Mormon may be numbered because of a series of articles he wrote this past week...
  • On Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Journey to Lebanon

    09/21/2012 9:11:08 AM PDT · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 19, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Journey to Lebanon "Concord and reconciliation must be stronger than the forces of death" VATICAN, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in the Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father dedicated today’s audience to reflecting on his recent apostolic journey to Lebanon. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like briefly to return in mind and heart to the extraordinary days of my recent apostolic journey to Lebanon. It was a visit I greatly desired to make despite the difficult circumstances, seeing that a...
  • All Jews as One [Jewish/Noachide caucus]

    09/21/2012 7:49:13 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 9 replies
    Facebook/e-mail ^ | 9/21/'12 (e-mail) | All Jews as One
    Link only. This is a Jewish/Noachide caucused thread.
  • God, Democrats, and the Europeanization of America

    09/21/2012 6:50:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 9/21/12 | Paul Kengor
    The battle at the Democratic convention to exclude God from the party’s platform is no minor moment. Do not underestimate what transpired there. And while it speaks to so many things, at many levels, it reminds me of the recent battle within the European Union to exclude God from the EU constitution. That comparison is no mere academic one. It speaks volumes about the ongoing direction of the Democratic Party, and this nation. About 10 years ago, the EU was in an intense debate over whether to mention God in its new constitution. The God opponents were the predictable Western...
  • Oakdale priest, 47, charged in sex assault of boy, 12

    09/21/2012 6:36:26 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 62 replies
    Twin Cities Pioneer Press ^ | 9/20/2012 | Emily Gurnon
    An Oakdale priest has been charged with criminal sexual conduct involving a 12-year-old boy. The boy reported to his mother that Curtis Carl Wehmeyer, 47, pastor of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Paul, had been sexually abusing him in a camper trailer in the church parking lot, according to a criminal complaint.
  • The Inside Story of a Controversial New Text About Jesus

    09/20/2012 5:34:56 AM PDT · by OldRanchHand · 40 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | September 20, 2012 | OldRanchHand
    Harvard researcher Karen King today unveiled an ancient papyrus fragment with the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’” The text also mentions “Mary,” arguably a reference to Mary Magdalene. The announcement at an academic conference in Rome is sure to send shock waves through the Christian world. The Smithsonian Channel will premiere a special documentary about the discovery on September 30 at 8 p.m. ET. And Smithsonian magazine reporter Ariel Sabar has been covering the story behind the scenes for weeks, tracing King’s steps from when a suspicious e-mail hit her in-box to the nerve-racking moment when she thought...
  • Contra-Education and the solution

    09/20/2012 5:34:47 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe
    Ann Barnhardt ^ | September 19, AD 2012 | Ann Barnhardt
    David Hackett Souter & Contra-education by Ann Barnhardt - September 19, AD 2012 - Snip - but this clip, via ZeroHedge, is worth your time. Retired Justice Souter holds forth on the ignorance of the population, and even cites 1970 as the beginning of the destruction of the education system, and thus the Republic itself. Imagine that. - Snip - Where I disagree with Souter is the notion that a mere lack of civics knowledge is the "number one problem." - - Snip - The "number one problem" is godlessness, of which ignorance is a derivative. Because godless Marxist-Communists infiltrated...
  • Should we have the right to disobey Islamic law?

    09/19/2012 11:18:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 19, 2012 | Laura Curtis
    Should we have the right to disobey Islamic law? The future of western civilization hinges on our response to this question. Right now people are suggesting that “hate speech” should not be free speech because when people blaspheme Mohammed, Muslim extremists riot and kill. “When some people use this freedom of expression to provoke or humiliate some others’ values and beliefs, then this cannot be protected in such a way.” – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon The extended liberal argument is that if you make Islamists mad, you know they’re going to kill, so you bear some responsibility for those deaths,...
  • Vain Imaginations Are Costly...Psalm 2 pt 3

    Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.(Psalm 2:1-3)The formerly Judeo Christian world has come under the spell of a “vain imagination” just as the Psalmist predicted . Our leaders, the so-called “Kings of the earth and their rulers” have been counseled to cast off the former...
  • Authoress Suggests Very Religious Are Mental Cases

    09/19/2012 7:38:58 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 38 replies
    The Christian Diarist | September 19, 2012 | JP
    Erica Loberg doesn’t come right out and say it, but the author of “Inside the Insane” believes that those of us who are very religious – or “hyper religious,” as she describes us – are mentally ill. “Are there are lot of hyper religio(us) people walking around with schizophrenia or hypo mania and not even know it?,” she asks. “Can religion be a springboard to help discover a mental illness?” Loberg doesn’t answer her own questions, but it’s pretty obvious what she thinks: Religiosity is a marker for mental illness, if not insanity. When I checked Loberg’s biography, I discovred...