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  • Obama Appoints Transgender Leader to Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships

    05/20/2016 12:30:30 PM PDT · by PROCON · 41 replies
    theblaze ^ | May 19, 2016 | Billy Hallowell
    The Obama administration has appointed a transgender individual to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnerships, selecting Barbara Satin for a post along with two representatives of minority faiths. Satin, who was born a man but identifies as a woman, is an Air Force veteran, a member of the United Church of Christ and currently works with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, according to CBN News.“Given the current political climate, I believe it’s important that a voice of faith representing the transgender and gender non-conforming community — as well as a person of my years, nearly 82...
  • 5 faith-based movies coming in 2016 that are worth your time and money

    02/10/2016 8:26:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    CATHOLIC ONLINE ^ | 02/10/2016
    Faith-based films with an overt Christian message have been making inroads in the nation's box offices. The film industry is responding to audiences who want Christian themes in their entertainment, and even more films that are Christian are coming to theaters in 2016. To date, most of the Christian films released to date have been low budget, independent affairs. This year sees a new faith-based film from America's leading film director, Martin Scorsese and a lavish Biblical picture about the resurrection, "Risen." According to Ryan Duncan on the Crosswalk blog, these five Christian films coming to theaters in 2016 are...
  • White House to order faith-based grant recipients to accept LGBT applicants

    05/28/2015 11:16:39 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 51 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/28/15 | Austin Rose
    WASHINGTON DC, May 28, 2015 ( -- A source within the federal government has informed the Friday Fax that the White House is quietly moving forward with a policy change that will require charitable humanitarian groups to accept LGBT applicants in order to qualify for government funding, even those religious groups that might have religious objections.The policy change is linked to an executive order President Obama issued last July that prohibits federal contractors from discriminatory hiring practices based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Faith-based groups were already wrestling with that order.Things are about to get exponentially worse for faith-based groups who...
  • Growing numbers seek faith-based alternative to ObamaCare

    03/18/2015 12:09:40 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 22 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 18, 2015 | By Jonathan Serrie
    MARIETTA, Ga. – Faced with the rising cost of insuring their family of five, Lisa and Jonathan Adams canceled their high-deductible health insurance policy and put their faith in Medi-Share, a Christian organization whose members help pay one another's major medical expenses. Five days later, their 7-year-old daughter fell out of a bunk bed and broke her arm. Medi-Share covered nearly the entire cost of her surgery and rehab therapy and provided something the Adamses had never received from an insurance company -- prayer. "When I called to let them know that Jordan had broken her arm, the last thing...
  • Secrecy Surrounding Shelter for Illegal Immigrant Minors

    08/05/2014 8:48:56 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 53 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | August 5,2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    It highlights the role of a nonprofit called “BCFS” which, according to Time, has received more than $280 million since December to operate temporary housing shelters for children who illegally cross the Mexican border into the U.S. On July 7, two days before [the charity head] met Obama in Dallas, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded BCFS $190,707,505 in a single grant. The Time article also brings attention to an ongoing theme under the Obama administration: its penchant to withhold public information of public interest. According to Time, “To shield vulnerable kids from angry opponents of immigration and...
  • Why Christian Movies Continue To Crush It At The Box Office

    04/27/2014 6:18:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/26/2014 | KIRSTEN ACUNA
    Over the weekend, the religious film "Heaven is for Real" performed extremely well at the box office, earning $22.5 million. It's the largest Easter opening for a faith-based film, blowing past Johnny Depp's "Transcendence." It's also the fourth recent Christian film that has taken off at theaters, following "Son of God," "God's Not Dead," and Darren Aronofsky's "Noah." The success of the genre has spurred discussions about a Bible boom at the box office and whether 2014 is the year of the Christian film. But chief analyst Phil Contrino tells us we shouldn't be surprised by how well these...
  • Does the Triumph of Faith-based Films Matter?

    04/23/2014 7:53:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Klavan on Culture at Pajamas Media ^ | 04/23/2014 | Andrew Klavan
    [1]“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.” So wrote the great Christian apologist C.S. Lewis.By the same token, I can’t imagine God’s glory is increased any when we make movies about him, and so I don’t suppose the Lord is much interested in the latest box office news out of Hollywood. Nonetheless, that news is good for faith-based films. Not long after the indie film God’s Not Dead [2]was a “surprise hit,” (i.e., a...
  • Los Angeles aims to make Obamacare universal in more than just name

    04/20/2014 8:49:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | April 20, 2014 | by David Dayen
    On a sunny weekday morning just east of downtown Los Angeles, a crowd of about 75 people rallied outside the LA County/USC Medical Center. They toted signs with slogans like “Healthcare is a Human Right” and “Salud Para Todos” (“Health for All”). “How can we say we live in a just and humane society,” said one speaker, “without providing for the sickest and most vulnerable among us?” Los Angeles, with its massive low-income population and largest concentration of immigrants anywhere in the country, may be the epicenter of the continuing uninsured crisis in America. Somewhere around one million county residents...
  • "God's Not Dead" Matches 1st Week Revenue....Unheard Of fFeat!!!

    03/30/2014 8:59:09 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 29 replies
    Amazing screen performance: "God's Not Dead" Looks like God is doing his thing with a bit of help from film viewers, the Duck Commander, Willie Robertson, his great wife, Corie and the magnificent cast and production group led by Actor Kevin Sorbo, etc.!!! As Winston Churchill proclaimed to Herr Hitler after the Battle of Britain..."We are coming for you!!!" and then began sustained, night & day bombing of German Factories & Cities by the RAF & the AAF....we, the people, proclaim to anti-religion, Christian hater, POTUS, Obama, his Godless Academia lap dogs and his media Obamabots: "We, the God believers,...
  • Hollywood Blacklist

    03/29/2014 6:19:45 PM PDT · by Chuckmorse · 10 replies
    Chuck Morse Speaks ^ | March 29, 2014 | Chuck Morse
    Kevin Sorbo, star of God’s Not Dead told a reporter at Faith, Media & Culture that by simply voting for the best person, that, in itself, is enough to get me blacklisted in Hollywood. Marius Forte, who co-authored with Sam Sorbo, radio talk show host and wife of Kevin Sorbo, The Answer: Proof of God in Heaven notes: We all know that Hollywood leans left and is uncomfortable with a Christian based message. Left-wing Hollywood seems impervious to the fact that God’s Not Dead opened on only 780 screens yet the movie, without benefiting from a mega-media roll-out that often...
  • Academy Rescinds Low-Budget, Faith-Based Film’s Oscar Nomination

    02/04/2014 7:30:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Feb 04 2014 8:57 AM | (Fox and Friends)
    Questions are being raised about whether an Oscar nomination was rescinded because of the film’s faith-based message. The low-budget film “Alone Yet Not Alone” was nominated in the Best Song category, but then the song, also called “Alone Yet Not Alone,” was disqualified a few weeks later. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences pointed out that the song’s creator, Bruce Broughton, had improperly emailed 70 fellow Academy members to ask them to listen to the song. …
  • Faith-Based Negotiations: When liberals meet mullahs

    11/29/2013 12:53:19 PM PST · by mojito · 4 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/9/2013 | REUEL MARC GERECHT
    ...Following in the footsteps of Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic, Ali Khamenei tries to steal the charisma attached to Shiism’s magical imams and fuse it to the raw, coercive power of a twentieth-century totalitarian dictator. Like his predecessor as supreme leader, Khamenei sees Islam as under siege from the West, and especially the United States. “In the military, political, and economic wars, in every arena where there is a test of strength, you, the believer, must stand firm against the enemy [the United States], your will must overcome the determination of the enemy,” he told his militant audience...
  • US State Department creates office ‘to engage with’ world’s religious communities (Kerry)

    08/08/2013 7:46:49 PM PDT · by haffast · 19 replies
    CWN ^ | August 08, 2013 | CWN
    Secretary of State John Kerry has announced the creation of the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, whose mission, he said, is “to engage more closely with faith communities around the world, with the belief that we need to partner with them to solve global challenges.” “There is common ground between the Abrahamic faiths, and, in fact, between the Abrahamic faiths and all religions and philosophies, whether you’re talking about Hindu or Confucianism or any other of the many of the world’s different approaches to our existence here on the planet and to our relationship with a supreme being,” said Kerry....
  • National Coalition Announces Boy Scouts Alternative Founded on Christian Values

    07/10/2013 12:33:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/10/2013 | Jeff Schapiro
    A national coalition, which includes people formerly associated with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) as well as several other partners, announced Tuesday the formation of a new youth organization for boys that is founded on Christian values and principles. "Our vision is to be the premier national character development organization for young men which produces godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens," said Rob Green, the organization's interim executive director, during a press conference call Tuesday. He added, "The new program will be an exciting and motivating outdoor-based program focused on leadership and character development for boys, and founded...
  • Christian based movies to overtake Hollywood film industry?

    07/02/2013 9:11:59 AM PDT · by usalady · 86 replies
    Examiner ^ | 7/1/13 | Martha
    There is increasing evidence that faith and family based movies and TV is making an impact on the film industry.
  • DOJ Defunds At-Risk Youth Programs over "God" Reference

    06/26/2013 7:49:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | June 25, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A Louisiana lawman is livid over the federal government’s decision to cut off funds for two programs to help troubled young people -- all, he says, because he refused to sign a pledge to bar prayer or any mention of God at their meetings. Julian Whittington, the sheriff of Bossier Parish, Louisiana, told Fox News that the Department of Justice Office of Civil Rights de-funded $30,000 for their Young Marines chapter as well as a youth diversion program. Federal officials objected to a voluntary student-led prayer in the department’s youth diversion program and an oath recited by the Young Marines...
  • New Faith-Based Movie is a ‘Home Run’

    04/20/2013 10:07:04 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 12 replies
    The ^ | April 20, 2013 | JP
    I heard a message this past week by John Townsend. Wikipedia identifies him as a leadership coach, organizational consultant, psychologist and best-selling author. The online encyclopedia neglected to mention that he’s also a man of God. In fact, Dr. Townsend is one of the nation’s foremost advocates of Christ-centered recovery from mental and emotional health issues. And he actually is a character in a new feel-good, faith-based motion picture, “Home Run,” which opened in theaters yesterday. The faith-based production has been brought to the big screen by Provident Films, whose previous credits include “Fireproof,” the top-grossing independent film of 2008,...
  • New Coal Technology Harnesses Energy Without Burning, Nears Pilot-Scale Development

    02/06/2013 6:25:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 43 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Feb. 6, 2013 | NA
    COLUMBUS, Ohio—A new form of clean coal technology reached an important milestone recently, with the successful operation of a research-scale combustion system at Ohio State University. The technology is now ready for testing at a larger scale. For 203 continuous hours, the Ohio State combustion unit produced heat from coal while capturing 99 percent of the carbon dioxide produced in the reaction. Liang-Shih Fan, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of Ohio State’s Clean Coal Research Laboratory, pioneered the technology called Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CDCL), which chemically harnesses coal’s energy and efficiently contains the carbon dioxide produced before...
  • Obama birth control mandates loosens lawsuits

    01/26/2013 2:37:44 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 1/26/13 | RACHEL ZOLL
    The legal challenges over religious freedom and the birth control coverage requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul appear to be moving toward the U.S. Supreme Court. Faith-affiliated charities, hospitals and universities have filed dozens of lawsuits against the mandate, which requires employers to provide insurance that covers contraception for free. However, many for-profit business owners are also suing, claiming a violation of their religious beliefs. The religious lawsuits have largely stalled, as the Department of Health and Human Services tries to develop an accommodation for faith groups. However, no such offer will be made to individual business owners....
  • Who Is White House Visitor Hisham Altalib?

    09/26/2012 3:46:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | September 26, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    On Friday, March 30, 2012, Hisham Y. Altalib visited the White House. According to visitor logs, Altalib was received by Joshua DuBois, the director of President Obama's Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Four days later, White House officials welcomed a foreign delegation of the radical Sharia-enforcing Muslim Brotherhood from Egypt. The White House meeting with overseas Muslim Brotherhood leaders was reported in April by a few mainstream journalists and questioned loudly by conservative media. But the White House confab in March with U.S.-based Altalib -- which appears to be a prep session with the global Muslim Brotherhood's American...
  • Paul Ryan visits soup kitchen for photo op, angering its president. (MSM Hit Piece)

    10/16/2012 8:40:01 AM PDT · by apillar · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/16/2012 | Dylan Stableford
    Republican Rep. Paul Ryan stopped by a soup kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio, over the weekend for what seemed to be your typical campaign photo opportunity. During his 15-minute visit on Saturday morning, the vice presidential candidate donned a white apron and offered to wash some dishes that—as several bloggers and a pool reporter later pointed out—did not appear to be dirty. But according to the president of Mahoning County's St. Vincent De Paul Society, the faith-based charity that runs the soup kitchen, the campaign did not have permission and "ramrodded their way" into the facility.
  • The new authoritarians

    03/08/2012 10:05:53 AM PST · by Joe the Pimpernel · 1 replies
    World Magazine ^ | March 10, 2012 | Mindy Belz
    Through their U.S. front groups, Muslim radicals overtaking the Middle East have found support in the Obama administration The last time we saw one whole despotic region of the world come tumbling down we could name the heroes and the moments that propelled it: An electrician named Lech Walesa, jumping a wall at the Gdansk shipyard. Boris Yeltsin atop a tank in front of the Russian White House, defying the Communist old guard in 1991. Pastor Laszlo Tokes, refusing an eviction notice from his Romanian flat as crowds of demonstrators gathered. A playwright named Vaclav Havel before a joint session...
  • FOX News Shows Love to ‘Convoy of Hope’

    07/16/2012 5:12:58 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 5 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | July 16, 2012 | JP
    Big ups, as the kids say, to FOX News for airing a segment this past weekend on Convoy of Hope, the praiseworthy faith-based organization. My acquaintance with Convoy of Hope dates back five years or so, when I was member of a church that partnered with the charity on an annual community event, reaching out to the poor and needy in surrounding neighborhoods. The event, financed by a special offering collected by our church, staffed primarily by church volunteers, attracted thousands of mostly struggling families. Every one of those families was offered free groceries. There was a job fair for...
  • President Obama outlines allowable religious practices for federally-funded organizations

    11/18/2010 7:26:00 AM PST · by markomalley · 41 replies
    President Barack Obama signed an executive order on November 17 outlining the allowable religious practices of faith-based social service organizations that receive federal funds. Such organizations will not be permitted to offer federally-funded social services in the same location in which “worship, religious instruction, or proselytization” takes place. Among the key points in the executive order: “Organizations, in providing services supported in whole or in part with Federal financial assistance, and in their outreach activities related to such services, should not be allowed to discriminate against current or prospective program beneficiaries on the basis of religion, a religious belief, a...
  • Another Obama Friend Probed by Grand Jury (faith based scam?)

    05/25/2010 5:22:07 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 14 replies · 719+ views
    Examiner ^ | 5-25-10 | Jim Kouri
    In yet another scandal-waiting-to-happen linked to the Obama White House, a close friend, advisor and donor of the president’s is being investigated by federal officials for allegedly misusing public funds on faith-based minority outreach programs while he ran the State of Illinois’ health department. With Obama pal Dr. Eric Whitaker at the helm, Illinois spent millions of taxpayer dollars on highly questionable publicity campaigns to educate African-American and other minorities about common diseases such as AIDS and Herpes in their communities. Dr. Whitaker was the powerful director of the Illinois Department of Public Health from 2003 to 2007, thanks to...
  • Obama Adviser Stands by Statement That Pope Benedict XVI Is 'Hurting People in the Name of Jesus'

    02/03/2010 3:30:03 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 48 replies · 983+ views ^ | February 03, 2010 | Karen Schuberg
    Harry Knox, an adviser to President Obama’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is standing by a statement he made last March that Pope Benedict XVI is “hurting people in the name of Jesus.” When asked on Tuesday whether he still holds that view, Knox said, “I do.” In addition to serving on the president’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Knox is the director of the religion and faith program at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a homosexual activist group.
  • Atheist David Miliband Sends Son To Faith School

    01/24/2010 2:52:11 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies · 780+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | January 24, 2010 | Alastair Jamieson
    Atheist David Miliband Sends Son To Faith School David Miliband has been accused of hypocrisy for sending his son to a Church of England school even though he himself is an atheist. By Alastair Jamieson 24 Jan 2010 The foreign secretary and his wife, Louise, have sent the eldest of their two adopted sons to a faith school more than one mile from their north London home despite living close to a secular primary. The headteacher of their chosen school is an outspoken critic of government education policy and does not support controversial tests for 10 and 11-year-olds. Children should...
  • U.S. group sends solar-powered Bibles to Haiti

    01/24/2010 7:49:48 AM PST · by GL of Sector 2814 · 39 replies · 809+ views
    Reuters ^ | 01/19/10 | Anthony Boadle
    MIAMI (Reuters) - As international aid agencies rush food, water and medicine to Haiti's earthquake victims, a U.S. faith-based group is sending Bibles to Haitians in their hour of need. Not any Bible. These are solar-powered audible Bibles that can broadcast the holy scriptures in Haitian Creole to 300 people at a time. Called the "Proclaimer," the audio Bible delivers "digital quality" and is designed for "poor and illiterate people," the Faith Comes By Hearing group said. It added 600 of the devices were already on their way to Haiti.
  • Pastor's faith-based project still rising

    01/07/2010 10:10:42 AM PST · by Lorianne · 198+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 05 January 2010 | Nancy Sarnoff
    More than a decade ago, Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell started looking for 20 acres near his Windsor Village United Methodist Church to build a 24-hour prayer center. The center still hasn't been built, but it's not because Caldwell abandoned his plans. He simply took them in a different direction. Instead of buying 20 acres, Caldwell purchased 234 for $1.3 million and oversaw the development of more than 450 homes, a 200,000-square-foot community center, retail space, medical facilities, schools and a YMCA. A 124-unit senior housing project is under construction, and a new sanctuary and the prayer center are planned for 2010...
  • UN-Doing America: My Two Cents on Faith-Based Diplomacy

    09/25/2009 7:05:33 PM PDT · by SpareChange · 3 replies · 336+ views
    Spare Change | 25 September 2009 | David J. Aland
    UN-Doing America: My Two Cents on Faith-Based Diplomacy By David J. Aland 25 September 2009 It has been said that diplomacy is the art of letting someone have it your way, or, as Will Rogers put it, “the art of saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.” Americans have long been accused of having little diplomatic sophistication, but, as a European friend once put it: “It’s part of the charm.” Lately, it appears our President is trying to foist charm off as sophistication, and it’s failing. President Obama’s speech this week to the General Assembly of the United...
  • State to probe if public is paying for mosques

    08/30/2009 5:18:18 PM PDT · by kingattax · 16 replies · 1,856+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | August 29, 2009 | TONY KENNEDY
    State officials are examining whether public money has been improperly used to pay for Islamic mosques on charter school campuses in Blaine and Inver Grove Heights. Chas Anderson, deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education, said officials will study Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy's (TiZA) use of state "lease aid'' grants, which were created more than a decade ago to help charter schools rent adequate facilities. "If it is subsidizing a mosque, in our view, that would be a violation of state and federal law,'' Anderson said. The probe is the latest in a series of church-vs.-state conflicts involving TiZA...
  • Obama to Discuss Health Care Today With Faith Groups (info on how to listen in)

    08/19/2009 10:37:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies · 688+ views
    ncr ^ | August 19, 2009 | Tom McFeely
    Health-care reform supporters rally Aug. 17 in Phoenix. (CNS) At 5 p.m. Eastern time today, President Barack Obama will participate in a BlogTalkRadio discussion about his health-care reform plans. The discussion is sponsored by faith-based groups who back reform. The meeting is sponsored by “40 Days for Health Reform,” a group organized by more than 30 religious organizations to support Obama’s reform initiative. Three Catholic organizations are listed on the “40 Days for Health Reform” website as sponsors: Network — A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby; Catholics United; and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. Along with those...
  • Obama makes moral case for health reform

    08/19/2009 4:33:55 PM PDT · by SJackson · 64 replies · 1,797+ views
    AFP ^ | 8-19-08 | Stephen Collinson
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama Wednesday said America, as the world's richest nation, had a moral duty to offer health care to everyone, in a fresh bid to bolster support for his top domestic priority. Obama addressed thousands of people in a call with left-leaning religious faith leaders, as the White House tried to still disquiet among liberals, and fierce opposition among Republicans, to his under-fire health care plan. "The one thing you all share, is a moral conviction, you know, that this debate over health care goes to the heart of who we are as a people," said Obama....
  • Are Parochial Schools ‘Racist’?(UK court: Jewish school's faith-based admissions criteria racist)

    08/02/2009 6:43:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies · 700+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 8/1/2009 | Carol Gould
    A decision has been handed down in the British Court of Appeal that sets a monumental precedent for those wishing to place their children in a faith-based school. Reading this sorry saga, Americans will be grateful for separation of church and state and for the independence afforded parochial schools. The British school crisis started this way: one of two couples whose children were rejected by the Jewish Free School in 2007 went straight to the High Court because in one case the rejection was based on a view that the mother had “stopped living an Orthodox lifestyle.” Mr. Justice Munby...
  • Non-Believers Losing Faith in Obama: More God Talk Than Bush; Same Old Faith-Based Policies

    08/02/2009 11:00:40 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 23 replies · 1,082+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | July 31, 2009 | David Gibson
    The Secular Coalition for America moved into spanking new K Street offices this week and the swagger – and implicit political heft – that such an address confers on the lone Washington lobby representing America's proudly godless couldn't come at a better time. Back on Election Day, Barack Obama was a favorite of the religiously unaffiliated, winning an overwhelming 75 percent of a bloc that is growing fast – from nine percent of the electorate in 2000 to 12 percent in 2008 –and one that figures to be crucial to Obama's chances in 2012, especially as his once-stratospheric approval numbers...
  • President Obama Meets With Catholic Press Tomorrow

    07/01/2009 4:04:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 843+ views
    ncr ^ | July 1, 2009 | Tim Drake
    Tomorrow morning at 10:45 Eastern time, the president is hosting a round table at the White House for members of the Catholic press. The National Catholic Register’s publisher, Father Owen Kearns, will be among eight religion reporters and editors in attendance at that gathering. The purpose of the gathering, according to Chris Hensman, press secretary with the National Security Council, is a “preview of the president’s upcoming visit with Pope Benedict XVI.” The president is meeting with the Pope on July 10. Father Kearns just received the invitation to the meeting yesterday via e-mail. At this point, there isn’t a...
  • A New Role for Religion in Obama's White House ("Faith has played a larger role than any other Pres)

    07/01/2009 8:59:38 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 84 replies · 2,610+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | July 1, 2009 | Dan Gilgoff
    The conventional wisdom was that George W. Bush was the most faith-based president in recent history, by a long shot. Citing Jesus as his favorite philosopher and Billy Graham as a mentor, Bush won evangelical voters in numbers not previously seen. In office, he launched a controversial office of faith-based initiatives and consulted religious leaders in developing science policy. Bush routinely opened cabinet meetings with prayer and acknowledged conferring with "a higher father" before going to war in Iraq. How remarkable, then, that religion might be playing an even bigger role in Barack Obama's administration. While Bush invited megapastor Rick...
  • Wards of the State: The Danger of Church Involvement in Government Programs

    06/30/2009 8:06:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies · 217+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | 6/25/2009 | Phil Lawler
    If you're drowning, and someone throws you a rope, you're not likely to spend much time worrying about where the rope was manufactured. You grab the rope, and cling to it gratefully. Someone in desperate need is not in a position to question a benefactor. But when the need is no longer so desperate, the questions are bound to come. Who are you, and why did you help me? Were you acting out of pure Christian charity, or were you just doing your job? Were you motivated by compassion, or were you, perhaps, simply carrying out the requirements of a...
  • Talking Jesus: Obama vs. Bush

    06/13/2009 4:09:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 603+ views ^ | June 13, 2009 | Dt Paul Kengor
    There's an important article in the Politico titled, "Obama invokes Jesus more than Bush." President Barack Obama, says the article, has mentioned Jesus Christ "in a number of high-profile public speeches," more so than did President George W. Bush, and in much less "innocuous contexts." Obama has done so in order to promote certain policies, especially his economic policies, and "to connect with a broader base of supporters." He does this via various "targeted messages." Most remarkable, the article considers whether Obama is using the bully pulpit to pursue "an even larger goal" of resurrecting the Christian left, of appealing...
  • Bottler caps Pepsi donations to 'God' group

    05/31/2009 3:35:11 AM PDT · by Man50D · 26 replies · 1,466+ views ^ | May 30, 2009 | Drew Zahn
    A Pepsi Company distribution center that has reportedly given close to 18 tractor trailer loads of its Gatorade product to an emergency relief ministry has now stopped the flow because it has a problem with the organization's name. According to WSET-TV in Lynchburg, Va., the distribution center dropped the donations because God's Pit Crew, which has distributed the Gatorade to people in need following natural disasters, has the word "God" in its name. "We make absolutely no excuses for being a faith-based, a religious-based organization," Randy Johnson, founder and director of God's Pit Crew, told the station. "We don't discriminate;...
  • Controversial Obama Faith Advisor Seeks to Dismantle "Heteronormative" Fatherhood

    05/21/2009 12:44:20 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 39 replies · 1,150+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/20/09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 20, 2009 ( - A member of Obama's Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships advisory board has stated that one of the main challenges in promoting "responsible fatherhood" in America will be to dismantle a perception that fatherhood is "heteronormative" - i.e., that heterosexuality is the norm.In addition to his role on Obama's faith advisory board, Knox is the director of the religion and faith program at the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual activist group.  "Responsible fatherhood offers us an immense opportunity to speak to a real need in the country," Knox said in a May 11 PBS...
  • "New Testament Teaching on Homosexuality Not True" -Obama Christian Appointee to Faith-Based Pro...

    05/10/2009 6:22:03 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 103 replies · 3,215+ views
    CNS News ^ | Wednesday, April 08, 2009 | Fred Lucas
    President Obama has named to his faith-based advisory council a self-professed Christian who holds that the New Testament's teaching that homosexual behavior is unnatural and wrong--which is found in St. Paul's letter to the Romans--“is not true." The appointee, Harry Knox, has also said that Obama's decision to invite the Rev. Rick Warren to say a prayer at the Inauguration "tainted" the ceremony and that Pope Benedict XVI is a "discredited leader." Harry Knox, a professed gay Christian who is director of the religion and faith program at the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual rights group, was named to President...
  • White House Mum on Plans for National Day of Prayer

    04/28/2009 11:10:34 AM PDT · by Joiseydude · 37 replies · 1,178+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Tuesday, April 28, 2009 | Wendell Goler
    White House officials deny claims that President Obama might not mark the National Day of Prayer, though they're not ready to say what's planned or if he'll invite conservative evangelical critics. Joshua DuBois, who heads the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, said it's too early to reveal the president's plans for the day, which is the first Thursday in May.
  • Muslim woman's appointment as Obama advisor draws cautious optimism

    04/23/2009 9:09:26 PM PDT · by americanophile · 37 replies · 2,141+ views
    LA Times ^ | April 22, 2009 | Noha El-Hennawy
    Reporting from Cairo -- Egyptians are cautiously rejoicing over the recent appointment of a veiled Egyptian American Muslim woman as an advisor to President Obama. Dalia Mogahed, senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, was appointed this month to Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Arabs are closely watching for signs that the new leadership in Washington is making efforts to improve relations with Islam, which many Muslims believe were severely damaged during the eight years of the Bush administration. The selection of Mogahed is viewed by many in the Middle East as...
  • Radicalizing Even the Faith-Based Program

    04/13/2009 4:46:25 PM PDT · by lancer256 · 4 replies · 339+ views ^ | 04/13/09 | david limbaugh
    President Barack Obama's recent appointment of Harry Knox to his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships adds another redundant nail to the coffin of the irresponsible myth that he is a bipartisan unifier. In light of the daily outpouring of evidence, one wonders whether our "moderate" Republican Obama apologists will ever admit their error in willingly suspending their disbelief in Obama's radical leftism all because of what Michael Gerson refers to as "his moderate instincts and conciliatory temperament." Perhaps Obama's appointment of Harold Koh as legal adviser to the State Department despite Koh's unapologetic belief that American courts should...
  • 'Faith-Based' Obama Advisor Says Pope Is 'Discredited,' Knights of Columbus Are 'An Army of (*)

    04/07/2009 5:56:05 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 73 replies · 2,197+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | April 7, 2009 - 07:43 | Tim Graham
    Here’s another story that underlines how ludicrous the media have been in insisting Barack Obama was a natural choice for traditional Catholic and evangelical Christian voters: correspondent Fred Lucas reports Obama finished stocking the advisory committee of his faith-based initiative with a bang: one new selection was Harry Knox, director of the "religion and faith program" of the gay-left Human Rights Campaign. Just last month, Knox described Pope Benedict XVI and certain Catholic bishops as "discredited leaders" because of their opposition to same-sex marriage. In addition to his remarks about the Pope, Knox also criticized the Catholic Knights of...
  • Obama Appoints Radical Muslim Apologist To Faith-Based Committee

    04/12/2009 5:49:49 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 13 replies · 743+ views
    President Obama has announced the addition of Dalia Mogahed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Ms Mogahed has a history as an apologist for radical Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood. Much of her work has been in conjunction with her mentor, John Esposito. Last year Gallup Press has published a book Who Speaks for Islam? By John L. Esposito, one of the Muslim Brotherhoods biggest supporters in the US (Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's Georgetown stooge), and Esposito protegee, the head of Gallup's Muslim division, Dalia Mogahed. The book claimed that that their research proved that most...
  • Obama’s Christian Appointee Says Bible Teaching on Homosexuality Is ‘Not True’

    04/08/2009 4:25:15 AM PDT · by Man50D · 18 replies · 1,376+ views ^ | April 08, 2009 | Fred Lucas
    President Obama has named to his faith-based advisory council a self-professed Christian who holds that the New Testament's teaching that homosexual behavior is unnatural and wrong--which is found in St. Paul's letter to the Romans--“is not true." The appointee, Harry Knox, has also said that Obama's decision to invite the Rev. Rick Warren to say a prayer at the Inauguration "tainted" the ceremony and that Pope Benedict XVI is a "discredited leader." Harry Knox, a professed gay Christian who is director of the religion and faith program at the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual rights group, was named to President...
  • Obama’s Christian Appointee to Faith-Based Program Says Bible on Homosexuality Is ‘Not True’

    04/08/2009 4:13:30 AM PDT · by kellynla · 62 replies · 1,316+ views ^ | April 08, 2009 | Fred Lucas
    President Obama has named to his faith-based advisory council a self-professed Christian who holds that the New Testament's teaching that homosexual behavior is unnatural and wrong--which is found in St. Paul's letter to the Romans--“is not true." The appointee, Harry Knox, has also said that Obama's decision to invite the Rev. Rick Warren to say a prayer at the Inauguration "tainted" the ceremony and that Pope Benedict XVI is a "discredited leader." Harry Knox, a professed gay Christian who is director of the religion and faith program at the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual rights group, was named to President...
  • New 'Faith-Based' Obama Advisor: Pope Is 'Discredited;' Knights of Columbus, 'An Army of Oppression'

    Here’s another story that underlines how ludicrous the media have been in insisting Barack Obama was a natural choice for traditional Catholic and evangelical Christian voters: correspondent Fred Lucas reports Obama finished stocking the advisory committee of his faith-based initiative with a bang: one new selection was Harry Knox, director of the "religion and faith program" of the gay-left Human Rights Campaign. Just last month, Knox described Pope Benedict XVI and certain Catholic bishops as "discredited leaders" because of their opposition to same-sex marriage.