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  • Fr Terrence Staples: Former Assembly of God - The Journey Home Program ["Works-Righteousness"]

    02/25/2015 3:54:21 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 17 replies
    EWTN ^ | 140813 | Marcus Grodi / Terrence Staples
    Fr. Terry is a priest in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. Raised in the Baptist Church, he was later very active in the Assembly of God church before finding his way home to the Catholic Church at the age of 26. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1986 with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1995 he graduated from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, PA, with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts. That same year he was ordained a priest for the Arlington Diocese. He is the brother of Catholic apologist Tim Staples.
  • Martin Luther King Jr., That Great Religious Fundamentalist?

    01/19/2015 2:35:57 PM PST · by millegan · 10 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2015 | ChurchPOP
    Today we remember the great civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. Nearly universally respected, King is particularly commended by secular liberals. This is highly ironic because King, a baptist minister, embodied many of the things that secular liberals today dislike the most about “conservative” Christians. If you actually read what King wrote and said, you might be surprised (or not surprised) to find that he regularly appeals to God, the Bible, and even the natural law. Put any of these words in the mouth of a conservative Christian today and liberals would probably label the person a “fundamentalist,” sound...
  • “In the mosque I prayed to the Lord for these wars to stop!”

    12/02/2014 3:01:54 AM PST · by Biggirl · 63 replies ^ | December 2, 2014 | Andrea Tornielli
    In the interview Pope Francis gave on the return flight to Rome, he spoke about interreligious dialogue, asking political leaders, scholars and Muslim religious figures to speak out against fundamentalist terrorism. Regarding unity between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, he said that “uniatism” is not the way forward. “I want to go to Iraq“ and “I would like to meet the Patriarch of Moscow”
  • Where Fundamentalists Are Right: 5 Things Catholics Need to Take Seriously Again

    11/14/2014 1:01:10 PM PST · by millegan · 240 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Brantly Millegan
    The term “fundamentalist” is a pejorative term today, used to label someone the speaker believes is an irrational religious extremist of some kind. But a hundred years ago, the term was taken as a badge of honor by theologically conservative Protestants to distinguish themselves from liberal Protestantism. While liberal Protestants in mainline denominations were denying basic Christian teachings like the authority of the Bible and the bodily resurrection of Jesus, conservative Protestants called for going back to the “fundamentals” of the faith – hence the term. There are obviously a lot of issues on which Catholics and fundamentalists disagree, but...
  • EWTN Journey Home - Monday Oct. 1 - Al Kresta (former Evangelical) [conversion story below]

    10/01/2007 9:06:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 607+ views
    Why I Returned to the Catholic Church (Al Kresta) Monday, February 06, 2006 br />This is why I returned to the Catholic Church, not necessarily why you ought to. I'm more than happy to make a presentation some night to say why you ought to. This is my story of how I returned. I was raised Roman Catholic, in a church-going, sacrament-receiving home. I have, really, very positive memories of my upbringing. I liked it. It was kind of mysterious. I remember going there, and there was the Eucharist, and that was Jesus, and the church was in hushed...
  • Why does the LDS church try to claim that they are the only ones who can be called "Mormons”?

    02/13/2012 1:48:04 PM PST · by Colofornian · 39 replies ^ | Feb. 13, 2012 | Colin Jensen
    The two groups with more than a few members are the FLDS (see Are members of the FLDS church “mormons”?) and the Community of Christ (formerly known as the Reformed Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.) The Salt Lake based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has 14M members, and the second largest of such groups has at most 40,000 members. Historically...the other groups are all splinters from from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... SNIP It is also reasonably argued that “mormon” should be allowed as a genericized noun. There are many famous cases...
  • Jeffs releases apocalyptic predictions from prison [fLDS]

    11/15/2011 7:01:50 PM PST · by Colofornian · 14 replies
    AP/Provo Herald ^ | Nov. 15, 2011
    SALT LAKE CITY - Imprisoned polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has released a series of so-called revelations in which he says a succession of natural disasters will strike the U.S. The 55-year-old Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison this year for sexually assaulting two girls whom he took as wives when they were 12 and 14 years old. He released his apocalyptic predictions to the Utah attorney general's office on Monday. Jeffs' apparent prophecies included tsunamis on the East Coast and in Seattle and earthquakes and volcanoes in Utah and Arizona. He also says that Idaho "shall be as...
  • The "Christian" Terrorist Who Wasn't Very Christian

    07/26/2011 2:02:07 AM PDT · by WorthyNews · 9 replies
    Worthy News ^ | 7/26/2011 | Josep[h DeCaro
    Anders Behring Breivik’s 1,500-page manifesto shows that the Norwegian terrorist’s depiction as a “right-wing, Christian fundamentalist” by many in the mass media may be as inaccurate as that of their so-called “Christian” bomber, Oklahoma City terrorist Tim McVeigh. Breivik was charged with two violent attacks in and around Oslo: a bombing in the capital that killed seven, and a shooting spree at a youth political retreat that killed more than 80, but though he was called a Christian for these most unChristian acts, Breivik’s own words reveal he isn’t very religious and actually prefers science over scripture.
  • Norway terror suspect described as Christian fundamentalist (Christian bashing season is on)

    07/23/2011 6:50:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies · 1+ views
    Asian Image ^ | 07/23/2011
    The death toll from attacks in Norway has risen to 91 with police also confirming they have arrested a suspect whom they described as a 'right-wing Christian fundamentalist'. In a press conference police said that they had arrested Anders Behring Breivik, 32, on suspicion of carrying out the Oslo bombing and the youth-camp shooting rampage. Norwegian Breivik, did not appear to be linked to Islamist terrorism. The suspect appeared to have acted alone and police said "it seems like that this is not linked to any international terrorist organisations at all". Internet postings "suggest that he has some political traits...
  • Define 'fundamentalist', please

    05/25/2011 9:45:34 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 29 replies
    Terry MATTingly on Religion ^ | May 16th, 2011 | Terry Mattingly
    Few hot-button, “fighting words” are tossed around with wilder abandon in journalism today than the historical term “fundamentalist.” The powers that be at the Associated Press know this label is loaded and, thus, for several decades the wire service’s style manual has offered this guidance for reporters, editors and broadcast producers around the world.“fundamentalist: The word gained usage in an early 20th century fundamentalist-modernist controversy within Protestantism. … However, fundamentalist has to a large extent taken on pejorative connotations except when applied to groups that stress strict, literal interpretations of Scripture and separation from other Christians. “In general, do not...
  • EWTN - The Journey Home - 4/4/11 - Michael Matthews, former Baptist Minister

    04/05/2011 5:22:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    EWTN ^ | April 4, 2011 | Marcus Grodi
    LIVE - Mondays 8 PM ET Encore – Tuesday 1 AM ET & 9 AM ET, Thursday 2 PM ET, Saturday 11 PM ET April 04 Michael Matthews - Former Baptist Minister Michael's conversion story - in pdf format
  • Islamic Ambassadors to Vatican Demand Vatican Condemnation of Qur'an-Burning

    03/28/2011 12:04:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 3/28/11
    Terry Jones is neither a priest nor a Catholic, but the Islamic Republic's Ahlul Bayt News Agency cannot be expected to have mastered the intricacies of Christian sectarianism. But note in any case that we have never seen such outrage and indignation from Islamic ambassadors or any other Muslims regarding any of the jihad terror attacks and plots against non-Muslims in the U.S. or Europe. These so-called "hijackings" of their peaceful faith never seem to move them to this kind of outrage. Note also that the ambassadors are trying to use this incident to attempt yet again to restrict the...
  • ...A Very Good Place to Start

    02/24/2011 8:57:34 PM PST · by MintyHippo1980 · 1 replies
    The Joyful Nonconformist Blog ^ | 02/24/11 | Joyful Nonconformist
    It took me a looong time to finally decide to start a blog. I love to write...I love writing little things on Facebook to make my friends smile...but I just sort of feel like blogging has been done to death. I mean, who isn't blogging? But then I realized that, like everything else, this isn't something I need to do to please (or displease) other people...and this isn't something I should do only if I think I can find a niche in the blog-world that hasn't already been filled (which I'm thinking is pretty impossible at this point). God has...
  • B.C. probing child-trafficking charges in cross-border polygamous marriages

    02/19/2011 10:35:00 AM PST · by Colofornian · 7 replies
    Canadian National Post ^ | Feb. 18, 2011 | Daphne Bramham
    VANCOUVER — In 2005, two fathers from the fundamentalist Mormon community of Bountiful, B.C., drove their 12-year-old daughters across the U.S. border. They went separately and, in one case, the girl’s mother went along. The purpose of the trips? Marriage, according to documents filed in B.C. Supreme Court Friday. The girls were “sealed for time and eternity” in religious ceremonies to Warren Jeffs, the prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints... The ceremonies took place in the FLDS-controlled twin towns of Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah. In one case, both the girl’s mother and...
  • Fundamentalism in the Catholic Church

    01/31/2011 8:43:14 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 37 replies
    CathBlog ^ | January 27, 2011 | GERALD ARBUCKLE
    Fundamentalism is not confined to Islamic religions. In fact fundamentalist movements are to be found in all societies and religions, including Catholic Christianity. Fundamentalism is a form of organised anger in reaction to the unsettling consequences of rapid social and religious change. Fundamentalists find rapid change emotionally extremely disturbing and dangerous. Cultural, religious and personal certitudes are shaken. Consequently, fundamentalists simplistically yearn to return to a utopian past or golden age, purified of dangerous ideas and practices. They aggressively band together in order to put things right again – according to what they decide are orthodox principles. Sometimes they turn...
  • ‘Sister Wives’ star loses her job

    10/16/2010 5:38:49 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 56 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Oct. 15, 2010 | Scott D. Pierce
    The fallout continues for the Brown family of TLC’s “Sister Wives.” After the cable television series debuted Sept. 26, Meri Brown, of Lehi, lost her job. “They felt that they needed to protect the company, I think,” Meri said in an episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that aired Thursday. “It actually makes me really sad because I loved my job. It breaks my heart, definitely. ... But I understand where they’re coming from.” “Sister Wives” chronicles the lives of Kody Brown; his wives Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn; and their 16 children. The final two half-hour episodes of the...
  • Slavery’s History Partially Restored

    08/19/2010 6:43:46 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 23 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 19, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    One of the points of contention in recent textbook battles in Texas is the issue of slavery and how it will be explored in classrooms. Those opposed to revision argue that it will be whitewashed. Actually, if the complete history of slavery were explored, those purists might be surprised at what they find. For one thing, few texts even mention the enslavement of Christians by Muslims. “The Barbary pirates, using what would now be called a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam as their pretext, regularly kidnapped Christian livestock from Italy, Malta, Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica and from the ships of all...
  • Pope's Birmingham Open Air Mass Targeted by Muslim Group

    07/18/2010 2:37:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Sunday Mercury ^ | 7/18/10 | Adam Aspinall
    AN MP fears the Pope’s visit to Birmingham could be marred by violence after a fundamentalist Muslim group told followers to ‘convert’ Catholics attending an open air mass. The sinister orders have appeared in an inflammatory article on a hardline website called the Islamic Standard – which also brands the Pontiff ‘evil’. It is urging Muslims to disrupt Pope Benedict XVI’s appearance at Cofton Park in September when up to 80,000 Catholics will attend a live mass. Last night, Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood called for a police probe into the Leicester-based website. He said: “These supposed Muslims are doing...
  • The Semi-Permeable Membranes of the Various Protestantisms

    06/16/2010 9:40:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 282 replies · 1,486+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | June 16, 2010 | Mark Shea
    One basic rule of thumb to understand in Catholic/Protestant conversations is that it is not the case that Catholics rely on Sacred Tradition and Protestants don’t. Rather, Catholics (and, by this, I mean “educated Catholics speaking out of the Magisterial teaching of the Church”) rely on Sacred Tradition and know they do, while Protestants rely on (parts) of Sacred Tradition and (usually) don’t know they do.So, for instance, despite Paul’s prescriptions (directed only at clergy of his day) that a man must be the husband of but one wife, nowhere in the text of Scripture is it made clear that...
  • Vatican Takes On Christian Fundamentalists

    06/07/2010 6:48:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 690 replies · 558+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 6, 2010 | Greg Burke
    <p>It’s not easy walking through the minefield called Middle Eastern politics, and a Vatican document released Sunday managed to criticize Israel, Egypt, Islam and even Christian fundamentalists.</p> <p>The 46-page text, “The Catholic Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness,” will serve as a working document for an October meeting at the Vatican about the Mideast.</p>
  • Avoid Intellectual Suicide: Do Not Interpret the Bible Like a Fundamentalist

    05/14/2010 11:03:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 2,226 replies · 13,923+ views
    Vox Nova ^ | May 14,2 010 | Henry Karlson
    Holy Scripture, despite all appearances, will not always be easy to interpret. We can be lulled into thinking our “common sense” and “by the letter” interpretation of a text is what God intends us to get out of it. However, if this is the case, there would be little to no debates about its meaning; there would be little confusion as to its purpose and how it applies to us today. St. Peter would not have needed to tell us that no prophecy of Scripture is to be interpreted privately, because all interpretations of Scripture would end up the...
  • Christian Right Leader George Rekers and the 'Rent Boy'

    05/05/2010 1:30:07 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 62 replies · 4,627+ views
    Uh oh. Fundamentalist Christian leader George Rekers, who founded the politically active and virulently anti-gay Family Research Council with Dr. James Dobson, has been caught by a Miami newspaper on vacation with a ‘rent boy’. "The pictures on the profile show a shirtless young man with delicate features, guileless eyes, and sun-kissed, hairless skin. The profile touts his “smooth, sweet, tight ass” and “perfectly built 8 inch **** (uncut)” and explains he is “sensual,” “wild,” and “up for anything” — as long you ask first. And as long as you pay. "On April 13, the “rent boy” (whom we’ll...
  • Pakistan rejects report questioning nuclear weapons' safety

    11/08/2009 8:43:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 310+ views
    Space War ^ | 11/08/2009 | Staff Writers via AFP
    Pakistan on Sunday angrily rejected a media report that raised fears of a militant takeover of the Taliban-hit nation's nuclear weapons and suggested that the US had a hand in protecting the arsenal. In the latest issue of The New Yorker magazine, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh wrote that US officials had negotiated pacts with Pakistan to provide security for the nuclear arsenal in extreme circumstances. It also raised the possibility that the threat to the security of the nuclear programme might come not from Taliban rebels battling the government, but from a "mutiny" by fundamentalist elements within the powerful military....
  • THE CHURCH FATHERS: A DOOR TO ROME (fundamentalist warns saying they sound too Catholic)

    08/30/2009 2:03:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 317 replies · 3,783+ views
    Way of Life ^ | August 18, 2009
    Updated August 18, 2008 (first published June 4, 2008) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143,; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article) - Many people have walked into the Roman Catholic Church through the broad door of the “church fathers,” and this is a loud warning today when there is a widespread attraction to the “church fathers” within evangelicalism. The Catholic apologetic ministries use the “church fathers” to prove that Rome’s doctrines go back to the earliest centuries. In...
  • Malaysian woman to be whipped in public for drinking beer

    08/21/2009 2:08:21 AM PDT · by ketelone · 19 replies · 1,985+ views
    Times of India ^ | 21 Aug 2009 | Agencies (IANS)
    Whip me in public, says Malaysian ex-model IANS 21 August 2009, 10:29am IST KUALA LUMPUR: A distraught and repentant former Malaysian model, who was convicted for drinking beer at a nightclub, wants to be publicly whipped with her family members watching. Set to be the first woman to be punished for violating the country's law that forbids liquor consumption in public, Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarnor is also hoping for media coverage, Harian Metro newspaper reported Friday. A court last month ordered that she be whipped six times for consuming alcohol.
  • Challenging issues and keeping the faith: Part 6

    05/30/2009 12:16:41 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 2 replies · 211+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | May 27, 2009 | Michael R. Ash
    Sixth in a series Few church members have really encountered serious anti-Mormon arguments. Most have heard a few LDS-critical comments in the media or from acquaintances. Those who have attended General Conference, a temple open house, or an LDS historical pageant have probably seen the protesters and may have accepted, out of curiosity, some of their anti-Mormon literature. After browsing the literature it is typically thrown away and the member's testimony remains unscathed. Other members may stumble upon anti-Mormon literature on the Internet. In the privacy of one's own home, sitting alone at the computer, they may not be as...
  • 2010: The Year of the Bible

    05/27/2009 5:30:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies · 559+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | 5/26/2009 | Brad Hirschfield
    U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Georgia) is trying to get his so-called Bible bill made into law. And while it's not likely to happen any time soon, it's a wonderful least in theory. What's wrong with a law which would declare 2010 the "year of the Bible"? Given that we already have days for secretaries, months for reading and have parsed the calendar for just about every other purpose and cause from artichokes to zebras, it's almost silly that we have not already done this. Would it really be so wrong to honor the most influential book, for better or...
  • Former fundamentalist 'debunks' Bible

    05/15/2009 12:18:43 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 172 replies · 3,020+ views
    cnn ^ | May 15, 2009
    Just so you know, Bart Ehrman says he's not the anti-Christ. Bart Ehrman says most of the New Testament is a forgery but it's still an important body of work. Bart Ehrman says most of the New Testament is a forgery but it's still an important body of work. He says he's not trying to destroy your faith. He's not trying to bash the Bible. And, though his mother no longer talks to him about religion, Ehrman says some of his best friends are Christian. Ehrman, a best-selling author and a professor of religious studies at the University of North...
  • George W Bush on Christian fundamentalists: 'those whackos'

    05/08/2009 5:54:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies · 1,870+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/6/2009 | Damian Thompson
    I've always suspected that George W Bush wasn't really a big fan of Christian fundamentalists: he's an evangelical with Catholic leanings, not a Bible-basher. Now my suspicions have been confirmed by a new book about the worldwide religious revival called God is Back by the Economist's John Mickelthwait and Adrian Wooldridge.What did Bush really think of Bible-bashers?In the 2000 campaign, they report, Bush was visiting the Boeing Plant in Washington State when he was asked whether his enthusiasm for free trade with China might cost him the Christian vote. The reporter who asked him the question was from a...
  • First decriminalization, then plural marriages

    03/23/2009 4:51:12 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 14 replies · 532+ views
    Toronto Globe and Mail ^ | March 23, 2009 | Tom Flanagan
    British Columbia has charged two fundamentalist Mormon men with violating the Criminal Code provision against polygamy. The defendants will argue "God made me do it," claiming their practice of polygamy is part of the religious freedom guaranteed by Section 2 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms... ...What the U.S. Supreme Court said in its 1878 Reynolds decision is still compelling: Religious freedom means the state cannot punish people for religious opinions, but it can certainly regulate secular institutions such as marriage. The justification for prohibiting polygamy is that it leads to treating women and children as chattels and undermines...
  • Quest to legalise polygamy in Utah

    03/21/2009 7:36:51 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 74 replies · 1,293+ views
    BBC ^ | March 21, 2009
    Some 40,000 people in the US state of Utah live in illegal polygamous families in which a man takes more than one wife. These fundamentalist Mormons have now begun a campaign for a change in the law they regard as discriminatory and unfair... Under US law it is a felony, and technically the adults could be jailed and the children taken into care. But there are simply too many... Kody and Christine Brown live in a polygamous relationship...I had met the Browns a few hours earlier at the Utah State Legislature where they had joined a campaign to legalise polygamy....
  • The universe’s birth certificate

    02/08/2009 3:10:04 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 144 replies · 2,116+ views
    CMI ^ | Alexander Williams
    The universe’s birth certificate Once you let go of the Bible as history, all Christian doctrine begins to disintegrate. Dr Nigel Leaves, the Warden and Dean of Studies at John Wollaston Anglican Theological College in Perth (Australia), provides a typical example in The God Problem: Alternatives to Fundamentalism.1 He says ‘the major factor in the waning of the Christian faith is its continuing insistence on a supernatural God—the Almighty, the lawgiver and judge.’ He considers four alternatives to ‘fundamentalism’ (i.e. believing in the God of the Bible), saying, ‘Traditional beliefs about God cannot be sustained in the light of the...
  • Middle East Apologetics

    09/17/2008 2:46:47 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 134+ views
    Campus Report ^ | September 17, 2008 | Lance Nation
    Middle East Apologetics by: Lance Nation, September 18, 2008 In a recent panel at the Brookings Institution, Dr. Kenneth Pollack proposed a new strategy for dealings between the United States and the Middle East. “The United States cannot run away from the problems in the Middle East. We must reach a balanced long-term relationship,” stated Dr. Pollack, a Senior Fellow and Director of Research at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. Greatly simplifying the ideas in his new book, A Path Out of the Desert: A Grand Strategy for America in the Middle East, Dr. Pollack argued...
  • Papal Infallibility [Ecumenical]

    05/31/2008 5:23:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 104+ views
    The Catholic Church’s teaching on papal infallibility is one which is generally misunderstood by those outside the Church. In particular, Fundamentalists and other "Bible Christians" often confuse the charism of papal "infallibility" with "impeccability." They imagine Catholics believe the pope cannot sin. Others, who avoid this elementary blunder, think the pope relies on some sort of amulet or magical incantation when an infallible definition is due. Given these common misapprehensions regarding the basic tenets of papal infallibility, it is necessary to explain exactly what infallibility is not. Infallibility is not the absence of sin. Nor is it a charism...
  • Twenty One Reasons to Reject Sola Scriptura

    04/04/2008 11:29:53 AM PDT · by big'ol_freeper · 135 replies · 1,027+ views
    What is Sola Scriptura? "We believe in the Bible alone and the Bible in its entirety as the sole rule of faith for the Christian!" You may have heard these words or something very similar to them from a Fundamentalist or Evangelical Protestant. They are, in essence, the meaning of the doctrine of Sola Scriptura, or "Scripture alone," which alleges that the Bible – as interpreted by the individual believer – is the only source of religious authority and is the Christian’s sole rule of faith or criterion regarding what is to be believed. By this doctrine, which is one...
  • Potter Author JK Rowling Equates Christians Who Avoid Potter with Islamic Fundamentalists

    03/17/2008 7:44:22 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 431 replies · 4,669+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 3-12-08 | John-Henry Westen
    Potter Author JK Rowling Equates Christians Who Avoid Potter with Islamic Fundamentalists Says "fundamentalists across all the major religions, if you put them in a room, they'd have bags in common! They hate all the same things" By John-Henry Westen EDINBURGH, March 12, 2008 ( - The newly released edition of the Edinburgh University Student newspaper, the oldest student newspaper in the UK, includes an interview with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.  In the interview Rowling claims to have received death threats from Christians opposed to her novels, calling Christian 'fundamentalists' "dangerous" and comparing them by inference to Islamic fundamentalists....
  • Islamic fundamentalists lose big in Pakistan vote

    02/20/2008 12:34:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 200+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 02/19/08 | Saeed Shah
    Islamic fundamentalists lose big in Pakistan vote By Saeed Shah, McClatchy Newspapers Tue Feb 19, 4:38 PM ET LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistani voters handed Islamist political parties a massive defeat Monday, virtually eliminating them from regional parliaments in an election that's likely to have a wide-ranging impact on efforts to rein in growing Taliban and al Qaida influence in Pakistan's North West Frontier province. In 2002, fundamentalist religious parties, some openly sympathetic to the Taliban, won 12 percent of the national vote. That was enough to form a regional government in the North West Frontier province, which borders Afghanistan ,...
  • Michael Moore Wannabe

    09/13/2007 8:08:05 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 403+ views
    Campus Report ^ | September 13, 2007 | Bethany Stotts
    Michael Moore Wannabe by: Bethany Stotts, September 13, 2007 The infamous far-left blogger, Max Blumenthal, perhaps best known for his harassment of Michelle Malkin at the 2007 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), has persevered in his online posting of pseudo-documentaries. Once again, Blumenthal has chosen the Christian Right as his target, seeking to expose what he describes as the “politically extreme, outrageous, or bizarre” events of the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) 2007 Washington-Israeli Summit. This reporter was also there and can fill in the part of the story that Blumenthal leaves out. In true Michael Moore fashion, Blumenthal deletes,...
  • Series: Scriptural Basis for Catholic Doctrine (Scripture-only Caucus)

    08/20/2007 2:38:07 PM PDT · by pjr12345 · 110 replies · 1,419+ views
    Original | 8/20/7 | pjr12345
    Papal Authority / Apostolic Succession / Peter as First PopeThe basis for papal authority lies in the Roman Catholic Church's interpretation of Matthew 16:18-19 -- 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed[d] in heaven. Catholics believe that Jesus was addressing Peter only in His...
  • The New New Atheism

    07/15/2007 9:30:08 PM PDT · by gpapa · 5 replies · 559+ views ^ | July 16, 2007 | PETER BERKOWITZ
    Attacking "God" has become a lucrative book business. But there's not much substance behind the latest atheist tracts. There is nothing new under the sun," proclaims the Book of Ecclesiastes. The rise of the new new atheism confirms this ancient biblical wisdom. Of course the famous words of Ecclesiastes should not be taken in a slavishly literal sense, a technique that is all-too-common among those who think they can refute belief in God by showing that the Bible abounds in demonstrably false and self-contradictory statements.
  • A Question Of Hell (One Minister Questions Its Existence)

    07/10/2007 5:10:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies · 1,127+ views
    ABC News ^ | July 8, 2007
    Recent years have provided plenty of church scandals, but an unlikely one has occurred in the Bible belt. A prominent Tulsa, Okla., minister was scandalized not by sex or embezzlement, but by his belief in hell. When Carlton Pearson began wondering if modern believers still need a medieval pit of fire, it cost him his congregation. Watch "Hell: Our Fear and Fascination" Friday on a special "20/20" at 10 p.m. EDT He shared pulpits with Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. He counseled presidents at the White House. And after the Oklahoma City bombing, he was called to lead the grieving...
  • How I Solved the Catholic Problem (in 3 parts)

    06/29/2007 5:51:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies · 1,590+ views
    Envoy Magazine ^ | Kristine L. Franklin
    PART 1 Guatemala is at a turning point. Historically it's been a 100% Catholic country - but that's changing - rapidly. Demographers predict that early in the next century Guatemala will become the first mostly-Protestant Latin American country.The jet made a careful descent between the three volcanoes that ring the sprawl of Guatemala City. It was April 19th, 1992. My husband, Marty, and I had reached the end of eight years of preparation to be Evangelical Protestant missionaries. We were finally here, excited and eager to settle in Guatemala. We knew our faith would be challenged and stretched, but we...
  • Interfaith pilgrimage challenges prejudices (Fundamentalist who hated Catholics)

    01/19/2007 10:48:42 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 409+ views
    Huntsville Times ^ | January 19, 2007 | KAY CAMPBELL
    The Rev. Wanda Gail Campbell, a minister of peace, thinks of herself as one of the most tolerant, respectful, open-minded people she knows. So it was with shock last summer, as she entered the shrine to the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, France, that she realized some deep prejudices against Catholics were bubbling up from her Southern fundamentalist upbringing. Lourdes draws pilgrims from around the world to pray at the spot where the young St. Bernadette said she saw and spoke with the Virgin Mary in 1858. Campbell traveled there with other clergy from The Beloved Community, the religious organization that...
  • A Primer on David Cloud (Way of Life Literature Author and Missionary to Nepal)

    05/26/2006 10:07:14 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 17 replies · 566+ views
    Who is David Cloud, one may ask? He is the visible leader of Way of Life Ministries, a literature and (ostensibly) preaching ministry for Independent, Fundamental, KJV-only Baptists. OK, so that's not very important, but my relationship with David Cloud is long and complex. The reason I'm bothering to address him at all might not be readily apparent to any thinking individual, since he's mostly irrelevant to almost everybody on the face of the earth, but it will become apparent as I continue. Allow me to recount my history with David Cloud. When I first became a Christian, way back...
  • ZOT this Fashist!

    02/08/2006 12:53:07 PM PST · by fingerlakestennesee · 197 replies · 7,796+ views
    In this war freedom should come first not after! In New Hampshire the Motto is Live free or Die! I don't need Bush spying on law abiding americans and taking our freedoms. Anyone who surrenders a square inch of freedom to the government in the name of saftey is a traitor and should be treated like one! Let the Bush Fashists all drop dead! Filthy Commys! LET FREEDOM RING!
  • Bush's Job Growth WORST in 50 Years (Roll out the red carpet for this “staunch Bush supporter.”)

    01/03/2006 8:29:33 AM PST · by intruder alert · 344 replies · 12,727+ views
    bopnews ^ | Hale Stewart
    Bush’s giant Right Wing Noise Machine (RWNM) loves to preach about the Bush economic miracle. In fact, the RWNM’s current thinking is Bush doesn’t spend enough time talking about his economic triumphs. If only he did, then everyone would fall in line and believe in the great Bush economic miracle. There is one problem with this argument: it’s a lie. Any way you look at the Bush economy, it comes up short. Today, I want to compare Bush’s job creation record with other economic recoveries. As usual, Bush comes up way short. The national Bureau of Economic Research has identified...
  • Church-service assault - Assailants disrupt 11 a.m. Mass at Annunciation of the Lord, breaking altar

    10/04/2005 6:44:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 900+ views
    Decatur Daily ^ | October 3, 2005 | Ronnie Thomas
    DAILY Photo by John GodbeyThe Rev. Joe Culotta of Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church discusses Sunday’s attack. “Children were scared and people were crying,” he said.What would seem to be among the safest places in America came under attack Sunday morning at Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church on Spring Avenue Southwest.After communion at the 11 a.m. Mass, a man and woman came forward, screaming.Then, to the shock and horror of the Rev. Joe Culotta and his congregation, the man turned over the cherished century-old marble altar. It tumbled down the steps and smashed onto the floor, ripping...
  • IRAN: Oil wells sabotaged in Ahwazi Arab homeland

    09/03/2005 7:36:59 PM PDT · by humint · 5 replies · 498+ views
    British Ahwazi Friendship Society ^ | Saturday, September 03, 2005 | British Ahwazi Friendship Society
    Iranian authorities have admitted that a series of explosions at oil wells around the province of Khuzestan were an attempt to sabotage oil production. Khuzestan is the centre of the Ahwazi Arab homeland and produces around 80-90 per cent of the country's oil output, representing up to 10-12 per cent of OPEC's total output. Iran is the world's fourth biggest crude producer with output capacity of around 4.2 million barrels per day. It exports 2.5 million barrels of oil per day - the equivalent of a fifth of the US's net oil imports - most of which originate from Khuzestan....
  • Iran denounces US denial of UN visa to parliamentary delegation

    09/03/2005 1:57:15 PM PDT · by humint · 20 replies · 395+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | 3 September 2005 | AP
    TEHERAN - Iran on Saturday denounced as an “ugly act” the US decision to deny visas to an Iranian parliamentary delegation to attend the annual UN General Assembly session in New York, claiming it showed the Americans were not competent to serve as host to the United Nations. Washington has given no reason for denying visas to the delegation that was expected to be headed by Iran’s Parliamentary Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel. The US, however, has indicated that Iran’s new ultraconservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will receive a US visa to attend the session later this month. US authorities decided...
  • US Blasts Iran for Nuclear Policies, Support of Terrorism

    08/25/2005 8:20:06 AM PDT · by humint · 2 replies · 595+ views
    VOA ^ | 24 August 2005 | By Marlene Smith
    Ambassador Greg Schulte:The U.S. ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency says there is plenty of evidence Iran is building a nuclear weapon. In an interview with VOA, Gregory Schulte said Iran is entitled to nuclear technology, but not for military purposes. Ambassador Schulte has been in Vienna only a few weeks but has already experienced a special IAEA board meeting and is preparing for the next U.N. report on Iran's nuclear program. IAEA experts now say investigations confirm Iran's story that traces of weapons grade uranium were imported on contaminated equipment from Pakistan and not domestically produced. So does...