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  • Shocker: Morality Goes Out The Window, Americans Embrace Social Liberalism

    05/29/2015 7:32:57 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05-29-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Same sex relationships, having children outside of wedlock, having sex while you’re not married, having an affair with someone who — like you – is married, and even polygamy are now more acceptable to Americans than ever before. See here the results of Gallup’s Values and Beliefs survey: [IMAGE WITH RESULTS] Gallup explains: The upward progression in the percentage of Americans seeing these issues as morally acceptable has varied from year to year, but the overall trend clearly points toward a higher level of acceptance of a number of behaviors. In fact, the moral acceptability ratings for 10 of the...
  • Alabama Senate Passes Bill to Effectively Nullify All Sides on Marriage

    05/29/2015 6:48:25 AM PDT · by shove_it · 16 replies
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (May 23, 2015) – This week, the Alabama state Senate passed a bill that would end the practice of licensing marriages in the state, effectively nullifying both major sides of the contentious national debate over government-sanctioned marriage. Introduced by Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Bay Minette), Senate Bill 377 (SB377) would end state issued marriage licenses, while providing marriage contracts as an alternative. It passed through the Alabama state Senate by a 22-3 margin on May 19. “When you invite the state into those matters of personal or religious import, it creates difficulties,” Sen. Albritton said about his bill in...
  • The New Persecution

    05/29/2015 6:25:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | 5/29/15 | Russell Shaw
    The persecution of the Catholic Church and other morally conservative religious bodies has begun in the United States. As predicted, it isn't -- thank God -- bloody persecution like the persecution of Christians in many countries. But it's real persecution and likely to get worse. This new persecution currently has two prongs. One consists of pressuring individual religious believers to cooperate with public policies inimical to faith. The other prong is pressure targeted at religious groups and institutions to adapt their programs to the promotion of values hostile to the sponsors' moral convictions. When and if the Supreme Court announces...
  • Herman Cain mocks Santorum's 'doomed presidential bid'

    05/28/2015 11:54:11 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/28/2015 | Adam Lerner
    Failed Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain decried former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) for entering a presidential race he is unlikely to win. The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO tweeted about Santorum’s “doomed presidential bid” and lobbed another bomb at ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, mocking Santorum for making his announcement in an interview with the “pretend journalist.” (Stephanopolous’ standing among Republicans has fallen considerably since POLITICO reported that he had given $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.) The tweet linked to a blog post published by columnist Robert Laurie on the Cain TV website on Thursday, questioning “why every GOP throwback candidate feels they...
  • Why young Christians can’t grasp our arguments against gay ‘marriage’

    05/29/2015 6:00:47 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 38 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/28/15 | John Stonestreet
    May 28, 2015 (BreakPoint.org) -- For five years, Dr. Abigail Rine has been teaching a course on gender theory at George Fox University, an evangelical school in the Quaker tradition.At the beginning of the semester, she tells her students that “they are guaranteed to read something they will find disagreeable, probably even offensive.”Writing at FirstThings.com recently, she related how five years ago it was easy to find readings that challenged and even offended the evangelical college students “considering the secular bent of contemporary gender studies.”But today, things are different. “Students now,” she says, “arrive in my class thoroughly versed in the...
  • NORTH CAROLINA GOP GOV.GOES MARIO CUOMO ON GAY MARRIAGE AND A CHALLENGE TO RELIGIOUS CONSERVATIVES

    05/29/2015 4:57:59 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 12 replies
    Vanity | 5/29/2015 | Self
    The words of the former New York Governor and Democrat icon Mario Cuomo rang out loud and clear some 30 years ago. "I am personally opposed to abortion but" would pretty much sum up Cuomo's message. Yesterday that message was echoed on the issue of gay marriage by the Republican governor of North Carolina in a statement entitled "Governor McCrory defends Constitution". Governor Pat McCrory noted his own 'sincerely held religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman'. But then we got this: "Whether it is the president, governor, mayor, a law enforcement officer, or magistrate, no...
  • Gay feminist student’s yearbook quote goes viral

    05/28/2015 10:30:41 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 49 replies
    FOX ^ | May 28, 2015
    A California high school senior dropped the mic with her yearbook quote. Caitlyn Cannon, 17, hit quite a few hot topics including, gay rights, feminism and the wage gap in a single quote. Her friend, Twitter user, @casualnosebleed tweeted out a photo of the yearbook Tuesday morning. Since then it has been retweeted more than 6,000 time and favorited more than 9,000 times In the quote Cannon said, “I need feminism because I intend on marrying rich and I can’t do that if my wife and I are making .75 cent for every dollar a man makes.” Cannon told the...
  • Obama to Force Faith- Based Grant Recipients to Hire LGBTs

    05/28/2015 8:58:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Breitbart Big Government, | 5/28/15 | Austin Ruse
    The Obama Administration is poised to require faith-based recipients of federal grants to accept applications from LGBT individuals, according to a report published today by the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam). By executive order last summer, President Obama amended the Johnson-era federal order on non-discrimination in hiring by federal contractors to include non-discrimination based on “sexual orientation and gender identity.” That order has roiled faith-based groups. A confidential source tells C-Fam that the White House has directed federal agencies to include “sexual orientation and gender identity” as
  • Marriage Redefined: Young Evangelicals in Crisis

    05/28/2015 5:51:04 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 29 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | May 28, 2015 | John Stonestreet
    What does the rising generation of young evangelicals think about marriage? [Catholics too!] Here's the troubling truth. For five years, Dr. Abigail Rine has been teaching a course on gender theory at George Fox University, an evangelical school in the Quaker tradition. At the beginning of the semester, she tells her students that “they are guaranteed to read something they will find disagreeable, probably even offensive.” Writing at FirstThings.com recently, she related how five years ago it was easy to find readings that challenged and even offended the evangelical college students “considering the secular bent of contemporary gender studies.” But...
  • Fox News Contributor Goes Off on Christians: So Bible verses are "vile" now?

    05/28/2015 6:18:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    PJ Media's PJ Lifestyle ^ | May 28, 2015 | Paula Bolyard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Fox News contributor Bernard Goldberg told Bill O’Reilly last week that Republicans live in fear of “the organized Christian right.” Goldberg and O’Reilly were discussing presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who recently asked a local reporter in Texas if the left — including the media — is obsessed with sex, after reporters repeatedly badgered him with questions about gay marriage and homosexuality. Both said that Cruz handled the question well, even though Goldberg admitted, “I’m not a fan of Ted Cruz.” But Goldberg had more to say. “Ted Cruz could have said, of course, I have no animosity against gay Americans....
  • The Two Prongs of the Burgeoning Persecution (radical collapse of moral consensus)

    05/28/2015 3:51:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | May 28, 2015 | Russell Shaw
    (Photo: us.fotolia.com | matf16) The persecution of the Catholic Church and other morally conservative religious bodies has begun in the United States. As predicted, it isn’t—thank God—bloody persecution like the persecution of Christians in many countries. But it’s real persecution and likely to get worse. This new persecution currently has two prongs. One consists of pressuring individual religious believers to cooperate with public policies inimical to faith. The other prong is pressure targeted at religious groups and institutions to adapt their programs to the promotion of values hostile to the sponsors’ moral convictions. When and if the Supreme Court...
  • Catholic Cardinal: Ireland's Vote for Gay Marriage 'In Defiance of God,' Worse Than 'Pagans'

    05/28/2015 4:15:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 74 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/28/15 | Michael W. Chapman
    Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, former head of the highest court at the Vatican, said that the Irish people's vote to legalize homosexual marriage was in "defiance of God" and an action more depraved than that practiced by "pagans.""I mean, this is a defiance of God, it's just incredible," said Cardinal Burke, speaking at the Newman Society at Oxford University's Catholic Society on May 27."Pagans may have tolerated homosexual behaviors, [but] they never dared to say this was marriage," said the cardinal, as reported in The Tablet. Cardinal Burke, who is now patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, made...
  • NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR PAT MCCRORY SAYS HE'LL VETO GAY MARRIAGE OBJECTIONS BILL

    05/28/2015 1:51:03 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 15 replies
    abc11.com ^ | 05/28/2015 | ABC11
    North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory says he'll "defend the Constitution" and will veto a gay marriage objections bill that would allow court officials to opt out of same-sex marriage duties based on "sincerely held religious" objections. "I recognize that for many North Carolinians, including myself, opinions on same-sex marriage come from sincerely held religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman. However, we are a nation and a state of laws. Whether it is the president, governor, mayor, a law enforcement officer, or magistrate, no public official who voluntarily swears to support and defend the Constitution and...
  • Death of the Irish Church?

    05/28/2015 4:06:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Catholic Voice (IE) ^ | 5/27/15 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    The vote in Ireland has been to legalise ‘same-sex marriage’, an outcome which suggests a loss of moral clarity among the majority of Catholics in the Irish Church. I am left asking the question - is the Irish Church dead? I know this may sound shocking and some may accuse me of alarmism and defeatism. However, Sacred Scripture is clear that though Our Lord has promised to be with the Universal Church until the end of time (Mt 28:20), it is possible for a local church to die. The Book of Revelation contains the locutions and visions Our Lord granted...
  • Tinder, Grindr blamed for STD spike in Rhode Island

    05/28/2015 4:16:45 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 44 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | May 28, 2015 | Postmedia Network
    Rhode Island health officials are blaming dating apps, such as Tinder and Grindr, for a spike in syphilis, gonorrhea and HIV cases in the state. Syphilis cases have spiked 79%, while gonorrhea has risen 30%, according to data from 2013 and 2014. New cases of HIV increased by 32%. "These data send a clear signal that despite the progress we have made in reducing STDs and HIV over the years, there is more work to do," state health director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott said in a statement. Officials say the spike there follows a national trend. "High-risk behaviours include using social...
  • Joe Biden Celebrates Gay Marriage Victory In Ireland

    05/28/2015 4:09:14 PM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    In an op-ed for The Advocate, Vice President Joe Biden is praising Ireland for voting to recognize gay marriage, and encouraged the United States to do the same. “In 22 years, Ireland has gone from a nation where simply being LGBT was against the law to a nation where the people resoundingly stand for equal rights,” he said glowingly. Biden also pointed out that the United States now recognized gay marriage in 37 states, up from just six states six years ago.
  • How the militantly pro-gay Golden State Warriors evaded the wrath of God

    05/28/2015 3:26:41 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    mofopolitics.com ^ | May. 28, 2015
    Last May, the Golden State Warriors’ militantly pro-gay front office fired head coach Mark Jackson for refusing to celebrate news that Jason Collins had come out of the closet, and preaching Christian values. The Warriors evade the wrath of God. Incompetent Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Rick Welts’ top choice to replace Jackson was the twice-fired Stan Van Gundy… But God intervened. Van Gundy turned down the Warriors’ offer… (SNIP) Despite ownership’s best-laid plans, divine providence resulted in Steve Kerr– who had agreed in principle to coach the New York Knicks– coaching the Golden State Warriors. This unintentional hire spared...
  • Pastor: 'I Never Thought’ My Nation Would Persecute ‘Bible-Believing’ Christians

    05/28/2015 3:25:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 36 replies
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Penny Starr
    The Rev. E. W. Jackson spoke at the Family Research Council's Watchmen onthe Wall event on May 22, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – The Rev. E.W. Jackson told attendees at the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall event in Washington, D.C., last week that Americans who believe biblical teachings about marriage and the sanctity of life are being persecuted. “It bothers me to think my own country is a strange land,” Jackson said Friday at the pastors’ retreat. “I never thought there would be a day when my nation would persecute the Bible-believing Christian for standing...
  • REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR MCCRORY CONFIRMS ANTI RELIGIOUS FREEDOM POSITION IN NC ON GAY MARRIAGE

    05/28/2015 2:20:52 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 13 replies
    5/28/2015 | Self
    As the debate over First Amendment Freedom of Religion laws raged back in May with Republican Governors backing down under business pressure in Indiana and Arkansas, the Republican governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, said his state didn't need such a law. The legislature has been acting, though, the House passing a bill to allow government officials to object to gay marriage, the bill now in the Senate as Senate Bill 2. But today Governor McCrory says he will veto the bill. A news release describing it is headlined "Governor McCrory defends Constitution". McCrory speaks of 'sincerely held religious beliefs...
  • Gallup Finds American Opinion Moving Strongly Toward Acceptance of Extra-Marital Sex

    05/28/2015 11:44:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    A new Gallup poll finds that since 2001, American opinion has shifted markedly toward acceptance of extra-marital sexual behavior. The poll found that between 2001 and 2015 there have been sharp increases in the number of Americans who say that it is “acceptable” to engage in homosexual relations or to give birth to a child outside wedlock, or obtain a divorce. The poll also found substantially more support for assisted suicide, the cloning of human beings, and polygamy. Remarkably, the survey showed only a slight increase in acceptance of abortion. According to the Gallup findings, the overwhelming majority of Americans...
  • $52,293 NIH Study Aims to Reduce Discrimination of LGBT Schizophrenics by Convenience Store Clerks

    05/28/2015 11:39:30 AM PDT · by massmike · 16 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 05/28/2015 | Melanie Hunter
    The National Institutes of Health through its National Institute of Mental Health has awarded $52,293 in taxpayer funding to the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to study how to reduce discrimination of lesbian, gay and transgender people with schizophrenia by members of the community they are in frequent contact with, like the “convenience store clerk.” “Inquiry will extend from individuals with schizophrenia to include family members and service providers of participants as well as community members with whom they are in frequent contact (e.g., convenience store clerk),” the grant, titled “Defining Community for LGBT People with Schizophrenia,” stated....
  • 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 (C-Fam.org) -- 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...
  • Young Conservatives Want Gays to Marry?

    05/28/2015 8:15:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/28/2015 | J. Robert Smith
    What’s wrong with shacking up?  America became a de facto shack up society years ago.  Marriage, we were told, was passé.  Why bother about rings?  Shacking up has advantages that marriage doesn’t.  What if the guy or gal you’re “cohabiting” with turns out to be human?  Ours being a maturity-arrested society, we need easier outs when our fantasies fail.  Marriage is inhibiting and a heavy-lift – why, at times, it’s downright oppressive.  It’s so adult and so complicated, it spoils the fun.  If Jason or Amber don’t make the cut, on to the next bed partner.  Fun.       Yet...
  • An extraordinary story of alleged sex abuse of students at elite private school over decades

    05/28/2015 5:52:50 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 29 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 27 | Valerie Strauss
    A new report commissioned by concerned alumni of Horace Mann School, an elite private school in New York City, tells an extraordinary story of the sexual abuse of scores of students over decades by teachers, coaches, department heads, a headmaster, a school chaplain and a dean of guidance. The findings build on revelations made public in recent years about sex abuse at Horace Mann, which was founded by Columbia University on its campus in 1887 but has long been an independent school in the Bronx, now with 1,782 students from nursery school through 12th grade. It costs $41,900 a year...
  • Golden State Warriors owner fired coach Mark Jackson for refusing to embrace homosexuality

    05/28/2015 1:46:28 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 22 replies
    MofoPolitics.com ^ | May. 13, 2014
    From 1992 to 2012, the Golden State Warriors were consistently one of the worst teams in basketball. The team was so unimaginably miserable, management so criminally negligible– that owner Joe Lacob was mercilessly booed for 15 straight minutes at a ceremony honoring beloved Warriors great Chris Mullin… (SNIP) Enter Mark Jackson. After a rocky start in 2011, Jackson turned a perennial loser into one of the top teams in the NBA. In 2014, the Warriors finished with 51 wins– the most wins by the team in two decades. (SNIP) Having failed to catch Jackson’s spewing “hate speech”– Lacob and Welts...
  • Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years.

    05/27/2015 9:07:00 PM PDT · by kik5150 · 45 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 05/27/2015 | Yahoo
    Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years.
  • J.K. Rowling Reveals Awesome Reason For Challenging Westboro Church's Hate Speech

    05/27/2015 4:26:40 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 05/27/2015 | Nick Visser
    Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote last week, prompting emotional celebrations, outpourings of support and, yes, a little bit of hate. The Westboro Baptist Church already stumbled over an attempted diss of the Irish referendum, mistakenly chastising the Ivory Coast instead. But when they tried to take on J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter author had nothing but ire for the hate-mongers ..."I don't care about WBC. I think it's important that scared gay kids who aren't out yet see hate speech challenged."...
  • Robert Gates to Boy Scouts: Surrender Your Principles

    05/27/2015 3:27:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 27, 2015 | JASON MORGAN
    The Boy Scouts of America is a venerable institution. I can well remember when, as a Cub Scout in southern Louisiana, I learned the mysteries of initiation into the Scouts. It was exciting to become part of such a universally respected group. There were badges denoting achievement, uniforms indicating rank, handshakes conveying to other boys the hidden riches of membership, and, perhaps best of all, there was an oath.It was a galvanizing promise. One recited the oath while aiming for the heights, straining beyond one’s boyhood to glimpse the upright man that, with God’s help, one hoped to become....
  • Scholastic Publishing Novel on Transgender Eight-Year-Old By Self-Described 'Fat Queer Activist'

    05/27/2015 3:07:28 PM PDT · by Houmatt · 23 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Masy 26, 2015 | JERYL BIER
    The speed with which the transgender agenda is moving may end up making the same-sex marriage debate look slow and deliberative by comparison. And now Scholastic, the children's publisher that specializes in distributing and selling books through schools, is poised to bring the issue to a middle school classroom near you. The medium is George, the story of an eight year old boy named George who desperately wants to be considered a girl.
  • You Better Listen to What Marco Rubio Is Saying About the Assault on Christianity

    05/27/2015 2:52:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: This is the Christian Broadcasting Network, CBN, chief political correspondent David Brody interviewing Marco Rubio late yesterday. Question: "Does your deep faith drive public policy decisions on social issues like traditional marriage." RUBIO: We are at the water's edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech, because today we've reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage you are labeled a homophobe and a hater. So what's the next step after that? after they're done going after individuals, the next step is to argue that the teachings of mainstream Christianity,...
  • Washington Post Promotes the 'Evolution' of 'Forsaking Monogamy'

    05/27/2015 2:18:45 PM PDT · by drewh · 50 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 27, 2015 | 7:12 EDT | Tim Graham
    Washington Post reporter Caitlin Dewey’s beat is the Internet. But her big piece on the front page of Wednesday’s Style section is about something broader: “Forsaking monogamy: The evolution of relationships has made affairs less clandestine and less combustive. And of course there are Web sites to help match tryst-seekers.” This being the Post, there is no space for critics of the "evolution" of online adultery Web sites or their users. Dewey promoted the “non-monogamous dating site Open Minded,” where her married female subject, Jessie, advertised, “I’m into building deep and loving relationships that add to the joy and aliveness...
  • Tatum O’Neal On Dating Women: ‘They’re More Intelligent Than Men I’ve Met Recently’ (barf alert!)

    Actress Tatum O’Neal revealed to People magazine this week that since her relationship with John McEnroe, she has been dating mostly women. While the 51-year-old mother of three does not necessarily identify as bisexual or lesbian, she did explain the motivation behind her new preference for women. “I think women are the most amazing creatures on earth. … They’re gentle, and also more intelligent than the men that I’ve met recently,” she said. O’Neal has yet to lock down a steady partner, but she told the mag she looks forward to it. The actress, who battled substance addiction for many...
  • Gallup Signals the GOP: Abandon the Bitter Clingers in Your Backwards Base

    05/27/2015 1:40:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: A new Gallup poll out. Headline: "Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues." Now, before you go off getting depressed about this, let me tell you what the reason for this is, after we give you the details. "Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level." It's a subtle message to the Republican Party, and...
  • Limbaugh:American Left And Militant Islam Have "Formed An Accord" To Target Christianity

    05/27/2015 12:40:20 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Jeff Poor
    On his Wednesday radio broadcast, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh cited an interview between CBN’s David Brody and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, in which Rubio suggested Christianity was under assault and pointed to some of the Obama administration’s policies to back up his claim.
  • Abortion ban based on heartbeat rejected by appeals court (AR)

    05/27/2015 12:54:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2015 3:40 PM EDT | Allen Reed
    A federal appeals court struck down one of the nation’s toughest abortion restrictions on Wednesday, ruling that women would be unconstitutionally burdened by an Arkansas law that bans abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with doctors who challenged the law, ruling that abortion restrictions must be based on a fetus’ ability to live outside the womb, not the presence of a fetal heartbeat that can be detected weeks earlier. The court said that standard was established by previous U.S. Supreme Court rulings. The...
  • Rubio: Gay Agenda’s ‘Next Step’ is to Define ‘Mainstream Christianity’ as ‘Hate Speech’

    05/27/2015 1:41:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5-27-15 | Michael W. Chapman
    Conservative Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said that in America today if you do not support homosexual marriage, “you are labeled a homophobe and a hater,” and that the next step in that strategy is “to argue that the teachings of mainstream Christianity” constitute “hate speech.” "We are at the water's edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech,” said Senator Rubio in a May 26 interview with CBN News. “Because today we've reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage you are labeled a homophobe and a hater,” he said, adding,...
  • Huckabee’s Anachronistic Brand of Progressivism

    05/27/2015 1:14:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 27, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Mike Huckabee doesn’t have a lot of prominent defenders, and I am not volunteering for the job. Huckabee has always struck me as a right-wing populist-progressive. A deeply religious — and by all accounts decent — man, Huckabee nonetheless has a view of the state that would have jibed almost perfectly with such forgotten titans of the Progressive Era as Richard Ely, Josephus Daniels, and even William Jennings Bryan. Ely, a mentor to Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt and the founder of the “Wisconsin school” of progressivism, believed that “God works through the state in carrying out His purposes more...
  • On Same-Sex Marriage, Catholics Are Leading the Way in Legalization

    05/27/2015 12:26:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 128 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/27/2015 | Frank Bruni
    Take a look at this list of countries: Belgium, Canada, Spain, Argentina, Portugal, Brazil, France, Uruguay, Luxembourg and Ireland. Name two things that they have in common. They don’t share a continent, obviously. Or a language. But in all of them, the Roman Catholic Church has more adherents, at least nominally, than any other religious denomination does. And all of them belong to the vanguard of 20 nations that have decided to make same-sex marriage legal. In fact, countries with a Catholic majority or plurality make up half of those where two men or two women can now wed or...
  • Wisdom Cries Out...What the Irish Tragedy Teaches US

    When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.(Luke 11:24-26)Ireland has long been considered a throw back example of an earlier morality, being one of the last of the western nations to liberalize divorce...
  • In Epps Analysis of Executive Order

    05/27/2015 11:04:09 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 25, 2015 | Tony Perkins.
    Editor’s Note: University of Baltimore Law Professor Garrett Epps Strikes Out Again Governor Jindal’s attempt to protect individual rights from government intrusion has received the now all-too-familiar slander and cranky response from those who don’t like anything that stops marriage from steamrolling all individual liberties in its path. After the legislature refused to act on the Marriage and Conscience Act — not because of legitimate policy reasons, but simply because of “perceptions” about the bill — Governor Jindal took the step that is within his power, issuing an Executive Order to protect the rights of those who dissent from the...
  • Ann Coulter excluded from speakers at CPAC

    02/26/2015 1:19:24 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 48 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/26/2015 | Eddie Scarry
    Author and conservative firebrand Ann Coulter was not invited to speak at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, marking the first time in several years that she was not scheduled to attend in an official capacity.Coulter is usually a popular speaker at the annual conference -- it's the largest gathering of conservatives in the U.S. held this weekend just outside of Washington, D.C. -- where she has delivered well-received speeches and signed her books for fans."I wasn't invited," Coulter confirmed in an email Thursday to the Washington Examiner media desk. "I might just show up anyway just to piss them...
  • Gov. Jindal Makes Louisiana Ground Zero for ‘Marriage and Conscience’ Fight

    05/27/2015 8:36:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/27/2015 | Rod Kackley
    Stephen Handwerk, the executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, may believe Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive order on religious freedom was nothing but a political stunt, but he should not have been surprised.If Handwerk didn’t see this coming, he needs to start reading the New York Times.Jindal vowed in a New York Times op-ed in April he would not be scared off by the “large corporations” that had joined with “left-wing activists to bully elected officials into backing away from strong protections for religious liberty” in Indiana and Arkansas.Turns out the Republican wasn’t bullied by the Louisiana Legislature, either....
  • Two birds, one stone: Ted Cruz punches press and Rainbow Jihad in mouth at same time

    05/27/2015 7:52:12 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 41 replies
    Steve Deace.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Jeff Dunetz
    Finally!The economy sucks, the Islamic State now controls half of Syria and is poised to do the same in Iraq, our allies are losing faith in this country, and the media are acting as if gay marriage and a 14-year-old decision made by the previous president are the two most important issues facing the country.Senator Ted Cruz says he’s had enough, at least when it comes to questions about gay unions. Coming out of a meeting with Beaumont Texas officials, the candidate for the GOP presidential nomination stopped to take some questions from the press.After getting questions about his views...
  • Why John Nash Matters

    05/27/2015 5:56:33 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 9 replies
    Five Thirty Eight ^ | 8:47 AM May 25, 2015 | Benjamin Morris
    John F. Nash Jr. is widely known as the subject of the Oscar-winning film “A Beautiful Mind,” but his contributions to the advancement of human knowledge are far greater. Nash paved the way for game theory to spread from a collection of toy cases in mathematics to a generalizable theory applicable to virtually anything — board games, economics, politics, international relations — to the point where now it’s practically a mode of critical thinking in its own right. On Saturday, the 86-year-old mathematician and his wife, Alicia, were killed in a car crash in New Jersey. There have been...
  • The Joyful Death of Catholic Ireland

    05/27/2015 2:45:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Crisis ^ | 5/25/15 | James Matthew Wilson
    Do you remember the joke about the Irish brewery worker who drowned in a vat of suds? “Poor Sean,” the new widow said upon learning her husband’s fate, “He didn’t stand a chance.” “Oh, I wouldn’t say that, Mrs. Reilly,” replies the foreman. “He did crawl out three times to use the bathroom.”The Republic of Ireland has just voted, by a commanding and unprecedented popular vote, to establish “gay marriage” in its territory. The world, and the Irish themselves, who generally look at themselves from the viewpoint of the foreigner in a sad kind of “double consciousness,” will not fail...
  • National Review Endorses Sodomite "Marriage"

    05/26/2015 9:40:21 PM PDT · by WTFOVR · 105 replies
    The Stream ^ | May 21, 2015 | The Editors
    Standing Athwart the March of History, Yelling, “Stop! Wait for Me!” With its managing editor endorsing same-sex marriage, will National Review join the ranks of the Church's persecutors? ... For many of us, National Review is indispensable daily reading. It hosts many of conservatism’s most gifted writers. Indeed, The Stream is proud to publish columns by such NR stalwarts as Jonah Goldberg, Rich Lowry and Kathryn Lopez. This is why the publication of a long essay defending same-sex marriage by National Review’s managing editor Jason Lee Steorts is so distressing. Steorts defends both same-sex “marriage” and, by implication, sexual relations...
  • Can a Sincere Christian be a "Practicing Homosexual"

    05/26/2015 7:08:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    SBM Ministries ^ | 05/26/2015
    Q&A. Christian Apologist Ravi Zacharias responds to an audience's question: Can a Sincere Christian be a "Practicing Homosexual" CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO OF HIS REPONSE
  • Should Christians Attend Homosexual “Weddings”?

    05/26/2015 7:06:25 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 64 replies
    R.C. Sproul Jr. ^ | 5-26-15 | R.C. Sproul Jr.
    Some of our deepest challenges as believers involve dealing with the sins of others, particularly those whom we love. Whether it is a relative struggling with addiction, a best friend unfaithful to his spouse, or a loved one embracing sexual perversion we often feel caught between our genuine love for the sinner and our genuine revulsion at the sin. The bromide “Hate the sin, love the sinner,” while at least infused with a touch of wisdom, doesn’t typically answer all the hard questions. When confronted with tough moral calls it’s often wise to slow down and define our terms. First,...
  • Burke: Michael Sam signing with CFL historic moment

    05/26/2015 6:06:42 PM PDT · by Salman · 43 replies
    AP ^ | May. 26, 2015 | AP
    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Brian Burke believes the Montreal Alouettes signing of Michael Sam is a tipping point in professional sports. The Calgary Flames president of hockey operations, who co-founded You Can Play in memory of his late son, says the arrival of the openly gay player in the CFL will be a watershed moment. "I think it's huge," Burke told The Canadian Press on Tuesday. "To me, this is one of those 20, 30, 40 years from now, people will look back and say 'remember when Michael Sam signed with the Alouettes?' "We know we have gay athletes in...
  • The Conservative Counter-Culture

    05/26/2015 2:41:35 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 13 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 05/26/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    George Orwell wrote in his preface to Animal Farm that “Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban…At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question, anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness.” This prevailing orthodoxy defines the ideology of the contemporary Left of today. Motivated by abstractions and a vision of a utopian future based upon that which has never existed but which they are convinced they can create, the...