Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $51,535
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 58%!! Thank you all very much for your continuing support!

Keyword: idolatry

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Church supports apology to gays

    01/27/2007 7:29:03 PM PST · by Rb ver. 2.0 · 93 replies · 1,618+ views
    news-record. ^ | 1/27/07 | Nancy H. McLaughlin
    GREENSBORO — Episcopalians meeting in Greensboro this week gave strong preliminary support for a resolution apologizing to gays and lesbians for how they’ve been treated by Christians. The resolution, which is expected to go before the full Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina this morning, would also affirm homosexuals as "children of God who have a full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance and pastoral concern and care of the Church." A similar resolution was passed this past summer by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, which has been racked with division since the affirmation...
  • Victory on the Hill Within Reach for Gay Community

    11/28/2006 8:05:01 AM PST · by Sam_Damon · 48 replies · 1,846+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | 28 November 2006 | Josh Gerstein
    The defeat of same-sex marriage in referenda across the country earlier this month left some gays gloomy, but those high-profile fights may have obscured changes in Congress that have, for the first time, put the gay community within reach of victory on its legislative agenda. After languishing for 12 years, a bill to ban employment discrimination against homosexuals is likely to be passed by the House and Senate next year and sent on to President Bush, supporters and opponents of the legislation said yesterday.
  • Reading the Bible the gay-friendly way, A forum offers rare affirmation

    11/27/2006 9:17:55 PM PST · by Coleus · 67 replies · 1,506+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 11.26.06 | Will Kilburn
    In the battle over gay rights and same-sex marriage, those who oppose both often cite Biblical passages which, they believe, clearly state that homosexuality is wrong. Trying to rebut this view is a movement led by people who are both gay and Christian who say that the Bible is on their side. "Most people think that the attitude of gay Christians is, 'Who cares what the Bible says?' when in reality, we care deeply what the Bible says," said the Rev. Jeff Miner , pastor of the Jesus Metropolitan Community Church , a gay-friendly congregation in Indianapolis. He led a...
  • Toys For Tots Program Rejects Talking Jesus Doll

    11/14/2006 9:39:29 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 53 replies · 993+ views
    KCBS 2 ^ | 11.14.06 | AP
    A talking Jesus doll has been turned down by the Marine Reserves' Toys for Tots program. A suburban Los Angeles company offered to donate 4,000 of the foot-tall dolls, which quote Bible verses, for distribution to needy children this holiday season. The battery-powered Jesus is one of several dolls based on Biblical figures and manufactured by one-2-believe, a division of the Valencia-based Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company. The charity balked because of the dolls' religious nature. Vice President Bill Grein of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation says toys are donated to kids based on financial need and the...
  • Tip-toeing to Mary

    10/26/2006 10:54:09 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 1,387+ views
    mgardens ^ | September 2002 | Andrew, Amy and Anna DiMaggio
    Mar 27 2003 - Andrew, Amy and Anna DiMaggio We have heard from so many people world wide about the picture, we still can't believe it. The story about the picture goes like this, my wife took Anna outside to take some pictures of her in her new dress. As she began to take the pictures, the batteries in our digital camera died. They came in and Amy said that they could only get one picture because of the batteries. I told her that we have lots of batteries and replaced them for her while they went back outside....
  • The Truth About Mohammed... From the Book That CAIR Didn't Want to Be Sold!

    09/21/2006 8:24:09 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 73 replies · 3,965+ views
    1912 | Rev. J.L. Menezes
    His [Mohammed's] many and cruel executions, his craftiness in planning and allowing assassinations, his treachery, in his attacks on the unarmed during the sacred months, his insatiable hatred towards Jews and Christians, his raids and highway robberies, distinguish him among the most notorious brigands, and make him a tyrant of no mean degree. His unimaginable cruelty as well as the debauchery of his private life, go to show in him a very great degree of moral degeneracy and height of self-delusion, which are scarcely compatible with the practical wisdom of many of his actions. We find him, after his early...
  • J’lem gay parade called off due to war

    07/21/2006 5:16:55 PM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 24 replies · 750+ views
    Ynet News ^ | 07.21.06, 23:25) | Ynet News
    Open House announces cancellation of parade, which was scheduled for August 10, but says other gay pride events will take place as planned. ‘We are determined to fight for our right to march in Jerusalem this year,’ organization’s director says The Open House Organization announced Friday that the World Pride parade, which was scheduled to take place on August 10 in Jerusalem, has been called off due to the war in Lebanon. However, the other gay pride events will take place as scheduled, the group said in a statement.
  • Stand up, no kneeling, parishioners told

    07/15/2006 3:25:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 86 replies · 1,215+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | July 15, 2006 | David Haldane
    At a small Catholic church south of Los Angeles, the pressing moral question comes to this: Does kneeling at the wrong time during worship make you a sinner?Kneeling ''is clearly rebellion, grave disobedience and mortal sin,'' Father Martin Tran, pastor at St. Mary's by the Sea, in Huntington Beach, Calif., told his flock in a recent church bulletin. The Diocese of Orange backs Tran's anti-kneeling edict.While told by the pastor and the archdiocese to stand during certain parts of the Sunday liturgy, a third of the congregation still kneels.`ACT OF ADORATION'''Kneeling is an act of adoration,'' said Judith M. Clark,...
  • Presbyterian church opens door to gay clergy

    06/20/2006 4:14:32 PM PDT · by RDTF · 72 replies · 1,929+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 20, 2006 | Verna Gates
    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - The largest U.S. Presbyterian Church body approved a measure on Tuesday that would open the way for the ordination of gays and lesbians under certain circumstances. The new policy was approved on a vote of 57-43 percent among 500 church representatives at the biennial meeting of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. It gives local church organizations more leeway in deciding if gays can be ordained as lay deacons and elders as well as clergy, provided they are faithful to the church's core values. "It permits local governing bodies to examine candidates on a wider criterion than sexual...
  • Danforth: Ban on gay marriage a silly idea

    04/30/2006 4:25:57 PM PDT · by DBeers · 153 replies · 3,824+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 30, 2006 | Associated Press
    Danforth: Ban on Gay Marriage a Silly Idea WASHINGTON — Former Sen. John Danforth says a conservative push to ban gay marriage through a constitutional amendment is silly, calling it the latest example of how the political influence of evangelical Christians is hurting the GOP. Danforth, a Missouri Republican and an Episcopal priest, made the comments in a speech Saturday night to the Log Cabin Republicans, which support gay rights. He said history has shown that attempts to regulate human behavior with constitutional amendments are misguided. "Once before, the Constitution was amended to try to deal with matters of human...
  • The True Idolatry of Muslim Extremism

    02/25/2006 5:00:43 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies · 713+ views
    Renew America ^ | 02.23.06 | Sam Bridges
    Over the past few weeks, rioting in Europe and the Middle East has been spawned by cartoons depicting Muhammad in an unpleasant, though possibly accurate, manner. Muslim extremists are outraged by this so-called blasphemous "idolatry" of others through caricatures, even though versions of the cartoons were published in Islamic media as well as those that appeared in the Danish press and in other European newspapers. A few questions immediately come to mind, however. If non-Muslims are "infidels," how can these extremists expect the rest of the world to act as if we were Muslim? How can the non-Muslim world be...
  • Couple Claims Jesus Appeared On Pancake

    02/09/2006 1:48:50 PM PST · by fanfan · 113 replies · 1,279+ views
    Local ^ | February 9, 2006 | local 6 news
    A couple in Ohio claims the image Jesus appeared to them after he whipped up a weekend breakfast of pancakes, according to a Local 6 News report. Mike Thompson said he was making flapjacks for his family over the weekend when an image caught his eye. Upon closer inspection, Thompson noticed what appeared to be the face of Jesus. He showed his wife, who agreed the image appeared to be Jesus. Thompson said he believes the image is a sign from above. The couple is selling the pancake on eBay with an opening bid of $500. Watch Local 6 News...
  • Morality on the Brain

    01/27/2006 11:38:32 AM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies · 1,035+ views
    Reason ^ | January 27, 2006 | Ronald Bailey
    Cerebral scans for right and wrong "Can you name a scientific discovery that has ever added to our understanding of morality?" asked Discovery Institute senior fellow, Wesley Smith, over dinner after our recent debate with science reporter Chris Mooney in New York City. Fortunately, I could. Anyone who has ever taken an undergraduate course in moral philosophy will remember the moral dilemma posed in the "trolley problem": You are standing next to a switch in a trolley track and you notice that a runaway trolley is about to hit a group of five people who are unaware of their danger....
  • VILE “SOUTH PARK” EPISODE PULLED (Catholic League Pres. responds)

    12/30/2005 11:40:04 AM PST · by NYer · 369 replies · 3,837+ views
    Catholic League ^ | December 30, 2005 | Bill Donohue
    “Several news stories today are reporting on the decision by Comedy Central to pull a scheduled rerun of the ‘Bloody Mary’ episode that was  shown on ‘South Park’ on December 7-10.  The decision reflects what I asked for in our news release of December 8.  Therefore, I commend Comedy Central for finally making the right decision.  That it aired in the first place, however, does not speak well for the bigots responsible for creating it.   “In our December 8 news release, I also said, ‘Remember, they chose to insult Our Blessed Mother on the eve of the Immaculate Conception, and...
  • Churchman: Right jolly old elf promotes ‘idol worship’

    12/26/2005 8:14:44 AM PST · by Conservatrix · 63 replies · 1,725+ views
    Lebanon Daily News (Pa) ^ | 12/23/05 | Rory Schuler
    BETHEL — While controversy swirls over a substitute teacher who told first-graders that Santa Claus doesn’t exist, a local dairy farmer and church deacon has put the same message in a very public place. By erecting a sign along the eastbound side of I-78, between the Bethel and Grimes exits, Leonard H. Martin has taken it upon himself to shatter the myth of Santa Claus for any youngster able to read the message from the back seat of a car as their parents drive by. It marks the second consecutive year that Martin has posted what he termed a spiritual...
  • Snoop Dogg laments Williams' execution

    12/21/2005 3:30:08 AM PST · by beaversmom · 66 replies · 1,788+ views
    Seven News ^ | December 21, 2005 | Peter Prengaman
    US celebrities and rights activists have lamented the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams at his funeral. Hundreds of mourners came to the violence-wracked area of Los Angeles where Williams founded the murderous Crips gang three decades ago. Under heavy police presence, a long line of people entered the 1,500-seat Bethel AME Church. Vendors sold T-shirts with Williams' picture, and a large TV set up in the parking lot allowed the overflow crowd to watch the service. Williams was executed on December 13 despite clemency pleas from celebrities and others who said he had rededicated his life to peace. "It's nine-fifteen...
  • Crying Madonna

    12/17/2005 11:59:24 AM PST · by jb6 · 20 replies · 1,702+ views
    AP Photo | 11/28/05
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Red stains are seen running from the left eye of a statue of the Virgin Mary at the Vietnamese Catholic Martyrs Church in Sacramento, Calif. According to Anthony Nguyen, a deacon at the Church, the stains first appeared more than a week ago, but they were wiped away. The stains reappeared a week later. Visitors have been flocking to the church to see what many call "a miracle." (11/28/05 AP photo)
  • Gays defending faith and selves [Openly gay Diocese of Cleveland employee set to join Marianists]

    05/14/2002 9:34:39 PM PDT · by Diago · 106 replies · 1,735+ views
    Akron Beacon Journal ^ | May 13, 2002 | Jim Carney
    Posted on Mon, May. 13, 2002 Homosexuals fear `witch hunt' in backlash of abuse scandal rocking Catholic ChurchGays defending faith and selvesSome say they've been `sacrificed' over sexual orientationBy Jim CarneyBeacon Journal staff writer A cloak of fear hangs over a part of the body of the Roman Catholic Church.``They are on a witch hunt,'' said a gay priest who says Mass for a group of gay Catholics called Dignity meeting at a Congregational Church in downtown Columbus two Sunday evenings a month.He has been a priest for 20 years. But he refuses to give his name over the...
  • Church's statue of Mary appears to cry blood

    11/28/2005 9:03:31 AM PST · by laney · 163 replies · 3,174+ views
    Religion News ^ | Nov 28th, 2005 | Juliet Williams
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Carrying rosary beads and cameras, the faithful have been coming in a steady stream to a church on the outskirts of Sacramento for a glimpse of what some are calling a miracle: A statue of the Virgin Mary they say has begun crying a substance that looks like blood. It was first noticed more than a week ago, when a priest at the Vietnamese Catholic Martyrs Church spotted a stain on the statue's face and wiped it away. Before mass on Nov. 20, people again noticed a reddish substance near the eyes of the white concrete statue...
  • (Vanity) Seen or heard news on a Virgin Mary statue in Califorina crying tears of blood?

    11/25/2005 5:48:28 PM PST · by Rosary · 339 replies · 5,007+ views
    What's the story on this anyone have a link on this?