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  • Twelve Things to Remember if the SCOTUS Decision Upsets You

    07/05/2015 5:21:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Standing on my Head ^ | July 3, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    The Supreme Court decision allowing gay “marriage” in the United States has upset all right minded Christians, and rightly so.It is pretty clear that the Supreme Court has rubber stamped a widespread rejection of Christian morality by a large segment of the American people.Not only has the Supreme Court ratified same sex “marriage” but they have overturned majority opinions of the people, set themselves up as arbiters of human morality, trampled on states’ rights, ignored not only historic Christian teaching, but the understanding of marriage held by all people at all times and in all cultures down through history.We’re right...
  • Wife of Pastor Who Worked for Billy Graham Resigns County Clerk Position Over Gay Marriage

    07/04/2015 5:26:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/03/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Following the Supreme Court's ruling last Friday that states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, at least two county court clerks in Mississippi and Arkansas have already resigned because they will not comply with the court's ruling, while other clerks across the nation have had differing responses to the ruling. On Tuesday, Linda Barnette, a circuit court clerk in Grenada County, Mississippi, announced her resignation and explained that it was due to the fact that the Supreme Court's ruling conflicted with her Christian belief that marriage should only be between one man and one woman. Barnette, who held her...
  • Fordham University Theology Department Chairman Marries Another Man

    07/04/2015 4:04:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 4, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The chairman of the theology department at Fordham University has gotten marriedto another man. The New York Times, which up until a few years ago, declined running wedding announcements involving same-sex couples, reported that J. Patrick Hornbeck II married Patrick Anthony Bergquist Saturday at St. Bartholomews Episcopal Church in Manhattan. The ceremony took place June 27, just a day after the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. That would not have been necessary legally, since New York State has allowed gay "marriage" since 2011. But the ceremony was conducted before the Episcopal Church in America voted this week...
  • Brazilian Evangelicals set up a 'sin free' version of Facebook

    07/04/2015 2:41:50 PM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/4/15 | AFP
    [Snip] The new website's home page bears a passing resemblance to the global phenomenon Facebook. But Facegloria, which has attracted 100,000 users in its first month, was set up to serve those who find billionaire entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg's version sinful. [snip] "On Facebook you see a lot of violence and pornography. That's why we thought of creating a network where we could talk about God, love and to spread His word," one of the founders, web designer Atilla Barros, told AFP.
  • The VortexStar-Spangled Heresy

    07/04/2015 12:23:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 74 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | by Michael Voris
    This is a tough Vortex to speak. Im as patriotic as the next guy. I remember being a young lad of 15 as my country celebrated its bicentennial back in 1976. I watched TV that day from six in the morning until well past midnight as the non-stop, commercial-free, wall-to-wall coverage on the giant national birthday party was broadcast from sea to shining sea. I watched the tall ships sail into New York harbor, saw the explosive fireworks show over D.C. I listened and sang my lungs out with a lump in my throat as Arthur Fielder conducted the Boston...
  • Karl Marx and the Revolutionary Roots of Redefining Marriage

    07/04/2015 10:36:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 3, 2015 | Anne Hendershott
    Monument to Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (Photo: us.fotolia.com | stavrida); right: "Takedown" (2015) by Dr. Paul Kengor While most commentators credit the sexual revolution and the Stonewall uprising of 1969 as the “beginning” of the gay rights movement that led to last week’s Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision, the reality is that the roots of the movement to drastically change the definition of marriage can be traced back to 1848 and the publication of Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto. Proclaiming that the “abolition” of marriage and the family was central to the fundamental transformation necessary to implement a...
  • The Believers DECLARATION of DEPENDENCE

    07/04/2015 7:50:13 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 9 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/4/15 | GWZ I.F.
    As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and based on the facts of Gods Word, I DECLARE myself to be FREE INDEED (John 8:36). My liberty is seen in three realms: First, concerning the god of this age, to whom I once belonged, I have been DELIVERED from the power of darkness and have been translated into the kingdom of Gods beloved Son (Col. 1:13), turned from the power of Satan unto God (Acts 26:18). Secondly, concerning my relationship to this world system, my Saviour gave Himself for me that He might deliver and rescue me from this present...
  • The Day the Late Sir Nicholas Winton Met Children He Saved from Nazi Death Camps

    07/04/2015 5:55:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 3, 2015 | ZOE ROMANOWSKY
    Sir Nicholas Winton - BBC Programme "That's Life" aired in 1988 (1:29 min) Sir Nicholas George Winton, MBE, who just died last week at the age of 106, wasa British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish Czechoslovakian children on the eve of the Second World War in an operation later known as the "Czech Kindertransport." Anarticle inTimepaying tribute to Winton, a Jew by descent who had been raised as a Christian, was traveling in German-occupiedCzechoslovakia and recognize that manychildren would die. Hefound homes for the children and arranged fortrains to carry them from Nazi-occupied Prague to...
  • Why Does Torah Law Allow Polygamy?

    07/04/2015 2:11:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Chabad ^ | June 27, 2015 | Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, senior editor
    Just to magnify your question somewhat, you’ll note that Torah presents the original paradigm of marriage—that of Adam and Eve—as monogamous. Furthermore, virtually every instance of polygamy recounted in the Torah is related directly by the narrative to some sort of calamity—whether strife between competing wives, as was the case with Hannah and Peninah,1 or between rivaling half-siblings, e.g. Jacob’s2 and King David’s sons.3 Even the very verse4 in which the Torah provides a green light for polygamy frames it within an undesirable circumstance: “If a man will have two wives, one beloved and the other hated . . .”...
  • Pope Francis Comment on Gays

    If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? We shouldn't marginalise people for this. They must be integrated into society. Pope Francis Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/slideshow/authors/top_10_pope_francis_quotes.html#QDU6y5fekEMZIW9l.99
  • USCCB Statement on Marriage Ruling

    07/03/2015 8:28:43 PM PDT · by AncientAirs · 9 replies
    Catholic Culture.org ^ | 3 July 2015 | AncientAirs
    Today Archbishop Kurtz issued a statement about the Supreme Courts marriage ruling, calling it a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us. Read the full statement here. Archbishop Kurtz compared the decision to Roe v. Wade and how it doesnt change the truth- which is unchanged and unchangeable. He continues on to say that, Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute...
  • Kennedy Replaces the Laws of Nature with His Own

    07/03/2015 3:29:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 3, 2015 | PAUL KENGOR
    Same-sex “marriage” advocates will heartily celebrate July 4 this year, thrilled with the possibilities in the New America they’re creating in their own image. They will be especially grateful to Anthony Kennedy and the four liberal justices who gave them gay “marriage” by assuming unto themselves what Thomas Jefferson two-and-a-half centuries ago called “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” That sublime understanding in that Declaration has been superseded by a subversive understanding declared by the likes of Justice Kennedy.Kennedy’s swing vote making gay “marriage” a constitutional right recognized in all 50 states is one of the most...
  • Parents outraged after sex education program warns girls as young as 12 not to hug boys (Australia)

    07/03/2015 3:19:33 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 7/2/15 | Sarah Carty
    Full title: 'Having multiple sex partners is almost like tape that loses its stickiness': Parents outraged after sex education program warns girls as young as 12 not to hug boys Parents have been left outraged after students as young as 12 have been exposed to material which claims women 'lose their stickiness' like tape after becoming involved with multiple sexual partners. Female schoolchildren attending Fairhills High School in Knoxfield, east of Melbourne came home with pamphlets distributed at the school by a youth group called Epic Youth, a branch of the Pentecostal CityLife megachurch. The sex education information also states...
  • The Men of Nineveh Will Rise Up

    07/03/2015 12:39:07 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 19 replies
    Vanity | 7/3/2015 | Dr. Thorne
    We are the modern-day Nineveh which was the most corrupt and immoral city of its day. The prophet Jonah, against his will, went to Nineveh under orders from God and warned the citizens that they had forty days until their utter destruction at the hands of God. To their credit, they repented and wearing sackcloth and ashes, cried out to God begging His forgiveness. In His mercy, He spared them.
  • State Silences Bakers Who Refused to Make Cake for Lesbian Couple, Fines Them $135K

    07/03/2015 9:48:59 AM PDT · by NRx · 23 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 07-02-2015 | Kelsey Harkness
    Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service. This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage, Avakian wrote. It is about a businesss refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal. In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to cease and desist from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for...
  • After gay marriage: next steps for LGBT activists

    07/03/2015 8:14:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    BRNow.org - The Official Website of The Biblical Recorder ^ | July 2, 2015 | David Roach, National Correspondent, Baptist Press
    With same-sex marriage now legal in all 50 states, pro-gay activists are shifting their focus to issues like alleged workplace, housing and public accommodations discrimination. Some have even proposed stripping churches of their tax-exempt status and legalizing polygamous marriage. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists view the Supreme Courts legalization of gay marriage as a means to a greater end, said Jon Akin, pastor of Fairview Church in Lebanon, Tenn. a huge means, but I certainly dont think its the end. I think many will not be happy if the advance of gay rights doesnt go further. Akin,...
  • Pope Smacks Down Girl Scout Leaders Over Gender Issues

    07/03/2015 6:21:41 AM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | july 2, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    As the Girl Scouts USA continues to hemorrhage members and money because of its continued support of what many see as extreme ideological ideas, Girl Scout leaders from around the world converged on the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis, only to receive a gentle but firm scolding on gender ideology. The optics were clear. The group, which has staked out positions in opposition to Christian teaching on abortion and human sexuality, met with Francis hoping the thousands of daughters and moms exiting Scouting would have a second thought. Pictures of Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Marie Chavez shaking hands...
  • Joel Osteen on Why He Avoids Political, Social Issues: 'It's Not What I'm Called to Do;'

    07/03/2015 5:53:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/03/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Joel Osteen, the popular 52-year-old leader of America's largest protestant church, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, bluntly revealed that the reason why he avoids speaking out on hot button social and political issues, such as same-sex marriage, is because he believes that's not what he's called to do as a pastor. In a recent interview on WBUR's "Here & Now" radio program Osteen, who was asked if he felt these hot button social and political issues are important, said: "I think they are important but I think everybody has their own calling." He further explained that "It's not what I'm...
  • Ex-Gay Gospel Singer Donnie McClurkin Under Fire After Speaking Out Against Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

    07/03/2015 5:47:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/03/2015 | BY CHRISTINE THOMASOS
    Donnie McClurkin, the pastor and gospel music singer who said God delivered him from "the curse" of homosexuality, is now under fire from critics after speaking out against last Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling which made same-sex marriage legal nationwide. McClurkin, 55, received some harsh criticism after he shared his interpretation of the Bible's position on homosexuality on Facebook last Friday. We've just received the answer from man's Supreme Court ... we already received the answer from GOD," the pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in New York wrote. "With NO REGARD to what the Supreme Court of MAN decrees ......
  • The (Roman) Empire Strikes Back (Liberals)

    07/03/2015 5:44:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Standing on my Head ^ | July 2, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Julius CaesarAfter my most recent visit to Rome I’ve been reading more about the history of Rome, and the parallels with twenty first America are fascinating.Many people know about the fall of the Roman Empire and follow the usual narrative that Rome collapsed from within because of moral decadence.Of course, the story is more complicated than that, and it begins not with the fall of the empire, but with the beginning of the Empire.The Roman Republic stood for about 500 years. The Senate was made up of patricians and plebeians. The patricians were the historic, aristocratic landed families. The plebeians...
  • Attitudes on Same-sex Marriage by Religious Affiliation & Denominational Family (Survey of 40,000

    07/02/2015 4:01:06 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 60 replies
    Public Religion Research Institute ^ | 4/22/2015 | Robert P. Jones
    ... Findings from PRRI's American Values Atlas, which draws on 40,000 interviews among a random sample of Americans, provides the most in-depth portrait to date of attitudes on same-sex marriage by religious affiliation. ... All Americans [percentages]... Strongly Favor 25 Favor 29 Oppose 18 Strongly Oppose 20 White Evangelical Protestant [Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Church of Christ]... Strongly Favor 10 Favor 18 Oppose 27 Strongly Oppose 39 White Mainline Protestant [Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Church of Christ]... Strongly Favor 28 Favor 34 Oppose 16 Strongly Oppose 14 ...
  • Pontifical Family Council President: "World Family Meeting in Philly open to homosexual couples."

    07/02/2015 3:54:40 PM PDT · by NRx · 27 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 07-02-2015 | Rorate Caeli
    Everyone is welcome, nobody is excluded. With these words Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, replied to the questions from journalists at a press conference for the presentation of the eighth World Meeting of Families, planned for the 22nd to the 27th of September in Philadelphia. Asked about the presence or non-presence of homosexual couples in Philadelphia, Monsignor responded: We are following Instrumentum Laboris on the Synod to the letter. Everyone can come, nobody is excluded. And if anyone feels excluded, Ill leave the 99 little sheep and go and get him, he added with...
  • Impiety Has Reached a High Point

    07/02/2015 3:34:09 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Mystagogy ^ | 07-02-2015 | Elder Philotheos Zervakos
    The impiety, corruption, senselessness and lack of conscience of people, both lay people and clergy, men and women, rich and poor, generals and soldiers, rulers and the ruled over has reached a high point and is speedily progressing in leaps and bounds til it reaches the greatest precipice. What is countering this pitiful progression of spiritual impiety? It is: the infinite compassion of God; His immeasurable mercy and unimaginable long suffering; the intercessions of His all immaculate Mother and all the Saints; the little virtue faith, hope and love of the few people; their prayers and petitions to the Lord...
  • Episcopalians Vote to Allow Gay Weddings

    07/02/2015 2:40:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Standing on my Head ^ | July 1, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson with a friend The AP reports here from the Episcopal Church’s General Convention  that the Episcopal Church of the USA is now formally permitting same sex weddings.  Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church’s embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.the House of Bishops prayed and debated the issue for five hours earlier this week before passing it on to the House of Deputies.The Rev. Bonnie Perry of Chicago, a lesbian married to a...
  • Why Does TIME Want to Drop the Hammer on Churches? (Tolerance is dead)

    07/02/2015 2:31:53 PM PDT · by NRx · 37 replies
    Thoughtlife ^ | 07-02-2015 | Owen Strachan
    What does this show us? Three things, I think. It shows us that tolerance is over. Im not breaking new ground herebut this must be said. Tolerance is dead. Oppenheimers piece ran all of two days after the SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage. He wants to crush those who dare to stand against the fullest possible acceptance of what Harvard professor Harvey Mansfield has called samesexuality. Sexuality liberated from any constraints is now a full-blown worldview. This is paganism, 21st-century version. The body is all; sex is all. The hippies now wear steel-toed boots. The earlier free love movement was...
  • Russia: Church and State Sign Agreement to Prevent Abortion

    07/02/2015 12:37:08 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    NRTLN ^ | 07-01-2015 | National Right to Life News
    The Ministry of Health in Russia has signed an agreement with the Russian Orthodox Church that includes prevention of abortion and provision of palliative care . The agreement signed by Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova and Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Churchwas published on the website of the Synodal Department for ROC [Russian Orthodox Church] Church Charity and Social Service. Article 9 of the 21 article agreement establishes cooperation on the protection of maternal and child health, including reproductive health, promotion of family values and prevention of abortion.
  • Response of Assembly of (Orthodox) Bishops to Obergefell v. Hodges

    07/02/2015 12:22:57 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    AOCOB ^ | 07-02-2015 | Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the US
    Thursday, July 02, 2015 The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America strongly disagrees with the United States Supreme Court decision of June 26, Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Court invents a constitutional right for two members of the same sex to marry, and imposes upon all States the responsibility to license and recognize such marriages. The Supreme Court, in the narrowest majority possible, has overstepped its purview by essentially re-defining marriage itself. It has attempted to settle a polarizing social and moral question through legislative fiat. It is immoral and unjust for our government...
  • Fr. Jonathan Morris spits back (Spat on by at homo-pride parade)

    07/01/2015 7:16:15 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 26 replies
    https://harvestingthefruit.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Louie Verrecchio
    Fr. Jonathan Morris, the longtime Fox News contributor, was spat upon by some homo-revelers at the so-called Gay Pride Parade in New York a couple of days ago. If you think thats bad, just wait until you hear his reaction.
  • ASK FATHER: Who is a member of the Church? (Catholic Caucus)

    07/01/2015 2:24:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | June 22, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader…QUAERITUR: Who is a member of the Roman Catholic Church? Is baptism all that is required? What about people baptised into the RC Church who later in life do not believe in some of the teachings of the RC Church (eg regarding homosexuality) but still go to Mass & Holy Communion? Can they still claim to be members? This seems like a simple question, calling for a simple answer.  It isn’t.From the perspective of the world, the Church, like any other “club” should have clearly demarcated lines of membership, with an initiation process, rules for membership, and penalties...
  • Shouldnt the Church be excommunicating these people? (Catholic Caucus)

    07/01/2015 2:00:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    The Deacons Bench ^ | June 30, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    I’ve seen that question a lot lately, as people have wondered on social media why certain Catholic Supreme Court Justices—along with prominent Catholic politicians—haven’t yet been publicly excommunicated, either for their position on abortion or their stance on same-sex marriage.Good question. I have no idea. That’s above my pay grade. Public excommunication, at any rate, seems to be a relatively rare phenomenon.But I was curious about just whom the Church had excommunicated.This, of course, is why God made Wikipedia. The good people at Wikipedia have compiled a list of recent formal excommunications, which might be of interest:21st century  Members of...
  • NYC St. Patricks Day Parade chairman John Dunleavy ousted from post

    St. Patricks Day Parade chairman John Dunleavy has been ousted after 22 years after a decades-long dispute over the inclusion of gay groups at the annual march down Fifth Ave., according to a report. The decision, made Tuesday afternoon after a meeting involving the parades board, comes just four days after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the United States.
  • What was Nehushtan?

    06/30/2015 6:51:57 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 11 replies
    Gotquestions.org ^ | none listed | none credited
    Question: "What was Nehushtan?" Answer: The word Nehushtan occurs one time in the Bible, in 2 Kings 18:4, He [Hezekiah] removed the high places and broke the pillars and cut down the Asherah. And he broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings to it (it was called Nehushtan). Second Kings 18:4 points back to Numbers 21:69, Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, We...
  • David Harsanyi: Was I Wrong To Support Gay Marriage?

    06/30/2015 8:17:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 30, 2015 | David Harsanyi, senior editor
    If same-sex marriage is used to pummel religious Americans into submission, it will be a disaster. Ive supported same-sex marriage ever since I first heard the idea. And when I became a political columnist in the early 2000sdespite being the conservative at a good-sized newspaperI was the only one at the paper (as far as I can recall) who unequivocally backed gay marriage publicly. Though I wasnt gullible enough to believe Id be persuading many readers, I was gullible enough to believe that my allies in the cause were merely concerned with equality. As we dig out from the avalanche...
  • Why the SCOTUS Ruling on Same Sex Marriage Almost Broke My Heart

    06/30/2015 5:35:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | Joe Klaas
    Hello everybody. The Supreme Court ruling in favor of same sex marriage occurred June 26, 2015. I do not agree with it. I have to say, the last few days, I have been kinda bummed out about it. I have thought and prayed much about it. Why is that? Oh, the bigoted, hateful guy didn't get his way? He hates gay people so much, he's sad that the Court didn't rule his way. Is that it? Easy. Let's all stop being armchair psychologists, alright. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth, and in Jesus Christ,...
  • ACTION ITEM! Milwaukee Art Museum Anti-Catholic offense! @MilwaukeeArt

    06/30/2015 9:36:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | June 30, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    You may have heard about the highly offensive move of the Milwaukee Art Museum.  They displayed a “portrait” of Benedict XVI made from colored condoms.  That’s just plain nasty.The Vicar General of the Diocese of Madison, Msgr. James Bartylla, wrote a letter to the Museum.  He shared it with me.  I have his permission to share it with you.  He also wrote: [F]eel free to tell you readers that I encourage them to write to the Milwaukee Art Museum (mam@mam.org) to communicate their displeasure, with civility and respect (and with appropriate vigor and articulation), at this “artistic” display of such...
  • Marriage: Where Do We Go From Here?

    06/30/2015 6:52:00 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 25 replies
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Trevor Thomas
    With a liberal court, we get the rulings we deserve. Or, in other words, elections have consequences. It's safe to say that without the election of Barack Obama, we would not have had to endure liberal Supreme Court justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor sitting in judgement of marriage. (Both appointed by Obama in his first term, and both voting to legally redefine marriage.) Of course, the election of a republican, especially the likes of John McCain, gives no guarantee of conservative appointments to the Supreme Court. However, justices Roberts and Alito, appointed by George W. Bush, both voted against...
  • Franklin Graham Warns Christians to 'Be Prepared' for Persecution After SCOTUS Marriage Ruling

    06/30/2015 6:32:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/30/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Leading Evangelist Franklin Graham is warning Christians nationwide that they should be ready to face persecution if they wish to stand by the biblical definition of marriage following last Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which legalized same-sex marriage throughout the United States. Despite President Barack Obama claiming that the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is a "victory for a America," Graham, the president of both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, asserted in an interview with Fox News' Todd Starnes last weekend that the United States is really the true "loser" because the ruling could bring...
  • Persecution More Likely With Courts Marriage Decision

    06/30/2015 4:29:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 30, 2015 | STEPHEN M. KRASON
    The U.S. Supreme Court has just engaged in its latest unconstitutional exercise of raw judicial power and surely its most extravagant attempt to forcibly remake American culture since the 1973 Roe v. Wade/Doe v. Bolton abortion cases. The Obergefell v. Hodges decision on same-sex “marriage” was based on the notion of “substantive due process”—which essentially has meant rights that the Court, following the thinking of elite opinion-makers and organized interest groups, has read into the Constitution. While the first expression of substantive due process concerned a convoluted absolutist notion of property rights in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,...
  • RORATE EDITORIAL: It's time for Catholic prelates to speak as true Catholics

    06/29/2015 5:02:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 6/29/15 | Augustinus
    Since the promulgation of Obergefell v. Hodges, the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States on the definition of State-defined marriage, a growing number of U.S. Catholic prelates have been issuing their own statements about this abominable decision by five justices of the Court (two of whom are baptized Catholics, including the majority opinion's author himself). Some forthrightly condemned the decision's injustice and immorality. Others restated Catholic doctrine clearly, but without the forcefulness clearly warranted by the situation. Others offered decidedly lukewarm, limp-wristed statements that repeated a minimum of orthodox doctrine in as inoffensive and unconvincing a manner...
  • The Church's Finest Hour (Pastor Charles Lawson) (video) (How did your church respond this Sunday?)

    06/29/2015 9:31:43 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | 6-28-2015 | zion4131
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlzL4OwfW8kSunday (Morning) Preaching: Jun 28 2015 Culture Wars and Supreme Court's Endorsement of Sodomite/Gay Marriages. Scripture: II Chronicles 7:14
  • Russian Orthodox Church Spokesman Lashes Out Over U.S. Gay Marriage Ruling

    06/29/2015 8:16:14 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 06-28-2015 | ennifer Monaghan
    A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church has called on all those who idolize the American democratic model to take a hard look at themselves after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage, Interfax reported Sunday. The United States' highest court ruled Saturday that same-sex marriage should be legalized across the entire country, meaning that the 14 states with bans on gay marriage will no longer be able to enforce them. But Vsevolod Chaplin, a Russian Orthodox Church spokesman, decried the decision to legalize such a "godless and sinful thing" and warned his compatriots to be wary of...
  • U.S. Decision to Legalize Same-Sex "Marriages" Godless, Sinful - Russian Church

    06/29/2015 7:12:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/28/15
    Moscow, June 29, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has appealed to all Russian advocates of the American model of governance, asking them to think twice about the consequences of the United States' decision to legalize same-sex "marriages". "The people who are into 'democracy the American way' and trying to reconcile it with traditional values need to think hard after this decision," the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin told Interfax-Religion. He pointed out to the kind of values that one is "trying to bring along with the U.S. social and political model."...
  • Supreme Court Decision Will Not Alter Doctrine on Marriage[LDS - Mormon]

    06/29/2015 7:03:19 AM PDT · by StormPrepper · 78 replies
    SALT LAKE CITY The Church issued the following statement Friday: "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledges that following today's ruling by the Supreme Court, same-sex marriages are now legal in the United States. The Court's decision does not alter the Lord's doctrine that marriage is a union between a man and a woman ordained by God. While showing respect for those who think differently, the Church will continue to teach and promote marriage between a man and a woman as a central part of our doctrine and practice."
  • MD Priest calls out unfaithful Catholics homosexuals in priesthood that set stage for USSC decision

    06/29/2015 5:43:52 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 83 replies
    Listen to Sermon-Its worth it ^ | 6/28/2015 | Christ the King Catholic Church
    Feeling down about the Catholic Church and the homosexual marriage ruling? Give a listen to this Maryland priest's sermon. He goes after homosexuals in the priesthood, Martin Omally, and unfaithful Catholics. He speaks about the truth of marriage being one man andone woman. Pray for him as he said what needed to be said and may pay the price for it.
  • Pro-choice activist: abortion is about the right to play God

    06/28/2015 7:03:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    clinicquotes.com ^ | June 27, 2015 | Sarah Terzo
    Pro-choice activist Ellen Willis, whom the book Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement describes as a well-known feminist journalist, was interviewed in 1996. She said that her early abortion rights work was about: asserting autonomy and subjecthood; it was about the right to have sex, play God, to bring life into the world. Jennifer Nelson Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement (New York: New York University Press, 2003) 3
  • Abortion is pro-life, not violence, says pastor

    06/28/2015 6:36:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 35 replies
    clinicquotes.com ^ | June 28, 2015 | Sarah Terzo
    Because the fetus feels no pain, a function of the brain as yet undeveloped, and the woman acts under her own will and conscience, it is still not violence to a human being. It is not enough to say that abortion is not violent. Abortion is a positive decision and not a lesser evil. It gives women control over their lives, their fertility, their education, their vocations, and their responsibility to their families, and is therefore profamily and pro-life. Pro-choice Methodist pastor John M Swomley John M Swomley Compulsory Pregnancy: the War against American Women (Amherst, New York: Humanist Press,...
  • Statement on Same-Sex Marriage

    06/28/2015 3:22:02 PM PDT · by lightman · 5 replies
    June 28, 2015 Feast of Ss. Cyrus and John Beloved in Christ, May God bless you always. On June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision that effectively defines marriage as legal between any two consenting adults throughout our country, regardless of their biological sex, a decision that will no doubt have sweeping effects in our society, not just for these couples but for children, families, churches, other religious organizations and all people of faith. This action by the Court attempting to redefine marriage is deeply wrong, but it gives us an opportunity to reiterate...
  • What the Catholic Church does (and does not) teach about same-sex marriage

    06/28/2015 2:23:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | June 26, 2015 | Jennifer Manning
    If you are a Catholic, chances are you may be bombarded with questions at your local cookout this weekend, thanks to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage today.  In case you are a little rusty, here are a few talking points on what the Catholic Church does and does not teach regarding same-sex marriage. I base much of this on the amicus brief submitted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for Obergefell vs. Hodges. If you find yourself at all struggling to understand or to explain the Church’s stance on same-sex marriage and want a more detailed...
  • What Now? An Eternal Message of Biblical Morality

    06/28/2015 1:10:24 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 4 replies
    6/28/15 | Yomin Postelnik
    Man made systems and societies are not perfect. But there's a difference between good and productive and that which is tremendously destructive. America was founded upon Judeo-Christian values. In other words, the base and foundation of secular legal morality was Biblical. It is true there are various groups that seek to adhere to the Biblical Code in profoundly different ways, some of which even run opposite to the accepted original meaning of the verses, but all at least sought and spent energy pondering the meaning of G-d's word and what that means for society. And on that foundation, the most...
  • The Supreme Court Shakes Its Fist at God

    06/28/2015 12:01:30 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 28 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 28, 2015 | JP
    The U.S. Supreme Court must think God asleep. In its most odious decision since Roe v. Wade, which over the past four decades has resulted in the slaughter of more than 57 million unborn children, the High Court on Friday declared homosexual marriage a Constitutional right. In a majority opinion at odds with his putative Catholic faith, Justice Anthony Kennedy suggests that those who oppose marriage equality just dont get where lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders are coming from. It would misunderstand these men and women, wrote Kennedy, to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that...