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  • Religious opposition to bottled water growing

    12/19/2006 9:50:31 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 101 replies · 2,305+ views
    WaterTech Online ^ | 12/18/2006
    WASHINGTON – A growing number of religious groups are taking a stand against the bottling of water, stating the practice is immoral because water is a God-given resource that should not be packaged and sold, the Chicago Tribune reported recently in an article analyzing the trend. Cassandra Carmichael, director of eco-justice programs for the National Council of Churches, said in the story that privatization takes away water from those who cannot afford it and added that water "should be free for all." In October, the National Coalition of American Nuns, a group representing 1,200 Roman Catholic nuns in the US,...
  • Shots Fired Inside Wilmington Courthouse; Several Injured (Delaware)

    02/11/2013 6:02:51 AM PST · by kristinn · 60 replies
    WPVI ^ | Monday, February, 11, 2013
    There are reports of several injuries after gunfire erupted inside the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas in Wilmington, Delaware Monday morning. The shooting happened just after 8:00 a.m. at the court house, located at 500 N King Street.
  • Attorney General Secretly Granted Gov. Ability to Develop and Store Dossiers on Innocent Americans

    12/15/2012 4:22:01 PM PST · by upchuck · 33 replies
    Wired | December 13, 2012 | Kim Zetter
    Link only. Holder now has the right to keep dossiers on U.S. citizens. More here.
  • California Church to Become Site of Islamist Convention

    12/04/2012 8:50:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    RSN ^ | Friday, 30 November 2012 06:23 | Ryan Mauro
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s choice of location for its 12th Annual Convention on December 15 is telling: The All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena, California. The group, founded by Muslim Brotherhood followers, says this is the “next step in its mission by crossing the interfaith line.” Yet again, the Islamists are taking advantage of naïve Christians with a desire to show off their tolerance. … Hassan Hathout says they sought to begin the “Islamic Movement” in the U.S., a term the Brotherhood uses to describe its ideology. In 1997, he predicted its success because “America needs Islam. If you...
  • An Unholy Alliance (anti freedom "documentary")

    11/16/2012 7:16:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money ^ | 15 November, 2012 | John Richardson
    An unholy alliance of gun prohibitionists, politicians, and certain church groups is pushing a so-called documentary called "Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence" that will air on certain NBC owned and affiliated stations. The documentary is part of the Horizons of the Spirit series which airs on that network. The documentary is presented by the National Council of Churches and was produced by the Presbyterian Church USA. The documentary features such gun control luminaries as Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Colin Goddard, and Dr. Garen Wintemute talking about how "gun violence" (sic) impacted their lives. In the United States more...
  • House panel to hold hearing on Libya attack with top Obama intelligence advisers

    11/07/2012 10:19:56 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Nov. 7, 2012
    A House committee is planning to hold a hearing next week on the Libya consulate attack, following up on an issue that Republicans had emphasized before the presidential election in questioning President Obama's foreign policy record. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the consulate in Benghazi. A local Libyan extremist group is suspected of carrying out the attack, but the Obama administration has been criticized for its confusing explanation for the strike and for security warnings that apparently weren't heeded. The House Intelligence Committee will hold its hearing on the...
  • How the Left Moved into Religion

    03/11/2012 12:04:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | March 11, 2012 | Mary Nicholas
    It is the year of the "ethics of energy," according to the National Council of Churches (NCC)..... .........Formerly overt supporters of communism, the NCC recast itself as a leader of the 'religious left.'" While the U.S. was fighting the Cold War, the NCC funded communist regimes in.... The NCC considers the U.S. "an oppressor, both at home and abroad".... ... Candidates should feel comfortable explaining their religious convictions to voters." But..."there is a point when an emphasis on religion becomes inappropriate and even unsettling in a religiously diverse society such as ours."... ........ReverendWright admired LouisFarrakhan....,and often praised him both in...
  • This is What the National Council of Churches Wants YOU to Hear on Sunday, 9/11/11 - VANITY

    09/07/2011 4:50:31 AM PDT · by piperpilot · 63 replies
    National Council of Churches | 9/7/11 | Piperpilot
    I am scheduled to be a reader at my church this Sunday on the Tenth anniversary of 9/11. Yesterday, the minister sent me the special 9/11 reading that was prepared by the National Council of Churches for parishioners to hear. While most of it was fine, there are some prayers that are appalling to any right-thinking Christian and deserve to be publicized for their stunning example of moral relativism and anti-Biblical message. "We stand together in penitence, recognizing that we have not done enough to address the sources of anger, hate, dehumanization, rage and indignation that lead to acts of...
  • Fanning Imaginary Flames: A Look Back At The Great Church Fire Propaganda Campaign

    06/11/2011 11:36:13 AM PDT · by Interesting Times · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 11, 2011 | Scott Swett
    Fifteen summers ago, America's news media informed us that black churches throughout the South were being torched by white racists. The purported wave of arsons dominated the airwaves and generated thousands of newspaper articles. Pundits, politicians and preachers decried the terrorism and the hate it represented. In fact, it never happened. Here is the little-known story of how an obscure radical group teamed up with a leftist national church organization, an unprincipled President and a legion of compliant news outlets to create a media firestorm -- one based entirely on lies.
  • Mainline church membership decline continues - but more slowly

    02/14/2011 5:54:53 PM PST · by SmithL · 29 replies
    Worldwide Faith News ^ | 2/14/11 | Philip Jenks
    Trends continue in church membership growth or decline, reports 2011 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches New York, February 14, 2011 -- Growing churches continue to grow and declining churches continue to decline, according to the National Council of Churches' 2011 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches. "The direction of membership (growth or decline) remains very stable," writ es the Yearbook's editor, the Rev. Dr. Eileen Lindner, in the newest edition released this week. "That is, churches which have been increasing in membership in recent years continue to grow and likewise, those churches which have been declining in recent years...
  • White House Calls on Religious Leaders to Help Push DREAM Act Over the Finish Line

    12/16/2010 10:31:51 AM PST · by La Lydia · 52 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News Latino ^ | December 15, 2010
    ... the White House is again pushing for final passage of the Dream Act, hosting a conference call with religious leaders who are hoping to drive the deal home before everyone on Capitol Hill heads home for the holidays...According to Fox News producers on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., does intend to bring up the DREAM Act during this lame duck session. So, while lawmakers on the Hill scramble to get everything done, the White House put together another in a series of conference calls on the DREAM Act. Rabbi Jack Moline, from Congregation Agudas Achim in...
  • Ground Zero Imam Eyes Another Landmark

    08/24/2010 3:16:39 AM PDT · by Man50D · 10 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 24, 2010 | Jack Cashill
    Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, chairman of the soi-disant Cordoba Initiative, has gotten all the attention he deserves for his astonishingly insensitive attempt to build a 13-story mosque and community center at the site of Ground Zero. Rauf has largely escaped attention for his efforts to build a sawed-off version of the same on the grounds of the venerable and historically Christian Chautauqua Institution in western New York State. Although the resistance to Rauf at Chautauqua has not made the news, it is deeply felt, and it is coming from both Christians and Jews. As shall be seen, the forced feeding...
  • ELCA pastor drives ‘God talk’ initiative

    08/17/2010 2:00:48 PM PDT · by lightman · 22 replies
    United Methodist News Service ^ | 16 Auguat AD 2010 | Susan Hogan
    ELCA pastor drives ‘God talk’ initiative By Susan Hogan* A UMNS Report CHICAGO – Can Christians discuss the language of faith without it becoming a battle over political correctness or theological orthodoxy? The National Council of Churches hopes so. To begin the conversation, its Justice for Women Working Group brought 28 people to Chicago in August for a three-day symposium, “Language Matters.” S. Kim Coffing, the lone United Methodist participant, did not know what to expect. “The issue of how we talk about God and faith stirs up pain for many people,” said Coffing, an executive with the denomination’s Commission...
  • Embracing the Tormentors

    05/26/2010 8:41:10 AM PDT · by ezfindit · 3 replies · 320+ views
    OrthodoxNet ^ | 5/25/2010 | Faith McDonnell
    Conducting “truth commissions” to denounce American armed forces and organizing divestment campaigns to cripple Israel are vital issues to some American church officials. Raising the banner of Intifada and expressing solidarity with Palestinians are also very important to this collection of liberal leaders. They “spiritualize” the Democratic immigration and health care reform agendas with pompous prayer, but their social justice-focused prophetic vision has strange blind spots. Leftist church leaders hardly ever see, let alone condemn, the imprisonment, enslavement, torture, and murder of Christians in the Islamic world, North Korea, and China. Church officials and partner organizations such as the National...
  • Obama Bares His Soul for Easter Event

    04/06/2010 7:41:39 PM PDT · by NoCmpromiz · 179 replies · 1,558+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | April 6, 2010 | DANIEL BURKE
    President Obama bared his soul before a cross section of Christian leaders at a White House Easter breakfast on Tuesday (April 6), where he spoke publicly of his faith in redemption through Jesus in his most personal terms since becoming president. "We are awed by the grace he showed even to those who would have killed him," Obama said, pausing occasionally to glance at written notes. "We are thankful for the sacrifice he gave for the sins of humanity. And we glory in the promise of redemption in the resurrection." Obama said the Easter breakfast, along with a recent Passover...
  • Religiously Marching for Immigration

    03/30/2010 7:07:42 PM PDT · by rmlew · 3 replies · 221+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 3/26/2010 | Mark Tooley
    Overshadowed by the Obamacare vote, tens of thousands marched on the National Mall on Sunday March 21 for "Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR)," including numerous religious groups. Called the "March for America," sponsors included immigrants groups and labor unions, as well as ACORN, CodePink, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Council of Churches, and the National Association of Evangelicals.
  • Arrested Democratic Fundraiser’s Pro-Taliban, Pro-Iran Agenda

    08/27/2009 1:07:23 PM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 5 replies · 418+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | August 27, 2009 | Claude Cartaginese
    Amy Goodman of the Marxist Democracy Now! network reported yesterday on the arrest of a “leading Democratic donor” named Hassan Nemazee. Here is the story, in its entirety: Back in the United States, a leading Democratic donor has been arrested and charged with seeking to defraud the financial giant Citibank. Hassan Nemazee is accused of submitting forged documents to secure a $74 million loan. Nemazee has given at least $150,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee since 2006 and supported several other leading Democratic politicians. Not much to sink your teeth into there. Could it be that Goodman is downplaying...
  • Top Democrat fund-raiser for Obama, Hillary arrested

    08/25/2009 5:16:11 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 72 replies · 5,154+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 25, 2009 | WorldNetDaily
    Hassan Nemazee, a multimillionaire Iranian-American investment banker and top Democratic Party fundraiser, was arrested today by federal law enforcement authorities in New York City and charged with engaging in criminal fraud for his role in arranging a $74 million dollar loan from Citibank, Bloomberg reported. U.S. Attorney Prett Bharara in New York City and FBI investigators told Dow Jones Newswires the 59-year-old Namazee applied for the Citibank loans for Nemazee Capital Corp. by giving Citibank "numerous documents that purported to establish the existence of accounts in Nemazee's name at various financial institutions containing many hundreds of millions of dollars." According...
  • THE GOOD DOCTOR? (DEAN-MAINE GOVERNOR(D)SNEAKS AWAY FROM FANCY DEMOCRATIC SHINDIG)

    08/10/2003 6:08:19 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 17 replies · 1,078+ views
    Portland Phoenix ^ | August 10, 2003 | LANCE TAPLEY
    Dr. Howard Dean’s fans come out for the big Democratic summer shindig As Tom Andrews, the director of the leading national antiwar coalition, began his speech at the Maine Democrats’ big outdoor summer shindig in Falmouth, John Baldacci signaled his bodyguard/driver to move the large, dark SUV up the driveway. The vehicle soon hid in the trees, its engine quietly humming. At first, the governor seemed to be paying attention as Andrews, the former First District congressman, launched into rousing tales of how the country, under President George W. Bush, had gone "from peace and prosperity to war and recession."...
  • Marxist Mel's Martyrs

    07/07/2009 11:49:07 PM PDT · by FromLori · 1 replies · 339+ views
    Front Page ^ | 7/7/09
    During the 1970s and 1980s, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), then based in the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill, vigorously lobbied for Nicaragua's Sandinista regime, the Cuban-style Marxist regime that shot its way to power in 1979. Today, WOLA pretends it is concerned about the rule of law in Honduras after the Honduran Congress and Supreme Court supported removing the leftist president for defying its constitution. WOLA and Jim Wallis' publication Sojourners have teamed up to spin Honduras' defense of its democracy as another example of a U.S.-supported, imperialist military coup. The constitutional coup in Honduras was...
  • Obama and FDR: Rallying the Churches

    02/22/2009 9:21:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 420+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 2.20.09 | Mark Tooley
    President Obama has appointed a 26-year-old Pentecostal minister as his White House chief of faith-based initiatives. Himself comfortable with religious language, Obama's campaign appealed strongly to liberal-leaning Christians. Inevitably, self-professed "social justice" religionists will have White House access. Evangelical left activist Jim Wallis has already boasted of the administration's appreciation for his viewpoint. The National Council of Churches (NCC) has also boasted of its presence at recent Obama events. But the NCC, as primarily the organ of diminished Mainline Protestantism, is only a ghost of its former prestigious self. It's been decades since a U.S. President has addressed an NCC...
  • Church Group Urges Camp Sites to Sign Green Pact [NCC, of course]

    02/01/2009 7:29:05 AM PST · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 13 replies · 486+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | January 30, 2009 | Jennifer Riley
    The National Council of Churches is partnering with the Committee on Outdoor Ministries to call on faith-based camps and conference centers in the United States to sign onto a pact agreeing to treat the environment with respect. Participating camps and conference centers are asked to make decisions about how to use their land while keeping in mind the “sacred nature” of God’s creation; to conserve energy and water; to recycle waste; to purchase environmentally sustainable products; and to continue to educate those who use the camps and conference centers about the preciousness of nature they are experiencing. “Camp and conference...
  • Chief of firm involved in breach is Obama adviser

    03/22/2008 2:10:04 PM PDT · by tomnbeverly · 63 replies · 2,337+ views
    cnn ^ | 3/22/08 | WASHINGTON (CNN)
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The CEO of a company whose employee is accused of improperly looking at the passport files of presidential candidates is a consultant to the Barack Obama campaign, a source said Saturday. John Brennan, president of the Analysis Corp., advises the Illinois Democrat on foreign policy and intelligence issues, the source said. Brennan briefed the media on behalf of the campaign this month. The executive is a former senior CIA official and former interim director of the National Counterterrorism Center. He contributed $2,300 to the Obama campaign in January.
  • 'Deplorable' choice

    09/13/2008 1:04:50 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 15 replies · 239+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | September 13, 2008 | Editorial
    The National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia is dedicated to "increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance." So naturally, it has named Bill Clinton its next chairman. In "Dereliction of Duty: The Constitutional Record of President Clinton," the Cato Institute examined Mr. Clinton's record: Though he "has expressed support for an 'expansive' view of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, he has actually weakened a number of fundamental guarantees, including those of free speech and the right to trial by jury and that against double jeopardy. He has also supported retroactive taxes,...
  • United Methodist Bishop Wants Church to Stay in Pro-Abortion Coalition

    04/15/2008 4:35:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 42 replies · 62+ views
    Life News ^ | 4/15/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A leading United Methodist Church bishop is coming under heavy criticism for wanting to keep the Protestant denomination as a member of a pro-abortion coalition for religious groups. The UMC has been dogged from pro-life advocates within the denomination for decades.San Francisco-area United Methodist Bishop Beverly Shamana, the president of the church's Washington lobby office, is urging UMC officials to keep the group involved in the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.The Washington-based RCRC defends unrestricted abortion in the name of its members and actively lobbies against pro-life legislation on Capitol Hill.The United Methodist Board of Church...
  • The Coalition of Defeat and the Congressman of Surrender

    04/02/2008 2:19:48 PM PDT · by Victory111 · 1 replies · 68+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 4-2-08 | Mark D. Tooley
    The “Win Without War Coalition,” including 40 Religious Left groups and secular allies, is imploring Congressman John Murtha to slash funding for the U.S. presence in Iraq. Murtha chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.
  • Christian Leaders Demand Social Justice on Capitol Hill

    03/17/2008 7:39:28 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 29 replies · 346+ views
    Hundreds of Christian leaders marched to Capitol Hill to meet with their representatives and convey their message of social justice and peace to cap off a large annual ecumenical gathering Monday. Tue, Mar. 11, 2008 Posted: 16:20:04 PM EST Hundreds of Christian leaders marched to Capitol Hill to meet with their representatives and convey their message of social justice and peace to cap off a large annual ecumenical gathering Monday. The President of the National Council of Churches USA, Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, in preparation for Monday’s advocacy told participants of the Ecumenical Advocacy Days that Christians have a biblical responsibility...
  • In Discordance with the Scriptures: American Protestant Battles over Translating the Bible - Review

    01/06/2008 7:13:48 PM PST · by TheDon · 10 replies · 71+ views
    Christian Century ^ | June 4, 2002 | David Watt
    In Discordance with the Scriptures: American Protestant Battles over Translating the Bible. By Peter J. Thuesen. Oxford University Press, 238 pp., $2 7. 50. THE VERSIONS of the Bible we choose to carry, display and read are good indices of who we are. Peter Thuesen presents a history of the creation of a translation that became a kind of badge for many, the Revised Standard Version. He explores the controversy that attended its publication and the aftermath of that controversy. He analyzes the attempts of the men who produced the RSV to respond to the criticisms it engendered, and the...
  • The National Church of Socialism

    12/28/2007 3:50:49 AM PST · by fifthvirginia · 6 replies · 209+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 28 DEC 07 | Mark D. Tooley
    The financially and demographically struggling National Council of Churches (NCC) is mulling over a new “Social Creed for the 21st Century” that will succinctly articulate its left-leaning political activism. Many of the NCC’s heterodox officials and activist supporters could not affirm traditional Christian theological creeds. For them, political creeds are the desired alternative.
  • Council of Bishops calls for immediate Iraq withdrawal (Methodist)

    11/21/2007 9:21:33 AM PST · by PAR35 · 42 replies · 135+ views
    United Methodist News Service ^ | Nov. 9, 2007 | Linda Green
    Declaring war "incompatible with the teachings and example of Christ," the bishops of The United Methodist Church called on leaders of all nations to begin an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq. The bishops also urged against deploying additional troops to Iraq and against establishing permanent military bases in the Middle Eastern country.
  • Religious Leaders Fast in Protest of Iraq War

    10/09/2007 3:11:06 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 12 replies · 175+ views
    Religious Leaders Fast in Protest of Iraq War A number of religious leaders are participating in an interfaith fast Monday to call for the end of the Iraq war. Mon, Oct. 08, 2007 Posted: 13:28:58 PM EST WASHINGTON – A number of religious leaders are participating in an interfaith fast Monday to call for the end of the Iraq war. From dawn until dusk, leaders and adherents of Christianity, Judaism and Islam across the country will join in the anti-war fasting, which takes place as Muslims celebrate the “Night of Power” – the holiest night in Ramadan. “When you are...
  • Lesbian priest makes list for Chicago bishop

    08/29/2007 1:47:28 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 40 replies · 889+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 29, 2007 | Manya A. Brachear
    Though global Anglican leaders have urged the U.S. church to unequivocally exclude gay bishops by next month, an openly lesbian Episcopal priest is among the five nominees for bishop of the Chicago diocese announced Tuesday. Rev. Tracey Lind, who followed Chicago Bishop William Persell as dean of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, is one of three women named as finalists to replace Persell, who plans to resign after his successor is installed. It is the first slate of candidates in the diocese to include women. "Since the day last winter when I was asked to make myself available to this nominating...
  • Praying Against Zion

    07/26/2007 6:41:46 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 92 replies · 1,177+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 7/26/'07 | Mark D. Tooley
    The National Council of Churches (NCC) is distressed that not all Christians share its animosity towards Israel. Preferring not to address its own demographic implosion, the NCC periodically lashes out at more demographically robust Christian movements, especially conservative evangelicals. In its latest fusillade, the NCC denounced the “Christian Zionism” of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), which recently convened its second convention in Washington for pro-Israel evangelicals. Newt Gringrich was among the speakers. “CUFI's position of uncritical support for Israel separates it from the Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox, and traditional Protestant Churches, all of whom support Israel while at the same time...
  • Hundreds Celebrate Movement to 'Be Christian Together'

    07/25/2007 7:20:13 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies · 153+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | Jul. 24 2007 | Lillian Kwon
    A new generation of Christians has advanced itself into a 50-year-old ecumenical movement and is learning just how diverse faith groups are “being Christian together.” A hundred college students joined hundreds of participants from 80 Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Pentecostal, Anglican, and Evangelical denominations and organizations over the past several days to discuss the progress of Christian unity and its future. "I think it's very good to see this fresh new wave of young scholars interested in talking with each other about what they find in common and what distinctives they bring to the understanding of Christian faith," commented Wesley...
  • The National Council of Churches

    03/25/2007 10:17:18 AM PDT · by visitor · 21 replies · 835+ views
    townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2007 | Frank Pastore
    "The Religious Left is far more “Left” than “religious” – they may look like a church on the outside, but on the inside, they’re a political organization advancing a leftist social agenda. And now, there’s hard evidence to back it up." NCC was a major player in the Elian Gonzalez criminal abduction, following are webpages I created throughout this illegal and disgraceful action on Easter Weekend 7 years ago...rto The Taking of Elian Elian Returns to Cuba
  • Iran's Ahmadinejad talks to US Christians

    02/25/2007 4:02:36 PM PST · by stan_sipple · 33 replies · 888+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | 2-25-2007 | Breitbart.com
    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday said Iran bore no hatred towards the United States as he held talks with American Christians in a rare official contact with visitors from Tehran's arch enemy. State television showed Ahmadinejad meeting with a dozen American representatives from various Christian orders who are in Iran for a week-long visit to promote peace and dialogue between the foes. "The Iranian nation does not have any feeling of hatred and opposition towards the American people and we believe that all people are respectful and given the common grounds people have, they could achieve peace and justice," Ahmadinejad...
  • National Council of Churches to visit Iran & Ahmadinejad (Quaker alert)

    02/14/2007 1:21:43 PM PST · by mandingo republican · 23 replies · 490+ views
    world faith news ^ | Feb 13, 2007
    Thirteen U.S. Religious Leaders Head to Iran, Feb. 17-25 Delegation Plans to Meet Religious and Political Leaders in the Hope of Improving Relations Between the People of Iran and the U.S. Philadelphia, PA [February 13] - A delegation of 13 U.S. religious leaders will visit Iran next week, Feb. 17-25, to deepen dialogue between religious and political leaders there in the hope of defusing tensions between the U.S. and Iran. During the weeklong visit the group is scheduled to meet with Christian and Muslim religious leaders, women serving in the Iranian parliament, former President Mohammad Khatami and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
  • EDGAR NCC chief calls "barbaric execution of Saddam Hussein"

    01/30/2007 10:32:58 AM PST · by mandingo republican · 18 replies · 357+ views
    Ekklesia ^ | Friday, January 12, 2007
    NCC chief calls "barbaric execution of Saddam Hussein" President George W. Bush is promising a surge in troops in the war-torn country, ostensibly to help quell sectarian violence and stabilize Baghdad. Friday, January 12, 2007 Ekklesia The head of the leading US ecumenical body, the National Council of Churches USA, has described the call for more troops to be sent to Iraq as "morally unsupportable". President George W. Bush is promising a "surge" in troops in the war-torn country, ostensibly to help quell sectarian violence and stabilize Baghdad. "This escalation of troop presence only promises to guarantee an escalation in...
  • Carter and Clinton's "New Covenant"--The latest assault on Southern Baptists

    01/30/2007 5:11:26 AM PST · by SJackson · 29 replies · 894+ views
    GrassTopsUSA.com | Frontpagemagazine ^ | January 30, 2007 | Don Feder
    Carter and Clinton's "New Covenant" By Don FederGrassTopsUSA.com | January 30, 2007This column originally appeared on GrassTopsUSA.com.Its rhetoric notwithstanding, the left loathes diversity. Dissent drives it nuts. It’s forever scheming to eliminate, co-opt or undercut alternative institutions.It controls three of the four major networks, but obsesses about Fox News. It has The New York Times and the rest of the dominant print media, but agonizes over talk-radio and conservative websites.Even though the mainline Protestant churches are safely in its vest-pocket, it’s threatened by the success of conservative denominations. Hence the latest assault on the Southern Baptists, led by ex-Presidents...
  • NCC Leader Touts Church Unity As Way to Fight Poverty, Social Injustice (Warren Alert)

    01/25/2007 11:05:45 AM PST · by Gamecock · 19 replies · 418+ views
    Journal Chre'tien ^ | Jim Brown and Jenni Parker
    The head of a large liberal religious organization is brushing aside a new report that says his group is being propped up financially by left-wing groups such as MoveOn.org and the philanthropies of George Soros and Ted Turner. Instead, National Council of Churches (NCC) general secretary Bob Edgar is focusing on church unity, social justice, and other global stewardship concerns. The report published by the Washington, DC-based Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) claims the NCC is kept afloat financially by leftist groups that promote liberal causes such as same-sex "marriage" and abortion. (See earlier story) But Edgar, who was...
  • Methodist ministers launch anti-Bush library petition

    01/18/2007 12:27:36 PM PST · by LA Woman3 · 78 replies · 1,375+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 1/18/2007 | HOLLY K. HACKER
    A group of Methodist ministers has begun a national petition drive asking Southern Methodist University to remove itself from negotiations to get the George W. Bush presidential library. "As United Methodists, we believe that the linking of his presidency with a university bearing the Methodist name is utterly inappropriate," reads the petition, which is posted online at ProtectSMU.org. "Because SMU is owned by the United Methodist Church, the imposition of a George W. Bush library, museum and think tank at SMU will irreparably connect the denomination with this presidency,” said Rev. Andrew J. Weaver, a petition organizer in Brooklyn, N.Y....
  • National Council of Churches Funded by Atheists?

    01/13/2007 12:27:38 PM PST · by sionnsar · 3 replies · 259+ views
    The Waffling Anglican ^ | 1/11/2007 | Mike the Geek
    A new report says the National Council of Churches (That Nobody Goes To Anymore) is being propped up financially by secular foundations and other non-church organizations. At least two members of the clergy who were present at a news conference touting that report suggest that may be one reason why the NCC appears to have abandoned its original mission. The report - titled "Strange Yokefellows: The National Council of Churches (That Nobody Goes To Anymore) and its Growing Non-Church Constituency" - released by the Washington, DC-based Institute on Religion and Democracy highlights the National Council of Churches' (That Nobody Goes...
  • The Religious Left: More Left Than Religion

    01/11/2007 6:30:18 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 11 replies · 527+ views
    A new report by the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) casts some very revealing light on the National Council of Churches (NCC), the vanguard of “religious Left” movement in America. While Big Media ceaselessly frets about the political activity of the “religious Right,” it rarely takes on the “religious Left.” But the report by IRD ought to raise a few eyebrows. The NCC’s primary spokesman has been the Reverend Bob Edgar – a former Democrat member of Congress. It seems that as membership in liberal mainline denominations has declined over the years, Edgar has been reaching out to some...
  • How secular donors move church agenda

    01/11/2007 12:10:15 PM PST · by ckilmer · 11 replies · 472+ views
    January 11, 2007 | Eric Pfeiffer
    The Washington Times www.washingtontimes.com How secular donors move church agenda By Eric Pfeiffer THE WASHINGTON TIMES Published January 11, 2007 The National Council of Churches is becoming financially beholden to secular groups with liberal political leanings, according to a report by a religious watchdog organization. The Institute on Religion and Democracy, a group formed by members of the NCC, says the group accepted the majority of its charitable donations last year from nonreligious organizations and has been pursuing an agenda that does not mesh with the majority of its church members, including support for abortion and homosexual "marriage." "We found...
  • Evangelical Leader Accused of Gay Affair Resigns

    11/02/2006 4:52:59 PM PST · by jamese777 · 81 replies · 2,341+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11/2/0y | Catherine Tsai
    The Rev. Ted Haggard resigned as president of the influential National Association of Evangelicals on Thursday after being accused of having a sexual affair with a gay man. Haggard also stepped down as head of his 14,000-member New Life Church pending an investigation by a church panel, saying he could "not continue to minister under the cloud created by the accusations." "I am voluntarily stepping aside from leadership so that the overseer process can be allowed to proceed with integrity," Haggard said in a written statement. "I hope to be able to discuss this matter in more detail at a...
  • The Eye of The Storm - In a secret, high-tech spy hub near Washington, the war on terror is 24-7

    10/30/2006 4:14:22 PM PST · by RDTF · 25 replies · 1,817+ views
    US News & World Report - ^ | October 29, 2006 | kevin Whitelaw
    Every weekday at 8 a.m., Kevin Brock hefts a thick white ring binder onto a sleek, oval conference table. Labeled "Read Book," the deceptively plain folder houses the "Threat Matrix," a top-secret compendium of the most troubling reports of possible terrorist activity, drawn from the nation's 16 intelligence agencies. It is thicker than usual on a recent Monday morning, packed with 66 separate items that came in over the weekend. Brock, the principal deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, is about to brief some of the government's most senior officials on the latest threat information. -snip- Facing a wall...
  • National Council of Churches Ignores Christian Suffering

    09/30/2006 6:31:32 AM PDT · by 13Sisters76 · 7 replies · 461+ views
    Front Page ^ | Sept. 29, 2006 | Mark D. Tooley
    National Council of Churches Ignores Christian Suffering By Mark D. Tooley FrontPageMagazine.com | September 29, 2006 The head of the U.S. National Council of Churches (NCC) has a burden on his heart for prison inmates...if they are former al-Qaeda or Taliban operatives at Guantanamo Bay. In his www.middlechurch.net blog, NCC General Secretary Bob Edgar records his chagrin that the U.S. government has denied his request for a visit with the Gitmo prisoners. “’I was in prison and you visited me,’ Jesus says in Matthew 25:36. But the detainees at Guantánamo are not permitted visitors. I know this from personal experience,”...
  • Former Iranian President’s Visit Meets Opposition [Speaks at Washington National Cathedral]

    09/08/2006 1:08:48 PM PDT · by shield · 28 replies · 698+ views
    CBN News ^ | September 8th, 2006 | Erick Stakelbeck, CBN News Terror Analyst
    CBNNews.com – Former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami is the highest ranking Iranian official to visit the U.S. in 25 years. The latest stop in his two-week U.S. tour came Thursday at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Representatives of the Cathedral invited Khatami to speak about religious tolerance. “The time has come that in the midst of chaos, war, violence, terror, and insecurity on the one the hand, and poverty, ignorance and backwardness on the other, we seek to envision a world of peace, morality, ethics and progress for all humankind,” said Khatami. The State Department granted Khatami and his...
  • EU Christians Czech Castro

    08/24/2006 5:48:50 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 3 replies · 441+ views
    FrontPageMag ^ | August 24, 2006 | Mark D. Tooley
    EU Christians Czech Castro By Mark D. Tooley FrontPageMagazine.com | August 24, 2006 Although Western mainline church officials have refused to criticize Fidel Castro for decades, some East European Christians are now speaking out. The head of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic is directly challenging the head of the Geneva-based World Council of Churches over his criticisms of America's anti-Castro policy. "From our own experiences churches in Central and Eastern Europe are aware of what it means to live under a repressive totalitarian regime of the type, which, according to our opinion, exists in Cuba," gently...
  • The Truth Behind 9/11 (New book from the Presbyterian Publisher Says Bush brought down the towers)

    08/23/2006 10:59:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 180 replies · 3,763+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 08/23/2006 | Mark Tooley
    According to a new book from the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, Bush brought down the towers.DID THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION covertly blow-up the World Trade Center, ignite the Pentagon, and shoot down United Flight 93 to pave the way for a new American empire? The answer is "yes," according to a new book printed by the official publishing house of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and written by a theologian at a United Methodist seminary. Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11, published by Westminster John Knox Press, is fairly succinct in its conspiracy theory. In fact, only the first half of the...