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  • The War on Christians and Jews

    12/18/2009 7:12:41 AM PST · by Wolf13 · 10 replies · 521+ views
    Human Events ^ | 12-18-09 | Gary Bauer
    At a time of year when faith is celebrated by most Americans, it may surprise some to learn that many students of faith and history believe we are living in a post-Christian age. It is not apparent at the local malls now so festively decorated, but it can be seen in some telltale cultural indicators. One of those is the number of attacks on people of faith, particularly Jews. Throughout much of the world today, where Christianity is in decline attacks on Jews are on the rise. In post-Christian Europe, Jews are often victims of a deeply entrenched anti-Semitism. Synagogues...
  • Environmentalism - Today's New Religion

    01/01/2010 2:44:50 PM PST · by freedomguy38 · 5 replies · 551+ views
    Throughout history humans have worshiped nature in many forms. More recently they have become better known as environmentalists. We are grateful that their love for nature has overcome greedy humans exploiting the environment and has been able to persuade governments to set aside numerous national monuments for remembering natural wonders. However, environmentalists have been able to stop even sensible exploration and development for the good of humankind. In fact, environmentalism has become a predominant "religion” around the world today. Their purpose is no longer saving a natural wonder for posterity to enjoy. Their love for nature has grown into a...
  • Americans Surprisingly Flexible About Religion and Faith: Americans Blend Faith With New Age Beliefs

    12/23/2009 3:31:20 PM PST · by delacoert · 21 replies · 534+ views
    ABC World News ^ | Dec. 10, 2009 | DAN HARRIS and WONBO WOO
    A new poll finds Americans are doing a tremendous amount of personalizing – picking and choosing from a diverse variety of religious traditions. According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, nearly six in 10 Americans from all religions blend their faith with New Age and Eastern beliefs, like astrology, reincarnation, and the spiritual – not just physical – benefits of yoga. "What we're really finding here that we haven't known before is how much Americans mix and match their religious beliefs and practices. That is, how often people who are regular churchgoers also believe in things like...
  • Avatar: A Sunglass Wearer's Review

    12/23/2009 6:20:11 AM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 17 replies · 884+ views
    Fightin Words ^ | December 23, 2009 | Walter Scott Hudson
    The science fiction set pieces thinly veil analogs of Western military powers, capitalism, and aboriginal peoples. The story primarily serves to protest Western institutions and promote the New Age religion of environmentalism, human inferiority to nature, and accountability to a collective consciousness. Here are a few examples: The facility from which the human corporation operates on Pandora has a pentagon-shaped perimeter. The Na’vi are referred to as terrorists after defending their homes. The dress and grooming of the Na’vi is lifted directly from Native American culture. The term “shock and awe” is used. The term “preemptive strike” is used. The...
  • New study: More Democrats than Republicans believe in ghosts, talking with the dead, fortunetellers

    12/13/2009 3:39:35 PM PST · by RogerFGay · 47 replies · 1,360+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/13/09 | Byron York
    A new study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reveals some startling differences between Republicans and Democrats on issues of spirituality and supernatural phenomenon. The study, "Many Americans Mix Multiple Faiths," reports that a significant number of Americans practice a mixture of religious beliefs, and "many also blend Christianity with Eastern or New Age beliefs such as reincarnation, astrology and the presence of spiritual energy in physical objects." The report is not specifically about partisan differences, but the results of the study are broken down by party affiliation, among many other categories. And the news on...
  • Pew Forum study shows many Christians mixing faiths

    12/11/2009 9:08:15 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 11 replies · 502+ views
    Everyday Christian ^ | December 10, 2009 | Peter Elliott
    Even if you only occasionally attended Sunday School growing up, at some point you were exposed to the concept of faith in Jesus as being the only way to God. John 8:12-27 where Jesus is testifying before the Pharisees is a good example. There are many others you could point, and feel free to do so in leaving a comment on the blog. The fact of the matter is that many Americans who self-identify as Christians examine biblical claims of Jesus’ singular divinity, they simply aren’t buying it. A new survey released yesterday by the Pew Forum on Religion &...
  • Poll: Liberals more in touch with Great Beyond

    12/10/2009 3:03:45 PM PST · by lakeprincess · 14 replies · 706+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Dec. 10, 2009 | Jennifer Harper
    Consider that 23 percent of conservatives and 35 percent of liberals say that they have been in touch with the dead. Eighteen percent of conservatives and 33 percent of liberals believe in reincarnation. Another 18 percent of conservatives condone the power of "spiritual energy" compared to 30 percent of liberals.
  • Poll: Liberals more in touch with Great Beyond than conservatives

    12/10/2009 1:18:59 PM PST · by markomalley · 56 replies · 1,714+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/10/2009 | Jennifer Harper
    Politics and policy are not the only things that separate conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats. There's a partisan divide when it comes to the proverbial Great Beyond as well. Twenty-one percent of Republicans and 36 percent of Democrats have been in touch with the dearly departed. Nine percent of the Grand Old Party have consulted a fortuneteller, compared to 22 percent of the Democrats. And 15 percent of Republicans say that yoga is a "spiritual" practice, compared to 31 percent of Democrats. "Conservatives and Republicans report fewer experiences than liberals or Democrats communicating with the dead, seeing ghosts and...
  • New Age: Still with Us and Still Dangerous, Part Two

    11/24/2009 10:26:37 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 585+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | November 24, 2009 | Cheryl Dickow
    New Age teachings are dangerous because they encourage us to assume that we know what is best for our salvation and when we enter into these teachings we jeopardize our eternal life in ways that we may never know — until it is too late. Sharon Lee Giganti is a popular speaker on the new age phenomenon with tragic, first-hand experiences with its dangers. Sharon was recently a guest on Teresa Tomeo’s EWTN radio program “Catholic Connection” where she shared the family tragedy that resulted in her New Age philandering and her passions to ensure that new age teachings are...
  • New Age: Still with Us and Still Dangerous, Part One

    11/23/2009 8:10:34 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 494+ views
    CE ^ | November 23, 2009 | Cheryl Dickow
    “I don’t have to go to church — God comes to me. He’s with me and around me wherever I am.” Those words, offered by a mother to her son, contributed to the apparent self-actualization of best-selling author — I’m talking been-on-the-New York Times-bestseller-list-for-hundreds-of-weeks-best-selling — Neale Donald Walsch. His books, which all revolve, in one form or another, around the very appealing premise of “Conversations with God,” speak to people in ways that apparently rival Sacred Scripture; however, Sacred Scripture they are not. This prompts the question: How do millions of Christians get duped into believing the ramblings of New...
  • 2012: A Sunglass Wearer's Review

    11/22/2009 5:45:40 AM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 5 replies · 521+ views
    Fightin Words ^ | November 22, 2009 | Walter Scott Hudson
    This is the philosophical theme the film works tirelessly to promote; when you strip away our contrived institutional divisions, we are all the same, all part of one big happy human family. Survival requires abandoning antiquated paradigms and placing faith in the experts among us to “ensure the continuity of the species.” The paradigm most in the crosshairs of this philosophical apocalypse is Christianity. The eccentric Charlie Frost, a pirate radio host played with slovenly relish by Woody Harellson, demeans the Bible as the least accurate predictor of the end of days among competitors like the Mayan calendar and the...
  • In The Year of Our Lord, 2012

    10/27/2009 4:28:06 AM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 2 replies · 412+ views
    Fightin Words ^ | October 27, 2009 | Walter Scott Hudson
    It is important to understand radical Muslim theology, not because it is true, but because some of the people who believe it want to kill you. Likewise, it is important to understand a lesser known theology which may also spawn efforts to harm. This week, Fightin Words entertains the fringe, exploring the New Age movement, theosophy, Luciferianism, and similar paradigms which share a common vision of a coming “enlightenment” or “shift in consciousness” which will subvert the “Old Order” and unify humanity under a single banner. Those who resist this shift will be “holding humanity back,” and are to be...
  • For Some Seeking Rebirth, Sweat Lodge Was End

    10/22/2009 9:38:29 AM PDT · by heartwood · 21 replies · 816+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Oct. 21, 2009 | John Dougherty
    SEDONA, Ariz. — Midway through a two-hour sweat lodge ceremony intended to be a rebirthing experience, participants say, some people began to fall desperately ill from the heat, even as their leader, James Arthur Ray, a nationally known New Age guru, urged them to press on. “There were people throwing up everywhere,” said Dr. Beverley Bunn, 43, an orthodontist from Texas, who said she struggled to remain conscious in the sweat lodge, a makeshift structure covered with blankets and plastic and heated with fiery rocks. Dr. Bunn said Mr. Ray told the more than 50 people jammed into the small...
  • Third Person in Sweat Lodge Case Dies

    10/18/2009 3:36:57 PM PDT · by libstripper · 59 replies · 2,385+ views
    Assoicated Press ^ | October 18, 2009 | FELICIA FONSECA
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (Oct. 18) – The family of a Minnesota woman who died more than a week after being overcome in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony said Sunday that she prided herself on leading a healthy and active life.
  • Repent! Animal Rights Really Is Religion

    10/16/2009 1:38:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies · 490+ views
    First Things ^ | 10/16/2009 | Wesley J. Smith
    The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the smartest and richest animal rights group around.  Unlike PETA, it doesn’t openly proselytize that old animal rights religion, e.g., sentience gives moral value, “a rat, is a pig, is a dog, is a boy,” the quote from Ingrid Newkirk and title of a certain author’s soon to be published book. This strategy has been very effective, allowing HSUS a level of mainstream respectability that other animal rights groups can’t match.But make no mistake, HSUS is about animal rights–eventually ending all animal husbandry and human hegemony over fauna–and its head, Wayne...
  • New York Woman, 38, in 'Top Shape' Before Sweat Lodge Death

    10/11/2009 12:40:18 PM PDT · by traumer · 124 replies · 4,222+ views
    NEW YORK CITY — A 38-year-old New York woman who died after sitting in a sauna-like sweat lodge during a spiritual cleansing ceremony at an Arizona resort was an active athlete — an avid surfer and hiker who was "in top shape," took self-improvement seriously and had a passion for art — a family spokesman said. Kirby Brown of Westtown, N.Y., was one of two people who died Thursday evening at a scenic resort. Authorities identified the other victim as 40-year-old James Shore of Milwaukee, who served as director of business development at an Internet marketing company in his hometown....
  • Two dead and 19 taken to hospital after falling ill in 'sweatbox' at Arizona spiritual retreat

    10/10/2009 3:13:01 PM PDT · by Charlespg · 80 replies · 3,533+ views
    daily mail ^ | 10th October 2009 | Daily mail
    Two people died and an estimated 19 others were taken to hospital after being overcome while sitting in a sauna-like sweat lodge at an at a spiritual retreat in Arizona. The lodge at the Sedona resort which is meant to provide spiritual cleansing is now the centre of a police investigation. In all, 21 of the 64 people crowded inside the sweat lodge on Thursday evening for the two-hour session received medical care.
  • 2 Dead, Several Hospitalized at New-Age Sweat Lodge in Arizona

    10/09/2009 10:19:20 AM PDT · by yorkie · 36 replies · 1,898+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 9, 2009 | Staff
    DEVELOPING: Two people are dead and several others remain hospitalized Friday at a new-age sauna in Arizona. Three people had heart attacks and 20 in all were treated for injuries after being sickened Thursday night at the Angel Valley Sweat Lodge in Sedona, according to MyFOXPhoenix. Two died Thursday night, the station said. The resort is next to GOP Sen. John McCain's ranch.
  • Clooney plays hippie soldier in comedy set in Iraq

    09/08/2009 8:03:03 PM PDT · by Saije · 28 replies · 1,308+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/8/2009 | Mike Collett-White
    U.S. actor George Clooney plays a New Age hippie soldier trained for psychic, peaceful combat in a comedy set during the war in Iraq. "The Men Who Stare at Goats" is based on a book by Jon Ronson about a secret unit created by the U.S. army in 1979 which, the author said, believed troops could become invisible, walk through walls and kill goats just by staring at them. Ewan McGregor plays a reporter who stumbles across a member of the unit as he prepares to enter Iraq, and he and Clooney's character Lyn Cassady go on an ill-fated journey...
  • I have been abducted by aliens, says Japan's first lady

    09/03/2009 2:28:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 1,459+ views
    The London Independent | September 3, 2009 | Peter Popham
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/i-have-been-abducted-by-aliens-says-japans-first-lady-1780888.html