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  • Newsweek Predicts the End of Christianity in America (GOD IS DEAD... AGAIN!!!)

    04/07/2009 7:35:22 PM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 94 replies · 2,352+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Published Apr 4, 2009 | John Meacham
    "The percentage of self-identified Christians has fallen 10 points in the past two decades. How that statistic explains who we are now—and what, as a nation, we are about to become."
  • Mixed Feelings about Moms in the Military

    03/02/2009 3:28:49 PM PST · by CMoran325 · 27 replies · 562+ views
    Clearly Nebulous ^ | March 2, 2009 | Colette Moran
    Perhaps you heard about the NC mom, Lisa Pagan, who was recalled by the army and made the case that there was no one to care for her children. Her husband travels extensively for his job, and both sets of grandparents live out of state. Having exhausted the appeals process, she showed up for duty with her two kids in tow. Perhaps sensing a PR nightmare, the army has promised that she will be discharged. Now I have to say that I have mixed feelings about this story. In one way I totally sympathized with this woman, having pulled...
  • 'I'm pagan and I vote'

    11/15/2008 10:20:47 AM PST · by iomega · 13 replies · 676+ views ^ | 11/15/2008 | Dr. Paul Kengor
    Old Town Alexandria, Northern Virginia — Jogging through this gorgeous, historic town the first Saturday after the Tuesday vote, which elected the most leftist presidential candidate in American history, it isn't difficult to see how the typically Republican state of Virginia went Democrat in 2008... ...the vast majority of self-described non-religious voting Americans went for Obama, and they were decisive. CNN exit polls found that 76 percent of those who answered "none" when asked about religious affiliation cast ballots for Obama. They comprised 12 percent of voters.
  • Priest dies while performing sorcery

    11/02/2008 12:36:12 PM PST · by Gamecock · 34 replies · 1,010+ views
    Indian Express ^ | 2 Nov 2008
    Ahmedabad, November 1 : A Priest of a Shiva temple in Bapunagar hanged himself to death inside the temple premises reportedly while performing a sorcery ritual in the early hours on Saturday. B J Maharaj (40), who belonged to Uttar Pradesh (UP), was found hanging from a hook on the ceiling of the Lambeshwar Mahadev Temple, near Ajit Chowk in Bapunagar, on Saturday morning. The Bapunagar police have sent the body for post mortem and are investigating the case. According to preliminary investigations, said the police, the victim died accidentally while performing a ritual to get expertise in black magic...
  • Pagan teacher and author of "Slow Time," Waverly Fitzgerald talks about rethinking her relationship

    01/28/2008 7:55:28 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 101+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/28/8 | David Ian Miller
    Lately it seems that many of us are living as if we are over-caffeinated hamsters on well-greased exercise wheels. We run and run as fast as we can and still don't manage to arrive at our destinations. At the end of the day there are still a slew of chores undone on the to-do list. We struggle to find time to savor the company of our loved ones, enjoy life and relax. Our physical, emotional and spiritual needs often are abandoned due to the demands of modern life. Spiritual teacher and author Waverly Fitzgerald believes we'd all benefit by changing...
  • What Are We Celebrating When We Celebrate Christmas?

    12/21/2007 3:50:04 PM PST · by Cruising Speed · 2 replies · 299+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 21 Dec 2007 | Lee Harris
    One can only admire the humanity and wisdom of those Christians, like St. Boniface, who chose to Christianize the pagan festival, instead of outlawing it...[b]ut what can be said about those fanatics who today wish to apologize and minimize Christmas out of a misplaced sense of multicultural sensitivity...?
  • Christian snobs echo Scrooge

    12/11/2007 4:59:39 PM PST · by ellenbrewster · 13 replies · 287+ views
    E-pistles to Ellen ^ | December 11, 2007 | Ellen Makkai
    Dear Ellen, Christmas is disgusting. It’s all pagan worship. Even most Christians don’t realize that all their decorations and traditions come from ancient Babylon. Our family doesn’t cave in to all this stuff and I tell friends at church they shouldn’t either. Signed, Ms. Christian Grinch Dear Ms. Grinch, By saying “all this stuff,” I assume we’re talking Christmas trees, mistletoe, hasty pudding, Yule logs, etc.? I grant that Christmas choices are a matter of personal conscience. I had a similar e-mail conversation with another Christian killjoy last month so I retrieve and relate to you my comments to him....
  • "My books are about killing God!" An athiest's 'Narnia' knockoff

    10/26/2007 8:54:15 AM PDT · by SvdByFaith · 42 replies · 1,183+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | October 26, 2007 | Dr. Ted Baehr
    On Dec. 7, 2007, the movie "The Golden Compass," based on the first book in the fantasy trilogy entitled "His Dark Materials" by atheist Philip Pullman will be released in theaters throughout the world. Pullman wrote his fantasy trilogy because he was so upset by the Christian evangelism of C.S. Lewis in his wonderful series of Christian tales entitled "The Chronicles Of Narnia." Pullman is an avowed atheist who has dedicated his life to undermining Christianity and the Church among young readers. The film's release is only another example of a culture spiraling away from faith, a culture into which...
  • Breaking: +Iker Receives Threat Letter from Schori

    11/08/2007 7:08:41 PM PST · by Huber · 16 replies · 109+ views
    Stand Firm in Faith ^ | November 8, 2007 | Extorting Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
    From ENS: 8 November 2007 The Rt. Rev. Jack Iker The Episcopal Diocese of Ft. Worth 2900 Alemeda Street Fort Worth, TX 76108 Dear Jack, As you are undoubtedly aware, it is my view that recent amendments to your Diocese's constitution violate the Constitutional requirement that the Diocese maintain an "unqualified accession" to the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church. I have now reviewed several proposed constitutional amendments that will be considered at your forthcoming diocesan convention. It is evident to me that several of these proposed changes would further violate the Church's Constitution, while some other proposed changes...
  • Festivity reunites living, dead

    11/02/2007 10:14:18 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 180+ views ^ | November 2, 2007 | MEREDITH MANDELL
    Tamara Morales paid homage to her grandfather on her lunch hour at the fast-food chain Chipotle on Thursday. "I told the guy behind the counter, 'Give me the most 'picante' salsa,'" said Morales, in Spanish. Morales was preparing for "El Dia de los Muertos," or "the Day of the Dead," a holiday when the spirits of the deceased are said to return and reunite with loved ones. Her grandfather, Manual, died six years ago at the ripe age of 87, she said. He had a loud voice and a penchant for spicy food, so Morales was going to savor the...
  • Executive Council receives draft response to proposed Anglican covenant

    10/28/2007 11:18:46 AM PDT · by Huber · 1 replies · 25+ views
    Episcopal News Service ^ | October 26, 2007 | By Mary Frances Schjonberg
    Opening day of Dearborn meeting also features briefing on Church Center reorganization [Episcopal News Service] Members of the Episcopal Church's Executive Council received copies of a proposed Council response to the draft Anglican covenant during private conversation the afternoon of October 26. The Council, the church's governing body between meetings of General Convention, will discuss the draft response on October 27 in another private conversation during the second day of its three-day meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Michigan. Also on October 26, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, during her opening remarks to the meeting, discussed her plan to...
  • Pagans upset over 180-ft. Homer

    07/19/2007 5:30:10 AM PDT · by period end of story · 55 replies · 1,524+ views
    UPI ^ | July 19, 2007
    CERNE ABBAS, England, July 19 (UPI) -- A 180-foot-long drawing of Homer Simpson next to an enormous, sacred carving in Dorset, England, has angered pagans, Sky News reported Wednesday. The group has vowed to do a little "rain magic" to wash away the cartoon character, which was rendered with biodegradable paint on a hillside next to the famous 17th Century fertility symbol, the Cerne Abbas giant. The picture of Homer Simpson eating a doughnut was etched alongside the chalk outline of the naked, club-wielding giant as a publicity stunt to promote the upcoming release of "The Simpsons Movie."
  • US Senate to open with Hindu prayers

    07/04/2007 1:28:03 PM PDT · by Coleus · 293 replies · 6,548+ views
    Times of India ^ | 27 June 2007
    History will be created when a Hindu prayer will be recited at the opening of the US Senate in Washington DC on July 12. Rajan Zed, a Hindu chaplain, said that he had been officially asked to say the prayer. He said he believes this may be the first time any Hindu prayer is delivered in the Senate since its formation in 1789. Zed is likely to choose the prayer from the Rig Veda, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad-Gita. He said he plans to start and end the prayer with 'Om', the mystical Hindu syllable. The full text of the...
  • Pagans to Rally for Religious Rights in Front of the White House on July 4th

    06/21/2007 8:38:08 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies · 778+ views
    PRNewswire ^ | June 21, 2007 | Rev. Barry Lynn
    WASHINGTON, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of Pagan religious leaders from diverse denominations will gather in Lafayette Square Park on the Fourth of July to advocate for a Pagan military chaplain, request more approved Pagan religious symbols from the Department of Veterans Affairs and call for universal freedom of religious expression. Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State will also address the crowd. "Until Pagans have the same rights as Presbyterians and Pentecostals, religious liberty is not safe in America. The Framers of our Constitution mandated no preference for any one religion over another...
  • Climate McCarthyism and Eco-Inquisitions (Al Gore & Co.)

    03/12/2007 5:13:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 639+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | December 13, 2006 | Paul Driessen
    Two centuries years ago, Voltaire proclaimed, “I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.” Today, our free speech traditions are under assault. Colleges prohibit “offensive” or “politically incorrect” speech. Radical Islamists threaten to kill scholars, artists and even popes who “disrespect” the Prophet. And when we desperately need unfettered scientific debate, intolerant eco-activists have ushered in an era of climate McCarthyism and eco-Inquisitions. Al Gore seeks to muzzle anyone who raises inconvenient truths about climate alarmism. Greenpeace wants “climate criminals” pilloried and silenced. Grist magazine wants “Nuremberg-style war crimes trials” for...
  • German trial over Anne Frank book

    02/26/2007 11:43:52 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 21 replies · 678+ views
    BBB ^ | Monday, February 28, 2007
    The Diary of Anne Frank was displayed on the judge's desk A suspected German neo-Nazi has admitted publicly burning a copy of Anne Frank's diary, at the start of his trial with six others.The suspects are accused of inciting racial hatred and disparaging the dead. Prosecutors in the eastern German city of Magdeburg said Lars Konrad, 25, threw the book onto a bonfire during a summer solstice party in June 2006. Anne Frank wrote her diary while she and her family hid from the Nazis in an attic in Amsterdam during World War II. The indictment says the public...
  • SAVAGE NATION LIVE!! Thursday, February 22, 2007

    02/22/2007 2:44:03 PM PST · by Tarkus2040 · 181 replies · 1,724+ views
  • For Gods and Country

    02/21/2007 3:01:47 PM PST · by TBP · 30 replies · 618+ views
    The Washington Compost ^ | February 19, 2007 | Alan Cooperman
    A year ago, he was a Pentecostal Christian minister at Camp Anaconda, the largest U.S. support base in Iraq. On July 6, he applied to become the first Wiccan chaplain in the U.S. armed forces
  • In Mystery Of Beatle Lennon Was Occult Link That May Have Factored Into Death

    02/01/2007 9:14:13 AM PST · by Coleus · 15 replies · 2,337+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | 02.01.07 | Michael Brown
    If there was a danger to the dark side that welled in music in the 1960s, it was perhaps best represented by what happened to one of its icons, Beatle John Lennon.  His was a life that symbolized, and took to an extreme, the spiritual struggles -- and confusion -- of a generation.  As previously reported [click here for story], after years of casting about -- swerving as a youth from Christianity to agnosticism to atheism and then all the way to Eastern meditation -- the famed songwriter settled, in the end, on the occult, as sort of a harbinger...
  • Schools turning on to yoga, but some call it foreign religion

    01/30/2007 10:42:21 PM PST · by Coleus · 91 replies · 1,701+ views ^ | 01.29.07 | RACHEL KONRAD
    APTara Gruber and staff demonstrating a schoolteachers' instruction session. Teachers claim yoga helps students with attention-deficit disorder and may help lower childhood obesity. SAN FRANCISCO -- In Tara Guber's ideal world, American children would meditate in the lotus position and chant in Sanskrit before taking stressful standardized tests.  But when she asked a public elementary school in Aspen, Colo., to teach yoga in 2002, Christian fundamentalists and even some secular parents lobbied the school board. They argued that yoga's Hindu roots conflicted with Christian teachings and that using it in school might violate the separation of church and state....
  • Houses Found Buried Beneath Stonehenge Site

    01/30/2007 12:55:42 PM PST · by RDTF · 32 replies · 1,411+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2007 | Marc Kaufman
    New excavations near the mysterious circle at Stonehenge in South England have uncovered dozens of homes where hundreds of people lived -- at roughly the same time 4,600 years ago that the giant stone slabs were being erected. The finding strongly suggests that the monument and the settlement nearby were a center for ceremonial activities, with Stonehenge likely a burial site while other nearby circular earthen "henges" were areas for feasts and festivals. The houses found buried beneath the grounds of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site are the first of their kind from that late Stone Age period in Britain,...
  • Modern pagans honor Zeus in Athens

    01/24/2007 9:42:30 AM PST · by presidio9 · 24 replies · 593+ views
    AFP ^ | 01/22/07 | PARIS AYIOMAMITIS
    A clutch of modern pagans honored Zeus at a 1,800-year-old temple in the heart of Athens on Sunday — the first known ceremony of its kind held there since the ancient Greek religion was outlawed by the Roman empire in the late 4th century. Watched by curious onlookers, some 20 worshippers gathered next to the ruins of the temple for a celebration organized by Ellinais, a year-old Athens-based group that is campaigning to revive old religious practices from the era when Greece was a fount of education and philosophy. The group ignored a ban by the Culture Ministry, which declared...
  • Pagans celebrate Winter Solstice at Stonehenge on the wrong day...

    12/22/2006 9:27:14 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 73 replies · 2,359+ views
    Monsters & Critics ^ | Dec 22, 2006 | UPI
    Religion News Solstice rite held early at Stonehenge Dec 22, 2006 LONDON, England (UPI) -- Around 60 people turned up to celebrate the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge Thursday - on the wrong day. After negotiating with site managers, the crowd performed traditional solstice activities and left peacefully. One reveller, who wished to remain anonymous, said: 'We formed a ring and held hands, and touched the stones. The man with the green cloak was there. But there were an awful lot of red faces,' she said. The Pagan Winter Solstice celebration is one of the oldest winter celebrations in the world....
  • Is Christmas really just a warmed-over Celebration of the Feast of the Sol Invictus

    12/14/2006 11:16:32 AM PST · by John Philoponus · 17 replies · 527+ views
    Catholic and Enjoying It! Blog ^ | Thursday, December 14, 2006 | Mark Shea
    Pseudo-Knowledge and "Pagan Christmas" Time was when I, like most people, took it for granted the winter solstice and, in particular, the Roman Feast of the Birth of the Unconquered Sun were simply pagan celebrations that hung around into Christian times. In fact, when I set out to write this book I still thought this. But I discovered the reality is far more complicated and interesting. Indeed, it turns out this widely assumed "fact" that "everybody knows" is probably another sample of pseudo-knowledge. For according to William Tighe, a church history specialist at Pennsylvania's Muhlenberg College, "the pagan festival of...
  • The Origin and Practices of Christmas: Christian or Pagan ?

    12/08/2006 11:47:00 AM PST · by 4lifeandliberty · 33 replies · 3,092+ views
    Life and Liberty Ministries ^ | 12/8/06 | Dennis Green
    The Origin and Practices of Christmas: Christian or Pagan ? RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS AND CALENDARS - AN ENCYCLOPAEDIC HANDBOOK, 1993 Christmas Day December 25 Christmas Sermon - "Is Christmas A Perversion?" I preached the abouve noted sermon at Dayspring Christian Fellowship on Christmas Day, 2005. It is an important message for the body during this season. Check it out at [url][url] Christmas is the day on which Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The Roman Catholic Church designates it as a day of holy obligation on which members of the Church must attend services. Originally, the birth of Jesus was...
  • Pagan inmates are given a day off from work for Halloween

    10/31/2006 6:19:18 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 498+ views
    This London ^ | October 30, 2006
    Hundreds of Pagans serving prison sentences are to be given the day off work for Halloween out of respect for their religious beliefs.Prison Service bosses have instructed staff to grant the convicts, who include Devil worshippers and Satanists, special privileges on Tuesday.While fellow prisoners sew mail bags and undertake other jail work, the Pagans will be allowed to celebrate their 'holiday'.They can use certain artefacts, including rune stones, flexible twigs and hoodless robes, provided they are kept in their cells or worn during communal worship. Robes with hoods are banned for 'security reasons', however.The move is revealed in Home Office...
  • FINDING MY RELIGION: A pagan priestess talks about Halloween and the Tarot

    10/30/2006 8:01:31 AM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies · 434+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/30/6 | David Ian Miller
    To the ancient Celts, the end of October marked the conclusion of one year and the beginning of another, a time when the usual barriers separating the past, present and future became blurred. On Samhain, the pagan harvest celebration on Oct. 31 that eventually became Halloween, the Celtic shamans used burnt animal bones, retrieved from festival bonfires, to predict what the coming year would bring. Over the centuries, people have continued such divination practices on Halloween, using mirrors, tossed apple peelings and blobs of candle wax to peer into the future. For some, it's an annual bit of fun. For...
  • Pagan Student Club Created at UW-Waukesha (WI)

    10/23/2006 6:58:40 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 53 replies · 1,011+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | October 22, 2006 | Staff Writer from AP
    WAUKESHA, WI (AP) -- A Pagan Student Alliance club has been organized at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha as Halloween approaches. It was officially recognized by the student government about two weeks ago and its approximately one dozen members hope to promote understanding of paganism through public information efforts and demonstrations."We're coming out of the broom closet," said Amber Braun, 20, of Waukesha, who is president of the group. "We're not trying to preach, and we're not trying to convert," she added. Braun, who describes herself as a witch, said she plans to request about $1,500 in student fee funding. David...
  • Montreal Shooters web page(my title)

    09/13/2006 11:59:51 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 113 replies · 4,484+ views
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  • From Jehovah's Witness to Hollywood actress

    09/12/2006 11:47:19 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 9 replies · 1,757+ views
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH ^ | 09/11/2006 | Tim Townsend
    ... And then there's Dever's upbringing in the Jehovah's Witness church. ... The actress has created a new life outside the church's strict system of beliefs, "and she's making it work for her," [film director Matthew Van Vlack] said. Dever has transformed herself from a sheltered St. Charles [MO] teenager forbidden from celebrating her birthday or attending prom into the celluloid star of horror flicks such as "Sasquatch Hunters" and "Mangler Reborn."... Conflicting feelings as a youth The Jehovah's Witnesses, which began as a small Bible study group near Pittsburgh in 1872, has more than 6.5 million Witnesses around the...
  • The Witch Next Door

    04/23/2006 6:20:58 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 691+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 04.22.06 | Br. Paul Stein
    “Your son and daughter might be the next Hansel and Gretel,” should have been the warning label on the Guide to Paganism supplied to British prison governors by the Pagan Federation. Michael Spurr, director of operations of the Prison Service, approved the new norms, which allow pagan British inmates possession of incenses and an amulet, the services of pagan “chaplains,” and the practice of rites and chants in their cells, London’s Times reported on October 17th of last year.  Pretence of Antiquity Witchcraft and paganism have been growing worldwide, especially the practice of Wicca, for which courses one can now...
  • Dr. Doom speaks his mind AN OVERPOPULATED EARTH?

    08/27/2006 1:52:27 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 63 replies · 1,507+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 8-27-06 | LISA SANDBERG
    AUSTIN - When classes resume at the University of Texas at Austin this week, 90 impressionable undergrads will file into an ecology class taught by a chatty zoology professor known — not always out of earshot — as Dr. Doom. His real name is Eric Pianka, and students enrolled in his Ecology, Evolution and Society course will hear a sad synopsis of Earth's vanishing species and habitats — coupled with an apocalyptic warning about humans racing obliviously toward the edge of a high cliff. If he models his lectures on previous ones, Pianka may remark that the planet would be...
  • Ohio Man Claims Right To Have Sex With Boys

    08/03/2006 4:33:40 AM PDT · by Abathar · 117 replies · 3,849+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | August 3, 2006 | AP
    CLEVELAND -- It was probably not a defense the court had heard before. A suburban Cleveland man accused of sexually assaulting nine disabled boys told a judge Wednesday that his apartment was a religious sanctuary where smoking marijuana and having sex with children are sacred rituals protected by civil rights laws. The admitted pedophile offered a surprising defense Wednesday to 74 charges of rape, drugs and pandering obscenity to minors. Appearing in an Ohio court for a pretrial hearing, Phillip Distasio, 34, of Rocky River, Ohio, said he was a pedophile. He told the judge, "I'm a pedophile. I've been...
  • A MATTER OF FAITH: Duxbury Wiccans follow their own path toward spiritual growth

    07/24/2006 11:23:12 AM PDT · by Cheverus · 8 replies · 959+ views
    The Patriot Ledger ^ | July 24, 2006 | KAREN GOULART
    DUXBURY - She doesn’t always wear the robe and the cloak, but the Rev. Kendra Vaughan Hovey is never without her priest’s collar. As the elder high priestess of the First Church of Wicca in Duxbury, the white collar is more than a symbol of her beliefs. She says it provides an opportunity to educate others about those beliefs. Sitting in her home office, where she prepares sermons, answers e-mail and prays at the altar neatly set in the corner beneath a window, Hovey recalls a recent interaction at her daughter’s dance recital. ‘‘One of the other mothers said she’d...
  • Atheist Devotional

    06/02/2006 8:25:10 PM PDT · by Donald Meaker · 6 replies · 559+ views
    Internet, Quran, Book of Mormon, Bible, Zoroaster, and Homer | Various | Various Judges 1:1 Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them? 1:2 And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand. 1:3 And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, Come up with me into my lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with thee into thy lot. So Simeon went with him. 1:4 And Judah went up; and the LORD delivered...
  • Priest jailed for killing nun

    05/12/2006 3:12:20 AM PDT · by familyop · 4 replies · 584+ views
    News24 (South Africa) ^ | 12MAY06 | News24
    Toledo - A United States jury on Thursday found a Roman Catholic priest guilty of the Satanic rite-style murder of a 71-year-old nun, which went unsolved for more than 25 years. Father Gerald Robinson was immediately sentenced to a mandatory jail term of between 15 years and life. There were gasps in the court and some applauded in the hallway outside after the verdict was read, but the 68-year-old priest remained passive. Sister Margaret Ann Pahl was found murdered on a chapel floor in April 1980. She had been strangled, covered in an altar cloth and stabbed 31 times in...
  • The Pagan Origin of Easter

    04/16/2006 9:07:24 AM PDT · by The Lumster · 106 replies · 2,667+ views
    Last Trumpet Ministries ^ | unknown | David J. Meyer
    The Pagan Origin Of Easter -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Easter is a day that is honered by nearly all of contemporary Christianity and is used to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The holiday often involves a church service at sunrise, a feast which includes an "Easter Ham", decorated eggs and stories about rabbits. Those who love truth learn to ask questions, and many questions must be asked regarding the holiday of Easter. Is it truly the day when Jesus arose from the dead? Where did all of the strange customs come from, which have nothing to do with the resurrection of our...

    04/05/2006 7:21:31 AM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 6 replies · 818+ views
    Midwest Conservative Journal ^ | Apr 4 2006 | Christopher S. Johnson
    The shocking thing about this story is that it's not particularly shocking anymore: Now, thanks to some research by commenter Liz at TitusOneNine, it turns out that Maury Johnston, author of Gays Under Grace: A Gay Christian’s Response to Homosexuality and the recent widely-publicized essay "Facing the Spectre of Schism", is also known as "Shadwynn" and belongs to a Wiccan order called "Keepers of the Cauldron." The coven is described as being in the "grail quest tradition," based on the Arthurian legends and featuring a strong Eucharistic theme. Mr. Johnston claims to have "married" nine couples in his 18 years...
  • Evangelizing in a 'Post Pagan' Culture

    03/14/2006 6:26:11 PM PST · by Coleus · 6 replies · 491+ views
    CERC ^ | July 2001 | Fr. Anthony Mastroeni, J.D., S.T.L., S.T.D,
    We need to have some of that sense of urgency of St Paul who said, "Woe is me if I do not preach the Gospel." The aim is not simply to win arguments, but to win hearts. The best way to conquer your "enemy" is to make him your friend. Few people see the turn of a century and fewer still the turn of a millennium as we have. Sad to say, many of those who were privileged to experience this awesome shift of time did not take note of the reason for it all. Very few realised it was...
  • Witches return to German forests (love of nature alert!)

    03/08/2006 10:13:29 AM PST · by NYer · 153 replies · 3,625+ views
    Mail & Guardian ^ | March 8, 2006 | Walther Rosenberger
    Witches have returned to the German forests, dancing naked in groups under the full moon and calling to their gods. The covens vary in size and in how seriously they take their calling, but the numbers are rising, particularly amongst the young. Their religious ideas are described as "pagan" rather than Satanist, and many of the older practitioners have a history in the environmental movement, where they learnt a passionate love of nature. In some cases this has led on to a belief in the natural powers of the forests. The women are convinced they can work magic. "The witches'...
  • 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...
  • Indigo Children claim special powers; skeptics abound

    02/02/2006 9:13:49 PM PST · by Coleus · 67 replies · 3,291+ views ^ | 02.02.06 | MAKEBA SCOTT HUNTER
    Jurate Cannara knew her daughter Laura was different when, as a toddler, she would stand out in the rain, her tiny hands outstretched toward the lightning. "Mama, I need energy," the little girl would tell her. As Laura Mikuseviciuje grew from toddler to child to teen to young woman, Cannara noticed that her daughter's eccentricities only increased with age. "I didn't understand my daughter," said Cannara, who lives in Verona, of her daughter's early expressions of intuition and odd, energetic behavior. According to some, Laura's tendencies are not odd at all; they even have a name. She and others like...
  • <i>San Antonio Current</I> Reports Assistants Needed for Child Sacrifices and Abortions?

    08/26/2003 11:08:24 AM PDT · by boromeo · 16 replies · 383+ views
    The San Antonio Current for August 21-27, 2003 has an unsettling article describing the Lilith Fund, a 501c3 and so-called 'reproductive equity' group, and their efforts to train abortion assistants. Lilith is a prominent figure in demonology and Jewish folklore. Is it demons and witches presiding over child sacrifices, or the 'right to choose', or both? The San Antonio Current for August 21-27, 2003 article stated, "The Lilith Fund, a non-profit, abortion assistance organization is holding volunteer training for its hotline today from 1-3pm and August 26 from 6:30-8:30pm at San Antonio Reproductive Services, 5838 Joiner Ave. Prospective volunteers need...
  • Why Harry Potter Should be read to young children

    01/02/2006 8:20:04 AM PST · by anhonestchild · 131 replies · 2,349+ views
    1/2/05 | anhonestchild
    First of all I would like to add that I am a 13 year old girl and am not a parent. I have read all of the Harry Potter Books. With two parents that are devoted Christians I understand partially your view on the Harry Potter books but I respectfully disagree. To a young child the Harry Potter books are comforting. These people although portrayed as witches and wizards are well rounded people and little kids respect that. For instance if any of you have read the Harry Potter Books Hermoine Granger is a girl very dedicated to her school...
  • Rosen: Merry Christmas, ACLU

    12/23/2005 5:30:10 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 8 replies · 847+ views
    Rocky Mountain News column ^ | Friday December 23rd, 2005 | Mike Rosen
    The pendulum swings both ways. Last year in Denver, it was Mayor John Hickenlooper proposing to replace the city's traditional "Merry Christmas" sign with one that said "Happy Holidays." The mayor wisely backed off in response to the public outcry, as did the Parade of Lights, this year, reversing its policy barring religious floats. Earlier this month, Speaker of the U.S. House Dennis Hastert, issued a directive instructing the architect of the Capitol to drop the name "Capitol Holiday Tree" - adopted in the late 1990s under the authority of no one who's now willing to admit to it -...
  • Murderer wins right to Wiccan religious items behind bars

    12/08/2005 6:15:13 PM PST · by Crackingham · 21 replies · 717+ views
    AP ^ | 12/8/5 | Wayne Parry
    A convicted murderer who practices the Wiccan religion won the right Thursday to receive religious books and items while behind bars. The state Department of Corrections settled a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey on behalf of Patrick Pantusco, who was convicted of murder, aggravated assault and other offenses in Bergen County in 1998, and sent to East Jersey State Prison at Avenel. He began practicing Wicca in 2002, while serving a 30- to 50-year prison term. Wiccans say their religion is based on respect for the earth, nature and the cycle of the seasons....
  • Witch says fellow pagan out to get her

    12/07/2005 3:35:03 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 44 replies · 1,332+ views
    Daytona Beach News-Journal ^ | 12/06/05 | JANETTE NEUWAHL
    PALM COAST -- It was close to midnight on Sunday and Jill Pagan -- who practices paganism and calls herself a witch -- was getting settled into bed when she heard a crash. It sounded like something might have fallen. Upon investigation, Pagan discovered that her home's white aluminum door had a large gash in it. And just to the right, a large chunk of concrete was sitting in a flowerpot with a note attached to it by rubber bands. She immediately recognized a handwritten note in an ancient language called Theban, which she said is used almost exclusively by...
  • Looking Into the Pagan Phenomenon

    11/27/2005 9:35:33 AM PST · by Khankrumthebulgar · 54 replies · 1,174+ views
    ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome ^ | 2005-11-26 | Zenit News Agency
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, NOV. 26, 2005 ( Witchcraft is moving into the mainstream in the Netherlands. A Dutch court has ruled that the costs of witchcraft lessons can be tax-deductible, the Associated Press reported Oct. 31. The previous month, the Leeuwarden District Court confirmed the legal right to write off the costs of schooling -- including in witchcraft -- against tax bills. The costs can be substantial, according to one witch interviewed for the article. Margarita Rongen runs the "Witches Homestead" in a northern province. Her workshops cost more than $200 a weekend, or more than $2,600 for a full course....
  • Why Some Christians Don't Celebrate Christmas

    12/04/2005 7:27:20 AM PST · by DouglasKC · 327 replies · 6,361+ views
    Good News Magazine ^ | Nov. 2005 | Jerold Aust
    Why Some Christians Don't Celebrate Christmas Many feel that Christmas marks Christ's birthday and that it honors Him. After all, can 2 billion professing Christians be wrong? At the same time, some few Christians don't observe Christmas, believing that Jesus didn't sanction it and that it dishonors Him. Who is right—and why? by Jerold Aust One day, years ago, someone asked me why I kept Christmas. "The Bible says to keep it," I responded. "Somewhere in the Gospel of Luke, it speaks of the nativity scene. An angel told some shepherds that were keeping their sheep in the fields at...

    11/11/2005 9:03:22 AM PST · by Keli Kilohana · 56 replies · 1,577+ views
    Sharper Iron ^ | 11/11/05 | Pastor Terry hagedorn
    If we are going to secularize the Calendar--i.e. remove any references to Christ, then I think that we should also secularize the names of the day of the week: Sunday is named after the Sun. The ancient pagan Greeks and Romans believed that the sun was the source of life on the planet and they gave it prime importance in their thinking--hence, the first day of the week. Monday is named for the Moon. If sun is honored on Sunday, it would be lunacy to not give the Moon a place of prominence on Monday. And, indeed, the word for...