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  • Were the Pagan Gods Actually Demons? The Scriptural View and Why It Matters

    07/07/2016 6:50:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 82 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Were the Pagan Gods Actually Demons? The Scriptural View and Why It Matters Msgr. Charles Pope • July 6, 2016 • There is a tendency for us to simplistically dismiss the gods of the ancient world as mere figments of human imagination, but the biblical approach is a bit more complex than that.To be clear, at no time in the Scriptures were these gods ever acknowledged to be gods in any true sense of the word. There is only one God and He is the LORD.Consider the following text by St. Paul:For although there may be so-called gods in...
  • Loony Liberals Now Bringing Out Witchdoctors To Stop Trump? What The Heck!

    06/19/2016 8:12:01 AM PDT · by WayneDupreeShow · 22 replies
    Newsninja2012 ^ | 6-19-16 | Wayne Dupree
    Now I've seen everything. Is not enough that the Democrats tried to kick God off their platform back in 2008 or how the Democrats have removed God out of the public schools along with the Pledge of Allegiance, now they're adding witch doctors at the Trump rally. Can somebody please fix America quickly? The more you see how the liberal left is loony, the more you have to realize your vote is the most important thing that you will do come November. You see what the rioters are doing to Americans who have voiced their opinion at the ballot box...
  • You will be impotent/know the pain of pine needles in your guts Witches hexing of Stanford rapist

    06/10/2016 12:46:25 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8 June 2016 | | CHRIS PLEASANCE
    Thousands of witches angered by the lenient sentence given to Stanford rapist Brock Turner have performed a mass hexing after organizing online. As well as creating the event, Hexen posted instructions for the spellcasting ceremony online. Followers were told to get a black candle, piece of string, and a representation of Brock Turner, noting that the candle could be anointed with 'urine, menstrual blood or hexing oil'. Next, the hexers were told to draw a circle of power around themselves for protection - with salt being recommended as a good material - before marking 13 crosses on the candle and...
  • QUEENSHIP OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (All Catholic Caucus)

    06/04/2016 7:58:09 AM PDT · by SGNA · 2 replies
    Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Roman Catholic Church ^ | October 11, 1954 | Pope Pius XII
    AD CAELI REGINAM ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XII ON PROCLAIMING THE QUEENSHIP OF MARY OCTOBER 11, 1954 To the Venerable Brethren, the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, Bishops and other Local Ordinaries in Peace and Communion with the Holy See. Venerable Brethren, Health and Apostolic Blessing. From the earliest ages of the Catholic Church a Christian people, whether in time of triumph or more especially in time of crisis, has addressed prayers of petition and hymns of praise and veneration to the Queen of Heaven. And never has that hope wavered which they placed in the Mother of the Divine King, Jesus...
  • Shooting an endangered animal is worse than murder: Grief over gorillas death turns to outrage

    05/30/2016 12:30:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 132 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/30/2016
    for the boys parents to be punished for not adequately supervising their child. A Facebook page called Justice for Harambe received more than 41,000 likes within hours of its creation. The pages description says it was created to raise awareness of Harambes murder and includes YouTube tributes and memes celebrating the western lowland gorilla and admonishing zoo officials. Shooting an endangered animal is worse than murder, a commenter from Denmark named Per Serensen wrote on the page. Soooo angry. Lt. Steve Saunders, a spokesman for the Cincinnati Police Department, told the Cincinnati Enquirer that they have no plans to charge...
  • NO, HITLER WAS NOT A CHRISTIAN

    05/21/2016 11:30:06 AM PDT · by Woodland · 18 replies
    WND ^ | Matt Barber
    [T]he only way of getting rid of Christianity is to allow it to die little by little. Adolf Hitler Yes, there have been evil men who have done evil things in the name of false Christianity. To a limited degree, Adolf Hitler was one such man. Still, and as even he frequently admitted outside the public eye, he was no Christian. As a counterweight to stigma associated with the tens of millions slaughtered in the 20th century alone under the atheist regimes of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, et al., the secular left is quick to thunder, But what...
  • Is Donald Trump Evil? The Religious Left Thinks He Is

    05/09/2016 9:19:12 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 49 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 9, 2016 | JP
    Christians are called to resist Trump. So read the headline accompanying a polemic authored by Rev. Dr. David Gushee, Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Georgia. It was published this past week by Religion News Service, which provides left-of-center religious news and commentary to more than 100 media outlets, including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Huffington Post. The call to which Gushee referred is a statement (which he helped draft) that was released last month by a multiracial group of Christian ministers and scholars. The group condemns Donald Trump, they say, because...
  • Confronting Paganism (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional&Caucus)

    03/22/2016 7:50:48 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 3/22/2016
    Nehemiah served in a pagan government as a believer in God. He was humble and respectful to the king, but proper fear of his king did not stop him from acting to save his people. He prayed to God and made a request of the king, asking for permission to go to Jerusalem to rebuild it. He also asked for letters that he might present to various governors for safe conduct, and even a grant for building materials. Not all the pagan governors were sanguine toward Nehemiah and his plans. Indeed, some were fiercely resistant to them. When Sanballat the...
  • Lucy Jones is leaving her job - to shake up more than just earthquakes

    03/20/2016 9:34:30 AM PDT · by thecodont · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 18, 2016 | Rosanna Xia
    The questions were coming fast and frantic: How strong was the earthquake? Was it on the San Andreas? Is the Big One coming? A massive temblor had struck near Joshua Tree shortly before 10 p.m., causing buildings to sway all the way to Las Vegas. As the public braced for more shaking, the media flocked to Caltech that night in 1992. One woman seemed to have all the answers. It was a magnitude 6.1, explained U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones, and the odds of a larger quake in the next three days stood at 15%. She shifted her weight...
  • The Most Common Misunderstandings About Evolution

    02/22/2016 10:38:03 AM PST · by EveningStar · 147 replies
    RealClearScience ^ | February 20, 2016 | Paula Kover
    Given its huge success in describing the natural world for the past 150 years, the theory of evolution is remarkably misunderstood. In a recent episode of the Australian series of "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here", former cricket star Shane Warne questioned the theory - asking "if humans evolved from monkeys, why haven't today's monkeys evolved"? Similarly, a head teacher from a primary school in the UK recently stated that evolution is a theory rather than a fact. This is despite the fact that children in the UK start learning about evolution in Year 6 (ten to 11-year-olds),...
  • Pope Francis Suggests Donald Trump Is ‘Not Christian’

    02/18/2016 9:09:29 AM PST · by NRx · 307 replies
    NY Times ^ | 02-18-2016 | JIM YARDLEY
    ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRLINER -- Inserting himself into the Republican presidential race, Pope Francis on Wednesday suggested that Donald J. Trump "is not Christian" because of the harshness of his campaign promises to deport more immigrants and force Mexico to pay for a wall along the border. "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian," Francis said when a reporter asked him about Mr. Trump on the papal airliner as he returned to Rome after his six-day visit to Mexico.
  • Creationist Ken Ham: The State Has Created 'The Church of Evolution With Darwin As The High Priest'

    02/17/2016 10:25:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 16, 2016 | 4:07 PM EST | Michael W. Chapman
    Ken Ham, a biologist and supporter of young Earth creationism, said evolution is a "belief," not a "theory" -- a "fairy tale" for people who "try to explain life without God" -- and he added that the secular State has established a church, the "Church of Evolution, with Darwin as the High Priest," and teachers and professors as "priests" who push the Darwin religion in the schools. In an interview on VCY America on Feb. 10, two days before the international Darwin Day, host Jim Schneider said to Ken Ham, "I was disturbed in my spirit to hear we have...
  • Scientists hope court setback doesn't stop giant telescope (Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea HI)

    12/12/2015 10:05:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2015 1:04 PM EST | Jennifer Sinco Kelleher
    Scientists involved in Hawaii astronomy are hopeful that builders of a giant telescope planned for a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians don't give up on the project. A recent state Supreme Court decision invalidated the $1.4 billion project's permit to build on conservation land, which could delay construction by several years. The nonprofit company building the Thirty Meter Telescope hasn't yet indicated its next move. Protesters say they will continue to fight the telescope. ...
  • Florida candidate for U.S. Senate admits to sacrificing goat, drinking its blood

    10/05/2015 11:19:38 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | October 6, 2015 | By By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, AP Political Writer
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Two years ago, Augustus Sol Invictus walked from central Florida to the Mojave Desert and spent a week fasting and praying, at times thinking he wouldn't survive. In a pagan ritual to give thanks when he returned home, he killed a goat and drank its blood. Now that he's a candidate for U.S. Senate, the story is coming back to bite him. The chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida has resigned to call attention to Invictus' candidacy in hopes that other party leaders will denounce him. Adrian Wyllie, who was the Libertarian candidate for governor...
  • California becomes fifth state to allow physician-assisted suicide

    10/05/2015 5:52:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, October 5, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    Californias wrenching yearlong legislative debate over the right to die culminated Monday with Gov. Jerry Brown signing into law a bill making California the fifth state to permit physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. As a Democrat and former Catholic seminarian, Mr. Brown was caught between two opposing sides of the right-to-die debate, and had given little indication of whether he would sign the bill before it reached his desk in early September. In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death, Mr. Brown said in his signing statement....
  • Goddess of Destruction Just Appeared In New York (Empire State Bldg)

    08/10/2015 7:12:47 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 97 replies
    youtube ^ | Aug 10, 2015 | posted by FreedomFighter2127
    NEW DELHI: In a breathtaking spectacle, Goddess Kali was projected on the Empire State Building in New York. Artist Andrew Jones designed the portrait of the goddess to make the point that Mother Nature now more than ever needs a fierce avatar to fight the dangers of pollution and extinction, Firstpost.com reported...
  • The Divinization of the Earth: A Religion Without a God

    08/07/2015 1:43:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 6, 2015 | James V Schall, S.J.
    "With cries that pierce me to the heart, / my enemies revile me, / saying to me all the day long: / Where is your God? Psalm 42. "In paganism, the Divine is that to which sacrifices must be offered. This is almost a definition. In this recent movement, Man is something that should be sacrificed on behalf of the Earth. The divinization of the Earth is an extremely consequential move, since it is supposed to be higher than Man. Rmi Brague, Are There as Many Gods as Religions? (Modern Age, Summer 2015) I. With so much current...
  • Wiccan ritual killing during blue moon leaves 3 dead in Pensacola

    08/05/2015 2:25:58 PM PDT · by familyop · 40 replies
    NBC News, WFLA, News Channel 8 ^ | August 5, 2015 | NBC News
    A triple homicide in Florida is suspected to be a Wiccan ritual killing related to the blue moon, police said Tuesday. The three victims, all from the same family, were found after a welfare check on Friday, July 31, said Escambia County Sheriffs Office spokesman Sgt. Andrew Hobbes. It appears that this might be connected to some type of Wiccan ritual killing and possibly tied to the blue moon, Hobbes told NBC News. A blue moon is what its called when there are two full moons in the same calendar month. Voncile Smith, 77, and her two sons, Richard, 49,...
  • The government wants you to grill fruit for the Fourth of July

    07/03/2015 6:05:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 3, 2015 | 8:45 AM | Pete Kasperowicz
    Forget hamburgers and hot dogsthe U.S. Department of Agriculture is pushing people to grill up pineapple slices, peaches, nectarines and other fruit for their big July 4th feast. Throw some grilled pineapple on the grill & get ready to enjoy natures candy, USDAs MyPlate website tweeted out this week. [] If you must grill meat, USDA is suggesting things like a low-sodium & tasty recipe for grilled steak with Criolla sauce. But theres not much information on how to make a good burger. When a search for the word hamburger is run on the MyPlate site, the first three items...
  • For Pope's Environment Encyclical, an unusual line-up of presenters [tr]

    06/10/2015 12:41:21 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 7 replies
    Rorate-Caeli ^ | 6/10/'15 | Augustinus
    The Vatican has just revealed in today's Bollettino the line-up of speakers for the official presentation of the "Environment Encyclical", Laudato Si, on June 18 at the New Synod Hall. - Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; - His Eminence Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon, representing the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Orthodox Church; - Prof. John Schellnhuber, Founding Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Metropolitan John, 84 years old, is the Patriarchate of Constantinople's leading figure in ecumenical discussions and has long been close to the Catholic ecumenical establishment....
  • 3 Things We Have In Common With Pagan Rome

    04/30/2015 1:45:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 30, 2015 | RUSSELL E. SALTZMAN
    Christianity killed paganism in antiquity; what will kill the new paganism? Western civilization may be swiftly defaulting to functional paganism, and by default paganism I do not mean we shall see the gods and goddesses again dressed out in temples, hungry for sacrifice. Pan, Zeus, or Athena may find niche markets in contemporary neo-paganism, but I dont think even they will fit into the unfocused spirituality trending today. No, what I mean by default paganism are habits of thought and living that commonly governed life for ordinary Romans, the people. Until roughly the mid-twentieth century, there were three widespread...
  • Sex-Selection Infanticide Dates Back to the Greeks: Girl Babies Were Killed, Thrown Into Sewers

    12/23/2014 8:20:55 AM PST · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/23/14 | Murray Vasser
    (LiveActionNews) — A common narrative in our society is that, by opposing abortion and infanticide, Christians are conducting a “war on women.” However, in a fascinating study entitled “The Rise of Christianity,” published by Princeton University Press, sociologist Rodney Stark argues that the phenomenal growth of “the obscure, marginal Jesus movement” was due in large part to women. Stark argues that early Christianity was “especially attractive to women” because “within the Christian subculture women enjoyed far higher status than did women in the Greco-Roman world at large.”Furthermore, Stark argues that the Christian opposition to abortion and infanticide was one of...
  • K-9 Who Served for Years Gets Heros Farewell as He Walks Into Vets Office for Last Time

    02/24/2015 8:02:12 AM PST · by God luvs America · 36 replies
    IJReview ^ | 2/24/2015 | Lawrence Bonk
    The unsung heroes of your communitys police force are its capable K-9 unit. These talented pooches can serve alongside a police force for upwards of a decade. As any pet owner knows, one of the hardest things in life is saying goodbye to your best friend. Police in West Deptford, New Jersey had to do just that late last week. Noted police dog Judge, who retired from active service in 2013, was given a heros farewell as he was walked into the vets office to be put down:
  • Iceland to build first temple to Norse gods since Viking age

    Icelanders will soon be able to publicly worship at a shrine to Thor, Odin and Frigg with construction starting this month on the islands first major temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age. Worship of the gods in Scandinavia gave way to Christianity around 1,000 years ago but a modern version of Norse paganism has been gaining popularity in Iceland.
  • Azealia Banks Outrageous Racist or Magickal Vigilante?

    01/21/2015 7:09:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Patheos' Voodoo Universe Blog ^ | January 20, 2015 | Lilith Dorsey
    A week ago most people had never come across rapper Azealia Banks. She flew onto everyones radar on Saturday with just one tweet. It was as follows- And time to put death spells on cops who kill innocent civilians and think they can get away with it.. OKURRRRRR?!Immediately people began to respond on twitter with calls to the ancient magicks and the ancestors. People called Azealia a racist, and some Wiccans even chimed in with the three fold law. If there were any Pagans out there that thought they didnt have a nickel in this quarter, they must admit they...
  • Pagan Catholicism @ Loyola

    10/27/2014 7:22:52 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 26, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When Catholic colleges and universities embrace diversity, Catholics should worry. Loyola University Chicago recently christened a new pagan student club, with its student organizer saying the group aims to help pupils at the private Catholic college find the God they seek, not just the one featured in the Bible, Dominic Lynch, a student there, wrote on The College Fix on October 23, 2014. Ill bet they didnt have a hard time finding a faculty adviser. The Loyola Student Pagan Alliance was granted official recognition by the university earlier this month by its Student Activities and Greek Affairs board, Lynch reported....
  • Bishop Schneider: Church faces great crisis as shes tempted to conform to the new paganism

    06/12/2014 2:55:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 12, 2014 | HILARY WHITE
    LONDON, June 12, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Catholic Church is living through a “great crisis” of belief and practice, facing a “new paganism” comparable to the first centuries of the Church, and in which many priests and bishops are actively collaborating, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan, said in an interview during a trip to the UK. The bishop said the crisis has particularly manifested itself in the erosion of belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, which he says has a “causal connection” to the denial of the Church’s teachings on...
  • Cornell study finds children who eat chicken on the bone are more aggressive

    04/30/2014 1:52:30 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 82 replies
    upi ^ | April 30, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    ITHACA, N.Y.,Researchers at Cornell University conducted a study about biting versus chewing habits in children and found that kids who eat chicken on the bone are more likely to disobey adults and be aggressive. The study, which was published in Eating Behaviors, found that children were twice as likely to disobey adults and twice as aggressive toward other kids when eating food they had to hold and bite. Researches found that children were more docile when eating cut-up pieces of food, results which would seem to indicate that there is a connection between having to use teeth to eat and...
  • County Renames Easter Bunny as Spring Bunny in Parks Egg Hunt Promotion

    04/11/2014 7:10:47 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 41 replies
    Times of San Diego ^ | 04/10/2014 | Ken Stone
    San Diego County parks have set four Easter egg hunts, but are keeping the affairs secular by renaming the featured hopper the Spring Bunny. Events over the next two weeks will feature different activities at each location. Some feature face painting and others pancake breakfasts. Eggs hunts are set at four county parks. Image courtesy of County News CenterBut the constants at all of them will be a chance to meet the Spring Bunny and lots of eggs thousands of them! says the county, whose news release doesnt use the word Easter. Last years release also avoided any religious...
  • Pope Benedict XV . . . Poor Preaching Responsible For Fall Back Into Paganism

    02/16/2014 6:02:04 AM PST · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    The Wanderer Press ^ | February 12, 2014 | PAUL LIKOUDIS
    Pope Benedict XV . . . Poor Preaching Responsible For Fall Back Into Paganism February 12, 2014 Frontpage No Comments By PAUL LIKOUDISThe horror of World War I, preoccupied with massive humanitarian projects on behalf of widows, orphans, and prisoners of war, engaged in intense diplomatic initiatives to defend the rights of the Church in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, Pope Benedict XV issued an encyclical Humani Generis Redemptionem on June 15, 1917, which blamed ineffective preaching by priests for the decline in morals and civilizations backsliding into paganism. Pope Benedict reminded bishops that their foremost duty is...
  • Judges 2:10-13: The Opening of Americas Anti-Christian Chapter

    01/26/2014 4:58:24 AM PST · by spirited irish · 20 replies
    Renew America ^ | Jan. 7, 2014 | Linda Kimball
    When also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers; and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which He had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the Lords anger...they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths." Judges 2:10-13 In his book New Evangelicalism: the New World Order, Paul Smith,...
  • Nazis Ordered: Remove All Christian Crosses and Spread Paganism

    01/20/2014 10:22:55 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 8 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 17 January 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    I've shown in the first and second articles of this series - concluding with the present article - that Hitler was neopagan and anti-Christian and that the new pagan religions that developed in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s gave Nazism part of its ideological foundations. It is only to be expected, then, that the Hitler regime tried to tear German society away from Christianity and return it to pagan beliefs. While Hitler made public proclamations that he would protect Christianity in order to be acceptable to the German people who were in their majority Christian, his recorded private...
  • A Journey to the Dark Heart of Christian Extremism: Review of "Being Christian" (Cue spooky music)

    11/12/2013 9:57:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | November 1, 2013 | Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    Conservatives like to extol so-called small-town virtues, of the sort immortalized in song by John Cougar Mellencamp. Small towns are supposedly the home of real Americans and bastions of virtue. Small towns, we are told, are the home of God-fearing family values Christians. Mellencamp sang about being taught to feel Jesus in a small town but there is feeling and then there is feeling. Televangelists use Jesus like a weapon to not only fire up their congregations but to be armed and fired at their foes. Liberals do not always understand, because they have not seen it for themselves, the...
  • With Lenin's Changes Removed, Tsarist Obelisk Unveiled Near Kremlin

    11/04/2013 12:47:59 PM PST · by kronos77 · 13 replies
    MOSCOW, November 4 (RIA Novosti) The head of the Russian Orthodox Church and senior Russian officials attended the opening of a resurrected Tsarist-era obelisk outside the Kremlin walls Monday. The monument was originally unveiled 99 years ago to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Russias Romanov dynasty, but its Tsarist iconography was removed in 1918 on the orders of Vladimir Lenin and the names of Romanov emperors replaced by famous international revolutionaries. In the renovated version unveiled Monday, criticized by some architectural preservation groups for poor quality work, the communist-era changes have been reversed. Today, an unjust historical action has...
  • Cardinal Tagle apologizes for Church sins

    10/19/2013 11:35:16 AM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    The Manilla Times ^ | October 18, 2013 10:50 pm | Rose de la Cruz
    SHAKEN, if not humbled by the destruction of old Catholic churches in the provinces of Cebu and Bohol after a powerful 7.2 quake hit Central Visayas last Tuesday, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Friday apologized for the sins of the Church against non-Catholics and even the poor. Tagle made his apology on the last day of the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) at the University of Santo Tomas, a 3-day event that sought to rekindle the Catholic faith. In memory of Blessed Pope John Paul II and his collaborators before the year 2000, including Pope Emeritus Benedict...
  • Pope Francis helps provide mooncakes for 10,500 prisoners in Hong Kong

    09/20/2013 6:21:42 PM PDT · by haffast · 13 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 09/18/2013 | gerard o'connell
    More than 10,000 prisoners in Hong Kong will receive mooncakes on Chinas Moon Festival, which this year falls on September 19, thanks also to the interest of Pope Francis in them. He not only endorsed this years Catholic initiative to provide mooncakes to the prisoners, he also gave a symbolic sum of money and, importantly too, encouraged the Catholic faithful in Hong Kong diocese to donate to the initiative. The Pope came to know about the project thanks to Cardinal Joseph Zen, the emeritus bishop of Hong Kong. He told me that he wrote to Pope Francis after the World...
  • First Bernalillo County (New Mexico) same-sex couple gets marriage license

    08/28/2013 10:08:04 AM PDT · by fifedom · 7 replies
    KOAT TV ^ | Aug 28, 2013 | Mike Springer
    A lesbian couple became the first same-sex couple to get a marriage license in Bernalillo County. The clerks office issued more than 100 marriage licenses before the day was over.
  • Church of England Envisions 'Christianity-Centered Pagan Church'

    06/27/2013 3:23:48 PM PDT · by fwdude · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | June 22, 2013 | Anugrah Kumar
    As part of its drive to retain congregation numbers, the Church of England is training its clergy to create a "pagan church" where Christianity will be "very much in the center," a British newspaper reports. The mother church of the worldwide Anglican Communion is seeking to create new forms of Anglicanism with which people of alternative beliefs should feel comfortable, according to The Telegraph. "I would be looking to formulate an exploration of the Christian faith that would be at home in their culture," the daily quotes the Rev. Steve Hollinghurst, who is advising the denomination in its new endeavor,...
  • Is this Historical Christmas?

    12/22/2012 6:02:55 PM PST · by Phinneous · 171 replies
    Simpletoremember.com ^ | Unknown | Lawrence Kelemen
    ...An article on the pagan origins of Christmas...
  • Fall of Mankind

    06/20/2012 3:02:36 PM PDT · by spirited irish · 67 replies
    Renew America ^ | June 20, 2012 | Linda Kimball
    Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 In Against the Heathen, early Church Father Athanasius reveals that pride and haughtiness preceded mans fall into idolatry and paganism. A haughty spirit led them to make light of higher things, and deliberately disregarding what they knew to be true they began to seek in preference things in the lower or natural dimension. Thus they fell into worship of self, sexual pleasures and acquisition of status and things to the living God and higher things. The truth as to evil said Athanasius, .is that it originates, and...
  • Schools told to put witchcraft and druids on religious ed syllabus (Cornwall, UK)

    04/18/2012 12:19:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 16:12 EST, 14 April 2012 | UPDATED: 17:19 EST, 14 April 2012 | Jonathan Petre
    Paganism has been included in an official school religious education syllabus for the first time. Cornwall Council has told its schools that pagan beliefs, which include witchcraft, druidism and the worship of ancient gods such as Thor, should be taught alongside Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The requirements are spelled out in an agreed syllabus drawn up by Cornwalls RE advisory group. It says that from the age of five, children should begin learning about standing stones, such as Stonehenge. At the age of 11, pupils can begin exploring modern paganism and its importance for many in Cornwall. The syllabus adds...
  • Obama vs. None of the Above - A vulnerable president will face an ambivalent GOP.

    01/05/2012 3:19:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1.5.12 | George Neumayr
    No matter how ineptly Barack Obama continues to govern, his chances of winning reelection remain strong. As the results from Iowa suggest, the GOP is too addled and divided to field a formidable and philosophically coherent opponent against him. Say this at least for the Democrats: They have the sense to run nominees who actually support the platform of their party. This rudimentary task is too tricky for Republicans to perform. They haven't been able to locate in over a generation a presidential nominee who supports theirs. George Bush Sr., Bob Dole, George Bush Jr., John McCain, and now Mitt...
  • Pet Parents Share Their New Year's Resolutions

    01/04/2012 1:12:47 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 18 replies
    HaloPets ^ | 1/4/12 | Caroline Golon
    Pets rejoice! A recent survey shows that many pet parents are making New Years resolutions to spend more time with their pets and make sure they are loved even more than they were last year. More than 1,000 pet parents, including hundreds of Kibblers, recently participated in the Halo, Purely for Pets Pet Parents New Years Resolution Survey. According to the survey, many pet parents want to do a better job grooming their pets, with 68.1 percent resolving to trim their pets nails more often, 52.6 percent planning to give their dogs and cats more baths, and more than 80...
  • Is there a war on Christmas?

    12/15/2011 1:43:33 PM PST · by JDPendry · 5 replies
    JD's Bunker ^ | 12/15/2011 | J.D. Pendry
    Is the real issue hidden beneath a catchy headline the war on Christmas? A war on Christmas is a war against what we call a decorated tree. It is a war against what we call the school break that arrives each year around Christmas time. It is a war against public display of Christian themed decorations. It is a war of political correctness of whether one should wish you a Merry Christmas, offer you a sanitized seasons greeting, or refer to an alternative list of faith based and made up celebrations, all so as not to offend. To that extent,...
  • A dead heat - crematorium to sell power for National Grid

    12/02/2011 2:41:12 PM PST · by Lazlo in PA · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11-28-11 | Jasper Copping
    Durham Crematorium wants to install turbines in two of its burners, which would use the heat generated during the cremation process to provide the same amount of electricity as would power 1,500 televisions. A third burner is to be used to provide heating for the site's chapel and its offices. The scheme would be the first of its kind in the UK but industry experts say that it could be followed by other similar projects. Many crematoria are currently replacing their furnaces, to meet government targets on preventing mercury emissions from escaping into the atmosphere. Up to 16 per cent...
  • Air Force Academy Adapts To Pagans, Druids, Witches and Wiccans

    11/26/2011 10:19:25 PM PST · by Steelfish · 63 replies
    LATimes ^ | November 26, 2011 | Jenny Deam
    Air Force Academy Adapts To Pagans, Druids, Witches and Wiccans Officials say an $80,000 Stonehenge-like worship center underscores a commitment to embrace all religions. (Pic in URL) Cadets gather for the dedication ceremony of the Air Force Academy's Cadet Chapel Falcon Circle worship center this spring. The center serves cadets whose religions fall under the broad category of Earth-based. (Jerilee Bennett, (Colorado Springs) Gazette / May 3, 2011) By Jenny Deam November 26, 2011 Reporting from Colorado Springs, Colo. In the still of a cold November evening, a small gathering of pagans, led by two witches, begins preparations for the...
  • Gillibrand bill encourages LGBT adoption (cuts of federal $$$ to entities that won't let them adopt)

    10/31/2011 6:39:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 31, 2011 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    For the first time in Senate history, a bill has been introduced to encourage agencies not to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples seeking to adopt. As more and more LGBT couples are getting married and starting families, we have a great opportunity to place children without a family into happy homes, said Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York Democrat and lead sponsor of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, Monday at the Huffington Post. The past year has seen many moves toward gay equality, and the momentum is there to build on our progress, she said,...
  • The People Imagine A Vain Thing

    Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.(Psalm 2:1-3)The Psalmist looks ahead to a tumultuous time when Nations are in an uproar and the people imagine a vain thing. Indeed we are living in a time when the nations are in turmoil, raging like the sea, even as Jesus warned us that they would in the last days, And there shall be...
  • Spain: bullfighter survives terrifying face goring

    10/08/2011 5:35:28 PM PDT · by Krankor · 80 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10/8/11 | Harold Heckle
    I always appreciate a story where an individual who enjoys hunting animals simply for sport or who torments animals for pleasure- get his comeuppance. Good for the bull.
  • Protect Pets from Physical, Emotional Stresses in the Days After an Earthquake or Other Disaster

    08/25/2011 1:51:09 PM PDT · by MosesmomS · 12 replies
    Associated Content ^ | August 25, 2011 | Jayn Bigler
    Earthquakes. Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Floods. Fires. Some natural disasters can be anticipated. Others can't, but we can prepare for them - and our emergency plans should include our pets. In the wake of large disasters in recent years, even federal, state and local emergency managers have realized the importance of providing information for pet owners and including the welfare of animals in their own plans. Probably one thing that many pet owners don't think about with those plans are the dangers that pets are susceptible to in the hours and days immediately following the destruction from a disaster.