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  • Madison Law Bans Religious Discrimination ... Against Atheists

    05/06/2015 6:17:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/3/15 | AP
    Wisconsin city’s statute, enacted last month, is believed to be the first of its kind in the US: ‘Religion was protected, so non-religion should be, too’While conservatives in Indiana and Arkansas were explaining last month why their new religious objections laws weren’t invitations to discriminate against gays, the leaders of Wisconsin’s capital city were busy protecting the rights of another group: atheists. In what is believed to be the first statute of its kind in the United States, Madison banned discrimination against the non-religious on 1 April , giving them the same protections afforded to people based on their race,...
  • Can Huckabee Win The Religious Vote This Time Around? He Might Need To Rethink His 2016 Strategy

    05/05/2015 9:28:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Bustle ^ | May 5, 2015 | Melanie Schmitz
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has officially entered the race. On Tuesday, Huckabee announced that he would be seeking a 2016 White House bid, joining a rapidly growing field of GOP contenders, including former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and previous Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, both of whom announced their intentions earlier in the week. With all the fanfare surrounding Huckabee’s announcement though, many have expressed worries he just isn’t the political heavyweight he once was — more importantly, they predict that Huckabee won’t be able to win the religious vote a second time around. The governor’s first failed bid in...
  • Grande Duke Nikolay Nikolayevich, His Spouse Laid to Rest at WWII Memorial Chapel

    05/05/2015 6:23:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/5/15
    Moscow, May 5, Interfax - The remains of Grand Duke Nikolay Nikolayevich Romanov and his spouse Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolayevna have been reburied in Moscow to the sound of funeral tunes and artillery gun firings. The remains of the princely couple arrived from France on April 27 and were reburied at the Chapel of the Transfiguration at a military cemetery in the Russian capital. "The Duke and the Duchess have returned to their Homeland, their names are acquiring a worthy place in the Russian public memory," State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin, who chairs the Russian Historical Society, said at the...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/04/2015 11:41:44 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
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  • Bulgarian Orthodox Church Restores Liturgical Commemoration of Czar Simeon II

    05/04/2015 6:08:06 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Independent Balkan News Agency ^ | 04-30-2015 | Clive Leviev-Sawyer
    The Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s governing body, the Holy Synod, has decided to include a blessing for Simeon Saxe-Coburg as “His Majesty Simeon II, Tsar of the Bulgarians” in public and private worship. The proposal was made to the Holy Synod by Nikolai, Metropolitan of Plovdiv. Born in 1937, Saxe-Coburg became king of Bulgaria in 1943 after the sudden death of his father, Boris III. Because he was a minor, there was a regency of three. On the communist takeover in Bulgaria at the end of World War 2, a “People’s Court” process was initiated which led to thousands of deaths,...
  • Pope Francis praises Junipero Serra as U.S. 'founding father'

    05/03/2015 1:33:15 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 112 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5-3-15 | Harriet Ryan
    Pope Francis weighed in on a thorny topic in California history Saturday when he spoke at length at a Rome Mass about Father Junipero Serra, the controversial California mission founder set to become America's first Latino saint later this year. Addressing an audience that included many American priests, including Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, the pope referred to the 18th century Franciscan priest as “one of the founding fathers of the United States” and praised his willingness to abandon the comforts and privileges of his native Spain to spread the Christian message in the New World. I wonder if...
  • Religious rights need protection

    05/03/2015 11:24:34 AM PDT · by campg · 3 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | May 3, 2015 | Dennis Clayson
    When some of us expressed fear of what we saw and heard about the protests against religious-rights laws, many people either saw no issue or condemned us for being alarmist or hate-filled Christians. It is time for well-meaning people to think this through. Hillary Clinton said last week culture and religious beliefs “have” to be changed to achieve women's rights. Is that just feel-good rhetoric, or does she really mean it? If so, what does it imply to say religious beliefs “have” to be changed? We don’t need to discuss theology. At its foundation this isn’t about theology at all,...
  • With Malice Toward Nun

    05/03/2015 9:56:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | 2/30/15 | Nina Shea
    Sister Diana wants to tell Americans about ISIS persecution of Christians in Iraq, but the State Department won’t let her in.Why is the United States barring a persecuted Iraqi Catholic nun — an internationally respected and leading representative of the Nineveh Christians who have been killed and deported by ISIS — from coming to Washington to testify about this catastrophe? Earlier this week, we learned that every member of an Iraqi delegation of minority groups, including representatives of the Yazidi and Turkmen Shia religious communities, has been granted visas to come for official meetings in Washington — save one. The...
  • Ted Cruz, our ayatollah: Fight back now, or welcome to the 2016 religious right hellstorm

    05/03/2015 5:00:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    Salon ^ | May 3, 2015 | Jeffrey Tayler
    Way too many of us believe in a magic book negated by science and peppered with all manner of misanthropic myths. A lawyer and an associate dean at Liberty University, a columnist for Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, and the founder of WND’s Christian fundamentalist site Barbwire.com, Matt Barber might seem like an evangelical fringe character, but, clearly, he means to have his voice heard and his pronouncements taken seriously: his work appears under the portentous slogan RELATIVISTS BEWARE: TRUTH TOLD HERE. Yet he is affiliated with Glenn Beck, so, in pursuit of Truth-Telling, he sees fit to publish such essays...
  • How to take Christ out of Christianity [By being “Culturally Christian"]

    05/02/2015 7:59:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/02/2015 | By Alana Massey
    When I tell my socially progressive, atheist friends that I’m “culturally Christian,” they’re momentarily concerned that I have a latent preoccupation with guns and the Pledge of Allegiance. Using the term with devout believers gets me instructions that I just need to read more sophisticated theology to come around. I’ve tried hard to accept my fully secular identity, and at other times I’ve tried to read myself into theistic belief, going all the way through divinity school as part of the effort. Still, I remain unable to will myself into any belief in God or gods — but also unable...
  • Will the Pope declare that the Earth has “rights” this year?

    05/02/2015 4:04:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 2, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Wesley Smith at National Review Online caught my attention while I was down here at Right Online with this piece on the question of nature rights. The nature rights movement is real and extremely subversive to human freedom and thriving. Most people think such a thing can never happen. But it already is happening. Bolivia and Ecuador have legalized the rights of nature, as have more than 30 U.S. cities, including Santa Monica. Moreover, the Secretary General of the UN, Ban-ki Moon has declared his support. Smith is referring to an article at Commonweal which discusses the Pope’s upcoming encyclical...
  • American Jacobins: Sexual Revolutionaries Prepare the Battlespace for a De-Christianized America

    05/02/2015 10:04:34 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 10 replies
    NRO ^ | April 29, 2015 | David French
    In yesterday’s oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges (better known as the “gay-marriage case”), the solicitor general of the United States committed a classic “Kinsley gaffe”: He accidentally told the truth. Normally, in any argument about the next legal step of the sexual revolution, the accusation or even implication that there’s a slippery slope is grounds for outrage. Not only shouldn’t we explore the legal implications of expanding the definition of marriage, the very attempt is homophobic. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
  • Six years after Notre Dame speech, Obama's 'common ground' claim questioned

    05/01/2015 6:00:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    EWTN News ^ | 5/1/2015
    Knights of Columbus head Carl Anderson questioned the Obama Administration’s policies in a speech at Notre Dame University, six years after the president promised conscience protections and common ground on issues such as abortion. “If there is at the core of the American understanding of freedom a principal that can neither be negotiated nor compromised away, it is this recognition that freedom is a reflection of the divine image in every human being,” stated Anderson. The University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture honored the Knights of Columbus on April 26 with the Evangelium Award, which recognizes individuals...
  • Patriarchate: pan-Orthodox synod will not express solidarity with ‘sexual minorities’

    05/01/2015 5:00:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has strongly denied a report on a Greek religious news site that the committee preparing the agenda for the 2016 Pan-Orthodox Council is seeking “to submit a methodology whereby the Holy and Great Council will express its solidarity with ‘sexual minorities.’” “Not only was there no such decision by the special committee that I chair, but absolutely not a single member of this committee expressed such support, whether direct or indirect, of the lifestyle of these ‘minorities,’” said Archbishop John Zizioulas of Pergamon. “Not demonstrating violence against sinners emanates from the Gospel principle of love...
  • If the Supreme Court Imposes Same Sex Marriage, You Could Lose Your Church

    05/01/2015 4:56:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    The Stream ^ | 4/30/15 | JOHN ZMIRAK
    If you aren’t following the arguments over same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court, you should be. Even if you don’t cater weddings or sell pizza in Indiana, your religious freedom is in danger. For detailed accounts of the debate and the questions asked by justices that might be readable tea leaves, see Ryan Anderson’s analysis and the capsule summary provided by Russell Moore and Andrew T. Walker.The outcome of this week’s debate will determine whether orthodox American Christians will fall to the status of dhimmis, the third-class Christian citizens of sharia Muslim states. (Dhimmis have bare freedom of worship, but...
  • Former Soviet spy: We created Liberation Theology

    05/01/2015 4:32:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies
    cna ^ | May 1, 2015
    Ion Mihai Pacepa on Raul Castro's yacht in Cuba, 1974. Photo courtesy of Ion Mihai Pacepa. Washington D.C., May 1, 2015 / 03:34 pm (CNA).- Espionage deep in the heart of Europe. Secrets in the KGB. Defection from a communist nation. Ion Mihai Pacepa has seen his share of excitement, serving as general for Communist Romania’s secret police before defecting to the United States in the late 1970s. The highest-ranking defector from communism in the ‘70s, he spoke to CNA recently about the connection between the Soviet Union and Liberation Theology in Latin America. Below are excerpts of the interview....
  • US Denies Visa to Only Christian Set to Testify Before Congress on Persecution (Yazidis approved)

    05/01/2015 2:12:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 1, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    A multi-ethnic, interdenominational delegation from Iraq is expected to visit Washington to plead the case of religious minorities being persecuted by the Islamic State group. But because the visa for an Iraqi nun was denied, there will be no Christian in the group.  Unless the US State Department changes its mind, Dominican Sister Diana Momeka, who has worked among the internally displaced persons in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil since tens of thousands of Christians were forced to take refuge there last summer, will be sitting out the mid-May trip. She was invited to join the delegation, which will be testifying...
  • Satanic Temple Member Claims State RFRA Exemption To Missouri's Abortion Waiting Period

    05/01/2015 10:40:54 AM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Religion Clause ^ | 05-01-2015 | Howard Friedman
    Friendly Atheist reports this week on plans by a member of the Satanic Temple to challenge Missouri's requirement for a 72-hour waiting period for abortions by asserting a religious freedom claim. Missouri has a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (MO Rev. Stat Section 1.302.1). Missouri law (MO Rev. Stat. Section 188.027.1) requires that: "The physician who is to perform or induce the abortion or a qualified professional shall provide the woman with the opportunity to view at least seventy-two hours prior to the abortion an active ultrasound of the unborn child and hear the heartbeat of the unborn child if the...
  • Obama Abandons Pastor Abedini, Would Veto Bill That Requires Iran Release Him for Nuke Deal

    05/01/2015 7:22:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/01/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    President Barack Obama's administration has warned that it will veto a proposed amendment that would require the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini and three other American citizens held prisoners in Iran before any final nuclear deal agreement is reached. The American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Abedini's family, called the admittance "despicable" and "outrageous." "That is simply unbelievable. Refusing to discuss the Americans being held hostage by Iran at the bargaining table and rejecting any congressional attempt to make any deal with Iran contingent on the release of the Americans is unacceptable. It's quite frankly appalling," the law...
  • What is TRUTH in a World FULL of DARKNESS?

    05/01/2015 7:13:48 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 10 replies
    IFB ^ | 5/1/15
    This fallen world adheres to many different Babelologies (Gen. 11, Rev. 17:2), but out of the thousands of human religions or “spiritual philosophies” which have dominated our world since the Tower of Babel, these "religions" are placed into just two godless categories; relativism and fundamentalism. Spiritual relativism is the most damnable of all human philosophies for it eliminates any redemption in RIGHTEOUSNESS for the transgressions of the ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS absolutes of Almighty God. To adhere to spiritual relativism means (morally or spiritually) that there are NO absolute TRUTHS and all man made delusions are equal and relative (Prov. 14:12, John...
  • JONATHAN CAHN ON CAPITAL HILL: FOLLOW BAAL AND GO TO HELL!

    05/01/2015 7:08:10 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    Beth Israel Jonathan Cahn ^ | 5/1/15 | Johnathan Cahn
    This dear brother taking it to the American leaders and America from Capital Hill from Almighty God's Word! Rev. 3:8!
  • How the Federal Government May Put Christian Schools Out of Business

    05/01/2015 4:59:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Acton Institute ^ | 4/29/15 | Joe Carter
    With seven words—“It is going to be an issue”—the U.S. government signaled to orthodox Christian colleges and universities that if they don’t drop their opposition to same-sex marriage they will lose their tax exempt status. Those words came yesterday when the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case concerning whether the Fourteenth Amendment’s must guarantee the right for same-sex couples to marry. While the primary issue is whether gay marriage will be required in every state in the union, one exchange highlighted how the upcoming ruling could affect religious liberty. Justice Samuel Alito asked Solicitor General...
  • Assyrian Christian Refugees Look for ‘Quickest Way’ Out of Syria

    04/30/2015 6:24:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Syria Deeply ^ | 4/30/15 | Patrick Strickland
    Syria Deeply spoke with displaced Assyrian families who fled to Beirut after Jabhat al Nusra and ISIS arrived in their hometown of al-Hasakah. Many of them have relatives presently held hostage by ISIS.Beirut, Lebanon – “We are searching for the quickest way to go to Europe or Canada, maybe America,” said Jack Zayya, an Assyrian Christian refugee from Syria who arrived in Beirut two months ago. Standing in front of a local Assyrian church, he recalled the difficult journey from his hometown of al-Hasakah, situated in northeastern Syria and home to many Christians and Kurds.Before the war, Zayya led a...
  • Chuck Schumer invokes Pope Francis to rally support in fight against GOP

    04/30/2015 2:56:11 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4/30/2015 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, the Senate’s No. 3 ranking Democrat, is turning to the head of the Catholic Church for a little help with policy. “If they won’t listen to @SenateDems maybe they’ll listen to @Pontifex when it comes to #equalpay #FairShot,” Mr. Schumer tweeted Wednesday. Schumer also linked to an article from The Washington Post in which Pope Francis said Wednesday the fact that a pay disparity exists between men and women is “pure scandal.”
  • Presidential Contenders Tell a Tale of Two Catholic Churches

    04/30/2015 2:04:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 30, 2015 | FR DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    As the race for the White House gears up, all eyes are on the presidential contenders, and there has never been a larger crop of Catholics either already in the race, or waiting in the wings. If anyone wants to get a glimpse into the contemporary Catholic Church in the United States, the range of Catholic politicians reflects the amazingly diverse and difficult variety of American Catholics.   The “conservative Catholics” are best represented by Senator Rick Santorum. A life-long Catholic, Santorum became more serious about his faith after marrying. Now a daily mass attendee, Rick Santorum has put...
  • Nigerian Bishop: Hillary Clinton's Remarks About Religious Beliefs Show She "Thinks She Is a God"

    04/30/2015 1:29:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 30, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    ROME—In this far reaching, follow-up interview to a story Aleteia brought you in February, Bishop Emmanuel Badejo, who serves as Director of Communications for the African Bishops, discusses with Aleteia the latest developments regarding Boko Haram, and his fellow Nigerian bishop’s claim that he had vision of Jesus Christ, who told him the terrorist organization would be defeated through the power of the rosary.    He also offers his perspective on Hillary Clinton’s statement last week that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” for the sake of giving women access to “reproductive health...
  • The Vatican's dangerous embrace of climate-change theory

    04/30/2015 11:49:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | April 30, 2015 | Phil Lawler
    Imagine—just imagine, for the sake of the argument—that scientists in a future generation discover that the global-warming trend of recent years was not caused by human activity. If that happens, what will be the consequences for the Catholic Church, in light of the Vatican’s apparent embrace of the climate-change hypothesis? This is not-- repeat, not another column about the scientific evidence for or against the reality human-induced climate change. If you are inclined to respond by denouncing either the proponents or the foes of that theory, please stop. My own personal opinion on that theory is of little or no...
  • Ted Cruz To Brody File: Evangelicals Will Decide Who Becomes President Of The United States

    04/30/2015 9:49:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    CBN's The Brody File ^ | April 30, 2015 | David Brody, chief political correspondent
    Ted Cruz tells The Brody File that evangelicals are the key to who is elected President of the United States in 2016. “I think evangelicals, Christians, people of faith are going to play the decisive role in the republican primary. And I think we’re going to play the decisive role in the general election in 2016.” Cruz resonates with evangelicals but so do quite a few other candidates so it’s going to be an all-out “holy war” during GOP Primary season. This interview was done at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition near Des Moines this past weekend.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)David Brody, “...
  • 6 Interesting Facts About Hillary Clinton's Christian Faith

    04/30/2015 9:37:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/30/2015 | Sami K. Martin
    Hillary Clinton wants to be president of the United States, but what actually guides her? The only currently declared candidate for the Democratic ticket was raised in the Methodist tradition and continues to practice that faith today. Here are six interesting facts about Clinton's faith as it relates to her candidacy and personal life. 1) Clinton was raised in the First United Methodist Church in Park Ridge, Illinois, and wrote in her book It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us that "religion figures in my earliest memories of my family. Our spiritual life as a family was...
  • So broad an interpretation of liberty as to justify every perversion.

    04/30/2015 8:38:29 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 12 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | April 30, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    From Mass Resistance: Primer: Ten things you need to know about the US Supreme Court “gay marriage” case being heard April 28, 2015 On April 28 the US Supreme Court case will hear oral arguments for the case that will essentially decide whether “gay marriage” is a previously unknown “fundamental right” enshrined in the US Constitution, similar to the Court’s 1973 abortion ruling.  The US Supreme Court building will be ground zero for the latest assault on the nation's culture. What was once a fringe, unthinkable idea is now on the verge of being imposed on the entire nation....
  • American Jacobins: Sexual Revolutionaries Prepare the Battlespace for a De-Christianized America

    04/29/2015 11:39:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 29, 2015 | David French
    In yesterday’s oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges (better known as the “gay-marriage case”), the solicitor general of the United States committed a classic “Kinsley gaffe”: He accidentally told the truth. Normally, in any argument about the next legal step of the sexual revolution, the accusation or even implication that there’s a slippery slope is grounds for outrage. Not only shouldn’t we explore the legal implications of expanding the definition of marriage, the very attempt is homophobic. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Yesterday, however, the solicitor general tugged at that curtain, revealing the Jacobin behind —...
  • Attacks on San Francisco Priest Aim to Test Abp. Cordileone

    04/29/2015 7:21:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/29/15 | Jim Graves
    The embattled pastor of a San Francisco parish has been the target of an unrelenting campaign aimed at pressuring Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to oust him. At the same time, the charges against Father Joseph Illo are being used as part of a larger effort to lobby Pope Francis to remove the archbishop, according to local observers. This week, the Archdiocese of San Francisco quietly announced that a priest has been assigned as chaplain at the parish’s school. The connection between the efforts to push out both priest and archbishop became national news when more than 100 “prominent Catholics” published a...
  • Should Pastors Stop Signing Civil Marriage Certificates?

    04/29/2015 1:02:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 01/26/2015 | Compiled by Ruth Moon
    In response to same-sex marriage, hundreds signed a pledge endorsed by First Things to separate civil and Christian marriage. LifeWay Research found that 1 in 4 pastors (and 1 in 3 Americans) support such a move.Here’s how theologians and other experts answered the question. Answers are arranged on a spectrum from “yes” answers at the top to “no” answers at the bottom. "For a long time, Christianity has sewn its teachings into the fabric of Western culture. That was a good thing. But the season of sewing is ending. Now is a time for rending, not for the sake...
  • Churches Brace for Same-Sex Marriage Ruling from Supreme Court

    04/29/2015 10:13:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/29/2015 | Tamara Audi
    Arguments over same-sex marriage played out in the U.S. Supreme Courton Tuesday, but many religious groups opposed to gay marriage aren’t waiting for a ruling. A court ruling expected two months from now could sanction same-sex marriage nationwide. In anticipation, some congregations and religious advocacy groups are re-emphasizing their teachings on marriage, fine-tuning their approach to gays and lesbians and bracing for legal battles and public criticism. “The outcome of this decision will shape the landscape of the church’s ministry in the U.S. for generations to come,” wrote Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the...
  • Victory for Nashville Dominicans, Other Catholic Entities Against HHS Mandate

    04/29/2015 6:16:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Without comment, the United States Supreme Court has ordered a federal appeals court to reconsider its ruling that the Michigan Catholic Conference and other Catholic entities fall under the purview of the HHS mandate. Plaintiffs in the case include the Michigan Catholic Conference, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Camp Marymount, Inc., Mary, Queen Of Angels, Inc., St. Mary Villa, Inc., the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation (popularly known as the Nashville Dominicans), and Aquinas College in Tennessee.
  • Moral Obligation is Our Dignity

    04/29/2015 2:45:52 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 2 replies
    Magnificat via CERC ^ | POPE BENEDICT XVI
    Moral obligation is not man's prison, from which he must liberate himself in order finally to be able to do what he wants. It is moral obligation that constitutes his dignity, and he does not become more free if he discards it: on the contrary, he takes a step backward, to the level of a machine, or a mere thing. If there is no longer any obligation to which he can and must respond in freedom, then there is no longer any realm of freedom at all. The recognition of morality is the real substance of human dignity; but one...
  • Pope Francis’ US envoy rebuffed gay campaign for him to back out of March for Marriage

    04/28/2015 2:11:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 28, 2015 | Lisa Bourne
    The Human Rights Campaign claimed Archbishop Vigano would 'further politicize differences' between the US and the Vatican by supporting Church teaching on marriage. - Pete Baklinski / LifeSiteNews April 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- In the days leading up to this past weekend’s March for Marriage, the homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign petitioned the Holy Father to keep his ambassador to the US from participating in the annual event supporting natural marriage.To the displeasure of the pro-homosexual group, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano was among the special guests at the third annual march in Washington...
  • Oregon Couple Fined $135 K for Refusing to Bake Cake, GoFundMe Pulls Plug Too

    04/28/2015 1:48:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 28, 2015 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    A married couple is at risk of losing everything including their home after refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. And on top of that, after being fined $135,000, GoFundMe.com pulled a fundraising effort for the couple because of...tolerance or something. Todd Starnes reports:The owners of an Oregon bakery learned Friday that there is a severe price to pay for following their Christian faith. A judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recommended a lesbian couple should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering after Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make them...
  • The All-Important Race for Iowa’s Evangelicals Is Wide Open (Cruz "lit up audience")

    04/28/2015 9:16:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 27, 2015 | Brendan Bordelon
    “The Evangelical voting bloc is a dead thing,” Iowa Republican activist Tom Stockebrand says, a glint of mischief in his eye. A top state party official nods in agreement. “If you didn’t see it tonight, it’s 2015 now. Those days are gone.” He’s speaking as attendees stream noisily out of a packed auditorium in Waukee, Iowa, at Point of Grace church, the site of this year’s Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in the state. It’s nearly 10:00 p.m., and for the past five hours around 1,000 conservative Evangelicals have sat on raised bleachers, listening to nine potential White House contenders...
  • Plan to Build the Largest Virgin Mary Statue in Izmir [Turkey]

    04/28/2015 6:12:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Cemil Şeboy, a deputy candidate for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), has suggested the construction of the world's biggest Virgin Mary statue in the Selçuk district of western İzmir province, in order to increase the district's tourism potential. Şeboy said that a project will be submitted to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to design the statue of the central Christian figure. As the deputy candidate for İzmir's first electoral district, Şeboy said that several projects that will turn the district into a tourist destination are already completed. While listening to the problems of local craftsmen, Şeboy...
  • Political Correctness: The Cause of Same-Sex Marriage, Social Decline and a Growing Oppressive State

    Traditional moral reasoning shows same-sex marriage creates immense harm in the social fabric. Politically correct moral reasoning shows redefinition to be fair - to be all well and good. If political correctness wins, we all have to go around pretending - under the force of the law - that all is well and good. Meanwhile society will be slowly collapsing all around us and we, and our children, will have to suffer the increasingly poor outcomes in silence. Help.
  • Iowa Radio Host: Religious Freedom Top Conservative Presidential Issue

    04/27/2015 7:06:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 27, 2015 | Robert Wilde
    Nationally syndicated radio host and columnist for the Washington Times, Steve Deace, explained that there are three specific issues animating the 2016 Republican presidential contest. “If you are weak on these, don’t even show up,” Deace cautioned conservative Republican presidential aspirants. “This is sort of the triumvirate of issues. That is amnesty, that is religious freedom, and the other is Common Core. If you are soft on these issues, or have been in the past, you’re done.” The author of Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again, told Breitbart senior writer and guest host of Breitbart News Sunday airing...
  • Dominican sisters walk out of class over LGBT “Day of Silence”

    04/27/2015 3:39:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 23, 2015 | Catherine Harmon
    “We went home because the Catholic school and faith that we love was being compromised.” Image via Wikipedia Five Dominican sisters who teach at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, California walked out of class on Friday of last week when it became evident that some students at the school were participating in a national “Day of Silence” for LGBT youth. “We went home on Friday because what happened was inappropriate,” the sisters explained in an email sent to Marin Catholic students over the weekend. “We went home because we were made to feel uncomfortable and used for another’s agenda. We went home because...
  • Radical Homosexuals Want to Have Their 'Ideological Cake' and Make You Eat it Too

    04/27/2015 3:31:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 27, 2015 | Fr. Marcel Guarnizo
    This past week, we witnessed the unseemly pandering of several Republicans to the radical homosexual lobby. Each stumbled over the other to present his credentials. Florida Senator Marco Rubio—in a display of complete incoherence—stated on Face the Nation: “I don’t believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for a vast and enormous majority of the people… the bottom line is I believe that sexual preference is something people are born with.” Which one is it, are all people born that way, or just the ones who want to make that claim? Rubio’s incoherent view seems to boil down to...
  • Hillary and Christian Dhimmis

    04/27/2015 2:45:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 27, 2015 | Robert Royal
    Several years ago I visited a synagogue in Istanbul, one of the few remaining in all of Turkey. It had been firebombed a few weeks earlier – in response to some recent incident between Israelis and Palestinians. But because of security and a thick outer wall, it was relatively unharmed. Inside, ten elderly, eccentric Jewish Turks were gathered, the bare number needed for a minyan. We spoke for a short while about what it was to live as a religious minority in a big Muslim country. But I will never forget the atmosphere in that tiny congregation – wary, but...
  • Rise of the Mont Order secret society

    04/27/2015 2:41:49 PM PDT · by Arnold Isen · 3 replies
    Unexplained-Mysteries.com ^ | November, 2014 | Arnold Isen
    The Mont Order, a possible revival of several much older and more powerful secret fraternities bearing names like “La Montagne”, “The Inner Order”, “Group Zero”, or simply “The Order”, has proven to have greater influence than anyone expected during 2014. My earlier articles documented some of the first initial reports of this mysterious group’s existence, leading up to this development. Currently, the best existing source compiling all information on the Mont Order society into a single dossier has been put together by author Liam Quaid and is available at a new website called the Mont Order Conspiracy Observatory. An explanatory...
  • The Key for Personally Surviving Today in America's Last Days

    04/27/2015 12:47:02 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/27/15
    The key for personally surviving today in America's last days is for individuals to see ALL things from Almighty God’s heavenly and biblical perspective (John 17:17, Heb.11:1, 6). This is the position of TRUE reality, liberty and freedom (John 8:32). One must have a saving relationship to Almighty God's Son, the Savior and propitiation of the whole world (John 3:16-17, Acts 4:12, Rom. 10:2-4, 1 John 4:10). As Lucifer's godless and lawless lies and deception EXPONENTIALLY intensify and are more received today than ever, may you be sure that you personally know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior....
  • What Evangelicals Are Saying About Hillary: At Iowa mega-church, voters skeptical of Dem frontrunner

    04/27/2015 12:38:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | April 27, 2015 | Melinda Henneberger
    Link only: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-27/hillary-clinton-crashes-the-iowa-s-faith-freedom-coalition-summit-without-actually-showing-up
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/27/2015 11:02:20 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 8 replies
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  • French Prime Minister: Attending Mass "Most Beautiful" Response to Terror Threat

    04/27/2015 11:01:54 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 7 replies
    ALETEIA ^ | 4/24/2013 | John Burger
    French Prime Minister: Attending Mass "Most Beautiful" Response to Terror Threat Manuel Valls emphasizes Catholic culture of France and warns of division By John Burger Aleteia 4/24/2015 http://www.aleteia.org/en/world/article/french-prime-minister-attending-mass-most-beautiful-response-to-terror-threat-5888467040993280 It’s not the kind of sentiment one would expect to hear from the leader of a nation that prides itself on its history of secularism. But in the wake of a thwarted terrorist attack on churches in France this past weekend, Prime Minister Manuel Valls was clear: attending Mass is “the most beautiful and strongest" answer to terrorism. Valls spoke to reporters while standing next to Bishop Michel Santier of Creteil, the...