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  • Should Good Samaritans Be Border Security Advocates?

    07/10/2014 7:26:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/10/2014 | Dan Delzell
    Most Americans are deeply appreciative that our nation has welcomed millions of immigrants throughout our history. But is it possible to sustain a practice whereby social services are freely provided to anyone who can sneak across the border? Does such a practice ever reach a tipping point where it becomes self-defeating and detrimental to everyone in the nation? What does a community look like when there are not enough federal, state or local funds to meet the basic needs of the poor? Should limits ever be set on who gets to come across the border to America? Compare it to...
  • Intelligence Failure (counterterrorism framework built on assumption Islam is religion of peace)

    07/10/2014 6:39:09 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 10, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    U.S. government officials were caught off guard by the recent rapid rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria and its plan to establish a sharia-ruled caliphate state.Either they weren’t getting enough intelligence from their agents in the field, or else they lacked the framework for processing the information. Since the American Embassy in Baghdad has some 15,000 employees and since we can assume that this includes a sizeable contingent of intelligence gatherers, a problem with the framework is the more likely explanation. The framework is built around the assumption that Islam is a religion of peace, and that the...
  • U.S. Church Official: 'The Day May Come When We Have to Resist'

    07/09/2014 6:54:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    "World Congress of Families" Ambassador Tells ZENIT Faithful Must Be Visible and in the Public Square to Defend Our CivilizationThe day may come when U.S. citizens actually have to resist the nation's radically-changing forces, set to limit religious freedom - just one of the views shared with ZENIT by an ambassador of the World Congress of Families, Fr. Marcel Guarnizio. An expert on the region and Russia having ministered there extensively, Fr. Guarnizio warns that hope disappears when populations don’t see a need to have families. He believes Russia now has a new vitality, needed to help Western Europe resist...
  • High School Graduation Speaker Defies District, Mentions Their Edits To Her Speech

    07/09/2014 3:32:30 PM PDT · by statestreet · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 9, 2014 | David Pietrusza
    It was just another high school graduation in one more streamer-bedecked gym, with all the usual trappings, the procession, the band, the beach balls, the decorated caps, the parents, the dignitaries. Except it wasn’t ordinary at all: it was as powerful a statement of faith from both a student and from the crowd itself as you will ever see.
  • Interpretation of John 6:25-69

    07/09/2014 2:46:02 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 14 replies
    Catholic Apolgetics.org ^ | 03-09-10 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Following the details of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes--biographical, Jesus walking on the sea--biographical, Jesus reacts to the crowds' need for signs. Jesus takes them from manna, bread from heaven, to "true bread from heaven (v. 32)" ... "I am the bread (v. 35)." "I am the bread that came down from heaven (v. 41)." This is God saying this: "I am the bread that came down from heaven." If He was not really the bread that came down from heaven, His omnipotent and creative Word would then have made it so.
  • Singapore archbishop: ‘I am not at liberty to change the truth’ about sexual relationships

    07/09/2014 2:27:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 9, 2014 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    SINGAPORE – In a pastoral letter addressed to Catholics with same-sex orientation issued on July 3rd, the Archbishop of Singapore William Goh apologized if he had hurt anyone with the way he expressed himself in a previous pastoral letter on the family, which had also addressed homosexuality. However, he again strongly reaffirmed the Church's teachings on sexuality, and announced the formation of a new ministry dedicated to helping individuals with same-sex attraction to live a sexually chaste lifestyle. "I apologize if my initial statement conveyed insensitivity as, from your feedback, I have come to realize that there is much...
  • There are states where you technically can’t hold public office if you’re an atheist

    07/09/2014 1:26:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/09/2014 | Hunter Schwarz
    Eight state constitutions include restrictions on people who don’t believe in a supreme being. In Arkansas, denying the existence of God means you can’t hold civil office or testify in court, while in Tennessee there are also guidelines about belief in the hereafter. However, the Supreme Court ruled in a 1961 case that a Maryland man appointed as a notary public didn’t have to declare his belief in a supreme being to hold office, arguing it violated his rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Since then, these restrictions haven’t been enforced, said Dave Muscato, a spokesman for American Atheists....
  • “An Unrelated Gestational Carrier" - The Real Handmaid’s Tale

    07/09/2014 11:00:59 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Public Catholic - Patheos blog ^ | July 9, 2014 | Rebecca Hamilton
    Margaret Atwood wrote a gripping novel back in 1985 called The Handmaid’s Tale. The main character, Offred, is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian and theocratic state that has replaced the United States of America. Handmaids are walking wombs, child bearers for elite couples. Offred services the Commander and his wife Serena Joy, who is a former gospel singer and advocate for “traditional values.” Every month in her fertile period, Offred is required to have impersonal, wordless sex with the Commander while Serena sits by, holding her hands. The Republic of Gilead is what America has...
  • Town Bans Christians From Using Publicly Funded Facilities!

    07/09/2014 9:04:58 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 28 replies
    Mad World ^ | July 4, 2014 | Brandon Walker
    A town has banned Christians from using publicly funded facilities. When people talk about Christian persecution, most people picture the Middle East, Asia, or Africa. Most people don’t expect something as shocking as this right in the Northern Hemisphere. Most people think of British Colombia as a beautiful place to vacation. I must admit, I spent some time there myself when I lived in the North East. Nobody would expect the tourist rich town of Nanaimo to pull a stunt like this, so full of hatred and arrogance. Just days before a Christian Convention was to be hosted at this...
  • ISIS Muslim terrorists rape Christian women. 600 Christians form militia for a last stand

    07/08/2014 2:50:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | July 7, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From shoebat.com: Muslims Rape Christian Women, 600 Christians Take Up Arms And Make One Final And Heroic Stand Against Muslim Jihadists After so much rape has been done against Christian women in Iraq, 600 Christians in Iraq have now taken up arms to make one final stand against Muslim Jihadists, members of the ISIS terrorist group, at the frontiers of the Christian settlement of Bartella on the outskirts of Mosul.These 600 Christians, “all mighty men of valour” (1 Chronicles 12:21), are led by Capt. Firaz Jacob, a Christian warrior who has himself declared with the utmost of apostolic zeal:I stand...
  • Baton Rouge Diocese condemns ruling that could compel a priest to testify about confession

    07/08/2014 2:14:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 70 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | July 8, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From NOLA.com: The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has issued a statement decrying a decision by the Louisiana Supreme Court that could compel a local priest to testify in court about confessions he might have received. The alleged confessions, according to legal documents, were made to the priest by a minor girl regarding possible sexual abuse perpetrated by another church parishioner.The statement, published Monday (July 7) on the diocese’s website, said forcing such testimony “attacks the seal of confession,” a sacrament that “cuts to the core of the Catholic faith.”The statement refers to a lawsuit naming the Rev. Jeff Bayhi...
  • Louisiana Supreme Court orders priest to testify about confession

    07/08/2014 9:03:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/08/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Many observers misunderstood the Hobby Lobby dispute and others like it as a First Amendment case, but it wasn’t. It primarily related to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), with an indirect reference to the constitutional freedom of religious expression. A case in Louisiana may be the real McCoy, though. The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that a priest must testify in a case about what he heard in a confessional — an order that would result in automatic excommunication and damnation, according to the doctrine and canon law of the Catholic Church: The state high court’s decision, rendered...
  • Louisiana Ruling that Catholic Priest Testify About Confession Criticized by Baton Rouge Diocese

    07/08/2014 6:07:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 43 replies
    The Times Picayune ^ | 7/7/14 | Emily Lane
    The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has issued a statement decrying a decision by the Louisiana Supreme Court that could compel a local priest to testify in court about confessions he might have received. The alleged confessions, according to legal documents, were made to the priest by a minor girl regarding possible sexual abuse perpetrated by another church parishioner. The statement, published Monday (July 7) on the diocese's website, said forcing such testimony "attacks the seal of confession," a sacrament that "cuts to the core of the Catholic faith." The statement refers to a lawsuit naming the Rev. Jeff Bayhi...
  • Child trafficking: The political left’s silence borders on the outrageous…

    07/08/2014 3:02:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    American Catholic ^ | July 5, 2014 | The Motley Monk
     In a previous post concerning the topic of human trafficking and the political left’s seeming lack of interest in it, The Motley Monk observed: This iteration of the global war on human trafficking is doomed to failure. Fueled by their hearts and not by their minds, the very people who decry human trafficking can’t seem to figure out whose policies sent an open invitation for human traffickers to practice their trade in the left’s own front yard…at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. With that in mind, The Motley Monk overheard U.S. Representative Louis Gohmert (R-TX) state on Saturday’s “Fox and Firends”...
  • On Hobby Lobby: Where Ginsburg and Alito Go Astray

    07/07/2014 1:15:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 7, 2014 | JOSHUA SCHULZ
    As a faithful Catholic with moral objections to forced Christian complicity in both abortion and contraception, I had many reasons to rejoice in the Supreme CourtÂ’s majority decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby written by Justice Alito. Unfortunately, the CourtÂ’s reasoning was not one of them. Two premises in the majorityÂ’s argument were especially troubling: first, the CourtÂ’s assertion of the legal inscrutability of moral and religious beliefs, and second, its assumption of the GovernmentÂ’s claim that contraceptives and abortifacients are necessary for womenÂ’s health and well-being. Contrary to the first premise, I agree with dissenting Justice Ginsburg that...
  • Risking Hell for Harvard

    07/07/2014 4:53:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | July 7, 2014 | Brad Miner
    The development of education was job one when Coadjutor Bishop John Joseph Hughes came to New York in 1837. As one expert explains:  eight makeshift parochial schools, meeting in church basements or rented halls, had on register about 5000 Catholic children. An additional 7000 either lacked accommodation or made no effort to go to school.  Public aid had been given to some of these basement schools by the Free School Society, but in 1825, when it became the Public School Society, funding for denominational schools (Catholic and Baptist) ceased. The Society wasn’t unwilling to educate Catholic children; it just intended...
  • Why Everyone Should Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

    07/06/2014 12:39:59 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies
    http://catholicanalysis.org ^ | June 20, 2014 | Matthew Olson
    The arguments in favor of same-sex civil marriage are well known. Thrown into the ring are the buzzwords of “equality” and “discrimination”. So the typical argument goes: Discrimination is bad, and equality is good, so our government should give homosexual couples the recognition and subsidies reserved for heterosexual couples. But there are problems with those. For one thing, discrimination and prejudice are innate to our psyche. If I have a soccer ball, for example, I will only intend to use it for soccer, because that is its purpose. Since I refuse to use it for basketball, does that mean I...
  • The Faith of Our Fathers: Was the faith of the Founding Fathers deism or Christianity?

    07/06/2014 8:09:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Stand to Reason ^ | Greg Koukl
    Was the faith of the Founding Fathers deism or Christianity? What does the answer mean for us today? Both the secularists and the Christians have missed the mark.There's been a lot of rustle in the press lately--and in many Christian publications--about the faith of the Founding Fathers and the status of the United States as a "Christian nation." Home schooling texts abound with references to our religious heritage, and entire organizations are dedicated to returning America to its spiritual roots. On the other side, secularists cry "foul" and parade their own list of notables among our country's patriarchs. They...
  • DENMARK: Parliament forces State (Lutheran) church to have same-sex “marriages”

    07/06/2014 6:00:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 06/10/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    “Oh no!”, they rush to exclaim, “We’re all about freedom! Freedom for you and for me and for… everyone! Even Catholics! We’ll never force you to marry homosexuals.”First, never accept the premise that the same-sex “marriage” issue is a matter of civil rights. It. Is. Not. In the same way that feminists have gotten everyone to believe abortion is a “women’s issue”, (It. Is. Not.), homsexualists have gotten everyone to believe same-sex “marriage” is a civil-rights issue.This from The Telegraph: Gay Danish couples win right to marry in church [a Lutheran church, btw ... the state church of Denmark] Homosexual...
  • Khilafa Rising (Cover the keyboard with your prayer rug)

    07/05/2014 3:44:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The American Muslim ^ | July 4, 2014 | Rev. Frank Julian Gelli
    Who is afraid of a rising Middle East Khilafa, the Arabic word for Caliphate? Lots. Muslims like Shia, Kurds, most Sufis, Alawis, sundry Arab secularists. And Arab Christians of course. All fearing their lives, women, sacred buildings and properties being treated as war loot. Western leaders too are shaking in their boots: good! A nemesis is unfolding. A sort of retributive justice, maybe of divine origins. A paying back for the 2003 illegal, unjustified aggression on Iraq. Engineered by the two scoundrels, Bush and Blair. But the roots of evil reach far back. To WWI, the catastrophic, suicidal, mad all-European...
  • Exorcist Speaks Out on Planned Oklahoma Black Mass

    07/05/2014 9:18:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Aleteia ^ | July 5, 2014 | John Burger
    Making “black masses” open to the public exposes people to serious evil, an exorcist warned this week in the wake of news that a satanic church plans to stage the ritual in a public venue in Oklahoma City. “You cannot attend such an event—even if one does so merely out of curiosity, and not with any firm desire to worship Satan—without being adversely affected,” the exorcist cautioned, in an exclusive interview with Aleteia. “The mere fact that this black mass in Oklahoma City will be public lends it a certain legitimacy, and I suspect that some people will go...
  • Australian Anglicans abandon their “seal of ‘confession’. Trouble to follow.

    07/05/2014 9:04:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | July 5, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The pressure will now rise, since Anglicans have betrayed Christian tradition and history (again).Never mind that the Church of England has cobbled up a rite of baptism that omits any reference to the Devil (HERE), now we have this from CNW: Anglicans in Australia abandon seal of confession for serious crimesAnglican leaders in Australia have unanimously approved a proposal to abandon the confessional seal, authorizing priests to disclose information about serious crimes such as sexual abuse.The General Synod in Australia, meeting on July 2, passed an amendment to the Anglican canon on confessional secrecy. The change must now be approved...
  • Pope: No-work Sundays good, not just for faithful

    07/05/2014 7:28:35 AM PDT · by delchiante · 125 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 5, 2014 | Associated Press
    CAMPOBASSO, Italy — Pope Francis says abandoning the traditionally Christian practice of not working on Sundays isn’t such a good change. Francis on Saturday traveled to Molise, an agricultural region in the heart of southern Italy where unemployment is chronically high. While he said poor people need employment to have dignity, he disagreed with opening stores and other businesses on Sundays as a way to create jobs.m
  • Meriam Ibrahim's Muslim Relatives Trying to Prove She is Muslim; Lawsuit Could Delay Departure to US

    07/05/2014 7:13:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/05/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Sudanese Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim is facing a new lawsuit after her Islamic relatives submitted a case on Thursday trying to prove that she is a Muslim, which would make her marriage to a Christian man illegal under Islamic Shariah Law. The lawsuit could further delay Ibrahim's hopes to travel with her husband and children to the U.S. and seek refuge. Abdel Rahman Malek, the lawyer hired by Ibrahim's Muslim family, said that the Khartoum Religious Court will be reviewing their case "asking to prove that Meriam Ibrahim belongs to her (Muslim) father and family," according to Reuters. The 27-year-old...
  • Lutheran Satire on the Secular Progressive reaction to the Hobby Lobby SCOTUS decision

    07/04/2014 3:28:40 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    Lutheran Satire | 7-2-14 | Lutheran Satire
    Everyone has a church and everyone has an understanding of the marks of the church, of what makes their church the true church. For the Roman Catholic, the mark of the church is the pope. In his mind, if you don't have the pope, then you don't have the church as God instituted it. And so a faithful Catholic would get furious if his priest rejected papal supremacy, because doing so would stop the church in his midst from being what the church is and doing what it should do. For the Lutheran, the marks of the church are the...
  • Caner ordered to pay attorney fees

    07/04/2014 3:08:45 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    abp-rh ^ | July 3, 2014 | Bob Allen
    After losing a copyright infringement lawsuit to prevent the posting of videos alleging contradictions in different versions of his once famous “Jihad to Jesus” testimony, a Georgia Baptist college president now must pay more than $34,000 in attorney fees, a federal judge ruled July 1. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon in Lynchburg, Va., said he believes Brewton-Parker College President Ergun Caner’s lawsuit filed against two bloggers in 2013 was intended to silence critics and not a legitimate copyright claim. Caner filed a lawsuit in Texas in June 2013 followed by an amended complaint four months later seeking a permanent injunction...
  • Those Blasted Presbyterians: Reflections on Independence Day

    07/04/2014 10:22:04 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    The Chief End of Man ^ | 7-4-14 | Don Sweeting
    “We are subject to the men who rule over us, but subject only in the Lord. If they command anything against him, let us not pay the least regard to it.” Book Four, Calvin’s Institutes “I fix all the blame of these extraordinary proceedings upon the Presbyterians.” So one colonist loyal to King George wrote to friends in England. Around the same time, Horace Walpole spoke from the English House of Commons to report on these “extraordinary proceedings” in the colonies of the new world. “There is no good crying about the matter,” he said. “Cousin America has run off...
  • Wave of religious freedom rulings follows Supreme Court decision

    07/04/2014 6:31:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/2/14 | Adelaide Mena
    In the days following a Supreme Court ruling upholding religious freedom in the workplace, several lower courts have issued decisions protecting religious liberty in similar circumstances. Several new injunctions issued since the Supreme Court’s ruling on Hobby Lobby’s case “show that the HHS Mandate is on its last legs when it comes to religious non-profits,” said Lori Windham, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is defending many of those challenging the controversial mandate. “The sad part is that it has taken almost three years of litigation to get to a result the Administration should have supported...
  • Christopher Hitchens: The Last Good American Atheist

    07/04/2014 1:33:35 AM PDT · by jocon307 · 23 replies
    America (big tip o'the hat to Hot Air) ^ | 07/01/14 | Sean Salai, S. J.
    I asked the middle-aged man across from me, “Who was the last good American president?” It was the year 2000. As a 19-year old college journalist studying history and political science, I was eager to know my drinking partner’s response to this question. He had just finished railing against Presidents Clinton, Reagan and Bush '41. At this point, I was wondering if he liked any U.S. president at all. To my surprise, I didn’t have long to wait for an answer. Without hesitation, Christopher Hitchens leaned across the table, looked me in the eye, and quipped with boozy conviction: “Eisenhower.”...
  • We are a corporate theocracy now: The Christian right seeks cultural and political domination

    07/04/2014 12:31:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Salon ^ | July 3, 2014 | C.J. Werleman
    Christian right's plan is simple: Dominate courts, state legislatures, and push their twisted morality on all of us. “If fascism comes to America, it will not be identified with any “shirt” movement, nor with an “insignia,” but it will probably be “wrapped up in the flag and heralded as a plea for liberty and preservation of the constitution,” wrote in a 1936 issue of The Christian Century. Nobel Laureate recipient Sinclair Lewis put it even more succinctly when he warned, “It [fascism] would come wrapped in the flag and whistling the Star Spangled Banner.” No one who has followed the...
  • U.S. Bishops Urge Obama Admin Not to Send Back Unaccompanied Illegal Children

    07/03/2014 6:19:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 3, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration has called upon the Obama administration to halt any plans to send back unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors who have been flooding across the U.S. border. “This is a very vulnerable population which has been targeted by organized crime networks in Central America,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo in a press release Wednesday. “To return them to these criminal elements without a proper adjudication of their cases is unconscionable.” The bishops have asked the Obama administration to reconsider their proposed request to Congress for “fast track” authority to expedite the removal of unaccompanied...
  • Hong Kong's Cardinal Joseph Zen asks Pope Francis not to visit China [‘you would be manipulated']

    07/03/2014 3:02:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 7/3/2014 | Patrick Boehler
    Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Hong Kong’s outspoken former bishop, has asked Pope Francis not to visit China, saying the pontiff would be “manipulated”. Improving ties between the Vatican and Beijing has given rise to speculation the pope could reach out to China. But Zen told the Corriere della Sera, an Italian newspaper, in an interview: “I would tell him now: ‘Don’t come, you would be manipulated.’” “The few courageous [Catholics] could not meet [the Pope], and the Communist Party would show him the illegitimate bishops, including the three excommunicated ones,” the 82-year-old said in the interview. The comments come as...
  • Conservatives on the Supreme Court: All Catholic (vanity)

    07/03/2014 2:49:02 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 146 replies
    7/3/14
    As has been mentioned a lot lately due to the Hobby Lobby decision, the Supreme Court is made up of six Roman Catholics and three Jews. I have been meaning to post about this for awhile and it seems like an appropriate time to. For me, as an evangelical, I've found it increasingly troubling that all five conservative-voting justices are Roman Catholic. My belief on it is that the trend to select Roman Catholics as the "conservative" pick seems to come from the sense that they are, overall, less likely to strictly follow God's Word than would be an evangelical...
  • Supreme Court ruling legalizes religious discrimination [BARF ALERT]

    07/03/2014 2:43:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 7/3/2014 | Bruce Gourley
    On June 30 the United States Supreme Court, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, ruled that the religious beliefs of employers trump the free conscience and civil rights of employees.For traditional Baptists, the decision hearkens to earlier centuries when kings and popes mandated religious dogma, denying religious liberty and freedom of conscience to their subjects. Similar to that earlier era, the religious dogma of the Green family (the Southern Baptist owners of Hobby Lobby) is now legally binding upon employees.Baptists in Europe and America of the 17th to 19th centuries were routinely denied religious liberty and freedom of conscience by establishment...
  • Where the Christian Right Is Strong (national map included)

    07/02/2014 5:05:48 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 157 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 2, 2014
    The religious right remains one of the most potent forces in American politics, but Northeasterners could be forgiven for forgetting. Evangelical Christians and Mormons, the two religious groups who most consistently espouse conservative political and cultural views, are basically absent in the Northeastern corridor. The map shows the number of regular Evangelical Christian or Mormon congregation members, as reported by religious bodies. The data, therefore, does not include every Mormon or Evangelical Christian in the country. Black Protestant denominations are a separate category from other Evangelical Protestant denominations in this data set, and are not represented on this map. The...
  • Why Do Nuns Need Birth Control?

    07/02/2014 2:57:00 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies
    http://www.fpiw.org ^ | July 2, 2014 | Joseph Backholm
    When the Supreme Court released their decision inHobby Lobby v. Sebelius on Monday it started the race to understand what it means for the other challenges to the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare. The Hobby Lobby case established that the mandate violates the religious freedom of private, family owned companies, but a number of religiously affiliated non-profit organizations have challenged the mandate as well. Obamacare includes an exemption from the mandate for churches, but that does not extend to thousands of religiously affiliated organizations like hospitals, colleges, universities, religious schools, and charities. For example, Tyndale House Publishing, which is owned by...
  • When Man is the Measure of All Things

    07/02/2014 2:03:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 2, 2014 | STEPHEN M. KRASON
    The distinguished political philosopher Leo Strauss was supposed to have said that the only two things in life really worth talking about are God and politics. That’s because at a most fundamental level they are inextricably intertwined. A skewed notion of the very nature of God and whether man acknowledges him—or tries to substitute himself for God—is at the crux of the turmoil, fanaticism, and destructiveness of the politics of our day and of much of the last hundred years.This is seen well in two books of the last decade. Robert R. Reilly’s The Closing of the Muslim Mind...
  • Australian Girl was Married Off at 13 in Syria

    07/02/2014 8:10:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/02/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is a tragic story, but child marriage is routine in the Muslim world. Islamic immigration means that little girls in Australia, America and through the West will be subject to Islamic norms.No amount of laws criminalizing child marriage can change that. Only immigration laws can. An Australian girl who was kidnapped, beaten and married off to her older cousin by her fatherÂ’s family in Syria at the age of 13 has spoken out about her horrific five-year ordeal for the first time.Ms Farrah, who grew up living in SydneyÂ’s southwest and is the daughter of a Syrian Muslim and...
  • Too Many Catholics on the Bench?

    07/02/2014 6:39:31 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 19 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | July 1, 2014 | Bill Donohue
    Bill Donohue notes the reaction of bigots to the Hobby Lobby case: “Once again an all-Catholic, all-male, all-ultra-conservative majority of five has voted en bloc to eviscerate fundamental rights,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor of the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation. Yup. Catholics always conspire to do things “en bloc” (save for Sonia). “Court’s Catholic Justices Attack Women’s Rights” is the headline of Margery Eagan’s Boston Herald article (it’s those Catholics again). The American Humanist Association issued a statement with a picture of a rosary next to birth control pills. Cute. In the Huffington Post, Ryan Grim noted that “these men...
  • Bad Biology, Bad Policy in the Hobby Lobby Reactions

    07/02/2014 6:11:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 7/1/14 | Phil Lawler
    In the aftermath of the Hobby Lobby decision, feminists have complained that the Supreme Court has made it impossible for women to control their own fertility. Am I missing something? The Catholic columnist Michael B. Dougherty reacted to the ruling—or rather to the panicky reactions—with a tongue-in-cheek tweet: “So, nine months from now every single fertile woman will be giving birth. Big ruling.” Leave aside the fact that contraceptives remain readily available to anyone who wants them. There’s another suppressed premise hidden in the (over)reactions: the notion that if you are a fertile woman, and don’t use contraceptives, you will...
  • All Are Welcome

    07/01/2014 6:43:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/1/2014 | Michael Voris
    All Are Welcome vort-2014-07-01 Hello everyone and welcome to The Vortex where lies and falsehoods are trapped and exposed. I’m Michael Voris. There is a BIG misdirection going on in the Church these days .. and the flashpoint for it is the issue of homosexuality. This past weekend we traveled to New York City for the whole Pride celebrations going on – including, most importantly the clever handling of the situation by the Church of Nice and all its legion of supporters. You know, you can’t talk about homosexuality in the Church of Nice because its mean to say anything....
  • Response to Hobby Lobby Ruling Runs Emotional Spectrum

    07/01/2014 2:24:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 6/30/14 | Cathy Lynn Grossman
    Cheers of victory from crowds bearing “religious freedom” signs rang from street outside the Supreme Court Monday as Hobby Lobby emerged narrowly victorious in a test of whether corporations have religious freedom rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The five-four decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito, finds “closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage.” The evangelical Christian owners of Hobby Lobby and the Mennonite family owners of Conestoga Wood Specialities opposed covering four of the 20 forms of contraception approved by the Food and Drug Administration and required under Obamacare. They objected to IUDs and emergency...
  • For the first time in a 1600 years, no Masses said in Mosul

    07/01/2014 2:16:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | June 30, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Iraqi refugees are seen in a camp near the northern city of Irbil June 12. Hundreds of thousands of people who have fled their homes in Mosul are left without access to aid, officials said. (CNS photo/Stringer, EPA) In a June 12th post, Michael J. Miller passed along the bad news that Christians were being driven out completely of the city of Mosul, which is located in northern Iraq and had an estimated population well over two million: After the capture of the northern-Iraqi metropolis Mosul by Islamist forces, all the Christians who were still living there have now...
  • EWTN gets last-minute stay on HHS mandate after Hobby Lobby decision

    07/01/2014 8:06:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/01/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Late yesterday, the first fruits of the Hobby Lobby decision fell into the lap of EWTN, the Catholic satellite television station which has fought the HHS mandate into the appellate court. Today would have been the first day that EWTN would have to start paying ruinous fines for refusing to provide free contraception and sterilization in its health insurance coverage. Fortunately, the Eleventh Circuit granted a stay not long after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby: In a resounding victory for religious freedom, today EWTN was granted last minute relief from the Eleventh Circuit Court of...
  • Hobby Lobby Verdict a Victory For Ultra-Right Catholic Co-Conspirators With Chuck Colson’s Ghost

    07/01/2014 6:27:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 72 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | 7/1/14 | Frank Schaeffer
    Pope Francis must have vomited when he heard the Hobby Lobby news. Nothing could undo the good he has recently done the Church’s image more than yet another case of anti-woman lashing out by a cabal or far right Roman Catholic activists– this time in the Supreme Court. Alarmed by the Supreme Court pandering to the extreme religious right in the Hobby Lobby case, the new pope might ask “Who is responsible for this?” The answer is: Many people. However two people are the real instigators: the late evangelical far right activist, Charles Colson, and Roman Catholic far right ideologue...
  • Adoration in Austin… in the Capitol in the Capital

    07/01/2014 4:01:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 6/30/2014 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    A reader sent me this.For Corpus Christi, in Austin, the state capital of Texas, there was a Eucharistic Procession from the Cathedral to the Capitol. (You who have English as a second language, or who were born after about 1970 and went to public schools, note well that “o” and “a”.)Can you imaging Adoration and Benediction in the rotunda of your state capitol?HEREIt is pretty hard to imagine this in my native place, Minnesota. And here, in Madison, WI? HAH!
  • Pro-Abortion Group: ‘Male Justices’‘Direct Attack on Women’ in Hobby Lobby Case

    06/30/2014 7:10:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 48 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/30/14 | Penny Starr
    Condemnation came fast and furious following the Supreme Court ruling on Monday that said the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive and sterilization mandate is unlawful because it infringes on the religious liberty of the business owners who object to providing abortion-inducing drugs to employees. "Today's decision from five male justices is a direct attack on women and our fundamental rights,” Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said in a statement issued after the 5/4 decision on Monday. “This ruling goes out of its way to declare that discrimination against women isn't discrimination.” "Allowing bosses this much control over the health-care...
  • EWTN Wins Big Pro-Life Victory Against HHS Mandate on Heels of Hobby Lobby Decision

    06/30/2014 7:07:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/30/17 | Steven Ertelt
    On the heels of the Supreme Court ruling today that the Christian-run business Hobby Lobby doesn’t have to obey the HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare that requires businesses to pay for abortion causing drugs in their employee health care plans, EWTN has won a victory of its own. The Catholic television network is asking the courts to stop the Obama administration from enforcing the mandate against it while its own lawsuit continues. In a resounding victory for religious freedom, today EWTN was granted last minute relief from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, one day before the...
  • USCCB on Hobby Lobby ruling: “Justice has prevailed”

    06/30/2014 3:06:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | June 30, 2014 | Catherine Harmon
    Pro-life demonstrators celebrate June 30 outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington as its decision in the Hobby Lobby case is announced. (CNS photo/ Jonathan Ernst, Reuters) The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, together with the chairman of the conference’s Committee for Religious Liberty, released a statement earlier today in response to the US Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby religious freedom case. The joint statement from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz and Archbishop William Lori praised the Supreme Court for “[recognizing] that Americans can continue to follow their faith when they run a family business.”...
  • Former SBC president supports convicted New Orleans mayor

    06/30/2014 11:34:57 AM PDT · by wonkowasright · 7 replies
    Baptist Standard ^ | 6/30/2014 | Staff
    Former SBC president supports convicted New Orleans mayor. The immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Convention sought leniency for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, convicted in February on 20 criminal counts including bribery, fraud and money laundering. Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, wrote one of 31 letters of support—five written by ministers—in advance of Nagin’s sentencing on July 9. Luter, the first African-American SBC president, said he has known Nagin since high school, and Nagin wasn’t the same person after Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the city in August 2005. Luter asked...