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  • Who Are the Evangelicals Supporting Donald Trump?

    09/01/2015 7:06:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/01/2015 | BY RAY NOTHSTINE
    New polling shows Donald Trump continuing to surge among the Republican field. His strong showing among Evangelicals is a surprise to some and annoyance to others. As a matter of fact, he currently leads among conservative Christians. "I love the Evangelicals," said Trump, but there are doubters. A scathing op-ed in The New York Times on Trump and his Christian support concluded with this assessment: "I don't see someone interested in serving God, I see someone interested in being God." If the disconnect between Republican Party leaders and much of the base is evident, it may exist among Evangelical leaders...
  • Cultural Monuments in Syria, Iraq Need to be Protected from Islamists – Lavrov

    09/01/2015 4:14:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/1/15
    Moscow, September 1, Interfax - UNESCO needs to consider ways to protect cultural values amid ISIL attacks on cultural monuments in Syria's Palmyra, Russian Foreign Sergey Lavrov has said. "Under these circumstances, the task of the protection of cultural values under a relevant UN convention is very topical. I think we should think about concrete steps at the UNESCO in order to provide this position of the international community," Lavrov said at MGIMO University on September 1. "The destruction of cultural monuments in Iraq and Syria's Palmyra demonstrates that these people [ISIL fighters] not only seek to grab power on...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    08/31/2015 8:54:11 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    8-31-15 | Kitty Mittens
    2 Samuel 22:2-4 Jehovah is my Rock, my Fortress and my Savior. I will Hide in God, Who is my Rock and my Refuge. He is my Shield and my Salvation, My Refuge and High Tower. Thank You, O my Savior, For Saving me from my Enemies. I will Call Upon the Lord, Who is Worthy to be Praised; He will Save me from All my Enemies.
  • Is the Truth About Islam in Vogue?

    08/31/2015 2:34:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 28, 2015 | William Kilpatrick
    (www.teenvogue.com) A common assumption in our society, especially among the educated classes, is that ignorance—of a religion, culture, or race—invariably begets hatred and prejudice. A corresponding assumption is that the more you understand the other, the less you will fear him. Of course, this notion can be easily debunked by pointing out that German Jews who understood what Nazism was all about had good reason to fear the Nazis. Likewise, Southern blacks who understood the true nature of the Ku Klux Klan were justifiably on their guard against the Klan. Ignorance can breed unwarranted fear, but sometimes ignorance can...
  • Is the (Catholic) Church Prepared to Confront the Secular Culture?

    08/31/2015 2:16:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 31, 2015 | STEPHEN M. KRASON
    The Catholic Church in America (CCA) seems to be unable to play a leading role in fighting the damaging socio-cultural trends of our time and now, for the first time since the colonial era, even faces serious threats to religious liberty. Why is the Church in such a weakened state? Some commentators would single out the priest sexual abuse scandal, but that’s only one small part of the picture. The answer lies in longer-run trends, which have been discussed by faithful Catholic commentators and scholars for some time but now come into sharp relief. Most of these, but not...
  • HOW THE ISLAMIC WORLD WAS FORGED: AN EXERCISE IN COMMON SENSE

    08/31/2015 8:06:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/31/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. What made non-Muslims convert to Islam, leading to the creation of the Islamic world?   Early historical sources—both Muslim and non-Muslim—make clear that the Islamic empire was forged by the sword; that people embraced Islam, not so much out of sincere faith, but for a myriad of reasons—from converting in order to enjoy the boons of being on the “winning team” to converting in order to evade the dooms of being on the “losing team.” Modern day Muslims and other apologists—primarily in academia, government, and mainstream media—reject...
  • Quebec’s Proposed Imposition of Blasphemy Laws Will Affect Us All

    08/30/2015 7:29:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/30/2015 | Kyle Shideler
    While Canada is currently in the throes of an early election, in the province of Quebec there’s growing debate over the future of free speech. The Quebec Parliament is currently debating whether to pass Bill 59, a bill that would grant the Quebec Human Rights Commission (QHRC) the authority to investigate so-called “hate speech”, even without a complaint being filed. The Head of the QHRC, Jacques FrĂ©mont has already openly said that he plans to use such powers, “to sue those critical of certain ideas, ‘people who would write against 
 the Islamic religion 
 on a website or...
  • Poll: 38% born-again Christians believe prayer boosts wealth, 24% think wealth sign of God’s favor

    08/28/2015 7:06:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/28/2015 | AllahPundit
    A little comments food-fight starter for a slow Friday news cycle. Even your friendly neighborhood atheist blogger is surprised by this result: My memory of youthful Christian lessons is rusty but I do vaguely recall something about rich men and heaven and camels and the eye of a needle. Then again, there’s a difference between praying for a Lamborghini and praying for a pay raise to help make ends meet. Wanting more wealth doesn’t necessarily make you greedy.The question: Why are born-again Christians more likely than those who don’t describe themselves as born again to tie wealth to faith?...
  • Planned Parenthood Travesty - The Archdiocese Of Washington Makes Its Mind Known

    08/27/2015 7:18:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    The Archdiocese of Washington has made a statement regarding Planned Parenthood's sale of babies whom they have murdered. Click on the player to hear one of their spokespeople speak of the concern that the chancery has regarding this matter. (audio at link) That's about the size of it! Two weeks ago the Catholic Standard buried this blurb towards the back of the print edition when the first few videos were released. Today I received the August 27th edition. Bearing in mind that this is the first edition out since the massive Planned Parenthood protests this past Saturday, with 70 thousand...
  • Pope's Visit May Bring Out the Best, or Worst, in Washingtonians

    08/27/2015 3:20:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 27, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Jostling for tickets, preparing to introduce special legislation, pushing pet causes, and gearing up for the kinds of crowds that could rival those of a presidential inauguration day are some of the ways Washington, D.C., is getting ready for Pope Francis. Yep, that sounds just like Washington.  The Pope will be in the nation's capital Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 22-24, and the coveting of papal event tickets might be just as strong in Congress as it is in parishes.  Previous popes have celebrated public Masses in Washington—the last was Pope Benedict XVI at Nationals Stadium in 2008—and visited the White...
  • "THERE ARE MONKEYS OF JEWISH ORIGIN; NONE DENY THIS WHO BELIEVE IN THE QURAN"

    08/27/2015 2:28:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    F ^ | 08/27/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
      Critics of Islam are often accused of bigotry. The accusers tend to overlook the kind of crazy racism that Islam teaches. And we are talking really, really crazy racism. (via Religion of Peace) Al-Mosharraf, whose Elaph blog posts often contain anti-Semitic overtones, argues that some monkeys are Jews whom Allah punished for desecrating the Sabbath, as is told in the Quran. He included numerous photos of macaque monkeys in his post, and pointed out the similarities between their behavior and Jewish behavior. Sure. Who can forget the time that six Muslim armies were defeated by an army of...
  • Hostile response online to Black Lives Matter worries Galloway church

    08/26/2015 6:26:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Press of Atlantic City ^ | August 26, 2015 | Donna Weaver
    GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — The reverend and congregation of a church that unveiled a “Black Lives Matter” banner on Pomona Road say they are fearful after a receiving a hostile response to the sign on social media. Rev. Cynthia Cain said comments on the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore’s Facebook page could be described as threats. Many of the comments on the page also state: “All Lives Matter.” “When we say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ they mistranslate it to ‘ONLY Black Lives Matter.’ Why? Are they afraid that people might start empathizing with people of color?” Cain asked. Police...
  • On Court-Mandated Brainwashing

    08/26/2015 6:20:34 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.crisismagazine.com ^ | August 20, 2015 | REV. JAMES V. SCHALL, S.J.
    By now, most people are aware of the Colorado baker who refused to bake an elaborate wedding cake for a gay couple’s so-called “marriage.” The various commissions and courts have ruled that the gentleman’s religious objections to an act that implicitly required him to approve gay marriage violated the law. The court said that any “reasonable” person would not say that selling a cake violates one’s religion. The issue, of course, is whether the court’s notion of what is reasonable is itself reasonable. And if that were not enough, the man has to implement “sensitivity” sessions for his employees evidently...
  • Efforts to Silence Clergy Continue Apace

    08/25/2015 7:40:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 8/25/15 | William Kilpatrick
    Christians in the U.S. worry that the day may be coming when they will no longer be able to freely speak their minds about their faith. But that day has already arrived in Canada, Europe, and the U.K. In 2008, a Canadian Human Rights panel imposed a $5,000 fine on the Reverend Stephen Boisson for a letter he had written in 2002 to a small newspaper describing homosexual activists as immoral (the ruling was eventually overturned by a higher court). In the same year (2002), an Ontario court ordered a Catholic school to admit a homosexual teen and his older...
  • Catholic Hospital to Permit Sterilization Following Lawsuit Threat

    08/25/2015 7:16:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    A Catholic hospital in California has agreed to permit a doctor to sterilize a woman after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to file a lawsuit, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. "Rachel Miller, due to have her second child in late September, agreed with her husband that this would be her last pregnancy and decided she would be sterilized by tubal ligation after giving birth," the newspaper reported. Miller says that her insurance will not cover both childbirth and sterilization at any other hospital in a 150-mile radius. Citing the US bishops’ healthcare directives, Mercy Medical Center in Redding initially...
  • Naming the Demons of Ireland and Great Britain

    08/25/2015 5:53:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Catholic Voice (IE) ^ | 8/25/15 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    A friend recently went through statements published by the Irish Bishops’ Conference between 2012 and 2015 to examine the language the bishops used about morality, especially in response to the initiatives of the Enda Kenny government. During this period the Irish government legalised both the killing of unborn babies through abortion and the treatment of homosexuality as equivalent with heterosexuality through so called same-sex "marriage". The statements from the Bishops’ Conference show the Irish bishops failing to name the evil of abortion and homosexual sex even though the Second Vatican Council named abortion an “unspeakable crime” (Gaudium et Spes, 50)...
  • Ted Cruz’s big problem: There isn’t really an ‘evangelical vote’ right now

    08/25/2015 10:15:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | August 25, 2015 | Philip Bump
    On Friday night, while the political media was transfixed watching Donald Trump's in-all-ways-secular stump ramble in Mobile, Ala., Ted Cruz was holding a deliberately religious rally in Des Moines. Evangelical voters were always meant to be a linchpin of Cruz's presidential bid, and as our Katie Zezima and Tom Hamburger write, the Des Moines event was not shy about making that pitch. Blasting Planned Parenthood and lamenting the "persecution" of business owners sued for denying services to same-sex couples, Cruz was clearly trying to do two things: Plant his flag as the Republican crusader -- and prompt religious voters to...
  • Jesusland Author Endorses Cruz 2016

    08/25/2015 9:37:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Christian News Wire ^ | August 25, 2015
    MEDIA ADVISORY, Aug. 25, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- In the Bible, Exodus 18:21 teaches Christians when picking leaders to "select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness." David Jeffers, author of "Understanding Evangelicals: A Guide to Jesusland" (tinyurl.com/qb63fpr), in his latest video (youtu.be/ZmKeXj91Wfo) says such a man is Ted Cruz. "Ted Cruz has already shown his willingness to defend Christian's 1st Amendment rights, that he will stand for truth by calling the leader of his Senate caucus a liar, and that he will stand against what Cruz calls 'the Washington Cartel.'" Jeffers...
  • African Bishops Keep Fighting the Good Fight

    08/24/2015 3:05:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 8/24/15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    African bishops continue to fight for life, marriage and family in their country. Following a pro-life rally that drew more than 1,000 supporters, the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference (GCBC) issued a statement resolving to resist evils such as abortion, population control, adulterous remarriages, promiscuity and sodomy. 1. Every human being is created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26–27). Human life is God's gift and this life begins at conception. Thus, every nation, every institution, every man and woman must respect, protect and uphold the dignity and sanctity of every human life from the moment of conception until...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    08/24/2015 12:46:57 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    8-24-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Genesis 49:24 His Bow Remained Strong and Steady and Rested in the Strength that does not Fail him, For the Arms of his Hands were Made Strong and Active by the Hands of the Mighty God of Jacob, By the Name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.
  • Father Pavone’s Abolishing Abortion hits bookshelves today – Pro-life manifesto calls upon the...

    08/24/2015 10:42:06 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    standtrue.com ^ | August 18, 2015 | Bryan Kemper
    FULL TITLE: Father Pavone’s Abolishing Abortion hits bookshelves today – Pro-life manifesto calls upon the Church and State to protect unborn children Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and a long-time pro-life activist, has long said he’s not just fighting abortion, he’s working to end it. His new book, Abolishing Abortion: How You Can Play a Part in Ending the Greatest Evil of Our Day (Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins Christian Publishing), released today, outlines a strategy to end abortion in the United States. In the book, Father Pavone explores biblical, moral, historical, and legal reasons Christians belong in...
  • Witches, Lesbians and Liberal Pro-Aborts

    08/23/2015 12:27:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    As part of a nationwide effort mobilizing thousands of pro-lifers, hundreds turned out in various metro Detroit locations to protest and pray in front of Planned Parenthood abortion mills. In the suburb of Ferndale, about 250 pro-lifers stood across a major thoroughfare in front of Planned Parenthood, where about a dozen abortion advocates held signs and went through their usual pro-abortion "My body, my choice" chants. Included were the usual assortment of witches and lesbians. The entire national effort was pulled together in response to the gruesome videos serving as proof that Planned Parenthood is engaged in a lucrative business...
  • The Network of Stolen Consciousness - How Black Magick is used in Mind Control

    08/22/2015 2:02:22 PM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 82 replies
    Metatech.org ^ | Beth Goobie
    The Network of Stolen Consciousness – How Black Magick is used in Mind Control August 10, 2014 by user8127 The Network of Stolen Consciousness How Black Magick is used in Mind Control by Beth GoobieThis is a terrifying look at the inner most procedures of satanic intelligence cults. This is without a doubt one of the most advanced exposes of advanced mind control technology and processes that I have ever seen published.—————————————I am a survivor of intelligence cults that operate across Canada and are connected internationally. In 1959, I was born into an intergenerational CIA-connected cult that continues to operate...
  • Will the Pope endorse Bernie Sanders for President?

    08/22/2015 11:47:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 88 replies
    Renew America ^ | August 21, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    If the Republican establishment thinks it has a problem with Donald Trump, just wait until the Pope visits America next month and endorses socialist Bernie Sanders for president. Such a move, which is not beyond the realm of possibility, would put the head of the Roman Catholic Church firmly in the Democratic Party camp during a critical election year in which Republicans hope to turn back the tide of transformational Marxism represented by President Barack Obama. A story on a Catholic news site, "Is Pope Francis going to endorse...Bernie Sanders?!", looks seriously at the possibility. The article noted that the...
  • Why Evangelicals Worship Trump

    08/21/2015 5:48:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 21, 2015 | Betsy Woodruff
    With his brash demeanor, rough language, womanizing, and general Trump-ness, you’d think evangelicals would loathe Trump. You’d be wrong. Evangelicals were supposed to hate Donald Trump. His ostentatious wealth, his colorful language, his serial marriages—he was supposed to be the anti-Huckabee, the candidate least appealing to conservative Christians and their reality TV-unfriendly sensibilities. Then there was Trump’s cavalier discussion of his faith at the Ames, Iowa, Family Leadership Summit in July—where he said he doesn’t ask God for forgiveness. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York argued that comment would hurt him more than his disparagement of Senator John McCain’s war record....
  • Court says Little Sisters can duck birth-control mandate until Supreme Court weighs in

    08/21/2015 3:15:42 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | August 21, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    A federal appeals court that refused to exempt a group of nuns from Obamacare’s birth-control rules said Friday the sisters can duck the mandate and its hefty fines until the Supreme Court decides whether to take up their appeal. The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged is among several nonprofit plaintiffs who’ve asked the justices to hear them out next term, saying the Obama administration hasn’t done enough to absolve them from providing birth control they find sinful, including morning-after pills that Catholic groups equate with abortion. “The federal government doesn’t need the Little Sisters or any...
  • A Look at (Archdiocese of) San Francisco’s New Teacher Contract

    08/21/2015 2:49:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 21, 2015 | DANIEL GUERNSEY
    In an August 19 press release, the Archdiocese of San Francisco announced the details of a collective bargaining agreement with its teacher’s union. The original proposal gained national attention when over 75 percent of the high school teachers signed a petition against Archbishop Cordileone’s efforts to add language to employment documents that specifically identified “hot button issues” (mostly around issues of human sexuality and reproduction) that they should not publicly contradict by word or example. Also at issue was how the private lives of teachers might impact their ability to teach in a Catholic school. Additionally, the union also...
  • Missouri Congregation Joins Over 200 Churches Leaving PCUSA Over Homosexuality

    08/21/2015 9:53:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/21/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A Missouri congregation has voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over the Mainline denomination's "theological controversies," including its growing acceptance of homosexuality. First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, a Springfield congregation with approximately 1,700 members, voted 493 to 185 on Sunday in favor of disaffiliating with PCUSA. The Rev. Andrew Chaney, senior pastor at First and Calvary, told The Christian Post that his congregation voted following months of consideration. "First and Calvary Presbyterian Church voted to disaffiliate from the PCUSA because it felt that the PCUSA has drifted from its Reformed theological moorings," said Chaney. "Political and theological controversies of the...
  • Facebook strikes again, blocking Msgr. Charles Pope

    08/21/2015 8:22:28 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 27 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | August 19, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Last night, I was one of many who received the following email from Msgr. Charles Pope, well-known blogger and writer in the Archdiocese of Washington: Just a brief note to inform you that I have been blocked from Facebook. They claim that Msgr. Charles Pope is not my real name and are requiring me to submit government ID proving that Msgr. Charles Pope is my true identity. As of now, I have no intention of doing this since I consider it an unreasonable demand by them. They further indicate that even if I supply the IDs from at least two...
  • Saturday is Protest Planned Parenthood Day. Join the Battle!

    08/20/2015 6:46:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Les Femmes - The Truth ^ | 8/20/15 | Mary Ann Kreizer
    If you can't attend one of the 300 rallies against Planned Parenthood help arm the warriors by attending Mass and praying the rosary. To see if there is a rally near you, go here. This is the biggest demonstration against Planned Parenthood ever to take place in this country and has the potential to cut off the head of this Goliath despite its protection by the elite liberal establishment and the corrupt mainstream media. Pray and fight. Bring your rosary to the rally and pray continuously. The Blessed Mother has the power to crush the head of the serpent. The...
  • Church on Edge as Nepal Undergoes Birth Pangs of New Constitution (to recognize Christianity)

    08/20/2015 2:55:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 20, 2015 | ANTO AKKARA
    Kathmandu -- The church in Nepal is on the edge as Nepal struggles to finalize its much-awaited new constitution amid sporadic protests, violent clashes and shut downs in several districts over demarcation of the provinces under the draft constitution.   "There is lot of tension, both good news and bad news for us on the constitution [making] front," Father Silas Bogati, vicar general of the Vicariate of Nepal told Aleteia August 19 — a day after as a young protester died in police firing.   On the positive side, Father Bogati pointed out that: "At least church and Christianity will...
  • Pope Francis: Work Hard for the Glory of God, Don't "Live Off" Others

    08/20/2015 2:06:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 20, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Wednesday praised hard work as an essential aspect of God’s design for the family, and he applauded personal readiness to contribute to the common good rather than “Iiving off the backs” of others. Speaking to pilgrims in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall during his weekly catechesis, the Pope said “the nicest thing one can say about a serious, honest person is: ‘he’s a worker.’” The Pope denounced idleness, citing St. Paul’s injunction to the early Christians: “If anyone will not work, let him not eat” (2 Thess. 3:10).  “That’s a recipe for losing...
  • "I'm gonna have to scare the Pope": Trump says he would warn pontiff that 'ISIS want to get you' if

    08/20/2015 12:21:18 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    DailyMail.co.uk ^ | August 20, 2015 | Wills Robinson
    Donald Trump has revealed he would warn the Pope that ISIS were out to get him if they meet next month. In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Chris Cuomo asked the billionaire businessman what he would say in to Pope Francis if he came face-to face with him during his visit to the United States in September. The Republican presidential hopeful admitted he was a protestant, but said he thought the Pontiff was a 'good guy' because he is becoming very 'political'.
  • United Church of Canada Sells Fossil Fuel Holdings, Commits $6 Million to Alternative Energy

    08/20/2015 9:01:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/20/2015 | Vincent Funaro
    The United Church of Canada plans to invest nearly $6 million into alternative energy sources that it acquired from selling all of its assets in fossil fuels. The denomination views the move as a bold step toward stewarding the gift of creation. "Care for creation and concern for the way that climate is impacting the most marginalized populations made this move an act of justice, of faith, and of solidarity with First Nations and other impacted communities," said Christine Boyle, General Council commissioner of the United Church and a veteran climate advocate, according to the National Advocate. The church will...
  • Same-sex marriage threatens to tear apart Christian college association as some members promise exit

    08/20/2015 7:22:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 08/20/2015 | SAMANTHA WATKINS - PT LOMA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY
    You’ve waffled on the issue too long, dissident leader tells CCCUShe saw the warning signs, but didn’t act until it was too late.Nearly a year after taking the reins of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities – following the messy and expensive firing of its last chief – President Shirley Hoogstra is dealing with a potential revolt of its members.Because CCCU took no action after two of its members recently changed their hiring policies to allow same-sex married couples as faculty and staff, the organization lost a high-profile member, Tennessee’s Union University.For almost two years CCCU has known of...
  • Same-Sex Marriage Movement Knocking on Australia's Door, Archbishop Warns Faithful

    08/19/2015 6:04:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 8/18/15 | Jonah Hicap
    After its success in Ireland and then the United States, the movement to legalise same-sex marriage is now knocking on Australia's doors to the dismay of devoted Christians in the Land Down Under. Australian Archbishop Anthony Fisher revealed recently that "there are voices in our culture that no longer think marriage need be for life, or be open to children, or be exclusive, or be between man and wife." Addressing the faithful during the Annual Marriage Mass with Renewal of Vows at Saint Mary's Cathedral in Sydney last July 12, Fisher said those behind this movement "write off as benighted...
  • Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood: New Evidence of Collusion

    08/19/2015 3:13:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 8/19/15 | Patrick Reilly and Justin Petrisek
    As corporations and governments face increasing pressure to cut ties with scandal-plagued Planned Parenthood, let’s not forget the obvious: Catholic colleges ought to do the same.What, you ask? Catholic colleges have ties to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider and alleged purveyor of aborted human parts? How is that even possible?It’s a good question. There’s no excuse for colleges that value their Catholic identity to be linked with the corrupt—and corrupting—organization.But in her recent Crisis Magazine article titled “Catholic Colleges Collude with Planned Parenthood,” Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Anne Hendershott reminded readers of several instances of Catholic college ties...
  • Former Satanist: “I Performed Satanic Rituals Inside Abortion Clinics” [use caution when reading]

    08/18/2015 3:46:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 56 replies
    Lepanto Institute ^ | 8/18/15 | Michael Hichborn
    In light of the recent videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of the organs and tissues of preborn babies, the Lepanto Institute interviewed former satanic High Wizard, Zachary King. Zachary was an average boy from an American neighborhood who grew up in a Baptist home. He began practicing magick at 10, joined a satanic coven at 13, and had broken all 10 Commandments by the time he was 15 years old. From his teen years to adulthood he worked his way up to High Wizard in the coven and actively pushed satan’s agenda including ritualistic abortions. Zachary is currently writing about...
  • Here’s why Bernie Sanders plans to speak at Liberty University next month

    08/18/2015 1:04:43 PM PDT · by mikelets456 · 15 replies
    Wash po ^ | 8/5 | Wash po
    But the independent senator from Vermont , who is vying to be the Democratic party’s 2016 presidential nominee, has been booked to speak there next month at a university convocation. “It goes without saying that my views on many issues -- women’s rights, gay rights, education and many other issues -- are very different from the opinions of some in the Liberty University community,” Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist who is Jewish, said Wednesday night, in comments relayed by a spokesman. But Sanders said he would like to see if “we can reach consensus regarding the grotesque level of income...
  • Where is the Church on Planned Parenthood? [What's your diocese doing?]

    08/17/2015 5:04:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 8/17/15 | Robert Royal
    Surveys show that 70 percent of Americans still haven’t even heard of the Planned Parenthood scandal – after six revealing undercover videos – stunning evidence, if such were still needed, of the mainstream media’s dereliction of public duty when it comes to the truth about abortion. But where are our Catholic media, not only the big outlets like Catholic News Agency, National Catholic Register, and so forth, but those old vehicles of Catholic truth: the diocese and the parish? Some states have started investigations or pulled funding from Planned Parenthood. More videos will surface, which should happen more swiftly now,...
  • Gov. Abbott gets flak for Facebook post about Virgin Mary

    08/17/2015 3:29:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 47 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 8/17/15 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN -- Gov. Greg Abbott often posts Bible passages and prayerful remarks on social media, but a Facebook posting about a holy day in his Catholic faith drew vitriolic comments suggesting he worships idols.Abbott posted a commemoration of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, marking Roman Catholic belief that Mary was brought into heaven body and soul.“The Virgin Mary is exalted above the choirs of angels. Blessed is the Lord who has raised her up,” Abbott wrote to accompany a sketch of Mary above the clouds. The sketch contains a notation saying it’s a political ad by Texans for...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    08/17/2015 12:23:49 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 6 replies
    8-17-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Ezekiel 34:26 I will make My People and their Homes Around My Hill a Blessing. And there shall be Showers, Showers of Blessing, For I will not Shut Off the Rains, but Send them in their Seasons.
  • Justice Kennedy Creates Same-Sex “Marriage” Ex Nihilo [satire]

    08/17/2015 4:07:17 AM PDT · by markomalley
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 8/17/15 | Tom Venzor
    In Obergefell v. Hodges, America was once again confronted with the pseudo-philosophical and theological ruminations of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Though one’s initial, reasonable tendency would be to assess any court decision on legal grounds, Justice Kennedy’s opinion is founded on a constitutional jurisprudence that went awry long ago. Instead, perhaps the more appropriate hermeneutic for reading Justice Kennedy’s opinion is the theological lens—a lens that prominently reveals and displays the arrogant and fanciful creation of a liberty out of nothing.In his refreshing dissent, Justice Alito harbors the claim against Justice Kennedy that his majority opinion has imported “a distinctively postmodern...
  • Evangelists: Obama 'paving the way' for Antichrist

    08/15/2015 9:12:51 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 55 replies
    WND ^ | August 15, 2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    President Obama President Obama isn’t the Antichrist – but he sure is “paving the way” for him, said some Christian evangelists who’ve been watching the White House in biblically prophetic light with alarm. “Although President Obama is certainly not the Antichrist, his policies are paving the way for the Antichrist,” said pastor Robert James Jeffress, Jr., of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, Christian Today reported. “While I am not suggesting that President Obama is the Antichrist, the fact that he was able to propose such a sweeping change in God’s law and still win re-election by a...
  • Have 'cash on hand,' warns 'blood moons' discoverer - 'We need to be prepared mentally...

    08/15/2015 8:53:57 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 133 replies
    WND ^ | August 8, 2015 | Unattributed
    Rare blood-moon events already have happened three times in the last year or so, and on Sept. 28, there will be a fourth – the final appearance in what is an even more rare tetrad sequence. Because of how close it will be to earth, this final blood moon will appear both larger and brighter than usual, giving it a special significance. Such a series of events would be noteworthy at any time, but reports of looming economic turmoil and geopolitical instability are leading some observers to speculate this “super blood moon” heralds a dramatic change in world events. Maybe...
  • The religious right isn’t going away: Why proclamations of its decline are a dangerous myth

    08/15/2015 8:39:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Salon ^ | August 15, 2015 | Elias Isquith
    Religous conservatives aren't going quietly into the night, Americans United's Barry Lynn tells Salon.Because non-politicians like Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson have garnered the most attention during the GOP presidential primary thus far, another distinctive feature of this cycle’s batch of candidates has gone relatively unnoticed. For all the talk and hype about the GOP modernizing and learning the lessons of the George W. Bush era — and for all the breathless speculation about the millennial generation and how it demands of politicians a different approach — the religious right’s presence within the party remains formidable. The aforementioned...
  • Kentucky Forbids Prison Chaplains from Identifying Homosexuality as Sinful

    08/15/2015 6:11:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Prison officials in the state of Kentucky have told chaplains that they are not allowed to speak of homosexual activity as sinful. The Department of Juvenile Justice revoked the credentials of a Baptist chaplain, citing his refusal to comply with a policy that forbids reference to homosexuality as sinful. Chaplains who do not agree to abide by that policy will not be allowed to work in prisons, officials said. The Kentucky policy stipulates that "staff, volunteers, interns and contractors shall not imply or tell LGBTQI juveniles that they are abnormal, deviant, sinful or that they can or should change their...
  • Bishop Faces Three Years in Jail for Defending Marriage (cites Leviticus)[Switzerland]

    08/15/2015 2:50:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Stream ^ | August 12, 2015 | DEACON KEITH FOURNIER
    In the politically charged language of the present, Bishop Vitus Huonder is a “conservative” if not an “extremist.” In fact, he is simply a faithful Catholic Christian. And for that he’s being threatened with three years in jail. It’s happening in Switzerland, but the conflict epitomizes a wider phenomenon of anti-Christian secularists on both sides of the Atlantic using the courts to target Christians for simply standing up for biblical truth.In 2011, Huonder, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Chur in Switzerland, supported parents being able to opt out of having children as young as four subjected to...
  • Mayor Vows to Fight to Keep Nativity Scene in Park: 'It Represents Our Town'

    08/15/2015 9:36:46 AM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/14/15 | Fox News
    Cordova has said that Belen means Bethlehem in Spanish, but the Freedom From Religion Foundation is arguing that the nativity scene is religious in nature and should be moved to private property.
  • Cuba witnessing Christianity boom as Bible copies pour into communist-ruled country

    08/15/2015 6:07:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 08/15/2015 | Monica Cantilero
    Christianity is booming in communist-ruled Cuba, and one indication of this is the continuing inflow of tens of thousands of Bibles which are distributed to the faithful in the country's more than 1,000 churches. Last month, some 83,000 copies of the Bible poured into the country courtesy of the International Missions Board. The copies of the Bible are distributed by the Baptist Convention in Cuba. The American Bible Society, which claims to have "strong relations with Cuban churches, both Catholic and Protestant," also started its "Million Bible Mission" last year. About 60,000 Bibles were imported and distributed to the faithful...