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Religion & Politics (Religion)

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  • Land warns of political element in Martin case - "Rule of Law Assaulted by Racial Demagogues"

    04/10/2012 8:44:10 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    sbcbaptistpress.org ^ | April 10, 2012 | Erin Roach & Diana Chandler
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land, who played a key role in the Southern Baptist Convention's 1995 repentance of the "racism of which we have been guilty," has caught media attention over what he views as the infusion of politics into the Trayvon Martin killing. Land, on his radio show "Richard Land Live!" March 31, said President Obama and black leaders such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson should not have been so quick to jump into the case. Land's comments were reported nationally by Religion News Service, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times and other media. "Instead...
  • Santorum’s Linkage of Morals, Economy Could Have Lasting Impact

    04/12/2012 6:58:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/11/12 | Michelle Bauman
    Washington D.C., Apr 11, 2012 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Rick Santorum ends his bid for president, political analysts are suggesting that his campaign may significantly effect the national discussion of morality. Dr. David Campbell, a political scientist at the University of Notre Dame, told CNA on April 11 that the “intriguing link” that Santorum drew between morality and economics has the potential to “change our national discussion.” On April 10, Santorum announced that he was suspending his campaign, shortly after he took time off to be with his youngest daughter, Bella, who was hospitalized for the second time...
  • A Large Collection Of Anti-Islam Flyers, Brochures and Booklets to Educate The Public With

    04/11/2012 9:48:27 PM PDT · by damonw · 6 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 4/11/12 | Damon Whitsell
    With desperation in their voice, someone asked me what they could do about Islam and I replied by telling them that we must study Islam, educate others about Islam and become Activist by joining Activist and Lobbying groups that stand for not only human rights, but the rights of the individual. I also told them about a real important webpage at WhatYouCanDoAboutIslam.com. That page suggest over 33 things that a non-Muslim can do about Islam. One of the things that are suggested is starting a personal campaign to educate the public using leaflets, flyers, brochures, and booklets. So in preparing...
  • Obama: Jesus Is ‘A Son of God’

    04/11/2012 9:39:17 PM PDT · by Dajjal · 61 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | Apr. 4, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) - Speaking to a group of Christian clergy at the Easter Prayer Breakfast he hosted at the White House on Wednesday, President Barack Obama referred to Jesus Christ as “a son of God.” ... “And for me, and I’m sure for some of you, it’s also a chance to remember the tremendous sacrifice that led up to that day, and all that Christ endured--not just as a Son of God, but as a human being.” The Christian faith teaches that Jesus is the only Son of God.
  • Jesse Jackson lauds Zimmerman charges

    04/11/2012 9:11:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson is congratulating the Florida special prosecutor for her actions in the case of Trayvon Martin and the charges filed against the suspect in his death. --snip-- In a statement, the head of Chicago-based Rainbow-PUSH Coalition said he is hopeful the judicial process will be fair and just. Jackson adds despite the charge against Zimmerman, the issue of the law under which he claims he acted must be addressed. He says Florida's Stand Your Ground law should be repealed....
  • Jimmy Carter’s pro-life rhetoric ‘a political decision,’ Baptist leaders say

    04/11/2012 8:23:49 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4-11-12 | Ben Johnson
    Leader of former President Jimmy Carter’s longtime denomination say his calls for the Democratic Party to adopt a less radical pro-choice platform is a political calculation to help the party in the South. “I never have believed that Jesus Christ would approve of abortions,” Carter told talk show host Laura Ingraham, while promoting his new study Bible. “I’ve signed a public letter calling for the Democratic Party at the next convention to espouse my position on abortion which is to minimize the need…and limit it only to women whose life are in danger or who are pregnant as a result...
  • Open letter to Cardinal from disobedient priests in Austria

    04/11/2012 2:07:49 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 4 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 11 April 2012 | Cathcon
    Peter Paul Kaspar, Academic Chaplain in Linz, author, musician, executive member of the Parish Priest Initiative helped to formulate the "Call to Disobedience" and now writes an open letter to Cardinal Christoph Schönborn THE OPEN LETTER Dear Cardinal! We - the executive of the Parish Priest Initiative - have issued at Pentecost 2011 a "Call to Disobedience," because we wanted our urgent demands for reform to be made public. This has succeeded worldwide even being cited in the Holy Thursday homily of the Pope. The decades-long internal proposals and suggestions put forward were so far always put politely in the...
  • The Continuing Struggle for the Soul of Cuba

    04/11/2012 7:12:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/5/12 | Jordan Allott
    In the wake of Pope Benedict's visit, Cuban Catholics express frustration and anger as the Castro regime continues political repression and religious persecution.A day before Pope Benedict XVI’s historic visit to Cuba on March 26, I was in Arroyo Naranjo, one of Havana’s poorest areas, meeting with Lilvio Fernandez Luis, a Catholic and the leader of JACU, or Joventud Activa Cuba Unida. Lilvio spent the day showing me the life he has worked hard to create—a life built on a strong family and the courage to fight against the repression that the Cuban government has inflicted on its people for...
  • The Profound, Unapologetic and Timely Reflections of Archbishop Chaput [Catholics in Public Life]

    04/11/2012 7:04:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/5/12 | Michael J. Miller
    Abp. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. publishes e-book about Catholic Witness: "A Heart on Fire"Almost fifty years ago, the writings on religious pluralism of an American Jesuit, John Courtney Murray, helped the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council to draft a Declaration on Religious Liberty in a world where millions of Christians were being ruled by officially atheistic regimes. On March 23, 2012, hundreds of citizens gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia to participate in a Rally for Religious Freedom, in protest of the U.S. Government’s Health and Human Services Department mandate that compels institutions and individuals to...
  • Vatican Cardinal: If Catholic employers provide contraceptive coverage they cooperate in sin

    04/10/2012 12:39:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 10, 2012 | Jenn Giroux
    WASHINGTON, April 10, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The upcoming episode of Catholic Action Insight hosted by Thomas McKenna to air on EWTN on Wednesday, April 11 at 2:30pm and April 13 at 9:00pm EST will surely ignite discussion among Catholics on the impending mandate which is an attack on religious liberty.  In this interview, Cardinal Raymond Burke speaks out for the first time in a public interview on matters of faith, religious liberty, and culpability in relation to this threatened mandate for employers. “We are very blessed to be granted this interview with Cardinal Raymond Burke who explains the Catholic...
  • 7 Questions for Mitt About Mormonism [Well, 2 questions at least re: Race & Abortion]

    04/10/2012 10:49:07 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | April 9, 2012 | Jeffrey Weiss
    ...it is past time for Mitt Romney to address relevant questions about his religion. These are not questions about the afterlife or sacred clothing, but questions about how some of the distinctive aspects of doctrine of...Latter-Day Saints might inform his approach to governing. ...Romney has been less forthcoming about how Mormon beliefs have shaped him. ...Romney held a post of...authority in his church. ...He was a recognized, theologically defined church authority in the Boston area -- for more than a decade. ...LDS teaching about racial equality: From the church declaration issued in 1978: "...by revelation has confirmed that the long-promised...
  • Catholics Urged to Imitate St. Thomas More in Contraception Battle

    04/10/2012 9:48:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Arlington, Va., Apr 9, 2012 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics should follow the example of St. Thomas More in their current conflict with the Obama administration, said Fr. Paul D. Scalia, son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. More's faithful witness and willingness to sacrifice his life rather than violate his conscience “are instructive for us in this present crisis,” said Fr. Scalia, who serves as pastor of St. John the Beloved Parish in McLean, Va. In an April 4 article for the Catholic Herald, the diocesan newspaper of Arlington, Fr. Scalia reflected on the life of St. Thomas...
  • The “I BET YOU CAN'T LOOK AT ISLAM IN THE NEWS AND NOT SEE EVIL” Challenge

    04/10/2012 8:37:14 AM PDT · by damonw · 9 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 4-10-12 | Damon Whitsell
    To those who still think that Islam is The Religion of Peace,, or that Islam means peace – I have a challenge. I bet you can’t look at “Islam In The News” for just two weeks and not get highly concerned!!! There are really 4 things that should scare the hell out of you, but my challenge is about keeping up with Islam in the Non- Main-Stream Media News, FOR JUST TWO WEEKS. Those 4 things are… 1. THE ISLAMIC TEXT: The Koran, rightly understood with the help of the Sunnah of Mohammad (the Hadith [sayings of MO], Biographies of...
  • Pres. Obama, “breakfast theologian”, dazzles again about the Lord’s doubts

    04/09/2012 6:05:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 4/9/2012 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    Remember when Pres. Obama dazzled us with his theological insights at the National Prayer Breakfast?   He has been at it again.I was sent to link the White House site about the 2012 Prayer Breakfast: [...]Now, I have to be careful, I am not going to stand up here and give a sermon.  [Oh yes?] It’s always a bad idea to give a sermon in front of professionals.  (Laughter.)  But in a few short days, all of us will experience the wonder of Easter morning.   And we will know, in the words of the Apostle Paul, “Christ Jesus…and Him crucified.”It’s...
  • Pastor Rick Warren Decries Obama Contraception Compromise

    04/09/2012 3:11:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 8, 2012 | Alex Roarty
    Influential evangelical pastor Rick Warren said Sunday that he is not satisfied with the Obama administration’s compromise on a requirement that religious-affiliated organizations provide contraception coverage to employees, and said religious freedom is at stake.“The issue here is not about women’s health,” Warren said on ABC’s This Week. “There is a greater principle, and that is do you have the right to decide what your faith practices?”The controversy has animated political discourse the last several months, with Republicans charging that Democrats are waging a "war on religion" while Democrats retort that Republicans are fighting a "war on women." The initial...
  • Julia Holcomb paints stunning work to be auctioned at LifeSiteNews’ gala

    04/09/2012 6:18:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 5, 2012 | PETER BAKLINSKI
    Julia Holcomb's Our Lady of the Roses. Actual size is 24 X 30 in. This Internet posted image does not exactly reflect the actual colors and details of the original painting, April 4, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - What does beautiful art have to do with the pro-life movement? Plenty, if you are Julia Holcomb, former girlfriend of rockstar Steven Tyler from Aerosmith. “Art plays a very important role in the culture of life,” said Holcomb to LifeSiteNews. “The culture of life is under attack. All around us is a culture of death that is pushed on us. It’s really evident when...
  • The on-coming Romney onslaught against Christian conservatives [VANITY]

    04/08/2012 8:37:38 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 70 replies
    You watch, Romney's campaign is going to throw allegations of religious bigotry at Christian conservatives like you can't believe. Let me tell you something. The Romney people have some of the best political consultants in the country and they don't get there because they're always wonderful people. The RINO/GOPe are tough. They're very tough. We saw how they undermined Governor Palin during the last election, and the scorched earth policy they carried out against Romney's primary opponents who were conservative or Christian. I've worked with some of them on other campaigns, they're the best there is in the business. And...
  • Cardinal Dolan criticizes Obama contraception policy as ‘radical intrusion' (still)

    04/08/2012 9:10:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/08/12 | Russell Berman
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said Sunday the Obama administration’s policy on contraception was “a dramatic radical intrusion of government bureaucracy in the internal life” of the Catholic Church and vowed to continue to fight the ruling. In an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Dolan reiterated that he remained unsatisfied with the administration’s policy requiring that employees of religious organizations, including Catholic groups, have access to contraception. Dolan had led the Church’s effort against the regulation, which resulted in what the administration thought was an accommodation to concerns that it was unduly burdening religious groups opposed...
  • Police pressure on underground community. Easter in the Church of Silence (China)

    04/08/2012 7:53:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Asia News ^ | 04/07/2012 | Wang Zhicheng
    Beijing (AsiaNews) - The Easter holiday will be "very discreetly" celebrated this year in unofficial (underground) communities in China. Many community leaders, bishops and priests, were in fact called in by the police for a "conversation" and even underwent weeks of indoctrination on the government's religious policy. Several Church observers clearly see a campaign underway to "convert" the underground Church and absorb it into the official church. "This year - an underground priest told AsiaNews - we will celebrate Easter in silence and discretion, without any solemnity. In other years, we had to find locations big enough so we could...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/08/2012 7:10:17 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 17 replies
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