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  • Was America Founded As A Christian Nation?

    09/25/2012 7:24:27 PM PDT · by billflax · 103 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/25/2012 | Bill Flax
    Few matters ignite more controversy than America’s Christian roots. The issue reverberates anew this electoral season where the faiths of both major candidates have been questioned. Religion imbues politics. The battle over America’s beginnings muddles wishful hero worship with efforts to commandeer America’s past so to steer her future. The most vocal proponents of Christian America and their counterparts advocating a completely secular state necessarily cherry-pick data to prove exaggerations while discarding inconvenient details. By transforming our Forefathers into faithful servants of Christ the Religious Right risks compromising the biblical message. Baptist theologian Al Mohler warns advocates of Christian America...

    09/25/2012 6:33:04 PM PDT · by RichSr · 6 replies
    My Heart | 09/25/2012 | Rich Sr
    PRAYER FOR OUR NATION Please join me as we seek HIS face Most Gracious Father and Creator of all that was ever created please hear these words; first of all, I pray they are not just words but rather words your Son gave me to give those that do care. We as a nation have insulted you to the point that I wonder how YOU put up with us. There seems to be but a remnant ready to worship and praise YOU, but we pray there are enough of us to get your attention again. Wherever I go, I hear...
  • On Generosity and Justice

    09/25/2012 12:14:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles ^ | September 25, 2012 | Aryeh Cohen
    So what else is there to say about Mitt Romney's tax returns? I would suggest that we could learn at least two things from them. First, on a personal level, it seems that Mitt and Ann Romney are very generous people. They donated $4.02 million in charity in 2011 (out of $13.7 million of income) and $3 million in 2010 (out of $21.7 million in income). If these figures are accurate (and there is no reason to doubt them) the Romneys donated almost 30 percent of their 2011 income to charity, and 14 percent of their income in 2010. That...
  • Notre Dame Invites President Obama Again

    09/25/2012 11:28:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 9/24/12 | CNS Staff
    Despite Catholic outrage over the University of Notre Dame’s 2009 invitation to President Barack Obama to address its graduates, the University has again invited the President to speak on campus as a candidate for reelection. From the Notre Dame news release: The University of Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and student body president Brett Rocheleau have joined in inviting both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney to speak at the University during the fall election campaign.Continuing a long-standing tradition, Father Jenkins and Rocheleau addressed letters to each of the presidential aspirants, offering Notre...
  • What did he foretell ?

    09/25/2012 10:25:58 AM PDT · by knarf · 16 replies
    self ^ | September 25, 2012 | knarf
    It has been ponited out that Mohammud is now being officially called a prophet.Which brings to my inquisitive mind ... what has he prophecied?
  • Harry Reid: Mitt Romney Has 'Sullied' Mormonism': He's not the face' of the religion...

    09/25/2012 10:13:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Newser ^ | September 25, 2012 | Evann Gastaldo
    Harry Reid is a Mormon, and he wants you to know that Mitt Romney is not the poster boy for his religion, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Speaking on a conference call Friday about Romney's upcoming visit to Nevada, where many Mormons live, Reid said that he agrees with fellow Mormon Gregory A. Prince—who blogged last week that Romney has "sullied" their shared religion, according to Politico. Members of the LDS church "understand that [Romney] is not the face of Mormonism," Reid added. The GOP pounced on Reid's comments, with Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz saying, “Harry Reid seems to be...
  • Why Catholics Should Oppose Security, Efficiency & Liberal “Rights” as the Nation’s Highest Values

    09/25/2012 6:49:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 9/25/12 | James Kalb
    The Church favors peace, and her basic concern—leading men to God—is not specifically political. For that reason, her approach to politics has generally been irenic. She urges the faithful to obey the law, respect the powers that be, and interpret motives in a favorable light. She offers criticism at times, since she has her own view of social relations, but her normal approach to the political order is cooperative. From that standpoint, the 19th and early 20th-century Church—which found herself denouncing the dominant tendencies of the age—appears the exception. The reason for her approach was defense of herself and the...
  • Alice von Hildebrand: Plea to confused Catholics

    09/25/2012 6:40:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    CNA ^ | 9-25-12 | Alice von Hildebrand
    Virgil was right: there are things that call for tears (“sunt lacrimae rerum”). This famous quote recently came to my mind when watching Raymond Arroyo’s program “The World Over.” He was interviewing Dr. Stephen Schneck, an associate professor at Catholic University of America and co-chair of Catholics for Obama. The latter told the hearers that he is a sincere and committed Catholic. This is precisely why his decision to vote for Obama --dubbed the most “pro-abortion” president we have ever had-- left me dumbfounded. How is it possible that a son of the Church --founded by Someone who declared that...
  • Is Totalitarian Liberalism A Mutant Form of Christianity?

    09/25/2012 6:34:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | 9/20/12 | Tracey Rowland
    When the Obama Administration began its Kulturkampf against American Catholics my husband suggested to me that if the Church is forced to pay for its employees’ contraceptives then there should be an option clause for practicing Catholics. An equivalent amount of the Church’s money spent on other people’s recreational sex should be given to faithful Catholics to cover whatever they do for recreation—for example, golf, tennis, fishing, or weekends at the beach house with hot rock massages. In a post-Christian world gods don’t disappear. Christ is simply replaced by the apparatus of the nation-state. Political leaders assume to themselves the...
  • POLITICO/GW poll: Obama 50, Romney 47 (Catholics: 50/43 Romney)

    09/25/2012 2:54:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/24/2012 | Alexander Burns
    James Hohmann reports the latest Battleground Poll numbers: Obama leads 50 percent to 47 percent, which is within the margin of error. His 50 percent job approval rating puts him at a crucial threshold for an incumbent seeking reelection. It’s an uptick from the spring and summer, but 48 percent still disapprove.Romney, meanwhile, finds himself sliding in the wake of two events — the choice of his running mate and the Republican national convention — that were supposed to buoy his candidacy. His unfavorable rating ticked up from 46 percent to 49 percent over the past seven weeks, as the...
  • Archbishop Gomez calls on voters to incorporate faith into voting

    09/24/2012 5:24:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    CNA ^ | 9/24/2012
    Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has called on Catholics to achieve a “unity of life” and let their faith form their political decisions as they prepare to vote this November. “We have important obligations as citizens. But we have to carry out those obligations always in light of our duty to God,” the archbishop wrote in his Sept. 21 column for The Tidings. The column is the first in a series he will write on the principles that should guide Catholics in thinking about this year's elections. Archbishop Gomez observed that Catholics have a dual temptation with regards to...
  • (Springfield IL) Bishop Paprocki: Think and pray about your vote in upcoming election (slams dems)

    09/24/2012 3:21:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Springfield Catholic Times ^ | 9/23/2012 | Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
    My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Much attention was given at the Democratic National Convention held recently in Charlotte, N.C., to the fact that all references to God had been purged from the draft version of the party platform. After outcries of protest from outside as well as within the Democratic Party, the sentence with the same reference to God used in 2008 was restored to read, "We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given...
  • German bishops get tough on Catholics who opt out of church tax

    09/24/2012 1:17:52 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 132 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/21/2012 | Tom Heneghan
    PARIS (Reuters)- Germany's Roman Catholic bishops have decreed that people who opt out of a "church tax" should not be given sacraments and religious burials, getting tougher on worshippers who choose not to pay. Alarmed by a wave of dissenting Catholics quitting the faith, the bishops issued a decree on Thursday declaring such defection "a serious lapse" and listed a wide range of church activities from which they must be excluded.
  • More to the Ulster Covenant than concern for Protestantism

    09/24/2012 11:25:10 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 24 September 2012 | Dr Timothy Bowman
    The Covenant of 1912 drew on the concept of the Scottish Covenants of 1638, 1642 and 1648. Supposedly, James Craig, M.P. for East Down, future Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (1920-1940) and Carson’s principal lieutenant during the Third Home Rule Crisis, came up with the idea of the Covenant. Working in the library of the Constitutional Club in London, Craig was trying to work out the basis of a ‘pledge’ which Ulster Unionists could sign up to. A friend suggested that the Scottish Solemn League and Covenant of 1643 might serve as a model and the Club librarian was quickly...
  • Yet Another Islamist Attack on Christians

    09/24/2012 8:20:03 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 3 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | Sepetmber 24, 2012 | JP
    The two people who died yesterday in Bauchi, Nigeria at the hands of an Islamist suicide bomber did not burn the Koran. The 48 injured in the attack weren’t extras in some amateur video insulting the Prophet Muhammed. No, their crime was that they were Christians, which, in the eyes of the suicide bomber, a member of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, was punishable by death or injury. Indeed, in no other country do Christ followers face greater danger than Nigeria, where Boko Haram – which translates as “Western education is sacrilege” – has publicly declared its intent to...
  • Anti-Islam movie taps into fears of Egypt Christians

    09/24/2012 8:04:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 1 replies
    Middle East online ^ | 14 September 2012 | Haitham El Tabei
    Egyptian Christians, who have long complained of discrimination, fear that anti-Islam film will lead to further persecution at home. Egyptian Christians, who have long complained of discrimination, say they fear that an anti-Islam film produced by Copts in the United States will lead to further persecution at home.Egypt's churches were among the first to condemn the low-budget Internet film that portrays the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) as immoral and which sparked violent and often deadly protests throughout the world.On September 11, demonstrators breached the wall of the US embassy in Cairo in protests that served as a catalyst for clashes between...
  • Why didn’t the State Department say this?

    09/24/2012 1:25:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 22, 2012 | Libby Sternberg
    A Facebook friend of mine, someone I suspect is not of the same political persuasion as I am, recently posted a link to an article, “A Time for Introspection” an op/ed in the Express Tribune (of Pakistan) by Raza Rumi, director, Policy & Programmes, Jinnah Institute, Islamabad. Though Rumi is no American cheerleader in the piece, he urges Muslims to look at their own actions before pointing the finger of blame at others for their troubles. One section dealing with so-called anti-Islam works: Salman Rushdie’s book — Satanic Verses — sparked global outrage in the late 1980s and since then,...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes

    09/23/2012 3:42:14 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 11 replies
    9-23-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 139:17,18 How Precious it is, Lord, to Realize that You are Thinking about me Constantly. I can't Even Count How many Times a Day Your Thoughts Turn Towards me. And when I Awaken in the Morning, You are still Thinking of me.
  • Explosion Rocks Church In Bauchi During Morning Mass!

    09/23/2012 11:15:42 AM PDT · by annalex · 9 replies
    The Street Journal ^ | September 23, 2012
    Explosion Rocks Church In Bauchi During Morning Mass! By NewsAdmin on September 23, 2012A bomb explosion hit the St. John’s Catholic Church, around the Bayan Gari area of Bauchi(*) on Sunday morning as a suicide bomber detonated a bomb while the church was holding a morning mass. The intensity of the explosion was reportedly high as people in the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Hospital claimed to have heard it loudly. Police sources said only the suicide bomber died while about 46 people were injured. Red Cross sources disclosed that three people died while about 50 were injured. Security operatives have...
  • Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (9/23/2012)[Prayer]

    09/22/2012 10:07:25 PM PDT · by DarthVader · 13 replies
    9/23/12 | The Holy Scriptures
    Pray For the Salvation of America My fellow Freepers, It is a very serious time in our nation's history and our future looks very uncertain and every day the news is full of stories that cause us to fear as it looks like we are teetering towards the edge of a cliff. It is quite obvious to even the casual observer that our great country is under a tremendous spiritual assault by the forces of darkness and hell that is causing great distress to many across this land and in other free nations. This is largely our own fault as...
  • Democrats: Disgraceful, Dishonest, and Demagogic!

    09/22/2012 3:36:13 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 7 replies
    CST News ^ | September 21, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    I grew up in West Virginia in a family of yellow dog Democrats; that’s Democrats who would vote for a yellow dog before they would vote for a Republican! I think once in the 1950s the Democrats ran a yellow dog for Governor and he almost won! A Missouri Ozark man told me when I asked him if he was a Christian, replied, “Sure am. I sucked Baptist milk.” Well, I sucked Democrat milk; but it got sour and made me sick. I spit it out. Now I don’t suck anyone’s milk and don’t drink anyone’s Kool-Aid. In a recent...
  • Bill O'Reilly: Kennedy speaks — and the Catholic Church is silent

    09/21/2012 8:42:15 PM PDT · by annalex · 50 replies
    postbulletin,com ^ | Sep 19, 2012, 7:20 am | Bill O'Reilly
    Bill O'Reilly: Kennedy speaks — and the Catholic Church is silent On Jan. 8, 1962, President John F. Kennedy wrote a letter expressing condolences on the death of James Cardinal Gibbons. Kennedy, who rarely discussed his Catholicism, did so while describing the Cardinal: "He nobly expresses the essential traditions of my church in the United States ... the deep sympathy for the plight of the working man and of minorities, the steady concern for the betterment of society and mankind." Thus, it was somewhat startling to see JFK's daughter, Caroline, invoke her father's name and describe herself as a "Catholic...
  • More Lib fail: Romney’s charitable contributions don’t count. Because, Mormon church

    09/21/2012 3:48:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Twitchy ^ | September 21, 2012 | Staff
    Stormye Weather@Nuclear_Wynter I wonder how much of Mitt Romney 's charity was to LDS? 21 Sep 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Why would she wonder that, one might ask? Well, you see, lefties are evidently completely out of their minds. As Twitchy reported, the first bout of liberal outrage after RomneyÂ’s tax information was released was that he paid too much in taxes. No, really. Now, they must be humiliated by his incredibly generous charitable contributions. You see, Romney leads by example. This does not suit. Plus, as we know, it is the Left that is full of anti-Mormon bigotry. So,...
  • Catholic organization launches online multimedia portal

    09/21/2012 1:39:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | September 21, 2012 | Hillary Senour
    Jesus Colina, chairman of Aleteia, speaks at the Sept. 20, 2012 press conference launching the web portal. Credit: h2ostudio. Rome, Italy, Sep 20, 2012 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic media network has launched a new website to present a collection of the “best print and multimedia content” from Catholic organizations across the globe. “Today we're announcing that more than 1,000 Catholic institution movements and media are joined together launching a network to answer all the questions and information that people are looking for in the Internet,” Jesus Colina, Chairman of Aleteia said Sept. 20 at the website's...
  • Mormons Want to Excommunicate Romney Critic

    09/21/2012 1:10:53 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 121 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 21, 2012 | Jamie Reno
    After writing negative articles about the Republican candidate, the managing editor of says he faces excommunication. Is the Church on a witch hunt?David Twede, 47, a scientist, novelist, and fifth-generation Mormon, is managing editor of, an online magazine produced largely by members of the Mormon Church that welcomes scholarly debate about the religion’s history from both critics and true believers. A Mormon in good standing, Twede has never been disciplined by Latter Day Saints leadership. But it now appears his days as a Mormon may be numbered because of a series of articles he wrote this past week...
  • Faithful should distinguish between Catholic faith and Vatican state [Vatican - the Last Monarchy?]

    09/21/2012 7:00:01 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 40 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | September 21, 2012 | JOHN MANNION
    THE PUBLIC response to the recent Vatican embassy closure indicates that many devout Catholics are unable to distinguish between the Catholic faith and the Vatican state. Central to the former is our belief in Jesus Christ as God incarnate, but nowhere in our creed do we profess a belief in the Vatican state, of whose origins and history we know practically nothing. Given that Taoiseach Enda Kenny travels to Rome this weekend to meet the pope, it may be timely to try lift the veil on these matters. To do so, it is necessary to go back to AD313 when...
  • God, Democrats, and the Europeanization of America

    09/21/2012 6:50:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 9/21/12 | Paul Kengor
    The battle at the Democratic convention to exclude God from the party’s platform is no minor moment. Do not underestimate what transpired there. And while it speaks to so many things, at many levels, it reminds me of the recent battle within the European Union to exclude God from the EU constitution. That comparison is no mere academic one. It speaks volumes about the ongoing direction of the Democratic Party, and this nation. About 10 years ago, the EU was in an intense debate over whether to mention God in its new constitution. The God opponents were the predictable Western...
  • Pope: Defending life and marriage in France

    09/21/2012 6:41:34 AM PDT · by markomalley ^ | 9/21/2012
    The Church is called to defend the family and marriage from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, said Pope Benedict on Friday, as he greeted the first group of Bishops from France to travel to Rome on their 5 yearly Ad Limina pilgrimage. Emer McCarthy reports: The group from western France – led by Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard - were received by the Holy Father in Castel Gandolfo, who focused his address on the role of the laity in the life of the Church as well as the risk of an excessive "bureaucratization" of ministry in the diocese. He urged...
  • Amish found guilty of hate crimes

    09/21/2012 6:13:53 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | September 21, 2012 | James F. McCarty
    CLEVELAND — Amish bishop Samuel Mullet Sr. was convicted yesterday of federal hate crimes and conspiracy for exhorting followers to forcibly shear the hair and beards of those who opposed his breakaway Ohio sect. Mullet’s three sons, his daughter and 11 other family members and followers in his ultra-strict Amish order 100 miles southeast of Cleveland also were convicted of conspiracy and hate crimes after a trial that attracted international attention. The 66-year-old bishop could face life in prison for his crimes. U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster scheduled sentencing hearings for Jan. 24. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bridget Brennan said...
  • On outlawing abortion, contraception, and sodomy

    09/21/2012 5:54:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Renew America ^ | 9/21/2012 | Matt C. Abbott
    I posed the following question to Father John Trigilio Jr., president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, author, and my column's resident theologian: Is it consonant with Catholic teaching to call for the government to outlaw abortion, contraception and sodomy (which, of course, includes same-sex 'marriage')? Father's excellent response (slightly edited) is as follows. The civil government has the authority and the obligation to enact laws prohibiting abortion, contraception and sodomy as these are harmful to the individual as well as to society. Government — be it a democratic republic, monarchy, and so on — exists for one purpose: to...
  • Should Humanity Take Religion on Interstellar Space Voyage? (Bapist preacher says NO!)

    09/20/2012 9:13:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Live Science ^ | September 19, 2012 | Clara Moskowitz
    Sending people to another star will be a monumental undertaking, and the challenges will be not just technological, but human. One thorny question, experts say, is whether to involve organized religions in the effort to mount an interstellar journey. Religious leaders argued the issue Sept. 14 in Houston at the 100 Year Starship Symposium, a meeting to discuss the prospect of sending a space mission to another star within 100 years. The church has the resources, funding and reach to garner support for an interstellar mission, said Jason Batt, group life director at Capital Christian Center in Sacramento, Calif. Batt...
  • Contra-Education and the solution

    09/20/2012 5:34:47 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe
    Ann Barnhardt ^ | September 19, AD 2012 | Ann Barnhardt
    David Hackett Souter & Contra-education by Ann Barnhardt - September 19, AD 2012 - Snip - but this clip, via ZeroHedge, is worth your time. Retired Justice Souter holds forth on the ignorance of the population, and even cites 1970 as the beginning of the destruction of the education system, and thus the Republic itself. Imagine that. - Snip - Where I disagree with Souter is the notion that a mere lack of civics knowledge is the "number one problem." - - Snip - The "number one problem" is godlessness, of which ignorance is a derivative. Because godless Marxist-Communists infiltrated...
  • Should we have the right to disobey Islamic law?

    09/19/2012 11:18:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 19, 2012 | Laura Curtis
    Should we have the right to disobey Islamic law? The future of western civilization hinges on our response to this question. Right now people are suggesting that “hate speech” should not be free speech because when people blaspheme Mohammed, Muslim extremists riot and kill. “When some people use this freedom of expression to provoke or humiliate some others’ values and beliefs, then this cannot be protected in such a way.” – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon The extended liberal argument is that if you make Islamists mad, you know they’re going to kill, so you bear some responsibility for those deaths,...
  • How The Church Sold Out America For Thirty Pieces Of Silver

    09/19/2012 9:20:53 PM PDT · by Smthrn · 3 replies
    NorCal Blogs ^ | Sept 19, 2012 | Chuck Wolk
    How The Church Sold Out America For 30 Pieces of Silver (Zonation Video) By Gate on September 19, 2012 6:00 AM | No Comments by Chuck Woll The day the clergy became silent on government matters in return for a tax exempt status, is the day they sold out their congregations. Every Sunday the ministers preach about the need to have faith in God. Yet, by taking advantage of their tax exempt status, they are putting their faith in Caesar to help pay the church's bills, instead of God. Imagine how different America would have been if God was not...
  • Beaver Island – Fisherman’s Paradise, Mormon Kingdom, Pirate Lair [Talk Like A Pirate Day]

    09/19/2012 3:58:01 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    Maritime Moments ^ | July 4, 2012 | Kathy Warnes
    Stories about the Lake Michigan pirates on Beaver Island are often as thoroughly shrouded in the mists of legend as fog from Lake Michigan often shrouds the Beaver Island Harbor Light. The largest island in the Beaver Island Archipelago on the northeast coast of Lake Michigan, Beaver Island gained notoriety as the eight year kingdom of James Jesse Strang, a battleground between Mormons and Irish fishermen, and a pirate lair. Documents, newspaper accounts, and legends reveal facets of Beaver Island’s fascinating and controversial history. James Strang – a Man of Contradictions- Pirate, Pathfinder, Political GeniusNewspapers and other documents reveal a...
  • Jesus Christ, Pirate [Talk Like A Pirate Day]

    09/19/2012 3:25:48 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    Patheos ^ | Sep 8, 2011 | James F. McGrath
    After reportedly feeding a crowd of five thousand with five loaves and two fishes, Jesus Christ of Nazareth was recently served with formal legal notice from industry trade associations, demanding that he cease and desist from what they charge is an illegal food-sharing operation under the terms of the Miracle Millennium Anti-Replication Act (MMAA). Miracle-working rabbis like Mr. Christ, and their alleged property rights infringements, have been the center of controversy in recent years. They’re the subject of a public education campaign by the Foodstuffs Producers Association of Galilee and Judea. Loaves and fishes producers argue that unauthorized replication of...
  • Michigan's Mormon King Photographed by One of His Assassins [Talk Like a Pirate Day]

    09/19/2012 12:19:14 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies
    J. Atkyn, James J. Strang, 1856, by one of the co-conspirators in his imminent assassination. Quarter-plate daguerreotype of Strang. Tarnished at perimeter. In oval brass cut-out mat and gilded-brass preserver frame. In original velvet-lined leather (pressed paper) floral case, mended separation at hinge, lacking one clasp. In a new half-leather and hand-marbled clamshell box. Michigan's most infamous personality has been rediscovered in one of the earliest extant photographs taken in the state. The photograph was not taken by just anyone, but by a man who later plotted his certain assassination; and it was not taken just anywhere, but on...
  • How The Church Sold Out America For 30 Pieces of Silver (Zonation Video)

    09/19/2012 11:09:35 AM PDT · by OneVike · 19 replies
    GATE ^ | 9/19/12 | Chuck Wolk
    The first time religious organizations were given an exemption from paying taxes was with The Wilson Tariff Act of 1894. The next year this act was overturned by the Supreme Court, but every tax code since has allowed the exemption to be part of the tax code. However, up until 1954 religious organizations still had the freedom to participate in political and lobbying activities. That is when, then Senator Lyndon B Johnson, introduced amendment 501(c)(3) to the tax code during a Senate floor debate on the 1954 Internal Revenue Code. Without hearings, testimony, or comments by any tax-exempt organizations,...
  • Catholic Vote?

    09/19/2012 9:05:44 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 34 replies
    Standing on my Head / Patheos ^ | September 18, 2012 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    I’m sorry to report that this also seems to be the case amongst the Catholics I work with and meet from around the country. They may call themselves Catholics, and they may even go to Mass, but when it comes to life choices they are virtually indistinguishable from everyone else in America. They don’t live radical Christianity out in any real sort of way. Their lives look just like the lives of their worldly neighbors. They don’t give any more than the average joe. They seem just as likely to divorce their spouses, have only 2.5 children as their non...
  • CAMPAIGN 2012—Religious Freedom vs. Aggressive Secularism

    09/19/2012 7:48:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Denver ^ | 9/19/12 | George Weigel
    September 19 2012 - Some years ago, the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor coined the term “exclusivist secularism” to describe a disturbing phenomenon in western societies: the determination of some intellectuals, activists, and politicians to scour public life of transcendent religious and moral reference points in the name of “tolerance” and “inclusion.” Taylor’s “exclusivist secularism” is not the benign “secularity”—the separation of religious and political institutions in a modern society—that Pope Benedict XVI has praised for helping Catholicism develop its understanding of the right relationship between Church and state. No, by referring to “exclusivist secularism,” Charles Taylor was raising a warning...
  • Fundamentalism by another name

    09/19/2012 7:02:49 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    WORLD magazine ^ | Sept. 17, 2012 | Janie B. Cheaney
    According to some people, the state of Missouri last week began a determined slide back to the “Dark Ages.” The Dark Ages of 2011, that is. The legislature overrode a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon of Senate Bill 749, which exempts employers from providing reproductive services to their employees on the basis of religious scruples. The vote was decisive: 109-45 in the House and 26-6 in the Senate. Here’s the key paragraph of the summary of the bill: “No employer, health plan provider, health plan sponsor, health care provider, or any other person or entity shall be compelled to provide...
  • Obama Camp Launches Desperate Ad as Catholic Vote Crumbles {only 27% of "Catholics" support Obama}

    09/19/2012 1:24:55 AM PDT · by Cronos · 23 replies
    Life News ^ | 18 Sep 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    The Obama campaign has launched a desperate new ad that it hopes will somehow turn around its poor standing with Catholic voters across the country who are turned off by the Obama administration’s pro-abortion attack on religious liberty.... In 2008 Barack Obama carried 54% of the Catholic vote. Today only 27% of Catholics support Obama, according to figures from the pro-life group American Life League.“Between August 15-19 of this year, American Life League commissioned a nationwide telephone survey of 900 self-identified Catholic registered voters. The focus of the survey was Catholic perspectives on the Church and nation. Below are some...
  • Is the Catholic hierarchy moving toward the GOP? {Ecumenical}

    09/19/2012 12:38:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 18 Sep 2012 | David Gibson
    A series of recent developments are renewing questions about the Catholic bishops’ alignment with the Republican Party, with much of the attention focusing on comments by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, who said he “certainly can’t vote for somebody who’s either pro-choice or pro-abortion.”In a wide-ranging interview published last week (Sept. 14), Chaput also echoed the views of a number of prominent bishops when he praised Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan for trying to address the “immoral” practice of deficit spending through his libertarian-inflected budget proposals. Jesus didn’t say the government has to take care of them, or that we...
  • The myth of Mitt Romney’s evangelical problem

    09/18/2012 7:13:26 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 17, 2012 | Jonathan Merritt
    Mitt Romney has an evangelical problem. Or so we’ve been told by everyone from The New Yorker to The Huffington Post to The Daily Beast. The national media have perpetuated this narrative throughout the election season, and political pundits aplenty have assumed its reliability in their columns and commentary. But there’s one glaring problem with the storyline: It’s not true. [SNIP] There are at least two explanations for why Romney’s Mormonism matters so little among this powerful voting bloc. First, evangelicals seem to care more about political ideology than orthodox theology as far as voting is concerned. Polls show that...
  • The State and the Sacred

    09/18/2012 6:44:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 9/17/12 | James Kalb
    Today there is no god higher than Caesar, and Caesar has identified himself with the principle of individual choice and thus with the divinity of the individual will.Every functional society is based on a system of common understandings about man, the world, and the common good. Otherwise those who take part in it won’t be able to cooperate effectively in the network of complex, enduring, and sometimes very demanding undertakings through which they carry on the life of the society. Such understandings can exist even though they aren’t held by everyone, or in their entirety by many people at all....
  • Missouri Law Big Victory for Religious Freedom

    09/18/2012 6:36:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 9/17/12 | CNS Staff
    Last week’s approval of a religious liberty law in Missouri will have a significant impact on Catholic education in the state, and it is a hopeful sign for religious employers and families who oppose the Obama health plan’s mandatory coverage for abortion-causing drugs, sterilizations and contraception. According to Matt Bowman of Alliance Defending Freedom: On Wednesday, Missouri lawmakers ignored the warnings of the Obama administration and overrode their governor’s veto to enact religious exemptions to the abortion pill mandate. The bill, which passed through the state senate on a 26-6 vote and through the house on a 109-45 vote, is...
  • From Justice Thomas, a Little Talk About Race, Faith and the Court

    09/18/2012 6:31:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 9/17/12 | Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — Justice Clarence Thomas has not asked a question from the bench in more than six years, and he seldom appears in public in Washington, a city he says is full of cynics, smart alecks and people who have agendas rather than convictions. But he opened up last week in a public interview at the National Archives, talking about his race, his faith and relations among the justices after a term that ended with bitter divisions. For the most part, Justice Thomas spoke somberly about the weight of history and the burdens of his job. But he allowed himself...
  • Maryland pastors rally support for same-sex marriage

    09/18/2012 3:36:12 AM PDT · by Cronos · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 17 September 2012 | Hayley Petersen
    Black clergy from across the country are planning to announce their support for same-sex marriage in Maryland this week. The pastors and other clergy, led by the Rev. Delman Coates of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, are hoping that their public display of support will help erase the perception that all black pastors are against gay marriage. "The impression that all African-American pastors are fundamentally opposed to the idea of marriage equality is wrong," Coates said.... "Though homosexual marriage advocates constantly slander the rest of us as irrational, hateful bigots, most people's objections are quite sensible," Jackson, pastor of...
  • Are Conservatives Abandoning Romney? [Say What?!? 7-10% of Tea Party Evangelicals support Obama??]

    09/17/2012 7:31:00 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 186 replies
    The Right Sphere ^ | September 16, 2012 | Tom Dougherty
    There have been 16 public polls conducted in swing states within the last week and there is an alarming statistic, consistent in all the polls regardless of the pollster party bias, that should have the Romney camp more than a little worried and possibly perplexed. The numbers are clear that self-described conservatives are not supporting Governor Romney in sufficient numbers to win the election. Additionally there is anecdotal evidence that Evangelicals and Tea Party supporters are not embracing the Romney-Ryan ticket at levels that would be expected. Looking at the crosstabs of the polls conducted in Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire,...
  • Update: Obama vs. Romney by Religious Groups [Monday morning Gallup poll]

    09/17/2012 5:13:12 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 42 replies
    Gallup ^ | September 17, 2012
    This tablebelow is based on interviewing conducted Aug. 1-Sept. 16 among registered voters. I’m using this large sample period in order to get adequate sample size of some of the smaller religious groups. Jewish and Mormon voters, for example, are just about 2% of the population each, with “other non-Christian” identifiers coming in at about 3%. This expanded period of interviewing means, of course, that any shifts as a result of recent news events -- such as those in the Middle East -- would only be minimally reflected in these data. [SNIP] Protestants (basically those who identify with a Christian...