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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...
  • PRAYER FOR OUR NATION

    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...