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  • BOOM! Newt Gingrich SLAMS opposition of Indiana RFRA law as nothing but a LYNCH MOB

    04/01/2015 2:06:10 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 30 replies
    therightscoop.com ^ | 4/1/2015 | Right Scoop
    Everyone should take note, because THIS is how you respond to the radical left screaming about Indiana’s RFRA law. Not only does he defend Mike Pence on HuffPost Live, he calls the opposition a lynch mob and won’t back down when challenged. He also hits back at the louder voices condemning the law over their selective moral outrage and blatant hypocrisy:
  • Your Prayers Help People Get the Bible [Video]

    04/01/2015 11:50:53 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    We often underestimate the power of prayer to change the world around us. But as the examples in this video show, our prayers can help change people’s lives in significant ways. And just by praying, you can help people get a Bible translation in their language.
  • How RFRA works [Brilliant graphic explains law, even an MSNBC anchor can understand]

    04/01/2015 11:40:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Seen on social media--this should go viral, it is a great explanation with real world examples of the law in action.
  • 20 years later, man's cherished gold ring discovered by county workers

    04/01/2015 6:27:01 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Grand Rapids Index ^ | 4-1-15 | Andrew Krietz
    When a county worker knocked on Abraham Joshua's front door Tuesday morning, he only expected notice that maintenance on a clogged culvert was complete. So, the 70-year-old Grand Rapids resident shuffled over, still dressed in pajamas. "It was still early," Joshua laughed. The news - that a crew from the Kent County Road Commission had found a cherished ring missing for about 20 years - was an awakening. "The man goes, 'Does this belong to you?'" Joshua said. The ring, even after a couple decades buried in dirt, still shined and a cut out of a cross was still visible....
  • Seven Essential Lessons from an Evangelical Scholar in the Secular Academy

    04/01/2015 5:44:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    MichaelJKruger.com ^ | 3/31/15 | Michael Kruger
    There are countless stories of evangelicals who head off to Ph.D. programs in hopes of becoming a professor and having a positive influence in the secular university environment. .many evangelicals end up abandoning the very commitments that led them towards advanced study in the first place. But even though academic study has led some evangelicals to abandon their commitments, occasionally the opposite happens.... Such is the story of Thomas Oden. Oden received his Ph.D from Yale under Richard Niebuhr and was enamored with the theology of Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and Bultmann. He interacted with some of the greatest minds of...
  • Comedy Central defends Trever Noah over 'antisemitic' tweets

    04/01/2015 2:43:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    UK TELEGRAPH ^ | 4/1/15 | Kat Brown
    The new Daily Show host, criticised for tweeting unfunny jokes, has been defended by many, including his new employers Trevor Noah, the South African comic who was recently announced as Jon Stewart's replacement to host the satirical American talk show, The Daily Show, has been supported by his new employers after old, and distinctly unfunny, tweets from years before came to light. ... journalists have also supported Noah. Caitlin Dewey at The Washington Post wrote: "Six tweets, out of almost 9,000?! That’s not exactly a representative sample." Dewey and other writers cited Jon Ronson's recent, and much-acclaimed book, So You've...
  • What Makes Indiana's Religious-Freedom Law Different?

    03/31/2015 9:02:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 30, 2015 | Garrett Epps
    No one, I think, would ever have denied that Maurice Bessinger was a man of faith. And he wasn’t particularly a “still, small voice” man either; he wanted everybody in earshot to know that slavery had been God’s will, that desegregation was Satan’s work, and the federal government was the Antichrist. God wanted only whites to eat at Bessinger’s six Piggie Park barbecue joints; so His servant Maurice took that fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 1968 decided that his religious freedom argument was “patently frivolous.” Until the day he died, however, Bessinger insisted that...
  • 12 Amazing Christian Sculptures Made Entirely Out of LEGOs

    03/31/2015 8:43:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    cna ^ | March 30, 2015 | Churchpop.com
    Making every lego brick subject to Christ. via likecool.com Sacré-Cśur Basilica Jesus via likecool.com Created by a Swedish church, the statue is 6 ft tall, is made up of 30k bricks, and took 40 volunteers about 18 months to put together.St. Paul Cathedral (London, UK) via ohlssons.be Some of the detail: Scorpions and Centaurs / Flickr Veni, Sancte Spiritus via godbricks.blogspot.com By Brian Korte of BrickWorkz, this is a lego mosaic of the same image in St. Peter’s Basilica.The Last Supper via luprechaun.wordpress.com Gothic Cathedral via brickshelf.com A few more angles: via brickshelf.com via brickshelf.com via brickshelf.com via brickshelf.com Solomon’s...
  • Are there no Religious leaders in Indiana standing with Pence?

    03/31/2015 5:53:28 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 47 replies
    3/31/15 | sff
    Lots of religious leaders stood next to Mike Pence when he signed the bill into law. Then the liberal fascists began screaming...and people scattered. There needs to be a public stand with this man--where are the people of Indiana???
  • Once again the Liberal Media assert their power.

    03/31/2015 7:53:38 AM PDT · by DiogenesLamp · 35 replies
    As I watched "Good Morning America" today, I saw a segment where the media was bringing pressure to bear on the Indiana legislature and governor. George Stephanopolous was questioning governor Pence: George Stephanopolis:Final question, final yes-or-no question, Governor. Do you think it should be legal, in the state of Indiana, to discriminate against gays or lesbians? And this is how they characterize the debate. They portray one side (theirs) as heroic, and the other side (ours) as evil. Governor Pence was not prepared for this ambush. His response was scatter shot and muddled. Among the things he could have said...
  • Anti-religion group urges IRS to investigate Liberty University after Cruz event

    03/31/2015 5:25:51 AM PDT · by Kyle Olson · 18 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 3/31/15 | Olaf Ekberg
    A group hostile to religion in the public square is calling on the IRS to investigate Liberty University’s tax-exempt status after it hosted Sen. Ted Cruz hours after his presidential campaign announcement. In a letter to the IRS, Americans United for Separation of Church and State said Cruz’s speech at an LU convocation last week amounted to a campaign rally. This is “precisely the sort of activity that should warrant an investigation into the school’s tax status,” reads the letter from the group’s executive director Barry Lynn, according to the Roanoke Times. “It sure looks and smells and walks and...
  • Indiana Backlash Show's Left's Hatred For First Amendment

    03/31/2015 4:17:47 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    In the wake of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the media have been stacking myth upon myth in order to drive the narrative that right-wingers desperately want to harm gays and lesbians.
  • “My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?”

    03/31/2015 2:13:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 61 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 3/30/15 | Joel Beeke
    iv class="resource full"> “My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?” from Joel Beeke Mar 30, 2015 Category: Articles “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”(Matt. 27:46, KJV). It is noon, and Jesus has been on the cross for three pain-filled hours. Suddenly, darkness falls on Calvary and “over all the land” (v. 45). By a miraculous act of Almighty God, midday becomes midnight.This supernatural darkness is a symbol of God’s judgment on sin. The physical darkness signals a...
  • STATE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACTS

    03/30/2015 5:03:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The National Conference of State Legislatures ^ | March 30, 2015 | by Jonathan Griffin
    In 1997, in the City of Boerne v. Flores decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) did not apply to the states. Since 1993, 20 states have enacted state RFRAs. These laws are intended to echo the federal RFRA, but are not necessarily identical to the federal law. Indiana is the most recent state to enact a RFRA, doing so this year. Sixteen states have introduced legislation this year regarding the creation of, or alteration to, a state religious freedom law. Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas currently have a RFRA, but have introduced...
  • Reclaiming climate change as a moral issue

    03/30/2015 2:51:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Episcopal News Service ^ | March 30, 2015 | By Lynette Wilson
    When California Bishop Marc Andrus wants to engage people in a conversation about climate change he doesn’t throw statistics at them, rather he begins with a question like: When was the last time you had an experience of wonder in the natural world? “If we can connect people back to it, or open them up for a fresh experience with wonder, it’s a great starting place for recovering a sense of why [climate change] is a moral issue,” said Andrus. Throughout history, the church has partnered with social movements on equal rights and justice issues. By beginning the conversation now...
  • Dawkins Calls Evil Good and Good Evil

    03/30/2015 2:05:32 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | Jeff Miller
    Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20). Turning right and wrong upside down is a human habit that goes back thousands of years. Modern times are no different. Famous evolutionary biologist and professor of Oxford University, Richard Dawkins, recently showed his hand in a twitter conversation that has gained media attention. The British Broadcasting Corporation, a public service broadcaster among many others in the United Kingdom, reported that a twitter user said to Dawkins, “I honestly don’t...
  • University Officials in Florida authorize Pro-ISIS Club: JUST CHANGE THE NAME

    03/30/2015 10:38:38 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Project Veritas/youtube ^ | 3/30/15 | James O'Keefe
    Following a similar shocking video at Cornell University released by James O'Keefe last week, Barry University officials in Florida also sanction a pro-ISIS club with the stated goal of sending material support to ISIS. The only suggestion by Barry officials was to change the name of the club "because technically our country is at war with ISIS."
  • Indiana plans language to 'clarify' religious objections law to assuage discrimination fears

    03/30/2015 9:49:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/30/15
    Indiana's Republican legislative leaders said Monday they're working on adding language to a new state law to make it clear that it doesn't allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.... Supporters of the law insist the law will keep the government from compelling people to provide services they find objectionable on religious grounds. Arkansas is poised to follow in Indiana's footsteps, as Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he'll sign a measure moving through the state's Legislature.
  • The Book is Islam

    03/30/2015 6:25:14 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 17 replies
    today | me
    There is a play called The Book of Mormon. Here are the reviews..The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it “a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award® winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park. Contains explicit language.These Mormons are so lovable, you feel half-inclined to take a...
  • Churchgoers urging higher minimum wage march into Logan Square McDonald's

    03/30/2015 6:04:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 29, 2015 | By Meredith Rodriguez
    In commemoration of Palm Sunday, dozens of churchgoers marched into a Logan Square McDonald's singing, chanting and demanding a $15 minimum wage for the workers behind the counter. About 80 congregants had gathered at the Logan Square Monument moments earlier to receive communion and to use the example of Jesus riding into Jerusalem a week before Easter to demand what they called a living wage for all low-wage workers. "Jesus was participating in street theater on Palm Sunday. On that day he was riding in on that donkey. He was saying business as usual will not continue here," said Marilyn...
  • Watching "Killing Jesus"

    03/29/2015 8:23:01 PM PDT · by impactplayer · 79 replies
    Self
    I just watched "Killing Jesus". To say I was disappointed is an understatement. I found it unbearable. I understand adding pieces between the lines to flesh out the story for TV, but totally re-writing the Bible is beyond the pale. The stories of John the Baptist death, the trial before Pilot, and especially Judas and the 30 pieces of silver are totally rewritten, and the original was much better. I saw no one in this film worthy of worship, much less praise. Sorry, O'Reilly - You missed the mark on this one.
  • Are wealthy US foundations paying to suppress religious freedom?

    03/28/2015 2:48:21 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/13/15 | Kevin Jones
    Questions are being raised over two U.S. foundations that have poured more than three million dollars into abortion rights, LGBT activist, and legal groups to push the message that exemptions based on religious beliefs are “un-American” and an abuse of liberty. The Arcus Foundation and the Ford Foundation have spent over $3 million in combined spending against religious liberty exemptions since 2013, according to a CNA review of tax forms and grant listings.
  • 2015 State of Atheism in America

    03/28/2015 1:00:48 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 12 replies
    www.barna.org . ^ | March 24, 2015 | Barna Group
    Who Are the Atheists? [excerpts] For reporting purposes at Barna, we often combine atheists and agnostics into one group, which we call skeptics. Skeptics either do not believe God exists (atheists) or are not sure God exists, but are open to the possibility (agnostics). Skeptics represent one-quarter of all unchurched adults (25%). Nearly one-third of skeptics have never attended a Christian church service in their lives (31%). That’s nearly double the proportion of “virgin unchurched” who are not skeptics (17%)... Five Demographic Shifts among Skeptics They are younger. Skeptics today are, on average, younger than in the past. Twenty years...
  • Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Explained

    03/28/2015 8:54:15 AM PDT · by guitarist · 13 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 27, 2015 | John McCormack
    On Thursday, Indiana governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law, and some celebrities, politicians, and journalists--including Miley Cyrus, Ashton Kutcher, and Hillary Clinton, just to name a few--are absolutely outraged. They say the law is a license to discriminate against gay people:
  • Lawmakers approve religion as a veil for intolerance

    03/28/2015 5:59:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | March 26, 2015 | Renee Graham
    Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law Thursday a bill he claims will protect religious liberty in his state. Overwhelmingly approved by that state’s Republican-controlled legislature, the law allows businesses and workers, citing their religious beliefs, to refuse service to anyone they find objectionable. Of course, what the so-called “religious freedom” act really does is legalize discrimination against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people.
  • Christians in America Need To Stop Being Such Wussies

    03/28/2015 4:45:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | John Hawkins
    Given all the bad press Islam has gotten over the last few years, it might seem surprising at first glance that Islam is still such a vibrant, fast-growing religion. Even setting aside the fact that Muhammad was a bad guy and Allah doesn’t exist, the press about Islam over the last few years has been almost universally negative. If you’re not hearing about terrorist attacks, suicide bombers or sanctioned wife beating, you’re reading about ISIS taking slaves or Iranian morality police beating women with sticks for showing their ankles. If all of that is so, then why was Muhammad the...
  • Catch this Jackie Mason may have been the first comedian political educator.

    03/27/2015 11:49:15 PM PDT · by kvanbrunt2 · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | show was 1968 | Jackie Mason?
    Jackie Mason for VP with Cruz or who knws. he knows more than the audience and makes fun of them and makes them laugh at them selves being stupid. catch some of the names he mentions.
  • Cardinal Raymond Burke: Gays, remarried Catholics, murderers are all the same

    03/27/2015 4:43:28 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    Religion News Service (RNS) ^ | March 27, 2015 | David Gibson
    When Pope Francis last year effectively demoted U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke by moving him out of a senior post in the Vatican to a largely ceremonial role as head of a Rome-based Catholic charity, it was viewed as a way to sideline one of the pontiff’s most outspoken critics on the right ... Now the American churchman has spoken out again, telling an interviewer that gay couples and divorced and remarried Catholics who are trying to live good and faithful lives are still like “the person who murders someone and yet is kind to other people.” ...
  • TEXT: Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act: SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 101

    03/27/2015 10:33:26 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Senate of the State of Indiana ^ | March 27, 2015 | Government of the State of Indiana
    SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 101 AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning civil procedure. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana: SECTION1.IC34-13-9 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2015]: Chapter 9. Religious Freedom Restoration Sec. 1. This chapter applies to all governmental entity statutes, ordinances, resolutions, executive or administrative orders, regulations, customs, and usages, including the implementation or application thereof, regardless of whether they were enacted, adopted, or initiated before, on, or after July 1, 2015. Sec. 2. A governmental entity statute, ordinance,...
  • Indiana Governor Signs State Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    03/27/2015 6:40:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian News ^ | 03/27/2015 | Heather Clark
    INDIANAPOLIS – The governor of Indiana signed the state “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” into law on Thursday, resisting critics who asserted that the legislation would allow people of faith to “discriminate” against homosexuals. Gov. Mike Pence signed SB 101 into law in a closed ceremony, with an estimated 70 t0 80 invited guests attending the event. “Today I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, because I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith,” he said in a statement. “The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of...
  • Happy Holidaze, from New York City

    03/26/2015 9:23:58 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 24, 2015 | Tony Perkins
    In New York City schools, kids are learning Rs: reading, writing, and Ramadan. Thanks to the far-Left priorities of Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), city schools have added two Muslim holidays to the school calendar — a concession that took even Big Apple parents by surprise. While the largest religion in the country fights to even be recognized, “NYC schools will now close for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha — making (it) the largest school district in the nation to recognize the two holidays on the official school calendar.” Although families already had the option of taking excused absences for...
  • 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson under fire for graphic anti-atheist speech

    03/25/2015 12:56:56 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 97 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/25/15
    "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson has come under fire once again, this time for a speech he made about a hypothetical atheist family at an annual prayer breakfast in Florida on Friday. Robertson described a graphic scenario while sharing his thoughts on those who do not believe in God. "Two guys break into an atheist's home," Robertson began. "He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them...
  • Climate Denial is Immoral, Says Head of US Episcopal Church

    03/24/2015 4:13:09 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 72 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 24, 2015 22:29 GMT | Suzanne Goldenberg
    The highest ranking woman in the Anglican communion has said climate denial is a “blind” and immoral position which rejects God’s gift of knowledge. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal church and one of the most powerful women in Christianity, said that climate change was a moral imperative akin to that of the civil rights movement. She said it was already a threat to the livelihoods and survival of people in the developing world.
  • Global Warming and the Great Pumpkin

    03/23/2015 11:09:06 AM PDT · by kathsua · 7 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | 03/23/15 | Reasonmclucus
    After watching last Halloween’s broadcast of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, I realized that Linus van Pelt is like those who preach global warming. Linus doesn’t let the failure of the Great Pumpkin to appear destroy his belief that the Great Pumpkin exists. Similarly, the climate shaman who preach global warming won’t let colder than normal winter weather in recent years destroy their belief that someday their “Great Pumpkin” will rise from the pumpkin patch and distribute warming throughout the world.
  • Wal-Mart Fights Bid to Curb Gun Sales

    03/23/2015 6:16:14 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 33 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | Mar 22, 2015 | Joann S. Lublin and Paul Ziobro
    Wal-Mart Fights Bid to Curb Gun Sales New York’s Trinity Wall Street Church Challenges Assault-Rifle Sales By Joann S. Lublin and Paul Ziobro March 22, 2015 7:38 p.m. ET A U.S. appeals court showdown looms next month for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in a case with potentially broad impact on how much influence investors can have over their companies. The dispute concerns Wal-Mart’s sales of assault rifles with high-capacity magazines. New York’s Trinity Wall Street church wants shareholders to vote on a resolution calling on Wal-Mart’s board to review management decisions to sell the weapons, as well as other products that...
  • Father Who Torched Apartment to Kill His Daughter and Son-in-Law Found Guilty of Murder

    03/22/2015 6:06:17 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    patch.com ^ | March 21, 2015 | Dennis Robaugh
    Father Who Torched Apartment to Kill His Daughter and Son-in-Law Found Guilty of Murder Subhash Chander set fire to a 36-unit Oak Forest building in 2007 because he was angry and offended. His 3-year-old grandson also died. By Dennis Robaugh (Patch National Staff) March 21, 2015 at 11:18am A grandfather who torched an Oak Forest apartment building seven years ago to kill his pregnant daughter, her husband and their 3-year-old son — because his daughter’s choice of husband offended him — has been convicted on three counts of first-degree murder. Subhash Chander, 64, an angry, argumentative heavy drinker, now faces...
  • Must See: Do You Believe?

    03/20/2015 6:52:24 PM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 14 replies
    3/20/2015 | me
    Just got back from "Do You Believe?". It is excellent. There were so few people in the theatre though, and that was sad but I'm hoping that word will spread and people will pack the theatres to see it. It is so worth it! I was struck by some pretty good names, in the scheme of things, that appeared in the movie. Maybe not A list stars but not no names either. Gives me a little hope that Hollyweird is not completely hopeless. Mira Sorvino, Cybill Shepard, Ted McGinley, Brian Bosworth.... Also, the trailers had some good previews of other...
  • 80,000-plus Bibles shipped to Cuba for churches

    03/20/2015 7:01:24 AM PDT · by fungoking · 9 replies
    IMB connecting ^ | 03/16/15 | Barbara Denman
    Three 40-foot containers packed with 83,723 Spanish-speaking Bibles to be distributed among Baptist churches in both Western and Eastern Cuba will leave South Florida during the week of March 15 and are expected to arrive in Havana March 25. The shipment is the third Southern Baptists have sent to the island nation since 1999, bringing the total number of Bibles sent to nearly half a million, said Kurt Urbanek, IMB strategy leader for Cuba since 1997. However, this represents the first time Bibles were shipped directly from the United States. The extensive process of seeking permission from the Cuban government...
  • Sex-Selection Infanticide Dates Back to the Greeks: Girl Babies Were Killed, Thrown Into Sewers

    12/23/2014 8:20:55 AM PST · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/23/14 | Murray Vasser
    (LiveActionNews) — A common narrative in our society is that, by opposing abortion and infanticide, Christians are conducting a “war on women.” However, in a fascinating study entitled “The Rise of Christianity,” published by Princeton University Press, sociologist Rodney Stark argues that the phenomenal growth of “the obscure, marginal Jesus movement” was due in large part to women. Stark argues that early Christianity was “especially attractive to women” because “within the Christian subculture women enjoyed far higher status than did women in the Greco-Roman world at large.”Furthermore, Stark argues that the Christian opposition to abortion and infanticide was one of...
  • Good Enemies

    03/19/2015 3:25:05 PM PDT · by Ragnarok-N-Roll · 35 replies
    Thanks to everyone who offered help. It has been a while since I did anything in HTML and even forgot about the "<>" vs. "[]" rule. That said. I will be offering a multi-part blog on the dangers of Islam to western society and America. “You have enemies?  Good.  That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” -Winston Churchill “When Islam strives for peace, its objective is not that superficial peace which requires that only that part of the earth where the followers of Islam are residing remain secure.  The peace which Islam desires is that the religion...
  • Yes, Portland is America's most religiously unaffiliated metro (Oregon)

    03/19/2015 9:54:27 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 9 replies
    Oregonion ^ | 3/18/2015 | Melissa Binder
    Surprise, surprise: statistics show Portland is the most religiously-unaffiliated metro area in the United States. About 42 percent of residents in the City of Roses and surrounding suburbs self-identify as religiously unaffiliated, according to a survey released this week by the Public Religion Research Institute. That's nearly 10 percentage points higher than Portland's West Coast peers and runner-ups Seattle and San Francisco, which both came in at 33 percent.
  • Diversity has been given a bad name by “progressives” and their minions in Academia

    03/19/2015 8:04:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 19 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/19/15 | Jerry Todd
    “You Still Have ‘White Privilege’ Even if you ‘Survived a Nazi Concentration Camp’ ” This extraordinary claim, that “it doesn’t matter what hardships you’ve had to face, you still have white privilege,” was directed to husband and wife survivors of Nazi tyranny by Robin DiAngelo, Professor of Multicultural Education at Westfield State University. With a scholarship in Social Justice Education and Whiteness Studies, DiAngelo teaches courses in Multicultural Teaching, Inter-group Dialogue Facilitation, and Cultural Diversity & Social Justice. It is to progressive thinkers and holders of powerful educational credentials like Professor DiAngelo that Jerry Todd has directed his response today....
  • Presbyterian Church (USA) votes to formally recognize gay marriage and allow same-sex weddings

    03/18/2015 7:07:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 03/18/2015 | Tobias Salinger
    Members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) have voted to make the 1.8-million-member, 10,000-congregation denomination the largest Protestant group to formally recognize gay marriage allow same-sex weddings. The Presbytery of the Palisades in New Jersey cast the necessary 86th vote Tuesday night to establish that a majority of the church’s 171 regional presbyteries now support an amendment to the church constitution that redefines marriage, the Associated Press reported. “Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives,” the church’s Book of Order will read,...
  • Identity Necessary for Survival

    06/09/2008 11:52:08 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 10 replies · 114+ views
    Campus Report ^ | June 9, 2008 | Melinda Zosh
    Identity Necessary for Survival by: Melinda Zosh, June 09, 2008 Americans are fighting the war on terror with technology and weapons, but one man says Americans are lacking the strongest, most effective weapon—identity. Natan Sharansky, author of Defending Identity and the New York Times best-seller The Case for Democracy, spoke about the importance of attaining a sense of identity in a democratic society at the Heritage Foundation on June 3. “Identity, a life of commitment, is essential because it satisfies a human longing to become part of something bigger than oneself,” Sharanksy wrote in his book Defending Identity. Sharansky, a...
  • Coming millennial bubble could spell trouble

    03/17/2015 7:37:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 16, 2015 | Steve Deace
    An older generation complaining that an emerging one will be the death of civilization as we know it is a cliche and constant as the North Star. However, based on some rather troubling data regarding today’s millennials, it could turn out to be true this time. In his first inaugural address as governor of California 47 years ago, Ronald Reagan warned us that “freedom is a fragile thing, and is never more than one generation away from extinction.” He also reminded us that freedom “is not ours by inheritance but must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation,...
  • Black Pastors Protest Gay Speaker at Historically Black College

    03/16/2015 8:11:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2015 | Star Parker
    The course of history changes at special moments when courageous individuals step up to take a stand, often at personal risk, on issues burning in controversy. One of those moments was just celebrated with the commemoration of the historic civil rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in March 1965. Another such moment is unfolding before us today. A group of some 150 black pastors, the National Baptist Fellowship of Concerned Pastors, is standing in protest against an invitation from the American Baptist College, in Nashville, Tennessee, to Bishop Yvette Flunder to speak at the college’s annual...
  • The Democratic Party is facing a Catholic apocalypse - “Tea Party-ization” of white Catholics

    03/15/2015 11:12:23 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    Salon ^ | March 15, 205
    It’s one of the central contradictions of American politics: that there’s no such thing as the “Catholic vote,” yet the Catholics vote still matters. There’s no “Catholic vote” in terms of Catholics representing an electoral bloc that votes according to what their bishops tell them, or in lockstep with the tenets of their religion. Yet winning Catholic voters has been essential to almost every presidential victory in modern times. And the defection of Catholics voters has played a role in some of the most consequential congressional turnovers in recent history — from 1994 to 2014 — making Catholics the ultimate...
  • Cage-Stage Calvinism

    03/14/2015 6:16:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 3/13/15 | RC Sproul
    My friend Michael Horton often comments on the phenomenon of “cage-stage Calvinism,” that strange malady that seems to afflict so many people who have just seen the truth of the Reformed doctrines of grace. We’ve all known one of these “cage-stage Calvinists.” Many of us were even one of them when we were first convinced of God’s sovereignty in salvation. Cage-stage Calvinists are identifiable by their insistence on turning every discussion into an argument for limited atonement or for making it their personal mission to ensure everyone they know hears—often quite loudly—the truths of divine election. Now, having a zeal...
  • Texas School Rejects Censorship as Matter of Principal

    03/13/2015 10:06:59 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 13, 2015 | Tony Perkins
    Texas is known for a lot of things — but pushovers aren’t one of them. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) learned that the hard way when it picked a fight with White Oak High School. Using its small-town playbook, the atheist activists fired off a warning to the district complaining about a principal that reads a scripture as part of his morning announcements. tony perkins frc Dan Noll’s “Thoughts of the Day” had never been controversial before, so when a student recorded the audio and sent it to the Left’s attack dogs, it caused quite a stir. But if...
  • More Than 40,000 Rally for Navy Chaplain Accused of Being Anti-Gay

    03/13/2015 6:34:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Thousands of Americans, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and famed evangelist Franklin Graham, have come to the defense of a chaplain who could be thrown out of the Navy because of his Christian faith. Lt. Cmdr. Wes Modder has been accused of failing to show “tolerance and respect” in private counseling sessions regarding issues pertaining to faith, marriage and sexuality – specifically homosexuality. Modder, who is endorsed by the Assemblies of God, has also been accused of being unable to “function in the diverse and pluralistic environment” of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C. The...