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  • Group: DADT repeal has harmed religious liberty [Chaplains Told To Ignore Bible]

    10/01/2012 7:48:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Baptist Press News ^ | 9/25/12 | Edward Lee Pitts
    One year after the military began allowing gay, lesbian and bisexual service members to openly proclaim their sexuality, some conservative groups continue to call for an end to the change in policy. But their pleas are falling largely on deaf ears on Capitol Hill, where most lawmakers seem content to focus on other issues. The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (CARL), which represents more than 2,000 chaplains serving the armed forces, said it is cataloging examples of negative consequences that have resulted from the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. After Congress voted in December 2010 for...
  • No tax, no blessing: German church insists on levy

    09/30/2012 5:16:30 PM PDT · by Renfield · 38 replies
    mail.com ^ | 9-28-2012 | Juergen Baetz
    BERLIN (AP) — The road to heaven is paved with more than good intentions for Germany's 24 million Catholics. If they don't pay their religious taxes, they will be denied sacraments, including weddings, baptisms and funerals. A decree issued last week by the country's bishops cast a spotlight on the longstanding practice in Germany and a handful of other European countries in which governments tax registered believers and then hand over the money to the religious institutions. In Germany, Catholics, Protestants and Jews pay a surcharge of up to nine percent on their income tax bills — or about €56...
  • California bans gay "conversion" therapy for minors

    09/30/2012 11:02:11 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 30, 2012 | Mary Slosson
    SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill barring a controversial therapy that aims to reverse homosexuality in minors, the measure's sponsor said on Sunday, making California the first state to ban a practice many say is psychologically damaging. The move marked a major victory for gay rights advocates who say so-called conversion therapy, also called reparative therapy, has no medical basis because homosexuality is not a disorder. The bill's sponsor, state Senator Ted Lieu, a Democrat from Torrance, said in a statement that Brown had signed the bill. An announcement from the governor's office was expected on...
  • Excommunication Should Be the Church's Next Option

    09/29/2012 3:44:08 PM PDT · by ajernig · 16 replies
    Irish Examiner USA newspaper ^ | 9/26.2012 | Alicia Colon
    Although I may not be the best Catholic I can be, at least I know my religion. It drives me crazy when politicians like Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. John Kerry, VP Joe Biden and Gov. Andrew Cuomo who consider themselves Roman Catholics express such ignorance of its dogma. I blame their pastors for continuing to serve them in spite of their public heresy promoting issues that are against Church doctrine. But it is also very unnerving to hear President Obama twist Christian ideology to suit his campaign rhetoric.
  • Our National and Personal Debt

    09/29/2012 7:32:28 AM PDT · by kindred · 2 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | September 28, 2012 | GWZ I.F.
    Our National Debt A TRILLION dollars is difficult to comprehend. A million seconds is 13 days. If you have lived 32 years, then you have lived a billion seconds. But to live a TRILLION seconds, you would have to live to the ripe old age of 31,688 years! Outside on a clear night, according to astronomers, you can see about two thousand stars with the naked eye. With $1 TRILLION, you could buy all of those stars at the enormous cost of $500 million for each star. If every American were to pay off our national debt, each would have...
  • Affirmative Action Salvation and the big deception.

    09/28/2012 7:32:28 PM PDT · by fabian · 46 replies
    my good spirit | 9/28/12 | fabian
    Affirmative action salvation~ when you have not found nor even believe the true power of what Jesus did for the world; to have real salvation and total freedom over sin. So you water down the message and lower the standard of salvation. That way you help make other poor souls who have also not found full freedom, to feel better about continuing in their sin state. The teachers who propagate this are blind and shame on all of them. How dare they water down the power of our Lord’s victory in order to assuage themselves and the masses! And of...
  • Need a bit of Bible? There’s an app for that

    09/28/2012 10:22:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    cnn ^ | 9/28/12 | Jessica Ravitz
    Onlookers might think you're checking stocks, watching clips of "Honey Boo Boo" or reading news out of Libya. But on the subway, in the doctor’s office, under a beach cabana – with the right gadget, God’s word can be with you... The app, also available at Bible.com, has been downloaded 65 million times and counting, Gruenewald says. Users can highlight verses, do searches and read devotionals.
  • Lowlife Harry Reid Should Resign

    09/28/2012 5:52:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2012 | Mona Charen
    Let's play Imagine an Alternative Universe . Suppose that Rep. Paul Ryan had said that Joe Biden had "sullied the religion that he and I share." How many days of the news cycle do you suppose would be dominated by the story? How many Democrats and members of the press would declare that this kind of religious provocation/bigotry rendered Mr. Ryan unfit for high office? Please submit your estimates to my inbox. Now back to the universe we inhabit. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, participating in a unilateral race to the bottom, said just that about Mitt Romney. Highlighting an...
  • Meet Nickelodeon's Trash-Mouthed Misogynist Jason Biggs

    09/28/2012 3:26:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    I am the mom of a 12-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy. They have been huge fans of Nickelodeon TV programming throughout their childhoods. We even took them to the Nick Hotel in Florida, where we stayed in a SpongeBob SquarePants family suite. But enough is enough. Like disgusted parents across the country, I put my foot down and am standing up for decency: No more Nick. This weekend, the Viacom-owned children's network will debut a reboot of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" TV series. One of the lead characters ("Leonardo") will be voiced by actor Jason Biggs. On August...
  • Pastor Max Lucado Launches 40-Day Prayer Campaign Ahead of Election

    09/28/2012 1:33:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    With less than two months to the presidential election, many issues are weighing on the minds of voters. Pastor Max Lucado says that there’s just one thing Americans can do about it – pray! He’s launching an organized 40-day campaign of prayer prior to Election Day. Beginning September 28, Lucado is asking people to pray every day for the country – that we unite, that our nation is strengthened, and that we appoint our next president. Lucado said, “It seems to me that election season is just a Petri dish for anger and cynicism. We tend to get at each...
  • No Criticism of Islam: They Can’t Defend their Irrational Religion!

    09/27/2012 3:05:01 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 16 replies
    CSTNEWS ^ | September 26, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    It is astounding that any American would give any consideration to the demand by the Muslim world that the U.S. should annul the First Amendment to our Constitution to forbid any criticism (speaking truth) about Islam! As I carefully parse my words I want to make it clear that any U.S. official who even considers such a rape of our treasured document is a traitor. I am not speaking symbolically or hyperbolically but literally. Such a person is a traitor making Tokyo Rose look like a misguided school girl and Benedict Arnold look like a rebellious Boy Scout. It is...
  • Turning away when sacrilege purports to be art

    09/27/2012 5:14:39 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 27 sept 2012 | John Kass
    Politics is by nature a brutalizing business. It is a business of ambition and lies. Stay around it too long, and your heart becomes coarsened. It thickens and gets numb. It happens to cops, from years of listening to predators rationalizing why they did what they did. And it happens to reporters too. When I was deep in it at Chicago's City Hall, when I could feel the heart inside me sneering, I'd sneak away to visit the Art Institute of Chicago. It was quiet and there were no speeches, no political predators barking about their reasons, when the true...
  • Truth 1725

    09/26/2012 5:09:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2012 | Mike Adams
    One of my readers reached out to me a couple of years ago with the hope that I could help him communicate with his prodigal nephew. The kid had grown up in a Christian home and seemed to be doing well until he enrolled at a local community college. It was there that he decided to abandon his conservative and Christian beliefs. Even worse than that, he decided to replace them by joining a neo-pagan cult. I will not mention the group by name as I do not want to give them more attention than they deserve. On more than...
  • Amish, N.Y. town reach settlement over building codes

    09/25/2012 4:58:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 24, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    A New York town has agreed to drop criminal charges against an Amish community that had balked at following modern building codes for their homes by adding such features as bigger windows and smoke detectors — something the traditional sect members argued violate its religious beliefs. The case tested the boundaries of First Amendment freedoms versus the rights of government to enforce its rules, and both sides made concessions in a settlement. Morristown, N.Y., officials agreed that some Amish building methods did meet the rules, while the Amish agreed to forgo some techniques that didn’t live up to standards. On...
  • Police: Pakistani teen innocent of blasphemy, but case continues

    09/25/2012 11:35:10 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | September 25, 2012 | Ashley Fantz,
    (CNN) -- A 14-year-old Pakistani girl who had faced life in prison for allegedly burning the Quran will have her case heard in juvenile court, the girl's lawyer told CNN. A local court ordered the transfer on Monday, Tahir Naveed Choudhry said. Pakistani police told CNN their investigation concluded Rimsha Masih is innocent and was framed by an imam. These developments could mark an end to the Christian teen's nightmare since she was accused of blasphemy in August. "This is a precursor to the case ending, and that is quite unprecedented in the 25-year history of Pakistan's blasphemy laws," said...
  • Reid: Romney 'not the face of Mormonism'.

    09/25/2012 10:09:12 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 14 replies
    Fox News Website ^ | Published September 25, 2012 | FoxNews.com
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lashed out at Mitt Romney’s faith during a conference call with reporters, saying he is “not the face of Mormonism” and suggesting he has tarnished the religion. Reid, a Democrat and the highest-ranking Mormon in U.S. elected office, also said he agrees with claims that Romney has “sullied” the Latter-day Saints faith. The Nevada senator made the comments during a call Friday, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. "He’s coming to a state where there are a lot of members of the LDS Church," Reid also said ahead of Romney’s arrival Friday. "They understand that...
  • The Price of Liberty, Part 6: Revival

    09/23/2012 8:22:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2012 | Michael Youssef
    This is the sixth and final post in my blog series, titled: The Price of Liberty. If you’re just now starting the series, you can begin with the first post here. During the middle of the nineteenth century, spiritual conditions in the United States deteriorated considerably. Conditions were quite different then because the nation had moved away from its early days of godliness. Moreover, people became obsessed with making money, and as they prospered they turned their backs on God. Then a man named Jeremiah Lanphier began a prayer meeting in the upper room of the Dutch Reformed Church in...
  • The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship

    09/22/2012 12:41:56 PM PDT · by rhema · 48 replies
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | 9/20/12 | R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The whole world changed on Tuesday. At least, that is what many would have us to believe. Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution, declares that the news released Tuesday was “apt to send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship — and beyond.” Really? What was this news? Professor Karen King of the Harvard Divinity School announced at a conference in Rome that she had identified an ancient papyrus fragment that includes the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’” Within hours, headlines around the world advertised the announcement with headlines like “Ancient Papyrus Could Be Evidence that Jesus...
  • The Left's Greatest Enemy and War!

    09/22/2012 7:45:02 AM PDT · by kindred · 3 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | September 22, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    The most dangerous and deadly place for an unborn child today is to be found in the womb of its own mother. The greatest enemy and threat of the new progressive Democratic Party and moderate Republicans today is the helpless unborn baby which abides IN its mother's womb. Nearly a little more than one third of every child conceived in its mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-20) today has been violently terminated by this barbaric abomination called abortion. Abortion is the by-product of an immoral, decadent culture and society; selfish and narcissistic; void of ALL personal responsibility; ever seeking ones fulfillment through...
  • Cheerleaders' biblical-themed signs OK, for now

    09/21/2012 12:57:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 20, 2012 | Erin Mulvaney
    ....during the past three Kountze High football games,the players in the 2,100-resident town stormed the field through large banners referencing Bible passages,... The banners raised questions of religious freedom and the First Amendment. On Thursday,the cheerleaders scored a victory when a judge overturned,for now,school Superintendent Kevin Weldon's order forbidding the religious-themed signs..... ....A hearing on the cheerleaders' parents' request for a temporary injunction has been scheduled for Oct. 4. Until then,the cheerleaders will be allowed to display the banners at games.... ....The Texas Association of School Boards recommended that the school district enforce the ban, arguing that school- sponsored speech...