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  • Should Christians Own Guns? A British theologian's view

    05/20/2015 5:54:14 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 84 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 19 May 2015 | Krish Kandiah
    A couple of weeks ago a toddler shot himself in the head after finding a gun under the pillow of his parent's bed. Just days later a police officer accidentally shot his mother at a family wedding while adjusting his jacket. Last year, a nine-year-old girl was being shown how to use an automatic weapon and accidentally killed her instructor. In Idaho a two-year-old boy was shopping at Walmart with his mother and three other children, when he found a gun in his mother's bag; he pulled the trigger and killed her. Some would argue that these tragic stories...
  • Why religion will dominate the 21st century

    05/18/2015 10:49:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Week ^ | May 18, 2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    One of the most common assumptions is that religiosity is linked to economic and technological underdevelopment. As a society gets more technologically and economically advanced, the thinking goes, religiosity naturally fades away and is replaced by a more secular worldview. Exhibit A is usually Western Europe, which grew more secular as it grew richer (and much, much more violent) across the 19th and 20th centuries. Exhibit B is the world's most religious continent — Africa — which happens to be its poorest. Under this view, the 21st century will be the century in which secularization spreads even further as the...
  • Probing the Libertarian Mind

    05/18/2015 11:48:57 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 19, 2015 | John Horvat II
    "..........Indeed, The Libertarian Mind is a mixture of “whatever” the individual deems to be his interest. “Whatever” can consist of the reasonable libertarian outcry against big government and abusive regulations, or its excellent affirmation of free markets, rule of law and property rights. But “whatever” also consists of the throwing off of moral restraints that inhibit gratification and self-interest. Thus, the author obsesses about the urgent need for same-sex “marriage,” the end to pornography restrictions, and the right to legal drug use.Throughout his explanation,...(h)abits like drug abuse, for example, are only seen from the individual’s perspective of happiness and not...
  • Making Sense of Today's World

    05/18/2015 7:56:41 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 10 replies
    5/18/15 | Yomin Postelnik
    Maybe someone can explain this. Making sense of this can't be easy. The question is whether or not it can be done and even greater, whether it should. How did society come to a point in which a person can sue for forced abortions on minority children and be lauded as an advocate? Isn't this something that anyone on the most basic of levels, and I'm talking real basic over here, should find loathsome and disgusting? At the same time, a person who says that the life of a potential or developing baby is worth more than that of a...
  • VIDEO W/TRANSLATION: Muslim Egyptian “Terry Jones” Desecrates the Koran – Sick Of Islam

    08/24/2012 10:12:29 PM PDT · by damonw · 4 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 8-25-12 | Damon Whitsell
    Translation: by Brett Gasper "Ah,Here it is, kita'ab Allah (Book of Allah), this is the root of all disaster: Book of Allah. I'm not certain what day it is of this reviled month of Ramadan! You are making the tearing of the Quran such a big and dangerous thing.. It is only natural to want to tear this book! Those sons of kelba (dogs) think they can threaten me and dare me to tear the Quran - but I want to prove to them that they are nothing... and what is the big deal in tearing this book? Here the...
  • The Dark Side of Islam, Part 1 [Broadcast Audio, Conversation w/Former Muslim]

    05/18/2015 4:03:55 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Renewing Your Mind/Ligonier ^ | 2002 | RC Sproul, Abdul Saleeb
    In this interview, Dr. R.C. Sproul and Abdul Saleeb discuss the differences between Islam and Christianity. Saleeb, a former Muslim from the Middle East, is the co-author of Answering Islam and is a Christian missionary to Muslims in the United States. As Saleeb exposes the true teachings of Islam, he explains why fundamentalist Muslims are so aggressive in their attempt to wipe out all other religions. This interview is especially helpful for those who are witnessing to Muslims in their communities.
  • Push to court-martial general for thanking God

    05/18/2015 1:07:29 PM PDT · by detective · 29 replies
    WND ^ | 05/17/2015
    Maj. Gen. Craig Olson A civil-liberties group is demanding a two-star Air Force general be court-martialed for mentioning God at a National Day of Prayer Task Force speech on May 7. Despite the religious nature of the event, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has called for Olson to be “aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions,” adding that any other service members who helped him should be investigated and punished “to the full extent of military law.”
  • Enough…I’m tired and you should damn well be too

    05/17/2015 10:10:35 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/17/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    I think back on the days of my childhood, days when all the kids in the neighborhood I lived in would get together for a game of stickball. All colors, all nationalities, everyone would play. Some better than others, but everyone would play until our mothers called us home at dark for dinner. The only break would come when the ice cream truck came by, and if someone didn’t have the dime for ice cream, someone else would buy it for them. Times have changed, but the basic principles of how I was brought up have stuck with me. It...
  • Be Careful What You Wish For Progressives

    05/16/2015 12:15:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 16, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Pew Research came out with its latest seven-year study of religious trends in America. The data appears to show Christianity in decline, and given its numerous sensational headlines the liberal media couldn’t be happier with the results. For once, this Jesus Freak actually agrees with them. The Pew Research numbers showing Christianity in decline is good news—both for America and Christianity. Allow me to explain. We have become so obsessed with numbers in our culture – dollars, attendance, followers, likes, polls, etc. – that we have confused audience with influence. For example, pop stars Katy Perry and Justin Bieber currently...
  • US Attorney: Boston Marathon Bombing ‘Not a Religious Crime,’ It Was ‘Political’

    05/15/2015 7:09:17 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 May 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz stated that the Boston Marathon Bombing “was not a religious crime…it was a political crime” at a press conference on Friday. Ortiz said, “Make no mistake, the defendant claimed to be acting on behalf of all Muslims. This was not a religious crime. And it certainly does not reflect true Muslim beliefs.
  • The Love That Brings Life into the World

    05/15/2015 8:33:06 AM PDT · by ex-snook · 3 replies
    Kights of Columbus Columbia May 2015 ^ | May 2015 | Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
    THE FUTURE OF THE FAMILY What, then, has changed? Here’s one way of putting it. I wrote a book a few years ago about religion and science and I summarized the difference between them in two sentences: “Science takes things apart to see how they work. Religion puts things together to see what they mean.” And that’s a way of thinking about culture as well. Does culture put things together or take things apart? What made the traditional family remarkable, a work of high religious art, is what it brought together: sexual drive, physical desire, friendship, companionship, emotional kinship and...
  • Abstinence-only curriculum is not sex education, judge rules

    05/14/2015 2:18:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 14, 2015 | By Bob Egelko
    California’s sex-education law prohibits school districts from indoctrinating students on the need to remain celibate before marriage or teaching them that abstinence is the only safe way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, a judge has ruled. The decision by Fresno County Superior Court Judge Donald Black applies only to the Clovis School District. But as the first ruling to interpret California’s 11-year-old law on sex education and disease prevention, it should put schools on notice that “young people need complete, accurate health information required by law,” said Phyllida Burlingame, director of Reproductive Justice Policy for the ACLU, which...
  • Why Americans Are Abandoning Religion

    05/14/2015 6:53:17 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 66 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 14,2015 | Ben Shapiro
    On Tuesday, Pew Research released a new study finding a radical increase in the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans. That increase correlated strongly with the decrease in the number of Catholics, mainline Protestants, and evangelical Protestants over the past seven years.
  • On His Knees.... Reagan

    05/13/2015 2:43:30 PM PDT · by boxlunch · 30 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb, 2011 | Bel Air Presbyterian Church
    I just thought this was beautiful and thought it would do us good to remember what a good man Reagan was.
  • Women Working in Iraq Testify About Horrifying Genocide of Christians and Their Heritage By ISIS

    05/13/2015 12:44:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 13, 2015 | by Katie Pavlich
    "This is cultural and human genocide," Sister Diana Momeka of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena, who used to live in Mosul, Iraq, told lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday morning. "Christians of Iraq are the first people of the land. You read about us in the Old Testament of the Bible. Christianity came to Iraq from the very earliest days through the preaching and witness of St Thomas and others of the Apostles and Church Elders. While our ancestors experienced all kinds of persecution, they stayed in their land, building a culture that has served...
  • Simple Equation, Profound Implications

    05/13/2015 6:40:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper
    liberate.org ^ | Megan Fowler, Tullian Tchvidijian
    photo credit: TripAdvisor.com In January of 2012, Megan Fowler of byFaith, the online magazine of the Presbyterian Church in America, interviewed Pastor Tullian about his then-new book Jesus + Nothing = Everything. Here’s their conversation:In 2009, the Rev. Tullian Tchividjian transitioned from pastor of a church plant in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian, a church whose only other pastor had been Dr . D. James Kennedy. The task proved challenging. Not long after his arrival, Tchividjian encountered opposition. After a petition for his removal gathered enough signatures, Tchividjian and the church’s session were forced to...
  • Christians 'Declining Sharply' in America; Unaffiliated Rising, Now Hold Greater Population Share

    05/12/2015 11:57:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/12/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    An extensive study by the Pew Research Center has revealed that Christians are declining sharply in America in terms of population share, while the religiously unaffiliated are rising, and now make up a larger share than American Catholics. The rise of religious intermarriages was one trend linked to the growth of the unaffiliated. The report, which was released on Tuesday, stated: "The drop in the Christian share of the population has been driven mainly by declines among mainline Protestants and Catholics. Each of those large religious traditions has shrunk by approximately 3 percentage points since 2007. The evangelical Protestant share...
  • Has the Catholic Church Changed So Much That Marxist Dictators Now Feel Welcome There?

    05/12/2015 8:31:38 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05-12-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Apparently, the answer is ‘yes’: "Cuba has eased its persecution of religion in the last 23 years, but there have been few overtures suggesting the country’s executive office might be finding its faith. "That changed Sunday when President Raul Castro said the teachings of Pope Francis had persuaded him not only to take a softer line on religion, but perhaps to return to the Catholic Church and begin worshipping again as he once did, growing up in Jesuit schools." Now, you could interpret that to mean that Raul Castro has suddenly seen the light and decided that marxism is not...
  • Non-Believers Rising; Survey Says Protestants, Catholics On Decline

    05/12/2015 7:03:46 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 18 replies
    WBEN Radio ^ | may 12,2015 | Pew reseach
    The number of Americans who don't affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call "nones" the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday.      Exclusive WBEN AudioOn The WBEN LivelineLana Benatovich, National Federation of Just Communities hristianity is still the dominant faith by far in the U.S.; 7 in 10 Americans identify with the tradition. However, the ranks of Christians have declined as the segment of people with no religion has grown, the survey says. Between 2007 and 2014,...
  • America’s Changing Religious Landscape (Christians Declining)

    05/12/2015 5:13:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | May 12, 2015 | Staff
    The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing, according to an extensive new survey by the Pew Research Center. Moreover, these changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting all regions of the country and many demographic groups. While the drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults, it is occurring among Americans of all ages. The same trends are seen among whites, blacks and Latinos; among both college graduates and adults with only a high school education; and among...
  • Catholic church warms to liberation theology as founder heads to Vatican

    05/11/2015 3:56:24 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 11, 2015 | Jonathan Watts / Stephanie Kirchgaessner
    For decades, Gustavo Gutiérrez, a Peruvian theologian and Dominican priest, was treated with suspicion and even contempt by the Vatican’s hierarchy, which saw him as a dangerous Marxist firebrand who used faith as an instrument of revolution. Gutiérrez was the founder of a progressive movement within the Catholic church known as liberation theology, and while he was never censured in the manner that some of his philosophical compatriots were, there were often rumblings that Gutiérrez was being investigated by Pope John Paul II’s doctrinal czar, a German cardinal named Joseph Ratzinger who would later become Pope Benedict.
  • Sunday Mini Service..."What the Brutish Fail to understand"

    PSALM 100 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.Here is a “Second Wind “ for the Weary… And A Psalm for The...
  • THE HISTORY OF MOTHERS DAY, HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

    05/09/2015 7:58:35 PM PDT · by Chauncey Uppercrust · 6 replies
    Movie A Man Called Peter | 5/9/2015 | Chauncey Uppercrust
    History of Mother's Day -- A Mother's Day Gift to You The following transcript is from the 1955 movie A Man Called Peter (1955 Henry Koster Film). The movie was adapted from a book by Catherine Marshall by the same name. Catherine was the wife of the late great preacher, Dr. Peter Marshall. The transcript below is directly from the movie. Catherine (prior to her marriage to Peter Marshall) was a college student. She and several other college students (one man and three women) were asked to accompany Dr. Peter Marshall to speak at a college event about their Christian...
  • Geller is doing God's work

    05/09/2015 6:37:35 AM PDT · by bray · 45 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 5/9/15 | bray
    Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Throughout the week Pam Geller has been singled out as someone who unfairly provoked Muslims into attacking her by having a Mohamhead drawing contest. Nobody will disagree that to Islam drawing a picture of their death cult leader is the same as poking a lion with a stick, the question is should she. The secular answer according to the media is mostly no, she should not yell fire in a crowded theater, in her case the theater is on fire while...
  • Poll shows growing religious support for same-sex marriage

    05/07/2015 3:30:23 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/28/15 | Daniel Burke
    Until recently, if you sat in church on Sunday mornings, pollsters could predict where you stood on same-sex marriage. What a difference a decade makes. ...In 2003....less than 30% of religiously affiliated Americans supported gays' and lesbians' right to wed. By 2014, that number had climbed to 47%, according to a survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute.... ....Despite vocal opposition from the U.S. Catholic Bishops, for example, 60% of Catholics now favor same-sex marriage. That's a huge increase from 2003, when just 35% backed gay rights, according to survey conducted at the time by the Pew Research Center....
  • Wanted: A Teaching Church

    05/06/2015 6:10:12 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 5/6/15 | Daniel Hyde
    Wanted: A Teaching Church from Daniel Hyde May 06, 2015 Category: Articles The Bible is the Word of God. All Bible-believing evangelical churches affirm this. In historic Protestantism, there is a theology of the Word that not only professes sola Scriptura but also professes the sufficiency of Scripture for all things concerning doctrine, worship, and godliness. What the church of the twenty-first century needs to be is a teaching church that plainly and powerfully proclaims the Word of God. Then the church will be equipped to fulfill its task in the world to worship and to witness to that world.As the “pillar...
  • Communist Party of China Embraces Virtues of Religion in Diplomacy

    05/04/2015 8:28:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2015-5-4 | Chen Lijun
    Even though the Communist Party of China is officially atheist, and the central government was once wary of religion, subtle signs and increasing activities show there is a changing attitude towards religion in order to unite China and its neighbors. In March last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping stood in the offices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, and extolled the profound impact Buddhism has had on China. "Buddhism originated in ancient India," said Xi, the leader of the officially atheist Communist Party of China. "After it was introduced into China, the religion went...
  • Supreme Court grandstands on marriage by embracing cognitive dissonance

    05/04/2015 12:37:29 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5-4-15 | Steve Deace
    Two years ago, a majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices ruled it was a terrible thing for the federal government to dictate the definition of marriage to all 50 states. Despite the fact it was done lawfully via a bill passed through both houses of Congress, and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996. Two years later, the same five justices who made up that majority are poised to reverse themselves, and say it's perfectly fine for the federal government to dictate the definition of marriage to all 50 states. Provided it's done so unlawfully by judicial fiat...
  • 'Freedom to worship' – Obama's next bait & switch [Rev 13]

    05/04/2015 11:48:25 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/2/2015 | BOB UNRUH
    Early in President Obama’s tenure in the White House, Catholic Online and other media outlets reported what appeared to be a deliberate attack on the Constitution’s “freedom of religion” protections. The report noted a crucial change in Obama’s language between his June 2009 speech in Cairo, Egypt, where he spoke of a Muslim America and its “freedom of religion,” to the November 2009 memorial for the Fort Hood soldiers gunned down by a radical Muslim, where he termed it “freedom of worship.” From that point on, “freedom of worship” has become the term of choice, the report said. Now, the...
  • If Libs were consistent, they'd FORCE Muslims to celebrate pics of Mohammed...

    05/04/2015 5:46:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    5/4/15
    Somehow this just struck me.....the government is attempting to FORCE believers in Jesus to celebrate a perversion of their DEEPLY HELD religious beliefs. Why aren't Muslims being forced to celebrate and/or create depictions of their prophet? I wouldn't want the government to do that, just like I don't want it inflicting anti-Christian beliefs upon Christians.
  • Religious rights need protection

    05/03/2015 11:24:34 AM PDT · by campg · 3 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | May 3, 2015 | Dennis Clayson
    When some of us expressed fear of what we saw and heard about the protests against religious-rights laws, many people either saw no issue or condemned us for being alarmist or hate-filled Christians. It is time for well-meaning people to think this through. Hillary Clinton said last week culture and religious beliefs “have” to be changed to achieve women's rights. Is that just feel-good rhetoric, or does she really mean it? If so, what does it imply to say religious beliefs “have” to be changed? We don’t need to discuss theology. At its foundation this isn’t about theology at all,...
  • American Jacobins: Sexual Revolutionaries Prepare the Battlespace for a De-Christianized America

    05/02/2015 10:04:34 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 10 replies
    NRO ^ | April 29, 2015 | David French
    In yesterday’s oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges (better known as the “gay-marriage case”), the solicitor general of the United States committed a classic “Kinsley gaffe”: He accidentally told the truth. Normally, in any argument about the next legal step of the sexual revolution, the accusation or even implication that there’s a slippery slope is grounds for outrage. Not only shouldn’t we explore the legal implications of expanding the definition of marriage, the very attempt is homophobic. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
  • Why Does Never Again Keep Happening Again

    05/01/2015 5:47:14 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/01/15 | Dr. Robert Owens
    It often seems that no one has the courage to say anything until after the fact. Genocide is the systematic and deliberate attempt to extinguish a race, ethnic group, social group or religion. After the most well documented and systematic act of genocide in recorded History, the so-called Final Solution to the Jewish Problem perpetrated by the death cult known as the Third Reich, the surviving Jewish people adopted the motto, “Never Again.” They had been the target of countless pogroms throughout History and this was their vow, this is their pledge to themselves, “Never Again!”
  • Jesus Wants an Ethical Minimum Wage and a Serious Campaign Against Poverty

    05/01/2015 9:59:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 52 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | May 1, 2015 | by Nancy Graham Holm
    Although his narrative never slides into an ardent polemic, it is arguable that Reza Aslan's Jesus is a bold and tireless advocate for the poor. A close read of Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth makes this conclusion the Number One Take Away Point; a perspective not necessarily original, but nevertheless comforting and affirming if you're inclined to worry about white privilege and socio-economic inequality. Aslan is not alone. Many scholars have postulated that Pauline Christianity - the version that eventually became imperial Christianity - was an extreme sharp right turn from the path on which both...
  • 12 Biggest surprises after a week with Apple Watch

    04/30/2015 10:45:28 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Cult of Mac ^ | April 30, 2015 | Rob LeFebvre
    The Apple Watch keeps surprising us — Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac" Far from being a superfluous device strictly for hard-core Apple fans, the Apple Watch is a surprisingly delightful and useful device.Now that we’ve spent enough time with the latest gadget from the mothership, we’re noticing quite a few sweet little positives (and a couple negatives) about Apple Watch.Bottom line: The more you use this thing, the better it is.The battery lasts longer than expected Many of us were planning on carrying around an extra charger with us to keep Apple Watch’s gorgeous display working well into the afternoon....
  • Obama's Lawyer: Religious Institutions May Lose Tax-Exempt Status If Court Rules For Gay Marriage

    04/28/2015 5:01:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 110 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/28/15 | Joel Gehrke
    Religious institutions could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to their beliefs about marriage if the Supreme Court holds that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed, President Obama’s attorney acknowledged to the Supreme Court today. “It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli replied when Justice Samuel Alito asked if schools that support the traditional definition of marriage would have to be treated like schools that once opposed interracial marriage. “I don’t deny that.”
  • EPA spends $84,000 to study churches that preach climate change

    04/28/2015 6:54:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 27, 2015 | By Elizabeth Harrington
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is spending $84,000 to study how churches can be used to combat climate change. A taxpayer-funded graduate fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is examining 17 faith-based institutions that have implemented "sustainability initiatives" in the hopes of developing workshops to teach pastors and other religious leaders how to change the behaviors of their congregants. "Climate change-which affects traditional faith-based efforts to improve human health, mitigate poverty and redress social inequity-is inspiring religious organizations to advocate for clean air and water, restore ecosystems, and conserve resources," a grant for the project, which began...
  • LESBIAN COUPLE ACCUSES CHRISTIAN BAKERS OF ‘MENTAL RAPE,’ AWARDED $135,000

    04/27/2015 8:28:55 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 51 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/27/15 | by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D
    LESBIAN COUPLE ACCUSES CHRISTIAN BAKERS OF ‘MENTAL RAPE,’ AWARDED $135,000 An Oregon judge has awarded Lesbian couple Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer $135,000 for “emotional damages” in a lawsuit against Aaron and Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes Bakery. They are a Christian couple who declined to provide a wedding cake to the same-sex couple in 2013. In their lawsuit, the two women claimed they felt “mentally raped,” as part of a list of 88 symptoms of emotional distress they experienced at being refused a cake. The long list of symptoms included “acute loss of confidence,” “doubt,” “excessive sleep,” “felt mentally raped,...
  • Chinese Persecution of Christians Reaches Highest Level in a Decade

    04/27/2015 2:56:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/27/15 | Daniel Wiser
    Christians and followers of other religions in China suffered the worst abuses in a decade last year as part of a state-sponsored crackdown on dissent, according to a Christian human rights group.The organization China Aid said the persecution of religious practitioners and human rights advocates in China increased by more than 150 percent last year.According to its annual report released on Tuesday, 17,884 individuals were persecuted for their religious beliefs. Authorities detained nearly 3,000 dissidents and sentenced 1,274 people, compared to just 12 in 2013.President Xi Jinping of China, widely viewed as the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) most authoritarian leader...
  • Ted Cruz: Democrats home to 'liberal fascism'

    04/26/2015 11:37:46 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 40 replies
    WISN.com ^ | 2015-04-26 | Ashley Killough
    WAUKEE, Iowa (CNN) —Sen. Ted Cruz argued Saturday that Democrats have become so extreme and "intolerant" of religious views that "there is no room for Christians in today's Democratic Party." "There is a liberal fascism that is dedicated to going after believing Christians who follow the biblical teaching on marriage," the Texas Republican said in his speech before a Christian conservative audience in Waukee, Iowa.Cruz joined eight other presidential candidates and potential contenders on stage at the Iowa Faith and Freedom summit, where speakers railed against what they see as threats to religious liberty. For his part, Cruz alluded to...
  • The central delusion of the Christian right: Americans aren’t really churchgoers after all

    04/26/2015 11:56:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Salon ^ | April 26, 2015 | Amanda Marcotte
    New research reveals we're not the nation of Bible thumpers Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee like to tell themselves. The 2016 presidential campaign has really and truly started now, and already the religious pandering is getting silly. Despite wanting voters to think of him as a “libertarian” Rand Paul was recently bleating about how this country needs a religious revival, specifically “another Great Awakening.” Ted Cruz made a big fancy speech at Liberty University where he highlighted his defense of state promotion of religion, which he erroneously called “religious freedom,” even though having the state push faith on you is...
  • Hillary Lets The Veil Slip: Religion Is A Problem To Be Disposed Of

    04/26/2015 10:04:09 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/25/15 | MATT K LEWIS
    Kudos to TheDC’s Kerry Picket for spotting the significance of this Hillary Clinton quote: “Laws [about reproductive health care and safe childbirth] have to be backed up with resources and political will,” Clinton said. “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” If one is to assume that “reproductive health care” rights are a euphemism for abortion (a fairly safe assumption), then this is quite telling. Maybe it’s because she was speaking to a friendly audience (at the Women in The World Summit), but this honest appraisal is a reminder that politics are downstream from...
  • A great Father of the Bride speech!

    04/26/2015 9:51:15 AM PDT · by Vanders9 · 3 replies
    Big Geek Daddy ^ | February 2013
    A very touching speech made by the Father of the Bride to the Groom that shows this father’s love for his daughter.
  • Why Apple Watch isn't the most advanced timepiece

    04/25/2015 1:53:58 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 104 replies
    cnbc ^ | 4-25-2015 | Eric Rosenbaum
    Taking on Apple is dangerous business. You run the risk of not only having another U2 album automatically loaded into your iTunes account as a Godfather-like sample of what Apple can do to you, but getting the hordes of Apple fan boys and fan girls mad at you.
  • Old Is New Again - of Morality

    04/24/2015 12:04:57 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 3 replies
    Me | 04/24/2015 | Me
    Ancient society morality was based on concentric circles, with the free male of that tribe at the center, females and children farther out, foreign and slaves at the bottom. Christianity held that all were equally valid before God, even if not necessarily the same in real life. You may have a master in the world, but your soul was equally valid. That was revolutionary at the time. Liberalism has brought back the old concentric rings of value. The woman is worth more than a man, hired first, her opinion more valid from her experience. The non-Caucasian is worth more; that...
  • Clinton: 'Deep-seated' beliefs block abortion access - back up and enforce laws

    04/24/2015 9:47:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday said "deep-seated … religious beliefs" have to be changed before the world's women will get full access to abortion. “Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced,” Clinton said, according to The Daily Caller. “Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper,” she argued about abortion. “Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will." “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be...
  • "The Devil is Trying to Discredit Me": Controversial Pastor Defends Trying to Buy Gulfstream Jet

    04/24/2015 7:58:37 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 65 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | April 24, 2015 | Jack Crone
    A controversial US pastor has defended trying to buy a $65million private jet with worshippers' donations and responded to critics by claiming 'the devil is trying to discredit' him. Reverend Creflo Dollar, 53, launched an appeal last month for 200,000 people to each donate '$300 or more' so that he could purchase a Gulfstream G650 to replace his current damaged aircraft.
  • An Unlikely Convert: An Interview with Rosaria Butterfield [Atheist Lesbian now Christ Follower!]

    04/23/2015 8:53:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | Nathan Bingham
    Tabletalk: Your book is titled The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. Could you explain some of your “secret thoughts,” and why you were an “unlikely convert”? Rosaria Butterfield: I considered myself an atheist, having rejected my Catholic childhood and what I perceived to be the superstitions and illogic of the historic Christian faith. I found Christians to be difficult, sour, fearful, and intellectually unengaged people. In addition, since the age of twenty-eight, I had lived in monogamous lesbian relationships and politically supported LGBT causes. I coauthored Syracuse University’s first successful domestic partnership policy while working there as a professor...
  • Poll: Israel is one of the world's least religious countries

    04/22/2015 7:07:01 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 74 replies
    Algenheimer ^ | 4/21/2015 | None given
    Perhaps it’s the Jewish state, but the state of Judaism in Israel might raise a few eyebrows: according to an international Gallup poll, Israel is now one of the world’s least religious countries.
  • If You Crave an Apple Watch, You Probably Voted for Obama

    04/22/2015 12:46:47 PM PDT · by JOAT · 109 replies
    Yahoo Tech ^ | 4-15-2015 | Dan Tynan
    Just over six percent of Americans plan to buy an Apple Watch this year, according to an online poll of 1,829 US adults conducted by Reuters/Ipsos. If accurate, that means Apple could sell as many as 15 million Watches this year, or more than double the total number of smartwatches sold by all manufacturers in 2014. Who are these Watch watchers? Reuter’s interactive polling tool offers an in-depth and occasionally surprising look at the demographics. According to this poll, Apple Watch fans are democratic leaning and college educated, largely male, but not necessarily Caucasian. They own their own homes and...