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  • Wasserman-Schultz dodges questions about why the DNC removed the 'G' word from their platform

    09/05/2012 10:42:02 AM PDT · by delcopatriot · 25 replies
    newsmax ^ | Sept 5, 2012 | Patrick Hobin
    Democratic National Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz refused to commit to an answer when pressed on whether the party removed the word “God” from its platform, according to the Washington Examiner. The Florida congresswoman was asked by CNN’s Piers Morgan if the removal of the word “God” was a “mistake.” “Well, we have a commitment through all faith traditions that our values are reflected in our policy and that means we should look out for the least of these, that we should fight for the middle class . . .,” she told Morgan. Wasserman Schulz refused to admit that it was...
  • A Pastor Sells His Soul to the Party of Obama

    09/03/2012 10:36:19 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 19 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | September 3, 2012 | JP
    Rev. Derrick Harkins is a hypocrite. He’s the pastor of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., which the Washington Post describes as “theologically conservative.” And he serves on the board of the National Association of Evangelicals. But the Baptist preacher also is the National Director of Faith Outreach for the Democratic National Committee, which supports public policies that are an affront to the Almighty. Indeed, today Harkins presides over a meeting of the party’s so-called Faith Caucus at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Its task is to devise a strategy to somehow persuade Christian voters that the...
  • Samuel L. Jackson Upset God 'Spared' GOP From Hurricane

    08/27/2012 4:42:25 PM PDT · by This Just In · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 27, 2012 | Christian Toto
    Looks like Hurricane Isaac will spare Tampa - and the Republicans gathering in the Florida city for the GOP's campaign convention. "The Avengers" star Samuel L. Jackson, who dubbed the Tea Party racist and said he voted for Barack Obama because of the politician's skin color, took the news pretty hard.
  • Actress Ellen Barkin Hopes Hurricane Kills Pro-Life Republicans (Actress retweets a hateful tweet)

    08/27/2012 4:15:32 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 97 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/27/12 | Steven Ertelt
    Actress Ellen Barkin created a stir on Twitter today when she sent out a re-tweet of a message someone sent saying they hoped Hurricane Isaac would hit the Republican convention and “was every pro-life, anti-education, anti-woman, xenophobic, gay-bashing, racist SOB right into the ocean.” The reaction from conservatives was quick to her class-less Tweet. “I wonder if @EllenBarkin will feel badly at all when #Isaac doesn’t wash the GOPers out to sea but in fact wipes out New Orleans,” one person responded. Bryan Kemper, Director of Youth Outreach for Priests for Life, said: “This is why we call pro-abortion people...
  • Obama: 'My Faith in Jesus Is Legitimate and Real' {BARF!!}

    08/25/2012 5:40:26 PM PDT · by upchuck · 78 replies
    Fox ^ | August 21, 2012 | n/a
    In an interview with the Washington National Cathedral magazine, President Obama discussed how his faith influenced his politics — saying that at the end of the day 'God is in control.' “First and foremost, my Christian faith gives me a perspective and security that I don’t think I would have otherwise: that I am loved. That, at the end of the day, God is in control," Obama said. ... Obama also briefly addressed the ongoing (false) doubts about his faith — including rumors that he is a Muslim (which he is not). "I have a job to do as president,...
  • Obama campaign launches ‘Rabbis for Obama’ (Gallup has it 68% to 25% among Jewish voters)

    08/21/2012 1:56:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 86 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/21/12 | Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News | The Ticket
    President Barack Obama's reelection campaign unveiled "Rabbis for Obama"—a group of more than 600 rabbis from across the country—at a time when Republicans are hoping to erode the Democrat's wide lead among Jewish voters. "Their ringing endorsement of President Obama speaks volumes about the president's deep commitment to the security of the state of Israel and his dedication to a policy agenda that represents the values of the overwhelming majority of the American Jewish community," Ira Forman, the campaign's Jewish Outreach Director, said in a statement. The announcement came with a state-by-state list of the rabbis backing Obama, who leads...
  • Obama talks about his faith

    08/21/2012 11:29:20 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 110 replies
    politico ^ | 8/21/12 | BYRON TAU
    In an interview with the Washington National Cathedral magazine, President Obama discussed how his faith influenced his politics — saying that at the end of the day 'God is in control.' “First and foremost, my Christian faith gives me a perspective and security that I don’t think I would have otherwise: that I am loved. That, at the end of the day, God is in control," Obama said. Obama also tied faith in God to his belief in a compassionate role for government.
  • Charlotte billboards will rip religion, politics

    Charlotte billboards will rip religion, politicsModified: Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 TAMPA, Fla. A prominent atheist group is using next month’s Democratic National Convention to take aim at the presidential candidates’ religion, putting up billboards targeting Mormonism and Christianity in Charlotte. “Our political system … depends too much on religion and not enough on substance,” said David Silverman, president of American Atheists. “Religion is silly and religion has components that are inherently divisive. … There is no place for any of that in the political system.” The billboards go up Monday and will stay up for a month at a cost...
  • Obamas go to church

    08/19/2012 9:06:36 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 46 replies
    politico ^ | 8/19/12 | politico
    The Obama family attended mass at St. John’s Episcopal Church at Layfayette
  • Obama Heads Out to Church

    08/19/2012 9:47:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    WH Dossier ^ | August 19, 2012, 11:26 am | Keith Koffler
    President Obama today made a rare appearance in church, strolling with his family across Lafayette Park to St. John’s, well known as the church where presidents pray. … Obama has been to regular Sunday services in Washington this year I think once or twice before this. …
  • Marriage fight divides state's Catholics (Minnesota)

    08/19/2012 3:21:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | August 18, 2012 | ROSE FRENCH
    ***Those who oppose the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage are organizing, putting them at odds with bishops.*** [BIG SNIP] ......Groups of lay Catholics and former priests have spoken out against the bishops' campaign. Some parents and students also have criticized the church's move to talk about marriage in [archdiocesan] high schools. Active Catholics have met in Protestant churches to talk about how to defeat the amendment. Catholics and other faith groups have held meetings in their homes, like the one at Burg's house, where representatives for the anti-amendment Minnesotans United for All Families encourage them to hold conversations...
  • Catholic Group Prays for Paul Ryan’s ‘Conversion’

    08/17/2012 2:18:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/17/2012 | Alicia Mundy
    Rep. Paul Ryan has been taking flak from church groups – including the relatively conservative U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the somewhat more liberal group Nuns on the Bus—because his budget could cut money from programs for the poor and elderly. Now a group of fellow Catholics from his home state of Wisconsin, including some Franciscan Friars, are calling for the vice presidential hopeful’s “conversion.” The group launched a website, PrayforPaulsChangeofHeart.org, that asks visitors to “Please pray for Paul Ryan, a devout Catholic, to have a change of heart on the federal budget.” It includes a special Rosary prayer...
  • ELCA Bishop Bashes Chick-fil-A and Its Supporters

    08/15/2012 4:53:30 AM PDT · by rhema · 26 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 8/11/12 | Dan Skogen
    This week ELCA Bishop of the North Texas-Northern Louisiana Mission Area, Kevin S. Kanouse wrote a blog (see here) calling those who support Chick-fil-A bullies and he blamed “preachers (?)” for people going to show their support for Chick-fil-A. This after the widespread temper tantrum and bullying from liberals and homosexuals against Chick-fil-A’s president for stating he believes in the Biblical view of one man, one woman marriage. Notice, too, that the ELCA bishop disparages the preachers by placing a question mark after referencing them, apparently implying that he questions whether they are true Christian preachers. ELCA Bishop Kanouse mockingly...
  • Candidate Paul Ryan: Is he a bad Catholic?

    08/14/2012 2:21:29 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 66 replies
    LA Times ^ | 08/14/2012 | Michael McGough
    Forget about whether he should be elected vice president. Should Rep. Paul D. Ryan be excommunicated? I have been perusing blogs and comments thereon that suggest the prospective Republican veep candidate is not only a bad man but also a bad Catholic. It’s the latest installment of a tiresome debate between liberal and conservative Catholics about which faction’s favored politicians are truer to the teachings of Mother Church. As columnist Michael Sean Winters points out, Ryan’s claim that his political philosophy is conversant with Roman Catholic social teaching is hard to swallow.
  • Neil Peart on introverts, learning to improvise, and why people should be nicer to one another

    08/13/2012 5:07:13 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 85 replies
    Macleans Magazine ^ | 8-13-2012 | Mike Doherty
    Neil Peart on introverts, learning to improvise, and why people should be nicer to one another Rush’s drummer and lyricist talks to Mike Doherty by Mike Doherty on Monday, August 13, 2012 Rush’s 20th studio release, Clockwork Angels, hit No. 1 in Canada in June—not bad for a steampunk, progressive rock concept album. Its story, about a young man who flees a land designed to function in perfect mechanical order, reflects the philosophy of drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. Now living in Santa Monica with his wife and daughter, the native of St. Catharines, Ont., is preparing with his long-time...
  • Paul Ryan Faces Left-Wing Religious Attack

    08/11/2012 2:20:27 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 15 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 11, 2012 | JP
    The Obama re-election campaign huddled today with “progressive” religious leaders as they coordinate a line of attack against conservative Catholic congressman Paul Ryan, Republican Mitt Romney’s selection as his ticket-mate. The Democrat-aligned religious leaders are critical of the budget proposals Rep. Ryan has championed on Capitol Hill, which, they charge, will exacerbate the sufferings of the nation’s poor. They also portray Ryan as a secret admirer of Ayn Rand, who famously authored “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead;” who was, at once, a strong defender of capitalism and an avowed atheist. Of course, it is hard for left-wing religious leaders to...
  • Democratic platform draft language on marriage equality, ENDA revealed

    08/09/2012 9:03:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    LGBTQ Nation / The Washington Blade ^ | August 9, 2012 | Chris Johnson
    The draft language in the Democratic Party platform endorsing marriage equality has been revealed and shown to say “we support marriage equality” is set to become a tenet of the party’s beliefs. In addition to endorsing marriage equality, the language also calls for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and urges passage of DOMA repeal legislation known as the Respect for Marriage Act. Notably, the language explicitly backs religious freedom for marriage, saying religions should “decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.” Buzzfeed was first to make the language public ahead of the scheduled...
  • Catholic Former Lt. Gov. backs same-sex marriage

    08/09/2012 6:28:13 AM PDT · by kevcol · 38 replies
    WBAL ^ | Aug 9, 2012 | news
    BALTIMORE - One of Maryland's most recognizable yet seldom-seen politicians publicly entered the same-sex marriage debate Tuesday. Former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend made a rare public appearance to rally Catholics to uphold Maryland's same-sex marriage law at the polls. She urged Catholics, who are a major voting block, to buck church policy. "I learned from the nuns to love one another and that that was the most important commandment," she said, finding a way to reconcile her Catholic faith with her support of the idea. The daughter of civil rights stalwart Robert Kennedy said the law does gel...
  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan Will Host Obama at White-Tie Fundraiser for Health Care Causes

    08/08/2012 8:02:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8-8-12 | Terrence Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama, who is moving ahead with a regulation that forces observant American Catholics to act against their consciences and the teachings of their faith, will be one of the keynote speakers at an Oct. 18 white-tie fundraiser hosted by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The fundraiser—the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner--will benefit the foundation, which Cardinal Dolan serves as board president. The foundation's website says it provides funding “for healthcare causes.” Al Smith, a three-term governor of New York, became the first...
  • AFTAH Stands with Chick-fil-A in Chicago against ‘Gay Liberation Network’ Bullies

    08/08/2012 10:05:24 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 5 replies
    Americans for Truth ^ | Aug 8 2012 | Peter LeBarbara
    [LeBarbara of AFTAH organizes counter-protest to Wed. Aug 8 GAY LIBERATION NETWORK'S Chick-Fil-A Protest, Chicago] No pro-family group or business, including Chick-fil-A, could match GLN’s hate Americans For Truth will be standing up for the lone, embattled Chick-fil-A restaurant in downtown Chicago this afternoon at 4:30 — to counter the Gay Liberation Network (GLN) protest at the same restaurant (located at 30 E. Chicago Ave). As longtime AFTAH followers know, GLN is one of the most extreme and hateful organizations in the world. In fact, these hard-core Marxists are so radical that they REFUSED to condemn the pro-homosexual brick attack...
  • This is where liberal dissent leads: liberals give the Eucharist to a dog

    08/06/2012 1:20:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 6, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Note in the second paragraph of the story that, at this blasphemous and sacrilegious “Mass”, the dissidents gave the Eucharist to a dog.Let’s not be speciesist, after all. This is where dissent leads.Note that this priest has already had his faculties removed. It could be that additional censures are now in order. All creatures great and small: Father Greg Reynolds leads Mass at the Inclusive Catholics service in South Yarra, where one first-time visitor brought his dog along. Dissidents preach a new breed of Catholicism August 6, 2012 Barney ZwartzFATHER Greg Reynolds wants his church of dissident Catholics to welcome...
  • WashPost's Miller: Media Should Ignore 'Astroturf' Black Pastors Opposing Obama

    08/04/2012 5:06:28 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 32 replies
    On the Saturday Washington Post “On Faith” page, columnist and Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller insisted it was not a news story that black ministers came to the National Press Club and insisted Obama’s support for gay marriage “might cost him the election.” It’s not a story, Miller insisted, because Rev William Owens is “enough to make a cynic blush...He’s a figurehead in what political operatives call an ‘Astroturf’ campaign...and his threat is not a threat.” Miller complained about the news sites that somehow found this “nearly empty” press conference newsworthy: CNN, Fox News, NBC, the New York Post, the...
  • Episcopal-to-Catholic Converts

    08/04/2012 12:48:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    PBS ^ | August 3rd, 2012 | Bob Faw
    BOB FAW, Correspondent: In Bladensburg, Maryland, the Catholic service unfolds smoothly, a comfortable routine for priests and parishioners alike.But one year ago, members of St. Luke’s parish were devout, devoted Episcopalians. This is the first Episcopal church in the country to convert to Catholicism under Vatican rules designed to attract disaffected Episcopalians.If 20 years ago I had said you’re destined to be a Catholic priest, how would you have answered?FATHER MARK LEWIS: I would have thought you were crazy.FAW: Under a 2009 decree by Pope Benedict XVI, St. Luke’s, like all Episcopal churches that choose to convert, gets to retain...
  • 5 Reasons Why the Church Failed Yesterday (Re: Chick-fil-A appreciation day) [Meh!]

    08/03/2012 3:34:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    MatthewPaulTurner.net ^ | August 2, 2012 | Matthew Paul Turner
    Thousands and thousands and thousands of people proudly lined up to support Mike Huckabee’s “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” yesterday. By all accounts, it was a successful campaign, perhaps one of Huckabee’s most memorable actions, a deed that might warrant etching “#ChickFilA” on his tombstone so future Americans will learn of the greatness that occurred on August 1, 2012. Many of yesterday’s appreciators were born again Christians, people who, I can only assume, claim to love God, put their trust in Jesus, and have a desire that all people hear and experience the Good News of Christ. That fact alone changes the...
  • ZOT> Luther lovingly corrects the radical Chick-fil-A dominionists

    08/02/2012 9:09:44 AM PDT · by Downyoceanhon · 17 replies
    You Tube ^ | August 2, 2012 | downyoceanhon
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh4K2BePG0s
  • Kids’ church lemonade stand raises money for same-sex ‘marriage’

    07/30/2012 6:30:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    life news ^ | 7.30.2012 | Ben Johnson
    MINNEAPOLIS, July 30, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Nothing so calls to mind the spirit of innocence than a child’s summertime lemonade stand. However, at one church in Minneapolis, young Sunday school children donated the proceeds of their childhood business venture to a group dedicated to redefining marriage in the November election. On July 15, children in grades 1-5 at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis charged a quarter a glass during their church-sponsored fundraiser to support same-sex “marriage.” The church dubbed the event, which took place in the church social hall, “Lemonade Stand-ing on the Side of Love,” to match the title...
  • Democrats Move to Include Gay Marriage in Party Platform

    07/30/2012 1:40:39 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 60 replies
    New York Times ^ | 7/30/12 | Jeremy W. Peters and Michael D. Shear
    Democrats moved to make same-sex marriage a part of their party platform, placing language that would declare a right for gay men and lesbians to marry on track for approval by the party’s leadership. Party officials met over the weekend in Minneapolis and approved the first step in the platform-amending process. In two weeks, the entire platform committee will vote on the matter at a meeting scheduled in Detroit. Then, if approved as expected, it would move on to convention delegates in Charlotte, N.C., for final approval in September. According to Democrats who were briefed on the vote in Minneapolis,...
  • Democratic Party to add gay marriage to platform

    07/30/2012 10:25:30 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 38 replies
    abc ^ | 7/30/2012 | Liz Goodwin
    The Democratic Party has added new language endorsing gay marriage in its platform draft, the Washington Blade reports. Sen. Harry Reid said in May that he believed the party would alter its platform in favor of gay marriage,
  • Why a Dallas UM pastor is observing the Muslim fast of Ramadan

    07/29/2012 6:19:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 51 replies
    examiner ^ | 7.29.2012 | Dina Malki
    United Methodist Rev. Wess Magruder has not only decided to observe the Ramadan fast this year with his Muslim friends, blog about his experience, but break his fast with Muslims as well. Last night, Magruder accepted the invitation of a local Muslim to eat “iftar,” the fast-breaking meal at the McKinney Islamic Association. Having succeeded in fasting from sunrise till sunset for eight consecutive days, the pastor appreciated God's grace in this communal meal. Most importantly, this celebration reminded him of the main reason why he had decided to fast: neighborly love. Magruder writes on his blog how he has...
  • Is Liberal Christianity Worth Saving?

    07/25/2012 3:03:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/25/2012 | Ken Connor
    The recent General Convention of the Episcopal Church has prompted a broader discussion of the fate of liberal Christianity. No surprise—the Episcopal Church has been one of the most aggressively liberal influences in American Christianity in the past few years, pushing hard against the traditions of the broader Anglican Communion. In The New York Times, Ross Douthat goes so far as to ask, "Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?" But that question necessarily prompts two others: What is Liberal Christianity, and Should it be saved? Liberal Christianity is dying on the vine. Mainline denominations are taking big hits across the board....
  • LCWR nuns: “Catholic Church is pro-foetus but keeps silent on other essential issues”

    07/20/2012 4:32:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    La Stampa ^ | 7/19/2012 | Maria Teresa Pontara Pederiva
    Sister Pat Farrel, president of the Leadership Conference for Women Religious breaks the silence in a radio interview with NPR. The world moves on and doctrine cannot remain static she says It seemed like a coincidence to many but the day after a change of guard was announced in the leadership of the Holy Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - Cardinal Levada was substituted by Cardinal Müller – nuns of the Leadership Conference for Women Religious (LCWR), the association which represents 80% of women religious in the U.S. and which is preparing a national assembly to be held...
  • Why No Denomination Will Survive the Homosexuality Crisis

    07/16/2012 6:29:36 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 86 replies
    Christian Post Opinion ^ | July 16 2012 | Kevin De Young
    There is no way, short of a miraculous and full-scale changing of hearts and minds, for North American denominations to survive the homosexuality crisis. Denominations like the PCUSA, ELCA, RCA, UMC, and Episcopal Church will continue. They won't fold their tents and join the Southern Baptists (though wouldn't that be interesting!). I'm not suggesting most of our old, mainline denominations will disappear. But I do not see how any of these once flourishing denominations will make it through the present crisis intact. And the sooner denominations admit this sobering reality the better. Every denomination is different. The percentages on both...
  • The Light That Failed (Episcopal Church)

    07/16/2012 5:43:07 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 47 replies
    American Interest ^ | 7/16/2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    New numbers reveal that the collapse of the Episcopal Church dramatically accelerated in the last ten years. The denomination is literally falling apart, with attendance down 25% between 2000 and 2010. For a link to the PDF file with the numbers, and for Rod Dreher’s comments on them, look here; but it’s important to note that the effect of these numbers on the life and the well being of local churches is even greater than the raw figures might suggest. Many mainline Protestant congregations today are stuck with an infrastructure built in the 1950s and 1960s. There are buildings to...
  • The [ELCA] Presiding Bishop's "Core" Convictions

    07/16/2012 4:26:09 PM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    Lutheran Forum ^ | 7/14/12 | Paul R. Hinlicky
    I promised that I would review Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson’s Reconciling Works Keynote Address that he gave on July 7. The text was made available by the Bishop’s Office to Pastor Daniel Ostercamp of Webster, SD, who made it available to me. You can read it for yourself here. I will leave to others the critical analysis of Hanson’s remarkably rosy picture of the ELCA. I will also ignore the several self-justifications of his own partisan (or insufficiently partisan!) leadership that pepper the address. The theological question I posed in my previous post was whether the bishop would nurture God’s...
  • Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?

    07/15/2012 4:35:34 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 14 2012 | ROSS DOUTHAT
    IN 1998, John Shelby Spong, then the reliably controversial Episcopal bishop of Newark, published a book entitled “Why Christianity Must Change or Die.” Spong was a uniquely radical figure — during his career, he dismissed almost every element of traditional Christian faith as so much superstition — but most recent leaders of the Episcopal Church have shared his premise. Thus their church has spent the last several decades changing and then changing some more, from a sedate pillar of the WASP establishment into one of the most self-consciously progressive Christian bodies in the United States. Go to Columnist Page »...
  • Well, the Episcopalians Did It Again

    07/15/2012 6:27:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2012 | Michael Youssef
    Episcopalian leaders continue to guide their denomination into the abyss—and no doubt, the Presbyterians (PCUSA) will soon follow. As reported in the Huffington Post, the Episcopal denomination’s General Convention voted this week to make it illegal to “discriminate against anyone.” Specifically, that means it is now illegal to “. . . bar from the priesthood people who were born into one gender and live as another or who do not identify themselves as male or female.” Readers of my columns and other pieces may remember my prediction that this fast train into the pit would not stop just with practicing...
  • Episcopalians Call for Repeal of DOMA; Approve Rites for Pet Funerals

    07/13/2012 7:08:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/13/12 | Audrey Barrick
    The Episcopal Church's 77th General Convention concluded Thursday with the adoption of a long list of resolutions, from one that calls on the U.S. Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act to another providing rites for pet funerals. Episcopal leaders, who met in Indianapolis for over a week, considered dozens of resolutions – the most controversial being the approval of transgender ordination and rites for the blessing of same-sex unions. In protest, leaders from the Diocese of South Carolina, including its bishop, left the convention early after expressing clearly their belief that the decisions mark a departure from Scripture...
  • Why is the Episcopal Church Near Collapse?

    07/12/2012 8:09:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    Belief.net ^ | 7/11/12 | Rob Kerby
    The headlines coming out of the Episcopal Church’s annual U.S. convention are stunning — endorsement of cross-dressing clergy, blessing same-sex marriage, the sale of their headquarters since they can’t afford to maintain it. The American branch of the Church of England, founded when the Vatican balked at permitting King Henry VIII to continue executing any wife who failed to bear him sons, is in trouble. Somehow slipping out of the headlines is a harsh reality that the denomination has been deserted in droves by an angry or ambivalent membership. Six prominent bishops are ready to take their large dioceses out...
  • Reverend Wright knocks Obama in Sunday sermon

    07/08/2012 12:13:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/8/12 | Jamie Weinstein and Michelle Fields
    Speaking at the 100th anniversary of a Washington, D.C. church, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright knocked President Barack Obama and accused America’s elite academic institutions of instilling racism. Wright opened up his sermon at the Florida Avenue Baptist Church Sunday by reading from the Book of Isaiah and speaking of the importance of foundational stones. Using that as a metaphor, Wright proceeded to list dozens of names that he suggested were foundational stones for the black community, from Nat Turner to Emmett Till to W.E.B Du Bois. He then seemingly took a shot at his former parishioner, President Obama. “They are...
  • Hundreds of Christians walked in LGBT Pride march in London

    07/08/2012 4:09:36 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 66 replies
    Ekklesia ^ | 8 July 2012 | Staff writers
    [picture from "Queering the Church"] Around 200 Christians marched as a group in the Pride procession in London yesterday (7 July) to show their support for the dignity and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Many wore T-shirts declaring "Christian and proud". Many other Christians joined other parts of the parade. A small number of Christians stood at the side of the march with placards expressing their sorrow for Christian homophobia. Later, a Christian service for Pride participants was hosted at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. There were also participants of other faiths at the event, including Jews...
  • Presbyterians Reject Gay Marriage in Close Vote

    07/07/2012 5:10:05 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 66 replies
    News Max ^ | July 7 2012 | Thomson/Reuters
    The U.S. Presbyterian Church on Friday narrowly rejected a proposal by same-sex marriage proponents for a constitutional change that would redefine marriage as a union between "two people," rather than between a woman and a man.
  • Presbyterian Church in US considers Israel divestment

    07/05/2012 8:12:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/5/12 | staff
    The largest Presbyterian group in the US is considering divesting from three major global companies over the Israeli military’s use of their products in the Palestinian territories. The proposal before the Presbyterian Church (USA) has outraged many Jewish groups, who sent representatives to the church’s national assembly in Pittsburgh this week to lobby against the measure. Divestment supporters say the targeted companies — Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Motorola — are profiting from Palestinian suffering. The American Jewish Committee, a public policy group, has said the proposal demonizes Israel and threatens Christian-Jewish relations. Debate and vote were scheduled for late
  • Episcopal Church expected to OK liturgy for same-sex couples

    07/05/2012 5:49:31 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 21 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 5 2012 | Laura J Nelson
    Sixteen years after allowing gays and lesbians to become priests, the Episcopal Church appears poised to introduce a rite that would specifically bless the unions of same-sex couples. If the liturgy is approved, which is expected, Episcopalians will become the first major denomination to endorse such a ritual for homosexual couples. On its face, the blessing seems similar to that of a marriage rite -- including “I do,” “we have gathered together today” and an exchange of rings. Notably absent are the words “husband,” “wife” and “marriage.”
  • Black Pastors Lay Down Gauntlet to Obama Over Same-Sex Marriage

    07/05/2012 11:33:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 7/3/12 | P. Stanley
    Coalition Calls on Black Christians to Withhold Support Until President Grants Meeting The Coalition of African American Pastors demanded on Monday that President Obama meet with the group to address his stance on same-sex marriage. So far, the White House has refused to acknowledge the group's request but leaders say they plan to "turn up the heat" by asking black Christians to sit on the sidelines for the time being. "We have requested a meeting with President Obama and until he meets with us, we are going to ask black Christians to withhold their support until he personally hears our...
  • "Evangelical Environmental Network" running ads on Rush's show for Claire McCaskill. Soros group?

    07/05/2012 11:37:02 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    The ads are really obnoxious about how "big corporations" oppose limits on mercury and how Claire McCaskill "stood tall" against them. And, I kid you not, they ended with "For the Children." I am absolutely certain this is not a legitimate religious group, but a bunch of Lefties running a false-flag operation. Does anybody know anything about these goons?
  • Pastor whose congregation dwindled after gay-marriage vote to close St. Paul church

    06/30/2012 7:24:01 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-30-12 | Frederick Melo
    Grace Community United Church of Christ will close its doors this weekend, but the pastor who says his decision to publicly support gay-marriage rights unwittingly thrust it on a path toward financial ruin plans to find a new home for his small congregation. He has faith that his flock will follow. The Rev. Oliver White, 69, had hoped fundraising would keep the predominantly African-American church on St. Paul's East Side open after a Seattle investor demanded full payment on a high-interest loan. But after a well-publicized Internet campaign raised only about $56,000 of the $200,000 the church needs to pay...
  • Many Americans Can't Name Obama's Religion

    06/23/2012 10:26:28 AM PDT · by trekdown · 63 replies
    Gallup, Inc. ^ | June 22, 2012 | Frank Newport
    Just 34% of Americans correctly say U.S. President Barack Obama is a Christian, while 44% say they don't know Obama's religion and 11% say he is a Muslim.
  • Following the Truth: Empty Churches – Where Should We Draw The Line?

    06/12/2012 6:03:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 85 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | May 9th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
      Empty Churches – Where Should We Draw The Line? May 9th, 2012by Gary Zimak.  “Religion is popular only when it ceases to be truly religious. Religion by its very nature is unpopular – certainly unpopular with the ego.” (Archbishop Fulton J Sheen)Recently, an interesting article was brought to my attention. Appearing in The Morning Call (Allentown, PA), the point was raised that organized religion was on the decline throughout the area. More and more, organized religion is coming under attack, as evidenced by the recent YouTube video “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus”. While the idea of individuals...
  • St. Paul UCC church at brink of closing over gay-marriage stand (supported)

    05/30/2012 8:15:34 PM PDT · by dewawi · 24 replies
    The Rev. Oliver White knew not everyone at his St. Paul church was going to agree with his support for gay marriage. But he never imagined that nearly two-thirds of his (black) congregation would leave. And now, Grace Community United Church of Christ, the only UCC church in Minnesota with a predominantly black congregation, is in desperate straits. The church has until June 30 to raise $200,000 to pay off a loan, otherwise it likely will be forced to close, White says.
  • Rev. Wright on Obamas: ‘Church Is Not Their Thing’

    05/29/2012 2:46:15 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    Rev. Wright on Obamas: ‘Church Is Not Their Thing’ By Fred Lucas May 29, 2012 (CNSNews.com) – In speaking about Barack and Michelle Obama, their longtime pastor, the Rev. Jermiah Wright said, “Church is not their thing. It never was their thing.” President Obama and the first lady were married by Rev. Wright, and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia, were baptized by the controversial pastor. As head of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Ill., Wright sometimes delivered sermons critical of U.S. foreign policy and asked whether God should bless or damn America. (Rev. Wright is now...