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  • Bibles are ‘homophobic’, Scots police told

    04/28/2012 7:06:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 69 replies
    Scottish police forces have been told not to accept a gift of free Bibles from the Gideons because the book “condemns homosexuality”. The Bibles have been offered to Scottish police forces featuring each force’s badge. But the Gay Police Association (GPA) is against the move, and has issued a statement demanding that the forces refuse to be involved. Untrue In the past, the GPA has been in trouble with the authorities for making untruthful and misleading claims involving the Bible. In 2006 the group was reprimanded for producing an ad featuring the Bible next to a pool of blood with...
  • Liberal Outrage in Spain: Homosexual Groups Seek Prosecution of Bishop Over Sermon on Homosexuality

    04/19/2012 12:01:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/18/12 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    April 18, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Homosexual groups are seeking the prosecution of a Spanish bishop after he gave a sermon repeating the Catholic Church’s teaching associating the gay lifestyle with the suffering of hell, and then an interview in which he endorsed psychological treatment for homosexual behavior. Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Plŕ of the diocese of Alcalá de Henares began the brouhaha on Good Friday earlier this month, when he gave a sermon on the death of the soul as a result of sin. Referring to various kinds of sinful behavior, including adultery, theft, and failure to pay wages to...
  • Protests Against HHS Abortifacient Mandate in 140 Cities; Will Media Cover?

    03/23/2012 10:21:44 AM PDT · by thought · 5 replies · 2+ views
    News Busters ^ | March 23, 2012 | Matthew Balan
    ABC, CBS, and NBC covered the far-left Occupy Wall Street movement with glee during 2011, devoting 33 stories on the air during the first eleven days of October alone to publicizing the protests. However, the Big Three networks have yet to mention the planned demonstrations in 140 cities across the U.S. today at noon local time against the Obama administration's sterilization, abortifacient, and contraception mandate. The Coalition to Stop the HHS Mandate, which is being coordinated by the Illinois-based Pro-Life Action League; and includes multiple pro-life, social conservative, and religious groups, including Human Life International, The Becket Fund for Religious...
  • Women and Religious Liberty

    03/21/2012 9:28:32 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/21/2012 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    For Jeanne Monahan, director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, defending Americans’ religious liberty is a matter of human dignity. She testified before the House Judiciary Committee last month during their hearing on “Executive Overreach: The HHS Mandate Versus Religious Liberty.” Monahan talks with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez about the perniciousness of the coercive HHS mandate for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. and some of the common myths about it. KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: What is the HHS mandate fight about? Religion? Liberty? Birth control? Abortion? Uncompromising Democrats? Uncompromising Republicans? JEANNE MONAHAN: This is...
  • HHS mandate could close 13 percent of the nation’s hospitals

    03/06/2012 11:15:27 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3-5-12 | Ben Johnson
    The nation’s Catholic bishops have vowed to close their religious institutions rather than comply with the HHS mandate that they provide insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. In a column printed on CatholicNewWorld, Francis Cardinal George urged people to purchase a copy of the Archdiocesan directory “as a souvenir,” because in two years the page containing a list of Catholic hospitals and health care institutions “will be blank.” Ed Morrissey of the Hot Air blog calculated what it would mean if the Catholic bishops shut down all religious institutions that are ineligible for the conscience clause under the...
  • O’Reilly And Bernie Goldberg Tear Apart Sandra Fluke, ‘Poster Person For The Entitlement Society’

    03/05/2012 6:46:24 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 5, 2012 | Frances Martel
    The interminable non-story of the time Rush Limbaugh called someone a “slut” and then the news cycle had to freeze in place for a week seems to (hopefully) be in its sunset, but given the end-of-week timing on the comments, it was only tonight that Bill O’Reilly and Bernie Goldberg got to the story. Neither host nor guest seemed particularly impressed by Sandra Fluke‘s argument, but they were impressed by how the Democrats used her to dominate the news cycle. Fluke was on The View this morning since she is a celebrity now, and O’Reilly used the fact that she...
  • Women Star in the President's Political Theater: Who's Really Getting Played?

    03/05/2012 7:59:55 AM PST · by tcg · 8 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 3/5/12 | Jennifer Hartline
    After Sandra Fluke's testimony before Congress last week, two things became clear: 1) This controversy is political theater if I ever saw it, and 2) modern, secular "feminism" makes women stupid. With a pen stroke and a press conference, President Obama used women to initiate a war on Religious freedom and with the media lapdogs panting at his heels, he made sure the Republicans, and especially the Catholic Church, were painted as misogynist zealots. Ms. Fluke has become the latest player in a drama that President Obama has manufactured and fueled for his own political gain. Fluke, the Georgetown law...
  • Christian Conservatives Guard Religious Liberty

    02/29/2012 1:57:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    The First Amendment to the United States Constitution contains two clauses addressing religious liberty: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." It's a shame that in their modern misguided zeal to read the first clause as mandating a complete separation of church and state, liberals do great damage to the second clause and defeat the overarching purpose of both: ensuring religious liberty. Ever since the so-called Christian right began its organized activism during the 1980s, liberals (and some others) have become increasingly nervous about (and critical of) Christian influence in politics,...
  • The Way Freedom of Religion Should Work

    02/27/2012 9:42:37 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 2-27-12 | Joseph Farah
    Barack Obama has a curious idea about the way freedom of religion is supposed to work. He mandates that everyone should be forced to provide services and funding that a significant percentage of the population finds morally objectionable. Then he backpedals and suggests that some institutions, such as the Catholic Church, be exempted from those requirements. That approach has nothing to do with the notion of freedom of religion as the Founding Fathers viewed it when they specifically safeguarded it in the First Amendment. Freedom of religion is supposed to be a personal matter of conscience. It is an individual...
  • Pope Benedict Defends Religious Liberty

    02/25/2012 8:33:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies · 1+ views
    CE.com ^ | February 23rd, 2012 | Rebecca Ryskind Teti
    Pope Benedict Defends Religious Liberty   PoliticsFebruary 23rd, 2012 Rebecca Ryskind Teti Bishops from the dioceses of Baltimore, Washington and Military Services were in Rome this month, making their requisite ad limina visit to Rome to pray at the tomb of St. Peter and renew their allegiance to his successor.It was a religious duty they were observing, but the Pope chose to speak to them not of prayer or sacraments, but about threats to religious liberty, the proper relations between Church and State and the role of the Catholic citizen in a secular nation.His appeal to all Catholics to defend...
  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan issues strongest statement yet against the HHS mandate

    02/22/2012 8:31:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    InsightScoop.com ^ | February 22, 2012 | Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan & Bishop William E. Lori
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan issues strongest statement yet against the HHS mandate His Eminence Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, President, and His Excellency Most Reverend William E. Lori, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, have released a very strong statement regarding the current status of the HHS mandate, dated February 21, 2012, to the bishops of the United States. The statement warns of the severe danger posed to religious liberty by "an all-encompassing, extreme form of secularism" and notes that the narrow "exemption" in the mandate was "instituted only by executive whim" and so "can be taken away easily."...
  • In Iran, government halts Farsi worship

    02/20/2012 4:43:37 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | 2-20-12 | Damaris Kremida
    ISTANBUL, Turkey (BP) -- Iran's Ministry of Intelligence has ordered the last two officially registered churches holding Friday Farsi-language services in Tehran to discontinue them. Emmanuel Protestant Church and St. Peter's Evangelical Church were the last two official churches offering services on Fridays in Tehran in Iran's primary language, according to Middle East Concern (MEC). Officials issued the order on Feb. 10. Emmanuel and St. Peter's, both Presbyterian churches, are among Tehran's few registered churches that mainly serve the Armenian and Assyrian communities. The churches' Armenian- and Assyrian- language services are typically held on Sundays. In 2009, authorities had ordered...
  • Mr. President, Talk is Cheap

    02/17/2012 7:30:14 PM PST · by ReformationFan
    Rick Santorum ^ | 2-17-12 | Rick Santorum
    When it comes to America’s first freedom, religious freedom, the Obama Administration has strong rhetoric – but its policies, regulations, and actions reveal a very different agenda. President Barack Obama recently issued a national proclamation commemorating Religious Freedom Day. With his words, he honored the aspiration of countless settlers who came to America “to practice their beliefs free from prejudice and persecution.” Last Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast, the president, with his words, praised his “strengthened White House faith-based initiative” that has “partnered with Catholic Charities to help Americans who are struggling with poverty.” However, the President’s lofty words...
  • Bishops Reject Obama's 'Accommodation' - President's political hemorrhaging to continue.

    02/13/2012 7:12:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 89 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2.13.12 | G. Tracy Mehan, III
    The American bishops have, with alacrity, rejected President Obama's proposed "accommodation" on the contraception mandate in no uncertain terms. Their response came before the sun had set on the very day of his announcement. Noting that the "proposal continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deeply held convictions," the Catholic hierarchy virtually guaranteed more political hemorrhaging for the White House. The bishops indicated that they were not consulted in advance of the President's announcement and had just received information about...
  • Obama's anti-religious implosion

    02/12/2012 4:35:21 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    Renew America ^ | 2-12-2012 | J. Matt Barber
    Barack Obama may have just lost the election. He has foolishly gone to war in an election year with tens of millions of Catholics, Protestants and Jews — Democrat, Republican and independent alike. He has thrown down a radical feminist gauntlet and dared the Church to pick it up. They've picked it up. From running up trillions in debt and deficit, to the vast expansion of the size and scope of federal bureaucracy, Mr. Obama has done more in three years to supplant our 236 year-old Constitutional Republic with a Euro-style socialist autocracy — than a lesser Marxist could have...
  • Catholics Go To Court To Resist Unjust HHS Edict. The Rising Tide of Catholic Resistance

    02/10/2012 6:00:08 AM PST · by tcg · 18 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 2/10/12 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Over the last two weeks Catholics have heard read letters read at Mass which were written by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. We have been asked to rise up in prayer, fasting, Catholic Action in response to an unjust Edict issued by Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, on January 20, 2012. This mandate requires all employers, including Catholic and other religious employers, to cover sterilization, abortifacients, and contraception in their health care plans. The "exemption" provided for religious employers does not cover hospitals, universities, soup kitchens, outreaches to the poor and many other vital...
  • Defeat for Big Gov't is Victory for Religious Liberty

    01/23/2012 5:44:28 AM PST · by Edmunds mom
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 1/20/2012 | Scott Walter
    Last week’s landmark Supreme Court decision on religious liberty involves much more than just the freedom of churches to choose their ministers. It goes to the heart of the exceptional kind of country America is designed to be. It’s also yet another warning to persons in the charitable sector that overweening government is not their friend. The best evidence for that charge? The fact that all nine members of the court flatly rejected the government’s claims to power over religious groups in civil society. Even Obama appointees Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor signed on to Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion, which...
  • Free speech questions surface after Clinton's invitation to Muslim group

    12/06/2011 2:05:46 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | December 6, 2011 | MarianneBauman
    Paul Marshall of the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom Washington D.C., Dec 6, 2011 / 02:51 pm (CNA).- A religious liberty expert is concerned that the U.S. State Department appears to be collaborating with a group that has worked to outlaw criticism of Islam around the world.“The U.S. government should not be getting into the business of trying to shape what people say about religion,” said Paul Marshall, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom.Marshall made his remarks to CNA on Dec. 5, after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton invited the Saudi Arabia-based Organization of...
  • Hillary Clinton: Religious objections to homosexuality like supporting honor killings, widow burning

    12/09/2011 3:50:23 PM PST · by wagglebee · 50 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/9/11 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C. December 8, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a speech designed to convince the world that “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said religious objections to homosexuality should not stand in the way of vigorous United Nations action to promote the homosexual rights agenda. On Tuesday, Clinton said promoting the global acceptance of “gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people” is “one of the remaining human rights challenges of our time,” likening the effort to ending racial, sexual, or religious discrimination. She noted that perhaps the “most challenging issue arises when...
  • Macy’s Shows Religious Freedom and Homosexual Agenda Cannot Coexist

    12/08/2011 3:17:03 AM PST · by scottfactor · 22 replies · 1+ views
    scottfactor.com ^ | 12/08/2011 | Gina Miller
    Those of us who are paying attention, who see—and can read—the writing on the wall, plainly understand that the radical sodomite agenda and America’s constitutionally-protected freedom of religion cannot coexist. The two are mutually exclusive, and Macy’s department store has given us yet another proof of this truth, which I will explain in a few moments. The advancement of the militant homosexual agenda has reached “warp speed” under Barack Obama (or whatever his name is). He has packed his administration with homosexuals, refused to defend the federal law of the Defense of Marriage Act, and signed away the sanity of...
  • Op-Ed: The End of Religious Freedom

    12/07/2011 11:24:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/12/11 | Phyllis Chesler
    President Obama must prevent the shutting down of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. The need for its work has never been so acute as Islamists gain power. Prof. Phyllis Chesler Prof. Phyllis Chesler is the author of fifteen books, including Women and Madness (Doubleday, 1972), The Death of Feminism: What's Next in the Struggle for Women's Freedom (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and most recently, The New Anti-Semitism. She is the co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology and the National Women's Health Network. â–ş More from this writer Time has run out for the cause of worldwide religious...
  • Perry TV Ad: I Can Defend Faith from Obama’s “War on Religion"

    12/07/2011 1:14:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 7, 2011 | Lexi Stemple
    ...Texas Gov. Rick Perry is on the attack, claiming in a new TV ad that President Obama is waging a "War on Religion," and he's the GOP candidate that can defend faith in America. "I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. As President, I'll end Obama's war on religion. And I'll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage," says...
  • It’s an Obama World/Walter Reed Hospit. Bars Family Members From Bringing Bibles to Injured Soldiers

    12/05/2011 7:28:18 AM PST · by KyGeezer · 131 replies · 1+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 5, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    It’s an Obama world. While we were preoccupied with other disastrous Obama policies, military bureaucrats under Barack Obama passed a new rule that barred loved ones from bringing Bibles to wounded soldiers. The US Military says they are rescinding the order but only after a Republican lawmaker denounced the policy on the House floor. Todd Starnes reported: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center said they are rescinding a policy that prohibits family members of wounded military troops from bringing Bibles or any religious reading materials to their loved ones. The decision to rescind the ban on Bibles came exactly one...
  • Homosexual-rights activists call for boycott of Salvation Army’s annual red kettle campaign

    12/05/2011 1:50:11 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    California Catholic ^ | December 5, 2011
    >As Christmas shoppers flock to stores, the familiar sights and sounds of Salvation Army bell-ringers with red kettles will prompt many to toss in their coins and remember the less fortunate. But not everyone is in a giving mood. MSNBC.com reported last week that some LGBT activists are urging people to ignore the bell-ringers because the Salvation Army holds Biblical views that the activists claim are bigoted. The Salvation Army adamantly denies that it discriminates against anyone, including LGBT, who seeks its services or programs. Gay leaders are not satisfied. Andy Thayer, co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network, said, “We...
  • Pelosi: Catholic Bishops are “Lobbyists”

    12/06/2011 7:10:32 AM PST · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    The New American ^ | 6 December 2011 | James Heiser
    Confronting elements of President Obama’s healthcare legislation that are so fundamentally restrictive of religious freedom that Jesus “would not qualify as ‘religious,’” the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has been engaged in a protracted struggle to defend the integrity of Roman Catholic doctors in the face of a federal government seemingly bent on requiring them to act against their consciences. As a reward for their labors, House Minority Leader — and self-proclaimed “devout Catholic” — Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has belittled the bishops as nothing more than “lobbyists in Washington, D.C.” As reported in late September for The New American,...
  • Pastors charged after telling 'gays' about sin...Now facing bench trial in court run by lesbian

    12/02/2011 7:40:50 PM PST · by Just4Him · 37 replies · 1+ views
    WND ^ | 12/1/2011 | Bob Unruh
    Their sign warns those who are "Drunks, homosexuals, abortionist, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, witches, idolators" that "Hell awaits you." Their hearing will be in Houston Municipal Court, which is run by Barbara E. Hartle, who, according to the Dallas Voice, is listed by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund as "one of only a few out members of the Texas judiciary." She was appointed to the position by Houston Mayor Annise Parker, identified by the Los Angeles Times as "the first lesbian to head a major American city." Allen told WND that no matter what happens, the fact that...
  • The Assent Owed to Vatican II (Catholic Caucus)

    12/02/2011 2:59:57 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | December 2, 2011 | Jeff Mirus
    From Our Store: Essays in Apologetics, Volume I (eBook) What is finally emerging as the sticking point between the Vatican and the Society of Saint Pius X is the question of the assent owed to the Second Vatican Council. This is now the subject of an important essay in L’Osservatore Romano by one of the key negotiators for the Vatican, the vicar general of Opus Dei, Msgr. Fernando Ocariz. Note that there is a link to the full text at the end of our news story, which itself includes substantial quotations.I hate to say I told you so, but Msgr. Ocariz...
  • At Least 45 Christians Killed in Plateau State, Nigeria

    11/30/2011 7:37:13 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Ethnic Fulanis crying ‘Allahu akbar!’ attack church, communities. BARKIN LADI, Nigeria, November 28 (CDN) — Fulani Muslim herdsmen along with Muslim soldiers have killed at least 45 ethnic Berom Christians in Plateau state in the past week, Christians in this northern-central Nigerian town said. Smaller attacks beginning on Nov. 20, reportedly over allegations by Fulani Muslims of cattle theft, preceded an attack on a Barkin Ladi church on Nov. 23 that killed four Christians, and an assault the next day left 35 Christians dead in Barkin Ladi and nearby Kwok village, according to area Christian leaders. Church attendance was decimated...
  • Vatican Cardinal Burke: ‘We’re well on the way’ to Christian persecution in the U.S.

    11/28/2011 8:49:17 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 93 replies · 1+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 11-28-11 | John-Henry Westen
    VATICAN, November 28, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – One of the highest ranking cardinals in the Vatican has said that the United States is “well on the way” to the persecution of Christians. Cardinal Raymond Burke Cardinal Raymond Burke, former Archbishop of St. Louis and now the head of the Vatican’s highest court, told Catholic News Agency that he could envision a time when the Catholic Church in the U.S., “even by announcing her own teaching,” is accused of “engaging in illegal activity, for instance, in its teaching on human sexuality.” Asked if the cardinal could even see American Catholics being arrested...
  • Christian worker loses her job after being 'targeted' by Islamic extremists

    11/28/2011 2:18:38 AM PST · by DetroitRight · 19 replies
    U.K. Telegraph ^ | Sunday, November 27, 2011 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    Nohad Halawi, who worked at Heathrow Airport, is suing her former employers for unfair dismissal, claiming that she and other Christian staff at the airport were victims of systematic harassment because of their religion. She claims that she was told that she would go to Hell for her religion, that Jews were responsible for the September 11th terror attacks, and that a friend was reduced to tears having been bullied for wearing a cross. Mrs Halawi, who came to Britain from Lebanon in 1977, worked in the duty-free section as a perfume saleswoman of the airport for 13 years but...
  • ‘We were deceived’ on New York gay ‘marriage’ vote: Archbishop Dolan

    11/26/2011 1:15:00 PM PST · by NYer · 45 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 25, 2011 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    NEW YORK, NY, November 25, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In the aftermath of the legalization of gay “marriage” in New York state, some commentators had wondered why, despite their leadership role in the fight against the law, the state’s Catholic bishops’ efforts had ultimately seemed so strangely half-hearted, given the high stakes. One of these was gay activist Terence Weldon. Writing after the vote at the blog “Queering the Church,” he said: “the really interesting thing about the Catholic bishops and NY gay marriage is not how vigorously they fought against it (as the headlines would have it), but how lukewarm...
  • Campus pamphleteer exposing ‘homofascism’ acquitted of trespassing charge

    11/25/2011 3:06:49 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 11-25-11 | Peter Baklinski
    A judge has acquitted a controversial pro-family activist from a July 2008 charge of trespassing at a Canadian university. William (Bill) Whatcott was arrested by campus security at the University of Calgary and put into a holding cell for distributing a pamphlet that addressed the “harmful consequences” of homosexuality. Whatcott, in an email to LifeSiteNews, called the ruling a “victory for all Canadians who value freedom of expression and religious liberty on our university campuses.” Judge J.D. Bascom ruled from the Provincial Court of Alberta on November 15th that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms “applies” to the University...
  • Bank of America, Cisco back down after firing traditional marriage supporter

    11/22/2011 11:01:27 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 26 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11-22-11 | Kathleen Gilbert
    WASHINGTON, November 22, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) — In a rare successful pushback against the pro-gay rights corporate culture, customers of Bank of America and the Cisco Corporation have won a promise from the two companies not to discriminate against employees or vendors who publicly oppose same-sex “marriage.” The National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) Corporate Fairness Project announced Nov. 7 that both companies, which the leading gay rights group Human Rights Campaign had rated favorably, backtracked on a decision to cancel seminars by Frank Turek, who is a traditional marriage advocate. Frank Turek was 'fired' by both Cisco and Bank of America...
  • Can the (Catholic) Bishop's Win This Battle?

    11/22/2011 3:03:57 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 22, 2011 | Christopher Manion
    Christopher Manion This past September, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, President of the USCCB, sent President Obama a letter that was long overdue. “I write with a growing sense of urgency about recent actions taken by your Administration that both escalate the threat to marriage and imperil the religious freedom of those who promote and defend marriage,” the archbishop wrote. “The Justice Department’s [attack on the Defense of Marriage Act], in addition to other troubling federal decisions occurring recently, prompts me yet again to register my grave concerns.”Archbishop Dolan’s public overture represents a significant departure from the path of his predecessors. Only...
  • Bishops Claim Religious Liberty Under Assault

    11/20/2011 4:11:25 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 1 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 11/18/2011 | Michael Peabody
    The conference has formed a new “religious liberty” committee, the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty and is hiring another attorney and lobbyist to address “religious liberty and marriage issues” on Capitol Hill. The Committee is also planning to lobby against a Congressional repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and the military’s repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Sadly, as part of this change in focus, the term “religious liberty” is being redefined away from protecting the rights to speak, believe, and practice religion. Instead, “religious liberty” is apparently the right to receive government money without restrictions. And we...
  • Michael Gerson thinks Obama's "Catholic strategy" is in shambles. I think he's wrong.

    11/19/2011 2:28:43 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies
    Ignatius Press Blog: Insight Scoop ^ | November 18, 2011 | Carl Olson
    Michael Gerson thinks Obama's "Catholic strategy" is in shambles. I think he's wrong. In fact, I think that from the perspective of President Obama and his most ardent supporters (that is, those who will vote for him no matter how bad the economy is), this administration's "Catholic strategy" has been quite successful. Gerson, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, writes the following in a November 16th column for The Washington Post: In 2009, Notre Dame University set off months of intra-Catholic controversy by inviting a champion of abortion rights to deliver its commencement address. When the day arrived,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Catholic Bishops Push to Keep Religious Issues at Heart of 2012 Race

    11/18/2011 10:49:26 PM PST · by topher · 13 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Nov 18, 2012 | By Lauren Green
    [first paragraph omitted -- so that useful paragraphs might be excerpted...] ... The shepherds of America's 65 million Roman Catholics met this week for their fall conference, where the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops created a new Committee for Religious Liberty. Father William E. Lori, bishop for Bridgeport, Conn., and chairman of the new group, told the assembled men of the cloth that "there is no religious liberty if we are not free to express our faith in the public square and if we are not free to act on that faith." The church has been embroiled in several skirmishes...
  • Prop 8 supporters get big win in Calif. court

    11/18/2011 1:00:52 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 24 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Nov 17, 2011 | Michael Foust
    SAN FRANCISCO (BP) -- Supporters of California Proposition 8 won a major victory at the California Supreme Court Thursday in a case that could have a significant impact on the future of gay "marriage" in America. The justices unanimously ruled that the official proponents of Prop 8 have the right to defend the state constitutional amendment in federal court -- an important decision because the governor and attorney general have refused to defend it. In finding that Prop 8 proponents have what's called legal standing, the justices tossed the issue back to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which...
  • Breakthrough: Canadian government backs repeal of ‘hate speech’ clause

    11/18/2011 12:54:35 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11-18-11 | Patrick B. Craine
    OTTAWA, Ontario, November 18, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Canada’s federal government has officially backed a private members bill seeking to repeal a controversial ‘hate speech’ provision that has been used to prosecute Christians and other conservatives for years. In response to a question on Wednesday by Conservative MP Brian Storseth (Westlock-St. Paul, AB), who introduced the bill to repeal section 13 of the Canada Human Rights Act on September 30, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson signaled what is likely the clause’s death knell. The ruling Conservatives have a sizeable majority in both houses and the bill is also expected to draw some...
  • Republicans greased the way for same-sex marriage bill

    11/17/2011 5:26:50 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 63 replies · 1+ views
    America's Party News ^ | Nov. 17, 2011 | Chris Carmouche
    GRASSTOPSUSA.COM - GIVE YOUR VALUES A VOICE In an email today, Chris Carmouche of GrassTopsUSA.com reports that the same sex marriage bill could have died in Senate Judiciary Committee, if not for the complicity of every Republican member. The Republicans on that committee are: Chuck Grassley (Iowa) - Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (Utah) Jon Kyl (Arizona) Jeff Sessions (Alabama) Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) John Cornyn (Texas) Michael Lee (Utah) Tom Coburn (Oklahoma) Here's the bulk of the email: GOP Senators Who Voted For Gay Marriage Before They Voted Against It So-Called "Homosexual Marriage" May Now Become The Law Of The...
  • US Bishops to discuss gay marriage (at upcoming Fall Conference)

    11/11/2011 1:10:14 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Global Post ^ | November 11, 2011
    <p>America’s Catholic bishops are planning how to strategically engage in the politically-charged issues of gay marriage, and access to abortion and contraception during their annual fall meeting.</p> <p>A portion of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ three-day meeting starting Nov. 14 in Baltimore will be used to strategize their already-tense relationship with the Obama administration and the public. Maryland was one of the first states to protect religious freedom.</p>
  • Catholic service group leaves Belleville diocese, to follow same-sex law

    11/11/2011 2:35:59 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    St Louis Post Dispatch ^ | November 11, 2011 | TIM TOWNSEND
    The Catholic Diocese of Belleville and Catholic Social Services of Southern Illinois said Thursday that they would part ways in the wake of a new state law that granted same-sex couples the right to seek civil unions and disrupted the work of Catholic agencies working in foster care and adoption. The announcement came in separate statements months after the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services stopped referring foster care and adoption cases to Catholic charitable groups. Catholic agencies have refused to license same-sex couples in civil unions as foster parents, a position the state sees as discriminatory. The Catholic...
  • Town clerk in NY same-sex marriage flap re-elected

    11/09/2011 11:10:14 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    wxow ^ | November 9, 2011
    LEDYARD, N.Y. (AP) - A town clerk in upstate New York's Finger Lakes region who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs has won her re-election race.Longtime Ledyard town clerk Rose Marie Belforti defeated Ed Easter, a write-in candidate who said he ran because Belforti's stance on licenses was wrong.New York became the sixth and largest state to sanction gay marriage this summer. Belforti said her Christian beliefs preclude her from issuing licenses to same-sex couples. Her solution was to have her office issue all marriage licenses by appointment so a deputy can...
  • Voters re-elect Ledyard clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses

    11/08/2011 7:10:20 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 38 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | 8 Nov 2011 | Scott Rapp
    Incumbent Rose Marie Belforti on Tuesday won re-election as town clerk in Ledyard in a race that divided townspeople and drew national attention over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Belforti, a Republican, defeated Ed Easter, of Aurora, who launched a write-in candidacy some six weeks ago after learning of his opponent’s stance against the state’s recently passed Marriage Equality Act. Belforti’s position polarized residents in this mostly rural town of about 1,900 residents on the east side of Cayuga Lake. The township includes the village of Aurora, home to Wells College. By mid-afternoon nearly...
  • Urgent: Take action by 9 November to request a pardon for Pastor Nadarkhani during Eid

    11/08/2011 1:58:21 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    IRAN: Act by 9 November to call for Pastor Nadarkhani's pardon during Eid Pastor Nadarkhani was arrested in Rasht in 2009 while attempting to register his church. In 2010 he was tried and found guilty of apostasy (abandoning Islam), and was sentenced to death. He now awaits a decision on his case from the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, and a formal written verdict. His life is still in the balance.
  • Why Does Michigan’s Anti-Bullying Bill Protect Religious Tormenters? (*BARF ALERT*)

    11/07/2011 9:49:41 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Time ^ | 11/4/11 | Amy Sullivan
    As a transplanted Michigander, I’ve always maintained pride in my home state. I’ve only owned American cars. I believed in the Lions even during the really dismal years. I still point to my hand to show people which part of the state I’m from. But the Michigan legislature is doing its best to make me hang my head in shame. On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled state senate passed an anti-bullying bill that manages to protect school bullies instead of those they victimize. It accomplishes this impressive feat by allowing students, teachers, and other school employees to claim that “a sincerely held...
  • House Democrats File Brief Against DOMA

    11/03/2011 9:56:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Roll Call ^ | Nov. 3, 2011 | Jessica Brady
    House Democrats today filed a brief in support of a legal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The amicus brief filed by 133 Democrats, including the party’s top leaders, maintains that Congress hastily passed legislation during President Bill Clinton’s presidency to limit who can marry and asserts that the law is unconstitutional. The brief was filed in a consolidated court case being considered in the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, although a release said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and other top Democratic leaders...
  • Shorter's homosexuality statement makes news

    11/03/2011 1:50:01 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 20 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Nov 2, 2011 | John Evans
    ROME, Ga. (BP) -- A "Personal Lifestyle Statement" for employees of Shorter University has placed the Georgia Baptist school in the news. The lifestyle stipulations, which employees of the university must sign or risk termination, is one of four new policy statements adopted by the university's board of trustees. The lifestyle statement includes requirements that employees: -- agree with the university's Statement of Faith. -- be active members of a local church. -- "reject as acceptable all sexual activity not in agreement with the Bible, including, but not limited to, premarital sex, adultery, and homosexuality." -- abstain from alcohol in...
  • Defending the faith: How Archbishop Dolan is redefining the battle over same sex marriage

    11/03/2011 2:22:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Deseret News ^ | October 29, 2011 | McKay Coppins
    NEW YORK — When Timothy Dolan arrived in New York nearly three years ago to take over the state's Catholic Archdiocese, his "brother bishops" had a bleak warning to deliver."We've got a bruising battle coming up over same-sex marriage," he remembers being told in his first meeting with local clergy. "We are not going to relent, we are going to give it everything we've got. But you need to know that the fortune-tellers are telling us that we ain't gonna win."The Roman Catholic Church had long been at the forefront of the fight over defining marriage in the Empire State,...
  • Gay Couples To Be Allowed Civil Ceremonies In Church [Sanctifying A Perversion!]

    11/01/2011 7:31:09 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | November 01, 2011 | Andrew Porter, and Martin Beckford
    Gay Couples To Be Allowed Civil Ceremonies In Church Homosexual couples will be able to take part in civil partnerships in church and other places of worship from next month, it will be announced. It is estimated that about 1,500 civil partnerships a year would take place in religious settings once the ban is lifted. By Andrew Porter, and Martin Beckford 01 Nov 2011 Lynne Featherstone, the equalities minister, will say that the ban on the ceremonies in religious surroundings will be lifted on Dec 5. The move has been championed by David Cameron but is likely to be opposed...