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  • Pentagon makes provisions for same-sex marriage

    09/30/2011 7:58:40 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    Pentagon makes provisions for same-sex marriage mug.cnn By: CNN Wire Staff (CNN) - Ten days after the military dumped its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays and lesbians in the military, the Pentagon has issued new rules allowing military chaplains to perform same-sex marriages....
  • Iranian Pastor Faces Execution for Refusing to Recant Christian Faith

    09/28/2011 5:29:38 PM PDT · by bibletruth · 5 replies
    foxnews ^ | 2011 | Bibletruth
    Nadarkhani, a pastor in the 400-member Church of Iran, has been held in that country's Gilan Province since October 2009. Now Nadarkhani was sentenced to death for apostasy for the grace of God and freedom In Christ which he believes. Here is how a real Christian suffers under the name of Christ Jesus.
  • US: military chaplains may perform same-sex unions

    09/30/2011 9:45:36 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 32 replies
    AP ^ | September 30, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon has decided that military chaplains may perform same-sex unions, whether on or off a military installation. The ruling announced Friday by the Pentagon's personnel chief follows the Sept. 20 repeal of a law that had prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
  • A Call For Mercy (Please sign this petition)

    09/29/2011 9:21:59 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 11 replies
    “Our Christ sacrificed His lifeon the cross for our sins.... Our Christ is alive.” Asia Bibi, a wife and mother, used these words to defend her faith against mocking co-workers who tried to make her convert to Islam. She was later convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death. In Pakistan, more than 150,000 Christians have signed a petition demanding justice for persecution victims, including Asia Bibi. Now you can join with The Voice of the Martyrs and our Pakistani brothers and sisters in a call for mercy. We hope to gather 1 million signatures on behalf of our sister Asia,...
  • IRAN: Next 24 hours critical to stop the execution of Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani

    09/28/2011 5:48:35 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 46 replies
    CSW is urgently calling for action on behalf of Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani who faces execution anytime from Thursday onwards after refusing to renounce his faith. Pastor Nadarkhani is currently on trial in Rasht. He has appeared in court three times this week and each time has refused to renounce his faith when asked to do so by the court.
  • Cutting out the Cheese Maker

    09/28/2011 3:54:01 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 9 replies
    Rose Marie Belforti, a small town cheese maker in rural New York, is at the epicenter of the effort to banish Christians from living out their faith in public office. Belforti, a Bible-believing Christian, has been the elected town clerk for nearly a decade. After the New York legislature redefined marriage and ordered clerks to issue same-sex "marriage" licenses, Belforti had a surprise visit from a lesbian who wanted a marriage license. Rose did what she would do for anyone--she offered an appointment. Just not with her. The women weren't denied a license, but Rose, in anticipation of a conflict...
  • Christians now 'most persecuted religious group in world', Vatican tells UN

    09/28/2011 12:22:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Sofia Echo ^ | September 28, 2011
    Christians currently suffer more persecution because of their faith than any other religious group, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States for the Holy See, told the annual United Nations General Assembly general debate on September 27 2011, the UN News Centre said. Mamberti said that the denial of religious freedom threatened peace and security and precluded integral human development. "Respect for religious freedom is the fundamental path for the construction of peace, the recognition of human dignity and the safeguarding of human rights," he said. "The particular influence of a specific religion in a nation should never imply...
  • Homosexual bigots commit hate crimes, Part 11 -- Vanderbilt University

    09/28/2011 2:46:55 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    RenewAmerica.com ^ | Sept. 28, 2011 | Bryan Fischer
    The parade of hate crimes continue. This time the perpetrator is Vanderbilt University which has put five Christian student organizations on provisional status for being, well, Christian clubs. Vanderbilt was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in the 1870s, with a donation from philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt. Thus, as is the case with 106 of the first 108 colleges and the universities in the United States, Vanderbilt was brought into existence by followers of Jesus Christ. Now his followers are being tagged as homophobic bigots and threatened with expulsion from campus because of their sincerely held religious beliefs. Worse, Vanderbilt has...
  • Where is Obama on Christian Pastor About to be Executed?

    09/28/2011 12:30:35 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 22 replies
    godfatherpolitics.com ^ | 9/28/2011 | Godfather of Politics
    When President Obama came into office, we were assured that our relationship with Islamic nations would improve. Islam is really a religion of peace. He said the following in his remarks to the Muslim world, delivered on June 4, 2009 in Egypt. “I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress;...
  • Rights Collide as Town Clerk Sidesteps Role in Gay Marriages

    09/28/2011 2:45:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 80 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 9/27/11 | THOMAS KAPLAN
    Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned homosexuality as a sin, so she does not want to sign same-sex marriage licenses; instead, she has arranged for a deputy to issue all marriage licenses by appointment. But when a lesbian couple who own a farm near here showed up at the town hall last month, the women said they were unwilling to wait. Now Ms. Belforti is at the heart of an emerging test case, as national advocacy...
  • Same-sex “Marriage”: Accept it or Resign!

    09/27/2011 11:59:59 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 50 replies
    TFP ^ | 9/21/2011 | John Horvat II
    When the New York state legislature rammed through a law “legalizing” same-sex “marriage” this last summer, countless New Yorkers disagreed with the decision. Among them were Christian town clerks who could not in good conscience sign marriage licenses for a union they consider sinful. Clauses were written in the law that supposedly protect clergy from being forced to act against their faith. However, such clauses do not apply to town clerks or any other government official. Clerks are told point blank, either accept the law, or resign. Town clerk Rose Marie Belforti of Ledyard, New York found out the hard...
  • Video: Police Ban Bible from Christian Café [UK]

    09/26/2011 10:48:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Police in Lancashire have told the owner of a Christian café to stop displaying Bible texts on a video screen, because it breaches public order laws. Officers attended the Salt & Light Coffee House on Layton Road, Blackpool, on Monday 19 September, following a complaint about “insulting” and “homophobic” material. The café’s owner, Mr Jamie Murray, says the officers did not specify which Bible texts had caused the offence. BreachHe says the officers told him that displaying offensive or insulting words is a breach of Section 5 of the Public Order Act, and told him to stop displaying the Bible....
  • Same-Sex Marriage: Equality or Burning Consciences?

    09/25/2011 7:46:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2011 | Michael Youssef
    The Christian Post reported that on August 21, 2011, Mike Weatherley, a MP [Member of Parliament] for Hove, wrote a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron saying, "As long as religious groups can refuse to preside over ceremonies for same-sex couples, there will be inequality." In 2004, The United Kingdom passed laws legalizing same-sex unions, but churches were not required to participate in these unions. In 2010, the Conservative - Liberal Democrat Coalition proposed an amendment to those laws which allowed places of worship to "opt-in" to register same-sex ceremonies, something that MP Weatherley called a "messy compromise." But...
  • Video: Police ban Bible from Christian café

    09/25/2011 5:13:33 PM PDT · by massmike · 51 replies
    christian.org.uk ^ | 09/25/2011 | n/a
    Police in Lancashire have told the owner of a Christian café to stop displaying Bible texts on a video screen, because it breaches public order laws. Officers attended the Salt & Light Coffee House on Layton Road, Blackpool, on Monday 19 September, following a complaint about “insulting” and “homophobic” material. The café’s owner, Mr Jamie Murray, says the officers did not specify which Bible texts had caused the offence. He says the officers told him that displaying offensive or insulting words is a breach of Section 5 of the Public Order Act, and told him to stop displaying the Bible....
  • Gay hackers attack pro-family petition in defense of Julio Severo and other Christians

    09/25/2011 10:36:01 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Gay hackers attack pro-family petition in defense of Julio Severo and other Christians By Julio Severo A pro-family petition website to support me and other Christians has been hacked today. Attack by hackers on Sunday, September 25 The petition was created by LifeSiteNews in response to a massive campaign by homo-fascist group AllOut, which boasts more than 500,000 adherents. The campaign of AllOut pressured PayPal to block services to me and pro-family groups. PayPal readily yielded, firstly blocking my account, effectively hindering me from receiving voluntary donations from friends. Now, to make sure that a positive pro-family campaign may pressure...
  • This is how protected beliefs become prosecuted "bigotry"

    09/25/2011 3:59:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | September 25, 2011 | Carl Olson
    Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the USCCB, wonders if "late night comics who mock the church ... have set the tone of the government's current salvos against religious freedom", and then warns:In the effort to redefine marriage, we see the government threatening religious discrimination in the name of--you guessed it--preventing discrimination. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton, declares that marriage is between one man and one woman. But the Department of Justice, which is charged with defending Acts of Congress like DOMA against constitutional challenge, declared in March...
  • Pakistan: Christian Girl Accused Of Blasphemy Over Spelling Error

    09/25/2011 7:13:32 PM PDT · by Just4Him · 52 replies
    The Express Tribune ^ | 9/25/2011 | Muhammad Sadaqat
    ABBOTTABAD: It may have been a mere misplaced dot that led to accusations of blasphemy against a Christian eighth-grader, whose miniscule error led to her expulsion from school and uproar amongst local religious leaders. Faryal Bhatti, a student at the Sir Syed Girls High School in Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) colony Havelian, erroneously misspelt a word in an Urdu exam while answering a question on a poem written in praise of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The word in question was ‘laanat’ instead of ‘naat’ – an easy error for a child to make, as the written versions of the words...
  • End of DADT paves way for new discrimination

    09/23/2011 8:05:57 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 35 replies
    http://www.stripes.com ^ | September 22, 2011 | ByAlexander F.C. Webster
    On Sept. 20, 2011, a date that will live in infamy, the U.S. armed forces were deliberately and successfully attacked by advocates of the scourge of homosexuality. The elimination of the last vestige of moral restraint on sexual perversion in the U.S. military, commonly known as the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, ushers in a new Orwellian era in which the military leadership of our nation will proclaim the unnatural as natural, the unhealthy as healthy and the immoral as moral. On Aug. 25, 2010, before the DADT policy was rescinded by Congress and the current president of the United...
  • Catholics warn of ‘national conflict’ over gay marriage

    09/23/2011 5:34:20 AM PDT · by Cronos · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 22 Sep 2011 | David Gibson
    The nation’s top Catholic bishop issued a stern challenge to the Obama administration’s decision not to support a federal ban on gay marriage, and warned the president that his policies could “precipitate a national conflict between church and state of enormous proportions.” .. Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, said he and other prelates have grown increasingly concerned since the administration announced last February that it would no longer defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act in court. The Obama administration says it believes the law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman is unconstitutional.Dolan said the...
  • Student Suspended For Saying Homosexuality Is Wrong (Local TV news video)

    09/22/2011 3:43:07 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 57 replies
    Myfoxdfw.com (Dallas TV news) ^ | 9/21/2011 | Lari Barager
    A Fort Worth high school student was sent to the principal’s office earlier this week for telling another classmate he believes homosexuality is wrong. Fourteen-year-old Dakota Ary spent most of the day Tuesday serving an in-school suspension. It was punishment for discussion in his German class at Fort Worth’s Western Hills High School. “We were talking about religions in Germany. I said, ‘I’m a Christian. I think being a homosexual is wrong,’” he said. “It wasn’t directed to anyone except my friend who was sitting behind me. I guess [the teacher] heard me. He started yelling. He told me he...
  • HHS's Plan To Contracept Conscience Rights

    09/22/2011 2:07:09 PM PDT · by Sick of Lefties · 4 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 9/21/11 | Noman
    HHS's Plans To Contracept Conscience Rights The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops urges faithful Catholics, friends of conscience rights, enemies of government tyranny, and people of good will to protest the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services proposed diktat that private health plans cover contraception (including abortifacients) as preventive services for women. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has issued interim final rules mandating this outcome pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, i.e., ObamaCare. There's no doubt that these "preventive services" prevent fecundation or implantation in the women who avail themselves of them. In the case of...
  • Priest Barred From Saying Mass [Canada; for remarks on abortion, homosexuality]

    09/22/2011 7:11:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph-Journal ^ | 9/22/11 | Shawn Berry
    An elderly priest on the Acadian Peninsula has been barred from performing church services in the Bathurst diocese after he made remarks about homosexuals and women who have had an abortion. Rev. Donat Gionet, 85, gave the sermon at the Roman Catholic church in Saint-Léolin while replacing the regular parish priest late last month. He stands by the comments he made in Saint-Léolin, a village of about 730 people located about 50 kilometres east of Bathurst. Reached in Caraquet on Wednesday, Gionet declined an interview but did provide a written statement. In a letter written in French that he provided...
  • Abp. Dolan's no-nonsense letter to Obama on DOMA

    09/22/2011 4:01:47 AM PDT · by fabrizio · 13 replies
    Dear Mr. President: 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. This past spring the Justice Department announced that it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court, a decision strongly opposed by the Catholic Bishops of the United States and many others. Now the Justice Department has shifted from not defending DOMA-which is problem enough, given the duty of the executive branch to enforce even laws it disfavors-to actively...
  • Judge decides to release Prop. 8 trial recording

    09/19/2011 1:30:46 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 9/19/11
    San Francisco (AP) -- A federal judge in San Francisco has decided to unseal video recordings of last year's landmark trial on the constitutionality of California's same-sex marriage ban. Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware on Monday agreed with lawyers for two same-sex couples who sued to overturn Proposition 8 and with a coalition of news outlets that there is no reason to keep the recordings secret.
  • Online 'hate' campaign targets Christian sites

    09/19/2011 12:06:56 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 9 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | Sept. 17, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    A formal investigation of several Christian organizations has been launched by PayPal, the huge money-transfer company, because of an online campaign of "hate" against them by homosexuals, according to one of the targets. The notices of the investigation were sent to Julio Severo's Last Days Watchman blog and Peter LaBarbera's "Americans for Truth," among others. Read more: Online 'hate' campaign targets Christian sites http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=345613#ixzz1YQVuK8Fd
  • California City Fines Couple for Holding Bible Study in Their Home (San Juan Capistrano)

    A southern California couple has been fined $300 dollars for holding Christian Bible study sessions in their home, and could face another $500 for each additional gathering. City officials in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. say Chuck and Stephanie Fromm are in violation of municipal code 9-3.301, which prohibits “religious, fraternal or non-profit” organizations in residential neighborhoods without a permit. Stephanie hosts a Wednesday Bible study that draws about 20 attendees, and Chuck holds a Sunday service that gets about 50.
  • East German Stasi Considered Ratzinger a Fierce Foe (How Secret Police Spied on Future Pope)

    09/17/2011 5:20:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Zenit ^ | 9/15/11 | Edward Pentin
    In 1974, a Trabant -- an old East German car -- was chugging through the Thuringian countryside, a province in the communist German Democratic Republic.In its passenger seat sat Professor Joseph Ratzinger and at the wheel was Father Joachim Wanke, then an assistant at a local seminary -- the only one in the GDR.The two priests, writes Rainer Erice, a journalist for the German radio station Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk Thüringen (MDR), were on a harmless sightseeing tour, taking in the historic cities of Jena and Weimar. It was a moment of relaxation during Father Ratzinger's short visit to East Germany, the...
  • Religious Liberty: The World's Worst Offenders

    09/16/2011 10:10:59 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    The "countries of particular concern" (CPC) designation means the countries engaged in or tolerated "severe violations of religious freedom," including persecution, harassment, abuse, discrimination and detention of religious minorities or activists and the prohibition of practicing religions not sanctioned by the government. Unfortunately, the State Department stopped short and failed to add some of the world's worst offenders to the list. One specific example is Pakistan, where there is growing violence and persecution aimed at the Christian minority there. Our international affiliate recently secured an important victory for a Christian family who faced persecution in Pakistan because of their faith....
  • Amish men jailed for not displaying buggy (orange-red triangle) safety signs

    09/14/2011 10:50:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 74 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 9/14/11 | Steve Robrahn
    Amish men jailed for not displaying buggy safety signsBy Steve Robrahn | Reuters – 15 hrs ago LOUISVILLE, Ky (Reuters) - Eight members of a traditional Amish sect were behind bars on Tuesday after refusing to pay fines for failure to display orange-red safety triangles on their horse-drawn buggies. The eight were being held in the Graves County Jail, serving sentences ranging between three and 10 days for failing to pay the fines on religious grounds. Graves District Judge Deborah Hawkins ordered the men jailed Monday in Mayfield, about 200 miles from Louisville in western Kentucky. The defendants contend that...
  • British MP urges government to force churches into same-sex unions

    09/09/2011 6:32:36 AM PDT · by massmike · 24 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 09/09/2011 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    A member of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s government is calling for a ban on marriages at Christian churches if they refuse to also perform same-sex unions. “As long as religious groups can refuse to preside over ceremonies for same-sex couples, there will be inequality,” wrote Mike Weatherley, the Conservative MP for Hove and Portslade, in an August 21 letter to Cameron. While Weatherley’s proposal is currently a “minority view,” it “could quickly become a main stream point of view,” warned Neil Addison, national director of the U.K.‘s Thomas More Legal Centre. The U.K.‘s 2004 Civil Partnership Act, which legalized...
  • Government can't rewrite nature and allow gays to wed - Cardinal O'Brien of Scotland

    09/08/2011 2:32:07 AM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    News.Scotsman.com ^ | 8 Sep 2011 | Andrew Whitaker
    The leader of Scotland's Catholic community has warned that moves by MSPs to legalise gay marriage will be "strenuously opposed" by the Church. Cardinal Keith O'Brien, in a strongly worded homily delivered at a mass for politicians in Edinburgh last night, claimed that allowing gay people to wed through a civil or religious ceremonies would be a "direct attack" on the institution of marriage. However, the intervention sparked criticism from MSPs, with the openly gay leader of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, attacking the Cardinal's remarks as "absurd" and as an attempt to "suppress" the freedom of gays, lesbians and...
  • Leaked cables: Obama admin called Catholic Church source of spreading “homophobia” in Poland

    09/08/2011 7:47:02 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 48 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | News Print Article | Email Friend | Reprint Permissions Leaked cables: Obama admin called Catho | Kathleen Gilbert
    WASHINGTON, D.C., September 6, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - While surveying the landscape for inroads to push the homosexual agenda into Poland, American embassy officials under the Obama administration complained that the Catholic Church teaching is a major source of “homophobia” in the heavily Catholic country, according to private cables recently published by Wikileaks. The cables from the American embassy in Warsaw, marked “sensitive but unclassified,” were part of a dump of over 250,000 official government documents last week by Wikileaks. One cable from the American embassy in Warsaw dated August 2009 pointed to the Catholic Church as central in promoting “homophobia”...
  • Tory MP Calls for Churches to be Banned From Holding Marriages if They Refuse Gay Couples [UK]

    09/06/2011 6:43:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 53 replies
    Pink News ^ | 9/2/11 | Jessica Geen
    Mike Weatherley, the Conservative MP for Hove, has called for churches to be banned from holding marriages if they refuse to perform civil partnerships for gay couples. He says that the idea will bring more equality for gay couples. In a letter (see below) to prime minister David Cameron, Mr Weatherley wrote: “As long as religious groups can refuse to preside over ceremonies for same-sex couples there will be inequality. “Such behaviour is not be tolerated in other areas, such as adoption, after all. “Until we untangle unions and religion in this country we will struggle to find a fair...
  • Bearing contempt: How the avoidance of it is leading to religious intolerance

    09/02/2011 5:26:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    CNA ^ | September 02, 2011 | Joe Tremblay
    St. Thomas More “speaks critically of certain clerics who deliberately refrain from warning a rich and powerful man of the peril his soul is in out of fear of angering him and on the false premise that admonitions will do him no good.” -James Monti, “The King’s Good Servant But God’s First” “The saints have not been made saints by applause and honor, but by injuries and insults.” -St. Alphonsus Liguori, “The Spouse of Christ” Leading up to the problem: Recently, in the news, Christians are learning, a little bit every day, that Secular-liberalism is becoming increasingly intolerant of religious...
  • No Homophobia

    07/12/2011 8:28:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7/5/11 | George Weigel
    A reminder about the totalitarian temptationThe Washington Post’s culture critic, Philip Kennicott, recently took to the pages of his paper to note the “cognitive dissonance” between ingrained “habits of homophobia” in American culture, on the one hand, and a recognition that “overt bigotry is no longer acceptable in the public square,” on the other. As an example of those who resolve this dissonance by holding fast to their homophobic prejudices, Kennicott cited Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, who had remarked on the similarities between the Empire State’s recent re-definition of marriage and the kind of human engineering attempted by...
  • "Gay marriage ... represents a demand for the institutionalisation of new moral and cultural values"

    07/02/2011 1:31:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | July 1, 2011 | Carl Olson
    Frank Furedi, writing for Spiked Online, offers this solid and rather chilling analysis of the passage of "same-sex marriage" legislation in New York State:From a sociological perspective, the rise of the campaign for gay marriage provides a fascinating insight into the dynamics of the cultural conflicts that prevail in Western society. Indeed, over the past decade the issue of gay marriage has been transformed into a cultural weapon, which explicitly challenges prevailing norms through condemning those who oppose it. This is not so much a call for legal change as a cause, a crusade – and one which endows its...
  • VA cemetery accused of censoring religious speech

    06/28/2011 6:18:33 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 8 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 6/28/11 | Lindsay Wise
    Local veterans and volunteer groups accuse Department of Veterans Affairs officials of censoring religious speech — including the word “God” — at Houston National Cemetery. In one example cited in documents filed this week in federal court, cemetery director Arleen Ocasio reportedly told volunteers with the National Memorial Ladies that they had to stop telling families, “God bless you,” at funerals and that they had to remove the words “God bless” from condolence cards. “It’s just unfair that somebody would ask us to take God out of our vocabulary,” said Cheryl Whitfield, founder of Houston National Memorial Ladies. “I could’ve...
  • Same-sex marriage, cancer, and fig leaves

    06/25/2011 6:03:10 PM PDT · by flowerplough · 18 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 25 June | Olasky
    ...The (AP) article quoted nine people, all ecstatic about the new gay right. Queens teacher Eugene Lovendusky was typical: “I am spellbound. I’m so exhausted and so proud that the New York State Senate finally stood on the right side of history.” Reporter Karen Zraick even quoted one official saying the new law is “good news” for city tourism. But what about the AP’s “Statement of Ethical Principles”? The first sentence under the heading “Integrity” states, “The newspaper should strive for impartial treatment of issues and dispassionate handling of controversial subjects.” Impartiality and dispassionate handling were nowhere in evidence yesterday...
  • New York Same-Sex Marriage Law Gets Crucial Vote, Giving The Bill Enough To Pass

    06/24/2011 7:45:04 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 47 replies
    Wall St J ^ | June 24, 2011
    WSJ (Headline only) New York same-sex marriage law gets crucial vote, giving the bill enough to pass
  • Christians Need to Prepare for Normalization of Gay Marriage

    02/27/2011 8:24:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 150 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/26/2011 | Nathan Black
    Though many Christians are going to try to deny "the obvious," evangelical leader Dr. Albert Mohler believes gay marriage is going to become normalized. "I think it's clear that something like same-sex marriage is going to become normalized, legalized and recognized in the culture. It's time for Christians to start thinking about how we're going to deal with that," he said Friday on the Focus on the Family radio program. Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was speaking in response to the Obama administration's decision this week to stop defending the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act – federal...
  • Morality Is Not Hate

    02/28/2011 9:44:25 AM PST · by ezfindit · 12 replies
    OrthodoxNet ^ | 2/26/2011 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    This week, U.S. Attorney General Holder announced Obama’s decision not to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was passed by a bipartisan overwhelming majority and signed by Bill Clinton in 1996. Significantly, the Attorney General described anti-sodomy beliefs as “animus,” which means “vehement emnity,” “hatred” or “ill will.” This echoes Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s anti-Christian view, stated in a Supreme Court decision upholding the ejection a Christian legal group for not allowing open homosexuals in leadership positions, that “Condemnation of same-sex intimacy is, in fact, a condemnation of gay people,” and “Our (Supreme Court) decisions decline to distinguish...
  • Will They Sentence Our Priests to Prison? [UK]

    02/15/2011 9:56:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Linen on the Hedgerows ^ | 2/14/11 | Richard Collins
    There was a very sound priest active in the 80s whose name now escapes me (but I have his article from Catholic Order packed up somewhere) who stated that he firmly believed that we would see Catholic martyrs within the next 25-30 years. He meant, of course, in Europe and possibly, the USA rather than the world at large where killings of Christians has accelerated to over 270 each day during the last decade (see Joyful Papist). Can we really expect, now that the 30 years is up, to see Catholic martyrs in the prison system in Britain once more?...
  • Condemns the religious persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt.

    01/27/2011 6:24:29 AM PST · by ZULU · 14 replies
    New Jersey State Legislature ^ | January 10, 2011 | Assemblywoman AMY H. HANDLIN
    ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION No. 131 STATE OF NEW JERSEY 214th LEGISLATURE INTRODUCED JANUARY 10, 2011 Sponsored by: Assemblywoman AMY H. HANDLIN District 13 (Middlesex and Monmouth) SYNOPSIS Condemns the religious persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt. CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT As introduced. An Assembly Resolution condemning the religious persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt. Whereas, In the early morning hours of January 1, 2011, a bomb exploded in a Coptic Christian church, killing 21 and wounding nearly 100 worshippers attending a New Year’s Mass in Alexandria, Egypt; and Whereas, The bombing, which left the church bloodstained and scarred with shrapnel from...
  • Saskatchewan officials must perform gay marriages

    01/12/2011 2:05:47 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | 1/11/11 | Barb Pacholik
    In giving a resounding "no" to proposed laws that would have allowed Saskatchewan marriage commissioners to opt out of uniting same-sex couples on religious grounds, the province's top court was very clear about the potential impact of such legislation. "It would be a significant step backward if, having won the difficult fight for the right to same-sex civil marriages, gay and lesbian couples could be shunned by the very people charged by the province with solemnizing such unions," Justice Robert Richards said, authoring Monday's majority decision for the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. Justice Gene Anne Smith, writing a second decision...
  • Why They Want to Homosexualize the Military

    12/17/2010 4:06:30 PM PST · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 43 replies
    Renew America ^ | 17 Dec 2010 | Tim Dunkin
    We all know that people on the Left are the great destroyers. There is not a single institution in this great land that they do not want to tear down, demolish, devastate, obliterate, and annihilate. There is not a single just and righteous law that they do not seek to subvert and overturn. There is not a single needful tradition that they don't desire to delegitimize and replace with abject nonsense. The object of all this effort on their part is power — pure, unadulterated power. They want to be able to run our lives, they want to be able...
  • Professor FIRED for Being Catholic

    07/17/2010 4:47:25 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 4 replies
    TFP Student Action ^ | 7-16-10 | By John Ritchie
    Shocking news: The University of Illinois fires professor for articulating Catholic moral teaching -- Register your urgent protest here:SIGN THE PROTESTYour voice can make a HUGE difference in this case. Please join TFP Student Action in urging the president of the University of Illinois to stop the persecution and reinstate Prof. Kenneth Howell who was recently fired – yes, dismissed – for simply repeating Catholic moral teaching on marriage and Natural Law. According to press reports, this is what happened: Prof. Kenneth Howell Adjunct Prof. Kenneth Howell, a Catholic, explained to his students that homosexual vice violates Natural Law during...
  • Primacy of Truth over Power. St. Thomas More, Man for This Season

    06/22/2010 4:01:14 AM PDT · by tcg · 3 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 6/22/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    ...He could have had his substantial properties restored if he had just sworn that oath, others would say, in order to provide material safety for his beloved family. Instead, this man who loved life, loved his family, loved his career and properly loved the world and all of its goods, loved the Lord first and would not compromise the Truth. He was an ordinary Christian who shows us ordinary Christians the way to living a unity of life in the midst of the creeping darkness and distractions of our own age. He held in harmony his vocation as the father...
  • Bellevue (Baptist) says 'you're out,' gay softball coach claims

    06/19/2010 12:20:39 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 65 replies · 761+ views
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | Wednesday, June 16, 2010 | Clay Bailey
    Bellevue says 'you're out,' gay softball coach claims A local women's softball coach said her team was banned from a Bellevue Baptist Church league after she acknowledged she is gay. Jana J. Jacobson said church officials told her the "deviant" lifestyle would prevent the team from competing in Bellevue's adult women's softball league. The coach said she was the only team member who attended meetings in preparation for the season that began June 8, and the only member questioned by Bellevue leadership. She wondered why her lifestyle mattered since they were playing softball. "Finally, in my frustration, I said that...
  • FPPC proposes to fine Mormon church for Prop. 8 donations

    06/08/2010 3:19:09 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 57+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 6/8/10 | Jim Sanders
    California's political watchdog agency is proposing to fine the Mormon church $5,539 for contributions to help pass the state's gay-marriage ban two years ago. The Fair Political Practices Commission is scheduled to act on the proposed fine at a public meeting Thursday. The monetary penalty stems from 17 non-monetary contributions totaling $36,928 that were made by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints within three weeks of the November 2008 election
  • President Obama wants homosexual persons to take pride in, to glory in their shame

    06/03/2010 9:15:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies · 666+ views
    La Salette Journey ^ | 6/3/2010 | Paul Melanson
    In his Summa Theologica, Saint Thomas Aquinas tells us that, "Shame, being praiseworthy, is either itself a virtue or contributes to virtue....Shame is in fact a recoiling from what is dishonourable and disgraceful.." And what is more disgraceful than homosexual acts? St. Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church, Cardinal, and great reformer of the clergy, says that: "Truly, this vice is never to be compared with any other vice because it surpasses the enormity of all vices...It defiles everything, stains everything, pollutes everything. And as for itself, it permits nothing pure, nothing clean, nothing other than filth....This plague undermines...