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  • Washington Watch: Cruz ’n Jews

    12/16/2015 11:57:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | December 16, 2015 | Douglas Bloomfield
    If senators got report cards the way children do in school, Ted Cruz’s would say “does not play well with others” every time. He’s been called the Senate’s “most reviled member,” and that’s just among his fellow Republicans. But the junior senator from Texas seems to like it that way. His failures inside the Beltway are successes outside, where he points to them to show he is the only one standing up to what he likes to call the “Washington cartel.” The more Washington hates him the more those who hate Washington love him. That’s his operating assumption, and it’s...
  • In Iowa, Ted Cruz rallies religious right

    08/22/2015 7:09:07 AM PDT · by Isara · 10 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | Sat August 22, 2015 | Betsy Klein and Maggie Loughran
    --- Cruz spoke about his experience defending freedom of religion at the Supreme Court and what he said were the threats facing religious liberty. "These threats have been growing, they have been growing for decades but never have the threats been greater to religious liberty than they are right here and now today," he said. "These threats are not imagined, they're not made up. These are real people leading real lives who found themselves facing persecution simply for living out their faith. There is a war on faith in America today." Audience members frequently murmured "Amen" as Cruz spoke. ---...
  • How late-marrying, contraception-using progressives are helping the religious right

    08/12/2014 4:56:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    The Week ^ | 08/12/2014 | By Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    f nothing else, the continuing fight over ObamaCare's infamous contraception mandate has revealed two profound cultural divides in America. The first is about the role of government. The other is about fertility. It increasingly seems as if the progressive secular worldview is almost hostile to fertility. The logic behind the contraception mandate all but implies that the only way to lead a truly free and human life is to lead a contracepted life. As the Cato Institute's Julian Sanchez has argued, the mandate seems designed not so much to improve access to contraception a nonproblem but rather to...
  • A Note to Fiscal Conservatives: If you want smaller gov't, the religious right is your ally

    03/04/2014 8:10:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/04/2014 | Dennis Prager
    If there were as many fiscal conservatives as there are people who claim to be, it is hard to see how Republicans would lose as many elections as they do. One frequently hears this political self-identification: Im socially liberal, but fiscally conservative. Or: If the Republicans werent conservative on so many social issues, I would vote Republican. Or: Its too bad the Christian Right dominates the Republican party. I would vote for the Republicans on fiscal issues, but I cant stand the religious Right. The same sentiment holds among many inside the Republican party. Most secular conservatives and the libertarian...
  • Religious Right in Arizona Cheers Bill Allowing Businesses to Refuse to Serve Gays

    02/21/2014 7:25:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/21/2014 | By MICHAEL PAULSON and FERNANDA SANTOS
    In New Mexico, a photographer declined to take pictures of a lesbian couples commitment ceremony. In Washington State, a florist would not provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. And in Colorado, a baker refused to make a cake for a party celebrating the wedding of two men. The business owners cited religious beliefs in declining to provide services celebrating same-sex relationships. And in each case, they were sued. Now, as states around the nation weigh how to balance the rights of same-sex couples with those of conservative religious business owners, Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona must decide whether to sign...
  • Religious Right Accused of Exploiting School Massacre

    12/18/2012 8:40:21 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 18, 2012 | JP
    Wicked. Crazy. Extremist. Those are the words Americans United For Separation of Church and State uses in reference to the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. But the organization, which claims to fight to ensure religious freedom for all Americans, is not using those words to describe Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who shot and killed 27 innocent souls. No, its reproach is directed at the religious right, including such figures as Mike Huckabee and William J. Murray, for daring to suggest that the eviction of God from the nations public schools just might have contributed to the rise of school-related violence and...
  • The Religious Right is Dead

    11/07/2012 6:07:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 76 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/7/12 | Damian Thompson
    Guys have a quick puff of your joint before heading down the aisle with your boyfriend. In addition to re-electing Obama, various American states voted to legalise dope and gay marriage. OK, so they weren't necessarily the same states, but you get the picture. Last night was a victory for secular liberal America or, to put it another way, America's emerging secular liberal majority. The United States is still pious by European standards, but the gap is narrowing every year. You cannot visit American bookshops without being struck by the popularity of atheist cheerleaders or agnostic self-help gurus;...
  • The 10 Most Dangerous Religious Right Organizations (A Leftist's take)

    10/04/2012 11:30:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    WND ^ | 10/04/2012 | Simon Brown
    (Church & State Magazine) — The movement known as the Religious Right is the number-one threat to church-state separation in America. This collection of organizations is well funded and well organized; it uses its massive annual revenue and grassroots troops to undermine the wall of separation in communities nationwide.Americans United staff members have carefully researched this movement, and here are the 10 Religious Right groups that pose the greatest challenges to church-state separation. Most of these organizations are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code, but the financial data includes some affiliated 501(c)(4) lobbying organizations operating alongside the...
  • Theocracy in America?

    01/11/2012 7:27:48 PM PST · by Chuckmorse · 12 replies
    A Whig Manifesto ^ | January 9. 2012 | Chuck Morse
    Many on the left obsess over this strange notion that the religious right is conspiring to turn America into a theocracy. A case in point was a recent guest on my radio program Fairness Radio with Chuck & Patrick. Our guest, the ultra-liberal author and columnist Frederick Clarkson, stated, in a very scholarly and suave tone that he was convinced, after decades of research, that the Christian right was plotting a takeover. I asked him to name names and, after some hemming and hawing, he came up with Rev. Pat Robertson and the late Rev. R.J. Rushdooney. He darkly identified...
  • Catholics, Conservatism, Three Legged Stools, CPAC and Political Participation

    02/09/2011 4:02:57 AM PST · by tcg · 7 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 2/9/11 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Dr. Robert George asked a question which provoked a response being labeled as a sign of a division in the "conservative" movement in America. ..."Is conservatism a three-legged stool or not?" Dr. George used the imagery of the late Ronald Reagan...I am a great admirer of the late Ronald Reagan. Like many other Catholics... The three legs are social conservatives, foreign policy conservatives and economic conservatives. The late President Reagan built an alliance of these three groups of conservatives which changed the political landscape of the Nation. The American Conservative Union (ACU) is the sponsor of the annual Conservative Political...
  • Viking Kitties are Bad News for Retread Concern Trolls [a righteous ZOT!]

    12/29/2010 11:40:27 PM PST · by yort · 104 replies · 88+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 12-30-10 | Nathan B. Oman
    W. Cleon Skousen's book "The Five Thousand Year Leap" has been reissued, and after an endorsement from Glenn Beck, it was even briefly the No. 1 best-seller at This is bad news for religious conservatism. Skousen's book is a slipshod mixture of tendentious history, bad theology and paranoid politics in the John Birch Society mold. It ought to be treated as a curiosity of the pre-Reagan right, a fantasy world where communist agents such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Dwight D. Eisenhower worked to undermine America.... The revival of Skousen-esque thinking via Glenn Beck's teary-eyed presentations on the...
  • Dems put faith in religious right to help boost party agenda

    05/18/2010 6:34:40 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies · 186+ views
    The Hill ^ | 05/17/10 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) have turned to evangelical Christians in a last-ditch effort to move immigration reform and climate change legislation. Democrats are making a direct appeal to the GOP base by turning to evangelical Christian and other religious leaders, and theres some evidence that the talks could be fruitful. Were encouraging Southern Baptists to reach out to senators and congressmen to encourage Democrats and Republicans to quit playing politics and deal with immigration reform in a fair way, said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Conventions Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. The political will...
  • Avoid Intellectual Suicide: Do Not Interpret the Bible Like a Fundamentalist

    05/14/2010 11:03:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 2,226 replies · 13,923+ views
    Vox Nova ^ | May 14,2 010 | Henry Karlson
    Holy Scripture, despite all appearances, will not always be easy to interpret. We can be lulled into thinking our “common sense” and “by the letter” interpretation of a text is what God intends us to get out of it. However, if this is the case, there would be little to no debates about its meaning; there would be little confusion as to its purpose and how it applies to us today. St. Peter would not have needed to tell us that no prophecy of Scripture is to be interpreted privately, because all interpretations of Scripture would end up the...
  • Right-Wing Progressivism in the U.S. (Must End!)

    04/30/2010 3:02:32 PM PDT · by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide · 53 replies · 761+ views
    Vanity | 2010-04-30 | U.B.S.O.T.O.S.
    I posted this first to the latest Glenn Beck thread. I think it embodies what Glenn is talking about in a concentrated summary and deserves notice, IMHO: A right-wing progressive can be defined as one who joins with the left in promoting the all-encompassing all-powerful Commerce Clause in order to push a social "conservative" or religious agenda, primarily today in the federal War on Drugs. (Right-wing Progressivism predates left-wing Progressivism in the alcohol temperance movement of the 1870s and also in the premature ending of Reconstruction and Plessy v. Ferguson institutional and statute-enforced segregation.) The right has been willing to...
  • The Apostasy of the Religious Right - The Manhattan Declaration

    04/30/2010 11:43:30 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 17 replies · 466+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 4/29/10 | DJP I.F.
    In a day of ever-growing moral collapse and turmoil in Washington D.C. and our nation, the American Religious Right have been linking up together more and more on current social and moral issues called pro-natural laws. Many of the American Religious Right have even put aside sound Biblical teaching and eternal spiritual absolutes of time and eternity in favor of a greater "social unity with those who do not hold to such doctrines (Deut. 22:10; 2 Cor. 6:14; Eph. 5:6-8). Such godless and decadent social squeezing by the Left in America has been the very catalyst for an apostate ecumenical...
  • United Church of Christ, Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterians OK Abortion Funding

    12/07/2009 4:10:53 PM PST · by wagglebee · 70 replies · 1,802+ views
    Life News ^ | 12/7/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- A collection of pro-abortion religious groups authored a letter today to members of the Senate that essentially places them on record supporting taxpayer funding of abortions. The letter expresses their opposition to the Nelson amendment, released today, to remove abortion funding from the Senate government-run health care bill. The Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), United Church of Christ, and United Methodist Church are the four mainline protestant denominations to sign the letter asking lawmakers to oppose the Nelson amendment.They are joined by the Disciples Justice Action Center, NA'AMAT USA, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, a...
  • Global Warming Quandary Resolved

    12/06/2009 4:38:34 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 15 replies · 1,255+ views
    Darwin's God ^ | December 6, 2009 | Cornelius Hunter, Ph.D.
    New research out this week has resolved a long-standing, and important, quandary about the causes of global warming. While several models point to anthropogenic CO2 and other greenhouse gases as the leading cause of global warming, the warming trends do not quite match the history of anthropogenic CO2. In fact, shrinking glaciers and other undeniable evidences of warming trace back to about the mid seventeenth century. But this predates the significant rise in anthropogenic CO2 that came later in later centuries. Now environmental researchers have solved the puzzle...
  • News to Note, December 5, 2009: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint

    12/05/2009 10:29:38 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 12 replies · 695+ views
    AiG ^ | December 5, 2009
    Read the following mini-stories and much more by clicking the excerpt link below: 1. The Times: Evidence of Life on Mars Lurks Beneath Surface of Meteorite, Nasa Experts Claim 2. PhysOrg: Super-River Formed the English Channel 3. Wired: Theres No Such Thing as a Simple Organism 4. ScienceDaily: Study Pits Man Versus Machine in Piecing Together 425-Million-Year-Old Jigsaw 5. PhysOrg: Bacterial Gut Symbionts Are Tightly Linked with the Evolution of Herbivory in Ants 6. And Dont Miss . . .
  • Taking Inspiration from Nature (see especially amazing BBC video link!)

    12/04/2009 2:09:23 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 70 replies · 2,303+ views
    CEH ^ | December 3, 2009
    Dec 3, 2009 In the previous entry, Darwin inspired some geologists, even though he was wrong. Here are some news stories showing nature inspiring engineers with wonders right under their noses...
  • New Zealand Climate Scientists Faked Data, Too.

    12/04/2009 8:48:59 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 28 replies · 1,574+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | December 3, 2009 | Michael Egnor
    New Zealand Climate Scientists Faked Data, Too. From Anthony Watts at Watts Up With That The New Zealand Governments chief climate advisory unit NIWA is under fire for allegedly massaging raw climate data to show a global warming trend that wasnt there. The scandal breaks as fears grow worldwide that corruption of climate science is not confined to just Britains CRU climate research centre. In New Zealands case, the figures published on NIWAs [the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research] website suggest a strong warming trend in New Zealand over the past century [go to the link to see...
  • Scientists Back Off of Ardi Claims (Evos give climate-hoaxers a run for their money...LOL!)

    12/04/2009 8:07:39 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 665 replies · 7,523+ views
    ICR News ^ | December 4, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    In May 2009, a remarkably well-preserved extinct primate, nicknamed “Ida,” was hailed as one of the most important fossil finds ever. It had features that some interpreted as a link between two primate body forms. At the time, ICR News suggested that its evolutionary significance was far overblown, predicting that the scientific consensus would offer retractions. Those retractions came three months later, confirming that the fossil―called Darwinius―was really just an extinct lemur variety...
  • Natural selection and change, yes; Evolution, no

    12/03/2009 6:22:56 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 38 replies · 1,374+ views
    CMI ^ | December 2, 2009 | Russell Grigg
    Natural selection and change, yes; Evolution, no --snip-- Summary 1.This episode talks much about change and natural selection, but fails to give any evidence that these produce evolution, other than for the various professors who assert that it does. 2.Darwins theory promoted the idea that man is a beast with animal lusts and no morality, and this has been gleefully accepted by much of modern society. 3.We might well ask: Why would any sane professor adopt and propagate a theory for which there is such paltry scientific evidence, which is an expression of hatred of God, and which demotes man...
  • Evolutionists retreating from the arena of science

    12/03/2009 8:35:52 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 371 replies · 5,254+ views
    CMI ^ | December 1, 2009 | Dave Woetzel
    Evolutionists retreating from the arena of science --snip-- Today, the Darwinian scientific consensus persists within almost every large university and governmental institution. But around the middle of the 20th century an interesting new trend emerged and has since become increasingly established. Evolutionary theorists have been forced, step by step, to steadily retreat from the evidence in the field. Some of the evidences mentioned earlier in this article were demonstrated to be frauds and hoaxes. Other discoveries have been a blow to the straightforward expectations and predictions of evolutionists. Increasingly, they have been forced to tack ad hoc mechanisms onto Darwins...
  • Darwin Was Wrong About Geology

    12/02/2009 7:13:55 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 148 replies · 2,561+ views
    CEH ^ | December 2, 2009
    Dec 2, 2009 Field geologists have revisited a site Darwin visited on the voyage of the Beagle, and found that he incorrectly interpreted what he found. A large field of erratic boulders in Tierra del Fuego that have become known as Darwins Boulders were deposited by a completely different process than he thought. The modern team, publishing in the Geological Society of Americas December issue of the GSA Today,1 noted that Darwins thinking was profoundly influenced by Lyells obsession with large-scale, slow, vertical movements of the crust, especially as manifested in his theory of submergence and ice rafting to...
  • Pro-Darwin consensus doesn't rule out intelligent design (published on CNN!!!)

    11/24/2009 6:50:51 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 171 replies · 3,129+ views
    CNN ^ | November 23, 2009 | Stephen Meyer, Ph.D.
    Pro-Darwin consensus doesn't rule out intelligent design --snip-- (CNN) -- While we officially celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" on November 24, celebrations of Darwin's legacy have actually been building in intensity for several years. Darwin is not just an important 19th century scientific thinker. Increasingly, he is a cultural icon. Darwin is the subject of adulation that teeters on the edge of hero worship, expressed in everything from scholarly seminars and lecture series to best-selling new atheist tracts like those by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. The atheists claim that...
  • Darwinism and the adoption of Chinese Marxism

    11/23/2009 9:37:11 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 41 replies · 3,082+ views
    Science Literature ^ | November 20, 2009 | David Tyler
    Darwinism and the adoption of Chinese Marxism According to James Pusey, writing in Nature, "Charles Darwin's banner was first unfurled in China during the Reform Movement of 1895-98, in response to China's defeat in the Sino-Japanese War." There were two groups seeking change: the reformers, who were loyal to the Manchu Qing Dynasty, and the revolutionaries, who wanted a clean break with the past. --snip-- The reformers and the revolutionaries debated vigorously "with both sides wildly waving Darwin's banner" The leaders of these movements imbibed the message of scientific racism coming from America and Europe and presented themselves as 'fit'...
  • A Global Catastrophic Event Wiped Out Ancient Forests

    11/22/2009 8:10:55 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 129 replies · 2,942+ views
    ICR News ^ | November 7, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Fungi are single or multi-celled organisms that break down organic materials, such as rotting wood, in order to absorb their nutrients. Neither plant nor animal, they range from mushrooms to single-celled yeast. Scientists were investigating organic chemicals trapped in an Italian sedimentary rock formation when they found evidence that an extinct fungus feasted on dead wood during a time when the worlds forests had been catastrophically eradicated.[1] What could have caused such a universal effect on forests, and why does organic material remain in rocks that are supposedly 251.4 million years old?...
  • ScienceDaily: Slowing Evolution to Stop Drug Resistance

    11/21/2009 3:32:25 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 6 replies · 795+ views
    AiG ^ | November 21, 2009
    ScienceDaily: Slowing Evolution to Stop Drug Resistance --snip-- For years, evolutionists have pointed to antibiotic resistance as proof of evolution in action. The argument often amounts to this (in simplified form): the fact that certain organisms grow resistant to certain antibiotics is evidence for the evolutionary idea that all animals must have descended from a single ancestor. Collapsing the argument does make it seem a bit silly, but thats our point. We certainly dont want to belittle the very real threat of dangerous organisms becoming immune to the best drugs we now have (though the vast majority of microbes are...
  • Wired: Birth of New Species Witnessed by Scientists

    11/21/2009 9:59:49 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 99 replies · 3,140+ views
    AiG ^ | November 21, 2009
    Scientists have watched as a new species is bornor is that evolved?on one of the Galapagos Islands, home of Darwins famous finches...
  • How Evolutionists Misunderstand Entropy

    11/20/2009 6:40:11 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 173 replies · 2,851+ views
    Creation Matters ^ | Timothy R. Stout
    It has always amazed me how unconcerned evolutionists seem to be about entropy and the problems it poses both for a natural origin of life and for macroevolution. The argument from entropy is one of the most powerful arguments against the spontaneous formation of life from a random association of non-living chemicals...
  • Amber-Trapped Spider Web Too Old for Evolution

    11/20/2009 8:37:04 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 56 replies · 2,508+ views
    ICR News ^ | November 20, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Amateur fossil hunters Jamie and Jonathan Hiscocks were looking for dinosaur remains in East Sussex, UK, when they instead found tiny spider webs trapped inside a piece of ancient amber. Oxford University paleobiologist Martin Brasier inspected the amber, which was assigned an age of over 100 million years. He concluded that spiders back then were able to spin webs just like today’s garden spiders.The amber-encased webbing formed concentric circles like those that contemporary orb-weaver spiders manufacture. Also evident were “little sticky droplets along the web threads to trap prey,” Brasier told the Daily Mail. He added, “You can match the...
  • "Not to mince words - the modern synthesis is gone" (another Evo abandons the HMS Beagle)

    11/20/2009 8:17:43 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 19 replies · 948+ views
    Science Literature ^ | November 18, 2009 | David Tyler, Ph.D.
    Not to mince words - the modern synthesis is gone --snip-- "The discovery of pervasive HGT and the overall dynamics of the genetic universe destroys not only the tree of life as we knew it but also another central tenet of the modern synthesis inherited from Darwin, namely gradualism. In a world dominated by HGT, gene duplication, gene loss and such momentous events as endosymbiosis, the idea of evolution being driven primarily by infinitesimal heritable changes in the Darwinian tradition has become untenable." ...
  • Creationists are liars?

    11/19/2009 3:13:17 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 327 replies · 3,502+ views
    CMI ^ | Tas Walker, Ph.D.
    Creationists are ‘liars' (?): Geologist Donald Prothero doesn’t like the fact that we don’t agree with his ideas on evolution. I love the attitude some evolutionists have toward professional, scientific debate. Because creationist scientists do not agree with their biased, subjective and unsubstantiated ideas they spit the dummy and call us liars. The latest tirade from geologist Donald Prothero is in an opinion piece in NewScientist entitled ‘Evolution: What missing link?’1 I like that title. His article was picked up by the Telegraph newspaper in the UK which reported, ‘Creationists “peddle lies about the fossil record”.’2 Lies? Are creationists really...
  • Rapid Rifting Presages Future Events

    11/19/2009 8:22:01 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 54 replies · 1,847+ views
    ICR News ^ | November 19, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    The Great Rift Valley extends some 4,000 miles southward from Syria north of Israel, through the Gulf of Aqaba, through Ethiopia, and all the way to Mozambique in southeast Africa. It harbors a giant fault, which has been under investigation as a model for sea floor spreading. A recent geologic event rent a gaping crack through the desert of Ethiopia, causing safety concerns for locals. These crustal plate motions may foreshadow rifting events further north in the Great Rift Valley...
  • Rapid Rifting in Ethiopia Challenges Evolutionary Model

    11/18/2009 9:13:37 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 103 replies · 2,008+ views
    ICR News ^ | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Volcanic activity in 2005 accompanied the formation of a deep, wide rift in Ethiopia on part of the 4,000-mile-long north-to-south trending Great Rift Valley fault. Studies show that the injection of mantle material that unzipped the earth along the fault operated the same way as similar material does in less-accessible undersea rifts. Scientists knew that rifts were formed in this manner, but the suddenness of this ones formation astonished them...
  • Darwinizing Everything

    11/17/2009 6:55:46 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 91 replies · 2,163+ views
    CEH ^ | November 16, 2009
    Darwinizing Everything --snip-- The Darwinians, who took over biology in the 19th century, are still busily engaged in mythmaking, comforting the feebleminded who accept their explanations as wisdom, denouncing the heretics who call their bluff. They wear S on their chests: Science, the equivalent of Superman in intellectual circles. They are phonies. Bring out the kryptonite of critical analysis. It scares them to death, even though they never had special powers to begin with...
  • Scared of Halloween - From the Archives

    10/30/2009 8:52:08 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 20 replies · 842+ views
    The Atlas Society - The Center for Objectivism ^ | October 28, 2005 | Edward Hudgins
    Halloween has its origins in superstition and sadly, it invokes old and new superstitions still. Halloween, from "All Hallows Eve," was the evening before the Catholic All Saints Day and was supposed to be haunted by demons jealous of the holy day to follow. It also had roots in prehistoric Celtic mythology. But in modern times it's developed into a fun day where children dress in ghoulish or cute costumes and canvass the neighborhood for candy while adults at masquerade parties imbibe more mature fare. Granted some juveniles get more into the tricks than the treats. And the occasional morbid-Goth...
  • A Sickening Healthcare Call!

    08/31/2009 7:28:39 PM PDT · by uptoolate · 8 replies · 492+ views
    Voddie Baucham Ministries ^ | August 20, 2009 | Voddie Baucham
    A Sickening Healthcare Call! Thursday, August 20, 2009 As the debate about healthcare rages, religious leaders are weighing in. In a recent teleconference, pastors from around the country gathered to discuss the issue with the White House (and record it for later non-partisan use). As I listened to the call, I had to fight to keep from hitting the stop button. The call began with a prayer led by a female pastor from Georgia (one of several female ministers, deacons and church leaders in what was an obvious nod to feminists, and the theological and political left) then descended into...
  • Gingrich's Move to the (Religious) Right

    06/09/2009 3:29:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies · 823+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 9, 2009 | By David Waters
    It doesn't rank with last year's Exorcism of Sarah Palin, but the Blessing of Newt Gingrich is an early contender for Church-Based Political Moment of the 2012 presidential campaign. It's also the clearest evidence yet that Gingrich is positioning himself to the far Christian Right of fellow 2012 presidential hopefuls Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee. Gingrich's latest venture into the conservative evangelical world came when he spoke/preached at Lou Engle's "Rediscovering God in America" conference last Friday, hosted by Rock Church in Virginia Beach and broadcast on GodTV. Last month, Gingrich made a very public conversion to the Catholic faith...
  • The 'Religious Right' Didn't Kill George Tiller (the left attacks Christians...again)

    06/02/2009 7:59:56 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 17 replies · 847+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 3, 2009 | James Kirchick
    On Sunday, abortion doctor George Tiller was murdered at his church in Wichita, Kan. He was one of a handful of doctors in the U.S. who performed late-term abortions and for decades had been a target of virulent criticism from antiabortion activists. His clinic had been bombed and vandalized, and in 1993 he was shot in both arms in a failed assassination attempt. Tiller's alleged killer, Scott Roeder, is a long-time radical antiabortion activist with reported ties to a militant antigovernment organization called the Freemen. Within hours after the murder, every antiabortion group in the country denounced the attack. Robert...
  • Gallup: Republicans Slipping Among All Demographics Except Frequent Churchgoers

    05/20/2009 10:22:26 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 33 replies · 1,261+ views
    US News ^ | 5/20/09 | Dan Gilgoff
    A new polling analysis from Gallup finds that the Republican Party has lost support among nearly every major demographic subgroup, from college graduates to married people to those making under $30,000 a year. In 2001, 47 percent of college grads leaned Republican. Today, just 37 percent do. Support among married people has slid from 51 percent to 46 percent. Just 28 percent of those making less than $30,000 lean Republican, down 9 points in the past eight years.
  • Red Faith, Blue Faith

    04/17/2009 6:00:04 AM PDT · by steve-b · 1 replies · 293+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/17/09 | Michael Gerson
    Is "Christian America" dying? And if so, should we mourn or cheer? These questions, raised in a recent cover story by Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, opened a vigorous and continuing debate (note: I am an occasional contributor at Newsweek). The article has been peppered with criticism from religious conservatives who say it demonstrates the anti-religious bias of the mainstream media. This reaction actually demonstrates something different: that it is easier to read a headline than it is to read an article. The Newsweek cover declaring "The Decline and Fall of Christian America" was provocative in a typical, newsmagazineish sort of...
  • The church's desertion in time of war

    04/10/2009 7:21:38 AM PDT · by rhema · 25 replies · 495+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | April 07, 2009 | Dave Welch
    Another obituary was written about the "Religious Right," and as we Christians just passed Palm Sunday on the way to Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, it is an excellent time to do some soul searching. Washington Post reporter Kathleen Parker queries in her article "Political Pullback for the Christian Right" whether the movement is dead, ineffective or has lost its way. "Is the Christian right finished as a political entity? Or, more to the point, are principled Christians finished with politics?" she asks. She then goes on to include criticisms of leaders like Dr. James Dobson as either having compromised...
  • Tracking Pat Robertsons Shift to the Left

    01/10/2009 4:23:37 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 41 replies · 1,245+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 01/10/2009 | Scott Ritsema
    OPINION - Pat Robertson, one of those Christian spokesmen that makes Christians cringe every time he opens his mouth, has struck again. At least hes not calling for violencethis time. Strangely, though, this time around he is endorsing Obama and Obamas coming socialist policies. Kurt Nimmo at Infowars reports: On December 23, the conservative preacher Pat Robertson told CNNs Suzanne Malveaux that he was pleased as punch with the election of Barack Obama. I am remarkably pleased with Obama. I had grave misgivings about him. But so help me, hes come in forcefully, intelligently. Hes picked a middle of the...
  • Learning From Conservative History: Main Trails . . . and Less-Traveled Paths (traditional futurism)

    01/07/2009 4:49:42 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 7 replies · 637+ views
    First Principles ^ | January 2, 2009 | Allan C. Carlson
    Learning From Conservative History: Main Trails . . . and Less-Traveled Paths - 01/02/09 This is part three of a symposium on contemporary conservatism hosted by ISI at Yale in November, 2008. Read part one. Read part two.By training, I am an historian. I love the discipline and believe that historical mindednessthe ability to see and understand the grounding of current institutions, issues, and events in the complex matrix of the pastthis is the superior way to make sense of reality.All the same, I have been troubled for over a decade by the growing interest of American conservatives in...
  • Enough with the Oogedy-Boogedy - Religion, politics, and us.

    12/05/2008 10:34:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 44 replies · 1,103+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 05, 2008 | Shannen W. Coffin
    December 05, 2008, 1:40 p.m. Enough with the Oogedy-BoogedyReligion, politics, and us. By Shannen W. Coffin Kathleen Parker’s war on religion in the Re-public-an square entered a new phase today. In her syndicated column, she nobly attempted to explain her use of the term “oogedy-boogedy” to describe religious conservatives. It’s not that she is “anti-God.” It’s just that God really shouldn’t be mentioned in polite company. Religion can inform our values (gee, thanks). But reason, not religion, should inform our public debates. I hadn’t realized religion and reason were mutually exclusive. It seems Pope Benedict hasn’t gotten the memo,...
  • Kathleen Parker and the Oogedy Boogedy Blues (I think she'll be the next Arriana Huffington)

    11/22/2008 9:03:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies · 1,162+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Nov 21,2008 | Rick Moran
    In this, the interregnum between the end of one administration and the beginning of another, theres not much for Republicans to do except look for ways to entertain themselves while Democrats are occupied with the serious business of creating a government. The problem and the GOP is just waking up to this is that there is absolutely nothing for them to do but wait. No one cares what they think of President-elect Obamas choice for attorney general or any other cabinet post. The Clinton drama has always been a Democratic farce and only involved the Republicans as onlookers,...

    11/18/2008 7:24:10 PM PST · by · 118 replies · 2,413+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11-18-08 | Ma Parker
    As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit. Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D. I'm bathing in holy water as I type. To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh. Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth -- as long as we're setting ourselves free -- is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among...
  • Religious Right: RIP

    11/10/2008 10:08:48 PM PST · by AnalogReigns · 74 replies · 300+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | Nov. 6, 2008 | Cal Thomas
    When Barack Obama takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2009, he will do so in the 30th anniversary year of the founding of the so-called Religious Right. Born in 1979 and midwifed by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, the Religious Right was a reincarnation of previous religious-social movements that sought moral improvement through legislation and court rulings. Those earlier movements from abolition (successful) to Prohibition (unsuccessful) had mixed results. Social movements that relied mainly on political power to enforce a conservative moral code weren't anywhere near as successful as those that focused on changing hearts. The...
  • David Frum to the Religious Right: Drop Dead

    11/07/2008 1:07:40 PM PST · by Publius804 · 215 replies · 7,307+ views ^ | November 05, 2008 | Tom Piatak
    David Frum to the Religious Right: Drop Dead Posted by Tom Piatak on November 05, 2008 After weeks of expressing contempt for the delcasse Sarah Palin, David Frum has now expressed his disdain for the voters who liked Palin and who have propelled the GOP to victory after victory since Reagans election in 1980, the evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics who vote Republican because of their concern over issues like abortion. According to Frum, such voters need to be jettisoned because College-educated Americans have come to believe that their money is safe with Democrats--but their values are under threat from...