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  • What does Rand Paul mean when he speaks of "dignity?" - Is it a buzzword for "social justice?"

    12/20/2014 3:58:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    December 20, 2014
    Does Rand Paul classify himself as a "free-thinker?" I was looking around to see how he might be associated with that atheist/agnostic group and the word "dignity" came up in the first piece below [that uses the term free-thinker]. So I search "Rand Paul" and "dignity" and found that he uses that word in his speeches. So just wondering what anyone knows about his religious leanings other than his traditional association with the Episcopal church. And does he use "dignity" as a euphemism for "social justice" - "getting along" - as a liberal-libertarian stand in [REPLACEMENT] for religion [Islam, Judaism,...

    11/26/2005 1:14:15 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 6 replies · 688+ views
    LONDON [MENL] -- Aides of deposed President Saddam Hussein, under the guise of Al Qaida fighters, have been leading the insurgency against the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq. Islamic sources said many of the Al Qaida-aligned cells that have appeared over the last two years stemmed from units in the Saddam military. The sources said Baathist operatives have adopted Islamic identities to exploit support among Muslims for Al Qaida. The Baathist strategy was formed during Saddam's rule, the sources said. They pointed to the "Return to Faith Campaign" directed by then-Iraqi Vice President Izzat Ibrahim Al Douri, which sought to curry...
  • Why Obama Refuses to support anti-Islamist, Secular Moslems

    10/04/2014 9:14:51 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 4, 2014 | Manda Zand Ervin
    The war against Islamist terrorism has been going in the wrong direction, and the cancer has metastasized under the present administration. As we get rid of one Islamist tumor, more pop up. But the most dangerous of all Islamists are ruling Iran and are determined to make themselves untouchable by possessing their own nuclear bomb. We have wrongly chosen to ignore the majority moderate and secular Moslems in the Middle East and here at home. Those advising the White House and the State Department are lobbyists for the Islamist dictators, not secular Moderate Moslem Americans. For reasons unknown, the Obama...
  • The Illusion of Neutrality: The secular state cannot be neutral in matters of religion

    09/13/2014 5:01:03 AM PDT · by rhema · 11 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | 9/11/14 | Anthony Esolen
    We have all heard what has come to be a liberal dictum, that the State must remain neutral as regards religion or irreligion. One can show fairly easily that the men who wrote our constitution had no such neutrality in mind, given the laws that they and their fellows subsequently passed, their habits of public prayer at meetings, and their common understanding that freedom without virtue, and virtue without piety, were chimeras. To show that that understanding persisted, all one need do is open every textbook for school children published for almost two hundred years; or recall that Catholic immigrants...
  • 'Meteoric' Rise in Religious Education in Tel Aviv

    09/01/2014 3:14:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/9/14 | Moshe Cohen
    Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Eli Ben-Dahan (Jewish Home) on the first day of classes Monday visited the “Reishit” school in Tel Aviv, a rapidly growing religious school in the traditionally secular city. At the school, located in southern Tel Aviv, Ben-Dahan spoke before hundreds of students. Reishit boasts some 400 students, the highest number in its history. If the students "work hard they can get to anywhere they want. Any one of you can be an IDF general, a rabbi, minister, or director of a large company," remarked Ben-Dahan at the school. "We need faith in religious and state...
  • The Pro-Life Movement Must Encourage Secular Participation in the Pro-Life Cause

    02/05/2014 7:08:55 AM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | Secular Pro-Life
    The weekend before last I had a wonderful time meeting up with other SPL members and representing Secular Pro-Life at San Francisco’s various pro-life events. On Saturday afternoon, SPL spoke at the Walk for Life West Coast rally, then gathered together and held our banner high for the entire Walk. On Sunday, pro-life atheist Ellen and I tabled at the first ever west coast Students for Life of America training conference, which lasted all day. Throughout all of these events, I was inspired by the number of religious pro-lifers who so warmly welcomed us. They said our speech was refreshing...
  • We Weren’t Always So Secular – A Remembrance of Times not Long Past

    07/31/2013 2:08:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 30, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The times in which we live are often described as “secular.” This word comes from the Latin “saecula” meaning “world.” Hence in saying our age is secular is another way of saying our times are worldly. We may think it has always been so but such is not the case. To be sure, it IS the human condition to be a little preoccupied with the world. But previous times have featured a much more religious focus than our own. The Middle Ages were especially known for way in which faith permeated the culture and daily experience. The Rose window to...
  • Why? A question often overlooked today. We who believe must keep asking it of a secular world.

    08/02/2013 2:30:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 1, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the more common misunderstandings of the modern age, we might even call it a delusion, is to confuse explanation with meaning. Through scientific method and other empirical ways of studying, we have gotten very good at explaining many of the processes and mechanics of the natural world.But to give explanation, is not the same as to ascribe meaning. To answer how things work is not the same as to answer why.Why, for example, do things exist at all? Why is there existence vs. nonexistence? Why is there observable order in the universe vs. chaos. Showing for example the...
  • Where’s the Human in Humanism? Humanist Ads Violate...Own Humanist Standards (Attacking Christmas]

    12/02/2010 3:28:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 2, 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Where’s the Human in Humanism? Humanist Ads Violate their Own Humanist Standards By:   Some parishioners have recently expressed distress over an Ad campaign of the American Humanist Association. Rather provocative Ads are appearing on buses and subways here in the Nation’s Capitol and I suspect elsewhere as well. As Christmas draws near, the “Humanists” have made it a practice in recent years to tweak Christians (as well as Jews and Muslims) and attempt to make the concept of faith look ridiculous. They generally do this by quoting a sacred text and interpreting it in a mechanistic, fundamentalist and literalistic  manner....
  • We Weren’t Always So Secular: Recovering a Sense of the Presence of God

    07/20/2011 4:59:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/19/11 | Msgr Charles Pope
    The times in which we live are often described as “secular.”  This word comes from the Latin “saecula” meaning “world.” Hence in saying our age is secular is another way of saying our times are  worldly. We may think it has always been so but such is not the case. To be sure, it IS the human condition to be a little preoccupied with the world. But previous times have featured a much more religious focus than our own. The Middle Ages were especially known for way in which faith permeated the culture and daily experience. The Rose window to...
  • Supreme Court to hear new case on religion in public life

    11/02/2013 3:46:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 2, 2013 | Robert Barnes
    "....A federal appeals court said last year that such a “steady drumbeat” of Christian invocations violates the Constitution’s prohibition against government endorsement of religion...............After the lawsuit was threatened, the town made more of an effort — that’s how the Baha’i representative and the Wiccan got involved — but all agree that the overwhelming number of prayers offered over the approximately 10 years covered by the suit were offered by Christians, and most contained direct references to Christianity. When the case reached the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, a unanimous panel of the court said it was not...
  • Where Religion Went Wrong in America

    09/06/2013 3:09:37 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 51 replies
    New Oxford Review ^ | Aug 2013 | Anne Barbeau Gardiner
    "Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics": In his latest book, Ross Douthat, a public intellectual and a Catholic, argues that “bad religion” poses a greater danger to our nation than does secularism. His book is divided into two parts: in the first he chronicles the decline of traditional Christianity since 1965; in the second he examines four heresies that have flourished since then.
  • Bible becomes unlikely top-seller in secular Norway

    06/09/2013 8:00:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | 06/07/2013
    OSLO, NORWAY: It may sound like an unlikely No. 1 best-seller for any country, but in Norway — one of the most secular nations in an increasingly godless Europe — the runaway popularity of the Bible has caught the country by surprise. The Scriptures, in a new Norwegian language version, even outpaced "Fifty Shades of Grey" to become Norway's best-selling book. The sudden burst of interest in God's word has also spread to the stage, with a six-hour play called "Bibelen," Norwegian for "the Bible," drawing 16,000 people in a three-month run that recently ended at one of Oslo's most...
  • G. K. Chesterton: Rallying the Really Human Things

    04/12/2013 11:07:31 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    Chesterton is perhaps the most articulate twentieth century practitioner of this Christian paradoxical imagination. He judges that a serious breakdown of the fundamental moral suppositions deposited by biblical faith and the classical tradition is underway and accelerating. He believes that this declension is due to a loss of conviction in our culture about the reality of the Incarnation, that God truly became a human being in Jesus Christ with all the import that that has for human existence. For Chesterton, the doctrine of the Incarnation is the hinge that holds together what is, for the Christian, a vision of the...
  • Guilt by Association - Liberal Secularists are Bloodthirsty Monsters!

    03/26/2013 4:32:16 PM PDT · by DeprogramLiberalism · 41 replies
    Deprogramming Liberalism ^ | 2012 | Jim Autio
    [(DIRECT LINK to original entry) This post is the intro to a compendium essay on liberal hate, demagoguery and violence in America. It is written to liberals in the first person, but is illuminating for conservatives as well.] Using guilt by historic association is a popular demagogic tool of contemporary liberals to demonize conservative opponents. As an example let’s examine the animus contemporary liberals have towards Christianity. Yes, of course, many liberals claim to be Christians, but they seem to have a hard time standing up for Christianity when it is demagogued by secular liberals. They often seem to be ashamed...
  • Cadet quits, cites overt religion at West Point

    12/06/2012 8:21:03 AM PST · by crosshairs · 88 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/5/12 | Michael Hill
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A cadet quitting West Point less than six months before graduation says he could no longer be part of a culture that promotes prayers and religious activities and disrespects nonreligious cadets. Blake Page announced his decision to quit the U.S. Military Academy this week in a much-discussed online post that echoed the sentiments of soldiers and airmen at other military installations. The 24-year-old told The Associated Press that a determination this semester that he could not become an officer because of clinical depression played a role in his public protest against what he calls the unconstitutional...
  • Protestants no longer the majority in US, study says

    10/09/2012 1:52:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 9, 2012
    NEW YORK –  For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise. The percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. has reached a low of 48 percent, the first time that Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 percent. The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republicans have...
  • “Thanks Are the Highest Form of Thought”

    11/25/2011 9:25:07 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 1 replies
    The New American ^ | Thursday, 24 November 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    My father once told me a story about when he was a boy. He said there was a certain man who every now and again would visit his family and give him 10 cents for an ice cream soda each time. Well, one day this fellow came ‘a callin’, but for some reason, on this occasion the dime wasn’t offered. Being a little tyke who had become accustomed to the gift, my dad asked, “Where’s my 10 cents?” He never got that dime again. The man taught my father a moral lesson: Don’t develop a spirit of entitlement. It’s one...
  • Libya's Ideological Precipice: Islamist or Secular?

    09/14/2011 2:37:21 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/9/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Islamists seeking to define the character of Libya's tomorrow burst into the open Tuesday with charges that Libya's de facto prime minister, Mahmoud Jibril, a US-educated political scientist, is "worse than Qaddafi." On Tuesday - just one day after Libya's rebel leaders tried to assuage mounting fears in Western capitals it may be dragged under by Islamic currents - Ali al- Salabi, a prominent Islamist scholar, denounced Jibril and his allies as "extreme secularists" who seek to enrich themselves via "the deal of a lifetime." The National Transitional Council (NTC), headed by Jibril, is trying to establish itself in the...
  • Terrorist proclaimed himself 'Darwinian,' not 'Christian'

    07/24/2011 5:20:59 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 150 replies
    Terrorist proclaimed himself 'Darwinian,' not 'Christian' Norwegian's manifesto shows Breivik not religious, having no personal faith WASHINGTON – A review of Anders Behring Breivik's 1,500-page manifesto shows the media's quick characterization of the Norwegian terrorist as a "Christian" may be as incorrect as it was to call Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh one. Breivik was arrested over the weekend, charged with a pair of brutal attacks in and near Oslo, Norway, including a bombing in the capital city that killed 7 and a shooting spree at a youth political retreat on the island of Utoya that killed more than 80...
  • Expert: Here's the 'Demographic Gap' That Will Really Happen

    04/06/2011 3:07:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/4/11 | David Lev
    While most Israelis worry about a prospective demographic imbalance between Jews and Arabs in the Land of Israel, with demographers claiming that, under current trends, Arabs will eventually outnumber Jews in the country, Professor Arnon Sofer of Haifa University says that there is a more realistic demographic change afoot. And while the notion of Arab births eventually causing Jews to become a minority in the Land of Israel is by no means accepted by all demographers, the imbalance Sofer speaks of – that between the diminishing of the secular Israeli population in the State of Israel and the growth of...
  • Why God Isn’t Doing Well. Our Creator isn’t very popular in our secularist, left-wing culture.

    04/06/2011 6:46:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/05/2011 | Dennis Prager
    God is not doing very well these days. Here are four reasons why: The first is that increasingly large numbers of men and women attend university, and Western universities have become essentially secular (and leftist) seminaries. Just as the agenda of traditional Christian and Jewish seminaries is to produce religious Christians and religious Jews, the agenda of Western universities is to produce (left-wing) secularists. The difference is that Christian and Jewish seminaries are honest about their agenda, while the universities still claim they have neither a secularist nor a political agenda. The more university education a person receives, the more...
  • Nine countries are on the path to complete atheism.

    03/22/2011 10:28:56 AM PDT · by Scottmkiv · 25 replies
    Rational Public Radio ^ | 3/22/11 | Scott Connery
    It seems like the religion in the U.S. is a juggernaut that will be nigh unstoppable in the next decade or two. It's seemingly impossible to get elected without being openly and devoutly religious. George Bush claimed to receive divine commandments on how to perform his job. President Obama has made his church attendance receives plenty of attention too. Some question his sincerity, but no one questions that this is the politically smart thing to do. George Bush famously said that Islam is a religion of peace despite all the evidence to the contrary. 40% of U.S. citizens are strict...
  • Turkey’s Ambassadors vs. Erdoğan

    02/22/2011 1:42:48 PM PST · by forty_years · 1 replies ^ | 2/22/2011 | Damla Aras
    In June 2010, the deepening rift between Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) unexpectedly came to the public eye when seventy-two retired ambassadors and consul-generals issued a written statement protesting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan's lack of respect in dubbing them "mon chers" and criticizing the government's foreign policy. Why did the prime minister publicly snub his diplomats? By way of answering this question, this article reviews the ongoing rift between ErdoÄźan and his diplomats before carrying an English translation of the ambassadors' statement and interviews with two retired senior diplomats. ...
  • DNI Clapper: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood 'largely secular'

    02/10/2011 10:48:30 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 89 replies
    Politco ^ | 02/10/2011 | Josh Gerstien
    During a House Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called Egypt's branch of the Muslim Brotherhood movement "largely secular." In response to questioning from Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) about the threat posed by the group, Clapper suggested that the Egyptian part of the Brotherhood is not particularly extreme and that the broader international movement is hard to generalize about. "The term 'Muslim Brotherhood' an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam,"...
  • Court bans man with low IQ from having sex

    02/06/2011 5:04:51 AM PST · by jacknhoo · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 04 Feb 2011 | By Martin Beckford
    A man with a low IQ has been banned from having sex by a High Court judge who admitted the case raised questions about “civil liberties and personal autonomy”. Under the judge's order, the man is now subject to 'close supervision' by the local authority to ensure he does not break the highly unusual order The 41 year-old had been in a relationship with a man whom he lived with and told officials “it would make me feel happy” for it to continue. But his local council decided his “vigorous sex drive” was inappropriate and that with an IQ of...
  • Losing Faith and Secular Dhimmitude

    12/21/2010 2:11:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies · 1+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 12/21/10 | Roland Shirk
    My last column did its job. I was trying to highlight some of the reasons why conservative Christians are reluctant to join in the struggle against global jihad. And this is a problem, because–apart from Muslims, the only groups who are having children and passing along their beliefs almost undiluted to the next generation are conservative Christians and ultra-orthodox Jews (Snip) To be sure, in countries rich and poor, under all forms of government, birth rates are declining across the globe. But they are declining least among those adhering to strict religious codes and literal belief in the Bible
  • The Real Agenda of Some College Professors

    08/21/2010 8:49:53 AM PDT · by wmfights · 47 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | August 20, 2010 | R. Albert Monler, Jr.
    For Christian parents and students, this should be a matter of deep concern and active awareness. The secularization of most educational institutions is an accomplished fact. Indeed, many college and university campuses are deeply antagonistic to Christian truth claims and the beliefs held by millions of students and their families. Furthermore, the leftist bent of most faculty is well-documented, especially in elite institutions and within the liberal arts faculties. On many campuses, a significant number of faculty members are representatives of what has been called the “adversary culture.” They see their role as political and ideological, and they define their...
  • Gingrich: Democrats Want to Impose 'Secular-Socialist Machine'

    05/17/2010 5:31:26 AM PDT · by chickadee · 34 replies · 913+ views
    FOXnews ^ | May 16, 2010
    Democrats are trying to impose a "secular-socialist machine" rejected by most Americans, an unapologetic Newt Gingrich said Sunday. The former House speaker described Democrats as "secular" because those in power in government are beset by a "relentless anti-religious bias"; "socialist" because the Obama administration wants to determine salaries, own corporations and provide health care; and a "machine" because the agenda is being pushed robotically without concern for people standing in the way.
  • Allawi apprehensive about new Iraq (a shockingly accurate prediction on Iraq's future)

    11/27/2006 3:44:37 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 58 replies · 1,497+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 18, 2005 | David Ignatius
    <p>Ayad Allawi says he dreamed for years of two things -- toppling Saddam Hussein and establishing a democracy in Iraq. As an opposition leader and then interim prime minister, he helped achieve both goals. But as he prepares to leave office, Allawi worries that his country remains on the edge of a precipice.</p>
  • American Conservatism at the Alamo

    03/22/2010 3:36:24 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 10 replies · 256+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 3/22/10 | DJP I.F.
    Today Conservatism in America - and in the world - is at the “Alamo” of its existence. As we shall see, there is no way that we as a nation - let alone a global society - can survive the devastating secular impact of the past 50 years. We are at the imploding point even now. The overall structure is ready to collapse by the overload of godlessness and decadence heaped upon it by the American people. The dam is about to burst, and the “lawlessness flood” of oppression, tyranny, global war and human catastrophe is soon to deluge the...
  • FAITH is NOT the opiate of the masses..

    03/05/2010 9:32:59 AM PST · by hope_dies_last · 8 replies · 266+ views
    World Wide Web | Unknown
    Faith is not the “opiate of the masses”. Karl Marx was dead wrong in his understanding of the true nature of faith and its purpose in the life of the believer. Although it is true that the world can seem like a “heartless world”, it is in this climate of disarray and suffering that our faith in God is vindicated. Faith by definition is, “hope of things not seen” and hope of “what is to come”. Faith would not be necessary in completely predictable circumstances, and even then, a measure of faith is required to act upon the notion that...
  • Republicans v Secular America

    02/23/2010 11:20:37 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 719+ views
    Guardian ^ | 2/23/10 | Dan Kennedy
    With blatant disregard for the first amendment, Republicans' intolerance of US secularism means things are turning uglyIf you're part of secular America – that is, if you're an atheist, an agnostic, a religious liberal or even a mainstream believer who thinks religion should be kept out of politics and vice-versa – then you should be very afraid of what the Republican party has in store for you in 2012. No news there, you might say. The Republicans, as we all know, have been in thrall to the Christian right since the Reagan era. But there's something new, something more intolerant,...
  • Today's U.S. Culture and Society - Will The 2010 Elections Help?

    01/28/2010 2:01:00 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 6 replies · 222+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 1/26/10 | DJP I.F.
    We should not be overly excited or deceived by the Scott Brown victory or any other conservative-moderate victories in 2010, however exciting as they might be. The true heart of the American people has NOT CHANGED for the better. It still is what it has always been over these last 50 years or so: licentious and haughty. Even now many conservatives have been subtly intoxicated and tainted by socialism, godlessness and the immoral practices of the Left (Jer. 6:16-17; Matt. 15:8, 18-20). For example, consider the Republican administration and congress of the last 8 years. Except for a core of...
  • ADL: Rush Limbaugh Reaches New Low With 'Borderline Anti-Semitic' Remarks About Jews

    01/21/2010 7:02:38 PM PST · by Pope Pius XII · 84 replies · 2,417+ views
    ADL ^ | January 21, 2010 | Abraham Foxman
    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said Rush Limbaugh reached a new low with "borderline anti-Semitic comments" on his radio show, in which he raised the possibility that liberal Jews were having "buyer's remorse" with President Obama in light of the outcome of the Senate election in Massachusetts. Limbaugh told his listeners: "To some people, banker is a code word for Jewish; and guess who Obama is assaulting? He's assaulting bankers. He's assaulting money people. And a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish. So I wonder if there's – if there's starting to be some buyer's remorse there." Abraham...
  • Is Teaching American History Unconstitutional?

    01/17/2010 6:36:21 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 39 replies · 1,351+ views
    Right Side News ^ | January 17, 2010 | David Barton
    writing teams of Texas teachers drafted the 2010 proposed standards...The writing teams had recommended the removal of Nathan Hale, Daniel Boone, and General George Patton; they eradicated Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Christmas (but they did add Diwali as a holiday). They also declared that to say there was "an American love of individualism, inventiveness, and freedom" was to express inappropriate "value language," and they also rejected the concept of identifying specific beliefs that contributed to ou "national identity."
  • Audience did not remain ‘Silent’

    12/22/2009 10:44:47 AM PST · by MsLady · 59 replies · 2,769+ views
    Democrat Herald ^ | Dec. 19, 2009 | Jennifer Moody
    LEBANON — “Silent Night” was not on the program at Pioneer School’s concert Tuesday, but it was sung anyway — by the audience after the kids were done. Shortly after the children started rehearsals this fall, Principal Mark Finch had scratched the number after a parent complained that the carol’s emphasis was “too single-religion.” Superintendent Rob Hess, in attendance Tuesday, said he didn’t see who started the carol but thought approximately 100 of the more than 700 people in the audience joined in. Sam Long, a Pioneer volunteer and the grandmother of a Pioneer student, said the only reaction following...
  • To be or not to be decking the halls?

    12/10/2009 6:11:00 AM PST · by La Lydia · 4 replies · 345+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 10, 2009 | James Hohmann
    The county still has no approved Nativity scene or Christmas tree, more than a week after Loudoun's Board of Supervisors reversed a committee's decision to ban public displays. The supervisors will probably change that at a special meeting Thursday by ironing out details about who can set up displays...The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the school administration building in Ashburn, an hour before a scheduled public input session on the budget. On Dec. 1, supervisors voted, 7 to 1, to allow community groups "equal access" to the grounds. A decision last month to bar any structures, religious or...
  • Going Rogue To Follow God

    11/19/2009 7:38:57 PM PST · by Kfobbs · 263+ views
    Hearken The Watchmen ^ | November 19, 2009 | Kevin Fobbs
    Life decisions are often made when we feel that we are at a crossroads where the decision to turn to the left or to the right seems as clear for us to make as it is to breathe. Yet what about those times when the decision is not quite as clear where the variables that we are weighing are as cloudy and murky as a morning fog? Usually that is the time where the weight is heavy on our soul that we have truly to come to a decision that shoves us out of our comfort zone and that demands...
  • The Nobel Peace Delusion and the True Prince of Peace

    10/10/2009 6:23:45 AM PDT · by kindred · 3 replies · 522+ views
    To the surprise of the majority of Americans and the entire world, on 10/9/09 U.S. President Barak H. Obama was chosen to receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. It is no secret to any who follow politics or world events on the Right that the Nobel Peace Prize Foundation is an elitist, secular liberal body with a secular liberal utopian vision for the world and pushes a godless leftist agenda (Isaiah 30:1). The past recipients of this Award undoubtedy reveal this organization’s leftist leanings. All one has to do is to listen to President Obama’s acceptance speech today to understand...
  • A Christian Nation

    09/01/2009 1:36:01 PM PDT · by CMoran325 · 2 replies · 222+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | August 29, 2009 | Jeremy D. Boreing
    In the comment section of a recent post, I drew some fire for making the following, apparently shocking claim: We [Americans] see America, from the Pilgrims who signed the Mayflower Compact to the Biblical scholars… who birthed the nation, to the spirit of sacrifice and charity that thrives to this very day, not as a nation of Christians (for that freedom is at the deepest core of our common philosophy) but as a Christian nation. It seems that there is a growing belief that because our Founders were stalwart advocates for religious liberty, and because some of them had very...
  • The National Health Care- Setting the Stage for the Anti-Christ

    08/24/2009 5:34:29 PM PDT · by kindred · 8 replies · 940+ views
    The Ignorant Fisherman. com ^ | August 22, 2009 | DJP I.F
    The National Health Care - Setting The Stage For The Anti - Christ The cry and mantra we’re now hearing from the Obama administration and the Leftist Secular controlled Democratic Party is that we have to have a National Health Care bill passed and in place before the beginning of the summer congressional recess. The urgency and subtlety of this bill is quite telling. Some common tactics used by the Left are camouflage, deception, manipulation, connivery and demagoguery to get the agenda that they want. It is the Left’s agenda with this issue - as well as many others -...
  • Secular Group Decries 'Hareidi Kotel Takeover'

    08/16/2009 3:29:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 334+ views ^ | 8/16/09 | Gil Ronen
    ( Activist secular group 'The Jerusalemites' complains that the women's prayer area in front of the Kotel (Western Wall) was reduced in size, and that men and women are separated in the external courtyard, are signs of the 'haredization' of the Kotel. A local Jerusalem weekly reported Friday that the group, which is represented by one member (out of 31) on the City Council, said it was forming an action group for "returning the Kotel to the general public as part of the struggle for the character of Jerusalem.'"
  • Survey: Non-Religious Americans on the Rise in Every State

    08/15/2009 10:27:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 1,474+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 2009 | Katherine T. Phan
    The percentage of people who claim no religion has nearly doubled since 1990. Meanwhile, the percentage of Christians is on the decline, according to a new study on American religious life. The 2008 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), released on Monday, shows that the percentage of Americans claiming no religion, which jumped from 8.2 percent in 1990 to 14.2 in 2001, has now increased to 15 percent. The findings were based on over 54,000 interviews conducted between February and November of last year. The 2008 survey was a continuation of ARIS surveys in 1990 and 2001, which are part of...
  • Court to government: OK to diss Catholics (calling church 'hateful' serves 'secular' purpose)

    06/05/2009 5:37:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 656+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | 6/5/2009 | Bob Unruh
    Authorities in San Francisco who called the beliefs of the Catholic Church "hateful," "callous," and an "insult," – and urged members to disobey them – have been given the go-ahead by a panel of judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to express such hate because it serves a "secular" purpose. "It is not a stretch to compare the San Francisco Board's actions to that of the Nazi Germany policy of 'Gleichschaltung:' vilifying Jews as an auxiliary to and laying the groundwork for more repressive policies, including the final solution of extermination," said Richard Thompson, the president and...
  • Conversation with a Public School Bred America Hater.

    06/02/2009 7:55:41 PM PDT · by Lloyd Marcus · 46 replies · 1,999+ views
    Hi Folks, proud black conservative Lloyd Marcus here. Years ago, I was outraged when a dear white friend said her son came home from middle school full of guilt for slavery. I thought, “Good grief, this kid was basically born yesterday. What on earth should he feel guilty about?” But, this is the liberal “white men are evil” and “America sucks” garbage he was being taught in school. Fast forward to today. My friend's son, “Jay”, not his real name, is a young man. He contacted me on Facebook. Jay wrote that my writings make him “scratch his head”, but...
  • Undercover At An Evangelical University

    05/31/2009 5:06:56 PM PDT · by Freepmanchew · 22 replies · 1,728+ views
    NPR ^ | Kevin Roose
    Taking a semester off to travel and focus on writing isn't that unusual for a student at Brown University. But instead of studying comparative literature in Europe, Kevin Roose decided to go to Lynchburg, Va., and enroll at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University. Roose passed himself off as an evangelical Christian to blend in with students at the school founded by the late Moral Majority leader. The experience led to a book, The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University.
  • The Implications of the Decline in American Religiosity

    03/02/2009 2:49:02 PM PST · by Seth_Stuck · 4 replies · 347+ views
    Conservative Brawler ^ | February 15, 2009 | Conservative Brawler
    Gallop recently released polling research which suggests the median proportion of residents worldwide who said religion is important in their daily lives is 82%. Not surprisingly, America's average was 65%, well below the worldwide average. What do these numbers mean, and how has America's declining religiosity affected it?
  • Orthodox, secular Jews wage Facebook war

    02/26/2009 3:38:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies · 525+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/26/09 | ELAN LUBLINER
    Jewish students at the University of California, Berkeley, recently clashed over insensitive advertising for a Hillel-sponsored Valentine's Day event. The ad, which labeled a newlywed Orthodox couple as "scary," was originally posted on the Facebook social networking Web site, and generated a heated response. LIGHT-HEARTED, OR SHAMEFUL? This ad for 'speed friendship' on Valentine's Day drew sharply divided response. Hillel was attempting to attract students to a "speed friending" event in honor of the holiday. It was based on speed dating, a structured matchmaking process in which one meets many members of the opposite sex in a short period of...
  • Silhouette City: Anti-Christian Film

    10/12/2008 10:42:40 PM PDT · by johnnyford · 11 replies · 1,136+ views
    Talk to Action ^ | October 12, 2008 | johnnyford
    'Silhouette City' Captures Essence of Christian Right as Supremacist Political Movement By Bruce Wilson It is the mark of a truly outstanding documentary that it can survive the test of a fast-changing political and religious landscape and remain relevant and even transcendent. There have been many superb documentaries in the last few years about religion and politics, but my own personal opinion is that Michael W. Wilson's Silhouette City stands above the pack, and for one overriding reason - Wilson's deep understanding of the dynamic in which the militant, militia-movement grounded Christian right of the 1980's has morphed into a...