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  • Atheist group files lawsuit over ‘unconstitutional’ pet blessings at animal shelter

    11/23/2017 4:57:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 44 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/23/17 | Douglas Ernst
    A New Jersey animal shelter’s annual pet blessings has prompted a federal lawsuit by a group called American Atheists Inc. of Cranford. The Bergen County Animal Shelter is accused of violating the First and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution over two events held in 2016 and 2017. Each event featured a member of the Franciscan Order of the Divine Mercy in North Arlington. Plaintiffs say that animal blessings at the facility are tantamount to an endorsement of religion. They seek an injunction to stop the annual event, and legal fees.
  • A Huffington Post Humanist Urges the Church to Stop Using the Bible as a Moral Guide

    05/02/2017 6:07:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 540 replies ^ | May 2, 2017 | Michael Brown
    It’s one thing when a humanist attacks the Bible. That’s expected. It’s another thing when a humanist attacks a Christian denomination for using the Bible as a moral guide. But that’s exactly what humanist author Clay Farris Naff did on the Huffington Post on April 29th.Naff was upset that the highest court of the Methodist Church struck down the consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto, since her only infraction was being married to another woman. How, he wondered, could the church punish her for love?He writes, “To anyone free of ancient prejudices, the injustice of condemning Oliveto is plain. How can...
  • Obama Nurtures His Faith Away From the Spotlight (Thou Shalt Barf Alert)

    10/19/2013 9:57:37 AM PDT · by kristinn · 67 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | Saturday, October 19, 2013 | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama is not an overtly religious man. He and his family rarely attend church, and he almost never elaborates in public about his own relationship to his Christian faith. But away from the public eye, advisers say, the president has carefully nurtured a sense of spirituality that has served as a grounding mechanism during turbulent times, when the obstacles to governing a deeply divided nation seem nearly insurmountable. Every year on Aug. 4, the president's birthday, Obama convenes a group of pastors by phone to receive their prayers for him for the year to come. During the most...
  • Obama: “It’s a Time to Celebrate the Birth of Christ … and Learn From His Example”

    12/24/2012 12:08:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 23, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In a Christmas message to the nation delivered together with First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama said that for his family Christmas is “a time to celebrate the birth of Christ” and “learn from His example.” …… You see, the war in Iraq is over. The transition in Afghanistan is underway. After a decade of war, our heroes are coming home. And all across America, military families are reuniting. … … For my family and millions of Americans, it’s a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. To reflect on His life and learn from His example. Every year,...
  • Romney’s Mormon beliefs featured in pro-Obama ‘voter education’ brochure [Good News in VA]

    11/05/2012 4:50:41 PM PST · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/5/12 | Peter Wallsten
    Mitt Romney’s Mormon beliefs are featured prominently in a pro-Obama voter guide being circulated to African-American churchgoers in the all-important Hampton Roads area of battleground Virginia, the latest reminder that the Republican presidential nominee’s faith could be an under-the-radar issue for some voters. Romney would be the country’s first Mormon president, and although America’s most prominent evangelical leaders have overcome their theological concerns to enthusiastically back Romney’s candidacy, some on the left continue to see his Mormon beliefs as a possible wedge issue. The new brochure, produced by a coalition of black pastors in the Norfolk area, includes a side-by-side...
  • To some, Obama is the 'wrong' kind of Christian

    10/21/2012 5:48:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 73 replies
    CNN ^ | October 21, 2012 | By John Blake
    ...Historians may remember Obama as the nation’s first black president, but he’s also a religious pioneer. He’s not only changed people’s perception of who can be president, some scholars and pastors say, but he’s also expanding the definition of who can be a Christian by challenging the religious right’s domination of the national stage. Obama is a progressive Christian who blends the emotional fire of the African-American church, the ecumenical outlook of contemporary Protestantism, and the activism of the Social Gospel, a late 19th-century movement whose leaders faulted American churches for focusing too much on personal salvation while ignoring the...
  • Campaign launches 'People of Faith for Obama'

    09/17/2012 3:26:15 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 33 replies
    politico44 ^ | 9/17/12 | BYRON TAU
    The Obama campaign is launching a new outreach effort directed at religious voters. In a new web video uploaded to YouTube Monday, Obama made an argument for faith in the public square and talked about how it guided his presidency. "Faith isn't just a footnote in our nation's story," Obama said. "It reinforces the very essence of America." "These shared moral obligations have guided me as president,"
  • Obama Heads Out to Church

    08/19/2012 9:47:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    WH Dossier ^ | August 19, 2012, 11:26 am | Keith Koffler
    President Obama today made a rare appearance in church, strolling with his family across Lafayette Park to St. John’s, well known as the church where presidents pray. … Obama has been to regular Sunday services in Washington this year I think once or twice before this. …
  • Many Americans Can't Name Obama's Religion

    06/23/2012 10:26:28 AM PDT · by trekdown · 63 replies
    Gallup, Inc. ^ | June 22, 2012 | Frank Newport
    Just 34% of Americans correctly say U.S. President Barack Obama is a Christian, while 44% say they don't know Obama's religion and 11% say he is a Muslim.
  • 'God's partners in matters of life and death'

    08/20/2009 8:50:44 AM PDT · by dervish · 81 replies · 3,556+ views
    Washington Jewish Week ^ | 8/19/09 | Adam Kredo
    President Barack Obama needs some outside help pushing health care reform, and he's turning to rabbis to get it. In a morning conference call with about 1000 rabbis from across the nation, Obama asked for aid: "I am going to need your help in accomplishing necessary reform," the President told the group, according to Rabbi Jack Moline, who tweeted his way through the phoner. "We are God's partners in matters of life and death," Obama went on to say, according to Moline's real-time stream. The 15-minute morning briefing was sponsored by the Religion Action Center of Reform Judaism, and included...
  • I have a question.

    06/03/2009 10:31:49 AM PDT · by Sophia777 · 46 replies · 1,299+ views
    I spend a lot of time arguing about the fact Obama may be a Muslim, I always get this response, So what? Whats a good come back?
  • Muslims Should Stop Digging at Obama

    05/14/2009 9:42:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 713+ views
    Pakistan Observer ^ | 5/14/09 | Saeed Qureshi
    President Barack Obama who conesses to have Muslims relatives and who comes from a Muslim father has numerous times; both verbally and in writing painted Muslims with a kind and appreciative brush. He has described Muslims as nice, talented, civil and agreeable people. His resolve and decision to utter his full name with the middle name Hussein during the oath taking ceremony as president speaks for his conviction and strength of character. Perhaps he has a laudable fondness for the Muslims whom he thinks were as peace living, law abiding and hardworking people within the United States as other were....
  • Caption Obama in honor of National Day Of Prayer

    05/06/2009 1:33:01 PM PDT · by Brainhose · 21 replies · 878+ views
    Lake Titicaca | Today | Brainhose
    The Messiah did not hold a prayer meeting at the White House this year.He says he "Prays Alone" all the while he "Preys Publicly" on our wallets and family life.
  • Obama to 'dialogue' with Catholics at Notre Dame

    03/27/2009 6:45:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 97 replies · 2,146+ views
    WND ^ | March 27, 2009
    President Obama, who has made massive strides to expand abortion rights in his first few weeks in office, is looking forward to a "dialogue" with Catholics, who by church law are pro-life, when he speaks at the school's commencement this spring. The confirmation came at a news briefing today from presidential press secretary Robert Gibbs to Les Kinsolving, WND's correspondent at the White House. "What is the president's reaction to the 50,000 people already who've signed petitions joining the Catholic bishop of Fort Wayne, South Bend in objecting to his addressing the graduation and receiving an honorary degree from Notre...
  • Caption National Prayer Breakfast

    02/05/2009 10:51:18 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 45 replies · 784+ views
    President Barack Obama applauds former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as he spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009.
  • God gap: No gain for Obama with churchgoers

    11/01/2008 11:53:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 864+ views
    The Politico ^ | November 1, 2008 | David Paul Kuhn
    Barack Obama has courted white weekly churchgoers as avidly as any Republican-leaning bloc of voters, though it now appears his efforts may fall flat on Election Day. The Gallup Poll now shows Obama backed by 28 percent of white voters who attend church at least once a week — a group that makes up a roughly a third of all voters — which would be no improvement from the 29 percent of these voters who, according to exit polls, backed Democrats John Kerry and Al Gore in the previous two presidential election. “There has been remarkably little change among whites...
  • Yahoo Front Page: More on Obama's parents

    10/30/2008 10:02:41 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 16 replies · 1,225+ views
    Yahoo Front Page: More on Obama's parents
  • Obama's faith is widely mistaken in Kentucky (do they think he's Christian?)

    10/26/2008 8:02:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 81 replies · 1,846+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 10/26/2008 | Jack Brammer
    FRANKFORT — Public misconception is widespread in Kentucky about Barack Obama's faith, a Herald-Leader/WKYT Kentucky Poll shows.Despite heavy national media attention about Obama's faith, more than half of likely Republican voters — 54 percent — and one of every four Democrats in the state do not know that the Democratic presidential nominee is a Christian, the poll found.The poll showed that 14 percent of likely Kentucky voters — 28 percent of Republicans, 4 percent of Democrats and 11 percent of independents — think Obama adheres to the Muslim faith."With all the media attention to the fact that Obama is...
  • 2004 Interview: Obama Talks about Jesus, Heaven and Sin June 3, 2008

    10/21/2008 8:36:06 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 54 replies · 1,886+ views
    With Barack Obama about to head into the general election, he’ll need to re-introduce himself to the American people. Many folks just don’t know that much about him. One thing we do know is that Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim. He talks about his Christian faith quite a bit but because of some of his liberal positions (read: abortion, civil unions) he’s going to need to really work hard to convince religious moderates and religious conservatives that they have common ground. In 2004, he gave an interview to Cathleen Falsani who was the religion reporter at the Chicago...
  • America's Founding Values

    08/24/2008 10:13:21 AM PDT · by Jon Rowe · 41 replies · 303+ views
    It's often said that America was founded on "Judeo-Christian" values.