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  • The Dangers of Secondhand Christmas

    11/25/2014 2:54:50 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 25, 2014 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    A PTA of a public school in the Boston area apparently worked behind closed doors to prevent elementary school students from being exposed to the eeeeevil dangers of a...Christmas tree!!! (Cue the impending doom music.) It's gotten so bad that one news report says that one board member may step down over the controversy over the fear ofexposing children to secondhand Christmas.Sheesh. The Butler Elementary School PTA made a decision to cancel the annual field trip to see "The Nutcracker" ballet because supposedly some parents complained about the Christmas tree on stage in some scenes. Maybe they should've taken the...
  • Mad Intelligence: The Secularist Response to Islam

    10/27/2014 4:15:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 26, 2014 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    Nine years as chaplain of an 800 bed state mental hospital taught me that one can be mentally ill and highly intelligent. Talking with the patients often was more interesting than talking with their psychiatrists. Mad men are not mindless. They just do not distinguish between delusion and fact. Chesterton summed this up by aphorism: “The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.” This explains why it is often hard to distinguish university faculties from mental wards, save for the latter being kept under...
  • Secularism Declares Open War on Religious Faith

    10/26/2014 8:50:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 26, 2014 | Michael Brown
    In case you didn’t know it, if you are a conservative Christian, you are just like Boko Haram and ISIS. At least, that’s what the secularists are saying. More absurd still, they actually believe this.Of course, secularism has been waging war against religion for centuries, but more recently, in America and Europe, the rhetoric of secularism has become more extreme and shrill.When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, critics complained that the Court’s eminently reasonable decision was “anti-scientific.”As noted by Jonathan Adler in the Washington Post, “The Daily Beast‘s Sally Kohn decried the Court’s reliance on ‘bunk...
  • The aggressive secularization of America

    10/25/2014 8:50:22 AM PDT · by lightman · 20 replies
    Facebook ^ | 25 October AD 2014 | Abbot Tryphon
    SECULARISM The aggressive secularization of America As an American I have watched with sadness, the eroding of our Christian values and standards of living. When I was in grade school, each day was begun with the reading of the Bible, broadcast over the intercom system (yes, we had the technology when I was little). At my graduation from high school, there were two public gatherings in the gym, the first being the baccalaureate service, where the minister chosen by the seniors gave an inspirational address, and religious hymns and patriotic songs were sung. The second public gathering was the actual...
  • Cardinal Pell: Synod says no to 'secular agenda'

    10/17/2014 12:30:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cns ^ | October 16, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Cardinal George Pell said working-group reports from the Synod of Bishops on the family finally give a true picture of the assembly's views, counteracting what he characterized as a misleading midterm report. "We wanted the Catholic people around the world to know actually what was going on in talking about marriage and the family and, by and large, I think people will be immensely reassured," Cardinal Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, told Catholic News Service Oct. 16, the day the reports were published. "We're not giving in to the secular agenda; we're not...
  • Are Church Leaders Unwittingly Promoting a Secularist Agenda?

    10/01/2014 2:45:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 1, 2014 | STEPHEN M. KRASON
    Recent developments make me wonder if Church leaders and Catholic institutions in the U.S. are not, on the unawares, helping to further crucial parts of the secularist-leftist political and cultural narrative.Several months ago, on a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border one high-ranking prelate criticized the xenophobic ranting of a segment of the population on the immigration question. This summer another prelate spoke about the need to dismantle systemic racism in the wake of the events in Ferguson, Missouri. Reacting to the coming out of a prominent athlete, another high-ranking prelate spoke approvingly and insisted that the Bible instructs us...
  • Our Defining Moral Crisis

    09/08/2014 3:22:41 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | Danny Lemeiux
    One of the fundamental problems in our society is that we argue with one another from positions of moral parochialism: we assume that the other party shares our frames of reference. That may have been true in the earlier years of our nation, but I propose that this is no longer the case. Today, we argue from different and fundamentally incompatible moral codes and value systems. It is the dichotomy between the two that confuses our discourse and creates great dangers for our country.
  • Six Presuppositions that Challenge the Modern Evangelist

    08/18/2014 3:26:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/17/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is critical for us who would preach the Gospel to ponder what sorts of presuppositions our listeners bring to the conversation. Today, sadly, there are many trends that have poisoned the culture and make our task much more difficult.But difficult does not mean impossible. And thus it helps to describe modern mindsets, not to despair of them, but to describe them with some insight, rather than be vaguely aware of them. And being more clear on the presuppositions that people bring we can better speak our message and also go to work on those presuppositions and ask people to...
  • Theres wreckovation, and then there is this

    07/27/2014 5:05:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | July 25, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In Iraq, ISIS is bulldozing churches and turned the Cathedral of Mosul into a mosque. Meanwhile, many thousands of miles away…… in the National Post: What’s happening to Montreal’s churches? Quebec finding new ways to preserve its heritage in a secular ageMONTREAL — Weight machines fill the space where once there were pews, and visitors sip nutritional green smoothies, not communion wine. But despite its dramatic transformation into a private gym and spa, the onetime Dominican St. Jude’s Shrine on Montreal’s St. Denis Street remains a temple of sorts.“It becomes almost a religion for some people,” Sonya Audrey Bonin, general...
  • Is Religion 'Old-Fashioned' and 'Out of Date'?

    07/11/2014 12:27:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | JUL 10 2014 | Emma Green
    The downsides of using poll data to understand the arc of historyIn one of the most ambiguous poll questions ever, Gallup has asked Americans to once again act as a tenuous bellwether for the impending death of religion. In a May survey, more than 1,000 people were asked to pick between two vague sense impressions of faith: "Do you believe that religion can answer all of today's problems, or that religion is largely old fashioned and out of date?" Shockingly, only 13 percent of people took the out of answering "no opinion" or "other," which is one way of saying...
  • The Rapid Politicization of Religious Liberty and Natural Rights

    07/02/2014 9:03:52 AM PDT · by Reagan79 · 2 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | 7/02/2014 | Ray Nothstine
    Political hysteria has reached a crescendo over a very defined and limited ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby with this weeks 5-4 Supreme Court decision. As many commentators have noted, including the editors at National Review, That this increase in freedom makes some people so very upset tells us more about them than about the Courts ruling.
  • The Reasonableness of Religious Belief

    05/21/2014 6:23:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 21, 2014 | Rachel Lu
    I have always been a believer. Among other reasons, thats because I think rationality demands it.When I talk about belief here, I mean it in a very broad sense, which is not synonymous with Catholic or even Christian; Sikhs, Hindus and Zoroastrians might all qualify, and I myself was raised in the LDS church and not (according to Romes decree) validly baptized until the age of 25. When I speak here of believers, I am distinguishing those who are prepared to believe in more than what eye can see, ear can hear or elaborate scientific machine can detect.I wouldnt...
  • Honor Moms, Not Mammon, on Mothers Day

    05/11/2014 7:59:29 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 2 replies
    THE CHRISTIAN DIARIST ^ | MAY 11, 2014 | JP
    Today marks the 100th anniversary of Mothers Day. It is the fourth-biggest holiday for spending, according to CNBC. It is the third-largest card-sending holiday, according to Hallmark, with Americas moms receiving more than 133 million cards. Its the biggest phone-calling day of the year, according to History.com, with call volume spiking by as much as 37 percent. And its the biggest holiday of the year for dining out, according to the National Restaurant Association. What most of us are unaware of is the Christian origin of Mothers Day. It wasnt about obligatory Mothers Day presents or perfunctory Mothers Day greeting...
  • Army approves humanist as religious preference

    04/23/2014 3:10:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    RNS ^ | April 23, 2013 | Adelle M. Banks
    WASHINGTON (RNS) More than two years after first making his request, Army Maj. Ray Bradley can now be known as exactly what he is: a humanist in the U.S. military.Ray Bradley listens during a planning meeting for the Central North Carolina Atheists and Humanists. Photo by John Nichols, courtesy of U.S. Army This image is available for Web and print publication. For questions, contact Sally Morrow. “I’m able to self-identity the belief system that governs my life, and I’ve never been able to do that before,” said Bradley, who is stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and works on...
  • The Post-Protestant Ethic and Spirit of America (Compelling Read)

    03/07/2014 11:48:59 AM PST · by mojito · 5 replies
    The American ^ | 2/22/2014 | Joseph Bottum
    ...Over the past 50 years or so, these post-Protestants have gradually formed the core of a new and fascinating social class in America....And we can recognize their origins in mainline Protestantism when we discern some of the ways in which they see the world and themselves. They are, for the most part, politically liberal, preferring that government rather than private associations address social concerns. They remained puritanical and highly judgmental, at least about health. And like all puritans, they are willing to use law to compel behavior they think right. Nonetheless, they do not think of themselves as akin to...
  • Stupid for a TIME headline: "Poll: Catholic Beliefs At Odds With Vatican Doctrine"

    02/12/2014 6:00:53 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 9, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Pope Francis ponders if and when TIME magazine might issue any fundamental changes in its ideological and illogical reporting. (Okay, we made that up. At least we admit it when we make stuff up.) I'm still laughing at this one, recently posted on the TIME magazine site: "Poll: Catholic Beliefs At Odds With Vatican Doctrine" Really? Whatever does that mean? That what the actual Catholic Church teaches—that is, her beliefs—is actually different from what the Vatican teaches? Huh. That would be strange, to say the least, since what the Catholic Church believes is, in fact, doctrinal, and it just...
  • Losing Privileges

    01/14/2014 7:47:13 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 29 replies
    R.C. Sproul Jr. ^ | 1-14-14 | R.C. Sproul Jr.
    Is this a Christian country? There are likely as many ways to answer the question as there are stripes on our flag. Yes, the country was populated at its beginning with Christians looking for a place to worship freely. But that was before we became a country. Yes, many of our founding fathers were sincere professing Christians. But many of them were not. Yes, we are Christian in the same sense as all of Europe is Christian it is the faith tradition of the majority in our country. But no, we have rejected the faith of our fathers. Yes,...
  • We Werent 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...
  • Evangelicals & Catholics Together: In Defense of Religious Freedom (vs. Islam, Secularism)

    02/17/2012 12:49:27 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 27 replies
    First Things ^ | March 2012 | Evangelicals and Catholics Together
    Eighteen years ago, this fellowship of Evangelical and Catholic pastors, theologians, and educators was formed to deepen the dialogue among our communities on issues of common concern, to explore theological common ground, and to offer in public life a common witness born of Christian faith. Since our founding in 1994, we have addressed, together, such important public policy questions as the defense of life, even as we have proposed to our communities patterns of theological understanding on such long-disputed questions as the gift of salvation, the authority of Scripture, and the call to holiness in the communion of saints. We...
  • A Lament at the Secular Worlds Rejection of Natural Law

    07/21/2012 1:08:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 19, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the great losses to Western Culture is the increasing refusal to accept that there is a Natural Law to which we may commonly refer. This is especially problematic in pluralistic and secularist societies like the post-Christian West where reference to the sacred text of Scripture is not considered authoritative by many.Hence, it has been the long practice of the Church, even before secularizing trends to base her witness to the truth not only on Scripture but also on Natural Law. The recourse to such a basis for discussion is now largely impossible for us, as most secularists have...
  • Obama's Secular Christmas Message: Cookies, Basketball and 'Holiday' Traditions

    12/25/2013 9:56:33 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 49 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Here is the heart of President Obama's official Christmas message: "This is a season for millions of Americans to be together with family, to continue long-held holiday traditions, and to show our gratitude to those we love. And along the way, some of us might even watch a little basketball or eat some Christmas cookies, too." Ah yes, cookies and basketball: that's what Christmas is about for the President. Oh, and yes, those "long-held holiday traditions." More here.
  • Pope: Take note, Naive Progressivism protects human sacrifices

    11/24/2013 1:05:43 PM PST · by grimalkin · 8 replies
    Romereports.com ^ | 2013-11-18 | Romereports.com and Vaitcan Radio
    November 18, 2013. (Romereports.com) During his daily morning Mass at the Vatican, the Pope talked about the dangers of secularism. He talked about the subtle ways in which Christians begin to negotiate their values and faith. The desire to be like everyone else, said the Pope, often leads to 'adolescent progressivism.' The Pope said this can lead to 'human sacrifices' that are even protected by laws. The Vatican's new Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, also attended the Mass. POPE FRANCIS God is faithful with His people, even though His people are not faithful. With a spirit of children, may the...
  • Walesa Wants New Secular Ten Commandments

    10/21/2013 10:58:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    AFP via Newsmax ^ | Monday, 21 Oct 2013 12:17 PM | (AFP)
    Polish Nobel peace laureate Lech Wałęsa on Monday called for a new “secular Ten Commandments” to underpin universal values, addressing a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Warsaw. “We need to agree on common values for all religions as soon as possible, a kind of secular Ten Commandments on which we will build the world of tomorrow,” he said in an opening speech kicking off the three-day summit. … Besides universal values, the international community needs to focus on the economy of tomorrow, he said. …
  • Going to the Root Cause

    10/20/2013 10:47:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Ligonier.org ^ | 10/20/13
    The twentieth century was the start of the age of high technology. The technological advances of our age have eclipsed all previous generations. It was the nineteenth century that evoked an unprecedented spirit of human optimism. The Enlightenment concluded that man no longer needed the God-hypothesis to explain his origins and purpose. An optimistic humanism was born that promised a coming utopia. Education, science, and technology would produce the acme of evolutionary development. Peace would prevail and poverty, disease, crime, and war would be banished by the modern techniques of government, economics, and education. World War I temporarily burst the...
  • Skepticism and Secularism Have a Serious Sexual Harassment Problem

    10/14/2013 7:40:12 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    Slate via Web Archive ^ | Aug. 7, 2013, at 10:01 AM | Amanda Marcotte
    Most mainstream media stories about women in the growing skeptic/secularist/science education movement (the boundaries between the three are pretty porous) usually begin with articles and videos asking, "Where are all the women?" But people within these circles know that there are actually a lot of female leaders, and the real woman problem is sexual harassment. As Rebecca Watson, a major writer and speaker on the skeptic/atheist circuit wrote in Slate last year, the amount of sexual harassment aimed at women over even the tiniest suggestions of how to make the movement more female-friendly is absolutely stunning. ... This sort of...
  • Qubcois secular dress code sparks divisions

    09/14/2013 9:08:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    France 24 ^ | 13/09/2013
    A move by Quebecs ruling Parti Qubcois to ban public workers in the province from wearing ostentatious symbols has drawn fire from other Canadian leaders, and even created an internal division within the group. The so-called Charter of Quebec Values forbids state employees from wearing large Christian crosses, Jewish skullcaps or Muslim headscarves to work.
  • Don't Stop Making Sense

    09/14/2013 6:15:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    If Bret Baier ever needed an excellent excuse to get out of something, he had one on Sept. 10. The Fox News host was booked to interview Washington, D.C.'s Cardinal Donald Wuerl at an event hosted by the John Carroll Society. But when he signed up for the event organized by Catholic Beltway lawyers, he had no idea that the president of the United States would choose this particular Tuesday night for a prime-time address about a possible military strike in Syria. It was whirlwind of a news day, to say the least. But Baier didn't back out. During the...
  • French schools to get secularism charter

    09/08/2013 9:18:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    France 24 ^ | 09/08/2013
    Frances first secularism charter for schools is to be revealed by the countrys Education Minister Vincent Peillon on Monday. Although the precise details of the charters content are not yet known, it is expected to remind pupils of the strict secularist principles of Frances education system and make clear that they are not allowed to miss certain classes for religious reasons. All public schools in France will be required to display the document from Monday onwards. Peillon said the charter would help to instill the values of the Republic in the countrys young people, in an interview with French weekly...
  • Subhumanism: The West's New Philosophy

    07/23/2013 11:56:24 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 16 replies
    Aleteia ^ | July 2013 | Jason Jones and John Zmirak
    Heres an ugly truth you can drop in the punchbowl at your next office party most Western men and women, including many who consider themselves conventionally religious, treat human beings as subhuman. They accept without reflection theories of human life that reduce us to brainy animals, or let us play at being gods. These theories render suffering meaningless and train us to live as cowards; they teach us to despise the weak but train us in habits of laziness and avoidance; they speak the language of progress while in fact encouraging the lowest of human instincts; they claim to...
  • Is the Italian family about to be replaced by The Messianic State?

    07/20/2013 1:13:17 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 20 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7-19-13 | Hilary White
    Can the family die, as a legal and social institution in Italy? Such a question could not even have been asked 40 years ago in this country, but in that time, the social and demographic landscape has changed dramatically, and the unthinkable is going on around us. For some time Ive been thinking about and reading various opinions on how the destruction of marriage as a legal and social institution in the formerly Christian West, has forwarded the aims of that nebulously defined, but apparently all-powerful, class of people Ive come to call, simply, the Statists or the Secularists. Its...
  • Culture War Has Escalated From Cold to White-Hot

    07/12/2013 6:03:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 12, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    Wake up, conservatives -- and Christians. We're getting our rear ends handed to us, and we'll continue to if we don't do a better job of fighting back. I'm not just talking about electoral politics. Liberal and secular activist groups are as aggressive as ever and winning, energized and enabled by this most radical of administrations -- and equally so by deer-in-the-headlights conservatives. The latest episode in this particular series of unfortunate events involves the Y's rolling over to the relentless bullying of pro-abortion activists to evict Students for Life of America from its facilities. These self-depicted arbiters of tolerance...
  • Abp. Chaput: "The more secular we become, the less we care about the true, right and lasting."

    07/10/2013 1:54:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 10, 2013 | Carl E. Olson
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia is pictured following an interview in Rome in October 2012 (CNS photo). First Things has posted an address, "Wisdom, Christian Witness, and the Year of Faith", given yesterday by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput at the National Shrine, Washington, D.C., as part of the National Shrine’s Year of Faith lecture series. It begins with a reflection on the 1800-year-old diary of a Roman emperor: Marcus Aurelius held absolute power in a corrupt age. Yet despite that, he chose to seek what is true and right and lasting; and he disciplined his own life accordingly....
  • THE NEW STATE RELGION, GODLESS SECULARISM AND ITS "NO" TO MERCY AND FORGIVENESS

    06/27/2013 2:21:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Southern Orders ^ | June 27, 2013 | Fr. Allan J. McDonald
    There is no doubt about it, the times,they have changed. The United States of America has an official new state religion and it is godless Secularism based upon the Humanist Manifesto (press here to read it). Godless Secularism elevates the human individual into a god and makes the worship of the individual the centerpiece as it shunts the common good to the periphery as well as forcing authentic religion and her true God into the private and personal never to influence the public. This new state religion influences in powerful ways the politics of this land and many politicians...
  • Secularisms Progress: Western Churches-Turned-Mosques Segregating Women

    06/08/2013 10:55:49 AM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 8 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 8 June 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    If you've ever had the great fortune of seeing the entrance to a mosque, you'll have noticed that there are two doors: one, the main, huge, is for men, another, small and lateral, for women (as in the picture below of the East London Mosque). Apparently we need "right-wing groups" now in England to protest sexism, because the Left totally condones it. The recently-formed England National Resistance (ENR) felt outraged that the North West Kent Muslim Associations mosque in Crayford High Street has separate entrances for men and women. Particularly offensive is the fact that this was once a church,...
  • Police Attack Protesters In Istanbuls Taksim Square

    05/31/2013 2:57:07 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 31,2013 | Tim Arango,Ceylan Yeginsu
    ISTANBUL Police officers attacked a group of peaceful demonstrators on Friday in Istanbuls Taksim Square with water cannons and tear gas, sending scores of people, protesters and tourists alike, scurrying into shops and luxury hotels and turning the center of this city into a battle zone at the height of tourist season.
  • Who are Jerome Corsi's Bad Samaritans?

    05/30/2013 11:41:41 AM PDT · by jazminerose
    Jerome Corsi discusses his newest book, The Bad Samaritans today on the Joy Tiz show at 2 pm PDT/5 pm EDT. He'll tell us about the Bad Samaritans and their nefarious plans to drive Christianity out of our society.
  • Intolerant Secularists

    05/14/2013 2:42:25 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 5 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 24 July 2012 | Enza Ferreri
    People like Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion (Amazon USA) , (Amazon UK) , and Christopher Hitchens, who wrote God Is Not Great (Amazon USA) , (Amazon UK) , et al, when attacking religion, play on various ambiguities. They create ambiguities in their choice of terms and then these ambiguities are convenient for them. The first instance of ambiguity is the use of the term religion. It puts together all sorts of people and doctrines which may have very little in common. To give an analogy, the flat earth theory is undoubtedly a theory of physics. It says something...
  • Rethinking Religious Liberty

    04/25/2013 3:09:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 25, 2013 | Benjamin Wiker
    A man holds a large U.S. flag before an Oct. 14 Mass and Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. (CNS photo/Leslie E. Kossoff) In a previous article, “The Puzzle of Religious Liberty,” I brought before readers a rather vexing quandary. Somehow our hearty affirmation of religious liberty—which would seem to be a good thing—ends up producing a secular state that uses its powers to enforce a secular agenda that contradicts our religious liberty. How does it happen? In order to limit governmental interference in our religion, we...
  • Obamas Soldiers for Secularism

    04/10/2013 4:31:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4.10.13 | GEORGE NEUMAYR
    Defense Department materials classifying Christians as extremists reflect the ideology of the boss. Whoever put together the recently reported Defense Department materials classifying Catholics and Evangelicals as extremists can be excused for simply reflecting, if a bit overenthusiastically, the ideology of the boss. Obamas anti-Christian secularism is the order of the day. Why wouldnt that philosophy seep into DOD materials? The military is dismissing this slide show for a U.S. Army Reserve presentation, which placed the Catholic Church in the same category as al Qaeda, as an isolated incident. An Army spokesman told the press it was produced by an...
  • Americans and Religion Increasingly Parting Ways

    03/14/2013 1:10:31 PM PDT · by MoochPooch · 12 replies
    UC Berkeley News Center ^ | March 12, 2013 | Yasmin Anwar
    BERKELEY Religious affiliation in the United States is at its lowest point since it began to be tracked in the 1930s, according to analysis of newly released survey data by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Duke University. Last year, one in five Americans claimed they had no religious preference, more than double the number reported in 1990.
  • Liberals, Conservatives, and the New Orthodoxy (as viewpoints within the Catholic Church)

    03/09/2013 11:33:11 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 7, 2013 | David G. Bonagura, Jr.
    The retirement of Benedict XVI and speculation about his potential successors have brought back the old categories for Catholic clergy and laity – liberal, progressive, and conservative – in the secular media. But the media have missed a critical point: while there are certainly various viewpoints within the Church (which has always been the case, and is a good and healthy condition so long as these viewpoints are faithful), these labels, as they have been used for decades, no longer fit the current state of the Church. “Liberal” or “progressive” were terms applied in the years after the Second Vatican...
  • The Puzzle of Religious Liberty

    01/16/2013 3:29:31 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 15, 2013 | Benjamin Wiker
    A Most Puzzling Puzzler I invite the reader to think through an interesting and very serious conundrum. Many of us are rightly alarmed at ever-bolder attempts by our increasingly secular state to violate the religious liberty of its citizens. To ward off such violations, we embrace the relevant part of the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”  We therefore invoke the so-called “Free Exercise Clause” as a shield to impede attempts by the state to control or prohibit the free exercise of our religious convictions (and...
  • Frances new monitoring policy deemed religious liberty threat

    12/17/2012 11:29:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | Dec 14, 2012 / 10:21 am
    Religious freedom experts are decrying a recent announcement by the French government that it will deport and dissolve groups that are labeled extreme and appear to suffer from religious pathology. At a Dec. 11 conference, French interior minister Manuel Valls announced that new government surveillance policies will be aimed at shutting down religious groups including traditionalist Catholics if they show signs of a religious pathology that could lead to violence, reported Reuters. The conference was held two days after French president Franois Hollande announced the creation of a new agency, the National Observatory of Secularism, to observe and promote...
  • A godless nation: Doomed to fail (Mychal Massie says U.S. trusts handouts of man over hand of God)

    12/04/2012 12:14:29 PM PST · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    WND ^ | December 03, 2012 | Mychal Massie
    The truth is a hard thing to hear and even a more bitter pill to swallow. But until we face the truth, we are doomed to sink lower into the abyss as a society. The truth is that a godless nation is a nation doomed to fall. We as a nation have slowly accepted and pompously come to believe that wisdom begins and stems from us. Secularism is the view that all things religious should be excluded from daily public living, specifically pertaining to political and social concerns. Thanks to secularism, the mindset today is that God and religious opinion...
  • OREILLY LAMBASTES OBAMA & SECULAR PROGRESSIVES WHO ARE BENT ON DESTROYING

    11/13/2012 5:25:55 AM PST · by NYer · 65 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 13, 2012
    On Monday night, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly had some tough words for secular progressives, highlighting their purportedly dangerous views on social and economic issues. The subject of his “Talking Points Memo” segment asked, “Is traditional America gone for good?”The popular television host commenced the segment by noting his belief that traditional America can, once again, rise to prominence, however, he contended that “it will take a very special person to make that happen.” To corroborate O’Reilly’s point that the nation may, indeed, bounce back to its traditional roots, he noted that, despite winning re-election, Obama is slipping in popularity.“Left-wing ideology...
  • The nones say 2012 election proves they are a political force

    11/10/2012 12:31:09 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    RNS ^ | November 8, 2012 | Kimberly Winston
    (RNS) Last month, Lauren Anderson Youngblood, communications manager for the Secular Coalition for America, approached Broderick Johnson, a senior adviser to the Obama campaign, as they both left a conference on religion and the election. The SCA is an umbrella group representing 11 nontheistic organizations. So who, Youngblood asked Johnson, could she reach out to with their concerns about civil rights, access to health care and education? “He said, ‘We don’t view you as a constituency,’” Youngblood said. “He said, ‘We don’t do outreach to that community.’” After Tuesday's election, that may soon change. According to a Pew Forum on...
  • Americas Religious Freedom Threatened

    11/02/2012 12:42:51 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 2, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Until recently, Americans were used to hearing about threats to religious freedom in other countries. From the end of World War II, for about 50 years, our understanding of religious liberty was relatively stable, Notre Dame professor Gerard Bradley said in a Georgetown University seminar on October 24, 2012. Our understanding was that the greatest threat to religious liberty was public authority. But somewhere around the turn of the millennium, that changed. At around this time, what has previously been thought of as a canonical definition of religious freedom turned into a relativistic one, Bradley said. There are two kinds...
  • The Neglect of France's Socialist Welfare State - Skeleton of French Man Found in Bed after 15 Years

    10/20/2012 11:29:18 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    Reuters (via Yahoo!) ^ | Fri, Oct 19, 2012 | Pierre Savary; Vicky Buffery
    LILLE, France (Reuters) - Police in France said on Friday they were trying to identify the skeleton of a man believed to have lain undiscovered in bed for more than 15 years. The body, found in an abandoned house in the northern city of Lille, is thought to be that of the elderly owner of the property, who lived alone and appeared to have no relatives. Police said they had found piles of unopened mail at the house dating back to 1996.
  • Soviet propaganda posters show importance of religious freedom

    10/20/2012 7:19:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    cna ^ | October 19, 2012 | Carl Bunderson
    A woman throws icons away in a propaganda poster which states, "The Bright Light of Science Has Proven That There Is No God." Denver, Colo., Oct 19, 2012 / 05:43 pm (CNA).- Some 40 Soviet propaganda posters against Christianity will soon be displayed at Denver’s Catholic cathedral as part of an exhibit dedicated to religious liberty. “These posters remind us that societies can turn very deadly when you have a kind of radical secularism which manifests in an anti-Christian attitude … you see it in all its ugliness through the lens of these posters,” Father Doug Grandon told CNA...