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  • Stop stealing my retread ZOT!

    09/09/2010 1:28:10 PM PDT · by MrShine · 1,802 replies
    SmallGovTimes ^ | 9/8/10 | John Jay Myers
    Originally the message of the Tea Party seemed clear “Less taxes and spending”. Simple enough, Right? Somehow they have gotten distracted. Very, very distracted. I know that all Tea Parties and their participants are different, so it is not fair for me to throw them all under the bus. So for those who are distracted; let me attempt to recapture your attention. You wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of breaking glass, when you stumble out of your bed into the living room you find a man standing there with your TV in his arms....
  • Archbishop Chaput calls for resistance to intolerance of Christianity

    08/25/2010 8:54:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | August 25, 2010
    Archbishop Charles Chaput Spisske Podhradie, Slovakia, Aug 25, 2010 / 05:48 am (CNA).- Addressing the first session of the 15th symposium for the Canon Law Association of Slovakia on Tuesday, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver called for Catholics in America and Europe to oppose the rise of a “state-encouraged atheism” which reduces religion to “an individual lifestyle accessory” incapable of influencing the world. The archbishop exhorted Christians to respond to these trends by rediscovering their historic faith as the only sound basis for a just society.Recalling the historical experience of the Slovakian Church under Communism, Archbishop Chaput told the assembly...
  • A Secular Argument Against Gay Marriage

    08/05/2010 2:00:52 PM PDT · by ezfindit · 25 replies
    OrthodoxNet ^ | 8/5/2010 | Fr. Johannes Jacobse
    Regarding the destructiveness of "gay marriage": To me, what is at stake in this debate is not only the potential unhappiness of children, grave as that is; it is our ability to maintain the most basic components of our humanity. I believe, in fact, that we are at an “Antigone moment.” ... The Apostle Paul speaks of “the wisdom of the world” but there it means a kind of assumption of wisdom where in fact none exists. Reducing all wisdom to within the Church is merely the reverse of the secular paradigm, imposing a categorical distinction where in fact none...
  • Losing the Republic

    07/04/2010 3:28:02 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | July 04, 2010 | Adam G. Mersereau
    Americans celebrate their independence today in a very different society from the one born in 1776. The beliefs the Founders held most dear, and upon which they built a uniquely free society, are largely alien -- even objectionable -- in today's America. I am not referring to the changes brought about by President Obama, but to a deeper change that preceded Obama and which fueled his ascendancy. The principles of freedom upon which America was built -- such as the ideas that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights -- arose from...
  • For atheist human rights activist, crucifix in Italian classrooms not against secularism

    06/30/2010 7:10:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Asia News ^ | 06/30/10 | Nirmala Carvalho
    For atheist human rights activist, crucifix in Italian classrooms not against secularism Nirmala Carvalho According to Lenin Raghuvanshi, “Human rights and democracy do not exist in a vacuum, in a value-neutral space. Denying the identity, culture and history of a society is a violation of secularism and human rights.” New Delhi (AsiaNews) – “The crucifix in Italian classrooms is not a tradition that goes against the values of secularism,” Indian human rights activist Lenin Raghuvanshi told AsiaNews. “A secular education means learning from history and logic. Jesus Christ brought peace, reconciliation, non-violence and justice in the world,” said Raghuvanshi who...
  • Secular Fundamentalism and Its Godless Social Engineering

    06/15/2010 12:56:26 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 157+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 6/15/10 | RMM I.F.
    While many secular scholars mock the prophetic writings of the Old and New Testaments as being irrational and fundamentalist, and too many Christians seemingly chime in by eschewing the idea of a literal fulfillment of such apocalyptic predictions, especially when it comes to great events like the Rapture of the Church (1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:13-18), the Great Tribulation (Jer. 30:1-7; Rev 6-19), the Second Coming of Christ (Matt 24:30-31; Rev 19:11-16), the glorious Millennial Messianic Kingdom of the future when the people of Israel will finally receive the full benefits of all of their covenants promised to them...
  • Issues to watch on Pope's trip to Portugal

    05/08/2010 3:58:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 387+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 7, 2010 | Diogenes
    John Allen looks at the background of Pope Benedict's coming trip to Fatima, Portugal. He notes that the five foreign trips the Pope has scheduled for this year-- to Malta, Portugal, Cyprus, Great Britain, and Spain-- "are almost laid out in ascending order of difficulty." Benedict in Portugal: A different crisis, secularism, and 'Marian Cool' As fate would have it, Pope Benedict XVI's five foreign trips in 2010 are almost laid out in ascending order of difficulty. Last month's weekend stop in Malta, arguably the most Catholic society on earth, amounted to the warm-up act, while next week's four-day swing...
  • The Year of Our Lord: Christian Phrase Still Used on State Documents (GAG ALERT!!!)

    04/25/2010 12:04:16 PM PDT · by Baladas · 18 replies · 576+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 04/25/10 | Jeffrey Weiss
    A few days ago, I got curious about the wording of those proclamations issued by several state governors announcing Confederate History Month. (Mostly, I wondered why a patriotic current citizen of the United States of America would want to celebrate what were unarguably the deadliest traitors in our nation's history.) As I found examples of the proclamations online, I was struck by some of what I'd consider the "boilerplate," the way the date of issuance is described. Here's how the governor of Georgia did it: "In witness thereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Cardinal Ouellet: Quebec Must 'Return to God'

    03/29/2010 4:04:15 PM PDT · by topher · 3 replies · 128+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com -- Your Life, Family, and Culture Outpost ^ | March 29, 2010 | By Patrick B. Craine
    Monday March 29, 2010 Cardinal Ouellet: Quebec Must 'Return to God' By Patrick B. CraineQUEBEC CITY, Quebec, March 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada, has once again called for Quebec to renounce its anti-religious secularism and return to its Catholic-Christian roots.“I sadly note that the total rejection of our Catholic identity leads more and more to a total mess in education,” the Cardinal wrote last month in Le Soleil.  “The byproducts are well known: fragile couples, broken families, massive abortions, soon euthanasia, suicides at alarming rates, evident school dropouts, work seven...
  • Secular Writer Takes on Fr. John Corapi (My Money's on the Priest)

    03/14/2010 12:10:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 702+ views
    NC Register ^ | March 9, 2010 | DANIELLE BEAN
    A. A. Gill, contributing editor at Vanity Fair, usually writes restaurant reviews. He’s probably pretty good at it. He should stick to the food. Unfortunately, however, after a recent visit to the Kentucky’s Creation Museum, he could not contain his disdain. In a mocking article in Vanity Fair, he made fun of the city of Cincinnati as being “Behind the times” and its residents as “Neanderthals lacking technology.” Some Cincinnatians took umbrage. And then Gill took some back. Going just a bit too far, in my opinion. In a recent interview with Meghan Fox, Gill hurled a whole new...
  • Solid priestly identity essential as secularism grows, Pope tells priests

    03/12/2010 12:21:36 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 116+ views
    cna ^ | March 13, 2010
    Vatican City, Mar 12, 2010 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict met with priests and bishops participating in an international theological convention on Friday and spoke with them on the importance of understanding what it means to be a priest. This awareness of their identity is all the more important as secularism advances and some try to reduce the priesthood to being almost a 'social worker.'Speaking of priestly identity in the modern "policentric" context, which often fades our idea of identity, "it is important clearly to bear in mind the theological specificity of ordained ministry, in order not to...
  • Mysogynistic, Homophobic, Fascist, Racist and Xenophobic (Reaction to Pope's UK Visit) (Ecumenical)

    02/11/2010 1:35:48 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 7 replies · 325+ views
    I find it quite frightening on how badly prepared the Church in England and Wales is to combat secularism and opposition to the Church's teaching. We give the impression that we don't really care. This weekend there will be a demonstration against the Papal visit outside Westminster Cathedral followed by a rally outside the Italian embassy, presumably in the hope of attracting the attention of the Italian media, amongst the speakers will be Peter Tatchell, it advertises itself as: We support: · Women's equality and reproductive rights · Equal rights for LGBT people · A secular Europe - immune to...
  • Is There Religious Freedom in America or Has Establishment Clause Been Manipulated ?

    01/12/2010 6:06:28 AM PST · by William Tell 2 · 6 replies · 334+ views
    Tremoglie's Tea Time Blog ^ | 1-12-10 | Rosa Anna Tremoglie
    The View from Europe By Rosa Anna Tremoglie The legal squabbles in America about the separation of church and state is at once, disconcerting, perplexing and amusing to Italians. It is with a sense of irony that we view this continuing argument. Italians were...
  • The War on Christians and Jews

    12/18/2009 7:12:41 AM PST · by Wolf13 · 10 replies · 521+ views
    Human Events ^ | 12-18-09 | Gary Bauer
    At a time of year when faith is celebrated by most Americans, it may surprise some to learn that many students of faith and history believe we are living in a post-Christian age. It is not apparent at the local malls now so festively decorated, but it can be seen in some telltale cultural indicators. One of those is the number of attacks on people of faith, particularly Jews. Throughout much of the world today, where Christianity is in decline attacks on Jews are on the rise. In post-Christian Europe, Jews are often victims of a deeply entrenched anti-Semitism. Synagogues...
  • SCIENCE and SCRIPTURE. Is the Bible Reliable?

    12/11/2009 2:38:04 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 31 replies · 1,322+ views
    Bible Bulletin Board ^ | unknown | John Macarthur
    Introduction The famous evolutionist Julian Huxley once said, "Any view of God as a personal being is becoming frankly untenable. The difficulty of understanding the functions of a personal ruler in a universe which the march of knowledge is showing us ever more clearly as self-ordered and self-ordering in every minutest detail is becoming more and more apparent" (Essays of a Biologist [New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923], p. 217). His sentiments were echoed by the British philosopher Bertrand Russell: "That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin,...
  • Forgive Us Our Isms

    12/05/2009 5:16:09 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 445+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | December 4, 2009 | Joe Hargrave
      As Catholics, it comes as no surprise to us that the human brain is hard-wired for religion. We believe in a God who created us in His image so that we would come to know and love Him. But for Enlightenment thinkers, who had committed themselves to the "liberation" of human thought from the shackles of religious dogma, the news would not have been welcome at all.   If political society, as Hobbes wrote, abhors a vacuum, the same is true of religious belief. One cannot destroy without creating something else in its place. The new society or...
  • 'No God? No Problem!' Holiday Ads to Hit U.S. Cities

    11/29/2009 7:15:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies · 1,491+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 11/29/2009 | Jennifer Riley
    The first of five U.S. cities will be hit by a new atheist holiday ad campaign this Thanksgiving weekend. Washington, D.C., residents can expect to see ads proclaiming, "No God?...No Problem!" inside buses and rail cars. Washington, D.C., residents can expect to see ads proclaiming, “No God?...No Problem!” inside buses, rail cars and on the side or tail of buses by week’s end. The campaign, sponsored by the American Humanist Association, will then target the transit systems of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. According to AHA, the holiday ad campaign is the first by a humanist group...
  • Crystal ball boom while churches go bust

    11/14/2009 8:42:24 AM PST · by Kfobbs · 12 replies · 901+ views
    Renew America ^ | November 12, 2009 | Kevin Fobbs
    "Magic Mirror on the Wall, who is the fairest one of all?" was uttered by the wicked Queen in the 1937 Walt Disney animated movie 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.' Do you remember that poignant little snippet from the movie that became a childhood classic for generations? The nation did not necessarily embrace the evil Queen as a hero but some were on the edge of their seats wondering if the truth or the continued lie would ever come out. The question which many have speculated over was whether or not this movie's focus on the dark side of...
  • Church of England apologises to Darwin (bows to Temple of Darwin)

    11/02/2009 10:47:44 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 7 replies · 604+ views
    CMI ^ | October 28, 2009 | Jonathan Safarti, Ph.D.
    This weekend’s feedback is in response to a number of queries about the Church of England (Anglicans) officially apologizing to Darwin. However, they don’t speak for all attenders of this church, since many of them are still faithful to Scripture and are appalled by their ‘leaders’. There are numerous mistakes in the article by the official CoE representative, a Rev. Dr Malcolm Brown, on the official CoE website, and Jonathan Sarfati replies point-by-point...
  • Bill Donohue Takes Aim at the Secular Left (How Libs are destroying religion in America)

    09/01/2009 3:31:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 769+ views
    ic ^ | September 1, 2009 | Deal W. Hudson
    In 1978, a young scholar in his early 30s named Bill Donohue, working on a book about the ACLU, went to New York City to interview its founder, Roger Baldwin. Donohue asked him why the ACLU was opposed to a moment of silent "meditation" in the classroom. Baldwin responded, "I suppose you could get by with that, but it's a subterfuge, because the implication is that you're meditating about the hereafter, or God, or something."   That revealing moment allowed Donohue to confirm that Baldwin opposed a moment of silent meditation because he feared some student might actually think...
  • Dead End of Secularism

    07/02/2009 11:00:16 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 11 replies · 451+ views
    www.tothesource.org ^ | June 11, 2009 | Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse
    Dead End of Secularism Secularism was to be the wave of the future. Leading secular theorists such as Peter Berger taught that secularism would be the inevitable result of the inexorable march of progress and that its many advantages would simply drive out religion in all of its forms. No serious discussion was possible or necessary. Religion would be deposited unceremoniously on the dustbin of history. But a funny thing happened on the way to the dustbin: secularism has not only failed to triumph over religion, it can’t even reproduce itself. In spite of enormous institutional advantages conferred on it...
  • France: Veil flouts secular principles says mosque chief

    06/23/2009 12:51:42 PM PDT · by steve-b · 22 replies · 728+ views
    Adnkronos ^ | 6/23/09
    French president Nicolas Sarkozy's rejection of the burka and the face veil are "in keeping with the republican spirit of secularism," according to the rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, quoted by media. Boubakeur said he supported a proposal by French MPs for a panel of deputies to look at the wearing of the burka "on the condition that they listen to what the experts on Islam have to say". The burka marked "a return towards Islam's past, in line with the preaching and vision of fundamentalists" added Boubakeur (photo)....
  • Church and Benedict XVI confronting heart of secular world (forces becoming more emboldened in US)

    06/02/2009 1:48:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 428+ views
    cna ^ | June 2, 2009
    Archbishop Francisco Gil Helin Madrid, Spain, Jun 1, 2009 / 08:39 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Francisco Gil Hellin of Burgos, Spain said last week that it has become increasingly evident that both the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict XVI are confronting the “center of the secular world, made up of significant elements of the European Union, the United Nations, and more recently, the United States.” “This center has shown itself incapable of accepting anything that is not part of its own values. And thus, despite scientific proof, the Pope has been irrationally criticized in the name of reason, and the...
  • Secularism: One of America's Great Strengths?

    05/29/2009 9:54:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies · 487+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | Apr. 10 2009 | The Christian Post
    Though President Obama may have irked some Americans when he told the nation of Turkey this week that the United States is not a Christian nation, he might have helped believers in Muslim-dominated areas by saying so. Christians overseas, particularly in the Middle East, are often persecuted under the false pretense that the appearingly immoral and indulgent West is a reflection of Christendom. Now, should anti-Christian Muslims take to heart what Obama said recently, perhaps they’ll see the immoral and indulgent West as a reflection of secularism or even liberalism. “One of the great strengths of the United States is...
  • Socialism and Secularism Suck Vitality Out of Society

    05/12/2009 7:29:14 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 12 replies · 638+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/12/09 | Dennis Prager
    Outside of politics, sports, and popular entertainment, how many living Germans, or French, or Austrians, or even Brits can you name? Even well-informed people who love art and literature and who follow developments in science and medicine would be hard pressed to come up with many, more often any, names. In terms of greatness in literature, art, music, the sciences, philosophy, and medical breakthroughs, Europe has virtually fallen off the radar screen. This is particularly meaningful given how different the answer would have been had you asked anyone the same question between just 80 and 120 years ago — and...
  • Obama’s Request to Cover Christian Symbol Reveals Country’s Move toward Socialism, Secularism

    04/29/2009 5:54:24 AM PDT · by kellynla · 21 replies · 1,217+ views
    cnsnews.com ^ | April 28, 2009 | Penny Starr
    Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) said he was “disturbed” by President Barack Obama’s request to have the symbolic name for Jesus Christ – IHS – covered from a pediment that was visible behind him when he spoke at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall on April 14. “I join many Christians in expressing my outrage at this request,” Fleming said after requesting one minute to speak on the House floor. “This administration has no problem spending money imprinted with the phrase, ‘In God We Trust,’ but won’t have our president speak with any symbol of Christ in public view,” Fleming said. “We begin...
  • Islam and the secular mind

    04/12/2009 5:16:10 AM PDT · by Scanian · 24 replies · 1,028+ views
    Arkansas Democrat Gazette ^ | April 12, 2009 | Bradley R. Gitz
    President Obama says, correctly, that we are not "at war" with Islam. But it is also correct to say that certain parts of Islam are most certainly at war with us. That we are having such a difficult time understanding this can be attributed to the inability of secular Western intellectuals to understand movements inspired by non-secular belief systems. The secular mind has difficulty enough understanding Pentecostals and Southern Baptists, let alone the kinds of people who believe that stone walls should be collapsed upon homosexuals and infidels beheaded on video. As Western (particularly European) societies have moved progressively away...
  • Pope warns of 'a desert of godlessness' in Good Friday address

    04/11/2009 5:53:29 AM PDT · by Scanian · 25 replies · 836+ views
    MailOnline ^ | April 11, 2009 | Staff
    Pope Benedict XVI last night attacked the rise of aggressive secularism in Western societies, warning them that they risked drifting into a 'desert of godlessness'. He used his Good Friday meditations to compare deliberate attempts to remove religion from public life to the mockery of Jesus Christ by the mob as he was led out to be crucified. 'Religious sentiments' were increasingly ranked among the 'unwelcome leftovers of antiquity' and 'held up to scorn and ridicule', he added. 'We are shocked to see to what levels of brutality human beings can sink,' said the Pope at an evening ceremony at...
  • Writing the church's obit

    03/16/2009 9:15:47 AM PDT · by rosepetal77 · 341+ views
    When these gun owners are pressed about their true dedication to the cause of gun rights, they invariably offer the infamous "… from my cold dead fingers" or "They can have them … bullets first". To these people, I would like to say, "Please stop with the clichés! If your freedom means so little to you that you are not willing to fight for it politically, then do not insult my intelligence by claiming to be willing to lay down your life for it."
  • The Golden Calf in all of its modern and secular manifestations still dances and prances among us

    03/13/2009 8:32:40 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 9 replies · 398+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 3/13/'09 | Rabbi Berel Wein
    The obvious problem arising out of the Golden Calf is how could the Jewish people, fresh from the miracles of Egypt, Sea of Reeds, manna and the revelation at Sinai revert to paganism and to the worship of a man-made deity. What possessed them to be so blind as to their own recent experiences and to their stated destiny? Of course, this incident is the ultimate proof of the allowance for free will in human affairs, even for the most destructive form of free will. And, yet, it is most troubling to realize how seriously error prone the Jewish people...
  • Coming to terms with doubt: How reporting on religion cost writer his faith

    03/10/2009 8:44:54 PM PDT · by delacoert · 19 replies · 1,006+ views
    The Telegraph Herald ^ | March 7, 2009 | MARY NEVANS-PEDERSON
    It started out as the dream job for a passionate Christian -- reporting about religion for a major newspaper. But writing about other people's religions ended up costing William Lobdell his own. The former Los Angeles Times reporter chronicled his soul-wrenching, emotion-laden journey in the recently released book "Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America -- and Found Unexpected Peace," published by Harper Collins. Lobdell's spiritual journey led him from an uninspired Protestant childhood to agnosticism before he attended a weekend Christian men's retreat where he was "born again." Concerned with what he considered...
  • Christians Falling under Global Campaign of "Bullying and Intimidation": Cardinal at Oxford

    03/11/2009 1:38:45 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 476+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | OXFORD, March 10, 2009 | Hilary White
    Tuesday March 10, 2009 Christians Falling under Global Campaign of "Bullying and Intimidation": Cardinal at Oxford Warns modern secularist liberalism now "has strong totalitarian tendencies" By Hilary WhiteOXFORD, March 10, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - There is a growing culture of suppression among secularist governments that is using the doctrine of "tolerance and diversity" to push Christians entirely out of public life, Australia's Cardinal Pell told an audience at Oxford University this weekend. The Australian cardinal said during an address at the university that human rights and anti-discrimination legislation is being used as a weapon against Christians and Christian opinion in...
  • Prostitute buried next to theologist (Jean Calvin) in Geneva

    03/11/2009 1:11:11 AM PDT · by Cronos · 79 replies · 1,562+ views
    Javno ^ | March 10, 2009 | Hina
    Swiss prostitute Griselidis Real will keep the company of theologist Jean Calvin and writer Jose Luis Borges in the afterlife Former Swiss prostitute and human rights activist Griselidis Real was buried next to theologist and religious reformist Jean Calvin at the famous royal cemetery in Geneva, media report on Tuesday. Griselidis Real died in 2005 and seeing how she gave up on her career of a prostitute, she became famous by establishing a charity institution in the 70s with which she helped male and female prostitutes. - Writer, painter and prostitute – is her epitaph and the decision on moving...
  • What are “the People” Thinking As 546 Political Pigs Destroy their Nation?

    03/05/2009 4:51:33 AM PST · by AJMCQ · 28 replies · 959+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 3/3/2009 | JB Williams
    310 million Americans have allowed 546 political pigs in Washington DC to completely destroy the greatest nation ever known to mankind. The people didn’t destroy the nation themselves, even though they will be the ones who will have to pick up the pieces and start all over, once it all comes unhinged… But they have allowed it. We have one president, one vice president, nine Supreme Court justices’, 435 members of the people’s House and 100 US senators. That’s 546 people responsible for forcing 310 million Americans into the proverbial soup line, where 546 political pigs hope Americans will choose...
  • Two Prominent Catholic Cardinals Defend Religious Action in Public Life

    03/04/2009 9:58:32 AM PST · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 295+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/4/09 | Hilary White
    ROME, March 4, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Two prominent Catholic cardinals have struck out at the secularist trend of excluding all religious belief from public life. The patriarch of Venice, Cardinal Angelo Scola, and Cardinal Camillo Ruini, a former president of the Italian Bishops Conference and the vicar for the diocese of Rome from 1991 to 2007, have warned Christians not to withdraw from active involvement in public life. Writing in an editorial published February 20, in Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference, Cardinal Scola wrote, "It seems to me that we often lose sight of the heart of...
  • Radical Secular Humanism Undermining Judeo-Christian Traditions Exposed!

    02/16/2009 1:55:49 AM PST · by ADReditor · 2 replies · 336+ views
    American Daily Review ^ | /2/15/2009 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    America’s Secular Challenge: The Rise of a New National Religion was delivered to me a while ago. I read the book shortly after I received it, and was amazed at how the author, Herbert London, could possibly put so much information that would normally fill volumes into a small, 97 page book. The number of pages fooled me, however. I did not move through the material nearly as quickly as I thought I would. Contained within the pages of Herb London’s small book is a huge message. Mr. London meticulously researched the material, and wrote the book in such a...
  • Can Free Markets Survive In a Secularized World? (We need a revival of the Protestant ethic)

    01/28/2009 7:49:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 840+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | Jan 28,2009 | Steve Malanga
    The 18th Century English cleric and theologian John Wesley was troubled by a paradox that emerged as his teaching spread. He, like other Protestant thinkers stretching back to Calvin, taught that one could honor God through hard work and thrift. The subsequent burst of industry and frugality generated by Wesley’s message improved the lot of many of his working-class followers and helped advance capitalism in England. But, “wherever riches have increased, the essence of religion has decreased in the same proportion,” Wesley observed, and subsequently pride and greed are growing more common, he complained. The emergence of what Max Weber...
  • Separation of Church and State, Church and School

    01/28/2009 6:04:33 AM PST · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 7 replies · 634+ views
    Internet Archive ^ | 1956 | E. Yaroslavsky
    Separation of Church and State, Church and School Excerpts from Religion in the USSR by E. Yaroslavsky, International Publishers, 1934, appearing in an exhibit in The Communist Conspiracy: Strategy and Tactics of World Communism, part 1, Section B, Committee on Un-American Activities, US House of Representatives, 1956, pg. 295-297. E. Yaroslavsky (Central Committee of the Communist Party, President of the League of Militant Atheists)On January 23, 1918, the Soviet Government issued a decree on the disestablishment of the church. This decree reads as follows: Decree of the Soviet of People's Commissars on the Separation of the Church from the...
  • Atheists want God stricken from inaugural oath....

    01/14/2009 6:20:32 PM PST · by TaraP · 13 replies · 442+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Jan 14th, 2009
    WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama wants to conclude his inaugural oath with the words "so help me God," but a group of atheists is asking a federal judge to stop him. California atheist Michael Newdow sued Chief Justice John Roberts in federal court for an injunction barring the use of those words in the inaugural oath. Newdow and other atheists and agnostics also want to stop the use of prayers during the inaugural celebration. Newdow, who lost a Supreme Court battle to get the words "under God" taken out of the Pledge of Allegiance, has failed in similar challenges to...
  • Demographic suicide, chapter XXVI

    01/07/2009 6:35:51 PM PST · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 5 replies · 499+ views
    Vox Populi ^ | 7 Jan 2009 | Vox Day
    .... Everyone, of every creed or lack thereof, needs to get this basic fact through their college-thickened skulls. The shiny, sexy, secular science-fiction society of progressive fantasies is not going to happen. The demographic realities have already killed that dream, the corpse just hasn't finished twitching yet. The material choice is not Christian tradition vs post-Christian utopia, it is Christian tradition vs PRE-Christian dystopia. And if you don't understand what that entails, then I suggest you get caught up on your ancient history, starting with Caesar and Tacitus.
  • Days of Prophetic Fulfillment and the Theology of Distinctions

    01/05/2009 7:49:54 AM PST · by Victory111 · 35 replies · 454+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 1-5-09 | Rev. Michael Bresciani
    In America anyone who knows the biblical subject of eschatology (the last things) has been warning that all the signs of the last days are culminating in this generation. Whose listening and what does it mean besides a lot of trouble? As America starts off in a new walk down secular liberalisms all new and shiny path many people who knew that this nation alone once stood out as the most uniquely different nation in history are concerned, afraid, and in some cases even panicky.
  • Warren's inauguration prayer could draw more ire

    12/30/2008 5:16:29 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 21 replies · 895+ views
    AP (via Yahoo) ^ | 12/30/08 | RACHEL ZOLL
    President-elect Barack Obama's choice of Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation drew one kind of protest. Whether the evangelical pastor offers the prayer in the name of Jesus may draw another. At George W. Bush's 2001 swearing-in, the Revs. Franklin Graham and Kirbyjon Caldwell were criticized for invoking Christ. The distinctly Christian reference at a national civic event offended some, and even prompted a lawsuit. Warren did not answer directly when asked whether he would dedicate his prayer to Jesus. In a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press, Warren would say only that, "I'm a Christian pastor so I...
  • When God is Cast from the Altar

    12/24/2008 2:16:53 PM PST · by Coleus · 22 replies · 1,014+ views
    the new american ^ | 12.23.08 | Selwyn Duke
    According to The Sun, Russia has experienced a series of murders, rapes, mutilations, and desecrations linked to Satanists.  No, I did not say Stalinists, although, given how communists will persecute Christians, one could be forgiven for confusing the two.  And a most horrific example of such ritualistic murder has just taken place in the nation's hinterlands, as a ring of Satanists has just killed and cannibalized four teens, three girls, and a boy.  Writes The Sun:The gang of Devil worshippers butchered their victims and roasted them on a bonfire before devouring their flesh.... Their private parts had also been cut...
  • Too many Jews today are missing the intended purpose of one of Judaism's most beloved holidays

    12/22/2008 3:33:07 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 13 replies · 542+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 12/22/'08 | Rabbi Boruch Leff
    The Jewish people not only defeated the Greeks on the battlefield, but we defeated them spiritually as well. In fact, the spiritual struggle was the true heart of the conflict. In Greek philosophy, the power and wisdom of man was preeminent. In the Greek worldview, there was no room and no need for G-d. All that needed to be accomplished could be accomplished by man, on his own, with no assistance at all. This is why the Greeks so desperately wanted to crush Judaism. In the case of other conquered peoples, the Greeks were benevolent to their new citizens. They...
  • Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor criticizes secular intolerance of Catholic beliefs

    12/09/2008 9:35:08 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 430+ views
    CatholicNewsAgency ^ | London, Dec 9, 2008
    Granting that secularism has led to some increased acceptance of Catholics, he criticized the new intolerance directed against those who maintain pro-life and pro-family views.
  • Gay group organizes 'Pink Christmas' in Amsterdam

    12/08/2008 11:31:02 AM PST · by presidio9 · 35 replies · 886+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 8, 2008 | TOBY STERLING
    A Dutch gay group said Monday it has planned a "Pink Christmas" festival for the first time in Amsterdam, featuring a manger stall with two Josephs and two Marys. Other attractions in the 10-day festival include parties, an open-air market, gay-themed films, an ice skating rink and religious services on Dec. 25. ProGay group chairman Frank van Dalen said Monday the event is intended to increase the choices for homosexual men and women during the Christmas holiday week. "Right now, there's not much to do," he said. The festival will also encourage people to think about homosexuality and religion, Van...
  • Atheist group seeks 'special protection' for lost-and-found sign

    12/06/2008 2:15:47 PM PST · by Baladas · 23 replies · 827+ views
    KOMO staff ^ | Dec. 6, 2008 | staff
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - A controversial anti-religion placard was reported missing from the state Capitol Friday - then later found - and now the sign's sponsor wants the State Patrol to provide special protection for it when it is returned. The uproar came as several other groups clamored for permission to post their own holiday displays at the state Capitol. The anti-religion sign, posted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison, Wis., was reported missing Friday morning then was turned over to a Seattle radio station by an unidentified man at about 10 a.m. Annie Laurie Gaylor, a spokesman for...
  • Reasons for a Religion-Free Society

    12/06/2008 5:37:25 AM PST · by GonzoII · 43 replies · 986+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | Dec 2, 2008 | BY Father Alfonso Aguilar, LC
    By exploring history (explore it with me by clicking on this story at NCRegister.com, where a longer version appears), I came to the conclusion that secularism is fed by at least eight ideas and five motives....
  • Atheist Sign Joins Capitol Holiday Display This Year

    12/02/2008 2:04:46 AM PST · by Baladas · 32 replies · 1,754+ views
    KIROTV & AP ^ | December 1, 2008 | staff
    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- An atheistic sign is included in the state Capitol's holiday display that includes a holiday tree and a Christian nativity scene. The sign, a new addition this year, is sponsored by the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The sign reads, "Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds." Annie Laurie Gaylor, foundation co-president, said in a prepared statement that the sign is a reminder of the "real reason for the season, the winter solstice." The solstice, on Dec. 21 this year, is the shortest day of the year. The Capitol has had a holiday...
  • Spiritual Warfare, Part III

    11/30/2008 6:06:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies · 561+ views
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | November 19th, 2008 | Mark Shea
    Spiritual Warfare, Part III November 19th, 2008 by Mark Shea The apostle to the Gentiles proclaimed the gospel to a multicultural and embattled world very much like ours. Here are some things we can learn from him as we enter more deeply into a time of persecution.We live in the Crybaby Age. The world is chockablock with people in need of Insensitivity Training. From people who gasp in anguish at the little leprechaun who is the Notre Dame mascot (Insensitivity to Irish-Americans!) to the recent kerfuffle over the Dallas County official who complained that the term “black hole” was racist,...