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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 -- 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 ( – 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...