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  • John-Roger Dies At 80; Founder of Controversial New-Age Church

    10/23/2014 8:36:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 22, 2014 | DAVID COLKER
    John-Roger Dies At 80; Founder of Controversial New-Age Church By DAVID COLKER John-Roger's church had thousands of followers, multimillion-dollar enterprises and celebrity endorsements John-Roger, a coal miner's son who founded the controversial new-age Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness church in the 1970s that had thousands of followers, multimillion-dollar enterprises and celebrity endorsements, died Wednesday at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. He was 80. He had been in frail health for several years and died of pneumonia, said MSIA board member Mark Lurie. To awaken, keep going back inside of you The greatest challenge is not outer space; it's...
  • Letter to editor: Not all pro-life people are religious

    10/18/2014 1:42:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    Live Action ^ | 10.18.14 | Guest
    Hello, everybody. Iím 19 years old, and %100 pro-life. Iím also an atheist. But before you decide to stop reading this, you deserve to know a few things about me. I was born and raised in a Catholic family. I was baptized a month old, went to Sunday school, and went to church every Sunday. Okay, I went most Sundays. I also know that there are other divisions of Christianity, as well as other religions, and I respect your spirituality, what ever it may be. I stopped breathing twice the day I was born. They doctor didnít think I would...
  • Are You There, Nobody? Itís Me, Margaret [A Children's Book for Kids of Atheists]

    10/12/2014 5:26:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10/12/2014 | Candida Moss
    New childrenís book is a gentle introduction that there is no dog but dog. For nearly two thousand years, religious groups have held a monopoly on how to teach morals to young children. Now Me & Dog, a new childrenís book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gene Weingarten and illustrator Eric Shansbyóboth of The Washington Postósteps into the competitive arena of nighttime reads (6-8 p.m. division) with an atheist lullaby. Cue sincere hand wringing: Wonít somebody please think of the children? The setting for this shameless piece of atheist propaganda (you can quote me on that, religious right) is a walk...
  • Did Obama use a "No True Scotsman" fallacy when talking recently about Islam and Muslims?

    10/02/2014 7:54:42 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 99 replies
    10/2/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Some people - and quite a few atheists - have made hay over Obama's comments, primary among them being Obama's comment that "No religion condones the killing of innocents." Inherent within Obama's statement is that no TRUE Muslim would ever kill innocent people, be they men, women or children. As such, this would fall within the parameters of the "No True Scotsman" fallacy. The only problem with this is that it leaves Christians open to the charge that true Christians have (for example) bombed abortion clinics, takes away from Christians the ability to say that "No true Christian would ever...
  • Secularist to Lead Alabama City Council Meeting in Its First Atheist 'Prayer'

    09/25/2014 8:40:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/25/2014 | Stephanie Samuel
    North Alabama Freethought Association board member Kelly McCauley will open the Huntsville City Council meeting Thursday in a non-religious invocation after a secularist group threatened to sue the council over its tradition of Christian Prayer. McCauley, who according to his Meetup page was confirmed in the Lutheran Church and "dropped out" at age 23, told AL.com, "My goal is to offer a non-sectarian invocation that, I hope, will lend gravity to the meeting and point to our civic values." McCauley was invited by Huntsville leaders to give the body's first atheist "prayer" after secularist group Freedom From Religion Foundation complained...
  • First of Its Kind: Tufts University Hires Humanist Chaplain for Atheist Students

    09/25/2014 2:05:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 53 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 9/25/2014 | Gabriella Morrongiello
    Five years ago, a group of atheist and agnostic students launched a campaign to hire a nonreligious chaplain at Tufts University. With the recent addition of a university-funded ďhumanist in residence,í it appears their prayersóor lack thereofóhave finally been answered.The new position is believed to be the first-ever university-funded campus chaplain catering to atheist, agnostic and nonreligious students, according to Religion News Service.In early September, Walker Bristol, a former intern of Harvardís Humanist Community, was hired as the first humanist chaplain at the private, Massachusetts-based university. Bristol previously served as a student leader of Tuftsí Freethought Society, a group of...
  • Itís Official: Religion Doesnít Make You More Moral

    09/23/2014 3:40:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 09/23/2014 | Elizabeth Picciuto
    A recent study comparing views on morality of religious and non-religious people found something surprising: Religion doesnít make our everyday lives more moral. Suppose you actually do have an angel over your shoulder telling you the right thing to do. That angel probably wouldnít tell you anything you didnít already know. A recent study in Science aimed at uncovering how we experience morality in our everyday lives suggests that religious people are no more moralóor immoralóthan non-religious people. Whether or not we believe that divine precepts give us guidance, our behavior is remarkably similar. The fact that atheists are apparently...
  • A delayed desire: Albanian priest waited decades for ordination

    09/22/2014 2:03:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | September 22, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Father Gjergj Simoni speaks with CNA in Tirana, Albania on Sept, 21, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Tirana, Albania, Sep 22, 2014 / 07:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Albanian Catholic priest shared his story of encountering persecution for his faith by the country's repressive state atheism, noting how he waited decades before his dream to be ordained was fulfilled. ‚ÄúWhen I first said I wanted to be 'like Him,' a priest told me that it was a dark path to take, but I replied: 'I see no darkness,'‚ÄĚ Father Gjergj Simoni said. In a Sept. 21 interview with CNA, he recalled...
  • Those zany Satanists!

    09/15/2014 12:19:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 9/15/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In case you were wondering, the satanic event scheduled to be held in an Oklahoma City civic center (thus, state operated), is still on and has sold out. HEREBut, hey! Donít worry. These are just benign people doing their thing. Right? No consecrated Host, no harm, no foul, right?In other news, we read at The Mail: Terrified five-year-old boy has his eyes gouged out with spoon by his mother and five relatives in satanic ritualA Mexican family has been jailed for gouging out the eyes of their five-year-old relative with a spoon during a satanic ritual to bring about the...
  • Atheist Bill Maher Defends Christians as Host Charlie Rose Compares Christianity to Islam

    09/13/2014 6:02:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/13/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    Appearing on Charlie Rose's PBS show this week, HBO's "Real Time" host Bull Maher rebuked him for linking Islam to Christianity, defending Christians by saying a vast numbers of them do not believe in violence or treat women as second class citizens. Maher, a self-proclaimed atheist, began by refuting former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean's recent statement that vast numbers of Muslims are not like ISIS in Iraq and Syria, an al-Qaeda offshoot that seeks to form an Islamic emirate in the Levant region through "jihad." Interrupting Maher, Rose asked, "Behind every Muslim is a future member of some radical?"...
  • The Original Tea Partier Was an Atheist

    09/02/2014 7:04:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/02/2014 | By MATTHEW STEWART
    How do we decide who deserves a place in history? Generations of devoted American history buffs have spent countless hours reading and writing long books about the American Revolution without ever having come across the name of Dr. Thomas Young. Yet it was Young who came up with the idea for the original tea partyóthe one in Boston Harbor. And he went on from there to help kick off the Revolution in Pennsylvania, co-write the first modern constitution, and name the state of Vermont. The reason he isnít well remembered today is just this: The grandfather of todayís Tea Party...
  • "Why did God kill people?"

    09/02/2014 12:11:48 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 85 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 2 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Why did God allow for the striking-down of people in the Old Testament? How is this reconciled with the dogma of a loving God?Protestants and modern-day "Jews" don't have an answer for this -- one beyond dualism or "mystery", I mean. But the Church does. There is mortal sin, and there is venial sin (1 John 5:17). Mortal sin -- willful and of grave nature -- separates one from God, practically killing the soul. Venial sin -- all other -- must simply be cleansed, and it does not eternally separate us from Him. And this distinction is shown in the...
  • Catholic Archbishop in Cuba Criticizes Government

    09/01/2014 5:43:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 8/29/14 | Nora Gamez Torres
    In an unusual gesture for a member high in the Catholic Churchís hierarchy in Cuba, the Apostolic nuncio Bruno Musaro spoke openly about Cubaís ďextreme poverty and human and civil degradation.Ē Musaro made his controversial remarks while on vacation in Italy after holding a Mass in the San Pio de Pietrelcina park, in the Italian municipality of Vignacastrisi. The Cuban people are ďvictims of a socialist dictatorship that has kept them subjugated for the past 56 years,Ē Musaro said, according to the Italian newspaper, Lecce News24. ďIím thankful to the pope for inviting me to this island, and I hope...
  • Surprised by Joy: A response to Richard Dawkins on Having a Child with Down syndrome.

    08/23/2014 6:33:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/23/2014 | By Matthew Hennessey
    Every once in a while people let their guard down and say what they really think. For Richard Dawkins, Wednesday was one of those days. In an extraordinary moment of public honesty, Dawkins, the British evolutionary biologist and militant atheist, wrote on Twitter that ďit would be immoral to bring [a child with Down syndrome] into the world if you have the choice.Ē It was a statement that no doubt delighted the utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer, his friend and fellow traveler, who has advocated the killing of disabled infants on the grounds that they are not rational and self-conscious...
  • ĎGodís Not Dead,í But Some Are Trying: Why are they so angry at someone who doesn't exist?

    08/19/2014 9:23:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/19/2014 | Andrew Klavan
    Take a look at some of these reviews for the religious indie hit God‚Äôs Not Dead [1]:From Britain‚Äôs Socialist newspaper The Guardian [2]: ‚ÄĚThis warped evangelist item‚Ķ veers from the suspect‚Ķ to the outright hateful: by the jawdropping climax, wherein a preacher is effectively granted divine right to mow down non-believers, ‚Äėdoing God‚Äôs work‚Äô has become indistinguishable from Grand Theft Auto. Ban this sick filth.‚ÄĚHere‚Äôs one from Movie Nation [3]: ‚ÄĚIt¬ís a movie where rare is the voice that is raised, but deep is the rage bubbling through its rabid anti-intellectualism. When a non-believer is considered to be better...
  • Actor Kevin Sorbo Not Too Fond of Atheists; Says They're Always 'So Angry'

    08/18/2014 5:47:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/18/2014 | Jessica Martinez
    Actor Kevin Sorbo who starred in the Christian film, "God's Not Dead," says he did not have reservations about taking on an atheist role for the movie but he admits that he does not understand the logic behind atheist's lack of beliefs and why they are "so angry." Sorbo, who is most famous for the '90s TV series "Hercules," played an atheist professor in the film whose belief system is challenged by one of his Christian students. He recently sat down with Access Hollywood Live to discuss the film's success and his take on skeptics. "I'm a Christian myself and...
  • Sign This Petition Against the Satanic Black Mass in Oklahoma City

    08/12/2014 9:27:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 97 replies
    July 8, 2014 - I regret to inform you that satanists are planning a "Black Mass" on city property at the Civic Center in Oklahoma City on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Please spread the word to all your friends so we can stop this sacrilege. Your voice and prayers were decisive at Harvard University ≠-- the "Black Mass" there was stopped. Canceled. Saint Michael won a great victory that day. And God can win again. Please help TFP Student Action gather 50,000 petitions. Your petition, together with many more, will be presented to the Civic Center, as well as the...
  • North Korea Rejects Invitation to Popeís Mass in Seoul

    08/05/2014 12:43:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/5/15 | Jeyup S. Kwaak
    South Koreaís Catholic Church said Tuesday that North Korea rejected its invitation to a special mass led by Pope Francis next week, throwing cold water on the ceremony dedicated to peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea. The Northís titular Catholic association declined to attend the Aug. 18 mass, linking the refusal to Pyongyangís opposition to annual military drills the South and the U.S. are scheduled to begin on the same day, a South Korean church spokeswoman said. The summer military exercises as well as other large-scale annual drills tend to bring strong rebukes from Pyongyang, which calls them...
  • The church with no God in America's Bible Belt

    07/27/2014 2:20:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/27/2014 | Peter Foster
    Viewed from the outside, the pointy-roofed building in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee deep in the heart of Americaís Bible Belt, looks very much like a church. And stepping inside, where a congregation is swaying along to music, listening to sermons and discussing ways to help their local community, it sounds very much like a church too. There is, however, one rather fundamental missing ingredient that sets this congregation apart from the hundreds of others turning out to worship this Sunday morning in Nashville: this is a church without God. ďI pass seven big churches between my house and the...
  • Catholic Seminarians Boycott Graduation from Beijing Seminary

    07/22/2014 7:53:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 7/19/14 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    Conflict over excommunicated bishop may result in suspensions of seminary students and a loss of vocations Chinaís Catholic community reeled recently as news spread that Beijingís seminarians had boycotted their graduation ceremony, scheduled for late June. The decision was made after the seminarians discovered that the illegitimate Ė and excommunicated Ė rector of the seminary, Bishop Ma Yinglin, was scheduled to offer the graduation Mass. When the students voiced their objection to assisting at a Mass celebrated by a bishop who is not in communion with the Pope, the seminary officials suggested replacing Bishop Ma with Bishop John Fang Xingyao,...
  • Poll: Americans Rate Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals Warmly; Muslims, Atheists More Coldly

    07/20/2014 7:09:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/20/2014 | BY JESSICA MARTINEZ
    Americans feel warm toward Jews, Catholics and Evangelicals but they are colder toward Muslims and atheists, according to a new Pew Research Survey. Respondents were asked to rate each faith group according to a "feeling thermometer" ranging from 0 to 100, 0 reflecting the coldest and most negative rating and 100 being the warmest, most positive. The outcome concluded that U.S. adults are more fond of individuals who share their same or similar faith. "In a society like the United States, where religion is such an important part of life, of how people view the world, how people approach politics...
  • "Why Christians get the 10 commandments wrong" (Salon)

    07/15/2014 3:17:34 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 120 replies
    Salon ^ | 7/14/14 | Valerie Tarico
    The American Bible Society funds an annual ďState of the BibleĒ survey, and this spring the Christian Post cheered some of their findings: ďThe Bible continues to dominate both mind space and book retail space as Americaís undisputed best-seller.Ē According to the study, conducted by Barna, over 88 percent of American homes contain a Bible. In fact, the average is 4.7 copies per household. Now, I should note that a young non-religious friend once came home from school with a bright green Gideonís New Testament that she later touted as a reserve of fine rolling papers, which may explain why...
  • There are states where you technically canít hold public office if youíre an atheist

    07/09/2014 1:26:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/09/2014 | Hunter Schwarz
    Eight state constitutions include restrictions on people who donít believe in a supreme being. In Arkansas, denying the existence of God means you canít hold civil office or testify in court, while in Tennessee there are also guidelines about belief in the hereafter. However, the Supreme Court ruled in a 1961 case that a Maryland man appointed as a notary public didnít have to declare his belief in a supreme being to hold office, arguing it violated his rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Since then, these restrictions havenít been enforced, said Dave Muscato, a spokesman for American Atheists....
  • Christopher Hitchens: The Last Good American Atheist

    07/04/2014 1:33:35 AM PDT · by jocon307 · 23 replies
    America (big tip o'the hat to Hot Air) ^ | 07/01/14 | Sean Salai, S. J.
    I asked the middle-aged man across from me, ďWho was the last good American president?Ē It was the year 2000. As a 19-year old college journalist studying history and political science, I was eager to know my drinking partnerís response to this question. He had just finished railing against Presidents Clinton, Reagan and Bush '41. At this point, I was wondering if he liked any U.S. president at all. To my surprise, I didnít have long to wait for an answer. Without hesitation, Christopher Hitchens leaned across the table, looked me in the eye, and quipped with boozy conviction: ďEisenhower.Ē...
  • Hobby Lobby Verdict a Victory For Ultra-Right Catholic Co-Conspirators With Chuck Colsonís Ghost

    07/01/2014 6:27:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 72 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | 7/1/14 | Frank Schaeffer
    Pope Francis must have vomited when he heard the Hobby Lobby news. Nothing could undo the good he has recently done the Churchís image more than yet another case of anti-woman lashing out by a cabal or far right Roman Catholic activistsĖ this time in the Supreme Court. Alarmed by the Supreme Court pandering to the extreme religious right in the Hobby Lobby case, the new pope might ask ďWho is responsible for this?Ē The answer is: Many people. However two people are the real instigators: the late evangelical far right activist, Charles Colson, and Roman Catholic far right ideologue...
  • Non-believers Make the Best Saint Movies: "Monsieur Vincent"

    06/30/2014 6:19:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 6/28/14 | Patrick Coffin
    ďIt is only because of your love that the poor will forgive you the bread that you give them.Ē When Christians make movies about saints, they sometimes succeed as hagiography, always make their intended audiences feel good, and almost always fail as art. Christians often canít resist the temptation to tell the story with a bullhorn and end up, too frequently, with movies that appeal primarily to the choir, the members of which are (understandably) hungry for fare that glorifies the Faith. When agnostics and atheists make movies about saints or other heroes whose life choices were motivated by the...
  • Singer Tim Lambesis Said He Became Atheist But Kept Claiming to Be Christian to Keep Selling Music

    06/17/2014 1:40:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/17/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Tim Lambesis, lead singer and founder of Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying, recently confessed that he and other members of his band had become atheists but kept claiming to be Christians so they could keep making money selling records to Christians. In a wide-ranging interview with Alternative Press shortly before he was sentenced to six years in prison last month for attempting to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife, Meggan Murphy Lambesis, the singer addressed a claim he made last year in a YouTube video about his spiritual allegiance after fans started saying he had become...
  • South Korean Missionary Sentenced to Life of Hard Labour by North Korea

    06/01/2014 10:04:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 5/31/14 | AP
    Kim Jung-wook admits performing religious acts banned in the country and 'malignantly hurting the dignity' of ruling Kim familyNorth Korea has sentenced a South Korean Baptist missionary to hard labour for life for allegedly spying and trying to set up underground churches. He is the latest in a string of missionaries to run into trouble in the rigidly controlled north. North Korean state media said the missionary was tried on Friday and admitted to anti-North Korean religious acts and "malignantly hurting the dignity" of the country's supreme leadership, a reference to the ruling Kim family. The rival Koreas have different...
  • Long Island Medium (Theresa Caputo) works for Satan

    05/30/2014 4:32:27 PM PDT · by Coleus · 103 replies
    Connecticut Catholic Corner ^ | May 29, 2013 | Julie
    Long Island Medium (Theresa Caputo) works for Satan She¬ís charming, she¬ís whacky, and she¬ís got funny hair and crazy fingernails- she¬ís also working for the devil. Sound harsh?¬† Good.ÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅ , Theresa Caputo,AKA ¬ďThe Long Island Medium¬Ē seen weekly on the TLC cable channel, is the devil¬ís own Pied Piper leading people along the devil¬ís path.¬† Does she know it?¬† Probably not, but she should. Caputo is a psychic- yes they do exist.¬† I am not talking about the ¬ďMiss Cleo¬Ē types who randomly make up anything to make a billion (yes, that¬ís right) dollars.¬† I am talking about the psychics...
  • My Afternoon with the Atheists

    05/18/2014 10:20:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | May 16, 2014 | Dr. Eric Cunningham
    (¬© James Steidl - Fotolia.com) Shortly after Christmas, I was invited to take part in a ‚Äúfriendly discussion‚ÄĚ at the monthly meeting of a local chapter of self-described ‚Äúfreethinkers.‚ÄĚ I‚Äôm not sure how they decided to approach me. Possibly they went window shopping on the websites of local universities, saw my name somewhere on the Catholic Studies page, and figured that I would be a suitable target¬óI mean, honored guest. I learned from Mr. F., the nice fellow who contacted me, that this meeting would be a special one: It would be graced by the presence of Dan Barker,...
  • Atheists to launch the first TV channel dedicated to godlessness

    05/09/2014 1:29:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 05/09/2014 | CAROL KURUVILLA
    Believe it. A New Jersey-based atheist group is starting the first on-demand TV channel dedicated to godlessness. AtheistTV will be launching this summer with big plans to reach out to atheists, humanists, freethinkers, and folks who are looking for a way out of faith. Members of American Atheists, the organization behind the endeavor, think itís about time. ďThereís a glut of religious TV programming out there, from televangelists to Christmas specials,Ē spokesman Dave Muscato told The News. ďBut thereís no atheist channel. We wanted to fill that void.Ē
  • Former Archbishop of Canterbury: We are a Post-Christian Nation

    04/27/2014 6:47:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/26/14 | Tim Ross, Cole Moreton and James Kirkup
    Exclusive: Former archbishop of Canterbury says Britain is no longer a nation of believers, as Telegraph poll reveals Christians are reluctant to express their faith Britain is now a ďpost-ChristianĒ country, the former archbishop of Canterbury has declared, as research suggests that the majority of Anglicans and Roman Catholics now feel afraid to express their beliefs. In an interview with The Telegraph, Lord Williams of Oystermouth says Britain is no longer ďa nation of believersĒ and that a further decline in the sway of the Church is likely in the years ahead. While the country is not populated exclusively by...
  • Army approves Ďhumanistí 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. ¬ďI¬ím able to self-identity the belief system that governs my life, and I¬íve never been able to do that before,¬Ē said Bradley, who is stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and works on...
  • China on Course to Become 'World's Most Christian Nation' Within 15 Years

    04/20/2014 4:29:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/19/14 | Tom Phillips
    The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America It is said to be China's biggest church and on Easter Sunday thousands of worshippers will flock to this Asian mega-temple to pledge their allegiance Ė not to the Communist Party, but to the Cross. The 5,000-capacity Liushi church, which boasts more than twice as many seats as Westminster Abbey and a 206ft crucifix that can be seen for miles around, opened last year with one theologian declaring it a "miracle that such a small town was able...
  • Cuba Makes Good Friday an Official Holiday

    04/17/2014 9:01:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/15/14
    Cuba has now made Good Friday an official national holiday after restoring that Catholic feast as an "exceptional" measure when Pope Benedict XVI visited the island in 2012. The new Labor Code, passed by the National Assembly in December, established Good Friday as a holiday "every year," Communist Party daily Granma said Tuesday.
  • Atheist Group Sets Up 'Jesus Is a Myth' Banner in Response to Easter Display at Wisconsin Capitol

    04/17/2014 7:43:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/17/2014 | Katherine Webber
    An atheist group is combatting a Christian Easter display at Wisconsin's Capitol building in Madison by setting up a sign that reads "Nobody died for our 'sins,' Jesus Christ is a myth." The Freedom From Religion Foundation says it rushed to get a permit for their display after seeing that the Concerned Women for America group was able to set up their own display at Wisconsin's Capitol building. The CWA group's display reportedly included a Christian cross and pro-life literature. The conservative women's group says on its website that it's dedicated to bringing "biblical principles into all levels of public...
  • MIKE BLOOMBERG: 'I've Earned My Place In Heaven ó It's Not Even Close'

    04/15/2014 11:13:19 PM PDT · by P-Marlowe · 56 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 4/15/15 | BRETT LOGIURATO
    Now that he's out of office, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is stepping up his efforts to battle the National Rifle Association and expand gun control laws. Bloomberg detailed his plans in an interview with the New York Times published Monday ó in which he predicted his crusades against guns, smoking, and obesity would serve him well in the afterlife. "I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven Iím not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. Itís not even close," Bloomberg said....
  • Where Atheists Meet to Evangelize

    04/14/2014 8:51:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/14/2014 | DAVE SHIFLETT
    Look out unbeliefóatheism is on a roll, or so proclaims American Atheists, whose annual convention kicks off Thursday in Salt Lake City. "This has been an excellent year for atheism," says Dave Muscato, public-relations director for the deity-dissing group. "Between 2005 and 2012 there was a fivefold increase in the number of people who use the word atheist when asked to identify their religion." That's still not a lot. While 20% of Americans profess no particular religious faith, according to the Pew Research Center, only 6% identify themselves as atheist or agnostic. Still, one hates to toss cold water on...
  • Jesus is Trending in Communist China

    04/12/2014 10:54:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 4/9/14 | Matthew Archbold
    This is amazing news. According to internet activity it would seem that Christianity is a lot more popular than Communism in China right now. There is something beautiful going on in one of the most oppressive countries on the globe. That's the odd thing about Christianity -the more you try to stamp it out the more desirous it becomes. I seem to remember the apostles weren't treated very well in their travels. But they did pretty well. World Mag: Foreign Policy released a fascinating infographic today, based on a compilation of information from Weibo, Chinaís huge social media platform that...
  • Scientists Confirm Biblical Account of the ĎFountains of The Deepí

    04/08/2014 2:41:22 PM PDT · by OneVike · 57 replies
    In yet another confirmation of the Bible‚Äôs accuracy, scientists have now confirmed what Scripture refers to as ‚Äúthe fountains of the deep.‚ÄĚ In the days of Noah and the Ark, these large pools of water beneath the Earth‚Äôs crust burst forth onto the surface providing the massive amounts of water needed for the global flood judgment. What has once been a source of skepticism and mockery for those who doubt the Bible, has now been confirmed by secular scientists, again showing that although written over 3,000 years ago, the Bible‚Äôs description of the Earth and its natural properties are...
  • 'Jesus Christ, Superstar' US Tour Announced: 'The Time is Right,' Andrew Lloyd Webber Says

    04/07/2014 5:01:32 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 25 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | April 4, 2014 | Sami K. Martin
    Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice have announced that they are preparing to launch a new tour of hit show "Jesus Christ, Superstar." The musical started on Broadway in 1971 and is now being re-launched with an all-star cast featuring JC Chasez, Michelle Williams, and Brandon Boyd. The new production stars Brandon Boyd as "Judas Iscariot," JC Chasez as "Pontius Pilate" and Michelle Williams as "Mary Magdalene." Ben Forster, a relative newcomer to the U.S., takes on the daunting role of "Jesus Christ." The musical offers a unique interpretation of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, with Judas Iscariot,...
  • Antichristian NEA apparently tries to suppress a story (vanity)

    A couple of weeks ago, I happened to think of the NEA and went to their site. That was where I happened to learn officially what I'd already suspected for awhile, that the most segregated schools in America weren't in the South. This is the NEA headline giving me the official news: "The Most Segregated Schools are in the South, right? Wrong." When I clicked on the link, though, what I received instead of the story was "Page not found," (which still, to this point, anyone can see since all is still the same to this point). The other news...
  • Atheist Turned Christian Character in 'God's Not Dead' Movie Inspired By Real-Life Harvard Doctor

    04/04/2014 10:52:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/04/2014 | Morgan Lee
    A character who leaves behind his atheist convictions in the recently released God's Not Dead¬†movie was inspired by the real-life Lasik and cataract surgeon, Tennessee resident Wing Mang. (Photo: "God's Not Dead" website.)Actor Paul Kwo plays a character inspired by Dr. Ming Wang in movie ¬ďGod¬ís Not Dead.¬Ē 'God's Not Dead' Movie Surprises Again, Exceeding Expectations at Box Office'God's Not Dead' Actor Says His Opinions, Christian Beliefs Have Cost Him Jobs in Hollywood'God's Not Dead' Takes 'Incredible' .5M From Just 780 Screens; Hits No. 5 at US Box Office aside>Wang, a native of China, endured the country's Cultural Revolution in...
  • Why Obedience to all Ten Commandments is Essential

    03/27/2014 10:20:21 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 40 replies
    (Personal Letter) ^ | 3/27/2014 anno Domini | RepentandBelieve
    The Ten Commandments of The Automakers: 1. Thou shalt not drive thy automobile without having oil in the engine 2. Thou shalt not drive thy automobile without a connected battery of 12 volts D.C. 3. Thou shalt not lock the doors of thy automobile and dispose of all of the keys 4. Thou shalt not cover all of the openings provided through which to view the surroundings 5. Thou shalt not remove all of the wheels on thy automobileís axles 6. Thou shalt not remove thy steering wheel with which to control the automobileís direction 7. Thou shalt not forget...
  • Bill Gates Reveals Family Goes to Catholic Church: 'It Makes Sense to Believe in God'

    03/17/2014 6:02:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 71 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 3/14/17 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, revealed in a recent interview that his family goes to a Catholic church and that religious morality inspires a lot of his charity work. He also shared his personal thoughts on God and the biggest issues facing the world today. "The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important. We've raised our kids in a religious way; they've gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in. I've been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that's...
  • American Atheists Lawsuit Against 'World Trade Center Cross' Goes Before Appeals Court

    03/03/2014 10:05:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/03/2013 | Michael Gryboski
    Oral arguments in a lawsuit by an atheist organization against the placement of the "World Trade Center cross" at a museum on government property will take place later this week. American Atheists will present their case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, arguing that the WTC cross does not belong in a museum on government leased property. Two days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, construction workers found a cross beam among the wreckage of the Twin Towers. Measuring 17 feet tall and approximately 4,000 pounds, the piece of debris became known as the World Trade...
  • Bill Nye Says He Hopes Ken Ham's Ark Encounter Project 'Goes Out of Business'

    03/03/2014 9:52:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/03/2013 | Morgan Lee
    A day after Ken Ham, president and CEO of the creationist organization Answer in Genesis announced he would be moving forward with plans to build a life-sized replica of Noah's ark, Bill Nye, his former debate opponent, said he hopes "the Ark Encounter goes out of business." On Thursday, Ham announced in a live web stream from the Kentucky-based Creation Museum that his organization has been able to come up with funding for the project, despite its financial viability being questioned last month. AiG said in a statement that it has raised the first $73 million for its project, which...
  • Atheist Group Tells Michigan City Council to Stop Praying on Taxpayers' Time

    02/22/2014 3:19:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/21/2014 | MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
    An atheist organization has sent a letter of complaint to a city council in Michigan over the local government's usage of prayer at council meetings. The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has threatened legal action against the Saginaw City Council. In a letter sent to Saginaw City Manager Tim Morales, FFRF staff attorney Rebecca S. Markert wrote that Saginaw "should drop these prayers altogether." "Government prayers exclude a significant portion of Americans from the democratic process, are of dubious legality, and are a repudiation of our secular history," wrote Markert. "City Council members are free to pray privately or...
  • The Latest Challenge to the Bible's Accuracy: Abraham's Anachronistic Camels?

    02/16/2014 3:48:28 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 33 replies
    christianitytoday.com ^ | February 14, 2014 | Gordon Govier
    Two researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) studied the bones of camels found in an area of ancient copper mines in the Aravah Valley, south of the Dead Sea. Using radiocarbon dating and other techniques, they determined that camels were first used in the mining operations near the end of the 10th century BC. They state that this is the first evidence of domesticated camels in ancient Israel. This would be almost 1,000 years later than the time of the patriarchs, when camels first appear in the Bible. Their study was quickly used to claim that the Bible was written...
  • "The Jesus Face Database" Maps Out Every Farm Animal And Foodstuff In Which Christ Has Risen

    02/12/2014 7:41:49 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    Fast Company ^ | December 10, 2013 | Joe Berkowitz
    In terms of post-mortem sightings, Elvis gets a lot of play and so does the Virgin Mary. The real champ of random latter-day cameos, however, is Jesus Christ. But up until recently, there was no efficient way to keep up with every oil stain, pancake, and gnarled tree hollow the famed redeemer showed up in. Now, it looks like our prayers have been answered. The Jesus Face Database is an interactive website that allows users to pinpoint all the many spots around the world where people of questionable lucidity lay eyes on their lord and savior. It's a zoomable map...