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  • I’m a Presbyterian Minister Who Doesn’t Believe in God

    03/21/2015 7:33:01 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 116 replies
    Patheos ^ | March 17, 2015 | John Shuck
    “How can you call yourself a Christian, let alone a minister?!” I get asked that question frequently and the questioner is hostile more often than not. Still, I like to answer it if I believe the questioner is sincere. Though I self-identify as a Christian and I am an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), I raised eyebrows a few years ago when I posted an article on my website about how my personal beliefs don’t align with those of most Presbyterians. For example, I believe that: - Religion is a human construct - The symbols of faith are...
  • One nation under Allah: Fury after school recites pledge in Arabic

    03/19/2015 4:17:08 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 22 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 19, 2015 | By Todd Starnes
    Students at Pine Bush High School in Pine Bush, New York, knew right away there was something not quite right about the Pledge of Allegiance. That’s because the pledge was being recited in Arabic. “One nation under Allah,” the student body president announced over the intercom system on Wednesday. Reaction in the upstate New York high school was swift, and so was the backlash, The Times Herald-Record reports. Furious students tried to shout down the recitation in their classrooms. Other students sat down in protest. School Superintendent Joan Carbone told the newspaper that the Arabic pledge “divided the school in...
  • FROM HERO TO HATER: NAVY BEATS DOWN CHAPLAIN’S APPEAL FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN HOMOPHOBIA COMPLAINT

    03/18/2015 3:22:39 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 74 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 18, 2015 | by AUSTIN RUSE
    Using language that once kept open gays out of the military, the commanding officer of the Navy Nuclear Power Training Command is using identical language to remove a Christian Chaplain from his duties. The Commander says certain kinds of Christian teachings are harmful to “unit cohesion” and “military readiness.” In a sharply-worded memo, Modder’s commander denied his request for a “religious accommodation” in a disciplinary process that has relieved him of his command and could kick him out of the Navy forever. Modder stands accused of homophobia and insensitivity–though, in the official documents, the term is “substandard performance”–which could trump...
  • Presbyterian Church (USA) votes to formally recognize gay marriage and allow same-sex weddings

    03/18/2015 7:07:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 03/18/2015 | Tobias Salinger
    Members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) have voted to make the 1.8-million-member, 10,000-congregation denomination the largest Protestant group to formally recognize gay marriage allow same-sex weddings. The Presbytery of the Palisades in New Jersey cast the necessary 86th vote Tuesday night to establish that a majority of the church’s 171 regional presbyteries now support an amendment to the church constitution that redefines marriage, the Associated Press reported. “Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives,” the church’s Book of Order will read,...
  • Hollywood Targets the Catholic Priest

    03/13/2015 5:41:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    TV and movie producers rarely focus on Catholic priests in their plots, let alone use them as central characters, as in "The Father Dowling Mysteries" or "Father Murphy" in the 1980s. Maybe that's a good thing, because when Catholic priests are part of the plot these days, there is an unmistakable odor of aggression -- mocking, vilifying, and disparaging not just Catholic priests, but the priesthood itself. On March 4, on the nation's most religion-mocking channel, Comedy Central, the late-night game show "@Midnight" featured the comedian Neal Brennan. Host Chris Hardwick asked a question about confession, to which Brennan responded,...
  • State Department tweets picture promoting Sharia law over ‘man made law’

    03/13/2015 4:42:38 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 30 replies
    Pamela Geller. Com ^ | 3/13/2015 | Pamela Geller
    Stealth jihad in a stealth coup. Obama campaigned on one thing and ushered in subjugation to Islamic supremacism and sharia. These delusional blowhards who know nothing are driving the bus — right off the cliff. The State Department better put down that hookah pipe, or whatever it is they’re smoking. This is the poison fruit of Islamic infiltration of the DoS. Department Twitter account issues picture promoting Sharia law under guise of promoting free speech. Early Wednesday morning, the State Department issued a tweet that included a picture promoting Sharia law over “man made law.” The image was captioned, “Muslims...
  • LA Public School Teaching Kids “Allah is the One True God”

    03/12/2015 6:23:52 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 50 replies
    Act For America ^ | 11/14/2015 | Brigitte Gabriel
    Allah is the name of the moon god of Mohammed's Quraysh Tribe in Arabia. The religion that Mohammed dictated under the influence of Allah, Islam, is a perverse totalitarian homosexual death cult. The views espoused by Muslims are virtually identical to that of modern progressive liberals. Among those victimized by Islam, besides its enemies which are routinely sodomized prior to getting their heads cut off, are women and kids who are viewed as just a necessary nuisance to make more little sodomite death cult members. Islam merely takes every vial deed that depraved men commit and codifies it. Progressive liberals...
  • Rev Graham: Obama Holder Pushing a 'New Morality That Does Not Include God'-An Anti-Christ Movement'

    03/12/2015 8:39:35 AM PDT · by xzins · 91 replies
    CNS ^ | March 11, 2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    President Barack Obama and his outgoing attorney general, Eric Holder, are, along with "progressives" in government, forcing "a new morality" on the American people, a "morality that does not include God" and which is "an Anti-Christ movement," said Reverend Franklin Graham. "There is an anti-Christian bias that is now in our government, has permeated our government, that’s also permeated Washington but [also] at the state and local level," said Rev. Graham during a Mar. 11 interview on Washington Watch With Tony Perkins. "It’s the progressives, whatever you want to call them, that are trying -- and the president is into...
  • Christians ARE too scared to admit beliefs—because they fear being mocked or treated like bigots…

    03/11/2015 10:00:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:02 EST, 11 March 2015 | Steve Doughty
    Christians are frightened to reveal their religious beliefs to colleagues at work, equality chiefs admit. When they do declare their Christianity, whether in the office or on the shop floor, they are often mocked or treated like bigots—and their children are even ridiculed at school. Christians also think their faith is being pushed out of its role as a cornerstone of life in Britain, according to a major study by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. And ironically, many feel they are being persecuted by the same anti-discrimination and equality laws supported by the equality watchdog. …
  • Watchdog Group Releases Anti-Christian-Bigotry Map

    03/04/2015 4:37:12 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 3 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 3/2/2015 | Matt Barber
    See Map Here: http://www.afa.net/bigotrymap In 2007, and with that same nauseating arrogance that has come to define him, then presidential candidate Barack Obama duplicitously quipped, “I am absolutely convinced that culture wars are just so ’90s. Their days are growing dark.” Dark, indeed. America’s soon-to-be cultural-Marxist-in-chief would then spend the greater part of a decade waging war against our nation’s Judeo-Christian culture and heritage at levels, and in ways, unseen in our storied history. Today, his anti-Christian crusade continues unabated. In fact, and with less than two years left to complete his baleful conspiracy, this neo-pagan extremist has begun to...
  • Ana Marie Cox: Why I’m Coming Out as a Christian

    03/01/2015 8:43:38 AM PST · by EveningStar · 61 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 28, 2015 | Ana Marie Cox
    Who do I need to prove my faith to—and why should I try? ... I’m nervous to come out as a Christian because I worry I’m not good enough of one. I’m not scared that non-believers will make me feel an outcast. I’m scared that Christians will ... Here is why I believe I am a Christian: I believe I have a personal relationship with my Lord and Savior. I believe in the grace offered by the Resurrection. I believe that whatever spiritual rewards I may reap come directly from trying to live the example set by Christ. Whether or...
  • 11 SiIlly Things That Some Atheists Say

    02/28/2015 8:40:57 AM PST · by Heartlander · 69 replies
    Historical Jesus Studies ^ | Feb 27, 2015 | James Bishop
    11 silly things that some atheists say. February 27, 2015 · by James Bishop · in Articles, Atheism. · Introduction: The atheist that this blog article is briefly referring to is the fundamentalist head-in-the-sand, fingers-in-their-ears type, which contrary to atheism makes up the majority of the religion hating New Atheists. My last point, point 11, addresses Stephen Hawking but I want to make it clear that I do not view him as a fundamentalist atheist like Richard Dawkins, or Sam Harris would be. Although I, alongside many, disagree with Hawking and his conclusions, I don’t take anything away from his...
  • Richard Dawkins: Children need to be "protected" from religion

    02/25/2015 5:36:23 AM PST · by Heartlander · 30 replies
    Irish Times ^ | February 24, 2015 | Joe Humphreys
    Richard Dawkins: Children need to be ‘protected’ from religion ‘You have to write off those people’ who put the Bible ahead of science, author says Children need to be “protected” from religious indoctrination in schools, biologist and atheist campaigner Richard Dawkins has said, backing a campaign by Atheist Ireland to overhaul our education system.Speaking to The Irish Times in advance of a public talk at Trinity College Dublin on Tuesday evening, Prof Dawkins said: “There is a balancing act and you have to balance the rights of parents and the rights of children and I think the balance has swung...
  • Progressive magazine mocks Scott Walker’s church and faith

    02/24/2015 6:36:54 PM PST · by Kyle Olson · 24 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 2/24/15 | Right Wisconsin
    We know what happens when Scott Walker musters an “I don’t know” about Barack Obama’s religious faith. The wrath of the media comes down howling “how dare you!” But what happens when Scott Walker’s faith is the subject of ridicule by a prominent left-wing publication and a former staffer for Russ Feingold and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin?
  • Cardinal Dolan Must Step Down as Parade Grand Marshal

    02/24/2015 11:52:25 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 24, 2015 | MATTHEW HENNESSEY
    Now there can be no doubt—Timothy Cardinal Dolan has been played for a sucker by the organizers of the 2015 New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade. He must step down as Grand Marshal.According to reports, parade organizers are engaged in last-minute negotiations with city officials to allow additional Irish LGBT advocacy organizations to march in this year’s parade. Such groups had been prohibited from marching by a long-standing ban on explicitly political banners in the parade, a policy that also kept pro-life groups off Fifth Avenue.In September, the parade committee announced that a single group, OUT@NBCUniversal, would be allowed...
  • Millennial Evangelicals push for full inclusion of LGBT Christians

    02/24/2015 6:32:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 20, 2015 | Harry Bruinius
    When Pastor Adam Phillips moved across the country with his wife two years ago and planted a new congregation in Portland, Ore., he was heeding the call of his Christian roots, an Evangelical Covenant tradition that today has a primary mission “to reach young people, engage a growing multiethnic population, and develop vibrant local churches that make disciples.” “Pastor Adam,” as his congregation at Christ Church: Portland calls him, was well suited for such a mission. Young, familiar as much with Tumblr as with theological tomes, and a former director of faith mobilization for the ONE Campaign, the antipoverty group...
  • Barnicle: We Can't Call It Radical Islam 'Because We're The Crusaders'

    02/17/2015 4:31:03 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 31 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough opened today's Morning Joe with a protracted and impassioned plea for America—and in particular President Obama—to call out radical Islam by name. Mika Brzezinski was dubious, citing unspecified "difficult times" in the past when presidents used the wrong language. But taking Mika's misgivings a giant step further, Mike Barnicle flatly declared that we can't call radical Islam by name because "we're the Crusaders." View the video here.
  • No mention of ‘Christians’ anywhere in Obama’s White House statement on beach beheadings

    02/16/2015 10:42:22 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 68 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | February 16, 2015 | Joe Saunders
    The 21 men beheaded on a Mediterranean beach in a video released by Islamist savages Sunday were killed because of their Coptic Christian faith, by men who proclaimed the reason for the murders before the whole world. And the White House won’t say the word. Christian beheading victims are marched to the beach in Libya to be murdered by Islamist militants on Sunday. (Daily Mail photo) “The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of 21 Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists,” a statement issued by the White House said.“ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds.  It is unconstrained by...
  • Are wealthy US foundations paying to suppress religious freedom?

    02/16/2015 8:50:06 AM PST · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/13/15 | Kevin J. Jones
    New York City, N.Y., Feb 13, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA).- Questions are being raised over two U.S. foundations that have poured more than three million dollars into abortion rights, LGBT activist, and legal groups to push the message that exemptions based on religious beliefs are “un-American” and an abuse of liberty. The Arcus Foundation and the Ford Foundation have spent over $3 million in combined spending against religious liberty exemptions since 2013, according to a CNA review of tax forms and grant listings. John Lomperis of the Institute for Religion and Democracy – a D.C.-based ecumenical Christian think tank...
  • Audience Dons Devil Horns at Grammys for Performance of ‘Highway to Hell’

    02/10/2015 7:59:34 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 82 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 2/10/15 | Heather Clark
    LOS ANGELES – Much of the audience attending the Grammy Awards on Sunday donned light-up devil horns for the opening performance of the annual event—a presentation of the AC/DC hit “Highway to Hell.” “Party time/My friends are gonna be there too/I’m on the highway to Hell,” the Australian rock band blared out as flames blazed on the jumbotron behind them, along with pyrotechnic effects. “Hey Satan/Payin’ my dues … I’m on the highway to Hell/Don’t stop me.” The group had been introduced by rapper LL Cool J, as the audience stood to their feet. “To kick off the 52 second...
  • Students opposed to LGBT agenda shamed in classroom

    02/09/2015 5:32:10 PM PST · by PROCON · 65 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | Feb. 9, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Teenagers at a California high school were publicly shamed for disagreeing with speakers allowed to push an LGBT agenda during an English class, according to several upset parents. The Queer Straight Alliance at Acalanes High School, in Lafayette, lectured students in several ninth-grade English classes on Jan. 29 about LGBT issues, according to Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, which is representing the parents. During the class, the students, ages 14 and 15, were instructed to stand in a circle. Then, they were grilled about their personal beliefs and their parents’ beliefs on homosexuality, PJI alleges.“The QSA...
  • Southwest Airlines, Comcast, Office Depot Sponsor Homosexual...Conference Featuring ‘Gay Jesus'

    02/06/2015 12:37:53 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 57 replies
    Americans for Truth ^ | 2-6-15 | Peter LaBarbera
    Southwest Airlines is among the major corporate sponsors of the 2015 “Creating Change” conference, an annual event drawing thousands of homosexual, bisexual, transgender, “queer” and “kink” (sadomasochistic) activists from across the country. The massive gathering of LGBTQueer activists opens today in Denver and includes a screening of a documentary film celebrating a “gay”-authored play casting “Jesus” as a homosexual. The documentary, “Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption,” celebrates the 1998 play “Corpus Christi,” by homosexual playwright Terrence McNally, in which “Joshua,” representing Jesus Christ, is cast as a homosexual who as a teenager had homosexual sex with Judas (who later becomes...
  • Obama At National Prayer Breakfast: ’People Committed Terrible Deeds In The Name of Christ’

    02/05/2015 7:34:28 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 134 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/05/2015 | by Charlie Spiering
    At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama reminded attendees that violence rooted in religion isn’t exclusive to Islam, but has been carried out by Christians as well. ~snip~ “Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Obama said. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
  • Montana considers joining 49 other states with bullying law

    02/04/2015 3:20:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2015 6:07 PM EST | Alison Noon
    Montana legislators will consider Wednesday afternoon whether to join every other state in the nation in putting anti-bullying policy into law. A bill being introduced by Democrat Rep. Kimberly Dudik in the Montana House Education Committee would define bullying, prohibit it in public schools and require that public school districts enact their own policies addressing bullying. […] Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, said most state laws enforcing bullying definitions and procedures were enacted in the mid-2000s, with updates like cyberbullying provisions being added every year. She said the laws build better environments for kids to learn...
  • URGENT: Obama’s Muslim Adviser Busted Going Off on Insane, Anti-Christian Rant [TWEETS]

    02/02/2015 4:27:33 AM PST · by DBCJR · 18 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | Saturday, January 31st, 2015
    "Elibiary...states that, “no matter xenophobia & hatefulness from this loud â€Ș#‎Christianist‬ subculture, we won’t abandon our vision for this nation.” [See other Tweets]
  • How Do Americans Feel About Women, Gays in the Pulpit?

    01/30/2015 7:43:46 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 42 replies
    Americans support women in the pulpit and in senior leadership positions within the church. But they are more hesitant when it comes to supporting openly gay and lesbian religious leaders. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 60% of American Adults favor women in the pulpit, while just 16% are opposed. Twenty-five percent (25%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) Even more (74%) support women in leadership positions in their respective faiths. Just nine percent (9%) are opposed, with 17% undecided. Just 43% of Americans favor openly gay and lesbian individuals in the pulpit. Thirty-eight...
  • Newsboys Co-Founder: I'm Now an Atheist, Richard Dawkins' Had an Influence

    01/30/2015 7:20:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/30/2015 | Samuel Smith
    The co-founder and former guitarist of the popular world-famous Christian rock band the Newsboys has officially renounced his Christian faith and is calling members of the current version of the band hypocrites. George Perdikis, who founded the chart-topping Christian band in 1985 with his friend Peter Furler, wrote an op-ed on Wednesday published by the website Patheos explaining how he transformed from a guitarist in one of the most popular Christian rock bands of all-time to a cosmology-enthused atheist. "I always felt uncomfortable with the strict rules imposed by Christianity. All I wanted to do was play rock and roll,"...
  • Newsweek Throws the First Stone: Story on the Bible didn't even pretend to mask an agenda.

    01/19/2015 7:47:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/19/2015 | CHRIS QUEEN
    In the Gospel of John, we read a story where a group of Jewish Torah teachers and Pharisees (members of a legalistic sect of Judaism) bring to Jesus a woman whom they caught in adultery, asking Him what punishment He thinks the woman deserves. Masterfully — as He always did — Jesus answers the scholars with a simple, yet profound statement: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7, NIV).Recently, Newsweek featured a cover article on the Bible in which author Kurt Eichenwald — not a Biblical scholar...
  • I’ve Been Through the Innerwebz on a Post with No Name (Ann Barnhardt)

    01/27/2015 2:08:19 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    Barnhardt.biz ^ | January 23, 2015 | Ann Barnhardt
    1.  The aberrosexual NFL washout Michael Sam “proposed” to the guy whose body he uses for masturbatory friction on the cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome – exactly, directly over the tomb of St. Peter.  Because there was no other place on the surface of the earth that these shameless sodomites could have mocked and aped the sacrament of marriage.  They had to do it whilst LITERALLY dancing on the grave of St. Peter. Folks, the objective of these people and their satanic agenda is not, never has been, and never will be a “peaceful co-existence”.  The order of progression,...
  • Breakpoint - The War on Christians: Persecution Hits Record Levels (Unprecedented Tribulation?)

    01/21/2015 7:56:24 AM PST · by xzins · 28 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | January 21, 2015 | John Stonestreet
    While in 2014 the days of throwing Christians to wild beasts in the arena may be behind us, the persecution of Christians around the world isn't. In fact, the number of our brothers and sisters subjected to imprisonment, torture, and death for their faith in just the last twelve months dwarfs the number who suffered during the entire tenure of Nero. As a new report from a leading ministry to the persecuted church shows, last year was one of the most violent on record for believers worldwide—and 2015 could be worse. Open Doors International released its World Watch List earlier...
  • Army commanders Order Removal Of 'God and Country' Recruiting Sign [America Under Obama? Congress]

    01/18/2015 7:50:46 PM PST · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    FoxNews ^ | January 18, 2015
    Army commanders Order Removal Of 'God and Country' Recruiting Sign January 18, 2015 An Army recruiting station has been ordered by higher ups to shelve a sidewalk sandwich board with the wording "On a mission for both God and country.” The order went out Friday to a recruiting station in Phoenix that had been displaying the outdoor sign since at least October. The sign board also shows an image of a Special Forces patch and Ranger, Airborne and Special Forces tabs. An inquiry from Army Times to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command prompted the sandwich board’s immediate removal.
  • 'Keep Your Religion in the Closet' Says NYT Editorialist

    01/19/2015 3:22:21 PM PST · by xzins · 52 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 1/19/2015 | Michael Brown
    "I support the right of people to believe what they do and say what they wish—in their pews, homes and hearts." So says an influential New York Times journalist. In other words, "Keep your religion in the closet." In his Jan. 10 Times editorial, "Your God and My Dignity: Religious Liberty, Bigotry, and Gays," Frank Bruni writes, "I've been called many unpleasant things in my life, and I've deserved no small number of them. But I chafe at this latest label: A threat to your religious liberty." He finds it "absurd" that the simple act of two men or two...
  • Christian parents accused of 'cruelty' in their 17-year-old transgender daughter's suicide note REFU

    01/02/2015 8:06:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 77 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 1 January 2015 | Chris Spargo for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: Christian parents accused of 'cruelty' in their 17-year-old transgender daughter's suicide note REFUSE to accept her female identity - but insist they loved 'him' The mother of a transgender teen who killed herself over the holiday season is speaking out, and making it clear she did not and does not approve of what she believes was her daughter's choice to be transgender. Carla Alcorn of Kings Mills, Ohio said in an interview that she and her husband did not 'support' their daughter Leelah Alcorn, while also refusing to acknowledge her daughter's sex, using male pronouns and referring to...
  • Garry Trudeau, Call Your Office

    12/30/2014 6:19:10 AM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 48 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 29, 2014 | Sonny Bunch
    I realize that Doonesbury is nothing more than liberal pap designed to make Baby Boomers feel good about themselves—yes, yes, Garry Trudeau, Republicans are squares and warmongers, we get it, you’re from the 60s, get out, back to the 60s, there’s no place for you here in the future!—but even still, this weekend’s strip is pretty egregiously terrible. Check it out, it’ll only take you a couple of seconds to read. If you don’t want to read it, allow me to describe it to you. One of the characters, a mom, is telling her daughter than she’s not allowed to...
  • Newsweek on the Bible — So Misrepresented It’s a Sin

    12/29/2014 3:28:28 PM PST · by xzins · 41 replies
    ChristianHeadlines ^ | 29 Dec 14 | Al Mohler
    Newsweek magazine decided to greet the start of 2015 with a massive cover story on the Bible. For decades now, major newsmagazines have tended to feature cover articles timed for Christmas and Easter, taking an opportunity to consider some major question about Christianity and the modern world. Leading the journalistic pack for years, both TIME and Newsweek dedicated cover article after article, following a rather predictable format. In the main, scholars or leaders from very liberal quarters commented side-by-side those committed to historic Christianity on questions ranging from the virgin birth to the resurrection of Christ. When written by journalists...
  • NBC Asks America for the Meaning of Christmas: 'Jesus' Didn't Make Their Cut

    12/27/2014 4:28:45 PM PST · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | December 26, 2014 | Tim Graham
    NBC Nightly News offered two stories on Christmas in their December 25 newscast, including a show-ender about “what Christmas means to me.” Substitute anchor Tamron Hall offered this introduction: “Finally, on this special night, a question: What does Christmas mean to you? Maybe it’s the presents, the lights, the music, or getting together with family. We put the question to people around the country and discovered once against that Christmas means something a little different to everyone.” Somehow, this perfectly pleasant three-minute segment included lot of talk about family time and presents, and even someone saying “Happy Hanukkah,” but included...
  • Why I’m for the War on Christmas (Barf)

    12/25/2014 8:01:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 23, 2014 | Asawin Suebsaeng
    And the bells chimed for victory at 1211 Avenue of the Americas. The so-called War on Christmas, says overpaid bloviator Bill O’Reilly, has been won by his god-fearing, flag-flourishing side. “We won the war,” the Fox News personality proclaimed last week. “I have to confess, you know, I’m like a guerrilla fighter in the War on Christmas…We did this War on Christmas thing for about 10 years. This is the first year I didn’t get one call or letter saying, ‘This store has said it won’t say [“Merry Christmas”].’” Hallelujah.
  • Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It. (Barf)

    12/25/2014 7:51:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 57 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | December 25, 2014 | Gene Robinson (Gay Heretic Bishop)
    He was born in a barn to penniless parents who were part of a people under occupation. Get it? So why do so many of us not get it? I’m against the War on Christmas. No not that one! Wishing someone “Happy Holidays” doesn’t rob Christmas of its meaning—after all, being sensitive to others’ religious beliefs ought to be the attitude of every Christian. And not the one that says we have over-commercialized Christmas—after all, there’s nothing wrong with a time of year when we purchase thoughtful gifts for those we love.
  • NY Times Christmas Day Op-ed Page: No Believers, Two Atheists

    12/25/2014 7:26:34 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Couldn't the New York Times put aside its hostility to traditional religion on Christmas Day and feature a column by a believing Christian? No, it couidn't. Instead, believers who blunder onto the online op-ed page today are hit with a lead column entitled "Religion Without God." And just in case you didn't get the message, there's a second column called "An Atheist’s Christmas Dream."
  • Salon: “No proof that Jesus even existed”; Muhammad’s “established beyond the shadow of a doubt”

    12/24/2014 8:12:24 PM PST · by OneLoyalAmerican · 95 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | December 24, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    In October, Jeffrey Tayler wrote in Salon that the Qur’an “backs up jihad, suicide attacks (“martyrdom”), beheadings, even taking captive women as sex slaves.” This was singular for Salon, which usually whitewashes the truth about Islam and jihad and excoriates those who expose it as “racists” and “bigots,” but now it is clear why Tayler was able to get away with it: he is supremely hostile to Christianity. Here, he gives a characteristic Salon Christmas greeting: Jesus likely never existed, but Muhammad’s existence is well established. “Let’s make Bill O’Reilly’s head explode: We desperately need a war on Christmas lies,”...
  • India Hindu group to press ahead on conversions of Christians & Muslims in challenge to PM Modi

    12/24/2014 10:20:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/24/2014
    The head of India's most powerful Hindu group vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled parliament and threatened the prime minister's economic reform agenda. Mohan Bhagwat of the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, which is also the ideological wing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, said India was a "Hindu nation" where many Hindus had been forcibly converted to other religions. "We will bring back those who have lost their way. They did not go on their own," Bhagwat said in a speech late on Saturday. "They...
  • New Liberal Christmas Tradition: Mary Was Raped

    12/24/2014 8:01:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/24/2014 | Drew Belsky
    Valerie Tarico wrote an article at Alternet, republished at Salon, that should get her a lot of invites to ironically themed liberal Christmas parties.  The title: "Why rape is so intrinsic to religion." Tarico lays out a series of myths from pagan traditions, mostly Greek and Roman, in which women are abducted, violated, and coerced.  We have Danae, Europa, Rea Silvia...and, what do you know, the Virgin Mary. Notably, Tarico avoids using the same dire language for the Blessed Mother that she uses for the pagan myths: "[I]n the Gospel of Luke, the Virgin Mary gets pregnant when the...
  • Satanic Display at Florida Capitol Damaged [by the "Catholic Warrior"]

    12/24/2014 9:18:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/23/14 | Brendan Farrington
    <p>TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Capitol has displayed a Pabst Blue Ribbon Festivus pole, atheist banners and even a tribute to the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But a display showing an angel falling into flames with the message "Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple" was too much for one woman.</p>
  • ISIS Says It Will Conquer Europe Soon, Undertake Religious Cleansing And Kill Ruthlessly

    12/23/2014 2:20:16 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 170 replies
    IBT ^ | December 23, 2014 | Kalyan Kumar
    ISIS Says It Will Conquer Europe Soon, Undertake Religious Cleansing And Kill Ruthlessly By Kalyan Kumar | December 23, 2014 3:56 PM EST The radical terror group ISIS has claimed that it is only a matter of time before its fighters conquer Europe. The claim was made by the spokesman of the outfit to veteran journalist Juergen Todenhoefer, who undertook a risky visit to the the ISIS controlled areas in Mosul of Northern Iraq. "We will conquer Europe one day. It is not a question of we will conquer Europe, just a matter of when that will happen. But it...
  • Church Nativity Scene Depicts Homeless Virgin Mary At Bus Stop

    12/23/2014 8:30:29 AM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | December 22, 2014 | CBS
    CLAREMONT (CBSLA.com) — A local church nativity scene depicts a homeless Virgin Mary at a bus stop with a newborn Baby Jesus swaddled in burlap. The theme for this year’s display at Claremont United Methodist Church on Foothill Boulevard is “Commercialism and the Oppressed.” Church leaders say the eyes of God are always watching and people should reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. “We want to draw attention to those people who are on the margins who Jesus would be standing with today,” said Pamela Bunce of Claremont United Methodist Church. The Southland church is known for its design...
  • Stanford: Dean for Religious Life claims churches should focus less on religion, more on art

    12/23/2014 7:38:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | December 22, 2014 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    The church needs to focus more on art and less on religion and converting people in an effort to become less “churchy,” according to Stanford University’s Dean for Religious Life, The Very Reverend Dr. Jane Shaw. “I think people are always slightly surprised that I’m not very churchy as a person,” Shaw told the Palo Alto Online in an interview. “I don’t think church is to be more churchy. I think church is about, anyone should be welcome. I’m really interested in how you welcome many different kind of constituencies, certainly not convert them, not even necessarily to do religion...
  • Christophobes March On

    12/16/2014 5:22:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    America's Christophobes have been plenty busy lately. Maybe the Christmas season makes them especially nervous. A few weeks ago, Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Chief Kelvin Cochran was suspended for a month without pay for the unforgivable sin of self-publishing a Christian book in which he expressed his disapproving views about homosexual behavior, among other things. City spokeswoman Anne Torres said: "We understand that (Cochran) was distributing the book to other employees. We are still not sure yet what the circumstances surrounding that are. ... The bottom line is that the (Mayor Kasim) Reed administration does not tolerate discrimination of any...
  • Pope Francis retains patriarchal view of women

    12/06/2014 3:19:28 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 56 replies
    Google/LAT ^ | December 8, 2014 | Candida Moss and Joel Baden
    At first, it was easy to overlook. With all of his statements about caring for the poor, the disabled and immigrants, and all the fanfare surrounding his famous "Who am I to judge?" proclamation, Pope Francis seemed like a breath of fresh air for a church stuck resolutely in the past. The fact that he never commented on the long-standing marginalization of women in the Catholic Church, and asserted quite plainly that there would be no ordination of women, did nothing to dampen progressive enthusiasm for the new pope. There has been a hopeful sense that he would get around...
  • US Entering Dangerous New Era in Religious Hostility

    12/03/2014 4:10:37 PM PST · by robowombat · 18 replies
    CBN News Washington Sr. Correspondent ^ | Wednesday, December 03, 2014 | Paul Strand
    US Entering Dangerous New Era in Religious Hostility By Paul Strand CBN News Washington Sr. Correspondent Wednesday, December 03, 2014 WASHINGTON -- A school tells a student that he can't attend because God's the most important thing in his life. A public health official gets fired for sermons he gave in his off-hours as a lay pastor. A congregation is told they may not be able to locate downtown just because - and only because - they're a church. These are all real examples of cases in the past several months showing your religion can get you in real trouble...
  • Atheists Target Churchgoers With ‘Christmas Is a Fairy Tale’ Billboards

    12/03/2014 11:41:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Dec 02, 2014 1:16 pm | (Outnumbered)
    An atheist group called American Atheists is using a fake “Dear Santa” letter in a billboard campaign in several Southern states, urging people to skip church this Christmas and stop listening to “fairy tales.” The billboard—which is positioned near several churches—features a little girl’s letter to St. Nick that reads “Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is to skip church! I’m too old for fairy tales.” The group claims the billboard targets closet atheists who are pressured to observe religious traditions. …