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  • Greek Metropolitan Found Innocent of Homophobia-Hate Speech Charges

    03/20/2018 6:30:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 3/19/18
    A Greek court has acquitted Metropolitan Ambrose of Kalavryta, not finding any incitements to violence in a controversial 2015 blog post in which the bishop wrote about the sin of homosexuality, reports RIA-Novosti with reference to the TV channel Star. The court session ended late in the evening on Thursday. The trial had been delayed and was held with increased security measures, as before the session, a group of anarchists organized a LGBT support rally near the court, hanging large panels and breaking the windows with rocks. His Eminence was accused of hate speech after his blog posting in which...
  • Amir Tsarfati on Putin, Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia in very recent events (March 19)

    03/20/2018 2:52:15 PM PDT · by firebrand · 2 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | March 19, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    The significance of Putin's election: how he has been chipping away at free expression and trying to control information in Russia, and his goal of attaining the gas and oil possessed by Israel. Turkey's aggression against the Kurds. And of course Iran, which is the big problem in that area, already indirectly attacking Saudi Arabia. It is all coming together as we could not have imagined a few years ago. It is more important than ever to look up and not be concerned with the earthly things around us. Thank you, Amir, for a very stirring and beautiful teaching.
  • Navy Floats Idea of Atheist Chaplains

    03/20/2018 8:49:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/20/2018 | Tony Perkins
    If there aren't atheists in foxholes, why should we put them in the Chaplain Corps? Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) can't imagine. Like most leaders, he's astounded that the Navy is even considering letting someone who doesn't believe in God join the chaplaincy. Three years ago, the idea was so absurd that even Obama's military attorneys went to court to stop it. Now, with Secretary Jim Mattis at the helm, no one can quite understand why the topic is even up for discussion. The bizarre storyline started in 2015 when Jason Heap tried to sue his way into the chaplaincy. Not...
  • America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President

    03/19/2018 10:08:27 AM PDT · by GregNH · 75 replies
    Wallbulders ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL –March 19, 2018 (Prayer)

    03/18/2018 11:08:26 PM PDT · by · 34 replies
    Intercessory prayer ^ | March 19, 2018 | UMCRevMom
    Please join with others to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Family, Government, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (I John 5:14) Religion forum threads labeled "Prayer" are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Hungary PM: Europe Under Migrant Invasion – Those Who Don’t Block it at Their Borders Will be Lost

    03/18/2018 5:43:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, said at a massive rally that Europe and Hungary are in the middle of a civilisational struggle. The rally marked the 170th anniversary of anti-Habsburg Revolution of 1848 and was preceded by a large ‘Peace March’. “We are expected to willingly hand over [our country] within a few decades…to foreigners from other continents who don’t speak our language, respect our culture, our laws or way of life, Orban said. According to the Prime Minister, “Hungary and Europe face a mass migration wave which endangers the way of life of their peoples, Europe is under invasion....
  • The Wanderer Interviews Steven Mosher… In China, The State Aspires To Be The “Church”

    03/17/2018 5:46:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 3/16/18 | Christopher Manion
    Steve Mosher, one of the America’s most prominent China experts, was kicked out of China — and Stanford University — in the early 1980s for breaking the “gentlemen’s rule of silence” regarding Communist China: he tore back the curtain on the country’s “one-child” policy, a draconian campaign that resulted in forced abortions performed in barbaric conditions on millions of Chinese women every year. I was working for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the time, and was surprised that the State Department showed little interest in Mosher’s exposure of what was clearly one of the most egregious violation of human...
  • Report: Turkey Seeks Life Prison Term for US Pastor

    03/17/2018 5:35:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/13/18 | AP
    Media reports say Turkish prosecutors are seeking life imprisonment for an American pastor who is accused of links to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric blamed for a failed coup attempt in Turkey. The private Dogan news agency said Tuesday that in their indictment, prosecutors in the western Turkish city of Izmir are charging pastor Andrew Brunson with being a member and of leading a terror organization. The indictment would need to be approved by a court before prosecution can begin. Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for more than 20 years, was arrested soon after the July 2016 coup attempt.
  • Bavaria Drops Challenge to Legalization of Gay ‘Marriage’ Citing Comparable Changes in Church

    03/17/2018 5:31:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/15/18 | Maike Hickson
    MUNICH, March 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) -- The traditionally Catholic German state of Bavaria has decided to drop its plan to challenge a June 2017 parliamentary decision to legalize same-sex “marriages” nationwide. The decision comes after two legal opinions were written for Bavaria pointing out that many countries in the world have legalized same-sex “marriage.” The Bavarian State Chancellor, in his white paper for the March 6th cabinet meeting refers to the fact that even representatives of the Catholic Church are now in the process of “carefully opening themselves up to a change.” On March 6th, the Government of Bavaria decided...
  • All Politics is Religion

    03/17/2018 10:28:42 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 12 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | March 15, 2018 | Michael Warren Davis
    “All true philosophy must opt between these two hypotheses: either a new religion is going to come into existence or Christianity will be rejuvenated in some extraordinary way,” wrote Joseph de Maistre. But this speaks less to individuals (who may be theists or atheists) than it does to society, which is theistic by nature. “If the religious spirit is not reinforced in this part of the world, the social bond will dissolve,” Maistre warned. Maybe that’s why both North Korea and the Soviet Union became more cultish as their regimes wore on. Maybe at the start they earnestly thought they...
  • Evangelical Judge Who Refused to Marry Same-Sex Couples Handed Down Longest Suspension in History

    03/17/2018 7:44:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/16/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    (Photo: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)A wedding cake is seen at a reception for same-sex couples at The Abbey in West Hollywood, California, July 1, 2013.An evangelical judge who has refused to marry same-sex couples was handed down a three-year suspension without pay Thursday by the Oregon Supreme Court, the longest suspension in the court's history.Judge Vance Day, who was found to have broken several gun laws, and in 2014 refused to marry same-sex couples, will have 14 days to file a petition for the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision.One of the main charges that Day was found guilty of concerned...
  • Michael Gerson Is Mostly Right about Evangelicals and Trump; But what he's wrong about is important

    03/17/2018 7:20:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/17/2018 | John Ellis
    Michael Gerson's much-ballyhooed articles in The Atlantic and The Washington Post have made quite a splash, at least among evangelicals. Much of the response has been of the hand-wringing kind. As in, what right does Gerson have to throw evangelicals under the bus because of their support for Donald Trump? Well, count me as an evangelical who mostly agrees with Michael Gerson. I believe that the overall support for Donald Trump is a self-imposed obstacle to evangelicals' ability to be a faithful witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.When Gerson, after listing just some of Trump's sizeable moral failings,...
  • Oregon High Court Suspends Judge Who Refused to Marry Gays

    03/16/2018 5:34:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    San Francisco Gate ^ | 3/15/18 | Tom James
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday handed down the longest suspension in its history to a judge who refused to marry gay couples in the state, but stopped short of removing him from office. Marion County Circuit Court Judge Vance Day had come to the attention of authorities after allegations he had refused to marry gay couples and had broken gun laws. In 2016, an ethics commission recommended that Day be removed from office. Instead, the court ordered Day suspended for three years. Despite public attention garnered by Day's actions toward gay people following same-sex marriage...
  • Russian State Must Actively Support Multi-Child Families - Head of Russian Church

    03/16/2018 5:30:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 3/2/18 | RT
    “For some reason, such regulations are being adopted by Western parliaments for groups of people with certain sexual orientation, but we have problems with granting special status to multi-child families,”A law protecting large families would have “a tremendous symbolic significance and show the whole world that… Russia cares about the future,” he addedRussian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Kirill has urged senators to provide special status for multi-child families in Russia, questioning why this can’t be done when preferences are being given to sexual minorities in the West. "The Church has supported and will support any positive changes in legislation aimed...
  • Spare the rod spoil the child, spoil the child ruin the nation

    03/16/2018 6:35:23 AM PDT · by Bob Celeste · 25 replies ^ | 3.16.2018 | Pastor Bob Celeste for
    Friday, September 5, 2014 Spare the rod spoil the child, spoil the child ruin the nation. Hebrews 12 Yes there are absolutes, and yes, spanking your sons and daughters is OK There are many reasons our nation and all of the governments of the world have become pond scum, and that reason starts with parents and grandparents as does the solutions. First we must understand who government obeys and follows: 5 And the devil, taking Him (Jesus) up into an high mountain, shewed unto Him (Jesus) all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6&7 And the...
  • The Filipino Government: Divorce Law Before Easter

    03/15/2018 6:10:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 3/14/18
    Manila (Agenzia Fides) - The Government of the Philippines led by President Rodrigo Duterte intends to approve the bill of divorce in Parliament before Easter. As confirmed by Senate spokesperson Pantaleon Alvarez, a final version of the bill will be in parliament for the third and last reading on March 23. The bill has the title "Act on the divorce and dissolution of marriage" and would complement the proposals presented in past months by several legislators in the lower House.The law aims to provide couples in crisis with a legal way to end marriage. As Fides learns, parlamentarians Edcel Lagman,...
  • Chinese Parishes Get Sacked by Communist Authorities

    03/15/2018 6:07:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | David Nussman
    While Vatican compromises with the government, crosses and statues are removed by forceYINING, China ( - As the Vatican is negotiating with China's Communist government, the same government has removed crosses and statues from Catholic parishes. Reports say that two Catholic churches in China have recently had their crosses, statues and domes removed at the command of governmental authorities. In Henan Province, authorities removed numerous crosses from the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on March 9. They removed a total of 10 crosses from three structures: the cathedral itself, a gate tower and a smaller old church. After...
  • Three Bishops Among Assembly that Made Xi Jinping President for Life

    03/14/2018 6:35:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Asia News ^ | Wang Zhicheng
    Although how they voted remains unknown, the appearance of the three bishop-delegates has already helped make the story of the biggest constitutional change in 36 years. The three are: Joseph Huang Bingzhang of Shantou, excommunicated, Guo Jincai of Chengde, illegitimately ordained and Fang Jianping, illegitimately ordained and who after receiving forgiveness participated in three illicit episcopal ordinations as consecrating or concelebrantBeijing (AsiaNews) - There were Catholic bishops among the delegates of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) that on 11 March took the historic decision to accept 21 amendments to the Chinese Constitution, including one that allows an infinite term...
  • Vatican Seeks to ‘Change the Narrative’ on Immigration by Emphasizing the Positive

    03/14/2018 6:22:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/11/18 | Thomas D. Williams
    The Vatican is looking to change people’s perspective on mass migration by highlighting positive stories to replace the negative accounts that dominate the media. Jesuit Father Michael Czerny, the co-secretary of the Vatican’s department for migrants and refugees, said that the Church needs to “change the narrative” on immigration, because “the public view is negative” in an address to members of the International Catholic Migration Commission on March 7. “We need positive stories,” Czerny said, in order to help people appreciate the benefits of migration instead of always focusing on its problems. As Breitbart News has reported, “Migrant” was the...
  • [Cath Cauc] Cdl Zen: Chinese Catholics’ “continuous harassments…would take volumes to be narrated.”

    03/14/2018 3:28:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 9, 2018 | Anthony E. Clark
    I would like the express my gratitude to Cardinal Zen for agreeing to answer a few questions for Catholic World Report at this crucial moment in the history of the Catholic Church in China. Over the past several days we corresponded about pressing issues related to the current Sino-Vatican negotiations that are underway. I first met Cardinal Zen several years ago at his humble residence with the Salesians in Hong Kong, where we spent more than an hour discussing the state of China’s Church. Since then, Catholics in China have encountered new pressures from state authorities. Their situation has become...