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  • [British] Government Refuses to Say that Evangelism Isn't Hate Speech

    12/11/2018 4:07:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Lord Pearson initiated a discussion in the House of Lords this week with an oral question about religious hate speech. In the course of the debate, the government minister was questioned about whether someone proclaiming the uniqueness of Jesus or the divinity of Allah could be arrested for hate speech. The minister refused to deny that someone could be arrested for such proclamations. Tim Dieppe discusses the debate and the unwillingness of the government to state that no one should be arrested for preaching the gospel.The basis for hate speechLord Pearson asked an oral question in the House of Lords...
  • Global Quality of Life Comparisons

    12/11/2018 9:46:58 AM PST · by Teleios Research · 2 replies
    PRLOG ^ | December 5, 2018 | William C. Stewart
    Teleios Research evaluated the top one-third of all countries (n=63) for gross domestic product (GDP) and divided them between historically Christian countries (i.e., Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant) versus other religions or secular, to determine differences in select published indexes that might affect individual quality of life.
  • ‘Men Have Forgotten God’: Remembering Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s 1983 Templeton Address

    12/11/2018 8:55:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2018
    Editor’s Note: This article, which originally ran in the July 22, 1983, issue of National Review, is adapted from the address Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn gave on the occasion of his acceptance, in London on May 10, 1983, of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. In announcing the 1983 award, the Templeton Foundation described Mr. Solzhenitsyn as “a pioneer in the renaissance of religion in atheist nations.” Mr. Solzhenitsyn ’s introductory remarks were made at the awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace, with Prince Philip presiding. The address proper was delivered later the same day at the London Guildhall. Today, December 11,...
  • 2018 - Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?

    12/10/2018 6:08:03 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 9 replies
    IFB ^ | 12/10/18
    My friends, in this "new post-Obama age" of President Trump, Take America Back, Drudge Report, Breitbart and Fake News does anyone TRULY know what time it is? Does anyone TRULY even care today? Well... not really... for many are EXPONENTIALLY distracted by the Devil's 24/7 straw men of this hour. The REALITY is that America is OVER! It has been since 2006. It takes individuals with GREAT GRIT and hearts of faith to objectively look at America and the EXPONENTIAL supporting evidence to see what we have been saying since 2006. Fixing the lights in a few cabins aboard a...
  • [Barf alert] Vatican envoy urges media to end ‘cherry-picking’ migration news

    12/10/2018 3:46:57 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | December 10, 2018 | Claire Giangravč
    Vatican envoy urges media to end ‘cherry-picking’ migration news ROME - As the Vatican delegation prepares to arrive at a UN global summit on migration set to take place in Morocco this week, one of Rome’s major players on the UN scene told Crux the proposed agreement is basically good news for the Church’s concerns even if certain “tensions” remain.Slovenian Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, wrote in a Dec. 9 email that many of the points presented by the Holy See “have been positively reflected in the...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - 12/10/2018 [Prayer]

    12/09/2018 10:30:43 PM PST · by · 22 replies
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for our President and Vice President and for AMERICA: Government, Family, 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. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Satanist Statue Erected for the Holidays in Illinois Capitol

    12/09/2018 5:58:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Between a Christmas tree and a menorah display in the Illinois state capitol, a statue from the Satanic Temple is standing for the holiday season. The display shows an apple upheld by an arm which has been encircled by a snake. The words “Knowledge is the greatest gift” is written across the front of the black base. The satanic tribute was erected at the statehouse rotunda in Springfield. Near the display is an explanation from the local government. “The State of Illinois is required by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution to allow temporary, public displays in the...
  • Murmansk Airport to be Renamed in Honor of Tsar Nicholas II

    12/09/2018 5:52:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12/6/18
    The Public Chamber of the Russian Federation held its final meeting of the expert council of the “Great Names of Russia” contest on Tuesday, summing up the national vote for renaming 42 airports throughout the country after great Russians. 5.5 million people participated in choosing 42 names out of a possible 142, and the final results were announced on the program 60 Minutes on the channel Russia-1, reports the Murmansk Gazette. Among the winners was Royal Martyr Tsar Nicholas II, in whose honor Murmansk Airport will be renamed, having received 49% of the votes (71,652). The great and beloved Russian...
  • Amir Tsarfati explains Operation Northern Shield to repel the aggression through the Lebanese border

    12/08/2018 7:16:16 PM PST · by firebrand · 1 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Dec. 8, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    Israel has been watching the construction of tunnels into Israel from Lebanon and has decided to make public the fact that they are aware of them. If UNIFIL will not stop the aggression, Israel will have to do it, and under international law it is entitled to do it. They will also continue to block "smart missile" manufacture, which is a threat to the safety of Israelis. A final note about the phony "sanhedrin." Be careful not to follow the misplaced enthusiasm about the red heifer and the Third Temple--it just makes believers look gullible and foolish. Right now there...
  • Propaganda and Culture Shows Instead of Sunday Mass [China]

    12/08/2018 6:38:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | 12/2/18 | Jiang Tao
    Local authorities in parts of China are organizing “alternative” events nearby the places of worship in an attempt to deter people from participating in religious activities.As Bitter Winter reported earlier, authorities in Henan have been inviting traditional opera troupes to perform outside churches during regular congregation gatherings or special religious celebrations intended to “compress the space for religious belief.” According to inside sources, more municipalities in Henan have joined this initiative. In October, the government of Luoyang city issued a document to all its subordinate agencies, ordering to vigorously promote atheist propaganda and organize targeted cultural events on religious holidays...
  • Separation of Church and State Implemented in Argentina

    12/08/2018 6:33:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    La Croix ^ | 12/4/18 | Eric Domergue
    Argentine bishops say they will cease accepting govt grants in line with a policy established by Pope Francis as archbishop of Buenos Aires Article 2 of Argentina’s national Constitution provides that “the federal government will support Apostolic Roman Catholic worship.” Concretely, this currently amounts to 130 million pesos ($US3 million) of financial support per year, representing 7 percent of the budget of the Argentine Church. The sum covers bishops' salaries, aid for border parishes and scholarships for seminarians. Discussions on the issue between the bishops and the government of President Mauricio Macri began in August 2018 when it was agreed...
  • Rehoboth [Beach, DE] officials say no to nativity scene [at bandstand next to boardwalk]

    12/08/2018 2:33:08 PM PST · by foreverfree · 17 replies ^ | 12/7/18 | Chris Flood
    St. Edmond Catholic Church parishioners are calling out Rehoboth officials for allowing the installation of a well-known nativity scene at the Bandstand and then, less than 48 hours later, forcing them to take it down. “We have a Christmas tree there, why can’t we have a creche up?” said St. Edmond parishioner Patty Derrick during an interview Dec. 6.
  • The Barbarians Are Here

    12/08/2018 9:14:27 AM PST · by OddLane · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/8/18 | Gerard Perry
    I give a brief review of Michael Youssef's new book, which analyzes the threat to the West from Islam, and how the corruption of contemporary Christianity has undermined are will to resist this menace.
  • [Philippine President] Duterte: Kill 'Useless' Catholic Bishops Criticizing Gov't

    12/07/2018 4:31:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) — The President again lashed out at Catholic bishops and called them useless for criticizing his administration. "Itong mga obispo ninyo, patayin ninyo. Walang silbi yang mga g***ng yan. All they do is criticize," President Rodrigo Duterte said in a speech at an event in Malacańang on Wednesday. [Translation: Your bishops, kill them. These b******s serve no purpose. All they do is criticize.] In a later speech during the awarding of the country's top overseas Filipino workers (OFW), Duterte said the Catholic Church was the most hypocritical institution, and that majority of priests are...
  • In Blow to Political Correctness, Italy Wants Crucifixes and Nativity Scenes in All Classrooms

    12/06/2018 5:43:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 42 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/3/18 | Doug Mainwaring
    ITALY, December 3, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Amid what Italian media is describing as “open war” on school nativity scenes, Italy’s Education Ministry has slapped back, granting approval to installing crucifixes and reinstating nativity scenes in the nation’s classrooms. “The crucifix is for me the symbol of our history, our culture, our traditions,” said Education Minister Marco Bussetti, speaking to the Federation of Catholic Schools’ annual congress in Rome. “I don't see how it can cause any irritation in our school rooms, on the contrary it may help kids to reflect on our history.” Bussetti is not alone. When a school...
  • TV Producer Declares War on Pro-Family, Pro-Marriage Leaders

    12/06/2018 5:33:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/4/18 | Rodney Pelletier
    Award-winning director and producer to push LGBT political candidatesLOS ANGELES ( - Ryan Murphy, an active homosexual and the producer behind dozens of award-winning television shows like Glee, American Horror Story and Pose, declared he will be pouring money to block so-called anti-LGBT candidates from taking office in the 2020 elections. He announced his new effort, Pose Gives Back, on Sunday while getting an award at the TrevorLive gala sponsored by The Trevor Project, an organization promoting homosexuality and transgender ideology to young people. The project will donate money to 20 pro-LGBT political candidates running opposite pro-family and pro-life candidates...
  • App for Reporting on Religious Heresies [Indonesia]

    12/06/2018 5:29:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 12/1/18
    Users can inform on people who hold unauthorised beliefs or unorthodox interpretations of the six religions recognised by the state. Human rights groups have criticised the software, arguing that it will only serve to undermine religious tolerance in the country.Jakarta (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office launched a new smartphone app that would allow Indonesian citizens to report suspected cases of religious heresy. Users of the app can report groups practising unrecognised faiths or unorthodox interpretations of Indonesia’s six officially recognised religions, (Islam, Hinduism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddhism and Confucianism). It features a list of religious edicts issued by the country’s...
  • Ireland Votes to Allow Girls Under 16 to Have Abortions Without Parental Consent

    12/06/2018 2:41:24 PM PST · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    LifeNews ^ | December 5, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    Ireland Votes to Allow Girls Under 16 to Have Abortions Without Parental Consent Young girls may be able to get free, taxpayer-funded abortions without a parent’s consent in Ireland after parliament rejected an amendment to a pro-abortion bill Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENT Ireland is on its way to adopting one of the most radical pro-abortion laws in the world after it repealed its pro-life Eighth Amendment in May.This week, the Dáil is debating a bill to legalize abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to six months in a wide variety of circumstances. It would force taxpayers...
  • Every President Recited The Apostles’ Creed Except Trump, And People Definitely Noticed

    12/06/2018 11:52:12 AM PST · by I got the rope · 234 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 12/6/2018 | Ed Mazza
    People on Twitter are calling out President Donald Trump for failing to recite the Apostles’ Creed at the funeral for former President George H. W. Bush on Wednesday. Footage from the event shows much of the church, including the former presidents seated with Trump, standing to recite the profession of faith.
  • Os Guinness (How To Get Free and Stay Free)

    12/04/2018 9:17:56 AM PST · by OddLane · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | Vocab Malone
    Legendary Social Critic and Public Thinker OS GUINNESS dissect the underpinnings of national "freedom". What is the basis for freedom of conscience and human rights? Os illustrates with the "Golden Triangle of Freedom" concept: freedom requires virtue, virtue requires faith, and faith requires freedom.