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  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish passengers cause uproar on flight from New York to Israel because they [tr]

    11/19/2018 6:24:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 19, 2018 | Julian Robinson
    Ultra-Orthodox passengers caused uproar on two flights from New York to Israel because they were worried they would still be in the air as Jewish Shabbat commenced, it has emerged. One El Al service from JFK diverted to Athens, Greece, amid angry scenes among those who feared they would be mid-flight at the start of the Jewish holy day, witnesses say. Pilots on a second El Al flight considered diverting to Rome for similar reasons before continuing to Israel. Both flights had been delayed for hours on Thursday because of stormy weather on the US East Coast. Religious Jews observe...
  • Pope decries that ‘wealthy few’ feast on what belongs to all

    11/18/2018 7:08:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 18, 2018 | Frances D’Emilio
    Championing the cause of the poor, Pope Francis on Sunday lamented that “the wealthy few” enjoy what, “in justice, belongs to all” and said Christians cannot remain indifferent to the growing cries of the exploited and the indigent, including migrants. Francis invited about 6,000 poor people as well as some of the volunteers who help them to the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica where he celebrated Mass on a day the Catholic Church dedicates to the needy. Later, he sat down with 1,500 of the indigent for a lunch of lasagna, chicken, mashed potatoes and tiramisu in a Vatican auditorium....
  • Number of Witches in U.S. on the Rise, May Surpass 1.5 Million

    11/18/2018 7:51:47 AM PST · by Simon Green · 85 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/16/18 | Michael W Chapman
    A report in the Christian Post contends that the number of witches (and Wiccans) has dramatically increased since the 1990s, to the degree that there may be at least 1.5 million witches in the United States, which is higher than the 1.4 million mainline Presbyterians. "[T]he practice of witchcraft has grown significantly in recent decades; those who identify as witches has risen concurrently with the rise of the 'witch aesthetic,'" reported the Christian Post in October, citing data from Quartz, a Trinity College study, and the Pew Research Center. Between 1990 and 2008, the number of Wiccans in the United...
  • Thousands protest in Norway against restricting abortion

    11/17/2018 8:34:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 17, 2018 9:58 AM | Gwladys Fouche, Lefteris Karagiannopoulos
    Thousands of protesters demonstrated in Norwegian cities on Saturday against restricting women’s access to abortion, the subject of talks between the ruling minority coalition and a small party seeking to join the government. In Norway’s capital Oslo, the demonstrators, some pushing children in strollers, marched through the city center carrying banners with slogans such as “My body my right” and “Defend abortion”. “The new law that’s proposed is limiting women’s rights,” said Ine Lund, a 22-year-old criminology student. “I feel it should be up to the woman to choose.” When the Christian Democrats opened talks on teaming up with the...
  • Flashback: Pope Benedict XVI Believes Christianity Will Rekindle in Europe

    11/14/2018 11:31:21 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    OCT. 17, 2012 Pope Benedict XVI granted a rare interview to the creators of a documentary in which he said that he is “convinced” that “there will also be a new springtime for Christianity” in Europe. The movie, entitled Bells of Europe: A Journey Into the Faith in Europe, considers Christianity, European culture and the future of the continent. In addition to the Pope, it features interviews with leaders of the other main Christian denominations in Europe, as well as leaders in politics and culture. “Young people have seen much — the proposals of the various ideologies and of consumerism...
  • John Gray: A Spinoza for Today

    11/14/2018 9:20:10 AM PST · by Heartlander · 2 replies
    Modern Age ^ | Fall 2018 | Peter Hitchens
    John Gray: A Spinoza for Today Peter Hitchens This review appears in the Fall 2018 issue of Modern Age. To subscribe now, go here.A review of -Seven Types of AtheismBy John Gray(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018)This is a justifiably testy book, by an atheist about atheists. Perhaps it means that the long and lucrative fashion for books about how God does not exist, and how God is simultaneously hateful and wicked, is over. Since John Gray is a capable thinker, knowledgeable about philosophy and a respecter of facts, the recent outburst of arguments for and even about atheism, presented as...
  • Atheist minister in Christian denomination gets to keep her job leading congregation: ‘Wonderful’

    11/13/2018 1:54:02 PM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 12, 2018 | Dave Urbanski
    An atheist minister in a Christian denomination got to keep her job leading a congregation after several years of turmoil that could have led to a “heresy trial” later this month, the Toronto Star reported. The Rev. Gretta Vosper — with the theologically liberal United Church of Canada — said in a Friday interview she’s free to minister at West Hill United Church in Toronto after a confidential settlement with the denomination, the paper reported.
  • Our Compassionate President

    11/13/2018 5:37:35 AM PST · by knarf · 3 replies
    FB ^ | November 13, 2018 | knarf
    I got THIS in my FB this morning and just wanted to share it.(SPOILER to the perfect; It's a picture of President Trump greeting a vet ... it won't infect you nor your computer)We can't afford to lose this man nor his appontments
  • Indonesian Muslim clerics reject measles, rubella vaccine as ‘unclean’

    11/13/2018 3:32:16 AM PST · by JosephW · 21 replies ^ | 11/12/2018 Lifestyle Health Indonesian Muslim clerics reject measles, rubella vaccine as ‘unclean’ NOVEMBER 12, 2018 3:47PM Battling 'Superbugs' Jamie Indonesia’s immunisation campaign is in crisis. In August, its Muslim leadership officially forbade the use of the measles and rubella vaccine. Its followers have taken the ruling to heart — with a dramatic drop in vaccinations. The religious proclamation — a fatwa — is not legally recognised or enforceable. But the Indonesian Ulama Council’s followers are obeying. It was an unexpected outcome — and it has an enormous impact on holidaymakers from all over the world, including Australia. RELATED: World...
  • Crying children are placed in COW DUNG by their parents who rub it into their skin to [tr]

    11/12/2018 5:58:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 12, 2018 | Clare Anderson
    This is the shocking moment crying children are placed in cow dung for the Hindu festival of Govardhan Puja. The children are put on top of the dung which is decorated in flowers as parents rub it onto their skin for good luck in India. It is hoped that the children will be granted good health and protected from disease as a result of the puja, a prayer or ritual.
  • What the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue shooting taught me (vanity)

    11/11/2018 2:53:44 PM PST · by Optimist · 6 replies
    vanity | 11/11/18 | self
    Once again Liberals are shown to be blind to their own hypocrisy. Although the following comments can be attributed to liberals of all stripes, in this case I specifically refer to Jews due to a) the Tree of Life massacre being against Jews specifically, b) my being Jewish and my constant amazement at the disconnect of those around me, c) my observances of the congregation, members and the Rabbi before and after the Pittsburgh massacre, and d) their ongoing attacks on everything conservative and Trump. Fact: Most Jews are Liberals guided more by "social justice" and liberal policy than facts,...
  • From godlessness to ruthlessness: Religion and the First World War

    11/11/2018 5:43:39 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn had once asked why, in 1914, a Europe "bursting with health and abundance" had "fallen into a rage of self-mutilation"; and the Russian writer offered the same explanation as he did for all the disasters of the early 20th century: man had "forgotten God". Anyone will agree that there was a decline in the importance of religion during and after the first world war. Theocratically-based regimes, notably the Russian and Ottoman empires, were replaced by secular ones. In western Europe, Protestant and Catholic clergy struggled to explain the seemingly senseless horrors of the war to their flock. It...
  • Congo's Ebola fight complicated by war and suspicion over vaccine [seen as 'satanic']

    11/11/2018 4:26:27 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Sky News ^ | 20:43, UK, Saturday 10 November 2018 | John Sparks
    The idea is pretty simple: track down everyone who has been in contact with an Ebola victim and provide them with a newly available vaccine developed in Canada. It has not been approved by major health authorities but it has shown itself to be effective in early trials. There is problem with the plan however. First, many city residents do not want to be tracked down and secondly, they do not want the vaccine. "Lots of people reject the vaccine and they talk a lot about it. They say if you take it you will become infertile, it will kill...
  • Sinead O’Connor: 'White People are Disgusting'

    11/07/2018 9:28:44 AM PST · by McQ444 · 55 replies
    NN ^ | 2018-07-23 21:00 | Jay Greenberg
    Controversial Irish singer Sinead O'Connor faced a huge backlash on social media after publically declaring that she sees white people as "disgusting."
  • Happiness

    11/07/2018 7:12:00 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 15 replies
    email | 11/7/2018 | unknown
    Happiness They're not happy in Gaza . They're not happy in Egypt . They're not happy in Libya . They're not happy in Morocco .. They're not happy in Iran They're not happy in Iraq . They're not happy in Yemen .. They're not happy in Afghanistan . They're not happy in Pakistan .. They're not happy in Syria . They're not happy in Lebanon .. SO, WHERE ARE THEY HAPPY? They're happy in Australia . They're happy in Canada . They're happy in England . They're happy in France . They're happy in Italy . They're happy in Germany...
  • Miracle of the mind: How one man's brain disorder unlocked a hidden talent

    11/06/2018 10:13:31 AM PST · by AFreeBird · 16 replies
    WTHR 13 Indianapolis ^ | 11/05/2018 | Scott Swan
    INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The human brain is the largest and most complex organ in the body — a command center. It is constantly processing thoughts, emotions and actions. The mind is miraculous and mysterious even when it malfunctions. Rick Johnston, 49, was a hardworking supervisor for Carrier in 2015. He was on his 72nd straight day of work when he suffered a health scare similar to a stroke. "He had a neurological disorder. His brain is telling his body that he's had a stroke, but he has not had one," said his wife Cammie Johnston. "It took me almost a...
  • 5,000 women line up to be whipped by 'priests' believing it will rid them of evil spirits [tr]

    11/05/2018 6:17:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 5, 2018 | Julian Robinson
    Footage has emerged showing thousands of women being whipped to rid them of evil spirits during a brutal ceremony in a remote Indian village. Women and teenagers kneel side-by-side in a long line and wait to be flogged by priests during the Vijayadashami festival celebrated once a year in Tamil Nadu, southern India. Video shows how they are lashed one-by-one until they can no longer cope with the pain.
  • Egyptian President Appoints Two Christian Governors, Defying Islamic Sharia

    11/04/2018 9:08:32 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 11 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 4 Nov, 2018 | Baron Bodissey
    In Egypt, the president appoints the governors of the country’s provinces. This practice began with President Nasser after the end of the kings’ era. Last month President Al-Sisi appointed two Christian governors to two principally Christian provinces — the highest concentration of Christians in all of rural Egypt — located in Upper Egypt and West Egypt. This is monumental in a country where Islamic sectarianism dictates politics. When Al-Sisi took office in 2013 for a four-year term, he immediately appointed new governors, all Muslim, for each of the 27 provinces, as did his predecessors — Mubarak, Sadat, and Nasser. Now...
  • Netflix May Face a Lawsuit From the Satanic Temple Over 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'

    11/04/2018 11:29:19 AM PST · by Simon Green · 27 replies
    Fortune ^ | 11/02/18 | Renae Reints
    Netflix could soon face legal action from the Satanic Temple, a religious group that claims its copyrighted design of the deity Baphomet was used without permission in the The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. In Sabrina—the streaming service’s recently released, spooky rendition of Sabrina the Teenage Witch—the statue of a large goat-headed figure appears as Satan in a handful of episodes. A statue of this figure flanked by two children appears as a centerpiece in Sabrina’s school of witchcraft, the Academy of the Unseen Arts. According to Lucien Greaves, co-founder and spokesperson of the Satanic Temple, this statue appropriated the religion’s...
  • Consequence to open border promoters?

    11/04/2018 2:56:01 AM PST · by Deo et patriae · 2 replies
    Could this be considered a warning to open border promoters ? As I was reading Ezekiel in my Bible this morning, I came upon something that immediatly made me think of what the open border people are doing to our Country today and how this seemed to be a warning from God about it. Yes, I know it was speaking to a different people about a different subject but it did cause my attention to focus the open border problems and the on coming Convoy now headed to our border. Here is what I read, see what you think.