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Who's the Grinch? Christians Usually the Aggressors in 'Christmas Wars'
Post Date: 2010-12-23 15:46:44 by Brian S
The 2010 skirmishes in the "Christmas wars" hammer down a historical fact: Where there have been battles over the long millennia, the aggressors have most often been Christians trying to impose religious order on a festival that has never been as tame or faith-flavored as they would like. Consider the high dudgeon expressed by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) at the possibility of the legislature continuing to work past mid-December: "It is impossible to do all of the things that the majority leader laid out without doing -- frankly, without disrespecting the institution and without disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians and the families of all of the Senate, ...
Bishop Takes Away US Hospital's Catholic Status Over Surgery That Ended Pregnancy
Post Date: 2010-12-21 20:25:21 by Brian S
PHOENIX - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix stripped a major hospital of its affiliation with the church Tuesday because of a surgery that ended a woman's pregnancy to save her life. Bishop Thomas Olmsted called the 2009 procedure an abortion and said St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center recognized internationally for its neurology and neurosurgery practices violated ethical and religious directives of the national Conference of Catholic Bishops. "In the decision to abort, the equal dignity of mother and her baby were not both upheld," Olmsted said at a news conference announcing the decision. "The mother had a disease that needed to be ...
4 In 10 Americans Still Hold Creationist Views
Post Date: 2010-12-19 19:14:26 by Brian S
If you're in a room of 100 people, odds are likely about 40 think God created humans about 10,000 years ago, part of a philosophy called creationism, according to a Gallup poll reported Friday (Dec. 17). That number is slightly lower than in years past and down from a high of 47 percent in both 1993 and 1999. And 38 percent of Americans, the poll estimates, believe God guided the process that brought humans from "cavemen" to today's incarnation over millions of years, while 16 percent think humans evolved over millions of years, without any divine intervention. This secular view, while a relatively small number, is up from 9 percent in 1982, according to Gallup. ...
Pope Calls Christians The Most Persecuted
Post Date: 2010-12-16 13:04:00 by Brian S
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI singled out Christians as the religious group that suffers from the most persecution on Thursday, denouncing lack of freedom of worship as an "intolerable" threat to world security. The message reflected a pressing concern by Benedict in recent months for the plight of Christian minorities in parts of the world, especially in the Middle East. "Sadly, the year now ending has again been marked by persecution, discrimination, terrible acts of violence and religious intolerance," Benedict lamented in the message for World Peace Day, celebrated by the church on Jan. 1, but traditionally released in advance He wrote that he was ...
Nashville billboards claim Jesus will return May 21, 2011
Post Date: 2010-12-09 14:14:41 by Skip Intro
Nashville billboards claim Jesus will return May 21, 2011 There are 24 shopping days left till Christmas. And 171 days left until Jesus' second coming. That's the message on 40 billboards around Nashville, proclaiming May 21, 2011, as the date of the Rapture. Billboards are up in eight other U.S. cities, too. Fans of Family Radio Inc., a nationwide Christian network, paid for the billboards. Family Radio's founder, Harold Camping, predicted the May date for the Rapture. Their message is simple "He Is Coming Again" and their aim is to get unbelievers to turn around quickly. But critics say the billboards are a waste of time, one more failed attempt ...
(rabbi): Israel Forest Fire 'Divine Retribution' For Failure To Observe Sabbath
Post Date: 2010-12-05 19:23:00 by Brian S
Israeli police have detained two teenagers who are suspected of inadvertently starting the blaze, which killed 41 people, by leaving a bonfire unattended. Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of Shas, a powerful religious party in Israel's coalition government, said there was little doubt that the fire was sent by God to punish his chosen people for their waywardness. In his weekly sermon, the rabbi quoted a section from the Talmud, a central Jewish religious text, which proclaimed that "the fire only exists in a place where the Sabbath is desecrated". "Homes were ruined, entire neighbourhoods wiped out, and it's not arbitrary," he said. "It is all divine ...
Christian 'hemorrhage' increases in Iraq
Post Date: 2010-12-04 12:10:48 by Skip Intro
BAGHDAD (BP)--Rahim* took one bullet in the leg, then one in the head while sitting in a church pew. But his death and the deaths of 50 other Christians gunned down with him on Oct. 31 marked more than just the ends of their lives. They symbolized the demise of the entire Christian population of Iraq, said one Baptist worker familiar with the situation. "This is not the start -- it's the period to a long-running sentence, the end of a tragic novel that's been playing out for years," said Nik Ripken*, who has served 25 years with the International Mission Board and is an expert on the persecuted church in Muslim contexts. The Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaida group, ...
Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills wideout, blames God on Twitter after dropping game-winning pass
Post Date: 2010-11-29 18:05:02 by Skip Intro
Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills wideout, blames God on Twitter after dropping game-winning pass It wasn't his own hands or the Pittsburgh secondary Sunday that foiled Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson from hauling in what should have been the game-winning TD catch in the end zone. It was God. "I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!!" the 24-year-old tweeted from his iPad at around 5:15 Sunday after the Steelers' 19-16 overtime victory. "AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO..." Johnson had a perfect pass in his hands that would have given his team an overtime victory over the heavily favored ...
The Perfect Gift for the Republican in your Family
Post Date: 2010-11-24 14:49:58 by Skip Intro
And only $40.00. Note the inclusive "Happy Holidays" instead of the discriminative "Merry Christmas".
New Bible Translation To Be Published
Post Date: 2010-11-23 00:12:29 by Brian S
NASHVILLE, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The world's best-selling Bible has been revised after a 2002 gender-inclusive version condemned as too liberal failed to sell, its publisher says. Since 1978, the New International Version has been the most popular Bible among evangelicals, selling more copies than any other version, but the 2002 gender-inclusive edition was a publishing failure, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported. The new edition published online this month, with printed copies to follow in March, retains some of the language of the 2002 edition but includes changes like returning to using words such as "mankind" and "man" instead of "human beings" and ...
Pope approves use of condoms in fight against Aids
Post Date: 2010-11-20 13:40:04 by Hondo68
After decades of fierce opposition to the use of all contraception, the pontiff will end the Catholic Church's absolute ban on the use of condoms. Pope Benedict XV will accept that in some circumstances it is better for a condom to be used if it protects human life He will say that it is acceptable to use a prophylactic when the sole intention is to "reduce the risk of infection" from Aids. While he will restate the Catholic Church's staunch objections to contraception because it believes it interferes with the creation of life, he will argue that using a condom to preserve life and avoid death can be a responsible act even outside marriage. Asked whether ...
Federal bankruptcy officials question Crystal Cathedral compensation
Post Date: 2010-11-17 21:06:29 by Skip Intro
Crystal Cathedral, the Orange County mega-church that filed for bankruptcy last month, allowed its chief financial officer to skirt federal income taxes by paying the bulk of his salary in the form of a housing allowance, a benefit reserved under law for ministers. The six-figure housing allowance paid to financial officer Fred Southard - along with compensation to members of the church founder's family - are among the expenses questioned by the U.S. trustee's office and the creditors' committee assessing the bankruptcy case. The documents also suggest that the church paid at least three insiders for redundant duties. The filings give the first look into the ...
Man Dressed As Jesus Kicked Out Of Church
Post Date: 2010-11-03 19:29:51 by Skip Intro
Man Dressed As Jesus Kicked Out Of Church This Is The Second Time Only He's Been Kicked Out Of Church A man dressed as Jesus was kicked out of a St. Louis area church Sunday. Police were even called to get in the middle of the spiritual showdown. "We're called to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ, ambassadors should represent, and that's what I do. I try to represent my Lord and savior Jesus Christ," said Neal Thompson Monday night, wearing the same white robe and cross, and carrying the same staff he's been using every Sunday for 22 years. He dresses up like Jesus every week, going to a new church every week, he says, to spread his Christian message. "He ...
Were "The Chosen People" Picked For Their Virtues Or Vices?
Post Date: 2010-10-31 19:26:36 by Brian S
The recent Vatican synod on the deteriorating situation in Palestine-Israel did the right thing by pointing out that Israel ought to discontinue the use of the controversial concept of "the chosen people" to torment and dispossess the Palestinians. Perhaps the Roman Catholic hierarchy has woken up to the fact that tens of thousands of Palestinian Arab Christians are forced to leave their ancestral homeland as a result of the brutality and oppression stemming from the ongoing Israeli occupation. In its conclusions and recommendations, the synod repudiated the fact that Israel never stops misusing the Bible to justify oppressive and repressive policies against virtually helpless ...
Exodus. The Changing Map Of The Middle East; From Israel To Iraq, A Christian Flight Of Biblical Proportions Has Begun
Post Date: 2010-10-25 20:56:37 by Brian S
In the centre of the rebuilt Beirut, the massive old Maronite Cathedral of St George stands beside the even larger mass of the new Mohammad al-Amin mosque. The mosque's minarets tower over the cathedral, but the Maronites were built a spanking new archbishop's house between the two buildings as compensation. Yet every day, the two calls to prayer the clanging of church bells and the wailing of the muezzin beat an infernal percussion across the city. Both bells and wails are tape recordings, but they have been turned up to the highest decibel pitch to outdo each other, louder than an aircraft's roar, almost as crazed as the nightclub music from Gemmayzeh across the ...
A Meeting Of Mideast Bishops Declared That Israel Cannot Use The Bible To Justify Territorial Claims To Land In Israel.
Post Date: 2010-10-25 17:22:15 by Brian S
Israel cant use Bible to justify claims, Mideast synod says October 24, 2010 (JTA) -- A meeting of Mideast bishops declared that Israel cannot use the Bible to justify territorial claims to land in Israel. The final statement of the two-week Synod of Bishops of the Middle East in Rome that ended Saturday blamed Israel for the conflict between the Jewish state and the Palestinians. It rejected the use of the biblical position of the Promised Land to justify Jewish settlement of the West Bank. "Recourse to theological and biblical positions which use the Word of God to wrongly justify injustices is not acceptable," the bishops said. The statement called for a ...
Crystal Cathedral Founder Asks For Help
Post Date: 2010-10-24 23:35:43 by Brian S
GARDEN GROVE Speaking to Crystal Cathedral congregants for the first time Sunday after the megachurch filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, founder Robert H. Schuller sent out an emotional plea for help. Schuller, 84, talked about a tornado that flattened his father's cornfield and home in Iowa when he was a teenager. He said his father was the only farmer who rebuilt. "I learned from my father that tough times never last," Schuller bellowed, his voice echoing across the glass house. "Tough people do." Schuller's voice choked up with emotion as he told worshippers that his church has faced several challenges over the last 60 years. "I need ...
Rev. Robert H. Schuller's Crystal Cathedral teeters on the edge; once an innovator, he failed to keep up
Post Date: 2010-10-20 18:14:01 by Brian S
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. Capitalizing on the emerging car culture of Southern California in the 1950s, the Rev. Robert H. Schuller started a drive-in church and built it into an international televangelist empire, symbolized by the soaring glass Crystal Cathedral and its weekly "Hour of Power" show. Now Schuller's life's work is crumbling. The organization declared bankruptcy this week in a collapse blamed by some on its inability to keep up with the times and a disastrous attempt to hand the church over to Schuller's son. The church's failure to adapt to a changing landscape is ironic, considering that Schuller, now 84, was considered a theological radical ...
ADL Slams Shas Spiritual Leader For Saying Non-Jews 'Were Born To Serve Jews'
Post Date: 2010-10-20 18:04:09 by Brian S
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef says in Saturday sermon that 'Goyim have no place in the world - only to serve the People of Israel'; ADL chief calls Yosef's words 'hateful' and 'divisive'. By Natasha Mozgovaya and Haaretz Service The Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday condemned comments about non-Jews made this past weekend by Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. In a sermon given on Saturday on laws concerning what non-Jews are permitted to do on Shabbat, Yosef said: "Goyim [non-Jews] were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world only to serve the People of Israel." "Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they ...
Homer Simpson is Catholic, Vatican paper declares
Post Date: 2010-10-19 19:14:27 by Skip Intro
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) "The Simpsons" just got a blessing from the Vatican. The official Vatican newspaper has declared that beer-swilling, doughnut-loving Homer Simpson and son Bart are Catholics -- and what's more, it says that parents should not be afraid to let their children watch "the adventures of the little guys in yellow." "Few people know it, and he does everything to hide it. But it's true: Homer J. Simpson is Catholic", the Osservatore Romano newspaper said in an article on Sunday headlined "Homer and Bart are Catholics." The newspaper cited a study by a Jesuit priest of a 2005 episode of the show called "The ...
No Scout Leadership Post In NC For Mormon Parents
Post Date: 2010-10-19 18:57:31 by Brian S
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A Presbyterian church was happy to have Jeremy and Jodi Stokes as Cub Scout leaders, at least until officials there found out they are Mormons and told them they would have to step down because the church does not consider them real Christians. The Stokeses enrolled their sons as Scouts at Christ Covenant Church, a Presbyterian congregation about 10 miles from Charlotte, then expressed interest in volunteering as leaders. Church officials were initially thrilled earlier this month, the Stokeses said, until they saw on the couple's application forms that they belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After two Scout meetings, the Stokeses were ...
Crystal Cathedral files for bankruptcy amid mounting debts
Post Date: 2010-10-18 18:19:17 by Ferret Mike
Faced with mounting debts and decreasing donations, the Crystal Cathedral announced today it was filing for bankruptcy protection. The move came as the Garden Grove church was struggling to pay its bills. Budgets could not be cut fast enough to keep up with the unprecedented rapid decline in revenue due to the recession, Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman said in a statement released by the church. The church plans a press conference at 3 p.m., according to church spokesman John Charles. The famed mega-church has suffered from financial troubles in the last year. In January, the Crystal Cathedral announced it was laying off 50 workers and selling surplus property because ...
Nun whose order fought abuse becomes Australia's first saint
Post Date: 2010-10-18 17:51:07 by Ferret Mike
(CNN) -- Australia got its first Catholic saint Sunday, a feisty 19th-century nun who was briefly excommunicated when her colleagues exposed an abusive priest. Mary MacKillop co-founded the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart in 1867, and gained a reputation as the first Australian nun to leave the cities and minister to the rural poor. Nuns in her order got evidence that a priest was engaged in "scandalous behavior," according to the Rev. Paul Gardiner, who has spent decades researching MacKillop's life. The nuns reported it to the Rev. Julian Woods, MacKillop's first spiritual mentor who co-founded the Sisters of St. Joseph. Woods in turn reported the abuse to ...
Expanding The Pagan Tent Of Worshippers; Wicca 'Gaining Acceptance' In US
Post Date: 2010-10-18 14:58:42 by Brian S
Paul Larson doesn't celebrate Halloween. Instead, he spends Oct. 31 in a worship service that's a ritual feast with offerings of sweet cakes and ale to the ancestors. For many pagans such as Larson, Oct. 31 is the autumnal new year called Samhain, a time when the veil between the spiritual world and the world as we know it is the thinnest and it's possible to contact those who have passed away. "We honor the ancestors by casting a magical circle of protection and invoking the divine powers in the form of a god and goddess," said Larson, a white-haired 63-year-old with a professorial air. "And there's chanting to create and build energy within the group, and ...
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef: Gentiles Exist Only To Serve Jews
Post Date: 2010-10-18 13:03:53 by Brian S
The sole purpose of non-Jews is to serve Jews, according to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the head of Shass Council of Torah Sages and a senior Sephardi adjudicator. Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world only to serve the People of Israel, he said in his weekly Saturday night sermon on the laws regarding the actions non-Jews are permitted to perform on Shabbat. According to Yosef, the lives of non-Jews in Israel are safeguarded by divinity, to prevent losses to Jews. In Israel, death has no dominion over them... With gentiles, it will be like any person they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine ...
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