Latest Articles: Religion
Should Catholic Schools Be Able to Fire Teachers Over Fertility Treatments?
Post Date: 2012-05-13 16:04:22 by Ferret Mike
A priest explains the Church's stance on assisted reproduction -- and the internal politics that cost an Indiana woman her job. Emily Herx was a popular literature teacher at St. Vincent de Paul School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, until she used her medical leave for in vitro fertilization. Herx lost her job and says a church official called her a "grave, immoral sinner." When she appealed to Fort Wayne Bishop Kevin Rhoades, he told her IVF was "an intrinsic evil, which means that no circumstances can justify it." The federal government saw things a bit differently. Herx filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and won -- paving the way for a ...
TBN: Family Battle Offers Look Inside Lavish TV Ministry
Post Date: 2012-05-05 12:46:55 by Brian S
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. For 39 years, the Trinity Broadcasting Network has urged viewers to give generously and reap the Lords bounty in return. The prosperity gospel preached by Paul and Janice Crouch, who built a single station into the worlds largest Christian television network, has worked out well for them. Mr. and Mrs. Crouch have his-and-her mansions one street apart in a gated community here, provided by the network using viewer donations and tax-free earnings. But Mrs. Crouch, 74, rarely sleeps in the $5.6 million house with tennis court and pool. She mostly lives in a large company house near Orlando, Fla., where she runs a side business, the Holy Land ...
Numbers of Muslims, Mormons rising sharply: report
Post Date: 2012-05-01 21:52:51 by Ferret Mike
(Reuters) - American Muslims grew in number over the past decade, outnumbering Jews for the first time in most of the Midwest and part of the South, while most mainline churches lost adherents, according to a census of American religions released on Tuesday. The number of Muslim adherents rose to 2.6 million in 2010 from 1 million in 2000, fueled by immigration and conversions, said Dale Jones, a researcher who worked on the study by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. "Christians are the largest group in every state, but some of the things we found interesting was the growth of the Mormons, who reported the largest numerical gain in 26 states," said ...
For Catholics, a Door to Absolution Is Reopened (Plenary Indulgences, fast-track to heaven)
Post Date: 2012-04-30 04:14:38 by Hondo68
Karen Nassauer, left, and Octavia Andrade at church in Queens. Indulgences are being offered at churches in New York City. The announcement in church bulletins and on Web sites has been greeted with enthusiasm by some and wariness by others. But mainly, it has gone over the heads of a vast generation of Roman Catholics who have no idea what it means: Bishop Announces Plenary Indulgences. In recent months, dioceses around the world have been offering Catholics a spiritual benefit that fell out of favor decades ago the indulgence, a sort of amnesty from punishment in the afterlife and reminding them of the churchs clout in mitigating the wages of sin. The ...
Today Is Bigot Sunday In Churches Across North Carolina
Post Date: 2012-04-22 13:18:16 by Brian S
Churches across North Carolina are having "Marriage Sunday" tomorrow. Pastors are encouraged to preach traditional marriage from the pulpit, and then encourage their church members to go vote early in favor of Amendment One in North Carolina that would define marriage as between one man and one woman and outlaw things such as civil unions. Instead of preaching love and peace, pastors will be preaching hate and bigotry tomorrow. I feel especially sorry for the gay youth that will be in attendance tomorrow. The "Vote For Marriage NC" campaign has pulled out the fear factor and warned that marriage will be "redefined" if this amendment does not ...
Group Challenges Tax-Exempt Status Of Bishop Who Compared Obama To Hitler, Stalin
Post Date: 2012-04-22 13:16:15 by Brian S
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has filed a complaint with the IRS concerning a Catholic bishop who sparked outrage by comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria said the President was intent on following a similar path of the two mass-murderers and that his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda threatened the First Amendment rights of Catholics. He added that every practicing Catholic must vote, and must vote their Catholic consciences. Bishop Jenkys intervention in the election wasnt just extreme and mean-spirited, it ...
Test of Fire: Election 2012 (Official HD Version - Catholic)
Post Date: 2012-04-20 21:18:07 by Hondo68
Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire? Some things are more important than high gas prices or a faltering economy. They are life, marriage and freedom. This November, Catholics must stand up and protect their sacred rights and duties.
Poster Comment:It's official now, you're going to hell if you vote for Mitt or BO.
Excuse Me Sir, You Can Only Speak Freely Elsewhere, Not Here
Post Date: 2012-04-16 18:22:19 by CZ82
Excuse Me Sir, You Can Only Speak Freely Elsewhere, Not Here April 16, 2012 by Giacomo When our Founding Fathers wrote the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, they fully intended for them to stand as long as our nation stood. But as we see our nation crumbling around us, the Constitution and Bill of Rights are also crumbling to the ground. In the latest instance, the historic city of Williamsburg, Virginia is seriously considering stripping Americans of their First Amendment right to the freedom of speech. It seems that some merchants in town complained about Christians trying to witness, preach and hand out materials on the public sidewalks outside their businesses. Rather than ...
Is Christianity Worth Saving?
Post Date: 2012-04-10 13:23:34 by Brian S
Right Wing Christianity has a stranglehold on today's religion and politics. What are the rest of us to do?:::::::: Crucial question. Crucial answer. It's the day after Easter. The chocolate Easter bunnies have given up their retail space to Mother's Day cards and purple vestments are tucked away in church closets. Easter lilies and cymbidium corsages* may see another week of life but most of the trappings of Easter must wait resurrection in the coming year. Easter, the very soul of Christianity, its raison d'etre, will be stored away like Christmas ornaments. Today's Christianity, the one we see on television, the one posted relentlessly on YouTube, the one touted ...
Religious people are more likely to be leftwing, says thinktank Demos
Post Date: 2012-04-08 15:50:31 by lucysmom
"We don't do God," Alastair Campbell famously insisted when journalists pressed the former prime minister, Tony Blair, on matters of faith. But it appears that New Labour's high command missed a trick by declining to talk up their religious convictions, for new research suggests they would have been preaching to the converted: people with faith are far more likely to take left-of-centre positions on a range of issues, including immigration and equality. The research, revealed in a new report by the thinktank Demos, undermines the widely held view that members of religious groups are more likely to have conservative tendencies. Its findings are exciting the interest of ...
Christianity or Thoughtcrime?
Post Date: 2012-04-08 08:54:00 by CZ82
Christianity or Thoughtcrime? By Cindy Simpson "Thoughtcrimes" -- opinions and ideas that oppose the status quo -- were pursued and punished by the Thought Police in the future world described by George Orwell in his novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Could politically incorrect thought be declared illegal -- a type of "hate" crime against individuals or the State -- someday in America? Since much of Christian thought seems to be considered politically incorrect these days, might it also be declared hate speech? Although such notions may seem the stuff of futuristic science fiction, just last week, Big Journalism ran a column with the subtitle "Shorter Ann Curry: Your ...
You idiots! Pilot's order was to crucify the Rabbi
Post Date: 2012-04-08 07:44:42 by whyofcourse
4 Big Myths Of Book Of Revelation
Post Date: 2012-04-01 18:45:57 by Brian S
By John Blake, CNN (CNN) The anti-Christ. The Battle of Armageddon. The dreaded Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. You dont have to be a student of religion to recognize references from the Book of Revelation. The last book in the Bible has fascinated readers for centuries. People who dont even follow religion are nonetheless familiar with figures and images from Revelation. And why not? No other New Testament book reads like Revelation. The book virtually drips with blood and reeks of sulfur. At the center of this final battle between good and evil is an action-hero-like Jesus, who is in no mood to turn the other cheek. Elaine Pagels, one of the worlds leading ...
180 The Movie
Post Date: 2012-03-31 21:34:53 by redleghunter
Poster Comment:33 min movie on how when we forget our history we are doomed to repeat it. It starts out with the Holocaust in Nazi Germany and ends with the Holocaust of abortion. Compelling on the stree interviews. See how much or how little the American people know their history and current events.
It’s an Obama World… Gay Flag Flies at Afghan Base But the Christian Cross Is Banned
Post Date: 2012-03-29 10:42:51 by Hondo68
Its an Obama world. The gay flag flew over a U.S. military base in Afghanistan this week. A moment of solidarity. But the Obama Administration banned the Christian cross from the worship tent. It was too offensive. The Pentagon forced an Army post in Afghanistan to remove a cross on its worship tent in December. It was offensive to liberal atheists.
Poster Comment:Obama is offensive.
Trinity Broadcasting Network ‘Funds Owners’ Exorbitant Lifestyle’
Post Date: 2012-03-24 12:30:49 by Brian S
The worlds largest Christian TV channel, the California-based Trinity Broadcasting Network, has become embroiled in a multimillion dollar financial scandal after members of the family that founded it alleged widespread embezzlement. The claims by Brittany Koper, whose grandfather Paul Crouch founded TBN, and by Joseph McVeigh, another family member describe exorbitant spending on mansions in California, Tennessee and Florida, private jets and even a $100,000-mobile home to house the dogs of Crouchs flamboyant wife, Janice. The network, which claims to broadcast in every continent except the Antarctic and has 18,000 affiliates, was set up by Crouch in the 1970s and ...
Wicca and Sin: "The morality of the witches is NO morality at all"
Post Date: 2012-03-19 18:08:44 by Murron
Wicca and Sin: "The morality of the witches is NO morality at all" In Wicca, there is no Holy Book, no written doctrine, no divine law. The only two 'laws' that are traditionally Wiccan, and are considered to be those ideals by which we try to live, are: 1. An it harm none, do what thou wilt. 2. What thou wilt do, will come back three times. What this means, pure and simple, is that there are no "sins," such as sexual do's and don'ts, profanity, etc., AS LONG AS YOU STRIVE FOR AND AS MUCH AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE, ATTEMPT TO BRING HARM ON NO ONE!!! Ironically, the Church of Satan professes the same beliefs. In fact, one of the leading members of the ...
The spring equinox celebrates the planting season
Post Date: 2012-03-17 19:31:49 by Ferret Mike
This month marks the spring equinox. We celebrate the return of spring and the end of the long, dark winter months. This season is about new beginnings and rebirth. An equinox occurs twice a year, at the beginning of spring and again at the beginning of fall, when the days and nights are equal in length. This is a day of planting. We not only plant in the physical sense of the word but also in the spiritual and mental sense. We plant the seeds of the crop we wish to grow and nurture until the harvest. The spring equinox has been celebrated for centuries all over the world. The Mayans and present day Maya people have celebrated spring for more than 10 centuries. Numerous cultures, including ...
How the apostates take over
Post Date: 2012-03-16 17:39:25 by redleghunter
The evangelical church is under constant threat to compromise its reliance on biblical truth. The human desire to be accepted, to not be seen as "outside the mainstream," can be overwhelming. But that desire is our weakness, our downfall. It does not always immediately destroy the dam we build to protect the waters of truth, but instead it leads to tiny fissures that grow until destruction is inevitable. Twenty years ago, I experienced the painful demise of the Episcopal Church, which once was a bastion of biblical truth. It was not a pretty picture. It was a picture painted in the primary colors of relentlessness and deception. The combination of those elements inevitably led ...
Barack Obama, Morality, the Constitution, and the Catholic Church
Post Date: 2012-03-14 11:48:37 by Hondo68
No provision of our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprise of the civil authority. Thomas Jefferson Within the palisades of Christianity, the most basal representation of good and evil is that God is good and Satan is evil. It originated with the beginning of humanity with the tree of knowledge of good and evil. There exists no latitude for moral relativism, as moral relativism is the product of liberalisms dangerous artifice to justify licentious indulgences and oblige them upon society. Satan is not the source of evil according to Catholicism, but is the enemy of Christs Kingdom. According to the ...
Leftard Pastor Jim Wallis: ‘American Exceptionalism…Is a Heresy…& It‘s Very Dangerous’
Post Date: 2012-03-10 08:08:09 by CZ82
Leftard Pastor Jim Wallis: American Exceptionalism
Is a Heresy
& Its Very Dangerous Billy Hallowell Pastor Jim Wallis isnt one to candy-coat his views about Jesus and the Bible. Wallis, who is revered as the modern-day father of the Christian left, has urged believers to embrace the Occupy Wall Street movement and has made his own, personal quest for social justice known. He continues to allege that the protesters who insist that they are the 99 percent are people who stand with Jesus. Over the weekend, The Blaze reported about a video interview with the leftist pastor that was aired earlier this week at Lifetree ...
Banks Foreclosing On Churches In Record Numbers
Post Date: 2012-03-08 23:00:33 by Brian S
(Reuters) - Banks are foreclosing on America's churches in record numbers as lenders increasingly lose patience with religious facilities that have defaulted on their mortgages, according to new data. The surge in church foreclosures represents a new wave of distressed property seizures triggered by the 2008 financial crash, analysts say, with many banks no longer willing to grant struggling religious organizations forbearance. Since 2010, 270 churches have been sold after defaulting on their loans, with 90 percent of those sales coming after a lender-triggered foreclosure, according to the real estate information company CoStar Group. In 2011, 138 churches were sold by banks, an ...
Could Religion Change The Presidential Election?
Post Date: 2012-03-08 06:56:28 by CZ82
Could Religion Change The Presidential Election? Written on March 7, 2012 by David L. Goetsch The last time religion was an issue in a presidential election was when John Kennedy sought the office. That might change in the 2012 election. Consider the current scenario. The Republican candidates include a Mormon and two Catholics. The incumbent, President Obama, is hard to pin down on religion but seems to adopt the religion of his audienceincluding Islam. Will religion become an issue in the 2012 presidential race? Interestingly, it probably will but only because the liberal media will try to make it an issue. Writing for the The Washington Times Wesley Pruden had this to say about ...
Kirk Cameron Receiving Support Despite Anti-Gay Comments (unnatural, detrimental)
Post Date: 2012-03-05 21:12:52 by Hondo68
video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player While gay rights activists are eviscerating Kirk Cameron for calling homosexuality "unnatural," "detrimental," and "ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization," the former "Growing Pains" star has received "thousands of emails and comments" of support, Cameron's representative told ABCNews.com today. "Cameron is thankful for the thousands of emails and comments that he's received from those who value the freedom to express one's beliefs," the actor's rep said in an e-mail statement. Cameron opined on gay rights during a Friday ...
Dawkins Admits He Cannot Prove God Does Not Exist [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2012-03-05 13:55:53 by CZ82
Dawkins Admits He Cannot Prove God Does Not Exist March 5, 2012 by Giacomo For centuries, people have claimed to be atheists because no one could prove to them that God exists. One of the most ardent members of that group has been British author Richard Dawkins. Ive read and listened to Dawkins challenge believers to prove to him that God exists and that if they could he might believe in God. But in reality, the opposite is true. The onus is on people like Dawkins to prove there is no God and this is something he has finally realized he cannot do. With the realization that he cannot prove God does not exist, Dawkins shocked many throughout the world with his announcement that he ...
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