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and, of course, Jesus of Nazareth.

Spiritual Matters

20 Chaldean Iraqi Christians Who Fled ISIS Detained by Immigration
Ray Norhstine, Christian Post Sun 2015-Jul-12 9:47am

Despite having family members to sponsor them, a group of 20 Chaldean Christians who fled ISIS have been detained for over four months at the Otay Detention Facility in San Diego. The large Chaldean community in Southern California are unhappy with the unexplained delays and are demanding their release.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) claim they are undermanned and face a backlog of cases but have offered little to the media about the prolonged detention of the Chaldean 20.

Mark Arabo, an activist and spokesmen for the local Chaldean community says, "What we do know is that they are being held without a real reason." …

Has nothing to do with our government's war on Chrisitianity. No relation.

Family Patterns

What’s the definition of “family”?
Twitchy  Sun 2015-Jul-12 9:53am

A photo of a question from a high school health test posted by Slate’s Will Saletan caught our eye. What’s the definition of “family”? Apparently, it’s literally anything that the test giver wants it to be…

Spiritual Matters

Turbaned O
Barrying The Dead
Stilton Jarlsberg, Hope n' Change Fri 2015-Jul-3 11:58am

…Frankly, we don't think that it was God's plan to take advantage of these horrendous murders. We think that's more Mr. Obama's style.

Nor do we think that the president, who has religiously avoided church attendance ever since the good old "God DAMN America" days spent with Reverend Jeremiah Wright, was in any way speaking for the Almighty.

Rather, Obama was mixing his lies with truth - a skill which comes from another source entirely….

Man and Woman

Bathroom Dictatorship
AP Fri 2015-Jul-3 12:01pm

The U.S. Justice Department says in a court filing that transgender students must be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

The department says in a statement of interest filed Monday that failure to do so amounts to sex discrimination under Title IX…

Marriage Today

No Defense Against a Host of Ills
AllenG, Ace of Spades Wed 2015-Jul-1 7:05am

…the primary reason I'm against government sanction of homosexual relationships. Once you assert that marriage is something mankind just made up and could have made however we wished, then there is no defense against a whole host of ills: polyamory, incest, pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia. Every perverted, abhorrent thing becomes not just "tolerated" (even those things, such as pedophilia, which should not even be tolerated), but celebrated.

The societal consequences will be enormous, whatever the idiots say. Yes, it will hurt the institution of marriage. Yes, it will hurt children. Yes, it will hurt society. Just because you can't see it yet doesn't mean it won't do it.

Human Nature Doesn't Change
torquewrench, Ace of Spades Wed 2015-Jul-1 7:03am

…This business has been around in the San Francisco area forever and a day. Imported into the local hetero scene from the gay world.

Human nature being what it is, poly relationships work until they stop working, and then they blow up *spectacularly*.

You haven't seen bitter jealous resentment until you've seen it from a self-described "open-minded, nonjudgmental" individual.

I know relatively few truly durable long term poly arrangements. Typically people experiment with it and ultimately either end up in a lasting monogamous setup, or back to short-time floating hookups.…

Evolution Isn't Easy

Turtle
Turtle Link
Rachel Nuwer, Smithsonian Wed 2015-Jul-1 7:13am

Pappochelys is critical for understanding “a new stage in the evolution of the turtle body plan,” the researchers write. Prior to this discovery, a 220-million-year-old specimen from China, which displayed a partly formed shell and other turtle-like features, was the closest thing experts had to a seemingly sure-fire turtle relative. Other specimens, including a 260-million-year-old fossil from South Africa, were hypothesized to represent an even earlier turtle ancestor, but with such a large temporal gap separating them from the China specimen, researchers could not say for sure. Morphologically and chronologically, Pappochelys fits neatly between the two specimens, tying them together.…

Marriage Today

Pediatrics Pres: SCOTUS Undermines Childrearing
Ashley Edwardson, AllenBWest.com Tue 2015-Jun-30 8:18pm

…president of the American College of Pediatrics… Dr. Michelle Cretella, said [T]his is a tragic day for America’s children. The SCOTUS has just undermined the single greatest pro-child institution in the history of mankind: the natural family. Just as it did in the joint Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton decisions, the SCOTUS has elevated and enshrined the wants of adults over the needs of children.” … Despite being certified by almost all major social science scholarly associations—indeed, in part because of this—the alleged scientific consensus that having two parents of the same sex has no effect on child well-being is almost wholly without basis. …

Belief and State

Okla Flag
OKSC: 10 Commandments Must Go!
Randy Ellis, NewsOK Tue 2015-Jun-30 8:58pm

In a 7-2 opinion the Supreme Court found the placement of the monument on the grounds of the state Capitol violate Article 2, Section 5, of the Oklahoma Constitution which prohibits the use of public money or property to directly or indirectly benefit a “church denomination or system of religion.”

In related news, a movement is afoot to impeach the entire Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Spiritual Matters

Light from God
Dianny, Patriot Retort Mon 2015-Jun-29 11:30pm

This morning in church, I was thinking about my column “The Rage of the Left” that I posted this morning. And I began to think of how I used to be. If you’ve read the About Dianny page here at Patriot Retort, you know that I was once a raging, screaming Leftist. I was lost in that blinding darkness of anger and hatred.

And now I’m not.

As I sat in church this morning, I considered how my life has gone from darkness to light. This is the Light from God. …

Coalition Of African-American Pastors Vow Civil Disobedience To Gay Marriage Ruling
Vincent Funaro, Christian Post Mon 2015-Jun-29 10:53pm

June 25, - A coalition of African-American pastors vowed this week that there will be massive civil disobedience if the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage in a ruling on the matter expected this month.…

Why did Jesus Christ “die for our sins”?
Richard Ostling, Patheos Mon 2015-Jun-29 10:35pm

JOHN’S QUESTION:

I understand there is currently a debate between orthodox and progressive theologians on the doctrine of the atonement. I always considered this a cornerstone of Christian theology. Can you encapsulate the arguments?

THE RELIGION GUY’S ANSWER:

A tough one, and this mere journalist has long pondered how to reply. Tough because the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion stands right at the heart of the Christian faith — indeed the cross is its universal symbol — and so is vitally important, sensitive, a highly complex concern of many great minds the past 2,000 years, and ultimately beyond human comprehension. But here’s a rough attempt at an answer.…

Bookmarked for future reference to the question.

Mass blogging - I'm going to try to clear a lot of tabs, post a lot of links, with briefest of tidbits. Here goes…

Marriage Today

You’re Still Not Married
Dedicated Tenther Mon 2015-Jun-29 11:25pm

…So the Supreme Court decided that it could wave its hand and redefine marriage. Beyond the horrific precedent this sets, this is so flawed on its own (lack of) merits, that I find myself stunned in spite of the fact this is the exact outcome I was expecting. All over my FB timeline and in my personal life people I thought were sane are celebrating as though Christmas came early. I can’t call them “F*cking Idiots” to their faces, but perhaps I can explain, here, why this is so bad.…

Modern Family Life

Kansas Judge Okays Dismemberment
Paul Bois, Truth Revolt Mon 2015-Jun-29 10:50pm

On Thursday, Kansas District Court Judge Larry Hendricks blocked a Kansas law that that would have banned all dismemberment abortions, ruling that the law presented too big an obstacle for women looking to kill their children.

The law, which would have taken effect on July 1, was the first of its kind by banning an abortion procedure used in approximately 95 percent of all second-trimester abortions nationwide. Opponents to the law argued that it would force women to undergo riskier procedures.…

Spiritual Matters

Mr Pope, You Seem Very Confused
Nickarama, Weasel Zippers Tue 2015-Jun-23 7:32pm

Why didn't [the Great Powers] drop bombs to stop Nazi concentration camp trains? … Arms manufactures who call themselves Christians hypocritical. [Paraphrased]

Nickarama's side-by-side comparison quotes

Spiritual Matters

Pope: Christians Can't Make Weapons
Mark Tapson, Truth Revolt Sun 2015-Jun-21 10:56pm

Christians who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are being hypocritical, Pope Francis said today, according to Reuters. … Then he complained that the Allied powers didn't bomb concentration camp rail lines in WWII. …

I know the media can wildly mis-interpret the Pope's words, but this can't be just the media…
War on Christianity: Another Business Lost
Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post Sun 2015-Jun-21 9:10pm

The Christian owners of a gift shop and bistro in Iowa, who were earlier charged with discrimination and had to pay for a settlement after refusing to hold a same-sex wedding at the venue, say they are now having to close down their business completely.… "Our faith hasn't changed, … Of course, it's kind of a crushing blow because that's a major part of our business and weddings are so absolutely gorgeous in that place." …

Spiritual Matters

Star Bright
'You are killing my people.'
Nicola Menzie, Christian Post Sat 2015-Jun-20 7:07am

"He told this YWAM leader that he had begun having dreams of this man in white who came to him and said, 'You are killing my people.' And he started to feel really sick and uneasy about what he was doing.... The fighter said just before he killed one Christian, the man said, 'I know you will kill me, but I give to you my Bible.' The Christian was killed and this ISIS fighter actually took the Bible and began to read it. In another dream, Jesus asked him to follow him and he was now asking to become a follower of Christ and to be discipled."

Spiritual Matters

Star Bright
Powerful Christian Witness
Amy Miller, Legal Insurrection Fri 2015-Jun-19 7:52pm

…In this case, however, the victims have been brought into the process and allowed to speak out on behalf of those they lost at the hands of Dylann Roof. Today, David French at National Review said, “This is one of the most powerful Christian witnesses I’ve ever seen.” I agree with him.…

Spiritual Matters

Mexico Flag
Mexorcism!
Patheos Wed 2015-Jun-17 9:36pm

Can a country with deep Christian roots like Mexico find itself at the mercy of demons? Some in the Church fear so.

And as a result, they called for a nation-wide exorcism of Mexico, carried out quietly last month in the cathedral of San Luis Potosí.…

Fr. Fortea said that “the exorcism performed in San Luís Potosí is the first ever carried out in Mexico in which the exorcists came from different parts of the country and gathered together to exorcise the powers of darkness, not from a person, but from the whole country.”

“This rite of exorcism, beautiful and liturgical, had never before taken place in any part of the world. Although it had taken place in a private manner as when Saint Francis (exorcised) the Italian city of Arezzo.…”

Cries To God As Muslims Torture Him
Dom the Conservative, Mad World News Wed 2015-Jun-17 9:28pm

…Showing incredible fortitude and faith in God, Kisa not only overcame his horrific injuries, but used the time in prison to minister to the Muslim officers rendering the beatings, astonishingly, leading them to Christ.

“I have always been warned against preaching on the streets of this community,” Kisa said faithfully. “I can’t help but to preach the Gospel and, for sure, the Lord has brought so many Muslims in this community to Christ.”

After being kept in prison for over a month, the pastor appeared in court, where he would learn his fate. Incredibly, the magistrate overseeing the case found no fault with him, and set him free.…

Star Bright
Every Breath She Takes
Michelle Malkin Wed 2015-Jun-17 9:21pm

…On her birthday week, I'm overwhelmed at the strength and grace that my fierce first-born child has shown. My husband and I named her after St. Veronica, a woman who displayed great courage in the face of adversity when she stepped forward from a jeering mob to comfort Jesus on the road to Calvary. Over the past month and a half, our teenage daughter has shown more resilience worthy of her namesake than I have witnessed in most adults. She is my hero.…

Man and Woman

Saturday Night War of the Sexes
Grunt of Monte Christo Sun 2015-Jun-7 10:26am
A classic collection of graphics arranged as divisive dialog.

I think this is how the fight started.…

Spiritual Matters

War on Fatherhood Continues
Blazing Cat Fur Mon 2015-Jun-1 8:53am

Support is growing within the Church of England to rewrite its official liturgy to refer to God as female following the selection of the first women bishops.…

Family Patterns

Tyler Men Had Kids Late
Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo Sat 2015-May-30 7:27pm

Former President John Tyler, born 221 years ago, still has two living grandchildren. … President Tyler was also a prolific father, having 15 children (8 boys and 7 girls) with two wives.

No relation.

Modern Family Life

Court: Choosing Life is Patently Offensive
Blake Neff, Daily Caller Fri 2015-May-29 1:35pm

A new decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals holds that New York’s state government has the right to ban “Choose Life” license plates on the grounds that such a statement is “patently offensive.”

Spiritual Matters

Star Bright
The Power of Persevering Prayer
Christian Classics Ethereal Library Sun 2015-May-24 12:29pm

…Child of God! give the Father time. He is long-suffering over you. He wants the blessing to be rich, and full, and sure; give Him time, while you cry day and night.…

Disturbing Family Patterns

Kermit Gosnell Speaks from Prison
National Review Sun 2015-May-24 11:51am

A disturbing conversation with the narcissistic killer. … he lied about everything and if he wasn’​t lying he was concocting elaborate stories to explain away the horror… He is convinced he is getting out… thinks of himself as a martyr. …

Urantiana

Urantia
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR Sat 2015-May-23 6:23pm

…I found an intriguing post by Joe Drew that posits the German-born 20th-century composer Karlheinz Stockhausen as the "one truly great composer" who managed to marry science fiction and classical music. … one of the grandfathers of electronic music, and an artist who directly influenced everyone from The Beatles (his face is in the Sgt. Pepper's cover menagerie) to Frank Zappa to Kraftwerk … Many of the scenes and names in Stockhausen's seven-opera cycle Light refer explicitly to The Urantia Book. The opera Mittwoch aus Light (the "Wednesday" portion of Light, and long thought to be unperformable in its entirety) was fully staged for the first time just last week in Birmingham, England by the Birmingham Opera Company — including its infamous section for string quartet, four helicopters, four pilots, four sound engineers and a moderator.

Spiritual Matters

A Murderer From the Beginning
Bible Gateway Sat 2015-May-23 5:41pm

Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
—John 8:42-45 KJV

School Decides Child Can Be Inspired by Jesus
Todd Starnes, Fox News Sat 2015-May-23 7:34am

Somerset Academy issued a formal written apology to 12-year-old Mackenzie Fraiser late Friday for denying her the right to use a Bible verse in a class assignment.

School officials have now agreed to allow the sixth-grader to resubmit her original project, this time with her favorite Bible verse -- John 3:16 -- included.…

Spiritual Matters

Bright Star
"Can I have bacon?"
Mike Vulpo, E! Mon 2015-May-18 11:49pm

Josiah Duncan thought he was going to enjoy a simple meal at the Waffle House in Prattville, Ala., with his mom Ava Faulk. But before enjoying any food of his own, the five-year-old boy immediately spotted a homeless man sitting by himself. … But with a little persuading from both Josiah and Ava, the hungry man felt comfortable to order anything he wanted. "Can I have bacon?" … Before taking a bite, Josiah had one last surprise that shocked the rest of the diners observing the random act of kindness. The young boy wanted to share his faith with the stranger he just met. "God our Father, God our Father, we thank you," Josiah sang in front of at least 11 customers. "We thank you, for our many blessings, for our many blessings, Amen, Amen."

Cutie-Pie O
Preachers to Obama: Leave Preaching to Us
B. Christopher Agee, Black Community View Mon 2015-May-18 7:35pm

…The 700 pastors who make up the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya recently released a statement decrying Obama’s defense of homosexuality during previous trips to Africa.

"President Barack Obama is welcome to visit Kenya this summer," the statement read, "—but please, leave the preaching to us." …

Evolution Isn't Easy

Fishy Fish
Warm-Blooded Fish
Jeanna Bryner, Live Science Sun 2015-May-17 10:30am

The moonfish, which are about the size of a manhole cover, is now considered the first-known warm-blooded fish, scientists report in the journal Science. Through some physiological tricks, the fish is able to keep its entire body — heart, brain, swimming muscles and viscera — warmer than the surrounding water.

Spiritual Matters

Judged by Results
NorCalFoothillRich, Weasel Zippers Fri 2015-May-15 8:15am

[utterly swiped joke]

A priest dies and is waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of him is a guy who's dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket, and jeans.

Saint Peter addresses this cool guy, 'Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you to the Kingdom of Heaven?'

The guy replies, ' I'm Bruce, retired airline pilot from Toronto.'

Saint Peter consults his list. He smiles and says to the pilot, 'Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom.' The pilot goes into Heaven with his robe and staff.

Next, it's the priest's turn. He stands erect and booms out, 'I am Father John, pastor of Saint Mary's for the last 43 years.'

Saint Peter consults his list. He says to the priest, 'Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom.

'Just a minute,' says the good father. 'That man was a pilot and he gets a silken robe and golden staff and I get only cotton and wood. How can this be?

'Up here - we go by results,' says Saint Peter. 'When you preached - people slept. When he flew, people prayed.'

Spiritual Matters

Pope Francis, Class War Agitator
Guardian UK / AFP Thu 2015-May-14 12:53pm

Pope Francis has warned “the powerful of the Earth” they will answer to God if they fail to protect the environment to ensure the world can feed its population.

“The planet has enough food for all, but it seems that there is a lack of willingness to share it with everyone,” Francis said…

Modern Family Life

US House Bans 20-Wk Abortions
Timothy C. Morgan, Christianity Today Thu 2015-May-14 12:51pm

Voting 242-184 and largely along party lines, the U.S. House approved the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on Wednesday…

Spiritual Matters

ChiCom Flag
China vs the Cross
Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Christianity Today Tue 2015-May-12 10:55am

…Days after at least a dozen crosses were forcibly removed from churches, China formally protested a United States report on its lack of religious freedom. Now a proposal has surfaced to ban crosses entirely from the rooftops of churches in Zhejiang, one of China's most Christian provinces. … "A draft of rules on religious structures released by government agencies this week says the crosses should be wholly affixed to a building facade and be no more than one-tenth of the facade's height. The symbol also must fit with the facade and the surroundings…"

Healing Ourselves

Brain
Playing Mandolin During Brain Surgery
Fox43 Mon 2015-May-11 11:38pm

Oklahoma City …Milot loves music, and loves playing the mandolin — and that came in handy during his surgery. Dr. Sughrue had Milot play the mandoline as part of a process to determine how his brain was functioning.

Dr. Sughrue was able to remove 99% of the tumor — and because of the aggressive attack, Milot is hopeful that his chemotherapy will knock out the rest of the mass.…

Marriage Today

Okla: Religious Leaders Protected
Rick Green, NewsOK Sat 2015-May-2 5:50pm

A bill signed by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday seeks to protect religious leaders from being forced to perform marriage ceremonies that run counter to their beliefs. The measure also seeks to make clergy immune from lawsuits arising from their refusal to perform such ceremonies. …

“This bill makes it clear that the government can never compel our religious leaders or houses of worship to act in violation of their faith where marriage is concerned,” Fallin said. “I am proud to join our Legislature in taking a strong stand in defense of religious liberty and the freedoms awarded to all American citizens by the U.S. Constitution.”

Spiritual Matters

Star Bright
Man Raised From Dead Tells UN the Answer is Jesus
Penny Starr, CNS News Wed 2015-Apr-29 8:08pm

…After being clinically dead for 45 minutes, Stoneking’s heart started to beat. The paramedics – and the doctors who treated him afterwards - were amazed at his recovery. One doctor even told him that his DNA had been altered to strip heart disease from his genetic makeup. …

Then Stoneking told the U.N. General Assembly what he thought could be done to end the violence around the world. “The answer, your excellencies, to the violence of our day and to the human atrocities of our day is Jesus,” he said. “He is the prince of peace,” Stoneking said. “I give you Jesus. …

Family Patterns

Wedding rings interlocked
Gay and Opposed to Same-Sex Marriage
Paul Rosnick, The Federalist Wed 2015-Apr-29 7:19pm

…Why was government invited to regulate marriages but not other interpersonal relationships, like friendships? Why does every religion hold marriage to be a sacred and divine institution? … When a heterosexual couple has sex, a biological reaction can occur that results in a new human life. Government got into the marriage business to ensure that these new lives are created in a responsible manner. This capacity for creating new life is what makes marriage special. No matter how much we try, same-sex couples will never be able to create a new life.…

Earth Science

Changing Face of Earth
Peter Spinks, Sunday Morning Herald Wed 2015-Apr-29 10:37am

…planet Earth is in the process of forming one monumental supercontinent… [land masses imaged from 150M years ago to 175M years from now]

Spiritual Matters

Baptist Ministers Won't Hear Dr Carson
Bob Smietana, Christianity Today Sat 2015-Apr-25 1:43pm

…Carson, who will likely run for president, had been scheduled to appear in June at the annual Southern Baptist Pastors Conference in Columbus, Ohio. But a group of young ministers, known as Baptist21, raised concerns… mostly Calvinist preachers objected to the beliefs of Carson’s booming Seventh-day Adventist Church - including the claim that worshiping on Sunday is sin and the idea that sinners who are barred from heaven will be annihilated rather than sent to hell. They also objected to a statement made on Easter by Carson that Jews, Christians, and Muslims are all God’s children.…

Modern Family Life

Her Eyes Say, Da-aad!
Daily Mail, UK Fri 2015-Apr-24 8:30am

A protective dad has devised a creative way to keep the boys away from his young daughter - by printing his muscly torso on a t-shirt and making her wear it. …

Healing Ourselves

Asthma's Secrets
Breitbart / UPI Thu 2015-Apr-23 6:20pm

…In a recent study, scientists explored the breathing disorder… Their work highlighted the body’s calcium sensing receptor (CaSR) as the main culprit in triggering asthma symptoms… research models showed CaSR went into overdrive when asthmatic tissue was irritated by external stimuli. …research also demonstrated the impressive effectiveness of a class of drugs known as calcilytics, which manipulate CaSR and in lab experiments reversed asthma symptoms….

Cosmology

Hole in the Universe
Sarah Knapton, Telegraph UK Wed 2015-Apr-22 8:27pm

Astronomers have discovered a curious empty section of space which is missing around 10,000 galaxies. … Although the Big Bang theory allows for areas that are cooler and hotter, the size of the void does not fit with predicted models. Simply put, it is too big to exist.

Prehistory - still with us

Evidence of Pre-Columbus Trade Found in Alaska House
Owen Jarus, Live Science Sat 2015-Apr-18 8:05am

Bronze artifacts discovered in a 1,000-year-old house in Alaska suggest trade was occurring between East Asia and the New World centuries before the voyages of Columbus. …

Banality of Evil

Muslims Threatened by Truth About Radical Muslims
Blazing Cat Fur Sat 2015-Apr-18 8:31am

…David Horowitz reportedly said during a recent speech at the University of North Carolina that members of Muslim students associations have been linked with terrorism, prompting a massive backlash among Muslim students, who say his assertion is not only false but made them feel unsafe. [Imagine that!] …throughout the week the hashtag #NotSafeUNC gained ground and a “Not Safe UNC” Tumblr page was created to chronicle alleged bias against Muslims at UNC and the region. The UNC College Republicans are also taking heat for inviting Horowitz to speak. In an email, College Republican Chairman Frank Pray said he is receiving a lot of hate mail. …

Healing Ourselves

Found Out The Hard Way
Zilla of the Resistance Thu 2015-Apr-16 11:19pm

If you have Adrenal Insufficiency and also suffer from Lyme Disease and/or other tick borne illnesses, you should know that Rifampin can be dangerous to you and can make you VERY VERY SICK and maybe even kill you if you are not careful and you may still feel freaking horrible weeks after stopping it. … you will feel worse than you can imagine it was possible to feel even if your life had previously been filled daily with physical weakness and chronic relentless soul crushing pain. … I just thought you should know. I sure wish I had known in advance.

Spiritual Matters

Pig
Mosque Porked
KFOR Mon 2015-Apr-13 5:01pm

…Officials at the Islamic Society of Edmond [Oklahoma] say pieces of pork were left in the parking lot and at the entrance of the mosque on Sunday. … CAIR-OK wants authorities to investigate the incident as a possible hate crime….

Spiritual Matters

Dallas vs Synagogue
Jeff Dunetz, Truth Revolt Wed 2015-Apr-8 6:32pm

Congregation Toras Chaim is a tiny Orthodox Jewish Synagogue which meets in a home in north Dallas. The City of Dallas is attempting to shut the synagogue down because they are meeting in a private home without the correct Certificate of Occupation (CO). However, the Synagogue's attorney says the city’s ordinance requiring the CO is invalid under the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act.…

Modern Family Life

Fertility Delayed Is Fertility Denied
The Other McCain Wed 2015-Apr-8 9:07pm

…Because fertility declines significantly for women in their 40s… demographers carefully watch these women to get a sense of how many children Americans are having, or not. … With more women having their first child in their mid 30s, late 30s and early 40s, American families may be shrinking: The number of women aged 40 to 44 who had only one child roughly doubled between 1976 and 2014…

DWS
Wasserman-Schultz: No Limits on Abortion
Dapandico, Weasel Zippers Wed 2015-Apr-8 8:52pm

In a press release, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that she did not support any government restrictions on abortion: “period. [citing Daily Caller]

Okla Flag
Okla Bans 2nd Trimester Abortion Procedure
AOL / AP Wed 2015-Apr-8 6:21pm

Oklahoma lawmakers have approved a ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus. …now goes to Republican Gov. Mary Fallin… Under the bill, doctors cannot use forceps, clamps, scissors or similar instruments on a fetus to remove it from the womb in pieces… would ban the procedure except when necessary to save a woman's life or a serious health risk to the mother…

Jesus - still with us

Nothing Controversial Here, Nope
Adam Withnall, Independent UK Tue 2015-Apr-7 11:24am

[Whoever wrote this has a magnificent gift for understatement:]

The lost tomb of Jesus? Scientist claims he has 'virtually unequivocal evidence' that could help explain the whereabouts of Christ's remains … Evidence also points to Jesus having married and had a son, geologist says – but his findings are likely to prove controversial…

[I also like "virtually unequivocal evidence" — a sure sign it's anything but.]

Banality of Evil

Whacky O
"As a Christian"??
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit Tue 2015-Apr-7 11:37am

Barack Obama, at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast:

“On Easter I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian I am supposed to love. And, I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. But that’s a topic for another day. (laughter) Where there is injustice, I was about to veer off.”

Spiritual Matters

Reagan
Reagan on Easter and Passover, 1983
Red Dawn, Chicks on the Right Sun 2015-Apr-5 5:35pm

…This is his Easter message from 1983. Easter’s a celebration of our faith and a reminder about the reality of hope. And without hope, what’s the point?…

[Video, 6:29, ReaganFoundation, YouTube]

Spiritual Matters

School Apologizes for Overt Christian (Not a Joke)
Dianny, Patriot Retort Sat 2015-Apr-4 4:46pm

…a letter sent out from the Keller Independent School District in Keller, Texas. …they had a speaker who, while discussing ways to alleviate stress had the horrifying audacity to “use overt language asserting his own personal Christian beliefs.” …principal Michael Nasra sent out a letter of apology about this horror. …

Disturbing Family Patterns

The Reid Family Parties Hardy
John Hinderaker, Powerline Sat 2015-Apr-4 11:24am

"…Larry’s appearance at the AA meeting was memorable, as references to fighting, bloody clothes and so on are extraordinary in that group. Easton Elliott didn’t think much more about Larry until, several weeks later, he saw a newspaper story about Larry Reid, Harry Reid’s brother, being arrested for DUI and assaulting a highway patrolman. …"

Modern Family Life

"He is watching out for his little boy"
KOCO Thu 2015-Apr-2 3:58pm

…Kayli Rene’ Photography posted the photo on Wednesday. Sierra asked Kayli to help capture her 6-month-old’s first family photos by photoshopping in the baby’s father.

Sierra wrote on the page that she and Lane found out they were having a baby at the beginning of 2014. When she was 8 months pregnant, there was an accident and Lane tragically died.…

Modern Family Life

Facebook
Did My Kids Act Bad to You? Contact Me!
Mockarena, Chicks on the Right Tue 2015-Mar-31 5:29pm

Kyesha was upset when her son told her what had happened, as any decent parent would be. But most parents would likely reprimand their daughters and move on.

Not Kyesha. She posted this on Facebook….

If You're Happy and You Know It
Red Dawn, Chicks on the Right Tue 2015-Mar-31 5:26pm

"At our 14 week ultrasound our baby was clapping, so I sang a song with our doctor as my husband filmed…"

[Video, 0:15, Jen Cardinal, YouTube]

Spiritual Matters

Snake
Core values? We don' need no steenking core values!
Candice Lanier, Frontlines Sun 2015-Mar-29 7:25pm

[Oregon-based Presbyterian USA Minister John Shuck:] "We all have been trained to think that Christianity is about believing things," Shuck said in the article. "Its symbols and artifacts (God, Bible, Jesus, Heaven, etc) must be accepted in a certain way.

And when times change and these beliefs are no longer credible, the choices we are left with are either rejection or fundamentalism."

[Emphasis added. Sad. Confused. Dangerous to others. … You'll never hear about "a powerful man of faithlessness."]

Cosmology

Creation Creates a Problem
The Colonel of Truth, Liberty's Torch Sat 2015-Mar-21 5:32pm

…Although Jastrow was an "agnostic, and not a believer,” in an interview with Christianity Today, Jastrow said "Astronomers now find they have painted themselves into a corner because they have proven, by their own methods, that the world began abruptly in an act of creation to which you can trace the seeds of every star, every planet, every living thing in this cosmos and on the earth. And they have found that all this happened as a product of forces they cannot hope to discover. That there are what I or anyone would call supernatural forces at work is now, I think, a scientifically proven fact." …

Belief and State

Star
Okla: Judge Dismisses Commandments Monument Lawsuit
Heather Clark, Christian News Network Mon 2015-Mar-16 7:47pm

A federal judge in Oklahoma has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a prominent atheist organization that sought to challenge the presence of a Ten Commandments monument in the state capital.

American Atheists, based in New Jersey, had filed the legal challenge on behalf of a woman who complained about its installment on the grounds of the Oklahoma capitol building. The State Capitol Preservation Commission argued that the woman had only seen the monument once and had traveled to the area just to see the display and take offense. … [Emphasis added]

Families Today

Heart
Special Visit From A Friend
Nickarama, Weaselzippers Mon 2015-Mar-16 4:58pm

The friendship between Emmett Rychner, a 4-year-old from Minnesota, and Erling Kindem, a [90yo] World War II veteran [c/o The Blaze]

[Video (ad runs first), 1:57, USA Today on YouTube]

Marriage Today

Sarah
Bristol Palin engaged to MoH Marine
Gregory Korte, USA Today / Military Times Sat 2015-Mar-14 7:27pm

Former Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer, whose heroism in Afghanistan earned him a Medal of Honor for his "daring initiative and bold fighting spirit," is engaged to be married to the daughter of a former vice presidential nominee.

His fiancee is Bristol Palin. She is a reality television personality and the daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican nominee for vice president. …

Spiritual Matters

"My pontificate will be brief"
AFP / Yahoo News Fri 2015-Mar-13 10:35pm

…"I have a feeling my pontificate will be brief," the 78-year-old told Mexico's Televisa channel.

"Four or five years, I don't know. Two years have already gone by.

"It is a vague feeling I have that the Lord chose me for a short mission. I am always open to that possibility."

Marriage Today

Wedding Rings, Interlocked
Okla to Eliminate Marriage Licenses?
Bobby Ross Jr., Get Religion Fri 2015-Mar-13 10:38pm

…Despite our lack of a license, my wife and I — both raised in Churches of Christ — saw our marriage as a sacred commitment, as did our families. Not for a second did we consider living together out of wedlock. To say that religion played a key role in our view of marriage would be a huge understatement.

Perhaps Tamie and I were — besides being young, in love and stupid — 25 years ahead of our time? …

Disturbing Family Patterns

Mordor Eye
NM: Rape Fathers Rights Limited
KOB / AP Fri 2015-Mar-13 10:44pm

"…The New Mexico House of Representatives has unanimously passed legislation giving women the option to terminate the parental rights of a biological father when the pregnancy results from a rape.…"

Spiritual Matters

Israel Flag
Christian Walks Around Haifa
Daisy, Chicks on the Right Fri 2015-Mar-6 3:12pm

…I'm sure you have seen the video of the Jewish man who walked around Paris last month. The guy had to hire a bodyguard, for crying out loud. … There's a new video that shows a Christian walking… around the streets of Haifa with a big ol' cross around his neck, just struttin' his stuff… know what happens to him?

[Video, 1:32, Christian Empowerment Council, YouTube]

extraterrestrial

UFO!
White House: No Intelligent Life
Lydia Warren, UK Daily Mail Thu 2015-Mar-5 1:21pm

"The U.S. government yesterday denied ever having had contact with alien lifeforms. The White House insisted there was no evidence extra-terrestrials have visited Earth or made any manner of contact. …"

Marriage Today

Rings, interlocked
Oklahoma to Exit Marriage Business?
TJ Martinell, Tenth Amendment Center Thu 2015-Mar-5 3:40pm

[Oklahoma] HB1125 would accomplish two things.

First, it would render void the edicts of federal judges that have overturned state laws defining marriage. The founding generation never envisioned unelected judges issuing ex cathedra pronouncements regarding the definition of social institutions like marriage and the Constitution delegates the federal judiciary no authority to meddle in the issue. Marriage is a realm clearly left to the state and the people..

Second, the bill would get the state government out of defining marriage entirely as well, ending the squabble between factions that seek to harness the power of the state, thereby taking the burden off government officials who may be torn between what is legally required of them and their religious convictions.

The intent or motives behind this bill are a moot point. By removing the state from the equation, no one can force another to accept their marriage, nor can they force another to reject that person’s own beliefs regarding an institution older than government.

Evolution Isn't Easy

Newly Discovered Fossil Bones of Purgatorious
Mark Prigg, UK Daily Mail Thu 2015-Mar-5 1:15pm

…new insights into the life of the world's oldest and most primitive primate. …Purgatorius… tiny and agile animal spent much of its time eating fruit and climbing trees 66 million years ago… first known below-the-head bones for Purgatorius… previously only teeth… 'The ankle bones show that it had a mobile ankle joint like primates today that live in trees…. This mobility would have allowed for rotating the foot in different directions as it adjusted to different angles presented by tree trunks and branches. It also shows that the first primates did not have elongate ankles that you see in many living primates today that are thought to be related to leaping behaviours….'

Prehistory - still with us

Lost City Found Untouched in Deep Honduran Jungle
Fox News Latino Wed 2015-Mar-4 4:02pm

…Traveling over boat and foot through the dense foliage of the vast, lightly inhabited 32,000-square-mile Mosquitia region of Honduras – known as Central America's Little Amazon – the team of scientists surveyed and mapped a collection of plazas, earthworks, mounds, and even an earthen pyramid belonging to a culture that thrived between 1,000 and 1,400 AD – paralleling the Mayans – before the culture apparently vanished into the jungle.

In what is speculated to be an offering to the gods, the scientists say that the find of a non-looted and pristine site is incredibly rare. …

Cosmology

The Dusty Galaxy
Michael D. Lemonick, Natl Geographic Tue 2015-Mar-3 11:37am

…The problem, the scientists report Monday in Nature, is that while the tiny galaxy dates from just 700 million years or so after the big bang, it's far more dusty than something this young and small has any right to be. …

Marriage Today

Rings, interlocked
Oklahoma Nonagenarians Celebrate 75 Years of Marriage
Heather Warlick, NewsOK Mon 2015-Mar-2 6:41pm

"Dick and Edna Lutz, 94 and 92, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Jan. 27. The couple are a fixture at The Civic Center Music Hall, having spent about 33 years volunteering at the shows there. …"

Spiritual Matters

Rage Guy
Students Can't Study Scriptures, Insist Unbelievers
Angie Chui, Christian Today Sun 2015-Mar-1 7:43pm

"The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) has decried as unconstitutional the distribution of Bibles in several public schools in Oklahoma. Freedom from religion is a non-profit organisation that advocates the Constitutional provision on the separation of Church and State as well as educating the public on nontheism. … Andrew Seidel, staff attorney of the organisation… said that under the Constitution, Bibles can only be given to students after they leave campus." (He must have a different copy of the Constitution than mine.)

Spiritual Matters

Okla Flag
Pro- & Anti- Muslim Rallies in OKC
Jerusalem Post / Reuters Sat 2015-Feb-28 6:40pm

While an American Muslim girl sang the "Star Spangled Banner" inside the statehouse in Oklahoma City, about two dozen anti-Islamic protesters outside hurled insults at the group, mostly students, as they visited the Capitol to speak with lawmakers. There were no reports of violence.

"If they had a sword, they'd cut your head off," protesters shouted. Some carried signs saying "Islam equals Death." …

The "Oklahoma Muslim Day at the Capitol" was organized by the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and supported by the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma, whose members helped escort attendees into the Capitol and past the protesters. …

A few lawmakers in the socially conservative state have previously made statements against Muslims, including Republican Representative John Bennett, who has said Islam is "a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out."

Marriage Today

Maybe Your Problem Is You
Other McCain Fri 2015-Feb-27 8:18pm

…I routinely encountered women who were in her situation or, if younger than her, were clearly at risk of someday being in her situation. They kept wasting time in “relationships” with men who refused to close the deal. These romantic involvements would last anywhere from a few months to several years, and it was always — always — the guy’s aversion to a permanent commitment that prevented these relationships from becoming marriages. The real problem, it seems to me, is not merely the widespread phenomenon of “Peter Pan Syndrome,” but that (a) young women unwittingly enable such male immaturity because (b) they miscalculate the economics of love, and therefore (c) they waste one of a woman’s most valuable resources, her youth.…

[Feb 2]

Married 82 Years
Alex Taylor, The Journal News Fri 2015-Feb-27 7:46pm

…Duranord Veillard will turn 108 on Saturday while his wife of 82 years, Jeanne, turns 105 in May.

The couple plan to celebrate a milestone few others will see with family, friends and well-wishers at their home, where they live with a daughter, Marie Eveillard. …

Veillard also let The Journal News in on his secret for living a long and healthy life: "That's God," he said in French Creole.…

Modern Family Life

Okla Flag
Okla Abortion Limitations Bill Passes House
Enid News Thu 2015-Feb-26 6:48pm

"The Oklahoma House has passed a bill that would prohibit abortions in which doctors use clamps, forceps or similar instruments to dismember a fetus in the womb. … House members voted 84-2 on Thursday. The bill … now goes to the Senate."

Spiritual Matters

Turbaned O
How Christian Could He Be?
Franklin Graham, Facebook Wed 2015-Feb-25 3:58pm

"…the president defends Islam and chastises Christians, rebukes our allies and befriends our enemies, and fully supports gay marriages and abortion but denies the religious freedoms of those who don't agree. Our nation is ridiculed abroad and morally crumbling within. We are in trouble. We have turned our back on God." -Franklin Graham

Cosmology

You're a Laniakean!
National Radio Astronomy Observatory Tue 2015-Feb-24 8:46pm

…Milky Way galaxy is part of a newly identified ginormous supercluster of galaxies, which they have dubbed “Laniakea,” which means “immense heaven” in Hawaiian.

This discovery clarifies the boundaries of our galactic neighborhood and establishes previously unrecognized linkages among various galaxy clusters in the local Universe.

Spiritual Matters

Business Defender Draws Solace from Devotional
Kennie Bass, Kaylin E. Searles, WCHS-TV Mon 2015-Feb-23 1:14pm

The video has gone viral of the pharmacist shooting down a would-be armed robber. The experience was hailed for quick and accurate self-defense, but the pharmacist has the emotional consequence.

Radcliff said he was standing just a few feet away. He drew his own weapon, firing three times, hitting the suspect twice and one shot actually hit the man’s gun as he was aiming to fire back.

On Thursday, he is back on the job, shaken, but trying to move forward.

Radcliff said he has received tremendous support from his family and friends, but also from his faith. Radcliff shared Thursday’s devotion from his daily devotional.

“Thursday, February 19th, John 10, 7 to 18, ‘A thief comes only to steal and to kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.’ That’s verse 10,” Radcliff said. “Abundance isn’t God’s provision for me to live in luxury; it’s his provision for me to help others live.”

Radcliff said it is exactly what he needed to hear. …

Spiritual Matters

Heart
Love Across Time
Larry, Last Refuge of a Scoundrel Sun 2015-Feb-22 5:26pm

A very private, very personal message to a lost love. Moving. (If Larry didn't want it to be linked, he shouldn't've put it online.)

"…You knew the worst of me, and you were the best of me. Who else, then, would have found someone so perfect for me? …"

Urantiana

Three circles
Cult Preparing for Apocalypse?
Dennis Wagner, Arizona Republic Fri 2015-Feb-20 9:33pm

A generally thorough article on the "Gabriel of Urantia" cult. Headline suggests they're preparing for "apocalypse," but nothing in the article suggests anything of the sort, except that they "seem like" other cults that have had apocalyptic episodes.

To join, members must renounce their given names and many of their possessions, steps they say are worth the serenity and security they find with the insular group.

But critics say the alliance is hardly serene. They describe a controlling, narcissistic leader who requires obedience and runs a cultlike community, and they draw parallels between the group and others that have garnered headlines following ritual-related deaths and mass suicides.

Marriage Today

Okla Flag
Next, Virginity Tests?
Tara Culp-Ressler, Think Progress Fri 2015-Feb-20 2:35pm

"Under a proposed bill introduced in Oklahoma, couples in the state who want to get married would be required to prove they don’t have any sexually transmitted infections…"

How will Oklahoma relegate this with its completely open marriage common law? [Ref: Freedom to Marry — Does the State define marriage? a Mindful Radical Incline webwork from 2007 Apr 30.]

Jesus - still with us

CNN's Finding Jesus
Nice Deb Fri 2015-Feb-20 2:43pm

…a new CNN series on Christ called, Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery, premieres on March 1 at 9 p.m. ET. With the objective of discovering new insights about the historical Jesus, the series utilizes the latest state-of-the-art scientific techniques and archaeological research. … Each episode of the six-part series investigates the value and authenticity of a historical object which is connected to Jesus: the Shroud of Turin, relics venerated as part of the True Cross, the gospel of Judas, relics believed to be of John the Baptist, the burial box of Jesus’ brother James and the gospel of Mary Magdalene. … In the episode about the Shroud of Turin, their dramatized reenactment of the Passion of Christ packs a powerful punch. As the narrator says, “the Shroud of Turin appears to be a silent witness to all the final sufferings of Jesus.” … “It is extraordinary to find an archaeological piece that is proof of his existence, his death, and his resurrection,” said Erwin MacManus, one of CNN’s panel of experts. …

[Video trailer]

Character

Decorated Vietnam Veteran Rescued Family, Pets, Dies in Fire
NBC5 Wed 2015-Feb-18 10:29am

"…the homeowner, a veteran of the Vietnam War and Purple Heart recipient, went back into the home several times to rescue his children, extended family and pets. The fire marshal said the homeowner ran into the smoke-filled house one last time to rescue his wife's parents, who had already escaped through the back window."

Spiritual Matters

Belief is not Faith
Humans of New York Wed 2014-Jul-9 6:21pm

"I’ve been a deep believer my whole life. 18 years as a Southern Baptist. More than 40 years as a mainline Protestant. I’m an ordained pastor. But it’s just stopped making sense to me. You see people doing terrible things in the name of religion, and you think: ‘Those people believe just as strongly as I do. They’re just as convinced as I am.’ And it just doesn’t make sense anymore. It doesn’t make sense to believe in a God that dabbles in people’s lives." [This sad case is more proof that belief is not faith. Whatever he believed, and quit believing, was an idea. Apparently not a very strong one, at that.]

Urantiana

Urantia
Another View
PR Web Mon 2014-Jun-23 4:49pm

Member of The Urantia Book Fellowship and seasoned author Nicholas P. Snoek just released his fourth book on this topic in the hopes to explain this second work of scripture in a more user-friendly way. “Another View” tells of a young Dutch boy as he becomes aware of an invisible friend who helps him explore religion and its background.

Spiritual Matters

Copyright Infringement And Religious Texts
David A. Kluft / Foley Hoag LLP Mon 2014-Jun-23 4:54pm

…God was the author so "who exactly would I get the approval from?" [Concerns cases regarding Bible, Urantia Book, Course in Miracles, Christian Science, more]

Marriage Today

Wedding Rings Interlocked
Objective Clearly Stated
Austin Ruse / Breitbart Mon 2014-Jun-23 5:45pm

Secretary of State John Kerry introduced her: “The government in Moscow may look at Masha as a troublemaker to contend with, but here in the United States, we know that she is a wonderful person – a mother, a journalist, an extraordinary human rights defender – and we are honored by her presence here.” Kerry, however, did not show a YouTube clip of Gessen calling for the destruction of marriage and stating that this is the inevitable intention of those calling for same-sex marriage.

Marriage Today

Pelosi
Pelosi Intimidation of Catholic Bishop Backfires
CatholicVote.org Fri 2014-Jun-20 3:33pm

CHICAGO — Four “Pelosi Buses” full of traditional marriage supporters are headed to the nation’s capital today for the annual March for Marriage. The buses are sponsored by members of CatholicVote.org in response to California Democrat Nancy Pelosi’s recent letter to San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone urging him to not attend the March for Marriage.

Marriage Today

Wedding Rings Interlocked
San Francisco Archbishop Responds
AP / Fox News Tue 2014-Jun-17 3:42pm

The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco… it's his duty to uphold traditional views of marriage even if such views are unpopular. He also challenged his critics to practice what they preach, writing that Americans who oppose same-sex unions have become targets of discrimination and intolerance.

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