Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Fr. Jacques Hamel: ‘Do not think holiness is not for us’

Jacques Hamel, murdered yesterday by Islamist terrorists at the age of 85, has been called the first priest-martyr of Western Europe in the 21st century.

But before his death, he insisted that holiness lay in ordinary life.

On All Saints’ Day last year, he wrote in the parish newsletter: “Do not think holiness is not for us.” He told parishioners that holiness did not necessarily mean “doing extraordinary things”, but could mean living a simple existence like that of the Martin family... image

No Matter How Many Priests ISIS Kills, They Can’t Win ...I didn’t know Father Hamel, the content of his preaching, what he personally believed or taught his congregation. I imagine the men who murdered him didn’t know these things either. But what both his killers and I know about him is that Father Hamel had a job: to speak Christ’s forgiveness. His job was to tell people they were at peace with their Father in heaven because Christ drowned their transgressions in his blood...

French church attackers forced priest to kneel before killing him ...The two attackers in a French church on Tuesday forced an elderly priest to kneel before killing him and also filmed the murder, a nun who escaped the scene said on French radio...

Bangladesh: Islamists step up persecution of Christians after rapid rise in conversions  Islamist terrorists are stepping up their persecution of Christians in Bangladesh after a rapid rise in converts.

The latest was at the start of July when more than 20 people were murdered in an Islamist terror attack on a restaurant in the diplomatic zone in Dhaka.

According to local pastors, this was just the latest in a series of attacks deliberately aimed by extremists at Christians and other minorities...

Democrats Adopt Platform That Would Force Americans to Pay for Abortions

Anti-abortion duo behind Planned Parenthood videos cleared of all charges  The pro-life activists behind the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood’s alleged fetal body parts trafficking operation have been cleared of all charges in Texas.

Harris County prosecutors on Tuesday dropped the final indictment against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, whose Center for Medical Progress undercover video series prompted a congressional probe and several state-level investigations of the nation’s largest abortion provider.

The charge — a second-degree felony for tampering with a governmental record — stemmed from the use of a fake ID in order to gain access to a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Houston area.
In a joint statement, Mr. Daleiden and Ms. Merritt called the charges “bogus” and “politically motivated,” accusing the Harris County District Attorney’s Office of working to benefit Planned Parenthood....


Reality Check: "These Were the Real RNC Protesters"
Jul 25, 2016

RNC protests didn’t burn so bright in Cleveland last week
“Protesters were just outnumbered.”

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

France: Elderly priest, 86, is 'beheaded' by two ISIS knifemen; Europe has lost the Islamic war...more

France: Elderly priest, 86, is 'beheaded' by two ISIS knifemen after taking nuns and worshippers hostage   A priest has been 'beheaded' by two ISIS knifemen who cut his throat after bursting into a French church and taking nuns and worshippers hostage before being shot dead by police.

Five people including the 86-year-old priest, two nuns and two parishioners were held by assailants who raided the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen in Normandy at 9am.

The clergyman, named as Jacques Hamel, is believed to have been beheaded during the attack while another hostage is fighting for life in hospital...

Europe has lost the Islamic war
...After eight years of Barack Hussein Obama and Europe’s retreat from the war on terror, the West appears to be the weaker horse and the Islamists the stronger one.

A few days ago, I asked Professor Bruce Thornton of California State University what Europe should do to reverse this horrible trend. His answer was revealing: “There is no political will for waging total war against ISIS. It would require 100,000 troops and massive bombing to eliminate as many jihadists as possible. We would have to abandon rules of engagement that privilege the enemy’s people over our own. At home, we would have to increase deportations and publicly demani that Muslim communities in the West disavow Jihadism and Sharia law”.

Of course, Europe and the West are not adopting any of these important and clearly articulated measures...

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No Visible American Flags Present At The Democrat Convention image


DNC ‘Interfaith’ Prayer Space Has No Sign Of Any Religion Except Islam



Lawsuit: Macy's worker fired over Catholic faith
...At some point an assistant store manager informed Chavez that men who identify as women are allowed to use the ladies room.

“I advised her that this was against my religion and contrary to the Bible,” Chavez wrote. “I also mentioned that I would not like my young daughters to be in the bathroom with a male inside.”

At no time did Mr. Chavez tell Macy’s he would not enforce the policy. He simply stated his religious beliefs.

A few days after the incident, he was summoned to human resources for more probing. He asked HR for a copy of the new policy concerning restroom usage.

But instead of providing the policy, he was suspended and later terminated...

Tim LaHaye, Author of 'Left Behind' Series, Passes Away at Age 90

1,819 illegal immigration cases per judge, backlog at all-time high 500,000  ...But the sheer numbers have forced a huge delay. It currently takes nearly two years — 672 days — for a case to get to court. During that time, the illegals are allowed into the country and several reports show that they rarely make their court date.

The Center for Immigration Studies said in reviewing the new data that the rise of unaccompanied children is a surprise. And they added that many of those youths end up in the hands of smugglers and abusers...

Friday, July 22, 2016

Turkey and Erdogan: Here comes the (real) caliphate; Episcopal Seminary Funeral March Underway?...more

Turkey and Erdogan: Here comes the (real) caliphate If today’s Western leaders possess one general trait, it’s a genius for self-deception. Insisting that Islamist terror has nothing to do with Islam, or that religion has no strategic impact, or that all human beings want freedom and democracy, amounts to declaring that up is down, right is left and night is day.

And midnight is coming for millions in Turkey, even as we insist that a dying flashlight is the sun.

Over the past few years, many Americans heard the term “caliphate” for the first time as ISIS declared that the territory it seized from Iraq and Syria was the caliphate reborn. To us, “caliphate” appeared to be just another name for a vast torture chamber. But for hundreds of millions of Muslims, many of whom have nothing to do with ISIS, the caliphate is associated with a lost and much-romanticized golden age when the caliph, who was also the Turkish sultan, claimed spiritual dominion over all Muslims...

5-Year-Old Idaho Victim Raped By Muslim Migrants Still Being Terrorized A five-year-old girl was raped and urinated upon by three Muslim migrant boys in Twin Falls, Idaho; one of them, a 14-year-old, videotaped the attack. After the attack, instead of getting justice, the victim’s family has been abused and targeted by law enforcement and medical authorities as if they were the criminals. The mother cannot get copies of the medical records of her own child, or transcripts of 9-1-1 calls made on the day of the attack.

In examining notes taken of their conversations with the victim’s mother, I was taken aback by how contemptuous they are of her. They talk down to her, as if she were the perpetrator, not the mother of the victim of this monstrous attack...

Episcopal Seminary Funeral March Underway?
In a surprise move, the Board of Trustees for one of the 10 schools educating Episcopal Church seminarians has voted to cease granting degrees at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year. It is unclear how Episcopal Divinity School of Cambridge, Massachusetts might continue on, with the board stating that it “will explore options for EDS’s future” in the coming year.

Interim Dean Francis Fornaro, who took office in March of 2015 following the departure of former Dean Katharine Ragsdale , will resign in November and stated “I totally disagree with this resolution.” Fornaro is a 1996 graduate of the seminary and previously served as adjunct faculty there.

“A school that has taken on racism, sexism, heterosexism, and multiple interlocking oppressions is now called to rethink its delivery of theological education in a new and changing world,” declared former Washington National Cathedral Dean and EDS Board Chairman Gary Hall in an official announcement. “Ending unsustainable spending is a matter of social justice.”...

Episcopal Seminary Succumbs to “Unsustainable” Spending

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Go back! Back to that Upper Room...

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Go back! Back to that Upper Room, back to your knees, back to the searching of heart and habit, thought and life; back to pleading, praying, waiting, till the Spirit of the Lord floods the soul with light, and you are endued with power from on high. Then go forth in the power of Pentecost, and the Christ-life shall be lived, and the works of Christ shall be done. You shall open blind eyes, cleanse foul hearts, break men’s fetters, and save men’s souls. In the power of the Indwelling Spirit, miracles become the commonplace of daily living. ...Samuel Chadwick image

Rev. Graham: America 'Is Beginning to Implode; Our Electronic “Life”...more

Rev. Graham: America 'Is Beginning to Implode, We're On The Precipice of Anarchy'  Evangelist Franklin Graham held a prayer rally in Cleveland before the start of the Republican National Convention during which he said the nation is in trouble, the nation has ejected God from the public square, "and our country is beginning to implode," that we are "on the precipice of anarchy.

Reverend Graham, son of world-renowned pastor Billy Graham, also stressed that the only solution is "a spiritual healing from God," that politicians cannot solve the problem, only God can...

UK: Doctors who won't carry out abortions 'are not promoted'   Doctors who refuse to take part in abortions are suffering increasingly from harassment and discrimination at work, the British Medical Association has told MPs.

Healthcare professionals are complaining to the union that they faced a glass ceiling and were denied promotion if they objected to abortions, a report reveals today.

The parliamentary inquiry also found that staff were under 'widespread and increasing pressure' to participate in abortions...

Paedophile ring inside Newcastle Anglican Church exposed by whistleblowers ...Mr Elliott has worked for both the Catholic Church and the Anglicans investigating sex abuse complaints.

He said the Anglican abusers were worse than the Catholics because they cooperated with each other.

"My experience in the Anglican Diocese is that the abusers tended to be better organised, more cooperative … it was a larger scale of child abuse and they cooperated together," he said.

"If you want to call it a paedophile ring … certainly there were groups of child sex abusers that were working together to facilitate their abuse of children, without a doubt."...

Our Electronic “Life”
If diamonds could be had for free, would we still stoop to pick them up? Today we see the great ideas of the ages—preserved and studied over the centuries, at great cost in time and money—uploaded to the internet. The cost of maintaining and accessing this ancient wisdom has dropped to a new low. But so has its cultural penetration (despite the fact that the price of education has climbed to a new high).

Of course the internet has done much more than lower the cost of our cultural treasures. It distributes facts and opinions, classics and pornography, treasures and trash with the same ease, creating the impression that, whatever you want, whatever you need, it can be found on the internet.

It is a false promise. The internet, for all its variety, can only provide a certain kind of knowledge. You can learn about bicycles on the internet, but you cannot learn to ride them there. To know a bicycle you must feel a bicycle. You can become knowledgeable in the first way from the internet; in the second way you cannot. In humans, this is the difference between a know-it-all and a broadly capable person...


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Canada: Anglicans vote for same sex marriage; CofE General Synod talks...more

Canada: Anglicans vote for same sex marriage
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Canon Phil Ashey: How NOT to handle the Word of God correctly [General Synod] ...An absolute travesty of process—déjà vu: Biblical clarity and authority is presented as one option among many. It is set up as a conservative minority view, a “straw man” to be demolished by “experts.” There is not a fair allocation of time and speakers. There is no opportunity for serious engagement back and forth, or for rebuttal. Those in charge of the institutional process do not observe due process and fair play. Often, the most qualified speakers for the Church’s historic teaching on the clarity and authority of the Scriptures are not chosen to speak. As Dr. Paul goes on to observe:
“It is hardly a coincidence that (in the forthcoming Church Times article) all those pressing for a change in the Church’s teaching thought that it was very fair, and that we had heard the biblical arguments. It wasn’t, and we didn’t. After two years of planning, the ‘orthodox’ speakers were only finalised in the previous week.”
Indeed, one wonders why Dr. Paul, or Bishop NT Wright, or any other number of qualified orthodox New Testament theologians and scholars were not chosen to speak after so much preparation for these conversations.

As one who participated in some such “conversations” on human sexuality in The Episcopal Church (TEC) in from 1985-2005, I recognize these tactics and processes very well. This is exactly why so many of us left TEC and formed the Anglican Church in North America...

General Synod shared sex conversations place unity above truth, critics charge The Church of England's "Shared Conversations" program to resolve its divide over the moral and doctrinal issues surrounding the new thinking on homosexuality have failed to take the testimony of Scripture seriously, 32 members of the 1990 Group of General Synod said in a letter sent to the College of Bishops on 17 July 2016. While progressive members of Synod have applauded the facilitated conversations on the new ethics, seeing them as a fair representation of their views, traditionalists have been less sanguine. Some members of Synod boycotted the talks stating that it proceeded from the faulty assumption that the new ethic had equal moral and intellectual value as the church's traditional teachings. Others who participated in the discussions noted it was unbalanced, with a preponderance of "experts" offering progressive views, or putting forward arguments that had long been discredited by scholars and theologians. Questions about the funding of the process have been raised, as some have observed that two members of the staff of Coventry Cathedral's reconcillation center, who led the program, have their stipends paid by the Episcopal Church...

Shared Conversations: a snapshot of the C of E, and a pointer to the future? by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream 
In our group of nine we had a discussion on “how does Scripture influence your approach to sexuality?” One of the central ‘rules’ which was gently but firmly and consistently enforced by the facilitators was that at all times we were to preface a statement by “in my view”, or “for me…”. We could not for example say “the Bible says…” or “Jesus teaches that…”, or “the church has always believed…” – because it was assumed that in this discussion there are no truths, just different and equally valid interpretations and viewpoints.
Divisions deepen in Church of England as conservatives express 'lack of confidence' in gay marriage talks   Christian Today

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

"Let not your hearts be troubled."

There will be no time
John 14:1 “Let not your hearts be troubled.
Believe in God; believe also in me."  

In seasons of uncertainty and turmoil, we are being asked to make a deliberate decision. We are being asked to not allow our hearts to be troubled. The only way I know how to do that is to spend copious amounts of time with God so I can walk through hard times from a place of peace... and that peace will impact those directly around me. It starts with me. 
  ...Katherine Walden image

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The War On Cops; The Anti-Cop President; 'Living hip' grown in lab...more

 "Worthless Christians" Treated "Like Animals"
Summary of Muslim Persecution of Christians: April 2016

Satanist Invocation Interrupted With Lord’s Prayer During Florida City Council Meeting   ...Hundreds had gathered both inside and outside of the city hall building in expectation of the invocation, which was delivered by David Suhor of the Satanic Temple. Some believe that Satanic Temple members are actually atheist and agnostics out to make a point.

While the prayers delivered during Pensacola city hall meetings are generally Christian, Suhor had requested to present his own invocation on behalf of the Satanic Temple and was permitted to proceed due to fear of a lawsuit...

The Planned Parenthood Investigation: One Year Later A House panel looks at the grisly details  ...Investigation into StemExpress — the primary biotech firm that purchased fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood and resold it to researchers — found that the organization functioned as a middleman between abortion clinics and medical researchers, screening clinics and recruiting those that were most likely to perform abortions that would produce saleable tissue. The firm’s website, for a time, even had a drop-down menu that allowed researchers to select the different fetal body parts they wished to purchase...

Afghan teen refugee shouting 'Allahu Akbar' goes on train rampage with axe ...Police have confirmed that at least four people, three of who feared to be fighting for their lives, have been injured in the horrifying attack - which began this evening. Another 14 are being treated for shock...



THE WAR ON COPS

The Anti-Cop President. ...So he is justifying—even fanning—the resentment that impelled psychopaths to murder two officers in New York, five in Dallas, and now three more in Baton Rouge. It’s hard not to see his statement as blaming the police for their own deaths, and it’s hard not to condemn such a statement as among the most irresponsible and incendiary presidential utterances in our national history.

Christian Students in China Reportedly Barred From College Unless They Stop Going to Church   ...According to China Aid, the local government in Guizhou announced the ultimatum late last month. After being notified of the new demand, members of Huaqiu Church said they were coerced to sign a document promising they would no longer take minors to church.

Any children who violate the order will be deemed ineligible to take a college entrance exam, the organization said, and denied admittance into military academies. And any parents who bring their children to church will be sued, according to China Aid, and under the legislation, children under the age of 18 may not receive any religious education...

'Living hip' grown in lab genetically engineered to stop arthritis ...“We've developed a way to resurface an arthritic joint using a patient's own stem cells to grow new cartilage, combined with gene therapy to release anti-inflammatory molecules to keep arthritis at bay.

“Our hope is to prevent, or at least delay, a standard metal and plastic prosthetic joint replacement."...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pokemon Go is a huge security risk; What Will It Take to Overcome the Opioid Epidemic?...more

Pokemon Go is a huge security risk
I figured I’d post this because I don’t see anyone else talking about it and it bothers me. If you didn’t know, Pokemon Go is the latest in the long running series of games from Nintendo (although Go is actually made by a developer called Niantic). It’s also the first (I think) to run on your phone. Needless to say, it’s a huge hit. And it looks like a ton of fun - pretty much everyone I know is playing it.

But there’s a problem.

To play the game you need an account. Weirdly, Niantic won’t let you just create one - you need to sign in with an existing account from one of two services - the pokemon.com website or Google. Now the Pokemon site is for some reason not accepting new signups right now so if you’re not already registered there you’ll need to use a Google account - and that’s where the fun begins...

Pokémon Go Is Just Another Passing Fad

What Will It Take to Overcome the Opioid Epidemic?  Deaths from prescription and illicit opioid drugs have quadrupled since 1999. A drug safety researcher explains the must-do’s to stop these deaths and curb addiction nationwide...

2nd U.S. case of bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotic ...Scientists have identified a second patient in the United States who was infected with a bacteria that is resistant to an antibiotic of last resort.

The new case involved a patient in New York, while the first reported case involved a woman from Pennsylvania. However, the New York patient was actually infected more than a year ago and the resistant bacteria was only spotted recently in lab testing. The Pennsylvania infection occurred last spring, researchers said...

'Europe is extremely sick', says Deutsche Bank chief economist  ...In the aftermath of UK’s Brexit vote, the focus of attention has switched to Italy’s banking sector, which has accumulated €360 billion in bad loans, and growing.

A former member of the ECB executive board Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, and now chairman at Societe Generale, has warned the banking crisis in Italy could spread to the entire EU...

Beijing’s South China Sea Claims Rejected by Hague Tribunal  An international tribunal in The Hague delivered a sweeping rebuke on Tuesday of China’s behavior in the South China Sea, including the construction of artificial islands, and found that its expansive claim to sovereignty over the waters had no legal basis.

The tribunal also said that Beijing had violated international law by causing “severe harm to the coral reef environment” and by failing to prevent Chinese fishermen from harvesting endangered sea turtles and other species “on a substantial scale.”
 
The landmark case, brought by the Philippines, was seen as an important crossroads in China’s rise as a global power. It is the first time the Chinese government has been summoned before the international justice system, and the decision against it could provide leverage to other neighboring countries that have their own disputes with Beijing in the South China Sea....
 
Putin sacks EVERY commander in his Baltic fleet in Stalin-style purge    Vladimir Putin has sacked every single commander in Russia's Baltic fleet in what has been described as a 'Stalin-style' purge.

Up to 50 officers of the fleet were fired alongside Vice Admiral Viktor Kravchuk and his chief of staff Rear Admiral Sergei Popov after they reportedly refused to follow orders to confront Western ships.

Reports in Russia also suggested the purges followed an alleged cover-up of a submarine accident, flaws in recruitment and military construction projects...