Saturday, August 12, 2006


"Why are ye fearful, 0 ye of little faith?" Matthew 8:26

When we are in fear we can do nothing less than pray to God, but Our Lord has a right to expect that those who name His Name should have an understanding confidence in Him. God expects His children to be so confident in Him that in any crisis they are the reliable ones. Our trust is in God up to a certain point, then we go back to the elementary panic prayers of those who do not know God. We get to our wits' end, showing that we have not the slightest confidence in Him and His government of the world; He seems to be asleep, and we see nothing but breakers ahead.

"0 ye of little faith!" What a pang must have shot through the disciples - 'Missed it again!' And what a pang will go through us when we suddenly realize that we might have produced down right joy in the heart of Jesus by remaining absolutely confident in Him, no matter what was ahead.

There are stages in life when there is no storm, no crisis, when we do our human best; it is when a crisis arises that we instantly reveal upon whom we rely. If we have been learning to worship God and to trust Him, the crisis will reveal that we will go to the breaking point and not break in our confidence in Him.

We have been talking a great deal about sanctification - what is it all going to amount to? It should work out into rest in God which means oneness with God, a oneness which will make us not only blameless in His sight, but a deep joy to Him. Oswald Chambers

Movie: Photo Fraud in Lebanon

Belgium Palliative Care Workers Unable to Kill Patients Due to Shortage of Euthanasia Drug
By John Jalsevac
Friday August 11, 2006

BRUSSELS, Belgium, August 11, 2006 ( - Palliative care personnel in Belgium are complaining that a changeover in the pharmaceutical market has rendered them unable to euthanize their patients, Expatica reported on Wednesday.

The problem occurred after the U.S. manufacturers of Pentothal, the “euthanasia drug,” transferred their license to another firm. Since then the flow of the drug into Belgium has stopped. According to The Brussels Journal a change-over in the method of packaging the drug is the cause of the sudden lack of supply.

Palliative care workers are deeply concerned about the dearth of Pentothal. Without the drug they say it is impossible to comfortably kill the on-average 30 patients a month who are officially euthanized in Belgium, as well as the speculated much larger number of patients whose deaths by euthanasia go unregistered as such.
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Archbishop to Hold Vigil for Middle East, Hits Out at Bush
The Archbishop of York has announced he has cancelled his planned holiday to Salzburg in Austria in order to hold a weeklong vigil in his cathedral in a show of solidarity with victims of the Middle East conflict.
Posted: Saturday, August 12 , 2006

One of the most senior leaders in the Church of England, the Archbishop of York is to hold a weeklong vigil inside his cathedral during which time he will abstain entirely from food. The effort is intended as a demonstration of his solidarity with the victims of the Middle East conflict.

Archbishop Dr John Sentamu made the announcement Friday that he had cancelled his holiday to Salzburg, Austria, and would instead sleep alone in the 13th century gothic cathedral of York Minster for the next week, reports Reuters.

“In the Middle East there are thousands of people sleeping in churches, bunkers, underground car parks and shelters in an attempt to escape from the bombs and rockets that are falling on both sides of the border," Sentamu said in a statement.
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Dorm Brothels
Is Promiscuity Obligatory?
By Mark Earley
Christian Post Guest Columnist

Fri, Aug. 11 2006 At Maryland's Loyola College, ethics professor Vigen Guroian was lecturing on Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Students were comparing the novel – in which sexual promiscuity is required by law – with life in their own freewheeling dorms. Guroian pointed out the difference: Promiscuity on campus is voluntary, whereas in Brave New World, it's mandatory.

After class, a young woman came up to Guroian and told him he was wrong. Peer pressure and living arrangements on campus make promiscuity "practically obligatory," she said. "When it seems like everyone else is 'doing it,' it is hard to say no," she added. "It is more like Brave New World here than you think."

Guroian was not altogether surprised. He attended college himself in the late 1960s, when colleges gave up the responsibilities of in loco parentis. Up until then, separate dorms for men and women, along with stringent rules regarding visitors of the opposite sex, "made it possible for a female student to say 'no' and make it stick," he writes. While the rules were not always followed, they established the boundaries and norms of acceptable behavior.
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Say a little prayer for Sweden
11th August 2006

Christianity in Sweden has a long history, but you won't find many Swedes in the pews on a Sunday. But that doesn't mean Swedish religious groups don't have the capacity to cause a stir, as Christine Demsteader reports.

It seems the ubiquitous Holy Spirit has met its match in Sweden. God would probably have a pretty hard time getting a personnummer, and it would take a real miracle to prove his credentials to Migrationsverket.

Quite simply, the majority of Swedes don’t think the big man exists. That’s according to a European Commission report from 2005 which states just 23 percent of Swedes believe there is a God. Only Estonia and the Czech Republic can wave their atheist flags higher. Contrast this with the United States, where a Harris poll from 2005 showed that 82 percent of Americans believe in the Big G.
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Terror roundup widens
By Al Webb
August 12, 2006

LONDON -- Arrests of young Muslims in a terrorist plot to blow up U.S.-bound passenger jets soared yesterday, with Pakistan and Italy rounding up dozens of suspects. Britain froze bank accounts of 19 of 24 persons arrested a day earlier.

Pakistan said it was holding Rashid Rauf, a 35-year-old Briton with links to al Qaeda, whom it identified as operations manager of plans to destroy up to 10 planes crossing the Atlantic at the height of tourist season.

Links to Italy were less clear, where police raided Internet cafes, money-transfer offices and long-distance phone call centers catering to Muslims and arrested 40 persons.

The arrests in Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence, Naples and other cities were "part of an extraordinary operation that followed the British anti-terrorist operation," the Interior Ministry said.
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Tanzanian Anglican Church still opposes condoms, sex education
By Guardian Reporter

Tanzania’s Anglican Church is still vehemently opposed to condom use, despite its ambitious HIV/AIDS prevention campaign, and has called for a total ban on condom advertising to protect children from early exposure to sex.

Reverend James Dominic of the Tanga Diocese said the church would continue resisting condom use because it promoted underage sex and immorality.

"The advertisements [of condoms] encourage young girls and boys to engage in sex because they are told to use condoms.”

The Anglican Church in Tanzania has been at the forefront of efforts to curb the spread of HIV. In an effort to lead by example, it launched an HIV/AIDS Control Project in 2004 that compels the church leadership to take an HIV test before taking on religious responsibilities. In the Tanga Diocese 45 priests were tested recently, three of whom were found positive.
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Friday, August 11, 2006

Interview with Bishop John-David Schofield: Deposition and Title IV

Recorded Pittsburgh, PA

Courtesy of

Ye have enemies; for who can live on this earth without them? Take heed to yourselves: love them. In no way can thy enemy so hurt thee by his violence, as thou dost hurt thyself if thou love him not. And let it not seem to you impossible to love him. Believe first that it can be done, and pray that the will of God may be done in you. For what good can thy neighbor's ill do to thee? If he had no ill, he would not even be thine enemy. Wish him well, then, that he may end his ill, and he will be thine enemy no longer. For it is not the human nature in him that is at enmity with thee, but his sin. ... St. Augustine photo

Built to last?
Religion: Property disputes arise as conservatives prepare to leave the Episcopal Church
World Magazine
By Edward E. Plowman

The rumblings of Episcopalians at war are getting louder, and they are being heard in the distant reaches of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

The Episcopal Church (TEC) is the 2.3-million-member U.S. constituent of the fast-growing Communion, which claims nearly 80 million members in 38 provinces or regions, the majority of them in the predominantly conservative "global south."

TEC's waywardness in doctrine over the years, culminating in recent approval of gay sex and now rejection of Anglican calls to repentance, has landed it in deep trouble. Its conservatives are heading for the exits, and many in the Communion are poised to eject it—and designate a conservative alliance as the new official Anglican presence in North America.

As TEC breaks apart over doctrine, much of the struggle is focused on who owns parish property; TEC maintains that under a 1979 church law, it is held in trust for the denomination regardless of who paid for it.

the rest at the AAC blog

Common Cause Partner-in-Focus

Next week, representatives of eight bodies in the Anglican tradition will be meeting in Pittsburgh. Representing several churches, and a number of organizations, “Common Cause Partners” have worked to help unify orthodox Anglican mission and witness in North America.

Two of the eight Common Cause partners are based in Canada. The 650,000 Canadian Anglicans have been embroiled in much the same crisis as The Episcopal Church (TEC) over the past several decades. The crisis intensified in Canada after the diocese of New Westminster voted in 2002 to bless same-sex unions and the General Synod of the Anglican Church in Canada voted in 2004 to affirm “the integrity and sanctity of committed adult same-sex relationships.”

the rest at the ACN website

Indian judges OK 'Hindu Taliban'
Police given unlimited power to jail those talking of Christ
Posted: August 11, 2006

The Supreme Court in India has given police across the nation unlimited power to arrest and detain anyone who has been accused of talking to another person about Christianity.

The report comes from the World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission, which issued the alert on its News & Analysis mailing list, and Assist News Service.

The WEA report by researcher Elizabeth Kendall said the ruling "opens the door for police with Hindutya sympathies to act as Hindu Taliban."
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UK: 'Elvis' makes cathedral's worship a box office hit
By Amy Iggulden
(Filed: 11/08/2006)

A cathedral
shook up its Sunday evening worship with a pioneering Elvis Presley night that attracted 900 people.

Some of the congregation wore T-shirts paying tribute to "the King", clutched programmes with Elvis's face on them and sang and clapped throughout the 75-minute service, which was led by an impersonator, Johnny Cowling.

Truro Cathedral, which moved its traditional evensong to 4.30pm last Sunday to make way for worship led by the impersonator, says it now wants to become even more adventurous because ordinary services "do not connect with people".
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Army Engineers Taste History, Humility as They Explore the Ziggurat of Ur
Andy Mosher
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, August 11, 2006

UR, Iraq-By mid-afternoon, it had already been a long, hot day for the Army engineers. They had toured a nearly complete water treatment plant and a half-built prison, but they had one more stop to make -- a place where the workmen had finished the job long before anyone had heard of George W. Bush or Saddam Hussein.

Or Jesus.

Or Alexander the Great.

Breathing a little easier as their convoy of armored sport-utility vehicles pulled through the gate of Tallil air base at 3:15 p.m., the engineers headed not for the comfort of their air-conditioned bunks but for an enormous mound of mud and brick tucked inside the base.
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Bomb Plot Explodes Terror Myths
Michael Medved
August 11, 2006

British authorities deserve the thanks and admiration of all civilized societies for their apparent success in disrupting the most ambitious terror plot since 9/11. In the process, they have also helped to explode some of the most persistent - and pernicious - myths concerning the war on terror. After this week, it will be far more difficult for anyone with an IQ above room temperature to credit inane notions such as --

1) THERE'S NO REAL TERROR THREAT-- 9/11 WAS ORCHESTRATED BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION TO ENHANCE ITS OWN POWER. The internet-addled loon-dogs who advance this concept will now need to explain how the "neo-con" conspirators managed to work their will on the British government (led by Tony Blair's Labor Party) and to get the whole security and political apparatus of the United Kingdom to go along with the alleged charade. The upcoming trials of the British Muslim conspirators will, no doubt, provide abundant information about the true nature of the menace we face.
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Divisions in the flock
Worldwide strains in the Anglican Church have surfaced in the election of a new Melbourne archbishop, writes
Jill Rowbotham
August 12, 2006

DUTY hangs heavily on Muriel Porter, probably the most powerful laywoman in the Anglican Church of Australia and chairwoman of the 18-member team charged with finding the next archbishop of Melbourne. Never again, she vows, as the board of nominators enters the home straight for the election of this crucial leader, a process that begins on Monday, when the names of the candidates will be announced.

This is the second time in six months the local church parliament, or synod, has met for the purpose. Last time three candidates were whittled to one, but the final contender could not attract the required two-thirds of the votes from clergy and two-thirds from the laity.

This is not the first time it has taken more than one attempt to elect an archbishop of Melbourne, but this time members of the factions that dominate Melbourne Anglicanism talk of a hardening of positions, which was not the case when they elected Peter Watson six years ago.
Melbourne divides into evangelicals, liberals and Anglo-Catholics, although Porter's view is that the latter two are both versions of Anglo-Catholic: conservative and liberal.
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Creating a culture of belonging
Rebecca Hagelin
August 1, 2006

Pat Fagan's demeanor was characteristically calm, thoughtful and reflective, adding even more power to his soul-penetrating words.

“We have become a Culture of Rejection,” he said. “In 1950, for every 100 babies born, only 12 experienced the rejection of their parents -- either through out-of-wedlock birth and their parents left, or because their parents divorced. In 2000, for every 100 born, it’s 60.

“On top of that, we’ve added another form of rejection that’s not in the figures -- and that’s abortion. For every 100 children conceived in the United States today, only 28 are going to reach 18 with mom and dad [still married]. The rest are going to experience rejection -- either the rejection of abortion or the rejection of their parents leaving. And we get weaker and weaker and weaker. America is no longer a 'Culture of Belonging'".
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Pro-polygamy Rally To be Held in Salt Lake City Next Week
By John Jalsevac

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, August 10, 2006 ( – Children who belong to polygamous communities are set to rally in support of the polygamous lifestyle next week in Salt Lake City, reports UPI.

According to organizers of what is the first such event, anywhere from between 100 to 300 participants are expected to take part in the rally. Given the present illegal nature of polygamy, participants will only share their first names.

The “Youth and Family” rally is schedule for Aug. 19, and according to Mary Batchelor, one of the organizers, will “bring the communities together in a united cause,” as well as “bring the youth together in a united way.”
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Animal-Human Hybrid Embryos a Reality
By Terry Vanderheyden

LONDON, August 9, 2006 ( – UK scientists are calling for a ban on some forms of experimentation, including the creation of animal-human hybrid “chimeras”.

The Scottish Council on Human Bioethics called for a ban on the grisly “science” in a report released Tuesday. According to the, council director Dr. Calum MacKellar said that “Most people are not aware that these kinds of experiments have been taking place in the UK and find it deeply offensive.”

“The fertilisation of animal eggs with human sperm should not continue to be legal in the UK for research purposes,” he added. “Parliament should follow France and Germany and prohibit the creation of animal-human hybrid embryos.”
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Survey: High School Seniors 'Graduating from God'
Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Thu, Aug. 10 2006

Thousands of Jesus-following students who graduated from high school this summer will be claiming independent lives as they enter the big college campus in the fall. A new research study, however, is indicating the majority of those students will also be "graduating from God" upon entering college.

Fuller Theological Seminary's Center for Youth and Family Ministry launched a three-year longitudinal study, surveying Christian students and their life transition into college and what provides for a better transition especially when it comes to faith. The milestone study is set to confirm the large number of students that youth workers say are leaving the church.

Denominations and youth workers have estimated that between 65 percent and 94 percent of their high school students stop attending church after they graduate. But no broad, multi-denominational, research-based calculation has confirmed any number.
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Author Examines Why Christians Lose Faith After High School
Matt Conner
Infuze Magazine
"Why do so many Christians apparently lose their faith after high school?" There are two main reasons, writes Bayard Taylor in "Blah Blah Blah," his foray into what he calls the "worldview zoo." The first reason is "beer, peers, and fear" – the culture of hedonism that prevails on most campuses.
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Casinos and Crime: A Sour Bet
Feature by Ed Vitagliano
August 10, 2006

(AgapePress) - When it comes to gambling, people can argue all day long about morality, stewardship and whether or not it's possible for a person to beat the odds and win consistently. Adding to the debate is the subject of crime. A landmark study found that crime increases in counties where casinos locate.

Economists David B. Mustard of the University of Georgia and Earl L. Grinols of Baylor University examined crime data from each county in the U.S. between 1977 to 1996, comparing statistics from those counties which had casinos and those that did not. FBI figures for seven crime categories were surveyed: aggravated assault, rape, robbery, murder, larceny, burglary and auto theft.
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The Next Big One?
The transatlantic air plot might make us rethink a couple of stale assumptions.
by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

THE SHEER MAGNITUDE of the foiled plot that British authorities announced yesterday was breathtaking. This may well have been "the next big one" that experts have predicted al Qaeda would attempt. As Friday began, British authorities had apprehended 24 suspects alleged to be part of a plot to blow up as many as 10 transatlantic flights with liquid explosives. As a result, some widely-held assumptions among terror analysts may now come crashing down.

One assumption that took root in recent years is that al Qaeda's central leadership is isolated and incapable of calling the shots for terror attacks of any significant magnitude. In truth, there was good reason to doubt this assumption even before the transatlantic air plot was announced.
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15 Women Who Took Up Priestly Roles Face Excommunication
Their effort to change the policies of the Catholic Church is met by bishops' warnings. 'I'm breaking an unjust law,' one woman says.
By Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
August 11, 2006

Fifteen Roman Catholic women in the United States, including some Californians, face excommunication after taking up priestly duties following their "ordination" in recent ceremonies designed to challenge the all-male priesthood.

On Thursday, Jane Via of San Diego, who was ordained in June and planned to say her second Mass on Sunday, met for two hours with the local bishop, who laid out the ramifications of her actions. Three women in other states have received letters from diocese officials warning that they chose to excommunicate themselves when they participated in an illicit ordination near Pittsburgh on July 31. In San Jose, diocese officials warned that a woman priest there was not properly ordained. story

Scientists find natural Alzheimer's controls
Discovery could lead to new drugs
By Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press
August 11, 2006

WASHINGTON -- Scientists have discovered molecular janitors that clear away a sticky substance in the brain blamed for Alzheimer's disease -- until they get old and quit sweeping up.

The finding helps explain why Alzheimer's is a disease of aging. More important , it suggests a new weapon: drugs that give nature's cleanup crews a boost.

``It's a whole new way of thinking in the Alzheimer's field," said Dr. Andrew Dillin, a biologist at California's Salk Institute for Biological Studies who led the research.

UK Agent Infiltrated Suspected Terror Cell That Plotted to Blow Up 10 Jetliners
Friday, August 11, 2006

LONDON — America may have been just days away from another Sept. 11, Department of Homeland Security officials said.

That dire assessment came hours after British police swooped in and arrested 24 people in
London Thursday, busting up an alleged terrorist plot to blow 10 packed U.S.-bound jetliners out of the sky over the Atlantic.

The plot was foiled when an undercover British agent infiltrated the UK-based group, and passed information to authorities, FOX News has learned.
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Feminists accused of pushing agenda at U.N.
By Robert Stacy McCain
August 11, 2006

Feminists are trying to use the United Nations to impose a radical agenda -- including legalized prostitution -- around the world, a conservative leader said yesterday.

The U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has become a weapon in the hands of "socialist feminists," Wendy Wright told a women's conference at the Heritage Foundation.

CEDAW is "the Equal Rights Amendment on steroids," said Mrs. Wright, president of Concerned Women for America. "This is getting the U.N. involved in our homes, our families, our marriages."
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Thursday, August 10, 2006

I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse."Song of Solomon 5:1

The heart of the believer is Christ's garden. He bought it with His precious blood, and He enters it and claims it as His own.

A garden implies separation. It is not the open common; it is not a wilderness; it is walled around, or hedged in. Would that we could see the wall of separation between the church and the world made broader and stronger. It makes one sad to hear Christians saying, "Well, there is no harm in this; there is no harm in that," thus getting as near to the world as possible. Grace is at a low ebb in that soul which can even raise the question of how far it may go in worldly conformity.

A garden is a place of beauty, it far surpasses the wild uncultivated lands. The genuine Christian must seek to be more excellent in his life than the best moralist, because Christ’s garden ought to produce the best flowers in all the world. Even the best is poor compared with Christ’s deservings; let us not put Him off with withering and dwarf plants. The rarest, richest, choicest lilies and roses ought to bloom in the place which Jesus calls His own.

The garden is a place of growth. The saints are not to remain undeveloped, always mere buds and blossoms. We should grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Growth should be rapid where Jesus is the Husbandman, and the Holy Spirit the dew from above.

A garden is a place of retirement. So the Lord Jesus Christ would have us reserve our souls as a place in which He can manifest Himself, as He does not unto the world. O that Christians were more retired, that they kept their hearts more closely shut up for Christ! We often worry and trouble ourselves, like Martha, with much serving, so that we have not the room for Christ that Mary had, and do not sit at His feet as we should. The Lord grant the sweet showers of His grace to water His garden this day.

CH Spurgeon

Gay Priest Says Homophobia Kept Him From AIDS Mission

Aug. 10, 2006 — The Rev. Fred Daley, 59, and a Roman Catholic priest, was scheduled to be on an AIDS mission to Africa last Sunday.

He had undergone months of training and was preparing to spend more than a year in Lesotho, where one-third of the population suffers from AIDS.

"The airline tickets had been sent," Daley said to ABC News. "There was no condition to that."
It turns out there was a condition, and now Daley won't be going anywhere.

On July 18, Daley was suddenly withdrawn from his mission to Lesotho by its organizers, Catholic Relief Services.

He says the reason: He is gay.
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Plane plot involved energy drink, MP3 player, official says
Air travel in chaos after plot to bomb airliners exposed
Thursday, August 10, 2006

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Terrorists planned to use MP3 players and energy drinks to blow up as many as 10 jetliners bound for the United States, authorities said Thursday.

A senior congressional source said it's believed the plotters planned to mix a "British version of Gatorade" with a gel-like substance to make an explosive that they would possibly trigger with an MP3 player or cell phone.

British and Pakistani authorities joined forces to block the plot to bomb the airliners, officials said.

British police acted urgently overnight, arresting 24 people in what U.S. government officials said privately could have been the biggest terrorist attack since 9/11.

Five suspects in the plot are still at large, ABC News, citing U.S. sources, reported on its Web site.
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The Reuters Photo Scandal
A Taxonomy of Fraud

The recent discovery that the Reuters news agency released a digitally manipulated photograph as an authentic image of the bombing in Beirut has drawn attention to the important topic of bias in the media. But lost in the frenzy over one particular image is an even more devastating fact: that over the last week Reuters has been caught red-handed in an astonishing variety of journalistic frauds in the photo coverage of the war in Lebanon.

This page serves as an overview of the various types of hoaxes, lies and other deceptions perpetrated by Reuters in recent days, since the details of the scandal are getting overwhelmed by a torrent of shallow mainstream media coverage that can easily confuse or mislead the viewer. Almost all of the investigative work has been done by cutting-edge blogs, but the proliferation of exposés might overwhelm the casual Web-surfer, who might be getting the various related scandals mixed up. In this essay I hope to straighten it all out.
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The Unlovely Lesbian
Mere Comments
August 09, 2006

A recent conversation with friends on lesbianism brought up what I believe to be a universally known but rarely acknowledged connection between physical unattractiveness and lesbianism. Most (not all, of course, but most) lesbians I have known are far from comely by current standards, but they have usually responded warmly and gratefully to my habit of treating them as though they were worthy of love--which, of course, they are. They first think I do this because I am of a liberal disposition, and wish to show them that I approve of their sexual preferences or life style. If we get to know each other well enough for my opinions to be known, there is considerable surprise, for most have been convinced that disapproval of their sin invariably means hatred of their persons.

The real reason for my disposition is that long ago my eyes came to rest meditatively on a photograph of myself as a ninth grader--a homely, pimply boy, with the proud and complacent face of a self-important, self-satisfied, sophomoric jackass--the kind of kid I naturally loathe. I recalled that I was in body and spirit exactly what I appeared to be in that photo, and wondered how anyone—God, my parents, anybody--could love such a person. I didn't deserve it; in fact, I deserved the opposite. But I was loved anyway.
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Church of England Launches New Family History Resource
The Church of England has launched a new online search of its registered births, marriages and deaths going back hundreds of years. The new facility will help thousands of families to trace their family roots.
Posted: Thursday, August 10 , 2006

The Church of England has launched a new powerful search to aid thousands of people wanting to trace back the “branches in their family tree”.

The search will be available in the Church of England website, and reflects the huge popularity of people researching into their family history.

A Church of England statement comments that “when the 1901 Census was placed online in 2002 it soon became one of the most visited sites on the web, and more than 829,000 people have visited The National Archive’s Family Records Centres in London and Kew in the last three years.
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Coast Guard to Allow Religious Clothing
The Associated Press
Wednesday, August 9, 2006

NEW YORK -- The Coast Guard is changing its regulations to allow religious head coverings such as skullcaps, but Sikh turbans still will be excluded, officials said Wednesday.

Coast Guard spokesman Dan Tremper said the new rules "have verbally gone into effect" but still must be formally adopted.

The head coverings must fit under a uniform hat or helmet, and they cannot bear bright colors, writing, pictures or symbols.
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Clergy add to pressure for Middle East Peace
Date: Aug 11
By Ed Beavan and George Conger

CLERGY from across the country stepped up the pressure on the government to back an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East as Tony Blair called the director of a Christian relief agency asking for advice on the situation. Also this week the Church of England posted a set of prayers and Bible readings to help parishes and individuals pray for peace in the the region.

Church of England representatives in the diocese of Blackburn joined forces with Muslim leaders to call for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire as the Lebanon crisis entered its fifth week. They handed in a joint petition to the former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, who is MP for Blackburn, demanding an end to the violence. Canon Chris Chilvers, Canon Chancellor of Blackburn Cathedral, helped organise the campaign in conjunction with the Lancashire Council of Mosques. He said: “We’re really asking Mr Straw to use his influence as a former Foreign Secretary to press for as swift a ceasefire as possible in the Middle East. “We hope that he would use his high profile and contacts in the Middle East to promote peace.
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Support for teachers
Date: Aug 11
By Ed Beavan

THREE Indonesian Sunday school teachers who were imprisoned for allowing Muslim children in their homeland to attend a holiday club have received more than 15,000 letters of support from Christians around the world. The UK-based Open Doors organisation, which raises awareness of persecuted Christians around the world, says the three women, Dr Rebekka Zakaria, Eti Pangesti, and Ratna Bangun, are still ‘shining for Christ’ a year into their three-year sentence. the rest

Pro-Life Candidates Emerge Victorious in Tuesday Primary Election Battles
by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 9, 2006

Coldwater, MI ( -- Pro-life candidates emerged victories in the handful of primaries on Tuesday that involved pro-life versus pro-abortion contests. Voters went to the polls in several states, including Michigan, Colorado, Missouri, Connecticut and Georgia.

In Michigan, voters in the seventh Congressional district selected pro-life former state Rep. Tim Walberg over incumbent Republican congressman Joe Schwarz, who has a mixed voting record on pro-life issues.

Schwarz, who lost by a 55-45 percent margin, admitted he lost in part because of his stance on key pro-life issues.

"I look at this election as probably a victory for Right to Life, anti-abortion, anti-embryonic stem cell groups," he told the Daily Reporter newspaper.

Michigan voters also selected pro-life Oakland county sheriff Mike Bouchard to take on pro-abortion Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat and pro-life businessman Dick DeVos to face off with pro-abortion Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

In Colorado, pro-life State Senator Doug Lamborn narrowly edged past former Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce executive Jeff Crank in a crowded Republican party primary to replace retiring Congressman Joel Hefley in the fifth congressional district.
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Security increases at U.S. airports
Thursday, August 10, 2006

Passengers in the
United States coped with heightened security and flight cancellations at airports Thursday after authorities in London uncovered a terror plot aimed at airlines traveling from Britain to the U.S.

Specifically, the airlines included United Airlines,
American Airlines and Continental Airlines Inc., two counterterrorism officials said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

American Airlines canceled six Thursday flights between the United States and London to accommodate the delays at Heathrow airport, spokesman John Hotard said.
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Worth a revisit: Abusing the Fathers
by William J. Tighe

A year ago, after the uproar over the consecration as bishop of New Hampshire of the notorious Vicki Gene Robinson—the Episcopal priest who divorced his wife and subsequently openly entered a homosexual relationship that continues to this day—the Archbishop of Canterbury appointed a committee to look into the matter. The consecration clearly contradicted the 1998 Lambeth Conference’s resolution declaring such relationships to be incompatible with the Christian faith, and the “Lambeth Commission” was to recommend ways in which the Anglican Communion could maintain the highest possible degree of communion.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Christ is building His Kingdom with earth's broken things. Men want only the strong, the successful, the victorious, the unbroken, in building their kingdoms; but God is the God of the unsuccessful, of those who have failed. Heaven is filling with earth's broken lives, and there is no bruised reed that Christ cannot take and restore to glorious blessedness and beauty. He can take the life crushed by pain or sorrow and make it into a harp whose music shall be all praise. He can lift earth's saddest failure up to heaven's glory. James Russell Miller

Federation of Anglican Churches in America (FACA)

FACA is a Federation of Anglican Provinces or Jurisdictions in North and South America which hold to the primacy of Holy Scripture, the Ecumenical Creeds and Councils, adhere to the 39 Articles of Religion, and the principles of the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral. Each member jurisdiction has adopted one of the historical Books of Common Prayer (as the primary standard for worship).

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Our Passions and the Promiscuous Church
by David V. Hicks


The only time I ever heard the now Bishop Gene Robinson speak was at a Vespers service at St. Paul’s School in the fall of 1992. His topic appeared to be God’s gift of love, a phrase he often repeated in his talk, but his point conflated love with sex, and he urged the girls and boys of St. Paul’s to share their sexual gifts “either with someone of the same sex or someone of the opposite sex.” He said this more than once, and I jotted the phrase down in the book of prayers at my desk. No mention of marriage or even of commitment. He did close his talk, however, with a disarming suggestion that God would be well pleased if His gifts were shared safely. “Please use a condom.”

I approached Fr. Robinson after the service, and in the presence of our School Chaplain I expressed strong disapproval of his message and told him that he would not again be welcome in our pulpit as long as I remained Rector at the School. Not only was he, from my traditional perspective, preaching sin, but because of the nature of his audience, he was encouraging our students to break the rules of the School and the laws of the State of New Hampshire, where I believe it is still illegal for an eighteen year old to have sex with a fourteen year old. Fortunately for us both, my Rectorship lasted less than four years, and I was not in New Hampshire to question his elevation or, in the event, to suffer the fate of being out of Communion with my Bishop.
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Minns’ Consecration Set Before Discernment

His church will not embark on its “40 Days of Discernment” program for another month, but one thing is now clear about the Rev. Canon Martyn Minns' future: He will be consecrated a bishop on Aug. 20. The Church of Nigeria announced on Aug. 3 that it will consecrate Canon Minns and three other bishops-elect at a service in the nation's capital, Abuja.

Truro Parish in Fairfax, where Canon Minns is the rector, and other parishes in northern Virginia will begin their “40 Days of Discernment,” which will discuss their future relationship with the Diocese of Virginia, on Sept. 10.

Nigeria's announcement did not address the
question of whether Canon Minns’ election is legal under the Nigerian Church's Canon 4, Section 4, which stipulates that “a Bishop for any diocese in the Church of Nigeria may be elected from among the bishops or clergy of any diocese of the Church of Nigeria, or of any other diocese in Communion with this Church.”
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Senior Anglican Bishops to Join US Summit as Episcopal Split Rumoured
Two senior bishops in the Church of England are to fly to the US next month to take part in a summit of leading American conservatives as the Anglican Communion veers towards a split from the liberal leadership of the Episcopal Church in the US.
Posted: Wednesday, August 9 , 2006

Two senior bishops in the Church of England are to fly to the US next month to take part in a summit of leading American conservatives as the Anglican Communion veers towards a split from the liberal leadership of the Episcopal Church in the US.

The Bishops of Durham and Winchester have received the “full blessing” of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, as they prepare to take part in the three-day consultation in Texas next month, The Telegraph has reported.

The meeting is expected to draw up plans to strengthen the conservative core in the US Church and may also debate the proposed introduction of “flying” primates who will oversee dioceses no longer wishing to have direct oversight from the liberal leadership of the Church.
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Clinics Use Tissue From Babies Killed in Abortions for Cosmetic Injections
by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 8, 2006

London, England ( -- Women from around the world are traveling to clinics in various locations that are now offering face lifts and cosmetic surgery using tissue from babies who have been killed by abortions.

Pro-life advocates are strongly condemning the practice and saying the taking of human life is never warranted -- especially for such a self-serving purpose.

Women like Susan Barrington, a 52-year-old housewife from England, are heading to places such as Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Moscow and Rotterdam to obtain the treatments.

She has been given the final go-ahead form a local clinic to travel abroad for the treatment that promises to make her look 10 years younger and doesn't mind that lives have been sacrificed to enhance her beauty.
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Pharmacies told to post contraceptive signs
By John Chase
Tribune staff reporter
Published August 9, 2006

Starting in early September, every pharmacy in Illinois will be required to post signs saying that pharmacists must dispense prescribed contraceptives--including the so-called morning-after pill--without delay.

Spearheaded by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the measure cleared its final legislative hurdle Tuesday.

It piggybacks onto a controversial order Blagojevich signed more than a year ago requiring pharmacies that sell contraceptives to distribute them. Blagojevich signed the order amid reports that some pharmacists, citing their own moral objections, were lying to patients or simply refusing to dispense the morning-after pill because they feel the pill stops the life of an early human embryo.
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Miami: The legalized back-alley abortion capital
Posted: August 9, 2006

Abortion proponents said making abortion legal would stop back-alley abortions. In reality, all legalizing abortion did was make back-alley abortions legal.

I've previously written about characters like Krishna Rajanna, the fetus-eating abortionist in Kansas, and Rodolfo Finkelstein, the sexual pervert abortionist in Michigan.

But now I've stumbled on a nest of abortionist snakes in Miami, certainly making it America's legalized back-alley abortion capital.
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Indonesia to execute Christian rioters
Wednesday 09 August 2006

Three Christian men, sentenced to death for inciting fighting with Muslims in eastern Indonesia six years ago, are to be executed, prosecutors have told the men's families.

Fabianus Tibo, Dominggus da Silva and Marinus Riwu were found guilty in 2001 following months of violence on Sulawesi Island between Muslim and Christian mobs that left dead around 1,000 people from both faiths.

Tibo's son, Robertus, said prosecutors had informed him by letter that his father and the two others would be killed in the early hours of Saturday morning by firing squad.

"I was very shocked to read the letter saying that my father and his friends are scheduled to be executed this weekend," Robertus said in the Sulawesi town of Tentena.

"My father is convinced that he is innocent."
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The Presence of God in World Trade Center
by Marc T. Newman, Ph.D.

When Steven Spielberg remade War of the Worlds, my biggest complaint was that, amid all of this mayhem, the audience never once sees Ray Ferrier, the frantic father, pray. Unlike the 1953 original, in which everyone across the country was huddled in churches petitioning God for deliverance from the Martian spacecrafts, by 2005, I guess, no one had an inclination to call out to the Almighty as heat rays were vaporizing everything in sight. I just didn't buy it. But where family-friendly Spielberg, who made The Prince of Egypt, could not find a place for God in his remake, in steps Oliver Stone – an equally accomplished, if often subversive, filmmaker -- and surprises everyone. His God-infused World Trade Center is the most spiritually honest film of the year. Stone uncovers every Christian aspect of this true story and gives it full voice. The results linger long after the lights come up.

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World Trade Center: Oliver Stone's 9/11 movie is filled with . . . religious symbolism. by Jonathan V. Last

IT IS DIFFICULT, maybe even impossible, to render critical judgment on a movie such as World Trade Center. The normal aspects of appraisal are meaningless. It would be absurd to measure the film by its pacing or its cinematography. Ultimately, the only thing that matters is whether or not it feels right, and even that nebulous criterion probably has more to do with the viewer than the movie.

All of that said, Oliver Stone's World Trade Center is a solid piece of filmmaking. WTC is an important movie. There were three stories from 9/11 which needed to be told. The first, about the doomed heroics of Flight 93, was brought to the screen by Paul Greengrass earlier this spring. The second, about the FAA's struggle to clear the skies and land 4,452 planes in 180 minutes, has yet to be made.

But Stone has picked the most dramatically satisfying part of the triptych: The story of Will Jimeno, John McLoughlin, Dave Karnes, and Charles Sereika (see this fantastic Rebecca Liss piece for the full tale). the rest of the review

UC Loses Bid to Stop Christian School Suit
A federal judge rules that the case alleging that admissions rules violate student freedoms can proceed to trial.
By Rebecca Trounson,
Times Staff Writer
August 9, 2006

A Los Angeles federal judge said Tuesday that he would allow a discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of California by a small Christian school in Riverside County to proceed.

Acting in a case that is being closely tracked by educators and free speech advocates nationwide, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero rejected UC's effort to dismiss several major allegations in the suit and allowed it to move forward. The written order followed a tentative ruling in the case in June.
The plaintiffs — Calvary Chapel Christian School of Murrieta, several of its students and a group representing 4,000 Christian schools nationwide — filed suit last summer accusing UC of discriminating against them by setting admissions rules that violate their freedom of speech and religion.

The plaintiffs allege that UC is biased in its admissions standards against courses taught from a conservative Christian viewpoint, while generally approving those from other religious and political perspectives.
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Homosexuals unfit sperm donors
Oslo's Sperm Bank seeks to double its number of donors but is not interested in contributions from homosexuals.

A legislative change in January 2005 gave the child of a sperm donation the right to know the identity of the donor when reaching age 18. The sperm bank at Rikshospitalet, Oslo has been trying various recruitment drives to make up for the resulting reluctance but the Bank is far from its goal of finding 30-40 new donors every year, newspaper Dagsavisen reports.

Nevertheless, the Bank is unwilling to accept homosexual donors, despite the regulations not mentioning the exclusion of this group.

Laboratory chief Peter Fedorcsak is opposed to homosexual donors, and questions their psychological suitability for being donors. the rest

Patience, faith encouraged for Episcopalians
Meeting is fourth of five held in local church diocese.
August 9, 2006
By Diane Haag

The Episcopalians of Shreveport were asked for continued faith and patience with the church by Bishop Bruce MacPherson on Tuesday.

In a special meeting held at St. Mark's Cathedral, the bishop and delegates to the Episcopal General Convention gave their reports from the national meeting and responded to the current controversies starting with homosexuality.

"We are still in the process of having to wait -- not in our time but in God's time -- and to be willing to wait in faith and hope," MacPherson said before the meeting.

Shreveport's meeting was the fourth of five he was holding throughout the diocese, which includes the area between the Lake Charles, Lafayette, Monroe and Shreveport areas. In those meetings, the bishop said he has seen much anxiety and frustration.

Before a nearly full Cathedral, the bishop criticized the actions of the wider church but called for perseverance from the local church.
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J'lem police bar planned gay protest
Aug. 9, 2006

Jerusalem police announced Wednesday that they are barring a planned gay protest in a central city park out of concern that it could spill into violent clashes, but organizers vowed to go ahead with the move, setting the stage for a violent showdown in the city.

The demonstration, which was to have taken place Thursday evening near the city's Liberty Bell Park, was in itself planned as a form of protest against a previous police decision to ban an international gay pride parade that was scheduled to take place that day in the city.
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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

"They weave the spider's web."—Isaiah 59:5.

SEE the spider's web, and behold in it a most suggestive picture of the hypocrite's religion. It is meant to catch his prey: the spider fattens himself on flies, and the Pharisee has his reward. Foolish persons are easily entrapped by the loud professions of pretenders, and even the more judicious cannot always escape. Philip baptized Simon Magus, whose guileful declaration of faith was so soon exploded by the stern rebuke of Peter. Custom, reputation, praise, advancement, and other flies, are the small game which hypocrites take in their nets. A spider's web is a marvel of skill: look at it and admire the cunning hunter's wiles. Is not a deceiver's religion equally wonderful? How does he make so barefaced a lie appear to be a truth? How can he make his tinsel answer so well the purpose of gold? A spider's web comes all from the creature's own bowels. The bee gathers her wax from flowers, the spider sucks no flowers, and yet she spins out her material to any length. Even so hypocrites find their trust and hope within themselves; their anchor was forged on their own anvil, and their cable twisted by their own hands. They lay their own foundation, and hew out the pillars of their own house, disdaining to be debtors to the sovereign grace of God. But a spider's web is very frail. It is curiously wrought, but not enduringly manufactured. It is no match for the servant's broom, or the traveller's staff. The hypocrite needs no battery of Armstrongs to blow his hope to pieces, a mere puff of wind will do it. Hypocritical cobwebs will soon come down when the besom of destruction begins its purifying work. Which reminds us of one more thought, viz., that such cobwebs are not to be endured in the Lord's house: He will see to it that they and those who spin them shall be destroyed for ever.

O my soul, be thou resting on something better than a spider's web. Be the Lord Jesus thine eternal hiding-place.
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Consolidated APO Request Goes to Canterbury

A single request for alternate primatial oversight consolidating the requests of the dioceses of Fort Worth, San Joaquin, Central Florida, South Carolina, Dallas, Pittsburgh and Springfield has been forwarded to the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Living Church has learned.

Overseen by the Bishop of Dallas, the Rt. Rev. James M. Stanton, the 14-page petition for relief was sent to Lambeth Palace last month after Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams requested the dioceses to consolidate their requests for assistance.

In his July 31 address to the third annual council meeting of the Anglican Communion Network, the Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan, Bishop of Pittsburgh, noted that after the individual requests had been filed with Canterbury, the “bishops of the seven dioceses worked together on a submission to Lambeth Palace which unified and developed the original requests.”
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Matt Kennedy: Thoughts on Double Standards and "Being"

...part of the charge of bigotry against the orthodox stems from a widespread assumption on the left that evangelicals/anglo-catholics routinely employ a double standard when it comes to heterosexual versus homosexual behavior. When a gay couple enters through the red doors we all immediately think Romans 1:18-32, 1st Corinthians 6:9 etc… but when a young cohabiting heterosexual couple arrives, biblical injunctions are far from our thoughts. We think, let’s hook them in and get them to join...
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Patient loses right-to-food fight
Tuesday, 8 August 2006

A man with an incurable brain condition has lost his final legal appeal to insist that doctors give him food and drink in the final stages of his life.

Leslie Burke, from Lancaster, feels he will be denied sustenance when his illness makes him unable to speak.

The European Court of Human Rights said it did not believe there was a real threat that his food would be stopped.

The European judges refused to reverse a UK ruling that allows doctors to decide a patient's treatment.
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Doctors Dehydrated My Husband To Death: U.K. Widow
By John Jalsevac
August 8, 2006

( – At the same time that the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is being investigated for allegedly starving and dehydrating a woman to death in 2003, the wife of a former patient treated on the same ward is calling for another investigation into the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of her husband.

Kate Speed claims that although her husband’s death certificate states that he died from pneumonia, that in fact he died because of a hospital-ordered dehydration, an ultimately fatal measure that neither she nor her husband approved.
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Bush heads two churches
Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 8, 2006

BARSTOW -- Five hundred years of minor denominational differences hardly stopped Emilie 'Lili' Bush from taking the reigns at two different Barstow churches.

Earlier this summer, Bush, who has served as the vicar at St. Paul's Episcopal Church for almost six years, took on a second job as the pastor at Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church. She now juggles duties between the two, spending Monday and Wednesday at St. Paul's and Tuesday and Thursday at Shepherd of the Desert with services at both churches on Sunday.

On a national level, there is a covenant between the two churches that allows them to share their clergy and communicate to promote their shared mission.
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Blaming America on God's Behalf -- 51 Years Later
Mark D. Tooley
August 8, 2006

The outgoing chief bishop of The Episcopal Church, having presided over that 2 million member denomination’s spiraling schism over homosexuality, squeezed time into his schedule this week for an apologetic visit to Hiroshima.

Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold expressed “repentance” over the U.S. atomic strike on the Japanese city 61 years ago. He is also very worried about current U.S. foreign and military policies, of course.

“I express my own profound sorrow, regret and repentance for the suffering the citizens of this city bore on August 6, 1945, and those in Nagasaki on August 9,” the presiding bishop
told worshippers at Hiroshima’s Church of the Resurrection. “I further issue a call to continuing mutual repentance and reconciliation.”

According to Griswold, the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima does a terrible dishonor to both” of Jesus commands to love our Creator and our neighbor. The bishop also noted the “terrible suffering inflicted [by the U.S.] elsewhere” in Japan during the war. He specifically cited Okinawa, where the continuing presence of U.S. military bases remains a “continuing difficulty” that affects the “daily lives” of the Okinawan people.
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Rick Warren Gives Boost to ''World's First Purpose-Driven Nation''
Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Tue, Aug. 08 2006

Last summer, evangelical megachurch pastor Rick Warren he fell in love with Rwanda – one of the top countries at the highest risk – as he was testing his P.E.A.C.E. Plan model. This summer, Warren announced a major commitment to care for the sick in Rwanda as he launched "The P.E.A.C.E. Plan" around the world.

Warren and his wife Kay Warren made a generous donation to upgrade Kibuye District Hospital in Rwanda last week at the conclusion of his 13-nation Asian and African tour. With the launch of the P.E.A.C.E. Plan in Rwanda, Warren's nearly 30,000-member Saddleback Church officially began deploying P.E.A.C.E. Plan volunteers to the African nation.

"Today, the churches in Rwanda, Saddleback Church and other congregations in America are uniting to reinforce and strengthen this hospital," Warren told the hospital staff last week, according to a news release. "As we have talked to this wonderful staff, we have learned of various needs in different wards, including specific equipment and medicines. We hope that Kibuye Hospital will become a model district hospital for others to follow across the nation and the continent."
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Africans Look to Revive Christianity in the West
While Christianity blossomed in Africa in the 1800s through Western missionaries, the Africans are now bringing a revival of mission back after being powerfully transformed.
Posted: Tuesday, August 8 , 2006

While Christianity blossomed in Africa in the 1800s through Western missionaries, the Africans are now bringing a revival of mission back after being powerfully transformed.

With church-going on the wane in Europe, Africa's vibrant Protestant churches are sending an array of missionaries to the West to win souls and revitalise shrinking congregations -- an ironic twist on the 19th century drive by Western missionaries to convert Africans.

According to African missionaries, Western churches are too timid when it comes to religion.

"The church in the UK has become shy about faith," said Kenyan minister Patrick Mukholi, employed by the UK-based Anglican Church Mission Society."

Maybe as African missionaries we can encourage them to be more exuberant about knowing God," said the priest, who worked in Mombasa before moving to England, which he had never visited before.
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There's a blog born every half second
Candace Lombardi Staff Writer,
August 7, 2006,

Every second two new blogs are created.

According to recent statistics from blog-tracking site Technorati, the blogosphere has doubled every six months for the last three years. That's 175,000 new blogs per day worldwide. Technorati added its 50 millionth blog on July 31, 2006.

The site's
State of the Blogosphere report is released every three months by Technorati CEO Dave Sifry. Sifry has been tracking the blogosphere since 2002, and even he's surprised at the tremendous rate of growth for this quarter.

"It is over 100 times bigger than it was just 3 years ago," Sifry said on his own blog. "Whenever I write about these statistics, I'm always asked by people, 'Can it continue to grow this quickly?' Frankly, I can't possibly imagine it continuing to grow at this pace--after all, there are only so many human beings in the world! It has to slow down."
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‘12th Imam,’ key facet of Islamic prophecy, fueling Middle East turmoil, experts say
Aug 7, 2006
By Olivia Tulley
Baptist Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Among the nearly 68 million people in Iran, the vast majority are Muslim who place their hope not in modern-day politics or rulers but in a person who walked the earth centuries ago and is promised to return.

“Both Islam and Christianity have a very well-defined eschatology, or period of the last days; both of them cannot be correct …,” said William Wagner, senior professor at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and author of the book, “How Islam Plans to Change the World.”

A majority of Shiite Muslims traditionally believe that the “12th Imam” (Islamic religious leader), born in 868 A.D., was placed by God into hiding (known as occultation) until the day of judgment. Southern Baptist author and evangelist Anis Shorrosh explained that many Shiites also refer to the 12th Imam as the Mahdi, an Arabic word that generally references a messiah, or a guide.
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Censoring Science: The Kansas Controversy
By Chuck Colson
Monday, August 7, 2006

The headline was positively gleeful. On the website of the left-wing group DefCon this week, we read: “Science Wins the Day in Kansas.”

In fact, just the opposite happened. Science lost in Kansas to zealots who want to keep kids in the dark about the scientific controversy over evolution.

In last week’s school board primary election in Kansas, two conservatives who support teaching the evidence both for and against evolution lost to candidates who oppose such teaching. These losses mean Kansas will now have an anti-science majority: members who want to slam the door on free academic inquiry.
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Catholics by the thousands rock to Christian tunes at 'The Fest'
Monday, August 07, 2006
David Briggs
Plain Dealer Religion Reporter

Wickliffe - Play that funky music, church boys.

Play it with Christian artists like the rockers Sanctus Real and five-time Grammy winner Steven Curtis Chapman, and Catholic youth - not always accustomed to hearing their generation's music in parishes - will come by the multitudes. An estimated 20,000 people - many of them in the words ofthe Wild Cherry song "dancin' and singin' and movin' to the groovin' " - lifted their hands and feet over the grounds of St. Mary Seminary on Sunday for a daylong youth festival sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.

"This is incredible," Chapman said as he looked out over a sea of humanity in sunglasses, Tshirtsand jeans shorts, with braces and nose rings and baseball caps set backward and forward. "As far as the eye can see, there are people."

As masses of young people huddled near the stage, there was even some moshing and crowd surfing on the warm sunny day. the rest

Religion off the agenda in 'church of laughter'
By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent
(Filed: 07/08/2006)

For those who are curious about Christianity but disillusioned by the institutional Church, there is a novel solution - drop the religion.

The Rev Ian Gregory, a cleric well known to readers of The Daily Telegraph for launching the Campaign for Courtesy in an attempt to improve manners, has embarked on a new project which he calls "Christianity without religion".

Out goes the "archaic mumbo-jumbo" of church services and the "silly arguments about things that don't and shouldn't matter"; in come chats about anything that makes you feel good and the world's first dedicated "laughter room" because "laughter is as important as prayer".
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The Study The Media Ignored
Warren Throckmorton, PhD
Gary Welton, PhD
August 4, 2006

Does family birth order predict homosexual orientation?

If you read the popular press, you might think so. A recent report from Canadian psychologist, Anthony Bogaert, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests a link for males, but not females, between adult sexual orientation and the number of older biological brothers. In other words, the more older brothers one has the more likely one is to be gay. Dr. Bogaert speculates a pre-natal cause for this observation, in part because the brothers had to be biologically related. Growing up with adopted or step-brothers did not predict sexual orientation. If the effect proves valid, then some gay little brothers might owe their sexuality in some way to the blood brothers who came before them.
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Political pedophilia
Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Negative comparisons between America and Europe get old very fast, especially those urging Americans to adopt Europe's mores. One wonders, then, how America's critics on this side of the Pond will react to the news that the Netherlands is moving toward normalizing pedophilia.

The Dutch answer to the North American Man-Boy Love Association, the PNVD, a political party whose Dutch acronym translates into "brotherly love, freedom and diversity," is lobbying to change Dutch law to lower the age of consent from 16 to 12 as a precursor for eliminating the law entirely. Children of all ages, the party said, should be able to "make their own decisions" regarding sex, in keeping with the party's civil-libertarian view that "people should have as much freedom as possible as long as they don't harm others."
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11 Egyptian Students Vanish After Arrival In U.S.
Students Were Supposed To Show Up At College
August 8, 2006

WASHINGTON -- Eleven Egyptian students who arrived in the United States last month are being sought by authorities after failing to turn up for an exchange program at Montana State University.

The Egyptian men were among a group of 17 students who arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York from Cairo on July 29 with valid visas, according to U.S. authorities and university officials.

The other six have arrived at the Bozeman, Mont., campus for a monthlong program on English language instruction and U.S. history and culture, university spokeswoman Cathy Conover said.
When the 11 didn't turn up by the end of the last week, the FBI issued a lookout to state and local law enforcement, said FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko.
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