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Saturday, September 16, 2006
Lining up to process into the convention hall for Bill Love's consecration.
Right Reverend William Love Consecration 20060915
Consecration of Bill Love+
Courtesy of AnglicanTV
From Albany Intercessor:
LORD, you have formed us into this diocese and you have raised up Fr. Bill to be our next bishop, we ask you to sustain him and Bp. Dan and Bp. Dave and all your faithful people and works in this diocese. Let your hand perfect the consecration service today. Guard and guide all who will be going to it and praying for Fr. Bill and the leaders and people of this diocese. Thank you.
Plano parish will pay to leave Episcopal Church
Christ Church Plano, Diocese of Dallas reach 'godly judgment'
By Mary Frances Schjonberg
Friday, September 15, 2006
Christ Church in Plano, Texas [Episcopal News Service] The vestry and rector of Christ Church in Plano, Texas announced September 15 that the parish will pay the Diocese of Dallas $1.2 million for its title to the parish property and disassociate themselves from the Episcopal Church.
Bishop James Stanton said, in one of two statements posted on the website of Christ Church in Plano, that he had come to the conclusion that there are "irreconcilable differences between Christ Church and the Episcopal Church, differences that would necessitate their separation from the Episcopal Church and, consequently, from the Diocese of Dallas."
"In many ways, clearly, this is a sad occasion for our Diocese," he wrote.
Stanton wrote that he had issued a "godly judgment" allowing permitting the parish to separate from the diocese.
The website statement from the Christ Church vestry and its rector, the Rev. Canon David H. Roseberry, claims canonical authority for Stanton's "godly judgment." Neither their statement nor Stanton's gives a canonical citation for that authority. the rest
Muslims Lash Out at Pope's Remarks
Benedict's criticism of Islamic violence draws sharp rebukes and may threaten his Turkey trip.
By Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
September 15, 2006
ROME — Pope Benedict XVI flew back to Rome on Thursday to face an international flurry of protest over comments he made critical of historical Islamic violence during a six-day trip to his native Germany.
Muslim clerics and community leaders from Europe to the Middle East and beyond condemned the pope's comments made this week. In Turkey, the first Muslim country the pope is scheduled to visit, the nation's leading religious official demanded an apology and told the pontiff to "look in the mirror" when he assails religious violence. the rest
Muslim anger grows at Pope speech
A statement from the Vatican has failed to quell criticism of Pope Benedict XVI from Muslim leaders, after a speech touching on the concept of holy war.
Speaking in Germany, the Pope quoted a 14th Century Christian emperor who said the Prophet Muhammad had brought the world only "evil and inhuman" things.
Pakistan's parliament passed a resolution on Friday criticising the Pope for making "derogatory" comments.
The Vatican said the Pope had not intended to offend Muslims. the rest
Anglican priest defends himself on conversion to Hinduism
Saturday September 16 2006
T'PURAM: Anglican priest David A Hart, whose open espousal of Hinduism has sparked a debate in British religious circles, says he will continue his exploration of the "oneness" of religions and remained unfazed by the consequences it could have on his priesthood.
"Some people say my licence as a priest is under review. I am not doing anything wrong here. I am a convert to the Hinduism here because that is the local religion. And practising Hinduism is in no way incompatible with my faith in Christ," Hart, now staying at Karumam near here, told PTI.
After coming to know about his "conversion", 'Church Times' of the Church of England (C of E) has launched a debate and online poll on the feasibility of allowing hart to officiate as a priest.
Attached to the diocese of ELY in England, 52-year-old hart had taught theology at the university of derby for several years. Though he had visited India several Times since 1987, he came here for an extended stay last year teaching English and theology in a local seminary.
Communiqué from the Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission
The Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission met between Monday, September 4th September and Sunday, 10th September at St Julian’s Retreat Centre, Limuru. The Commission is grateful for the warmth of the welcome from the staff of the Centre, from the Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya, the Most Revd Benjamin Nzimbi, and for the work of Professor Esther Mombo and Professor Joseph Galgalo, of St Paul’s Theological College, Limuru, who were responsible for much of the local organisation in preparation for the Commission’s meeting. On the Sunday morning, members of the Commission worshipped with several local congregations.
The work of the Commission concentrated on three areas: continuation of the work of the Communion Study on which the Commission has been working since its formation in 2001, reflection on the proposal for an Anglican Covenant, and preparation for the 2008 Lambeth Conference.
The Commission received the responses to the third round of consultation undertaken with the bishops and theological institutions of the Anglican Communion during the early part of 2006. Four questions had been formulated by the Chairman which reflected the current situation of the Communion, and had been circulated for response. The Commission considered how responses received could be incorporated into its ongoing study, and hopes to move towards the publication of its report in 2007. the rest
Rebel bishop foresees split in church
THE FLINT JOURNAL FIRST EDITION
Saturday, September 16, 2006
By George Jaksa
Matthew's Anglican Church here expects a separate division of the worldwide Anglican Church will be established in the United States before the end of the year.
The move would formally separate a growing number of U.S. churches from the Episcopal Church USA, over the boiling issues of homosexuality and the ordination of women and openly gay priests.
"The leadership (the Episcopal Church USA) have elected are going one way - it's not the way the Anglican Communion is going," said Bishop Frank Lyons, an American who heads the Anglican Church of Bolivia, in communion - or relationship - with the Church of England. the rest
Friday, September 15, 2006
Pagan Pride Day event
Some Unitarian Universalist church members are questioning why the congregation is hosting a day to "educate the public about what paganism is and isn't."
Friday, September 15, 2006
BY RICHARD C. DUJARDIN
Journal Religion Writer
The First Unitarian Church plans to host a Rhode Island Pagan Pride Day tomorrow, but not everyone in the church is pleased.
The daylong program has drawn fire from critics who say that Unitarian Universalism is a rational congregation that has tried to steer clear of superstition.
In a letter being circulated among members, one critic called the scheduled series of pagan workshops "a potpourri of flaky ritualities and ancient occult practices resembling a medieval Dungeons and Dragons festival." the rest
Fire, brimstone around "Jesus" film
By Eric Gorski
Denver Post Staff Writer
The directors of "Jesus Camp," a buzz-generating documentary about evangelical Christian children training to be soldiers for God, proclaim no agenda other than to start a conversation about belief, politics and the culture wars.
But the most prominent evangelical to appear in the film, the Rev. Ted Haggard of Colorado Springs, has disowned it on the eve of its limited release, saying the filmmakers cast their subjects in a sinister light and misrepresented evangelicalism.
It's a blow to New York-based directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, a lapsed Catholic and a Jew who hope big- city secular liberals and heartland evangelicals will find something to like.
Their movie follows three Missouri kids who speak in tongues, pray for judges to outlaw abortion and lay hands on a cardboard cutout of President Bush. the rest
Embrace homosexuals, says Anglican archbishop
Wendell Roelf Cape Town, South Africa
14 September 2006 05:16
Homosexuals are God's children, Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane said on Thursday, ahead of a conference in Rwanda with the contentious issue of gays in the church on its agenda.
"We should try to find solutions of living with difference and otherness. Diversity is the creation by the Almighty ... we need to embrace, all of us, in our differences and seek to walk together," Ndungane told reporters.
Tensions in the church have been growing since 2003, following a row over the blessing of same-sex relationships and the consecration of an openly gay bishop by the American Episcopal Church.
Ndungane, who leads the two dozen bishops in Church of the Province of Southern Africa, said same-sex legislation currently before Parliament should be upheld. the rest
CNY Diocese: Letter from St. Andrew's warden in the Post-Standard:
Friday, September 15, 2006
Episcopal church still fighting to keep property
To the Editor:
Your editorial in the Syracuse Post-Standard on Sept. 6 about the actions of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York and its bishop, the Rt. Rev, Gladstone "Skip" Adams, illustrates one of the odder things about the Episcopal Church these days.
With one hand it spends lots of money to bring a 10-year old girl from El Salvador to Syracuse for a highly publicized operation to cure her case of rickets. With its other hand, it spends lots of money to sue me and other members of my church and its priest to seize our property.
I am on the board of St. Andrews in the valley in Syracuse, which for years has proclaimed the biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ rather than the diocesan message of inclusion which accepts sin without the need for repentance and change.
In doing so it has departed from the historic faith of Christianity. When we recently split from the Episcopal Church and this diocese because of this, they sued us. They hired the largest and most expensive law firm in Syracuse and sued not only our church, but also us personally, as well as our priest, and sought a temporary injunction to close us down.
Fortunately, the judge on the case threw out the lawsuit of the diocese against me and the others and denied them an injunction. But our church and our priest are still dealing with this lawsuit just to keep our property and to keep holding our Sunday worship services.
Read the original letter before it was edited by the newspaper: Here
Thursday, September 14, 2006
In the Cross of Christ I Glory,
Towering o’er the wrecks of time;
All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.
When the woes of life o’ertake me,
Hopes deceive, and fears annoy,
Never shall the cross forsake me,
Lo! it glows with peace and joy.
When the sun of bliss is beaming
Light and love upon my way,
From the cross the radiance streaming
Adds more luster to the day.
Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
By the cross are sanctified;
Peace is there that knows no measure,
Joys that through all time abide.
Catholic League Accuses Campus Paper of Anti-Christian Double Standard
By Jim Brown
September 14, 2006
(AgapePress) - A Catholic group is calling on the student newspaper at the University of Virginia to apologize for publishing three cartoons that mock Jesus Christ and his earthly parents. One of the cartoons printed by the Cavalier Daily depicts Christ being crucified on a Cartesian coordinate plane.
Yet another cartoon portrays Christ using foul language. The paper also ran a cartoon implying that Mary, the mother of Jesus, has a sexually transmitted disease.
Kiera McCaffrey is communications director at the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, which has asked the paper's editors to apologize. She says the cartoons are "gratuitous attacks on the Christian faith" and hypocritical to boot. the rest
Okla. Megachurch Departs PCUSA, Cites Scriptural Issues
A megachurch in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has left the Presbyterian Church (USA), citing unscriptural teachings, meetings, and even worship in the denomination. According to the church, the PCUSA has "walked away" from scripture.
Three-thousand-member Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church has voted overwhelmingly to sever ties with the PCUSA. Co-pastor Tom Gray says for the last 30 years, there has been a steady decline n the PCUSA's adherence to the strict teachings of scripture. But when the denomination made an authoritative decision in June to allow local churches to ordain homosexuals as pastors, Gray says he knew his congregation could no longer remain in the PCUSA.
The Tulsa pastor says "The Kirk," as the church is known, will be joining the Evangelical Presbyterian Church -- and he explains why. "They are evangelical in their blood; in other words, [they adhere to] the idea of the good news of Jesus Christ being preached forthrightly," says Gray. "They are a strong mission entity, as opposed to the denomination we left, which is systematically eliminating its missions."
In a sense, he says, the EPC is what "the denomination I was a part of used to be many years ago."
Meanwhile, Kirk of the Hills and the PCUSA are in a legal battle for possession of the church's property located in south-central Tulsa in the vicinity of Oral Roberts University. Gray says his congregation believes "morally and legally" that the property belongs to them. the rest
'Bioethicist': OK to kill babies after they're born
'Animal-rights' promoter asserts actual birth makes no difference
Posted: September 14, 2006
An internationally known Princeton "bioethicist" and animal-rights activist says he'd kill disabled babies if it were in the "best interests" of the family, because he sees no distinction in the child's life whether it is born or not, and the world already allows abortion.
The comments come from Peter Singer, a controversial bioethics professor, who responded to a series of questions in the UK Independent this week.
Earlier, WND reported Singer believes the next few decades will see a massive upheaval in the concept of life and rights, with only "a rump of hard-core, know-nothing religious fundamentalists" still protecting life as sacrosanct.
To the rest, it will be a commodity to be re-evaluated regularly for its worth. the rest
Bishop Iker Comments on NYC Summit
Another meeting has come and gone, with no clear results or final resolutions. Another “conversation” has taken place, where diverse views were exchanged, but no unified way forward could be discerned.
So where does that leave us? Well, it does not leave us in the same place as where we began! We have moved further along the path to the difficult decisions that ultimately must be faced, in every diocese and in every parish. Certain options have been discarded; others remain open.
I am grateful that the New York summit provided an opportunity to “clear the air” in face-to-face encounters among bishops who stand on opposite sides of the issues that so deeply divide us. It was helpful to say what was on my heart and mind and to hear directly from the other side as to how they see things. It was not always a pleasant exchange of views. At times the conversations were blunt and even confrontational. Nonetheless, what needed to be said was said and heard, in a spirit of honesty and love. That being said, it is my sense that the time for endless conversations is coming to a close and that the time for action is upon us. I am not interested in having more meetings to plan to have more meetings.
Our appeal for Alternative Primatial Oversight is still before the church, and provision must be made for the pastoral need we have expressed. The initial appeal from this diocese was made to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primates and the Panel of Reference. (We soon withdrew our request for consideration by the Panel of Reference due to its apparent inability to act on any of the petitions that have been placed before it over the past year or so.) When six other dioceses made very similar appeals, we consolidated them into one joint appeal and submitted it to the Archbishop of Canterbury in late July.
After prayerful consideration and consultation, the Archbishop called for the New York summit, which took place on September 11-13, 2006, in hopes of finding an American church solution to an American church problem, but to no avail. We could not come to a consensus as to how to recognize and respond to the needs expressed in the appeal. So back to Canterbury it goes, as the principal Instrument of Unity in the Anglican Communion, but this time with a renewed emphasis on appealing also to the Primates of the Communion as a whole and not to Canterbury alone. The Primates Meeting is a second, very important Instrument of Unity in the life of worldwide Anglicanism. We ask for their intervention and assistance when they meet in February.
Some have balked at the terminology of our appeal requesting Alternative Primatial Oversight, pointing out that the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church does not really have canonical oversight of any of our dioceses in the first place. While I can see their point, nonetheless the official job description for the PB is “Chief Pastor and Primate,” and it is this role that we seek to have exercised on our behalf by an orthodox Primate of the Communion, and not just someone other than the Presiding Bishop-elect of ECUSA. We require a Primate who upholds the historic faith and order of the catholic church and is fully compliant with the recommendations of the Windsor Report as the way forward for the Anglican Communion. Only in this way will we have an unclouded primatial relationship with the rest of the Communion.
Thank you all who prayed so fervently for us in our deliberations in New York City this past week. I am sincerely grateful for your encouragement and support. Your prayers were indeed answered - and are being answered still, in ways that are yet to be revealed.
Please note that a very important gathering of “Windsor Bishops” will be held at Camp Allen in Houston next week, from September 19-22, and that I will be present for those discussions. This is a much larger consultation that includes all Bishops who fully support the recommendations of the Windsor Report and believe that General Convention made an inadequate response to what the Report requested of ECUSA. The Archbishop of Canterbury is fully aware of the purpose of this meeting, and two Church of England Bishops will be present to share in our deliberations and then report back to the Archbishop on what took place. Please do pray daily for us as we consider next steps to be taken in pursuit of the unity and mission of the church.
The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth
Holy Cross Day
Letter and comments at Stand Firm
Ruth Gledhill weblog: In the spirit of Christmas
The Churches' Advertising Network has truly excelled itself this time. I am wondering if maybe they themselves had been for a bit of a night out with one too many when they dreamed up this one. The campaign is based around a poster intended to depict the face of Jesus in a beer glass, but it beats me if I can see Him there. This one is certainly a drink or two beyond Bad Hair Day, Che Guevara and all the rest of them. In the campaign-linked entry on MySpace.com, Jesus has precisely zero friends at present, and is it any wonder? Anyone who knows my history well will understand why this campaign has a particularly odd resonance for me. My experience is that spiritual awakening comes, if it comes at all, by putting down the glass, not picking it up. Talk about "seeing through a glass darkly" to anyone who once looked through the bottom of a beer glass to find spiritual meaning in the world, and this is not the kind of thing they will come up with. But then, the idea of this campaign is not to appeal to oldies like me, but to youngsters. To get them into church.
But wait a minute.
Isn't it oldies like me, with young children, who make up the most part of church congregations these days? And aren't Christmas, Christingle and all the associated festivities extremely child-and-adult oriented? And isn't the most horrendous church service of any liturgical year the Midnight Mass in your average suburban parish church, the rare occasion when the teens do show, and the rest of us are knocked out by the smell of bad beer breath, worse language and unwashed clothes? the rest
Wiccan Sign Allowed on Soldier's Plaque
By SCOTT SONNER
RENO, Nev. (AP) - The widow of a soldier killed in Afghanistan won state approval Wednesday to place a Wiccan religious symbol on his memorial plaque, something the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs had refused.
"I'm honored and ecstatic. I've been waiting a year for this," Roberta Stewart said from her home in Fernley, about 30 miles east of Reno.
Sgt. Patrick Stewart, 34, was killed in Afghanistan last September when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his helicopter. Four others also died. Stewart was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. the rest
Pro-Life Candidates Win Primaries in Arizona, Wisconsin, Other States Vote
by Steven Ertelt
September 13, 2006
Phoenix, AZ (LifeNews.com) -- Pro-life candidates won some key primary election battles on Tuesday with some big victories coming in Arizona and Wisconsin. Other states such as Maryland, New York and Minnesota held primaries and set up heated general election contests featuring fights between pro-life and pro-abortion candidates.
In Arizona, pro-life advocate Len Munsil won the GOP primary for the right to face pro-abortion Governor Janet Napolitano, a Democrat, in November. Munsil bested Don Goldwater, nephew of the late US Senator Barry Goldwater, a 50% to 40% vote even though Goldwater led in the polls during the entire primary battle. the rest
Astronomers name 'world of chaos'
The distant world whose discovery prompted leading astronomers to demote Pluto from the rank of "planet" has now been given its own official name.
Having caused so much consternation in the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the object has been called Eris, after the Greek goddess of discord.
Eris is larger than Pluto, which put scientists in the fix of having to call them both planets - or neither.
Both bodies have now been put in the new classification of "dwarf planets".
Eris' discoverer, Michael Brown of the California Institute of Technology, told the Associated Press that the name was an obvious choice, calling it "too perfect to resist". the rest
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Because it lacks the element of outrage, the modern church needs to be reminded that, if her life and institutions are being strangled by a dying culture, then she is choking on the very truths which she has herself betrayed. ... Os Guinness photo
Gracious Father, we pray for thy holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Savior. Amen. BCP
Emergency Episcopal-Anglican Talks Bring No Consensus on Homosexuality
Episcopal and Anglican leaders have failed to reach consensus at a closed meeting this week in New York on how the worldwide Anglican Communion can move forward from the controversy over homosexuality in the church.
Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2006
NEW YORK – A crucial meeting in New York this week has failed to bring the gathered Episcopal and Anglican leaders to a common agreement on how to move the Anglican Communion forward from the controversy that continues to rage over homosexuality in the church.
The three-day meeting, which began on Monday, brought together key leaders from both churches at an undisclosed location in the city to "review the current landscape of the church in view of the conflicts within the Episcopal Church”.
The meeting, at an undisclosed location in New York, came at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who had received requests from seven dioceses for a new overseer. The conservative dioceses had made the request in opposition to the increasing support for homosexuality in the U.S. Episcopal Church.
"We could not come to a consensus on a common plan to move forward to meet the needs of the dioceses that issued the appeal for Alternate Primatial Oversight," read a statement issued this morning on the Anglican Communion News Service.
Meanwhile in statement released today, the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke positively of the meeting.
“It's a positive sign that these difficult conversations have been taking place in a frank and honest way,” the statement read.
“There is clearly a process at work and although it hasn't yet come to fruition, the openness and charity in which views are being shared and options discussed are nevertheless signs of hope for the future.
“Our prayers continue,” he said. the rest
Minister charged by church for performing gay marriage rights
PITTSBURGH - A Presbyterian minister was charged with breaking church law for performing a marriage for two women, a decision that comes as the church struggles with an ongoing feud over the Bible and homosexuality.
Janet Edwards, a parish associate at the Community of Reconciliation Church in Pittsburgh, said she was charged Tuesday with presiding at the June 2005 wedding in contradiction of the church's position on marriage.
The constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) reserves marriage for a man and a woman, although ministers may bless other types of "holy unions."
"For me, scripture teaches that the message of marriage is the covenant - the love and commitment between the partners" and not their gender, Edwards said Wednesday.
The Presbyterian Church, like other mainline denominations, has been struggling to stay unified despite differences over whether the traditional biblical view condemning gay relationships should stand. the rest
30 years later, porn affecting couples
By Candice Novak, Associate Copy Editor
September 12, 2006
TV, DVD, VHS and Internet porn and its effects on Americans in an era of Internet connectivity, rampant divorce and a booming porn industry. Part two of a series.
There are innumerable reasons couples break up. But in the last 25 years there has been a new emerging trend of couples breaking up, divorcing or seeking couples counseling; pornography. More commonly called porn, adult films, smut, hard-core, soft-core, R-17 movie, skin flick, stag film, or, the basic: the x-rated movie.
The less talked-about movie genre is more than not experienced alone. But with easy access from movie-ordering services, pay-per-view television and Internet downloads, porn has taken a leap into more lives than ever before.
Media Labels Pastor ‘Gay-Hating’ for Preaching Against Homosexuality
By Gudrun Schultz
SCOTLAND, United Kingdom,
September 13, 2006
(LifeSiteNews.com) - The UK’s online Herald newspaper ran a headline referring to Pastor Green as ‘gay-hating this morning, in coverage of the Pentecostal leader’s lecture tour through Scotland to discuss Christian sexual ethics.
Pastor Green has been vilified by the mainstream media since he was prosecuted by the Swedish government for preaching against homosexuality to his congregation in 2003. Accused of “inciting hatred,” Green was sentenced to one month suspended sentence, a conviction that was overruled after lawyers argued for his freedom of speech rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.
Pastor Green denies all accusations of hate-mongering. Speaking to a congregation last night in Scotland, he emphasized that he was there to hold a “reasoned Christian debate,” not to promote hatred, the Herald reported.
“I’m here to talk about sexual ethics from a Christian point of view,” he said. “I believe homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle, as stated in the Bible.” the rest
New Stem Cell Ethics Issue Emerges
Researchers need fresh human eggs and want to buy them. Several laws prohibit payment.
By Karen Kaplan, Times Staff Writer
September 13, 2006
UC San Francisco researcher Renee Reijo Pera has a well-equipped laboratory, generous funding and an ample staff of scientists working to create new lines of embryonic stem cells.She has everything she needs to do cutting-edge work except one thing: fresh human eggs.
While the world debates the morality of stem cell research, scientists are grappling with a more basic issue — a shortage of eggs that they say is crippling their work.
"Without eggs, there's no research," said Dr. Robert Lanza, medical director of the biotechnology company Advanced Cell Technology Inc.Women routinely provide their eggs to fertility clinic patients, who pay $5,000 to $50,000. the rest
For Prayer! Four reported dead in Montreal college shooting
Wed Sep 13, 2006
By Robert Melnbardis
MONTREAL (Reuters) - At least one gunman dressed in a black trenchcoat opened fire in a downtown Montreal college on Wednesday, and early reports said four people had died.
Students fled in panic from the building, and eyewitnesses reported blood on its entry steps, and inside the cafeteria where many of the shots were fired.
"It was the most scary thing that has ever happened to me," student Michael Boyer told CBC Television. "We ran out of the building as a SWAT team was coming in. They were screaming 'Where is he? Where is he?' And when you have 20 police running at you with guns you really know that your life is in danger."
Hospital officials told local television stations that 12 people had been injured, and six were in critical condition. the rest
Ordaining gays divides Episcopal bishops
By RACHEL ZOLL AP Religion Writer
NEW YORK — Episcopal bishops at odds over homosexuality ended a private meeting Wednesday saying they had failed to reach agreement over dioceses that reject the authority of the church's incoming national leader, who supports gay relationships.
The 11 bishops said they "were unable to come to common agreement on the way forward," although they recognized the need to accommodate the dissenting dioceses.
"The level of openness and charity in this conference allow us to pledge to hold one another in prayer and to work together until we have reached the solution God holds out for us," the bishops said in a statement. They did not say whether another meeting was planned. the rest
New York Meeting of Bishops Yields No Agreement
Despite producing the draft of an agreement, the group of bishops meeting in New York City from Sept. 11 to 13 failed to reach any conclusions or consensus.
“We had honest and frank conversations that confronted the depth of the conflicts that we face,” the bishops said in a statement published by Anglican Communion News Service. “We recognized the need to provide sufficient space, but were unable to come to common agreement on the way forward. We could not come to consensus on a common plan to move forward to meet the needs of the dioceses that issued the appeal for Alternate Primatial Oversight. The level of openness and charity in this conference allow us to pledge to hold one another in prayer and to work together until we have reached the solution God holds out for us.”
The group produced a draft statement last night shortly before adjourning. Afterward each side made final changes. When they met again this morning they were unable to reconcile the two versions, according to several sources who had been briefed on meeting details.
The rest at the Living Church
Statement on the New York Bishops' Meeting
Pittsburgh, PA —Bishop Robert Duncan, moderator of the Anglican Communion Network, thanked the people of the Network for their prayers and support during the just-completed meeting of Episcopal bishops in New York. The meeting, called by the Archbishop of Canterbury, has not led to a mutually agreeable way forward.
“It was an honest meeting. It became clear that the division in the American church is so great that we are incapable of addressing the divide which has two distinctly different groups both claiming to be the Episcopal Church,” said Bishop Duncan, “Our request for Alternative Primatial Oversight (APO) still stands. We wait on the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primates of the Anglican Communion to answer our request,” he added. Among the many items discussed in New York was the fact that even if fulfilled, the APO request only deals with the situation of those in Network dioceses. While that situation is important, a far more desperate situation exists for congregations in non-Network dioceses. Bishop Duncan made it clear that as moderator of the Network, he will make every effort to see those needs fully and honestly addressed.
Bishop Duncan encouraged the people of the Network to continue focusing on the local mission of their churches in the days ahead. “In season and out of season, we have the Good News of Jesus Christ’s love to share with all the world. As I said after General Convention this summer, pray, but don’t worry.”
Kill the Christians
Posted: September 13, 2006
It's been a while since the Romans made sport of feeding Christians to the lions, but there's a terrible new Colosseum-style feeding frenzy emerging – a new bloodlust for eliminating the plague of uppity Christians right here in the U.S.
You think I'm exaggerating? the rest
Rosie: Radical Christians pose Islamofascist threat
O'Donnell maintains on 'The View': 'We are bombing innocent people in other countries'
Posted: September 13, 2006
Rosie O'Donnell, left, on ABC's 'The View' with Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Rosie O'Donnell says "radical" Christians in America are just as much of a threat as the followers of radical Islam who piloted hijacked jetliners into New York's Twin Towers and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. the rest
Pope Assails Secularism, Adding Note on Jihad
By IAN FISHER
Published: September 13, 2006
REGENSBURG, Germany, Sept. 12 — Pope Benedict XVI weighed in Tuesday on the delicate issue of rapport between Islam and the West: He said that violence, embodied in the Muslim idea of jihad, or holy war, is contrary to reason and God’s plan, while the West was so beholden to reason that Islam could not understand it.
Nonetheless, in a complex treatise delivered at the university here where he once taught, he suggested reason as a common ground for a “genuine dialogue of cultures and religions so urgently needed today.” the rest
New York Bishops Meeting: A Statement
Issued 13 September 2006
A group of bishops met in New York on 11-13 September at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury and in consultation with the Presiding Bishop to review the current landscape of the church in view of conflicts within the Episcopal Church. The Archbishop of Canterbury had received a request from seven dioceses for alternative primatial pastoral care and asked that American bishops address the question. The co-conveners of the meeting were Bishops Peter James Lee of Virginia and John Lipscomb of Southwest Florida. Other participating bishops were Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold, Presiding Bishop-elect Katharine Jefferts Schori and Bishops Jack Iker of Fort Worth, Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh, James Stanton of Dallas, Edward Salmon of South Carolina, Mark Sisk of New York, Dorsey Henderson of Upper South Carolina, and Robert O’Neill of Colorado. Also participating was Canon Kenneth Kearon, the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion.
We had honest and frank conversations that confronted the depth of the conflicts that we face. We recognized the need to provide sufficient space, but were unable to come to common agreement on the way forward. We could not come to consensus on a common plan to move forward to meet the needs of the dioceses that issued the appeal for Alternate Primatial Oversight. The level of openness and charity in this conference allow us to pledge to hold one another in prayer and to work together until we have reached the solution God holds out for us. the rest
World's 'Non-Aligned' Nations Asked to Back Document Critical of USA
By Patrick Goodenough
CNSNews.com International Editor
September 13, 2006
(CNSNews.com) - Governments ruling more than half of U.N. member states will be asked this weekend to sign a declaration pledging to work to "transform the present unjust international order" dominated by a "hegemonic" power -- a clear reference to the United States.
Adoption of the statement, drafted by Cuba's communist regime, is to be a highlight of this week's summit of the 118-member Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
The summit, in Havana, draws together countries ranging from U.S. allies such as Singapore, Pakistan and India, to its harshest critics -- including Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Syria and Zimbabwe. the rest
Islamic TV Network Widens Reach in U.S.
By SARAH KARUSH
DETROIT (AP) - Dissatisfaction with media coverage following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks prompted banker Mo Hassan to quit his job to create a television channel aimed at fostering understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims.
Five years after 9/11, the nation's largest cable operator announced Tuesday that Hassan's Bridges TV is now part of its basic digital package in Michigan, giving Bridges hundreds of thousands of potential new viewers. the rest
Madonna sings on cross in Russia
Madonna has played her first ever concert in Russia, singing suspended from a cross in a segment the Orthodox Church said was blasphemous.
The singer performed in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, marking the end of the Europe leg of her Confessions tour.
About 7,000 police joined tens of thousands of fans in the stadium. The show passed off without incident, but some protestors were detained outside. the rest
A Communiqué from the Anglican/Al-Azhar dialogue committee
The Joint Committee, which is composed of a delegation from the Anglican Communion and from the Permanent Committee of al-Azhar al-Sharif for Dialogue with the Monotheistic Religions, held its fifth annual meeting in Al-Azhar on 2-3 September 2006 which corresponds to 9-10 Sha‘aban 1427. This was held in accord with the agreement signed at Lambeth Palace on 30 January 2002 by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar. We were very conscious that our meeting was being held in a time of particular political tension in the Middle East in view of the current turmoil involving the people of the region and also the tense situation in many Western countries arising out of a fear of terrorism. This has informed our discussion at this meeting. We were honoured by the participation of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Mohamed Sayed Tantawy.
The theme of our dialogue in 2006 has been ‘Freedom of Religion and Respect for Sacred Religious Values’. The subject was chosen in view of the recent controversy about the representation of the Prophet Muhammad in cartoon format and also attacks on sacred Christian symbols. The Joint Committee heard and discussed the following papers:
The Freedom of Expression and the Respect of the Religious Sites (Sheikh Omar El Deeb)
Freedom of Expression and the Respect of Holy Beliefs (Sheikh Ibrahim Atta Al-Fayoumy)
Freedom of Expression and Sacred Religious Values: a Christian (Anglican) perspective (Rt Revd Michael Nazir-Ali)
Representing Jesus Christ: A Christian perspective in dialogue with Islam (Mrs Clare Amos)
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Young Adults Largely Pull Away from Spiritual Activity
By Audrey Barrick
Christian Post Reporter
Tue, Sep. 12 2006
While teens actively participate in church activities, a new study revealed that most “twentysomethings” disengage from active spiritual lives.
The Barna Group reported that 61 percent of today's young adults had been churched at one point during their teen years but they are now spiritually disengaged – not actively attending church, reading the Bible, or praying.
As teens, most people have been found to embrace spirituality with half of teens attending a church-related service or activity in a typical week and more than 75 percent discussing matters of faith with peers. Three out of five teens attend at least one youth group meeting at a church during a typical three-month period, according to the research group, and one-third of teenagers say they participate in a Christian club on campus at some point during a typical school year.
With many Christian leaders calling today's teens the largest generation, these statistics represent "significant prospects for influencing the nation's 24 million teens," stated the report. the rest
Has Any People Heard the Voice of God Speaking . . . And Survived?
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
In the book of Deuteronomy, we meet the speaking God. "Has any people heard the voice of God speaking from the midst of the fire, and survived?" Mercy and grace meet here. This is, in its own way, a proto-gospel. Christopher Wright makes this comment concerning what happened at Sinai, saying what really mattered there was not that there had been a theophonic manifestation of God, but that there had been a verbal revelation of God's mind and will. Sinai was a cosmic audiovisual experience, but it was the audio that mattered. It is the audio that matters, for God has spoken.
If God has spoken, let me suggest several realities that should frame our thinking as Christians. First, if God has spoken, then we do know. And what we know is the highest and greatest knowledge any human ear can ever hear. No human ear deserves to hear God's voice, but by His grace, we hear it and we survive. But having heard it, we cannot feign ignorance. We cannot act as if we do not know. Francis Schaeffer, for instance, said that for the Christian who understands the doctrine of revelation, there is no real epistemological crisis. There is only a spiritual crisis. All that remains is whether we will obey. the rest
Move to the suburbs, live longer
September 12, 2006
BY JIM RITTER Health Reporter
Harvard researchers today are reporting huge and growing gaps in life expectancies throughout the United States.
At one extreme are Asian-American females in Bergen County, N.J., who have a life expectancy of 91 years. At the other extreme are Native American males in six South Dakota counties, 58 years.
Researchers used data from the U.S. Census and other sources to calculate county-by-county life expectancies for babies born in 1999. Some life expectancy gaps within the United States are greater than the gaps between developed and Third World countries.
And the gaps have been increasing since 1984.
"The counties that started the best just keep getting better. Those at the bottom either stayed the same or got worse," said Dr. Christopher Murray of the Harvard Initiative for Global Health, lead author of a study in PLoS Medicine, a journal published by the Public Library of Science. the rest
Modern life 'poisoning' childhood
Childhood creativity is being stifled by a combination of junk food, school targets and mass marketing, a group of authors and academics has claimed.
Dozens of teachers joined children's authors and psychologists to write a letter to the Daily Telegraph.
The signatories highlighted "the escalating incidence of childhood depression" and demanded action.
Children's writers Philip Pullman and Jacqueline Wilson, and scientist Baroness Greenfield signed the letter. the rest
Monday, September 11, 2006
With a weak faith and a fearful heart, many a sinner stands before the Lord. It is not the strength of our faith, but the perfection of Christ's sacrifice that saves! No feebleness of faith, nor dimness of eye, no trembling of hand can change the efficacy of Christ's blood. The strength of our faith can add nothing to it, nor can the weakness of our faith take anything from Him. Faith (weak or strong) still reads the promise, "the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin." If at times my eye is so dim that I cannot read these words, through blinding tears or bewildering trials, faith rests itself on the certain knowledge of the fact that THE PROMISE IS THERE, and the blood of Christ remains in all its power and suitableness upon the altar, unchanged and unaffected. ...Horatius Bonar photo
Zimbabwe: 'Mudslinging Leaves Anglican Church On Brink of Collapse'
The Herald (Harare)
September 11, 2006
MUDSLINGING, back-stabbing and factionalism have left the Anglican Church worldwide teetering on the brink of collapse, the Archbishop for Central Africa, the Most Reverend Bernard Malango, said yesterday.
Speaking at the 33rd wedding anniversary of the Bishop of Harare, the Right Reverend Nolbert Kunonga, Archbishop Malango said it was sad to note that it was the actions and deeds of some influential people in the church leadership and membership that had plunged the church into administrative chaos.
"Factionalism has rocked the church and some of the people who are twisting issues in the church are Anglican members, and that makes me sad.
"Their agenda is just to destabilise the church so that it will cease to function. That is not the purpose of the church and people should avoid finger-pointing," he said. the rest
Five years after 9/11, the ACLU considers Christians the terrorists
By Alan Sears
Monday, September 11, 2006
Joe Cook has long since apologized for what he said last summer.
Although he is director of the Louisiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and strenuously opposed to anything resembling prayer in public schools or God in public life, he says he wasn’t speaking for the ACLU – or, curiously, even for himself – when he said what he said.
He said it about some teachers, students, and school board members in Tangipahoa Parish who, on infrequent occasions, have offered public, “sectarian” prayers in their classrooms, at school banquets, or to open board meetings.
“They [the Christians] have always crossed the line of separation of church and government,” Cook said. “They believe they answer to a higher power, in my opinion… which is the kind of thinking you had with the people who flew airplanes in the buildings in this country.”
While his comment didn’t draw the media attention that Mel Gibson gets for cursing a cop’s ethnic heritage, five years after 9/11, it is still arguably the most succinct and candid expression of what is transparently the ACLU’s guiding philosophy. The ACLU, after all, has spent most of the last 100 years working to silence Christian voices and curtail Christian influence in every arena of public life. the rest
Alice Linsley On Bishop Lipscomb & The American Way
Bishop Lipscomb and the American Way
Alice C. Linsley
Bishop Lipscomb has encouraged members of his diocese to refrain from participation in a significant public forum: the religious blog. The Bishop should know better than to try to curtail the American love of debate. Blogs serve the church much as the colonial tracts served the American Revolution. Some writings on the blogs have been as influential as the Federalist Papers in shaping opinions and some comments have been as inflammatory as the most provocative revolutionary propaganda.
The public debate in colonial America acted as pitocin to the birth of our nation. It was aided by faster printing presses. Today the Anglican blogs are aiding birth of a different revolution. Almost hourly the headlines change at Titusonenine, StandFirm, and Drell’s Descants. Here readers find news, comments, information and personal reflections that help them to gain perspective on The Episcopal Church and the greater Anglican Communion. Similarly, the colonial tracts made it possible for people to scrutinize King George’s policies and decrees in a new light. As Greg Griffith wrote, “It’s no secret that many bishops - orthodox as well as revisionist - rue the day the blog was invented, mainly because it takes away so much of their control of the information about this debate.”
Bishop Lipscomb should be concerned about controlling information. Information in the wrong hands can destroy an empire. Bishop Lipscomb clearly recognizes that the Episcopal diocese over which he has jurisdiction is inflamed and on the edge of revolution. Blogging only makes matters worse, especially for revisionists and for bishops in power, even orthodox bishops. The cyber debate has served as a call to arms and the fighting forces are now arranged on the field. The uniformed army of the Episcopal empire is well equipped while the militia looks rather ragged and forlorn, but if history has a truth to teach us, it is that those who fight for their homes fight hardest. Fighting for their homes, orthodox parishes across the country have gained ground in recent weeks and it appears that the battle may be turning.
the rest at Drell's Descants
Religious Affliation Underestimated in U.S., Study Shows
New Research Challenges Previous Religious Demographic Data
By Michelle Boorstein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 11, 2006
In the ever-intensifying push by politicians, journalists and marketers to analyze Americans' religiousness down to its last molecule, did 10 million people get misplaced?
That's the argument posited by sociologists at Baylor University, who released research today saying that the past 15 years of polling overestimated the percentage of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation.
The unaffiliated-- people who check "none" or "no religion" when asked their affiliation--have been closely eyeballed since 1990, when major surveys showed they doubled, from 7 percent of the U.S. population to 14 percent, reflecting, sociologists say, increasing secularization that is occurring at the same time American society is becoming more religious. the rest
Theology for an Age of Terror
Augustine's words after the 'barbarian' destruction of rome have a remarkably contemporary ring.
by Timothy George
September 11, 2001, is frequently compared to December 7, 1941, as a day that will "live in infamy." But a more appropriate analogy might be August 24, 410, when the city of Rome was besieged and pillaged by an army of 40,000 "barbarians" led by the Osama bin Laden of late antiquity, a wily warrior named Alaric. One can still see the effects of this cataclysmic event when walking through the ruins of the Roman Forum today. The Basilica Aemilia was the Wall Street of ancient Rome, a beautiful structure in the Forum with a marble portico. One can still see the green stains of copper coins melted into the stone from the conflagrations set by Alaric and his marauders.
Before then, Roman coins bore the legend Invicta Roma Aeterna: eternal, unconquerable Rome. It had been more than 800 years since the Eternal City had fallen to an enemy's attack. In many ways, Rome was like America prior to 9/11, the world's only superpower. But in 410, Rome's military power could not prevent its walls being breached, its women raped, and its sacred precincts burned and sacked.
When Jerome heard about the fall of Rome in faraway Bethlehem, he put aside his Commentary on Ezekiel and sat stupefied in total silence for three days. "Rome was besieged," Jerome wrote to a friend. "The city to which the whole world fell has fallen. If Rome can perish, what can be safe?" The British monk Pelagius, who was in Rome when the attack occurred, gave this report: "Every household had its grief, and an all-pervading terror gripped us." the rest
Abbas will dissolve Hamas-led government in 48 hours
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Sep. 10, 2006 23:04
The power struggle that has been raging in the Palestinian Authority for the past seven months appeared to be nearing its end on Monday with the announcement that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh had reached an agreement to form a national unity government.
According to the agreement, the new government will be headed by Haniyeh, but will have less Hamas ministers, PA and Hamas officials told The Jerusalem Post. This would be the first government of its kind since the establishment of the PA more than a decade ago.
Representatives of Abbas's Fatah faction, as well as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine are expected to hold a number of portfolios in the new government, they added. the rest
Pope stresses Gospel over giving
By Philip Pullella
REUTERS NEWS AGENCY
September 11, 2006
MUNICH -- Western societies are losing their souls to scientific rationality and frightening believers in the developing world who still fear God, Pope Benedict XVI said yesterday during an open-air Mass in Germany.
Benedict, on the second day of a visit to his native Bavaria, said that spreading the good news of Jesus Christ is more important than all the emergency and development aid that rich churches such as those in Germany give to poor countries.
"People in Africa and Asia admire our scientific and technical prowess, but at the same time, they are frightened by a form of rationality that totally excludes God from man's vision, as if this were the highest form of reason," he said. the rest
Episcopal Church Leaders Discuss Differences
by Rachel Martin
September 11, 2006 · Six high-ranking bishops of the Episcopal Church begin a three-day meeting in New York to address growing divisions within the 2.4 million member American church. They'll talk about the election of gay bishops and the sanctioning same-sex marriages.
Your Local Church of England Hindu Priest?
Posted: Monday, September 11, 2006
It seems that an Anglican priest has converted to Hinduism -- but is being allowed to continue as a priest in the Church of England. This sounds like a new BBC comedy series, but it is all too true.
The Anglican priest, Rev. David Hart, currently lives in India, where he officiates as a Hindu priest in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He has taken the Hindu name "Ananda" and offers fire to a Hindu snake God, Nagar and other idols.
This past April, he published a book about his conversion. Nevertheless, the Diocese of Ely later extended his clerical standing for another three years. the rest
First Things: Commentary on September Anglican Meetings
Jordan Hylden writes:
“There will always be an England,” as the saying goes. That may well be true, but the eternal perseverance of its Church, unfortunately, is somewhat more in doubt. As nearly all interested observers know, the Anglican Communion has been tottering on the brink of implosion for quite some time now, and recent events have not necessarily been in its favor. Three meetings this month, however, will almost certainly lend clarity, and perhaps even hope, to a situation that heretofore has often been murkier than the London fog.
The first meeting is set for this week, September 11–13, here in New York, and was called at the behest of Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury. He will not attend in person, but Kenneth Kearon, his representative, will. The meeting will comprise twelve leading Episcopal bishops, running the gamut from the liberal establishment to the Network conservatives, with a number of Windsor Report–affirming moderates in between. On its face, the meeting is an attempt by Canterbury to make some sense of the recent request of seven bishops for something called “alternative primatial oversight.” At its root, the meeting is an effort, at long last, to do something about the increasingly sharp divisions that have riven the Episcopal Church. Given the magnitude of what has been asked, Canterbury has little other choice.
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September 11: Lessons Learned and Unlearned
Today is the fifth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania, that took 3,000 innocent lives. At the time, more than a few commentators predicted that, henceforth, our era would be divided between "pre-September 11" and "post-September 11."
Thus, we need to know how things have changed, if at all, in these past five years. What lessons have we learned, and how have these lessons changed the way we live?
The answers are mixed. the rest
Quiet remembrance of Britain's 9/11 victims
Moments of silence mark 9/11 crashes
Divided World Remembers Sept. 11 Attacks
Memories of 9/11 drive U.S. troops in Afghanistan
By Paul Wiseman, USA TODAY
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan — Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Taliban chief Mohammed Omar remain at large and Taliban extremists are resurgent, terrorizing southern Afghanistan.
Still, on the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, soldiers from the Army's 10th Mountain Division stationed at the biggest U.S. military base in Afghanistan say they are convinced that this impoverished, war-torn country is worth fighting for.
"We're here for a reason," says Chief Warrant Officer Kimberly Martin, 37, of New York City.
"We're winning," says Sgt. Samson Adeyemi, 29, of Long Island, N.Y. The Taliban are fighting so hard, he says, only because they fear the end is near.
For many soldiers here, their sense of mission is driven by memories of that morning five years ago. the rest
We know not what event may be in the teeming womb of time; it is a secret till it is born....God has wisely kept us in the dark concerning future events and reserved for Himself the knowledge of them, that He may train us up in a dependence upon Himself and a continual readiness for every event. Matthew Henry photo
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Islamogaming: Looking for Video Games in the Muslim World
Saturday, September 09, 2006
By Ed Halter
In summer 2006, an Iranian political group called the Union of Islamic Student Societies revealed that it was planning on entering the video-game business.
Via the fundamentalist state's semi-official Fars news agency, a spokesperson for the group announced that its members were developing an as-yet unnamed game revolving around one fictitious Commander Bahman.
In the game, American troops kidnap an Iranian nuclear engineer who is traveling through Iraq en route to a Shiite holy shrine in Karbala, and Bahman must then cross the border to battle U.S. Special Forces and rescue the scientist, thereby ensuring the success of Iran's undoubtedly peaceful nuclear energy program. the rest
Clergy seek 'two-church solution'
By Ruth Gledhill
September 11, 2006
Our correspondent reports on plans to prevent US conservatives or liberals precipitating a schism in the Anglican Communion
SENIOR bishops from opposing sides in the Anglican war over homosexuality have called a temporary truce and today begin talks that could save the Church from schism.
The most likely outcome is a “two-church solution” for the United States, allowing conservatives and liberals to exist, separate but side-by-side, as Anglicans. It would have implications for the worldwide communion, because many other provinces, including England, have similar problems.
The plan this week is to draw up a pact giving the appearance of unity, enabling a final deal to be hammered out at the Lambeth Conference in 2008. the rest
Saudi religious police outlaw cat, dog sales
By Donna Abu-Nasr
September 9, 2006
JIDDA, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia's religious police, normally tasked with chiding women to cover themselves and ensuring men attend mosque prayers, are turning to a new target: cats and dogs.
The police have issued a decree banning the sale of the pets, seen as a sign of Western influence.
The prohibition on dogs may be less of a surprise because conservative Muslims despise dogs as unclean. But the cat ban befuddled many, since Islamic tradition holds that the Prophet Muhammad loved cats. the rest
No surprise that Christians put God before country, Mohler tells TIME
September 08, 2006
By Jeff Robinson
Many Evangelicals believe their primary allegiance is to the Kingdom of God and not the kingdom of man because it is the teaching of the New Testament, R. Albert Mohler Jr. said in an article posted this week on TIME.com, the website of TIME magazine.
The article, "God or Country?" analyzes the results of a recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center which reveals that 42 percent of American Christians view their allegiance to God as taking precedence over their commitment to their country.
While the article's author David Van Biema expresses surprise that some evangelicals would choose "God first," Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, pointed out that when believers express their allegiance to God, they are simply following the teaching of Scripture.
"Our primary allegiance is to Jesus Christ," Mohler said, "…for our citizenship is in the Kingdom of God rather than any earthly polity, and that is a clear and unambiguous teaching in the New Testament." the rest