Saturday, May 10, 2008

Devotional: You send forth Your Spirit, they are created...

You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
And You renew the face of the earth.

May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
May the LORD rejoice in His works.
He looks on the earth, and it trembles;
He touches the hills, and they smoke.

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
May my meditation be sweet to Him;
I will be glad in the LORD.
May sinners be consumed from the earth,
And the wicked be no more.

Bless the LORD, O my soul!
Praise the LORD!
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Group of evangelical Christians writes manifesto urging separation of religious beliefs and politics

By politicizing faith, Christians become 'useful idiots' for one party or another, the group warns
By Rebecca Trounson
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
May 10, 2008

A group of prominent U.S. evangelical Christians is urging other evangelicals to step back from partisan politics and avoid becoming "useful idiots" for any political party.

In an often strongly worded statement released this week, more than 70 pastors, scholars and business leaders said faith and politics have become too closely intertwined and that evangelicals err when they use their religious beliefs for political purposes.

About a quarter of U.S. adults call themselves evangelical Christians, polls show, and for the last 30 years, the "religious right" has been a reliable base of support for the Republican Party. But Christians from both ends of the political spectrum have made the mistake of politicizing their faith, the group declares in the document, called
“An Evangelical Manifesto.”

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Christianity Today: Evangelicals Lament a Politicized Faith

Researcher: 46 Percent of American Health Insurance Plans Cover Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 9, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The chances are good that your health insurance plan covers elective abortions since 46 percent of all health insurance plans in the United States do so. A leading researcher urges pro-life advocates to investigate their plans to find out whether they are unknowingly supporting abortion.

During the Reagan administration, Dr. Robert Moffitt was the deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

He recently gave a speech at the Family Research Council warning that, because most health insurance plans are controlled by secular companies or government officials, many of them pay for abortions.

The money, of course, comes from the premiums that all members of the health plan and/or their employers pay on a monthly basis -- including pro-life advocates. the rest

South African Archbishop Tutu speaks at Sewanee

By: Joan Garrett
Saturday, May 10, 2008

SEWANEE, Tenn. — People may have their minds on gas prices, grocery bills and whether or not a pink slip awaits them at work, but Americans should not forget the desperation and troubles of others abroad, South African humanitarian leader Desmond Tutu said Friday.

“We have major problems relating to governments and freedom,” said Anglican Archbishop Tutu, speaking to a crowd of more than 800 at the University of the South. “We have a number of places where the rulers are not there because the people wanted them to be there. There is a great deal of oppression.”
Archbishop Tutu was at Sewanee to celebrate the school of seminary’s graduation. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first woman to hold the Anglican church’s top office, also was present at the event. the rest

Latin resurrected... on Vatican website

VATICAN CITY (AFP) — The Catholic Church's official language of Latin finally made it onto the Vatican website Friday alongside Italian, English, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese.

While it lost the title of a living language centuries ago, the new Latin section on www.vatican.va is entitled "Sancta Sedes" (Holy See) and archives Biblical texts and other core documents including the catechism. the rest

Kansas: archbishop bars governor from Communion

Kansas, May. 9, 2008

(CWNews.com) - Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City has announced that Governor Kathleen Sebelius should not receive Communion because of her support for legal abortion.

In a column appearing on May 9 in the archdiocesan newspaper, The Leaven, the archbishop said that Governor Sebelius has sent a "spiritually lethal message" by implying that she could remain a Catholic in good standing while supporting abortion on demand.

The archbishop's column cited in particular the governor's veto of the Comprehensive Abortion Reform Act, which would have required abortionists to inform women about the effects of the procedure and alternatives to abortion. the rest

Catholic Pro-Life Leader Feuds With Barack Obama's "Catholic" Backers

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 9, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A leading pro-life Catholic is feuding with supporters of Barack Obama who claim to be Catholic but join the candidate in violating the Church's teachings by strongly supporting abortion and embryonic stem cell research. Catholic League President Bill Donahue says true Catholics would oppose Obama.

Donahue began the exchange last week by issuing a press release calling on Obama to dissolve his National Advisory Council because the members of the panel are pro-abortion.

Donahue provided evidence showing the majority of the members of the council had received 100 percent voting marks from extreme pro-abortion group NARAL. the rest image

Canada: Members of two Anglican churches are choosing not to worship in their buildings...

Members move church services
May 10, 2008
Rachel De Lazzer
The Hamilton Spectator

Members of two Anglican churches are choosing not to worship in their buildings tomorrow in the wake of a court order that they share the facilities with the diocese they have left.

A Superior Court ruling on Monday required three breakaway churches to share the property Sunday mornings until ownership is decided -- a process that could take up to 10 years in trial. The churches voted to join the Anglican Network in Canada just over two months ago, claiming the Anglican Church of Canada was growing too liberal in its interpretation of scripture. the rest

AnglicanTV: Live Stream from All Saints' Anglican Church of Amesbury



SERVICE OF ORDINATION: with Bishop Murdoch
May 10, 2008

Stream starts at 2:00 p.m. EST

Friday, May 09, 2008

Devotional: Do not be afraid to allow the Holy Spirit...

Do not be afraid to allow the Holy Spirit to reveal any unforgiveness or bitterness. The longer you hide it, the stronger it will become and the harder your heart will grow. Stay tenderhearted. ...John Bevere image

Cool site: Photos-Real or Fake?

The site at this link will display a picture - when you click on the black arrow to go next, you'll learn whether it was real or fake.

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Tony Seel+: The DCNY Way

It wasn't that long ago that Bishop Skip Adams talked about finding a positive way forward with dissident parishes in the DCNY that would be a model for pecusa. Instead, he and the other leadership of the DCNY settled for the conventional hostile approach of pecusa. In three cases, St. Andrew's, Syracuse, St. Andrew's, Vestal, and Good Shepherd, Binghamton, the Diocese has sued two parishes and is saddled with the expenses of two church buildings in Vestal (the one of the three not sued).

What does the diocese have to show for their efforts? They have the legal expenses from two lawsuits, one settled and one ongoing and the proceeds from the sale of the rectory in Vestal. Considering that the rectory sold for $145,000, the diocese is operating at a loss thus far from its hostile approach. The diocesan loss is in both financial and in reputation. Of course, the diocese has been steadily losing reputation since at least the failed persecution of Fr. David Bollinger. the rest

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Warning for Christian polygamists

Friday, 9 May 2008

Nigeria's Anglican leader has told the country's many Christian polygamists to give up their extra wives.

In a letter to the faithful, Archbishop Peter Akinola warned the issue could "make a mockery" of the church.

Until now, converts to Christianity have been allowed to keep their polygamous relationships.
Bishop Ali Buba Lamido told the BBC that it was difficult to convert polygamous Muslims to Christianity unless they could keep their wives. the rest

Church split has 'spiritual, emotional toll' in Vero Beach

By Elliott Jones
Friday, May 9, 2008

VERO BEACH — The incoming interim minister for Trinity Episcopal Church says the effect of the church's breakup on parishioners could be compared to a death in a family.

"This is taking a spiritual and emotional toll on people," said the Rev. Richard Lobs, of Orlando. "It's a tragedy" in a 700-member, 82-year-old parish he will head up starting July 1.

The current church leaders' disenchantment with the national Episcopal Church theological stances fomented the division, which takes place July 1, church officials recently said.

And under an agreement approved Wednesday at the diocese in Orlando, those breaking off — including the head minister, the Rev. Lorne Coyle — will move away, leaving the church buildings and property to those who want to remain Episcopalian. the rest

The Lobster Pot blog

Archbishop Peter Jensen: Unique Union

May 08, 2008

I DID something really odd the other day. I looked up the dictionary definition of marriage, just to make sure that my understanding was not too off-line. I was relieved to find that it is called the legal union of a man with a woman for life. It is a public, lifelong and exclusive relationship. There is no hint in the dictionary that the word can extend to two men or two women in a public, lifelong and exclusive relationship.

Of course, dictionaries change to mirror the times, and governments do all sorts of things with words, but changing the definition of marriage would be as fatuous as declaring that Perth is Sydney or that the moon is made of ice cream. We would then need a new word to describe the reality that occurs when a man and a woman publicly promise each other to live in lifelong and exclusive relationship, "in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others so long as you both shall live".

Whether we like it or not, a unique union occurs, based on the fact that one is a man and the other is a woman. No other arrangement is the same.

Our confusion about this does not arise merely from the ideological push of recent decades by some gay people for recognition and acceptance. It is true that this has been cleverly and powerfully managed. The result is that if anyone speaks in public about the moral issues raised by gay sex, they are instantly branded homophobic or fascist. No serious debate is allowed. Free speech on this matter comes at a personal cost that few are willing to pay any more. There are serious questions that we are not permitted to ask in public.
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Church attendance in Wales ‘plummeting’

May 9 2008
by Sarah Miloudi, Western Mail

CHURCH attendance in Wales could decline to less than a quarter of its current level according to an analysis of the country’s religious trends.

New figures compiled after an analysis of membership of religious bodies have revealed the numbers attending church on a monthly basis could fall from 200,000 to fewer than 40,000 over the next four decades – that is less than the average attendance at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge football ground.

If the predictions are proved true, by 2050 Wales will be home to the smallest church-going population in Britain, as attendance in England was predicted to fall from three million to 700,000, and in Scotland it is expected to decline from 550,000 to 140,000 in the same period.

The figures published yesterday are specific to the numbers attending services based on Christianity, and showed the decline was particularly acute among Methodist and Presbyterian worshipers. the rest image

Added: Cardinal says Britain must not be a 'God-free zone'

U.N. Suspends Myanmar Aid After Supplies Seized by Junta



By SETH MYDANS
May 10, 2008

BANGKOK — The United Nations suspended relief supplies to Myanmar on Friday after the military government seized the food and equipment it had already sent into the country.

Earlier, in a statement, Myanmar’s military junta said it was willing to receive disaster relief from the outside world but would not welcome outside relief workers, a key demand of aid agencies who want to coordinate and control their own aid.

Nearly one week after a devastating cyclone, supplies into the country were still being delayed and aid experts were being turned back as they arrived at the airport. Two of four United Nations experts who flew in on Friday were turned back at the airport for unknown reasons, said John Holmes, a relief coordinator for the United Nations. the rest

Added: Before cyclone hit, Burmese delta was stripped of defenses

Planned Parenthood Says Best Mother's Day Gift is Donation for Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 7, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- With Mother's Day coming up this weekend, Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion business, has a message for moms: send us more money. Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, sent out a fund-raising request this week one pro-life advocate says is grotesque.

Richards honored Mother's Day by sharing part of an editorial her daughter wrote saying she got her pro-abortion views from her mother and grandmother, former Texas Gov. Ann Richards.

"It's true that I have had lots of rewarding moments in my career. So did my mother," Cecile wrote in the email LifeNews.com obtained. "But knowing that my daughter is carrying on the legacy of fighting that my mother passed to me trumps 'em all."

Richard couldn't wait until the third paragraph of her Mother's Day letter to PPFA supporters to ask them to open their wallets.

"This Mother's Day, I'm honoring that legacy with a Planned Parenthood Federation of America Mother's Day gift. Join me," she wrote.

"You can help with a gift to Planned Parenthood Federation of America today in honor of your mother or daughter, and on behalf of all the women," she added. the rest image

Churches welcome Australia gay marriage ruling

Friday, 9th May 2008
George Conger.

CHRISTIAN leaders have applauded Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s (pictured) decision to oppose the introduction of gay marriage in Australia.

The Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen, welcomed the government’s “clear and firm determination to make sure that whatever happens this is not about marriage. Marriage is between a man and a woman and it is excellent that the Government has made that clear.”

On May 4, the Labor government announced it would veto Civil Partnership Legislation proposed by the government of the Australian Capital Territory in Canberra, arguing the proposed civil union ceremonies too closely resembled marriage. The ACT government will be permitted to introduce legislation allowing same-sex couples to register their unions, but any ceremony memorializing the union would have no standing under law.

The Australian Christian Lobby chairman Jim Wallace applauded the decision, telling the Australian Broadcasting Corporation [ABC] that marriage should not be a “political trophy for two per cent of the population.” the rest

Clergy should refrain from political life, preach the Gospel instead, says Benedict XVI

Vatican City, May 8, 2008

(CNA).- Pope Benedict received a large delegation of Melkite Greek Catholics this morning at the Vatican. The Pontiff called on the clergy to refrain from becoming involved in politics and exhorted the local Church to open the path to peace by proposing the light of the Gospel.

The 300 Melkite Greek Catholics were lead by Patriarch Gregorious III Laham on a pilgrimage to Rome. The Melkite Greek Church is in communion with the Pope.

Noting that the Church lives in an area that is a cultural and religious crossroads, Pope Benedict praised "the vitality of the Melkite Church, despite the difficulties of the region's social and political situation." the rest

Wikipedia under fire for posting porn

Charlie Butts
OneNewsNow
5/9/2008

Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, is facing harsh criticism over the posting of sexually explicit photos and images, including that of homosexuals.

Officials with Wikipedia say they permit the smut because they have a policy against censoring anything -- but that is not true, according to Bob Peters of Morality in Media. He says Wikipedia does not post child porn on the site, and they also censor personal attacks or anything potentially libelous.

Peters believes the FBI ought to check out the filth. "Well certainly the Department of Justice should look into it," he maintains. "But under the currently policies of the [agency] it's not likely to happen ...." the rest

Largest Canadian March for Life Ever - 8,000 Attend Massive Rally on Parliament Hill

By John Jalsevac

OTTAWA, ON, May 8, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A massive crowd of pro-life demonstrators, the majority of whom were youth, gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa today to issue a call to legislators and Canadians as a whole to put an end to abortion in Canada. An estimate given by a police officer to Campaign Life Coalition president Jim Hughes was that a record-breaking crowd of 8,000 people participated in this 11th annual March for Life. Several other crowd-counters came up with almost identical numbers, making the 2008 March the largest March in the history of the pro-life event.

The day's events began with a Protestant prayer service and a Catholic Mass, the latter of which was held at Notre Dame Basilica and celebrated by Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast. The Archbishop also later attended and walked in the March. The Basilica, which can hold a capacity crowd of 1200, was packed to the rafters, to the point where not only were all the seats filled, but even standing room gave out and people had to be turned away from the Church. the rest

Blessed Be the Name of the Lord

Why 'Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier' is somewhere between heresy and idolatry.
A Christianity Today editorial
5/08/2008

At about 80 words, the February 29 document wasn't much longer than the headlines it produced, like "Vatican Says Baptisms Using Wrong Words Are Not Valid, Must Be Redone."

Anyone baptized "in the name of the Creator, and of the Redeemer, and of the Sanctifier" or "in the name of the Creator, and of the Liberator, and of the Sustainer" didn't really get baptized, explained Cardinal Urbano Navarrete after the Vatican's brief statement. If you got married after such an invalid baptism, Navarrete said, your marriage isn't valid either (at least in the Roman Catholic sacramental sense).

Media reports only turned up one Catholic congregation that had been using the proscribed formula: in Brisbane, Australia. And it stopped using it in 2004.

Avoidance of "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit" is, unfortunately, common in some North American streams of Protestantism. Gender-neutral language for the Trinity is often an emblem of progressive churches that see liberation from patriarchy as a hallmark of the gospel. After the Vatican's statement, one Methodist pastor howled about the Vatican's "liturgical fundamentalism that values human language over divine grace." the rest image

Albert Mohler: "It Feels as if the Soul of Britain is Dying"

"Friday, May 09, 2008

It took several centuries to convert Britain to Christianity, but it has taken less than forty years for the country to forsake it." That was the judgment of historian Callum G. Brown in his book, The Death of Christian Britain, released in 2001.

Brown argued that, since the 1960s, British society was reshaped, "sending organised Christianity on a downward spiral to the margins of social significance."

As he explains:

In unprecedented numbers, the British people since the 1960s have stopped going to church, have allowed their church membership to lapse, have stopped marrying in church and have neglected to baptize their children. Meanwhile, their children, the two generations who grew to maturity in the last thirty years of the twentieth century, stopped going to Sunday school, stopped entering confirmation or communicant classes, and rarely, if ever, stepped inside a church to worship in their entire lives. The cycle of inter-generational renewal of Christian affiliation, a cycle which had for so many centuries tied the people however closely or loosely to the churches and to Christian moral benchmarks, was permanently disrupted in the 'swinging sixties.' Since then, a formerly religious people have entirely forsaken organized Christianity in a sudden plunge into a truly secular condition.

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Flying Foul: Passengers Behaving Badly

Rude Neighbors, Messes Left In Seat Pockets Proliferate; Exploring the Revenge Motive
May 6, 2008

You'll never look at, or reach into, an airline seat-back pocket the same after reading this.

Besides being a repository for magazines, newspapers, books, iPods and air-sickness bags, seatback pockets get stuffed with all kinds of disgusting trash, from toenail clippings to mushy meals.

People do things on airplanes that they would never do in other public settings. They pluck eyebrows, polish nails and pick noses. They stick chewed gum in places only other passengers will discover. They blow noses into blankets that get folded up for the next weary traveler. They prop bare feet up on bulkheads and seats. Sometimes they even engage in sex acts.
One reason frequent fliers and flight attendants perceive an increase in offensive behavior may be the decline in air service -- customers seek retaliation for late flights, snippy workers, lost baggage and unavailable upgrades. the rest image

Robert Gagnon: An Open Letter to a University President

Regarding the Suspension of a Black Female Administrator Who Challenged a Comparison between Homosexual Practice and Being Black
Robert A. J. Gagnon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of New Testament, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

May 6, 2008

President Lloyd Jacobs
University of Toledo

Dear President Jacobs,

Your suspension of Ms. Crystal Dixon, Associate Vice President of Human Resources at the University of Toledo, for rejecting a comparison between homosexuality on the one hand and being black or handicapped on the other hand constitutes, in my view, a gross injustice and an expression of the very intolerance that you claim to abhor. The disciplinary action is also predicated on a lack of knowledge and thus prejudice. I have read of your action first at worldnetdaily.com, then the full exchange at www.toledofreepress.com (the editor’s editorial, Ms. Dixon’s response, your response, and finally the news of the suspension).

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Study: Stay-at-Home Mom Worth Nearly $117,000 a Year

Thursday, May 08, 2008

BOSTON — If a stay-at-home mom could be compensated in dollars rather than personal satisfaction and unconditional love, she'd rake in a nifty sum of nearly $117,000 a year.

That's according to a pre-Mother's Day study released Thursday by Salary.com, a Waltham, Mass.-based firm that studies workplace compensation.

The eighth annual survey calculated a mom's market value by studying pay levels for 10 job titles with duties that a typical mom performs, ranging from housekeeper and day care center teacher to van driver, psychologist and chief executive officer.

This year, the annual salary for a stay-at-home mom would be $116,805, while a working mom who also juggles an outside job would get $68,405 for her motherly duties.

One stay-at-home mom said the six-figure salary sounds a little low. the rest

AnglicanTV: Archbishop Venables visits St Annes Oceanside CA

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Devotional: All that we build is going to be inspected by God...

All that we build is going to be inspected by God. Is God going to detect in His searching fire that we have built on the foundation of Jesus some enterprise of our own? These are days of tremendous enterprises, days when we are trying to work for God, and therein is the snare. Profoundly speaking, we can never work for God. Jesus takes us over for His enterprises, His building schemes entirely, and no soul has any right to claim where he shall be put. ...Oswald Chambers image

New idea in mortuary science: Dissolving bodies with lye

By NORMA LOVE
Associated Press Writer
May 8, 2008

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Since they first walked the planet, humans have either buried or burned their dead. Now a new option is generating interest - dissolving bodies in lye and flushing the brownish, syrupy residue down the drain.

The process is called alkaline hydrolysis and was developed in this country 16 years ago to get rid of animal carcasses. It uses lye, 300-degree heat and 60 pounds of pressure per square inch to destroy bodies in big stainless-steel cylinders that are similar to pressure cookers.

No funeral homes in the U.S. - or anywhere else in the world, as far as the equipment manufacturer knows - offer it. In fact, only two U.S. medical centers use it on human bodies, and only on cadavers donated for research.

But because of its environmental advantages, some in the funeral industry say it could someday rival burial and cremation. the rest image

UK: Free speech victory over 'homosexual hatred' law

Thursday, 8 May 2008

The Government backed down last night and allowed a free speech protection to be written into its proposed 'homophobic hatred' law.

The decision came after the Government was defeated for a second time in the House of Lords. Peers voted 178 to 164 in favour of the protection yesterday evening.

This marks the end of a lengthy battle to make clear that the new criminal offence should not interfere with free speech or religious liberty.

The protection underlines the fact that criticising homosexual practice or urging people to refrain from such conduct will not, in itself, be a crime. the rest

Harvard Law faculty votes for 'open access' to scholarly articles

May 7, 2008

In a move that will disseminate faculty research and scholarship as broadly as possible, the Harvard Law School faculty unanimously voted last week to make each faculty member’s scholarly articles available online for free, making HLS the first law school to commit to a mandatory open access policy.

"The Harvard Law School faculty produces some of the most exciting, groundbreaking scholarship in the world," said Dean Elena Kagan '86. "Our decision to embrace 'open access' means that people everywhere can benefit from the ideas generated here at the Law School."

Under the new policy, HLS will make articles authored by faculty members available in an online repository, whose contents would be searchable and available to other services such as Google Scholar. Authors can also legally distribute the articles on their own websites, and educators here and elsewhere can freely provide the articles to students, so long as the materials are not used for profit. the rest image

Matt Kennedy+: Rector’s Journal: Hope For an Amicable Parting

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The meeting went very well. We arrived ready to offer half of a six hundred thousand dollar bequest in exchange for a diocesan agreement to quit any claim to parish property. Property prices in Central New York are quite low compared to those in Virginia and elsewhere so the offer was a generous one. The amount offered would, we would later (after a joint appraisal) discover, fall just under fair market value. But, we reasoned, this first meeting was just the beginning of negotiations and we were ready to offer more if necessary. It did not prove necessary. Bishop Adams expressed a great deal of interest in the arrangement. Not only did he think such a deal possible but he expressed the opinion that it was preferable to any court proceeding... the rest

Breakaway Niagara Anglican churches consider appealing order to share with diocese

By Tobi Cohen
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

TORONTO - As three breakaway Ontario Anglican parishes decide whether to appeal an interim court ruling that requires they share their churches with the diocese, efforts are underway to figure out what to do about this Sunday’s services.

Because Monday’s ruling is so vastly different than that of an earlier judge, Anglican Network in Canada director Cheryl Chang said the breakaway group is seriously considering an appeal and has seven days to make a decision.

Justice Jane Milanetti’s interim ruling, released Monday, is expected to remain in effect until the issue of who owns the church properties is resolved - a process that could take years.

It also comes in stark contrast to an earlier, even shorter-term ruling, by Superior Court Justice James Ramsay, who gave exclusive use of the churches to the breakaway parishes for several weeks. That gave both sides time to build their arguments, which they presented before Milanetti. the rest

Porn-free online bookstore

Allie Martin
OneNewsNow
5/8/2008

An Internet bookstore is taking a stand against leading online book retailers by offering a family-friendly atmosphere.

The site is called Abunga.com; the name means "tree of life" in certain Australian dialects. The website was formed last year by Tennessee businessman Lee Martin, who wanted to provide a safe alternative to online bookstores that peddle pornography.

Abunga community members can block items they find offensive from their personal profiles. Those profiles are monitored by site administrators, who will eliminate a book if a large group of people block the selection from their profiles. Also, Abunga employees remove inappropriate titles as they find them.

"So, in essence, if there's a book that [the customers] don't want to see on their home account, that book will be pulled off. We tally those up, and periodically we go through the tallies of those books and we will actually remove books from our site based on those that have been blocked by our users," Martin explains. the rest

Babies From Abortions, Records Found in Second Michigan Center Dumpster

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 8, 2008

Livonia, MI (LifeNews.com) -- Local pro-life advocates in the Detroit area have found the bodies of babies killed in abortions and patient medical records in another Michigan abortion center's dumpster. The finding comes on the hells of one abortion facility that ran afoul of illegal dumping laws and was investigated by the state.

This time, members of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society found the bodies, biohazard waste and medical records at the Women's Advisory abortion business in Livonia.

A representative of the group, Monica Miller, told LifeNews.com her organization found the remains of six aborted babies 16 to 20 weeks gestational age. the rest image

Bedbugs On New York City's Subways

By PATRICK GALLAHUE, JOHN MAZOR and SYLVIA HARVEY
May 8, 2008

Don't let the bedbugs swipe!

The blood-sucking insects aren't just living with New Yorkers at home - they're on the subways, too, according to one of the city's leading bedbug authorities.

At a recent Department of Housing, Preservation and Development forum on the subject, a city bedbug educator admitted to seeing the pests on benches in subway stations - in one case, catching a ride on an unsuspecting straphanger's caboose at Brooklyn's Hoyt-Schermerhorn station, according to people at the meeting. the rest

Cyclone toll likely to grow as aid delayed

U.S. diplomat says 100,000 may die in Myanmar
Aileen McCabe, Canwest News Service and Reuters
Thursday, May 08, 2008

The death toll from a devastating cyclone in Myanmar could top 100,000 people, a U.S. diplomat said Wednesday, as a million hungry and homeless survivors wait for help in the closed-off country.

Foreign diplomats here were told the international community has no option but to stand by and watch as "a major humanitarian crisis" unfolds.

Pressure mounted on Myanmar's military rulers to allow humanitarian access as witness reports told of entire villages destroyed.
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US, UN plead Myanmar to let in aid as death toll soars

Myanmar junta to allow in aid from US-video

Poll: Catholics will vote pro-life

Impact group energized by visit of Pope Benedict XVI
Posted: May 07, 2008
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Excerpt:

Catholics typically have been an influential voting bloc in U.S. elections, and Anderson said it appears while taxes, the war on terror, the economy and other issues are getting attention, the issues over life and abortion trump everything.

"What pressing evil tops that?" he said.

"The overview is this: Sixty-four percent of Catholics say they understand better the church's position on issues now, and 40 percent of Catholics say they are more likely to vote as a result of Benedict's visit," Anderson said.

For candidates, he said, "This is big news. They ought to be paying attention."

"His largest applause line on the trip was when he said we must defend unborn children at Yankee Stadium," Anderson told WND. "I was there. Nothing else was close. And he had a similar experience at National Stadium."

The survey showed after the visit, 66 percent of Catholics said they were more likely to appreciate being a member of the Catholic Church, 64 percent now better understand the church positions on important issues, 50 percent "are more likely to want to make family a bigger part of their lives and are more likely to want to lead a moral life," about 40 percent are more likely to attend church, participate in elections and be active in their community, and one in three is more likely to want to contribute financially. Full Article image

Australia: Vote Against Embryonic Cloning Seen as Sign of Shifting Debate

By Patrick Goodenough
CNSNews.com International Editor
May 08, 2008

(CNSNews.com) - In what could signal a further shift in the global stem cell debate, lawmakers in an Australia state have rejected legislation allow the cloning of human embryos for research purposes.

This week's vote in the Western Australia capital, Perth, is believed to be one of the first times the embryonic cloning issue has been considered by a legislature anywhere in the world since reports of a major research breakthrough last November prompted new questions about the need to use embryos at all. the rest

Christian leaders question D.C. probe of 'prosperity' televangelists

Wednesday, May 7, 2008
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Nearly two-dozen conservative Christian leaders have signed a letter to the Senate Finance Committee questioning an investigation into six large ministries that preach a gospel of prosperity.

The letter argues that the 6-month-old inquiry sets a dangerous precedent. It also suggests that the ministries were targeted for sharing "the same branch of evangelicalism" and promoting "socially conservative public policy positions such as support for the traditional definition of marriage."

Although the ministries under scrutiny are conservative theologically, they are not at the forefront of the culture wars issues championed by the leaders who are now rallying to their side. the rest

Britain: Practising Muslims 'will outnumber Christians by 2035'

By George Pitcher , Religion Editor
08/05/2008

Practising Muslims will outnumber worshipping Christians in Britain within 30 years, according to research published today.

By 2035, there will be about 1.96 million active Muslims in Britain, compared with 1.63 million church-going Christians, according to calculations by Christian Research, a think- tank.
The figures are published in the latest in a series of reports entitled Religious Trends. the rest

267 bishops say they will attend Gafcon conference

George Conger
May 8, 2008

Organizers of the June Gafcon meeting in Jerusalem report that as of April 25, 267 bishops have registered for the June meeting in Jerusalem.

Denounced as a rival gathering to the July Lambeth conference, a detailed agenda has yet to be released. Like Lambeth much of the conference will be devoted to worship and spiritual reflection. However, Gafcon will play host to bishops, clergy and lay leaders, and will also seek to formulate a common approach to the divisions of doctrine and discipline within the Anglican Communion.

Approximately 150 bishops and conferees from Muslim majority countries unable to travel freely to Israel along with the Gafcon leadership team will meet at a resort on the Dead Sea in Jordan from June 18-22, while a further 600 are expected to join the self-styled “pilgrimage” in Jerusalem from June 22-29. the rest

Archaeologists find Queen of Sheba's palace at Axum, Ethiopia

Wed, 07 May 2008

Hamburg - Archaeologists believe they have found the Queen of Sheba's palace at Axum, Ethiopia and an altar which held the most precious treasure of ancient Judaism, the Ark of the Covenant, the University of Hamburg said Wednesday. Scientists from the German city made the startling find during their spring excavation of the site over the past three months.

The Ethiopian queen was the bride of King Solomon of Israel in the 10th century before the Christian era. The royal match is among the memorable events in the Bible.

Ethiopian tradition claims the Ark, which allegedly contained Moses' stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written, was smuggled to Ethiopia by their son Menelek and is still in that country. the rest image

Russian Evangelicals Wary of New President

By Joshua Goldberg
Christian Post Reporter
Thu, May. 08 2008

As Russia swears in Dmitry Medvedev as its newest president today, evangelical Christians throughout the historically anti-western nation are reacting with anxiety and uncertainty over the future of their ministries.

Many Christian groups worry that Medvedev, who was elected this year in what many analysts describe as a mostly lopsided, unfair, and uncontested election, will continue many of the authoritarian and repressive directives attacking religious freedom that have characterized the past eight years of the country during outgoing President Vladimir Putin’s administration.
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Colson: Black Liberation Theology

Radical Rantings
By Chuck Colson
5/8/2008

I have refrained from commenting extensively on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy because this is an election year, and I avoid partisan questions. Until now, the Rev. Wright has been closely aligned with the Democratic front-runner.

Two recent events, however, now lead me to speak out about him. First, Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has denounced Wright’s radical teachings. Second, Rev. Wright has raised questions that go far beyond the current political campaign. Specifically, he is a proponent of black liberation theology, a radical movement that emerged some 40 years ago.

One of the founders of black liberation theology is a mentor of Rev. Wright. He is James Cone, author of a 1969 book titled Black Theology and Black Power. The book presents Jesus as a liberator who identified with poor and oppressed peoples. Cone links the Christian faith with the African-American struggle for full equality.

Among Cone’s more radical teachings: God is against white people. My friend Mike Gerson, the columnist, quotes Cone as saying, “Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy.” Jesus, Cone declares, did not come for all, but only for the poor and the oppressed. the rest

Upper South Carolina: St. Christopher’s, Spartanburg Splits, Rector & Vestry Majority Resign

Sarah Hey at Stand Firm
Thursday, May 8, 2008

I have been in contact with a former member of the vestry at St. Christopher's, Spartanburg, this week and other key people, as well as a number of other parishioners over the past six months, and with those conversations in mind have put together a summary timeline of the events of the past several months.

Six vestry members (among them the Senior Warden), the parish treasurer, the Rector, and a staff member resigned on Monday, May 5, [one of the six vestry members resigned on Sunday evening]. Additional vestry members may resign or depart the parish later. Monday's events were the culmination in the short term of the past six months of discernment by the vestry and the parish -- but in the long term, they are the consequences of the heretical actions of the national church's leadership [General Conventions, House of Bishops, Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori, and the Executive Council] over the past four years, the effects of which have been felt in every parish in the diocese.

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Breakup of Vero Beach's Trinity Episcopal Church approved

May 7, 2008

VERO BEACH — The breakup of the 82-year-old Trinity Episcopal Church was approved Wednesday in Orlando, allowing those leaving to get $700,000 from the church, in installments, as well as the church's new bell carillon tower, according to a copy of the agreement.

The agreement sets a July 1 deadline for departure of those disenchanted with the national Episcopal Church. That includes the church’s lead minister, the Rev. Lorne Coyle, an Episcopal minister for 33 years. the rest

Stand Firm: Trinity Church Reaches Agreement With Diocese of Central Florida

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

O for a heart of calm repose
Amid the world’s loud roar,
A life that like a river flows
Along a peaceful shore!

Come, Holy Spirit! still my heart
With gentleness divine;
Indwelling peace Thou canst impart;
O make the blessing mine.

Above these scenes of storm and strife
There spreads a region fair;
Give me to live that higher life,
And breathe that heavenly air.

Come, Holy Spirit! breathe that peace
That victory make me win;
Then shall my soul her conflict cease,
And find a heaven within.
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Greece [NY] sued over sectarian prayer

Meaghan M. McDermott • Staff writer
May 7, 2008

GREECE— In just a few seconds' time during the April Town Board meeting, Jennifer Zarpentine made Greece history.

Zarpentine, a Wiccan, delivered the first-ever pagan prayer to open a meeting of the Greece Town Board.

Her hands raised to the sky, she called upon Greek deities Athena and Apollo to "help the board make the right informed decisions for the benefit and greater good of the community."

A small cadre of her friends and coven members in the audience chimed in "so mote it be."

Greece is embroiled in a legal battle over the prayers delivered before the meetings. In March, national church-state watchdog group Americans United for Separation of Church and State, filed suit against the town in state Supreme Court. the rest

US diplomat: 100,000 may have died in Myanmar cyclone

AP
posted 5/7/08

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Bodies floated in flood waters and survivors tried to reach dry ground on boats using blankets as sails, while the top U.S. diplomat in Myanmar said Wednesday that up to 100,000 people may have died in the devastating cyclone.

Hungry crowds stormed the few shops that opened in the country's stricken Irrawaddy delta, sparking fist fights, according to Paul Risley, a spokesman for the U.N. World Food Program in neighboring Thailand.

Shari Villarosa, who heads the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar, said food and water are running short in the delta area and called the situation there "increasingly horrendous." the rest/image
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Chinese orchestra performs for Pope Benedict at Vatican

By DANIELA PETROFF

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The China Philharmonic Orchestra performed for Pope Benedict XVI in a landmark concert Wednesday that could indicate warming relations between Beijing and the Vatican.

Benedict called it a "truly unique event" and offered a "thank you" in Chinese at the end of the hour-long concert.

He praised music as a bridge between cultures and peoples and expressed greetings "to all the people of China as they prepare for the Olympic Games." The pontiff said he wanted to reach out "to your entire people" and that he had a "special thought" for Chinese Catholics loyal to the papacy.

Benedict, a classical music lover, sat in an embroidered ivory velvet chair and listened intently to Mozart's "Requiem." He applauded at the end. the rest

Moral scruples, civil rights and babies for lesbians

California’s highest court schedules oral arguments in case of doctors who refused to artificially inseminate homosexual woman
May 6, 2008

Can physicians be compelled by law to artificially inseminate lesbians so they can have children even if performing such a procedure violates the doctors’ religious convictions? The state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on that issue beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28, in San Francisco.

The California Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops, has filed a friend-of-the-court brief on the side of the physicians, arguing that no doctor should be compelled to engage in any practice he or she believes to be morally wrong. the rest

Turkey told to return ancient church

Wednesday, 7th May 2008
By: George Conger

ROMAN CATHOLIC leaders will support mosque building in Germany, if the Turkish government returns the Church of St Paul in Tarsus to church control and permits the construction of a pilgrimage centre.

Writing in his diocesan newspaper, the Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Joachim Meisner, said he had written to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urging his government return the church, built on the site of St Paul’s birthplace, as a gesture of European cooperation.

Confiscated by the Turkish government following the expulsion of Christians from Asia Minor in the 1920s, the Church of St Paul was used as an army warehouse for 70 years, until it was turned into a museum. Originally an Armenian Church, it became a Byzantine church in the early Middle Ages. the rest

Mich. high court says gay partners can't get health benefits

By DAVID EGGERT
Associated Press Writer

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Local governments and state universities in Michigan can't offer health insurance to the partners of gay workers, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

The court ruled 5-2 that Michigan's 2004 ban against gay marriage also blocks domestic-partner policies affecting gay employees at the University of Michigan and other public-sector employers.

The decision affirms a February 2007 appeals court ruling.

Up to 20 public universities, community colleges, school districts and local governments in Michigan have benefit policies covering at least 375 gay couples. After the appeals court ruled, universities and local governments rewrote their policies to try to comply with the gay marriage ban - so the effect of Wednesday's decision is unclear. the rest

Faith Today Interviews J.I. Packer

May/June 2008 Issue
By Karen Stiller

J.I. Packer has been described as one of the most important evangelical theologians of the late 20th century. In 2005 Time magazine dubbed him the “doctrinal Solomon” of Christian thinkers and named him one of the 25 most influential Evangelicals in North America.

Dr. Packer is the Board of Governors Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, a school he has served for 28 years. Considered a Christian classic, Packer’s Knowing God (one of his more than 40 books), was released in 1973 and has sold over a million copies.

Today, J.I. Packer, 81, is embroiled in the same-sex blessing controversy rocking The Anglican Church of Canada (ACC). Packer is honorary assistant in the largest congregation in the ACC, a church that voted to leave the ACC and realign with a more orthodox branch of the Anglican Communion based in South America.

In response, New Westminster Bishop Michael Ingham sent Packer and other clergy a “notice of presumption of abandonment of the exercise of ministry.” Packer (JP) talked to Faith Today’s Karen Stiller (KS) a little about his life so far and what is to come.

Interview

Breakaway Niagara Anglican churches consider appealing order to share with diocese

TORONTO — As three breakaway Ontario Anglican parishes decide whether to appeal an interim court ruling that requires they share their churches with the diocese, efforts are underway to figure out what to do about this Sunday's services.

Because Monday's ruling is so vastly different than that of an earlier judge, Anglican Network in Canada director Cheryl Chang said the breakaway group is seriously considering an appeal and has seven days to make a decision.

Justice Jane Milanetti's interim ruling, released Monday, is expected to remain in effect until the issue of who owns the church properties is resolved - a process that could take years.
It also comes in stark contrast to an earlier, even shorter-term ruling, by Superior Court Justice James Ramsay, who gave exclusive use of the churches to the breakaway parishes for several weeks. That gave both sides time to build their arguments, which they presented before Milanetti. the rest

The Council of Europe Presses Member States to Lift All Restrictions on Abortion

By Carlos Beltramo
5/6/2008
Population Research Institute

A resolution approved by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is demanding that its 47 member states "legalize abortion if they have not done so." Although legally non-binding, the resolution not only effectively endorses the "right" to kill the unborn, it puts pressure on nations to lift any and all restrictions on abortion throughout the whole continent.

The resolution passed by the Parliamentary Assembly essentially targets three pro-life nations: Ireland, Malta, and Poland.

A resolution approved by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is demanding that its 47 member states "legalize abortion if they have not done so." Although legally non-binding, the resolution not only effectively endorses the "right" to kill the unborn, it puts pressure on nations to lift any and all restrictions on abortion throughout the whole continent.
The resolution, named "Access to Safe and Legal Abortion in Europe," was approved by a vote of 102-69, with 69 abstentions. the rest

Thousands evacuate after Chile volcano Chaiten erupts

2008-05-07

BEIJING, May 7 (Xinhuanet) -- Chile's long-dormant Chaiten volcano spewed clouds of gray smoke, hot rocks and toxic gas on Tuesday, forcing authorities to order the complete evacuation of two nearby towns, media reports said.

More than 4,000 people left the town of Chaiten, 10 kilometers (six miles) from the volcano, after the initial eruption. Several hundred are still waiting to leave. Futaleufu, 70 kilometers (44 miles) to the east, is also being evacuated.

The volcano's column of smoke and ash stretched more than 19 kilometers (12 miles) into the sky on Monday, Chile's National Geology and Mineral Service reported, and it extended well into neighboring Argentina and to the Atlantic Ocean. the rest/image

Pope goes digital to better connect with youth

Wed May 7, 2008

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict will text message thousands of young Catholics on their mobile phones during World Youth Day in Sydney in July, hoping going digital will help him connect better with a younger audience.

The Pope will text daily messages of inspiration and hope during the six-day Sydney event while digital prayer walls will be erected at event sites and the church will set up a Catholic social networking Web site akin to a Catholic Facebook.

The Catholic Church said it decided to use technology to connect to the estimated 225,000 young Catholics expected to attend the World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations that start on July 15. the rest

Touchstone: What's In a Name?

by Anthony Esolen
May 5, 2008

Last night I met a perfectly friendly and intelligent young couple, both graduates of my mater ferox, Catholics both, with a young daughter whom they intend to teach at home. The wife told me cheerfully that she'd recently attended a small reunion of local Princetonians, and she was the only woman present who was a "stay-at-home mom." That's the phrase that people use, and I wasn't going to quarrel with it then -- we were milling about after a graduation ceremony in honor of ten homeschooled seniors. We had a few jests at the absurdity of believing that to spend most of one's time in the company of someone deeply beloved, free to read or play music, or to put the home in trim for one's own use or for hospitality or for the pleasure of someone else deeply beloved, or to go outside for what she called, putting emphasis on the unusual phrase, "fresh air," is somehow a great sacrifice, worthy to be acknowledged by solemn nods from those who are not making it. Her friends, she said, mainly employed nannies, and as far as I can see, the name "nanny" is given to someone who will temporarily treat one's child with a certain amiable kindness, but who will move on in a year or two, and who will therefore not be a deeply felt part of the child's life. In other words, the nanny is not really a nanny, but, to pick up the bitter phrase from Hemingway, isn't it pretty to think so? It occurs to me that the friends are the ones making the sacrifice -- or are making their children make the sacrifice.
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Americans transfixed by high infidelity

By Jennifer Harper
May 7, 2008

Politicians appear to be on a whistle-stop tour of infidelity. It's the McGreevey-Dann-Spitzer show — and then some.

Infidelity is big theater these days, providing both spectacle and cautionary tale to eager onlookers and press alike. Adultery and its attendant behaviors have created a popular culture and cottage industry all their own, driving political strategy, press coverage and — on rare occasions — a few positive outcomes.

America is along for the ride — and ready to hear more about the greater implications of infidelity. the rest image

Anglicans must choose between Protestantism and tradition, says Vatican

By Anna Arco
6 May 2008

The Vatican has said that the time has come for the Anglican Church to choose between Protestantism and the ancient churches of Rome and Orthodoxy.

Speaking on the day that the Archbishop of Canterbury met Benedict XVI in Rome, Cardinal Walter Kasper, the president of the Pontifical Council of Christian Unity, said it was time for Anglicanism to "clarify its identity".

He told the Catholic Herald: "Ultimately, it is a question of the identity of the Anglican Church. Where does it belong?"

Does it belong more to the churches of the first millennium -Catholic and Orthodox - or does it belong more to the Protestant churches of the 16th century? At the moment it is somewhere in between, but it must clarify its identity now and that will not be possible without certain difficult decisions." the rest image

Zenit: ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY VISITS BENEDICT XVI

Archbishop - 'friendly meeting' with Pope Benedict

Ruth Gledhill's take

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cast off. Proverbs 23:17-18

When we see the wicked prosper we are apt to envy them. When we hear the noise of their mirth and our own spirit is heavy, we half think that they have the best of it. This is foolish and sinful. If we knew them better, and specially if we remembered their end, we should pity them.

The cure for envy lies in living under a constant sense of the divine presence, worshiping God and communing with Him all the day long, however long the day may seem. True religion lifts the soul into a higher region, where the judgment becomes more clear and the desires are more elevated. The more of heaven there is in our lives, the less of earth we shall covet. The fear of God casts out envy of men.

The deathblow of envy is a calm consideration of the future. The wealth and glory of the ungodly are a vain show. This pompous appearance flashes out for an hour and then is extinguished. What is the prosperous sinner the better for his prosperity when judgment overtakes him? As for the godly man, his end is peace and blessedness, and none can rob him of his joy; wherefore, let him forgo envy and be filled with sweet content.

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Bishop Venables: Communion “Breaking Up Because Nobody is Leading”

May 6, 2008

The work of amending the Constitution and Canons of the Southern Cone in order to regularize the admission of parishes and dioceses beyond South America is about to begin, according to Presiding Bishop Gregory Venables. The Primate of the Southern Cone made a visit to the Diocese of Fort Worth for a series of meetings with clergy and lay leaders May 2-4.

“The Anglican Communion in the United States has been hijacked,” Bishop Venables said, by an Episcopal Church leadership that doesn’t “mind what happens as long as they control it.

“I am astounded that in America, the land of the free, so many people have been robbed of their freedom,” he said.

Bishop Venables’ visit began with a private meeting of diocesan clergy at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Fort Worth on May 2. The following day, Bishop Venables met with a convocation of elected clergy and lay delegates to the diocesan convention. The convocation also included about 130 visitors who were granted seat, but not voice. There was no voting. On Sunday morning, Bishop Venables preached at St. Vincent’s Cathedral, Bedford, and again later during Evensong at St. Andrew’s, Fort Worth. At each stop on Sunday he answered questions from those present. the rest

Aid workers fear Burma cyclone deaths will top 50,000

Kenneth Denby, in Rangoon
May 6, 2008

Foreign aid workers in Burma have concluded that as many as 50,000 people died in Saturday’s cyclone, and two to three million are homeless, in a disaster on a scale comparable with the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

The official death count after Cyclone Nargis stood at just under half that by 1300 GMT today, at around 22,500 people dead plus a further 41,000 missing. the rest

Burma cyclone: 10,000 killed in ONE town as massive wave is blamed for death toll set to top 60,000

Bishops of Pittsburgh to Attend Lambeth

May 6, 2008

In a media statement published May 6 on their diocesan website, Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh and assistant Bishop Henry Scriven said they plan to attend the Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops July 16-Aug. 4.

Both previously said they would be attending the Global Anglican Future Conference organized by traditionalist Global South Anglican leaders and scheduled to be held in the Holy Land in late June.

“After consulting with the people of Pittsburgh and our friends around the globe, we have come to the conclusion that it is necessary for us to be present at both gatherings,” Bishop Duncan said. “Given the expense and the stated intent of the Archbishop of Canterbury that Lambeth can no longerbe considered a decision-making council of the church, choosing to be present was not easy.” the rest image

Revisited: Sermon given by Fr. Michael Flynn at the consecration of Bp William Love

This is a video of the sermon given by Fr. Michael Flynn at the consecration of Bp William love in Albany, NY.

Freedom in forgiveness! Powerful!
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Vog - volcanic smog - kills plants, casts a haze over Hawaii

By AUDREY McAVOY

OCEAN VIEW, Hawaii (AP) — For eight years, Tony and Sam Bayaoa have grown thousands of bright red, yellow and pink protea flowers on their farm. Then in March, Kilauea volcano opened a new vent and began spewing double the usual amount of toxic gas.

Now about 70 percent of their crop is dried, brown and brittle.

"The first reaction was — did someone poison the plants?" said Tony Bayaoa, whose two-acre farm is 35 miles from the volcano. "I've lost my livelihood."

Big Island crops are shriveling as sulfur dioxide from Kilauea wafts over them and envelops them in "vog," or volcanic smog. People are wheezing, and schoolchildren are being kept indoors during recess. High gas levels led Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to close several days last month, forcing the evacuation of thousands of visitors.

Residents of this volcanic island are used to toxic gas. But this haze is so bad that farmers are thinking about growing different crops, and many people are worrying about their health. the rest image

'Expelled' Filmmakers Claim 'Over the Top' Success

By Alexander J. Sheffrin
Christian Post Reporter
Tue, May. 06 2008

“Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” the pro-intelligent design documentary featuring actor Ben Stein, made history this weekend as it skyrocketed into place as the 13th highest grossing documentary film of all time. Since its release on April 18, the film has earned an astounding $6.6 million while only in its 3rd week in the box office.

Despite opposition from critics such as Jeannette Catsoulis of the New York Times, who called the film a “conspiracy-theory rant masquerading as investigative inquiry,” producers of the movie said that reaction to the film and its ideas questioning the tenets of Darwinism had generated an "over the top" reaction among moviegoers.

"We did exit polling on the first weekend and the exit polling done in six states with 1,100 people showed that 97 percent of the people who were polled said they liked the film," said associate producer Mark Mathis, according to Baptist Press. the rest image

Myanmar cyclone death toll soars past 22,000: state radio

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar state radio says the cyclone death toll has soared above 22,000 and more than 41,000 others are missing.

Up to 1 million people may be homeless after Cyclone Nargis and some villages have been almost totally eradicated, according to the World Food Program.

Cyclone Nargis tore through the country's heartland and largest city, Yangon, early Saturday.

Aid agencies reported their assessment teams had reached some areas of the largely isolated region. But they said getting in supplies and large numbers of aid workers would be difficult. the rest image

China offers $1 mln worth of aid to cyclone-hit Myanmar

Myanmar Death Toll Rises to 22000; Thousands Missing (Update8)

Samaritan's Purse Canada to aid Myanmar cyclone victims - Canadian Newswire

Relief groups scramble to aid Myanmar - CNN