Friday, June 06, 2008

Devotional: To be right with God...

To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men. ...AW Tozer image

Vatican to publish entire work by bestselling author Pope Benedict XVI

Richard Owen
June 6, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI is proving such a bestselling author that his entire literary output before he became Pope is to be issued in thirteen volumes, with the first volume to appear in bookshops at the end of this year.

The pontiff's last book, Jesus of Nazareth — his first major publication written as Pope — has sold 2,500,000 copies so far worldwide. But there is growing demand for the works he produced as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, when he was the Vatican's chief expert on doctrine, and even for his writings as a German theology professor in Bavaria.

"Benedict is a cerebral theologian, but far from dry" one Vatican source said. "He writes simply and lucidly, with human insight as well as profound spirituality". the rest

Australia: Oz TV advises CO2-emitting children to die early

By Andrew Orlowski
Tuesday 3rd June 2008

Carbon Cult sickos are under fire for an interactive website that tells children they should die because they emit CO2.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "Planet Slayer" site invites young children to take a "greenhouse gas quiz", asking them "how big a pig are you?". At the end of the quiz, the pig explodes, and ABC tells children at "what age you should die at so you don’t use more than your fair share of Earth’s resources!"

It's one of a number of interactive features that "Get the dirt on greenhouse without the guilt trips. No lectures. No multinational-bashing (well, maybe a little...). Just fun and games and the answers to all your enviro-dilemas," ABC claims. the rest

The Problem of Heresy

The Rev. Christopher M. Klukas
May, 2008

But how did we get to this point? How did the Church become so corrupt? We can compare the Episcopal Church to a house that has gradually fallen into disrepair. When small issues aren't fixed, they almost always turn into bigger ones. The roots of our present problems go as far back as 150 - 200 years. The situation didn't become acute, however, until the 1960's. It was at this time that Bishop James Pike published a book called “A Time for Christian Candor.” In this work he openly denied such basic doctrines as the Trinity, the Incarnation, and the Virgin birth. Bishop Pike wasn't the only one who believed these things, he just happened to be the one who published them in a book.

Bishop Pike's book caused an uproar throughout the Church, but particularly in the House of Bishops. In 1966 he was formally presented to the House of Bishops on the charge of Heresy. An advisory committee, led by Bp. Stephen Bayne, was formed to deal with these issues. The report of this committee “called the concept of heresy “anachronistic” and called for the revision of canon law to make heresy trials almost impossible.” (“An American Apostle: The Life of Stephen Fielding Bayne, Jr.” p. 147) They stated that, “Any risks the Church might run by fostering a climate of genuine freedom are minor compared to the dangers it will surely encounter from any attempts at suppression, censorship, or thought control.”

The House of Bishops then affirmed this report and adopted its recommendations concerning cannon law. Thus instead of disciplining Bishop Pike, they supported him and made it nearly impossible for future bishops to be disciplined on the charge of heresy. At a time when the faithful could have taken a stand, they decided instead to accommodate and affirm. This was the beginning of the formal acceptance of heresy in our church. As the years march on more and more liberties are taken and the church becomes less Christian and more Pagan. the rest-pdf

Archbishop Jensen: Pray for Unity

Russell Powell
6 June 2008

Statement from Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen

It is not long now before I leave for the Jerusalem Conference. I am immensely grateful for the support and prayers of so many of you. I’m looking forward to meeting with the leaders representing 35 million Anglicans across 27 different countries and it is my hope that God will give us wisdom during our time together. As we look to the future of this great communion of churches, I am praying that we will maintain the highest level of unity possible.

I have just written to the Archbishop of Canterbury to assure him of my prayers for him and for the success of the Lambeth Conference. We have different views on how best to see the future of the Anglican Communion at this time. But we are at one in seeking its good health and doing what can be done to make sure that the turmoil created by those who have set aside fundamental Christian teaching does not destroy it. On the contrary, our aim should be to see it united as never before in the service of Christ in this world. I am praying that both the Lambeth Conference and the Jerusalem Conference will help achieve that goal. Will you join me in your intercessions? the rest image

Orombi wants pro-gay bishops to apologise

Thursday, 5th June, 2008
By Anne Mugisa and Angella Asiimire

PRO-GAY bishops must apologise and renounce their support for sexual perversion in order to reunite the Church. The Archbishop of Uganda, Henry Luke Orombi, made the appeal on Wednesday, while addressing journalists at the provincial headquarters in Namirembe, Kampala.

He was announcing the departure of a team of Church of Uganda bishops to the Anglican Communion scheduled for June 22-29 in Jerusalem.

According to Orombi, conservative Christians worldwide, who believe in the Bible, will meet in Jerusalem to “prepare for an Anglican future in which the gospel is uncompromised and a Christ-centred mission is a top priority.” the rest

India: Divorce increases among Christians

In the traditionally Christian enclave of Goa, a former Portuguese colony, divorce is reaching an unprecedented rate. Women complain of sexual abuse, child abuse, and extra-marital affairs.
Friday, June 06, 2008

In Goa, marriages are ending in divorce at an unprecedented rate. Margao Judicial Magistrate first class, M. Rodrigues moans, "Incidents of divorce are increasing in Goa. The break-up of the joint family institution has only worsened things."

"It's alarming," according to Father Savio Rodrigues, a counsellor at St. Britto's high school, Mapusa, whose clients include children from broken families.

Children are the worst sufferers of broken homes. "I have received several cases of kids taking to drugs to escape the reality of a broken home," continues Father Rodrigues. the rest

Italian poll shows heavy support for legalized prostitution

Rome, Jun. 5, 2008

( - Italy's Donna Moderna magazine has published a survey showing that a substantial majority of Italians support the legalization of prostitution.

The survey respondents accepted the argument that legalizing brothels would protect prostitutes and move them off the streets.

The survey found substantial support for two different arguments in favor of legalization: 47% of those polled supported the legalization of prostitution as a means to “clean up the streets” while 38% said the measure would be useful to protect prostitutes from exploitation and violence. Just 11% of respondents opposed legalized prostitution on the grounds that it would encourage the practice, and a mere 4% opposed the the idea on moral grounds. the rest

First Things: The Dishonorable Daughter

By Richard John Neuhaus
Friday, June 6, 2008

“Honor your father and your mother.” As the Church Fathers wrote, there are things we know simply by virtue of being human but then, after we alienated ourselves from the source of our humanity, God gave us the Decalogue to remind us of those things. One of those things is that we should honor our father and mother. Perhaps Paul Moore, the Episcopal bishop of New York for seventeen years, and his wife Jenny had that in mind when they named one of their nine children Honor. If so, they have reason to be sorely disappointed.

Honor Moore’s The Bishop’s Daughter: A Memoir is selling briskly. In the long line of celebrations of pathographies—in which children take literary revenge on their parents—a big excerpt from the book was published in the New Yorker, and it has benefited from rave reviews in the newsweeklies as well as in major papers, including two reviews in the New York Times. In a letter to the New Yorker, Honor’s siblings protested, “Doesn’t it matter, even when someone is dead, that his most fervently held private life, and the unnecessarily explicit details of his marriage, are exposed against his wishes? We believe that it does matter, and that both of our parents’ good legacies have been damaged.” the rest

Brazilian Anencephalic Baby Shatters Pro-Abortion Myths

After a year and a half of life, smiles, cries when mother is away, responds to sounds
Commentary by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

( - In announcing that the Brazilian Supreme Court may soon rule on whether to permit abortions for anencephalic babies - infants born without a complete brain - Folha de Sao Paulo columnist Josias de Souza claimed that such children normally die within days of birth.

But tell that to Cacilda Galante Ferreira, whose daughter Marcela was born with anancephaly a year and a half ago in Morro Agudo, Sao Paulo State, Brazil. The baby is very much alive, quite healthy, and responds to family members.

"One week I had to go out and I left Marcela sleeping with my other daughter. When I returned she was agitated and crying. I can't stay away from her for one minute," her mother told the newspaper A Cidade in February. the rest

A Gym Designed to Cater to Christians

June 06, 2008

CLERMONT, Fla. - Jason Russell, a fitness buff, had long found it difficult to combine his Christian faith with his job as a gym manager, which required him to be around women in spandex and men concerned only with how macho they are.

"Me being a single guy and trying to walk the Christian line, it was difficult," said Mr. Russell, 30. "I needed not only to protect myself, but as a leader, to help others with their spiritual journey."

Mr. Russell had been planning to open a gym of his own. Then he discovered Lord's Gym, a 10,000-square-foot fitness center here that meshes prayer and push-ups. Its goal, says its owner, Paul Sorchy, a chiropractor, is to provide a modest setting where members can feel comfortable exercising. Mr. Russell is now its manager. the rest

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Devotional: "For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

"For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5

What line does my thought take? Does it turn to what God says or to what I fear? Am I learning to say not what God says, but to say something after I have heard what He says? "He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."

"I will in no wise fail thee" - not for all my sin and selfishness and stubbornness and waywardness. Have I really let God say to me that He will never fail me? If I have listened to this say-so of God's, then let me listen again.

"Neither will I in any wise forsake thee." Sometimes it is not difficulty that makes me think God will forsake me, but drudgery. There is no Hill Difficulty to climb, no vision given, nothing wonderful or beautiful, just the commonplace day in and day out - can I hear God's say-so in these things?

We have the idea that God is going to do some exceptional thing, that He is preparing and fitting us for some extraordinary thing by and bye, but as we go on in grace we find that God is glorifying Himself here and now, in the present minute. If we have God's say-so behind us, the most amazing strength comes, and we learn to sing in the ordinary days and ways. ...Oswald Chambers

Baby Miraculously Survives Abortion, Expected to Live 'Normal' Life

Thursday, June 05, 2008

A mother who decided to abort her son because he may have inherited a life-threatening kidney condition is overjoyed that he survived the procedure.

Jodie Percival of Nottinghamshire, England, said she and her fiancee made the decision to abort baby Finley when she was eight weeks pregnant.

Percival's first son Thane died of multicystic dysplastic kidneys — which causes cysts to grow on the kidneys of an unborn baby — and her second child Lewis was born with serious kidney damage and currently has just one kidney, the Daily Mail reported. the rest

TAC: Traditionalist waiting for Vatican ruling

June 5, 2008
by George Conger in

An announcement on the Vatican’s relationship with the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) may be made following the July 16-Aug 3 Lambeth Conference, sources in Rome tell The Church of England Newspaper.

Leaders of TAC, home to over 400,000 Anglo-Catholics who have left the Episcopal and Anglican churches over the past thirty years, have been in talks with the Vatican over creating an Anglican-rite enclave under the authority of the Bishop of Rome.

While the curia under Pope John Paul II had opposed attempts to bring Anglicans en masse into the Roman Catholic fold, under Benedict XVI the Vatican appears to have adopted a different line. Anglicans wishing to be received into the Catholic Church are welcome to do so, as individuals, rather than as part of a larger ecclesial body. The talks between TAC and Vatican, however, have focused on allowing whole groups to enter the Catholic Church while maintaining their own orders and liturgy....

...The Rt. Rev. David Moyer, former president of Forward in Faith USA and a Bishop in TAC, also declined comment on the negotiations with Rome, stating only that “We in the TAC are on our knees for something positive to happen. We remain very hopeful.”

The Bishop of Fort Worth, the Rt. Rev. Jack Iker—who is currently in Rome on study leave—told The Church of England Newspaper “conversations with TAC - and others - have taken place at high levels in the Vatican and that it is thought that the Pope is sympathetic to the dilemma of traditionalists in the Anglican way.” the rest

Barack Obama on Abortion: The Audacity of Death

June 5, 2008

According to Barack Obama, Gianna Jessen shouldn't exist.

Miss Jessen is an exquisite example of what antiabortion advocates call a "survivor." Well into her third trimester of pregnancy, Gianna's biological mother was injected with a saline solution intended to induce a chemical abortion at a Los Angeles County abortion center. Eighteen hours later, and precious minutes before the abortionist's arrival, Gianna emerged. Premature and with severe injuries that resulted in cerebral palsy. But alive.

Had the abortionist been present at her birth, Gianna would have been killed, perhaps by suffocation. As it was, a startled nurse called an ambulance, and Gianna was rushed to a nearby hospital, where, weighing just two pounds, she was placed in an incubator, then, months later, in foster care.

Gianna survived then, and thrives now, because, as she told me recently with a laugh, "I guess I don't die easy." Which is what the abortionist might have thought as he signed his victim's birth certificate. Gianna's medical records state that she was "born during saline abortion." the rest image

Anglicans and the Via Media

By Randy Sly6/5/2008
Catholic Online

Anglicans have traditionally been called the “Via Media” or “the middle road” between Catholicism and Protestantism. What does that even mean any longer?

WASHINGTON (Catholic Online) – “Why did the Anglican cross the road?” He never did, he stopped in the middle.

Anglicans have traditionally been called the “Via Media” or “the middle road” between Catholicism and Protestantism.

Depending on which way a certain Anglican group may lean, they could be described as Catholic Lite or Protestants with Prayer Books. Until the mid-20th Century, however, most of them stayed in the middle of the road together.

I remember some of my early lessons as a teenager in the Episcopal Church where we were talk that we were taking the best from both worlds and expressing a faith that stands between the Catholic Church and the Reformers, embracing both and borrowing from each.
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GAFCON: 107 Ugandan Anglicans going to Jerusalem

The Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi

Thirty-four Bishops from the Church of Uganda and their wives will travel to Jerusalem later this month for the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON). Also in the delegation, there will be thirty clergy and lay leaders from around the country with experience in different areas of ministry.

1,000 people from around the worldwide Anglican Communion, including more than 280 bishops, will participate in this Pilgrimage, and the Church of Uganda will be more than ten percent. the rest

Clinton ending candidacy, supporting Obama

Jun 5, 2008

(WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton will end on Saturday her historic bid to become the first woman president but Barack Obama said he won't be hurried into a decision on whether to make her his running mate.

Clinton, in an e-mail to supporters, said she "will be speaking on Saturday about how together we can rally the party behind Senator Obama. The stakes are too high and the task before us too important to do otherwise."

The e-mail was a shift in tone by the former first lady, who announced 17 months ago that she was "in it to win it." Many of her supporters now are pushing for her to be included as the vice presidential candidate, in their minds a "dream ticket" that would bring Obama her enthusiastic legions and broaden his appeal to white and working-class voters. the rest image

Clinton Ready to End Bid and Endorse Obama

Kristol: It's Not Going to be Obama-Clinton

Choice of a No 2 must end the Clinton era

Obama-Clinton: Nightmare or Dream?

Canada: Bishop Ingham threatens the Rev David Short

Natasha Percy
5 June 2008

Former Sydney Anglican, the Rev David Short, who has been charged with abandoning Anglican doctrine, has now been threatened with charges of trespassing if he sets foot on the property of St John’s Shaughnessy, in moves which could see more Canadian churches forced from their properties.

Mr Short, who is the rector at St John’s, and all other clergy belonging to the Anglican Network in Canada in the Diocese of New Westminster received letters outlining the charges from Bishop Michael Ingham on Monday.

The letters also advised that the clergy were forbidden to ‘trespass’ on the church properties, exercise any ministry and remove anything from the properties, including books. the rest image

Quebec commission calls for "open secularism"

By Jim Coggins
June 5, 2008

A Quebec commission studying the "reasonable accommodation" of religious and other minorities has recommended "open secularism" as a way to resolve tensions. A spokesman for the Protestant community in Quebec has affirmed this approach, saying the commission has done "a good job."

The Consultation Commission on Accommodation Practices Related to Cultural Differences released its 300-page report on May 22. Among other recommendations, early reports in the Globe and Mail and the Canadian Press said the Commission was advocating that Quebec become a "more secular" society. the rest

The Kindergarchy-Every child a dauphin.

by Joseph Epstein

In America we are currently living in a Kindergarchy, under rule by children. People who are raising, or have recently raised, or have even been around children a fair amount in recent years will, I think, immediately sense what I have in mind. Children have gone from background to foreground figures in domestic life, with more and more attention centered on them, their upbringing, their small accomplishments, their right relationship with parents and grandparents. For the past 30 years at least, we have been lavishing vast expense and anxiety on our children in ways that are unprecedented in American and in perhaps any other national life. Such has been the weight of all this concern about children that it has exercised a subtle but pervasive tyranny of its own. This is what I call Kindergarchy: dreary, boring, sadly misguided Kindergarchy.

With its full-court-press attention on children, the Kindergarchy is a radical departure from the ways parents and children viewed one another in earlier days. Ten or so years ago I began to notice that a large number of people born around the late 1930s and through the 1940s had, as I do, a brother or sister five or six years younger or older than they. So often was this the case that I began to wonder if there wasn't some pattern here that I had hitherto missed? Then it occurred to me that mothers in those days decided not to have a second child until their first child, at five or six, had gone off to school.
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Anglican Bishop: Global Warming Skeptics = Child Molesters

By Mark D. Tooley
Thursday, June 05, 2008

“Bishop claims environment abusers as bad as sex," colorfully declared the headline of the Birmingham (England) Post. The May 31 article began: “The Bishop of Stafford has compared people who ignore the effects of climate change to the Austrian child sex monster Josef Fritzl.”

In all too common fashion for Global Warming alarmists, the Anglican bishop recently employed a pastoral letter to liken dissenters on Global Warming to Josef Fritzl, who fathered seven children by his daughter, who was locked up in the basement across two decades.

“Josef Fritzl represents merely the most extreme form of a very common philosophy of life: I will do what makes me happy, and if that causes others to suffer, hard luck,” the Very Rev. Gordon Mursell explained to his Diocese of Lichfield. “In fact you could argue that, by our refusal to face the truth about climate change, we are as guilty as he is – we are in effect locking our children and grandchildren into a world with no future and throwing away the key.” the rest

Study secretly tracks cell phone users outside US

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) -Researchers secretly tracked the locations of 100,000 people outside the United States through their cell phone use and concluded that most people rarely stray more than a few miles from home.

The first-of-its-kind study by Northeastern University raises privacy and ethical questions for its monitoring methods, which would be illegal in the United States.

It also yielded somewhat surprising results that reveal how little people move around in their daily lives. Nearly three-quarters of those studied mainly stayed within a 20-mile-wide circle for half a year. the rest image

The Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin has fully complied with California State Law

The Diocese of San Joaquin
June 4, 2008
Fresno, California

The following facts are given to correct and clarify recently published misunderstandings and misstatements regarding legal claims against the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin

All actions taken by the Diocese of San Joaquin were authorized by its governing bodies, namely, its Standing Committee and its Diocesan Council, along with Bishop Schofield. These actions were done in complete compliance with California law and were done to secure the property until a California court can rule on the issue of ownership. One of these actions was to retitle accounts held at Merrill Lynch; assets were not moved from Merrill Lynch. The property in question is owned by the Diocese and its parishes and not the Episcopal Church. The Diocese expects a favorable ruling by the California court on the issues of property ownership.

The Diocese of San Joaquin is a California unincorporated association that is governed by the California Corporations Code and its own internal Constitution and Canons (akin to bylaws). The Diocese is a corporate person; a legal entity recognized by the civil courts. In California, an unincorporated association is governed by majority vote of its members. There is nothing in the governing documents of the Episcopal Church which forbade or limited the right of the Diocese of San Joaquin from withdrawing and taking its property with it.

On December 8, 2007, the people of the Diocese of San Joaquin exercised their democratic right reserved to them under their Constitution to withdraw from membership in the Episcopal Church and to realign with another province of the worldwide Anglican Communion, the Province of the Southern Cone. The vote of the people of the Diocese of San Joaquin at a duly noticed and convened Annual Convention was overwhelming; nearly 90 percent were in favor of the realignment. Special provision was made for those who disagreed with the majority’s decision: each parish in the Diocese was given the option of staying with the Episcopal Church and those who did were permitted to keep all of their real and personal property with the blessings of the Diocese and its bishop, The Rt. Rev. John-David Schofield. Ultimately, some seven parishes decided to stay with the Episcopal Church.

Unwilling to abide by the decision of the majority, the seven stay-behind parishes, in concert with the Episcopal Church, purported to hold their own “re-vote” to reverse the 90 percent majority decision of the Diocese and have filed papers proclaiming themselves to be the “true” or “real” Diocese of San Joaquin and seeking all of the diocese’s real and personal property. These assertions are not legally tenable.

Bishop Schofield remains a fully ordained bishop and is a member in good standing of the House of Bishops of the Province of the Southern Cone, a constituent member of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Furthermore, at least five dioceses within The Episcopal Church have rejected or questioned the legality of the Presiding Bishop’s actions in deposing Bishops Schofield and Cox. the rest

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Devotional: Sometimes thou shalt be forsaken of God...

Sometimes thou shalt be forsaken of God, sometimes thou shalt be troubled by thy neighbors; and what is more, oftentimes thou shalt be wearisome even to thyself. Neither canst thou be delivered or eased by any remedy or comfort; but so long as it pleaseth God, thou oughtest to bear it. For God will have thee learn to suffer tribulation without comfort, and that thou subject thyself wholly to Him, and by tribulation become more humble. No man hath so cordial a feeling of the Passion of Christ, as he that hath suffered the like himself. The Cross therefore is always ready, and everywhere waits for thee. Thou canst not escape it, whithersoever thou runnest; for wheresoever thou goest, thou carriest thyself with thee, and shalt ever find thyself. Both above and below, without and within, which way so ever thou dost turn thee, everywhere thou shalt find the Cross; and everywhere of necessity thou must hold fast patience, if thou wilt have inward peace, and enjoy an everlasting crown. ...Thomas à Kempis image

Oregon Offers to Pay to Kill, but Not to Treat Cancer Patient

By Tim Waggoner

SALEM, Oregon, June 4, 2008 ( - Lung cancer patient, Barbara Wagner, was recently notified that her oncologist-prescribed medication that would slow the growth of cancer would not be covered by the Oregon Health Plan; the plan, however, she was informed, would cover doctor-assisted suicide should she wish to kill herself.

"Treatment of advanced cancer that is meant to prolong life, or change the course of this disease, is not a covered benefit of the Oregon Health Plan," read the letter notifying Wagner of the health plan's decision.

Wagner says she was shocked by the decision. "To say to someone, we'll pay for you to die, but not pay for you to live, it's cruel," she said. "I get angry. Who do they think they are?"

This past Monday morning, however, Wagner had reason to rejoice. A representative from the company that manufactures the treatment called the cancer patient to say they would give her the medication for free. the rest

Same-Sex 'Marriage' Today-Polygamy Tomorrow

By Chuck Colson

Within a week, courts in California and Texas issued rulings that, when it comes to traditional marriage, suggest that the so-called “alarmists” have actually understated the dangers.

The first was the California Supreme Court’s decision In Re Marriage Cases. As you probably know, the court, by a 4-3 vote, overturned the state’s ban on same-sex “marriage.”

The decision swept aside a referendum passed in 2000. By a more than 3-2 margin, voters had approved the referendum that read, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California.” The court also concluded that the California domestic-partnership law discriminated against gays.

It did so by finding a “right”—sound familiar?—to marry under the California Constitution. As the majority opinion put it, “An individual’s capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual’s sexual orientation.” Oh my. the rest image

Abortion Center in Illinois Hit With Second Botched Abortion Lawsuit in Weeks

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 4, 2008

Granite City, IL ( -- The Hope Clinic for Women located in the Illinois side of border of St. Louis, is the subject of the second botched abortion lawsuit in six months. In this new case, a young woman says the abortion center failed to do a complete abortion and left part of her unborn child inside of her -- causing her infertility.

Antoinette Blanton, who is 20, filed a $50,000 against the abortion center saying the failed March 2006 abortion caused her to be sterile.

According to the lawsuit, abortion practitioner Allen S. Palmer, of Bridgeton, failed to remove the entire unborn child during the abortion procedure. the rest

House Members Form Gay Equality Caucus

June 4, 2008

(Washington) Fifty-two members of the House of Representatives have formed a bipartisan LGBT Equality Caucus to lobby for civil rights. All but two of the members are Democrats.

The caucus was announced Wednesday at a Capitol Hill news conference by the House's only two openly gay members, Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Barney Frank (D-MA).

"We represent different races, different genders, different sexual orientations, different geographic regions, different generations, and different parties, but we share a common mission: to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality," said Baldwin. the rest image

The current members include: Reps. Rob Andrews (D-NJ), Xavier Becerra (D-CA) Lois Capps (D-CA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Mike Honda (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), James McGovern (D-MA), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Hilda Solis (D-CA), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Henry Waxman (D-CA), Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Peter Welch (D-VT), Howard Berman (D-CA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Robert Brady (D-PA), Michael Capuano (D-MA), Susan Davis (D-CA), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Phil Hare (D-IL), Rush Holt (D-NJ), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Doris Matsui (D-CA), James Moran (D-VA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Steven Rothman (D-NJ), José Serrano (D-NY), Chris Shays (R-CT), Pete Stark (D-CA), Betty Sutton (D-OH), Ellen Tauscher (D-CA), Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Robert Wexler (D-FL), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).

Judge Blasts Proposed Code Change as Promoting ‘Homosexual Agenda’

By Debra Cassens Weiss

An Oklahoma judge has taken aim at what he calls the “liberal, pro-homosexual American Bar Association” in a letter opposing a change in the state’s judicial conduct code.

Judge Bill Graves of Oklahoma County used that phrase to describe the ABA in a letter opposing a proposed anti-bias amendment to the state’s judicial conduct code based on an ABA model act, the Oklahoman reports.

The letter (PDF posted by the Oklahoman) contends the provision would provide even more protection to sexual orientation by barring judges from holding membership in groups that discriminate based on sexual orientation and other grounds.

Graves said the Oklahoma judicial code already bars judges from showing bias on the basis of sexual orientation and that such a provision “is promoting the homosexual agenda, which is to have homosexuality treated as normal and natural as heterosexuality. These are cultural, moral and political issues that should be reserved to the legislative branch.” the rest

Mark Steyn Human Rights Tribunal "Show Trial" Opens in Vancouver

Ezra Levant says, this isn't a real court. This is a kangaroo court, with three leftist activists as panellists"
By Hilary White

VANCOUVER, June 3, 2008 ( - The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has had its first day of hearings in the case being brought against syndicated columnist and author Mark Steyn, and Maclean's magazine that published an excerpt from his book, "America Alone".

The lawyer for the complainants, Faisal Joseph, opened his statements yesterday saying that the article, "The future belongs to Islam," published by Maclean's in October 2006, depicted Muslims as "a violent people" who hold traditional Canadian values "in contempt". Their religion he said, was portrayed as "inhuman" and "violent".

"We know under the Supreme Court of Canada [and] under tribunals of this country that there are reasonable limits [to the freedom of expression]," Faisal Joseph, Habib's lawyer, said.

The complainants, Mohamed Elmasry, an imam and president of the Canadian Islamic Congress and Naiyer Habib, after failing to bring their complaints to the legitimate courts, complained to the Canadian, Ontario and B.C. human rights authorities after the Toronto-based magazine published the article. the rest

My Redeemer Lives - Team Hoyt

Incredible video about the relationship between a father and son.... and God's relationship with us.

California Marriage Amendment Qualifies for November Ballot - The People Will Decide

Over 1.1 million voters who signed the marriage petition in time for the November election
LOS ANGELES, June 3, 2008

( - Yesterday, the California Secretary of State, Debra Bowen, certified the California Marriage Protection Act ("Amendment") for the November 2008 ballot. The Amendment to the California Constitution states: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

"The response from the people of this state has been unprecedented in support of marriage's legacy, by responding with an all-out volunteer signature campaign," said Ron Prentice, CEO of the California Family Council and Chairman of the coalition sponsoring the amendment. "We're so grateful to the over 1.1 million voters who signed the marriage petition in time for the November election. Passing this amendment is the only way for the people to override the four supreme court judges who want to re-define marriage for our entire society." the rest image

It's voters vs. black robes in November

Church of England accused of censoring debate on Islam

By Martin Beckford, Religious Affairs Correspondent

The Church of England has been accused of censorship for shelving a controversial debate about Islam.

A meeting of the Church's "parliament" was due to discuss whether clergy should be doing more to convert British Muslims to Christianity.

The sensitive issue was highlighted last week by a senior bishop who accused Church leaders of failing to reach out to other faiths, and warned that radical Islam is filling a gap in society caused by the decline of traditional Christian values.

But now the Church has put off the debate on recruiting Muslims until next February at the earliest and will discuss the promotion of churches as tourist attractions instead. the rest

UK Religious Education Policies Violate Human Rights, Critics Say

By Kevin McCandless Correspondent
June 04, 2008

London ( - Charging that the human rights of teenagers are being violated, lawmakers and humanists are calling for religious education to be scaled back in British schools.

Christianity is the official state religion in the United Kingdom, and students in most public schools are required to take religious education classes and participate in acts of collective worship.

"Such acts must be predominantly Christian in nature over the course of the year and might include opportunities for prayer and mediation, or assemblies with a religious theme. Schools with a majority of students who are of other faiths can apply for an exception to this rule. the rest

Cardinal Tells Priest Who Mocked Clinton to Take a Leave and ‘Reflect’

June 4, 2008

CHICAGO — The priest whose mocking of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton stirred more racially tinged controversy in the presidential campaign was effectively placed on leave from his pastoral work Tuesday at the Roman Catholic parish he has led since 1983.

The archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Francis George, called on the priest, the Rev. Michael Pfleger, to “step back from his obligations” at St. Sabina and “take leave for a couple of weeks.”

Father Pfleger has been a friend of Senator Barack Obama and served until several weeks ago in an unpaid role on the Obama campaign’s Catholic advisory council. He has apologized for remarks he made last month as a guest speaker at Trinity United Church of Christ, where Mr. Obama resigned as a member last week. the rest

Catholicism - A Hate Crime in Canada?

June 4th, 2008
by Pete Vere, JCL

“If one, because of one’s sincerely held moral beliefs, whether it be Jew, Muslim, Christian, Catholic, opposes the idea of same-sex marriage in Canada, is that considered ‘hate’?”

The question was not rhetorical. Nor was it theoretical. Fr. Alphonse de Valk, a Basilian priest and pro-life activist known throughout Canada for his orthodoxy, is currently being investigated by the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) — a quasi-judicial investigative body with the power of the Canadian government behind it. The CHRC is using section 13 of Canada’s Human Rights Act to investigate the priest. This is a section under which no defendant has ever won once the allegation has gone to tribunal — the next stage of the process.

Most defendants end up paying thousands of dollars in fines and compensation. This is in addition to various court costs. Moreover, defendants are responsible for their own legal defense. In contrast, the commission provides free legal assistance to the complainant.

What was Father de Valk’s alleged ‘hate act’? the rest

Hospital wipes 'spreading MRSA'

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Some types of anti-bacterial wipes used by hospital staff to clean surfaces could be helping to spread bacteria, researchers say.

The Welsh School of Pharmacy found that MRSA survived on the wipe, and then contaminated everything it touched.

The team said staff should throw away wipes after cleaning just one surface.

An infection-control specialist said killing bacteria instantly was not as vital as the need to tackle the dirt and debris on which they thrived. the rest image

New hints seen that red wine may slow aging

By Nicholas Wade
June 4, 2008

Red wine may be much more potent than was thought in extending human lifespan, researchers say in a new report that is likely to give impetus to the rapidly growing search for longevity drugs.

The study is based on dosing mice with resveratrol, an ingredient of some red wines. Some scientists are already taking resveratrol in capsule form, but others believe it is far too early to take the drug, especially using wine as its source, until there is better data on its safety and effectiveness.

The report is part of a new wave of interest in drugs that may enhance longevity. On Monday, Sirtris, a startup founded in 2004 to develop drugs with the same effects as resveratrol, completed its sale to GlaxoSmithKline for $720 million. the rest image

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Devotional: The Lord God is my strength...

The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hind's feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.
Habakkuk 3:19

This confidence of the man of God is tantamount to a promise, for that which faith is persuaded of is the purpose of God. The prophet had to traverse the deep places of poverty and famine, but he went down hill without slipping, for the Lord gave him standing. By and by he was called to the high places of the hills of conflict; and he was no more afraid to go up than to go down.

See! The Lord lent him strength. Nay, Jehovah Himself was his strength. Think of that: the almighty God Himself becomes our strength!

Note that the Lord also gave him surefootedness. The hinds leap over rock and crag, never missing their footholds. Our Lord will give us grace to follow the most difficult paths of duty without a stumble. He can fit our foot for the crags so that we shall be at home where apart from God we should perish.

One of these days we shall be called to higher places still. Up yonder we shall climb, even to the mount of God, the high places where the shining ones are gathered. Oh, what feet are the feet of faith, by which, following the hind of the morning, we shall ascend into the hill of the Lord! ...CH Spurgeon image

Andrew Proud: Split identities, divided loyalties?

Addis Ababa
27th May 2008

1. Introduction.

This paper is written in an attempt to understand the forces coalescing around the issue of human sexuality as many of the bishops of the Anglican Communion prepare for the 2008 Lambeth Conference. I shall attempt to tease out and then offer some reflections on the main issues and influences that I believe come to bear upon the issue of homosexuality within the Anglican Communion.

Essay here

Rectors Form Communion Partners Group

June 3, 2008

The rectors of 17 large Episcopal parishes have formed Communion Partner Rectors (CPR), the clerical counterpart to similar organizations for bishops and primates.

“We are a group of rectors who share a common commitment to the authority and traditional interpretation of holy scripture, the creedal and historic faith, orthodox theology with an evangelical fervor to faithfully live and preach the Good News of Jesus Christ,” the group said in a release. “We are also firmly committed to remain in The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, respecting and honoring the proper authority of our bishops and working in concert with them to strengthen our voice within the church.”

The Rev. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., rector of St. Martin’s Church, Houston, a spokesperson for the group, said the organization will provide traditionalist-minded clergy with a way to differentiate from the “revisionist” drift of the national church without actually leaving it. the rest

Kentucky Gov. elevates sexual/gender preference to protected status for state employees

Beshear gives gays protection at work
Two other orders also cover state labor issues

By Tom Loftus
June 3, 2008

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Gov. Steve Beshear yesterday granted employment protections for gays and lesbians in state government, one of three executive orders he made reversing policies of his predecessor.

The other two fulfill campaign promises he made to labor groups: giving the state's labor agency cabinet-level status and re-establishing a council to advise him on the concerns of state workers.

On gay rights, former Gov. Ernie Fletcher, a Republican, had stripped from his administration's equal employment opportunities policy a phrase to bar job discrimination in state government on the basis of "sexual orientation or gender identity." the rest

SPARTANBURG: Church Splits Over Homosexuality-Half Of Members Leave Over Issue

June 3, 2008

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- An Upstate church is going through a split over the topic of homosexuality.

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Spartanburg lost half of its 300 members. Those who left included Father George Gray, the pastor.

The departing members say their reasons for leaving include the church's acceptance of homosexuals in leadership roles in the church.

Truth Ministry, a group that partnered with the departing members, claimed that Gray was fired and the building seized by the Episcopal Church. But the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina said that claim is not true.

The Right Rev. Dorsey F. Henderson, Jr. said, "It was his resignation that prompted my action, which was not to seize any property. All property is held in trust in the Episcopal Church for the diocese."

The members who left created a new church called All Saints Church.

The bishop said that those former members are free to return to St. Christopher's. the rest-video

Clinton to concede tonight?

Clinton set to concede delegate race to Obama
By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton will concede Tuesday night that Barack Obama has the delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, campaign officials said, effectively ending her bid to be the nation's first female president.
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Clinton Says She Will Not Concede Tonight
Carolyn Lochhead
The Clinton campaign just put out this announcement: "The AP story is incorrect. Senator Clinton will not concede the nomination this evening." the rest

Anglican Church Aims to Spread Gospel to UK Muslims, Others

By Kevin McCandless Correspondent
June 03, 2008

London ( - With more and more Britons reported to be embracing Islam, the Church of England has launched a campaign targeting Muslims for conversion.

At the church's General Synod in July, assembled clergy and lay members are expected to debate a motion calling for a recognition of the "uniqueness of Christ" in today's multi-faith Britain.

At the same time, the motion also will urge the church to proclaim "the gospel of salvation through Christ alone" to people of other faiths and to those with none. the rest

Western Kansas Bishop Adams: Why Some Say TEC Is No Longer A Member Of The Anglican Communion

Monday, June 2, 2008
Stand Firm

Why some may say that the Episcopal Church is no longer a member of the Anglican Communion.

A very interesting and disturbing phenomenon has occurred due to a reinterpretation of the Canons of the Episcopal Church. The decision was made to use a Canon formed to ease the transition for a priest to leave the Anglican Church (of which The Episcopal Church is a part) and go to another Apostolic faith community without trail or expenses, non-necessary paperwork and meetings, which a regular renunciation would have required. A good Canon constructed to work as Christians together in one faith: when spiritual disciplines change and new callings and discernment lead us apart.

But now that same Canon has been reinterpreted to mean that a bishop may depose a priest when they disagree or when that clergyperson sees that they can no longer remain in the Episcopal Church, but she/he may be called to another Anglican entity (Province, Church, Ministry) which shares, supposedly, the same faith and Holy Orders. It has been used nearly 300 times in the past six years. The words have been reinterpreted to speak to a Bishop and his/her clergy instead of a Holy Order within the whole of the Anglican Communion. The interpretation now leans to saying that people are ordained to this Church (TEC) and not to the worldwide Communion. This has been extended to bishops for the first time and now all pretence of investigation, trail, evidence and Anglican identity can be ignored to solve problems that should be dealt with pastorally.

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Bishops Schofield, Lamb Both Attending Lambeth

June 2, 2008

Bishops Jerry Lamb and John-David Schofield both report having accepted their invitations to next month’s Lambeth Conference.

Bishop Lamb, who was nominated provisional Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, said he received his invitation on May 27.

“This a clear sign from the Anglican Communion that the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin is the only Anglican diocese in all of inland Central California,” Bishop Lamb wrote in an internet column he maintains. “I received this invitation because I am your bishop and, therefore, entitled to attend the Lambeth Conference as the Bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin recognized by the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

But Bishop John-David Schofield of the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin also will be attending the conference. He has received his Lambeth study materials and has begun familiarizing himself with them, according to the Rev. Canon Bill Gandenberger, canon to the ordinary of the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin. the rest

Pastoral Message issued by the Bishops of the Church of the Province of Central Africa

On the Crisis in Zimbabwe
June 3, 2008

“I Have Heard The Cry of My People”

We the Bishops of the Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa, comprising Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, “called to share in Jesus’ work of sanctifying and shepherding his people and of speaking in God’s name”. As shepherds of our people we are deeply concerned and dismayed at the escalation of violence in Zimbabwe since the post election of 29th March 2008.

We are alarmed that a government can perpetrate irresponsible acts against its citizens by destroying people’s homes, torturing and killing for the simple reason that they did not vote “correctly”. We fear that the Presidential Run-Off elections on 27th June 2008 could witness a repeat of retribution of those who would have not voted “correctly”.

As bishops our mission has been and will be to preach the gospel of peace and justice for all. Therefore we are distressed at what the people of Zimbabwe are experiencing in an environment devoid of any resemblance of justice and peace. the rest

Pope Benedict Readies New Encyclical and New Book on Jesus

Joseph Grieboski
June 2nd 2008
Cutting Edge Foreign Editor

Pope Benedict XVI will release a third encyclical, tentatively entitled Caritas in Veritate (Charity/Love in the Truth), according to Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone.

The cardinal disclosed in an interview with the APCOM news agency that the Benedict’s next encyclical will not be ready for publication before the fall. "The encyclical is still being written," he said.

Cardinal Bertone stated that Pope Benedict is also working on the second part of his book Jesus of Nazareth. The Pope typically devotes a substantial portion of his summer vacation to writing projects. the rest image

Spain: school textbooks attack Christianity

Illustrations in textbooks designed for 15-year-olds mock belief in God, teachings on same-sex marriage.
Monday, June 02, 2008

The association Educacion y Persona has denounced a new textbook that aggressively attacks the Church and supports abortion and is part of the government-sponsored school course Education for Citizenship. The textbook will be used by 15 year-olds.

The Spanish daily La Razon reported that the textbook “attacks the moral doctrine of the Catholic Church, parodies the election of a Pope, proposes Cuba as an economic model and treats the right to abortion as non-negotiable, with numerous obscene illustrations.” the rest

UK Officer Tells Preachers: Converting Muslims to Christianity is "Hate Crime"

By Peter J. Smith
Monday June 2, 2008

BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom, June 2, 2008 ( - UK police have refused to apologise for the actions of a Muslim community support officer, who threatened to arrest two Christian ministers for "hate crimes," because they were preaching Christianity in a Muslim area according to British media reports.

Christian ministers Arthur Cunningham, 48, and Joseph Abraham, 65, were handing out leaflets and speaking with four Muslim youths about Christianity in Birmingham on February 19, when Naeem Naguthney, 30, a Muslim police community support officer (PCSO) told them to cease-and-desist from preaching to Muslims.

"He said we were in a Muslim area and were not allowed to spread our Christian message," Cunningham told the Telegraph. "He said we were committing a hate crime by telling the youths to leave Islam and said that he was going to take us to the police station." the rest

Algerian Christians Given Suspended Jail Terms

June 3, 2008

TIARET, Algeria (Reuters) - Four Algerian Christians received suspended jail terms and fines on Tuesday for seeking to convert Muslims in the latest in a series of cases to have provoked accusations in the West of religious repression.

Christian groups overseas and Algerian secular liberals point to recent state-ordered closures of some churches and prosecutions for proselytism as evidence that the overwhelmingly Muslim country of 33 million is persecuting minority Christians. the rest

Algeria Muslim body slams Christian evangelists

William J. Bennett: This is an astounding moment in American politics...

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

This is an astounding moment in American politics. You cannot credibly say the Clintons are a political dynasty the way, say, the Kennedys or Bushs are. But I think one has to say the Clinton rule of the Democratic party has been dynastic. Bill Clinton is the only Democrat to have served two terms as president in two generations, the only Democrat to twice beat Republican nominees for president and his wife is a two term U.S. senator who will likely be in the Senate for years to come. Bill Clinton has been rated one of — if not THE — most popular person in the world, and yet Clinton rule in American politics ends tonight. Whatever it was the Republicans and so many independents did not like about the Clintons, we’ve learned the Democrats have had enough as well.

And thus the Democratic party is about to nominate a far left candidate in the tradition of George McGovern, albeit without McGovern’s military and political record. The Democratic party is about to nominate a far-left candidate in the tradition of Michael Dukakis, albeit without Dukakis’s executive experience as governor. The Democratic party is about to nominate a far left candidate in the tradition of John Kerry, albeit without Kerry’s record of years of service in the Senate. The Democratic party is about to nominate an unvetted candidate in the tradition of Jimmy Carter, albeit without Jimmy Carter’s religious integrity as he spoke about it in 1976. Questions about all these attributes (from foreign policy expertise to executive experience to senatorial experience to judgment about foreign leaders to the instructors he has had in his cultural values) surround Barack Obama. And the Democratic party has chosen him. here image

Irrelevant Apologies

Barack Obama Claims He’s Not Pro-Abortion Despite Overwhelming Record

Kansas: Supremely Wrong

Secret hearings, gagged witnesses, blocked access, closed-door deals. There oughta be a law.
By Denis Boyles
May 30, 2008

Machine politics is generally associated with cities, the cynical cronyism that is the prerequisite to wholesale corruption and urban decay. But these days it’s at its worst in, of all places, Kansas, under the governorship of leading Democratic vice-presidential contender, Kathleen Sebelius.

Just ask Phill Kline.

The former state attorney general and current district attorney of Johnson County, in suburban Kansas City, Kline is that most unfortunate of political creatures — the inspired reformer. The object of his quixotic campaign is to reform the abortion laws of Kansas — not by changing them, but by simply enforcing them. the rest

Scotland Officials to Cut Abortion Waiting Times While Maternity Wards Full

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 2, 2008

Glasgow, Scotland ( -- Officials in Scotland have unveiled a plan to cut the waiting time for women having abortions while news reports from just months ago show British maternity wards are turning away women because they're full. While women seeking to have a baby may not get help, the government is pushing abortions forward.

The new Scotland rules say women who want an abortion within the first nine weeks of pregnancy will be guaranteed access to a physician for one. the rest

‘Sisters’ Colleges See a Middle Eastern Bounty

Women’s colleges are a dwindling breed in the United States
June 3, 2008

So this spring the admissions deans of the five leading women’s colleges — Bryn Mawr, Barnard, Mount Holyoke, Wellesley and Smith — went recruiting to a place where single-sex education is more than a niche product: the Middle East.

For three weeks they visited schools in Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, describing what a liberal-arts women’s college can offer academically ambitious students. (They skipped Saudi Arabia, where, their trip coordinator warned, they might need a male escort.) the rest image

University of California: The Most Muslim University in America

Initiative to ban gay marriage is on ballot

John Wildermuth, Chronicle Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Sacramento - A constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in California was placed on the Nov. 4 ballot Monday, kick-starting an election struggle that will have repercussions across the nation.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen's certification of the initiative, which would amend the state Constitution to limit marriage to a union between a man and a woman, comes as no surprise to either side of the same-sex marriage issue.

When backers of the initiative, who needed 694,354 valid signatures to make the ballot, turned in more than 1.1 million signatures, the only question was when the certification would come. the rest

'Suspect' Judgment: Decoding the California Supreme Court's gay-marriage decision.

Monday, June 02, 2008

The Gay Activists Are Headed For The Churches

By Harry R. Jackson, Jr.
Monday, June 02, 2008

The next two Sundays, a coalition of radical gay groups comprised of SoulForce, The National Black Justice Coalition, and Equality Riders have coerced two of the nation’s most influential leaders into a closed-door showdown. Two of these groups (Soulforce and Equality Riders) are known for civil disobedience - even getting arrested in the name of GLBT justice. Bill Hybels at Willow Creek Community Church and Rick Warren at Saddleback Community Church will meet with these folks on June 8 and 15, respectively. Although Hybels and Warren will undoubtedly defend the faith boldly, SoulForce and company have set up a symbolic media campaign designed to suggest that conservative churches are bending on their gay relationships and marriage prohibitions.

The gay community is revving up its engines for an all out push to “mainstream” gays in three phases of life - marriage, politics, and religion. In some ways their “civil rights” agenda could make them even more equal than others. Research shows that gays are more highly educated and earn more money than other Americans. Therefore, gays have come out of the closet and are taking leadership in many areas of American culture. For these reasons, it is difficult for me, as an African American, to buy into their continual comparison with the civil rights movement and the struggles of African Americans. Their sense of cultural rejection is becoming less and less of a reality. In fact, the “velvet mafia,” as they are called in the entertainment industry, has won many battles in the so-called “culture wars.” the rest image

Abstinence Education Proponents Prepare One Million Parent March

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 2, 2008

Washington, DC ( -- Backers of abstinence education are preparing a new campaign to counteract the media bias and attacks from abortion proponents on Capitol Hill. They're hoping to organize a national march and rally featuring one million parents to support abstinence education for teens and young adults.

The National Abstinence Education Association is leading the effort and it has already sent out tens of thousands of emails to supporters to try to recruit volunteers to help organize the event.

A Washington Post report indicates the campaign could top $1 million and result in significant educational and public relations efforts to promote abstinence on a national level. the rest

Zenit: Conscience Rights Under Threat

Health Issues Spark Conflicts
By Father John Flynn, LC

ROME, JUNE 1, 2008 ( The attempt to limit religion to the purely private sphere is a major area of conflict in many countries. One of the areas of battle involves Christians and Church-based institutions active in health care.

Last week the California Supreme Court heard testimony regarding a discrimination lawsuit brought by a lesbian who was denied artificial insemination. The Associated Press published a background report on the case May 26. Guadalupe Benitez is objecting to being refused treatment by a private clinic, the North Coast Women's Care Medical Group.

The doctors at the clinic refused to treat Benitez based on their religious beliefs. Requiring them to act in violation of their beliefs "is a discriminatory resolution, and it discriminates against Christians," said Peter Ferrara, general counsel for the Virginia-based American Civil Rights Union. Ferrara filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the doctors. the rest

UK: Tissue of dead humans to be cloned

June 1, 2008
Marie Woolf, Whitehall Editor

Scientists are to be permitted to use tissue from dead people to create cloned human stem cells for research, under a legal change put forward by the government.

Health ministers have proposed that laboratories should be allowed to use stored human tissue to create cloned embryonic stem cells without the explicit consent of the tissue donor. This would allow research to be done on tissue donated for medical research as long as 30 years ago. Scientists would also be able to use cells from people who have died since they donated their tissue or who cannot be contacted.

Many laboratories have banks of stored tissue which act as DNA libraries that can play a vital role in finding cures for serious disorders such as diabetes and motor neurone disease. the rest image

Matt Kennedy+: Rector’s Journal: An Ominous Sign

Monday, June 2, 2008

Dear Vestry, I had an opportunity to speak to the bishop while down in New Orleans. We had a good conversation. He acknowledged that the national church was actively discouraging the sort of deals that we want to work out, but said that the national church was not going to force his hand, especially if the deal that we work out is quiet and there is little publicity. I asked whether our departure would trigger a lawsuit. He said no.

There was relative silence from the diocese during the first few months of 2007. There were, of course, great happenings on the Communion level. The primates met in Tanzania in February 2007 and issued the now irrelevant Dar Es Salaam Communique subsequently ignored by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the House of Bishops in New Orleans. The "Windsor Process" devolved and disintegrated into the "Covenant Process" as it became more and more evident that there would be no discipline of the Episcopal Church.

The Diocese of Central New York had more pressing concerns than the status of Good Shepherd. The wheels were starting to come off of the diocese's contrived, trumped up, and ultimately failed case against Fr. Bollinger, former Rector of St. Paul's, Owego who had openly questioned the dioceses' failure to pursue accusations of sexual abuse against one of his predecessors. The lawsuit against St. Andrew's Syracuse had not gone well and the bishop was beginning to feel the heat for his legal adventurism. The rest at Stand Firm

Canadian bishops trade advice before leaving for Lambeth Conference

Jun 1, 2008

Bishops had a wide-ranging discussion about the Lambeth Conference, scheduled for July 16 to Aug. 3 in Canterbury, England. Bishop Anthony Burton of the diocese of Saskatchewan, who attended the last Lambeth in 1998, said that meeting bishops from around the world meant “it was very apparent that the Anglican Communion is a living, breathing reality.” He told his colleagues that the conference would give them “a depth of understanding” about the church since there is a “little sliver of world Christianity in a room.”

The bishops will worship at historic Canterbury Cathedral, participate in small study and discussion groups as well as large plenary sessions at the University of Kent, meet ecumenical partners, and consider church and global issues.

One highlight, said Bishop Burton, often disparaged but eagerly attended by all, is Queen Elizabeth’s garden party at Buckingham Palace. the rest