Saturday, September 26, 2009

Devotional: All ye who seek a comfort sure...

All ye who seek a comfort sure
in trouble and distress,
whatever sorrow vex the mind,

or guilt the soul oppress:

Jesus, who gave himself for you

upon the cross to die,
opens to you his sacred heart;
oh, to that heart draw nigh.

Ye hear how kindly he invites;
ye hear his words so blest:
'all ye that labor come to me,
and I will give you rest.'

Jesus, thou joy of saints on high,
thou hope of sinners here,
attracted by those loving words
to thee I lift my prayer.

Wash thou my wounds in that dear blood,
which forth from thee doth flow;
new grace, new hope inspire, a new
and better heart bestow.
...Edward Caswall
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From the Pulpit, New Moves To Change Machismo Culture

Hispanic Evangelical Pastors Try to Instill Respect for Women and Families
By Steven Vegh
Religion News Service
Saturday, September 26, 2009

VIRGINIA BEACH -- As the new pastor at Vino Nuevo Church, the Rev. Gladys Mejias-Ashmore has been teaching a lot about family, parenting -- and the dangers of machismo.

In Latino culture, the macho man looms large as boss of wife and family. But more than a few Hispanic evangelical pastors are teaching that machismo violates Christian norms for husbands and fathers.

It's a message Mejias-Ashmore said she never heard in church in her native Honduras. "I used to think the Christian let the man do whatever he wants -- even extramarital relationships." But after being "born again" and studying Bible passages on marriage, Mejias-Ashmore said she challenged her first husband about his drinking and adultery. the rest

Holy mess: 11 million Irish Americans leave Catholic Church

By Niall O'Dowd
Friday, September 25, 2009

A new survey shows 34 million Americans, or 15 percent of the population, say they have no religion.

Even more significant is that one-third of those, about 11 million people, are Irish Americans.

The survey by professors at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, does not explain why Irish Catholics are by far the highest number of people who are losing their religion every year in America. the rest

Obamacare: Death Panels by Proxy

Friday, September 25, 2009
Wesley J. Smith

Most of the focus in the Obamacare debate has been on HB 3200. But Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) has been trying to forge a compromise package. Instead, he has upset both sides, the Left because it has no public option and the Right because it too contains provisions that would, in the name of cost cutting, put the expensive for whom to care at great medical hazard.

A Washington Times editorial points out one provision that I have been meaning to address. It seems that physicians who spend the top 10% in caring for patients each year will see their compensation reduced–no matter the cause! From the editorial: the rest

Indian Christians urge help for Sri Lankan refugees

Tamil Christians in India have called on their government to do more to help thousands of Sri Lankans stranded for the last six months in refugee camps, where conditions are reportedly poor.
by Joseph Keenan, Christian Post
Saturday, September 26, 2009

Tamil Christians in India are supporting nearly 300,000 Tamil refugees in Sri Lanka who have been in temporary camps for the past six months.

The refugees, many of them Christians, were displaced by the conflict between Sri Lankan army and the Tamil militants, the Liberation Tamil Tiger Eelam (LTTE), which came to an end in May this year after 26 years.

In a memorandum submitted to the government of India, Tamil Christians in India said, “Thousands are dying of hunger and difficulties in the refugee camps”. the rest

Bishop Little: Conscience Without Sunset

September 25, 2009

Four years ago I wrote an article, “Living With Tares,” responding to an editorial in the evangelical magazine Christianity Today that had described schism as sometimes necessary and offered the Episcopal Church as its primary cautionary tale. I argued that I remain in the Episcopal Church because biblical faithfulness requires me to do so; because Jesus is Lord of the Church, and it’s up to him—and not us—to sort things out in the end.

In light of the actions of the 76th General Convention, I find myself revisiting that article and asking the question again: Why do I stay? Does our Lord have a continuing purpose for people like me, a bridge-building conservative and evangelical Catholic, in the Episcopal Church? If so, what is it? And what are the conditions required for continuing and faithful engagement with the church?

I ask these questions with a heavy heart. The bonds of affection in this church are deep. I minister, and gratefully so, to gay and lesbian parishioners all around my diocese. Many of my most beloved friends are colleague bishops who vote on the opposite side of the issues that divide us. I see Jesus in them, and I pray they see him in me. They are brothers and sisters in Christ. the rest

The Rt. Rev. Edward S. Little II is the Bishop of Northern Indiana, and a member of the Communion Partners coalition.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Devotional: We must alter our lives...

We must alter our lives in order to alter our hearts, for it is impossible to live one way and pray another. ...William Law
image by bran.dean

American's losing their religion & Catholics are moving

September 24, 3009
Vanessa Barnes

Excerpt:
The Catholic population of the United States has shifted away from the Northeast and toward the Southwest. "The decline of Catholicism in the Northeast in nothing short of stunning" said Barry Kosmin.

"The secularity of the American public is undoubtly increasing but the pace varies considerably between how individuals belong, believe and behave," said Kosmin. "The overall trend is being pushed by men and the young but slowed down by women's greater religiosity." the rest

US company offers celebrity ‘look-a-like’ sperm

07 September 2009
By Louise Mallon

A California-based fertility company is offering prospective parents a range of celebrity 'look-a-like' sperm donors. Cryobank, which is also planning to offer services in New York, allows customers to search through a database according to characteristics such as ethinicity and eye colour without revealing donors' photographs. In addition, the company has now added features that resemble celebrities such as David Beckham and David Blaine.

Cryobank's introduction on its website reads: ‘Have you ever wondered if your favorite donor looks like anyone famous? You know how tall he is and his hair and eye color, but wouldn't it be great to have an idea of what he really LOOKS like? Now you can find out with a click of your mouse!' the rest

Benedict XVI to make historic first papal state visit to Britain

Isabel de Bertodano and Christopher Lamb
26 September 2009

POPE BENEDICT XVI is coming to Britain next year, in what will be the first papal state visit to this country. The news first emerged this week from a source close to the Prime Minister in New York, and early confirmation from the Holy See and the papal nuncio to Great Britain was expected.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols said: “We are encouraged and pleased at the news which has emerged about the possible official visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the UK next year.”

The visit is most likely to take place in September 2010 and will include a meeting with the Prime Minister and the Queen. The last papal visit, by Pope John Paul II in 1982, was a pastoral one due to complications around the Falklands War. the rest

Virtue and Courage – What America Could Use Now

By Gary Palmer
Alabama Policy Institute
Friday, September 25, 2009

Ordinarily, when a 21 year-old man thinks about what he will do with the rest of his life, he thinks in terms of years. But the tall, handsome, athletic and well-educated young man being led to his date with the executioner could have only been thinking of the minutes he had left to live.

It is certain that he thought of his family because just before he was executed, he hastily wrote a letter to his mother. But family members were not the only people on his mind. He also had a message for those who gathered to witness his death that day and for every American who desired to live in freedom when he spoke in defense of the cause for which he and his comrades were fighting and for which he was about to give his life. Nathan Hale said, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

Denied a military trial, denied a Bible and denied a visit by a clergyman, Captain Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy by the British on September 22, 1776 in an artillery park near the East River in New York City.

The story of Nathan Hale and his last words, which was once well-known by every school-age child in America, is about much more than just his inspiring utterance to the crowd which gathered to watch him hang. Like other school children of the 60s, I learned the story of Nathan Hale and memorized his last words without ever knowing the full story. Much to my surprise, I learned that Hale’s last words were not entirely his own. the rest image

Mourners Protest Islamic Attacks on Copts in Egypt

Muslim assailant gruesomely slays Christian, attacks two others with knife.
ISTANBUL
September 23, 2009

(CDN) — A funeral for a Coptic Christian gruesomely killed on a village street north of Cairo by a Muslim assailant last week turned into a protest by hundreds of demonstrators in Egypt.

Galal Nasr el-Dardiri, 35, attacked 63-year-old Abdu Georgy in front of the victim’s shop in Behnay village the afternoon of Sept. 16, according to research by a local journalist. Other Copts watched in horror as El-Dardiri stabbed Georgy five times in the back, according to interviews by Gamal Gerges, a reporter for newspaper Al-Youm al-Sabeh.

As Georgy fell to the ground, El-Dardiri took his knife and stabbed him four times in the stomach. He then disemboweled him, slit his throat and began sawing off his head, according to Gerges. The Rev. Stephanos Aazer, a Coptic priest who knew Georgy and saw photographs of his mutilated body, said the victim’s head was attached to the body by a small piece of flesh. the rest

Muslim 'apostates' in U.S. ask for protection

Muslim 'apostates' in U.S. ask for protection
By Julia Duin
September 25, 2009

Five ex-Muslims who founded a group called Former Muslims United put out a public appeal Thursday to the U.S. government for protection, saying the lives of thousands of "apostates from Islam" are in peril.

Speaking at a Capitol Hill press conference, the Granada Hills, Calif., group cited the case of Fathima Rifqa Bary, a 17-year-old from Ohio who converted to Christianity four years ago. She fled to Florida this past summer in fears that her parents would murder her for "honor" reasons. Her father, the girl said in a court filing, had already threatened to kill her.

Fathima first stayed with a pastor and his wife, then ended up in protective custody with Florida's Department of Children and Families. Currently, she is living with a foster family. Investigators in Florida and Ohio, where her parents live, have said they can't find evidence to support her allegations. The girl's fate will be determined at a court hearing in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 27.

Former Muslims United cited no U.S. deaths and could not come up with exact numbers of how many former Muslims reside in the United States or how many have been threatened. the rest

Muslim Prayers at Capitol Stir Protests
Some Conservative Christians Say Event Is Part of Plan to 'Islamize' America

'Joseph-era' coins found in Egypt

Sep 25, 2009 9:06
By JPOST.COM STAFF

Archeologists have discovered ancient Egyptian coins bearing the name and image of the biblical Joseph, Cairo's Al Ahram newspaper recently reported. Excerpts provided by MEMRI show that the coins were discovered among a multitude of unsorted artifacts stored at the Museum of Egypt.

According to the report, the significance of the find is that archeologists have found scientific evidence countering the claim held by some historians that coins were not used for trade in ancient Egypt, and that this was done through barter instead.

The period in which Joseph was regarded to have lived in Egypt matches the minting of the coins in the cache, researchers said.

"A thorough examination revealed that the coins bore the year in which they were minted and their value, or effigies of the pharaohs [who ruled] at the time of their minting. Some of the coins are from the time when Joseph lived in Egypt, and bear his name and portrait," said the report.
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Anglican Bishop Minns tells Lutherans to leave



By Julia Duin
Sept. 25, 2009 into Belief Blog

I was just about to go to bed at 1 a.m. today when I saw that the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) - one of several groups representing the 100,000 or so Episcopalians who have left their denomination for more conservative climes - has posted a video for the benefit of a this weekend's Lutheran CORE meeting near Indianapolis. I last wrote about that here.

Lutheran CORE has drawn 1,200+ folks to a meeting to discuss what future - if any - conservatives have in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America now that that the denomination has OK'd gay clergy as of last month. The CORE folks have given every indication they're heading out the door to form a new group or join with other dissident Lutheran groups. Story

Archbishop of Canterbury calls for a nuclear-free world

Friday, 25th September 2009
By Judy West

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has called for a world free from nuclear weapons. He made his comments during a visit to Nagasaki in Japan, where he is on an official visit to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the church there.

He took part in an Act of Remembrance at the epicentre of the atomic bomb blast in Nagasaki. During the service, Dr Williams laid flowers at the memorial and spoke about the pressing importance of working for a world free from nuclear weapons:

“There are no victories in human history without their element of tragedy. Victory in human affairs always means that someone has lost ...sometimes the victory has been gained at the price of such violence that we have to say that everyone has lost. Those who have won the conflict have lost some dimension of their own life, their own welfare and integrity. “To see the effects of the use of the atomic bomb here in Nagasaki is to see how this degree of slaughter and violence leaves everyone defeated. The wholesale killing of the innocent and the destruction of an entire environment, natural as well as cultural, the long-term effects, physical and psychological, on those who survived – all of this constitutes a would that affects the attackers as well as the victims. the rest

Law dean seems to welcome faculty opposition to Catholic teaching on gay "marriage" and abortion.

(9/24/09)

On September 15, 2009, StandForMarriageMaine.com released a television ad which featured Scott Fitzgibbon, a professor at Boston College Law School, arguing in defense of marriage between one man and one woman. He encouraged Maine voters to vote “yes” on an upcoming ballot referendum which aims to overturn state legislation which legalized homosexual “marriage” last May.

Complaints from fellow faculty members at Boston College soon began piling up. Merely one day after the ad aired, Boston College Law Dean John Garvey issued a letter to the BC law community, writing, “Several of you have contacted my office to express your anger at Scott’s actions, and it is hard for me to see any of our students, faculty, or staff offended or hurt by the words of others.”

Rather than praising Fitzgibbon’s public defense of a Catholic teaching, Dean Garvey wrote that Fitzgibbon’s “public statements represent his own opinions. . . and do not state any official position of Boston College Law School.” Garvey defended Fitzgibbons’ participation in the advertisement but also seemed to welcome faculty opposition to Catholic teaching. the rest

Obama's Self-Worship

September 25, 2009
By Mona Charen

President Obama's speech to the United Nations has been called naive and even "post-American." It was something else, as well: the most extravagant excursion into self-worship we have yet seen in an American leader.

Beware of politicians who claim to be "humbled by the responsibility the American people have placed upon me." It's a neon sign flashing the opposite. And sure enough, in almost the next sentence, the president allowed that "I am well aware of the expectations that accompany my presidency around the world." Really? The whole world pulses with hope and expectation because Obama is president? People in Amsterdam, Sao Paulo and Taipei have a spring in their step because an Illinois Democrat won the White House?

Well, yes, he says, but it's not "about me," rather it's a reflection of dissatisfaction with the "status quo that has allowed us to be increasingly defined by our differences and outpaced by our problems." Oh, yes, and everyone around the world was electrified by Obama's campaign slogan because these expectations "are also rooted in hope. The hope that real change is possible and the hope that America will be a leader in bringing about such change."

Obama is, we are told, the smartest man to sit in the Oval in many a year. And yet he is capable of truly flabbergasting fatuities like this: "In this hall, we come from many places, but we share a common future." You don't say? That's right up there with Warren Harding's declaration that "the future lies before us." the rest

Obama’s Dangerous UN Agenda
Obama made reference to himself nearly 1,200 times...

Contrasted with this:



Part 2... Part 3... Part 4...

Text: PM Benjamin Netanyahu's Address to the 64th General Assembly

Netanyahu's Historic Speech -Touchstone

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Archbishop of Canterbury 'delighted' at Pope Benedict XVI visit to Britain

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said he is "delighted" that Pope Benedict XVI is to make an official visit to Britain next year.
By Chris Irvine
24 Sep 2009

Dr Williams, who yesterday was visiting the Anglican Church in Japan, welcome the news that the pope is set to visit, the first visit in almost 30 years.

"Some time ago, following similar invitations from Roman Catholic bishops and the British Government, I personally expressed my hope to Pope Benedict that he would accept the invitation to visit Britain," he said.

"I am therefore delighted to hear that there is every possibility that the Pope may indeed visit Britain in the course of the next year.

"I'm sure I speak on behalf of Anglicans throughout Britain, in assuring him that he would be received with great warmth and joy." the rest

Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine

By Nicholas Thompson
09.21.09

Valery Yarynich glances nervously over his shoulder. Clad in a brown leather jacket, the 72-year-old former Soviet colonel is hunkered in the back of the dimly lit Iron Gate restaurant in Washington, DC. It's March 2009—the Berlin Wall came down two decades ago—but the lean and fit Yarynich is as jumpy as an informant dodging the KGB. He begins to whisper, quietly but firmly.

"The Perimeter system is very, very nice," he says. "We remove unique responsibility from high politicians and the military." He looks around again.

Yarynich is talking about Russia's doomsday machine. That's right, an actual doomsday device—a real, functioning version of the ultimate weapon, always presumed to exist only as a fantasy of apocalypse-obsessed science fiction writers and paranoid über-hawks. The thing that historian Lewis Mumford called "the central symbol of this scientifically organized nightmare of mass extermination." Turns out Yarynich, a 30-year veteran of the Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces and Soviet General Staff, helped build one. the rest image

The Sun could be heading into period of extended calm

Sept. 23, 2009

Researchers in the US may have discovered further evidence that the Sun is heading towards an extended period of quiet activity, the like of which has not been seen since the 17th century. The impact this may have on climate is poorly understood but it would be good news for satellite communications, which would continue to avoid the harsher impacts of space weather.

Scientists have long known that the Sun's magnetic activity varies over a cycle of approximately 11 years. Greater magnetic activity leads to more "sunspots", or darker patches visible on the solar surface. These sunspots are regions where the magnetic field lines have become twisted due to differential rotation in the outer layers of the Sun.
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Scotland to Allow Homosexual Partners to Adopt Children

Wednesday September 23, 2009
By Hilary White

EDINBURGH, September 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Scotland's devolved parliament has announced that, starting next week, homosexual partners may adopt children together and both be regarded as the child's parents.

Previously the rules said that homosexuals could adopt only as singles. Legislation in 2005 granted adoption rights to unmarried couples, including homosexual partners in England and Wales.

Peter Kearney, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church, denied that the move would provide more stable homes for children. "This change is unlikely to have an effect on the shortage of adoptive parents because there are very few same sex couples interested in adoption," he said. the rest

NRB Leader Warns Congress of ENDA's 'Chilling' Effect on Christian Groups

By Lawrence D. Jones
Christian Post Reporter
Thu, Sep. 24 2009

An evangelical leader representing the nation’s largest association of Christian media professionals warned lawmakers Wednesday of the devastating blow that a highly contentious bill would deal to faith-based organizations and Christian ministries if passed.

In a testimony before Congress, Craig Parshall, senior vice-president and general counsel for the National Religious Broadcasters, said the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 (ENDA) would “impose a crippling burden on religious organizations” as it prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of “actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Though the bill purports to contain an exemption for religious groups, Parshall testified before the House Committee on Education and Labor that the language, from a legal standpoint, is a “mirage,” and would subject faith groups to “endless, expensive, and harassing litigation” where the courts would be forced to use a previous legal formula in future law suits against religious organizations – a formula that has proven ineffectual in protecting religious liberty. the rest

Afghan women hiding for their lives

September 24, 2009
By Atia Abawi
CNN

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Shameen's brown eyes seem lost as she thinks about the one day she wants to forget, but it is all she can think about.

Nearly 90 percent of Afghan women suffer from domestic abuse, according to the U.N.

1 of 3 Still traumatized, she recounts the events that led her to a safe house in Kabul.

She was raped and nearly stabbed to death by her husband just seven days before we met her.

Her lips are quivering and her eyes full of fear.

"He forced himself on me," she said. "All I could do was scream."

She was married off 15 years ago when she was a teenager.

Throughout those years she was tortured and abused, suffering daily beatings with an electrical wire or the metal end of a hammer.

This was her normal life. the rest

Obama's Policies Would Redistribute Nearly $1 Trillion in Wealth Every Year

Thursday, September 24, 2009
By Karen Schuberg

(CNSNews.com) - By 2012, nearly $1 trillion from the top 30 percent of American families will be redistributed among the bottom 70 percent if Obama’s proposals on taxes, health care, and climate change become law, according to the Tax Foundation.

“Even if none of Obama’s policies becomes law, the extent of income redistribution is remarkable,” Scott Hodge, president of the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, said. “The top-earning 40 percent of families will transfer $826 billion to the bottom 60 percent in 2012.”

Under the Obama plan, 70 percent of American families as a group -- those earning less than $109,460 -- will receive more in benefits than they pay in taxes, Hodge said.

“The majority of people below the 70 percent mark will get more back than they pay in taxes,” Hodge told CNSNews.com. the rest

Elementary School Students Reportedly Taught Songs Praising President Obama

Conservative Lutherans overflow upcoming conference

By Julia Duin
Sept. 23, 2009

There seems to be no shortage of folks from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America who are upset about several votes last month at the denomination's convention in Minneapolis. For those of you who weren't reading about how -- despite a tornado that showed up on a key day of the conference -- the denomination voted to approve gay clergy and, by implication, same-sex blessings -- a huge switch that placed the ELCA as America's largest mainline Protestant denomination to accept homosxual ministers.

Lutheran CORE, the chief opposition group, had slated a convention to start this Friday in Indianapolis, and they recently sent out a bulletin saying their registrations were swamped. Not only did organizers have to move the venue to a larger church -- a Roman Catholic one, in fact -- but as of Sept. 14, they had reached their limit of 1,200 attendees. Some of you who are older than 50 may remember an era in which Lutherans and Catholics never spoke to one another, much less shared worship spaces.

And so I love the quote on CORE's press release: "It is wonderfully ironic that Lutherans who started 500 years ago as a movement to reform the Roman Catholic Church would now return to a Catholic Church to re-form themselves," said the Rev. Mark Chavez of Landisville, Pa., director of Lutheran CORE. the rest

Lutheran bishop warns about withholding donations

A Message to ELCA Rostered Leaders from Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Devotional: The sifting process is going on still...

For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all sections, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth. Amos 9:9

The sifting process is going on still. Wherever we go, we are still being winnowed and sifted. In all countries God's people are being tried "like as corn is sifted in a sieve." Sometimes the devil holds the sieve and tosses us up and down at a great rate, with the earnest desire to get rid of us forever. Unbelief is not slow to agitate our heart and mind with its restless fears. The world lends a willing hand at the same process and shakes us to the right and to the left with great vigor. Worst of all, the church, so largely apostate as it is, comes in to give a more furious force to the sifting process.

Well, well! Let it go on. Thus is the chaff severed from the wheat. Thus is the wheat delivered from dust and chaff. And how great is the mercy which comes to us in the text, "Yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth"! All shall be preserved that is good, true, gracious. Not one of the least of believers lose anything worth calling a loss. We shall be so kept in the sifting that it shall be a real gain to us through Christ Jesus. ...CH Spurgeon
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Gadhafi refers to Obama as "my son"

Gadhafi’s Speech, Lowest U.N. Moment Ever?
By Gerald F. Seib
September 23, 2009

Could Moammar Gadhafi’s bizarre speech to the United Nations be “the lowest point in that organizaton’s history”? There would seem to be a lot of competiton for the title, but that’s precisely the label human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson puts on Wednesday’s address by the Libyan leader.

“At one level,” Robertson writes on The Daily Beast, “it was black humor at its zenith: the world’s worst international terrorist and mass murderer urging the United Nations to investigate all the atrocities with which he is not connected. But it also prompts the thought of how far we have yet to go in the struggle for global justice, when the worst perpetrators can strut in triumph on the General Assembly stage. We do indeed, as the Colonel said, have a right to live unmolested on this earth.” But, Robertson continues, Gadhafi has personally ordered the murders “of his dissidents (he calls them ’stray dogs’) and the passenger airplanes he has ordered to be blown up—PamAm 103 and UTA 772. His secret intelligence operatives have been convicted of these crimes, but everyone knows that they would not have happened without Gadhafi’s approval. His speech today was the exemplar of hypocrisy.” the rest



"Wild Brain": Avoiding Emotional Overload

Dr. David Hawkins
posted Sept 23, 2009

Having just spent several days in Tennessee, we watched broadcasts of cities being flooded with unseasonal rains. Many panicked as their homes were besieged with water. I felt immediate empathy, having been a victim of flooding myself.

This literal flooding reminded me of another kind of flooding that takes place —emotional flooding. When our brains are overwhelmed with too many emotions, in a short period of time, they are unable to process information accurately, leading to something I call wild brain.

Perhaps you’ve experienced wild brain yourself. Overcome with too much emotion, you:

• Can’t think straight;
• Panic, tempted to engage in “fight or flight”;
• Distort information;
• React, instead of act;
• Make threats you later regret;
• Make promises you later regret;
• Use language you later regret.

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The UN loves Barack Obama because he is weak

It is not hard to see why a standing ovation awaits Barack Obama when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly today, writes Nile Gardiner.
By Nile Gardiner
23 Sep 2009

Excerpt:
Simply put, Barack Obama is loved at the UN because he largely fails to advance real American leadership. This is a dangerous strategy of decline that will weaken US power and make her far more vulnerable to attack.

As we saw last week with his shameful surrender to Moscow over missile defence, the president is perfectly happy to undermine America’s allies and gut its strategic defences while currying favour with enemies and strategic competitors. The missile defence debacle is rightly viewed as a betrayal by the Poles and the Czechs, and Washington has clearly give the impression that it cares little about those who have bravely stood shoulder to shoulder with their US allies in Iraq, Afghanistan and the wider war on terror.

The Obama administration is now overseeing and implementing the biggest decline in American global power since Jimmy Carter. Unfortunately it may well take another generation for the United States to recover. the rest

The Agony of Mainline Protestantism

First Things
Sep 23, 2009
R.R. Reno

This summer the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) held their biennial Churchwide Assembly. As is so often the case with American Christianity, the headline grabbing issue was sex. The Assembly didn’t exactly affirm or endorse homosexuality, but, after agreeing to disagree about the moral significance of homosexual relationships, it opened up the possibility for same-sex blessings and homosexual clergy.

In a recent reflection posted on the new website Lutherans Persisting, David S. Yeago provides some insightful observations about how a faithful Lutheran should think about this (and other) bad decisions. They just strike me as right.

Yeago foregoes arguments against the permissive actions of the Churchwide Assembly. It’s not that the arguments are unimportant, but, by Yeago’s reckoning, a person committed to traditional Christian sexual morality faces a more immediate challenge. There is a pressing spiritual question, “a question,” as he puts it, “about how we are to live in a fallen and erring church.” What is the vocation of the faithful amidst a great deal of confusion and some outright false teaching? the rest

ACORN and the AGs

September 23, 2009
By Mark J. Fitzgibbons

ACORN being called a criminal enterprise. Despite years of warning signs that ACORN was violating the law, many state attorneys general have not investigated the organization or brought enforcement actions. State attorneys general, besides being the chief enforcement officers for violations of state laws, claim unique law enforcement authority over nonprofits.

The reasons for inaction by state attorneys general may explain why ACORN is such a problem. ACORN has developed close ties, to put it mildly, with many state attorneys general as well as others deep in the Democrat establishment. The relationship between ACORN and Democrats may be described as symbiotic.

Democrats have not only provided taxpayer money to ACORN, but have benefited from ACORN's endorsements, its other election-related activities such as get-out-the-vote, and even its litigation on behalf of leftwing policies. ACORN actually considers itself a "partner" with liberal big government on many matters ranging from the United States Census to programs run by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). the rest

What Obama Isn’t Saying About Breast Cancer Successes in America

By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.
posted Sept. 23, 2009

Excerpt:
My friend who lives in England had the following to say regarding her experience with breast cancer:

“We don’t start providing mammograms until a woman is 50, and then only every 3 years. Now that I am a [breast cancer] statistic, I am having them every 2 years, but that is still not brilliant – a lot can happen in 2 years. Then when they thought I might have cancer spreading to my bowel, I was told it would be 4 or 5 months before I could get the urgent endoscopy and colonoscopy.”

Consider this:
* The United States leads the world in treating breast cancer.
* Women with breast cancer have a 14% higher survival rate in the United States than in Europe.
* Five cancers – breast, prostate, thyroid, testicular and melanoma skin cancer –have 90% or higher survival rates in the United States. Only ONE cancer – testicular – has a 90% or better survival rate in Europe.

As a small business owner, I’d be the first to admit that American health insurance options need to be reformed to increase availability and affordability. I have limited health insurance options for me and my employees, and the premiums keep going up very year even without many claims.

Our current system needs to be revamped to emphasize prevention, reduce costs, and to expand insurance coverage. This can be done with changes in existing state and federal regulations, without a government take over of the entire health care system.

What President Obama fails to point out, though, is that the United States leads the world in innovation to provide diagnostic technology and effective new medicines to manage and cure more diseases than ever before. the rest

Will the "Third Rome" Reunite With the "First Rome"?

Recent Meeting Could Mark Turning Point
By Robert Moynihan

WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPT. 21, 2009 (Zenit.org)- Sometimes there are no fireworks. Turning points can pass in silence, almost unobserved.

It may be that way with the "Great Schism," the most serious division in the history of the Church. The end of the schism may come more quickly and more unexpectedly than most imagine.

On Sept. 18, inside Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's summer palace about 30 miles outside Rome, a Russian Orthodox Archbishop named Hilarion Alfeyev, 43 (a scholar, theologian, expert on the liturgy, composer and lover of music), met with Benedict XVI, 82 (also a scholar, theologian, expert on the liturgy and lover of music), for almost two hours, according to informed sources. (There are as yet no "official" sources about this meeting -- the Holy See has still not released an official communiqué about the meeting.)

The silence suggests that what transpired was important -- perhaps so important that the Holy See thinks it isn't yet prudent to reveal publicly what was discussed.

But there are numerous "signs" that the meeting was remarkably harmonious. the rest

Poll: Americans are overwhelmingly angry at the U.S. government

FOXNews.com
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Americans are overwhelmingly angry at the U.S. government and is nearly as let down by the lack of ideas from both political parties, a new poll by Rasmussen Reports revealed Tuesday.

Sixty-six percent of voters in a national poll said they're angry at the policies of the federal government, including 36 percent who counted themselves as very angry.

Thirty percent are not really angry, including 10 percent of whom say they aren't angry at all.

Among those most angry are Republicans -- 90 percent of whom say they are somewhat or very angry. Seventy-seven percent of independents are angry and just 44 percent of Democrats are peeved. the rest

While we're at it: Census survey has something to rile everyone

815 Appeals for Donations to Sue Christians

Stand Firm

Colorado: Grace Church trial took financial toll on both parties in lawsuit

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Devotional: The saint is the person...

The saint is the person who is so fascinated by the beauty of God and by his perfect truth as to be progressively transformed by it. Because of this beauty and truth, he is ready to renounce everything, even himself. Love of God is enough for him, experienced in humble and disinterested service to one's neighbor, especially towards those who cannot give back in return. Like the disciples of Emmaus, whose hearts were kindled by the words of the Risen One and enlightened by his living presence recognized in the breaking of the bread, who hurriedly returned to Jerusalem and became messengers of Christ's Resurrection, we too must take up the path again, enlivened by the fervent desire to witness of the mystery of this love that gives hope to the world. ...Benedict XVI image

A.S. Haley on San Joaquin and Fort Worth decisions

September 22, 2009

Check out these posts:

Appellate Court Issues Order to Show Cause in San Joaquin

Time for Logic in Fort Worth

Cathedral appoints Muslim member of staff

Tuesday, 22nd September 2009
By Matt Cresswell

Bradford Cathedral has appointed a Muslim as the Cathedral’s first Interfaith Development Officer. Nuzhat Ali is to be the second Muslim the Church of England has added to its payroll, following the example of Blackburn Cathedral.

Mrs Ali is a senior member of the Islamic Society of Britain who has worked closely with the local council. She will work under Canon Frances Ward and her initial projects include Scriptural Reasoning workshops – studying sacred texts alongside other faiths - and a lecture series entitled ‘The State We’re In’. She will also work with the Bradford Courts Chaplaincy service to provide mentoring for young offenders. Commenting on her role, Mrs Ali said: “I am very pleased, and excited, about my new job with the Cathedral. I see this as a great opportunity to bring together people from different faith communities in order to take an active role in shaping the society in which we live in a positive and constructive manner. the rest

Hanging rubber chickens and signs blaspheming Jesus at IL abortion mill


September 21, 2009

Jill Stanek's blog

One in six NHS patients 'misdiagnosed'

As many as one in six patients treated in NHS hospitals and GPs’ surgeries is being misdiagnosed, experts have warned.
By Kate Devlin and Rebecca Smith
21 Sep 2009

Doctors were making mistakes in up to 15 per cent of cases because they were too quick to judge patients’ symptoms, they said, while others were reluctant to ask more senior colleagues for help.

While in most cases the misdiagnosis did not result in the patient suffering serious harm, a sizeable number of the millions of NHS patients were likely to suffer significant health problems as a result, according to figures. It was said that the number of misdiagnoses was “just the tip of the iceberg”, with many people still reluctant to report mistakes by their doctors.

There was a call for better reporting methods to ensure that each misdiagnosis was recorded and monitored properly. the rest

The War Matters Most, Mr. President. There Isn't Even A Distant Second Priority

Monday, September 21, 2009
by Hugh Hewitt

My Washington Examiner column today recaps the health care debate I conducted in Denver on Thursday night with University of Denver Law School Professor Pail Campos.

The reason behind President Obama's frantic retail television yesterday has to be that every debate over Obamacare everywhere in the country has to be going just as mine did. Proponents of Obamacare from the president down to Obamacare advocate in a two person discussion on a park bench are not just losing the argument. They have lost it. Decisively. And no series of interviews, no matter how gentle the questions or advantageous the setting, are going to persuade anything close to a majority of Americans that it makes sense to trade in their health care for whatever it is that the president, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have behind Door Number 3. the rest

Obama Ties to ACORN Date Back Decades
John Fund, Wall Street Journal

Albert Mohler: Wearing the Disguise of Faithfulness

Monday, August 24, 2009

Meeting barely a month after the Episcopal Church voted to end its ban on the consecration of openly homosexual bishops and the blessing of same-sex unions, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America [ELCA] has taken similar steps. Meeting last week in Minneapolis, the Lutherans voted first to adopt a comprehensive statement on human sexuality that at least allows for the recognition and blessing of same-sex relationships in the church. Beyond this, it establishes a platform for the eventual acceptance and affirmation of same-sex marriage ceremonies.

Then, acting just as the week came to an end, the denomination voted to eliminate barriers that had prevented non-celibate homosexual ministers from serving in ELCA churches. The vote to affirm the new statement on human sexuality was close -- receiving the exact number of positive votes necessary for passage -- but, taken together, the two actions signal a massive seismic shift, not only in the ELCA, but also in the larger denominational world. For advocates of the normalization of homosexuality, the votes in Minneapolis represent a clean sweep of votes their way.

The churches and denominations of mainline Protestantism are being torn asunder over the issue of homosexuality. Denomination after denomination becomes the focus of national attention as it meets for crucial votes and decides its future. Observers of the ELCA had seen this process extended through years of study and controversy. In the view of many, the process mostly served to postpone the inevitable. The inevitable happened in Minneapolis. the rest image

Matt Ziesel's Touchdown Run



Down Syndrome Boy's 60-Yard Touchdown Run an Internet Hit

New study examines 34 million American adults with no religion

Hartford, Conn.
Sep 22, 2009

(CNA).- A new study of the 34 million American adults who do not identify with any particular religious group finds that they now largely mirror the wider population in other aspects. However, the group tends to be young, male, politically independent and of Irish ancestry.

The number of “Nones” grew greatly in the 1990s. In 1990 they made up 8.2 percent of the population and grew to 14.2 percent by 2001. In 2008 they made up 15 percent.

The Nones were the only group to have increased in every state and region of the country during the past 18 years, according to a study released by Trinity College Hartford today. The researchers’ category of Nones include those who are irreligious, unreligious, the anti-religious, and anti-clerical. About 59 percent is agnostic or deist, while a small minority is atheist. About 27 percent profess belief in a personal God. Some participate occasionally in religious rituals, while others say they never would. the rest

Russian Orthodox Official: Time for Solidarity

Visits Pope and Ecumenism Council President in the Vatican
ROME, SEPT. 21, 2009

(Zenit.org).- Russian Orthodox Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev says there are so many reasons for Catholics and Orthodox to cooperate in our de-Christianized world that it is time to move past divisions and competition and exist in solidarity and mutual love.

The archbishop affirmed this after he met in the Vatican on Friday with Benedict XVI and on Thursday with Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The cardinal invited the archbishop, who since March has been the chairman of the Department of External Affairs of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Archbishop Alfeyev was already well-known at the Vatican, having previously been the Russian Orthodox Church's representative to the European Institutions in Brussels. He is also an accomplished composer, using his music to bring East and West together. His interpretation of St. Matthew's account of the Passion was performed at the Vatican before Easter in 2007; his Christmas oratorio premiered that year at a Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.. the rest

British Christian nurse ordered to remove cross from her neck

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

In another strange case from the UK, a Christian nurse from Exeter, in the west of England, with nearly 30 years of service, and just eight months to go to her retirement, is being threatened with disciplinary action after refusing to remove a necklace bearing a Cross — a symbol of her deeply felt Christian faith.

“NHS (National Health Service) bosses insist that the Cross must be removed from sight,” said a spokesperson for the UK-based Christian Legal Centre (CLC).

Shirley Chaplin, aged 54, has worked in the NHS all her life. Ever since studying to be a nurse she has worn this necklace and Cross with her uniform. But now NHS bosses have ordered her to remove the personal item, deeming it a breach of uniform policy and a health risk to her and to patients.

“Mrs. Chaplin, informed managers at The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust Hospital that she had never had an accident injuring herself, or another patient, in three decades of nursing, and would happily sign a disclaimer absolving the Trust from any liability if she were injured by the one inch silver object,” the Christian Legal Centre spokesperson went on to say. the rest

MORE OF WORLD'S TALENTED OPT TO LEAVE UNITED STATES

September 21, 2009

More skilled immigrants are giving up their American dreams to pursue careers back home, raising concerns that the United States may lose its competitive edge in science, technology, and other fields, says USA Today.

Referencing several sources, the USA Today shed some light on how the economy may be driving emigration.

"What was a trickle has become a flood," says Duke University's Vivek Wadhwa, who studies reverse immigration:

In the next five years, 100,000 immigrants will go back to India and 100,000 to China, countries that have had rapid economic growth.

For the first time in American history, the United States is experiencing the brain drain that other countries experienced. the rest

New H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccines Don't Rely on Cells From Babies Killed in Abortion

by Steven ErteltLife
News.com Editor
September 21, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A pro-life group that monitors vaccinations is pleased to report that the new H1N1 swine flu vaccines the federal government will be distributing next month do not rely on cells from babies killed in abortions. Other vaccinations have been condemned for relying on such cells to formulate the vaccines.

Children of God for Life tells LifeNews.com that four new H1N1 (swine flu) vaccines approved late last week by the FDA do not use aborted fetal cell lines

The four vaccines are made by Sanofi Pasteur, Novartis, CSL and Medimmune and all are using eggs from baby chickens instead of cells from humans. the rest

NOTE: ALL FLU AND H1NI (SWINE FLU) VACCINES FOR THE 2009-2010 SEASON ARE USING MORAL CELL LINES

US AND CANADA - ABORTED FETAL CELL LINE PRODUCTS AND ETHICAL ALTERNATIVES

Monday, September 21, 2009

Holding Their Tongues

The Assemblies of God asks whether its distinctive teaching is being lost in outreach efforts.
Cary McMullen in Orlando
9/21/2009

It was the second day of the 53rd General Council of the Assemblies of God (AG), and Noel Roberts was having an unhappy lunch in the makeshift food court at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. He had resigned himself to paying $5 for a hotdog.

"You have to eat," he shrugged.

Something else was bothering Roberts, 65, pastor of Bethel Temple Assembly of God in Jacksonville. The biennial council, held August 4-7, had drawn a record number of people—more than 3,600 delegates and an additional 25,000 visitors. But during the thunderous opening worship service the night before, something had been missing.

"I have not heard a message in tongues. When I joined the AG in 1974, it was not uncommon," said Roberts. the rest

Inconvenient Truths About Gardasil and Swine Flu Vaccines


September 19 2009

The summer of 2009 revealed two inconvenient truths about vaccination. First, the Gardasil vaccine is not as safe as the government, medical organizations and Merck have said it is. Second, the H1N1 influenza pandemic is not as serious as health officials are telling you it is.

One in every 1,855 Gardasil shots is followed by a bad health outcome report to the government’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System. These bad health outcomes reported after Gardasil shots include lots of girls suddenly passing out and having seizures.

There is also a greater than expected rate of reported blood clots. In fact, four girls have died after they developed a blood clot that traveled to their lungs after Gardasil vaccination. the rest

UK: Two thousand schoolgirls suffer suspected ill-effects from cervical cancer vaccine-Cervarix vaccination

Gardasil Side Effects Tough to Monitor - On Women

Cathedral U-turn over Eucharist

Monday, 21st September 2009
By Toby Cohen

WOMEN PRIESTS celebrated a victory over Blackburn Cathedral this week as it retreated from its decision to provide wafers consecrated by a male priest when a woman priest was presiding.

A year ago the Cathedral implemented the policy after Dr Sue Penfold was appointed as one of its three residentiary canons.

A statement from the Chapter, the Cathedral’s governing body, said: “It will now be the case that the sacrament at any celebration of the Eucharist will be consecrated solely by the person who is presiding “We now regret the course of action that we took. We apologise for any hurt or pain that this has caused. the rest

Muslim mob attacks Pakistani Christians for a fourth time

Monday, 21st September 2009
By George Conger

A Muslim mob torched a church and the homes of a number of Christians in the Punjab last week, following claims that local Christians had committed blasphemy by desecrating the Koran.

The Sept 11 attack in the village of Sambrial, approximately 20 miles west of the city of Sialkot near Pakistan’s border with Kashmir, marks the fourth time in two months that Muslim mobs have attacked Christian neighbourhoods over alleged insults to the Koran, reports Aftab Mughal of Minorities Concern of Pakistan.

Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani have condemned the attack and have asked Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to investigate the incident. Press reports from Pakistan report that President Zardari has called for calm, and promised the government would rebuild the church.

However, the Church of Pakistan’s Bishop of Sialkot and other Christian leaders have called upon the government to track down and arrest those responsible for the sectarian attacks. the rest

There's No Free Health Care

Obamacare will raise costs--and everybody knows it.
by Fred Barnes
09/28/2009

Give President Obama credit for persistence. And stubbornness. And lack of imagination. He declared again last week that his health care plan "will slow the growth of health care costs for our families and our businesses and our government." And this historic achievement will be accompanied by a dazzling array of new medical benefits that everyone will receive--guaranteed by law. Okay, you've heard this before. But that's the president's story, and he's sticking to it.

The question is, why? Does he think we're stupid? His argument has failed to persuade a sizeable majority of the American people precisely because they're not stupid. They understand the laws of addition and subtraction. When you offer more--much, much more in this case--of a good, it's going to cost more. Somebody has to pay for it. Yet Obama says we'll all be paying less, and that includes businesses and government.

If he could actually pull off this feat, he would indeed be the One we've been waiting for. But he can't. This is apparent whenever Obama explains where the "savings" will come from. They're from eliminating "hundreds of billions of dollars" in waste, fraud, and abuse (WFA) in the health care system. Surely, he knows better. Everyone in Washington recognizes these savings are imaginary. They're offered with a wink. They never happen. President Reagan promised to slash WFA in the 1980s. The result: zilch. Where Reagan failed, Obama is not likely to succeed.

Obama may be unaware, but there are three programs--in Maine, Massachusetts, and Tennessee--currently testing his idea of get-more-pay-less. The evidence is already in: Expanded health care coverage costs more, an awful lot more. There are no known exceptions. the rest

On-the-air prez seems like endless 'infomercial'

Playing the Racial Deck
By Kathleen Parker

President Barack Obama is beginning to look out of his depth

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Devotional: The expression of Christian character...

The expression of Christian character is not good doing, but God-likeness. If the Spirit of God has transformed you within, you will exhibit Divine characteristics in your life, not good human characteristics. God's life in us expresses itself as God's life, not as human life trying to be godly. The secret of a Christian is that the supernatural is made natural in him by the grace of God, and the experience of this works out in the practical details of life, not in times of communion with God. When we come in contact with things that create a buzz, we find to our amazement that we have power to keep wonderfully poised in the centre of it all.
...Oswald Chambers image by ~MVI~

National Order for Anglican Women Founded

Source: Daughters of the Holy Cross
September 12, 2009
(AAC email update)

The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman's Representative instituted The Order of the Daughters of the Holy Cross, admitted 90+ members and installed the elected officers of the National Board.

The vision of The Order of the Daughters of the Holy Cross is to gather Anglican women and girls into a nurturing and empowering community called to be servants of Jesus as He unites and builds up His Body, the Church.

The Rule of Life of the Order has four parts: Prayer, Service, Study and Evangelism. Women may become members as individuals or within a chapter of three or more members. Chapter members may be all from one congregation or from several nearby churches within various Anglican jurisdictions or denominations which qualify under its Faith Statement....

The joyous service was held at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, GA. The Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, Rector, celebrated the Eucharist. The Rev. Dr. Gilbert Crosby represented Bishop Ackerman, the Order's National Chaplain, and the Rev. Steven Saul, Chaplain to the Formation Committee, presented the Order's Charter and prospective members and gave the sermon....
Moving forward, most Anglican women interested in becoming members will engage in a three-month period of study and discernment under the direction of a member before entering the Order. However, through the rest of 2009, current or former DOK's may apply to become charter members....

The entire press release and other membership information may be found at the link above.

Strategy in Southern Africa to create facts on the ground as in TEC by pleading diocesan autonomy

September 20th, 2009
by Chris Sugden

The Synod of the Diocese of False Bay, Anglican Church of Southern Africa, is meeting from 23-26 September. On its agenda is the following resolution:

“That this Synod

Affirming a pastoral response to same-sex partnerships of faithful commitment in our parish families.

Notes the positive statements of previous Provincial Synods that Gay and Lesbian members of out Church share in full membership as baptised members of the Body of Christ, and are affirmed and welcomed as such;

Affirms our commitment to prayerful and respectful dialogue around these issues, mindful of the exhortations of previous Lambeth Conferences to engage with those most affected. the rest

You mustn't mention God... council bans church from putting up notices about its meetings

By Daily Mail Reporter
16th September 2009

A Christian campaign group has been banned from pinning up notices about its meetings in libraries or community centres.

The activists were told their posters advertising talks about climate change could not be shown in public because they mentioned Christianity and God.

Officials declared that the flyers for a talk on 'climate change is a Christian issue' and and another by a spokesman for the Christian Ecology Link were in conflict with town hall policy against the promotion of religious ideas. the rest

Christian hotel owners hauled before court after defending their beliefs in discussion with Muslim guest

By Jonathan Petre
20th September 2009

A Christian couple have been charged with a criminal offence after taking part in what they regarded as a reasonable discussion about religion with guests at their hotel.

Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang were arrested after a Muslim woman complained to police that she had been offended by their comments.

They have been charged under public order laws with using ‘threatening, abusive or insulting words’ that were ‘religiously aggravated’. the rest

Barack Obama and free trade: Economic vandalism

A protectionist move that is bad politics, bad economics, bad diplomacy and hurts America. Did we miss anything?
Sep 17th 2009
The Economist

YOU can be fairly sure that when a government slips an announcement out at nine o’clock on a Friday night, it is not proud of what it is doing. That is one of the only things that makes sense about Barack Obama’s decision to break a commitment he, along with other G20 leaders, reaffirmed last April: to avoid protectionist measures at a time of great economic peril. In every other way the president’s decision to slap a 35% tariff on imported Chinese tyres looks like a colossal blunder, confirming his critics’ worst fears about the president’s inability to stand up to his party’s special interests and stick to the centre ground he promised to occupy in office.

This newspaper endorsed Mr Obama at last year’s election (see article) in part because he had surrounded himself with enough intelligent centrists. We also said that the eventual success of his presidency would be based on two things: resuscitating the world economy; and bringing the new emerging powers into the Western order. He has now hurt both objectives. the rest

Car showrooms quiet after clunkers clamor ends

Congress, Obama team up to kill marriage protections

Indonesia's new stoning law alarms Christians

Christians have expressed deep concern over the passing of new law in Aceh province of Indonesia that allows stoning to death for women caught in adultery.
by Joseph Keenan, Christian Post
Sunday, September 20, 2009

The law - which also allows punishments of up to 400 lashes for child rape, 100 lashes for homosexual acts and 60 lashes for gambling - was passed unanimously on Monday by lawmakers in the region at the northern tip of Sumatra island, according to Agence-France Presse.

The US-based International Christian Concern has requested Christians to pray for the believers in Aceh province.

"The law is a part of a trend in the region of stricter and stricter application of Islamic law - an effect that always results in increased hostility against Chrsitians and non-Muslims," a spokesperson for the group said.

Human rights groups in the country have also condemned the new law. the rest

My Rifle, My Bible and Me

September 17, 2009
By Stuart Elliott

Part of a new print ad for Henry guns; a new TV commercial plays up the brand’s origins as made in the United States.

A gun maker that has been drawing attention with campaigns in the mainstream media is planning new TV and print ads that are likely to gain notice — if not notoriety.

Henry Repeating Arms, based in Bayonne, N.J., is one of the few gun makers that advertises to general audiences. Its most recent campaign has been centered on the fact that its guns are made in the United States, at factories in Bayonne and Rice Lake, Wis.

A television commercial features factory scenes. A print ad, which shows a hand resting on a Bible as if in court, carries the headline “Henry rifles will only be made in America or they won’t be made at all.” the rest