Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Context Of Middle-Class Frustration

January 21, 2010
by Doctor Zero

Excerpt:
The frustration of the middle class is the angry confusion of people who can appreciate the opportunities Big Government denies them. It is the anxiety of those who hear the businesses who employ them relentlessly demonized, while the ruling class is never held responsible for its foolishness, waste, and theft. It is the resentment of people who suffer through disasters that President Obama and his allies regard as opportunities. It’s the hearty distrust of a State, and its media apparatus, that declares every frigid blast of bad economic news to be “unexpected” – but expects us to believe it can predict market fluctuations, technological advances, and even the global climate.

The President says “I have every interest in seeing a unified country solving big problems.” The rest of us have an interest in being allowed to pursue our individual solutions to those problems, according to the liberties our Constitution says belong to us as absolutely as our souls. We can see the wreckage of those “unified” solutions strewn through our past, and littering the rest of the world. Our frustration is born of intelligence and moral strength, not stubborn blindness. the rest-excellent!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Internet generation at risk of rickets: study

(AFP)
posted January22, 2010

PARIS — Bone-bending rickets can now be added to the list of ills linked to children spending uncounted hours before a computer screen, British researchers said Friday.

Youngsters with rickets, caused primarily by a chronic lack of vitamin D, develop painful and deformed bow-legs that do not grow properly.

The condition is linked mainly with extreme poverty and the 19th-century Victorian England of Charles Dickens, and can be easily avoided through a balanced diet and exposure to sunlight.

But doctors reported this month that cases of the debilitating disease have once again become "disconcertingly common" in Britain. the rest

Pro-Lifers Mark 37th Roe v Wade Anniversary with Gains, Growth

Fri, Jan. 22 2010
By Lawrence D. Jones
Christian Post Reporter

It’s been 37 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a woman has the constitutional right to have an abortion for any reason up until the “point at which the fetus becomes ‘viable,’” defining viability as the potential "to live outside the mother's womb, albeit with artificial aid."

And though the anniversary has typically been marked by anti-abortionists – many of which believe that life begins at conception – as a time to mourn for the tens of millions of lives that have been lost, this year’s observance is taking on a notably different tone.

The Pew Research Center revealed last year that support for abortion is slipping among most demographic and political groups. the rest

EWTN will broadcast DC's March for Life live from 12p to 4p EST today.

Join the Virtual March, sponsored by Americans United for Life. Get your own avatar!

Albert Mohler: Seen But Not Heard?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Whatever happened to being seen but not heard? Diana West asks that question in a recent essay, noting that there has been a massive shift in Western culture away from adult authority and toward the "wise child." All around us are signs that authority and wisdom are now to be recognized in the young, rather than the old. This is nothing less than a reversal of what previous generations had believed and assumed.

As Diana West explains:

When your average doting adult today murmurs the expression, “Out of the mouths of babes,” it is less an expression of wonder than a validation of the widely held assumption that children — babes, tweens, and teens — are innately wiser than their elders. They know better (sexual and fashion choices). They are discerning (music). They feel, therefore they understand (politics). Or so we have come to think due to a stunning if under-appreciated cultural reversal. Once upon a time, we believed wisdom was an expression of experience and maturity. Today, we believe the exact opposite. the rest

In U.S., Majority Favors Suspending Work on Healthcare Bill

Seven in 10 say Massachusetts election result reflects frustrations shared by Americans
January 22, 2010
by Jeffrey M. Jones

PRINCETON, NJ -- In the wake of Republican Scott Brown's victory in Tuesday's U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts, the majority of Americans (55%) favor Congress' putting the brakes on its current healthcare reform efforts and considering alternatives that can obtain more Republican support. Four in 10 Americans (39%) would rather have House and Senate Democrats continue to try to pass the bill currently being negotiated in conference committee.

Gallup poll here

U.S. newborns are weighing less, study finds

Average birth weights have dropped slightly from 1990 to 2005. Researchers are unclear why.
By Jeannine Stein
January 22, 2010

Birth weights in the United States are on the decline, a study has found. The report, released Thursday, found a small but significant decrease in average birth weights from 1990 to 2005, for reasons that scientists say are unclear.

The numbers, published in the February issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, mark a shift from earlier reports that noted a rise in birth weights in the latter part of the 20th century.

They also seem to go against conventional wisdom, experts said. In recent years, women have gotten larger, are smoking less and are older when they have children, all factors that contribute to higher birth weight in offspring. the rest

Pro-life group rebukes Planned Parenthood for sending birth control to Haiti

Front Royal, Va.
Jan 21, 2010

(CNA).- Following the horrific earthquake in Haiti last week, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) launched a campaign to provide what they call “emergency and basic health services” to victims in the country. But according to Douglas Scott, “Planned Parenthood looks at emergency birth control the same way most people view food, water and shelter.”

“Planned Parenthood will use any excuse to ask for money, even when doing so is ridiculous,” said Douglas R. Scott, president of Life Decisions International (LDI).“What the people of Haiti need is food, water, clothing, and shelter. They do not need anything that Planned Parenthood has to offer.” the rest

Haiti appeal from Planned Parenthood hit
Washington Times

UK RC bishops: Govt’s Equality Bill compromise is no good

Friday, 22 January 2010

The threat religious organisations face from the Equality Bill has not been reduced by the Government changing the wording, say the Roman Catholic bishops of England and Wales.

The bishops have criticised the Government’s refusal to listen to their concerns, and say the compromise it has offered does not do enough to protect the “moral integrity” of clergy and other Church employees.

The bishops’ concerns centre on a clause in the Bill which dramatically narrows religious organisations’ existing exemptions from employment equality laws. the rest

Church of England sees greater decline in church attendance

By staff writers
22 Jan 2010

The latest local church attendance figures from the Church of England have shown further falls, despite initiatives such as Back to Church Sunday, and increasing numbers at Christian festivals such as Easter and Christmas.

The total number of adults, children and young people regularly attending local churches has dropped by five per cent in the seven years since 2001, with the latest 2008 figures being responsible for a one percent decrease.

In a statement today, the Church of England took as its base year 2002, when there was an unexpected dip in attendence, suggesting a two percent decrease in the last six years. the rest

Church Times: Synod to debate the ACNA

by Pat Ashworth
January 22, 2010

THE General Synod is being asked next month by a lay representative from Chichester diocese to “express the desire that the Church of England be in communion with the Anglican Church in North America” (ACNA).

The private member’s motion is being proposed by Canadian-born Lorna Ashworth, who wants to “give Synod an opportunity to hear about the unfair treatment of people who have continued to maintain the Anglican faith in doctrine, practice, and worship”. She refers to Bishop Bob Duncan of Pittsburgh, Bishop Henry Scriven, and the Revd Dr James Packer among the 491 clergy inhibited or deposed in legislation estimated to cost $30 million. the rest

Pittsburgh's Episcopal bishop seeks reconciliation

By The Tribune-Review
Friday, January 22, 2010

The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh's new bishop, Kenneth L. Price, is seeking face-to-face meetings with area congregations that left the Episcopal Church over issues ranging from abortion to the consecration of a non-celibate gay bishop.

A letter from Price was sent Wednesday to lay leaders and clergy of 40 congregations that split from the Episcopal Church in October 2008. A copy of the letter was sent to the diocese's former bishop, Robert Duncan, who heads a newly formed Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh diocese which has 55 congregations.

"This is all toward seeking an understanding and reconciliation of how each of us, even if we disagree, can still serve our one Lord and Savior," Price said. Episcopal Church offices are based in Monroeville. Story

Former Fox News Anchor’s Mother Considered Abortion after Being Raped

Tuesday January 19, 2010
By Matt Anderson

(LifeSiteNews.com) – This past Saturday, former Fox & Friends Weekend co-anchor Kelly Wright talked with Mike Huckabee on his Fox News show about his mother’s decision to give birth to him despite having conceived him in rape. Kelly made the appearance to promote his new book, “America’s Hope in Troubled Times.”

In his new book, Wright describes how his mother was raped when she was 16 years old, and how he was the result of that rape. the rest

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Haiti: HOWTO set up a plug-and-play hospital


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Albert Mohler: “Like the Air They Breathe” — The Online Life of Kids

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The fact that children and teenagers now spend a good deal of their lives connected to electronic devices is hardly news. We are now accustomed to the knowledge that teenagers are seldom seen without wires in their ears and a cell phone in their hand as they multitask their way through adolescence. Now, however, there is good reason to believe that these young people are far more connected than we have even imagined.

The Kaiser Family Foundation has just released a new study on the online lives of children and teenagers, and the statistics are simply astounding. America's children and teenagers are now spending an average of more than 7 1/2 hours a day involved in electronic media. the rest

Anglican Church in lawsuit limbo

By Matthew Waller
Posted January 20, 2010

SAN ANGELO, Texas — A desert tranquility surrounds the buildings of the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in San Angelo. Mesquite trees shade its parking lot and sway in the breeze, a broad expanse of rolling grass and dirt spreads out to the east of the buildings, and a large cross adorns the side of one of the walls, while ivy creeps up others.

This peaceful domain, however, has been the field of a legal battle for more than two years. And now the congregation of the Good Shepherd has been left in limbo after Judge Blair Cherry ruled in favor of giving the property to the Diocese of Northwest Texas. the rest

Democrats on the precipice of failure

By George F. Will
Thursday, January 21, 2010

"We are on the precipice of an achievement that's eluded Congresses and presidents for generations." -- President Barack Obama, Dec. 15, on health-care legislation

Precipice, 1. a headlong fall or descent, esp. to a great depth. -- Oxford English Dictionary


Trying to guarantee Americans the thrill of the precipice, the president dashed to Massachusetts on Sunday, thereby conceding that he had already lost Tuesday's Senate election, which had become a referendum on his signature program. By promising to cast the decisive 41st vote against the president's health-care legislation, the Republican candidate forced all congressional Democrats to contemplate this: Not even frenzied national mobilization of Democratic manpower and millions of dollars could rescue one of the safest Democratic seats in the national legislature from national dismay about the incontinent government expansion, of which that legislation is symptomatic.

Because the legislation is frightening and unpopular, Democrats have had to resort to serial bribery to advance it. Massachusetts voted immediately after the corruption of exempting, until 2018, union members from the tax on high-value health insurance plans. This tax was supposedly the crucial component of what supposedly was reform's primary goal: reducing costs. the rest

Pelosi says House cannot pass Senate's health-care bill without changes
"I don't think it's possible to pass the Senate bill in the House," Pelosi told reporters after a morning meeting with her caucus. "I don't see the votes for it at this time.

For California Democrats, GOP upset in Massachusetts is a cause for worry
Strategists say confidence has faded that Sen. Boxer, running for reelection, and Atty. Gen. Brown, perhaps running for governor, would coast to wins. Analysts say GOP could pick up legislative seats.

The Fall of the House of Kennedy
Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts will not endure unless Republicans clearly understand the meaning of "the machine" that he ran against and defeated.

Scott Brown Defeats Coakley for Senate, Pro-Lifers Applaud Health Care Impact
Carefully noting that Brown is not pro-life on abortion -- though he supports numerous limits on abortion and opposes the pro-abortion health care bill -- pro-life advocates said the vote was still tremendously helpful.

THE IPCC'S ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN

January 21, 2010

The scientists who said that Himalayan glaciers will be gone by 2035 have admitted the claim has as much credibility as sightings of the mythical Yeti. It's their fraudulent claims that are melting away, says Investor's Business Daily (IBD).

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the U.N. body tasked with scaring us to death about global warming, has admitted that the claim in its 2007 report about the Himalayan glaciers disappearing was not based on any scientific study or research. It was instead based on one scientist's speculation in a telephone interview with a reporter. the rest image by Tim in Sydney

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Devotional: Being born again of the Spirit is an unmistakable work of God...

"Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3

Sometimes we are fresh for a prayer meeting but not fresh for cleaning boots!

Being born again of the Spirit is an unmistakable work of God, as mysterious as the wind, as surprising as God Himself. We do not know where it begins, it is hidden away in the depths of our personal life. Being born again from above is a perennial, perpetual and eternal beginning; a freshness all the time in thinking and in talking and in living, the continual surprise of the life of God. Staleness is an indication of something out of joint with God - "I must do this thing or it will never be done." That is the first sign of staleness. Are we freshly born this minute or are we stale, raking in our minds for something to do? Freshness does not come from obedience but from the Holy Spirit; obedience keeps us in the light as God is in the light.

Guard jealously your relationship to God. Jesus prayed "that they may be one, even as we are one" - nothing between. Keep all the life perennially open to Jesus Christ, don't pretend with Him. Are you drawing your life from any other source than God Himself? If you are depending upon anything but Him, you will never know when He is gone.

Being born of the Spirit means much more than we generally take it to mean. It gives us a new vision and keeps us absolutely fresh for everything by the perennial supply of the life of God.

...Oswald Chambers image

Brown Defeats Coakley in Mass. Special Election

Church is ‘focus of Satanic attack’

Tuesday, 19th January 2010
By Michael Brown

A Satanic symbol has been daubed on a Yorkshire church and paraffin poured through its letterbox in what church officials believe was a deliberate attempt to burn it down.

Vandals scrawled the words "**** your God" and "Hail Grimm" - possibly a reference to the fairytale-writing brothers - on St James's, Baildon, Bradford, England...

...The attackers also daubed a 6ft high pentagram, or pentangle, a religious symbol linked to Satanism or the occult. The attack has outraged church members. the rest

Colson: Bringing Spending under Control

Wed, Jan. 20 2010
By Chuck Colson
Christian Post Guest Columnist

The huge turnout yesterday in Massachusetts expressed citizen alarm that Congress is spending us deeper and deeper into debt, and there’s no end in sight.

Our government faces future liabilities of at least $53 trillion. This includes entitlements, government pensions, Medicare, and other promises we have made-currently $175,000 for every man, woman, and child in America-and likely to go higher.

I’ve concluded, as have millions of Americans enraged over government leaders playing politics and disregarding the public trust, that the only way to avert disaster is to take the matter out of the hands of the politicians. If they no longer have the will to address the problem, somebody else has got to. the rest

Albert Mohler: How Will They Hear Without a Preacher?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Preaching has fallen on hard times. So suggests a report out of Durham University's College of Preachers. The British university's CODEC research center, which aims to explore "the interfaces between the Bible, the digital environment and contemporary culture," conducted the study to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the College of Preachers. The report is not very encouraging.

As Ruth Gledhill of The Times [London] reports, "Sermons, history shows, can be among the most revolutionary forms of human speech. From John Calvin to Billy Graham, preaching has had the power to topple princes, to set nation against nation, to inspire campaigners to change the world and impel people to begin life anew."

Indeed, preaching is the central act of Christian worship, but its great aim reaches far above merely changing the world. The preaching of the Word of God is the chief means by which God conforms Christians to the image of Christ. Rightly understood, true Christian preaching is not aimed only at this earthly life, but is the means whereby God prepares his people for eternity. the rest

Runaway Christian Convert to Remain Free of Parents, Judge Rules

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A runaway teenage girl from Ohio who converted from Islam to Christianity has reached a court settlement that allows her to remain free of her Muslim parents. the rest

Significance of Western World's Largest Abortion Facility

by T. Dan Tolleson
Tuesday, 19 January 2010

On January 18, Martin Luther King Day, pro-life demonstrators prayed silently for five hours around the perimeter of Houston’s newest Planned Parenthood abortion facility, which, when it opens for business later this year, will be the largest abortion facility in the Western World. Only China, with its mandatory “one-child-per-family” policy, has larger and more effectual abortion facilities.

The six-story former bank building (described by some pro-life groups as a “cash register”-shaped structure) is located about two miles southeast of Houston’s downtown skyscrapers, near two large universities, and in the midst of several neighborhoods which are either predominantly Hispanic or predominantly black.

Matt Lockett, executive director of Bound4Life, explained that an estimated 1,200 pro-life demonstrators surrounded the building and silently prayed, while another 10,000 pro-life demonstrators marched through sections of the nearby minority neighborhoods and voiced their opposition to the opening of this new abortion facility. According to Lockett, “God is going to raise up prominent minority voices in America to say that abortion is bad, not just for the babies, obviously, but abortion is bad for women.” the rest

Spanish drug agency confirms grave effects of morning-after pill

Madrid, Spain
Jan 19, 2010
CNA

...The side-effects presented in the report speak for themselves. Of the 1,379 women who took at least one dose of the drug, 426 reported bleeding (30.89%); 189 nausea (13.7%); 184 fatigue (13.34%); 183 abdominal pain (13.27%); 142 headaches (10.3%); among other complications such as breast pain, vomiting, diarrhea and dizziness...the rest

Scott Brown's ascendancy as a 'Massachusetts man of the people'

By Kathleen Parker
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Excerpt:
The meaning of Scott Brown should be clear to Democrats facing midterm elections in November. Not least, Republicans have learned how to use the Internet to build momentum and raise money. Brown collected more in online contributions the past week than can be spent, though how much, the campaign won't say. It can't go unmentioned that Brown also benefited from the strategic brilliance of Mitt Romney loyalists Peter Flaherty and Eric Fehrnstrom, who guided him from relative obscurity to talk of the nation.

Although Democrats flail against the obvious, the real message of Brown's ascendancy signifies opposition to current health-care reform. His surge has been an echo of 1994, when a backlash to Hillary Clinton's attempt to overhaul health care sparked a Republican takeover of Congress. the rest

Malkin: The Democrats’ Massachusetts meltdown

Exit poll: Health care mattered

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

GOP's Brown wins Mass. Senate seat in epic upset

by Glen Johnson And Liz Sidoti
Associated Press Writers
January 19, 2010

BOSTON – In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to defeat Democrat Martha Coakley in a U.S. Senate election Tuesday that left President Barack Obama's health care overhaul in doubt and marred the end of his first year in office.

The loss by the once-favored Coakley for the seat that the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy held for nearly half a century signaled big political problems for the president's party this fall when House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates are on the ballot nationwide. the rest

Quake hits off Cayman Islands

January 19, 2010

(CNN) -- A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday off the Cayman Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The 6.2-mile deep quake hit at 9:23 a.m. ET, 40 miles from George Town, Cayman Islands, the USGS reported. George Town, the capital, is on the western shore of Grand Cayman Island.

There were no immediate reports of injuries in the three-island chain in the Caribbean. the rest

CofE: Consecration of women bishops faces setback

by Maria Mackay
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The consecration of women bishops in the Church of England has suffered a setback after it emerged that the revision committee charged with drafting the legislation has failed to complete it in time for February’s General Synod.

Speaking at a pre-Synod briefing on Monday, Secretary General of the General Synod William Fittall dismissed criticism that the revision committee had been careless or deliberately slow, saying that there had been no formal deadline set for the legislation. the rest

Abortion Mandate in Senate Health Care Bill Energizes Pro-Life Activists Ahead of National Rally

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer

(CNSNews.com) – Friday marks the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion-on-demand nationwide, and a coalition of more than 70 pro-life organizations says this year’s commemorative “March for Life” on that day is more significant than any to date.

“January 22 of this year, 2010, takes on even more importance as Congress prepares to vote on a sweeping takeover of health care that would mandate abortion coverage and mandate government funding for abortion,” David Bereit, campaign director for 40 Days for Life, one of the groups in the march’s coalition, said in a video promoting the event. the rest

Nigeria Muslim-Christian Clash Kills Over 40 People

Mon, Jan. 18 2010
By Ethan Cole
Christian Post Reporter

More than 40 people were killed in a Muslim-Christian clash this past weekend in a central Nigerian city with a history of volatile relations between the two faith communities.

In Jos city, Plateau state, about 200 Muslim youths attacked Christians near St. Michael’s Catholic Church, according to local sources of Christian Solidarity Worldwide. The human rights organization reported that Muslim youths congregated to renovate a house next to St. Michael’s Catholic Church, owned by a man who allegedly killed three Christians in the November 2008 sectarian violence in Jos. the rest

Obama’s EEOC Nominee: Society Should ‘Not Tolerate Private Beliefs’ That ‘Adversely Affect’ Homosexuals

Monday, January 18, 2010
By Matt Cover, Staff Writer


(CNSNews.com) - Chai Feldblum, the Georgetown University law professor nominated by President Obama to serve on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has written that society should “not tolerate” any “private beliefs,” including religious beliefs, that may negatively affect homosexual “equality.” the rest

Senate election in Massachusetts could be harbinger for health-care reform

By Dan Balz and Chris Cillizza
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Democrat Martha Coakley's struggle to stave off a potentially devastating defeat in Tuesday's special Senate election in Massachusetts marks a critical turning point in the year-long debate about health-care reform. Regardless of the outcome of the race, the two parties appeared headed toward a monumental clash over the issue in the coming midterm elections.

A victory by state Sen. Scott Brown, who was given little chance of winning only a few weeks ago, would give Republicans 41 votes in the Senate and further embolden them to challenge the core of President Obama's agenda. Democrats could face an internal battle over how or even whether to proceed with the legislation, as well as how to deal with the issue in the fall races. the rest

President Obama plans combative turn
President Barack Obama plans a combative response if, as White House aides fear, Democrats lose Tuesday’s special Senate election in Massachusetts, close advisers say.

Democrats mulling options to save the Senate’s health care legislation: NYT

Federal health care foes plot for state opt-outs
Congress can pass a federal health care bill and President Obama can sign it, but that doesn't mean the states plan to abide by it.

Orphaned Haitian Children to Be Allowed Into U.S.

January 18, 2010
FOXNews.com

Orphaned children from Haiti will be allowed to enter the U.S. temporarily on a case-by-case basis to ensure they received proper care, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State announced Monday.

Orphaned children from Haiti will be allowed to enter the U.S. temporarily on a case-by-case basis to ensure they received proper care, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State announced Monday. the rest

Nine of Church of England's historic bishops' palaces could be sold after reviews

The future of the Church of England’s historic bishops’ palaces is in doubt with one in five being considered for sale over the next year.
By Martin Beckford
18 Jan 2010

The grand residences, which have been in the church’s hands for centuries, could be sold off as they are costly to maintain and may struggle to meet tough environmental targets.

Some clergy also believe the properties’ moats and banqueting halls send out the wrong image, and that the millions spent on their upkeep should be given instead to poor inner-city parishes.

The residences could be turned into hotels, apartments or museums but buyers may be in short supply be because of their listed status and the presence of tombs or chapels that could not be removed. the rest

U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret 'Jesus' Bible Codes

Pentagon Supplier for Rifle Sights Says It Has 'Always' Added New Testament References
By JOSEPH RHEE, TAHMAN BRADLEY and BRIAN ROSS
Jan. 18, 2010

Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found.

The sights are used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers. The maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a $660 million multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 sights to the Marine Corps, and additional contracts to provide sights to the U.S. Army. the rest

Monday, January 18, 2010

Brand New Clothes May Contain Nasty Bacteria

Jan 12, 2010

News that makes me itch.

So new clothes…? Not so clean. In fact, you’re gonna want to dry clean that silk blouse you just bought. NOW. Because according to a report on Good Morning America, it could very well contain vaginal organisms, yeast and fecal germs — just like the new one they bought and tested on the show.

Yes. Fecal germs.

Awesome. It’s like buying an expensive blouse made of used toilet paper. Only DIRTIER. the rest image by danperry

Why You Should Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them

Coptic Christians Rally Worldwide for Believers in Egypt

By Aaron J. Leichman
Christian Post Reporter
Jan. 17 2010

Since last week’s deadly Christmas Eve shootings in the Egyptian town of Nagaa Hammadi, demonstrations have been held in cities across the world and more are on their way.

On Saturday, hundreds of Coptic Christians took to the streets of Tampa, Fla., to protest what they described as 1,400 years of persecution of Copts in Egypt.

"We're raising our voices for those in authority to stop what is happening in Egypt to Christians," said the Rev. Moussa Saleh, leader of Tampa's St. George Coptic Orthodox Church, according to Tampa Bay Online. the rest

Newest attack on Christianity: Just shut up!

Noise ordinances latest weapon against churches
January 16, 2010
By Bob Unruh
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

A Christian legal organization in the United Kingdom is reporting a skirmish victory in the latest war against Christians and their churches – the demand that they essentially be silent in their worship.

Cases have cropped up in recent months both in the U.K. as well as the United States in which governmental bodies have demanded that Christian groups essentially be silent – so that no one can hear their worship. the rest

After an abortion: Can God Smile On Me Once More?

Sunday, January 17, 2010
J. Grant Swank, Jr.

Excerpt:
I doubt if anyone in ministry is ever fully equipped for human sufferings. Certainly walking through the dark halls of abortion's aftermath is one duty that goes beyond our resources. There have been other times when we have listened to these cries. The faces were different, but the cries strikingly similar. Each time, it gets harder.

Instead of finding more precise tools for counseling, we confront our frailty as helpers with ever deeper ache. We try to be more refined and professional but when it comes to abortion--the killing of the innocent--we discover more inadequacies within our sincere attempts at healing.
the rest image by jaliyaj

Aging congregation, demographics, force church members to face an uncertain future

By peter korn
The Portland Tribune
Jan 14, 2010

There is no hospice for congregations facing the end of their days. No advanced directives telling caregivers when to take action and when to let go.

Dying people make out wills to direct the inheritance of their remaining possessions, but there is no legal equivalent for a dying church. Jewish tradition directs fathers to write ethical wills that explain the values by which they have led their lives, to be read by their children after they pass.

But when a church dies, there is no one left to do the reading. the rest

Therapists Report Increase in Green Disputes

By LESLIE KAUFMAN
January 17, 2010

Gordon Fleming is, by his own account, an environmentally sensitive guy.

He bikes 12 1/2 miles to and from his job at a software company outside Santa Barbara, Calif. He recycles as much as possible and takes reusable bags to the grocery store.

Still, his girlfriend, Shelly Cobb, feels he has not gone far enough. the rest

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Devotional: Peace...

Peace does not mean the end of all our striving,
Joy does not mean the drying of our tears;
Peace is the power that comes to souls arriving
Up into the light where God himself appears.
...Studdert Kennedy
image by audi insperation

The Roots of Obama Worship

Auguste Comte’s Religion of Humanity finds a 21st-century savior.
By James W. Ceaser
January 25, 2010

Barack Obama has now been center stage for two years—one as a presidential candidate (and president elect) and one as president. Americans have begun to take their measure of the man, judging him to have been a remarkable success in his first role and struggling in his second. Obama recently awarded himself the grade of “a good, solid B plus” for his performance in office, but the public is not as lenient. The gap in the assessment between Obama the candidate and Obama the president is enormous. Having entered office with a public approval of 70 percent, he has fallen today below 50 percent, the steepest such decline at this point of any first-term president in the postwar period. Obama also has the lowest approval rating at the end of a president’s first year.

A drop in some degree in public approval is not unusual and might even be regarded as natural. Campaigns feed on dreams, governing confronts realities. But Obama’s decline appears to hold greater significance than for past presidents, as it reflects a qualitative change in perception of his image. This shift became clear during his acceptance last month of the Nobel Peace Prize, an award that was proposed just as he took office and that reflected the heady expectations of the campaign. In Oslo, Obama was a much-diminished figure, compelled by the public’s judgment of his record to concede that “my accomplishments are slight.” The actor Will Smith, invited to perform at a gala honoring the president, was one of many forced to respond to the awkward question of whether Obama merited his award. His answer, obviously in the affirmative, harked back to the spirit of the campaign: “Barack Obama as an idea marks an evolutionary flash point for humanity.”

Smith’s comment holds the key to explaining the gap between the two Obamas. The 2008 campaign was an event that unfolded on an entirely different plane from ordinary politics. It signaled the emergence on a worldwide scale of the “Religion of Humanity,” for which Obama became the symbol. What Americans have discovered is that being the representative of this transpolitical movement does not fit easily, if it fits at all, with serving as president of the United States. the rest

Noonan: Slug the Obama Story 'Disconnect'

JANUARY 18, 2010

The first thing I learned in journalism is that every story has a name. At WEEI News Radio in Boston, the editor would label each story with one word, called a "slug," and assign a writer to write it for air. This week's devastating earthquake would be slugged "Haiti." A story about a gruesome murder might be "Nightmare."

We're at the first anniversary of the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and the slug, the word that captures its essence, is "Disconnect."

This is, still, a surprising word to use about the canny operatives who so perfectly judged the American mood in 2008. But they haven't connected since. the rest

Anglican primate calls for peaceful revolution

By Ayodeji Moradeyo
January 18, 2010

Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Peter Akinola, at the weekend in Akure said a non-violent revolution is the only solution to the constitutional crisis created by the ill-health of President Umaru Yar’Adua.

Mr. Akinola, who spoke with reporters shortly after the inauguration of the Diocese of Ido-Ani in Ondo State and the enthronement of Ezekiel Dahunsi as the new Bishop on Sunday, said the “powers that be” in the country have made nonsense of the nation’s constitution because of their selfish interest.

“I am in support of the call. Nigerians are a very docile people and have been so manipulated over the years by the leaders; hence things are getting worse every passing day,” he said. the rest

Church to vote on greater rights for partners of gay clergy

The Church of England is poised to give greater recognition to homosexual clergy in relationships, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones
Religious Affairs Correspondent
16 Jan 2010

A proposal to give the partners of gay priests some of the same rights that are awarded to priests' spouses is likely to spark a new row over homosexuality.

Bishops and senior clergy will debate at next month's General Synod whether the Church should provide same-sex couples with the same financial benefits as are awarded to married couples.

Traditionalists have expressed strong opposition to the move, which they claim would give official recognition to homosexual relationships. the rest

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