Saturday, March 13, 2010

Devotional: He feared nothing for Himself...

He feared nothing for Himself; and never once employed His divine power to save Himself from His human fate. Let God do that for Him if He saw fit. He did not come into the world to take care of Himself...His life was of no value to Him but as His Father cared for it. God would mind all that was necessary for Him, and He would mind the work His Father had given Him to do. And, my friends, this is just the one secret of a blessed life, the one thing every man comes into this world to learn. ...George Macdonald image

Nigel Mumford+: Belief in healing through prayer is at the core of his ministry

Albany Times-Union
Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Rev. Nigel Mumford: Director of healing ministries for the Albany Episcopal Diocese, based at the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center in Greenwich, Washington County.

Background: 55. Originally from Plymouth, England. He was a drill instructor with the British Royal Marines. Visited the United States in the 1970s and immigrated in 1980. He was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church in June of 2005, and was later ordained to the priesthood in December 2005. Has been at the center in Greenwich for five years.

He has written several books on healing ministries including "Hand to Hand: From Combat to Healing" and "The Forgotten Touch." He lives in Greenwich with his wife, Lynn, and has two grown stepchildren. the rest

Albany Intercessor: Fr. Nigel's full witness

Third World War: The real showdown between Christians and Muslims isn’t in the Mideast

By Philip Jenkins
April 01, 2010 Issue
American Conservative

Nobody is sure how it started. Perhaps Christian activists sent text messages warning that Muslims were trying to poison them. Maybe Muslims tried to storm a church. Whatever the cause, the consequence this past January was mayhem for the Nigerian city of Jos. Muslim-Christian rioting killed up to 500 people before the government intervened with its customary heavy hand.

The most striking point about these battles was that nobody found them striking. In Jos, as in countless other regions across Africa and Asia, violence between Christians and Muslims can erupt at any time, with the potential to detonate riots, civil wars, and persecutions. While these events are poorly reported in the West, they matter profoundly. All the attention in the Global War on Terror focuses on regions in which the U.S. is engaged militarily, but another war is raging across whole continents, one that will ultimately shape the strategic future. Uncomfortably for American policymakers, it is a war of religions and beliefs—a battle not for hearts and minds but for souls. the rest

Nigerian Women Carry Bibles, Protest Massacre

Fri, Mar. 12 2010
By Ethan Cole
Christian Post Reporter

Thousands of Nigerian women dressed in black and carrying Bibles, wooden crosses, pictures of victims, and branches symbolizing peace marched in a central Nigerian state on Thursday to protest the massacre of about 500 villagers, who were mostly women and children.

The women, some with babies strapped on their back, walked from the headquarters of the Evangelical Church of West Africa in the city of Jos to the Plateau State House of Assembly calling for greater investigation into the mass murder of hundreds of people in two predominantly Christian villages near Jos.

“We are mourning because of the children that were killed on Sunday, we are coming as a mass to cry out,” said Rebecca Adiwu, according to Agence France-Presse. the rest

Homeschooling to be Criminalized in Sweden

Will be permitted only under “extraordinary circumstances.”
Friday March 12, 2010
By Hilary White

STOCKHOLM, March 12, 2010 ( – The government of Sweden is taking a hard line against homeschoolers, proposing a bill that will only allow home education under “extraordinary circumstances,” reports the Home School Legal Defense Association. The bill is expected to pass in the Swedish parliament, following a review by the Supreme Administrative Court, and will allow for homeschooling families to face criminal charges.

The court has asked only for the government to specify the definition of “extraordinary circumstances.” the rest

Ariz. town: No church meetings at home. Period.

ADF attorneys appeal town of Gilbert’s use of zoning code to shut down small house church
Friday, March 12, 2010

GILBERT, Ariz. — Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed an appeal Wednesday with the town of Gilbert’s zoning Board of Adjustment to overturn a decision banning churches from meeting, holding Bible studies, or having any other activities in private homes. The pastor of the seven-member Oasis of Truth Church received a cease-and-desist letter ordering him to terminate all religious meetings in his home, regardless of their size, nature, or frequency.

“Christian church groups shouldn’t be singled out for discrimination and banned from meeting in their own homes,” said ADF Litigation Counsel Daniel Blomberg. “The interpretation and enforcement of the town’s code is clearly unconstitutional. It bans 200,000 Gilbert residents from meeting in their private homes for organized religious purposes—an activity encouraged in the Bible, practiced for thousands of years, and protected by the First Amendment.” the rest

Catholic Charities in D.C. adds hiring clause on church tenets

By Michelle Boorstein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, March 13, 2010

Shortly after imposing limits on spousal health benefits for employees, Catholic Charities of Washington has begun requiring new employees to promise they will not "violate the principles or tenets" of the church.

That language was added March 3 to a hiring letter that new employees are required to sign, according to spokesman Erik Salmi. He said the move did not reflect a policy change because employees have been told during training that the organization is Catholic in more than name. the rest

Catholic fury over The Times's coverage of Pope Benedict XVI

By Damian Thompson
March 13th, 2010

There is international outrage in Catholic circles over a headline in The Times this morning that many people regard as utterly misleading and part of the newspaper’s reliably biased coverage (reinforced by vicious cartoons) of anything to do with Pope Benedict XVI.

The headline, over a story by Richard Owen, reads: “Pope knew priest was paedophile but allowed him to continue with ministry.” A universally admired Catholic journalist contacted me this morning and accused The Times of (and I am toning this down for legal reasons) an extremely serious error of judgment.

Another respected commentator, the American journalist Phil Lawler, takes the headline to pieces on This is what he has to say:

Count on the London Times to offer the most sensational coverage of a news story involving the Catholic Church. The headline on today’s report by Richard Owen screams:

Pope knew priest was paedophile but allowed him to continue with ministry

That’s grossly misleading, downright irresponsible. the rest

Obamacare: Unleashing a Constitutional Crisis

Saturday, March 13, 2010
Wesley J. Smith

I guess if our government’s Democratic leaders don’t get their way on Obamacare, they would just as soon tear the country apart. Having lost the political debate over Obamacare, and apparently unable to muster sufficient votes in the House to pass the Senate version of the bill as written, Speaker Pelosi is reportedly planning on getting it through the House by passing the “Slaughter Rule,” that would “deem” the Senate version of Obamacare to have passed through the House of Representatives–without anyone actually voting on the bill itself.
the rest

Scott Brown Delivers GOP Weekly Address

Stupak: Democrat Chair Says Party Wants to Force Americans to Fund Abortions

Anglican Bishop Taken to Task for Support for Homosexual Relationships

Friday March 12, 2010
By Hilary White

March 12, 2010 ( – A group of orthodox Christian Anglicans has called a bishop of the Church of England to task for his support of same-sex relationships.

The Rt. Rev. James Jones, a prominent figure in the evangelical wing of the Church of England, told the Liverpool Diocesan Synod this weekend that it is “consistent theologically and ethically” to allow diversity of opinion on homosexuality.

Comparing the objection to homosexuality to the disagreement over pacifism and the Just War theory, he said, “I believe the day is coming when Christians who equally profoundly disagree about the consonancy of same gender love with the discipleship of Christ will in spite of their disagreement drink openly from the same cup of salvation.

“This is I believe the next chapter to be written in the Church of England and the Anglican Communion.” the rest

Friday, March 12, 2010

Devotional: He does not need to transplant us into a different field...

He does not need to transplant us into a different field, but right where we are, with just the circumstances that surround us, he makes his sun to shine and his dew to fall upon us, and transforms the very things that were before our greatest hindrances into the chiefest and most blessed means of our growth. No difficulties in your case can baffle him, no dwarfing of your growth in years that are past, no apparent dryness of your inward springs of life, no crookedness or deformity in any of your past development, can in the least mar the perfect work that he will accomplish, if you will only put yourselves absolutely into his hands and let him have his own way with you. ...Hannah Whitall Smith image by jenny downing

Jury Finds Michigan Man Guilty Who Shot Pro-Life Advocate Over Abortion Signs

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 12, 2010

Owosso, MI ( -- A jury yesterday found guilty the man who shot pro-life advocate James Pouillon because he was upset with the graphic abortion signs he used when protesting abortion outside a local high school. Harlan Drake killed Pouillon and a local businessman in a separate killing after a family feud.

A Shiawassee County jury convicted Drake on two counts of first-degree murder in the September 2009 shootings.

Jurors rejected claims from defense attorneys that Drake was mentally ill at the time of the killings and should be declared not guilty by reason of insanity. the rest

Syracuse University's newest chaplain is pagan priestess Mary Hudson

By Glenn Coin / The Post-Standard
March 12, 2010

The first pagan chaplain at Syracuse University has a sense of humor about the misperceptions of her faith.

"We don't do animal sacrifices," Mary Hudson said, with a slight laugh. "We're not going to steal your babies and make candles out of them.

"And godless? Absolutely not. We have more gods and goddesses than most people I know. Some of the most spiritual people I know are pagans."

No dark makeup, no Goth clothing here: In her small office in the basement of Hendricks Chapel she shares with the Catholic chaplain, Hudson, 50, wears faded jeans and a powder-blue knit top. the rest

Abortion provision stays in health bill

House Dems press for passage despite some party opposition
March 12, 2010

WASHINGTON -- House leaders have concluded they cannot change a divisive abortion provision in President Obama's health-care bill and will try to pass the sweeping legislation without the support of ardent anti-abortion Democrats.

The approach would skirt a major obstacle for Democratic leaders in the final throes of a yearlong effort to change health care in the United States. But it sets up a risky strategy of trying to round up enough Democrats to overcome, not appease, a small but possibly decisive group of Democratic lawmakers in the House. the rest

Airline Passengers 'Delayed By Roaches'

posted March 12, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- We've heard about airline delays causes by a number of factors; mechanical issues, weather problems, traffic gridlock at the airport. But earlier this month, one DC resident and regular flier faced a type of airline delay she has never encountered before.

Miami to Reagan National Airport, an American Airlines flight Alissa Kempler says she will never forget. She says "At the end of the day I think it ended up being an hour and a half delay."

The flight crew was dealing with a group of unwelcome passengers, an unusual delay: Delayed by roaches. the rest image by hectorir

And of course roaches are notoriously hard to kill. Henriksen says, "They can live for up to a month without their heads."

Evangelicals outraged by Bishop’s comments

March 12th, 2010
By Toby Cohen
Church of England Newspaper

DISAPPOINTED EVANGELICALS have turned on the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev James Jones, after he called for a new policy on homosexuality in his Presidential address to his Diocesan Synod on Saturday. Bishop Jones called for the Church to tolerate a range of atti-tudes to homosexuality, as it does to pacifism. He said: “Just as the church over the last 2000 years has come to allow a variety of ethical conviction about the taking of life and the application of the sixth Commandment so I believe that in this period it is also moving towards allowing a variety of ethical conviction about people of the same gender loving each other fully.

“I believe the day is coming when Christians who equally profoundly disagree about the consonancy of same gender love with the discipleship of Christ will in spite of their disagreement drink openly from the same cup of salvation.” the rest

Jos archbishop asks 'Where is government?'

Following the murder of more than 500 people in the latest shocking violence in the Jos area, we reproduce here in its entirety an open letter from the Rt Rev Benjamin Kwashi, Archbishop of Jos. He describes local peace moves and rails against lack of government action.

January 17th was a Sunday morning and as usual Christians left their homes to congregate in churches to worship. That day has since become a remarkable day in history with sad memories for Christian and Muslim communities in Jos and its environs. A few days after that, leaders began to gather to see how to resolve what the perceived problems, or real problems, or even imaginary problems were. I myself became a part of a group with industrialists, businessmen and women, academics and religious leaders, both Christian and Muslim, to discuss these matters. We even spent a day at a forum listening to elders and religious leaders in Jos and spent another day listening to the youth. In all the conversations the Christians and Muslims spoke up frankly and aired their understanding of the grievances they have. We are in the process of putting together ideas as to how to move forward. the rest

US embassy slams 'horrific' Nigerian massacre

Sympathectomy of the Soul

Mar 10, 2010
Joe Carter

For centuries, the Hippocratic Oath, including the admonition against abortion, assisted suicide, and euthanasia, formed the core of Western medical ethics. While the Hippocratic ideal has been eroding for decades, the most direct challenge has emerged in the Netherlands, with the cultural and legal acceptance of the right to die. The medical community and broader citizenry have so embraced the right to choose death for oneself that the Dutch parliament is currently considering legislation that would allow assisted suicide for anyone who has reached the age of seventy and has merely grown tired of living.

In any other country, such a proposal might be considered radical and shocking. But in the Netherlands—the country that first legalized euthanasia—the change in the law will merely decriminalize a practice that has been occurring for decades. An examination of how this formerly conservative, tradition-bound culture could adopt what the modern Hippocratic Oath refers to as “therapeutic nihilism” is useful for understanding how the other nations will begin to accept euthanasia in the near future. the rest image by Alyssa L. Miller

Lesbian Teen Sues School Over Prom Drama

Friday, March 12, 2010

JACKSON, Miss. — A lesbian student who wanted to take her girlfriend to her senior prom is asking a federal judge to force her Mississippi school district to reinstate the dance it canceled.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi on Thursday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Oxford on behalf of 18-year-old Constance McMillen, who said she faced some unhappy classmates after the Itawamba County School District said it wouldn't host the April 2 prom.

"Somebody said, 'Thanks for ruining my senior year."' McMillen said of her reluctant return Thursday to Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton.

The lawsuit seeks a court order for the school to hold the prom. It also asks that McMillen be allowed to escort her girlfriend, who is a fellow student, and wear a tuxedo, which the school said also violated policy. the rest

Girl Scouts OK Pro-Abortion Planned Parenthood Sex Guide at United Nations Mtg

by Terrence McKeegan, J.D.
March 11, 2010

New York, NY ( -- The World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides hosted a no-adults-welcome panel at the United Nations this week where Planned Parenthood was allowed to distribute a brochure entitled “Healthy, Happy and Hot.” The event was part of the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which concludes this week.

The brochure, aimed at young people living with HIV, contains explicit and graphic details on sex, as well as the promotion of casual sex in many forms. The brochure claims, “Many people think sex is just about vaginal or anal intercourse… But, there are lots of different ways to have sex and lots of different types of sex. There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!”

The brochure goes on to encourage young people to “Improve your sex life by getting to know your own body. Play with yourself! Masturbation is a great way to find out more about your body and what you find sexually stimulating. Mix things up by using different kinds of touch from very soft to hard. Talk about or act out your fantasies. Talk dirty to them.” the rest image

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A.S. Haley: South Carolina: a Case Study in How to Tear a Church Apart

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

So it has come to this. The Presiding Bishop's Chancellor, David Booth Beers, decided to investigate whether or not there were any grounds on which to certify to the Title IV Review Committee that Bishop Mark Lawrence "has abandoned the Communion of this Church". To that end, he hired a local attorney, who had previously served as the diocesan chancellor under Bishop FitzSimons Allison, to ferret out data and information which could be used against Bishop Lawrence. When this act became public, the Presiding Bishop saw nothing wrong with admitting that she had been contacted by certain "concerned" Episcopalians in South Carolina, and that she was reaching out to address those concerns, because she was afraid that those Episcopalians could not get correct information from their own Diocese.

In response, the Diocese will vote to tell her in no uncertain terms that as Presiding Bishop, she is entirely without any authority to act in the Diocese of South Carolina, unless it be at the request of Bishop Lawrence. There is no separate "Episcopal Church" (USA) inside the borders of the Diocese that is apart from the Diocese itself, and for which an attorney's services could be retained, unless the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese does the hiring. One would think that these propositions are self-evident, but not with this Presiding Bishop, who in the language of the Wild West from whence she hails, was described by Bishop Lee of Virginia, according to testimony in the Virginia litigation, as "the new sheriff in town." Just the fact that a Presiding Bishop could mange to have her role as Chief Pastor of the Church viewed as closer to that of a "sheriff" says all that need be said about what is wrong with the current leadership of the Episcopal Church (USA). the rest

Episcopal Diocese sues Fresno church

Episcopal church fights for St. Columba assets.
Thursday, Mar. 11, 2010
By John Ellis / The Fresno Bee

The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin on Thursday filed a lawsuit against St. Columba Church that seeks real estate and other assets from the Fresno parish, which was part of a 2007 breakaway movement from the national Episcopal Church.

Already, the diocese has filed similar lawsuits against St. Francis Anglican Church in Turlock and St. Michael's Anglican Church in Ridgecrest, a high desert community in far eastern Kern County. Those parishes also were part of the secession.

"If a person wants to leave [the Episcopal Church], that is their right under the First Amendment, but you don't take property that doesn't belong to you," said the Rev. Jerry Lamb, bishop of the diocese.

The suit against St. Columba, filed in Fresno County Superior Court, and the suits against the other individual parishes are part of a larger legal battle pitting the Episcopal Church against the breakaway Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin. the rest

Majority of Americans Believe Their Kids' Textbooks Place Political Correctness Above Accuracy

Thursday, March 11, 2010
By Joe Schoffstall

( - A new Rasmussen Poll shows that 60 percent of Americans with children in elementary schools say most school textbooks are more concerned with presenting information in a politically correct manner than in accuracy.

In a national survey conducted March 6-7, 1,000 adults were asked: “Are most school textbooks more concerned about accurately providing information or about presenting information in a politically correct manner?”

Only 28 percent thought textbooks were more concerned with presenting information accuratelly. the rest

White House Easter Egg Roll Honors 'Mother Earth'

by Tom McGregor
Mar 8, 2010

For some Americans, Easter is a religious holiday to pay homage to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, whom they consider to be the Son of God. But for President Barack Obama, this is a day to worship the environmental pagan goddess of 'Mother Earth.' No word yet, on whether the government-sponsored pagan worshippers at the Air Force Academy have been invited to attend ceremonies at the White House Easter Egg Roll ceremonies this year.

According to Fox News, "this year's White House Easter Egg Roll will be eggs-exactly what the bunny ordered. The environmentally-concerned bunny, that is."

As disclosed by a White House announcement, the eggs at this year's April 5th even will be manufactured from paperboard that contains no wood from endangered forests, is recyclable and features vegetable-oil based inks and a water-based coating." the rest

Controversial archbishop of Nigeria Peter Akinola steps down with purpose

Endings and beginnings
Mindy Belz
March 13, 2010

It's a strange phenomenon when weather—or anything—slows the archbishop of Nigeria, Peter Akinola. But that's what happened when record snowfall in Washington last month forced the cancellation of a long-anticipated celebration, known among Anglicans as a festal eucharist, to commemorate Akinola.

The stout, 66-year-old clergyman, who friends say gets by on three to four hours' sleep a night and keeps a travel schedule to rival any gold-status f­requent flier, will step down March 25 as head of the Anglican church in Nigeria—at 20 million, the largest Anglican communion in the world.

The event that was to include national and international church leaders would have displayed the significance of his six-year tenure, a time when the African primates began to lead rather than follow their Western counterparts. Instead the Nigerian is in a downtown D.C. restaurant—counting the hours until his plane departs ("six"), marveling at the snow ("a wonderful and fierce problem for me"), remembering what lies behind, and straining toward the future. the rest image

Physician Survey: Health Reform May Lead to Significant Reduction in Physician Workforce

Mar. – Apr. 2010

What if nearly half of all physicians in America stopped practicing medicine? While a sudden loss of half of the nations physicians seems unlikely, a very dramatic decrease in the physician workforce could become a reality as an unexpected side effect of health reform.

The Medicus Firm, a national physician search firm based in Dallas and Atlanta, conducted a survey of over 1,000 physicians to determine their expectations as to the impact of health reform on their practices, income, job satisfaction, and future career plans. In discussing career plans as part of the recruitment process, physicians have increasingly expressed apprehension and uncertainty regarding health reform’s impact on their practices, and The Medicus Firm wished to investigate this trend further. Additionally, the firm wanted to determine how doctors anticipate health reform to affect physician supply and the quality of medical care nationwide, as these are issues that will directly influence the physician recruiting industry. These factors are in addition to health reform’s more obvious impact on patients and providers of health care services. A total of 1,195 physicians from various specialties and career levels in locations nationally completed the survey.1

The results from the survey, entitled “Physician Survey: Health Reform’s Impact on Physician Supply and Quality of Medical Care,” were intriguing, particularly in light of the most recently published career projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS predicts a more than a 22 percent increase in physician jobs during the ten-year period ending in 2018. This places physician careers in the top 20 fastest-growing occupations from 2008 to 2018. Meanwhile, nearly one-third of physicians responding to the survey indicated that they will want to leave medical practice after health reform is implemented.

“What many people may not realize is that health reform could impact physician supply in such a way that the quality of health care could suffer,” said Steve Marsh, managing partner at The Medicus Firm in Dallas. “The reality is that there may not be enough doctors to provide quality medical care to the millions of newly insured patients.” the rest

Homosexuality is 'Totally Destructive of Christian Teaching' Says Traditional Anglican Primate

Wednesday March 10, 2010
By Patrick B. Craine

See Part I and Part II of this LifeSiteNews exclusive interview.

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, – The head of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), Archbishop John Hepworth, told LifeSiteNews (LSN) that it is “ludicrous” to suggest that God is present with same-sex couples in the same way as he is with husband and wife, and urged clear teaching on the true nature of human sexuality.

“Homosexual sexuality played out in a same-sex relationship is, in fact, totally destructive of the heart of Christian teaching because it's destructive of God as Creator, it's destructive of God as Teacher, and it's destructive of God as Redeemer,” he said.

“There is no space in Christianity for brute force condemnation, hate, and all that,” he continued. But, he said, “there is space within Christianity for absolutely, clearly teaching what Christ teaches. And if there's one thing the New Testament and the Old Testament are clear on, it's homosexuality.” the rest

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Devotional: If we look carefully within ourselves...

If we look carefully within ourselves, we shall find that there are certain limits beyond which we refuse to go in offering ourselves to God. We hover around these reservations, making believe not to see them, for fear of self-reproach.The more we shrink from giving up any such reserved point, the more certain it is that it needs to be given up. If we were not fast bound by it, we should not make so many efforts to persuade ourselves that we are free. ...Francois Fenelon image by vincepal

Nigerian Archbishop: Generations Wiped Out by Mass Attacks

Wed, Mar. 10 2010
By Ethan Cole
Christian Post Reporter

The Nigerian Anglican archbishop, who oversees the area where more than 500 people were recently killed, grieved over the history lost and said people need to understand the sacredness of human life.

“Some of these communities may never again be recognized in history because generations have been wiped out,” said the Rt. Rev. Benjamin Kwashi, Anglican Archbishop of Jos, Nigeria, in a statement.

"Hundreds of corpses of men, women, children and grandchildren littered the burned houses, roads, bush paths, farm areas and hiding places,” he said.

This past weekend, two predominantly Christian villages in the Jos area were attacked by machete-wielding Muslim extremists. At a superficial level the violence appears to be religiously motivated. Some say the most recent violence is revenge for the attacks on Muslims in January. the rest

Lesbian Bishop-Elect Clears Crucial Hurdle

Wednesday March 10, 2010

(RNS) A majority of dioceses in the Episcopal Church have confirmed the election of an open lesbian as a bishop in Los Angeles, bringing Bishop-elect Mary Glasspool one step closer to consecration.

The Diocese of Los Angeles, where Glasspool was elected as an assistant bishop last December, announced confirmations from 61 of the denomination's 110 dioceses on Wednesday (March 10).

A majority of diocesan bishops, however, must also consent to Glasspool's election before she can be consecrated a bishop. Episcopal Church headquarters in New York keeps the bishops' tally, but generally does not release it until the outcome is sealed. the rest

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German Catholic bishops to examine abuse claims

posted March 10, 2010

BERLIN — Top prelate Karl Juesten says the German Bishops Conference will lead an investigation into growing claims of abuse at Catholic institutions in Pope Benedict XVI's homeland of Germany.

He told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the Bishops Conference will examine all claims of abuse, physical and sexual, across the country. More than 170 students at Catholic schools across Germany have reported being sexually abused and others have alleged severe beatings. the rest

Roberts: Scene at State of Union `very troubling'

Archaeological Discovery Supports Scripture

Wed, Mar. 10 2010
By Chuck Colson
Christian Post Guest Columnist

Israeli archeologist Eilat Mazar has reported an exciting discovery-evidence that newly unearthed fortifications in Jerusalem were built 3,000 years ago. Based on the age of pottery shards that she found at the site, Mazar believes that the fortifications were built by Solomon, just as described in the Old Testament.

Of course that’s interesting news for Jews and Christians, but there’s a lot more to this than you might expect. As the Associated Press reported, “If the age of the wall is correct, the finding would be an indication that Jerusalem was home to a strong central government that had the resources and manpower needed to build massive fortifications in the 10th century B.C.”

That’s a direct contradiction to the views of some scholars who believe, as the AP puts it, “that David’s [and Solomon’s] monarchy was largely mythical and that there was no strong government to speak of in that era.” the rest

Obama vs. Fishermen: Culled out

Public input period for federal fishery strategy has ended
March 10, 2010
By Robert Montgomery

The Obama administration will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing some of the nation's oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters.

One sign at the United We Fish rally at the Capital summed up the feelings of recreational and commercial fishermen. This announcement comes at the time when the situation supposedly still is "fluid" and the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force still hasn't issued its final report on zoning uses of these waters.

That's a disappointment, but not really a surprise for fishing industry insiders who have negotiated for months with officials at the Council on Environmental Quality and bureaucrats on the task force. These angling advocates have come to suspect that public input into the process was a charade from the beginning. the rest

Talking Babies Reject ObamaCare

(h/t JammieWearingFool )

Protestant clergyman tortured for “converting Muslims”

During a visit in prison, the pastor’s wife saw he had signs of torture. He could be executed. An anti-Protestant crackdown is underway in Isfahan. The regime’s fight against proselytising is coupled with fears that Christian gatherings might host its opponents.

Tehran (AsiaNews/Agencies) – A protestant clergyman, Wilson Issavi, has been jailed for “converting Muslims”. He has been tortured and threatened with execution. According to the Farsi Christian Network, Issavi’s wife, Medline Nazanin, recently visited her husband in prison. She said that he was in poor health and that he bore visible signs of torture.

Rev Issavi...65, was arrested on 2 February in Isfahan shortly after he finished a house meeting. He heads the Evangelical Church of Kermanshah in Isfahan, a 50-year-old church body affiliated with The Assemblies of God that caters to the local Assyrian population.

Iranian intelligence officials told his wife that he might be executed for his alleged activities. the rest

Morocco expels Christian orphanage workers

Safe Schools Czar Ducks Questions on Past Statements about Homosexuality

Says Department of Education Won’t Dictate Curriculum
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer

( - Kevin Jennings, the Obama administration's openly gay safe-schools czar who previously ran an organization focused on normalizing homosexuality in public schools, declined Monday to directly say whether the U.S. Department of Education should promote teaching school children that homosexual behavior is morally good.

Instead, he pointed out that Congress has prohibited the department from interfering in the curricula of local schools. the rest

Confession: A rite that's passing

With few Catholics going to confession anymore, the archdiocese launches a campaign to lure them back
By Bella English
Globe Staff / March 10, 2010

In an effort to get the reluctant faithful back to confession, the Archdiocese of Boston is launching an unprecedented campaign - called “The Light Is On For You’’ - using radio spots and a website to promote special confessional hours in nearly 300 parishes during Lent.

But the church faces an uphill battle: Three-quarters of American Catholics either don’t participate in confession at all, or go less than once a year. In the Boston area, more than 80 percent of Catholics don’t even attend church regularly.

To lure Catholics back to confession will “take some time,’’ says archdiocesan spokesman Terrence Donilon. “We don’t view this as a quick fix.’’ the rest

Billboard watches you shop

By JANE HAMILTON, Consumer Editor
posted March 10, 2010

RETAILERS are targeting individual shoppers with digital billboards like those in the hit Tom Cruise film Minority Report.

Cameras in the advert hoardings identify the age and sex of passers-by then display relevant products.

The makers claim images of faces are erased immediately but some consumers fear the billboards will capture their expressions and responses to the ads. The signs are being tried out in Japan. Digital advertising expert Omaid Hiwaizi, 40, from London agency Chemistry, said: "Companies will be watching closely to see if they do well. the rest

UK: Patients' medical records go online without consent

Patients’ confidential medical records are being placed on a controversial NHS database without their knowledge, doctors’ leaders have warned.
By Kate Devlin
Medical Correspondent
09 Mar 2010

Those who do not wish to have their details on the £11 billion computer system are supposed to be able to opt out by informing health authorities.

But doctors have accused the Government of rushing the project through, meaning that patients have had their details uploaded to the database before they have had a chance to object. the rest

Canada: Anglican Church a Twitter over empty pews

Jane Armstrong
Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2010

Faced with declining enrolment and revenue that will force it to shutter churches on Vancouver Island, the Anglican Church is turning to the social medium where millions of followers already flock: Twitter.

The Anglican Diocese of British Columbia last weekend voted to close seven churches outright and move those congregations to "hub churches." The meeting, during which several members tweeted updates to followers, came on the heels of an ominous recent report that predicted that the once powerful church was headed for extinction unless dramatic changes occur.

In addition to recommending that churches close, the report described Canada as a post-Christian society and urged a change in attitude to attract new members, including embracing modern forms of evangelism. the rest

One of the comments on this story:
Here is my experience with the Anglican church:

Married in the local church, had son baptized there, and attended services regularly. Neighbors and family members went there also.

Stopped going for a full year. Nobody checked up on me. Not family, not neighbors, not clergy. Son gets birthday card in mail a year later from church. I write an email back to local minister say we haven't been there in a year and won't be coming back. His response is "thanks for letting me know". The shepherd lost a sheep, and could care less.

Oh, and two years after we were married, the other minister who married us announces he is gay. Then most recently he is arrested for possessing inappropriate images of children. Looks like this shepherd was actually the wolf.

And the other Anglican church we used to attend in the city, they had to put iron gates up on the front doors to stop people from using the porch for having sex and using drugs.

And outside the main cathedral downtown, best place to pick up prostitutes according to the local press and police. Lots of hookers at night, not so many clergy or parishioners.

There is nothing Christian left in the Anglican church, and that's why it is dying. Christ won't abandon those who do his bidding.

I started going to the Salvation Army 3 years ago. My family was heartily welcomed into the church and the local congregation is growing to the point where we need to physically expand the parking lot and building to meet the needs of the congregation. The pastor in this church chastised us twice for watching the Olympic Gold medal hockey game instead of being in Church for the evening service (I am in Newfoundland, the game was on during the supper hour). Pick the God you want to worship he says. He tells it like it is. He teaches God's word, and people flock to him.

I encourage Anglicans in similar situations to walk away from their dying Church and renew their faith elsewhere.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Anglican synod accepts plan to close churches

Members adopt recommendations of the Diocese of British Columbia
By Bill Cleverley, Times Colonist
March 9, 2010

Sweeping changes to the Anglican Church on Vancouver Island, including the closing of a number of churches in Greater Victoria, will proceed.

The changes, recommended in a report commissioned by the Diocese of British Columbia, which governs Anglican churches on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, were endorsed at a sitting of the church synod during the weekend.

Rev. Christopher Parsons, spokesman for the diocese on the issue, said there was enthusiastic support at the meeting for moving ahead. However, he conceded that for some, change will be difficult. the rest

United Arab Emirates to Follow Third Reich Policies against Jews

Monday, March 08, 2010

So now it comes to this.

It is natural that the Muslim world would follow the policies of the Third Reich, as they were the allies of Hitler. The Muslim world was the only member of the axis to walk away unpunished, despite hundreds of thousands of deaths and their fervent embrace of Hitler and his "policies." They are still denying the Armenian Christian genocide, so it isn't any wonder.

What is shocking is America's silence and complicity. One expects little from Europe for obvious reasons, but this is a stain on "American exceptionalism."

United Arab Emirates to Follow Third Reich Policies against Jews Pravda hat tip Anders Gravers

The authorities of the United Arab Emirates made an unusual decision. Dubai police chief Dahi Khalfan al-Tamim said on March 1 that anyone who looks or sounds like a citizen of Israel will be blocked from entering the country, even if a suspected individual produces a passport of a different state.

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Dutch assisted suicide proposal gains support

The Associated Press
Monday Mar. 8, 2010

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — A campaign to give elderly people in the Netherlands the right to assisted suicide said Monday it has gathered more than 100,000 signatures, hoping to push the boundaries another notch in the country that first legalized euthanasia.

The signatures are enough to force a debate in parliament, where it is certain to face resistance. Even if widely approved, the proposal would normally go through a lengthy process of committee work and consensus-building that could take years. the rest

Switzerland battles sexual promiscuity by distributing condoms to children

Bern, Switzerland
Mar 8, 2010

(CNA).- In response to an alarming increase in sexual promiscuity among children ages 10 – 14, the Swiss government has decided to begin distributing “extra-small” condoms.

A study by the Swiss government’s Federal Commission for Children and Youth has revealed a significant increase in the percentage of minors between the ages of 10 and 14 who have sexual relations "frequently" in comparison to the results of similar studies from the 1990s. the rest

Exclusive Interview: Primate of Traditional Anglican Communion on Life and Family - Part One

TAC's commitment to life is “total.” “It's one of our founding premises,”
By Patrick B. Craine
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia
March 8, 2010

( - Life issues are “at the heart” of Christianity, said Archbishop John Hepworth, Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), in an exclusive interview with (LSN) on Friday.

“If we get the life issues right, then we get the Incarnation right, the nature of God right, the nature of Christian worship right,” he explained. “This is actually an entrance issue, not a side moral issue. It's the issue on which Christianity actually defines itself against the others.” the rest

Thousands of Pro-Life Advocates in Spain Rally Against Law Expanding Abortions

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 8, 2010

Madrid, Spain ( -- Tens of thousands of pro-life advocates rallied in Spain yesterday to protest changes to Spanish law that expands legalized abortions. The Spain Parliament last month approved the final version of a new law that expands abortions and provides no parental consent for teenagers wanting abortions.

Under the bill, abortions are allowed for any reason to 14 weeks, they are allowed up to 22 weeks if an abortion practitioner certifies a serious threat to the health of the mother, or says the unborn child is disabled.

Beyond 22 weeks, abortions are only allowed in serious cases of fetal disability and in cases where the pregnancy threatens the mother's life.

Thousands of pro-life advocates with heart-shaped balloons marched for the second time in six months against the Socialist government in the nation's parliament that approved abortion expansion. The previous march in October drew tens of thousands in one of the largest demonstrations in Europe in years. the rest

Joel Osteen: the new face of Christianity

Forget Billy Graham and Jimmy Swaggart – the most popular and influential pastor in the US is Joel Osteen. On the surface he is modest and quietly spoken, but his belief in the "prosperity gospel" is changing the way people pray
Daniel Kalder
Sunday 7 March 2010

The praise and worship brought me here," says Natalie, sitting beside me in the fifth row of Houston's Lakewood Church – a vast, converted stadium that seats 16,000. "I was raised Catholic, but I don't feel the spirit there like I do here."

Three enormous video screens advertise church groups such as Griefshare: From Mourning to Joy and the Freedom Series. But just as I'm wondering what the Quest for Authentic Manhood involves, the house worship band kicks out the jams. It's 11am exactly and the day's second service has begun. The stage is dominated by an enormous revolving golden globe, in front of which is a rock orchestra flanked on either side by a multiracial gospel choir. Meanwhile, no fewer than nine lead singers are dancing about the stage, praising the Lord. And as if the stage isn't busy enough, down on the floor a small army of serious-looking men dressed in black suits stands alert, ever watchful, communicating with each other through radio mics. Theoretically they're church ushers, but they look more like secret service men guarding a president. Gently but firmly they guide latecomers to their seats, leaving nothing to chance, as if one wrong step could upset the delicate balance that keeps 16,000 evangelical Christians from erupting into violence and anarchy. the rest

Orthodox Anglicans challenge bishop on homosexuality views

by Jenna Lyle
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

An orthodox Anglican group has voiced concern after the Bishop of Liverpool called upon the Church of England and the Anglican Communion to allow a variety of ethical views on homosexuality.

In a controversial address to the Liverpool Diocesan Synod, the Rt Rev James Jones expressed his support for a “range of ethical convictions” on the issue of homosexuality.

He told Synod: “Just as Christian pacifists and Christian soldiers profoundly disagree with one another yet in their disagreement continue to drink from the same cup because they share in the one body so too I believe the day is coming when Christians who equally profoundly disagree about the consonancy of same gender love with the discipleship of Christ will in spite of their disagreement drink openly from the same cup of salvation.

“This is I believe the next chapter to be written in the Church of England and the Anglican Communion.” the rest

Monday, March 08, 2010

Devotional: Although we have no claim on God's mercies...

Although we have no claim on God's mercies, and although they are altogether undeserved, nonetheless they never cease. We have done much to provoke God and give Him cause to cut off His mercy in our behalf. We have abused His mercy, ignored His mercy, even at times ungratefully accepted His mercy. Still, while God's mercies may not always be visible, they are always present. The mercies of God may change their form, as the morning light varies from the evening light, but the mercies of God will never cease to give their light. Even chastisement is mercy in disguise; and frequently, under the circumstances which make chastisement necessary, it proves to be more merciful than if God had not chastised us at all. ...Woodrow Kroll
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See Lent and Beyond for prayers, devotionals, and much to read to help keep a holy lent.

Abortionfest at Jesuit-run USF

Abortion providers, facilitators, defenders to speak at Jesuit university’s ‘Women’s Rights Forum’
March 8, 2010
By Gibbons J. Cooney
Special to California Catholic Daily

The University of San Francisco, a Jesuit institution, will host the “Global Women's Rights Forum” from today through Thursday, March 11. The forum is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, the Sociology Colloquium, the School of Nursing, the Politics Department, the Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, and curiously, the Theology and Religious Studies Department.

The three speakers at the forum’s Wednesday event, “Bringing Home the right to Health: Critical Interventions in Women's Health Care,” are Lori Freedman, visiting scholar at the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at UCSF; Destiny Lopez, executive director, ACCESS, Oakland; and Eve Zaritsky, a physician at Oakland Kaiser, and the medical director of the Women's Community Clinic, San Francisco. the rest image by Marcin Wichary

United Nations Report Warns of Dire Effects of Underpopulation, Fertility Decline

by Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.
March 5, 2010

New York, NY ( -- A recently-released United Nations (UN) report finds that the global trend of fertility decline and population aging will have devastating economic and societal effects on the developing world, particularly on women who are now targeted by UN agencies to further reduce fertility.

“World Population Ageing 2009” was published in December 2009 by the UN Population Division, a statistics research branch within the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

Because fertility is decreasing in the developing world, there will be fewer and fewer workers to support aging citizens, the report found. The ratio of workers to older non-workers dropped from 12 to 9 between 1950 and 2009. By 2050, there will be only 4 workers supporting every retiree: “The reduction of potential support ratios has important implications for social security schemes, particularly for pay-as-you-go pension systems under which taxes on current workers pay the pensions of retirees." the rest

Neglected by 'lazy' nurses, man, 22, dying of thirst rang the police to beg for water

By Emily Andrews
06th March 2010

A man of 22 died in agony of dehydration after three days in a leading teaching hospital.

Kane Gorny was so desperate for a drink that he rang police to beg for their help.
They arrived on the ward only to be told by doctors that everything was under control.

The next day his mother Rita Cronin found him delirious and he died within hours.

She said nurses had failed to give him vital drugs which controlled fluid levels in his body. 'He was totally dependent on the nurses to help him and they totally betrayed him.' the rest

Canada: Cancer patient must pay for drug needed to keep him alive
Suffering from brain cancer, Kent Pankow was literally forced to go to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. for lifesaving surgery — at a cost to family and friends of $106,000 — after the health-care system in Alberta left him hanging in bureaucratic limbo for 16 crucial days, his tumour meanwhile migrating to an unreachable part of the brain, while it dithered over his case file, ultimately deciding he was not surgery worthy.

Now, with the Mayo Clinic having done what the Alberta Cancer Board wouldn’t authorize or even explain, but with the tumour unable to be totally removed, the province will now not fund the expensive drug, Avastin, that the Mayo prescribed to keep him alive and keep the remaining tumour from increasing in size — despite the costs of the drug being totally funded by the province for other forms of cancer.

Kent Pankow, as it turns out, has the right disease but he has it in the wrong place.

The Lukewarm Generation

Mar 8, 2010
W. Bradford Wilcox

Sociologist Christian Smith began his ambitious, multivolume effort to plumb the religious lives of Americans across the life course in his 2005 with Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers. In that book—aimed at an audience that the author hoped would include general readers as well as clergy and scholars—Smith painted an incisive portrait of religion among America’s adolescents. Especially insightful was the way Smith explained why the more sectarian religious traditions in the United States, such as evangelical Protestantism and Mormonism, were achieving greater success than more churchly traditions such as mainline Protestantism and Roman Catholicism in transmitting their faiths to the next generation. Also notable was the way Smith explained how the guiding religious ethos of American teenagers—what he aptly termed “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism”—seemed so suited for our culture.

Smith contended, in his 2005 book, that most religious teens in the U.S. had very little appreciation or regard for the theological and doctrinal particulars of their own religious traditions but did believe that God exists, loves them, wants them to follow the Golden Rule, and comforts them in the midst of the emotional ups and downs of adolescence. Moreover, Smith argued, most teens, including teens who were regular churchgoers, believed that all religious traditions are functionally equivalent, and that they provide spiritual succor, moral guidance, and emotional support in about equal measures. This, then, is Moralistic Therapeutic Deism; and, as Smith pointed out, it has proved enormously useful to American adolescents because it allows them to navigate the increasingly pluralistic milieu of the United States without stepping on the religious sensitivities of their peers or violating the tolerant conventions of the larger society. the rest
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A.S. Haley: Non-Diocese Systematically Suing "Former" Parishes

Saturday, March 6, 2010

In the geographical area of the one, true, and only Diocese of San Joaquin in the Anglican Communion, we have an anomaly. There is another group that also claims to be a "diocese" in the Anglican Communion, and specifically within the Episcopal Church (USA). Both ECUSA's Presiding Bishop and the President of its House of Deputies have connived together with the resigned former diocesan of Northern California, the Rt. Rev. Jerry A. Lamb, to bring this result about. No General Convention of ECUSA, however, has ever gone through the steps required to admit this second "diocese" into union with it, and that is why I call it a non-Diocese. That is also why I say that there is only one true Diocese of San Joaquin -- which is now affiliated both with ACNA and with the Anglican Communion through the Province of the Southern Cone. (Once the Global South members of the Anglican Communion act to recognize ACNA, there will no longer be any need for the affiliation with the Southern Cone. And such recognition will occur soon, spurred on by the impending confirmation of yet one more same-sex partnered individual to the episcopate in ECUSA.)

Bishop Lamb, Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori, and President Anderson are all pretending as though ECUSA's former Diocese of San Joaquin never left it to realign with the Southern Cone and ACNA. However, they really have nothing to say about it, because the departure of that Diocese from ECUSA raised only questions of California corporate law. There was no Canon or Constitutional provision of ECUSA which placed any restriction on the power of the Diocese to amend its own Constitution, and no limit on that power within the Diocesan Constitution itself. The Diocesan Convention, in two annual meetings called pursuant to the Constitution, at which a quorum was present and the required supermajorities voted, adopted measures which made it no longer possible for that Diocese to be a member of ECUSA, since the language reciting that the Diocese "acceded" to ECUSA's Constitution was deleted. the rest

Millions Set to Make Pilgrimage to See Shroud of Turin

New Book Reveals Evidence that Proves Life and Death of Jesus
March 8, 2010

Christian Newswire -- The Shroud of Turin, one of history's most controversial and perplexing relics, is set to draw a crowd more than 5 times as big as the Olympic Games in Vancouver. Two million people are expected in Turin, Italy to see the ancient burial cloth when it goes on display in April. While some believe that purported image of Jesus is a fake, investigative journalist Robert K. Wilcox, author of The Truth About The Shroud of Turin: Solving the Mystery, says the authenticity of the burial cloth of is no longer overshadowed by doubt.

"For the first time mounting evidence and amazing new technology proves in my mind that the shroud is the burial cloth of Jesus," says Wilcox. "Throughout history the shroud has changed the minds of many hardened scientists and even today many skeptics now count themselves as believers." the rest

Muslim leader wants elements of sharia in Australia

March 8, 2010

ELEMENTS of Islamic law - the sharia - should be legally recognised in Australia so that Muslims can live according their faith, a prominent Muslim leader says.

Addressing an open day at Lakemba Mosque on Saturday, the president of the Australian Islamic Mission, Zachariah Matthews, said parts of sharia could be recognised as a secondary legal system so that Muslims were not forced to act contrary to their beliefs. ''Sharia law could function as a parallel system in the same way that some traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law was recognised in the Northern Territory,'' Dr Matthews told the Herald after the session. the rest

Attack on Nigerian town kills more than 200

March 8, 2010

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) -- The death toll from weekend violence in central Nigeria climbed to more than 200 Monday after members of a machete-wielding Muslim group attacked mostly Christian villages, officials said.

More than 200 were dead and 32 injured, according to Choji Gyang, a religious affairs adviser to the head of Plateau state, who said bodies were still being recovered. Sani Shehu, president of the non-governmental agency Civil Rights Congress, put the number of dead at about 485 people. the rest

Sectarian violence leaves ‘500’ dead in Nigeria

Gay church blessings and a crisis of faith

As clergymen are warned they could be sued if they refuse to carry out homosexual "marriages" in church, what will the Equality Bill mean for religious doctrine?
by Damian Thompson
06 Mar 2010

On Tuesday night, the House of Lords passed an amendment to the Equality Bill tabled by the gay Labour peer Lord Alli. As a result, the Bill now removes the ban on civil partnership ceremonies being held in places of worship. If passed in its current form, the doors of churches will be thrown open to what are effectively gay weddings – not as a result of a narrow and bitter vote in a Church Synod, but by political fiat.

And if they refuse to comply? The front page of Thursday's Daily Telegraph spelled it out: "Vicars to be sued over gay weddings". And not just vicars, but Catholic priests, rabbis, imams, ministers of the (gay-unfriendly) Church of Scientology – to say nothing of soft-voiced ministers of the Kirk.

This was not a headline the Government wanted to read, just weeks before a general election. Indeed, it seems as if the Cabinet had not been expecting, and didn't welcome, Lord Alli's amendment. Harriet Harman's Equality Bill was already controversial enough, without forcing stony-faced rectors to marry male couples. the rest

Gender Agenda: Boys in Girls' Bathrooms

Written by Selwyn Duke
Sunday, 07 March 2010

There was a time when boys of easy virtue had to content themselves with sneaking a peek at the girls’ swim team during practice. But social engineers may make this passé with a proposal to allow boys to use girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms.

No, this isn’t the plot of a decadent B movie.

The story comes out of Maine, with a state proposal that would grant boys claiming to be female the right to use the aforementioned girls’ facilities. It may even give such boys the right to compete on girls’ sports teams.

In fact, a boy in the state had already been allowed to use a girls’ bathroom, creating a controversy that led to the current guidelines.
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Twitter RU-486 Abortion Chronicles to 'Demystify' Procedure Go Sour

Friday March 5, 2010
By Kathleen Gilbert

( - A blogger known as Angie the Anti-Theist caused a stir both on the Internet and the mainstream media last month after word spread that she had decided to "live-tweet" her abortion - that is, issue regular updates on the process of her RU-486 medical abortion on the microblogging tool Twitter. But what followed - a raft of complaints about severe pain and days of unexpected bleeding - may have had the opposite of the intended effect...

...But the process of "demystifying" abortion did not go as smoothly as planned: Jackson found she had begun a much longer journey than she had anticipated. While she had apparently been told that bleeding would last "4-8 hours," according to her tweets, her pain lasted at least another week and a half.

Minutes after taking misoprostol pills to eject her dead baby on February 19, Jackson began complaining of nausea and cramps. The next day, Jackson tweeted: "I'm not even surprised I'm having a stalled abortion. Same thing happened w/my labor!" "Just got back from 2nd trip to clinic. Hopefully it works this time! sadly only 3/10 chance it will 2nd time - grr!" the rest

The worldwide war on baby girls

Technology, declining fertility and ancient prejudice are combining to unbalance societies
Mar 4th 2010
The Economist

XINRAN XUE, a Chinese writer, describes visiting a peasant family in the Yimeng area of Shandong province. The wife was giving birth. “We had scarcely sat down in the kitchen”, she writes (see article), “when we heard a moan of pain from the bedroom next door…The cries from the inner room grew louder—and abruptly stopped. There was a low sob, and then a man’s gruff voice said accusingly: ‘Useless thing!’

“Suddenly, I thought I heard a slight movement in the slops pail behind me,” Miss Xinran remembers. “To my absolute horror, I saw a tiny foot poking out of the pail. The midwife must have dropped that tiny baby alive into the slops pail! I nearly threw myself at it, but the two policemen [who had accompanied me] held my shoulders in a firm grip. ‘Don’t move, you can’t save it, it’s too late.’ the rest

MIT’s levered wheelchair extends freedom to Third World


Sunday, March 07, 2010

Hundreds flee new religious violence in Nigeria

AP posted March 7, 2010

JOS, Nigeria — A Red Cross spokesman says hundreds have fled from the central Nigerian city of Jos after a spate of new religious violence in nearby villages.

Red Cross spokesman Robin Waubo says the military moved into three villages to the south of Jos on Sunday afternoon. Waubo says the aid organization does not know how many people may have died, though he says they fear there have been more deaths in a region that saw more than 300 killed in fighting between Christians and Muslims in January.

A Red Cross official in nearby Bauchi state says more than 600 people have fled into makeshift camps there since Sunday morning.

Sectarian violence in this region of Nigeria has left thousands dead over the past decade. the rest

Reporter: More than 200 dead in Nigeria violence - AP

Is the Church of England still in God's own country?

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey believes England should stand up for its church. Nigel Farndale, an atheist, takes up the rallying cry
By Nigel Farndale
06 Mar 2010

Despite my atheism, I would rather we remained a Christian country with a politicised church than became a secular country with no established church at all. That, it seems to me, would be a colder and gloomier place to live. There is an expression used to describe the strange relationship the British people have with their established religion, the way half of us profess to be Christians though we don’t necessarily go to church — “believing without belonging”. For me it is the other way around. I may no longer believe in God, but I still feel I belong to the Church of England. It’s called being British. One of Her Majesty’s subjects. the rest
I was put on the spot recently when interviewed for Books Quarterly. Do I have any religious beliefs? It was a fair question. My new novel, The Blasphemer, is about scientific proof versus religious faith. My slightly facetious answer was: “Raised an Anglican. Married a Catholic. Now, if anything, I’m a member of the Church of Richard Dawkins of Latterday Saints.” What I wish I had said was that I am Anglican atheist, because that, paradoxically, is much closer to what I feel I am.