Friday, May 07, 2010

Michigan Elementary School Principal Investigated for Blacks-Only Class Trip

May 06, 2010
By Jana Winter
FOXNews.com

An elementary school principal in Michigan is under investigation for authorizing a field trip for 30 black students to meet with an African-American rocket scientist. Students who are not black were excluded from the outing -- a possible violation of a state law that bans racial favoritism in public schools.

"The district is investigating the allegations of violation of the State of Michigan Proposal 2," a spokeswoman for the Ann Arbor, Mich., school district told FoxNews.com. "There was no ill-intent or malice in the principal and teachers planning this field trip," she added.

The principal, Mike Madison, who is black, said the trip was part of an effort to close the achievement gap between black and white students. But some parents whose children were not included say it clearly was illegal. the rest

Pelosi: It’s Cheaper to Treat Teens for Drug Use Than Interdict Drugs at Border

Thursday, May 06, 2010
By Edwin Mora

(CNSNews.com) - While pointing out that it is the responsibility of the federal government to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said Thursday it is cheaper to treat teens for drug use than it is to interdict drugs being smuggled across the border.

CNSNews.com pointed out to the speaker at her weekly press briefing that a recent Justice Department report indicated that one in five U.S. teenagers used drugs last year, and then asked: “Are you committed to sealing the border against the influx of illegal drugs from Mexico and, if so, do you have a target date in mind for getting that done?”

“Well if your question is about drugs, I’m for reducing demand in the United States,” said Pelosi. “That is what our responsibility is on this subject. The RAND Corporation a few years ago did a report that said it would be much less expensive for us to, through prevention first and foremost, but through treatment on demand to reduce demand in our country, is the cheapest way to solve this problem. the rest

Phila. driver's license scheme issued "hundreds" of licenses to illegal aliens, foreign residents

Franklin Graham: Christians Will Lose the Power to Pray Outside Church Walls ‘Maybe in My Lifetime’

Wednesday, May 05, 2010
By Pete Winn
Senior Writer/Editor

(CNSNews.com) – Two top evangelical leaders sounded a defiant tone on the eve of National Day of Prayer -- warning that the American right to freedom of religion “is being eroded every day” and may be lost in an onslaught of secularism unless Americans “have the guts to stand up.”

The Rev. Franklin Graham, who last month was officially “dis-invited” by the Army to speak at a National Day of Prayer ceremony at the Pentagon for statements he made about Islam, said he will not back down in preaching the Gospel as he sees it. the rest

Albert Mohler: Who Will Be Tested Next? — The Dilemma of Franklin Graham

State Wants to Close Philadelphia Center Where Woman Died in Botched Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 5, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- State officials in Pennsylvania want to close the abortion center run by abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell, who is under investigation following the death of a woman in a botched abortion. They say Gosnell has not responded to the charges even though his abortion center is temporarily closed and his license revoked.

Authorities have been probing the Women's Medical Society after an abortion patient died last November.

Massive amounts of drugs found in the victim's system led authorities to suspect Gosnell was illegally prescribing pain-killers. He lost his medical license in both Pennsylvania and neighboring Delaware.

In March, the Pennsylvania Department of Health found the abortion center had violated more than a dozen health and safety laws ranging from a lack of equipment and drugs for emergency resuscitation to not having a way to get patients to a hospital or a backup physician. the rest
They found what amounted to a "house of horrors" -- including collection jars containing the remains of pre-born babies dating back 30 years along with filthy and unsafe conditions and evidence that unlicensed workers had been illegally treating patients.

Mosque going up in NYC building damaged on 9/11

By CRISTIAN SALAZAR
Associated Press Writer
Thu May 6, 2010

NEW YORK – In a building damaged by debris from the Sept. 11 airliners that brought down the World Trade Center and soon to become a 13-story mosque, some see the bridging of a cultural divide and an opportunity to serve a burgeoning, peaceful religious population. Others see a painful reminder of the religious extremism that killed their loved ones.

Two Muslim organizations have partnered to open the mosque and cultural center in lower Manhattan, saying the $100 million project will create a venue for mainstream Islam and a counterbalance to radicalism. It earned a key endorsement this week from influential community leaders.

But some 9/11 victims' families said they were angered that it would be built so close to where their relatives died. the rest

Plans to provide 'fresh fetal parts' abandoned

University drops proposal to do late-term abortions
May 06, 2010
By Bob Unruh
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

The University of Wisconsin Hospitals have dropped plans to establish a late-term abortion facility at the publicly funded Madison Surgery Center that would be used to provide "fresh fetal body parts" to researchers at the institution, according to reports today from American Life League and the Alliance Defense Fund.

Confirmation came in a letter from Assistant Attorney General Kevin Potter, who wrote to a lawyer who had expressed opposition to the plan.

"It is my understanding based on recent information from the UW that they have now abandoned plans to provide late-term abortion services at MSC (Madison Surgery Center)," Potter said. the rest

Study: Older, unmarried, educated moms on rise

May 6, 2010
By LEANNE ITALIE
Associated Press Writer

New mothers in the U.S. are increasingly older and better educated than they were two decades ago, according to a study on the state of American motherhood released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.

But that doesn't mean women are waiting for the right moment: The study also found that half of mothers surveyed said parenthood "just happened."

While most women giving birth are doing it within the context of marriage, researchers said a record 41 percent of births were to unmarried women in 2008. That's up from 28 percent in 1990, according to the study, "The New Demography of American Motherhood." The trend crossed major racial and ethnic groups. the rest

Thursday, May 06, 2010

A Scholarly Critique of Gilligan’s Island

Thursday, May 6, 2010
Joe Carter

Almost every American who owned a television from the late 1960s to the early 1980s has watched an episode of Gilligan’s Island. And if you were a child during that era—in a time before cable and console video games—you probably watched all 98 episodes more than once.

It shames me to consider it now but I suspect I’ve seen each episode at least a half dozen times—over 8,000 hours engaged with this single cultural artifact. Even more embarrassing is the that despite spending so many hours watching the show I never considered whether there was a deeper meaning in this “text.” the rest image

Here On The Island: A Scholarly Critique of the Style, Symbolism and Sociopolitical Relevance of Gilligan’s Island.”

Planned Parenthood Thinks Moms Want More Abortions for Mother's Day

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 5, 2010
Washington, DC

(LifeNews.com) -- It's a little difficult for people who were victims of abortion to purchase their mother a gift for Mother's Day this weekend. But Planned Parenthood apparently thinks moms want donations made to the abortion business in their name from those lucky enough to not have been aborted themselves.

Cecile Richards, the president of the largest abortion business in the nation, sent out Planned Parenthood's annual Mother's Day fundraising missive today.

"It's almost Mother's Day ... and if you have a mother in your life who's anything like me or my mom (the late Texas Governor Ann Richards), then you know nothing would make her happier than a gift that represents bold and compassionate values. Like a gift in her honor to Planned Parenthood Federation of America," she writes. the rest

Five students sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts

Live Oak High School students from left, Daniel Galli, Austin Carvalho, Matt Dariano and Dominic Maciel were sent home from school Wednesday because they were wearing American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. The fifth student Clayton Howard is not pictured.
May 5, 2010
By Lindsay Bryant

Five Live Oak High School students' First Amendment rights were challenged this morning when they were asked to leave school because they donned American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. Officials at the school chose not to comment on the situation, but one student said an official called the T-shirts "incendiary."

"They said we were starting a fight, we were fuel to the fire," said sophomore Matt Dariano. The Morgan Hill Unified School District issued this statement: "In an attempt to foster a spirit of cultural awareness and maintain a safe and supportive school environment, the Live Oak High School administration took certain actions earlier today. The district does not concur with the Live Oak High School administration's interpretation of either board or district policy related to these actions." the rest image

Record Number of Islamic Nations, Fewer ‘Free’ Countries, Coming to U.N. Human Rights Council

Thursday, May 06, 2010
By Patrick Goodenough
International Editor

(CNSNews.com) – Next week’s election for new members of the U.N. Human Rights Council is expected to result in a greater share of seats going to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) than ever before, while the number of countries deemed “free” falls to a new low.

Barring any surprises, the Islamic bloc will emerge from the May 13 election in control of 18 of the total 47 seats, the highest number since the Geneva-based body was formed in 2006 as part of a broader initiative aimed at reforming the U.N.

Surprises are unlikely, since the five U.N. regional groups all have closed slates of candidates, meaning that with one week to go, there is no competition. the rest

Former Dominican Turned Episcopalian Praises Gaia, ‘Goddess’

Defrocked Catholic Priest Leads Earth Worship Seminar
Jeff Walton
May 5, 2010

An Episcopal priest and theologian who popularized the rave-like “Techno Cosmic Mass” and advocated goddess worship recently led a seminar on mysticism and Earth spirituality to coincide with Earth Day.

Warning that environmental degradation caused by raging against “Gaia” had to cease, the Rev. Matthew Fox made frequent references to “the Goddess” and the divine feminine during his environmentally-themed lecture and workshop, “Earth Spirituality and the Mystical Tradition.” The event was held in April at the Unitarian Universalist Church in the Washington suburb of Rockville, Maryland, and sponsored by the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. the rest

The solution offered by the former Roman Catholic priest was an embrace of ancient spiritual practices, recast in modern language and setting.

“This is how you change consciousness the fastest – through rituals, not [academic] degrees,” Fox said, explaining the various practices he has either rediscovered or pioneered in mapping out “creation spirituality.”

Comedy Central developing Jesus Christ cartoon

May 05, 2010

Comedy Central might censor every image of the Prophet Muhammad on "South Park," yet the network is developing a whole animated series around Jesus Christ.

As part of the network's upfront presentation to advertisers...the network is set to announce "JC," a half-hour show about Christ wanting to escape the shadow of his "powerful but apathetic father" and live a regular life in New York City.

In the show, God is preoccupied with playing video games while Christ, "the ultimate fish out of water," tries to adjust to life in the big city.

"In general, comedy in purist form always makes some people uncomfortable," said Comedy Central's head of original programming Kent Alterman.

When asked if the show might draw some fire, especially coming on the heels of the network's decision to censor the Muslim faith's religious figure on "South Park," Alterman said its too early in the show's development to be concerned about such matters. the rest

See MCJ's take

Anglicans and/or Episcopalians?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010
GetReligion
Posted by Mollie

Church splits, as anyone who’s ever been unlucky enough to endure one can tell you, are difficult. Writing about them is difficult, too. The point of disagreement leading to a break might not be the same for everyone. Different causes get lumped together. Personalities are wounded. It can be a mess.

The Oregonian attempted to write about a recent congregational split at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Parish. The story isn’t bad, but it does have some errors: the rest

Study reveals changes in brain activity in response to withdrawal of life support

5. May 2010

At a time when "donation after cardiac death" (DCD) has become an important approach to increasing the number of transplant organ donors, a provocative new study shows changes in brain activity occurring in response to withdrawal of life support, reports the May issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

Some transplanted organs come from living donors, while others come from cadaveric donors shortly after brain death. Society has become comfortable procuring organs from donors following brain death, because the person is believed to no longer "exist" when the brain stops functioning. the rest

National Day of Prayer May Be Largest-Ever

Wednesday, 05 May 2010
Adrienne S. Gaines

Organizers say this year's National Day of Prayer may have more participation than any other in recent history now that the observance is under fire.

"I really believe this is going to be one of the strongest—if not the strongest—showing and outpouring of prayer that you've seen for an observance of the National Day of Prayer (NDOP) in our history," said Michael Calhoun, director of strategic communications for the NDOP Task Force. the rest

Syracuse: National Day of Prayer 2010
Onondaga County Courthouse beginning at noon.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Devotional: Now that which distinguished this good ground...

As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty." Matthew 13:23

Now that which distinguished this good ground from the rest, was, in one word, fruitfulness. He does not say that this good ground has no stones in it, or no thorns; but there were none that prevailed to hinder its fruitfulness. Saints, in this world, are not perfectly free from the remains of sin; but happily freed from the reign of it. ...Matthew Henry image-by Sacred Destinations

Creepy Pennsylvania Tax Agency Ad Goes Big Brother


May 05, 2010
By Joseph Abrams
FOXNews.com

A threatening TV commercial appearing in Pennsylvania has residents of the state spooked by its "Orwellian" overtones, and critics are calling it a government attempt to scare delinquent citizens into paying back taxes.

In the 30-second ad, ominous mechanical sounds whir in the background as a satellite camera zooms in through the clouds and locks onto an average Pennsylvania home. The narrator begins her cold and calculating message:

Your name is Tom ... You live just off of 5th Street ... Nice car, Tom — nice house. What's not so nice is you owe Pennsylvania $4,212 in back taxes. Listen Tom, we can make this easy. Pay online by June 18th and we'll skip your penalty and take half off your interest because Tom, we do know who you are. the rest

Obama biggest recipient of BP cash

By ERIKA LOVLEY
5/5/10

While the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama and members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign contributions they’ve taken from the oil and gas giant over the years.

BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Donations come from a mix of employees and the company’s political action committees — $2.89 million flowed to campaigns from BP-related PACs and about $638,000 came from individuals.

On top of that, the oil giant has spent millions each year on lobbying — including $15.9 million last year alone — as it has tried to influence energy policy. the rest

Poll: Americans Wanting Roe Abortion Ruling Overturned Reaches New High

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 4, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds the percentage of Americans saying they want the Roe v. Wade ruling that allowed abortion on demand overturned has reached a new high. Meanwhile, Americans say the current Supreme Court, which has a 5-4 pro-abortion majority, is too liberal.

The Post-ABC poll has been asking a question about overturning Roe since 2005 and, this year, 60 percent said no while a new high of 38 percent said the favor reversing the case.

The poll found 60 percent of Republicans want roe reversed, up from 54 percent last year.

The percentage of Americans wanting Roe overturned may be higher had the Post and ABC News properly explained the Supreme Court case. the rest

The Secret of Appreciating Church

by Hunter Baker
May 04, 2010

Excerpt:
When I left that group, it was hard for me to find a church. Ruth and I tried a number of places, but I was never satisfied. I couldn’t find anything to match what we’d had before at FSU. I looked for the worship experience that would make it worthwhile to attend, but was rarely happy with that. I tried to find a superstar preacher to amaze me with talent and wisdom. But that wasn’t enough. I sampled churches, found them wanting, and discarded them.

In other words, I was spiritually immature. You may hear of individuals who are so disenchanted with the church that they practice Christianity on their own as if they are advanced Christians. I think that’s the wrong interpretation. A failure to find a church and invest yourself in it is a sign of spiritual immaturity.

Here’s what I found. If you go to a church — preferably a Bible-believing one close to where you live so you will be worshipping with your neighbors — and become part of the community, you will discover that church will become delightful to you. the rest

The secret of the church is not that it is some business to be run or a show designed to catch curious onlookers. The secret of the church is that is a community.

Christian Love Casts Out Cockeyed Priorities

by Tony Rossi
Register correspondent
Monday, May 03, 2010

“The problem with faith ... is it kind of screws up your priorities. Your priorities shouldn’t be about saving your own (butt), which is the focus of Christianity.” So says Bill (Religulous) Maher in a recent edition of Newsweek magazine. Is he right?

Of course we Christians do want our souls saved so we can spend eternity in heaven. The concept Maher ignores, however, is that we save ourselves by losing ourselves. It’s a fundamental biblical principle that we’re all called to love both God and each other. And love by its very nature is other-centered, not self-centered.

Christians live out the self-emptying, sacrificial nature of love every day in countless ways. As the host of the “Christopher Closeup” radio show and podcast, I’m often inspired and amazed by the examples I hear. Two in particular came to mind when I read Maher’s statement. the rest

The Death of Embarrassment

Christine Rosen
04/26/10

Excerpt:
What ever happened to embarrassment? Why are an increasing number of us comfortable bringing our private activities - from personal hygiene to intimate conversation - into public view? Bernstein and others place some of the blame on the desensitization wrought by reality television and social networking sites like Facebook, both of which traffic in personal revelation. To be sure, television and Internet video sites such as YouTube have made all of us more comfortable in the role of everyday voyeurs. We watch others cook, work, shop, argue, sing, dance, stumble, and fall - all from a safe remove. The motley denizens of reality television regularly put themselves into questionable and embarrassing situations so that they can later discuss, for our viewing enjoyment, how questionable and embarrassing their conduct was. If we are less easily embarrassed, it must be in part from vicariously experiencing so much manufactured embarrassment on the screen. the rest

Bonhoeffer Stood Fast

Martyred German pastor showed theology has consequences.
Collin Hansen
5/04/2010

Last month marked 65 years since the doomed Nazi regime hanged German theologian and pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer on April 9, 1945. Christians across the theological spectrum continue to revere him. Some remember his advocacy for Jews, others his teaching on "costly grace," and still more his aid to officers plotting to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

But his legacy has been disputed over time. Some have championed him as a post-Christian prophet of ethics that transcend confession. Pacifists claim Bonhoeffer because he expressed scruples about war and his help with killing a head of state, even one so evil as Hitler. Many evangelicals revere him as an opponent of "cheap grace," champion of Life Together, and model of The Cost of Discipleship.
the rest image

Buddhist extremists drive Christians from village in Bangladesh

by ASSIST News Service
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Compass Direct News is reporting that four Christian families in southeastern Bangladesh left their village on Sunday, under mounting pressure by Buddhist extremists to give up their faith in Christ.

Sources told Compass that 20 to 25 Buddhists brandishing sticks and bamboo clubs in Jamindhonpara village, 340 kilometers (211 miles) southeast of Dhaka, began patrolling streets last Friday to keep the 11 members of the Lotiban Baptist Church from gathering for their weekly prayer meetings.

“On Saturday, the Buddhist extremists captured four men and beat one woman who had gathered in a home, threatening to kill them if they did not become Buddhists within 24 hours,” Compass reported. the rest

Bomb Attack on Iraqi Christian Students Spurs Thousands to Protest

Personal Observations from the Global South Meeting in Singapore

Bishop Bill Atwood
April 30,2010
AAC

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Clearly, when the Jews left the wilderness and crossed the Jordan to enter the Promised Land, their struggles were not over. They still had many challenges and battles to fight, but the passage of crossing the Jordan was a tremendously important one, and the Lord called them to mark it with large stones.

The Fourth Global South Encounter (GSE4) that was just held in Singapore was a huge passage for many, but particularly so for the Anglican Church in North America. I have noted with interest that some people have expressed great disappointment with the lack of "action," but I'd like to suggest that they may have missed some points of tremendous significance. the rest

Newport parish wants to take battle back to high court

May 4, 2010
By SEAN EMERY
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

NEWPORT BEACH–A breakaway parish that has fought a long-running legal battle to retain control of its seaside church is once again hoping to take its fight to the California Supreme Court.

St. James Anglican Church, a self-described "biblically orthodox" congregation that sought to distance itself from the national Episcopal Church due to disagreements over scriptural teachings and the ordination of a gay bishop, filed a petition to the California Supreme Court on Tuesday as part of an effort to be declared the owner of the church property.

The legal wrangling dates back to 2004, and while initial lower court rulings sided with St. James, subsequent appellate court and state Supreme Court decisions have backed the diocese and national church's right to the Newport Beach property at 3209 Via Lido, steps away from Newport harbor. the rest

Lutheran church to reinstate gay pastor in Atlanta

AP
posted May 5, 2010

ATLANTA — A Lutheran denomination is reinstating a gay Atlanta pastor and his partner to its clergy roster.

The Chicago-based Evangelical Lutheran Church in America said Tuesday the Rev. Bradley Schmeling and the Rev. Darin Easler have been approved for reinstatement.

Schmeling, who served as pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Atlanta, was removed from the church's clergy roster in 2007 for being in a same-gender relationship with Easler. the rest

Polygamy Controversy Presents Dilemma for Post-Christian France

Tuesday May 4, 2010
By Hilary White
NANTES, France

(LifeSiteNews.com) – When a Muslim woman was fined late last month in Nantes, France for driving while wearing a full face veil, the issue of polygamy burst into the spotlight when it was revealed that her husband had three other “wives.”

The incident has re-opened the debate in Europe over the dilemma faced by European governments with, on the one hand, aging native populations and below-replacement birth rates, and, on the other, burgeoning Muslim immigrant populations with customs incompatible with existing laws. the rest

TV damages young children - the evidence is overwhelming

03 May 2010

We have so many health scares, some more important than others, that it always amazes me that we never have one about the dire effect of TV on young children. I have said for years that you would be better off giving your children neat gin than letting them watch TV when they are very young, or ever to watch it unsupervised (and believe me, for those who miss the point of this statement - as some always do - I wouldn't advise the gin either).

Now, as with the poison cannabis (falsely promoted as 'soft' and harmless by evil and stupid people), the science is piling up on my side - though it is still quite socially acceptable to bung small infants in front of the TV as a 'third parent' and there is a whole BBC channel apparently devoted to providing programmes for tiny children who shouldn't, in my view, be watching at all. the rest
The study found that for every extra hour of TV a week that the two-year-olds watched, there was a 6 per cent decrease in maths achievement, a 7 per cent decrease in classroom engagement and a 10 per cent increase in 'victimisation' (eg teasing, rejection and assault) by their peers. Each extra hour also corresponded with 9 per cent less exercise, consumption of 10 per cent more snacks and a 5 per cent rise in Body-Mass Index.

A Tale of Nine Nurses: Punishing Religious Beliefs

Chuck Colson
BreakPoint
May 4, 2010

A woman—just 14 weeks pregnant—arrived at Nassau University Medical Center in New York, her water broken. Doctors told her that her tiny baby could not survive and recommended an abortion to avoid infection. The mother agreed. But eight nurses on duty that day refused to take part in the abortion. The baby, they said, still had a heartbeat, and the mother's life was not in danger.

The medical center has a policy of not requiring nurses to participate in abortions if they have moral objections. State and federal law backs up this policy. Nevertheless, the eight nurses say they have often been pressured to assist in abortions. And this time, their refusal led to disciplinary action. The nurses were all suspended.

Happily, their labor union came to their aid. The hospital's actions against the nurses, the union said, "goes against protocol…and the law." The hospital backed down and apologized to the nurses. Good. You can read the story of this here.

But a similar case did not have such a happy ending. the rest

Criminal conviction against Phoenix pastor sentenced for ringing church bells overturned

State court reverses conviction after federal court ruled application of Phoenix noise ordinance unconstitutional
Tuesday, May 04, 2010

PHOENIX — An Arizona court Tuesday overturned the conviction of a Phoenix pastor, represented by Alliance Defense Fund attorneys, who was sentenced to jail for ringing church bells. The court reversed the conviction of Bishop Rick Painter of Christ the King Liturgical Charismatic Church in the wake of a federal court’s determination last month that the city noise ordinance under which he was convicted is unconstitutional when enforced against sounds generated in the course of religious expression, such as church bells. The ordinance offered an exemption for ice cream trucks, but not for churches.

“Pastors and churches shouldn’t live in fear of being punished or penalized by the government,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley. “Certainly, no pastor should have to fear jail time for engaging in peaceful religious expression.” the rest

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Albert Mohler: It’s Getting Dangerous Out There-A Preacher Is Arrested in Britain

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

We have seen this coming for some time now. The public space has been closing, especially when it comes to Christian speech — and especially when that speech is about homosexuality.

Now, a Christian preacher has been arrested in Britain for the crime of saying in public that homosexuality is a sin. This arrest is more than a news event — it is a signal of things to come and an announcement of a new public reality. Even if all charges are dropped against this preacher, the signal is sent and the message is clear. The act of Christian preaching is now a potential criminal offense. the rest

We are witnessing the constriction of Christian speech and the criminalizing of Christian ministry. The Bible clearly condemns homosexual behaviors, and the Christian church has been clear about this teaching for twenty centuries. But now, the statement that homosexuality is a sin can land a preacher in jail.

We will soon learn which nations truly believe in religious liberty and freedom of speech. Cases like this are inevitable when the logic of hate speech and special rights for “sexual minorities” prevails.

Do not think for a moment that this troubling development is of consequence only for street preachers in Britain. The signal sent by this kind of arrest reaches right into every church in every nation where a similar logic takes hold.

Three Church of England Bishops Knock on Rome's Door. Are Lutherans Next?

Ironically, just when some in the media are attempting to write obituaries on the Catholic Church, she seems poised to make an historic resurgence, becoming a safe harbor for many Christians who long for historic Christian orthodoxy and orthopraxy. With the news concerning three Church of England Bishops traveling to Rome, the pace of this historic movement accelerates. Stay tuned, Church history is unfolding.
LONDON, England
By Deacon Keith Fournier
5/3/2010

(Catholic Online) - Press reports over the weekend were filled with the latest "stunner" in the ongoing response to Pope Benedicts invitation to Anglican Christians to come into the full communion of the Catholic Church. Depending on the perspective of the journalist writing the particular account, the headlines told the tale. They ranged from Ralph Satter of the AP whose story was entitled "British Bishops in defection talks with the Vatican" to the Telegraph's Jonathan Wynne - Jones who wrote an article entitled "Anglican bishops in secret Vatican summit."

What is clear is that three prominent Church of England Bishops, the Rt Rev John Broadhurst of Fulham, the Rt Rev Keith Newton of Richborough and the Right Rev Andrew Burnham of Ebbsfleet, met in Rome with senior officials from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) last week. The meetings were high level and at least discreet if not "secret" as some reports indicate. The reports on the content of the discussions and the reasons for the meeting vary greatly, depending upon which news source one considers more reliable. the rest

Suspended Episcopal bishop making final appeal

Tue, May. 4, 2010
By David O'Reilly
Inquirer Staff Writer

In his last chance to save his career, suspended Episcopal Bishop Charles E. Bennison Jr. will ask a church appeals panel Tuesday to restore him as head of the Diocese of Pennsylvania.

In 2008, a lower church court found Bennison, now 66, guilty of failing to respond adequately when, as rector of a California parish in the 1970s, he discovered that his brother John was sexually abusing a minor girl of his parish.

That court ordered Bennison permanently removed as head of the 55,000-member diocese - comprising Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester Counties - and defrocked as a bishop and a priest. He became bishop in 1998.

The Court of Review for the Trial of a Bishop, made up of nine U.S. bishops, will convene 10 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wilmington to hear the appeal.

Bennison's lawyer, James Pabarue, has indicated he will argue that the sentences are too harsh and that Episcopal Church leaders may have suppressed exculpatory evidence from the 2008 trial. Story

Women Who Have Abortions Four Times More Likely to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 3, 2010
Winnipeg, Canada

(LifeNews.com) -- A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Manitoba finds women who have had abortions are about four times more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol as those who carried their pregnancy to term. The authors confirmed a link between abortion and the substance abuse issues.

Natalie Mota, a PhD student in the U of M's clinical psychology department, co-wrote the study with authors Margaret Burnett and Jitender Sareen.

The study appeared in the April issue of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry and it showed women having abortions were 3.8 times more likely to have substance abuse disorders. the rest

Pakistani Muslims Severely Beat, Sodomize Christian Barber

Brother of Muslim who insisted on having beard cut, seven others, break hair-cutter’s bones.
SARGODHA, Pakistan
April 28

(CDN) — A Christian barber in this Punjab Province city is still recovering from broken bones and other injuries sustained earlier this month after eight Muslims allegedly beat and sodomized him for cutting the beard of a Muslim. Story

The New York Times Gets Hastings Wrong

Greg Baylor
April 30th, 2010

In a house editorial, the New York Times urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against Christian Legal Society and for Hastings College of the Law in CLS v. Martinez. What follows is a response, submitted to but not published by The Times.

In the case just argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, the public should be wary of any superficial analysis that the case is all about “discrimination” by a Christian student club and a law school that wants to stop it. While it’s true that Hastings College of the Law in California prohibits “discrimination,” this assertion of what Hastings does is terribly misleading.

Hastings doesn’t just prohibit discrimination on the basis of the nine protected characteristics listed in its written Policy on Nondiscrimination; it also requires registered student organizations to confer voting membership and leadership upon everyone—even people who reject an organization’s core beliefs. As the Hastings dean stated in a PBS interview, this means that a black student organization would be required to allow adherents of the Ku Klux Klan to become voting members. Such a nonsensical policy goes far beyond preventing the sort of invidious reliance upon irrelevant characteristics that non-discrimination policies are designed to prevent.

A recent New York Times editorial referred to CLS as a “Christian group that bars non-Christian and gay students.” While CLS limits leadership and voting membership to those that share its values as many student clubs do, it allows everyone to attend its meetings and participate in its events. Moreover, CLS’s sexual conduct rule for officers and voting members does not target “gay students.” Tiger Woods and Mark Sanford, for example, aren’t “gay,” but if they were students, they would have trouble becoming CLS officers. the rest

U.S. arrests Pakistani-American over failed car bomb

posted May 4, 2010

(Reuters) - The Pakistani-American arrested on suspicion of driving a bomb-laden car into New York's Times Square told U.S. authorities he acted alone, but sceptical investigators are looking into his recent trip to Pakistan, a law enforcement source said on Tuesday.

Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, was arrested late on Monday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as he tried to take a flight to Dubai, local and federal officials said.

Shahzad, 30, was due to appear in federal court later on Tuesday to face charges of "driving a car bomb into Times Square on the evening of May 1," officials said. Had the bomb detonated, many people could have died, experts said.

"He's admitted to buying the truck, putting the devices together, putting them in the truck, leaving the truck there and leaving the scene," the law enforcement source told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. the rest

Monday, May 03, 2010

Devotional: It is the failure, in season and out of season...

It is the failure, in season and out of season, to proclaim these great doctrines that accounts for their fading from sight and from faith. Every doctrine of the Bible that is not continually preached dies out of the faith of the people. Our fathers had to fight for every inch of ground on which they advanced these great truths, and this age requires a loyal and militant campaign for God's great truths. An unsheathed sword is the only preserver and defender of God's truth. The truth of God will flourish and conquer if its preachers have faith to boldly proclaim and courage to fight for it without compromise or wavering. ...EM Bounds image

Obama's race-baiting: Democrats use fear-mongering to radicalize the Hispanic vote

Monday, May 3, 2010
By THE WASHINGTON TIMES

President Obama has been denouncing Republicans who purportedly "exploited for political purposes" the issue of illegal immigration. He also has denigrated Arizona's new illegal-alien law for threatening "to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans." All this overheated rhetoric exposes Mr. Obama as the one who is cynically manipulating racial tensions for political purposes.

Mr. Obama's Wednesday address in Ottumwa, Iowa, showed how the president is fanning the flames of ethnic discord. "This law that just passed in Arizona ... you can try to make it really tough on people who look like they 'might be illegal immigrants,' " Mr. Obama thundered. "One of the things that the law says is local officials are allowed to ask somebody who they have a suspicion might be an illegal immigrant for their papers. But you can imagine, if you are a Hispanic American in Arizona - your great-grandparents may have been there before Arizona was even a state. But now, suddenly, if you don't have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you're going to be harassed." the rest
Mr. Obama's claims are as dangerous as they are dishonest

Health Care Law: 54% favor repeal

May 03, 2010

Most U.S. voters continue to believe the health care plan passed by Congress in late March will be bad for the country, and they favor its repeal.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds that 52% say the plan will be bad for America, a view that went up slightly after the plan became law and has now held steady for five weeks. Thirty-eight percent (38%) view the plan as good for the country.

Support for repeal is proving to be just as consistent as opposition to the plan before it was passed into law. Over the past five weeks since Congress passed the measure, support for repeal has remained in a very narrow range from a low of 54% to a high of 58%. the rest

Anglican parish splits from Episcopal congregation in Northeast Portland

By Nancy Haught
The Oregonian
May 02, 2010

On Sunday, members of St. Matthew's Episcopal Parish were still reeling from their separation. For the second week, two dozen people gathered in the wood and brick building on Northeast Prescott Street that has been their home for 55 years. An hour later, almost 100 of their former brothers and sisters in Christ, who recently declared themselves Anglicans, worshiped in rented space at Mt.Tabor Seventh-day Adventist Church. The storm that has battered the Episcopal Church in the United States has touched down in Portland.

Since the Episcopal Church in the United States decided in 2003 to accept the election of its first openly gay bishop, the denomination has been rocked with disagreements over biblical authority. With a reputation as a conservative congregation, St. Matthew's had for 66 years included people who read the Bible almost literally and others who interpreted it from more liberal points of view. But over time, that range grew problematic. On March 21, a majority of St. Matthew's members voted to leave the church. the rest

Thousands of Anglican churchgoers could cross over to Rome with bishops

Thousands of Anglican parishioners could convert to Catholicism after three leading traditionalist bishops told the Vatican they were ready to cross over to Rome.
By Martin Beckford
03 May 2010

Churchgoers in almost 300 parishes that disapprove of women priests may take advantage of Pope Benedict XVI’s offer to change denomination if their “flying bishops” lead the way.

However the Church of England is expected to make a last-ditch attempt to stop the disillusioned groups leaving, by offering them concessions over the introduction of female bishops.

As The Sunday Telegraph disclosed, the bishops of Fulham, Richborough and Ebbsfleet held a secret meeting with papal advisers last week to discuss plans for Anglicans to convert to the Roman Catholic Church en masse. the rest

Sunday, May 02, 2010

The Big Alienation: Uncontrolled borders and Washington's lack of self-control.

MAY 1, 2010
By PEGGY NOONAN

We are at a remarkable moment. We have an open, 2,000-mile border to our south, and the entity with the power to enforce the law and impose safety and order will not do it. Wall Street collapsed, taking Main Street's money with it, and the government can't really figure out what to do about it because the government itself was deeply implicated in the crash, and both political parties are full of people whose political careers have been made possible by Wall Street contributions. Meanwhile we pass huge laws, bills so comprehensive, omnibus and transformative that no one knows what's in them and no one—literally, no one—knows how exactly they will be executed or interpreted. Citizens search for new laws online, pore over them at night, and come away knowing no more than they did before they typed "dot-gov."

It is not that no one's in control. Washington is full of people who insist they're in control and who go to great lengths to display their power. It's that no one takes responsibility and authority. Washington daily delivers to the people two stark and utterly conflicting messages: "We control everything" and "You're on your own." the rest

The American people fear they are losing their place and authority in the daily, unwinding drama of American history. They feel increasingly alienated from their government. And alienation, again, is often followed by deep animosity, and animosity by the breaking up of things. If our leaders were farsighted not only for themselves but for the country, they would fix the border.

Parishioner at Episcopal church in Perry moves into priest’s role

By Jay Tokasz
NEWS STAFF REPORTER
May 02, 2010

With just a dozen regular Sunday worshippers, the people of Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Perry were in no position to afford a full-time priest.

But they didn’t intend to shut down their 170-year-old rural parish, either.

So the congregation looked within its own pews and found a willing candidate for the priesthood.

And he comes cheap, too.

In a traditional ceremony this afternoon, Deacon Kirk V. Katner, a longtime parishioner of Holy Apostles, will be ordained to the Episcopal priesthood by Bishop J. Michael Garrison of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York. the rest

Rome refuses to comment on 'secret' Anglican meetings

The Irish Times
Monday, May 3, 2010
PADDY AGNEW

SENIOR VATICAN spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi was yesterday unable to confirm UK media speculation that leading Church of England bishops held a series of secret “conversion” meetings with advisers to Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican last week. Other senior Vatican officials claimed to have no knowledge of such meetings.

Reports in yesterday’s online editions of the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail claimed the Bishop of Fulham, the Rt Rev John Broadhurst; the Bishop of Richborough, the Rt Rev Keith Newton; and the Bishop of Ebbsfleet, the Rt Rev Andrew Burnham were involved in meetings with the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith last week.

The scope of the meetings was to discuss future Anglican conversions “en masse” to Rome with the bishops reportedly informing the Vatican that many Church of England clergy are keen to defect to Rome. the rest

Pope visits Shroud of Turin

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI visited and prayed before the Shroud of Turin in northern Italy on Sunday.
The linen cloth, which recently went on display for the first time in 10 years, shows the image of a crucified man who some believe is Christ's burial cloth and others dismiss as a fake.

The Vatican has never declared the shroud authentic. But in a meditation inside Turin Cathedral, Benedict said the cloth wrapped the remains of a crucified man, "an icon written in blood, the blood of a man who was whipped, crowned with thorns, crucified and injured on his right side."

The pope said the relic should be seen as a photographic document of the "darkest mystery of faith." the rest