Saturday, June 19, 2010

Devotional: The most authentic witnesses of any man's character...

The most authentic witnesses of any man's character are those who know him in his own family, and see him without any restraint or rule of conduct, but such as he voluntarily prescribes to himself. If a man carries virtue with him into his private apartments, and takes no advantage of unlimited power or probable secrecy; if we trace him through the round of time, and find that his character, with those allowances which mortal frailty must always want, is uniform and regular, we have all the evidence of his sincerity that one man can have with regard to another; and, indeed, as hypocrisy cannot be its own reward, we may, without hesitation, determine that his heart is pure.
...Samuel Johnson image

Biden Promises Kenya 'Money to Flow' if Pro-Abort Constitution Passes

By Kathleen Gilbert
NAIROBI, Kenya
June 18, 2010

(LifeSiteNews.com) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden travelled to Kenya to personally urge the country to pass a new constitution that would legalize abortion - and to assure Kenyans that such a change would "allow money to flow" from foreign aid treasuries.

At the same time, a federal probe is attempting to determine whether the Obama Administration is violating federal law by using taxpayer money to lobby for the constitution, deeply controversial in Kenya in large part because of its abortion provisions.

"We are hopeful, Barack Obama is hopeful, I am hopeful that you will carry out these reforms to allow money to flow," Biden told a crowd of Kenyans, among whom President Obama is extremely popular and touted as a native son of their country. the rest

'Honour killings' on the rise in Canada: Expert

By Tobi Cohen
Canwest News Service
posted June 19, 2010

More prevalent in the Muslim world, it's a phenomenon many parents here can't even begin to comprehend.

The killing of one's own child — usually a daughter — because her behaviour is believed to have brought shame to the family.

It is the fate of some rape victims, as well as women accused of infidelity or premarital sex in countries such as Pakistan. But in the West, it's increasingly popping up in courtrooms as first-generation Muslims struggle to balance the strict old-world ways of their parents with a desire to fit into a more liberal society. the rest

Study: Fathers are Key to Their Children's Faith

June 16, 2010
S. Michael Craven

I am afraid that our culture in general (and as a result, many fathers themselves) has reduced the role of fatherhood to something nonessential or unnecessary. Many men today regard parenting as being primarily the mother's role and somehow no longer associated with masculinity or “real” manhood.

Instead, many have succumbed to modern cultural caricatures—along with radically feminist psychology—and the label of hunter-gatherer, and thus assume this is their primary contribution to the family. As a result too many men, including professing Christian men, express their role as father exclusively in terms of financial provider. The fact is children are not looking for financial provision; they are looking for love, guidance, and a role model for what it means to be a man. the rest

In short, the study reveals that “It is the religious practice of the father of the family that, above all, determines the future attendance at or absence from church of the children.”

Fathers Who Are Husbands Spare Children from Poverty

June 18th, 2010

A wedding ring on Dad’s finger is more than a symbol of his commitment to Mom. It also proves to be the ultimate anti-poverty weapon for their children. Now that’s something to celebrate and encourage this Father’s Day. It’s fitting on Sunday to honor all the fathers who strive to keep that commitment, even when they grow weary.

“The principal cause of child poverty in the U.S. is the absence of married fathers in the home,” Robert Rector, senior research fellow in domestic policy studies at The Heritage Foundation, writes in a new paper. “Marriage is a powerful weapon in fighting poverty. Being married has the same effect in reducing poverty as adding five to six years to a parent’s education level.” the rest image

Paper-Married Fathers: America’s Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty

Daddy Was Only a Donor

A new study paints a troubling portrait of children conceived by single mothers who chose insemination.
JUNE 18, 2010
By W. BRADFORD WILCOX

In "The Switch," coming later this summer, Jennifer Aniston plays an attractive 40-year-old professional who has given up on finding Mr. Right for marriage and decides instead to move straight on to motherhood with a donor father. The movie offers a largely celebratory treatment of donor insemination, as do two other movies out this year, "The Back-up Plan" and next month's "The Kids Are All Right." Indeed, one of the bottom-line conclusions these movies are pushing is that the children turn out "all right" with donor dads. the rest

Young adults with maverick moms and donor dads report a sense of confusion, loss and distress about their origins and identity, and about their inability to relate to their biological father and to his kin.

Kagan and Shariah

Supreme court nominee displays selective moral outrage
By THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Thursday, June 17, 2010

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan faces new questions about her stance on the U.S. military, just 10 days before confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin. Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, wants to know why Ms. Kagan was strangely silent about big money Harvard accepted from a questionable source while she served as the law school's dean.

Ms. Kagan apparently made no public objection to a $20 million gift from a Saudi prince in late 2005, even though Saudi Arabia's shariah law provided flogging or death as punishment for any individual caught engaging in homosexual activity. College lecturer Richard Cravatts captured the controversy at the time in Harvard Law's independent newspaper when he wrote that the school should not be accepting millions from "a member of the ruling family of a repressive, totalitarian, sexist theocracy."

Mr. Cravatts cited the "moral irony" of the school taking the money while at the same time pursuing Ms. Kagan's policy of denying military recruiters access to the official campus Office of Career Services. the rest

Friday, June 18, 2010

Utah's Episcopal clergy grows even as church shrinks

Faith gains five new deacons, but paid positions can be hard to land.
By Kristen Moulton
The Salt Lake Tribune
06/17/2010

Incense, candles and joyful singing filled St. Mark's Cathedral last weekend as the Rev. Carolyn Tanner Irish celebrated one of her last official acts as Episcopal bishop of Utah: the ordination of five new deacons, four of them bound for the priesthood next year.

It's almost an embarrassment of riches for the small diocese, and one that Irish, who is retiring in the fall, takes as a sign of the church's health.

"We are poised in the best possible way," Irish says, "to engage those who want to think their way through their faith."

And yet even as an increasing number of Utah Episcopalians feel called to the ordained ministry, the church has fewer paid positions to offer. Two of the four new deacons who hoped to land paying clerical jobs have not found one. the rest

Dr. Wes on Medicare cuts: The Day After

Friday, June 18, 2010

It's rainy outside.

The dog's hungry and needs to be let out.

I still need to shave and shower.

And yes, I'm going to work today.

They tell me the doctor Medicare cuts went through. You mean the AMA, with all their sound and fury signifying nothing, failed to influence our Congressional leadership?

Gee, who knew?

Folks, this was the plan. The cuts were supposed to go through. So look at it on the bright side. Our government just saved $250 billion!

And quietly, practices will downsize their nicest employees or close all together. Many others will speed up their flight to be bought by big hospital systems - but these hospital systems will be more selective when deciding who they admit to their ranks. Inner city hospitals, struggling for survival, will look to the government for more subsidies to meet their demands for survival. Government will comply to protect themselves. Big hospitals and health systems with lots of doctor-employees will point to the decreased revenue by their doctors, tighten their belts a bit more by maintaining their months-long hiring freezes indefinitely, and fail to give those productivity bonuses to their workers as their construction contracts for their additions continue to get paid as they get ready for the "Big Wave." the rest

And then there's the patients. If you're in a big town, you won't notice the difference. That's because in the operating rooms, there will still be one nurse where there had been two. In the ICU's, your nurse will visit you a bit less, but thanks to electronics, she'll still be watching or listening for you. You might notice it's harder to understand the foreign accent of your doctor, but he or she will be pleasant. At least until the next doctor arrives on the night shift.

But for the rural patients. Best of luck...

Official trailer for 'Voyage of the Dawn Treader' hits web


by Josh Kimball, Christian Post
Friday, June 18, 2010

The first official trailer for the third movie instalment of the “Chronicles of Narnia” made its public debut on Thursday, giving fans a peak at what some thought would not be after Walt Disney Pictures abandoned ship.

The two-minute trailer for "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" beckons Narnia fans to “Return to Hope”, “Return to Magic”, and “Return to Narnia” five years after the first film hit theatres to positive reviews and box office success. the rest

Trailer here

Peggy Noonan: A Snakebit President

Americans want leaders on whom the sun shines.
JUNE 18, 2010

The president is starting to look snakebit. He's starting to look unlucky, like Jimmy Carter. It wasn't Mr. Carter's fault that the American diplomats were taken hostage in Tehran, but he handled it badly, and suffered. He defied the rule of the King in "Pippin," the Broadway show of Carter's era, who spoke of "the rule that every general knows by heart, that it's smarter to be lucky than it's lucky to be smart." Mr. Carter's opposite was Bill Clinton, on whom fortune smiled with eight years of relative peace and a worldwide economic boom. What misfortune Mr. Clinton experienced he mostly created himself. History didn't impose it.

But Mr. Obama is starting to look unlucky, and–file this under Mysteries of Leadership–that is dangerous for him because Americans get nervous when they have a snakebit president. They want presidents on whom the sun shines. the rest image

Reports say Obama admitted he's a Muslim

Obama's endless summer of spending
Make-work jobs program has failed

A Bad Deal Gets Worse
Obamacare is already damaging the individual insurance market.

FDA Advisory Committee Gives Thumbs Up to New Abortion Drug Ella

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 17, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- An FDA advisory committee today cast two votes giving a thumbs up to the new abortion drug Ella, which supporters are falsely billing as a morning after pill. The Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs gave its approval to the early abortion drug on two 11-0 votes.

The panel said the "investigational emergency contraceptive pill" known as ulipristal, that would potentially be sold under the name Ella in the United States, is safe and effective at preventing pregnancy. the rest

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A.S Haley: A Nadir in Communion Relations

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Relations between ECUSA and the Anglican Communion have reached a nadir, propelled by the stubborn determination of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, egged on by her Chancellor, to stand her ground and defy the (thus-far private) requests made of her by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The latest developments are playing themselves out on different levels, both public and private. In public, Bishop Jefferts Schori strained the terms of her license to officiate as a priest at Southwark Cathedral last Sunday. Neither the Church of England nor its Archbishop of Canterbury had any canonical remit to license her to function as a bishop, because neither the Church nor Parliament has made the necessary canonical alterations required to allow women to be bishops in the Church. Thus when the Dean of Southwark, the Very Rev. Colin Slee, asked Lambeth for a license for Jefferts Schori to officiate at Sunday services, Lambeth made it very clear that she would be licensed only as a priest.

And how did Jefferts Schori return Lambeth's gracious favor? By insisting --- unlike any other priest in any church in the entire Anglican Communion -- on processing down the aisle with a bishop's mitre tucked under her arm. (The contrast to her predecessor could not make the point clearer: ECUSA's male bishops may [if licensed] function fully in other churches of the Communion, while its female bishops may not.) Oh, she did not wear it on her head, all right, and she carried no crosier, but she made the point of her defiance plain. (Could it be that she is incensed that the bishop of Winchester, the Rt. Rev. Michael Scott-Joynt, has invited his old friend Archbishop Robert W. Duncan to officiate in his diocese as a guest bishop, and to perform confirmation rites?) the rest

Western New York: Offices of Episcopal Diocese set to relocate

After 59 years on Delaware Avenue, offices will move in accordance with a ‘new vision’
By Jay Rey
June 16, 2010

The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York is leaving its Delaware Avenue home of almost 60 years and relocating to one of its churches in the Town of Tonawanda, the diocese announced Tuesday.

The diocesan office will be moved to the former St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church at 1064 Brighton Road.

It was a difficult decision, because the building at 1114 Delaware Ave. has been home to the diocese since 1951. the rest
“This move signals a shift in perspective and a new vision for our ministry in the 21st century,” Bishop J. Michael Garrison said. A split at the former St. Bartholomew’s Church left a very small congregation, and its members eventually decided to attend services at other parishes, said Laurie Wozniak, a diocesan spokeswoman.

Church Times: Paganism is not a distant or very different religion

Christians and Pagans should reconsider the similarities of their beliefs, and forge more understanding, says Penelope Fleming-Fido
(Penelope Fleming-Fido is a prac­tising Pagan, and runs an online coven)

In a world where differences between religious groups are often stressed, too few of us realise how many similarities there are between Christian beliefs and Paganism. Though many of us are aware of the pagan roots of some Christian tradi­tions, such as the Yule log and holly, there are deeper rooted similarities than these Christmas trimmings. History has too many examples of conflicts over real or imagined reli­gious differences; so a greater under­standing of each other’s religion might bring a heightened sympathy between us.

‘The threefold Goddess — Maiden, Mother, and Crone — has parallels with the Trinity’
The Neo-Pagan religions have many names, including Paganism, Asatru, Wicca, Witchcraft, and Druid­ism. While Paganism stresses a bond with nature and an acknow­ledgement of the natural cycle of life in the world, there is no one tenet of faith that all followers acknowledge as central to their religion. the rest image by dannysullivan

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For some reason, Church Times recently gave column space to a pagan...

Faith-Based Fracas

From the White House to the courthouse, the battle escalates over whether Christian groups have the right to employ only Christians.
Bobby Ross Jr.
6/16/2010

When Sylvia Spencer applied at World Vision's U.S. headquarters near Seattle in 1995, she described herself as a committed Christian.

Asked on an employment form why she wanted to work for the international humanitarian aid organization, Spencer wrote, "Because I would love to work for an organization dedicated to carrying on the Lord's work!"

Another World Vision employee, Vicki Hulse, mentioned her 15 years as a Christian in a résumé attachment when she applied a few years later.

"I recently moved to this area and would very much like to find a place of employment with a Christian organization where I could be of value," Hulse wrote.

Both women signed statements affirming their Christian faith and devoted a decade to World Vision, which serves impoverished children and families in more than 100 countries.

But in November 2006, they and colleague Ted Youngberg were fired. Their offense, as determined by a corporate investigation: The three did not believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and a member of the Trinity. the rest

Albert Mohler: Meet the New American Family, Digitally Deluged

Christians are not called to be modern-day Luddites, smashing digital devices with sledgehammers. But we are called to be faithful stewards of digital opportunities, even as we are also called to be faithful in all our relationships. That second stewardship is surely of greater importance than the first.
Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Campbell family of California just might be the prototypical American family of the future. Kord Campbell and his wife, Brenda, recently moved to the San Francisco area from Oklahoma, along with their two children, Lily, age 8, and Connor, age 16. They also came with plenty of digital technology — and they have acquired more.

The family is profiled by Matt Richtel in an article in the June 7, 2010 edition of The New York Times. As Richtel explains, the Campbells might not be just any other family in the neighborhood with respect to their digital habits. Then again, they might be, after all. At the very least, they probably point to a new family reality that will become all the more common.

Kord Campbell is starting a software venture. And yet, his life is so filled with e-mails, text messages, chats, Web pages, and video games that he missed a crucial e-mail from a company wanting to buy his business — for 12 days. In Richtel’s word, Campbell is struggling with a “deluge of data.” More alarming than that, his family is drowning in the deluge as well. the rest image by El Mariachi 94

The Unmet Promise Of Obamacare

Turns out many patients will not be able to keep their current health care plan.
Marc Siegel
06.15.10

The number one question on my patients' minds as the new health reform bill passed was whether they would be able to keep their current health care plan, like the president promised. This past week, when the new 83-page draft of regulations was released jointly by the IRS, Health and Human Services, and the Department of Labor, an answer was offered. Unfortunately, it's a resounding no. the rest

A Bad Deal Gets Worse
Obamacare is already damaging the individual insurance market.

The Bully's Pulpit

Thursday, June 17, 2010
William A. Jacobson

There is so much wrong with how Barack Obama has handled the Gulf oil spill, it's almost hard to know where to begin.

Put aside the ineptitude of the approval process and clean up response. For today, I'm focusing on the tentative settlement with BP. While many will cheer the fact that BP has committed $20 billion to compensate people in the Gulf region, no one should cheer very loudly.

Another Blow To The Due Process Clause

I am hard pressed to come up with a constitutionally more chilling presidential comment than the following statement made by Barack Obama Tuesday night (emphasis mine):

Tomorrow, I will meet with the chairman of BP and inform him that he is to set aside whatever resources are required to compensate the workers and business owners who have been harmed as a result of his company’s recklessness.

Since when is a President's wish our command? Under what legal authority did the "rule of law" President make the decision as to how much a private entity would pay and then "inform" the private party that it must obey or face the harsh retribution of the federal government.
the rest

As the Spill Expands, So Does Presidential Power
Lately, the administration seems more focused on meting out punishment than solving concrete problems in a measured way.

Cal Thomas: Follow Me Where?
The president doesn't know where he's going, but he assures us we'll get there. It sounds like a joy ride, but without the joy.

Registering to vote in Afghanistan


State deficits in America

Sharp Growth in Dutch Euthanasia Deaths

Wednesday June 16, 2010
Commentary by Alex Schadenberg,
Chairman, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

(LifeSiteNews.com) - The Netherlands' 2009 euthanasia statistics were reported today in the Dutch media. The number of euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands has been significantly increasing on a yearly basis. The most recent report suggests that there were 2636 reported euthanasia deaths, a 13% increase over the 2008 statistics.

It should be noted that media reports about euthanasia in the Netherlands do not include all categories of direct and intentional reported deaths. The Netherlands has separate categories for assisted suicide and deaths without explicit request or consent. the rest

The reality is that euthanasia is out of control in the Netherlands.

GAO: Planned Parenthood received $657 million in tax dollars over last seven years

By Mark Hemingway
Commentary Staff Writer
06/16/10

The Government Accountability Office has a released a report, “Fiscal Years 2002-2009 Obligations, Disbursements, and Expenditures for Selected Organizations Involved in Health-Related Activities.” But despite the soporific title, the report contains some pretty startling revelations about the amount government funding going to groups either perform abortions or advocate it.

Over the seven year period studied in the report, Planned Parenthood received $657.1 million in tax dollars; Population Council received $284.3 million, the Guttmacher Institute received $12.7 million, Advocates for Youth received $8.7 million, and the International Planned Parenthood Federation received $3.9 million. the rest

Report Shows Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Got $650 Million in Taxpayer Funds
The report also shows the pro-abortion group Population Council, which sponsored the dangerous abortion drug RU 486, received $284.3 million in federal funds as well for its international family planning efforts. And the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion group that does research on abortion statistics, received $12.7 million.

Family planning groups' use of U.S. tax money is targeted
Anti-abortion lawmakers in Congress have determined that federal taxpayers poured at least $967 million into family planning organizations such as Planned Parenthood over the last eight years — money they said potentially freed the health-service enterprises to use other donations to perform abortions.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Devotional: The guidance of the Spirit...

The guidance of the Spirit is generally by gentle suggestions or drawings, and not in violent pushes; and it requires great childlikeness of heart to be faithful to it. The secret of being made willing lies in a definite giving up of our will. As soon as we put our will on to God’s side, He immediately takes possession of it and begins to work in us to will and to do of His good pleasure. ...Hannah Whitall Smith image by Lady-bug

Syracuse-enjoying the Mills Rose Garden

Raymond took some lovely pictures today as we enjoyed the
E.M. Mills Rose Garden in Syracuse at the edge of Thorden Park. After rather heavy showers in the morning, the sun came out and you see some lingering raindrops on the closeups.
(Click on the pictures to enlarge)










China's US govt debt holdings hit 2010 high: Treasury

By P. Parameswaran
posted 6/16/10

WASHINGTON — China's holdings of US debt climbed to the highest level this year, the US Treasury said Tuesday even as Beijing stepped up attacks on the United States for its burgeoning debt.

The cash-rich Chinese government raised its US Treasury bond holdings to 900.2 billion dollars in April, its highest level since November 2009, while posting the second consecutive monthly rise, according to a report on international capital flows.

China remained far ahead as the top foreign debt holder, followed by Japan, which held 795.5 billion dollars in April, and third-placed Britain at 239.3 billion dollars, according to the figures. the rest

A.S Haley: Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is The Episcopal Church

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Some readers may remember that in the course of the trial court litigation in Virginia, I put up a post about the hypocrisy of its attorneys, who argued one thing to the Fairfax County Circuit Court, and the exact opposite to the Episcopal House of Bishops in order to achieve the "deposition" of Bishop Robert W. Duncan. That has stood for more than a year now as the all-time instance of ECUSA's blindness to hypocrisy, and it remains even today the third most frequently visited post on this blog (over 2,840 specific views to date).

But now, sad to say, the Episcopal Church (USA) has managed to eclipse itself. This latest example involves far more than ECUSA's attorneys, and its Presiding Bishop (who personally employs and directs them). For I have uncovered incontrovertible evidence of hypocrisy that permeates all those in the upper ranks at 815 Second Avenue -- along with the gathered members of the Executive Council, who hail from all the provinces of the Church, and yea, even the very deputies attending General Convention itself. the rest

Kevorkian: “The Single Worst Moment of my Life … Was the Moment I Was Born”

Tuesday June 15, 2010
By James Tillman and John Jalsevac

(LifeSiteNews.com) -- "The single worst moment of my life . . . was the moment I was born." So says Dr. Jack Kevorkian in a recent interview with CNN.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the journalist conducting the interview, confessed that the remark left him speechless – especially since Kevorkian offered the strange and macabre confession without any provocation or lead-up question.

Gutpa writes that, “Throughout the two-and-a-half hour interview, [Kevorkian] fluctuated wildly between being downright combative and hostile to being sweet and fatherly.” the rest

"What difference does it make if someone is terminal?" he says. "We are all terminal."

Scientologists urged to end pregnancies?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
GetReligion

Talk about explosive allegations: In a mammoth two-day investigative series totaling more than 10,000 words, the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Church of Scientology repeatedly pushed members of its religious order, the Sea Organization, to have abortions “for the greatest good.”

Women who declined to end pregnancies faced threats and intimidation, according to former members interviewed by the Times. In riveting front-page stories, reporters Joe Childs and Thomas Tobin methodically lay out the facts and allegations yet go out of their way to seek the church’s side of the story.

The church denies all the former members’ accounts — a fact made clear as the Times repeatedly allows space for the church’s response to specific claims. the rest

Rasmussen Finds Most 'Angry' with Liberal, Pro-Obama Media

By Rich Noyes
Tue, 06/15/2010

A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds most Americans (51%) say the average reporter is more liberal than they are, and nearly as many (48%) think the media are “are trying to help” President Obama pass his left-wing agenda. Perhaps as a result, the poll finds an astonishing two-thirds of the public (66%) say they are angry with the media, “including 33% who are very angry” with the press.

Most Americans seem to have a low view of journalists’ integrity and professionalism. Rasmussen discovered that “68% say most reporters when covering a political campaign try to help the candidate they want to win,” vs. 23% who think most reporters “try to offer unbiased coverage.” At the same time, “54% of voters think most reporters would hide any information they uncovered that might hurt a candidate they wanted to win, up seven points from November 2008.” the rest

Oklahoma Lawmakers Seek Voter Backing to Ban Shariah From Courts

June 15, 2010
FOXNews.com

Oklahoma lawmakers are asking voters to weigh in on a proposal that would ban local courts from considering Shariah or other international law in their rulings.

The unusual measure calling for an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution was approved in late May by the state Senate, sending the issue to voters in the fall in the form of a ballot question.

Though the question's supporters have not pointed to any specific outbreak of Shariah, or Islamic law, being considered in the U.S. judicial system, they describe it as an encroaching threat. State Rep. Rex Duncan, author of the measure, has called the ballot question a "preemptive strike" against Shariah coming to his state. the rest

'Epidemic' growth of Net porn cited

Briefing: Children in danger
By Rachel B. Duke
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Congress must ensure that obscenity laws are enforced so that children are not exposed to pornography on the Internet, researchers and advocates of Internet safety said Tuesday.

Speaking at a briefing at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, researchers said because obscenity laws have not been upheld or enforced, illegal adult pornography has flooded and polluted the Internet.

"Today we are calling on Congress and the Department of Justice to ensure that the enforcement of our current obscenity laws is a priority," said Donna Rice Hughes, president of Enough Is Enough, a Virginia-based nonprofit that works to make the Internet safer for children and families. "Our children's innocence is worth fighting for." the rest

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Muslim student group suspended for disrupting Israeli

Jacob Adelman
Associated Press
6/15/2010

LOS ANGELES - A University of California, Irvine, disciplinary committee ruled that a Muslim student group should be suspended for at least a year because of a protest that disrupted a talk by Israel's ambassador and led to the arrest of 11 students, according to documents released Monday.

The letter from a student affairs disciplinary committee to Muslim Student Union leaders said the group was guilty of disorderly conduct, obstructing university activities, furnishing false information and other violations of campus policy. University spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon said the committee's decision will be a binding recommendation to the campus' office of student affairs if a planned appeal by the group does not succeed. the rest

Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren was repeatedly interrupted and called "murderer" and "war criminal" by pro-Palestinian students as he was giving a talk on the Middle East peace process in February.

Anglican Church of Canada Accepts Diversity on Same-Sex Issue

By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Mon, Jun. 14 2010

The Anglican Church of Canada agreed last week not to take any legislative action in response to differing views on same-sex blessings.

Rather, they chose to have "more conversation," said Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.

"That's an action," Hiltz insisted, according to the Anglican Journal.

Though the province, representing some 800,000 Anglicans, does not formally allow same-sex blessings and remains committed to the moratoria Anglican leaders worldwide agreed to in 2004, Canadian Anglicans acknowledged that a number of dioceses have already permitted the blessing of same-sex unions. the rest

Armed Islamist radicals arrest 31 for watching Australia Germany World Cup match

By Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar,
First Vice-president and Head of International Relations,
Somali Sports Press Association

MOGADISHU, June 14, 2010 - Reports from the city of Afgoye about 30 kilometers south of Somali capital Mogadishu that thirty one (31) world football cup fans were arrested last night have been confirmed by residents and Islamist militants from the city.

The arrests were made when heavily armed militants from the Hezbal radical group raided a house where the fans were watching the match between Germany and Australia. the rest

Sheik Yuusuf Abuu Hamza. an official from the city's Islamist administration confirmed the arrest of world cup fans, accusing them of being guilty against Islam. “They have made a big mistake; they didn’t obey the orders not to watch the un-Islamic event of football so they will face punishment,” the militant official said.

“The coming anti-Catholic storm”

Analyst predicts tough road ahead for Church in US
June 14, 2010

Washington D.C. (CNA) -- An “anti-Catholic storm” is looming in the United States because of the Church’s stance against “postmodern ideologies” and because well-funded Catholic supporters of President Obama provide cover for Catholic politicians who dissent from Church teaching, says Catholic analyst Deal Hudson.

Hudson, who has served as an advisor to Republican leaders on Catholic issues, wrote at InsideCatholic.com that a “relentless barrage” of reporting in the mainstream media is intended to force changes demanded by dissenting Catholic groups.

Revelations of clerical sexual abuse in Europe have provided “Catholic bashers” the opportunity to attack Church teachings about abortion and same-sex “marriage,” he added. A call to arrest Pope Benedict XVI in the United Kingdom should have been regarded as “a crank call” but has led to speculation about whether the papal trip to Britain should be canceled.

While Iraqi Christians are being expelled from their homelands, this only receives “occasional mention” in the New York Times, whose reporters “dig through Vatican documents” hoping to link the Pope with clerical sexual abuse, Hudson wrote. the rest

Benedict: "The Church too must use the shepherd's rod"

Akinola: Bishop Expects to See Half of Nigerians Evangelized

Mon, Jun. 14 2010
By Edmond Chua
Christian Post Correspondent

Just after the First World War, an Anglican diocese was established in Lagos in Nigeria. Ninety-one years later, it has become the largest active Protestant church body in the world.

Much of the growth of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, however, occurred during the last two decades.

From 24 dioceses in 1988, the church has grown to 156 dioceses. Every Sunday, the Church of Nigeria gathers 20 million people in worship of Jesus Christ.

The 22-year period of the dramatic growth of the Church of Nigeria coincides with the terms of the last two primates, or heads of the church.

What happened? the rest

Akinola acknowledged that much of the growth has been due to the good leadership of the church.

“But it is one thing to lead, it is another thing for what you do to be led by God,” said the retired primate. “So for me again it is certainly God’s mighty blessings upon our leadership that is responsible for our achievements.”

Baptists say God provided in Haiti jail

Jun 14, 2010
by Michael Foust

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (BP)--Nineteen days in a Haiti prison is a long time, especially when there's no bed, no drinkable water, no usable toilet, no lights, and -- in the aftermath of a massive earthquake -- a judicial system in tatters.

For 10 Baptists arrested Jan. 30 for allegedly not having proper documentation to take orphans out of the country, it was their reality. Eight of them were released on the 19th day; another after 37 days; and the 10th after 100-plus days.

They're not, though, hoping the world will feel sorry for them. Instead, they're wanting to spread the word about how God cared for them, provided food and water when they had none, and taught them spiritual lessons they'll never forget. the rest

Nickelodeon promotes 'naughty' games to kids

Players peek up teacher's skirt, ogle buxom women in public places
June 14, 2010
9:36 pm Eastern
By Chelsea Schilling
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

(Note: Content and images in this story may be objectionable to some readers. Parental discretion is advised.)

The children's network Nickelodeon is now offering a selection of naughty games that allow players to look up teachers' skirts and perform a variety of sexual acts – prominently linking to the sexy games from its popular websites for young kids.

Nickelodeon links to AddictingGames.com from its websites for children, including Neopets.com and Nick.com. AddictingGames, a website owned by Nickelodeon parent company Viacom, features the Nickelodeon logo and has approximately 34 million monthly users.

The NewsBusters blog noted that the Nickelodeon website features racy games such as "Naughty Babysitter," "Booty Rider" and "You da Sperm!" the rest

Why women think they are fat: brain 'thinks body is two thirds bigger than it is'

Even the slimmest women have, on occasion, stood in front of the mirror and asked: “Does this dress make me look fat?” But according to a new study, long-suffering husbands and friends called upon for reassurance may be dealing with more than just irrational anxiety.
By Heidi Blake
15 Jun 2010

Scientists have discovered that the body image a person projects in their own brain is “massively distorted” and can be up to two thirds wider than it is in reality. The brain’s own “body model” is also around a third shorter than the body actually is, according to the study at University College London.

Researchers believe the findings could explain why slim women look in the mirror and see themselves as fat. They may also help explain the cause of some eating disorders. the rest

Louisiana to Become Fourth State to Opt Out of Abortion Funding in Health Care

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 14, 2010

Baton Rouge, LA (LifeNews.com) -- Louisiana will become the fourth state to opt out of some of the abortion funding in the national health care bill President Barack Obama signed into law. This morning, the Louisiana Senate passed its opt out bill on a 28-3 margin and pro-life Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to sign it soon. the rest

Monday, June 14, 2010

Devotional: To be in Christ...

To be in Christ-that is redemption;
but for Christ to be in you that is sanctification!

To be in Christ-that makes you fit for heaven;

but for Christ to be in you that makes you fit for earth!

To be in Christ-that changes your destination;

but for Christ to be in you that changes your destiny!

The one makes heaven your home-
the other makes this world His workshop.
...W Ian Thomas
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ACNA: Communiqué from the Second Annual Provincial Council

The second annual Provincial Council of the Anglican Church in North America gathered 145 delegates and representatives of the jurisdictions and ministry partners of the ACNA June 7-11 at All Saints Cathedral in Amesbury, MA.
June 11, 2010

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-5

The second annual Provincial Council of the Anglican Church in North America gathered 145 delegates and representatives of the jurisdictions and ministry partners of the ACNA. With the Provincial College of Bishops and Executive Committee, we were wonderfully hosted at All Saints Cathedral in Amesbury, MA from June 7-11, 2010. In our meeting we have been conscious of both the great joy and the great responsibility that has come to us through the transforming love of God in Jesus Christ. As the scripture from 1 Peter makes clear, our focus is on the hope that comes to us through the resurrection of Jesus. We are united in our resolve to share that redeeming love of Christ as faithful Anglicans and members by God’s grace in the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.

We were profoundly aware of struggles of others who are pressed by the global economic crisis or face devastation from the oil in the Gulf of Mexico. We prayed for these issues and for Christians who face terrible persecution.

The Council joyfully marked a series of significant landmarks as we celebrated the first anniversary of the launch of the new Province.

Archbishop’s Address: Mobilizing for Mission and Anglican1000.
We are grateful for the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit in our midst and for His encouragement through our worship, prayer, and meetings. We are thankful, too, for the faithful leadership of the Most Rev. Robert Duncan, our Archbishop, and his constant reminders of the pursuit of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. In his Provincial address he said, “[W]e have been able to articulate a threefold accountability without which any congregation falls short of being reliably Anglican: accountable to the Holy Scriptures, accountable to the Great Tradition, accountable for the transformation of society. These understandings are, in themselves, remarkable achievements.”

Speaking of the commitment of the Province to plant 1,000 new congregations in the first five years of our life, the Archbishop said, “Anglican1000 is a symbol of who we are. A leader, David Roseberry, came forward after my investiture sermon fifty weeks ago, saying he would do whatever it takes to work with me to make the planting of 1000 new congregations in five years a reality.” That gave rise to Anglican1000 in which “everybody is imaging congregational multiplication: little parishes, big parishes, young people, old people, black people, white people, First Nation people, Asian people. It’s catalyzing our existing congregations. It’s catalyzing undergraduates on countless campuses. This is the Anglican Church in North America.” the rest

Slouching towards jihad

Peter Heck
6/14/2010

In Federalist #2, Founder John Jay addressed the dangers of foreign force and influence. In the course of the essay, he celebrated, "With equal pleasure I have as often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people — a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs." Jay understood that perhaps America's greatest protection against the threat of foreign manipulation was our overriding sense of unity as a people.

That's why Jay and the other Founders insisted that immigrants be willing to embrace and adopt our values and principles. George Washington wrote, "By an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendents, get assimilated to our customs, measures, laws: in a word soon become one people."

Unfortunately, in the name of political correctness, we are trampling this very notion of unity in deference to the sacred cow of "diversity." No clearer can this tragic reality be witnessed than in our developing societal embrace of Islam.

Unlike other religions, Islam is simultaneously a religious and a political order. It seeks a state-imposed caliphate...a theocratic regime that orders allegiance to Islamic law. Those are the expectations of anyone who follows the Koran. the rest

When Dr. Daniel Shayesteh (the former co-founder of the Islamic terror group Hezbollah) appeared on my radio program, I asked him whether true adherents to Islam could peacefully assimilate into American culture and embrace constitutional law and order. He responded, "It is impossible for a person who follows Mohammed and says, 'I am a Muslim' and follows the instruction of the Koran to align himself with other laws and cultural values. That's impossible, because everything other than Islamic culture and principle is evil."

CANA Helps Found Two Dioceses and Celebrates Election of New Bishops

HERNDON, VA
June 11, 2010

The Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) played a key role in the formation of two new dioceses within the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).

The ACNA Council voted to recognize both dioceses, the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes (ADGL) and the Anglican Diocese of the South (ADotS), this week at its annual meeting in Amesbury, Mass. CANA is a founding member of ACNA.

The ADGL is currently constituted by 12 CANA congregations in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana, comprising about 1,200 members. CANA Bishop Roger Ames was recognized as bishop for ADGL by the ACNA College of Bishops.

The ADotS, which will include eight CANA-member congregations, will be led by Bishop-elect Foley Beach. The ADotS includes 20 total congregations in 5 states: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennesee. the rest

Why Patients Aren’t Getting the Shingles Vaccine

By PAULINE W. CHEN, M.D.
June 10, 2010

Four years ago at age 78, R., a retired professional known as much for her small-town Minnesotan resilience as her commitment to public service, developed a fleeting rash over her left chest. The rash, which turned out to be shingles, or herpes zoster, was hardly noticeable.

But the complications were unforgettable. the rest

Despite the best intentions of patients and doctors (and no shortage of needles and syringes), the shingles vaccine has failed to take hold, in large part because of the most modern of obstacles...Doctors were not worried about safety — a report in the same issue of the journal confirmed that the vaccine has few side effects; rather, they were concerned about patient cost.

In praise of techno-austerity

The technology industry seems to be coming round to the idea that less is more
The Economist
Jun 10th 2010

AUSTERITY is a word much found on the lips of politicians and economists at the moment; but it is seldom heard from technologists. And although the idea that “less is more” has many adherents in architecture, design and fashion, the technology industry has historically espoused the opposite view. Products should have as many features as possible; and next year’s version should have even more. As prices fall, what starts off as a fancy new feature quickly becomes commonplace—try buying a phone without a camera, or a car without electric windows—prompting companies to add new features in an effort to outdo their rivals. Never mind if nobody uses most of these new features (this article is being typed into word-processing software from 1997, for instance, but it seems to work perfectly well). In an arms race, more is always more.

But now there are signs that technologists are waking up to the benefits of minimalism, thanks to two things: feature fatigue among consumers who simply want things to work, and strong demand from less affluent consumers in the developing world. It is telling that the market value of Apple, the company most closely associated with simple, elegant high-tech products, recently overtook that of Microsoft, the company with the most notorious case of new-featuritis. the rest image

Spain: Muslims continue demand for joint-use of Catholic churches

By Martin Barillas
Sunday, June 13, 2010

Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain, affirmed on June 12 that any “joint use” by Muslims wishing to worship at the Catholic cathedral in that city is but “a euphemism that means: Catholics, get out! We will not leave, except if we are kicked out, since for 16 centuries there has been Christian worship here.” The cathedral, part of which was a mosque for several hundred years until the late 1400s, has been a Catholic place of worship ever since; it is regarded as one of the architectural gems of Europe.

Muslim rights groups have been demanding that the Catholic Church allow Muslims to use the space once again as a mosque in an as yet determined joint use agreement.

Bishop Fernandez added, “therefore, the answer to the question about joint use is, no, we will not leave because in this place the Catholic Church has existed for 16 centuries while the Muslims have been here but four and a half centuries.” the rest

CANA supports Episcopalian ban

Allie Martin
OneNewsNow
6/14/2010

An official in the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) says the Anglican Communion's decision to cut Episcopalians from serving on ecumenical bodies is long overdue.

The decision came from Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion. He had called for a moratorium on appointing homosexuals to leadership positions in the U.S. church. But last month, the Episcopal Church named Reverend Canon Mary Glaspool, who is involved in a lesbian relationship, as an assistant bishop of Los Angeles.

Reverend Canon Julian Dobbs of the conservative group CANA believes U.S. church leaders not longer have regard for the authority of Scripture. the rest

Online, Christian Students

by Steve Kolowich
June 14, 2010

The question facing universities looking to compete in the booming market for online higher education is not so much how to do it, but how to distinguish themselves from the rest.

In this, Christian universities appear to have a built-in advantage. And many are seizing the opportunity to expand their footprint.

“Given the relatively strong religious character of much of the U.S. population, and an ever more crowded online market, the schools that are faith-based in some strong sense” have an advantage over others, the majority of whom have built “more generic programs that don’t have any strong affiliation with a demographic group or belief system,” says Richard Garrett, an online learning analyst for the consulting group Eduventures.

Investing heavily in online has already allowed some institutions to enroll many more students than they ever could have hoped to at a physical campus. Grand Canyon University, which enrolled about 3,500 students at its peak as a traditional university in the mid-1990s, was forced to reinvent itself as a for-profit online university earlier this decade after coming close to financial ruin. Now it serves 36,000 students, about 90 percent of whom are distance learners. the rest
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The combination of America’s religious character, its large and well-organized evangelical population, its sophisticated online education market, and the big-tent approach to Christian education taken by many of its faith-based universities has set the stage for rapid expansion of Christian-oriented distance learning...

Long Hot Summer Begins: Congressman Attacks Student


by Mike Flynn
posted June 14, 2010

Maybe it is my Catholic upbringing, but I’ve always been cursed with a bit too much empathy. It is often difficult to witness people bearing the full weight of the consequences of their decisions, even when it is richly deserved. (And, in the case of House Democrats few have ever been more deserving of reaping everything they’ve sown.) We’re human, after all, and witnessing people on the cusp of realizing that they’ve lost everything can be difficult.

Last week, Democrat Congressman Bod Etheridge (D-NC2) attended a fundraiser headlined by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He was asked by some students on the street whether he supported the “Obama Agenda.” He didn’t take it well. the rest

Pelosi's Crooked Catholicism

June 13, 2010
By William Sullivan

Few would have guessed it, but Madam Speaker Nancy Pelosi has become quite the outspoken Catholic. In last month's Catholic Community Conference in Washington, she testified that amnesty for illegal aliens would be a "manifestation of our living the Gospels," and that our legislative paths should be paved by the concepts found in the word of God. Specifically, she alluded to the scriptural reference of Jesus Christ, the embodiment of "the Word made flesh."

But Pelosi's legislative record does not suggest there is any truth to this spiritual proclamation. She has actually been one of the biggest obstacles to the passing of legislation supported by Christian doctrine, and it takes only a brief glance at Pelosi's history to deduce that this speech was just lip service to a group of people that would find such notions agreeable. There have been many occasions on which Pelosi has failed to protect Christian values when she has had the ability to do so.

Take, for example, an incident in September 2007, where the Concerned Women of America organization petitioned elected officials to take the city of San Francisco to task for their offensive advertisement for the Folsom Street Fair. The city had agreed to use taxpayer dollars to promote an advertised corruption of Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper, with Jesus Christ replaced by a shirtless man surrounded by homosexual sadomasochists. Furthermore, there was photographic evidence from past years to prove that San Francisco police sat idly by during the event while young children watched public displays of sex and debauchery. The group implored that Pelosi address the offensive use of taxpayer funds and that she ensure that public lewdness laws would be enforced during the event.

How did devout Madam Pelosi respond to the taxpayers' moral concerns about such public depravity and offensiveness? Her press secretary released the statement, "As a Catholic, the speaker is confident that Christianity has not been harmed." the rest

Retirements by baby-boomer doctors, nurses could strain overhaul

By Darryl Fears
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, June 14, 2010

Since the passage of the health-care law in March, much has been said about the coming swarm of millions of retiring baby boomers and the strain they will put on the nation's health-care system.

That's only half the problem. Overlooked in the conversation is a particular group of boomers: doctors and nurses who are itching to call it quits. Health-care economists and other experts say retirements in that group over the next 10 to 15 years will greatly weaken the health-care workforce and leave many Americans who are newly insured under the new legislation without much hope of finding a doctor or nurse.

Nearly 40 percent of doctors are 55 or older, according to the Center for Workforce Studies of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Included in that group are doctors whose specialties will be the pillars of providing care in 2014, when the overhaul kicks in; family medicine and general practitioners (37 percent); general surgeons (42 percent); pediatrics (33 percent), and internal medicine and pediatrics (35 percent). the rest

“Far from over”: CA Supreme Court takes case in property fight

June 14, 2010

The California Supreme Court has agreed to review a property dispute between the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and a breakaway traditional Anglican parish in Newport Beach.

In August of 2004, St. James Anglican Church in Newport Beach cut ties with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and the Episcopal Church, USA, “over theological differences involving the authority of Holy Scripture and the Lordship of Jesus Christ,” according to a history of the dispute posted on the parish’s website. The diocese then sued St. James and two other Southern California breakaway parishes, asserting that parish property belonged to the Episcopal Church, not the parishes. The Episcopal Church, USA, later joined the diocese in the lawsuits.

“In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court agreed today to hear St. James Anglican Church's appeal that it has a constitutional right to continue its property rights battle against the Episcopal Church,” said a June 9 news release from St. James parish. “By granting the St. James petition, the Court has acknowledged that this property rights dispute is far from over as the Episcopal Church has claimed, and that the Court must decide whether a defendant can be deprived of its property before it has had the opportunity to defend itself with evidence in a court of law.”

The California Supreme Court agreed to hear the case in an appeal by St. James of a 2-1 ruling in March by the state’s Fourth District Court of Appeal in favor of the Episcopal Church and against the parish. In his dissent, Justice Richard D. Fybel called the majority’s decision "revolutionary," "unprecedented" and "without any basis in law," said the St. James news release. the rest

Episcopal head rejects a 'colonial' Anglicanism

The Christian Century
June 29, 2010

Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has forcefully defended her church's embrace of gays and lesbians and firmly rejected efforts to centralize power or police uniformity in the Anglican Communion.

Anglicans should be led by local communities rather than powerful clerics, Jefferts Schori argued in a June 2 letter to her church's 2 million members. And after 50 years of debate, the Episcopal Church is convinced that gays and lesbians are "God's good creation" and "good and healthy exemplars of gifted leadership within the church, as baptized leaders and or dained ones."

In May, the Episcopal Church consecrated its second openly gay bishop, leading Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to say that the Epis copalians are out of step with most of the Anglican Communion and should not fully participate in ecumenical dialogue and doctrinal discussions. the rest

The Episcopal Church in the US suspended from serving on Anglican ecumenical councils